## The Liberty Boys' cunning, or, Outwitting the enemy

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The Liberty Boys' cunning, or, Outwitting the enemy
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The f'!.iberty Boys" carried the prisoner down the steps and placed him in the boat. 'l'lie capture had been cunningly conceived and well executed. -; ..

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HOW TO DO TRICKS WITH CARDS.-Containing Ianations of t'he principles of sleight-of-hand applicabl!' rd tricks; of card tricks with ordinary cards, and not requiring ht-<>f-band; of tricks involving sleight-of-hand, or the use of 'ally prepa;,-;;d cards. By Professo r Haffner. With illustra(Cont inue d on page: 3 of cover.) I PAGE 3 BOYS OF''76. Weekly Magazine Containing Stories of the American Revolution. l1Bued Weeklv-Bii S ubs cription$2.5 0 p e r 11ear. Entered as Seco n d O/.ass Matter at the Neto York, N. Y., Post O ffice, Febni,ary !, 1901. Ente r ed according to Act of Congress, in the 11ear 1902, i n the otrice o f t h e Librarian of Congress, Washington, D C., b11 Frank Tousey 24 U nion Squar e Neto Yo r k. No. 105. NEW YORK, JANUARY 2 19 0 3 Price 5 Cents. C H APTE R I. CONSTERNATION IN PHIL.A.DELPHI.A.. On the morni n g of September 12, 1 777, there was grea t xcit ement in P hiladelphia. There was great consternatio n a lso, for a messenge r h a d U:st arrived in the c i ty from Chester, with the news that t he atri.ot army had been defeated the day before .at Brandy ine, 1u1d had been forced to retreat to Chester. T)le patriot citizens of Philadelphia were alarmed They felt confident thRt it was only a matter of a few days before t h e British would be in control of the city-and then what w ould they do ? A_great many of the mor e timid p atriots fled from the city and went to the mou ntains that were nearest at ha nd who were made of sterner material, remained, a n d i t ev would stand their g r ound, would stick to t h e s hip. O to Lancaster, for it was reasoned tha t w hat :r: m ight it would not do for the governing body to te captured by t_he B ritish. The messenger. whc had brought the news to Philadelph i a "as a young man of per h aps nineteen years. He was a ru nbronzed, handsome youth, and his name was Dick Slater. He was the captain of a company of youths of about his own and they were known far and wide as "The Liberty Boys of '76 The "Liberty Boys" were :fighters, and were noted for their desperate daring on the battlefield. General Wash i n gton himself had more than once complimented the youths on their good work, and in the battle of Brandy wine, fought the day before, the youths had covered themselves with glory. I Dick had been wounded in three but the wounds, jortunately, were all slight ones, and did not incapacitate from duty; and when Washington wanted a mes senger, one who could get through the country swarming with British and Tories, he chose the young "Liberty / redcoats and Tories did Il'lt prove to be so very nu merou;, between Chester and Phlladelphia, after all, and Dick had not experienced much difficulty in getting to the city in safety" The youth >vas with the leaders in Congress most of the day, answering-questions, and it was not till five o'clock i n the evening that he was ready to leave the city In his po et wes a bulky doeument which conferred extrao r d i1 J G .. na r y powers upon the commander in-chief of the patriot a rmy. "Whateve r you do, don't fail to deliver that paper to Genera l Washington," Congress told the youth. "You are a famous and trusty messenger, we know, Dick Slater, and we want that you shall exercise your very best judgment and the most extreme care in this matter Deliver the document into the hands of the commander in-chief, and at the earliest possible moment The youth said that he would do so, and then. leaving headquarters, went to a tavern and ordered supper. While sitting at the table; for the meal to be served, Dick glanced about him, carelessly at first. but it did not take him long to note that a man who sat at a table a short distance away was watching him covertly. The youth took particular note of the inans face a n d general appearance without appearing to do so, and ae was not very favorably imp r essed I can't say" that I like that fellow's looks," Dick said to himself, "and I wonder why he is watchi n g me?" The man in question had entered the tavern shortly aftel" Dick came in, and he had ordered supper also. It had n ot yet been brought, and presently he rose and approaching the table at which Dick sat, said : "Your pardon, sir, but have you any objections to my taking a seat at the same table with yourself?'' "None whatever, sir," replied Dick, with apparent frankness His tone and manner were such as would make the man think there was not the least semblance of sus picion in the youth's mind, but this was far from being the case. Somehow Dick felt that th.is man was dangerous-that he was an enemy, and not to be trusted. The "Liberty Boy" thought that by having the fellow close, however, and permitting him to talk to him, he would be able to read him better, and perhaps migbt. discover what fellow really wanted. "Thank ," said the stranger, and he took a seat at the opposite side of the table from Dick "Terrible thing, the defeat of the patriot army at Brandywine, was it not?" the stranger remarked, with a keen glance at Dick. "Oh, as to that, sir," said Dick, "while we retreated, and retired to Chester, it was done more with rega.d to policy than from necessity I am quite sure that the British suf fered quite as great loss as we suffered "Ah, do you indeed think so?" "Yes, I am sure of it. ,,-, ....... __ _,, .-: -4 ., I!.. -... ... : .Mo "!:""" ... t l) ... ..

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4 THE LIBERTY BOYS' CUNNING. This frightened the horse, and it dashed away, in the 1 "Oh, you'll be all right," said Dick. "I am going to direction of Chester, while Dick urged hishorse in pursuit. take you into this house, and give you all Cthe attention "There, I rather think I got the better of those scounpossible. I think you will be all right, and will recover in the drels, after all!" thought the youth, with a feeling of satiscourse of a few weeks." faction. "They thought they had me in their power, but "I-hope-:so." The voice was very faint, and Dick felt slipped up on it." that no time was to be lost. The youth urged his horse to its best speed, in the hope The youth was wonderfully strong, and he took hold that he might overtake Winchester, and he did gain on the of the wounded man, and carefully lifted him out of th fugitive. saddle. Then, taking the man in his arms, as if he were Closer and closer Dick drew to the fleeing man, and as an nifant, almost, Dick carried him across the yard and he came close up behind the fugitive Dick saw that the felup on the porch. He rapped on the door, and a voice low: was still lying forward on the horse's neck, as if badly called out: wounded. "Who is there?" Closer and closer Dick drew, and then he came up The music and dancing had just stopped, a quadrille alongside the other As he did so, Winchester suddenly having just been finished, and the knock WIJ.S heard within, straightened up, extended his arm, and Dick saw a pistol where otherwise it would not have been. was grasped in the hand. "A friend," replied Dick. "Open the door at once, Crack! went the weapon. please." Winchester, although wounded severely, had attempted The next instant the door was opened by a woman, who, to kill the patriot youth, and came very near succeeding ll"hen she saw Dick standing there with a man all covered Dick reali:ced his danger, and knocked the other's hand up with blood in his arms, gave utterance to a scream and just in time, and the bullet whistled over his head. ran away. "Foiled!" half-gasped Winchester, and then he sank for'l'he "liberty Boy" did not hesitate, however, but ward on his horse's neck once more. stepped across the threshold into the room. Seeing there was nothing more to fear from the woundPerhaps twenty youths and maidens were in the room, ed man, Dick reached out, took hold of the rein, and pulled and exclamations and cries of wonder and esca the horse down to an ordinary gallop, and then to a walk. the lips of all. "Where are you wounded, Winchester?" asked Dick. "Oh, a dead cried several of the girls, in chorus. In-the--left shoulder," was the reply The voice "How terrible!" was faint, and Dick realized that the man was rapidly growing weak from loss of blood. "He is not dead, young ladies," said Dick. "He is wounded, and I wish to have him taken care of her e "It will be impossible for me to take him to Chester," Where is the man or woman of the house?" said Dick to himself, "so I think the best thing I can do is to stop at the first house I come to, and turn him over to the care of the people there." The "Liberty Boy" was humane, and did not wish to let the spy die, tricky as the fellow had been, and much as Winchester had intended causing him all the trouble pos sible. Half a mile farther on Dick came to a farmhouse. He brought the horses to a stop, and looked at the wounded man, and then at the house. The house was lighted up, and the sound of music and dancing came to the youth's ears. ''Jove, it will spoil the sport of those young people if I take the rascal in there," the youth thought. "But, then, they can get along if they don't get to dance till morning. If I were to go on to the next house this man might lose so much blood that he could not live. I will take him in her e and leave him in the care of the people." The "Liberty Boy" leaped to the ground, and leading the horses to the fence, tied them. Then he stepped to the side of '\'Yinchester's horse, and taking hold of the wound ed man shook him slightly, and said: "How are you feeling? Are you conscious yet?" ''Ye$," was the reply in a faint whisper, "but-I'm-as -near-death's-door as-a-man-can well-be. r "I am the man of the house, sir," said a man, appear ing from an adjoining room, into which the frightened woman had fled, after opening t11e door. "You say the man is wounded, and you wish to have him cared for here?" "Yes, sir." "Very well. Bring him along. We will take him to an upstairs room, where the noise will not be heard by him." "Let me help you carry him, sir," said a handsome, frank-faced fellow of l:l'bout Dick's age. "Thank you," said Dick. "But I can carry him." Then Dick followed the man of the house out of the room, along a hall, and up a flight of stairs and into a room at one side. There was a bed in one corner, and the man motioned toward it, and said: "Place him on the bed." "You had better get an old blanket, or something, sir.'' said Dick. "You see, he is bleeding, and it will spoil the bed-clothes if we are not careful." "Here is the ecy thing," throwing open a closet-door, and bringing forth an old blanket. This he spread on the brd. and i.hen Dick paced the wounded man gently thereon. PAGE 7 THE LIBERTY BOYS' CUNNING. Winchester was weak as an infant, and almost uncon-1 "I am Dick Slater." scious. "Then I will save you," was the man's next words. "I "Place the candle on the table, there," said Dick. "And am Wilson Metcalf, a patriot who has six sons in the pa then bring me some clean cloths to use as bandages, and triot army." some water, and such things as you have in the way of salves." The man did as told, and was soon back, with the things Dick had asked for. The frank-faced young fellow who had asked to help carry the wounded man came along, and he watched Dick with interest, while the youth washed the wound and applied the salve and bandages. "Now a bit of brandy or wine, if you have it, sir," said Dick to the man of the house. "You see, the wounded man is unconscious, and we must bring him to." The man hastened away, but was back soon with a bot1le of wine, and a glass. The "Liberty Boy" poured some wine in the glass, and then forced some of it between the unconscious man's lips. Ile kept. this up till at last the spy gave a slight gasp, and opened his eyes. will be all right, now, I think, sir," said Dick to the man. "All that will be necessary is that he be given careful nursing, and he will be able to get out and around in a couple of weeks." "Who and what is he?" the man asked, "and how came he to be wounded ?" The 'Liberty Boy" shook his head. ''It isn't best to tell all one knows," he said with a smile, "and least of all is it wise to do so in these troublous times. CHAP'l'ER III. DICK ESCAPES. "Thank you!" said Dick. "Come," said Mr; Metcalf, "we must get out of here. Harry, will you stay here with the wounded man?" this to the handsome young man. "Certainly, Mr. Metcalf," was the reply Then the man hastened out of the room, Dick following close at his heels. The patriot led the way along the hall, to the farther end, where there was a window. This window he hastily raised, for the trampling of feet could be heard on the front stairs, and it was evident that the British were coming upstairs. "Climb out, quickly," he said to Dick. "And good-by. I hope you will reach the patriot army safely." "I I shall, sir. Thank you for your good wishes. Good-by. Then he was through the window, and sliding down the sloping roof of a shed-room in a jiffy. Mr. Metcalf then closed the window and hastened back I will simply say that he is a man quite seriously wounded, to the room where Harry Jones-such was the young man's and that for humanity's sake you should be willing to name-and the wounded spy were. He was fortunate do vdiat you can for him, and let it go at that." eno.ugh to reach there before the British appeared. "I think I understand," said the man with a smile. Only a very few moments elapsed before the English put ;i You and this wounded man are enemies, and likely one is in an appearance, howeYer. There were six of them, and a redcoat, the other a patriot. In truth, I suspect that when they saw their wounded comrade lying on the bed, you gave the man his wound." exclamations escaped their lips, and they looked around for "You h:3ve a right to surmise what you like, sir," was the patriot spy, Dick Slater. the smiling reply. "As for me, I must be going. You will "'l'here he is! That is Dick Slater. Seize him, men!" find this man's horse at the front-yard fence, and can do cried one, pointing to Harry Jones; but Mr. Metcalf interwhat you please with the animal." posed, and motioned the soldiers back. "We will look after him." "You are mistaken," he said. "This young man is not "Very well: And now, good-by." At this instant loud voices were heard coming up from below, and the words could be plainly distingtrished What the three heard was: "We want the rebel spy, Dick Slater. He is in this house, we know, for his horse is at the gate, as is also the l:iorse of a friend of ours, who, we think, is wounded. They must both be here. Where are they-upstairs?" In some manner friends of Winchester had learned that Dick Slater had wounded the British spy, and had followed him to this house. "You are Dick Slater?" asked the man of the house eagerly. The "Liberty Boy" was impressed by the look on the man's face and the tone of his voice with the belief that he was a patriot, so replied unhesitatingly: Dick Slater." "He is not?" doubtingly. "No." "I don't believe you. Where is D1ck Slater if this is not he' ?" "He was here, but left the instant he heard your voices." It was evident that the redcoats did not place much credence in Mr. Metcalf's statement. They thought that Harry Jones was Dick Slater, and that the man was trying to deceive them, so that Dick might escape." "Which way did Dick Slater go ?11 the redcoat leader asked. "He went along the hall, to the rear, and climbed out of the window The redcoats looked at one another dubiously and ques- PAGE 8 6 THE LIBERTY BOYS' CUNNING. tioningly. It was plain that they were puzzled, and did not kno w what to think. They turned and looked at their wounde d.friend on the bed The lea der stepped to the bedside, and spoke to Win chester, but the wounded man made no reply. The truth was that he was in a semi-stupor brought on by the weak ness caused by the loss of so much blood, and he was in no condition to understand, much less answer a ques tion "Jove, Winchester looks like he is about clone for1" said one of the soldiers "So he does," from another. "That fellow, Dick Slater, is a bad man." "And I believe this is Dick--" began the leader, with his eyes on Harry's face, but he broke off, as the sound of a pistol-shot from out of doors came to their hearing. "Maybe this man has told the truth, after all," said one of the redcoats "Likely George saw Dick Slater, and fired upon him when he came to get his horse." ''Two of you stay here and guard this young fellow," sai d the leader. "The rest of us will see about this other matter. Then he and three of his comrades hastened out of the room, while two remained, to keep watch of Harry Jones. The redcoats were right in their surmise. Their com rade, who had been left in charge of the horses, did fire the pistol-sh ot, and be fired at Dick Slater. The "Liberty Boy" got to the ground in safety, after c oming down the shed-roof, and hastened toward where he had left bis and Winchester's horses. He did not see that there was a soldier on guard over the horses until he was almost upon the fellow. But for that matter, the redcoat did not see him much quicker, and the pistol shot was fired so quickly that no aim could be taken, and Dick was not injured. The soldier did not have an opportunity to fire another shot, for Dick leaped forward, and dealt him a blow on the jaw, knocking him down The blow had been delivered with all Di ck's strength, and the redcoat was temporarily dazed, and lay where be had fallen. Kilowing that the other redcoats would soon appear, Dick lost no time, but untie d his horse, vaultea into the rnddle, and dashed away down the road in the direction of Chester. As he did so the men and girls came pom;ing out through the front door, alarmed by the pistol-sho t and anxious to discover what it was about. two minutes later, while the yout h s stood group ed aroun d the body of the trooper Dick had knocked down. and whom they had hauled out from under the hoofs of the horses, the foi.u redcoats came rushing out t-0 the road. "Ra, what is the matter with George?"' cried the lead er, stooping and looking in the face of the unconscious man "He. was lying under the horses, sir," said o n e of the youths, ''and we pulled him away, and laid him he r e "I have no doubt that that scoundrel, Dick Slater, did this," the leader of the r edcoats cried. "Perhaps one of the horses kicked him, sir," suggested one of the youths "T{iat is possible, too, and-ah, George is coming to." "Give him a few drops of thi s," said one of the other soldiers, tendering a bottle The leader placed the mouth of the flask to the injured man's lips, and some of the liquor went down his throat, causing him to cough. It had the desired effect, however, and a few minutes later the man was sitting up and looking around him in a dazed manner. "Where is Dick Slater? Did you see him, George?" asked the leader eagerly "Yes," was the reply. "And shot at him, too." "And missed him?" "Yes; and then he hit me a terrible clip on the jaw, and kno c ked m e silly. I didn't how anything for a few moments, and then, just as I was starting to get up, one of the horses, in jumping about, struck me with his hoof, and that's all I knew till just now." "Well, you go in the house and tell Jim and Bob that the young fellow they are guarding is not Dick Slater, and to :r10t bother with him any more. We are going to give chase to that r ebe l rascal, and catch him if possible." "All right. I'll do as you say, captain The man addressed as captain, and lfi s three comraQee, hastened to mount and dash away down the road in the direction of Chester, and George made bis way into the house, follo,red by the youths and maidens, and on up to the room wh e re Winchester lay, one of the young men sh owing him the way. "Captain Shannon says for you not to bother with this young man, boys," he said, addressing his two comrades who w e re standing guard over Harry Jones. "He i s no t Dick Slater. "Of course I am not," s aid Harry smilingly "Mr. Met calf, here. to ld you that, but you wouldn't believe him." "All right. You are free to go, you n g fellow," sa id one of the two. Then be asked the redcoat, George, to te ll what had happened outside, and the fellow did so, exp laining the matter the same as he had to Captai n Shannon. f "They won't ca t ch Dic k Slater," sai d the r edcoat who asked for information. "He is too slippe ry altogether, and he has a good start, and a good horse, so the captain aridJ_he boys might as well hav e save d themselves the trouble of <:basing him to no purpose." "Well, there's nothing like trying. They might be suc cessful." "No dang er Then the thrre turned their attention to their wounded c omrade, and one poured liquor between Win c hester's ,lips, which had the effect of siimnlating him H e recognized th e three, and nodded hi s head feebly, i n PAGE 9 THE LIBERTY BOYS' CUNNING. 7 greeting, while they told him how sorry they were that and have not had anything happen fo me as a result he was in such a bad fix. up to the present." Winchester's lips moved, but the whispered words were "Perhaps there ha,,e been no British soldiers in this so faint that they could not be heard two feet away, and >icinity." one of the redcoats placed his ear down close to the wound"True, there has not been. But surely British soldiers ed man's lips. would not bother me for simply expressing my views?" "What does he want?" asked one of the others. The captain laughed harshly. "He wants to know how we came to know about Dick ''rll tell you something, sir," he said "If it wasn't for Slater, and that he had been wounded," was the reply. our comrade, there, who will have to remain here two or Then he turned back and said to Winc'hester: three weeks, likely, we would burn your house down over "Captain Shannon and six of us were riding along the :our head in punishment to you for what sou said a few road, atout two miles from here, and we came to a place moments ago." where there had been trouble of some kind, we knew, for "you would?" there were three forms lying in the road. The forms were "Yes." those of your three comrades, Winchester, and two of the A frown came over the face of IIIr. boys were dead; but the other was only wounded, and not "Then you are bigger scoundrels than I gave any of the so bad but that he could tell us how it happened. He told British soldiers credit for being," he said firmly. us you had tried to capture Dick Slater, but that the rebel, "Be careful!" hissed the capta'in. "Don't go too far. had turned the tables on you, and had killed the two, and 'I' e are not the most patient men in the world, and we may wounded him and you .. He said that your horse had dashed decide to hang you up by the neck, after all." away down the road, in this direction, with you on its "Go ahead and do so if you like was the defiant re back. and with Dick Slater in pursuit, and so we waited ply. "I ha>c six sons in the patriot army, and even only long enough to bury the two dead men, and carry the though you hang me, I shall yet strike you blow after blow wounded man to a house over in a field not far away, and through flesh of my flesh and blood of my blood in the then, leaving him there to be taken care of, we set out in persons of my boys." pursuit of the rebel. When we got here to this house, we "Why, you are the most insolent rebel I have ever run saw two horses tied to the fence, and came to the concluacross," cried Captain Shannon. "Seize him, men! We i1at you and Dick Slater were here. We stopped and will take him down to a tree and string him up. Such entered, but the rebel rascal succeeded in getting away." poisonous reptiles should not be permitted to live and pol-Harry Jones went downstairs, leaving Mr. Metcalf to lute the atmosphere." talk to the and soon the young folks, who had The soldie;rs leaped forward and seized Mr. Metcalf. been having such a jolly time dancing, dispersed for their He realized that it would do no good to fight, and so made home s no resistance. As the last party was leaving, Captain Shannon and his They led him downstairs, and when :Mrs. Metcalf and three comrades returned, and making their way into the J cnnie, their seventeen year-old daughter, saw their hus house and up to the room where the wounded man lay, band and father a prisoner in the hands of the British, reported that they had not been able to get within seeing were frightened nearly to death, and in trembling voices distance of Dick Slater. asked the eaptain what he intended doing with the prisoner "I'm glad he escaped!" said Mr. Metcalf, coolly, and the ''\Ye are going to hang him." was the blunt and brutal angry looks on the faces of the redcoats did not seem to rcplj-. worry him a bit. for he met the black looks with a smile ,, Hang him!" cried Mrs. :Jiet calf. "What has he done?., "Oh, please do not hang him," pleaded Jennfo. "He is a saucy rebel/' replied Captain Shannon. "He talked to me. and called myself and men scounCHAPTER IV. drel s." "Oh, why did you do so, Wilson?" wailed Mrs. Metcalf. :i$R. METCALF's DANGER. "Because it is the trl'l:th/' was the reply. "They are scoundrels, or they would not think of harming a n on-"You had better be careful how you talk," growled Capcombatant because he is opposed to them." tain Shannon. "y OU hear ho" insolent be is, woman?" cried the ca'P-" I don't see why I should be," was the quiet repl'" "I tain. his face red with anger. "We will string him up if it am glad, and as an honest man, I am free to own it." is lhe last thing 'Ye do on earth." "That may be all very well in ordinary times, but in TI1e woman and girl burst into tears, and pleaded with these times it is not good policv, for it miirht cause a man the red:coats, but to no avail. and Mr. Metcalf himself I to lose his head." said to the two: "Y cs, I s uppose it might. Still. I have talked just that I ''Yon are simply wasting your breath, Mary and' Je1mie. waY clnring tbe entire time the war has been going on. Don-t ,;ay an>thin_!l more. but let them h1mg me, if the y PAGE 10 8 THE LIBERTY BOYS' CUNNING. choose. My six boys will amply avenge me when they you have made me a bitter and uncompromising enemy of learn of what bas taken place." his cause. Henceforth I shall not be satisfied to remain "Bring him along, boys,'' cried Captain Sh.annon. "He is insolent beyond all belief, and the quicker we stretch his neck the better I shall feel." The six redcoats dragged Mr. Metcalf out of the room and house, and to a tree which stood a short distance away. A rope was procured, a noose was made in one end, and this was placed around the patriot 's neck. Then the other end of the rope was thrown over a limb, and the redcoats seized hpld of it. Mrs. Metcalf and J ennie, weeping, had foller for now, Mary," he said, with a smile. "So quiet your nerves, and don't worry." "But it is terrible, your having to take an oath of alle giance to the king, isn't it, father," said Jennie. "What will my brothers say?" "They will say I did just right, Jennie," was the smil- PAGE 11 THE LIBERTY BOYS' CUNNING. w /', 9 ing reply, "for I took a mental oath of allegiance to the great cause of Liberty,. while I was repeating the oath administered by the British caphin, and the spoken words had no sig nificance whatever. I am a patriot, the same as ever, and a stronger one than ever, and I am deter mined now to take as active part in the war as is possible. and whenever I see a chance to strike the British a blow. you may be sure I will improve it." The woman and girl stared at him in amazement; on the woman's face was a look of fear, but the girl's face shone with delight. "I am afraid you will get yourself into serious trouble, Wilson," said his wife. "Oh, I am so glad the oath Captain Shannon adminis tered does not amount to anything, father!" cried Jennie, who was a staunch little patriot, the same as were her brothers. Mrs. Metcalf was a patriot also, but her fears for the safety of her husband made her dubious as to the re sult if he went against the king, after taking the oath of allegiance. "I am not air.aid of getting into trouble, Mary," said the patriot. "I will deceive the British by making them think I am for the king, and will do all I can against them, at the same time. All is fair in war." CHAPTER V. THE "LIBERTY BOYS" AT WORK. After knocking the redc'oat guard do\\n, mounting his horse, and dashing away, Dick Slater rod e onward in the direction of Chester at the best speed of his horse-and that was at a swift pace, for his horse was a splendid ani mal. The "Liberty Boy" was confident he would be pursued, and he did not feel disposed to let his enemies get within pistol-shot distance of him. "If they catch me, they will have to have better horses than I think they have," he said to himself. Helistened for sounds of pursuit, but did not hear any, and the reason was because the pursuers never got close enough to make themselves heard. Onward the youth rode, and gradually he slackened the speed of his horse till the animal was going at an ordinary "'there is no need of tiring yourself out, Major, old boy," the youth said, patting the horse on the neck. "We have left the enemy so far behind that we are out of danger, I am sure." A little more than an hour later Dick arrived at Chester, where the patriot army was encamped. He was challenged a s he approached, but gave the countersign, and was perJ rnitted to pass on into the town. The youth rode at once to the house where the commander-in-chief and his stafI office rs had their headquarters, and was so fol'tunate as to find them up, although it was now nearly eleven o'clock. The "Liberty Boy" was greeted warmly, when he was ushered into the room by the orderly, for all knew he had gone to Philadelphia with the news of the defeat at Brandywine the day before, and with a message to Con gress, and all were eager to hear what Congress had to say. "Here are some documents which Congress gave me to deliver to you, sir," said Dick, handing the papers to Gen eral Washington. The commander-in-chief took the documents, broke the seals, and read the contents of the important papers. When he had finished he laid the papers on his desk, and turned so as to face his officers. "Gentlemen," he said impressively, "Congress has in. these papers brought me by Mr. Slater conferred upon me extraordinary powers. Congress has l eft Philadelphia, and gone to Lancaster, and I am here empowered to do as I see fit in every respect, and to go ahead without refer' cnce to what Congress might think should be done." "That is what I call sensible action on the part of Con gress," said General Greene quietly. The other officers nodded their heads, for they were well aware of the fact that Congress had mixed things up on several occasions, and practically spoiled the plans of the commander-in-chief, by interfering and giving orders that were the opposite of what the exigencies of the situation de manded. Now, however, armed with the power to do as he judged best, the commander-in-chief could go ahead and do something. He was pleased, though he did not say much. General Washington was not much for making complaint; instead of doing so, he would go ahead and do the best he could, even though handicapped; but now it would be mu ch easier for him to do the work, for he had carte blanche to do as he pleased. The commander-in-chief passed the documents aroun: d, and the officers read the contents. They were delighted, and one and all expressed themselves as being so. General Washington now turned to Dick, and him many questions regarding how the news was received in Philadelphia, and what had been said by the members of Congress. The "Liberty Boy" answered all the questions promptl y ana satisfactorily, and then the commander-in-chief and his staff began talking of their plans for bringing about the discomfiture oi the British. "Gentlemen," said Washington, after they had been talk ing awhile, "as you all know, the British have recently been at Bennington, and also at Fort Stanwix. This of course, will make Burgoyne's task of reaching and con quering Albany much more difficult." "Yes, indeed," said General Greene. ,"It is my sincere belief," continued the commanderin chief, "that without the co-operation and aid of Howe and / PAGE 12 10 THE LIBERTY BOYS' CUNNING. his army, Burgoyne cannot possibly succeed in his purgood-night, and went to the quarters occupied by the pose, and such being the case, it seems plain that if we can "Liberty Boys." keep Howe and his army detained here long enough, BurThey were lying down, sound asleep, and Dick did not goyne will inevitably be forced to surrender." wake any of them. He found hi s blanket, rolled himself "'That seems more than likely," said General Wayne. up, and was soon asleep. Yes, I think so," agreed General Greene. He was up bright and early next morning, however, Some of the officers acknowledged that they bad not and a s soon as the youths were up be told th e m what their t hought of this, but agreed that, now that .it had been work would be for the next week or so. presented to their notice, it seemed more than probable that The youth s were, as he ha$. felt confident the y would be, the matter would turn out as expect e d Q y the commanderdelighted. inc hief. "That's ijie very kind of work I like!" cried Bob Esta-And this s imply showed what a wonderful genius was brook, who was a bright, handsome youth of about Dick's that of Washin g ton. He was poss e ssed of a master mind, age. He was Dick's chum and right-band man, in fact, which enabled him to look over the whole chess-board they having been playmates and friends all their lives, the and, taking everything into consideration, figure out the homes of their parents being adjoining, up in New York probable moves of his enemy. Every little engagement etate. was as the move of a pawn in a game of chess, and while "It'::; the kind of work I like, too!" not in itself of such great importance, yet as contributing "And so do I!" to the icsults of the entire game, was of great aid. In this ''I would rather do that sort o f w o rk than e at when I'm respect General Washington was far and away the greathungry." est of all the generals engaged in the war of the Revolu"And so would I." tion, on either side.--with the possible exception of Genernl Such were a few of the exclamati o n s from the lip s of the Greene, whose genius, as displayed in the South, where be delight e d "Liberty Boys." completely outgeneraled Cornwallis, was scarcely less than The youth s cooked their breakfa s ts, and talked as they that of the commander-in-chief, and there are those who ate. think that, had he had the same opportunitie s that WashTh e y w e r e full of life and animation, and could not keep ington had, the results secured would have been scarcely quiet. inferior to the results brought about by the commanderWhen the s oldiers of the patriot army bad br e a -f.,,_,_..,. genius preparations were begun for the work that had been de" The thing for us to do, then," said Washington, "is to I c ided upon. keep Howe and his army here a s as The "Liberty Boys" were sent to worry the British right sc as to keep them from gomg to Burgoyne s assistance. flank, while another body of cavalry was sent to worry the "That is certainly the proper thing to do," agreed Genleft flank. eral Gree ne. The matter was discussed at length, and a full under standing was reached as to what tactics should be employed. It was decided that the main body of the patriot army should keep in front of the main body of the British army, a:rid hold it in check, and retard its advance all that was possible. At the same time small skirmishing parties of Other parties of infantry, of from one hundred to two hundred men, were sent out, with instructions to watch for opportunities to strike the British a blow, and to im prove every such opportunity to the utmost. The main army held itself in readiness to engage the main army of the British at any moment, if necessary to do so. from one to three hundred men would worry the British by Th e r e "ere several skirmish e s before noon, and the Brit making sudden attacks on the enemy' s flank s and in tM i s h seem e d hardly to know what to think of the tactics that case of cavalry, even from the rear. The "Liberty Boys being in the cavalry division, would come in for this s ort of work and Dick was delighted when he was told what he would have to do. "That jus t suits me!" he sa:i.d. "And it will suit my 'Lib e rty Boys too. The y will be delighted, and I think w e shall b e able to make it lively for the redcoats." "That is what we wish done s aid the commander-in chief. "Make i t as livel y for the m a s possible. If we can retard the progress of the British, and bold them back from reaching Philad e lphia till a week or ten days have elapsed then I think w e will have i m m e d the defeat of Burgoyne in the North." Presently Dick bade the commander-in-chief and officers were b e ing e mployed by the patriots. The "Liberty Boys" had not yet engaged the enemy in any way; Dick was waiting for a favorable opportunity, when h e would strike a blow th a t would be felt and re .. rnembe r rd. About the middle of the afternoon Dick "'r. and too k a s urvey of the situation. He was s o fortunate as to locate a party of perhaps three hundred r e dcoats, -which had adv a nced quite a distance ahead of t h e main army. "We mu s t s trike that party," be said to himself. "I think w e can do it, and get awa y befo r e r e inforc e ments can reach th e e n e my." He slid down, and told the "Liberty Boys" what he had 8een, and they were eager for the work. PAGE 13 ' T "r'\ THE LIBERTY BOYS' CU.1':...7_:__. 11 "Just lead the way, Dick, and we will follow," said Bob. "We must strike at least one telling blow, to-day." "Very well. Mount, and come on," said Dick a s he vault ed into the saddi e Follow me, all." The y outh s l e ap e d into the saddles, a nd followed their hrave young leader He led them b y a round a bout course, and then when he had g ot away around to one side, he turned, and followed by hi s "Liberty Boys, rode in the dir e ction of the party o f r e d c oat s A s th e r e was a s cattered growth of t i mber, and c on s id e r a bl e in the w ay of bushes and undergrowth, it was possible to approa c h to within a comparatively short di s tance of the party of redcoat s without their coming b e ing discov Presently Dick called a halt and dismoun ti n g, s tole forward to reconnoiter. It took him onl y a f e w minutes to dis c o ver the exact location oi' the en e my, and he hasten e d bac k m o unt e d and told the boys to follow. "Be in readiness to fir e a volley and dash upon the en emy at the signal from me," he told them, and they nodded, to show that they under s tood, and would do the work. Then they rode forward, slowly and cautiou s ly, until the edge of the clump of timber in they the n were was reached and here Dick called another halt. He pointed to another clump of trees, s tanding one hun dr e d yard s distant. The trees were scattered, but there Mli::lll_-;wL'l7tlSiderable underbrush. It would be possibl e to ride ._,.._ through it on hor ses, however, and this was what Dick purposed doing. "The party of redcoats is in that clump of t i mber," he said. "We will charge right into it, and fire a volley, and then draw our swords and trample and cut the redcoats down. Are you ready?" The "Liberty Boys nodd e d their heads, and then Dick gave the signal to charge. The next moment the one hundred "Liberty Boys" dash ed across the intervening open space like a thunderbolt, and went c rashing in among the tree s and und erbrusha nd among the red c oats a s well. CHAPTER VI. SKIRMISHING. Crash !-roar The "Liberty Boys" fir e d a volley at close range from their pi s tol s and did terrible execution, for they were ex pert shots, even from horses' backs, could do better shoot ing than mos t men in fact could do when stand ing still, on the ground. The redcoats had been taken by surprise. They w e re not l o oking for an attack from the r ear, and b a d n ot su specte d th eir danger until it was too l ate to avoid bein g st ru ck a seY e r e b l ow. \f "'ff/ Screams and groans of pain went up from the wounded, a nd wild y ell s went up from those who had escaped dam age. "Draw and cut the s coundrels down!" yelled Dick, an d dra wing his sword h e cut about him with lusty strokes. His men wer e not slow to do likewise, and although th e re d c oat s did fir e a v olley o r t;.o, the shots were so hasti ly d i s char ged that not much damage was done. Two of the "Liberty Boys" w e re killed, and three o r four w e re wounded but this, as aga inst the damage tha t was inflict e d upon th e r e dcoats by th e "Liberty Boys," was n othing. Of the three hundred British s oldier s who constitute d the party, more than two hundred were killed and wound e d b y the terrible Boys" in a ver y short space of time. F e arin g the reinforcement.5 from the main army migh t get there and strike his "Liberty Boys" a blow, however Di c k ordered that the y should continue onward, and the pa rty gallop e d ahead, leaving the e nemy almost paralyz ed -what there was left of the party. Whe n the reinforcements reached the scene, and it was seen what havoc had been done in the ranks of their com rades the redcoats were almost wild with rage. That was all the good it did them, however. They rea l i z ed that it would be impossible to follow the "Liberty Boys," who were mounted on swift horses, and were quite a distance away. All they could do was grit th eir t e e t h and endure it with the best grace possible. They buried their dead looked after their wounded, an d t h e n a mess e nger was sent to inform G e neral Howe of the c a tastrophe. A s may b e s uppo sed, the Briti s h gen e ral was wild wit h ra g e The thou g ht t h a t n ea rl y two hundr e d of his veteran h a d been shot and cut down b y the "Liberty Boys," and only two of the youth s had been killed t o pa y for it was maddening. "Those 'Lib erty Boy s are mor e dangerou s tha n a ll the re s t of the rebel army," he declar e d "and that youn g fellow, Dick Slater i s one of the shrewde s t young fellow s alive. "He c e rtainl y is," agreed one of the British officers I wish it w e r e possibl e to captur e him." "If that could b e don e it would cut down the u s efulnes s of the 'Lib e r ty Boys' c on s iderabl e," s aid the efficer "Without their h e ad the y woul d not be able to do these things that make them a t e rror to us You are ri ght, but it will be difficult to capture him You know Captain Shannon reported this morning tha t attempts were made b y him s elf and s ix comrades, and also by Ralph Winche s ter, our best spy, and three of his comr a des, anfl that they f a il e d to capture Dick Slater." I know. And two of th e m e n with Winchester wer e killed. and Win c h este r himself a n d a n ot h e r were seriou s l y ll'OnnC!0<1. t h e reb el. PAGE 14 12 fl'rr _._,-,_BERTY BOYS' CUNNING. "That's right; and his men." and 1ie from Captain Shannon triot army would retreat to Philadelphia during the nighi, "Oh, he is a hard man to catch napping, General Howe." "Yes, indeed. But I hope that some of our men may succeed in capturing him sooner or later." "I hope so. Meanwhile Dick anQ. his "Liberty Boys" had galloped over to Chester and reported their success in striking the British a severe blow. The commander-in-chief was delighted. "That is the way to do it, Dick," he said. "If we can keep on striking small parties of the Briti sh, after that fashion, we will be able to hold them back and make their advance very slow; and that is what I wish to do." "We will try to do our part, your excellency," said Dick, with a smile, and then he saluted and withdrew. When the soldiers of the main army learned that the "Liberty Boys" had whipped the British they were delight ed, and as the youths rode away to watch for another chance at the enemy they were given cheer after cheer The soldiers threw their hats in the air, and many danced with delight "'I tell you, the 'Liberty Boys' will make the redcoats wish they had never been born," crid one enthusiastic sol dier. "You are right,'' from another. "Dick Slater and his 'Liberty Boys' strike hard when they do strike, and they strike whenever they see anything like a fair opportunity." The youths rode out to within a quarter of a mile of the end of the right wing of the British army, and sat there on the backs of their horses, and watched the enemy closely, ready to attack, if any opportunity presented itself. The redcoats had learned a lesson, however, and while they would have given much to have gotten a good chance at the "Liberty Boys,'' they did not dare make the at tempt. The youths got no further chance at the enemy that afternoon, and when evening came, they went back to the main encampment, and ate their suppers with a feeling of lively satisfaction in their hearts. They had beaten the enemy, and were happy. General Washington and his officers thought it possible that the British might try to make a night attack, in force, so a double line of sentinels was placed out, to make sure of discovering the enemy's approach in case it did make an attempt at attacking. The night passed quietly, however. The British had evidently it b est not to try anything of the kinQ.. In truth the matter had been discussed by the British commander, General Howe, and his staff, but they had decided that it would not be a good plan to make an attack. They were well aware of the fact that the enemy would be on its guard, and that it would be impossible to sur prise it, and so they gave up the idea of making any at tempt in that direction. General Howe thought that in all probability the paanyway, and he was willing to wait and give it a chance to do so. But when daylight came, next morning, and it was light enough to see any distance, the encampment of the patriot army was seen to be right where it was t11e evening before. "Jove, they seem determined to hold on until driven back," said General Howe, when this news was carried to liim "I did not suppose they would be so stubborn." "Nor did I," replied Knyphausen, one of the staff officers. "I have no doubt Washington has some purpose in doing so," said another officer. "He is pretty deep, and usually has some scheme afoot. "Yes, that is true," agreed Howe. "But I don't see what possible good he can do his cause by stubbornly holding on and contesting the ground between here and Phila del phia." He did not once think of Burgoyne, or that Washingtons stubborn re sistance to the advance of the British army could have any effect on the fortunes of the British army of the North, several hundred miles distant, which shows that he was far from being as great a general as Washing ton Soon after breakfast the two bodies of cavalry were out as on the day before, and also several small parties of in fantry, and there were several small skirmishes during the day. Not liking this, General Howe made an advanC\s with his entire army, and there was quite an P for an hour or so. Jot wishing to risk being defeated and forced to retreat a long distance, General Washington re treated perhaps a mile, and again went into camp; but as his men contested every foot of the way, the British were willing to stop when they saw the patriots were going into camp for the night. They knew they not do anything to amount to anything after nightfall. The "Liberty Boys" had one or two lively skirmishes during the afternoon, and as usual came out first best. The night passed quietly, but all were of the opinion that the next day would be a lively one. CHAPTER VII. DICK A PRTSOXER. The next day was, as had been expected, a liv ely day. The "Liberty Boys" succeeded in striking another di:ir:' \ tached party of redcoats, and cut them practically to pieces, and this worked the British up to a terrible pitch. "That fellow, Dick Slater, must be captured,'' said General Howe. "If he is not stopped he will be the cause of our losing a great many men, I fear." "But how is his capture to be brought about?" asked of the officers. This was a poser. PAGE 15 THE LIBERTY BOYS' CUN 1 13 It was harc1 to say how the capture of the brave "Liberty make much headway," he said. "1 Si!oU!tt advise that you Boy" was to be effected. remain here, until morning, and then resume the march. As there was no immediate prospect of being able to You should be able to get past the rebel army by so capture Dick, General Howe gave orders that his men be doing, I should think." very careful, and that no detached parties should give the General Howe decided to act upon this advice, and the e nemy a chance to strike them: army went into camp. T here were a numbe r of skirmishes during the day beNext morJ:\ing, when the patriots discovered that the t ween parties of infantry, but not much damage was done redcoats had disappeared, scouts were sent out, and it di'd General Washington fell back perhaps a mile, however, not take long to locate the enemy in the heavy woods bora n d again went into camp dering the Delaware river Next day the skirmishing went on with 1:11-ore vigor The patriot army moved hastily, and took up its position than on any day so far, and by noon it had become a in front of the British, and thus was ready to contest every general engagement between the two armies, and during foot of the ground. the afternoon the patriot troops gradually fell back, until "It is only a mile to the open country, to the west when eYening came they were :five miles nearer Philadelward," said Robert Royal, the Tory. "I should think it phia. would be your best plan, now the rebels have got in General Washington was well satisfied, however. He had front of you, to move westward, to tl1ie open ground, and made it rather a costly day's wor k for the enemy, as his then advance." men took advantage of all the protection afforded by "That will be best," agreed Genernl Howe, and he gav a trees, stones, etc., and fought on the defensive, thus forcing. the necessary orders. the redcoats to come out where they could be seen, and The patriot soldiers soon discovered that the British were 'he British loss was vastly greater than that of the patriot about, and hastened to get ahead of them as much as was army. possible. There was quite a good deal of skirmishing and "II e have done ;remarkably well, I think," he told his sharp-shooting, but :finally the British army succeeded in officers that evening. "If we can continue as we have been reaching the open country. doing I believe that we will have detained Howe at least Then the engagement became more lively, and continued ten days on the road from Chester to Philadelphia throughout the rest of the day The patriots held the "It seems reasonable to suppose that we shall be able to redcoats back pretty well, however, and an advance of o as.well ,,u.Jing the ensuing days as in the past days," I only about three miles was scored. aw. General Greene After su11per that evening Dick Slater left the encampAnd the other officers said the same. ment and made his way in the direction of the home of On the next day there was a continuance of the engage Wilson Metcalf, the patriot. He wished to see how the ent, and as on the day before, the patri0t army fought on patriots were getting along, and whether or not they had he defensive, and by taking advantage of tlte protection been bothered by the British. Also he wished to learn afforded by the trees, stones, etc., was enabled to do con-how the wounded British spy, Ralph Winchester, was. siderable damage to the enemy, and escape much damage The "Liberty Boy" was not more than three quarters of tO themselves. ilTI hour in reaching the patriot's home, and he was given They retreated near l y five miles, and went into a pleasant greeting by Mr Metcalf and his wife, a n d their camp on a sort of eminence. daughter Jennie That night the redcoats tried to steal a march o n the "I am glad to know that you are a l ive a n d well, l\fr. patriot army. Slater," said Mr Metcalf About eleven o'clock they broke camp, and started to try "Thank you," said Dick. "How is your patient, the to get around the patriots. British spy, getting along?" 'l'hey went to the right, and made a wide detour, i n orde r "He is much better Will you go up and see him?" to sure that their movements would not be discovered "Yea, I guess I might as well do so." This took them into the deep woods of the Delaware river, The youth accompanied Mr. Metcalf upstairs to the and they got all mixed up, and were forced to stop at last, rcom occupied by the wounded spy, and found the man and go into camp. looking much better. !fowe and his staff took up their quarters in a "Ah, it's you, is it?" said Winchester, frowning. lar0 mansion, which they 'Unexpectedly came upon, close to it is me," replied Dick. the river, in a large clearing. It was the home of a wealthy "Well, what do you want here?" The redcoat's tone Tory, who gave them a hearty welcome. was gruff and surly. \\hen they asked him if it would be possible for the "I just wished to see how you were getting along." army to march onward through the timber in the darkness, "Thinking of carrying me off to your army, a prisoner, and reach P hiladelphia, he said he feared it would be a I suppose?" diffic ult m atter. "No, I guess you are hardly strong enough to be moved," "The chances a r e that you will lose you r way, an d not was the quiet reply PAGE 16 14 ___ LIBERTY BOYS' CUNNING. I At this mome:.:rr tlle'fe was the patter of footsteps in the hall, and Jennie Metcalf appeared at the door. She looked excited and frightened, and beck@ed to her father and Dick. They moved to the door, and out into the hall, followed by the wondering look of Winchester's eyes. "What is it, .Jennie?" her father asked. "The British!" the girl almost gasped. "They are downsta irs Captain Shannon and a score of men are there." "I must get away from here in a hurry, then!" exclaimed Dick and he ran to the end of the hall and raised the window. Climbing through, he slid down the sloping roof of the shed-room. and dropped to the ground-to feel himself seized by a dozen hands. He struggled fiercely but to no avail; the odds were too strong against him, and he was soon overpowered, and I hi s wrist5 were tied together behind his back. Then liis captors led him around the house to the front door, an d into the building. Captain Shannon and a number of his men were just coming downstairs, they having gone up to the room occupied by the wounded redcoat, and when the captain saw Dick a prisoner in the hands of his men, he gave vent to a cry of delight. ''So you got him, did you, boys?" he exclaimed. "Win chester just told me Dick Slater had been in his room a few minutes ago, and I was coming to tell y9u to watch e;arefully. How did you manage to capture him?" "He climbed down through the window and slid down th e shed-roof right into our arms," replied one, "so all we had to do was to nab him." "Good We have done a good night's work, for I know that General Howe would rather have Dick Slater a pris oner than any two or three of the other minor officers." "How do you know I am Dick Slater?" asked the "Libertor Boy." "You never saw me before." "I know I never have; but I have heard a very minute description of you, and you fit the description exactly, so I am willing to wager a month's pay that are Dick Slater. "You might lose your money." "I would not be afraid of doing so. Anyway, I am going to take you to camp, and to General Howe. He knows you well by sight, and will recognize you at once." "If I am Dick Slater." "Oh, there is not the least doubt in my mind as to that." "That may be; but sure things are sometimes uncertain." "And yet I find you harboring a rebel the very first tim I come to your house." The patriot shook his head. "I was not harboring him," he said. "I would like to know what you would call it, then ?1 "He came here to see how the wounded man was gettin1 along; I simply went upstairs with him, and was not har boring him at all." "Well, I must say it looks suspicious." "What would you have had me do?" "You should have made a prisoner of him.'' The settler smiled. "If he is Dic.k Slater, as you seem to be sure he is, wha chance would I have stood with him if I had tried to mak a prisoner of him?" "You might not have s ucceeded. But you could at leas have tried to capture him." "He might have tried to do so if you had not put i an appearance so quickly," said Dick, who fancied he un derstood the affair, and wished to help Mr. Metcalf ou "He was not harboring me, I assure you." "Oh, of course you would say so," said Captain Shau non." Said Mr. Metcalf: "I have been so busy taking ca of the wounded man upstairs that I have had no oppor tunity or time to do anything else." "Well, we will let the matter pass for this time," wa the reply. "But you had best be careful, sir. Remember you are a loyalist now, and the penalty of treason i death." "I well know that, captain," was the quiet reply. "There is no necessity of threatening me." "I hope there is not. The redcoats did not remain much longer at the Metca l home. They had made what they believed to be an impo r tant capture, and were eager to get back to their encam p ment w .ith their prisoner. The leader, Shannon, spent perhaps fifteen minutes talking to the wounded man upstairs, and then the entire party of perhaps thirty men, with Dick in its midst, took departure. It was a forag ing party, that had gone out to secure provisions fro i:he larder s of the farmers of the vicinity, and while i the neighborhood of the Metcalf home, Captain Shannon had decided to call there and see how Winchester was get ting along. It was thus that Dick Slater had been cap hued-more the result of accident 'than otherwise. CHAPTER VIII. "Bah! This is one of the sure things that will not be A BRAVE GIRL. uncertain .'" Then he turned to Mr. Metcalf, who had followed him downstairs, and pointing his finger at the paCaptain Shannon was greatly elated over his capture of triot settler, said sternly: I the patriot, who, he was sure, was the famous Dick later. "I thought you took the oath of allegiance to the king?" He well knew that General Howe would be deligh ted if 1 ditl, ., "a s lhe calm reply. Dick Slater had been captured, and he felt sure of prom o - PAGE 17 , THE LIBERTY BOYS' CUNNING. 15 tion, and also of receiving the five hundred pounds reward which was offered for the "Liberty Boy's" capture. As soon as the encampment was reached, Dick was taken to the tent qccupied by the British general. He was up yet, and when the captain and two of his men entered, with Dick a prisoner, General Howe leaped to his feet and gave utterance to an exclamation of delight. "Dick Slater, by all that is wonderful!" he cried. "Ha! I thought so!" exclaimed Captain Shannon, turning a triumphant gaze upon Dick's face. "I told you the commander-in-chief would recognize you." The "Liberty Boy" smiled. "I knew he would," was the reply. "But I didn't wish to help make you feel happy." "Where did you capture him, captain?" asked General Howe. "At the home of a settler named Metcalf. You know, that is where Winchester lies wounded." "Ah, yes; I remember." Then Howe turned to Dick. "So we have you a prisoner at last, Dick Slater,'' he said, rubbing his bands with satisfaction. "It certainly looks that way, General Howe,'' was the cool reply. "Yes, we have you a prison er, and without its head, the company of "Liberty Boys," as you call yourselves, will not be able to do much. It will lose its effectiveness at once." ;.'J PAGE 18 16 .,,,...,., ... ...._. ... THE LIBERTY BOYS CUNNING. __ ... "Oh, father, i sn t it too bad, the capture of Dick Slat er," 5aid JE1mie Metcalf, when the redcoats had de part.ed with Dick in their midst. "Indeed, it is, J-ennie," was the reply. "Father, can't we do something for him?" The man s hook his head dubiously. "What could we d6 ?"he asked. "Oh, dear, I hardly know," was the reply, in a tone of distress; and then suddenly she brightened up. "Yes, I do know iYhat we can do, father," she cried eagerl y "\Yhat, Jennie?" ',\Ye can go to the patriot encampment and tell the 'Lib erty Boys' that their commander has been captured." Mr. Metcalf started. "Of course," he said. "I don't see why I didn't think of that at once I was thinking of trying to rescue Dick Slater, and of course there would be little chance of mak ing a success of that." "\\ e coul d do nothing toward it, father; but if we has ten to inform the 'Liberty Boys' of Dick Slater's captura they may be able to effect his rescue in some manner." "True; and they must be informed at the earliest pos sible moment." "So they must. Say, father, let me go and tell them." Mr. :Metcalf looked dubiously at his daughter, and hesitated. "l am afrai d to let you go that distance through the timber at night, and alone-and in such times as these, I Jennie," he said. "I know the way, father," said the brave girl. "I shall have '.no ditficulty in finding my way to the patriot encamp ment, and I will take my rifle, and if anyone or any animal attempts to attack me I will shoot." Mr. Metcalf turned to his wife, who had not yet said any thing "What do yon say, Mary?" he asked "Which would you prefer-tha t I go, and leave you two alone here, or that Jennie go, and I remain here with you?" The woman hesitllt e d for a few moments, and tpen said: "We would be afraid if l eft here, Wilson, and as Jennie knows the way to the patri o t encampment, and has been out of nights frequently, I think it will be safe to let her go." "Very well, then. That settles it. You may go, Jennie; bnt be careful, daughter-be very careful." "I will, father." The gir l was eager and excited, but she was delighted as w ell, and she made haste to get ready for her journey. She was not long doing this for the weai:her was warm, end she did not need to hunt for wraps; about all she had to do was to get her rifle and ammunition, and look to the weapon, to see that it was loaded and primed. Then she kissed her father and mother bade them goodby, and took her departure. "I hope nothing will happen to her," said Mrs. Metcalf. "It is a dark, lonesome night." "I think she will be safe enough, wife," was the reply. J cnny i s sk ill e d in woodcraft, and could easily evade an y redcoals that might be encountered in the timber." ''True. Well, I will try not to be uneasy." "That is the way to talk, wife. Don't worry. Likely Jennie will be back within two hours or so, safe and sound." "I hope so; I pray so. Meanwhile Jennie was walking as rapidly as possible through the timber in the direction of the patriot encamR"' ment. It was cloudy, and quite dark, the gloom being very thick under the trees, and this made it necessary that the gi rl shoul d go slowly and carefully. She was not afraid of losing her way, however. She was too skillfu l in woodcraft for that. She knew that moss grew on the north side of the trees, where the sunshine never penetrated, and when she became slightly uncertain about the direction, all she had to do was to feel at the root of a tree, and locate the moss. In this way she made her way unerringly in the direc tio n of the patriot encampment. She had been perhaps an hour on the way, when she caught sight of the light from campfires. "I am close to the encampment!" she said to herse l f "Goud my journey is almost at an end." The next moment a sharp, warning voice cried out: "Halt! Who comes there?'' CHAPTER X. JENNIE AND THE "LIBERTY BOYS." .. Jenni was startled at first, but quickly realized tha t it was tl1e voice of a patriot sentinel, and she regained hel' equanimity, and replied, in as firm a voice as she could command: "I am a friend." "Advance, friend, and give the counter s ign was the reply. The gi rl advanced, and was soon close to where the s en tinel stood She could see his form outlined against the background of firelight, but felt sure it was not possible that he could see her. "Stop!" again commanded the sentinel. "I judge, from your voice, that you are a girl or woman. Am I right?" "You are," was the r eply. "I am a girl-a patriot, an d I have come to bring you some information." "What is the information about?" "About Dick Slater." "What!" c ri ed the sentinel, excitedly. "What about Dick Slater? I am a 'Liberty Boy.' Tell me, bas any thing happened to him?" "Yes. He i s a prisoner!" "A prisoner? To whom?" "The British." "Is that inde e d true? Who are you, miss?" PAGE 19 THE LIBERTY BOYS' CUNNING. "I am Jennie :Metcalf, and it was at my home that he was captured." "Oh, yes, I know. Your home is where the wounded British spy is, is it not?" "Yes." remember, now, that Dick saia the name of the folks where the British spy was, and where he intended going to night, was :Metcalf." "You are right, sir." "And the redcoats came there and captured Dick, you say?" "Yes." "How long ago?" "Over an hour ago. I came here as quickly as I could, and have been an hour on the way, I should judge." "How many redcoats were there?" "About thirty." "Well, that doesn't utatter, anyway, for they have had time to reach the encampment." "Yes, for it is as close to our house as is our encamp ment." "So I supposed. Well, I will call the officer of the guard, and when he comes I will tell him to show you to Bob Estabrook, who is in command when Dick is away, and: who will know what to do." "Thank you." The rty Boy" summoned the officer of the guard, and explained who the girl was, and what she wanted, and the officer conducted Jennie to the point where the com pany of "Liberty Boys" were quartered. '!'he officer called Bob, who hastened to approach, and when he saw the visitor was a beautiful maiden he bowed courteously, and said respectfully: ber and darkness to tell us of Dick's capture, Miss Jen nie," said Bob. "So it was!" said Fred Hardy, with such an admiring look into the girl's eyes that she blushed rosily. "I was glad to do it," she said. "You see, I am a pa triot girl, and am glad to do anything I can for a patriot soldier." Then she said she had six brothers in the patriot army, and asked the youths if they knew anything about them. "They were with the army before the battle of the Brandywine," she said, "and I have not heard from them since, or oi them. And now the army has been in these parts several days, and not one of my brothers has been home, or sent word where they are, and we have become very uneasy; and if you can give me any information re garding my brothers, please do so." "Say, I knew one of the Metcalf boys!" suddenly ex claimed Fred Hardy. "His name was Frank. He was a tall, well-built fellow, about twenty-two years old, with dark hair and eyes, and a mustache." "That was my brother!" cried Jennie. "That was my brother Frank. Oh, do you h.'"Ilow where he is now?" "Yes. The company he was with was sent away en some sort of an expedition over into New Jersey, the day after the battle of Brandywine, Miss J eruiie." "Then all my brothers went, for they belonged to the same company." "Yes; they would have to go if they belonged to that company," said Bob. "Then they are probably safe," said Jennie, her eyea sparkling with joy. "Oh, I am so glad that you have told me this It will be joyous news to father and mother, for they feared all my brothers had been killed in the battle of the Brandywine." Dick "Of course I cannot say whether or not one or more of the other five were killed or wounded, Miss Jennie," said Fred. "But I !mow that Frank was neither killed n o r wound ed; and he seemed to be in good spirits when I sa w him-which would scarcely have been the case if one or more of his brothers had been killed." "Ah, miss, what can I do for you?" "I have come to tell you that your commander, Slater, has been captured by the redcoats, sir," was the reply. "What!" exclaimed Bob, in surprise and horror. "Dick a prisoner?" The youths all leaped to their feet, and crowded around the girl, looking eager and anxious, and a volley of ques tiQns and exclamations were given utterance to. "Hush, fellows," said Bob. "Now go ahead: and tell us about it, miss." Jennie did so, and when she had finished the youths stared at one another with blank looks on their faces. c a prisoner It was terrible to think of. They loved their brave young commander, and at once they began talking of trying to rescue him. "We must rescue him, fellows!" said Fred Hardy, a handsome youth, and one of the jolliest ones in the company. Bob Estabrook asked Jennie a numb er of questions, and she answered them promptly, and told the youths her name, and where she lived. "It was brave of you to come so far through the tim"True; oh, I am so happy!" cried Jennie. "I am sorry }fr. Slater was captured, but am glad that my coming has resulted in my gaining this information about my brothe rs." "Why did not your father come to our army and make inquiries about his sons?" asked Bob. "He did not dare, owing to the fact that redcoat spies weTe >1'atching our house all the time," was ilhe reply. "He did intend to do so, but when he saw the house was being watched he was afraid to risk it, as he did not wish to get himself arrested, and leave mother and I without pro tection. You see, it would have done my brothers no good for us to find out about them, and although it was hard to endure the suspense, we thought it best to do so, under the circumstances." ... "Yes, indeed," agreed Bob. "Well, I have no doubt that your brothers are alive and well." PAGE 20 18 THE LIBERTY BOYS' CUNNING. The:a the "Liberty Boys" resumed the discussion regarding the matter of rescuing Dick. They well knew would be a most difficult matter to saYe the "Liberty Boy." They were aware of the fact that there was a price of five hundred pounds on Dick's head, and that for this reason he would be guarded closely. While they were talking a "Liberty Boy" who had been out on a scouting and spying expeditio n in the direction of the right wing of the British encam pment, came up, and when he heard that Dick had been captured he, as the rest had done, expressed great sorrow. "We are figuring on tryi;ng to rescue explained Bob. ''But I doubt if such a thing could be done. He is too important a prisoner, and will be guarded too closely." S1=1ddenly the youth who had been out, reconnoitering and scouting, gave utterance to an exclamation, and slapped his thigh in delight. "I'll tell you what we may be able to do," he said. "I have my doubt about being able to rescue Dick, but there is another thing we can do, I feel certain, that will do just as well." "What is it, Mark?" asked Bob, eagerly. The youth's name was Mark Morrison. "I'll tell you. I have been over between the river and the Britlsh encampment, and just before I came back, I saw a British officer in major 's uniform, accompanied by a bodyguard of ten soldiers, go to the home of a rich Tory who lives in that large mansion-you know where t i s." '.'Yes," from Bob. "I know the Tory's name-Robert Royal." "That's it. Well, this officer went there, just before I started back to camp, and the chances are that he will re main some'time, as there is little doubt that he will be treat ed to some good wine, and--" "I know what you are thinking of, Mark," cried Bob. "You are figuring on capturing the British officer, and then exchanging with the redcoats for Dick. Is that it?" "Yes, Bob." "It's a good scheme, and I believe it will work." "I think so. We cannot rescue Dick, in all probability, but by the exercise of cunning, in capturing the British officer, we may be able to secure his release, and it will amount to the same thing." "Yes, indeed. And I hope that we may be enabled to mak e a success of the affair. The British think they have done someth in g wonderful in capturing Dick, and I would like to outwit them by capturing one of their officers and forcing them to exchange." "We can do it, I am sure, if we can get to Robert Royal's mansion before the officer takes his leave." "Well, we will start at once, and will rapidly as poss ible. We should be able to get there in less than an hour." "Oh, yes But how many men will we take, Bob?" "A dozen be enough." "I guess that will be sufficient." Bob selected eleven of the youths, and then, turning to Jennie Metcalf, thanked her for bringing the information regarding Dick's capture. "And now I suppose you wish to return to your home?" he asked in conclusion. "I would like to ask General Washington about my broth ers, first," was the reply. "All right. Fred," to Fred Hardy, "you go to head quarters' tent with Miss Jennie, and get her an audience with the commander-in-chief; when she has bad her interview, tell General Washington what I have set out to do. There is no time to lose, and he will not be angry with us for going ahead with this, I know, for he thinks everything of Dick." "All right. I'll do as you say, Bob," said Fred, and he and Jennie set out for General Washington's tent, while Bob and his eleven comrades set out through the timber in the direction of the mansion of the Tory, Robert Royal.In three quarters of an hour of the time of leaving the patriot e,ncampment the youths reached the vicinity of the mansion, and then, knowing the officer had a bodyguard of ten men, they advanced cautiously. "We must be careful, and not make any mistake,'' said Bob. "Come along, boys, and move as silently as shad ows." The youths stole toward the house. CHAPTER X. THE "LIBERTY BOYS" .AT WORK The patriots stole onward, and presently reached the rear of the mansion without having seen anything of the ten British soldiers. They began to fear that officer they had come to capture had gone, but suddenly they heard loud voices and laughter coming from the kitchen, and instantly understood the matter. While the officer was in the library talking and drinking wine with the owner of the mansion the common soldiers were in the kitchen, prinking and eating and having a good time. The question now was, how were they to get into the man sion? After some discussion it was decided to play a cunning trick on the redcoats who were in the kitchen. No sooner thought of than put into execution. The youths ranged tbemsQlve s along near the lite en door, and Bob took off his hat and coat and stepped to the door and knocked on it. There was a sudden cessation of the talk and laughter. Then steps were heard, and the door opened a few inches. It was one of the soldiers. "The major wants five of you to coine out here, at once/' said Bob. PAGE 21 THE LIBERTY BOYS' CUNNING. 19 "What for?" was the query. "He f ars that some of the rebels are around." "Who are you? "One of the men who work on the place." Tli' e redcoat grumblingly turned around and called the na mes of four of his comrades. Come along," he said. "We'll go out and take a look ar o und, and then come back. Don t eat and drink every t hi ng up while we are gone, boys. "We won't." 'rhen the door opened and :five Britis h s oldier s filed out. T h e la s t one of the :five pulled the door shut b e hind him, and the instant he did so the twelve "Liberty Boy s leaped fo rward and seized the redcoats. The :five were taken wholly by surprise! and although they st ruggled it did them no good. Neither could they yell out for the "Liberty Boys" had been very careful to get a t h roat-hold on e ach of the enemy, and thus guarded aga in s t their givin g vent t o cries t hat would alarm their comrad es. other six entered the hou s e to make a pris oner of the Brit i s h officer. Bob and his five comrades mad e their way out ef the kitchen into a hall. They mov ed along this hall, and lis t e n e d a t all th e door s but did not hear the s ound of voices in any on the ground floor. "They must be upstairs," whi s pered Bob, and he led the way up the stairs. It was pretty dark, but by fee ling their way along, they h ad not mu c h difficulty in kn o wing which way to go. Presently they saw a streak of light shining under a door a little way s ahead of them, and as they drew near t h e d o or they heard voice s "I think we have. found our game," whispered Bob t o ark, pnd .. "' ":Y ou :o t _,-7, j .. in listened. The voices of men were heard, and to the s urprise of the youths they h lard of a girl or w o man. It d i d not take long to bind and gag the :five, and the y The "Liberty Boys felt that t hey had no time to spare, \rc r e then dragged around the corn e r of the house and left however, and without waiting to hear anything that wa s th e re, while their captors returned to the kitchen door, said, they threw the door open, and entered the room ready to :finish their work. quickly and unceremoniously. Again Bob knocked, and again a r e dcoat came and opened Standing with their backs to the "Liberty Boys" as the the door. youths entered were two men. One was a British officer What s wanted now?" the man a s ked gruffiy, for he did the other a portly, important-looking man-evidently thi s n o t wish to be bothered when he was enjoying himself. was Robert Royal, the Tory owner of the mansion. say they think there are rebels close at Facing the two and facing the "Liberty Boys," said Dick. "And sent me to tell ,YOU to T e al so, was a beautif'm. woman of perhaps out and help them reconnoiter, and perhapi> fight .ag.g; '. ''We have to go, too, fellows," said the .. .... e:omrades. "Come along." ".. '-jl,1j,: ,. ed t'iie weapon s covering the two There wa s a s huffling of feet, and the five redcoats came woman saw this move on the part of the "Liberty oys," g rumblingly forth from the kitchen. Coming out of a cry of delight escaped her lips, and extending her arm s l ig hted room into the night they could not see anything, toward the newcomers, she cried : an d were easy prey for the "Liberty Boys." "Save me, oh, save me from this terrible man!" The instant the last one of the :five closed the door the Of course the Tory and the. officer whirled, instantly, and youths leaped upon the redcoats, and speedily made priswhen they saw themselves threatened b y the pistol s af the one r s of them, and bound and gagged them. s ix "Liberty Boy s, they recoil ed. Then they dragged the five around the corner of 1the "W-what doestthis m-m ea n ?"stammered Robert Roya l, h o u s e and placed them alongside the others. wit h a feeble a ttempt to be di g nified and stern. 'Now, come on, b0ys," said Bob. "We will go into the "It means that you two scoundrels have got to the end ho u s e and see if we can :find and make a prisoner of the of your Iope !"was Bob's ringing reply. "Don't attempt t o office r. He is the man we want, for we will be able to get draw weapons, or to get away, for if you do. we will kill you Di c k back in exchange for him, where the enemy would rewith as little compunction as if you were mad dogs." fus e to exchange for a dozen ordinary soldiers." Then, leaving his five comrades to watch and threaten the They went back to the rear, and Bob opened the kitchen two men, Bob turned toward the young woman. door and entered the room. "What is the meaning of thi s miss?" he asked. "Why '\) There was no one there. E':'idently the redcoats had beep. do you ask u s to save you? What have the scoundrels been helping themselves. doing?'' The "Liberty Boys" did not all enter the house. Bob "Tha t man there Robert Royal," pointing, "has been f elt that this was unnecessary, and that at least half their hold i n g me here a prisoner for a week, and he has been try numb e r c ould do better work by remaining out of doors ing to force me to agree to b e cpme hi s wife." a nd keeping watch for the possible approach of enemies. "Oh, the villain cri e d Bob. "Well w e will put a S o s ix o f the Youths r e mained out s ide and scatter e d out, s top to that, lad y We will take y ou away from here to EO a s to e n able the m to watch in all directions, while the whe r e the scoundr e l cannot both e r you a ny m o re." PAGE 22 20 THE LIBERTY BOYS' CUNNING. "Thank heaven!" cried the girl. Bob turned upon the two frightened men, and shaking his pi s tol in the face of Robert Royal, said sternly: "You cowardly, sneaking old reprobate! Do you know what I have a great notion of doing?" "N-no,'' was the reply, the florid face of the man growing perceptibly paler. "The n I'll tell you. I have a good notion to blow the whole top of your head off." Bob's voice was so grim and stern, and sounded so much in earnest that the Tory was fearful that he was to be killed. "D-don't shoot! d-don't shoot!" he cried, tremblingly. "I'll promise to not bother the young woman any more, if only you'll let me go this time. P-plea.se d-don't shoot!" "I'll leave it for you to say, miss," said Bob. "If you say spare him I'll do it, but if you say kill the villain, I'll put a bullet through him without any hesitancy whatever." "Oh, Miss Helen, d-don't tell h-him 'to shoot m-me !" cried the cowardly Tory. "I swear toy-you that I'll never t-try to bother y-you again, if you'll only b-be easy on m-me this t-time." "Will you keep you r oath, Robert Royal?" the young woman asked, sternly. "Y-yes I swear t-that f will." "Very well, then. Your life shall be spared, this time. You need not shoot him, sir,'' this last to Bob. "Who are you young men, anyway?" be asked, as the "Liberty Boys" were tying his and his Tory friend s wrists. 1 "Who are we?" asked Bob "I'll ask you a question. Have you ever heard of 'The Liberty Boys of '76' ?" 'The Liberty Boys of '76' !" exclaimed the officer. "Heavens! is that who you are?" 'tlt is." "Then I am 5.n for it, I doubt not." "You certainly are, major,'' replied Bob, quietly. At this instant footsteps were heard in the hall, and the next moment one of the "Liberty Boys" who had been left outside the house appeared at the door of the room. He looked excited,. and was panting, but managed to gasp out: "Quite a large party of redcoats is close at hand, Bob. The house is almost surrounded." CHAPTER XI. THE ESCAPE. "Ha I good!" cried the British officer, his face under going a sudden change, from deepest gloom to strong dt light. "Now we will see about this matter, my bold 'Liberty Boys' I" "Very well; just as you say, miss," replied Bob. "But such reptiles are better fut of the world than in it. They are not to be trusted." "So we shall," said Bob, grimly. Then to hi$_.<:
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