The Liberty Boys' bitter cup, or, Beaten back at Brandywine

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The Liberty Boys' bitter cup, or, Beaten back at Brandywine
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Liberty Boys of "76"
Moore, Harry
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The Liberty Boys made a brave stand indeed, but were beaten back in spite of all they could do. They-made a second stand, which in turn they-were forced to relinquish. It was a bitter cup, but there was no help tor it. j


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THE LIBERTY BOYS. OF '76 y Magazine Containing Stories of the American Revolution . :Veekl11-B11 Bubsoription $2.50 per 11ear. Entered aa Second Olaas Matter at the New York, N. Y., Post Office, Feliruar11 i, 1901. Entered accot'ditig to Act of Congress, in the 11ear 1905, in the office of the Libtarian of Congress, Waahingto11-, D. 0., b11 Frank Tousey, 24 Union ,square, New York. NEW YORK, JUNE 16, 1905. Price 5 Cen ts. CHAPTER I. ''It's about time the fleet was putting in an appearance, 1 -• WATCHING FOR THE FLEET. On a warm afternoon in the first week of August; 1777, two bronzed and 1 handsome youths of perhaps nineteen years of age were seated under a tree which grew on the extreme southern end of a cape extending into the Atlantic Ocean, at the southernmost part of the State of New Jersey. The end of the cape was, in fact, a promontory at least one hundred feet in height, and the descent from the edge of the promontory was almost straight down to the water, which washed its foot. A better point for a lookout station could not have been found along the entire Atlantic coast. And the two youths in question were using it as a look out station . The two were, although quite young, famous as soldiers, scouts, and spies, for they were Dick Slater and Bob Estabrook, who were respectively the captain and the first lieutena n t of a company of youths of about their own age, known as The Liberty Buys of '76." At this time General Washington, with quite a strong army, was stationed at Philadelphia. He had received news from New York, to the effect that the British fleet, unde/ Ad:i.niral Ho,ve, with his brother, General Howe and his army consisting of eighteen thou sand soldiers, had sailed southward from that city, and the supposition was that the fleet was bound for the mouth of the Delaware and that it intended sailing up that river and landing the British army at or near Philadelphi-a. At once General W-ashington had summoned Dick Slater, in whom he had great confidence, and had ordered him to take one comrade and proceed to the mouth of the Dela ware and remain there and keep watch for .the coming of the British fleet; then, as soon as it put 'in an appearance, Di ck, don't you think?" queried Bob, as he dropped over upon his back and gazed up at the foliage of fbe tree . "Yes, Bob; I s hould not be sur prised to see the fleet a t any moment." There was a short period of silence, and then Bob said : "Say, Dick, wha . t do you think iof that beetle-browed young fellow that was at the house last night to see Mary?" "I don't think much of him, Bob." "Neither do I; and I don't believe :Niary does, either." "No, she seemed to give him the cold shoulder a bit, I thought." "Yes, and he didn't like it." "No, he looked somewhat displeased." "I rather think, old fellow, that he blames us for her coldness. Did you notice how he glowered at us?" Dick laughed. "Yes, I thought he looked at us in anything rather a friendly manner." "You're right; he was jealous, without doubt." "Well,'he has no cause to be; :Mary is a nice girl, but my heart is in the possession of a certain blue-eyed little girl in "\Yestchester county, :New York." "And so is mine." Dick and Bob lived on adjoining farms, near Tarrytown, Kew York; -and they had grown up from childhood togeth er, and had always been like brothers. Each had a sister, and each youth was in love with the other's sister, which made the two even better friends than they might ot _ herwi8e have been. "I almost expected this fellow, Joe Floddy, would invite out and challenge you to fight him, J?ob," said Dick, presently. "Is that so?" with a laugh. "Yes, yon pestered him so by talking to ::'\fary, that I could see he was almo8t wild." the youths were to return and let him know, so that he Bob chuckled . <'ould be ready to receive the enemy when they put in an "I could see that he was jealous and made up my mind appearance. to worry him a bit." The youths had been here four or five days, and had been "Well, he'll worry you if ever he gets a chance. you stopping at the home of a farmer, three-quarters of a mile may be sure of that." distant, where they left their horses, walking to from "But I don't think he will get the chance." their lookout station. Then the hrn got to talking of their homes and And on this afternoon of which we write the two were hearts, and the time flew swiftly by. under the tree, talking and looking out over the Pre8ently Dick glanced out over the water, and gave ut-beautiful expanse of blue water stretching to the horizonterance to an exclamation : line. I "The fleet!"


TllB LIBEHTY HOYS' Bob rose to a sitting posture instantly, aml looked out '•\re will go down to the house, bridle and saddle our toward the southeast. horses, mount and get back to General with 'Jove, you are right, Dick!" the as quickly as possible, Bob." "Yes, and there are a lot of ships, eh, Bob?" '',\II right; come along:"'' ' l Rhould sa:v so. Well, it takes a lot of ships to carry The two whirled, to start to the houi,e, only to fillll eighteen thousand soldiers." them. elves confronted hy about a dozen young fello1r5. ' ' o it do e:>... with rifles in their hands. 'l'he two rose to their feet and stretched, all the while •'Hol' on!" cried one, who seemed to be the leader. "Don' ket>ping their on the fleet of warships standing in to-ht • in Pr ter go. :ve blasted rebel!'.'." ward the month of the Delaware. I "Well, our mission down hete is ended, Dick." "It looks that way." ! I .. Shall we go now?" I C'IL\ PTETI IT. T>ick s hook his head. "No. wait a while, and watch the ships sail up the hav." klX TO tlNE! ''Do you think that we will be able to get to Philadcl-and Hoh f: .fop Flodd_1. the rnitor for the hand of :J[ary surprise. Fnlto11. at home the Liberty Ho.r;: had been :;tay-"What does that mean, Dick?" ing. and as hM heen shown .. Toe "'"" jralon;: of the two. 'You can't prove it by me." D btl 1 ' l J t tl t 1 tl t 1 ou ess ie iilo irone o ic o wr yon repre!'en ec "I would have thought that they would sail right on np to them that Dick nnd Bob were rebC'k and had got them the river. " to come with him to attnck thC' bro. .\t am rate. thi" "That is 11hat I supposed they would do." wns the wa_1 tl1e Lihert_1 Do_1" tltrm up. and the: wprr Di c k and Bob again seated themselves, and watched the ril!ht. warships with interest. " . Hello, ;roe, 1rlu1t t l1i;< mean'.-'" cxda imecl Dic:k. they saw a boat approaching the fleet, from "Yes, why do you jnrnp out and thrC'aten lli'.' "i th Je1 -thc we t shore, and it came to alongside the flagship and a eled rifles?" from Bob. ma n went aboard. "Ye air rebels!'' cried Joe. Yiciously. An hour passed, and the man climbed down the side. gol "Oh. no," said Dick. into the boat, and the oarsman pulled away again, toward "I 8ay ye air; an we iuc goin" to capter ye bet!" the west shore. "What good will that do you ?" ome signals were at once run up to the masthead of the " " \ heap of good.'' flagship. and presently the sailors on the warships be1nm "I dmi't think i'O. \Yhat will you ' themselves did not , They watched the ships, and saw them head sonth1Ynrd know where there were any British nearer than New York down thr coast. cit). with the exception of tlw ftept that had An hour later only the sails were visible, and it e1i-away. rlen t that the ships were to some southern port. "I you are just taJking to heill' talk. .Toe." flnt what port? Did:. "TlH're are no in part of tl1e T hat wa0 the qnestion, and it one that Dick :md country." Hob c ould not answer, of I "Thet's all ye know erhont ct.'' .foe, with a trimnph-R ob n o w tnrned to Dick, with the question: ant air. "I know whut rm talkin' erbont, an' I sny thet "W"hat shall we do?" tltar.nir some Hriti'h 1ritltin ten mile:" m heer.''


THE LIBERTY BOYS' .l:H'l'T.KR CUP. Dick and Bob exchanged glances. There was that in were behind the tree quick as .a flash, each with pistols in the tone of Joe ' s voice that told them he was speaking the their hands. truth, and they beg a n to tmderstand that they were in a Bob looked around the left side of the tree, while Dick tight place . Joe, urged on by his jealous anger toward peered around the righthand side. the t wo, woul d take a delight in capturing them and turn-The young Tories, taken by surprise by this sudden ing them over to the British. move, which they had not anticipated, stood there, staring The thought occurred to Dick that he might argue Joe in blank amazement. out of the notion of making them prisoners by telling ''No", then, listen to me," said Dick, grimly, "we don't him that they were going away; if he knew they were to want to shed any blood, if we can help but I give you no longer be at the Fulton home he might not care to fair warning that if you don't go quietly away from here capture them. :md let us alone, we will open fire on you, and a::, we are "We're going away, Joe," he said. dead shots, some of you are sure to .get hurt! Do you Joe nodded, and said grimly and significantly: hear?" "Yas, I know ye air!" "Yas, we heer, all right," growled Joe, "but ye shorely The other youths snickered. It was evident that they hain't goin' ter be fools enuff ter try ter fight us!" understood what Joe meant, and thought his remark was ''\\T c certainly are going to fight you, if you make a n a t-a. witty one. tempt to capture us!" Dick and Bob exchanged glances. They understood each "Ye'd better s.urrender!" cried Joe. other, and were determined to make their escape if pos"Never!" Eible. They would offer fight, and take the risk of getting J oc uttered a howl of anger. killed by bullets from the rifles of the young Tories-for "Go for 'em, boys!" he cried to his companiom. " C ap-such the youths were, without a doubt. e r em c rlive, ef ye kin, but ef ye kain't, wy, kiE 'em!'' "I mean it, Joe,'' went on Dick, quietly. . "\Ye were The Tories scattered quickly, at the same t i m e a dvancjust going to start to the house, and as soon as we got ing toward the tree. there we were going to eaddle our horses and leave this 1 Then crack! crack! two pistol-shots rang out, and down part of the country." dropped Joe Floddy and one of his "Thefs all right: I know wy hev be'n her e nil this lime, an' I know w'y ye air ready ter go. _\.n' ye'll go, too, all right, but 110t whar ye expected ter go." . I ."Why not?" .. Becos ye 're go in' with ns . " ''Oh, come no", Joe. listen to reas<:n,'' said Dick. per::masively. ".All }On care about us is to ha Ye us go away. You're jealous because we have been stayirig at the Fnl ton home, and as we are willing to leave, there no rrn son why you should w:rnt to act menu toward us." "Whut, me jealous uv ye two fellers?" cried .J oc. "X ot er bit uv et! )le an' )fary air goin' ter be marrird one uv ihese beer days, an' I wusn't afeered thet ye" d win her er way rum me ertall. But I'm er loyal king's man, I am; an' I am goin' ter capter ye an' take ye ter ther Brifoh. ,:o up with yer han's an' surrender. er we'll shoot y e foll nv holes!" There was a viciouRnf'RR about the youth's tones am1 air that made Dick and Bah hclie>e he wonld not hesitate to shoot them down; his comrades, too, were in the main rather vicious looking, and they would undoubtedly fire if ordered to do so by their leader; eo the two Liberty Buys realized that they would have to fight, if they \1ere to get OIL\PTER III . THE REDCOATS APPEAR. The fall of their leader and another of th e y outh s wa' too much for the attacking party, and the young tnrned and fled at the top 0 their speed. . ' Hold on, hold on!" cried Dick. "Stop! Com e back and take care of your comrade8. They _! not dead. b11 l wounded, and will need your attention, and w e ha Yen 't time to look after them. Come 1\flck, I say!" The youths stopped and turned around, but the y m ade no moYe towarJ coming back . It was evident that they did not want to get in ran:c e of ihoRe dangerous weapons in the hands of the two "Oh, come on back here," called out Bob. "We won't hurt you; that is, if you don't make another attack on 11s." "We hain't ergoin' ter take no chances onter thet," uir

4 TH.E LlBEHTY BOYS' BlTTEH CUP. "You see, you would have don e well to have gone away about your business and let us alone," s aid Dick to iJoe. The wounded youth only groaned in reply. "Let this be a lesson to you, Joe," said Bob. "Stick to the plow, and don't go to attempting anything in the way of warfare. Leave that to the redcoats." Still Joe made no reply, save to groan, and the two otrode away in the direction of the Fulton home. They hastened onward down the slope, and presen1ly to the farmhouse. They en1tered, and were greeted pleasantly by Mr . and Mrs. Fulton and who was a pretty girl of about eighteen years . "I thought I heard a couple of pistol-shots a few minutes ' ago," said M:r. ]fulton. "You did," said Bob. "Yes," said Dick. "Some young fellows made an attack on Bob and I, and we were forced to defend ourselves." "Some young fellows made an attack on you?" in sur prise. "Yes," and then Dick told the story of the affair. "Well, well! That beats anything!" exclaimed M:r. Fulton, when Dick had finished. "Who would have thought that Joe Floddy would have rdone such a thing as that!" froi'n Mrs. Fulton. Mary did not say anything, but it was evident that she was doing considerable thinking. Then Dick told the Fultons that he and Bob were going to start for Philadelphia. "You must wait till after dinner!" cried Mrs. Fulton. "We are in quite a hurry," said Dick. "Oh, you can wait," said Mary. There was a sober look on the girl's face, and a close obsener would have said that the knowledge that the two handsome youths were going to go away did not please her. "Let's stay to dinner, Dick," said Bob. "I am hungry, and thi s will likely be the last good meal that we will get for a while . " "All right; we can ride a bit harder to make up for the lost time. " "Yes, our horses haven't been doing anything fur quite a while. and it won't hurt them to be forced a bit . " So the youths waited till dinner was ready, and sat up to the table with the members of the Fulton family for the last time and ate heartily. Just as they finished the meal and entered the sitting room, Mary happened to glance out through the front win dow, and she startled all by crying out, excitedly: "Dick! Bob! Run for your lives! Yonder are a lot of redcoats!" Dick leaped to her side and looked out . Sure enough, there were at least a score of redcoats out at the front gate. With them were a couple of young fellows dressed in rough clothing such as was worn by the farmers of the vicinity, ond Dirk guessed that they were two who had been with Joe Floddy. Doubtless they hacl met the redcoab: . and had guided them to the farmhouse. The British soldiers started toward the house at thi,, moment, and Dick turned to Bob and said, hurriedly: "We will ha>e to make a run for it, olcl follow! Corne .' They rnn out into the kitchen, and out into the open air; then they made a da!"h for the timber. ll'hich was ]Jerhaps on e hundred yards distant. They had gone half the distance when they heard 1011'1 yell:1 behind them1 and glancing back. sa 11 the redco 1 1 t.coming around the corner of the house on the run. "Halt!,. cried the commander of the force. "Stop, or we will fire!" Dick and Bob did not i;:top; instead . thl'.v c-ontinued to run at the top of their speed . • After them. pell mell, came the redcoats. The Liberty Boys were not worried about themselve-; the_,. felt confident that they could outrun their and make their escape; but the trouble was that they would be leaving their horses behind. and thi" was something they did not like to do. . However, there was no help for it. They would have t o make sure of their own safety first, and then see whflt coulcl be clone toward recovering their aftenrnrd. They reached the shelter of the timber, and were quickly 011t of sight of their pursuer;;:. The redcoats were eager to catch the fugitives. however. and came on in pursuit. Dick and Bob, instead of going-stmight ahead . Yeered off to the right, and ran in a half-circle. In this way they manflged to throw their pursuer s off the track. When sure that they had done this they whirled and made a bee line for the stable in which were their They reached the stable, and entered at a rear door . Hastening to the stalls in which stood their horses. they hastily bridled and the animals. Just as they fin i shed. and as they were about to open th e door ancl lead the out nnc1 mount. heard a mice cr_Y out triumphantly: in the stable! Surround it. men. and if they try to escape, shoot them dead!" Dick and Bob exchanged looks of dismay. They were desperate now, however, and were determined that they would escape, or die in the attempt. "We will mount in here, Bob," said Dick. "and then will ride out as quickly as po, sible and make a dash for _ freedom . By bending low on the hor$es we will be able to aYoid being brushed off by the frame at the top of the door." "All right, Dick," grimly. "I'm with you to the death!'' They climbed info the saddle, and then Dick. whose horse's head was right against the door, leaned forward and pushed the door open. A word to Major, and the animal leaped through and out into the open air, Dick l ying flat forward upon the horse's neck, thus avoiding being hit by the frame.


'l'HE LIBEHT'l BOYS' BITTER en'. .After him came Bob. .A wild chorus of yells went up from the ''l'here they are!" "Halt!'' "Stop, you rebels!" "Stop or die!" Such were a few of the commands, _ and then the captain of the force of redcoats yelled out: "Fire, men! Give them 3: volley!" But Dick and Bob fired first. They had drawn their pis tols, and no"' they fired two shots, dropping two men, one of whom was the captain. Then a loud crashing roar rang out, as the British sol diers fired a volley. CHAPTER IV. PUZZLED. The bullets rattled all around Dick and Bob. It was almost a miracle that they were not hit, but not a bullet touched them. Away dashed the horses ridden by the youths. I.uckily neither of the animals was wounded; the fact was, that the redcoats had fired high, the majority of tlrn bullets going a hove the backs of the horses. Around the house rode the Liberty BGys, and out through the front gate, it haYing been left open by the redcoats. As the youths reached the road they sight of horses hitched to trees at the farther side. The redcoats were now aronnd the aml nrnning toward the road. "After them!" the youths heard the leacler of the red coats yell. "We must capture the rebels!" 'l'hey ran through the gateway, across the 1'-0ad, untied their horses, leaped into the saddles. and came dashing up the road in pursuit. The youths looked back and noted thi fact. Dick and Bob were splendidly mounted. Dick's mount was Major, his magnificent thoroughbred, a horse that could run like the wind and that had wonderful staying qualities, and Bob's horse was almost as good. The youths kept looking back, to see how the redcoats were progressing, and it did not take them long to m , ake up their minds that they were leaving their enemies behind. "Their horses are not the equals of ours, old fellow," said Bob. "No; they will never catch us." "You are right; the farther we go, the farther behind they will get." The redcoats seemed to realize this fact, for they.did not keep up the chase very long. They stopped when they had come a mile or so, and turn ed back. The youths noted this at once, and slackened the speed of their animals to an ordinary gallop. "No need of tiring our liorses out," said Dick. "No, we have quite a long ride, and may as well take it moderately." . All that afternoon they rode omvard, and when ewning came they stopped at a farmhouse and had supper. After supper they mounted and rode onward. They were determined to finish their trip that night. They succeeded, arriving in Philadelphia about midnight. They went at once to the quarters occupied by the Lib erty Boys, and lay down and dropped asleep almost instant ly. When morning came, their comrades were surprised to see Dick and Bob among them again. "Hello, when did you two fellows get in?" queried Ben Spurlock. "About midnight," replied Dick. "Is the British fleet coming up the Delaware?" asked 1\fark Morrison. Dick shook his head. "No," he replied; and then he explained a bout the fleet. The Liberty Boys all expressed surprise. They could not think where the British fleet could be going. "Down South, somewhere, likely," said Sam Sanderson. This seemed to be the only explanation. but the.' could not imagine just where the fleet would O'O. Immediately after breakfast Dick went to beadquarers to report to General Washington. The commander-in-chief had breakfasted, and recei red Dick cordially, not to say eagerly. "You have seen the British fleet. Dick?" he cried. "Yes, your excellency." "And it is coming up the Delaware?" Dick shook his head. your excellency; it did not enter the Delaware. save to cast anchor for an hour at the mouth of the bay. The commander-in-chief looked amazed. "You say it is not coming up the river, Dick?" he cried. "Yes, sir: instead, it has sailed southward, down the coast." "What!" General Washington was evidently greatly surprised. He could hardly believe the evidence of his own liearing. and immediately began asking Dick questions. The Liberty Boy told him the whole story of the peculiar actions of the British fleet, and the commander-in-chief finally ceased asking questions, and dropping his head, gazed long and thoughtfully at the floor. He well knew that the move of the British fleet meant f:Omething, but the question was, What did it mean? This was a puzzle that must be solved. Presently General Washington summoned the orderly.


6 THE LIBERTY BOYS' .BITTER CUP. "Summon all the members of the staff at once," was his command. British fleet, and as soon as it appeared a messenger was to be despatched to Philadelphia with the news. The orderly bowed and withdrew. Half an hom later the members of the staff were in the room. General Washington at once placed the matter before them, and when they had heard all, he said: "Now the question to be decided is, Where has the Brit ish fleet gone?" The members of the staff looked thoughtfully at one another and fell to pondering. It was a difficult question to answer. Presently General Green suggested that possibly the fleet was headed for Charleston. "Or Savanna," from another of the officers. "I thought of those places as possible objective points for the fleet," said the commander-in-chief, s lowly, "but somehow I cannot lead myself to believe that the fleet has gone "And then you and your Liberty Boys may retreat slowly ahead of the British, and retard their progress all you pos sibly can," said the commander-in-chief, when he had told Dick what he and his Liberty Boys were to do. "Yery well, your excellency," said Dick. '•We will do this work, and do it to the best of our ability.'' '' 'rnd that will be quite good enough, I am sure," was the reply. "When can you start?" "Within the hour, sir." iV ery good." CHAPTER V. CARL THE ".ALLIGATOR." that far south." "\Y ell, her e ''"e are. Dick!'' ''Then where is it going?" queried General . Greene. ''Yes, that is the Chesapeake _ , without a doubt." All shook their heads. This wastoo much for them, and ".\nc1 this is the Elk river. eh?'' they could not ans"er the question. "It must be; you know that farmer back yonder said They discussed the matter at some length, and were there was no other stream of any size emptying into the no nearer a solution of the problem than before. hay in this vicinity." Finally they ceased talking and again fell to pondering. "So he did." Presently General Washington uttered an exclamation. " Well, we will go into camp, boys." "I believe that I have it!" he cried. 'The Liberty Boys, one hundred in number, hatl reached All looked at him eagerly and questioningly. the head of the Chesapeake T3ay. "There is only one place that they could be going, in my They had come to a stop on the shore, and sat there on opinion," the comman der-in-chief said, s lowly and thoughtthe backs of their horses, looking out over the <]Uiet waters fully, "and I would not have thought that an able general Xow, however, they leaped to the ground and unbridled such as I haw always given General How e credit for being anc1 unsaddled their horses and tied them with long ropes. would make such a move." so that they• might graze on the grass which .grew luxuri" A.nd that lJlace, your excellency?" from General Greene. antly everywhere. "The Chesapeake." 'I'hen they selected a pleasant location, from where they All started ancl exchanged gla nces. collld get a good view down the bay, and made their camp. "I believe you have hit it, your excellency!" cried one. The country in this vicinity was not thickly settled: 'l'he others nodded. there was not more than one settler to the square mile, "The are good that you have solved the probscarcely that. l em," from another. But this did not worry the Libert> • Boys. .They jmlgecl General Greene nodded his head slowly, and said: that there was game in the timber, and they would hunt "I believe you are right, sir; but. like you, I would not and fish and thus would be enabled to live on the fat of have expected such a move on the part of General Howe." I t)le land, so to speak. "I'll tell you how it was," the commander-in-chief said. 'They had brought fish-hooks and lines, and as sobn as "He heard about the forts and the obstructions in the river, they had finished the work of going into camp several of and decided to go down and enter the Chesapeake and come them dug some bait, made their way down to the water's up to the head of the bay and disembark. I am sure of it." edge, and threw in the hooks. The others nodded. The iron barbs had scarcely sunk beneath the surface "That is the only possible solution of the problem, before they were seized by hungry fish, and in a minute's your excellency," said General Greene. time half a dozen speckled beauties weighing at least three They discussed the matter at some length, and all were pounds each were lying gasping on the grass. unanimous in the opinion that they had solved the prob"Great Gulliver, but this is all right, fellows!'' cried lem. Bob Estabrook, who was a great fisherman. "Say, we will The question then was, What should they Cj.o? have sport here and li;-e like kings while we are waiting for After some further discussion it was decided to send the coming of the British fleet, and that's a fact!" Dick Slater and his company of Liberty Boys down to the "So we will," agreed Sam Sanderson. "We'1l-hello! head of Chesapeake Bay, to watch for the coming of the look at Carl."


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THE LIBERTY BOYS' BITTER CUP. "Dere are alligators here, all righd," declared Carl, "und I vill gatch vun und mage Pob ead id, py shimman et.ty!" The youths roared at this, and Bob laughingly assured Carl that if he caught an alligator he would eat it. "Dot is ein pargain," the Dutch youth declared. He was up in a tree also-a small one, not more than six inches in diameter, and at the foot of this tree was another upreared on his h"indlegs, and glaring up at the Irish youth. The muskets of the two brave hunters lay on the ground, near the foot of the trees. "Well, that beats anything I have ever seen, Dick!" ex claimed Bob. "You are right, old fellow!" CHAPTER VI. "We must get Carl out of that fix!" "Yes, he is in danger, sure enough!" A THRILLING SCENE. Patsy, however, was in no particular danger; he was "treed," and could not come down, but neither could the "Hellup! Hellup!" bear go up. The tree was so small that he could not "Hilp! "hug" it tightly enough to enable him to sustain his Dick and Bob, out on a hunting trip, were making their weight. way through the timber, when their ears were assailed by The youths had paused when they came in sight of the cries for help, as given above. thrilling scene, but now they advanced quickly, till they They paused instantly, and listened. were almost under the tree Carl was in. "That was Carl!" exclaimed Dick. Re saw them and yelled lustily for "Hellup." "Yes, and Patsy!" from Bob. "Tick!-Pob!" he howled. "Hellup me, quicksomeness, "You are right." pefore I kill dot pear! Oh, shimmanetty, shoot me some "They are in trouble of some kind." holes der pear in, uf you vos luf me!" "Undoubtedly. Which way did cries come from?" "Hurra!" shouted Patsy. "Yez are afther bein' all "Over this way, I think," motioning. roight now, Cookyspiller . Dhe byes wull make mincemeat "I think so, and-there they go again!" av dhe brute in short order, begorra!" "Hellup! Hellupl ilFne grnciousness, I am a deat boy, "I hobe so, Batsy; der pear haf made mincemeat ouid uf uf hellup don'd vos coom bretty quickness, alretty!" my pack, alretty." "Kape up your courage, Cookyspiller; some av dhe byes I The bear, perched on the limb above Carl, was seemingly wull come dhis way purty soon, Oi'm t'inkin'. Hilp! having of sport with the Dutch youth; it would strike Hilp!" Carl on the shoulders with one paw, causing the youth to The words came plainly to the ears of Dick and Bob, and swing downward on that side, and then, as the youth's wild this time, as they were listening intently, they got the exact ly flailing nether limbs came up on the other side, the direction. brute would strike them with its other paw, sending them "This way, Bob!" back downward, while the head and shoulders swung up-As he spoke Dick bounded away in the direction from ward again, thus turning the Dutch youth into a human which the voices sounded, and after him came Bob. pendulum. They ran perhaps one hundred yards, and then they The bear noticed Dick and Bob now, and stopped clawpaused and gazed upward in amazement and wonder. ing at Carl, much to his relief, and glared down at its new A strange, and but for the fact that a human life was foes, growling threateningly the while. in danger, a ludicrous sight was before them: "Shure an' dhe baste is talkin' Dootch to yez, byes," Hanging below a gohd-sized limb, which projected cried Patsy. "He has learned dhe language frum Cooky straight out from a large tree, and at a point at least fifteen spiller. Phwat is he afther sayin', Dootchy ?" :feet from the ground, was Carl Gookenspieler; in "Shud my mouth oopl" howled Carl, who was not. in a manner a snag had caught in the youth's coat, and as it humor to be jollied. "Sdop my foolishness, Betsy Pranni happened to be buttoned, the Dutch boy was held there, gan! I pet me your life dot u:f you vos my blace in you though he was kicking wildly and flailing the atmosphere vould not veel so flmniness, hey?" with his arms. But this was not all. Standing on the Dick and Bob could hardly keep from laughing outright, limb, directly above the Dutch youth, was a big black but they managed to keep from doing so, and leveled their • Carl's cries for help were accounted for, but where was muRkets and took careful aim at the bear. Patsy? And why was he calling for help? -And why was "I'll aim at his eye, Bob," said Dick. "You hit him he not doing something to relieve his comrade from his perjust back of the foreleg." ilous situation? "All right, Dick." These questions flashed through the minds of Dick Then Dick gave the word, and both fired at the same inand Bob, and they quickly glanced around, to see where stant. Patsy was. Crack! They caught sight of him, and the affair was explained. The bear was hard hit, both bullets going straight to the


THE LIBERTY BOYS' BITTER CUP. 9 points aimed at. Shot through the brain and the heart at the same time, Bruin was killed instantly, and with a h(}arse growl of pain, the big brute toppled and fell from the limb. As ill luck would have it, however, he struck on Carl as he went, and the snag that was holding the youth up was broken short off, letting the Dutch boy fall. Down came bear and boy, and as he came Carl gave utterance to .a wild howl of fright. Dick, Bob, and Patsy were horrorstricken, for they expected that the bear would fall on Carl and crush him to death. Fortunately; however, this did not occur. Carl struck the ground and rolled out of the way, and the bear struck with a great thud, and 1.ay still, for there was no life in the carcass when it left the limb. "Ow-wow--oh, I am deal!" howled Carl. "Dot pear vill ead me oop so schlicg as ein vistle, und dot is so!" Then Carl scrambled to his feet with more agility than would have been expected from one so fat and clumsy-looking .as he was. Without a glance in the direction of the dead bear Carl made a dash away from the spot. Hatless he raced, his fat legs working like piston-rods. He covered the ground at a rapid rate. "Hold on, the bear is dead!" yelled Dick. "Yes, come back," called out Bob. "What's the matter with you, Carl? The danger i s over." But it wasn't, for suddenly Patsy gave utterance to a wild Irish whoop and bawled out: "Look out, Dhick an' Bhob! Dhe ither bear is comin' fur yez!" The youths had forbotten about the other bear, but now they whirled quickly, to find the mate of the bear they had killed coming straight toward them, its mouth open, its red eyes glaring. Evidently Bruin meant business. • CHAPTER VII. MUCH BEARMEAT. The two youths had their pistols, but these did not shoot hard enough for such big game, unless, indeed, a vital point was struck by the ball. Whirling, Dick and Bob ran swiftly and took positions behind trees. The bear took after Dick , and began cha s ing him around the tree. "Don't let him catch you, Dick!" cried Bob. "I won't if I can help it, Bob," was the reply. "Keep out of the way a little while longer, Dick!" cried Bob. "I'm loading my musket, and then I'll blow the whole top of the brute's head off." "Yis, an' Oi'm doin' dhe same, Dhick, me bye," cried Patsy, who had climbed hastily down out of the tree, and seized his musket, "an' Bhob .an' me wull be afther killin' dhe baste, shure an' we wull!" Carl had stopped running, and was standing where he had stopped, gazing at the scene with distended eyes. He seemed incapable of making a movement. "Ghet yer gun, Cookyspiller," yelled Patsy. "Gh,et yer gun an' hilp kill dhe baste. Phwat fur are yez sthandin' dhere loike a statue, Oi dunno!" . "How gan I ged dose guns, Batsy Prannigan," called out Carl; "don'd you see dot der animal is tancing .arount vere id is, hey?" , This was true; Carl could not very well have got to his musket, for Dick had taken refuge behind the tree Carl had been in, and the musket lay there, the bear almost run ning over it each time the animal came .around the tree in pursuit of Dick. Dick had drawn a pistol, and suddenly he fired a shot. Crack! The bullet tore the end of the brute's nose, causing it to bleed freely, and a hoar s e roar of rage went up from Bruin . He was wildly enraged now, and redoubled his exertions, giving Dick .all he could do to keep out of the way. "Hurry up, Bob!" he called out. "The brute will catch me pretty soon, I'm afraid." "I'm all r e ady, Dick , and I'll fix the beast in a moment , don't you fear!" "Give it to him in the heart, Bob. Just back of the foreleg, you know." "I will." Bob had finished loading, and now he advanced till he was within ten feet of the tree. He was ready to fire when the bear came around the next time, but instead of con tinuing on after Dick the brute caught sight of Bob and made a wild dash straight for him, its mouth spread, and growling fiercely. So close was the brute, and coming straight toward Bob, that he could not fire with any hope of doing any material damage, and so he dropped the musket and whirled and ran at the top of his speed, and took refuge behind a tree, Bruin right at his heels; and now the race was renewed, only it was Bob who was in danger, instead of Dick. "Now you see if you can get a shot at the brute, Dick," called out Bob. "I'll keep him after me if I can." This did not seem to be a very difficult thing to do, but it was possible that the animal would plake a dash at Dick he cou1d get a shot, the same as it had at Bob. However, the only thing to do was to try. Dick, panting as a result of his exertions in keeping out of Bruin's way, picked up Bob's musket and hastened over toward the tree around which Bob and the bear were rac ing. "I'll get him, Bob," he called out. "I hope so; if you don't, he'll get me!" Pats y had :finished . loading his musket now, and he came forward and stiationed himself near Dick. "Aim at a point just back of th e brute' s foreleg. Patsy," said Dick.


10 THE LIBERTY BOYS' CUP. I "All roight, Dhick, me bye.'l j "Jore, but we'll live fat!'' <:ried Ben "I likc-'l'bey advanced till within a dozen feet of the tree, and bear-steak." then as the came around in fqll of Bob, they leveled their mm;kets and fired. The two repprts sounded almost as one. One or both of the bullets had struck hpU1e, e, idently, for with a hoarse roar the bear 01er al,ld kicking and clawing around at a great rate. "He's done for!" cried Bpb, deiighted, as he stpppcd and gaqd at animal. "Yes, we settled him, Bob," said Dick. i. un' we did thot salllc!'J l)at:::y. "Is he dait?" called out Carl. "Yes, you can come forward now, Carl," replied Bcb. The Dutch Y,O\\th obeyed, !j.Ild he eyed the dead bears with interest and satisfaction. "I tell you vat id is," Jae said solemnly, "der giud nJ pear dot I lige is dait pear." . , The youths laughed, and then Dick asked: "How did you two fellows C()me to be tteed by the brutes, anyway?" "Wull, ye 8 , it wu z dhis way, Dick," said Patsy. "We wur lmntin' fur game, ye know, an' wur walkin' along, not einkin' abhout such a t'ing thot dbere WU l' bear8 a.roun, whin suddenly here dhey came, dhe two av Utim! We ups an' thim dhe contints av our muskets, but it didn't sthop thim at all, at all, an' Sr plac e tha11 the Chesapeake, yet there was no absolute certainty that this so, and the Liberty Boys had begun to think that tile commander -in-chi ef ha<1 hrcn in reason ing. Now, however, it was proYcd that he harl been rig-ht ;lhout it rrhe fleet was in sight. "The c:ommandcr-in-chief right. eh. Di1:k?'' •aid Bob. ''YCf', Bob." "I 11'onder where they will make a landing?" "It is impossible to say." "T,ikely they will disembark near here, old fello11'." "It is probable. They will come as far north as . they can . of course." "Yes." "The first thing to do is to start a n<:rthward, to carry the news to General Washington." So Dick told the boys to draw lot;:; to see who should go to Philadelphia ai-: a me•;:rng0r. nn

THE LIBERTY BOYS' BITTER CUP. 11 "Very well, Ben. I judge it will be as well to wait and see where the British make a landing." On came the British warships, and it was seen, present ly, that they were heading straight toward the point where the youths had their encampme nt. ''They are coming to this point, Dick," said Bob. "Yes; I guess. we had better break camp and ret_i_ni a mile or so." '''I' hat will be best, I suppose." Dick gave the order, and the youths broke camp, and then l.hey retired to a hill about a mile and a quarter from the shore. Dick and Bob returned to their old encampment to watch the British, as they left their horses in the new camp, they would haw no difficulty in keeping ont of s ight of the redcoats. craking up their position, they watched the approaching sh ip 5 with interest. Uloser and closer they came. At last the anchors were. dropped, and boats were low ered into the water. The ships were about half a mile fro!I). the shore, that bein& as near as they dared .-enture, owing to the fact that the water -was not >ery deep closer in. The boats began :filling with soldiers, at once, and then the oarsmen pulled for the shore. Arriving there, the soldiers Dick and Bob, feeling that it would be dangerous to remain where they were, withdrew deeper into the woods. and stationed themselves behind trees. They could see the red coats . bnt were not enowd1 to hear anything that was said by them. It took the British all the afternoon to disembark. and th011 they went into camp for the night at the point where thl' Liberty Boys had been encamped. Dick and Bob no"set out for their own encampment. "They'll know that quite a force has been encamp e d hick there, won't they, Dick?., remarked Bob. as . they 1ralked along . ''Yes, they will know that." 'Then isn't there 'danger that they will send out scouts to L ee if they can find the force?" "It is possible that they may do so. Still, I don't think they will do it to-night." "Possibly not; though it is safer to do that kind of "\\'{ll'k 11t night than in the daytime.'" "So it is." "We had better be on our guard." "Yes; I'll throw out a double line of sentinels, with • twice as many men in each line as is usually the case, and in that way we will be able to head off any scouts or spies , that may come along." "That will be all right." They soon arrived at the encampment and found the boys engaged in cooking supper. The youths were eager to know what the British had done. and Dick and Bob told them. "They will begin their march northward in the morn ing:." snir1 Morrison. "Undoubtedly," agreed Dick. "When shall I. start for Philadelphia, Dick?'' asked Ben Spurlock. "You had better wait till morning. There is no hurry. You will be able to make the. trip on horseback so much quicker than the redcoat s can march the distance that it will give the commander in-chief plenty of time to lay his plans." ''All right; that suits me." Dick had stationed four sentineL as soon as he reached the encampment, but when darkness settled o.-er all, he stationed twelve, six in one line, about one hundred and fifty yards from the encampment, and six in another line, • lhout three hundred yards away. "Xow, I don't think that any spies from the enemy's camp will be able to slip up on us,'' he said. There was no disturbance of any kind that night. No B.iitislt spies or scouts came . near, and all was quiet till morning. Immediately after breakfast Ben Spurlock mounted his horse and set out. He !_\'US bound for Philadelphia, to cany the news of the landing of the British to General Wash ington. He arrircd there safely, in due time, and went straight to head'luarter::: and deliYered Dick's message to the com mander-in-chief. General Wa shington at once called a council of war. "Ire were right,'' he told the officers as soon as they put in an appearance. mrhe British have arriYed at the head of the Chesapeake, and hme disembarked near the mouth of' the RiYer Elk" . The officers did not c-.:press much They had long $ince made up their minds that General Wa shington's idea mts the correct one. and that the Britif'h fleet would pnt in an appearance just where it had. "The question now is, what will we do?" said the com111ander-in-chid. nfter they had talked a while. "I think the tiring to do is to adrnnte and m0et the encm:v,'' said General Greene. Several of the officers expressed a like view. 0leneral Washington listened with attention, and asked ciucstions that were calculated to bring out the ideas of his 'l'he result. howeYer, was that it was d ecided to break enmp in Philadelphia nncl march southward to meet the Briti sh . "Tt i s nece>sar:v that we shall p;iYe battle to the British,'' said the c ommnncler-in-ehief. "nnd $0. instead of waiting here for them to come ancl attack us we will go to meet them. R:v so cloing I think we may rneceed in taking them at a disadrnntage. At rate, we will have the choosing of a battle-ground. and that will he worth corn:ider able . " "80 it will." apeed General Green. "It a good deal." said General "Yes. indeed." :from General Washington. Then he turned to Hen Spurlock, ancl went on "Y nu nu1y return


12 THE LlBEHTY BOYS' Bl'l'TEH CUP. to Captain Slater, anu tell him that he is to retire slowly before the British, and retard their progress all he pos sibly can without incurring too great danger, and that we will advance south,,ard and be ready to offer battle when the enemy meets us .. , "Very well, your excellency," said Ben. Then he sal uted and withdrew. Two hours later he was on his way back to rejoin the Lib erty Bo}s. CHAP'l'.ER IX. A CLEVER RrsE. On the 8th of September the Patriot army was encamped on the Brandywine River, at and near Chadd's Ford, near ly twenty-five miles west of Philadelphia. Four miles distant, i.o 1 he 1 he army was encamped. On the evening of this day Dick Slater and his Liberty Boys rode into the patriot eneampmrnt, bringing twcnty five prisoners with them. Dick went at once to the tent occupied by the comman der-in-chief. The general was in and Dick was aumittcd. The general shook hands with him, and eagerly inqnin'<1 what the latest news was. Dick told him that the British army was in camp four miles distant. "Well, that means that there will be a battle soon," the commander-in-chief said. ' "Yes, your excellency." ''Have you been able to learn any of the plan;; of the BritiP.h, Dick?" the commander-in-chief asked, somewhat eagerly. "No, your excellency; but we have been paying more attention to the work of harassing the British advance guards and pickets than to securing information." You have been succeosful in thai work, my boy'.'" "Pretty successful; sir . We hrought in twenty-fin' pri,;oners just now." "That is good. I am glad that you have done s u ch good work, Dick; but now I want yon to go back .and do some spy-work for me. I am exceedingly anxious to secure ad vance information regarding the intentions of the "I will do my best to secure the information, sir." "Very good; an cl let me know the minute yon have learned anything of moment." "I will, your excellency." Then Dick took his departure. He went back to the point where the Liberty Boys had taken up their quarters, and told them that he wa, going out on sconting duty, and that while hr was away Bob would be in command . Then he out down the Brandywine on foot. 'l'irnbrr grrw iilong; the river. of and ;:;o the youth's movcmeuLs were from the view of any pos sible scouts on the west side of the stream. A mile below the encampment he waded across the stream, it being very shallow here, and then he set out. in the direction of the British encampment. Before leaving the patriot encampment he had doffed his uniform, of course, and had donned an ordinary suit of citizen's clothing. Anyone meeting him would have supposed that he wa someone who had his home in the vicinity. / He walked onward a distance of three miles, and came to a tavern, which stood beside the main road. lt 11as now dark, the sun having been almost down when Dick left the patriot encampment. "This is a tHern,'' thought Dick, ''and a' it cannot be morc than a mile to t.he British encampment there is every <'hance that some British sold ier s a1e in the house, drinking and carousing." He made his way to a window and looked in. He was gazing into the main room, a combined office and bar-room. . .\s he had expected, there were at least a dozen rclkoat,; in the room, and two of them were officers, one a captain, the other a lieutenant. Thry were drinking and having a good time, and evi dently thought that they were in no danger, as it was only a mile to their encampment. while it was at least three to the encampment of the patriots. Dick thought it likely that if he could only get into thC' J'nom with the redcoat,;; and establish l1imself on a good footing with 'the soklier<', he might secnre some information of value; but the difficulty was in doing this. He might enter the room and mingle with them for a while, without running much risk, but they would not b<" likrly to say anything before him; but if he could0get estabon a friendly fooling, so that he could questions 1ritho11t incurring "nRpicion, then he would doubtlefl!l be alJJc to seeure some information. But how was he to do this? He pondered quite a while, and theii i;;uddcnly he nrnrmured: "I have it.! I think it'll work." He took off hiR hat and threw it down beside the and then he walked away a distance of perhaps one lrnndred yards . This done, he i>tarted on the nm for the tavern, and when he was within twenty-five yards of the front door he began yelling for help in a loud voice. As he had calcu]atccl, the door came open ju;;t as he lenp- • eel upon the porch, and he bounded through the doorway. a ]most upsetting a couple of the redcoats, and yelled out . "8ave me,, oh, save me! Don't let. the rebels get me!" "What's the matter? Where are the relJels?" cried the capta in, his sword and gazing out into the darknrgR, through the doorway. ''They were cha, ing me!" cried Dick, dropping upon a chair, and panting at a great rate, while he gazed 011t through the. doorway in pretended affright. '


THE LIBERTY BOYS' BITTER CUP. "How many rebels after you'.-''' the lieutenant asked. "There were half a dozen of them,'' panting!)-. •You CH.AP'l'ER X. had better shut the door, for they are likel y to fire in at you!" THE SPA:N"lSli METHOD OP TORTURE. ''Come on, men, and let's go out and run the rebels down!" the captain cried. Di<:k ope ned his eye s wry wide; his simulation of su1 -He dashed out doors, followed by the lieutenant aucl was really artistic. the common soldiers, but Dick remained behind. He felt A rebel spy!" h e exclaimcu. that it was more in accordance with his character to pre-"Yes." tend that he was afraid to venture out. The other redcoats were staring at their leader and at 'l'he redcoats were gone perhaps fifteen and Dick in wide-eyed amazement, and listening to the conver-then they returned, looking unsatisfied. sation with deepest interest. "Did you find them?" asked Dick. Dick shook his head. The captain shook his head. "Oh, no, sir," he sai d. "I assure you tlrnt yon are mis-'• No, nor any signs of them," he replica. "'l'hcy took taken." to their heels when they saw us coming, I suppose." ''l don't think so. Why, if you are not a s py, did you "Likely, sir." . ask me when we are going to fight the rebels?" "Where did you meet them, aml how 1.:ame they to l 1c "Because, as I just said, I want to be there to see the chasing you?" battle. I may never g e t another s uch chance." "\Vhy, sir, I was coming along the road, about half a The captain shook his head, and a hard look came ovEr mile from here, and they halted me and asked me where the hi:> face. British encampment was, and when I told them that] Let's tie him up to a tree and strap him with our till truth before I get through with you." he i;i willing to tell us a ll he knows about the redcoats'!'' "Yes, yes!" " . .\ha! and what di cl you do?" "That's the thing to e "They seemed to want to catch me, or they ) ' elled to me men had all been drinking more than was good for them, to halt, and then they came in pursuit." and were capable of almost anything. "\Vhere do you live?" ".Just to think that iil ' ,;ent ns OLlt on a wild-goo,<.> t ha,.-c, ''About two miles southeast . from here."

THE LIBERTY BOYS' Bl'l'TER CUP. "I don't think so," from the captain. "Bind his arms, "Give it to him with the ramrod!" from a third. men." "The Spanish method will make him talk!" dedared a One drew a large handkerchief from his pocket,, and fourth. with thi he bound Dick's wrists together behind his back. The captain nodded, a Yicious look on his face. "Now searc h him," ordered the captain. "Bring a rope, landlord," he ordered. This was done, and when they found four pistols stick -The landlord brought a rope promptly, and the ing in Dick's belt, they uttered exclamations of amazement bound Dick in the chair. and satisfaction. Then another chair was placed just behind the one Dick "I guess this settles it, captain," said one. "No common was seated upon, and a soldier, ramrod in hand, mounted country clodhopper would be wearing four pistols in his the chair. belt." 'I'he soldiers surrounded D:lck, and the captain took up ''-Of couro-e not,'' agreed the officer. "Oh, he's a spy, all his position directly in front of the youth. right!" "Will you confess that you .are a rebel spy, and tell us Dick thought it useless to make any more denials; they all you know about the rebel army?" the officer queried. would not belie.e him. Dick had been doing some swift thinking. He realized Dick was ordered to take a seat, and he did so. Then t1rnt he was in a terrible predicament, for he . knew that the the eaptain confronted him, and glared threateningly down redcoats were just in a mood to put the affair through to a up on him. finish. 'l'he idea of dying such a terrible death was one to "Wrll you confess and tell me what I want to know?" he inspire a feeling of horror in the youth's mind, but he was queried. brave. and was determined to hold out to the last. So now, "I have nothing to confess, and can tell you nothing that in answer to the cap tain's question, he shook his head and you wish to know,'' replied Dick, firmly. said that he had nothing to confess. and no information to A grim. angry look appeared on the officer's face. give . "All right," he growled. "One who can talk and who "c+i>e him a taste of the ramrod!'' cried the captain, anwon 't talk, must be made talk!" grily. "That'::: the way to state the case, captain!" cried one of The soldi er poi,-cd the iron ramrod ::ibm e Dick' s head, the redcoat,,. the encl hciug within ten in c hes of the skull, and "Ye. from several. then he l oo,,ened his hold nnd the rod dropp ed, striking the "The questio n is," the captain went on, "how shall we go-youth's head with a dull thud. to work to make him talk?'' The impact gave Diek considerab l e pain, but he knew "Tie him up and whip him.'' that a few times would not injure him. After awhile, how"Put a rope around his neck and choke him till he i:; erer. tl1e continuous strik ing of the rnd of the rod would ;rillir under the impact of the ramrod. ' Dick shook his head; his teeth were set tig'htly. anci there time8 he will be ready to tell all he knows. I reckon!'' was a grim, determined expression on his fac-e. This sugges tion just suited the They had been In all his experience with the redcoats he had never been clrinkinz jnst enough to make them feel savage, and. too, placed in such a position as this one; but he was determined the chase after rebels, when, as they were sure now, there that he would not had been none in the vicinity, added to their feeling .against 1 . "T can clie." he thou1Tht. "But they shall not force me nick. and any torture that could be thought of was not, to to yield up information1" . il1eir minds . too severe. 1 "Give him another taste of the ramrod!" cried the cap-"Thaf, the very thing!" cried one. tain . t'Yt:'.c. from another. I .Again the soldier Ejancliug on the C'hnir lifted the ramrod


Tl:LE LlBEH'l'Y BOYS' BI'l"l'ER CUP. 15 and held it poitice you, you fiend, that if it should happen that I escape death at your hands I will be on the watch for a ch , anee at yon, and if ewr 1 get will shoot you like a dog!" "Oh, you will, eh?" harshly. "Yes, 1 will! You j:lre not a man, hut a demon, or would not make use of rnch Jlleans as this th11t you arc employing, a;ncl you to die the death of a dog!" ''Blast you, you 1;1re too impudent altogether!" cried the oltlcer . "Giyp hilll anotl1er ta:;ic of the rannqd.'' Again the soldier poised the rod, but be.fore he could let it drop Dick suddenly lifted his legs and 1..icked the captain full in the stomach with both feet, and with all his force. 11psettipg the officer and sending him gasping to the flool'! And at the same moment the youth threw himself, chair an:ly. "i{o doubt," said Dick, "but you wmild ha1 e done it, anyway ancl it is so111c RalisfHdion to me to kno11 !hat I . kieked the wind ont of Your captain." The office; still . gaspinrr and gurgling, his han hand:> away from his stomach and ro. to bis feet. .. . \re you all right no1, , <:aptain ?" asked one uf the sol, die rs. '' Y es-l'm all right," replied the ofti<;L'r; am1 then ho fixed his eyes on Dick with a fiendish glare and hissed out; "You have sealed your doom, you young scoundrel! You shall die!" "I didn't expect anything e lse at your handti," wa:; C'jllm reply. "Well, you won't be disappointed! You shall pay fo:r that trick you played me with ypur lije ! Jennings , go 011 wit.h the work. Give him some more of the ramrod! Thar 1rill won take the steel out of him!" Ile was not to get within of Dick feet, uowcYcr, which was lucky for him, for the youth would certainly have upset hjm agj:lin. ,, The soldier lifted the ramrod aud poised it head, but before he could let it drop there came an ruption. Into the room rushed 11-girl of perhj:lpS sixteeI1 year;;, and she cried out, excitedly; '' .\. lot of rebels are corning, sips ! They arc only a little way down the road, fJ.nd thc-y'Jl be here in a few .. How many are there :m cl'ied the captain, •There are at least fifty of the1i1 ! Yon had betit• r for your lives!" Now, fifty to their dozen was altogether too ocl(I,. for them to think of contendipg against, and tb.ey turned and dashed out through the open doorway and rap with 'corer that l haH• foole

.. 16 THE LIBERTY BOYS' BITTER CUP. "Well, it can't be helped, if I have," said the girl. "l could not see them injure you, and perhaps you, and not turn a hand over to help you. Come, sir!" Dick followed the girl through the doorway, and along a hall, to the rear of the house, and then out into the open air. As they stepped out they heard excited voices, and the words could be distinguished. "I don't believe that there are any rebels near here," they heard in the angry voice of the captain. "That girl is a rebel, no doubt, and toid us that story just to frighten us away; and I'll wager that the young rebel is missing." "Jove, Miss Maggie, I am afraid that you will be in danger, if you go back in there!" Silid Dick, in a fow voice. "I'm not going back, sir. At any t&te, not until after they have gone." "That's right. But won't they ask for you? And won't they blame your father for your act, and do him injury?" "They don't know that I am his daughter, sir. They had not seen me before." "Ah, that is good!" "Don't worry about us, sir. We are safe, I am sure. It is you who are in danger, and you had better go away at once." "I will do so, but again I thank you, Miss Maggie, for saving my life!" "Don't say a word, Mr.--" "My name is Dick Slater." "Don't thank me, Mr. Slater. I am a patriot, and I con sider that I only did my duty in rescuing you." "You did a brave and noble thing, Miss Maggie, and I shall never forget it!" "You had better go, sir! Good-by," urged the girl. "Good-by, Miss Maggie." Then Dick ran around to the end of the building, and secured his hat, after which he started on the run toward the timber back of the house . As he ' did so the rear door of the tavern opened and the redcoats came pouring out. The moon was now up, so Dick could see the British soldiers distinctly. They saw him, also, and set up a yell. "There he goes!" "Yes, that's him!" "Catch him, men!" "Kill the re bell" Such were a few of the exclamations, and then after Dick the redcoats came at the top of their speed. "Stop and surrender!" cried the captain. "Stop, or you are a dead man!" But Dick paid no attention to the command, of course. He had a good chance to make his escape, and was deter mined to make the most of it. "Stop!" again yelled the captain. Dick kept on running. and then, just as he reached the edge or the timber, the British officer yelled out: "fire. men! He must not escape!" The roar of a volley from a dozen pistols went up on the night air, and bullets rattled all around the fugitive. CHAPTER XII. THE REDCOATS .A.RE SUSPICIOUS. The redcoats expected to see the rebel youth fall, -but they were disappointed. He did not fall, but continued to run, and quickly disappeared from their s,ight . "Keep after him!" cried the captain, angry and disap pointed. "He must not be permitted to escape!" The redcoats kept up the pursuit, and were soon in the timber. They had lost sight of the fugitive, however, and when they had gone a couple of hundred yards they real ized that it would be folly to try to follow the youth far ther. "We may as well stop," said the officer. "The scoundrel has escaped us." ' 'l'he soldiers came to a stop, and then turned and made their way back to the tavern. They entered the bar-room, and the captain addressee! the tavern-keeper angrily: "\Yho was the girl?" Now, Maggie had improved the opportunity given h er, and had hastened into the bar-room and posted her father . "You will tell them that you don't know who I am,'' she said. "I will keep out of their sight, and in that way you will not get into any trouble." . "All right, Maggie," was the reply. "I guess that i s the only safe plan for us." "I think so, father. There is no telling what they might do if they learned that I am your daughter.'" "That's so; but you be careful to keep out of the way, Maggie." "I will," and then she hastened upstairs. So now Mr. Walsh replied that he did not know who the girl was. He was an honest man, and hated to tell what was not true, but he felt that all was fair in war times, so he did not hesitate. He must protect himself and his prop erty. The captain glared at the tavern-keeper, a suspicious look on his face. "You are sure yon don't know who the girl is?" h r queried . . "Quite sure, sir." "She must liv e around here, somewhere, and I should think you would know her." Mr. Walsh shook his head. "I don't know much about my neighbors," he said . "l stay here at home and attend to business. and don't bother my neighbor s and don't bother me." "Why did you let her free the rebel?" "I could not prevent her from doing so, sir. She had his , bonds cut before I knew what she was doing."


THE LIBERTY BOYS' BITTER CUP. "Humph!" It was plain that the captain was not satisfied; and neither were the men. "I believe he is lying, captain," growled one. "I am more than half inclined to think so, myself," was the reply . "I assure you that you are mistaken," said Mr. Walsh, who began to fear that he was in for trouble, after all. "Let's give him a taste of the ramrod!" cried another soldier. "And make him own up to the truth, eh?" "Yes!" "You will be wronging me, sirs," Mr. Walsh said . "Come, be reasonable, and have a drink at my expense, and drop the subject." "Set out the liquor," said the captain. "We'll take the drink, and then we'll talk about this matter afterwards." l\Ir. Walsh hastened to set the bottles out, hoping that as soon as they got to drinking again they would not recur to the subject at issue. The captai n and his men took not one drink, but two or three, and then the officer said: "Let's search the house, m en . I'll wager a month's pay that we find the girl here!" "I beg of you not to do so,'' said Mr. Wal sh . "You will simply have your trouble for your pains." "We will see about that!" Then the redcoats searched the building f.rom cellar to attic, but did not find l\Iaggie, who had been listening at the door leading into the bar-room, had heard what had been said, and had gone out of doors to wait till after the search had been made. As she stepped out, she encountered Dick. who had returned as soon as he found that the redcoats had given up the pursuit . ' "You here, J\fr. Slater!" exclaimed the girl. "Yes; I was afraid that you might get into trouble, and I could not bring myself to the point of going off and leaving you to fight it out alone, after what you did for me." "Someone else is brave and noble-hearted now, Mr. Sla ter! But I don't think I will have any trouble. The red coats are searching the house for me now, but they will not find me, and I guess they will believe father' s state ment that he doesn't know who I am, when they fail to find me." "I hope they will, for I should hate it greatly if you were to get into trouble on my account." They stood there, conversing in low tones perhaps twenty minutes, and then heard footsteps approaching along the hall within the house. Someone was coming to the rear door. undoubtedl;-. "We had better get away from here!" whispered Maggie. "Yes," agreed Dick, and then they hastened away. They paused just around the corner of the stable, and looked back, jm1t as the door of the tavern openecl ancl a man emerged. The moon gave a good deal of light now, and they could make out that the man was the British captain. Pistol in hand, the officer made a complete circuit of the house, evidently looking for someone, but not finding any one he went back in and closed the door. The girl breathed more freely. "I was afraid he would come out here and find us,'' she said. "It is lucky for him that he didn't," said Dick, grimly. "Truth to tell, I hoped he would come out here, for then I would have made him a prisoner and carried him baek to the patriot encampment in triumph." "You might have gotten the worst of it in an encounter with him, Mr. Slater, for you have no weapons, and he has. And then, too, he could have summoned his men to aid, and you could not have fought all of them." "Perhaps it is as well that he didn't come out here. Still, I believe I could have conquered him without per mitting him to give an alarm." They talked a while longer, and then Maggie said. she would go back into the house. "I don't think there will be any danger that they searc h the house again," she said. "I judge that you are right about that, Miss Maggie," agreed Dick. Then he bade her good-night, and she made het way h the house and entered by way of the rear door. "Now, the question is, what shall I do?" was Dicks thought. He had not as yet learned anything at all in the way of n ews, and he did not want to return to the patriot encamp ment and report to General Washington that he had failed. "No, I'll hang around here till the redcoats start back t o their encampment," he thought, "and then I will follow them and perhaps I may stumble upon some information." He advanced to the house and took up a position by the window, so that he could look in upon the redcoats. He glanced in, and ran his eyes over the redcoats, and suddenly he started and murmured half-aloud: "They are not all in there! Three of them are missing." "No, they're not missing,'' said a triumphant voice, al most in Dick's ear, and then he felt himself seized from behind in strong hands. CHAPTER XIII. SCOUTING AND SPYING-. Instantly Dick began struggling fiercely. He did not want to be taken back into that room and tortured again, and so he rnade up his mind to tight to the death fo-;:t. Dick was a phenomenally strong youth, and, too. he was quick as lightning, and wonderfully active. and he gave I..


11' nm LIBEH'l'l' 1$018' the three redcoats a jjght as they would not ha>e belie\ed it pos:Siblc" one man l:.ould have done. Dick managed to free himseU from the grasp of his enemie::>, and then he dealt one a terrible Wow ou the j11w, knocking him down, senseless. 'fhi:> left but two to contend with, and Dic1'. quickly uo\1' them, one after the other. Then he dashed away, just as he heard the sound of \oices and footsteps from aroun4 il). front o'f_ the tavern. He knew what tlli ' rn. cant.. rfhc redcoats had heard the noise of the aitd were coming out to inve:;tigate. This was indeed the but whe. the captain and th,e other redcoats got around to the end of ti1e building, lo where th,eir fallen comrades \rere, Dick was nowhere to be seen. "Here, here! What arc at present," remarked one of the soldiers. "I don't know," the captain replied. "Why?" that we got knocked down for our pains." ''\\'hat! Yo11 don't mean to say that the rebel hel'c, a11<1 that he whipped the t.hrce of you?" "I was in hopes that we wo1tltl he therl' some time. 1:-0 PY "as that we might get some more thancc;: to Yisit the taYern. 'l'he man keeps pretty good liquor, doe;:n't. he?" "II e certainly does." '' 1 do," sullenly. ' l [ow did he do it?" "I don't think we will be in camp long,'' :::aid another. cnou,gh." . . "J\Iy idea is that General Howe will make an Htta c k right \\ell, I don l undcr8tand it, unless he took you by sur-perhaps to-morrow.'' Iwise." "T don't think he will make an altnt"k to-morrow." tl1<' "It wa;: the othrr ira.r.'' rapiain said. "lfe wantfl to foll kn011'lrcl'e o f tlir "JT 011 wa,; Urnt. ?" :'\re took him ln "Yon diclr" ''ye ." " .\nc1 th e n l'Hill'd lo 01 l'J]lo1rer him?., "Exadly." The rnplain hi;; head. "Wrll, all T have to say i:::, that yon three are not much account." "Creat C.1m". e,1plai11. that >mmg fellow io a demop in a fight!" "ITe c:ertainly nrn,:t hr. or else > 0u three were FO drunk yon 1\err not able to flo mnch-" "Oh, we wrre all right, ;:o l eorrohorated their comrade's state-1nenti::. 'T'hr sp>" \l'U!'. "0 ihrY the fellow in a fight that thrv hacl <>rrr encmmtcrefl. "\\r r thonght th<1t " r hal1 him fo11l,'' one. "hut he !'Oon tnrned the tahlr:< 01111:<. anrl is C'rrtainh n hol

THE LIBERTY BOYS' BITTER CUP. 19 way along through the timber, and now sudaenly he caught sight of a dark form moving stealthily along in front of him. "A British spy!'' was his thought. Dick pt onc:e made up his mind that he would capture , ihc redcoat. ''I'll make a prisoner of him and take him into camp and turn him oYer to the commander-in-chief," he thought, "and it is possible that some information may be gotten out of him." The Liberty Boy moved forward more rapidly than b e fore, but very cautiously. He realized that it would be a difficult matter to get c lo se enough to the British spy to leap upon him without the other discovering his presence before he was attacked. Dick was as expert at this sort of work as any red man of the forest, however, and he drew closer and closer to his intended yictim. The redcoat spy paused frequently, ancl remained silent e, on yom life, for the reptile is coiled ready to strike, and at the first mowment o[ either of us he will do so!'' Both glanced down, but although there was a moon they could not sec the rnake, for the fol ia7e so thick owrhead as to shut out the ra)s of 1 ig'ht. A.gain came the warning rattle. It sonncled from a ']10int on the ri7ht-hancl $ide of Dick, and the left-hand side of hi' opponent. 'l'hev were perfedJ: still. rigid as two statues. 'ThrY wPre loekecl in pneh otlwr$' em brace. each holding tlw other with nll his strength. hut neithe r Wil$ making a mow: not so mneh as a mmcle quivered. "Ra:._ are the: reallY dangerous?'' the redcoat queried. "'l'hey are cleadh indeed!" wa$ the reply. "'s let 70 of caC"h other and hoth make a rndden leap A' E \"'C'OrXTF.H '"\ITH AX rXFSU.\L EXDIXG. Oll t of tl10 wav of the reptile. Dick, later was . as we have before mentioned, an excep-1' "Rneh a co.urse is almo.:t ('('rtajn to re,ult in the death of tionally strong youth. He was pheno.menal in this respeet, 01w of A rnttlernah with the qnkknesi:: of the anc1 he had newr yet encmmterrd an:e wlrn wa!' his sn-li,!!htnin, !!-ftnsh ,.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' BITTER CUP. "l don't believe any snake can ,,trike quick enough to "That a narnl\\ t><.:apc for you, my boy!" catch me, if I make a leap." "Y cs, it wa,; an even chance that the reptile wollld bile "But a rattlesnake can," insisted Dick. me." 8uddenly the redcoat gave a fierce jerk at Dick, twisting "You were hH:ky to escape." him in such a way a s would be likely to force the youtl1 to "So I think, sir.., take a step to save himself from being thrown down. The commander-in-chief a few mon wnis, auring at)out bitten by the rattlesnake," he said . his death, Dick felt sorry for the fellow. 'l'l t th t d •t d'd t tak 1 t ,. . wv were soon a e spo , an i i no e ong o "Perhaps I may be able to do somethmg for YOll, ]H . tl ' 1 d .• 0 . . h cl., . ti . , lllll'I" ltl )0 y. said. " ome mto our camp wit me an 1f w e can n1 I . , . l . k .f b d ,,' I ltc11 I lJl'k tol1l tlH• IJoy,; io r turn to the en<.:allipH11.:llt. some w i1s y, your h e may e save . 1 . L. d dt ,, I am 0w. on a Bcou Ill" an spy1uo-expe i ion 1 e "No, I--can't-go! I-am-a dead-man!"' and 1lwn .d . .., .-, ,.. "' ' the redcoat fell to the ground and was seized with eonrnlsai "Well, look out that the redcoats don't gobble you up sions. The deadly virus of the snake was doinp; its terrible wGrk with great rapidity. In five minutes the redcoat became motionless. He wa• dead! "This is terrible!" rnmmmccl Dick. "Joye, J rlicl 1101 think of such an ending to our encounter !n He did not linger in the vicinity. 'l'here was 11othi11;.:; that he could do here. "Jn the morning we will come and bury the dead hou_r: thought Dick. antl tr.Y some rnorP mm-rod practice on that cocoanut of .rn11r;;. Dick!" said :Rob. "1"11 look out for that." Th1•.1 pm'il'd, 1he . 1nuth,.; going bal'k in the direction of 1lw t •1w<1rnp1m•ni. 11 hilt ' Dick rnarlc-hi-> way towaru the point where ihc Brifoh were encamped . Dick kept eyes open. for he knew there was a ehanct> that he might encounter Briti;:;h ;;eout,; anu a anywhere between the two encampments. He walked at a moderate pace, for he wished to h1 1a11-tious, and if he went to moving swiftly the chance;; w1'1c Yery good that he would be seen and either shot or t•ap tured by redcoats. He made his way to the encampment, and as General Washington was still up, Dick went. to the tent and made his report. He had not secured as much infonnatlou as he had Rvery little while h e paused and looked all around him. hoped to do, but he had secured some that the commander->rnrl li stened intently. in-chief thought important. Not a sou l did he Fee during the hour ;rn1l a half tlrnt lw "Keep at the work, Dick," the general said . "You may consumed in reaching the vicinity of the ta\ern when' he stumble upon some very important information ;:ooner or ha

THE Ll.BER'l'Y BOYS' BlTTER CUP. 21 I )laggie Walsh was struggling in the arms of the British captain Dick had seen at the tavern the night before. "Qh, yell for help, my beauty!" the captain cried, jnst as Dick put in an appearance. ''Little good will it do you. lf anyone comes it will be a : friend of mine, without a tloubt. You are the girl that fooled us and rescueu the ' rebel last night, and I'm going to have a kiss-yes, a dozen of them, in payment for that little trick! Stop strnggling, now, and don't yell, for it will do you no good. one will come to your assistance." "You are mistaken, you scoundrel!" cried Dick. ''Some one has already come to her assistance, and if you don ' t re lease the young lady instantly, I will put a bullet throngb you!" and Dick shook a pistol, which h e had drawn as he advanced, in a threatening manner. CHAl"l'EH XV. DICK TO THE RESCUE. )laggie gave utterance to a cry of joy , while an exclamation of anger and disappointm ent escaped the of the redcoat. He recognized Dick instantly, as did )laggie, and cried Ol\t: "So it's you, is it?" "Yes! And now, release the young lady!" 'l'he British captain leered, but made no move toward obeying the command. "Oh, no; 1 know a trick worth two of that," he said. "I shall hold her, and thus make it impossible for you to fire without being in danger of killing her. I will thus loe protected-ha, ha, lia!" "Release me!" cried )Iaggie, struggling . "Stop it, my b<:auty!" the captain cried, angrily. "You ean't get free, why waste your strength and tax my good nature?" "You dastanUy ruffia.o.!" cried Dick. "Be a man, and let the young lady go free. Don't hide behind her, like a coward!" 'See here, you blasted rebel, I'll have you to know ' that I am not a coward!" "No one but a coward would insult a lady, or do as vou are doing now." ' " "Bah, all is fair in love or war, and I have an advantage here, and am going to keep it." "I dare }'OU to free the young lady and fight me openly, , man to man." "I don't have to do it, so am not going to. As I said a -While ago , all is fair in love or war, and now that J have an advantage I am going to make the most of it. You see, you have your pistol out, and could shoot me before I coulcl draw mine." "I will give you a fair chance," cricd t Dick. ''I will re place my weapon in my belt and not start to draw it nntil you are ready." But the raptain hi;; hca, and J would have rnn you through, too, i f I had succeeded in getting it out!", There was extreme viciousness in the tonrfi. . "Oh, I don't doubt tl1at at all." "But it doesn't I am going to f:ettle you, j ust. the same!" "That remain" to be seen." "Bah! I'm a man, while you are only a youngskr. "


22 THE LIBERTY BOYS' BITTER CUP. •t I guess you will think that I am a full-grown man be fore you get through with me." "Bah!"" .Magg i e stood there, her hands clasped, a look of terror on her face. It was plain that she feared for the safety of her champion. ':That was awful!" shuddered the girl. "I was watching them through the window, and I made up my mind that I would save you or die in the attempt/' "And you succeeded admirably, Miss Maggie." Then Dick turned his attention to the insensible redcoat. D ick, ho"ever, was confident that he could overcome the . ca ptain. j ' He had already tested the officer's powers, and believed he was the redcoat's superior in strength, agility and staying qua lities. "It is only a question of time, before I will be able to conquer him," was the youth's thought. The two struggled :fiercely, moving this way and that, bllckward and forward, and suddenly, on being forced b.ickward by his opponent, Dick's heel caught and he fell a t full length on the ground, the captain on top of him. A scream escaped the lips of the girl. "Oh, you will be killed, Mr. Slater!'' cried. "Oho, so you are the famous Dick Slater, are yon?'" cried the cap tain. "Well, no matter. I am going to make au end of you. anyway! I am not going to risk your turning up .again, to cause me trouble just when I least expE'.ct it. Ha. I'll settle you with your own knife!" There was a long-bladed knife in belt, and the e:iptain seized it by the handle and drew it from its sheath. Up came the arm . and the ugly-looking w<'apon with it. Her eye::o fell upon a roe;k about tll"icc 1Jii a j ftst, which lay besid e the road, and she leaped fonrard aue I?'' the girl queried, an in tonation of horror in her voice. Dick placed his hand over the man's heart, and shook his head. "Oh, no, 1\Iiss Maggie. He is only temporarily nu.con scious. He will soon be all right again." "I'm glad of that. I would not like to feel that T haJ taken a human life." "I don't blame you for that. hut you need have i10 fears. He is worth a dozen dead men yet." "\\'ell, I am glad of that, much as I hate him." The captain began sho1ring signs 0 returning ness now. and Dick unbuckled the redcoat's belt and pulled together behind his bark and bound them secure ly. The girl 1ratched this proceeding with interest. "\Yhat are you going to do with him?'' she queried. "I"m l!Oing to take him to the patriot encampment and ' OYer to the commander-in-chief." 'That will se1 .. ve him right!" "Ye;:, I think so; it is treating him better than he intended treating meY "Yes,'' with a . lrndder. •}fr would haYe killed you." "1 believe that he would." "Can I be of any assistance to you, 1\Ir. Slater?" "X o, :Jliss 1\faggie." "Yery well; then I will go on my way. I was starting out to pick some wild blackberries, and happened to en counter the captain. Ile stopped me-and you know the rest." "Yes; well, I don't think he will bother you soon again." "I hope not. I hope will get to your encampment with him, 1\fr. Slater." "I have no doubt that I shall succeed." "Good-by for the present, Mr. Slater," holding out her hand. Dick grasped the hand and pressed it warmly, at the same time saying "Good-by, 1\fos 1\faggie." The girl then picked up .a two-gallon pail that until then Dick had not noticed, and disappeared among the trees to the north of the road, and the vouth turned his attention to his prisoner. • . The captain had just come to, and was gazing stupidly up at Dick. The captain did not look as though he was able to think


THE Ll.BEH'l'Y BOYS' BIT'l'ER CUP. 23 • ! of anything,_ and for a few moments_ he did not reply. , "'1:11 you some day, young fellow!" savagely. 1 lwn suddenly lus face cleared his eyes got back "'l ou 'nll find me ready to settle at any time," quietly. their accustomed expression. ''But now will you come along with me quietly?" 1 remember; that blastel the sword against the redcoat's .. What arc you going to . do with me?" ba<;k, between the ,;houlders, a11d pushed gently. Take you to the patriot encampment and turn yeu A hint to the wise shnu Id be sufficient," he Eaicl, grimJy. to the commander-in-chief." "You won't dare hurt me!" sayagely. • Xewr!" Let me tell you something, captain," said Dick. i n a "Oh, yes!" eold, metallic Yoice. "You !'hot at me twice, with deadly "l will not go with yon!" intent, and you would li;,11v "tabbed me to the heart with "You will have to do my o wn knife but for the girl. That makes three 'l will not!" on my life within the past half hour. Xow, don't yon 'Row will you hdp yourself'.-''' i11ink that I will be justified in rmming you through if you "I will refuse to walk." cut up ru.sty?" "Oh, you are going to be stubborn, eh?" 'I'he captain glared like a wild animal at bay. ''Yes." "You won't dare run me through!" he said, lmt there '''l'hen I shall have to lry my hand ;;it you." was an.intonation to his that told Dick he was not '"\Yhat do you mean?" at all snre of it. "I mean that 1 will walk behind yon, and prod you with 'Twill not only dare do it, hut] will point of your if ,;how a balky tendency aucl youth, and there was that in his Yoice that satisfied the red hold , back you will fol'cc the point of the blade into coat that he meant what he said . your body deeper." "All right; I'll go along pe-acrahly,'' the captain, 'fhe captain had to r. might put in an appearance, but none clicl, anc1 about an Dick shook his head. hour and a quarter later he reached the patriot encamp"T could not think of do:i.J1g that." hr rnent with his prisoner. "1ou will be sorry for it if don't!" \\hen walked into the encampment. the captain "I would be sorry for it if I did." 11ith red and angry face, Dick coming quietly alongbehind, "It would be the most sensih l e thing that y011 ever did in liand, their appearance created considerable ex in your life!" ('ilernenl and no little interest among the soldier!', and eom e Dick laughed. ont> ont: "Tt is usckss to talk to rne. 'ked.


THE LIBER'l'Y BOYS' BITTER CUP. "I don't know his name, your excellency, but he is the officer who was with the redcoats at the tavern, last when they tried that ramrod method of torture on . me, to make me tell them what I knew of the position and strength of the patriot army." "Ah, say you so, Dick? Well, you have turned the tableS' on him, now." "Yes, sir; and perhaps you may be able to get some in formation regarding the British army out of him." "Never!" growled the captain. "I will die before I will be such a traitor to my king!" "Very bravely spoken," said General Washington. "Yes, it is surprising to hear him talk that way," said Dick. "One would hardly have expected to hear such talk from a man who threatened to kill a girl,'' and then Dick explained how he had come upon the captain when he was trying to make Maggie Walsh give him some kisses, and how he had interfered and how through , the accident, when he and fell, the captain had gotten an advantage over him and would have killed him but for the girl, who had knocked the officer sensele,;s with a rock. "And he threatened, after he came to, that he would kill the girl if ever he got a chance, sir,'' said Dick in con clusion, "so you can understand how surprised I am to hear h i m talking so bravely now." "I don't wonder that you are surprised, Dick," the commander-in chief said. "And you will pardon me, captain, if I say that I don't believe your courage would stand the test if put to it." " Try me and see," growled the officer, his face red with anger. "I think that I will do so, unless you tell me at once all you know about the British army and the intentions of General Howe!" was the grim reply. "I will tell you nothing!" Dick gave the commander-in-chief a wink, and said : "How will it do to try the ramrod method on him, your x c ellency ?" • General Washington looked sternly at the prisoner, and Tf'plied: "I think it will be a good plan, Dick. It would be only justice to giYe him a taste of his own medicine, as it were." "That is my idea, sir." General Washington looked thoughtfully at the prisoner, d then said: "I will giv e yon one more chance, captain. Tell me all you know, and you will be held as a prisoner of war; if you refuse, we will try the ramrod method on you-and you must not b1ame us for doing it. You taught us the method yourself, you know." Evidently the officer did not think that the commander in-cliief meant what he saia, for he shook his head and declared arrogantly that he would tell nothing. "Dick," said General Washington. "go and get a ramrod." "Very wrll. excellency." and Dick hastened out of the tent. 'l'he British captain turned pale. It was plain that he was beginning to get frightened. "You will not dare torture me!" he cried. "My dear sir, you must remember that in time of war desperate means must frequently be employed," said eral Washington, coldly. "I must have information re garding the intentions of the enemy; you are in possession of this information, and I am going to force you to give it to me." Dick hastened to where the Liberty Boys were stationed and drew the ramrod out of his musket. "What are you going to do with that, Dick?" Bob. Dick smiled. "You saw me bring a prisoner into camp a few minutes ago?" he asked. "Yes." "Well, he is the captain that ordered the ramrod method of torture to be tried on me at the tavern, last night, and now the commander-in-chief is going to try it on him, to force him to give up what information he possesses re garding the intentions of General Howe." "Hurrah!'' cried Bob. "Good! It will serve the fellow right!" from Mark Morrison. "Yah, dot is so!" from Carl Gookenspieler. "Shure, an' dhe ridcoat won't be afther loikin' it so wu.H whin it is thried on him,'' grinntd Patsy. '"rhe commander-in-chief won't torture the rydcoat to death, will he, Dick?" asked Ben Spurlock. "No,'' said Dick, "and I don't think it will be necessary. The captain is a coward at heart, and after he has felt the nnnrod clrop on the top of his head once or twice he will be willing to tell all he knows. The general is goin! to work on his fears, and I think he will be successful.'' "Jove, I lVish that I could see the fun!" grinned nob. "All right; you can come along and handle the ramrod, Bob. I think the commander-in-chief will be glad to have you. for if you don't come we will have to get the orderly to do it." "I'm your man, old fellow!" and Bob went along with Dick. He stayed outside the tent till Dick entered. and a!>ked the commander-in-chief if his comrade could come in and help, and when the general said yes, for Bob to come in , he clid so. The stood there, glaring at first one, then , an .other, and then he would look at the ramrod with an ex pression of horror upon his face. and shudder vi$ibly. He was pale a$ a sheet. It was plain that he was greatly frightened. "I dislike to employ such means, $ir." said the comman der-in-chief, sternly. addressing the prisoner. "but you possess information which I must haYe, and there is only one to get it. Captain Slater and Lieutenant Esta brook. proceed with the work!"


THE LIBERTY BOYS' BITTER CUP. 23 This was too much for the captain. He weakened sud denly, and cried out: "I'll te ll all I know, sir! I will give you all the infor mation in my power! I do not think that I am called upon to suffer torture and a h o r rib l e death." ' Dick and Bob exchanged glances. There was amusement in Dick's look, but it was plain that Bob was disap pointed. He had been particu l a r ly angry when Dick had told how the redcoats had started in to torture him by dropping the ramrod on his head, and he had wanted a chance to even up matters with this captain. There was a look of scorn on the face of General Wash ington, when the prisoner spoke as above; it was plain that he did not think much of a soldier who was possessed of rn little soldierly qualities. The look disappeared instantly, however, and he said, coldly: "You are wise, sir, in coming to that decision. tell me all you know regarding the intentions of General :Rowe . " The British captain talked freely, and answered such questions as from time to time the commander-in-chief asked him. Presently he said that he had given up all the information in his possession, and General Washington then told Dick and Bob to lead him away. "Put him with the other prisoners,'' the commander-in chief ordered. "And tell the guards to watch closely, and eee to it that he does not escape." "Yes, your excellency," said Dick, and then he and Bob conducted the captain out of the tent and away. "Oh, you coward!" said Bob to the captain in a tone of disgust, and with a grimace. "You haven't any back bone at all. I wanted a chance to plug yon on the head with this ramrod a few times! I'm not only disappointed in you, but disgusted with you." "I'll show you who is a coward, if ever I get free and nieet you in fai r and open :fight!" growled the captain, who did not relish being talked to in this manner. "I would like to meet you in fair and open fight, once:' grinned Bob. "I'll wager that it wouldn " t take me long to make you take to your heels." "Bah! It is easy for you to talk, now that you haYe me here, a prisoner." Bob only laughed. , 'l'hey left the prisoner with the other prisoners, and cau tioned the guards to see to it that the captain did not escsipe; then they made their way to their quarters. "How did it come out?" queried Sam Sanderson, eagerly. "Did the ramrod bring him to time?" -i'Yes," said Bob, with a grimace of disgust, "just the mere sight of it brought him to time. He weakened and told all he knew, without our having to use the ramrod at all . " The youth laughed at the look of disgust on Bob's face. "It was just about what I expected," said Dick. "Well , I thought and hoped he would have back-bone enough to stand a few thumps on the cocoanut," growled Bob. Dick did not stay in camp long, but set out again, on a reconnoitering expedition. CHAPTER XVIII. THE LIBERTY BOYS SECURE M O RE PRISONERS. "You stay right here, boys, till I go to the tavern and reconnoiter a bit." "All right; but say, Dick, don't try to capture the red coats all by yourself . Give us fellows a chance to have some fun!" "All right, Bob," with a laugh. It was about nine oclock at night, and the Liberty Boys were in the edge of the timber, at the rear of the tavern. kept by )fr. Walsh. Dick's idea was that by coming here they wolrld be likely to get a chance at some redcoats, who would be attracted to the tavern because of the fact that they could get liquor to drink. He now made his wa.y across the open ground , and ap proached lhe tavern. It was a cloudy night, so there was not much chance that he would be discovered, even if there were redcoats in the vicinity. He made his way to the window where he had been stationed the night before and looked in . • Sure enough, there were some redcoats in the bar-room. Dick counted them; there were fourteen. "Good!" he murmured. "We will take them prisoners, and conduct them to the patriot encampment, or know the reason why." He hastened back and rejoined the Liberty Boys. "Well?" from Bob. "There are fomteen redcoats in the bar-room." "flood!" "Let's go for them, Dick!" from :\Iorrison . "All right; come along, boys." "How are you going to work it, Dick?" asked Bob. "We will surround the tavern, the first thing." "Yes." ' _.\nd then you, Bob, with eight or ten of the boys, will enter by way of the rear door. You will find yourselves in a hall, and you will make your way along the hall till you come to a door; that door opens into the bar-room , but you will stop at the door and wait till ytiu hear us come in fr?m the front. Do you understand?" "YeR; we wiJl take them from front and rear at the same time." "That's it; we will have them between two fires. " , "So we will. They will have to surrender, then.'' "I think so." The Liberty Boys moved across the ope n ground and sm--


26 '1'11.E Ll.BERT:i" 130' Bl'l"l'EH CUP. ----I rouna.ed the tavern . Then Dick and ten oi the youths I rct one hundred men!" damage to be clone. While he was speaking the door at the rear of the bar-1 Dick realized that oon more redcoats would appear on ron m opened, ancl Bob and his comrades came pnshing iuto I the scene, and he sent four oI the boys into the tavern, with the r o om, pistols in hand. instructions to bring forth-the prisoners. The redcoats stared in open-mouthed amazement and "Start for the patriot 'encampment at once, boys," he horror. ordered. "and we will follow slowly, and keep the enemy T he y were taken completely by surprise. back." 'fl1ey were pretty much the wor>'t' for liquor, but they The youths obeyed, and in order to keep the redcoab haer, they stopped and took up positions 1chind treeo, and and this wm; quickly done, after which their arma there they awa i te d the approach of the enemy, and when \\' 1 hound togethe r behind their bad;: with their own the r edcoats c a me within range they opened fire. hrlts . The British soldiers fired a volley or two in return, but Tl1at was quick antl Dic-k.'' grinned Hoh . they realized that they could not damage the rebels, "You are right. Well. ] did not how it c-ould be who were sheltered behind the trees, and so they retired to otht:rwise than a ,:ucc-esd." the tavern. The landlord had watched proceedings in surpri8c. hnt Dick and the Liberty Boys remained "llheTe they were he was a patriot. oi ltc was glad to see the redperhaps fifteen minutes, and then they saw a strong .force coab be made of Tiritish soldiers join the one at the ta>el"Il. He did not let on, holl"ever, for he kne\\ there \ 1 as a "I guess we lrncl better beat a retreat," said Dick. "The c-llilriee that some oi the redcoats might get free a_!!ain. and boyl'l are far enough on their way to the encampment then would tell their comrades in the Brifo•h encarnpthat there is not much danger of the ir being oYertaken, 1 rnent that he was a patriot. and the result would he that in flJ1l sure." all p robability the ta\ern ,,01ilc1 be burned to the gronncl " l,cfs and give them a few Yolleys, Dick," pleaded and all his wines confiscated. Boh. "We can kill a number of them. and make that many did not put in an appearance. and Dick underless to come against us in the big that is soon to he :::tood that it was her plan to not let the reckoats know that fought . " wa::: the landlord's daughter and lived at the ta•ern. ",\11 right, Bob. 'Ye will be Fafe in doing I gurss; "uddenly there came the sound of firing outside, and for we can keep out of I heir 'my if try to pnrne us Di t k rushed to the door and called out: through the timber." "Hello, •rhat's the trouble, boys?" "Of course we can: and I don ' t think they will pmsne "Redcoats!-a lot of them. Dicld" came to him in Mark us. 'Thev will Tealize that it would be useless to do ,o." Morr if:on's voice. rrhc DOii' advanced toward the point where the "Co me on outside . cried Dick. "We will give Liberty Boys were stationed. and when they were withi;;-tli ,Jcoats a fight if they want it!" range Dick gave the order to fire. As an afterthought he ordered hro of the youths to re-The youth" obeyed, and a musket volley rnng-out on the ma , r wd guard over the The rest rushed night air. out ,f the tavern, and joined their comrades . Down dropped at least a dozen of the redcoats. and the Tl.e douds had broken awa.v. and the moon shone do1rn I other" gaw utterance to of rap:e and made a clash for now , revealingquite a force of Rritish f:oldiers up the road. I mml. per h ips seventy-five yards distant. l The Doy:; fired two pistol Yolleys. and dropped J l,r k judgrc1 that there were at least one hundred of the I a 1rnmhr11 of the and then beat a retreat.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' Bl'fTER CUP. 2't The British, on reaching the edge of the timber, and finding that the enemy had flown, fired _ two or three volleys in the direction in which they suppose d it had gone, but iJie bullets fell short, the youths having gotten out of range. Disappointed and angry, the British returned to the tavern, carrying their wounded into the bar-room, where the wounds were dressed as best could be done. Then they went out and buried the dead, after which they helped themselves to all the liquors )fr. Walsh had on hand, and later on they returned to their encampment, carrying their wounded with them. The Liberty Boys reached their encampment in safety, with the prisoners, and when Dick reported to General W ashingtcin, he complimented the youth on the good work of himself and Liberty Boys. . On the evening of the 10th the commander-in-chief sent word to all the officers to have their forces in readiness for action the following morning. It was his belief that an attack would be made in force. CHAPTER XIX. "BEATE. BACK AT BRANDYWINE." The battle was raging all along the line, but it was hottest right in front of Chadd's Ford, where the Liberty Boys and W aj1ne's force were stationed. At last the redcoats 11dvanced, firing as they came , and yelling like fiends. It was a fierce charge, indeed, and a much stranger force than that of Wayne and the Liberty Boys could.not hf.!ve stood before it. The Liberty Boys made a brave stand indeed, but were beaten back in spite of all they could do. They made a second stand, which in turn they we'l"e forced to relinquish. It was a bitter cup, but there was no help for it. Baek across the Brandywine went WayLe's force, the J ,iberty Boys coming across last, and loading and firing e\-en as they moYed along. On the high bank on the east Fide o.f the stream, the patriot forces made a successful stand, and the Bri6sh could not get across. They made attempis , but were driven back wilh considerable slaughter, and many wounded soldiers fell in the water and were drowned . It was indeed a desperate battle. HaYing failed to get across the stre am, the Britis h force that was operating against Wayn e's division at Chadd's Ford withdrew perhaps half a mile, and then only the can non were med. The fire was kept up with the by both nrmies, 4'Bo0m! Boom! arnl the honors were about eyen. Boom-boom-boom! The Liberty Boys 1n:re restless now, for iuact!Yity alw,ays Cra h!-rattle!-roar! \rore npon them. It \\as the morning of the 11th of eptember, of the '.Jaw. I hope tlrnt the will make another attempt year 1777. to doss the river, or that General Wayne will oroer hi,; The British had adnnced, and were now making an atarmy to cross again!" said Bob. tack on the patriot army on the Brandywine. your hope be realized before the day is uver, The battle was on! Bob." Dick. Dick Slater and his Liberty Boys had been assigned to Ancl Dick's words were proved to be true, for about the the force under the command 0 General wayne, and they middle of the afternoon word was brought to General occupied a position at the extreme front of this foree, \\'ashington that General Howe's main army had maae a which was on the west side of the Brandywine, and right march of seYcntcen miles around to the north>Yard, where the brunt of the battle was sure to be. ing the nrnndywine. and marching clown upon ullivan's But this suited the Liberty Boys. army. which wa::: the extreme right wing of the patriot They were ne1er so happy as when assigned to the most army. and. almost at the same time the British unoer dangerous and desperate position or task of any. Knyphausen advanced and gave battle to Wayne's fone at So now they were firing upon the British, and fighting to Chadd's Ford. hold their position, which was being attacked with terrible General Washington, with a goodly portion 0 the patriot vigor by the British. hastened a'\\ay at once to help Sullivan , and General The Liberty Bo);S were the key to the ituation at preswavne's division was left to hold the ford. errt. So long as they maintained their position the redcoats rfhe Liberty Boys, as before, were given the mod ac1-could not advance, but if they were to be beaten back the vancecl position. re1mlt would be that Wayne's entire force would lrnYe to This suited them. and they made up their minds that retreat. they would not be beaten back if tl1ey coukl possib]y help This the Liberty Boys rud not wish to ha>e happen, and it. 1 , so they fought on, loading and firing as rapidly as possible. It had been a bitter cup indeed, when they were forcoo ''Can we hold our position, Dick?" askecl Bob. shouting ' to retreat before, nnd they wished to hold their position this into his comrade's ear. time. "I don't know. Bah," was the reply. "We will stick to Soon the battle was raging. it as long as possible." The youths loaded and fired as rapidly aR possible, as ilicl


2 8 THE LIJ:>:EHT1 BOY8 BI'l''I'ER CUP. ================= a ll th e p a t ri o t s oldi e r s , and they mana g ed t o k e ep the Brit -I ploy e d in this vicinity a s lonf5 a s w e can, because by so ish from crossing the riv e r for m o r e than two hour s . d o ing w e will keep it from going northward to the assistTli.e u the s up e rior s tren gth o f the e n e my mad e its ]J O ll'C'r ance of Gen e ral in the north." f elt, and th e r e dcoats manag e d to g e t across and gain a footh o l d on the east bank o f the ri> e r . D esper ately the patriot s fought , and none mor e de s per at e l y t han the Liberty Boys. "That is a good plan," agreed General Gr e ene. The others all said the same. And s o it was agreed that this was what they would do. • X ext morning the Briti s h advanced , and the patriots reThey h e ld out just a s long a s it was pos s ible , and th e n tre ated, but very slowly, and they fought every inch of the t hey r etreate d, firing as they went, and moving Yery slowly. The othe r s oldier s fought nobl y al so, and the retreat was fa r from b e ing a rout. 'l'h e Briti s h had to hard for ever y y ar d that they advanced. [t wa! a bitter cup for the Liberty Boys, b _ut they could not h elp it. The British were too strong for Wayne' s 1rny-did not give an inch until they were forced to do 80. 80 s ucc ess fully did the patriot army do its work that the Briti s h, although much stronger, could advance but slow ly, and it was more than a month after this that they finally arrived in Philadelphia. It was now too late for General Howe to think of send-force, und s o there was onl y the 011.e thing to do-retire ing his army into the north, and so he settled down in b efore the enemy. Philadelphia to spend the winter. Fo r the s econd time that da y the Liberty Boy s wer e The patriot army retired to Whitemarsh, and went into beat en back . ramp. to wat r h the Britis h and decide upon their own Gen e r al Wayne retired in the direction in which the future course. m ain pa triot army la y . A littl e later the battle of Germantown was fought, and T h e roar of cannon, and the cra shing of musketry could then th e patriot army marched to Valley Forge and went be he11rd i n the distance, thus proving that a hard battl e into wint e r quarters, remaining there till the following was r agi n g between the two main armies , and the force summer. und er Wayn e moved in that dire ction. 'rlrns end s the story of "The Libert y Boys' Bitter Cup• They had done all tha t could b e done wher e w e r e . Dic k and Bob never s aw Mary Fulton again, and they and perh aps by rejoinin g the main army the y mi ght h e lp to often wond e r e d wh e th e r she had married Joe Floddy. d e f eat t he e nemy. Their opinion was that she did not marry him, however. T hey di d finally reach the p atriot army , a nd the y join e d "At an y rate , I hope she didn' t , " said Bob, mor e than i n , th e battle , but they could not turn the tide . whi c h had once , when he and Dick were discu s sing the matter. "For s et strong l y again s t the patrio ts, and s lowly but ur ely th e C o n ti nent al arm y was forced ba c k. It retired s lowl y in the dire ction o f C hest e r. a nd a s tub-that Joe Floddy was a vicious ras9al, and Mary WJS entirely too nice a g irl to throw hers elf awa y on such a chap/' X eithe r did Dick eyer see Maggie Walsh again, but he b orn r e sistance was k ept up till e Y e nin g, wh e n b o th oft e n thou ght of h e r , a s being one of the bravest and most w e n t int o c amp, e ach bein g willin g to cease hostilities and t a ke a muc h-needed rest . T he Br iti s h had pra ctic all y won the . battle, for the Y h a d driven the patrio t army back, and s till back: the n. too. the-p atrio t s had lost the g r e at e r number of m e n . A s near ly as coul d b e estimated , the patriot.los& was twelv e hun-dre d , while that of the Briti s h was eight hundred. n o bl e -h earte d girl s that h e had ever known. THE END. The n ext numbe r (234) of "The Liberty Boy:: of '76" will cont ain "THE LIBERTY BOYS ' ALLIANCE; OR , THE REDS WHO HELPED, " b y Harry Moore. •\.. afte r s u pper that General Wa s h i ngt o n called a c ouncil of war. -T he r e a l o n g discussi o n r eg ardin g the fuhue mov e m ents of t he army , and at la s t it was decid e d that the onl y thing that c ould b e d o n e was to r etire s lowly before the SPECIAL NOTICE: All back numbers of this weekl . v are alwa y s in print. If you cannot obtain them from any newsdealer, send the price in money or postage stamps by Britis h , a nd to harass them all that was pos sible. "The y are bound for Philadelphia , of cour s e." said the mail to FRANK TOUSEY, PUBLISHER, 24 UNION c omm a nd e r-in-chi e f, "and it s hall b e our busine s s to retard SQUARE, NEW YORK, and you will receive the copies tlwi r pro gress as much a s pos s ibl e . and keep their army emyou order by return mail. 1


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The Bradys and Admiral Brown; or, Working for the United States Navy. 288 The Bradys' Wall Street Trail; or, The Matter of X-Y-Z . the 325 289 The Bradys and t h e Bandits' Gold; or, Secret Work In The Bradys and "Madame Miiiions"; or, The Case of the W a ll Street Qneen. 326 290 The Bradys and Captain Thunderbolt; or, Daring Work in Death • Valley. The Bradys and the "Prince" of Pekin ; or, Called on a Chinese 291 The Bradys' Trip to Chinatown; or, Trailing an Opium Fiend. 292 The •Bradys and Diamond Dan; or, The :llystery of the John Street Jewels. 327 328 329 Clew . The Bradys Facing Death; or, Trapped by a Cleve1 Woman. The Bradys' Rio Grande Raid: or, Hot Work at Badman' s Bend. The Bradys' Madhouse Mystery ; or, The Searc h for Madame Mont-293 The Bradys on Badman' s Island; or, Trapping the Texas "Ter-330 ror. ' ' ford. The Bradys and the Swamp Rats; or, After the Georgia Moonshiners. 294 The Bradys and tbe Hop Hitters; or, Among the Opium Fiends ot Frisc o. 295 The Bradys and "Boston Ben" ; or, Tracking a Trickster to Tennesse e. 2()6 The BradyE ' Latest "Bad" l\Ian ; or, Tbe Case of Idaho Ike. 2 9 7 The Bradys and the Wall Street "Wonder" ; or, 'l'be Keen Detec-tives' Quick Case. 2()8 The Bradys' Call to Kansas; or, The Matter of '.\Iarshal Mundy. 2 9() The Bradys and Old Bill Battle : or, After the Colorado Coiners. 300 The Bradys and the l\Ian from Wall stree t ; or, The Strange Dis-appearanc e of Captain Carew. 301 The Bradys and Big Bart Brown; or, Trapping the "Terror" of Toddleton. 302 The Bradys and the 'Frisc o Fakirs: or, The B o y Who was L ost In Chinatown. 303 The Bradys and "Klondike Kate"; or, The Hurry Call from Dawson. 304 The Bradys and "Pullman Pete" ; or, The Mystery of the Chi cago Special. 805 The Bradys and the Wall Street Princ e ; or, The Boy Who Broke the Brokers. 306 The Bradys and the "Belle of Bolton" ; or, The S earch for the Lost 'Frisc o Liner. 331 The Bradys and "Handsome Hal" ; or, Duping the Duke of Da-_ kota. , 332 The Bradys and the Mad Financier ; or, Trailing the "Terror" of Wall Stree t . 333 The Bradys and the Joplin Jays; or, Three "Badmen" f rom Missouri. 334 The Bradys and Capt. Klondike ; or, The Man from the North Pole. , , 335 The Bradys and the Wall Street Club; or, Three Lost "Lambs. ' 336 The Bradys' Lightning Raid ; or, Chased Through the Hole in thlt_ Wl!-11. For sale by all newsdealers, or will be sent t o any address on receipt of pri ce , 5 cents per copy, in money or p ostage stamps, t>y PBABK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union 'Square, lfew York. IF YOU WANT ANY BACK NUMBERS of our Libraries an d cannot procu r e them from newsdealers, t h ey can be obtaine d from this office direct. Cut out and fill in the following O r der Blank and send it to us with the price of the books you w ant and we will send them t o yo u b y re-turn m ail. 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THE STAGE. _ 'o 1.1. THEl BOYS OF NEW YORK END MEN'S JOKE BOOK.--Containing a great variety of the latest jokes used by the 01t famous end men. No amateur minstrels is complete without ia wonderful little book. No. 42. THE BOYS OF NEW YORK STUMP SPEAKER.a varied assortment of stump speeches, Negro, Dutch nd Irish. .Also end men's jokes. Just the thing for home amuse !Jlflllt and amateur shows. No. 45. THE BOYS OF NEW YORK GUIDE D JOKl!J BOOK.-Something new and very instructive. Every shild obtain this bnk, as it contains full instructions for or-i nizi an amateur minstrel troupe. T o. 5. l\lULDOON'S JOKES.-This is one of the most original jo e books ever published, and it is brimful of wit and humor. It tains a large collection of songs, jokes, conundrums, etc., of Muldoon, the great wit, humorist, and practical joker of •he day. Every boy who can enjoy a good substantial joke should l}htain a copy immediately. 'So. 79. HOW TO BEC0;\1E AN ACTOR.-Containing comiete instructions how to make up for various characters on the •; together with the duties of the Stage l\Ianager, Prompte r, cenic Artist and Property l\Ian. By a prominent Stage l\Ianag er. No. 80. GCS WILLIAl\IS' JOKE BOOK.-Containing the lata t jokes, anecdotes and funny stories of this world-renowned and enr popular Uerman comedian. Sixty-four pages; handsome 9010!:'t d cover containing a half-tone photo of the author. HOUSEKEEPING. 16. HOW TO KEEP A WINDOW GARDEN.-Containing instructions for constructing a window garden either in town country, and the most approved methods for raising beautiful Jowers at home . The most complete book of the kind ever pub!!Ahed. No. 30. HOW TO COOK.-One of the most instructive books '911 cooking ever published. It contains recipes for cooking meats, Ab, game, and oysters ; also pies, puddings, cakes and all kinds of jp&1try, and a graQd collection of recipes by one of our most popular 'IOOkir, o. 31. HOW TO KEEP HOUSE.-It contains information for Hrybody, boys, girls, men and women; it will teach you how to !J!ll .s almost auything around the house, such as parlor ornaments, rs.cb• cements, Aeolian harps, and bird lime for catching birds. ELECTRICAL. Jfo. 46, HOW TO MAKE AND USE ELECTRICITY.-A delleription of the wonderful uses of electricity and electro magnetism; tber with full instructions for making Electric Toys, Batteries, •tc( George Trebel, .A. l\I., 1\1. D. Containing over fifty iltrauons. No. 64. HOW TO MAKE ELECTRICAL MACHINES.-Contitlning full uirections for making electrical machines, induction :eolhi. dynamos. and many no\el toys to be worked by electricity. "ir R. A. R. Bennett. Fully illustrated. !'a. 67. HOW 'l'O DO ELECTRICAL TRICKS.-Containing a collection of instructive and highly amusing electrical tricks, tl!e with illustrations. By A . .Anderson. No. 31. HOW TO BECOME A SPEAKER.-Containing fw:";o teen illustrations, giving the different positions requisite to beC041!!:1 a good speaker, reader and elocutionist. Also containing gems fr a.II the popular !luthors of and poetry, arranged in the llNG • simple and concise manner possible. No. 49. TO DEBA'.rE.-Giving rules for conducting o bates, outlines for debates, questions for discussion, and the Mdl sources for procuring information on the questions given , SOCIETY. No. 3. HOW TO FLIR'l'.-The arts and wiles of flirtation &fiJ fully explained by this little book. Besides the various methods tJi har.ukerchief, fan, glove, parasol, window and hat flirtation, it COil tains a full list; of the language and sentiment of flowers, which &to everybody, both old and young, You cannot be happ!'.;f without one. No. 4. HOW TO DANCE is the title of a new and handso little book just issued by Frank Tousey. It contains full instrut tions in the art of dancing, etiquette in the ball-room and 11.t partit!} how to dress, and full directions for calling off in all ?OPular squ :.. dances. No. 5. HOW TO MAKE LOVE.-A complete guide to le-n and marriage, giving sensible rules and etiquet to be observeu, nith many curious and things not en t;rally known. No. 1 i. HOW TO DRESS.-Conta!nlng full instruction in ta', art of d1essing and appearing well at home and abroad, giving tk.; selections of colors, material. and how to have them made up, No. 18. HOW TO BECOME BEAUTIFUL.-One of brightest and most valuable little books ever given to the wor.I. Everybody wishes to know how to become beautiful, both male a10i' female. The secret is simple, and almost costless. Read this and be convinced how to become beautiful. 'BIRDS AND ANIMALS. No. 7. HOW TO KEEP BIRDS.-Handsomely tllustrated iAl. containing full instructions for the management and training of canary, mockingbird, bobolink, blackbird, paroquet, parrot, etc. No. 31). HOW TO RAISE DOGS, POULTRY, PIGEONS AN• ' RABBITS.-A useful and instructive book. Handsomely Ill trated. By Ira Drofraw. No, 40, HOW TO l\IAKE AND SET TRAPS.-Including hill r on how to catch moles, weasels, otter, rats, squirrel and hll' '1 Also how to cure skins. Copiously illustrated. By J. Harrin&t!-,-: Keene. No. 50. HOW TO STUFF BIRDS AND ANIMALS.-' valuable book, giving instructions in collecting , preparing, mountl111:' and preserving birds, animals aud insects. No. 54. HOW TO KEEP AND MANAGE PET!5.-Givin coo:r plete information as to the manner and method of raising, kee p! , taming, breeding, and managing all kinds of pets; also giving instructions for making cages, etc. Fully explained by twenty-el illustrations, making it the most complete book of the kind t;f., published . MI SC ELLAN EOUS. No. 8. HOW TO BECOME A SCIENTIST.-A useful ;1. structive book, giving a complete treatise on chemistry; also periments in acoustics, mechanics, mathematics, chemistry, and . • , ENTERTAINMENT. rections for making fireworks, colored fires, and gas balloon1 , Ta.Ir o. HO TO BECOi\flil A YEXTRILOQUIST.-By Harry book cannot be equaled . !I: nnedy. The secret given away. Every intelligent boy reading No. 14. HOW TO MAKE CANDY.-A complete hand-bool: th till boo k of instructions, by a practical professor (delighting multi-making all kinds of candy, ice-crKID, 1yrup1.

THE LIB EB TY BOYS OF '76 •. A Weekly .Magazine containing of the A1nerican Re v olutio By HARRY MOORE. . These stories based on actual facts and give a, fll,itLfu'.1 account of the exciting adventures of a, brave band of American who were ready and willing to imperil their lives tor the sake of .a.long the gallant cause of Independence. Every number will consist of 32 large pages o f reading matter. , bound 1n a beautiful colored cover. LAT.l!JST ISSUES: 161 The Liberty Boys' Grit; or, 'l'he Bravest of the Brave. 162 The Liberty Boys at West Point; or, H elping to Watch the Red coats. 163 The Liberty Boys T errible 'l'ussle; or, Fighting to a Finish. 164 The Liberty Boys and "Light Horse Harry" ; or, Chasing the British Dragoons. 16;; The Liberty Boys in Camp; or, Working fo r Washington. l 66 The Liberty Boys and l\lute l\Iart; vi', The Deaf and Dumb Spy. l 67 The Liberty Boys at Trenton; or, The Urea test Christmas ever Known. 168 The Liberty Boys and General Gates; 01', The Disaster at Camden. 169 The Liberty Boys at Brandywine; or, l•'lghtlng Fiercety"for Freedom. 170 The Liberty Boys' Hot Campaign; or, The Warmest Work on Hecord. 171 The Liberty Boys' Awkward Squad; or, Breaking In New R e cruits. 172 The Liberty Boys' Fierce Finish; or, Holding Out to the End. 17:.l 'l'he Liberty Boys at Forty Fort; or, The Battle of Pocono ;\fountain. • l I 4 The LibPrty Boys as Swamp Rats; or, Keeping the ltedcoats Worried. l 1;; The Liberty Boys' Death March; or, The Girl of the Hegiment. 116 The Liberty Boye' Only Surrender, And Why it was Done. l 17 The Liberty Boys and l•'lora McDonald: or, Afte1 the Hessians. l 78 The Liberty Boys' Drum Corps; or, Fighting for the Starry !<'lag . 179 ThP. Liberty Boys and the Gun Maker; or, The Battle of Stony l'olnt. 180 The Liberty Boys as :Xlgbt Owl a; or, Great Wo1k after Dark. 181 The Liberty Boys and the Girl Spy; or, Fighting Tryon's Haide rs. 1 'l'he Liberty Boys' Masked Battery; or, The Burning of Kingston. l S3 The Liberty Boys and l\Iajor Andre; or, Trapping the British Messenger. 184 The Liberty Boys In District 96; or, Surrounded by R e dcoats. The I.loorty Boys and the Sentinel; o r , The Capture of l?ort Washington. l S6 The Liberty Boys on the Hudson; or, Working on the Wate r . 187 The Liberty Boys at Germantown; or, Good Work In a Good Cause. 188 The Liberty Boys• Indian Decoy; or, The Fight o n Quake r Hill. 189 '!'he J,iberty Roys Afloat; or, Sailing With Paul Jones. 190 The Liberty Boys In Mohawk Valley; or, Fighting Redcoats, To-ries and Indians. 191 The Liberty Boys L eft Behind; or, Al o n e in the Enemy's Country. 192 The Liberty Boys at Augusta: or, 'Way Down in Georgia. l!l3 The Liberty Boys' Swamp Camp: or, Fighting and Hiding. 194 The Liberty Boys in Gotham: or, Daring Work in the Grnat City. 195 The Liberty Boys and Kosciusko; or, The Fight at Great Falls. Boys' Girl S cout; or, Fighting Butler's Rangera Boys. at Budd's Crossing; or, Hot Work In 1?8 ;i:he Li_berty Boys Raft; or, l•'loating and l•'lghting. Hl9 Ihe Liberty Hoys at Albany; or, Saving General Schuyler :wo ;i:he Liberty Boys Good l?ortu'!e ; or, Sent on Secret ' service. 201 ,I,he Liberty Boys. at. Johnson s l\Iill; or, A Hard Grist to G ud. 202 Ihe Liberty Boys \\ arumg; or, A Tip that Came in 1.'lm 203 'l'he Liberty Boys with Washington; or, Hard Times at \ all••Y l •'orge. 204 ;i:h e Li.berty Boys after Brant; or, Chasing the Indian 205 Liberty Boys at R e d Bank; or, U outing the Hessians. 206 '.l,he L1_berty Boy & and the Riflemen; or, Helping all '!'bey Could. 207 '.lh e Liberty Boys at the l\Iis chianza; or, Good-by to rai Howe. 208 ;i:he Li.berty Boys and Pulaski ; or, 'l'he Polish Patriot. 209 Boys at Hanging Rock; or, The ''Carolina ,. m 210 Liberty Boys on the, Pedee, or, Maneuvering with Marion 211 Ihe Liberty Boys at Guilford Courthouse; or, A Defeat t at Proved a Victory. 212 Boys at Sanders' Creek; or, The Error o f Ge a 213 'l'he Liberty Boye on a Raid; or, Out with Colonel Brown 214 The Liberty Boys at Gowanus Creek; or, I<'or Liberty and 1 d peudeuce 215 The Liberty Boys• Skirmish; or, At Green Spring Plantat n 216 ;i.:he L_iberty Boys and the Governor; or, Tryon's Consplra y , 217 Ihe Liberty Boys In Hhode Island; or, Doing Duty Down Fa 218 The Liberty Boys After Tarleton; or, Bothering tbt• " ber" 219 The Liberty Boys' Daring Dash ; or, Death Before Defeat 220 'l'he Liberty Boye and the Mutineers; or, Helping "Mad An bony 221 'l'he Liberty Boys Out West; or, The Capture of Vln<.-enne" 222 The Liberty Boys at Princeton; or, Washington's Narrow 1-;scap 'l'he Liberty Boys Heartbroken ; or. The Desertion of Dl('k. • 224 'l'he Liberty Boys in the Highlands; or, Working A long thP lh d son. 22G The Liberty Boys at Hac k ensac k ; or, Beating Bac k the Brl tish. 226 'l'he Liberty Boys' Keg of Gold; or, Captain Kidd's Lega('y. 227 The Liberty Boys at Bordentown ; or, Guarding the Stores. 228 The Liberty Boys' Best Act ; or, The Capture of Carlisle. 22 9 The Liberty Boys on the Delaware; or, Doing Daring Deed& 230 The Liberty Boys' Long Race; or, Beating the Redcoats Out. 2 31 The Liberty Boys Deceh-ed; or, Dick Slater's Double. 232 The Liberty Boye' Boy Allies; or, Young, Hut Dangeroua. 233 The Liberty Iloya' Bitter Cup; or, Beaten Back at Brand)'Wine. 234 The Liberty:Boya' Allian.c'l_; or, Th_e. Reds WhQ)Ielped. 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