The Liberty Boys' best effort, or, Winning a stubborn fight

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The Redcoats went climbing upon the.pier, but Dick and his Liberty B~ys met them resolutely. With a blow of his sword Dfok knocked the British officer back into his boat. It was a stubborn fight while it lasted.


I THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 ,A Weekly Magazine Containing Stories of the American Revolutio~ lsll'IUd, Weeldy-By $ubscription $2.50 per yea,. Entered as Second Class Ma~ter at the New York.!{. Y., Post Office, . February 4, 190l. Entered aeco1ding to Aet of Congress, in the vear 1907Ut~ the office of the Librarian of Congress, Washington, D. C., by F'rwnk Tousey, Publisher, 24 nion Square, New York. No. 330. NEW YORK, APRIL 26, 1907. Price 5 Cents. CHAPTER I. PLANNING. "We must get down to New York .somehow, Bob, and deliver the letter." "Yes, Dick;." _ "There is something under way besides, and we must learn what it is." "Very true." "But the lines across the island are drawn so tightly now that it is next to impossible to penetrate th~m." "But if we make up our minds to get through them, we can do it, Dick." "Exactly so, and we must look around u.s and see what is to be done." Two bright-looking boys in Continental uniform were ting on the front stoop of a neat cottage not far from urytown, in Westchester , county. It was in the latter part of the month of March in the • year 1777. The boys were Dick Slater and Bob Estabrook, captain and first lieutenant, respectively, of a company of patriot youths lrnown as the Liberty Boys. • The organization had been in existence not quite a year, but during that time the boys had done noble work in the cause of independence. At this time the British occupied -the city of New York and the whole of the island of Manhattan, in fact. Their lines extended right across the island from the East River to the Hudson. Just now these lines were drawn so closely that, as Dick Slater had said, it was a matter of the greatest difficulty for a patriot to get through them. Dick was confident that all this watchfulness on the art of the enemy meant something. He was determined to make his way into the city, there ore, and learn what was going on. Some movement against the Americans was contem lated, he felt sure. He had also been entrusted with a letter to a man in the city which he was to deliver as soon as possible. He resolved to make it his business to ascertain what the enemy was doing and deliver the letter at the same time. Besides being the captain of the Liberty Boy1i1, Dick ater was a famous scout and spy. As such he had been employed by General Washington himself and had given complete satisfaction. As Dick and Bob arose, having finished their conversa tion, two very pretty and equally charming young ladies came out. • "Well, have you two boys at last discovered that there are others in the house besides yourselves?" asked one. She was Alice Estabrook, Bob's sister. . She was also Dick ~later's sweetheart, Bob having fallen in love at the same time with Edith Slater, Dick's sistet . "Bob and I were talking upon serious matters, my dear girl." "And don't you think that we girls are capable of dis cussing serious subjects?" with an arch-smile. "Why, Alice, Brother Dick knows we are," said Edith. "But Brother Bob does not think so always," with a laugh. "Oh, I know better than that," with a smile meant especially for Bob. "We are going to the city, Bob and I," said Dick. "But is it not extra dangerous at this time?" cried both girls in a breath. "Yes, rather more dangerous than usual just now," was Dick's reply. "But must you go?" Alice asked. "Yes. Something is on foot, and I wish to know what it is, and I have a message to deliver besides." "You won't go before tea, will you?" asked Alice, with a merry laugh. "No, nor to-night, but we must go soon." "Tea is ready, then, and has been for some time, so if you will--" "Walk into my parlor, said the spider to the fly," said Bob, and promptly got his ears boxed by Alice. This was the . Estabrook cottage, Dick Slater ' s home being only a short distance away. Bob's parents were both living, but Dick had a mother only, his father having been shot by a treacherous Tory at the beginning of the war. The shock of her husband's death had greatly impaired Mrs. Slater's health, and the young people met more fre quently at Bob's house than at Dick's on that account. The widow was always glad to have them, but at times her health would not permit it. After tea, when it was ~owing dark, the boys went over to Dick's house with Edith, remaining a short time, and then setting off on foot for the camp of the Liberty Boys_.. a mile or so distant, in the woods.


2 THE LIBERTY BOYS' BEST EFFORT. As they were walking along the road, chatting pleas2.ntly, Dick, whose hearing was most acute, stopped sud denly and said: ('Sh! there is someone coming. Come into the shade." The boys stepped to the side of the road, where there were some grand old trees which cast a dense shade even at midday. Standing close to them, the boys could not be seen by anyone passing within a few feet. Two men on horseback were coming along at an easy trot, bound for Tarrytown. As they reached the trees they slackened their pace somewhat on account of the darkness. "We'll start in the morning, Eli, won't we?" "Yes, that'll be er good time, Ezry." "Got your pass, have you?" "Yaas, safe in my pocket." "I got mine in my saddle bags. They ain't no gettin' inter ther city without 'em now." "No, they ain't." Dick touched Bob on the arm as a signal for him to follow. These two men were two of the rankest Tories in the neighborhood. "Goin' ter stop et ther Lion, Ezry ?" asked Eli Williams. ", yes, I guess so, Eli," replied Ezra Perkins. "Bill makes mazin' good punch." • "So he does, an' a mug or two of it afore goin' ter bed would set fine." "All right, s'pose we stop there." Dick knew these two men very well and 1."D.ew that no two of punch wouid satisfy them. He stopped and said softly : "This is our chance, Bob. We must have those passes." "So we must." "Once they get into the Lion at Tarrytown, they won't be out of it till midnight." "Very true." "We have time to get to the camp, put on our disguises .and be at the Lion before these two tapers leave." "You are right." "In fact, I don't think they will leave before morning, once they have tasted Bill Todd's punch." "Very true," agreed Bob. They hurried on to the camp and were met by Mark Morrison, the second lieutenant of the Liberty Boys, one of the bravest of them all, and trusted by Dick next to Bob himself. "We are going to New York, Mark," saia Dick. "We shall start to-night. 'l'ake charge of things during our absence." "Very good," said Mark, asking no questions. At that moment a rosy-cheeked, pug-nosed Irish boy ,came along and said : "An' so yez be's goin' to dhe city?" "Yes, Patsy." "Dhin dhere'll be some fun goin' on, Oi'll go bail." "Maybe you was wanted to had some off dot fun, ain't it?" asked a German boy, who was so fat that he was a nuisance to himself. This was Carl Gookenspieler, and he and Patsy Branni gan were the chief fun-makers of the camp, although there were others. "Shure an' Oi wud," said Patsy, "an' phwere dhim two goes dhere do be plenty av it." "Dot was fighding, not fun." "Shure an' dhere's no differ, is dherfa), Dick?" Neither Dick nor Bob were there, however. Ben Spurlock, one of the liveliest and jolliest of the boys, 'now said with a laugh: "If you think Dick and Bob are going to stop and listen to your nonsense when about to start on an important mission, you are greatly mistaken." "Shure an1 dhey moight do worser nor dhat, Ben," chuckled Patsy. "I dinks so meinselluf," said Carl. "Phwat's dhat?" "Dot dey don'd could doed somedings worser as dot." "Carl has it right this time," laughed Sam Sanderson. "Yis, as near roight as he iver gits annything," roared Patsy, In half an hour Dick and Bob left the camp. CHAPTER II. TITE BOYS REACH THE CITY. Dressed in ordinary clothes and mounted on fleet horses, Diqk and Bob left the camp bound for Tarrytown. Dick knew the location of the Lion and also the sort of place it was. Tories patronized it almost exclusively and its reputa tion was bad on account of the frequent disturbances which occurred in it. Leaving their horses at an inn of better quality not far distant, the boys approached the Lion cautiously. There was a goo4 deal of noise and confusion in the place as they entered. Very little attention was paid to them, therefore. The two Tories were discovered at a little ' table over in one corner smoking long clay pipes and drinking punch. By Weir looks and manner they had already had more tban the stipulated two mugs of punch apiece. An attendant was just setting a ' nother round in front of them. "Pay up, boys," said the landlord, "before you let it slip your mind. Trust is a good dog, but bad pay kills him." "Ha-ha, you're a witty fellow, Billy," said Eli, "but you've none o' the milk o' human kindness in you." "I keep a tavern, not a dairy farm, my bullies," retorted the landlora.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' BEST EFFORT. 3 Dick had slipped into a corner near to the table occu pied by the two topers. Bob remained nearer the door, awaiting a signal from Dick. Eli Williams laughed at Bill's last sally and said: "I always pay as I go, friend Bill." "It suits me better to have you pay before you go, Neighbor Eli," the host retorted, "for then I'm sure of it." "Ha-ha, a very pretty wit, Bill, upon my word. Four jorams and another before I go will make--" "Six, counting this one, without regard to any more. I don't want my pay in advance." "It's only four, as I live!" "Then live more soberly and count straighter. There's the score on the wall behind you . Four up-and-down small marks and a cross make five. This will be six." "There's no disputin' what's put down in black an' white, Bill, so wipe it out." "When I see yer money, Eli." Williams put his hand in his pocket, drawing out a purse, some tobacco, a folded paper, a handkerchief and other things. The paper fell on the floor. Dick stooped and picked it up. Substituting a leaf from his tablets, Dick put this on the table . He slipped the other in his pocket. Taking an enemy's pass or papers was not regarded as a theft, there being no money value to such things. "Thank'er kindly, young sir," said Eli, thickly. "I'd be greatly put out to lose that pass. My best wishes to you." "Then he paid his eore, which Dick promptly wiped out for him, at .Bi]]'s rcque t. He ordered a mug of ale for himself and paid for it, leaving it on the table as he went out. "I'm to meet a friend," he said. "Bide my return." 1.Ieeting Bob without, he said quietly: "I haYe got Eli's pass, and now to obtain Ezra's. Fair exchange is no robbery, and I'll give him sixpence, just what he paid for it." Although passes were not refused to loyal subjects, they were not to be had for nothing, for by one little tax and another the British rulers must raise money to carry on the war. Proceeding to the stable, where there were only two or three sleepy or sleeping bo:rs, Dick had no difficulty in picking out Ezra's horse. A rapid examination of the saddle bags brought the pass to light. Dick took it, leaving a six-penny silver piece in its place. He had bought the pass. "Come, Bob," he said, "all is fair in war, and it is no wrong to put an obstacle in the way of the enemy." Then the boys set off on their journey, intending to go a part of the way that night and the rest in the morning. "There will be two very much astonished Tories when they get to the lines to-morrow," chuckled Bob. "If they are known they will have little trouble in passing, with the aid of a sixpence or so." "If they are kno:wn, Dick? Jove, that may stop us ! " "I have provided for that, Bob," quietly. "How, Dick?" "A big peruke, a few lines on the face with a pencil and a set expression of countenance will add years to our looks." "Jove, Dick, but you think of everything!" admiringly. "One needs to when on an errand of this sort," drily. They stopped something short of King's Bridge, finding an inn which had not closed for the night, and remaining till morning. The wheatsheaf was kept by a stanch patriot, although 'rories and even redcoats patronized it on occasions. Dick was well known to the host, who received him cor dially. "Business of moment must bri:g you here at such a time, sir," he said. "It does. Pray be cautious how you address me, should anyone be about." "A nod is as good as a wink to a blind horse," chuckled the boniface. Two boys entered the tidy chamber on the floor above that night. Two pompous men, with big perukes and heavy jaws, ieft it in the morning. There were a redcoat sergeant and six soldiers in the coffee-room when the boys had their early breakfast. "Good-day, sirs," said the host, "and a pleasant journey to you." The redcoats simply looked up as the two bewigged figures went out, and then resumed their talk. Crossing Spyt den Duivel Creek, the boys reached the enemy's lines, produced their passes, exchanged a few words with the guards and proceeded. Before reaching the city, riding at a good pace, they put aside their perukes, wiped the lines from their faces and resumed their natural expressions. "There's one thing to think about, Dick," remarked Bob as they neared the lower end of the common, the rear of the new or St. Paul's Church being in view. "What is it, Bob?" "If these two Tories report the loss of their passes, they will be of little use to us on the return." . "We need not go back by the same road, Bob." "Very true, but word may have been passed along the line to stop us." "Yes, if it were known who had the passes." "Very true." "Two respectable old gentlemen, in appearance at least,. presented them." "True." "And no one knows who they are."


THE LIBERTY BOYS' BEST EFFORT. "No, that is so." "And it might have been a joke?" "It was!" with a hearty laugh. "Sufficient to the day is the evil of it, Bob. We will know what to do when the time comes to return." "Oh, I shall not worry, Dick, having you along," laugh ing. The grass was turning green, the trees were in bud, the air was mild and the city looked fresh and clean after the winter. The boys had just left the common and were looking for a quiet inn or tavern with accommodations for horses, when they heard the sound of martial music. A troop of horse, preceded by a band, had just turned into Broadway from a side street. A horse, harnessed to a light gig, standing at the curb, became suddenly frightened and started up Broadway on a dead run. A little child of four years had started to cross the street, attracted by the sound of music. He was a chubby little fair-haired boy in a blue pina fore, such as were worn in those days by boys and girls alike. In one fat hand he held a sugar stick and in the other a rattle. He was right in the path of the runaway, but totally unconscious of danger. Dick saw the little one's peril and acted upon the instant. Uajor, his coal-black horse, could go like the wind. In a moment he was dashing down the street. Leaning well over in the saddle as he reached the child, Dick caught his pinafore and swiftly swung him into the saddle. Then he quickly swerved to one side, escaping the wheels by a few inches, and dashed on. 'rhe child, alarmed at first, began to cry, but now, sit ting in the saddle and seeing Dick smiling upon him, he offered the young patriot a bite of the sugar stick, which he had not relinguished. "Thank you, no," laughed Dick, and then, wheeling Major, he returned to where an old gentleman was franti cally wringing his hands and calling for the child. CHAP".rER III. THE BOYS FIND A FRIEND. The runawa.y was stopped a short distance up the street before any damage was done. Bob, seeing the old gentleman's agonized actions, rode up to him and dismounted. "T.he child is safe if-if my friend undertakes his rescue," he said. In his haste he had nearly spoken Dick's name. "Then he is," he cried excitedly. "He's got him, he's all right, he'll be back in a minute." The old man paid little attention to Bob, however, seeming scarcely to "ii.otice him, in fact. He was still calling for the boy when Dick rode up at a gentle canter with the little one in the saddle. Many pen,ons had gathered and there wa a perfect buzz of talk. ")Iy word! but the boy is a perfect Centaur." "Believe me, that was a fine bit of riding l" "The child would have met his death had it not been for the youth." "Verily, he would." "Are you with this child, sir?" asked Dick, halting. The old man held out his trembling hands to take the little boy. "Don't be af'aid, g'anpa, I'se safe an' sound," said the child, contentedly sucking the sugar stick. "Genleman give me yide on horse." "Bless his heart!" wept a motherly looking woman standing near. Bob took the boy from Dick and walked with him in his arms through the crowd, Dick holding his horse's reins. The old man followed. Putting the boy on his feet, beyond the throng, Bob said: "There! he is all right now, I assure you, safe and sound, as he says," with a smile. The old gentleman leaned against the palings, just a little way down a side street where there were detached houses with gardens around them. "I am deeply indebted to you, young sir," he said, "and more so to your friend. It may be that I can repay you in a manner that you scarcely expect." "Your thanks and the child's safety are sufficient pay ment, sir," in a hearty tone. The boy was now tugging at the skirts of the old gentle man's full-buttoned coat and asking to be taken to see the soldiers and hear the music. "The soldiers of the tyrant king nearly caused his death and now he wishes to view the finery," said the old man absent-mindedly. "If he only knew!" At this moment Dick came walking slowly down the street, leading Major and Bob's horse. "I am more than pleased that I have been of service to you, sir," he said, courteously, raising his hat. "You are a brave young gentleman, sir, and as quick as you are brave. Nothing but instant action could have . saved the boy." "Oh, you will alwa.ys find Dick Sla-ouch ! What l!,re you doing?" for Dick had suddenly stepped heavily on his foot. ''Pardon my awkwardness,'" said Dick, with an odd look. "It's all right, Dick," said Bob in a low tone, "but I was careless, I admit. Our friend is a good patriot." "I am, indeed, young sir, but how did you know it?"


THE LIBERTY BOYS' BEST EFFORT. 5 "From a remark you just now dropped when the boy asked to see the soldiers." "Yes, that was incautious, but you?'' "Are patriots from hea.d to foot and back again, but, as you say, one must be cautious." "What are you doing in the city?" "Business for the patriots,'' said Dick quietly. "The enemy are about to make some move against us. I wish to learn what it is." "A spy?" in a whisper: "Yes," and Dick told who he was. There was no one passing, they were not near any house and they were therefore safe. "I would be pleased to offer you the hospitality of my humble abode during your stay here," the old man said, "but my associates are in sympathy with the tyrants, and--" , "We will take the will for the deed, sir," courteously, "but our stay may be cut short at any moment." "I told your comrade that it might be in my power to repay you for what you have done, and now that I know ' you to be patriots, it is easier." "We do not ask or any return, sir." "But i I could benefit the cause?" in a low tone. "It would be quite another matter," with a smile. "My name is John Mandeville, and--" "John Mandeville? 0 Ann street?" in surprise. "Yes." "I have a communication from General Washington. I have just arrived in the city. It is strange that I should have met you in this manner." "It is, indeed. I wrote to the general recently and asked him to send a messenger, as I could not trust to getting letters." The child was begging to be put upon Dick's horse, and now a woman came hurrying toward them, calling out excitedly. "Meet me at Fraunce's tavern at three," said the old gentleman. "I will do so," said Dick, putting the boy in Major's saddle and holding him there. , The woman came running up, crying hysterically: "Oh, my boy, my baby, my sweet lamb, did they let it--Be careful of that child, sir ! Give him to me ! What are you about? What, with a careless grandfather and an officious stranger, it's. a wonder that--" "Here is your boy, madam," said Dick, giving the child to the woman. "I have no desire to steal him." "Muvver, kind gen'leman give me yide on horse, me give him canny, me give horse canny, too." The woman snatched the child away as he was reaching out toward Major. "Have no ear, madam, the horse is as gentle as a lap dog and will not harm him." "Very likely," with a swift glance at Major. "Where have I heard of a black horse like that? One ridden bynow I know ! You are--" "I wish you a very good morning," said Dick, vaulting into the saddle. Bob followed, and in an instant they were off and in a short time were out of sight. "The child's mother is a royalist," s~id Bob. "It is a pity {bat a child like that should be brought up to fight against the land of his birth." "Perhapshe , will not," was Dick's answer. They found a quiet ,inn not far from the common, where they left their horses, and then walked down Broadway together ' as far as Wall street and the ruins of Trinity Church, burned in the great fire, some six month.a before, at the time of the American evacuation. "It may be as well for us to separate, Bob," said Dick. "To meet at Fraunce's tavern?" "At three o'clock." The boys then parted, Dick turning into W aU street and Bob keeping on down Broadway. Reaching Bowling Green, Bob saw a number of British officers standing in front of the railing around the little park where the statue of George III. had formerly stood. Thinking that he might hear something of importance, Bob strolled carelessly up and stood at one side of the group. "There'll be cannon balls or the rebels to match those they got by cutting off the tops of these posts," said one. "Yes, and bullets for those the irreverent rascals made when they melted up the statue of our gracious majesty," declared anofher. Bob had been one of the crowd that pulled down the statue of the tyrant, and he smiled at the recollection. "The river is entiTely free from ice, and there should be no obstacle," a third said. "There will be none, not even the handful of rebels left to protect the stores." / "I there were an army of the rebels it would make no difference," scornfully ' from another. "Wouldn't it, indeed?" cried Bob, hotly, forgetting himself. The redcoats turned in an instant, and glared at Bob. "No, it would . not, you eavesdropping rebel!" retorted the last speak~r. "We'll scatter your ragamuffin army like chaff, and hang your general to the nearest tree." "That or your boasting!" cried Bob, seizing the red coat by the nose. The offlcer howled lustily, while the others drew their swords and rushed at Bob. ' The plucky but impetuous boy tripped up two of them, banged the hat of another over his eyes, and struck an other a blow on the chest which sent him through the gate into the little enclosure. Then he took to his heels, while the officers set up a shout. "Stop the rebel!" they bawled. Across the street dashed Bob toward a narrow lane lead ing east of Broadway.


6 THE LIBERTY BOYS' BEST EFFORT. "Rebel!" he suddenly yelled in the ear of a man ahead! "He's lost his own wits and we'll have to send the crier of him. out for them." The surprised citizen jumped, and then started running "No use, Jack. He neyer had any to lose," wit:ll a right toward the redcoats. roar. Bob darted down the first opening, and seeing a little "Ha, ha, that's funny!" laughed Bob, as the sailors ale house a short distance away, went in. surrounded him. In a few minutes he heard the rush of footsteps past "If you want a ship, my lad, you come with us, and-" the door, and then a man sitting at a table near by said: "What would I do with it?" asked Bob. "Sombeody seeking refuge in Canvas Town. They'll "Well, if you're looking for a ship, then you just--" never catch him." "I hain't lost one," stupidly. "How c'n er feller loee "No," said Bob, ordering something to eat. "They er ship r" won't indeed." The sailors laughed again, and the spokesman said : Canvas Town was a part of the city which bad been "If you want to travel and see the world, come along burned, the ruins being utilized as dwellings by the addio' us. First we're going up the river to lick the rebels tion of spars and sails, and inhabited by the very lowest and steal their stores, and then we're going to the end o:f class. the world." The noise finally' subsided, and then Bob left the ale-"Don't wanter go there; I'd fall off," declared Bob. house and continued his walk. The men all laughed again, but Bob saw significant CHAPTER IV. BOB .A.ND THE SAILORS. "'I've got to be more careful," muttered Bob, as he walked on. "I forgot myself completely that time." Fortunately no evil result had followed, and it was not likely that Bob would again forget himself. He was thoroughly in earnest, but very impetuous, and liable to say things which would better not be said under the circumstances. No one questioned his bravery, but he was impulsive, and at times thoughtless, two qualities which were apt to get him in trouble. "It would have done Patsy's heart good, though," he chuckled, "to see me bowl over those redcoats. That's what he calls great fun entirely." He walked as :far as Whitehall wharf, noticing a great deal of activity among the shipping as he went on. "'l'here is some movement up the river," he thought. "That is what these redcoats were talking about. I wish I knew its destination." Walking down the wharf he met a party of sailors who looked at him rather admiringly. Bob was a well-built boy, and although not possessing the physical strength or endurance which Dick did, he nevertheless made a good showing. "Here's a likely lad!" cried one of the sailors. "He's just the sort we're looking for." "Aye! so he is," chorussed the rest. "Hev. yer lost ennybody?" Bob asked, assuming a sim ple look. "Why don't yer send ther town crier out fur him with er bell?" "Ho, ho! that's rich! The simpleton thinks we're look ing for a lost child!" looks and gestures passing between them, and he readily guessed what they meant. Although the sailors regarded him as next to an idiot, that was no bar to his being made a sailor. The British navy required physique rather than brains. If a man bad a good frame and a strong constitution, his lack of intellect could be overlooked. These men meant to kidnap Bob, take him on board a ship, and make a sailor of him, willy-nilly. Bob had other intentions. He had learned something of interest, and now, if no further information were forthcoming, it were just as well that he bolted. 'l'hey were on the edge of the wharf, close to a bulkhead. The sailors suddenly made a connected rush at Bob. Ile ducked under their arms, caused two of them to bring their skulls together with crreat violence, and tripped np two others. These last fell into the water with a splash, while an other just saved himself from following. "Not to-day, my bullies!" laughed Bob. "I'll be a bigger fool than you think I am be.fore I go in one of your ships." 'rhen he made off. The sailors did not pursue him. "So-so, the expedition is up the river somewhere," he thought. "And stores are to be captured. Can it bc> Peekskill? That is the only place I know of near at hand where there is any great amount of stores." Then he walked up Broadway again, taking it leisurely. "I must tell Dick about this," was his thought. "'l'his, no donbt, is the movement we came down here to learn something about." It was still some time before he was to meet Dick ai:d the stranger at Fraunce's Tavern at Pearl and Broacl stre.ets. Picking out a quiet tavern which was not very much frequented, he entered, sat down in a corner, and ordered fl li , ght repast. There were only a few persons present, and they paid


'l'HE LIBERTY BOYS' BEST EFFORT. 7 no attention to the quiet-looking boy in the dark corner. He then led the way into the tavern, when an obsequious While he was still eating a soldier and two sailors enserving man said: tered, and sat at a table near him. "He was a fool;'' one of the sailors said, "but quick as lightning, and a fine-built lad. Ile'd been a credit to the royal navy." "Do you take fools into the navy?" asked the soldier. "As many as you have in the army," retorted the sailor. "Brawn counts for more than brains there, to judge by yourself." "You'ye none too good a headpiece yourself, Jack," the redcoat said, "and I'll smash it if you get saucy." "Come have a try," retorted the bluejaqket. _ "Now, my boys, this is no place for your quarrels," said the landlord, coming forward. "This is Harmony Hall, and here army and 'navy, rebels and loyalists, meet in peace and quietness." "No rebels, if I know it I" said the redcoat, hotly. "I'll drink with sailors, marines, and citizens, but not with rebels, the cattle!" Bob :flushed, but he did not lose his teinper nor betray himself, and in a few moments he settled his score and went out. "I would have liked to bang the lot of them about their heads with their pewters," he muttered, "but the place was too small for a fight, and I might have been laid by the heels and captured." Then he took his way in the direction of the famons tav ern, practically the British headquarters at that time. Here it was that at the close of the war Washington took leave of his generals. It still lacked some little time of the appointed hour, and so Bob was in no hurry. "It will be as well not to be there alone too long," he thought. "Three are all right, but one remaining any time might excite suspicion." He lounged about, therefore, till within a short time of the hour, and then took his way along Pearl .;;treet. He had learned nothing further, nor had he encountered any redcoats or bluejackets. Prompt to the minute he was in front of the tavern. At the same moment Dick came down Broad street. "Where is our friend?" Bob asked. "I have not seen him; but I do not doubt that he will be here." Indeed, at that moment the old gentleman appeared :Jt the tavern door. "You are prompt," he said. "I always keep an appointment," returned Dick. "I might not have kept this one," chuckled Bob, "if I had not been quick with my hands and feet." "Been getting into trouble again?" with a smile. "And out of it." "You have something to tell, I ln10w," said the stran ger. "I have engaged a private room, and we will have no listeners but ourselves." "This way, Mr. Mandeville. Everything is ready." They went to a small room on an upper floor which they had to themselves, and here a most toothsome luncheon was served. When they entered Dick handed the old gentleman the general's letter, which he read carefully, and said: "This is entirely satisfactory, Captain Slater. 'rhe gen eral assures me that you are to be trusted implicitly." "I have always tried to deserve such a recommenda tion," proudly. There were cold roast fowl and a salad, wines, a rich dessert, and coffee and cheese. The boys did full justice to all except the wines. "We drink neith~r wine, malt, nor spirits," said Dick, "nor do we use tobacco. Such things are not for boys." "You are wise," said their host. "I am approaching the evening of life, however, and do not find that either a glass of generous wine or a pipe of rich tobacco after a meal does me any harm." "I am sure tp.ey don't," said Dick, "but with us it is different." When the attendants had left the room, and the boys were alone with their host, the old gentleman said: "Now, Captain Slater and Lieutenant Estabrook, I have something to tell you; but first let me hear the story of your adventures to-day." "I have met with none since I left you," with a smile, "but I think Bob has . " "Bob told what had happened, and then Mr. Mandeville said: "And now for the affair I spoke of." CHAPTER V. A. STRANGE STORY. "Being a staunch patriot," said Mr. Mandeville, "and surrounded by royalists, my son's wife and all her family being the firmest adherents of a despotic king, I receive little sympathy from my associates. "I am known to have some money, and am tolerated by some and fawned upon by others for that reason. "Just how much money I have no one but myself knows, and no one shall know except good patriots like myself. "1'11:v son was killed fighting in defense of his country, and all I have is supposed to go to my grandson, young Harold, whom you met this morning. "The boy has his father's looks and disposition, which are entirely unlike those of his mother, and to him I shall leave a goodly sum. "Were I to leave it in trust, his mother would get it, and therefore I have hidden it, and will entrust the secret


8 THE LIBERTY BOYS' BEST EFFORT. of its hiding place only to one m whom I have the utmost confidence. "Besides the money which will be the boy's, I have put aside a sum to be devoted to the cause of American in dependence. "This I wish to give to General Washington to use as he sees fit, and I have already written to him to that effect. In his answer he says that I can trust you implicitly. I am satisfied, therefore, that you will see that he gets this money." "I swear to you that I will, sir," returned Dick, firmly. "Good. Will you also swear to see that the balance is devoted to my grandson's education and given to him at his majority?" "If I live I will. If not, others will take up the trust." "I am satisfied. If the boy does the money is to be given to the cause. His mother has more than sufficient for her maintenance." "It shall be done," said Dick. "G;ood. Do you know Peekskill?" "Yes." "The money is buried in the woods back of Continen tal Village. These papers tell you just where. Preserve them carefully." Dick took the packet handed him by Mr. Mandeville, and placed them in an inner pocket of his coat. "They also give the amounts to be disposed of, and in what manner. "Now, as or your getting out of the city. 'l'he passes you have may be questioned." "I am sure they will," said Bob. "I have one made out or 'Mr. Mandeville and servant,' which you may have." "I will be the servant," laughed Bob. "I never could carry off the role of a dignified old gentleman in all the world." "I have not used the pass since it was made out, and my given name is not set down, you see, so there can be no danger. For the present you are Mr. Mandeville, there . ore." "Much better than Ezra Perkins or Eli Williams," with a laugh from Bob. "I am grateful or having seen you both, for now I know that both the cause and my grandson will be benefited, even if I should die to-morrow." "I trust that you may live to see our cause triumph," said Dick, heartily. "It is hardly likely. It will be years before that comes about, although I sincerely believe that it will." "I know it!" said Dick and Bob in a breath. "Should you come to the city, come and see me. Do not try to communicate with me by letter. My son's wiie would get them." "Very good," said Dick. "If I die before I see you again, I will die satisfied that my wishes will be carried out. You have my blessing and my heartiest wishes or your prosperity." "For which we are heartily grateful," said Dick. "And now you would better be going. I will return alone. I often spend hours here in this place, so my absence now will not be remarked upon." "It will be as well for us to leave," said Dick. "We have learned about all we can, and the sooner we are out of the city the better." "Peekskill is to be the object of the expedition, I am certain," said Mr. Mandeville. "I have heard the matter mentioned since I met you." "Then there is no need of our remaining longer," was Dick's reply. The boys took leave of the old gentleman, whom they hoped to meet again, and walked up Broadway in the late afternoon. "If we reach Spyt den Duivel to-night it will be easy enough," remarked Dick. "Yes, and if we are away by sunset we can pass the lines long before bedtime." "And will be less subject to scrutiny." They went to the inn for their horses, when the landlord said: "Do not think I wish to detain you, young gentlemen, but time presses if you wish to pa s s the lines before sun set. After that time no one is allowed through, pass or no pass. You have passes, of course?" "Yes," said Dick. Taking Bob aside, he said: "I have no doubt whatever that on :Major I could make the ten miles or so with little diffic ulty before sunset." "But my horse, good as he is, won't do it." "No; and then, the very fact of our being in such haste would work against us." "We might find an inn on the Bloomingdale road, or on the Bowery Lane if you think it unsafe to remain in the city overnight." "Very true. I do not believe we would better try to get to the upper lines to-night , but as for staying here or elsewhere , that is a question I have not thought of." Bob chanced to look out of the window at that moment. "Jove!" he muttered. "There are those two Tories now, and coming this way!" "Get out at the rear," said Di ck. "If they see us we'll fix 'em somehow." Bob went out to get the horse s , while Dick settled with the landlord. While doing this the two Tories entered. "Landlord," said Eli, "we want accommodations for man and beast." "The house is all full," said the host, who had no lik ing Jor the men, whom he knew. "But this person is going, and we can-hallo," looking out, "'pears to me I've seen them bosses afore." "Good-night, landlord," said Dick. "Keep your house as respectable as you have always kept it, and I will stop often."


THE LIBERTY BOYS' BEST EFFORT. 9 "H'm! I know yer now,. yer pesky rebel!" cried Eli. "Hallo, there, here is--" Dick was out of the door and on his horse before the Tory was through speaking. Then he and Bob were off, and before the Tory got into .the street to give the alarm, they were out of sight. They stopped at a tavern near Kip's Bay, now the foot of East Thirty-Fourth street, and rested well after a day full of excitement. "This has been a lively day," observed Bob, as he was getting into bed. "Yes, and we have accomplished what we set out to do." "And more," chuckled Bob. They were up bf!times in the morning, but there were no enemies about, and no alarm was given. Shortly before reaching the lines Dick donned his per uke and assumed a dignified air, to comport with the role he was playing. He wore a coat which could be worn inside or out, being gray on one side, and black on the othe:i;. He now turned it with the black side out, and buttoned it to his chin, which, with his big peruke, made him look years older than he was. Bob rode behind him, as a servant should, and acted very humbly and respectfully when they came to the lines. The sentries asked a number of questions, but were at last satisfied, and the boys rode on. The sentries they had met the day before might have recognized the horses, but these did not, and the ~ boys were safe. They reached the camp of the Liberty Boys during the afternoon, and were most joyfully re'ceived. "Yez have had a lot av fun., Oi'll go bail," said Patsy. "Yes, a little," said Bob. "We ran off with two Tory passes to start with." "Shure an' dhat's all roight." "And I threw a lot 0 sailors into the bay 0Be morning." "Well, dhat's not so bad." "And upset a lot of redcoats." "An' is dhat pwhat yez call only a little fun, me bhy?" "Oh, and Dick rescued a child from being run over, and then an old gentleman told us of some buried money, and then we found out what the British are up to." "An' is dhat only a little bit av fun? Shure, an Oi tink it's a foine lot intoirely." There was a hearty laugh at this, and then Dick said: "The British are going to send an expedition up to Peekskill; to seize the stores deposited there, so now we must put forth our best efforts and drive them out." CHAPTER VI. GIVING .A. BULLY .A. LESSON. "Afther all dhe foine news we do be hearin' dhe day, Cookyspiller, it's no more dhan roight to give dhe bhys a oine supper," said Patsy, when Dick had concluded. "Yah, I bet me dot was been fery goot." Patsy was the company cook, and took great delight in getting up feasts for the boys whenever he could. "Dhin come along wid me, an' we'll get enough to give dhim all a foine supper, an' have something lift over for breakfasht in dhe mornin', begorrah." "All righd, you get dem doings alretty, und I watch you brought dem home, und coogked dem alretty." "Yez will not; yez'll help me bring dhim or it's sorra a boite or a sup yez'll get dhe day." "Ach, I was only vooling been, Batsy. I was went mit you alretty." Then those two comical Liberty Bo,Ys started out with two big wheelbarrows to get enough to make a fine supper for a hundred hungry boys. There were many patriot families in the neighborhood, Westchester being a neutral ground, and they were sure of getting all they wanted. There were many Tories here, also, who not only would give them nothing, but would abuse them roundly in the bargain. . Patsy was wise enough to give the Tory houses a wide berth, therefore. "Shure, an' Oi'd not aven sh tale from dhim," he said, "for annything dhat did belong to wan av dhim shpal peens wud choke me av Oi wor to a.te it, do yez moind ?'' "Yah, dot don'd was set goot on mein shtununick, I bet you," returned Carl. At the first house where they applied Patsy asked: "Have yez ary a little pig, ma'am, or a chicken or some hams or maybe a bit av bacon to give us for dhe Liberty Bhys?" "Why, certainly, Patsy," said the woman, who came to the door, and who knew the Irish boy well; "just go out to the hen house an' pick out three or four fat fowls." "Thank yez koindly, ma'am; Oi'll do dhat same." "Don't disturb the settin' hens, though. I've got three or four early setters with big broods, an' you mustn't bother them." "Shure Oi'll not." "And you want to look out for that big red rooster, 'cause he's a terror." "Rid, is he? Shure, an' Oi'Jl not touch him, ma'am. It's no love Oi have for dhe ridcoats, whedther dhey do be roosters or min." , aw ell, look out for him, that's all," laughed the woman. Patsy and Carl went out to the hen-house, and at once Carl said: "Mein gollies, loogk off dem shickens sitting down al retty. Dey was lazy, I bet me, Dey don'd was got some dings to eat off dey don'd got oob und scratch for dot. Shoo!" "Howld on, Dootchy, howld on; dhim do be dhe settin' hins," cried Patsy, excitedly. "Yah, I saw dot dey was. Shoo! Gone ouid von dot!" The setting hens set up a great cackling, and then the


10 1rHE LIBERTY BOYS' BEST EFFORT. big red rooster of whom Patsy had been warned took a part in the disturbance. He flew at Carl, fluttered his wings, ruffled his neck, and gave the fat German two or three digs in the legs with his spurs, 1"Shtop off dot, shtop shticking dose pins mit mein leeks!" shouted Carl. Then he beat a hasty retreat, and that big roster at once flapped his wings and gave a lu ' sty crow. Then Patsy laughed so loud that the rooster crowed again to beat him. "Shure an' yez let dhe ridcoat beat yez, Cookyspiller," laughed Patsy. "Oi'd niver tell it, so Oi wudn't." "Gone ouid mif you, dot was ein needle what I was run mein leek into alretty." "Go'n wid yez. Phwere wud yez foind needles?" "In dot hayshtack alretty." "Yez wud not, onless yez wor not lukin' for it." "Vhell, anyhows, dose shickens was got pin-fodders, ain't it? Dot was what was shtick mein leek into alretty." "Go'n wid yez, ye big booby. Sh,:ure an' Oi'd niver tell it, dhat a rooster got dhe besht av me." Then Patsy proceeded to select four or five good fat fowls, but the instant be went to catch them that big red rooster made a dead set for him. He was forced to beat a hasty retreat, w bich caused Carl to set up a roar and say: "Mein gollies, don'd you efer was toldt dot! Beated by ein rooster alretty? I was been so ashamed off meinselluf off I was doed dot." "Howld yer wbisht," laughed Patsy. "Shure, rid wor niver dhe color av dhe Oirisb, an' dhat big felly knows it." The rooster was :finally shut up, and then Patsy got all the fowls he wanted, and went off well satisfied. ' He and Carl went back to camp with two full barrow loads of provisions, and the Liberty Boys had a royal sup per that night ,in honor of Dick's return. After supper Dick and Bob set off on their horses to see the girls. When within half a mile of Bob's house they suddenly a dozen or more half-grown boys, all rough, bulking, evil looking fellows, who at once set up a shout: "Le's lick 'em, boys. There's on'y two er ther rebels!" Dick knew the boys, for the greater part of them were his sworn enemies. One was the son of the man who had shot Dick's father, another was the son of the murderer's pal, and the others all bore bad reputations . They were all Tories, and lost no opportunity of hurl ing insults at the patriots. They never attacked anyone unless with the odds greatly in their favor, and there was nothing mean, sneak ing or contemptible that theY' would not do. "Down with 'ther . rebels, boys," yelled young Scroggs . "Black ther rebels' eyes," cried young Hank Jones. "Lick ther rebels good," shouted Bill Burgess. The young bullies had clubs and stones with them, and it was evident that they had been waiting to waylay Dick and Bob. This was not the first encounter Dick bad bad with the gang of young bullies. "Clear the road; you fellows, or you'll know what you'll get." "Yer killed my dad, an' I'm goin' ter have satis:fac~ tion," said young Scroggs. The elder Scroggs had shot Dick's father dead, in :front of his own door. Dick, seeing his father fall, had rnn into the house, seized a rifle, and shot _ Scroggs, giving him a mortal wound. It was but the justice of heaven, but young Scroggs always threw it up at Dick, and threatened him with the direst vengeance-threats, by the way, which were never executed. "You know very well why, Scroggs!" said Dick; "and if you say that again I'll thrash you, as I have done before." "Bab! yer can't do et," cried young Scroggs, getting behind a bowlder. "Yer killed my dad, an' I'm ergoin' ter--" Dick leaped from his horse . One flying leap took him to the bowlder, and another sent him over it. First he made the bully's nose bleed, and then he black enad both his eyes with perfect sledge-hammer blows. Then, seizing the young ruffian by the hair, he pounded bis head against the rock, and ended by kicking him into an overflowing ditch. "There! I hope you've got enough for once, you sneak ing toad!" Dick cried, fairly bursting with indignation. Bob Estabrook had not been idle all this time. He had promptly sailed right in among the sneaks, delivering telling blows right and left, and receiving very few in return. Seeing the crushing defeat of their ringleader, the young Tory bullies fled in all directions. Young Scroggs himself went off, bellowing, but did not repeat the insults which had brought Dick Slater's wrath down updn his head . "The contemptible sneaks!" muttered Dick, remounting l\fajor. "Don't tell mother or sister Edith anything about it, Bob. It will only distress them." "All right; but this will not be the last of it." "I am afraid not," said Dick. CHAPTER VIL l.IORE TROUBLE PREVENTED. Stopping at Bob's house to get Alice, the boyo went on to the Slater cottage. Here they found Edith and her mother, the latter being cheerful and in a very fair state of health.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' BEST EFFORT. 11 Dick knew that she would not worry on account of his going away as much a ' s she would if she knew he had had trouble with the Tory bullies. Whenever Dick had thrashed young Scroggs or anj ' of his set, the elders had tried to make trouble for him. The poor woman feared this more than anything . She knew that the Tories were not only vengeful, but treacherous. They would not employ fair means to get even with Dick, but would resort to all the mean and underhand devices they could think of. Dick merely mentioned, therefore, what he had learned in the city, and his purpose of going to Peekskill to warn General McDougall, in charge there, of the intention of the enemy. "The Liberty Boys will use their best efforts to prevent the British from landing and to drive them out if they do." "When do you expect to start, my son?" asked Mrs. Slater. "In the morning, the sooner the better, I think. Fore warned is forearmed, you know." "Well, you are fighting for a . glorious cause, and I can not holq you back, but do not take any needless risks." "I never do, mother dear," was Dick's reply. "That would be very foolish . I take risks, of course, but none that do not promise some meed of success." "If you gave that advice to brother Bob, now," laughed Alice, "there wouid be some reason in it." "Oh, yes, brother Bob catches fits all around," chuckled Bob. "I know I sputter and all that, but I don't take half the desperate chances that Dick does." "Of course he doesn't," said Alice, "and brother doe~ not take so many desperate chances, either. I think he is very cool-headed, as a rule." Edith always took Bob's part, and was loyal to Dick also. "Oh, yes, remarkably cool-headed," said Bob, laughing at the recollection of how Dick had battered y;oung Scroggs about not so long before." "Why, Bob, you speak as if you did not mean it," said Edith. ''Certainly I mean it, my dear girl," with a smile. "Dick is remarkably cool-headed-at times." "And hot-headed at other times, you mean?" "Did we tell you what lively times we had in the city?" Bob went on. Thereupon he entered into a description of how he had overturned the redcoats, thrown the bluejackets into the water, and other of his adventures. They were all so much amused and interested at the recital that Edith did not think to repeat her question. At last Dick kissed his mother and Edith good-night, and said that they must be going, as they would . very likely make an early start. Taking Alice home, the boys set out for the camp. "There will be trouble, Dick," dryly from Bob. "Why do you think so?" "There always is when we have a row with those Tory sneaks." "Very true," "We had better be on the watch." "I always am, Bob," quietly. "Yes, I know, but I did not think it was any harm to speak of it . . " "Not at all, Bob." It was not long after this before they saw half a dozen men in the road ahead of them. "There they are now," said :Pick. "I knew we would meet them." "There's Hank Jones and Burgess and three or four others nearly as bad." "Yes, the young sneaks have told their fathers." "And they are here to make all the trouble they can." "I'd like to give them a lot of it," said Bob, hotly. "Keep cool, Bob " quietly. As the Tories ba'rred the way, the boys were obliged to halt. "What do you-want?" asked Dick, there being light enough to distinguish the men. "Yer hev been erlickin' my boy fur nuthin', an' I'm ergoin' ter lick yer fur et," snarled Hank Jones. "See here, Jones," said Dick, firmly, "you know as well as I do that your boy is a liar and a sneak." "Thet's putty plain talk." "No plainer than the occasion demands. I did not touch your boy." "Waal, yer licked young Scroggs, ther son er my old pal; putty near killed him, too." "Nothing of the sort. He's a liar and a sneak, too." "Ye're allers ernaggin' them boys jest 'cos yer , carry er sword." "Nonsense! You men put the boys up to annoying us, so as to make trouble." "And you'll get!" muttered Bob. "You know very well that we never do anything till the boys attack us. This happened to-night." "There's no use ertorkin', I'm er-goin ter lick yer!" growled Jones. "You are going to do nothing of the sort," firmly. "Do you see these?" drawing two pistols. Jones, who was on foot, drew back a pace or two. "Ef yer threaten me I'll hev ther law on yer," he snarled. "The less you have to do with the law the better for you," said Bob, drawing his own pistols. ' "You have threatened me, Jones, and I am going to protect myself. Unless you give us our share of the road before I count three, we will fire, as we have a right to do. You are no better than highwaymen and thieves!" "Plain talk, isn't it, Jones?" laughed Bob. "Now," said Dick. "One--" He got no further. The Tories scattered in great disorder, some tumbling


12 THE LIBERTY BOYS' BEST EFFORT. I over others, some pitching into the ditch, and the rest racing down the road at full speed. Dick and Bob urged their horses forward at full speed, thinking that perhaps some of the Tories might fire a shot from behind trees. rrhere were no shots fired, however, and the boys saw no more of the Tories that night. "They made a mistake in not having twice as many as they did," said Bob, when they slackened their pace somewhat. "That is their usual custom," replied Dick. "Seven or eight to 9ne is the usual odds they take." "But if you meet them with determination they back right down. There's a lot of bluster in them, but all it amounts to is a puff of wind." "I think you've hit it," with a laugh. The boys reached the camp at last, and Dick gave or ders to have everything ready for the march the first thing after sunrise. • The Liberty Boys were glad to be do~g something, and they were all ready betimes in the morning. They took the road along the river, fbr, although it was longer than the other, they would be able to see the ships of the enemy if they should come up. Taking the march not too rapidly, they arrived at Peekskill during the next forenoon. Dick at once reported to General McDougal what he had learned. "I had heard that an expedition was to be sent up the river somewhere," the general said, "but I did not know that Peekskill was its destination." "I had it from the best of authority that. the troops were being sent to Peekskill to seize the stores there," replied Dick. "At any rate, we will be prepared for them, and I am glad to have the help of the Liberty Boys, as we have none too many here to meet any suddE;Jn attack." The general at once sent an express to Colonel Willett at Fort Constitution on the east bank of the river to send a party of men to his assistance. He also began the removal of the stores to Forts Mont gomery and Constitution in the Highlands. The Liberty Boys made their camp near Peekskill, and Dick at once began to arrange to send out scouting parties to give warning of the first approach of the enemy. "When we finish up with this business," he said to Bob, "we w.ill attend t,Q the finding of the money buried by Mr. Mandeville." The day passed without any sign of the enemy, and that night, shortly after dark, Dick set off down the river with Mark and Ben to reconnoiter. CHAPTER VIII. AWAITING THE ENEMY. SeWng off down the river on their horses, the three Liberty Boys were passin g a roadside tavern when the door opened and two men entered. The light fell full on the forms and faces of the two men, and Dick at once recognized them. They were the two Tories, Eli Williams and Ezra Per kins. Dick at once drew rein. "What are those two rascals doing up here?" he muttered. "They were Williams and Perkins, of Tarrytown," ob served Mark. "Two of the rankest Tories, if not the biggest scoun drels in the neighborhood," added Ben. "They are here for no good, I am certain," said Dick. "They were in New York," observed Mark. "D~ you suppose they are here to get information for the enemy?" "It is likely. Come, 1Iark, we must find what they are up to." The boys dismounted, leaving their horses in charge of Ben Spurlock. They entered by different doors, so as not to excite sus picion. Mark went in by the front door, while Dick went around to the side. Mark saw the two Tories sitting in a little alcov~, the curtains of which were not dra'\\n close. He quickly slipped into the one next to them, without being observed . "Yer don't know jest where et is, do yer, Ezry?" asked Williams. "No, nor she don't, but she allows that it's s omewhere on ther old place." "In ther garden, do yer suspect." "Most like." "Anyone livin' there now?" "Only a caretaker and family." "An' don't they know, Ezry ?" "She don't think they do. You see, the old man hasn't been there since they took charge." "An' thet's er part er ther estate?" "Yes; but it don't amount to much. It's the other she 'Yants. The old man was very cute." "He s'pected she'd git bolt of et ef he didn' t do suthin' like thet ?" "That's what she thinks. She knows he had a lot of read y money." "An' now he hasn:t?" "No." "Looks ez ef he had buried et, don't et, Ezry?" "It surely does." "Yer know ther place?" "Very well; et's back er ther Continental Village , right in ther woods, no sort o' place for anyone to live." "Enny other houses near et , Ezry ?" "No, not within half a mile." "Then there wouldn't ennybody see us diggin', would they?" "They surely wouldn't."


THE LIBERTY BOYS' BEST E.FFOHT. 13 ''Thet's ther luckiest thing erbout et. Do she know how much there is?" "Well, it's quite some." "Ole man miserly, Ezry?" "Not partic'ly, but I guess he didn't want her ter get et after the son died. He must have reckoned that the boy wouldn't.get much." "Neither he wouldn't," and Perkins laughed. "Those two scoundrels are talking about that buried money that Dick and Bob l1eard about," thought Mark. "It can't be anything else." The two Tories just then discovered an acquaintance who had entered at the moment, and they called to him. "Hallo, Eli. How do, Ezra. What you two doing up here?" "We're erthinkin' er buyin' up some property," said Williams. "Well, that's a good idea. Some folks are willing to sell cheap because of so many disturbances." "Yas, an' they's likely ter be more," in a cautious to;ne. "Yes, I suppose so," carelessly. "I mean right eround here. Yer'll see et erfore menny

14 'l'HE LIBERTY BOYS' BEST EFFORT. "Maybe dose gonstables was afder yo , und you runned more faster as dey did alretty." "No, sor, dhat's not it at all at all." "Maybe you was avraid been dot you don'd could got enu:ff to eat in ein little . blaces lige dot?" "Go'n away wid yez! Shure dhere be's plinty for ivery body dhere, an' it's not so shmall, aither." "Vhell, I don'd know. M:ebby you was lige dis blaces more bedder as dot alrettJ. Dere was more room for your feets ofer here, a).so." "Don't say annJthing about me fate. Dhey're good enough for anyone." "Y ah, und big enough for two vellers, I bet you," chuckled Carl. "Well, you don't ax phWJ Oi lift Oirland, me bhy." "I don'd was cared why. Dot was nodings to leafe . Anyhow, you don'd could took it mit you, und so you was had to left it." "Shure an' it's no appreciation for a good shtory yez have at all at all," muttered Patsy, and then he got up and went off by himself. CHAPTER IX. .A STUBBORN FIGHT. The next morning the British squadron came to anchor in Peek s kill bay. The Liberty Boys had timely notice of their comiug, and made ready to receive them. Five hundred troops were landed at Lent's Cove, on the south side of the bay, and pushed forward, the sailors drawing four light field pieces. There was a wharf at a point a little distance from the landing place, and here was a small warehouse. Thither the enemy dispatched a number of boats under the command of an officer, and containing a good-sized party of redcoats and sailors. It was evidently thought by the direction of the expedi tion that only a comparatively small force would be neces sary to hold this wharf until such time as they were ready to embark their spoils. McDougall had scarcely two hundred men witp. him, and he knew it would be folly to attempt to hold the place against so superior a force. He determined to destroy the barracks, wharves, and store-houses, therefore, and then retreat to a strong post two miles back. "Can you hold that wharf for a short time, Captain Slater?" he asked. "I can, sir," said Dick, "and for as long a time as you like." "Hold it till I give you word to leave it," said the gen eral, smiling. "I will," said Dick. Then he gave the word to advance. The gallant boys dashed off at full speed toward the wharf. At the warehouse they dismounted. The boats we:re rapidly approaching the wharf. 'l'hat containing the British officer was in the lead, pulled by sturdy tars. "Forward!" cried Dick. "Back with the. redcoats!" The boat was nearing the farther end of the wharf. It was a race to see which would occupy the pier first, the Liberty Boys or the redcoats. Just now the cbances seemed to be about evenly divided between them. The leading boat ran alongside, and one of the sailors threw a rope over a spile and made it fast. "Back with them, Liberty Boys!" The gallant lads, armed with muskets and sabers, push ed forward. The redcoats went climbing up on the pier, but Dick and his Liberty Boys met them resolutely. With a blow of his sword Dick knocked the British officer back into his boat. It was a stubborn fight while it lasted. Muskets • rattled, pistols cracked, and sabers whistlecl The men in the second boat joined those in the first. :More Liberty Boys came running up, till the wharf was lined with them . The redcoats quickly realized that to hold the wharf they would have to bring up a larger force. It was a stubborn fight, but the Liberty Boys were bound to win it. Mark cut the hawser with a blow of hi s word. Into the boat the brave boys tumbled the soldiers. The other boats could not effect a landing, for they were pushed off th!:! instant they reached the wharf. The Liberty Boys soon occupied the wharf and held it. They had set out to win the fight and had put forth their best effort. The redcoats were driven back with loss, and the Lib erty Boys held the wharf. They had won a stubborn fight, and deserved credit for it. Pouring a terrific volley upon the boats, they at last forced them to withdraw. Meanwhile the redcoats who had landed at Lent's Cove were rapidly advancing. The Liberty Boys had held the wharf just long enough for McDougall's purpose. The barracks had been SE)t on fire, and now the store houses and the wharves followed. The Liberty Boys were recalled, and quickly left the wharf and mounted their horses. "Well done, Captain Slater," said McDougall, meeting Dick. "That was a stubborn fight." "Which we won!" proudly. "It was our best effort." "You never put forth anything else, as far as I can learn," with a smile.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' BEST EFFORT. 15 The patriots were going to retreat, but Dick thought h e could harass the enemy still further . By making one of the bold, swift dashes for which they were famous, they might contrive to inflict a good deal of damage and escape injury tbemseives. Dick suggested it. 1'You may try it," said the general, pleased at the suggestion. "Forward, Liberty Boys!" cried Dick, waving bis sword. With a ringing cheer the intrepid youths followed him. When within good range Dick gave the word to fire. The muskets , rang out and many a gap was seen in the redcoat ranks . Then the ga1lant boys emptied their pistols and sud denly da bed away with a whirl, and in a cloud of dust at the very moment when the enemy thought to capture them. McDougall retreated to a strong post two miles distant at the entrance to the Highlands, and the road leading to Continental Village. It was at the latter place where the greater part of the stores were deposited. Near here was the camp of the Liberty Boys, and from it they could sally forth and sweep down upon the enemy. The redcoats had failed in their purpose, for beyond what the neighborhood Tories gave them, they . got very little. .As long as they remained about Peekskill, however, they were a menace, and Dick made up bis mind to exert hls best effort to drive them out. The British having failed to seize the wharf, now completed its destruction, and also that of the little ware house. "They did not take it, anyhow," declar e<1_ Bob, "and we gave them a stubborn fight . " ".And won it," added Ned Knowlton, quietly. He was a boy who never said much, but what he did say amounted to something. The British destroyed a number of small ves sels laden with provisions, and then set about sending out scouting parties. Here was where Dick and the Liberty Boys could harass them. He at once sent out parties, each including from a dozen to twenty boys, in several dfrection s , to give the redcoats all the annoyance they could. One of these parties comisted o. what was generally called the awkward squad of the Liberty Boys. Patsy Brannigan led it, ably second e d by Carl Gooken spieler. With them was Bob Oddy, an awkward, boisterous fellow with a loud laugh but plenty of pluck. Then there was Nels Nelson, a big, blonde Swede of great strength and bravery, but clumsy and awkward. Jim Turner, Lishe Green, Ira Little, Tom Smith, and half a dozen more completed the party . .Although the others Ja11ghed at Patsy and his crew, not one of them questioned their bravery, and were quick to give them all the c r edit they deserved . "Now, me bowld hayroes," said Patsy, putting himself at the bead of his troop, "we're goin' to barash dhe inimy an' dbrive dbim intil dhe river, dbe sh pal peens . " "Forward, march, alretty," said Carl. "Howld on, Oookyspiller, dhere be's no wan givin' or dhers but mesilf," cried Patsy. "Shtick in yer shtumick or yez'll not be able to see yer horse's hid." "Off I shtick dot in too much alretty I was fall mein horse off backwards." "Well, dbin, don1t have so much to say . Now, dhin > away we go." .Away they did go, and in a short time were very busy . They . reached a house where a party of redcoats bad begun to run off some cattle. The people were Tories, and the cattle had been given to the British, but that made no difference. "Down wid dbim, me bbys!" cried Patsy, dashing ahead. • .After him came bis troop, and in a moment they were giving battle to redcoats and Tories alike. "Down wid dhim!" roared Patsy, slashing at the leader of the redcoats, and ' sending bis bat and wig flying with a blow of bis saber. "Yez can call yersilf lucky dhat yer bid didn't go wid dbe resht," he roared. Carl charged at two redcoats, and found himself tangled up with half a dozen cows, bellowing lustily. "Shoo!" he roared, and then got out of the tangle in time to go to the aid of Bob Oddy, who suddenly found himself facing half a dozen redcoats . OH.APTER X. LIVELY WORK Am.. AROUND. The German boy dashed right on, a pistol in one hand and a saber in the other, his musket slung over bis shoul der. "'Raus mit you!" he yelled, discharging his pistol. .A big redcoat was about to slash at Oddy with hi s sword. The bullet hit the sword and s ent it flying. Then Nels , Jim Turner and Tom Smith came up, and Oddy's assailant s were put to flight . "Dhis way, bhys!" cried Patsy, gathering the boys tog e ther. They headed off the cattle, got between them and the redcoats and Tories, and then ran off with the stoc k meant for the enemy. "Shure an' Oi do have as much need for dhim cows as dh~ ridcoats , " laughed Patsy. "Und we was toogkec1 dem avay vrom dose Tories, und dot was more bedder alretty . "


16 THE LIBERTY BOYS' BEST EFFORT. "Shure it ,y-as, an' we'll have plinty to ate widout havin' to ax for it." Then off they went, having given the redcoats a lesson, ' and enraged the Tories. "Shure an' we've done enuff for wan phwile," said Patsy, "so we'll take dhe cows an' oxen to dhe camp an' dhin come out agen an' give dhe vilyans anither batin', so we will." Meantime Dick, with Mark, Ben, Sam, Harry Thurber, Harry Judson, Ned Knowlton, Phil Waters, Will Free man, and one or two more, set off toward the creek, whith er it was tbought a scouting party 0 redcoats had gone. They rode some distance without seeing anyone, and at last came to a sort of pass. Here there were steep banks on both sides of the road. "Wait a moment, boys," said Dick, listening. Everything was still, the boys sitting motionless on their horses. At length Dick said : "We are ahead of tlre redcoats, instead of behind them, which is fortunate." "Do you hear them coming?" asked Mark. "Yes. Get off your horses. Harry, take them ahead. Get up the bank, on both sides, the rest of you." The two Harrys led the horses forward some little dis tance. Dick, Mark, Ben, and Sam climbed up to a good posi tion on _ one side 0 the road. The others scrambled up on the opposite side. "Now, then," said • Dick, "when the redcoats come we will be ready for them." "I don't think they will pass," said Mark, dryly . The boys were entrenched behind a bulwark of rock whence they could hurl stones and even bowlders upon the enemy below. It was a most advantageous position, and one from which they could not be dislodged. It was not long after ensconcing themselves behind the rocks, before the boys heard the enemy coming . Dick Slater, having quicker ears than the rest, had heard them much sooner. There was quite a large party, some mounted, but the greater portion on foot. It was on this account that Dick had got ahead instead of following them. In a short time the redcoats hove in sight. They were much more than double the size of Dick's party. ,... When the redcoats were just abreast of them, -and sus pecting nothing, Dick arose. "Now, then, boys!'' he shouted. "Let them have it. Stones are good enough. Now, then!" At once a shower of stones, little and big, began . to fall upon the luckless redcoats. Then some big bowlders which took three or four boys apiece to start, went rolling down, one ater another. • Not a shot had been fired, but the attack was a most effective one. The redcoats fired a volley up the bank, and then dashed ahead. / 'rhen they suddenly beheld what they took to be a troop of horse waiting in the road. rrhe two Harrys, mounted on their own horses, and leading the others, suddenly dashed forward. Each boy fired three or four times in quick succession, and yelled lustily. Back went the redcoats out of the pass, stones falling in showers all around them. "Let them have it, boys!" cried Dick, standi ng up; and then all the boys, each with an armful of natural, ready to-order ammunition, kept up a steady bombardment, till the redcoats were out of sight. "That was something that Patsy would have liked," laughed Mark, not knowing that the Irish boy was hav ing an adventure of his own at that moment. The boys now descended the bank, quite certain that the redcoats would not return after their late e:xJ_3eriene:e. They could hear the sound of the retreating discom fitted enemy for s ome time, but at length all was still again. Bob Estabrook, in the meantime, at tlie head of a party of twenty Liberty Boys, was also doing good work, and doing his best to worry the enemy. Se~ing a party of redcoats at the top of a hill, Bob gave the word and dashed after them. Reaching the summit he found that the redcoats, in stead of being a mere handful, greatly outnumbered his own force. Bob Estabrook was not the fellow to back out of any thing so long as he bad a fighting chance. "Down with the redcoats, boys!" he cried. "Scatter 'em like sheep!" Then, shouting and firing, the brave boys swept down upon the enemy with the foroe of a tQrnado. Each one of the score yelled loud enough for six, and they all discharged their pistols with great rapiQ.ity. The British, fearing that there was a larger party be hind, fled precipitately. They could not conceive how a party of that size would think of attacking them unless supported by a larger one. They did not know Bob and the boys with him. When the redcoats were in full flight, Bob called a halt. "Well, if that wasn't the biggest piece of impudence!" he laughed. "No wonder they call us 'saucy rebels,' when we do such thin!ls as this," said George Brewster. "That was certainly saucy enough to de~erve a better name than mere impudence," added Gerald Fleming. The redcoats did not return, anc1 Bob, after holding the hill for a short time, set off to look for another party of redcoats. They came across Patsy anc1 his comical crew taking the captured caUle to c>amn .


THE LIBERTY BOYS' BEST EFFORT. 17, ''Hallo, I did not know that you were on a foraging in, Dick and the Liberty Boys returned to the camp, being expedition," laughed Bob. ready to go out, however, at a moment's notice. "Shure an' we do be on anny sort phwere dhere be's The enemy remained near their ships, but as maraud-fun," was the reply of the jolly Irish boy. ing parties might be sent out at any time, Dick deter-"Yah, und we was ligked dem redgoats alretty bemined to keep watch. sides," said Carl. After an hour or so of rest, therefore, the Liberty Boys "Well, everything c~unts," Bob chuckled, "and whether rode leisurely out to keep an eye upon the redcoats. it's beating the redcoats or getting hold of provisions, it's As they were riding on at an easy gait, Dick saw the aU for the good of the cause." two Tories, Williams and Perkins, approaching in the "An' for dhe fun av it, me bhy," said Patsy. "Don't distance. forget dhat." Halting the Liberty Boys, Dick rode forward, accomPatsy and his merry company went on, and Bob kept panied by Bob and Mark. ahead, toward the river. The Tories saw the three boys coming, but kept right • Then he came across Dick's party, and two smaller on. ones, the union having been no sooner effected than they Reaching them, Dick halted and said: met a detachment of redcoats going toward the Highlands. "Where are you two men going?" There was a little more than two score Liberty Boys "Oh, jest up ther road er ways ter see some friends, combined, and _ there were a hundred of the enemy. thet's all," said Williams. "Don't let them get through," said Dick. "Spread well "And to give information to the enemy, no doubt," over the road and put out your best effort. They simply drily. must not pass." "We ain't sogers. What yer want ter stop us -fur?" -"They shan't!" said Bob, with great determination. muttered Eli. "Yer don't own ther road, do yer?" The. red{!oats, seeing a smaller body than their own "We own it enough to stop a couple of sneaks like you opposing them, laughed scornfully, and came on with at such a time," in a most decided tone. full confidence. "We are doing no harm, just riding along," declared Dkk was determined that they should not pa~s. Perkins. Not a boy fired until Dick gave the word. "You would do a great deal of harm if we gave you a The enemy were within a few paces when the word was chance," significantly. given. "Don't you think you are putting on a lot of airs, young Then a rattling volley rang out and many a redcoat man?" loftily. staggered. "No." 'Phe enemy supposed that the boys would fall back after "We are peaceful citizens," with a whine. that volley. "You are nothing of the sort. You are Tories, ready They did not, however, but stood firm and used their to assist the enemy at every turn. If I wished to honor pistols. you to that extent, I could arrest you and have you hanged Then another party of Liberty Boys, hearing the firing, as spies, but you are not worth it." came up, quickly followed by a second. This plain talk made the 'l'ories hesitate. The two forces were more evenly matched now. "Oh, well, Ezry," muttered Eli, "we c'n see Josh er"Now, then, Liberty Boys, let them have it!" shouted nother day, I guess. They ain't no great sweat erbout et." Dick. ' "It's an outrage," sputtered Perkins, "that two peace-The boys, determined to win, dashed forward with a able citizens can't go out to see a friend witl?-out being cheer. stopped by such upstarts." The attack was too fierce for the enemy to withstand. "The enemy are at hand," Dick retorted, "and you are • They hurriedly ell back and now a force from Mc-in sympathy with them. You can't go on." Dougall joined the Liberty Boys just as they had won the "And that's all there is about it, my men," added Bob. fight. "We'll see ther Selectmen er ther town erbout et," CHAPTER XI. THE LAST OF THE EXHIBITION. The new arrivals pursued the redcoats vigorously and put them to flight, Dick taking no part, seeing that he was not needed. The scouting parties 0 the enemy being thon brought snarled Eli. "Becuz we give way now, thet ain't no reason thet we air ergoin' ter let ther matter drop." "Oh, if you want to go on and ru.p the risk of meeting some 0 McDougall's men and 0 being strung up to the most convenient tree, it is nothing to us," returned Dick drily. "Come on, Ezry; let's go an' make er complaint." "Yes, and see if these . young rebels can carry things in so high-handed a fashion." "Et don't reely make any di:ff'ence whnthe:r we see J?sh


18 THE LIBERTY BOYS' BEST EFFORT. ter-clay or not, but it's ther principle er ther thing thet I'm er objectin' ter." "Yes, but we'll sift the affair to the bottom and leave no stone unturned to obtain justice," pompously. The two Tories then turned and rode away. "That sort of talk doesn't amount to a puff of wind," laughed Bob. "The only Selectman they will consult will be the keeper of some tavern," aclcled Mark. "They were going out to look over the ground," observed Dick, "and at any other time they could have gone, but just now I had a most decided objection to allowing them." "Quite right," from Bob, "and they knew it, but wanted to show their spite." "Of course they cannot know that :Mr. Mandeville has entrusted this secret to you?" said Mark, inquiringly. "No, there is not the slightest possibility of it. It is merely a coincidence ." Dick then signalled to the Liberty Boys to advance. They came up at a gallop and they all rode on, the two Tories being now out of sight. There was no other road which they could take, and if there had been they were sure to be stopped, as Dick was well aware. The whole surrounding country was getting under arms, alarmed by the presence of the enemy so near them. Not only the expected help from Fort Constitution, but other aid, would be pouring in before long. The enemy could not hope to retain a hold there, nor even go up the river and form a junction with Burgoyne. Their expedition had failed of its main object, and for the men to remain would be folly . .At night the enemy were still at Peekskill Bay, but no one expected that their stay would be a long one. "You'll see them going before long," declared Bob. "The whole countryside is being aroused and soon we will see men coming in from all quarters to drive them out." The next clay the detachment under Colonel Willets arrived. .A scouting party from the enemy encduntered this detachment at the entrance to the Highlands. .A skirmish at once t~k place. Dick and the Liberty Boys had started off to meet Colonel Willett. They attacked . the enemy at about the same time that the patriots arrived. .At once there was the liveliest sort of a fight. The Liberty Boys hacl shOivn what they could do the day before. Once more they clashed upon the redcoats, shouting their battle cry. Pistols cracked and muskets rattled, sabers whistled ancl brave boys cheered, ancl the , din was tremendous. The gallant lads seemed to know no fear ancl exposed themselves to every clanger. The scouting party was driven back to the main body with some loss. Other marauding parties were repulsed, as they had been the day before. Then, fearing the arrival of reinforcements from all sides, the commander of the expedition ordered the men on board of the ships. _ Early that night they dropped clown the river by moon light. The Liberty Boys saw them depart and set up a shout. The brave boys had put forth their best effort to help drive out the redcoats and had succeeded. "Now we must have a hunt for the buried money, Bob," said Dick in camp that night. "Do you expect to have any trouble, Dick?" "Not if we can find the landmarks. They should not have changed much since the money was buried." ".And yet they may have done so, Dick." "Very_ true, as it is nearly two years since it was buried." ".And these two Tories expect to find it Ji.n the garden oi the old place." "Yes, but their digging will amount to nothing except as tilling the soil." ".And they don't look as if they were fond of work ' either." "Well, to-morrow we will get to work ourselves." CHAPTER XII. \ A THREE-CORNERED AFFAIR. The next morning Dick, Bob and Mark, with two or three more of the Liberty Boys, set out to dig for the buried money. Ben Spurlock, Sam Sanderson and .Arthur :Mackay car ried spades, Bob and Mark having picks. They walked to Continental Village and then continued till they reached the woods in the rear . Almost in the woods, they saw a little old house with a broad sloping-roofed porch over which vines clambered . It was a sheltered spot, and the sun reaching it, the vines were now in bud and the grass was green at each side. "That's the house," said Dick. "There is only an acre or two and the spot we want to reach is beyond it at some little distance. .As Dick was speaking the cottage door flew open and a child ran out, laughing in gieat glee. "I clot ayay, I said I would!" he cried gieefully. Then seeing Dic1r and the boys, he ran toward them, crying: "Oh, soger, won't 'oo gimme a yide on your horse?" At that moment a young woman appeared in the open doorway.


THE L BERTY BOYS' BEST EFFORT. 19 Dick recognized her in an instant. She was the woman he had seen in the city. "Hide youF picks and shovels, boys," he said quickly, "and go on." The boys obeyed immediately. The child now ran out at the gate and seized Dick around the legs. "You goin' to gimme a yide ?" he asked. Dick picked him up and kissed him. "Well, little man, you don't remember me, do you?" he asked. "Yess, I do, you put me on ee nice black horse, but 'oo didn't gimme a yide. Muvver wouldn't let 'oo." The woman came forward and said petulantly: "Put down that child. You are very officious. Harold i., a very naughty boy, because he won't do as mother tells him." "I will not harm the boy," said Dick. "He ran to me and he is such a pretty little fellow that one cannot help fondling him." "Your flattery is very distasteful, sir, as w e ll as foolish. An y one can see that the boy i,!l a very ordinary child." "He does not remember her in the least," was Dick's thought, "and he is really beautiful." He set the child down and the woman caught him roughly by the arm, slapped him and pushed him toward the house. "Don' t you know that the soldier will take you away, you naughty boy, and that you will never see mother again?" she cried. The child stood at the door, ceased crying and said: "He won' t, h e 's a good soger, an' if he do take me ayay, I don't care. G ' anpa don't slap me. I want to go to g'anpa." -"No wonder," thought Dick. _ Th,en a sour-faced woman appeared and took the child into the house. The mother followed, paying no further attention to Dick. The boys had gone on, and Dick now joined them. "What is that woman doing up here with the child?" he asked. "Country air is good for him, I suppose," returned Bob. "Yes, but he is out here in the woods away from every body. Do you suppose the grandfather gave his consent?'' "I really could not tell you, Dick," with a shrug. "She is not good to the child, and he is simply a baby who does not know the meaning . of disobedience. He is not a bad child, he is simply full of animal spirits like any other healthy boy." Dick related what had occurred, and continued: "The woman has a purpose in bringing him to this out of-the-way place, and I mean to know what it is." "Do you think she wants to get him out of the way , Dick, so as to have . all the money for herself?" ask e d Bob. "Destroy him, Bob?" with a look of horror. "Why, no; not that, exactly. That would be unnatural. Keep him hidden, give out that he is dead or something like that." "That would be likely. It is quite clear that she has very little love for him. The child's very beauty is a constant reproach to her, as she is only ordinary looking." "When did r she come here, do you suppose?" asked Mark. "Ye sterday, perhaps." "And those two rascally Tories are here, too. They are working in her interests, but she won't trust them." "Nobody would," drily. The boys had been on leisurely; and now Dick pau s ed again as a giant oak met his gaze: "There is the tree the old gentleman mentioned," said Dick. "Thence due east seventeen yards is a blasted oa:k struck by lightning many years ago." "Yes," said Bob. "And in the center of the triangle formed by these two and another is the spot where we must dig." "It is a wild spot," obs erved Mark, "and on~ where we can work unobserved." At this very moment Dick heard the sound of hoof beat s on the rough road; which at this point was scarcely more than a wagon path. "Into the woods with you, boys," Dick said. "Get be hind trees or . under bushes, anywhere." The six boys had scarcely secreted thei:nselves, Dick peering through a thick bush, before two men on horse b a c k c a m e along. "I don ' t see nor hear nothin' of 'em, do yo;u, Ezry?" "No , I don't, Eli. Where do you suppose they could have g one?" "I d o nno. They didn't hav e their horses." "No, the y didn't. What you suppose they want here?" "She says she saw picks an' shovels." "The n maybe the old ~an told 'em about it." ":ijebby he did. She said he was out thet afternoon, didn't she?" "Yes, and that's the time he told 'em. We've got to watch 'em an' catch 'em at it." The two men rode on slowly, and for some little time the boys could hear the sound of their voices." "And I said that we would be perfectly free from obser, vation," chuckled Mark. "The woman suspects that th_ e old gentleman has buried the money and these men are helping her find it," observed Dick. . "Ana now they suspect that we are engaged on the same work," added Bob. "The w o man is watching the two • Tories, they are w a t c hing u s and we ar e watchin g al1 of them," d~clared Mark. 1 ' "It's a t r iangular affair all round," chu c kled Ben. " Whi c h i s a r e mark worthy of Pa tsy Brannigan himself," decl a r e d Sam. "It i s a v e ry strange affair, I must say," remarked Ar-


THE LlllEHTY BOYS' BEST EFFORT. thu'r, "if, as you think, the woman wants to put the boy away where no one will ever see him." "And one which I mean to sift to the bottom," declared Dick. "What shall we do now?" asked Bob. "Dig for it?" "Let us see if we can locate the spot first," w11s Dick's reply. They found the blasted oak by pacing from the first oak due east. Then, when they were looking for the "third tree, they heard the two Tories returning. They secreted themselves as before. "No, they wouldn't think er lookin' fur ther boy. here, Ezry, but ef she sent him further off yit; et would be better." "To be sure, and call him something different, so's nobody would ever know who he was." "But et's ther funniest thing where them fellers have went. We gotter keep our eyes onto 'em." "And we will keep our eyes on you, never fear," thought Dick. , CHAPTER XIII. SEARCHING. After the Tories had gone Dick said : "We had better leave our tools here and do the work to-night. These Tories will be spying on us as long as they know we are about." "Does that matter much?" asked Bob. "What do we care for such toads as that?" "Nothing, of course, but we must consider others." "I see." "The woman might abuse the child or do something to injure Mr. Mandeville. If she kn'ews nothing of our pur pose she will have no excuse." "Very true," agreed Bob. The picks and shovels were concealed in the bushes and then the boys returned to the village by a circuitous route, so as to avoid passing the cottage. "Those fellows will be puzzled to know where we have gone when they don't see us come back," observed Dick. "Very likely they will," laughed Mark, "and they will be still more puzzled before we get through with them." They returned to the camp, ~tending to go back to the woods that night. "When you was went pack to der oldt camp alretty ?" asked Carl when Dick came in. "In a day or so," said Dick. "Der reason what I axed you was Dot Batsy say he was been rusdy getting and he was wanted to gone back und :fighd some off dose Tories." "He may have to fight some of them up here,': laughed Dick. "Shure dhin, dhat bes all roight. It's shmall differ phwere Oi bes as long as Oi'm foightin' dhe inimy." "We'll have enough for you to do before lopg, no doubt," said Dick, "so be patient." "Shure an' Oi don't moind waitin' as long as Oi know dhere'll be somet'ing goin' on," replied Patsy, good naturedly. "Maybe you don'd could hellub yourselluf," observed Carl, philosophically, which brought a roar from all the boys. Early in the afternoon Dick set off on horseback toward the river. Coming in sight of the tavern where he had followed the two Tories, he saw Perkins go in. "That fellow is up to some mischief," he thought. Leaving Major in the care of a groom, he went in at a side door. He saw Ezra Perkins sitting in one of the stalls and slipped into the one next to it. Before long he saw Eli Williams enter and join Perkins. "Waal, Ezry, does she think we'd better do some more diggin' ?" asked the 'l'ory. "No, she says et's too much work and too uncertain. We might have to dig over the whole garden." "I think likely you 11ould," was Dick's thought. "Don't she want ther money then, Ezry?" "Certainly, but she thinks she can get it an easier way." "Some folks are averse to working for what they want," thought Dick. "How's she goin' ter get it?" "By havin' the child stolen." "Huh, what d'yer mean?" "She'll pretend it's i'tolrn and the thieves will ask for a reward to return it." "An' ther ole man'll give et, sooner'n lose ther child?'' "That's it. She'll know where the boy is, but he won't." "Where's he goin' ter be, Ezry?" "Hid in a cabin in ther woods. Ther woman what takell ca,re of the place will keep him." "'That's a good idee. Ther ole man'll come down here soon, won't he, Ezry ?" "There'll be a letter sent threatening to kill the boy if the money isn't left in a certain place at such a time." "I see. Thet's er good plan. When she goin' ter start on it?" "Pretty soon. She'll start home and the child will be stolen when she's goin, or at any rate, that'll be the story. Then the letter will be sent. We'll get a messenger to take it." "An' ther little boy is in the cabin?" "No, but he'll be taken there to-night, or pretty soon." "Very good," said Dick to himself. The two Tories got to talking of other matters and began to drink heavily and Dick slipped out, mounted Major and rode off. "So, then, the woman is bound to get the money one


THE LIBERTY BOYS' BEST EFFORT. way or another," he said, "and will kidnap her own child to do it. She might do worse if this plan failed." Reaching the camp of the Liberty Boys, Dick found Bob and Mark and speedily told them what he had heard. "We will have to take care of the boy, as well as his money," he said. "So it seems," was Bob's reply. "We can make two jobs of one," muttered Mark, "although I suppose the child will be safe enough till after we get the money." "Very likely," replied Dick. "We must wait till after )Irs. Mandeville has departed before we take the child. She must think that her plans are working well before we inter{ere." Dick determined to follow out hls original plan, there fore, of digging for the money that night. When it was quite dark he set out. The same party went with him which he had had in the morning . '11hey took lanterns with them, but did not intend to light them until they reached the woods. When they neared the house in the woods they went by one at a time, leading their horses, so as not to attract any attention. There was a light in the house, but Dick, who passed la"t, did not observe that any alarm had been taken. Joining bis companions, they all went on at an easy gait till they reached the great oak they had seen in the mornrng. Then they lighted their lanterns and found their picks and shovels. Next they proceeded to locate the third tree of the triangle. It was more difficult to do this at night than if they had had the daylight to help them. Bob stood at the first tree with a light and Mark nt the second. Dick then star'ted from the first and Sam from the second, at the same angle, eac;h measuring off seventeen paces. They did not meet the first time at the end of the proper distance. They tried it again, and this time met beside a fallen tree. "This is our third tree," said Dick. "It's being down bothered me at first." Stationing Sam with a light at this point, he walked to the middle of the line between Bob and Mark. Ben took the middle of the side, the ends of which were Bob and Sam . Arthur then took the middle of the third side. Then each of the three boys walked straight out at an even pace, none going faster than the others. Where they met was therefore the center of .the tri angle, but, to be sure of it, Dick set down a lantern and measured from the supposed center to each side. The distances were exact. They had therefore found the real center and Dick putin a spade. "The ground has been disturbed at some recent date,,,. he said. "If it had not the feeling would be very different." Bob then took a spade and began to dig with Dick. "Better loosen it a bit first/' said Dick. "Put in your picks, boys." Sam and Ben worked industriously with the picks,, loosening the earth so that Dick and Bob could use the spades to better advantage. Then, while Arthur and Mark held the lanterns, Ben and Sam kept watch at the road for any possible passel'• by. It was late, but there was no knowing what might happen, and so the boys took every precaution. Throwing the earth to one side, Dick and Bob workecl as regularly as clockwork. 1 "How deep was it, Dick?" asked Bob, ;yiping the per-spiration from his forehead. "Two feet." "I should think I had gone six." "Let me have the shovel, Bob," said )fark. "All right, but I'd like to be the first to strike it.'" Mark took the shovel, while Bob held the light. All of a sudden there was a signal from Ben and Sam at the roadside. Someone was coming. In an instant every light was extinguished and tl:rm place was as dark and silent as a tomb. . . , .. -. .. / CHAPTER XIV. _,. FOUND. The boys lat flat on the ground as the sound of hoof:. beats grew louder and then two men on horseback appeared. "Didn't ye think ye seen somethin', Ezry?n asked' one. "Why, no, I don't think so." • "Waal, I did. I thort I seen lights flittin,. round m. ther trees." "Oh, them were fireflies." "Well, where be they now, Ezry?" "You frightened 'em away, I guess." "Huh! I never seen fireflies frightened away so easy e21. all that." "Well, it's early for 'em, anyhow, and mebby tney~ff" gone." "Waal, I don't like et ennyhow. Yer got ther boy?" "Yes, he's asleep with the drug I gave him." "Well, that's good. He'll be all right after he gets-te~ ther little ole hut in ther woods." Suddenly the croaking of a bullfrog was heard' •.


22 'rHE LIBERTY BOYS' BEST EFFORT. It was not a swampy locality nor was it the time of bull-frogs, "My, jes t hear them bullfrogs, 'Ezry_i'' "Huh, r never heard bullfrogs as early as this . . " "Nor me neither. It's terrible early for 'em." " 'Pears ter me this must be a mighty onhealthy place, , ter hev so many bullfrogs about." . "An' fireflies, too, at this time of the year. They don't 11eome till summer time." There were no bullfrogs about. 'The Liberty Boys were signalling. ' This was one of their regular notifications that an enemy was approaching and that they must close•in upon him. Then a particularly guttural croak was heard. . It came soon after Ezra's announcement that the boy was asleep. , All at once six shadowy forms darted forward. Two of them sprang upon Perkins. One seized him and the other caught up a bundle which he carried in front of him. Eli Williams dashed away on his horse as fast as he could go. . The Liberty Boys were unable to catch him, and now Dick signalled to them to return. Then two shadowy forms joined tl1e first two. Ezra was taken from his horse, bound, gagged~ blind folded and secured to a tree. "Light up, boys," said Dick. In a few moments the I lanterns were again shedding a weird light on the strange scene. "Go on with your digging, boys," said Dick. -Bob and Mark took up their spades and resumed their digging. \ Ben and Sam gave two or three blows apiece with their picks to help the others. Arthur kept a watch upon the road. Dick partly unwrapped the bundle which he had taken from Ezra's saddle. The face of a pretty boy was revealed. It was Harold, Mr. Mandeville'; grandson. !Dick put his ear to the child's heart and listened. " T,oo much," he said, "unless something is done at once. Was this ignorance or design?" Dick Slater always carried certain remedies to use in emergencies. Some of these were very quick in their effects. What he suspected was that an overdose of a sleeping drug had been administered. At his age this might result in death to the child. Prompt action was necessary, therefore. The heart beats were very slow and might stop at any moment. Dick took a little vial from his inner waistcoat pocket, only partially uncorked it and held it for the briefest pos-sible space under . the boy's nose. .. He gasped, sneezed violently, awoke and began to cry in most lusty fashion. "That's the best thing for him," said Dick, putting the vial back in his pocket. The boy continued to cry lustily for a few moments, and at last, Dick, lifting him up, said: "Hello, my boy, don't you know me?" ' There was a lantern suspended from the limb of a tree hard by. The Jight from this shone full on Dick's face. "Ess, it's my soger," the child said. "Have 'oo got oor booful black horse to give me a yide ?" . "You shall have a ride soon, my boy," said Dick. "An' will 'oo take me back to g'anpa? I don't yike 'es bad men muvver sent." "You won't see them any more, my boy." The child looked about him, saw the lights and the boys at work, and said: "More sogers? What 'oo doin' ?" "Oh, we're trying to find so~ething for you, my boy. Don't you want to go to sleep." "No, me wan't to see and me want to yide on horse." "All right, you shall by-and-by." "All yite," and the boy sat up in Dick's lap now and looked around, greatly interested at all he saw. "Hello!" said Bob. "I've hit something, Dick." "What is it?" "Sounds like an iron chest." "Well, dig away and have it out.' The boys now held their lanterns close to the hole Bob and Mark had dug. Bob put in his spade, cleared away the earth and dis closed the top of an iron chest two feet long and a foot wide. "Here she is, Dick!" cried Bob exultantly. "All right, have her out then." Then both Bob and Mark set to work to clear away the earth from about the iron box. 'fhey cleared the top and then Bob drove his spade down alongside and bent back on it. "My, but the thing is solid !'7 he said. "There must be thousands of pounds there." "Weight?" asked Mark. "No, but gold pieces." Mark then put his spade down next to Bob's and pried with his comrade. Together they started the chest and got it upon one end. "How are we going to get it up out of the hole?" asked Bob. "It's as heavy as lead." Bob and Mark managed to pry the box on end and hold it there, but this all. "Dig an incline," said Dick, "and then push it along bit by bit with the spades and picks." The boys took their spades out and then they, with Ben, began a little way back from the edge of the hole and dug an incline to the chest.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' BEST EFFORT. II Putting their spades under one end, they pushed the chest forward bit by bit. "If we bad brought a rope we might have got it out easier," said Dick. "How are we going to take it away, I'd like to know?" m~ttered Bob. "It's tremendously heavy." "Fasten it to a sapling and carry it," answered Dick. ''The weight won't be more than six of us could carry." "But we have no axe to cut a sapling with," said Mark. "Very true. Well, shove it along, anyhow." Then the boys, working with picks and shovels, got the chest up on level ground at last. The little boy had been watching the boys for some time, and now he asked Dick : "What's in er big box, suffin' dood for 'ittle boys?" "Yes," said Dick. "Your grandpa left it here for you." "I want to see g'anpa," said the child. "So you shall. You shall come with me and then in a short time we will go to him." "An' yide on horse ?" "Yes." "That's all yite. What 'oo goin' to do with bad man?" pointing to Ezra. "Nothing. He won't trouble us any more." Ezra could not see nor could he say anything, but he could hear, and Jrn knew that the boys had discovered the chest for which he and Eli had been digging and for which :M:rs. Mandeville was now scheming. "Hurry off to the camp, Sam, and bring back some rope, a fence rail or two and more of the boys with horses," said Dick. Sam was off in a twinkling," and then Dick said : "Well, all we can do now is to wait till Sam gets back." CHAPTER XV. BAFFLING THE SCHEMERS. Sam Sanderson returned in due time with four or five Liberty Boys, horses for all the party, some rope and two fence rails. ' "Now, then, put your rope through the handles of the chest and make them fast to the fence rails," s~id Dick. Bob and :Mark were attending to this work, when Dick said suddenly : "Look out, boys, here comes someone. Get your pistols." "Jove! I bet it's that Tory come back," said Bob. The sound of men riding along the rough road was dis tinctiy heard. "Put out the lights," said Dick. "If they can't help us, they can't help the other fellows." In a moment the place was plunged in darkness. Dick put the little boy behind a tree and told him to keep perfectly still. The child had the greatest confidence in Dick a.rid sat with his back against the tree perfectly content. The sound of men riding along the road grew louder;. and at length the men themselves came along, a dozen off them at the very least. "Is it very far, Eli?" asked one. "No, only a mile or two." "And do you think he'll give the boy up?" "We'll make him. We'll get a constable after him." "But them Liberty Boys are determined young fel-lows," said another. "We l, we've got to get that child away somehow." The men rode on and were soon out of hearing. "They will find it a more difficult affair than they thinlt to get the boy away from us," muttered Dick. "Yes, for they've got the whole of the Liberty Boys tc deal with," added Bob. "These men seem to think that they have to ' do is ta go to the camp arnl make us give up the boy by threats," observed Mark. "Light the lanterns again, boys," said Dick. "These fellows have gone ahead. I don't hear anything more of them." The lanterns were relighted and the boys got to work. Securing the chest to the two fence rails, the boys were able to carry it without difficulty. They mounted their horses and rode off, the chest between four of them, Dick carrying the little boy on the saddle in front of him. He was well wrapped up to protect him from the night air, and now Dick let him go to sleep. There was no fear of the drug hurting hlm now, the worst of its evil effects having been worked off. Reaching the camp at last, Dick ,put tne boy in Iris tent~ covered him and left him sleeping soundly. The chest was unslung from the rails and left in BoMB tent. It was as much as two of the strongest boys could lift~ being heavy without its contents. "He must have buried the chest first and then put the money in it," observed Dick. "Or got a couple of giants to carry it for him," declared Bob. "We can't take it to New York with us." "No, that is out of the question." "Still, when we take out the portion meant for tne general it will be lighter." "Very true." No one had come to the camp during the absence of the boys, but early in the morning, only an hour after sunset:, a number of men came and asked to see Dick. Ezra had been released at the last moment and told ilCI go about his business, and it was thought he might hwre sent these men. "I'm er sheriff er this county," said one. "Ye:r've beel3 kidnappin' er boy, an' I want yer ter give him up."


24 THE LIBERTY BOYS' BEST EFFORT. "Have you a summons or a habeas corpus writ or any-thing of that sort?' : asked Dick. ''Well, yer've got him, hain't yer ?" •"'That is for you to prove." -''Well, yer've got ther child an' I want him." ""What for?" '•Ter deliver him ter his folks." --''Ris parents, you mean?" c'Yaas, his father an' mother. They saw yer take him ' erway, an' they sent fer me an' er posse ter come an' git , him." "His father and mother?" , '"Yaas." ''Where are they now?" "Up in Peekskill erwaitin' ter git him." "And you are a sherifl: ?" "Yaas." .. '"A;m,d don't know that you can't do these things without warrants? How do you know I have kidnapped a child?" "Waal; hain't yer?" "'l am asking you a question," quietly. Dick's quiet manner seemed to disconcert the sheriff, if he were one. ''What yer want ter make trouble fer?" he blustered. "It's very strange that the fathe r and mother did not come for their child, if they think s o much of him," re-marked Dick. "Ther mother is all prostrated with ther loss, an' ther .!father is takin' care of her .. " "In Peekskill?" "Yaas." " ' And you have no warrants, or writs, or anything?" '"Waal, yer got ther child, hain't yer?" sputtered the other. "An' yer ain't his guardeen, so yer gotter give him l'llp." "You don't know whether I have him or not," was Dick's reply. "The child has no father. The mother is mot in Peekskill. You are lying. Now get away from this camp before you are forcibly ejected. You have no au t hority to act and you are simply helping a couple of scoundrels who did not have the courage to come themselves." The sheriff went away grumbling. "That fellow thought he could browbeat me into giving up the boy," said Dick to Bob. "He found out his mistake," chuckled Bob. "He may be a sheriff, but if he did not know that such methods must fail, he is a very ignorant fellow." "I doubt if he is a sheriff," said Bob. "He does not how enough." "Whether he is or not does not matter . He cannot have the boy without a stubborn :fight." "What is to be done now?" Bob aske ,d. "Return to the camp, send someone to the general-incb.ief with the money and someone else to New York to see Mr. Mandeville. "And take the child?" "No, he will be safer here. I will go to New York so that the old gentleman will not be ove rcome by the news of the loss of the boy." "Exactly. The woman has already started." "But I can travel faster than she, and even if sh e gets there ahead of me, it will not be very long." The camp was broken up and the boys at once started for their old camp at Ta.rrytown. Dick set out at once for New York without delay, Mark being left in charge of the Liberty Boys. Bob was to go to Washington's quarters and then return fo the camp. Taking the shortest road, Dick lost no time in reaching Tarrytown. Here he procured a iJisguise and proceeded, leaving Major behind and taking another horse. He covered the twenty miles or more in a few hours, passed the lines without trouble, having Mr. Mandeville's pass, and entered the city during the afternoon. By making a few inquiries, he learned where the old gentleman lived and went at once to the house. Mr. Mandeville was greatly pleased to see him, but said: "I did not expect to see you so soon again, captain. What brings you to the city at this time?" "Where is your daughter-in-law?" asked Dick. "Up at the other end of the island visiting some of her relatives." "She took her boy with her?" "Yes." "And when will she return ?" "To-day." "She did not stop to see he r relatives. She has been at the old house in Peekskill, and there she had the child." "But why should she take him so far?" "To have him kidnapped," said Dick, "and to :find the money which she suspects you have buried there. The child is safe and I have found the money, and now to get the best of this scheming woman. That is why I am here." CHAPTER XVI. • DICK PURSUED. . Dick related to Mr. Mandeville what had happened since their last meeting in as few words as possible. "And so you have found the chest?" "Yes." "And sent the money to General Washington?" "Yes." "And now about the boy?" "I can :find a safe place for him." "That will be well. His mother cares very little for him. I am afraid she would sacrifice him for the sake of gold."


THE LIBERTY BOYS' BES'}; EFFORT. 25 "At any rate, she would give him into the care of strangers without hesitation." ''But you can prevent this?" "Yes. I will leave him at my mother's. There he will be cared for and will be content." "If I could see h.iJll--" "There need be no trouble about that. "'f.. will tell you where to find him. He will be very glad to see you, I know." "Perhaps I could arrange to live in the neighborhood. It matters little where I live . " "I think it would be a very good plan." At this moment the outer door was heard to open. Then a woman was heard crying and sobbing as if her heart would break. Dick opened the door of a little closet and stepped in side. A moment later Mrs. Mandeville entered. "Really, sir, I fail to comprehend your meaning," with a haughty air. "You understand it perfectly, Mrs. Mandeville. YQn are in a plot to force money from your husband's father, and you are using your child as a means to that end." Mrs. Mandeville grew pale, and stared at Dick. "You went to Peekskill to find money which you. thought Mr. Mandeville had buried. Your accomplices failed to find it, because it was not where they dug. Then you decided to have your boy stolen, and to demand a ransom from his grandfather. I have all the details of this plot." "Do you really believe this improbable story, sir?" the. woman asked. "Yes; Captain Slater is a person whom I can trust implicitly. Your child is safe, madam; the money is sa:fe also. If you will take an affidavit not to remove the boy you may see him as often as you please." "Oh, father, this is terrible," she broke out. "How can "I don't care to see the child!" with a snap. "He I tell you what has happened? Oh, my poor baby, my looks too much like his father. Never ear but that I child, my lamb, my only one, oh, how shall I bear it?" shall obtain all the money I want. It is mine by right, "She puts on too much," was Dick's thought. "Anyone and I mean to get it." could tell that her grief was assumed." "You have all that any son had, madam," said the old He could hear di~tinctly every word she uttered. gentleman. "I will see that the boy is provided for. In "What is the matter?" Mr. Mandeville asked, quietly. fact, he is!" Then the woman broke out afresh. "Bah! you are an old miser, but I will get the best of "How can you take it so coolly?" she cried. "My baby you yet!" stormed Mrs. ~fandeville. "I will get the best is lost, stolen, killed, perhaps. How can you stand there of both of you!" and take it so calmly? Oh, I shall go mad!" Then she left the room, and in another moment the Then she wept and sobbed, and grew hysterical, and house door slammed with a loud noise. Mr. Mandeville simply asked: "When did this happen?" "To-day, and we have been looking for him for hours. I was driven down here in hot haste, fearing that you may have heard it. Have the.y been here, have they written?" "Who?" "The kidnappers of my poor baby. Oh, my darling, my lamb, whom I loved so dearly." "And you think he was stolen?" ''He must have been." "Held for ransom, you think?" "Yes, but I would give all that I possess to-" "And all that I have as well, I suppose?" calmly. The woman appeared greatly disconcerted. She began to go into hysterics again. 'l'hen Dick stepped out of tpe closet. "Your child is perfectly safe, madam," he said. "Ah, then you are one of the kidnappers?" "Yes, I took the boy from your friends, Ezra Perkins and Eli Williams, as they were taking him to the hut in "She will return to her people," said the old gentleman. "She has often threatened to do so." "Very likely," said Dick, "but she will try to be avenged on me first." "What mean you?" "She will bring the soldiers here. She is a royalist, and she knows that my capture is sought. I must go at once. Leave here as soon as you can. It will be the best thing for you." "Thank you, Captain Slater. I will take your advice.,, Dick shook hands warmly with the old gentleman, ancl left the house. As he did so he saw an officer and a file of soldiers com-ing down the street. Behind them was the angry and vindictive woman herself. "She has lost iio time," said Dick to himself. Then he quickly turned and hurried down the street t&ward the East river. the woods beyond the little old house back of Continental "Hallo! stop, you rebel!" the officer shouted. Village." i "Don't let the rebel escape!" screafned Mrs. ManiJe.. The woman was regarding Dick with fixed gaze while ville. "He is the rebel spy, Dick Slater!" he spoke. There were many in the street at the time . "My friends?" she repeated. The cry was quickly taken up and repeated. "Yes, or t09ls, just as you like. Which one was to lie "Catch the rebel!" was shouted from mouth to month: the messenger to bring the letter to the grandfather?" Down the street came the redcoats on the run.


'THE LIBERTY BOYS' BEST EFFORT. Dick knew only too well what it would mean if he were taken. • The redcoats refrained from firing only through fear of shooting some innocent person. "After the rebel!" they shouted. ' "Seize the rebel!" yelled the royali s t citizens. Dick quickly drew one of the pistols without which he never traveled. , Turning, he leveled it at the nearest citizen. ['he man quickly turned and fled. Others foUowed his example, afraid of being hit. ' They ran righf upon the redcoat s , and in a moment there was confusion. Dick turned swiftly into an alley between two houses. ' rI'he soldiers shouted an alarm, and then the pursuit began again. Down the alley raced redcoats and citizens. Dick was nowhere in sight. Suddenly someone shouted: • ' "Here he is; he's hidden him s elf in the cistern." A cistern cover was set on awry, and at once the pursuer jumped to ' the c _ onclusion that Dick had hidden there. He had not had time to put the cover on straight, of course. Up came the soldiers, and the cistern cover was removed. The cistern was two-thirds full of water. Everyone crowded to the edge and looked , over. "He is not there!" said one in disgust. "Why did you .eceive us like that?" Dick himself had put the cistern cover awry, so as to mislead his pursuers, as he had done. "The fellow has escaped just through this delay," snarled the officer in charge of the redcoat~. "You ought to have known better than to stop," said the woman who had brought the soldiers. This did not alter the fact that Dick had escaped for the moment. CHAPTER XVII. A HOT CHASE AND A CLEVER ESCAPE. ' :Although Dick had not yet been captured, he was not out of danger, as he well kn ew. As long as there was a hue and cry after him he knew that he was in peril. ' Once the bustle ceased . he could go about his business in perfect , safety. While the soldiers and others were peering into the cistern he had passed through a stable out at the rear into a paved court, leaped a stone wall, hurried on between two rows of hedge, and so into a narrow lane leading into Partition street. ,He was safe now unless someone recognized him. He reached Broadway without hearing an alarm, and then went to the tavern where he had left his horse. Having secured him he rode to the Common, and was just setting off again when he caught sight of Mrs. Man deville. She had not given up the pursuit, and she recognized him in a moment. "There is Dick Sla_ter, the rebel!" she cried. "There is a reward of five hundred pounds for him, alive or dead!" Several men on horseback heard this announcement. They at once dashed after Dick, who went racing across the common at breakneck speed. Then a mounted officer heard the cry ancl joined in the pursuit, soon taking the lead. If Dick had had Major he would have had no doubt of the result. Now, however, he might be overtaken, or he might not. The officer took the lead, and soon ' Dick saw that he was gaining. He put his own horse to its best paces, but the redcoat still gained. "Something has got to be done shortly," said Dick to himself. He had no desire to kill the redcoat, but he did not mean to be taken. Looking around and measuring the distance with his eye, he raised his pistol and fired. He was none too soon. The re . dcoat was about to draw his own weapon. The bullet struck the horse in the breast, and he plunged forward, throwing his rider. Dick dashed on, shortly taking a path which would l e ad him to the Bowery Lane. If he could gain a few minutes he could throw off the pursuit. Reaching the Bowery Lane, he continued at a pa c e which was not likely to attract attention. Turning his head in a few moments he saw the oflice r and some others in pursuit. The redcoat had picked up another horse, determin e d not to lose sight of Dick. To go at a rapid pace now would excite suspicion. If he did not 'he would soon be overtaken. His resolve was soon taken. Reaching an inn, he jumped from his saddle, tt3thcr e d his horse to a hitching-post, and entered the place. He passed through to the rear, went on back of a few houses, and again strqck into the Lane. The officer, seeing the horse, and recognizing it, at once gave the alarm. "That horse belongs to Dick Slater the . rebel," he said. "He is in this house. He must not escape." At once the news went around. The house was soon surrounded. Then the officer and those with him entered the inn. Dick's appearance was described, and his identity made known.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' BEST EFFORT. 2'1 A groom remembered seeing him dismount and tether his horse. A pot-boy recollected noticing such a person go into _ the bar. The barman recalled his coming in and ordering a pot of ale to be taken to the coffee room. Search was made for the mysterious person on all sides. Upstairs, downstairs, inside and out the search was prosecuted, but without avail. At the end of ten minutes, when all the likely hiding places had been pried into, the officer suddenly came to the conclusion that Dick had resorted to a clever ruse, and had escaped. "He has given up his horse rather than be captured," be declared. This was exactly what he had done. He could obtain another horse, but if he were taken it might not be such an easy matter to escape. Having obtained a good lead through the delay be had caused his pursuers, Dick kept on for some time at a • brisk walk. Then he overlook a carter going up to Turtle Bay, and asked for a lift, which was not denied him. Knowing the advantage of hn.ste, and suspecting that the pursuit would be continued, he continued on foot until well after dark, when he halted at a little roadside tavern and called for a supper and bed. 1 Before entering he had turned his coat from black to gray, and his hose from black to blue, substituting a round hat for the three-cornered one he had been wearing. He was enjoying his supper in the coil'.ee room when a Briti h officer, travel-stained and perspiring, entered the place. Ile said something to the landlord in a low tone, and looked around. "The boy in the gray coat is the only stranger," said the host. 'l'he redcoat looked at Dick, and said: "No; this one had a full suit of black, and was older. This is not the person." "And he is a rebel spy, you say, Slater by name?" "Yes, and a most daring scoundrel. I was sure he had $topped here. I had word of him within a short time of my coming here." "You may have passed him, or he may have gone down a turning." "Very likely, but he is sure to be here, as this is Tight in his way." "I'll have an eye on him, sir." "And meantime I'll have a pot of ale and a bit of cold fowl, and then a pipe and some spirits." The officer sat in a little stall over near the fireplace, and proceeded to regale himself. Then a notion came into Dick's head. He had finished his supper, and now he took out his tablet and pencil and wrote something. Folding the paper1 he put it under his plate with some silver. Then he arose carelessly and left the room. "Would you like to go to your room, sir," the landlord called after him. "Not yet, landlord," said Dick. He hurried at once to the front, where the officer had left his horse. In a moment he was in the saddle, and galloping off toward Harlem Heights. Some minutes later the servant, cleaning away the dishes Dick had left, :found a note and some silver under the plate. She called the host's attention to them. He slipped the silver into his pocket, and read the note,. which ran as follows: "This silver pays for my entertainment . Tell the officer in the corner thathe is persistent, but not clever enough to catch Dick Slater." "My patience, but he is a clever scoundrel!" said thehost . "Who is?" asked the redcoat. "Read this. Jove, but I was deceived as well as your-self." The officer read the note. Then a groom entered. "The horse is gone, sir," he said. "And Dick Slater, too," muttered the redcoat. "He is indeed a clever fellow." CH.APTER XVIII. CONCLUSION. Having unexpectedly recovered his horse, • Dick now rode on till he reached the lines. He had his pass, but the sentries were loath to through after dark. Upon pleading haste, however, and by the judicious use o. a little silver, Dick overcame their scruples. , He put up at an inn on the farther side of Spyt den Duivel, where he was well known, and remained till morn ing. The pursuit was not continued into Westchester, and Dick was now safe . He had had a busy day of it, and was glad to get a rest. In the morning he resumed his journey. When within a mile of the camp he suddenly heard crie of distress ahead of him. "I'll bet the girls are in trouble again," he muttered. Dashing ahead, he saw that it was as he had surmised . Alice and Edith, out or a ride on their horses, had been attacked by young Scroggs, Jones, Bill Jones, and half a dozen others. Both girls were lashing vigorously at the young bullies with their riding whips.


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ALREADY PUBLISHED. 1 A Lucky Deal; or, The Cutest Boy In Wall Street. 41 Boss of the Market; or, The Greatest Boy In Wall Street. 2 Born to Good Luck ; or, The Boy Who Succeeded. 42 The Chance of His Life ; or, The Young Pilot of Crystal Lake. 3 A Corner in Corn ; or, How a Chicago Boy Did the Trick. 43 Striving for Fortune ; or, From Bell-Boy to Millionaire. oi A Game of Chance; or, The Boy Who Won Out. 44 Out tor Business; or, The Smartest Boy in Town. 6 Hard to Beat; or, The Cleverest Bo;y in Wall Street. 45 A Favorite of Fortune; or, Striking It Rich in Wall Street. 6 Building a Railroad; or, The Young Contractors of Lakeview. 46 Through Thick and Thin; or, The Adventures of a Smart B07. 7 Winning His Way; or, The Youngest Editor in Green River. 47 Doing His Level Best; or, Working His Way Up. • 8 The Wheel of Fortune; or, The Record of a Self-Made Boy. 48 Always on Deck; or, The Boy Who Made His Mark. 9 Nip and Tuck; or, The Young Brokers of Wall Street. 49 A Mint of Money; or, '.rhe Young Wall Street Broker • . 10 A Copper Harvest; or, The Boys Who Worked a Deserted Mine. 50 The Ladder of Fame; or, From Office Boy to Senator. 11 A Lucky Penny; or, The Fortunes of a Boston Boy. 51 On the Square; or, The Success of an Honest Boy, 12 A Diamond in the Rough; or, A Brave Boy ' s Start in Life. 52 After a Fortune; or, The Pluckiest Boy in the West. 13 Baiting the Bears; or, The Nerviest Boy in Wall Street. 53 Winning the Dollars; or, The Young Wonder of Wall Street. 14 A Gold Brick; or, The Boy Who Could Not be Downed. 54 Making His Mark; or, The Boy Who Became President. 15 A Streak of Luck; or, The Boy Who Feathered His Nest. 55 Heir to a Miliion; or, The Boy Who Was Born Lucky. 16 A Good Thing; or, The Boy Who Made a Fortune. 56 Lost in the Andes ; or, The Treasure of the Buried City. 17 Ki -ng of the Market; or, The Young Trader in Wall Street. 57 On His Mettle; or, A Plucky Boy in Wall Street. 18 Pure Grit ; or, One Boy in a Thousand. 58 A Lucky Chance ; or, Taking Fortune on the Wing. 19 A Rise in Life; or, The Career of a Factory Boy. 69 The Road to Success; or, The Career of a 'Fortunate Boy. 20 A Barrel of Money; or, A Bright Boy in Wall Street. 60 Chasing Pointers; or, The Luckiest Boy in Wall Street. 21 All to the Good; or, From Call Boy to Manager. 61 Rising in the World; or, From ~ 'actory Boy to Manager. 22 How He Got There ; or, The Pluckiest Boy of Them All. 62 From Dark to Dawn ; or, A Poor Boy's Chance. 23 Bound to Win; or, The Boy Who Got Rich. 63 Out for Himself; or, Paving His Way to Fortune. 24 Pushing It Through; or, The Fate of a Lucky Boy. 64 Diamond Cut Diamond; or, The Boy Brokers of Wall Street. 25 A Born Speculator; or, The Young Sphinx of Wall Street. 65 A Start in Life; or, A Bright Boy ' s Ambition. 26 '1.'he Way to Success; or, The Boy Who Got There. 66 Out for a Million; or, The Young Midas of Wall Street. 27 Struck Oil; or. •.rhe Boy Who Made a Million. 67 Every Inch a Boy; or, Doing His Level Best. 28 A Golden Risk; or, The Young Miners of Della Cruz. 68 Mone,y to Burn; or, The Shrewdest Boy in Wall Street. 29 A Sure Winner; or, The Boy Who Went Out With a Circus. 69 An Eye to Business; or, The Boy Who Was •Not Asleep. 30 Golden Fleece; or, The Boy Brokers of Wall Street. 70 Tipped by the Ticker; or, An Ambitious Boy in Wall Street. 31 A Mad Cap Scheme ; or, The Boy Treasure Hunters of Cocos Island. 71 On to Success ; or, The Boy Who Got .Ahead. 32 Adrift on the World; or, Working His Way to Fortune. 72 A Bid for a Fortune; or, A Country Boy in Wall Street. 33 Playing to Win; or, The Foxiest Boy in Wall Street. 7 3 Bound to Rise; or, Fighting His Way to Success. 34 Tatters; or, A Boy from the Slums. 7 i Out for the Dollars; or, A Smart Boy in wall Street, 35 A Young Monte Cristo; or, The Richest Boy in the World. 7 5 For Fame and Fortune; or, The Boy Who Won Both. 86 Won by Pluck; or, The Boys Who Ran a Railroad. 7 6 A Wall Street Winner; or, Making 11, Mint of Money. 37 Beating the Brokers; or, The Boy Who •couldn't be Done." 7 7 The Road to Wealth; or, The Boy Who Found ii Out. 38 A Rolling Stone; or, The Brightest Boy on Record. 78 On the Wing; or, The Young Mercury of Wall Street. 39 Never Say Die; or, The Young Surveyor of, Happy Valley. 79 A Chase tor a Fortune; or, The Boy Who Hustled, 40 Almost a Man; or, Winning His Way to the Top. 80 Juggling with the Market; or, The Boy Who Made it Pay. 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+ These Everything! .! COMPLETE SET IS A REGULAR ENCYC LOPEDIA ! Books Tell You Each book consists of sixty-four pages, printed on good paper, _ in clear type and neatly bound in an attractive, ill ustrated cover. , II~ of the books are also/ profusely illustrated, and all ?f the subJ~ts treated u~on are explained in such a simple manner that any cluld. can thoroughly understand them. Look over the list as classified and see 1f you want to know anythmg about the subject.I mentioned. ____________________ ' THESE BOOKS ARE FOR SALE BY ALL NEWSDEALERS OR WILL BE SENT BY MAIL TO ANY ADDRESS FROM THIS OFFICE ON RECEIPT OF PRICE, TEN CENTS EACH, OR ANY THREE BOOKS FOR TWENTY-FIVE CENTS. POSTAGE STAMPS TAKEN THE SAME _AS MONEY. Address FRANK TOUSEY,-Publisher, 24 Union Square, N.Y. M ESMERISM. No. 81. HOW TO MESMERIZE.-Containing the most approved methods of mesmerism ; also h6w to cure all kinds of diseases by animal magnetism, or, magnetic h~ling. By Prof. Leo Bugo Koch, A. C. S., author of "How to Hypnotize," etc. P ALMISTRY. N(!, 72. HOW TO DO SIXTY TRICKS W ITH CARDS.-Em• bracing all of the latest and most deceptive card tricks, with il• lustrations. By A. Anderson. No. 77. HOW TO DO FORTY TRICKS WITH CARDS Containi~~ deceptive Card Tricks as perfo rmed by leading conjur~rs and mag1c1ans. Ananged for home amusement. Fully illustrated. No. 82. HOW TO DO PALMISTRY.-Containing the most ap-MAGI C . proved methods of reading the lines on the hand, together with No. 2. HOW TO DO TRICKS.-The great book of magic and a fulJI explanl!,tion of their meaning. Also expJaining phrenology, card; tricks, containing full instruction on all the leading card tricks and the key for telling character by the bumps on the head. By of the d~y, also most popular magical illusions as performed by Leo Hugo Koch, A. C. S. Fully illustrated. om: lea!1mg magicians; every boy should obtain a copy of this book, H YPNOTISM. as it will both .amuse and instruct. . No. 83. HOW TO HYPNOTIZE.-Containing valuable and inNo: 22 HOW TO DO S~COND SIGHT.-Heller's second sight iltructive information regarding the science of hypnotism. Also • explamed b:l'. his former ass1st ~nt, Fred Hunt, Jr. Explaining how the secret dialogues were carried on between the magician and the explaining the most approved methods which are employed by the boy on the stage; also giving all the codes and signals, The only leading hypnotists of the world. By Leo Hugo Koch, A.C.S. authentic explanation of second sight. SPORTING. No. 43. HOW TO BECOME A MAGICIAN.-Containing the No. 21. F:f()W TO HUNT AND FISH.-Tbe most complete gran?est assort;nent ?f magical illusions ever placed before the hunting and fishing guide ever published. It contains full inpublic. Also tncks with cards. incantations, etc. about guns, hunting dogs, traps, trapping and fishing, No. 68. HOW TO DO CHEMICAL TRICKS.--Containing over together with de~criptions of game 11.nd fish. one hundred highly amusing and instructive tricks with chemicals. No. 26. HOW TO ROW, SAIL AND BUILD A BOAT.-Fully By A. Anderson. Handsomely illustrated. Illustrated. Every boy should know how to row and sail a boat. No. 69. HOW TO DO SLE.IGHT OF HAND.--Containing over Full instructions are given in t .his little book, together with infifty of the latest and best tricks used by magicians. Also oontainon swimming and riding, compa _ nion sports to boating. ing the secret of second sight. Fully illustrated. By A . Anderson. No. 47. HOW TO BREAK, RIDE AND DRIVE A HORSE.-. No .. 70. HOW '.f'O MA;KE MAGIC ~OYS.-Contajning full A complete treatise on the horse. Describing the most useful • horses . directions for maJnng_ Magic '.l'oys and devices of many kinds. By, for business, the best horses for the road; also valuable recipes for A. Anderson. Fully illust,:-ated. d iseases pect1ljar to the horse. ,No. 73. HOW TO DO TRICKS WITH NUMBERS.-Showing No. 48. HOW TO BUILD AND SAIL CANOES.-A bandy many curious tric~s with figures and the magic of numbers. :By A. book for boys, containi:qg full directions for constructing canoes Anderson. Fully illustrated. and the most popular manner of sailing them. Fully illustrated; _ No. 7_5. HO\Y TO ~ECOME A CONJURO~. -Containing By a: Stansfield Hicks, tricks with Domm!is, DICe, Cups anJ Balls, Hats, etc. Embracing thirty-six illustrations. By A . .Anderson. FORTUNE TELLING. No. 78. ~qw TO DO THE _BLACK ART.-Containing a comNo. 1. NAPOLEON'S ORACULUM AND DREAM BOOK.-plete description of the mysteries of Magic and Sleight of Hand, Containing the great oracle of human destiny; also the true, meantogether w1t'h many wonderful experiments. By A. Anderson. Ing of almost any kind of dreams, together with charms, ceremonies, Illustrated. and curious games of cards. A complete book. M CH N C No. 23. HOW '.l'O EXPLAIN DREAMS.-Everybody dreams, E A I AL. from the little child to the aged man and woman. This little book No. 29. :S:OW TO BECOME AN INVENTOR.-Every boy &ives the explanation to all kinds of dreams, together with lucky shoul1 know llow inventions originated. This book explains them and unlucky Jays, and "Napoleon's Oraoolum," the book of fate. all, givll:!g e:x;amples in electricity, hydraulics, magnetism, optics, N~ . 28. HOW TO TELL FORTUNES.-Everyone is desirous of pneUII1atlcs, mechanics, etc. The most instructive book pgblished. knowing what his future life ' will bring forth, whether happiness or . No. 5~. HOW TO BECOM~ AN ENGINEER.-Containingfull' misery, wealth or poverty. You can tell by a glance at this little mstructions how to proceed lil order to become a locomotive en,• book. .Buy one and be convinced. Tell your own fortune. Tell gi!leer; also di~Cti?n~ for buildi_ng a model locomotive; together the forfone of :i:..our friends. with a full descr1pt1on of everythmg an engineer should know. ~o. 76. HOW TO TELL FORTUNES BY THE HAND.-. No .. 57. HQW TO MA.KE _M.U~l9AL _INSTRU;MENTS.-Full Containing rules for telling fortunes by the aid of lines oLthe hand, directions how to mak~ 'a B~Jo, V1ohn, Z1the1, AlJoh_an Harp! Xyloor thellecret of palIJlistry . . Also the secret of telling future events 1.Ph~n,e_ adj, other rg.usical msti;umeJ?,tS; together w1t!1 a bqef deby aid of moles marks scars etc. Illustrated. By A. Anderson: s~nP,tion . . 0J nearly e'l'ery _mu~1cal mstrument used m ancient or ' ' ' m~em t;m!li'I. Profusely ;llustrated. By Algernon S. Fitzgerald, ATHLETIC. for twenty' years banmaster of the Royal Bengal Marines. No. 6. HOW TO BECO,M:E AN ATHLETE.-Giving full in:-No, 5~ I;IOW . TO_'M.&KE A. MA.GIC LANTERN.-Containing •truction for. the use of dumb bells, Indian clubs, parallel bar~_ .'a .ijesc:f-iption of, the J3.11.tern, together with its history and invention. borizo:qtal bars and various other methods of developjng a gQQdj Afso ,(.ull' directjons. forlts use and for painting slides. Handsomely healthy muscle; containing over sixty illustrations. Every. bay 'can illustrat~L ~YI }:ohn . Allen. becolJ?.e l!trong anJ healthy by following the instructions"ed N fl;, n .. HO}V .'fO PO MEC~ANICAL. TRICKS.--;Containing In this httle book. 'COI!,lp1ete mstrdctJons for, ; pe.rformmg over sixty Mechamcal Tricks. No. 10. HOW TO _BOX.-The art of self-defense made easy. By; A. Anderson. Fully illustrated. Containing over thirty illustrations of guards, blows, an,d the differ:! e n t positions of a good boxer; Every boy should obtain one ot LETTER WRITING. these useful and instructive• books, as it will teach you how t<>"bor No. 11. HOW TO WRITE LOVE-LETTERS.-A most co m -without an instructor. ,p . l~te little book', containh1g full directions for writing love-letters, No. 25. HOW TO BECOME GYMNAST.-Containjng full' 'and _ when to use thei, giving specimen letters for young and old, lnstru.ctions for all kinds.of,gymnastic sports-and athletic exercises: .!i'.o, 12. IiOW TO WRITE LETTERS TO LADIES.-Giving Embracing thirty-five illustrations. By Professor w. Macdonaf

=============;:============ .. THE STAGE. c No: 31. _H(_)W T9 _BECOME A SPEAKER.-Containing foUJ'o No. 41. THE BOYS OF NEW YORK END MEN'S JOKE teen 11lustrat1ons, g1vmg the different positions requisite to become BOOK.-Containing a great variety of the latest jokes used by the a good speaker, reader and elocutionist. Also containing gems from m(?St famous en~ men. No amateur minstrels is complete without all the popular !luthors of prose and poetry, arranged in the moet this wonderful little book. simple and concise manner possible. No ._4?. THE ~OYS OF NEW YORK STUMP SPEAKER.-No. 49. _HOW TO DEBA'.rE.-Giving rules for conducting de-Conta1!1mg a val"led asso,rt~ent of stump speeches, Negro, Dutch bates, outlines for. de~ates, qu!!stions for discussion, and the bes, and Irish. Also end mens Jokes. Just the thing for home amusesources for procuring mformat1on on the questions ~iven. meut and amateur shows. No. 45. THE BOYS OF NEW YORK MINSTREL GUIDE SOCiETY. AND JOKl!J BQOK.;--Something new a?d very _instructive. Every No. 3. HOW TO FLIR'.l.'.-'.rhe arts and wites of flirtation are boy. should obtam this ~ook. as 1t contams full mstructions for orfully expl~ined by this little b()ok. Besides the various methods of gamzmg an amateur minstrel troupe. ha_r.dkerch1ef, . fan, glove, parasol, window and hat flirtation, it con . No. 65. MULDOON'S JOKES.-This is one of the most original ~ams a _full list of the language and sentiment of flowers, ' which i1 Joke ~ooks ever publishe~, and it is brimful of wit and humor. It m_terestlog to everybody, both old and young . You cannot be happ7 contarns a large collection of songs, jokes, conundrums, etc., of without one. Terrence Muldoon, the great wit, humorist, and practical joker of . ~o. 4. H_OW _TO DANCE is the title of a new and handsome the day. Every boy who can enjoy a good substantial joke should l~ttie _book Just issued ~Y l!'rank Tousey. It contains full instrucobtain a copy immediately. t1ons m the art of dancmg, etiquette in the ball-room and at partie-. No .. 79. H(_)W TO BECOME AN ACTOR.-Containing comhow to dress, and full directions for calling off in all popular square plete mstruct1ons how to make up for various characters on the dances. stage; together with the duties of the Stage l\Ianager Prompter No. l? HOW T(_) MAJ;{::\Jl LOV1!J.-A C?mplete guide to love, Scenic Artist and Property Man. By a prominent Stage Manager'. court~hip and marriage, g1vmg sensible advice, rules and etiquette N?. 80. GUS WILLIAMS' JOKE BOOK.-Containing the latto be observed, with many curious and interesting things not gen• est Jokes, anecdotes and funny stories of this world-renowned and erally known. ever popular Ger~~n comedian. Sixty-four pages; handsome No. li. f!:OW TO DRE_SS.-Contair,ing full instruction in the colored cover contammg a half-tone photo of the author. art o~ dressmg and appea!mg well at home and abroad, giving the selections of colors, material. and how to have them made up HOUSEKEEPING. N~. 16. II9W TO KEEP WIND_OW GARDEN.-Containing full mstruct10ns for constructmg a wmdow garden either in town or country, and the most approved methods for raising beautiful flowers at home. The most complete book of the kind ever pub Iished. No. 30. HOW TO COOK.-One of the most instructive books on cooking ever published. It contains recipes for cooking meats fish, game, and oysters ; also pies, puddings, cakes and all kinds of pastry, and a grand collection of recipes by one of our most popular cooks. No. 37. HOW TO KEEP HOUSE.-It contains information for everybody, boys, girls, men and women; it will teach you how to make almost anything around the house, such as parlor ornaments brackets, cements, Aeolian harps, and bird lime for catching birds.' ELECTRICAL. No. 46. IIOW TO MAKE AND USE ELECTRICITY.-A description of the wonderful uses of electricity and electro magnetism together with full instructions for making Electric Toys, Batteries' etc. By George Trebel, A. M., M. D. Containing over fifty il~ lustrations. No. 64. HOW T O MAKE ELECTRICAL MACHINliJS.-Conta!ning full directions for making electrical machines, induction coils, dynamos, and many novel toys to be worked by electricity. By R . A. R. Bennett. Fully illustrated. No. 67. HOW TO DO ELECTRICAL TRICKS.-Containing a large collection o f instructive nnd highly amusing electrical tricks together with ill ustrations. By A . Anderson. ' ~o. 18. HOW TO BECOME BEAUTIFUL.-One 0f the brightest and_ most valuable little books ever given to the world . Everybody wishes to know how to become beautiful both male ancl female. The secret is simple, and almost costless. 'Read this book and be convinced how to become beautiful. B IRDS AND ANIMALS. No .. ~-HOW. TO K~EP BIRDS.-Handsomely illustrated anl contammg full mstruct10ns for the management and training of the canary, mockingbird, bobolink, blackbird, paroquet, parrot, etc. No. 39. HOW TO RAISE DOGS, POULTRY, PIGEONS AND RABBITS.-A useful and instructive book. Handsomely mu .. trated. By Ira Drofraw. No. 40. HOW TO MAKE AND SET TRAPS.-Including hlnui on how to catch moles, weasels, otter, rats, squirrels and birda. Also how to cure skins. Copiously illustrated. By J. Harringtoa Keene. No. 50. HOW TO STUFF BIRDS AND ANIMALS.-A valuable book, giving instructions in collecting, preparing, mountin1 and preserving birds, animals and insects. No .. 54. HO~ TO KEE. P AND MANAGE PETS.-Giving com• plete information as to the manner and method of raising, keepin g , ?ming, _breeding, an_d managing all ' kinds of p~ts; also giving full mstruchons for makmg cages, etc. Fully explamed by twenty-e ight illustrations, making it the most complete book of 'the kind ev e r published. MISCEL LA.N EOUS. No. 8. HOW TO BECOME A SCIENTI-ST.-A uooful and in• structive book, giving a complete treatise on chemistry; also ex• ENTERTAINMENT. peri!llents in acoustics, mechanic:s, mathematics, chemistry, and di• reet10ns for making fireworks, colored fires, and gas balloons. T hie No. 9. IIOW T O BECOME A VENTRILOQUIST.-By Harrv book cannot be equaled. Kennedy. The secret given away. Every intelligent boy reading No. 14. HOW TO MAKE CANDY.-A complete hand-,boo k for this book of instru ctions, by a practical professor (delighting multi-ma.kin g all kinds of candi,.ice-crea,n!1,,syruE1,;,.essences. . etc~ etc. tudes every night with h is wonderful imitations), can master the No. 8-!. -HOW TO BEJOOME" lU~ AU.1..1:1OR.-Containing full art, and create any amount of fun for himself and friends. It is the information regarding choice of subjects, the use of words and the greatest book ever published, and there's millions (of fun) in it. manner of preparing and submitting manuscript. Also containing No. 20. HOW TO ENTERTAIN AN EVENING PARTY.-A aluable information as to the neatness, legibility and gen eral com• very valuable littl e book just published. A complete compendium position of manuscript, essential to a successful author. By Prince of games, sports, card diversions, comic recitationJl, etc., suitable -Hiland. . for parlor or drawing-room entertainment. It contams more for the No. 38. HOW TO BECOME YOUR O:WN DOCTOR-A wo~ money than any book published. derful book. containing useful and practical information in t he No. 35. HO,v TO PLAY GAMES.-A complete and useful little treatment of ordinary diseases and ailments common to every book, containing the rules and regulations of billiards, bagatelle, family. Abounding in useful and effective recipes for general co~ backgammon, crnqnet. dominoes, etc. plaints. No. 36. HOW TO SOLVE CONUNDRUMS.-Containing all No. 55. HOW. TO COLLECT STAMPS AND COINS.-Con• the leading conundrums of the day, amusing riddles, curious catches taining valuable information regarding the collecting and arrangina and witty sayings. of stamps and coins. Handsomely illustrated. No. 52. HOW 'l'O PLAY CARDS.-A complete and handy little No. 58. HQW TO BE A DETECTIVE.-By Old King,Brady, book, giving the rules and full directions for playing Euchre, Crib-the world-known detective. In which he lays down some valuable bage. Casino, Forty-Five, Rounce, Pedro Sancho, Draw Poker, and sensible rules for beginners, and also relates some adventuree Auction Pitch, All Fours, and many other popular games of cards. and experiences of well-known detectives. No. 66. HOW TO DO PUZZLES.-Containing over three bun-No. 60. HOW 'fO BECOME) A PHOTOGRAPHER.-Contain• dred interesting puzzles and conundrums, with key to same. A ing useful information regarding the Camera and how to work it; complete book . Fully illustrated. By A. Anderson. also how to make J'hotographic Magic Lantern Slides and other Transparencies. Handsomely illustrated. By Captain W. De W. Abney. ETIQUETTE. No. 13. HOW TO DO IT; OR, BOOK OF ETIQUETTE.-It is a great life secret, and one that every young man desires to know all about. There's happiness in it. No. 33. HOW '.l.'O REHA VE.-Containing the rules and etiquette of good society and the easiest and most approved methods of appearing to good advantage at parties, balls, the theatre, church, and in the drawing-room . No. 62. HOW TO BECOME A WEST POINT MILITARY CADET.-Containing full explanations how to gain admittance, course of Study, Examinations, Duties, Staff of '•officers, Post Guard, Police Regulations, Fire Department, and , all a boy should know to be a Cadet. Compiled and written by Lu Senarens, author of "How to Become a Naval Cadet.''. No. 63. HOW TO BECOME A NAVAL CADET.-C9mplete Instructions of how to gain admission to the Annap6lis Naval DECLAMATION. Academy. Also containing the course of instruction, descripti o n No. 27. BOW TO RECITE AND BOOK OF REOITATIONS. of grounds and buildings, historical sketch, and everything a b o :, --Containing the most popular sele-:!tions in use, comprising Dutch should know to become an officer in the United,States N avY. Com• di a lect, French dialect, Yankee and Irish dialect pieces, together piled and written by Lu Senarens, author of "How t o B ecome • w i'-b many standard readings. West Point Military Cadet." PRICE 10 CENTS EACH, OR 3 FOR 25 CENTS. Address FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, New York.


' ::p. :c.... C A. C • CONTAINS ALL SORTS OF STORIES. EVERY STORY COMPLE'l'E. 32 PAGES. BEAUTIFULLY COLORED -COVERS. PRICE. 5 CENTS. LATEST ISSUES: 430 Tom Porter's Search; or, The Treasure of the Mountains. By Richard R. Montgomery. 396 Beyond the Aurora; or, The Search for th" Magnet Mountain. 431 Through Smoke and Flame; or, The Rival Firemen of Irvington. By Berton Bertrew. By Ex-Fire-Chief Warden. 397 Seven D;amond Skulls; or, The Secret City of Siam. By Allan 432 Exile No. 707; or, The Boys of the Forgotten Mine. (A Story or Arnold. Russia and Siberia.) By Allan Arnold. 398 Over the Line; or, The Rich and Poor Boys of Riverdale Schools. 433 steel Blade, The Boy Scout of Fort Ridgely; or, The War Trail By Allyn Draper. of the Sioux. By An Old Scout. 399 The Twenty Silent Wolves; or, The Wild Riders of the Moun-434 From Engineer to President; or, Working His Way Up. By Jas. talns. By Richard R. Montgomery. c. Merritt. 400 A New York Working Boy; or, A Fight !or a Fortune. By How-435 Lucky Luke; or, A Bright Boy's Career In Wall Street. By H. K . ard Austin. Shackleford. 401 Jack the Juggler; or, A Boy's Search for His Sister. By H. K. 436 The Prince of the Prairie; or, The Boy Who Owned lt All. By Shackleford. An Old Scout. 402 Little Paul Jones; or, The Scourge of the British Coast. By 437 Herman, the Boy Magician; or, On the Road With a Variety Capt. Thos. H. Wilson. Show. By Berton Bertrew. 403 Mazeppa No. 2, the Boy Fire Company of Carlton; or, .Plucky 438 Tom Barry of Barrington; or, The Hero of No. 4. By Ex-Fire-work on Ladder and Line. By Ex-l<'ire Chief Warden. Chief Warden. 404 The Blue Mask or, Fighting Against the Czar. By Allan Arnold. 439 The Spy of Spuyten Duyvll; or, The Boy With a Charmed Life. -.05 Dick, the Apprentice Boy; or, Bound to be an Engineer. (A By Gen. Jas. A. Gordon. Story of Railroad Life.) Ry Jas. C. Merritt. 440 Two Yankee Boys Among the Kafflrs; or, The Search for .King 406 Kit Carson, Jr., In the Wild Southwest; or, The Search for a Solomon's Mines. By Allyn Draper. Lost Claim. By An Old Scout. 441 The Arctic Crusoes; or, Lost at the World's End. By Howard 407 The Rivals of Round Top Academy ; or, Missing from School Austin. By Allyn Draper. 442 Rob Ralston's Run ; or, '.rhe Perilous Career of a Boy Engineer. 408 Jack Mason's Million; or, A Boy Broker' s Luck In Wall Street. By Jas. C. Merritt. By H. K. Shackleford. 443 Jack Dacre's Dollar, And How He Made It Grow. By H. K. 409 The Lost City of the Andes; or, The Treasure of the Volcano. Shackleford. ( A Story of Adventures in a Strange Land.) By Richard R . Mont• 444 The Boy Fire King; or, Barnum's Brightest Star. By Berton gomery. 44" Bertrew. no The Rapidan Rangers; or, General Washington's Boy Guard. (A v Fearless Frank, The BravP Boy Fireman, And How He Won His Fame. By Ex-Fire-Chief Warden. 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THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 A Weekly 1'1agazine containing Stories of the A1nerican Revolution. By HARRY MOORE. These stories a r e based on actual facts and give a fai t h f u l account of the exciting adventures of a brave band of American youths who were always ready and willing to imperil their lives for the sake of helping along the gallant cause of Independence. Every number will consist of 32 large pages of reading matter, bound in a beautiful colored cover. LATES'l' ISSUES: 291 The Liberty Boys at l i'ort Schuyler; or, The Idiot of German l i'lats. 255 The Liberty Boys Hard at Work; or, After the Marauders. 292 The Liberty Boys Out With Herkimer; or, Fighting the Battle 256 The Liberty Boys and the "Sbirtmen" ; or, Helping the Virginia of Oriskany. Riflemen. 293 The Liberty Boys and Moil Pitcher; or, The Brave Woman Gun257 The Lib erty Boys at Fort Nelson; or, The Elizabeth River Cam-ner. 258 259 260 paign. 294 The Liberty Boys' Boid Dash; or, The Skirmish at Peekskill Bay. '.l.'he Liberty Boys and Captain Betts; or, Trying to Down Tryon. :!\l5 The Liberty Boys and ltochambea u ; or, Fi~li1 .i11g wi1 h J!'re ncb Allies. The Liberty Boys at Bemis Heights; or, Heipmg to Beat Bur-2\l6 The Libe,ty Boys at Staten lslaud; or, Spying Upon the British. Th~0\',\'iierty Boys and the "Little R ebel s"; or, The Boys Who :!\l7 Tb~ta~~~erty Boys With Putnam; or, Good Work in the Nutmeg Bothered the British. 2\l8 The Liberty Boys Revenge; or. Punishing the Tori es . 261 The Liberty Boys at New London; or, The Fort Griswold Mas29 9 ' l ' he Liber1, y Boys l\t Dunderberg; or, The Fall of the Highland Forts. sacre. 300 l'he Liberty Boys with Wayne; or, Daring D eeds at Stony Point. 262 The Liberty Boys and Tbom.1.! Jefferson'; or, How They Saved the 3U 1 The Liberty Boys as Cavalry Scouts; or, The Cnarge of \I ns liington'E Governor. Brigade. 263 '.l.'be Liberty Boys Banished; or, Sent Away by General Howe. 302 The L,uerty Boys on l slan

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