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THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 A Weekly Magazine Containing Stories of the American Revolution Issued Weekly-Bi, Subscription $2.50 1Jer yea, . Entered as Seeond rlasg 1'fa,tter at the New York. N. Y., Po3t Olfice, February f. 1901. Entered acco.-ding to .4ct of Convress, in t he year 1906, in the office of the Librarum of Congress, ffTaM hinr,tcm, D. C . , by Frank Tousey, Publish.e r , 2~ Union Square, New York. No . 290. NEW YORK, JULY 20, 1906. Price 5 Cents. T-J f ., ,,f INE OHAPT R . . ii • DICK SLATER AND THE )IALCONTENTS. "Where yer goin', young feller?" "N"owhere in p a rti cu lar." " 1 Vaal, w e'd lik e ter talk with yer." "Go ahead and talk." "'l'his here ain't a good place." ''It's as good as any . " "No, come over ter ther camp . " "Tell me what you want to talk about . " "1raal , it's erbout goin' home." "Then we'll talk about it here." A boy had been ridin g along a country road near )forstown, in New Jersey . It was toward the close of the year 1780. The boy had been stopped by half a dozen rough-looking en in the uniform of Continentals . He himself wore the same uniform, and, like theirs, was ragged and patched. He rode a magnifi cent coal-black horse, and was a , r on to attract attention. He was well built and handsome, with brown hair and ay-blue eyes, wore a sword at his side, and was evi ntly a youth of some importan ce . The n ext question of his interrogators plainly indicated s . "Ye're Captain Dick Slater, e r the Liberty Boys, ain't r?" ' I am." 'An' yer've be'n fightin' fur three years?" "'Yoo, more than that." 'Yer en l isted fur thet term?" 'No; I o r ganized the Lib erty Boys, and promised to t as long as the war l asted." W aal, we 'listed fur three years, an' we want our dis ge." The war isn't over yet . " ri:'het don't make no diff'ren ce . We didn't 'list fur war , we 'lis t ed fur three years." Vell ?" attentive ly. her time is up. We axed fur our discharges, an' we 't get 'em." nd now?" asked Dick, eeing that the sp0kes man more to say . ;v aal , a n ' now we're goin' te r Philad elphia ter lay case before ther Congress . " an't you rely on Genera l W ayne?,, "Anth'ny W ayne hain't got nothin' ter do with et.. \Ve're ergoin' ter see Con g ress er bout et." "Then you are acting against orders . " " W e don't keer fur thet." "You are mutineers, in fact." "We don't keer fur thet, nuther." "Well, what do you want of me?" "Y e're the r capt'n e r the L iberty Boys?" "Yes." "Y er',e got a purty good troop." "Yes, a hundred." "Waal, we want yer ter jine ther Penn syl,ania sojeri; an' revolt." "I will not do it. I mean to stick by General Wayne~ and the Liberty Boys will do the same thing, to a man.'" "Waal," shrugging his shoulders, "ye're er Xew Yorke:r, an' mebby thet makes er diff'rence, but we're ergoin' terquit." "Just when the country needs you most? For shame!'" "Waal, we need our pay an' purvisions an' uniforms, an" \Te don't get 'em . We reckon ther country hez obligations ez well ez us." "Look at my uniform," said Dick. "Look at my s hoes. I am ragged as well as you . o are all the Liberty Boys. But we don't complain. We promised to stay till the end of the war, and we will do it.'' "Ther more fools yer are, then; thet's all I got ter say.'' "You are making a mistake, men," sajd Di ck. "We don't think so," doggedly . "Don't you like General Wa yne?" "We think ther world of him.'' "Then why do you desert him? Don't you know that the enemy is all around us?" "Thet hain't got nothin' ter do with_ et," stolidly. "And you say you love General Wayne ?11 "Et ain't Anth'ny Wayne, it's ther principle er ther thing . Ef ther enemy was ter 'tack us terday, we'd fight . We ain't outlaws, but we getter hav e our rights. Will yer jfoe us?" "No." "Waal, ye r kin do as yer please, but we~ve told yer what we're goin' ter do." "Very well, but I am not. " "Don't let him go," said another. "He'll be tellin' et all over ther camp." The men quickly s urrounded Dick to prev ent his go ing.


'fH.E LlBER1Y BOYS' DEAD-,HOT B,\.XD . He held up his hand. "You have given me yolr confidence," he said. :"Ya.s, we-shur.ely have." "Do I look like one who would betJ:ay it?" "Yer shorely don't," said the leader. "Will y,er give us yer word not ter say ennything erbout et?" "I will no.t speak to General 11-ayne, if that is what you mean." "Tb.en thet's all right . " "Et ain't all right!" hotly fxom another. "Yer ean 't trust him." "Yer dunno what yer're tor.kin' erbout, Hi '.H311nes," said the leader. "Everybody, in ther army knows erbout Di ck Slater, an' ef he 'lows he'll keep his word he'll do et." ''Yas, thet'ss0!', declared the majority of the men. "Yer kin go," said the leader, "but ,re rely on yer ter keep yer word, an' not leil this yelle thing git out." "You can do so!" firmly. The run then. sto0d aside and rode on. T e situation at that time was indeed criticaJ. •:rta.e condit ion , oi the ar:m,y. was distress-mg in, the extreme. Money wiS scarrce:, provisions were lacking, and discontent was rife on all sides. The stand that the Pennsylvania regiments unde-r!aL W a311e made was this : They had enlisted to s-erve "for three years or -during wur/ that is to say, for less than three years should the war cea e in less time. When. ho,Cl'eYei, having sen~d for three years,, they sought their dischnrg-B, the • officetl, loth to lose such experienced soldiers, interpreted fue teem~ of enlistrne:o.t to mean three years, or to the end of the war should it continue or a longct time . This chicanery produced. great exasperation. and the opinion of the men Dick had seen was that of a large number of the troops. The youth had known for some time t!lat great di s satisfaction existed, but until now he had witnessed no such open expression of it as he had just heaad. "Everything is ripe for revolt," the youth thought a~ he rode on. "There is no need to inform. General Wayne. He will soon leirnn of this if he does not already know of it. The Liberty Boys must know of it, however, and be pnepured .. " Re rode, on for a short distance, and then returned by a smnewhat circttitous route to the camp of the Liberty Boys. Here he sent for a youth of his own age by the name of Bob Estabrook, a dashing, manly young fellow, and the first lieutenant of the company. Re also sent for Ben Spurlock, one of the . jolliest and liveliest of the youths, Mark Morrison, Sam Sanderson, George Brewster, Walter J enr1ings, Arthur :Mackay, and a German and an Irish boy . The last brn deserve especial mention. One \\as a jolly, goo

• THE LIBER'I'Y BOYS' DRAD-SHOT BAND. ''Yes, Oddy is a good shot, I know." "]lore better I shoot him, is it not?" asl.ed C arl. 'There's the Swede," added :Mark. He is big and "It's betther to catch him. Y ez moight hoot ham lJ Ykward, but he can hoot straight." to pieces." "True, I have noticed th t. ~eb ~elson will be one "All righd; den I catch him. Dot wa, a plac.k ' nd vJrite u,." rabbit been, Batsy." • Then there is Ira Little,'' suggested Ben Spurlock. ' 'tis, _ye 're roight." here i,n't much of him, but you ought to see him ' Dot looks more lige a cat as a rabbit, don'd )IOU din:J.e?" oat." ' ~hure, an' some people cant tell dhe diffeTenC' oe -'I have seen him," tlaughingly . "Well, colmt in the clnme a rabbit an' a cat." dget." All righd, I catch him, I bet you. Choost ,iatch me.'1 Others suggested names , all of which were approve.a of . Carl was behind the little animal 011 the ienoe. Dick. He stole noiselessly up while Patsy stepped ofi t O'lilE l'he sc~ e of dead-shots was at last complete . .side. ~hose not present were to be notified by Dick himself oi The animal seemed not to have heard Carl or to .h •e ir select ion. no fear of him. ~he existence of the special bodvguard was to be kept a He sat on top of the stone fence, utterly indifferent. ret for many reasons. Car l crept ca utiou sly over the s now, which ga'Ve 1 rth 11 the Liberty Boys were faithful to Dick: but a secret little or no noise, and suddenly made a .dive ior th Ettle not be kept when entrusted to too many, and altho1.1gb animal. k distrusted none, he preferred not to let the thing be It was not a cat, neither was it a rabbit . erally known. Patsy knew what it was, and did n.ot t ruppmac-h careless word might betray the affair, and onc.e it got too close. there would be no keeping it quiet. uddenly a dreadful odor was observed. 'eneral Wayne himself was not to know of it. Carl uttered a howl and sat down in the sn w. e knew that the Liberty Boys were all loyal to him, The little creature wa a skunk, and had uLetil its YJittlll -that was sufficient. I ral weapon against his intended captor . ick went quietly among the Liberty Boys and told I Then it promptly made off, and Carl saw nc ,more of 1 member of the Dead-Shot Band of hi~ ap1•ointment it. rately. ".Ach, mein gollies, it w ;as went buste.d all to bi I-f's," ot all of them knew at first jmt who or how many said Carl, holding his nose. "I din.ks he wa sigk, alrett,y, e Liberty Boys were in it. und dot was der reason . " hey would kno.r, e,entually, of courae, but just now "Phwy didn't yez catch it, Cookyspiller?" Jau hetl did not. Patsy, getting to windward of the . stone fence. hey were all cautioned to say nothing about it, not "Mein gollies, I

4 THE LIBERTY BOYS' DEAD-S HOT BAND . "Yah, I dinks dat also. Vor vhy you was not toldt me dot before?" "Shure, an' Oi musht have forgot all about it, Dootchy," laughed Patsy, who had not forgotten anything. "But vhat I dooded, I ax you?" "Go bury yersilf, Oi towld yez." "I don't gould dooded dot." "Well, dhin av ycz will dig dhe hole an' jump into it,

THE LIBER"rY BOYS' DEAD-SHOT BAND. 5 "Does not the example of these youths have any influand get word to one of the Jersey brigades to go to Chat ence upon you, men?" asked Wayne. ham. There will be other duties also . " One of the sergeants stepped forward. "They shall be done, general," proudly. "The Liberty Boys are New Yorkers," he said. "They a eneral Wayne was no longer "Mad Anthony," for be went in for the whole war. We didn't. We enlisted three acted with great judgment. years, and the time is up." He gave Dick a number of despatches to deliver, and "Yas, an' et was up long ago," declared another, "an the youth set out at once with his Dead-Shot Band. we're goin' ter Congress ter demand our rights." There was the enemy to be guarded against as well as "There's no use goin' home,'' spoke up another. "\\' e the mutineers, and it was better to go well provided to wouldn't git nothin' ef we did. We're goin' ter Philameet any emergencies. delphia, that's where we're goin'!" The greater part of the Liberty Boys remained in camp _,,. There were murmurs of approval all along the line. while Dick and the others pressed 011. General Wayne tried to pacify them. There might be occasion for the rest to join them, He spoke of leaving him exposed to the enemy, of the and in that case they could easily be sent for. folly of their act, and of its di loyalty, and urged them to Dick and his band set out at once to give the alarm. wait. Fires were kindled upon the hills, and guns boomed Nothing that he said seemed to move them. along the valleys. They were no longer to be pacified by words. The Jersey brigade was dispatched to Chatham, and the Then Wayne became "Mad Anthony" in very truth, whole surrounding country was soon on the alert. and cocked his pistols. Far into the night rode Dick and his band, carrying despatches and spreading the alarm from post to post. Dick gave a quick signal .to the Dead-Shot Band. "Shure, an' dhis do be loively work," said Patsy, when In a second they were close at his side. they halted at a little inn, well toward morning. Quick as they were, the mutineers were quicker. "Yah, I bet me dot it was," said Carl. "What you In an instant their bayonets were at Wayne's breast. sayed to hafing some subber, Batsy?" Then a major spoke. "Shure, an' Oi wud think it wor toime fur breakasht, "We love you, we respect you," he said, "but you are more loike Cookyspiller, me bhy." a dead man if you fire. Do not mistake us; we are not "Nein, dot was subber alretty . I vas mein subber las ht going to the enemy. Were they now to come out you nighd got not, und so it was subber dime, ain'd it?" would see us fight under your orders with as much ,reso-" Shure, an' av yez reckon dhat way, Cookyspiller," said lution and alacrity as ever." Patsy, "countin' be the males Oi've losht, it orter be week The threat of the mutineers was not an idle one. before lasht Thursday's dinner, begorrah, an' not breakOther regiments tried to quell the mutiny, and a bloody fasht at all at all." affray at once took place. "Yell, dot don'd make . some difference anyhow. Ve Dick and his Dead-Shot Band threw themselves in ronl vas had somedings vor ead und you gould galled it vhat of General Wayne. you was lige." This was more to protect him than to cow the mutiThere was nobody stirring in the inn at that time, as neers, whi c h they knew they would be unable to do. it was scarcely light yet. The affray was short but bloody, numbers being woundCarl took up the knocker and pounded on the door ed on both sides, and one captain killed. with it, sending a noisy summons clanging through the Then three Pennsylvania regiments which had taken house. 'O part in the mutiny were paraded with their officers. A woman with a nightcap on her head came to an upper fig} The mutineer s compelled them to join their ranke, window, and screamed: ,,hich in c reased their number to thirteen hundred. "Well, what's all that noise about when honest people \! cha The mutiny was now well under way, the malcontents ought to be in their beds?" "eing flushed with the success they had already achieved. "I was honest been, ma'am, bud I vas not mein sub , " . ;rhey seized six field pieces, and set out at night for ber had alretty, und I vas hungry been. Also I was ein the1 hiladelphia under command of their sergeants. draveler, und I vant dot you should open der house al" Dick Slater went at once to General Wayne, and said: retty." " "General, the Liberty Boys will stand by you in this "A traveler, say you? Where from?" diclnl we have stood by you in everything else. Command "I vas vrom Morristown came alretty, und I mein supany or all of us, and you will find us ready." per vant." The general smiled and said: "Have you money to pay for it?" demanded the land-"I have had proof 0 your loyalty before now, Dick. lady, with caution. There is no need to test it now, but you can aid me." "Yah, certainly I got not de money vor dot to paid al "Command me, general," said Dick. retty." "I want that you shall take a part 0 your Liberty Boys "Are you a king's man or are you a rebel?" 7


r 6 THB LIBERTY BOI:s' DJ~D-HOT BA~D. "Yab, I dinks I was, un,d I soie subber was wanted," and Carl banged on the door. "Stop that noise," screamed the landlady. "Yab, I was clot noise alretty shtopped vhen you was gome down und got me mein subber." "How q_o you want it-hot or cold?" "Any vays, I don'd cared so long clot I got it." "Well, here it is cdld!" At that the landlady emptied a pitcher of water on Carl's head, and closed the window. ~ -,.,__ "I clinks I was got it pooty gold!" cried Carl, shiver' ing . "It shtrikes me dbat yez got it hot, Dootchy," laughed ' Patsy. "Nein, dot was shtrike me, und I was got it colder as I was lige, I bet you." CHAPTER IV. MIA.JOR DOES DICK A GOOD TURN. Dick gat the landlady up by a promise to pay her for whatever they called for, and in short time the Liberty Boys were served with hot coffee, -which greatly refreshed them. "Well, Cookyspiller," said Patsy, "forst yez bad it cowld on dhe outside, an' now yez get it hot on dhe in side, rn dhat makes it aven . " ----.. "Yah, but I was got more on der ouidsides as I was got on mein insides alretty," said Carl, swalloll"ing a cup of hot coffee . " "Well, dhere's more outsoide av yez dhan dhere is on dhe insoide, so dhat's all roight, me bhy." At daybreak Dick took Bob Estabrook, _leaving the others at the inn, and set off to see if they could learn anything of the mutineers . As they were riding along Dick suddenly brought Major, his horse, to a halt, and whispered to Bob: "There is somebody ahead of us." "Did you hear them?" "Yes." "Are. there many?" "Two, I think." "Then there is nothing to fear." "No, but there may be something to learn . " "Say you so?" "Yes; there are spies all about, and these two men may be such." "True. What shall you do?" "I smell smoke. These men haYe a fire in the bushes. "\Ye can, no don bt, come quietly upon them and hear what they are saying." "True." ' "Let us dismount and go ahead cau tiously." The youths did so. Presently they saw the smoke of a little fire curlin g above a clump of bushes a little back from the :roads ide . They advanced cautiousl-y, lea ding their horses. Then they made thei,r horses lie down while they tole .forward. They could hear the YOices of the men very plain~:y now . Peering through the bushes Dick saw a couple of roucrh looking men sitting on a log beside a :fire. "It's jest as yer say, Bill," one was saying. "Ther sojers hez mutinied, a-n' now's ther time fur ther redcoats ter git hold on 'em." "Thet's right, Ned." "An' me an' you wants ter go an' tell 'em all erbou t et." "Thet's je s t what I said." "They've be'n ersuspicionin EOmethin' like this here fur er long while." "So they hev, an' now',, . our time ter go an' tell 'em. " Dick quickly turned a.nd crept toward Major. Seven or eight evil-looking men suddenly dashed to ward the boys. Before they had time to draw their pist ols the men wer e upon them and they were prisorrers. Then Bill and Ned came out from behind the bushes. "vVho yer got there, boys?" asked Bill. "Er couple er rebels what was erlistenin' ter yer, an' hearin' what yer had ter say." "Yas, they're rebels shure 'nuff," growled Ned. "What will we do with ther spies?" "Hang 'em, I guess," said Bill. "Them's er couple er likely bosses. Guess we don't want ter turn them hos es loose ter be lost, an' I guess I'll take ther black one. He's er likely critter, shore enuff." He advanced to seize ~lajor, when the noble anim al wheeled quickly around and let fly with hi hind heeh. Bill was sent rollin g over among the bu liee, while Major went dashing up the road. Bob1s horse 'followed at once. "H'm! ther's them two hosses got erway!" said Ned, "but we've got ther spies all ther same." Bill got up, declaring that his ribs were bronen, and that he was going to take it out of the mastex of that b lack horse. "Who be yer, anyway?" he asked. "American soldiers,'' said Dick. "Yas., I kin see thet 'ere, but wot's yer names?" "Tha t doesn't concern you." "....._ "He's er spy er Gin'ral Wayne's," spoke up one oi the newcomers . "I seen him erleavin' ther huts. He~s er spy on ther mutineers. " "Then we'll string him up right yere, an' git ter work in e r hurry." "T'other feller's one on 'em, too," said Ned, "so yer'd better fix him ther same way." "Beware," said Dick. "We aFe Ameri can soliliere, not spies. If you hang us Olla" comrade.. will hang alil of ;YQU to pay for it."


THE LIBERTY BOYS ' DEAD-SHOT BAKD. 7 ''Et aln't likely that they'll know who Jone et," laughed Bill . "Come on, Ned, yer got enny deer thongs or enn ything like thet ter tie 'em up with?" "Take ther belt they're erwearin'. Thet's good ernuff . I hain't got more'n ernuff thong ter hang 'em with." 'I warn you coundrels again," ~aid Dick, 'that if you commit this outrage you will not escape punishment. We are bot-h well known, and you will certainly be found out." "Tie 'em up, boys," snarled Bill. "Don't wa te no tim e erbont et. " The two you~hs were bound hand and foot, and then the men produced several long tough leather thongs which t hey proceeded to tie together so as to make two halters. There were pl.aced about the necks of the youths, and the n thrown over the limbs of two trees standing close to gether. Before the spies could carry out their scheme, however, before they had even grasped the halters, there was the sudden ound of horses' feet thundering clown the road. The::i. a ringing hout wa hear

,.......-8 THE LIBERTY BOYS' DEAD-SHOT BAND. .........._, "Well, come on, annyhow." The Liberty Boys often folmd friendly farmers who were willing to give them provisions. Patsy had no doubt that he would come across one now. If he did not then he would look for some Tory and levy Qil him. These folk were their natural enemies, and Patsy had no compunctio n in helping himself from their stores. Patsy and Carl set out, and after a tramp reached a farmhouse. They went to the back door, and when a woman came at their call, the jolly young Irishman said : "Shure, an' ye're lookin' foine an' rosy, ma'am. It musht be in good health yez are . " "I have no reason ter complain erbout thet," the woman said. "An' shure, 1 know ye're good-hearted, ma'am, be soides bein' so healthy." "Wbat do yer want?" asked the woman, laughing. "Ye are arter somethin', I'll be bound, with all thet blarney." "Shure, an' Oi niver said Oi wanted annything, ma'am. Oi wuz on'y passin' dhe compliments av dhe saison." "Don'd you was .pelief him, vomans," said Carl. "Ve was vanted ein sheep alretty, off you was got vun. We was solchers been, und off you was ein goot batriot maybe you was given us vun alretty." "What's yer regiment? Yer ain't mutineers, are yer?" "Nein, we was mit dem Liperty Poys pelong, und dot was Capdain Tick Slader's pand, off you kn.owed it." "Sartin I do, an' Dick Slater's all right. Ef you want a sheep, yer kin have it. Go out in ther pastcher an' help yerself." "We was mooch opliged been, ma'am, und we will dot sheep tooken righd away in ein hurry." "All right; you take any one you want, an' welcum. I don't mind givin' things ter Gin'ral Washington's sojers, but I do hate gypsies wuss'n pizen." "Shure, an' do dhe gypsies ann'y yez, ma'am?" asked Patsy. "Yas, they do. Ther was some come by this', an' ef I hadn't watched 'em they'd hev run off sheep an' everything else they could er got their hands on, ther rob bers." "An' air dhey anywhere around dhe nebberhood now, ma'am? "Reckon they're up in ther woods back yere er piece, cuz they gin'ally camps putty soon after they comes ter a place, an' thet's er great campin' groun' fur 'em." "Shure, an' we'll hev to kape an oi on dhim for yez, ma'am. Come on, Dootchy, an' get dhe sheep, begorrah." They went off to the pasture, where they found a number of sheep lying in shelteTed places behinQ the rocks. "Dhere's a foine wan," said Patsy, pointing to a big ram. "He's owld, but dhat'll give our jaws good prac tice." "He was got a vine lot off vool mit his pack, also," sai d Carl. "Dot mage me a good ofergoat to kept me warm ." "Yis, he's a foine wan altogither, Carl, so let's catc h him." was easier said than done. The ram seemed to have an idea that he was wanted , and got up. Then he went chasing over the pasture, picking out the rockiest places for his exercise. "Nefer mind, I was caught him pooty soon alretty," sai d Carl. "I was run pooty goot meinselluf." The ram allowed _ him to come within reach, and then, as Carl put out his hand, suddenly bolted. ,, she Pa th1 we tio "Phwy didn't yez catch him, Dootchy?" laughed Patsy. hi: "Shure an' yez had him dhat toime." "I was caught him pooty quigk alretty," said Carl. "] He followed the sheep to a big boulder, and began creep-1 . ing around it on his hands and knees to 8urprise the ani mal. The latter presently gave Carl a surprise instead. He went around the bowlder and came up behind the fat Liberty Boy . Then he lowered his head and charged full tilt. Patsy roared to see Carl take a sudden start and go slid ing over the snow. Carl uttered a grunt, and picked himself up, looking very much disgusted. The ram had disappeared. "Vor vhy you was hid me mit ein glub, Patsy?" asked Carl. "I was fery soon had dot sheep off you was shdop dot fooling." "Shure, an' Oi niver touched yez, Cookyspiller," laugh ed Patsy. "Didn't you was dooded dot?" "No, sir." "Wbo it was?" "Dhe ram, begorrah. He charged on yez from behoi nd, an' flured yez." "Yah, I was t'ought I got chooted ouid von a ganno n." "Niver moind; do yez go around on dhat soide av dbe rock, an' Oi'll go on dhis soide, an' we'll catch him ." Then they started to carry out the jolly Irish boy's plan. All at once the ram came charging around a corne r of the boulder straight at Patsy. Over went the latter on his back with a howl, and Carl ran up to see what was the matter. "Vl1at you dooded down dere, Batsy?" he asked. "Di d you caught him?" "No, sor, but he caught me all roight an' caught me foul, too, begorrah, dhe big vilyan." "You was a shicken caught?" "A chicken, is it. Shure, an' Oi didn't." "You was sayed you was caught a owl. Dot was a shicken, don'd it?" "No, but dhe big fell:v caught me in dhe stomach wid his two horns, an' knocked all dhe wind out av me, begorrah." 0 a 0 C: -0] iI iI l I


THE LIJ3ERTY BOYS' DEA D-SHOT BAND . 9 "Dot was der same lige he was dooded mit me." "Yis, only he tuck yez behoind." "Yell, we once more anoder dime dry alretty, is it?" " lrnre, an' we've got to get him, me bby. Dhere's no sheep in dhe country goin' to say he got dhe besht av Patsy Brannigan." 'Then they sta rted after the ram again. The creatu re led them a merry chase over rocks and thro ugh thickets. He would allow them to come within reach of him, and would then scurry off in an entirely unexpected direction. "Shure, an' we'll 'am dhat sheep be dhe tuime we get him,'' said Patsy, perspiring. "Ye dont vant dot oldt veller anyhow," said Carl. "Led's got anoder vun. He was too mooch droubles been, I bet you." The oth:: sheep were scattered all over the pasture, kowever, and were no easier to catch than the big ram. "No, sor, shure, an' Oi shtarted out to catch him an' Oi'm goin' to have him," said Patsy, determinedly. " Dot's all righd; I hellub you." They finally cornered the troublesome creature under a high ledge among a lot of boulders. "X ow, dhin, catch him be dhe horns," said Patay, "an Oi'll howld on to yez so dhat he can't t'row yez." " Dot's all rigbd, I caught him dis time, I bet me," ~aid Carl, making a rush . The ram lowered his horns to meet it, and Carl landed on the creature's back. Off tarted the frightened animal, but Patsy "as wait ing for him . Carl had his hands in the ram's wool, and dug his heels into his sides as well . Then a sudden thought occurred to Patsy. He quickly drew his pis tol, cocked it, and fired.. The shot reached a v ital spot at once, anp. the trouble some ram fell dead . Carl was tumbled off in a heap among the rocks. "'{hat you dooded alretty ?" h!J asked, picking himself up and giving his head and arms a rub. "Shure, an Oi shot him, an' et's two big fools we wor not to think av dhat before." "Yah, I gould a lways dink of what I should was dooded afder dot habbened,'' ~aid Carl. "Mein hindsight was pully, but mein fo resight vas vorth nodings not, I bet me." "Well, he re he is an nyhow , so now put him o n yer sho,dders an' carry him home loike yez said yez would." "Did I sayed dot?" asked Carl, looking rather dubi ously at the big ram. "Y ez did, begorrah." . "Yell, dot was a life sheep I was went to garry. I didn't said nodings abouid garrying a deadt vuns." "Shure, t1n' ifs dhe same ting." "Xein,, deadt :.heep was tiff'rent . He don't gould nm lige a life ~us." "Yis, but yez said nothin' about his bein' aloi-re o r dead. Yez wor goin' to carry him. Now go on, me bhy, an' do it." "Den you should hellup me got him on my shoulder." "All roight; Oi'll do dhat much." When they lifted the sheep Carl shifted half the load on Patsy's shoulder. "Here, here, Oi didn't tell yez to do dhat. ,. "Don't some off1 dat sheep wa~ yours?" "Yis, av coorse." "Yell, I was only garry mein bart off it, dot was a ll. Off you vant some off it you was had to garry it." It ended in their carrying the sheep between them back to camp. CHAPTER VI. DICK IN TIIE GYPSY CA~IP. While Patsy Brannigan and Carl Gookenspieler were racing over the pasture in pursuit of that very trouble some ram, Dick Slater and Bob Estabrook came along on horseback. The woman came out of the house, hailed them, and asked: "Did you see a little boy erbout firn or six playin' o r runnin' in ther road as yer come erlong?" "~o, ma'am,'' said Dick. "Would yer mind runnin' up fother way a piece an' fetchin' him back?" "Certainly not . Go after him, Bob." The youth dashed on up the road in search of the miss ing child. "He ueyer goes fur," the woman said to Dick, "but I've be'n erhollerin', an' he don't answer . " "He never runs away, then?" "Shucks, no. He knows his way all erbout, an' he allus comes when I holler. Ther's two er yer sogers tryin' ter ketch er sheep up to ther pastcher what I said they could have, but he ain't went up there." "You say he was about five o r six yea rs old?". "Yas, but he ain't very big. H i s hai r is yaller , an' he's got blue eyes. I must say he's er putty boy, ef he is mine." "What's his name?" "W aal, his name is John, but we call him Jacky a good lot, coz his paw's name is John, too, and we don't wante r git 'em mi..,:ed up like." "Is your husband around?" "No, he's in the army. I don't see much e r h im; I got ernother boy, but he's off cho rin'. He ain't o ld e rnuff ter fight, but he wants ter. He's on'y 'leven, an' 's ides he's got er crooked leg, but et's 'mazin' ther work lie. kin do." "Do you feel any fear about the little boy, ma'am?" "W aal, no; on'y a passel er gypsies come long this mornin' 2m' I had some words with 'em, cuz they're a .---'1


10 THE LIBERTY BOYS' DEAD-SHOT BAND. ihievin' lot, an' I found 'em ertryin' ter run things off; I one come. E~' wife give plenty money. Me tell you more, an' I'm kinder ~keered thet he might er went thet way, l yo u give silver." an' they might e r picked him up an' kep' him, ther "And I don't care for fill:Y girl now?" thieves!" "No, you no care. Some day you fall in lm-e. Now yo u "But you say they went by . " no care . You like only to be soldier." "So they did, but they're campin' back here a piece Bob laughed upro a riously. in ther woods," pointing, "an' meb}:le some er them is "Somebody thinks I do," he said. "Anyhow, I've told prowlin' 'round now lookin' fu:dhings:" her so often enough . I'm afraid your stars are .in ecli pse, Just then B o b came riding back. girl." " I don't see anything 7if him," he said, "and I'\ e been The girl went away puzzled, and Bob Jrra11ed .alon;g, a mile at least. Wou l d he go as far as that?" leading hiJ:l . horse. "No, course he wou ldn't! Then you bain't seen no litMeanwhile Dick had asked the girl : tle yaJle r -headed boy, hain't yer ?" "So you can tell anything that anyone wants to "No, I saw one or two dirty, brown-skinned gypsy chil know?" dren, but I knew he wasn't any of them, and they were "Yes, me tell ev 'ting." with their folks, besides. There's a c amp of them up in "What did I come here for?" the woods." "You want know how soon you be great gen1ral. Ue "Yes," said Dick, "and we may have to go there." tell you for silver. Me know . " "Say you so?" Dick beckoneril the girl to ane side, and she waved the "Yes; this woman s uspect s that the gypsies may have rest away. taken the child." "You are an impo stor," he s aid sternly. "You .eminot "That's often done; bnt why should they do it so near read the stars. I c an tell JOU somethi ng; there is a home?" stolen boy in this camp, a boy with light hair and blue "She had some trouble with them . Come, let's go to eyes, a little fellow about six years old . If you don't give their camp." him up the soldie T s will break np your camp." Bob gave a ready asse n t. The girl flushed, and looked terrified for an in~tant . "Tru~t lo us, ma'am," said Dick , "to bring the hoy I The youth knew tliat he had made a correct guess. back if he's there. When Dick Slater undertakes a job "No, no litt' boy h e re , onlee gypsy boy," sh e said . "All he generally finishes it." dark, have black eye, black hair., no lost boy i n camp." "Good land , be yer Dick Slater?" cried the woman, in "Did you hear what I said about the S('.)ldie:rs? I have &luprise. a hundred of them. If I don't get the child I "ill bring "The same, ma'am . " them." "Then J know yer' ll do sornethin' fer me. I've heerd Tbe girl looked frightened, and t h e n called out some -er yer er lot. Waal, ef yer fetch Jacky back all right ther thing in a foreign tongue which Dick could not 1mderain't nuthin' yer can't have fur the r axin', a n ' thet's ther stand. truth." A heavily bearded, swarthy faced man with gold rings "We don't ask pay for doing our duty, ma'am," proudly, in his ears and a red handkerch ief about his head under "Come, Bob." his broad-brimmed hat, came hurriedly forward. They set out for the gypsy camp, and reached it in "What for you want fright de gal?" l:Je asked, glaring at about ten minutes. Dick. A number of gypsy girl s gathered about them at once . "Are you the leader here?" "1\Ie tell soldie r fortune," said one. "1\Ie see de future, "YaP, me fader to gal, me chief of de tribe, me big me see soldier a cap'tain. Me tell eef s oldier gi,e de piece man." silver." "Then," said Dick, "I tell you what I told her. There "So you think I'll be a captain?" asked Dick, looking is a stolen child in this camp, and I want him . " about him . The man glared at Dick, and shrugged bis shoulders. Bob h ad his eyes open at the same time. "No steal child. Sometime get lost, come here. No "Yes, me see dat in star, me see many tings, me tell, you steal. Me got plenty child. What for me steal?" gi,e silver." "If the child is lost and came here, why is he not run-Bob was looking around, and now one of the /?"YPSY ning about?" g irl s came to him. "M:e •o say him come . Sometime, no to-day no lost "You be ver-' r eech man," she said. "You baYe tree child to-day, some day plenty . " wife, ev' wife five you plenty money . " "The boy is here," said Dick. "If he is not giYe11 up I "Three wives, eh?" laughed Bob . ".All at once? That will send for the soldiers . Hey, Bob!" won't do at all." I Bob Estabrook came forward. "No, n ot a ll at same time. One wife die, d-en 110der 1 "Go to the camp of the Liberty Boys and bring them ----with boy, .d all. ow n fine " liar chi ert "C bo: hu ar Sfl lo tl f


THE LIBERT f BOY DEAD-SHO'l' BAND. 11 -.ilh you. I will remain. boy, and he is here." These people have stolen that I "Thet man fetched me ye re," said the boy, pointing to A numbe:r of gypsies had gath-ered about the group, all l ookmg very much excited , and many talking in their own tongue. ":\ le no got c hild, you look in rent, you look in cart, you lmd, you hare; me no got," said the chief of the band. "You are lying!" said Dick, ternly . "You are thieve , liars, and kidnappers . I will not leave this camp tiil the child is given to me. He i here. Bob, go for the Liberty Boys." Bob ,prang upon his horse. • "1Ie tell you lost boy no here," said the man, volubly. "Open tent, look in cart. You see tent open. You see hoy? _-o, he not here." "Go ahead, Bob, bring all the Liberty Boys, the whole h undr ed of them. " Bob dashed off. • "Boy no here," said the chief. "Maybe lost, maybe we find. ~o see already. Maybe someone find . Tony. G eorge, :Manuel, go look . Maybe you find lost boy in wood for soldier capta in. Queek, hurry up!" Di ck saw , that his words and decisive action had made on impression. "Yau wa~t one hour, two hour, maybe someone find," said the gypsy . "Ev'bodee look. We no got, all same dey look. find boy all :right." Dick rn'>ticed a movement of the gypsies toward one of the carts, and uddenly cried in a loud voice: ".focky! Hallo, you Jacky, where are you?'' The ~tr:iw in the cart was suddenly agitated, and a fair-haired boy popped out 0 it and cried: "II ere I be! Thet you, paw?" CHAPTER VII. THE GYPSY TAKES DICK AT HIS WORD. "Come here, Jacky,'' cried Dick. "Y011T mother wants you.'' The litule b(l)'.Y climbed down out 0 the wagon and ran to Dick. "Are you a sojer?" he asked . "Yes." "I tha:t yer hoss ?" "Yes." "Kin I ride him?" "Certainly." Dick iput i;}q,e child an Major's back and then rnung up b ehind him. The gypsies stood around scowling, but non e of them offered a ny wioJ~n ce. "Dat boy litt' rll1'laway , come here, get in cart, nobodee know nothing about,'' said the gypsy. "How di d you get here , Jacky?" asked Dick one of the gypsies . "What did he say?n "He said thet he'd gimme e r pony an' er lamb, au er calf ef I'd go with him, an' then he picked me up an' brung me yere." "Was this man here," pointing to the chief, "when yon earner" "Yes, an he said I c'd hev er pony an' lots er nice things ef I"d stay, an' thet I c'd play with all ther little boys an' ride on er ho~s." "Boy tell lie, rw saw him before," snarled the chief . Dick looked him in the eye and said firmly: "You are a liar as well as a thief and kidnapper. I be lieve the child. You heard me send for the soldiers?"' The man scowled. "Well, you got de child. I kno" strange boy came? child. Dat all right." Me ln10w nothing about. How I no see ev'ting. You got de "I shall go and meet the soldiers,'' said Dick. "If you are here when I get back we will break up your camp.'' ' lfe tink me go to-night, anyhow," the gypsy replied. "11e make ready one hour, two hour ago. :.Ic no care, me go to-day, to-morrow, any time. Ro stay long in one p lace . " . "You'll get out oi here before we come back,'' said Dick, "and you won't stop within hn:nly miles. Thafs all I've got to say." Then he dashed off so quickly, holding the child with one hand, that he was out of the woocls ancl beyond the bend in the road before a shot could oe fired. Dick stopped at the farm-hous-e and left Jacky there, much to the woman's delight, and then sped on toward the camp. He met the Liberty Boys in a few minutes, and told Bob what had happened. "I don't believe they will be there," he s.aid, "but we will ride on and see. I wau.t .that these rascals shall know that I keep my word." "Shure,, an' av dhey don't belave it," :::aid Patsy, "dhey will foind it out purty quick . " "I bet me dey got ouid in a hurry off dey some senses got," added Carl. "Off dey was dere alretty, dey got ouid pooty qvick." \\"hen the Liberty Boys reached the gypsy camp they found it deserted. There we-re evidences of a hasty departure, and Dick wa sure that they had started to lea:ve immedia tely after his vi it. "They took me at my word," he said. "I had an idea they would." "He wa a dogged chap," said Bob, "but not quite a fool. If those fellows can read character as they say, h ~ must ha"Ve k-nown that you would do as you said you would." ":Yow: we want to see that they keep a.way,'' said Dick. "The fellow bears me no good will , I know."


12 THE LIBEl!TY BOYS' DEAD-SllO'r B.AKD. "They' re vengeful fellows," said Bob. "He'll be want ing to get even with you. " "They're as likely as not to sell information to the en emy if they get a good price," said Di ck, "and for that re'a on we want to see that they don't hang about." Dick and the Liberty Boys then rode back to camp . 'rhe youth warned the woman at the farm to be on the watch for th'e gypsies, for although they had gone there was no kno,ring if they might not return and work some vengeance upon her. In order to be sure that they did not, howeYer, Dick left Ben Spurlock, Mark :Morrison, Patsy and Carl as a special guard upon the house for the night. Then be and the others rode on. The woman, Jacky's mother, was delighted to ha,e the :four Liberty Boys in the house. She could not do enough for them, in fact. She roared at Patsy's funny remarks, and said it did her good to hear him. he laughed at Carl, and gave him all he could eat. When he declared with tears in his eyes that he would burst if he ate any more, she laughed again. Mark and Ben told her stories of the war, and she de clared that they were the best young fellows she had ever met. "Except Dick Slater, er course," she added. "He's jest ther smartest young fe ll er there is. I ain't furgettin' how he fetched J acky back." " H e gimme er r ide on his b l ack hoss, an' I tell yer " e r id fast," said the child . "He's e r bully sojer, he is, an' I'm .goin' ter be jest like him when I grows up ter be er man . " "Shure, an' iverybody' ll . be proud av yez av yer do be annything at all loike Dick Shlater, me bhy," said Patsy . "Yah, I bet me off you was on'y halluf so goot as dot you was been all righd," saicl Carl, "uncl you vouldn 't needed to been any besse r as dot." After supper the four Liberty Boys patroled the road and the vicini~y of the house, front, rear, and sides, so as to detect any possible prowlers ancl prevent their doing any miscbiei. , When it came bed-l;ime Mark ancl Ben went to the home, promising to relieve Carl and Patsy after mid night, and take their places till morning. "Dhat's all roight, bhys," said Patsy . "Av inny av 1 dhim gypsy scoundbrels come around we'll give dhim a warm r aycipshin, bego rrah." "Yah, I bet me dey m the j "Vhere you was when dot was habbened?" H e C'onl "Comin' around dhe corner . " T he ste • "Me, too, also . " oe: "Shure, an' aich av us h'ard dhe ither, an' though" Xobod f was the gypsies." "Yah, I dinks so meinselluf." 'X-o, ev "\re tak "An' aich av us got a chrack on dhe hid from dhe '' X o, he er." ''"\Ye ,vai "I belief you, Batsy." ''\\'e wai "Shure an' Oi think w e'd betther kape togithe r , " l)('n bu make a n'ise dhe nixt toim e we hear annylhing, and Ye,.:." we won't go breakin' aich ither's hids . " reJ "Y ah, I din ks so m ein sell uf." After that they paraded up and down the road again, meeting at the turn, and then going around the house. Then one went up the road, and the other went down, a certain distance. They met in the road in front of the house. "Dootchy, me bhy!" whispered Patsy . "Yah, Batsy. Yhat va dot?" "Dhere's some wan be dhe house."


THE LIBERTY BOYS' DEAD-SHOT BAND. "Yab, I dinks m" '')Iaybe it do be

TEE LIBERT Y BOY "One of the gypsies, ma?am, " said__ Ben. • He escaped. They had their horses with them." "How many was there?" "O~ly two, but it might ha:ve faTed badly with us and with you, also, if we had not been on our guaTd." "Waal, I'm glad yer driv 'em away, the thieves. \fas they gypsies?" "Yes, ma'am; but you won't be troubled with them again. Go back to the hou se, Patsy and Carl." )lark and Ben remained on guard for the rest of the night. There was no more trouble from the gypsies, howerer. In the morning the youths found blood on the snow near the tr, a where Mark had stood, and tracks of it to the roud, and along it for some distance. There were the footprints of two horses, and occa sionally a drop of blood, but after a time this ceased . "The scoundrels got a lesson," said Ben, "and it is not like l y that they will return. They did not expect the kind of reception they got." "No, they evidently expected to get. a,rny with bro or three sheep and then set fire to the house out of re venge." ''The next time they will be careful how they run foul of any of the Liberty Boys Dead-Shot Band," drily. 'Yes, one such experience ought to be more than suf forage upon the country people and wagons were ready to meet them and promi~e cvers,thing withi n re The sergeants seemed to be Yery well :::atisfied with promises of redress held out to them, but there w great many dissatisfii;d ones in the main body of the neers. Dick, moving around. a-mong these, heard thei r plaintB. "We don't wa,nt you :f.ellows here ertall," growled "Ye're no good, an' we don't want yer.'' "But suppose General Wayne does?" asked Dick q ly. "'re dont care ef he does. Ke don't want yer. Anthony Wayne v;-:ant-ter sta.y, all right, we ain ' t s nothin' ergin it." "Ker we ain't er-sayin' nothin' ergin Kurn'l Butle r Kurn'l tcwart nuther'," said another. "Ko, er cour e we ain't, an' ef they want ter &tay us they're welcum . " "B~t we don't ".rnt nobody else an' they ain't welc "\fe set out ter go ter Philerdelphy an' we're er~ \.re hain't made no trouble an' we're observin' all military rules." "Nobody hain't complained on us, an' we"re eri: erhead. Anth"ny Wayne kin promise all he like:-. but hain't got ther power ter give us wot we ax fur an' w er goin ter get it." ficient." After breakfast the four youths rode back to camp. ifark reported what had happened in the early morn Dick caw from these and many more remarks that main bocly of the regiments were still i 1 rcYolt. and pe it was almo3t u eless to parley with them. t isfy ing. "These sc.oundrels evidently thought that I had done all I intended to do," said Dick, "and that we would leave the hou ' 0 unguarded, s.upposing that they had gone and were far upc>n theu way." \\ayne's position was an e

THE LinERTY l.lOYS' DK\.D-SHOT BANlJ. re h e could o,ertake the mutineers, they would either :ve r eturned to their duty or their affair would be in e hando oi Congre.s . * * * nesides, the navigaUon of Hudi:OD was still open; should any

16 THE LIBERTY BOYS' DEAD-SHOT B.AXD. cured to the beam as he was, and Dick could not' repress a ~hudder as he thought of it. However, Dick Slater was a brave youth, and even hi . present condition could not daunt him. CHAPTER X. DICK MAKES A DISCOVERY. Lying upon his face upon the floor, Dick could not see the rats, but presently he felt one or two run across him. Then he felt one touch his hands, and shuddered. He shook the creature off a well as he could, but it returned with others . The rats did not seem to touch him now, although they Qi'ere busy. J .. sudden thought flashed through his mind! The coat he had on was smeared with butter arouni.11, until he felt the cords beginning to give, and giving a tug at the cords he burst them. The work of his httle allies had been successful. Then he took off bis coat, and threw it in a corner for them to gnaw at undisturbed. Having his hands free it was not long to free himself from the rest of the ropes . He was now freed from his bonds, but the next thing he had to think of wa how to get out of the old granary. The youth looked out of the window, and saw it wa~ at least thirty feet to the frozen ground, and a fall was not to be thought of . He saw Major standing not far off, and whistled. Th~ horse neighed, but did not come to him. "They have tied him, I suppose, :fearing tha t he wouliil .return to camp and bring someone to my relief." Then he turned from the window and saw a pile of old -grain-bags lying in the corner. Re tore one or two of them in half lengthwise, and knotted the pieces tog-ether. The,e he te,ted, fin

win had isc d a. 'ler e his L hed and rn d Ill.. ,, ,. :rs or 0 k , d THE LIBERTY BOYS' DE.AD-SHOT BAND. 1'i He hoped that they might continue farther, and woulcl gladly have seen them across the Del.aware beyond the influence of the enemy . The leaders, however, preferred to remain in Princeton, fearing that in further movements they might not be able to keep the men together. Their proceedings were still orderly, in the main, military forms were observed, and they committed no excesses. Dick and the Liberty Boys were now at Princeton, but. they did not go near the camp of the insurgents, though the youth and his Dead-Shot Band kept a lookout for the w elfare of General Wayne. During the fust day at Princeton Dick went about the town in search of information, and presently came across the leader of the band of gypsies entering a tavern. The man did not see Dick, who followed him in a few moments, taking care that the gypsy did not observe him. The youth saw the gypsy go into the coffee-room, and take a seat by a corner window where th ere ,ms a screen. He went through the tap-room, and took a seat on the other side of the screen, carrying a pewter pot of beer w ith him for which he had paid, but did not intend to drink. As Dick oat down he heard the gypsy say: "Bring de fl.ask wine for me. Me spect de fren' pr~t' soon .. " "As I suspected," thought Dick. "Yery well," said the waitress, and went-away. "What can the fellow want?" Dick .casked himself. "It cant be simply to trade horses. They do that on the street or at the gypsy camp. It is something else, I am sure." Having every sense on the alert, Dick presently heard a tapping on the window-panes on the other side of the Dick upset his pot of beer, and began to sing in a maudlin manner. "Ha, that is one of them," said the man in the cloak, righting the screen. Dick lo,vered his head so as not to let the gypsy see hi8 face, but there was something about him which the man seemed to recognize in an instant. "No!" he said fiercely. "Dat not one . Dat my enemy, but I fix--" He sprang forward with a knife in his hand. The blade struck the pewter pot, which Dick suddenly raised, and made a dent in it. He had seen the gypsy's sudden movement in time to prevent his carrying out his purpose. "Not yet, gypsy!" he said, springing to his feet. "I know you, I remember you, I no forget." "Nor do I," resolutely. "You sought to avenge yourself, but got a shot in your arm instead.. That is why you use your left hand? It is n?t so sure, is it?" The man in the cloak quickly hurried away, and Dick did not seek to detain him. He had fixed the man's features in his mind, and that was quite sufficient. If he saw him again, no matter where, he would know him, for Dick Slater had a wonderful memory for faces and voices. The landlord and one or two of the servants, hearing a disturbance, came hurrying forward . "Gentlemen, pray do not forget yourselves," said mine host. "Remember this is an orderly tavern, and I allow no disturbances." "D@ you allow gypsies to use their knives upon those they dislike?" asked Dick. " .. here is your pewter with a fine dent in it. " room. "You can't stay here, gypsy. I allow only those who "A signal to some one outside," he mused. know how to properly conduct themselves. This gentle-In a fe\v moments he saw a man in a long cloak enter man is a patriot captain, and I must take his word before the coffee-room quickly, and go over to the window. yours." "You want b see me ?" the stranger asked. The gypsy, seeing that Dick was well prepared for him, "Yes; you have de message from Sir Henry?" and having no further errand in the place now that the ",n1y do you ask that?" man in the cloak had departed, scowled at the youth, and " ir Henry," thought Dick. "That must mean Sir hurriedly took his leave . Henry Clinton. This is important. I knew the fellow Dick himself left shortly, musing to himself : had a purpose in coming here." "That was an unfortunate slip. The man is "You have d9 offer to mak' de rebel soldier, you give besides a gypsy, perhaps a royalist spy, and I lost the monee, pardone, ev'ting ?" chance of finding out . " "Sh! don't speak so loud, there may be listenGrs." If the man in the cloak were really one of the emissaries "No, nobodee; you are safe to talk. H is not de time of Sir Henry Clinton, sent to offer bribes to the mutineel'S : 0 mak' de offer." to desert to the king, he must be watched. "But what do you know about it, you, a mere w~n-He would probably take the gypsy's advice and make aering gypsy?" no move for the present, but Dick determined tu watch I "De gypsy, me? Yes, but me tell you man' tings." him for all that. In his anxiety to hear all that was said, for the gypsy "I will know him again," he said, "so there was actually began speaking in a low tone, Dick leaned forward, press-no harm done in letting him escape. If I had been sure ea. too heavily against the screen, and tipped it over. of the landlord it would ha,e been different.• The gypsy sprang to his feet, and came around to see I Leaving the tavern, the youth shortly ernwuntered Bob, h o had interrupted him . who was abroad looking for information.


18 THE LIBERTY BOYS' DEAD-SHOT BA.ND. H e told what had happened, described the man in the l o n g cloak, and added : "If you see him, Bob, keep an eye on his movements as much as possible, and report to me." " I will do so. I wish I had been here. I would have settled the score 0 that gypsy scpundrel very q u ickly . " "It was not wise to create a disturbancti at a time like this, Bob, when things ;:ire in fllJ.Ch an un,easy state." T h e two youths then left the tow n and returned t o their camp . • Later Dick saw General Wayne and told him wb-at he had lea r ned. Wayne's b r o w s clouded, a1;1d the:r;i h e sa,id: "It w ill be as well to watch this fellow, D ick. He may n ot act at once, as you say, but he nee,\Ls to be watched." ''He shall be, general," said Di,ck. "You cap rely llPOP me for that." The next day Dick was in the town agt).UJ, this time 41 a disguise t h a t was not easi l y p , e netrated, w h en, as hli' wa,s p a ssing the tavern where he had .se(iln him t h e day be or e, he sudde n ly beheld the man in the cloak. CHAPTER XII. DICK AGA.IN '.l\!EETS THE MAN IN THE C L OAK. "You seem to know," laughed the other, "an

'r:IiIE LliB:ERTY .BOYS' DEAD-::Hf01' ~~ND. lt When .Diok went about among the men he was ordered away ,,;ery perempto1,ily, although he was not recognized. Lafayette, General St. Clair, and Colonel Laurens weue also ordered away at short notice at the same time, although Wayne and Colonels Butler and Stewart were mffe1ed to remain. Dick returned to the camp of the Liberty Boys and sent !or Bob_ Relating what had happened in fown and at the oamp, h o added: "lfatteTs seem to be in a v.~ry ticklish condition. As the general says, it is difficult to tell what the temper of the men may be the very next minute." "Ras no answer been received from Congress as yet?" "Xo; but one is expeetd shortly. These are trying times, Bob. With the men in revolt, and the emissaries of the king at our very doors, no one can tell what may happen next." Dick spent several anxious hours thinking over the situation, and at last, at night, he sent for Bob, and said: "Get the Dead-Shot Band together at once. I mean to camp next to the insurgents. Something will be done rery shoTtly, I know, and I wish to be on hand." In ten minutes the twenty youths had left the camp, singly and in paiTs, and no one missed them. They camped close to the insurgents, but no demonstration was made, and the Pennsylvania regiments did no t teem to be aware of their presence. At all events, no hostile measures were directed against them and the night passed. , In the morning a messenger on horseback arrived at the camp of the insurgents, and Dick, who saw him, ap prehended that he bore news of great importance. The youth at once went into the other camp, first noti fying Bob to send the others in quietly. The messenger brought a letter from Congress to Gen eral Wayne. 'l'he latter, feeling that the letter was intended as much for the men as for himself, read it publicly to al1. It had a: good effect' up.on the serge-ants, and upon many of the men. The idea that the president of their state should have to leave the seat of government and stoo1> to treat with them, t1Juched their pride. Many gathered around the messenger, g_nd inquir'ed if President Reed was unkindly disposed toward them, and many openly expressed their distaste of the business they were then engaged upon. It was a critical juncture, and Wayne was not sure that it was prudent for President Reed to present himself. Finally the general promised to meet him on the following day. At the same time some of the horse guards were sent off t o Ambhy to keep a lookout for any landing of the enemy. Dick ,ept himself informed of all that was going on, and was~ponstantly in receipt of news from one or the o ther of t e Liberty . Boys. He went about s0 unostentatiou.sly that he attracte d very little attention, and was certainly not rebuffed by the insurgents as he had formerly been. He recognized some of those who had left him in the gm.nary, but he said nothing, preferring to let bygones be bygones under the> circum:stances-. He realized that many of tine meil were still dissatisfied, and that matters were as yet ill.a critical state. "Something may happen at any moment," he said to Bob, whom he met for a moment, "and we must be pre pared for it." "'llrue," said Bob, "and so we are." Somewhat later, as the youth was strolling about, ap parently with no settled intentions, he noticed a certain amount of bustle not far :nrny. Someone had arrirnd or there was something going on that he must know about. Hurrying forward, be saw that two new arrivals had come, and he at once recognized one of them as Sir Henry Clinton's emissary, the man in the cloak. CH~ PTER XIII. ANOTHER )USSIO:N' FOR DICK. It was quite evident that Sir John, as he had called himself, was not satisfied to wait as Dick had advised. He and his colleague, whom the youth did not know, had come to the camp prepared to offer terms to the in surgents. Sir John at once asked to see the leaders. 'I'he sergeants appeared, and the letter of Sir Henry Clinton was delivered to them. It was full of seductive proposals and promises. ,.-' The men demandtid that it should be read to them that they might know its full contents. This was d('m~. Then Dick, at this most dec~sive moment, stepped for ward. "What are ymt, eoo:m:ades, that you should listen to this insulting letter?-" he demanded. "Are you traitors?" "Nof" shouted many. "We are no Arnolds!" cried others. "No, we won't listen to it." "What will you do with these men?" asked Dick. ' 1 Arrest 'em an

.. THE LIBERTY BOYS' DEAD-SHOT BAND. "He would!" lau ghed Dick. " H e sum to anyone who will capture me." has offered a large offered te the board . Their r eply is worthy of reco nl "Ah, you are a rebel, then?" "We patriot s do not like the word, Sir John. At any :rate, we do not try to tempt men from their allegiance with gold. We fight, we are not sneaks!" Sir John colored, and was then led away with his com panio n and taken before General Wayne . The two were immediat ely placed in confinement, General Wayne promising that they should be liberated should -the pending negotiati o ns fail. " incident," quoting from our former authority, "had a great effect i n inspiring hope of the ultimate loyalty of the troops; and the favorable representations of the temper of the men, made by General Wayne in a per sona l interview, determined President Reed to venture among them . The consequences of their desertion to the enemy were too alarming to be risked. 'I have but one life to lose,' said he, 'and my country has the first claim to it.' "As he approached Princeton with his suite, he found guards regularl y posted, who turned out and saluted him in military sty le. The whole lin e ',Vas drawn out under arms near the college, and the artillery on the point of fuing a salute. He prevented it, lest it should alarm the country. It was a hard task for him to ride along the line as if reviewin g troops regularly organized, but the risis required so~ne sac rifice of the kind. The sergeants wel'e all in the pla ces of their re s pective officers, and sal -uted the pre s id ent as he passed; never were mutineers .more orderly and decorous. "The propo sit ions now ofl'er,ed to the troops were: "To dischar ge all those who had en li sted indefinitely :foi three years or durin g the war; the fact to be inquired into by three commissioners appointed by the executive where the original enl istment could not be produced in evidence, the oath of the sold i e r to suffice. "To give immediate certifica tes or the deficit in thei r pay caused by the depreciation of the currency, and the arrearages to b e settled as soon as circumstances would p ermit. "To furni s h them immediately with certain specified articles of clothin g which were most wanted. "These propo sit ions proving satisfaGtory, the troops set out for Trenton where the negotiation was conc luded. "~lost of the artillerists and many of the infantry obtained their discharges, some o n their oaths, others on account of the vague terms under which they had bee n en listed; forty days' furlough was give n to the re s t, and thus, for a time, the whole insur gen t force was dissolved . "The two spies who had tampered with the fidelity of the troop s were tried by a court martial, found guilty, and hanged at the crossroads near Tre nton. A r eward of :fifty gui n eas each was offered to two sergeants who had arrested and delivered them up . They declined accepting it, saying they had merely acted by orde r of the board of sergeants. The hundred guineas were then It was not,' said they, 'for the sake or through any ex pectation of reward, but for the love of our country, tha we sent the spies immediat e ly to G n era l \\'ayne; w therefore do not consider ourselve entitled to any othe reward but the love of our country, and do jointly ag ree t accept of no other.' " The trouble with the Pennsy lvania troops '1as thus settled, but there were various opinions concerning the wis• dom of the accommodation. "For my part," said Dick to Bob, "it seems to me a very doubtful policy." " I should say as much," retorted Bob, who wa ,rry outspoken . "It will haYe a most pernicious effect . Tt.e whole army will be influenced by it." "Well, perhaps not so bad as that," said Dick . "Well, you wait and see," said Bob, who generall y stuck to a statement as l ong as he could. " I expect to," laughed Dick. After the negotiations had been concluded Dick ~aw General Wayn e, being sent for by the latter. "Dick," said the general, "I ,vant you to be in reaJinc , to act for me o n the slightest notice." " I alw ays am ready, general," replied Dick, with smile . "Of course you know what has been done?" "Yes." "And ha ve your opinion concerning the policy of it? "Yes, sir." "It is reasonable to suppose that other regiment ' nm follow the lead of the Pennsylva n ia troops.'' Bob thinks that they will, that the whole army wil revolt, in fact.'' "Hardly that," said Wayne. "That is my idea.'' " I question the soundness of such a policy ID}'8el.'' ,ai Wayne, "but I am not Congre s . What I f-ear is a n'p tition of this affair.'' " I think it is mor e than lik e l y to happen, sir. ' ' "Now, I want that you and you r Liberty Boys shall ready to act at once in case there is another affair of th sort. I may send you off at a moment's notice.' ' "We have been ready to do so in this laEt affair, gen era Did you know that I had formed a Dead-Shot Ban d a special bodyguard for yourself in case it was needed? '' The general smiled . "No, I did not," he aid. "Such is the :fact, nev ertheless. After the first, ever, we saw that it was not necessary to guard ~on so closely, and yet, had any change occurred, we would have floc ked to your ide at an instant's notice.'' Wayne . handsome, dashing, ":i\Iad Anthony" in wry truth, flu heel deeply as he answered : "I can but inadequately express my gratitud ,, Dick. to yourself and the Liberty Boys for the loyalty}! 1 hich you have always hown me, and now more than 0 ,r . It may ;, /(; ' I J s T e T ca th


THE LIBERTY BOYS' DEAD-SHOT BAND. 21 be that I shall have to test it still furtheF, and cal i upon "It's me idee, Midget, dhat dhere's some British offi-F ~ you at short notice. " cers up dhere, becos Oi w dhe shadders an' dhe bloinds. at "You will find us ready, sir," promptly. Cud yez get up dhere an' inve tigate, do yez think?" r 0 C "I believe that there will be other insurrections; in "Certainly I could." fact, there are certain to be, and your Dead-Shot Band "Here, dhin, Cookyspiller, wen put yez on the bottom, may have work cut out for it yet." becoz yez are dhe heaviest. Oi'll go nixt, an' dhe Midget "We will do everything that is a ked of us, general," the will go on top, coz he' dhe loightest." youth replied proudly . Carl bent over with his hands en his knees under the It was not long after this that wayne sent for Dick. lighted window. "Take the Dead-Shot Band," the general said, "and Patsy sprang light] on his back, and then he straight-ride po thaste to Pompton. There are rumors that the ened himself . Jersey troops are about to revolt. Learn all you can, and Ile now had the Irish boy upon his shoulders. 1end me word at once." Xext he lifted Ira, who quickly scrambled fr m his I " I will, sir." \ shoulders to those of Patsy, who gave him a hand. ".Also report any suspicious movements of the enemy Ira's head now came upon a level with the window. that you may see or hear of . " There were thin Y enetian blinds to the window, but the _ ick promised that he would do so, and at once hurried slats of these were so turned that Ira could .ee right into ,he camp of the Liberty Boys. the room. eated at a table were four British officers 'Bob," he said, "we're to go on the move at once." holding an animated di cu ion . 'Good!" said Bob . While Ira Little could see into the room plainly, it was "There is reported to be another revolt or fears of one, another matter to hear what was said . t any rate." The window was closed, and the British officers were "'iYhat did I tell you?" laughed Bob, with a note of not talking in a loud tone. ium ph in his voice . He could hear some of the conversation, but not enough. "W e ll , you can't always tell," said Dick. "Anyhow, to ~atisfy him . e 'll be r eady." There was _ a window next to this one that was darkened. I If he could enter that he might learn something. CHAPTER XIV. THE DEAD-SHOTS IN .ACTION. Th e Liberty Boys' Dead -Shot Band was on the march. The main body of the Liberty Boys were to be ready to follow as soon as called upon. Th ere might be no in urrection at Pompton, and in that case they would not be needed. Th e route to be taken was through New Brunswick, thence to Amboy, and thence north to Pompton. Di ck's idea of going to Amboy was that the latter was a point where a landing might be most effectually made from Staten I s l and. Troops might also be landed at Elizabethtown, although the river was much wider at that point and the crossing more dangerous. If nothing suspicious were discovered at Am boy then h e would push on to Elizabethtown, stop there a shorr time, and then proceed to Pompton. They reached Amboy at nightfall in a light snowstorm. Puttin g up their horses at various places, the twenty youth set out in eareh of information. Dick designated a place where they sh-0uld meet him d report. atsy and Carl and Ira Little went off in company. hey_ presently entered a tavern, on the water-front. t to drink, but to look for news. They stayed around until after daTk, and on going out e noticecl a lighted window with hades drawn down. They rnspected a British conference, as the whole coun round about were in:fested with redcoats. Bending oYer he whispered to Patsy: "Th re are four British officers in the room, but I can not hear all that they say." "Well, dhat's something." "If ):OU will move along to the next window I can get in." ' All right, ::\Iidget, we'll do annything yez ax." Patsy then communicated Ira's idea to Carl. "All righd, Baty; I was dooded anydings :vou Jige." He then moved cautiously along the wall till he reached the second window. Ira tried the sash and found that he could raise it. "All right," he whispered. "You needn't wait. I'll come dmrn through the house." When Ira had climbed into the window Patsy got "All righd," said Carl. "Yis. Dhe bhy do be goin' to come down troo dbe hou e. We can wait fur him here in dhe alley." There was more or less noise in the pot-hou ~e, but not many went into it from the alley. When anyone was heard approaching the two Liberty Boys tood close to the wall and remained silent. "Oi wondher av clhe Midget do be l'arnin' annythin'?" Ira was learning much. He had entered t h e darkened room without attracting any attention . There was no one in it, but there was a connectinodoor bet11een it and the n est, ancl the f a n light oYer it was open.


22 THE LIBERTY BOYS' DEAD-SHOT BA.ND. [']m J:iigH from the r@om in whic h the officers wer e seat r he might be a Tory. [u either case discovery would be disa strous. The Liberty Boy's diminutive figure now stood him in good s t ead. In the dark he might not be noticed . H-e croudwd upon the floor, and went to the door. Then the key turned and the d oor o pened. The youth gave a dive and went right between the legs of the man entering, nearly overturning him . "Jove! what 1~as that?" he cried in alarm. "M1aow!" answered Ira, 3curryiug along the hall toward the stairway. ' " How did that cat get in here? S cat, you beast!" •'Meow!" , aid Ira again, hunying along the dimly lighted pas age. The man procured a light. but ~y that time Ira wa on. the stair . Re heard someon e c omin g up , but ltent righ t on. " Good-e v ening!" h e said, i n a gruff v oice, as he p a man in t h e s emi-da ,r.kmess. " I t in't a good evening, it's a beas t of a l>ad on e , Il ing like rnad and b lowing a gale besides.'' Ira made no r eply, but wen t on dom1 stairs . There '1' as a dool' leading t0 the taprr,0m, and anot lo the street, and thi s latter he took. F o Ttunately it w a s not locked, and he found him, on the water front in a howling storm, and with n o in sight. He huuied around into the alley, and gave a low wh' tle . . It 1ras answered from a ~heltered doorway, and th Pat-y said : ",rho is it?" '' It's me, the ::\Iidget." "_\.n' how did yez get down?" "By the tair , as I told you I would." llv . . 0 ' I "Did you was learned anydings ?" a,,ked Carl. "Yes, the British have already ,ent over a force Staten Island, and more are coming . . , "Dhin Dick must know it dhi ,ery min net." "He must." The three hurried to the place where Dick 1rould find him . It was a prirntc !tou;.;e on a quiet ~treet, and Dick I been there before. The people were taunch patriots, and were ill.r. ready to assist our friend-to the he:::t of their ability. The three Liberty Boy_ found Dick, Bob, and )fa in the house. "'hile Ira wa telling of his discovery Sam 13cn purlock, and X cl Xehon ent~red. By the time the ~-nuth had fini,,hetl George Brew,t came in. "It's sno;wing like . J ehosophat,'' .aid George, "and any b:oops c ome over in this storm they have plenty pluck." "XevertheleSE something must "Let us go to the lanJing at once. np the others on the way." They met four or five of the Liberty Boy::. one o r : of whom ~poke of luning seen redcoats an t he wat , front. The~e returned with Dick and the re,,t, and by thC' tin o the_,. were at the ri,er nearly the entire Dead-h o t Dan 1ya~ present. It was snowirnr Yiolently, but the British mig'trt 1 a ,e already started, and it wa" easier to proceed than to return with the win d in their teeth. very soon had hi~ entire company-gather e d about him. Listen ing attentiYely, he heard the sound of oars. 'There w e r e lig ht.c;: along the water --front, but the y did not illumine the riYer to any ro..ient. P r esently the tread of m any f ee t wa s heard.


THE LI.BERTY BOY ' e of the redcoab already in the town were advan c -n the name of the king,'' was the answer. Xo, in the mime of George Washington and the Con tal Congress." D isperse, you reb el-, o r ,Ye will cut you to pieces!" Halt!" cried Di ck. ''We are fully prepared to meet , and if you persist we will not be a nswerable for the quences." Cha rge!" the reply. Fire!" c ommanded Dick. sh-roar! h e r e wer e twe nty in the Dead-Shot Band. .. ~nty r edcoats fell, either dead or woun.ded. C H APTER XV . DICK AT l'O.HPTOX. e redcoats quickly took to coy er when the): realized result of his first volle y . y belie ed that their enemies w ere much grealer in her than .hey really w ere. y had not expected to meet any large force oi dis soldier s as they now knew they had encounter e d . the darkness and the storm tbey great1y nvercsti the force arrayed against them. twe n ty men fell at one volley ther e must be at least :'tld of the enemy, they reasoned. e y did not know what expert riflem e n the Lib e T ty w e re. c y quickly retrea ted, and Dick dre,, 11p hi_ force in lid body. the number , and now a voice ; heard from the water. 'Hold fast, we are coming!" i ck halted his band. I 'Halt!" he shouted. "Advance at your peril." \rho are you?" 'Th e Liberty Boys!" 1ere were startled exclamations from the riYer. "Make a dash!" cried someone . "We are bound to hit." r e ently the lights sho1ved Dick a number of boats ap ching. They must not Le allowed to land. lfa,k-~ ready__'._fire!' o ther volley rang out, and a number of c ries were 1 m e n came running from alleys and narrow streets, g the whanes . British!" shouted Dick, recognizing some of the er . . "They are trying to land!" • hile the alarm had . . pread that there were Briti s h the town, and soldier~ and citizens came rushing w ere some militiamen. lrnt more ciYilians. 23 Many were armed, h o,YeYer, and a ;:;cattering fu was directed toward the water. Then rockets were sent up and fires lighted along sholie, as much to see the enemy as to alarm the countryside. The boats were seen putting back toward the S ta.terr Island side, and were presentl y lost sight of in the storm. The troop already in town embarked at a paini further north, and later Dick learned that their departure c very hasty one. Fires were kept up along shore for an h.our er more longer. Th.en th.e storm grew so violent that all knew that an; further attempt at effecting a landing would be folly. Besides, the co1mtr_ys:ide was now thoroughl,y .alarm d, and eve n had the weath e r been propiti0us a landing could. not haYe been effected. Di c k sent the youths off to their quarters; telling ili1tm to report to him e.arly in the morning. "We will start as soon as it is light for E li zabeth.kwn," he said to Bob. "It is doubtiu3. if the red.aoats have tried , to there. This storm has no doubt extended aJ1 up and do,rn the coast." "True," said Bob, "and that, as much as the Liberlr Boys' Deadhot Band, has frightened off the redeoats." ' "We gave a good a ccount of ourse lv es, eh, Bali,?" "Indeed, w e did." "Then we can rest on our l au rel s . " "Yes, or for to-night at lea st." Tn the early morni n g they set out posthaste for E -liclhto wn. A messenger was sent back to speed the rest of t he Liberty Boys straight on to P ompton. Then the twenty youths continue d their journ eJ. 'The storm had not lasted a ll night, being of short g .. 1.ion, but very fierce while it hacl continued . The road were not in bad condition, and the vouth! made rapid progress. 'They reached Elizabelhto,rn during the foreno o ~, aild I lick at once began to seek for information . The British had not attempted a landing there during the preYious night, probabh owing to the Yiolcnce of the -tmm. ThC'_v would hardly attempt to do ~o now, it 1rns thought, :1s the alarm had been so thoroughly spread. In case the Jersey regiments revolted, Sir HeDry Clin-ton might send em is saries to them, and Dick resohed to he on the wat ch for all suspicion characters. H e concluded to remain in the town for a time, in;;tead of proceed in g directly to Pompton. This would give the youths a chance to rest and enahle him to pick up information besides. H e was walkin g along the main street of the town when a man came out of a taYern just ahead of him. The man went on and did not turn, but Dick recogn~red him. It waR the gypsy, whom he hatl already met on hro or" . three memorab l e occajons.


\ THE LIBERTY BOYS' DEAD-SHOT BXN"D. "What is he doing here?" thought Dick. "He is as much a spy as a gypsy, I believe, and a thorough rascal to boot. He must be watched." Turning his head, Dick saw Patsy and Carl approachjng, and beckoned to them. "Follow that man ahead," he said, when the two Lib erty Boys came up. "Yis, an 'phwat dhin ?" "Tell me where he goes, and what he does, and if he }eaves town . He knows me, and will suspect me if he sees me." "All righd, ve followed him choost lige a weasels," said Carl. Then Dick went elsewhere, leaving the Irish boy and ihe fat German to follow the gyspy. From seve~al sources Dick learned that there was a good deal of talk at Pompton, and that it was almost cer tain that the Jersey regiments stationed there would re volt if they had not already done so. This decided him to go there at once, and he lrnr::.-ied off a dispatch to the general apprising him of ~hat he had learned. When they were ready to start Dick asked Patsy what he had found out about the gypsy. "He got a horse an' wint away, but Oi cudn't foind out phwere he wor goin', begorrah." "You don't know if he went to Pompton?" "Oi do not. He niver said a word about it, an' dhe men he got dhe horse av didn't know." "What direction did he take?" "He wint to dhe north." "Then he must be going there. The fellow has some dealings with the British, but just what they aN I cannot tell." " hure, he lucks to be vilyan enuff to be in wid dhim, an' Oi'd loike to have caught him, but Oi had no ex cuse." "No, but I doubt if any harm has been done as yet. He will not get to Pompton much ahead of us." They reached their destination during the afternoon after a hurried march. Then Dick rode about the town in search of informa tion. He saw and talked with a number of the Jersey soldiers . They talked pretty much as he had heard the Penn i,ylvanians talk, but with less reason. He could see, in short, that they were ripe for revolt, and that they expected that their demands woulcl be eomplied with immediately. "A dangerous precedent has been established," sai d the youth to himself, "and prompt and decisive action is :needea." He tried to persuade several of the men he talked with ihat they were acting very foolishly, but they would not listen to him . "Ef ther Pennsyl-rnnier fellers got what they axed fur, we're ergoin' ter git et," wa the universal answer. He endeavored to discover just when the revolt w be made, but the men were cautious and would not him. He was starting back to meet Bob and some of others when he saw the gypsy talking with a numbe the Jersey soldiers. Presently they all entered a tavern close at han Leading Major into a little alley hard lsy, and b i d him stand still, Dick entered the tavern. The gypsy and the soldiers, half a dozen or more, seated at a round table in the tap-room. Dick slipped into a little curtained stall close at h without being discovered. "More better you go o;-er to king, you," the gypsy saying . "Better pay, better uniform, better ev'tir1g: "No, we ain't ergoin' over ter ther king, not by manner er means." ""We're willin' ter fight on this 'ere side, allus done, but we want our rights." "Den you hask for dem," said the gypsy. "'Ha k elem and you get. Make de bold stand. Gen'ral Wash' all. right, but you hask for w'at you want an' you 0th' soldier get, so you get, you honly hask." He talked for some time in the same strain, and at t~e men, inflamed with drink, went out declaring they would revolt. "So, he is ready to talk on either side, is he?" m1 Dick. "I' have evidence enough now against the scouu" either way." Then he hurried away to :find his companions. CHAPTER XVI. T -HE END OF A.N EVIL LIFE. That night the Jersey troops declared their 0 re,:olting, and marched out under arms . The next day the Liberty Boys arrived and reporte Dick. Shortly afterward there came a detachment o f r.fassachusetts line under command of Majo r-Gen Howe. They had been despatched by Washington with in tions to deal promptly and severely with the mttb His instructions were to compel them to unconditional submission; to grant them no terms while in arms, or i n a state of resistance; and on their surrender, instantly \to execute a few of the most active and _ incendiary leade r s . "You will also try," added he, "to avail your elves of the services of the militia, representing to them how da n gerous to civil liberty is the precedent 'f armed eoldiw s dictating to their country." "That is the way to talk," declared Bob when he learn ed what the orders were. "That is what they_should hav e "


THE LIBERTY BOYS' DEAD SHOT BA:ND. 2ff the r of :I. in g rere Then these Jersey regiments would not have "There's no use in crying over spilled milk, Bob," mid 'ck. "No , I s u pp ose not." "Wh at i s done is done, and there is no help , it." "Maybe not, but I can't help speaking my mind." Dic k smiled, or he knew Bob Estabrook of old . The youth was hot-headed and impetuous, but as brave a li o n , and n o one could doubt his loyalty or courage . "As soon as Major-General Howe is ready to march," d Dick, "we will go with him. We are all here now, d e very additional force is a help . " "He will call on the militia, of course?" "Yes, and he can depend upon them. Th.ere will be danger in taking them away. The British will not e another attempt to land troops in Jersey right a y." "No, that snowstorm had a wholesome effect upon m . " " Not to mention the bullets of the Liberty Boys' Deadot Ba:nd," added Dick, tersely . "Yes, of course." L ater Dick called together all oi the twenty youths posing the Dead-Shot Band. H e was going to present himself to ].fajor-General owe, and offer the services of him elf and the Liberty ys in putting down the mutiny. T ey all approved of the plan. "It will be better to go with an escort than for you to o alone," said Bob. "He will see that you have a force at your command and e impressed," said Ben Spurlock. "Why not take all the Liberty Boys?" suggested 11fark. "No; the band will be sufficient," said Dick, and _ no e objected . U ntil they were ready to march in a body it was not e that too many of them should appear on the streets one time. E Yerything being ready, the youths mounted them rses, and set out to call upon the major-general. D ick was at the head of the band and presented a strikg appearance. , P eople came running out to see them pass, and many ue~tions were asked. There were many militiamen about, and they were greatly impressed by the fine showing the twenty youths ~.i!!N,!..e. 'What's this, a new company?" asked one. " A new comp'ny? Why, they're old soldiers." "Old soldiers? Why, there isn't one that's over twenty, h e is that" " Well, they are old soldiers, for all that. " "Is this all of them?" " All of 'em? Why, it isn't a quarter of 'em. They ar e just a part of the Liberty Boys." " O h, yes, I 've heard of them." "I guess you have, and so has everybody." "Yes," said another, "they've done good work for the country, and a lot of it, too." Then cheer were given for the Liberty Boys, which Dick promptly acknowledged by raising his hat. They had reached a house standing somewhat apact from the other.s, when Dick saw a man come out and then hurry back. It was the gypsy. "Halt!" cried Dick. The band ob~yed. "Surround the house!" It was done. The place was a low groggery. Seeing the soldiers, the landlord came out. "We want the man who just entered," said Dick . . "Why do you want him?" "He is a spy, and has been inciting the troops to rebellion." "I will go and see him," said the landlord. Then he hurried within. A crowd was collecting, seeing that there was trouble of some sort . In a few moments the landlord came out . "a'here hasn't anyone come in here in a long time," he s aid. "The man you want is not here." "You are not telling the truth," said Dick. "I saw him go in myself. He is a spy and a traitor, and we want him." "There are no such men in my house. ,I am a true patriot, and do not allow such men to enter." "It is useless or you to deny it, for I saw the man myself. We will search the house if you do not produce him at once." Suddenly there was an outcry at the back of the house. "There he is!" shouted a number oi tht spectators. Then some of them came running to the front. "He is there, and tried to get out, but saw the eoldierg and ran back." "Do you hear?" said Dick. "The man is in the house, and must be given up." "Then you can come in and take him," said the land lord. "I didn't know he was here, and I have nothing to do with him." Dick hesitated. He knew that the gypsy was a desperate man. He was unwilling to ask any of the Liberty Boys to risk his life in capturing the man. At that mome:ut the gypsy himself appeared at the front door. Someone had forced an entrance at the rear, and he had fled. "What you want of me?" he demanded. ' Ie do noth ing; me no spy; me good man." "You are a spy," said Dick. "You tried to bribe the soldiers to go over to the king. Then you stirred them tlp to revolt."


THE LIBERTY BOYS. DJL\.D-SHOT IL\.ND. "No!" said the gyps y .fie rcely. "1le no spy, me good" . Several citizens rushed f rward to seize the man. He drew a pistol, fired at the crowd, and then turned to flee. One of the citizens fell dead in his tracks. The others quickly fled. The twenty Liberty Boys were now drawn up in front of the house. ''Fire!" cried Dick. .As the words left his mouth there was a scattered vol ley from the crowd. The gypsy fell dead at the door. The bullets of the Liberty Boys simply rattled against th.a house. "Take him away," cried Dick. "This is the end of a scoundrel and sneak." Liberty Boys' Dead-Shot Band then marched on. The body of the dead gypsy was removed, and a report made to the authoriti~. No one claimed the body, and it was buried in Potter1s Eiel>Cl. Thus ended an evil life, and another of the country's enemies had pedshed. Di?k! reach-ed the major.general's quarters, and Howe himself came forward. "I am Dick Slater, gen.e-ral, and these are some of the Liberty :&iys." "I have heard of you, and can say that you have always given a good account of yourselves." "We . were with Gener-ail W ayn.e at the time of the ID!'l.tim.',r o,f the Pennsylvania r egiments." " So I understand." "And we are r e ady t o assist you in putting down the p:cese:ru.t mutiny." -In the meantime !te 11 ,,~ to ...:0 to a to1rn a 5hort di~t l a,ray and deli-er the major-general'~ request to a <; pany of militia stationeJ there. He was riding along a road borJereJ on each side .: thick ,roods and great led0cres of rock 11hen suddenly I ie p th dozen men dashed out upon him. git In an instant they had surrounded him. 1 Two or three seized the bridle, while others hel

THE LIBER TY BO Y ' DE.AD-SHT BAN.D. k wonde r ed ho w they were going to prevent his g o u t if he were not tied. e soon saw hmY they were going to keep him t h ere. 'hey all started to leave him, and when all had gone they took away the upper section of the ladder, draw it th r o ugh the hole after them. e ladder no1Y ended at lea,t ten feet from the top. t certainly look a if I were to be kept a pri,oner for along a time a they like,'' mu->ed Dick. oweYer, hL :pirits did not desert him. began at once to turn o-,er in his mind one plan of e after anotheT. m eone came to the ca,e opening after awhile, aUll er e d a jug of water and a loaf of bread on a rope. ake et orf. " commanded tne man above. ck o b eyed, and 11onld haw cut off a length of the unde r the impre,sion that he might need it, hut the '\\as too quick foT him, and hauled it up. W e'd feed yer hoss fur yer," aid the mrn. "but ther e y c ritter bas went off somewh re's, an' we can't him . " e'll take care of himself," said Dick. ''You need not rry. " D i ck w aite d a r easonable -pace of time, and then began a s cend the ladder. H e took the lantern with him tiU he came within half u 'L'E'n. rungs of the top, when he huno-it upon one of ese . T h en he went on until he was inside the chimney, but t as high a s he could go by a rung or two. T h e n he began to whistle for his horse, and in a few ments he heard an answering whinny. CHAPTER XVIII. THE MUTINY QUELLED. Careful, 1Iajor; steady, boy," said Dick, af t er another di e . "Don't fall into this hole . Stead y, old man. k y our w-ay carefully." l1en Dic k went up another rung. He was n o w on the next to the last, and ab o ve him was ace o f ten feet of ,;mooth, hard earth or ro ck. t would be impossible to cut chink for his feet and 1s, but another idea had occurred to him. f e e n tly he heard the tread of his faithful steed above , and then ~aw the animal looking down at him. I'm in a hole-eh, Major?" he asked l:ajo r hook his head and whinnie . 'Xo? W e ll, perhaps not." h e n t he youth stood upon the final round of the lad -ow h e w a,; t te,t the fea~ibili(, f the id a t hat had into hi h ead. "Here, Majo r," he said. " bake the bridle off l~ , and put your head down . " The hor2e did not understand hin1, of course, but :RS Dick kept calling him, and he looked down, th 1-eiIIBfinally slipped over his head. The reins hung down, but Dick, by sta>:1.ding on hie tiptoe and reaching up, could not touch thelLl. "Not long enough, Major," he mid. "Get on yo.ur knees, boy." The sagacious animal bey ed promptly, as h e,tood thi order, for Dick hod trained him to f1,:;: it. Now the bridle-ends hung down far enough fo1 Die -to grasp them securely. H-mcs in thoEe days wa, ror1_ger than it is now made . "You',e got to draw me up. A jor," he saiu. "I ~:irt help myself very much. D o you think you ean d it? Uemember, I'm no midget." Dick wound the lines well about his wrj • s; 2 nd fool a firm grip with his hands. '-ow!" he -aid . "Back up!" The animal took the bit betwe his teeth, 2nu oo:grin to straighten up. lowly but teadily he lifted the yo11th from the o,der and up the shaft, as Dick c0ntinued to Ellout "Bae~ up." He straightened his knees, and then began to tad, aw , slowly and steadily, from the cave opening. His grit, }ii devotion, an

28 THE LIBERTY BOYS' DEAD-SHOT BAND . "I can imagine their surprise when they go to the cave aud find that I am gone," chuckled Dick. There would certainly be nothing to explain Dick's disappearance, and no po s i ble way of accounting for :it. The youth now rod e on at full speed. H e r e ached his de tination and delivered his mes sage. Tl:e militiamen were only too. delighted to accompa ny Di c k. The captain knew the road, and they all set off without o.elay. By dint of hard ridin g they overtook the main body by midnight." "I knew you would come," said Bob, when Dick joined t he Liberty Boys, "but what delayed you?" "Oh, a few countr y gentlemen had such a fondness f or :m company that they did not want to let me go." "What do you mean?" asked Bob. "Were you cap-tured?" "Y es." " How did you escape?" Dick related his adventure , whereat there were many exclamatio ns of su r prise. "Well, you were fortunat e," aid Bob. "I can imagin~ tho e fellows' dismay in the morning," laughed Ben. " Shure, an' dhey'll tink he tuck on wings an' flew away," said Patsy. "Yah, or dot he graw l ed 0nid von der gave choost liqe a fly alretty," added Carl. "They will certainly entertain . a most p r ofou nd respect !or Dick and the Liberty Boys aft er this," said George. They rode on right through the night, stopping for :nothing. It was a hard mar ch, but it had its reward. The mutineers were found fast asleep in their quarters j ust before daybreak. They were decidedly chagrined to find themselves taken t hus by su rprise. Maj o r-General Howe aroused them and gave his orders. "I will give you five minutes to parade without your nrms , he said, "and to give up your ringleaders." In the face of an armed and thoroughly dete rmined f orce, and taken completely by surprise, the mutinee rs had no alterna tive. H owe's orders were at once compli e d with . Two o f the men were given up and were hanged on the i;pot. The mubny was quelled, and it wa not lik ely that there would be another. "This terminated an in surrection, " says Irving, in his li ef of Washington, "which, or a time, had spread alarm among-the friends of American liberty, and excited the high est hopes o : E it~ foes. Th e circumstances connected with it had ultimately a beneficial effect in stre n gt hen ing the confidence of those friends, by proving that how ever the Americans might quarrel with their own governme nt, nothing could again rally them under the roy~ standard." The mutiny being over and the troops again under dis cipline, there was nothing for Dick to do except to r e turn to Morristown and report to General " T ayne, o r to send to the commander-in-chief for :instructions. As it h appe ned, i hile he wa deliberating upon this point word was re ceived from Was hington himself. Dick was wanted on an important mission, but jw what it was he of course cou ld not tell. H e took leave of the majo r-ge n e ral, and expressed th hope of again meeting him in the near future. "I trust that at that time ,Te will be engaged in fight ing the e n emy, and not in putting down mutineers among our own troops," he s aid . " I trust so, too , " said the other, with a smile . On his way to join Washington, Dick met severa l of th men who had sought to detain him in the cave. They look ed decidedly crestfallen, and started to ru but Dick said: "Have no fear. I shall not vi sit any vengeance upon you . Let this be a lesson to you, however, not to interfere again with a soldier in the performance of his duty." "Then yer don't hold nothin' ergin us?" "No." "Waal, ther's just one thing I'd lik e ter know," drawl ed the man. "What is that?" I "How in time yer contrived ter git out'n thet thar' cave ?" "By the help of my wits and an intelligent horse," said Di ck, and this was all the explanation that the youth would make. The Liberty Boys then proceeded on their way to join the commander-in-chief where many braYe deed-ll gallant achievements were to be performed by them . THE END. Read "THE LIBERTY BOYS AT FOR'f SCR 1 JYLER; OR, THE IDIOT OF GERJL\.~ FLAT, , " which will be the next number (291) '76." SPECIAL NOTICE: All ba c k numbers of this weekl are always in print. If'you cannot obtain them from an new dealer, send the price in money or postage stamps mail to FRANK TOU EY, PUBLic:HER, 24 UNIO QU ARE, NEW YORK, and you will receive the cop' you order by return mail.


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WILD WEST WEEKL \'.,,d A magazine Containing Stotties, Sketebes, ete., of Westettn Ilif e. :S"'Y" .A1'19 C>::C...:O SCC>"UT. ! C 32 PAGES. PRICE 5 CENTS. 32 PAGES. EACH NUMBER IN A HANDSOME COLORED COVER. All of these exciting stories are founded on facts. Young Wild West is a hero with whom the author was acquainted. His daring deeds and thrilling adventures have never been surpassed. They form the base of the most dashing stories ever publishe1. Read the following numbers of this most interesting magazine and be convinced: LATEST ISSUES: 136 Young Wild West and the Rio Grande Rustlers; or, The Branding at Buckhorn Ranch. 137 Young Wlld West and tne Line League; or, Arietta Among the Smugglers. 138 Young Wild West's Silver Spurs; or, Fun at Fairplay Fair. 130 Young Wlld West Among the Blackfeet; or, Arietta as n Sor<:eress. 140 Young Wlld West on the \'ellowston~; or, 'l"he Secret of the Hidden Cave. 141 Young Wild West's Deadly Alm; or, Ariettas Greatest Danger. 142 Young Wild West at the ;Jumping Oil"' Place; or, 'l'he Worst Camp in the West. 143 Young Wild West and the ";\lixed-Up" l\line; or, Arietta a Winner. 144 Young Wild West's Uundred 1\lile Hace; or. Beating a Big Bunch. 145 Young Wild West Daring the Danites; or, The Search for a Missing Girl. 146 Young Wild West's Lively Time; or, The Dandy Duck of the Diggings. 147 Young Wild West at Hold-Up Canyon; or, Ariettas Great Victory. 14 Young Wild West's Square Deal; or, .Making the .. Bad"' :\len Good. 149 Young Wild West Cowing the Cowboys; or, Arietta and the Prairie Fire. 150 Young Wild West and Xavajo :--ed; or, The Ilunt for the HalfBreed Hermit. 151 Young Wild \Yests Yirgin Yein; or, Arietta and the Cave-in. 152 Young Wild Wests Cowboy Champions; or, The Trip to Kansas City. 153 Young Wild West's Even Chance; or. Ariettas Presence or :\Iind . 154 Young Wild West and the Flattened Bullet; or, Tbe :\Ian Wbu Would not Drop. 155 Young Wild Wests Gold Game; or. Ar!etta's Full ilancl. \ 156 Young Wild \Yests Cowboy Scrimmage; or, Cooking a Crowd of 1 Crooks. 157 Young Wild West and the Arizona Athlete; or, The Duel that Lasted a Week. 15 Yo~~;./\'ild West and the Kansas Cowboys; or, Ariettas Clean 150 Yofr~fii~'.ld West Doublmg His Luck; or, The l\Iine that :\lade a 160 Yoc~lhe~,ild West and the Loop of Death; or, Arletta s Gold "161 Yo~~':ief/d West at Boiling Butte; or, Hop Wah and the HighHl2 Yoi't~so~~ld West Paying the Pawnees; or, Arietta Held for 163 Yo~~fst'iild Wests Shooting Match; or, The "Show-Down" at 164 Yoong Wild West at Death Divide: or, Ariettas Great Fight. 1G5 Young Wild West and the Scarlet Seven ; or, Ariettas Daring Leap. 166 Young Wild West's l\Iirror Shot: or, Rattling the Renegades. 167 Young Wild West and the Greaser Gang: or, Arietta as a Spy. 168 Young Wild West losing a l\Iillion ; 01 Bow Arletta Helped Him Out. 16!l Young Wild West and the Railroad Robbers; or, Lively Work in Utah. 170 Young Wild West Corral'ng the Cow-Punchers; or, Arietta's Swim for Life. 171 Young Wild West '"Facing the l\lusic"; or, The l\Iistake the Lynchers lllade. 172 Young Wild West and "Montana :Mose•; or, Ariettas :Messenger of Death. 173 Young Wild West at Grizzly Gulch ; or, The Shot that Saved the Camp. 174 Young Wild West on the Warpath; or, Arietta .Among the Aiapahoe!. 175 Young Wild West and '"Nebraska Nick"' ; or, The Cattle Thier, es ot the Platte. 176 Young Wild West and the Magic Mine; or, llow Arietta Solved, a. :\lystery. 177 Young Wild West as a Cavalry Scout; or, Saving the Settlers. 178 Young Wild West Beating the Bandits; or, Ariettas !lest Rhot. 179 Young \Yild West and '"Crazy Hawk"; or, '.l'he Redskins' Last Raid. 180 Young Wild West Chasing the Cowboys; or, Arietta tbe Lariat Queen. 181 Young Wild West and the Treacherous Trapper; or, Lost in the Great North \Yoods. 182 Young Wild West's Dash to Deadwood; or, Arietta and tlle Kidnapp~rs. 183 Young Wild West's Silver Scoop; or, Cleaning t:p a Hundred Thousand. 184 Young Wild \Yest and the Ore gon Outlaws; or, Arietta as a Judge." 185 Young Wild West and ".Mexican lllatt"; or, Routing the Rawhide ! S u Youn)! Wild \Vest and the Comanche Queen; or, Arietta us an Archer. 1 7 Young Wild West and the "Gold Ring"; or, The Flashy Five of Four Flush. 188 Young Wild West's Double Rescue; or, Ariettas Race WiJh Death. 180 Young Wi_ld West and the Texas Rangers; or, Crooked "l\'ork on the Rio Grande. 1 no Yonng Wild West's Branding Be e ; or, Arietta and the Cow Punchers. 101 Young Wild West and Ills rartner's Pile, and How Arietta 8ave<1 It. 1!)2 Young Wild West at Diamond .t;)ip; or, Arlettas Secret Foe. 193 Young "l\"ild West's Buckorn Bowie: and, How it Saved His Partners. 194 YonngWil

THE EIBERTY BOYS 6F '76 A Weekl y l Uagazine containing Stories of the American Revolution. B~ HARRY MOORE. These stories are basetl on actual facts and give a faithful account of the exciting a dven t u res of a brave b and of American youths who were always ready and willi n g to imperi l thei r lives for t h e sake of he l ping along t h e gallant cause of Independence . Every number will comist of 32 large pages of reading matter, bou nd in a beauti ful colored cover. LATEST ISSUES: 261 The Liberty Boys at New London; or, The For t Gris"old )fas. 225 The Liberty Boys at Hackensack; or, Beating Back the British. 262 Th~airberty Boys and '.L'homa.; Jefferson; or, How They Saved the 226 The Liberty Boys' Keg of Gold; or, Captain Kidd' s Legacy. Governor. 227 The Liberty Boys at Bordentown: or, Guarding the Stores. 263 The Liberty Boys Banished; o,, Sent Away by General llowe. 228 The Liberty Boys' Best Act: or, The Captlll'e of Carhsle. 264 The Liberty Boys at the State Line; or, Desperate Doings ou the 229 The Liberty Boys on the Delaware; or, Doing Darmg Deeds. Dan River. 230 The Liberty Boys' Long Race; or, Beating the Redcoats Out. 265 The Liberty Boys' Tenible Trip; or, On Time in Sp.te of EYe r y-231 The Liberty Boys Dece ived : or, Dick Slater' s Double. thing. 232 The Liberty Boys' Boy Allies; or, Young, But Dangerous. 266 The Liberty Boys' Setback; or, Beset by M)dcoats, U edsk.,:s. and 233 The Liberty Boys' Bitter Cup; or, Beaten Back at Brnndywine. 'l'ories. 234 The Liberty Boys' Alliance; or, 'l'he Reds Who Helped. 267 The Liberty Boys and the Swede; or, The Scandinavian Hecru;t 235 The Liberty Boys on the War-Path; or, After the Enemy. :ms The Liberty Boys' "Best Licks"; or, \\'orking Hard to \Yin. 236 The Liberty Boys After Cornwallis; or, Worrying the Earl. 269 The Liberty Boys at Rocky Mount; 01, Helping General Sumte,. 237 The Liberty Boys and the Liberty Bell; or, IIow They S!\ved I~. 270 The Liberty Boys and the Regulators; or, Running the 238 The Liberty Boys and Lydia Darrnh; or, A Wonderful "oman s to Cover. Warning. 1211 The Liberty Boys after Fenton; or, The Tory Desperado. 239 'L'he Liberty Boys at Perth Amboy; or, Franklin's Tory Son. 272 The Liberty Boys and Captain Falls; or, The Battle of Ram-240 The Liberty Boys and the "l\Iidget"; or, Good Goods iu a Small I sour' s llfills. Package. , , 273 '.L'he Liberty Boys at Brier Cr%k; o,. 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Round. 246 Tile Liberty Boys and Benedict Aruold; or, Hot Work With a 279 The Liberty Boys and Emily Geiger; or, After the Tory Scout Trnitor. 280 The Liberty Boys' 200-:\lile Retreat: or, Cllased from Cata\\'l> o 2.17 The Liberty Boys Excited; or, Doing \\'hirlwlud \Yol'k. ?_, 1 Thve1!'.11bnei1~ty Boys' Secret Orders , or, The '.L'reason of Lee. 248 The Liberty Boys' Odd Recruit; or, Tile Boy "'ho i:law Fun In 282 The Liberty Boys and the Hidden Avenger ; or, The ~Iasked Everything. of Kipp's Bay. 2.19 The Liberty Boys' Fair Friend: or, The Woman Who Ilelped. 2 3 The Liberty Boys at Spring Hill; or, After Cluny the Trnito 250 The Liberty Boys "Stumped" : or, The Biggest Puzzle of All. 284 The Liberty Boys and Rebecca )lottes; or, Fighting "'ith 251 The Liberty Boys in New York Bay: or, Di"llicult and Dangerous Arrows. \ York . 285 The Liberty Boys' Gallant Cllarge; or, The Bayonet Fig 2:52 The L iberty Boys' Own :Mark: or. Trouble for the Tories. 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