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A Weekly Magazine containing Stories of the American Revolution. / ,sued ll"ee/,:/y-By Subscription $2 . 50 JJer year . Ente red as Second-C'lass Malter at t!tc Kew York Post OJ/ice, February 4 , 1 no1, by Fran!,; :lou,cy . . No. 30?. NEW YORI{, NOV}~llIBER 16, 1906. Price 5 Cents.._ :::aa:. F,:; :1!ll:il rt ••. { I.I.. . . > ... : . : • : !I •. . . _:: i : . . .. A shriek of warning escaped Jane M'Crea as the kin aimed a pistoi and fired at Dfok;• ---~ The _animal fell, throwing the captaia al the Liberty Boys to the ground, But Bob was coming alons faat, his musket ready.


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 A Wee kly Magazine Containing S to ries of the Am e r i can Revolutio n IBS'Ued Weekl11-B11 S~bscription $2.50 1>er yea,. Entered as Second C' Matte,• at the New Y orlc. N . Y.1 Post Otfke. F'ebi"'Ua,y 4. 1901. Ente,ed accn,-ding to Act of Con9,1ess, in the yenr 1906, in the ofJl,ce of the Dibra1 = n of Congress, Washington, D. C., by F'ranlc Tousey, Publisher, 24 Unum Square, New York, No. 307. NEW YORK, NOVEMBER 16, 1906. PRICE 5 CENT S CHAP'EER I. THREE BOYS AND A SPY. They were dressed simply, after the manner of w.ellto-do farmer boys, and might have been going to market or out for a holiday. "Well," said one of the three, who appeared to be the Three boys were eating their dinner in a quiet country leader, "the British appear to be in possession of every tavern near Hubbardton, in Vermont. thing hereabouts." It was in July of the year 1777. "So they do, Dick," answered another of the gro_-i.rp, A battle had recently been fought at Hubbardton be -"and they seem to want to extend their possessions." tween a part of St. Clair's army, retreating from Ticon-"That is British rapacity all over, Bob," said the third. deroga and the British_,, "They have Hubbardton and other parts of the Hamp-. The Americans had made a gallant fight, but had been shire grants, they are at Fort Anne, in fact, and now they driven back by sheer force of numbers. wa n t Fort Edward." St. Clair had then fled to Fort Edward, on the upper "And I am afraid that Schuyler is going to have a hard II_uclson, after a tedious march through the woods . task to keep them out, Mark," said the first, the one ad--Burgoyne's army now occupied Hubbardton and Fort drcsscJ as Dick. Anne, which the Americans had partly destroyed, and "The Liberty Boys will have plenty to do in the near was about to push on to Fort Edward. uture, then," said Bob. General Schuyler, of the Continental army, was at the "They have never been idle," observed Mark. fort and had greatly impeded the British army's progress "And will not be now," said Dick. "It is time by destroying bridges, choking streams and tearin0rt up that--" roads. Burgoyne was determined to reach the Hudson, so a . s to Then he suddenly paused an~ sprang from his seat. cooperate with his subordinates on Lake Champlain and There was a closet in the r.oom, presumably for china, in the Mohawk Valley and also with Sir Henry Clinton line~ and other things required in the tavern. . _ , at New York. Dick sprang to the door of the closet and threw 1t wide The Continentals were doing all they could to oppose. open. him and Sc1rnvler Greene Putnam Arnold Gates and "Look!" he cried. , .J ' ' ' ' Wayne were making their best efforts to hold the enemy in check. Such in bTief was the condi t ion of affairs in upper New York durin g the latter part of t he month of July, 1777. The three boys in the private room of the tavern at "J om! A spy!" said Bob. "After him!" hi;;sed Mark. There was a s mall door of communication between the closet and another one beyond, probably in thedressing1'00111. , Hubbardton were not of the ordinary run of youths. When Dick Slater, captain of the famous Liberty Boys~ There was something about them which marked them had thrown open the door, he had discovered a man kneel-88 not onl:v more than ordinary boys but as of a superior ing on the floor ancl listening at the keyhole. quality. What had caused him to jump up so suddenly was the They were liandsome and well-built, their features were liearing of a rnovemenf behind the door. clear-cut, their e_ves showeJ a raTe intelligence, and their The spy was about to arise and his shoes, scraping on every motion distiJ1gnished them as persons of no mea:c. the sanded floor, had aroused Dick. caliber. His hearing was most keen and he was always on the-Althou g h o nly boys, none of them bei ng over eighteen _ watch for surprises. years of a~<' they seemed to have haLl exp,erience and to The spy, being surprised in his turn, leaped to his feet po~sess 11 n 1Sual nerve and courage, to say notl1ing of 1mc1 quickly mac1e his escape through the little door in the physical Scr ength an " ying eyes to watch their movements." obliged to squeeze through the narrow door in getting oui. 'i


2 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND BRA VE JANE M'CREA. A part of a pocket lapel with a gilt button on it was torn off in his haste. Dick quickly picked it up and slipped it in his pocket. The door shut with a sharp click and there was the sound of a bolt being shot on the other side. The boys had had a good sight of the spy ' s face. He was heavy-featured and beetle-browed, smooth shaven and with a long red scar on his left cheek, as if caused by a saber cut. As the inner door c losed with a bang, an outcry was h e ard beyond. "Quick!" said Dick. "There i s no time to lose. We are dis c overed." The three boys s e ized their hats and started toward the door. "Not that way , the window," cried Dick. There was a lar g e double window, with a deep seat at one sid e of the room. The sashe s opened in the middle, being secured by a brass knob and bolt. Dick r e ach e d forward and dre w the two parts toward him. Then he leaped upon the window seat. In another moment he was out, quickly followed by Bob and Mark. As the two boys w e re flying out, the room door opened. In rushed three or four British soldiers, followed by the spy. "'Dhere they go!" he shouted. "Shoot the young rebels!" Crack-erack ! Two or three pistol shots rang out sharply and bullets 1 went flying through the window. One shattered a pane of glass and one struck the case ment, the rest flying through the air till they dropped. "After them!" cried the spy. "They must not escape. One is Dick Slater, of the Liberty Boys, and another is Bob Estabrook, his lieutenant." "Why did you not tell us of this before, Hodges?" asked an offic~r, who now entered the room. The men had jumped out of the windows in hot chase after the three Liberty Boys. _.This band of patriot youths, fig hting in the cause of '.American independence, had given the enemy a deal of trouble, and more than one attempt had been made to capture Dick Slater. He had been called the champion spy of the revolution; he had been employed by Washington himself on more than one secret mission, and he was as daring as he was brave. 1 His capture, therefore, would be a feather in the cap of the British. "To the barn, boys!" he cried. The boys had come mounted and their horses were now in the stable belonging to the tavern. Thither they hurried at full speed. The stable boys and grooms had heard the alarm and were gathered at the entrance. The boys bowled them over like so many tenpins. They quickly secured their horses and leaped upon their backs. "This way I" cried Dick, unlatching a rear door. Then out they dashed across the barnyard and over a fence, then down a lane toward the road before their e scape was discovered. Th e n the stable boys and grooms gave the alarm, and, ru s hing to the front of the house, the spy and the soldi e rs, t h e captai n a n d t he landlord and all saw the three bo}s da s hin g o n , turning onc e in their saddl e s to wave t h ~ir hats in defiance. " W e' v e a scor e to set tl e with m y ~entle man for this," said Dick. / .,., I CH \.P r r E R II. DICK TAKES A MESS.A.GE. "Whe r e are you going now, Di c k ? " asked Bob E s ta brook , Dick Slater's lieutenant. 'I'he redcoats had very quickly given up all idea of pur suit, and after a dash of a mile or two the boys had taken a slower gait. "We may learn something at Fort Anne, Bob," said Dick, "and, as it is on our way, I see no objection to our trying." "How do you suppose that fellow suspected us?" asked Mark Morrison, one of the bravest of the Liberty Boy s and one of the most trusted, next to Bob. "I am sure I don't know, Mark," was the answer. "Could he have seen us at Hubbardton when we were here before, and have remembered us?" asked Bob. "Perhaps." "Do you recollect seeing him before, Dick?" Mark inquired. "No, I have no re~rance of it." "He i s not a fellow to be soon forgotte•, with those heavy features," said Bob. "And the cut on the cheek," added Mark. "And his beetle brows and sinister look," said Dick. "No, w e are not likely to forget him." "I suppose he must have seen us before," said Mark, "or perhaps simply suspected us because we were strangers and so hid himself in the closet to hear what we said." "And if he had kept still we would not have known that he was there," remarked Dick. "He was too impatient to go and tell the redcoats that he had discovered three of the Liberty Boys," said Bob. "It does not do to be in too much of a hurry, at any rate." "We got out of the house in a hurry at all events," laughed 'Mark. "No, that was haste," said Dick. "Hurry means con-


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND BRAVE JANE M'CREA. 3 fusion. Our spy got out in a hurry and tore his coat. That may help me some day." "I see the difference," said Mark. "He went in a hurry, but we went in haste." "And they did not get us," Bob said with a laugh. "I don't like going at such a pace, however, and, as yon say, we've a eeore to settle with him for this." Taking the journey by easy stages, the three boys reach ed Fort Anne and began to look about. They prrt up at a tavern, which was frequented by British soldiers, in the hope of learning something about their intended movements. On the clay after their arrivat they were sitting in the reading-room when two officers entered at different doors. "Good morning , Lieutenant.Jones," said one. "Good day, Lieutenant Morgan. Plea.sant weather, is it not?'' "Yes, for a journey to Fort Edward. You would like to go ther&, would you not?" Lieutenant J ones flushed and said: "Good day, lieutenants," said the new-comer. "Good day, Hodges,'' said Morgan, shortly. "You are at the fort?" "Yes." "Seen no rebels, I suppose?" the man contin..-, look• ing about the room. "No, not so near Fort Anne as this." Then the man leaned over and said in a low ione, but not so low but that Dick could hear: "Those three young fellows are some. 0De is Dick Slater, the spy and captain of the Liberty Boye." Dick exchanged glances with Bob. The two lieutenants turned and looked at the ieys. Then Lieutenant Jones arose and asked: "Does it happen that you lads are going anywhere near Fort Edward?" "It is just possible that we may be, sir," said Dick. "Can we do anything for you there?" "You may know a Mrs. M'N eil living near there?" "I have heard of her." "Could you make it convenient to go there_ and see i-f "Of eouse, if duty , calls me there." "Is it not more than duty, lieutenant? Haven't you a Miss Jane M'Crea is there still?" lady love among the reb els? Isn't the M'Crea at Fort Edward?" beautiful Miss "We should be glad to do so, sir." "Unlees she has left with her friends, the M'Neils. It is not safe for her to be there. Her brother ought not to allow it." "But i:f we take the fort, as I trust we shortly will, and drive the Americans out, you will see her." "Yes, to be sure," said Lieutenant Jones, "but war is a dreadful thing and I would rather that Jenny was not so near to -where fighting may be shortly going on." "That is the lover of Miss M'Crea, who is stopping near the fort," said Dick, quietly. "She is a very brave and beautiful girl." "Yes, but she is a patriot, is she not?" asked Bob. "Yes, her father was a Presbyterian clergyman. Her brother is a patriot and lives at Albany. Mrs. M'Neil, her friend, is a. cousin of General Fraser's, but the two are very intimate." While the two lieutenants were talking confidentially in another part of the Toom, a new-comer entered. He was thick-set and stocky, wore a full beard and thick black hair and was dressed in a full-bottomed coat, knee breeches, boots and cocked hat. He looked at the two officers and then advanced toward them. "Do yo>-1 know who that is?" asked Dick in a low tone. "No," said Bob and Mark. "Look again. Do you see the torn pocket on bis coat? I have the lapel of it. He has not been to the tailor since we met him." "Why, you don't mean--" "That is our spy of Hubbardton," said Dick. "Is it po!!sible?" said Mark. • "But this man has a beard," added Bob. "It is false." The spy stole out 0 the room, supposing himself to be unobserved. Dick arose. "Excuse me, Lieutenant Jones," he said. "We must make haste. That man is a spy. I understand what you wish. You want me to warn Miss M'Orea that it is dan gerous to remain near Fort Edward. I will do so.'~ "That is all I desire. Whether you are rebels or not is nothing." "We are patriots. I am Dick Slater. We are not ene mies for the present. You wish me to take a mes.sage to the one you love. I will do it. There is my hand." Dick extended his hand, which the other took. "Thank you, Captain Slater. Hodges is indeed a spy, but do not fear him." "I don't!" said Dick; "but your errand requires dis patch." The boys hurriedly left the house. As they were making their way to the stable they saw a party of British cavalry coming down the road from the direction of the fort. With them was the spy of Hubbardton, Hodges, as he was called. "Quick!" said Dick. "Not an instant is to be lost." They hastened to the stable quickly, led out their horses, saddled them in baste and mounted. The redcoats were within forty yards of them as they dashed out into the road. "There they go!" shouted the spy. "There tbey are! After the rebels!" Away dashed the boys down the road. After them came the redcoats. "Shoot them!" roared the spy. "Dick Slater is worth as much dead as alive!"


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND BRAVE JANE :M:'CREA. General Howe had offered a reward of five hundred where there were enemies other than redcoats to be pounds for Dick. avoided. The spy evidently knew this. There were Indians abroad, allies of General Burgoyne, 'l'he redcoats seemed anxious to catch Dick, however, cruel, bl0od-thirsty men, and it was as well to keep a rather than to shoot him. lcokout for them. After the three boys they urged their horses, therefore. They were well mounted, but so were the three young Continentals. Dick Slater, especially, had a horse to be proud of. He was a magnificent coal black animal by the name of Major and was one steed in a thousand. He co.uld have distanced his comrades in a short time, if he had liked. He wanted to keep them all together, however, as it was best. not to separate. Presently, having gained somewhat upon the enemy, they reached the top of a hill. Here Dick saw a party of redcoats approaching. Many would have thought themselves caught in a trap at such a sight. Not so with Dick, however. He looked upon the circumstance as decidedly m his favor. "Down with them!" he suddenly cried. "Liberty for ever I" The boys echoed his cry, and then the three went dash ing down the hill, raising a cloud of dust. The redcoats saw them coming,. saw another party behind them, took them all for enemies and went racing back pellmeU. CHAPTER III. HODGES MAKES A BARGAIN. There were crossroads just below the bottom of the hill. The party that Dick had discovered scattered right and Mt. Every prisoner captured by them and brought to the fort meant so much, and scalps brought a still higher price. For all that I\.irgoyne had urged them to be humane, the Indians could not forego their natural instinct.s and many were the tales of treachery and cruelly related of them. There was much wooded country to be traversed bet ween this point and Fort Edward. It was safer to trav e l by daylight, therefore. Then, too, Dick and his comrades had covered ma n y m iles that day and they, as well as the horses, neecleJ a rest. They came to a farmers hou s e on the edge of a cl e ar ing, and, riding up. Dick shouted: "Hello, the house!" A f'hrewish-looking woman presently appeared and sai<1: "Well, what you want?" "Could you accommodate us for the night, maam :" asked Dick. "We have ridden :far and are tired ancl our horses need a rest as well as ourselves." "I dunno, mebby I could, long's you ben't sogers an'll pay fur yer 'commodations." "Yes, we will pay a fair price, of course. Healthy boys and good horses consume a lot of provender, and we would hardly expect to be entertained for nothing." "Corne in, take yer horses to ther barn, ther men folks will be comin' in d'rectly. Long's you ben't sogers, I don't keer, bnt sogers don't pay nothin' an' air er heap er trou ble besides." "We will girn you no trouble, ma'am; we will look after our own horses; we can all sleep in one bed, if need be, and we dont ask for any better than you have your The three boys went straight on, took and hy the time the scattered redcoats their mistake were far away. the main road, selves." had discovered "Waal, thet's proper. Put up yer hosses an' I guess by The pursuit was not kept up, and as the boys went on .at a less nerve-racking pace, they enjoyed a good laugh over the rout of the redcoats. "There is nothing like impudence to carry you througli." said Bob. "The idea of us three fellows rout ing a party of a dozen or twenty!" "Thafs what comes of first impressions," laughed Mark. "They saw us, knew we were Continentals am] took it for granted tlrnt the others were the same." ''That's just what I counted on," drily, :from Dick. They rode on and saw no more of the redcoats for b ours. Then they stopped to rest, for it was getting on toward the close of the day. They were coming to a region not so thickly settled, and that time father or some er ther boysu be in." The house was rather fumble-clown, the woman was untidy, the barn was not clean and there seemed to be a general air of neglect all about the place. "\\'ell, it's not the Lest place we might have found, nor yet is it the worst," said Dick. "We might go farther and not do as well," remarked Bob, "and we are used to all sorts." They spread fresli. clean beds for their horses, they made the barn look cleaner, they drew water and they s plit wood, the ,roman being unprovided with either. B,v dusk the m e n c ame in, three rough, ungainly looki n g fellows, a father and bro sons. ''1Yaal, maam , got e of1 pn~.11ev yer?" ask • c1 the eldest. "Xo t sogers, her?" • "Xo, theY ain't."


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND BRA VE J ANE M ' CREA. ''Thet's all right then. I an't erblige sogers, young sirs, no.t of any kind." "They have troubled you, then?" asked Ma r k . "Shorely they hev . They've e't my vittles, milked my c-01-rs, rid over my pasters, chopped down my trees-au' Hcrer s,1id so much as thank yer fur et all, an' calle d me a old skinflint on top of it." "Have all the soldiers done this?" asked Bob, "Continentals as well as British?" Yus, they hev, an' I don't keer fur nuther kind, but 1,rng's yer ben't sogers, ye're welcome an' I won't charge ye no roore'n what's fair." Supper ready. morn?" asked one of the young men. Putty nigh, but it wouldn't er be'n ef I'd waited fm _, 0w. Tl1ere wasn't no wood cut nor no water fetched nor nntliin'. 'Pea r s ter me yer air ther mos' shif'less lot er boys l ever see, an' father's jest as bad, an' ef there ever 1ras a _[Jure woman that was tormented by her men folks, ir~ me, an' yet yer neYer hear me sayin' a word nor com r!ainin1 nor--" "Turn that there Johnny-cake, Eph, or it'll be burned. lfe re you, Si, set that pot er 'taters back." The old man made tlae boys do something simply to stop the mother's tongue and the preparations for supper went on. Th<:>re were bacon and eggs and potatoes, Johnny-cake, milk, butter and coffee of an inferior quality sweetened ,rith molasses. The boys made a good meal, despite the untidiness of the house, :md as it was then dark and the tallow dipR . :.:ore but little light, they sat outsid(;l and talked. or kept ,-ill'nt for an hour and then said they would go to bed. They were shown to a room on the second floor, and, as Dick had suggest.eel, haq to share one bed, and not a very large one at that. 1 They were not yet asleep when D ick heard a voice lie low . "Got any room for strangers, neighbor?" someone a;,ked. The window was open anc1 sounds came up r eadi ly. Dick started and to u ched Bob, who lay next to him. "That's Hodges," he said . "Get u p as quietly as you can." Then Dick himself arose and began p utting o n his dotlwi. "\V ull, I clonno ez I hev," said the farmer, " ' l ess you wanter pay goocl. I got three young fe ll ers i n their house 110w, 'sides my own boys, but ef ye're a soge r an' pay well--" ' 'I'hrce boys? Likely looking young fellows?" "Yus, so they be." "One has a black horse?" "Yus, seems ter me he has. They put up their own bosses." "Those are the very fellows I want. You're a good king's man, arent you?" Dick beard the jingle o.f coin :1s the question was asked. "Shorely I am, as g o od as ther ne x t one." "'l'hose three boys a r e rebels, and I am after the m . They're aslee p ? " " Y u s, u p there." " Y ou'll keep them t ill I ca n bring up some men? You and your sons can easily m a n age t he m, can't you ? u Agai n t h e r e was t h e j i ngle of coin. "Sartin we can. So they're rebe l s, h ey? Waal ~ I n e v e r would er suspected it. Yus, we'll take ca r e en. 'em a ll right. " "The old villain," muttered Dick. "If we h a lteen in uniform he would have said that he took n o •~ but soldiers . " "There's no lock on the door," said Bob. "Saal. we get out or stay here?" "I'd like to capture that spy," said Dick, " bu.t we'll have our hands full with three men, counting aa out altogether." "Very gooJ," said Hodg es . "Lock them in, al!l.d if they make any trouble, knock them on the heads. l'U be back shortly. I have men not far off. Mind, if youJllay me, false, I'll burn your olc1 rookery clown about your head." "Yer c'n depend on me; I'm er good king's man an' ready ter c1o anything." Then they heard the clatter 0 a horse's hoofs. "Come," said Dick, after a pause . "We ca n't wait till Hodges gets back. We must go on a t once . He's a mos t persistent scoundrel." The boys went downstairs, making no effort to be quiet. They met the farmer on foe floor below . "Where yer goin' ?" he asked, s u rprised . "Away from here, you wicked o l d s in ne r," said Dick. "So you are whatever pays you best at t h e moment, are you, Tory or Whig? Y on're an old sneak, and -if anyone deserves hanging, you're the man. " "How'd I know yon was goin' t e r p ay me?" said the man. "I got my mo ney down i n this c ase . You ain't ergoin' outer this house till--" Dick drew his pistols. "Stanc1 aside ! " The sons had come to the old m a n's ass i s t a nce . All three fe ll oack at sight of the t h ree p ai r s o f pi s tols leve l ed at them. The boys hurried to the barn, got o u t their h o rses and were off as the sound of horses' hoofs was hea r d thundering along the road . CHAPTER IV. DICK DELIVERING THE LIEUTENANTS MESS.A.GE. As the boys got safely away before the arrival of the soldiers, their absence "\\onld not be at once disoovered. "Make as little noise as you can and go as fast as possi ble," said Dick.


6 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND BRA VE JANE l\'I'CREA. They had gone some distance when tbe sound of a shout came faintly to their ears. "They have discovered our flight," said Dick, "but they don't know how long we have been gone." "There'll be a greatly disappointed spy," remarked Bob. "And the farmer will be asked to pay back certain money he bas received," added Mark. "Which reminds me that we have not paid our own score," said Dick, "but I have no scruples about it." "No, for a man who 'fould be so treacherous deserves to lose.'' They rode faster now and did not mind making a noise. Their absence was discovered and their road known and all that was necessary now was to keep ahead of their pur suers. By daylight they had seen nothing of them and con cluded that the pursuit was over. "Hodges may not give it up," observed Bob, "and, be ing a spy, he may push on to Fort Edward." "If I catch him it will go hard with him, then," said Dick. "Who is he, anyhow?" asked Mark. "You never saw him before, did you, Dick?" • "Not that I know of. Re probably has seen me some where and has been tempted by the reward to try and capture me." "Others have tried it before and failed," said Bob. "And the offer is still open," added Mark. "That does not worry me in the least," shortly from Dick. They arrived at Fort Edward in due time, and Dick made his repert. As soon as convenient Dick took Bob and Mark and went to the house of Mrs. M'N eil, about a quarter of a mile distant :from the fort. The lady admitted them, and Dick said: "De not be afraid, madam. Although you are a known royalist and we are Continentals, our errand is a peaceful one." "I know very well that the Liberty Boys never annoy women," said the lady. "Won't you sit down? What is your errand?" "Is Miss Jane M'Crea still stopping with you?" asked Dick. "Jenny? Yes, she is with me still." "I would like to see her. I have lately seen Lieutenant Jones." "You have seen David?" "Yes." "But he is in the British army. How did you happen to see him?" "Our conference was a peaceful one, and he gave me a message to Miss M'Crea." "Then I will let you deliver it yourself," and the lady left the room. I In a few moments she came back with a benfilul girl of twenty, whose hair was very long and bl~ This was Jane M'Crea. "This is Captain Slater, of the Liberty Boys?" she asked. "Yes. I saw Lieutenant Jones not long sillce and he urges you to leave this place as soon as possible." "He does?" "Yes. He considers it dangerous. The enemy is ad vancing, you know." The young lady looked serious. "But if the redcoats captured the forts, I would be safe," she said to Mrs. M'Crea. "If David were with them he--" "You would be safe with the enemy, of course, Miss M'Orea," said Dick, who understood why the girl wished to delay, "but there are more than British soldiers about." "You ought to go, Jenny," said Mrs. M'Neil. "Your brother wants you. I think I ought to go to New York myself." "The Indians, stirred up by Burgoyne, are prowling about everywhere," said Dick. "They are not to be trusted. No woman or child is safe where they are: and I wish to add my urgent request to that of Lieutenant Jones that you depart to a place of safety." "The young gentleman is right, Jenny," said Mrs. M'Neil. "These scoundrelly Indians respect no one, and it is a sin and a shame for a civilized nation to employ them against its enemies." "That is exactly as I believe, madam," said Dick. "So we are agreed upon one point at least. I believe also that it will react upon the enemy and that General Buygoyne will have reason to bitterly regret it." "You are very kind, Captain Slater," said Miss M'Crea. "David--Lieutenant Jones was well?" "Yes." "He was not wounded?" "No, he was in perfect health and condition. Our meet ing was quite accidental. He did not know me to be a Continental at first, as I was not in uniform." Then, as she seemed anxious to hear the slightest de tails in regard to her lover, Dick related how he had come to meet the lieutenant and of offering to deliver his mes sage. She was greatly interested in the recital and said at last: "Of course you do not wish the British to capture the fort, captain, but if they did, what harm could come to me? I am not afraid 0 the soldiers." "Nor would they harm you, Mis& M'Orea," said Dick, "but stray shots sometimes kill those not engaged in battle. There is the chance of accidents, and, as I say, the Indians, who respect no one. Your lover, your brother and myself all urge you to depart, and I trust that you will heed the warning." Dick Slater knew whereof he spoke, for, alth01rgh but a


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND BRA VE JANE M'OREA. 7 b oy, he had had experiences which many men never 'have aud this gave him a clearer perception of the situa tion. The young lady promised him that she would do as the lieutenant wishea, but he was almost certain that the desire to see her lover again would cause her to delay her departure. She was as brave as she was beautiful and seemed to fear nothing. Dick and the boys shortly took their leave and returned to the camp of the Liberty Boys close to the fort. As they entered they were saluted by a pug-nosed, freckle-faced Irish boy, who said: "Dhere wor a friend av yours at dhe camp phwin yez wor away, Dick." "A friend of mine, Patsy?" asked Di ck. The Irish boy was called Patsy Brannigan and was the life of the camp. "Yie, he said he wor a frind av yours an' wanted to see y e z very bad. He said he'd loike to visit dhe fort." "What sort was he, Patsy? How did he look? Did he give his name?" "Shure an' he did not, nor did we give him a pass to dhe fort. Oi didn't loike his looks, beggin' yer pardon av he ' s a frind av yours, an' Oi wudn't show him around." "What was he like, Patsy?" asked Dick, interested as well as puzzled. "He wor heavy built, he had a smooth face an' a long red schar right across--" "Hodges!" then cried the three Liberty Boys in a breath. "Do yez know him?" asked the Iris1t boy. "Yes, and we know him to be a spy and a scoundrel, too, no doubt." "Why, that fellow tried to catch us three times when we were over at Hubbardton," said Bob. "Well, well, wud yez look at dhat? An' he havin' dhe face to call himself a frind ! Shure Oi'm glad Oi wud have nothin' to do wid him." "Und me, too, neider, also," said a fat German boy weighing nearly two hundred pounds, who now came for ward. H i s name was Carl Gookenspieler, and he and Patsy were inseparable companions. "You saw him then, Carl?" asked Dick. "Y ah, und I lige him not fery much alretty. Off I knowed dot he ein sphy was, I bet you I sit on him und mage him more flatter as ein pancake alretty." "If you see him again arrest him on sight," said Dick, "and pass the word to all the rest. He is a British spy and his name is Hodges." "Shure an' Oi suspected him phwin he wudn't tell me who he was." "Yah, und den he was loogk aroundt all ofer, shoost lige he was losed somedings und wanted to found it," added Carl. "Re is about as persistent a fellow as I ever saw," mut-tered Bob. "I wish we had winged him that first time when he gave chase." "I don't think we have anything to fear from him," said Dick; "but, just the same, we :rnst stop his constant spying upon us." "He'll do no more av it, dhin, av Oi do see him shpoyin' around," said Patsy. "Yah, und off I was caught him, I bet you I shtop dot," said Carl. "We may not see him again," said Dick. They had not seen the last of him, how ever. CHAPTER V. THE SPY AGAIN. G e neral S c huyler, with the army, was now at Moses' Cre ek, five miles below Fort Edward. A small force was left at the fort in addition to the Liberty Boys. This force was later to join Arnold's division. In the village but some little distance from the fort there was a small inn which Dick used often to visit. On the afternoon succeeding the receipt of Patsy's information concerning the spy of Hubbardton, Dick was riding along, when nearing the inn he saw a man go in. It was Hodges. Re had evidently not seen Dick, who at once drew rein. Leaving Major tethered to a fence near a tree, Dick advanced with great caution. He entered the house quickly and heard the spy-give orders for a meal to be served at once. Dick was not certain of the landlord's aid, and he there fore hurried away to get a few of the Liberty Boys to help him capture the spy. He had not rid{jen far before he met Mark, Ben Spurlock, Will Freeman, George Brewster, Sam Sanderson and Arthur Mackay riding leisurely along. "Come, boys," he said. "I want you to help me capture that spy. Six of you besides myself \>ught to be sufficient." "Where is he?". asked Mark, who was the only one in the party besides Dick who knew the spy. "At the little inn, up the road, I saw him enter a short time ago, and I am certain that he is still there." Then they set off toward the inn. When they came in sight of it, Dick said: "Surround the place and close in when I give the signal." Then he rode forward, the rest of the party quickly departing. As Dick rode up to the door the landlord came out and said loudly:


8 THE LIBETITY BOYS AXD BRA VE JANE U'CREA. "How do you do, Captain Slater? Can I do anything He had turned into the road and Dick could easily 5ee for you to-day?" by his fresh tracks in which direction he had gone. Dick noticed a shadow on the wall as he looked in at one He was out of sight, the road being deeply shaded, the of the windows. trees arching overhead and many of the.branches hanging He heard a footstep at the same moment. quite low. The landlord had given warning to the spy, he felt cerDick dashed on, determined not to lose the fellow, even tain. if he had to pursue the chase alone. "Yes, you can get out of the way, you wretched Tory!" On he chased and presently caught sight of the spy, cried Dick, quickly leaping from his horse. just jumping upon his horse on the further side of a little Then he gave a shrill whistle and rushed inside. creek over which thern was a rude bridge. He saw a thick-set man hurrying out at a rear door as Dick paused just on the edge of the creek. he entered. The planks of the bridge had been laid on loosely with-He fired almost on the instant. out being secured. But the bulley struck the door frame and the spy esThe bridge was seldom used, and only for horse or foot caped. passengers, not being wide enough for wagons. Dick quickly followed. Hodges had pulled off three or four of the planks and He was still in hope that Mark or some of the others had thrown them into the stream. would be in time to catch the fellow. Dick saw him disappear around a bend in the road as As he reached the outside he saw Hodges enter the he reached the creek. barn in the rear. J f he had not seen the fellow jump on the horse he In a moment Mark came up on one side and Will on ,,ould have had no suspicion that anything was wrong. another. Ile would have ridden straight on and would undoubt-"The fellow is in the barn," said Dick. rd l y have plunged into the creek. Then they heard a shot. ~\.s it was, he slopped just in time. In another moment George came from behind a corner "I am afraid it is too late now," he muttered. "He is of the barn. a wily rascal and is full of tricks and devices." "The villain has just gone down a lane behind the There was no hand rail to the bridge and no guard, the barn,'; he said. "I fired a shot at him, but he escaped.'' , whole thing being a most primitive affair. "After him, boys!" cried Dick. "I will join you in a Some of the planks 11ad been thrown into the stream moment." ,111<1 0ne or t1,o were half ,ray down the bank. Ben, Sam and Arthur quickly appeared from uifl'erent directions as Dick ran to the inn for his horse. He quickly bade them follow Mark and the re st. Hurrying to the front of the house, he saw a g room leading away his horse. "Here, leave that horse alone," he crieu quickly, pnsh ing the fellow aside. Then he sprang into the saddle and hastened after ihc six boys. • He quickly came in sight of them das hing down the lane. It was a rough road and one had to use the greatest of care lest hit horse should stumble. As he came in sight of the boys he heard a shot. Then he quickly caught up with them and took the lead. ' There was a bend in the lane, and as he turned it he saw the spy stop for a moment and swing a high-barred gate in place. It was too high for him to risk jumping in such a place. The road was bad OI). both sides of it, and a fall might mean a broken leg for his horse. He stopped just short of the gate, sprang off his horse and opened it. '['he delay gave t.he spy a great advantage. To cross on what remained and recover the few that c ould be recovered would take time. By the time they could cross the bridge the fugitive would be far away. There were no doubt two or three roads that he could . lake, and if he had used the same trickery that he had before shown, it would not be a difficult matter to deceive them as to which one he had taken. The boys quickly came up, and Dick, halting them, said : "I do not like to admit it, but the rascal has been too clever for me this time." "That doesn't happen very often," said Mark. is the matter?" "Look at the bridge." "Did he fall in?" •'What "No, but ha was clever enough to damage the bridge to prevent my crossing. It is too long a leap for even Major to take safely, with the condition of the opposite bank to consider." "It's a shame that he got a,,.ay," declared _ Mark. "He ~ccms to be full oJ' tricks." "I don't know that you can blame him," laughed Ben Spurlock, who ,ms a lively boy. "He did not want to be wptnretl any more than one of us would. if we were trying te; escape from n lot of reclcoats."


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND BRAVE JANE M'CREA. 9 "Very true," assented the others, the argument being unanswerable. "The mischief was done by that Tory landlord when he 11arned Hodges," said Dick. "I did not know whether I could trust him, in the :first place, and so went off for help." "Perhaps he knew Hodges," said Ben when had told how the landlord had called , aloud as he came up. "He must have done so. He has never been so cordial to me before, and I wondered at it." "Well, we will lmow what to expect of him another time," declared Mark. "It is as well to know who one's enemies are as well as his friends." "What I most regret," said Dick, "is that the rascal has obtained a knowledge of the number of men at the fort and will take advantage of it." '~Well, it's too bad that he escaped," said Mark, "but I don't see how we can help it." "We can't," said Dick, and then they returned to the camp. CHAPTER VI. DICK GETS AND LOSES A PRISONER. "Oh, yus, I'm a loyal subjeck er ther king," said the old man, unblushingly. "He's anything that comes most convenient, the old rascal," thought Dick. "Was you calc'la tin' ter stop?" asked the old man. "No, I think not," and at that moment Hodges, the spy, came along on horseback. He did not seem to recognize Dick any more than the old farmer had. There was a certain suspicious movement, however, and Dick understood it. 1 Whipping out his pistols, he said, sternly: "Throw up your bands, Hodges ! I've got you this time. Go and take away his pistols, armer." Hodges turned crimson, the scar on his cheek being -Dick had dashed forward and was now within three paces of him. The spy put up his hands. "Come here, farmer," said Dick, "or I'll shoot you, too. Take this fellow's pistols." The old reprobate obeyed. "Guess he's got ther better er yer this time, Pete," he said . He quickly took the pistols from the spy's holsters and from his pockets, handing them one at a time to Dick . . Dick did not fefl greatly _ discour:aged over the escape of Dick kept a close watch upon him to see that he did not the spy, but took 1~ ver~ philo~opl11cally. . use the pistols. He often met with disappomtmen~s, and even failures, I The old fellow had a wholesome dread of being shot, . and never expected to be successful m all that he underevidently, and did not undertake any act of treach took. When he failed in anything, therefore, he was not down cast, but made up his mind to do better the next time. As Hodges had no doubt succeeded in l earning something about the Continentals, Dick now made up his mind to get some information concerning the enemy. He set off according]_y late that afternoon on his quest, alone and in ordinary clothes. He went on horseback, but did not take Major, as he was known to many of the enemy and might betray him. He put up at a farmhouse late that nigM and got an early start in the morning. He rode for some time and at last came to the house of the old Tory who had tried to betray him. The old man was working about the house when he came up. He did not recognize Dick and said: "Good mornin', neighbor. Goin' fur?" "No," said Dick. "Have you seen anything of any red coats?" "Yus, I have. I hain't got no use fur redcoats an' I'd lik e to see 'em druv out'n the country." "Yvu're a good patriot, then?" said Dick. "Yus, I air . You're another, I suppose?" "Well, I'd like to join the redcoats and I'm lookin g for them. You're a goo

THE LIBERTY BOYS AND BRA VE JANE M'CREA. "but we heard your bargain with him and slipped away." Just then the old woman came with a rope. "Tie that spy's hands behind him," said Dick, "and tie him to the saddle." The old man and his wife did as Dick ordered. Then Dick took the bridle in his hand and led the horse away, the spy in the saddle. . "Waal, I guess he's got yer this time, Pete Hodges," laughed the farmer. "You old scoundrel, you'll pay for this," snarled the spy. "I hain't had nuthin' ter do with it," said the old man. "He cowed me ther same as he cowed yer." Dick did not stop to let them argue the thing out. He headed at once toward Fort Edward and went at a good pace. "What do you mean to do with me, Slater?" asked Hodges. "Turn you over to the colonel. He'll hang you, I have no doubt. You'd have done the same to me." "What do you want to hang me for?" "Because you deserve it. You're a spy and a scoUBdrel to boot." "Htiw do you know I'm a scoundrel?" snarled the spy. "Your face tells me so. I have no desire to keep up a. conversation with you, however, so be quiet or I'll gag you." Hodges scowled, but said nothing, and Dick kept along at a good safe jog trot, the led horse following. He counted on reaching the fort that day if he kept up that pace and met with no mishaps. The region was full of enemies, white and red, how ever, and his having met none on the previous day did not indicate that he would not. In fact he thought that there was every likelihood that he would do so. He therefore kept his eyes and ears open for anything of a suspicious nature. Suddenly as they were riding along at a slower pace , on account of the unevenness of the road, the spy uttered a loud sh,;mt . Dick clapped a pistol to his head in an instant. "Do that again and I'll fire!" he said sternly. The mischief had been done, however. There were redcoats in the woods. Dick heard them at the same time the spy did. In a moment the shout was answered. Then the redcoats came running up from different directions. Next a man on horseback appeared on the rmii Dick dashed forward. Then other mounted redcoats appeared. It look ed as if Dick would be surrounded. He let go of the horse's bridle, gave him a resounding slap on the flank and sent him ahead. "There's Dick Slater, the rebel, behind you," the 1,py shouted. The redcoats stopped to catch the spy's ho:JSe. Dick in the meantillle shot ofl: to one side and es caped. Several shots were :fired at him, but he fortunately es caped them all. He had to let his prisoner go, but this was better than being taken himself. In a short time he came out upon the road agaa. Then he gave his horse the rein aJJ.d let him go at full speed. For a time he could hear the sound of purs11it , and then they suddenly died out. "They have probably given it up as a bad job," was hi thought. "We are getting too near to the Continental lines." He pushed on as fast as he could, and in an hour or two arrived at the fort. "The British are getting closer to us," he said to Bob when he saw the young lieutenant. "Then we will haTe to driTe them sack." "I don't think we can. They are coming in great num bers, no doubt." Then Dick related his adventure with the spy. "It's too bad he got away," said Bob. "That fellow is going to make a lot of trouble for us if we don't ket after him." "Yes, he is a very troublesome fellow, and I am sorry I lost him, but if I had held on to him they would have captured me." '' At any rate, he probably will keep out of our way now, because he knows that he runs a great deal of risk." "Exac;itly, but I think that in. a short time we will have all that we can do withollt paying attention to troublesome spi~ like Peter Hodges," said Dick. CH.APTER VII. PATSY GOES AFTER REDCOATS. After , Dick had left the camp the previous evening Patsy said to Carl : "Cookyspiller, me bhy, Oi t'ink dhat av me an' you cud capther a ridcoat or two it wud be a foine t'ing to talk about." "Yah, I bet me dot would been pooty goot off dose red goats didn't caught us." "Go'n wid yez, Cookyspiller. All we have to do is to shtale up on dhim an' rin off wid dhim. It's dhe aisiest t'ing in dhe worold." "Yah, off dey was kept shtill und let you shtole dem, but maybe de, was shtole us." "Shnre an' don't Oi tell yez dhat dhey can't? Y ez want to l'ave it to me, Cookyspiller." ..


• THE LIBERTY BOYS AND BRAVE JANE M'CREA. ----, 11 "Dot was all righd; I leafe dem all to you alretty. I don'd was want dem." "No, Oi mane dbat yez are to l'ave dhe fixin' av it to me, Cookyspiller. Oi want yez along wid me, av coarse." "Oh, you want dot I should mit you went, is it?" "Av coarse." "Dot's all righd, but off dose redgoats was caughted us, don'd you was plame me vor dot." "Go'n an' don't be talkin' about our bein' caught, or Oi'll give yez a bat on dhe hid." "What I was doing when you gife me dot bats by der headt alretty, Batsy?" "Phwat wud yez be doin' ?" "Yah." "Yez wud be takin' it." "No, sir." "Well, come on annyhow." Then they started out looking for redcoats and expecting to bring home two or three apiece. They soon reached the village and Patsy began to open his eyes. Coming to a house where there was a light in the win-dow and the blinds only partly pulled down, he said: "Look dhere, Cookyspiller." "What it was?" "Luck in dhe windy an' tell me phwat yez see?" "Mein gollies, dot was ein redgoat been." "Yis, two or t'ree av dhim. Now is our toime, me bhy." "Yah, I dinks so meinselluf." Under the partly drawn blinds Patsy could see the gleam of a British uniform. There could be no doubt of it. There were two, and perhaps three, soldiers in the room. He could see them moving about and apparently on the most friendly terms with the people of the house. "Cookyspiller," he whispered. "What it was?" "We must capther dhe vilyans." "Yali, you went m und I was saw dot nobody was gone ouid." "No, sor; yez must come in wid me." "All righd, but I t'ought dot one was enuff. You gould manache dose redgoats easy." "No, sor, wan av dhim moi ght shlip bechune me legs, but av yez wor db.ere rea d y to fall on him it'll be all roight." Then they marched up to the door, entered the house without knocking and went into the front room. "Surrindher, ye ridcoats !" cried Patsy, drawing a pis tol. "Yah, you was our brisoners been alretty, und off y~m don'd was went mit us we was choot you full mit holes." "My sakes, what's the matter with you boys anyhow?" eried a young woman, jumping 1i1p. She had come to call and wore a bright red cloak. The man 0 the house had taken off his coat, revealing a red flannel shirt. The woman of the house was making him another shirt and had it on her lap. The man put down his pipe, roared with laughter and cried: "There ain't no redcoats in this house, Pat. We're all good patriots, every one of us." "I guess because I wear a red cloak I don't have to be a Britisher," said the woman. The other woman laughed. "Batsy," said Carl. "Phwat is it, Cookyspiller?" "I din.ks we was ein mistook made, ain't it?" "Shure an' Oi do be thin.kin' dhe same t'ing, Dootchy ." "Well, well, that's pooty good," laughed the man in the red shirt. "Took us for redcoats, did you?" "Nein, I was kn.owed dot you was dot not," said Carl, "but I t'cmght I was let Batsy mage ein fool mit him selluf und so I was nodings said, ain't it?" The others laughed, but Patsy said: "Do yez know phwat Oi do be t'inkin', Cookyspiller?" "Nein. What it was?" "Dhat yez are aither dhe biggest loiar in dhe worold or yez don't know dhe truth phwin yez do see it." There was another laugh at this and Carl said: "No, sir, dot was ein choke dot I was blayed mit you." "Go on wid yez or Oi'll choke yez mesilf. Y ez wor taken in, dhe same as mesilf." "Well, you're good soldiers anyhow," said tl1.e man, with a laugh, "and on the lookout for the enemy. Set down and enjoy yourselves." The two Lib erty Boys sat down and greatly amused the company by their comical speeches. The m a n of the h o u s e knew Dick and the Liberty Boys and was a good patriot. His bein g taken for a redcoat on account of his red shirt was very amusing to him, therefore. Finally Patsy s aid to Carl: "Come on, Cookyspiller, its toime we wor gain ' . Dhere 's no ridcoats here, an' dhat wor phwat we came afther." "Yah, dot was so, Batsy." "Well, come again," laughed the man of the house. "You won't find any redcoats here, but we're always glad to s e e any of the Liberty Boys." "Thank yez koindly, sor," said Patsy. "Come on, me bhy, we must catch howld av some av dhim ridcoats before we get back to dhe camp." Then they left the house and set off for the camp. On the way thither Patsy looked in at another window and said: "Shure an' Oi'm not mistaken dhis toime, Cookyspiller. Dhere's a ridcoat, av iver Oi saw wan."


12 THE Ll.BEnT'l BOY::l A.:-D BlU:Y.E JANE 11l'CHK'.. "Yah, dot was so, Batsy.'' .. Come on dhin and we'll arrist him, me bhy." Then Patsy walked boldly up to the door, raised the big brass knocker and sent a clamorous summons echoing through the place. A woman presently came to the door. "Bless my heart, man, you don't need to bang the door down and raise the dead!" she exclaimed. "What do you want?" "Dlie house is surroundhed, ma'am, so yez can tell dhe Britisher widhin dhat he may as well come out," said P,1t~)'. ''Yah, we was surrounded der houses, me und Batsy, und dot veller don'd could get away alretty," added Carl. "There's no British soldier in my house," snapped the woman. "Beggin' yer pardon, ma'am, but Oi saw him troo dhe windy, an' av he don't come out we'll go in for him." "Dot was rigbd, womans; we don'd was had any hum bug mi t dot solchcr." "I tell you there's no British soldiers in the house, and--" "E:xcuse me, ma'am," said Patsy, pushing forward, "but I sa w wan an' Oi'm goin' to have him out, begorrah." '' Yah, und me, too, also, alretty," said Carl, follow ing. Patsy entered the living room, situated off the main hall. ,\nd then he saw a red petticoat hanging over a chair, a young girl being busily engaged in brushing it at the moment. 'It wor in dhis room I saw dhe ridcoat," said Patsy. "A red petticoat, you mean," laughed the girl. "This is the only redcoat that bas been here to-night." Patsy looked at Carl and said: "Cookyspiller, me bby, Oi do be lave we've been makin' fools av oursilves ag'in." "Yah, dot was so, Batsy, you was mage a fool rnit your selluf a gouple off dimes. For why you done dot?" "Shure an' yez wor as big a fool as meself, Cooky1,piller. Cudn't yez tell a rid pittycoat from a uniform?" "You don'd could toldt dot yourselluf more bedder as me," said Carl, "und you was as big a fool as me, ain't it?" "Oi think yez are right," said PatsY, and then they gave up the search for redcoats and went back to camp. CHAPTER VIII. ON AN l:MPORTANT ERRAND. The young laJy recein!d them conlially, and said: '' 1 am glad to see you, Captain Slater, and you, Lieutenant Estabrook. You have not seen the British lately, hare you, captain?" ' Yes, l have seen them quite lately, ancl they are approaching. ' Do you really think so?" the young lacly asked. "Yes, and if they pu~h on as they have been, it will not be many days before they are l1ere. I would advise you to depart at once." "I will go soon," said Miss M'Crea. "It is very kind of you to think of m e, but I am not afraid." "You are a brare young woman, ~1iss M'Crea,'' said Dick, ''but I do not think you know the danger and you really should not be here at this time." "That's what I tell Jenny," said Mrs. ~l'Neil, "but she won't listen to me." "Wifi: you promise to go away if your brother sends for you again?" asked Dick. "Yes," said the young woman. " , cry ,rell," and shortly after this Dick an Bob leit the house. The situation was daily growing more clant,C'!"Olls, as Dick had said. The British were approaching nearer eve y day an& already predatory bands of Indians had been seen. When Dick left the house of ::\Irs. M'N eil he said to Bob: "Mr. J\I'Crea is five miles down the river. I am goin~ to see him and tell him of the danger." "A goocl idea," said Bob. "If be sencls a peremptory request, she will obey it. I nm greatly interested in her and I do not think that she ought to remain. In fact, all the women and children ought to leave." • You arc quite right," said Bob. ' I am going down 1.he river to see her brother. Will _1L, c-onw, Bob:'" "Yes, of course I will." "Good. There will be a bateau going down shortly with several families and I am in hopes that Miss M'Crea will leave at that time." "Then we must go and come before the bateaux start.'~ "Yes, Bob, and that is what I mean to clo, so let us lose no time . " A bateau, such as were us ed on the rivers in revolu tionary days, was rudely constructed of logs and planks and was very broad and without a keel. They were of small draught and would carry large loads even in shallow water. In still water and against cmrrnts they were y , ropelled by long drivin g pole~, whil<' in the rnrrents they were simp ly directed. WIH'n Dick rPturne

TUE LIBERTY BOYS .A.2\.D BRAVE JAKE l\HJHf•;.\, Dick realized the danger of longer remaining to the women and children, and he bad already urged a number to leave. He and Bob now prepared for their journey down the river, taking a shallow skiff and two pafrs of oars. 'rhey set out in a short time, taking provisions sufficient to last a day and guns and ammunition with which to provide more if they needed it. Bob was rowing and Dick was steering, at the same time keeping a watch for enemies. He was not so much afraid of the boat running aground or striking rocks as he was of meeting Indians. He did not apprehend seeing any redcoats, but be did fear Indians, and so kept a constant lookout for them. They were going with the current and making fairly good speed, when Dick, with a musket across his knees and pistols in his belt, ready to hand, heard a suspicious .-,mnd on the nearest bank. In another moment he heard the sharp twang ,,f a rowstring. He had already snatched a pistol from his belt. At the sound he fired in the direction whence it had proceeded . He ducked his head as he fired. There was a yell as the bullet cut through the leaves, and then four or five Indians sprang from behind bushes. As they prepared to send a flight of arrows at Dick the boy seized his musket and fired. One of the Indians toppled headlong into the water. Bob held his oars with one hand and fired with the ether. There was another yell and a second Indian fell into the water. "Look out, Bob," said Dick, as an arrow went through the sleeve of his coat. "Pull ahead hasty!" Bob went to the oars and sent the boat flying .. What Dick feared was that some of the Indians, feign ing to be shot, would fall into the water and swim out to the boat. The current set in toward shore at this point and a good swimmer would quickly reach the boat. This was just what Dick meant to guard against. With his eyes on the water, he presently noticed a bub bling not far distant. He was in the shade of overhanging branches here, but it was not too dark to show him the form of a naked savage rising to the surface. In another moment he shot to the top almost alongside. One stroke would have enabled him to catch the gunwale. Dick fired on the instant. 0Tack! The bullet struck the Indian's shoulder and he sank with a yell of pain. By the time he arose again and began swimming with ow'. hand, the boat was out of reach. "L "You didn't get us that time, :M:r. Redskin," said Bob. "I would like to have a shot at you myself." The Indians ran along the bank, and in a few moments Dick saw a number of them leap into the water. The channel divided a little further down the river. Close in to shore it was deep and strong. Further out it was shallow, but running at fair speed. At once Dick turned the boat into the farther channel. The Indians set up a yell. "'l'hey think they will have farther to swim," said Bob. "No) they think that we will run aground and that thex are sure of us." "But they a1113 not?" ''No. Pull ahead." 'l'he yells were those of triumph, and not of disap point~ ment. The Indians began swimming vigorously, expecting the boat to shortly run agro'und. It did not, but glided safely on over the shallows, and presently "hen the two abannels united again, went spinning down the river with the enemy in the rear. They used their bows and guns, but neither arrows no1 bullets reached the boys. "That's the last of them," said Bob, pulling lustily. "I don't know, Bob," said Dick. "Keep your eye up the river and . I will look out downstTeam." There were shallows, rocks and rapids to be avoided, . . and Dick was kept busy. ' Not long after the last volley Bob suddenly exclaimed: . "T}rny have launched a couple of canoes, Dick. Jove!. bnt they are determined to catch us." "~ ever mind, Bob; puil ahead," said Dick. '' I will look out .fo r them." The Indians in two canoes, with two men in each, were coming after them. ' Accustomed to the frail craft, the Indians sent them rapidly ahead and gained on the b0ys. Dick was not disheartened, but steered through . tr1e hesi channels as before. Suddenly, as the leading canoe came within good rango~ he picked up his musket, which he had reloaded, and took; aim at the bow just at the water line. Then he fired. His aim was true and the heavy bullet passed through the bark and hit the savage on the knee..) causing him to i::pring up, upsetting the canoe in an instant. Then before the rear canoe could be stopped it was als o upset, while the lJ0at kept on down the river. ~HAJ;>TER IX. THE :MESSAGE . By the time the Indians hacl righted tlie canoes, taken tliem ashore and reseated themselves, the boys had a long lead. •


• 14 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND BRAVE JANE M'OREA. The p111'8uit was not continued, the risk being too great apparently. The boys were altogether too expert with pistol and rifle to suit the Indians. They would simply lose their canoes and men if they continued to ch\se by water. They therefore gave it up. "They are no longer on the river, as far as I can see," said Bob. "I guess we must have discouraged them." "Very likely, Bob, but there may be other parties in the woods along shore and we must keep a lookout for them." As quite 11. long time passed without their seeing any more Indians, however, Dick concluded that the party • that had attacked them was the only one in the neighborhood. "There is no telling when the country along the river will be swarming with them," he said to Bob. "Very true, and we will have to be on the lookout on our return." They paused to rest and eat their dinner and then they both rowed, Dick in the bow keeping a lookout ahead. Reaching Moses' Creek, Dick reported to General Schuyler, and then early the next morning set out to find the house of Jane M'Orea's brother. Meeting him at last, Dick iB.troduced himself and stated the situation briefly. "0 course it is dangerous for the women to remain at 1.he fort or near it," M'Crea saiq.. "Jenny must come here at once." "That is what I told her," said Dick. "I think that if you will put the case strong she will listen to you." "I will do so, Captain Slater," said M'Crea, "and get you to take the message. I will write it at once." "And we will deliver it as quick as we can," said Dick. "I can't think what she can be thinking of to stay on there at such a time. I don't believe that Lieutenant .Tones would want her to stay." "He does not," said Dick. "I have seen him, and he is just as anxious as you are that your sister should de part." 1f'Crea then wrote a most peremptory summons to his sister to joi11. him at once and gave it to Dick. "She will obey that, I am certain, 1Ir. 1I'Crea," Dick said , " and I am glad that we found you." "I thank you for the interest you take in Jenny, Cap tain Slater," said M:'Crea. "I am interested in the safety of all our women, sir," Dick answered, "but I was thus urgent in this case be cause I have met your sister and have been charmed by her loveliness of face and character. However, I may say that I would do the same for any patriot woman." "I am as thankful, just the same, captain," said M'Crea, "and I trust that it will not be long now before we have Jenny with us." "Unless something unforeseen occurs, sir, you will see her in a few da3; s." Something unforeseen was indeed to happea, and neither Dick nor anyone had the faintest idea of the dreadful tragedy which was so soon to occur. Putting the letter carefully in his pocket and taking his leave of M'Crea, Dick at once set out upon his return, accompanied by Bob. They left their boat at the camp and two horses, intending to return by the road and threugh the woods instead of by way of the river. They would have the current against them going back in the boat, and so they substituted horses for it. "I am not as bad as Patsy, who always gets seasick in a boat, even if it be on a canal," laughed Bob, "but I must say that I prefer a horse to a boat any time." "All I am thinking of is how to s,ave time," said Dick, "and it makes little difference how I go, so long as I do that." They set off along the trail and made good progress at first, the road being good and no enemies in sight. At last Dick heard suspicious sounds ahead. He dismounted and crept forward carefully. Bob dismounted and waited for his return. In a few minutes he came back. "Indians, Bob," he said tersely. "Many of them?" "Enough to bother us. All of a dozen, I should think." "Then we shall have to go around?" "Yes." "Are they camping or on the march?" "Camping. They are looking for us on the river, I think." "Let them look," drily. The boys then mounted and made a detolll' so as to avoid being seen by the Indians. They heard them at a distance, but got safely around them and on the trail again without being discovered. "It looks bad to see Indians below the fort," said Bob . "Yes, and we may expect to see redcoats next." "They are not so bad." "Very true." Then they hurried on. In about half an hour Dick suddenly pausecl and said: "There is someone coming." "More than one ?" "I do not think so." "Who can it be?" "That is hard to tell." "It may be a friend." "Yes, or an enemy." The boys dismounted and led their horses 1ehind a clump 0 bushes. They couid hear the stranger coming on very plainly. He was mounted, evidently, and coming on at a fair rate of speed. Presently he came in sight, Dick peering at him through the bu s hes.


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND BRA YE JANE M'CREA. 15 Bob could not repre s s a start of surprise. The man was the spy of Hubbardton. Dick put his hand on Bob' s arm as a sign of caution. Slight as Bob's movement was, it had been heard. "The spy halted, drew his pistol and looked cautiously around . Dick had his pistol in hi s hand now ready to use it. "Who i s there?" cried the spy. "If you are friends of the king, come out. If you don't, I will fire." Neither of the boys uttered a sound. Dick kept his eyes fixed upon the spy . He had his pistol ready to use it at a moment ' s warn-ing. The spy suddenly level ed his pi s tol a t the bushes. Quick as he was, Dick was quicker stilf. Crack! He fired as the spy raised his pistol. There was only one report. The spy ' s pistol was sent flying from his hand as he i-aised it. Then Dick and Bob sprang forward, pistols in hand. At the same moment a shout was heard. "Surrender!" cried Dick, seizing the hor s e's bridle. "Never!" cried the spy loudly. "Hello, rebels!" -Bob dragged the spy from his hor s e and threw him on the grouniL Shouts echoed through the woods a n d the tramp of horses was heard. "Quick!" cried Dick. Then he dashed to where the h o r ses b ad bee n l eft, tak ing the spy's horse with them. , Crack! 'l'he spy had drawn another pist o l o r found the first. A bullet took the cockade off of Dick's hat. Crack! He fired again and there was a howl. "Hello, help, hurry, rebels I" roared the spy. The boys sprang upon their horses and dashed away. Dick led the spy's horse by its bridle. Crack-crack ! Shots rattle d f orth and bull ets w e n t s in ging through t he trees. "Alter them!" bawl e d the spy. "The y ar e Di c k Slater, t h e r e bel, and hi s lieuten ant." Di c k could see the r e d coats of q u i t e a l a rge party of s oldiers among the tre es. H e and Bob both fir e d an d the n dash e d o n , the c apture d hor~ following. The road w , a s bad and t h e r ed c oats were afrai d to t ak e it. Dick found a path, mad e a det our a nd cam e out behind t he r e dc oa ts, who w e r e s t ill s hol1 ting, :firin g a n d :making a lot o f noise. "Go od-by!" c ri e d t h e boys. CHAPTER X. .A. PIEOE OF IMPUDENCE. "Confound that pestilent spy," muttered Bob. "He gives us as much trouble as a redcoat general, and he's only a common sneak." "He is certainly very persistent," said Dick . " I pre sume he thinks he is only doing his duty." "Duty!" stormed Bob, showing his natural impetuosity. "That has nothing to do with it. He is only after the reward." "Perhaps." "There's no perhaps about it, Dick. You ar.e always ready to excuse people, but I'll bet that if there was a , ,reward offered for some British officer this fellow would try and get it and turn his coat." "Well, I was never favorably impressed with him myself," said Dick, "but I am willing to give him the benep.t of the doubt." "He does not deserve it. That fellow would sell out the redcoats if he thought he could get his price. I would not want to offer him very much, either, on the chance of its being refused. I believe he would take anything." ' . 'Well, we've got his horse, anyhow." "Yes, and that's been stolen," sputtered Bob. ' Stolen?" "Yes. Don't you see tha 'C. A.' brand on his flank? Th e fellow has tried to erase it." "You have sharp eyes, Bob." "No sharper than yours, Dick. I believe you saw the half-erased brana mark y e urself." "Certainly, but that does not prove that this fellow stole the horse, does it?" "Maybe not, but it proves that this fellow is a sneak . A British spy, riding a horse with a Continental brand on it!" "Major was a British horse once," laughed Dick . "That' s different, entirely different," snorted Bob. "You captured 'Major in a fair and square :fight, and he belongs to you. No one would dispute ~t." ' "Well, then , since this is . a Continental hor se, he is ba c k again where he belongs," said Dick, smiling. He and Bob were the best of friends, and Bob was al lowed a great deal of license . Dick never question e d his br a ver y o r his dev o ti on , and at such time s that he wanted to s put te r he was not r e s train ed. "Yes, and it would be a good thing if t h a t pestilent s coundrel were where he belongs, with a rope around his neck," said Bob in a final burst of wrath. Th.ey went on less rapidly now, but preserved t h e s ame caution as befor e . alley kn~w not at what moment they might com e u p o n ene mies, r e d tH whit e, and they took no risk s .


lG 'l'J--IE LJJ\ERTY BOYS AXD BRAVE JANE }!'OREA. 'Tl1ey both possessed keen, well-trained senses, although I A sharp bend in the road and a thick grove of tree:o Dick's were rather better than Bob's. concealed them until they were wiU1in ten feet of the Dick Slater's sight and hearing were wonderfully sharp enemy. anJ they had served him well in many an emergency. Dick had lost no time. The greater part of the journey had been covered when The party was just as he had left it. Dick halted abruptly and raised his hand. They seemed in no hurry to go on, in fact. "What is it?" asked Bol:i in a low tone. Two officers on horseback were chatting amicably, while "Redcoats, I think. ,Wait a few moments, Bob." four others, holding their horses' bridles very loo;;ely. Then Dick dismounted and stole forward. were recounting their several adventures witk the fair At length he saw a party of British soldiers, horse and sx. foot, resting by the roadside. The men were sitting or standing, chatting and laughAn oflh:er or two sat on their horses, while others stood ing, and entirely unsuspicious. beside them, holding their bridles. All of a sudden two boys in Continental uniform came 'rhe foot soldiers were sitting or standing around careclashing in among them, shouting and firing pistols. lessly. "Down with the redcgats !" No one seemed to have the faintest idea that there "Liberty forever! Oh'lrge the redcoats, boys!" could be an. enemy within ten miles of them. Even the horses seemed to catch the infection, for they They were talking, laughing, joking, eating and drinkneighed loudly. and seemed to be rather a party of schoolboys on a There was instant and most complete confusion. holiday than soldiers on a scouting expedition. One Jiorse threw his rider and dashed forward. There were nearly a score of them, officers and men, 'l'hose not mounted quickly followed. and half a dozen horses. Dick lashed one over the flank and started him. Dick stole quietly back to where he had left Bob with'l'he men leaped to their feet. out betraying himself by the slightest sound or motion. "RelJels !" they yelled. "There are between fifteen and twenty of them, Bob," Pistols cracked, horses neighed and the two boys yelled. he said, "and they are ha.ving the jolliest time in the The whole affair was over in six seconds. world." 'rhe lone rider was borne off into the woods, the men "Redcoats?" !'ell over each other in their haste to get away, and the "Yes." horses galloped off, Bob seizing the bridle of one and "Mounted?" driving the rest before him. "Six of them are." "We'll have to get around them." "Yes, but not the way you mean," said Dick, with a smile. "Jove! you don't mean to capture them, do you, Dick?" "No, but to give them a scare, throw them into a panic and run off with their horses." "It's a saucy thing to do, Dick," laughed Bob. "Yes, but we have been called saucy rebels so many times that we must live up to our reputation, you know." "Very true, Dick." "If we make a sudden clash, I think we can do it, Bob. There is a risk, of course, but as I have often proved to you, the success of these affairs depends entirely upon their suddenness and the swiftness with which they are carried on." / "That is so, Dick." There were many things in favor of success. In the first place, they could approach to within a short distance of the redcoats before being discovered. Then the enemy did not h'11ow how many of them there were. A sudden alarm would throw them into confusion and the boys would be on top of them and away before it was lmown how few of them there were. As Dick had said, the very rapidity with which the thing was done would insure its success. Then, when the redcoats were beginning to recover from their ,mrprise, they saw tw@ boys riding away, leading a horse apiece and driving three others ahead of them. X o more Continentals appeared and the officers and men realized that they had been into a panic by just two daring and determined boys. "Just fancy the impudence of the saucy rebels!" drawl ed one of the officers, as he flicked off the dust from his boots with a perfumed handkerchief. "I never saw the beat, by Jove!" ' After the rebels!'' cried the officer who had been run away with, getting control of his horse at last. Then there was a great stir and bustle, muskets rattled, pistols cracked and men shouted, but with it all the boy::1 were not captured. They had four horses besides their own, including the one captured from the spy. Horses were always of use to the Liberty Boys, and Dick never lost an opportunity of securing them. When they were well out of harm's reach and Bob had secured the horses_, he nearly fell out of his saddle from laughing. ' "Well, if that is not the best joke on the redcoats I have seen in many a long day," be cried. "Two of us charge nearly a score and get away with three out of six horses." •


THE LIBERTY BOYS A};D 1J1L'..VE JANE M'CREA. 17' It is a good thing that we can find a joke to laugh at now and then, Bob," said Dick, "for war is not one by any means." "We n be 'saucy rebels' for certain after this," laughed Bob, "but I don't mind that." Then they rode on and before long reached the fort. CHAPTER XL PATSY'S INDIAN. Dick and Bob were down the river, The Liberty Boys were taking care of themselves. They were well able to do this, and Dick had no fear of them. Patsy Brannigan and Carl Gookenspickr were doing their best to pass the time. As usual, they could be relied upon to get themselves in trouble if there were a:ny in sight. "Oi say, Cookyspiller," said Patsy in the morning. ' Why don'd you was said it, den, Batsy ?" replied Carl. "l'hm1t arc ,re goin' to do phwoile Dick is away?" "Gone after retlgoats," laughed Carl. "Gon wid yez," said Patsy. He was still feeling a little sore over that affair. "Vhell, what we was did?" • "Well dhin, suppose we go an; get something to ate." "All righd, I went mit you." Carl got a big basket and the two set out. There was little need of foraging in a region like the one they were in. There was also someone who would give them what r they wanted. On their way they came to a little barn. ' There was a window in the back of it. "Howld o._n, Cookyspiller," cried Patsy, suddenly. "What der madder was?" asked Carl, stopping short. "Shure an' dhere's an Injlm in dhe barn." Carl started to run. "lio"ld on, Oi tell yez." " Ko, sir, l was not going to waited for dot Inchun." "Shure an' it is wan, all roight. Luck at his feathers." "Yah, I see me dot." '' Oi'm goin' to ha,e a shot at dhat topknot av his, Cookn:piller." '•Yon was going to choot him, Batsy?" "Yis. Wait till yez see dhc feathers flay. Oi'll tache :i111 tu go prowlin' around people's barns loike dl1at." Tllcr 0 1rcrc ccTtainly plumes waving just inside the .rindo\Y. Tiley looked like the feathered headdress of an Indian. Patsy took them for that, at any rate. "Go on mit yourselluf. '' "But yez haven ' t towld me phwat we are "Watch me phwile Oi do make dhe feathers floy, me going to do, • 1,Jh_v. '' Cookyspiller." "Y ah, I was told t you dot." 'We 11, it won't do at all, at all." "Vhat you want to done?" "Can't yez suggest annything?" "Suck eggs? No, sir, I was not ein rat. Yhat you wanted me to suck eggs for, Batsy?" = "Oi niver towld yez to suck eggs, Cookyspiller. Oi towld yez to suggest something." "What dot was?" "Mintion something, me bhy; tell me phwat to do, dhat's phwat I mean." "Oh, dot was it what it was, is it?" . "Yis." "Vbell, what it was you wanted to done? Off you was toldt me den I was succhest dot." "Go'n wid yez, Dootchy. Shure an' av Oi do dhat Oi may as well tell yez phwat to do in dhe forst place." "Yah, I dinks so meinselluf." "An' have yez nothin' at all, at all, in yer moind, Oookyspiller ?" "Nein, but I was done anydings what you said, Batsy." Then Patsy began to think. "Shure an' Oi've got it!" he cried. 'l'hen Patsy raised his musket and took aiIIJ at the fratlicrs . Bang! There was a loud report. It was followed by a terrible cackling and crowing. A speck l ed hen flew out of the barn window and a very rsc:itcJ woman came out at the door. ' Here, who's that shootin' my rooster?" she cried. ''What do you mean by coming around shooting off guns like that? Who are you anyhow? If you wanted that old rooster, 11hy didn't you ask for it?" Carl began to laugh, but Patsy stood there transfixed. Carl understood what had happened, and it made him iaugh . . Patsy had shot a rooster instead of an Indian. The rooster's gaudy tail feathers had deceived the Iri11h uoy. He had taken them for an Indian's headdiess. Carl laughed till he nearly fell over. Patsy was simply struck dumb with astonishment. Carl's laughing was his undoing. The woman, seeing him laugh, judged him to be ' lJlprit. the "Somedings for suck eggs, you was meanecl ,,, "Suggest, me bhy, not suck eggs. Shure mi Oi She snatched up a stout birchen broom used for sweep ing out the henhouse and charged upon him. to"l

18 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND :BRAVE JANE }I'OREA. When she had given him three or four solid whacks with the broom he began to realize that he wa::; in trouble. "Hey dere, shtop off dot, ~omans !" he cried. "Vor why you was hitted me lige dot?" Then Patsy began to laugh. "What you want to shoot my rooster for, then, you clumsy fellow?" . "I didn't done it, womans; dot was Batsy." "I'll Patsy you!" and the woman got in another blow or two and sent Carl's basket Hying before he could get away. Patsy was laughing now as hard as Carl had done. "What you laffin' at?" asked tile woman. "Shure an' it wasn't dhe Dootchman phwat shot dhe rooster at all, at all. It was mesilf." "An' you're laffin', are yon?" the woman cried angrily. "Shoot my rooster and then laugh, hey? I'll show--" "It's not ye Oi do be laffin' at at all, at all," said Patsy, getting out of the way of the broom. "You just said you were laffin' at it." "No, ma'am, but Oi do be laffin' at Cookyspiller an' dhe "Yis, ma'am, but Cookyspiller do be funnier nor me silf. He'd kape yez l1,1ffin' dbe 'hole toime, so he wud." "Well, I guess you would do some of it yourseH. S1t you belong to the Liberty Boys?" "Yis, ma'am." "Well, you can have the old rooster, now you've shot him, but I'll give yer a couple o' pullets beside s an' some other things. Tell that feller to come with his basket." "Shure an' Oi don ' t think yez cud injooce him to come afther dhe batin' yez gav' him, ma'am," laughed Patsy, "so Oi'll take it mesi~." They went back well provided with good things, the story of Patsy's mistake among others, and it was a long time before the boys got over laughing at it. CHAPTER XII. AN IMPORTANT CAPTURE. b'' yez gave him phwin he had nothin' to do wid it at As soon as Dick arrived at the village he went to !fos all, at all." M'Neil's, without waiting to go to the fort. "Well, I'll make you Iaff the other side of your mouth, He delivered M'Crea's letter, and said: tbat's what I'll do. " "I have seen your brother, Miss M'Crea, and he semls "Shure an' Oi do be laffin' all over it now, ma'am. To you this letter." think that Oi should shoot a rooster for an Injnn." The young lady read her brother's urgent summons arnl "Where is the Injun?" gasped the woman, dropping her -.:ii!: broom. / "I will delay no longer, Captain Slater. I will go to "Shure an' dhere is none, ma'am, but Oi t'ought dhere iny brother's by the first boat going down the river." was phwin Oi shot dhe rooster's tail off." "That will be soon," said Dick. "I am glad that you "Ho, ho, dot was fery vunny, alretty," laughed Carl, at have up your mind, and I trust that nothing will a safe distance. "Couldn't you was toldt der difference prevent you fr

THE LIBERTY BOYS .A.ND BRA VE JANE M'OREA. 19 They rode on at a slower pace, and before long Dick, peering through the trees, said : "Jove, Bob, but I think we stopped at the ri~h.t time." "What is the matter?" asked Bob. "It looks to me very much like a camp:" "Where?" "Yonder," and Dick pointed. "I believe you are right, Dick. If the enemy haTe come as far as this there will be warm work for us all shortly." "There will be, Bob." They had come about ' five miles and now Dick saw the tents of a camp ahead of him. He dismounted and made his way to within a few rods of the outposts without being discovered. He was not mistaken. The British general had pitched his camp there and fortified it strongly. It looked as if he meant to stay and make this his base of operations. The camp was a large one and seemed to have been pitched not simply for a day or so, but for some time. Quarters had been erected for the officers and a house nearby appropriated for the general's use. Everything, in fact, pointed to thi8 camp being perma nent, or not to be hastily vacated, at any rate. Substantial frame buildings had been erected, streets laid out and ditched, and as much care taken as if they had been building a town. "They have lost no time," said Dick. "This looks as if they meant to stay : They are looking out for their comfort, as well as for their entertainment. Yonder is a tennis rourt and here is a skettle ground. They will be putting up a theatre next. The British officer always wants to be amused." Returning to Bob, Dick told him what he bae seen. "They are making as great preparations as if they were starting a campaign," he said . "These genera ls always want to make a lot of display," remarked Bob. "I suppose they will be giving a ball soon." "Yery likely," drily. The boys were just about to mount "their horses when they heard the sound of horses' hoofs coming towatd them. "Jove ! here is somebody going to the camp !" saia :Hob. "Quick! Into the bushes with you!" cried Dick. They hurried into the thicket and made their horses lie down. Hardly had they done so and concealed th.elaselTea before a lar ge party came riding along, makin~ their way toward the camp. They had narrowly escape.d detection. Riding with the offi..eers at the head of the co111.1auy was Peter Hodges, the spy of Hubbardton. "Hodges would be glad to know that we were so near," thought Dick. Bob could scarcely refrain from shooting the fellow, he felt so indignant. To do so would mean their own discovery and capture, and then Bob felt as Dick did, that life must never be taken unnecessarily. 'rhe party passed on and disappeared around a turn in the road. 'rhen Bob drew a long breath and said: i "That was a close shave for somebody, Dick." "Yes, but we have had others just as close." "Oh, but I didn't mean for us, old man. I had a strong desire to shoot that fellow Hodges." "It would have been too dangerous,' Bob, and unneces sary as well." "Yes, I know ~t. I would have liked to tell him what I think about him, though." "He probably knows," laughed Dick; "so it would be no news to him. Besides, you can't hurt the feelings of a fellow like that." "Very true." The boys then got upon their horses and were riding away when Dick said suddenly: "Hark!" "What is it?" "Someone is coming from the camp." "Shall we run for it?" "Wait a moment." Dick watched the road closely, listening intently. There was only one person approaching. "Follow me, Bob," said Dick. In a moment the two boys were flying along the road toward the camp. Then they came face to face with Hodges. He tried to wheel his horse and get away, but they were alongside in an instant. They seized, one on each side, and quickly dis armed him. Then Dick tore off the fellow's neck cloth and gagged him with it. "Quick, Bob," he said, "turn your horse. We must get u11ay with this fellow at once." Bob wheeled and held the spy until Dick had dou the same. Then they quickly secured the spy's arms and set off with him for their caap. Not until they were out of hearing of the British camp did they remoTe the gag. "Do you fellows want to make some money?" asked the spy. "What have you got m. your head now?" asked Dick. "Release me anci I will give you fifty pou.nds apiece." "You value yourself altogether too high," :Dick. "And us far too cheap," added Bob. "I'll give you a kundi-ed a.piece," saie. Hodges. "That's a gool'l deal of money to refuse."


20 TUE Ll.8.EHTY BOYS AXD ilHAVE JANE M'CREA. "Peter Hodges," said Dick, stern ly, "how dare you offer me such an insult. R epeat it and I will choke you." "If _you let me go I'll tell you the location of the Brit ish camp," said the spy presently . ' "You are too contemptible to live!" said Dick angrily. "And besides, we know where it is," said Bob. "You are the meanest creature that walks. ,Betray your comrades, would you, to secure your freedom?" "Don't talk to him, Bob," said Dick. "Hodges, if you say another word, I'll gag you again." Hodges scowled, but was wise enough not to say any thing. The boys rode on rapidly all(] in due time r eached the fort, where Hodges was turned over to the commandant. Papers were found in possession which proved him to be a spy in the employ of the Briti sh. He was at once tried, convicted and sentenced to be hanged the next day. Then one of the Indians, a powerful savage, in full war paint, went into the cellar and dragged out Ja e M'C;ea. 'l'he negro woman escaped because 11er black face could nut be seen in the dark. She and the children were left b e hind, while the -;av agcs mounted their horses and rode away. Mrs . M'Neil was too corpulent to be lifted upon a hor"-e, and so two of the Indians took her by the arms and hurried her up the road over the hill. The powerful savage who had captured Jane }I-C rea threw her on his horse and set off at a gallop. Meanwhile the negro boy had run post haste t o the fort to give the alarm that Indians were about . ''Dey done carry away ole missus an' }liss Jenny; b gasped. Dick Slater and Bob Estabrook were close at hand when the boy began to tell his story. At once Dick sprang upon the nearest horse and called "'l'hat disposes of him," verdict of the court. said Bob, when he heard the to Bob to follow. Out of the gate rode Dick like mad, followed closely by It did not, however. CHAPTER XIII. THE ABDUCTION OF JANE :I.I'CREA. Only one more day would pass and the bateaux would be going down the river. Already Mrs. M'Neal and Jane 1I'Crea were making their preparations to leave. Other families were going, acquaintances of theirs, am1 the trip promised to be a pleasant one. It was early morning and irrs . ~l'N eil, her daughter and Jane were busy about the house when a young negro boy came running up in great alarm. "Injuns, missus!" he gasped; "de Injuns are comin'. I see 'cm comin' to de house." :Mrs. M'N eil, in great alarm, hurried her daughter and Jane M'Crea out of the house to the kitchen. This was in the rear of the house and a short distance from it, as was usually the case in those c1a~s. There was a cellar under the kitchen and here the negro woman meant to take the children. She snatched them up and fled aR soon as the alarm was given. J\frr-,. M'N eil and ,Tauc )1'Crea followed and ran in a ll ha~t,c to the cellar. 'Mrs. M'N eil was old and very corpulent and Jane }!'Crea reached the trap door first. The negro woman and the children had already de scended. ,Jane l\rCrea descended, but before )fr"-. 11'Neil could do so the Indians were in the house. Thev seized the unfortunate woman bv the hair of her head ;rnl dragged her up. Bob. Away they sped at breakneck speed, resolved to o-vertake the Indians. Like the wind they flew over the road in their wild haste. Pretty soon Dick cau gM sight of the i.rnrauders. .T ane MCrea's captor could not make as rapid prog;, -~ as Dick, bis horse having to carry double. Dick recognized Miss nl'Crca' . glosRy black hair, ,1 hi h fluttereJ in the wind as she dashed on. He at once urged his horse to greater speed in order to overtake the Indians. The young woman recognized him and cried out for h;m to save her. ' ' Come, Bob," he shouted hoarsely, "we must save :1er at all hazards." _ Then he dashed on, hopin g to overtake the red ecoun rlrel anc.l wrench his beautiful captive from him. Dick was gaining and it seemed but a matter o-f a few moment1' bdore he would overtake the savage . A s hriek of warning escaped Jane M'Crea as the red $kin aimed a pistol and fired at Dick's horse. The animal fell, throwing the captain of the Liber y Boys to the ground. But Bob was corning along fast, his musket ready. "Shoot the r edskin, Bob!" shouted Dick as Bob dasl .d by. "Don't let the red scounrlrcl escape!" Bob threw his mu. kct to his shoulder . In another moment he would have fired. 'Then the wily redskin threw Jane l\rCrea behind him in such a position that Bob "ould ha,e shot her Jiad he fired. He saw the poor girl's clanger juf:t in time. In half a second more he woulcl hnrn discharged 11is piece . He flew on, howeycr, hoping to ycl overtake the redi

THE LlB.Eln'Y .BOY8 AKD BRAVE JA:N'E wcmu. 21 "Shoot the hmse, Bob! "hoot the horse!" fairly screamed Dick. He had leaped as the horse fell and was uninjured be yond being somewhat shaken up. He could not follow, however, having no horse. In a few moments, however, he saw Mark and the Liberty Boys coming toward him at full speed. Mark led Major, Dick's horse, knowing that he would be needed. He paused long enough for Dick to spring upon the intelligent creature's back and then they all dashed off like the wind in pursuit of the red abductor. Then another party of Indians burst from the woods and began to fire at them. "Charge!" cried Dick. "Down with the red scoun drels!" The Liberty Boys answered with a ringing cheer and sent in a volley upon the redskins. Crash-roar ! The Indians had not expected any such reception . They had imagined that there was only a small party, seeing only Dick and )Iark at first. When the Liberty Boys came dashing up the hill and opened fire upon them, however, they saw their mistake. They fell back for a moment and then rallied. It was plain that they were endeavoring to cover the l'etreat of the abductors. "Down with the l'edskins !" yelled Dick. "Down with them! Scatter them like chaff!" Then he sprang forward and aimed a savage blow at an Indian on horseback. • He hit the sarnge with his sword, and it was only by a huir thut he did not kill him. The muskets rang out again and many saddles were emptied. The fire was too terrible for the redskins to withstand, and they fled in all directions, not e,en taking time to carry 011' the dead. The delay vexed Dick, for he had hoped to overtake Bob. othing could be seen of the y oung lieutenant nor of the Indians, however. A detachment from the fort which had followed the Liberty Boys had engaged another party of Indians and the sound of firing could now be heard. Dick led the boys for some distance, but saw no more of the Indians. They had fled to the British camp or to the woods, per liaps, and were nowhere to be seen. Having hidden for some distance without having seen anything of the Indians or of Bob, Dick halted the boys and said: "It will not be safe to go farther, boys, as there is a British camp not far distant." "What are you going to do, Dic-k?" asked Mark. ''T am going ahead alone to reconnoiter. Wait for me, but not too near the camp, as you may be surprised. There is just a hope that these red scoundrels have taken Miss M'Crea to the camp to claim the reward offered by Burgoyne for bringing in a prisoner." Dick then rode forward, the Liberty Boys, under Mark's direction, falling back a certain distance. He presently dismounted and was about to lead Major into the woods, wllile he stole ahead cautiously, when, with hardly a warning, a dozen redcoats sprang up and be was seized. "So we've got you, have we, you rebel?" cried one~ exultantly. "So it would seem," said Dick, tersely. He was marched off to the camp between two. files of redcoats, MajoT being led by one of his captors. Reaching the camp, he was taken to the guardb0use, when the first person he saw was Bob Estabrook. . CHAPTER XIV. IN AND OUT OF PRISON. "Bob, old man, you are a prisoner," cried Dick, hurry ing forward and ' seizing Bob by the hand. "Tell me, is--" "Here, we can't ha .ve any communication between you two!" cried an officer, pulling Dick aside. "You'll be plotting how to escape next we know." "But I want to ask my friend--" "Well, you can't!" and as Bob had already been taken away, Dick saw that there was no use in protesting. "Will you ask him if the young lady escaped?" he said to the sergeant. "That is all I wish to know." "No, you don't," said the sergeant, with a knowing look. "That's a countersign arranged between you two. I'm not taking any messages or rebels and perhaps helping them to escape." "I assure you that it is no secret message," said Dick earnestly. "It is no more than it seems." "All right, I'll deliver it to him," said the sergeant, but he did not. Dick was placed under a strong guard and not allowed to talk to anyone, not even the guard. Hours passed and, not hearing from the sergeant, he said to one of the guards, a newcomer: "Do you know if Lieutenant Jones is in camp? If so, will you ask him to come here?" "Orde rs 11as that you was not to talk," grunted the soldier. "Oh, I know that, but this can't hurt anyone. Were there any female prisoners brought in?" "Yes." "Do you know who they were?" asked Di<:k, excitedly. "One was a stout lady."


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND BRA VE JANE M'CREA. "Yes, and another had very long black hair and was yery beautiful?" "I don't know, I didn't see her." "That is the lady whom Lieutenant Jones is to marry. She was carried away by Indians. I tried to save her and my horse was sllot under me. Will you inquire if Lieutenant Joues is in camp and . tell him I want to know if the lady is safe?" , "Yes, I'll do that much as soon as I am relieved." He had been relieved an hour and nothing had been heard from him or from the sergeant, when, as Dick was ,sitting on a bench in the guardhouse, an officer came past. "Lieutenant," cried Dick, "diU you get my--" "'Keep quiet," said a guard. "You mustn't talk, I tell you." The officer had turned, however, and now said: "Why, Captain Slater, can this be you? I am sorry to see you in this plight. When were you taken?" "To-day, but tell me, lieutenant, has Miss M'Crea been brought to the camp?" Lieutenant Jones staggered, put his hand to his head, sohbed and said: "Would that she had taken my advice! Then the poor girl would still be alive l" "Dead l" gasped Dick. "'Yes." The lieutenant seemed averse to talking upon the mournful subject, and Dick did not ask him for particulars, merely relating his own part in the affair and how he had tried to get word to him. "No one told me, and I would not have known that you were here if I had not seen you, Captain Slater," said Lieutenant Jones. "I will see that you and Lieutenant Bstabrook are put together. They are treating you as if you were a criminal. I shall see to it that it is changed." The iieutenant then went away and half an hour later an orderly came and took Dick to a tent where he found Bob Estabrook. "So you were unable to rescue ' Miss M'Crea, Bob?" he asked. "Yes," said Bob, and it was evident that there was a strong feeling in his breast. ; ' And she is dead?" "Yes, poor girl, murdered!" and Bob spoke in a low tone and with deep feeling. "But, Bob--" "Yes, I know that Lieutenant Jones has been told an.-6ther story, but it is not true." "I have heard 11one except that the poor girl was dead," said Dick. "Of course, I did not want to discuss the matter with him. He is a broken, heartsick man, with no hope in life." "The Indius say that Jane M'Crea was killed by a bullet from the pursuing party. They took her scalp E

THE LIBERTY BOYS AND BRA VE JANE M'CREA. 23 1th.en Dick noticed that he no longer heard the tramp of the sentry outside. "Bob," he whispered, "we are without a guard." Just then two men passed. "Remember, the word is 'Hope.' You won ' t forget?" "No." Then the two men passed on and all was quiet. Dick presently heard a sound outside and drew back the tent il.ap. Two horses, Major and anoth er, s tood without. On the saddle of each was a Bri ti s h officer ' s overcoat. The light from the tent rev e aled this to Di c k. He beckoned to Bob, who stepped outside. No one was in sight and not a sound was heard. "Come. This is our opportunity." They donned the coats, mounted and made their, way through the camp unchallenged. At the outpost the sentry said: "Have you the word, gentlemen?" "Hope!" said Dick. "Pass on, gentlemen.'' Then the boys rode on, and as soon as they were out of h e aring, set spurs to their horses and dashed away like the wind. When within a mile of the town, Bob said: "I suppose we are indebted to Lieutenant Jones for this?" "I do not lmow. It, is just as well that we should not know. The lieutenant is an officer of the king." Not long afte rward they reached the fort. CHAPTER XV. FISHERMAN'S LUCK. The boys entered the fort and found preparations being m a d e for eva cuating it in the morning. 'I'h e re was only a small g arrison in it, the enemy were close a t hand, and it was not thou ght safe to longer occupy it. 'I'h e Lib erty Boys had brok e n camp and were now in the fort. The y w e re overjoyed to see D ick and Bob again, not knowing what had b e com e of the m , and yet hoping for the best. "I have a piece of n ews for y ou, Di ck," s aid Matk, "whic h you won't altogether reli sh." "What is it, Mark?" Dick a.sked. "Peter Hodges has escaped." "Is that so? He was to ha v e b e en hanged this morn in g.'' "Ve ry true, but in the confusion caused by the news that the Indians were coming , h e made his escape and has not sinc e bee n seeu..n "Well, he has simply postponed matters," said Dick.i "for he is sure to be hanged some day." "And he deserves it," said Bob, strongly. "An.y :m:am mean enough to offer him a price could lmy him. He will t serve any side if he is paid for it. Principles don.?t trouble. : him in the least." "He is a sneak and a scoundrel," said Yark. "I nevu had the least resp e ct for the fellow. A spy is not neces sarily a villain, but Hodges is. I would like to know hew. be got that scar on his ch e ek." "Probably some one of his dupes tried to get even with him and gave it to him," said Bob. "I would not be surprised." "An' some day he ' ll have a mark arounel his neck dhat'll be no aisier to get off;" said Patsy, drily. "Dhat feller will niver be dhrowned, Oi'll go bail.'' "Well , if I ever get hold of him he will be disposed of in short order," said Dick. "If he is wise he will keep away from the Li. berty Boys," declared Yark. "But he isn't," said Bob, "and I believe I will yet hear of his being hanged." The next day they joined the army down th.e 1-iver. "Batsy," said. Carl, the day after, as he and the Irish boy were sitting on a log in the of the Liberty Boys, "what you said abouid our dooding somedings ?" "Dhat's all roight, Cookyspiller, av yez'll tell me phwai we are to do." "How you was lige to caught some Inchuns?'~ "Go away wid yez." "Or maybe some redgoats ?" "Go'n. about yer business." "How you was lige to shot a rooster? Was dot velle:1 coogked yet?" "Begorrah, Oi'll cook ye, Dootchy, av yez say annyt'Jng more about it!" cried Patsy, jumping up. "Sit shtill und don'd got o x cited, Batsy. How you was lige to caught s ome fish e s alretty ? " "Shure an' now yez do be talkin' sinse, Oookyspille:r~ Come on, Oi'll g o wid yez, for Oi do be toired intoirely wid doin' nothin' , me bhy." "All rigbd, we w a s went poot y soon alretty." Procuring fis hin g tackl e and a basket, the y se t out :for.: the river. "Oi'll bet yez dhat Oi'll catch som e t ' i n g before yez d ol. Cookyspill er,'' said Patsy, as he baited his hook. "No, sir, I was caught der vir s t fish es, I bet you." "Well, w e'll see , me bhy." Then P a tsy gave hi s pol e a big swing , s o a s to mak e a: long cast. AH o f a sudden the l in e was taut and it had not touchoo the water. "Hold ouid., what you was done?" cried "arl. "Oho , Oi' v e caught som ething before yez. Oi said--" "Hold ouid , I toldt you!" c ried Carl, pulli:ag back._ " Y o u was cau g hted me al r etty."


24 TIIE LIB.EHTY BOYS AND BRAVE JANE M'CRE.\.. "Shure an' Oi said Oi'd catch somet'ing forst," laughed "Shure an' it's not me phwat do be givin' yez bad luck. Patsy. Cookyspiller," he said. "Oi do be thinkin' dhat av Oi w or He had caught his hook in Carl's breeches. alone Oi'd have dhe most iligant luck." "Let go off dot. Was you t'ought I was a fishes?" "Den shtan dere und caught dose fishes by your own-" Shure an' it's a quare fish ycz are cll1in !" roared Patsy. selluf," snorted Carl, keeping on his way. "Oi wondlwr whedher yez wud be besht froied or b'iled?" Suddenly someone came bounding out of the thicket "I don'd was some fis hes been at all. Tooked dot hoogk and upset Carl on his back. out mit mein preeches, I toldt you." "Hold ouid, what you was done!" yell _ ed Carl. "What Patsy rel ease d the hook, which, fortunately, had caught for you was put me by mein back alretty ?" in nothing but the cloth, and threw in his line. "Phwat's dhe matther, me bhy?" cried Patsy. This time he hooked a duck belonging in the camp, "Somepody was upsetted me," said Carl, getting up. :which had wandered to the river in search of worms. " I dinks it was--Mein gollies, here come some ode r There was a tremendous quacking and fluttering of fellows!" :wings as the duck tried to escape. Dick , Bob and Mark came suddenly dashing along on "What you was caught dot time, ein flying fishes?" horseback. laughed Carl. "Hello, Carl, did yez see that rascally spy come by thi8 The hook broke and the duck got away. way?" asked Dick. Just then Carl got a fish, the first one caught that day. "Yah, I bet me he did, und he was upset me by mein Before he could pull it in, however, the duck made a back alretty. Off I caughted him I was :proke--" dash for it and gobbled it up, right off the hook. "Which way did he go, Carl?" asked Bob. "Hold ouid, sh top off dot; brought dose fishes back "Ofer dere," pointing. "He was droo der bushes chump alretty !" shouted Carl. "Dot was mein fishes." und run righd inside me und turn me ofer. Choost wait The duck seemed to think that it was hers, however, till I was caught him und I choo you what--" and p(omptly made off with it, leaving Carl only the The three boys had gone on long before Carl had fin-empty hook. i shed spealing, however. "Der negst dime you done dot, I cut your headt off, I "Come on, Cookyspiller," said Patsy. "It'll be no luck bet you," cried Carl, angrily, as he proceeded to bait his rrt all, at all, dhat we'll have now, so we may as well shtop." hook. "Yah, I clinks so meinselluf, und I went mit you. Off Than Patsy made another long cast. we was went hunting, I bet me we was caught some 'fhis time he caught the hook in Carl's hat and took it fishes." off his head with a jerk. "Oi belave yez, Cookyspiller. Dhis is not our lucky day "Hello, what you oxbect to caught mit dot hind off at all, at all. Oi wondher phwat dhat feller were doin' bait?" cried Carl, as the hat struck the water with a around here, annyhow !" splash. "Getting into droubles off Tick und dose oder vellers "A rid herrin', begorrah !" laugh ed Patsy as he hauled got hold mit him," said Carl. the hat in. "Yis, av coarse, but dhat's not phwat Oi mane." "Yah, dose lrnts was caught more as one redgoat al-"You toldt me what ft is und I was toldt you, Batsy," retty," said Carl, "but you was went out to caught some sai_d Carl, and then they returned to the camp. fishes und not dose preeches und hats, I bet you." "Shure an' Oi do seem to be in luck, dhe day, Cooky-spiller." "Yah, dot was lugk been vor you, but off you was eaughted mein ear or mein nose der negst dime, I don'd was t'ought dot was lugk y for me, I bet you." Then Carl went farther off, fearing that what he sug gested might happen, or the very mentioning of it. "Are y.ez afeared av me, Cookyspiller?" asked Patsy, with a roar. "Nein, I was not you been avraid off, but I was avraid been off dot hoogk alretty," said Carl. Then he caught his h-0ok in some eel grass, got his line tangled and broke his pole. "You was gife me bad lugk all dose dimes, Ba.tsy," he said, disgusted. "I don'd was doed any more fishing to-day." . Then he walked off with the basket and Patsy had to follow or fish without bait. CHAPTER XVI. A CHASE AFTER A SPY. A peddler had come into the camp to sell to the sol diers. He was a thick-set man, with beetle brows and a long gray beard. He wore a broad-brimmed hat, a long coat and high boots. He spoke with a foreign accent and his eyes wandered everywhere. . He was busy showing his goods when Dick, Bob and Vf ark came over on their horses from their own camp. 'rhe moment the peddler saw the three boys he became ~measy.


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND BRA VE JANE 1I'CREA. 2/S Dick got a glance at the man's .full-bottomed coat. There was a pocket lapel torn off on one side. Before he noticed this Dick saw that the man's beard had become loosened from talking. In fact, it hau never grown on his face, but was as false as the man himself. "That man is a spy," he crieu. "He has already been sentenced to be hanged!" The instant that Dick spoke the man made a dash. Down went his pack, away went his hat and beard and be fairly flew over the ground. Crack, crack, crack ! Three or four pistol shots rang out. One narrowly escaped him as he flew around a tent. "After him!" cried Dick. "That is Peter Hodges, the spy oi Hubbardton." A score of soldiers gave chase, Dick, Bob and Mark in the lead. The py kept the tents between him and his purs~ers till he was out of the camp. Then he jumped on a horse and raced away. After him sped the three boys, Dick in the lead. He fired a shot at the fellow's horse and broke his leg. The spy ,ras thrown, but leaped up quickly and dashed for the woods. Dick stopped to shoot the injmed hor e and then went on. Bob and Mark were close behind. "He must stop some time," added Mark. The boys pushed on and soon came to a clearing on the river bank. They saw the spy running at foll speed toward a farmhouse at the end of the clearing. They dashed ahead, but when they reached the house, saw the spy, mounted on a horse, fleeing toward the road. The armer now came out, greatly excited, and cried: "Put arter that hoss thief, boys. He's just stole ther very best hoss I had." "He's a British spy to boot," cried Dick. Then the three of them continued the chase. "He has one advantage of u ," said Dick. "His horse is fresh." "Yes, but not as good as ours," declared Bob. "And we can arouse the whole countryside," added Mark, "and make it too hot to hold the rascal." "There are some Tories living hereabouts and they will shield him." "Yes, if he knows who they are." A turn in the road, an old barn and a cluster of trees hid the fugitive from his pursuers for a few moments. When they bad passed the turn they came to a fork in the road. Neither road was visible for a long distance, and on neither was the spy to be seen. There were hoofprints / on both roads, so that the boys were at a loss which one to take. They presently met Carl and Patsy near the river bank. I ",Jove! but that scoundrel does have the biggest luck!" lt was a different matter riding through the ,voods on c rircl Bob, impatiently. horst•hack. 'Which one of these roads shall we take?" asked Mark. It W;\d nrarly as bad for the spy, however, or he had left the path. Dick found it and rode on, pistol in hand, and all his senses on the alert. "The fellow is on foot," he said, "and we must capture him oon. Take the scoundrel alive, boys." Once Dir:k heard a crashing in the thicket and fired. 'fhe noise continued and he hurried on as fast as he could. TliP two boys kept a~ close to him as possible and all J;ept a .,harp lookout ahead. Diek wa. determined that the man should not escape hi.n this time. In a few minutes Dick hac1 a glimpse of the man. He was racing along the path close to the river. Ile had discarded his coat and waistcoat, so as to be less imped cl in running. He turned and fired a shot at Dick and then disap peared behind a tree. The shot missed Dick, who did not return it. He could hear him running, but did not see him again for a little while. "He has endurance," said Dick, "but he must give out soon." "No. he cannot keep up that sort 0 thing indefinitely," said Bob. .. "Both l" ,aid Dick promptly. "You and Bob go to the left and I will keep to the right. One party is bound to get sight of him." "Very true." Then they set off again, Dick alone, and hurrying on at full speed. He could see the hoofprints of a horse and knew that lhe animal had been going at a good speed by the way the prints were made. The road was full of turns and twists, however, and he coultl not see anything of the spy. The man may have taken the other road, of course. Ile might be pursuing some perfectly innocent person who would be greatly alarmed if he knew it. Once he got a sight of tl1e man ahead of him, he would be satisfied. He rode on at a more rapid pace, therefore, and in a few minutes caught sight of someone abead of him. It was a man without a hat or coat riding at full speed. Dick dashed ahead and presently cried: "Halt, or I fire ! " The rider turned his head and drew rein and Dick saw at once that he was a total stranger. "Are you a soldier?" the man asked. "Yes, and in pursuit of a spy. Have you seen a man in bis shirt sleeves, without coat or hat, on thiR road?"


28 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND BRA VE .JANE M'CREA. "Yes, the villain ! He made me give up my coat and "Are you hiding this man or don't you really know any-list at the point of the pistol." thing ab<>ut him?" asked Dick, sternly. "He did?" "I hain't seen no man go by, I tell ye," said the farmer. "Yes." "Perhapshe did not go by," said Dick. "Did he take "''What ' sort of man was he?" the road past the barn and through the woods yonder?" .-:...~, ..j .• ... -He was heavy-built." "Waal, I vow! I wonder if he coulder done it? I've "Yes, and what else?" b 'e n putty busy all ther mornin', an--" "He had a red scar on--" "Hello, Dick!" shouted Bob. The trail leads up this "On one cheek? Good, that is the man I am after." way and into the woods." "Who is he?" "H you have put the rascal up to this, you'll suffer the "A British spy. So he robbed you, did he?" same that he will," said Dick, as he hurried toward the "Yes, I knew he was an evil fellow when I saw his beetbarn. , _ , l ing brows and the mark of the cut on his cheek." Behind the house he saw Mark, who said: -~ 1 "Well, I must go, for I do not wish him to escape." "There are no tracks here, Dick. The spy must have Then Dick rode on at a rapid pace, hoping to overtake turned off at the house." the fugitive before long. "All right, that' s what he did do." Pretty soon he came to a place where a road joined the Dick and Mark now joined Bob at a rail fence separat-one he was on. ing a wood lot from the half-cleared ground surrounding Looking down this road, be saw two figures on horsethe house. rapidly approaching. "This fence has been taken down to let a horse He waved his hat and then answered with a shout. through," said Bob, "or a part of it at any rate. You can The two riders were Bob Estabrook and Mark Morrison. see that the rails have not been put back just as they were In a few minutes they joined Dick. before." "I've heard of him," said Dick. "He's got a hat and "Very true," said Dick. "This rail is damp, and if it coat now. He robbed a man on the road." 11ad been exposed all the time it would not be." "Lead on, then, and we'll see if the three of us can't "And there's a hoofprint on the other side," cried catch the scoundrel." Mark. They rode on like the wind, and at length saw a house "Tear it down again, Bob." and barn half in the woods. The three boys got to work and quickly removed a As they rode up a farmer came out and said: panel of the fence. "What's yer hurry, boys?" Then they went on into the woods without stopping to "We're after a spy," said Dick. "Did a man ride by put up the fence. here lately, with a scar on his cheek and heavy brows?" They could see the tracks made by the spy ' s horse very "I hain't seen no sech feller go by," the farmer said. plainly, having no trouble in following the trail. "Won't you come in and rest yer bosses? Yer look as ef They could not ride at any rapid rate, for the woods yer'd rode putty fast." were thick and at times there was scarcely any path. "Yes," said Dick. ' ~ There's no other road he could They kept on, however, the trail being easily followed. have taken and no other house where he could have "There's one disadvantage here," said Dick. "The stopped." scoundrel may fire on us at any time before we know it." "Mebby he's went inter the woods," said the man. "If he knows we are after him," said Bob. "Does he "No," said Dick, "for we have followed his tracks all know it?" the way and there they are now, leading right to your "Perhaps not." barn." 1 They went on for some distance, when suddenly Dick CHAPTER XVII. . I NARROWING DOWN. The farmer seemed surprised and said: "W aal, I vow! He muster went in thar while I was in the house." "Go ahead, Bob, follow those tracks," said Dick. Bob at once obeyed. "Run to the other side of the house, Mark, and see if you can soo any more tracks." Mark darted off in an instant. said: "Wait a moment. Here are a man's tracks as well as those of a horse." "So there are," said both Bob and Mark in a breath . "Follow them carefully, boys," said Dick, getting off of his horse. They went on for a short distance farther, and then Dick said: "Hold on. We are following a horse's tracks only." "Perhaps he mounted again," said Bob. "Wait a moment," and, leaving Major with the others, Dick retraced the trail. At length he cried: "It. is just as I thought. He has sent the horse one way


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND BRA YE JANE M'CREA. and taken another himself. He may have thought we would follow, and he wanted to put us on a wrong scent." "Or he may have been able to make better time on foot than moilllted," said Bob, coming up with Mark. "Very likely. Follow on, boys. I can find the trail easy enough." Then Dick went ahead on foot at a rapid rate. 'rhe boys followed at a slower p!lee, on account of having to manage the horses. Dick was well used to the woods and could .follow a trail as well as an Indian. Hodges left a clear trail, and no doubt he did not know how to cover it. He had no doubt sent the horse off in another direction i12 order to deceive the boys, thinking that they would follow only the animal's tracks and not notice his own. Anyone not possessing Dick Slater's keen sight might easily have been deceived by this ruse. Dick not only saw all that there was to see, but he found a reason for everything. When be saw the two tracks diverge, he knew at once what bad happened. He now pushed on, following the spy's trail, being very familiar now with the marks made by those large, booted feet. Once, indeed, he saw the marks of a p.alm on a bed of moss half covering a gray rock. "The fellow stopped to rest for a moment," was his thought, "and put his hand on this moss. He has a big, hea-yy hand, just the sort to leave a mark like this." While Dick's eyes were busy, his ears were not idle. He liste12ed as well as looked, for it was as necessary to hear as to see. The sound of a footfall, the snapping of a twig or the flying ba4lk of a branch would have been heard in an in iltant and at a good distance, so well was his ear trained. Just how far this stretch of wood e2..'tended Dick could not tell. It was not entirely untraveled, however, for here and there Dick could see where woodmen or hunters had been, and he reasoned that in certain parts of it there must be well -worn paths. Hurrying on, he came upon one of these, a regular blazed track, and one that had been followed by many persons at odd times. He looked for the spy's tracks, and, although they were more difficult to trace now that the ground was harder, and the path more clear of brush, dead leaves and moss, he nevertheless succeeded in following them. He signalled to the boys and waited for them to come up. "There is a blazed trail here, boys," he said, when they joined him, "and Hodges has taken it." "Then it will be easier for all of us," said Bob. "Yes." "Where does it lead?" asked Mark. "Very likely to some better , traveled road. It will be a road itself, no doubt." "What's the general direction?" "I should say it led toward Fort Anne. That is the direction this fellow would naturally take." "Yes, for he would be safe there with the British," said Mark. "He would be at Fort Edward also, but that lies more to the west. I think if we follow this trail it will lead to a settlement and then to a road to the fort." "He has proved himself persistent," said Bob, "but I think he would agree that we were no less so if he knew what we were about." "Very likely he would," said Dick. He now mounted Major and led the way along the trail, only occasionally looking for the spy's tracks. He was so poilitive that Hodges had gone in this direc tion that often he saw the tracks when not really looking for them, and, as a matter of fact, he did very little looking. "Hodges may have known of this trail and started to find it, or he may have stumbled upon it by accident and determined to follow it," said Dick. "At any rate, you are certain that he i s on it and its direction?" asked Bob. "Yes." "Then we will overhaul this rascal yet." "I hope so." CHAPTER XVIII. BOB'S PREDICTION COMES TRUE. The trail grew broader at the end of another hour and led into a fairly well-traveled road a few minutes later. The day was well advanced now and the boys were glad to be nearer to a habitation, as they undoubtedly were. "It will be better on the road, even if we do not find a house very soon," said Dick. "Yes, it would be dark and damp in the woods and you could not follow the trail," said Bob. "By the way," said Mark, "has that fellow taken the direction we are taking?" "Yes," said Dick. "I see his footprints now and then. He has lamed himself in some mann~r." "llow do you know?" asked Mark, in surprise. "The impression of one foot is deeper than that of the other. He is using one foot and resting the other as much as he can." "Show me," said Mark. Dick presently pointed to a number of footprints . "There they are. Can't you see the difference?" "Yes, indeed, but I would never have thought of it if you had not pointed it out." As the evening shades began to gather, they came in


28 THE LIBEHTY BOYS A)TD BRAYE J.\XE 1I'0REA sight of a combine d house and mill on the banks of a "What's the matter?n cr i ed Dick. tumbling stream. "Go through the house, Dick; it's too late," shouted The mill, where the grist was ground, with its big wheel Bob. and its loft where the bags of flour and meal were stored, Dick made his way through the house and m e t Bob in formed t _ he rear of the building. the sitting -room. In front were the living quarter s of the miller ancl l1i~ "Ile tried to get out at the upper story, Dick," said family, there being a ligh t in the sitting-room at this Bob. "He had seized the rope and was lowering himself. moment. Ile would have got away in anotller moment, for I was As the boys rode up, the miller was closing the h eavy not watching that part closely." doorlil of the granary. "\Yell?" ere was a smaller one above it, on the next floor, and "I dont know just how it happened," Bob went on. a little window in the garret still higher. "He had tllf' rope in a loop under his arms." A stout rope, passing through a block, hung in front of "Y cs.'' this wind

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WILD WEST WEEKLY A magazine Containing Stotties, Sketebes, ete., of Westerrn Iiif e. :B"'Y" .A.N" C>::C....:O SCC>"'UT. 32 PAGES PRICE 5 CENTS. 32 PAGES. EACH NUMBER IN A HANDSOME COLORED COVER. All of these exciting stories are founded on facts. Young Wild West is a hero with whom the author was acquainted. His daring deeds and thrilling adventures have never been surpassed. They form the base of the most dashing stories ever published. Read the following numbers of this most interesting magazine and be conviced: 154 155 156 157 LATEST 1$8UES; Young Wild West and the Flattened Bullet; or, The Man Who Would not Drop. Young Wild West's Gold Game; or, Arietta's Full Hand. Young Wild Wests Cowboy :,crimmage; or, Cooking a Crowd of Crooks. Young Wild West and the Arizona Athlete; or, The Duel that Lasted a Week . 158 Young Wild West and the Kansas Cowboys; or, Ariettas Clean Score. 159 Young Wild West Douullng His Luck; or, The Mine that Made a Million. 160 Young Wild "est and the Loop of Death; or, Ariettas Gold Cache. 161 Young Wild West at Boiling Butte; or, Hop Wah and the Iligbbinders. 162 Young \Yild \\"est l'aying the Pawnees; or, Arietta Ileld for Ransom. 163 Young Wild 'ilests Shooting i\Iatch; or, The "Show-Down" at Shasta. 164 Young Wild West at Death Divide: or, Ariettas Great Fight. 16'5 Young Wild West a n d the Scarlet Seven; or, Ariettas Darmg Leap. 166 Young Wild West's ~lirror Shot; or, Rattlin~ the Renegade s. 167 Young Wild West and the Greaser Gang: or. Arietta as a Spy. 168 Young Wild West losing a Million; or, llow Arietta Helped Him Out. 169 Young Wild West and the Railroad Robbers; or, Lively Work in Utah. 170 Young Wild West Corraling the Cow-Punchers; or, Ariettaa Swim foe Life. 171 Young Wild West "Facing the Music"; or, The Mistake the Lynchers Made. 172 Young Wild West and "Montana Mose"; or, Arietta's Messenger of Death. li3 Young Wild West at Grizzly Guieb; or, The Shot that Saved the Cami, . 184 Young Wild West and the Oregon Outlaws; or, Arietta as a "Judge." 185 Young Wild West and "Mexican i\Iatt"; or, Routing the Rawhide Rangers. 186 Young Wild West and the Comanche Queen; or, Arietta as an Archer. 187 Young Wild West and the "Gold Ring"; or, The Flashy Five of Four I~lush. 188 Young Wild West's Double Rescue; or, Ariettas Race With Death. 189 Young Wild West and the Texas Rangers; or, Crooked Wo~k on the Rio Grande. 190 Young Wild West's Branding Bee; or, Arietta and the Cow Punchers. 191 Young Wild West and His Partner's Pile, and How Arietta Saved lt. 193 Young Wild West's Buckhorn Bowle, and How It Saved His Partners. 194 Young Wild West In the Ilaunted Hills; or, Arietta and the Azu, c Arrow. 195 Young Wild West's Cowboy Dance; or, Arletta's Annoying Admirer. 196 Young Wild West's Double Shot; or, Cheyenne Charlie"s Llfe Line. 197 Young Wild West at Gold Gorge; or, Arletta and the Drop of Death. 198 Young Wild West and the Gulf Gang; or, Arietta's Three Shots. 199 Young Wild West's Treasure Trove; or, The Wonderful Luck or the Girls. 200 Young Wild West's Leap in the Dark; or, Arietta and the Underground Stream. 201 Young Wild West and the Silver Queen; or, The Fate of the Mystic Ten. 202 Young Wild West Striking it Rich ; or, Arietta and the Cave of Gold. 203 Young Wild West's Relay Race; or, '.rhe Fight at Fort Feather. 204 Young Wild West and the "Crooked Cowboys"; or, Arletta and the Cattle Stampede. on the Warpath; or, Arietta Among the Ara-205 174 Young Wild West paboe!. 175 Yo::t"'f,h~vi1aJ~~st and "Xebraska Nick"'; or, The Cattle Thieves 206 Young Wild West at Sizzling Fork; or, A Hot Time With the Claim Jumpers. Young Wild West and "Big Buffalo'': or. Arietta at the Stake. Young Wild West Raiding' the Raiders; ur, 'l'be Vengeance of the Vigil ants. 176 Young Wild West and the Magic Mine; or, Ilow Arietta Solved &. 207 Mystery. 177 Young Wild West as a Cavalry Scout; or, Saving the Settlers. 178 Young Wild West Beating the Bandits; or, Ariettas Best Shot. 179 Young Wlld West and '"Crazy Hawk"; or, 'l'he Redskins' Last Raid. 180 Young Wild West Chasing the Cowboys; or, Arietta the Lariat Queen . 181 Young Wild West and the Treacherou~ Trapper; or, Lost in the Great North Woods. 182 Young Wild West's Dash to Deadwood; or, Arietta and the Kidnappers. 183 Young Wild West"s Silver Scoop; or, Cleaning Up a Hundred Thousand. 208 Young Wild West's Royal I<'lusb ; or. Arietta and the Gamblers. 2 09 Yonng Wild West and the Prairie Pirates; or, The Fight tor the Box of Gold. 210 Yonng \\"ild West Daring Death: or, How the Sorrel Sa-re;l Arietta. 211 Yonng Wild ~,,-est Corrali11g the Comauches; or, Arietta and the Silver To1naha.wk. 212 Young Wild West at Spangle Springs: or, The Toughest Town in Texas. 213 Young Wild West and the Renegade Ranchman; or, Arietta in a Trap. 21 !l Young Wild West's Gold DnRt. Drift: or. Losing a Cool Million. For sale by all newsdealers , or will be sent to any address on receipt of price, 5 cents per copy, in money or postage stamps, by FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, New York. IF YOU WANT ANY BACK NUMBERS of our libraries, and cannot procure them from newsdealers, they can be obtained from this office direct. Cut out and :fill in the following Order Blank and send it to us with the price of the books you want and we will send them to you by re-turn mail. 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THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 ~l Weekly llagazine containing Stories of the American Revolution. By HARRY MOORE. These stories are baseC. on actual facts and give a faithful account of the exciting adventures of a brave band of American youths who were always ready and willing io imperil their lives for the sake of helping along the gallant cause of Independence. Every number will comist of 32 large pages of reading matter, bound in a beautiful colored cover. LA TEST ISSUES: 239 The Liberty Boys at Perth Amboy; or, Frank!in• s Tory Son. 240 The Liberty Boys and the ":Midget" ; or, Good Goods in a Small Package. 241 The Liberty Boys at Frankfort; or, Routing the "Queen's Rangers.'' 242 The Liberty Boys and General Lacey; or, Cornered at the "Crooked Billet." 243 '!.'he Liberty Boys at the Farewell Fete; or, Frightening the British With lclre . 244 '.l'he Liberty Boys' Gloomy Time; or, Darkest Before Dawn. 245 The Liberty Boys on the Neuse River; or, Campaigning in North Carolina. 246 The Liberty Boys and Benedict Arnold; or, Hot Work With a Traitor. 24 7 The Liberty Boys Excited; or, Doing Whirlwind Work. 248 The Liberty Boys" Odd Recruit; or, The Boy Who Saw Fun In Everything. 249 The Libertv Boys' Fair Friend; or, The Woman '\\"ho Helpe d. 250 The Liberty Boys "Stumped'' ; or, The Biggest Puzzle of All. 251 The Liberty Boys in New York Bay; or, Diffi cult and Dangerous Wol'I<. 232 'l'he Liberty Boys' Own Mark; or. Trouble for the Tories. 253 The Liberty Boys at Newport; or, The Rhode Island Campaign. 254 The Liberty Boys and 'B!tlck Joe•; or, The Negro Who llelped . 255 The Liberty Boys Hard at Work: or, After the i\laraudcrs. 256 The Liberty Boys and the "Shirtmen" ; or, H elping the Virginia Riflemen. 257 The Liberty Boys at Fort Nelson; or, The Elizabeth River Campaign. I 273 The Liberty Boys at Brier Creek; or, Chasing the Enemy. '274 The Liberty Boys and the :Mysterious Frenchman; or, The Secret :\Iessenger of King Louis. 275 The Liberty Boys after the "Pine Robbers"; or, The Monmouth County Maraude rs. 276 The Liberty Boys anti General Pickens; or, Chastising the Cherokees. 277 The Liberty Boys at Blackstock"s: or, The Battle of Tyger River. 278 The Liberty Boys and the "Busy Bees" ; or, Lively Work all Round . . 279 The Liberty Boys and Emily Geiger; or, After the Tory S couts. 280 The Liberty Boys' 200-Mile Retreat; or, Chased from Catawba to Virginia. 281 The Liberty Boys Secret Orders; or, The Treason of Lee. 282 The Liberty Boys and the Hidden Avenger ; or, The ;\!asked Man of Kipp' s Bay. 283 The Liberty Boys at Spring Hill; or, After Cluny the '.l'raltor. 284 'l'bl.n~~~;rty Boys and Rebecc;I l\Iottes; or, Fighting With Fire 285 The Liberty Boys' Gallant Charge; or, The Bayonet Fight at Old Tappan. 286 The Liberty Boys' Daring Raid; or, Ilot Times at Verplanck's Point. 287 The Liberty Boys and Simon Kenton; or, Fighting the British on tbe Ohio. 288 The Liberty Boys Beaten : or. Fighting at "Cock Hill" Fort. 289 The Liberty Boys and ~lajor K elly: or, The Brave Bridge-Cutter. 290 The Liberty Boys Deadsbot Band; or, General Wayne and the Mutinee rs. 291 The Liberty Boys at Fort Schuyler; or, The Idiot of German l"lats. 292 The Liberty Boys Out With Herkimer; or, Fighting the Battle of Oriskany. 2:i8 '.l'he Liberty Boys and Captain Betts: or. Try;ng to Do,rn '.l'ryon. 259 The Liberty Boys at Bemis H eights; or, Helping to Beat Burgoyne. 260 The Liberty Boys and the "Little Rebels''; or, The Boys Bothered the British. Who 293 The Liberty Boys and Moll Pitcher: or, The Brave Woman Gun-ner. 261 The Liberty Boys at Xew London; or, The Fort Griswold sacre. 294 J\Ias-295 Tbe Liberty Boys' Bold Dash: or, The Skirmish at Peekskill Bay. The Liberty Boys and Ilochambeau; or. Fighting with French Allies. The Liberty Boys at Staten Island; or, Spying Upon the British. Thit;f~~erty Boys With Putnam; or, Good Work in the Nutmeg 2G2 The Liberty Boys and Thoma& Jefferson; or, How They Saved the Governor. 263 The Liberty Boys Banished; or. Sent Away by General. Ilowe. 264 The Liberty Boys at the State Line ; or, De perate Doings on the Dan River. 2G5 The Liberty Boys' Terrible Trip; or, Ou Time in Spite of Everything. 2G6 The Liberty Boys' Setback; or, Beset by Redcoats, Redskins, and Tories. 267 The Liberty Boys and the Swede; or, The Scandinavian Recruit. 268 The Liberty Boys' ''Best Licks'' ; or, ""orking Hard to Win. 269 The Liberty Boys at Rocky Mount : or, Ilelping General Sumter. 270 '!.'he Liberty Boys and the R egulators; or, Running the Royalist• to Cover. 271 The Liberty Boys after Fenton; or, The 'l.'oty Desperado. 272 The Liberty Boys and Captain Falls;. or, The Battle of Ramsour's lllllls. 296 297 298 The Liberty Boys' Revenge; or. Punishin!(" the Tories. 299 1'h e Libert, y Boys a.t Dnnderberc:; or. The Fall of tho Highlatid Forts. 300 The Liberty Boys with Wayne; or, Darin.; Deeds at Stony Point. 301 'l'he Libert~ Boys as Cavalry Scouts; or, The Charge of Wasr. -ington's B1igade. 302 The Liberty Boys on lsland 6: or. The Patriot of the Delaware. 303 '!.'he Liberty Boys' Gallant Stand: or. R ounding up the Redcoats. 304 Tbe Liberty Boys Outflanked: or. The Battle of Fort i\Iifilin. :l05 The Liberty Boys' Ilot F'ight; or. Cutting The i, Way to Peeedom. 306 '!.'he Liberty Boys' l\ight Attack; or. Fighting the Johnson Greens. 307 ThJ'.l:u~~~~~dEon~oys and Brue Jane l\I'Crea; or. After the Spy of 308 The Liberty Boys at netzell's Mlll ; or, Cheated by the British. F o r sale by all newsdealers, or will be sent to any address on receipt of price, 5 cents per copy, in money or postage stamps, by FRANK TOUSEY. Publisher . 24 Union Square. ~ew York IF YOU WANT ANY EACK NUMBERS of our Libraries and cannot procure them from newsdealers, they can be obtained from this office direct. 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