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''Good-by, Dick," said General Washington, shaking the youth's hand warmly. 'You have important work to do here, and I am sure that you will do it well." "I will do the best I can, your excellency," said Dick, modestly.


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HE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 I i\ Weekly Magazine Containing Stories of the American Revolution. Issued Weekly-By Subs c ri,pti

2 THE LIBEHTY BOYS AT PRINCETON. about eighteen years, and these youths were known as I bags and were ready for the trip back to the patriot en "The Liberty Boys of ' 76." campment. They had done good work in a number of battles and They set out at once. Dick had done splendid work as a scout and spy, so that While within the confines of the city they went at the commander-in-chief had every confidence ' in them. moderate pace, but when they reached the open countr. He at once sent for Dick, and when the youth appeared they moved a little faster. at headquarters told him what he wished done. The roads were not good, however, and they coula no ; "I will take some of my Liberty Boys arid start for Philgo very fast. adelphia at once, your excellency," said Dick. Dick an'd Bob Estabrook r.ode in front. Bob was Dick' "Very good, my boy. You had better take a sufficient lieutenant and best friend. They had been neighbors ur number, so that you will not need fear an attack from in Westchester county all their life, and had hunted, fished ; British or Tories while on the way. played and gone to school together. Then, too, Dick\ "Ten will be sufficient, sir." sister Edith was Bob's sweetheart, while Bob's sister Alici "I judge so." was Dick's sweetheart, and this was a strong bond betweer Then the commander-in-chief gave Dick the letter and them. l t told him to deliver it into the hands of Robert.Morris. They got to talking of home as they rode and it "I will do so, yaur excellency." thinking and talking of their sweethearts the time passe 'fhen Dick saluted and withdrew. more rapidly than would otherwise have been the case, and Returning to the quarters occupied by the Liberty Boys, they forgot the cold. he told them he had to go to Philadelphia and wished ten of the youths to accompany him. They then drew lots to see who should go. The ten who were thus named at once got ready, and an hour later the party rode away in the direction of Phila delphia. They reached the city without having encountered any redcoats or Tories and went at once to the home of Robert Morris. Dick tmtered the house and was shown to the library. Robert Morris greeted the youth cordially when he learned who he was and why he was there, and the Liberty Boy gave him the letter. When he had read the contents, Robert Morris looked sober and thoughtfully at the floor. "General Washington asks for a large sum of money," he remarked, ''and 1 have not a sufficient sum on hand. I hardly know what to do. I presume that he expects you to bring the money back with you; indeed, he so states in the letter." ' The :financier rose and paced the floor. Presently he paused and said: "Wait here, Captain Slater. I think that" I able to find the money." shall be He left the room and house and went to the home of a rich Quaker friend and asked for the loan of fifty thousand dollars. "What security hast thou to offer, friend Robert?" the Quaker asked. "My note and my honor," was the reply. "That is sufficient; thou shalt have the money." "Thank you," said Mr. Morris. He hastened back to bis l1ome and told Dick that the money would be there in an hour. It was. The Quaker sent' it by a couple of his servants, under the charge of his son. The Liberty Boys placed the money in their saddleThe road led through the timber, and it crooked this wa,; and that, the youths not being able to see more than quarter of a mile ahead at any time. • Suddenly they were given an unpleasant surprise: Out from among the trees rushed at least forty redcoatr and Tories and surrounded the Liberty Boys. 'fhey had leveled prnskets and rifles in their hands, an their leader, a British lieutenant cried, sternly : "Surrender, in the name of the king I" CHAPTER IL CARRYING THE MONEY. The Liberty Boys were not _pf the kind that surrender wl!-en there is any chance whatever to fight through an d escape. They would not have been willing to do it under ordinar circumstances, and these were unusual circumstances i that the youths were custodians of a large sum of mone which was to go to paying patriot soldiers, . in order tha they might be held a few weeks longer to make a figh against the king. To surrender and let the money fall into the hands o the redcoats and Tories would be a terrible misfortune fo the patriot army. Dick and his comrades would rather die than permi this to happen. So there was no intention of surrendering on their part Suddenly Dick gave utterance to a sharp whistle. This was the signal the youths were expecting, and th instant they heard it they dropped forward upon thei horses' necks, at the same time digging their heels into th animals' flanks. The horses leaped forward with loud snorts of ange


THE LIBERTY BOYS AT PRINCETON. 3 nd dashed through the ranks of the redcoats ancl Tories, ocking the fellows down and trampling on them. ' There were yells of anger from some, groans from others ho had been knocked down, and then those who were at he sides and in the rear fired at the fugitives. Crash! Rattle! : The bullets whistled all around the youths, but none • ere seriously injured, though three or four were wounded. t One or two of the horses were hit, though fortunately they were not disabled, and the youths dashed onward in and Tories fired another volley from pistols, ut the Liberty Boys were out of range and were not njured. .. They disappeared from the sight of the redcoats and ories around a bend, and after continuing onward a quar S;er of a mile at a gallop, the horses were brought down to trot and then to a walk. "Say, we got out of that all right, after all!" exclaimed li8ob Estabrook. "So we did," agreed Dick; "I tell you, I would rather have died than let the rascals capture the money!" "Yes, indeed!" from Sam Sanderson. "All I hate about the matter is that we did not get to ill any of the scoundrels," said Bob. "Well, our horses knocked a few of them down,'1 said Ben Spurlock. "There is some satisfaction in that," said Bob. "I wonder if they have horses?" said Dick, the thought having suddenly occurred to him that such might be the case. "I hardly think so," from Mark Morrison. "Keep a sharp lookout behind us, anyway," cautioned Dick. The youths did so and had not gone far before Bob, who had happened to glance over his shoulder, gave utterance to the exclamation: "They're coming !" All looked back and saw the redcoats and Tories coming after them as fast as they could make their horses travel. "It will be a race now, sure enough!" said Dick. "Let's stop and fight 'em!" cried Bob. "We can whip I t hem all right." "We might, Bob; and I would be willing to risk it if it wasn't for the money." "That's so; we can't afford to take many risks, so long as we have the money to protect." "You are right." "Jove, I wish we didn't have it!" The youths were urging their horses to their best speed. So were their pursuers; but the redcoats and Tories did not have as good horses as was the case with the Liberty Boys. The result was that they were gradually left behind, and at last they gave up the chase in despair. As soon as they saw they were no longer pursued, the Liberty Boys slackened speed. 'l'hey did not want to be hard on their horses. They reached the encampment in due time in safety. They went at once to headquarters. They carried the saddle-bags into the log cabin occupied by the commander-in-chief and his staff and placed them on the floor. "There, your excellency," said Dick, "is the n1oney that you sent us after." "You have done well, my boy,'1 said the general. "Here is a letter from Robert Morris, sir." He handed the commander-in-chief a letter, and the -general opened the letter and read the contents. Dick and the Liberty Boys, there being nothing further for them to do, saluted and withdrew. As soon as they were out of doors Bob said, eagerly: "We've got the money off our hands, Dick; now let's go back and give those redcoats and Tories a thrashing!" Dick laughed. "That's just about what I expected to hear you say, Bob," he said. "Well, let's do it, old fellow!" "I'm afraid that we won't be able to find them." "We can try, at any rate." "Yes, so we can." "Come on, then! Let's hurry." "We will want more than the ten of us, old fellow. Wait till we get some more of the boys." "Let's hurry about it, then." Forty more of the Liberty Boys quickly bridled and saddled their horses, and the fifty youths set out south ward at a gallop. It was about ten miles to where they had seen the red coats and Tories, and they were not more than an hour in reaching the spot. They saw nothing of the enemy, but decided to search around a bit, and so they dismounted, and, leaving half a dozen youths to guard the horses, scattered the timber to look for the enemy. Dick finally caught sight of a log cabin in a little clear ing and crept up close to reconnoiter, his idea being that it might be the rendezvous of some of the redcoats arid Tories. As he approached two rough-looking men suddenly leaped out from behind trees and attempted to seize him. Although taken by surprise, Dick was equal to the emergency. He knocked them down one after the other, and then turned and ran back in the direction from which he had come. The two men leaped up wild with rage, and, drawing pistols, they fired a couple of shots i).it the fugitive. Dick encountered Bob and three more of the boys pres ently, and told them about the men who had attacked him. "Come along back with me," he said; "and we will see if we can oapture the scoundrels." They hastened back in the . direction of the cabin, and on the way were joined by two or three more of the youths.


4 THE LIBERTY BOYS AT PRINCETON. Just as th e y reached the edge of the clearing the two men emerged from the cabin, and, catching s ight of the youths, s tarted to run around the corner of the cabin. The youths had their pistols out , and they fired a volley at the two. One gave utterance to a yell of ' pain, but he kept on running. He. was hit undoubtedly, 1but was not so se verely injured as to impede his progress. "After them!" cried Dick. He wish e d to capture them so as to make them _ tell where the oth e r s were. The youths chased the two half a mile at least, but were unable to catch them. Finally they gave up the cha s e and went back. They looked into the cabin, but found nothing , save some split log furniture and a couple of lnmk s . They then made their way back to where they had left their horses, and a s soon a s all the Lib e rty Boys had put in an appearance they mounted their horses and rode back to the encampment. CHAPTER III. THE BOYS DO IMPORTANT WORK. British are coming, your excellency!" "Say you so, Dick." "Yes, sir . " "Where is the army?" "It is about three miles away, s ir, coming from the direction of Princeton." "Do you think it i s the entire British army?" "It is the major portion, at least, sir." Dick Slater had been out on a reconnoitering expedition from Trenton. The patriot army had captured Trenton and about one thousand Hessians on Christmas morning, and now haJ possession of "the town. Dick had discovered the approach of the Briti s h army and bad come to headquar-ters to make his report. General Washington asked a few more questions and then summoned his orderly and told him to send the officers of the staff to the room at once. The officers were on hand quickly. The command e r-in-chief e xplained th e situation to them, and after a very brief council it was d e cided to retreat across the Ass unpink, a s tream lying s outh of Trenton and emptying into the Delaware. The orders were given immediately, and soon the patriot army was on the move. It marched acros s the stream on a bridge and then took up its position on the high ground beyond the stream. As soon as they had got located General Washington sent out General Greene and some of the best soldiers, including the Liberty Boys, to harass the British and retard advance all that was possible. They did this work to such good effect that the Bri did not arrive in Trenton until nearly sundown. They pursued the patriots, who' just managed to . across the bridge before the enemy could cut them 6 Then Cornwallis' force attempted to make its way acr the bridge, but the patriot army opened on them with cannon and drove them back three times in succession A strong force attempted to cross the Assunpinka ford higher up the stream, but were repulsed, and m of the Briti s h dropped in the . water, dead. • The battle then went on till nightfall, when the cann ading ceased. General Washington at once called a council of war The patriot army was in a dangerous position. It was almost as strong, numerically, as was the Brit army, but one-half its men, at least, militia, might become demoralized at any moment, while the B ish army was made up wholly of regulars, veterans had taken part in many battles in Europe. After an hour of careful consideration and discuss it was decided that the best thing to do would be to ev uate the encampment some time during the night, mai by a round-about course, cross the Assunpink and m J t heir way to Princeton, capture the gauison there, ai if pos sible, proceed to New Brunswick and capture t g arrison and stores at that point. In order to make this a succes s it would be necessary deceive the enemy into thinking that nothing other to remain where they were and fight it out next day thought of. "We will build campfires all along the front oflines , " said General W a$hington, "and will station guar and the enemy will not suspect that we have any plan , hand other than to remain here." "It will be dangerou s work for the little force that 1 mains here," said General Greene; "who will do it?" "I think I know the very persons for the task," said t commander-in-chief. "The Liberty Boys?" with a smile. "Yes." "I had them in mind." "Yes, they will be glad to undertake to remain ha and deceive the enemy, I am sure." "I think so." "I will se!id for Captain Slater and see what he has say." He summoned Dick by an orderly, and the youth put in a"!! appearance. "Dick," said the commander-in-chief, earnestly; "Iba some d:mgerous work for you. Are you ready to und take it?" "Yes, your excellency," was the prompt reply. "You do not stop to ask what the work is." "No," with a shake of the head; "I know,you would


THE LIBERTY BOYS AT PRINCETON. me to try to do anything impossible or suicidal, so am dy to attempt the work whatever it may be." "Bravo! Well said, Dick!" from General Greene. "The work which I wish you and your Liberty Boys to is this, Dick," said the commander-in-chief, and then told the youth what he wished done. "We shall be glad to do this work, sir," said Dick, when had heard all. n. ''I was sure that you would be." "Yes, your excellency." -"You will need to be on your guard all the time, my y, as the enemy might make a night attack, in which lo vent you would need to retreat promptly." "We will be on our guard, sir, and will not let them r. ake us by surprise." The commander-in-chief talked to Dick quite awhile, iving him instructions, and then the youth saluted and 1 eturned to where the Liberty Boys were stationed. He told them what the commander-in-chief wanted them f'" o do, and they were delighted. Anything that promised risk and excitement found favor in their eyes. i They went and built the campfires along the front of the a army and set about feeding the so as to keep them c blazing. The main army was back farther, where the light of the 1 campfires did not penetrate, so that when they got ready to withdraw they could do it without being seen by the enemy. Shortly after midnight the patriot army began breaking l camp. Dick and the Liberty Boys had taken up their posit ion along the entire front of the army, and while some s tood 1 guard, others were at work feeding the fires. Other s still were back farther working with picks and shove ls, the , sound of the blows on the frozen ground ringing out loudly on the night air. This was done to deceive the enemy into belief that soldiers were at work fortifying and strengthening the defense s . Dick, musket in hand, was on the move all the time, going from one campfire to another and visiting the ' differ ent sentinels in turn. He was determined that the work !should be done well. Presently an orderly came up and said: "The commander-in-chief wishes to see you, Captain SlaterJ' "Where is he?" "You are to accompany me to him." "Very good; I will go right along with you." They made their way to where General Washington stood. "Ah, here you are, my boy." "Yes, your excellency." "We are about to go and leave you, my boy, and I wished tEi see you before going." "Have you some further instructions for me, sir?" "No, Dick; I think that I have told you all that is sary. Still there may be one or two things that I can say that will be of assistance to you." Then he mentioned some points that he had overlooked earlier in ihe night when talking to Dick, after which he said that he must now be going. "Goodby, Dick,_" said General Washington, shaking the youth's hand warmly. "You have important work to do here, and I am sure that you will do it well." "I will do the best I can, _your excellency," said Dick, modestly. CHAPTER IV. WASHINGTON'S NARROW ESOAPE. "Well, I guess it is time for u s to go, Bob." "You are right, Dick." "Yes, we have k ept the fires burning and have carried out the deception perfectly. The army must be nearly to Princeton by this time." "I think it likely." It was now about four o'clock in the morning, and the Liberty Boys felt that they had done their full duty. Dick gave the command for the youths to mount their horses, and they dld so. The party then set out, going by the sam . e route that the army had taken. This was a . rather rough route, through the timber, but the Liberty Boys managed to follow it without much diffi culty. At last they crossed the Assunpink and headed north ward toward Princeton. Just as the first li ght of the morning su n began to show in the eas t the sound of cannon booming in the direction of Princeton came to the h earing of the Liberty . Boys. "The battle ha s begun!" cried Bob. "Yes," said Dick; "and if we ride hard we may get there in time to take part in it." The y urged their horses to their best speed, and at last came to the scene of the battle, which was at a point near what was known as the Quaker Meeting House, at Stony . The battle was raging hotly when the Liberty Boys arrived, and they at once dashed into the thick of the fight. Their coming was hailed with delight by the patriot soldiers, and the Briti s h must have thought a much stronger force had come to the aid of the patriot army, for they were driven back much more eas il y than had been the case. At that particular time when the Liberty Boys put in an appearance the patriot army was in a somewhat de moralized condition. The majority of the men were mi litia, and the determined attack of the Briti sh-of which there were three regiments-had broken the patriot ranks. General Washington was in command in person and was


6 THE LIBERTY BOYS AT PRINCETON. riding from one detachment to another rallying the troops had turned off and were keeping in the direction of N and getting them straightened out and ready for better Brunswick. work. The commander-in chief called all the members of 1 General Mercer had just fallen, mortally wounded, and staff about him and held a council of war on horseback. l1is riflemen were on the point of fleeing in panic-stricken The question to be decided was, Should they go to N horror. General Washington wished to get the militia shaped Brunswick and try to secure the stores of the British around r;io that they could go to the assistance of the rifle-that point, or should they go northward toward l\Iorr men, and this he succeeded in doing, aided by the Liberty town. Boys, who had come up just at that time. It was decided finally that it would be too risky to ve And it was a few minutes later that General Washing-ture to go to New Brunswick, and the troops were order ton had perhaps the narrowest escape of his life. to proceed on northward toward Morristown. Mr. Curtis, in his Recollections of the Life and CharacThus ended the battle of Princeton, and the command ter of Washington, gives a graphic picture of the scene in-chief's escape from death at that time is often spok when the commander-in-chief brought the militia, riflemen of as "Washington's narrow escape . " and Liberty Boys into action. He says: The British loss was one hundred killed and three hu "The discomfited Americans rally on the instant and dred wounded and prisoners, while the patriots lost abo :form into line. The enemy halt and dress their line. The one hundred. American chief is between the adverse posts, as though The patriot army marched onward, and at last went in he had been placed there as a target for both. The arms of camp at Morristown. both are leveled. Can escape from death be possible? the main British army, under Cornwall Fitzgerald (Washington's aid), horror-struck at the death was hastening ' to the scene of battle. of his beloved commander, dropped the reins upon his The cannonading had been heard early in the mornin h orse's neck and drew his hat oYer his ace tpat he might and Cornwallis had thought that it was thunder, thou not see him die. A roar of musketry succeeds and then it seemed strange that there would be thunder in midwi a shout. It was the shout of victory. The aid-de-camp ter. ventures to raise his eyes. Oh, glorious sight! the enemy "It is not thunde r , General Cornwallis," cried Gen er are broken and flying; while dimly, amid the glimpses of _Erskine; "it is the booming of cannon! General Washin the smoke, is seen the chief alive, unharmed, and without ton has outgeneraled us!" a wound, waving his hat cheering his comrades to the' General Cornwallis sent a force across the Assunpi pursuit. Colonel Fitzgerald, celebrated a:s one of the finest and found the deserted encampment, and this proved th 110rsemen in the American army, now dashed his rowels General Erskine's theory was correct. i n his charger's flanks, and, heedless of the dead and . dying . He gave orders for the soldiers to break camp and mare in his way, flew to the side of the chief, exclaiming, 'Thank m the direction of Princeton, and they did so. God! Your excellency is safer While the favorite aid, a When they came to the spot where the battle had take gallant and warm-hearted son of Erin, a man of thews and place they found the dead and wounded lying where,the sinews (and albeit unused to the melting mood), gave loose hacl fallen and took charge of the latter and b u ried th to his feelings a11d wept li}s:e a child for joy. Washington, former. ever calm amidst scenes of the greatest excitement, affecSome of the less seriously wounded told the story of th tionately grasped the hand of his aid and friend and then battle, and then Cornwallis, eager to get at the ene m y an o r dered, 'Away, my dear colonel, and bring up the troops; the tables, ordered the troops to march onward towar the day is our own !' " Prmceton. This was the end of the battle of Princeton which was His idea was that Washington and the patriot arm a for the patriots. ' would make a stand at Princeton, so when he was w ithi three-quarters of a mile of the town he ordered a halt an then sent out several small forces of cava l ry to recon noiter. But for the work of tlrn commander-in-chief in person, however, it is probable that the British would have won the day, as they .were veterans, while the patriots were in the main militia . Washington inspired them with courage and confidence, h o wever, and the appearance of the daring, dashing and desperate Liberty Boys, who fought like demons, turned the tide of battle instantly, and the British fled, pursued b y the patriot soldiers. Washington and the Liberty Boys were in the lead in the pursuit, and after them came the main army. They pursued the British three miles to Kirwston be-o ' yon d the Millstone River, and there paused, as tJrn redcoats They sent back messengers reporting tha t ever y thin was quiet in the direction of the town, and so t h e arm advanced slowly and cautiously. General Cornwallis now had a high opinion of th e gacity and generalship of General Washington, a nd not to be deceired and led into a trap by a n y as pect o seeming peace and quiet. He suspected that behind tlle fortifications h e would fin the entire patriot army ready for battle. Tl1e soldiers expecte d thi s a lso, an d w e r e r e ady to bat desperate l y .


THE LIBERTY BOYS AT PRINCETON. 7 Closer and closer to the fortifications they drew, and "I will, your excellency." 1 ill all was quiet. Then Dick saluted and withdrew. What could it mean? He went to the quarter s occupied by the Liberty Boy!! J, Were the rebels waiting to make sure of killing a man and told the m what the commander-in-chief had said. nth every bullet? They were delighted. : E Closer still they drew, and then the command came to "Say, Dick, that mean s that we are to have a lively time, narge. doesn't it?" cried Bob Estabrook i They obeyed, dashing forward up and over the works-"I shouldn't wonder, Bob . " nly to find them deserted. "Hurrah! That suits me." The patriots were gone. "I guess it s uits all of u s," said Ben Spurlock. They bad again deceived Cornwallis, and again he was "Yes, indeed!" from Sam Sanderson. •ild with rage. The boys began discussing the matter and talked about He ordered that a pursuit be made, and this was done, it till they had eaten dinner. Then they began getting DUt when he reached the point where the patriot army had ready for the trip. on northwllrd, instead of turning to the right in They bridled and s addled their horse s and then mounted he direction of New Brunswick, he decided to pursue no and rode away toward the south. 'arther, l!ut to go to New Brunswick with his army. 'Ehey arrived at Princeton in due time and took posses-He felt that ' be had been outgeneraled and beaten at sion of the s tronge s t buildings. rery turn, however, and he was in a very angry and disDick at once s tation e d s entinels and got ready to make atisfied mood for many days. their stay a s comfortable as possible. CHAPTERV. FORAGING. Three days after the patriot army went into camp at lforristown, General Washington sent for Dick. He reported at headquarters at once. "Dick/' the commander-in-chief said, "I have some :ll'ork fo:i; you and your Liberty Boys." The youth smiled and looked pleased. "I am glad of it, your excellency," he said. The general smiled. \ "I was sure you would be," he said. "What is the work, sir?" "I will tell you, pick. I want that you and yout Liberty !Boys shall take up your quarters at Princeton and hold the tplace, making it a depot for the gathering and storing of supplies which you will send hete at frequent intervals." Dick's face brightened. This was just the kind of work he liked, and he knew it was the kind of work the Liberty Boys liked. ''We will do this work, sir," he said. "How soon shall we go to l?rinceton ?" "At once." "Very well, your excellency." They talked an hour longer, the commander-in-chief telling Dick just what they would have to do at Princeton. "You will need to be constantly on your guard," he said. "You are likely to be attacked by British as soon as they learn that you are there." "We will keep your eyes open, your excellency." "Do so, and keep us regarding how things go ::tt Princ eton ." "The fir s t thing to do i s to get some provisions," said Dick. "Let me have the work of getting the provisions," said Bob. "All right; take half a dozen of the boys and go and get some fobd s upplies. Hunt up the home of a Tory, if pos sible." "Trus t me for that," grinned Bob. Then he named half a dozen of the boys , and they set out at once in search of a place where provi s ions might be secured. Presently they came to the home of a settler, and Bob dismounted and went to the door and knocked. A man came to the door. He was a rough-looking fellow and looked at Bob with a scowl on his face. "Who air ye, an' whut d'ye want?" he asked. "You are a king's man!" declared Bob , eyeing the man sternly. ' "Whut ef I am?" s ullenly. "I've got er right ter be, hain't I?" "Certainly, certainly," replied Bob, urbanely; "you have a right to be a king's man if you want to be." "Thet's whut I thort." "You thought right, and now what have you in the way of provisions that hungry men can eat?" The man changed color. It was evident that he had not been expecting this. "Ye want pervisions ?" he stammered. "Yes." "I hain't got none." "Oh, I guess you have. Isn't there some meat in that smokehouse?" indicating a log building not far away. The man changed color. "Yas, thar's some meat in thar," he acknowledged; "but et's mine, an' I want et fur myse'f." "We can't help that; we want it, and must have it. Also, if you have plenty of cornmeal and some fruit and


8 THE LIBERTY BOYS AT PRINCETON. wgetables in the cellar we shall be glad to have some of those things." Supper was ready now, and they ate heartily, for th were blessed with good appetites all the time. "All right," the man said, sullenly; "I s' pose ye'll do ez ye please, ennyhow, so thar hain't no use fur me ter say ennythin'." "Now bring on your redcoats," said Bob, when he ha finished eating; "1 feel as though I could thrash a score o s o myself." I "That's right. We are going to do as we please, and we please to help ourselves to eYetything in the way of pro visions that you have about the place." Then he turned to the Liberty Boy s and called out: "Dismount, boys, and come in. We wil1 see what we can find." He made his way to the smoke house and found it locked. CHAPTER VI. FORDYCE's NARROW ESCAPE. "Come and unlock this," he called out to the man, and "Say, Bob, I have a plan." he came s lowl y along. The door was unlocked and Bob "For what, Dick?" entered. There was meat i'n large quantities in the build"For securing provisions for the army at Morristown. ing, and he nodded in satisfaction. "I thought that we were to go out among the farffi:ers i "Quite a nice lot of meat," he said; "that will last us this vicinity and gather in all the food supplies possibl awhile, at any rate." Dick, and send them to the army at Morristowri." The settler stared in dismay. "Yes, we are to do that; but that will not sti.ffice." "Ye don' mean ter s ay' thet ye air go in' ter take et all!" "What else can we do?". he half gasped. "I don't know what we can do, but I know what we ca Bob nodded with a grin of e njoyment. try to do." "That's what I mean," he said. "Let's hear ft then." "W'y, ther six 1.1v ye couldn' eat all thet meat in month s !" "You know that the British have a large supply of store "Oh, but there are more of us not far away." at Brunswick." "Ob, is thet thcr way uv et?" ''Yes, I understand that such is the case." "Yes; there arc one hundred of us, and we need a lot "Well, my plan is to try to secure those stores." of food, I tell you.'' Bob stared. "I reckon thet's so; but don' take all I've got. I don' "Say, Dick, you have plenty of nerve!" he exclaimed wanter starve." admiringly. "Have you a family?" Dick laughed: "Yas; er wife an' two gals." "You don't think we can do it, eh?" "Oh, well, then, we won't take all your provisions. We Bob shook his head. will leave yol\,, enough to last you awhile, at any rate." "I.don't say that, Dick. I know that when you start i The Liberty Boys searched in the kitchen and cellar and to do a thing you usually succeed; but this does seem t found cornmeal, apple s and vegetables in considerable be a bit extiaordinary, and I am not at all certain it ca quantities. They placed these in sacko and loaded them be done." onto the backs of their .horses. In like manner the meat "Neither am I, but we will try it, at any rate." was taken care of, and then the settler goodby, the y "How are you going to go about it, old fellow?" took their departure. Their hor ses were so heavily laden Dick s hook his head. that the youths had to walk. "That is something I haven't got figured out yet." They reached Princeton in due time and were given a "Well, anything you want me to do I will do, old .fel joyous reception by the other youths, who were hungry. low." The provisions were unloaded from the horses' backs, "I know that, Bob." and soon the savory odor of bacon and ham went up on the Dick and Bob were seated in one corner of the big room air, making the youths hungrier than ever. in the house where they had taken up their quarters. The Bob told Dick about the Tory and how sullen he had other youths were seated about talking and laughing and been. telling stories, and Dick and Bob had a chance to ta "He didn't like our helping ourselves to the food," Bob confidentially. said. They talked awhile, and then Bob said: "I suppose not, Bob," with a smile. "In order to make a success of what you are figurin "I don't care, though; if men haven't any more sense on, you ought to be in New Brunswick and find out a than to be adherents of the king, they ought to lose everyabout where the stores are, how they might be secured an thing they have." carried away, and everything." "Well, I s uppose they think they in the right, Bob." "Yes, that will be necessary, and I have made up my. "I su ppose so; but I don't see how they can think it." 'mind to enter New Brunswick and find out all tho "Neither do I." . thing s."


THE LIBERTY BOYS AT PRINCETON. 9 Bob became deeply interested at once. "How are you going to do it, old fellow?" Dick shook his head. "That is a point I haven't been able to decide as yet." Bob was thoughtful a few minutes and then said: "I think I know a good way to get into New Brunswick, Id fellow." "How?" with an air of interest. "Why, on the _ ice." "You mean for me to skate down the river and get into he town in that manner?" "Yes." '.'That is a good plan, Bob." {'I think so." ''Yes; I'm glad that you thought of that." "We can get some from some of boys here." "Undoubtedly." They talked the plan over, and at last decided that the ttempt at getting into New Brun swick should be made next day; "I'm going to go with you, Dick," said Bob. "Not into the town, Bob." "No; but to within a mile or so of the place." "All right; I shall be glad to have company." This pleased Bob greatly. He was a youth who delighted in outdoor life and sports I • of all kinds, and he dearly loved to skate. . The distance to New Brunswick, by river, was at twenty miles, but it would be merely fun for them to skate hat distance. -It was night, and the youths were eager for the next day come, so they could put their plan into execution. Next _ morning they set out and went from house to house, and finally secured two pair s of skates from a couple of youths of the town. Returning _ to the house where they had their quarters, Dick and Bob dressed themselws in a couple of suits of citizen's clothing-also secured from the youths who loaned them skates-after which Dick told the Liberty Boys what he was going to do. They were well pleased with the idea of trying to secure stores from the British; but, like Bob, the majority it be a very difficult matter. _ This would not deter them from making an effort to se?ure the stores, however. "When will you start for New Brunswick?" asked Mark Morrison. "Not till after dinner," _said Dick; "we don't want to ge_ t to the vicinity of the town until after dark, and we can there in two or three hours." It was nearly the middle of the afternoon when the two Ret out. The Liberty Boys were all down at the shore to see them off. "Goodby," the two called out. "Goodby, and good luck to you," came from the others. Then Dick and Bob skated away at good speed. They were splendid skaters, and sped over the ice swiftly . .. They disappeared around a bend, and then the Liberty Boys returned to their quarters. Dick and Bob skated onward a couple of hours and then came upon a boy skating. "How far is it to New Brunswick?" Dick asked. " 'Bout three miles," was the reply. "Thank you.'' The boy looked at the two and said : "Air ye go in' to New Brunswick?" "We are thinking of it." "Ye kain't git there." "Why not?" "The sojers won't let ye." "Oh, they won't, eh?" "No; they don' like to have strangers come there." "Oh, well, we are not particular about it." Then they skated onward around a bend, leaving the boy to enjoy him s elf alone. The rfrer made many crooks, and it was impossible to see it very far ahead. They had gone perhaps a mile and a half from where they had seen the boy, 'when they s kated around a bend and came upon a girl who had broken through the ice. She was holding onto the ice as best she could, and her face was blue and pinched with the cold, while her teeth were chattering. "Great guns, Dick! Look there!" cried Bob. "We must save her, Bob!" , They skated close up to the girl and saw that she had gone through an airhole. "You hold to me, Bob," said Dick," and I will get close up to the hole and pull the girl out." "All right, Dick." The girl's teeth were chattering so that she could not say a word, but she heard what Dick said and realized that she was to be rescued from her unpleasant and perilous position, and this knowledge gave her strength to hold on till this was done. Dick skated close up to the girl and took hold of her wrists. Bob took hold of his comrade and held him firmly. Dick was very strong, and he lifted the girl up onto the ice without much difficulty. "Dan you walk with our assistance, miss?" asked Dick. "She has skates on, Dick," said Bob. "I--can_:_skate, I-guess," the girl said, shiveringly. "We will hold you up if you can make the strokes, miss." They set out toward the shore and soon reached it. Then Bob removed the girl's skate s . "Where do you live, miss?" ask e d Dick. "About-half-a mile-from-here, sir." "We will accompany you to your home. Here, put on my overcoat; it will keep you from freezing, at any rate."


10 THE LIBERTY BOYS A 'I' PRINCETON. He took off his overcoat and placed it around the girl Iner, and it was evident that she was as intelligent as sh and buttoned it. The girl protested. was bright and lively. "You-will-get--cold, sir," she said. "You must stay and take supper with us," invited M "Not at all," with a smile. Fordyce . Then Dick and Bob hastily removed their skates and ''Yes, indeed!" from Mrs. Fordyce. walked along with the girl, each . holding to an arm, for "Oh, we'll stay!" smiled Bob; "it isn't often that w she was weak from holding onto the ice so long. soldiers have a chance to--" He paused and looked di "What is your name, miss?" asked Dick. concerted. He realized that he had unwittingly reveale "Maida Fordyce, sir." to these people the fact that he and Dick were other tha "My name is Dick Slater, and my comrade's name is what they seemed to be. Bob Estabrook." "Say, kick me, Dick!'' he exclaimed in disgust; "I ''I thank you, sirs . You certainly-saved-my-life.'' haven't any sense! I guess it will be a good while before "No thanks are necessary, Miss Fordyce." you will want to take me with you again." "No, indeed!" from Bob. 'l'he Fordyces were shrewd, intelligent people, and they "But I do-thank-you." at once jumped to the conclusion that the youths were pa "How came you to get into the airhole?" asked Bob. triot soldiers in disguise. "I was not-looking--out like I ought-to have-been, "That is all right, sirs," said Mr. Fordyce, quickly; "if and went-through it before-I knew it." you are patriot soldiers yon need not fear to acknowledge • A few moments later they came out in a good-sized clearthe fact before us, for we are patriots." ing, in the center of which stood a large log house. "Yes, indeed we are patriots!'' cried Maida. "This is-my-home," the girl said. "We are glad to know that," said Dick. CHAPTER VII. A PATRIOT FAMILY. Maida Fordyce's parents were alarmed when they sa\Y • her enter in company with two strange youths and the girl with an overcoat around her. "Why, what is the matter, Maida?" her mother cried. "I skated through an airhole, mother, and am nearly frozen. These young men saved my life, for if they hadn 'i come along just when they did I should have had to let go and would have been drowned." "Go to your room and change your clothes, daughter, before you catch your death of cold." "Yes, mother; you and father make these young men feel at home." "Yes, yes, Maida." The girl went upstairs, and Mr. Fordyce and his wife thanked the youths for saving their daughter, and then asked their names, which the two gave. The Liberty Boys did not. know whether or not Mr. Fordyce was a patriot, so they were carefu l not to let him know that they were patriot soldiers. They explained that they had been skating on the river and had happened to come along just in time to be of service to the girl. Presently she came back downstairs, and she had on a neatly-fitting dress that showed she possessM good taste., and it was of a color that suited her complexion per fectly. "How do you feel now, daughter?" asked Mrs. Fordyce. "I feel as good as new, mother," with a s mile. Then she began talking to the youths in a spirited man"I am!" smiled Bob. ''The knowledge takes away the sting of my having let the cat out of the bag regarding Dick and myself." "That's all right, Bob," Raid Dick; "the best of us say things at times that we don't intend to say." "That's so," said Mr. Fordyce, "and this time it has done no harm." "Oh, I am so glad that I know you are patriots !" cried Maida. "You are getting into rather a dangerous locality," said Mr. Fordyce. "It is scarcely more than a mile to New Brunswick, where there are several thousand British sol diers." "We were on our way to ew Brunswick," said Dick . : "or rather, I was intending to go there. Bob here, was not going." "What, you venture into New Brunswick!'' exclaimed Mr. Fordyce. "That would be suicidal." '''l'hat depends, sir, on whether or not the redcoats find out that I am a patriot." "That is true, of course." "You will be in great danger," said :Maida; "for there is the possibility that you may be found out." "That does not worry me so much as the question of how I am to get into the town,'' said Dick. Suddenly Maida clapped her hands. "I know how you can do it with safety," she said, eagerly. "How , Miss Maida?" "I'll tell you: There are scores of young folks out on the ice every evening skating, and we can go down there and join them, and then when they go back to New Brunswick you can go along with them, and the soldiers will not think anything about it, but will suppose you belong there." "That is a splendid scheme, Miss Maida!" cried Dick.


THE LIBERTY BOYS AT PRINCETON. 11 "I can make a still better one of it, Mr. Slater." "How is that?" "I have a friend living in Jew Brunswick. Her folks re patriots, though, of course, they keep still about it; nd she is usually out on the ice in the evening. I will troduce you to her, tell her who you are and what you ant, and then you can accompany her to her home and ' tay' there till you are ready to come away from the town." "Thank '7ou, Miss Maida. That will be very kind of au, and !t will make the matter of my staying in the town simple one." ' "So I thought." "And say, Dick, why can't I stay here till you come ack ?" asked Bob. "You can, I guess, if they have l'oom for you here." "Oh, we have plenty of room," said Mr. Fordyce. "Good I" cried Bob. "I will sfay here, thin, till Dick gets through reconnoitering in New Brunswick." Mrs. Fordyce and Maida now went to the kitchen and began cooking supper. When the meal was ready it was easy to see that they had taken unusual pains and had gotten up a meal that was out of the ordinary. The two Liberty Boys enjoyed the supper immensely anCl praised the cooking in such warm terms that Mrs. Fordyce and Maida were delighted. The girl helped her mother wash and dry the dishes when the meal was ended, and then, as night came on, she began getting ready to go on the skating trip. "Now do be careful, Maida, and don't fall through any more airholes !" her mother said, somewhat anxi6usly. "We'll keep close to her, Mrs. Fordyce, and will see to it that she keeps away from dangerous places," said Bob. "Thank you; you will have to watch her pretty close, for when she gets to skating she gets so excited and enthusiastic that she doesn't think 'about danger." "I'll bring her back safe," said Bob. "That's so; you will be coming back, so she will have company." "Yes.'' Then they donned their outer wraps, took their skates and set out. They soon reached the river and Bob strapped 'Maida's bkates on and then his own; Dick was ready, of course, and so they_ set out down the river. Pre sently they rounded a bend in the river and came upon a large crowd of young folks skating hither and thither. There were fifty at least, and they were of both sexes and all ages from seven up to twenty-five. Dick, Bob and Maida skated right in among the e young folks, and did not attract much attention, as everybody was mtent on their own enjoyment. Presently Maida uttered an exclamation: ''There she is!" "Your friend?" asked Dick. ''Yes; c;om along and I will introduce you." CH.4.PTER VIII. A SKATING RACE. Maida introduced Dick and Bob to her friend, Alice Golden, and the youths that the girl was a lively, jolly maiden, like Maida. It was moonlight, and they could see that she was quite pretty also. They now paired off, Dick and Alice skating together and Bob and Maida. Presently they were away from the crowd, and then thev stopped, and Maida explained to her rienc1 who and wh;t Dick and Bob were, and asked her if Dick might go to her home and stay there while in New Brunswick. "Certainly," replied Alice, promptly; "father is a strong patriot, and will be glad to have you come there, Mr. Slater." "Thank you, Miss Golden. It will be very kind of"him to do that." When they had talked the matter over sufficiently they skated back toward the crowd and were met by a young fellow about the age of Dick and Bob. He was not a bad looking fellow, as the youths could see, but they did not like the tone and, air he used in addressing Alice, over whom he seemed to imagine hehad a sort of proprietary right. "Where have you been?" he asked, somewhat arrogantly; "I have been looking all over for you." "I went up the river a ways with some friends,'' replied Alice, somewhat stiffly, for it was evident that she resented the tone of the young man. "I will make you acquainted with my friends. This is Mr. Slater, and this Mr. Estabrook. Gentlemen, Mr. Glassner." Dick and Bob acknowledged the introduction rather coldly. "You are already acquainted with Maida, I believe, Bert," said Alice. "Yes," and then Glassner turned to Alice and said : ' "Come along or a skate up the river." "You will have to excuse me, Bert," was the reply. "I do not wish to leave my :friends." "Oh, all right!" exclaimed young Glassner, in an angry voice, and he turned and skated away without another word. "I am sorry if we have interfered in any way with your plans or your pleasure." . .. . "I assure you that you have not done so, :M:r. Slater," the girl said; "Mr. Glassner has no right to get angry, or I bad not promised to skate with him." "Alice don't like him,'' Maida whispered in Bob's ear. "And I don't blame her," said Bob, in reply; "I don't like him myself. He is too arrogant to suit me." "Yes, he is too bossy altogether." Then the two couples skated down to the crowd and were soon in its midst enjoying themselves as only young folks can."


r THE LIBERTY BOYS AT PRINCET ON. Suddenly . Bert Glassner came gliding along past lhe couples, and as he did so he said: " I can beat any fellow in the crowd skating." Now, Bob was a splendid skater. He prided himself on his skill and wonderful speed, and he took the speaker up instantly. "You mean that you think you can !" he cried Glassner executed a maneuver that brought him back past the two couples, and he said, sneeringly: "No, I mean just what I said-that I can beat any fel-low in th e crowd skating." "You can't beat me." "I will beat you if you'll race with me." "I s hall be only too glad to do it, but there ought to be something at stake. " "You don't mean that you want to wager money?" "Oh, no; but something else just to increase the in terest." "Maybe the girls will all agree to let the winner of the race kiss whichever one that he chooses," cried Glassner, eagerly. There were a number of lively , jolly girls present, and one cried out: "All we' ll do it. We'll agree to let the winner of the race kiss any one of us that he wishes--won't we, girls?" The other girls e ntered into the s pirit of the thing and cried out that they would. "All right; that settles it, then!" cried Glassner, eagerly. "That s uit s me," laughed Bob, "and I can taste that kiss already, in anticipation." "Bah!" snee red Glassner; -"if you never get a kiss till you. win it by beating me skating you will never get one at all." "That remain s to be seen," coolly; "and so sure am I that I will win the race and the kiss that l am willing to agree furth er that if I am defeated I will sW:nd on my head half a minute, here on the ice-that is, if you will agree to do the same if you are defeated." "All right; I agree to that!" eagerly. Thi s increased the interest, and all were eager for the race to be run at once. "I'm ready right now," said Bob. ''And so am I," from Glassner. "How far s hall we skate?" "I leave that for you to say." "Well, how will half.a mile do?" "That will suit me." "Very well; I suppose that the finish will be here." "Yes ; we will sprinkle some snow on the ice here, and that will be the finish line." "All right." This was done, and then the two ski).ted away up the ice together." "We can start ourselves," Glassner had sa id. They skated up the river half a mile, as nearly as they could guess, and then got ready for the s tart. It was be a sta n di n g start, and they took up position, ten feet from each other. "I will say, 'One, two, three, go!'" said Glassner . " l s that satisfactory?" . "Certainly; go ahead." "All right. One !" They set themselves. "Two!" They leaned forward and got in readiness. "Three! ' ' • They drew a long breath. "Go!" They shot forward as though sent by a steam catapult . Both were experts at starting, and they got off almost exactly together. If either had the best of it it was Bob. They leaped into their stride almost immediately and swept down the river with the speed of the wind. For the first one hundred yards it was nip and tuck between them. Then Glas s ner made a supreme effort and pulled a yard ahead of Bob. The Liberty Boy was not worried, however; he felt that he could easily regain the lost ground in a few moments, and he was content to let the other make the pace and break the wind. He followed close behind and was skating as fast as the other and much more easily. . It took them but a very short time to go half the dis tance, and by that. time the crowd could see them coming quite plainly. Some of the sharp -eyed were even ena.bled to determine which was in the lead. "Bert is ahead!" cried one. Some cheered at this, but there were more who did not. It was plain that Glassner was not a prime favorite. Many would have preferred to bear that the young stranger was ahead. "Oh, your friend is going to be beaten!" exclaimea Maida, her voice trembling with excitement, and the ton0 denoting disappointment. "There is no certainty that he will be beaten,'' replied Dick. "I have known him all my life, and never knew him to be beaten skating." "Oh, I hope he will win !" exclaimed Alice. "I know you do," said Maida; "for if Glassner wins he will claim a ki8s from you!" "That is just what he will do, Maida, and I don't see how I can permit it, for I detest him!" "Don't worry, Miss Alice," said Dick; "if anybody kisses you I am certain that it will be my friend Bob." "I don't think he would choose me," said Alice. "He would be more likely to select Maida, I think." "Oh, now: Alice !" exclaimed Maida, protestingly; but• there was naught of displeasure in the tones. "Well, he would, I am sure; and I do hope he will win!" The skaters were right at hand now, and suddenly Bob shot forward like a flash.


THE LIBERTY BOYS AT PRiNCETON. 13 opponent when they were yet e nty yards from the finish line, and then forward he e like a streak, leaving Glassner as though he were standing still, and across the line Bob shot, six feet ahead at the very least. "Bob wins! Bob wins!" cried her voice trembling with joy. A great shout went_ up from the majority of the spectators. It was evident that Bob's win was a popular one. "I think I know who is going to get a kiss!" Alice whispered in Maida's ear. CHAPTER IX. BOB WINS THE RACE. Bert Glassner was terribly disappointed and deeply cha-grined over his defeat. . So were those of the crowd who were frieJJdly to Bert had never before been defeated, -d:id tieit= Tike the sensation of defeat. . -1 . -2. He shted up to where Dick , Bob arid.:::the :Evo stood; Bob having just came up . and erred :."You didn't beat me faiT !" "What's that?-" cried Bob: "Fsay you didn't beat me fair!" For a wonder Bob did not knock him down. Bob was an excitable, youth as a but this time be held hi s temper in check in tok e n of respect to the girls and replied, quietly: . "In whaf way >vasri't the race fair?" "You intederecl"with me at the start." "1 didn't do anything of the kind!" Bob's voice was aJlgry now."You did!" Glassner wanted to make an excuse for his defeat before the girls, and for the benefit of his reputation as a ska ter. He reasoned that many, particularly his friends, would believe his statement rather than that of the stranger. Bob made a stroke with 1his foot and placed himself squarely in front of Glassner. ''See here," he said; "I don't want any trouble with you, but if you make that statement again I s hall knock you down. You know that I did not interferewith you at the start of the race, or at any time during its continuance, and. that I won fairly." "What's that!" biustered Glassner; "don't you dare teU m e I lie!;; "You may call it by what name you choose," . said Bob, coldly; "but one thing is certain, you have made a sta te ment that is not in accordance with the facts." Glassner was a hot-tempered fellow, and he made the m istake of attempting to str_ike Bob. His arm, however, was bru shed aside easily, and Bob' s right fist shot out, striking the fellow fairly betwee n the eyes and knocking him down kerthump . The girls _screamed and skated hastily away from the spot, thinking there was going to be a fight, but the youths gathered closely around, eager to see the affair. Glassner had enough, however. He scrambled to his feet and shook his fist at Bob, at the same time hissing out, viciously: "1'11 settle with you for that sometime, blast you !" "Why not right now?" asked Bob. "Yes, go for him now, Bert !" urged one 0 his friends . "No, I'v e got to go back to town now," said Bert; "but I'll settle .with you in due time, young fellow, never fear!" this la s t to Bob, of course. "Oh, I never fear," laughed Bob. "And whenever you get ready to se ttle with me you may be sure I'll be ready for you." "Say, Bert," said one who. was in favor of Bob in the race and in this encounter; "you must pay the wagel' you agreed upon. You are to stand on your head half a min ute, you know."-"I'm not going to do it," snarlingly; "he didn't beat me fair," ancl he turned and ska ted away through the cr.owd, they making way for him to pass. They began to laugh and jeer at him at once. ' . ' Hold on; Bert! " "Come back and have it out with the young fellow." "He beat you skating fair, and you know it." "Don't sneak out of standing on your head, as you agreed." "No, come back and stand by what you said." But Bert Glassner made no reply; neither did he but kept on skating, and was soon only a moving speck in the direction of New Brunswick. 'l'hen the young folks, eager for some sport, turned their attention to Bob. "I guess you won't run away and refuse to take your winning, will you?" asked one young fellow. Bob laughed. "I am willing to accept the stake that I won," he said; "but I don' t want to b e mean about it and require something that is given unwillingly." "Oh, I guess the girls aren't unwilling," was the laugh ing reply. "I'll ask them," said Bob. Then he lifted up his voice and called out: "Girls, how is it? Are you willing to let me claim the kiss that I won?" "Of course they are!" cried one young "fellow; "if they , don't say yes we young fellows will kiss every one of them !" "We are willing!" the girls cried in a chorus, followed by a great deal of laughing and giggling, for they were full of mischief and thi s odd affair appealed to them. "All right," cried Bob; "I'll save tim e and trouble ' by kissing the girl nearest to me,'' and he seized Maida For dyce in his arms and kissed her.


THE LIBERTY BOYS AT PRINCETON. "Oh-h-h-h-h !" half gasped Maida, but there "#as not much displeasure in her tones. A great shout of delight went up from the young folks. They were immensely pleased, though it is possible that some of the girls would have been better pleased had they been the one chosen, for the moonlight was bright enough to show that Bob was an extremely handsome young fellow. "What did I tell you?" whispered Alice in Maida's ear at the :first opportunity. "Oh, he just did it because I was the . nearest girl," said }faida. "He said so. " "Yes, but that was just to make it easy for the rest of the girls, .Maida." "Oh, I don't think so." But there was a pleased intona tion to the girl's voice. All the young folks scattered now and went ahead with the sport, an hour or more after this. Then they decided to return to their homes in New Brunswick. Dick was to accompany Alice Golden, of course, and Bob was to return to the Fordyce home with Maida. They bade one another good night and ptirted company. Dick and Alice skated along with the . crowd of young folks that was headed for New Brunswick, while ,Bob and Maida headed up the river. They skated along at a fair rate of speed and talked as they went. "I've enjoyed tnyself immensely this evening, Maida," said Bob. "Have you?" was the reply. "Yes; I don't know when I have had so much fun." "I'm glad." The words were simple, but there was a peculiar, happy tremor in the tones of the girl's voice. Bob did not notice it, however, for he was a practical sort of youth and did not drea.m that the girl would take a liking to him. He was not at all bigoted or self-important, and did not think that he was a handsome, manly young fellow, one that a girl would naturally take a liking to. Nor did he think of such a thing as that the kiss be had given Maida would, under the circumstances, be taken at all seriously. Maida herself did not realize that she cared particularly for Bob. She knew that she was glad to be with him, but supposed this was only natural. Her mind reverted back to the kiss the youth had given her frequently, but neither did she think much about this. "I am glad that you are glad, Maida," said Bob. "I was greatly pleased when you beat Bert Glassner skating," the girl said. ''Were you?" "Yes, and so was Alice. She detests . him, but be persists in coming around her and pesters her a lot more than she likes." "Then I'm glad that I beat him, and that I knocked him down." "Yes, but he is a ratJle!' ."!ic,ious-tempered fellow, and I am afraid that he will try to do you harm if he gets the chance." "I don't think he will get the chance; and, anyhow, if he should make theattempt I shall be ready for him." "I hope so." They reached the point where they were to leave the ice and Bob unstrapped Maida's skates and then his own and they made their >vay to the girl's home. The folks were up yet, and asked if the two had had an enjoyable evening. "Indeed we have!" cried Bob, enthusiastically. " I haven't had so much fun in a year. How is it with you, Maida?" "I enjoyed myself," she replied, and a faint flush swept over her face . Bob nor Mr. Fordyce noticed this, but the girl's mother did. A woman's eyes are keener than a man's . She looked rather keenly at Maida and said to her self: "She has taken a liking to him !" CHAPTER X. IN NEW BRUNSWICK. The Goldens were still up when Alice and Dick arrive at the girl's home. Alice introduced Diak and then explained why he wa there. "You are welcome, Mr. Slater," said Mr. Golden, heart ily. "You must make our house your home while you re main in New Brunswick." "Thank you, sir; I shall be glad to avail myself of you kind invitation." They sat up in front of the fireplace and talked quite awhile. The Liberty Boy expressed himself as being fear ful that be might get them into trouble by staying there in case he should be suspected of being a patriot spy. "It is not likely that you will be suspected, Mr. Slater," said Mr. Golden. "No, I think not, myself." "We can tell our neighbors that you are an old friend who has come here to visit us awhile," said Alice. "So you can, Miss Alice. Well, it will be very kind of you, I must say." "Oh, we shall be glad to do anything we can to ass ist you, Mr. Slater." "Yes, indeed," from Mr. Golden'. "I am a true patriot ; though, of course, I do not say much about it, now that the town is filled with British soldiers." "Of course not," said Dick; "it wonld not be wise and would certain ly do no good to publish the fact that you are a patriot." "No; but as Alice has said, we shall be glad to do any thing and everything we can t? aid you in your purpose of


THE LIBERTY BOYS AT PRINCETON. 15 securing the British stores and taking them away for the use of the patriot soldiers at Morristown." "Thank you, sir . Permitting me to stay here in your home will be a great help to me, for the reason that it will make it possible for me to pursue my investigations and lay my plans without attracting the attention of the British." Presently Mrs. Golden suggested that likely their guest was tired, and that they had better go to bed, ancl Mr. Golden conducted Dick to a room on the second floor. He slept splendidly in the comfortable bed and felt fine next morning. Mrs. Golden and Alice had prepared a splendid breakfast, and Di ck did full justice to it. After breakfast Dick talked with the members of the family awhile, and then went out and walked about the town to see what there was to be seen. Mr. Golden had already told him where the British had their provisions and ammunition stored, and he made a careful survey of the location. He noted one thing, which gave him an idea: The place the provisions and ammunition were stored was near the river. The idea that came to him was that it might be possible to get the stores away in that direction. But how could it be done? That was something to be decided later. '11here were redcoats on every hand, dozens, hundreds of them, but they supposed Dick to be. a citizen of the town, and so paid no attention to him. "Well, have you thought of a plan yet?" asked Mr. Golden, at the dinner-table. "I haven't any plan formulated as yet, sir," was the reply; "but one thing I am pretty sure of." "And that?" "Is that, if we get the stores, we will take them up the river on the ice." "That is a good idea," said Alice. "Now, if you had a lot of small sleds you might load the stores on them and haul them on the ice." "Alice, you are a genius !" cried Dick. The girl blushed with pleasure. "Why, does that seem a practicable plan, Mr. Slater?'' she asked. "Yes, I think so. We will secure one hundred sleds and one hundred pairs of skates, and if we can secure the s tore s we will be able to haul them off in this manner." "You ought to be able to secure the sleds and skates," said Mr. Golden. "Every boy in the country has a sled ana a pair 0: skates." "True," said Dick; "I don't think there will be much difficulty about that." "No, the difficulty will be in ecuriug the s tores." "Yes, but we will do it if such a thing is possible." Dick put in the afternoon looking around and was very well satisfieJ with what he had learned. They skated on up the river, and presently met Bob and Maida, who were on their way down the stream to join the young folks . I They stopped, and Dick explained to Bob the plan he had formed. Bob was deeply interested, and at once said that he pe lieved the plan would be a success. "I rather think we can make a success of it, Bob," said Dick. "Yes; let's go back to Princton and gather the sleds and skates and then bring the boys down here." "All right, Bob." "But let's skate awhile, Dick, before going." "All right; there is no need of haste." "Not a bit. We can skate to Princeton in two hours and a half, or less time." Then they joined the crowd and had a splendid time for a couple of hours. Then the girls said they were tired and ready to go home. "Alice is going home with me to stay all night," said Maida. "That is. good," said Dick; "then I can escort you there. I was hating to think that I would have to let you go home by yourself, as I could not have accolnpanied you. I could not have come away again without attracting the attention of the British sentinels." "True," said Alice; "but of course I would not have minded going with the other young folks. I have done it often." They set out up the stream, and when they came to the point where the y left the ice, the youths unbuckled the girls' skates, took off their own and accompanied Maida and Alice to the Fordyce home. The Fordyces were glad to see Dick and Aliee, and gave them a hearty welcome. They expressed regrets that the two young men were going away so soon, but they knew that it should be busi ness and duty before pleasure, and told the two that tliey hoped they would succeed in securing the British stores and carrying them away on the s led s . "I hope that we may succeed," said Dick. "When yon come back with your comrades don't hesitate to call upon us for any assistance that we can render,'' said Mr. Fordyce. "We won't hesitate to do so, s ir. We will come and see you, and possibly you may be able to help us in some man ner." Then the youths bade their friends goodby and took their departure. The look on ' Maida's face when she shook hands with him and told him goodby haunted him, he could not tell why. There were pathos, sorrow, something shining deep down in her beautiful blue eyes that puzzled the youth and caused a queer tugging sensation at his heart. As soon as night came he and Alice set out to join the young people on the ice.


16 THE LIBERTY BOYS AT PRINCETON. CHAPTER XL THE CAPTURE AND ESCAPE. The two Liberty Boys made their way along at a rapid walk, and had just reached the river, when out from behind trees leaped at least a dozen redcoats. "Surrender ! " cried one. But Dick and Bob were not going to surrende r if they could help it. They whirled and started to run, only to find themselves confronted by half a dozen more redcoats, who seized " them and held them jn spite of their struggles. "Bring them along," said the leader as soon as the youths' hands had been tied; "we will take them to the cabin and put them through an examination." They set out through the timber, and presently came to a good-sized log cabin, into which they ushered the youths. A fire was blazing in the big fireplace and a couple of redcoats were sitting in front of it. They looked up m surprise as their comrades entered with the prisoners. "Who have you there?" asked one. "A couple of young fellows we captured down by the river," replied the leader. "We had skated up from town and had just taken off our skates when we heard somebody coming; we bid behind trees and these two young fel lows came up. Thinking they might be rebel spies, we captured them." "They look like rebels." "So they do." "I'll wager they are rebel spies ! " "Likely they are." Such were a few of the exclamations given vent to by the redcoats. "Yon are mistaken," said Dick; "we are not rebels." "Who and what are you, then?" the leader, a lieutenant, asked. "We are farmer boys, and were going to have a skate, that is all." "That may be true, and then again it may not." "Of course, you have only our word for it." "You are right, and I think that I shall send you to New Brnnswick and let General Cornwallis pass on your case." "That will cause a lot of trouble for nothing," said Dick. "I am not so sure that it will be for nothing. Still, I am going to wait till morning to send you. There is no hurry." Dick and Bob were glad to hear this. If they were to stay here over night they might see a chance to escape before morning. The lieutenant then ordered the prisoners to be given a seat in one corner, and this was done. There were a number of the redcoats between the youths and the door, and they could scarcely have hoped to make their escape, even had their han

THE LIBERTY BOYS AT PRINCETON. They continued to run, and at last they came to the For dyce borne. There were no lights, which was proof that the family had gone to bed. Dick turned his back and pounded on the door, and pres ently they heard Mr. Fordyce call out: "Who is there?" "It is Dick Slater and Bob Estabrook, Mr. Fordyce. We are in trouble and want you to help us out." They heard him utter an exclamation. Then they heard the bar come down, after which the door opened and Mr. Fordyce called out: "Come in, my boys. What is the trouble?" "We were captured by redcoats, but managed to escape," said Dick. "See, our hands are bound. Will you kindly free us?" "Certainly !" By the time Mr. Fordyce had freed the youths' arms Mrs. Fordyce and the two girls, who had Jrnstily dressed, were downstairs, and they were greatly excited when they saw who was there and heard of the narrow escape of the two Liberty Boys. After a few minutes of conversation Dick said they must be going. The youths bade the folks goodby for the second time that night . and took their departure. "Be careful and don't get captured,'' said Maida, as they took their leave. ' "We will be on our guard this time," replied Bob. "Yes, indeed !'' from Dick. Then the youths walked away through the timber. They were not long in reaching the river, and they found their skates right where they had dropped them when con fronted by the redcoats. They strapped the skates on their feet and set out up the river. "Well, we're all right, after all, Dick," said Bob. "Yes, I guess we are going to get safely to Princeton, old fellow." "I'm sure of it. The redcoats couldn't catch u s now even if they saw us." They arrived at Princeton about midnight and went to their quarters and were soon in their bunks and sound asleep. CHAPTER XII. A CLEVER SCHEME. When Dick and Bob told the Liberty Boys what they were figuring on doing the youths were delighted. "Just the thing!" "That's' a grand scheme!" "Glorious!" "That will be a fine trick to play on the redcoats!" "We can do it, too!" Such were a few of the exclamations indulged in by the youths. "I think we can make a success of it, boys," said Dick "The main thing is to secure the sleds and skates." "We can do that," said Mark Morrison. "I am sure we can," from Sam Sanderson. "We must get right at it," said Bob, who was always in a hurry; "we ought to do all that to-day." "Yes," said Dick; "you boys set out at once. Scatter and visit every farmhouse within a radius of five miles, or ten, if necessary. Not a boy must return until he has secured a sled and a pair of skates." "All right; we won't come back empty-handed, be sure of that," from Ben Spurlock. "Nein; ve vill haf dose sleds und sgateses, und dot is so," from Carl Gookenspieler. "Shure an' we wull !" from Patsy Brannigan. Then they set out in search of the sleds and skates. Thf!y were successful in their search. Some of them did not get back to Princeton till nearly nightfall, but each and every youth had what he had gone after. They ate supper, and then Bob Raid: "When shall we start, Dick?" "I was wondering whether we should make the attempt to get the stores to-night, or wait till to-morrow night.'' "Oh, let's go to-night!" cried Bob. He was always eager and anxious to get at a thing when he knew it had to be done. The other youths were eager to get away, too, and so Dick said they would go at once. "It will be half-past nine before we get to the Fordyce home," said Dick; "and we will stop there till time to go on to New Brunswick." The youths at once made their way to the river, and, their skates on, started down the stream. They were all good skaters, and they were young enough so that they enjoyed the sport immemely. There was no hurry, so they took their time and skated in circles and back and forth, instead of straight ahead all the time. They even inaugurated races and had a lot of sport in this manner. Bob ;vas the champion, for he was indeed a wonder on skates. He seemed to be able to fly; the skates were to his feet what wings are to a bir.d. It was ten o'clock when they reached the vicinity of the Fordyce home. They went ashore and took off their skates. 'l'hen they made their way to the house. The folks were up yet, Maida having just got home from skati ng. Alice had gone back to her home in New Brunswick. As soon as they saw that Dick's comrades were with him they knew that the attempt to secure the stores was to be made. "Did you secure the sleds?" asked Maida, eagerly. "Yes," replied Dick. "Oh, I am so glad!" "We are going to secure the stores, too," declared Bob. "I hope so," the girl said.


18 THE LIBERTY BOYS AT PRINCETON. .The youths remained there an hour and then took their departure. They went back to the river, strapped their skates on and made their way down the stream till they were within half a mile of the edge of the town; then they went ashore, took off the skates and moved along the shore, keeping back in among the trees. The timber e xtended close up to the town, and this made it possible for the youths to g e t clos e to the point where the stores were without being seen. The British felt so secure in New Brunswick, and so great was their numbers, that they did not think of such a thing as that the rebels would be itudacious enough to try to secure the stores. They had a guard of ten soldiers over the stores, and that was all. The youths had a plan for quieting thQ guard s . Dick had a two-gallon jug of c id e r , in which had been put a goodly quantity of sleeping powder, sufficient to put twenty men to sleep. When they had got as clos e as it was thought advisable to venture, Dick, jug in hand, emerged from among the trees and walked boldly toward the town. He would have to pass close to the guard s , and they hailed him at once. "Halt!" cried one; "who are you?" "I live here in New Brunswick," replied Dick. "Where have you been?" "To see my girl, out in the country a ways." "Oh, so that's where you have been, eh?" "Yes." "What have you got in the jug?" "Some cider." "I s uppose it' s swee t cider, if the girl gave it to you?" "No; her father gave it to m e . " "Oh ! Well, say, I'm kind of thirsty and think a drink of cider will do me good." "And me!" said another. "Bring the jug here, young fellow!" frorp. a third. Dick advanced, but . slowly and with seeming reluct-ance. "This is my cider," h e s aid prote s tingly. "It won't b e long," from one, with a chuckle. Then they took the jug away from Dick and proceeded to drink the content s . Every one of the sentinel s took a long swig at the cider, and when the party got through there was nothing left in the jug. "There's your jug; now trot along," saiu the leader of the party of sentinels. "I'm not going to home without my cider," said Dick. "What are you going to do?" "I'm going back and get it filled up again." "Good I Do that, and be s ure that you come back this way!" "Not much, I won't,'' said Dick; "I will keep clear of you fellows." The guards laughed and then Dick took the a made his way back toward the timber. When he had rejoined his comrades they asked him wn luck he had had. "The best in the world, boys." "They drank the cider, eh?" "Yes, every drop of it." "That is good!" "So it is." "But how did you manage to get to come back witho arousing their suspicions?" asked Bob. , "I told them that I was going back to get the jug fill up again." "Oh, that is the way you worked it, eh?" "Yes; they were willing that I should come back, f they thought they might head me off on my return and some more cider." • "That is where they will be fooled." "Yes; they'll be asleep before very long." "I think so." The youths kept watch on the British guards, and pr ently sa.w that the fellows were sitting down. This proved that the drug was getting in its work. "We won't have to wait much longer, " said Dick. "No, they are halfway down and will soon be all t way," replied Bob. He was right. The British guards soon la.y sprawling on the grou and the Liberty Boys knew that the time had come for th to get to work. '!'hey first dragged the sleds down onto the ice and 1 them there, and then they made their way up to the buil ing in which the provisions and ammunition were star The British guards were lying about on the ground, de in slumber. CHAPTER XIII. SECURING THE STORES. The drug had certainly done its work well. The Liberty Boys lost no time, but went to work once. The door of the building was locked, but they broke open, and at once began transferring the stores from th to their' sleds down on the ice. They placed out a number of sentinels to keep watch the approach of anyone. The youths worked as rapidly as possible, and in an ho had their sleds loaded down with provisions, clothing, a munition, etc. Then they carried the guards into the building a closed the door, after which they went down to their sle took hold of the ropes and set out up the river. They had not gone far when they met a young fell coming down the river.


THE LIBERTY BOYS AT PRINCETON. 19 As he drew near Bob and Dick recognized him as being B ert Glassner. He recognized Dick and Bob, and gave utterance to an exclamation of s urprise. "Hello, what does this mean?" he cried. Then the thought seemed to come to him that the party of youths were patriots and that they hadsecured the loads of stuff at the British storehouse, for he suddenly dashe

,. 20 THE LIBERTY BOYS AT PRINCETON. many were the exclamations of amazement and anger because of the daring of the rebels. It was found, of course, that the guards were not dead, as Bert had thought, but they were still unconscious, the drug having stupefied them greatly. Some of the soldiers were doing their to bring _ the unconscious men to, but without success. ' Soon after Bert appeared a large force, three hundred men at lea st, set out up the river in jursuit of the rebels. Some of the soldiers had skates on, but the majority were without this means of locomotion. Those who had skates, however, were not very s killful in their use and could not make much better headway than those on their shoes. Still, they hoped to be able to overtake the rebels, for they knew them to be loaded down with the heavily-laden s leds, and felt confident of gaining on th<;! fugitives. ' . 'They can't go. fast," one s aid. "No, indeed," from another. "We'll catch them , all right;.' ' a third declared. "Yes, and before they have gone many mile s , " from an other. So they ha s tened onward, s ure that they would s ooner or later overtake the bold . an(]: andaeiou s rebels. On they hastened for one hour, two hours, but no signs of the fugitives had they been able to see. CHAPTER XIV. BERT GLASSNER J.l>fAKES A DISCO _ 'llERY.. _ and transferring the stores, but would continue on with the handsleds, as they were going . . 'l'hey 1ltopped at a farmhouse and secured some mea t and cormneal and cooked a substantial breakfast, which they ate with a relish, for their hard night's work had mad e them very hungry. They went on after an hour's rest and arrived at Mor ri s town a little before ten o'clock. Their coming was hailed with joy by the sold iers, the majority of whom were without sufficient clothing or food. Diek went to headquarteis to report to General Wash ington. The commander-in-chief was glad to see him. He shook hands with Dick, and when told of the Liberty Boys' achievement, complimented them heartily. "You have done s plendidly, my boy," he said. "I would not have thought it possible to accomplish what you have accomplished." "I am glad that you are pleased, sir." "How could I help being pleased? My boy, the stores you have secured will _ be of ine s timable value to the _ army, for we are woefully in need of them." "That is what I knew, sir." "Yes, and now I will go and take a look at the sto re s have secured." He went with Dick, and when he saw the amount 0 provision s and clothing and other articles that had been secured J1e was indeed deligMec1, and publicly thanked all the Liberty Boys, much to their gratification . T . hen he turned the supplies over to the commissary -de partment, and the Liberty Boys. went to the quarters of a company, the soldiers of which were their personal friends, The Liberty Boys made their way wes tward up the Rariand lay down and went to sleep. They slept all the rest of tan River till they came to the forks of the stream, and then the day and were aroused in time for supper. they continued onward toward the west in s tead Df turning They ate hearti1y and then talked with their friends till sout hward toward Princeton. ten o'clock, after which they lay down again and. slept It would be greatly out of their , way to tak\l the prosound l y all night. visions down to Princeton, and, , beside s , they knew that Next morning they arose feeling as fresh and stro ng as there was a creek which emptied into the river at a point ever. a few miles west of the forks, and that thi creek extende.d "What is the program for to-day, Dick?" asked Bob; northward to within a few miles of Morristown. "shall we go back ' to Princeton?" They would go up this creek as far as possible, . and then "I guess that will be the best thing to do, Bob." secure teams and wagons and haul the stores the rest of "All right; and then maybe we can make another raid the vrar, on the stores at New Brunswick." They made good progress, and at last reached the creek . . Dick shook his head. up which they turned. "I don't know about that," he said. 0,_-._tl).ey. went until they eoulP, gono farther, because "You think it would be rather risky, eh?" and crookedness of the creek. "Yes ." Then they pulled the sleds up the bank and struck out "Oh, well, the more risk the better I like it." throughthe timber. "I know it is that way with you, Bob," with a ' laugh. This was slow and difficult work, but they persevered, and "But with the rest of us it is different." at last reached a road which was s omewhat broken by "Are we to take the sleds back?" teams. "Oh, yes; we must return the borrowed proi>erty." The youth s out up the road and continued onward "I don't think that the majo6ty of the boys who let us till morning. 1 have the sleds wou1c1 care if we kept them." Thev had g iven up the idea of getting team s and wagons "Possibly not. We may keep the sleds awhile, in. the


THE LIBERTY BOYS AT PRINCETON. 21 hope that we may succeed in getting another chance at some of the enemy's stores." Dick gave the order, and the youths were soon ready to start. He went and had a talk with the commander-inchief in the meantime, and received instructions for his future operations while at Princeton. Then the youths set out. It would be a long and tiresome walk to Princeton, but they did not mind it. 'l'hey were tough and used to exposure and hardships. 'l 'hey returned over the same route they had used in coming. They made their way down the creek to the river and then east on the river till they came to the forks, when they turned to the right and headed southward. They reached Princeton that evening and went to their I quarters. 8ome of the youths of the town, patriots, came to Dick and told him that a strong force of British had been there looking for them, but had gone away again. "When were they here ?" asked Dick. "Yesterday." "They were after us for taking the stores, Dick," said Bob. "Yes, I judge so." ' I wish we had been here!" "You couldn't have fought them," said one of the pa1 triot youths. "Well," excitedly, "they are the fellows that stole th" stores from the British at New Brun swick." "Likely enough." I "I know they are. I saw them as they were leaving with the sleds loaded down with stores, and they are the same." "They havQ likely just returned from Morristown." 'I judge so." "Yes; that is where the main rebel army is, and that is where they have taken the stores." "Well, I'm going to go back to New Brunswick and tell General Cornwallis that the rebels are here." "'rhat is a good plan." "Yes; he'll be glad to know it." "And will send a force here to capture the rebels." " So he will." "You are going right away, Bert?" "Yes , the quicker the better." Then he said goodby to hj.s relatives and went out the back way and was soon at the river. Strapping his skates . on, he set out down the river. CHAPTER XV. BERT CARRIES THE NEWS, TO CORNW .ALLIS. "Why not?" Bob wanted to know. "They would have been too strong for you. haYe been at least three hundred of them." "General Cornwallis, I have some more information for There must I you !" Bert Glassner stood in the presence of General Cornwal -' Bah, what of that?" said Bob; "we can whip three hundred redcoats any day in the week!" Dick and the other Liberty Boys laughed. Their comrade's words were practically true, so far as that was con cerned, but it 'vas his manner that amused them. He spoke as though the three hundred redcoats did not amount to anything at all, were insignificant. That was Bob all over; he would i;iot have be,:in afraid to attack a regiment with the one hundred Liberty Boys. "They may come back, Bob," 1

' 22 THE LIBERTY BOYS AT PRINCETON. the way those fellows work. They are daring enough to attempt anything. Yes, I can recognize their handiwork in the affair of the stores." Then he asked Bert a number of questions, and after he had got through thanked the youth and dismissed him. Then he summoned the members of the staff and laid the matter before them. They had all heard of the Liberty Boys, and were eager to go to Princeton and capture the. bold rebel youths. They realized that it would be a difficult matter, however .. They knew the Liberty Boys were daring and desperate fighters. "I think we had better send at least five hundred men,' ' said General Cornwallis . "Then you can surround the town and awe them into surrendering." "I don't believe they can be awed," said another officer. "They are not that kind." "Well, we will have strong a. force to force them to surrender," said another. "Yes,'' said General Cornwallis. So the force was got ready and was soon marching to ward Princeton. It marched steadily onward through the night, and was , at its destination before daylight. The British surrounded Princeton, and then went iiito camp and awaited the coming of daylight. When they had breakfasted, their commander, a colonel, named a soldier and sent him iuto the town bearing a flag of truce. "I wish to see the commander of the rebel force," he said to the sentinel he encountered at the edge of the town. "Go to that house yonder," said the Liberty Boy, point ing, "and ask for Captain Slater." "All right," and the redcoat strode onward. As he did so he noted that on every hand the patriot sol diers were at their posts, musket in hand, ready to offer battle. "They must have had scouts out and knew of our com ing long before we got here," he said to himself . . Just before he got to the house that had been pointed out to him the door opened and a handsome, manly -looking young fellow emerged. As he wore a sword, the redcoat at once leaped to the conclusion that he was the man he was looking for. He paused and asked : "Captain Slater?" It was indeed Dick, who bowed and replied: "A.t your service, sir." "I. am a messenger from Colonel Bollinget, in command of the British force." "Yes. What is wanted?" "He demands that you surrender." Dick shook his head and smiled. "I cannot agree to that. We will not surrende r.'! "But it will be folly to offer battle." "I don't think so." "Why, you have only one hundred men!" "We have some more than that." "Not many; while we have five hundred." "It does not matter." "And we have you surrounded . " "I am aware of that." "You cannot escape." "We do not wish to do so." "You mean that you think you can offer succe battle?" "I do." "You are foolish !" "Not at all." "What can one hundted do against five hundred?" "A good deal." "Nothing !" Dick smiled grimly. "I guess you don't know the Liberty Boys," he quietly. "No, but I've heard of you." "Then you ought to know that we are capable of pu up a most desperate and damaging fight." ' "Under equal circumstances; but against five times numbers you will have no chance." "After we have fired a few volleys there won't be times as many of you as there are of us." The redcoat stared. "You are a cool one!" he exclaimed, admiringly. "Why not?" "Well, it's all right, of course: but I don't think it do you any good. It doesn't make you any more dan ous." "Let me tell you someth ing," said Dick; "each every one of my Liberty Boys is a deadshot, and the y wajs take careful aim before firing. That will mean we will thin you out pretty fast." "I don't think you are any better shots than wc are. "I do; I have never yet seen any British soldiers t were really good shots." "Well, I have." Dick smiled. "There is no need of discussing the matter," he sa "you can return to your commander and tell him that absolutely refuse to surrender." "Very well; but you will be sorry." "Perhaps it is your men who will be sorry." "Bah!" and with a gesture of disgust the redcoat tur and strode away. The messenger returned to Cvlonel Bollinger and m his report. "So he refuses to surrender, eh?" the colonel exelaim "Yes, and I must say that he is about the boldest a most independent fellow that I have ever seen!" "Oh, yes, Dick Slater haR that reputation." "I really believe that he thinks his little force of reb can whip u s !" The colonel laughed. "It i s quite likely."


THE LIBERTY BOYS AT PRI:N"CETON. 23 "He bragged that his Liberty Boys are deadshots, while, so h e, soldiers are poor shots." It did no particular damage, as the youths were protected A gain the colonel laughed . '' Th at is j u st like him," he said. The n he went to his soldiers and told them to get ready to make an attack. "W e will advance slowly and cautiously, taking age of everything that will afford protection to our bodies," h e said; "and will try to do the rebels enough damage so that they will be willing to surrender without our having t o make a desperate charge upon them." CHAPTER XVI. THE BRITISH DEFEATED. behind the houses. Three or four were wounded, but none were killed. "Now with the pistols!" cried Dick. Crack, crack, crack! Crash-h-h-h-h ! The youths fired two pistol volleys, and at the distance the volleys were damaging. Twenty-five to thirty of the British went down. The scene now was a terrible one. The British became deinoralized and turned and re treated. 'I'hi s was what Dick was looking for. He knew that the main part of the British force had concentrated at this point, and he gave the Liberty Boys a signal that they understood to mean that they were to retreat toward the river, as had been agreed upon before the battle began. They retreated hastily, and succeeded in reaching the The young man who lived in Princeton, but who had got river, though they had been forced to fight their way n p early and started out to do some work, discovered the through a fairly strong force of British. approach of the British and hastened back and told the Two of the LibertJ Boys were killed and several were L iberty Boys. wounded, but the others succeeded in escaping across the -i T his was how it happened that they were ready for the river. r edcoats when they got there. Their horses were in a pasture a mile away, and their Dick had given the youths instructions, which were that bridles and saddles were in the.stable of the man•who owned they were to take carefu l aim and fire to kill, each and the pasture. e very time. They wanted to get there, bridle and saddle their horses, "That is what we will do," said Bob, and the others had mount and get away, and they succeeded in doing so. said the same. 1 The pursuing redcoats put in an appearance just as the The redcoats advanced slowly and cautiously. Liberty Boys dashed away up the road and fired a volley, They shielded their bodies behind trees as best they could, but it did no damage, the youths being out of range. but as soon as they were within range the youths opened Dick and Bob were in the lead . fire . "We have given them the worst of'it and have succeeded They were splendid marksmen, and succeeded in drop-in escaping, Dick!" said Bob, gleefully. ping a number of the British and in wounding many "Yes, Bob; but we lost a couple of the boys." more. "True," with a sober air; "Harry Small and Ben Bolton The redcoats, angered by this, opened fire in return, but were killed." did not do much damage, as they fired at random. uyes; and a number of the boys are wounded." Seeing that they were getting the worst of it, the British "Yes, and some pretty ser iously, too." decided to make a dash. "True; but we killed a lot of the redcoat s." "Charge !" the colonel cried. "I should say so ! " The redcoats made a sudden dash forward. The youths rode about four miles, and then coming to a The Liberty Boys were ready. farmhouse, stopped, and the wounded youths went into the "Take aim !" cried Dick. house and their wounds were dre ssed. The youths did so. 'I'hree of the youths were so serio usly wounded that they The redcoats were advancing on the run, yelling H'lrn would have to be left there; the others who were wounded fiend s . would be able to stay with the company. "Fire!" commanded Dick. "What are we going to do, Dick?" Bob asked. The youths did so. "We will stay here, Bob." Crash! Roar! "You don't intend to return to Morristown, then?" The v o lley rang out loudly. "No, we are going back to Princeton as soon as the c o ast It was a d amaging one. is clear." Two sco re at l east of the redcoats went down. "Good ! " S c reams of pain and yells of rage went up. This suited Bob first rate. Then the B ritish colonel yelled: The youths were well satisfied, too, for they had no de" Fire , m en! F ir e !" Bire to go to Morristown, there being nothing in particular They fired a volley. for them to do there.


.. THE LIBERTY BOYS AT PRINCETON . Dick sent scouts back down the -road to keep a lookout for the redcoats. The settler at whose home they were was a patriot, and this made it a desirable place to encamp. * * * * * * * The British were terribly disappointed because of the way in which the encounter had turned out. Outnumbering the rebels five to one, they had yet been defeated, practically, for they had been forced to r . etreat, thus affording the patriots the opportunity of makin.g their escape. Colonel Bollinger was wild with rage. He could hardly believe the truth. When the soldiers who had pursued the Liberty Boys returned and repor . ted that the youths had escaped on horseback he was indeed disappointed. . "They ha'Ve got . clear.away from us," he said; "they are on horseback and we c ould never catch . them.;' . Then he ordered the soldiers to gather up the wounded and carry them to houses in the town and dress the ' wounds, after which the dead bodies would be buried. This was done. There were quite a number of the red . coats who were seriously wounded and a much larger number who were wounded less seriously, while about sixty had been killed. Among these latter were found two Liberty Boys, and the redcoats gave these two burial along with their _ dead oomm&L Then the colonel and his officers held a and it was decided to return to New Brunswick, leaving only a half dozen soldiers there to look after the wounded till they were able to l:ie moved. . : They set out and march ed onward till evening, when they stopped an hour for supper and to rest. Then they resumed the march and reached New Brunsw1ck about half-past ten o'clock. Colonel Bollinger went at oiice to headquarters to report to General Cornwallis. That officer greeted him eagerly, and asked what success he had had. "The poorest in the world," was the reply, in a disgusted voice. ::CJ How is that?" in surprise. 'I'he colonel then told the story of the encounter and how' hi force had got the worst of it. General Cornwallis was horrified and disappointed. He had not expected any such ending as this. He had &'i.1{Jposed that the force would have no difficulty ID captur ing the Liberty Boys; at any rate the last thing he would have thought of was that they might deeat the British force. "This is indeed bad, Colonel Bollinger," he said. "Yes; I am greatly disappointed. Indeed, I may say I am disgusted. It would seem that we should have swept those rebels before us without any trouble whatever." General Cornwallis shook his head. "I tell you, Colonel Bollinger, those Liberty Boys are extremely bad nien to contend with," he said. "They are more dangerous than five times their number of ordinary soldiers." "That is true. I can make affidavit to it." "Well, you d!d the best you could, colonel.. I do not blame you for the result of the expedition." "I shall be more oareful if ever I am after the Liberty Boys again," Colonel Bollinger said. CHAPTER XVII. BOB AND BERT MEET AGAIN. "Hello, now I've got you!"' "Oh, have you?" "Yes.;' "I don't see how that can be." "WelJ, 1 do." . "There are only the two of us here, and it would seem to me that I have you just as much as you have me." "Bah! I am a better man than you, and am going to give you a licking!" Bob Estabrook and Bert Glassner had met in the timber not far from the Fordyce home. Dick and Bob had come there to spy on the British at New Brunswick, and Dick had gone over in that direction, leaving Bob behind. _ . He had $et out to join his comrade, however, and had met Berf Glassner, whereupon the above conversation had_ en: sued, Bert being the one who had declared he was a better man than the_ other and was going to give Bob a ing. "I don't see how you figure it out that you are a:betfer man than roe," said Bob, quietly. "I do." "How( I beat you skating and then knocked you down when you made an attack on me." "You took me unawares." "You lie, and you know it, Bert Glassner. You struck at me and should have been on your guard." "Well," sullenly, "I'm going to lick you now." "You mean that you are going to try." "No, I mean that I am going to do it!" "You never saw the day you could thrash me, and never will." "You'll see!" "So will you if you attack me." "Get ready for a licking." "I'm ready; only it will be you who will get licked." "Bosh ! Look out for yourself!" Bert leaped forward and attacked Bob furiously. He struck out rapidly and wildly in an attempt to lana :1 blow that would knock his opponent down, Bob leaped about, dodged, ducked and evaded the blows, none of which landed with force sufficient to do any dam age, and presently Bert was .very tired.


25 r THE LIBERTY BOYS AT PRINCETON. ================::;=::=================================================== He ceased attacking stood still. Unconsciously his I arms fell to his side; indeed, they seemingly so heavy he could not hold them up. This was Bob's opportunity. He took advantage of it. Leaping forward, he dealt Bert a blow fair between the eyes, knocking him down with a thump. The blow was so severe that Bert was temporarily dazed. He lay .fiat on his back, blinking up at the treetops. Presently he recovered the use of his faculties, l).oweve1:, and scrambled to his feet. He was still slightly dazed and was not steady on his feet. As soon as he did get straightened up, however, and could understand it all, he leaped forward with a snarl of rage and seized hold of Bob. It was evidently his thought that he could get the better of his opponent if he came to dose quarters with him. But in thinking thus he was mistaken. Bob Estabrook was a strong and active youth, was almost as good in all kinds of affairs as Dick Slater, and he felt that he could handle his antagonist all right. He grappled with Bert and the struggle began. It was a fierce one. Bert was strong, but he soon found that he was not. a match for his opponent. Bob worked till he got the hold he wanted, and then he suddenly exercised all his and threw Bert, falling upon him with all his weight. The shock of the fall, with the impact of Bob's body on his, nearly rendered Bert unconscious; it certainly took all the :fight out of him for the time. Bob, seeing that his antagonist was hors de combat, leaped to his feet and stood there looking down upon his fallen foe. Presently Bert got hi s breath, which had been pretty well knocked out of him, and rose to a sitting posture. "Well," said Bob; "how do you feel?" An inarticulate growl was the only reply, a s Bert placed is hands on his stomach where the weight of Bob's body had come. "What do you tl1ink about it now?" asked Bob, with a grin. "Do you still hold to the idea that you can thrash me?" "Yes, I do !" savagely. Bob laughed ironically. "All right," he said; "get up and do it then." Bert scrambled to his feet, but did not make another attack. I "I'm waiting to be thrashed," said Bob. But Bert turned away. "I'm not going to do it now," he said. "Why not?" asked Bob. "Beca11se I don't want to; but I'll settle with you, never fear!" "There eou1d not possibly be a better time than right now." "Yes there could." Bert kept on walking as he talked. "Oh, say, stop and have it out, once aml for all I" called out Bob. t Bert continued to walk away. "You coward!" cried Bob. Bert did not answer. He kept on going and qufokly dis appeared from Bob's sight. The Liberty Boy looked after the youth with a smile of contempt o:q his face. "i guess he is satisfied now," he murmured. Then he moved away in the direction he had been going. He had gone only about a quarter of a mile when he met Did. . "Hello, Bob," greeted Dick; "I met Bert Glassner just now-or rather, I hid behind a tree and watched him go past mE?-and he looked all out of sorts." Bob l . aughed. ''Were his eyes black, Dick?" he asked. "They were slightly discolored.and almost swollen shut." Bob grinned. "He and I had a little argument back here a ways, Dick." "I suspected as much." "Yes; he said he could lick me, and I claimed that he was mistaken." Dick laughed. He understood Bob. "And you proved it to him, eh?" "I think I did." "I am sure of it, judging by the way he looked." "He said that he would settle with me at another time." "That seems to be his favorite way of doing." "Yes; I insisted that there could be no better time than the present, but he could not see it that way." "I suppose not." Then Bob asked Dick if he had discovered anything of interest. "No, Bob," was the reply. "Everything seems quiet over at New Brunswick." "Are we going to go back to Princeton right away?" "No; I think we had better stay here and keep of the British. They might make some move that be of importance, and if so, we would want to have knowledge of it." , -"True." Then they walked back in the direction of the Fordyce home and were soon there. Maida's face brightened when the youths appeared, and Dick noticed it, and the thought came to him that the girl hacl taken a liking to Bob. Knowing that Bob was engaged to Edith Slater, Dick's sister, and how hopeless would be her love for Bob, if it grew into that, Dick was somewhat disturbed. "I don't believe that Bob suspects that she likes him,"


26 'l'HE LIBERTY BOYS AT PRINCETON. he thought. "I guess I had better a talk with him, I Next morning after breakfast Dick said to Bob: and then if he thinks it best, I will send him back to Prince"I guess I will send you to Princeton this morning, ton and stay here myself." I want you to tell the boys to be in readiness to move After supper that eYen!ig Mr. Fordyce and Dick sat moment's notice." before the big fireplace talking, and Bob and Maida sat "All right, Dick," was the reply. over to one side talking and laughing. Then Dick gave Bob some more instructions, after w Mrs. Fordyce was out in the kitchen working around, the youth shook hands with the four, bade them go and presently she stopped in front of the door and, catch-in an offhand manner, just as though he were only g ing Dick's eye, motioned to him. to be gone a day or so, and took his departure. He got up, saying he wanted a drink, and went out into Maida gazed after hin1 \Vith a wistful look in 11er the kitchen, closing the door behind him at a sig nal from and Mrs. Fordyce and Dick exchanged glances Mrs. Fordyce. sympat hy for the girl. "You wished to speak to me, Mrs. Fordyce?" he asked. They were glad that s he did not know it was the "Yes, Mr. Slater. I wish to speak to you confidentially. time she would ever see Bob. It is about my daughter and about Mr. Estabrook. I wished to ask your advice. 1 am sure that Maida has taken a liking to him, and I would like to know what you think about it?" CHAPTER XVIII. "I am glad that you have spoken about the matter, Mrs. Fordyce,'' said Dick. "I have noticed that your daughter has taken a liking to my comrade, and I was going to speak to him about it and send him back to Princeton, for he h as a sweetheart over in New York, Mrs. Fordyce, and so could not return your daughter's liking. He does not sus pect, or he would not stay here a minute, for he is tlrn noblest-hearted fellow in the world, and would not want to cause anyone sorrow." Mrs. Fordyce listened with a somewhat sad look on her face. "I sorry to hear that he is already in love with some one e l se," she said; "for I fear Maida thinks a good deal of him; but I am glad that I have learned this as soon as I have." "Yes, it may be that she has not taken such a deep 1iking for him as will cause her n1uch sorrow if he goes away and she never sees him again. "We will have to make the bes t of it, anyway, Mr. Slater." "Yes; I'll have a talk with Bob to-night and will send him back to Princeton in the morning." "Thank you, Mr. Slater." That night after they J1ad gone to bed Dick had a talk with Bob and explained matters to him. "Great guns, Dick ! " Bob exclaimed ; "I never dreamed of anything like that!" "That's what I told Fordyce." "I'll go away in the morning, old fellow." "Yes, that will be best." "I wouldn't have sorrow come into the life of that girl on my account for anything." "I know that, Bob." "No, indeed! I'll go away in the morning and will not come back again." "Don't l et on that you will not come back.'l "I won't; I understand, you want to make it as easy on Maida as possible." "Yes." ANOTHER DEFEAT }'OR THE BRITISH. "Sam, you go to Princeton and tell the boys to Dl and hasten to Morristown." "All right, Dick. But what is up?" "The British are getting ready to march, and I t they are going to make an attack on the patriot ar Morristown." "And you ?" "I am going to keep watch 0 the British and along with them. Then if they do advance toward M town I will hasten on ahead and carry the newR to eral Washington." ''But you want our boys to be there and take part i battle, if there is one." "Exactly." "All right; I'm off." -Sam Sanderson had come from Princeton in Bob 's s and Dick . was sending him there to carry the news t boys. Sam mounted hi s horse and rode away, and Dick ready to start also. He bade Mr. and l\Irs. Fordyce and Maida goodby then mounted and l'ode away. He rode to a hill, from the top of which he got a view of the British army. It was marching toward Morristown. "There can be no dot1bt tegarding it; they are goh tly to make :m attack on the patriot army at Morristo thought Dick. He then set out fol' Morristown and rode steadily on till he arrived there. He went at once to headquarters. General Washington was glad to see Dick, though what surprised. "Any news, my boy?" he asked. "Yes, your excellency; the British are coming to an attack on your army here !"


THE LIBERTY BOYS AT PRINCETON. 27 "Say you so, my boy?" "Oh, well, I will try to find something that will e'1gage "Yes, sir." our attention," said Dick. "When will they get here?" "Let's go to New Brunswick and secure some more "About six o 'clock this evening; but likely they will wait stores," said Bob. till to-morrow before making an attack." "Well, we can have that in mind," replied Dick ; "but I General Washington asked a few more questions ancl don't believe we could make a success of another attempt.'' then called a council of war. About noon General Washington sent word for Dick to He told the officers of the staff what Dick had said, and appear at headquarters. then they talked the matter over. Dick went to headquarters at once. It was decided to not wait for the coming of the Briti&h, "I have something that I wish you to do for me, Dick." but to go out and meet them. "Very well, your excellency; what is it?" "They will not be looking for us," said one; "and we "I wish you to tak e a message to General Wayne up at will be' able to take them by surprise anu at a disadvantage." West Point." General Washington thought this a good plan. "Very good, sir . " He at once told them to go ahead and do it. "You can be ready to start soon?" He placed the affair in the hands of certain officers, and "Within the hour, sir." they began making preparations for the expedition. "Very well; heTe is the letter. Go a,nd get ready at All the available sold iers were taken , and Dick would once." have liked to have gone, but he decided to remain there and "I will do so, your excellency." await the comin g of the Liberty Boy s . "Then we can Dick then said goodby, saluted and took his departure . ride and overtake the army," he thought. He returned to the quarters occupied by. the Liberty He did remain, and when at last the Liberty Boys put Boys and told them that he had to go to West Point to in an appearance Dick joined them and they rode in tl1e take a message to General Wayne. direction taken by the army. "There it is again!" said Bob , in mock anger; "you The y overtook the army at a point about five miles from have something interesting to do, but we have to be content Morristown. It had stopped and taken up its position on to sit here in camp and s uck our thumbs." a hill in among the trees. It was thought that the British "Oh, you can get out while I am away, Bob." would advance aJong this road , and so this would be a Bob brightened up at once. splendid place for an ambush. "All right; if you will let us do that I sha ll not say another word." They did not have to wait very long. "That is what I shall

28 'IRE LIBERTY BOYS AT PRINCETON. ste adily onward till nearly noon, when suddenly three men leaped out in the road and leveled muskets at him. "Stop t " cried one. Dick brought his horse to a pause. "Who are you and what do you want?" the youth asked. "We want you to get down off that horse !" "What for?" • I say so." Dick realized that he was going to have to take chances if he escaped from the men, who were evidently Tories, and so he acted promptly. He gave his horse a signal, and the intelligent animal made a sudden leap forward. Dick dropped .forward upon the animal 's neck, and even though the three men fired, their bullet s went wide of the mark, for they were taken by surprise, and did not take aim. The horse knocked two of the men dow,n and trampled on them, and the third only escaped a like fate by making a wild leap to one side. Dick urged the horse to his best speed. He glanced back and saw that the two men were scram bling to their feet, while the third was leveling a pistol. Crack t the weapon sounded, but the bullet did not come near the fugitive. "There, I guess that I am free of the scoundrels," thought Dick. ' He rode onward steadily, and as the Tories were."without horses, they could not come in pursuit. He arrived at Morristown that evening and went to headquarters. "You are back s afely , eh, Dick?' ' the commander-inchief greeted. "Yes, your excellency." "General Wayne sent me a letter?" "Yes, sir; 11ere it is." Dick produced the letter and handed it to the commander-in-chief. The general opened the letter and read the contents, and then asked Dick a number of questions about affairs up at West Point. Dick told him as much as he could, and then took _ his departure and went to the Liberty Boys' quar ters. The youths had just arrived from a foraging expedition. T]).ey had secured a lot of provisions and some clothing and blankets, and were in high spirits. "You have missed a good deal of fun, Dick," said Bob. "We had a great time to-day." "Is that so?" said Dick. "Yes; we made raids on the houses of half a dozen To ries and encountered a force of perhaps seventy-five Brit ish dragoons. I tell you, we made them scratch gravel !" Dick laughed. "I'll warrant you did!" he said. Then Bob explained in detail the doings of the day, after which he asked if Dick bad had any adventures while mak ing the trip to and from West Point . Dick told about the encounter with the three Tories. "Jove, I wish I had been with you!" exclaimed Bob. After some further conversation Bob asked Dick wh he thought about trying to secure some more British stor from New Brunswick. "I don't think it would be wise to make another attemp Bob." It was plain that the youth was disappointed. "I was in hopes that you would be willing to have a other try at it, old fellow," he said. "No; we will occupy ourselves with looking after fora ing bands of redcoats and in securing supplies of provision from Tory settlers in the surrounding country." "All right; we can get a good deal of pleasure and ex citement out of that, Dick." The Liberty Boys did a good deal of this kind of wor after that. Being anxious to know how Maida Fordyce bore up Dick, accompanied by Mart Mendon, a handsome youth o bis own age, set out one day and rode to the Fordyc home. They were given a hearty welcome by the members o the family, and Dick was delighted to note that Maid seemed and cheerful. A sad look flashed he face as her father asked about Bob Estabrook, but it wa gone quickly, and she was herself again. Mrs. Fordyce confided to Dick that her daughter wa getting over her liking for Bob, and that she had not suf fered greatly. "I am indeed glad of that,'' said Dick. He had thought it possible that Maida might take a lik ing to Mart Mendon and he to her, but such did not prov to be the case. Alice Golden came to visit Maida while they were there, however, and Mart took a liking to her at once and she to him, and Mart made many trips to th Fordyce home-he did not dare venture into New Bruns wick because of the British-to see Alice during the rest o the winter. The two were married soon after the end of the war, an Bert Glassner was miserable, as he deserved to be. Maida never married, which would indicate that her lik ing for Bob Estabrook had been deeper than Dick or Mrs Fordyce thought. THE END. The next number (223) of "The Liberty Boys of '76' will contain "THE LIBERTY BOYS HEARTBROKEN OR, THE DESERTION OF DICK," by Harry Moore. 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 b. mail to FRANK TOUSEY, PUBLISHER, 24 UNION SQUARE, NEW YORK, and you will receive the cop.i you order by return mail.


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Selling Tips on Shares. 282 Fred Fearnot and the Girl Ranch Owner, And How She Held Her Own. 283 Fred Fearnot's Newsboy Friend ; or, A Hero In Rags. • 284 l<'red Fearnot in the Gold Fields; or, Exposing the Claim "Salt-ers." . 285 Fred Fearnot and the Office Boy ; or, Bound to be the Boss. 286 Fred Fearnot after the Moonshiners ; or, The "Bad" Men of Ken tucky. 287 Fred Fearnot and the Little Drummer; or, The Boy who Feared Nobody. 288 Fred Fearnot and the Broker's Boy; or, Working the Stock Market. 289 Fred Fe11-rnot and the Boy Teamster ; or, The Lad Who Bluffed Him. 290 Fred Fearnot and the i\fagiclan, and How he Spoiled His Magic. 291 Fred Fearnot's Lone Hand; or, Playing a Game to Win. 292 l<'red Fearnot and the Banker's Clerk; or, Shaking up the Brok-ers. 293 Fred Fearnot and the Oil King; or, the Tough Gang of the. Wel'!s. 294 Vred Fearnot's Wall Street Game; or, Fighting the Bucket Shops. 295 Fred Fearnot's Society Circus; or, The Fun that Built a School. House. 296 Fred Fearnot's Wonderful Courage; or, The Mistake of the Train Robber . 297 Fred Fearnot's Friend from India, and the Wpnderful Things He Did. back. 309 Fred Fearnot and the Lasso Gang; or, Crooked Work on the Rwch. 7 310 Fred Fearnot and the Wall Street Broker; or, Helping the Wid ows and Orphans. 311 Fred Fearnot and the Cow Puncher; or, The Worst Man In Ari zona. 312 Fred Fearnot wd the Fortune Teller ; or, The Gypsy's Double Deal 313 Fred Fearnot'a Nervy Deal; or, The Unknown Fiend of Wall Street. 314 Fred Fearnot and "Red Pete" ; or, 0The Wickedest .Man In Arizona. 315 Fred Fearnot and the Magnates; or, How he Bought a Railroad. . 316 Fred Fearnot and "Uncle Pike" ; or, A Slick Chap from Warsaw. 317 Fearnot and His Hindo Friend; or, Saving the Juggler's Life. 318 Fred Fearnot and the "Confidence Man" ; or, The Grip that Held Him Fast. 319 Fred Fearnot's Greatest Victory; or, The Longest Purse in Wall Street. 320 Fred Fearnot and the Impostor ; or, Unmasking a Dapgerous Fraud. 3 21 Fred Fearnot in the Wild West; or, The Last Fight of the Bandits. 3 2 2 Fred Fearnot and the Girl Detective; or, Solving a Wall StreeL Mystery. 323 Fred Fearnot Among the Gold Miners: or, The Fight for a Stolen Claim. 324. 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THE YOUNG ATHLETE'S EEKLY By "PHYSICAL DIRECTOR" This is the only library of games and sports published. Physical training described in fascinating stories A 32PACE BOOK FOR 5 CENTS Each number complete in a handsome colored cover. A new one is issued every Friday. Do not fail to read them BESTRONC BE HEALTHY These intensely interesting stories describe the adventures of Frank Manley, a plucky young athlete, wlio tries to excel in all kinds of games and pastimes. Each number contains a story of manly sports, replete with lively incidents, dramatic situations and a sparkle of humor. Every popular game will , be featured in the succeeding stories, such as ba'!;eball, skating, wrestling, etc. Not only are these stories . the very best, but they teach you how to become strong and healthy. You can learn to become a trained athlete by reading the valuable infor mation on physical culture they contain. From time to time the wonderful Japan.ese methods of self-protection, called Jiu-Jitsu, will be explained. A page is devoted to advice on healthy exercises, and questions on athletic subjects are cheerfully answered by the author "PHYSICAL DIRECTOR." .;!. .;!. JI JI JI .II . ALREADY PUBLISHED : 1 Frank Manley's Start in Athletics; or, "The Up-and7 Frank Manley's 'Cross Country; or, Tod Owen's Great at-'em Boys." Hare and Hounds Chase. 2 Frank Manley's Great Wrestling Bout; or, What tho 8 Frank Manley's Human Ladder; or, The Quicke1t Jap Taught "The Up-and-at-'em Boys." Climb on Record. 3 Frank Manley's Ice King; or, The Fastest Craft on 9 Frank Manley's Protege; or, Jack Winston, Great Runners. Little Athlete. 4 Frank Manley's Knack at Curling; or, The Greate:it 10 Frank Manley's Off Day; or, The Greatelilt Strain in Ice Game on Record. 5 Frank :Manley's Hockey Game; or, Up Against a Low Trick. 4 6 Frank Manley's Handicap; or, Fighting the Bradfords in Their Gym. His Career. For sale by all newsdealers, or will be sent to ally address on receipt of price, 5 cents per copy, In money or postage stamp•, by FBANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, Kew York. IF YOU WANT ANY BACK NUMBERS of our Libraries and cannot procure them from newsdealers, they can be obtained from this office direct. Cut out and ftll in the following Order Blank and send it to us with the price ot the books you want and we will send them to you by return mail. POS'l'AGE STAMPS TAKEN 'l'HE SAME AS MONEY. • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •I , FR1\NK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, New York. . .......................•. 190 DEAR Sm-Enclosed find ...... cents for which please . send me: .... copies of WORK ANDWIN, Nos ............................................. ,. ...........••••••.•• \.... " " WILD WEST WEEKLY, Nos ....................................................•..••••• ; • • . . " " THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76, Nos ..... -.............................................•.•• .. . . " " PLUCK AND LUCK , Nos ...................................................... . ....... . " " SECRET SERVICE. NOS ......................................................•...•.•••• • " " THE YOUNG ATHLETE'S WEEKLY, Nos .............................................. . . . . . " " Ten-Cent Hand Books, Nos ...... , ....• .. ; ...................................•••••••. • . • . . Name ...•••...........•.••••... Street and No •.•................. Town .... ..... State ....••.••••••.•• . . • .


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ISSUED WEEKLY LATEST ISSUES: 2-17 The Bradys and the Texas Rangers; or, Rounding ap tile Green Goods Fakirs. 248 The Bradys and "Simple Sue" ; or, The Keno Queen of Sawdust City. 249 The Bradys and the Wall itreet Wizard; or, the Cash That Did Not Come. 250 The Bradys and Cigarette Charlie ; or, the Smoothest Crook In the World. 251 The Bradys at Bandit Gulch; or, From Wall Street to the Far West. 252 The Bradys in the Foot-Hllls; or, The Blue Band of Hard Luck Gulch. 253 The Bradys and Brady the Banker; or, The Secret of the Old Santa Fe Trail. 254 The Bradys' Graveyard Clue; or, Dealings With Doctor Death. 255 The Bradys and "Lonely Luke: ; or, The Hard Gang of Hard scrabble. 256 The Bradys and Tombstone Tom; or, A Hurry Call from Arizona. 257 The Bradys' Backwoods Trail ; or, Landing the Log Rollers Gang. 258 The Bradys and "Joe Jinger" ; or, The Clew in the Convict Camp. 259 The Bradys at Madman's Roost; or, A Clew from the Golden Gate. , 260 The Bradys and the Border Band; or, Six Weeks' Work Along the Line. 261 The Bradys in Sample City; or, The Gang of the Silver Seven. 262 The Bradys' Mott Street Mystery ; or, The Case of Mrs. Ching Chow. 263 The Bradys' Black Butte Raid ; or, Trailing the Idaho "Terror." 264 The Bradys and Jockey Joe; or, Crooked Work at the Racetrack. 265 The Bradys at Kicking Horse Canyon ; or, Working for the Can-adian Pacific. 266 The Bradys and "Black Jack"; or, Tracking the Negro Crooks. 267 The Bradys' Wild West Clew; 9r, Knocking About Nevada. 268 The Bradys' Dash to Deadwood ; or, A Mystery of the Black Hllls. 269 The Bradys and "Humpy Bank" ; or, The Sliver Gang of Shasta. 270 The Bradys and Dr. Do ckery; or, The Secret Band of Seven. 271 The Bradys' Western Raid; or, Trailing A "Bad" Man to Texas. 272 The Bradys at J;'ort Yuma; or, The Mix -up with the "King of Mexico."' 273 The Bradys and the Bond King; or, Working on a Wall Street Case. 274 The Bradys and Fakir Fred; or, The Mystery of the County Fair. 275 The Bradys' California Call; or, Hot Work In Hangtown. 276 The Bradys' Million Dollar Camp; or, Rough Times In Rattlesnake Canyon. 277 The Bradys and the Black Hounds ; or, The Mystery of the Midas Mine. 278 The Bradys Up Bad River : or, After the Worst !\Ian of All. 279 The Brady13 and "Uncle Hiram"; or, Hot Work with a Hayseed Crook. 280 The Bradys and Kid King; or, Tracking the Arizona Terror. 281 The Bradys' Chicago Clew; or, Exposing the Board of Trade Crooks. 282 The Bradys and Silver King; or, After the Man of Mystery. 283 The Bradys' Hard Struggle; or, The Search for the llfll!l!lng Fingers. 284 The Bradys in Sunflower City ; or. After "Bad" Man Brown. 285 The Bradys and ''Wild Bill'' ; or, The Sharp Gang of Sundown. 286 The Bradys In the Saddle; or, Chasing "Broncho Bill." 287 The Bradys and the Mock Mlllionalre ; or, The Trail which Led to Tuxedo. 288 !l'he Bradys' Wall Street Trail; or, The Matter of X-YZ. 289 The Bradys and the Bandits' Gold; or, Secret Work In the Southwest. ,I 290 'rhe Bradys and Captain Thunderbolt; or, Daring Work in Deafh Valley. 291 The Bradys' Trip fa Chinatown; or, Trailing an Opium 292 The Bradys and Diamond Dan; or, The Mystery of the John Street Jewels. 293 The Bradys on Badman's Island; or, Trapping the Texas "Terror.0 294 'l'he Bradys and the Sop Hitters; or, Among the Opium Fiends of 'Frisco. 295 The Bradys and "Boston Ben" ; or, Tracking a Trickster to Tennessee. 296 '.l'he Bradys' Latest "Bad" Man ; or, The Case o! Idaho Ike. 297 'l'he Bradys and the WalJ Street "Wonder"; or, The Keen Detec-tives' Quick Case. 298 The Bradys' Can to Kansas ; or, The Matter of Marshal Mundy. 299 The Bradys and Old Bill Battle : or, After the Colorado Coiners. 300 The Bradys and the Man from Wall "Street; or, The Strange Dis-appearance of Captain Carew. 301 The Bradys and Big Bart Brown ; or, Trapping the "Terror" of Toddleton. 302 The Bradys and the 'Frisco Fakirs; or, The Boy Who was Lost In Chinatown. 303 The Bradys and "Klondike Kate" ; or, The Hurry Call from Dawson. 304 The Bradys and "Pullman Pete" ; or, The Mystery of the Chicago Special. 305 The Bradys and the Wall Street Prince; or, The Boy Who Brbks the Brokers. 306. 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THE STAGE. . 41. THE BOYS OF NEW YORK END MEN'S JOKE SOOK.-Co-ntaining a great variety of the latest jokes used by the moat famous end men. No amateur minstrels is complete without thi1 wonderful little book. No .. THE OF NEW YORK STUMP SPEAKER.Conta1!1mg a varied of i;tump speeches, Negro, Dutch and Irish. Also end mens Jokes. Just the thing for home amuse ment and amateur shows. No. 45 . THE BOYS OF NEW YORK MINSTREL GUIDE AND JOKl!l new and very instructive. Every boy. should ob tam this as it contains full instructions for or camzmg an amateur mmstrel troupe. N'o. 65. l\lULDOON'S JOKES.-This is one of the most original Joke books ever and it is brimful of wit and humor. It a large collection of songs, jokes, conundrums, etc .. of rerrence l\Iuldoon, the great wit, humorist, and practical joker of day. E\'ery boy who can enjoy a good substantial joke should _,brain a copy immediatelv . • o .. 79. 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It is the mformat1on regardmg choice of sub j ects, the u se of words and the freatest book C'ver published. and there's millions (of fun) in it. manner o.f prepar!ng and submitting manuscript. Also containing No. 20. HOW TO ENTERTAIN AN EVENING PARTY.-A vah;if!ble rnformat1oi:i as to thf:l neatness, legibility and general com •ery \'aluable little book just published. A complete compendium po.s1t10n of manuscript, essential to a s u ccess ful author. By Prince games, sports, card diversions, comic recitations, etc .. suitable Ililand ; for parlor 01 drawing-room entertainment. It contains more for the No. 38. HOW TO BECOME YOUR OWN DOCTOR.-A ,noney than any book published . derful book . containing useful and practical information in thQ No. 35. HO"\V TO PLAY GAMES.-A complete and useful little treatment of ordinary diseases and ailments common to evel'f oook, the rules and of billiards, bagatelle, family. 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THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. A Weekly ]lagazine containing Stories of the American Revolution. By HARRY MOORE. These sto:ties based on a.ctua.l facts a.nd give a, fa,i thful account of the exciting adventures of a. brave ba.nd 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.nt ca.use of Independence. Every number will consist of 32 large pages of reading matter bound in a beautiful colored cover. ' LATEST ISSUES: l:i4 The Liberty Boys and the Fire Fiend: or, A New Kind of Battle. rn;:; '.l'he Liberty Boys in Quakertown ; or, Making Things Lively in Philadelphia. Hi6 The Liberty Boys and the Gypsies; or, A Wonderful Surprise. l 57 The Liberty Boys' Flying Artillery; 01 "Liberty or Death." 1G8 The Liberty Boys Against the Hed D emons; or, Fighting the In dian Haiders. 159 The Liberty Boys Gunners; or, The Bombardment of Monmouth. 160 The Liberty Boys and Lafayette; or, Helping the Young French General. 161 'l'he Liberty Boys Grit; or, The Bravest of the Brnve. 162 The Liberty Boys at West Point; or, Helping to Watc h the Red coats. 163 The Liberty Boys 'l'errible Tussle; or, Fighting to a Finish. 164 The Liberty Boys and .. Light Horse Harry" ; or, Chasing the British Dragoons. HJ;) The Liberty Boys in Camp; or, Working for Washingto n. l titi The Liberty Boys and Mute lllart; o r , The Deaf and Dumb Spy. l ti7 The Liberty Boys at 'l'renton; or, The Greatest Christmas ever Known. 168 The Libertv Boys and General Gates: or, The Disaste r at Cam den. • l 69 'l'he Liberty Boys at Brandywine; 01-, l ?igbtlng [ c i e r ce ly for Free dom. 170 The Liberty Boys Ilot Campaign; or, The \Yarmest Work on ltecord. 171 The Liberty Boys' Awl The Liberty Boys D eath lllarc b ; or, The Girl of t h e Regiment. l 7ti 'l'be Liberty Boys' Only Surrender, And Why i t was Don e. 177 The Liberty Boys and L<'Iora M cDonald: o r, After the Hessians. 178 The Libe 1ty Boys Drum Corps: or, [ cigbting fo1 the Starry L •'lag . 170 The Liberty Boys and the Gun lllaker; o r , The Battle of Stony Point. 180 The Liberty Boys as Night Owls: or. Great W ork after Dark. 181 The Liberty Boys and the Girl Spy; or, Fighting Tryon's Raiders. 1 8 2 The Liberty Boys' Maske d Battery: or, 'l' b e Burning of Kingston. 183 The Liberty Boys and Major Andte; or, Trapping the B1itisb Messenger. . 1 4 The Liberty Boys in District 96: o r, Surrounded by Redcoats. 1 ;; The Liberty Boys and the S entine l ; or, The Captm e of L<'ort Washington. 186 The Liberty Boys on the Hudson: or. Working_ on Water. 187 The Liberty Boys at Germantown: or. Good YI ork t11 a Good Cause. 188 ?-:be Liberty Boys Indian Decoy; or, The Fight on Quaker Hill. 189 1 b e Liberty Boys Afloat: or. Sailing With Paul Jones. UIO The Liberty in lllobawk Valley; or, Fighting Redcoats, 'l'o 191 1U2 19a 1U4 11)5 11)6 197 r1es and Indians. The Liberty Boys Left Behind; or, Alone in the Enemy's Conntrv ?-:be Li_berty Boys at Augusta: or, 'Way Down in Georgia. Ibe L1llerty Boys' Swamp Camp; or, Figltting and Hiding. 'l'b e Liberty Boys in Gotham; or, Daring W ork in tlte Great City The Liberty Boys and Kosciusko; or, The [ eight at Great Falls. '.l'be Liberty Boys' Girl Scout; or. Fighting Butler's Rangers. 'l'be Liberty Boys at Budd"s Crossing: or, Hot Work in Cold Weathe r . 198 The Liberty Boys Raft: or. I<'loatlng and Fighting. 1U9 The Liberty B o y s at Albany: or. 8aving General Schuyler 200 'l'be Liberty Boys Good F ortune: or, S ent o n Secret Service . :lOl The Liberty Boys at Jobnsons Mill : or. A Hard Grist to Grind. 202 The Liberty Boys \Y arning: or. A '.rip t hat Cam e in Time. :.!03 The Liberty Boys with Washington: or, Uard Times at Yalley Forge. 204 The Liberty Boys after Brant: or, Chasing the Indian Raiders. 20i:i 'l' h e Liberty Boys at Red Bank: or. Routing the Hessians. 206 The Liberty Boys and the Rifl e m en: or, Helping all They Could. 207 The Liberty Boys at the i\Ilschlanza; or. Good-by to General Howe. 208 'l'he Liberty Boys and Pulaski : or. The Polish Patriot. 209 Boys at Hanging Ro c k ; or, The .. Carolina 210 'l' h e Liberty Boys on the redee: or. Mane uvering with Marion. 211 '.l'be Liberty Boys at Guilford Courthouse: o r. A Defeat tbn/ Proved a Victory. 212 'l' b e Liberty Boys at. Sanders' Creek ; or, The Error of Generd Gates. 213 'l.'be Liberty Boys on a Raid: or. Out with Co lonel Brnwn. 2H The Liberty Boys at Gowanus C r ee k ; or, For Liberty and Inde pendence . 215 The Liberty Boys Skirmish ; or, At G1een Spring Plantation. 216 The Liberty Boys and t h e Governor: o r. Tryons Conspiracy. 217 The Liberty Boys in Rho d e I sland; or, Doing Duty Down East. 218 'l'he Liberty Boys After Tarleton: or. Bothering t h e .. Butcher.' 219 'l'be Liberty Boys Daring Dash : or. Death Before Defeat. 220 '.l'be Liberty Boys and the Mutineers; or. H elping ;\fad Anthony 2 21 The L iberty Boys Ont \\'est; or, The Capture of Vincennes. 222 The Liberty Boys M Princeton; or, \Vashi11g1o n's Narrow Escape. 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