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THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. A Weekly Magazine Containing Stories of the American Revolution. lBBued Weekly-By Subscription $2.50 per 11ear. Entered a s Second Class Matter at the New York, N. Y., Post O ffice, February 4, 1901. Entere d according to Act of Cougress, in the year 1904, in the office of the Ltbrarlan of congress, Washington, D. o., by F.-ank Tousey, 24 Un.ion Square, New Y ork. No. 159. NEW YORK, JANUARY 15, 1904. Price 5 Cen ts The Liberty Boys' Gunners; OR, The Bombardment of rtonmouth. By BARBY MOORE. CHAPTER I. The Liberty Boys goo d gunners, havi n g had-command of some flying artillery at the battle of Fort THE LIBERTY BOYS GO GUNNING. Washington, where they had done such good work as earned the approval of General Washington and all who "General Washington, I have come back to ask a favor saw it. of you." Presently the commander-in-chief looked up. "What is it, Dick?" ."I am afraid that if I let you do this, Dick, you may "I will tell you, your excellency; you know you have get into deep trouble," he said. several pieces of artillery along with the army?" "How is that, sir?" "Yes, Dick." "Well, you boys are so utterly fearless that I am afraid "Well, what I wish to do is to have myself and Liberty you will take too great chances, and that you will plant Boys ta .ke these pieces of artillery and go across and keep your guns and stay too long in one place and thus p e r mit up as constant a firing upon the British as possible." the British to surround and capture you." "While they are marching along, eh?" "I will give you my promise to be very carefu l sir. "Yes, sir." Again the commander-in chief was silent for a few mo-General Washington, the commander-in-chief of the paments. triot armies of America, dropped his heaa and looked at He seemed to be pondering deeply. the floor in a thoughtful manner, while Dick Slater, the Dick watched him eagerly, yet anxiously. He was afraid handsome young captain of the company of youths known that the great man might decide not to let the Liberty as the Liberty Boys of '76, stood waiting for a decision. Boys take the light artillery and go. -. t was the '20th of June, of the year 1778. Presently General Washington looked up. The British army under its new commander-in-chief, "Dick," he said, "I would not think of giving any one General Clinton, had evacuated Philadelphia two day s else permission to do what you ask; but I have the ut before, and was now making its way across New Jersey most confidence in you, and I am going to grant you the as rapidly as possible. privilege to take the four pieces of artillery and go and The patriot army under General Washington had broken see what you can do." camp at Valley Forge at once and set out after the British. "Thank you, sir," said Dick; "I am indeed much Two days had passed and the chase was becoming a lively obliged to you, and I assure you that we will be very care one. The whereabouts of the British army was known, ful and the British will not get a chance to capture us. and now Dick Slater had come to the commander-in-chief "You must exercise all possible care, my boy." to ask permission to take four pieces of light artillery and I "I will, sir." go across and hover near the British army and do all the I "You take the Liberty Boys?" .. damage possible. "Yes, sir; I will need them to hold the British back


2 THE LIBERTY BOYS' GUNNERS. while we are withdrawing the guns from the scene, after bombarding the enemy." "True." After some further talk Dick Slater saluted and with drew from headquarters. He went to the place where the Liberty Boys were quar tered. The youths knew where he had been, and what his errand was, and they besieged him with questions. "What did the commander-in-chief say?" "Are we to go ?" "Did he say we could have the guns?" "Tell us what he said, Dick!" Such were a few of the questions from the lips of the Liberty Boys. Dick waited until they got through asking questions, a nd then said, smilingly: "Yes, we are to go, boys." "Hurrah!" cried Bob Estabrook, Dick 's right hand man, and a lifelong chum and friend; "say, that will be great, Dick." "Yes; it will be very nice. We will have a chance to bombard the British." "Yes; we'll worry them all the time and make them _.,,.wish they had stayed in England." "Y:es Yes!" in chorus, from several of the youths "Are we to have the light artillery, Dick?" asked Mark .Morrison. "Yes." "All four of the guns?" from Sam Sanderson. "Yes." Good!" from Bob Estabrook; "that is just as we would have things." The others all said the same. "When are we to start, Dick?" "We will start in the morning." "That is good." The Liberty Boys talked eagerly, and they told one another what havoc they would play with the redcoats when they got within gunning distance of them. It was evening, and the patriot army had encamped for the night. Next morning, soon after breakfa st, the Liberty Boys, with the four pieces of artillery, left the encampment and moved away toward the south. 'rhey knew where the Briti s h army was, and knew they could reach the vicinity of its line of march by noon. The youths were mounted, and thus were enabled to get along at a good rate of speed. They were eager to get a chance at the enemy, and s o pushed the horses that were attached to the guns, mak ing them "go as rapidly as possible. About noon they came to the top of a knoll which over looked the surrounding country. They came to a stop and took a survey of the country They felt that the British should be in sight, and such proved to be the case. Nearly a mile away, down in the valley, the British army was encamped. It was merely a temporary encampment to permit the soldiers to eat dinner and rest awhile. "There they are!;, exclaimed Mark Morrison, who was the first to catch tJight of the enemy. "Hurrah!" exclaimed Bob Estabrook, his eyes glowing with excitement. "Let's give it to them Dick!" Dick nodded assent. "That is what we will do," be said; "I guess we wi 1 l be able to give them a surprise." The guns were planted at once, and then, when all wa:; ready, gave the command: "Fire!" Boom boom, boom, boom! The four guns were discharged the noise sounding like one long-drawn-out report The cannon balls struck within the confi nes of the British encampment, and severa l soldiers w ere killed n: '\Vounded. The British were taken wholly by surpri e. They leap ed up and stared about them to ce wher e the shots came from. All was excitement in the encampment. They saw thl s moke rolling upward from the top of the knoll, and knew that this was where the shots had come from. General Clinton sent orders for some of the officers to take a force and charge up the slope and make an attack on the force concealed there. f-' The officer,;; hastened to get started. Soon a force of at least five hundred was making its way toward the knoll at the swiftest pace possible. The Liberty Boys saw the movement. "Fire as quickly as pos s ible!" ordered Dick. "They arf coming in too strong a force for u s to offer fight." "Shall we aim the guns at that force that is co.ming, Dick?" a s ked Mark Morrison. "Yes; it offers an excellent mark." The youths aimed the guns, and when they were reau y Dick called out: "Fire!" Again the four guns boomed. The shots were effective, for the missiles went tearing through the ranks of the redcoats, knocking over a ber and killing or wounding them. This caused the British to become almost wild with rage, and they increased their speed and came running up the slope yelling at the top of their voices. "We had better get away from here," said Dick. "Start with the guns at once, boys, and we will cove!' your retreat." The youths who had charge of the guns leaped on to the backs of the horses and started down the hill at as swift a pace as possible, while the other Liberty Boys unslung their muskets and got ready to give the redcoat;; a warm reception. "We will give them a volley from the mu s kets and then a


THE LIBERTY BOYS' GUNNERS. 3 couple from our pistols," said Dick; "after which we will mount and follow our comrades." The youths nodded assent. They cocked their muskets and got ready to take aim as soon as the enemy came within range. Still yelling angrily, the British came up the slope. 'l'hey were brandishing their muskets threateningly, and it was evident that they had no thought other than that they would be able to easily get the better of any force they might encounter on top of the knoll. Closer and closer they came. Presently they were within musket shot distance, and Dick, having noted that his Liberty Boys were taking careful aim, gave the command: "Fire,. ;:,i berty Boys I" Instantly a volley rang out. CHAPTER II. THE YOUTHS DO GOOD WORK. The volley from the muskets of the I ... iberty Boys did goou execution. A score oi the redcoats went down1 dead and wounded. With wild yells the others dashed up the slope, firing their muskets as they came. The bullets fairly rained around the patriots. They were protected by trees, stones and underbrush, however, a few being wounded slightly only. "Now with the pistols!" cried Dick. "Give it to them!" Crash Roar Crash Roar The two volleys rang out, one close on the heels of the other. The British were close enough now, so that the shots did good execution, and nearly a score went down. "llfount and away!" cried Dick. The youth whirled and ran down the slope to where their horses stood. They leaped into the saddles and dashed off at the top of the horses' speed. _,-The redcoats reached the top of the knoll just as the Liberty Boys rode away, and they fired a volley from their pistols. The weapons were not powerful enough, however, the bullets not carrying up. The Liberty Boys gave utterance to cries of defiance, and waved their hands. "Down with the king! Long live liberty!" they shouted. This made the British soldiers almost beside themselves with rage. They would have given almost, to have been within range, so as to pour a volley into the midst of the flying horsemen. But they were out of range, and had to make the best of the situation. The redcoats paused on the top of the knoll and gazed after the Liberty Boys. "What do you think of that, Captain asked one officer of the other. "I think those scoundrelly rebels are about the most daring and impudent lot. that I have ever seen, Lieutenant Hardy," was the reply. "There can be no doubt regarding that." "I wonder who they are-what special force, I mean?" The other shook his head. "That is more than I could say," he replied. "I think I can guess who those fellows are," said a soldier, respectfully. "Ha, say you so, Jarvis?" remarked Lieutenant Hardy; "then tell us." "Have you ever heard of a company of young fellows are known as the Liberty Boys of '76 ?" The officers started. "I have," said Lieutenant Hardy. "And so have I," from Captain Sharpley; "do you think those are the Liberty Boys?" "That is my guess, sir. From all I have heard about them, they are likely to do just such a thing as this force has done." The officers looked after the party of horsemen thoughtfully, and nodded their heads in assent. "I begin to think you are right, Jarvis," from Hardy. "Quite likely he is," from Captain Sharpley. "Well, what is to be done?" from Hardy; "shall we return to the encampment and report our failure to inflict damage upon the rebels?" "There seems to be nothing else for us to do." "Do you think the rebels will come back and try to bombard us again?" ''I hardly think so. It is my opinion that they simply came over here from the patriot army to strike a blow, as they have done, and then retreat again. I don't think we will see them again." The other shook his head and looked dubious. ''I don't know about that," he said. "If those fellows really are the Liberty Boys then they are likely to hilng on and ti:y to strike us another blow, and another, and still another." "I don't know but what you are right. Well, we will leave some scouts here on top of the knoll to keep watch, and if they see the rebels coming back they can let us know, and we can get ready to give the rascals a sur prise." "That will be the best plan." So they named four men who were to remain on the knoll and keep watch for the patriots. The others went back to the encampment, carrying the dead and wounded along with them. When the dead had been buried and the wounded .at tended to the British army broke up and moved away toward the northeast. The captain reported to General Clinton, and that officer was now in very bad humor.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' GUNNERS. He seemed to think it a terrible thing that a I "That is what I am :figuring on," said Dick. "I am force of rebels should station itself on a hill and bombard rnre that we will catch them off their guard again." the British encampment. He looked upon it as a most insolent thing to do. Meanwhile the Liberty Boys were not idle. They were not through with the redcoats yet, by any means. Indeed, they had only commenced. Dick Slater was a very shrewd youth He would have made a splendid general had he been old enough to hold such high rank. He had a mind that was capable of taking in the whole situation, and he never failed to take advantage of any thing that would be to the advantage of the Liberty Boys. Dick knew that a watch would be kept for his force, and that it would be impossible to strike the British an other blow from the north side. This being the case, he decrded to strike them from th e south side, feeling sure that they would not think that they would be in danger from that direction. To this end he gave orders that they turn eastward, after going a mile north, and they continued in this di rection until they had gone three miles. All this time they were sheltered from the view of the British scouts on top of the knoll by the timber, which was quite thick in the locality. Now Dick gave the order to tum toward the right and go toward the south. This was done, and when they had gone a mile and a half he gave the command to turn toward the right and go toward the west. This was done, and the Liberty Boys took up their position on top of a hill that was not quite so high as the one they had been on before, but which was hi gh enough for the purpose. "Do you think the redcoats will come along the valley, yonder, Dick? asked Bob. "Yes," was the reply; "that is the way they will come. It is easy for an army to reach there." "I judge that you are right." "I am sure of it." Dick at once ordered that the artillery be gotten in place. He superintended the work himself, for he wanted the guns to be placed wher e they would be the mos t effective. Dick had a splendid head for this kind of work. He could look over the ground and see just what could be done that would be to their advantage and to the dis advantage of the enemy. When the guns had been planted and loaded, and all was in readiness for the coming of the British, the youths fell to talking of the recent encounter with the redcoat s "We took them by surprise," said one. "Yes, and we are going to take them by surprise again, eh, Dick?" said Bob. "I hope so, Bob." "Oh, I am sure we will; they will not be looking for us on this side of their line of march." "Jove, but they will be mad!" said Sam Sanderson, with a chuckle of delight. "Let them get mad!" said Bob; "that will suit us all right. We will keep at them until they are glad again." Half an hour passed, and then the advance guard of the Briti s h army appeared. It was a mile away as yet, up the valley. The youths watched the advancing army as it gradu ally came into view with a feeling of lively pleasure and excitement. Their eyes sparkled, and it was plain that the y were eager to begin bombarding the British once more. Closer and closer came the redcoats; slowly but surely, like some huge mons ter of the serpent family, the march ing m e n moving with such clock-like r e gularity that it seemed like one thing, instead of being made up of hn l' dreds of individual parts. On came the British. When even with the Liberty Boys they would be about half a mile away, and thus would be well within range. Closer and closer the enemy came, and the advance guard passed and marched onward followed by the army proper. Dick now gave the Liberty Boys instructions. "Be ready to get away with the g uns in sta ntly when the order is given,'' he told the youths who had charge of the horses attached to the limber s The youths said they would be ready to get away in a hurry. Then he told the other youths to be ready to cover the retreat of the youths who had charge of the artillery. "We will remain and give the r e dcoat s a musket-volley as we did bac k yonder," he said. "And a couple of pistol volleys, Dick," said Bob, eagerly. "Let's make it as lively for the redcoats as pos sible." "We will see,'' said Dick. "If circumstances are such as to make it safe we will give them a couple of pistol volleys. Onward marched the British. They had no suspicion that their enemies were so near at hand. Shrewd a s was General Clinton, h e did not thl11'J[f s u c h a thing as that the rebels might make an attack from the south. He knew the patriot army was to the northward of his aTmy, and s upposed that any attack that came would b e from that direction. He was to be s peedily undeceived, however. Dick Slater saw that the time had come for them to begin work, so he ord e red the youths to aim the guns. This was done. "Are you ready?" :qick asked. "Ready," was the reply. "All right; fire I" Boom, boom, boom, boom The four guns boomed loudly, so close together as __...


THE LIBERTY BOYS' GUNNERS 5 .... to seem like one long report, and the cannon balls went The youths were eager and excited but were cool enough tearing thro u gh the ranks of the soldiers with great effect. so that they would be abl e to fire with precision. Their In stantly all was confusion among the British soldiers. excitement was more lik e enthu s iasm, and never interfered with their effectivene s s Closer and clos er came the redcoats. They were now almos t within mus ket shot distance C H APTER III. "Get ready," said Dick The youths cocked and leveled their muskets. LIVELY WORK. 'l'hen they took careful aim. Dick e yed the approaching s oldiers with a keen and They had been taken wholly by surprise careful gaze They had not expected to be fired upon at all, much Pres ently h e decid e d that the time had come. The les s from that side of the line of march British w ere close enoug h to make deadly work poss ible "It is that force of Liberty Boys again!" cried Lieu on the part of the Lib erty Boys. tenant Hardy, angrily. "Fire, boys !" Dick cried. "I think you ar e right," said Captain Sharpley, who Crash! Roar! happened to b e mar c hing b e sid e him. The youths. all fired at almost the same in s tant, and Then th e order came by an orderly from G e neral Olin-the noise was almo s t d e at e ning. ton to the e ffect that they should take a s trong force The volle y was an effe ctive one. and charge up the hill and put the rebels to rout. They had. taken careful aim, and at l e a s t forty of the The captain, eager to get another chance at the enemy, advancing soldiers went down, d e ad and wounded. hastily got the force under way, and they went da s hing The Liberty Boys were dead s hot s and would have up the s lop e at the b e st s peed of which they w e re capbrought down almos t as many m e n a s th e r e wer e bullets able. but for the fact that in aiming, in man y in s tances two, "They are coming, Dick!" cried Bob. nnd some times three or four of the youth s took aim at "Yes, but we will give them another salvo!' : the same s o ldier; and thu s the man in question fell, The y o uths were working at the guns like bea vers pierced by two or thre e bull e t s when one would have bee n Th e y were s wift and s ure, these youth s 'rhcy w ere suffic ient for the purpo s e exp ert a s though they had been u sed to the work all If eve r ther e w e r e angry m e n in th e world it was then their lives. The redcoats were .ild with rage. The guns were q u ickly recharged and th e n their gunTh e y gave utteran 'ce to yell s of anger and to threat s ners took aim at t h e advancing force of redcoat s which I r e garding what they would do, and came clashing up the numbered at least five hundr e d s oldiers. slope w ith r enewe d ene rgy and speed. When the gunners gav e the signal that they were ready "Kill the rebel s !" Dick called out: "Down with them!" "Fire!" "Wip e th e m off th e fac e of the earth!" Boom, boom, boom, boom 1 "Giv e the m no quarter!" Again the pieces roared. Such w e r e a f e w of the cries give n utterance to, but Right through the ranks of the advancing force went the cries and threat s did not fright e n the Liberty Boys. the cannon ball s and on down among th e s oldier s of the They were not to b e fright e ned by m e re words. main army They were old veterans; although young in years. Thu s the missiles did a doubl e s ervice, and many of The r e dcoat s now fired a volley from their muskets. the redcoats went down, d e ad and wounded. The Liberty Boys w e r e ensconce d b e hind trees, rocks With wild y e ll s of rag e the Briti s h das hed up the and bus hes, howe v e r, aind th e bull e t s did not do them muc h hi-11: damage They were d e termined to capture the daring rebels this "Now with the pi s tol s !" cried Dick. time, or at lea s t to infli c t some damage upon them. The youth s dr e w the ir pi s tols fired two volleys Dick knew that they would not be abl e to loa d and in quick succession fire the guns again, s o he ordered the youth s who had Cons iderabl e damag e was dorle by these voll e y s and charge of th e m to r e treat. then Di c k gave the order to r etre at and mount "We will see to it that you h ave time enough in which The y outh s das h e d away, and w e r e on the bac k s of the to get s afely away he said. hor ses and riding down 'he hill at a g a llop by the tim e The youths mounted the hor s e s and rod e away, drag the Briti s h got to th e top o r th e hill. ging the artillery after them, and the rest of the Liberty The youth s drew the ir pistols and fired two vol1eys in Boys got ready to receive the enemy qui c k succession. "Be careful and take good aim!" said Dick. "Make The redcoat s sent a coupl e of volleys aft e r the youth s e very shot tell." from th eir pi stols but th e majority of the missiles f e ll "We will," !laid Bob. "Trust us for that." s h o rt.


6 THE LIBERTY BOYS' GUNNERS. There were a couple of companies of troopers along, and these were sent after the patriot force. "Capture them !" ordered General Clinton ; "we must not permit them to remain at liberty, for thPy are dan gerous." The captain of the company of dragoons sain they w011 ld do their best. "We will capture them if s uch a thing i s possible," declareo one. Then they set out and rode a s rapidl'Y a pos sible in the direction of the Liberty Boy s Dick suspected that some such move would be made by the enemy. He knew there were s ome companies of troopers along with the British army, and it would be only natural that they should b e sent aftrr hi s farer. He and Bob remained back half a mile behind the force of Liberty Boys to keep watch for thr corning of the British dragoons. He had instructed the youths to get back around on to the north side of the British army, and they moved in such directions as would bring this about. This threw the British troopers off the track for quite awhile. They went two or three miles too far south but by inquiring of the farmers of the locality speedily learned thl).t no fore!:: of horsemen had been seen there. The British offaers looked at each other wonderingly and inquiringly. ''Are you sure you are teJling the truth?" a s ked Holman, looking at the man sternly. "Why, yes, sir," was the reply. "I would have no reason for telling you anything other than the truth." "It would be a thing for you if you were to I it to me." ''I would not think of doing so, sir." The British officers were puzzled They hardJy knew what to think. They felt certain that the force of patriots would be fonnd somewhere in tlrn vicinity, bnt did not know wherf' to look for it. "\V ell, we will have to keep on riding around and search ing, l suppose," said Colonel Holman. "That s eems to be the only thing to do," from Captai.11 Sharpley. The.r rode first in one direction and then in another. and put in two or three hours at it, but did not get a glimpse or the force they were after. 'Well, this rather beat s me,'' :iaid Holman, at last, when he had called a halt and 11 a s di s cussing the o itu ation with Captain Sharpley. Suddenly all started, and ga rt> u rterm1ce to excla ma tions. In the distance, toward the southwest, sounded the roar "They have doubled back, Captain Sharpley," said of caunon. Colonel Holman, who was in command of the force. Boom, boom, boom, boom Sharpley, though a captain of a com any of infantry, was s o eager to get a chance at the Liberty Boys that he had secured permission to accompany the trooper s "I judge that you are right, Colonel Holman." CHAPTER IV. "Yes, and they have likely made a half circuit and gone back to the north side of our army!' DICK IN'l'ERFERES. "That would seem reasonable. They would want to be on the side their own army is on, and then, if it gets "It's those dastardly Liberty Boys!" cried Captain too hot for them, they can retreat in safety.'' Sharpley. "Well, we will make them retreat!" grimly. "Yes, I guess they are at it again," said Colonel Hol"I wish we could get a chance at them." man; and then he gave the order to ride in the direction "Perhaps we may be able to do so. You know they of the firing. have some pieces of artillery, and they can't drag those "They have been too smart for us," he said to Captain as fast as we can go on horseback." Sharpley, as they dashed along at a gallop; "the younf! "I should think that they would find it a difficult matter scoundrels have made almost a complete circuit and have to do so." attacked our army from the rear. -..,_ "Yes, indeed." "That is just what they have evidently done." They headed in a different now, and rode as "They are daring fellows." rapidly as possible. "Yes, daring and desperate." They were confident the rebels were heading tnward the "I have always heard that they were desperate fighters north, so they rode in that direction. "There can be no doubt regarding that." They crossed the line of march of the main army, and "We must get at them in some manner and put a Colonel Holman sent a messenger to General Clinton to stop to the work they are doing." explain his action in doing this. I ''Yes, indeed; if we can capture them, or if we can The troopers rode onward toward the north two or three I even get the artillery away from them, they will be unmiles, and then inquired at a farmhouse if a party of j able to do us any more damage." horsemen to the number 9f about one hundred had gone "True; if we can get so close upon them that they are past there. I forced to abandon thE' artillery in ordH to escapE' th1m Thr farmer that hl' hail not s en any such we will be all right."


THE LIBERTY BOYS' GUNNERS. 7 It was as the two officers had guessed. Dick Slater and in catching sight of the party of patriots who had given his Liberty Boys had made an almost complete circuit of them so much trouble. the British army and had approached from the rear, and "I judge that we may as well give up the search for had planted the guns on top of the hill that had just been this time and go back to the main army," said Colonel passed by the army and had opened fire on the British. Holman. The youths hastened to reload the weapons and another "We may as well do so," said Captain Sharpley, who volley was :fired before the enemy could get near enough had remained with the force under Holman. to do any damage, a force of three or four hundred havThey turned and rode eastward, and an hour later came ing turned and come running toward the spot from wl).ich to the British encampment. the shots had come. The other force of troopers had just arrived, and they The youths mounted their horses and dashed away, had been as unsuccessful as was the case with Holman's the artillery after them at a lively rate of speed, force. They had not seen anything at all of the rebels and the rest remai.ned behind and gave the approaching "Well, that beats anything I have ever heard of," said r e dcoats a volley from their muskets. Captain Sharpley. "Those Liberty Boys are certainly They did not wait to fire pistol volleys this time, but about as slippery fellows a s will ever be found." mounted their horses and dashed away, for they feared "Yes, and they are hard ones to get cornered," agreed the British troopers might be in the vicinity and come Colonel Holman. upon them at any moment. Then he went to the tent occupied by General ClintOn It was well that they did so, for the British troopers and made his report. did put fo an appearance presently, their horses foaming The not very well satisfied, it did no as a re sult of the manner in which they had been pushed good to be. dissatisfied, so he the best of it. by their riders; but the Liberty Boys were ont of sight, M.eanwhile what of the Liberty Boys? and the infantry could only point out the direction the Dick had reasoned that the troopers would be youths had gone. after them, and he also :figured it out that they would guess that his party had gone either toward the north or toward the south; so he went straight ahead in a west ward course until they came to. a hill, on top of which tliey took refuge. The troopers at once rode in the direction indicated at the best speed of which their horses were capable. They kept a sharp lookout, but when they had gone two, miles without having seen any signs of the enemy they came to a stop. "They haYe doubled on us again," said Colonel Holman. "That is just what they have done," agreed Captain Sharpley ; "but the question is, which way did they go? To the right, or to the left?" "That is indeed the questi.on," said the other, ''and it is a difficult question." Finally it was decided to divide the force, there being two hundred of the troopers. "Each force will have as many men as the rebels have in their party," said Colonel Holman; "and one hundred British troopers ought to be good for one hundred rebels any day." "True," agreed Captain Sharpley, "but those Liberty Boys are out of the ordinary, you know." res I know that; but I will engage to thrash them wit h an eqnal number of troopers." "I think it likely you could; still, it would be a good i hing, I am sure, if you started in with some advantage o n your side." "Of course I would be glad to have it that way, if pos but T would not hesitate to engage them on equal terms, or even with the advantage somewhat on their side." The force was then divided, and one hundred of the troopers went to the right and one hundred to the left. By so doing they hoped to be able to :find the force of patriots. They searched for several hours. The sun went down, and night was coming on and still they had not succeeded "Now let them come if they want to," sai d Dick. 1 yes; let them come and we will show them what kind of gunners they are," from Bob. They watched closely, but no Briti s h troopers came in s ight. Dick became convinced at last that the troopers had gone in some other direction, and told his Liberty Boys so. They agreed with him, and urged him to start after the British once more. "We'll go in the direction of the Briti s h army," said Dick; "but I don't think that we will get there in time to bombard it again this evening." "Well, we can get located and be ready to do so in the m orning," said Bob. "Yes, s o we can." They set out, then and rode e a st ward. 'Phey rode until darkness came on, and then they paused and went into camp "Do you think we are near the Briti s h encampment, Dick?" asked Bob. "I should think that we ought to be near it, old :fellow," was the reply. "How are we going to find out?" "I am going on a reconnoitering tour after we have had something to eat." "Let me go with you, Dick." "No; I think I can do all that is necessary. I am not going to try to get near the British encampment, but simply to get it located." l


8 THE LIBERTY BOYS' GUNNERS. After they had eaten Dick told the youths to keep a ,1 time to close the door, apd when he had done this, he said, sharp lookout and then took his departure. in a stern and commanding voice: The youth had gone about a mile when he came to a 1 "Drop those pistols, you ruffians!" farmhouse. I The two redcoats whirled, giving utterimce to exclamaThere was a light in the house, and he heard boisterous tions of amazement and fear and found themselves starlaughter, which seemed to come from the building. I ing in the muzzles of two pistols. Dick paused and listened a few minutes. He was sure he heard something that sounded like some one jumping up and down on the floor, and he de-cided to investigate and learn what was going on. CHAPTER V. He entered the yard and to the house. I Approaching the window, he peered in. I THE TABLES TURNED-TWICE. He saw a strange sight. In the middle of the :floor, dancing in a clumsy manner, was a man dressed after the' "W-what d-does this m-mean ?" stammered one. fashion of the farmers of that region. He was, so Dick:. "Yes, w-who har you?" from the other. thought, the owner of the house. At one side of the room,! "It means that your fun is to come to a sudden end, their backs toward the door, stood two redcoats with pis-I' that is all," said Dick, calmly; "drop your pistols!" tols in their hands and leveled at the dancer. These two The farmer had stopped dancing and w:as mopping the were evidently greatly delighted, for they laughed bois-1 perspiration from his face with his handkerchief, while terously. It was their laughter that Dick had heard. the woman and the girl were staring at Dick with looks At the farther side of the room stood a woman and of excitement and delight. a girl of sixteen or seventee n years. They were evidently The two redcoats hesitated. the wife and daughter of the man who was dancing. They eyed Dick closely, and he knew what they were The woman and the girl looked frightened and dis-I thinking as as though they had put it in words. They tressed. were asking themselves whether the yout h really was dan-/ Dick's blood fairly boiled as he gazed upon the scene. gerous. He understood what it meant. The two redcoats had "I mean just what I say," he s aid, coldly; "if you don't come out on a foraging expedition, had come to this drop those pistols, I'll drop you-take your choice." house, had got angry at the man for some reason, and i "But they are likely to go off i we drop them," s a ii'i.. had decided to have sport with him. one of the redcoats. Even had there not been a woman or a girl interested ; "Yes, hindeed," from the other. in the affair, Dick would have felt like interfering. But "Then stoop down and place the pistols on the floor." as it was he simply could not help doing so. The look of : The two hesitated a few moments, but they noticed a distress on the faces of the two was sufficient to arouse peculiar look which came into the eyes of the young all the chivalry of the youth's nature. I stranger; also a tightening of1 the muscles of the face, and "Dance, you rebel, dance!" Dick heard one of the red-1 a squaring of the jaws that made them understand that coats say. they had encountered one -.who would not hesitate to "Yes, keep hon dancing," from the other; "you do hit shoot. well, hindeed you do." -I They leaned forward and placed the pistols on the floor. "But-I-am tired-out," from the man. "Please let "Now the others," said Dick; "you each have two pis-me-stop." 1 tols." "Yes, yes; please do,'" from the woman. I Reluctantly the two drew the pistols out of their belts But the two redcoats shook their heads and laughed. and placed them on the floor. "We couldn't think of doing it, ma'am," said one. "Now, sir, kindly step forward and take charge of the "No, hindeed," from the other. I weapons," said Dick, addressing the man who had l)een "We will see about that," thought Dick. 1 dancing. ......-"'. He stepped to the door and tried it: I "With the greatest !" .said the man, and he It was unfastened and opened to his touch. stepped forward and secured the pistols. He pushed the door open, and then drew two pistols "You'll be sorry for this!" growled one bf the redand stepped into the house. coats. The two women and the dancer saw him, but were smart "So you will, 'pon my word," from the other. enough not to say anything, Dick having given his head a I "Don't threaten," said Dick, coldly. "It is a waste shake to warn them to keep silent. I oi breath I a s sure you, for you can't frighten me at The two redcoats had not discovered that an intruder all." was present, their backs being toward the door; and they'. "Who are you?" kept on laughing at the dancer, utterly unconscious that "That's no business of yours." they were being threatened. I "Oh, it isn't eh?" Seeing that he could do so in safety, Dick took the "X o; now I will a s k JOU a few questions. First, why


'I'HE LIBERTY BOYfS"') GUNNERS. 9 have you been acting in the manner that you have toward this man?" nodding toward the farmer. "He's a rebel," was the sullen reply. "And I suppose you think that because a man is a patriot and believes that he ought to be free and not have to pay tribute to a king he ha s never seen and never wants to sec, he s hould be in s ulted and made to do things for the amusement of the king' s soldiers?" "I don't know why we s hould answer any questions from you," growled the redcoat who seemed to be the leader. "Well, I know why you should," said Dick. "I have you at my m e rcy, and if I s hould take a notion to put bullet s through you I could do it. You had better answer any questions I may ask and do it promptly." "I'll answer np more questions/' said the Leader, sullenly. "Hand neither will Hi," from the other. Dick was silent, eyeing the two speculativ e ly. "How long had you been dancing, sir?" he aske

I THE LliiID:tl'Y BOYS GU:NNERS 10 "Do you think so?" he asked calmly "Yes "You are mistaken I assure you, the y outh said "I have run from ten or a dozen redcoat s on different occas ion s-yes, and from a s few a s half a doze n ; but never y e t hav e I run from two, at least not for f ear of having an e ncounter with them." You must b e ver y brave I s neeringly. "Oh, no! It doesn t r e quire very great bravery to e n ble one to s tand up ag a in s t two s u c h fell ows a s you." This m a d e t h e tw o m or e a ngr y than ever and they glared at the bold youth in mann e r that would have been sufficient to fright e n one les s fearless than Dick. The dancing continued s teadil y-that is to say, the two red c oat s k e pt on l e aping and jumpin g about. There was not mu c h dancing about it. "That is better;' s aid Dick. "You are oing splendidly now. Just keep it up." At thi s moment the door flew ope n and four redcoat s s trode into the room with drawn and leveled pistol s O f course the pistols were leveled at Dick "Throw up your hands and s urrender, young fellow!" cried the l e ader of the four, who wore the uniform of a lieutenant ; "if you attempt to resi s t or u se tho s e pistol s I will shoot you dead! Surrender!" CHAPTER VI. ESTHER INTERFERES. They were beginning to get tired Th e y panted and The face of the farm e r fell a nd h e looked a l a rmed p e r s pir e d at a great rate and disconc erted. Th e farmer and hi s daughter w e r e evidentl y e njoying The woman gave utteranc e to a li t tl e c ry o f fear. and the e xhibition, but the woman was. not Sh e looked pale she turned paler than ever. and worried. It was evident that sh e fe ar e d trouble would The girl said nothing, but it was e vid ent that s h e wa;: come out of the affair. disappoint e d and disconcerted by th e t urn affair s had "Haven t w e dan ced long enough?" a s k e d the leader. taken. "Oh, no; not half long e nough," s aid Dick Di c k was perhaps the coolest and calm est pe r son in th e Ke e p the m at it as long a s the Y did me," s aid the room. He did not s eem to be disconcerted or frightened man. but looked into the muzzle s of the pistol s without winkin g "Yes, yes I" from the girl. and then surveyed their owner s keenly. "That i s what I am g oing to do," s aid Dick. They 'l'h e two red c oats who h a d been dancin g a t the poin t ar e not g oing to get off s o e a s il y a s they t hink for." of Dick' s pistols s topped dancing in s tantl y a n d gav e \ f,. "I'll get even with y ou i f I h a v e to put in a year at t e ranc e to cries of s atis faction the ta s k s aid the leader, savage ly. "Hal Thing s are turning our way .now l" c ri e d the "Hand s o will Hi!" from t h e o t h e r lead e r hi s fac e li g h t in g up with s avag e joy. You ar e a t lib e rty to tiy said Dick. I think t h at "Yes ; w e will now make t h e rebel dawnc e d o n t you you will find me alway s r ea d y for you, no matt e r whe n I know! from the other or how you may come at me." I Then the y t urned upon t h e farme r :fie rcel y and d c Bah You think that becau s e you hav e the a dvantage manded th e ir pistol s now, and are making u s danc e h e r e t o plea s e you, you "Give u s our pi stols, and do i t quickly!" fro m the can do a s you pl e ase und e r a n y and all c ircutn s tan c e s ; l e ad e r. but yo11 will find your 'mis take later on. Ye s ; give u s our pi s tol s P e rhap s s o." Th e man did s o for h e re aliz e d tha t the less h e did t o There i s no 'perh a p s' a bout it." a ng e r the r e dcoats the b ette r it would be f or him No; t here i s no p e rhap s' about hit," from the oth er. The two seized their w e ap ons, thrus t one i n the i r You ar e at it a gain,'' s aid Dick coolly. and held the other in the hand r e ad y for u se. "At what?" "What i s the trouble here, anyway?" asked the li e u Wasting breath." tenant, glancing at the lead e r of t he two. The girl laughed, and thi s caused th e redco a t s to get" "I'll tell you, lieutenant," was the reply; "we almost as r e d in the face a s th e color o f their c oats. They having some fun with thi s old rebel farmer-making him g lared angrilY. at the girl. dance whe n this young scoundrel," glaring fie rc e l y at To the lead e r Dick s aid : Dick, "cam e in and made u s give up our weap ons, aftE>r You think y ou ar e s mart don' t you?" which he m a d e u s dance, as you saw." "011, no, was the reply. I a m s impl y telling you the "Yes, I saw it," drily ; "I would lik e to see the man truth, that is all. that could mak e me dance-that is, when I had a c omrade The two showe d s igns of wis hin g to discontinu e dancing. and w e w e r e two to the o t h e r f ellow's one." They slowed up in their l e aping and jumping, but Dick But thi s f e llow i s dangerous," said the l e ader of th e shook hi s pistols, and the redcoats w e re s uddenly taken two; "h(.'-look out! He'll g et away!" with a desire, seemingly, to dance with great enthusiasm Dick lrnd made a sudden attempt to escap e ann e nergy There was no doubt regardin g the matter He took advantage of the when the two were t hey wE>r e a fr a id of the outh. talking and had their atte ntion on e a c h other and l e aped


THE LIBER'l'Y BOYS' 1GUNNERS. 11 forward and struck the pistol arms of the two nearest redcoats aside He would have got through the doorway in safety, and mjght then have escaped, but one of the fellow s tripped him, and he fell to the floor with a crash, his pistols go ing 1 off: One of the bullets hit a redcoat in the calf of his leg, causing him to give utterance to a yell and go hopping hound the room. The other paid no attention to him, however, but leaped upon Dick before be could rise. They s peedily bound his arms together behind his back, and then they jerked him to his feet "Ha, now we lrnve you tight and fast, you scoundrelly rebel!" cried the leader of the two Dick had made dance. "Yes, so we 'ave," from the other. "Let's make him dance, lieutenant," said the first speaker, his eyes glowing with a vicious and eager light. "Very well, Johnson; we will make him dance. I shall enj-oy it myself." "l don't think you will," said Dick. ''Why not?" eyeing the youth keenly and questioningly. ".Becau se-I am not going to dance." 'rhis was & aid quietly, but with a determined ton e and air. 'rhe lieutenant laughed. 'Oh, 1 gues s you will," he said, and h e shook the pistol s ignificantly. "You will find that you are mistaken." There was s omething so calmly confident in the tone -or the youth that the lieutenant gave him a searching look. Then he assume a fierce expression of countenance and said, sternly: "Dance I" Dick did not move. The redcoats all glared angrily. As one man they raised their pistols and covered the Liberty Boy. Dick shook his head. "I will not," he said. "You will dance or die!" The lieutenant made his voice as stern and threaten ing as possible, but if he thought to intimidate the youth he quickly found hi s mistake. "It is useless to give any more orders," said Dick. "I will not dance and that is all there is to be said about t}m matter." "Wnn't you dance to s ave your life?;, the lieutenant asked "No." "You are a fool." "Not at all." The lieutenant looked searchingly at Dick. TJle fellow who had clamored for an exhibition of dancing by Dick, fearing the officer would not force matters, said : "Don't let him off, lieutenant; make him danoe or kill bim !" "i will," grimly; "have no fears on that score. Then he said, sternly: "For the last time, I command you to dance." "You might as well let it be the last time," said Dick, calmly. "You might stand there and keep on command ing all night, and I would not obey. I absolutely and ut terly refuse to dance; so go ahead with the alternative. I am ready for it!" "Let's shoot him, lieutenant!" cried the one who was so eager for revenge on Dick. "Let's 'ang 'im !" from the Cockney. "Then he' ll dawnce, don't you know." The lieutenant hesitated. Evidently he hardly knew what to do. His threat to shoot the pri s oner, if he re fused to dance, was a threat simply and he had not in tended to do any shooting. He saw that the two who had been forced to dance were very much in earnest, however, and so he did not know what to do. He presently decided to make a pretence of hanging the youth. This would please the two, and would cause the prisoner sufficient discomfort of body and of spirit as well, to punish him for being so s tubborn as to refuse to dance. "I think that we will hang him in s tead of shooting him," the lieutenant said, after thinking awhile. "I am sure that he is a rebel, anyway, and we will be doing a good stroke of work for the king's cause when we string him up to the tree." "That's the thing to do!" from th e s oldier who had been addressed as Johnson. "Bring him out of doors!" ordered the lieutenant. Two of the re!lcoats seized Dick's arms and led him out of the house. "Goodness! This i s terrible!" s aid the woman, when the redcoats had all left the room "Do you really think they wilf hang him, father?" the girl cried, anxiously. "I. fear so, Esther was the reply. "And can we do anything to save him i'" "I don't see what we can do. There are six of the redcoats. They can do as they please." The ghl looked anxious and worried, but thoughtful. One 0 the redcoats stuck his head through the doorway. "Get a rope for u s old man," he said; "and get it quickly!" There was nothing for it but to obey, and the man said he would get a rope, and left the room and house, going out by the rear way. He went to the s tabl e and was soon back with a rope twelve or fifteen feet long. This he handed to one of th e redcoats, who made a running noose in one end of the rope and threw the other over a limb. It was light enough, there being a moon to enable them to see what they were doing. The noose was placed around Dick's neck. The five of the redcoats took hold of the rope and stood ready to pull at the command from the lieutenant. The officer stood there. looking at the prisoner a few moment s and then said :


12 THEl LIBJl.iRTY BOYS' GUNNERS. "Pull, men!" They at once pulled down on the rope with all their might, and Dick was lifted clear off the ground. A wild scream broke on the night air. It was from the lips of Esther Fenton, and she ran forward, crying: "Spare him! Oh, let him down! Don't hang him! I will dance in his place if you will let him down !" "Let him down!" ordered the lieutenant. He did not wish to kill the young man, and this would give him a chance not to do so, and at the same time his men would have no excuse for feeling disappointed. "Loosen the noose so that he can breathe freely," said the lieutenant. This was done, and Dick, uninjured save for a slight choking, stood there gazing calmly and defiantly at the redcoats. The officer turned toward Esther Fenton, who had paused near him and was looking eagerly at Dick to see if he was injured. "Did I understand you to say that you would dance in the prisoner's stead, if we would s pare his life?" the offl. cer asked. .Johnson muttered s omething in a tone of disgu st; but he did not ventur e to say anything, though he suspected that he was to be cheated out of hi s revenge. "Yes; yes!" said the girl, eagerly; "you must not hang the young man, and I will dance if you will set him free "I can't agree to that, Miss." "You cannot?" "No; but I will agree not to shoot or hang him if you will dance." "Don't do anything of th e kind, miss," s aid Dick. "They won't dare hang me, aJ?yway." "I fear they will, sir." "And you are right, miss," said the lieutenant; "but if you will dance for us we will spare the fellow's life, though I must take him to our encampment as a prisoner. It is poss ible that he is a rebel s py." "I am not a rebel spy," said Dick. "Of course you would say so," s neeringly. "Because it is so." "Bah! I will believe that when it is proved to be true; not before. But we will now go into the house and wit ness some dancing by the young lady. Bring the prisoner along, boys." "Don't please them enough to dance for them, miss," said Dick; "it is not necessary I assure you." "That's all you know about it," said the lieutenant; "it is all that will save your life." They were soon in the house, and th e young officer told the girl to go ahead and danc e "Dance your prettiest," he said; "you will find that we can appreciate good work." Before the girl could begin dancing there came an interruption. CHAPTER VII. THE TABLES TURNED ONCE MORI!.. Into the room strode a dozen young men with pistols in their hands, and leveled. They were Liberty Boys, and a glad cry escaped the lips of Dick as his eyes rested upon the newcomers. "You have just come in time!" he exclaimed. "We are glad of that," 'Said Bob, with a grin; then to the astonished and startled redcoats he added: "Up with your hands, every one of you!" The six redcoats obeyed the command. They realized that they were outnumbered and at a great disadvantage. The only sensible thing to do was to do as he ordered. "Up with your hands, men," s aid the lieutenant, sul lenly. "They have the advantage and we cannot help ourselves." The men raised their hands. "That :ls the way to do-mind your superiors," said Bob, with a grin and an approving nod. "Mark, just free Dick's arms, will you?" Mark Morrison stepped forward and freed Dick's arms "Now, three or four of you tie the arms of the coats." This was done, and then Bob asked: "How does it happen that we found you a pri soner in the hands of these fellows, Dick?" The youth explained. "So they were making the man of the house dance, were they?" remarked Bob. ; "and you made a couple of them dance, eh? That was good. And then some more came along and caught you napping and made a prisoner of you? Well, we have evened affairs up with them by coming along and making them prisoners." The redcoats said nothing, but glared angrily. Mr. Fenton and his wife and daughter were .delighted by the turn affairs had taken, and they said as much. They asked the youths what they were going to do with the redcoats. "We are going to keep them prisoners," said Dick. "Where are you going to take us?" asked the lieutenant. "To our encampment," replied Dick. The British soldiers started, and looked surprised. ,. "To your encampment?" from the lieutenant, in-!J}l-inquiring tone. -.....-' "Yes." "Where is it?" "About a mile from here." "Who are you fellows, anyway?" asked the lieutenant. "We are the fellows that caused your army so much trouble this afternoon," said Dick. "What is that? Are you the party of rebels who fired upon us with guns three times this afternoon?" "The same." "What do you think of u s as gunners?" asked Bob. Ther redcoats did not reply, but glared sullenly.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' ,, GUNNERS. 13 "I think we proved pretty conclusively that we are good gunners, Bob," said Sam Sanderson. "Yes; so we did. "Say," said the lieuten ant, "are you the fellows who are known as the Liberty Boys of '76 ?" "We .are,'' replied Dick. Then he told the boys to lead the prisoners out of doors. "We will be getting back to the encampment,'' he said. The ypuths led the pri soners out, and Dick paused to talk a few minutes with the members of the Fenton family. They thanked him for interfering on behalf of the head of the family when the two redcoats were making him dan ce; and he thanked the girl for what she had done in his behalf after he had been made a prisoner by the six redcoats. He declared they were even. Then he bade them good-night and went out where the iiberty Boys and the prisoners were awaiting him. "You take the prisoners and go to the encampment with them," be told Bob. "What are you going to do?" Bob asked. "I am going to take a look at the British encamp ment." "Yes, and the chances are that you will get taken pris oner again." "Oh, no; I would not have got taken prisoner this time if it hadn't been that I interfered in behalf of the man who lives here. I woufd have reconnoitered the British enca ipment and gotten back by this time." "Well, you had better come back with us now. We will b e .able to find the British encampment in the morning." "No; I will find it to-night. By the way, how came you fellow s to happen upon the scene so opportunely a little while ago?" "We h eard a couple of pistol sh ot s ove r in this direction, an

14 THE LlBE.RTY BOYS' GUNNERS. in good positions, at any rate, and will be ready to bom bard the British when morning comes." Dick was well pleased with th e work they had done the afternoon before. The y had u sed the guns with tell ing effect thre e different time s and if they could worry the redcoat s all n e xt day they would be doing good work, indeed. The youth was, thinking deeply, and pre s ently started to walk away in the direction of the Liberty Boys encamp ment. He had t a ke n perhap s four s teps when some thing struck him on the back, knocking him down with cons iderable force. CHAPTER VIII. BOMBARDING THE BRITISH. The "something that had s truck Dick was a panther. The beast had been in the tree all the time Dick was standing beneath th e branches, but as it was right above the youth it did not jump It waited until its intended victim was out a ways, and then hurled itself upon him. Dick guessed what it was tha t had kno c ke d him down. He knew there were many wildcats and panthers i.n the I timber and hi s guess was that thi s was a panth e r. He realized that he had a hard fight ahead or him, but he was not th e youth to allow himself to b e daunted by any prospect, no matter how blue and unpromising. He drew hi s knife and leaped up. The panther, such was its mome ntum, had g on e over Dick's form thus leaving him free for a moment The next instant the brute hacl whirled and now made a l e ap at Dick. 'rhe Liberty Boy leaped aside, and as the panther passed him he struck it with a knife. The blade penetrated the brute s body s everal incl\es, and elic\ted a fierce growl of rage and pain. Dick bounded toward the large tree and got behind it jus t as the panther leaped again His quick movement foiled the beas t, and with a s narl of rage, it whirled after lighting beyond the tree and gave anqther leap. Dick ran around the tree, and thu s got out of the brute's way. It was a peculiar combat the panther trying to get at Dick, and he kept s lipping around to the opposite side of the tree each time the animal made its leap and thus the brute was foiled again and again. Dick did not like the idea of coming to close quarters with the panther if it could be avoided. He had several scratches on his per s on alread y and be had no desire to get within reach of those n e edle-like claws again. Presently Dick not e a th e fact that the panther seemed to be growing weak. Its leaps were not nearly so s trong or so frequent. "The thrust I gave it with tlie knife must have been a s eriou s one after all thought Dick. "The brute is bleed ing to d e ath, I think. This was indeed the c a se, and ,Presentl y the pan t h e r ceas ed its efforts to get at Dick and went away, movin g with difficulty, however. Dick could hav e s hot th e brut e and put it out of its mi s ery; but he did not want to mak e any noise that would attract the attention of the British; neither did he wis h to risk getting c los e enough to the panth e r to give it a finishing thrus t with the knife; s o he decided to let it go its way and let it die at its leisure. He drew a breath of relie f whe n the b e a s t had di s ap peared from view. "I think I got out of that in prett y good s hap e h e told him s elf. "Had the brute not leaped too s tron glv and gone over me when it first knocked m e down it would have torn me to pieces and I could not hav e helped self." Then he mad e hi s way down t he hill s ide and walk e d in the direction of the Liberty Boy s encampment He passed the Fenton home, and all was dark th e r e ; the member s of the family w e r e e vid e n t l y in bed. "Esther is a pretty girl," thought Di ck; "and I thin k that sh e was interested in Harry Garver when we were there to-night. He seemed to tak e a noti o n to h e r t o o and I am sure they would fall deeply in love with ca<.:h other i f the y were to b e thrown in each oth e r's c ompan y a few times." This was not likely to happen howeve r ; at lea s t did not seem to be much likelihood of it at that time Twenty minutes later Dick arrived at the en c ampment He found everything all right there The prisoner s were lying on blankets, their hand s a nd feet bound. The majority of the youths were awak e and they w e r r glad to see Diok back among them s afe and s ound. "Hello, what tore your clothes?" asked Bob, he h appening to notice the torn places in his comrade s coat. Dick told him, and exclamations escaped the lip s of the youths. You c an get into more adventures in a s hort 8 pac:c of time than any fellow I ever heard of,'' said Bob ; "l wis h I had your luck." "You would be certainly welcome to it so far as I am c oncerned, Bob." "I don't know about that, with a laugh. I feel fident that if there were no adventures no excitement t o be found, you would very quickly tire of being a s oldier "Perhaps so, Bob." "I know it would be that way with m e." The youths talked awhile longer in much this same way a nd then Dick said: "The prisoners are what i s worrying me. I wish to get aft e r th e British to-morrow in mu c h the same fashion as w e did this afternoon, and the prisoners would be greatl y in our way. What shall we do with them?" "String them up to a tree," s aid Bob, with a s ly wink for the majority the prisoners were awake and listen-


THE LIBERTY BOYS',; GUNNERS. 15 ing to what was being said, and the youth was not averse to having a little sport at their expense. "We could do that, of course," said Dick, with a smile; 'but I am not in favor of treating prisoners of war in such a manner as you have s uggested, so we will have to think of some other plan." "Why not send them over to where the main army is rnca mped ?" said Mark Morrison "I was thinking of that," said Dick, "and I judge that it is the best thing to do. W e have the time, and it will be a simple matter to take the prisoners over to the main army and leave them there." Dick named six youths to do this work, and half an hour later the little party, with the prisoner s in its midst, 1orle out of the encampment and away. The six were back again shortly after midnight, and found their comrades engaged in breaking Where are we going?" they asked "To the top of a hill overlooking the British encampment,'' replied Dick; "we will go there and get the guns planted and be ready to bombard the enemy as soon as it is light enough so that we can see to aim the guns." This was satisfactory to all the Liberty Boys. They were never so well satisfied as when they were in a posi tion to Jltrike the British a blow. It was only about two miles to the hill in question; but it took nearly two hours to get there, for it was hard work for the horses to drag the guns up the hillside thrcU;gh the btush, and this way and that among the / frees. At last they reached the top of the hill and the work of putting the artillery in place was begun. This was finished at last, and then the youths threw themselves down to re t an hour or so and catch a few winks of s leep. They were up before daylight, however, and had per fected all their arrangements, and were waiting patiently for the sun to come up and make it light enough for thetn to get to work. 'rhe horses wer e saddled and bridled, and those that were to drag the guns s tood near, ready harnessed, and ready to be hitched to the limbers at a moment's notice. Slowly the s un rose and made it gradually lighter. The British encampment became visible, and the youths g ot ready to begin work. _he weapons were loaded and the gunners took their stat ion. By the time that it was light enough so that the gun ners could aim the field pieces effectively the Britis h were astir in the encampment. Dick told the gunners to sight the weapons. "We must get to work," he said. "We will give the redcoats a surprise." "That's what we will!" from Bob. When they were ready they stepped back and nodded to Dick. He took a look down into the encampment a .nd then gave the command : "Fire I" The four guns were discharged almost at the same instant, and the re sult was one elongated report that fairly shook the earth. 'l'he noi se was almo s t d eafe ning. The youths looked down into the encampment eagerly. The ball s s truck within the e ncampment and tore through the ranks of the British, inflicting considerable damage. At l eas t a score of the redcoat s were killed and wounded It c ame to the British almost as a clap of thnnder out of a clear sky. They stared up at the hilltop in a dazed manner. Then some of the officers recovered the use of their faculties and gave commands to the soldiers, ordering them to get ready and charge up the hillsid e and attack the rebels. The redcoats seiz ed their mu s ket s and sta rted in obedience to the commands. They da s hed up the slope, and bad gone nearly half way up when there came the roar of the weapons again, and four cannon balls came tearing down through their ranks, killing and wounding a number. The missiles went on down and through the cncampo ment, doing more damage there. Dick Slater saw that it would be impo ssi ble to load and fire again, so he gave orders for the artillery to be taken away at once. "We will stay here and hold the enemy back until you get a good start," he said. The youths who had charge of the artillery quickly hitched the horses to the pieces and moved away down the slope as rapidl y as pos sible-though this was not very rapid. "Get into position, Liberty Boys," said Dick. The youths hastened to obey the command, and wer e soon ensconced behind trees, rocks and bushes, "Now be careful," went on Dick; "take careful aim and don't pull trigger unless you are sure that you will bring down your man." The youths sa id that they would his instruc tions. "Trust us for that, Dick," said Bob. "If we only had some way of knowing which soldier to aim at, so that each man would have a different target, we could drop almost as many men as there were shots fired." "Yes, that's so; well, do the best you can." The redcoat s were coming rapidly and were now almost within mu sket shot distanc e Dick watched them closely and waited for them to get within easy range. Presently he said: "Aim!" 'rhe youths leveled their musket.5 and took careful aim. "Fire !" cried Dick. The youths pulled trigger. Crash! The volley rang out loudly on the morning air, and fol-


16 THE. LIBPR'1'Y BOYS' GUNNERS. ;I.owing it went up screams and groans of pain and agony from those who had fell wounded. Many were killed outright. The redcoats fired a volley from their muskets, but did not inflict much damage, the Liberty Boys being so well sheltered. Then they came on up the slope, for their commanders had ordered them to charge bayonets. "Get out your pistols and give them a couple of vol leys!" cried Dick. The youths were already drawing their pistols, and a few moments later fired a volley, and a nother. The redcoats were so close that the pistol volleys did good execution. Quite a number of the British went down, dead and wounded. The volleys demoralized the British somewhat, and they paused and stood hesitating. Dick thought he saw a good chance to get in an extra blow, and he cried out: "Up with your muskets and charge the redcoats, Lib erty Boys!" he cried. "At them!" 'l'he youths grabbed up their muskets and dashed down the slope straight toward the redcoats. They set up a wild yell that was well calculated to dis concert the British. "Down with the king! Long live liberty!" the youths cried. Then they were upon the enemy, and it became a hand to-hand conflict, with the advantage, however, all on the side of the Liberty Boys. The British were badly demoralized, and the 11atriot youths attacked them with such a fury that they could not stand their ground They turned and fled at the top of their speed. "Hurrah! We have put them to flight!" cried Bob Estabrook, who was nearly wild with delight. CHAPTER IX. THE WOUNDED LIBERTY "Yes, but they'll be coming after us in strong force right away," said Dick; "back up the slope, everybody." He stumbled against a wounded man as he turned to go back up the hill, and as he glanced down he gave utterance to an exclamation. "Great guns! Harry Garver!" he cried. Then he dropped on his knees beside the wounded youth and asked, anxiously: "Are you bad hurt, Harry?" "I-feel-pretty-bad, Dick," was the "I have -got-a bayonet-wound-in the-shoulder." Dick was already examining the wound. "'['his way, some of you boys I" he called out, and four of the youths hastened to his s ide. "Bring Harry along," said Dick. "Be careful, for he is pretty badly hurt." They carried him up to the top of the hill and laicl him on the ground. "What's to be done?" remarked Bob; "we can't carry him away on horseback as rapidly as we will be forced to go; and we can't leave him behind." "I'll tell you what we will do," said Dick. "What?" "Four of the boys will carry him to the home of the Fentons. It is only about a mile. I will go along with theip, and you, Bob, will have command of the Boys Mount horses and get away in a hurry, for the Briti s h are coming in force." "We will go now. Harry, do you think you can stand it to be carried a mile ?" "I-can-stand-anything,Dick." "That's the talk! Take him up, boys." .r The four who had carried the wounded youth up the slope now lifted him again and followed Dick down th e hillside. They were careful to keep in among the tree s and bushes, and they went in such a direction as would keep them hidden from the enemy all the time. Bob was so eager to guard the five youths and keep them from being discovered that he ordered the Liberty Boys to stand their ground and give the British a volley from their muskets before retreating. "We will have to get away in a hurry after we fire, however," said Bob; "for I the companies of 1 t'oming." "Oh, we can get away from them all right," said Mark Morrison, confidently. "I think so, but it will be a lively chase." "So it will; they will be determined to catch .us to day." The youths turned their attention toward the approach ing redcoats. A large force, at least five hundred soldier s was coming, and in addition at least two companies of dragoons were riding up the slope. The youths had reloaded their muskets and were ready for business. They waited eagerly, and when the approaching red coats were within range the Liberty Boys leveled their muskets and took good aim. Bob waited until the enemy had approached closer, and then gave the command to fire. -pr-_,... The youths fired instantly, and without waiting to see the result of the volley, and then turned and ran to where their horses were standing. They untied the animals and leaped into the saddle s and rode away down the slope as rapidly as possible. The redcoats came running up to the top of the hill and fired a volley after the retreating youths, one or two of the youths receiving wounds that were not dangerous. "The dragoons are the fellows we will have to look out for," said Bob to Mark Morrison. "You are right," was the r eply. The youths knew the direction in which the Libert y


THE LIBERTY BOYS' GUNNERS. l l ================================================-:::=============-Boys who had charge of the guns had gone, and Bob decided to lead the troopers away on a wild goose chase. "We won't go in the direction the boys have gone," he said; "if we were to do so the redcoats might capture the guns, and we don't want them to do that." "True," agreed Mark; "we are doing such good work with the guns and having so much fun that it would be a shame or us to lose them." "Well, we. will go in a different direction and lead thfl enemy off on a blind chase." "This was done. The British troopers followed the Liberty Boys, and it was evident that they determined to catch them and inflict damage upon them, if possible, for they whipped their horses unmercifully and spurred them. The Liberty Boys had good horses, however, and while they did not use whip and spur to such an extent as did their pursuers, yet they were enabled to keep the enemy from gaining on them. "I guess we are in or a long race," said Bob, looking back over his shoulder. "Yes; they don't seem to show any signs of giving up the pursuit." "Well, Dick and the boys got safely away with poor Harry, anyway; and that is the main thing." "I hope that Harry isn't fatally injured." "So do I. He is a fine ellow, and as brav e a boy as ever handled a musket." "So he is." Dick and his four companions were making their way along at a moderate pace, the four carrying Harry Garver. They walked as carefully as possible, but in spite of all they could they caused their comrade many a twinge of pain by making a false step, or by lifting him to get him through the underbrush. Harry stood it like a soldier, however; and although an occasional groan was forced from his lips, he would in' the very next breath tell the youths that it was noth ing and that he was all right. "Don't-mind-me," he said; "l-will-come-<>ut -all-right." "Of course you will," said Dick. "We are going to take you to a place where you will be well taken care of, and where you will receive every attention." "I-know--" "And like the idea, eh?" "Yes." Harry said no more, but it was evident that he was well pleased, for his face lighted up, even though it was pale and weak looking. It took them an hour to go the mile, but they finally arrived at the Fenton home, where they were given a welcome that was hearty and sincere. Mr. and Mrs. Fenton said that the wounded Liberty Boy could remain there until he got well, and that they would take the very best care of him. Esther, Dick noted, had turned pale when she saw that Harry was wounded. She seized the first opportunity she got to ask Dick whether Harry would get well. "He will get well if he has good nursing," said Dick, watching her closely. The girl's eyes brightened, and the color came back into her face. "Then he will get well, Mr. Slater," she said, positively; "for he will get the best nursing that it is possible to give him." "I was sure of that," said Dick. Then he went to work dressing Harry's wound. Dick was an expert at this kind of work. He had done so much of it during the time that he had been in the army that he had gained as good a knowledge of surgery as was possessed by the majority of surgeons in those days. He could usually tell, after examining a wound, whether the wounded person would get well. This wound of Harry's was quite a severe one, but it was not necessarily fatal. It was painful, however, and would need a good deal of attention. When Dick got through he asked Harry how he felt. "Better," was the reply, in a weak, but unsteady voice. ''I will be well and in the saddle again in a couple of weeks." "Don't be in too big a hurry, Harry," with a smile; "of course, i this place should not prove to be a pleasant one to you, then it will be all well enough to get back to work at the earliest possible moment, but--" "Oh, it will be pleasant here, Dick," int errupting "So I thought," with a smile; "well, take it easy, old fellow, and get well, but don't try to rush the matter. You have a severe wound and one that will heal slowly." "All right, Dick." Then Dick called the other four Liberty Boys to one s ide and they discussed the situation. They hardly knew what to do. Their horses had been taken away by the other Liberty Boys, so they had no way of traveling, save by walking. This would not be sat i sfactory, so they decided to remain at the farmhouse at least till evening. "I did not think to tell Bob to come here," said Dick; "but I feel confident that he will do so, anyway. He knows that we came here with Harry, and he will figure it out that we will s tay here and wait for him." "Likely," agreed the other youths. When they told Mr. and Mrs. Fenton that they would remain the two were delighted, and said for them to stay as long as they wished to do so. "We will remain until nightfall, unless my Liberty Boys get here sooner," said Dick. Esther was glad to know that the five would remain but it was only because they were comrades of Harry Garver. She hovered near the wounded youth, and was ready to bring water for him to drink, and when dinner time drew near she went and cooked his dinner, being careful to


18 THE LIBERTY BOYS' GUNNERS. bring some dainties that would tempt the appetite of even a sick person "I guess yon will be well taken care of, Harry," said Dick, with a smile, as h e saw the array of good things that had been placed before him. I think so, Di ck," with a faint blush. Dick then went oui of doors, and as he stepped th rough the doorway saw a sight that filled him with pleasure. l'he Libert y Boys were coming up the road. They had the artillery with them, so he knew that the entire force was there. ''Good!" he exclaimed. "The boys have s ucce eded in s haking the redcoats off. Now we can get after the main army again." The other four youths came out of the house, and all five went out to the fence to welcome the pa.rty. Scarcely had they exchanged greetings when around a bend in the road, half a mile away, catne a force of British dragoons. CHAPTER X. DRIVING THE REDCOATS AWAY. ''Quick!" cried Dick "Get the guns trained up the road and we will give the redcoats a reception that they are not looking for!" This was quickly done, and the gunners took their places at the breech of each weapon and aimed the pieces care fully. I" cried Dick. The youth s did so. The aim of the gunners had been good. The shots went iearing right through the force of redcoats, knocking down horses and riders. Wild yells went up from the troopers. They la s hed their horses forward at their top s peed. They were eager to get at the rebels and avenge the death of thei r c omrades. But they had a hard task ahead of them. They numbered only one hundred, the British force having been divided the same as the day before and the Liberty Boys had as st rong a force a:s the redcoats This made an even affair of it-in fact, if anything, the Liberty Boys had tl1e advantage, for they had downed a number of the British with the from their guns. Meanwhile the Liberty Boys had ridden into the yard of and around Mr. Fenton's house, and now the guns were dragged through the gate and around the house, this being accomplished before the British were within musk et shot distance. Back of the Fenton house a quarter of a mile was a hill.. It was not a high hill, but it would answer the purpose of the Liberty Boys. It would give them the ad vantage of posi tion. and they were soon occupying the Here they paused and dismounted and took up their position behind trees. "Be ready to give them a volley!" ordered Dick. 'fhe Briti s h trooper s had paused at the gate in front of Mr. Fenton's house, and had dismounted and tied their horses to a fence. This done, they moved forward, went around the house, and approached the position occupied by the Liberty Boys They had had sufficient experience with the Libert y Boy s to understand that they would have to be carefu l. They advanced slowly and carefully. They attempted to ta'ke advantage of the trees aml bushes as the American s oldier s were wont to do when fighting in a part of the country where this 'fas possible ; but the redcoats were not accustomed to s uch work, and they did not succeed very well. Closer and closer they came, and presently they were within musket shot distance. "Take aim, boys," said Dick. "Don't fire until you get aim on a redcoat, ancl when you feel snre of dropping one pull trigger." Soon the muskets began cracking, and nearly every time one cracked a redcoat went down, dead or wounded. The British returned the fire, but their s hot s were for the most part random ones, and did littl e or no damage. In a fight of this kind the redcoats would come ont in the encl much the greater losers. Bob voiced the situation when he said to Dick: "Jove, old man, if they will keep up this skir:mi_s.l)... ing, sha rp shooti ng style of warfare, we will just about wipe them all out, and without losing a11y of our men at that." "I think they will see their mistake presently," replied Dick. "Btlt what e lse can they do?" "If they wish to have any chance at all us they should make a rush and chatge right in upon u s." "Yes; bl1t even then they woltlc1 get much the of it." "True; I think they would." "But not as much the worst of it as will be the cas< if they keep up this style of fighting, eh?" "No, indeed." The redcoats at la s t became aware that they were taking part in a losing game, and they decided that the be$ t thing to do would be to get away from there as as possible. The order was given to retreat, and they began moving back as rapidly as possible, and at the same time protrct themselves from the bullets of the patriots "They're retreating, Dick!" cried Bob. "Let's chargP them I" Dick had been giving thi s very matter some thought, anrl he now shook bis head. "I think it would be better to let them go," he said. "We could kill a number of them, but they might kill several of our boys and I am not willing to have that happen.''


THE LIBERTY BOYS' GUN.i:-ERS. 19 "All right; just as you say, Dick." '.rhey watched the redcoats retreating, and suddenly Bob was struck by an idea. "Let's load the guns and fire upon them when they mount and are riding away!" he cried. "That is a good plan!" said Dick. The guns were brought forward and loaded, and then the gunners took their places and waited. "Wait till they mount," said Dick; "and then take aim and give it to them." In retreating the redcoat:; had taken their wounded along with them, and just as they got to the Fenton home an other party of the dragoons rode up. It was the other company, and there was an animated discus ion between the members of the two companies. "Say, now is the time to give it to them, Dick," said Bob, eagerly. "Aim the guns!" he ordered. rl'his was done. "Fire !"' then cried Dick. The youths obeyed. Boom, boom, boom, boom! 'rhe shots went right into the midst of the force of trcopers. A number were unhorsed or killed and wounded, and hor::;es were brought down also. This caused consternatio n in the hearts of the British. 1'hcy had not been expecting anything of this kind. They hastily galloped away up the road and then en:i; d" Jcl the tim her. ".Hurrah !" cried Bob; "we did good work with those :;ho ls. "Yes, we made the enemy run," said Dick "We killed several of them." "Yes." ''What will the redcoats do now, Dick?'' "I don't know; we will have to keep our eyes open and be on tJie lookout to see what they are up to." "So we will." The gunners were busily engaged in reloading, so they would be in a position to fire again, if enemy gave them the chance. Presently a trooper rode out .from among the trees and came down the road, carrying a white handkerchief. "A flag of true,'' said Bob. ";He wants to speak to Dick." "I suppose t.bey want permission to look after their wounded and bury their dead." "Likely that is it." "Dick went down the slope a ways to meet the horseman, and when they met, he asked: "What do you want?" "My captain has sent me to ask permission to remove our dead and wounded." "The permission is granted." "Very well, sir; you will not fire upon us?,, "Certainly not; we are not barbarians." "lrhank yon." 'l'he trooper rode back, and presently quite a force of British was at work, some burying the dead soldiers, while others were looking after the injured and dressing their wounds. There were eight soldiers so badly wounded that they could not sit in the sa ddle, and the captain of the com pany asked Mr. Fenton for the loan of a tearu and wagon. It was granted, and the wounded men were placed on some straw in the wagon and were taken away. The fore:e of troopers followed, and as long as they were sight of the hill on which the Liberty Boys were statjone

20 THE LIBERTY BOYS' GUNNERS. right and left to get in the guns were fired, and one of down a horse and its rider. timber. The other three r when they were where they could get a good view of the the cannon balls brought hilltop on which they had left their comrades they saw that an engagement was in progress between the youths and the force hidden from their sight among the tree s by the roadside. There were two drivers on the seat of the wagon, and they leaped down and ran and assisted the wounded man to ri se. They helped him reach the wagon and get into it, after which they mounted to their seats and drove onward. As all the firing came from the left hand side of the road Dick and Bob turned aside and e ntered th e timb e r on the right hand side. They made their way around do much damage," and soon with th e Liberty Boys on the hilltop "We scattered them if we didn't grinned Bob. "Yes; s o we did," said Dick. What do you think about it, Dick? Will the redcoats r e main in the of the timber yonder and try to shoot u s down if we go along there?" "It i s more than likely, Bob." "Then we are not going to go along there?" "Not right away." "You ar e going to reconnoiter :first and see if the coast i s clear?" Yes." "That will be the safest and best, I judge." "So it will; you boys remain here and I will go and r e connoit er." "Le t me help you, Dick; you take one side of the road and I will take the other." "All right." Th e two l e aped down and set out on their tour of investigation CHAPTER XI. GOOD WORK WITH THE GUNS. "They have gone, Dick." "It looks that way, Bob." I think that they have had about all the experience with us that they care to have." "So it would seem." "What s hall we do now?" "Go back to whe re the boys are, and then come on in pursuit of the redcoats, I suppose." "All right, that is-hello What does this mean?" Dick Slater and Bob Estabrook had come to the point where the trooper s had entered the timber, and had looked ali around for the r e dcoats without finding any signs of them. Then th e y had stepped out into the road, and the above conve r s ation had ensued The break in Bob's talk with the exclamation had been caused by the sound of musketry back up in the direction where the Liberty Boys had remained while the two were reconnoitering. "I don't know what it means," said Dick, in some excitement; "unless it may be that the redcoats have doubled back and made an attack on the boys." "Let's g o back in a hurry, Dick!" "All right." Tbe y r a n up th e road a t th e top of their speed, and "I am glad you have come," s aid Mark Morri son, who was in charge during the absence of the two ; "the r edcoat s played a trick on us." "So I see," said Dick. ''Well, it hasn't availed th e m anything a,s yet, has it?" "No; they have wounded two or three of the b o y s "I wonder why they don't charge u s ?" remarked Bob. "I gu ess they are afraid to do so." "Likely." 'l'he Liberty Boys were g l a d to see Dick and Bob, and they brightened up wonderfully and began working their muskets with ren ewed energy. The presenc e of their youthful commander alway s in spired them to do their best. They were doing much better work t h a n the Bri tis h troopers. The Liberty Boys were experts at th e work of sharp shooting, and that was wha t thi s e ngag e m e n t r e all y w a s The redcoat s had played a very s hrewd tri!)k in turn ing and doublin g bac k ; but they had not pushed the attack aft e r th e y fail e d to t ake the r ebels by s urprise. Even now their s hot s w e r e becomin g fewer and mor e des ultory, and pre s ently th e y ceased altogether. "I believe they have given it up as a bad job, s aid Bob. "Yes, I think so, agreed Dick. "We had better not take it for grant e d that s u c h i s the case," said Sam Sanderson, a s he wipe d th e blood hi s face, a bull e t having broken th e s kin and s t a rt e d the blood to :flowing. "True," agreed Dick. "We mu s t be care ful and be sure before we make any move." "How are we to b e s ur e ?" ask e d Tom Fulton "I will go out and re c onnoiter," s aid Dick. "Be car e ful, Dick cautjoned Bob. "I am always careful, Bob." "You may think so, but I don't .r The youth smiled and then stole out and away, and quickly disappeared amia the trees. He was an e xpert at this sort of work, and move d a silently as an Indian. It did not take him long to learn that the Briti s h troop er s had really withdrawn, taking their d e ad and wounded with them. He hastened back to where the youths wer e and told them the news. "W\iat shall we do now?" asked Bob. "I'll tell you what we will do, said Dick. "I am eager to get in anoth e r blow at th e main arm y to-day, and


THE LIBERTY BOYS' GUNNERS. 11 by going back up the road a couple of miles and making a wide detour we should be able to catch up with the army some time this afternoon." "That is just the thing to do," said Bob. "Let's be moving." They mounted and set out at once. They moved back up the road, and presently reached the home of the Fen tons. As it was now noon they dec!ded to stop at the patriot's home and take dinner, for they knew they would be welcome. The Fentons were pleased when Dick told them that they would remain and take dinner there, and Mrs. Fen ton and Esther went to work at once. They could not cook enough at once for all the Liberty Boys, but would cook all they could. Harry Garver was eager to hear the news. He had heard the booming of the guns, and kll.ew that the youths had been in an engagement with the enemy. "'rhey told him all about it, and he was well pleased when he learned that the British had been beaten at every point. "I wish I had been able to be with you," he said. "Oh, well, you will be with us before long," said Dick. When the Liberty Boys had eaten dinner they bade the Fentons and their wounded comrade good-by and mounted their horses and rode away. They turned to the left at the first turn and rode in that direction a couple of miles, when they turned to the left. They were now going east, and they rode rapidly f r more than three hours. "We ought to be in sight of the British army, I should think," said Dick to Bob, who was riding beside him. "I should say so, Dick." "Well, we will soon know. Yonder is a hill, and from the top of it we will be able to get a good view of the surroundi ng country." "So we will." They rode onward, and in half an hour were on top of the hill in question. It was as Dick had said. They were able to get a sp lendid view of the surrounding country. The rear guard of the army was just marching past another hill, and Dick pointed to this, and said : "We will wait until the redcoats are out of sight, and then we will march swiftly and get to the top of that -The enemy will be within range, and we will give it another dose from the artillery." "That is the thing to do," said Bob. They waited until the rear guard of the British army was out of and then they rode down the slope and across toward the other hill at as rapid a pace as pos sible. They were not long in reaching the top of the hill and the guns were planted in good positions. The British were within easy range, and Dick told the gunners to get ready for work. The youths took their places at the guns "Take aim!" he ordered. The youths sighted the pieces. "Is all in readiness?" Dick asked. "Yes," was the reply Then fire The youths obeyed. Boom-in-m-m-m-m roared the weapons. The reports all blended toge ther, making one thunderous report that shook the earth. The cannon balls went hurtling through the air and fell right in the midst of the soldiers constituting the rear guard of the British army. As may well be supposed, it caused great consternation and anger in the hearts of the British. They knew at once that it was the work of the party of youths with the four pieces of artillery, and it proved to the officers., and soldiers that the Briti sh troopers had not succeeded in catching the rebels, as they had set out to do. "Load and get ready to fire again!" commanded Dick. The youths hastened to do so. It did not take them long to get the field pieces ready for use again, and then Dick told them to sight them. This was done, and when all was in readiness he gave the order: "Fire!" Again the guns boomed. And again the balls dropped in the redcoats' midst, kill ing ana wounding a number and arousing the anger of the rest to fever heat. A large force was already coming back toward the hill, wd Dick realiied that they would have to get a.way in a hurry-or at least this would be necessary in the case of lhe boys who had charge 0 the guns. The rest could remain and give the enemy a volley and then escape easily enough. "We can give them another broadside, can't we, Dick?" asked Bob, eagerly. "I was just thinking that we could give them one more volley," said Dick. Then he gave the command to reload the guns This was done, and as soon as the gunners had sighted the pieces the order was given to fire. Again they boomed, and again the missiles struck among the redcoats and did considerable damage. A cheer went up from the throats of the Liberty Boys. "Hurrah for the Liberty Boys' Gunners!" cried Bob. "They never miss the mark!" The cheers were given with a will, and by the time this had been done the gunners had hitched the horses to the artillery and were ready to go. "That's right," said Dick. "Go along. We will give the enemy a volley or two from our small arms, and will then come on and overtake you." "Great guns! Loo4: yonder, Bob!" he exclaimed, point ing toward the northwest. The young commander of the Liberty Boys looked in the direction indicated and saw a force of trooper s


22 THE LIBERTY BOYS' GUNNERS. to the number of nearly two hundred c o ming toward the hill at a gRllop. "Mount, Liberty Boys!" cried Dick. lo get away from here in a hurry, or lured CHAPTER XII. 1'ILL A1' WO!( "We will have we will be cap-The youths who had charge of the artillery had already started, and now the others mounted their horses and followed. They did not wait to fire a volley or two at the redcoah: They w e re not long in reaching the bottom of the hill, and then they started across an open plain perhaps two mile s wide. At the farther side was heavy timber, and if they could hold the pursuing troopers back till they arrived there all would be well, as they could easily hold the enemy in check after that. The Brifah tro9p e rs came riding furiously around the foot oE the hill, and when they caught sight of the Lib e rt y Boys they gave utterance to hoarse yells and lashed their horses to renewed exertions. They thought that at last they wouid be able to get at the y ouths who had caused them so much trouble, and that the meeting :.vould be on more of an equal footing i han at any of the other times that they had come together. Of cour:::e it wa s not the purpose of the Liberty Boys lo go faster than the ones could go who had charge of the artillery, for they would not give up the guns if they could possibly avoid doing so. The result was. that the British drew nearer and nearer. 'Will they catch us by the time we get to the timber?" asked Bob. 'They will get within musket shot distance, at any rate, Bob." "Well, our mu ske t s will carry as far a::i theirs will," with >1 grim air. "You are right, and I think that we will prove to be better s hot s than the redcoats are," said Dick. "You know we have practiced this a great deal and are capable of doing great execution." "l know that; but they may b e good shots, too." '' 1 don't think so; they simply level their muskets and pn ll trigger, trusting to luck more than to skill." ''Well, that will be the better for us." "Yes; if they do any damage it will be by accident." Closer and closer drew the British dragoons. They unslung their muskets and got ready for busi ness The Liberty Boys, too, began to handle their mu skets in a manner which show ed thej were ready for action at any moment. Suddenly the British leveled their muskets and fired a rnlley. They did not take aim Doubtless they thought it impossible to do so. The result was that, while three Liberty Boys were wounded, no fatality occurred a s the wounds were slight ones. "Halt!" cried Dick in a loud clear voice. All of the Liberty Boys save the four who had charge of the artillery halted and whirled their horses so that their heads were toward the British. "Charge !" cried Dick. The youths dashed toward the r e dcoats, and they fired a musket volley when they were close enough to make it effective. The redcoats were taken by s urprise, and the majority brought their horses to a stop, while man y whirled the animals and das hed away. "Now with the pi stols!" cried Dick. 'l'he youths dropped the muskets, which Were tied to the saddle horns with ropes, and drew pistols, which the y fired quickly. This was too much for the British, who turned and fled, leaving the Liberty Boys ma s ters of the situation, at least temporarily. "Now, boys, we will have time to get to the timber," cried Dick. "Away we go, and reload your muskets as we 1 : ide." This the youths did, although it was a feat thal wa,; ver,Y hard to accomplish. They had practiced, how and were able to do it. They soon overtook the youths who had charge of the artillery, and then all rode along at the same pace. The youths who had charge of the guns were exulting over the manner in which their comrades had routed the enemy. So were the youths themselves, for that matter, a11d they congratulated one another. We made them turn and run lik e rabbits!" said Bob, gleefully. "Yes; we turned the tables on them," s aid Dick W e took them by surprise," sai d Mark Morris o n ''Yes; they were not looking for such action on our part" sa id Sam Sanderson. The redcoats w e r e coming again now, but they had lost so much ground that they could not overtake the Libertt-Boys, who reached the timber while their enemy was yet three hundred yards distant. The youths dismounted and took up their positions behind trees and stood waiting for the British to come within range. This the troopers did not do, for they had had enough experience with the youths so they knew that it would mean the death of a number of their comrades. So they brought their horses to a stop and remained there, talk ing the matter over and trying to decided what they should do. Noting this action on the part of the British dragoons


THE LIBERTY BOYS' 23 Dick ordered the youths to. get. the guns planted and tillery," he said. "The boys who have charge of the wea loaded and give the enemy a volley. pons are good gunners, and when they fire they usually hit The weapons were quickly wheeled to points of vantage, something." irnd the gunners loaded them quickly. "Yes; they are certainly all right, Bob." .Just as they finished, however, the British troopers 'l'be boys went into camp and proceeded to cook their s uddenly scattere d and went galloping away in aJl direcAbout all they had to cook was corn meal, which, tions. mixed with water and baked in thrashes. was better than "'l'hey have thought of the guns," said Bob, in a disrold biscuits would have been. appointed voice. "Jove, I wish they had waited a few Some of the youths grumbled a bit, however. Thev moments.' wished for something in the way of fresh meat. "Well, maybe we can knock over one or two eveu as it Finally half a dozen set out on a foraging expedition. is," said Dick. 'l'hey knew where to go to find a farmhouse, and they "If the boys are good enough gunners to hit the redwere not long in arriving there. coa t s while they are on the run they are all right," said They went to the smokehouse and got some hams and Bob. "Tell them to try it, old man." rashers of bacon, and then they went to the chickenhous e Dick gave the order, and the four youths trained the and got some chickens. guns so they would be on the elevation, and then an Then they slipped away without having been discovered. -fonr fired at the same time. When they got back to the encampment they were given A yell went up from the Iiibcrty Boys. Two of the balls a rousing welcome by the rest of the youths. had damaged the enemy, one striking a 110rse, and the Soon the odor of cooking meat was Jn the air every-other a dragoon, killing both instantly. where about, and the youths could hardly wait till the "Jove, those were splendid shots!" exclaimed Bob. meat was done. "They were accidents, Bob," said Dick. 'rhey ate heartily, presently, and felt that they were "Well," scratching his head; "seeing as how it was ready to fight the British to a fini'sh. somebody else did the shooting, we will call it an acci-They placed out sentinels at an early hour and ltt:>

24 THE LlBERTY BOYS' GUNNERS. "Yes; we seem to be nnable to get close enough to the British army to do any damage, any more." "That's so; they leave a strong force on top of every J1ill they pass, and we can't get there to plant our guns. We might as well go back to the main army." "One thing is certain, Dick, we have done a lot of damage to the rrd coats during the time we have been keeping them with the artillery." "Yes, Bob; so we have." It was about noon of the 27th of June. The Liberty Boys were in camp eating dinner, and were discussing the sit uation They had been after the British army a whole week now, and had inflicted considerable damage upon it; but the redcoat s had at last risen up and taken such precau tions as to make it impossible for the Liberty Boys to get within range with the guns, hence the talk of returning to the main patriot army. Ther e was considerable talk for and against the propo sit ion of returning, but it was decided at last to do. so. "Let's make one more attempt to get some shots at the redcoats," said Bob, who was opposed to returning to the main army at present. "We have tried several times in the last day or so, and failed, Bob," said Mark Morrison. "Well, let's try once more." "What do the rest of you say?" asked Dick. "Oh, I am willing to make another attempt if Bob want s to," said one, and the others said the same. "From what direction shall we approach the redcoats, Bob ?" asked Dick. "From straight in front _of them." "All right; we'll try it." They mounted and set out. They made a wide detour and were at last a mile m front of the advance guard of the British army. "I think that the best we will be able to do will be to get some shots at the advance guard," said Dick; "and it is so scattered, always, that it is impossible to do much damage." "Well, we will do the best we can to da-mage them," said Bob. Presently the advance guard of the British army came in sight. There were about three hundred of the soldiers, and they were scatte red out so that the cannon balls would not be likely to do much damage. "You see, Bob, it is just what I expected it would be,"1 said Dick. "Well, maybe we can bring down a few of them," said Bob. Dick gave the order for the gunners to aim. This was done, and then when all was in readiness Dick gave the command : "Fire!" Boom, boom, boom, boom The reports roared out loudly. Scattered as were the redcoats, two were hit by cannon balls and killed. "Good!" cr ied Bob. "That is all right! Try it again, boys You are certainly splendid gunners." The guns were reloaded, and when all was in readiness they were fired again, and this time one redcoat was seen to go down. The British soldiers were advancing as rapidly as possible, however, and Dick gave the command to retreat. The youths who had charge of the artillery started first, and the others mounted and followed. It happened that the British troopers were bringing up the rear, guarding the army from attack at that point, and by the time they got to the front, after hearing the firing, the Liberty Boys had got so far away that it was useless to follow them. "We may as well let them go," said Uolonyl Holman. "We could gain nothing by chasing them." The Liberty Boys went east a mile or so and then turned toward the north. They felt sure that they would find the patriot army a few miles distant in that direction, and they were right. They caught up with the main body about four o'clock, and were given a warm welcome by the soldi ers, who cheered the youths heartily when they put in an ap pearance. Dick rode at once to where General Washington and some of the staff officers were riding along in a group. He was given a warm greeting by the commander-in chief and the officers, all of whom knew him well. "You have got back, eh, Dick?" the commander-in. chief remarked. "' "Yes, your excellency." "What success have ypu had?" "Splendid." "You succeeded in doing considerab le damage with the artillery ?" "Yes, indeed, sir." "And how far away is the British army now?" "About eight miles south and west from here, sir." The commander-in-chief asked many questions, all of which Dick answered promptly. Then at last he went back and rejoined the company of Liberty Boys. "What did the commander-in-chief say, Dick?" "Did he seem pleased with the work we have done?" "Did he compliment you on our good work, old man?" Such were a few of the questions the youths Dick. "The commander-in-chief is very well pleased, boys," replied Dick. "He says we have done well.., "I think so myself," said Bob Estabrook. General Clinton, the commander-in-chief of the Briti sh army, was not so well pleased, however. The attack on hi::i advance guard by the force of patriot youths had aroused his anger afresh, and he scolded his officers for not hav. ing been able to capture the little party of rebels dur ing the week just past. The officers humbly declared that they had done the best they could, and that the party in question was hard to get at.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' GUNNERS. 25 =======================================-_::::=_-:::-:-:=:.:_ ... That evening the Britis h army went into camp at Mon mouth 'l'he main patriot army was about three miles back. A portion, however, was five or six miles toward the north east. General Washington and his staff held a counci l. They discussed the situation earnestly. It was the general belief that the time had come to make an attack on the British. Plans were made, and when a perfect understanding had been arrived at the officers and soldiers lay down to get a good night's rest. There would be lively work on the morrow. The sun rose bright and clear the next morning. The patriot army was a stir, and was marching almost with the sun. They had not been marching long when the sound of guns was heard. The battle had commenced General Washington sent word for Dick to report to him. The youth was quickly on hand. "What is it, your excellency?" he asked, eagerly. "I have some work for you and your Lib erty Boys, Dick. I want that you shall take those four pieces of artillery and hasten to the scene of action, and do all you can to aid the patriot army until we can get there." "Very well, sir." i:saluted and rode back to where the Liberty Boys ere and told them to come along at once and bring the <1.rtillery. They set out at as rapid a pace as possible. They soon left the main army behii:i.d, and the sound of the firing in front grew louder and loud er, thus prov ing that they were rapidly nearing the scene of action. Presently they were upon the scene, and they took up their position on the top or a hill and opened :fire on the British. The youths did good work with the guns, and the British soon realized that if they wanted to put a stop to the havoc they would have to silence the battery. Colonel Holman's regiment of troopers and two com panies of infantry started up the slope to make an at and try to capture the battery. -., They are coming after us, Dick," said Bob. "So I see. Well, let them come. Tell the boys to take good aim with the cannon and mow the redcoats down." "I will." Bob went and spoke to the gunners, who nodded and took up their place at the guns and aimed the pieces. The Libert y Boys had become expert gunners, and were in a position to do good work. They handled the guns like old veterans and fairly mowed the British and Hes sians down. It was a thrilling, terrible sc3ne The red coats and their Hes sia n allies-two companies of Hessians having joined the rest in the charge up the hill-kept on coming. They were brave and de sperate, a: 1 :." re determined to capture the battery and silence the t;ttns; if s uch ct thing were possible. 'fhe sun was now up quite a anu heat 1 r.s SL'mc thing terrible. The soldier s were hot and panting, an

I .'Z6 THE LIBERTY BOYS' GUNNERS. 1 "Yes, we ran them off the field.'' I on the British, however, and not give them the least chance "True; and I feel sure that we killed an

THE LIBERTY BOYS' GUNNERS. 17 "The British are breaking camp!'' Dick took a careful survey of the enca mprncnt. and pres ently said: were of same opinion as that by the Liberty Boy ''W< ean only ame a" ark11owlcdging th this time." sain Dick; "and iu that <'ase he may be wanting to njoir us.'' "I don't know about that part of it," said Bob, with a "We will wait till the redcoats start, and tliC'n. as soon grin. "You haven't forgotten Esther, have you_ old man?'' it i.s certain that they are going awa.r. ire will go back "No, Bob; but Harry will want to r ejoin us and fight lo our encampment and report llw mattC'r to thP comfor I ndependPI1ce, just the same." mander-in-chief." ''I guess yon are righ' 1 ; he is the kind of fellow to thlnk Half an hour later the British army wns marching away of duty first and pleasure afterward." toward the east, and then -::: J:ivc Liberty Boys hastened "I think you are right." back to their Diel; wrnt to the tent morning Dick, accompanied by Bob and Mark, set \ OGe;upied by tlw commam 'i-chi d antl told thr out for thr home of the Frntons. that he had something of portanc(' to report. The:v took Harry';:; horsp along for him to ride, in case The orderly awakened the. general, who got up and lw was well enough to come back with them. dre sed and gave Dick an interview. fle knew that Dick They arrived at the Fenton home that aftenoon and traf! something of f o rC'por1. i\ erc given au enthusiastic reception by the members of When Dick told the comr> ngfr "-in-chief that the British thl' paitriot family, and by Harry a well, he being up had broken camp and wer rn av as rap inly as an<1 around, though not fully recovered as yet. possible he said that he not greatly 'Jove, r am ghld lo.see you walking about, Harr:r'" "I thought it more likely t1rn1 ,P\' would do tbi. than saia Dick. a,; hP shook wounded Liherty Boy by thr that they wonld make an attaci > \1 1 1 he said. "The hand. question now is, what shall w0 ,J '.... "And I <1lll glad to be able to walk about, too. Dick." He sent his orderly to n the olfice1.,-:; of his staff, with a smile; "and T am glad to see you boys oner morP. and half an hour later tht' officers \\rre in the tent. I am going to go back with you and get to work to fightGeneral Washingto1..t told them what had taken placr. ing the redcoats again." "The are grtting away as fast as '' he Dick saw a shadow come over the face of Esther. She said; "now, we follow them, or not?" grew pale, and Raid in a voice which trembled slightly: This was thP question for discussion, and after con"Do you think that you will bP able to ride anc1 en. talk it wai:; decif!C'd not to makr any move until durl' the hardships of camp life. You are far morning. from well, you know.'' Next morning the p1: .1'iot army out after the British, 1 know that, little girl," with a fond sm ile; "but T and that afternoon learned that t.111' enemy had taken am well enough, and duty calls me. Of coursr, if l hart 1efuge on the heights of Middletown. my way, 1 would remain here, but 1 can't neglect. my Dick Slater was sent to spy on the British at night, and duty." hP brought ba o k the information that the Brifoh position "T wouldn't ask you to do that, Harry," in ao brave wa,; simpl} impreg>;\;-. ble voice as she could command; "but-I-thought thatlong as \fhey remain there it would be folly to try to perhaps you had-better-wait awhile-longer." r hearin,C t 01'k had to tell regarding the posi-in the morning." !io n of t hr B1' 'I aton and hi s 'l'he youths decided to remain over night. a nil i hcY linrl


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ISSUED WEEKLY LATEST ISSUES: 180 The Bradys and the ilerpent Ring; or, 'l'he Strange Case er the Fortune-Teller: 181 The Bradys and "Silent Sam" ; or, Tracking the Deaf and Dumb Gang. 182 The Bradys and the "Bonanza" King; or, Fighting U1e Fakirs In 'Frisco. 183 The Bradys and the Boston Banker ; or, Bustling for Miilions In the Hub. 184 The Bradys on Blizzard Island; or, Tracking the Gold Thieves of Cape Nome. 185 The Bradys In the Black Hiils; or, Thei r Case In North Dakota. 186 The Bradys and "Faro Frank" ; or, A Hot Case In the Gold Mines. 187 The Bradys and the "Rube" ; or, Tracking the Confidence Men 188 The Bradys as Firemen ; or, Tracking a Gang of Incendiaries. 189 The Bradys In the 011 Country; or, The Mystery of the Giant Gusher. 190 The Bradys and the Blind Beggar; or, The Worst Crook of All. 191 The Bradys and the Bankbreakers; or, Working the Thugs of Chicago. 192 The Bradys and the Seven Sklllls; or, The Clew That Was Found In the Barn. 193 The Bradys In Mexico ; or, Search for the Aztec Treasure House. 194 The Bradys at Black Run; or, Trailing the Coiners of .candle Creek. 195 The Bradys Among the Bulls and Bears; or, Working the Wires In Wall Street. 106 The Bradys and tbe King; or, Working for the Bank of England. 197 The Bradys and the Duke' s Diamonds ; or, The Mystery of the Yacht. 198 The Bradys and the Bed Rock Mystery; or, Working In the Black Bills. 199 The Bradys and the Card Crooks; or, Working on an Ocean Liner. 200 The Bradys and '"John &mlth" ; or, The Man Without a Name. 20.l The Bradys and the Ma.nhunters ; or, Down In the Dismal Swamp. 202 The Bradys and the High Rock Mystery ; or, The Secret of the Seven Steps. 203 The Bradys at the Block House ; or, Rustllng the Rustlers on the Frontier. 204 The Bradys In Baxter Street ; or, The Bouse Without a Door. 205 The Bradys Midnight Call ; or, The Mystery of Harlem Heights. 206 The Bradys Behind the Bars; or, Working on Blackwells Island. 207 The Bradys and the Brewer' s Bonds; or, Working on a Wall Street Case. 208 The Bradys on the Bowery ; or,. The Search for a Missing Girl. 209 The Bradys and the Pawnbroker; or, A Very Mysterious Case. 210 The Bradys and the Gold Fakirs; or, Working for the Mint. 211 The Bradys at Bonanza Bay; or, Working on a Million Dollar Clew. 212 The Bradys and the Black R iders; or, TheMysterious Murder at Wlldtown. 213 The Bradys and Senator Slam; or, Working With Washington Crooks. 214 The Bradys and the Man from Nowhere ; or, Their Very Hardest Case. 215 The Bradys and "No. 99" ; or, The Search for a Mad Million aire. 216 The Bradys at Baffin's Bay; or, The Trail Which Led to the Arc tic. 217 The Brad;w and Gim Lee; or, Working a Clew In Chinatown. 218 The Bradys and the Yegg" Men; or, Seeking a Clew on the Road. 219 The Bradys and the Blind Banker; or, Ferrettlng Out the Wall Street Thieves. 220 The Bradys and the Black Cat; or, Working Among the Card Crooks of Chicago. For Sale by All Newsdealers, or will be Sent to Anfi PBANX TOU S EY, Publisher, 221 the Texas Oil King; or, Seeking a Clew In 222 The Bradys and the Night Hawk; or, New York at Midnight. 223 The Bradys In the Bad Lands ; or, Hot work In South Dakota. 224 at Breakneck Hall ; or, The Mysterious f,louse on the 225 and the Fire Marshal; or, Hot Work in Horners226 The Bradys and the Three Sherill's ; or, Doing a Turn in T eu nessee. 227 The Bradys and the Opium Smugglers ; or, A Hot Trail on the Pacific Coast. 228 The Bradys' Boomerang; or, Shaking Up the Wall Street Wire Tappers. 229 The liradys Among the Rockies; or, Working Away Out West. 230 The Bradys and Judge Lynch ; or, Atter the Arkansas Terror. 231 The Bradys and the Bagg Boys; or, Hustling In the Black Hille. 232 The Bradys and Captain Bangs ; or, The Mystery of a Mississippi Steamer. 233 The Bradys In Maiden Lane ; or, Tracking the Diamond Crooks. 234 The Bradys aifd Wells-Fargo Case; or, The Mystery of the Mon tana Mall. 235 The Bradys and "Bowery Bill" ; or, The Crooks of Coon Alley. 236 The Bradys at Bushel Bend ; or, Smoking Out the Chinese Smug glers. 237 The Bradys and the Messenger Boy ; or, The A. D. T M.yste 238 The Bradys and the Wire Gang; or, The Great Race-Track Swindle. 239 The Bradys Among the Mormons; or, Secret Work in Salt Lake City. 240 The Bradys and "Fancy Frank" ; or, The Velvet Gang of Flood Bar. 241 The Bradys at Battle CUii'; or, Chased Up the Grand Canyon. 242 The Bradys and "Mustang Mike" ; or, The Man With the Branded Hand. 243 The Bradys at Gold Hill ; or, The Mystery of the Man from Montana. 244 The Bradys and Piigrim Pete ; or, The Tough Sports of Terror Gulch. 245 The Bradys and the Black Eagle Express; or, The Fate of the Frisco Flyer. 246 The Bradys and Hi-Lo-Jak; or, Dark D eed11 In Chlnntown. 247 Bradys and the Texas Rangers; or, Rounding up the Green Goods Fakirs. 248 The Bradys and "Simple Sue"; or, The Keno Queen of City. 249 The Bradys and the Wall Street Wizard ; or, the Cash That Did Not Come. 250 The Bradys and Cigarette Charlie ; the Smoothest Crook in the World. 251 The Bradys at Bandit Gulch; or, From Wall West. 2fi2 The Bradys In the Foot-Bills; or, The Blue Band of Bard Gulch. 253 The Bradys and Brady the" Banker ; or, The Secret of the Old Santa Fe Trail. 254 The Bradys' Graveyard Clue; or, Dealings With Doctor Death. 255 The Bradys and "Lonely Luke" ; or, The Hard Gang of Hard scrabble. 256 The Bradys and Tombstone Tom ; or, A Hurry Call from Arizona. 257 The Bradys' Backwoods Trail; or, Landing the Log Rollers Gang. 258 The Bradys and "Joe Jlnger" ; or, The Clew In the Convict Camp. 259 The Bradys at Madman's Roost ; or, A Clew from the Golden Gate. 260 The Bradys and the Border Band; or, Six Weeks' Work Along the Line. on Receipt of Price, 5 Cents per Copy, by 24 'Unio n Square, New York I F Y OU WANT ANY BACK N UMBERS of ou-r libraries, and cannot procure them from newsdealers, they can be obtained from this office direct. 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THE STAGE. o. 41. THE BOYS OF NEW YORK END MEN'S JOKE K.-Containing a great variety of the latest jokes used by the famous end men. No amateur minstrels is complete without wonderful little IJook. No. 42. THE BOYS OF NEW YORK STUMP SPEAKER a varied assortment of stump speeches, Negro. Dutch ml I rish. Also end men's jokes. Just the thing for home amuseGlellt and amateur shows. No. 45. THE BOYS OF NEW YORK MINSTHEL GUIDE !ND JOKI!) new a?d very instructive. Every boy should obtam this book, as 1t contams full instructions for orll(nizing an amateur minstrel troupe. No. 65. M OLDOON'S JOKES.-This is one of the most original i.-e books eve\' published, and it is brimful of wit and humor. It imtains a large collection of songs, jokes, conundrums, etc., of Terrence Muldoon, the great wit, humorist, and practical joker of tie day. Every boy who can enjoy a good substantial joke should a copy immediately. No .. 79. HQW TO BECOME AN ACTOR.-Containing complete mstructions how to make up for various characters on the ltlge ; together with the duties of the Stage Manager, Prompter !!ce!Jic A1tist and Property Man. By a prominent Stage Manager'. No. 80. GUS WILLIA:.\IS' JOKE BOOK.-Containing the lat111: es, anecdotes and funny stories of this world-renowned and ner popular German comedian. Sixty-four pages; handsome cove1 containing a half-tone photo of the author. HOUSEKEEPING!. lio. 16. HOW TO KEEP A WINDOW GARDEN.-Containing :oil inBtructions for constructing a window garden either in town the most approved methods for raising beautiful iwers at nomc. The most complete book of the kind ever pub-fo. 30. HOW TO COOK.-One of the most instructive books cooking ever published. It contains recipes for cooking meats, Jab, gume and oysters ; also pies, puddings, cakes and all kinds of putry, and a grand collection of recipes by one of our most popular :ook No. 37. HOW TO KEEP HOUSE.-It contains information for Jverybody, boys, girls, men and women; it will teach you how to almost anything around the house, such as parlor ornaments, 'ra ckets cements, Aeolian harps, and bird lime for catching birds. ELECTRICAL. b. 46. OW TO l\JAKE AND USE ELEC'l'RICITY.-A de :cription of the wonderful uses of electricity and electro :Ogether with full instructions for making Electric Toys, Batteries, ttc. By George Trebel, A. M., M. D Containing over fifty il ustrations. No. 64. HOW TO MAKE ELECTRICAL MACHINES.-Con ajniog full ns for making electrical machines, induction 1ls, dynam any novel toys to be worked by electricity. ., }1. Fully illustrated. '1'0 DO ELECTRICAL TRICKS.-Containing a "'se collection of instructive and highly amusing electrical tricks. .og>ther with illustrations. B y A Anderson No. 31. HOW TO A SPEAKER.-Containing fo'll!!i" teen illustrations, giving the different positions requisite to becomG a good speaker, reader and elocutionist. 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It contains full tions in the art of dancing, etiquette in the ball-room and at partlto how to dress, and full directions for calling off in all popula r squ&rll :ooney than an;v bllOk published. derful book. containing useful and prac tical information in tlb: No 35. HOW TO PLAY GAMES.-A complete and useful little treatment of ordinary diseases and ailments common to evell'; ,containing the rules and regulations of billiards, bagatelle, family. Abounding in useful and effective recipes for general CQiiI< > ackp moo, croquet. dom inoes etc. plaints. Ne 3 6. HOW TO SOLVE CONUNDRUMS.-Containing all No. 55. HOW TO COLLECT STAMPS AND COINS. oa hd ng conundrums of the day, amusing riddles, curious catches taining valuable !nformation regarding the collecting and arrangimc1 UJd :v of stamps and coins. .:Iandsomel;v illustrated. X 5. HOW TO PLAY CARDS.-A complete and handy little No. 58. HOW 'fO BE A DETECTIVE.-By Old King Bra :lool ing the rul es and full directions for playing Euchre, Cribthe world-known detective. In which he lays down some valuah ( )Qg C siro, FortyFive, Rounce, Pedro Sancho, Draw Poker, and sensible rules for beginners, and also relates some All Fours, and man. v other popular games of cards. and experiences of well-known detectives fIO TO DO PUZZLES.-Containing over three bunNo. 60. HOW TO BECOME A PHOTOGRAPHER.-Oonta!w resting puzzles and conundrnms. with key to same. A ing useful information regarding the Camera and how to book Fully illustrated. By A. Anderson. also how to make Photographic Magic Lantern Slides and othcome a Naval Cadet." No. 63. HOW TO A NAVAL CADET.-Complete iz, structions of how to gain admission to the Annapolis Na'l'al Academy. Also containing the course of instruction, descriptloa of grounds and buildings. historical sketch. and everythfog a should know to become an Qfficer in the United States Navy. 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. .. THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. A Weekly Magazine containing Stories of the American Revohitio By HARRY MOORE. t These stories based on actual facts and give a. account of the exciting adventures of a brave band of Americ1 youths who were always ready and willing to imperil their liVi for the sake of helping a.long the gallant cause of Independen Every number will consist of 32 large pages of reading matt bound in a colo-red cover. .. LA1 ST ISSUES: 1121 ;\he Liberty Boys or, Afoot in. the Enemy's c9.unt 82 The Liberty Iloys and the Georgia Giant; or, A Hard Man to 122 Liberty Boys m the Saddle; or, Lively Work for Llbe' Handle. Cause. 83 The Liberty Boys' Dead Line: or, "Cross it if You Dare!" 123 The Liberty Boys' Bonanza; or, Taking Toil frqm the Tori 84 'l'he Li)lerty Boys "Hoo-Dooed" ; or, Trouble at Every Turn. 124 The Liberty Boys at Saratoga; o r The Surrender of Burg 8;) The Liberty Boys' Leap for Life; or, The Light that Led Them. 12 5 The Liberty Boys and "Old Put."; or '!'he Escape at Horseneck. 8(l The Liberty Boys' Indian Friend; or, The Redskin who Fought for 126 The Liberty Boys Bugle Cail ; or, The Plot to Poison Washin Independence. 127 The Liberty Boys and "Queen Esther" ; or, The W 87 The Liberty Boys "Going it Blind'': or, Taking Big Chance s. c re. 88 The L i b erty Boys' Black Band; or, Bumping the British Hard. 128 The Liberty Boys' Horse Guard; or, On the Hig_h H cf Sll '.l.'he J,ib erty Boys' "Hurry Cail" ; or, A Wild Dash to Save a 129 The Liberty Boys and Aaron Burr; or, Battlmg for Friend. ence. 90 The 1 ib erty Boys' Guardian Angel ; or, The B eautiful Maid of the 130 The Liberty Boys and the "Swamp ; or, Helping Mario Mountain. 131 The Liberty Boy& and Ethan Allen; or, Old and Young Vetera 91 The r, !berty Boys' Brave Stand; or, Set Bac k but Not D efeated. 132 '.l.'he Liberty Boys and the King's Spy; or, Diamond Cut 92 The Liberty Boys "Treed' ; or, Warm Work in the Tall Timber. mond. 1 93 The Liberty Boys' Dare; or, Backing the British Down. 133 The Liberty Boys' Bayonet Charge; or. The Siege of York 94 The Liberty Boys' Best Blows; or, Beating the British at Benning-134 The Liberty Boys and Paul Jones; or, The Martyrs of the P ton. Ships. 95 The Liberty Boys In New Jersey ; or, Boxing the Ears of the Brit-1 3 5 The Liberty Boys at Bowling Green; or, Smashing the. K ish Lion. Statue. 06 The Liberty Boys' Daring: or. f\ot Afraid of Anything. 136 The Li_berty Boys Nathan or, 'he Brave Patrio 97 The Liberty Boys' Long Marc h ; or, The Move that Puzzled the 137 The Liberty Boys Minute Men ; or, The Battle or ttie British. Pens. 08 The Liberty Boys' Bold Front; or, Hot Times on Harlem Heights. 138 The Liberty Boys and the Traitor; or, How They Handled 99 The J,lb erty Boys in New York; or, Helping to Hold the Gre11t 139 The Liberty Boys at Y ellow Creek; or, Routing the Redcoats. City. 140 The Liberty Boys and General Greene; or, Cornwall 100 '.rhe Liberty Boys' Big Risk; or, Ready to Take Chances. 141 The Liberty Boys in Richmond; or, au" l:itor Arr 101 The Liberty Boys' D!ag -Net: or. liauling the Redcoats In. 142 The Liberty B oys and the Teiltibl e Tory p u u 'SC(;i!lg a l.02 The Boys' Lightning Work; or, 'l'oo fo r the British. !\Ian 103 The Liberty Boys' Lucky Blunder; or, Tl!.e Mistake that Helpe d 143 The Liberty Boys' Sword-f<'ight or Winnin moothes he En Them 1 Boys: Shre,yd or, Big Surprise. 144 '.l.'he B o y s in G eorgia; or, Lively ,, lOo T,be L1_be1 ty Boys Outwi_ttmg_ the Enemy. 145 The Liberty Boys' Greatest .rriump h : or, The Ma.rch to Vi 106 L1ber.ty Boys ,.B1, g Ht. ; or, Redcoats 146 'l'h e f,lb erty Boys and the Quaker Spy: or, Two of a Kind. 107 Ihe Liberty Boys "lid It Ishman or, A Lively Lad from 147 The Liberty Boys In Florida: or. J cightlng Prevost's Ar Dnt>l m-_ h HS The Libt:rty Boys' Last Chance: or. !\inking the Best of 108 Tb.e Boys Surprise or, Not Just What T ey Were Look149 The Llherty Boys' Sharpshooters; or. The Battle ot 109 Boys Treasure. or A Luc k y Finl!. mo The Liberty Boys on Guard: or, Watching the ELemy. 110 The Liberty Boys in Trouble ; or, A Bad Run of Luck. lSl L!b erty Roys' .Strange Gnide; or, the Mysterious Mni 111 The Liberty Boys' Jubllee: or, A Great Dav for t .he Great CA.use 122 The L!berty Boys. ID the or. Among Rough I' 112 The Liberty Boys C orne r ed: or, "Whic h 'ay Shall We Turn?" l The Liberty Roys Retreat" or, 1_n Sbade,s of. 113 The Liberty Boys at Valle y Forge 01 Enduring Terrible HardThe L!berty Boys !!-nd Fire Fiend, or, A. New J;Clnd ships. 15;i Th; _Boys ID Quakertown; or, Makmg Tbmgs Lt\' 114 The Liberty Boys Miss\ng; or, L ost in the Swamps. I hiiadelph1a. I 115 The Liberty Boys' And How The y Won It. J 56 The Liberty Boys and the Gypsies; or, A Wonderful Su"11. ( J 16 The Liberty Roys D eceived: or, Tricked but Not Beaten. 15 7 The Liberty Boys' Flying Artillery: or, "Liberty or Deat.h." 117 The Liberty Boys and the Dwarf: or, A Dangernus Enemy. 15 8 The Liberty Boys Against the Red Demons; or, Fighting thet 118 The Liberty B oys' D ead-Shots; or, The Deadly Twelve R1tid e rs. 119 The Liberty Boys' League : or, The C ountry B oys Who Helped. I 5 9 The Liberty Boys' Gunners; or. The Bombe.rdmentlof Monmout 120 The Liberty Boys' Neatest Trick; or, How the Redcoats were 16 0 The Liberty Boys and Lafayette; or, Helping the Young Frenc Foole d. era!. 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