The Liberty Boys beaten, or, The fight at "Cock Hill Fort"

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THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 ,A. Week ly Magazine Conta in ing Stories of the Am e rican Rev olu t io n Istl'IUd Weekl11-B1i Subscription $2.50 13er yea1'. Enlereii as Seeond Class M

THE LIBERTY BOYS B.EATEN. mused. "I was sent here to get definite information, and here it is. I must have it, and at once." The officers di sappeared in the Briti s h h eadqua rters, and Dick was nonp lussed. TJ:iere might be others who knew of the plans of the British genera l, and he d eter mined to follow the first be met . As he made thi s r esolution two officers came toward him, talking in the most earnest manner . "Fort Washi ngto n will be attacked on the 1 6th,'' said one. "The plans are all "Good!" replied the other. "There is no doubt o f our success. " "There can be ;none. The attack will be made on all sides at once." Th e two officers . hurri e d on, never noticing Di ck, who muttered: "So, I have l earned that much. Fort Washington, eh? I suspe cte d it. The 16th, is it? And this is the 13th.'' At that moment a number of young blades and rou st abouts came out of a groggery hard by. Seeing the pretended Quaker, they thought they would . have some sport with him . "Aha, what is a Quak er doing here when war is going . on?" "Let us see if we can make the Broadbrim fight.'' "Nay, verily,, it is of little avail." With these and other :flippant the young roisterers closed in upon Dick. The youth tried to get away without attracting any attention . He might be r ecognized, and this would be dangerous. . One young fellow pulled the skirts of his long coat, and anoth e r knocke d off his broad-brimmed hat. A third tried to tweak his nose, lau ghing coarsely the while. Endurance soon ceased to be a virtu e . Then he quickly made off and hurried down a narrow st reet toward the riv er. A hue and cry was raised at once, and the young fellows gave chase. There was a tavern not far away, and Dick entered it with not too much haste, and took one of the curtained stalls which were cus tom ary in taverns in those days. Shortly afterward, when the young fellows came run ning . in, seeking the fugitive, he was not to be seen . The curtains were withdrawn, and there sat a young man in a brown coat, and a three-cornered hat of v.ery' rakish set of the same color . ' "Some ale, l andlord, and quickly," he said, r apping upon the table . . "Have you seen a Quaker come in here within a few moments?" asked one of the young men. "No, I have not," said Dick, for he it was. CHAPTER II. THE GAINED. Dick Slater's transformation had been complete, but it was very simply done . He had merely turned his coat in side out, and taken another hat from an inside pocket . The coat was gray on the outside, and brown inside, and appeared to be of an entirely different cut when turn-ed. "He must have gone through,'' said one of th e young blades . Then they all hurried out by a rear door. "That was a narrow escape," Dick said to himself. "It was fortu n ate that I thought of this double disguise." He was about to leave the place and settle for the ale, which he had not even tasted, when two British officers en tered. Di ck's fist shot out, and caught the insult er such a re sounding blow on the jaw that three of hi s t eeth were loos en ed . "I will tell you all about it," he heard one say. He rec ognized the officer at once as the m ajo r he had seen a and he now short time before. Dick Slater possessed wonderful stre ngth, used it. H e also forgot him self enough to say: "Take that, you cur, and l ea rn not to insult a gentleman in future!" The young blades were thunderstruck. "Jove! but the Quaker can fight indeed!" cried one. "Quaker!" exclaimed another. "He is no more a Quak-er t han I am." "He's a spy, that's what he is," declared another, loud ly. D ick realized now that he had betrayed himself by his speec h. No time was to be lost if he did not wish to be taken. Quickly seizing two of the young men, one with each hand, he banged their heads togethe r , and then tripped up their h eels. "Very well," returned the oth e r officer, whose voice Dick did not know. H e resolved to remain and hear what was said, feeling sure that he would gain some very valuable informati on. The officers took the stall next to that where Dick sat. "The attack will be made from all sides and at once," said the major, "so we c:annot fail to force the r ebels from their position. Once Fort Washington is in our hands, the rebels will be forced from the island over into Jersey.'' Then followed the details of the proposed attack, to which Dick gave the closest attention. He had a most r e t entive memory, and so did not n eed to write down what was said. Once or twice the major's companion expressed a fear


THE LIBERTY BOYS BEATEN. 3 that someone might overhear what they were saying, and looked cautiously about him. Then he called the landlord, and asked him if there were any one else in the place. "Only a young gentleman in the :1ext stall," the host answered. The officer arose and pushed aside the curtains. There sat a young man in a brown coat and three-cor nered hat, with his head against the partition and his eyes closed. Just now he began to snore, and the officer smiled. "Some worthy young gentleman asleep after his pot of beer," he said. "We will not disturb him, and he will certainly not disturb us . " Then he returned to his own stall, but the conversation went on in a fower key. It was not so low but that the youth, with his head against the partition, could hear every word. . Dick's senses were all keen, and just now he had them strained to the utmost so as not to miss the slightest de tail. The officers remained some little time after they had :finished discussing the' plan of attack. Dick began to grow impatient, for he was eager to be off. The sooner he reported to General Washington, the better. till, he felt that he must not excite suspicion by leav ing too hurriedly. At last the officers paid their score and left. A few minutes later Dick yawned, stretched his arms, r, Oh, well, if you have a pass, it's all right," said an other of the men. "Show it and you can go on," said the :first. "Well, look at it," said Dick. Then he suddenly thrust his hand inside his coat and drew out a pistol. The men instantly fell back at sight of it. Dick sprang forward, struck one of the men on the jaw, and dashed past. The men raised an outcry, and one of them blew a shril l whistle . The youth was very :fleet of foot, and now, having a clear field, he ran on at full speed. He presently reached the river, and ran along the embankment for a short "distance. Then he came to a clump of bushes where there was a boat hidden . He sprang in, seized the oars, and pushed off as the men came hurrying down the bank. There were one or two newcomers among the men. One of them called 'out ' loudly: "Stop, you rebel, or I'll shoot!" Dick rowed vigorously a stroke or two, and then ducked. A shot whistled over his head at the next moment. "Come back!" shouted the men again . "Come back, you rebel!" The boat, impelled by the start Dick had given it, shot out upon the river. Then the patriot youth dipped the oars again. The man on the bank fired, striking one of the oars as it left the water. arose sleepily, settled his bill, and went out. A splinter was sent flying from the blade, and the oar "Now to report to the general,'' he said to himself. trembled in Dick's hands. This is most important information, and there st be Another stroke or two sent him beyond the reach of the no delay in communicating it." enemy's bullets . He walked up Broadway to the common, and then start"l\Iatters are growing serious,'' muttered Dick, "when ed off through the Bo,very Lane toward Harlem Heights. no one is allowed to leave the city . I shall have to be more It was his intention to leave the city at once, go to the cautious hereafter." general's headquarters, and receive instructions, and then He landed on the other side in safety, and, hiding the go to the encampment of the Liberty Boys a few miles out boat, hurried to the general's headquarters . of the city in Westchester . Washington had taken the youth under his especia l It was an easy matter for him to pass the lines of senprotection, often employing him upon the most delicate tries on the suburbs. He had nearly reached the upper end of New York on the east river side when two or three men sprang out of a little house near by. "Where are you going?" asked one. "No one is allowed to leave unless he has a pass." "What is your business?" "You are trying to get out of doing your duty as a loyal subject of the king . " As the men pressed abou t him Dick said quietly: "How do you know that I haven't a pass?" "Have you got one?" asked the leader, changing his tone. "You did not ask me for it; you assumed that I was a suepicious character." missions. Dick could always Sf hill therefore, when he called at headquarters, and he was now shown in almost immediately by an orderly. "Good morning, your excellency." "Good morning, Dick." "You sent me to the city." "Yes,'' said the general, smiling kindly. "I have obtained the most valuable information, sir." "Sit down, Dick." The youth seated himself and said : "Fort Washington is to be made the bined attack o n the 16th." object of a com-"Say you so, Dick? This is important news. indeed." "Yes, one assault will be made o n the north by Knyp-


THE LIBERTY BOYS BEATEN. hausen's Hessians in two c0lumns, another by Mathew, who is . to cross Harlem river in flatboats, and land on the right of the fort." "Yes, Dick, and the others?" "The third is intended as a feint, and will be made by Colonel Sterling, who will drop down the Harlem in ba tea.ux to the left of our lines." "And the fourth?" "Will be made on the south by Lord Percy, with his combined British and Hessian troops." The general's brow clouded, and he was silent for a few "You are sure that these plans are correct, Dick?" he at length asked. "Yes, your excellency." "The enemy is evidently determined to drive us out. There will be work for your Liberty Boys. You had better get them ready to be called upon at any moment." "Yes, your excellen cy," said Dick, and then he retired. CHAPTER III. IN DEFENCE O F YOUTH AND BEAUTY. Dick Slater lived in a pretty cottage in Westchester, about twenty miles from New York. Most of the Liberty Boys came from the same section, although there were some who did not. The camp of the Liberty Boys at this time was not far from Dick's home . Thither the youth made his way after leaving the gen era 1. He found the Liberty Boys anxious . ly awaiting him. Whenever Dick Slater left the camp the youths knew that it was on important business. Upon his return, therefore, they knew that he would have something to tell them. "Well, Dick," said Bob Estabrook, a hand some, roll ick ing young fellow, who was the lieutenant of the troop, "what's the news?" "Fort Washington is to be attacked by orders of Sir William Howe, and the a ssault is to be a most determined one." "Say you so?" "Yes," positively. "There will be hot work for the Liberty Boys, no doubt." "Well, we're n iver happier than whin we're foightin', hegorrah,'' spoke up a rosk-chee ked, freckle-faced, pug nosed Irish youth, by the name of Patsy Brannigan, "an' it's foine news yez have for us, Dick." "Yah, I meinselluf dinks so also," added a two-hundr e d pound German youth, called Carl Gookenspieler. "Off dere was some fighding bee n I was wanted to had some off dot." "You'll get all the fighting you want," said waiter Jen-nings, another of the Liberty Boys. ''There's always a plenty of it where the Liberty Boys are." "Yes, but Patsy and Carl don't want any of it,'' laugh ingly, from Ben Spurlock, one of the jolliest and liveliest of the youths. "That's only put on." "Humbug business!" said Carl. "It was put on. Fighding was to me been natural, und .!!1itout it, life I could not." "It's no more natheral to ye nor et is ter me, Cooky .. spiller," retorted Patsy. "Shure, ther Brannigans war allu foighters." "I didn't said dot you didn't did it, did I, ain't it?" said Carl. "You was no more better as I was been meinselluf a fighder , dot was it, dot's all. You understood dot?" "Begorrah, av Oi did Oi'd have ter be a forthin teller, Cookyspiller," roared Patsy, "for I don't belave yez un dersthands ther half a:v it yerself . " "I show you vat :fighding was been ven w e got a shance at dem Pritishers already," returned Carl, "und de y un d rstood dot, I bet me." "All yez hov ter do is ter 1:011 down dhe hill on top av th m, Cookys piller, an' dhat'll smash thim." "As it is likely that we will be called upon soon, Bob,'' said Dick, "I think it might be as well to run up home for a little while, and see the folks." "Yes, it's only a little ways, and they'll be pretty anxi ous if '1'e don't go when they hear that the re is to be fighting," answere d Bob. Each of the youths had a charming sister, the two girls being great friends. Dick Slater and Alice Estabrook and Bob Estabrook and Edith later were more than friends. Dick thought that there never was such a sweet girl as Alice, and Bob thought the same of Edith. T'he girls were in the first blush of young womanhood, and were as pretty and as charming in manner as o:ne could wish. It was small wonder, then, that the youths were so fond of them, nor was it strange that the girls thought so much of Dick and Bob . Leaving the camp . he two youths hurried toward home, having a natural desire to see their folks on the eve 0 a battle the result of which no one could foresee. Dick and Bob wore their uniforms, and were mounted on two sple ndid horses, that ridden b y Dick being a magn.ificen t coalblack animal, called Major , who possessed almost human intelligence. A the yout hs were galloping along the country road, being then not more than a mile from their home s, they suddenly heard startled screams ahead of them. Dashing around a bend in the road, they quickly dis cove r ed the ca use of the cries. Two pretty young girls were beset by half a dozen you ng men, farmers' boys, evidently. The girls' hands were held by two each oE the bumpkins, wl10 were trying to kiss them. "Why, it's Alice!" cried Dick.


THE LIBERTY BO ,YS BEATEN. I Then, the youths put spurs to their horses and galloped on. Dick drew rein to Major, and sprang to the ground within a yard of the bwnpkin . Spat! Spat! " The youth's fist fl. w right and left, and landed on the jaws of the two who had seized Alice . . Bob leaped from his horse at the same moment. Whack! Whack ! Two well-directed blows landed on the chests of the bullies who held Edith. "Be off, you scoundrels!" cried Dick. "Get out!" shouted Bob, preparing for a second attack, The bullies speedily relea.sed the young ladies. Dick's two had been sent floundering in the dust, where they lay blinking up at the sky. "How dare you?" he cried angrily. "Come on, a dozen of you, and I'll warm your sides," said Bob. The bullies retreated a short distance, those whom Dick had upset crawling out of harm's way. "It's them two r e b e l s, Slater and Estabro@k," muttered one . "Guess if we wanter kiss ther rebel gals we're ergoin' ter do it." "Er course we are. Corne on, there's more er us than the r e is er them." Di c k and B:ob knew the you ng men who had insulted the girls. They lived in the neighborhood, and were either rank Tories or were afraid to come out on either side. "Come on if you think best," said Dick. "There's only half a dozen of you to we two." "Perhaps they want better odds than that," laughed Bob. "Y e're er rebel, an' hed orter be hung," said one. "Rebel, rebel!" shouted one or two others. "Hard words break no bones," said Dick. "We can call nam es, too," retorted Bob. "Sneaks, cow ards, bullies. Are you men enough to take it up?" "Give ther rebels a tbrashin' an' let 'em go," said the leader. "Come on, fellers, let's dust their uniforms fur 'em." It was doubtful if the young bullies would have attack1 ed the patriot youths, with such small odds, having already had a ta.ste of their qualit y . Jus t then three or four more of their own set came around the bend in the road, behind Dick. "Hooror! Now we'll give it ter 'em," shouted the lead er, a young named Bill Burgess. "Come on, fellers." The newcomers saw that there was trouble, and hurried forward. "Come on, fellers, lick ther rebels!" roared Bill Burgess. Di c k and Bob were caught between two fires, and were encumbered with the girls, besides. They were by n o means daunted, for all that. The bull ies picked UJ? stones 1tnd cudgels, and prepared for the attack. Dick had a sword, an d both he and Bob had pistols, but they scorned to use them on suoh enemies . "Stand close to the horses, girls," said Di ck. "Th y won't move." "Come on, you cowards!" cried Bob. "We are not afraid of a dozen apiece." Then the youths suddenly sprang toward the first lot of their foes. They upset half of them, and the r est separated, calli ng loudly for help. Then the youths wheeled and attacked the second party. Two or three of these were speedily sent rolling in th dust, and the othe rs seemed shy of attacking the youths. Both parties could not attack at once, the horses being in the way. "Look out, or we'll shoot! "sudaenly cried Dick, who, however, had no such intention. The bullies fled up and down the road, plunged into the woods, or rolled in the ditch, and Dick and Bob were left alone. "They're gone," laughed Dick. "They are nothing but cowards, and would not have dared to have attacked us single-handed." "Alice and I were taking a walk," said Edith, "when these boys came along and wanted to kiss us. It was ve:ry fortunate that you came up, brother." "Yes, so it was," said Dick. "But we have news for you, and \\'e r e on our way to the house when we met you." "You are in uniform, Dick," said Alice. "Does that mean that there is going to be trouble? Oh, this dreadful war! I do wish it would cease." "So do " e," answered Dick, "but it will not cease till the colonists' rights are recognized and British oppression cea:;;es." "But if you both should be killed?" said Edith, paling. "Then we should have died doing our duty, sister, and you would always be proud of us. But, c ome, don't let us give way to gloomy forebodings. W e will take yon with us, and you will be safe from any further molestation by these bullies." Then Dick put Alice in front of him on the saddle, while Bob did the same for Edith, and thus they rode to the cottage. CHAPTER IV. DICK GIVES A BULLY A LESSON. The two youths remained at the cottage an hour or more, and then set out on their way back to the camp ol the Liberty Boys. When not far on their way they met Bill Burgess and another bully sta nding by the roadside.


6 THE LIBERTY BOYS BEATEN. "Yer didn't daster :fight us with yer :fists," said Bill. they had vanquished a score of bullies led o n by Bill Bur" Ye r took yer swords an' pistols . " gess. "There wasn't a shot :fired," said Bob. "We wouldn't O

THE LIBIERTY BOYS BEATEN. Dick released the bully. He sprang to his eet and started to run. Dick caught him by the collar. "Now untie that child." "Won't!" Dick began to twist the bully's neck-band. He turned red in the ace, and gasped: "Ow-wow! quit. I'll do et." Dick then pushed him to the tree and held him till he had untied the cords that bound the boy. "Stay here, my boy!" said Dick. "You will not be hurt." ' ' Thank you, sir," said the boy. "I wouldn't say 'God save the king,'-or I am a patriot boy, but I 'Was afraid he would kill me." "You shan't say ' God save the king' if you don't want to, but we'll make this Tory bully sing a tune that he doesn't lik e." "What yer goin' t e r d o ?" asked Bill Burgess, trem-bling. I off your coat," Dick picked up the whip. Bill Burgess obeyed. "Now your waistcoat wd shirt." Bill Burges looked at the whip and obeyed. The, Tory boy obeyed because he eared to do other-wise. "Now stand with your ace to the tree." Then Dick bound him securely, and, giving the whip to the boy, said: "Now lay it on good and hard, just as he did to you." "But I am afraid," said the boy. "He will kill me i he catches me." "He won't do anything 0 the sort. Do as I bid you." The boy obeyed, but with his small strength he could not inflict much pimishment on Bill. The Tory howled, nevertheless, hoping to attract at tention. "That will do," said Dick to the boy. "Put on your shirt." Bill Burgess evidently thought he had re ceived all the pimishment he was going to. He was very mu ch mi staken . CHAPTER V. BILL BURGESS SEEKS REVENGE. "He's er young rebel, an' orter be flogged," blustered Bill. "Now, I'm going to show you how it eels when one stronger than yourself takes hold 0 you." Then Dick began to ply the whip, and with no light hand. Bill Burgess roared and begged or mercy. "Now say 'Long live George Washington and the Con tinental Congress,' or I'll beat you till you do." Bill Burgess repeated the phrase lustily, yelling for mercy at the same time. Dick then desisted. . "There!" he said. "Now I hope you have learned some thing. You could not have made that boy say 'God save the king' if you had killed him, but you changed your own politics at one blow. You're too contemptible or any thing." Then Dick threw down the whip, took the boy's hand, and led him away. "Hey, come back yere an' let me loose!" bawled Bill . Burgess, turning his head. "You'd better stay there a little while longer and cool off," said Dick. He did not return to Bill Burgess, who yelled till th

, 8 THE LIBiERTY BOYS BEATEN. "I'mafraid not," laug.bed Dick; "and young. Wait a little longer, Jimmy." you are too. 'with Bill Burgess OD previous aa.y, and h.'lleW them to be of the same sort as Bill. The youth then took leave of the little felJow, and went . on his way. He reached headquarters without further interruptions, and asked to see the general. Dick was shown in after a short delay, and said: "Good-morning, your excellency. Tbe Liberty Boys are encamped in Westchester, not far from the river." "I am glad to hear it, Dick. Our preparations are going on, and I want you for a particular service." "I and my Liberty Boys are ready to serve your excel lency in all things." "I know it, Dick. I want that you shall occupy Cock Hill, and hold the enemy off as long as you can. You know the place?" "Yer'd better hang him, I guess," said Bill. "But fust yer gotter cowhide him, coz tbet's what he done ter me. jest fur nawtbin'." "Thet's a good idea. We'll give him a good rawh idin', an' then we'll take him ter tber gi.n'ral an' git ther rewnrd . We don't want ter hang 'im, coz thet's too much trou ble." "Well, mebby 'tis, but yer gotter rawhide him, coz tbet's what he done ter me, an' be didn't hev n(! cause, neither." "Oh, we'll rawhide him fa t ernufl'," said the man, and Dick was hurried into the woods nnd bound to a tree. "Take his shirt off'n him an' give it to him good," snid Bill Burgess, exultingly. "Lemm bev the fust crack at ther rebel." "YeB." Dick's coat was taken off, and hi shirt stripped down i<>. "It is difficult of access, and commands the passes be his waist. tween itself and Fort Washington. You should be able to Then he was secured with hi face to the tree, and the hold it for some time." Tories gathered around to witn ss his punishment. "We will hold it as long as it can be held," proudly. Bill Burgess took off bis coat, rolled up bis sleeYes, took "I am certain of it,'' approvingly, "and that is why I a rawhide, and said: have asked you to take the position. I will send you as ":Now, Dick Slater, yer goin' ter git wot yer gin me. many guns as can be spared, and you will occupy it at Are yer sorry fur what yer don ?" once." "No, you sneak, I am not!" "Thnnks, your excellency. The Liberty Boys will be "Will yer say 'God save tber king' without er glad of the opportunity to distinguish themselves." "No, nor with one!" D,ick then left headquarters, meaning to return to camp "I'll make yer do et ef I cut yer ter pieces," growled as1 speedily as possible and acquaint the Liberty Boys with Bill, savagely. their rare good fortune. I "You couldn't make a ten-yenr-old boy do it, and you Dick knew Cock Hill as be knew all the points in the will never make me, Bill Burgess." vicinity. Bill cracked the whip viciously, and then drew it 1:ac,k It wns a steep, broken height, almost covered with to deliver a cutting blow on Dick Slnter's bare back. woods, rising abruptly from Spyt den Duivel, as it was then called, and was almost unassailable if held by a deter mined body of men. Dick was resolved to do his best, and knew that be could CHAPTER VJ. depend upon the Liberty Boys to stand by him to the death. A NIGHT M.AROH. He was very proud of being ca1led up n by the general to defend this important position, and be felt greatly elated as be hastened on his way back to the camp. He wns about a couple of miles from h1s journey's end, and was hurrying on, paying .little attention to things about him. Suddenly from the woods before and behind him, and from the other side of the road there leaped nearly a score of men and half-grown boys, and be was surrounded. "Now we've 'got ther rebel, an' we'll make et hot fur him," said a voice which Dick at once knew. Then Bill Burgess stepped forth, au.d went on: "Thet's Dick Slater, ther rebel. He's capting er ther Liberty Boys, ez big er band er rebels ez himself. I know him, an' there's a big reward offered fur him." "What'll we do with 'im ?" nsked one of the men, w horn D ick did not remember to have seen. He recognized some of the young men as having been 'l'he blow never fell . At the instant when Bill BurgeEs drew back his arm a ringing shout rang through the woods. "Down with the king! Down with the Tories! Long live Liberty!" Then a score of the Liberty Boys, with Bob, Estabrook at their head, came dashing forwnrd. Bill Burgess stood paralyzed with fear, unable to move hand or foot. Bob Estabrook tore the whip from his hand, and lnshed him across the shoulder with it. "You?" he hissed. "You da1e to strike Dick Slater, a toad like you? Why, it's an honor for you to be whipped by him." The party had fled in all directions, leaving Bill BurgSB to his fate. "If you had touched DiC'k Staler, you contemptible


'rHE LIBERTY BOYS BEATEN, g I toad," stormed Bob, "I could kill you for it! Get down on 11 your knees and beg his pardon for even daring to think of I such a thing." : f "He hit me f.ust,'' whined Bill Burgess, "an' I never done nuthin' ter him , nuther." "If he whipped you he had good reason for it, and you o ught to feel honored , you contemptible sneak. Now say I you beg his pardon, or I'll whip you, too. I may do it, anyhow." Meanwhile B'en Spurlock and Sam Sanderson had released Dick, who now resumed his coat. "Never mind, Bob," said Dick. "It's no great compliment to have a fellow like that beg my pardon." "Did you cowhide him?" "Yes, and I'll tell you why." Then Dick related the incident of a few hours before. "Served him right," said Bob. "Get up, Bill Burgess, -a.nd make tracks out of here just as fast as you can go." . Bill Burgess lost no time in obeying Bob's orders. "I'll fix yer yet, yer rebels," he yelle d at a safe dis tance. "Yer'll be sorry fur what yer done, ther hull lot er yer." "Let him go," said Di ck. "And now tell me how you happened to come along at such a fortunate moment?" "Oh, we were out looking for information of the en emy," returned Bob, "and we just happened upon these fellows. "Vf e did not recognize you at first, but we knew Bill Burgess, and determined to stop his fun." "I'm glad you did. Now let's return to camp. We must he on the move at once. I have important news for you, and you' ll all be glad to hear it." The party of Liberty Boys went straightway to the camp, and then Di ck told Bob and a few others the duty that had been assigned to them. "That's glorious," said Bob. "Doesn't that show that the general has confidence in us?" "Of course it does,'' answe-red Mark Morrison, one of the group, "and we must do our best to show that we are deserving of his confidence.'' "There are plenty of old soldiers who would like the position," added Sam Sanderson, "and we've got to hold it to the very last, n.o matter what happens." "I know you will stand by me," said Dick, "and even if we are beaten, it will be 4onorable defeat." "We won't be beaten if we can help it," spoke up Walter Jennings. "Of course we won't," returned Dick, smiling, "but there is always that chance. Remember that we have the very flower of the British army to contend with . " "We can do our best, and then no one can say anything if we are beaten,'' replied Bob. "We must be ready to march the first the morn ing," said Dick. "The earlier the better, in fact, so as to attract as little attention as possible." As soon as it grew dark and the Liberty Boys were amusing themselves as usual about the campfires, Dick called Bob aside and said : "I think it just as well that we do a little reconnoiter ing, Bob, for we don't know what might happen." "True," agreed Bob. "Bill Burgess and his gang of Tories may know where we are encamped, and give the information to the en emy." "We could march to-night as well as in the morning, and disappoint them then if they mean to surprise us." "Yes, but we don't know that they mean to. That is just what I intend to find out." The two youths set out alone, without saying anything to the others. They made their way toward the Kings Bridge road, arguing that if there were any of the enemy about they would be found i n that vicinity. They had gone only a short distance when they heard footstep s and voices ahead of them. Someone was approaching in an opposite direction. The youths quickly ensconced themselves behind some bushes at the side of the road. The steps came on, and then suddenly stopped. "Didn't yer hear nothin' ?" someone asked. It was Bill Burgess. "No, I heard nothing,'' said a man with him. "I thort I did. Ther camp is not fur from here, I guess, but we wanter make sure." Dick now peered through the bushes, and saw by what little light there was that Bill's companion was a in the uniform of a British soldier. . "But you think that they are in the neighborhood?" "I'm sure they are, an' all we gotter do is ter find 'em." "Yes, it would be a fine idea to ensnare the whole com-pany." "Yer wanter find out where ther camp is fust, don't yer?" "To be sure. We can't capture them till we learn that." "An' how much do I get fur ther information?" asked Bill. "I gotter know thet fust of all." "Why, you ought to be willing to give it for nothing, if you are a loyal subject of King George, as you say you are." "No, siree; I ain't givin' no information fur nuthin'!" said Bill, in a positive tone. "I gotter know what I'm er goin' ter git afore I show yer where ther camp is." "Well, but I can't give you anything. You'll have to see the captain." "Then will yer tell him thet I furnished ther informa tion?" "Certainly. You can tell him yourself, too, and then go with us and capture these rebels." "Thet's ther tork. Corne on, then, I know et ain't fur .from here. " Then Bill Burgess and the soldie r went on, cautiously. " Bill Burgess is still looking for revenge," said Dick.


19 THE LIBERTY BOYS BEATEN. "Yes, and it is fortunate that we overheard his plot." "If we catch him he will be no good to u s . We don't want to take care of a fellow like that. " "We could capture the oldier, and prevent his giving the information he secures . " Dick l aughed. "I have a better plan," he said. "Well?" inquiringly. "We will let them get the information they are in search of." CHAPTER VIL THE HAUNTED HOUSE OF WE TOHESTER. When the Liberty Boys had been on the march :for some time they came to a deserted house setting back some distance from the road. The shutters flapped in the wind, the front door was off its hinges, the walk was overgrown with weeds, and the place looked utterly deserted . "And bring a body of troops down upon us?" wonder -"\That place is that?" asked Dick. ingly. "That's the haunted house of Westchester," said R n "No; but have their trouble for their parns, find that Spurlock. the birds have flown, and delay their own march." "Ko one lives in it?" "That's a good idea, Dick. Then we'll let them find the "No, nob-Ody dares to," impressively. camp." "Certainly, and then, when we know they have found it, return to it, and march the Liberty Boys out to night . " "Goodl" "Now let us keep quiet till they return." In about ten minutes Bill Burgess and the soldier came hurryin g back along the road. "Why not?" "It's haunted by ghosts and hobgoblins, who driYe aw3y anyone who tries to live in it." "You don't believe that, do you, Ben?" asked Dick "Well, it's what folks say, anyhow." "We r e you ever in it?" "No." "Did you ever know anyone who was?" "An' ye're satisfied, are yer ?" asked Bill. "P f tl ,, "No; but I've heard stories about it as long a " I can er ec y . b " "H t th b k t th l ?" remem er . ow soon can yer gi er soJers ac o er p ace. "H 1 h t b h t d ?" "I h ,, j ow ong as i een aun e . n an our . "T t 1 " " . .11 h , ll f 1 en or we ve years. Well, yer better wait ti t ey re a ast as eep, coz "Trl-. . t . h ted?" f • ht t h t f d" .S.....'t" Vl 11y lS 1 aun . some o us nng ge s o e yer iu11 . "Th d 'tt d th I b 1. " . . . . ere was a mur er comnn e ere, e ie\e. The two then burned on, and Dick said, with a laugh: "And the rrhost of the murdered man still visits it?" "Bill Burgess is looking out for himself, as usual." "It was a :oman's." "Y h ' t d" es, e s a grea_ cowar . . "Oh, that makes it more interesting." The hurried back to the camp, and Dick qmckly After the Liberty Boys bad passed the haunted house told the Liberty Boys what be had learned . Dick said to Bob, who was riding alongside : "We will march at once," he said. "Take the back road "I am going back to the haunted house . " and give these fellows a surprise . " "What for?" asked Bob, surprised. "An' phwy don't yez shtay an' foight thim, Dick?" asked "Because I do not believe it is haunted . " Patsy, ruefully. "It's a hard thing ter run away, begor -"Very few do, I suppose. They simply r epeat these rah, but it's ther aisiest thing in ther world ter foight . " stories." "No, we must take no risks at this time. We cannot "And I think there is someone there, besides." afford to lose a single man at this stage of the fight." "You don't mean it?" wonderingly. " W e ll , Oi guess yez are roight, but it's a big disapp'int ment ter run away instid er stayin' behind an' givin' ther sogers a good thrashin', begorrah." "We' ll have a chance to do that some other time, Patsy." 'I'he jolly Iris hm an was satisfied with that assurance, and said no more about it. Preparations for a hasty march were made at once . It might be that the British captain would march a ga in s t them at once, in stead of waiting till a late hour . In less than half an hour ever ything was packed up , the camp was d eserted, and the Liberty Boys were on the march. The :fires w ere left burning, but that was all. "Shure, they'll need some comfort," said P atsy . "Yes." "what makes you think so ?" "I saw a light." "But you won't g o alone, will you, Dick?" asked Bob. "Yes . You keep on with the boys . ,I will catch up with you: There is some mystery about this place, and I mean to discover what it is. " Standing at the side of the road until the column had passed, Dick i:ode l eis ur ely back to the haunted house. The moon stra gg led through the clouds now a nd then, and threw patches of light on the gr im struct ure . The shutters still banged in the wind, and the place looked dr eary enough. It did not appear to have been lived in for years, an d i t seemed absurd to think that anyone was there now.


THE LIBERTY BOYS BEATEN. 11 Di ck thought there was. He determined to investigate. Reaching the haunted house the youth dismounted and looked about him. Then he hitched Major to a tree at a shady part of the road side, and advanced. Re was well armed, and was therefore prepar ed to meet any mortal foes he might encounte r. O . f supernatural ones he had no dreau. Pa sing through the broken gateway, the Liberty Boy walked fearlessly up the weed-strewn path toward the main entrance . When within a few yards of the house a light appeared in a window directly above the great door. Then a woman all in white leaned out and said: Springing forward, he threw himself against the door on the right nearest to him. It fell in with a crash. Leaping into the room, he saw a heavily built man about to strike a fragile looking woman dressed in white. There was a li ghted candle on a table, and the moon now shed its full radiance into the room also. "Stop!" thundered Dick, advancing. The man turned and glared at him. His hair was iron-gray, he had a heavy gray beard, and his face indicated craftiness and cruelty . In his hand he held a stout rope, and it was this with which he had inflicted the blows Dick had heard. "Who are you, an' what do yer want?" he demanded. "I want that you shall stop abusing that woman. "Only "Go back, do not enter." cowards strike women." Dick was startled, to tell the truth, but he was not "Yer kin mind yer own bizness , an' git outer here jest frighte ned in the l east . ez quick ez yer kin, or I'll strike yer, . too," the brute He advanced with a firm tread, and the figure above sudsnarled, raising his hand. denl y disappeared. "Do so if you dare!" said Dick. "Who is this wo-"That was no ghost," said the youth. "Who is she, man?" and what is she doing here? That I must l earn." "She's er crazy thing that yer can't do nuthin' with As he reached the broad entrance the moon threw its 'less yer beat her. That's all she knows. She's my gal, light into the hall for a moment. an' I gotter right ter beat her ef I likes." He advanced, and noticed a heavy stairway, which turn-"Not while I am around," said Dick, firmly. "What is ed once on its way to the floor above. this money I heard you talking about?" The youth tried it with his foot, found it solid, and "Dunno what yer mean," craftily . "Dunno nuthin' went up. erbout no money." On the floor above he found himself in a larO"e square . . • • 0 I "Doesthis'man want your money, madam?" asked Dick. hall, with doors on all sides. I "He wants money that was my father's. He is my h They were all closed except one, and this admitt ed the 1 ,, up.c e. , ght from outside. "A d ill t t t him?" At that moment he heard the gruff voice of a man '""_n wf thno gi.vde .it 0 t .d th tr' t h h . .L\ o. y a er sai i was o ai e pa io cause. somew ere near rm say: , . . f lf "I t t k h t , I' b d t h 'Ihis man is a Tory, and wants it or himse . He is alwan er now w ere e is, cause m oun e r ev et. " "You will never know from me," answered a woman's voice. The youth started. It was the same voice that had cautioned him not to ent er. "Then I'll beat yer an' chain yer in ther cellar with _ ther rats," growled the man, "an 'starve yer inter tellin' me." ' "I will never tell you," the woman answered. "The money was never meant for you, and you shall never have it." "Would you sooner die than give et up?" fiercely. "Yes!" in a tone of determination. ,"I'll show yer!" snarled the man. Then came the sound of blows. It was followed by a piercing scream. Dick could not stand it. Hi very soul revolted at the idea of a striking a woman. He had settled in his mind the direction the sounds cam e from. ready rich." "She does not talk like a crazy woman," said Dick. "Well, she is. Ther .ain't no money . She's my gal. I ain't her uncle ertall. Thet's only her lies. You get outer here, or I'll throw yer out." ''I prefer to believe her rather than you," replied Dick, "and as for throwing me out, you can try if it you think best." The man looked at the youth's sturdy figiire, and hesi tated. "Hello, come in here, Bill!" he suddenly shouted. Dick did not turn his head, that this was just the thing the man wanted. "Will you go with me, madam?" he asked. "I will take you to a place of safety. I am Dick Slater, of the Liberty Boys." "A sneakin' rebel!" snarled the man . . "I know yer! Yer live up White Plains way . Thar's a price set on yer head, an' some day yer'll be hung, you rebel." "I will go with you gladly," said the woman. "I got somethin' ter say erbout thet," growled the man. "Yer don't leave this house without my consent."


, THE L IBlERTY BOYS BEATEN . . "The lady goes with me!" said Dick. "Interfere with n:e at your peril. " The lady sprang toward Dick. .Th e m a n overturned the light, throwing the room in darkness. But the moon's light entered, and Dic k l eaped for war d . He struck the man a blow on the forehead, which caused him to fall heavil y . "Come,'' the youth said . "There is no time to lose." "Yo u have not killed him?" asked the w oman, fe v erish ly. "No, only s tunned him. He will re cover, but by that time we will be . far away." Then the brave y outh escorted the trembling woman downstairs, ana out of the haunted house. "I have a horse close by," Dick said. "We will be away from here speedily." Then he hurried to where he had left Major, placed the lady on the noble creature's back, and, mount ing behind her, rode quickly away as a yell of rage came fro m the haunted house. CHAPTER VIII. ST ELLA ' S SECRET. Reach i ng the Liberty Boys after a brisk gallop, Dick said to Bob: "I want that you shall take the Liberty Boy and occupy C o c k Hill as arranged. I am going home. " "You will return, of cour se." " Yes, and as speedily as possible. A couple of hou rs will suffice for the journey there. I wish to place thi young woman in a safe place." "I don't know any safer place than with Edith," said Bob. "You are right. Well , good-night. I will tell you more about the affair when I return, but will just say this: I found the lady in the haunted house." Then Dick borrowed a horse, put the young woman on it , and rode off at her side, leaving the Liberty Boys great ly puzzled. "Dot was foolishness to ride mit a ghost,'' declared C arl. "Dot was very bad business been, I dinks." " Begorrah, thin, av she wor a ghost she wi1z a very healthy lookin ' wan,'' said Patsy. "There are no suc h things as ghosts," declared Ben Spurlock. "Off gourse dere vas been ghosts," answered Carl. "Didn't Tick sayed she was by der haunted hou se? Vell, llnly ghosts lifes by dose . blaces. Off gourse she vas a ghost , una a ferry goot-looging vun, too, alretty." Meanwhile Dick and the young woman were riding alo n g the road at pretty g ood speed. "What s hall I call you, madam?" a s ked the youth . "My name is Stella Burgess," the you ng woman answered. "You live near White Plains, don't you? I have heard of you there. " "Yes, but I do not r emember you. T he only Burge s s I know--" "The man you saw t o -n ight is my uncle, but as different from my father as black differs from white." "Burgess is a Tory, and bas a son Bill, who is a bully and coward." "So i s the father. He wants to get the money my fathe r left, but I will not let him have it." "That is right. When did y our father die?" "A year or two ago, and sin c e the n my uncle ha s kep'. me in the old house a prison er." "They say it is haunted." "Yes , and that white figures are seen at the windows with lights in theiT hands, and that screams are heard . " "I saw a light then to night as I rode by with the Lib erty Boys." "My uncle made me dress i n white and carry a light to frighten people away. He wished them to think the place really was haunted, so th a t they would not visit it." "J?ut you warn e d me, " said th e youth. "Yes, I fear e d that m y un cle might inju re you. H e did not know that I did it." "And you lived in the o]d hou se?" "Yes, but was kept a prisoner th e re, and beaten and a bu sed by this cruel man." " Your father left money?" "Yes, and I will tell you where to find it if you will promise to give it to General Washington to use in the cause of libert y." "I will do so, beli eve me, " said the youth, heartily. "My father wanted that the money sho}1ld go to th e cause, and I am carrying out his wishes." "I will aid you to do so, Miss tella," said Di ck. "Thank you. I know that you are to be trusted, and I will tell you just where to find the money." They rode on faster after that, and there was no chanc e to talk. They were all ver y mu ch astonished when Dick rode u p to the house late at n ight, acc ompanied by a young woman. "This i s Stella Burgess, sister," said Dick. "I want that you shall take good care of her for my sake and th e cause of liberty." "It is enough to do it for your sake, brother,'' answere d Edith, "for I know that you are ready to do anything or the cause." • "Stella is a patriot," the youth continued, ''as was her fat her, who is now dead. She need s friends, and I promise d her that she should find them." "Any friend of Di c k's i s a friend of mine, Stella," said E dith, "and you are to make y01. usel at home here." Dick then told how he had res cue d Stella from her cn1el uncle in the haunted house.


THE LIBERTY BOYS BEAT.KN . Edith was deeply interested, and expressed the greate t sympathy for tella. "Hallo, there! A spy!" shouted a voice, and a ligh t flashed. "I m11 t tell you where the money is," St ella said. "It The sounds of horses' hoofs and of men on foot "ere is in g ld, one thousand pounds' worth, and I mean that heard behind. • it !:\hall fO to General Wahington." "That is not all your fortune?" asked Dick . "You must keep back something for yourself." "I have enough for my wants. rrhis money must go to General Washington. Will you promise to give it to Then more lights fiashea, and Dick saw men come nmning out of a house just ahead of him . "On, Major!" he said. The noble animal dashed forward, obedient to the com mand. him?" "Hallo, stop!" yelled the men, s tretching across the "I will," said Dick. "It is a sacred trust, and I will road. keep it." On bounded the magnificent horse, dashing right "The money is in a secret cupboard built in the walls of through the line, the other horse following. the haunted house," said Stella. "I am the only one who Three or four of the men were upset, while the othe1s knows where it is." fired their pistols. "And you would not tell your uncle?" The bullets flew all around Dick, but luckily did no "No. He has dug in the cellar, and has broken the harm. w alls, but has not found the secret place, and could not if Then the men who had tried to stop him were upset he tried.'' by the others in pursuit, and things were generally mixed. "But it is in the house?" surprisedly. On sped Dick, meeting with no more adventures on the "Yes; but where no one could find it if he did no kn ow.'' "Will you impart the secret to me, or will you go and get the money yourself?" "I will tell you,'' said Stella. Dick gave her all his attention as she continued: "Over the fireplace in the great dining-hall on the first floor is a square, black marble slab, highly polished. Count to the seventh tile on the left, and press it slowly and firmly with the hand, causing the marble slab to move back ward." "And then?" a ked Dick. "You will see an opening, but that is not all. Next count to the seventh tile on the right and press upon that, when a box will slide forward . In the box is the gold." "I will remember," said the youth, impressively. "To close the opening, press upon a tile over the marble, and th stone will go into place again." "I will bear all this in mind," said Dick , "and as soon as there is time I will take one or two of the most trusted of the Liberty Boys and secure the treasure." " I can trust you," said Stella. "And now," said the youth, "it is growing late, and I must return. Good-night , Stella; good-night, sister." Then , kfasing Edith, the youth left the house , jumpea upon Major, and rode rapidly away, leading the extra horse. He had ridden about an hour when he heard a shout. "Who goes there? Stop, you rebel!" Dick would have answered had the question only been given. It was the command whi ch decided him. He lay aJong Major's neck and dashed on. Crack ! Crack ! . Two or three pistol shots rang out. A bullet whistled just over his head. Had he been siitiJJg upright he would have been hit. way. "This has been an eventful day," mused the youth, "b11t others just as stirring are coming, I do not doubt." He found B-Ob and the Liberty Boys at the foot of Cock Hill in the early morning. "Shure, but it wuz a good thing yez did nQt want us ter go up dhat place be noight, Dick," said Patsy. "Oi don't want ter bhruk me neck at all at all, but Oi'd hov done et if Oi'd throied thot.'' "Y ah, dot was so as never was, I dinks," said Carl. "How ve was efe r got down again alretty ven ve vas got u b ?" " hure, that's aisy, Cookyspiller,'' said Patsy . "Dbat's dhe aisiest thing in ther world." "Vell, told me den, off it was so easy . How ve got down?" "Roll down, yez Dootchman," laughed Patsy. Carl asked no more questions. Having reached the summit of Cock Hill, and finding a three -gun battery there at their disposal, the Liberty Boys proceeded to make themselves comferta ble. "This is a splendid situation," said Bob, looking around. "The place is almost impregnable.'' "It is indeed a commanding station,'' said Dick, "and our being sent here shows the general's confidence in the Liberty Boys. We ought to give Magaw at Fort Washington valuable assistance." During the day Dick told Bob Estil.brook and one or two others about the gold in the haunted house. "We will help you get it the first chance we have," said Bo_b. "After this fight is over we will have time enough." "Perhaps not," said Dick, soberly. CHAPTER IX . CARL AND PATSY GO EXPLORING . The Liberty Boys were in possession of Cock H,ill .l!'ort, awaiting a demonstration from the enemy.


14 THE LIBERTY BOYS BE.ATER. Di c k bad gone down' to see Genera l W ashington, to tell him what had be en done, and r eceive final instructions . The Liberty Boys were amusing themselves as usual 0during his absence . Patsy Brannigan and Carl Gookenspieler concluded to t ake a walk around the hill and explore it. The crest of the hill was above them, and Patsy wanted to see the view . "It's all very fine from h e r e , yez knows , " he said; "but the hoigher yez gets dhe b e tth e r dhe view, Dootchy." Then Patsy and Carl started up the hill to see what wa to be seen . It was a steep ascent, and walking was by no means Carl struggled on again, but had to stop once more in a short time. ' "I vish dot all dose Pritishers was so fat like I wabeen,'' he puffed . "For why? Dhat they Wlld make a betther mark'.' .. "Nein, but vor gause dot den dey would neer g e t d e r hill oob alretty." "Shure, yez hov some sinse in yer fat head, Cookyspil l cr," roared the Irishman. "Y ah, I got some more senses as I lige somedimes. Shust now I got some senses dot I was gomplet e ly duckered o uid, I bet me . " "Don't think av it, but just come on an' don't worry. e asy . Tt' ll be aisier gettin' down . " Patsy had trouble . enough, sturdy as he was. "How -ms dot?" .As for Car l, he puffed and ble w li ke a porpoise. "Fall down!" laughed Patsy. "Shure, that's twice y e z "Hellub me oop, Batsy," he said. "I was gompletely bit at that joke." dinkered ouid." "I don't wanted to fell down; I vas radde r been canie d "Help yez, is it?" grunted P atsy . "Shure, yez are big ernuff ter help yezself, yez big omadhoun . " "Nein, I was too big been to hellub meinsellu, dot wa s what was der madder." "Yez are big ernuff ter h elp me an' yerself besoides . Yez are half as big erg'in as me." down . " "Well, yez'll niver ge t me ter carry yez down, so kape thot in moind." Patsy had pretty nearly r eached the top by this t ime. Holding on to a small tree by one hand, he reached ou t wit h the other to give Carl a lift. "Here, Dootchy, take me hand," he said, "but don't pull it off. I nade it ter foight dhe Britishers wid." Carl grabbed the extended band, and began to pull him s elf up. "Howld on, howld on! Yez are pullin' me arm out a v "Shure, dhat's foine raisonin', Dootchy, but Oi've all Oi 1 t h 1 lf ,, its s ocket!" yelled Patsy. "Off I was bigger as a elephant dot vould be vorser, Batsy, vor cause I hafe so much to garry . You was shmaller as me , und dot mages it more easie r vor you to got oob." can < o e r c p mese . " , ,, . Th th tru 1 d tch. h ld f th t , I don t could Jetted go now, puffed Carl, tugg1rnz en ey s gg e on , ca mg o o e roo s, shrub s , and points of rock to help themselves. aw,:yL. I'll t k dh th , h t ' d Fin ll C 1 t d to d b to ff et go, or a e e o er wan an s wa yez w 1 a y ar sa own on a s ne an egan pu . . ,, Then h e wiped his reeking face " ith a bi g red hand-itlTh p d h" d f tt th k hi f en atsy was as goo as is wor , orge mg e conerc e . "Shtop dhot, yer traisonous omadhoun," c ried Patsy . "Shtop vat?" "Shtop wavin' dhe British flag, yez thraithor." "Dot was not a Pritish fla ck, dot was mein handke rschufl." "Yez have no right to carry a r ed wan. Get a blue wan, Dootchy, or I'll pitch yez off ther hill." "Vhere was I got a plue handkerschuff, Batsy?" "Go down to dhe shtore an' buy wan, an' sh top wavin' dhat dirthy red rag. Shure, it's an insult to the Liberty Bhys, so et is . " "I was not wa:fing it; I was wipe mein face mit it. I vas so full of dot sweatperation business." "Prussperation, yez big ignoramus,'' said Patsy, scorn fully. ".Av yez are comin' wid me yez'll have ter talk shtraight, begorrah." "I bet me I don't dalk some more alretty off I h afe ter glimb der hill oob some more," panted the German Lib erty Boy. . s equences . Fortunately they were not as serious as they were ludi c rous . Carl sat down betwee n two round moss-covered boul der6 . Patsy came after him, and butted him in the stomach. "Achl vor vhy you was dooded dot?" grunted Carl. "Shure, Oi towld yez Oi -Wud bat yez in dhe jaw ef yez pulled me hand off," declared P atsy, r ecove rin g himself . "Didn't you was know ed dot off you was letted go mit your oder hand dot you was had noddin g s to yourselluf hold on alretty ?" asked Ca rl. "Shure, Oi niver thort av et, Oi only thort Oi'd gi1 e yez a clip," retorted the good-natured Irishman. "V e ll, don't dooded dot vunce more, or ve fall der hill clown und killted ourselfs." "Shure, dhat's betther nor bein' 1..illed be dhe British ers." "Vell, I don't vanted to been killted by nobodys chust yet." "Come on,'' said Patsy, a little ways f arther up. can't be a11 day ra c hin' dhe top . " "We. Then Patsy went on alone, and reached the summit of I the hill , whe r e he sat down to rest.


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16 THE LIBERTY BOYS BEATEN. four soldiers in He ssia n uniforms enter a small tavern by "Now, you rebel, we've got you,'' of them. the roa dside. ''Come with us." ':>.. "Hired sold iers!" , scornfully he muttered, "men who " huck ! . I ain't the r spy," s wi ttered Bill. "H1. "'s gone sell themselves to the highe st bidder, m e n without a spark down ther road. I'm er tryin' ter ketch 'im fur yer, tha:.\ it's of prin ciple." what I'm er doin'." .Just as he came in front of the tavern B ill Burgess "You're the spy yourself, and you'll come along with walked out from under the trees. us and explain your business here, or t in jail or maybe Dick recognized the Tory boy, but did n ot hasten. his hung." • steps. "Ain't no spy, I tell yer,'' cried Bill. "Ther spy is Dick Bill saw Di ck, however , and kn.ew him, desp ite his disSlater, ther rebel, an' he was to ther tav rn when I holguise. le red." • "Hallo, Slater,'' he said, advan.cing. "Where yer go"You're tlie man we want . You have just th hangdog i ng?" appearance of a spy, so come along." "Oh, just down the road a bit," carelessly from Di c k. "Ain't er spy, I tell yer!" protested Bill. "I'm er "Where are ther Liberty Boys?" asked Bill, whose inketchin' of him fur yer. Yer l eggo er me, I t ell yer. I tention it was to detain the youth till some or' the Hesain't no spy." sians came out. Despite his protests, despite his struggles, Bill was taken He did not know that Dick had seen the Hessians, but back to the tavern. s upposed him to be ignorant of their presence. He declared that it was all a mistake, that the y had got "Oh, they're in. camp," said Dick. hold of the wrong man, and had let the right one e ca pe, "They ain't, nuther! " blustered Bill Burgess, "coz ther and that he would report' them all to General Howe and sogers went thar last night, an' didn.'t find nobody ertall." have them . flogged. "Yes, that's the time you were fooled, wa n.' t it?" Then the landlord of the tav e rn , who knew Bill , cam laug hed the Liberty Boy. out . "Me? What hed I ter do with et, I'd like t e r know?" "Who have you got there?" he asked. "Nothing, of course," replied the youth, "except to "Dick Slater, the rebel spy," said a riti h. soldier. le ad the soldiers to it a nd find us gone . " The landlord laughed . "Wlell, yer got e rway thet time all right,' ' snarled Bill, He was a Tory, but he had n o love for u c h as Bill Bur" but yer won't do et thi s time." gese. Then, turning toward the house, he shouted: "That ain't Dick Slater,'' he said. "That fellow has let "Hi, hi, hallo, er spy, er rebel spy! Come quick , er . Dick Slater escape." rebel spy! " Before Bill Burgess could explain. the soldiers had Dick dashed down the road as the He ssians came runseized him and thrown him into the n eare t duck pond. ning out of the tavern. Wringing wet, covered with mud, and angry both at his "Ketch ther rebel spy-ketch him!" baw;led Bill, run-own misfortune and at D ick's escape, Bill got out of th o ning after Dick. pond, and swore ven geance on the laughing soldiers . The Hessians joined in the pursuit at once, one or two "Yer've let ther other feller go," he whined. "I ain't redcoats with them. no spy; I'm er loyal subjeck of ther king, an' yer'll all be Now Dick had no intention of being caught. hung fur this, see ef yer don't. " He knew, h owever, that if he continued to run he stood The soldiers only laughed the harder, and Bill Burgess a great chance of it. took himself off, feeling very miserable . At the first turn in the road he dove into a clump of Dick laughed heartily at the treatment the sneak had ... bushes. received, having seen it all from a safe retreat . Bill Burgess came flying past him, still yelling. Then he went on his way, and in due time r ache d Then Dfok s tepped out into the road, and advanced to-Cock Hill Fort without further adventures . ward the Hessians . When he related what had to Blll: Burgess "There's your mari!" he said , pointing down the road. the Liberty Boys joined in a roar of laught er. The redcoats understood him, and one said: "Served the sneak right," laughed Bob Estabrook, "and "Is that the spy, my lad?" you turned the tables on him very cleverly." "That's the man you want," replied the youth. "Yez should turn dhe wather on. him as well," roared Down the road dashed the soldie rs, while Di ck plunged Patsy. "Oi'll warrant he'll shmell loike a pig afther cominto the bushes again. in' out av dhe duck pond." Bill Burgess ran on for a time, and then stopped. "Yah, dot was righd,'' said Carl. "More better he was He saw nothing of Dick, and was greatly puzzled. tragged by der rifer alretty fur a hour to got der pad "Where ha s ther spy gone to?" he muttered. "I was shme ll off von him." sure he went this way." I "It'll take more than soap and water to get him clean,'' In a few mom e nts the soldiers rushed up and seized him. said Mark :M:orriso D , "for he 's dirty inside and out. I


THJ:i} LIBERTY BOYS BEATEN. l'r ou!dn't take all the wealt of the world to be as mean as e is." "N" o, nor for two ice dhat 4nuch," said P atsy. "Av he or in Oirland he'd be dhruv out as worse' nor are dhe akes an' toads." During the remainder of the. day the Liberty Boys rested in preparation for the battle which was to take place on the morrow. " At night sentinels wern placed and changed at frequent intervals, but nothing occurred to disturb them . In the morning the sun arose bright and c4iJar, the Hudson lay bathed in its ligh t, and nothing to ld of the com ing struggle . "To day, boys,'' said Dick, "to-day sees either success oc defeat for us, but b e brave whatever happens." • . -CHAPTER XI. BEATEN, BUT NOT DISMAYED. On the 15th of November General Howe had sent a demand to Colone l Magaw, in command of Fort Washington, that he hould surrender, threatening to proceed to ex tremities and carry the place by assault in case of a refusal. .M:agaw in his reply intimated a doubt that General Howe would execute a threat "so unworth y of himself and the British nation; but give me leave,'' added he, "to assur e his excellency, that, actuated by the most glorious cause that mankind ever fought in, I am determin e d to def end this post to the very last extremity." We further quote from Irviiag's "Life of Washington," in regard to the battle which followed: ca lled C ock Hill, which rises from Spyt den Duivel er ek, and was covered with woods. Knyphausen undertook a hill rising from the Kings Bridge road, but soon found himself entangled in a woody defile, difficult to penetrate, and where his He sians were exposed to the fire of the three-gun battery. "While this was going on at the north 6.f the fort, Gen eral Mathew, with his light infantry and guards, crossed the Harlem ri ver in the fiatboats, under cover of a heavy fire from the redoubts. "He made good his landing after being s v rely han dl ed by Baxter and his men. * * * *Baxter was killed by a British officer. * * * * General Mathew now pushed on with his guards to cut off Cadwalade r. That officer had gallantly defended the lines against the attack of Lord Percy, until informed that Colonel terling was dropping down the Harlem river in bateaux to flank the lines and take him in the rear. * * * Thus doubly assailed, Cad wa!ader was obliged to retreat to the fort. He was closely pursued by Percy with his English troops and Hes ians. He fought his way to the fort, with the loss of several kill ed and more taken prisoners; but marking hi track by the number of Hessians slain. "The defence on the north side of the fort was equally obstinate. * * * * Rawlings , with his Maryland riflemen, and the aid of the three-gun battery, had for some time kept the left column of Hessians and W aldeckers under Knyphausen at bay. * * * * " When Dick and his Liberty Boys saw Knyphausen essay ing the opposite hill, they set up a. shout. "Now is our time,'' said Dick, and instantl y a d adiy fire was directed upon the Hessians . Again and again they attempted to a.dvance, . but the fire . o.f the Liberty Boys was too hot for them. hi s di"s-Rawlings also was doing heavy execution, and he and "Early the next morning (16th) Magaw made his riflemen, together with Dick and the Liberty Boys, positions for the expected attack. His forces, with the were too many for the Hessians . recen t addition, amounted to nearly three thousand men. Rahl, with the right column of the division, was mean-As the fort could not contain a third of that number, most f th t t . d bo t th t k while trying to force his way directly up the steep north-1 o em were s a ione a u e ou wor s. . d f C k. H"ll "Colonel Lambert Gadwalader, with eight hundred . ern e 0 oc . Pennsylvanians, was posted in the . outer li nes, about two Dick opposed his . advance tooth and nail, a nd m ade miles and a half south of the fort, the side menaced by every effort to beat him back. I Lord Percy, with sixteen hundred men . * * * * Colonel . The thundered, mu skets rattled, and every of Bucks Co., Pennsylvania, with his regiment of mch of Rahl s advance was disputed. . militia, was posted east of the fort, on rough, woody . had been forced to r etreat, which the heights bordering the Harlem river, to watch the motions Liberty Boys free attend to Rahl exclusively. of the enemy, who had thrown up redoubts on high and The guns were as rapidly as they could be commanding ground, on the opposite side of the river, aploaded , and every tune with good effect. parently to cover the crossing and landing of troops. The Liberty Boys used their muskets to equally good "About noon a heavy cannonade thundering along the advantage, being able to shift from point to point and roch.-y hills, and sharp volleys of musketry, pro claimed that make every volley tell. the action was commenced. Knyphausen's division was Mark Morrison, Sam Sanderson, Ben Spurlock, and Ar pushing on from the north in two columns, as had been thur Mackay, on one side, poured in deadly volleys at re arranged. The right was led by Colonel Rahl, the left by quent intervals . himself. Rahl essa yed to mount a steep, broken height From another point, Patey Brannigan, Carl Gooke nspiel-


er, Nels Nelson, the big Swede, and Ira Little, nick nam ed the Midget, did equally effective work. Dick Slater, Bob Estabroo k, a nd a dozen others at the guns, made them tell, and every shot was placed where it had the best effect. At length the muskets of the L iber ty Boys became fou led, and almost useless from constant use. Saplings were snapped in t , boulders were split, an patches of earth torn up in i ts p assage . The wheels were brok e n, al(ll at last it landed far be1o a complete wr eck. Meanwhile the Liberty Boys began to prepare for hasty retreat. "\Ve are b eaten, my friend,; " sai d Di c k, "but we ar Then one of the gun . s burst, but fortunately none of not subdue d . All we can do n is to retreat and to hop the Liberty Boys was hurt. Then D ick made a startling discovery . Their ammunition was n ea rly exhausted ! Col one l Rahl, in spit e of the brave d efence of the Lib e rty Boys, was pushing his way up the hill. If Dick had had sufficient ammun i tion he could have disputed the passage. Without it he could do nothing. Calling B'ob, M a rk, Ben Spurlock, and a few others to his s ide, he said : "Boys, I am afraid we are beaten . Our ammunition is nearly exhausted. We can fire these two guns but once more. After that they are useless." . "Then fire them," said Bob Estabrook, "and do as muc h as we can with them . " "Yis, an' thin send them rollin' down dhe hill as a pres ent to dhe sojers," said Patsy Brannigan . for better luck next time . " The descent was not so steep on th e south side, an Dick k _ new th vay down. The Liberty Boys beat a hasty but order l y retrea:, an were well on their way before the Briti sh soldi ers dis covered the fact. B e aten, but not dismayed, the Liberty &ys made goo their escape . Rahl, joined later by Knyphausen, gave chase, but Did• led his Liberty Boys to safety, and they escaped in a body. "Well, we were beaten," said Dick, "but I trust ili a t Colonel Magaw has been able to hold out, and that F o r t Washington has not fallen . " "We're beate n, but we're not discourage d,'' said Patsy, whom nothing could daunt, "an' we'll foight agen sure a s . there's no snakes in Oirl a nd . " "A good idea!" cried Dick . "Let thim make as much use av dhe cannon as dhey "Forward, Liberty Boys!" commanded Dick. "One r e can," lau g hed P atsy . "Shure, dhey're welkim to thim." verse does not make a defeat, and the war i s not ove r vet . " "They'll make a fine scattering," said Bob Estabrook. " "And be of little use to the enemy when they get them,'' added Ben, "for we can spike them." Then the two cannons were loaded, taking the last of the ammunition. CHAPTER XII . IN SEARCH OF THE TREASURE . Just as the first was discharged it toppled over and burst, doing considerable execution, however. h a few moments the remaining gun was red, send -Fort Washington had fallen, C o l o n e l Magaw had sur ing an iron rain upon the advancing r edcoats . rendered, and the threat of the B1itish to drive the patriThey fell back with great loss, but pressed on once more ots from the east of the H uds?n and from the J er after a pause . seys as well, seemed likely to be out. whether they knew of the failure of the ammunition o r Those w.ere days for the and had they n o t not could not b e told. been :fighting m a good cause they might well hav e wen At any r a te, they contin u ed to force their way upward. "Now for our last shot!" sai d D ick. discouraged. Upon the retreat of the Liberty Boys from Cock Hill Fort, Dick Slater deemed it prudent to retire to a dis tance from the vicinity of the r ecen t and there to await instructions from the general . Having cut down three or four tough but slender tfeesi Di ck orde r ed these to be put unde r the gun carriage to pry it from its position . . On the day after the surrender Di c k took Bob Esta brook, Ben Spurlock, and Mark Morrison, ahd started fi:J:r . the haunted house for the purpose o f r e covering the trea ascent unmoles t sure spoken of by Stella. Di ck, Bob, and B e n, with a man or two to help, threw themselves upon the l evers . The move was decidedly successful. The r edcoats were swarmi:sg up the ed . With a rus h and roar the released gun went flying down the hill, scattering the British sold iers r ight and left. Takin g advantage of thei r panic, the Liberty Boys re treated to a place of safety on the crest of C'ock Hill. Bounding from rock to rock, the gun tore a path for itself. They were all di sg ui sed, and set out for tl}.e house one at a tima, and in different d i re ct ion s so as not to attr act attention. " Old Burgess may have an idea tha t we will go to the place,'' said D ick, "and be watching for us." "Bill Burgess will be hanging about 1001..--ing for a c hance to b etra y us, also,' ' added Bob.


"He n eeds another thrashing," from Mar k, "and he'll )W : et it if he meddles with us." "He has no love for the Liberty Boys," voiced Be n , "but -e know it, and can look out for him." Bob Estabrook arrived at the haunted house first, and: r saw old Burgess sitting at the outer gate. oe "Say, don't you know this house is haunted?" he asked, i n an awe-struck tone. id "Is et?" asked Burgess. "Yes, it's full o' ghosts. I should think you'd be d scared," and Bob look ed around as if he expected a ghost 3 _ to walk out 0 the house that very minute. Ghosts don't come around in the daytime," scorn-d fully. "Don't they? I thought they come at all times." ' _"Xo, er course not." k "Well, I should think you'd be afraid to even set as near a as that to 'em." t "Wull, I ain't,'' grumblingly. "I can set where I please, an' I'm er goin' ter." "Certainly, but I wouldn't,'' and Bob \ assed on. At the next crossroads he met Dick and said: "Old man Burgess is sitting at the gate 0 the old house. We don't know how long he will stay there. How can we get him away?" "Leave that to me,'' confidently, "and remain within call." Before Dick could get to the house Ben Spurlock came along and saw old Burgess and Bill sitting at the gate. "Good-morning,'' with a drawl. "Don't keer e et is,'' growled Burgess. "Is this hou e for sale?" "Do yer wanter buy et?" "I was only wondering how little it could be got for. Pretty well run down, eh?" "Xo, et ain 't, ct's er fine house, but et ain't sale." "Oh, folks too lazy to keep it up?" "Yer shut up or I'll lick yer,'' said Bill Burgess. "I don't think you can. Do you want to go down the road and try it?" Bill did not say whether he did or not, and Ben went on. Then Mark came along, some time _ later, and saw Bill and old Burgess sitting there with a savage-looking dog , i}'ing on the stone between them. ' "Is that dog mad?" the youth asked. "l'lo!" savagely. "What yer askin' thet fur?" "I should think he would be." "What fur?" "At having to sit with two such ugly looking fello\YS like you." "Yer go ter grass," snarled Burgess. "Shell I li ck him ? " asked B ill. he ain't wuth it," but the old man had a better reason tha n that. Mark walked on, and presently met Dick. "Old Burgess, Bill, and a savage looking dog are at the house," he said, "and they don't seem likely to leave i t very soon." Dick pondered . "Perhaps we had better come at night," he said. "They're evidently looking for us." "I eared as much. Stay near here and I will see what I can do." Then Dick walked on to the haunted house and found old Burgess and Bill, two dogs, and one 0 Bill's regular cronies whom he knew by sight. Dick's appearance was altered so that neither Bill nor Burgess knew him, but they looked at him suspiciously, and Bill said in a low tone : "Thet makes four fellers ter come erlong this way. 'I'll bet thet Dick Slater an' his crowd wanter git in.'' ".What do yer want?" growled Burgess. "Hey?" returned Dick, feigning deafness. The question was repe ated . "Going to rain? Yes, it might, after all the firing yes terday." "That ain't Dick Slater," said Bill. "None er his f el lers are deef. I'll bet he'"s hangin 'eround, though, an' we wanter keep er watch." "Hold yer tongue!" growled Burgess. "Yes, it was a big fight, as you say," said Dick. "Were you there?" "No, I wasn't," roared Burgess. "Very pleasant? Why, no, I should scarcely think so." Bill and his crony lau ghed, and the young Tory said : "He's er fool. We don't need ter be erskeered er him, but we bette r keep er lookout all ther same, fur Dick Slater." "Hold yer tongue, I tell yer!" roared Burgess, giving his promising son a box on the ear . . Bill howled and kicked at the old man, and then got out 0 his way. Dick went on, made a detour thro ugh the woods, and met the other Liberty Boys ten minutes later. "It will not be possible to enter the house to day, I ear," he said. "Burgess is very suspicious, and Bill thinks that we are going to pay the place a visit." "What shall we do?" aked Bob. "Remain in the neighborhood till I want you," said Dick. "I will be at the Wh eatsheaf, on the Kings Bridge road." "We'll be in the neighborhood at nightfall." "Yes, I want that you shall remain within easy call, for if we had only a few minutes to ourselves in the old house it would be enough . " ""We'll be around," said Bob, "and perhaps one of us can ge t in alone." "We might,'' said Dick, "but I fear that it i s too dan gerous. Wait till you see me." The four Liberty Boys then separated, and Dick went to the Wheatsheaf , a tavern well known to him, and asked for a single room.


THE LIBIERTY BOYS BEATEN. An hour or so later he left the tavern quietly, and pro ceeded in the direction of the haunted house. Making a detour, he approached the building in the rear, made his way through the wood-tangled garden, and entered by what had been the scullery door. All was quiet, a nd if Burgess were still w a t c hing he must be outside. The place was in a half-darkness, but the youth's eyes soon grew accustomed to this. He found a stairway, a nd ascended c ar e fully, lis t ening for the faintest sound. He heard none, and soon reached the :floor above. "It ought not to be a difficult matter to find the dining haJl," he thought. Making his way al o ng a d i mly-lighted passage, he pushed open a door which creaked on its hinges. The Liberty Boy di:ew back and listened intently. The sound had evidently caused no alarm. Then Dick went forward and looked into the room. There was more light here than in the passage. It was a highc eilinged room, and at one side th e re w a s a great fireplace with ap ornamental casing. Stepping lightly across the room, the youth rea c h e d the :fireplace. Over it was a marble slab, but it was green and oval in shape. "This cannot be the pla c e," mused Dick, loo k i ng a bout him. Then he noticed a number of portraits in tarnished frames, and covered with dust, hanging on the walls. "This is the library or portrait gallery," he thought. "I must look elsewhere." Opposite the firepiace was a double door, and toward this the youth now made his way. He tried the doors cautiously before opening them. One of them creaked slightly as he pushed it back. Dick . waited a few moments, and then, hearing nothing, advanced. There was a gr e at fireplace i n t his room a lso. On the walls were the antlers of deer and other trophies of the c has e . "This must be the place," he said, as he walked cauti o usly a cross th e :floor, thi c k with du s t. R e a c h i ng the firepla ce, he saw that the central panel over the opening was of black marble, highly polished. On either side of it were ornamental tiles representing scenes of the c hase. "Found at last!" h e m u t te r ed. C HAPTER XIJI. P A T S Y ASD THE P10. "Shure, an' it's toiresome worruk settin' here an' doin ' nothin ' at all at all," sai d Patsy Brannigan. Half a dozen of the Liberty Boys were setting around fire in the temporary camp. "N "Vell, vy don't you dooded somedings, dell a sdory, snl , : a sing, or dance a leedle bit?" asked Carl. "Phwy don't yez dance yerself, Dootchy?" asked Pai m e with a grin. "Ach, 'did you efer saw a elephant dance? Dot ' en: more easier as it was been for me to dance." "Well , yez.won't go through, annyhow. Yez ha,1e go< W hard earth ter dance on." Oll "I

THE LIB'ERTY BOYS BEATEN. "Give yer a pig?" screamed the sour-faced woman. "No, siree; I ain't. " "Thin we'll have ter take it, ma'am." "Yah, we was been obligation to confiscation dot pig, mein goot vornans." "Fur ther Lawd's sake, what kind er critter be yer, ennyhow?" asked the woman. " hure, we're gintlemin, an' brave sogers av Gin'ral Washington, an' we. do be wantin a pig, ma'am, so trot it out." For answer the woman struck Patsy in the face with a wet garment she was about to hang up. "Don't do that agin, begorrah,'' said Patsy, falling _ 11gainst Carl. "Shure, Oi'm not a clothesline fur yez ter haug shirts on, me good woman--excuse me, me good farmer's wife, I mane." "Yer git outer here," stormed the woman. "Yer don't git no pigs nur nuthin'. I ain't got no pigs, an' yer w ouldn't git 'em ef I had." Just then the foragers were attracted by a squealing at the back of the house. "Vat's dot, off it vasn't a picki'" asked Carl. "It vasn't a poll parrot, is it?" "Come on, Cookyspiller, an' we'll foind out phwat it is." "Yah, ve will investigatioIJ der reason off dot squealing alretty." At the back of the house they found a pig-pen with a 80W and four or five good -sized pigs in it. "I dinks I dakes der liddle veller mit der plack spot on his pack,'' said Carl. "Yis, that'll make a foine male for us, an' it'll be aisy ter carry." "All righd. You went in an' caughted it, Patsy. You was more used to picks like I was, ain't it?" "Now, phwativer do yez mane be thot, yez big beer k eg?" "You was more used ter caughting pigs as I was mein selluf, don't it?" "Shure, I think so, but ennyhow av Oi catch him yez must carry him." "Yah, Batsy, dot was all righd, choost you caught him , und I tooked him." Then Patsy climbed over into the pig-pen. ...-There was a great scurrying among the pigs . They ran hither and thither, and set up a great squeal-• mg. Then the one with the black spot on his back ran be tween Patsy's legs and upset him. Down went the Irishman in the mud, on his back. Carl laughed loudly at the sight, but did not go to Patsy 's assistance. "Sb top yez laffin', yer big hlppopotamus, an' catch ther pig." "Nein, I was only to garry him ven you was got him." "Faix, Oi know bow to git him," said Patsy . "Pbwy c Hdn't Oi think a., dhat before, Oi wondber?" Then he tore down a part of the pen, and all the pige ran out. "There he is, Dootchy, there he is!" yelled Patsy. "Catch him, me bhy!" The pig with the black spots was racing directly to-ward Carl. ' The German Liberty Boy reached over and held out his hands. The little pig darted between his legs, and over he fell. He did not fall backward like Patsy , but right on top of the pig. There was a great squealing, to whi ch. Patsy added a roar of laughter. Then the farmer's wife came around with a pail of hot water, and threw it over him. "Thank ye, ma'am,'' he roared. "Yez have claned me coat and warmed me up besoides. It's an obloigiu' woman yez are." Meanwhile the pig was squealing and trying to get away. "Gome und took him, Batsy," said Carl. "I was caught him, und you should garry him." Patsy stooped over to help Car] with the pig just as the woman came to the cha rg e again. This time she had a big birch broom. She struck Patsy a resoun ding blow with it, and sent him tumbling over Carl and the pig. "Thank yez, ma'am, fur dustin' me breeches,'' he said. "It's very kind yez are." "Yer c'n jest git out an' leave thet pig erloue," the woman screamed. "I'll tell my man, an' he'Jl come an' take et outer yer hides, yer rebels." "Shure, an' we haven't had er chance ter get it into dhem yet, ma'am,'' t}fe Irish boy retorted. Then he and Carl got up with the pig between them. Carl had the head, and Patsy the hind legs. "Come on, Cookyspiller," said Patsy. Off they started, in opposite directions. "Howld on! Where are yez goin'." "Der vay der headt was went, off gourse." "Shure, that's dhe way Oi want ter go, too, me bhy, but Oi thort thot av we shtarted dhe other way he'd go our way just for conthrariness, an' we'd get there all dhe sooner be dhe same token." "V ell, we was went dis way." Off they started but the pig was making lots of trouble for them . The woman yelled all sorts of threats after them. The pig bit Carl, and he kicked Patsy, and be squealed between times. Finally Carl had to drop him, and as he was too heavy for Patsy the Irishman was forced to let go also. The pig started to run, and got caught in a rail fence. Then Patsy drew his pistol and shot him in the head. "Shure, av Oi'd thort av dhat in the forst place we'd have had no throuble wid rum at all at all,'' he said. "Yah, dot was der same mit me alretty,'' said Carl. "Mein hindsight is twioe as besser as mein foresight.'"


22 THE LIBERTY BOYS BEATEN. "Well, yez can take dhe hindside av dhe pig, thin, anO. "Confound yer, thet wuz me dorg," cried Burgess. Oi'll take the head," said Patsy, "an' we'll go home wid "I told you to call him off. Now you have only you nm. " self to blame." I Then out came the woman with an old rusty gun, and rthreatened to shoot them if they took the pig. "Phwy didn't yez . come erlong wid dhe gun before, ma'am?" asked Patsy. "Shure,' we don't want it at all .at all now. Go take it back." The woman still threatened to shoot, but Carl and Paty went off with the pig, and no musket report was heard, for her nerve failed her. "I dinks she was got a air-gun," said Carl. "I didn't !heard no noises, was you, Batsy ?" "No, sor, not er n'ise. Mebby she's thryin' ter foind out how ter sho ot it off. She'll niver hit us as long as we're in front av her, me bhy. Av we wor behoind her, now, dhat's phwere et wud be dangerous." "Is dot so?" asked Carl, evidently trying to study the thing out. "Yis; but come erloug an' Oi'll t e ll yez all erbout it." The two foragers reached the camp of the Liberty Boys in safety, and that night they had roast pig for supper. "Be ther same , token ther Dootchmon orter be in mournin' fer a relative, bhy s," s aid Patsy, pointing at the pig; "but uiver moind it this toime." CHAPTER XIV. THE Cui> AND THE LIP. Counting to the left from the c enter marble slab, Dick pressed his hand slowly and firmly upon the seventh tile . At once the black marble moved backward out of sight. "So far, so good," breathed the youth. Then he count e d to the right of the black marble till he reached the seventh tile in that direction. He pres s ed his hand upon this a s upon the other one. Instantly au oblong box began to slide forward. Just at that mom ent ther _ e was a loud cry at one of the doors. "Hi, thet's mine; don't yer tech et!" came a coarse voice. Dick turned and saw Burgess standing at the door. At his heels was the surly looking dog the Liberty Boy had seen earlier in the day. icrrake him, Hector!" urged Burgess. With a deep bay the dog leaped forward. Dick pressed his hand upon the tile above the black marble. Instantly there was a click, and the box slid back out of sight. Then the black marble slid forward and everything was as before. The youth whipped out his pistol. " Call off your dog, Burgess," in a commanding tone. "No, I won't," with a snarl. "Take 'im, Hector." T he dog continued to leap forward. D ick leveled his weapon and fired. The bullet entered the dog's brain; and he fell without a b ark . "Yer'll pay me fur thet dorg. He wuz wuth fifty ehi lin's." "I will pay you nothing. You were warned. I have right to defend myself." "Ye're Dick Slater, ther rebel, thet's who yer be. thort I knowed yer before. Yer was ther feller what axe me ef ther dog wuz mad." "I am Dick Slater," the youth answered. you going to do about it?" "Yer come here ter get thet there gold." "I did." . "Did Stella tell yer how ter find it?" "She did." "An' yer did find it?" "Yes." "How much wuz there?" "I did not count it." Burgess looked all around. "Whe re wuz it, on th er hearth stun or in ther w a ll?' "I will not t e ll you." "But it's mine, an' ye've gotter." "It is n o t your s , l ll'On't tell you." l Burgess hesitated a few moments, and then ask ed: a . . yer tell me where et is ef I promi s e t e r giYc yer some on it?" "No." " "Why won't yer?" "It is not yours to give." "I'll give yer forty pounds." "No." "Well, le's make it fifty." c "Not for a hundred pounds would I reveal the secret." "I'll give yer a hundred an' twenty. Thet orter satisfy 0 yer." "It is useless to offer me money, for I will not sell the secret," said Dick, firmly. "You cannot find it, and it is y safe. I will come again and get it. " "Then yer'll get ketched an' hung," growled Burgess. "He llo, there, Bill. Snooks, come in yere!" Dick knew very well that there was no one outside, for the report of his pistol would have attracted them if there had been. Were it not for the fact that he knew the gold to be too heavy for him to carry, besides keeping Burgess at bay, he would have taken it now. f "Oh, you can call," he laughed . "There is no one there." Then he hurried out of the room, and toward the main entrance. As he left Bill Burgass came hurriedly up the path. "Here, where yer goin'? Hold on here, ye're er rebel an' er spy . Hello, er spy!" . Dick's fist shot out, took the Tory boy on the chin, an d knocked him backward.


THE LIBERTY B . OYS BEATEN. Then the youth hurried to the road, and was quickly out I ale, old and ' new, wine, or spirits, and anything you wish. sight. He heard hurried footsteps, and feared that there might a patrol about. "That was unfortunate," he muttered. "Five minuts ore and I would have had it safely in my possess ion. ell, I know how to get at it now, and I certain ly secure it at my next visit." . I Then he r et urned to the tavern, re solving to see his xed companions late r, and visit the haun ted house again that night. ar e "I have promised to secure the money and turn it o_ver to General Washington," he said :firmly, "and I will do it at all hazards." , Not long after his return to the Wheatsheaf there was a timid knock at Dick's door. "Come in,'' he said. A very pretty young girl entered hurriedly, and said ex-citedly: "You are a patriot, are you not?" "Well?" answered he. "I think you are, and I heard that you are D ick Slater. ?' You are in great dang er." er "Say you so?" "Yes. Someone has inform e d on you, and the soldie r s are coming to take you. I h ear d them describe you, and as I am a patriot at heart I came . ahead to warn you . " "They will have a hard time of it," smiled Dick. "You must not risk oppo s ing them!" cried the girl "They might kill you. It will be all the same to them." "They will never take me a liv e," r eplied the youth. "I will protect you, but you mu s t be quick." '"What is to be done?" The girl pushed aside a pie ce of r ag carpet covering the I center portio n of the floor. " The n she pulled up a trap-door, revealing quite a large fy opening below. "Get in there," she said. "It i s lar ge enough to hold you, and no one knows of this place." Dick looked sharply at the girl. ;s. or re He saw that he could trust her. She looked up at him earnestly, and he knew that there was no guile in her sweet face. to eat." "We do not wish for entertainment," said the sergeant:. "You are harboring a rebel in your house." "Who is the man, sergeant? I am acquainted with all who come here, and "With all my neighbors." "He is Dick Slater, a. notorious rebel, and captai n of the Liberty B-0ys." "H'm! I do not know him," returned the host, who knew Dick well, but had not recognized him on the pres ent visit. "Well, we do, and so does our informant . Meantime, we must search the house." ":Jfake yourselves at home, gentlemen," politely. The sergeant left two guards at the door, put two more at the ba ck of the house, and took two inside with him. After awhile Dick heard the soldie r s ente r the room above his head. " \Vhose room is this?" "It is for anyone who pays for it." "Is it occupied at present?" "Why, s urely." "Who occupies it? Where is he?" "Why, we are occupying it. " "I don't mean that," sternly. "Has anyone taken it, paid for it?" "N'o, there has not." "Then there is no one here besides ourselves?" "No." "Look under the bed and in the closets, " ordere d the sergeant. 1 D ick could hear the men walking right over his head, but the bo(lrds were firm, and not a creak gave an indi cation of the hiding place below. "Have you had any guests to-day?" "Several." "To remain?" "One or two." "Whe re are they ?" "In the tap-room, I believe, or perhaps in the supper room." Then the soldiers went out, and Di ck could hear them faintly in different parts of the house. He was safe for the present. How long he would be obliged to remain there he could not tell, of course. 0 e "I will do as you say," the youth answered quickly. Then he lowered himself into the ope ning, and lay down between two beams. He was satisfied that the girl would not come to releas e He was not at all cramped, but there was not very him until it was perfectly safe to do so. much space between his face and the floor beams as he lay At last he heard the soldiers leave the house, and for there. a short time heard their steady tread outside . . e The girl quickly replaced the trap, and covered it with What he did not hear was a conversation between the the rag carpet. 1 sergeant and Bill Burgess outside. n In a few minutes Di ck heard indi sti nctly the tread of "You say that you saw this Di c k Slater enter this soldiers and the command to halt. , place?" A sergeant and a :file of soldiers was at the door. "Suttinly I did. I know him ez well ez I know The landlord crune out and asked politely: self." I "Well, what can I serve you with? We have "And you are sure tbat he did not go out?" . .


l THE LIBERTY BOYS BEATEN. "Er course he didn't. Wasn't I erwatchin' ther place in a vhile he goines aroundt und den somepody a ll ther time?" to died ed." "You left it to go to the encampment, did you not?" "Yes, er course, so's I could tell yer erbout it an' let yer 'rest 'im." "You should have sent someone else or left someone here to watch. Your stupidity has caused us a great deal of trouble and loss of time. I don't believe the man you mention has been here at all, or if he was he escaped when you went off." Then the serge ant left the tavern and the b o n iface t o l d Bili that his room was pr e ferabl e t o his comp a ny, a nd that he had better go whe r e he was wanted m o r e than he was at the Wheatsheaf. Some time after, when all was quiet again, Dick heard a light step in his room, and then the trap-door was lifted. "You can come out now," said the girl. "It is per f ectly safe." "Thank you for your k indness," said the youth. "Oh, I am a terrible , r e b e l myself," with a laugh. CHAPTER XV. CARL A.ND THE GHOST. It was night in the camp of the Liberty Boys. Neither Dick Slater nor any of his three companions had returned. "Shure, Oi hope thet nothin' have happehed to dhe b hy," said Patsy. "Shure, et would be dhe sad toime for "Begorrah, thin I wudn't want him to come ofte Cookyspiller." "Nein, I dinks not meinsellui." "An' yez niver saw him?" "Sure not. I don'd vanted to saw him, Batsy." "An' phwy not?" "Vor corse I got to dieded off I saw him alretty , und don'd lige dot." "Oho, dhat's dhe raison, is et? good wan." "Yah, I dinks so meinselluf." "Well, thin, we won't tork erbout et, for dhey do saJ dhat av yez tork erbout ghosts, yez'll see dhim." "Ach, gollies, spoke abouid somedings else gwick, de in a hurry," said Carl, greatly alarmed. "Shure, thin, we won't," said the Irishman assuringly "but I don't belave in ghosts, annyhow." "Sh top dot talking, I toldt you," said Carl, angrily. "About ghosts, is et?" "I don't vas toldt you vor cause you was knowe d . " "Oh, shure, thin Oi'll not say an o th e r w o rd erbou\ ghosts." "Shtop off dot, or I hit you mit somedings." "All right, Cookyspiller. Oi won't say another thing, about--" "Shut oob!" growled Carl. "I knowed vhat you menns.", "B'ut Oi didn't say et." "Nein, und you didn't had to said it. I vas understood , you all righd, Batsy." Patsy did not say another word about the prohibited subject. us ef there have, begorrah." . "Y h d t b b db b th h uld t He had an idea that he meant to make use of, and that a , 0 was een a usmess, u e s o oxpec bett th talki d t ,, , was er an ng. 0 • Carl Gookenspieler's tent was next to the good-natured "And phwy, Carl?" asked Patsy, wonderingly. Irishman's. "\Tor 'cause he go mit dem haunted houses alretty." \ Carl was dropping off to sleep a little while later when "But, shure, there's no sech thing, Cookyspiller, me he heard a groan. ' bhy." "Vhat vas dot?" he asked sittinO' up. "Somepody got "Dere vasn't? Didn't we saw dem ourselfs, der oder . der shtomach-ache?" ' 0 day, Batsy ?" The groan was repeated deeper than at first. "Shure, .we saw dhe av coorse, but I mane there's "Go got some physic von der dogktor und shtop off no such things as ghosts. . dot " said Carl. "Vor sure dere was, und yau didn't wanted to mix up Then the groan sounded louder than before and nearer . . d " ' m1t em. Carl's hair began to rise on his head . "Oh, gwan, yez lunatic, Oi ten yez there's no such "Who vas dot?" he asked. thing." Then the tent flap was pulled aside. "Und I knowed petter. I was heerd off dose ghosts There was a bright moon that night , and it shone right plenty dimes." onto a white figure standing by the tent entrance. "Well, maybe . " Carl was about as well frightened as one could be. "Yah, dere vas vun mit our family." "Mein gollies, who was you?" he managed to stammer. "A ghost in yer family , is et, Cookyspiller?'' It was a pretty good joke of Patsy's , but the Irish youth "V or sure dere vas. " spoiled it. "W'ell, Oi can't afford such business meself, me bhy," "Oi am dhe ghost av dhe Cookyspillers' family, begor said Patsy. rah," he said. "Yah, dere vas a chos t by mein fam'ly, und efery vunce Carl ceased to be scared when he heard Patsy speak.


THE LIBERTY BOYS BE.ATEN. =============:===============:;::======================= H e h a d b een pretty well frig h tened, b u t now he laugh" I fix you, Mistler Ghost!" h e said, picking up a boot d h u r ling it straight at the figure just outside the tent. Pa tsy received it on the end of his pug nose. This broke up the ghost sea n ce, and in a little while silence once more reigned in the camp of the Lib erty Boys. The steady tramp of the sentinels was all the sound that was h eard. S a m Sanderson, on his post, suddenly heard a sound. H e thr e w his musket into positio n at once, and chal lenged. Th e n Mark Morrison stepped forward and gave the counte r sign. are Dick and the othe rs?" asked Sam. "Dick a n d Bob are goi n g to the h aunted house, but Ben will be he r e soon . I'm going t o turn in." W alte r w as on post at a l a t e r ho u r when he heard a peculiar whistle. " Who goes there?" he challe n g ed. "Dick Slater and Bob Estabrook," was the answer. ' Jn a moment Dick and Bob came forward. "All in?" asked Dick. "Yes; Ben came in a short time ago." ' "Then all's well, for we leav e here o n the morrow." CHAPTER XVI. .A HOT PURSUIT. At nightfall the four Liberty Boys met at the Wheatsheaf, and Dick related his adve n tures. They waited till quite late, and then set out for the old house. There was no one to be seen in the neighborho od, and D ick told Mark that he would not be needed , and to go to the cam p. "Te ll the boys . we will be along some time to-night," said Dick. "Ben, you had better stay with us for a time . " Mark then proceeded to the camp of the Liberty Boys. Leaving Ben to guard the front entrance, Dick went around to the rear with Bob. The scullery door had been closed and barred since his l a s • visit. "Burgess mu st have been looking over the ground," ex p lained Dick. "It is too da r k to see ou r way here, so we will go around to the front." They proceeded to do so, fin di n g Ben still on the lookout. "You may as well return," D ick said to Ben. "We will be along late." T h e youth left at once, and Bob and Dick made their way cautiously up to the. walk to the e n trance. The front door had been put 11p and securely barred, but the boys effected an entra n ce through a window, and then removed the bars from the door . Proceeding to the fireplace, D:ick obeye d S t e ll a's i n s tructions as before. They were soon in possession of the treasure, whic h w as in little bags , and the youths divided them and put t h e m in their pockets so as not to be incommoded by the weight. Dick replaced the slabs, and the youths then left the house and made their way toward the gate . As they rea.ched this they heard the clatter of horses' hoofs approaching. They hurried out of the gate and into the shadow as a troop of horse came dashing around a bend in the road . They halted in front of the gate, and the youths hiding among the bushes heard old Burgess say: "They hain't come ou t yet. It'll take 'em some time ter get ther gold out. Thet's mine, remember. Only ther rebels is yours." Burgess was mounted on a horse, and rode beside the leader of the troop. "You saw them go in?" the latter asked. "Yas, I saw 'em go in, an' they hain't p ome out yet." Dick touched Bob softly on the shoulder, and bega n to squirm away, quickly but noiselessl y . Bob followed, understanding the signal g iven him b y Dick . Pretty soon lights flashed out and a number of men hurried into the grounds carrying torches . The two Liberty Boys made their way along the groun d , on their faces for some distance, then Dick whispe r ed: "Get up, Bob. We are far enough away now. " Both youths arose, and made their way rapidly along the shaded side of the road without hearing any suspicio us sounds. They hurried on now as fast as they could go conve niently, burdened as they were, and soon they hea r d t he shout of the soldiers, which showed their escape had bee n discovered, and soon the sounds of pursuit were heard. They had gone some little distance farther when Dic k whispered: "Hark! Someone is coming toward us . " There was a little brook running under the road at t hie point, making its way through a stone culv ert. Close to the edge of this road on either side was a steep bank, and a rough railing had been put up to kee p persons from falling off. The moon showed them all this, an d now D ick said: "Quick, into the culvert with you. It is our o nly chance!" Down the steep bank hurried the Liberty Boys, cra wl ing into the culvert, which was half full of water at this time. T'.hey had hardly secreted themselves whe n the party ar-rived from the direction in whi c h they were going. In a few moments the pursuing party a lso came up. "Good-evening. Whom are you pursuing, gentlemen? " "Two thieves who have robbed a h0118e back here a bi t. Have you seen anything of two young fello"s .on


26 THE LIBERTY BOYS BEATEN. Cl . , e F "No, we have not. We are looking for some youths on h orse back." "Who are they?" "The Liberty Boys. They are in the neighborhood, and we mean to capture them." "Ha! youths are the captain and lieutenant of the Liberty Boys-Dick Slater and Bob Estabrook." "Well, we have met no one. We supposed the troop would be coming along this . way." Then both parties rode off in the direction that Dick and Bob had just come. . When all was quiet Dick crept cautiously out and looked all about him. "The coast is clear, Bob,'' he whispered. "Come on; there is no time to lose." The two youths then made all haste to the camp of the Liberty Boys, arriving at which Dick said that they would leave the first thing in the morning. CHAPTER XVII. I have laces and ribbons whidh will make you look P'faki.J tively beautiful." f The landlord was coming out with a man whom Dick,m < . re? once recogmzed a s Burgess. t al "Y ' bul ir ' ou cant ly me, lhr. Burgess," the host said. !Il ta furnish entertainment for man and beast, but I don'toick low hogs in my parlors." {ton. "Yer harbored er rebel an' yer licence will be talle ' erway. Ye're er rebel yerself, ef I guess right." ;sibl "Anyone who acts like a gentleman can have entertart "' ment here, be he rebel or king's man," said the host. ve i turn away no one who can pay for a meal, a bed, Olpau drink." she1 Meanwhile the supposed peddler was showing his st Reaching the Wheatsheaf he saw the landlord's daughdler went away chuckling to himself. r ter on the veranda. "If Burgess only knew that the gold was right und• Seeing a peddler, but not rec ognizing him, she called to his nose," said Dick, "he would never forgive himsel him to come up to the house. Well, all is fair in love or war, and the gold is still Dick obeyed, r ealizing the humor of the . ituation. good hands." "You want to buy, my lady?" he a ked, in a cracked Near the river Dick encountered the very sergeant w voice, as he approached. had sear c hed for him in the Wheatsheaf. "Yes. What have you got?" "Wel'l, sir, what have you in your pack?" he asker1. 0 "Ribbons and laces, perfumery, and everything to make "Nothing meant for soldiers of the king," wisely. my lady more beautiful than she is, if that could be." "Ha, too cheap, eh? Then you will sell to the rebels, 1 "You're an old flatterer and a humb ug,'' the girl said, suppose?" 0 blushi ng. "They are welcome to all my stock,'' humbly. Dick looked around to see if anyone were within hear-"Ho, ho! you talk like a philanthropist, but you are on! ing . an old humbug,'' laughed the sergeant. "It is true I am a humbug,'' h e said, "but not a flat"So I have been told/' said Dick quietly. terer." "You have a pass to go across the river?" 'fhe girl opened her eyes in surprise as she heard Dick "No, but doubtless your excellency will furnish speak. with one. British colonels arc always good-hearted." "Why , it is--" The sergeant, flattered, gave the supposed peddler "Yes, but be careful," whispered Dick. "Yes, my lady, ordinary pass, and Dick took it and smiled his thanks.


d. THE LIBERTY BOYS BEATEN. 27 e crossed the river in a boat at a point considerably •e Fort Lee, and then made his way to that post. aking himself known, he asked to see the general, and informed that he had gone to Hackensack. P reparations were already being made to abandon the rt, all the ammunition and many of the stores having en taken out . Dick was considerably disappointed at not seeing Washgton. He wished to be rid of his precious burden as soon as ssible. It was a great responsibility, and then he wished to reive instructions and get to work. "The general must know this at once," said Dick. Then he set out posthaste to bear the important news. CHAPTER XVIII. CONCLUSION. The Liberty Boys were in camp awaiting news of Dick. "Shure, an' it's weary waitin', so et is," said Patsy Bran nigan. "Dhere was no foighting been some more alretty,'' an swered Carl. Pausing only to obtain some1 slight refreshment, he shed on to Hackensack, which he reached in something "No, an' we can't go foragin' nor nothin', me bhy." er an hour and a half. "Nein, und ve couldn't told ghost stories neider." H e asked to see the general, and was shortly shown into "Nor fall out of trees on top av fat Dootchmen naither." s presence. "Und ve gouldn't stole some picks und had dem bited us." _Throwing the peddler's pouch on a camp-chair, he re-oved his hat, wig, and beard, and said: "No, we couldn't do anny av dhem tings, an' it's weary ''Good-day, your excelle ncy. I wish to relieve myelf of waitin' doin' nothin', begorrah." great responsibility." "Vell, if ve gouldn't gone avay, maybe ve gould amoose-"Ah, Dick, good -day. Your disguise is perfect. I ment ourselfs in der gamp." ould not have known you. What is the great responsi"Shure, an' dhere's no objection to dhat." ility of which you wish to be relieved?" "Den dis is vat I bropositions to you, Batsy." "That, your excellency,'' said Dick, with a point. There were several of the Liberty Boys sitting or stand" to the pack. mg around . The general looked puzzled. They all bent their ears to hear what Carl had to "bropo-1 T " "You remember the treasure I told you of, which was to si ion. "Go on " Patsv "Shure "t' all ea Ji a " e given to you?'' ' 1 J • '1 s rs m. "Yes r remember it." "Shust lige a shackass, by gollies,'' roared Carl, slap-"It in that pack." . . "Then you were successful?" A1sy now, none av yer rema1rks, Dootchy. Phwat ia "Yes; but I have had many narrow escapes in securing dhe plan yez have in yer cabbage head?" ,, , "I was got not a gabbage headt, I was a headt got shust rn-0 ent. Then Dick briefly related his adventures while endeav the ring to get the gold. lige oder beaples alretty . " "Well, tell us your plan,'' interposed Ben. "If you two fellows keep on . quarreling we'll never learn about it." ed -thank both you and the young lady,'' said the genral. . "I am sorry you were beaten at Cock Hill Fort, but ,er ou made a good fight for it." "It was inevitable," said Dick "Have you any further w rders ?" "Yes. Fort Lee is to be abandoned. I shall want you 0 and your Liberty Boys with me for the present, Dick." ":We are at your service, sir. I will hasten at once to g\rn them your message." Dick assumed another disguise, threw aside his pack and staff, and hu-rried back to the river with all possible haste. It set in raining at night, and Dick could not get a boat. He went up the river some distance, and while trying to find the means to cross saw a number of :flatboats landing in the drizzle. "Vell, I dinks ve should had a circus. Ve vas got horses, ve had strong mans und dumblers, ve ms dose riders had, und ve vas had--" "A foine Dootch clown, begorrah!" roared Patsy. "Don't be furgettin' yersilf, Cookyspiller, me "Nein, I was mage you der glown been,'' said Carl. "Dot was your blaces, Batsy." "Niver! It's a foine roidher I am, an' it's yez dhat should be dhe clown." "What's the harm of having two of them?" asked Ben. "One is not enough." The Liberty Boys roared, but Patsy declared indignant ly that he would not listen to it. "No, sor, it's a roidher I'll be, an' nothin' else." he pro tested. "Let dhe Dootchmon be a clown or not as he loikes, but Oi'm goin' to be a roidher." e They were filled with British troops. General Howe had crossed the river, and meant to attack Fort Lee. It was settled then that Patsy should ride, and prepa ra, tions were began for holding the circus. l A ring was made in an open space in the center of the


' 28 THE LIB'ER'l'Y 130 'l S .8.EA'l'E.N. camp, and banked up all around except at one point where the horses were to enter. There were many good gymnasts among the Liberty Boys, and all could ride well. They would be spectators and performers iR turn, but that did not matter. The Swede could lift heavy weights, Ira Little could ride on some one's shoulders, being quite small, many could ' sing, and there would be no lack of entertainment. Bob Estabroo _ k was to be master of ceremonies, and to him was assigned the making out of a programme. At length everything was ready and the performance began. All the Liberty Boys entered the ring and rode around, performing various evolutions. T hen Bob Estabrook, having a most intelligent animal , put him through his paces. After that there were tumblers and jugglers in plenty There were other acts and then Bob Estabrook an n ounced: "The daring rider, Patsy Brannigan, assisted by th e fu nny clown, Carl Gookenspieler." " Shure, an' Oi don't want anny assistance from dh e Doot chmon," said Patsy. "Oi can roide widout ann, ' he lp from him or anny wan ilse, begorrah!' Then Patsy's horse was led in all saddled and bridled. It was noticed that Carl hung around the hot"Se and I s eemed to be fixing the saddle, but no great attention was paid to him. The Liberty Boys all wanted to see Patsy ride , for the J knew that he was at home in the saddle. The Irish Liberty Boy landed on his own head on tl soft turf of the ring bank, and fell over on his back. J.. Carl Gookenspieler laughed, and Bob Oddy fairly roa'' ed. 'ce Meanwhile the horse was standing perfectly still. Patsy picked himself up looking decidedly crestfall "Shure, an' yez niver done dhat to me before," he sa to his horse, approaching him. "Phwat's dhe matter w'. yez at all at all?" "Maybe I was gife you some assisdan ce," said Carl. ) Then he lifted the saddle and r emoved a large che nut burr which was under it. There were plenty of them in the woods hard by, wher Carl . had obtained this one. The Liberty Boys, realizing the trick that had be played on Patsy, had a hearty laugh at his expense. "An' was it ye dhat done dhe trick, Cookyspiller?" h asked. "Sure!" said Carl. "Faith, thin Oi'll not roide anny mor e." "Oh, yes, go on, do!" urged the Libert y Boys. At that moment the signal was given by a sentinel post S ed on the outskirts of the camp. Then Dick Slater came into their midst hurriedly. "Fort Lee has been abandoned, and taken by the Brit ish," he said. "The general wants that the Libert y Boy shall join him immediately in the Jerseys . " "Hooroo! dhat's betther dhan dhe circus!" cried Patsy, dancing with joy. I The Liberty Boys all hailed with delight the ment that they were to join the general. "Oi'll show yez some foine thricks Oi larned in Oirland , Tents were struck, baggage packed, horses saddled an m e bhys," he said. "An' yez niver saw dhe loikes av bridled and by nightfall they were on the march to cros dhim. Dhe forst ting Oi'll do will be to jump on me the river and join the main army, where many glorio horse's ba ck at full speed, an' dhin shtand on me head," achievements awaited them. s aid Patsy. Then the horse was let go, while Bob Estabrook cracked the whip. THE END. Read "THE LIBERTY BOYS AND MAJOR KELLY; Around the ring flew the horse, going faster and faster OR THE BRAVE b H 11-f" , . , y arry mo<(-"-, . at every moment. When he was going his fastest Patsy ran alongside and essayed to jump into the saddle. It was a feat which he had done many times before, and many of the Liberty Boys had seen him do it. He landed in the saddle all right, precisely as he had promised that he would do. But he did not stay there more than a few moments. which will be the next number (289) of "The Liberty Boys of '76." NOTICE: AU lmrk n um bers o f thl e 1"Mkly 1rE> alw>1V!'I in print. Jf you cannot obtain them from a.•l •(.! rhP. price i n money or oy n"i1 FR . \ 1'0USEY, P!JBLISHl!rn, 24 ITNIO!( The animal gave vent to a snort, stopped short, and SQUARE, NEW Y ORK, and you will receive tae oop1 threw Patsy over his head. you or aer by return mail.


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Striking i t Ri c h JD tbe Hills. 354 Fred Fearnot and the Ha il r oad Gang; or, A D esperate Fight tor Life. 355 Fred Fearnot and t.he I\Ja d Miner; or, The Gold Thieves of the Rockies. 356 Fred Fearnot in T r o u ble: o r , Terry Olcott's Vow of Vengeanc e . 357 and the G i r l in V.'hite; or, The Mystery of the 358 Fred Fearnot and the Boy Herder ; or, The lllasked Band of the Plain!. Fakirs. 384 Fred :b'earnot's Pony Express: or, A Rough Ride In 'l'exas. 385 Fred Fearnot Held Back ; or, The Time Terry Failed Him. 386 Fred Fearnot and the Tough Trio; or, Keeping the Peace at.dill! Bar. •inf 3 87 Fred Fearnot and "Nobody's Boy " ; or, Helping Along an 0{ 388 Fred Fearnot's Promise; or, Helping a Drunkard's Boy. 389 Fred Fearnot and the Hunted l\Ian ; or, Solving a Queer 390 Fred Fearnot and the Girl of Gold; or, The Female "Wi.zar(.nd, Wall Street. 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