The Liberty Boys and the Hidden Avenger, or, The masked man of Kipp's Bay


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The Liberty Boys and the Hidden Avenger, or, The masked man of Kipp's Bay

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The Liberty Boys and the Hidden Avenger, or, The masked man of Kipp's Bay
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Liberty Boys of "76"
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Moore, Harry
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New York
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Frank Tousey
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Issued Weekly -By Sub•c1ipljon per 11ea1'. Entered ''" 8<'1'01td-('iu,. Jfu/frr ut lite New ror!.: l'o•t Ojffre, Februar!I 4, lDUl , by Fru"!.: 1'ou•cy. No. 282. NE'V YORK, MAY 25, 1906. Pi-ice 5 Cent s . behind the rocks, l>ick watched the masked giant. He had seized the unconscious boys, and was dragging them to the hut. "Their doom is sealed if he gets them inside!" muttered Dick. "I must save them!" •

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LmERTY BOYS OF '76 A Weekly Magazine Containing Stories o f the American Revolution Issued Weekly--By SulJscription $2.50 1Jer yea,.. Entered as Second rlass Matter at the New York. N. Y., Po3t Of!ice, Febrv.ary 4, 1901. Entered acc01ding to A ct or Cong_ress, in the year J 906, in the office of the Librarian of Congress, Washington, D. 0., by F'rank Tousey, Publisher, 24 Union Square, New York. No. 282. NEW YORK, MAY 25, 1906. Price 5 Cents. CHAPTER I. THE HIDDEN .A VBNGER. It was September of the year 1776 . The War of the Revolution was just begun . The battle of Long Island had been fought, and a little later the patriot army hacl. been forced to evacuate New York City, and now it was occupying Harlem Heights, about eight miles to the northward, near the north end of Manhattan Island. The British were occupying New York City. It was a clear, starlight night, and, while there was no moon, it was possible to see fairly well by the light from the stars. Walking briskly along the winding roadway known as the "Bowery Lane" was a single human being. .As he walked he kept turning his head first to one side and then to the other, as if trying to keep a lookout foT possible hidden foes. The region he was traversing was rough, with rocks and trees, and scattered clumps of bushes. There were plenty of places where a foe might be lurk ing, and in those troublous timt'!s a man, be he patriot, redcoat or simply an ordinary citizen, might easily en counter a foe, for there were many robbers and desperate characters abroad in this region, preying on whoever might come along. The pedesfrian's caution was soon prov e d to be not without reason, for suddenly, just after he had passed a clump of bushes, out from their midst leaped a human being and seized him around the waist, pinioning the arms tr his side. The traveler struggled :fiercely. He was evidently strong, but his a s sailant was no ordinary man, being a giant in size and strength, and the other was helpless. Suddenly the lone pedestrian ceased struggling. He had come to a realization that it was useless to try to get free. "Unhand me!" he cried, sternly. "Oh, no!" in a stern, hard voice. "Who are you?" "The 'Hidden Avenger'!" "Who is the 'Hidden Avenger'?" in a voice in which was considerable surprise. "You will find out in due time." "I sl.l.ppos e so; bnt 1 want to know now." "Very well: '11he 'Hidden Avenger' i s one ""ho ha s a mission." "What kind of a mission?" "To kill rebels!" "Why do you want to kill rebels?" "Because they killed my father1" "When did they do this?" "A week ago." "Why did they do it?" "Because he tried to protect his property." "Ah!" "They came to the house, a dozen of them, ancl were going to help themselves to anything and everything that they liked, and because father objected they shot him down." "They did?" "Yes; and threw his body into the river. I got there jus t in time to see them do the work. I did n ot dar e attack so many alone, but I swore to be avenged, and I am going to have the lives of at least a score of r e b e l s to pa y for the murder of my father!" ' There was a brief silence, and then the oth e r said: "How do you know the men that killed yor father were rebels?" "Because they were dressed in the blue of t h e r e b el soldier." "That is not absolute proof." "It is sure enough for me." "But you have made a mi s take in m y case. I am not a rebel." "I know better." "I have no blue uniform on." "That doesn't signify. I saw you leave the rebel camp a couple of hours ago." "You did?" in surprise. "Yes; :md the n I ha s tened away and came h e r e a nd la y in wait for you." "I see." "And now I am going to bind your arms and take you to my rendezvous." He proceeded to put his words in execution. Although his victim struggled and tried to prevent it> the giant bound his arms together behind his back. "Why don't you yell for help?" the avenger asked. "I am not much of a hand for calling for help," was the reply; "and, besides, I don't s uppose there is anyone with in hearing."

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THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE HIDDEN AVEXGER. "Probably not. If you will promise not to call out at any time, I will not gag you." "I promise, for I don't want to be gagged.'' "Very good; but you mu$t submit to be blindfolded." "You can do as you like with me, so it doesn't matter whether I submit or not." "That's so." Then the giant bound a large handkerchief over . the eyes of his prisoner. "Where are you going to take me?" "To my rendezvous, and I don't want you to see which way I go.;' "I don ' t see what that would matter, since you are going to put me to death." "But I may not do that." "Ah! I'm glad to hear you say that." "I have a proposition to make to you." "Yes?" "And upon your answer to it depends your life." "I understand." "If you say yes to the proposition, you will live; if you say no, you die." "I am afraid that I shall not be able to say yes. I make no compacts with men of your kind." "The worse for you, then!" grimly. Then he took hold of his victim's arm, and said: "Come!" He led his prisoner out of the road and away toward the east. He wound this way and that, and finally made sev eral small but complete circles, which were calculated to confuse his companion's mind as to the general course. After a walk of half an hour, the giant came to a rude cabin, which stood not far from the East river. He opened the door and pushed his prisoner into the cabin and fol lowed and closed the door. "Stand still!" he commanded. Then he moved away, and the oth e r heard a peculiar creaking sound, followed by a thump. Then the prisoner felt his arm grasped again, and his captor ' s voice said: "Come." They took a few steps and then the giant said: "Be careful; we are going down some steps." They went down a series of eight steps, and then the ruan said : "Stand here." His prisoner heard the other ascend the steps, heard the creaking sound again, followed by a thump, and a few moments later his arm was again grasped, and the voice .tiaid: "Come." They walked a distance of forty or fifty paces, and then etopped. "Sit down," commanded the giant; "there is a seat right behind you." Hi s prisoner obeyed, and found that he had taken a seat on a large ston e . There was a peculiar clicking sound, and then a light flared u p . The prisoner r ealized this, even his eyes were bli n ded, for he could make out that t was a light near at hand. Then the handkerchief was suddenly jerked off his eyes, and he saw standing before him a man at least six and one-half feet tall , and large in proportion. Over the giant's face was a mask which completely hid his features. CHAPTER II. IN THE C.A. VERN. Through two round holes shone his gleaming eyes, and he looked the prisoner over with interest. He saw a handsome young man of perhaps nineteen years. The youth had regular features, blue eyes and brown hair, and he was indeed pleasing of appearance. The giant regarded him intently for nearly a minute, and then he said : "What is your name?" The other hesitated slightly, and then replied: "My name is Dick Slater." It was indeed Dick Slater, the captain of the company of youths who were known as "The Liberty Boys of '76." This company had been in the patriot army only about two months, and had taken part in but one battle-that of Long Island. . But in that battle they had acquitted them selves nobly. Indeed, they had distinguished themselves for valor, had fought desperately. Dick Slater, however, in addition to being the captain of the company, had done a great deal of spy work for the commander-in-chief of the Continental Army. He had been on his way to New York on a spying e xpe dition when set upon by the hidden avenger. The giant eyed the prisoner closely, and nodded ap provingly. "Good!" he said. "You start out well. You hav e told me your real name." The youth smiled. "How do you know?" he queried. The other1shook his head. "I. don't know how I know," he said; "but I do. I guess it was the look on your face and the tone of your voice." "Well, I have certainly told you my real name." "And, of course, you do not deny that you are a rebel?" "I do not deny that I am a patriot soldier." "It's all the same." "Well, I don't like the word 'rebel'." "Where were you going when I captured you?" "To New York City." "What for?" Dick Slater shook his head .

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THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE HIDDEN A VEN GER. 3 e are some things I may not tell," he said. ther laughed shortly. "I think I know, anyway," he said. "You were going down there on a spying expedition." Dick made no reply. The giant chuckled. "I see I hit the nail on the head," he said; "but that is nothing to me. I am not a rebel, nor either am I a king's man. I am neutral, and I care only for my o\vn private affairs. Some rebels killed my father, and that turned me against them; I am determined to be avenged." "So you told me." "And I meant it!" savagely. "But I have a plan in mind, and if you should accept my proposition it would mean the saving of your life. To refuse it means death!" "You said that before, also," quietly. "You are ready to hear the proposition?" sternly. "Yes." "Very well; it is this: I am going to organize a force nnd operate in the vicinity of the rebel army. I want to learn the names of the members of the party that mur dered my father, so that I may visit vengeance on the heads of the guilty ones. If you will join me and find out who did that work and tell me, and then help me to punish them, I will spare your life. What do you say?" Dick Slater shook his head. "I cannot accept your proposition," he said, promptly. "It is not in my line at all. I am a soldier, with duties to perform, and cannot go into anything else." The masked man looked at the speaker a few moments and then said: "I believe that you don't think I mean what I say. It is my belief that you think I will not put my threat of taking your life into execution." 'rhe other shook his head. "I hope that you won't do it," he said. "Well, your hope will not be realized, for I shall surely put you to death if you do not say yes to my proposition." "I cannot do so." The giant glared at the prisoner for a few moments, and then turned and took a candle which stood on a rock. With the other hand he grasped Dick's arm. "Come with me," he growled. Of course, the youth could not do otherwise, so he did not try to hold back, but went along quietly and unre sistingly. He had already noted that they were in what seemed to be a large cavern, and, after crossing it, they made their way along a passage about four feet in width by six or seven in height. The way slanted downward quite a good deal, and presently the two were stopped by coming to water. Dick looked inquiringly at his captor. "That water is from the East river," the man explained. "So I supposed." "Yes. And now I will tell you bow I shall put an end to you: That water is about four feet deep, possibly four and a half. I shall force you to . enter the water, and will tie you to that outjutting knob of rock, so you can't get away; and then--" "Well?" , "The tide will come up and you will be drowned." Dick stared in amazement and horror. "So that is your method, is it?" he remarked, slowly. "Yes." "How far is it to the river?" "Only about forty feet; but this passage is not open to the stream. It closes down onto the water, yonder, as you can see, so if you were thinking of trying to escape in that direction you may as well dismiss the thought." "Well, if you tie me to the rock, how could I hope to get away?" "You couldn't." "Of course not; but, surely you don t mean to put me to death?" "I surely do!" "But I had nothing to do with the death of your father." "Perhaps not; but I don't know that, even." "I do. And, another thing: It is possible that patriot soldiers did not have anything to do with ' killing your father." "How could that be?" "It may have been some gang of robbers who were dressed in blue purposely to throw suspicion on the patriot soldiers." The masked man shook his head. "I don't believe that," he said; "I am sure they were rebels." "But you ought not to go the length of killing a number of patriot soldiers until you have satisfied yourself, beyond any chance of mistake, that patriot soldiers were really to blame." "I am satisfied they are to blame." "Then it is useless for me to say more." "Wholly useless. And now I will give you one more chance. Will you accept my proposition?" "No." "All right!" fiercely. "Then I shall tie you to the rock and let the tide come up and drown you." "I can't prevent you," said Dick. "No. Just stand there till I go back and get a rope. It won't do you any good to try to get back into the cavern and past me, for I will see you and head you off." He hastened back into the cavern, taking the candle with him. He was gone perhaps five minutes, and all the time be had kept his eyes on the point where' the :i;>assage left the cavern; but when he got back to where he had left Dick Slater standing the prisoner was gone.

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'rHE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE HIDDEN AVENGER. CHAPTER III. DICK ESCAPES FROM THE CAVERN. The hldden avenger looked around in amazement and dismay. Where had the prisoner disappeared to? This was the question, and it was indeed a hard one to answer. In fact, there seemed to be no possible answer to it. He could not have come back along the passage and into the cavern, for the avenger would have seen him. Where, then, bad he gone? There was only one other place that he could have gone, and that was into the water in the end of the passage. "But if be went in there, he is a dead man this minute!" exclaimed the masked man. He stood there, the rope in one hand, the candle in the other, and stared into the water for a few minutes, and t hen he turned and strode back to the cavern. * * * * * * * Meanwhile, what of Dick? The famous Liberty Boy was about as brave a youth as ever lived. He did not know the meaning of the word fear. The instant the hidden avenger left him alone in the darkness he was struck by the idea of leaping into the water and swimming underneath the strip of shore that extended above the passage. To most persons this would have seemed a very dangerQus feat to attempt, even for a person who had both hands free, and many would have deemed it impossible of ac
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