The Liberty Boys and the Liberty Bell, or, How they saved it

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The Liberty Boys and the Liberty Bell, or, How they saved it
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THE LIBERTY . A Weekly /t\agazine containing Stories of the American Revolution. lnuul Weekly-By Subscription $2.60 per year. Entered 03 Second Cla3s MaUe r al the New. York Post O,ffico, February 4, 1901, by Frank Tousey. No. 237. NEW YORK, JUJJY 14, 1905. Pl'ice 5 Cents.4 t1p 'into the belfry came Dick and his comrades and made a fierce attack on the Tories. der!" cried Dick; "you will not break the Liberty Bell to pieces to-night!" The Tories _ aite.mnted to resist. but were speedily overpowered.


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 A Weekly Mag az i n e C ont ai n ing S t ories o f t he A merica n Rev o l u ti on. Issuea Weekly-By Subscription $2.50 per year. Entered as Secona Class Matter at the New York, N. Y., Post O"(fice, Februar11 4, 1901. Enteroa accoraing to Act of Congress, in the year 1905, in the o.,,ice of the Librarian of Congress, Washington, D. 0., by Frank Tousey, 24 Union ;:;quare, New York. No. 237. YORK, JULY 14, 1905. Price 5 Cents. CHAPTER I. "TO-MORROW" AND "PERHAPS." I It was well along in the afternoon of a day in October of the year 1777. All was excitement in the City of Brotherly Love. The British army, under General Howe, was only a few miles south of Philadelphia, and was slowly but surely approaching. General Washington and his patriot army was :fi.ghtin.g against the redcoats and retarding their progress all they possibly could. It was known, however, that it was going to be impossi ble to keep the British out of Phil adelphia, and General Washington had sent word to the citizens to this effect, hence the excitement. The patriot citizens were frightened as well as excited, and were packing their more valuable possessions, many of them, and getting ready to :flee from the city up into the mountains for safety. The Tory citizens, on the other hand, were and they felt so safe that they did not hesitate to speak their minds. "The king's troops will soon be here !" "The king will soon rule again in America!" "Washington will have to surrender!" "Yes, this will end the matter!" Such were a few of the remarks indulged in by the To ries. The patriot citizens were too busy at work getting ready to :flee to stop to answer the Tories or argue with them. Not all the patriots were making preparations to flee, however; there were many families who decided to remain and take their chances of not being disturbed by the Brit ish. In the distance the boom, boom, boom ! of the cannon could be heard. The two armies were contending :fiercely. The British were pushing ahead toward the city with bulldoggish determination, and the patriots were :fighting back and holding them in check with just as great deter mination. Louder and louder sounded the booming of the cannon, proving that the armies were drawing nearer and nearer to the city . Then, as the sun sank lower in the west, the rattle of the musketry became distinctly audible. Only a couple of miles from the city the patriots wereworking like beavers, fighting coolly, calmly but desper11tely to hold the enemy in check. General Howe bad sent a messenger to General Washing ton that noon, under a flag of truce, with a written message. The messenger had delivered it and had remained fo see if there was an answer. When General Washington opened the slip of paper he read the following brief sentence : \ "We will sleep in Philadelphia to-night. "GENERAL HOWE, "Commander-in-chief of the British Arm y.'' General Washington opened his writing-case and just below on the blank space: "Perhaps-but many of your men will 'sleep the slefJ> that knows no waking,' first. "GENERAL WASHINGTON, "-Commander-in-chief of the Patriot Army." The messenger took the message and went back to his commander-in-chief with it. General Howe read what General Washington had writ ten out loud to the members , of his staff, and then said, fiercely: "To the attack once more! We will see to it that as many rebels . 'sleep the sleep that knows no waking' as British soldiers !" Then the battle was renewed-or skirmishing, rather; it was not what might be called a real battle. Still there was an awful lot of firing. The cannon were roaring almost constantly and the rattle of musketry was almost continuous. The patriots now fought with the utmost desperation. The word had gone out among them that General Howe had boasted that his army would sleep in Philadelphia that night, and the patriot soldiers were determined that it should not. So they contested every foot of the ground. And among all the soldiers of the patriot army there were none more active, none more effective, than a company of beardless youths of an average age of eighteen years, who were known as "The Liberty Boys of '76." There were one hundred in the company, and it was


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE LIBERTY BELL. {!Ommanded by a brave and handsome youth by the name of Dick Slater. This company was on horseback, and this enabled them to get around rapidly, with the result that they were here, there and everywhere. Time and again they charged desperately upon a force of British that was pushing a patriot detachment back rapidly, and each time they stopped the advance of the British and set them back most effectually. In every such desperate charge one or more of the Lib .erty Boys went down to rise no more, and several were wounded, but it mattered not. They were ready immediately for another desperate charge, and as soon as an orderly appeared and told them where the commander-in-chief wished them to go, they were off again, and with wild yells would charge the enemy. Again and again on the air rose the battle-cry of the Liberty Boys: "Down with the king! Long live liberty!" ' The British grew to know that cry and to dread what was to follow its utterance. General Howe, watching the scene through field-glasses, saw the indefatigable Liberty Boys make charge after charge, always with results for the British,, .and he almost gnashed his teeth with rage. "They are doing us more harm than any entire regiment in the army!" he said to one of the officers of his -staff. "Who are they, anyway?" was the question. "They are the Liberty Boys." "Ah, yes; I've heard of them." "I should say you have! They are the most daring and desperate fighters in the rebel army." "They certainly must be !" "Yes, they don't know what the sensation of fear is like." ''Ko; they ride right upon what seems like certain death again and again." , "I would give a good deal if they could be scattered and their effectiveness destroyed." "Yes, indeed." "If we fail of our intention of sleeping in Philadelphia . to-night it will be owing largely to the work of the Liberty Boys." "I think you are right, sir." "Yes, we would be able to drive the enemy back much more rapidly were it not for them." The skirmishing went on at a lively rate till after sun down. The roar of the cannon and the rattle of musketry continued as long as there was sufficient light so that the contending forces could see each other. But night settled down over all and found the British main army still a little more than a mile from the edge of the city. "The Briti8h will not sleep in Philadelphia to-night after all, old fellow!" said Bob Estabrook, the lieute nant of the Liberty Boys' company, to D ick S l ater, its captai n. "No, Bob," was the reply; "but it will be there to-mor-row night." "I'm afraid so." "We won't be able to hold the city." "I suppose not." "No, the British army is far too strong for us." "Well, we have held them in check to-day in good shape!" "So we have, and I'm glad that they were not able to make their boast good and sleep in Philadelphia to-night." "So am I!" Smoke-begrimed, tired-all but exhausted, the soldiers of the oontending armies went into camp for the night. Again General Howe sent a messenger, under the pro tection of a :flag of truce, and when he handed a slip of paper to General Washington, that officer opened it to read the one word : ';To-morrow! "GENERAL HOWE, "Commander-in-chief of the British Army . " Bek l' this General Washington wrote : "Perhaps. "GENERAL WASHINGTON, "Commander-in-chief of the Patriot Army." CHAPTER II. A GANG OF YOUNG TORJES. "Let's take a walk into the city, Dick." "All right, Bob." Supper was over, and the Liberty Boys were sitting and lying about on their blankets taking it easy after the hard fighting of the day. • .... Dick gave the youths a few instructions, and the n he and Bob set out. The patriot army was encamped right along the edge of the city, consequently it was a comparatively short walk down into the main part of Philadelphia. Even though the curtain of night was over all, the citement had not abated. In the residence portion in about half the houses all was bustle and confusion. The people were packing up their more valuable belongings and were getting ready to leave the city. These were the patriots, of course, and it was their inten tion to leave before morning, for they were confident that within a few hours after the rise of the sun in the morning the British army would,march triumphantly into the city.


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE LIBERTY BELL. 3 They hoped to be miles away amid the hills and moun-As he spoke he planted himself squarely in front o:f the tains, where they would be sa:fe. two, with hands on his hips, and his companions gathered The main business thoroughfare was crowded with .,n either side o:f him and regarded that they W

4 'rHE LI.8ERTY BOYS AND THE LlB.Kffi' Y BELL. few names to him that were far from •being compliduration, during which time blows were exchanged wiL inentary, and his rage knew no bounds. lightning-like rapidity, and then the eight young tough He danced up and down like a turkey on a hat skillet, as lay in a pile in the gutter! the saying has it, and smacked his right fist into the open Dick and Bob were wonderful youths in a hand-to-han palm of his left hand with reports like pistol-shots in minencounter such as this one had been. iature. They were both as strong as the strongest men, and wer "Whut's thet ye called me?" he howled; "kin et be pos-exceedingly active as well. Added to these qualities wer serble thet ye hev dared talk sassy ter me, Ben Briggs, ther those of absolute fearlessness and good judgment, and worst feller in all ther hull city uv Philadelphy !" made them indeed formidable antagonists, no matte "It seems that it is possible that such is the case, Benjathough they were outnumbered four or five to one. min," said Dick, coolly. The toughs, on the other hand, were not as brave a Bib snickered. Dick's tone and air amused Bob,. who they might have been. They went a good deal on numbers was now happy, for he saw that a fight was sure to take and this, indeed, worked against them, for they got in on place. another's way, and in some instances were hit by their com " 'Benjamin!'" snorted the tough. "Say, whut d'ye panions. mean by callin' me 'Benjamin!' My name's Ben, d'ye Anyway, to the amazement of the crowd, the eight wer heer ?" beaten by the two handsome, determined youths, and wen "I don't care if it is," promptly. "Why should I be indown in the gutter a mixed-up pile. terested in the name of such a worthless, senseless lout as Bob laughed aloud in glee. you are?" "I told you we could lick 'em, Dick!" he cried. This was said quietly and in the most matter-of-fact "I knew it before you told me, Bob," with a smile. manner imaginable, and this very fact caused the state-"Phew! It was warm work, though!" men t to be more e:ffecti ve. "Yes." "Oho, I'm er lout, am I?" howled Briggs, smacking his The crowd stared in open-mouthed amazement. The fist into his hand with great rapidity and dancing up and majority of those present were Tories, and their sympa down in his rage. thies were, therefore, with the fallen youths, but they "I think you come as near being one as any fellow I help admiring the wonderful work of two. have ever seen " said Dick calmly. "and I have seen a I Say, if you two fellows are as good fighters m a battle good many mi:erable in my iifetime, too !" I as you are in a fisticuff encounter, you must be terrors!" "Let's go fur 'em, Ben!" cried one of the young ruffians. remarked one man. "Yes, le's wipe up ther sidewalk with 'em!" from an"Oh, we are," grinned Bob. "In fact, we are better other. fighters in a battle, for then we are fighting for our lib-"Thet's jest whut we're goin' ter do, boys!" snarled erty, and that makes us desperate." Briggs. "Say, who are you fellows, anyway?" queried one. "Bah! we two can thrash the eight of you and not try "We are Liberty Boys," said Dick. very hard, either!" said Dick. "Liberty Boys!" "We just can!" from Bob. The words were repeated throughout the crowd. "Go fur boys!" howled Briggs. It was evident that all present had heard of the Liberty The "boys" obeyed. Boys. They made a sudden and furious attack upon the two "That accounts for it," said one. "We've heard about daring youths. the Liberty Boys, and are not surprised that two of you downed the eight there." "But we hain't licked yit !" cried Ben Briggs, scrambling CHAPTER III. awkwardly to his feet. "No, ye bet we hain't!" from another, also scrambling A LIVEL y SCRIMMAGE. to his feet. Of course, quite a crowd had collected, drawn hither by the sound of angry words. The average crowd in those days, the same as now, liked to see a fight. And now they certainly had the opportunity. Never had they witnessed such a fight as then and there took place. "Git up, boys," ordered Briggs; "we're goin' ter ha'f kill these heer two rebels, thet's whut we're goin' ter do !" "Pshaw! you don't mean it!" cried Bob, sarcastically. "Ye bet I mean et!" Dick and Bob were practically as fresh as before the encounter began. They had received a few blows, but none of a damaging character, and they looked as though . they had not been engaged in a fight at all. Just how it happened none of the spectators could tell The faces of the toughs were badly bruised and battered, afterward, but there was a mixup of about two minutes' however, and their looks, not very attractive at the best,


THE LIB.ERTY BOYS AND THE LIBERTY BELL. 5 :fe not helped by the blows that the two Li.berty Boys dealt the eight. They scrambled to their feet, one after another, until I were up, and then they glared at the two with wonder, t unmixed with fear in their eyes. Ben Briggs was greatly impressed by the rough treatment and his cronie,, had received, but he tried not to let on a.t this was the case. He glared angrily at Dick and Bob, and then looked at companions and said : "Air ye reddy, boys?" "No, they are not," laughed Bob; "anyone can see that. hey have no stomach for another round with us, Briggs.'' "N obuddy wuz talkin' ter ye !" growled the young tough. "You are right; you are about as near nobody as anyone be, and look like a human being," the cool retort. A howl of rage escaped the lips ef Briggs. "At 'em, fellers!" he cried. "Giv et ter 'em! We kin ck 'em, an' I know et!" He leaped forward as he :finished speaking and began triking out wildly at Dick, while the others followed his ead and made a fierce attack on the two. The crowd pushed back to give the combatants more m. Advice was freely tendered by the members of the "Go for them, boys!" eight of you ought to be able to lick the two!" "If you can't you had better quit ! " Such were a few of the remarks. A few ventured to encourage Dick and Bob. "Go it, you two blue-coated chaps!" from one. "You are all right _ !" "You bet they are!" from another; "and I'll wager that y thrash the other fellows !" This last speaker would have won, for in less than five inutes the eight young Tories were piled up in the gutter, one on top of the other, making a mixed-up heap. They were dazed, for Dick and Bob had struck with all their force in delivering the blows. The two Liberty Boys stood there looking down their fallen foes for a few moments, and then Dick said: "I guess we may as well be going, Bob." "Do you think they have got all they want, Dick?" Bob was reluctant to leave until he was sure on this point. His blood was up, and he was perfectly willing to stay till the eight young ruffians were wholly satisfied. "I'm pretty sure they have,' Bob." "Let's wait and see." "Verywell; there is no hurry, anyway." "No." They stood there waiting patiently, and presently the voung Tories began struggling to their feet. They were a sick-looking crowd. . "Well, have you got enough?" Dick asked of Briggs; or do you want . some more of the same kind of treat ment?" "We'll see ye erg'in !"growled Briggs, beginning to sidle away. "'There's no time like the present," grinned Bob. But Briggs shook his head, as did his companions, and all began to work their way through the crowd. "You're a pack of cowards !" cried Bob. "That's what they are!" cried a man in the crowd. "Yes, yes!" in a chorus. But this had no effect on Briggs and his companions; they were whipped and knew it, and they did not want any more. "It's all over; we may as well go about our business," said one of the members of the crowd. The crowd at once dispersed, and Dick and Bob walked onward up the street. "I guess those fellows have learned a lesson, Dick!" grinned B'ob. "I judge so, old fellow.n A few minutes later they met three rough-looking men, each of whom carried a heavy hammer in his hand. As the three men passed the youths heard one say: "The rebels shan't take the Liberty Bell away with them ! We'll go right up into the State House steeple and break it to pieces!" The stopped and stared at each other. "You heard that, Dick?" Bob's voice was eager and excited. "Yes, Bob!" "Those men are going to destroy the Liberty Bell!" . "Unless we stop them and save it." "And we'll do it, too !-eh, old fellow?" "We'll try, Bob!" They turned and followed the three Tories. CHAPTER IV. DETERMINED TO SA VE THE LIBERTY BELL. .. , 'rhe State House was about six blocks from where the youths met the three Tories. They kept as close to the three as they dared and were able to keep the men from knowing that they were being followed. When they had gone about three blocks they met Sam Sanderson, who had come over into the city to see the sights. "Hello," greeted Sam; "where are you going?" "Sh!" cautioned Dick; "do you see the three men there just ahead of us?" "Yes; what of them?" "They are on their way to the State House, and they intend to break the Liberty Bell te pieces!" "What!" "Yes!" "I see they have hammers in their hands." .. ,., __ .... ,,,,;


6 THE LIBER'l'Y BOYS AND THE LIBERTY BELL. "Yes, but we are going to foil them!" "Good I I'm with you !" "Co:fue along, the.n." Sam turned accompanied them. They easily kept the three in sight. Presently the block in which stood the State House was reached, and the three Tories made their way around to the rear. The Liberty Boys keeping well in the shadow of the building. For that matter, so did the Tories. They did not want that they should be seen. They cast frequent glances behind and all around them, and this made it dangerous for the three to approach very close. ' 'l'his, however, was not necessary. They could wait till the Tories entered the building and then follow. The three Tories worked at one of the rear windows a few minutes and then succeeded in raising it. Then they climbed through, disappearing from the sight of the Liberty Boys. The youths then hastened forward and were quickly at the window. It was down, but they raised it, and then climbed through one after another. All was darkness, but they felt sure they could make their way up into the belfry. They found that they were in a sort of ante-room, not very large, and they passed from it into a lafge room. They hunted till they found a stairway which led to the second floor. They made their way up this stairway. At the top they found themselves in a wide hall, and ' they made their way along the hall. They knew that the steeple in which was the Liberty Bell was near the center of the building, and when they were about halfway along the length of the hall they paused, and Dick opened a door at his righthand. opened into a good-sized room, and at one end of this room they found another smaller one, in which was a stairway leading up into the steeple, so they judged. In thinking thus they were right. The stairway was long, narrow and almost perpep.dicular. They made their way up this stairway slowly and cau tiously, for they did not know but th..ey would find the Tories at the landing above. The Tories were not there, however, and the youths :found themselves in a square tower, or cupola, with windows on each of the four sides. At one side was another stairway, which undoubtedly led up into the belfry. The Liberty Boys paused and listened. They could hear footsteps above and the murmur ol voices. , ,. "They're there, sure enough!" whispered Bob. "Yes," from Dick. "Come along, boys." They drew their pistols and crept up the stairway. They were adepts at this sort of work; they did n . ot m a sound that could be heard by the Tories. At the top of the stairway was an opening :in the fro which was usually covered by a horizontal door whlch 1 flush with the floor when closed, and indeed formed a p of the :floor. This door, however, was now open. When about halfway up the stairway the youths paus a few moments and listened. "We'll break the bell up into small pieces and sell it some dealer in old metals," they heard one of the Tori say. "Yes; it will bring a pretty from another. "And it will be a satisfaction to know that the reb will not get to preserve their old Liberty Bell," from th third. " "That's right; jove, but won't they be mad when that the bell has been broken up , and carried away P "The scoundrels I" whispered Bob. , "Are you ready to dash up into the belfry and make th attack?" queried Dick, in a whisper. "Yes, yes!" was the reply. "All Tight; now-come!" They leaped up the stairway, two steps at a time. Up into the belfry came Dick and his comrades ant made a :fierce attack on the Tories. "Surrender ! " cried Dick; "you will not b?eak the Lib erty Bell to pieces to-night!" ' The Tories attempted to resist, but were speedily powered. The three Tories had brought candles with them, an these were at one side, making it light in the belfry. The three Liberty Boys bound the arms of the prison.en and then sat down to rest, the struggle having been a :lier though brief one. The Tories glared at the youths. "You had better set us free!" growleclillft, "Oh, no !" smiled Dick. "You will 'be sorry if you don't!" "We would be foolish if we did." "What are you going to do with us?" Dick eyed them speculatively. "You are strong, husky-looking fellows," he remarked thoughtfully. The three grunted angrily, but made no ' reply. • "I believe you were g<>ing to break the Liberty Bell pieces 8Jld carry it in this shape down and out of t!ie build ing," Dick remarked. "Yes, and we'll do it yet!" snarled the leader of the three Tories. Dick nodded. '"I was just thinking that it might be possible that you would carry the bell down," he said; "but not in pieces, as you intended." The three stared. "What do you mean?" queried one. . "That we want to take the bell down and that we ru{


'l'HE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE LIBERTY BELL. 7 ing to press you into service and make you do the work, r at least assist in it." "What r You are going to take the bell down?" ex-claimed the leader. "Yes." Even Bob and Sam stared at Dick in amazement. "Do you mean it, Dick?" queried Bob. "Yes." "What is your idea in doing that?" "Well, Bob, you .know that by to-morrow evening the British will in all probability occupy this city." "Yes, I have no doubt regarding that." "Well, in that case they will have the power to do what hey please, and don't you suppose that if this bell is here hey will be pleased to break it to pieces?" . "I have no doubt but they would, Dick." "Then it is our duty to save it, isn't it?" Both youths nodded a vigorous assent. "We're with you, Dick," said Bob; "but can we save it?" "We must!" "But how? Even if we get the bell down out of here and ut of the State House, then what can we do with it?" "We'll carr y it out into the patriot encampment." Bob shook his head. "We'll n e ver get there with it, bick," he said. "Why won' t we?" "Becaus e the streets are filled with Tories and they will et upon us and take the bell away from us and destroy t after all." Dick looked thoughtful. "That is well thought of, Bob," he said; "but we can ard against that." "How?" "By sending for the rest of the boys." Bob nodde d. "Tliat's it!" he exclaimed; "with the boys here to act ... s a guard and escort we will be able to take the bell safely uto the patri ot encampment in of the Tories." "You are right," said Dick; "and Sam, you go and get he boys." "All right, Dick." "Don't let any grass grow under your feet." "Trust :me for that, old fellow." "Go at once. Bob and I will stay here and guard these fellows and the bell also." "I'll be back with the rest of the boys within the hour I" Then Sam hastened down the stairs. Dick and Bob seated themselves to take it as easy as possible while waiting. Perhaps twenty minutes passed, and then the sound of voices was heard coming up the stairway and also the trampling of feet. Dick and Bob looked inquiringly at each other. 1 The same thought was in the mind of each : The newcomers, whoever they were, were much mor e :likely to be enemies than friends. The two Liberty Boys rose and drew their pistols. CHAPTER V. MORE TORIES APPEAR. A moment later Dick shook his head, a troubled look on his face. "It won' t do to use the pistols, Bob," he s aid. "Why not?" "Because the :firing will attract the attention of people down on the street and they will swarm up here, Bob." Bob frowned. "That's so," he agreed. Dick looked around and then gave utteran c e to an ex clamation of satisfaction . "Here, Bob,'' he cried, "are the very things we need!" He pointed to where some sticks, perhaps five feet long and an inch and a half square, stood in one corner. The youths replaced their pistols in their belts and each s eized a stick. The sticks were of oak, solid and well-seasoned. "These are all right, Dick!" said Bob, in a tone of sat i s faction. "Yes, we can crack a man's head with these and: not have to hit very hard, either." "And they won't make much noise." "No." The Tories had watched and listened in silence, but now the leader said : "You had better not attempt to fight the men who are coming up here." "Why not?" asked Diak. "It will be folly for you to do so. There must be five or six of them." "Oh, we don't mind odds like that," grinned Bob. "You are a fool!" sneeringly. "Do you think so?" "Yes." Then the Tory suddenly lifted up his voice and c alled out loudly : "Hello, downstairs ! Look out ! There are two rebels up here with clubs in their hands! They have three loyal king's men prisoners! Come up and reseue us, but look out that you don't get brained as you came up through the opening!" "Say, you think you are smart, don't you!" cried Bob, angrily. The Tory grinned with satisfaction. "I am not a fool at all events," he said. "Well, your warning to those fellows will not help them." "You think not?" "We are sure of it," said Dick; "they would have caught s ight of us as soon as their heads appeared through the o pening, anyway." "Well, you might have succeeded in braining one or two before .they understood the situation if I hadn't warned t hem."


s THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE LIBERTY BELL. "You say there are only two rebels up there?" came up the stairway in an inquiring voice. "That' s all," the Tory replied; "but they have club s and will hit you over the head if you don't look out." "That's right; go ahead," said Bob; "and when we get through knocking the heads off those fellows we will thump you once or twice." "You will be quite safe in doing so, as my hands are tied," sneeringly. "Oh, I'll untie them," said Bob; "you shall have a chance to defend yourself, and at that I will give you the worst thrashing you ever had in all your life!" "Don't be too sure!" The footsteps of the newcomers sounded on the stairway leading into the belfry now, and Dick and Bob stepped to the edge of the opening and looked down. They saw six men coming up the stairs. Dick rested his hands on the top of his stick and looked down at the newcomers, who paused and looked up at the youths. "That's right; stop where you are," said Dick, quietly. "Who are you?" queried the man in the lead, eyeing the two curiously. "It doesn' t matter who we are. What do you want here?" "We came to see what was going on up here." "Well, there is nothing going on just now, so you may as well go back." 1 "But someone called out a minute ago, saying that you have some loyal king's men up there prisoners." "They have !" the leader of the three Tory prisoners called out, eagerly. "Come on up and rescue us." "There! That settles it," the spokesman of the six newcomers exclaimed. "You must either free those men or we will come up and do it ourselves." "I wouldn't advise you to try it," said Dick, quietly. "No, it won't be healthy for you if you do," said Bob, grimly. "But you have no right to hold those men prisoners." "Yes w e have." "How do you make that out?" "Easy enough. We found them here with hammers in their hands, bent on breaking the Liberty Bell to pieces, and we do not intend to permit any such vandalism, so we are going to hold them prisoners." "They were going to break the bell to pieces, were they?" "Yes." "Well, that would have been a good deed, and we will come up and free them and help them do the work, eh, men?" "Yes, yes!" in chorus from the o th e r five. "You hear?" the Tory asked. "Yes, and now you hear me." "Well?" "If you make any such attempt you will get hurt!" "You're right you will!" from Bob. "Bah ! there are only two ' of you, and you cannot h to make a successful fight against six of us." "You will find out that we can do so." "You had better not offer resistance!" "You had better not come up here. If you do we knock your heads off!" "It will go hard with you if you any of us ! " "No, it will go hard with you." "You may injure one or two of us, but the rest will on top of you in a jiffy and will make prisoners of yo "We will risk it." "Then you intend to resist?" "We certainly do!" "The more fools you!" "That remains to be seen." "You fellows are the fools," said Bob. "Bah! Are you ready, men?" to his companions. "Ready I" in chorus. "Then let's go for the rebels! When I say ' now,' a dash up the stairs." "All right!" There was a moment's silence and then the leade:r c out sharply: "Now!" Up the stairs, pell mell, came the six Tories. CHAPTER VI. A CAPTURE. "Let me down 'em, Dick!" cried Bob. As he spoke drew back with his stick. Dick grasped Bob's idea and leaped back out of the wa so as to give his comrade plenty of room in which t<' :wm the club. Up througij. the opening came the head, and then tb shoulders of the leader. At his heels were the other five. Swish! Bob made a sweeping but powerful stroke with the stick It struck the leader of the gang across the chest with a re sounding thump. A howl of pain and fright escaped the Tory' s lips, anc he was hurled backward against his companions with tlu for c e of a battering-ram. J Down the stairs he went, carrying the others with hiDrl 'rhump, thump, thump! Clear to the bottom of the steep stairway went the and they landed in a squirming, kicking, mixed-up mas1 Howls of pain and rage commingled went up from tlt, Tories. They scrambled to their feet, five of them, but the sixtl had landed on his head and shoulders and had been ren dered unconscious. He lay still, like one dead. D


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE LI;BERTY BELL. 9 "Oh, but we'll kill you, you blasted rebels!" cried the leader of the gang, as he placed his hands on his chest where the stick had struck him, and coughed like a man dlict.ed with consumption. "I think you are the ones who are likely to get killed," zetorted Dick. "That's right, Dick," grinned Bob; "my, but didn't I send them down the stairs in a hurry, though!" A.n.d he gazed down upon the discom:fitted Tories and ehuckled in delight. The Tories shook their fists at the youths. "Oh, if we only had pistols !" cried the leader, between coughs; "we woUld shoot you full of holes, that's what we would. do I" "Yes, 'if'!" grinned Bob. "We told you to stay down," said Dick; "but you wouldn't be warned." "Are you coming up again?" queried Bob. "Yes, not now." "After awq.ile, eh?" "Yes; we will send down and get more men and some pistols, a.nd then we will fix you fellows I" viciously. Dick and Bob tapped the butts of their pistols signifi cantly. "We have weapons," said Dick; "and if you try to use pistols against us we will use them against you." "Yes, and as we haV'e the advantage of position," said Bob, "you will get the worst of it." "We'll. see about that!" Then the leader sent one of the men away to bring more men, and weapons also. ' The other four applied themselves to the task of trying to bring their unconscious . comrade to. , "I believe they have killed Jim!" said the leader, sngrily, after they had rubbed the insensible man's hands a.nd face, and worked with him a few minutes. "Oh, n-0; he isn't dead," said Dick. "It will be a . lucky thing for you if he isn't!" "Oh, I don't know about that." "Well, I do!" "Serve him right if he is dead," said Bob. "You fel • ows have no bnsiness fooling around up here." "Oh, haven't we?" "No." "We have as much business up here as you have." don't think so," said Dick; "we are here on legiti nate business-the saving of the Liberty Bell from being lestroyed, while you cannot say as much for yourselves." "The old bell ought to be destroyed, and it will be, ,,, '""". "Not as long as we are able to lift a hand in its de-Ecfense !" said Dick, determinedly. ( "That's the way to talk, Dick!" from Bob. ' Presently the Tories succeeded in bringing their com . to, he sat up; supported by_ two of them. "How do you feel?" queried one. "Oh, I-feel-like I was-all broke-into-pieces!" was the groaning reply. "Can you walk downstairs if we help you?" queried another. "I-guess-so." "Come on then. There's going to be some shooting do:ne up here soon, and you must be out of the way." They got the fellow to his feet, and two of them helped him down the stairs, while the other three remained. "Those rebels might try to escape if we were to all go down," said the leader of the gang. "Oh, don't you think that!" said Bob. "We are here to stay until we know the Liberty Bell .is safe." "You would do better to be looking out for your own safety," growled the leader of the Tories. "Oh, we will look out for our safety," said Dick. "Yes, we always do that," from Bob. "It doesn't look much like it, or you would be away from here while you have only three men to contend with." ''.We can hold this belfry against a score, so why should we be in a hurry to get away?" Dick and Bob exchanged words with the Tories occasionally, and presently they heard the trampling of feet and excited voices. "Our friends are coming!" the Tory leader cried, jubi lantly. "They have pistols, and now we will make you two rebels surrender, or we will kill you!" "You won't be able to do either," said Dick. "Not a bit of it!" from Bob. "We will very quickly show you!" was the reply. Soon a number of men appeared at the foot of the stairway. Dick and Bob, peering down, saw that there were about twenty of the Tories. "Jove, there's a gang of them, Dick!" said Bob. "Yes; but we can keep them from coming up, I'm sure." "You're right we can!;, "You are fools if you try to resist us now!" said the . spokesman of the gang. . "You are the fools if you try to get up here," retorted Dick. "That's what they are, Dick!" from Bob. "I demand that you come down out of there and surren der!" eried the Tory leader, arrogantly. "Demand all you want to; it will do us no hurt and you no good," replied Dick. "Why don't you stop talking and get to work?" queried Bob, who was eager for the fray. "That is just what we are going to do." Then Dick and Bob heard the Tories conversing in fow tones. It was evident that they were deciding upon their course of action. The youths did not worry, however, for the only way the Tories could get at them was by coming up the stairway, and they felt confident that they could beat the fellows back down with the clubs.


10 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE LIBERTY BELL. "We'll take turns striking them, Dick," said Bob. "You may have the first lick at them this time, and then you jump out of the way and .I'll give them one> and so on." "All right, Bob." Dick stationed himself where he would be able to have full sweep. with the club, and then. he wailed patiently, while Bob, peering down, watched the. en'ellly. Presently he nodded to Dick and saici: "Tlie.1re 1 starting up the stairs, old :fellow." "All right; I'm ready for them, Bob." Bob called down to the Tories; "You might as well lively; we have our eyes on you." Installtly there was the clatter of footsteps on. the stairs. The Tories were coming up as :fast as they ceuld. Dick drew back his club and waited, a grim look on his face. Bob hastened to station . himself where he could get a good sweep at the enemy as soon as Dick had don.e so. Soon the heads and shoulders of a couple of the Tories appeared and . just as the two started to level their pistols to fire at the Liberty Boys, Dick delivered a sweeping blow with the club. The two Tories were knocked backward as though they had been struck by a catapult, and down .they went, with wild yells of pain and fright, carrying two other Tories down with them. It was a repetition of the former scene, only more so. At least half a score of Tories were commingled at the foot of the stairs yelling a:nd struggling. Dick and Bob, peering down, could not-in fact, they made no attempt to-restrain their laughter. The scene was indeed laughable. The three Tory prisoners were angry and disappointed. "That's right, laugh!" growled one; "JDU will • soon have nothing to laugh at, and so you are wise in m11king the most of the present opportunity." "Oh, don't worry," grinned Bob; "we'll risk that part of it." The Tories presently got disentangled, and wild with rage, they began firing up the stairway, and as they did so they came hastening upward; they thought by firing thus they would so disconcert the two rebels that they could get up into the belfry. But when their heads appeared through the opening Bob dealt them a sweeping blow, sending the entire gang tumbling back to the foot o the stairs. "Say, this is the best sport I have had in a long time, Dick!" he said, with a chuckle. "It isn't much fun for those fellows," with a nod down the stairway. "I guess not. Say, I wonder what they will try next?" "I don't know." "I should think they would know by this time that they can't get up in here." "I should think so." "And they can't harm us by firing up the stairway." "No." "Then what can they do?" "Nothing, so far as I can see." "And our comrades will soon be here." "You are rjght." The three Tory prisoners heard this conversation, the leader called out, loudly: "Hey, friends down below ! You had better get out thls building and a-may at once I A lot of rebel soldie will be here soon !" But the warning had been given too late. At that vie moment-the trampling of many feet was , heard, provi that a goodly number o:f p-ersons were coming up from low. "Say, you Tories had better throw dDwn your pistGls aJut surrender!" Dick called do-w;n the stairway. "I Jiave om hundred men coming up from below, and it will he suiciru\ for you to attempt to resist!" 'l'his was too much for the Tories. They had been bravf enough when opposed by only two; but when threatenef by overwhelming odds they had no stomach for the en counter. r "We surrender ! " called up th.e leader of the gang; "teI your men not to fire upon us!" "All right," said Dick. "Throw down your weaporu and I will come down and tell them not to hurt you."-, 'l'he Tories hastened to obey, and Dick and Bob madt their way down the stairs and reached the main cupol{ ( just as Sam and the Liberty Boys came pouring up fron, below. They ' stared at the Tories in amazement. "Bind their arms, Liberty Boys," ordered Dick, mo tioning toward the Tories; "they have surrendered." The Liberty Boys quickly did as told. CHAPTER VII. THE BELL IS TAKEN BY TORIES. 1a "Where did all these fellows come from, Dick?" aske Sam. h "I guess they must have seEJn the light up here in tifu cupola," replied Dick; "that is) the first gang .cam then some . of those went down and brought the otlrerl1 They were trying to capture Bob and I." 14Then we got here just in time, didn't we!" "Well, what's the next move?" "The next move is to take the Liberty Bell d()IWn o'dlc of this building and over into the encampment." "All right; we'll get to work at that right away." "Do so." The Liberty Boys, or rather about twenty of them, up into the belfry and proceeded to take th bell do a from the beam to which it was fastened.


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE LIBERTY BELL. 11 is was quite a task, but they succeeded in accomplish it at last. Then they carried the bell down out of the belfry into cupola, and from there on down into the main room the State House on the ground floor. Here they paused to rest and the Tory prisoners were ught down. Then the Liberty Boys carried the bell to the back door, which they unlocked and opened. Here they were treated to a surprise: Hundreds of the citizens of Philadelphia were on hand; y had been attracted by the sound of the pistol-shots p in the cupola and also by seeing the Liberty Boys enter. Now, when the youths appeared carrying the Liberty Bell, the citizens stared in amazement. The majority of the spectators were loyalists, and they would have been glad to have taken the bell away from the Liberty Bo ys, but they were afraid to attempt it. They were not soldiers, and for the most pal't were not armed, while the Liberty Boys were well-armed and were fighters. When the Tory prisoners were brought out, however, a urmur went up from the crowd. "What does that mean?" "Where did they get those prisoners?" "This is rather a high-handed proceeding!" The Tories lost no time in obeying, but they uttered threats as they went. Of course, this did not worry the youths any, and they made their way on into the patriot encampment. It was not yet late, and very few of the patriot soldiers had gone to sleep. The advent of the ' Liberty Boys bringing the Liberty Bell created a great deal of excitement. Hundreds of soldiers crowded around the youths and asked many questions. When they learned that some Tories had intended to break the Liberty Bell to pieces and that the Liberty Boys had saved it, the soldiers gave the youths three cheers. The Liberty Boys made their way to the tent occupied by the commander-in-chief. Dick told the orderly that he wished to speak to General Washington if he had not yet retired. 1 The orderly reported Dick's request to the commanderin-chief, who had not yet lain down. "Show him in," said the great man. Dick at once entered the tent, while the other youths stood outside with the Liberty Bell in their midst. General Washington was seated before his portable _ writ ing-desk and was looking at some maps and drawings. "Ah, Dick, what is it?" he queried. "My Liberty Boys have saved the Liberty Bell, your "S "t . '" 0 1 is excellency " said Dick "and I have come to ask you what Such were a few of the . exclamations from the crowd, we shall do with it." ' nd one of the Tory prisoners, hoping to arouse the crowd I "You have saved the Liberty Bell?" in amazement. o action and thus secure the freedom of himself and com-"Yes, sir." '

12 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE LIBERTY BELL. "I am v e ry, ver y glad that you got the bell s afely into camp, Dick! " the g reat man s aid. ".And so am I, sir." Then the commander-in-chief re-entered his tent and the Liberty Boy s c arried the bell to where the wagons stood and pla c ed it in one of the wagons. Then Dick stationed a guard of four Liberty Boys to watch the wagon and see to it that the bell remained there. The night passed quietly and the camp was astir very early. It was expected that the Britis h would also be a stir e arly and would begin an attack. The enemy did not make any move until an hour af t e r sunrise, however. Then it began to advance slowly and s teadil y , and soon the cannon were booming, and a little later the rattl e of musketry could be heard. The patriot s oldi e rs r e turned the enemy 's fire br iskl y , and did not r e treat until forced to do so. .And then they retr e at e d only as fa r a s they had to. Stand after stand was mad e , a nd the Briti s h found it slow and hard work, indeed , for c ing the patriot army back. General Washington and his army r e tired slowly i nto the city. It had been the patriot commander-in-chief ' s idea that he would skirt the city and retire northeastward, but he had decided finally to go back into the city and contest the advance of the Briti s h as desperately and stubbornly as possible. The citizens of Philadelphia were badly frightened . They thought their homes would be battered down by the cannon-balls, but presently both armies c eased to fire cannon, and only muskets were used. The citizens retreated to other portions of the city, where they would be safe from the bullets of the soldiers. Slowly back, foot by foot and yard b y yard the patriot army was forced. At the rate of progress the British was making they would not keep their boast of s leeping in the city that night. They might indeed sleep in the edge of the city. When the sun was at meridian the British army had barely reached the edge of the city. There was a ces sation of hostilities while both armies ate dinner. Then there was qui e t and c alm for nearly an h o ur, a f ter which the attack was begun again. The rattle of musketry was deafening. The wagons in which was all the camp paraphernalia moved along slowly as the patriot army retreated. And ahead of these wagons was a crowd of curious c iti zens eager to get as good a v iew of the battle a s possible . The drivers had to yell at these citizens often threaten to run over them before they would give way for the wagons. Among the s e wagons was the one containin g the Liberty BelJ. This wagon was the third one back from the front u was on the righthand side next the curb. Suddenly, just as the wagon in question w as almost to cross-street, a party of Tories appeared beside it, and h a dozen leaped into the wagon, and while two or th seized the driver and threw him down in the bottom of wagon and held him, another seized the reins and w and, drove hastily down the side-street, the wagon rattl' over the rocky pavement at a great rate. Ben Spurlock had been sent by Dick to see i f the Libe Bell was safe, and had arrived upon the scene just in ti to see the wagon disappearing down the street. He wo have followed, but a great crowd of Tories got in his w and he c ould not get through. A s t he next best thing to do, he hastened ba c k and t Di c k the news . Dick was horrified, and at once hastened to where '1 eral Washington stood, and, after saluting, said : " Some Tori e s have run away with the wagon i n wh is the Liberty Bell, your excellency I" C H APTER VIII. . , NEWS OF THE BELL. ' "Say you so, Dick!" cried the commander-in-chi a g hast. "Yes , y our e xcelle ncy." The great man was greatly exercised over the loss of Liberty Bell. "It must be recove r e d , Dick!" he exclaimed. " You are right, sir ! " " And you and your Liberty Boys are the persons w c an d o t hi s if an ybody: can, my boy." I "We shall be glad to make the attempt , s ir!" " Very well, then; go at once, my boy! " "We will be off immediately, y our excelle n cy." Dick saluted and ha s tened away . He rejoined his Libert y Boys a nd rold them what 1 commander-in-chief had s a id. The youths wer e eager to g o and make the attempt recover the s tolen Libert y Bell. At the s ame time they hated to leave the scene of bat They would have liked it could they have been in b places at once. "Come , " said Dick; "we have no tim e to lose !"' He ha s tened away, followed by the L i b erty Boys. They went to the street down whi c h Ben h ad Seti wagon disappear that contained the Liberty Bell, and tl set out down this street. There were a great many Tories in the vicinity ti seemed to know what the youths were going to try to for they jeered them as the y passed along. The Lilierty Boyi:; paid no attention to the remarb


THE LIBERTY BOYS THE LIBERTY BELL. 13 the Tories, however; they had more important business on band. "Where are ye goin' ?" "They're runnin' away frum the British!" "Yes, that's what they are doing!" "Cowards! Cowards!" Such were a few of the cries. Still others of the Tories called out: "Where's the Liberty Bell?" "Don't you wish you knew?" "It's gone for good!" "It'll be broke up and sold for old metal!" The Liberty Boys said not a word, but hastened on down' the street. They looked to the right and to the left at each cross street in the hope that they might see the wagon. But they did not catch sight of it. They searched high and low and made inquiries of hun dreds of persons, but could not get any information regard ing the wagon that contained the Liberty Bell. The majority of those they asked were Tories, and would not have given the youths any information had they possessed it, and those who were patriots had not, unfor tunately, seen anything of the wagon. The youths put in the afternoon searching for the Liberty Bell, but without success. When evening came and the hostilities ceased for the day the Liberty Boys made their way to the encampment, and Dick reported their failure to General Washington. The commander-in-chief was greatly disappointed, but said that it was possible that the bell might be found even yet. "I hope that such may be the case, sir," said Dick. After some further conversation he saluted and withdrew. He went back tg where the Liberty Boys were quartered, antl , after they had eaten their supper, he said to them : "Let's scatter out through the city, boys, and see if we can get on the track of the Liberty Bell." The youths were willing, and they at once set out. They scattered in all directions. Presently Dick found himself over on the east side of the city, and he was walking slowly along, wondering if the Liberty Bell would ever be found, when suddenly he felt a touch on the arm. He whirled instantly, to find a boy of about fifteen years standing beside him. "Say, mister, ye're er patriot sojer, hain ' t ye?" the boy queried. "I am," was the reply; "what do you want?" ".Air ye lookin' fur sumthin' ?" "I am," in some surprise. "I bet I know whut et is." "What?" "Er big bell." Dick started and gazed at the boy eagerly. Was he to 'get on track of the Liberty Bell, after all?" He hoped so. "What do you know about a big bell?" be queried, eagerly. 'I seed wun this arternoon." "YOU did?" "Ye bet I did!" "Where?" "Not very fur frum beer." The boy cast cautious glances around him as he talked, as though he was afraid he might be heard. "Who had the bell?" asked Dick. "Some men." "Was it in a wagon?" "Yep--we'n I furst seed et." "Ah! they took it out of the wagon, then?" "Yep." " \Vbat did they do with it?" "They tuck et inter er house." Dick was deeply interested now and greatly exc ited. He believed that he was going to learn the hiding-place of the bell. "Say, boy, are you telling the truth?" he asked, somewhat sternly. "Uv course I am. W ' y would I tell ye ennythin' but ther trooth ?" "Well, I didn't know. And will you show me the house tl1is bell was taken into?" "Whut'll ye gi• e m e ?" Dick understood the matter now; the boy hoped to gain something by giving him the information. This made him I all the more certain that the boy was telling the truth, however. "I'll give you two shillings." "Gimme four an' I'll show ye ther house thet they tuck ther bell inter." "All right, I'll do it. Show me the house and then I'll give you the money." "Come erlong with me, mister." The boy led the way to the next corner and turned to the right. When they had gone to about the middle of the block he stopped and indicated a dark, gloomy-looki:g brick building with a half-basement under it. "Is that the house?" asked Dick. "Yep." " You are sure?" " Uv course I am." "Which door did they take the bell in through?" "They tuck et inter de basement, mister." "Ah!" This sounded reasonable, and so Dick drew four shillings from his pocket a:ad gave it to the boy. "T'ank ye, mister." Then the boy ran off down the street and was quickly out of sight. Dick at once turned his attention to the house before him.


'l'HE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE LIBERTY. BELL. Not a light was visible at any window. "It looks d ar k and gloomy enough , at any rate," thought the youth. He did not h esitate long, but stepped down into the ha1basement and hold of the doorknob and, turning it, pushed. . To his surprise the door opened. He hesitated slightly, but only for an instant, and then he stepped through the doorway into the darkness beyond and pushed the door carefully shut. The n e xt instant he was seized by strong hands I CHAPTER IX. CAPTURED. D ick struggled vigorously. He was not the kind of fellow to give up easily. He could tell by the feel of the hands that more than one person had hold of him. There were at least two assailants. But even so, Dick made it extremely lively for them. He made a desperate effort to break loose and get back out of doors, but was unable to succeed. The assailants were too strong for him. They finally succeeded in throwing him to the floor and .holding him there. Th e n one bound his arms together behind his back. The n they jerked him to his feet. " Bring him along," growled one. Dick f elt a hand grip each of his arm s, and he was pull ed along what was evidently a hallway. Pres e ntly the men paused and one opened a door. 'l'hen the y pull e d Di ck into a large, low-ceilinged room 2nd closed the door behind them. In the middle of the room was a table, and on this was , a c andle. Dick looked at his captors with some curiosity. "You recognize us , eh?" remarked one, pushing Dick < down into a chair. "Yes; you are the fellows who were going to break the -Liberty Bell to-pieces and s ell it to some dealer in old ;metal.'' The man nodded. "You are right; we are two of the men you had prison- • e r s up in the belfry of the State House last night, but to -ni ght t h e shoe is on the other foot." / "So it seems." Dick did not betray any signs of uneasiness, but neverthe less he was somewhat worried, for he did not like the men 's looks very well. He was sure that they were men who were unscrupulous and who would just about as lief ;k ill a fellow as not . But where was the bell? H e bad no doubt that these two men had been the prime ' l movers in getting away with the bell; but what had th • • done with it? It was not in this room, that was certain. But it was ,somewhere in the building, he doubted uot unless they had already broken it to pieces and carried sai pieces to some dealer in old metal. The two noted Dick's glance around the room an see n ied to guess what he was looking for. "You are wondering where the bell is, eh?" laughe one. "Well, it's safe, be sure of that. It's where yod. can' fin d it. You will never see it again." "Indeed?" remarked Dick. "Yes." "Well, sin c e you have me a prisoner, why not tell m where the bell is?" "It would do you no good to know." "Nor any harm." "True; but we don't believe in talking too much." "Why have you made a prisoner of me?" "For the purpose of making some money." Dick stared. "How do you expect to make money by making a pri oner . o . f me?" . "That is simple enough; you see, we have learned wh you are." 1''What of that?" "Well, we happen to know that General Howe is ver eager to lay hands on you, Dick Slater ! " "He is?" "You know he is." "How should I know it?" "Easily enough. You are aware that, nearly a year ag up in New York, General Howe offered a reward of fiv hundred pounds for your capture." "Is that so?" "You know it is." "Humph! And you are going to me over to a . nd claim the reward, are you?" , "We are." "I don't think you will get the money." "Why don't you?" "Because that offer was made nearly a year ago; th1 general has no doubt changed his mind about wanting m1 so badly as all that by this tir.• .... The Tories shook their heads: "We can't believe that," said the one who had done mo3 of the talking. "No," from the other; "I'll wager that he will be on!J too g lad to fork over the money in return for you." "I fear you are doomed to be disappointed." "We don't fear so." 'l' hey talk e d awhile longer, and then again Dick aske where the bell was. The men shook their heads. "You don't need to know," said one. "It wouldn't Q you any good to know, in fact." "It would be a satisfaction to me."


'l'HE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE LIBERTY BELL. 15 "Which is another reason for not telling you," with a harsh laugh. "You see, we don't bear you any too goodwill for the manner in whieh you treated us last night." "You will at least be willing to tell me whether or not the bell has been broken to pieces." "Oh, yes; we will tell you that.'! "Well?" "It has been broken up into small pieces," coolly. Dick looked at them searchingly. "Are you telli1% the truth?" he queried. . "Certainly; didn't we go up into the belfry with hammers in our hands for the purpose of breaking the bell to. pieces last night?" "Yes." "Well, having gotten the bell into our posse . ssion to-day, is it not reasonable to suppose that we would break it up at once?" "Yes, I suppose "You know it is; and rest assured of one thing, you nor any rebel will ever again lay eyes on the Iaiberty Bell !" "You scoundrels!" cried Dick, angrily. Both Tories laughed. "You .are a bit angry, eh?" grinned one. "I am!" "Well, it won't hurt us any; so go ahead and get as angiy as you like." "I shall remember your faces," said Dick, in a quiet but threatening voice, "and if it really does transpire that you have broken the Liberty Bell to pieces, then I shall make it my business to bunt you up and settle with you for your vandalism ! " Again the Tories laughed. "Big talk from a prisoner!" said one, sneeringly. "I wiE do my best to make my words good," grimly. "But that bes.t won't be much. You are doomed, young man, don't you realize that?" "No." "i:fell, you ought to. We are going to turn you over to General Howe, who will order you to be shot or hanged!" "That may never come to pass; you can't tell what is in the future, you know." "But that is reasonably certain. We have you here a prisoner; you cannot get away, and we are as certain to turn you over to General Howe as that the sun shall rise tin the morning." I "ferhaps so." "There is no 'perhaps' about it." Then the Tory pointed to a rude cot over in one corner and went on: "You are to be left here till morning. There is a cot on which you can sleep." "Are you going to free my hands?" Dick queried. "No." "This is a strong room; I cannot get away. I wish you would free my arms; they pain me this way." "We can't grant your request; you will have to endure he pain as best you may." Then the two left the room, locking the door behind them. They took the candle, thus leaving Dick in darkness. He made his way over to the corner and sat down on the edge of the cot. "I don't fancy this at all !" he murmured. "Those scoundrels will certainly turn me over tG General Rowe,. and the chances are that he will have me put to death as. a spy!" The outlook for Dick was indeed not a pleasing one. CRAPTER X. UNEXPECTED All). Dick Slater, however, was not one who ever gave way toa feeling of despair. During the time that he had been in the p atriot army he had been in a number of desperate situations, and had s ucceeded in escaping each time, and this had imbued him with a feeling of confidence that, no matter how dark the outlook might be at any time, there was alway s a chance that things would turn out right in the end. So now, although his situation seemed hopeless, yet he did not give way to despair. He was determined that he escape, if such a thing was possible. His first move was to test the bonds binding his They were tight, so tight indeed that they hurt. He pulled and strained at the rope, but could not loosen it a particle, so far as he could determiiie. "They did their work well," he murmured. "I don't believe that I can get my arms free." He rested a few minutes and then made another attempt at loosening his bonds. The result was the same as before. He could not loosen them. "As I can do absolutely nothing with my arms bound, the only thing for me to do is to lie down and take matters as easy as possible, I suppose," he murmured. He threw himself back at full length on the cot. He lay there musing. He wondered if the Tories really had broken the Liberty Bell to pieces. The thought that such was probably the case caused him more worriment of mind than his own predicament. He had been very proud because of having saved the Liberty Bell from destruction the night before, and now

16 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE LIBERTY BELL. ><; -,----=========================================================================================l Perhaps another hour passed, and then Dick heard a moise. Someone was at the door ! He doubted not that, the person was one of the Tories -coming, probably, to see if he was still there safe and . -sound. "As if there was the least possible chance for me to . escape !" he thought. He heard tlfe key turn in the lock. There was half a minute of silence, and then the door . opened, and into the room, candle in hand, came-not one of the Tories, but one of the most beautiful girls Dick had ever seen. She was not more than seventeen years old, he was sure, and she had a sweet and kindly expressiqn that was pleas ing, to say the least. She closed the door carefully and advanced toward Dick, who sat up on the edge of the cot and stared at her in won dering amazement. "Who are you, miss?'' asked Dick. "My name is Nora Martin; I am the daughter of one .of the men who brought you here, Mr. Slater." do not wish to give it it will be all right. to decide." 'l'he girl looked smilingly at him. "You wish to know about the bell?" Dick nodded. "Yes," he said . I leave it to yo1.. she queried. "I am glad that I can tell you about the bell," she said; "but I am sorry that the information I have to give you will be anythillg but pleasing'." "Then they have broken the bell to pieces!" exclaimed Dick, a tone of disappointment and sorrow in his voice . The girl shook her head. "No," she said; "the bell has not been destroyed, but it has been pla{!ed out of your reach." "How is that? Where is the bell?" "It is on board a ship." Dick started. "On board a ship !" he exclaimed. "Yes." "But what? I don't understand--" "There is a ship lying at the wharf, but due to sail at midnight to-night. My father is a friend of the captain, and the captain happened to learn that my father .a.11.d his , "You know who I am, then!" companions had secured the Liberty Bell. He f rnght "es; I heard father and the others talking a.bout you." that he could make some money by taking the bell i,,, Eng Dick regarded her curiously. land; he is sure that the king will pay him a large sum "What are you going to do?" he asked. for bringing it over there." "I am going to set you free." "I ,, a n k "It 1 h " He 'I'h L"be t B , h t 1 d "th . see, sru ic . is a c ever sc eme. e i r y oy s ear WI Joy. . th ht f 1 k. f 1 th fl "Thank 1,, h d "b t d 1 . h t 1 oug a ew moments, oo mg rowmng y at e oor. you. e ; u o you rea ize w a "Y t hi h" .1 t d ht?" h k d d . ?" ou say s s ip sa1 s a m1 mz . e remar e , you are omg . tl presen y. "Yes; I know father will be very angry, but he may not "Yes, Mr. Slater.'' that I set you free; .and even if I knew he would "Is it a. warship?" out I would Just the same, for I am a patriot "No, an ordinary transport and passenger ship." g.irl, and I that if you are turned over to "Do you know the name of the vessel?" Howe, you will probably be shot. I cannot bear to think " 'Queensland.' " of that, and so I am going to save you." "Thank you Miss Nora." "Thank you, Miss Nora.! You may r.est assured that if The girl looked at him eagerly. ever I get the chance to do you return for what "Do you think? Are you going to try to--" She you are about to do for me, I will do it . pa.used and hesitated. "I am sure of that, Mr. Slater." "Yes, Miss Nora; if I succeed in getting away from Then the girl stepped to Dick's side and cut the rope here in safety I am going to make an attempt 'co recover binding his wrists , with a knife that she had concealed in the Liberty Bell." the bosom of her dress. Dick rose to hi,s feet and stretched his arms and then he rubbed them briskly to get the blood to circulating freely. While doing this Dick was thinking, and at the same time he was eyeing the girl thoughtfully. He was wonder ing if it would be wrong for him to try to secure some in formation regarding th6 bell from this girl who had been so kind to him : He decided to broach the subject and leave the matter to her. "Miss Nora," he said; "you have done so much for me that I have thought that perhaps you would do more. I would like to secure some information from you, but if you The girl shook her head. "I don't think you can succeed,'' she said; "it is at least half-past _ eleven now, and the ship will sail within half an hour." "I may fail; but I am going to try to save the Liberty B e ll, Miss Nora." "I hope you will succeed ! " "I hope so, but now I will get away from here at once. I have not an instant to lose." , "True, sir; come with me." "You know the way out without a light, do you not,u Miss Nora?" "Yes, sir." "Then blow out the light. I don't want to risk being


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE LIBERTY BELL. ered, and, too, it will be safer for you, for if you to be seen your father would be sure that you set me " True, Mr. Slater." The girl blew the light out, and then the two made their y to the door and out into the hall. Pausing a . moment turn the key in the lock, girl then accompanied k along the hall to the 1 front door. She unlocked this the way of escape was open to the Liberty Boy. Dick took the girl's hand and pressed it wa.rmly. "I thank you sincerely and earnestly for what you have e for me, Miss Nora," he said; "you have in all proba'ty saved my life, and it is that you have helped e the Liberty Bell to the American people. . Rest as-ed that I shall always remember you with gratitude, d if ever the oppertunity presents itself so that I may you, a favor I will embrace it eagerly. Good-by!" "Good-by, Mr. Slater; and you are more than welcome all that I have done for you. I hope that you will sued in saving the Liberty Bell." "I hope so . . " Then, with another earnest good-by, Dick stepped ough the doorway and the girl closed the door and ked it. "I am s afe, thank goodness!" thought Dick; "and now save the Liberty Bell!" CHAPTER XI. THE PURSUIT. Although only a few minutes had elapsed since Dick me aware of the whereabouts of the Liberty Bell, he d done a wonderful amount of swift thinking. The ship , on which was the bell would sail at midnight. would be gone before he could reach the wharf, even re he to hasten straight there, and then, if he went, at could he do alone and unaided? Nothing, e knew. He could not save the Liberty Bell alone, even had he en able to get to the ship before it sailed . . Then the thing to do was to hasten back to the encamp nt and get his Liberty Boys and hasten to the wharf id go in pursuit. Dick knew that there were a number of sailing vessels various kinds and sizes anchored along the river front , d had made up his mind that he would take passion of one of these and pursue the "Queensland." "I believe that we may be able to catch the ship and ver the bell," he murmured, and then he set out for e encampment. He hastened his steps, and when he was where no one uld be likely to see him, he ran. _ :f t did not take him long to reach the encampment, and, passing the sentinel, he hurried . to the quarters occupied by the Liberty Boys. They were not lying down. They had become alarmed by his absence and had been searching high and low for him. A number of the youths, among them Bob, had arrived in ca;mp only a few minutes ahead of Dick. They greeted him delightedly. "Where have you been?" "What kept y0u ? " "Did you have an adventure?" "Did you find out anything about the Liberty Bell?" Such were a few of the questions, and Dick answered promptly but briefly. When the youths learned that the Liberty Bell was on board a ship that was to sail for England at iidnight-. had doubtless already sailed, for it was now a little past that hour-they were greatly excited. "We must save the Liberty Bell, Dick!" "Yes, yes!" "But can we do it?" "How can we?" Such were a of the exclamations. "We must save the bell, boys," said termined that we will do so." "But how, Dick?" from Bob. Dick ; "I am de"We will get a vessel and go in pursuit, Bob." "That's a good plan!" "Yes, that's the thing to do!" "Yes, yes!" "But do you think 'Ye can overtake the ship, Dick?" Bob wanted to know. "We will keep after the ship and catch it, or chase it c le ar across the ocean, Bob!" said Dick, determinedly. "That's the talk!" The youths got ready hastily and set They were not long in reaching the wharf. They made their way along the wharf looking at the different vessels. Presently Dick stopped beside a schooner and said to the boys: . "I think this vessel will be as fast any that we will find. Let's go aboard." "Lead the way, Dick; we'll be right with you,'7 from Bob. . Dic k climped aboard, followed by the other youths, and n s ailor who had been sitting with his back against the cabin rose and came forward to meet them. "A vast, thar, who air ye fellers?" the sailor cried. "We are patriot soldiers," replied Dick; 'fand we want the use of this schooner for a few hours." "Ther capt'in hain't heer, an' so ye kain't hev ther s chooner," was the reply. "Are there any more sailors on board besides yourself? " queried Dick. , "Yas." "Enough to handle the vessel?" "Sart'in."


e e 18 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE LIBERTY BELL. "Very well; rout them out and set sail at onC; we' re To the southeastward, about two miles away, w going down the river." ship. r "Say, air ye goin ' to steal ther schooner?" Dick and the old sailor were standing in the bow "No, simply borrow it a few hours. We want to over-ahead. take a ship that sailed about an hour ago-the 'Queens-"Are you sure that is her?" queried Dick. land.' Do you kl).ow anything about her?" "Ye bet! W'y, I'd know thet ole tub in any waterso.1 "Do I? I bet ye I do! I sailed on her onct." "All right; lay the schooner alongside her as quickie "Is she a fast sailer?" as possible." l t "Ez fast ez a tub,'' with a sniff of contempt. "We wull." u "Can this schooner catch her?" The old sailor, who was indeed the third mate and "Ye bet!" only officer on board, sent the sailors aloft, wd they set '" "All right; get the other sailors out and put them to the sail possible. e1 work." The speed of the schooner was increased materially." "I darsent, young feller." She began lessening the distance between herself ai'' "But you the Queensland perceptibly. " 'I'he sailor still hesitated. "Thet's better," said the old sailor, approvingly; ' ' "Ther capt'in'll kill me when he fin's out whut hez hapthis rate we'll overhaul thet ole tub in erbout an hom' I pened, ef I do whut ye tell me ter." "Good!" said Dick. "Well, we'll kill ' you if you don't do it! Take your He went and told the boys what the old sailor had sa choice. I mean what I say! We are going to take the 'l'hey were well pleased. schooner if we have to run the vessel ourselves, so you had Some of them were not very good sailors, wd they better get the sailors out and put them to work and thus not want to have to go out upon the ocean, as they kn make sure that the schooner won' t be run ashore and they would be seasick. wrecked." "We'll catch the Queensland before she reaches l "Ye'll come back beer arter ye hev ketched ther 'Queensmouth of the bay," Dick declared. i lan' ?" "I hope so!" said Mark Morrison, who was even nee "Yes." sort of pale. . "All right; I'll git ther boys out." "Yah, vos peen hobin' so, mineselluf!" from Carl Goq He hastened to the forecastle and soon had the sailors enspieler, whose face had lost some of its ruddiness. on deck. j The chase continued, and at the end of half an hour They grumbled audibly, but they realized that it would Queensland was not more than a mile ahead. do no good to rebel or remonstrate; there were nearly one hundred of the young strangers, and they could easily overpower the sailors if the y got stubborn. The sailors quickly got the anchor up, hoisted .sail, and presently the schooner was moving down the river at a fair rate of speed. . "How long will it take to catch the Queensland?" Dick asked the sailor with whom he had done most of the talk ing. \ . "I dunno; we may ketch her afore daylight, an' then ag'in we mayn't." "All right ; do your best." "We wull, fur we wanter git back ter our anchorage ez quick ez posserble." On down the river sailed the schooner. CHAPTER XII. AN ANGRY CAPTAIN. "Thar she is ! " The sun was just rising. The schooner had plowed her way down the river, and now she was just entering the bay. Closer and closer the schooner drew to the ship, and was seen that those on deck on the Queensland were ing the schooner. Doubtless they wondered what the ves! was pursuing them for. Closer and still closer the schooner drew, and presen was within hailing distance. The old third mate stationed himself in the bow, an making a trumpet of his hands, yelled out: "Ship, ahoy!" • "Ahoy the schooner!" came back from the captain the ship. "If ol' steady ter yer course; we're coming alongside." "What do you want?" l "Y e'll fin' out purty soon." The captain of the Queensland was evidently surpris but he may have thought that there was someone on tl schooner who wanted to take passage for England, so I was not alarmed, seemingly. The Liberty Boys, acting on Dick's suggestion, had e tered the cabin, and were not visible, so the captain of tJ Queensland was not made suspicious. Had he seen blue-coated youths he might have suspected what " wanted. Closer and closer drew the schooner, and presently was alongside the large vessel. The two vessels were quickly lashed together, and th1


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE LIBERTY BELL. 19 the cabin swarmed the Liberty Boys, with Dick at used the weapon; but at any rate he got no chance, for head. . 1 Dick 19aped forward and wrested the pistol from his hand late the captain realized that he was in for trouble; and tossed it ove rboard. far as that was concerned, he could not have got This enraged the captain of the Queensland, and he , even had he known why he was being chased. struck at Dick fiercely. hat does this mean?" he cried, confronting the I The blow, had it land e d , would have knocked Dick sense. less; but it did not land. t means that you hav.e something on board your ship The Liberty Boy brushed the captain's arm aside, and does not belong to you, and that we have come after th e n out shot his fist. to get it," replied Dick, quietly. Smack! e captain started and looked at the youth sharply. The fist landed fair between the capta in' s eyes, knocking omething that doesn't belong to me?" he repeated,, him down. ending to be puzzled. The sailors and the first and second mate of the Queens-Yes." . land were standing near, and they saw the downfall of. What can it be?'' ! th e ir captain with considerable surprise; he was a large, A bell." p o werful man, and had always held them in awe by his A what?" in well simulated surprise. strength and fierceness, and now to see him go down before Yes; the Liberty Bell." this beardless youth was, to their way of thinking, a very he captain shook his head. surprising circumstance. I have nothing of the kind on board," he said. They made no move to assist their superior officer, for I know better," declared Dick, coldly: "I am informed the y realized that it would be unwise; what could a dozen 'tively that you have the Liberty Bell on this ship, and of them do against the eighty or ninety young fellows, all want it." of whom were armed to the teeth, so to speak? 'You have been misinformed." The captain lay still a few moments blinking up at the t was evident that the captain was going to try to de-sky; it was plain that he was slightly dazed by the blow re the youths. and the jar of the fall. •It won't do," said Dick; "we know the bell is here, The n h e scrambl e d to his feet. we are going to have it." "Seize that youn g s c oundr el!" he roar e d to his men; 'Why, sir , " blustered the captain; "this is piracy! You j "seize him and tie him to the mast! We will flog him e no right to board my ship in this fashion and make to within an inch of his life I" ands upon me." I "We daren't do it,"captain," said the first officer, touch 'I think we have," quietly; "at any rate, I know we ing his cap; "those young fellows outnumber us seven or e the might, and we are going to have the bell, so you eight to one, and they are armed, while we are not. We ght as well some of your men to bring it forth can do nothing." once." "What! is it mutiny!" roared the captain. "Has it he captain shook his head. come to this? I will kill every mother's son of you if you 'I will give no such order, for it could not be obeyed," don't obey my orders in!ltantly !" declared; "there is no bell on this ship." "You are foolish, captain," said quietly; "your 'You cannot deceive me." said Dick, coldly; "I know officer, here, is sensible. If they were t<> attempt to seize Bell is on board this vessel, and I am going me m y men would make short work of them. The best have it. For the last time, will you have some of your t1l,ing you can do is to submit to the inevitable with as n bring it on deck?" good g race as possible." 'I will not, because I cannot." "Then I will have revenge on you for that blow!" the "Then we will search the vessel and find the bell ourc a ptain cried, viciously. "I'll break every bone in your ves." body!" and he made a furious attack on the youth. "Don't you dare attempt such a thing!" cried the capProbably the majority of those who were watching the n,. trying to intimidate the youth; "you have no right affair thought that now the captain would speedily get the . search my vessel, and you shall not do it!" bett e r o f the youth , but they were destined to learn differ-"We have the might, as I said a moment a g o , and we e ntl y . going to have that bell! That is all there is about it!" Dick gave way before the onslaught of the other for a en Dick turned to his Liberty Boys and went on: few momentf, and then, the captain becoming winded by "Scatter and s ear c h the vesse l thoroughly, boys. The his exertions and slackening up in the attack,. the youth 1 is somewhere on board." took the offensive and fairly rained blows upon the face "Stop!" roared the captain. and c hest of the captain. "Go on, Liberty Boys," said Dick, calmly. They were hard blows, too, for Dick put considerable The captain jerked out a pistol, with an exclamation of force into them, and the captain was forced back in his e. It is impossible to say whether or not he would have turn , a1l.d then, suddenly seeing an opening, Dick dealt the


20 , THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE LIBERTY BELL. officer a terrible blow on the jaw, knocking him down with a crash. The captain lay still. He had been. rendered senseless by the fearful blow. Exclamations of amazement escaped the lips of the spectators. "Wonderful!" "That beats anything I ever saw!" "He is too much for the captain!" "Yes, but I would never have believed it possible if I hadn't seen it!" "Nor would I !" Such were a few of the exclamations. The old third mate of the schooner had followed the Liberty Boys aboard the ship, and he had watched the affair with no little interest and wonder. ,.,. "Ye' re ther bes' man I ever seen, shipmate, an' thet's er fack !" he declared. "Say, I believe you have killed him !" exclaimed the first mate of the Queensland, who h!!d knelt beside thti captain and was feeling over the officer's heart. "Oh, no; he's worth a dozen dead men yet,'' said Dick. CHAPTER XIII. 'l'HE BELL IS RECOVERED. Suddenly a shout went up from the hold, where a number of the Liberty Boys had gone in search of the bell. Dick hastened to the opening leading to the hold. "Hello!" he called down; "what are you yelling about?" "We've found it! We've found the Liberty Bell t'' came bac k in joyous tones. "Good! Bring it to the foot of the ladder and tie a rope to it; then climb out and we will pull the bell up onto the deck." "All right, Dick." The youths obeyed, and a few minutes later had the bell resting at the foot of the ladder at a point directly under the ope.ning. They tied a rope to the bell and then climbed up the ladder, bringing the other end of the rope with them. When all had climbed out of the hold they took hold of the rope and hoisted away with all their strength. The Liberty Bell was lifted up through the opening, and a few minutes later rested on the ship's deck. The captain had just come to, but was too weak and dizzy to rise to his feet. He sat up, however, supported by the first mate. Dick turned to the captain and said, quietly : "We have found the Liberty Bell, captain; there it is," nodding toward the bell. "Well, take the bell and get off my ship just as quick as ever you cap.!" the captain snarled, weakly. . "All right, captain," said Dick, cheerfully; "that is what we came here for, and would have done so pea if you had permitted it." "I don't want to hear any more taJk out of angrily. "Get the bell off my ship and take yourselv just as quick as you can!" "Very wen, sir,'' with a smile. 'l'he Liberty Boys carried the bell and placed it on the schooner, after which the sailors untied. the ropes held the two vessels together, and the ship went on its toward the ocean, while the schooner headed around s tarted up the Delaware. This proved to be slow work, as they had to heal against the wind, and Dick realized that it was going t afternaon before they reached Phil'adelphia. 'l'hen the thought struck him that it was possible the British had captured the city ere this, and that patriot army had been forced to retreat into the co north and west from the city. In that case it would be folly to return to Philade with the bell. They would only lose it, after having gone to trouble to save it. Dick told Bob his fears. "I think it will be hardly safe for us to return to Pl tlelphia with the bell, Dick," said Bob. "Then what shall we do?" "Let's make a landing a few miles this side of the and then make a wide detour and get around onto the . s ide." "But we couldn't carry the bell, Bob. "Get a team and wagon." Dick nodded. "That's the thing to do,'' he assented. About one o'clock Dick told the captain that he w to take the bell ashore. "Bring the schooner to and lower a boat-the bi boat you have," he commanded. , "All right, sir,'' said the olQ. sailor. ( He gave the command the schooner was broug . a stop; then a boat was lowered and the bell was pl . in it. Two sailors, to do the rowing, and half a dozen of , Liberty Boys got into the boat, and soon it reached , west shore. The bell was taken ashore and the Liberty Boys mained there, while the boat went back for another It took an hour to get the Liberty Boys all ashore, l then the schooner started on its way up the river. t "Yonder is a farmhouse, boys,'' said Dick, poin "we will carry the bell there and see if we can get tl:1 of a team and wagon." Eight of the boys seized hold of the bell and carri without much difficulty. Twenty minutes later they almost paralyzed the fa by appearing in his front yard with the Liberty Bell, w they carefully deposited oh the ground.


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE LIBERTY BELL. woman and three small children came to the door and there staring at the youths. be farmer had advanced and was standing near, gazing at the Liberty Boys and then at the bell. Who in nation air ye fellers?" he asked. "We are the Liberty Boys, sir," replied Dick. "An' whut's thet ?" pointing to the bell. That ' s the Liberty Bell." ''Oho, ther Liberty Boys hev got er Liberty Bell, hey?" "Yes," with a smile 1 "D'ye kerry e t aroun ' with ye all ther time?" "Oh, no, sir." "Whut air ye doin' with et heer, then?" Dick explained as briefly as possible and as fully as he ught necessary, and then asked if they could get the of a team and wagon the rest of the day. "Wbar ye wanter go?" "We want to make a detour and get around to the north the city." The man hesitated. "I'm needin' my bosses ter work on ther farm with," be a. "We will pay you for the use of the team and wagon, " "How much?" • Dick saw the man was eager to make all he could out the affair, and so he said: "We will pay you a fair price, but not an exorbitant e. We take the team and wagon by force if we ed to do so, and could keep it, but we don't care about ing so if you will let us have the use of the team and gon at a reasonable price." "Oh, waal, I'll do thet, uv course," hastily. "Wbut e say ter eight shillin's fur ther res' uv ther day?" "We will pay you that sum. Hurry and hitch up." "All right; I'll hev ther bosses hitched up in er jiffy." The farmer hastened to the stable and the Liberty Boys rried the bell and placed it in the wagon. The women and children watched the youths in open uthed wonder, but the little chaps were afraid to come t where there were so many blue-coated youths. Presently the man brought the horses and hitched them the wagon. "Air ye reddy?" he asked. "Yes," replied Dick. "Which way shall I go?" "You know the roads better than we do; go in such a y as will take us around to , the west and north of Philalphia '!'ithout our getting nearer than two miles of the " ".All right." Then to his wife he called out: "I'll be k sometime bertween sundown an' midnight, ole man." He drove out of the lot and away up the road, and the berty Boys followed on foot They did very well until about two o'clock, when they Te almost due west of Philadelphia and about two miles , from the city, when suddenly they caught sight of a party of British troeper s c oming galloping toward them. C H.APTER XIV. " ROUTING THE TROOPERS. "Stop !" c ried Dick to the farmer; "let us get in front of you." ; ".All right, m is ter. " The farmer sto pped his horses at once. He was e vidently only too glad t o do so. He realized that there was going to be trouble between the two parties, and he didn ' t want to get mixed up in it. "I'll turn aroun' an' drive back er leetle ways," he said. ".All right," assented Dick. The farmer turned and drove back in the directi o n from which he bad just come, while the Liberty Boys took up their station behind trees beside the road. .As troopers came closer it was seen that there were about one hundred o f them. "A pretty s trong force," commented Dick. "Yes , but w e can thrash them easily enough, Dick," from Bob. "We must do it, Bob." "We are not going to let the scoundrels get the Liberty Bell!" "Not a bit of it!" On came the troopers at a gallop. They had undoubtedly seen the Liberty Boys, but probably they had n o t sized the force up as being as strong as was really the c ase, for they rode along unhesitatingly, and did . not seem to have any fears whatever. This suited the Liberty Boys, however. ''We'll make them wish they had advanced with more caution!" said Dick, grimly. "That' s what we will!" from Sam Sanderson. The troopers were almost within musket-sho t distance now, and Dick gave the signal for the youths to take aim. They leveled t heir muskets and took careful aim. Now the redco a t s were within range, and suddenly Dick gHe th e comman d : "Fire!" The youths obeyed. Crash ! Roar ! Loudly the v o11ey rang out. It was a dead l y one. At l e a s t th irty of the trooper s went down, dead and wounde d . Thi s was a ;;hock to the rest. They utt e red w ild yel1s of rage and :fired a volley into the timber in t h e d irection of the Liberty Boys. Needle s s to say the youths were careful to shelter their


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE LIBERTY BELL. bodies well behind the trees, and the result was that not much damage was done them. Groans and shrieks of pain went up from the wounded. The riderless horses leaped about, neighing, frightened, and not knowing what to do. "Now with the pistols, Liberty Boys !" yelled Dick. Crash! Roar I The youths fired promptly and considerable damage was done, as the troopers wei;e now close at hand. The redcoats returned the fire, but they practically wasted their bullets; the youths were so well sheltered that it was almost impossible to injure them. Again the Liberty Boys fired a pistol-volley. Several more redcoats fell out 0f their saddles. This was too much for the rest, and they turned and dashed back up the road in the direction of Philadelphia. The Liberty Boys gave trtterance to a wild cheer. They had defeated the troopers and put them to flight. They stepped out into the road and looked over the scene. Dead and wounded sold.ia:s lay all abont them. The groans of the injured were something terrible to listen to. But the Liberty Boys had no time to waste; they must make the most of their opportunity and get out of the neighborhood as quickly as possible. A strong force of British troopers would come after them, they feared. "We will catch the horses of the dead and wounded and then get away from here," said Dick. They proceeded to do this, and Dick had just got hold of the bridle-rein of one of the horses when a cry from .Bob attracted his attention : "Look at that old farmer! He's running away with the bell!" Dick looked down the road, and sure enough, there the farmer was, almost a mile away, and whipping his horses to theiJr best speed. "You boys follow me as quickly as possible!" cried Dick; "I will catch that old rascal and bring him up with a shO'.rt tur.n." He leaped into the saddle as he spol}e and dashed away after the wagon at a gallop. He urged the horse to its best speed, and was soon rap idly overhauling the farmer. When he was within a quarter of a mile of the wagon the old farmer looked back, and when he saw Dick so close at hand he at once brought his horses to a stop. "Hello, did ye lick 'em, mister?" he said, as Dick rode up alongside. "We did," said Dick, sternly; "why were you trymg to run away with the bell?" "I wuzn't, mister. I didn' know but ye would git licked, an' I wuz tryin' ter save ther bell fur ye." Dick did not believe him, but he said, quietly: "All right." "Which way shall I go now?" "We will wait till the rest of the bo,xs get here and we will turn west, down that croio.sroad yonder." "All right, mister." The Boys reached the wagon presently. five had secured horses. "Now go ahead, old man," said Dick. The farmer drove away and turned down the road had indicated. They continued onward in this direction a couple miles, and then turned to the right and headed north. Dick wondered where the patriot army was. He was eager to find it. He would not breathe easy till the bell was safe in midst of the patriot soldiers. They stopped at two or three farmhouses and ask the patriot army had passed, but received answers in negative each time. They continued onward, moving at a moderate p however, and when evening came they went into camp the bank of the Schuylkill River. The farmer was not very well pleased when he le that he was not to be permitted to return to his ho that night. "Whut'll my ole woman think?" he exclaimed. "It can't be helped what she will think," said Di "we must have the use of the team and wagon till we join our army." "But ye prommussed thet I sh'd go back home night." "I supposed that we would be able to :find the pa army; as we haven't been able to do so you will have remain with us." The farmer knew it would be useless to expostulate, he said no more. Dick, hoping to find the patriot encampment, left c soon after supper to reconnoiter. CHAPTER XV. DICK IN PERIL. About a mile and a half up the road in the direction Philadelphia Dick came to a farmhouse. There was a light shining through the window, Dick decided to inquire of the farmer if he had seen patriot army. The youth advanced to the door and knocked. There were footsteps, and then the door was opened a rough-looking man, who scowled when he saw n whether at sight of the youth himself or at sight of blue uniform Dick could not guess. "Wbut ye want?" the man asked, gruffly. "I wished to ask if you have seen the patriot army this vicinity to-day, sir," said Dick, politely. The man shook his head.


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND TEE LIBERTY BELL. / o, I hain't seen et," he growled. brought out a couple of ropes, each about too feet in moment someone gave Dick a violent .shove from length. d, and he was sent headfirst through the doarway "Wull them do?" he queried. the house. "Nieely ,'' with a grim look. 'I\h.en he handed the ropes ore he could leap to hls feet he wns set upon by to the two &rldiens, wnh the .cmmna.J!ld: redooats, who quickly oound his arms.. "Tie them aronrul fue 1'ebe1'..s tbnmbsJ" e farmer stood there miching them with a grin. on Dick's eyes :flashed. . It was evident that .he wru; in symJ>athy with the "I warn you, lieutenant," he said, aternly, "not t,o do CBllSe. w.ha.t ycin haive in mind !'i 'ck was jerked to his feet and placed on a chair. "Ha, ha, ha!" the young officer laughed sneeringly;. the three :redcoats f.aced him .and gazed at .him '' will happen if I do it, eh?" phanily. ".Tn:st iilrris, that i:f you tortmre-in the :fimihi001 you . e rather took you by Slll'prise, eh?" rem . arked one, 'have .in mind :and do not end up .Ill)" the:m. I will you did," acknowledged Dick. ell, we have you here in our power, but I am willing ake a bargain with you, nevertheless." 'ck k>oked at the speaker inquiringly. ' What kind of a bargain do you wish to make?" he 'ed. e beard you ask this here if lie. had seen anyg of the patriot army." Yes." ell, that means that you wish to know. where it is." rue.'' Exactly; well, we want to know where a certain party bels, young fellows of about your age, are. They have e bell in their possession. Tell us where this party bels is and I will tell you where the main rebel can't accept your proposition," he said. ay, I'll wager that he's one of the members of the of rebels we are trying to locate!" spoke up one of other two redcoats. believe you are right, Simms," said tbe spokesman e trio. d wager anything on it." en we will have to make hlm reveal the whereabouts 's comrades," grimly. t will be a hard thing to do, likely; he looks like a born fellow.'' t h, well, we can take that out of him, I guess ! " aybe so." en the leader of the trio turnro again to Dick. ill you tell us where the party of rebels is encamped has the Liberty Bell in its possession?" 'ck shook his head . . cannot tell," he said. ou mean that you won't tell." e redcoat, a lieutenant by the way, became very • kill you, just as sure as that the-sun W'ili :rilre illl ihe ma>rn-ing !" The lieutenant laughed again, harshly, discordantly. ''Threatened men live long," he declared. "You can't frighten me, my bold yonng :rebel I'' "I am not trying to frighten you; I am simply stating a fact, that is all." "Bah!" The two so1dieirs .had by this time tied the repes to Dick's thumbs. Then, at the lieutenant's order, they bound his ankles together and freed his arms. . The cabin was a one-.story a&air, with only a half-foft, so there were a number of crossbeams, ovfil' which, at the lieutenant's commarul, the soldiers threw the loose ends of the ropes. "Now pull them mut," he ordered. This was done, and presently Dick stood there, with his arms extended above his head and with the ropes tied tigh.tly around his thumbs and almDst cutting into the flesh. The lieutenant stood in front of him, smiling malignantly. "How does it feel?" he jeered. "It doesn't feel any better or worse than what you will get when I take my tum at yon," was the grim reply. "Ha, .ha, ha ! Still harping on that string, eh?" Dick made no reply. "Are you ready to tell me where your encampment is?" the redcoat asked. Dfok shook ills head. "I cannot tell you where it is," he said. " Stubborn still, eh ?" "Call it what you will." "All right; we'll call it stubbo:rnneas, and I think that we have the means here to take that out of yon." Then he nodded to the two soklier.s. "Pull!" .he ordered; "we'll get him up onto his tipt.oes and see how he likes that!" The soldiers obeyed. Dick was forced to come up onto his toes in order to lessen the strain on his thumbs. e'll make you tell !" he cried. "Say, you," to the er, "have you a couple of pieces of rope anywhere d here?" "Hold him that way a minute," ordered the lieutenant; "till we see whether the pain he will have to endure will in one corner and bring him to his senses or not." as, I've got plenty uv et." e went to a cupboard-like affair


24 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE LIBERTY BELL. The men ceased pulling, but held the rope taut. Slowly the minutes rolled by, the lieutenant standing there grinning maliciously into Dick's face. The pain the youth was undergoing was indeed severe. His thumbs were paining him greatly, and also his toes. "Don't you think you had better speak?" sneered the lieutenant. "No," said Dick. "You really mean that you won't tell where your camp is?" "I really mean it!" This aroused the lieutenant's anger to the highest pitch. "Pull!" he cried, fiercely; "jerk the dog of a rebel off the floor and see how he likes that !" CHAPTER XVI. RESCUED. "Yes." r, "Well, that is about what one might expect from s villainous-looking trio." Growls of rage escaped the lips of the three, and hands went to the butts of their pistols. "Stop that!" sharply. "It will be bad for you i attempt to draw those weapons !" "Bah!" sneered the lieutenant; "you don't suppose you, one man, can get the better of three of the s oldiers, do you?" "Yes, I think that I might do so without much trou was the cool reply; "but that is not the situation. I half a dozen men outside, and that gives us odds of than two to your one." "I don't believe it!" "Don't you ? Listen ! " The captain called out, loudly : "Are you in position, boys? Answer one at a time Back came the answer, "Yes," from six different tions and in six different voices. "There; now you are convinced, I suppose?" from Before the . soldiers could obey the command of the lieucaptain. tenant, footsteps sounded on the porch. Then a voice was heard : "Surround the house, men ! We have the redcoats cooped up, and they can't get away !" The lieutenant and his men uttered exclamations of amazement and consternation. They glared at each other in questioning affright. What should they do? This was the question each was mutely aspng. The two soldiers let go of the ropes, and Dick was able to stand :flat-footed, which was a great relief. With a pull of his arms he drew the ropes from over the crossbeams. Just then the door was pushed open, and, standing there with cocked pistols in his hands, was a patriot captain. He surveyed tlte scene before him with keen and curious gaze, and as he noted the ropes binding Dick's ankles and around his thumb s , a dark and threatening look appeared on his face. Dick recognized the officer and he recognized Dick. "What have they been doing to you, Captain Slater?" he asked. Exclamations escaped the lips of the lieutenant and his two men. ' 'Then this young man they bad been torturing was the famous Dick Slater ! T hey stared at him with interest and curiosity. So great was this feeling that for the time being they forgot their own danger. "Dick Slater!" the lieutenant murmured. "They have been trying to make me tell where my Lib erty Boys are encamped, Captain Raymond," was the re-ply. . "The scoundrels! And so they descended to the exipedient of torturing you, did they?" "Yes; but what do you want?" "I want you to surrender." The lieutenant hesitated. "You had better do so," the captain said, quietly; you attempt to resist you will but seal your own d warrant." After hesitating a few moments the lieutenant said: "All right; we surrender." "That is sensible; lay your weapons on the floor." The three did so. Then the captain summoned his men and they en the room and bound the arms of the prisoners. While his men were thus engaged, the captain cut bonds binding Dick's ankles and remq,ved the ropes f his thumbs. The thumbs were swollen and almost b but by vigorous rubbing the blood was got to circula again, and soon they were back to their normal size appearance. Meanwhile the captain had explained to Dick that and his six comrades were out on a foraging and r noitering expedition. "We happened to run across a boy out here who sai had seen three redcoats push a young patriot soldier this cabin and make a prisoner of him," the officer co ued; "and we made up our minds to rescue you." "Well, you got here just in time," smiled Dick. then a grim look appeared on his face. "I have a settlement to make with the lieutenant the he said. "Eh?" from the captain. ''I warned him that if he went ahead with his pl torturing me I would settle with him, Captain Raymo and then Dick turned to the lieutenant. "Will you fight me if your hands are freed?" he


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE LIBERTY BELL. 25 . ill I?" eagerly; "well, you may be sure that I will!" All right; men, free his hands." he captain understood and appreciated Dick's feelings, he nodded to the soldiers to comply with Dick's re-t. • hey did so, and the lieutenant stood there unfettered. ick glanced around the room. There is room enough," he said. Oh, yes," sneered the lieutenant; "it won't take much to enable ine to give you a thrashing." That remains to be seen," with a cold smile. "I think it is you who will receive the thrashing." e young British officer laughed sneeringly. e doffed his coat and Dick did the same. Are you ready?" Dick asked. Yes, ready to give you the thrashing of your life!" usly. ick did not reply, but at once began an a,ttack. e forced the :fighting from the start, for he was detered to give the young British officer a thrashingi that ould remember a long time. e lieutenant was quite an expert ooxer, but he was no for the Liberty Boy. 'ck was more skillful, and he was also stronger and e active. he result was that he soon succeeded in landing a blow the young officer's jaw that laid him on the floor. e blow seemed to temporarily daze the lieutenant, he was not ready to admit that he was beaten. e scrambled to his feet and renewed the :fight. s suited Dick; he did not want to end the affair so y. He was not a youth who was viciously inclin.ed , but the manner in which he had been treated by the nant had aroused all his indignation, and he was de ined to have satisfaction for what he had suffered. e dealt his opponent blow after blow, bruising his face blackening his eyes, and then wound up by giving him er blow on the jaw that stretched him on the floor ' , senseless this time. There, I feel better," said Dick. e coolly donned his coat, while ' the soldiers ted him on the neat manner in which he had dispose& e young British officer. ey bathed the insensible officer's ace with water, and had him back to consciousness again. he fellow was very angry. e glared at Dick and said, :fiercely : I'll have your life for this, Dick Slater !" he youth merely smiled disdainfully. You will have enough to do to take care of your own , I think," he said, quietly. en they bound the lieutenant's arms again. Now, men," said Captain Raymond; "look around and see if there is not something in the way of food lies to be found on the premises." I hain't got nothin' thet's worth takin'," growled the of the house. "We'll see about it, anyway," said the captain. The soldiers looked around and found some meat in a smokehouse and some potatoes and cornmeal. They took everything. Then the captain turned to Dick. "How :far is it to your encampment?" he asked. "About a mile and a half." "In which direction?" "West." "Well, do you wish to rejoin the main army to-night?" "Yes; we have the Liberty Bell, and I want to get it safely back to the main army as quickly as possible." "All right; I'll let one of my men accompany you to your encampment and he will guide you to the main en campment. It is about a mile from here almost due north." "Thank y ou; we will join } ' OU there just as soon aa possible." "Very well; we will take the prisoners and go on." The captain and five of his men departed, conducting the three redcoat prisoners, and Dick and the other patriot soldier set out for the Liberty Boys' encampment. CHAPTER XVII. .A BRIGHT BOY. 'l'he Liberty Boys, with the Liberty Bell, were in the encampment of the main patriot army by eleven o'clock. They lay down and went to sleep then, feeling well satisfied with their achievement in saving the bell. Next morning, immediately after breakfast was over, Dick went to General Washington's tent and reported that he and his Liberty Boys had been successful in recovering the Liberty Bell. The commander-in-chief was delighted. "That is splendid, Dick!" he exclaimed; "you have indeed done a good thing! If the Liberty Bell is saved to the American people it is you whom they may thank for it." "It was accident that turned my thoughts to the bell in the first place," Dick said, modestly; "Bob and I just happened to overhear the Tories remark that they were going to go up into the belfry of the State House and the bell to pieces; otherwise we would likely never have thought of the bell at all." "Nor would we have done so," the commander-in-chief said. ":My mind has ' been so fully occupied with plans fo-.: holding the British in check and delaying their ad vance into Philadelphia that no thought of the bell would ev.or have entered my head, I am quite confident." 'Then he told Dick that there was some more work that he wiE-hed him to do. "I am going to retire with my army to Whitemarsh, abc-..1t twenty miles west and north from here," he


THE LIBERTY BOY AND THE LIBERTY BELL. plain:ed; "and I want to keep an eye on the enemy at the eame time; so I am going to ask that you and your Lib erty :Boys remain behind :i:n this vicinity and keep mi.tch on the British, my boy." "I shall be delighted to do this work, YO'III' was the reply; "and so will my Liberty Boys." "X was sure of that, Dick." After a little more conversation Dick saluted and withdrew. He went back and rejoined the Liberty Boys. "What did the commander-in-chief say, Dick?" queried Bob, eagerly. "He was delighted to know that the Liberty Bell had been saved. Bob." "I knew he would be." "Yes, and he complimented we Liberty Boys for our :work in saving it." "I teU you, General Washington appreciates good work, Dick," said Mark Morrison. "Yes," agreed Dick; "he is not very effusive in his praise, but he does not hesitate to give praise where it is due." Then he told them what the commander-in-chief wished them to do. "Hurrah!" cried Bob. "That is good news. I was afraid that we would have to go along with the main army up to Whitemarsh and sit around in camp and suck our timmbs." The youths laughed. "You don't like that kind of work, eh, Bob?" said Sam Sanderson. "I don't, for a fact. I want to be hustling." "Well, the work we are to do will be dangerous enough :to suit yo.u, I think," said Dick. "Yah, Poh vill be dangerousness to dot vork," said Carl Gookenspieler. "Oh, go on wid yez !" exclaimed Patsy Brannigan; "phwy don't yez say phwat yez mane, Cookyspiller?" "I vos mean vat I haf sait, you pet me your life, efery dime," declared Carl. "Oh, yez talk loike yez had your mouth full av hot mush!" sneered Patsy. "I lige me dose hot mushes," said Carl. "I lige fried mushes, you pet!" The Liberty Boys looked to their arms, cleaning their muskets and pistols and reloading them carefully. Then they brushed their horses and rubbed them down, and by this time the patriot army had broken camp and was marching away. "Are you not going with us?" inquired Captain Ray mond of Dick, as he marched past at the head of his company. "Ne, we are going to stay behind and do scouting and reconnoitering duty." ''Ah, that is all right." Dick took a survey of the suqounding country. Presently he pointed to a tree-covered hill half a distant. "That will be a gnod place for us to take up our tion," he said; '"we will be able to see the redcoats i parties come• out this way, while yet they are a m mare distant." "Yes, that will be a good location," _agreed Bob. They at once mounted and rode in the direction o hill in question. In those days there were few fences in. this part o country, so it was possible to go straight toward an tended destination. The hill was wooded clear down to the level ground when the youths reached the edge o:f the timber the mounted. "It will be easier to walk and lead the horses th ride up to the top of the hill," said Dick. They had advanced only a few paces, when Dick denly found himself confronted by a ragged boy of p ten years. He was a shrewd-faced little chap, however, and h his fing& on his lips and said, cautiously: "Ye're patriot sojers, hain't ye?" "Yes," said Dick, impressed by the boy's behavior speaking cautiously also. . "Wull, my pap's er patriot, an' so'm I. We live er mile frum heer. I wuz gatherin' hazelnuts up the er ways a little while ergo, an' I heerd somebuddy co I hid berhin' er tree and pmty soon I seed erbout t They passed close ter wheer I wuz hidin', heerd 'em tellin' ez how ye fellers wuz likely' u ther top uv ther hill, an' how they would hide an' ye a.xi' shoot er lot uv ye fellers down afore ye kn whut wuz goin' on!" "Aha!" murmured Dick; "so that's their game, They have arranged an ambush for us, eh?" "Yep; an' they're waitin' up theer fur ye now." "Well, we'll be there presently!" with a grim in tion. "You're right, Dick!" nodded Bob, his eyes gl eagerly. "I'm much obliged to you for the information you given us, my boy," said Dick. "Thet's all right, mister. I'm er patriot, an' I wanter let them redcoats git er chanst ter shoot ye a peeces ef I c'u'd he'p et." "You have done us an extremely good turn, my ho "You say there are only about twenty of them?" q Bob. "Yep." , "Well, they have pretty good courage to attack us, with the advantage of an ambush, eh, Dick?" "They hev bosses over on ther other side uv ther the boy explained; "I heerd 'em say they would giv' c ouple of volleys an' then they would retreet do wheer ther bosses air an' mount an' git erway af c'u'd do 'em enny hurt."


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE LIBERTY BELL. o, so that's their game!" e will spoil their plans, Bob." ow are you going to manage it, Dick?" e will tie our hQI"ses and advance till we are about ay up the hill, and then we will surround the redcoats thus cut off their retreat." at's the scheme, old fellow!" y hastened to tie their horses and then they stole up hill. they were about halfway up they spread out to the and to the left, and fifteen minutes later had comsurrounded the redcoats at the top o:f the hill. the signal went along the circle of Liberty Boys they began to advance. y moved slowly 8lld cautiomly. re was no hurry. ey' brought all their woodcraft into play and took tage of the trees, rocks and bushes to hide their ade redcoats, crouching at the summit of the hill and g down among the trees,. did not catch sight of a Liberty Boy, although the line of patriot youths was within twenty yards of them. eir leader, a captain, rose and stood gazing searc.hdown the hillside. t's kind of queer," he said aloud-loud enough so that and his comrades heard him, in fact; "I wonder what become of those blasted rebels, anyhow?" We're right here!" cried Dick, stepping out from bea tree and looking smilingly at the British officer. CHAPTER XVIII. RECONNOITERING .A.ND FORAGING. ever a man was surprised and startled, this British was! e stared at Dick for half a minute, his mouth open, eyes almost starting from their sockets. His companions, too, stared, paralyzed temporarily. ..., could not have lifted a musket to fire had they , ht of doing so and made the attempt. ut they never even thought of it. ey were so amazed and citartled by the sudden and cted appearance of the rebel that nothing else could their minds for the time being. Yes, we're here," said Dick, again breaking the silence; we want you to surrender." s aroused the captain, who glared angrily, and ex ed: engaged in a conversation on ordinary topics with a friend. "Well," said the captain, hotly; "you can keep -o• wanting ! We are not going to surrender !" "Ob, yes you are." "Never!" "If you are wise you will do so." "Bah! what do you think we are, anyway-cowards?" "Oh, no; but there is a difference, a marked difference, between bravery and foolhardiness." "I suppose you think we will be foolhardy if we re.fuse to surrender?" "I know it." "I don't think you do. Why> we here, well protectei by the trees, and we can hold a small anny at bay !" "Oh, no; you are sunounded by a force a.t least :fou times as strong as your own, so what can you hope t against it?" " Surrounded ! " "Certainly; we have you surrounded, and when it com• to woodcraft, we have you easily beaten. We can pick you off one at a time at our leisure if we wish to do so, and you will not be able to kill ever:. one of us." "You can't frighten us! We will kill as many of you 1 as you can kill of us." "Oh, no; you had better surrender." "Never!" "All right; then your fate be upon your c wn heads!" "Fire at the rebel, men ! " the cap tain; "shoot him down!" The men obeyed, :firing a volley, but Dick had been too quick for them, and was safe behind a tree before the first shot was fired. "Gofor then;:Liberty Boys!" Dick called out, loudly. "Teach them a lesson!" "We will !" in chorus. The youths obeyed the command. They did not fire a volley aimlessly and at random, as the British soldiers had done; but they began firmg as opportunities presented themselves, whenever they got sight o.f a redcoat. The shots were fired at interv:a:ls, therefore, and occa: sionally two or three shots would be fired at almost the same moment, two o:r three of the Liberty Boys having caught sight of redcoats at the same moment. The youths were expert marksmen, and they seldom missed. Occasionally one would fire at an arm or a leg, and as a general thing the redcoat who had thus exposed the limb would walk lame or carry an arm in a sling for awhile as a result. Oh, yon want us to surrender, do you?" And occasionally a shot proved to be deadly. •Yes." The result was that presently the redcoats got enough Dick spoke calmly and quietly, just as though he were of it.


28 'l'HE LIBERTY BOY8 AND THE LIBERTY BELL. They realized that it was only a question of time when their opponents would succeed in killing or wounding all of them. They conferred together and it was decided to surrender. Suddenly the captain called out: "Stop firing. We surrender!" "You are wise !" replied Dick. loudly: "Stop firing, Libert y Boys!" The y obeyed. Then he called out Then Dick aalled out to the Britis h captain: "You and your men step out in plain view and deposit your weapons on the ground!" "You won't fire upon us?" doubtfully. "After you have surrendered? What dp you think we are, heathens?" "AU right; we will do as you have ordered." The redcoats stepped out and their musket s and belts, with pistols in them, on the ground. Then the Liberty Boys approached and took charge of the-weapons and bound the arm s of the redcoats. "How did you know we were up here? " the British officer asked Dick, wonderingly. Dick smiled. "Oh, we find out things," be replied, evasively. He did! not to tell them the truth, as he feared it might get the boy into trouble in case any of the redcoats should mak e their later on. But the boy was t11ere, and was not a bit a fraid , for he said, with considerable show of satisfaction: "I tole 'em ye wuz heer." The officer glared at him. "Oh, you told them, did you?" he growled. "Yep." "Well, if I ever get the chance I'll pay you for that trick, you young whelp !" "But ye' ll never git ther chanst, I guess," with a grin. The boy did not seem to be alarmed. prisoners down to the point in question and assisted th to mount their animals. " We'll be 1 here on top of the hill when you come bac 8aid Dick to Sam Sanderson, who had charge of the pa that was to take the prisoners to Whitemarsh. "All right, Dick." Then they rode away. The Lib erty Boys made their way back up to the of the hill and went into camp. Tommy Sands, the boy who had rendered them such serv ice, stayed till evening, and then bade good-by went home to tell his folks the news regarding how he saved a lot of patriot soldiers from riding into an a bush. The youths shook hands with him before he went, invited him to come and see them again while they w in that vicinity. "Oh, I'll be back erg'in," he said. The Libert,v Boys made the hilltop their headquart for nearly a week while keeping a watch for the B ish. They sallied forth and chased two or three fora parties of redcoats on as many different occasions, and British soon learned to give that part of the country wide berth. It seemed that the British had given up the idea going in pursuit of the patriot army. Dick decided that such was the case, and he sent word General Washington that he believed that the redco would not leave the city that fall. The commander-in-chief thought so, too, and sent wo for the Liberty Boys to come to camp, which they did. They did a lot of foraging and reconnoitering that ter-for the British remained in Philadelphia all winte and ' made things very lively for such parties of redcoats ventured into the country. But what pleased them most at ,that time, and also after life, was the knowledge that they had been ins mental in saving . the famous Liberty Bell from dest ti on. THE END. The next number (238) of "The Liberty Boys . of '7 will contain "THE LIBERTY BOYS AND LYD DARRAH; OR, A WONDERFUL WOMAN'S WA "What are you going to do with us?" the British officer asked, addressing Dick. ING," by Harry Moore. "The little chap has tlie right kind of mettle in him!" sai d Bob to one of the Libert y Boys. The other nodded assent. "We are going to take you to our encampment as pris oner s of war." Then Dick named seventeen of the Liberty Boys who were to escort the seventeen prisoners to Whitemarsh. The seventeen youths in question went down to where the red c oats had left their horse s and took the animals around to where the Liberty Boys had left their horses. The other Liberty Boys, meanwhile, buried the three red coats who had been killed, after which they conducted their SPECIAL NOTICE: All back numbers of this w are always in print. If you cannot obtain them from newsdealer, send the price in money or postage stamps mail to FRANK TOUSEY, PUBLISHER, 24 UNI SQUARE, NEW YORK, and you will receive the you order by return mail.


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