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Moore, Harry
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1HEUBERTY . A Weekly Magazine containing Stories of the American Revolution. ffc cHy-"ll!J S11bsui1,li•m 11er !!"''': Enlcrr.d as Second Olas1 Jllullcr at tkc New York l'osl Office, l • 'cbruaru 4, 190 1 ; bu Fra.111,; Touscu . No. 226. NEW YORK, APRII,; 28, 1905. Price 5 Cents. As Sam and Mark lifted the keg out of the hole, Dick and Bob took o1f their ha.ts and cheered. Cap'n Kidd's legacy all right," chuckled the old sailor. "This chart did not lie." The boys in the boat cheered lustily.


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HE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 " Weekly Magazine Containing Stories of the American Revolution. Iuuea Weekly-By Subscrption $2.50 per year. Entered as Second Olass Matter at .the New York, N. Y., Posp Offwe, February 4, 1901. Entered according to A.ct of Congre ss, in the 11ear 1905, in the office of the Librarian ' of Congress, WasMngton, D . O., by Fra?1.k Touse11, 24 Union .Square, New York. 226. NEW YORK, APRIL 28, 1905. Price 5 Cents. he Liberty Boys' Keg of Gold OR, Captain Kidd's Legacy. By HARRY MOORE. CHAPTER I. .A SAILOR IN TROUBLE. "L0ok there, Dick! See those fellow s pounding that .,.._o..,..1,,__ .. ailor?" "I see them, Bo '1 sailor is and they are beating him, and will )j ob hll I hey get a chance. Come, let's take a hand in the affair, Dick." "All right; I am a lover of fair play, and three on one is two too many." three ruffians fiercely, and knocked them down so quickly as to occasion wonder 'in the mind s of the spect a tors , a number of whom stopped when they saw the youths take a hand. The three ruffians were wild with rage, and they scram bled up and leaped at the youths , giving utteranc e to threats that were terrible indeed. They struck out vi c iously , but could not land on the youth s , who l e aped this way and that, and dodged, duck ed, and evaded the bl ows with ease. Then suddenly the two took their turn, and again knocked the three down with well-directed blows. "So it is! Come, we two will even it up." The blows were so hard this time that for a few mo-lt was nearing evening, of a hot summer day, in the city ments tlie ruffians lay there, dazed . of New York, in the year 1778. The spectators gave utterance to exclamations of amazeTwo handsome. youths of perhaps nineteen years of age, ment and wonder; but dressed in rough clothing such as was worn by counbeat anythin' I ever seen!" try people in those days, were walking along the street "Who'd er thort et?" next to the East river, and a short distance ahead of them "The m boy s is1wonders, shore!" they had suddenly noted that a . fight was in progress. On "Thet's whut they air!" . looking closer they saw that three ruffianly-appearing men The old sailor , who was down when the youths took a were attacking a sailor, who was under the influence of hand in the affair, was now on his feet, but he was rather li1uor, they were sure, for he was making but little headunsteady. He knew that the youths had befriended him, way in resisting his enemies. however, and he mumbled out: \ They were men at work on the wharf, but they did not "Much 'blige, sh'pmates; much 'blige. Serves ther to be paying any attention to the affair; they kept sharks ri", an' the t's er fack." right at their work. The three ruffians now scrambled to their feet again, The two youths in question were Dick Slater and Bob and again the y made an attack on the youths. It was Estabrook, and they were members of a company of youths evident that they could not understand how it could be that known as The Liberty Boys of '76. Dick was the captain I two mere boy s could handle them s o roughly, nor could and Bob the. lieutenant of the company. they make up their minds that the two were their ma!;\ters. They were now in New York on spying business or the They struck out at the youths wildly and furiously, e commander-in-chief of the patriot army. dently bent on knocking them senseless. _ Dick and Bob hastened forward ancl were soon within Had they succeed<'d in landing the blows, such w Jf driking clistance of the combatants. They attacked the have been the result.


2 THE LtB:ERTY KEG OF GOLD. But as had been the case before ; they did not land th e ir blows. The youths kept out of the way , and when the three bad tired themselves out, Dick and Bob again took their turn, and soon suc ceedecl in kno c kin g the three down. This time they struck as hard a s they could, and the result was that the three lay there nearly half a minute , in a half.iunconscious condition . ' Again the spectators gave utteranc e to exclamations of wonder. They were almost as greatly surprised as t he ruffian s themselves had been by the ability shown by the two young fellows, who looked like striplings, compar e d to their burly opponents. "Much . 'blige, sh'pmates," the old sailor mumbled; "much ' bliged." "You are welcome," said Dick. "Yes, we enjoy this kind of work," grinned Bob. The spectators laughed. "You do seem to enj'y et, thet's er fack, " s aid one. "Thet's so!" from another. "I guess ye injoyed et more'n they do!" from a third. Such were the remarks, and Dick and Bob merely smiled and waited for the three ruffians to get up and renew the combat. This they did, presently-that i s to say, they got up, but they did not renew the combat. It was evident that they had all they wanted. They slunk away through the crowd, but shook their I fists at Dick and Bob, and uttered threats of what they! would do. The youths merely smiled, for they did not expect to ever see the ruffians again, and even were they to do so; they felt that they would be able to take care of them selves. "W'y don' ye stop an' do some uv them things ye air threatenin' ter do, iight now, an' not wait till some other time?" cried one of the spectator s . The three did not reply to this. The other spectators laugh e d d e ri s i\el y . "Well, that is settled, I guess w e may at" " e ll h e going, Bob,'' said Dick. • " Kim along." The crO\rd had di s persed now, and the three walked the boarding-house in question and entered. "I'Ye got e r room up s t'ars, sh'pmates; come er long me," the old s ailor said. The two accompanied him upstairs and to his roo which wa$ at the encl of a long hall. It was a mean little room, with bare table, and a thre legged stool and a rnde cot as the only furniture. The old sailor fastened the door with a wooden peg, au theI). motioned to the two to sit down on t"tie cot. They did so, and he seated himself on the stool, whicl he had drawn close up to them. "Sh'pmates," he said in a low voice, and with a mysterious air, "I owe ye sumthin' fur whut ye done fer me, an' I think I kin pay ye back." He drew a greasy paper from his pocket and tapped it with his finger, as he went on, impre s sively: "This heer dockyment is er chart thet tells whar is hid er keg uv gal' thet wuz buried thar menny yeers ergo by ther pirate , Oap'n Kidd, ez I guess ye\e heerd erbout, an' ef ye boys'll go in with me, we'll git ' ther gol' an' ekal." CHAPTER II. THE OLD SAILOR REVEALS Dick and Bob stared at the old sailor in surp then they looked at the chart with some degree of inter e s t. Dick reached out and took the chart out of fhe old sailor's band s . "I'll just look it over a bit, sir," he said. "Yas, thet's ri'; thet's whut I wan' ye ter do." Dick spread the chart out on the table, and he and Bob looked at the drawing carefully and with interest. The old sailor watched them in silence. When the two had looked at the paper a few minutes, they turned their gaze upon the sailor. "Yes; come along." "Hol' on, sh'pmates, " said the old s ail o r, wh o seemed is this locality that is shown here?" Dick asked. to be getting pretty well sobered up. " Don ' go off unner The man shook his head. full sail, like thet. I wan' ye ter com e with me." "I dunno exackly," was the reply, "but et mus' be smn "Where to?" asked Dick. whars on ther Jersey shore, berlow Sandy Hook." "Over heer," and he motioned toward a sailor' s lodgingThe youths looked at the chart again. house not far away. "I believe he is right, Dick," said Bob. . "We don't care to go there," said Dick. "No, we will "Yes, likely he is." go on about our business; but it will be as well for you "Do you really believe that is a keg of gold buried to go there if you have a room there, and stay till you get there?" asked Bob. sobered up." "I sartinly do." "Sobered up, ye say? I'm sober, sh'pmate, an' I wan' "How did you come in possel$sion of this cliart?" asked e ter come with me. I axes et as er favor." Dick. Seeing that the man was in earnest, Dick said: "Et wuz giv' me by er shipmate, who hed et frum an" All right; we'll go with you, as we haven't anything other old shipmate, an' et descended ter him frum anuthe to do just now. " 1 old shipmate thet hed at one time be'n er pirate with t •


• THE LIBERTY BOYS' KEG OF GOLD. 3 r Cap'n Kidd. None of 'em ever had a chance ter go 'try ter find ther gold." The youths nodded. "That sounds all right, Dick," from Bob. "Yes." "Likely the keg of gold is buried there, as is claimed." "There can be little doubt that a keg of gold was buried ere, Bob,'' with an accent on the "was." Bob nodded. "You mean that--" "In all probability the keg has long since been unearthBob looked sober and thoughtful. "That is possible,'' he agreed. The old sailor shook his head. "I don' think so,'' he said. "Ther chances air good het ther keg uv gol' is still thar." The Liberty Boys looked at each other in silence, but nth a thoughtful expression on their faces. "If it is still there, and we could find it, it would be 1e1l worth while looking for it," said Dick. "You are right," from Bob. "Ei ye'll go in with me an' he'p look fur et, I'll giv' ye h wun er ek 'I are with myse'f," \ the old man declared. gain the two changed glances. ''What do you y, Bob?" queried Dick. I'm in for it wa" ii thoughtful for a few moments. e keg of gold, we will need some , us , Bob . " ' , two or tl ee at least." "RigilL. \Vil! ou go up and bring them, old fellow?" "I surely will!" "Very well." "Who shall I bring?" ":Mark, Sam, and Ben." ''All right; I'll start right away." _"Be careful, Bob, and don't let the redcoats capture you." "I'll be careful." 6ot u " Whc:re will "Righf hr• , The old ilo1 nee, and was ready to start. ind you when we come back?" he asked. xuess, Bob.'' added. ''Th fr, ri'," l 1aid. "Stay ri' heer with me." "' "hrn win yo get here, Bob?" • Dick asked. tim1 t1 ight." ''About midni ?" ''Likely." "All ri' 1 ' )e looking for you." "I'm off now; good-by." "Good-by." Bob turned and opened the door, and stepped out into the hall, and as be did so he gaYe utterance to an exclama tion and bounded away, along the hallway. Dick ind the old sailor leaped out into the hall also, and called to Bob. "What's the matter?" "Whut's up?" Bob was almost to the ehd of the hall, but paused and turned back . "As I stepped through the doorway I saw a fellow run ning along the hall, Dick," he said. "I'm sure that he bad been listening at the door." "What kind of looking fellow was he?" "He was a big fellow, and roughly dressed." "Oh, well, I don't think he could have heard much." "I hope not," soberly. "You fear that he might try to find the keg?" "Yes." "But he couldn't do it; he has no chart of the locality." "That's so." Then Bob said good-by again, and went on down the stairs, while Dick and the old sailor returned to the room. They closed and fastened the door, and then again looked at the chart. "I wonder if the keg is still there, sure enough?" Dick. said, as if speaking to himself. "Waal, we kin fin' out by lookin' thar, sh'pmate." "So we can; that is, if we can find the right locality." "I think we kin do thet." "We will have to have a boat." "Yas; an' er pick an' shovel." "Yes." "Ther keeper uv this heer tavern'll let me hev ther boat." "That is good." "An' we'll pervision et, so's 'we kin go out an' stay till we fin' ther keg uv gol'." "That will be a good plan." "Yas; fur ef we kep' comin' an' goin', some uv ther fellers erlong ther water frunt heer mought git kinder suspishus an' faller us." "So they might." Then Dick examined the chart again, and looked thought ful. "I feel sure that the point indicated here is somewhere along the shore, south of Sandy Hook," he said. "I think yer ri', young feller." They talked the matter over earnestly and laid their plans, and when evening came they went down to the rude dining-room and ate supper. After the meal was ended, the old sailor went to the landlord and secured the loan of his boat, which lay at the wharf only a short distance away. The two bought a goodly lot of provisions, also, and at a neighboring outfit ting establishment they bought .a pick and a shovel. All these things were taken to the boat and stowed away soon after dark. It was about ten o'clock by the time they had finished their work. "Waal, thet's done,'' said the old sailor, with a sigh of


THE LIBERTY BOYS' KEG OF GOLD. "Yes, our preperations are made, and all we have to do I him through the window, as Dick had done with now is to wait till the boys get here." "We may's waal go up ter our room, I guess, shipmate." "Yes." They entered the boarding-house and made their way upstairs and along the hall. As they pushed the door open and stepped through the doorway, they were attacked by at least half a dozen men, who leaped upon them and did their best to throw the two to the floor and make prisoners of them. CHAPTER III. A LIVELY ENCOUNTER. Dick and the old sailor were taken by surprise, but they were not at all disposed to permit themselves to be over powered. They at once began struggling fiercely. The old sai]!):s \ms perfectly sober, and was strong and hardy and capable of putting up a strong fight. Dick, p.f caurse, was always in a position to make a good fight. A yell of fright went up from this ruffian as he shot out through the opening, and a thud was heard as he struck. "We will get better of them, ,now, without any trouble!" cried Dick. "Ye bet we will!" from the old sailor. Then the two exerted themselves to the utmost, anJ made things exceedingly lively for their assailants. The truth of the matter was that the loss of two of their number had taken a good deal of the courage 011t of the others, and they were not able to work to such good effect as had been the case before. Of course, Dick and the old sailor had recefred some severe bumps, but they were well seasoned and were not much injured. Presently Dick secured the hold he wished on another of the ruffians, and fired him through the window head-first. This left only three to contend with, and the odds were not worth mentioning. "We've got them now!" cried "Yer ri', shipmate!" from the old sailor. The three ruffians seemed to think the way. for their attack lost strength, an

THE LIBERTY . BOYS ' KEG op GOLD. 5 e old sailor. '"Tenny rate, them fellers won' wanter come ack, I'm shore." "Oh, I forgot," said Dick. "Let's go around and see if ny of the four we threw through the window are dead or riously hurt." "Thet's so; !e's see erbout et." 'rhey went out and made their way around to the side f the building, but did not find anyone there. If one r more had been killed or seriously hurt, the others had ot them away. The two re-entered the tavern. "Did ye fin' enny uv 'em?" the landlord. asked. "}fo," said Dick. "They are all gone." ''I reckon ye didn' kill enny uv 'em, then." "I judge not." The two then went back upstairs to their room. Dick closed the window, .and the old sailor lighted a CJndle. Dick pulled down the rude shade, and then they sat wn and began discussing the matter of the attack by t ie ruffians. "Wbut d'ye make uv et, sh'pmate?" asked the old sailor. 'I :_ink te fellow who was listening at the door thi aftemoon • rd enough so that he knows what we ur" going tu tr) to do, and it is my opinion that he got 1 e othe1s, and "hey came here for the purpose of overpow (ring us and tal . , e chart away from us." The old ailor air ri', sh'pmate," he said . .. The old sailor, being bej;ter acquainted with the bay, and a better hand With the oars, did the rowing, and soon the boat was out in the bay and heading toward the Nar rows. Suddenly the old sailor ceased rowing. "Hist!" he said in a low, cautious voice, "I heer oars." All li ste ned, and sure enough, from out the C.arkuess behind them came the faint rattle of oars in the row locks. "We air bein' follered ! " the old sailor said. CHAPTER IV. SEAROHING FOR THE LOCATION OF THE KEG OF GOLD. "You are right!" said Dick. "Yes,'' said Bob. . , "Whut shall we do?" the old sai lor asked. "Keep on going," replied Dick. "Row as hard as you can, and when you get tired, one of us will take the oars." "Oh, I won' git tired. I kin row all night." The old sailor bent to the oars, and . again the boat moved through the water. He rowed faster than before, and kept it up s teadily. He rowed at l east twenty minutes at the increased speed, and the.n he stolJPed for a few moments, and all listened in tently. From the rear came the faint rattle of oars in row-locks. "Waul,1 chui!kle , "they didn' do et, did they?" "They're still coming!" said Bob. "No; they slipped up it." "Yes," said Dick. "Let me take the oars, Hank; you "Thet's whut did!" must be tired." They talked on till nearly midnight, and then they sud. The old sailor had told Pick his name was Hank Mar denly heard the sound of footsteps in the hall. itin. "The boys are coming!" exclaimed Dick. "No, I hain't er bit tired, sh'pmate. I'll keep on rowin'. He opened the door, and sure enough, there were Bob I know ther bay better'n whut ye do, I guess." . l stabrook, Mark Morrison, Sam Sanderson, and Ben Spur He again bent to the oars and the boat moved forward lock. at good speed. "Come in, boys!" he said, and they entered. is eve. "Everythn "I'm glad c "\Ye haYe !Jll:k uud sl start." "Good! \Yhe "Hight awa : bing, Dick?" asked Bob, eagerly. all right, Bob." hat!" .ued a boat, and have prov1s10ns and a •l in it, and everything is ready f!=Jr the shall we start?" "That u all right." "I think it best to leave in ij;J.e night. noticed then, like we would in the daytime." "That's so." We won't be They did not delay, but at once made their way down stairs, and pausing in the bar-room only long enough to p1y the score to the landlord, who was still up, they went out and to the wharf. Then they got into the boat and ushed off. He kept it up another twenty minutes, at lea st, and then again stopped rowing, to li sten. And again sounded the faint rattle of oars . from the rear. "They're still after u s!" said Mark Morrison. "Yes, they're hanging on pretty well," said Dick. "Mebby we kin lose 'e m, arter we git out through ther Narrers," said ' Hank. "Maybe so. Shall I take the oars, Hank?" "No;.I'll keep ri' on rowin'. I hain't er mite tired." Again he bent to the oars , the boat moved forward at a good rate of speed. This time he kept on rowing till they had passed through the Narrows and were half-way across the lower bay, before stopping again, to listen. This time they did not hear the sound of oars from be hind them. "l guess we have shaken them off," said Ben Spurlock .. "It seems so," from Bob.


6 THE LIBERTY BOYS' KEG OF GOLD. "Yes," s aid Dick. "Well, keep on going, Hank. WE are going to come out all right, after all.' ' "I guess we air." He resumed rowing, and pres ently r o unded the pomt of Sandy Hook, and headed s outhward , s kirting the shore. He kept on for half an hour, at lea s t, and then again ceased rowing. "Listen!" said Dick. They did so. Not a s ound broke the s tillness of the nig ht. The purs uers had seemin g l y b e en t hrown . off the track. "J guess w e have given them the s lip , s ure enough , " s aid Sam Sanderson. "It seem s s o," agreed Bob. "And I'm glad of it," said Dick, "for w e don't want to go much farther. The point we are looking for may be near here." ' "Thet's so, " agreed the old sailor. "Shall I row ter ther shore, sh'pmate ?" "Yes, I think we will be safe in making a landing here." "I think so." The old s ailor headed in toward the s hore, and a few minutes later the boat's bow grated on the s and. The youth s all leaped out, and the old s ailor followed, after which the boat was pulled clear out of the water, and up close to a large clump of bushe s , to on e of which the boat's painter was made fa s t. The old s ailor then dre w a s ail-cloth out of the. boat and spread it on the s and, and all sav e Sam S a nd e r s on lay down and went to s leep. Sam was to s tand g u ard a couple of hours and then awaken one of the oth e r s . This he did , and Mark Morri son took hi s tnrn at s entinel duty. The night passed quietly. The people who had been purs uing the golds eeker s did not put in an appearance. All were up with the sun, and they ate heartily of the bread and meat. As soon as it was light enough for the purpos e , the work of searching for a spot that coincided with the locality Hhown on the chart in the old s ailor's possession was begun . Dick went up on top of the ro c ky shore, and looked out over the ocean and up and down the coas1:, but did not see any sigil of the boat that had be e n purs uing them the night before. "They either gave up the pursuit and went back, or else they made a landing and are hiding," he said, when he went down and rejoined the others. "Likely the latter is the fact of the matter," said Bob. "You think they would not give up the pursuit, then?" "That's what I think. Somehow, I believe that a gang . "Well, they ' ll have a hard time doing it.'' "You're right they will," grimly, and. Bob tapped tho butt of one of the pistols in his belt. Then the s earch for the locality shown in the chart be gan in earnest. The youth s and the old sailor moved slowly northward, examining the lay of the land carefully. They went almo s t to Sandy Hook, without finding what they were looking for, and then they went back. They now moved southward, slowly, for it took some time io decide as to whether a certain locality was or was not the one ' s hown in the chart. 'rhey had pushed the boat into the water, and Ben Spurlock was in it, and he rowed iilowly along, keeping pace with those on shore. At noontime they stopped work, and ate their frugal re pa s t. They had gone something over a mile down the shore , and had not yet found what they were looking for. Bob Estabrook was looking blue. He was of a volatile temperament, and was always impatient. Delay chafed him, and he had already stated more than once that he did not believe they would be able to find the place. "Oh, we haven't hardly begun to look yet, Bob," said Dick. \. "We've been at it half a day." "That's nothing; wait till we've "Oh, jove! I hope we won't Iiick!" "It is possible, Bob.'' "Then my guess is that we won't find the place at all.'' "Oh, I think we will; but you must remember that it has been a Jong time since Captain Kidd was doing busi ness around here, and rains and storms have undoubtedly changed the topographical aspect to some extent." "I guess that is true; and that is what is going to make it impossible to find the place described in the chart." "I feel certain that we will find it, Bob." "I hope we may." "I think thet we'll.fin' et, all right,'' said the old sailor . After a rest of half an hour, they again set to work. They proceeded slowly and carefully, and by nightfall had gone about two miles farther along the shore. They had not yet succeeded in finding the locality they were searching for. They spent the night quietly, and were not disturbed in any way. If the men who pursued them out of New York harbor were in the vicinity, they were keeping well out of sight. Next morning, after an early breakfast, tlie little party of goldseekers again set to work. They were unsuccessful, up till noon, but about two o'clock Dick, who was in the lead, suddenly gave utteranco to an exclamation and gestured to his friends excitedly. "Come here quickly!" be cried. "I've found the place!" All rushed to the spot . l of ruffians-likely the same one that attacked you and Hank last night-has made up its mind to try to get the gold away from us, if we find it." ................


THE LIBERTY BOYS' KEG OF GOLD. 7 CHAPTER V. THE KEG DISAPPEARS. "Get the chart out, Hank!" cried Bob, excitedly. The old sailor obeyed. They spread the chart out on the ground, and studied it arefully, and then they took a look at the surroundings. "'l'hiF> the place! I'll wager anything that it is the lace!" exclaimed Bob. "Yes, I believe it is," said Sam Sanderson. 'rhe others were of the same opinion. "There are some things different here, from the way hey are shown on the chart," said Dick. "But in all the ain features, this spot agrees with the drawing." "Et's ther place, an' I'll bet on ei!" said the old sailor. ''And now, the next thing iS' to locate the spot where he keg is buried," said Dick. "That will not be difficult," said Bob. "It ought not to be," Dick agreed. They examined the char.t carefully, and then looked all aoout them, sizing up the locality. Presently Dick pointed out a certain spot. "In my opinion, that is where we must dig, if we want unParth the keg of gold," he said. cated it, all right, Dick," said Bob. , Sam and Ben, and bring up the ten 0 e s1ope, and Dick eallecl out: "Yqu had better ,:tay in the boat, Ben, and keep a sharp Icokout up and down the shore, for signs of the men who r•ursued us night before last." "All right, Dick." The two were soon at the boat, and Sam brought the rrck and shovel up to the top of the bluff, Ben remaining in the boat. "It's the top of a keg, as sure as you live, boys!" Bob ex-claimed, delightedly. "Are you sure?" asked Dick. "Yes; see for yourself ." Dick leaped down and made an examination. "You are right," he said. "It is the keg!" "Good I" cried Sam. "That is fine!" from Mark. "I knowed we'd fin' et!" from the old sailor. The work went on, now, as fast as was possible, and half an hour later the keg was standing free enough so that it could be moved. "Dick, you and Bob have done jnost of the work of un earthing the keg, and are tired; now you let Mark and I lift it out," said Sam. "All right, Sam." Uary and Sam leaped down, and took hold of the keg, testing its weight. "Can you lift it?" asked Bob. "I think so," replied Mark. "Ready," said Sam. "Now!" As Sam and Mark lifted the keg out of the hole, Dick and Bob took off their hats and cheered. "It's Cap'n Kidd's legacy, all right," chuckled the old sailor. "This chart did not lie." The boy in the boat cheered lustily. Depositing the keg on the ground, Sam arid Mark rose erect and drew long breaths. "Phew! it is heavy!" said the former. "It is for a factl1 ' from the latter. 'l'hen they crowded around the keg, and looked at it with interest. On the side that was lying uppermost, burned in by a hot iron, evidently, were a skull and crossbones, and lhe J . words, "Captain Kidd." "It certainly i;:; Captain Kidd's legacy,'' said Bob. "There's his name to prove it." "That's right," agreed Dick. They began work at once. "I wonder how much gold thete is in there?" asked Sam. Dick took the pick and be?an loosening soil and "Hard telling," said Matk. "Bttt it is certainly a neat )-ravel, and w.hen he had got it loosened sufficiently Bob little lot of money." 1 ngan work with the shovel. "t•h ll t ?" k d th ld 1 • • • .::i a we open e t1p. as e e o sat or. Soon qmte a good-sized excavation was made, and as the Dick shook his head, and looked around, and then up and ork progressed and the hole grew deeper, the members of' down the shore. thp little partv began to get excited. "I d 't th 1 h db tt ,, h d . . on . m < we a e er, e sai . With every stroke of the pick they expected, or at least "We will wait till we rret to some more secure place lioped, to hear a metallic sound, or a thud that would eh?" from Bob. 0 ' row the pre,ence of the keg of gold. "Ye-s; we don't know but some 0 those scoundrels who Presently their hope was realized, for the pick struck were following us the other night may be in the vicinity, ,omething more solid than the sand and gravel. and there might be a sufficient number 0 them to give us a "You hit it, that time, Dick!'' cried Bob, excitedly. lot of trouble." "The point of the pick certainly struck something," said "That's so; and it would be better to have the gold all lJick. "But there is no certainty that it fo the keg." in one compact shape than to haw it scattered around." 'I'll wager that it is!" Bob cried. ''You are right." Dick worked faster, and 80on had the dirt loosened up I "When and where will we divide the gold?" asked Mark. 1fficiently ar.d Bob thrc>w it ont of the excavation with "I haven't decided yet." ie shovel. The old sailor now spoke up.


8 THE LIBERTY BOYS' KEG OF GOLD. "Thar's er cabin, down yender, in ther edge uv ther that they had never eaten anything quite sci good as the timber," he said, "an' et mought be er good thing ter go fish. thar an' stay ter-night an' open up ther keg an' count an' After supper they talked regarding the manner of getdivide ther goF." ting the gold up to the patriot encampment at White "Say, that's a good scheme, Dick," from Bob. Plains. The old sailor said that if Dick wished the gold "I don't know but you are right, Bob." might all be left in the keg, and be taken up to the patriot "Yes; and then we can decide what to do about getting encampment intact. the gold to the patriot encampment up at White Plains, "Then ye kin giv' me so:ie uv et, an' I'll go back down afterward." . inter New York," he said. "I don' want much, fur I'll "So we can." jest drink et up, ennyhow, an' I'll donate mos' uv my sheer "Do you think we will have any trouble in getting there ter ther soldiers." in safety, with the gold?" "That will simplify matters," said Dick. "We wilf do "I hope that we wilf not; but I am somewhat fearful that very thing." that we may." It was then decided that they would remain at the cabin "Well, they will ha"e to bring on a mighty strong force, all night, and row across to Long Island next day, cross if they get the better of us," said Bob; grimly. it by wagon-which they could get of some farmer-then "That is true." cross the Sound, and make their way up to White Plains. Ben Spurlock had come up to the top of the bluff, to One of the youths detailed to do sentinel duty down . look at the keg of gold, and he was greatly interested; and at the boat, to keep it from being stolen, and then the also greatly pleased with the sight of the old-tipie pirate's others lay down, after barring the door, and went to sleep. legacy. The five youths took turns at watching, and the nig4t "That ill-gotten gold may be made to do some good at passed without any alarm having been sounded, but when last," he said. morning came it brought with it a horrifying surprise. "Yes," said Dick. "We will turn our share of the gold over to General Washington, to be used by him in purchas ing clothing, food, and ammunition for the soldiers." "That is just the thing to do with it, Dick!" cried Bob. "Yes." "But how are we to get it up to the patriot encampment at White Plains?" "We will talk that over to-night, and decide upon our course." Then Dick told Ben to go back down to the boat, and row down to a point even with the spot where the cabin stood ;md tie the boat up to a tree, so it would not fl.oat . away. Ben hastened to obey this order, and then Dick, Bob, :Mark, and Sam lifted the keg and carried it to the cabin, a distance of about a third of a mile. The eabin was a fairly large one, consisting of one room, and in it were a table, several stools, three bunks, built against the walls, and a cupboard in one corner. There was a huge fire-place. "The door is strong and there is a stout bar,'1 said Dick, "so we will be safe in here, even if a party ruffians come and tried to rob us." They placed the keg of gold in one corner, and then Mark built a fire, and Sam and Bob went down to where a good-sized stream emptied into the ocean, to catch some fish, the old sailor having told them they would find fishing tackle in the boat. They found the tackle, dug some bait, and soon caught a nice mess of fish of good size. These they took up to the cabin and dressed, and Sam, who was an excellent cook, proceeded to cook supper. When it was done, the six ate heartily, and all declared DICK MAKES "Where can it be?" "What has become of it?1 ' "Who took it?" "And how did they get it' out of here without our knowledge?" Such were the exclamations given utterance to by the youths when they discovered that the keg of gold was missing. They stared at one another, and then again at file spot where the keg had stood. Then Bob rushed out and down to the shore, where the boat lay, and where the other Liberty Boy was on guard. "Sam," he cried, excitedly, "have you seen anybody around here at all?" "Not a soul, Bob. But why-what's the matter?" "The keg of gold is missing!" Sam stared in open-mouthed amazement. "The-keg-of-gold-missing!" he gasped. "Yes!'1 "But-how can that be possible?'1 "That's the . question." "It was in the cabin with you all, and tlie door was barred. How could anyone get at it?" "That's what we would likB to know, Sam looked up and then down the shore.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' KEG OF GOLD . 9 There is no one in sight, Bob," he said. "I'm going to the cabin with you, to take a look at--" The spot where the keg stood, eh?" with a rather bitter Well, yes; but-" There are no 'buts' about it, Sam. The keg is gone." I can't understand it. I can hardly believe it." Come on up and see for yourself; the boat is safe." All right." 'hey hastened up the slope and entered the cabin. Sam has seen no one in the vicinity of the cabin, Dick," . Bob. I'm sure there has been no one around during the time I ve been on guard, Dick," from Sam. hen he looked at the spot where the keg had stood , . then all around the room. It's gone, sure enough!" he exclaimed. "Yes," said Dick. And the question is, Where has it gone?" from Bob. Et beats ennythin' I ever 1 heerd tell uv," said the old 'Air •• e was deeply chagrined and disappointed, but truth t• 1ell it was more because of the disappointment that hE w it was to his young comrades than on his own ace . "lt. I'm on'y er rough ole sailor, an' kin git erlong all right, how," he said. ''But I'm sorry ther gol' hez disappearur et would hev done er lot uv good ter mer patriot so" rig 'ck. "But I haven't given up all JOP of securing it even yet.'' ll looked at Dick in some surprise. Why," said Bob, "the gold is gone, no one knows where , 1 what chance is there that we may recover it?" Dick looked at his comrades and then gave a keen, searchin<> glance around the room. . 'There is only the one door," he said, "and it was bar x don the inside of the room; so no one could possibly have ntered by way of the door." That's true, of course," said Bob; "but there's the win do ." A small affair, a foot and a half square. No one could Juve entered through that window and handed the keg of l out through it without having awakened some of us." I wouldn't think so." I am sure of it. It would be impossible for it to be e." "he youths looked around the room, a puzzled expres J on the face of each. uddenly Bob uttered an exclamation: The chimney!" Dick shook his head. " I have made an examination there," he said, "and I

10 'I'HE LIBERTY BOYS' KEG OF GOLD. "Then there must be a secret door s omewher e in the wall." "I think th e re is one ri ght h e re , " . placing hi s hand at a point about three feet from th e c orn e r. The others looked at the point indicated, and saw that the logs were short th e re, being just about a s long 'tis an ordinary door is wide. "That's a door, undoubtedly!" said Bob. "I am sure of it." ' "Do you think the thief or thieves are in there vet? ' ' "I think so; there is no ope nin g for them to get out through." Bob drew a pi s tol. "I hope they are there!" h e s aid , g rimly. The other youth s drew their pi s tol s . "If they are the-re , we will mak e it warm for them!" said Ben Spurlock. Dick then pushed against the secr e t door. It did not move. "It is braced on the other s ide, doubtless, Dick," said Bob. "Likely. Well, I think we can force it open. Push against it, boys." The youth s placed their shoulder s against the door and pushed with all their might. The youths drew their pistols, and began yelling to the thieves, of whom there were two. "Stop!" "Leave that boat alone!" "Drop that keg!" "Run for your lives, you scoundrels, or die!" The thieves, however, had already got the ktg into the boat, and they now pushed off, leaped in, and one seized the oar s and ro\Yed like mad, while the other drew a pistol and s at in the stern with the weapon leveled at the ap proaching Liberty Boys. "I c an s hoot , tool" he called out, defiantly. "But you c an't hit anything!" retorted Bob. "Run right down to the water's edge, and then stop and ope n fire on them," ordered Dick. "All right , " was the reply. They were soon at the water's edge, and there they pecl. Leveling their pi s tols, they took careful aim. "Fire !" cried Dick. The youths did so. Crack! Crack! Crack! Crack! A yell of pain and rage escaped the lips of the fellow in the stern of the boat, and he dropped his pisto l, his right arm falling to hi s side, broken by a bullet. It stood firm a few moments, and then s uddenly gave "Stop!" cried Dick. "Stop, or die!" way, and swung back, revealing a long, narrow compart-But the fellow at the oars pulled harder than ever. ment beyond. , It was plain that they were dete rwined to hold onto the The youths leaped through , and looked aegerly them , only to be dis appointed . about I g old , now that they had secured it. No one was there! Neither was the keg of gold there . Exclamation s of di s appointment escaped the lip s of th e youths. "Not here!" "They are gone!" "And the gold , too!" "Too bad!" "How did they get out?" a s k e d Bob. "There is another door like this one , undoubtedly," s aid Dick. "Well, it can't be help e d." . At this moment they were s tartled by a cry from the old sailor. "Yenc1er they air! They're jest puttin' ther keg inter ther boat!" The youths understood instantly. The thieves had stolen the keg of gold out o.f the cabin, and had remainec1 hidden in the timber till the boat was left unguarded, and then they had made the ir way down to the shore, with the keg, and were going to get away in the boat. This was indeed rubbing it in. To steal the keg of gold, and then steal the boat to carry it away in! Liberty Boys were out of the cabin in a jiffy, and running down the slope at the top of their speed. The old sailor came after them as fast as he could run. "Give them another yolley ! " The youth s already had their pi and now they fire d again. The boat had mad e considerable progress, however, and none of the bullets hit either of the thieves. It was a disappointment to the Liberty Boys, but it c ould not b e helped. "They are going to get away!" "That's what they are!" "fove, that's bad." "But it can't be helped.'' Such w ere a few of the exclamations that lips of the Liberty Boys . "Oh, for a boat!" cried Bob. escaped the "But there is no boat to be had." said Dick. "I guess you are right; but ii. is hard to lose the gold, after we had secured it." . "Blast ther skoundrels!" cried the old sailor, shaking his fist at the two in the boat. "I guess you will never get to spend any of that money, after all, Hank," said Dick. "I expeck not. W aal, I don' keer much fur myse'f, but I hed kinder be'n feelin' good because ther patriot sojers wuz ter hev benerfit frum ther gol'." "We may get it back yet," from Bob. "There doesn't seem to be much chance of doing so," said Dick.


THE LIBERTY DOYS' KEG UF 1WLD. 11 They stood there, atching the boat as it moved stead ' a1ray, up the shore. It 1rns a mile away at least, and looking very small ind , when rnddenly Boh uttered an exclamation and point-\ dO\rn the shore. _,oak yonder!" he cried. ll look ed in the direction md1cated. trim litle sailboat "as corning up along the shore, ung before the wind at good speed. the boat were a man and a woman, or perhaps a youth a maiden. f we can get the me of that boat, we can catch the es who stole our gold!" crird :Jiark ,lo we can. \Ye'll get the use of the boat if we possibly ' said Dick. "ien he waved his hand to the occupants of the sai lb and called out : Hello! Hello! Stop and come ashore, please!" 11e two obeyed, the boat's head being turned i.n toward hore, and quickly the bow grated on the sand. was seen that the occupants of the boat were a brightng boy of fifteen or sixteen and a maiden of perhaps reen years. ; IC youths doffed their hats and bOlred (o lhe girl, and Dick said, pointing toward the boat a mile up the couple of scoundrl'ls have stolen our boat, and are tt ng ay we would like to ha>e the use of }OUJ boa t, to enable us to catch them and recover our pro, e rty. " "You are welcome to the use of the boat, sir," the who was quite pretty and bright-looking. Bob, you come with me in the boat," said Dick. "The 1E,t of you hasten np along the shore, to head the scoun1lreh. off if they see ns coming after them and start to make n landmg." " '\11 right, Dick," said l\lark 1\Iorrison, and then he and :-;an and Ben, accompanied by the old sailor, hastened np along the shore, while Dick and Bob leaped into the boat, "hich _was quickly gotten under way again, and was headed up the shore in the direction of the other boat. The thievefl had evidmtly. not. taken note of what was going on behind them, for they continued tn row onward; when the sailboat had gotten to \Yithin half a mile of thr> other boat, the thieves irnddenly became a\\'are of the fact that they were being pursued. l:Yidently they realized that they could not hope to es cape :from the sai lb oat, which was moving much faster th,in their oar-propelled boat, for they at once headed in toward. the s110rc. Thev must have seen the Liberty Bo.vs and the olcl sailor l i tening up the shore, but doubtless felt that they would bP able to make a landing and then escape before those on foot could reach the point of l anding. CHAPTER VHI. THE KEG RECOVERED. "After them!'' ''Yes, let's capture the thieves!" "We can do it, I believe!" Mark, Sam, Ben, and the old sailor were within a third of a mile of the thieves when the two latter made the landing, and when the two set out on a run, the above exclamations "ere giYen utterance to. Ben Spurlock happened to look back at the sailboat, however, and >;aw that Dick, who was in the bow, was waving to them, evidently for the purpose of getting them to stay where they were, and he called the others' attention to the fact. "Yes, Dick wants us to stay back and not pursue the thieves," said Mark. "That's right; well, ''e will go on up to where the boat is beached," said Sam. They did this, and were delighted to find the keg of gold lying in the boat. , "We have got the gold back, after all!" exclaimed B en, delightedly. "Yes, we have been lucky,'' said Mark. A few min11tes later the ran into the shore alo;igside ,the other boat, and Dick and Bob leaped out upon the sand. ''The keg of gold is Dick," cried Ben. "Good! I was afraid the scoundrels might have thrown it overboard, out of viciousness." "No, they were thinking too much about getting away with whole skins to do that," said Sam. The girl and the boy were listening to this conversation "ll'ith wide-eyed interest, and Dick, seeing it, told them about the finding of the keg of gold, Captain Kidd's leg acy. The two listened in breathless interest, and then both leaped ashore and took a look at the,Jrng. "Ugh!" half-shuddered the girl, "it is pirates' gold! Doubtless it bas cost the owners their lives!" "It is more than likely that you are right, Miss Elsie," said Dick. The girl had told Dick and Bob that her name was Elsie Beldon, and her brother's name was Harry. "Bnt we "ill see to it that the gold is put to a good use," Faid Bob. "Yes," said Dick. "We are going to take it to the patriot encampment up in Westchester County and turn it over to General Washington, who will use it for the purchase of food and clothing for the soldiers." "That will be nice,'' said the girl. "Yes; no better use could be found for the money." "Say, sh'pmate," sai

12 THE LIBERTY BOYS' KEG OF GOLD. "But you want to go along and gold." get your share of the Mrs. Beldon and Elsie tried thenfselves, evidently, for The old sailor shook his head. "I don' erbout et," he said. ther benerfit uv et all." "Let ther sojers hev they got up a splendid meal, one such as the Liberty Boys had not sat down to in many a day. The youths enjoyed it immensely. They complimented the woman and the girl on their splendid cooking, and this Dick looked at the girl, and said: pleased the two greatly. you _ and your brother take us over to Long Isl-[ After dinner was over, Mr. Beldon and Harry hitched an the horses to the wagon, and Dick and the other "Yes, indeed," was the reply. "'\Ve live there, and are loaded the keg of gold into the wagon. on our way home, from a visit to our uncle, eight miles Th th th h k h d th -.... B ld d d th h ,, en e you s s oo an s WI e on an e .s ore. . ,, . . Elsie, and bade them good-by and got into the wagon. That is all right, then, said Dick. Then he turned D" k d b d M B ld th t f t t H k d . IC ro e es1 e r. e on, on e spnng-sea m ron , o an an contmued: th th d b d 1 d th bed . e o ers n mg on oar s a1 across e wagon. "You may' take the boat back to its owner in New York, Harry Beldon went along, for, boy-like, he wanted to Hank. We will go in the other boat to Long Island, and have a hand in all that was going on. then make our way on up to Westchester County; but I will return to New y ork within a week, and bring you some They went to a village on the north shore of the island . of the gold." and Dick went to the home of a fisherman and bargained The old sailor's face lighted up, but he said: with him to take the party of Liberty Boys across the "Ye needn' do thet." Sound to the Co.qnecticut shore. "Yes, I will! Will you be at the boarding-house where Then the keg of gold was transferred from the wagon you stayed before?" to the fisherman's sloop, after which Dick paid l\fr. Beldon "Yas." for bringing them there, and bidding him ann his son "Very well; stay there till I come." good-by, the youths went aboard the sloop. "All right; I'll do et." Mr. Beldon intended to take supper and feed his ,horses Then Hank shook hands with each of the youths, after in the village, and then return to his home. which the keg of gold was lifted from the small boat into It was just growing dark when the old fisherman cast a&.. the sailboat; then the old sailor got into the boat, took up and the sloop began moving slowly out into the waters the oars and rowed away toward the entrance to the lowt>r of the Sound. harbor. "We're off!" exclaimed Bob, gleefully. The Liberty Boys and the girl and the boy got into "Yes, we're all right now," from l\Iark. the sailboat, and started across toward the Long Island "It is going to be a nice sail across the Sound," said Ben . shore. At this moment they heard yelling from the shore they "Whereabouts on the island do you l'ive, Miss Elsie?" had just left, and looking back, they saw perhaps a score asked Dick. of British soldiers coming on the run. "About half a mile inland from Gravesend Bay, sir." "Stop! Stop!" yelled the leader, a 'captain. "I com"You live on a farm, there?" mand you to stop, in the name of the king!" "Yes, sir." "I'he old fisherman looked at Dick inquiringly, an ex" You have a team and wagon?" pression of terror on his face. "Oh, yes." "Whut shall I do?" he asked, his voice trembling. "Do you think your father would hire the team and "Keep right on going," said Dick, grimly. wagon to us; or, better, do you think he would take us across the island to the Sound?" "I am sure he would, sir." "That is good." The little sailboat made good speed, as there was a brisk breeze, and an hour later it came to anchor in a little cove in Gravesend Bay. While the owners of the boat made it fast, the Liberty Boys lifted the keg of gold ashore, and they then carried it to the farmhouse a third of a mile distant, the boy and the girl leading the way. The youths found Mr. and.Mrs. Beldon to be pleasant, affable, and accommodating people, and nothing would do but the fiye should stay and take dinner. They were willing, the more so as Mr. Beldon said he would be glad to take them across the island in his wagon. CHAPTER IX. PURSUED BY REDCOATS. It was evident that the old fisherman did not like thP idea of going against the orders of the British soldiers, bnt he realized that he could not help himself, and that if hr. were to try to stop and turn back the young men would force him to keep on, so he did . I).ot make any move to ward turning back. The redcoats rushed right down to the shore, still yell ing for the boat to stop. Then, seeing that their conunards were not being obeyed,


THE LIBERTY BOYS' KEG OF GOLD. 13 redcoats rushed to where another fishing smack lay, and stily climbed aboard. The skipper was on board, and they ordered him to make , and go in pursuit of the other sloop. Of course, the old fisherman dared not refuse to do as he as ordered, and be got the sloop under way at once, and rted in pursuit of his brother fisherman. "You must overtake that vessel," the captain of the party redcoats said sternly. "If you don't, I'll shoot you ead!'' The old fisherman turned pale. ''I kin sail on'y jest so fast, sir," he said, "an' if my loop kain't overhaul ther other, I don' see ez I'm ter "Well, make it do the best there is in it." ''I'll do thet." In order to prolong the race and let darkness descend and their rnoyements, Dick told the old fisherman to head diagonally across the Sound, so as to make a landm Xew York State instead of in Connecticut. ''All right, sir. I'll keep mi gain' till et gits dark afore I make a landin', ef ye want." "l do want jt that way, and then we can go ashore quickly, and you can get away a'.gain before the other sloop puts in an appearance." ''I thet I kin." T; .. waR quite a frvely and interesting race, but the sloop the Liberty Boys wel'f on held its own, and the distance between the two boat!'. did not lessen any. "They can't ca ch u , Dick!'' cried Bob, jubilantly. _ ". T n: T think that wi' can hold our own, all right.' "iYe will have to loo.k out after we make a landing, though,'' said Sam Sanderson. "We will be handicapped considerably by that heavy keg of gold." "Oh, I think we can find a place and hide from our enemies." said Dick." . "And if we can't do that we can lick them," said Bob, "l don't know about that, Bob; there are at leas t twenty of them." "Well, there are five of us, and by protecting ourselves behind trees, we could thrash the entire bunch." "1Iaybe so; we won't fight them unless we fail to get away from them by hiding. however .. " helm over, and the little vessel turned and glided along close to the shore. The water happened to be deep enough, so this was possible. Suddenly the sloop came to, and then Dick and three of the boys seized bold of the keg of gold and threw it from the deck to the shore. "How much do I owe you?" Dick asked, drawing forth some silver money . . "Notbin'; all I want is ter git erway frum them redcoats ez quick ez pos s erble." "All right, and thank you. Good-by." Then Dick and the other four youths leaped ashore, and the old fisherman hastened to get the sloop under way again. The youths s eized the keg and bore it up the sloping shore and into the timber. " Let's keep right on going ,'' said Dick. "That's what I think we had better 0do," from Bob. They moved along as rapidly as possible. It was hard work to get along through the timber .and underbrush and carry the heavy keg , but they made fair progre ss. When they had gone perhaps a quarter of a mile, they heard shout s behind them. "The redcoats are making a landing!" cried Sam. "You are right," from Dick. " They will overtake us quickly, don't you think?" from Mark. "I don't know about that. We will bear away to the left, and they may not be able to keep on our track." This plan was followed out, but soon the sound of voices was heard behind them, and to the right and to the left of them. "Jove, they'll have us 8tJ.rrounded soon!" said Dick. "Let's hunt up a good location, and stop and get ready to fight them off, Dick," said Bob. "I guess that is what we will have to do." They kept on till they came to the top of a slope, and here they came to a stop. They placed the keg just within a hollow tree, and then took up their positions at points on different sides of the tree. "We?ll make them wish they had not followed us!" said Bob, grimly. "I'd just as soon make a fight of it, and be done with it,"

THE LIBERTY BOYS' KEG OF GOLD. and it is possible that we may even be able to drive them away." He knew that his Liberty Boys were all desperate fight and it was especially so in the case of the : four that were with him. He had seen Bob, :Mark, Sam, and Ben tried many times, and they had never been found wanting. They were ready to fight to the death at any and all times. . Closer and closer drew the redcoats, until some were within thirty or forty yards of where the Liberty Boys were stationed. Suddenly the youths heard a voice say : "Here's a knoll; I'll wager that the rebels are up on top of it!" "Let's go up and investigate," from another. "That's a good suggestion. We will do it. Advance up the slope, men, and be on the lookout and ready to make an attack. I feel sure that we will find our men at the top of this knoll." "And you are right!" muttered Bob Estabrook grimly. "But I'll wager that you will wish you hadn't found thum." The British soldiers continued to talk to one another as they advanced. The youths were rather glad of this, as it enabled them to keep track of their . Presently the redcoats were all around the Liberty Boys, but it was so dark that they had not as yet discovered the presence of the youths. Dick was waiting, anxiously, but eagerly, for the moment to come when it would be necessary to open on the enemy. He was determined to strike a hard blow at the very first, if possible. "Jove, they are not here, or else we are right on top of them!" said a voice, and then Dick knew that the time had come for action. Dark, shadowy forms were visible, and Dick knew that his comrades were taking aim at the forms. "Fire!" he suddenly cried, in a loud, clear voice. CHAPTER X. THE CABIN ON FIRE. The youths obeyed the command instantly: Five shots rang out almost as one. Cries of pain and anger went up, for the bullets had done considerable damage. In truth, three of the redcoats had been killed and two were wounded more or less seriously. uNow again, fire!" cried Dick. The youths had a pistol in either hand, and now they fired again. Again the cries of pain and anger went up, and the vince of the leader of the force was heard to shout: "Fire, men! Shoot the rebels down." A volley rang out. The redcoats had taken their turn at firing. The bullets rattled all around the Liberty Sam was wounded, but not seriously. The youths had quickly returned the empty pistols to their belts, and now they drew two more, for each of the youths always carried four weapons. "Give it to them!" cried Dick. The youths obeyed. They fired two more volleys in quick succession. They ;must have done considerable execution, judging by the cries of pain and anger that went up from the red coats. The cries were followed by the rapid trampling of feet amid the underbrush. "They are retreating!" cried Bob, delightedly. follow them, Dick!" "No," said Dick. "The old saying of 'Build a bridge of gold for a fleeing enemy' is a good one. Let them go, and get to work and reload your pistols." "That's good advice,'' said :Mark. "I think so," from Sam. "But we could clinch the affair and demoralize them to such an extent that they wouldn't come back at all,'' said Bob. "I rather think we have done that already," from ... "I think so," said Ben. Then they hastened to recharge their pistols. Having finished this, they listened intently, but did not bear any sound of the enemy. Near at hand they heard groans, which proved that some of the redcoats were lying there, wounded. "What shall we do, Dick?" asked Bob. "I think we may as well move on." "And let the redcoats look after their wounded themselves, eh?" "Yes." "All right." They took up the keg of gold and moved slowl'y away through the timber. They paused occasionally to listen, but did not hear any sounds of their enemies. They contiimed onward an hour, and then Dick called a halt. "It is hard work carrying the keg," he said. "I think we may as well go into camp." "Let's go on a bit farther, Dick," said Mark. "We \SY find a house where we can stay all night." "That is a good suggestion," said Dick. ''Come along. They lifted the keg and made their way along, till th came to a road; they turned up this road, and continu onward till they came to a house standing back fifty yard! from the road. "Let's stop here," said Dick. They went to the house, and Dick knocked on the door. There were footsteps within, and then the door opened,


THE LIBERTY BOYS' KEG OF GOLD. 15 showing a roughly-dressed, but honest-looking man of stay around here there will be some more wounded men perhaps forty years. among you!" He looked at the youths with some surprise, and consid erable interest. "Good-evening," said Dick. "Good-evenin'," was the reply. "What is the chance for us to stay here all night?" "I reckon ye kin stay." "Thank you." "Come in, strangers." The. youths picked up the keg, which had been placed on the ground, and carried it into the house. The man stared wonderingly. "Whut in tarnation is thet?" he asked. "That is a keg of gold, sir," replied Dick. "Ye don't mean ter tell me." "Yes." "Whar'd ye git et?" "We found it, where it had been buried by Captain Kidd, the pirate." "Ther pirut, ye say?" "Yes." Then, after the man had barred the door, Dick told him as much of the story of the finding of the gold as he thought it worth while doing. Then the youths lay down on blankets spread on the .uuor and went to sleep. They had been asleep perhaps an hour when there came a laud rapping on the door. They leaped up, as did the owner of the cabin also, and the man called out: "Who's that?" "We are soldiers of the king," came the reply. "Opon the door!" The man looked at Dick and his comrades with an ex-pression of fear on hi s face. "Whut kin they want heer?" he asked. "Ask them," said Dick. The man nodded. "Whut d'ye want?" he called out. "We want to come in," in a surly voice. "What did you suppose? Open the door at once!" The man looked at Dick interrogatively. Dick shook his head. ''Don't open the door," he said. "We don't want them in here." The man called out: "I hain't got no room fur ennybuddy in heer. Ye bed better go on ter ther nex' house, w'ich is erbout ha'f er mile erway." "Open the door!" in an angry voice. "We have some wounded men out here, and want to get them indoors, where they may be taken care of." Dick decided that it would be as well to take a hand in the affair, and so he called out: "You had better go on your business, :for i:f you An exclamation came from without. "So you are in there, eh, rebels!" came to their hParing. Dick, confident that his comrades and himself were able to more than hold their own against the redcoqis, promptly: "Yes, we are in here, and the best thing you can do is to get away in a hurrJ\," "All right. We'll go now, but we will come back again!" "I wouldn't advise you to do so." "Bah!" Then there was a trampling of feet, which grew :fainter and fainter, presently dying out altogether. "They are gone," said 'Bob. '"And it is well for them," said Dick. "Why didn't ye let me open ther door an' then shoot 'em full uv bullets?" asked the man, who was evidently a stro ng patriot. "I didn't like to do that, when they had wounded men with them," said Dick. "They would have done it with us," said Bob. "Perhaps so." "I am sure they would." "Oh, well, no matter. We will feel the better for not having done anything of the kind." Then they lay down again and went to sleep. They had been asleep perhaps two ' hours when they were awakened by a suffocating sensation. They smelled a strong odor of smoke in the room. They looked up at the eaves of the cabin and saw tongues of flame licking through the clapboard roofing. Instantly they knew what had happ ened. The redcoats had returned and had set the cabin, on fire! CHAPTER XI. TWO INQUISITIVE MEN. "What did I tell you, Dick?" cried Bob. "We ought to have let Mr. Holt open the door when the scoundrels were here at first, and then peppered them." "It does look lik e that would have been the best plan for us." "Yes; now we are in for trouble." "Well, we must get out of it." "What are you going to do?" "There is only one thing that we can do, I guess, and that is to open the door suddenly and rush out and begin shooting at the redcoats." "They will have the advantage, for they are likely en sconced behind trees, where it will be a difficult matter for us to do them injury." "We will have to do the best we can."


16 THE LIBERTY BOYS' KEG OF GOLD. "What about the, keg of gold?" seen the fire, and Dick asked the owner of the house if he "We will try to disperse the redcoats, and will then bring would lei them stay there till morning. the keg out." "'Yes, I reckon so," he replied: "All right." Then the youths carried the keg into the house and deThe youths drew theiT pistols and then Dick instructed posited it in one corner of the rooi:n. l\Ir. Holil to open the door. The man was curious regarding the keg, and looked at "Jerk it open quickly," he said, "and we will leap out it with interest. and make an attack on the redcoats." "Captain Kidd, eh?" he remarked. "Whut is in "All right." keg?" The man took thebar down, and then at a gesture from "Gold," replied Dick. Dick, jerked the door open. "You don't say! Whar did yol} find et?" The Liberty Boys were young and active, and they leapDiek told him. ed through the doorway quick as a flash and scattered in There was a covetous look in the man's eyes that Dick as many directions as there were youths. did not like, but the youth did not feel any fear that the At this moment there came the crack, crack, crack! of fellow would try to get the gold. And besides, the Liberty muskets, and bullets whistled all around the Liberty Boys_. Boys would watch the keg too closely 1.o permit of its being one or two inflicting slight wounds. sto len. The youths darted around the corners of the cabin and The door was closed and barred, and then the youths into the timber back of it. lay with the exception of Ben, who was to stay awake There were redcoats here, and they fired at the youths, two homs , and watch the keg. They were soon asleep, and. but these British soldiers were not good marksmen, and when the h\o hours were up, Ben woke Sam, who took the Liberty Boys escaped without serious damage. his turn at watching. Each took a turn during tl:te night, Then the youths began firing. and all was quiet till morning. They caught sight of some of their enemies, in the The few redcoats who had noi. been killed or seriously light of the fire, and, being splendid pistol-shots, sue wo.unded had not shown up at the house; doubtless they ceeded in dropping four, two of whom were killed and two knew the "rebels," as they called the youths, were there, seriously wounded. and feared t;o do so. Then the youths started to make a circuit of the cabin, Dick asked the man if p.e had a team and wagon that he and whenever they caught sight of a redcoat t11ey fired at would hire to them, and he said that he had. him, usually bitting the fellow and killing or wounding "All right; hitch up at once.'' said Dick. "We want to him. be going." The result was that the British party was quickly reThe man hitched the team to the wagon, and then the duced in numbers till those remaining uninjured decided placeJ the keg in the wagon, anJ got in themselves. that discretion was the better part of valor and took to "I'll go along, and bring ther wagon back," the man their heels. said. "Can we save the cabin?" asked Bob. "Very well, sir," replied Dick. "I don't think so," replied Dick. "Corne along, boys.1 and we will get the keg out." They entered the cabin, which was so filled with smoke j as to make it a difficult matter to get one's breath, and rolled the keg out of doors. "Blast the scoundrels! They hev destroyed my home!" said Josh Holt, angrily. "Yes, and it is too bad, l\Ir. Holt," said Dick. "I am sorry, and I feel that really we are to blame for it." "Oh, thet's all right; I ki;n build anuther. I hev got mos' uv my househol' traps out, so I am all right." "What about the wounded men, Dick?" asked Ben . • "We will leave them to be taken care of by their comrades, who will return presently, without doubt." Then Dick thanked l\Ir. Holt for his kindness to t . hem, after which the youths took up the keg, and made their way in the direction of the neighbor's house tha't the redcoats had taken the wounded men to, in the first place. It was not far, an


THE LIBERTY BOYS' KEG OF GOLD. 17 the looks of the two, and was not disposed to waste eliteness on them. the two walked past the end of the wagon they ced in_, and caught sight of the keg. 'Hello,'' said one. "What hev ye in ther keg?" Molasses,'' replied Bob, imperturbably. osh!" from the other. "Xobuddy ever seen molasses r keg like th et." "An' I never seen jest sech er lookin' keg ez thet," from other. :go you mean to say that you doubt my asked 'Erbout thet; youngster," with a harsh laugh. 'Yep; thet hain't no molasses-keg, an' I know et!" from other. 0"Le's see whut is in et." 1 ' All rig ht." They clambered into the wagon, and stepped to the en

18 THE LIBERTY BOYS' KEG OF GOLD. They picked up the keg of gold again, and carried it back to the room occupied by the commander-in-chief. When they entered, carrying the keg, General Washing ton looked at them in surprise. "Well, well! What have you there, Captain Slater?" he asked, as he shook hands with Dick. ''A keg of gold, your excellency." "A keg of gold!" "Yes, sir." "Where did you find it?" "Where it was buried many years ago, by Captain Kidd, the pirate-down on the New Jersey coast." "Tell me all about it, my boy." "Very well, sir." The commander-in-chief shook hands with the other youths, and all took seats. Then Dick told the story of the finding of the keg of gold. General Washington listened with deepest interest, and when Dick had :finished, he said : "You boys have indeed done well, and I thank you for this gold, which shall be used in purchasing clothing, provisions and ammunition for the soldiers." "You are welcome, sir; but I am going to ask that you permit me to take some of the gold down to the old sailor, as I promised him I would do." "Certainly you shall do that, Dick." "I don't want much, sir." "You shall have as much as you care to take." "The old sailor doesn't expect much; in fact, he was willing to do without altogether; bl1t as we would not have secured the gold but for him, I thought it only right to take some of the gold down to him." "Quite right, my boy." Then the commander-in-chief summoned the orderly to bring an ax with which to open the keg. The orderly did so, and was ordered to break in the head of the keg. He obeyed. Exclamations escaped the lips of all. The keg was filled to the brim with gold coins of all denominations. "There is a lot of money there," said Dick. "Yes," said the commander-in-chief, "and we will count it and see how much there is." They went to work at once, counting the gold; and as they took it from the keg they placed it on the table. It was found that there was a little more than fifteen thousand dollars. "A neat sum,'' said General Washington. "I am glad there is so much," said Dick. "And so am I." Dick selected a small bagful of gold coins, about two hundred dollars in all, and said that would be sufficient to take to the old sailor. "Very well, Dick; just as you say." "It will be plenty; and I could not carry more, anyway." "No, I suppose not. And now, what did you learn garding the intentions of the British, my boy?" "Nothing as yet, sir. We got at work, securing the gold, and did not secure any information. But I am going right back, and will stay till I do learn something of value.'' "Very good. And, Dick, keep a lookout for the coming of the French fleet. It is likely to appear off New York harbor at any time." "I will keep a lookout for it, sir." "And if it does appear, come and let me know at once." "I will do so, your excellency." The commander-in-chiH then gave Dick full instruc tions regarding what he should try to learn in the city, after which the youths bade the great man good-afternoon, saluted, and took their departure. "When are we going to start to the city, Dick?" askeJ Bob, as they walked toward the encampment. "This evening, Bob." "We will go on horseback?" "Yes.'' "Say, Dick, let's go right away, and stop at our homes and get supper and see the folks." "All right! That will suit me fine." The man who had hauled the youths and the keg of gold to the headquarters hac1 taken his departure. Dick and Bob began making preparations for their trip at once, and as they were to stop at their homes for suri!1Pr they were in a hurry to get started . Half an hour later they rode out of the encampment anJ away in the direction of Tarrytown. CHAPTER XIII. THE YOUTHS AND THEIR SWEETHEARTS. "Stop, or we'll bore ya full uv holes!" Dick and Bob had just rounded a short bend in the wooded road, when out in front of them leaped about a dozen young fellows of about their own age, each with a leveled rifle in his hands. The Liberty Boys recognized the majority of the youths, who were the sons of Tories of the vicinity. Their leader. the one who had uttered the command, was Joe Scroggs, a deadly enemy to Dick. Dick and Bob brought their horses to a stop, for they knew that the young ruffians were capable of firing. "What does this mean?" demanded Dick, sternly. Joe Scroggs grinned triumphantly. "Et meens thet we hev ye, Dick Slater an' Bob brook." "What do you want with us?" "Oh, we're go in' ter hev er leetle fun with ye." The faces of Dick and Bob hardened, and a steely light shone in their eyes.


• THE LIBERTY BOYS' KEG OF GOLD. 19 It=:::================:========-=---.-=--_ .. ----So that is what you are going to do, eh?" said Dick, dly. Ye bet!" 4'l guess we will have something to say about that." ''Not much, I'm thinkin'." But Pick and Bob were not the youths to permit them ves to be taken prisoners by this gang of young ruffians, they could possibly help it. They understood each other perfectly, and had a code of cret signals which enabled them to, in such s this, let each other know what was to be done, thus makit possible for them to work together and to the same d. Dick had signaled. to Bob, and that youth knew what as t.Q e done. nly the two struck their heels into the flanks of at the same time giying them a signal, and the rrent animals leaped forward, with snorts of anger, scatterli:ig the gang of ruffians in all directions, and knock ing several of them down. Two or three of the youths had managed to get out of the . way, and they fired at Dick and Bob, but they fired so hastil bullets went wild. Being free of the gang, the Liberty Boys now galloped on up the road a.nd were soon out of sight of their enemies. "That Joe Scroggs is ,a bad one," said Bob. Bob; I'm glad that he was one of those who got knocked down." "So am I, and I wish that he had got a broken neck." "He is too mean to die so easily." "r guess that is so." A :few minutes later they came to a stop in front of Dick Slater's home, and his mother and sister Edith came rush ing out to greet them. The youths were off their horses instantly, and while Dick seized his mother and hugged and kissed her, Bob did the same with Edith, .for they were sweethearts, and were to be married as soon as the war came to an end. "Oh, ,J'm so glad to see you, Edith," said Bob. Then Bob shook hands with Mrs. Slater, while Dick kissed his sister. 'Tll go on over and see Alice," said Dick. "You and Edith come on over, Mrs. Slater," said Bob. "Dick and I are on our to New York, and we can all Jiave supper together." "That will be nice," said Edith. "We will go over at once," said Mrs. Slater. She went back to the house and closed the ii.nor, anJ en followed the young folks over to the Estabrook home, hich was only a couple of hundred yards away. Dick had hastened on ahead, and he was given as a greeting by Alice as Bob had received from Edith. and Mrs. too, came out and greeted Dick and Bob joyously. Then the youths led the horses to the stable and un bridled and umacldled them, and gave them some feed, after which they hastened to the ho11se. There was a lively conversation for a while, and then Mrs. Estabrook said she must get into the kitchen and begin supper. "I'll help you," sai_d Mrs. Slater. "And we will help," said Alice, meaning herself and Edith. "No," replied Mrs. Slater, "you take care of Dick and Bob. We don't need your help." The youths suggested to the girls that they take a walk, and so they set out at once. They went out into the timber, back of the house, and made their way along the bank of a little creek. The couples soon became separated, and presently Dick and sat down on a log and began talking of their love and of their pro?pects. "I like war, and I like to :fight the redcoats, Alice,'1 said Dick, "but I shall be glad when •the war ends, neverthe• . less." "Why?" asked Alice, innocently. "Because then we will be married!" There was a brief silence, and then Alice said, with an arch look: "I shall be glad when the war ends, too, Dick!" "I am sure of that, little sweetheart!" and Dick kissed her. "Here, here! None of that!" cried a laughing voice. "You will have Edith and I doing the same thing directly if you don't look out!" It was Bob's voice, and that youth and Edith were standing within ten yards of Dick and Alice, smiling at the two. "I don't think you need to have an example set you, :5ob," retorted Dick. "I guess you are right," with a chu

20 THE LIBERTY BOYS' KEG OF GOLD. It was soon quite dark, but the road was a good one, and the youths were familiar with the way. When they arrived at the Harlem riyer they brought their horses to a stop, and listened intently for a few min utes. They did not want to run the 'Of running upon a force of redcoats. They heard nothing to indicate the presence of any redcoats, and so they again rode onward. They roae onto the bridge, and the hoof s of the horse s made a great deal of noise on the board s . "Jove, if there are any redcoats within a mile of us they'll hear that!" said Bob. "Well, we have to take the chance s of that, Bob." "So we do. 'I "They rode acro s s the bridge, and off of it, and as they did so there came the challenge : "Halt! Who comes tliere!" CHAPTER XIV. DICK TAKES HANK HIS GOLD. Dick and Bob were not taken wholl y b y They had r e alized . that a s s oon a s they w e re on 1'Ianhat tan Island the y would be likel y to e n c ounter Briti s h sol diers. But they did not feel di s posed to s top and parley with a sentinel. The y felt that. their s afe s t and bes t plan was to make a das h and try to get pas t and away from him. So they made no r.eply to th e c hallenge, b.llt urge d their horses to a gallop , das hin g straight toward the point from which the command had come. There sounded a s harp report, and a tongi..1e of flame was seen. A bullet whistled past_ Bob 's head. The sentinel had come ver y near ending that youth's existence. The next moment they were almo s t upon the sentinel, who managed to leap to one side and avoid being run over. Then on dashed the two Liberty Boys. "Stop! Stop! " came to their hearing. "Stop, y.ou reb els!" Of course, they did not stop. 'They had g ot past the sentinel, and did not fear any further danger from him. He did :fire a couple of pi s tols hots, but the distance was too great, and no harm re s ulted. "Jove, I heard that firs t bullet whiz past my ear, Dick!" said Bob. "That was a close call!" "You are right; it was quite close enough!" They rode onward at a gallop, pausing every mile or to listen. An hour and a half later they came to a stop at a house standing about a mile north of the Common, which was at the north end of New York city. A patrfot lived here, and the youths had left their horses here on other occasions when coming to the city on spying expeditions, and it was their intention to do this time. Mr. Lorimer, the patriot in question, told them they were welcome to leave their horses, and the animals were led to the stable and unbridled and unsaddled. Then the two bade the patriot good-night, and set out in the direction of the city, afoot. They were soon at the Common, but they did not cross it. Instead, they turned a s ide and bore away toward the East river. They knew that sentinels were stationed all along the north edge of the city, but. they felt that they could slip past, for they had done so on other occasions. They were expert at that kind of work. They took their time, for in work 0 this kind, it was dangerous to be in a hurry. They stole along, taking adYantage of everything that afforded any protection from the gaze of the sentinels, and finally they s ucceeded in getting across the line, and were safely in the city. They breathed . sigh s of relief. "I'm glad that ordeal is over/' . said Dick. "And I," from Bob. _..., "I guess :we may as well go right down to the boardmghouse, Bob." . "I suppo s e so." They made their way along. anrl fifteen minutes later ar rived at the hoarding-house where the old sailor had a room. Dick qad the bag of gold in one of his pockets. They opened the door and entered the bar-room. There were a number of rough-looking men i!l the room, drinking and talking boisterously. and seated at a table in one corner was Hank Martin, the old sailor. The youths walked over to him, and they saw at once that he was at least half intoxicated. He looked up at them, blinking, and evidently did not recognize them at once. "How are you, Hank?" greeted Dick, taking his hand and shaking it. "Blast my top-lights ef et hain't ther Hank exclaimed , and then he shook hands with both. "Glad t' see ye! Glad t' see ye!" he went on. "And we're glad to see you, Hank" said Dick. " Yes. indeed!" from Bob. "Hev sum.thin' ter drink wi' me?" The youths shook their heads. "We don't drink, _Hank," said Dick. "It isn't good for anyone; you would be better off without it." The old sailor shook his head. "Couldn' do wi'out ther grog," he declared. "Let's go up to your room," Rairl Dick. "We have SOII]ething to say to you."


' THE LIBERTY BOYS' KEG OF GOLD. -ii'All ri'; come erlong." Hank got up and led the way across the room, and out to the hall and upstairs, the youths following. The other habitues of the bar-room looked after the hree cur_iously. They could not understand, evidently, hy the two handsome youths should be so friendly to the old sailor. Dick, Bob, and the old sailor were soon in the latter's room, and as soon as they had taken seats, Dick drew the l>ag of gold from his pocket and handed it to Hank. "Whut is et?" he asked. "The gold I promised to bring you." He threw himself down on the rude cot, and began a_ mumbling account of how he had surprised the fellows down in the bar-room by telling them how much gold he . "Zey wouldn' b'leeve me," . he mumbled, "an' zey wan' me ter bring ze gol' down, so's zey c'n look at et. Wbar's ze gol', sh'pmate?" "They want to get their hands on it, Dick," said Bob. "Yes, they would rob him in a jiffy, if he took it down there." Then Dick told Hank to let the matter drop. "They don't need to see your gold," he said. "If they won't believe you without that then let them doubt you. Lie down and go to sleep." 'l'he old sailor's eyes sparkled. "0 h, yas, ther gol' ! " he exclaimed. erbout et." The old sailor remonstrated somewhat, and wanted to " I hed furgot all , take the gold downstairs, but the youths presently persuad "Well, we didn't forget that we had promised to bring you some of the gold," said Bob. "You are certainly entitled to a share of the legacy left . by Captain Kidd," said Dick. "I guess thet's so; but I didn' need so much ez ye hev heer." "Oh, that is only a small portion of the entire amount, Hank. There are only two hundred dollars in the bag." "Great Simoons! On'y two hunderd dollars, ye s ay? Thet's enuff ter las' me er month er two, an' thet's pl e nty me ter hev in pay fur a ole chart thet I never expected a be worth ennythin'." "I'm glad that you are satisfied, Hank. I would have brought more, if I bad thought that you would not be•sati s . fied." "Oh, I'm moughty glad ye didn' bring me enny more. This is enuff." • Then he asked the boys to go down in to the bar-room again. "I'm gain' ter spend some uv this heer gol' fur :ed lick et," he said. "Well, I wouldn't spend much of it that way," said Bob. "We don't care to go down, Hank," said Dick , "and you had bettor leave most of the gold up here with us." "I wull; I'll on'y take er couple uv dollars er s o." He took one of the coins and left the room, Dick and Bob staying. "We may as well spend the night here," said Di ck. "I suppose so." "Yes; and to-morrow we will begin trying to learn the plans of the British." "And we mustn't forget, Dick, that we are to watch for he coming of the French fleet." "That's so; we will hire the landlord's boat and go down the outer bay each afternoon." "That will be a good plan." They sat_ there, talking, an hour or morr , and then they heard the old sailor coming along the hallway. They could tell by the w.ay he walked that he was pretty thoroughly intoxicated. Dick opened the door, and the old sailor s'tumbled into] the room. ed him out of the notion, and he dropped over and went to sleep and snored at a great rate . Then Dick and Bob fastened the door, spread an old blanket on the floor, and lay down and went to sleep . About midnight they were awakened by a noise of some kind, and they sat up and listened intently. The noise was repeated. Some person or persons were making an effort to get the door open. "Some of those scoundrels have made up their minds to try to secure Hank's gold!" whispered Bob. CHAPTER XV . THE WOULD-BE ROBBERS FOILED. " I gues-s you are right, Bob." "Well, they won't get it." " No." "They will get some cold lead instead . " The youth s drew their pistols, and rose and s tepped to the door . The noise continued. Somebody was evidently trying to get the door open. The youths listened intently, and decided that there were only two men at work. "Say, Dick," whispered Bob. "Well?" "Let's unfasten the door, jerk it open suddenly and knock the scoundr e ls senseless." "WitK the butts of _ our pistols, eh?" "Yes." . . "All rigp.t . " They reversed their pistols , taking hold of the muzzle s , and then Dick unbarred the door cautiously, so as to not make any noise. "Ready?" he whispered to Bbb. "Yes!" "All right. Now." As he spoke Dick jerked the door open.


22 THE LIBERTY BOYS' KEG OF GOLD. The dim forms of tlrn men were seen in the hall. The youths made quick , sweeping blows. Thud! Thud! The h eavy iro n butts of th e pistols struck the two wouldbe robber s on the head and downed them instantly. Stifled groans escaped their lip s , and they lay sti ll. They had been rendered unconscious. Die; and Bob seized hold of the two forms and drag ged them into the room. " What s hall we do with them, Di ck?" "I don't know." ".I'll tell you. Let's drop them out of the window." "That's as good a place as any, I guess.'' They closed and fastened the door, and then opened the window. The y took one of the form s , a nd held it out of the win-dow, feet downward, and l et it drop. Thud! "Now for the other," said Bob. They carried the other form to the window and dropped it out. "There, that sett les them," said Bob. "Yes," said Dick. "And I g uess we may a s well go to bed again." l ay down and "rre asleep, for they were so ubed to a life of excitement that they did not mind an affair like they had just gon e through with. They s l ept soundly till morning, and then awoke the old s ailor. ''" "" '' He sat up and blinked at them in amazement. He had forgotten that they were there. "How did ye git heer?" he asked. "We came last night. Don't you remember?" asked Dick. The old man scratched hi s head. ''Seems ter me I do," he remarked, thoughtfully. "You w ere in a somew hat muddled condi tion, Hank," laughed Bob , slapp in g him on the back. "I guess I wuz, fur er fack." "Yes," from Dick . "Don't yon remember that we brought you some gold, as we promised?" "I do, fur er fack! Thet's so! An' I went down an' spent some uv et fur li cke r." "So you did; and you must have told all the bar-room loafer s down there that you had a lot of gold up in your room, for a couple tried to break in and rob you la s t night," said Bob. "Ye don' lell me!" "Yes." "Whut become uv ther villuns ?" . "We opened the door, cracked . them on the head with our pistoh , and then threw them out of the window," sai d Dick. "Good! I'm glad ye did." "So are we,'' grinned Bob . "What are you going to do with your gold?" asked Dick. The olcl man shook his ' bead. "Spend et ez quick ez I kin, I guess." "That would be all right; but I'm afraid it will stolen from you." " Like ez not et wull." " There 's a bank not far from here; why net put the money in there?" " I dunno nothin' 'bout banks." " They are good places to put mQney. You won't be robbed . " ''An' kin I get et out er little at er time?" ''Yes." "Then thet's whut le's do." "Very well. We will go down and eat breakfast, and then we will go to the bank." They 'Yent downstairs to the dining-room, ancl ate breakfast. It was not a very good one , but the three were hungry and did fair justice to it. Then they went out upon the s treet and made their '\\a:1 to the bank, which Dick had spoken of. The three entered, and the old sai lor looked about him with awe. H e was like a cat in a strange garret Di ck walked up to the window and placed the bag of gold before the cashier. " Plac e that to the credit of this man, if you please," he sai d . "His name is Henry l\Iartin." "Yery well, sir," and the cashier emptied the contents ?f the bag out on the counter. He l ooked at the coins in surprise. "Where did you get this gold?" he asked. "That i s some of the buried gold of the world-famous Captain Kidd, sir." "Where is the rest?" eagerly. Dick smi l ed. . "That does not matter, sir," he s aid. this to Mr. Martin's credit." "Kindly place "Very well,'' curtly. The cashier was evidently miffed because Dick would not \'Ouchsafe the information he had asked for. He counted the money and announced the result. Then he made out a receipt and gaye it to Hank Martin. "Thankee, sir," said Hank. Then the three left the bank, and walked down the stree t. They paused on the corner, and talked a while . Then Dick said. "We arc going orer on Broadway, so good-by for the present, Hank." "Good-by . I guess I'll go back to ther lodgin'-house." "Very ,\,ell; likely we will be there to-nigbt.'' "All right." Then they parted company. Dick and Bob were soon over on New York's most busv thoroughfare, and they made their way along at a ' pace, looking about them with interest. They wished to secure regmding the tions of the British, but it would be a most difficult matter to accomplish it.


. THE LIBERTY BOYS' KEG OF GOLD: 23 l'J'he youths had not looked behind them after leaving the bank; had they done so they would have seen that a .;9apper clerk had :followed them out. He was still following .,,, them, and whenever they stopped hP stopped. Presently he met a party of half a dozen British soldiers, one of whom was a captain, and he talked to them eagerly, and pointed io Dick Bob. Then ihe soldiers turned and accompanied the clerk, till they were up with the youths, when the captain and one of the soldiers clapped the two on the shoulders and the officer cried, sternly: "You are our prisoners!" CHAPTER XVI. DICK AND BOB ESCAPE CAPTURE. Dick'and Bob were taken wholly by surprise . They had not thought of such a thing as that they were in danger of being made prisoners. They whirled instantly and looke

24. THE LIBERTY BOYS' KEG OF GOLD. Bob was watching the pursuers closely. "How is it, Bob?" asked Dick. "Are they ga , ining?" "I don't think so, Dick." "I'm glad of that." There were quite a goodly number of stevedores and oth ers on the wharf, and they had witnessed the affair, but without making any effort to stop the fugitives. There were boats on the river, also, and the occupants watched the race with interest, but without offering to take a hand in it. Straight out into the bay Dick rowed, and then he head-ed out toward the Narrows; "Where are you going, old fellow?" asked Bob . . "We might as well go out to Sandy Hook." "And look for the coming 9f t!1e French fleet, eh?" "Yes; we can•get away from the redcoats yonder, and do the work we came here to do at the same time." "That will be all right." "Yes, if we can shake our pursuers off we will be all right." "I think we cal! do it. I believe that you are drawing away from them, old fellow." "Good." "Slowly, of course." "Yes , but by the time we get out through the Narrows the redcoats will be tired of rowing." "That's so, and I'm glad of it," and Bob paused to wip the sweat from his face. Then he went ahead, and they soon out upon :.. • waters of the lower bay. ii They rowed to Sandy Hook, and out and around it. "It will be dangerous for us to go back to New York, won't it, Dick?" asked Bob. "Yes; I was just thinking of that." "What shall we do, then?" "We can stay out here somewhere, and keep watch for the French fleet." "Yes, WE! can do that; but we haven't any provisions." "I'll tell you what we might do, Bob." "What?" "Go over to the Beldon home, on the Long Island shoreT' and stay there and keep watch for the coming of the French fleet." Bob was in for this at once. "The very thing," he said. "They will be glad to have us there, and we will have plenty to eat." "Yes, and a good place to sleep." "Right. Here we go!" and Bob headed the boat toward Gravesend Bay. CHAPTER XVII. BACK AT THE BELDON HO:.\IE. MYou are right; they are not used to t;he work, and are not very good at rowing, anywa;v." "No; they are not expert s at it." The youths ran into Gravesend Bay an hour and. a half Dick rowed with all his might, and slowly but surely later, and disembarked and tied the painter to a widened the space between the boats. Then they made their way to the Beldon home. "Tired?" asked Bob, presently. . They were giyen a hearty welcome by all the lc:N o; I will row a while longer, and save the loss of of the family. time in changing seats." J Harry and Elsie were delighted to have the two Liberty "All right; but as soon as you be_ gin _ to feel so weary: Boys there. . as to make you have to slacken speed, I will take the oars." "I hope the French fleet won't come for a long time!" J "Yes, that will be the way to do." , said Elsie. The redcoats were more than one hundred yards be now, and had ceased yelling. They evidently realized that it was useless to give utterance to commands and threats. / Dick continued to row till they were mQre than halfway to the Narrows, and then he let Bob take the oars. Being fresh, Bob forced the boat through the water at increased speed. The redcoats' boat was now more than a quarter of a mile away, and the space was widening with every stroke of Bob's oars. The redcoats had grown weary, and were no longer able to maintain the speed at which they had been going. The Liberty Boys reached the Narrows, finally, and the pursuing boat was half a mile behind. The redcoats now gave up the chase, and back. Dick told Bob as soon as he saw this. :'There is no need of rowing so hard now," he said. "Why so?" asked Dick. "So we may have a chance to go out fishing together. and sailing." "We will enjoy fishing and sailing," said Bob, hi" eyes sparkling. He was a youth who dearly loyed all form, of outdoor sport, and he was especially fond of the water. It was getting along toward noon, and Mrs. Beldon :ui..'1.. Elsie went into the kitchen and began cooking dinner. Dick and Bob sat out on the porch with Mr. Beldon and Har:y and talked. From the porch they could see far out across the bay and on out o'er the ocean to the horizon line. "We ought to be able to sight the French fleet from here, Dick," said Bob. Presently Elsie, bright-eyed and happy-looking, came to the door and called out: "Dinner is ready!" "All right. El$ie." from her fathe:r.


1i'HE LIBERTY BOYSJ KEG OF GOLD. r and Mr. Estabrook are hungryJ after their hard rowing." "Please call us Dick and Bob," said Dick. "All right, if you want it that way." "I do." "Yes; we don't want to be 'mistered,' " said Bob. "Then I'm going to call you Dick and Bob, too!" cried Elsie, her ey'es shining. "That's right!" said Dick. "And we will call you Elsie." "Yes, yes! I want you to." They went :in and took seats at the table, and ate heartily. Dick and Bob really were hungry, and the meal was a splendid one, though made up in the main of plain food. It was well-cooked, however, which :is one of the main -&$sen tials. They talked and laughed and enjoyed themselves greatly, and this made the meal seem short, though they had eaten very heartily :indeed. Having finished, the man and the three youths went out on the porch, and again took seats and engaged in conversation. Mr. Beldon lighted ,a pipe and smoked, and it was a very pleasant little party. They remained there an hour or more, and -then Mr. Beldon said that he and Harry would have to go to work. "Bob and I w:ill help you," said Dick. "Oh, no; you stay here and take it easy. We can do tne work alone." "What is the work, Mr. Beldon?" "We have a field of corn over yonder and are hoeing it." "Well, Bob and I know how to do that, so if you have the hoes, we "ill go along and help you." "That's it; we have only two hoes, so you could not work." "We could take turns about with you and Harry." "It isn't. necessary; we don't work very fast, and so don't get very tired." So Dick and Bob remained at the house, and talked to Elsie and her mother an hour or so, after which they said they would take a little walk. They set out and walked to the top of a knoll, which stood half a mile from the house, and perhaps a quarter of a mile from the shore of the bay. From this knoll they got a splendid view of the lower bay and ocean. -They threw themselves down on the grass, in the shade of a great tree, and lay there, talking and lc.oking out oceanard. "I wish the French fleet would show up, Bob," said Dl. k, after a period of silence. ''I suppose I ought to wish :it, Dick, but I want to go out fishing and sailing a few times with Harry and Elsie, before the fleet shows up." "I guess we will get to do that." evening, after supper, Dick, Bob, Harry, and Elsie went down and got :into the boat and went out fishing. They caught a nice lot of. fish, and then got back to the honse shortly after dark. The youths cleaned the fish, an,d then :Mrs. Beldon and Elsie salted the fish down and placed them in a pan, down in the cellar, where they would keep cool. "We'll have fish for breakfast," said Harry. They all sat out on the porch an hour or more and talk' ed, and then went to bed. They were up early next morning, and the fish was being cooked as Dick and Bob came down from upstairs, as they knew by the odor coming from the kitcluin. "Phew! but don't that smell good!" said Bob. "It does, old fellow!" Bread and butter, fish and coffee were served for break fast, and it was a most enjoyable meal. Dick and Bob enjoyed it immensely. After breakfast Mr. Beldon and Harry went to work, and Dick and Bob sat out on the porch and talked and kept their eyes on the broad expanse of water to the south eastward. After a while they turned to Elsie, who had come out upon the porch, and Dick asked: "Do you want to go sailing, Elsie?" "Yes, indeed!" eagerly. "All right; get your bonnet and we will go.'' Elsie ran into the house and got her bonnet and told her mother where she was going, and then hastened out and rejoined the youths. _"Be sure and get back for dinner," called Mrs. Belden. "We will, mamma," replied the girl. . They set out at once and were soon sailing out of the bay, They sailed an hour or more and then hunted up a likely place and began fishing. It was a splendid spot, for the fish bit as fast as anyone could wish, and it kept them busy pulling the fish in. In an hour they had caught enough fish to last the family a couple of days, and the boat was headed back toward the landing. They were soon on shore again, and Dick and Bob car ried the fish up to the house and went to work cleaning them. ' This was quite a job, and it was nearly noon when they finished. Mrs. Beldon and Elsie salted the fish and placed it away in the cellar, save for enough for dinner. "I saw you going and coming," said Harry; "jove, I wish I could have been with you." "We'll go out . again after supper," said Bob, who never could get enough of this kind of sport. "Yes, yes!" from Elsie, eagerly. She was a lively, vivacious girl, and one who enjoyed outdoor ljfe to the utmost. After upper that evening they went out sailing, but did not fish, as they had entmgh for the needs of the house hold for a couple of days. Next day, at about the middle oj the forenoon, as Dick and Bob sat out on the porch, gazing off ac!'oss the bay l


'l'HJ...; LJl_;LHTY DUJ.S' K.El; OF GOLD. ================ ---------=====-----_-_-_and ocean, they sa 1r a number of sails come in sight, look ing like dots along the horizon-line. "The French fleet!" exclaimed Bob. CHAPTER XVIII. ABO.ARD TilE FLAGSHIP. "You are right, I think, Bob," said Dick. ''Well, I am glad that it has shown up, old fellow." "So am I; but we want to make sure it is the French fleet before sending word to General Washington. "Yes." They remained on the porch, watching the sails, and at last i:he hulls of the vessels could be seen. "It is undoubtedly the French fleet,'' said Dick. "There can be no doubt regarding it." aThen I guess one of us had better set out for White Plains at once." "To carry the news to the commander-in-chief, eh?" ''Yes." "All right; I'll go, if you want me to." "You know Cieneral W ad1ington, t h e comma nder-in-chief of the .\merican army?" "Yes, indeed; I am working under orders from hiln .. now." "And do you wis h to see Count D'Estaing?" • "Yes, sir, if you please . " "Come with me." Y The officer led the way to the main cabin, an d ente r e d, Dick following. Then they crossed the l a rge ca b i n , and the officer knocked on a door at the farther si de. "Come in,'' called out a voice in Vrenc h . Dic k did n o t understand, but he judged that an invitatio n had b w n given to enter, for the officer opened the door and w0nt in. Dirk followed, and found himself in the prese n ce of a fine-looking man, dressed in a resp l e n de n t uniform denot ing high rank. "Count D'Estaing, this is Captain S l ater. o f the Ameri . can army,'' $aid the officer, "and he is from t h e commander in-chief of the army in question." ''I am glad to make the acquaintance of Ca ptain Sl at er,'' said the count. rising and extend ing his hand , w h ic h Di c k grasped and shook. "And I am exceedingly g l ad to k now you, your excc l lency." said Dick. "Very good; start at once, old fellow." -"Which way would you advise me to go?" "Across the island on horseback: :Mt. BeldoD Then they hac1 a conversa t ion of an hour's length a t l e a>"t. and Dick told the count all he knew about the aff ir: in-. will lend the patriot army. you a horse. Then across the Sound, and thence on horseback again to White Plains." "That will be safer than io go by \\ ay of New York, I guess." "I think Bob got ready, and then took his departure, mounted on one of the farm-horses belonging to Ur. Brldon. Dick remained at the Beldon hon1e, bnt he wa:-; already figuring on going aboard the French flagship. The fleet came to anchor in the lower bay. and Dick marked the location of the flagship, so that he 1rould bf' able to find it after nightfall. That evening he, accompanied by Harr.1 uncl Ebie. got 1 into the boat and sailed out toward the anchorage of the fleet. They laid their course directly toward the flagship . and were soon close to it. They were hailed in French by a sentinel. anrl DiLk re plied in Englisl:. "We are friends, and wish to come aboard," he said. "All right: we will let a ladder down the ship's side," came a reply in English. The three got the boat close alongside the and Dick climbed up the ladder. He was met by a man dressed iu uniform, \\ho said in English: ''Whom have l the. honor of adclret:siug?'' '' name i,; Did, S l ater, and I am a captain m the patriot army. " "I have sent a comrade to inform (ienf>fal \\ashin:.:;t

THE LIBER'l'Y BOYS' KEG OF GOLD. 27 nnd opened It a:ad read the Then he looked thoughtfully at the wull for several nute . Presently he summoned an orderly, and told him some thing in the French language, and the orderly hastened Viay. Presently several French officers entered, and they and the count talked earnestly nearly an hour. Then the count explained to Dick that General Washing ton wished them to co-operate with his army and make an attack upon the British in New York. ''The trouble is that I don't think there is water enough l)ll the bar ucro:;s the entrance to the bay to let my large vessels cross,'' the count said," and in that case it will be impossible for us to do as your commander-in-chief wishes." "Are you going to try to cross the bar now, sir?" Dick asked. "Yes, at once; and then I will write to General Washing ton, stating the result." Dick went out and got aboard the boat with Bob and and they sailed down and came to a stop, as nearly as was possible, right at the bar. Here they remained and watched the French make the soundings clear across from Sandy. Hook to Long Island . . The result was disappointing. Nowhere was the water deep enough, even at high tide, for the larger French warships to cross. I The count was greatly disappointed. •. He wrote a letter to General Washington, expressing his Jisappointment, and stating that of course, without his larger vessels, it would be folly to enter New York Harbor, so the attack could not be macle. This letter he sealed and gave to Dick. "Take that and deliver it to General Washington, with my complimPnts, Captain Slater," he said. "Very well, sir." Then Dick said good-by, got into the boat, and sailed away. An hour later they were at the Beldon home. It was now dark, and after having eaten supper Dick and Bob said they would have to be going. Harry and Elsie looked sud, for they had taken a great ing to the handsome, jolly Liberty Boys. "We hate to see you go," said Harry. "Yes, indeed we do!" from Elsie. "And we hate to go," said Dick. "But duty calls us, nrl we must go at once." "Will you want to ride my horses?" Mr. Beldon asked. "Yes, sir," replied Dick. "And I'll go along, to bring the horses back," said arry. "You are going straight across the island to the Sound, 1en ?" Dick sliook his head. "No, we have horses just a little way nor -... ... at the home of a patriot, and we will cross East river, and get our horses." They went out and bridled and saddled the horses, and then Dick and Bob bade Mr. and Mrs. Beldon and Elsie good-by, and took their accompanied by Harry. When they arrived at the East river they bade Harry and he started back home, while Bob and Dick hunted up a boat and rowed across the stream. Three-quarters of an hour later they were at the home of the patriot where they had left their horses. They found him up, and he was glad to see them. They bridled and saddled their horses, mounted, bade the patriot good-by, and rode away. They rode at a good pace till they were within half a mile of the bridge across the Harlem river, and then they slack ened speed to a walk, and talked regarding the best plan for getting past the sentinel that they felt sure was station ed there. "Let's put spurs to our horses and ride as fast as we can, and risk being hit by a bullet, Dick," said Bob. But Dick thought it best to go slowly and try to deceive the sentinel. When they were within fiity yards of the bridge there came the challenge: "Halt! Who comes there?" CHAPTER XIX. DICK CARRIES A MESSAGE. "Friends,'' called out Dick. "Advance, friends, and give the countersign." Dick and Bob rode close up to the sentinel. They could make out his form dimly only, for it was rather a dark night. , "We do not know the countersign," said Dick. "How is that? You have just come from city, have you not?" "No, we came from a farm about halfway down to the city." "Where are you going?" "To our homes." "Where fa that?" "Up in the vicinity of Tarrytown." "What have you been doing down in this part of the country?" ' "Visiting a relative." The sentinel parleyed a long time, questioning the youths closely, but at last he told them they might pass on. They thanked him and rode away. On they rode, at a gallop. They passed their homes, but did not stop, for there were no lights showing in the houses, and it was evident that the folks were in bed. They dashed onward, and arrived at the patriot en campment at White Plains about midnight. Dick decided that there was no great hurry about deliv ering the message to the commander-in-chief. •


28 THE LIBERTY BOYS' KEG OF GOhD. "We will lie down and get a few hours sleep, Bob," he messenger to Count D'Estaing, to ask him to co-opera said, "and I will take the letter over the first thing in He had told Dick that he would be in the waters ne the morning." New York for another week, at least, and so there would They went to the Liberty Boys ' quarters and lay down plenty of time to catch him before he would get away . and were soon a s leep. General Was hington wrote a letter, asking the count tc. They were up bright and early next morning, and after co-operate with the patriot army in an attack upon the breakfast Dick went over to the lieadquarter s builcfing, a , British at Newport, and then he sent-for Dick and told him mile north of the village, and delivered the letter to. the to take the letter and deliver it to the count. commander-in-chief. Ther e was a disappoint e d look o n General Washington's face whe n he had read the letter. He shook his head slowly. General Washington at once c alled a council of war, and they discussed the matter in all its detail s . All dis appointed, but it could not be helped; the large''French ships could not enter New York harbor, and the dl:tack upon the British in the c ity would have to be given up. When this became known throughout the encampment, the soldiers were greatly disappointed. Having nothing else on hand right away, Dick and Bob decided to g o to their homes and s pend the rest of the day with their loved ones. They mounted their horse s and set out at once. As they neared the point where they had encountered Joe Scroggs and his cronies before, they thought of the young ruffians again. They saw po signs of the ruffianly young fellow s , how ever, and soon they arrived at their homes. The folk s were indeed glad to see them, and greeted them joyously. It was a happ y reunion , and the two families ate dinner together, a t the home of Mrs. Slater. After dinner the young went up the creek, fis hing. That i s to s a y , they took fishing tackle and bait along , and baited the hooks and threw them into the creek , but the fish did not s uffer greatly . The two couples were about one h\lndred yards apart , and they talked and laughed and enjoyed themselves hugely . When they returned to the hou s e , about five o'clock, with only a few s mall fis h , they were laughed at by the older folks, but the young p eople laughed , too, and took it good-naturedly. They ate supper at Mrs. house, and then set out upon the porch and talked till ten when Dick and Bob said they must be going. They bridled and saddled their horses, and then bade their loved ones good-by , and started back to White Plains. They arrived there without adventure, and were soon in their quarters, sound asleep. Next day the commander-0in-chief called another council of war, aJ?:d when the officers assembled he told them that he was thinking of making an attack on the British at Newport, and that the French could co-operate in this all right. The other officers thought it a splendid plan. It being decided to do this, it was necessary to send a He at once returned to the encampment, bridled and saddled his horse and set out. He rode to the Sound, left his horse at the home of a patriot, and got into a boat, and crossed to the Long Island shore . Here he secured a horse at a livery stable and rodP across the island to the Beldon home. To say that the Beldons were glad to see him is staring the matter mildly. They were delighted, and asked 'why Bob had not come. Dick told them that he had come alone as he was a messenger, and there was no need of Bob coming. He then said wished to go aboard the French flagship. and. Harry and Elsie accompanied him in the sailboat. Count D'Estaing was glad to see Dick, and when he had read the letter he said at once that he would be glad to cooperate with the patriot army in an attack on Newport. He wrote a letter to General Washingon, stating this fact, and gave it to Dick, and after conversing a while, the youth bade the French commander good-by and 1; .. departure. . The young people sailed back to the shore. and were 5!-00TI at the house , where Dick remained to supper. Then he bade them good-by and too;k his departure. • He arrived at the patriot encampment at White about one in the morning, and lay down and l'lept till day light. Then , after an early breakfast he went over to heatl quarters and delivered the letter to General Washington. "Very good; very good indeed!" said the commander-in chief , after reading the letter. "We will at once begin m&l: ing arrangements to go to Newport and make an attack on the British at that point." A little later this was done, and the keg of gold that the two Liberty Boys had secured, Captain Kidd's legacy indeed, aided largely in making this possible, for it was used to purchase clothing, provisions, and ammunition for the army that went to Newport. THE END. The next number (227) of "The Liberty Boys of '76" will contain "THE LIBERTY BOYS AT BORDEN TOWN; OR, GUARDING THE STORES," bj' Harry Moore. SPECIAL NOTICE: All back numbers of this weeklJ are always in print. If you cannot obtain them from any newsdealer, send the price in money or postage stamps. hy mail to FRANK TOUSEY, PUBLISHER, 24 UNIOij" QUARE, NEW YORK, and you will receive the copiea return mail.


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