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TY II A Weekly M.agcltine containing1''6tories of the.American Revolution. Jss1ml WeeHy-LBy Sub'sc1ipt1'Jn $2.60 p<" year. fintorod 43 Sscon.d class M atier al th• Now Yorli Post Office, FebnUJt'IJ 4, 1901, by F raR4: T01J:•BY. No. 247. NEW YORK, SEPTEMBER 22, 1905. Pi-ice 5 Cents. The sight of Dick, a. prisoner on the horse, in front of the redcoat, excited the Liberty Boys greatly. ''QUick!" cried Bob; ''we must save him! " Then over the ba.nk leaped the daring youths.


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 A W ee k ly Magaz ine Containing Stories of the American Revolution . Issued Weekly-By BubscripUon $ 2.50 per year. Entered as Second Olass Matter at the New York, N. Y., Post Of($oe, February 4, 1901. Entered according to .Act of Oongress, in the year 1905, in the office of the Librarian of Oonoress, Washington, D. 0., by Frank 'l'ousey, 24 Union isquare, New York. No. 247. NEW YORK, SEPTEMBER 22, 1905. Price 5 Cents. CHAPTER I. .AN UNPLEASANT SURPRISE. ''It is going to storm and I must seek shelter somewhere, that is evident! " It was evening of a warm day in the last week of May of the year 1781. A horseman was riding along a highway running north and south, and when we introduce him to the reader ' s notice he was at a point about eight miles north of Peters burg, in Virginia. This horseman was a handsome young fellow of perhaps twenty years of age. He was bronzed by exposure until he was about the h-qe of an Indian, and he had keen, frank blue-gray eyes, a firm chin and brown hair as fine and silky as that of a woman . The youth wore a belt around his waist, in which were four pistols. He carried no musket. His dress was that of the typical farmer of the regionblue homespun-but a close observer would have said at once that he was no farmer. His bearing was too erect and military for that. .And in truth this young man was a soldier; indeed, he was one of the most famou s in all the patriot army of .America . Dick Slater was his name, and he was noted as being the greatest and most successful spy of the Revolution. He was the captain of a company of youths of about his own age who were known as "The Liberty Boys of '76." Just at this period affairs were quiet in the North, and General Washington had despatched Dick and his Liberty Boys to Virginia to help General Lafayette hold the Brit ish in check. Lafayette was at Richmond with a little army of three thousand men. General Oornwallilil, with five thousand British veterans, was at Petersburg, about fifteen miles south of Rich mond. Dick was now out on a scouting and spying expedition, and his company of Liberty Boys was back up the road a couple of miles and coming on after him slowly . Dick was mounted on a magnificent horse, coal-black in color, and betokening the thoroughbred in the clean limbs, well shaped body and slender, arched neck . Dick was right; a storm was brewing-was almost at hand, indeed, for even as Dick spoke, there was a brilliant I I flash of lightning athwart the dark background of the cloud in the west, followed rather quickly by a loud clap oi thunder . Major started and snorted apprehensively. ".Afraid, are you, old fellow?" said Dick. 'Well, I don't blame you for not liking lightning-though it is the thunder that alarms you, and it isn't dangerous." The horse neighed as though he had understood what his master had said, and Dick patted him on the neck and said, reassuringly : "It's all right, Major; we'll soon find shelter, old fellow." Then he urged the horse forward at a gallop. .Again came a keen flash of lightning and a great peal of thunder. "We'll have to hurry," murmured Dick. He gazed eagerly ahead down the road, but it bent this way and that, and it was impossible to see more than a quarter of a mile. Presently an exclamation of delight escaped the youth's lips: "There's a house! We will be all right now." He was right; there was a house not a third of a mile distant. It was quite a large, pretentious house, nearer a man sion, in fact, and it was evidently the home of a well-t o -do planter. "I guess he ' ll take us in , " was Dick's thought . He rode up in front of the house, leaped down, ran up the piazza steps and knocked on the door. It was opened by a negro servant. "It is going to storm, and I wish to secure shelter :for myself and horse," said Dick. "Will you ask your master if he will take us in?" "Yes, sah; suttinly, sah." The negro turned away and was gone only a few minutes when he returned with the information that his master would take the young man in. "Yo' come raght inter de house, sah," the negro in vited; "an' .Ah'll go an' 'ten' ter yo' hoss, sah." "All' right, and thank you." "Go raght inter de librery, sah-de furst doah on de lef'; Massa Morton in dar." ".All right." _ The negro came forth to look after D ick' s h ors e , and the you,th entered the house, dosing t h e ' door b e h i n d h im.


2 THE LIBERTY BOYS EXCITED. and made his way to the library, as he had been instructed to do, and The owner of the place was seated beside a table reading a book. He laid the book down and turned his head and looked at Dick as the youth entered. "Ah, sir, good-evening," the man greeted. "Good-evening, sir," returned Dick. He noted that the man was about fifty years of age, and that he was a very good-looking man, though there was an expression of hardness, almost cruelty, about his mouth. "My name is Morton, sir, Melwood Morton; will you have the kindness to tell me whom I have the honor of addressing?" Dick quickly decided that he would not give his real name, and so he replied : "My name is Henry Burton , sir, and I am a traveler on my way to the home of an uncle who lives down in N orfo Carolina." "Ah, Mr. Burton, I am glad to know you; have a seat." "Thank you." Dick took a seat, and then his host engaged him in conversation. The youth explained that he had been driven in by the storm, and was told that he was welcome, and did not need to apologize for stopping. Presently the door opened and a pretty girl of perhapa eighteen years entered. "Supper is ready, papa,'' she said; and then, noticing tha.t there was a stranger present, she started and colored slightly. "This is Mr. Burton, who stopped in out of the etorm, Jessie," her father explained. "Mr. Burton, my daughter Jessie." Dick rose and bowed. "I am glad to make your acquaintance, Miss Morton,'' he said. "Tell them to lay an extra plate, Jessie," said Mr. :Morton. "Yes, father." Then the girl left the room and the host rose and said to Dick: "Excuse me a few moments. I'll be right back." "Certainly." Mr. Morton was gone about five minutes, and then he returned and said: "Come, Mr. Burton; supper is on the table." He led the way into the dining-room and took his seat at the head of the table, waving Dick to a seat at one' side. At the other side was the girl Jessie, and at the foot of the table a woman of perhaps forty years, who was intro duced to Dick as being Miss Morton, Jessie's aunt. "Mr. Morton is a widower, undoubtedly,'' thought Dick. The meal was a good one, and Dick enjoyed it. It was not often that he got a chance at such a meal, and he made the most of the opportunity. When the supper was along toward its IDid Jessie and her aunt withdrew, leaving Dick and his host to drink their coffee. Cigars were brought by a colored servant, but Dick de-clined. "What, you don't smoke?" exclaimed Mr. Morton. "No, sir." "Well, I'll smoke for both of us." Mr. Morton lighted a cigar and began puffing away with an air of enjoyment, and he engaged Dick in conversation, asking him a number of questions, which the youth an swered with apparent frankness. Then suddenly Dick was given an unpleasant surprise: The door leading in from the hall opened suddenly, and into the room rushed half a dozen burly negroes, who seized hold of the Liberty Boy and bound his arms in spite of his struggles. CHAPTER II. JESSIE MORTON. Dick was greatly astanished. He could not understand this affair at all. His host sat there puffing away on his cigar, a grim smile on his face, and the youth understood that this had been done under his orders. "What does this mean, Mr. Morton?" Dick asked. There was indignation in his tone, but it did not seem to have any effect on lhe man. "The meaning is plain enough, I think," he said, calmly. "You are my prisoner." "But why?" The other laughed. "I will tell you why: You are a rebel spy, and I am a loyal king's man." "How do you know that I am a spy?" "I know it, and that is enough." "I suppose it would do no good for me to deny it?" "Not the least." Dick was silent a few moments, while the other smoked, and then he said: "What are you going to do with me?" "I am going to keep you here till morning and then send you down to Petersburg to General Cornwallis." Dick did not like the outlook, but it was useless to pro test. He decided to take the matter philosophically as possible. "Very well; you have things your own way, sir,'' he said. Mr. Morton now ordered the negroes to take Dick to a certain room upstairs, and they conducted him to it. The Tory went along and carried a candle, which he set on a table at one side of the room. There was a single bed, the table and a couple of chairs in the room.


THE LIBERTY :BOYS EXCITED. 3 "I judge that you will be comfortable in here till morn ing," the man said. "As comfortable as a prisoner can be, I suppose," said Dick. The Tory stood there looking at Dick rather searchingly for a few moments, and then he said: "I am inclined to think that you are a dangerous man, and so I believe that it will be wise to have your bound as well as your arms." Dick said nothing; he knew it would do no good. The Tory turned to the negroes who stood there await ing his orders, and said : "Get a rope and bind his ankles." One hastened away, but was soon back with a rope, and then Dick's ankles were bound and he was placed on the bed. "There; go to sleep," said the Tory, with a grim smile. "Take it as easy as possible." "I always do," was the quiet reply. Then the Tory and the negroes left the room, and Dick heard the key grate in the lock. He was a prisoner sure enough. He did not like his position at all. He had started out to visit the vicinity of Petersburg to spy on the British, and here he was in the home of a Tory, trounced up like a chicken ready for market. He tried the rope binding his wrists, but found that he could not budge it. The negroes had done their work too well. "I guess I am here for all night," he murmured. And that was not the worst of it. He would be ta.ken to Petersburg in the morning and would be turned over to Cornwallis, who knew him well and would recognize him on sight. "That will mean death for me!" the youth murmured. "Cornwallis knows that I have done a good deal of spy work, and he will be only too glad to order me to be hanged." The storm which had threatened did not break. It went around, and not a drop of rain fell. "I could have gone on just as well as not," thought Dick, with a twinge of disappointment; "jove, I wish that I had done so !" 'l'he night passed slowly away, and Dick was more than two hours in getting to sleep. He did not sleep very soundly, either, for the ropes that bound his wrists and ankles hurt him. Morning came at last, and a couple of burly negroes brought Dick some food. They untied Dick's wrists and he ate heartily, after which the two again bound the youth's wrists and took their departure. Dick had asked them a number of questions, but did not succeed in getting any information out of them. They said "Ah doan' know, massa," to everything he asked them. No one else came near him till noon, and then the ne groes brought him his dinner. They were as non-committal as ever; he could get noth ing out of them. An hour later Dick heard footsteps, and presently the key grated and the door opened. Into the room strode Mr. Morton, and after him came a British trooper. "Here he is," said the Tory. "I am sure that he is a rebel spy, and I will turn him over to you to take down lo your commander at Petersburg." "All right, sir," said the trooper. "I think it likely that the fellow is a spy; he looks it." "I am sure of it." "I will take him and turn him over to General Corn wallis, sir." "Very well." Then the redcoat cut the rope binding Dick's ankles, and said, somewhat roughly: "Come along, rebel." Dick rose and walked along behind Mr. Morton, the trooper bringing up the rear. They made their way downstairs and out upon the pi_azza. In front of the house stood a horse tied to a post. It was undoubtedly the redcoat's horse. Mr. Morton looked at the animal critically and said: "Will he carry double?" "Yes, sir," was the reply. "That is good; we will place the prisoner on the ani mal's back, and you can get up behind and take him in that way. He has a horse here, but it is rather a fine animal, and if the fellow really is a rebel. spy and is shot or hanged, I would like to keep the horse as pay in some measure for making his capture." "Oh, that's all right, sir," said the trooper. "We have more horses than we need, anyway." Mr. Morton summoned a couple of his negro slaves and ordered them to lift the prisoner into the saddle. They did so, and then they were ordered to bring a blanket and strap it on the horse's back behind the saddle for the trooper to sit on. This was done, and then the redcoat mounted behind Dick and said good-by and set out down the road. As they rode away Jessie Morton came out upon the piazza. She looked reproachfully at her father and said : "Papa, I am sorry you did that. I don't believe the young man is a rebel spy, and even if he is, he is a handsome, manly-looking young man, and it will be a terrible thing if he is put to death." "Oh, you are just taken with his good looks, that is all, Jessie," said her father, gruffly. "If he was a homely fellow you would not care anything about his fate." "Oh, yes I would, papa. You do me injustice in think ing thus of me." But Mr. Morton grunted in a skeptical manner and made a gesture that proved that he did not credit his daughter's statement.


4 THE LIBERTY BOYS EXCITED. He went into the house and left the girl, who stood look ing after the two men on horseback. "I wish that I could save him!" Jessie murmured. "It is terrible to think that he may be riding to his death, and that my father is responsible for it!" CHAPTER JII. THE LIBERTY BOYS TO THE RESCUE. The youths rode onward about five miles and then the two roads joined and became merged in one again. They had passed three or four houses and had made in quiries at each without avail. No one remembered haying seen a young man riding a black horse, either the evening before or this morning. Bob Estabrook was looking blue. "I can't understand what has become of Dick," he said; "unless, indeed, he has been captured." "I think that is what has happened to him," said Sam Sanderson. "Well, we will find out about it if such a thing is posIt was the morning after the evening on which Dick sible !" grimly. was captured in the Morton home, as already told. 1 About a mile and a half north of the mansion was an encampment, in which were about one hundred youths of an average age of twenty years: They were the Liberty Boys, indeed, and just now they seemed to be laboring under considerable excitement. This was indeed the case. Dick had left them the evening before with the state ment that he would surely be back by midnigiit, and here it was morning and he had not yet returned. Naturally they were excited and alarmed as well. "So we will!" They rode onward a mile and a half at least and then came to a halt on the top of a ridge, from which point they could see the houses in the village of Petersburg only about a mile and a half distant. They dismounted and led their horses back into the timber and tied them to trees. At the point where the youths had stopped the road ran along through a sort of natural gully which crossed the top of the ridge. The bank of the gully was about twelve feet in height. Dick was a youth who always kept his word, if he was able to do so. And the fact that he had not done so in The Liberty Boys threw themselves down on their blanthis instance made the youths fear that something had kets under the trees back from the road a little distance, happened to him. and .then they to discussing the situation. "I tell you, fellows, Dick has got into trouble of some I Finally Bob said he would go down as near to kind!" declared Bob Estabrook who was the lieutenant of I encampment of the British as he dared venture and see 1f the company. ' he could learn anything regarding Dick. "I'm afraid so," from Mark Morrison. "Well, we must find out what the trouble 1s and get him out," said Sam Sanderson. "If we can," remarked Ben Spurlock. "We must do it!" from Bob, grimly, and he accented the " "must" in a decided manner. "Likely Dick has been captured by the redcoats," said Ira Little. "That is possible," agreed Bob. "Well, we will break

THE LIBERTY BOYS EXCITljm. 5 'lliat he had secured no tidings of Dick, they were greatly disappointea. "What can have become of him?" asked Mark Morri son. "Oh, he is a prisoner in the British encampment, I am confident," said Bob. "But you saw nothing of him." "True; he may . be in one of the houses, or even in a tent, though, you know , and o.f course I could not see him." "That' s so; but if he is there, how are we going to get him away?" "That' s the question." "But we must manage it somehow!" "Yes, we'll get him away or die trying!" The youths ate their frugal repast in almost absolute silence: The mysterious disappearance of Dick was worry-ing them greatly. They always felt blue when Dick was in danger-and ihey felt that he was in grave danger now. Bob and the youths talked an hour or so after dinner, .and it was decided that nothing could be done before nightfall. "We will wait till after dark," said Bob; "and then we , . . will see what can be done." Half an hour later one of the youths who had been up the road a little way came running up almost out of ' breath, he was so excited. "Say, Bob," he panted; "there' s a redcoat coming down the road on horseback!" "Well, what is that to be excited about?" said Bob; "if it was a regiment instead of only one it would be differ-ent." "But Bob this fellow has someone u'.p in front of him!" ' ' Bob was excited now. "What!" he cried. "What!" echoed the others in unison. "Yes, and-it kind of looks like Dick!" "Come, boys!" cried Bob, leaping up and running to ward the edge of the embankment by the roadside. The youths followed. As they came to the edge of the embankment they cau ght sight of the redcoat coming up the road on horseback, and in front of him was another man. A single glance was sufficient. They recognized the one in front as being Dick, and they saw that he was a pris-

6 THE LIBERTY BOYS EXCITED. "Say, fellows! ers !" Yonder comes a big force of troop-were about to fire the Liberty Boys dropped forward upon the necks of their horses. Dick leaped up and looked down the road. Sure enough, there came at least one hundred British troopers. Then Bob happened to look up the road and gave utter ance to still another exclamation of amazement and excitement: "Jove, Dick, yonder comes another force from the north!" • Dick whirlecl and looked in that direction. Bob had sp@ken truly, at least one hundred troopers were coming down the road from the north ! "We seem to be between two fires !" said Dick. "Worse than that!" from Mark Morrison. "What do you mean?" queried Dick. "There are redcoats coming through the timber from the west," was the reply. "Are you sure?" excitedly. "Yes; look yonder. Don ' t you see the red uniforms moving among the trees?" Dick and Bob looked and then nodded their heads. "You are right!" cried Dick. Bob turned and looked across the road toward the east, and quickly exc laimed: "Yes, there are redcoats coming from the east also !" ''We are surrounded ! " exclaimed Sam Sanderson. "Wh a t are we to do?" a s ked Ben Spurlock. "Shure an' lit's foight to dhe death, begorra !" from Patsy Brannigan. "I'll tell you what to do," said Dick'; "mount your horses and make a dash northward through that force of troopers." The Liberty Boys quickly untied their and then they mounted and were ready for the desperate attempt that was to be made to escape from the trap they seemed to be in. "Follow me !" said Dick. Then he rode toward the point where it was possible to descend the embankment. After him went the Liberty Boys. The redcoats in the road, both to the north and to the south, caught sight of the youths, and a wild yell went up. Dick urged his horse forward and made a dash down the embankment, the other youths following. They got down into the road before the British troopers were within musket-shot distance, and then they dashed forward at the top of their horses' speed. It was a wild rush, a desperate dash. 'l'hey set up a yell in which was the ring of defiance. "Down with the king!" they cried. "Long live liberty!" Then they fired a volley from their muskets. They were within range and dropped several troopers out of their saddles. Up came the muskets of the redcoats, and just as they Loudly the report of the volley rang out. Bullets whistled in among the Liberty B@ys, but not was killed. Indeed, only two were hit at all, and their wounds were not serious. Two or three of the horses were struck, but were not disabled to such an extent as to put them out of the run ning. Then the youths drew their pistols and opened fire. They fired two volleys, one right after the other, and then they were upon the British. They clubbed their muskets and laid about them lustily. It was a hand-to-hand affair now. 'I'he Liberty Boys were indeed doing whirlwind work. They knocked at least a score of troopers out of their saddles, and then on they rode at a gallop. On up the road the youths dashed. They left the troopers all mixed up and sadly demor alized. The other party of troopers came up at this time, how ever, and their coming caused the members of the other force to settle down and get straightened out. "We mu1't pursue them!" yelled the captain of the second company of troopers. So the redcoats set out up the road in pursuit. The Liberty Boys were well mounted, however, and the enemy could not gain on them. Indeed, the British gradually fell back, and finally could not be seen any longer, even in stretches of road that were straight for a half to three-quarters of a mile. The Liberty Boys did not slacken the speed of their horses, however, butkept on at the same swift pace. At last Dick said: "I guess we have shook them off entirely, Bob." "It looks that way, Dick." "Yes; we may as well take it a bit easier." "I judge so." Then they slowed down to an ordinary gallop and a little later to a walk. Half an hour later they came to the Morton home, and here Dick ordered a halt. "This is the home of the man who made a prisoner of me," he said. "I guess we will stop here awhile." "That's right, Dick," grinned Bob; ''let's argue with him and see if we can convince him that it is a mistake for an American to be on the side of the king." The youths came to a stop and dismounted. Then at Dick's command they opened the gate and led their horses into the barnlot. As they did so Mr. Morton, the Tory, came rushing out of the house and approached the youths. "Who are you? What docs this mean?" he cried. Then he got a look at Dick's face and gave a gasp. "You here !" he exclaimed.


..... THE LlB:li:RTY BOYS EX<.Jl'r.KD. 7 CHAPTER V. CARL AS A. SPY. "Yes, I am here," said Dick, smiling. "You seem to be Boniewhat surprised." "How comes it that you are here? Who are these, fellows?" waving his hand toward the youths. "Those are the Liberty Boys," said Dick, quietly. "The Liberty Boys !" you have heard of them?" "Yes; and you-you-are---" "Their captain, Mr. Morton." "Then you are Dick Slater!" Dick bowed. "At your service," with a smile. A half-groan escaped the Tory's lips. "Oh, if the British trooper had only got you to the en campment in safety !" he exclahned. "But he didn't," said Dick. "I am here, as you see, anil now I am going to draw upon you for food supplies for my men and their ho:i:ses." This made the Tory angry. "What !" he cried; "you will do nothing of the kind !" "How will you help yourself?" Dick queried, with a smile. "You won't dare do any such high-handed work as that," j the Tory said, with great dignity. "I am an influential man, and it is well known that I am loyal to the king, and if you do anything here that I do not approve of, then the British will settle with you!" "We will risk it," declared Dick. Then he ordered the youths to get food for their horses out of the barn, and they did as told. Mr. Morton was angry and blustered a good deal, but it did not have any effect on the youths. They paid no attention to him. When they had fed their horses the youths, at Dick's command, went to the house and into the cellar and helped themselves to food supplies of various kinds. It was now well along toward evening, and they proceeded to cook their suppers. Sentinels had been posted down the road half a mile to give warning of the approach of any force of British, so the youths felt safe. They had a good supper and enjoyed it hugely. They felt quite well satisfied with their position, for they had struck the British a rather severe blow, and not a Liberty Boy had lost his life, and those who were wounded were getting along very well, their wounds having been dressed. It was decided to remain in camp here at the Morton home till morning. When it had grown dark Dick and Bob had a consulta tion. Dick had come down into this part of the country at Lafayette's request, and his main purpose was to learn the number of the British and to find out what Cornwallis intended doing, if this could possibly be done. But Dick was no stranger to Cornwallis, and if he were to venture into the British encampment he would be recog nized at once. "Let me go," said Bob. "Well, you are known, too, by a good many redcoats, and the chances are that there are some in Petersburg who would recognize you, Bob." "Send some one of the boys who is not known, "Who shall I send?" "I'll tell you. Send Carl." Dick looked thoughtful. Carl Gookenspieler, the Dutch youth, was a at, goodnatured fellow and one well calculated to keep suspicion at a distance, for no one would be likely to think him dan gerous. "I don't know but Carl would do the work successfully, Bob." "I think he would. He's shrewd, Dick." "Yes, shrewder than one might think, just to look at his good-natured face and sleepy eyes." "Send him, old fellow." "I'll ask him if he is willing to go. I wouldn't want to send him unless he was willing, you know." "That's so." Dick called to Carl, and the Dutch youth approached the spot where the two youths stood. "Vat is id, Tick?" he asked. "I have some work for you, Carl." "Dot is goot. I vos lige vork, bretty muchness, you pet me." "This is dangerous work." Carl snapped his fingers. "Vat do I gare vor dot?" "You are not afraid, eh?" "Nein. I do nod know vat fear is." "Very good; what I want you to do is to go down to Petersburg, enter the British encampment and find out all you can about the plans of General "I vill do id !" "All right. Find out, as nearly as you can, how many men Cornwallis has in his army and what he intends to do and when he intends to do it." "I vill do dot, Tick, you pet me your life!" "Good!" Then Dick gave Carl full instructions, ending by telling him to get ready at once and start. Carl was glad to do so. He felt his importance, and swelled out his chest at a great rate. "I dell you vat id is, Batsy Prannigan," he said; "I am der bestest sby vat efer dried der bizness. I vill fool dem retgoads, you pet me your life!" "You had betther be afther lookin' out, Dootchy," said Patsy; "av dhe ridcoats foind out thot yez are a spoy, it';; hangin' yez to a tree dhey'll be afther doin', begorra ! t'll be good-boye to Cookyspiller !" "Don'd you vos mage . worriness abouid me, Batsy," the


8 THE LIBERTY "BOYS EXCITED. Dutch youth said; "I vill gome ouid all righd, und dot It was evident that the redcoats had been drinking, and the Dutch youth felt instinctively that they would be merci less in their treatment of him in case he tried to get out of affording them the wished-for sport. is so." He was soon ready, ana, mounting his horse, he set out down the road. When he was within half a mile of Petersburg he dis mounted, led his horse in among the trees and tied him. Then he set out down the road on foot. When he was about halfway to the town he began sing ing a rollicking Dutch song. Carl had a good tenor voice and the song sounded tine. "Who are you?" the redcoat who had first spoken asked. "I am Carl Gookenspieler," the youth replied. "A Dutchman !" the redcoat cried, in great glee. "Say, comrades, this is fine! We will have more than a little sport with the fellow." "That's what we will!" from another. The sentinel stationed at the north edge of the village "Yes, yes!" 'in chorus. did not challenge Carl till the youth was almost up to him, Quite a large crowd had gathered now, and all were and then he called out, sharply: eager to see the promised sporl. "Halt!" "What are you going to make the Dutchman do?" queCarl stopped instantly, the song dying away on his ried one. , lips. "We'll have a song out of him the first thing/' was the "Vat is id?" he asked, in a voice of simulated alarm. reply from the ringleader of the redcoats. Then he turned "Who are you und vy haf you sdopped me, alretty ?" to Carl and said, sternly: "Well, well, a Dutchman!" laughed the sentinel. It "Sing!" was a moonlight evening and he could see what the youth "I gannod sing," said Carl. looked like. "You'll have to," grimly. "Come, spiel !" "Yah, I haf peen ein Sherman poy," said Carl. "Bud "Yes, yes, go ahead, Dutchy," urged a bystander. -' '! l " J vat do you vant mit me?" Carl hesitated and the ringleader drew a pistol and "I want to know who you are?" pointed it at the youth's head. He did not cock it, feeling "My namen is Carl Gookenspieler." contident, probably, that the Dutch youth would not notice "We'll forget about the last name; I can't pronounce it. this and would be frightened at the mere sight of a But, Carl, where do you live?" weapon. "Oop in der gountry." I Carl was not frightened, but he pretended to be, and, "Why are you down her ' e ?" throwing up his hands, he cried, in trembling accents: "I heard dot dere vos a pig army here, und I vos vant "Don'd shood ! Don'd shood ! I vill sing! I vill to see id." sing !" "Why didn't you come in the daytime?" "Get at it then, ana quickly, too!" "I vos haf to vork in der daydimes." Carl began at once, and he sang a rollicking Dutch song "Oh, that's the way of it, eh?" in a voice that kept his auditors silent. The singing was "Yah." d h so much better than they had expecte t at they were com" Well, go on in and look at the army, Carl." pelled to listen witli pleasure and genuine enjoyment, "I vill." h th d d d h d . w ere ey ha inten e to oot an Jeer. Carl marched on into the village and paused and looked When Carl had :finished there was silence for a few around him. On every hand were tents and soldiers were moments, and then all within hearing clapped their hands, walking about or standing in groups talking and laughing, and a hundred voices called out: Others still were seated on blankets playing cards. "More! More!" Suddenly a member of a nearby group of soldiers caught "Yes, give us some more, Dutchy," said the ringleader, sight of Carl and gave utterance to an exclamation: in a less stern voice. "That is the finest I have heard in "See here, comrades," he cried; "here is a country many a month. Say, you can sing all right, you fat rasgawk; let's have some sport with him !" cal!" "All right!" "Vat kint uf moosic do you lige der mostest ?" Carl "Yes, let's do!" asked. "The very thing!" "Oh, any kind-jolly, comic, sentimental; we are not "Come on, all!" particular." Such were a few of the exclamations, and then the red-"All righd; I vill sing you von song abouid luf-dot is coats rushed forward and surrounded Carl. vat you gall sendimendal, don'd id?" CHAPTER VI. SPORT FOR THE REDCOATS. Carl did not like the turn affairs had taken. Ht> bad not expected anything like this. "Yes ; go ahead." So Carl sang a love song, but as the words were German the British soldiers could not understand what was said. There were a few Hessians in the British army under Cornwallis, however, and they understood, and when he bad :finished they were vociferous in their applause.


THE LIBERTY BOYS EXCITED. 9 "Now give us something lively," ordered the ringleader. Carl struck up a lively song and sung it with spirit. Again he was applauded. "That is very good," said the redcoat who had constituted himself master of ceremonies; "but I think we have had enough singing for the present. I believe in varying the performance. All in favor of having some dancing say 'I!' " "I !" went up in a great chorus. "Now give us some dancing , " commanded the redcoat. "Go at it, you fat Dutch rascal!" "I gannod tance mitoud moosic," protested Carl. "That' s so; you ought to have some music." The redcoat looked thoughtful and then said : "Can you whistle?" "Yah, ein leedle bit." "That will be fine, then; whistle and dance to your own music." "I g annod whistle und tanc e at der same dime," pro-teste d Carl. "Oh, yes you can." "Of course he can!" "Certainly!" "Go it, Dutohy ! " Such were some of t he remarks from the crowd. "Begin!" ordered the redcoat, threateningly, and he shook the pistol to enforce his words. "All righd; I vill whistle und tance," Carl hastened to say. Then he began at once. He was a good whistler, and when he began to whistle and dance the crowd applauded. They would not have believed that such a fat youth could get about so lightly and with such ease and grace, almost. It was a revelation to them. When Carl finished they cheered him to the echo. "Great!" "That was fine!" "Immense ! " "Yes, yes!" "More! More!" Such were the cries from the redcoats. , They were gre atly pleased. The fact was that soldiers in camp found but very little to inte rest the m, and anything in the way of a diversion wa s welcomed. Carl was puffing like a porpoise, and he said, pantingly: "Vait-avile. I-am-all blayed oud. I vos peen much tiredness , yah." "Oh, we'll let you rest," said one. "Yes, we'll give you a minute." "I vant more as vun minute, py shimanetty ! I haf losd me all my breat' oud, und dot is so." Carl stood there panting, and he looked around him with interest. He was working pretty hard, he reasoned, but he was satisfied, for he was in the heart of the British encampment and was not suspected of being a rebel. "Id is vorth vile worging hart to ged to be in der en gampment," was his thought. When he had rested someone suggested that, instead of dancing, he sing another song. As the one who suggested this was an officer the suggestion was acted upon, and the master of ceremonies ordered the Dutch youth to sing. Carl would rather sing than dance, so he complied read ily enough. He sang a song that was rollicking and jolly, and yode led part of the chorus. This brought loud applause and cries for more. Carl sang a couple more songs and then said : "I am all tired ouid; let me resd some, und den I vill sing some more." "I'll tell you what let ' s do," said the ring-leader of the r e dcoats; "let's make Dutchy stay here so that we can have amusement of evenings." "Bud vat vill my fader und mutter do?" asked Carl. "Oh, t he y will be willing for you to stay," was the c ar e less r e ply; "and if they are not it won't make any difference." "You've got to stay, . Dutchy !" declared one, and the others close around took up the cry and said the same. "All righd; I vill sday," said Carl, pretending to not like the prospect at all. "I vill sday-becos I can'd vos he ll up minesellufs." CHAPTER VIL MORE SPORT. Carl was well satisfied to stay in the British encamp ment. That was what he wanted to do; that is, till he had se cured some information. The crowd dispersed and left the Dutch youth to his own devices. He walked around looking about him with open curios ity. This was thought nothing of by the redcoats, for they s upposed him to be a simple country youth, and naturally he would be curious to see a big encampment. He asked questions, seemingly innocently guileless ones, but which managed to secure for him some information. "I'll know a good deal abouid dos e retgoads py do-mor row efening, I pet my life!" was Carl's thought. Finally the redcoats began getting ready for their night ' s rest, and they rolled themselves in their blankets by the scores and were soon asleep. "All right; we'll wait till you find your breath Dutchy," said one of the redcoats. again, I Someone gave Carl a blanket, and he lay down also, and was soon asleep. His experience as a soldier in the


10 THE LIBERTY BOYS EXCITED. Liberty Boys company made it possible for him to sleep anywhere and under almost any circumstances. The fact that he was in the encampment of the enemy had no effect on Carl. He snored ioudly; so loudly, in fact, as to keep . some of the nearby redcoats awake, and they grumbled not a little. Finally one big, rough fellow rose, walked over to where Carl lay and gave him a kick. This awoke Carl, for the kick was no gentle one, and it exas.perated the Dutch youth as well. "Vat you mean py dot?" he cried. "Vy haf you kicged me?" • "To stop your snoring," was the reply. "Vat, me snore?" cried Carl; "I do not pelieve dot. l haf nefer bearded mineselluf snore, und dot is so." "I suppose not," sarcastically. "Veil, don'd vos kicg me any more, mine frient; I don't lige id." "I don't care what you like. I want to sleep, and I'm going to sleep, too, and if you start to snoring again I'll kick a hole in you !" "Don'd you dooded id!" cried Carl. "Uf you vos kicg ein hole in me I vill shood two holes in you, und dot is der trut' !" "Oho, a regular fire-eater, you are!" and, with a laugh, the redcoat threw himself down on his blanket. And in less than three minutes Carl was snoring away like a good fellow. , "There he goes again, Barton," said another soldier who was unable to get to sleep. With an exclamation of anger the redcoat leaped to his feet, strode over to where Carl lay and gave him another fierce kick, awakening the Dutch youth most effectively. Up came Carl with a grunt of rage, and before the other suspected what the youth intended doing, Carl gave him a couple of blows in the stomach, doubling him up like a jack-knife and depositing him in a sitting posture on the ground. ' Several of the soldiers who were lying near at hand and who had not been able to get to sleep laughed. They could not help it, the affair was so unexpected that it appeared to them to be comical. "Ow-w-w-w-w !" gasped the redcoat, his hands pressed upon his stomach. "Oh-h-h-h-h !" "I tolded you nod to kicg me some said Carl; ('I vill nod led anypoddy mage foolishness mit me, you pet my life!" "' Oh-h-h-h-h !" groaned the redcoat. "'Shut up, Barton," growled a comrade; "you make more fuss than the Dutchman was making with his snoring." "I guess you-would-make a fuss, too-if you got hit in the stomach like I did !" was the retort. Carl lay down and promptly went to sleep again, and in about a minute was snoring a grea:t rate. "Well, what do you think of that?" cried Barton, in a voice of disgust. '• Dutchy has no trouble in getting to sleep," remarked another. "You are right; he hasn't any trouble--it's the rest of us that has the trouble,'' growled a redcoat. "Say, I wish we hadn't decided to keep him here in the encampment!" from another. "I wish the same," from Barton. "None of our fellows who have to sleep anywhere near him will be able to get enough sleep to do them any good.:' "Say, I've got a scheme," said Barton, who was aching for revenge for the blow. "Let's hear it,'' eagerly. "All right; what do you say to carrying DutchY. down to the river and tossing him in?" "The very thing !" "Yes, that's the idea!" "Let's do it." "Yes, yes!" "Bring him along, fellows!" A dozen leaped up and moved forward and surrounded the sleeping youth. Carl was snoring away with increased vigor. He was evidently enjoying his slumber greatly. Now and again a peaceful smile passed over his round, fat face, and the redcoats who were watching guessed that the Dutch youth was having pleasant dreams. One made a remark to this effect. "Yes, I have no doubt that he is having. pleasant dreams," said Barton, grimly; "but we'll put a stop to them, and that mighty quick, too ! Lay hold, fellows." Four stalwart redcoats seized hold of the four corners of the blanket and lifted. They raised the youth from the ground without disturb ing his slumbers at all. He snored on at a great rate. "He takes the prize!" growled Barton, in supreme dis gust. "That fellow could sleep in the midst of a battle and never know what was going on!" The others laughed and agreed with Barton. "Dutchy certainly is a sound sleeper," said one. "But I guess that douse into the cool waters of the creek will awaken him!" from another. "Yes, that ought to do it." "I doubt if it stops him from snoring,'' said Barton, in such a tone of disgust that his comrades had to laugh again. They walked down to the river bank and then began swinging the blanket back and forth in order to get mo mentum sufficient to send the sleeping youth well out to ward the middle of the stream. Suddenly Barton cried out, "Now!" The four redcoats gave a mighty heave and sent Carl flying over and over outward and downward-the bank was a dozen feet high. Splash!


THE LIBERTY BOYS EXCITED. 11 Car'. struck the water and went under, but he managed to give utterance to a gurgling yell of terror. The fact was that Carl was just in the midst of a pleas ing dream, and the shock when he struck the water was something terrible. The redcoats gave utterance to exclamations of satis faction and delight. It was sport for them. "Siy, I wonder if he is really awake yet?" remarked one. "He isn't snoring, at any rate,'? grinned Barton. The others laughed. "There he comes!" cried -another. He was right; Carl had just come to the surface, "Hellub ! Hellub !" sputtered Carl. "I vos peen drown--" Under he went again. The redcoats laughed. They were having considerable sport. There were two or three among them who were thoughtful, however, and one of these said: "Maybe the Dutchman can't swim." "And in that case," from another, "we will have to yank him out, 'eh?" "Yes." "Here's a pole; we can reach it out to him and then pull him ashore," said another. One took the pole and made his way quickly down the steep bank to the water's edge. Up came Carl, and, spurting the water out of his mouth, he gurgled: "Hellup ! I-gannod-schvwim ! I-vill-trown !" "Here; catch bold of the end of this pole," called out the redcoat, poking the pole out on the surface of the water. Carl groped wildly and got hold of the end of the pole. ''Now, hold on tight," commanded the redcoat. "I-vill !" Then the soldier slowly drew Carl to the shore and helped him up the embankment. When he reached the top Carl sank down and lay there gasping and gurgling. "Oh, I haf-peen-filled oop-mit der-vater !" he said. CHAPTER VIII. CARL IS SURPRlSED. • The redcoats had sent the blanket back by one of their comrades, with instructions to spread it on the ground where it had been placed by Carl originally. Now they waited till the Dutch youth had expelled enough water so that he could talk as well as ever, and then one said, soberly: "Whatever made you come down here and jump into the river, Dutchy ?" Carl sat up suddenly and stared at the speaker, blinking much after the fashion of an owl that has been suddenly brought out into the light. "Vat is dot?" he asked, solemnly. "I say, whatever made you jump into the river? Did you try to commit suicide? Are you tired of life?" "Nein! Nein!" with a decided shake of the head. "I vos nod peen tiredness mit der life. I vos nod dry der susanside to gommid. I do nod understooded dose mad ders at all. Dit I shoomp der rifer in, alretty?" "Of course you did!" "Certainly!" "Yes, yes !" ,, "That's just what you did, Dutchy !" , , .• , 'l'he youth looked at the redcoats suspiciously. I "Den vy is id dot you are all here mit me, hey?" he inquired. ''We hastened down here afte:r you to try to keep you from leaping overboard," said one. "Yes," said another; "I woke up and looked down this way and saw you walking along. I wouldn't have thought anything about the matter, had it not been for the fact that you were snoring loudly, and this made me know that you were asleep, and--" "Is dot der trut' ?" asked Carl, solemnly; "vos I peen valking along und snoring at der dime ?" "Of course it is the truth. I can prove it by all the boys here. Isn't it so, boys?" "Yes, yes!" certainly is !" "Yes, you were . snoring at a terrible ra te.11 "I never heard anything lige it!" The soldiers were as grave and sober as judges, and Carl could not very well help believing that they were telling the truth. He shook his head mournfully. "Yell, dot vos beat ennyt'ing vat I haf efer didded fore," he declared. "I don'd vos understood id." "We hastened after you," said the one who had pulled Carl out of the water; "but we did not get here in time to keep you from jumping in. I believe that you would have drowned if I had not pulled you out." ''I t'ink dot dot is ligely der trut' ." "I think it likely that you heard yourself snoring, Dutchy, and that in order to try to drown the rumble you jumped into the river, with the result that you came very near drowning yourself," saia Barton. "I am of the opinion that this should be a warning to you not to snore any more." "Say, Barton, he couldn't snore any more-than he was doing !" chuckled one of the redcoats. "We11, I guess that is so, too," agreed Barton. Then someone suggested that they go. back up to the encampment, and tliis was done. Ca:rI was soaking wet, but the night was a pleasant one,


12 THE LIBERTY BOYS EXCITED. and he said he would not suffer much inconvenience from his wet clothing. ''I vill be dry before der taylight in der mornings," he said. Carl lay down on his blanket, and, to the amazement of tfe redcoats, was asleep in less than five minute&--and snoring as loudly as ever ! Groans went up from those in the immediate vicin ity. "Say, what do you think of that!" growled. one, in a tone of supreme disgust. "I think that his snore is worse than it was before," replied another. "It beats anything I ever heard!" growled a third. "The ducking does not seem to have done much good," from a fourth. Carl was indeed shrewder than anyone would have guessed simply to look at him. The soldiers had a lot of fun with him, and he managed to get a good deal fun out of them. "Led dem poke funniness at me uf dey vos vant to do dot," was his mental comment; "I t'ink dot ven all is ofer id vill be minesellufs vat vill haf der fun, py shim manetty !" The day wore away, and Carl had secured quite a lot of interesting information regarding the British and their intentions, and he began to wish that he could get out of the encampment and away in safety. "I.must do dot," was his thought. "Dot horse of mine vill sdarve to death if I don'd ged pack und see dot he ged& somedings to ead." "It stopped the snoring for a little while, anyway," said But about four o'clock in the afternoon a surprise came Barton. to Carl: "Let's take him down and throw him in the river again His comrade, Patsy Brannigan, was brought into the--and neglect to pull him out!" from another. encampment by a party of redcoats, a prisoner. The others were not in favor of this, however. "Dot is p!}d !" thought Carl. "I vunder how dey vos "Let him alone," said gome to ged holt of Batsy ?" "Yes; he may stop snoring by and by." Carl moved around and got as close to the party who "I think he will; he surely can't keep that up all night." had Patsy in charge as he could. So theJ did not bother Carl again, and he snored on in Patsy had not noticed Carl as yet, but presently he peaceful unconsciousness of the trouble he was causing I caught sight of the Dutch youth. the redcoats. He did not start or betray that he had ever seen Carl Next' morning he had forgotten about his experience of; before, but the two exchanged significant glances and the night before and looked at his damp and wrinkled Patsy fe:t b.etter, for "Believed his comrade would clothes in wonder and amazement. rescue him if such a thmg were possible. "Vat habbened mit me in der nighd dime?" he asked, with such a lugubrious air and intonation that the redcoats had to laugh. "Why, have you forgotten?" queried one. "Yahl" "Don't you remember having walked down to the river in your sleep and jumped in?" "Nein-yah, I remember dot now, py !" Carl stared at the . soldiers and then looked at his cloth ing and made a comical grimace. "Say, I nefer dooded such a t'ing as dot pefore !" he de clared. "Und I don'd vos understoodecl id, und dot is so!" CHAPTER IX. PATSY CAPTURED BY REDCOATS. Dick and the Liberty Boys had expected Carl back that night, but be did not come, of course, and when morning came and he was still absent, they became somewhat ex cited and alarmed. They could not but believe that something had happened to him. The redcoats understood it and could have explained the "Shure an' it's afther bein' capthured by dhe ridcoats matter, but they did not do so. he has been!" declared Patsy Brannigan; "an', Dhick, They joked Carl and had a lot of fun with him, but he av ye wull permit Oi want to go an' thry to resky dhe spal managed, in his lumsy Dutch way, to get back at them pane." and to give them about as good as they sent. "Why, certainly you can go on a scouting and recon-Aiter breakfast Carl began circulating throughout the noitering expedition if you wish, Patsy," said Dick. "I encampment. will say, that I do not believe that Carl has been He looked at everything with evident interest and asked made a prisoner." a great many questi,ons, many of which elicited interest. "Y ez do not?" ing and valuable information. He interpolated just enough questions purposely silly in character, so that his hearers would not suspect him of havi ng a purpose in making inquiries other than that of satisfyi n g his curiosity. "No. " "Thin phwere is he?" "Oh, he may be in the British camp walking around taking note of everything." Patsy shook his bead.


THE LIBERTY BOYS EXCITED. 13 "Dhe Dootch spalpane doesn't know enuff fur thot," he declared. "Oi wull wager thot be is a prisonther." "If I really thought so I would be very uneasy," Dick. He was trying to reason himself out of his fears. The fact was that he was afraid the Dutch youth was in trouble, but did not want to alarm the rest. He intended to try to :figure out some way of learning the truth. "Oi'll be afther goin', Oi guess," said Patsy. He bridled and saddled his horse and set out down the road at a gallop. He rode steadily onward until within a mile of Peters burg, and then he dismounted and led his horse into the timber. He kept on going, and presently he came upon a horse tied to a tree. .An exclamation escaped his lips: " 'Tis Dootchy's horse!" Yes, Patsy recognized the animal instantly. "Shure, now, an' Oi wondther phwat has become av thot rascal, innyhow ?" was his query. Patsy could not answer his own question, so he pro c eeded to tie his horse. Carl's horse neighed in a joyful manner. Evidently the animal was glad of company, and quite likely it recog nized Patsy's horse, for they had traveled side by side many hundreds of miles. Patsy was not a very skillful hand at reconnoitering, and so he hardly knew what to do. .At last he decided, to venture down as close to the Brit ish encampment as possible and see what he could see. He moved forward slowly and carefully, and :finally paused at a point from which it was possible to get a good view of the village and encampment. He was too far away to be able to see much, however. He could see the tents and see the soldiers strolling around and the sentinels pacing their beats, but that was all. Patsy put in the time till noon. He stood there behind the tree and watched all the time in the hope that he might see Carl come forth from the encampment, but he was disappointed, and at last he turned away and made his way back to where his horse and Carl's stood. He got some food out of the saddle-bags and ate heart ily, after which he made his way down to a little creek and lay down and took a good drink. Then he heaved a sigh of satisfaction. "Begorra, Oi fale betther," he murmured. But this was only physical. ' Mentally he was in ' as much trouble as ever. "Now av Oi muld only foind Dootchy Oi would be all roight," was his mental exclamation. He again made his way to the point where he had f>een might come forth from the encampment, and about the middle of the afternoon or a little later he was given an unpleasant surprise: He heard footsteps behind him and whirled, to find him self confronted by a party consisting of. perhaps eight red coats. They did not call upon Patsy to surrender, but leaped upon him at once and without ceremony. Patsy was a :fighter by nature, and he fought now as he had never fought before. .And truth to tell, he kept all the redcoats very busy for several minutes. He kicked, struck out, butted with his head and used all possible tactics in a desperate effort to break away and escape, but all to no avail. He could not succeed . Presently, still kicking and struggling, he was borne to the ground, and it was not until his arms were bound together behind his back that he-ceased to struggle. He rose to a sitting posture as soon as the redcoats got up off him and looked at them reproachfully. "Phwy hav' yez been afther doin' dhis, innyhow ?" he queried. Patsy had on an old sutt of citizen's clothing, so it was not at all patent to the eyes of the redcoats that he was a rebel, but they had caught him watching their encamp ment, and this was a suspicious circumstance. "You were on our said one of the red coats . \'Shure an' Oi wur not," protested Patsy. 'Wbat were you doing then?" "Oi wur jhust lookin' at dhe tints an' dhe sojers,'" was the reply. "Why were you looking at them?" severely. "Oi wur lookin' merely out av curiosity, sor." The redcoat snapped his :fingers. "Bosh ! " he said; "you are a rebel spy ! " "Bosh, yersilf, sor ! Oi am not a ribbel spoy, begorra !"" "It is useless to deny it. We caught you in the act.''" "Yez hav' mistook me actions, sot. Curiosity W1lr dhe only raison Oi had fur lookin' at yer ould camp."" "That will do to tell, but not to believe." "It's thrue, niver-dhe-liss." "Bah!" t• Phwat are yez goin' to do wid me?" "Take you into camp, of course." ".A prisonther ?" "Certainly; how else?" "Phwy, untoy me han ' s an' lit me walk along wid yez,. loike inny wan av yez." The redcoat shook his head. "I can't do that." stationed in the forenoon, and he stationed himself there ".An' phwy not?;' and again fell to watching the British encampment. "You might escape." .As before, he was unable to see anything that gave him "Shure an' Oi wouldn ' t be afther thryin' to do innythin' any information. av dhe koind." Houses, tents, redcoats-that was all he coukl see. "No matter; your hands are bound, and bound they Ile stuck to his post, however, in the hope that Carl stay." -.


14 THE LIBERTY BOYS EXCITED. "All roight; yez are dhe boss." "You are right; bring him along, men." A couple of the soldiers seized hold of Patsy's arms and conducted him along. They were soon in the encampment, and naturally they attracted considerable attention, and quite a crowd gath ered around them. It was because of this fact that Patsy did not catch sight of Carl right away. Presently he saw his comrade, however, and his soul swelled with delight when he noted that Carl was free. "Shure an' he'll thry to rescue me, so he will !" was Patsy's mental exclamation. He felt much better, now that he knew he had a friend in the enemy's camp. The soldiers conducted Patsy directly to a frame house which stood near the center of the village. ' This house was occ11pied by General Cornwallis as head quarters. The orderly who opened the door to the redcoats' knock was told to go to the general and ask him if he wanted a rebel spy who had been captured brought into his presence. He sent back word that be did, and for them to bring the spy right along. The redcoats obeyed, and a few moments later Patsy stood before General Cornwallis. The officer looked the youth over sternly. "Who are you?" he asked, curtly. "Patsy Brannigan, sor." "Humph !-an Irishman." "An' phwy not? Sure, an' insthn't an Oirishman as good as an Englishman, inny day?" "Shut your head, you insolent scoundrel !" roared General Cornwallis. He was naturally of a choleric disposi tion and did not like to hear a prisoner talk impudently. Patsy said nothing, but he met the general's eye un waveringly, and there was wrath and defiance showing there quite unmistakably. "You are a spy I" the general declared, quite positively. "Oi am not!" Patsy's tone was quite as positive. "You were caught spying-is it not so?" to the redcoats who had captured Patsy. "Yes," was the prompt reply; "he was standing looking into the encampment, sir. He surely is a spy." "Of e-0urse he is!" Then, with more sternness than before: "Do you know what the fate of a spy is?" "No, sor; Oi don't 1."Tiow innythin' abhout spoyin' at all, at all, nor phwat dhe punishment av a spoy would be." "Well, you will know very soon. I think that I shall order you to be hanged to the limb of a tree!" But Patsy did not look frightened. Indeed, he did not believe that the general meant what he said. Cornwallis asked a number of questions and then or dered that the prisoner be taken away and placed under guard. This was done. Patsy was placed in a tent near the <:enter of the encamp ment, and he felt bette11 when he looked around, just as he was being conducted into the tent, and saw Carl Gookenspieler not far away. "Shure an' Dootchy'll rescue me av he can," was Patsy's reassuring reflection. CHAPTER X. CARL AND PATSY ESCAPE. i When evening came and Patsy had not returned to the Liberty Boys' encampment the youths be<::ame excited, in-deed. "Carl and Patsy are both gone," said Dick; "what shall we do?" "We will have to try to rescue them," said Bob, grimly. "You are right." "Of course, they have been captured by the British." "Undoubtedly." "Well, let's go right down there and rescue them!" Bob was always in for getting right at a thing. He was great for wishing to do whirlwind work. So, for that matter, were the majority of the youths, and they were one and all eager to set out in search of Carl and Patsy. "We must rescue them!" said one. "Yes," from another; "we can't spare Carl and Patsy.'> "You are right," declared a third; "we could spare almost any other two than Carl and Patsy. They furnish us with entertainment when there is nothing going on. But for them we would die of ennui." "Oh, we'll rescue them, or know the reason why !" declared Bob. Dick gave the command, and the Liberty Boys mounted their horses and all set out down the road. They rode to within half a mile of the edge of the village of Petersburg, and then they came to a halt and dis mounted. They led their horses into the timber quite a distance and suddenly came upon two horses tied to trees. 'They recognized the horses at once: They were those belonging to Carl and Patsy. "Their horses are together, and now I wonder if the boys are together also," remarked Bob. "I think it likely," said Dick. The youths made their way through the timber until they were within two hundred yards of the edge of the village. Then they paused and took a survey of the British en campment. They could see the white tents glistening in the moon light and they could see soldiers moving about. They were at a standstill now, however; they did not know what to do. There were at least five thousand British soldiers in the


THE LIBERTY BOYS EXCITED. 15 before them, and they would have to exercise great care, or else they might get themselves into serious trouble. They rushed forward toward the redcoats like a whirl wind. In their hands were their pistols, and the instant they Knowing nothing else that they could do, they stood were within range they :fired two volleys. there looking toward the encampment and watching eagerThen they whirled and dashed back toward the timber ly, in the hope that something might turn up to give them at the top of their speed. a pointer as to what they should do. The redcoats recovered control of their faculties and About half-past ten o'clock the youths heard loud yelling fired a pistol-volley after the Liberty Boys, but the youths in the encampment and saw redcoats running about. were out of range by that time. "What's going on, Dick?" cried Bob, excitedly. On ran the youths. "I don't know, unless Carl and Patsy are trying to Carl and Patsy were with them, and there was now no escape." long er . any reason for remaining. / "I'll wager that's it! Say, let's move d

16 THE LIBERTY BOYS EXCITED. I . I The youths remained in camp and helped themselves one excuse or another, but solely for the purpose of seeing to food supplies from Mr. Morton's larders, which were the girl. well filled. "When did your father go, Miss Jessie?" asked Dick. Just as the shades of evening were descending, Jessie "Late this afternoon." Morton emerged from the rear door of the mansion and Dick looked thoughtfully at the ground. made her way toward the Liberty Boys' encampment. "It is more than likely that an attack will be made The youths saw her approaching and wondered why she some time to-night," he mused. was coming. "We'll be ready for them!" said Bob. They had all seen her a number of times since they had Dick turned to Jessie. been encamped here, and they liked her, for she was sweet "I thank you most sincerely for your kindness in bringand kind-hearted, and had a pleasant word and smile for ing us this information," he said. everyone. "Oh, you are welcome," with a slight blush; "I am a She had learned that these youths were the famous Libpatriot, and I did not want that the British should take erty Boys, and that the young man who had stopped at you unawares." her home and who had been captured by her father and "They will not, now, thanks to you." sent away with the redcoat was no other Dick Slater, "Well, I must get back to the house," said Jessie; the famous scout and spy. "good-night." Dick rose and bowed as the girl entered i:iJ.e encampment "Good-night." and approached him. As she turned away Frank Brown stepped forward, and, The youths all doffed their hats and bowed. doffing his hat, said: "Good-evening, Miss Jessie," said Dick. "I will accompany you, Miss Jessie, if you don ' t object, "Good-evening, Captain Slater." and get a pail of water." "What can I do for you, Miss Jessie?" He 11ad the empty pail in his hand . "It is I who have come to do something for you," with 'rhe girl blushed, but said promptly: a smile. "You are welcome to accompany me, Mr. Brown." "I thank you in advance," earnestly. They walked slowly away together, and when they were "You are welcome, but I will tell you something, Capout of hearing the other youths laughed. ta in Slater: A plan is on foot to capture your company!" "Say, Frank is struck, all right!" said Sam Sander-(' "Indeed?"' I son. "Yes!" ''I should say he is!" chuckled Ben Spurlock; "and he I do you know?" j is pretty smart, I want to tell you ! Do you know what he The youths were all listening with eager interest and did?" growing excitement. "No; what?" "I hate to tell you, Captain Slater, but you know that-"That pail was nearly full of water and he slipped out that-my father is-is not in sympathy with the cause of to one side and threw the water out!" liberty and independence." The Liberty Boys laughed again at this. "Yes, I know that." "Oh, he's a shrewd one!" from Mark Morrison. "And you know that he has been angry because you have "Well, I don't blame him for working a scheme to get helped yourselves to food for yourselves and feed for the to be with her," said Bob; "jove, I'd try for her myself, horses." if I didn't already have a sweetheart up in New York "Yes, I know that also, Miss Jessie." State!" "Exactly; and, Captain Slater, he has gone to Peters-•she is a fine girl," said Dick. burg to inform the British regarding your presence here "Yes, and Frank' s all right, too," from Ira Little. and to get them to come and capture you and your men." "You are right; Frank is a fine fellow," from Bob. "I see," said Dick. It was half an hour or more before Frank got back, and "I am-very-sorry, Captain Slater, that-that-my when he did the others began jollying him. :father is-is--" "Pretty dry you were all of a sudden, Frank!" "Don't worry a moment, Miss Jessie," Dick hastened ''Yes, what made you so thirsty, old fellow?" to say; "we understand, and we would much rather that "I'll wager that he forgot to get the water!" your father was opposed to the cause we r e present than "How about it, Frank?" that you sho. uld be-eh, boys?" "Oh, I got the water all right," with a grin. "Yes, yes!" in chorus from the youths. "Took you a long time to find the well." The girl blushed, and Dick noticed that her glance "I guess 11e fell down and spilled the water and had to rested for an instant on the face of a handsome, manly-I go back . for a second bucketful," laughed Ben Spurlock. looking youth by the name of Frank Brown. I Frank laughed good-naturedly. . Frank, as Dick knew, was greatly s , truck with Jessie, "That's all right, fellows; have all the fun you want," and he had visited the mansion twenty times, at least, on he said. "I can stand it."


THE LIBER'rY BOYS EXCITED. 17 "How did you come on with the girl, Frank.!" queried Sam Sanderson. "All right, I think." Frank set the pail down and turned away and seated himself. "Say, I thought you wanted a drink," grinned Bob. "I drank at the well," was the reply. "He has been sipping bliss from a pair 0 ruby lips," said Harry Willoughby, who was somewhat poetically inclined. 'Oh ! Oh!" in chorus from the lips 0 the youths , while two or three groaned dismally. "Oh-h-h-h-h ! say, Frank, is that true?" cried Ben Spur lock. "No wonder he don't want water!" chuckled Bob. "It would taste mighty flat and insipid after-after-that what Harry was telling us about." They were within seventy-five yards of the British when they first caught sight of them, and now they dashed to ward them as fast as their horses could be made to go. Loud yells went up from the youths' lips: "Down with the king! Long live liberty!" Then they fired a volley from their muskets. The redcoats replied with a volley, but the Liberty Boys thre w themselves forward upon the necks of their horses and were not injured to speak of. Their volley had done considerable damage in the ranks of the enemy, however. Quite a number had gone down, and shrieks and groans of pain from the wounded went up on the night air. "Now with the pistols!" cried Dick. The youths responded with cheers, and out came pistols. the The youths roared with laughter. The y were close enou g h so that they could do good exe J!'rank laughed as heartily as th e rest, for he was a sensicuti o n with the small arms, and they fired ri g ht and l e ft. ble youth and knew how to take a joke. Then their horses were among and upon the redcoats 'l'he youths laughed and talked and had un with Frank lrampling them under foot . or a few minutes and then Dick who had been doing some The Liberty Boys were c e rtainly doing whirlwind work ' ' swift thinking while the others were talking, ordered the now. youths to bridle and saddle th eir horses. I The y clu b b e d their mu s kets and stru c k out to the right "What are we going to do, Dick?" queried Bob. and to the left with lusty strokes. "We are going to ride down the road in the direction , of They knocked down quite a numb e r and the horses overPetersburg and meet the redcoat . s and go or them, Bob." thre w and trampled a good many, with the result that "Hurrah! That's the talk!" i t h e re was the utmost confusion and disorder in the ranks The idea met with the approval 0 all. , o f the British. They liked lively work of the whirlwind order, and were ! They were so badly demoralized that they did not know eager to get starte<}.. what they were about. They were not long in bridling and saddling their horses, Some few cool-headed ones fired at the Liberty Boys and then they led them out to the road, mounted and rode und struck at them with muskets or swords, but the ma away toward the south. jority were not able to do anything, being in a mixed-up They rode at a gallop, for they wished to get as ar mass, struggling to extricate themselves. down the road as possible before meeting the British, so On through the ranks of . the redcoats dashed the Lib-as to catch them before they divided their force, as Dick crty Boys. was sure they would do. When they were through they continued onward down -He-wished to catch the entire force that was coming the road. and take it by surprise. He thought that by doing so they would be able to strike the British a severe blow. On they rode swiftly. But they had gone only about three-quarters of a mile when , on rounding a bend, they came face to ace with the British! CHAPTER XII. THE BRITISH .A.RE DEMORALIZED. The 1,iberty Boys were s urprised, but the y were not Di c k decided upon their course instantly. "Forward!" he shouted. "Charge th e m and ride right over them!" The redcoats were on foot, and this would make it possi-J ble for the Liberty Boys to put their plan into eff P<'t But they went only about half a mile; then> coming to a cross-road, they turned up it and rode across to theroad that lay a mile to the eastward. Eight of the Liberty Boys were wounded, three of them quite se;riously, but they were able to keep to the saddle, and back went the youths to their encampment near the Morton home. The youths dismounted and unbridled and unsaddled their horses, and then they dressed the wounds of the in jured. This done, they talked over the encounter, and they could not but congratulate themselves on their good for tune in doing the so much damage and without hav ing lost a single life. "We did remarkably well, I think," saia Dick. "So do I," from Bob. "Do you think the British will come on up here and


THE LIBERTY BOYS EXCITED. make the attack they had intended making?" queried Sam Sanderson. Dick shook his head. "No, I don't believe they will," he said. "For one rea son we have thoroughly thrashed them; they are badly demoralized, and for another thing, they will not think it likely that we would return to the same place where we were encamped before." "Anyway, if they come, we will give it to them again," said Bob. "That's right!" declared Mark Morrison. "We did some whirlwind work for awhile," grinned Bob. "Yes." The Tory looked angry and disappointed. "I was in hopes that the British would kill, capture or drive away the rebels," be said; "they will eat us out of house and home if they stay here much longer." Shortly after noon one of the negro slaves came to Mr. Morton and told him that there was a white man wanted to see him. "Where is he?" the Tory asked. "He is ober to my cabin, massa." "Is he a British soldier, eagerly. "Yes, massa, i: t'ink he am er British sojer." "Hasn't he a red uniform on?" "So we did," nodded Dick. "Yes, massa; yes, sah." Then Dick placed out sentinels, twice the usual num"Why, then, of course he's a British soldier, you fool!" ber, and the rest lay down and went to sleep. angrily. They slept till morning without interruption; the Brit"Yes, massa," said the negro. ish did not put in an appearance. "Go back and tell him that I will be along right away." Dick was not surprised; he had not expected that the "All rag ht, sah." attack would be made. The negro hastened away, and presently Mr. Morton Soon after breakfast Jessie Morton came out to the left the house and strolled away. He knew that he was encampment. within sight of the patriot encampment and was afraid "Father sent me," she explained, after the greetings that the youths might see him and be suspicious. had been exchanged; "he is puzzled over the non-arrival He finally reached the cabin of the negro who had come of the British, and he thinks that I may secure some in-to the house with the news. It stood back in the edge of formation from you," with a smile. the timber. "You may, tell him that we went down 'the road last I When he entered there sat a British captain. night and met the British and routed them," said Dick. "You are Mr. Morton?" the redcoat ' said. "Oh, I am so glad that you did!" cried the girl. "Yes, sir. What can I do for you?" "Well, you were responsible for it, Miss Jessie," said "I have come to make some inquiries, sir." Dick. "If you had not come to us with the information 1 "Very well." that a party was coming we would not have gone down to . "I wish to know if that rebel force is still encamped meet it." I near here?" "Well, I am glad that I was of some benefit to the cause, "It is, sir." Captain Slater." "Ah! They are bold fellows, indeed!" She remained perhaps fifteen minutes and then went "So they are, and they are boasting this morning.that back to the mansion. they routed a force of British last night." Her father met her in the hall, and asked eagerly if she "They did," with a nod. had learned anything. "Did they do the king's soldiers much damage?" "Yes, father." "Killed seventeen and wounded twenty-three." "What did you learn?" "They must be terrible fellows in a fight, sir!" said "The rebels went down the road and met the British Mr. Morton. and had quite a battle with them." "They are, sir; they are perfect whirlwinds in a fight." "Then that was what caused the firing that we heard, "But you are not going to give up and let one hundred Jessie." youngsters beat you, are you?" "Yes, father." "No, sir! 'l'hat is the reason I have come here. We The Tory shook his head. are going to try it again to-night." "I don't understand it," he said. "I don't see how "Ah!" those young fellows could manage to get the better of a "And we are going to be more careful this time." strong force of the king's soldiers." "Quite right . " "Oh, I guess these youths are fighters, father." "We are going to divide our force up into three de" True; they are the Liberty Boys, who made such a tachments and send each by a different road . " great reputation in the North." "That is a splendid idea." "Their captain told me that they routed the British "I think so," in a tone of satisfaction. "Oh, to-night force complefely, father . " we will get even with those rebels for the trick they played "They must have done so, or it would have put in an us last night." appearance later on and attacked them.I' "I hope that you will do so, sir." I I


THE LIBERTY BOYS EXCITED. 19 "Do you think that they will remain where they are?" "I think so; but of course they may pull up and leave to-day." "If they do so, could you not send us word?" "Yes, I will do that." "And--could you not send one of your negroes after them to see where they go?" "Yes, I could do that also." • "Very good; I will return to Petersburg and make my report." Then he bade Mr. Morton good-day and took his deand the Tory returned to his home. CHAPTER XIII. FOOLING THE ENEMY. There had been an auditor to the interview between the British captain and Mr. Morton. Ira Little had seen the negro hurrying to the mansion, had seen him go back t0 his cabin, had seen Mr. Morton follow soon after, and he had become suspicious that there was something in the wind. "I wonder what is up, anyway?" was his thought. He decided to investigate. He followed Mr. Morton, saw him enter the cabin and then stole up to the rear of the cabin and looked in through the window. Sure enough, there was Mr. Morton talking to a red coat. "Just about what I expected," thought Ira. There was some chinking out from between a couple o! the logs of the cabin, and Ira placed bis ear to the opening and listened intently. He found that he could understand quite plainly. He heard all that was said by the two men, and when tlie captain took his departure and Mr. Morton set out for his home, Ira made bis way back to the Liberty Boys' encampment . "I've made a discovery, Dick," he said. "What is it, Ira?" "We are to be attacked again." "Is that so?" • "Yes." "When?" "To-night." "How did you find this out?" Ira explained. "Well, I am glad that you learned this, Ira. It gives us an advantage over the redcoats." "Yes; at any rate, they won't get to take us by sur prise." "No." Then Dick told the Liberby Boys what Ira had discov ered. e., They listened with interest and excitement. "Let 'em come, Dick!" cried Bob; "we'll lick 'em!" "That's the talk!" from Sam Sanderson. Dick shook his he. ad. "I don't know about that, boys," he said. "They will likely come in such force that it will be impossible for us to stand against them." "Then what are we to do?" queried Bob. "I'll tell you : I think that a good plan will be to go down close to Petersburg and keep a close watch on the enemy and then manage to get a chance at one of the three detachments that is sent against us." The youths thought this a good idea, and said so. "We ought to be able to hold our own against one-third of the force all right," said Mark Morrison. "We will have to look out for ourselves from now on, and not let the redcoats put their plans through to a suc cessful issue," said Dick. "If they were to succeed in get ting at us with a strong force they would kill or capture the majority of "That's so," agreed Sam Sanderson. "Your plan is all right, Dick," said Mark Morrison. "Yal1, id is vun goot blan," declared Carl Gookenspieler. "Shure an' it is, begorra !" from Patsy Brannigan. "That is what we will do then, boys," said Dick. "About fqur o'clock we will mount and ride away. That will en able us to get to the vicinity of Petersburg before the force leaves there." The youths nodded assent. They waited impatiently for the time to come for them to depart. About four o'clock they bridled and saddled their horses, mounted and rode away. Mr. Marton at once ordered his horse to be brought around, and he mounted and followed the Liberty Boys. He hoped to _ be able to follow without being discovered by the Liberty Boys, but he was not successful in this. The youths were quickly cognizant of the fact that a horseman was on their track. "I believe that it is Mr. Morton himself," said Dick. "It looks like him," said Bob. "Why is he following us?" queried Sam Sanderson. "Likely he intends to see where we go and then carry the news to the British," replied Dick. "Are you going to let him do it?" "Yes," said Dick, with a . peculiar smile. "What do you mean?" queried Bob. "We will go down the road a couple of miles and stop and pretend to go into camp," explained Dick; "and Mr. Morton will doubtless hasten to the British encampment to tell them where we are." "Yes," said Bob. "Then as soon as he is gone we will mount again and ride on down to the vicinity of Petersburg." "That's a good scheme." They went a couple of miles and then dismounted in a


20 THE LIBERTY BOYS EXCITED. little glade beside the road and unbridled and unsaddled their horses and settled down as though intending to re main there. A couple of the Liberty Boys had slipped back to keep watch on :Mr. Morton, and they came in half an hour later ancl reported that the Tory had satisfied himself that they had gone into camp, and had then rode back to a cross road and had turned into it, with the evident intention of going across to the other ' road leading to Petersburg. "He will be in the British encampaent " 'ithin the hour," said Ben Spurlock, one of the two scouts. "That is. just what I s upposed would be the result," was Dick's reply. Then he gave the order for the youths to bridle and sad dle their horses; which was quickly done. They mounted and continued on down the road toward Petersburg. They rode at a swift pace, and when they were within half a mile of Petersburg they pahsed and dismounted. Unbridling and unsaddling their horses, they went into camp. Ben Spurlock and Sam Sanderson went across fo the other road and watched for the coming of Mr. : Morton. They only had to wait about twenty minute s , ancl then the Tory put in an appearance. "There he comes," said Ben. "Yes; he made pretty good time," replied Sam. I "So he did." They watched the 'l'ory as he rode past and could not h e lp smiling, to think how they had fooled him. "He'll go in and tell the redcoats that we are encamped s ix miles from Petersburg," grinned Ben; "and here we are within half mile of the village." ''That was a good scheme of Dick's," said Sam. "Yes, . it will enable us to fool the redcoats nicely, and we will be able to strike one of the detachments a strong blow." '''Yes, unless we have bad luck of some kind." The youths saw Mr. Morton disappear around a bend and then made their way back to where their comrades were. "Well?" remarked Dick. "We saw him," grinned Ben. "Yes, he's in the British encampment by now," from Sam. "Telling them where the y will find us," chuckled Ben. The youths smiled . . "That will be all right for us," s aid Dick. * * * * * * * The youths were right, Mr. Morton was at that very moment in the presence of General Cornwalli s at British headquarters and was telling the British general where the Liberty Boys would be found. "I am glad that you have brought us this information," said General Cornwallis. "It will enable my men to take the rebels by surprise, and we may be able to capture the entire company." "I hope that you may be able to do so, General Corn wallis." "You do not like them, eh ? " o ! Why, sir, they have almost eaten me out of house and home!" General Cornwallis smiled. "One hundred husky young men eat a good deal," be said. "You are right, sir, they do. " After some further conversation Mr. Mortori took his departure. He his horse and set out for bis home, feeling Y e ry well satisfied with himself. He thought that he bad made it possible for the British to c apture the Liberty Boys, and this gave him consid erable pleasure. He would not have been so well pleased had he known the truth that he had been fooled neatly. CHAPTER XIV. lllORE WHIRL WIND WORK. "There goes one detachment of redcoats, Dick." ' 'Yes, Bob." "It is going up the west road . " "Yes." Dick and Bob were down close to Petersburg, and were spying on the redcoats. A force had just left the encampment and was making its way northward on the west road. A few minutes later another force of redcoats was seen moving out of the encampment. "That party is going to take the middle road, Dick," said Bob. "Yes." "And here comes the third party, old fellow!" "Right, Bob." "It will take the east road . " "Yes, and it is the force that we must take, Bob." "That's right!" "We will wait till it has passed our present encampment and then we will fall in behind, and when it is far enough away from Petersburg so that reinforcements will not be able to get to it in time to help it we will make the at tack." "That' s a good plan, Dick." "I think so." When the party in question had gone past where the youths were concealed they fell in behind it and kept on till they were even with the point where their comrades were in waiting; then they entered the timber and rejoined the Liberty Boys. "Well, what is the news?" queried Sam Sanderson. Dick told them.


THE LIBERTY BOYS EXCITED. 21 "And now," he added, "bridle and saddle your horses; we will go after the redcoats at once." They obeyed and quickly had their horses ready. They led them to the road and then mounted and rode northward. They rode at a moderate pace, for they did not wish to come up with the British until they were at least a mile and a half from Petersburg. When they were about that distance from the British encampment, Dick said: "Now, then, forward, boys! We will go after the red coats in earnest!" They urged their horses onward at a gallop. Around a bend they swept, and in front of them, visible in the moonlight, was the British force. The redcoats were not more than a quarter 0f a mile distant. The youths urged their horses to increased speed. On they dashed. The thunder of the horses' hoofs on the ground could have been heard half a mile, and the redcoats whirled and looked back in wonder and alarm. They saw the horsemen sweeping down upon them, and realized that they were about to be attacked. "There they come!" yelled the commander of the British force. "Give it to them, men I Fire!" The redcoats leveled their muskets and fired a volley. • The Liberty Boys were not yet in good range, however, and, too, they threw themselves forward ' upon their horses' necks, and they were notdam11ocred any to speak of by the • velley. "It's our turn now !" cried Dick; "fire, Liberty Boys ! Give it to them!" The youths obeyed. They fired a volley and did good execution, for they were close enough so that their bullets could take effect. Then wild cheers went up from the throats of the youths. "Down with the king! Long live liberty!" they cried. The next moment they were among the redcoats. The horses knocked down and trampled on many of the British soldiers. The youths laid about them with their muskets clubbed. They knocked down many of the British soldiers, and great was the confusion. The British became wholly demoralized and broke and fled for their lives. Into the timbeT they dashed. In a jiffy the road was clear of all save the Liberty Boys, and they rode onward up the road, well satisfied with . the way they had handled the enemy . Several of the youths had been wounded, but none severely. When they were half a mile up the road Dick called a halt. • "The question to be decided now," he said, "is, Where shall we go and what shall we do next?" "Let's cut across through the timber to the middle road and head off that force and attack it," said Bob. "Yes, yes !" in chorus from the others. The whirlwind work they bad been engaged in had excited the youths greatly, and they were eager to go ahead and do more of the . same kind of work. Dick was willing to do as the youths wished. "All right," he said; "come along, boys." They dismounted and led their horses, as they could make their way through the timber more rapidly in this manner. 'l'hey were not long in getting across to the other road. They tied their horses and proceeded to reload their muskets. They had just finished when they caught sight of t'he redcoats coming. The British soldiers were talking loudly, evidently they had heard the firing, and were excited as a result. Suddenly the redcoats paused; they were not yet within musket-shot distance. "What's up, Dick?" queried Bob. "I don't know." "Possibly they are afraid they will be ambushed if they come on." "Likely." Then they saw the redcoats enter the timber. "I know," said Bob; "they are going across toward the point where the firing sounded from." "You are right, Bob." "Let's go for them, Dick!" "All right." The youths were soon moving through the timber in the clirection of the enemy. They gradually drew nearer to the redcoats, and sud denly poured a volley into them from the ;rear. It came as a great and unpleasant surprise to the Brit ish, and they gave utterance to yells of dismay and anger, while on the air rose cries and groans from the wounded. The British fired a volley in the direction of the Liberty Boys, but the youths had been very careful to take refuge behind trees and were not injured. "Charge the scoundrels !" the youths heard the British c ommander cry. "Charge them, I say!" The youths remained where they were till the redcoats were within pistol-shot distance, and then fired two volleys in quick succession. This brought the redc@ats to a stop temporarily. "Fire, men!" yelled the British commander. "Fire a couple of pistol-volleys and then charge." The redcoats obeyed. They fired two pistol-volleys, and again ran forward. The Liberty Bors met them with two more volleys, !or each and every youth carried four pistols, and this was a time when the small arms came in handy. These two volleys checked the advance of the enemy, and the youths quickly retreated to where they had left their horses. .Untying the animals, the youths led them


22 THE LIBERTY BOYS EXCITED. <>ut into the road, mounted and rode away toward the north. They were v e ry well satisfied with what they had accom plished. O:n they rode, and three-quarters of an hour later they arrived at the Morton home. They went over into the edge of the timber back of the barn and barnlot and went into camp. don't believe the redcoats will get here to-night," said Dick. "No more do I," from Bob. CHAPTER XV. FRANK BROWN CAPT.URED BY REDCOATS. The officer told the 'fory that he had been instructed to remain in camp up the:i:e and not to return to Petersburg until he had succeeded in driving the rebels away. "Of course, you will be glad to furnish us with food while we are engaged in this work," said the officer, suavely. Mr . Morton said yes, of course, but when lie sized up the force and saw that there were at least five hundred men his heart sank. "I have leaped from the frying-pan into the fire," was his thought. "There were only one hundred of the Lib erty Boys, and they would not eat me out of house and home nearl:r so soon as will be the case with these sol diers." The truth of the matter was that, while he was a strong Tory, Mr. Morton was a very stingy man, and his loyalty to the king did not go to the extent of his being willing to make himself poor to aid in the king's cause. The youths were right; the British not put in an He made the best of the matter, however, and told the appearance that night. officer to tell his men to help themselves. Mr. Morton, when he awoke next morning and saw the 'l'here was nothing else that he could do. Liberty Boys in camp on the same spot where they had The commanding officer told Mr. Morton about the two been the day before, greatly surpr ised. encounters of the night before, and the Tory was more He was disappointed as well. than ever impressed with the fact that the Liberty Boys He had hoped that he was to be rid of his unwelcome were indeed dangerous. neighbors, and that his larder would be spared further "It would not surprise me if they should come down inroads, but realized that bis hopes were vain. here and rout this force of British soldiers," was his He could not understand matters, however. ! thought. How had the Liberty Boys managed to escape from the H e }JUt the thought into words, but the commander of British? the force laughed and said that, bold as the Liberty Boys How happened it that they were her e , seemingly not were, they would not think of attacking a force five times having been damaged in any way? a s strong as their own. And where were the British? "I only wish that they would do so!" he added. These were questions that worried Mr. Morton greatly. He was destined to have his wish. He could not answer them, and he could only grit his teeth * * * * * * * and mutter angrily. About the middle of the afternoon Frank Brow:n came About ten o'clock, however, the British put in an appearto Dick and asked to be permitted to go down and reconance. noiter in the vicinity of the Morton home, to see what had There were at least five hUIJ.dred in the force. become of the British. * Dick had had several scouts out, and they had come "You want to see what has become of Jessie, I guess, in and apprised him of the coming of the enemy. Frank," grinned Bob, who happened to hear the youth's So the youths were ready to move when the redcoats request. came into view. "Possibly," with a good-natured smile; "but I can look The Liberty Boys moved slowly away and were soon on out for the redcoats at the same time, can't I?" the east road. "Oh, yes." They then headed northward and rode about five miles "You can go, Frank," said Dick. and again went into camp. "Oh, thank you, old fellow!" They had selected a spot that would be hard to find if "Be careful, Frank, and don't get captured." the British followed and looked for them. "I will be careful." But the British did not follow. Then he set out . on foot, for he did not know but he They realized that it would be useless for infantry to might encounter redcoats if he kept to the road, as he try to pursue troopers. would have to do on horseback. By going on foot he So they paused when they came to the Morton home and c ould keep within the edge of the timber and watch the went into camp. road at the same time, and if he ran across any of the Mr. Morton welcomed them cordially and gave the com-British he could return and warn the Liberty Boys. mantling officer all the information he could regarding He did not see any signs of redcoats, however, and at the Liberty Boys. last he was making his way along the lane that led to the • >-


THE LIBERTY BOYS EXCITED. spot where the youths had been encamped so much lately. When he reached the edge of the timber Frank paused and looked across toward the mansion. Over beyond it he caught sight of the l;lritish encampment. "Well, well•! There they are!" he murmured. He stood there watching the scene for some time. He looked toward the mansion frequently. How he wished that he might get to have an interview with Jessie ! If she knew he was there she would come to him, he was sure. But the trouble was that she did not know it. . And he knew of no way of letting her know it. I He made up his mind that he would ha-ve to do without that pleasure. He wondered what the intentions of the British were. "Do they intend to stay here, I wonder?" he mentally queried. "Likely they think we may oome back and that they will thus get a. chance at us," he went on. He decided to get a nearer view of the enemy, and so he nrade a detour and approached the encampment from the south. He approached as near as he could without being in danger of being seen by the sentinel, and then he paused and took a survey of the camp. upon the Liberty Boy he was taken wholly by surprise, but he made as good a fight as he could under the circum stances . He could not do much against four, however, and he was soon overpowered and his arms bound. The soldiers were greatly delighted, and led their pris oner into the encampment in triumph. In doing so they passed within fifty yards of the piazza, and Jessie saw and recognized Frank. She turned pale and gave a gasp. Frank was looking straight at the girl, and their eyes met. He knew that he was recognized, and somehow the knowledge made him feel better and easier in his mind. "Possibly she may go to the encampment and tell the boys about my capture," was his thought. Then he remembered that she did not know where the encampment was, and his heart sank again. A few minutes later he stood in the presence of the commander of the British force. CHAPTER XVI. TRUE TO HIS PRINCIPLES. He sized up the force as best he could, and decided that there were at least five hundred soldiers there. Unfortunately Frank had on his uniform of blue. "I h th t ld t thi f t t 1,, h" It was useless to deny that he was a rebel, for the uni-WlS a we cou pu s orce o rou . was is f f f th f thought. orm was proo o e act. He could see the mansion from where he stood, and presently he saw Jessie come out upon the piazza. "Jove, there she is !" was his thought. Then he decided to get around to a point opposite where the girl stood and try to attract her attention. In his baste to put bis plan into practice be moved for ward at a rapid pace. He forgot to be cautious, and the result was that he was seen by a little group of soldiers over at one side of the encampment. They conferred together hastily, and quickly left the encampment and made their way around and came up behind Frank. He had eyes only for the girl on the piazza, and did not suspect that he was being followed. Not a suspicion that he was in danger entered his mind. There were four of the redcoats, and they walked rapidly and drew closer and closer to Frank. They walked on their tiptoes and thus did not make any noise to speak of. Closer still they . drew, and presently they were within five yards of their intended victim. Had he not been so intent on getting to where he could attract the attention of J essi'e, Frank might have discov ered his danger; but as it was, he did not know he wjls threatened until after the attack came. When the four redcoats were close enough and leaped The commander of the force, a colonel, looked sternly at the youth and said: "You are a rebel ! " "I'm a patriot," was the prompt reply. "You were spying ! " "Well, I was looking at your soldiers, if that is what you mean." "You are one of the Liberty Boys." "Yes, I am." Frank knew it would be as well to own up. Nothing was to be gained by making denial. "Where are your comrades?" The youth shook his head. "You can't prove it by me," he said. A frown appeared on the colonel's face. "You mean that you won't tell?" "Have it that way if you like." "Young man, do you know that you are m a tight place?" sternly. .. I don't know that." "Well, you are ! You are a spy, you were caught in the act, and the usual fate of a spy is-death!" "Oh, but you wouldn't put me to death," said the youth, with seeming confidence . "You think so, eh?" "Yes." "Well, that is where you make a big mistake! I will


24 THE LIBERTY BOYS EXCITED. 1ll order you to be shot, unlese you tell me where your com rades are!" "Then give the order," was the prompt reply; "for. I shall not tell you!" An angry exclamation escaped the colonel's lips. "You mean that?" he cried. "I do!" "You are a fool!" "That is a matter of opinion. You think so, perhaps, but I do not." "It is a self-evident fact. Who but a fool would refuse to save his own life when the opportunity was given him?" "It doesn't matter to me that you think me a fool," said Frank, quietly. The colonel looked thoughtfully at the floor for a few moments and then said to the redcoats who had Frank in charge: "Take the prisoner away and place him under guard." "Where shall we take him?" asked one of the men. The colonel hesitated and then said: "Take him to the house yonder and ask Mr. Morton to let you lock him in one of the rooms. Certainly there must be some that are not in use." "Very well, sir." Mr. Morton had asked the colonel to take up his quarters under the roof of the mansion, but the officer said that he preferred to remain in the encampment with his men. The soldiers conducted Frank to the mansion and into it. Mr. Morton met them in the hall and asked what was wanted. They told him what the colonel had said. "Certainly; bring' him right along," Mr. Morton said. "There is a vacant room on the second floor at the rear. That will do splendidly." He led the way upstairs and the soldiers followed, with the prisoner between them: As they were going up the stairs Frank caught sight of Jessie, who appeared suddenly in the doorway of the library. Her eyes met the youth's, and he fancied that he saw sympathy and solicitude in her glance. A few moments later he was ushered into the vacant room. "This will do nicely," said one of the soldiers. Then they all left the room and closed and locked the "oor . One of the soldiers remained on guard in front of the door, while the other went downstairs in company with Mr. '.Morton, and then on out of doors and back to the encampment. "Have you decided to tell me where your comrades are encamped and thus save your life?" the colonel asked. ' The youth shook his head. "No, sir," he replied. The colonel looked disappointed and angry. "You surely don't care much for life," he said. "Not when purchased in such a manner, sir," was the calm reply. "Bah! You are too scrupulous." "I don't think so. I am opposed to the king and am fighting for freedom, and I would rather die than do any thing to help the king to triumph and continue his rule over the people of America." "Very fine, indeed!" sneeringly. '.'Well, if you prefer death to life, you shall have your preference. You will be shot at eight o'clock to-morrow morning!" Frank said nothing. He knew it would be useless. The colonel glared at him a few moments, seemingly to see how he received the news, and then ordered the two soldiers to take the prisoner away. "And guard him carefully," he commanded. "Whatever you do, don't let him escape!" "We'll see to it that he does not escape, sir," replied one. Then they led Frank away. He was conducted back to the room in the mansion, and again Frank caught a glance of Jessie, who was standing in the doorway of the library, as had been the case be fore. And the youth was sure that she gave him a look of en couragement. "Oh, if she only could rescue me and set me free I" was Frank's thought. When he was left alone in the room he looked around him searchingly. There was one window in the room and it looked out upon the sloping roof of the kitchen, which was a one-story affair. "If I could my hands free I could make my escape, I am sure," was the youth's thought. He tried the bonds. They did not give a bit. He exerted every ounce of his strength with the same result. The man who had bound his arms had done his work well. Frank, left alone, went over the affair in his mind and "I can't free myself, that is certain," was the youth's eized up his situation as best he could. decision. He was a brave youth, but could not but realize that he He sat down and looked gloomily at the floor. was in a serious predicament. He sat thus for at least frfteen minutes, and then his Jessie was his only hope. Would she be able to help mind again reverted to Jessie and his face brightened. him?" "She is my only hope," was his murmured comment. Somehow Frank felt that she would. He gave the matter considerable thought, and decided Just before nightfall the commander of the British force 1 that while it would be a difficult matter for Jessie to free sent for Frank, and the youth was taken before him. him, yet that it was not an impossibility.


THE LIBERTY BOYS EXCITED. 25 ==============================================•,============================================= "And she's just the girl to accomplish it, if anyone could," was his decision. The redcoats brought him some food now and he ate it, his arms being unbound so that he could feed himself. When he had finishe.d they bound his , arms again se-curely and went out and locked the door. Frank tried his bonds with all his strength. He could not loosen them a particle. They were as tightly bound as was the case befor e . Frank had eaten heartily, however, and he ft!t better. Somehow he was more certain [.ian le.fore that Jessie would set him free. CHAPTER XVII. ' JESSIE FREES FRANK. Hour after hour rolled away. Frank grew drowsy at last and threw himself down upon the rude cot at one side of the room. He was asleep in a few minutes. How long he sl ept he did not know, but he was a wakened by hearing the key turn in the lock. It was not very dark in the room, for the moon s hone in through the window. Frank rose to a sitting posture looked toward the door. It came open at once and there stood Jessie Morton! "Frank! Are you asleep?" came in a low, cautious voice, and then the girl caught sight of the youth sitting delight. "Tell me that you do ! Promise that you will marry me, sweetheart !" 1 ' here was a brief silence, and then from Jessie' s lips came, almost in a whisper, the one word: "Yes!" Again Frank kissed the girl, and then he said : "Now I must be getting away from here, Jessie . J;Iow am I to do it?" "You will come downstairs with me and I will let you out at the rear door, Frank. Then you will be able to slip away without being seen, I think." "But where is the soldier who was on guard at the door?" "He's there yet, Frank-but asleep." "Ah!" "Most soldiers like wine, Frank." "Yes." "And I brought him some about an hour ago." "Exactly." "And-it had some sleeping powders in it. " " I see. Jessie, you are indeed, a trump ! " "I was determined to save you, Frank," was t h e qui e t reply. Then she turned away and said: "Come, Frank. We had better go while the way i s open. That redcoat might come to." "I' m ready to go, J e ssie." They went out into the hall and the girl turned th e key • in the lock. Then they made their way downstairs and along the hall to the rear door. Jessie unlocked this door and opened it and looked out. up on the cot, and exclaimed: "Oh, there you are!" ".IJ'he way seems to be clear," she s aid. "I'm not asleep, Jessie," said Frank. "Then I'll be off, Jessie." The girl entered and closed the door softly. "Be careful, Frank . You may be seen by some of the Then she came across and stood beside the cot. sentinels on guard at the encampment." "I've come to free you, Frank!" she said, her voice "I'll be careful." trembling. "Do, Frank! Don ' t let th e m capture you aga i n." "I am very glad, Jessie," said Frank, in heartfelt tones. " I won' t. Now a kiss, sweetheart, and then I 'll be "Did you think I would come?" eagerly. off." "Yes, Jessie." Jessie gave him the kiss, and then with a whispered The girl blushed, but in the gloom of the room Frank good-night he stepped out into the open air. could not see this. The door went shut softly and then, pau s ing only long "I'll cut the rope that binds your arms, Frank,'' she enough to look around and get his bearings, Frank s t o le said. away. She had brought a knife for the purpose, and now sev-He got the mansion between himself and the B riti sh ered the rope. encampment and made his way toward the timber. Frank's first act was to throw arms around Jessie He made very good headway, and a few minute s later and give her a hug and a kiss. was standing within the edge of the timber. "Jessie, you're a trump!" he murmured. "You're the "Safe!" he murmured. "I'm all right now/' best girl in all the world!" "Don't be so sure of that, young fellow!" came i n a "I'm glad that you think so,'' was the murmured recold, sneering voice from behind the youth. ply. He whirled instantly with an exclamation of surprise "Are you?" eagerly. and dismay, and saw a redcoat standing there covering him "Yes." with a leveled pistol. "Then you do love me, Jessie!" murmured Frank, in Frank stood there almost paralyzed for a few moments.


25 THE Ll.HERTY BOYS EXUI'l'ED. "Up with your hands, young fellow!" The command . was stern and grim. Frank obeyed. He raised his hands high in the air and stood there look ing at the redcoat. "Very good, indeed," said the soldier. "You are sensible. Now turn your back to me." The youth obeyed. "Good again ! Now lower your hands and place them behind you." Again Frank did as told. "Ah-ha, but the bold young rebel obeys orders promptly and well," said the redcoat, in a sarcastic voice. But if he thought that the youth was going to permit himself to be captured by one redcoat he was quickly unde ceived, for now, quick as a flash, Frank whirled and dealt the soldier a blow with the butt of the weapon, knocking him senseless. The Liberty Boy looked around him keenly and listened intently. All was quiet and he saw no one. He, unbuckled the redcoat's belt and then buckled it around his own waist, after which he placed the soldier's pistols in the belt. Then he set out through the timber. He walked as rapidly as possible, and an .liour and a half later he arrived at the Liberty Boys' encampment. He was challenged, and when he called out telling who he was, the sentinel gave utterance to an exclamation of delight. "You, Frank?" he cried. "Jove, I'm glad to see you again!" Frank advanced and stopped to talk to the sentinel, who was no other than Sam Sanderson. "We made up our minds that you had fallen into the hands of the redcoats," Sam said. "I did, Sam." "Is that so?" "Yes; they captured me." "How did you manage to escape?" Frank told him. "Jove, it was 1 ucky for you that you had a sweetheart at hand to render you assistance!" remarked Sam. "Yes, you are right, Sam." Then Frank went on into the encampment and lay down and was soon asleep. When morning came and the youths woke up and found Frank again among them they were delighted. They crowded around him and asked what had delayed his return. He told them and they listened with interest, and, like Sam, they said Frank was lucky to have had a sweetheart near at hand to render him assistance. Then Dick asked a number of questions about the red coats. He was not surprised when Frank said there were at least five hundred of the British soldiers. He had guessed that there were at least that many. After Dick had got through questioning Frank he turned to the other youths and asked them what should be done. "Shall we risk making an attack on them?" he queried. "I say yes,'' said Bob. "That is what I say, too," from Sam Sanderson. "I am for doing it," declared Mark Morrison. The other youths nodded assent, and many said: "So am I!" "All right, then," said Dick; "it is settled. We will make an attack on that force of redcoats." "When, Dick?" queried Bob. "To-night." "I'm afraid they won't be there to-night." "Oh, I guess they will, Bob." "Yes, they are not likely to go away very soon," said Mark Morrison. "And, anyway, it would be dangerous to make au attack in the daytime." So it was decided to wait till night and then go down and see what could be done. CHAPTER XVIII. WORRYING THE BRITISH. "The redcoats are still here, Dick!" "Yes, Bob." "I'm glad of it; we'll make them wish that they had stayed at Petersburg." "We'll try, at any rate." Dick and Bob had left the Liberty Boys back in the timber and had advanced to reconnoiter. 'l'hey were now looking out upon the encampment of the British. It was about ten o'clock and the majority of the soldiers had laid down for the night. Some were still up, however, and were engaged in playing cards. Dick and Bob stole away and rejoined the company. "Well?" remarked Mark Morrison. "The redcoats are still there," said Dick. "'Good ! Good !" from the youths. Dick decided that it would be best to wait an hour at least before making any move. This was done. It was a little past eleven o'clock when the youths started. They made a detour and approached the British en campment from the south. It was Dick's idea that the redcoats would not look for danger from that quarter, and so would not have so many sentinels stationed on that side.


THE LIBERTY BOYS EXCITED. 21 / .Slowly but surely the Liberty Boys drew near to the encampment. Presently they saw a sentinel, and he caught sight 0 them at the same time and fired a shot at them. "Forward!" cried Dick. "Get close in and then give them a volley, Liberty Boys !" The youths dashed forward and the sentinels ran for their lives. The shot had aroused the camp. Redcoats were leaping irp hastily and were groping about for their weapons. Closer and closer drew the youths, and then suddenly they paused and fired a volley from their muskets. Loudly on the night air the volley rang out. The echoes were awakened for miles around. The volley was an effective one. At least a score of the Britisl( went down, dead and wounded. Then the redcoats began :firing in return and there was a continuous rattle 0 musketry. The Liberty Boys employed their usual tactics 0 shel tering themselves behind trees, and they stood their ground and kept loading and firing as fast as possible. Finally the commander of the redcoats ordered them to charge, and they did so. The Liberty Boys were forced to retreat now, for the British outnumbered them so greatly that had they not retreated they would inevitably have been captured. The youths easily got out of the way 0 the enemy, and when they were at a safe distance they paused and took stock 0 the damage that had been inflicted. Two 0 their number were missing, and the youths feared that they were dead. Eight had received wounds, but not very serious ones. "But we must have killed and wounded nearly a hun dred of the redcoats," said Bob, with satisfaction. "l judge that you are right, Bob," agreed Dick. Then they discussed the matter of returning and making another attack. It was decided, after considerable discussion, that it was as well to let well enough alone. "They will be on their guard," said Dick; "and it would be impossible to take them at a disadvantage again." The youths agreed that this was doubtless true, and so they acquiesced cheerfully, and then all moved away through the timber. They went back to where they had left their hm;ses and went into camp. They did not ear being hunted out and attacked, for they had administered such a severe blow to the enemy that they were sure the redcoats would be satisfied to call H quits for the night. CHAPTER XIX. THE BRITISH RETRE.A.T. "May I go down toward the British encampment and reconnoiter, Dick?" "Yes, Frank." It was morning, and the youths had eaten their frugal breakfast. Frank Brown was .the youth who had addressed Dick. 0 course, the youthe all understood that he was eager to go on the reconnoitering expedition, not only because he wished to see what the redcoats were doing, but because he wllS eager to see Jessie :Morton, but no one said any thing. They understood how their comrade felt, for the ma jority had sweethearts 0 their own, and the.y sympathized with him. So Frank set out at once, heading for the Morton plan tation. He was not long in arriving at a point where he could see the British encampment. To his surprise there were no tents to be seen. "Jove, the redcoats are gon,e !" was Frank's mental exclamation. He was right. The British were not in sight. Frank let the shelter of the trees and walked boldly toward the house. Jessie must have seen him coming, for s h e came out to • meet him. "Oh, I am so glad that you are alive ancl uninjured, Frank !" she exclaimed. "Why shouldn't I be, Jessie?" he queried. "Why, you were in that awful battle , las t night, were you not?" He laughed. "Yes, I was in that little affair, Jessie, but I wasn't touched by a bullet." "Two of your comrades were killed, Frank!" "Yes, Jessie. Did you see them?" "Yes. I-I-was afraid that-that-one of them might -be-you, and when father told me that ther e were two of the Liberty Boys lying dead out there among the dead redcoats I went and looked." "You poor girl!" said Frank. "I tell you I was glad when I saw that neither 0 them was you!" "When did the British go away, Jessie?" "About an hour ago." "Which way did they go?" "Toward the south." "'Then they started for Petersburg, likely." "I think so." "Well, it is the best thing they can do. They couldn't get the better of us in a month. But we would gradually cut down their number until there would be only a comparatively ew left." He talked to Jessie a few minutes longer, and then said he must get back and make his report to Dick Slater. "He may want. to follow the redcoats and worry them as they retreat toward Petersburg," Frank said. Then he kissed Jessie and hastened back to where the youths were in waiting. /


!8 THE LIBERTY BOYS EXCITED . "Well?" queried Dick. "The redcoats have broken c amp and are on their way back to Petersburg, Dick." "They are !" "Yes." " Let's g e t a fter the m! " cri e d Bob, exc itedly. " Yes, yes! " from a number of the youths in choru s . " All right," said Dick. "We will follow the Briti s h an d see if w e can worry them . " They set out, and by going as fa s t as they could, they succeeded in close t o the redcoats by the time they ha d gone h a lfway to Petersburg. The youths made an attack and succeeded in killing and w o unding a few and in throwing the whole force into dis order. Such whirlwind work as the Libert y Boy s did was sufficient to demoralize the enemy. The youths stuck close on the he e ls of the British till the y arrived at the British encampment at Petersburg, and then they turned back. They kept on going till they reached the Morton home, and here they went into camp on the same spot where they had had their camp before . "It look6 that way," he said; "but still you can't te ll. They may be bound for some other point." "Well, we can keep on retreating before them, and the n when we are sure that they are going to Richmond we can haste n there and warn General L afayette." "That is as good luck as any, I guess," agreed Dick. So this was put into practice. But next day, when the British army was six or seven miles from Richmond, it turned sharp to the right and marched toward the east . The Liberty Boys quickly discovered this fact, and they paused and discussed the matter. Why had the British turned eastward? Where were they bound for? These were questions which could not be answered, and so it was decided to send word to General L afayette by messenger and then follow the British and see where they went. Sam Sanderson was despatched to Richmond with the message, and Gener al L afayette was somewhat excited when he heard the news r ega r di n g the movements of the British. He at o nce bega n making preparati o ns to follow the red coats. The Liberty Boys kept close o n the heel s o f the British, and at last Baw them go i n to cam p at Y ork town. D ick at once sent a messenge r t o L afaye tte with the Mr. Morton was not very well pleased, but he reasoned that the one hundred youths would not eat as much as :five hundred British soldiers, and so he decided to look 'Upon the matter 11 news. . * * * * * * * Lafayette, m turn, despatche d a messenge r to Genera l The commander of the British force went to headquar t e rs to report to General Cornwallis as soon a s they arrived at Petersburg. The general was amazed when he learned that the Brit ish soldiers had got the worst of it in an encounte r , and that they had practically been forced to retreat. He was angry as well, and fumed at a great rate. "Those confounded Liberty Boys are more troublesome than an entir e regiment of ordinary soldiers," he declared. "However, I am going to br e ak camp to-morrow and march northward with the entire army, and if the young rebels get in my way I will mak e the m wish that they had not done so!" The Briti sh broke camp next morning and headed north ward. They rea c h e d the Morton home a bout the middle of the a f t e rnoon. Dick and the Liberty Boys were not there, however; Dic k had had s c outs out, and they had warned him of the ap proach of the British army. The youths retreated before the redcoats until evening, and then went into camp a mile and a half farthe r to the north . The youths held a council after supper was over. "The questio n i s," said Dick, soberly; "whe re a re the British going ? " " To R i chm o nd, don ' t you think?" q u e ri e d Bob. Di ck shook his head . Washington, in the Nort h , with the information regardi ng the movements of Cornwallis. This was the beginning of the e n d, s o t o sp eak. Cornwallis ultimately surrende r ed at Yo rkto w n afte r a lengthy siege. The Liberty Boys were well satisfied with their work i n the vicinity of Petersburg." They had been greatly excited a good portion of the time, and had indeed done whirlwind work. Frank Brown was undoubtedly the best satisfied of any of the Liberty Boys with the Petersburg campaign, for he had won . the love of a splendid, noble-hearted girl. They were married six months later and lived very happily. Mr. Morton was somewhat disappointed because the king was beat e n, but he was a sensible man, and made the best of the matter. THE END. The next number (248) of "The Liberty Boys of '76" will contain ' "THE LIBERTY BOYS' ODD REC RUIT; OR, THE BOY WHO SAW FUN IN EVERYTHIN G," by Harry Moore. SPECIAL NOTICE : Al l back numbers of this weekly a re always in print. If you c a nnot obt ain them from any n e w s dealer , send the price in money or pos tage 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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WILD WEST WEEKLY . .A magazine Containing Stories, of testettn !life. :B"'Y" .A.N" C>:LJ:> SOC>"UT. 32 PAGES. PRICE 5 CENTS. 32 PAGES. EACH NUMBER IN A HANDSOME COLORED COVER. All of these exciting stories are founded on facts. Young Wild West is a hero with whom the a u thor was They for m the base of the acquainted. His daring deeds and thrilling adventures have been surpassed . most dashing stories ever published . Read the following numbers of this most i nter esti n g magazine and be convinced : LA.TEST ISSUES: 92 Young Wild West's Overland Route; or, The Masked Band of Death Pass. 93 Young Wild West's Iron Grip; or, Settling the Cowboy Feud. 94 Young Wild West's Last Chance; or, Arietta' s Narrow Escape. 95 Young Wild West a n d the Gold Grabbers; or, The Fight for t h e Widow's C laim. 96 Young Wild West and the Branded Band; or, The Scourge of Skeleton Skit. 97 Young Wild West's Double Danger; or, The Sign of the Secret S e ven . 98 Young Wild West a n d the Renegade Rustlers; or, Saved by the Sorrel Stallion. 99 Young Wild West's Fandango; or, Arletta Among the Mexicans. 100 Young Wild West and the Double Deuce; o r , The Domino Gang of Denver. 101 Young Wild West on the Prairie; or, T b e Trail tbat b a d no End. Hl2 Young Wild West and "Missouri Mike" ; o r , Tbe Worst Man In Wyoming. • 103 Young Wild West at the . Golden Gate; o r , A Busil\CSS Trip to 'F1isco. 104 Young Wild West and t b e Redskin Raiders; or, Arletta's Leap for Life. 105 Young Wild West's Cowboy Circus; or, Fun at the Mi ning Camps. 106 Young Wild West at Pike's Peak; or, Arletta' s Strange Disap-p earance. • 107 Young Wild West's Six Sb'ots, and the Change They Made at Dead ltlan' s Mark. 108 Young Wild West at tbe Little Big Horn; o r , The Last Stand of the Cavalry .. 109 Young Wild West's Big Bluff; or, Playing a Lone Hand. 110 Young Wild West at Bowle Bend; or, The Ban of the Bandit Band. 111 Young Wild West's Ton of Gold; or, The Accident to Arietta. 112 Youne: Wild West's Green Corn Dance; or, A Livel y Tim e wltb the Pawnees. , 113 Yo ung Wild West and the Cowboy King; or, Tam ing a Texas Terror. 114 Young Wild West' s Pocket of Gold; or, Arletta's Great Discovery. 115 Young Wild West and "'Shawnee Sam" ; or, The Half-Breed's Treacbery. 116 Young Wild West's Covered Trail; or, Arletta and the Avalan cbe. 117 Young Wild West and the Diamond Dagger; or, The Mexican 120 Young Wild West a.nd the "Puzzle of the Camp" ; or, The Girl Who Owned the Guieb. 121 Young Wild West and the l\iustangers; or, The Boss of t h e Bron cho Busters. 122 Young Wild West after the A paches; or, Arletta's Arizona A d venture. 123 West Routin g t h e Robbers; or, Saving Two Million 124 Young Wild West a t Rattlesnake Run; or, Arletta's Deal with Death. 125 Young Wild West's Winn i n g Streak; or, A Straight Trail to Tombstone. 1 2 6 Young Wild West's Lightning Lariat; or, Arletta and the Road Agents . 127 Young Wild West's Red-Hot Ride; or, Pursued by Comancbes. 128 Young Wild West and the Blazed Trail; or, Arietta as a Scout. 129 Young Wild West's Four of a Kind; or, A Cu:rlous Combination. 130 Young Wild West Caught by the Crooks; or. Arietta on Hand. 131 Wild We s t a n d the Ten Terror&; or, The Doom of Dashing Dan. 132 Young Wild West's Barrel of "Dust" ; or, Arietta"s Chance Shot. 133 Young Wild West"s Triple Claim; or, Simple Sam, the "Sun-downer." 134 Young Wild West's Curio u s Compact; or, Arietta a s a n Avengf}l'. 135 Yo.ung Wild West's Wam p u m B elt; or, Under the Ban o f the Utes . 136 Young Wlfd Wei t and the Rio Grande Rustlers; or, T h e B randing at Buckhorn Ran ch. 137 Young Wild West and the.Line League; oi:, Arietta Among the Smug-glers. 138 Young Wild West's Silver Spurs; or, Fun at Fairplay Fair. 139 Young Wild West among the Blackfeet; or, Arietta as a Sorceress. U O Young Wild West on t h e Yellowstone; or, 'l'he Secret of the Hidde n Cave. l !l 1 Y oung Wild West' s Deadly Aim; or, Arietta's Greatest Danger. H2 Yqung Wild West at the "Jumping Oft'" Place; or, 'l'he W orst Camp in the West. U3 Young Wild West and t h e "Mixed Up" Mine; or, Arletta a Winner. 1 U Young W il d West's Hundred M il e Race; or, Jleatlng a Big Bunch. 14 5 Young Wild West Daring the Danites; or, The 8earch tor a Missing Girl . H 6 Young Wild West's Lively Time; or, 1'he Dand;v Duck oft.h e Diggings. U7 Young Wild West at Hold -Up Canyon; or, Ar1eLt.a ' s Great Victory. HS Young Wild West's Square Deal; or, Making the "Bad" Men Good, U 9 Young Wild Wes t Cowing the Cowboys; or, Arietta and the Prairie Fire. Girl's Revenge. 118 Young Wild West at Silver fe et." Shine; or, A Town Run by "Tender-1 5 0 Young Wild West and Navajo Ned; or, Tbe Hunt for tbe Half-Breed Hermit. 119 Young Wiid W est Surrounded by Sioux; or, Arietta and the Aeronaut. F o r sale by all newsdealers, or will be sent t o a n y a ddress on o f price, 5 cents pe r copy, in money or postage stamps, by FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union, New York. 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THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. A Weekly Magazine containing Stories of the American Revolution. By .HARRY MOORE. These stories based on actual facts and give a, fa,i thful account of the exciting adventures of a, brave band of American youths who were always ready and willing to imperil their lives for the sake of helping a.lonf the gallant ca.use of Independence. Every number will consist o 32 large pages of reading matter, bound in a, beautiful colored cover. LATEST ISSUES: li6 The Liberty Boys' Only Surrender. And Why it was Done 1 i7 The Liberty Boys and l•'lora )lcDonald: or, After the Hessians. l iS The Liberty Boys' Drum Corps: or, Fighting for the Stal'l'y Flag. 1 i9 The Liberty Boys and the Gun l\Iaker; or, The ilattle of Stony Point. 180 The Liberty Boys as Night Owls: or. Great Work after Dark. 181 The Liberty Boys and the Girl Spy; or, l •'ighting Tryon's Raiders. 182 '.l'he Liberty Boys' .i\lasked Battery: o r, The !:urning of Kingston. 183 The Liberty Boys and l\Iajor Andre; or, 'frapping the British Messenger. 184 The Liberty Boys In District !)6: or. Surrounded by Uedcoats. l85 The Liberty Boys and the Sentiuel ; or, The Capture of Fort Washington. 186 The Liberty Boys on the Hudson; or. Working on the Wnter. 187 '.l'he Liberty Boys at Germantown; or, Good Work In a Good Cause. 188 The Liberty Boys' Indian Decoy; or, The Fight on Quaker Hill. 189 The Liberty Boys Afloat: or, Sailing With l'anl .Tones. 190 The Liberty Boys in Mohawk Valley; or, Fighting Hedcoats, To-ries and Indians. 191 The Liberty Boys Left Behind; or, Alone in the Enemy's Country. 192 'he Liberty Boys at Augusta: or, 'Way Down in Geo1gla. 193 '.l'he Liberty Boys' Swamp Camp; or, Fighting and Hiding. 194 '.l'he Liberty Boys In Gotham: or, Daring Work in tile Great City. 195 The Liberty Boys and Kosciusko: or. The Fight at Great Falls. l !l6, The Liberty Boys' Girl Scout; o r . l'ighting llutle1"s Rangers. 197 The Liberty Boys at Budd's Crossing: 01", Hot Work In Cold Weather. 108 The Liberty Boys' Raft; or, Floating and Fighting. Hl!J The Libe1ty Boys at Albany; or, Saving General Schuyler 200 The Liberty Boys Good I'ortnne; or, Sent on Sec1et Service. !!01 The Liberty Roys at Johnson's Mill: or. A Hard Grist to Grind. :W2 The Liberty Boys' Warning; or, A Tip that Came in 'l'ime. 203 The Liberty iloys with Washington; or, Hard Times at Valley Forge. 204 1 'he Liberty Boys after Brant; or, Chasing the Indian Raiders. 205 The Liberty lloys at Red Bank; or, Routing the Hess'aus. 206 '!'he Liberty Boys and the Riflemen: or, Helping all They Could. 207 Tbe Liberty Boys at the l\1ischianza; or, Good-by to General II owe. 208 The Liberty Boys and Pulaski; or. The Polish Patriot. 20!) The Liberty Boys at Hangiug Rock; or, The "Carolina Game Cock." 210 The Liberty Boys on the Pedee; or, Maneuvering with Marion. 211 The Liberty 1:'oys at Guilford Courthouse; or, A Defeat that !'roved a Victory. 212 The Liberty Boys at Sanders' Creek ; or, The Error of General Gates. 213 The Liberty Boys on a Raid; or, Out with Colonel Brown. 214 The Liberty Boys at Gowanus Creek ; or, For Liberty and Inde-pendence 215 The Liberty Boys' Skirmish: or," At Green Spring Plantation. 216 The Liberty Boys and the Governor; o r, Tryon's Conspiracy. 217 The Liberty Boys in Hhode Island; or, Doing Duty Down East. 218 'l'he Liberty Boys After 'l'arleton; or, Bothering the "Butcher." 21!) The Liberty Boys' Daring Dash ; or, Death Before Defeat. 220 The Liberty Boys and the Mutineers; or, Helping "i\lad Anthony." 2:.n The Liberty Boys Out West: or, The Capture or Vincennes. 222 The Liberty Boys at Princeton; or, Washington's Narrow Escape. 2:!:.l The Liberty Boys Heartbroken : or, The Desertion of Dick. 224 The Liberty Boys in the Highlands; or, Working Along the Hud-son. 22;; The Liberty Boys at Hackensack; or, Beating Back the British. 2:!6 The Liberty iloys' Keg of Gold: or, Captain Kidd's Legacy. 22i '.l'he Liberty Boys at Bordentown; or, Guarding the Stores. 228 The Liberty Boys' Best Act: or. The Capture of Carlisle. 229 The Liberty Boys on the Delaware; or, Doing Daring Deeds. 230 '.rhe Liberty Boys' Long Race; or, Beating thn Hedcoats Out. 231 The Liberty Boys Deceiverl: or, Dick Slater's Double. 232 '.rhe Liberty Boys' Boy Allies; or, Young, But Dangerous. 233 The Liberty Boys' Bitter Cup; or, Beaten Back at Brandywine. 234 The Liberty Boys' Alllance; or, '.rhe Reds Who Ilelped. 235 The Liberty Boys on the War-Path; or, After the Enemy. 236 The Liberty Boys After Cornwallis; or, Worrying the Earl. 237 The Liberty Boys and the Liberty Bell; or. llow They SavPd It. 238 The Liberty Boys and Lydia Darrah; or, A Wonderful \Yomau' s Warning. 239 The Liberty Boys at Perth Amboy; or, Franklin's '.l'ory Son. 240 The Liberty Boys and the ''Midget"; or, Good Goods In a Small Package. 241 The Liberty Boys at Frankfort; or, Routing the ''Queen's llacgers." 242 The Liberty Boys and General Lacey ; or, Cornered at the "Crooked Bl I l e t. 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