The Liberty Boys and Benedict Arnold, or, Hot work with a traitor

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The Liberty Boys and Benedict Arnold, or, Hot work with a traitor
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• "Halt!" cried the redcoat; step more, and you die!' ; The Liberty Boys, taken by surp:i;ise, stop-• ped stood there, staring at the British soldiers. Meantime, tlie bo at was being pushed off, anci the Traitor was quickly out of harm's way


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 A Weekly Magaz i ne Containing Stories of the American Revolution . Issued, Weekly-By SubscripUon $2.50 per year. Entered, as Second Class Matter at tke ,New York, N. Y., Post OfTlce, February 4, 1901. Entered according to Act of Congress, in the 11ear 1905, in the office of the Librarian of Congress, Washington, D. C., bl/ Frank Tousey, 24 Union l:!quare, New York. No. 24-6. 1NEW YORK, SEPTEMBER 15, 1905. Price 5 Cents. CHAPTER I. THE TRAITOR. 'rhere was great excitement at patriot headquarters, on the east shore of the Hudson River, opposite West Point, on the morning of the 25th of September of the year 1780. General Arnold, the commander of West Point, bad turned traitor and had fled for his life. The commander-in-chief of the patriot army, General W a.shington, his officers and all the soldiers in the anny were laboring under great excitement. Mrs. Arnold, a wife of only two years, was upstairs in her room in hysterics. All was indeed excitement and confusion. The commander-in-chief and the members of his staff held a council, and while they were thus engaged the com mon . soldiers were discussing the matter . Perhaps none of :fuese latter were more interested and excited than was the case with a company of youths about nineteen years of age who were known as "The Liberty Boys of '76." They had known Benedict Arnold four years, and bad fought under him and had admired him for his bravery and dash and daring on the battlefield. He was exactly the kind of a soldier they liked, for they were daring and desperate fighters themselves. He was the last man they would have suspected of wish ing to turn traitor. But there was no doubt regarding the matter. A mes senger had arrived with news of the capture of a British officer, one Major Andre, and incriminating papers in Arnold's handwriting were found on the major's person . A couple of hours before this messenger arrived another one ha(l come with a message fdr Arnold. He was at breakfast at the time, but he had excused himself and had left the room and the house, stating that business of im portance called him across the river to West Point. That was the last that any of those at the headquarters building saw of him. The Liberty Boys, like the rest of the soldiers, discussed the matter with interest. They had admired Arnold, the man and patriot officer, but they bated and abhorred Arnold, the traitor. "Say, Dick," said Bob Estabrook, the lieutenant of the company, "don't you think it possible that we might be able to capture Arnold if w e were to make the attempt?" "I don't know, Bob," replied Dick Slater, t h e captain of the company, and a brave, handsome young fellow. "Let's try it, anyhow, old fellow!" eagerly. "Without permissio n ?" "Yes; the commander-in chief and the members of the staff are too busy now and too much worried to be bothered." Dick looked thoughtful. "I don't know whether it woUld do any good," he said. "Well, it could do no harm, Dick." "That's so, too." "Let's get after the traitor, old fellow!" "But we don't know where to look for him." "I can tell you." "You can ? " in surprise. "Yes; that is, I'll wager that I can." "Where is he, then?" "You remember that British sloopof-war . that we saw down the river a few miles the other day?" "The Vulture---yes." "Well, I'll wager anything that that is where Arnold has gone." "In which case he is already aboard the vessel, and it would be impossible to capture him." "Oh, well, something might turn up to make his capture possible . " "I don't see what it could be. " "He might come ashore for something, and then we might succeed in nabbing him." "True; well, there is nothing to do here, so I am will ing to go down the river and see if we can lay hands on the traitor." t' "Good for you, Dick!" "Who will go?" queried Mark Morrison, a hanqsome fellow of about the same age as Dick and Bob. "Just Bob and I will go, said Dick. "You will be in command here while we are away." "All right." Bob was eager to be off. He was. of an impulsive t.emperament, and could not brook delay. They were soon ready, and they set out southward along the shore of the river. They were not at all sure that they r would find the Vul ture, but there was a chance that the shi p would not sail toward New York at once, for Ar n old would probably


• 2 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND BEr EDICT ARNOLD. wish to communicate with General Washington regarding his wife, and this would take time. So the youths hastened onward, ready for whatever might turn up. On they strode, mile after mile, till they had gone about six miles, and then they suddenly came upon a patriot soldier sitting on a rock. He was soaking wet and looked as though he had been in swimming with his clothes on. Dick and Bob stopped and stared at the patriot. "Hello," exclaimed Bob; "who are you, and what are you doing here?" "My name is Joyce," was the reply; "I see you're pa triots, like myself, so I don't mind telling you how I hap pen to be here. I was one of the crew in the boat that that blasted traitor, Arnold, down to the Vul ture." 'l'he youths were greatly interested at once. "He is on the Vulture, then!" exclaimed Bob. "Yes, and what do you supppse the . scoundrel did?" "I don't know," from Dick. "Something mean, I'll wager," from Bob. "Well, I should say so. You see, he got us to row him to the British ship under false pretenses. He showed a white :flag, and told us that we were going there under a :flag of truce, and that he had a :flag which he was to deliver to the commander of the ship." "Yes," from the youths in unison. "And when we got to the ship he coolly informed us that we were prisoners." "Well, that was mean!" from Bob. "It was what might be expected from a man who would turn traitor," said Dick. "You are right," the patriot soldier said. "I tell you, the boys were mad!" "I'll wager that they were!" from Bob. "I guess I was about the maddest one of the lot, for I up and jumped overboard and struck out for the shore." "Bully for you!" cried Bob, enthusiastically. "That was rather a dangerous thing to ' do," :from Dick. "Yes, but would you believe it, the only person on that ship that :fired at me was--" "Arnold!" exclaimed Bob. The soldier nodded and then showed a slight wound on his left arm where the bullet had grazed the limb. "Yes, he fired at me twice, but not another soul offered to do so. I believe the British soldiers and officers were disgusted with him." "And I don't wonder," said Dick. "Well, I got away," with a sigh of satisfaction; "but the rest of the boys are prisoners aboard the ship." "How far down the river is the ship-or has it gone?" . :asked Bob. "It's still there--about two miles down." "Well, let's go on, Dick," said Bob. "What are you going to try to do?" the soldier queried. "We are after Arnold, and will try to capture him if he gives us half a chance." "Well, he won't do it, you may be sure of that." "I'm afraid that you are right," said Dick. They talked a few minutes longer and then parted company, the soldier walking northward up the shore and the youths going on southward. Half an hour later they came in sight of the Vulture. "There she is, Dick!" from Bob. "Yes." " She's still at anchor." "You are right." "Jove, maybe we may get a chance at Arnold yet!" "I wish that we might." They walked onward, and when they were still half a mile up the river from where the ship lay they saw a boat being lowered. Then some men got in and the boat headed toward the shore. Dick and Bob looked searchingly at the inmates of the boat, and suddenly Bob exclaimed: "Dick, that man in the stern is Arnold!" "Do you think so?" eagerly. '•Yes; I'm sure of it !)' "I hope you are right." , ' "I believe that am." "In which case we may get a chance at him." "Sure enough, Dick." "Let's hurry." , ' "All right." .They hastened onward, and when they were two hundred yards away from the point where th() boat landed they paused and looked closely, and Dick said, in a voice of excitement : "You were right, Bob. That is Arnold, sure enough!" CHAPTER II. ARNOLD ESCAPES FROJ.I DICK AND BOB. ., j Dick and Bob advanced slowly and cautiously, for they did not know but they might be shot down on sight. True, they did not have on their uhiarms, being dressed in citizen's clothing, but they had their muskets, and the redcoats would be suspicious of them. So they shielded themselves behind trees as best they could and kept out of sight. That is, for awhile. Presently, however, one of the red coats caught sight of them and gave utterance to an excla mation of alarm. "Look there!" he cried, pointing toward the youths . Arnold and one British soldier were on shore, but the instant he caught sight of the two youths Arnold leaped back into the boat and cried sharply: "Back to the ship, men!"


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND BENEDIO'f ARNOLD. Dick and Bob rushed forward, intent on trying to cap ture the traitor. They were reckless sometimes, and this was one of the times. Ttey knew that General Washington would give anything to get his hands on Arnold, and they were ready to take great risks in order to capture the traitor. TM British soldier stood his ground and quickly drew a pistol and leveled it at the youths. "Halt!" cried the redcoat; "one step more and you die!" The Liberty Boys, taken by surprise, stopped and stood there at the British soldier. Meantime the boat was being pushed off, and Arnold, the traitor, was quickly out of harm's way. The youths leveled their muskets and cried out for the sailors in the boat to turn around and return to the shore, but Arnold ordered them to pay no attention to the youths' words. "Keep right on rowing," he said; "they won' t fire, and if they do they won't be able to hit us." "Don ' t :fire!" cried the British soldier who had been left on the shore; "if you do I will certainly shoot at least one of you dead I" This threat would not have deterred the ' Liberty Boys, but they had no desire to kill Arnold, so they lowered their muskets. 'rhen they turned their attention to the Britis h s oldier. "Why did they l eave you behind?" Dick asked. "I am a messenger," was the reply; "I am to g o to the patriot headquart e r s up th e river and deliver a letter into t he hands of General Washington . " "Humph," said Dick. "So that's it, eh?" "Yes." "Why did Arnold come ashore?" "He was going to visit the home of a friend up yonder," pointing up toward the top of a slope. "Ahl So that was why he came, eh?" "Yes." Then a thought stru c k the redcoat, and he said: "Why can ' t you fellows take the message to General Washington ? You are rebels, aren't you?" "We are patriots, y es; but we are not going back up to headquarters right away." "What are you going to do?" suspiciously. "Oh, nothing in particular." " "Say, if you know when you are well off you won't try to c apture Arnold. You couldn't do it in a thousand years." "Oh, we are not thinkin g of doing that. We know we cannot do anything of the kind." "There is where you are sensible." The n the redcoat nodded to them and strode away up the river. Dick and Bob stood there gazing at the boat that was carrying the traitor back to the ship. "Jove, Dick, we were almost close enough to lay hands on the traitor, weren't we!" "Yes, Bob." "But could not do it." ."No." "Say!" "Well?" "Let' s hide here and wait and watch." "You think that--" "Arnold may come ashore again to go to the home of his friend!" "I was thinking of that,'' said Dick, with a nod. "Then you are in favor of doing that?" "Yes; we might as well do that as not, unless we should decide to return to headquarters right away." "Oh, let ' s don ' t do that!" "All right; we won' t." The youths withdrew into the timber, where they could not be seen by the redcoats in the boat or on shipboard, and seated themselves under a tree. They could see the ship, and watched eagerly till they saw the traitor and the sailors go aboard and the boat was drawn up to the davits. "Say; it would be :fine if we could capture him, Dick !" remark e d Bob. "Yes, it would be a feather in our caps, o l d fell o w." "I guess it would!" "Yes, indeed!" "Well, we' ll do our best." "So we will." They were silent a few minutes, and then Bob said: "Say, Dick, supposing Arnold doesn ' t come ashore again?" "Well, we won' t be able to help it, Bob." "I know; but, say-what is the matter with our going aboard the warship?" Dick started and looked keenly at Bob. "Do you mean it?" he queried. "Yes; of course, we would not try it unless it was good and dark." "Of course not. And even then it would be the same as taking our li;ves in our hands, old fellow." "Oh, well, what is the difference? We have to practi cally take our lives in our hands whenever we go into a battle, you know." "Yes, I know, and this is a very important thing. If we could capture Arnold we would be doing the cause of liberty and independence much good, for no doubt Arnold will tell General Clinton all he knows about the patriot army and render him all the assistance in his power if he s u cceeds in getting to New York in safety." "Yes, and we mu s t capture him, if such a thing is pos s ible." They had brought no food along with them , and as the noon hour drew near they began to feel the pangs of' hunger. "Say, I'm hungry as a bear, Dick !" said Bob, with a glance up at the sun. "So am I, Bob."


I 4 1 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND BENEDICT ARNOLD. "We must have something to eat." "How are we to get it?" "I don't know; we don't dare go away from here for fear Arnold may come ashore and we not be here to make an attempt to capture him." "I'll tell you. One can go and get some food at a farmhouse-there must be some in the vicinity-while the other stays here and keeps watch." "That's the scheme!" After a little further discussion it was deoided that Bob should go and get the provisions, while Dick remained to watch. Bob at once set out. He hastened up the slope, and about half a lmile away, at the top of the ascent, he came upon a farmhouse-or more nearly a mansion, since it was a large, fi:g.e house. Bob made his way around to the kitchen-door and It was opened by a good-natured looking woman of perhaps forty years. Bob guessed her to be the housekeeper. He doffed his hat and bowed. "How do you do, ma'am," he greeted; "I am a traveler with a huge appetite, and just now it is raging terribly. Would you be kind enough to let me have a goodly portion of food. I will pay you for it." "You can have all you want, and it sha .n't cost you any thing," was the reply. "Nobody ever comes to this door and goes away hungry." "Oh, thank you, ma'am!" The woman then brought Bob a dozen slices of bread nicely buttered, a lot of cold meat, some cheese and some pickles. "Is that ?" she queried. Bob looked at it and said, with a comical grin: "I guess that will be as much as I can eat at one meal, ma'am, but I may want something at supper-time." "You shall have more," said the woman. She doubled the amount and refused absolutely to take pay for the food, so Bob thanked her earnestly and then said good-by and took his departure, carrying food enough for Dick and himself for two meals at least. "I was almost ashamed of myself for asking for so much grub," he said to Dick, with a grin, when he reached the spot where his comrade was in waiting; "but ' she was such a good-natured woman that she made it easy for me." "Say, that looks good, !" said Dick, smacking his lips. "A good feast on the food and then a nice, cold drink at the spring there and I will feel able to board the warship and snake Arnold away in spite of the British!" "That's the talk!" laughed Bob. "There is nothing like plenty of good food to make a man keep his courage up." Then they fell to and ate heartily. CHAPTER III. A DANGEROUS POSITION. Dick and Bob remained there all the . aft e rnoon. They kept their eyes on the ship, but no boat was low ered. They kept hoping that Arnold would c.ome ashore, but he did not do so. When evening came they finished the food and then set tled down to await the coming of darkness. The redcoat who had gone up , to the patriot headquarters had not yet returned, and the youths wereglad of this, because they feared tliat the ship would set sail for New York as soon as he reached it. . They talked this matter over and agreed that if the s oldier-messenger came along they would make a prisoner of him and thus prevent him from going aboard the ship until they had a chance to try to capture Arnold. It was almost dark when they heard footsteps. "He is coming!" exclaimed in a cautious voice. "Yes! Let us slip forward and meet him before he has had a chance to apprise those on shipboard of his arrival" They. moved up the shore and took up positions behind trees. Closer and closer sounded the footsteps. Peering around the trees, the youths saw that it was indeed the redcoat messenger. He evidently was not thinking of the two rebel youth s , for he came along rapidly and without exercising care. Wlfen he was even with the two and right between them they leaped out and seized hold of him. The frightened and astonished soldier made an attempt to cry out, while struggling with all his might, but did not s ucceed, as Dick had his hands over the fellow's mouth. Of course, one could not do much against two, and soon the redcoaf was a prisoner, bound and gagged. The messenger glared up into the youths' faces angrily. It was plain that he recognized them as being the two he had seen that morning. But Dick and Bob were not worried by the man' s angry look. "We are not going to hurt you, or even hold you pri s oner long,'' said Dick, quietly. "We want to go aboard t he ship and to capture Arnold, and we have made you a pris01fer so that we will be able to hold the ship here. Doubtles s it would have set sail had you been permitted to go aboard." They carried the prisoner out into the timber away from. the path along the shore, and then they settled down to aw<:lit the coming of darkness. 'Fhis not long delayed. Twilight was even now over all, and soon it was dark. Presently Dick and Bob walked down to the shore. They could see the outlines of the ship out in the middle


T:dE LIBERTY BOYS AND BENEDICT ARNOLD. 5 -0f . the stream. A light gleamed there also-a lantern, "It' s time for us to get to work, old fellow!" doubtless. "And we will--" "Well, Dick, how are we going to get aboard the ship?" "Use the boat that r:edcoats have so kindly left here queried Bob. for us." "That is what is puzzling me, Bob." "That's the thing to do; but supposing they c0me back "Let's swim." ' while we are gone?" "I don't like to do that. Perhaps we may be able to "They will wonder what has become 0 the boat, I sup; find a boat somewhere along the shore." pose." "Possible, but--sh ! Listen!" "But they won't suspect the truth, eh?" They listened intently. "Likely not." "Some 0 the redcoats are coming ashore!" whispered "And it wouldn't do them any good if they did." iBob. "You are right." "Yes." Dick and Bob moved down to where the boat lay and "I wonder if Arnold is with them?" Dick untied the painter. "Hard telling." "Get in," he said to Bob. "I hope that he is!" The youth obeyed, and then Dick -pushed the boat off, "So do I.". leaping in as it shot out into the water. "If so, we will do our best to make him a prisoner." He took the oars and began rowing. "So-we will; but it will be a difficult and dangerous He rowed slowly and cautfously. thing to do, doubtless." He headed toward the light, which he knew to be on "Oh, . well, no matter. We are used to that kind 0 the Vulture. work." Dick was careful not to make any noise .. Closer and closer sounded the oars in the rowlocks. Bob sat in the stern and watched the light ahead. Then the murmur of voices came to the youths' ears. Presently he whispered to Dick: Dick and Bob concealed themselves behind trees and "Slow, old fellow." waited and watched eagerly. "We are getting close to the ship, eh?" Presently the boat glided into view, a shadowy thing, "Yes." barely visible in the darkness. Dick stopped rowing and turned his head and looked in There was a g1111ting sound as the bow scraped on the the 'direction the boat was going. ' sand. He saw that Bob had spoken truly. The ship was close "Out, everybody," came the order. at hand. 'l'he sound 0 men leaping ashore was heard, and Dick The lantern was hanging in the stern, and so Dick rowed an4_ Bob could just make out the shadowy forms, although toward the bow. the redcoats were not much more than a dozen feet dis-It would not do to into t ,he cirde of light thrown taut. down by tha lantern. "Now, what, captain?" the youths heard a voice say. On the deck could be seen a sentinel pacing slowly back "We are to go northward along the shore and meet and forth. Hurlbut." Presently Dick brought the boat to a stop under the bow-" Ah, yes." . sprit of the ship. "Tie the painter securely so the boat won't fl.oat away.'' The anchor-chain was close at hand, and Bob caught "I have done so." hola of it and held the b9at stationary. "Corrie on then, boys." They looked up at the side 0 the vessel and wondered "All right; but, I say, captain, I wonder what is keeping liow they were to get aboard. Hurlbut, anyway?'; "How are we going to work it, Dick?" whispered Bob, . "That is what the officers on the ship are wondering." cautiously. "Ah!" "I guess we will have to climb up the anchor-chain." "And that's why they have sent us to look for him." "We can do it, old fellow!" "I see." "Yes; tie the painter to the chain, Bob." "Come along, now." "All right." There was the trampling 0 feet, and four men passed Bob did so, and then Dick whispered: within three yards of where the youths stood behind trees. "We will take off our shoes." Hurlbut, lying trounced up like a frog, a dozen yards "That's the thing to do, Bob agreed. away, amid the trees, probably heard the voices 0 his comThey unlaced their shoes and drew them off. rades, but he was unable to call out to them. Then Dick whispered: The trampling 0 feet grew fainter and fainter, and "I'll go first; you follow me." presently died out altogether. "All right." "tYeli. Oick ?'' Dick took hold 0 the chain and began climbing. •


6 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND BENEDICT ARNOLD. He was within a few feet of the rail when he heard foot steps. Somebody was coming directly toward the bow and would reach the rail at a point exactly above where Dick hung in the chains ! CHAPTER IV. ABOARD THE VULTURE. Dick ceased climbing. He listened intently, almost holding his breath. Looking upward toward the starry sky, the rail was outlined with tolerable distinctness, and a few moments later a dark form showed against the background of the sky. Dick hung there motionless. His head was within four feet of the man leaning on the rail. Would he be discovered? Fortunately Bob had not yet started climbing the chain. He sat in the boat looking upward intently. He had heard the footsteps the same as Dick had, and he could see the form of the man at the rail, though not with such distinctness as was the case with Dick. Dick stared up at the man as though fascinated. He heard the man give utterance to a sigh. "Ah, me ! " 'l'he voice was low, but Dick recognized it. It was the voice of Arnold, the traitor! The man they were wishing to capture was within a few yards of them ! Dick turned various schemes for capturing the man over in his mind. But none of them seemed to be practicable. He could not climb right on up to the deck of the ship while Arnold stood there, so it was impossible to seize him at the present time. "I will have to wait till he goes away," thought Dick, "and then he will probably go to his cabin, and that will make it practically impossible for us to capture him." There sounded footsteps again, and then another form appeared and leaned over the rail alongside Arnold. "It is a pleasant evening, General Arnold," a voice said. "Nothing will ever be pleasant for me again," was the reply, in a mournful voice. "Oh, I don't know." "I do. I have ruined my life-and not only my life, but that of my wife as well." _ "All will come right sooner or later, likely, General Arnold." "I don't see how it can." There was unutterable despair and pathos in the tone of the voice. But for the enormity of the crime that the traitor had committed Dick would have felt a feeling of pity for him, but now he reflected that the traitor deserved to suffer. 'l'he British officer-for such the other man evidently was-must have been a kind-hearted man, fw he did his best to cheer Arnold up, but without much success. At last Arnold said: "I wonder what is keeping Hurlbut, the messenger?" There was anxiety in his tones. "I don't know; do yo_ u think that General Washington would ignore a flag of truce and make the messenger a. prisoner?" "Not under ordinary circumstances, of course; but these circumstances are far removed from the ordinary, and he may have seized the messenger and is holding him a pris oner in the hope that my departure from this region may be delayed and that he will thus be given an opportu nity to capture me." "That is possible, but from all that I have ever been able to hear regarding Washington I don't think it is probable;" "Will you let me know as soon as the messenger comes?" " Certainly." "Very good; I will go to my stateroom." The two turned away from the rail, and Dick heard their footsteps as they moved toward the cabin. He waiteGI. a few minutes and then climbed on up the chain and caught hold of the rail. He looked toward the stern, where the lantern hung, and could see the sentinel pacing slowly back and forth; but nowhere else was a soul in sight. The officer and the traitor had evidently gone into the cabin. Dick climbed cautiously over the rail and stood on the deck. As he was in his stocking-feet, he did not make any noise. The sentry had fallen asleep at his post, else Dick would have been seen. He leaned over the rail and noted with sati&faction that he could not see Bob or the boat at all. They did not show against the dark background of water. "Come on up, Bob," said Dick, in a whisper. Bob heard it and replied: "Coming, Dick." A few minutes later he stood on the deck beside Dick. "Well?" he queried. "Arnold was here a few minutes ago, Bob!" "I know it. I recognized his voice. But where is he now?" "He has gone to his stateroom." "That is bad for our purpose." "Yes." "We don't know where his stateroom is, and if we did, in all likelihood we could not get at him." "I fear you are right about the last, but we will try to get the stateroom located, and then we will see what we can do." "I'm with you, old man!" From below their feet sounded laughter and boisterous


'l'HE LIBER'l'Y BOYS AND BENEDICT ARNOLD. 7 voices, and the youths knew these sounds came from the lips of the sailors in the forecastle. The noise they were making would help some and make any little noises Dick and Bob might make less likely to be heard. They moved and cautiously toward the cabin. They reached the companion-way, but decided not to venture down it. They turned and walked around to the side of the cabin. They paused at a window and peered through into the room beyond. A candle was burning in a holder on a table, and seated beside the table was Arnold, the traitor. A short dis t a nce from him sat a British officer. The two were conversing, and on Arnold's face was a more alert look than the youths expected to see there. It was evident that the two were discussing matters relative to the war, for they each held papers and drawings in their ' hands. The sight of these papers aroused the ire of Dick and Bob. "The scoundrel!" whispered Bob. "They are discussing matters . of evident interest," whispered Dick. "Yes; I wish that we could capture Arnold and get him away before he tells the British all he knows." "So do I." The two. boys watched the two men keenly, but they could not hear anything that was said. The faint murmur of the voices came to their hearing, but nothing articu late. Presently Arnold folded up the papers and placed them in a drawer of the table. Then he rose, yawned and said something to the officer, after which he made his way to the door of a stateroom, opened it, went through and dis appeared from , sight, the door ' closing behind nim. The youths looked at the door for a few moments and then sighed softly. "I don't see how we are going to get at him, Dick; do you?" "No, I don't." "That is an interior room." "So it is." "And can only be reached through the main cabin.'' "It looks that way." "I am sure of it." "Well, if that officer will kindly betake himself to his room or to some other part of the ship we will see what we can do, eh?" -"That is what we will, Bob!" "We came here to make an attempt to capture the traitor, and I am in for doing .it." "So am I." They stood there watching the officer perhaps ten min utes, and then he rose, yawned and walked to a door on the opposite side of the room from the one Arnold had disappeared behind, and, opening it, entered the stateroom and / closed the door. The large cabin was now empty. Dick?" Bob. "I guess we may as well try it, Bob!" "It will be a hard job, but perhaps we may be successful." "We will do our \est." "How will you work it?" "You will knock on the door and then, when Arnold f opens it, I will seize him by the throat and keep him from crying out, if possible." "That is the thing to do." "Come!" 'l'hey moved around to the companion-way and descended the steps. Being in their stocking-feet they did not make any noise, and as the door of the cabin was not locked, they opened it and entered. They stood still after closing the door and looked around them for a few moments. 'l'hen they crossed the cabin, being careful to make no noise, and paused in front of the door of the stateroom into which they had seen Arnold disappear. They stood there listening intently. Every nerve and muscle were tense. Not a sound came from within the stateroom. Presently Dick nodded to Bob, and the youth raised his hand and rapped on the door. He rapped very lightly, for he did not want the British officer in the stateroom across the room to hear the sound .. The youths, li s tening int e ntly, heard a movement on the other side of the door. They held their breath in suspense, for they were afraid that he would call out asking who was there. But he did not. Instead he opened the door, and as his face came into view, out shot Dick's hand and he clutched the traitor by the throat. Dick gripped with all his might, compressing the wind pipe, and, although Arnold attempted to cry out, he was unable to do so. Dick pushed him back and entered the room, Bob fol lowing. Then Bob closed the door and helped Dick hold the struggling traitor. Arnold had a candle burning, and he got a look at the youth's faces and recognized them. He realized that a desperate attempt was being made to capture him and carry him away, and he fought with all possible vigor and desperation. He knew that if the two Liberty Boys succeeded in their work he would be hanged, for his offense against the cause of independence and against the people of America was a most heinous one. But he was no match for the two youths, who were strong and skilled in such work.


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND BENEDICT ARNOLD. He was quickly choked into semi-unconsciousBess, and then the boys gagged him and bound his arms together b e hind his back with his own belt. 'l'hey had accomplished a great deal, they knew. To venture aboard the sloop-of-war, make their way into the cabin and the traitor's stateroom and gag and bind him was certainly a wonderful feat. But could they get him out of the cabin and into theil' boat and away? "That' s right; bring him out. I wish to ask him some questions also." 'l'he hearts of Dick and Bob sank as they heard this. It did not augur well for the success of their plan to carry the traitor away. Again came a rap on the door : Rap-rap! Rat-a-tat-tat!" Of course, Dick did not say anything, and then came the voice of the officer : That was the question. "General Arnold! Open the door l" It certainly would be difficult to accomplish this. "What shall we do?" whispered Dick, m a low, cau-But Dick and Bob were youths who scarcely thought tious voice. anything impossible. "There are only two men out there, Dick," said Bob, It mu s t be done, they decided, and they set thei:r teeth s ugge s tively. firmly and made up their minds to accomplish the feat if "You m ean--" it could be accomplished at all. "Let's open the door, knock the two officers senseless and They stood there regaining their wind and listening inthen carry Arnold awa y! " tently, and presently Dick said in a whisper: Dick did not hesitate an instant. "Are you ready, Bob?" He realized that this was as good a thing as could be "Yes." '"" ,., attempted. " All right; let ' s mak e th e attempt to get him out of A bold plan was the best under the circumstances. here." "All right, Bob, we'll do it!" he whispered. Then he But before the y could make a move the y heard a door drew a pistol and took hold of the muzzle, as it was his ope n and then followed footstep s . intention to use the weapon after the fashion of a club . The officer, they readily guessed, had come out of his Bob followed suit. s tateroom. "Ready?" whispered Dick. <\ The step s sounded closer, ceasing presently in front of "Ready!" came back the reply. the door of the room they were in, and then, to their inDick took hold of the knob, but before opening the door tense dismay, not to say horror, there came a knock on the he called out, imitating the voice of Arnold as successfully door and the officer's voice said: as possible: "General Arnold! Come out a few moments, please, 1 have some more questions which I wish to ask you." CHAPTER V. DIS COVERED . Dick and Bob were in a terrible predi c ament. What should they do ? They star e d at each other, but both faces wore a blank expression . Thinking that the officer might think Arnold was asle e p if silence was maintained, Dick and Bob stood there mo tioniess and silent. Then the youths heard footsteps on the steps leading down to the cabin, and then the door opened, they gues s ed, and footsteps sounded in the main cabin wh e re the offic er s tood. "Ah, major!" the youths heard the officer outside their d o or say. "What is up, colonel?" c ame th e reply. "Where is Arnold?" "In his room here. I was just calling to him. There are some questions which I wish to ask him." "I'll be out in jus t a moment . " "All right," came back to their hearing, and then Dfok, guessing that the colonel would be turn4J.g away from the door and would thus have his back, or at least his side toward it, threw the door open and leaped out, closely fol lowed by Bob. He had reckoned correctly regarding the colonel, and he d e alt the officer a blow with the butt of the pistol, stretch ing him on the floor, temporarily unconscious. The other officer was facing the youths, however, and he had time to draw a pistol before they could reach him. "You bla s ted rebels ! How did you get in here? " he exclaimed, and then he fired. 1 He was a man who would not hesitate to shoot to kill, the youths realized, but fortunately he fired in such haste that the bullet was not directed right, and it missed the billet it had been intended for. Then Dick and Bob were upon the officer, and each dealt him a blow with the butts of their pistols. Down went the major, senseless; but even as he fell the s ound of trampling feet on the deck came to the youths' hearing. "The soldiers have been aroused, Bob!" "Yes!" "I'm afraid we can't get the traitor away!" "We can try; come!"


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND BENEDICT ARNOLD. 9 They bounded to the door of Arnold's stateroom and pulled him out into the cabin. Lifting the insensible traitor, the youths started across the floor, but had only reached the middle of the room, when the door came open and six redcoats leaped into the room. "What is going on here?" cried one. Then the eyes of the six took in the situation and the soldiers bounded toward the Liberty Boys. There was nothing for it but to drop Arnold to the floor. It would be impossible to carry him and get out of the cabin with six men to contend against, and then in all probability there would be more to be with before I they got off the deck. The youths let Arnold fall, and the next moment they were engaged in a hand-to-hand battle with the redcoats. The six did not use weapons; it was evidently their desire to capture the two. But they soon found that this was to be a very difficult task, f!Ven though they outnumbered them three tO one. Dick and Bob were desperate fighters, and they dealt the redcoats fierce blows indeed. Soon they had four of their assailants lying :flat on the floor, and, tearing themselves loose from the other two, Dick and Bob bounded to the doorway and leaped up the compansion-steps three at a time . .Just .as they reached the top they met some more red coats and about a dozen sailors. "Straight to the side, Bob!" cried Dick. They leaped toward the rail and the redcoats bounded forward and tried to intercept them. A couple of redcoats managed to get hold of Dick and Bob, and they held on like grim death, it being impossible for the youths to shake them off. They dragged the redcoats along with them, however, to the rail and then plunged overboard. The redcoats still clung to Dick and Bob, and a struggle was begun in the water. It was a fierce one, but the youths were the better swim mers, and this told quickly. They soon got the holds of their assailants loosened, and the redcoats began struggling in an attempt to get back to the side of the ship and be taken aboard. Dick and. Bob, feeling well pleased because of their suc cess thus far, struck out for the bow where the boat was tied. They found the boat there and clambered in, making as little noise as possible, and Bo1> untied the painter. Dick took the oars and began to row toward the shore. There was great confusion on the deck of the Vul ture. There were the trampling of feet and loud yelling of orders. Among the orders could be "Lower a boat and pursue the rebels !" "They're coming after us, Dick!" from Bob. "Yes, Bob, but no matter. We can get away from them, I am sure." "I think so, old fellow." Suddenly on the night air rose the roar of a volley of musketry. The British had fired in the hope that they might hit the fugitives. The bullets whistled all around the youths, and one or two struck the boat, but fortunately neither of the two were hit. Dick pulled with all his might. He headed straight toward the shore, antl when the boat was twenty yards of the bank the youths heard voices. "Great guns, Dick! There are the redcoats that came ashore in this boat !" exclaimed Bob. "Yes!" "What will we do?" "We'll go downstream half a mile, Bob." Dick turned the boat's bow downstream and rowed as hard as he could. It did not take him long to get out of hearing of the voices, and then he pulled in to the shore and they disem barked. 'l'hey tied the . boat's painter to a tree and then made their way up along the shore. Presently they reached the point where the redcoats stood talking excitedly. The boat that had been lowered and manned by redcoats on the ship had reached the shore, . and the members of the two parties were explaining matters to one another. Presently all got into the one boat and rowed back to ward the ship. They had come to the conclusion, evi dently, that it was useless to try to capture the two rebels or to find the missing messenger, Hurlbut. As soon as the redcoats were out of hearing, Dick and Bob went and freed the messenger and told him he might go aboard the ship. "You will find a boat down the stream about half a mile," said Dick. The redcoat strode away with a word, and was quickly lost to view. "Now what shall we do, Dick?" queried Bob. "I don't know of anything to do but to return to the patriot headquarters, Bob." "That's all we can do, I guess. But I hate to go back without Arnold." "So do I; but it can't be helped." "True." They turned and strode up the shore. They arrived at headquarters two hours l,ater and went to the quarters occupied by the Liberty Boys. The youths had not yet lain down for the night, and they gave the two a hearty welcome and asked eagerly if they had been able to get sight of Arnold. Dick and Bob said they had, and then told the story of how near they had come to capturing Arnold.


10 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND BENEDICT ARNOLD. The youths listened with intense interest and gave ut terance to many exclamations. hear what General Washington intended doing in regard to looking after Mrs. Arnold and her child. "Jove, but that was hot work with tlie traitoi: !" exclaimed Mark Morrison. A few moments later Hurlbut entered. He was given a hearty greeting. "I. wish you had succeeded in bringing him away !" iroID Sam Sanderson. "What kept you away so long?" queried the colonel. "General Washington was away when I got up there ' "That is what we wish!" smiled Dick. t .... this forenoon, and did not get back till towaJ:d evening," was the reply. ... ' ... . CHAPTER VI. THE MESSENGER RETURNS. "So that was it, eh?" "Yes; and then, just as I was almost back to a point opposite the ship I was set upon by a couple of young rebels, and--" "They were Dick Slater and Bob Estabrook !" exclaimed Arnold. To say that the redcoats were amazed by the daring "They made a prisoner of me," the messenger went on. work of the two rebels is stating the case mildly. "They said that they wanted to delay the ship and keep They were dumfounded. her from sailing away, so that they would have an opporThey had never seen anything like it. tunity to try , to capture General Arnold." They would not have believed that anyone would make Arnold and the others nodded their heads and exsuch a daring, such a desperate attempt as the two youths changed glances. had made. "That's just what might be expected of those two ' young F And it had come no near succeeding that it made a great fellows," said Arnold. impression on their minds. Then he asked, eagerly, if General Washington had sent Arnold was brought back to consciousness, as were also him a letter. the two officers , the major and the colonel. "Yes," said the messenger; "here it is." Arnold was questioned, and he told . them how the affair He drew a letter from his . pocket and handed it to had been managed by the rebels. Arnold. "Who were they, I wonder?" the major remarked. 'I ' he traitor broke the seal and read rapidly, and as he "Oh, . I know who they were)' said Arnold. "I know did so a look of relief came over his face. them well." "Is it good news?" inquired the major, when Arnold "You do ! Who were they ?" from the colonel. had finished. "They were the captain and the lieutenant of the com-"Yes; General Washington says that my wife and child pany of Liberty Boys, Dick Slater and Bob Estabrook." shall be taken care of, and that they will be sent to New "So that's who they were, eh?" York under escort at an early day." "Yes." "That is good." "Well, they are certainly daring fellows !" "Yes; yes !" "And despe:\ate ones!" It was plain that a great load had been taken off Arnold'i. "You are right," agreed Arnold. "I have known them mind. a long time, and can say' that there is scarcely anything too He became much more cheerful, and asked Hurlbut a daring or for them to . attempt if there is any. number of questions. thing of importance to be gained by doing so." He wished to know what the general opinion of him "They are fighters," said another officer, caressing a was among the patriot soldiers. / bruised spot on his temple rather gingerly. The messenger told him frankly that the patriot officers "Oh, they would rather fight than eat," said Arnold. and soldiers denounced him in the severest and most un" I wish we could have captured them!" from the colo-measured terms. nel. "I would hate to be in your shoes if they got hold of "They are slippery customers," the traitor said. "Dick you, sir;'' Hurlbut said. Slater is the shrewdest, most clever spy in the patriot Arnold's face darkened, and he said: army." "Yes, I suppose that they would hang me." "I know; General Howe offered five hundred pounds for "Undoubtedly!" his capture three years ago," the major said. The traitor set his teeth. "Yes," from Arnold; "and no one was ever ahle to earn "They haven't got me, though,'' he almost hissed; "and the reward." they shall not get me!" While they were talking an orderly came to the cabin"You will have to look out for those Liberty Boys, door and said that Hurlbut, the messenger, had returned. though, General Arnold,'' said the major. I "Show him in at once," said the major. "You are right; I fear them more than all the rest of Arnold's face lighted up with eagerness. He would now the patriot army."


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND BENEDICT ARNOLD. 11 They talked quite awhile, and then it was decided to lift anchor and set sail for New York. The order was given to the sailors, and soon the ship was sailing down the stream. New York City was reached in due time and the ship dropped anchor. Next mmning the major and the colonel, accompanied by the traitor, Arnold, went ashore and proceeded to Brit ish headquarters, where they had a long interview with General Clinton, the commander-in-chief of the British army. . News had just been received of the capture of Major Andre, who had been up the Hudson to confer with Arnold, and great was the excitement . .At last the conference ended, and as Arnold left the headquarters building in company with the colonel and the major he asked, anxiously, whether they thought that General Clinton would exchange him for Major Andre, in case General Washington made the proposition. The two officers assured .Arnold that General Clinton The house in front of which the company of Liberty Boys had come to a stop was Dick's home. His mother was a widow, and she now came running out to greet her son, who leaped to the ground and gave her a kiss. Bob leaped to the ground also and advanced and gave Edith and Alice each a kiss, at the same time remarking j(lkingly to Dick : "There! follow my example, old fellow, and see how nice it is!" Dick laughingly complied and kissed two girls. Then they explained to Mrs. Slater and the girls that Arnold had turned traitor and fled to the British in New York City, and that they were bent on trying to capture him. It was the first that the three had heard regarding the affair . . 'l'hey denounced Arnold, and then told the youths that they could not hope to capture him if he had reached New York. would not do this. "How can you expect to do so when he is there sur" Have no fears on that score," said the major. rounded by of British soldiers?" Edith asked. But Arnold did have fears. He could not help having, "Oh, we don't know how we can do it, or whether we and his face wore a very gloomy look as he made his way c'an do it at all," said Bob; "but we are going to go dowu to the building where he was to take up his quarters. close to the city and go into camp and then wait and watch In case an exchange was ma?e, Andre would be reeeived for an opportunity, which may or may not come." back into the British army with all honors, would come as "You will get captured yourselves, that's what will hap.-a hero who had almost become a martyr, while Arnold pen!'' said Alice Estabrook. would be hanged, would die an ignominious death, and his r "Oh, we aren't afraid," laughed Bob. "The redcoats memory would be despised always. can ' t run fast enough to catch us, even if they discover our Arnold, the traitor, was already started upon the period presence in the vicinity of the city." of suffering that was to end only with his death, many long Presently Dick told the Liberty Boys to go into camp. years later. "We will stay here till after supper," he explained, "as I don't want to go too far toward the south with our force in broad daylight. We would likely be seen by Tories, who might carry the news to the redcoats in New York, and CHAPTER VIL then they would get after us in a hurry." "I don't see how you can hope to keep your presence THE LIBERTY BOYS AT HOME. in the vicinity of the city a secret from the redcoats," said "Where are you boys bound for, now?" "For New York." "But you don't dare go into the city!" "Not in force, of course." It was mid-afternoon of the day following the night of Dick and Bob's adventure on board the sloop-of-war Vul ture. The Liberty Boys :had ridden up in front of a house standing beside the road at a point about a mile and a half from Tar.cytown, in Westchester County. A couple of bright, beautiful girls had come running out, and after exchanging greetings with tae youths, had asked Dick and Bob the question at the head of this chap ter. The girls were Edith Slater, Dick's sister and Bob'.s sweetheart, and Alice Estabrook, who was Bob's sister Dick's Edith. "Oh, we can do it all right," laughed Bob. "Hiding is our strong point, eh, fellows?" with a wink at his com rades. They laughed. "Yes, we can hide," replied Mark Morrison. "Yes, I know how you hide!" said Alice. "You would: rather take your lives in your hands any time and some desperate venture than to be on the safe side and hide when being hunted for by a strong force of the enemy." The Liberty Boys laughed. Alice now said she would run over to her home, less than a quarter of a mile distant, and tell her parents that the Liberty Boys were there. "I'll go with you, Sis," said Bob. "All right; come along, Bob." "Dick would like to come along, too, I think," grinned' Bob.


12 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND BENEDICT ARNOLD. "You two go along," smiled Dick, with a glance at Alice's blushing face; "I'll be over after awhile." Bob and Alice hastened away in the direction of their home. ( The Liberty Boys dismounted and went into camp, and Dick entered the house to have a quiet talk with his mother and sister. Perhaps ten minutes passed, and then Alice came run ning into the house, her eyes shining, and e x claimed : "Father and mother want that you shall come over and have supper at our house." "Very well, Alice," said Mrs. Slater. She knew that Dick wanted to be with her and Edith, and that he al s o wanted, even more, to be with Alice, and if they were all over at the Estabrook home he could be with all three of them. So Mrs. Slater barred the doors, all save the front one, which she locked, and they went over to the Estabrook home, Dick pausing to give the Liberty Boys a few instruc tions. Alice waited for him, and then they strolled over through the orchard. They paused and seated themselves on a bench under an old apple tree just over the dividi'l1g fence between the Slater and Estabrook farms, a.nd they sat there quite awhile talking. It was the first time they had been tog e ther in more than six months, and there was a lot to talk about. At last they rose, with a sigh, and strolled onward toward the house. They knew the rest of the folks were eager for them to come, and they could not stay out there under the apple tree always, anyway. Mrs. Slater and Mrs. Estabrook were in the kitchen already hard at work, for it was their intention to get up a meal that would be a treat to the two youths . "I'm glad of that," said Mrs. Slater. Jollity reigned supreme at the table. Bob was a lively ;routh, full of fun and jokes, and he was at his best. He told stories of army life, and was careful to tell those that were humorous, for there were many funny things happening all the time in the army. He kept his hearers in a roar of laughter and the meal • was greatly lengthened by the talk and laughter, and it was made much more also. But the meal came to an end at last. The young folks and Mr. Estabrook repaired to the sitting-room, while Mrs. Slater and Mrs. Estabrook remained in the kitchen to clear up the table. They did not wash the dishes, however, as they could do that after the youths were gone." Dick and Bob explained their plans, so far as they hall thought them out. It was their intention to go into camp in a secluded spot at a point about two miles north of the city, ' and here they would stay, while tliey sent spies down into New York to try to get Arnoid located, after which an effort would be made to capture him and get him out of the city. "I am afraid that you boys will get yourselves into s e rious trouble," said Mrs. Slater, shaking her head. "Oh, I don't think there is much danger, mother," said Dick. . . "No; we have good, swift horses, and if we get clos ely pushed we can get away quickly," said Bob. "Well, you must promise that you will not be reckless / ' said Mrs. Estabrook. / ' "Oh, we will promise you that," said Dick. "Yes, mother," from Bob. They finally said they must be going. "It is dark," said Dick; "and it will be well along to ward midnight before we reach our destination." Bob and Edith were not in the house, and Mr. Estabrook told Dick and Alice that the other couple bad gone out for a stroll along the creek. Of course, their loved ones hated to see them start, but i t was something that had to be, and so they said nothing. save to caution the youths again and again to be very hour ; c areful and not do anything rash. "We'll go, too, Alice," said Dick. They did so, but remained only about half a.n then they returned to the house. t' Bob and Edith came in soon afterward. "This is a nice way for you to do !" said Dick, in mock s everity; "here you liave been out enjoying yourselves and thinking of nobody else, while we have--" "Been billing and cooing under the old apple tree!" chuckled Bob. "Oh, we saw you! Don ' t worry! You can ' t fool us, can they, Edith?" "No, Bob," with a smile. It was a happy. little party that gathered around the table that evening. Mrs. Slat e r and Mrs. Estabrook expressed themselves as being sorry that they could not have cooked supper for nil the Liberty Boys, but Dick said the youths were all right. "I gave them a couple of your hams, mother," said Dick, "and Mr. Estabrook gave them two hams and two shoul ders, and they are having a feast, the same as we are." ' ...., The two promised faithfully that they would be very c areful, and that they would exercise all possible dis c re tion. Then they bade their loved ones goodby and made their way to the encampment. r "Get ready to start, boys," commanded Dick. The youths were ready for the work ahead of them, and quickly bridled and saddled their horses, and twenty minutes later they rode away toward the south. Mr. and Mrs. Estabrook, Mrs. Slater and Edith and Alice were out at the front gate as the youths passed and bade them God-speed and good luck. CHAPTER VIII. THE "MIDGET" AT WORK. The Liberty Boys reached their destination about mid night and went into camp.


ll'HE LIBERTY BOYS AND BENEDICT ARNOLD. 13 'l'he spot was a secluded one, deep in the ' timber which stretched across to the Hudson River. One thing that made the boys feel secure here was that it was so close to the city that the British would not be lik ely to think of such a thing as that a patriot force would dar e come there and take up its quarters. It was the old idea that a bold game is the best one. By uoing what the redcoats would not think the patriots would do they would be comparatively safe. When morning came and the youths could look about them they were indeed well pleased with their location. They could, by climbing to the top of a tall tree, see the city and they could see the country in all directions. If a British force were to come forth from the city they would be able to see it at once-for it was Dic'lr's intention to keep a lookout in the tree all the time. Sentinels were stationed, and then the Lib erty Boys . I threw themselves down on their blankets and went to s leep. They w e re up early and cooked and ate their break fasts. Then Dick and Bob held a council and discussed their plan s . Dick wanted to go down into the city and spy on the redcoats and try to get Arnold located, but Bob protested against this course. "You are known to a large number of officers and sol diers, Dick," he said, "and the chances are that you would be recognized and captured." "Then what is to be done?" "Send someone else." "But who?" "Why, send me, or Mark, or Sam. I don't believe there a r e any r e dcoats down there that would recognize either o f us." Dick shook his head. "I am not so sure about that," he . said. Then he s uddenl y slapped his leg and exclaimed: "I have it! I know who to s end." "Who?" asked Bob. "The 'Midget'." Bob started. "That's not a bad idea," he said. "They will never sus pect him of being a rebel spy." "No ; and he is so small and insignificant in appearance that they would never think that he is dangerous." "True." "And he's smart as a whip, too, Bob; you know that." "He is that! There is no discount on the Midget." "No, he is just the boy for the work." "I think so. He will :find Arnold and learn a lot of things if he gets half a chance." " So he will." Dick summ ' oned Ira Little, who was a little chap weighing only about sixty-five pounds, but he was nearly eighteen years old, and was as shrewd as any young fellow of his age. He was called the "Midget." When Dick told Ira what he wished the little chap was delighted. His eyes fairly shone. "I'll gladly go, Dick," he said; 1 " and I'll do the very best that ever I can !" "All right, Ira/' 1said Dick. "I know you will do your best." Dick gave Ira full instru c tions as to how he should do the work, and then the little chap got ready for the trip. He donned a suit of old clothes and set out on foot. He was careful to go a round-about course, so that no one would suspect where he came from. About an hour after he left the encampment he arrived at the edge of the city. He was challenged by a sentinel, who asked him who he was and where he was going. "My name is Ira Little," the boy replied; "and I want to go into the city." "Why do you wish to go into the city?" "I want to see the soldiers," was the quiet reply. "Oh, you want to see the soldiers, eh?" "Yes." The sentinel did not suspect why the little fellow wished to see the soldiers; his idea was that curiosity was what prompted the boy. He was misled by the little fellow's size, and did not think the boy was more than ten years old. So he said, with a smile and a wave of the hand : "All right; go on in and take a look 1at the soldiers. Who knows, maybe you will be a soldier some day!" Then he laughed loudly, as though he tpought his statement a great joke . Had he known that this little, innocent-looking chap was in reality a veteran who ha . d fought desperately on ever y battlefield of note since the battle of Long Island, more than four years in the past, he would have peen amazed. But such was the fact , and Dick Slater rated the Midget as being one of the best soldiers in his company, which was made up of youths who had been tried again and again and had proven that they were brave as lions. " Thank you," said Ira, quietly. "Maybe I may be a soldier some day, as you say." Then he made his way on into the city, and five minutes later was walking slowly down Broadway. Ira put in the day working cautiously, yet intelligently an

14 'l'HE LIBERTY BOYS AND BENEDICT ARNOLD. " What is it, sir?" he queried. "Do you live here in the city?" Arnold asked. "Yes, sir," was the prompt reply; "that is to say, I am living here at present." "Have you parents here?" "No, sir." ".E{ow would you like a job?" "What doing, sir?" "Doing chores and valet work for me." Ira's heart leaped with joy. Here was the very thing of all things that he would have ask<1 for had he been permitted to do the asking. It would enable him to keep close watch on the movements <>f Arnold. "I shall be glad to take the job, sir!" he said, with as much of eagerness as he thought he 011ght to display. "Very good; come on in the house." The boy followed Arnold into the house and to a suite of three rooms on the second floor, front. "What is your name?" Arnold asked. "Ira Little, sir." "Very good, Ira. Now, get to work and brush up my clothing. There it hangs." The boy went to work and Arnold threw himself down ] n an armchair and sat gazing straight before him. There was a frown on his face and wrinkles in his brow, which p roved that his thougbts were not pleasant ones. "He doesn't look happy," thought Ira, glancing at the traitor, covertly. "Well, I don't think that I will ever place myseli in the position he has gotten himself into." -Ira congratulated himself again and again on his good fortune in getting the position of valet and chore boy to Arnold. "Dick would be delighted if he knew of it," was the boy's thought. He made up his mind to do his best, and that he would make it possible for the Liberty Boys to capture the traitor if he could. CHAPTER IX. A CHANCE TO CAPTURE ARNOLD. The traitor took his bath immediately, and then pro ceeded to dress himself, with Ira's assistance, in the uni form. When at last his toilet wasr finished he sat down and lighted a cigar. "I wonder what is up?" was Ira's thought. "He must be going somewhere." Presently steps sounded outside the door and there came a knock. "Come in," called out Arnold. The door opened and an orderly stood there. \ "Your escort is ready, sir," he said. "Very well." Then the traitor turned to Ira and said: "Bring me my belt and sword." Ira did as told and helped to buckle the sword on. "Did' you bring an extra horse for my boy here?" queried Arnold. "Yes, sir," replied J;he orderly. "Good! Come along, Ira." Of course, the boy did not ask any questions. It would not have been wise for him to do so. He walked along behind Arnold and presently they were out upon the street. There they found twenty troopers and two extra horses. One of these horses was for Arnold, and Ira assisted him to mount. The boy then climbed into the saddle on the other horse.

THE LIBERTY BOYS AND BENEDICT ARNOLD. 15 The door opened p:resently, and he disappeared within the house. Ira was doing some swift thinking. He was considerably excited. He believed that here was an opportunity to effect the capture of the traitor if he could succeed in getting word to the Liberty Boys . He had taken close notice of the course they had come, and he judged that they were not much more than a mile from the point where the Liberty Boys were encamped. If he could slip away and carry the news to the Liberty Boys they could come over and surround the mansion and make a prisoner of Arnold. But could he do this? That was the question . I If he tried to slip away the soldiers might suspect that he had some ulterior motive in doing so, and might pre vent him from going. Still, here was too good an opportunity to be missed. He pondered a few moments, and then said to the lieu tenant: "I guess I'll take a walk around and take a look at the house and grounds, if you don't care." "I don't care; go ahead," was the reply. Ira strolled around the house and made his way toward the large barn at the rear. He did not enter the barn, however, but made a detour and went around it, the same as he had done with the house. I He entered the timber at the back of the barn and then "Ha ! Is he alone ?" "No; he has an escort." "How strong an escort?" "Twen'ty troopers." "Only twenty?" exclaimed Bob; "we can eat them up !" "I wonder how long he will be there?" remarked Dick. ' "About an hour and a half," he said, when he went in, and that was more than half an hour ago." "Well, we have plenty of time in which to get there, then . " "Yes . " "Get ready, boys ! " cried Dick . "We must not miss this opportunity to capture the trait-OT." ''Are we to take our horses?" queried Sam Sanderson. "No," said Dick, "it would delay our getting theril and , ..I Arnold might be gone." "Yes; it's all the way through timber," Ira. The youths were quickly ready, and then they set out. Ira, as guide, was in the lead, and right behind him were Dick and Bob, the other youths trailing along behind. "How did you learn about Arnold coming into the coun try, Ira?" inquired Dick. Ira laughed. "Oh, I know everything he does, Dick," was the reply; " I am his valet." "What!". "Yes, I'm his valet and chore-boy." And then th@ Midget explained how he had come t.o occupy the ti on. went in a half-circle until he had gotten clear back around "Well, that-was a great streak of luck!" exclaimed Dick• the house and across the road. when the boy had finished. rrhen he set ' out in the direction of the Liberty Boys' "I should say so!" from Bob. encampment. bn they walked as rapidly as possible. He walked as rapidly as possible. Dick and Bob were afraid that Arnold might get through He would have run, but was not sure enough of his with his business at the mansion and return to the city course, and was afraid that he might get lost. before they could get there. About twenty minutes later, however, he f

J6 TllE LIBERTY BOYS AND BENEDICT ARNOLD. those who had not been knocked senseless were immedi ately bound. Then at a command from Dick the Liberty Boys sur rounded the mansion. Strange to say, the noise of the combat had not been heard within the mansion, or at any rate, there was no movement within to indicate the fact. But then no firearms had been used in the combat . Clubbed muskets had be.en the chief weapons used, and these did not make much noise. As soon as the house had been surrounded Dick made his way up onto the piazza and rang the bell. Presently the was opened by a colored man. ''Who is yo', sah? An' whut yo' wan'?" the darky in quired, looking curiously at Dick. "I wish to see General Arnold, who called ' here about an hour ago," said Dick. "Lead me to him at once." 'l'he negro hesitated. "Ah kain't do dat, sah," he replied. "De gemman ' yo' speaks about, sah, is in de librery wid Massa Cullison, an' my marster done tole me dey is not to be distubbed, sah." "They will see me, nevertheless, Sambo; so show me the way to the library." Dick spoke so authoritatively that the negro did not dare disobey, but it was plain that he was in a quandary. "All rag ht, sah; dis way, sah," he said, bowing and leading the way along the hall. "But Ah'll ketch hit f'om Massa Cullison foah doin' ob dis, sah, dat's whut Ah will!" "I take all the responsibility upon my own shoulders, Sambo; so don't worry." Dick drew a pistol as they approached the door of what he judged must be the library. He glanced back over his shoulder and noted that Bob, Mark, Sam and three or four more of the boys were close behind him, pistols in hand. 'l'he negro rapped on the door, but Dick pushed him aside and said : "You may go, Sambo," he said, in a tone that implied a command, and the negro, glad, doubtless, to get out of the way, hastened on down the hall. Dick took hold of the knob just as he heard a stern voice call out, "Who is there?" and pushed the door open and strode into the room. He leveled his pistol at Arnold, who was seated at a table, and, sternly: "General Arnold, you are my prisoner!" On the opposite side uf the table from Arnold sat a gray -haired, gray-bearded, stern-faced man, and the two stared at Dick and the L i herty Boys just behind him in opeR-mouthed amazement. On Arnold's face was a look of terror, for he :recognized Dick and realized instantly that he was in great danger of being carried back to the patriot army a prisoner, which meant death in its most horrible and disgraceful rm. "Where did you come from?" he gasped. "Oh, we just happened to come along," said Dick\ "Do you surrender?" , Arnold glanced around him like a wild animal seeking a way of escape, and , then, realizing that there was no chance to get away, he nodded and said, sullenly: "Yes, I surrender." "Bob, relieve him of his weapons and then bind his arms,'! commanded Dick. "All right, Dick." Bob did as ordered, and two minutes later Arnold, the traitor, sat there a prisoner. The gray-haired, stern-faced man had not said a word, but now he spoke, addressing the prisoner: "Who are these young fellows, General Arnold?" "Patriots, Mr. Cullison,'' was the reply; "they are known as Liberty Boys." The man started. ''Ha ! I have heard of them!" he exclaimed. "What have you done with my men?" inquired Arnold, addressing Dick. "They are prisoners, the same as you are." "How did you learn that I was here?" Dick smiled. "Oh, I just happened to hear about it," was his reply. • "What are you going to do with me?" "I am going to take you straight to the patriot headquarters and turn you over to General Washington." A half-groan escaped Arnold's lips. "I guess it is all up with me!" he murmured. "Bring the prisoner along, Bob and Sam," said Dick. "We must not waste time here. We are too close to the city." Bob and Sam each seized hold of an arm of the traitor and they conducted him out of the room and along the hall and out upon the piazza. "You will regret this outrage, sir!" snarled the owner of the mansion, as Dick was turning to follow his comrades and their prisoner. "Oh, I think not, sir," replied Dick, quietly. "You will never get back to the patriot army with your prisoner !" "Do you think that?" "I am sure of it!" "Well, we will have to risk it, I guess." Then Dick followed his comrades, and he ordered that they set out at once for their encampment. ' Dick told the youths that the British troopers who had been made prisoners should be left where they were. "Twenty of you will mount their horses and set out northward with General Arnold," he explained, "and the others will hasten to the encampment and get our horses and follow." "Hadn't you better go with the prisoners, Dick?" asked Bob. "Yes, Bo'b; you go with the boys that return to the pm en t." "All right." "And hurry, Bob." "We will."


'l'HE LlBEHTY BOYS AND BENED1CT ARNOLD. 17 "Overtake us as soon as possible." "We'll be with you in an hour or so." "Very good." Dick superintended the work of getting Arnold mounted, and then he and nineteen of the Liberty Boys mounted the troopers' horses and rode away, with the traitor in their midst. Bob and the other Liberty Boys hastened away through the timber in the direction of their encampment. Dick and his party rode onward up the road at a gal lop. They had gone only about a mile, when they suddenly found themselves confronted, on rounding a bend in the roac1, by at least a hundred British troopers 'lvho were coming toward \ them. Instantly Arnold saw his chance and yelled, loudly: "Help! Help! Rescue me from these rebels!" Dick's heart sank. He had fully expected to be able to take Arnold to the patriot headquarters up the Hudson, and now he :qealized that the chances were good that the traitor would be rescu'ed. "Dismount and take refuge behind trees!" Dick cried. The Liberty Boys obeyed instantly, and so quick were their th'.at the British troopera were unable to fire a volley before the youths were ensconced behind the trees. Perhaps their slowness was due to the fear that they might hit the prisoner, however. Arnold, fearing that the Liberty Boys might shoot him rather than let him escape, struck his horse in the sides with his heels and forced the animal forward toward the troopers. The instant he was out of the way the redcoats fired a volley toward the point where the rebels had taken refuge. "Give it to them, Liberty Boys !" cried Dick, who was greatly disappointed because of the turn affairs had taken. The youths obeyed, firing a volk . Three or four of the troopers fell out of saddles. "Dismount and make an attack on foot!" roared the commander of the troopers. _ They leaped to the ground and entered the timber and moved along toward the s . pot where they had last seen the Liberty Boys. But they did not find the rebels: The Liberty Boys 11ad disappeared. Dick realized that his little force could not hope to con tend successfully with that of the troopers, and so he had given the word to retreat. The youths obeyed, though it was with reluctance that they did so. "Let's a detour and get back to the road, and then when they come along we can give them a volley or two," suggested one of the boys. "All right; that will be as good luck: as any," agreed Dick. . So they did this, reaching the road again at a point a third of a mile to the southward from where they had dis mounted. 'l'hey waited patiently, ten, fifteen minutes. "I wonder what is keeping them?" remarked Ben Spurlock. ' "Listen ! " said Dick. They did so and heard the thunder of hoofbeats. ''They are coming down the road at the best speed of their horses!" cried Dick. "Yes, they are afraid that we wlll ambush them," from Ben. "Be ready and give them a volley as they go past!" said Dick. The youths cocked their muskets and waited grimly for the enemy to appear. CHAPTER XI. Al\1BUSI-IING THE REDCOATS. They liad but a short time to wait. Around the bend fifty yards distant came the force of troopers. They were riding like the wind. Twenty of their number were leading the twenty horses the Liberty Boys had been mounted on, but Hiey had no l rouble in getting the animals to come along, the ,,troopers in the rear urging them onward. Closer and closer the troopers came. In their midst rode Arnold, the traitor. "Shall we take particular p\.ins to kill Arnold?" asked one of the youths. "No," replied Dick; "on the other hand, be. as careful as possible not to hit him. I want to save him so that General Washington may have the pleasure of hanging him." , The troopers were almost opposite the concealed Liberty Boys now. The muskets were leveled, and all that was needed was the signal to fire. It came quickly. A shrill whistle pierced the air. Then tl\ie volley rang out. Crash ! ) Roar ! The twenty Liberty Boys did good execution. Seven of the redcoats pitched from their saddles. Others were wounded, two or three reeling and nearly falling. Wild yells of rage went up from the troopers and they quickly drew pistols and fired into the edge of the timber as they dashed onward. They did not stop, for they doubtless realized that they were no matches for the rebels when it came to wbOdcraft. I


1S 'l'HE LIBERTY BOYS AND BENEDICT ARNOLD. They thundered onward and disappeared around a bend "Hunt up a good place and go into camp 11gain all'.:'.. "':ait a quarter of a mile to the southward. for another chance at Arnold, Bob." 'l'he Liberty Boys stepped out in the road and looked "Good !" at the forms of the troopers who had fallen. "Say., Dick," said Ira Little; "shall I go back and go to.-The seven were dead. work for Arnold again?" "Well, this is some satisfaction," said Ben Spurlock. Dick looked at the little fellow thoughtfully. "Yes," agreed Dick, grimly. "They got our prisoner "Do you think it will be safe?" he asked. away from us, but it has cost them rather dearly." "I think so." Then he ordered that a grave be dug and that the bodies "Won't he suspect you?" b{! i:oterred. ''I don't believe that he will. I was careful to keep out ' . The youths obeyed, and half an hour later the work was of his sight when you made a prisoner of him, and I don't finished. think he saw me go away with the boys here." ''What shall we do now?" queried one of the youths. "How will you explain your absence?" "I have been doing some thinking," said Dick; "I sup-"I will tell him that I was so frightened when the rebels pose that we may as well make our way back in such u captured him that I ran away and hid." direction as will enable us to intercept our comrades." "I see; well, go ahead, if you are willing to risk it. It "You are going to stay in this vicinity, then?" gives us a splendid chance at the traitor." "Oh, yes. I'm going to have another try at Arnold." "Yes, we will know if he ventures out of the city again," "Jove, we almost had him that time !" said Bob. "We did have him, but he got away." "I am not at all afraid," said the Midget. "It was just an accident that he was rescued. I don't "All right; then go at once and rejoin Arnol, as quickly suppose that we would run up against a force of troopers as possible." another time." "I'll head for the mansion where you captured him. "Likely not, but it will be more difficult to effect a capThey may stop there awhile." turc of Arnold next time." "I don't think t _ hey will," said Dick. "If I did we "I suppose so; he will be more on his guard." would go there and make an attempt to take Arnold away "Yes." from them." The Liberty Boys set out through the timber. "Let's go and see about it, Dick, anyway," said Bob, There was another road over to the west about half a eagerly. mile, and they judged that the youths would come "All right." that road. • "We will leave our horses here in charge of a couple of When they reached the road they turned and made their the boys." way along it. Having decided upon their course of action, the Liberty They had gone only about half a mile when Ben Spur-Boys acted quickly, and three minutes later they were hurlock exclaimed: rying through the timber in the direction of the Tory's "Yonder they come!" He was right; the Liberty Boys were coming. When they met the party of youths on foot Bob and the others were dumfounded. "What does this mean, Dick?" cried Bob. "Where are your horses? Where is Arnold?" "Arnold was rescued, Bob, by a force of troopers." "You don't say so!" "Yes." Then Dick explained, while the youths listened with in terest. "Say, Dick, that was hard, wasn't it!" exclaimed Bob, when his comrade had finished. "It was, for a fact !" "But it cost the redcoats something to get Arnold away from you." . "True; that is a little satisfaction. Still, I would rather have gotten to take Arnold and hand him over to General Washington than to have killed ten times the number of redcoats that we did." "Oh, yes; I don't doubt that. But what are we going to do now?" mansion. They arrived there in due time, but all was quiet. There were no redcoats there. Not a soul was in sight. "They didn't stop, after all," said Bob, in a disap pointed voice. "No, they must have gone right on to the city," agreed Dick. "Well, it can't be helped." "No; Arnold bas escaped from us this time." "Anyway, we had a hot time with him to-night," said Ben Spurlock. "Ye&--it was hot work with a traitor," said another. "I guess I'll go on down into the city, Dick," said the Midget. "All right; go along, Ira." " Good-by, all." "Good-by." Ira set out down the road and walked rapidly. Half an hour later he was in the city, having explained matters satisfactorily to the sentinel at the edge of the Common.


THE LIBERT,Y BOYS A.i: D BENEDICT. ARNOLD. 19 Ira's heart beat rather faster than was its wont as he stepped up onto the stoop of the building in which Arnold had his quarters and rang the bell. He did not know what his reception might be at the hands of Arnold. "He may not suspect me, and then again he may," was the boy's thought. The door was opened presently by the colored man who attended to such work, and he recognized Ira and grinned. "So yo' is back, hey?" he remarked. "Yes, Pete," was the reply. "Has General Arnold returned?" "Yes, sah; he's up in his rooms, an' Ah's t'inkin' dat lle is kinder kercited about sumfin, foah he kain't keep still, nohow, but keeps prancin' aroun' lak he done had de toofache drefful bad." This was not reassuring intelligence, but Ira set hi8 teeth and went on upstairs and made his way to the door of Arnold's sitting-room and knocked. "Who is there?" came to the Midget's ears, in rather a startled voice, he thought. "It is I, Ira," the boy replied. "Ah ! Come in." There was relief in the tone, Ira thought. He opened the door and entered. Closing the door, he looked at Arnold, an anxious light in his eyes. The traitor was looking keenly and somewhat curiously at him. "Where have you been, Ira?" he asked. "I got scared, sir, and ran away up there at that house, and I didn't find you there when I came back, so I came on down here." "So you got frightened, eh?" "Yes." "Well, I don't blame you," dryly. And then he added, almost under his breath, but the words were understood by the boy: "I was somewhat frightened myself." "What shall I do, .sir?" the boy asked, eager to be set to work, so as to not have to talk and answer questions. "Nothing just now, Ira. Sit down and wait till I tell you what to do." Ira sat down and watched Arnold covertly. The traitor was evidently greatly worked up. He walked back and forth across the room and there was a dark frown on his face. He kept muttering to himself, and the Midget guessed that the man was suffering considerable mental torture. Perhaps half an hour passed, and then Arnold told Ira fo get his night-clothes readJ and fix the bed. The boy hastened to do so, and then Arnold told him to go to his room. The boy said good-night and took his departure. He had a little attic-room in the next story, and as soon as he was in his room he drew a long breath of relief. "He doesn't suspect me, I'm sure," was his mental comment. "Well, I'm mighty glaQ. of it!" CHAPTER XII. THE MIDGET WARNS THE LIBERTY BOYS. "So you had a narrow escape, General Arnold?" "Yes, Gene_ral Clinton." "They tell me that you were actually captured by that daring band of youths known as the Liberty Boys !" "Yes, sir; they had me a prisoner, and but for the acci dental appearance of a company of your troopers, who rescued me, the Liberty Boys would have taken me up the Hudson and given me into the hands of General Washing ton." "And that would have meant--" "Death!" Arnold shuddered as he spoke the word. "Tell me all about it, General Arnold." "Very well, sir." It was the morning aft;er the night on which occurred the events just narrated. General Arnold had gone to headquarters to confer with the British comma.nder-in chief, and had been met with the exclamation given at the head of this chapter after the greetings had been ex c hanged. Arnold told the story in detail of his capture by the Liberty Boys, and General Clinton . listened with inter est. "Well, all I have to say," he said, when the other had finished, "is that those Liberty Boys certainly are the most Q.aring and audacious fellows that I have ever hea:id of!" "Oh, there is nothing they won't dare .sir!" said Arnold. "You see, I know them of old/' "True; you were with them often, I suppose." "Yes, I have fought side by side with them many times, u.nd I can truthfully say that braver soldiers never lived." "I have no doubt but what you are right." "I know I am. They do not know the meaning of the word fear." General Clinton was silent and thoughtful a few mo ments and then looked up and said: "Do you suppose the Liberty Boys will remain on the island? Or is it your opinion that they made all haste to get away from this part of the country last night after you wer rescued from their hands?" "I would wager anything, sir, that they are st' 1 on the island," was the prompt reply. "You think that they have not given up, then?" "Not they!" "They are eh?" "Yes, and one failure will not daunt them. Besides, they were practically successful, and their plan was foiled only through an accident. They will try again.'' General Clinton nodded his head slowly. "I rather think that you are right," he agreed; "but I


20 THE LIBER'fY BOYS AND BENEDICT ARNOLD. will put a stop to their work by sending a force to drive ''Well, I'm glad that we know it." them off the island." "Yes, we will be on our guard," said Bob Estabrook. Arnold's face brightened. "What shall . we do, Dick?" asked Sam Sanderson. "That will be a good thing to do," he said. "Well, we will play a game of hide-and-seek with thQ "You will feel better, eh?" redcoats, Sam." "Yes, I acknowledge that I will. You see, I know those "But they may iind us." Liberty Boys well, and do not want to take any chances "In that case," grinned Bob, "there will be a iight." with them if I can help it." "We will try and not let them iind us," said Dick. "Very good; we'll put a stop to their work. I'll send a "How will you keep them from doing so?" asked Mark force up into the country right away." Morrison. When he had iinished the interview Arnold took his de-"I'll tell you: There can be no doubt but what the tedparture, returning to his rooms. coats will come northward either by way of the Bowery A British officer dropped in soon afterward, and Arnold Lane Ol' the Bloomingdale Road, and we will keep watch told him that a force was to be sent up into the country and see which road they are traversing; then we will ride to • iind the Libertj Boys and drive them out of that part southward along the other one and pass them." of the country. The youths laughed. Ira was in the room brushi:g Arnold's clothes, and he "That will be all right," said one. heard the conversation. "Yes, that will be fun," from another. _,/' "So they are going to send a force up to attack the boys, "Fun, if we don't get caught at it," smiled Dick. are they?" was his thought. "Jove, but I wish that I Ira now said that he must be getting back. could warn them!" "Arnold will miss me and will wonder what is keeping He wondered how he could work it. me so long," he said . Presently he thought of a plan which he believed would "Go along, Ira," said Dick. "And keep your eyes and work. ears open." "May I go down upon the street awhile, sir?" he I "I will." asked. 1 Then he bade his comrades good-by and hastened away. "Why do you wish to go?" Arnold inquired. When he was within a . of a mile of the edge of "I don't feel very well, and want to get some medithe city he saw a force of soldiers issuing forth from one cine." of the streets. "All right; go along. There is nothing for you to do "There they go to look for the Liberty Boys!" he murhere for awhile." mured. "Jove, t17ey haven't let any grass grow under their "Thank you, sir." Ira put on his hat and went out and downstairs. A few moments later was out upon the street. He did I not hesitate an instant, but set out toward the north edge of the city. I He had no difficulty in passing the sentinel, and was soon making his way northward along the road. Presently he cut across through the timber, and headed for the spot where the Liberty Boys had been encamped . He was not long in arriving there, but it was only to find that the youths were no longer there. "Jove, I wonder if they have left the island?" was his mental query. He decided to look around awhile before giving up, and so he set out northward. He had gone about a mile, when he came upon the en campment of the Liberty Boys. "Hello; what's up now, Ira?" asked Dick, as the little chap appeared . "The Brit.ish are going to send a strong force up this way to look for you boys, Dick!" was the reply. "Oho, so that's the program, is it?" "Yes." "When are they going to send the force?" "To-day, right away." feet." He sized the force up and decided that there were at least four hundred men. "A pretty strong force," was his thought. "The boys will have to be careful or they may get handled severely." He made his way on into the city and to Arnold's quarters. Arnold regarded him frowningly when he entered. "Where have you been so long?" he asked, sternly. "I was taken sick with cramp, sir, and could not get back any sooner," was the reply. "Ah! You feel better now?" "Yes, sir." "Very well; I am glad of that, for I have some work for you." Then he told Ira what it was that he wished done. The boy went to work with a will, for he was greatly relieved because he had escaped being suspected . CHAPTER XIII. A PLAN TO TRAP THE TRAITOR. "Well, Dick, this is great work for the Liberty Boys to be engaged in!"


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND BENEDICT ARNOLD. 21 "How do you mean, Bob?"' j Dick shook his head and looked thoughtful. "Why, we are running, dodging and hiding all. the I "That is the question," he said. "Say, Dick, I have a plan," said Bob. "You think we ought to be :fighting, eh?" "Let's hear it." "Yes; that is more in our line." "It's rather a mean one." "But there are at least four hundred men in the British "Mean, in what way?" force." "Why, we would be taking advantage of Arnold in "What of that?" rather a mean way." "You think we can fight them anyway, eh?" "Explain." "Of course we can." "All right; my plan is that we send a note to Arnold, "We would have to have advantage of position." t e lling him that his wife is at a farmhouse a few miles "Well, we could fix it that way." north of the city, and that she is ill and wants him to come "Perhaps; but if we were to go to work to fight this to . her." party an entire regiment would be sent up against us." "Ah!" breathed Dick. "Let it come!" "That ought to work!" Dick laughed. "That will bring him!" He knew Bob of old. Nothing daunted him, and he "Yes, if anything will." would fight a regiment if the need arose. "Oh, it'll do it all right!" They had been more than half a day at work evading Such were a few of the exclamations from the youths. the force of the redcoats that had been , sent up into the "What do you think of the plan, Dick?" asked Bob.. country to look for them. "It is rather a mean trick, don't you think?" Dick did not believe that the British had seen himself "Oh, I don't know, Bob. Besides, Arnold is a traitor, and his Liberty Boys as yet, for great care had been exerand is not entitled to much consideration. I think we cised and the youths had not exposed themselves any more I have a right to get him by anY. means that we can com-than was absolutely necess3rry. mand." But now, Eob, as has been shown, was getting tired of "Then you favor the plan?" this kind of wo.rk, and wanted to fight. "Yes, I do." "But, Bob," he said, "if we stop running and dodging I "Gooo !" and . offer fight we will be forced to leave the island right "What do the rest of you think?" queried Dick. "Are away, and I don't want that we shall be forced to do that." you in favor of the plan?" "All right; suit yourself, Dick." "Yes, yes !" went up in chorus. So the work of out of the way of the force of "All right. It is decided, then." British went on till evening and the Liberty Boys went "But how will we get the message to Arnold, Dick?" into camp. "We will send it by one of the boys-one that Arnold They had lost sight of the British, but Dick made up has never met and will not recognize. He can claim to live his mind to go on a reconnoitering expedition and get the at the farmhouse where Mr. Arnold is supposed to be." enemy located as soon as it was dark. "That will be a good plan." The youths ate their supper and then sat down to rest "I'll write the note at once." and take it as easy as possible. Dick always carried a quill and ink and paper with him Dick told the youths to be on their guard, and then he in his saddle-bags, and he now' wrote a brief note to the set out on the scouting expedition. effect that Mrs. Arnold, while en route to New York City, Dick searched in all directions two hours at least and had been taken ill and was at the home of the man whose did not see any signs of the British, and at last he came to the conclusion that they had gone back into the city. "I guess they have made up their minds that we have left the island," was his thought. He went back and reported to the youths. , "Say, I'm sorry they have gone," said Bob; "I was in hopes that we would get a chance at them." "It is better . as it is, Bob," said Dick. "I suppose so-so far as the success of our plan for cap turing Arnold is concerned." "But how are we going to manage to capture Arnold ?" queried Sam Sanderson. "I don't believe we will ever get another as good chance as we had last night." "We must make a chance," said Dick. "But how?" from Mark Morrison. name was signed at the bottom of the note, and that she wanted her husband to come at once and join her." Then Dick gave the note to a tall, awkward-looking youth that had lately joined the company and said: ' "Make your way to the city at once; tell the sentinel that you are a farmer boy, and that you have a note for General Arnold, and ask ' him to direct you to Arnold's quarters. He will do so, and then you go tbere at once and give the traitor the note." "All right, Dick." John Saunders was the name of the Liberty Boy, and he set out at once. He was a shrewd and level-beaded young fellow, and Dick was sure that he could trust him to do his work right.


22 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND BENEDICT ARNOLD. . John walked rapidly along, and three-quarters of an I John followed the darky and was soon standing in front ; hour later he reached the edge of the city. He was challenged by a sentinel. "Halt! Who comes there?" ""'A friend," the youth replied. " Advance, friend, and give the countersign." .John advanced and paused near the sentinel, who was -ey e ing him closely by the light of the moon. "''I don ' t know the countersign, sir," said John. "I'm a country boy and live four miles north of the city, and I have come down here with a note for a man." "Who is the man?" the sentinel asked, curiously. " His name is Arnold." "Oh, General Arnold?" "''Yes." " 'Who is the note from?" "''My father." "Ah, what does he want of Arnold? " "Well, sir, I guess there is no harm in telling you: Arnold's wife is there and she is sick and wants her hus : band to come to her." "His wife is at your home ? " in a tone of surprise. "Yes." "How comes it that she i s there?" of a room on the second floor. The negro knocked. "Come in," called out a voice. The darky opened the door, stuck his head through the opening and said : "He ah ' s de young gemman, sah." Then he ducked back out of the way and John passed through the doorway. Ira Little was in the room with Arnold, but he had been placed on his guard when the darky told Arnold that a young man by the name of John Saunders wished to see him, and so he did not show surprise or betray by his ac-: tions or looks that he had ever seen John before, and John, of course, knowing that Ira was with Arnold, was not surprised to see him, and did not evince any surprise or show signs of recognition. "You say you are a messeng e r from my wife?" cried Arnold, eagerly and excitedly. "Where is she? What has happened? Tell me, quickly !" John drew the note that Dick had written from his pocket and handed it to Arnold. "That will explain, sir," he said. Arnold opened tlie note and read what was written there. " She was on her way to thi s cit y t o join her husband "So my wife is at your father ' s house ill?" he exclaimed, : and was taken ill just before she got to our house , and so looking at John keenly. they stopped there . " "Yes, sir," the youth replied. "I see. " "And she wants me to come to her." Arnold spoke The sentinel did not seem to have any dou b ts regarding . more as though talking to himself. Then a moment later the truthfulness of the youth's statement, and so he said: I I he asked: "You.may go on, young fellow." "How far is it to your home?" "Thank you; will you direct me to the quarters occupied "A little more than four miles, sir." lby Arnold?" "Can you describe the location of the house well enough "Certainly." so that I can :find my way there, or had you better stay and The sentinel gave John the necessary directions, and the guide me?" youth wa:rked onward. "I guess I can tell you so that you can't miss the house," Fifteen minutes later he was knocking on the door of said John . .the building occupied by General Arnold. "All right; do so, then." The door was opened presently by a colored man. John described a farmhouse-one that had been selected "How ah yo', sah?" the negro greeted. "Whut kin I do by Dick as about the best for their purpose. J.!oah yo', sah ?" _ "I know where the is," said Arnold. "I can :find "Does General Arnold live here?" it easily enough. And you may return and tell Mrs. "Yes, sah." Arnold that I will be there very soon." -"I wish to see him." "All right, sir." "''Come in, sah." J Then John bade Arnold good-evening and took his de-J ohn entered, and the negro closed the door, and pointed . parture. to a chai!r and said: A little morr than an hour later he was back in the Lib" Sot down, sah, an' I'll see uf de gin'ral'll see you' e rty Boys' encampment. Whut is de name, sah ?" "Did you see Arnold?" queried Dick, eagerly. i'John Saunders." "Yes, and gave him the note, Dick." -<'All raght, Mistah Saunders." "What did he say?" eagerly. "Tell him that I am a messenger from his wife." "He said for me to go back and tell Mrs. Arnold that "All raght; I'll do dat, sah." he would be there soon." " Then the negro hastened upstairs. "You think he did not suspect?" He was back very quickly and said that Arnold would "I am sure that he did not." ;aee the young man at once. "And you directed him to the farmhouse that I spoke "Come raght erlong wid me, sah," he invited. of?"


THE LIBEHTY BOYS AND BENEDICT ARNOLD. 23 "Yes." "Good! We will break camp and go over there and lie in wait for him at once.'' The y<'>uths were not long in getting ready, then they set out in the direction of the farmhouse m ques tion. They tied their horses in the timber a quarter of a mile from the house, and then stole forward an'd took up their positio.n at a point that would enable them to see anyone who might go to the front door. . T.he..u they settled down to wait as patiently as was possible-. CHAPTER XIV. SURROUNDED BY REDCOATS. One, two hours passed. "'Seems fo me that he is a long time getting here," said Bob at last. "That's tight," agreed Dick. "He ought to have been along before this:" ''Do you .think he will come alone?" asked Sam Sanderson. . "Oh, no," said Dick; "he will have a bodyguard or troopers." "Sh !" ca;u.t:ioned Bob; ''list.en !" All listened. The s

'rHE LIBERTY BOYS AND BENEDICT ARNOLD. Then they hastened back to the encapmment and Dick "Do you think we can do it?" gave the order for the youths to break camp and get ready "We can try. Dismount, all, and follaw me." to leave. Dick leaped to the ground and entered the timber on the This was done, and ten minutes before the redcoats came left and moved along as , swiftly as he could, leading his within musket-shot distance of the encampment the Libhorse. erty Boys were riding away. The other youths followed. The Tedcoats saw them and set up a shout. To their ears came the sound of yelling from the lips They knew it was useless to try to follow on foot, so they of the redcoats. eoniented themselves with brandishing their muskets and "Do you think we'll be able to make our escape, Dick?" yelling. _ queried Bob. The Liberty Boys rode northward a couple of miles and "I don't know, but we'll try our hardest." then suddenly, on rounding a bend in the road, cam e face On they went at as rapid a pace as possible. to face with a force of troopers at least twice as strong a s The Liberty Boys. bore away to the right, and at last their own. the y reached the Bowery Lane. It happened that the Liberty Boys had passed a c rossA glance down and then up the road showed that it was r oad a quarter of a mile back, and Dick gave the order for c lear that as far as could be seen in either direction. t hem to turn and ride back and turn to the left a nd cross " Ye s," replied Bob. to the Bowery Lane-they were now on the Bloomingd ale " Mount, Liberty Boys," ordered Dick. Road. The y did so and set out up the road at a gallop. The Liberty Boys whirled their hor s e s a nd r o d e back a t They had gone onl y about a third of a mile when they a gallop, and after them cam e the British tro o p ers, yelling heard yells, and, looking back, saw the party of troopers like fiends. e m e rging from the timber and mounting rapidly. It was evid ent that they had been s e archin g for t he Lib" They are going to give chase to us, Dick!" erty Boys, and that the prosp e ct of getting a chance tu " Y es, Bob." s trike the youths a blow was a pleasing one t o the m . "The y won't be abl e to catch us." Bob was for stopping and giving battl e , bu t Di c k was " N o t unless they ha v e a lot better horses than I think 'D.O t in favor of doing .so. they have." " There are too m a ny redcoats up in this part of t h e The youths kept glan c ing back over their shoulders, and tountry," he said. "It is likely that another force would they soon saw that, while the redcoats were not gaining, be af ter us i f w e offered battle to this one, and t h en w e they were holding their own. might wis h that we had not been so bold." " Our horses seem to be just about matched in speed, "Of course, you know best, Dick." Dick," remarked Bob. The Liberty Boys turned to the left and das hed a lon g the "That's so." cr ossroad, but when they were within a quarter of a mile On they dashed, and after them came the redcoats. of the point where it joined the Bowery Lane the y caugh t Doubtless the troopers had been instructed to capture sight of another force of British soldiers. t h e Liberty Boys or run them off the island. "Hello, what shall we do now, Dick?" cried Mark MorThey accomplished the latter ,. but when the youths got rison ; " ther e ar e redcoats behind us, redcoM:s in front of across the bridge over the Harlem they came to a stop at us, and likely enough there are redcoats all around us! " the farth e r side, and Dick said: " We'll fight ' em!" cried Bob, grimly. "We have run far enough, Liberty Boys; now if the red-CHAPTER XV. CHASED BY TROOPERS. D ick called a halt. He looked behind h i m and then in front and to either Bide. "It won't do to offer battle, Bob," he said . "Why not?" " Because there are too many redcoats in this vicinity. They will clos. e in on us and capture us all." "That wouldn't be very pleasant." "No; we must get away if we can without engaging t h e m in battle." coat s try t o come across that bridge we will give them a reception that they won' t like!" C heers went up from the i:.,iberty Boys. " That 's the talk, Dick!" " Yes, yes !" "We have run far enou gh!" "That's right; it's their turn now!" Such were a few of the cries. The Liberly Boys led their horses in among the trees a nd tied them and then went back and stationed themsel ves at the north end of the bridge, muskets cocked and r e ad y for instant use. The redcoats saw the warlike , preparations, and paused when they were one hundred yards from the end of the bridge. They held a brief discussion and then dismounted and tied their horses.


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND BENEDICT ARNOLD. 25 "There are at least two hundred of them, Dick," said "Yes, all of that number." "Well, we can lick two hundred redcoats any day!" "We can give them a good fight, at least." "You're right we can!" The redcoats were now advancing, a.nd when they were just out of musket-shot distance they paused, and their commander took a careful survey of the Liberty Boys' po sition. "Oh, come on and take your thrashing!" cried aut Bob. "You think that you can thrash us, do you?" came back in sneering accents. "We are sure of it. That's what we are here for!" "Bosh!" Then the commander gave a command to his men, and they began to advance. Closer and closer they came. They were now within musket-shot distance, and just as the Liberty Boys leveled their muskets the British troopers made a sudden dash toward the end of the bridge. The bridge was perhaps twenty feet wide, and would permit quite a number to cross abreast, and doubtless the redcoats thought they could rush across and overwhelm the enemy. "Take aim !" cried Dick. The youths obeyed. "Fire!" ' ( ' . . Loudly the words rang out, and then crash, roar! went the volley. It was an effective one. "We have thrash . ed them, and may as well go on our way," he said. They untied their horses and mounted: They then rode away toward the north, and as they dis appeared around a bend in the road they saw the redcoatS advancing to look after their wounded. "What are we going to do, Dick?" queried Bob. ' "Are we going to give up trying to capture Arnold?" "No, Bob; but we must approach from some other direction." "Have you decided upon a nlan ?" "Not yet." "Where are we going now?" "I think that we may as well go up to our homes, Bob, and go into camp there." Bob's face brightened. "That suits me," he said, with a grin. They reached their homes in due time and were given a warm welcome. The wounded were given a room in Mrs. Slater's house, and their injuries were dressed neatly by the widow. The Liberty Boys went into camp, and after supper that evening they held a council. How were they to capture Arnold? That was the question they were to . decide, and it was certainly a very difficult one. At last it was decided that a few of the youths should. descend the river in a boat and reach the in that man ner and try to get hold of Arnold. '• The Liberty Boys were expert marksmen, and they aimed .carefully arid shot to kill, with the result that at , least thirty of the British troopers went down dead and wounded. ...... CHAPTER XVI. ANOTHER ATTEMPT TO CAPTURE ARNOLD. Yells of rage from those not wounded and screams of pain from the injured went up, and then the redcoats fired , & volley. The Liberty Boys were well _ sheltered, however, arnl while several were slightly wounded, not one was killed. "Here's the boat, Dick." "Good!" Dick, Bob and four more of the Liberty Boys had gone over to the Hudson River and were bent on descending to New York and making another attempt to capture Arnold. "Now with the pistols!" cried Dick. The youths drew their pistols and cocked them. The youths fired two volleys in quick succession The{' had reached the river, and Bob had just discovered a boat which would be used to ca-rry them down the and stream. dropped a number of the redcoats. This was too much for the rest. They broke and fled back to where they had left their horses. Yells of triumph went up over the result of the encoun ter. They had been to flee when redcoats were before and behind them, but here they had made a stand and proven that they were able to more than hold their own against twice their number. The Liberty Boys waited a few minutes, but the red coats showed no inclination to renew the engagement, and so Dick ordered the youths to mount. "Get in, boys," said Dick. They did so, and a few minutes later they were gliding down the river. Bob and Sam were rowing, the others having nothing to do save sit there and be carried along. It happened that it was a cloudy night, and the moon did not make it light enough so that objects could be seen. with any distinctness. . It was a very good night for the work the Liberty Boys were engaged upon. They moved on down the river, and at last the lights of the city came into view. "We will have to be careful now," said Dick.


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND BENEDICT ARNOLD. Wl:ren they were well down toward the foot of the city -they headed in toward the shore. They presently saw a dark hull looming up before them, and knew that they were under the stern of a ship. They brought the boat to a stop and listened. The measured tread of the sentinel on the deck could be heard. Dick now gave the whispered command, and they rowed -slowly and cautiously along till they reached the wharf. As they brought the boat to a stop they heard the sound of feet trampling on the rough boards and the murmur of voices. Closer and closer came the sounds. The youths listened intently. Suddenly there came the challenge: "Who comes there?" "General Arnold," was the reply. "I wish to have an interview with Major Marsden." "Ah! Come aboard, sir." , within calling distance, it had not been deemed necessary to have more than one sentinel, so now the youths had the deck to themselves. "This way," whispere.d. Dick. "They are in the cabin." He led the way toward the cabin. At the companion-way he paused and listened, the others doing the same. The faint murmux of voices came to their hea:ring. 'l'hen Dick made his way down the steps, the youths fol lowing, and he paused nd tried the knob of the door. It turned, and then Dick pushed the door open slightly and looked into the room. There were four men in the room, three being British officers, the fourth being Arnold. At this moment there came the sound of trampling feet from the direction of the stern. Dick and the other youths heard the sound with a sink ing at the heart. They had forgotten the escort that had come aboard with Arnold. The Liberty Boys were greatly excited. General Arnold ! There were at least ten of the soldiers, and they were He was there, within a few yards of them ! coming toward the companion-way. Here, indeed, was the opportunity that they were lookDick and the youths realized that it would be folly to ing for. try to capture Arnold now. They would have a chance to capture the traitor. The members of his escort would hear the noise of the Of course, it would be dangerous work, but they could t t t t b th struggle that must inevitably take place before he could no expec i o e o erWlse. d Th th li ht f 1 t fl hi t th be secured and would rush down and make an attack. An ey saw e g o a an ern as ng ou over e th uld t be th L'b ty B d bl -edge of the wharf and quickly pulled the boat in under the he! wo ld nutmh r th e d 1 etr oys consi era y, w ich wou give em e a van age. wharf where they would not be seen. "C k 1,, h' d ff k Here they remained until Arnold had gone aboard the H omhe, tqmcd b wk isperteh tic d b . hi h h h V 1 e as ene ac up e s eps an the others fol--s ip, w c , t ey guess, was t e u ture. 1 d They now began figuring on the task before them. owe "We must get aboard the ship; that is the first thing," ll'hey ran hastily toward the bow, tiptoeing, so as not to whispered Dick. make any more noise than they could help, as they feared "Yes," replied Bob. to alarm the sentry. They pulled the boat out from under the wharf and on Suddenly a cry of surprise went up from the members down the river a few yards, and then they tied the painter of Arnold's bodyguard. to a post and clambered up onto the wharf, being careful "Look! Look! Rebels!" came from the lips of the to not make any noise. leader. This accomplished, they stole down the wharf on tiptoe The youths realized now that it was useless to stay until they-were where the bow of the ship touched the aboard, for they would have to fight the redcoats, and wharf. could not hope to capture Arnold. They heard the sentinel pacing back and forth on the "Over onto the wharf with you, boys!" cried Dick.

THE LIBERTY BOYS AND BENEDICT ARNOLD. 2.7 "'!"here they go.!" yelled a redcoat. "We must pursue l plished it and disembarked and made their way to the them!" I camp. ' "There's a boat J Let's get into it and go after them!" The youths were glad to see them, but knew at once from another. that the trip had been a failure, for there was no prisonel."' They piled, pell mell down into a boat, cut the painter, with the six. , d th d th d be When they had heard the story of the youths adventure an ree seize e oars an gan rowmg. . 'W '11 tch th bel dr l k the one asked Dick what be was gomg to do next. e ca e re scoun e s or now reas9n . . . h ,,, d th l d f th rt "I don't know yet. We will stay here quietly ID camp w y . cne e ea er o e pa y. . Th t and see how thmgs work out." e race was now on m earnes . . . One, two days passed, and then on the third day Ira CHAPTER XVII. A LIVELY ENGAGEMENT. "Are they gaining any, Dick?" "I don't believe that they are, Bob." "That's good." "Yes." The redcoats were holding their own, but that was all, and the Liberty Boys drew a long breath of relief when they became satisfied that the other boat was not drawing any nearer to them. "I think they will get tired before we will," said Dick. "And then we can pull away from them," said Sam. Dick's guess proved to be correct. The redcoats did tire; at any rate their boat began to drop behind slowly but surely. "We are drawing away from them," said Bob. "Yes, so we are," from Dick. The redcoats seemed to realize this, and tliey presently turned and rowed back toward the wharf. The Liberty Boys knew now that they were in no more danger, and so they rowed slowly and discussed the situa tion. They were greatly disappointed because of the failure of their attempt to capture Arnold. "Ob, well, it can't be helped," said Dick. The others agreed that this was the case. "But the question now is, what shall we do?" from Bob. "I guess we may as well row back up to where we started from," replied Dick. "And not make any further attempt to capture Ar nold?" "I don't see that it will be wise to try again, Bob. Ar nold will be doubly careful now, and it would be impossible to catch him off bis guaxd." "That's so," agreed Bob. "Well, I suppose our plan will be to return to our encampment and take it easy for a few days." "Yes, that is the only thing to do." It was quite a job rowing back up to a point opposite where they had their encampment, but they finally accom-Little put in an appearance. He had been en route to the patriot headquarters up the Hudson, but had seen some of the Liberty Boys at the Slater home, and had, of course,. stopped. Dick hastened to interview the little chap. "How comes it that you are here, Ira?" he asked. "Why, I bad some information for you, Dick, and I thought tha I bad better come right up and tell you about it." "What is it, Ira?" "Arnold is going to leave New York." "He is? When?" "Soon. I understand that be is to go down Soutbinto Virginia, I think." "Well, well! Then I am afraid that we will not be able to capture him." "You will have to do it quick, if at all, Dick." "That's so." Dick and Bob bad a long talk together, and it was de cided that they would make one more attempt to get Arnold. That evening, however, one of the Liberty Boys who was out scouting and reconnoitering, came in and reported that a strong British force was advancing northward. "How strong a force is it, George?" queried Dick. "I think there must be half a regiment, Dick. "So many as that?" "Yes." "I wonder if they have come up here to look for us?" "I'll wager that that is why they are here, " said "You see, we have been making it rather bot for Arnold,. and lie is likely eager to have us driven clear away from this part of the country." "Well, we'll see if we can't make it somewbat interesting for this force," said Dick, grimly. "Hurrali !" cried Bob; "that's the talk!" Dick turned to the youth who had brougb't ID the-news. "How far away is this force?" he queried. "About two Dick looked up at the sun. They will g o into camp before they get here, likely," he mused. •'Yes, they were walking very slowly; I guess they were tired," said George. "All right; we will keep watch for them, and then to-


• 28 'fHID LIBERTY BOYS AND BENEDICT ARNOLD. 11.ight we will see if we can make them wish they had stayed / back on the island." "True," agreed Bob; "but we would have done them some hurt while they were at it." Four of the youths went back to spy on the British, and • they returned just before nightfall and reported that the British gone into camp about three-quarters of a mile away. This was pleasing information, and Dick tola the youtht:: that an attack would be made about . half-past eleven o'clock. Preparations were at once begun. The youths had eaten a hearty supper and felt strong md capable of putting up a great fight. • Slowly the hours rolled away, and at last it was half-past ten. Dick now gave the order for the youths to march, and they set out down the road. Dick and the other youths then discussed their plans for tliP. future, and it was decided that it would hardly be worth while trying to capture Arnold before he sailed for the South. "He is on his guard now, anyway," said Dick, "and it would be impossible to take him unawares." The others agreed with Dick that this was likely the truth, and so they bade good-by to the Slaters and Esta brooks and rode away toward patriot headquarters up the _ Hudson. Dick went at once to headquarters and made his report to General Washington. "You did well to come so near capturing Arnold, Dick,'' said the commander-in-chief. "It would have been almost They did not go far, however, before taking to the tima miracle had you gotten him off the island and up here. ber. You have no cause to feel disappointed over your failure They made a detour and approached the British en-• eampment from the east. They thought that they would be less likely to be discov ered if coming from one side or the other . instead of from the north or south by way of the road. The Liberty Boys managed well and made a fierce at: tack on the British. They took the enemy by surprise and succeeded in kill ing and wounding more than one hundred. The redcoats finally retreated in great disorder. In Jact, it was practically a rout. Two of the Liberty Boys were very severely wounded and eight were' injured less severely. Not one was killed outright, which was due to the fact that the youths shel tered themselves behind trees, and did not give the ene my's bullets much chance at them. The Liberty Boys, carrying their wounded with them, made their way back up to their encampment. The wounded were given comfortable quarters in the Slater and Estabrook homes, and then the other youths down to take it easy _ till morning . . Scouts 'and spies were sent down to watch the British, and when morning one of these came into camp the information that the enemy was gone. "Gone, you say?" exclaimed Dick. "Yes; they broke camp about five o'clock this morning and marched away toward the south." "Well, let them go," said Dick. "Likely it was a good thing for us, for in an encounter by daylight they might ltave done us severe injury." to secure him." "Thank you for . your kind words, sir," said Dick, feel ingly; "but I would have given a good deal had we been successful in getting the traitor and delivering him into your handi::." "And so would I have been willing to give a good deal to get him into my hands, my boy. But it seems that it I was not to be, and we may as well look at the matter philosophicall y." "True, sir." Thus ended the attei;npt to capture the traitor. • He sailed for Virginia in due time, where he was in command of a portion of the British army of the-South, and he made himself inore notorious than ever by burning and pillaging the patriot homes in the vicinity of Rich mond. THE END. The next number (247) of "The Liberty Boys of '76" will contain "THE LIBERTY, BOYS EXCITED; OR, DOING WHIRLWIND WORK," by Harry Moore. SPECIAL NOTICE : All back numbers of this weekly are always in print. If you cannot obtain them from any newsdealer, send the price in money or postage stamps by mail to FRANK TOUSEY, PUBLISHER, 24: UNION SQUARE, NEW YORK, and you will receive the copies you order by return mail.


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HOW TO DO CHEMICAL '.l'RICKS.-Containing over together "IYith descriptions of game and fish. one hundred highly amusing and instructive tricks with chemicals. No. 26. HO'Y TO ROW, SAIL AND BUILD A BOAT.-Fully By A . Anderoon. Handsomely illustrated. illustrated. Every boy should know how to row and sail a boat. No. 69 . HO'V TO DO SLEIGHT OF HAND.-Containing over Full instructions are given in this little book, together with in!ifty of the latest and best tricks used by magicians. Also containstructions on swimming and riding, companion sports to boating . mg the secret of second sight. Fully illustrated . B,v A. Anderson. No. 47. HOW TO BREAK, RIDE AND DRIVE A HORSE.-. No._ 70 . HOW TO MAGIC ?'OYS.-Containing full A complete treatise on the horse. Describing the most useful horses directions for makmg Magic '.l'oys and devices of many kinds. By for business, the best horses for the road; also valuable recipes for A. Anderson. Fully illustmted. diseases pecclliar to the horse. No. 73. HOW TO DO THICKS WITH NUMBERS.-Showing No. '18. HOW '.l'O BUlLD AND SAI L CA.NOES .-A handy many curious tricks with figures and the magic of numbers. By A. book for boys, containing full directi ons for constructing canoes Anderson. Fully illustrated. and the most populat manner of sailing them. Fully illustrated. .No. 7.5. HO\Y TO A CONJUROR. -Containing B y c. Stansfield Hicks. tricks with Dommos, Dice, Cups and Balls, Hats, etc. Embracing thirty-six illustrations. BY A . Anderson. FORTUNE TELLING. No. 78. TO DO THE .BLACK ART.-Containing a comN o . 1. N.A.POLEON'S ORACULUM AND DREAM BOOK.plete descript10n of the mysteries of Magic and Sleight of Hand, Containing the great oracle of human destiny; also the true mean-together with many wenderful experiments . By A. Anderson. ing of almost any kind of dreams, together with charms, ceremonies, Illustrated. and curious games of cards. A complete book . MEC C No. 23 . HOW '.l"O EXPLAIN DREAl.\fS .-Everybody dreams, HANI AL. from the little child to the aged man and woman. This 'little book No. 29. HOW TO BECOME AN INVENTOR-Every bo y gives the explanation to all kinds of dreams, together with lucky )!:now how book explains them and unlucky Jays, and "Napoleon's Oraculum," the book of fate. all, givil!g examples in electr1c1ty, hydraulics, magnetism, optics, No. 28. HOW TO TELL F'ORTUNES.-Everyone is desirous of pneumatics, mechanics, etc. The most instructive book published. knowing what his future life will bring forth, whether happiness or . No. HOW TO BECOM:m AN ENGINEER.-Containing full misery, wealth or poverty . You can tell by a glance at this little mstruct1ons how to proceed m order to become a locomotive en book . Buy one and be convinced . Tell your own fortune. Tell gineer; also directions for building a model locomotive; togethe r the fortune of your friends. with a full description of everything an engineer should know. No. 76. HOW TO TELL FORTUNES BY THE HAND.-No. 57. HOW TO MAKE MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS.-Full Containing rules for telling fortunes by the aid of lines of the hand, directions how to a B!lnjo, Violin, Zither, Harp, Xyloor the secret of palmistry. Also the secret of telling future events phone and other musical mstruments; together with a brief deby aid of moles, marks, scars, etc. Illustrated. By A. Anderson. scription of nearly every musical instrument used in ancient or ATHLETIC. modern times. Profusely illustrated. By Algernon S. Fitzgeral d, for twenty years bandmaster of the Hoyal Bengal Marines. No. 6. HOW "TO BECOl.\IE AN ATHLETE.-Giving fu ll in-NG. 59. HOW TO MAKE A MAGIC LANTERN.-Containing struction for the use of dumb bells, Indian clubs, parallel bars, a description of the lantern, together with its history and invention. horizontal bars and various other methods of developing a good, Also full directions for Its use and for painting slides. Handsomely healthy muscle; containing over sixty illustrations. Every boy can illustrated. By John Allen. become strong and healthy oy following the instructions contained No. 71 . HOW TO DO l\IECHANICAL TRICKS.-Containing in this little book. complete instructions for performing over sixty Mechanical Tricks. No. 10. HOW TO BOX.-The art of self-defense made easy. By A. Anderson . Fully illustrated. Containing over thirty illustrations of guards, blows, and the ditfer -LETTER WRITING. ent positions of a good boxer. Every boy should obtain one of these useful and instructive books, as it will teach you how to box No. 11. HOW TO WRITE LOVELETTERS.-A most com-without an instructor. p lete littl e book, containing full directions for writing l ove-letters, No. 25. HOW TO BECOME A GYMNAST.-Containing full and when to use them, giving specimen letters for young and old. instructions for all kinds of gymnastic sports and athletic exercises. No. 12. HOW TO WRITE LETTERS TO LADIES.-Giving Embt-acing thirty-five illustrations. By Professor W. Macdonald. complete instructions for writing letters to ladies on all subjects; A handy and useful book . also letters of introduction. notes and requests. No . 34. HOW •ro FENCE.-Containing full instructi on fo r No. 24 . HOW TO WRITE LET'rERS TO GENTLEMEN.fencing and the use of the broadsworJ; also instruction in archery. Containing full directions for writing to gentlemen on all subjects ; Described with twenty-one practical illustrati ons, givi n g the best also giving sample letters for instruction. positions irl fe n cing . A complete book. No. 53. HOW TO WRITE LE'l'TERS.-A wonderful little book, telling you how to write to your sweetheart, your father, TRICKS WITH CARDS. mother, siste r , brother, employe r ; and, in fact, everybody and anyN o . 51 . HOW TO D O T R ICKS WITH CARDS.-Contain in g body you w i sh to write to. Every younit man and every y oung e xp lanations of the gene r a l principl es of sleight-of -hand applicab l e lady in the l a n d shoul d have this book. f to card tricks; of car d trick s with ordinary cards, and not requiring No. 74 . HOW 'l'O WRITE C ORRECTLY.-Co n sle igh t-o f hand; of tricks in v ol ving s l eig h t-of -h and, or the use o f tainin g full instructi o n s fo r w r iti n g letters on a lmost any s ubj ect specially p repar ed cards. B y P rofesso r Haffner. Illustrated. als o r u l es for puni;tuation a nd-compositio n , with speci m e n letters'. (Continued on page 3 of cover.)


WORK AND WIN. The Best Published. AI.L 'I'HE READ PBIN'I'. N'O':M:SEBS ABE .AI. W .A YS IN ONE AND YOU WILL READ THEM ALL. L A'J'EST ISSUES: t81 Fred Fearnot's Boy ; or, Selling 'l'ips on Shares. 282 Fred Fearnot and the Girl Ranch Owner, And How She Held Her Own. 283 Fred l•'earnot's Newsboy Friend ; or, A Hero in Rags. 284 in the Gold Fields; or, Exposing the Claim "Salt-285 Fred Fearnot and the Office Boy ; or, Bound to b e the Boss. 286 Fred l?earnot after the Moonshiners; or, The '"Bad" Men of Ken-tucky. 287 Fred I•'earnot and the Little Drummer; or, '!.'be Boy who Feared Nobody . 288 Fre d 1"earnot and the Broker' s Boy; or, Working the Stock Marke t . 289 Fred Fearnot and the Boy T eamster; or, The Lad Who Bluffed Him. 320 Fred Fearnot and the Impostor ; or, Unmasking a Dangerous Fraud. 3 21 Fred Fearnot in the Wild West; or, The Last Fight of the Bandits. 322 !!'red Fearnot and the Girl Detective; or, Solving a Wall Street Mystery . :!23 l<'red FearnotAmong the Gold Miners: o r , The Fight ror aStolen Claim. 32' Fre d Fearnotand tbe Broker's Son; or, The Smartest Boy in Wall St. 325 l<'red Fearnot and "Judi;te Lynch" ; or, Chasing tbe Horse 'l'hievea. 3 2 6 Fred Fearnot and the Bank Messenger ; or, The Boy w h o made a For tune. 3 2 7 Fred Fearnot and tti.e Kentucky Moonshiners; or, The "Bad " Men of the Bl11e Grass 3 2 8 Fred l<'earnot and the Boy Acrobat; or, Out \Vi th His own Circus. 329 Fred Fearnot's Great Crash; or, Losing H i s Fortune in Wall Street. 330 Fred Fearnot' s Return to Athletics; or, His Start to Regain a Fortune. 331 Fred Fearnot's Fencing Team ; or, Defeating the "Pride of Old Eli. " 290 Fred Fearnot and the l\Iagici a n , and How h e Spoiled His :\Iagi c . 291 Fred Fearnot's Lone Hand; or, Playing a Game 1;o Win. 292 JJ'red Fearnot and the Banke r ' s C l erk ; or, Shaking up the Blok-332 ers. Fred Fearnot' s "Free For All" ; or, His Great Indoor Meet. 293 Fred Fearnot and the Oil King; or, the Tough G ang o'f the W ells. 333 294 Fre d Fearnot' s Wall Street Game; or, Fighting the Bucke t Shops. 334 29.5 Fre d Fearnot's Society Circus ; or, The Fun that :Built a S c hool-House. Fred F earnot and the Cabin Boy ; or, Beating the Steamboa t Sharpers. . Fred Fearnot and the Prize-Fighter; or, A Pngi!ist's Awful Mis-take. 296 Fred Fearnot's Wonderful Courage; o r , The Mistake of the Train Robber. 297 Fre d Fearnot's Friend from India, and the W pnderful Things He Did. 335 Fred Fearnot's Office Boy; or, Making l\Ioney in Wall Street. 3116 Fred Fearnot as a Fireman; or, The Boy Hero of the Flames. 337 Fred Fearnot and the Factory Boy; or, '!.'he Champion of the r.rown. 298 Fred Fearnot and the Poor Widow; or, Making a l\I ean :\Ian Do 338 Right. 299 Fred Fearnot's Cowboys; or, Tackling the Ranc h Raiders. . . 339 Fred Fearnot and the "Bad Man" ; or, The Bini! from Bitter Creek. 300 Fred Fearnot and the Money Lenders; or, Breaking Up a Swin dl!ng Gang. 301 Fred Fearnot' s Gun Club ; or, Shooting for a Diamond Cup. 302 Fred Fearnot and the Braggart; or, Having Fun with an Ego-tist. 303 Fred Fearnot's Fire Brigade : o r , Beating the Insurance Frauds, 304 Fred Fearnot' s Temperance L ectures; or, l!'ightlng Rum and Ruin. 30"5 Fred Fearnot and the "Cattle Que e n " ; or, A Desperate Woman' s Game. 306 Fred l!'earnet and the Boomers ; or, The Game that Faile d. 307 Fred Fearnot and the "Tough" Boy; or, Reforming a Vagrant. 308 li'red Fearnot's $10,000 Deal ; or, Ov e r the Continent on Horse-back. 309 Fred Fearnot and the Lasso Gang; or, Crooke. d Work on the Ranc h. 310 Fred Fearnot and the Wall Street Broker; or, Helping the Widows and Orphans. 311 Fred Fearnot and the Cow Puncher; or, The Worst Man in Ari 340 341 Fred F earnot and the Shop Girl ; or, The Plot Against An Or pban. Fred F earnot Among the Mexicans ; or, Evelyn and the Brigands. Fred Fearnot and the Boy Engineer; or, Beating the Train Wreckers. 342 Fred Fearnot and the "Hornets" ; or, The League that Sought to Down Him. 343 Fred Fearnot and the Cheeky Dude; or, A Shallow Youth from Brooklyn. 344 Fre d Fearnot in a Death Trap ; or, Lost In The Mammoth Caves. 345 Fred F earnot and the Boy Rancher ; or, The Gamest Lad I n T exas. 346 Fred Fearnot and the Stage Driver ; or, The l\Ian Who Understood Horse s. 347 Fred Fearnot's Change of Front; or, Staggering the Wall Street Brokers. Fred Fearnot's New Ranch, And How He and Terry Managed It. 31!9 Fred F earnot and the Lariat Thrower ; or, Beating the Champion of the West. • 312 and the Fortune" Teller ; or, The Gypsy's Double 350 Fred l!'earnot and the Swindling Trustee ; or, Saving a Widow's Littl e Fortune. Deal • 351 313 !!'red Fearnot's Nervy Deal; or, The Unknown Fiend of Wan Fred Fearnot and the "Wild" Cowboys, And the Fun He Had With Them. Stree t. 314 Fred Fearnot and "Red Pete" ; or, The Wickedest l\Ian in Arizona. 315 Fred Fearnot and the Magnates ; or, How he Bought a Rall road. 316 Fred Fearnot and "Uncle Pike"; or, A Slick Chap from Warsaw. 317 Fred Fearnot and His Hindo Friend; or, Saving the Juggler' s Life. 318 Fred Fearnot and the "Confidence Man" ; or, The Grip that Held Him Fast. 319 Fred Fearnot's Greatest Victory; or, The Longest Purse in Wall Street. 352 Fred Fe1trnot and the "Money Queen" ; or, Exposing a Female Sharpe::. 3 5 3 Fred Fearnot's Boy Pard; or, Striking it Rich in the Hills. 3 5 Fred Fearnot and the Railroad Gang; or. A Desoerate Fight for Life. For sale by a ll newsdealers, or will be sent to any address on r eceipt o f price, 5 cents per c op y, in m oney or postage stamps, by FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, New York. IF YOU WANT ANY BACK NUMBERS o f our Librar ies a n d canno t procure them from newsdealers, t hey can be obtain e d from this office d irec t . 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THE LIBEBTY. BOYS OF '16. A W eeldy Magazine containing Stories of the American Revolution. By HARRY MOORE. These stories ba.sed on a.ctua.l fa.cts and give a faithful a.ccount of the exciting adventures of a. band of Amerioa.n youths who were always rea.dy a.nd willing to imperil their iives for the sake of helping a.long the ga.lla.nt ca.use of Every number will consist of 32 large pages of reading matter, bound in a beautiful colored cover. LATEST ISSUES: 17G The Liberty Boys Only Surrender, And Why it was Done 177 The Liberty l:loys and l•'lora McDonald; or, After the Hessians. 178 The Libeity Boys' Drum Corps; or, Fighting for the Starry l•'ia". 17\J 'l'be Liberty lloys and the Gun Maker: or, The Battle of Ston'l Point. 180 'l'be Liberty Roys as ;:.;!ght Owls: or. Great Work after Dark. 181 The Liberty Boys and the Girl Spy; or, Fighting Tryon's Raiders. 182 The Liberty Boys Battery: or, The Burning of Kingston. 183 'l'he Liberty Boys and Major Andre; or, Trapping the British Messenger. 184 The Liberty Boys in District 96; or, Surrounded by Redcoats. 185 The Liberty Boys and the Sentinel ; or, 'l'he Capture of l•'ort Washington. 186 The Liberty Boys on the Hndson; or, Working on the Water. 187 'l'be Liberty Boys at Germantown; or, Good Work in a Good Cause. 188 'l'he Liberty Boys' Indian Decoy; or, The Fight on Quaker Hill. 189 The Liberty Boys Afloat: or, Sailing With l'aul Jones. l!JO The Liberty Boys in i\lohnwk Valley; or, Fighting Hedcoats, To-ries and Indians. 191 The Libeity Boys Left Behind: or, Alone in the Enemys Country. 1 \l2 The Liberty Boys at Augusta: or, '\\'ay Down in Georgia. ma The Liberty Boys' Swamp Camp; or, l•'igbting and Hiding. 194 'l'be Liberty Boys in Gotham: or, Daring \York in tile Great City. 195 The Liberty Boys and Kosciusko: or. The Fight at Great I•'11.iis. 196 The Liberty Boys' Girl Scout; or. 1eigbting Hutie1 .. s Rangers. 197 Liberty Boys at Budd's Crossing; or, Hot Work in Cold Weather. 198 The Liberty Boys' Raft: or, Floating and 199 The Liberty Boys at Albany; or, Saving General Schuyler 200 The Liberty Roys Good l•'ortune; or, Sent on Secret Service. '.!01 The Liberty Boys at Jobnson s Mill: or. A Hard Grist to Grind . '.!02 The Liberty Boys' Warning; or. A Tip that Came in 'l'ime. The Liberty Boys with Washington: or, Hard Times at Valley li,Ol'ge . 204 The Liberty Boys after Brant: or, Chasing the Indian Raiders. 205 The Liberty Roys at Red Bank ; or, Routing the Hessians. 206 The Liberty Boys and the Riflemen : or, Helping ail They Could. 207 The Liberty Boys at the Miscbianza; or. Good-by to General Howe. 208 The Liberty Boys 11.nd Pulaski ; or. The Polish Patriot. 209 The Liberty Boys at Hanging Rock; or, The "Carolina Game Cock." 210 The Liberty Boys on the Pedee; or, Maneuvering with Marion. 211 The Liberty Boys at Guilford Courthouse; or, A Defeat that Proved a Victory. 212 The Liberty Boys at Sanders' Creek; or, 'l'he Error of General Gates. 213 The Liberty Boys on a Raid; or, Out with Colonel Brown. • 214 The Liberty Boys at Gowanus Creek; or, I•'or Liberty and Independence 215 The Liberty Boys Skirmish; or, At Green Sp1ing Plantation. 2Hi The Liberty Boys and the Governor; or, Tryons Conspiracy. 217 The Liberty Boys in l{hode Island; or, Doing Duty Down East. 218 The Liberty Boys After Tarleton: or, Bothering the .. Butcher." 2Ul The Liberty Boys Daring Dash : or, Death Before Defeat. 2:.!u ',!'he Liberty J:oys and the :\lutll1eers: or, ' 2i1 The Liberty l:loys Out \\"ost: or, The Capture of Vlllceunes. 222 The Liberty Boys at l'r,nceton; or, \\"ashmgtons Escape. 223 The Liberty Boys lleartbrnken; or, 'l'he Desertion of Dick. 224 'l' h e Liberty Boys in the llighlands; or, \\"orklllg Along the Hild son . 225 The Liberty Boys at llackensack; or, Beating Back the British. 226 The Liberty Boys K e g of Uoid; or, Captain Kidd s Legacy. 2:.!i 'l'lle Liberty Boys at Bordentown; or, Guarding the Stores. 2i8 The L.berty Best A<'t: or. The l'aptme of l"u1is!e. 229 The Liberty Boys on the Delaware; or, Doing Daring Deeds. 230 The Liberty Boys Long Hace; or, Beatllljf th<' Hedcoats Out_ 231 The Liberty Boys Decei\en: or, Dick Siate1 s Double. 232 The Liberty Boys Hoy Allies; or, Young. 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