The Liberty Boys' fierce finish, or, Holding out to the end

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The Liberty Boys' fierce finish, or, Holding out to the end
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Liberty Boys of "76"
Moore, Harry
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Frank Tousey
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Reprinted in 1915.

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A Weekly Magazine containing Stories of the American Revolution. T"$11ccl ircckly By Subscripti o $2.5 0 11er year. E11/acl a s 8e.co11d Glass M att e r a t the Nc1c Y o r k P ebruary 4, rno1, by Prank Tousey. No. 172. NEW YORK AJUIL 1 5, 11'04 P r ice i> C e nts. The party of redcoats came skating rapidly across the ice, and succeeded in heading the Liberty Boys oft'. A British ofilcer seized the bridle of Dick's horse and leveled a t>istol at the youth's head.


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HE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 Weekly Magazine Containing Stor i e s of the American Revolution. IBB1ted Weekly-By Subscription $2.50 per year. Entered as Second Olass Matter at the New York, N. Y., Poat OfTice, February {, 1901. Entered according to A.ct of Oongress, in the yewr 1904, iti the otTice of t1ie L'brarian of Oongreas, Washington, D. 0., by Frank Tousey, 24 Union Square, New York. NEW YORK, APRIL 15, 1904. Price 5 Cent s I he Liberty Boys' Fierce Finish I OR, HOLDING OUT TO THE END. By HABBY lVIOOBE. The British army was quartered at New Brunswick, and CHAPTER I. a s it was very cold the armies were simply sitting still, s o to s peak, and doing nothing. BACKWOODS RIVALS. lieneral Washington was a shrewd general, however, and alway s made it a rule to keep informed regarding his ; "Good afternoon." enemy' s plans and intentions, if such a thing were pos' How do you do, sir?" sible, and he had s ent Dick to make the attempt to enter 'Pretty cold today, isn't it?" New Brunswick and acquire some information that might 'Rather; especially for horseback riding." be of value. 'We are going the same way; if you don't object, we Dick had set out, and when he was a bout half way to 1 ride along together." New Brunswick a man of about thirty years had ridden "I have no objections, sir; indeed, it will be more pleasout of a cross-road and joined him, whereupon the above t to have company." conversation had ensued. "That is what I think." "What is your name?" the s tranger asked. twas about four o'clock of a cold day in January of the "Dave Tott," replied Dick. r 1777. He thought ii best to give a fictitious name, for the ft\. young man nineteen years of age was riding along stranger might be a Tory, and might have heard of him road leading eastwitrd, and at a point perhaps fifteen under the name of Dick Slater. les from New Brunswick, in New Jersey. "My names's Harbison-George Harbi son. I am on he youth was handsome, and was bronzed by exposure my way to New Brunswick. Where are you headed for, almost the hue of an Indian. His firm gray eyes and if it is a fair que stion?" are jaws betokened him to be a youth of determination, "I am going to New Brunswick." f e there was such a frank, honest and manly expression "Good! We will travel along together." his face that anyone was attracted to him at once. Dick was not sure that he liked the arrangement; but his youth was Dick Slater, who even at that time had he could not very well object, so said, :vith a show of ceeded in making himself famous both as a scout and pleasure : py in the patriot army, and as captain of a company of "Very well, Mr. Harbison." ths known as "The Liberty Boys of '76.." 'I'hey rode along in silence for a few moments, and then e was mounted on a coal-black horse, a magnificent the man said: mal of undoubted Arabian stock, and he wore the cos"I suppose that you are a subject of the king?" e of a civilian. "Oh, yes," replied Dick; "otherwise I would not be t the time of which we write the patriot army, under j going to New Brunswick." eral Washington, was statio ned at Morristown "It is the same with me."



THE LIH.bJR'l'Y BOYS FIElWE 3 J;;;he meat was done Thorp placed the frying-pan le and told two to help themsleves. W l er ther table an' he'p yerselves," he invited. .. o were not slow to accept the invitution. 'I'hey tJ seats on split-log benches and ate heartily. '{ ou were right when you said bear meat is good when is hungry," said Dick, addressing Thorp. e're right, stranger." then the two had finished their supper they their i es-which were small, being only large tmough for or two to sit on-back to the fireplace and sat down joy the cheerful warmth. e four men seemed to want to be sociable, in their i h, homely way, and Dick and Harbison talke'(l pleasr nally Harbison asked Thorp what the four \vere doing T ou are not farmers, are you?" he queried. o," was the reply; "we are cuttin' timber an' clearin' i r patch uv groun' fur er man whut does wanter 1 h, you are woodchoppers." thet's et.'' h hile they were talking the door was suddenly opened the six men rushed into the cabin and closed the door nd them. the fierce response. It was evident that ,Jim Boggs was something of a desperado. "Waal, I guess .fists is ez good er way ez enny; we kain'l kill each other, an' thar hain't no need thet we sh'd do ihet. We'll fight et out with fists, an' ther winner is ter hev ther widder "All right; thet suits me. Git up an' we'll go at et." Thorp got slowly up and took off his coat, and proceeded to roll up his sleeves, displaying a pair of great, brawny arms. Boggs watched this proceeding with a sneering smUe. "Takin' er lot uv trouble, hain't ye?" he remarked, sar castically. "Waal, when I'm expectin' ter fight er battle I wanter be in trim fur doin' ther best thar is in me," was the drawling reply. Dick eyed Thorp closely and was favorably impressed. He liked the cool, calm manner in which the wood-chopper accepted tl:te situation. "I'll wager that he'll be a hard man io handle,'' said Dick to himself. 'Fhen he looked at Boggs, and decided that he would be a hard man to handle, also. "It will be a hard fight," the youth decided; and then he glanced at the comrades of the two men, and the thought came to him that it would be an accident if the affair did not terminate in a free fight, with all hands mixed up. ey were rough looking fellows, a nd that their visit b t bl kl rl. In that case, Thorp and his friends would probably get f e ca. m no a peacea e one was qmc y prove l d b bl k hi k d f 11 'th fi the worst of it, for they were only four while there were ea er, a 1g, ac -w s ere e ow w1 erce eyes th th t a villainous Look, shook his fist at Jack Thorp, and six e 0 er par Y fthreateningly: Dick decided that _as 1horp an_d his fne?ds had been t ttl h t t J k Th I good enough to let h1mself and bis compamon stay over-ve come er se e t e ma ter, ac orp t h t t ?" 1_ d Th h d'd t t b I mght and had given them their supper, he could not do less, u ma ter as.lie orp w o 1 no seem o e r h 1 d as their guest, than help them out if the occas.ion arose. a arme "When ye're ready jest say so," s aid Boggs, growlingly. !Ye know well emu fl'; erbou! ther widder." "ye air jest fixin' yerself up ter git er good lickin'." ph, erbout ther widder, hey?" "Waal, ef ye lick me et can't be helped; but I'll promrnus 'Yes; ye know thet both uv us hev been courtin' Widder ye, Jim, thet by ther time ther affair is ended ye'U kb ow bs, an' ez only wun uv us kin have her, an' she hez thet ye hev been in er scrimmage." sed ter make er decision, we'll hev ter decide ther mat"Mebby so; but I'll lick ye jest ther same." etween ourselves." "Not if I kin he'p et." e friends of 1'horp and the friends of the fierce-look-Then he stepped out into the middle of the room and black-whiskered fellow glared defiance at each other. said: as evident there was a good chance that "I'm ready." Id be a free-for-all .fight before the affair ended. "An' so'm I," in a snarling voice; "I've been reddy ick and Harbison pushed their stools back out of the five minutes." and looked on with interest, and with it was a measure T'Meri Jim Boggs ran at Thorp and began striking at him !musement, for it seemed-at least to Dick-absurt to with all his force and with great rapidity. k that either of the rough-looking, bewhiskered fellows d be in love, as seemed to be the case; for it was evident the "widder" was a bone of contention between them. All right, Jim Bo_i;gs,'' said 1.'horp, slowly and grimly. willin' ter hev ther matter settled; but how is et be done?" I guess we'll hev ter fight et out." CHAPTER II. A LIVELY TIME. With :fists, I suppose.!' Fist

'l'HE LIBERTY BOYS' FIERCE FINISH. They watched the two belligerents with eager eyes. "Yes, we hev." I can Thorp was forced to act on the defen sive in spite of his "No, we hevn't evid ent great s trength, for the other s attack was so fierce "Ye bet we hev Ther widder is ter be Mrs .. ht,, that the r e was no standing firm before it, and Thorp had to "Not much she hain't. We didn' fight et oul:g Hg give some ground. wun uv us whipped." p en u A few of the blows landed, but not with sufficient force "Waal, wun uv yer men turned et inter er, was to knock rrhorp down. Nor did they seem to have any fight, an' we whipped yer crowd, so thet settle( ve ., e effect on him, other than to mak e him more grim and Boggs shook his head. t ki ac determined. H e set his teeth, kept on him s elf "Et .don do nothin' uv ther kin'," he declarDick g and waited for his turn to come. got ter fight et out bertw e en ourselves." While Boggs was for c ing matt e r s his comrade s w e r e d e "I think that the affair ought to b e considere'll give et ter me?" w d s the prompt and belligerent widow." h reply. Boggs was more than willing to do this. kn "I wull !" "I'm willin' ef Jack is, he said. ig "I'd like ter see ye do et!" and with the words he leaped It was plain that he did not think Thorp up and rushed at the otheT. willing. p The next moment they were hard at it, and when the But he was mistaken. Thorp had seen the woO adherent of Boggs got knocked down thil?t was too much work Dick had done while in the midst of the melt i for the other four, and they made an attack on the two felt sure tha.t the youth would be able to keep his W: friends of Thorp. the pot boiling. rp Now it was a regular mix-up. "I'm willin' ernuff/' he said; "but e t wouldn't bty The six men would have been able to get the better ieri lct ye do my :fightin' fur me, Mist e r 'J'ott of the four, without doubt, but Di c k Slater was not di s et myse'f." th posed to permit this. He was determined to stand by those "'I' hat is all right; let me take your place; he r who had treated him right, and h e leap e d into the thick to me in a rmmner thrit I don't like, and I want a tbi of the affray and knocked the member s of the Boggs gang to get even with him." lS I right and left. So fierce was hi s attack and so effective, "AJI right; go ahea

'l'HE J_,IBERTY BOYS' FIERCE F'INJSH. 5 I can pouncl him enough myself. Come on in, MTs. ; et out ight." ig ruffian entered the cabin and faced Dick, who en up his position at the center of the room. ter er settles t fu was not any time lost by Boggs. He went right even with greater fury than he had displayed tacking Thorp; and as had been the case with the ick gave ground some at first; but Boggs got tired, up on the attack to such an extent that Dick saw d take the offensive. id so, and then the spectators saw some work wjth fists such as they had never witnessed before. Dick he big ruffian blow after blow, knocking hyn this d that, to the huge delight of Thorp and his three ve et ter him!" 'irepl et's ther way!" bJe t ock his head off!" h were the exclamations from the lips of the wood-Dick, rs. five inen who were outside starrcl through the open ay, and there were ugly on their faces, show nee mt they did not like the way the encounter was 'I w M1 ive 'im er good lick, Mr. Tott,'' said Thorp; "ye kin to 1 0 h ll right." he spoke Dick dealt Boggs a terrible blow on the knocking him down. 1ggs lay still. wdtreat guns, ye've killed 'im !" said one 0 the wood-ipers. no! He's worth a dozen dead men yet," said Dick. 1ele is simply dazed, that is all." is iw aal, et's er deep daze, I'm thinkin'," said rp. beyou fellows may come in now," said Dick to the fiv.e r 1 were standing outside, staring through the doorway still form of their leader. 9 fhey entered and went to work and brought Boggs to cjbath ing his face in cold water. After he had recovered sciousness they gave him some liquor out of a bottle ; t one had in his poc!rnt, and Boggs managed to struggle his feet. !Have you had enough?" asked Dick. 11 'Yes, I've had ernu:ff-fer now," replied Boggs, glaring e Dick; "but ye kin bet thet ef ever I git er chanst at I'll hev revenge fur tber lick ye gave me!" and he felt t his jaw where Dick's fist bad landed. "You had better not nourish any such notions,'' said ck; "you might get the better of me, true, if you were take some advantage of me by catching me unawares. J ut at the. same time you might try that and ail, and then ou would in all probability get hurt, and badly at that." all right; I'll take ther chances." "Ef ye wanter take revenge Olil ennybody, take et on me, Jim,'' said Thorp. "Thet's all right; I won't furgit ye, eether, Jack was the vicious reply. "An' don't forget that the widow belongs to Mr. Thorp,'' said Dick. A growl escaped the lips of Jim Boggs. "Et hain't fair ter call thet settled, Jack Thorp," he saill; "we wuz ter figl}t el out ourselves, an'--" "But you agreed to let the fight with me settle it,'' broke in Dick. "Don't go back on that now." "I wonlcln' hev claimed lher widcler ii I hed whipped ther youngster,'' growled Boggs, "an' so--" "You know you wou lcl have done so,'' intennpted Dick. "There is no telling such a lie as that." An exclamation of anger escaped the lips of the ruffian. "Don' ye dar' call me a liar he cried; "I '11 knock ther head o:ffen ye!" Dick laughed. "You tried that and failed,'"he said; "if, however, yon are not satisfied and wish to try it again you are at liberty to do so." But Boggs made no move toward doing this. "I'll tend ter yer case some other time," 11e said; "clon't ye furgit thet." "I will remember, and you may be sure that I will see to it that you don't get the advantage of me." "Come erlong, boys,'' said Boggs, and he strode away, his five comrades following him. "Thar goes six moughty big rascals," said Thorp. Then he closed and barred the door, and the six again seated themselves in front of the fireplace. "Who are those fellows, Mr. Thorp?" asked Dick. "They are wood-choppers, ther same as we are." "Is that "Yas; they're clearin' up er trackt of Jan' fur ther Widder Tubbs, er mile down ther crick." "Ah, that is the widow you fought over?" "Yas, she's ther wun." Boggs being in the employ of the widow, rather had the advantage of you, Mr. Thorp. He could find .ex for seeing and talking to her often, whereas you could not." "Thet's so; but I hev held him purty level. Ther wouldn' decide bertween us, ez ye heerd us say." "She must favor you, then, Mr. Thorp," said Dick. "D'ye think so?" eagerly; "w'y d'ye think th et?" "Because of the fact that you have held your own against him, even though he had an advantage over you. Had she not favored you in her heart Boggs would have distanced you easily." "I guess thet's so, by thunder!" agreed Thorp, his face lighting up. "Of course it's so; and now that the matter has been settled by the fight between Boggs and myself, you can go to the widow and tell her to name the day.V "I'll do et ther furst thing in ther mornin'."


THE LIBERTY BOYS' FIERCE fi'l.NISH. "That's the way to talk," smiled Dick; "and I want an invitation to the wedding." "Ye sha11 hev et, M:r. Tott." Harbison did not have much to say. He had taken no part in the fight between the two partied of wood-chop pers, and perhaps he felt somewhat ashamed of himself for sitting tl1ere and seeing six men attack four without lifting a hand to assist the four. Doubtless if he had taken a hand in the affair as Dick had done he would have felt more like talking. An hour later the six '1ay down. Dick and Harbison spread their blankets on the floor in front of the fireplace, and were not long in going to sleep. CHAP'rER III. IN NEW BRUNSWICK. Next morning a fierce blizzard was raging. The wind was coming down from the north in great strength and fury, and the thickly falling snow was whirl ing and swirling through the treetops and around the corners of the cabin. The snow was already two and one half feet deep and was getting deeper every moment. Jack Thorp stuck his head out through the doorway and gave ntierance to an exclamation of dismay. "Great catamounts half gasped; "whut er storm!'' Dick and the others went to the door and looked out. "Phflw !" whistled Harbison, a look of dismay on his face; "what do you think of that, Tott?" "It doesn't look very encouraging, '?11r. Harbison." "That's right; this isn't very conducire to traveling, I must say." "Oh, ye kain't start while et's storm in' like this," said Thorp. "No," from another of the wood-choppers; "ye'll hev ter make up yer minds ter camp beer till ther storm blows over." "I guess you are right," agreed Dick. They closed the door, and Thorp went to work cooking breakfast. Bear me'at, bacon and corn bread was the fare, and the six ate with a relish, for they were strong, healthy men, and could enjoy coarse, 'Wholesome food. "This bear meat is fine," said Dick. "I don't care much for it," said Harbison; "I like plain bacon better." The:y talked awhile, and then 'l'horp got up and siretc and said: "1 ber1ecve 1'11 go over an' see ther widder an' tell tbet it hez been decided who's ter hev her." "That's a good idea," said Dick; "how far is it to home?" "Et's only half er mile.'' "Well, that is far enough, such a day this.'' "I don' min' et; I'm used ter wadin' througl1 ther sno He put on a heavy oYercoat, and then turned again Dick: "Say, Mr. Tot't," he remarked, "ther widder has go nice gal about seventeen years ale, an' ye mought cc erlong with me. Ye mought take er noshun to ther l ye know." Dick laughed. "I have a sweetheart up in New York state, M:r. Tho1 he said; "so I don't care about looking for another. "Thet's all right; come on over to th er widder's \ me, ennyhow; mebby ye kin he'p me 'xplain things her." "Oh, well, if I can be of any F>en'ice to you I wil glad togo along." "Good! Yer mought be able tcr be'p me some." Dick donned his overcoat and the two set out. They had hard work wading through the snow, but were strong a:qd made fair progr 'ess. They were at least half an hour in going the half however, so difficult was the task. 'rhe widow was glad to see Jack 'I'horp, Dick was 'l'hey entered the house and Dick was introduced to widow's daughter Laura. "Et's an orful storm, hain't et!" said the widow, was a buxom, good looking woman of about forty yea "Yas, et's ther wurst I've seen in te.n years," Thorp. After they had talked half an hour or so Thorp "Hez Jim Boggs been here this mornin', Missus 'Pub "No," was the reply; "I saw him onct yistcrday; he hain't been eround ter-day." "Waal, Missus Tubbs, I guess ez how he needn' aroun' no more." "W'y not?" with Mister Thorp?" "Jest whut I say. <1 surprised look; "whut d'ye Ye know both been a-sno aroun' ye, a-tryin' ter git ye ter prom.mus ter marry er ther other uv us." The widow blushed and glanced at Dick. "Yas, thet's so," she agreed. "Wnal, we hev settled ther question between us." "I'll take er little of both in mine,'' 8aid Thorp. "Ye hev?" in surprise. When breakfast was over 'l'horp and his th1w comrades l "Yas." brought 1in a new back log and several armloads of smaller 1 "How?" eagerly. and placed them in the huge firepln cC'. Soon the 'rhorp lold her the story in as few words as po I .fire was blazing np at a gr<'at rate, and a clieerful warmth I She listened, and when be bad she 1 pervaded the 'room, in spite of the blizznl'd raging out of thoughtfully at the floor for a few without doors. } ing anything.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' FIERCE FINISH. "/ -'Whut d'ye think erbout et?" asked Thorp, anxiously; They bridled and saddled their horses and then bade ye goin' ter be saters fied ter hev et settled thet way?" their friends good-by, and mounting rode away, having The widow looked at Thorp a few moments, and then promised that if they passed that way again they would id: stop. Jack I gueb:> et is all right; I think I liked yer It was hard work for the horses to make their way along, er best aJl ther time, an' I'm glad thet ye hev won." 1 for the s now was more than three feet deep, and the roads "Hurray!" cried Thorp were unbroken and hard to get through. Dick smiled. He was glad to sec the big fellow so They arri..-ed at New Bnmswick just before sun down ppy. and were challenged by a sentinel. "I guess I had better go back to the cabin, )Ir. Thorp. "Who goes there?" am not needed here.'' ''FriendR," replied Harbison. "No, no; ye shan't go," said the widow; ., ye mu s' stay "Advance, friends, l).nd give the counte r sign." take dimrnr with us.'' They rode up close to the sentinel, and Harbii:ion saiu: Dick demnrred; but the 'rid ow insisted, and so he finally "W c don't know the countersign, but we are loyal men sented. so you will make no mistake in letting us enter." The two tlid Btay to dinner, and a good dinner it was. iey ate heartily ancl enjoyed themselves 'hugely. Then they bade the widow and her datighter good-by, d were on the point oI starting a way, when the door ened, and in came Jim Boggs. He stopped and stared at Thorp and Dick in amazement; look of rage came into his eyes, too, and he snarled 'Ye heer?" 'Yas, I'm heer, Jim," replied Thorp, calmly; "an' I ss thet ye might as well take yerself off. Missus Tubbs ergreed ter become Missus Thorp." 'Is thet so?" with a scowl in the direction of the widow. Yas, et's so, Mr. Boggs." 'All right," he growled; "I'll go but ye bet I ll git n with ye two fellers!" shaking his fist at Thorp and k. 'All right, Jim," said Thorp. "Enny time ye want enny n outer me ye kin hev et." And I will accommcidate you at any time you wish ie trouble," smiled Dick. or answer Boggs passed out into the storm, slamming door "hut after him. 'You are lucky to hav e escaped l}aving that follow for us band, Tubbs," sai d Dick; "he is a villain." 'I'm beginning ter berleeve et," said the widow. 'Mebbe I'm er villyun, too," grinned Thorp. 'Don't you believe that. )Irs. Tubbs," said Dick. "Mr. orp is all right. I will vouch for him." hey talked awhile longer, and then Dick and thr wood pper bade the widow and her daughter good-by and took i r departure hey had 'luite a task getting back to the cabin, for sto r m was still raging, but finally arrived there. hey fonnd the four men taking it easy, smoking and ing and en jo ying 'the cheerful warmth of the huge fire the fireplace. \bout the middle of the afternoon the storm ceased, and k and Harbison said they would be going. '\Ve will be able !Al reach New Brunswick b efo re night], I think," s aid Dick. arhion hE' thon ght s o too. The was not so sure about that, but at la"t decided to let them pa8s. They rode on into the town and went to the tavern. The British army \\'as encamped in the town. On every frnnrl were the cannon arm;;, stores and ammunition, and the soldiers were quartered in the houses, storero01m, sheds and buildings of various kind", where they did the best they could to keep warm and comfortable. The two men leaped to the ground in front of the tavern. and a hostler camf. to take the horses. As the two walked up on to the porch to enter thC' taYern Dick suddenly felt the cold muzzl e of a pistol pressed against his temple, ancl in his ear was hissed the words: "Surrender, Dick Slater, you rebel _spy I" It was Harbison who had drawn the pistol and placed it agajn s t Dick's temple, ancl Dick r ea 1ized that the fellow was a British spy, who had known who he : was all the time, and who was s imply laying back and waiting for the Liberty Bo y to walk into the trap. "Don't attempt to resist," warned Hai-bison; "jf yo11 do you are a dead man 1 CHAPTER Dl O K TAKES A '.l'U1'IBLE Harbison was a British spy. He hnCl been up in the vicinitY of spying on the patriots, and had managed to get sight of Dick and learn who he was. H e knc\r there was a reward of five hundred pound s on the youth's head, and he made up his mind that if h e ever got the cbiince he would eam the reward. It happeneo that in returning to New Brnnswick he he had, as we have seen, fallen in with Dick. He had'. recognized the youth at once, and on finding that he wa s going to N cw Brunswi ck, had decided to play a waiting game and let the intended victim ride right into the trap. Dick had done so, and. now he was in great danger. .To permit himself to be captured would be to run the risk of losing his life, :for he would certainly be sliot or


8 THE LIBERTY BOYS' FIERCE FINISH. hanged as a spy To attempt to escap e might result in immediate death, for he was sure that Harbi s on was a man who would not hesitate to s h o ot him down, rnth e r than permit him to e s cape. So far as tha t was concerne d howe v e r Dick did not s ee how he was fo escape out of the> l o wn, e ven if he did get away from Harbis on He was in th e heart of the British en c ampm e nt, and there 're r e mor e lhan fifteen thou s and s oldi e r s within the c onfine s o f !he t awn. Still h e was determined not to s ubmit i.o capture until ab s olut e ly no a venue of escape r e main ed. These thou ghts flas h e d throu g h hi s miml i n an in s tant, a s it were 'l'hey w ent throu g h hi s mind in th e i nt e rval betw e en !he ':tirst \varning s tatement of Harbis on and the s econd one. Qui c k a s a flas h Dick ducked his h e ad, and getting it away from th e muzzl e of th e pis tol at th e :;amc in stant he s truck Harbi s on a ba c k-handed blow, knocking him clear off the por c h and down on to the s idewalk. With one bound Di c k was at th e door of the tavern. Opening the d o or h e passe d into the tavern qui c kly, and then pulled the door shut aft e r him. He was in a goods ized room-a combin e d office and bar room. There was a man b e hind the bar, and seve ral more men were in the room, s e a ted at a little table drinking liquor. Dick paid no attention lo an y of the inmates, but has tened acros s the floor a nd open e d a door at the r ear of the room, and was through when the man b ehind the bar cri e d out : "Holt on! Val do you m ean p y dot piznes s ? Gome bac k mit you!" Dick paid no attention t o th e Dutc hman however but passed on through and closed the door. Before him stretched a long h!!)l, and Dick sped along it as fast a s possible Meanwhile what of Harbi s on? If there eve r was an angry man, it was h e at the mo ment he weut flying into the air aft e r being s truck by Dick When he alight e d upon the s idewalk it was with s u c h force a s to nearly knock the breath all out of hi s body. He. was temporarily dazed, and lay the re in the mos t helple s s manner imaginable. His pis tol had fallen out of his hand a.ncl was lying on the porch. It was only for a brief period that Harbi s op was in capable of movement, however, and then h e scrambled to his feel aml ran up the s t e p s and across the porch to the tavern door, which he opened hastily, and entered the bar room. H e gave a quick, s weeping glance around the room, saw that Die)< Slater was not there, and cried out: "Where did he go ? Quick Tell me "Vere did "Who go, mine friendt ?" asked the Dutch man. "That rebel spy that came in here a few moments ago. "Vat! Vos dot ein shy?" "He went through that door yonder," volunteered of the men at the table s Without a word Harbi s on bounded toward the door. He jerked the door open and leaped through into t hall beyond. He looked along the hall, but there was no one to seen. He ran along the hall clear to the end and tried t door. It was locked and when he looked for the key he fou it missing. "He didn t g e t out thi s way," :;aid Harbison to hims Then he went bac k along the hall, stopping and lo ing into each room that he came to; but he saw no signs Dick Slater. When he got back to the barroom he was met with quirie s a s to whether he had seen the rebel sp.)r. "No, I have not seen him," he replied. "He has escap in s ome manner, though I don't know how." The Dutch owner of the tavern was asked where t fugitive could have gone so suddenly, and he replied t he did not kn o w "He must hav e gone ouid of door s," he replied. "De is no odder place h e gould hav gone." "There is only one door, and it is locked," said H bison. "Und der key-vere is it?" "It is gone." "Den he ha s gone ouid of doors." i Several of the men had crowded around the British Sf and they a s ked him who the young fello'v was. He told them. Several had heard of Dick Slater, and they became soq what excited. t "Let's go out of doors and look for him," they said They hastened out of doors and looked all around Th1 went to the stable and asked the hostler if the yollja s tranger had been there. "No,'' was the reply; "I hain't seen 'im." s "Is his horse still here?" "Sartin et is." The men hardly knew what to think. Harbison knit his brows and pondered. "This beats anything I have ever experienced,'' he "How that rebel managed to get away so suddenly mysteriously is more than I can imagine." He was deeply chagrined and did not like to give u "I will search the tavern from cellar to garret, what I will find that tricky rebel," he said. They went back to the tavern and asked the Dutch prietor if they might search the building. "Yah, you gan do dot uf you vos vant to,'' was reply. So Harbison, aided by three or four of the 111en, to work. He searched the building from cellar to the gar


THE LIBERTY BOYS' FIERCE FINISH. 9 said he would do; but he did not find Dick Slater. finally returned to the barroom, and Harbison, and disgusted, proceeded to drink more than was tor him. In less than an hour he was completely ted. had expected to take Dick Slater to headquarters ner, and to make such a total failure was exasper Being a man who was addicted to the use of liquor, t once drowned his disappointment in th e wine that old Dutchman dished out. He would not report the er to the Britis11 general, because he did not want it be known that he had made such a failure. now, where was Dick? e had met with a most singular adventure, and one while it startled him and caused him some discomre and the loss of more or less cuticle, had enabled to escape being captured by Harbison and the men had been searching for him. en Dick ran along the hall to its end and found the locked and the key missing he did not know what e caught hold of the doorknob and gave a hard pull, ing that he might pull the door open, even though locked, for the lock did not look to be over strong. did not succeed in doing this, but he did something something wholly unexpected. trap-door gave way underneath his feet, and down gh the opening he shot, striking the floor fifteen feet with a thud. He lost his balance and tumbled over, ing his right arm at the e trap-door went back into place with a click. 'ck was in a room that was as dark as Erebus. e got up and began feeling along the walls. In this he was enabled to guess at the size of the room. It so he judged, about twelve feet long, by eight feet e was feeling around, sizing up the room, when he the footsteps of someone above his head. That is Harbison, likely," he told himself. "Well, unhe takes an accidental tumble down through the trap-the same as I did the chances are good that he will find me." at puzzled Dick was the fact that there was no door any one of the four walls of the room into which he been so unceremoniously dropped. It would seem that this was made as a hiding place ossibly a secret storehouse," thought Dick. "The only to get out seems to be by the route I used in coming." t was not very cold down there, so Dick did not suffer is respect. he things that worried him wer .e, first, how was he to g e t of the cellar compartment? And second, how was to escape from the British encampment after he did out? ese were difficult questions, and being unable to an them, he dismissed them from his mind-or, rather, ) he dismissed the la s t one. The other he proceede,d to figure on It did not take him long to decid e that he could not get out of the room unaided The only possible place to get out was by way of the trap-door-at least, s o it seemed -and h 2 could not reach the trap-door, even by jumping up with all his might Nor was there anything that could be used to s tand on or to climb up on H e li s t e ned to the trampling of feet above bi s head, a s Harbi s on moved along th e hall looking for him; and lat e r on he heard footstep s much nearer H e li s t e ned closely, and decided that th e footsteps w e re in the cellar. "This room is really part of one large cellar," he told him s elf, "and for some rea s on it was divided off by a par tition or wall." Dick placed hi s ear to the wall and heard the vo. ices of the m e n on the other s ide quite plainly. ''I believe this i s a wooden partitien,'' he told him self; "and if that is the case the chance s are that I may be able to find a weak place in it somewher e and break through." He waited till the men had left the cellar, and t hen he b e gan testing the wall. Ther e was a cove ring of mud-like pla s t e r on the wall, and Dick took out hi s knife and clear e d thi s away, ove r a space of perhaps two feet squar e Then he made an examination a s well as he c ould bj; feeling, and found that the partition con s isted of s lab s about three inch e s wide, placed tolerably close together. He managed to get finger s b e tween a couple of the slab s and then he pulled with all hi s might. To his delight he felt the slab giving. H e pulled harder. The slab kept on giving, and at las t, by a supreme effort Dick managed to jerk the slab loo se. It was easier to get the next one loo se, for he used the first one as a pry, and soon he made an aperture a foot and a half wid e and several feet in length. He los t no time in climbing through. It was not quite so dark in the large part of the cellar -for this i s where Dick naw was-and he made his way along until he Qarrie to a flight of s teps leading up to the first floor. He made his way up the s tep s and c ame to a door at the top. Just as he was on the point of lifting th e latch the door ope ned, revealing a girl of perhap s eighte en. At sight of Dick she threw up her hands, and in an other instant would have given utterance to a scr eam; but the youth lifted hi s hand warningly, and said: "Sh! Don't cry out!" CHAPTER V GETTING READY FOR WORK. The girl repressed the s cream and ask e d, in a low voice: "Are you the patriot spy they are hunting?"


10 'l'IIE LIBERTY BOYS" FIERC E FINISH. ''Yes," replied Dick. The fact tha.t the girl had used the word "patriot" proved to him that she was a patriot herself, and he felt safe in that he was one "I won't betray you," she said, earnestly. "I am a patriot, and if you will go back down in the cellar and say there until Mr. Harbison and the others get throug h searching the tavern I will let you know when they have finished and we will talk this matter over. Of course you want to escape from the encampment." "Yes; but I would like to learn something about the plans and intentions of the British before going. I have only just got here "Sh! Someone is coming! Go back down into {he cellar." said the girl. Dick did so, and the door closed behind his back. He waited half an hour more, and then the girl came down into the cellar to get some potatoes to cook for "Stay here until I come again." she said; "and then l will have some supper for you. I think I can give you all lhe information there is, so there will be no need of your staying in the toll'n. and if you can slip away you will do well to do e.o." "Thank you. "Sophia l\forg1m, sir." ''You are very kind to me, :Miss Morgan I assure you I appreciatr it," said Dick "If ever I get the chance io repay you :vou may be sure that I will do it." "Say no rnorr; you are welcome, Mr.--" ")fy name is Diel; Slater ... "You are welcome, Mr. Slater." 'fhe girl wenl bac-k upstairs, and \\"as gone an hour. 'l'hen she brought him a plate heaped up with food. Dick was hungry and ate heartily, ancl while he hate the girl told him the news. "The British are not intending lo make any move,'' she said : "they ure simply waiting here until better weather comes That will in all probability not be until Apri l or so you can readily see that your army is i'n no danger." 'True; but are you snre that this is the case?" "Yes, sir.'' "Where did you get your information?" "From the soldiers who come here to the tavern to eat their meals. "Ah, yes; you overhear them talk whi l e eating." Yes." "Well, the information you have given me is of value; and now I mnst think of getting away from here." "Yes, that will be the most difficult thing to do." "l think I can succeed, however." "I hope so. When Dick had finished his supper the girl bade him good-by and went back upstairs Dick waited till fl bout ten o'clock, and then, everyth ing being quiet upstairs, he went up and out int o the kitc h en. A candl e was burning on the t a ble::, but the r e was n in the Too m Dic k ma d e hi s way out of t h e k itchen into the a l ong the h all to the rear door. This time he fo u n d in the lock. The g irl had plac e d i t t h e re. He unlocked the door and look e d out. No one was in s ight T h e stable was fifty y ard s di stant, a n d Dick step p of doors a n d m a de his way to the stable. The door was closed but wae. no t fast ened, a n d h e op it without difficu lty. He entered the stab l e a nd w e n t to the little room w the hostler slept. The man was sound asl eep, and Dick managed to his bridle and saddle w i t h out awa k e n i n g him. Then he found Major. and soon h a d the bridle saddle in place. 'l'hen he led the horse o u t of the stable, and moun rode out upon the street. Dick had

THE LIBERTY BOYS' FINISH. 11 II attend to the horse; you in the house ht; go erhead." 'd so. e to th e :::table, di s mounted, and l e d Major into d then unbridled and um:addled him. This done, to the cabin and entered. r men gave him a hearty welcome. didn't s tay long in New Bruns wick said Thorp. I got through with m y bu s ines s and c am e away at w talked awhile, and then lay down and went to t o next morning, after a hearty breakfast, Dick his horse and r od e away towata Morri s town. ive d there b e fore noon and w e nt straight to head-ral Wa shington was glad to see him. sked Dick i he had learned anything of interest ve learned s omethin g of inte re s t s ir, was the he told the commander-in-chief what he had heard, general was well pleased. glad that I have found out that the British to remain quietly in camp at New Bruns wick till weather sets in," he said. they had :finished talking Dick a s ked permisi;ion his Liberty Boys and go out on a sort of fre e-lan c e e tion ee e will go everywhere," Dick explaine d, "and will the enemy a blow whenever and wherever the op 'ty is presented." ou have my p ermiss ion to do thi s, s a i d the c om r-in-chief ; "but you must be careful. You mus t ber that there is a large force at New Bruns wick at there will be a great many foraging and maraudrties sent H several of these parties f

12 'fHE LIBE RTY BOYS FIERCE FINISH. riding up. They wer e rid i n g at a g allop and as soon a s th e y came up to whe r e Di c k and Bob w ere on e of their number called out: "We are being pur s ued Di ck!" I s that s o ? Who a r e t h e purs uer s? a s ked the youth : "A force of Britis h t roop e r s." "How large a force?" "About two hundr e d." "Tha t i s most t o o l a rge a force for u s to fight aga in s t unless w e ha v e a ll t h e adv antag e o f posit ion." 'I' rue. "We ar e between two firei;,'' sai d Bob; ano t her force is comin g from t h e s outhward a l t hough it i s a s mall one." What s h all w c do, Dick?" asked Mark Morri s on I guess t ha t w e will make a s tand right here was t h e reply. Di c k ga v e th e o r der for t he yout h s to lead t h eir hor ses bac k in t o t h e timber and t hi s was d o ne. A s soon as t hey h a d tie d t h e a nim a l s t o t r e e s t h e L iberty Boys haste ned back towa rd t h e road, and took up t heir positions b e h in d t rees. "We a r e o u t nu mbered," said Dick; "but b y h o ld i n g out st ubbornl y to t h e end we may s ucceed i n b ea ting t h e B r it i s h off and sendi n g them back the way t hey cam e He told t h e you t h s w hat h e wan te d t hem to do, and then the y sett l e d down to await the coming o f t h e e n emy. Presen t l y the l a r ge pa r ty "from t he north c a m e in s i g ht, a nd a littl e late r the small one fro m the s outh ap p e ared. Clos er and c l oser they drew. The Li berly Boys got r eady t o give t h e ene m y a war m w e lco:re 'l' o their sur prise, and greatly to their disa p pointment, however, t he t w o parties cam e to a stop b e f o r e t hey g ot within m us k et shot distance The youth s d i d n ot under sta n d thi s m o v e at all. It was ver y easil y expl ained haw ever, h a d they kn own i t Both p a r ties of Brit i sh had T ory scouts a nd s pies a l o n g with t h e m and scout,; had discovered t h e p resence of th e Liberty Boys an d had w a mcd the Dick t h at t hi s was wha t h ad h appened, a n d he tol d th e youths so. "We have to look o u t for oursel ves," he said; "we ar e not going to in s ur p ri s in g t hem, a nd t h a t robs u s of our adva n tage In a fai r fight they will beat us, I fear, for they h a ve' mor e than twic e as man y m e n as we have." "Oh, we could lick the m if t hey h a d four times as m a n y m e n as w e h ave,'' said Bob E stabrook. I don' t feel s o s ur e of th a t, Bob," said Dicj{. "I am s ur e of it." Th' e n they t urned t h e i r atten tion to the Briti sh. It did not ta k e long to l e arn what the r e d c oat s intend e d d o ing. They h a d di s mounted an d w e r e di sap pearing in the timber at both s ides of the r oad. Th e y a r e going to try to s urround u s / s aid Dick. "I think we had better retreat through the timber as possible "That won't be very rapid," said Rob; along fas t and lead our horses." "Well w e will do the best we can." H Di c k gave t h e order, and the youths hastened ttcn th e ir horses w e re, untied them and started t imber. lb [ It was slow work, but the y k ept on moving. '1' Presently t hey h e ard c ries b e hind the m, and kne a the Briti s h had di s covered what they were doing an' comin g in pur s uit. "Move along a s rapidly as }lOssible they a r e c oming after u s." "Tha t i s jus t what the y are doin g Di c k,' saidl' Morri s on 'rhe c ries o f the pursuing red c oat s grew loude\ plain e r and pretty soon the youth s ca ught sight of1 the soldi e r s 1 The y will soon be within mu s kets hot di s tance o s aid Dick; "and th(!n we will have to stop and show I "All right," said Bob Estabrook. "That is what I to do." They kept on g oin g a s r a pidly as possible a nd pre they found themselves on a hi g h bluff o v e rlooking a s of water. The bluff was at lea s t fifte e n feet high, a stream mad e a great b e nd at this point, the bluff about the same height all the way around. 'l'he Liberty Boys -were well back on th e neck of before they knew it, and th e redcoat s were now so ne it would not b e practic a ble to retreat. The onl y thing to do was to make a stand and fi out to a fini s h. Having discovered that they were on a peninsula, told the youth s to retreat on back to the extreme a nd this was done. H e re they took up their position and, having con th e m s elves b e hind trees, awaited the attack. It was n ot lon g in coming. Briti s h, confident in their s trength of numbe v a nced until they were within musket-shot di s tan open e d :fire Th e Lib erty Boys were not slow to return the fir And the y were better marksmen than the redco did mor e damage in proportion to the numb e r of fired. The encounter was a lively one. The intercha volleys mad e the woods ring. Shri e k s and groans of the wounded soon made the anything but pleasing. The firing c ontinued steadily, the s oldiers on both reloading and firing as rapidly as possible. The red c oat s fired more rapidly than was the ca t h e Libert y Boys, for the y did not try to take ai fired in the direction of the youths a s th their weapo11s loaded: rrh


THE LlBERTY .BOYS' FlElWE PlNit:lH. 13 i1d, took aim before firing, and consequently did more mage. L\.t last Dick saw that the redcoats were making arrange nts to charge, and he knew that this would bring matters a focus. He told thl' youths what the enemy was going lo do, and ('JJ asked wb11t they Hhould do. \V 0ll, J, for one, am not in favor of surrendering,'' said b brook. 'f'.hr majority of the youths said they preferred to fight a fi]]ish, rather than. surrender. :Vhile they were talking, and while the British were get. g ready to charge, there was a sudden cracking sound, d the extreme point of the peninsula broke off and fell rn upon the ice. There were a number of trees on the iion that caved off, and they made consideraJ:>le noise they went crashing downward. \'here the point broke off it left the bluff in a slanting diiion, and Dick saw a chance to at least make an at-1pt at ei;caping. Lead the horses down the incline to the ice!" he cried; think the ice will hold them up, and i.f so we may eec

THE LLBERTY BOYS' FIERCE FINISH. party. '1.1he other three were not seriously wounded, and would be able to remain in the saddle. "We. must find the home of a patriot settler," s aid Dick, ''and leave Tom and Charlie there." "Yes, tha.t must be done," agreed Bob. They set out at once, and moved slowly along through the timber. Presently they came to a road, and tnmed to the right, at a guess. They moved slowly along, and at the end of half an hour came to a good-sized loghouse standing near the road. Here they paused, and Dick leaped to the ground and went to the door and knocked. The door was opened by a rough, but good-natured look ing man, who looked at Dick and then at the Liberty l3oys in surprise. "Howdy, stranger," he said "Haw do you do," i;:aid Dick; "I wish to ask a favor, sir." "Whut is et?" "There are a couple of wounded yout.lois out there. 'rhey are so seriously wounded they cannot ride any farther. Will you take them in aud take care of them until they are able to get into the saddle again?" "Sart'inly, s tranger; bring 'em right in Bill Burdock ain't ther man ter turn ye rum his doors. Bring 'em Tight in." Dick called to Bob, and !:'aid: "Bob, you and some of the others bring 'fom and Charlie into the house." "All right," was the reply. Eight of the Liberty Boys lifted the two wounded youths out of the saddles and carried them into the house and placed them on a bed in a room back of the large sitting room. Besides Mr. Burdock there was his wife, Mary, and a dal1ghter, Susie. Mrs. Burdock was a good-natured, motherly woman, and she bustled around and got cloth for bandages, and some liniment, and Dick dressed the wounds and applied the salve and bandages. The man was quite curious, and asked a number of ques ti'ons. Dick, by careful questioning, found out tl}.at Burdock was a patriot, and so he told him who himself and com rades were. The man was glad o know who the youths were, and he promised Dick that the two wounded youths should have the best attentiol) that could be given them. "Mary an' Susie will nurse 'em," he said; "an' ye kin bet thet they'll do ther work good." "I am sure of that, said Dick; "we will drop in once in awhile and see how the boys are getting along, as we will be running around this part of the country for quite awhile." Dick and the other youths now went into the room where the wounded Liberty Boys were and bade them good nnd encouraged them as much as possible. 'I'hen they went out and mounted their horses and 11 away. ::\Ir. Burdock had Lo look a.fLer the horses longing to Torn Farrell and Charlie Chisholm, the 1 wounded youths, and he came out and led the two ho1 to the stable as the Liberty Boysrode away. The youths were in very good spirits indeed. They had come out of a tight place with safety, they could not feel other than happy and well satisfie d "That was a narrow escape, Dick said Bob, as t: rode along side by side. "Yes, it was, olcl fellow. Bul we did e s cape." "Yes, by the intervention of Providence." "It was rather wonderful, the caving off of the end the peninsula, Bob." "Wonderful? I should say so!" "We would not have been able to e,;cape otherwise." "No; we would have had i.o surrender, or else we wo have lost practically all our comrades." "True; the British were too strong for us. Our o chance would have been for us to abandon our horses 1 leap down upon the ice and try to escape afoot." "I would prefer to fight to a finish, rather than g up the horses." "And so would I." On they rode Back near the center of the party of youths were C Gookenspieler and Patsy Brannigan. "How is yer wound, Cookyspiller?" asked Patsy, w a grin. "D'yez t'ink it wull be dhe cl'ith av ye?" "Vat is der madder mit me, Batsy Prannigan cr Carl, angrily; "cler voond vat I hav gotted is more wor as vat you t'ink, bud I haf nod sait dot it vould deat, alretty." "Oi don't supphose it would be afther makin' me de ye sauerkraut barrel, yez !" said Patsy. 1 "You know vat I haf sai!l, Batsy Prannigan, und : know vat I hav meant abouid dot, too, so vat is der mit me?" "Yez wull have to ;sk somebody ilse, Cookyspiller:. can't ti]] yez phwat is dhe matther wid yez." "If you two idiots don't stop chattering I'll bump .)\ heads together till they are all :flattened out!" said l\forrison, who rode rigbt behind the two. "Don't yez be after iryin' dot, me bye," said Palsy nigan. 1 "Nein; don't vos do dot," said Carl; "I vos vant to do:;e hait lif mine." 'l'he youths rode onward, talking of the late encou\ with the redcoats. Presently they saw smoke ahead of them. "I wonder what that means," said Dick. "I don't know," replied Bob. "Looks as though might be on fire."


THE LlBER'I'Y BOYS' FIERCE FINH::lH. "Perhaps a party of redcoats has sci some patriot's house n fire," said Mark Morrison. '"r11en let's hasten forward and look into tbe matter," aid Bob Estabrook, eagerly. "Forward!" cried Dick. The youths urged their horses to a gallop and rode onrard until they came to a bend in the road. As they dashed around this bend they came in sight of he burning house-for that was what had made the e youths had seen. 'rhc house was only a quarter o.f a mile away, and in ront of it, hitched io the fence, were about fifty horses, bile in the yatd watching the burning cabin were the wners of the horses-British troopers, as their scarlet uni orm proved. This was noted at a single glance, and then Dick cried ut: "Forward, men! Charge the redcoats. Teach them that doesn't pay to burn the homes of patriot settlers!" 'rhc youths replied with cheers. The redcoats had all'acly seen them, so the cheers could be uttered without serve. When they were clos er to the enemy the youths cried ut: "Down with thr king! Long live librrty !" CHAP'I'ER VITI. A LH11LY CHASE. The British troopers had rushed out of lhe yard and r ere now mounted and flE>eing up the road. r They were not strong enough to offer battle, and they ew it, so had recourse to flight. It at once became a lively race. e Dick, as they came even with !he hou ee, took in the tuation at a glance. ) He decided that the cabin could be saved from burning fl wn, and so he callecl out the names of half a dozen of e youths and ordered them to stop and extinguish the e. 'l'he youths named dropped out. dismounted, tied their Y rses, and rushing into the yard proceeded to extinguish ,{ e fire. The settler had a couple of pails, and there was a creek Ir r:ise at hand, s o it did not take long to get the flame s der control. > The ettler thanked the youths earnestly. Yon have saved my home," he said. "I wish that I 1 ulcl repay you, but thanks is all I have to offer." "And they are sufficient, yes, more than sufficient, sir," d Mark Morrison, who was the leader of the little party fire-fighters; "we did only our duty in rendering you 10 istance." "I thank you heartily, just the same." "And so do I," from his wife. "You are welcome," s aid Mark. "You are a patriot, are you not?" "Yes." "I judged so; else the red co a ts would not have set your house on :fire." "And are you young men patriot s ?" "We are." "All those rvho went past ar:c patriot s then?" "Yes, they are the Liberty Boys, of whom you may have heard." "Yes, I have heard of them; and I am glacl to make th e acquaintance of some of therp." He shook hands with the six, and his wife did the samr. They had no children. Meanwhile the main party of the Liberty Boy s were ing the British troopers. It was a great race. The troop'ers had V<'ry good horses, and the J,iberty found that it was extremely clifficult to gain on the e nemy 'l'hey did gain a little, but it was so slowly tlrnt it wa::: s carcely perceptible. "At this rate, when will we overhaul them Dick?" asked Boh, in a tone of disgust. "I don't know Bob; when do you think we will catch them?" "Well, if you want my candid opinion, I believe that the war will be over before you overhaul them-and then we will have all of our trouble for nothing. Having caught up with them, there will be no fight. We will have io content our s elve s with pai!sing the time of clay." Dick laughed. "Oh, 1 gues s ii won't lak e that long to c atch up wilh t hem, Bob." "I hope not." The chase went on. Presently the Liberty Boy s cros sed a c rossroad and wept on in pursuit. of the fleeing redcoat s and the y had noi gone a quarter of a mile farther before they discovered that they were in danger themselves. A force of at least two hundred Britis11 troopers had come along the cross road and had turned into the main road in pursuit of the J,iberty Boys. "What do you think of that, Dick?" asked Bob. "Looks as though the pursuers are to be purs ued, Bob," was th!l reply. "That's right. Say, do you suppose that is the same party that we escaped from back at the river?" "I believe that it is, Dick." "Well, we mus t get away from them." "Let's stop somewhere and fight them." "'I'hey are too .strong for us, Bob." "I don't think s o ; w e can lick them." "Yes, we might thrash them; but we would lose a lot of our brave boys whil e we were doing this." "True; but.they are willing to take their chances." 'I know they are; bnt I am not willing that they should


16 THE LIBERTY BOYS' FIERCE FINISH. do so. I don't want to fight when the odds are in favor of "Well, we can make an attack and see how it w the other fellows. I want to have the advantage with out," said an under officer. us." "Then we will have to keep on running, I suppose." "Yes; that is what we must do." Presently they came to a cross road, and turned into it and rode trway at right angles with the course they had been pursuing. 'l'he large party of Briti s h troopers followed them, and the $mall party, noting that it was no longer being pur s ued, turned and came on in the rear of the large party. The Liberty Boys had the best horses and began gradu ally drawing away from their pursuers. They rode onward a mile or so, until they came to an other crossroad, and here they again turned to t.he left and rode toward the south. It was Dick's purpose to get back to the vicinity of the house where Mark Morri s on and his five comrades had s topped to put out the fire. They rode onward until they were about even with the settler's Dick judged-and then they turned to the left once and rode up another crosi;iroad. They were not long in getting back to the main road, and were within half a mile of the home of the patriot whose house had been set on fire by the redcoats. Over from the road, distant nearly a quarter of a mile across a pasture, was a ridge, wooded on the top, and with huge s tones and boulders lying all around in great pro fu s ion. Dick took note of this, and decided to go. up on top of the ridge and make a s tand there. He told the youths what he inte nded doing, and they were in favor of it. "That is just the place, Dick," cried Bob; "we can whip the redcoats out of their boots. They will never be able to get a.t us up there." The youths quickl y tore down a rod or two of fence, and rode across the pasture and up the slope to the top of the ridge. The redcoats, while they had fallen behind, were near enough so that they could see what the rebels w e re doing, and they gave utterance to yells of satisfadion. They knew tJrnt the enemy had decided to top and make a stand, and they felt that they would be able to defeat the rebels easily. When they got nearer, however and looked up at the top of the ridge and saw how st rong the position was they stopped and took a careful survey of the situtaion. "We outnumber them two to one," said the commander of the fo:rce; "but they have a wonderfully strong position, and I fear we shall not be able to dislodge them-at least, not without great loss of life." The small party of troopers came up at this moment, and was given a welcome. "That makes us stronger," said the commander; "but I fear we are not strong enough, even now." "Yes, so we can." Meanwhile the Liberty Boys, having reached the top the ridge, were busily engaged in getting ready to do ba with the redcoats. The ridge was about one hundred wide at the and the youths led their horses back far enough so t they would not be in any danger of being hit by bull Then the Liberty Boys went back and got things shape to enable them to make it hot for the enemy w it appeared. They piled up the smaller rocks, one on top of the ot and thus made a aplendid bulwark behind which to hi The large boulders would answer the same purpose, also The Liberty Boys then took up their positions behind rocks and boulders, and waited to see what the en would do. "I'm afraid they won't attack us," said Bob Estabrm "we have such a strong position that they will be afr to do so." "I don't think you need be afraid of that, Bob," Dick; "they have a strong force, and will not go a without making an attack." "That is reasonable to suppose," sllid Sam Sandersc "but it looks as though they were not going to be in 1 hurry to make it." "They wish to take their time and not rush into 1 affair," said Dick. At last the British began to advance. They came very slowly. They were in no hurry; they would hav e trouble enough, as it was. They pa.used while they were yet out of musket distance, and again Bob was seized with the fear that redcoat s woul

THE LIBERTY BOYS' FIERCE FINISH. "Say, that is their scheme, sure enough, Dick!" eximed Bob, excitedly. "Without doubt." "Well, we can make them s ick of the plan, can't we, d fellow?" "Yes; at least we can discourage them some." Then Dick told the youths to stretch out along the top the ridge a.ncl to be ready to open fire as the redcoats me pp the slope. "As oon as you see them start up the slope concentrate ur fire at that point," Dick ordered; "and then give to them, making sure that you take good aim each time fore firing." The youths said they would do this, and then they set t. The Liberty Boys divided into two parties, as the dcoats had done, and when the latter started to ascend e slope the youths hastened to concentrate at that point. The British came as rapidly as possible, and as soon they were within musket-shot distance the Liberty Boys ffiedfire Crack, crack, crack! went the muskets, and down went a lmber of the redcoats, dead and wounded. CHAPTER IX. THE FIGHT ON THE RIDGE. The British returned the fire. They came on up the 'slope as rapid)y as possible. It wa' evident that they were determined to get at the rty of auclacious rebels. "Keep loading and firing ordered Dick; "don't let em get to the top of the ridge." The youthR obeyed as best they coulp; they reloaded and ed as rapiclly as possible, but they could not stop the vance of the redcoats. When Dick saw that this was the caRe he ordered the uths to retire slowly and gradually back along the top the ridge. 'I'he other party of Liberty Boys was doing this, and the Ault w:1s that after awhile they came together again at the int where they had been !1t first. The two parties of Briti s h had now reached the top of e ridge, and were advancing slowly but steadily toward e youths. "Shall we mount our horses and retreat down the other de of the ridge?" asked Dick. The youths looked at one another inquiringly. "No, let's stay here to the finish, Dick," said Bob; "I :for hol

18 THE LLBEHT1 BO\:S' FIERCE FINISH. Wl1en they were nearing the point they were headed for He would have been sorryto have this occur. they slowed dawn and advanced more cautiously. The Liberty Boys had always been ju t like broth It was clear, the stars shining brightly, and the snow one another, and he that such a state of on the ground made it light enough BO they could see plainly should continue always. for quite a distanc e Presentcy the Liberty Boys mounted their hors Ther,e was no one to be seen anywhere in the vicinity of went on their way. the spot where the encounter had taken place thai. after-They did not encounter any redcoats that day, h noon. this part of the country was thickly settled, compar a The British had taken their departure. s peaking, with patriots, and as i t seemed to be a fa Nor were there any dead bodies to be seen anywhere. foraging ground for the British, Dick was cager to re even that of the Liberty Boy was lo be found. there. "I guess the redcoats were generou enough to give poor "We must have some place to stay, however-a s o Ned burial along with their own dead," said Dick. a permanent camp, as it were," he i.olcl Bob "I w "It would seem so, Dick." knew of a good place.'' "Yes; or his body would be here." "Let's go and ask Jack Thorp if he can l us Ha.ving satisfied themselves that the body of their com-to find a good place for a rendezvous," Fob. ,rade was Mt to be found, and that it had been given Dick had to1c1 Bob all about Jack. burial by the redcoats, they made their way up to the top "That is a good s uggestion; we arc not for ti om 'l'I of the ridge and looked in all directions to ee if they cabin and can get there before sundown." <:ould get the British encampment located. They rode in that direction and an hour later ar They failed to do so, and then, turning, made their way at the wood-cilopper's cabin. Dick kne'IV the men in the direction of their own encampment. patriots. When they arrived the1e Mark 1forrison reported that Jack Thorp and his three companions were gla all had been quiet. Dick, and when the youth l.old him wlio they were Guards were p1aced out, and then the youths madr themaBke

THE LIBERTY BOYS' FIERCE FINISH. 19 a n d then entered t he cabins and ate their imppers, e having some cold meat and bread in the saddlethough he felt that they were pretty safe 1il:J.ere they Dick tlid not neglect to take precautions against be urpriBed He placed out sen1 incls, and then the rest e youths lay down in the ca bins and went to sleep. CHAP'rER X. l'HE KIDNAPPING OF 1 LAURA. xt morning while the Liberty Boys were eating break t he door oI the cabin in which Dick Slater had taken s quarters was opened and suddenly Jack Thorp enk saw that the wood-chopper was excited. 1 ood-evening, Mr. Thorp," he said; "what if' the le?" rubble enu:ff, .Mr. Slater." was the reply (Dick had the wood-chopper his real name) ; "ye know ther er Tubbs, Missus 'l'horp, thet is ter be, hez er darter." ck nodded. es, I know that," he said, "and. a. right nice girl she l er right. Mister--" all me Dick," interrupted the youth; "and I will ou Jack." one kin go up ther road an' ther other kin go down eL, an' by watchin' close we kin sec whar ther redcoats turned outer ther rriain l'Oad." "That's a good idea :;aid Dick. 'Well, we will be able to go right away." He leaped up as he spoke aml began donlling hi over coat. 'l'he other youths did the same, and soon all the Lib erty Boys-with the exception of half a dozen that Dick told to stay at the cabins-were ready. They bridled and saddled their horses and set out, Jack Thorp leading the way on foot. As they were traveling through thick timber he did not have any difficulty in Jreeping ahead of them. When they arrived at the home o.f Mr::i. 'l'ubbs they found the widow in tears, but otherwise she seemed to have very good control of her feelings. When she saw the Liberty Boys and Jack told her who they were and that they were going in search of her daughter she brightened up wonderfully. "Oh, surely so many of you will be able to find my daughter and bring her back lo me!" she exclaimed. "We will find her if such a thing is possible, Mrs. Tubbb,., said Dick. 'l'hey talked reassuringly to the widow while Jack Thorp was bridling a horse that belonged to the woman, and then all mounted and rode away. "We'll bring Laura back with us," said 'l'horp, as they started "I hope :!a, Jack," was the reply. 11 right, Dick. W aal, ye see, theer hez be'n er red-They made their way to the road. and here they divided l}-shinin' aroun' Laura fur er spell, an' be wanted her into two parties, one going up the road, the other down. ter New Brunswick with him, an' marry him." Bob Estabrook had charge al the party that went up the h Did she consent, Jack?" road, while Dick had command of Lhe other. Jack Thorp Jo ; ye she didn't like him; ther truth is, she likes accompanied Dick. ung feller, ther son uv er nabor, an' so she told ther "Et's er guess, eether way Dick," he said; "so I'll go at thet she could not consent ter marry him." erlong uv ye." I well?." "Very good, Jack." aal, et made hi1n mad, an' he swore thet ef he couldn' They rode onward, part o.f the force on one side of tlw Er nobody else sh'd hev her; then he went erway. 'l'het road and part on the other watched the unbroken yisterday; an' last night him an' three er four comsnow at the roadside for the purpose of discovering where ns come ter ther widder's an' kidnapped Laura an' the redcoats had turn eel aside, ii/case they had done 80. ed her erway." They had gone about three miles; when they saw where ou don't mean it!" exclaimed Dick. :five horses had let the main road and entered the timber as, 1 do; an' I wanter see cf ye wull help me ter on the right-hand side. er back erg'in, Dick." "I'll bet thet is tber crowd we air after l" exclaimed You may be sure that we will help you get her back, Jack Thorp. We are at your disposal. Just as soon as we finish "We'll resk et, ennyhow, hey?" g breakfast we will be with you." "Yes; we will follow 1.hose tracks and see where they hank ye, lead to." hat's all right; do you have any idea where the vil-The Liberty Boys turned aside and followed the tracks. have taken her?" Dick and J aok Thorp were in the lead, the others coming o; but I think I ldn track 'em." along in twos. doubt it," said Dick. "They probably rode some dis-It was slow work, for they were going through heavy on the highway, and the snow is so beaten down there timber. it woul d be impossible to track the rascals." I Finally they came to another road, and wl1en Thorp saw rnal. ue kin divide yer force up inter two parties, an' it he 5


20 THE LIBERTY BOYS' FIERCE FINISH. "r know whar l am now. 'rhis heer road jines ther I Dick heard the sound of other wun erbout two miles below heer. Ther rascals hevi steps approached the door. whispering, and then t cut off ther trip down there an' back by cuttin' ercross." A few moments later the door opened a little f I "But where have they gone?" asked Dick. and a man's face appeared at the opening. -' ''Thet's whubve'v.e gotter fin' out. Let's look over onler "Who are you and what do you want?" the man ther other side of ther road an' see if they went inter Dick noticed that the fellow had on a British t imber erg"in." f lt th t Lh ., tl h .f so e sure a e paILieS .1ey were in searc o 1 This was done, but no tracks were to be found. in lhe cabin. "They have gone up or down the road," said Dick. "Then they've gone up ther road," said Th'orp; "e.f they hed be'n intendin' ter go dowri ct they wouldn' hev come through ther timber so soon." "You are right, I think," agTeed Dick. "Well, w e will go up the road." They rode along, keeping a close watch on both sides of t be road, and about half a mile from where they entered the road they found the track::; of .five horses, where they bad again entered the timber. The members of the party turned aside and followed the tracks through the timber. Suddenly Thorp's face lit up. 'I'll bet ennythin' 1 know whar they air hcadin' fur," he \mid. "Is that so?" remarked Dick. "Ya:;; thar's er empty cabin erbout er mile frum heer, an' I'll bet thet's whar ther raskil s air gain'." 'Tl1ey're there before this, likely," Dick. "Yas, thet's so. '.L'hey rode omva.rd, and presently Thorp turned to Dick and said: Y ender's ther clear in', an ther ca bin is at ther further edge uv et." '.'We had better said Dick. "We will be able to sli p up on the cabin better afoot than on horseback." The youths dismounted and tied their horses to trees. Then they made their way to the edge of the clearing. Here they dismounted and took a survey of the sce ne. I tole ye said Thorp ; "d'ye see tber smoke co min' out uv ther chimney?" "Yes," replied Dick; "lher cabin is certain l y occupied "I hope we'll fin' ther people thar whut we're lookin' fur," Baid Thorp. "I rather think that we s hall do so." Then Dick gave the order to advance, and the youths obeyed. They made their way across the clearing and were soon al the cabin. "Surround it!" ordered Dick, in a cautious voice. The youths did so. When this bad been accomplished Dick stepped to the Lloor and knocked upon il. He had heard the low murmur of voices hefore knock' ing, but in an instant all was si l ence. Dick waited a few moment:; and then knocked again. Tl1is time he got a reply. "Who's there?" a voice called out. "Friends," rnplied Dick. "Open 'the door." "You might as well open the door," 'said Dick; cabin is surrounded by li.fty men, and you cannot esci '.L'he redcoat looked past Dick, saw the Liberty Boys realizing the truth of Dick's words, threw the door ( "'rhat is sensible," said Dick, approvingly. Then he turned to Thorp,' and asked : "Is this the man we are looking for, Jack?" "I think et is, Dick. I never :;een 'im but onct I'm shore this is ther feller." "What do you mean?" the redcoat ai:;ked. you looking for?" "Whc "We are looking for a scoundrel who, assisted by others as villainous as himself, kidnapped the daught Widow 'rubbs last night," was Dick's reply. "Well, you have made a mistake in coming here. not the man you are loo)cing for." ''That remains to be seen," coolly. ''We are goil search the cabin." The redcoat turned pale "You have no right--" he began, but Dick i rupted him. "We have the might, and that amounts to the thing," he said, and he waved his hand toward the cir! Liberty Boy s in a significant manner. Then he smnmoned six of the youths and told the shoot down any man who tried to leave the cabin. "Come, Jack," be said, -when the youths were r1 muskets in hand; "we will go in and search the cal "All right, Dick; ye lead on, and I'll faller." They entered the cabin and found four more red sitting befOTe the huge fireplace, in which was a ro1 fire. And at the farther side of the fireplace, sittini a bench, was a gir\ of seventeen or eighteen years. I "Thar's Laura!" cried Thorp; "these ajr ther what kidnapped her, shore enuff !" 1 A cry of joy had escaped girl's lips the eyes :fell upon Jack Thorp and Dick. "Saved!" she exclaimc:d. "Oh, I am so glad you come!" The five redcoats look e d frightened and They realized that they were trapped. It would be useles s to atlempt to escape. The house was surrounded, and if they were to the would certainly result in their being or captured. The best thing to do would be to -take ters philosophically. Dick hastened across to where the girl sat .and c rope binding her arms.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' FIERCE FINISH. 21 ura leaped up and gave utterance to a cry of satisthe;y gave utterance to exultant shouts and urged their ion. horses forward at a gallop. Oh, it ecems so good to know that I am free again!" exclaimed. ick tu med to Jack 'l'horp. 'What shaJl we do with these follows, Jack?" he asked. CHAPTER XI. I dunno, Dick," was the reply; "you're ther boss. "Do utever ye wanter with 'em." A FIERCB FINISH. 'All right; I'll make prisoners of them and take them orristown and Lum lhem over to General Washington." "We will have to flee for our live:; !" crie d Dick; '' aban' An' sarve 'eru right, Dick." don the prisoners!" 'Yes, I think ::;o myself." All whirled their horses and rode away in the other di-ick called some of the Liberty Boys into the cabin rection. told them to bind the arms of the live redcoats. 'fhey urged t.heir horses to their best gait, and went up The youths obeyed, and a few minutes later the five the road with all possible s peed. ; nappers stood there prisoners. Dick told Jack Thorp to get in the lead. 'Wull, whut's next on ther program Dick ?" a s ked "Then we will accommodate the speed of our horses to orp. that of yours," he said. 'l guess the next thing is to get back the way we came Thorp urged his horse forward, but he had gone only "udgc that l\Iiss Laura will be glad to be traveling toa little ways when a bullet struck the animal, causing it rd her home once more to stagger. / 'Yes, indeed!" the girl exclaimed. Dick happened to be right beside Thorp, and he reached 'Go get tl1e horses belonging to those fellows," sai d Dick out and, seizing the girl, lifted her to a place in front some of the Liberty Boys; "we will start back at once." of him. The youths in question found the five horses belongThorp leaped to the ground an

22 THE LIBERTY BOYS' FIERCE FINISH. caused such a scattering among the redcoats that the youths were enabled to urge their horses out on to the ice. The pursuing redcoats did not dare fire, for fear of wounding some of the redcoats that had headed the Lib erty Boy$ off. This gave the patriot youths a chance to increase the distance between themselves and their pursuers so{Ilewhat, and they made the most of it. Their horses, being rough shod, could make splendid headway on the ice, while the horses of the British troopers, being still on the road cov ered with deep snow, could not travel so fast. When the redcoats reached the river, however, and rode out upon the ice the race became equal again. On dashed pursued and pursuers. The clatter of the hoofs on the ice sounded like muffied thunder. When the patriot youths were within fifty yards of the river bank they heard the ice crack in an alarming manner. A glance showed that they 11ere crossing a space that lay between two large airholes The ice sank considerable, but it did not give way, and the Liberty Boys got across in safety. Not so the redcoats, however. The weight of the horses ridden by the Liberty Boys had weakened the ice t.o such an extent that when the main force of the British troopers and their horses got on the weakened spot it suddenly gave way, and down into the ice-cold water went horses and riders Of the hundred and fifty troopers at least one hundred went into the water, many of the horses and riders going under clear out of sight. The Liberty Boys reached the bank and looked back just as the redcoats broke through and went into the water. The disaster that had overtaken the British troope taken all the heart out of them. As soon as they were in a condition to trav"el they mo their horses and set out in the direction of New Br wick. They had had all the experience lhey wanted\\' one day. When .pick and the Liberty Boy:> abandoned the D British prisoners at the beginning of the race, as ba1M ready told, the troopers cul the bonds of the C when they came up with them, and the ex-prisoners-E joined in the chase. \ Two of them had gone down to death underneath 1 ice of the Raritan river, and one of the two was the fell who had been instrume11tal in causing the kidnappinf Laura Tubbs. Thus she was rid of a dangerous enemf When the Liberty Boys arrived at the home of J Tubbs and she saw Laura seated in front of Dick, good woman was almost wild with delight. When Dick swung Laura down to the ground Mrs. Tu seized the girl in her arms and hugged and kissed her wept happy tears over her. { "Ob, I thank ye, Mr. Tott"-Dick had not told widow his real name, and she addressed him by the D.11 he had used when there with Jack Thorp-"for whatl hev done for us, an' I hope that some day I may be a to repay ye.'' "Oh, we don't want to be repaid, Mrs. Tubbs," Dick. "We are very glad that we have been able to r der you and Miss Laura assistance, and the knowledge fi we have done so is all the repayment we want." "You are very kind, indeed. But where is Jack?" anxious look on her face. "He will be along presently. His horse was shot; he had to take to the timber on foot." "Hurrah!" cried Sam; "if this is11't a fierce finish to a "Oh, thet's it?" hard race, then I don't know what I am talking about!" "Yes; he is safe." "You are right; it is a fierce finie;h," agreed Dick; "but Then the youths dismounted and tied their horses al it is more fierce for the redcoats than for us ." entered the house, the widow insisting that they shot "That's so," said anot;her of the Liberty Boys. remain and take dinner at her house. I Then they rode onward. "Laura and me will cook ye ther best dinner thet "We will leave the redcoat to get out of their difficulty kin git up," she promised, and the youths said they wo as best they may," said Dick. enjoy eating a good dinner. The redcoats certainly were in trouble. Jack Thorp put; in an appearance half an hour laf To break through the ice and be plunged i,n deep, iceand he was delighte.9. to find that the youths had got cold water, as had been the case with them, was a serious safely. matter. When Dick told him about the tragedy on the The fifty who had escaped the plunge did all they could Thorp was well pleased, and said he hoped half the to help their comrades to escape death by drowning. In of redcoats were drowned. spite of all they could do, however, forty o the troopers ''We didn't wait to see whether or not that was the c were drowned, and thirty-five of the horses also went down said Dick; "but there can be little doubt but what a n and came up no more. ber were drowned." And the sixty troopers who were saved came very near When dinner was ready the youths ate heartily, and freezing to death. By the time fires could be built their they enjoyed the meal was evident. clothes were frozen stiff. Mrs. Tubbs was glad to see them eat, and when The unhappy victims of the cold plunge finally got praised her cooking she was as happy as a woman could. thawed out; but all idea of pursuing the rebels had been When dinner was over the youths mounted their ho aba.ndonecl and started out to hunt :for more redcoats.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' FIER E FINISH. 2:1 CHAPTER XII. 'l'HE WlCDDINO. d Wull ye come tc1 Missus Tubbs' with me this even-Mr. Slater?" e Dick, Jack; don't call me Mr. Slater." Waal, Dick, then; wull ye come er long with me?" c Certainly; but what is going on? s Er weddin', Dick." What's that? Arc you and the widow going to be mar t hi evening?'' Yas." Shake, Jack! I'm glad ter hear it!" ) t was five o'clock in the evening, three days later than ]\ on which occurred the events just narrated. he Liberty Boys were in the three cabins and were get ready to eat supper. u ack Thorp had appeared at the cabin in which Dick er had his quarters, and after the greetings Thorp had en to Dick as given at the head of the chapter. 'hen had ensued the conversation above given. a he youth and the big wood-chopper shook hands, and t Dick said: a At what holll' is the wedding to take place?" Eight o'clock." 8 All right; when shall I come over to your cabin?" r Erbout seven, I guess." Very well; I will be there.'' Say, I run coming, too," saiu Bob Estabrook; "you n't think I am going to be slighted, Jack." All right, come erlong,'' was the prompt response; "an' menny uv ye boys as wants ter kin come. We'll be l ter hev ye." 'Much obliged," said Dick; "but there won't be room them in the house, you know, so it will be hardly worth e for them to come." ''Ye will send Dick and Bob as our representatives," Mark Morrison. fter some further conversation Jack Thorp took his drlure, and the youths fell to discussing the affair. hey decided that tbe two were sensible in getting rnar i In these troublous times the woman needed someone rotect herself and daughter, and the big wood-chopper ild certainly be a good protector. bout half-past six o'clock Dick and Bob set out, and minutes later they arrived at the wood-chopper's 1n. 'ack and his three C(lmrades were ready to go. 'Glad ter see ye," said Jack; "waal, <'ome erlong; we'll gain'." 'hey set out at once. wenty minutes later they arrived at the home of the Jw and were given a cordial welcome. out twenty people, members of four families living the vicinity, were there. and thr preacher wa also on \ hand. He was what was called m those days a rircuil rider. Promptly at eight o'clock Jack 'rhorp and Widow Tubbs took their stand in the middle of the room, and the preacher stood facing them. The couple faced the front door, and the preacher's hack was toward it. Bible in hand, the preacher began the ceremony, but had spoken only a few words when there came the sharp report of a rifle. At the same instant was heard the break ing of glass, and Jack Thorp threw up his arms and fell .forward upon his face on the floor, giving utterance to a stifled groan. The widow and a number of the women and girls present screamed, and exclamations of su rprise and horror escaped the lips of the men. "Jack's dead!" "Sumbuddy shot him!" "Yas; they fired right through ther winder!" "Hain't et orful !" Such were a few ofthe exclamations. Dick Slater, however, did not stop to give utterance to an exclamation; instead, he acted. He leaped to the door, jerked it open and bounded out of doors, Bob following closely. No one was in sight, and the youths ran around the. house, with the expectation of seeing the would-be assassin Their expectation was realized. Thirty yards distant. and running with all"his might, a man. "After him, Bob!" cried Dick. "We must catch the cowardly seoundrel "So we must," agreed Bob; "and I believe that we t:an do so." The Liberty Boys were swift runners. They were gifted with great powers of endurance, as well. They were capable of running a t a good rate of speed for hours in succession, if the necessity arose. It was only natural, then, that they .should have faith in their ability to run the fugitive down. They ran with all possible speed, and soon had the isfaction of knowing that they were gaining. "If he bas killed Jack we will take him back, and the men there will hang him," said Bob. ''You are right, Bob; and J.. believe that they will hang him, sure enough." The fugitive entered the timber now, and began trying to throw the youths off the track by dodging and doubling, but they were as expert as he, and easily kept Oil his track. Closer and closer they drew to him. Presently Dick called out: "Stop! You can't escape!" "Go to ther deuce!" came back, in snarling tones. 'That's where you are going!" returned Bob. 'J'he chase went on, and the youths soon began closing


24 THE LIIfERTY BOYS' FIERCE FINISH. up the gap at a rapid rate. The fugitive was growing weary and could not keep up the pace. "You might as well stop said Dick. "We have you ; you cannot escape." The man struggled onward a short distance, and then, hearing the footsteps of the youths cloRe behind him, he stop ped and turned so as to face his pursuers. Dick recognized the man, the bright starlight and the snow on the ground making it light enough so that it was possible to see with tolerable distinctness. "Jim Boggs!" he exclaimed. "I thought so!" "Yas, et's Jim Boggs," was the snarling reply; "and I'll--" He made a motion as though to draw a weapon, but the youths had tl1eir pistols out so quickly foat the man thought better of it, and did not do more than start to make the attempt. "You are sensible in giving up the idea of trying to draw and use a weapon," said Dick; "we could and would fill Y!lU full of lead before you could get in a position to do us any damage." "Whut ye want with me?" sullenly. "We want -you to go back to the house with us." "Back ter whut house?" "You know well enougb; Mrs. 'l'ubbs' house." "W'y sh'd I go thar ?" "'l'here is no use in you trying to play innocent," said Dick, sternly; 'we know that you are the fellow who shot Thorp just now, and you must go back with us. If he is dead you will be strung up to the nearest tree, without doubt." Bogg L would have started to run had he dared; but with the pistols staring him in the face he did not have the cour age to do it. All he could do was to stand and stare at the youths in sulle n rage. "Tie his arms, Bob," said Dick. "If he attempts to resist I will put a bullet through him." "All right, Dick." Bob replaced his pistol in his belt drew a hand kerchief from his pocket and tied the hands of Jim Boggs. Then Dick replaced his pistol in his belt, and each of the youths took hold of an arm and marched Boggs along between them. Fifteen minutes later. they arrived at the cabin. They entered, and were delighted to see Jack Thorp sitting up. He was pale, and his head was bandaged; but he clid not seem to be seriously wounded. When the youths entered with the prisoner between them, exclamations of delight and satisfaction escaped the lips of those present. "So you cnught him, did you?" "Et's Jim Boggs!" "Thet's who I guessed et wuz !" "He wuz macl becos Jack got erhead uv 'im !'' "I didn't think he was mean crnough ter try ter com mit muriler." Such were a few of the exclamations. Dick advanced and took Thorp's hand. "Jove, but I'm glad to see you alive, Jack!" h earnestly. "I feared the scoundrel had killed you." "He jes' creased me, Dick," was the reply; "et me insenscrble fur a few moments, thet is a ll. I right now." Boggs looked disappointed, and then a look of came and displaced the other expression. He would out doubt been glad to know that Thorp was dead. now ,that he was a prisoner, and it was known to men that he shot Jack, he was glad that the shot h been fatal. "They'd hev hung me up ter er tree, shore," h himself. He was not sure that they could prove that he ha the shot, however, and he decided to deny having do When Thorp looked at him ancl asked him why tried to murder him, Boggs sullen ly denied having any such attempt. "Oh, that is folly," said Dick. "You will make ing by denying having done the shooting, Boggs. were nmning a"Way from the house when we first sa and that is proof sufficient that you did it." "But I didn't do et," growled Boggs. "Bah, ye know ye dirl, Jim," said Thorp; "but didn' kill nur hurt me very much, I'm willin' ter be easy on ye. I'm goin' ter make ye stay heer an' see Tubbs an' me married; arter. thet ye kin go." "That will be letting him off too easy, Jack," sai Estabrook. "You want to give some punishmen will serve as a warning to him to not try anything in the way of shooting people down." "Ye shet yer mouth!" growled Boggs, glaring at "whut is et ter ye?" "A good deal. I nearly ran my legs off catchin and I want to see you punished some, anyhow." Waal, we'll see about thet a.rter ther ceremony. Preacher, air ye retty ter tie us up now?" The preacher replied that he was, and so Tho the widow again took their places in the middle room, and the ceremony was performed. This tim was no interruption. Boggs looked on in sullen silence ; if looks coul killed Thorp would have dropped dead. When the ceremony was -finished Thorp kissed and then turned to the men, and said : "Now, whut shall we do with Jim?" "Let's tie 'im ter er tree an' give 'im er licki hickory switches,"' said one. The others fell in love witn this idea at once, and so was conducted out of doors to a tree, to which bound, his face toward it. One of the men had cut some switches while t being done, and now they took turns in laying the on the squirming villain. He threatened what he would do, but the m


THE IiIBERTY BOY'S' FIERCE FINISH. 2-5 i tention to his words. They gave bim a good whipping the n untied him and turned him lo?se. Jo erway, a' don never come foolin' aroun' crg'in !:' the warning words given him. tggs muttered something unintelligible, and then strode e men entered the house, and a few minutes later e guests were seated al: the table, eating the splendid r 'that the widow and her daught er Laura had prefor the occasion. CHAPTER XIII. THE AT THE CABINS. that he would persevere, and that he would succeed sooner or la ter. Next day he worked hard, but till supper time he had not succeeded. After supper he s tarted out again, and this time he hap pened to go in the direct.ion of the three log cabi ns on the bank of the Raritan river. He had been making his way along an hour or more, and of a sudden he discovered the presence of the three cabi ns, which were in such a thick clump of trees that one had to almost stumble upon them before they could be s een. Lights were shining through the windows, and ihe sound of voices came to Harbison's ears, and he leaped (o the conclusion at once that he had found what he was look ing for. "This is the rendezvous or headquarters of the rebels, I am positive," he told himself. e Liberty Boys were very busy Lhe next two or three He stole forward with all the caution possible. Suddenly he paused. ey went riding around lhe country hunting for for-He had caught sight of a sentinel's form, it being outband:s of British, and in many cases they succeeded lined against the window in one of the cabins. ding. what they were looking for. Harbi son paused only a few moments. Then he began ey struck the enemy a number of severe blows and s tealing away, and by making a half-circuit he managed he Briti sh so enraged that the order wa s given to to get around and past the sentinel. the party of rebels down and eilher kill or capture HE) stole around behind one of the ca bin s and placing end several large forces, comparatively s peaking, ent out in search of the Liberty Boys. e youth8 1 were not long in learning that a dcterrn:ine d pt was being made to hunt them down and capture his ear to a crack between two logs, li stened. He heard enough to satisfy him that the inmates of the cabin the Liberty Boys, and he was delighted. "Now we will get them," he told himself, exultingly. "We will come here, surround the cabin::;, and cut off their escape, and they will have to surrender." e coulcl retreat to Morristown and be s afe i we He made his way along the side of the c abin, r nd fin d to do so," said Dick, while talking of the matter I ally found a peephole, through which he got a view of a e cabin one evening; "but I don't feel like running 1 portion of the interior of the cabin. I He the Liberty Boys, and now he knew that he was either do I, Dick," from Bob; "let's stay here; lcl's I right, that he had found the daring young rebels that the out to the encl. I British were searching for.

26 THE LIBERTY BOYS' FIERCE FINISH. "Nearly north. They are occupying three old cabins on l the bank of the Raritan." "'That is good; we will surround the cabins and huxc the rebels right in their own traps 'True, sir." The colonel then sent out. orders for the soldiers to get ready to break camp and march away, and the soldiers grumblingly obeyed. They did not like the idea of starting on a march in the night time, and in such cold weather. When they learned that the rendezvous of the rebels had been found, however, and that, it was probable that they would succeed in captllring the Liberty Boys, the sol fliers were .more cheerful. If they succeeded they would then get to return to New Brunswick, whore they had fairly comfortable quarters and better food to eat. 'They have escaped," muttered the British s,ly, bitter!; He could na.t think how this had come about. lt seemed evident that the rebels had learned that the 1 to be attacked. But how hacl they learned it? 'l'hat was the question. H did not matter much, however. The 'act tha.t th rebels had escaped was all-sufficient. Harbison made his way back to where the British diers were awaiting his return, and when lie told Colon<' Hampton that the rebels had disiuipeared that officer w a as greatly. disappointed as had been the caEe \\-ith th spy. "'l'hey must have gained knowledge of our coming," sai the colouel. "Yes; but I don't understand how they managed t do so." When they were ready they set 011t. rrhey marched along slowly and steadily, Harbison the lead as guide. "Perhaps they saw you when you were spying 011 in ) nnd took the alarm and fled as soon as you were gon e." It had taken one hour .to reach the vicinity of the three cabins; but it took the force of soldiers more than two hours. It was much slower work and much more difficult for a large body of men i.o make its way through the thick 'timber than for one man to do so. They arrived in the vicinity of the cabins finally, however, and Harbison went ahead to reconnoiter. He stole forward slowly and cautiously. He was soon where he could see the lights shining through the cabin windows. He paused and tried to locate one of the sentinels. so ::is to make it safe for himself to advance nearer the cabins He did not see any sign of a sentinel, so he moved slowly and cautiously forward. As he drew near the cabins he noted that there was no of voices; but he did not think much about this. It was now nearly ten o'clock, and it was only natural to rnppose that the inmates of the cabins were asleep. What Harbison could not understand, however, was the fact that no sentinels were stationed He did not yet suspect the truth-that the cabins were empty; but he quickly learned that such was the case when he went around to the rear of the middle cabin and peered in through a crack. The cabin was empty 'I'he fire was roaring on the hearth, but no human being was in the room. Harbison was dumfounded. He did not know what to think. Where had the rebels gone, and why? He hastened i.o one of the other two cabins and looked in. It was empty, also. He was not surprised, however. He had expected that it would be. He then went to the remaining cabin and looked in. Like the other two, this one was empty. Then Harbison went to the sheds where the horses had heen ancl found them missing. "That is possible, but I would have thought that the) would have made an effort to capture me if they had kno" that I was spying on them." "That would seem to be a reasonable supposition Still they might have thought that the better way was to le you go away and then slip away themselves." "That is evidently wl1at they did think." Then the colonel gave the order for the soldiers to ad vance, and they did so. They were soon at the cabins; and when a couple reconnoitering parties had reported that there was no enem anywhere in thE vicinity the redcoats entered the oobin and settled down to spend the night "Well, we have secured more comfortable quarters tha we had before," said the colonel, as he warmed himself in front of the fireplace, "and that is something." "True," agreed Harbison; "but I wanted that we shouk capture Dick Slater and his gru1g of Liberty Boys." "Oh, we will capture them sooner or later," was th confident reply. "I hope so." But this was to be a more difficult ma.Her than tho worthy colonel thought. He was dealing with a pair of as shrewd young fellow. as could ha .ve been found in a year's Eearch, and he woul have to get up very early indeed to catch them napping. -l CHAPTER XIV. DEALING THE BRITISH A. BLOW. Colonel Hampton and Harbison, the spy, were right; th Liberty Boys had been warned of the coming of th British force. The redcoats had passed the 'Tubbs home in coroin and JJaura had seen them as went by.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' FIERCE FINISH. She had told lier mother about it, and Mrs. TJ1orphat was her name now-had at once jumped to the con fosion that the redcoats were heading !o-r the cabiru; where he Liberty Boys were staying. "I wish Jack wuz here," she said. ''Won't he be home before long, mother?" 'I am afraid not, Laura; he said he might be away ill after midnight." "Yon want to warn the Liberty Boys, mother?" "Yes; but I don' see how we kin do et now." The girl's face lighted up. ''I'll do it," she said. "You hain't afraid ter go so far. all by yourself, Laura?" "No; I am not afraid." "But kin ye git there ahead of ther redcoats?" "Oh, yes, easily. The soldiers march slowly, you know, 91d I can go fast." "Well, run along, then, and warn the Liberty_ Boys of heir danger." The gil'l put on her hastily, kissed her mother, nd then left the house and hastened away through the imber. She knew the way, for she had been to the cabins once, .months before. She made all possible speed, and succeeded in reaching he cabins while the redcoats were yet a mile and a half !Way. She knocked on the door of the middle cabin and it !as opened by one of the J,iberty Boys, who stared in when he saw a girl standing there. "Come in," he invited, hastily. "You must be cold, 11iss." r "Not very, sir," as she entered. "l came rapidly and ln quite comfortable l Mr. Slater here?" "Yes, Miss Tubbs," said Dick, leaping up and advancing ith outstretched hand. "What is the trouble? What has So they quietly left the cabin, bridled and saddled their horses and mounted and rode away. They did not go far, however. When they were a mile away Dick called a halt. "I have a scheme," he said. "What is it?" asked Bob. "My idea is that the British, when they get to the cabins and find us gone, will stop and go into camp ther.e. The cabins are large, and the three will hold the three hundred soldiers, though it will be rather crowded." "And what then?" "Why, we will slip back s ome time after midnight and make an attack on. them." Bob and the other youths thought that this would be a good plan; and said so. So they iemained where they were until midnight, and thr::n, leaving their horses tied to trees, they stole back to the cabins. There were sentinels out, of course; but the youths suc ceeded in making prisoners of them without letting them give the alarm 'l'hen they decided to set the cabins on fire and force the redcoats to come forth, when they would fire upon them and inflict a lot of damage. A little later the cabins were burning briskly, and the inmates would necessarily be aroused and would come forth i:o escape being burneJ. Suddenly Lhe doors of the cabin s opened and the redcoats came rushing forth. The Liberty Boys opened fire. Crack, crack, crack, crack The British were taken by surprise and at a disadvantage. They had been aroused from their sle e p by the flames and had leaped up and rushed out withot1 t taking time to ask themselves what it meant or bow the cabins got on fire. L\ppened ?" Now, however, they knew. It was only natural that Dick should think that someThe cabins had been set on fire by the rebels. 11 d ed The British were in no condition to stop and make a ung unusua ia occurr fi I iE"l have come to warn you," was the reply. "The British gAit.f f th 1 d _,, d ffi t th t i. .... ...o.. J f tl t th ew o em ia presence Ol. mm su cien so a vmi1': 1:."::.i"'f rf 4Wr ord iey are _no _motrhe. they fired their muskets as they dashed into the timber; e a a a rof:l an are cormng m is 1 l<\;f ,, but about half theu number had forgotten their muskets ion. in their hurry and had left the weapons in th-e cabins. "We must decide what to do at once," said Dick to T he Liberty Boys were busy. 1b, who stood near. They had a chance to do damage, and they were .lis-"How many men have they, &}o you think, Miss Laura?" posed to make the most of it. Bob. Therefore they fired their muskets and then drew their "'l'here must he at least three hundred," was the reply. pistols and fired them. "'l'hat is too strong a force for us to fight againit," When they had discharged all their weapons the youths id Dick. clubbed their muskets and knocked down the redcoats "Yes, so it is," said Mark Morrison. us they came running past. 11P.en they decided .to slip away at once and avoid bav-In this way they downed quite a number. hJ to fight tJ1e redcoats. At last the redcoats had disappeared, save those who '!{'hey dishkecl to run, but they were sensitive youths, and had gone down under *ots or blows from the musket that when the odds were so great against tlrnm it butts, however, and the youths had time to get their breath tld he folly to stay there and try to offer fight. and look aiound them a bit.


28 THE LIBER'rY BOYS' FIERCE FINISH. Bob wanted fo pursue the fleeing redcoats, but Dick that they finally decided to go clear to Morristo said no, that it would be best and safest to let them go. I and remain awhile, till things got settled down. "They outnumber us greatly, even yet," he said; "and Having come to this decision, the youths rode away they might turn on us and make us trouble. Let them a gallop and arrived at their destination an hour befo go; we have done well enough as jt is." sundown. "I guess you are right. Although we have been hunted Dick went to General Washington's headquarters as soo for and chased around more or less by parties of redcoats, as they arrived on the Heights, and made his report. we have held our own, have held out well." The commander-in-chief told the youth that he had do "So we have." well, and complimented him. "And now this is what I would call a fierce finish, "You' had better remain here awhile until things Dick." quieted down," he said; "if you go back to the work t "Yes, if it is the finish." "Well, this night's work will make the British so angry that they will force us to retreat, or will capture us; don't you think so?" "They will certainly make extraordinary efforts to do so." Then they tooK: a of the scene They found that they had seventeen of the red coats and had wounded twenty-seven. Of the latter ten were dangerously injured, the rest not being in any great danger of wsing their lives as a resnlt of their One of the cabins was not burning so briskly as the other two, and Dick told the youths to see if they could extinguish the fire. "If so, we will put the wounded redcoats in there," he sai d "They will freeze to death if left out here in the cold. British may succeed in capturing you, or in killing t majority of your Liberty Boys." Dick said that he would remain in camp awhile, a then saluted and took his departure, feeling very well sa isfied. Our story is practically ended T'wo weeks later the Liberty Boys went to the home Bill Burdock, and found Tom Farrell and Charlie C holm very well and able to sit in the saddle again. Char] had won the love of Susie Burdock, but Tom, while d appointed, was honorable, generous and magnanimous, n his friendship for his comrade was not broken. When the war ended Charlie and Susie were married. Sophia Morgan, the tavern girl who had aided Dick giving him food and information the time he was New Brunswick, lived not far from Morristown, and s came 110me to stay, and Tom Farrell made her acquaintan while out on a trip with the Liberty Boys, fell in lo with her and married her at the close of the war. 'rhe youths went to work, and after a hard fight they Laura Tubbs was married to the young man who h managed to put the fire out and saved the cabin been courting her for a couple of years past. His na The wounded redcoats were then carried into the cabin was Dave Belden. and made as comfortable as possible. Whil e this was being done Dick had sentinels out, of course, for he did not know but the redcoats might c;ome back at any moment and make an attack on his Liberty Boys. The other cabins were still blazing fiercely. The youths now held a council. The question to be decided was : What should they do? They decided to hold out to the end. In other words, they made up their minds to stay until forced to retreat. They went back to where they had left their horses, and untying the animals, led them away. They went a mile or so and then went into camp. They built some campfires and made themselves as com fortable as possible, and when morning came they ate breakfast and got ready for a lively day's work. It was impracticable to try to make a stand against over whelming odds, and so the youths mounted their horses and rode away in the direction of Morristown Heights. They went slowly, for they did not wish to go any farther than was necessary. 'rhe British foot soldiers finally stopped and turned back. But there was a force of three hundred troopers that kept on coming and the Liberty Boy s kept retreating, with the George Harbison, the British spy, was one of those w had been wounded by the Liberty Boys the night the thr cabins were set on fire, and his wound was so serio us t he .succumbed to it and died. Jim Boggs, the man who had been a rival for the ha of Widow Tubbs,was killed in a drunken brawl by o of the members of his woo d-chopping gang. Jack Thorp and his wife lived hap,rily. and the e widow never had cause to ;s f,ter had wo her husband for her by tbrashi g !/ik !Wm THE EN,D. The next number (173)-of "The Liberty Boy s of '7' will contain "1'HE. T1IBERTY BOYS AT FcfR'T FORT; or, THE BATTLE OF POCONO MOUNTAIN by IIarry Moore. SPECIAL NOTICE: All back numbers of this we are always in print. If you cannot obtain them from a newsdealer, sen d the price in money or postage stamps mail to FRANK TOUSEY, PUBLISHER, 24 UNI SQUARE, NEW YORK, and you will receive the cop order by return mail.


114NK REAl)E WEEKLY.MAGAZINE. Containing Stories of Adventure s on Land Sea a nd in the Air. B-Y-''N9C>N" EA.CB NUMBER IN A HANDSOMELY ILLUMINATED COVEB A 32PAGE BOOK :FOR :FIVE CENTS. All our readers know Frank Reade, Jr., the greatest inventor 0 the age, and hi s two fun-loving chums, Barney and Pomp. The stories p ubli shed in this magazine contain true account of the wonderful and c.cili11g dventures 0 the famous inventor with his marvellou s flying machines, electrical overland engines, and his extra rdinary submarine boats. Each number is a rare treat. Tell your newsdealer to get you a copy LATEST ISSUES. 149 Frank Reade Jr. Fighting the T error of the Coast. Frank Reade, Jr.'s Electric Air Racer; or, Around the' Globe in 50 100 Miles Below the Surface of the Sea; or, The Marve l ous Tl'ip 'l'hirty Days. of Frank Reade Jl'. The Sunken Pirate; or1 Reade, Jr., in Search of a 'l'reasure 151 Abandoned in Alaska; o r 1''rank R ea de, Jr.'s 'l'hrilling Search for at the Bottom of tne Sea. a Lost Gold Claim. Frank Reade, Jr.'s l\iaguetl c Gun Carriage; or, Working for the 52 Frank Reade Jr.'s Tw enty-Five '.l'bcmsand >lil e Tri p in the Air U. S. Mail. 53 Under the Yellow Sea; or, Frank Reade, Jr.'s Search for the !!'rank Reade, .lr., and Uis Electric I c e Ship; or, Driven Adrift of Pearls. ln the Frozen Sky. Frank Reade, Jr.' s Electric Sea Engine; or, Hunting ror a Sunken Diamond Mine. 04 l'rom the Nile to t h e Nia;er; or, Frank Ileadc, Jr. in tho Soudan. ;;5 The Electrlc Island; or, Frank Reade. Jr.'s Search for tlie The Black Range; or, Frank Ileadc, Jr., Among the Cowboys with Wonder on Earth. is Electric Caravan. 56 The Underground Sea; or, I<"rank R e ade. Jr.'s Subterranean f'rnlsc. ) Over t h e Andes with b'rank Reade, Jr., in Dis N e w Air-Ship; or, 57 F'rom Tropic to Tropic; or, Frank Reade, Jr.'s Tour "\Yi th His Wild Adventures In Peru. Bl 1 c ) Frank Reade, Jr., Exploring a Submarine Mountain; or, Lost at the eye e ar. Bottom of the Sea. Lost in a Comet s Tall : or, Frank Reade, Jr.'s Stranl:'c AdYen I Adrift In Afrlcs.: or, Frank Reade, Jr., Among the Ivory IJunters ture With His Airship. with His New Electric Wagon. 5!l Under Four Oceans ; or, Frank Reade lr.'s Submarine Chase or Frank Reade, Jr.'s Search for a Lost Man In His Latest Air a "Sea Devil." Wonder. G o The Mysterious Mirage; or, Frank Reade Jr.'s Desert Search for Frank Jr.' s Se111rch for the Sea Serpent; or, Six Thousand a Secret City. Miles Under the Sea. 61 Latitude !JO Degrees; or, Frank Reade, Jr.'s Wonderful :.lid Frank Reade, Jr.' s Prairie Whirlwind; er, The Mystery of the Air Flight. l; Hidden Canyon. 62 Lost I n the Great Undertow; or. Frank Reade, Jr.'s Submarine Around the Horlron for 'l'e'll '!'bousand Miles: or, Frank Reade, Cruise in the Gulf Stream. ] Jr.'s Most Wonderful Trip. 63 Across Australia with Frank Ileadc. Jr. ; or, In His Electric Lost In t h e Atlantic Valley ; or, l'rank Reade, J r., and bis Won-Car. l der, the "Dart." 64 Over Two Continents; or, Frank Reade Jr.'s Long Distance Frank Reade, Jr.'s Desert Explorer; or, The Underground City Flight. of the Sahara. 65 Under the Equator; or, Frank Reade, Jr.'s Greatest Submarine Vorng Lost In the Mountains of the Moon; or, Frank Reade, Jr.'s Great 66 Astray in the Sel.vas; or The Wild Experiences of Frank Reade, Jr., i Trip with the scud.'' South America. Un der the Amazon for a Thousand Miles 67 Jn the Wild Man's Land; or, With Frank Reade, Jr., in the Heart of Frank Reade, Jr.' s Clipper of the Prairie: or, Fighting the Apa c hes Australia. ,. in the Southwest. 68 From Coast to Coast; or. Frank Reade, Jr.'s Trip Across Africa. a The Chase of a Comet ; or, Frank Reade, Jr.'s Aerial Trip with 69 Beyond the Gold Coast; or, Frnnk Reade, Jr.'s Overland Trip. the "Flaah.'' 70 Ac r oss the Earth; or, Frank Reade, Jr.'s La.test Trip With His New Air Across the Frozen Sea; or, ll:rank Reade Jr.'s Electric Snow CutShip. ter. 71 Six Weeks Buried in a Deep Sea Cave; or, Frank R eade, Jr.'s Great Sub Frank Reade Jr.'s Blectric Buckboard: or, Thrilllng Adventures In marine Search. North Australia. 7 2 Across the Desert of .Fir e; or, Frank Reade, Jr.'e Marvel ous Trip ill a. }Around the Arctic Circle: er. Frank Reade Jr.'s Famous Strange Country. With His Air Sl!ip. 7 3 The Transient Lake ; or, Frank Reade, Jr.'s Adventures in a M ysterioua jFrank Reade Jr.'s Searc h for the Silver Whale; or, Under tbe Country. Ocean in the Electric "Dolphin.'' 7 4 The Galleon's Gold; or. Frank Reade, Jr.'s Deep Sea Searo h 1.Frank Reade. Jr., and His Electric Car; or, Outwitting a Desperate 7 5 The Lost Caravan; or, Frank Jr. on the Staked Plain s. Gang. 7 6 Adrift in Asia With Reade, Jr. To the End of the Earth; or, Frank Reade Jr.' s Great Mid -Air 77 Under the Indian Ocean With Frank Re&

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HOW TO KEEP BIRDS.-Handsomely illustrated an'1 containing full instructions for the management and training of th0 canary, mo c kingbird, bobolink, blackbird, paroq11et, parrot, etc. No. 39. HOW TO RAISE DOGS: POULTRY, PIGEONS AND RABBITS.-A useful and instructive book Handsomely ill1111trated. By Ira Drofraw. No. 40. HOW TO MAKE AND SET TRAPS.-Including hintlil on bow to catch moles, w ease ls otter, rats; squirrels and bird&. Also how to cure skins. Copiously illustrated. By J. Harrinstos Keene. No. 50. HOW TO STUFF BIRDS AND ANIMALS.-A val'e able book, giving instructions in co llecting, preparing, mountlna and preserving birds, animals and ins ects No. 54. HOW TO KEEP AND MANAGE PETS.-Giving come plete information as to the manner and method of raising, keeping, taming, breeding and managing all kinds of pets ; also giving falll instructions for making cages, etc. Fully explained by twent1 eight illustrations, making it the most complete book of the Jdall ever published. MISCELLANEOUS. No. 8. HOW TO BECOME A SCIENTIST.-A useful and laa structive book, giving a comp lete treatise on chemistry; also periments in acoustics, mechanics, mathematics, chemistry, u4! directions for making fireworks, colored fires and gas ballooJlS, This book cannot be equal ed. No. 14. HOW TO MAKE CANDY.-A complete handbook few making all kinds of candy, ice cream, syrups, essences, etc. etc. No. 19. FRANK TOUSEY'S UNITED STA'l'ES DISTANCJ!IJ TABLES, POCKET COMPANION AND GUIDE.-Givinc tlw official distances on all the railroads of the United State u'1 Canada. Also table of distances by water to. foreign ports, hack fares in the principal cities, reports. of the census, etc., etc., maldDS it one of the most complete and handy books published. No. 38. HOW TO BECOME YOUR OWN DOCTOR-A WOii<> derful book, containing useful and practical informatlon In treatment of ordinary diseases and ailments common to "Hrri' famil y Abounding in useful and effective recipes for general coaplaints. No. 55. HOW TO COLLECT STAMPS AND COINS.--&ia taining va lu able information r egarding the collecting and arransfa0 of stamps and coins Handsomely illustrated. No. 58. HOW TO BE A DETECTIYE.-By Old King Bralb, the world-known detective. In which he lays down some valuabkl and sensible rules for beginners, and also relates some adventuN!:J and experiences of well-known detectives. No. 60. HOW TO BECOME A PHOTOGRAPHER.--C!ont:ala> ing useful information regarding the Camera and how to work'lts also how to make Photographic Magic Lantern Slides and Transparenc ies. Handsomely illustrated. By Captain W. De W Abney. No. 62. HOW TO BECOME A WEST POINT MILITARW CADET.-Containing fu_n e;r:planatio1!s how to gain admJttanOlll, C'ourse of Study, Exammabons, Duties, Staff of Oflicera, Poal Guard, Police Regulations, Fire Department, and all a hG.Y 11ho11141 know to be a Cadet. Compiled and written by Lu Senareu1, autlllro of "How to Become a Naval Cadet." No. 63. HOW TO BECOME A NAVAL CADET.-Complete 19' structions of how to gain admission to the Annapoli1 Nal'dl Academy. Also containing the course of instruction, 'de1criptlaJ of grounds and buildings, historical sketch, and everrthinr a llllp should know to become an officer in the United Statet Na"ry. ..... pi_led and written by Lu Sen aren1, author o f "How to Become 11 West Point Military Cadet." PRICE 10 CENTS EACH O R 3 FOR 25 CENT S Address FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Sq uare, N ew York. ....


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. A W Magazine containing Stories of the American Revolutio By HARRY MOORE. These stories ba.sed on a.ctua.l facts a.nd give a, fa.ithful account of the exciting adventures of a, ba.nd of American youths who were a.lwa.ys ready a.nd willing to imperil their lives for the of helping a.Ion; the gallant ca.use of Independence. Every number will consist o 32 large pa.ges of reading matter, bound in a. beautiful colored cover. LATEST ISSUES: .1132 The Liberty Boys and the King's Spy; or, Diamond Cut Dia-1 03 The Liberty Boys' Dare; or, Backing the British Down. mond. 94 The J,iberty Boys' Best Blows or Beating the British at Benning-133 The L_iberty Boys Bayonet Charge; or; The Siege of Yorktown.I ton. 134 'l'he Boys and Paul' Jones ; or, The Martyrs of the Prison H5 'l'he Liberty Boys in New Jersey; or, Boxing the Ears of the Brit-13t B t B 1 G. en. Smashing th I'" !sh Lion. a e i e r y oys a ow mg re or, e \.lllg s U6 The Liberty Boys' Daring: or. :Not Afraid of Anything. Statue. 97 The Liberty Boys' Long March; or, The Move that Puzzled the 136 The Liberty Boys and Nathan Hale; or, The Brave Patriot Spy. British. 137 The Liberty Boys' "Minute. Men"; or, The Battle of the Co !J8 The Liberty Boys' Bold Front ; or, Hot Times on Harlem Heights. Pens. 99 The Liberty Boys In New York; or, Helping to Hold the Gre11.t 138 The Liberty Boys and the Traitor; or, How They Handled Him. City. 139 The Liberty Boys at Yellow Creek; or, Routing the Redcoats. 100 'l'he Liberty Boys' Big Risk; or, Ready to Take Chances. 140 The Liberty Boys and General Greene; or, Chasing Cornwallis. 101 The Liberty Boys' Drag-Net; or, hauling the Redcoats In. 141 The Liberty Boys in Richmond; or, Fighting Traitor Arnold 102 The Liberty Boys' Lightning Work; or, Too Fast for the British. 142 The Liberty Boys and the Terribl e Tory; or, Beating a Bad 103 'l.'he Liberty Boys' Lucky Blunder; or, The Mistake that Helped Man. Them. 143 The Liberty Boys' Sword-Fight; or, Winning with the Enemy's 104 The Liberty Boys Shrewd Triek: or, Springing a Big Surprise. Weapons. 105 'l'he Liberty Boys' Cunning; or, Outwitting the Enemy. 144 'l'he Liberty Boys in Georgi; or, Lively Times Down South. 106 The Liberty Boys' "Big Hit"' ; o r, Knocking the Redcoats Out. 145 The Liberty Boys' Greatest 'l'riumph ; or, The llfarc h to Victory. 107 The Liberty Boys "Wild Irishman" ; or, A Lively Lad from 146 The Liberty Boys and the Quaker Spy; or, Two of a Kind. Dublin. 147 'l'he Liberty Boys iu F lorida; or, l<'lghtlng P revost's Army. 108 'l'he Liberty Boys' Surprise; or, Not Just Wh11.t They Were LookHS The Liberty Boys Last Chance; or, l\faklng the Best of It. ing l:'ur. U!l 'l'he Liberty Boys Sharpshooters; or, The Battl e of the Kegs. 109 The Liberty Boys' Treasure; or, A Lucky Find. 150 The Liberty Boys on Guard; or, Watching the Ei.emy. 110 The Liberty Boys in 'J'rouble; or, A Bad Run of Luck. 1 5 1 The Liberty Roys' Strange Gnide; or, the Mysterious Maiden. 111 The Liberty Boys' Jubilee; or, A Great Dar, for the Great Cnuse 152 The Liberty Boys in the Mountains; or, Among Rough People. 112 The Liberty Boys Cornered; or, "Which "ay Shall We Turn?" l :;s The Liberty Roys' Retreat; or, in the Shades of Death. 113 The Liberty Boys at Valley Forge; or, Enduring T errible Hardli'i4 'l'he Liberty Boys and the Fire Fiend; or, A New Kind of Battle. ships. 155 The Libei'ty Boys i n Quakertown ; or, Making Things LLve ly in 114 'l'he Liberty Boys .Missing; or, Lost in the Swamps. Philadelphia. 115 The Liberty Boys' Wager, And How They Won It. 156 'l'he Liberty Boys and the Gypsies; or, A Wonderful Surprise. 116 The Liberty Boys Deceived; or, 'l'ricked but Not Beaten. 157 The Liberty Boys' F lying Artillery; or "Liberty or Death.'' 117 The Liberty Boys and the Dwarf; or, A D angerous Enemy. 158 The Liberty Boys Against the Red Demons; or, F ighting the n 118 The Liberty Boys' Dead-Shots; or, The Deadly Twelv!!. dian Raiders. 119 The Liberty Boys' League; or, The Country Boys Who Helped. l 59 'l'h e Liberty Boys Gunners; or, The Bombardment of 120 The Liberty Boys' Neatest Trick; or, How the Redcoats were 160 The Liberty Boys and Lafayette; or, Helping the Young Frenc h Foole d. General. 121 The Liberty Boys Stranded; or, Afoot In the Enemy' s Country. 161 The Liberty Boys' Grit: or, The Bravest of the Brave. 122 Tbe Liberty Boys in the Saddle; or, Lively Work for Liberty' s 162 The Liberty Boys at West Point; or, Helping to Watc h the Red-Cause. coats. 123 Tl.Je J,lberty Boys' Bonanza; or, Taking Toll from the Tories. 163 The Liberty Boys' Terrible Tussle: or, Fighting to a Finish. 124 The Liberty Boys at Saratoga; or, '!'he Surrender of Burgoyne. 164 The Libe rty Boys and "Light Horse Harry" ; or, Chasing tb 12 5 'l'he Libe r t y Boys and "Old Put."; or The Escape at Horseneck. British Dragoons. 126 Tbe Liberty Boys Bugle Call ; or, The Plot to Poison Washington. 16 5 The Libert. y Boys in Camp; or, for V'i'ashington. 127 The Liberty Boys and "Queen Esther"; or, The Wyoming Valley 16 6 'l'he Libert. y Boys and Mute Mart; or, 'Ihe Deaf and Dumb Spy. Massacre. 16 7 'l'he Liberty Boys At Trenton; or, the Great.est Christmas ever Jinown 128 The Liberty Boys' Horse Guard: or, On the High Hills of Santee. 16 8 'l'he Liberty Boys and Genera.I Gates: or, 'l'he Disaster a t Camde n 129. The Liberty Boys and Aaron Burr; or, Battling for Independ-1 6 9 The Libert. y Boys at Brandywine; or, Fig h ting Fiercely for FrPedom_ ence. 17 0 The Liberty Boys' Hot Campaign; or, The Warmest Work on Record 1 3 0 The Liberty Boys and the "Swamp Fox" : or. H elping Marlon. 171 The Liberty Boys Awkward Sqtrnd; or, Breaking in New R ecruit. 131 The Liberty Boys and Ethan or, Old and Young Veterans. 1 7 2 'l'he Liberty Boys' Fierce Finish; or, Holding Ont to the End. For Sale by }..11 Newsdealers, or will be Sent to Any Address on Receipt of Price, 5 Cents per Copy, by PBANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union, New IF YOU WANT ANY BACK NUMBERS I of our Libraries and cannot procure them from newsdealers they can be obtained from this office direct. 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