The Liberty Boys' drum corps, or, Fighting for the starry flag

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The Liberty Boys' drum corps, or, Fighting for the starry flag
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Liberty Boys of "76"
Moore, Harry
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THE LIBERTY BOYS .QF '76 A Weekly Magazine Containing Stories of the American Revolution luued Weekly-By Subscription $2.50 per year. Entered as Second Olass Matter at the New York. N. Y., Poat Office, February 4, 1901. Entered. according to Act of Congress, i1i the year 1904, in the office of the Librarian of Congress, Washington, D 0., by Fra11;k Tousey, 24 Union Square, New York. No 178. NEW YORK, MAY 27, 1904. Price 5 Cen ts. THE LIBERTY BOYS' DRUM CORPS OR, \ Fighting for the Starry. Flag. By HARRY MOORE CHAPTER I. B O B'S ORIGINAL ID EA. "Say, D ick." "What, Bob?" "I've thought of somethi ng." "Have you?" "Yes. "What have you thought 0, Bob?" "A scheme that will be a big thing for the Liberty B oys, I am sure." "What is the scheme?" "1'11 tell you. You kno w that music has an enthusing effect on people, don't you?" "Yes, so it has." "Music sometimes makes a fellow feel as if he could do more than he otherwise could." "I guess that is true." "I think so; well, my plan is that we organize a drum corps." "A drum corps!" "Yes; don't you t h ink it a good plan?" "Well, I don't know but I do; but who would beat the drums? None of the boys know anythi n g abo u t it." "No, but they could learn." "So they could; but the trouble is that we have no drums." "There are plenty down in New York City." "True; but how can we get them?" "Why, go down there after them, of course." "But the B ritish have possession of the city, Bob. H ave you forgotten that?" "No." 'l"his conversation occurred on a beautiful morning in SAptember of the yea't' 1776. rrhe battle of J;ong Island, the first battle fought in the vicinity of New York, had been fought, and the patriots had retreated across to the city, only to go from there up to Harlem Heights. The British had then come over to the city and taken possession, and this was the situa tion on the morning of which we write. Standing on the edge of a bluff overlooking the Hudson river ; at the north edge of the patriot encampment, stood two youths eighteen years of age. These boys were bright, handsome fellows, bronzed by out-of-door life and exposure, and withal determined anu intelligent to an unusual degree. One of them was Dick Slater, the captain of a c ompan y of young fellows of about his own age. This companyor its members, rather-was known as "The Liberty Boys of '76." Dick was already high in favor with General Washington, o n account of the fact that he had done some good work as a scout and a spy. The other youth was Bob E s tabrook He yvas a life long friend of Dick, the two had lived within a quarter of a mile of each other since early boyhood. Their homes were up in Westchester county, near Tarrytown. They were standing there, as we have said, talking, and Bob had suggested that a good thing to do would be fo organize a drum corps among the Liberty Boys. The trouble would be, as Dick had said, to get the drums. The British had possession of New Yark City, and it would be dangerous to attempt to secure drums. Bob, however, was a youth who was aaways in for ) (


THE LIBEJ;?,TY BOYS' DRUM CORPS. anything that promised excitemen t or Ii vely work. The fact that the drums \rere to be had only down in the city and that the British had possession, therefore, did not worry him Indeed it mad e him all the more satisfied with the scheme of getting up the drum corps. The securing of the drums would be likely to furnish some of the Liberty Boys with lively work. Dick, how eve r, while no less brave, was more cautious ;rnd conservative. He did not believe in taking chances, while Bob seldom sto_pped to take the odds against him into consideration Still, the idea of organizing a c1rum corps among the Liberty Boys appealed to Dick. He beheved that it would b e a good thing, if it could be put through to a s ucc ess ful conc:lusion. He well knew that music enthused soldie r s, an

. THE LTBER1'1 BOYS' DRUM CORPS. 3 The youth's fnec brightened. The others thought this n goocl plan. ''We shall be only too glad to do that, sir," he "Where will we find a boat?" Sam Sanderson. said. "I know that, Dick; and it may be that able to do sonrnthing ih that line." "There is one down at the river," said Dick. "I saw you will be it yesterday." "Will it hold six?" ''l hope so, your excellenCJ." "Oh, yes, ancl clrnms, if we succeed in getting They talked awhile longer, and then Dick took his them.'' leave, When he got to the Liberty Btlys' quarters they looked at him eagerly and inquiringly. ''What did he sny r" asked Boll, anxiously. "He said that \Ve could make the aU<.'mpt to get the drums and organize the drum corps, Bob." "Hurrah! 'l'hat is 'what I wanted him to say." "Yah dbt :is vat ve haf vanted him to say, alretty," said Carl Gookenspieler, a German member of the com pany. "That is phwat Oi have been wanthin' 'im to say, begotra," said Pat.y Brannigah, the frish member. rrhe other yot1ths all said the same. It was evident that they wanted to be doing something if it was sible. The yut1ths talked the n1atter owr and decided upon their course of action. "I think it is a good plart or only a few of us to go down to the city," said Dick; "if too many of us 1vete to go we would be more likely to get into trot1ble than if only a few were to go." "How many of us are going, Dick?'' a ked Bob, presently. "Oh, about half a dozen. Six will be a sufficient hum-ber, I think." "Who will the six be, Dick?" "Well, I suppose that I will be one of the six." ''Of course; you are the commander and have a right to be one of the party. And I think that I ought to be a too, because I suggested the idea of organizing a drum corps." "Th.a.t is reasonable," said Mark Morrison; willing to agree to that." "I am Several o.f the youths said the same, and this pleased Bob immensely. When it had bet'n decided that Bob was to b!:' one of the i111mbe1' Dick sttgge. ted that the other four be chosen by lot. This was agreed to by the rest. A number of were placed in a hat, and the youths drew them out. The four who chew numbers one, two, three and four were to be the ones who were to_ go with Dick and Bob. When this had been finished it was found that Mark Morrison, Sanderson,: Carl Gookenspieler and Patsy Brannigan had been the lucky ones. 'When will we go clown to the city, and how?" asked Bob. "I have a plan," said Dick; "it is that we go down in a boat." "Well, \re must get the d1'1tms.;' "We will try." They talked the matter owt, and it \vas decided that they wo1lld start down sobn aftet daJ'k. The day passed slowly to those who \Vete to i1rnke the patty. 1 The others did not think so. much about it. Soon after nightfall the six left the encnmptnent, \vent down to the rirer and entered the boat and started clown the Hudson. CHAPTER II. OETTING THE DRUMS. ''Pull slowly, boys! and don't make any mor(' noise than you can help." The six Liberty Boys had a point opposite the north end of th_e city of York, and Dick had in stntcted thoRe who were rowing to pull in toward the shore. "We will make a landing up here if possible,'; he i'aid; "and theh we will slip into the city from the north. I believe that will be the safest way." The youths made no reply. It was their place to obey, and they did so. 'rhey headed the boat in toward the shoi'e and pulled slowly and cautiously. -It took quite awhile to reach sho1e, but at last the boat's bow grated on the sand. The youths stepped out, for they did not mind a little thing like getting their feet wet, and seizing hold of the boat, they pulled it up on the sand. 'rhen they tied the painter to a bush, after which they moved cautiously up on to the level ground. It was quite dark, an

THE LIBERTY BOYS' DRUM CORPS. gether, howev er His plan was that they should sep arate, and each make an attempt to secure a drum. 'I'hey managed to Rlip by the sentinel at the end of one of the s treet s ancl entered the city, and when they had done this Dick paused at a corner and told the youths what they were to do. ,. He told each one what kind of a drum he was to try to secure, and in st ructed them to come back to that corner by half past ten o'clock, if possible. "You mu s t not be later than eleven o'clock," he said. They said they would remember and that they would try to be on band. Then they separated, each youth going in a different direction. Dick made his way toward Broadway. He had some other work on hand besides that of securing a drum. He had in mind General Washington's request that he try to secure some information while in the city, and he was going to put in a couple of hours at this. He was soon walking along Broadway, then, as now, the greatest street in the city. Crowds were walking along, laughing, talking and en joying an evening's outing. T'he Liberty Boy, however, was not out for pleasure. He wis hed to secure information that might be of value to General Washington. He was dressed in a rough suit of clothes, such as worn by farmers in those day s ; in fact each of the s ix Liberty Boys was dressed in thi s fashion. Whenever he came to a group of redcoats, there being many s uch, Dick paused and li ste ned to their comersation. In this manner he picked up several items of informa tion. He learned that .the British .were thinking of coming u-p and maki .ng an attack on the patriots at Harlem Heights, but was unable to learn jus t when this would be done. Indeed, the soldiers 1.hem elves did not seem to know. It was something to know that this was to be done, however; then all that was necess ary was to keep a watch, and when the redcoats advanced they would be seen in time so that preparations could be made for their recep tion. He was standing there listening to the talk of several redcoats, when one happened to notice him, and became suspicious. "What do you mean by standing there listening to our conve rsation?" be asked, striding forward and shaking a finger at the youth. The Liberty Boy pretendec;l to be surprised. "What do you mean?" he asked. "I was not listening to you." "You lie, you young bound You know that you were listening," said the redcoat. Dick was not the youth to P ermit anyone to talk in solently to him-that is, under ordinary circumstances. This was a different matter, however. He was in the city where the British had full sway, and. would have to be. very carefol. So, under the circumstances, he did not f eel that he was called upon to get himself: into trouble by resenting the other's epithet, other than by remonstrance. "You are mistaken, sir," he said, mildly, but decidedly. "I was not listening to you. I may have heard some of your conversation, but it was not don e intentionally. I have no interest in anything you m_ight say. I was thinking about something else." But the soldier would not have it that way. "I know that you are lying," he said, "and I more than half suspect that you are a rebel spy." He did not really suspect anything of the kind, but he was naturally of a quarrelsome nature, ancli wanted an excuse to pick fl quarrel. "Me a rebel spy?" said Dick; "no, sir I am a good king's man." "Bab! You are saying that to throw me off my guard. But it won't work I am going to give you a thrashing to 1.each you not to stand around and gape at your betters and to what they are talking about." "That's right, Jim. Give the young cub a thrashing," sa id one of his comrades. There were three of them, and they had listened to the conversation with considerable in terest. "I am almost ashamed to strike such a country bump kin," said the redcoat. "If he were only able to. protect himself, enough, at least to make it intere sti ng, then it would not be so bad." The Liberty Boy saw that he was not going to be able to get away from there without having trouble with the quarrelsome redcoat, so he made up his mind to give the fellow a surprise. "Yo.u need not have any fears on that score," ]1e said, in re ponse to the redcoat's last words. "I am able to take care of myself, and if your comrades will agree not to interfere I will give you a thrashing." To say that the redcoats were surprised is stating the case very mildly. Dick spoke with such coolness and with such calm confidence that they did not know what to think. They decided that the youth was talking more to hear himself talk than for any other reason, however, and that he would not try to make his words good; so they laughed hoarsely and ironically, while one said, sarcastic ally: "I feel sorry for you, Jim! You are going to get a good thrashing, sure." The redcoat addressed as Jim laughed in a boisterous fashion, and said: "One might think so, boys, to hear the cub talk; but, s trange to s ay, I am not at all frightened." "That is strange, sure enough," was the reply, followed by more laughter. "I would like if you would let me go without bothering me," said Dick. "You are mistaken in that I was listening to your conversation/'


THE LIBERTY BOYS' DRUM CORPS. 5 "Trying to crawl out of it already, eh?" said the red coat; "well, you can't do Yous.aid that if my comrades would agree not to interfere you would give me a thrashing; and they agree-eh, boys?" "Yes!" in chorus. "That settles it, then," laughed the redcoat. "You will have to make your words good, young fellow-or try to, rather. You will not be able to make them good." "I have no quarrel with you and I am not going to attack you," said Dick; "but if you attack me I shall do my best to make my word s good. All I ask is that I shall be permitted to go my way in peace when it i s all over." "I agree to that," said. Jim. "If you can thrash m e you are entitled to go your way unmolested." Then he attacked Dick without any more words. .rt was easy to see that he s uppo se d h e would have an easy time disposing of the youth. He made the attack in careless fashion, as if h e he would no trouble at all in administering a thrashing to the youth. He quickly discover e d his mistake however. Dick Slater was a wonderful fellow when it came to fighting with Nature's weapons. Few boys of hi s age, even in those da s, when sparring was practiced by the majority of young fellows, could have held their own with him. The redcoat wa s given an unwelcome surprise very quickly. The Liberty Boy ducked, evaded, and warded off the soldier's blow s for awhile, and then suddenly sho.t out hi s fist. It caught the fair between the eyes, and so great was the force of Dick's blow th11t his opponent was sent flying back against his comrades and two of them went down, with Jim on top of them. Naturally a crowd gathered as soon as it became apparent that there was to be an encounter and now the spectators stared in "Just look at that!" "Jove, that beats anything I have ever seen!" "Who would have thought it?" "He knocked down three men at one blow!" Such were a few of the exclamations given utterance to by the onlookers The three redcoats scrambled to their feet. They were angry and disgusted; especially was this the case with Jim, who had picked the quarrel with Dick. He was as greatly surprised as he was angry. H;e. had not been expecting anything of this kind. H e s uppo sed that he would treat the youth in this fas hion, but instead had himself been receiver-general. He did not as yet believe that he had met hi s master, however. He knew that he had been very careless, and he felt that this was what had brought about hi s down fall. His idea was that if he had heen careful he would have easily floored the youth. ; -Relieving thus, he now advanced -to the attack cautiously, determined to give the youth s uch a thrashing as he had never had before. 'l'h e two redcoat s who had gone down with Jim were angry e nough to take a hand themselves, but they re memb ered they had promised that they would do nothing of the kind and so kept back out of the way. They encouraged their comrade, however. "Go for him, Jim I" said one. "Knock his head off!" from the other. "That i s just what I am going to do," said the redcoat. He now made the attack, and was careful not to leave himself open for another blow like the one he had received before. The only good this did was to delay his downfall a few minutes. Dick had to work on the defensive until the other had almost tired him self out-which he did without rPceiving any punishment of moment-and then he took the offensive and rained blows upon the redcoat. The retreated in a. vain attempt to keep from rec eiving any more blows, but was unsuccessful. Dick presl'ntly land ed a terrible blow on the fellow's chin, knock ing him down a time. 'rhis time he lay sti ll. The blow was one that was dazing in its effect. Again the spectators uttered exclamations. They were more surprised this time, if possible, than they had been the first time. The redcoat's three comrades were greatly surprised, also, a nd they were as well. They had hoped to see the youth receive the treatment he had accorded to them only a few minutes before, and their disappointment was great. They knelt dawn by the side of their unconscious com rade, and began trying to bring him back to his senses. While they were thus engaged Di ck turned and started to go. "He's going away," called out one fellow, who was undoubtedly eager to see a continuance of the hostilities. "Hold on there called out one of the redcoats. "Remember what you sai d," called out Dick. "You told me that if I could thrash that fellow I could go on my wa y unmolested." "Yes, so we did; well, go along." The Liberty Boy did so without more words. He to get a.way and avoid furth_ er trouble. He spent an hour or more on Broadway without again getting into trouble, arid then went to a store and asked to see a drum. There were s ome in stock that had been imported before the war began, and Dick selected ope that was just what he wanted. The price was considerable, bnt he did not demur. He had some money, but knew of nothing that. h e would rather spend it for than a drum. So he made the purchase and went out, and turned his footsteps in the of the corner where the four were to meet.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' DRU:M CORPS. When lie got the r e h e fouhd the other fiv e y ouths on hand, ann 1 1 cl t h e r e dcoat s wish e d to fir e again. They pull e d t1p t h e stream with stro n g s trokes. It was slow work fo r t hey w e r e goin g uga ini::t the rnrrent. Xever tbe less. they k e p t a t i t, a nd at lnol t hey r e a c hed a point oppo s i te t h e pa trio t e n c a t n p m e n t. H e r e t hey lande d and di s em b a r k eel. They tied the paint e r to a tree and the n lifting the dmms out o f t h e b o at, mad e their w a y up the bluff to the e ncampm e nt. They went straight to their quarter s and to bed. Next morning when the other Lib erty Boys learned that the s ix had s ucc e eded in s ecuring the drums they w e re d e lighted. "Did y ou have any trouble?" a s ked one. "Carl i s the onl y one who had any trouble," s aid Bob with a grin. "He thought that he wa s shot in the s toma c h but was not hit at all." "What made you think that you had lieen hit, a s ked Sam Sande r s on. 1 Som e t ing s dit hitte d me der s domach in,;' s aid Carl; I don d vos know vat id vos." "It i s like l y the rim of the dtum !ltrrtck you in the s toma c h, Carl/' said Dick "Maype so." "That was i t I'11 w age r an ything,'' s aid Bob. "'l'ha t tnust have b e en it, for he i s not wotmd!:!d-at all and that wa s the onl y thing that could have hit him. "Ve il id hurt me lige d e r d e uce, und dot i s so,'l sa i d Carl; "I vos Sltre dbt I had hitted ein pullet, py shim man etty.'' 'rhe youth s a s k e d for the s tory of the adventui-e s of the s ix youths while s ecurin g the clrum s and the y t o ld all about it. Carl wa s the only one who had any troub1 e, with the e x ception of Dick, and s o it did not take long to tell it all. Then the drums w e r e inspect e d ; and the youth s were d e lighted. The y r ea liz e d that they were to have a drttm corps and now the only thing that wss to be decided was regarding who were to be member of the corps "I'll tell you what w e will do," s aid Dick; "if there are any of y ou boys who fe e l lik e y ou \Yant to be mem b e r s o f t he drum corp;:; y ou ma y do so; if none of you want to be member s t h e n I will d e cide the matter by drawing lot s." Four of the y outh s s poke up anu said that they -would lik e to b e member s of the drum corps. This left only two to be d r a wn by lot and thi s was done. Dick and Bob did not draw, a s they did not want to be members. Dick,


'IHE T_.IBER'T'Y BOYS' DRC:JI CORPS. 7 of course, (;QUld not be, as he was the captain, and Bob would not have been e;onlenl to beat a <1111111 when there was .fighting to be done. "Now, boys,'' said Dick, ''.we liave the drums, and we hd 1 e the members decided upon. Lei us get. io work and see what we can do.'' "We had better go up in the woods i:lOmewhcre Lb prac tice, hadn't we?" said one of the members. "Why so, 'l'om ?" asked Dick. "'Well, some of the boys are likely io us full of holes if we make too much noise ar6und the encampment, don't you think?" .. Oh, I guess not." The members of the drnm corps werp not willing to begin practice in the camp, however, and so they todk the drums and went northward up the river, to a point from where the sound of the drums woulcl hardly reach the encampment. All the lJibert.v Boys went along, as they were 'eager to <:ce bO'w their comrades would make out. They had an expert drummer from the militia to in,.truct them. When the were ready they went to work. '.rhey did not know much about drumming, but they felt that they could learn, ancl they set out to do Ro. They began drumming, and at first their work was not very uccessul. They made more noise than music. A number of the Liberty Boys tuck their fingers m their ears and made wry faces. "Oh, great gum! What music!" half groaned Bob. "Yah, dot vo,,; 80unt lige dcr c1cucr," Carl Gooken8picler. r "G'wan wiJ ycz, t'ookyspillcr," said Brannigan, who was always opposed to Carl on general principles; '' lhoL ill bctther music dban yez c'u 'd be afther makin', Oi dunno." "Yah, 1md ill is pelter moo.ic a vat you gould make, Batsy Prannigan." 'Shure an' it 'rouldnTbe in dhe way of music av it. wur not betthcr dhan phwat Oi kin make,'' grinned the Irish youth. The youths who were doing the d111mming stopped long enough to ask Dick what he thought of their work. "I think you are doing very we11, boys," he said. 'I'm glad to hear that," said Tom Wentworth, the leader of the. c1rum corpE. "I was afraid that we were so hope lessly bad in this work that ''(e could not hope ever to make a SUCCCS$ of it. ''Oh, you will do better after awhile, 'I'om." "If they don't they will never get me to follo'W them into a battle.'' said Mark Morrirnn. "Say, Dick," said Ben Spurlock; [ don't know but it would be a good plan to let them go on just mi they arc doing now. It would damage the enemy worse than anything we could do wit h bullets and sword1:>." "Begorra, an' that's o," said Patsy Brannigan. ''Yah, dot is der. trut'," from Carl Gookenspieler. The of the drum corp:-: langhrd. They were willing to take things good-uatmwlly. They practicr'ir." "Verv g-ood, when cau YOU start(" \ "At once if you like.'' "Can you get into the city in the daytime, do you think?" "I think so." "[f you fear to risk it you can put it off till night." Probably 1 could get into' the city easier after night, but if it is important that the message be taken at once I will make the attempt to get there to-day.'' "Well, I would like for thr to be delivered at the earliest possible moment." "Very well; I will start at once." General Washington gave Dick a letter, which the placed in his pocket. Then he the man to whom the letter was lo be delivered aIHl told Dick where the m;m could be found. "Give the letter lo thi::; rnan and no one else, Dick," the commander-in-chief ::;aid. "Very well, sir."


THE LIBE RT Y BOYS' DRUM C ORPS. Washi n gton then gave Dick a few more instr u ctio ns, ll: .fter which th e youlh s aluted and took his departlJ re. "What did h e want, Dick?" a sked Bob, whei: Dick returned to the Liberty Boys' quarters. "I am to carry a message to a man down in the c i ty." "Humph! A r e you goin g a l o ne?" "Yes B etter l et m e go a l o n g "No." "The redcoa ts will g o bble you up sure i f you go b y y ourself. "I'll risk it." "Oh, I know you are a lways w ill ing to risk an ythi n g a nd everything." "Yes, when it s necessar y "How are you going, by l a n d or water?" ''By land; I m going on h orseback "How soon will you start?" ''Just as soon as I can get r eady." "You won' t da r e to enter th e cit y in t he daytime, will you Dick?" "Of cou rse I w ill ." "We ll you will have to b e ver y careful." "I'm always carefu l B ob." D ick bridled an d saddl e d hi s h o rse a nd was soon ready to go. He gave the L iberty Boys s ome i n st ruction s and then mounte d his horse and rode a way. He d i d not go ver y fast, for h e had only a ten mile ride a head of him. T h e n to o he ba d t o be ca r e ful for ther e was danger of encou nteri n g some r edcoats. He did not meet a n y of the B rit i sh however a nd whe n h e was a m il e n orth of t h e Common be dis mounted and tie d hi s horse in the midst of a thicket "I will walk the rest of the way," h e said t o himself. He was dressed in the rough clot hin g h e h a d worn when h e made the ot h e r tri p to the city a nd so did n o t think th e r e was muc h danger o f h i s being s u s pected of being a patri ot He i n tended to slip past the senti n e l s a n d e nter the city, if possi b le; but even if he were c h alle nged h e expec ted t o be abl e t o deceive the sen tine l and b e p e rm i tted enter. H e walked a l o n g a n d was soon a t the Common. H e e n tered i t a n d saun tered across it. W hen h e r eached the head of Br oadway he was chal l e nged b y a senti nel. The you t h p r e t e nded tha t h e was a f a rm e r boy who lived up in the reg i o n beyond th e Harl e m river and was perm i tte d to pass o n. I g uess you are not b e n t o n d o in g any d amage to King George's cause," the sentinel said. O f c o u rse n ot, saidDi ck. The n h e went on down t h e con g r at ul a tin g himself on ha v in g escaped s o well. CHAPTER IV. DI C K A N D THE F RE NCHMAN. "Are you V ic tor Le Sall e?" Z a t eez m y name." "My nam e is Slater-Dic k S la ter." I eem g l ad to know you, Di c k Slater. Vat can I do for y ou, my dea r sair ?" I am from the patriot e n campment up on Harlem H e i ghts "Oh, eez z at so? I am glad to hea r zat." I ha v e a l ette r :for you, Mr. Le Salle." Ah, ind eed. Who is ze lett &ir from?" General Was hington." "Ah I haf been expecting a l etter fro m ze great gen er al." H e re it i s." The youth drew the letter :from hi s pocket a n d ha n ded it to the Fre n c hman, who took the envelope, opened it, a nd began the p e ru s al of the contents The Lib erty Boy had been i n the cit y about an hour, a nd b a d s ucceede d in finding th e quarters o c cupied by the man he was to deliver the letter to. He had found the man al s o and h ad deliver e d the letter a s we have seen. The y outh was .gi l ent whil e the oth e r was occupied, a nd h e busied himself with looking about him. He saw a numb e r of thing s that convinced him that the French m a n was not an ordinary man. "I bel'ieve he i s a secret repre s entative of the French g o v ernment sai d Dick to him s elf; "and he i s here to look into matt e r s r e lating to the war, and to negotiat e with G e n e ral Was hington." Whe n the Fren c hm a n had finii;h e d r e adin g the letter h e folded it care full y and placed it in his Pocket Th e n h e looke d long and thoughtfully at the c eiling Presently h e looked at Dick. Excuse m e whil e I writ e a letta i r h e s aid politel y ; "I s hall e x pect zat you. weel z e lettair take to ze grea t genera.I, when I have written eet." "I w ill t a k e it t o him a s qui ckly a s possible, sir Z a t eez vat I know." The n he turned t o a desk a.nd proceeded to write. H e wr o t e rapidly, a nd Di c k saw that he was a man who was used to doing cle rical work. When the Fren c hman had fini s hed writing he sealeil the l e tter and handed it to Dick "Zare i s ze l e ttair he s aid. "Mon s ieur Deek Slater weel take e et to Genera.I W a s hington with ze compliment s of Victor Le Salle." "Very well, sir," said D ick H e plac e d the letter in hi s pocket, and jus t as he did so th e r e cam e a knoc k on the door The Fre nchman looked s tartled, Dick thought. H e w a s s ilent a few mome nts, until th e re came a second knock a nd the n h e c alled out: "Who i s zar e ?"


'l'HE LIBERTY BOYS DRUM CORPS. 9 "Captain Mortimer of the king's army," was the reply. Victor Le Salle looked eve n more frightened, and it was patent to Dick that, while the Fren.chman might be a smart man and a diplomat, he was not compose d of the stuff that makes s oldiers: "Vat do you want wiz me, Captain Mortimair ?'' he asked, his voice trembling sl ightly. "I have some business of importanc e," was the reply. "Open the door at once." "There are four or five men out there, Mr. Le Salle," whis pered Dick. "Ez zat a fact, Monsieur Slater?" "yes." "Zen we must get out of this in a hurry; come, Slater!" There was another knock at this moment, followed by a command to ope n the do6r. "Open, or we will break the door down," was the threat uttered by the captain. But Victor Le Salle had no intention 0 opening the door. He was eager only that they s hould make their escape .. There were some in the drawer of a desk that he wished to secure, however, and he hastily got them. Then he led the way into an adjoining room, pausing a few moments to fasten the door b e hind him. Just then he heard a cra s h, and knew that the redcoats had hurled themselves against the door. They knew by the sound, however, that th.e door had not given way. I "Perhaps we may make our escape eef we are queek,'' said the Frenchman. "Perhaps so," agreed Dick. There was a window in this room and Victor Le Salle opened this window. Below \\(as the s loping roof of a building and it would be possible to get to this roof from the window. "You go first, Mon s ieur Shlter; I will follow." Just then there was another crash, and it sounded as if the door had given way. Knowing that they had no time to lose, Dick did not stop to argue nbout who s hould go firRt; he climbed throu gh the window nnd lowered himsel F to the roof. 'l"he French man follo,Yed quickly, Dick aRsiRting him in Recming a footing "Now which way?" queried "Througl1 ze trap door yondair." They made their way along the roof until they came to the trap door, and then Dick opened it. He climbed down through, and Victor L e Salle followed as quickly as possible. The door was closed by the Frenchman ju s t as the faces of three or four British soldiers at the window of the room they had so recently left. "There is where they have gone!" cried the lead er of the redcoats, he who had called himself Captain Mortimer. "After them, men !" The soldiers hesitat e d however. fl'he y did not have thr same incentiv e that J1ad urged Dick and the Frenchman on, a nd hesitated to take the ri sk of falling off the roof. "What are you hesitating for?" the captain cried, an grily. "Zounds! Do you mean to say that you refuse to obey orders?" "I think we would a better chance of heading them off than of overtaking them, captain," said one of the soldiers. "Let's go down and try to catch them as they come out." "Perhaps that would be the better way,'' agreed the captain; ''but one of us had better stay here, for they might come back up." One of the redcoats r emained at the window, while the others hastened downstairs and out upon the street. They hurried around to the door opening from the part of the building into which Dick and the Frenchman had disap peared. They watched the door and also the window s quite awhile, but the two fugitives did not appear. "Let u s enter and1 search for them in the building,'' said the captain, This plan was acted upon at once, and they entered and searched the building thoroughly without result. Dick and the Frenchman were not to be found. Having assured themselves of this fact, the captai n and his men went out and around the house and back upstairs to the rooms vacated by the Frenchman. "We will search his room,'' said the officer. "The man is suspected, and there may be something here to show that he is an enemy to the king. I wish to have something to show for my trip up here." They searched in the desk, but did not find anything -that was at all s u spicious Victor Le Salle had been careful not to leave any papeis that would comprorniRe him. When assured that there was nothing to be found that would prove anything againRt the man who had occupied the rooms the captain said that he would go to headquar ters and report to the commander. This was done, and when the commander learned that the occupant of the room had succeed eel in making his escape he was very much disappointed. "I am ronficlent that man i;; a 3eeret agPnt from France," he Raid to anotlwr officer who 1ras pir;::ent, ":rncl I waR in hoJ?eS that Captain Mortimer would succeecl in capt urin g him. I have had him under espionage for some time.'' "Well, perhaps you may succeed better next time," said the officer. "I hope so." \ Then he dismissed the captain, after telling him that he did not blame him for permitting the suspected man to escape "I know you did the best you could,'' he Raid. Meantime what of Dick and Victor Le Salle? They had escaped from the building bel'ore the captain and his men got downstair s and out of the main build ing. This wns how it happened that th e Briti s h soldier:<


10 THE LIBERTY BOYS' DRUM CORPS. had not headed them off or found the1I!_ in the building "Hello, what are you trying to do?" he said, quietly. when they reached it. 'fhe fellow uttered an exclamation and whirled around They hastened away. and were out of sight before the to face Dick. soldiers got then>. ''Who you ?" he cried, glaring at the youth. 'l'he Frenchman led the way, for he knew the city, and "I'm the owner of the horse t.hat you are trying to Dick did not. The fact "irns that Victor Le Salle had ansteal." other room in a different quarter of the city, and he was This was said coolly and ca lmly. bound for th is room. "Who says I was trying to steal the hor e ?" ang1ily. 'I'hey had managed to avoid attracting attention, and so "I do; why else would you be tryiJ?-g to untie the halter -felt safe a..,; they walked along. There were many people strap?" on the streets, clDd this made the two less likely to at"I thought the horse had no owner:" tract attention. "That is a likely sfory." They reached the room at last, and Dick entereB. with "But it is the truth. What e l se could I think?" the Frenchman, thinking it might be a good plan to rest "Lots of things. The fact that the horse is tied is proof awhile before making the attempt to get out of the city. that he has an owner. You intended to stea l him." He talk0d with \Tictor Le Salle and found the French"You lie, you young rascal!'; man to be quite entertaining. Out shot Dick 's fist. After an hom had elapRcd he said that he wo11ld be Crack! going. rt landed between the fellow's eyes, knocking him down. He bade tlw Frenchman good-by and took his departure. He lay there a few moments and i.hen rose to a sitting Re had no trouble while in the city proper, but when he posture. got up near the Common he began to 1_9ok for an oppor-He glared up at Dick, a look of surprise on his face; 1 unity to slip past the sentinel and away. there was anger and disgust there as well. In th!,s he was unsuccessful. The sentinel was watchGet up," said Dick. "Get up, and I will knock you ful, and so Dick walked boldly forward. It happened that down again.'' this was a different sentinel from the one that had been "Then I won't get up," the fellow said. on guard there when Dick had entered the city "Yery well; suit yourself," with ::i grim sm ile. "Halt, young fellow,'' the seniry said: "who ::ire Then Dick 8tcpped forward and untied the halter strap and where are you going?'' and l ed his h ; o'fre away. "I am a farmer boy," said Dick, "and I live up on the He glanced back, and sa w that the man just scramolhf>r side of the Harlem river." bling to his feet. "What were you doing down here?" "l he won't want to tl'!' to sleal the nl'xt horse "Oh, I just wanted 1o ,;ee !he city _., sir." he finds 1ied in a thicket," thought Dick. "Oh, that was it, eh?'' 'l'hen he leaped into the saddl e aml galloped away toward "Yes." die north. "And you are going home now?" "Yes." The sentinel hesitated. It was evident that he did not know whether to let the pass or not. Finally he did make up hif'., however, and he tohl the youm to on. The Liberty Boy did He was g lad to get paet so easi ly. He made his way to the point where he had le.ft horse. As he approached he heard the horse prancing about, as though uneasy. "I wonder what is the matter with thought Dick. "He seems to be restless and uneasy." When Dick got up close to where Major wns 1ied he saw what the trouble was. A man was tr!ring to get cloRe enough to untie halter strap. The man was a rough' looking fellow, and Dick did not doubt but what he intended to steal the animal. !'Ll nut a stop to that, however." thought Dick. Then h-e sJ "ppi>d softl_y forwarci, and laid his hand on I he man',; shoulder. CHA P'l'ER V. THE CORPS AT WORK. "'!'he are adrnncing, sir." "Ah, inqeed ?" "Yes, sir; they act as though they intend making an attack." It was the 16th of September. In the room occupied by General Washington as headquarters sat the commanr1cr-in-dhief and Dick Slater. T'he Liberty Boy had been out on a scouting and spying expedition, and had just come back. H e had gone at once to headquarters to report. "How long will it take the British to reach the Heights, my boy?" the commander-in-chief a keel. presently. ''Oh, an hour and a half, I 8a.\ ', Very good." Then he summoned an orderly and tolcl them to notify


THB J_,IBER'l'Y BOYS' DRUM CORPS. 11 lhe members of the staff to (;Opie lo headquarters at once. The orderly bowed and wilhdrew. Fifteen minutes later the officers of ibe staff were in thci room. General Washington told them that the British W!'.!re adpatriotic to lhe greatest limit; therefore they were read y to fight at any timc---wcre eager io fight." It did not take them long to make their arrangements. Then they went to the point where they knew they would ha stationed vancing. T11ey were told just where to take their stand by the "They are undoubtedly going to make an attack," he colonel of the regiment, and then they talked and waited. saia; "and I wish you would 1iee to it that preparations "Why not do some practicing, boys?" said Ben Spurlock are made to insure them a war:rp reception." to the members of the drum corps I The officers said they would 11-ttend to the matter, and "Yah, dot vill pe fine," said Carl Gookenspie ler. after listening to a few ipstnictiops from General Washdon't you do it,'' said Bob Estabrook; "if the ington they withdrew, Dick accomp11-11yi-11g them, for he British heard it they would be frightened and would turn 'll'ished to get the Liberty l3oys ready for the battle.. back, and we would not get a chance at them." When Dick went to the Liberty Boys' quarters and told I "T'hat's von, Bob," said Mark "you are al t!rn yo-qths tl1at there was to be a bn.ttlfl they were deways afraid that something will come up to keep us from hghted. getting inlo trouble." ; '"l1hat is what I like to l1ey. "Yah, you vos know petter as dot, Pen, my poy,'' from Carl. Perhaps three-quarter:' of an honr pa:;sed, and then the British were approae:hing. 1 'They were begiuni11g the uscelll of ihc leading to ward the Heights. The wcre rcadr for the rnerny, however. '11he:_v werr quietly wait ing the attack. 'J'he adrnntage of posilion "as grPatly in favor of the patriots ihal they did not have rnuc:h fear regarding the re:mlts of the expected battle. "Say, this will give the drum corps a ch3.nce to see 1 t 't d D k '" On the enemy came. w 1a 1 can o, lC r T'he youth nodded. The Bntish advanced slo':ly and "So it will, Bob," he agreed. It was hard work chmbmg the hill, and the sol drnr s "And I'll wager anything that when tbe boys start i1p I could not make very great speed. the music the reqcoats will be knocked silly," grinned Slow and sure was the motto they woulrl have to follow. Ben Spurlock. "they will fall over and O'Q rollinO' down On they came, and at last the engagement began. Somr the hill.,, 0 0 0 the Liberty Boys had secured some light artillery, an cl "I hope that it may work that way," smi led Di ck. The members of the corps laughed. They were gdodnatured yonths. and were ready to take things pleasantly. "We will do the best we can,'1 said Tom the leader of the corps. "If our music inspires yQu boys to fight harder we Rhall be glad of H and if, on the other hand, it is s uch bad music that it will ln1ock the enerpy Qill:v, that will be a good tMng also. "You are right/' agreed Dick. "Oh, I guess the. mllsic will be all right." "I hope so." The Liberty Bo:vi:; now began makipg preparations for the coming battle. All were eager for it to begin. They baa taken pjlrt in only one rea.l battle siu.ce join ing the patriot arm:_v: that was the battle of Lop.g Jsland, and in this battle they bad distingllished themselves greatly. 'l'hey were now eager to fight anotlwr time. 'l'he youths were full of fight and energy, and they were they handled the cannon to good effect, while the others fought with their muskets and small The arum corps began work as ,:oon as the battle opened, and the youths did rnry well, indeed. They made very good music as the of drums goes, and they made considerable noise as well. The rattle 0 the musketrv and the roaT 0 the cannon almost drowned the sound of the drums, but the youths pounded all the harder, and managed to make themselves heard, especially in the lulls between the volleys. The battle was not a long one, but it was warm work while it lasted. The British found that they "ere getting the worst 0 l[, and the order was giwn for them to retreat. They moved back down the hill; the were will ing, for they had been treated to ::;urh volley;; of ml.lsketry tli&t they were discouraged and disconcertell. The patriot loss was sixty, while the British losi Lhree hundred.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' DRUM CORPS. Thus it will be seen that the patriots came out ahead in the battle. lt was conceded by all that the drum corps did good work. I The boys had stood to the work manfully, and had pounded the hads of the drums to such an extent as to prove that the drums were made of good material. The first thing that was done was to look after the wounded. When this had been done the dead were buried. Then the patriot encampmgnt resumed the aspect it had worn before the battle. The patriots were more than satisfied with the results of the battle. The Liberty Boy hastened to headquarters and was soon in the commander-in-chief's private room. "You wished to see me, sir?" be asked, when he had sal uted. "Yes, Dick." The commander-in-chief was silent a few moments, and then went on: "I have some more work for you to do, and I am sure that it is work that you will like." "I am ready to do it, sir." "I know that, Dick; you are always ready. That is one thing I like about you." "I h_ope that I shall be always ready to do my duty, f l d b sir." It was a victory or bem; there was no ou t regarding that. The Liberty Boy:; went to theit quarters and discussed the battle with animation. They were more than pleased with the part they had played in it. The members of the drum corps were complimented by iheir comrades. '11'hey had really done good work, and were e ntitled to praise. The youth e were more than satisfied with the life they were leading as soldiers They were young, knd were eager for action. "I wish we could have a battle every day," :;aid Bob. "That would be getting into action a bit more often than I would 1 like," said Mark Mon-ison. "Yah, und dot is der vay mit minesellufs," said Carl Gookenspieler. "Oi would loike to foight dhe rid coats ivery blissid day,''. said Patsy Brannigan. "'!'hat's the to talk, Patsy," said Bob; "you are a boy after my own heart." "Yis, we could travel togither, Oi'm t'inkin'." Then they talked of the future and wondered when they would become engaged in another battle. "I hope we will have time to practice up some more before there is another battle," said Tom Wentworth, the leader of the drum corps. The others said the same "I tbink it likely that you will have plenty of time to pr.actice up," said Dick; "the British made such a poo.r fist of it to-day that they will not be eager to try it again soon, I am sure." This did not suit Bob. "I hope they will come again with the whole army," he said. That afternoon the members of the drum corps went up the river to the clump of timber, where they had prac ticed before, and they put in a couple of hours in practice with their former instructor. "You are improving, boys," said their 8oon after they returned to the encampment an orderly came and told Dick that the commander-in-chief wished i.u him at headquarters. "I a:in s ure that will al ways be the case. Now the work that I wish you to do to-day is that of spy ing upon the British. I want you to learn, if possible, whether the Briti sh intend to make another attack." "Very well, sir; I will do my best." "It is settled, then; when will you enter upon the work:?" "Right away, if you say s o." ''Well, you can do as you like abou,t it. It is probable, however. that it will be safer for yo-ii to wait until after nightfall." "Yes, there is no doubt about that, and as it is getting along toward evening I think I will wait." After a, little further com : ersation Dick took leave of the commander-in-chief and went back to the Liberty Boys' quarters. Of course they wanted to know what the commander in-chief wanted of Dick. He told them, and as usual Bob : wanted to go with him. Dick, however, said that he could better work alone, and Bob had to be sat isfied to remain behind. When suppe r time came the youths cooked their suppers and ate heartily. Soon afterward it grew dark and Dick the encamp ment and moved away down the bill. He went afoot, for it was not far to where the British w.ere encamped. What was bothering Dick most was to know how he was to find out the ii;itentions of the British. He did not see his way clear to securing the informa tion. He moved along until he came to the vicinity of the point where the British had been encamped, and when he got closer he discovered that the British were not there. The army was gone. "Well, well! This is a (s urprise!" he said to himself. "I don't understand it." He moved onward toward the south. His idea was that he would come upon the British en campment before long. In this he was disappointed, however. He did not find the British, and at last be made up his mind that the enemy had retreated to New York.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' DRUM CORPS. 13 "If that 1s the case they have given up the idea of makiJJg another attaek_," thought Dick. He decided to keep on and enter the city, if possible, and learn something definite. He was not more than two hours in walking down to the city; and he managed to slip in past one of the sentries without being seen He spent two hours in the city, and learned that there was no intention on the part of the redcoats to make an other attack soon. Having secured thi; information Dick stole out of the city and made his way back in the direction of Harlem Heights. When be got there it was nearly midnight, and, know ing there was no hurry, he did not go to headquarters. "I will make my report in the morning,'' he told himself. He did this, and when General Washington learned that the British had returned to the city, and that there was to be no attack made soon again he was well pleased. "That will give me time to think up a plan of pro cedure," he said aloud, but evidently not expecting Dick to say anything. Dick understood this and made no remark. The LibeTty Boys wanted to know wha( was on the tapis for the near futme, but Dick could not tell them. "I don't know what the commander-in-chief intends doing," he said. "He seemed pleased when he learned that the British do not intend to make an attack soon again." may please him, but it don't please me," said Bob Estabrook, with a disgusted look on his face. It was a lively scene, and one in which Dick was pleased to mingle. He delighted in lively scenes. Life and stir was what he liked. Still he was in the city on business, and he did not forget this fact. He kept his mind on the work he had to do, and so, every time he came near a group of redcoats he and listened to their conversation. In this way he gathered some information, but he felt that in order to secure all the information he wished he would have to overhear the conversation of some of the officers. Officers, however, w.ere not in the habit of stanqing on the street and talking, and so he did not know just what to do. He had learned where was, and presently he made his way/. in that direction. He paused when he arrived near the building in which General Howe and his staff officers had their headquarters and took a survey of the building. He wished to enter the house and spy on the officers, but realized that it would be difficult and dangerous to do so. However, Dick Slater was a hard y<5uth to discourage. One thing he knew, and that was that he would not dare enter by way of the front entrance; indeed, it would be impossible for him to do so. The only thing to do, therefore, was to try to enter by the rear. He his way around to the back and took a survey of the building from this point. There was a door and two windoirs, and lights shone through the windows. Dick could see dark figures mov ing back and forth in the building, and he knew that the servants were at work. "You will have to be satisfied, Bob," said Dick, with a smile; "you can't expect to become engaged in a battle overy day." "I will have to wait he told himself; "it not be safe for me to try to enter while those people are up and stirring." CHAPTER VI. C.A.P'.rURED BY MARINES. One evening two week' later Dick Slater was down in the city on a spying expedition. He was walking down Broadway, looking about him in a seemingly careless fashion, but was on the alert, nevertheless. He was dressed in an old suit of clothing such as farmer boys wore in those days, and he had on an old slouch hat 1 and a pair of shoes that were much the worse for wear. The Liberty Boy was going to impersonate a green country youth who had come to the city for the first tim. e 1 to see the sights It wa evening, and the street lamps were lighted. The stores on Broadway were lighted, as well. The street was thr\mged with people who. were prome nading for pleasure, and with still others who were shopping. He would have remained there until things got settled for the night, but sudde nly he heard voices and foot steps, and he made up his mind that he had better go away from there, for the present, at least. He could return later on. He moved away, but had gone only a short distance when he heard a voice cry out: "Hold on, there!" The Liberty Boy glanced back and could sc,e seYernl forms, but only dimly. He knew that the men, whoever they were, would not be friends of his, however, and so he started on a run. The men started in pursuit at once. "Stop Hqld on cried one of the men. "We want to talk to you." But Dick did not want to talk to them, and so he did not stop. He ran as fast as he could. After him came the redcoats-for such they were-at the top of.their speed.


THE LIBERrpy l30YS' DiiU CORPS. The Lib e rty Boy diu not go toward Broadway. It was Dick, the otlier s atlacked the and quite a com-loo light up that way to suit him. bat ensued Instead he ran toward the East River, it being dark T1113 soldiers fought ,vith vigor and eergy, put they down in that direction. were outnumbered and soon had e nough to succumb. His pursuer s were good runners, however, and tliey While the wa8 gpjpg Q11 Diel} mitrle a s ndclen, kept close enough so that they could see hir, thus makfierce atterpt to away froln tl1e marines who were ing it impossible for him to shake them off. holding him. He kept on running until he arrived at an East River :ije wa.s l\PS-qcpec ul. ho\Yever. four against ope was dock, and then he turned to the rig;ht aI\d +ll-n on. tqo great oqds for liim, and :qe could 11ot overcome their He continued in this direction, :following th\'! benq of strength. the river until he came to Bowling Green. "Stop struggliqg," said 011e. ou can't get away." There were light s here and in the little "I guess yo an! right,n agreed Dick. and Dick did not wish to ris"4: enterig Bpwling Green, "Of course I am ." s o he continued onward "But ypu are a mistake in hplding me here." As bad luck wold })ave it, he ran plu:ip il:ito a pii..rty "Why so?" of British marines who were a.pout to e111bark in f.I boat "Because I am :not a rel-iel iit all." to retur to their sh ip, which lay 011t ju the ltaY "Of course you would say so.n The' e irn1rines 11;:iq bee !lWl ji:;t ":{:tis true." the mood to take advantage of aI\y happe:Qi:pg and turn "Yoii will have to prove that to the admiral." ir to their own qdvantage. you really intend to take 111e aboard yonr ship?'' They saw Dick as he can1e runnig up, and without "Yes." \ ping to ask any questions they grabbed him, and held him, :J3y tl\is tim!'l the marine s had give:Q tbe .finishing tpuches in sp ite of his to the sQldiers, anq t11e latter were glad to get flWay with"Into the boat with the lubber,'' said one; "we'll tqke out in s isting any further that the prisoner should ac-l1im aboard s hip and some sport with him." compa11y thepi. "Yes, yes!" was the cry. 'rhe marine s were Just then the redcoats who had pee4 chaSlllg Pick came They had giye11 the solclierd a thrashing, 11n9 was running up and they demanded that the youth be tu.r:pef1 plef!si.g to a s tlJre w&s more or less jealouizy beaver to them. tween the anq the soldiers. "He is a rebel spy, and we cpasi.g him," said "Into the boat with him, boys," said the lieutenant of leader of the party. the m&rilws; "we fViH take hipi abo&rd the ship." ':Well, we caught him," said qne of the ruarinfls; "and They forceJ pick tp ente+ the pqat, and then they em-we axe going to keep him." qarked anp tQok their seats. do you wish to do that? Wh&t cap ypu do with Those who were tQ row took LlP the. oars anq began him on board YP"\ll' ship?" work. Soon the boat was moving out into the ]lay, and "We cf.\n tiJ,ke care of him .there as well as J'Oll cari twenty minutes later it came to a stop alongside a wartake care of him on land." ship. "But General Howe will want to interview the p.riso!ler." The sen try on the deck 4ailed the boat, and the lieu" So will Admir11J Howe; aJld ii..s he i s our commander tena .nt of the rnarineo answered and asked that the rope we will have tp take the prisoner to him." litdder be lowered. This made the redpoats angry, anfl they protested bi:it This was done, and the marines began climbing up, the marines only laughed at t4em one after &11other. "We've got the prisoner and we're going to keep hi!Ij, They forced Dick to climb the ladder, and when they the lieutenant said. were all on qeck and the boat had be.en drawn up to the y "If you do we will go straight to General Howe and davits they conducted the Libel'ty Boy to the cabin and report your action," said the leader of the plJ.rty tliat had locked him in one of the rooms. been chasing Dick; "and he will send a messenger to his Thell tl:ifl liel\tenf,\nt went to the Cfl.ptain's cabin and brother, the admiral tlie case, and the :ues11lt will maqe hil'l repQrt. be that you men will be reprl:rnanded." "So you have a prisoner, eh ?" the captain said; "bring "Oh, you'll do that will you?" exclaimed the lieuterplnt hiw here. I wish to have a with him." of the :qiarines. The li1rntenant went out and pre1>ently returned ac"Yes." companied by two marines, who led Dick between them "Let's give them a be::i,ting, fellpws !" si:iid one of the The ca,pf!liD looked at Pick with interest. marines. "Well, yo:qg ma.q, whq are you?'' tht: itsked "Yes, yes was the cry. y name Een Jipss, sir :Pic]i: replied. This was all that was needed. The W!lrines werf) jnst "Where do you live?" ripe for somet hing of the kind, and so, while four held "Up in county."


THE LIBERTY BOYS' DRUM CORPS. 15 'Where is that?" "About ten miles north of New York City." "What were you doing down in tht> city?" "l came down to see the sights, sir. L had never been in the city, and father told me I could come." "You are a rebel, are yon Dot?" the captain aRked. '.'No, sir," denied Dick. "Of course you woulful as you rnn, aucl we will get. off the Khip withont being rli.;ccverecl. "A 11 right; leacl the way '!'hr marine. aftt>r a cautions glance out to see if co;Ft den I', tnrnecl and hrnt ione,1 to Diek. the The youth l'OR(', rlonned hat. nml ,;1.epprcl to lhe doonrnY nncl 011t of thc room. following at the maheek 'T'hc. man led the way 0111of the cabin, and it wa a dark 11ight that they ll'ould hr able io avoid bring seen, unleRs they got cloR(' to the sentinel on the deck. The marine k11e11 right where the was stationrrl, ho1rerer. and aYOided him. He led the way toward the and when they reached the rail the marine whispered: "'r'here is a rope here; we will down it, and at (he bottom is a boat. We will get into the boat and row up the ri11Pr. You will know where to make a landing." "1'rue,'' sa id Dick. The ma1ine climbed ;;oftly oYrr rail and slicl d01rn the rope, and Dick followe

/ 16 THE LIBERTY BOYS' DRUM CORPS. ter cutting the painter, took up the oars and rowed slowly and cautiously away. He did not want the sentinels on the ship's deck to hear him. One of the oars struck against something :floating in the water, however, and this made a noise that was heard by the port guard. He at once challenged : "Ahoy there Who comes?" Of course the marine did not make any reply. He simply bent to the oars and rowed as hard as he could. The sentinel, not receiving any reply, challenged again. Still he received no reply, and he decided that what {le had heard was nothing of importance. "A floating log struck against the ship's side, likely," he said to himself. This enabled Dick and the marine to get away without further trouble. They would have to exercise care, however, as they would have to pass near other warships, and might be heard and pursued. The marine knew about where the other vessels were an chored, s o was able to avoid nearing them. When all the warships had been passed the marine headed the boat up the river. They .felt fairly safe now. They did not believe there was much danger of their being discovered. It was hard work pulling up the stream against the cur rent and they took turns about, Dick being an expert with the oars. At last they arrived at a point outsid e the Heights, and Dick, who was rowing, headed in toward the shore. '.'Are you going to make a landing?" the marine asked. "Yes; I thitlk thi s will be a good place to land. We will be safe here, for the patriot encampment i s up there on top of the hill." "But I don't know that I want to enter the patriot en camp ment." "Why not? It is the safest place in the world for you, now that you have deserted from the warship." "Say, I believe the captain was right in thinking you were a rebel," s aid the marine. "Yes, h e was right. That i s to say, I !'lJil a patriot." "And are you a member of the patriot army?" "Yes." "Then you really were 1:1pying down in the city?" ''Yes." ''Are you an officer in the patriot army, or simply a i::cont and s py." '' T ho kl the rank of captain." '' ,\h, indeed!" "Yes; I am the captain of a company of young fellows like myself. We are known as the Liberty, Boys of 76." "Ah, I have heard of you." At this moment the bow of the boat bumped against the bank and the conversation ceased. They got up and s tepped ashore. They tied the painter to some bu s hes, and then Dick led the way up the hill. When they were nearly to the top of the hill they were. challenged by a sentinel. "Halt Who comes there?" "Friends," replied Dick. "Adva nce, friends, and give the countersign." The Liberty Boy knew the countersign, and he advanced and gave it, whereupon the sentinel ; ;aid: "Pass on." The two did so. Of course Dick, being familiar with the ground, led the way. They were soon at the quarters occupied by the Liberty Boys. It was now pretty well along in the n1ght, and the youths were all sound asleep. "We may as well lie down and sleep till morning," said Dick. "You are welcome here, and you are safe." The two rolled themselves up in blankets and lay down. They were soon sound asleep. They were up bright and early next morning, and Dick introduced his companion of the night before to the Lib erty Boys. The British marine said that his name was George Welburn. Dick explained how he had come to make the acquaint ance of Welburn, and the youths listened to the story with interest. "Say, you have done the right thing, Mr. Welburn," said Bob Estabrook, "and now if you will just join the Liberty Boys' company you will be all right." } "Yah, dot is so," said Carl Gookenspieler; "you vill mage ein goot batriot." "That's roight," said Patsy Brannigan. "Shure, an' yez'll be a:fther doin' dhe roight t'ing av yez turn in an' foight fur freedom instid uv fur King George." "Perhaps he may not care to join us," said Dick; "and in case you don't, Mr. Welburn, you will be all right. You have done your part in enabling me to escape from the warship, and you are free to go your way in peace." Gorge Welburn looked thoughtful. It was evident that he was thinking some of joining the Liberty Boys. "Now that I have deserted from the service of King I will never dare return to England," he said; "that being the case, it will be necessary for me to remain in this country and become an American citizen. Look, ing at it that way, it will be no more than right that T should help fight for the independence of the American people. I believe that I will join your company, Mr. Slater -that is, if you will accept my services." "I shall be very glad to have you do so," said Dick. ''It is settled, then; from this moment I am a Liberty Boy." "Now that you have decided to become one of us," said Dick, "it will not be out of place for me to ask you


J THE LIBERTY ;BOYS' DRUM CORPS. to go with me to headquarters. You may be able to give G encra l Washington some information of value." "I don't know about that, Captain Slater," the exmarine said; "I can say, however, that any information I have is at his disposal." "Well, come along to headquarters with me. The commander-in-chief will be to ask you some questions." "Very well; lead the way, and I will be right along with you." They set out at once. It was about a quarter of a mile to the house in which General Washington had taken up his quarters, and they were soon th.ere. The orderly knew Dick, and evidently had orders to admit him as soon as he came, for he did so, and conducted the two to the commander-in-chief's room. When Dick had sa luted he introduced hi s companion. General Washington was evidently greatly interested in the ex-marine, and Dick saw that the great man was pleased. "You have done well, if your visit to the city was the cause of this accession to the ranks, Dick, my boy," he said. "Well, I think that it was the cause of it, sir," replied Dick. "Yes; but for Ca.pram Slater's being captured and brought aboard my ship I might never have thought of de serting," said George Welburn. They talked of this matter a few minutes, and then Dick made his report. When he had finished the commander-in-chief asked a number of questions of George Welburn. The ex-marin e answered the questions promptly, and in s uch manner as pleased the commander-in-chief. He gave General W ash.ington some information that was of value to him. At last the two saluted and withdrew. They went back to their quarters, and George Welburn began making the acquaintance of the Liberty Boys. He was a young man, not to exceed twenty-four years, and he was a pleasant-mannered fellow, and so the youths took a liking to him at once. "l believe that I am going to like my new friends and newquarters very much, Captain Slater," he said to Dick, later on. "I am glad of that, George said Dick. Then he went on: "We call one another by our first names, always, and I want that you sha ll call me Dick, and not Captain Slater." "All right, Dick. I want to do as the rest of you do." A little later the members of drum corps got their drums out and started away to practice. "What have you t11ere ?" a ked George Welburn. "A drum corps," replied Dick. "Well, that is good; do they clo good work?" "They are becoming lolerably proficient," sai d Dick. "They can pound those drum s to beat anything you ever s aw," said Bob Estabrook. 'You m ean to beat anything you ever heaTd," grinned Ben Spurlock. "Y ah, dot i s it," said Carl Gookenspieler; "you gannod see dose moosics vat der trum gorps mage, but you gan hear id, un dot is der trut'." "Yes hav' tould dhe thruth fur wanst in yer loife, Cookyspiller," Raid Patsy Brannigan. "Yah, und I haf dold me dose trut's more as vat you haf, Batsy Prannigan," retorted Carl. "Oh, g'wan wid yez; yez niver till dhe thruth, ixcipt by misthake, begorra; an' yez are alwuz sorry thot yez made dhe misthake." The new recruit was amused by the talk of the two youths, and he laughed and remarked to Dick that Patsy and Carl must surely afford a lot of entertainment for the Liberty Boys. "Yes, indeed," said Dick, "and the best part of it is that, although they quarrel at a great rate, and often come almost to blows, yet they are in reality the best friends in the world, and will fight for each other to the death, if need be." "That is good." "Yes, indeed." The drum corps went to the practicing ground and put in a couple of hours of solid w-ork, and then came back. "You are doing fine, boys," said Dick. "You will fur nish us some good music to fight by in the next battle." "We will try our best to do so," replied Tom Wentworth. CHAPTER VIII. MARY DENNISON. "Ah, Dick, you are back from the city, I see." "Yes, your excellency." .. "What did you learn?" "I learned that the British are getting ready to make a move, sir." "At last, eh?" "Yes." "What do they intend to do, my boy?" "They intend to go up the East RiYer in the warships, sir; they will land a large force at Throg' s N e e k and come in behind us and cut u s off from retreating inland." General Washington looked at Dick Slater with some surprise, and no small degree of interest. "And so that is their plan, eh?" he remarked presently. "Yes, sir." Two weeks had elapsed. The British remained quietly in N e11 doing noth ing, ancl the patriot s had remained quietly in camp on Harlem Heights,. waiting for the Briti s h to make some move.


18 THE LIBER'I'Y BOYS' DRU)i CORPS. Dick Slater had been down in the city on a spying ex-1 The patriot::a had tlw bettrr of the affair, as was to be pedition aml had returned, and was at headquarters expected. for they were ;;helterecl by trees and on making report to the commander-in-chief. the mainland, while the Briti,,h were out in the open, where Re had learned t.hai the were to make a they presenteC! a .fair mark for the patriots' bullets. move, and had hastened back to inform General WashingTlw British kept on coming, slowly, but urely, ancl the ton of the fact. patriots kept firing, with the that quite a number The commander-in-chief pondered a few moments and of the redcoats ell dead or wounded. And who were then asked Dick a nul11ber of que stiol]s. only wounded drowned before l bey could he gotten out of When was this move to be made? irater How strong a force was to be taken up ancl landed at The patriots made it so hot for the redcoats that they 'I'hrog's neck? w e re force<'! to retreat hack to the point where they had 'l'hese and other questions were asked. hmded. 1 They were answered promptly by Dick, and when at last The first attempt to get across hnd failed, but the TE'(l the commander-in-chief got through, he had a good know! coats were not ready to give it up. edge of the intentions of the British. They had a much stronger force than the patriots had, He at once sum moned the officers of his staff, and a and were confident that they con Ii? succeed in getting council of war was held. s ooner or Inter. It did not take long to decide upon a cour,;e of action. On the 11ext day they again made the attempt, 1md again "It is easy to see what we must do," sairl General Washthey w0re rrpnlsed. ington. "We must retreat back into the country. or we will 'l'he drum corps did some work on cacli day bnt ib:; be hemmed in here and captured." services were not needed so much as when a harn1-to-hnnc1 "Yes," agreed General Greene, "that is undonbtedly our conflict was indulged in. best move So far the patriots had not suffered any to speak of, It was decided to send a force around by land to meet and the Liberty Boys were well satisfied. the British whe n they attempted to land at 'rluogs N eek They discu sse d the matter that evening 'lvhile eating and while t.hi5 force was holding ihe redconts in check the supper. main patriot army conld be retreating np into \YPstcl1C'fnspieler. the British at 'l'hrogs Neck, and 01Py wante(l lo be tlwre. "Yis, an we wnll kape on doin' ave ii,'' Pa(,,.\' When Dick told them thnt he had the com\rnrnrlrr-j' Brnnniitan in-rhief to let the Liberty BoyR go 1rith tlw force that wafl 1 ''Ti' rnn iwo .fellowR don't get killer1 we will to go to Throgs Neck 1rcn delighted. I he nhlt to 1rhip tlw lirpe," !'laid Brn. F1pmThey began making preparations fo1; the trip tt once. I lork. 1 r ith a grin. The rlrum corps was glad to get fl1e chance lo go where "1 rl I, maype der is more clruth clan boetry abonicl doL" they might be of se.rvice, and they were soon ready. >'aid Carl. It was on the morning of l he 12th of October that the "Sbnre, an' yez are aft her bein' roight abhout thot. force moyed toward 1'hrog';:i i\ eek. Cookyspiller.'' grinnr

THl'J LlBL:nr-: BOYB' DRU.JI CORPS. 19 Every clay for the next lhree tlie redcoats lll, if you are a patriot." "I am a patriot, miss; but of what docs the danger consist?' "There is a force of British dragooUt; camped do'Wn the road a little ways from here." "Ah, indeed? And if I had kept on I would have run :right upon them." "Y CR, so you would." "How far from here is the party you speak of?" ''About one-third of a mile." Dick looked undecided. "I want to go on farther south," he said, "and I hardly know how 1 am to get around this party." "T can show you a way to do so, sir." "Very well, ancl thank you." "Yau will have to and lead your horse." The f _,iberty Boy leaped tq the ground. ''\ ''Lead on, miss, and l will follow," he said. '['he girl clid so, leading the way through t)1e timber; presently they came to a log house standing in a little dearing of two acres in extent. "This is my home,'' ciuid the girl; "I live here with my mother.'' "Have you no father?" "Uc is dead." 'J'lwn Dick asked the girl "11at her name was. \laty Deirnison," W lhe trouble, eh;'


'l'HE LIBERTY BOYS' DRUl!I CORPS. "Yes. "re will be left without any man to appeal to .for protection in of need if Frank goes to the war." "Well, I won't do anything to get him to join the army, then. 1 will not him to do so, but will try to dissuade him, if you like. You have done me a favor i n warning me of tbe presence of the British troopers, and I wish to repay you in some manner." "Oh, that all right, Mr. Slater; I am not afraid but what we will get along all right with Frank away. I now think that iI he wishes to join let him do so." "Very well ; j nst as you say." 'l'he g irl utte red a glad exclamation at this instant. "There comes Frank now!" she said. Sure enough, a young man was coming across the clear ing toward them. He \\as a good looking young fellow, frank-faced and honest in appearance. He looked at Dick with interest and a show of curiosity, and when the girl introduced Dick the young man "Was plainly delighted. Mary Dennison explained Dick' s pretience, and then said: "You can guide :Jir. Slater around and into the road south of where tl}e Briti s h troopers are encamped, Frank. "All right, Mary; and," with a "I will ask him about Jetting me join the Liberty Boys ll'hile I am at it." All right, Frnnk; do a s you like abont it." He looked surprised. "Do you mean it, Mary?" he asked. "Yes: of course I would be better satisfied if you did not join the army, but if you feel that it i s your duty to do so, why go ahead and do it." Then h e turned to Dick, and said: "I will guide you to the road now, Mr. Slater, if you are ready to go." "I am ready," was the reply. Then Dick bade Mary Dennison good-by and followed Frank Martin He at once asked Dick if he might join the Liberty Boys' company, and Dick told him that he might. "You will find it hard and dangerous work, however," he told the youth; "there is nothing easy or pleasant about soldiering." "I didn't suppose there was, Mr. Slater; I feel that I ought to help fight for the freedom and independence of the American people, however, and I want to join "Very well; report at the patriot encampment at White Plains when you get ready and I will make you a member of my company." "Thank you; I will be there soon A few minutes later the,Y reached the road, and after bidding each other good-by Frank turned back, while Dick led hi s horse into the road and leaped into the saddle. Just as he did so he heard the clatter of horses' hoofs behind him, follawed b ya shout. The Liberty Boy lookea around and saw a dozen Brit i s h troop er::; coming at a gnllop CH.APTER IX. THE DRUM CORPS AGAIN AT WORK 'l'hat these were the troopers that had been encamped up the road, and wboin he had come around through the timber to avoid, Dick did not have the least doubt. They bad evidently broken camp and had mounted and started to return to the main encampment of the British army. Instantly Dick spoke to his horse, and the noble animal responded promptly. Forward he leaped, almost with full speed at the first jump, and when the troopers saw this they set up a bhout, and the leader commanded the fugitive to stop. Of course this did no good, however. Dick bad no in tention of s tbpping. Neither did he urge hi s norse more than he had al ready done. He did not believe it would be necessary, for Major 1ras a splendid animal, posse;:;sed of wonderful speed and stay ing qualitie s "They can't catch m e," sai d Dick to himself. In thinking thus he was evidently right, for his hor s e began drawing away from those the pursuing troopers. The redcoats saw this and gave utterance to yells or anger They kept up the pursuit, somewhat to Dick's surpri e, and he made up his mind that the main army must be somewhere ahead, and that the trooper s expected to keep him going until he reached the army, when he would be captured The Liberty Boy wondered how far it wa : to the Brit ish encampment. If it was far enough so that there would be a crossroad that he could turn into he would be all right ; but if not, then there woul be difficulty in making bis escape On they went, the pursuers urging their horses to their best speed, and Dick kept his hor e going well also. Pre ently he came to a hill, and caught sight of the British encampment It was only half a mile or so ahead. There seemed to be no crossroad to get away on, and Dick hardly knew: what to do. He looked back, and noted tl;iat his pursuers were more than a quarter of a mile behind. "I think that I will have time to get away in the timber," he told himself. "I'll try it, at any rate." He dismounted, after bringing his horse to a stop, and led Major into the timber. He moved along as rapidly as possible, and felt pretty confident that he could get away from the pursuing red coats, in case they tried to follow him. They did follow. When they came to the point where Dick had dismo unted they dismounted also, and then they Jia-:tcned into t h e timber in pursuit.


T.f.IJ:D LIBERTY BOYS' DRUM CORPS. 21 'l'hey did not take their 110rses, however, them would attack the patriot army, but Dick could not "tell in charge of one of their number. them. This gave them an advantage over Dick, for they could "We will simply have to wait and see what the enemy get along fa ter without. having to be bothered with horses does," he said. "The redcoats may make an attack in a than he could with his horse. day or two, and they may Still, he made very good speed, and a little later he General Washington sent Dick out on a spying expe-came to an old, unused road. He would be able to ride dition that day, and the youth found that the Briti s h had here, and so, leaping into the saddle, he urged his horse marched forward toward White Plain s several miles. to a gallop. He returned to the patriot encampment and made his The Briti sh came to the old road and, realizing that report. they could not overtake the fugitive, they gave up the General Washington was thoughtful for awhile, and then chase, and made their way back to where they had left their horses. The Liberty Boy made way back along the road, and found that it struck the main road at a point not far from the home of Mary Dennison. He did not care to ,go to the girl's house, however, as he had no business there, so he kept straight on up the road in the direction of W11ite Plains. He had learned where the British encampment was, and this w?s all he had set out to discover. He had reached the patriot enca.,mpment an hour and a half later, and when he had attencled to his horse he went to headquarters and made his Teport to the com mander-in-chief. GeneTal Washington was glad to know just where the British army was located. He knew just about when to look for the enemy by know 'ing how far away it was. He asked Dick a number of questions, which the youth answered promptly and clearly. Then Dick went to the Liberty Boys' quarters, and found the youths taking things easy They inquired regarding how he had made out in his scouting expedition He told them, and he told also about Frank Martin, who wanted to become a member of the Liberty Boys company. "That will be all right," said Bob; "we are always glad to take in new 'members." "Yes," 8aid Dick; "and he seems to be a fine fellow." Next morning Frank Martin put in an appearance He was given a hearty welcome by Dick. "Do you wish to join the company now?" asked Dick. "Yes," was the reply. "That is what I am here for." "Very' well; you may consider yourself a member. Come, I will introduce you to the other boys." Frank went with Dick and was introduced to the Liberty Boys, who greeted him in a cordial manner. "I hope you will like soldiering, FTank," said Bob Estabrook. "Oh, I think I will," was the reply. "There is more work and hard knocks about it than anything else." "I won't mind that; I have been used to hard work all my life, and I won't mind a felV hard knocks." The Libert y Boy:; wanted to when the British said: "If they keep on advancing at the same rate they will get herfi? about the 28th--the day after to-morrow." "That is what I should judge, sir," agreed Dick. On the next day be went out again, and found. the enemy much nearer to White Plains. "I guess t" general was right," he told himself; "the British will appear before our encampment some time to in the morning. He retumed and made his report. The commander-in chief thought that the enemy would appear and make an attack on the morrow. He at once called a council of war. When the members of the staff had appeared at head quarters he laid the matter before them. "'I think that we are to be attacked," the thing for us to do is to get ready enemy." he said; "and to repulse the The others thought the same, and the only thing to do was to arrange the details. This they proceeded to do. Each officer was given a certain portion of the work to do, and when it had all been planned out the council broke up. The officers went back to their respective quarters and began the work of getting reads for the expected battle. The Liberty Boys were well pleased. The idea of en gaging in a battle was pleasing to them. They would rather fight than eat any time. Especially was this the case with Bob Estabrook and Patsy Brannigan. The Irish youth, of course, was a natural fighter; it was in the blood, and Bob Estabrook happened to be endowed with the same kind of tempera ment. None of the others were far behind these two in that respect, however; all delighted in engaging in battles with the British. The drum corps began making preparations to get in its work. The youths tightened up the drumheads and otherwise got ready for the fray. Sure enough, the next morning the British appeared before the patriot' encampment on Chatterton Hill. They did not hesitate long, but advanced to the attack. Soon the battle was raging.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' DRUM CORPS. '.Pbe Liberty Boys went into the battle with a vim, and fought to good effect. The clrum corps got in some good work also, and the :;pirited 111usic it made did mch to encouq1ge not only the Liberty Boys, but the entire pf!,triot ar:Qly. The battle did not last long, for the British got the worst of it, and retreated pack down the hill, leavi!lg 229 of their dead and wounded behind. The patriots HO, so the vict011' was pretty conclusive. A little late1 the British sent a force up the hill der the protectiQn of a fia.g of truce, and they carried away their \rounded and buried their dead. The pa triots had already attended to their wounded and buried their dead. The battle of White Plains was endeu, and the pa triots had come out ahead. All the were well pleased, but perhaps ]lone were better pleased than was the case with the Liberty Boys. 1'hey were delighted, and they were pleased, also, with lhe good work done by the Liberty Bo ys' Drum Corps. Soon after 1.he retreat of the British, and ater the dead had been buried and the wounded attended to, an order l y came to the Liberty Boys' quarters and told Dick that the commander-in-chief wished to see him at head quarlers. Of course Diok went at once. When he got there General Washington greeted him cordially. "Sit down, Dick !" he invited. The youth did so. "I have sent for you in order that I might thank you for the good work done by your Liberty Boys, Dick, and also by the drum corps," the general said. "I am greatly pleased, and want that you shall know it." "Thank you, sir; I am glad that we have done work is pleasing to you." "Well, just keep on the way you have been doing, Dick, and everything will be all rigllt." "We will do so, sir." They talked awhile longer, and then Dick saluted and went back to the Liberty Boys' quarters. "What did the commander-ju-chief want. Dick?" asked Bob Estabrook. "He wanted to thank us for the good work we did in the battle, Bob." "Is that so, really?" "Yes." "Hrrah The c:o111manqer-in-chie is all right, isn't he?" "Yes." "Yah, he is all righd, und dot is so,' from Carl. "Thot's roigbt," frpm f1ttsy; "a' qid he spajrn pii.r-ticularly a v me, me bye?" "I.can't say that he did, Patsy.;' The Irish youth shook his head. "Shure, 1tn' Oi would ha v' thot he would had ;,orue thin' to say abhout me, begorra; iL'i:; rnesilf is dhe greatest foighter in dhe pathriot arrumy." "Yab, I don'd yos t'ink dot,'' froiu Carl. '' Yai abouid minesell ufs ? "You are all right, Uqrl, ., said Bob. "f atsy isn't any more of a :fighter than either of us." ":Qot is der trut '." The youths quarreled good-naturedly for quite awhile. "I hope the redcoat,; will mak(! another attack to-morrow," said Bob, presently. A nm:ber of the youth1:1 said abo}1t lh c iwme thing. Perhaps the youths \rho were most pleased because of the commander-in-chief's praise were the of the drum carpi:!. They were delighted, and made up their minds that they would do goou work in every battle they got into. CHA.prfER X. SCAT 'l'ERIKG THE COW.BOYl:i AND SKINNERS. "Good-morning, Dick." "Good-mom ing, sir." "1 have 1:1c11l for you, Dick, becaui::c l have ::;ome important work for you and your Liberty lo do.'" "What is the work, sir?'' '' l will tell you. I have decided to march to North Castle and establish n1y army there; l:mt I want to keep watch of the British and learn what they doing; so I am going to ask that you remain in this vicinity and do this work." "V 81}' well, sir." 'l'hree days had elapsed since the battle. The British reniained in camp, but made no move toward making another attack. Genm-al W a.shington got it into 11is head that General Howe had sent away for reinforcement, and that when ihese a:p.other attack would be made, and as the positio11 here was not so strong as he w011ld have liked, he had made up his mind to go to North Casile, where the position 1y0Jlld be practically unassfilab1e. He told Dick what he wanted, and the youth told him that he TPight depend upon him to do the very best he could "I kow that, Dick," was the reply; "apd as sopn &s the British make a decided 111ove you must let know." "I wil1 do SQ, sir." That night the patriot army broke camp and marched away toward the north. 1 All but the Liberty Boys-they remained behind. They moved from their position OJl. Chatterton ff ill, hqw ever, anq encamped in the timlJef. a mile away toward the northwest. Here they folt that they were safe from discovery by


T 'HE LIBERTY BOYS' DRGM CORPS. 23 the British, and they would be able to watch the enemy the When the British learned that the patriot army had <'ntcuated the encampment during the night they were ,u r pri8ec1; they were as well. General Hawe sent scouts to follow the army and ec where' it was going, and when they returned and reported that the rebels had gone into camp at North Castle, and tlrnt the position was unassailable, General Howe held a council, and it was decided that they would not follow the patriots, but would return to the Hudson river, in the hope that General Washington might be enticed away from :North Castle. Leaving the Liberty Boys in camp, D ick followed the British, and he kept after them u n til they paused and went into camp near Dobbs Ferry. Then he rode back to the Liberty Boys' encampment, told them to remain where they were, after which he has tened on to North Castle. General Washington was glad to see him. k1tow you l1ave new& for me, or you would not be here," he said. "You are right, sir," replied Dick; "I have for you. The British have retired to the Hudson river, and have gone into camp near Dobbs Ferry." "So that is what they have done, eh?" "Yes." ':\.'he commander-in-chief was thoughtful for a few min utes, and then he asked Dick a number of questions. The youth answered them promptly and clearly. When he had finished asking questions General Wash ington called his orderly and told 11im to summon the officers of the staff. for awhile, and that they were to come and go as they pleased, the were delighted. "That me," Bob Estabrook; 'for then we ean go 1vlwre and when we please, and hunt np a,; much trouble ns we care to .. "\\.ell, lam not eager to hunt ttouble," sai9. Dick'; "but there arc numerous bands of cowboys aucl skinners in this part 0 r the country, and they are particularly busy just now, robbing Tories and patriot,; alike, and we can make some of these bands quit business." "Yah, dot is so," from Carl Gookenspieler. "Shure, an' thot wull be good wurruk, r>ick, me bye," said Patsy Brannigan. "And after we get through doing that where will we go, Dick?" asked Mark Morrison. "I don't know; wherever duty cal1s us." "4nd where is that likely to be?" "Hard telling; perhaps over into New Jersey." After awhile Dick left the encampment and made his way through the timber, going toward the south. He had gone perhaps two miles wl1C'n he came upon a cabin in the depths of the timber. Smoke was issuing from the chimney, so Dick judged that the cabin was occupied. The occupants might be friends, and then again they might be foes, and Dick approached the cabin He approached from the rear, and when he reached thl' cabin he peered through a crack. To his surprise, there were at a dozen men in the room. He noted that they were rough looking men, and, be lieving that they might be cowboys or lw placed hi-s ear to the crack and listened. This was done, and when the commander-in-chief laicl They were talking of robbing the home of a patriot the matter befo're the officers they entered into a discussion who livecl,. ot fin away. regarding what should be done. Having learned this, Dick hastened back to the Liberty It was decided, finally, to send 5,000 troops over into Boys' encampment. New Jersey to a point not far from Hackensack. It was He told them that he harl work for a ;;cbre of them, decided, also, to send 3,000 troops up to Peekskill, to guarcl and a few minutes later twenty of thr were hasten the entrance to the Highlands. General Lee, with 7,000 ing back through the timber in ihc direction of the cabi.n. troops, was to remain at North Castle and be ready to coWhen they got there thC' skinners-for such were the operate with the other forces at an hour's notice. dozen men there--hacl taken tlwir departure. Dick had General Washington decided to accompany the force that heard them mention the rH1rnc o! a patriot whose house was to go over into New Jer8ey; but on further considerthey were going to rob, ho1n'n11", and f.'rank "Martin knew made up his mind to go, first, up the river and where the patriot Jived, and guided the youths hither. reconnoiter a sight for the proposed fortress at West Point. The skinners were at work. helping themselves to :::uch The commander-in-chief told Dick that he could take the stuff as took their fancy. Liberty Boys and act independently :for awhile, as there At a signal from Dick the Liberty Boys rushed forward was work that could be done by a small party. and leveled their muskets at Uw scoundr0l". This suited Dick exactly, and he knew that it would "Surrender!" cried Dick. ":::lurrencler, or die!" please the Liberty Boys as well. This rather took the skinners by s urprise; they stared in He thanked General Washington, anc1 later on he took paralyzed amazement his departure. 1 Then of a sudden their leader made a dash around the Two hours later he arrived at the Liberty Boys' encorner of the cabin. 'l'he others followed, and the Libcampment. erty Boys, not wislting to let the s coundrels get off free, When he told them that they were to act independently fired a volley.


24 THE" LIBERTY BOYS' DRUM CORPS. Two of the skinners fell dead, and another was wounded, but not so bad but what he could keep on running. The patriot settler, a :Mr. Morton, was delighted by the turn affairs had taken. ( "I am much obliged to you, young men," he said; "but for your coming I should have been robbed of pretty much c,erything I have that is of any value at all." "You are more than welcome, sir," said Dick; "we have done only our duty f "Who are those scoundrels, anyway?" asked Bob Estabrook; "do they live anywhere around here?" "No; they are hunters and rovers," said Mr. Morton; "they have no settled home, but move around. They make their living now by .robbing the settlers." "Well, l'rn not sorry that we killed a couple of them, then," said Dick. Mr. Morton brought a spade, and a grave was dug, and the two dead skinners were placed in it and covered over. Mr. Morton knew Frank Martin, and the two talked together a few minutes, after which the Liberty Boys took their departure. When they reached the encampment the other youths wanted to hear the news. The twenty who had had the plea.sure of putting the skinners to flight told the rest about it. Next day the Liberty Boys had moved their encampment down to the neighborhood of Frank Martin's home. It was also near the home of Mary Dennison. Frank was given permission to go home and see his mother, and also go to the Dennison home and see Mary. "I know how it is myself, Frank," said Dick; "make the most of your present opportunities, for we may go over into New Jersey before long, and then you won't have a chance to see your mother or sweetheart." "Mary isn't my sweetheart, Dick," said Frank. The Liberty Boy commander smiled. "Yes, she is, but you don't know it," he Raid; "you will awaken to a realization of the fact one of these days." "Perhaps so; you may be right, Dick," with a thought ful air; "but we have been together all our lives, and it seems to me as though we feel toward each other just brother and sister." "I think that you will find that you are more than that, Frank." Like a dutiful son, Frank went home and saw his mother first, and then he went over to the Dennison home and. saw Mary ana her mother. He had not been away from Mary very long, but it was long enough so that when he saw her he made up his mind that she was the prettiest, sweetest girl he ever saw. He remcmb<:rrcl what Dick had said, too, ancl made up his mind that t hcrr 1rnR a possibility that there was truth in the Liberty Roy"s ,:b1te111rnt to the effect that he (Frank) loved Marv nnc1 did not know it. 1 He rnaclc np minr1 that he would tell her that he loved hrr hrfor,r h e left that pnrt of th e country. I "I'm not going to let any of the other boys around here get ahead of me, he told himself. He. kept his word to himself so well that he told Mary' before he went away that time, and he was delighted when the girl told him that she loved him and would be wife when he got through soldiering. They talked quite awhile, and then Frank gave his sweet heart a hug and some kisses and went back to the en campment. "How is your mother, Frank?" asked Dick. "She is well, Dick "And how is Mary?" with a smile. "She is well." "And happy?" Frank smiled, and then said: "es, I think she is; she seemed to be, at any rate." Dick eyed the youth keenly. "I believe you told her something, old fellow," he said. Frank blushed and looked slightly confused. Then he nodded and said : "You are right; I did tell her something, Dick." The other Liberty Boys had some knowledge of the state of affairs, and began joking Frank and asking him if he intended inviting them to the wedding. He took their chaffing good naturedly, and said that they should au have invitations. "U nd ven vill dose veddings dake blace ?" asked Carl Gookenspieler. "Not until after the war ends," said Frank. "I am into this thing to the :finish." "That's the way to talk," said Bob Estabrook. "Work before pleasure every time, Frank, my boy." The youths put 1n a week moving about, this way and that, and in that time they scattered four bands of cowboys and skinners to the four winds. "We have done very well," said Dick. "Yes," agreed Bob, "but we might have done better." "You are never satisfied, old man," with a smile; "you are always wanting to have more than comes to you n at urally." "I guess I am, Dick." "Yes, there is no doubt regarding that." "Bhob is loike mesilf, he niver ghets enough foightin', begorra," said Patsy. "Say, Dick, it seems as though we members of the drum corps are not getting a fair chance to show what we can do." said Tom Wentworth. ''I've been thinking of that, Torn ; and I guess that we will make a move of some kind soon that will give you a chance to do something." CHAPTER XL IN NEW JERSEY. "Get ready to break camp, boys." "Are we going to leave here, Dick?"


THE LIBERTY BOYS' DRUM CORPS. 15 "Yes and rfght away.H "Good Where are we going?" "We will go down south, toward Fort Washington." "Do you think the British are going to attack the fort, Dick?" > "It wouldn't surprise me, Bob." "Jove, I hope that if they do we will get there in time to take a hand in the battle.'' It was eaxly morning, and the Liberty Boys had just finished eating their breakfast. When they learned that they were to break camp and go down toward Fort Washington they were well pleased for there did not seem to be much for them to do in this part of the country. They began to break camp right away, for they were eager to get away. This did not take them very long, for there was not much to do. When they were ready they mounted their horses and rode away toward the south. They made very good tiIe, for they were not afraid of encountering any redcoats this far north. When they got down to within two miles of Fort Wash ington, however, they s lackened the speed of their horses. Theyproceeded cautiously now, for there was danger o f running upon some redcoats at almost any moment. When they were about a mile from the fort they were surprised by hearing .the sound of musketry, mingled with which was the deeper booming of cannon. "Jove, Dick, I believe the British have attacked the fort already!" exclaimed Bob. "It would seem so, Bob." "Well, let's hurry up and get into the affair, Dick!" "Very well; but we had better leave our horses here, had we not?" "I judge so." The order was given to dismount and tie their horses, and the youths hastened to obey. "Now forward," ordered Dick; "members of the drull?corps, are you ready?" "Yes, Dick was the reply. The youths marched away at a double-quick. They did not fear encountering any redcoats until they got near the fort, for the enemy would be busy there. Presently they came in sight of the fort. Sure enough, a battle was in progress. \.... "Forward, Liberty Boys cried Dick. The youths were perfectly willing to 00ey the order They dashed up the slope toward the fort. As they were approaching from the rear the redcoats did not notice them, so the youths were enabled to get quite close, close enough, indeed, so that they could fir e a volley with considerable effect. J "Fire cried Dick. The youths obeyed instantly. Crash Roar The volley rang out loudly. Thi s came as a surp1: ise to the r e d c oat s They had not ex p e cted an atta c k from the r e ar. At thi s moment the drum corp s began. It was the fir E t opportunity the m e mber s of the drum corp s had had to do any work for quite awhil e and they made the most of it. They pounded the dJ11ms for all the y were worth. They made lot s of noi se. There was very good harmony in their drumming, al so. The music had an enthus ing effect upon the Liberty Boys. The Liberty Boys fired two volleys from their pistols They were close to the en emy, and the volley s were quite effective. A number of the redco at s fell d e ad and wounded. This was doing good work, but Dick wis h e d to do even better. He knew hi s Liberty would b e glad to do anything he ord e red the m to no matter how desperate it might seem, and s o now he ordered them to charge. Forward da s h e d the Liberty Boys s traight at the red coats. Dick Slat e r was in the lead, and he seemed to be utterly fearless and bear a charmed life. The drum corp s was close at hand, and the music of the drums seemed to in s pire the youths to deeds of reck lessne s s and daring. all waved the starry flag. They tore the rank s of the British-who had faced about to meet the youths-to pieces, and caused great demoraliza tion in the rank s of the enemy. It soon became patent to Dick, however, that they would have to retreat or be captured; so he gave the command, and the Liberty Boys retreated bac k down the slope. It was fortunate for them that they had ripped the rank; of the redcoat s up to s uch an extent a s they had, for they were thu s en a bled to get away before a volley could be fired at theni. When they were at a s afe di s tance they paused. "Why didn't .you l e t u s keep on fighting, Dick?" asked Bob, in a di s appointed voice. HBecause I saw it would be folly," was the reply. "Had we remained there we would have been captured." "Then you think the British are going to capture the fort?" "I am sure of it." "Jove, that will be bad!" "Yes, so it will; but it can't be helped." "I suppose not." "No; the British outnumber the garrison five to one, and the result. is inevitable." "Well, we did some good work, anyway." "So we did." "And the drum corps did some good work, too," said Mark Morri(>on. 1 "That's right; so it did," from Sam Sander son. "I am glad that you think so," said Torn Wentworth. \I


26 THE LIBERTY BOYS' DRU)f CORPS. "Well, we couldn't get along without the drum corps The Liberty Boys told all they knew, am1 their :;Lory uow," said Bob Estabrook. 1rns listened to wiLh interest. ''No, indeed," said Mark. WhiJe they were talhing a messenger came i.o lhc en-" What are we to do now?" asked Bob Estabrook. campment and went to Dick Slater and told him that lhe "That is the question," said Dick. commander-in-chief wished to see him at Fort Lee Tight T'hey then took account 0 the number of men that uway. they had lost, and it was found that three uiberty Boys had The two set out at once. been killed and five wounded, though none of these were An hour later they fl.nired at Fort Lee. wounded severely. Dick went to the house occupied by the com-The wounds were attended to, and the rnander-in-chief as headquarters. moved back a little :farther He found Washington the:r;:.e, in company with General "There can be no doubt regarding the matter. The Greene. British are going to capture the fort," said Dick; "and They both greeted Dick cordially. it would be suicidal for us to venti:tTellp there again.'' "I hear that you aud your Liberty Boys were engaged '."Phey wo\ild capture us i we did," i:;aid Mark Mor-in the battle over at .l!'ort Wp.shington, Dick," saiu Uenrison. eral Washington. "Quite likely, Mark." '"l'hen the best thing we can do is to go back to where left our horses," said Sam Sanderson. "I think we may a.s well do so," said Did;:. "Let's wait here until the battJe ::;aid Bob. "All right." 'rhey did so; and they did not have Jong 1o wait, either. 'l'he battle was over in less than half an hour. 'l''he British had captured the entire garrison. 'l'his ended the matter, so far as the youths were con cerned. They knew ther was now no reason why they shoulfl remain longer in the vicinity. So they set out and made their wa. y back to where they had left their horses. Here they paused again, and talked the situation over. Where should they go, and what should they do? These were the questi ons. After they had talked the matter over for awhile Dick said: "l j uuge that the best thing for us to do is to go over into NP\r ,Tersey and jpin the army near Hackensack_.'' "That's the thing to do, Dick,'' from Bob. The order wa,,; given to mount, and the youths obeyed Then they rode northward ::;everal mile;:, after which they turned toward the west. "Where are we headed for now, Dick?" asked Bob. "Dobbs Ferry." "That's so; there is a ferry there. there?" "Yes.'' "So we were, sir." '"!'ell me all about it, my boy." 'l'he youth did so. He told the story 0 the baltlc as he had observM it. The two generals listened with interest and lhe close,,t a tteri ti on. The youth gave them more information than they had as yet been able to When they had become possessed of all 'the information it was in Dick's power to give they held a consultation. "I think that it will be best to evacuate this fort, Gen eral Greene," said the commander-in-chief at last. "Gen eral Howe will turn his attention in this direction at once. and if your garrison remains here it will be caught like a rat in a trap." "I am re ady to do whatever you wi;;b, your excellency,'' \ said General Greene. "Very well; then I sugge:>t that you give the command for the members of the garrison io g.el ready to evacuale. '' ''When shall ire ieave here-in the morning?" "Wei(it will be best to get ready to leaYe in the morning, should it become nece sary to do so." "I will haYe everything in readiness tiO that we may leave early in the morning if we wish to do so," was the reply. 'l'hen the commander-in-chief turned to Dick. "You may do some scouting and spying to-night. niy boy, if you like," he said. "I think the enemy will cro::;'< the ri rer before morning." "I shall be glad to do so, your excellency," said Dick. The youths reached the ri,er at and the ferryman A little later he took his leave and went back to the began the work of taking them across. patriot encampment. It required a number of trip,;. but they 1rere all across He" then made such arrangements as he wished. after at last. which he left the encampment and made his way over Thel,1. they set out in a ,;outherly direction. toward the river. By riding hard they managed to reach the patriot enHe watched that night, but did not see anything of the campment before dark. British. '!'hey were given a welcome by the soldiers. He went to Fort Lee and reported to the comruanderWhen the soldiers learned that the youths had taken in-chief, who told him that he had done well, and that a part in the battle of Fort Washington they inquired eagi:;py would be sent to watch during the daytime. erly about it. "Then you can watch to-night again," he said.


ra1;; LlBERTY BOYS' CORPS. 27 '\'ery well, sir; I will go to the encampment and get .;ome sleep." 'l'he Liberty Boys slept part of the day, and that even ing \vent back to :B'ort Lee, reported to the commander-in chief, and then went away on another spying expedition "I am glnd that you brought me the information in tin1e. The garrison must be aroused and the evacuation made at once.'' ''Watch cldsely, Dick," were the last wol'ds spoken td the youth by the commander-in-chief; "I am of the opinioh that the British will cross the river to-night, and if they do we wish to l1ave early information of the fact.'' "I will watch closely, sir," was Dick's reply j "and if Lhe British eross the river I will cotne and inform you of the fact promptly." I CHAPTER XII. THE RETREAT THROUGH NEW JERSEY, It now past three o'clock in the morning. When they were ready they marched awaw from the fort and heatlcd in the direction of the main patriot ment near Hackensack. 'I'he British had made a quick crossing, and were on hand soon after daybreak. 'I'hey had gone io Fort Lee, had fotmd it evacuated, and had promptly come in pursuit of the fleeing garrison. They came on so quickly that it became necessary to give them battle. This just suited the Liberty and they took up their position at the rear of the patriot army, where the attack would be made by the British. The drum corps got ready for business also. Presently the British came in sight. On they came, closer and closer. ''There they come!" The Liberty Boys got ready to receive them. l t was pa t midnight on the night of the 19th of N 04 So did the oiher soldiers, so far as that was concerned, vember. but as the Liberty Boys were nearer to the British they 'rhe Liberty Boy was ensconced on a bluff overlooking the would get the first chance at them. Hudson river. Soon the British were within musket-shot distance. It was a lovely moonlight night, and it was possible to "Ready, boys!" said Dick; "take good aim, and when see almost as plainly as would have been the cdse in the I give the word, fire." daytime. The youths leveled their muskets and took careful aim. The youth had been watching closely, antl at last liad Dick waited until he was sure that he had taken good been rewarded by seeing three or four boats push off from aim, and then he gave the co. mmand: the cast shore. I" The boats were good-sized ones, and were filled with The Liberty Boys obeyed instantly. men. Crash Roar That the men were British soldiers, Dick clld not have 'The volley rang out loudly. any doubt; but he wished to be sute, and he stole dawn A number 0 the British fell dead and wounded. to the shore at a point close to where he thought it likely 'rhen the Liberty Boys proceeded to reload their muskets, the boats would land, and waited. while the soldiers back of them fired a volley. When the boats reached the shore ab.d the meh disemThey dropped a number of the redcoats dead and barked Dick saw that they were indeed British soldiers. wounded. This was all he needed to know. But it did not stop the enemy. The British were in It w11s his business to get back to the fort with the insuch numbers that they felt they could advance and. formation. overwhelm the patriots, and they were eager to do this. He set out at once, and two hours later was at his des-But the patriot soldiers had broken camp hastily, and tination. were moving away as rapidly as possible. He told the orderly that he wished to see General WashThose at the rear retreated and fought the British as they ington, and the drderly said he would awaken the com-went. and tell him that Dick was there. The Liberty Boys remained at the extreme rear 0 the The orderly returned presently, and told Dick that the army, and kept up as rapid a fire on the British as they commander-in-chief would see him in a few minutes. could. They did more to disconcert the enemy than all the A little while afterward General Washington appeared, ether soldiers together. and he greeted Dick cordially. This was the beginning of the great retreat through "You have news, I suppose?" he said. New Jersey, a ret\eat that has become famous, because of "Yes, sir; the British are crossing the river." the suffering to which the patriot soldiers were exposed. "So I judged. How far up the stream is it to where It was now cold weather, and the ground was frozen. they are making the crossing?" Many q the soldiers had scarcely half enough clothing, "About five miles." and a great number were but little more than half shod; "Then they will be here soon after daybreak?" indeed, they -were almost bareiooted. "It is more than likely that they will." This made it terribly hard on them, and it has been


28 .'rHE LIBERTY BOYS' DRUM CORPS. stated that it would have been poss ible to track the army I it necessary, for they knew the broad waters of the Delaware by the bloodstains on the ground, from the bleeding feet was rolling between them and the enemy. of the soldiers. The J4iberty Boy spent that night and the next day in All day long the retreat and pursuit went on, and at Trenton, and then on the following night he slipped out night the patriot s w ent into camp on a knoll, from where and away again. they would be able to make a good fight in ca s e they were He found his boat where he had left it-he had been careattacked in the nighttime. ful to leave it well hiddenand getting in he rowed across 'rhey were not attacked that night, and the next day the the river. chase went on as before An hour later he was in the encampment making his reThis was kept up day after day, till the patriot army got port to General Washington. across the Raritan River. The news he gave the great man resulted in the crossing Here the army stopped, and the bridge across the river of the Delaware on Christmas night by General Washingwas ton and 2,500 troops, and the capture of Trenton and 1,000 "That will delay the British a day or two," said General troops, mostly Hessians. Washington, "and it will give our men a-chance to rest up." The Liberty Boys' Drum Corps did good work on this oc" And it will give us a chance to get some provisions," casion, in spite of the fact that it was a cold, blustery s aid General Greene. morning, w1th_ the snow flying. "So it will." In fact the drum corps did good work all through the This was jrn;t the work the T.1iberty Boys delighted in, war. and they at once set out to secure some provisions. It helped enthuse the Liberty Boys aT/.d urge them on '.rhey made their way along until they came to the home in battle, and it helped the other soldiers as w ell-those of a man who seemed to be well-to-do, for he had a good-who were not member s of the Liberty Boys company. s ized house, a large barn and a number of outhouses, s uch George Welburn, the who had deserted from smokehou se, granary, etc. the British warship and joined the Liberty Boys' company, Here they helped them s elve s to a lot of provi s ion s of varremained with the youths throughout the war, and when ious kinds. it ended he became an American citizen by adoption, and When they had secured all they could well carry away, s p ent the res t of his life in thi s country, marrying and they rode back to the encampment and turned the provi s ions living happily. over to the commi s sary department to be apportioned out. Frank Martin was married to Mary Dennison as soon as Tlie patriot s remained here one day, re sting; then they the war was ended. set out again and made their way s outhea s tward toward Dick Slater met Victor Le Salle again at a later period, the Delaware River. and learned that the Frenchman was indeed a secret repreThe British got across the Raritan as soon a.s they could, sentative of the French government, and that he was doand came on in pursuit, but they failed to catch the pa-ing all he could to get the French government to espouse triots, who secured all the boats for ten miles up and clown the patriot cause. the river, and crossed over to the Pennsylvania side. This was done later on, with good results, for the French When the British got to the river they found that there s oldiers did good work at Yorktown, where Cornwallis was were no boats to be had, and they were forced to go to camp. forced to surrender, this virtually ending the war. A portion of their force took possession of Trenton, while The Liberty Boys and their drum corps were in evidence the other portion went down to Burlington, about seven at Yorktown also. They did splendid work there, as they miles distant. had done everywhere else. All i.his time the Lib e rty Boys had been doing good work. They were mounted, and so were enabled to scour the coun try around for provisions for the troops. THE END. And now that they had gone into what seemed likely to The next number ( 179) of "The Liberty Boys of '76" be winter quarters, they went at this work as a steady thi:iig will contain "THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE GUN. One afternoon General Washington sent for Dick and MAKER; or, THE BATTLE OF STONY POINT," by,. told him that he would. like to learn what the Harry Moore. 0 doing and what they intended doing, if possible. The youth said he would make the attempt to find out what the commander-in-chief wanted to know. He went to the river as soon :tS it was dark, and getting into a boat, he rowed across to the east shore. Here he disembarked, tied the painter to a bush, and then he made his way down to Trenton. He managed to enter the city, for the sen!inels were care and did not keep a sharp lookout. They did not think SPECIAL NOTICE: All back numbers of this weekly are always in print. If you cannot obtain them from any newsdealer, send the price in money or postage stamps by mail to FRANK TOUSEY, PUBLISHER, 24 UNION SQUARE, NEW YORK, and you will receive copies you order by return mail.


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Fred Fearnot's Big Gift; or, A Week at Old Avon. Fred Fearnot and the "Witch"; or, Exposing an Old Fraud. Fred Fearnot's Birthday ; or, A 'ilf Time at New Era. Fred Fearnot and the Sioux Chie ; or, Searching for a Lost Girl. Fred Fearnot's Mortal Enemy ; or, The Man on the Black Horse. Fred Fearnot at Canyon Castle ; or, Entertaining His Friends. Fred Fearnot and the Commancbe ; or, Teaching a Redskin a Lesson. Fred Fearnot Suspected; or, Trailed by a Treasury Sleuth. Fred Fearnot and the Promoter; or, Breaking Up a Big Scheme. 23S 239 240 241 242 243 244 245 246 247 248 249 250 251 Fred Fearnot and "Old Grizzly"; or, The Man Who Didn't Know. B'red Fearnot's Rough Riders; or, Driving Out the Squatters. Fred Fearnot and the Black Fiend; or, Putting Down a Riot. Fred Fearnot in Tennessee; or, The Demon ot the Mountaiua. Fred Fearnot and the "Terror" ; or, Calli ng Down a Bad Ma n Fred Fearnot in West Virginia: or, Helping the Revenue Agents. Fred Fearnot and His Athletes: or, A Great Charity 'our. Fred Fearnot's Strange Adventure; or, The Queer Olp Man of the Mountain. Fred Fearnot and the I,eague; or, Up Against a Bad Lot. Fred Fearnot's Wonderful Race; or, Beating a Horse on Foot. Fred Fearnot and the Wrestler; or, Throwing a Great Champion Fred Fearnot and the Bankrupt ; or, Ferreting Out a Fraud. Fred Fearilot as a Redskin; or, Trailing a Captured Girl. Fred Fearnot and the "Greenhorn" ; or, Fooled for Once in His Life 252 Fred Fearnot and the Bloodhounds ; or, Trac ked by MlstRke. 253 Fred Fearnot' s Boy Scouts: or, 8Qt Times In the 254 Fred Fearnot and the Waif of Street; or, A Smart D o y Broker. 255 Fred Buffalo Hunt; or, Tbe Gamest Boy in the West 256 Fred Fearnot and the Mill Boy; or. A Desperate Dash tor Life 257 Fred Fearnot's Great Trotting Matrh : or, Beating the Record 258 Fred Fearnot and the Hidden Marksman ; or, The Mystery of U'hunder Mountain. 259 Fred Fearnot's Boy Champion ; or, Fighting tor His Rights. 260 Fred Fearnot and the Money King; or, A Big Deal In Wall Street. 201 Fre d Fearnot's Gold Hunt; or, The Boy Trappers of Goose Lake. 202 Fred Fearnot and the Ranc h Boy; or, Liv e ly Times with the Broncho Busters. 263 Fred Fearnot after the Sharpers ; or, Exposing a Desperate Game. 2f)4 265 266 267 268 26!) 270 271 272 Fred Fearnot and the Firebugs; or. Saving a City. Fre d Fearnot In the Lumber Camps; or, Hustling in the Backwoods. Fred Fearnot and the Orphan: or, The Luck of a Pluc ky Boy Fre d Fearnot at Forty Mile Creek ; or, Knocking About in the West. Fred Fearnot and the Boy Speculator ; or, From a Dollar to a Million Fred Fearnot's Canoe Club; or, A Trip on the Mississippi. Fred Fearnot and the Errand Boy : or, Bound to Make Money. Fred Fearno.t's Cowboy Guide: or. The Perils of Death V alley Fred Fearnot and the Sheep Herder;s ; O/', Trapping the Ranch Robbers 27 3 Fred Fearnot on the Stage; or, Before the Footlight.s for Charity. 27 4 Fred Fearnot and the Masked Band; or, The Fate of the Mountain Ex press. 27 5 Fred Fearnot's Trip to Frisco: or, Trapping the Chinese Opfum Smug glere. 27 6 Fred Fearnot and the Widow's Son; or, The Worst Boy in New York. 27 7 Fred Fearnot Among the Rustlers; or, The "Bad" Men ot Bald Mount ain. 27 8 Fred Fearnot and his Dog; or, The Boy who Ran for Congreee. ll7 9 Fred Fearnot on the Plains; or. 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.A. CONTAINS ALL SORTS OF STORIES. EVERY STORY COMPLETE. 32 PAGES. BEAUTIFULLY COL ORED COVERS. PRICE 5 CENTS. LATEST ISSUES: 278 The Road to Ruin; or, The Snares and T emptatLons of New 238 Twenty Years on an Island; or, The Story of a Castaway. By York. By Jno. B Dowd. Capt. Thos. H. Wilson. 277 A Spy at 16; or, Fighting for Washington and Libert y By 23 9 Colorado Carl : or, The King of the Saddle. By An Old Scout. Gen l Jas. A GordQn. 240 Hook and Ladde r Jack, the Daring Young Fireman. By Ex-Fire 278 Jack Wright's !!'lying Torpedo; or, The Black Demons of Dismal Chief Warde n. Swamp. By "Noname 241 Ice-B ound; or, Among the Floes. By B erton Bertre w 279 High Ladde r Harry, The Young F ireman of Freeport; or, Al 242 Jac k Wright and His O cean Sleuth-Hound; or, Tracking an Un w ays a t t h e '.l'o p By Ex-Frre Chief Warden. d e r -Water Treasure. By "Noname." 2 8 0 100 Ch ests of Gold ; o r The Aztecs' Burie d Secret. 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By N. 8 Wood (The Young Aroerl (the Young ')meri can A ctor.) can A c t o r ). 286 Dead For 5 Y ears; or, '!'h e Mystery of a Madhouse. Ry Allyn 249 A Ne w York Boy In the Soudan; or, The Mahdi' s Slave. By Bow Draper. ard Austin. 287 Broker Bob; or, 'l.' h e Young est Op e r ator In Wall Street. Hy 25 0 Jac k Wright and His Electric Balloon Ship; or, 30,000 L eagues H. K. Shackle f ord. Ab ov e the Eart h. By "Noname." 288 B p d M kl e th B d B A Old 25 1 The Game-.Cock o f Deadw9 od A Story of the Wiid Northwest. oy ar s; or, a ng a ome on e or er. Y n By Jas C. M erritt. Scout. 2 5 2 Harry H oo k t h e Boy Fireman of No. 1; or, Always at His Post. 289 The rwenty Doctors; or, the Mystery of the Coast. B y Capt. By Ex-Fire Chief Warden. Tpos. H Wiison. 253 The Waifs of New York. By N s. Wooda (The Young American 290 The Boy Cavalry licout; or, Life In the Saddle. By Gen'!. J as. A t ) A. Gordon. c or 291 The Boy Firemen; or, "Stand by the Ma chine." 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Austin. 260 the Boy Engineer of the Mountain Express; or, 297 Captain Jack Tempest; or, The Prince of the Sea. By Capt. Thoe. Railroading on the Den ve r and Rio Grande. H. Wll11<>n. 261 Silver Sam of Santa Jj'e ; or, The Lions' 'l'reasure Cave. BY An 298 Billy Button, the Young Clown and Bareback Rider. By Berton Old Scout. Bertrew. 262 Jack Wright and Hrs Electric Torpedo Ram; or, The Sunken 299 An Engineer at 16; or, The Prince of the Lightning I!lxpresa. B7 City of the Atlantic. By "Noname. Jas. C. Merr!tt. 263 The Rival Schools; or, Fighting for the Championship. By 300 To the North Pole In a Balleon. By Berton Betrew. Allyn Draper. 301 Kit Carson's Little Soout; or, The Renegade's Doom. By An Old 264 Jack Reefh the Boy Captaill; or, Adventures on the Ocean. By Scout. Capt. T os. H. Wilson. 302 From the Street; or, The Fortunes of a Bootblack. By N S W oo d 265 A Boy in Wall Street; or, Dick Hatch, the Young Broker. By the Young American A ctor). H K. Shackleford. 303 Old Putnam's Pet; or, The Young Patriot Spy. A Story o! the 266 Jack Wright and 'his Iron-Clad Air Motor; or, Searching for a Revolution. By Gen. Jas. A. Gordon. Lost Explorer. By "Noname." 304 The Boy Speculators of Brookton; or, at Nineteen. 267 The Rival Base Ball Clubs ; or, The Champions of Columbia By Allyn Draper. Academy. By Allyn Draper. 305 Rob Rudder, the Boy Pilo t of the Mississippi. BY Howard Austin. 268 Tile Boy Cattle King; or, Frank Foraham' s Wild West Ranch. 306 The Downwai;a Path; or, The Road to Ruin. A True T emperance By an Old Scout. Story. By H K. Shac kl eford. 269 Wide Awake Will, The Plucky Boy Fireman of No: 3; Fight 130 7 Up From the Ranksz.. or. From Corporal to General. A Story of the Ing the Fla. mes for Fame and Fortune. By ex-Fire Chief WarGreat Rebellion. tly Gen'! Jas. A. Gordon. den. 30 8 Expelled From School; or, The Rebels of Beechdale Academy. 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THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. A. Week l y Magazi ne c o ntaining S t o ries o f t h e American R ev ol u tion. By HARRY MOORE. These stories based on a.ctua.l facts a.nd give a. faithful a.ccoun t of the exciting a.d ventures of a. bra. ve band of American youths who were a.lwa.ys ready a.nd willing to imperil their lives for the of helping a.long the ga.lla.nli ca.use of Independence. Every number will consist of 32 large pages of reading matter, bound 1n a. beautiful colored cover. LATEST ISSUES: ()() The Liberty Boys In New York; or, Helping to Hold the Gre11t City. 100 'l'hc I.lberty Boys' Blg Rlsk ; or, Ready to Take Chances. 101 '!'he Liberty Boys Drag-Net; or, hauling the Hedcoats ln. 102 The Liberty Boys' Lightning Work; or, Too l 'ast for the British. 1oa '!'he Liberty Boys' Lucky Blunder; or, The Mistake that Helpe d Them. 104 The Liberty Boys' Shrewd Trlck: or, Springing a Blg Surprise. lU5 '!'he Liberty Boys Cunning; or, Outwlttlng the Bnemy. 106 The Liberty Boys' "Big Hit" ; or, Knocking the Redcoats Out. lOi The Liberty Boys ''Wild Irishman"; or, A Lively Lad from Dublin. 108 Liberty Boys' Surprise; or, Not Just What They Were Look-ing !:'or. 109 The Liberty 110 The Liberty 111 The Liberty 112 The Liberty ll;J The Liberty shlps. Boys Treasure ; or, A Lucky Find. Boys In Trouble; or, A Bad Run of Luck. Boys' Jubilee: or, A Great Da;y for 1he Great Cf\uee Boys Cornered; or, .. Which '' ay Shall We Turn?" Boys at Valley Forge; or, Enduring Terrible Hard-114 The Liberty Boys Missing; or. Lost In the Swamps. 115 The Liberty Boys' Wa(:er, And How They Won It. 116 'l'he Liberty Boys Deceived: or, '!'ricked but Not Beaten. 1'17 The Liberty Boys and the Dwarf; or, A Dangerous Enemy. 118 'l'he Liberty Boys' Dead-Shots; or, The Deadly Twelve. 119 'l'he Liberty Boys' League; or, The Country Boys Who Helped. 120 The Liberty Boys' Neatest .rrlck; or, How the Redcoats were Fooled. 121 The Liberty Boys Stranded: or, Afoot In the Enemy's Country. 122 The Liberty Boys ln the Saddle; or, Lively Work for Liberty's Cause. 123 The Liberty Boys' Bonanza: or, Taklng Toll from the Tories. 12-1 The f,lberty Boys at Saratoga; or. The Surrender of Bu1goyne. 12 5 'l'he Libert. y Boys and "Old Put."; or The Escape at l :.!Ii '1.'be Liberty Boys Call; or, The Plot to Polson Washington. l2i The Liberty Boys ana "Queen Esther"; or, The Wyoming Valley Massacre. 128 The Liberty Boys' Horse Guard: or, On the High Ilills of SnntP.e. 129 '!'he Liberty Boys and Aaron Burr; or, Battling for lnde pend. 1 ::io The Liberty Boys and the "Swamp Fox": or. Helping l :n 'l'he Liberty Boys and Ethan Allen : 01'. Old and Young Veterans. 132 The Liberty Boys and the Klng's Spy; or, Diamond Cut Dia-mond. 133 The Liberty Boys' Bayonet Charge: or. The Siege of Yorktown. 134 The Liberty Boys and Paul Jones ; or, 'l'he Martyrs of the Prlson Shlps. 135 The Liberty Boys at Bowling Green; or, Smashing the Klng's Statue. 136 The Liberty Boys and l\athan Ilnle; or, The Brave Patriot Spy. 137 'l'he Liberty Boys' "Minute Men" ; or, The Battle of the Cow Pens. 138 The Liberty Boys and the Trnltor; or, How 'l'hey Handled Him. lall The Liberty Boys at Yellow Creek; or, Routing the ltedcoats. 140 'l'he Liberty Boys and Geueral Greene; or, Chasing Cornwallis. 141 The Liberty Boys in Rlchmoud; or, Figiltlng Tra)tor Arnold 142 'l'he Liberty Boys and the Terrible Tory; or, Beating a Bad Man. 143 The Liberty Boys' Sword-Fight; or, Winning with the Enemy's Weapons. 144 'l'he Liberty Boys In Georgia; or, Lively Times Down South. 145 'l'he Liberty Boys' Greatest Triumph; or, The March to Victory. 146 The Liberty Boys and the Quaker Spy : or, Two of a li:lnd. 147 The Liberty Boys In Florida; or, ir1ghtlng l'revosts Army. HS The Liberty Boys Last Chance: or, l\laklng thfl Best of lt. 140 The Liberty Boys Sharpshooters; or. The Battle of the Kegs. 1;;0 The Llbe1ty Boys on Guard; or, Watching the Ei..emy. 1;;1 The Liberty Boys Strange Gnlde; or, the Mysterious Malden. 152 The Liberty Boys in the Mountains: or. Among Rough l'eople. l :;3 The Liberty Boys' Retreat; o r In the Shades of Death. 154 The Liberty Boys and the Flre Flend: or, A l\ew Kind of Battle. 155 The Liberty Boys in Quakertown; or, Making Things Lively in l'hlladelphia. J 56 The Liberty Boys and the Gypsies; or, A Wonderfal Surprise. 157 The Liberty Boys' Flying Artillery: or "Liberty or Death. 158 The Liberty Boys Against the Red Demons; br, Fighting the Indian Raiders. 159 The Liberty Boys' Gunners; or, The Bombardment of l\lonmouth. 160 The Liberty Boys and Lafayette; or, Helping the Young L 'rench General. 161 The Liberty Boys Grit: or, The Bravest of the Brave. 162 The Liberty Boys at West Point; or, Helping to Watch the Redcoats. 163 The Liberty Boys' Terrible Tussle: or, J;'lghtlng to a Flnlsh. 16-1 'l'he Liberty Boys and "Llght Horse Harry" ; or, Chasing the British Dragoons. 16 5 The Liberty Boye in Camp; or, \Yorkin!f. for washington. 16 6 The Libert. y Boys and Mute Mart; or, 'lhe Denf and Dumb Spy. 16 7 The Liberty Boys At Trenton; or, the Grentest Christmas ever Known. 16 8 The Liberty Boys and General Gates: or. 'l'he Disas1er at Camden. 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