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Moore, Harry
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THE LIBERTY A Weekly Magazine containing Stories of the American Revolution. J,.ue d Sub scriptiur1 $ 2 .50 per year Entere d a.t Second Class Mn:tter at th :New Y.orli Post Office, F e brutlf'!I 4, 1901, by l!'ranlc To use y No. 125. NEW YORK. MAY 22, 1903. Price 5 Cents "Old Put" was determined not to be captured. At the risk of a broken neck, he guided the horse down the steps at a gallop, the redcoats firing at him as he went.


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THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '7.6. A Weekly Magazine Containing Stories of the American Revolutiono lBBved We ekly-By Subscription $2.50 per year. Entered as Second Olaas Matter at the New York, N. Y., Post Office, February 4, 1901. Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1903, in the office of the Librarian of Congress, Washington, D. C., by Frank Tousey, 24 Union Squa1e, New York. No. 1 25 NEW YORK, MAY 22, 190 3. Price 5 Cents. The Liberty Boys and "Old Put." OR, THE ESCAPE AT HORSENECK. By HARBY MOORE. CHAPTER I. The youths were looking down upon an encampment o:t of the British. DIOK AND BOB CAPTURE D "I'd like to know wher e they are headed for, Bob," saia Dick, musingly "Look, Dick!" "So would I." "Where, Bob?" "Perhaps they are headed for Reading, Bob." "Yonder." "Ah, you think it possib l e they are goi ng to try to cap "'Ah, I see now." tuie Putnam?" Two handsome youths of perhaps nineteen years sat on "It is possible horseback on the top of a hill not far from New Ro"Well, if that is their intention we will spoil their chelle, in Westchester County, New York. plans." It was the evening of March 25, of the year 1779, and "Yes; we'll make u" impossible for them to take Putnam the War of the'Revolution was in full blast. by surprise, at any rate." These two youths were Dick Slater and Bob Estabrook, J "So we will. We'll stop right here, and await darkness, Both were members of a company of young fellows of and when it comes, we will find out what the redcoats in about their own age, called "The Liberty Boys of '76," tend trying to do." a.ncl Dick Slater was the company's captain "I' 'th th t D" k" m w1 you m a ic The two were on their way to Reading, Connecticut, "I,et's dismount." where General Putnam-"Old Put.," as he was familiarly The youths leaped to the gr ound. called-was quartered. Then they l ed their horses back into the timber a ways General Washington had sent them, and they were the and tied them to trees. bearers of a verbal message to Putnam, as, where it was Now we will go back and keep our eyes on the enemy, posRible to do so, Washington preferred to send messages in Bob ." this manner; then there was no danger of the mesbages be"Yes, Dick." ing found, if the messengers were captured. They returned to the road, and select1ng a spot from "What do you suppose it means, Dick?" asked Bob. where it was possible to get a good view of the British "I don't know," was the reply. "That is quite a strong encampment, they watched closely. force down there, isn't it. They were in hopes that a small party of three or four l! "Yes, there must be more than a thousand men." might wander away from the encampment; then they "I shou1d say there are at least fifteen hundred men in would slip up close to this party and try to hear what was that force." ta lked about; in this way they might "Like l y you are right." the intentions of the British. 0


2 THE LIBERTY l30YS AND "OLD PUT." But they were disappointed. They did not see anyone l eave the encampment. Some had done so, however, while they were in the tim ber tying their horses. The party of Briti s h was under Governor Tryon, and it had happened that in sweeping the surrounding landscape with a telescope which he carried, he had caught s ight of the two youths on horseback on the top of the hill. He had at once summoned two or three of the officers, who took a look at the two horsemen. "What do you think of them?" the governor a s ked. "I don't know," replied one. "They may be rebel s pies." "Quite likely," said the governor. "You see, they wear no uniforms, and that stamps them as e i ther loyalists or rebels. If they were the former, they would have come straight on down into our camp, I'm thinking, so that leaves it extremely probable that they are rebels, seeing they remain the hilltop, watching us, and showing no inclination to come down here." "'rhey are dismounting," exclaimed one of the officers, who had the telescope to his eyes. "Let me see," said Governor Tryon. He took the tele scope and looked. "Yes, they have dismounted," he said, "and now they are leading their horses back into the timber." "Th:it look s suspicious !" "So it does," the governor agreed. "It is my opinion that the two are rebel spies ." "Then they ought to be captured ." "So they ought; and I think I shall have the matter at tended to at once." "You are going to send a party to make the capture, sir?" "Yes ; and it will be a good plan for the party to start at once, before the two come forth from the timber ." "You are right; and then we can take them by surpr ise." "Right; you take a party of ten men, Captain Sharp, and hasten up to the top of the hill and make prisoners of the young strangers ." 'CV ery well, sir." The officer quickly selected ten men and hastened away, succeeding in getting out of the encampment before Dick and Bob came forth from the timber, after tying their horses, so their departure :from the camp was not seen by the "Liberty Boys." The youths were standing there, talking in low tone s and watching the British encampment, when they were suddenly start led by h earing swift-running footsteps. The next in stant they found themselves surro unded by about a dozen British soldiers, each with a pistol leveled full at the youth's heads. The "Liberty Boys" realized that they were in danger of being mad e prisoners; but they did not let the fact that they were assailed by misgivings shr>W in their faces. They lrnpt up a brave front, and stared at the redcoats with we, -simula1 1. surprise. "He ll 0 b"" "'" this mean?" cried Dick. (1) (1) ro Q "It means that you are our prisoners!" replied Captai Sha rp, triumphantly : "For what reason?" "IL is simple enough : Because you are spies." "Oh, so that is what you think we are?" exclaimed Dick, as if relieved. "It is; inde ed, I am s ure of it." "We ll, you are mistaken, sir ." "You think so?" sneeringly. I know it. We are not r e bel s pies." "You are not?" There was unbelief in the tones. "We are not." "Then who and what are you?" "A couple of young men who live a few miles from here." "Farmer boys, I suppose?" sarcastically. "Yes." "Ha, ha, ha!" "You don't believe me?" remarked Dick. "I certainly do not." "But I have spoken the truth, I assure you; we--" "Say no more," interrupted Captain Sharp. "I was ordered to mak e you two fellows prisoners and bring yo down into the camp. That I shall do, and whatever explanation you have to make of who and what you are may better be made to Governor Tryon." "So this is a force under the notorious Governor Tryon, eh?" said Dick to himself. "Well, I am glad to know that. But I fear we are in a tight place." Aloud he said: "Very well, sir; but I assure you that you are making a sad mistake in making prisoners of us." "That is for the governor to decide; not I. I have my orders and must abide by them." "I su,ppose so." "Yes." Then the captain gave an order to a couple of his men, who stepped forward and removed the "Liberty Boys' weapons. It was hard to stand still and permit themselves to be deprived of their weapons in thi s manner, but there was no h e lp for it. They had s ized the situation up carefully, ancl decided that it would be suicidal attempt to resist, as they were outnumbered more than five to one, and their enemies had their pistols out, cocked, and lev e led. All they would have to do would be to pull trigger, and the result could not be other than disastrous for the two should they attempt to make their escape. So they macle a virtue of necessity and permitted themselves to be disarmed. "You two carry a good many pistols for simple country farm youths," said Captain Sharp, sarcastically, as he pointed to the eight weapons that had been taken from the "Liberty Boys' belts. "We carry the pistols to protect ourselves against the cowboys and skinners, sir," said Dick. "Ah, indeed?" There was unbelief in the tone "Yes."


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND "OLD PUT." "Very well. We will see what the governor thinks about here, and have a close look at a British army, sir. We it." Then to the two who had disarmed the youths: "Bind the prisoners' arms with their own belts, men." This was quickly done 'rhen the captain sent a couple of soldiers into the tim b er to bring the horses, and the two in question soon re turned, leading the "Liberty Boys' horses. "A couple of good beasts, captain," said one of the men. "So they are," agreed the captain, eyeing. the horses critically. "Pretty good animals for farm horses." "Bah, these horses never were hitched to a plow," said the other man, who had gone after the animals. "I don't know but that you are right," said the captain. i ''Well, now we are ready, forward march to the encamp ment." The redcoats set out for the camp, with Dick and Bob in their midst, and leading the horses behind them. CHAPTER II. AN UNEXPECTED FRIEND. They were soon in the British encampment. The prisoners were conducted to the tent occupied by the commander, Governor Tryon. He looked the youths over keenly and searchingly. "You names, please," he said. "My name is George Hart," said Dick. "My friend's name is Joe Watts." "Humph!" The governor looked them over once more. "Where do you live?" he asked. "About five miles from here, sir "Indeed?" have never before seen one." "Oh, that is it?" "Yes." Governor Tryon gazed into Dick's face as if he would read the youth's soul. The "Liberty Boy" stood the test perfectly Governor Tryon did not know it, of course, but he was pitted against a youth who had had so many hair-breadth escapes, so many adventures, and had so often been placed in trying positions similar to this one that he was more than a match for anyone who might be against him. Dick, in fact, was a veteran in every sense of the word, and Bob was almost his equal in all respects. What Bob lacked in the way of experience as a spy and in being a prisoner in the enemy's hands 'Was made up by his coolness and indifference to danger. "I hardly know what to do with you two young men," the governor said, finally, in a musing voice. "You may be what you represent yourselves to be, and then again, you may not. I will hold you prisoners for awhile, at any rate; it will do you no harm "But our parents will be uneasy about us if we do not get home this evening, sir," said Dick. "Yes, indeed," said Bob. "I can't help that," was the reply. "These are troublous times, and almost everyone has to suffer, to a greater or .les ; extent. Your parents can not expect to be exceptions." "Well, you have the power to do as you like, sir," said: Dick. "Of course, we would like to be permitted to go on to our homes, but if it cannot be it cannot, I suppose." "You are right; you will have to remain here with us to-night. In the morning I will decide what shall be done with you." This settled it. There was no chance to appeal from this decision. The governor was supreme, and the youths ere led away. There was doubt and unbelief expressed in the tones. "Yes, sir." They were taken to a point near the center of the en campment and placed under guard. ''You are farmer boys, then?" the governor asked. "We are, sir." The governor eyed them still more searchingly, and ihen said, sternly: "If you are merely farmer boys, why were you spying on us?" ''We were not doing so, sir," said Dick. "But I saw you-through this," and he tapped the telescope which lay beside him. ''We were not spying on you, though, sir." "What were you doing, then?" "We were simply looking at you out of curiosity." "Why, then, did you go back into the timber and tie your horses? That looks as though you intended to remain quite a while and play the spy." "Not at all, sir. I assure you we had no such intention." "Wlrnt were your intentions, then, if I may ask?" "We were going to come down into the encampment, Soon after they were led from the commander's tent, a messenger came and told the governor that a loyal farmer who lived a quarter of a mile up the road wished him to accept of the hospitality of his home until the force was ready to resume the march. "That will be more pleasant than to remain here in the tent," said the governor; "so I shall accept the invitation with thanks. It is chilly at night He went to the .Tory's house, under escort, and was given a warm welcome. A magnificent supper was served, and was presided over by the hostess, a charming woman. A daughter, a beauti ful girl of seventeen, was at the table, also, and assisted materially in making the occasion one of brightness and pleasure. The governor was pharmed by the grace and beauty of Sophia Selby, and took great pleasure in conversing with her


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND "OLD PUT." "I hear you have been fortunate enough to capture some rebel spies, governor,'' said the girl. "Yes, Miss Selby,'' was the reply. "We have two young men in the encampment, and are holding them prisoner s ." "And do you really think they are rebels, sir?" "I hardly know. It is possible, though they deny it most earnestly." "Of course they would do that," said Mr. Selby. "Yes, indeed," from his wife. "True,'' agreed the governor. "They are handsome, H fuiank-appe!'lring young men, however, and I am half in to believe that they are what they claim to be." "And what is that?" "They say they live five miles from here, and that they are simpla farmer boys." "Did they tell you their names, governor?" asked Mr. Selby. "Yes; one said his name was George Hart, and that his comrade's name was Joe Watts." The host shook his head slowly. "Never heard of anyone of the name of either of the young men,'' he said, "and I know most everyone for ten miles around." "I have never heard the names before," said the hostess. "And you, Miss Selby?" asked the governor. The girl hesitated and looked thoughtful. "I am not sure," she said slowly. "It seems to me that I have heard the names before." Her father shook his head. "You must be mistaken, Sophia,'' said. "I don't think I am, father," was the reply. "Though, of course, I may be." "Well, I shall hold them pri s oners awhile, anyway,'' said the governor. "I. am on my way to strike the rebels under Putnam a blow, and then I shall gather a lot of provisions from the rebels and return to my headquarters near Kings bridge." "Putnam is at Reading, governor," said Mr. Selby. "Yes; so I understood." "He has a small outpost at West Greenwich, however." "Indeed? Then we will strike that point first, as it is nearest." When supper was over the family and their guest went to the parlor, and Sophia played and sang for them. Later on they retired, the governor being given the best room in the house. Next morning, after breakfast, the governor went back to the encampment, and gave the order for the army to get ready to march. This was done, and an hour later the march was begun. When they came to the Selby home the governor a halt. He ordered that the two prisoners should be conducted to the house, and this was done. Then he told the members of the household to take a aood look at the youths, and say whether they had ever b seen them before. Mr., Mrs., and Sophia Selby shook their heads when the had completed their scrutiny of the prisoners. :I "You have never seen the prisoners before?" asked tb governor. The three said they had not. "They strangers to us," said all. "I expected to hear you say so," the governor said. am not at all certain that they are not rebel spies; but a I do not wish to be bothered with them as we are marcl: ing, I have thought of leaving them behind. Will you tak charge of them and hold them here, prisoners, till w come back, Mr. Selby?" "Certainly,'' was the reply. "With pleasure. I wil take charge of the prisonerS', and keep them safely till yo1 return." "Thanks; that will be a great favor." The prisoners were conducted to an upstairs room anc locked in. Their arms were still bound, s o it was no deemed necessary to leave a guard of soldiers. This having been accomplished, the British and Hes s ians resumed the march, and soon disappeared in th1 dis tance Dick and Bob watched them from the windows in thei i room. When the enemy had disappeared from sight the twc looked at each other blankly. "This is not pleasant, Bob,'' said Dick. "I should say not, old fellow." "We are out of luck, Bob. There goes the British force headed for Putnam's quarters, and we are prisoners, anc unable to go and warn him." "It is too bad, Dick; but I think 'Old Put.' will be ablE to give a good account of himself." "He will if anyone in his place could do so. But wha1 can two hundred men do against fifteen hundred?" "Not much, I fear." "You are right." "And has 'Old Put.' only two hundred men?" "That is all he has at West Greenwich, where the Brit ish will strike first. He has a stronger force at Reading." "Jove, I wish we had not been captured!" "What's the use wishing?" "It was a piece of bad luck." "So it was. We were stupid for permitting it." "They played a clever trick on us, in getting away frorn their encampment with the party while we were back iD the timber, tying our horses." "Yes. Governor Tryon's telescope was what enabled them to do this." "You are right. A telescope seems to be a good thing." "Yes. I believe I shall get one at the first opportu nity." "I'd like to get that one away from the governor." "So would L'' "But we will have to get away from the governor first.'1 "You are right; and I fear that will be a difficult mat ter.''


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND "OLD PUT." "I am afraid so; but let's see if we can get our / "We will be only too glad to do so, miss," said Dick. free." I "What is your friend's name?" The youths began working at their bonds, but could not "Harry Franklin." make muqh headway. "I know him!" exclaimed Bob. "He is in Ethan Allen's An houi' passed, and then they heard light footsteps in regiment." the hall. "Oh, do you know him?" exclaimed the girl, her hands "Someone is coming," said Bob. clasping and unclasping. "Yes, a girl, judging from the li ghtness of the foot"Yes, miss," said Bob. "I went fishing with him in the steps. Hudson, not long ago, when there was nothing going "I guess you are right. I wonder if it is that beaution." ful girl we saw when we were brought to the house?" "Oh, I am so glad to hear you say that! And will NtfilU "I don't know. I can't see through the wall." take this letter and deliver it to him when you see ... hi.Jn The footsteps ceased in front of the door. Then a key again?" grated in the lock. "I will, Miss--" The next moment the door opened, and Sophia Selby en"My name is Sophia Selby." tered. "Very well, Miss Selby," went on Bob. "You may rest Her finger was on her lips to enjoin silence. assured that I shall take great pleasure in handing this letter to Harry the very first time I see him." "Oh, thank you." "It may be some time before he gets a chance to do this, CHAPTER III. however, Miss Selby," said Dick. "Yo u see, General Wash ington sent us up here to help General Putnam, and we DICK AND BOB DISAPPOINTED. may be here quite a while." "Of course you must do what you came here to do, The youths stared in amazement. sir," said the girl. "All I can ask or expect is that you They knew that the owner of the house they were in was. will deliver the letter to Harry at the first opportunity." a rroy and supposed that his wife and daughter were "I will do it, Miss Selby,'' said Bob Tories also. "Will you tell me your names?" the girl asked. "Yo ur Yet here was the crirl posing seemingly as their friend real names, I mean? I know what you told Governor Tryo I At lea st that was the way they interpreted her looks on were your names. and actions. "My name is Dick Slater, Miss Selby,'' said Dick, "and The girl closed the door, and advancing a couple of my comrade's name is Bob Estabrook." paces, looked at the youths, inquiringly. "I have heard of you," the girl exclaimed. "Are ,YOU patriots?" she asked, in a low, cautious Then she suddenly remembered that work, and not talk, voice. was what was demanded of her, and s he quickly unfasThe youths looked at her and hesitated. tened the belts that bound the youths' arms. "I do not like to answer that question, miss," said Dick. I "Now, I will show you a way to leav e the house without "It is a leadincr question you know and it is not wise being seen,'' she said. "Come with me." b to tell much about one's self in these troublous times." "Give me the letter," said Bob. "Yo u have done much "True, sir; but I am a patriot, sir, and I suspect that for us, and I wish to do something for you in return. you two gentlemen are." "Here is the letter." "You are a patriot?" exclaimed Dick and Bob in chorus, With a blush the girl drew the letter from her dresssnrprise in their voices and faces. bosom, and handed it to Bob, who placed it carefully in "Sh!-yes." an inside pocket of his coat. "But your father; he is a--" Then the girl led the way out into the hall and along it, "I know father is a loyalist, but I am not." toward the rear of the house. "Then will you free us, young lady?" At the end of the hall was a stairway, and they went "That is what I came here for, sir." down this. At the bottom they found themselves in the "Thank you, miss. We shall, feel under great obligakitchen. tions to you, and if ever we get a chance to do you a "All you have to do now is to open the door and go favor, we will do it, rest assured of that." straight back past the stable, to the timber,'' the girl said. "You may be able to do me a favor, sir." "You will easily make your escape, for there is no one "In what way, miss?" here to hinder you, save father." I have a-a-friend in the patriot army, sir; and I "Thank you, Miss Selby,'' said Dick. thought that if you are from the patriot army you might "I suppose you know the British have gone to attack know him, and would be kind enough tei take a letter General Putnam,'' said the girl. to him from me." "We supposed so. And now,1what about it, Miss Selby?


6 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND "OLD PUT." Would you feel very angry toward us if we were to borrow "You rebel scoundrels!" cried Mr. Selby "You shall a couple of horses from your father's stable?" made to pay dearly for this!" "No, indeed," was the reply. The youths made no answer, but having reached t "If we are to get to Putnam in time to warn him road, headed the horses toward the east, and rode rapid we shall have to have horses and ride at top speed," ex-away claimed Dick. Mr. Selby hastened to the house to iry to find out he "So I know, Mr. Slater. Take the horses; and-yesthe prisoners had escaped. take a beautiful roan mare that you will find there She is He had left the house a few minutes before, and h&] my own especial property, and is very swift of foot. Take made his way to the stable. He found the stableman si her." ting on the ground, feeling of his jaw and looking "Thank you, Miss Selby; but we will take two that are and silly, and had asked him what it meant. It was more evenly matched in speed And now, good-by." minute or two before the man could explain, and he hlf "Good-by just done so and risen to his feet when ihe "Liberty Boy The girl opened the door, and the two youths leaped appeared, leading the horses. through the opening and ran toward the stable. What followed has already been told. And now, as The shtbleman happened to be at the stable door, and been said, Mr Selby went to the house to try to learn ho1 saw them coming. the youths had managed to make their escape. :s "Who are you, and what do you want?" he cried, barring He made inquiries of his wife and daughter, but coule their way. learn nothing. Mrs. Selby had no knowledge of the affai](J "Out of the way," cried Dick. "We want two horses, and Sophia kept her knowledge to herself and have no time to fool away. Stand aside!" Mr. Selby went to the room the youths had been confinea "I will not, you-thieves!" in, and examined it thoroughly, but found nothing therQ Crack! that gave him any enlightenment. Dick knocked the fellow down with a well-directed blow Meanwhile the two "Liberty Boys" were riding onwarH of his fist. He had no time to waste in parleyi'llg with a at a gallop stubborn stableman. They hoped to be able to reach West Greenwich ahead o They dashed into the stable, and quickly bridled and I the British, and to that end they took a different road fron saddled two horses. i the one the soldiers would march along. It was obviouL As they led the horses forth from the stable they found themselves confronted by the stableman and by Mr. Selby. The two advanced and stood in the "Liberty Boys'" path. "Stop!" cried Mr. Selby. "How did you escape?" "That is our affair," said Dick, sternly. "Stand aside." "I wiH not! What do you mean by taking my horses from the stable without saying so much as by your leave?" "It was necessary that we should do so, sir. The British, who left us here this morning, have our horses. You are a loyal king's man, and so we have helped ourselves to horses from your stable. We will return the animals, however." "You shall not take them away!" "We must and will do so. Stand aside!" "We will do nothing of the kind. I--" Dick made a gesture to Bob, and both leaped into the saddles. "Out of the way, or get run over!" cried Dick. The youths forced the horses forward suddenly, and the two mE:n leaped aside hastily. Mr. Selby managed to get out of the way, but the stable man was not so fortunate He was struck by the hoofs of the horse Dick bestrode, and knocked down. He set up a terrible howl, and scrambling to his feet, after the youths were some distance away, limped toward the stable, looking over his shoulder and shaking his fist at the youths. that they could not pass the British force on the sam road. They were still a mile from their destination when the, heard the sound of musket shots. The crack, crack, crack! soon was drowned out by th1 roar of volleys, and the youths realized that they would:i reach the scene too late. ."The British have got there ahead of us, Dick." "Yes; we are too late." "And the engagement is under way." "Yes." "I hope General Putnam was not taken wholly by surprise." "So do I. Jove, I wish we had been enabled to get there in time to warn him!" "Yes. It will be anything but pleasing to me if I find that the British succeeded in surprising Putnam." "It's the same with me. But let's hurry, Bob. Perhaps'. we may be able to get there in time to do some good:' "You are right. I would like to get a few shots at th1 redcoats." "So would I-to pay them for making prisoners of us.and keeping us from getting here ahead of them." Onward dashed the "Liberty Boys." Their horses were comparatively fresh, and the youths did not spare the animals. Onward they rode as fast as possible. They were eager to take a hand in the battle.


11 t THE LIBERTY BOYS AND "OLD PUT." 7 CHAPTER IV. THE ESCAPE AT HORSENECK. "I hardly know. Something seems to tell me that trouble is brewing." With all his common sense, the rugged old veteran had a streak of superstition in his makeup. "Oh, pshaw, general. That is not like you at all," said h "Good-evening, Dr. Mead." Dr. Mead. "We must have something to take that out of "Good-evening, General Putnam. I am glad to see you, you," and he rang a bell. y friend." A servant came, and the doctor ordered that a bottle of s "And I am glad to see you, doctor. How are you and wine and some glasses be brought. 1z e members of your estimable family?" They drank the wine, and then the doctor smilingly s "We are as well as common, general. And now, alight. asked: lia ou are going to honor me by making my house your "Well, how do you feel now?" Y ome while in this vicinity, 1 know." "I feel exhilarated physically, doctor,'' was the reply, "Thank you. I shall be only too glad to do so." ''but I have not lost that feeling of foreboding, or whath It was the evening of JUarch 25th, 1779. ever it may be. I feel as though something were going to o At almost the same time that Dick Slater and Bob happen, and soon at that." stabrook were conducted into the British encampment "Oh, Jrnve some more wine, general, and forget about it," .. t l ear New Rochelle, General Putnam had ridden up to the said the doctor. t ouse of his friend, Dr. Mead, near West Grec1rnich, at a The general shook his head. "Old Put." was not much oint called Horseneck-there being a neck of land ex-of a wine-drinker. nding into the Sound near here, the fancied resemblance "I have had plenty, thank you, doctor," he said, ''and o the shape of a horse's neck giving it its name. The all the wine in Connecticut could not make me lose the hove conversation had taken place, and now General Pntfeeling I am possessed of It will not leave me till the somer am alighted, and Dr. Mead summoned his man-of-allthing, whatever it may be, takes place." ork and told him to take the horse to the stable and give This was someth ing new in the doctor's experience, and 0 im every attention. he had some difficulty in reconciling the thought that this "And now, general, come into the house/' the doctor rugged, sensible old veteran should be supe rstitious. i dded. "What could happen?" he asked. 1 They entered, and when General Putnam had been' "Well, the most lik ely thing is that the British should f eeted by the other members of the doctor's family, the come into this part of the country, and lay waste to the vo retired to the library to smoke and discuss the war till homes of the patriots." upper should be announced. "But you are here, with your brave men, General Put The two were friends of many years standing, and were nam," said the doctor. "Yo u would put a stop to that." deed like brothers. They talked long and earnestly, "If I were able. You see, the British might come in nd when supper was announced they made their way to overwhelming force." he dining-room and did justice to the splendid meal that The doctor shook his head. ad been prepared in honor of the distinguished guest. "I don't think there is much danger of that," he said. ''Old Put.," as he was affectionately and familiarly called "I don't know,'' with a shake of the head. y the people of this region, was known to all, and was A little later the general was shown to his room, and onored for his bravery and rugged honesty. the doctor retired. When the meal was ended, the two men again repaired to Next morning they were up early, and after breakfast he library, where they smoked and talked for an hour, and the general went back to his room to shave hen they went to the parlor, and there was singing and He had lathered one side of his face, and was busily usic. engaged shaving, when he caught sight in the mirror of Two hours later 1;he women folks retired, and Dr. Mead a body of redcoats marching up the road from the west. nd "Old Put." went back to the library, and to their pipes "I knew it!" he exclaimed. "I knew it!" nd their talk of the war and its hardships. He dropped the mzar, and only half-shaved, he buckled "Have the British been heard of in the vicinity late-on his sword, rushed downstairs, and to the stable, where y?" asked General Putnam. he mounted his horse and dashed to where the outpost of "No, not for a long time,'' was the reply. "Everything patriot soldiers was stationed has been quiet since you were1 here last." "To arms, men!" he cried. "To armR! The British are "I am glad to hear that, and hope it will last." coming!" "l certai.nlJ' hope so." "Where are their" asked one oi the soldiers. "Yes; but-do you know, I am afraid it won't last." "Coming up the road; get into position, here an the "You are afraid it won't last?" brow of the hill. We will give the enemy as warm a rer "Yes." ception as possible." "'What makes you feel that way about it?" There were only one hundred and fifty men, and were


8 THE I,IBERTY BOYS AND "OLD PUT." I the regular uniformed soldiers from Ridgefield, but all they Then "Old Put" saw that it would be impossible 1 had, besides their muskets and pistols, were two old iron withstand the terrible charge that was about to be mad1 fiel d-pieces. The two pieces were stationed where they and he called out: >m 0" would be most effica_cious, and then the patriot soldiers "Flee, men, and save yourselves! Take to the swampsrb'. waited The men obeyed instantly, with some few exceptions They were eager, but anxious. 'rhey were only too glad to do so. They knew they ha1 T hey had no idea how many of the British there were. no business trying to stand up in the face of an army, an They were soon to learn Soon the British and Hessians the majority went in the direction of the swamps with af0 came in sight, from where the patriots were stationed, and possible speed. it was seen that there was a regular little army. Their commander then leaped upon his horse, and rodie: "Great Guns!" a l most gasped one patriot soldier. "There along the edge of the bluff to where a series of rude ston ,a;re, enough of those fellows to eat us up, without salt!" steps led down to the low ground, many yards distant. _10 '.'We will give them a warm reception, nevertheless," "Old Put" was determined not to be captured. At thin said "Old Put.,'' grimly "Man the field-pieces, and fire risk of a broken neck he guided the horse down the step when I give the command." at a gallop, the redcoats firing at him as he went. The men obeyed, and presently General Putnam gave It was indeed an extremely dangerous thing to do, buh the order to fire. Putnam knew not the of the word fear. Severa The men obeyed, and the bang, bang! of the cannon was of his men fired up at the British as his horse came dowiti heard. the steps; then they fled. It was seen that several of the British went down, He never stopped to count the possible cost of a thing ; dead and wounded, and a wild yell of delight went up from he. always acted, and then looked into the affair afterward,0 the patriots' throats. as regarded the being dangerous was concerned. "We downed some of them! We downed some of them!" The British dragoons were made of different was the cry. however "Yes, but we will be lucky if we get away with our They would not risk their lives in such a hazardous unf lives,'' muttered one soldier to a comrade. "Why, there dertaking, and so reined their animals to a stop at the 1 must be nearly two thousand of those redcoats." 1 brow of the hill, and watched the "rebel" with interest. "There are not so many as that, I am thinking,'' was the "Ten to one the rebel'breaks his neck!" cried one dra reply. "But there are several times too many for us to' goon, drawing some gold-pieces from his pocket try to contend with." I "Done!" cried another. "I'll take half a pound's worth The redcoats were angered by the lire from the cannon. at that rate They waved their weapons and yelled in a threatening The wager made the affair still more interesting, and and ominous manner. there was at least one among the dragoons who wished that Then they started forward on the double-quick. the American might not reach the bottom of the descent "Stand firm, me11;" called out "Old Put." "Don't be alive afraid Give them a volley when I say the word." As "Old Put." progressed without meeting with any The men cocked their muskets and got ready to obey mishap, the dragoon began to mutter and grumble. the command. "A fool for luck, that fellow!" he grumbled. "He ought They felt that it was a hopeless case, but they were willto be lying on the rocks with a broken neck right, now." ing to stand their ground a little while, and exchange a "Jove, I believe he'll make it in safety!" cried an-few volleys with the enemy. other To most people the idea that one hundred and fifty men, "He will never do it,'' the man who had wagered ten to even though regular soldiers and veterans, should make one that the American would break his neck cried, pet an attempt to stand their ground and oppose a little army tishly. "Why, it is an impossibility. He can't reach the of fifteen hundred is in itself l udicrous, and enough to ocbottom in safety." casion a smile. But "Old Put." was such a doughty war -But he was mistaken. "Old Put. reached the bottom rior, and withal so brave and fearless that he failed to see safely, turned in the saddle, shook his fist at the redcoats the humor of the affair at all. was in earnest, and was defiantly, and thundered onward up the road in the direc determined not to retire until forced to do so. It would tion of Stamford. have been the same if he had had only fifty men, instead of one hundred and fifty. Governor Tryon, when he had observed the number of the "rebels,'' had smiled with grim sarcasm, and had or dered a company of dragoons to get ready to charge. The dragoons did so, and as they approached the gen eral ordered his men to fire. They obeyed, and managed to empty two or three saddles. CHAPTER V. DARING WORK "The firing has ceased, Dick." "Yes, I guess the affair is ended." I


'l'HE LIBERTY BOYS AND "OLD PUT." 9 d "Likely; as I understand it, there was only a small out ost at Horseneck, and of course it could do nothing 1 gainst an army." "Of course not." Dick and Bob were riding eastward at a gallop. a They kept on even after the firing ceased, till they came n o the top of a wooded knoll, and then Dick said: 3. "I think we had better stop here, Bob, and take an oba ervation before going on, don't you?" "I judge it would be best, Dick." 1 "Yes; we are likely to come upon some of the British, nd that would be bad for us." "So it would." They brought their horses to a stop at the top of the 1 ll, and dismounted. Leading the horses back in the woods a little way, they J1tied them to trees. Then they went back to the road, and urned their eyes in the direction of Horseneck. I r l To their satisfaction they were enabled to get a good view 1 }of the scene. They saw the redcoats and Hessians, but could see noth ing of the patriots. They had been there only a minute, however, when they saw a horseman riding along the edge of the bluff, across the valley, from where they stood. Then they saw a body of British dragoons dashing after the lone horseman. The party was nearly half a mile dis tant, and was going away from them. "I'll wager the man being chased is Old Put.,' Dick!" cried Bob. given something to have been in a position to strike the enemy a blow." "I wish the rest of the boys were here, Dick," he said. "What good would that do, Bob?" "We would charge some of the parties of plunderers and sc3tter them," "Yes; we might do that. But we might get into troub l e by doing so, too." "Perhaps; I'd be willing to risk it, though." Dick was watching things closely, and presently he said : "Look yonder, Bob." He pointed down into the low ground as he spoke/te where a lot of horses were, under a guard of three sol diers. "What is it, Dick?" "The horses." "I see them. What about them?" "Don't you see our horses there?" "Yes, so J; do!" "I would know Major anywhere, and I tell you,' I do!).'t intend to let the British him if I can help it!" "Ha! you mean that you are going to try to get him away from the enemy?" "Yes." "I'm with you." Bob was always ready when there was any kind of work of a dangerous character to be doie. Such work was just in accordance with his nature. "It will be dangerous work, Bob." "Who cares for that?" "Likely you are right, Bob." ''I am aware that you don't care fordanger, Bob," with "I'm sure of it, for, see, he is taking a desperate chance a smile. "'I'hat's about the only trouble with you: You are by dashing down the bluff!" always wanting to rush into danger, and it keeps me busy "So he is; now he has disappeared from sight!" holding you down to common sense actions." "I wonder if the dragoons will dare follow him?" "That's all right; you like to get out and make things "I don't know." lively yourself, Dick." They watched eagerly, and saw the dragoons come to a "Occasionally." stop at the brow of the hill. "Yes, oftener than that." "They not going to follow, Dick!" cried Bob. "If there is sufficient incentive, I don't mind doing so, "No; they don't care about risking their necks." Bob, and I believe there is sufficient this time. I would not The youths saw the dragoons lift their muskets to their lose Major for anything, and I am going to have him back shoulders, and then the crack, crack! of the weapons came or know the reason why." to their ears "It's the same way with me. I'm going to have my "Jove, I hope they didn't hit him!" cried Bob. horse back, or know the reason why." "So do I." 1 "All right; come along." They watched and presently heard answering shots, and The two through the timber, and down the side of saw the dragoons turn their horses and ride back and rejoin the knoll. the main army. They were concealed from the view of the three guards, "They didn't hit 'Old Put,' Dick," said Bob. by trees and underbrush, till they were within fifty yards -"I think not. Had they done so they would have gone of where the horses were, and this intervening space was down the hill." open grouna. "Yes; he has escaped." The guards, the youths noticed, however, were looking The youths watched the redcoats and Hessians, and saw in the direction of their comrades a good part of the time. them begin the work of plundering the patriot house s of Occa s ionally they would glance all around, as if keeping the vicinity. a lookout, but the "Liberty Boys" thought it possib l e that "See what the rascally redcoats are doing," s aid Bob, they might succeed in slipping up on them without being his hands clenching. It was evident that he would have 1 i>een.


10 '11HE LIBER'l'Y BOYS AND "OLD PUT." "We'll try it, anyway," said Dick. Bob?" "Are you ready, waists. Then they took the pistols and stuck them in belts. "Yes, ready, Dick. When you say the word we will advance." "I'll tell you what I think we had better do, Bob." "Well?' "Wait till we see one of the guards look all around, and then make the advance." "That's a good plan." "Yes; and another thing. We must not make an attempt to go slow and slip up to where the guards are." "What will 'e do, then?" "We will make a sudden dash, and run at the top of our speed." "Ah!" "Yes; we will run on our tiptoes, so as to make no noise, and it may be possible for us to reach them before they know we are coming." "All right; I'm with you. Whenever r.ou are ready, say so." "I will. And remember; knock the guards sense less with a well-directed blow on the head." "All right; I can do that easy enough." "Then we will take their weapons." "Yes; we must have some weapons. They took ours, the rascals!" The youths closely, and presently one of the guards looked around, and then turned his head back, and resumed the work of watching his comrades plunder the patriot houses. "Now!" said Dick, and with the word he dashed for ward, Bob followirtg closely. They ran on their tiptoes, thus making no noise to speak of. They were swift runners, ahd crossed the open space very quickly. They were :fifteen feet of the three guards, when one of the number turned his head. He gave utterance to a startled e:x:clamation and tried to draw a pistol. He did not succeed, however. He did n.M have time. Dick was upon him like an avalanche, and a well-directed blow on the jaw knocked the redcoat to the earth, sense less. The other two whirled at this itlstant, but one re ceived a terrible blow on the temple, knocking him down, where he lay, dazed, blinki11g ilp in the air The remaining guard managed to jerk a pistol from his belt, but he did not get to use it. Crack! Dick's :fist struck him on the head and down he went, in a heap, the pistol falling from his nerveless grasp. The guards were now hors de combat, and the "Liberty Boys" quickly unbuckled two of the belts from around the redcoats' waists, and buckled them around their own This done, they hastened to where their horses standing, and leading them out from among the leaped into the saddles and dashed away. They rode back toward the knoll, and as they sta they heard wild yells, and glanced back, to see a dozen coats running toward them. The redcoats were cu across diagonally, in an attempt to head the youths "They won't be able to do it, Dick," said Bob. "No, they can't head us off, but they will be close en to fire upon us, I am afraid." "Well, we will have to take our chances ." "Y cs." 'they rode onward, urging the horses to their best sp The redcoats realiz e d that they could not head youths off, and so they stopped and got ready to :fire a ley. They leveled their muskets, and just as they were ing trigger, the two "Liberty Boys" dropped over on farther side of their horses' necks, and the bullets whis past, and over their heads. The next instant theywere erect in their saddles ag and urging their horse s onward. Yells of anger and disappointment escaped the lip the redcoats. "Stop!" they yelled. "Stop, or you are dead men! But of course Dick and Bob did not stop. The British soldiers might as well have saved t b1'eath. The "Liberty Boys" were not in the habit of obeying ders of this kind. They were determined to escape take their horses with them. On they dashed, and the redcoats drew pistols and :fi a volley. The pistols did not carry the distance, however, and youths turned in their saddles, waved their hands, a yelled in derision. Then they dashed up the side of hill, and were soon at the spot where the horses belongi to Mr. Selby were. A glance backward showed that the redcoats had gi up the chase. "We'll stop and get the horses, Bob," said Dick. promised Miss Selby that we would return the animals; a we will do it." "That's right, Dick." They leaped to the ground, after bringing their hor to a stop, and entering the timbet untied the horses a led them out to where the others stood. Then they mounted and rode onward toward the we CHAPTER VI. A BOLD DASH. "Where are we going, now, Dick? Back to Selby's?" "Not a bit of it, Bob."


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND "OLD PUT." 11 "Where then?" "To Stamford." w "\Vhy, Stamford is five or six miles from here, toward r east-and we are going west!" "Oh, yes; but you know the saying, Bob, that the longest t y around is the shortest way home?" r "I believe I have heard the saying." ti ''Well, we are going to put that old saying into ect." "Ah, you mean that we are going to go to Stamford, but 1 a roundabout route." "That's it. You see, we can't go straight there without nning the gauntlet 0 the British aud Hessians, and at would be dangerous." e t "So it would." "In act, we could not hope to accomplish it success lly." "No; we would be killed or captured." 1 "R. bt" -} ig "Btit what makes you say we will go to Stamford, ick?" [{"Because I am sure that is where General Putnam will "You think so?'; "Yes; it is only five or six miles from here, is quite a rge place, and with a great :tnany patriots living in anil. 1 ound it, and he will no doubt try to get up a, force and ve battle to the tedcoats and Hessians." "Good! That will sult me. I want to get a chance to e a few shots at the redcoats who took us prisoners.;' "So do I." The two rode onward till they came to a crossroad Ther e was a farmhouse here, and a man came running ut to the gate and accosted them. "What was the firing I heard a little while ago?" he sked. "Was there a battle?" "Not a battle, exactly, sir," said Dick, eyeing the man I itically, and mentally telling himself that he was well leased with the armer's looks. "It was a small engage!hent, and was quickly over." "Were you in it?" the man asked. The youths shook their heads. "No," said Dick. "But we saw it from the top of a ill.'' "And-did-did the patriots get-get the worst 0 it?" The instant the man said "patriots," Dick was sure he as a patriot himself. A patriot speaking 0 another one lways called him a "patriot," while a Tory or redcoat ould speak of a patriot as being a "rebel." "Yes," replied Dick. "You see, there were not more han one hundred and fifty patriots, and there were :fifteen undred redcoats and Hessians, at the very least. 0 ourse, the patriots could not stand up against such over helming odds." "lfo, of course not; but, did-do you know whether Gen ral Putnam was there?" "Yes, he was there." "And was he captured?" "No; he made his escape." "Good! I'm glad 0-" and then the man stoppe d sud denly, looked at the youths uneasily, and added: "I-I is, I don't know whether you young gentlemen are pa triots or-or--" "We are patriots, the same as you are," said Dit:k. "Ah, I'm glad to hear that!" "I am glad to find a patriot here," said Dick. "I'll tell you why. You see these two led horses?" "Yes." J "Well, they are the property 0 a former who lives a couple 0 miles down the road. They were taken by us, but we wish to return them, as the man's daughter did us a favor, and we told her we would return the horses. Her father is a Tory, but she is--" "What is her name?" "Sophia Selby; and she is a patriot, because 0 the fact that she has a sweetheart who is in the patriot army, and--" "Did she tell you what her sweetheart's name is?" eagerly. "Yes; it is Harry Franklin." ... "And Harry Franklin is my son." The youths uttered exclamations. J "So you are Mr. Franklin!" from Dick. "Yes." "I know your son, sir," said Bob "You do?" eagerly. "And have you seen him lately?" "I went :fishing with him in the Hudson not a week ago." "I am glad to hear you say that! Was he well?" "Yes, and happy, seemi ngly, though 0 course he was a bit homesick." "Just wait a minute,'! t:ried Mr. Franklin. "I must bring my wife out to see you. She will be wild with delight when she learns that you know E:arry." "We will wait to make her acquaintance,'' said Dick. "But we cannot tarry lon g, as we wish to reach Stamford as soon as possible and join General Putnam there." "Ah, then you intepd going a roundabout way, in ordoc to get around the British at Horseneck." "Yes." "I will show you the way to go as soon as you have met my wie, and told her about Harry." The man hastened to the house, and returned in a ew minutes, accompanied by a buxom, handsome woman, who gave the youths a hearty greeting, and then asked anxious ly and eagerly about her soh The youths told her a good deal about Harry Franklin, Bob doing most 0 the talking, for he was better acquainted with the young man than Dick was. It was worth while seeing the delight with which the woman heard the news of her son Presently Dick said they would have to be going. "I am going to ask a favor 0 you, Mr. Franklin," he sai"d.


12 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND "OLD PUT." "It is granted before you ask it, Mr. Slater," he said. "'rhe boldest way is the best, Dick; let's charge tfr Of course, Dick and Bob had told the two who they were. scoundrels, and give them some bullets." ll "I wish to leave the horses here,'' said Dick. Dick pondered a few moments. 11 "Very well. I will take charge of them." "All right,'' he said. "I'm willing. I think that by tal "Thank you; and we will go on our way at once, as we ing them by surprise we will be able to put them to fligha are eager to reach Stamford." temporarily at least." "I will take the horses down to Selby's, if you wish me "Yes, and maybe for good and all. If we can scare ther'] to do so,'' the man offered. enough they may not come back." "All right; if it won't be to

THE LIBERTY BOYS AND "OLD PUT." 13 man looked up the road, in the direction from ich the "Liberty Boys" had come. Then he looked in. gly at the two youths. "Go ahead; perhaps you may be able to locate some parties of redcoats as well, and by so doing we may be enabled to avoid them." a 'Where are the rest?" he asked. h he boys laughed. Bob leaped to the ground, and quickly climbed up into the top of a large tree growing near at hand. 'There are no others," said Dick. he man stared. "Do you see what it is that is burning, Bob?" called out Dick. "Do you mean to tell me that you two had the daring "Yes; there is a sloop burning, just off the shore, in the charge that party of redcoats, and there are no others Sound, and there are two buildings on fire." h you?" he gasped. "Dwellings?" 0 "As you have seen," smiled Dick "I don't think they are; they don't look like The farmer shook his head. ings." 'I "Well, well!" he murmured. "That beats anything I "What are they, then?" r heard of." "I don't know." 1 "Oh, that wasn't much to do. We have done such things "Ah, I have it," exclaimed Dick. "They are probably the fore." salt works." [ "Well, it was the most' daring piece of business I ever "Oh, yes; I've heard about them. That is what they ard of," the man declared. "Jove, I hope the rascals are, I'll wager." n't come back!" "See any parties of redcoats in this vicinity?" "They may not return," said Dick "No Bob rode on a few yards, till he could get an uninter"Come down, then, and we will be going." pted view, and looked after the redcoats. Bob des cend e d, and mounted his horse. l "They are still running," he said. "I doubt their com-' "Now for Stamford," said Dick. 1 ....... F.I T g back." They urged their horses onward ) "I rather think they won't come back," sRid Dick. "Well, It did not take them long to reach Stamford. od-day, sir." I Here they found the people greatly exdted "Are you going?" the man asked. The town was in a turmoil. "Yes; we are in a hurry to reach Stamford, and see if "Rave you seen or heard anything of General Putnam?" cRn find General Putnam." asked Dick, addressing a man whom they encountered at "He made his escape. I heard the redcoats talking the edge of the town. out it." "Are you patriots?" was the counter question. "Ah, dill you?" "Certainly we are." "Yes; they said he rode down the rocky bluff over by "All right, then. Yes, General Putnam is in the town. at a gallop, where his pursuers did not dare You will find him at the public square." llow, and made his escape ." "Thank you. What is he doing?" "Good! I am glad to hear that." "Getting up a force of patriots to go and make an at"So was I. There would have been many to have tack on the British." ieved had the British captured 'Old Put.'" "Come on, Bob.'' "No doubt of it.'' The two galloped onward into the town, and to the pubThen Dick bade the man good-by once more, and rode lie square. wRrd, Bob falling in alongside. There they saw General Putnam standing on a box, talk"W ell, we have done a little good, Dick," he said. ing to a large crowd, and just as they rode up and stopped, "Yes, we spoiled the fun of that party of redcoats.'' the general made an appea l for volunteers to join him and "So we did; and I think we spoiled the good looks of go and attack the redcoats. ne or two, judging by the yells they gave utterance to The citizens i:esponded promptly. ter we fired our pistols." Three four hundred quickly volunteered, and they "We gave them two or three wounds, I am sure.'' were cheered to the echo by the members of the great "Yes." crowd. They rode onward, and presently came to a hill. Pausing, they looked in the direction of Horseneck. "I see smoke, Dick." "Yes, so do I; and I think I see a reflection of fire, swell.'' "They must be burning something." "A house, likely." "No doubt. Say, Dick, I believe I'll climb that tree, and see what is burning." "Never mind cheering those who have volunteered," called out "Old Put.'' "Come forward and volunteer. That will please me better.'' 'rhis created a laugh, and at least two hundred more came forward. "That1s right; that's the way to do!" cried Putnam ap provingly. "Come forward and volunteer. You have re sponded nobly, so far; but I want all the men I can get, so come up and volunteer, men; come along. Remember


14 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND "OLD PUT." you are :fighting for your homes and families We must strike the British at Horseneck, if possible, and that will prevent them from advancing farther in this direction. H not stopped or opposed 1.n any way they will advance and burn your town. You are simply protecting yourselves in volunteering." This brought at least one hundred more recruits, and the general had now a pretty respectable force gathered about him. He kept on talking to the crowd, and calling for vol pmteers, however, for ah hour or more, and when he :finally stopped he had a force of nearly eight hundred men. By this time a number of his men, that had fled for their lives when the British attacked them at Horse neck, arrived on the scene, and they were added to the force. Dick and B9b had the scene with considerable interest. They did not wish to bother the gene't'al while he was busy, so sat on their horses and watched and waited pa tiently. When at last "Old Put." ceased calling for volunteers, and got dow,. box, the youths leaped to the ground; and made their way to where the general stood. They very w ell acquainted with him, having seen him in New Yark a number of times, and he recognized them the instant his eyes rested on tJ:ieir faces. "Well, well; it's Dick Slater. and Bob Estabrook!" he exclaimed, shaking hands with them heartily. "What brings you here?" "We have come from General Washington, sir," said Dick. "We are the bearers of a message to you." "Ah, indeed. Let me have the message, Dick." "It is a verbal one: sir." "Ah, yes. Well, come into the inn here, and we will go to a room, where we will not be disturbed, and then you can give me the message." "Very well, sir ." They entered the inn and went to a room, where they could be to themselves, and in no danger of being dis turbed. Then Dick told the general what Washington had told him to say, and the general listened intently. "All right, Dick," said th,e genera l, when the youth had :finished. "I'll attend to the matter the commander-in chief wishes me to look after just as soon as I have got through with this affair with the British, That had first call on me, now." "And may Bob and I help you in this affair, general?" "I shall be only too glad to have you do so, my boys. I s hall need all the help I can get." "So you will,'' said Dick. "By the way, you boys must have come past Horseneck in getting here,'' Putnam said. "Did you see the red coats?" "Yes, we saw them." "What were they doing?" "They were robbing the patriots, and were burning s{P buildings and a sloop." 1 "Just like the cowardly scoundrels!" Putnam "Were the buildings that were on fire dwellings?" ac "They didn't look like dwellings,'' said Bob. r'J "Ah, I know what they were," said the general. cc'_ltb were salt work buildings." 1' "That is what I guessed them to be,'' said Dick. Lu "Yes; that is what they were; but unless we getH Horseneck pretty quickly, and frighten the redcoats awe I fear they will burn a lot of patriot houses." Lr "Likely you are right." "I am sure of it, and I am going to get my men stard toward Horseneck just as soon as they have armed th(' selves." 1 He had told the volunteers to go home and get tlP' weapons and come back as quickly as possible, before t went into the inn with Dick and Bob, and by the ti/' the three were out of doors agai:Il many of the men '. on hand, with weapons in their hands. Another hour and all were there, teady for the mar' and Putnam did not delay a moment, but gave the ordF "Forward, march, men!" And the force of eight hundred patriots marched out: Stamford and away toward the west. They were bo1wd for Horseneck. CHAPTER VIII. ON THE MARCH. It was almost noon when the little army marched awl It was five miles to Horseneck, and this was gc1 hour and a half's walk, so it was just about one o'clo when they reached Horseneck. They found that the enemy had gone away. General Putnam was glad to see the house of his frierl Dr. Mead, still standing, and the doctor met him at t1 gate as he rode up in company with Dick and Bob. The two gave each other warm greetings. "I congratulate you on your escape from the Britis Genera l Putnam,'' said the doctor. "Thank you; and I congratu l ate you on escaping witho having your roof burned over your head, doctor." "I have been congratulating myself on that, general was the reply. "I expected nothing else than that n house would be burned." "What is the extent of the damage done here, doctor "Well, they have done considerable damage. They ha pillaged every patriot home, taking most everything value, and have burned the store, two or three salt-wo buildings, and a s loop." "And which way did they go?" "Back toward the west." "How long since they went?"


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND "0LD PUT." 15 s About an hour." Ah, then we may be able to overtake them." 'But what if you do, general? They outnumber you ost two to one, I shou ld judge." 'No matter We will give them a good fight if we get hin striking distance of them." hat Wil General Putnam all over. He did not stop to mt the odds against him. t e introduced Dick and Bob to the doctor, and then, er a few more words, gave the order for the army to rch They moved onward, toward the west, but after they d gone a mile or so the general called a halt. 'I don't want to run into a trap," he said to Dick and b, "and so I have decided that it will be best to send h: uts ahead, to see if the coast is clear, before advancing ) h my army." ;i "I think that will be a wise thing to do," agreed Dick Dick and I wi)l do the scouting for you," said b. "Thank you," said the general. "I shall be g lad to r 've you do t hi s I will send an advance guard, also, on a t." This done. Di ck and Bob rode onward, arid half a t zen of the volunteers went forward, through the timber, see if they could see anything of the British. The "Liberty Boys" rod e slowly, for they did not know t they might come upon the rear g u ard of the e n emy at y moment They rode onward a mile, and seeing nothing of the emy, turned and galloped back. "You may march forward a mile,'' said Dick. "The ast is clear at lea st that distance. Bob and I will go :iead again a "Very well," said the general, and he gave the command r the men to march. ) The two "Liberty Boys" rode in a gallop to where they d turned back, and then slowed down to a walk again. They went another mile, and then turned back, and re rted to General Putnam that the coast was clear still other mile. This was kept up till they reached the vicinity of Rye int, and then the youths caught sight of the British from e top of a hill. The enemy had stopped at the Point, and the soldiers ere going into camp. The youths were a mile away from the British, but could e what was going on quite plainly. 1 "They are going into camp, Dick!" said Bob. "Yes Bob." "I wonder why they are doing that? It isn't late." "Doubtless they are very tired; they are loaded down "th plunder, you know." "That's so. Well, it will give us a chance to go for em." "So it will. But 1t wili be impossible to take them by rprise, I think." "True; they will, of course, have outposts stationed." "Yes; but I am glad they have stopped. It will give Gen eral Putnam more time to figure out some way of getting at them ." "So it will. Jove, I believe that if I 'vas commander of the force of patriots I shou ld have them slip up as close as possible, and then charge upon the British." "That would not be a good plan, Bob. They outnumber us two to one, nearly, and they would beat us at that game. "I don't know about that,'' with a shake of the head. "I tell you it would be a hard matter for them to withstand I!. charge from eight hundred men." "But you remen1be1', Bob, that the eight hundred men are militiamen, and a charge from such a body of men is quite different from one made by a body of vete rans. A few volleys from the British would lik e ly throw our force into disorder, and then the probabilities are that the enemy wouid charge 11s. You know what would hap pen?" "That's so," agreed Bob. "It would be all up with us then, for the militiamen would be utterly demoralized." "Yes." The youths then turned their horses an d fode back till they met the patriot force They explained the situation to General Putnam. "So the British have stopped, and are going into camp at Rye Point, eh?" the old veteran exclaimed. "We ll, we must manage to figure out some plan for striking them a blow that they won't forget in a hurry." "We might as well advance to the top of the bill from which we saw the British," said Dick. "We can stop there and bold a counci l then." This was acted upon, and half an hour later the patriot force was on the top of the hill. General Putnam took a look at the British. "They evidently intend to remain there t:i-11 morning," he said, when he had finished bis survey." "Yes, there can be no doubt regarding that," said Bob. "Well, we ought to be able to inflict some damage upon them before morning, I am thinking "Yes, we can make the attempt, at any rate,'' said Dick. After some forther conversation Dick volunteered to venture closer to the British encampment for the purpose of trying to discover the best point from which to advance when the attack should be made. "It will be a big help to u s to know that," he sa id. "Yes, so it will," agreed the general. "Well, go along, Dick; but be careful. Don't let the redcoats capt ure you "They will have to be wide awake if they do so, Gen eral Putnam." I know that, but there is always chance for somet hing to catch a fellow when he is not prepared for it-as the attack on us at Horseneck this morning. I had no idea there were any redcoats nearer than New York, and of a sudden saw a big force riding up the road." True," agreed Dick. "I'll be careful."


IG THE LIBERTY BOYS AND "OLD PUT. "Better let me go along, Dick,'' said Bob. "No, I think it will be safer if I go alone. There will not be so much danger of discovery if there is only one." "All right; but if you aren't back before dark I shall start out to look for you." "I'll be back before dark." "Yo u had better be." 'l'hen Dick took his departure. He moved along down the road for a quarter of a mile, and then, fearing he might be seen if he kept to the road, he entered the timber and stole through it. He had gone perhaps another quarter of a mile when he was suddenly confronted by a tall, lank, roughly-dressed man, who held a huge pistol extended, and covering Dick. "Jes' stop whar ye are,'' was the command, delivered in a calm voice. "Don' come enny furder, young feller, on till I say ye may." Dick stopped, and eyed the man keenly. The fellow did not have a bad face, but of course the youth could not say whether the man was a patriot or a Tory. "What do you want?" Dick asked. "I wanter tork ter. ye." "For what purpose?" "Waal, fur wun thing, I wanter know who ye are." "My name is George Hart; what's yours?" 'l'he man leered. "Ye wanter know who I am, d'ye ?" he asked "Well, not particularly; but as I have told you who I am it is no more than fair that you should tell me who you are." "All right I'm Jim Clark. Ever beer uv me?" There was a look on the fellow's face that told Dick he expected to hear him say he had heard of Jim Clark, and when the youth shook his head and said he never had heard the name before, the fellow looked surprised "Ye never heerd uv me afore?" he exclaimed. "No." "Waal, thet's funny; mos t ever'buddy in these parts knows er hez heerd tell uv Jim Clark, I'm tellin' ye." "ls that s o ? "Yas; mos t ever'buddy hez heerd uv Tory Jim." It was out now. The fellow was a Tory, and undoubt edly a notorious one in these parts. Dick felt that he was in for trouble; but he was ready to meet it. "Oh, you are called 'Tory Jim,' are you?" lie remarked. "Yas, 'cause I'm er loyal king's man; ye bet I've made er lot uv ther rebels aroun' heer wush't they'd never seen Tory Jim!" "Oh, you have?" "Yas, an' thet's whut I'm goin' ter do with ye, young feller ''Why so? I haven't done anything to you." "Mebby ye hain't done nothin' ter m e spechully; but ye're er rebel, an' thet makes ye my enemy, an' et's ther same ez ef ye bed done sumthin' tcr me." "How do you know I'm a rebel?" The fellow l eered. "Oh, Tory Jim knows er thing er two,'' he said. "I t'C all er bout ther rebel army bein' up on ther hill, an" 'Ole Put.' is thar with et, an' I kno\v ez how ye hev ?' down this way ter play ther spy onter ther British." "We ll what are you going to do to me?" ul "I'm goin' ter march ye down inter ther British c:" an' turn ye over ter Governor Tryon, that's whut I'm 1" ter do!" D The "Liberty Boy" saw that he could not escape l out a fight, and he made up his mind to take the inw live. He would try to take the fellow by surprise ands arm him, and then trust to being able to overcome hild a hand-to-hand combat Having so decided, he lost no time in getting to wort He suddenly ten feet to one side 1," This took the Tory by surprise, and he whirled, '] the intention of again covering Dick with the pistol; t he was too slow. The youth was upon him, and seizing 1 weapon, wrenched it out of its owner's hands. at Then they grappled, and began struggling fiercely. ] CHAPTER IX. ro DICK .AND "TORY JIM." Dick Slater was as strong and athletic as any man he ; o ever had hold of in his life. Indeed, he could not cal' j mind more than two or three instances in which he v met his match in a hand-to-hand struggle He was young, active, and supple, and was so used exposure and hard knocks that he was as tough as a p knot It was practically impossible to tire him out. would have to be overpowered by superior physical that was all there was to it. And there was little doubt that Tory Jim imagined would be able to overcome the youth. The exclamation satisfaction that escaped his lips \Yhen he felt Dick wit his grasp proved this Doubtless he compared his size w t11at of Dick, and decided that the disparity in his fa should give him the victory; but here was where he m a mistake. Size does not always count. It did not take Dick long to prcve to Tory Jim thati was not to have everything his own way. To the Tory's amazement he found that his youthful ponent was one who was very hard to handle. 1 "Ye're a purty husky youngster, an' lhet's er fack,'' I tall man muttered. "Ilut I'll show ye lhet ye hain't match fur Jim Clark." "Will you?" remarkell Dick, and he gave the big twist that nearly downed him. "Blame yer picter; ye wanter be keerful!" ihe lanky m g rowled angrily. "I'm er man with er purty bad tem1Jt an' I'm mighty apt ter do ye sum damage ef ye go :fi to cau sin' me too much trubble." "If yon are able,'' was ihe cool retort.


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND "OLD PUT." 17 "I 'Oh, I guess thar hain't no danger but I'llbe able." an 'You don't think there is any chance for a mistake, "Not er bit uv et. Thar never wuz er boy uv yer age whut Id git ther better uv Jim Clark." h c "I shall have to prove to you that there is at least one." 'm "Ye kain't do et." Dick had been afraid that the Tory would yell for help, e first, but now he dismissed th e fear from his mind. He e i that the fellow was so confident he could overcome and s youthful opponent that he would not yell for help, hi d this was just what the youth wanted. "If I can succeed in getting hold of hi s throat, 1'11 soon or tle him, and he will be unable to yell, even if he wants ," Dick told himself. lil The struggle went on. It was a fierce one. Tory Jim was determined to make a prisoner of the triot youth, and take him to the British camp. He thought this would be a fine thing to do, and that would earn for him words of praise from Governor ryon .Ana. so it would have done had he been able to do the ork. Doing it was the difficulty, and he was fast learning Jat it was going to be very difficult. "Blame yer picter!" he growled, "yer ther hardest e oungster ter han'le thet ever I got erholt uv." al "You'll think so before you get through with the affair," as the cool reply. "But I'll beat ye, all right." eJ "That remains to be seen." "Wa"' ye'll see thet I've told ther truth." "If J overcome me you will be the fir st Tory or red o oat who accomplished the thing," said Dick. "W aal, I'll do et, ye bet!" d i "Perhaps )'OJI will; perhaps you won't." n: "Ye'll see," and then the fellow went to work with re trewed energy. w It was about as hard a contest as Dick had ever been in. The Tory was indeed a tough, wiry, and 11j)trong man, and he was, like Dick, inured to hardship, and was hard to tire out. It was about diamond cut diamond n this respect. Dick realized that it would be only by some clever trick othat he would secure the mastery, and he began working tt:oward that end He was ready to take advantage of any opening, and atched for an opportunity closely. L He was afraid that some of the redcoats might come along, anJ then, of course, he would b e made a prisoner, for he could not hold out against others in addition to his present opponent. He began forcing matters, and this made the Tory mad. "Oh, ye think ye'll do sumthin' big, now, don' ye!" he gnmlingly remarked. "Well, 1 think it will be n pretty big thing to get the better of you, that's a fact," acknowledged Dick. "I will admit that you are about the hardest man to handle that I have ever had hold of." "Y e'll think so afore ye git through with me." ".And you will think the same thing about me." "Oh, I think thet, aheddy; ye're er mighty husky youngster, an' thet's no mi st ake." Then the struggle went on. It became fiercer and fiercer, for Tory Jim became en raged when he found he could not overpower the youth whom at first he had supposed would be an easy conquest for him, and he worked at a furious rate to bring the affair to an end. Dick kept right up with him, however, an dwas able to hold up his end, and meet his opponent at least halfway; and after awhile he began to feel that he was getting the better of his opponent. The terrible exertions the man had been making were beginning to tell upon him at last. He was weakening, slowly but surely. The "Liberty Boy" was sure of this, ana he at once be gan putting forth all his energies to the tas k of overpower ing the man. Tory Jim seemed to realize the fact, finally, and he grew pale, where before he had been red with rage. Ye t hink ye've got me, don' ye!" he hissed. "I'm pretty sure of it," was Dick' s reply Waal, ye' ll fin' thet ye're mistook, young feller; ye'll never git ther best u v Jim Clark." "'11hat remains i.o be seen." 'I'hen Dick let out another link, and went at the man harder than ever. He felt that he would soon have the lank Tory at his mercy. His only fear now was that the fellow would yell and alarm the redcoat s and bring some of them to his assist ance. "I must get him by the throat and head anything of that kind off," thought Dick. He began maneuvering, 1md finally succeeded in getting hold of 'l 'ory Jim's throat. The instant he felt the grip of Dick's fingers the man tried to cry out for help; but the cry died away on his lips. It ended in a gasp, and he began gett ing red in the face, as he strove to get his breath and found he could not. Then h e began making desperate efforts to get hi s neck free from Dick's grasp, and here again he failed. rl1e "Liberty Boy had got an iTOn grip, and was de termined to retain it; the harder the Tory tried tb get his neck free, the worse he wa s choked He could not get his br eat h, and there could be only one r esult; he was soon so weak he could not do a1iything more, and his knees gave way, and he tumbled to the g round in a heap The "Lib e rty Boy" did not at once let go of the fellow's throat, however. He thought the Tory mighl be sham ming, in order to get him to let go, when he would yell and bring some of the BritiRh to hi s assistance.


18 TIIE LIBERTY BOYS AND "OLD PUT." So he kept the grasp on the man's throat, and choked and he hastened onward in the direction of the Bri him till certain the fellow was unconscious. Then he encampment. let go, and lifting the man's form, carried it through the vVhen he was within a third of a mile of it, he slacb timber, going back in the direction of the spot where the his speed to a slow walk, and advanced very cautiot< patriot force was stationed. He kept a sharp lookout all around him, for he did It was quite a job to carry the Tory half a mile, and know hut there might be more Tories in the vicinity, c part of the way up hill at that, but Dick managed to do rados of Jim Clark, and he did not wish to become mi_ it, and when he entered the camp he caused no end of up in another combat. Not that he had any fear of excitement. outcome of suc h an encounter, but he had other "What in the name of all that is wonderful have you do. a, there?" asli:ed General Putnam. Soon he reached a point from where he could get a fai, He advanced and looked at the insensible man as Dick good view of the British encampment, and pausing laid the form on the ground. a tree, looked searchingly in that direction. 1 "Why, it's Jim Clark, the Tory!" he exclaimed 'I'he "Liberty Boy" had had a great deal of experieh "Y o u know him, then?" asked Dick. in such work, and it did not take him long to decide u "I should say I do know him, and a more conscienceless the point at which it would be best to make an attack." scoundrel never went unhung. You have done a good 'While he was standing there he saw a couple of offic thing in capturing him, Dick." leave the encampment, and come strolling over towi., "I am glad of that." where he was. "I have long wished to get my hands on the scoundrel," The youth thought it might be possible to overhea1, continued "Old Put." "He has spied on me and done me portion of their convernation, and thus learn somethir, a lot of harm, during the past two or three months, but he and so he stood his ground, and watcl1ed the two close, was too smart for us, and we could never get our hands on They came to' the edge of the timber, and there pa him." They: were smoking, and they at once entered into a co, "'I'hat was up at Reading?" ,. versation which was very interesting to Dick. "Yes. He lives not far from here, however; so I have 'l'he first words Llick heard were: been told." "And you say that is the house, down yonder, halfri "He boasted to me that most people in this vicinity knew mile to the west?" him, or of him, at least," said Dick. "'l'hat is true, I judg e; ana I would wager that they know very little that is good about him." "I judge that is correct, from what I have seen of him." "Did he attack you?" "Y c,:; he appeared before me, suddenly, with a leveled pisto1, and said he was going to take me down into the British encampment and turn me over to Governor Tryon." "How did you manage to get the better of him, if he had the advantage of you in that fashion?" "I was too quick for him; I jumped aside before he cohld pull trigger, and then seized the pistol and wrenched it from his hands. He seized me, then, and we had a lively tt1ssle, but I finally got the better of him." "What did you him over the head?" "No; I choked him into insensibility. He will be all right in a few minutes." "1, will have his hands bound, so he can't do anything desperate," said the general. He did so, and then Dick again took his departure, to go and spy on the British. "So Tory Jim, as he is called, told me.;, "And he says the man has money?" 1i1 "Lots of it, and gold mon&y, too." )l "\\That is he, a miser?" n l "Yes, and a rebel one at that.'' '1: "Then it will be no sin to take the gold away from hi a "Of COlll'Se not." "And if he objects we will--" "Knock him on the head." "That is just what we will do." ) i '.l.' "The fewer rebels there are, the better it will be fc our king." I "Yes; but I am more interested in getting my hands o that gold than in soaking them in the miser's blood." r "It's the same with me. You see, I have had a terribl bad nm of luck with the cards, and am owing the othe officers a lot of money." l "It's the same with me, and if we can get enough mone1 from the old rebel miser to pay our debts and give us stake to start with again, we will be all right." "So we will.'' "When shall we do the work?" "Oh, we will wait till after midnight, and then do th1 CHAPTER X. DIOK OVERHEARS A PLOT. ,. work.'' "How will we get out of the camp without being seeil by the sentinel?" "We won't be able to do so, but we will bribe him not It was now nearly evening. Dick was sure he could get to say anything." the lay of ihc land before it got too dark to see, however, 1 "I see."


THE UBERTY BOYS AND "OLD PUT. Jove, I hope that Tory Jim told the truth about the reb e l miser!" o do I." twi ll be a big disappointment if we get there and have lid ome away empty-handed c 'Yes; but we won't come away empty-handed if we can mi p it." of 'No; before doing that we w ill wrest the miser's secret of )!' hidin g place of his gold from him, if we have to very rly han g him." 'That we will; but I fear we may have a hard time makhim give up the secret. They say mis e rs would about lieve lose their lives as their inoney 'I guess that is true. Well, if he won't tell we'll hang u for good and all, and then find the gold." k. "That's ri ght. We can surely find it, for it would in Ee likelihood be hidden somewhere about the house." lrw "Yes; they always want where they can look it often." a "True ." ti "By the way, I wonder where Tory Jim is?" se "I don't know. He was with us till the middle of the bs ernoon." "He'll be back soon, I judge." "Y eR, like l y ." "I think you are mistaken about that," thought Dick. ory Jim won't be back to this camp at all, I'm thinkg." The two officers remained there nearly half an hour, and ick l earned from their conversation that they were a uple of dissipated officers, who much preferred gambling d carousing to :fighting for the king or anyone else. here were many such among the British officers in Amern a durin g the War of the Revolution. Pre sent l y the two returned to the encampment, and ick, havin g acqu ired all the information that he thought possib le to acquire, went back to the patriot encamp ent. Tor y Jim was sitt in g near the center of the camp, and hen he saw Dick his eyes flashed. ) "I'll settle with ye, sum time, fur this, young feller!" he issed, as Dick passed him. Barkin g dogs seldom bite," said Dick, carelessly "You'll find that I can bite, and you kin bet thet I will o et, too." "Yo u will have to get the chance first, Tory Jim," Di ck aid; pausing and g l ancing back at the prisoner. ''I'll get et, never yeJear." "How?" ''Never ye min'." "I don't see how you will find a chance to get even with me. You are a prisoner, and General Putnam is going to hold you for some time. You will have to give up your idea of getting even." "Ye'll Dick smiled and walked on. Re was soon at the tent occupied by General Putnam, and entering, after being announced by an orderly, told "Old Put. what h e had seetl, and expl a ined wh e r e h e thou ght it would be best to ap proach t h e Briti s h e ncampm e nt. He did not s a y anything about the conversatio n he had overheard b e tween t h e two Briti s h officers, as it was his intention i.hat h e and Bob s hould attend to that matt er. "At what hour will the attack be made, general?" he_ asked "I think, we might as well attack the enemy before midnight--at eleven o'clock, say. "That will be a s good a time as any," agreed Dick. Gene ral Putnam sent out word for the men to be ready to ad v ance upon the Briti s h encampment at e l even o'clock. As soon a s they learned that there was to be an attack made on the Briti s h, the patriot soldiers gave up all idea of going to sleep. They decided to sit up and wait for the time to advan ce. As it would be several hours before the army would march against the British, Dick decided to reconnoiter the home of the mi s er that was to be robbed by the British officers, and get the lay of the land, so he would know where to station himself when watching for the coming of the officers. While eating his supper, he told Bob what he had heard the British officers talking about. "So they are going to rob old miser, eh?" exclaimed Bob, eagerly "That is what they intend to do." Well, we will put a stop to that, eh, Dick?" "Yes; I have made up my mind to do so, Bob." "And I'm with you; we will teach them that the way of the transgressor is hard." "We will, or know the reason why." When Dick was through eating he and Bob l eft the en campment, and made their way westward along the road. As it was dark they were not much afraid of being dis covered, s o k ept in the road, and passed within two hundred yard s of the edge of the British encampment They continued onward, and half a mile farther on they saw a light gl e aming faintly from among the trees at the righthand s id e of the road. "The light must be in the miser's house, Dick,'' said Bob "Likely, Bob. Come along, and we will see. They turned aside and went toward the light. Presently they came to a small, log house. There was one door and one window in the cabin. A light s hon e through the window. They walked up and looked through the window They saw the candle, which was thrust in the neck of a black bottle s tanding on a rough table at the farther side of the room. But nowhere did they see any s i gns of an occupant. Finally Dick managed to get a look over in a semi-dark corner, and there saw an old man He was bending working at something, and they finally made out that


20 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND "OLD PUT." he was lifting a slab-the floor of the cabin being made of rough-hewn slabs. He lifted the s lab and drew something forth. They saw it was a bag, and they heard the chink of co ms. The old man hefted the bag, patted it, hesitated, and then replaced it in the opening under the slab, and re turned the slab to its place. "That is his hoard," said Bob in a whisper. "There must be considerable gold in that bag." "Yes; it is a strange thing, to my way of thinking, that he has not long since been robbed or murdered, or both "That's what I think." "I would have thought that Tory Jim was just the man to do such a thing." "So would I." The youths watched a while longer, and then took their departure. They had not gone far when they heard foot steps and voice.s. "Somebody i s coming!" sa id Bob, in a cautious voice. "Yes; l et's hid e b ehind these busheR, h e re, and see who they are." The youths did so. The night was quite dark, but was clear, and it would be possible to make out the of any person & who passed neaT the spot. As they crouched in their place of concealment, the yonths listened intently, and they heard enough to inform them that the newcomern were two in number, and snil denly Dick whi spered: "It is the two British officers!" '' t "Are you sure?" whi spered Bob. "Yes." "Then prqbably they have decided to rob the old miser at once, instead of waiting till after midnight!" "Likely enough. Well, we will follow them, and keep our eyes on them, and if they make the attempt we :will foil them." .---'' CHAPTER XI. THE WOULD-BE ROBBERS APPEAR. The two officers passed within a few yards of where Dick and Bob were concealed. As soon as the two were a little ways past, the "Lib erty Boys" stole forth from their place of concealment, and followed. The youths kept within fifteen yards of the British officers, and when the latter came to a stop, at the window of the miser's little cabin, the youths paused also. They watched, and listened. They expected that at any moment the officers would make an attempt to enter the cabin; but they did not do so. "I wonder why they are delaying?" whi s pered Bob. "Perhaps they, like us, came up here on a tour 0 vestigation, Bob." "Jove, that's so; possibly they do not intend to do l work now." "I should not be surprised if they simply came up to the lay of the land, with the intention of coming b after midnight, as they said they would do when I heard them lay their plans." "Likely you are right; but I wish they would make attempt now, while we are here; then we could go them and give them a thrashing and have done it." Bob was always eager. He never liked to have an a of this kind postponed. If there was to be a fight, he wis to get at it at the earliest possible moment. Pretty soon the two redcoats came away from the ca and as they moved away Dick and Bob followed them. "I guess we have learned all that is necessary," youths heard one of the two say. "Yes," waR the reply. "I think we shall have an e job getting that old duffer's gold." "Of course it will be easy enough for us to overc the. one old man, but it may not be so easy to make tell where the gold is conceale<1." "'l'hat'R RO. Wrll, wr ll do it, or kill the old sco rlrel." "A conple oi' heartlesR brnteR, Bob," whiRpered Dirk "So they are, Dick, and I s hall be glad to foil them." I Presently the two officers turned a s ide, to go to t encampment, and Dick and Bob went on up the road ward their camp. "Been out reconnoitering?" asked a soldier, as they tered the camp. "Yes," replied Dick. "See anything of interest?" "Nothing of much interest to our men." "All is quiet, eh?" "Yes." The youths went to the place where their blankets been left, and unrolling the blankets, threw themsel down to get a little re s t b efo re the time for starting attack the British camp. About lrnlf-pa s t ten o'clock the entire patriot force in motion. The little army moYed down the road, and drew near British encampment They hoped to take the enemy by surprise. This, of course, would be a hard thing to do, however. So it proved, at any rate. Governor Tryon had suspected that the patriots mig follow him, and he placed out a double line of sentine the result was that the advance of the patriot force was d covered while yet it was too far away to do any darna i and the alarm was sounded The instant. this occurred, General Putnam' ordered charge, and the patriots rushed forward, driving t sentinels into the encampment.


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND "OLD PUT." soo n as they were within musket-shot di s tance, Put o rdered that a volley be fired. do men obeyed. did some damage, for wiltl yells of pain and rage I to u p i mmediately a.fterward. g b a r o used the British to immediate action as well, and 1 ext moment there came an answering volley umber of the patriots went down, dead and wounded e groans and shrieks of the wounded, and the yells e angry combatants made the night hideous was a regular pandemonium. t nam ordered the men to charge the British, but were militia, and refused to do so. Then he ordered to stand their ground and keep on this they or a little while, and then the voices of the British rs were heard, nrging their men to charge is gave the patriot militiamen a scare, '3.nd they ed and fled. vain did "Old Put." call to them to stop and stand ground; they would not do it. They were fright and nothing could stay their flight. co eing that the men would not stop, the regular soldiers h the officers followed. he retreat was a rapid one, and s o far as ihe mililia ot were concerned it a rout practically bey cl id not stop till they got back to the encamp-k. t on tlte hill, and evrn after they got there they were y frightened. ) > h Old Put." was g reatly put out, and he b era ted the 1 soundly. :Vhy didn't you stand your ground and fight like cried. "You are a nice loL, you are! Ran like a of sheep! I'm ashamed of you!" We're ashamed of ourselves," called out one of the ers, who was far enough back in the crowd so that ould not be told who he was. should think you would be!" scathing ly. "Well, next redeem yourselves. Stand your ground and fight. 't be afraid of the redcoats; meet them squarely and v ely, and give them shot for shot, and blow for blow." We will try to do so," cried a soldier. 'I'hat's right; do so-and do more than try; do it." Old Put." was not very well satisfied with the result of attack on the British His men had suffered quite uch as had the British, he was sure; but it could not h e lped, and so, having p l aced out sentine ls, he retired is tent. miser, so as to be sure of being there w h e n t h e Bri t i s h otEcers put in an appearance They moved slow l y and carefully, for they did no t know but they might e ncount e r some redcoats. In this they w ere agreeab l y disappointed, however and they were not long in reaching the home of t h e mi s er. All was quiet in the vicin i ty of t h e cabin There was no light shining out of t h e w indow. "He has gone to bed," said Bob ''.Well, it is certainly time he shou l d be in bed, Bob. "You are right It must be near l y m idni ght." "Yes." "I hope the redcoats will come soon "I don't think we will have to wait ver y l ong ." "The shorter the wait, the better I will l ike i t. "It's the same with me I want to get back to ca mp and get some sleep." The youths took up their positions, n ot far from the front door of the cabin, and waited as patiently as was possible, under the circumstances. They waited for, it seemed to them a n hour and still the officers did not put in an appeara nce. "What i s delaying them, I wonder?" aske d Bob. Hard telling, Bob 1 wis h theya come." "So do I.' "It mu s t b e midnight." l tf "So I s hould think." Again there wa s silence or quite a w h i le. Still there was no ign of the two redcoats. "Jove, can they have given up the idea of r o bbin g the old miser?" asked Bob "I hardly thing so,'' was Dick's reply T hey were too greatly pleased with the idea. They need t h e money, to pay gambling debts with, and t)ley will put in a n a ppear ance sooner or later." "It is going to be later, I think, Dick,'' gr umbled Bob. "Have patience; they'll be along presently." Then there was silence for another period that seemed an hour to the youths. "I don't believe they're coming,'' said Bob, a t l e ngth. "I would be willing to wager anyth i ng that t hey will come," s itid Dick. "Then what is keeping them?" "Yon can't learn from me. Present ly,. after another period of s il e nce, B o b utte r e d an exclamation under his breath. e does not intend making another attack to-night, I "I hear voices!" he half whispere d ss,'' said Bob. "And footsteps," added D ick. No,'' said Dick. "It would do no good The British "You are right o n their guard, and we could not get close enough to "Yes; the thieves are coming at l ast t hem any damage without getting damaged ourse lves. "I think so, too I guess that is true." "Yes, it would hardly be anybody else at t h is ti m e o f t was now past eleven, and the two "Liberty Boys" lef t I the night." encampment, and moved down the road to the west I "That's what I think." d. I Then as the voices and footste p s sou nded n eare r t h e two hey had decided to go at once to the home of the old became sile n t, and l istened eagerly


22 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND "OLD PUT." Nearer and nearer came the footsteps and voices, and then the youths made out two moving forms in the dark ness. It was just possible to see that there was some body there, and that was all. "It is the British officers!" whispered Dick. "Yes," J:eplied Bob. As the newcomers drew near the cabin they ceased talk ing and walked more carefully, so as to make as little noise as possible. They advanced to the cabin door, and tried it; the "Liberty Boys" heard the latch rattle. The officers-for that was who they were-found the door fastened, 0 course, and both placed their shoulde r s against it, and pushed with all their might. The door quivered and shook, or it was not very strong, but it held fairly well, and the two were forced to re st awhile, before trying a second time. This time, in stead 0 making a steady push, they threw their weight against the door suddenly and with terrible force, and the door gave way and went open with a crash. There was a startled cry from within the cabin, followed by the query, in a trembling voice: "Who is there?" I .. CHAPTER XII. THE BRITISH OFFICERS IN TROUBLE. "Never you mind who is here," was the reply, in a gruff voice. "Who are you?" in a frightened voice. "Tell me who you are and what you want?" "You'll find out soon enough, old man!" "You are robbers!" "Oh, pshaw. Stop guessing, old man, and be quiet." A moment later a little blaze was seen, and one 0 the officers held a lighted candle in his hand. Dick and Bob had stolen up close to the door, and looking in saw the old miser cowe ring in one corner, where was a rude bunk, in which he had been sleeping when aroused by the breaking down 0 the door. The two British officers were standing just within the room, and the miser's eyes were on them in a frightened gaze. 1 "Ha, redcoats!" exclaimed the miser, as he saw the red uniforms; "and officers, too. That means that I am to be robbed!-yes, robbed!" "Why, are all British officers robbers, old man?" asked one 0 the two, sneeringly. "All I have ever had any experience with have been,'' was the prompt reply. "Ha, ha, ha! Say you so?" "Yes, and that i s why you are here to-night! I know you!-yes, I know you!" "Oh, you do!" "Yes, yes; you are all-alike." "Well, pretty much everybody is like somebody u and most everybody is looking for gold, old man."0l "But not everybody would rob in order to get goldP no, no! Not at all, not at all!" h "Perhaps not; out we are not here to discuss such f tions. We are here for your gold, and we must Where is it?" l< "I have no gold, gentlemen; I assure you I hav1 E "Bah!" sneered the officer holding the candle; "th; false, and we know it as well as you do. You have ib and lots of it." "What makes you think an old man like me would } gold?" .( "We we1e told that you have gold, much gold." "Who told you s uch an infamous lie?" The old mi voice trembled with anger and fright commingled. "Tory Jim told us." ] "The scoundrel! That is just what might have expected 0 him. But he lied!-yes, he lied. I gold. No, not a bit, not a bit!" I "'I'hat will do to tell, old man, but not to believe. know you have gold, and we want you to tell where concealed." "I have no gold, so cannot tell where it is conceal. "Bosh! You cannot deceive us. You will have to 1 us where the gold i s concealed." "I tell you that you are mistaken. am poor-yes, very poor." "Ha, ha, ha! 0 course you would say so but you make us believe that." "It is true, gentlemen; yes, it is true." One 0 the officers drew,a rope from under his coat, i dangled it before the old man's eyes. "Do you see this?" he asked, in a stern, threaten VOlCe. "Y-yes." "Well, we will hang you with it i you don't tell where your gold is hidden!" "I have no gold, gentlemen. I assure you that I ht not." "You could keep on assuring us 0 that till you black in the face, but it would do no good. We kit better." "Tory Jim gave us every assurance that you have 0 gold,'' from the other officer. "Tory Jim lied; yes, he lied! He knows nothing it; he was simply guessing." "Bah! you can't make us believe that. You have and we must have it." "Tell us where it is hidden," from the other officer. "I assure you, gentlemen, that you a,re mistaken. I "Bosh!" interrupted the man with the candle. are lying and you know it, and we know it-so save breath and our patience." "You are mistaken; I have no--"


THE LIBER'l'Y BOYS AND "OLD PUT." 23 do," interrupting. "We will give you five tes in which to make up your mind to reveal the g-place 0 your hoard, and then, if you still refuse so, we will hang you!" e officer drew a watch from his pocket, and watched hands, while the miser watched him, a look of terror is face. ck and Bob, standing just outside the house, heard 'I saw everything, and they felt sorry for the old man. as evident that the loss of his gold would be a deathto him. e youths did not approve of miserly qualities in any but they felt that the old man's gold was his own, and he had a right to it, and was entitled to keep it; so got ready to interfere a'6 soon as the officers should e a move to offer violence to the old man. esently the officer slipped the watch back into his et. ime i s up," he said; "now tell us where your gold 'dden." he old man uttered a groan. have no gold," he said, in a trembling vmce. "I re you, gentlemen, that--" hat will do!" sternly. ''We have heard all of that of talk we care to listen to. You have the gold; you it hidden somewhere near at hand-probably in the n here. We will be able to find it, anyway,, so you ht as well tell us where it is, and save us the labor of ting for it, and save your life at the same time-for ou don't tell, we shall most certainly hang you!" Surely you would not hang a helpless, inoff ensive old like me?" Surely we would, and wiU! Your only for life in your telling where your gold is concealed." I cannot tell you that, because I have no gold." Bosh!" Then to his companion: "Seize and hold him, te1, while I place the rope around his neck. We'll g him to that beam, there, right in his own cabin." ut before they could make a move to put their plan execution, there came an interruption. Dick and Bob ed through the open doorway and seized the two ers. he redcoats were taken by surprise, and consequently e at a disadvantage, but they fought :fiercely. They did know who their assailants were, but supposed they were nds of the old miser. he fear that they were to lose the chance to acquire a e sum of money caused the two to put up a desperate t. They would not permit themselves to be overcome hey could help it. he old man watched the combat with great eagerness. realized that the newcomers were likely to be friends, ce the redcoats were enemies and the strangers had at ked them. The candle had fallen to the floor, but con ued to burn, thus making sufficient light so that all d see what they were doing. Dick, however, fearing candle would be stepped on and extinguished, kicked it out of the way, and the old miser picked it up, and held it. "That's right, old man," said Dick. "Hold the light, and in a few minutes we will have these would-be robbers at our mercy." "Yes, perhaps you will and perhaps you won't!" hissed one of the officers. "There is no 'perhaps' about it," was the cool reply. "You may find that you are mistaken." "No danger," said Bob. Then he and Dick put forth their best effor ts, and having taken the two officers at a disadvantage in the first place, managed to throw them to the floor a few moments later, and sit on them. 1'Now what do you think about it?" asked Dick. "Blast you, we'll kill you for this!" cried of the officers. '1It will do no good to threaten," was the calm reply. "What are you going to do with us?" the other redcoat asked. "You will learn soon." Then the youths fastened the officers' hands together behind their_ backs, by using pieces of the rope the two had brought along to hang the old man with. "There, they won't bother you any more, old man," said Dick. "And I-I-hope you two gentlemen are not-not robbers," said the miser, tremblingly. "You need have no fears on that score," was the prompt reply. "We don't approve of hoarding up money just for the sake of having it to look at, but at the same time we are not robbers, and will not take your we could do so, if we wished, for we know where it is hidden." "What?" almost screamed the old man. "You say you know where it is hidden? How did you find it out?" "Ha, you old scoundrel, you said you didn't have any gold!" cried one of the "and here you have ac knowledged that you have." "No, no; it is a mistake-I have no gold!" cried the old man. "You are mistaken, young gentlemen; I assure you that you are. I have no gold; I am poor, poor." "That won't do, old man," said Bob. "We saw you, this evening, when you had the hiding-place of the bag of gold exposed. Yes, and we saw the bag itself, so there is no use of denying that you have it; and it is unnecessary, also, for we have no intention of taking your money." "Oh, thank you!-thank you! I am glad to hear you say that." "But we'll be back here and will take every bit of it,":. said one of the British officers. "Don't you forget that, you old rascal." "And don't you be a bit afraid of their doing so, old man," said Dick. "They will not return to bother you. I will guarantee that." "What are you going to do with us?" one of the red coats asked.


24 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND "OLD PUT." "We are going to take you to the patriot encampment and turn you over to General Putnam." "Blazes, but you must not do that! Say, free us, young fellows, and l et's all four take the old man's gold and divide it equally between u s." "You don't know who you are talking to," said Dick, sternly. "You are wasting your breath." "No, we do not know who we are talking to, that's a fact; but for special reason s we would like to know'. Sup posing you tell us?" :'What are your reasons for wis hing to know?" "We wish to know, so that we may know who to look for when we start out to get revenge on you." "Very well. Then I will tell you who we are, so you will know who to look for." "I dare you to do so." "It require s no daring. We have no fears of such cowards as you two have proved yourselves to be. My name is Dick Slater, and my comrade's name is Bob Estabrook. We are members of a company of young men known as 'The Liberty Boys of '76.' Perhaps you have heard of us?" CHAPTER XIII. PURSUING THE REDCOATS. It was evident that the officers had heard of the youths They uttered exclamations and stared at them in open-eyed wonder and amazement. "Dick Slater!" "Bob Estabrook!" Each gasped out a name, and then they were silent for a few moments, while they stared at the youths with in terest. "And you are members of the company of 'Liberty Boys'?" exclaimed one presently. "We are; but come, we have no more time to fool away. We must be going." "Let's gag them first, Dick," said Bob. "They'll yell as we are passing the British encampment, if we don't, and bring some of their comrades to their rescue." "Well thought of, Bob. We' ll gag them." "Don't do it," pleaded one of the officers. "We'll give our word of honor not to cry out." "You might forget your having given your word of honor," said Dick, "and we do not wish to be a party to causing anyone to break such a promise." And they stuffed a handkerchief into the mouth of each of the prisoners, and fastened it in by binding another over the top of it." "Now we will go,'' said Dick. "Good-night, old man." "Good-night, and thank you for what you have done for me," was the reply, in a relieved tone of voice It was evident that the old miser would be glad when they were gone. "You are welcome. Bul take my advice and spend some of your gold for food and clothing for yourself, and som for the good of the poor people of the vicinity; if yo don't do this it will probably be stolen from you, and am almost sure that it ought to be. You should not hoar such stuff up, and worship it. It is a sin." But it was plain to be seen that this sort of logic di not appeal to the miser. Gold was his god, and he wor shipped it. Then Dick and Bob each took hold of an arm of one o the officers, and led the two out of doors and out to th road "Now, mind you, no attempting to escape," said Die warningly. "! you do, it will go hard with you, for w shall hit you on the jaw so hard as to make you think mule has kicked you. You have got to go to the patri encampment with us, and there is no getting out of it." The officers could make no reply, of course, bei gagged; but it is safe to say that their thoughts were an thing but pleasant. The four walked along at a good pace, and managed get safely past the point that was nearest the Briti encampment without being discovered; and twenty mi utes later they entered the patriot camp, after having giv the pas s word to the sentinel who challenged them as th approached Not wishing, or thinking it nece ssa ry to arouse an body, just to let it be known that they had captured couple of British officers, Dick and Bob lied the t s prisoners' ankles, so they could not run away, and th spreading their blankets on the ground, placed the offic on them, and lay down on either side of the two. So they were asleep, and slept soundly till morning. There was considerable excitement in the camp n t morning when it was learned that Dick and Bob had c tured two British officers, and a great crowd collected look at the prisoners. General Putnam sent for Dick, and the youth explai how it happened that they had made the capture. "Well, well; you were in luck,'' he said. "I'm glad did capture them, as it is always quite a blow to enemy to lose some of their officers." "True, sir; we are glad we succee,ded in capturing two." The British evidently wondered what had become the two officers. Doubtless their absence alarmed Gove Tryon, for he got his army s tarted on the march q early. He was anxiou s to get back to his headqua at Kings bridge, in Westchester County, New York. But "Old Put." was not inclined to let the enemy '!way scot free. He got his men started soon after British were on the move, and kept close at their h and now and then his men succeeded in picking off a coat with their rifles, some of the men being good m men; and a number of laggards were made prisone Along toward noon, Putnam divided his force,. placin one-half under Dick Slater's command and


THE LIBERTY BOYS AN D "OLD PUT." 25 ding the other half himself, the two forces moved ly forward, and to the right and l eit, and got on both k s of the enemy. A brisk fire was kept up, and a number of British sols were killed, and later on some more were captured en, about the middle of the afternoon, five wagonloads plunder that had been taken from patriot h omes back at orseneck were captured. This encouraged the patriot force greatly, and the men an to feel that they were more than getting even "th the redcoats. Governor Tryon was very angry, and he made an atpt to drive the patriot s back; but while they were ree d to give way, and retreat a ways, they returned to e work of harassing i.he British just as soon as the ck ceased This was kept up a while lon ger, and then General Put m ordered that the pursuit be abandoned. They had ne far enough, he thought; and they had been very suc -ssful, too, and so he was sat i sfied. Thirty-eight prisoners d been captured, and five wagonloads of plunder that d been taken from the patriot homes in the vicinity of orseneck. ''Yf e have done well enough, and will return," he sa id. don't think the British have much to brag about, for e have certain l y got even with them." "That is the way it looks to me," coincided Dick. Bob said the same. "I think I shall not return to Horseneck with you, sir," id Dick. "Nor I," from Bob. "What will you do, then?" asked "Old Put." "We will return to Washington's headquarters." "Ah, very well; but I wish that you shall take a letter the commander-in-chief, from me. "We shall be glad to do that, sir, of course "I will order my men to go into camp here; we have one enough for one day, and in the morning we will set ut on our return to Ilorseneck." "We will stay here till after supper," said Dick. "If we were to follow the British too c l osely we might be cap red." "True. W e ll that will give me time to write "the let'he patriot soldi ers were glad to go into camp, for they ad been walking, running, and fighting a ll day, and were ed. Putn am put in an hour writing a letter to the comander -inchief. He told what he had just been doing, d what he expected to do in the future, and said he ould attend to the matter the commander-in chief had nt word to him to look after, by Dick and Bob. Th e two "Liberty Boys" ate at the same camp-fire with enera l Putnam that e ening, and the three had a very leasant talk. The old veteran lik ed the youths, and h e ked freely with them. At la st the "Liberty Boys" began making preparations to start. Dick placed the letter to the commander-in chief in the inside pocket of hi s coat, and when they were ready to mount and ride away, they shoo k hands with General Putnam, bade him good -by. "Good-by, boys; good-by," the old veteran said, earnest ly. "I hope this will not be the l ast time we s hall work together to bring about t h e defeat and of redcoats." "I hope so, too, sir," said Dick. "And I," from Bob. Then they mounted their horses, and rode away out of the encampment. They were headed toward the west, the direction taken by the British army. "Look out for the redcoats, boys," were the last words from "Old Put." "Don't l et them capt ure y ou. "We won't," was the reply. "We' ll keep a sharp look out for them." Then they rode out of s ight in the darkness, for it was now night. "Well, how do you feel about our work with Old Put,' Dick?" asked Bob, as they ga llop ed onward. "Very well satisfied, Bob." "And it is the same with me." "I would have been a bit better sat isfied had we got to him in time to warn him of the coming of the British, and thus kept him from being surp ri sed at Horseneck." "True. \A;' e were capt ur ed, however, and were unable to do so." "Yes, and we might not have been free yet had it noi been for Sophia Selb y." "That's so." "Y cs; an cl you mustn't forget to deliver that letter to her sweetheart, Harry Franklin, Bob." "I'll not forget, Dick." He'll be tickled to get it, I'll "Yes, we know how that is ourselves, old man. "So we do; it is a treat to us to get l etters from Alice and Edith, isn't it?" "It certainly is." Dick and Bob \vere deeply in lov e with eac h other's sister, and there never were two sweete r girls than Alice Estabrook and Edith S l ater. They w ere beautiful, bright, and tender -h earted and true, and were in every way worthy of the love the two brave "Liberty Boys" felt for them. They rode onward at a ga llop for more than an hour, and then they slackened speed somew hat. They were afraid they might run upon the British, and be captured. They did not know but the enemy might be encamped right beside t h e road. So they rode slowly, and kept a sharp lookout ahead for the light that would be made by campfires. They wer e in Westchester County, New York, now, and within a few miles of the Hudson River. "Say, Dick, let's go up home, and spend the rest of lhe night," said Bob. "It will bf' quite a good ways out of our way, Bob, and


26 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND "OLD PUT." I think we had better keep on going strai ght t o ward the commander-in-chief' s headquarters," was the reply. "All right; you are the boss." The next moment they were given a smprise. CHAPTER XIV. BACK IN THE PATRIOT CAMP. At least a dozen men had leaped out in the road in front of them, and then someone called out : "Halt!" The youths brought theii horses to a stop, for they saw the men had pistols drawn and leveled. It was not so dark but that they could see this. '-"What do you want, gentlemen?" asked Dick. "We want to know who you fellows are?" "A couple of travelers." "Where are ye travelin' to?" "New York." "Do you live there?" "Yes." "Humph! Well, I am going to ask you to get down off them horses." "What for?" "I want to have a talk with you, and it is uncomfortable sitting up there, isn't it?" ot at all." "Well, it's awkward for me to talk to ye while ye're set tin' up there, so get down." "Who are you fellows, anyway?" asked Dick. He saw they did not have on the British uniform, so guessed they were Tories. "Ever hear tell of the Cowboys?" Dick and Bob had. The Cowboys and Skinners were bands of men who roved around and robbed and pillaged the loyalists and patriots impartially, and often they committed murder. "Are you Cowboys?" asked Dick. "That is just what we are." "Well, what do you want with us? We are in a great hurry to get home, and do not wish to be delayed any longer than is absolutely necessary." "Oh, I s'pose ye don't, but that don't make any differ ence to us. We don't care anything about what you want." "Oh, you don't?" "No; we are runnin' this affair now, and I say for ye two fellers to get down off your horses.' But Dick and Bob had no intention of doing anything of the kind. Dick had managed to convey to Bob the knowledge that they were to make a sudden dash for it, he was ready for action. Suddenly Dick gave a signal, and the two spurred their forward, the animals responding quickly, for they were not used to the feel of the spurs. So quick, indeed, was the action of the horses thaMhe Cowboys did not. have time to fire at the youths. Two or three of their number were knocked down, and they set up a terrible howling, one yelling out that his leg was broken. Then the youths urged their horses onward at a gal lop, and by the time the Cowboys could get straightened up and fire a volley they were well down the road, and pretty nearly out of range. At any rate, only a few bullets carried to where they were, and these few did no damage. On they dashed, keeping up the speed till they had gone perhaps half a mile, and then they slackened the speed again. "That was a close call, Dick," said Bob "Yes, so it was; those scoundrels intended to rob us." "That's just what they intended to do." "I,ikely they would have taken our horses, too." "Youmay be sure they would have done so; and we would have had to walk the rest of the way to the patriot encampment." "We were too quick for them." "You are right." The youths met with no further adventure that night, and finally arrived at the patriot encampment in safety. They went to the quarters occupied by the "Liberty Boys," and rolling up in their blankets, went to sleep. They were up as early as anybody next morning, and when the rest of the "Liberty Boys" saw Dick and Bob among them once more they were delighted. "Hello, where did you fellows come from?" "When did you get here?" "Where were you, anyway?" "Did you have any adventures?" "Did you see 'Old Put.'?" "Were you in a battle while you were away?" "That will do," said Dick, laughingly. "We got ba this morning, and we have had a very nice time. We sa 'Old Put.,' and were in a fight with the redcoats." "Tell us all about it!" was the cry, and Dick said ha would tell about the adventures of Bob and himself w they were eating breakfast. He did so, and the youths listened eagerly. Many we the exclamations to the effect that they wished they h been there, and Dick and Bob told the youths that th wished many times that they had been with them. "We would have worried the redcoats yesterday, wh they were retreating, if you boys had been with us," s Dick. g, "So we would," from Bob. "Well, take us along next time," said Mark Morrison. "Perhaps I may do so, Mark.'' ar ''Yes, yes; we would have given a good deal to ha been with you yesterday,'' said Sati. Sanderson. After breakfast was over Dick went to headquarters give "Old Put.'s" letter to the commander-in-chief, a to make his report.


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND "OLD PUT." 27 Bob went in search of Harry Franklin, to give him the girl over near New Rochelle that ever you saw in all your letter from his sweetheart, Sophia Selby. life, and I fell dead in love with her." General Washington gave Dick a pleasant greeting. "You did, eh?" with an air of interest. "What is the 'When did you get back, Dick?" he asked, after shakgirl's name?" ing hands with the youth. "Sophia Selby." "In the night, sir-or rather, this morning." Bob said this in an innocent, matter-of-fact way, and "Did you find General Putnam?" Harry never for one moment suspected that he was being "Yes, sir." teased. "You delivered the message?" "What's that!" he cried, turning pale. "Did you say her "I did, your excellency." name is Sophia Selby?" "And what did Putnam say?" "Yes; and I tell you a beauty, and sweet! Oh, you "He said he would attend to the matter, sir." should see her, Harry! She's--" "Good. How is everything over in that part of the "Where-does-she-live, Bob?" stammered Harry, his country? Quiet, I suppose?" voice husky. "Not so very," smiled Dick. "We found General Put"On a farm not very far from New Rochelle, Harry." nam quite busy when we got there." "'Tis she!" murmured Harry, huskily; and then lie "Ah, indeed? Explain, Dick." asked: "And did-do you-that is, do you think she-that The youth did so, telling about the expedition of Gov-she-cares for-you, Bob?" stammered poor Harry. ernor Tryon, and how General Putnam had organized a "Oh, yes," was Bob's offhand reply. "And by the way, force of militia and pursued the retreating enemy, and all Harry, she says she used to know you, and that there was about it. a matter she wished to write to you aoout, and so she General Washington listened with interest. wrote a letter and sent it by me. Here it is," and Bob "Well, well," he said. "That was an unexpected move drew the letter from his pocket and handed it to Harry, on the part of Governor Tryon." who took it, almost reluctantly, staring at it the while, "Yes, indeed," from Dick. "It took General Putnam by much as he would have looked at something that was to surprise, at any rate." give him his deathblow. And in truth that was what he "Yes; but he rather evened up things afterward." thought. It was his supposition that Sophia had written Then Dick produced the letter General Putnam had I to tell him she no longer cared for him, and he hesitated sent, and the commander-in-chief read it. to open the letter and receive the news which he felt was "Thank you for your good work in finding Putnam and coming. Bob, who understood the matter, was almost delivering the message I sent him, Dick; and for bringing sorry he had played the joke on the young man; but then this letter and the news that you have imparted," said he reasoned that when Harry read the contents of the the general. letter he would be so immensely relieved and so extrava gantly happy as to forgive him for the trick he had played. "I am glad if you are satisfied with my work, sir," was the modest reply. "I am more than satisfied, Dick; I am delighted with "Open it," said Bob. "Read the letter, old man." your work, and when I have another difficult or dangerous Harry tore the letter open, and when he had read the assignment, I shall know who to give it to." heading he gave a start, his face became suffused with a "Thank you, sir." glow of happiness, and his eyes fairly dilateQ. with joy. Then Dick saluted and withdrew. He looked up and saw Bob standing there, grinning at Meanwhile Bob had found Harry Franklin. Bob was hil.l?something of a tease, and after greeting Harry, he said: "Oh, you rascal!" he cried, and he made a sudden leap "I want to tell you a secret, old fellow." for the joker. Bob was too quick for him, however, and "A secret, eh?" remarked Harry, who was a handsome, dodged out of the way, laughing all the time, fit to kill. manly-looking young man "Oh, what a joke!" he cried. "Harry, Harry! that's cer"Y es." tainly the best joke that I have heard of lately!" and "Well, go ahead and tell it." then he roared. 1 "I'm going to do so. You know Dick and I have just "You just wait," said Harry, shaking his fist at Bob. got back from a trip over into Connecticut?" "I'll get a chance at you before long, and if I don't maul "Yes." you it will be because I can't, that's all." "Well, Harry-you won't tell anyone?" with a look This made Bob laugh louder than ever; he saw that around him. Harry was so relieved on account of finding that his "Of course not." sweetheart was still in love with him that he had no idea "All right, then; don't, for the boys would all laugh at. of holding enmity toward the author of the joke. me; but-I'm in love, old fellow." He read the letter through, then kissed it, placed it in "In love, Bob?" I his pocket and turned again to Bob, a happy smile on his "Yes, Harry. I found just the sweetest, prettiest little face.


'1'111 LIBERTY BOYS AND "OI,D PUT." 'Want to fight now, Harry?" grinned Bob "No, I'm too happy to want to fight, old man," was the r eply. "But, jove! how you did scare me!" "You were pale as a ghost, Harry "I felt pale, too, Bob." "I don't doubt it, Harry; and I don't blame you, either, for Sophia is o n e of the sweetest girls I have ever seen, and you are a lucky chap to have her for a sweetheart." "I know it, Bob Then Bob told how he and Dick had made Sophia's ac q u aintance, and as may well .be s u pposed, Harry listened with intense interest. "I'm glad you met her," he said. "I hadn't heard from in two months." "And yon forgive me for the joke I had at your e xpense, old man?" "Of course I do, Bob. And I owe you thanks for bring ing me the l etter." "Don't speak of it, old fellow It is what I know you woul d be only too glad to do for me under similar circ u mstances "That's true, The joke was so good that Bob had to tell Dick about it. Dick laughed, but said, somewhat soberly: "You'll get yourself soundly thrashed, one of these days." But Bob only chuckled. THE END The next number ( 126) of "The Liberty Boys of '76 will contain "THE LIBERTY BOYS' BUGLE CALL ; OR, THE PLOT TO POISON W by Har ry Moore. S PECIAL NOTICE: All back numbers of this weekly are always in print If you cannot obtain them :from any newsdealer, send the price in money or postage stamps by mai l to FRANK TOUSEY, PUBLISHER, 24 UNION SQUARE, NEW YORK, and you will reeeive the cop i e s you order by return mail. lllustrated Weekly The Best ISSU:E:O Stor y Paper Published. -y-F'Fl.:I:O.A.. -Y-. HAPPY DAYS" is a large 16-page paper containing Interesting Stories, Poems, Sketches, Comic Stori e s J o kes, Answers to Correspondents, and many other bright features. Its Authors and Artists have a na tiona l reputation. No amount of money is spared to make this weekly the best published. A New Story Begins Every Week in "Happy Days." OUT TO-DAY' '"f Of Philip f up k \ 1 1" lli. -LEFT IN THE LAND OP FIRE, '.. -By RALPH :MORTON, ., in No. 451 of HAPPY DAYS, Issued May 2 PRIGE 5 CENTS. For S1.ile by all Newsdealers, or will be sent to any address on the receipt of b y FRANK Publisher, 24 U nion Squar e, N e w Yor


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G b 207 The Bradys and the Brewer's Bonds; or, Working on a Wall 162 The Bradys Winning Game ; or, Playing Agamst the am lers. Street Case. 163 The Bradys and the Mail Thieves; or, The Man in the Bag. 2 8 164 The Bradys and the Boatmen ; or, The Clew Found in the 0 The Bradys on the Bowery ; or, The Search for a Missing Girl River. 209 The Bradys and the Pawnbroker; or, A Very Mysterious Case. 165 The Bradys afte r the Grafters; or, The Mystery In the Cab. 210 The Bradys and the Gold Fakirs; or, Working for the Mint. 166 and the Cross-Roads Gang; or, tne Great Case In atd B:na:za B:; or, Working on a Million Dollar 167 The Bradys and Miss Brown; or, The Mysterious Case In Soan t e lack lders; or, The Mysterious Murder at ciety 168 The Bradys and the Factory Girl ; or, The Secret of the Poisoned 213 The Bradys and Senator Slam; or, Working With Washlngtoa Envelope. Crooks. 169 The Bradys and Blonde Bill; or, The Diamond Thieves of Malden 214 The Bradys and the Man from Nowhere; or, Their Very Hardell r,ane. Case. 170 The Bradys and the Opium Ring; or, The Clew In Chinatown. 215 The Bradys and "No. 99" ; or, The Search for a Mad Mllllo 171 The Bradys on the Grand Circuit; or, Tracking the Light-alre. Harness Gang. 216 The Bradys at Baflin's Bay ; or, The Trail Which Led to the Are172 The Bradys and the Black Doctor; or, The Secret of the Old tic. Vault. 217 The Bradys and Olm Lee; or, Working a Clew in Chinatown. 173 The Bradys and the Girl In Grey ; or, The Queen of the Crooks. 218 The Bradys and the "Yegg" Men ; or, Seeking a Clew on 174 The Bradys and the Juggler; or, Out with a Variety Show. Road. 175 The Bradys and the Moonshiners; or, Away Down in TenneHee. 219 The Bradys and the Blind Banker; or, Ferretting out the Wall s 176 The Bradys In Badtown; or, The Fight for a Gold Mine. Thieves. 177 The Bradys in the Klondike ; or, Ferreting Out the Gold Thieves. 220 The Bradys and the Black Cat; or, Working Among the Card Crooks 178 The Bradys on the East Side; or, Crooked Work in the Slums. Chicago. 179 The Bradys and the "High binders" ; or, The Hot Case .In China-2 21 The Bradys and the Texas Oil King; or, Seeking a Clew in the Sou town. west. 180 The Bradys and the Serpent Ring; or, The Strange Case of the 222 The Bradys and the Night Hawk; or, New York at Midnight. Fortune-Teller. 2 2 3 The Bradys in the Bad Lahds; or. Hot Work in South Dakota. 181 The Bradys and "Silent Sam"; or, Tracking the Deaf and Dumb 2 24 The Bradys at Breakneck Hall; or, The Mysterious House on the IJll' Gang. !em. 182 The Bradys and the "Bonanza" King; or, Fighting the Fakirs In 225 The Bradys and the Fire Marshal; or, Hot Work in Hornersville. 'Frisco. 2 2 6 '!'he Bradys and the Three Sheriffs; or, Doing a Turn in Tennessee, For Sale by All Newsdealers, or will be Sent to Any Address on Receipt of Price, 5 Cents per Copy, by FRANK TOUSEYt Publisher, 24 Union Square, New Yor IF YOU WANT ANY BACK NUMBERS of our libraries, and cannot procure them from newsdealers, they can be obtained from this office direct. Cut out and in the following Order Blank and send it to us with the price of the books you want and we will send them to you by rtoi turr mail POSTAGE STAMPS TAKEN '.rHE SAME AS MONEY. FRANK TOUSEY, Publish e r 24 Union Square, New York. ... 190 DEAR find ...... c e nts for whieh please send me: .... copies of WORK A .ND WIN Nos ................................... ... WILD WEST WEEKLY, Nos .......................................................... .. FRANK READE WEEKLY, Nos ......................................................... .. PLUCK AND LUCK, Nos .................................................. 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THE STAGE. No. 41. THE BOYS OF NEW YORK END MEN'S JOKE 800K.-Containing a greatvariety of the latest jokes used by the most famous end men. No amateur minstrels is complete without this wonderfu 1 Ii ttle book. No .. 4?. THE OF NEW YORK STUMP SPEAKER.t:ontammg a varied assortment of t;tump speeches Negro Dutch and Irish. Alsc end men's jokes. Just the thing home' amuse nent and amateur shows. No. 45. THE BOYS OF NEW YORK MINSTREL GUIDE !ND JOK]j] Br country, and the most approved methods for raising beautiful dowers at home. The most complete book of the kind ever pub lshed. No. 30. HOW TO COOK.-One of the most instructive books cooking ever published. It contains recipes for cooking meats '.ish, game, and oysters; also pies, puddings, cakes and all kinds of pastry, and n grand collection of recipes by one of our most popular woks No. 37. HOW TO KEEP HOUSE.-It contains information for :verybody, boys, girls, men and women; it will teach you how to almost anything around the house, such as parlor ornaments 'racket11, cements, .Aeolian harps, and bird lime for catching birds.' ELECTRICAL. No. 46. HOW TO MAKE AND USE ELECTRICITY.-A de acription of the wonderful uses of electricity and electro magnetism together with full instructions for making Electric Toys, Batteries: etc. By George Trebel, A. M., M. D. Containing over fifty il lustrations. No. 64. HOW TO MAKE ELECTRICAL MACHINES.-Conta!ning full directions for making electrical machines, induction :oils dynamos. and many novel toys to be worked by electricity. Sy R. A. R. Bennett. Fully illustrated. No. 67. HOW 'l'O DO ELECTR"lCAL TRICKS.-Containing a arge collection of instructive nnd highly amusing electrical tricks, .ogether with illustrations. By A. Anderson. ENTERTAINMENT. No. 9. HOW TO BECOi\IE A VENTRILOQUIST.-By Harry -The secret given away. Every intelligent boy reading this book of instructions, by a practical professor (delighting multi :udes every night with his wonderful imitations), can master the rt, and create any amount of fun for himself and friends. It is the rreatest book rver published. and there's millions (of fun) in it. No. 20. HOW TO ENTERTAIN AN EVENING PARTY.-A 1ery valuable little book just published. A complete compendium ,f games, sports, card diversions, comic recitations, etc., suitable for parlor or drawing-room entertainment. It contains more for the Done y than any book published. No. 35. HOW TO PLAY GAMES.-A complete and useful little containing the rules and regulations of billiards, bagatelle, oackgammon, croquet. dominoes, etc. No. 36. HOW TO SOLVE CONUNDRUMS.-Containing all :he leading conundrums of the day, amusing riddles, curious catches 1nd witty sayings. No. 52. HOW 'l'O PLAY CARDS.-.A complete and handy little ook, itiving the rules and directions for playing Euchre, Crib ?age, Casino, Forty-Five, Rounce, Pedro Sancho, Draw Poker, A.ucti-0ri Pitch, All Fours, and many other popular games of cards. No. 66. HOW TO DO PUZZLES.-Containin. g over three bun .ired interesting puzzl es and conundrums, with key to same. .A :omplete book. Fully illustrated. By A. Anderson. ETIQUETTE. No. 13. HOW TO DO IT; OR, BOOK OF ETIQUETTE.-It is a great life secret, and one that every young man desires to know all about. There's happiness in it. No. 33. HOW TO BEHAVE.-Containing the rules and etiquette of good society and the easiest and most approved methodseof ap pearing to good advantage at parties. balls, the theatre, church, and in the drawing-room. No: 31. HOW T9 .BECOME A SPEAKER.-Containing foul" teen 1llustrat1ons, g1vmg the different positions requisite to becom a good speaker, reader and elocutionist. Also containing gems from aJl the popular !J.Uthors of prose and poetry, arranged in the moat simple and concise manner possible. No. 49. :HOW TO DEJBATE.-Giving rules for conducting d& bates, uutlmes for debates, questions fot dis cussion and the be1t sources for procuring information on the questions given. SOCIETY. No. 3. HOW TO FLIR'l'.-The arts and wiles of flirtation are fully by this little book. Besides the various methods of ha.r.dkerch1er fan glove, parasol, window and hat flirtation, it con tams a .foll list of the language and sentiment of flowers, which 11 m.terest1ng to everybody, both old and young. You cannot be happ7 without one. 4. H.OW .TO DAN9,E is the title of a new and .book Just issued !:>Y E rank Tousey. It contains full instruo t10ns m the art of, etiquette in the ball-room and at partie .. how to dr!'ss, and full directions for calling off in all popular squai-. dances N.o. 5. HOW TQ LOVJ!l.-A c!'mplete guide to lov1 and marriage, g1vmg sensible advice, rules and etiquette to be observed, with many curious and interesting things not ee110 t:rally known. No. 17. TO full instruction in thl art dressmg and appea!mg weJJ at home and abroad, giving thCl selections of colors, material. and how to have them made up 18. HOW TO BECOME BEAUTIFUL.-One 0f th1 brightest and_ most valuable little books ever given to the worI. Everybody wishes to know bow to become beautiful both male an'1 female. The secret is simple, and almost costless. 'Read thi11 boolil and be convincec:I how to become beautiful. BIRDS AND ANIMALS. No .. HOW. TO IqJEP BIRDS.-Handsomely illustrated anC contammg,full mstructlons for the management and training of canary, mockingbird, bobolink, blackbird, paroquet, parrot, etc. No. 39 HOW TO RAISE DOGS, POULTRY, PIGEONS A RABBITS.-A useful and instructive book. Handsomely illu1F trated. By Ira Drofraw. No. 40 HOW TO MAKE AND SET TRAPS.-Including on how to catch moles, weasels, otter, rats, squirrels and bird.L Also how to cure skins. Copiously illustrated. By J. Harringtoll Keene. No. 50. HOW TO STUFF BIRDS AND ANIMALS.-., valuable book, giving instructions in collecting, preparing, mountinCJ and preserving birds, animals aud inse cts. No. 54. HOW TO KEEP AND MANAGE PETS.-Giving com plete information as to the manner and method of raising, keepinl' taming, breeding, and managing all kinds of pets; also giving ful t instructions for making cages, etc. Fully explained by illustrations, making it the most complete book of the kiud ev '."< published. MISCELLANEOUS. No. 8. HOW TO BECOME A SCIENTIST.-A useful and structive book, giving a complete treatise on chemistry; also ex, periments in acoustics, mechanics, math!lmatics, chemistry, and d rections for making fireworks, colored fires, and gas balloons, Thk book cannot be equaled. No. 14. HOW TO MAKE CANDY.-A complete hand-book fo: making all kinds of candy, ice-cream, syrups, essences, etc., etc. No. 19.-FRANK TOUSEY'S UNITED STATES DIS'l'ANCJ! POCKET AND GUIDE.-Giving th@i official distances on all the railroads of the United States antt Canada. Also tabl e of distances by water to foreign ports, haclli fares in the principal cities, reports of the census, etc., etc., makinl) it one of the most complete and handy books published No. 38. HOW TO BECOME YOUR OWN DOCTOR.-A wo11: derful book. containing useful and practical information in tlt t. treatment of ordinary dijeases and ailments common to family. Abounding in useful and effective recipes for general com plaints. No. 55. HOW TO COLLECT STAMPS AND COINS.-Colii taining valuable information regarding the collecting and arrangilifi of stamps and coins. Handsomely illustrated. No. 58. IIOW TO BE A DETECTIVE.-By Old King Bracb the world-known detective. In which he lays down some valuabk and sensible rules for beginners, and also relates some and experiences of well-known detectives. No. 60. HOW TO BECOME A PHOTOGRAPHER.-Contai!lF ing useful information regarding the Camera and bow to work It > also bow to make Photographic Magic Lantern Slides and ot ti Transparencies. Handsomely illustrated. By Captain W. De W Abney No. 62. HOW TO BECOME A WEST POINT MILITAR'! CADET.-Containing full explanations how to gain admittane3r course of Study, Examinations, Duties, Staff of Officers, Poe Guard, Police Regulations. Fire Depnrtment, and all a boy shoul(' know to be a Cadet. Compiled and written by Lu Senarens, auth

THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. A Weekly Magazine containing Stories of the .American Revolution. By HARRY MOORE. These stories are based on actual facts and give a faithful a.ccount of the exciting adventures of a brave band of American youths who were always ready and willing to imperil their lives for the sake of helping along the gallant cause of Independence. Every number will consist of 32 large pages of reading matter, bound in a beautiful colored cover. LATEST ISSUES: 48 The Llberty Boys' Setback ; or, Defeated, But Not Disgraced. 49 The LH>erty Boys in 'roryville; or, Dick Slater's !<'earful Risk. 50 The Liberty Boys Aroused; or, Striking Strong Blows tor Liberti. ut The Ubei:ty Boys' Triumph ; or, Beating the Reficoats at Their Own Game. 52 The Liberty Boys' or, A Miss as Good as a Mile. 53 The Liberty Boys' Danger ; or, Foe s on fli Sides. 54 The Liberty Hoys' l 'iight; or, A Very Narrow Escape. 55 The Liberty Boys' Strategy; or, Out-Generaiing the Enemy. 56 The Liberty Boya' Warm Work; or, Showing the Redcoats How to Fight. 57 The J,lberty Boys' "Push"; or, Bound to Get 'Ihere. 58 The Liberty Boys' Desperate Charge; or, With "Mad Anthony" at Stony Point. 59 The Liberty Boys' Justice, And How They Dealt It Out. 60 1'he Liberty Boys Bombarded; or, A Very Warm 1.'ime 61 1.'he Liberty Boys' Sealed Orders; or, Going it Blind. 62 The Liberty Boys' Daring Stroke; or, With "Light-Horse Harry" at Paulus Hook. 63 The Liberty Boys' Lively Times: or, Here, There and Everywhere. 64 The J,Iberi:y Boys' "Lone Hand'' ; or, Fighting Against Great Odds. S5 The Liberty Boys' Mascot; or, The Idol of the Company. G6 The Liberty Boys' Wrath; or, Going for the Redcoats Roughshod. G7 The Liberty Boys' Battie !or Life; or, The Hardest Struggle of Ml. 68 The 1,1berty Bors' Lost; or, The 1.'rap That Did Not Work. 69 'rhe Liberty Boys "Jonah"; or, The Youth Who "Queered" Everything. 7 o The Liberty Boys' Decoy; or, Baitini.; the British. a '!'he Liberty Boys Lured; or, The Snare the Enemy Set. i2 The Liberty B oys' Ransom: or, In the Hands of the Tory O.utlaws. 73 'he Liberty Boys as Sleuth-Hounds; or, 1.'raillng Benedict Ar-nold. ;4 The J,iberty Boys "Swoop''; or, Scattering the Redcoats Like Chall'. 7[. The Liberty Boys' "Hot Time : or, Lively Work in Old Virginia. 76 The r.Ib erty Boys' Daring S cheme; or, Their Plot to Capture the King's Son. 77 The Liberty Bovs' B oid Move! or, Into the Enemy's Country. 7q The Liberty Boys' Beacon Light ; or, The Signal on the i\lountain. 70 The I,llJ erty Boys' H onor: or, The Promise l 'hat Was Kept. 80 The Liberty Boys' "'.fen Strike" ; or, Bowling the British Over. 81 The Liberty Boys' Gratitude, and How they Showe d It. 82 The Liberty Boys and the Georgia Giant; or, A Hard Man to Handle. 83 The Liberty Boys D ead Line: or, "Cross It it You 84 The Liberty Boys "Hoo-Dooed"; or, 'rroubie at Every Turn. !!:) The Liberty Boys' Leap for Life; or, The Light that L e d Them. 86 The Liberty Boys' Indian Friend; or, The R edskin who Fought for Independ!'nre 87 The Liberty Boys "Going It Blind" : or, Taking Big Chances. 89 The Liberty Boys' "Hurry Call" ; or, A Wild Dash to Save a Friend. 00 The Liberty Boys' Guardian Angel; or, The B eautiful Maid of the Mountain. 91 The J,!berty Boys' Brave Stand; or, Set Bac k but Not Defeated. 92 The Liberty Boys "Treed"; or, Warm Work In the Tall Timber. 03 The Liberty Boys' Dare ; or, Backing the British Down. 94 The Liberty Boys' Best Blows; or, Beating the British at B ennington. The Liberty Boys in New Jersey; or, Boxing the Ears o f the Brit ish Lion. 06 The Liberty Boys' Daring: or. Not Afraid o f Anything. 97 The Liberty Boys' Long Marc h ; or, 1.'he that Puzzle d tbe British. OR The Liberty Boys' Bold Front; or, Hot Time s on Harlem Heights 99 The Liberty Boys In New York; or, Helping to Hold the Great City. 1.00 '.rhe Liberty Boys' Big Risk ; or, Ready to Take Chances. 101 The Liberty Boys' Drag-Net; or, hauling the Redcoats Jn. J.02 'fhe Liberty Boys' Lightning Work; or, Too Fast tor the British. 103 The Liberty Boys' Lucky Blunder ; or, The Mistake that Helpe d The m 104 The Liberty Boys' Shrewd Trick ; or, Springing a Big Surprise. 105 The Liberty Boys' Cunning; or, Outwitting the Enemy. 106 'l'he Liberty Boys' "Big Hit" : or, Knocking the R e d coats Ont. 1()7 The Liberty Boys "Wild Irishman" ; or, A Lively Lad from Dublin. 108 The Liberty Boys' Surprise; or, Not. Just What The y Were Loo k -ing 109 The Liberty Boy s Treasure ; or, A Lucky Find. 110 The Liberty Boys in Trouble; or, A Bad Run of Luck. 111 The Liberty Boys' Jubilee; or, A Great Dar. for the Grea t Cause, 112 1.'he Liberty Boys Cornered; or, "Which \"\ ay Shall We Turn'!" 113 The Libert y Boys at Valley Forge; or, Enduring Terrible Hard-ships. 114 The Liberty Boys Mi ssing; or, Lost In the Swamps. 115 The Liberty Boys' Wager, And How They Wo'11 It. 116 The Liberty Boys Deceived; or, Tricked but Not Beaten. 117 The Liberty Boys and the Dwarf: or, A Dange r ous 118 The Liberty Boys' Dead-Shots; or, The D eadly Twelve. 119 The Liberty Boys' League ; or, The Country Boy s Who Helpe d 120 The Liberty Boys' Neatest Tric k ; or, How the Redcoats w e r e Foole d. 121 The Liberty Boys Stranded; or, Afoot in the Enemy' s Country. 122 The Liberty B o y s in the Saddle; or, Lively Work f o r Libert y s Cause. 123 The Liberty Boys' Bonanza; or, Taking Toll from t h e rorles. 1 2 4 The Liberty Boys at Saratoga; or, The Snrrende r of Burgoy n e 125 'fhe Liberty Boys and "Old Put.' ; or, The E s at Horseneck. 126 The Lilwrty Boys' Bugle Qall; or, The Plot to Poison 88 The Liberty Boys' Black Band; or, B\mping the British Hard. Fo r Sale by All Newsdealers, or will be Sent to Any Address on Receipt of Price, 5 Cents per Copy, by PBANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, New York IF YOU WANT ANY BACK NUMBERS of our Libraries and cannot procure them from newsdealers, they can be obtained from this office direct. Cut out and fill in the following Order Blank and send it to us with the price of the books you want and we wlll send them to you by re-turn mail. POS'l'AGE STAMPS 'l'AKBN 'l'HE SAME AS MO.NEY. ..... ............ .. ................................................................................ FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, New York. ......................... 190 DEAR Sm-Enclosed find._ .... cents for which please send me: .... copies of WORK AND WIN, Nos ...... : .. -... -....................................... ........... 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