The Liberty Boys' winning volley, or, Fighting along the Mohawk

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No. 337. NE"r YOR. K, JUNE 14, 1907. Pric e 5 Cent s . On came the r.edcoats and royalists in. great numbers, expecting to sweep everything before them. l)ick suddenly rose from behind a boulder, pistol in hand. Fire, Liberty Boys! " he .cried. At once a tremendous volley was poured upon: the enemy.


THE LmERTY BOYS OF '76 A Weekly Magazine Containing Stories of t he American Rev olutio n Issued Weekl11-B11 Subscription $2.50 per year. Entered as SecIle of whom had a tomahawk in his hand raised o time commanded by Colonel Peter Gansevoort. throw. Dick Slater was a famous scout and spy, having under-"Send her in , Bob!" hissed Dick. taken many secret missions for General Washington himThen, snat c hing another pistol from his coat, he fired self, whose confidence he enjoyed. pointblank at the redskin. On this warm summer afternoon Dick and Bob were out He ell without a groan and his companion, seein g hi ~ on a reconnoitering expedition to see what they could fate, turned quickly and fled. learn of the enemy's movements. Bob sent the boat in toward shore, at the same tim e As they were making their way slowly down the river, sending a bullet after the second Indian. Dick, whose sight was very keen, saw a movement among It gave him a scalp wound only and did not lessen hi& the bushes on the southern bank. speed, for in a moment he had dis appeared. Looking closer, he saw the feathered topknot of an The young girl, dashing on, slipped down the bank in~o Indian, the redskin himself not suspecting that he was the water and went under. discovered. As she arose, being right alongside the boat, Dick reac h Dick made no sign that he had seen him, his conversa-ed over and drew her in. tion with Bob being carried on in a low tone. "Shove out, Bob!" he said.


2 THE LlBER'l'Y BOYS. WINNING VOLLEY. The boat shot out into the stream as a half-dozen naked redskins came dashing in sight. Three or four arrows went whizzing after the boys, which they only escaped by slipping into the bottom of the boat. The impetus already given it sent it well out into the river, however. Both Dick and Bob now took their oars and pulled lustily, the Indians having plunged into the river. The girl had swooned and lay partly on one of the seats, giving the boys no trouble. The Indians presently came to the surface and began swimming after the boat in two lines, one swimming just behind another. "Pull ahead for the other shore, Bob," said Dick quiet ly, using his own oars, but keeping his eye on _ the swim mers. Bob was in the bow, which put Dick nearer to the Indians. He had his pistols on the seat alongside ready to pick up at a moment's notice. The boat made good progress and Dick continued to row, setting the stroke for Bob and watching the In dians. The latter evidently hoped to catch the boys on the other side of the river, for they ~am right on, although the boat was now leaving them behind. "Pull ahead fast, Bob," said Dick. "We've got to get the boat out of the way before they reach us." The boat now fairly 'flew over the water and in a few minutes ran alongside the bank. Then Dick put a whistle to his lips and blew a shrill blast "There might be some of the Liberty Boys within call," he said,•as he got out, lifting the now reviving girl in his arms. In a few moments there was a rustling in the bushes, and then half a score of b9ys in Continental uniform came hurrying forward. "Show yourselves, boys," said Dick. "There's a half dozen persistent tellows out there who don't h.'Ilow when they are not wanted." "We' ll settle them if they come too close," said one, a lively fellow, Ben Spurlock by name. "There isn't one apiece," muttered another, known as Sam Sanderson. "Shure dhin, it's forst come forst served," declared a jolly-looking Irish boy. This was Pats y Brannigan, the company cook and a great fun-maker. "Was you meant dot der first Inchun dot corned got shooted ?" asked a fat German boy in the party. ")Iaybe scmepody was shooted at der negst one first." "Take dhim annyway yez loike, Cookyspiller," laughed the Irish boy, "so long as yez dhrive dhim away." The Gorman boy weighed close upon two hundred pounds and his name was Carl Gookenspieler, but Patsy could never say it straight. The Indians now seeing that the boys were two to one, and all were armed, gave up the chase. Each of the boys, besides carrying a musket, had a num ber of heavy pistols in his belt. 'fhey could keep up quite a fusillade, therefore, and so the redskins made discretion the better part of valor and swam away. The girl whom Dick had rescued now came to herself and said: "You have saved rriy life. How shall I e,er thank you? Why, we have crossed the riyer. How shall I ever get over?" "I will take you there when you have dried your clothes," was Dick's reply. "The fort is not far away. We will go there at once." 1 "But you are rebels-I beg your pardon, Continentalsand I could never enter the fort." "Then you are not a patriot? Still, that makes no dif ference. I would have done the same had I h.'Ilown it." "I thank you, but--" "But you are shivering v.ith the cold and must get on dry clothes," shortly. "That admits of no argument." CHAPTER IL ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE RIVER. Dick led the way through the bushes to a beaten path, Bob hiding the boat under the bank. "If you object to going to the fort," he said, "there are :-ome cabins outside v. here you can warm and dry yourself, but you must do this before I can allow you to go." "Why do you put me under an obligation?" asked the girl. "I don't. I am simply doing what oug t to be done." "But I am a royalist and you--" "I am a patriot, and you are cold and wet and in danger of taking a fever." "I wish I had known that--" "But you did not, nor did I. That is nothing. I would have done the same in any case." They reached a log cabin, where a woman was hoeing in a little garden patch, and Dick said: "This young lady fell into the water. Will you let her dry her clothes by your fire?" , "Why, certainly, captain. She's welcome. Walk right, in, mis s . Jenny'll help you, she's my little girl." The girl walked toward the house, turning as she s tepped inside, and said : "It ,Yill b e dangerous for you to go over now. There are Indians about and soldiers." "I don't mind the danger," quietly, "and your people will be anxious. When you are ready to go, someone will


THE LIBERTY BOYS' WI~NING VOLLEY. 3 go with you. I will wait or you can send word to the fort . " "'rhank you," she answered, simply, and went in, while Dick joined the others and walked to the fort, distant a few minutes' walk. As they went in a handsome, dashing boy something younger than Dick, came forward. This was JHark ]iforrison, second lieutenant of the Lib erty Boys. He was universally liked, was one of the bravest of the troop and Dick Slater trusted him next to Bob. "Any news, Dick?" he asked. "Yes, the Indians are getting more troublesome and there are redcoats on 'the other side of the river." "Then they are getting reinforcements?" "So it would seem." "But there is no danger of their reducing the fort?" "I don't think so, not ,rith the artillery that St. Leger has." "By the way, 11Iark," said Bob, "we had an ad,enture and Dick saved the life of a Tory girl, and she didn't like it a'bit." "Some folks never show proper appreciation," c1ryly. "No, she would rather he hadn't been a rebel, as she called him." "I don't suppose that made any difference to Dick?" with a smile. "Not a bit. He said he would have done it anyhow." "So he would," simply. "She's a pretty girl, too, :Mark." "ilfore's the pity." Several of the boys now came up and wanted to know what had happened. They were Harry Thurber, George Brewster, Arthur Mackay, Will Freeman, Walter Jennings, Harry Judson, Ben Brand, Tom Hunter, Dave Dunham and Frank Bel den, all lively young fellows and as brave as lions. They were all greatly interested in Dick's story and all agreed with :Mark that it was a pity the girl was not a patriot, she being so pretty. "Shure an' yez can't expect dhe poor girrul to have ireryting," said Patsy. "Av she hn.d been a patriot she moight have been as homely as an owld hin." "Oh, Patsy, none of our girls are likf3 that!" cried Ben Spurlock with a laugh. "That's treason." "Troth, Oi didn't say she wud be, Oi on'y said she moight." ' ~ Oh, but she couldn't," all the boys protested. "All patriot girls are beautiful." Dick went off to his quarters with Bob and )lark, where the three discussed the condition of affairs in the )lohawk Valley. In about ten minutes a girl of about twelve came in with one of the Liberty Boys and said: "Thut big girl i,ants to go over the river and wants to know if she can't take the boat. She says she'll send it back.1 ' ' "I"ll go with her," said Dick. "Come on, ~lark. There may be an adventure in this, and, anyhow, you'll have a chance to see a very pretty girl." Dick had not put on his uniform, and so :Mark said: "Will it be necessary to change my clothes, Dick?" "No, come as you are." The two Liberty Boys then hurried away, followed by the young messenger. Reaching the log cabin, Dick said courteously: "I cannot permit you to go alone across the river. It is too dangerous. We will go with you. This is J\Iark :Morri son, my second lieutenant." "I don't suppose I can insist on it," said the girl, "but I don't wish you to run into any danger on my account.'' "We are used to danger, and I really cannot permit you, to go over alone, or even with this child.'' The young lady said no more, and they walked down to the river bank together. . )Iark rowed, the girl sat in the stern, while Dick sat in the bow and kept a lookout ahead. "Do you live near where we saw you, miss?" asked Dick. "Yes, not far from there. I was strolling through the woods when the Indians sprang out upon me." "Very well, we will go that way or to the nearest good landing." Dick remembered the spot and directed :Mark where to go. N" earing the opposite •shore, he kept along till he saw a good, shelving bank where the thicket was not so heavy. He heard no suspicious sounds and guided the boat alongside the bank. T1ien he assisted the girl to land and said: "Tie the boat close in shore, Mark, and we will escort the youug lady to her liome." "I am afraid it is too dangerous," she said. "There are soldiers encamped not far from the house anc1 some of the officers are quartered there." ' "Regulars?" asked Dick. "Yes." "Well, we will not take any risks, of course, but if they allowed you to be attacked by their own Indians, I don't think they could have kept a very good lookout." The girl colored deeply and said, half petulantly: "You haven't a very good opinion of the king's sol--c1iers.'' "I kno~ that they are good :fighters in the open, but that they are not good at scouting and that they think too much of pleasure." She made no answer and Dick helped her up the bank, )Iark hanging back a little. He :finally left her on 'the edge of a rough country road, little better than a wagon track, which she said led past her home. "I am obliged to you," she said, "but I wish you been on our side. I don't like to be 1mder obligations io--''


'l'HE LIBERTY BOYS' WINNIXG YOLLEY. "There is no obligation whatever," was Dick's reply. I simply did my duty and you need not give it another thought." he flushed, bade him good day and hurried along the road, being presently out of sight. '' he is too proud," said Mark. "Some girls would :..ave been glad to have you d0 what you did." "No doubt she is somewhat spoiled," replied Dick, "and ~er judgment has been warped by her associations. She v.ould change her views if she had unprejudiced persons to ~a::-: to." "Perhaps," somewhat doubtfully. I would like to know just how many of the redcoats ::he re are here," observed Dick. Yes, it would certainly be an advantage." You are in uniform, so you had better remain behind. They will not suspect me." Dick then went ahead rapidly, while :Mark advanced v.i t h more caution, keeping in the woods and listening for e very sound. He had his pistols with him and was ready to use them a t a moment's notice. ...;ome minutes had elapsed when he suddenly heard the ~ o unds of a struggle, shouts and one or two shots. ''Dick is in danger!" he muttered, as he darted ahead. ~uddenly the ground seemed to give way under him and :he fell several feet into a deep pit, the sides of whicl1 w e re almost precipitous. He was not hurt, but he realized at once what had hap p e ned. He had fallen into a bear trap covered o,er with b ranches and leaves, which he had not seen in his haste. He landed on his back on a pife of leaves, somewhat .;:haken up, but in no wise injured. "That's a pretty thing to happen to a fellow!" he mutte ed in disgust, getting on his feet and looking up. He could hear nothing now and at once began to plan an es c ape so as to go after Dick. CHAPTER III. A.N UNFORTUXATE STUllIBLE. D ick had gone some little distance along the rough road 77t:e n he saw a party of four or five British officers come ar ound a bend. He kept right on at the same careless gait as if it were n o thing out of the common to meet a redcoat. "Hello,~ where are you going, fellow?" asked one of the o :ficers. "Oh, just erlong ther road, thet's all," answered Dick, with a simple look. ''Do you live around here?" "Say, do you see that tree?" pointing to a forest giant a, least a hundred years old. "Oh, I suppose that was a sapling when you came here?" with a laugh. "No, but it was here an' so was the river." "Ho-ho, pretty good. You're not such a fool as you look." "Thet's what I've be'n told," with a laugh. "Well, do you see which way the river is going?" "Yus, any fool c'n see that." "Well, you're going the other way, so turn around and go with it." "But I wanter go this way. This is ther way I'm ergoin'." "No, you're not. You're an interloper." "Huh? What's that?" "You're not wanted about here, so be off with you. I am not sure that I ought not to arrest you as a suspicious person." "Waal, ef yer ain't sure, dont do et," with anothe r laugh. "I believe you're a spy!" cried another, suddenly clap ping his hands against Dick's breast. The young patriot at once struck him a blow on the chest, which staggered him. "That's no booby," the redcoat cried. "He has pistol:< inside his coat. Arrest him!" Dick struck out valiantly and knocked down one officer who tried to seize him. Then another fired at Dick, but the shot went wild. Dick at once whipped out a pistol, :fired and carried away the redcoat's hat. Then he turned to run, but tripped on a loo e stone and fell. Before he could get on his feet he 'Vas seized . The redcoatg held him firmly and started back on the road with him. Then they met the young girl whom Dick had rescued. "I told you that it was dangerous over here, Cap-and then she paused. "Hello, Miss iforthley. You know this fellow, do you? .. cried one. "I?" she stammered. "Why, no, I was--Why, how should I know him?" "You told your father that you had been rcscu~c1 from the Indians. So this is the fellow who did it, is it ?1 ' The girl made no reply. "Jove I I believe this is the captain 0 those impudent young rebels over at the fort!" exclairnet1. another. "Thie: is an important capture." "Tell us frankly, :Miss Worfoley, haYe you seen thiq youth before? Is he Dick Slater, of the Liberty Boys?'' "You must seek your information elsewhere, Captain Chester," the girl answered, and then she turned and walked hurriedly away. Dick was searched, but only his pistols ,,ere found upon him. This was suspicious in itself, for no simply country boy, as he appeared to be, would go armed like that.


'l,HE LIBERTY BOYS' WINNING VOLLEY. 5 "You may as well tell us who you are," said the captain, Slater and a patriot and I am satisfied to take a soldier's "for we know you." chances." ' "If you know me what need is there of my telling you "Gentlemen, I beg you will do nothing till I have seen anything?" asked Dick quietly. my daughter," said the royalist. "He is your prisoner, to .. Aren't you Slater, the rebel?" be sure, but I trust that you will not harm him until this 'I am a patriot." matter is looked into." "And Dick Slater?" Then he hastily left the room. 'Tlrat is for you to prove." "Well, my young rebel, you will have a respite for a Dick was not. bound, but the two redcoats held him time at any rate," said Captain Chester, "so make your-.firmly, each with a pistol at his head, while a third walked eel comfortable. You can't escape, for you are well behind with a pistol pointed at his back. \Yatched." 'r1},ere was no hope of escape just then, therefore, and There were long windows reaching to the floor, opening Dick walked along quietly. upon the veranda, where a sentinel was now pacing to They presently came to a large, handsome house stand-Dnd fro. ing in spacious, well-kept grounds, and Dick was taken The officers left the room, li,cking the door leading into inside and told to sit down. the hall, more as a matter of form than anything, for they had no idea that Dick had any chance of escape. They had entered a little parlor on the main floor, used as an office by the soldiers. He sat there evidently engrossed in thought and oblivi and ous of his surroundings. A portly, rather good-looking man, well-dressed wearing a powdered wig, now entered and said: He was taking in everything, however, the number of windows, the distance from one to another, the intervals at which the sentry appeared, the pictures on the walls, the pattern on the caned wainscotting-everything, in fact. "Well, gentlemen, who is this?" •We judge him to be a rebel, Mr. Worthley, and a dan gerous one d that, no less than Dick Slater, the spy captain of the Liberty Boys." " ay you so? How did you catch him? What was he doing so near my house?" "Perhap your daughter can tell you," slyly. "She spoke to him, but saw that she had betrayed herself. She called him captain." 'But what had Martha to do with a rebel? My daughter does not associate with such." "This may have been the person who rescued her from those treacherous Indians and he was coming for his re ward." "But she did not say he was a rebel. Did you do my daughter, Miss Worthley, a service just now, young sir?" to Dick. Dick was very observant and nothing escaped him. While appearing to see nothing, he observed everything. ' The little parlor was at the corner of the house and there were windows on two sides. There was only one door, and Dick wondered why there "\Vas not one on the side facing the front windows, as there seemed to be room enough for it. These big houses always had plenty of doors and windows. The absence of one on that particular side attracted his attention, therefore. The sentry passed one or another of the windows every few moments. "If I did, I ask no reward, as this flippant redcoat sugThe intervals of his being hidden occurred as regularly gests," with dignity. and were of the same duration. "What were you doing so near here?" The only possible chance of Dick's escaping was by dash" eeking information of the enemy." ing through one of the side windows when the man was ' Then ,. ou are a spy ? " hidden at the front. "Sometimes. I am a soldier fighting for my country's Even then the noise would attract attention and he ri.i!:hts." " could hardly get far enough away before a shot could be "H'm! You are a rebel!" fired. "I'm a patriot. We are not rebe~, we are citizens of a Perhaps at dusk it could be done, if he were still in the free land, striving to maintain our freedom." room. "H'm! but you did my daughter a service? I shall Presently Mr. Worthley came by, asking if anything have to consider that, of course." had been seen of his daughter. "I ha,e said nothing of any service, so you are under A servant he met in the hall said that she had not been no obligation." seen since the prisoner had been brought in. "Re is your prisoner, of course, gentlemen," said the "There is Mark," was Dick's thought. "Where is he? royalist, "but if he bas done as you say, it must be considHe must have heard the shots. If he had been taken I cred. The laws of gratitude demand it. Did you--" should have known about it." "I am not shielding myself behind any young lady's Mark could be relied upon, he knew, and the boy's skirts, sir/' was Dick's reply. "I admit that I am Dick I silence puzzled him.


• 6 THE LIBERTY BOYS' WINNING VOLLEY. "He may have been captured in the wood and taken to the camp," he muttered. "If he were free, he would cer . tainly do something." He was right, and ~fark was doing something. CHAPTER IV. THE DEBT PAID. l\Iark had his knife with him and he at once began cut ting holes in the earth in ,rhich to put his hands and feet. The pit was a good ten feet deep and the sides were nearly perpendicular. The branches covering it had been broken by his fall and they were not heavy enough to use as climbing poles. The cutting of steps in one side of the pit "'as the surest way of getting out, therefore. The soil was sandy where he first attacked it and fell in a1:1 fast as he cut it. Then he tried the others and at last found one where there was plenty of gsod, solid loam, easy to cut and hard enough to rest his feet on. He cut footholds at intervals of seven or eight inches as high as he could reach, making them deep enough to rest the better part of his foot in. He would not need to cut them all the way to the top. Once he could well reach the bank, he could draw him self out of the hole. He worked as rapidly as he could and yet did not slight his job. Putting his knife in his belt, he placed his foot in one of the holes, inserted his hands in two others and drew himself up. The earth did not crumble, and he put his other foot in a hole just abo,e the first. Then he went up, never trusting too much to either hand or foot, but making one ease the other. Up he went, till at last there were no more holes in which he could put his hands and only one more for his feet. If he could get his foot in that last hole he would be high enough to reach over the bank. There was nothing to steady him, however. A misstep might cause him to fall. Then the work would have to be all done over. Digging his nails into the soft earth, he drew himself up quickly, put his foot in the last hole and threw himself foTward. His arms stretched at full length on the ground in front of him. The earth -was beginning to crumble under his feet and •e,en now he might slip back. He stretched out as far as he could and caught a clump of coarse, tough grass. It held long enough for him to pull him elf forward a few inches. Then there was a stout bu~h which he could clutch, and none too soon. He reached for it with one hand and caught it just as the tuft of grass came out by the roots. The bush held, however, and gave him a chance to reach a sapling. This was the last thi.J.1g needed, and in a few moments lie was out of the pit, on his feet and brushing the earth from his clothes. Then he hurried on toward the road which Dick l1ad taken. He was in uniform and must be cautious. Coming in sight of the road, he hastened on just to one side of it. He listened for any suspicious sound and made ready to drop upon his hands and knees at any moment. At last he heard hun:ied footsteps coming along the rough road. He dropped to the ground in an instant. Then he peered cautiously through the bushes. The girl he had seen was coming on, glancing am:iously to one side and the other. "Oh, I hope he has not run away," she cried. He did not seem to be that sort." Mark imitated the hissing o{ a snake. The girl at once stopped, alarmed. Then Mark half arose and said: "Sh ! Are you quite alone?" "Don't you trust me?" the girl asked, petulantly. "Yes, but I don't know how far away the redcoats may be, and sometimes they l1ave sharp ~ars." "There are none in sight. Where have you been? Captain Slater is a prisoner." "And I fell in a bear pit." "He must be rescued. It is no use my saying that I won't be under an obligation to a rebel, but I am. It was through me that he was taken and he must be reacued." "Where is he?" asked Mark. "In our house. Will you come with me?" "I will do anything for Dick Slater." "Here is a cloak. It will hide your uniform. It will soon be dusk and the!\ we will have more chance.'' "Is he locked up or under guard?" asked ~lark. "He is under guard, but I can get him out if you will attract the sentry's attention." "I will do anything." The boy threw the cloak over him and they hurried on. approaching the house in the rea;r r.o as not to attract attention. .The girl let Mark into the house by a rear door and saic1: "Wait here till it gets darker. They must not see me


THE LIBERTY BOYS' WINNING VOLLEY. 7 Jet. They are looking for me. They want me to tell them that the prisoner is Dick Slater." "And you won't?" ''No. Listen, he is in a little room at the front. A Bentry paces the veranda. The door is locked. There is a secret panel opposite the windows which very few know of looking into a room occupied by my father." "And you can get into it?" "Yes. Take my cloak, walk on the veranda and keep the sentry's attention. Then I will signal for you when he is safe." "Good! You are a clever girl and a brave one/' "Wait here till I come,'' and Mattie Worthley lef t Mark in a little pantry seldom visited. "It's a pity she's a Tory," he said to himself. ":Maybe she will change her mind. They say that's a woman's p ri vilege." \ It was giowing dark in the place when Mattie came in with a heavier cloak, which covered Mark's head and shoulders and swept the floor. "I don t wear boots," the girl said, smiling, "and yours might betray you." She then took M:ark out, showed him. the way to the veranda and hurried away. Dick Slater, sitting in the little room, saw a cloaked figure appear on the veranda and walk past the sentry. The man spoke to it, but it passed him, sobbing bitterly, and coming dose to the window. The sentry said something and then the figure walkE:d away and both it and the sentry were hidden. At that instant Dick _heard a sound behind him. Turning quickly, he saw that a panel in the wainscotting had slid back. In the opening stood Mattie Worthley. "Quick!" she said. "That is your friend outside. I will give him a signal." Dick slipped quickly through the panel, which was at once closed. He now found l1imself in a room furnished as a library, a little bigger than the one he had left. "This way!" said Mattie. At that moment the door was opened and Mr. Worthley entered. He sa'W Dick, but did not see his daughter. Dick sprang upon him. in a moment, clapped a hand over his mouth, forced him into a chair and said: "These secret panels are very convenient. It was for tunate that this one was discovered. Sit still and don't make a sound, as you value your life." Mattie slipped out of the door without being discovered in the gloam. Dick whipped off his neckerchief while he wa-s speaking and bound it tightly over the royalist's mouth. Then he opened a closet with a spring lock, forced the man into it and shut the door. Hurrying into the hall, he found Mattie. "This way," she said. "Lieutenant Morrison awaits , outside." "Your father is in the cupboard," said Dick. "I had to do something to silence him. Release him i~ good time. The obligation is repaia., and I thank you. Good night." He kissed her hand in courtly fashion as they reached the back door. l\Iark was standing there and seized his hand heartily. "Thank you, miss," he said. "You are a good, true girl, if you are not a patriot, and that may come later. n Then he and Dick sped away in the darkness. CH.APTER V. DICK AND THE ROYAL GREE~-S. Dick and l\Huk hurried toward the road, reached it and kept on without interruption for some minutes. "There's no outcry yet," muttered Mark. "No, they have not released the old fellow yet, but-Sh! "What is it?" "Someone is comil.l.g along the road. We can leave it now." They quickly glided into the brush and hurried om. "Careful!" hissed Mark . "I tumbled into an old l:>ear pit, and we must not repeat the m.istake.1' "Halt! who goes there?" cried a sharp voice. "Here it is!" whispered :Mark. "It was fortunate I t~ought of it." "Halt!" called the voiee again. "Come after us if you think you can catc:._h us!" sai& Mark, with a laugh. Then he and Dick hurried on, making a lot 0 noise. Then there came the so'1.rnd of heavy footsteps crashing through the bush. "He'll tumble in as sure as we aTe here," laughed Mark. Sure enough, it was only a few moments before there came a startled cry, the sound: of a heavy fall and then a, lusty cry for help. "Just as I thought!" laughed Mark. "Others' misfortunes are our gains," added Dick. They reached the river, found the boat without diffi-culty and pushed out. They could hear men calling to one another and see lights fl.ashing in the woods, No one came their way, however, and they were soon in midstream. "That's a clever girl," said Mark, resting on his oars and enjoying the sight of the beautiful 1iver flowing on under the stars. "Yes," was Dick1s answer. "I kn.ew she would do some thing. Her very pride would force her to do it." "Very true."


.. 8 THE LIBER'l'Y BOYS' WINNING VOLLEY. "And so you fell into a bear pit? I knew something had happened to you." "Yes, and that big redcoat found it, too," with a chuckle. Mark then told how he had met the girl and had gone with her to the house. "'l'he sentry tried to get me in conversation, but I would not risk it and simply sobbed and looked in at the window." "He suspected nothing?" "There wasn't time. Miss Worthley waved a white handkerchief as the panel closed and I hurried away. The room was dark and the man suspected nothing." "Well, we are even now," with a smile, "and she is no longer under any obligation." "When she comes to think it over, she won't be a Tory," said Mark. "Very likely not." They now resumed their rowing and in good time land ed on the opposite bank without either accident 'Or inci dent. Entering the fort, they were met by Bob, who said, laughingly: "Well, there must have been a great attraction over there to keep you two fellows so long." "Yes, we were fairly put to it to get away," laughed Mark. "Did you fall in love with the girl, Mark? Of course I know that Dick would not." "No, but I fell into a bear trap instead." "And then the redcoats were so fond of our company that we actually had to run away," added Dick. "Hello! You've been having some adventures, as usuil, have you? So, so, that's what kept you, is it?" "Yes," said Dick, "we had two or three adventures." "Tell me all about it." Other Liberty Boys had gathered around, and they were as greatly interested as Bob was.' "Come on an' have yer supper," said Patsy. "Shure an' yez can talk an' ate at dhe same toime, an' save throu ble an' waitin', begorrah." After supper the Liberty Boys amused themselves in various ways. Fires were lighted, more for !!Ociability than comfort, for it was not cold, and the boys sat or stood around, talk ing, singing and otherwise enjoying themselves. Patsy ancl Carl were constant companions, although they were forever quarreling, but seldom coming to blows, They now sat on a log in front of the :fire, as close to one another as they could get, but saying nothing. At last Carl spoke. "Batsy?" "Phwat is it, Cookyspiller?" "Nodings, I only wanted to know off you was awagke." "Shure an' didn't yez know Oi wor ?" "You don'd was said somedings." "Well, Oi wor thin.kin', dhat's phwy." "What you was t'ought abouid?" "Dhat wor a foine girrul we saw dhe day?" "Yah, she was pooty goot, but you was ought to saw mein gal" "Shure an' phwat girrul wud luc k at yez twoice, me bhy ?" "Blendy. I was had two gals and dey was bote fery fond off me, on'y while I was clinking abouid--" A sudden snore from Patsy interrupted him. "What you was said? I was toldt you dot dose gals was t'ought I was shoost so vine lige eferydings, on'y when I was--" A lo.iider snore than before broke into Carl's description. "Batsy?" Another snore. "Batsy, I said?" A louder snore than ever was the answer. Then Carl gave Patsy a trem e ndous poke in th e rib s . Patsy threw out his arms, caught Carl und e r t h e chin and sent him rolling off the log. "Phwat is it? Phwat are yez doin' down dh e r e ? " "For why you was went to shleep alretty w he n I was toldt you ein pooty shtory?" •

THE LIBER'l'Y BOYS' WINNING VOLLEY. 9 refugee from the l\fohawk Valley, who had broken faith with the Americans and had fled to Canada. Here he had accepted a royal commission.., had organized a company, most of whom were refugees from this very region, and had now returned to harass his old neighbors. There was, therefore, a most bitter feeling among the patriots of the valley against the Johnson Greens, and whenever the two met there was certain to be the fiercest sort of fight. These three men were officers of some sort. They looked keenly at Dick as the boy approached, and one of them said sharply: "Well, ~tupid, why don't you salute the king's officers when you meet them?" "Huh! they's so many of 'em that I'd wear m' hat out if I took it off every time I met one on 'em." "Ha, very good!" laughed the other. "You don't see so many rebels, I'll warrant? You're a good king's man yourself, of course ?" ":N"o, I'm on'y a boy." "I ain't so sure o' him, Pete," said one of the others. "Look here, boy, say 'Long live the king an' confusion to the rebels,' an' then we'll know you're a loyal subject." "Won't do it!" said Dick. "Then you're a rebel!" from all three. "Mebby I am," said Dick, stepping back, "but I'll tell you what I'll do." "Well?" "If the three o' ye c'n lick me, I'll say it, but if ye can't, I won't." "Agreed!" they all shouted with a laugh. CHAPTER VI. THREE TO ONE AND THE ONE WINS. It seemed the height of rashness for a boy to challenge three grown men as Dick had done. Dick knew exactly what he could do, however, and it was no temerity on his part that had made him challenge the three Johnson Greens. He not only possessed wonderful strength but remark able dexterity, quickness of motion, keen sight and great suppleness. "Wait a minute," he said. Then, producing a stout jack-knife. he cut a good strong hickory stick about three feet in length and trimmed off the twigs. "What yer goin' ter do with that, clumsy?" asked one. "This is my sword," was the quiet answer. "I gotter have somethin'." "Oh, that's your sword, is it?" with a roar. "Yes." "Then you expect us to take ours?" asked another. "Yer needn'ter if yer don't wanter. Yer c'n take yer fists if yer like." "Ho-ho I thet's er great joke, that is, ho-ho-ho!' . "Yes, so it is, a hickory stick against our swords." "Why, you fool, we'll run you through at the first blow." "I'm lookin' out fur that. Come on, here's a good open place where there's plenty o' room." "Are yer goth' ter humor him, Pete?" "Certainly, but don't hurt him. Why, the three of us don't need to fight him. One is enough." "Come on," said Dick, holding his cudgel firmly, his neckerchief tied about his hand. Then Pete drew his sword and ru hed at Dick. Before one could take a long breath, the weapon was sent whirling out 0 the officer's hands. He ran to pick it up, when the other two men attacked Dick. They were more cautious than the first. It did not avail them, however. One's sword was sent flying and the other received a buffet on the jaw which made it snap. The first man now came up, while the second went to get his sword, and the third took a tighter hold of his weapon. The two men went at Dick, determined to prick him at least. Then Pete got a blow in the ribs and the other one on the head. They ran at him, and now the third man came up. The three attacked him at three points at once, but the boy seemed to be everywhere in an instant. The stout cudgel flew about like lightning, parrying blows, delivering them and sending blades flying all in a moment. In front, right and left the blows flew and a quick eye and a rapid wrist saved him many a hurt. The three men, angered at their failure and ~ecognizing the boy's skill, now rushed in, determined to stab him. TheR the cudgel flew faster than ever, while Dick jumped about with wonderful q.exterity. Then came three resounding whacks in such quick suc cession that they sounded almost like one. In another instant the three Johnson Greens were lying on the ground, not with broken heads, indeed, but with aching jaws and dazed senses. Then Dick uttered a peculiar sound and in a moment his beautiful, coalblack horse came dashing along the road. Dick took a flying leap, landed as light as & feather in the saddle and rode away, crying: "Not to-day, my friends! Beware of appea.rances afte r this!" He quickly disappeared and then the three officers sat up, rubbed their heads and began to collect their scattered senses.


10 THE LIBERTY BOYS' WIN:N"IXG VOLLEY. "I know that black horse," growled Pete, "and I ought to have known the rider." "I'm blamed ef et ain't Dick Slater, ther rebel spy an' cap'n er ther Liberty Boys." "We were fools not to have arrested him at the start. Theil'e's a reward of five hundred pounds for him, dead or alive." "It's all very well to say what we ought to have done, Derrick, but could we do it?" "What, not the three of us?" "Well, we didn't lick him, as he proposed, did we? By George, but my head aches to split!" "What we orter done was ter nab him in ther fust place an' not took up with any proposal er his'n." "Rubbish!" said Pete. "He , knew us and we did not know him. He had the advantage of us from the start." "He'll be comin' back this way, an' all we gotter do is ter watch fur him an' when we see him ercomin', pull our pistols an' shoot him." "It's all very well to talk," growled Pete, "but he was too smart for us then and he'll be too smart again." "There ain't enny rebel kin git ther best er me in ther long run," growled the other. "I"ll git ther best er him yet, I bet yer." "Humbug, Bill, you're only whistling to keep up your spunk!" laughed Derrick. "You couldn't get the best of Dick Slater, alone, in a hundred years." "You'll see ef I will or not," growled the boaster, and then getting up unsteadily on his feet, he walked away in the direction taken by Dick. Dick meanwhile had reduced his speed and was soon jogging along at an easy gait and before long was going at merely a quick walk. There were enemies not far off, he 11as sure, for they were closing in on the fort with the hope of soon completely inve s ting it and forcing Gansevoort to surrender. Advancing with some caution, Dick:'s sharp ear caught the sound of a sentry's steady tread. He dismounted, tethered Major to a tree back of the road behind a thicket and stole forward. Soon his keen eye detected the glint of a musket barrel and the glimmer of a scarlet u1'liform. There was a camp, or possibly merely an outpost, close at hand. , He determined to investigate and stole forward with all caution on his hands and knee1,, making little noise and advancing rapidly. Before long he saw tents in the 11oods at some little dis tance and observed several redcoats walking about. "It is not a very large camp," he said to himself. "'rhere may be another farther on." Then, crossing the road without being obsened by the sentry, he worked his way past the camp and on until he saw another and larger one at a little distance. Here there were Hessians, Canadians, Tories and Brit ish troops/ each having its separate quarters. There were no Johnson men and these probably had their camp c : lsewhere. He saw no Indians either, although he knew that there were many of them in the neighborhood and it was possible that they were all across the river. What he had learned was important and he now con cluded to return, as it was getting on toward noon. Exercising the same caution as he had shown in coming, he worked his way back past the smaller camp, past the sentries and so on till he reached the spot where he had left Major. Slipping his tether, he led the magnificent animal into the road, . sprang upon his back and rode on at a rapid rate. All at once he discovered one of his late enemies stand ing in the road with a pistol leveled at him: He dashed ahead at a gallop, swerved suddenly to one side and then as a bullet whizzed by within six inches of his head, drew his own pistol and fired, inflicting a pain ful, though not serious 'flesh wound. On he dashed liked the wind, and presently came upon the other two of his late assailants. He fired two shots in rapid succession, and then. rush ing on like a tornado, caused them to take to their heels in a terrible fright. Half an hour later he rode into the fort. CHAPTER VII. .A HASC.ALLY rLOT. Dick reported wliat he had learned to Colonel Ganse voort ancl then joined Bob, Mark, Ben, Sam and some others and related his adventures. "They are closing in 11pon us then, are they?" asked Bob. "Yes, and in a little while I shall not•be able to go so far from the fort, or not without some trouble, at any rate." "Well, they can't get at us in here and we are comfor table enough and can sally out up@ them if 11e feel like it, I suppose?" "Exactly, and that's ,rhat we will do, Bob." "And then there'll be a lot of fun, as Patsy calls H," laughed Mark. "Yis, an' dhere'll be no fun at all at all a, yez clon't come ter yer dinner," said Patsy. "It'll be gettin' cowld on yez av yez don't ate it at 11anst." In the afternoon Dick said to Bob : "Come, Bob, let's go down the river and see what's going on." "Then wait till I get off my uniform. That would not be safe.'' "Hardly, with a lot of redcoats about," with a smile . "If I did not know that you had a sweetheart, I migh t


THE LIBERTY BOY ,. WINXIXG YOLLEY. 11 ihin k th.1t t:1ere was some attraction aero s the river," chuckled Bob. D ick's sweetheart was Alice Estabrook, Bobs sister, and Bob s ,weetheart was Dick's sister, Edith. "Perhaps not what, Oap'n?" "Didn"t you say that perhaps "e might fort and sweep the whole 1ilohawk Yalley ?" "}Ie ? X o, I never said no thin ertail." not take the K o . there s no danger for either of us in that quarter, "H'm, it's very strange." Bob . . '' smilingly. • Then the c~ptain peered over the bank, but saw noth' But I shouldn"t wonder if some of the Liberty Boys ing. might take up with her, if she wasn't a Tory." "}Ia~k seems to think that she might change."' " uch things have happened, but I haYc never knmvn a good patriot girl to turn Tory." •They ha,e too much sense," warmly. When Bob had put on his disguise he ancl Dick went to the shore, got out the boat and worked quietly along the north shore, well in toward the bank, but ready to push out at a moment's warning. At length, when well past the fort, Dick suddenly stopped rowing and signalled to Bob to do the same. They let the boat drift in under the bank, which was quite o,erhanging at this point, and Dick caught a pro jecting root alll1 held them steady. Somebody was coming along the bank, and now, as good fortune would h:wc it, they paused just above where the two young patriot,; were sitting in the boat. "If you managl' it right I can promise you a goodly sum," 60meone said. "\Yull, I guess [ might. She goes inter thcr woods, ycr The boat was hidden under a perfect bower of leave farther down, and so he was as much mystified as ever. "It's ,ery extraordinary," he muttered, and then he ,md his accomplice went away. "You nearly betrayed us that time, Bob," said Dick. "Yes, but I couldn't sit there and hear that conceited puppy talk like that without saying something.'' ''He"s more than a puppy, Bob, he's a cur!"' indi:; nantly. 'I should say so." "He can't win the girl on his own merits, and so is trying to get her by fraud.'' "She's too good a girl for that, Dick, e.en if she is a Tory." "I should say so," with as much spirit as Bob himself generally showed. I'd just like to put a spoke in his wheel, Dick.'' "So we will, Bob. Vi" e not only have to :fight the red coats, but to defeat their underhanded schemes as well." "I'd like nothing better.'' . sav ?" •" T • • • I "I am going across the river. It's dangerous, I know, . :Not as much as she did,_ mice those rascally Ind~ans but I can't see any decent girl made the victim of a con :fnghtened her so, bu;, she ndes at times and you might temptible plot like that, e,en if she is a Tory." meet her on the road. "No, and it's a shame." "An' yer want me ter run erway with her, Cap'n?'' "Let's go over carelessly, Bob, like a couple of :fisher-,. Yes, and then I will rescue her, and out of gratimen or two farmer boys out for a holiday. There n be tudc--" time enough, :for it will take that scoundrel some time tb '• She "ll marry yer? H'm! that's a purty good scheme. Wont she do ct, ennyhow?'' ".1.To, she says she wont.'' Dick thought he recognized the man's voice when he first heard it. Now he was sure that he was Captain Chester, the Briti&h officer into whose hands he had fallen the day before. "But what does the old party say to et? Ain't he anxio us to have his gal marry a British cap'n?" "He leaves it to her. She has her own way pretty much anyhow, I fancy." " Waal, I guess me an' some er ther fellers c'n fix it, Cap'n . Better not go much furder this way, I guess. Some er them plaguey rebels might be prowlin' erbout." Dick smiled at Bob at this remark. " Oh, well, it. won't be long before we'll have them out of the fort, and then we'll have one more stronghold and will be able to sweep the entire valley." "Perhaps not," muttered Bob, before he thought. Dick gave him rt warning look, released the projecting root and let the boat drift away. • "Perhaps not, Wagstaff?" asked the c aptain, sha rply. "What do you mea n by that?" get over." Both boys were indignant cheated by any such scheme posed . that any girl should be as Captain Chester pro She was not the sweetheart of either, but Dick felt a certain interest in her, and even if he had not he would not see her made a victim of in this :fashion. "We'll see 11er and tell her of this scheme, Bob," said Dick . "Yes, and i:f I see this precious scoundrel, I'll tell him what I think of him," impetuously. They rowed out .upon the river and gradually worked their way over to the south shore without having attracted any attention, apparently. As they were rowing along shore Dick kept his eyes on the bank, listening as well for any suspicious sounds . There was a sv:iall sloop coming up the river and Dick now ran in under the bank to watch it. "Where has she come from, Dick?" muttered Bob . " I don't know . She must have come up :from Alba ny, as there a re no sloops of her size i n t his neighborhood." "What do you think s he is?"


12 THE LIBERTY B OYS' WINNING VOLLEY. " S he probably belongs to the e nemy, but I don ' t see The men struck into the bus h es, passing them withln a a ny r edcoats aboard her, nor many of any sort . " few feet and going on. "How far has she come, I wonder?" Then Dick got ip, walked to the road and said: " T here is no telling, but she cannot go mu c h further, . "It is very strange, Bob. Do you suppose these fellows as t h ey certainly can't get her over the carrying place to are looking :for us?" Wood Creek." "Whom else could they be looking for, Dick?" "She isn't an armed sloop, is she?" "I don't know, but I was sure that there was no one on "She doesn ' t look like it, but I suppose they could arm the bank watching us." her. They couldn't get very near the fort in her, any-"So was I, but your eyes are sharper than m ine . " how, so we need have no fear on that account." "Well, they have not found us yet, Bob, so .,nppose we "She is going on," muttered Bob. "i suppose she will go on?" land on this side somewhere . " "But they may find the boat?" "Yes, and we are nearly far enough along our elves . " "Hardly. It was well hidden." The sloop ' s people evidently had not seen the boat, but "Very true." at any rate they paid no attention to it and pres e ntly dis -'Dhey then walked on carelessly like a coup le of o rdiappeared around a point of land tliickly wooded at some nary boys. little distance. They at length came in sight of the house w here Dick The boys went a little farther and then made a landing had been a prisoner. somewhat above where Dick and Mai'k had landed the day There were several officers sitting on the veran d a taking before. I their comfort, the day being warm. Securing the boat under the bushes which overltung the They were in fatigue dress and were sittin,,, i n easy bank , they made tbeir way toward the road, keeping their chairs smoking long , pipes and drinking cold punch, and eyes and ears open for anything which might cause alarm. seemed to be 'thoroughly enjoying themselves. "If we can get near the house we may see her," said Dick wore a differe n t disguise from the on e he had D ick. worn the day befo re, and hls hair was brushed down ove r "There's a c amp somewhat near, isn't there?" his forehead, quite alte r ing his appea r ance. "It is beyond the house." They were passing the house at a leisurel y gait wlrnn "But the officers, some of them at l e a st, are quartered one of the officers arose, came for ward and said: there?" I "Hello, my boys, did you meet some soldiers ju~t now "Yes, and we shall have to be cautious, of c ourse." on the road?" "You left very suddenly, upon yQur last vis it, didn't "Yuss, we seen 'em," said Dick, carelessl y . you ?" with a chuckle. "Where did they go?" "Sh!" whispered1 Di ck, cautiously. "Someone is c om-"Down ter ther river, I guess." i n g along the road." "You didn ' t see anyone else?" T hey were in sight of the road now and they at once "No, that was all, just ther sogers/' and the bOJ5 walk -dropped almo s t upon their faces and peered cautiously ed on. thro u gh the bushe s . "They've gone the wrong way entirely, just as I said," The newcomers ,rere a party of British s oldiers, evi-the officer said to those on the veranda as b e ::-ejoined d e n t l y out for a stro ll. them. "It must have been some'eres near here where they "Oh, well, they"ll come back in a few minut es;' anland ed," said one. swered another. "If they did land, but w e donno if they did." "Yes, .but 1.he:y'll lose time . I told you not to • end them "But they didn't go any farther up the river?" that way." "O' course not." . "But I wassure that the sloop put in down there."' "Then they must be abol1t, and w e must find 'em." "Jove! t~1ere she is now!" and the officer pointed to -. . CHAPTER VIII. THE PLOT FAlLS. • "These fellows must have seen us on the river and then wat c h e d us land," thought Dick, "and now they are look i n g for us . " It seemed stran ge to him, for he had not see n anyone o n shor e an d he h ad w a tc h ed car eful ly. ward the river, which c ould be seen plainly th"ough the trees . "You're right, so she is." "They 11ere not looking for us after all, B vi ) .' ' said Dick. "No, but I 11onder what they want the sloop ior? .. "I couldn't tell you, Bob." "Do you suppose there were any soldiers on h e r? " ' "She would not hold e n o u gh . " "No, but some big gun among the British may be o u board." "Perhaps, b u t i t is all conjecture, B ob."


THE LIBERTY BOYS' 'iYIXNI~G VOLLEY. 13. "Yes, Ye1-y true." , nat we want is to find l\fi s Worthley. he is not i n the house, evidently, but we must find where she is . " "Sh e may be out riding, as the redcoat captain sug g ested. " "Yes, but it seems hardly likely that that scoundre l could have got over here yet. We saw no other boats." " V ery true." " till it will be as well to continue our search." "_1..11 right." They , rent on , for some little time, when Dick said sutldcnly : 'Come on, Bob, omething happening." The two boys dashed-forward at full speed. In a ew moments they saw :Mattie Worthley struggling 11ith three rough looking men who were i.rying i.o drag her from her horse. he 11as slashing at them with her whip, her horEe was plunging and there was great danger of her being thrown . Dick dashed ahead and caught one 0 the men by the houlders and hurled him to the side of the road. Then Bob struck another and knocked liim down, ":bile Dick flew at the third. ' _.\ t that moment there was the sound of a hor ,0e comi ng rapidly down the road . _.\.s Dick ~ent the third man sprawling into the buJ1cs Captain hester appeared, riding at foll peed. ''Desi t, you villains, desist!" lie c ried, firing well aboYe Dicks head . Bob was holding the horse and quieting it, and now Dick said: • •It's all right, :Miss \ Vorthlcy. We knew about . thi~, and--" Be gone, you scoundrel !" cried the redcoat , as he came dashing up and leaped to the ground. "Unhand i.hat young l ady or your life shall pay--" "Very g o od, captain, very good, indeed," said Dick. "You play your part very well, indeed . " "Sir!" blustered the captain, looking grca lly puzzlctl. "You were the star at the prfrate theatricals of the Thirteenth, were you not? Did you alway s p lay the vil lain?" "What do you mean, Eir?" asked the captain . "HaYent I ;:een you before? Jave ! you arc--" "E:s:actly, Dick Slater, ready to bowl you out again," f'aid Dick, brushing h:is hair back. "Don't let him go yet, Bob .') "Why, Captain later, I would neYer have known you!" cried l\Iattie in great astonishment. '' Some time this afternoon, Miss Worthley," said Dick, "Lieutenant Estabrook and myself overheard this person and another --" "Dont listen to him!" snarled the captain, turning pur p le. " A rrang i ng a cleve r little plot which was to benefit the capt a i n." ' I h a,e n ot seen this young r ebe l to d a y," s a id Ches t e r. "You were to be run a'll"ay with and he was to rescue you, ancl then, from very gratitude, you woul d --" "Captain Slater, do you mean this?" cried the girl, turning pale. "Yes, so Bob and I concluded to take a part in them merry theatricals ourselves. We are not strolling playere, nor harn we taken part in private theatricals in camp, bu.1. we thought-- •" "What absurdity is this?" blustered the captain. ::R~~ lease me, you rebel, or I will--" "Simply do nothing!" laughed Bob. "Be less theatri cal, captain, and more natural." "Captai n Chester," eaid l\Iattie, "I have nothing but contempt for you. Don't you eYer dar~ to speak to mengain and don't come near our house. Go!" "Not quite yet, ]ifiss :Mattie," laughed Dick. 'we -.e got to get away ourselves first . Run down and get th boat, Bob, and bring it up here . " "You can take my horse, ii you wish," said ~Lurie, .flushing. "It will save you a lot of time." " I don't ride a side-saddle," laughed Bob. "I'll borrow the captain's, and we can go on together." Forthwith he sprang into the saddle and he an d -be girl rode off togethe r . The captain looked blank, .but Dick said quietly: "There is no use in your scolding, sir. You can't deny what I have said and you may as well s u bmit." "I will get the best of you yet, you rebel," growl ed the. redcoat. "I think not," quietly. "We are engaged in a good cause and you are not . " "What business haYe you meddling in my affairs? Tee girl will never marry you, a rebel." "I do not want her to," quietly . "Neither will she. marry a man who resorts to such base measures as y o u have employed." The captain scowled, but made no answer. Bob and the girl had disappeared and Dick made a mental calculation as -to how long it would take Bob to o-et to him in the boat. He put his hands in bis pockets and stood look ing a the captain, who was fretting and fuming, walking bac~ . and forth nervously and now antl then muttering to h imself. ' Presently Dick saw a number of redcoats on horseback approaching from the west. Captain Chester's face lighted. "If you say a ,rnrd about me to those officers you "i.l repent it," said Dick. "I have a pistol in my pocket, aimed at your heart. Be warned and say nothing." In a short time the r edcoats came up. "Ah, Chester, taking a stroll?" "He's er ;,aitin' fur his hoss," said Di c k stolidly. "\\hen he comes..back he'll go with yer . " • The redcoats rode on, Captain Chester scowli n g an_gril)l at Dick. In a fe w mom e n ts D ick heard a splash in, t h e wat er.


i 4 . . . THE LIBERTY BOYS' i\'INNI~G VOLLEY. CHAPTER IX. ' A LffELY CHASE. Bob had come with the boat. "Good day, captain," said Dick. "You may go now." Then he dove into the b ushes. There was a re.port and a bullet flew over his head .. He was descending the bank at that moment. "~ot this time!" he laughed . There was another report and a bullet flew to one side of him. Then he . reached the wate r and saw Bob almost along side. In another moment he was in the boat. ''Pull hearty, Bob," he said. " I don't think the captain has another pistol, and it will take him some time to re load ." The boat glided out upon the river, headed for the north shore. Dick drew a pistol and sat facing the bank they had just left : In a few moments the baffied and irate redcoat ap:peared on the bank. 1-Yith him were three or four privates. ''There are the rebel spies!" he cried. "Fire on them ." "Down with you, Bob," said Dick. Both boys slid into the bottom of the boat. C rac k-crack-bang! The redcoats blazed away at the boat, and but for Dick's :forethought the boys m ust have bee n hit . The bullets flew right over t he boat, one of. them strik ing the stem . Dick heard them whistle over his head a nd then s trike Reaching the shore, they put up the boat and went to 1he fort. "Well," asked JHark, "you two are almost as good at getting into trouble as Patsy and Carl, the only diffe rence being that you get out of it." "We got someone else in trouble this time, Mark," c huckled Bob. "And didn't get into any yourselves?" "None worth speaking of ." Then Bob told what had happened, ~Iark being greatly interested . "By the way," he said, "those two funny fellows, Patsy , md Carl, a re still o ut. They said they were going on the riYer. Did you see them?" ' "No," said Bob, "but I suppose they will be back." "To be sure they have never failed to return so far," laughed niark, "though they usually get into trouble.' ' "And out of it," chuckled Bob. "Very true." :Mark was quite right, for the two comical Liberty Boys we1;e in trouble. They had ask e d and received permission to go to the fiver and had set out in high glee . Patsy had said that he wanted some fresh fish for s up per and Carl had agreed that it would be very good. They took fishing tackle along, expecting to cut poles o n the bank. 1 Reaching the river, Carl cut himself a pole, fastened his line to it, baited h is hook and said: "I bet me t was caughted somedings pefore you al retty." • "Go' n w id yez, ye won 't. Shure Oi'm dhe besht fisher man dhat iver was, an'--Oh, glory! phwat are yez c1oin' ?" the wate r some d istance on. Carl had c aught something ahead of Patsy, as he had "It's al l right, Bob," he s aid. promised. Then Bob sat up, took the oars and rowed rapidly a nd In c asting his line he had caught Patsy's e ar. ,steadily out upon the river. " Howld on, Cookyspiller; howld on!" yelled the Irish By the time the redcoats c ould fire again the boat would boy. " Shure an' yez have o n to,o much bait intoirely.'' be out o f range. " What y ou sai d? Leaf go off mein hook.'' Dick waved his hat• a nd then sa t i n the stern with his "Lave go av me e ar, yez mane. Dhrop dhe pole. Yez back to the redcoats, as i f he were no longer interested i n have c ot me i nshted av a fish." them. . ,"What you was wanted to got in mein way for?" asked "I saw those fellows we thought were looking for us," Carl. s aid Bob. " Shure Oi didn't; yez got in mine," growled Patsy, "Yes?" • tak ing the hook out of his ear. "They expec ted to see s omeone from the sloop." "For why I did?" "She belongs to the e nemy?" "Shure an' Oi donno, unless it's be cos yez have a way av "Yes. She had been down the river some little distance doin' it, me bhy.'' l ooking for i nformation. She has a n aide of St. Leger's Carl t ried again and this time got his line caught in o n board a nd these fellows were looking for news." t he b ushes. "They have bee n looking along the river, testing the " I don' d be lief me I was wanted t o caught some fishes," quality o f the people, I-s uppose. I trust that t~ey will be he muttered. " I was gone to c aught some rabbits." satisfied." "Go'n wid yez, didn't yez say yez wanted some fish?" "They will be by a nd by-satisfied that the people are "Yah, dot was all righd, but you could caught dem." 1111 opposed to them," with a chuckle. Then he started off into the woods.


THE LIBE R T Y BO Y ' WINNI~G V OLLEY. 1 5 \., ''Sh u r e an Oi don t cee plmy yez cudnt shtay,'' growled P a t ~y. Hi s luck was Yery little better than Carr and pretty soon h e , round up his line, threw away the pole and set off a fter h i companion . PrescnUy he heard Carl calling in a tone of clistress : "Batsy, Batsy, hurry oob g w ick alretty ! " " hur e an' phwafs dhe matter ,Yicl yez ?" ' Hurry oob, I wa got caughtecl mit cler mucl . " ' W ell, can t yez get out?" " Xein , I wa htuck alretty." The n P atsy hurried on and presently came to a swa,np. T he r e was Carl stuck in a boghole up to his knee and etting deeper cyery minute. "Gife me your hancls alrctty, ' ' cried Carl. " ' Deed an Oi wont ! ~in' Jeaye yez pull me in? ~o, ~or , O i'll not do et!" " H o " you was got me ouicl ?" "Here, catch dhis," and Patsy took off his belt and i.hrew it at Carl. He neglected to retain a hold on one encl, ho,YeYer, and although Carl caught the belt it dicl him no good . ''For ,rhy you donuwa keeped holdt rnn der belt your selluf ?" asked Carl. " Shur e an' Oi niver fought av it. T'r.ow it to me." Then Paby ,rent as close to the bank as he clar ed and h eld o u t his hands, kneeling on the bank. " Now, dhin, let me ha,c it," he called out. Car l hell1 on to one end of the belt and tossed that hav ing the buckle on it to Patsy. It went through his hand ancl struck him on the eye, causing him to set up a howl. "Howld on, Cookyspiller, plmat are ycz about? hure clhe for t toime yez cot me ear an' now yez have me oye. " ".For why you dond caughted it?" asked Carl. "Was you had grease mit your :fingers?" "No, Oi've not, but yez didn't frow it shtraight." Carl now threw the belt once more and this time Patsy caught it. Then he pulled and gradually drew C,1rl out of the mud. IIe came slo,dy at first and then came out in such a hurry that Pat,y tumbled o,er backward. "Hmrhl on , howld on, plmat arc yez doin at all at all?'' . i s arl till held on to the belt, Pa.tsy"s tumbling c.m.ed_ him to fall also and he stretched himself out on top of his comrade . ' ' Ouch, get oil' me. hure yez do ha,e dhc bi:eath all dhruv out av me!" Xot only that, but Patsy was plastered with mud from head to foot. "Dot wa all righd.'' :=-aid Carl, getting up . " A ll roight, ,rn it? Luck at me, w11d yez? Shure an' Oi"ll harn to go inter dhe wather an' get clhe mud off me." ' ..:\11 righcl, I was went mit you," said Carl. " ' Deed an' yez'll not. " said Pat y, decidedly . "It's throubl ee n uff Oi", e had troo yez dhe clay, a n ' Oi w an t n o m or e av it. " Then Pat y went off by himself, Carl follo"ing more lei urel_y, and o they r eached the fort. "'\Yell," laughed :.\I ark, looking at Patsy, "you got into trouble, I see?" "'\Yhishper, :.\Iark," laughed P atsy . "Yez want to see Cookyspiller before yez say a nnything." CHAPT E R X . SUH.ROUXDED BY THE E..'l'E:'IIY. The enern3• w ere drawing clo,er to fort, as Dick had said they would. The next clay he wen t o u t and fou n d that h e could go a short distance o nl y with out coming upo n their outposts . Then t. Lege r se n t a flag with a summo n s to surren de r . With the ummo n s was a proclamation intended for the garri'on, but both s u mmons and procl amati on were dis l egarded . t. Leger now set to work to fortify his camp and clear away obstructio n s from '\'f ood Creek and the road for the t r an portation of artillery and provision . IIe al o proceeded to cut oil' all comm u nication bebreen the fo r t and the surro undin g count r y . A few she ll s wer e thrown into the fort, but did no damage, the greatest annoyance being fro m Ind ians firi n g with their rifles upon those engaged i n repairing the ,rorks . ' We have to stop this," said Dick to Bob. "Get out twenty or thirty of the sharpest _hots among the Liberty Bor .' ' All the Liberty Boys were good, but certain ones 'l'Yere always elected when there was expert work to be done . Bob soon had the sharp shooters out, and Dick said : ":R o,Y, boys, I want you to pick off these r edskins who arc annoying the men at their work. The boy all nodded assent . ''They are behind trees, but you must watch them and fire whene,er you see the lighte t chance of hitting them." The boys nodded again . "Let each of you pick out a man and watch him, and whenever you see a chance, fire . " "'\'\"e'll make it hot for them," muttered 2.Iark. "They are not the only expert shots in this part of the country . " Then the boys po ted themselves at various points and watched the Indians. There wa one who soemed never to miss his mark and Dick picked him out for his especial victim. With his eye on the tree behind which the red kin was posted, he pre. ently saw the fellow's shoulder exposed . He .fired at o n ce, the r eport being follo w ed by a how l , and for a b r ief spac e t h e man s brea't was exposed . Dick had a sec ond mus k e t alo n g i de, and this h e seize d and d i scharged in an instant.


16 THE LIBERTY B OYS' W INNING V OLLEY. Bang! The bullet flew straight to its mark and the Indian fell :n plain sight of all. Bob and Mark were n ear each other and Mark now said: "I am going to draw the fire of that big fellow right in front of me. I think you can hit him, for he will have to come out a bit." "All right, Mark, I'll do my best." Mark had put his hat and coat on a stick and he now expose d them to view. The Indian he had spoken of moved to one side to get a good sight and fired. He exposed his foot for an instant and Bob at once put a bullet in it. With a howl of pain, he fell forward. Then Mark, who had been looking for something like chis, fired and the redskin stretched out and never moved. "There won't be anyone else to take that post," dog gedly, from Mark. "It won't be safe." Meanwhile the best of the sha rpshooter s were watching1 for opportunities to get in a shot at the redskins. They did not fire often, but when they did they brought down a redskin. Two named Harry, who were great chums and g enera ll y worked, together, succeeded in decoying a redskin, much the same as Mark had done, and Harry Thurber put a bullet in him. Sam Sanderson and Ben Spurlock each picked off a redEkin at the same moment, the two shots sounding as one. Only when two redskins tumbled forward did the other .boys know tha t ther e had b een two shots fired. Dick picked out another Indian who had been making a good deal of trouble, and after patiently waiting for nearly half an hour, caught the redskin napping and bro ugh t him down. Every _ shot that was fired counted, and not one was wasted, so that' at l ast the wary r edskins withdrew or so caref ully entrenched themselves that there was no reach ing them. " I thought we would give them a lesson," observed Dick. "A few s uch will do a lot of good." The redskins were more cautious after this, but every now and then Dick or Bob or Mark or some other expert marksman would pick one off, and for a time they would be more cauti~us. Harry J u dson waited one full hour to get a s hot at one o f the r ed marksmen, and finally got it and sent the wily rascal t umbl ing o u t of a tree hea dl o n g, stone dead. Such energetic opposition on the part of the Liberty Boys fin ally forced the Indians to r etire. At night they seemed to completely surround the fort and filled the woods with their yells. As the enemy were now on all sides it was extremely .difficult to l eave the fort, and Dick would no,t permit any of the boys to go out except the oldest and most experi enced and t hose whom he could trust implicitly. He had con fidence in them all, of course, but some were more experienced and better able to take cam of themselves than others, and of these he ~ade exceptions. He determined to l earn all he could of the enemy, how ever, and one morning, taking Bob, Mark, Ben and Sam, all in backwoods garb and provided with several pistol:; apiece, he set out . They left the fort cautiously at different points, meet ing in a swamp in the rear and then proceeding toward the camp of t~e royalists and Indians. They did not cany muskets, as these would be apt to be in the way in making their way through the woods. Stealing forward with the utmost caution, the fi,e Lib erty Boys approached within sight of one of the pickets of the Johnson Greens. "If we only can capture this fellow," said Dick, "it will be a feather in our caps." "We might make him tell something," suggested Bob. "I hardly think so, but we will capture him at any rate." Then Dick, Bob and l\I ark stole fonrnrc1. Ben and Sam were to cover their retreat. The sentry had no suspicion of danger as he paced to and fro, his musket over his shoulder. The three young patriots ,rcre a~ "lfary as Indians and worked their way noiselessly forward. Dick' gave a signal and at once the three arose. They sprang upon the sentry from three sides. While Bob and Mark disarmed him, Dick clapped a pistol to his head. With his other hand held over the fellow's mouth he prevented him from uttering a sound. "Gag him, Iark," he said. "Bind him, Bob, and then we'll leave him in the woods." For an instant the sentry wren che d himself free and uttered a shrill alarm. Bob felled him with one blow, knocking him senseless. The alarm had been heard, however. At once three of the Johnson Greens came running to the spot. They were Dic k's former opponents in that famous sword fight. "Surrender, you rebels!" they shouted, firing at Dick. The three boys returned the fire and retreated. Then Ben and Sam came up hastily and opened fire upon the three r oyalists . They fell back, thinking there was a large party of the boys. Then Dick fired two shots in quick succession, wounding two of the Johnson Greens. T hey set up lusty howls, whi ch were answered from the camp . Then rapid footsteps were heard and ma n y swiftly run ning forms were seen hurrying toward them. With a last rattling volley, the galla n t lads retreated and made good their escape.


THE LIBERTY BOYS" WI~NL.:rG VOLLEY. 17 CHAPTER XI. GETTING RE.ADY FOR THE ENEMY. "W captured one of them and disarmed him, even if w e did not carry him away," said Bob when the boys were free from pursuit. ' If e did not want him anyhow," lau ghed :Mark, "but w e showed them what we could do." , w w e did not leam as much as I would have liked," said Dick, ' but one does not always accomplish all that he ~ets out to do." Later he determined to go out alone and reconnoiter . I n buckskin shirt and breeches, a coonskin cap on his h ead, a hunting knife in his belt and a long rifle in his hands, he might easily be taken for a Canadian, many of whom were about. When he left the fort several of the Liberty Boys fired shot a him, taking good care, however, to fire well above his head. 'I'hen he ran at full speed, making all the noise he could. As he went tearing through . the bushes he startled fl number of men sitting on logs in a little glade. They sprang to their fei t and one of them raisec1 a rifle, which Dick quickly struck down. "Beeg fool, no shoo t, me got shoot from de [ort, dat good nuff, by gar!" he said, in the dialect of the French anadian. "Get shot in me 'at, noder one in shirt, what you wee h, hein ?" "Thets all right, John; we thort you was er enemy," saia one . ,:No henemy, good man , me go to fort, find hou t some ting, bang . bang! piff, piff ! bullet come cv'where. By gar, no safe." "Wall, I gue s ye're erbout right," laughed another. ', o ye're er Kanuck, be yer ?" " Oui, come Kenbeck, spik bad Engleesh, shoot good, mais, by gar! ':Melican shoot more better, shoot like fun, no lak !" The men all laughed and re urned their eats, Dick sittin(Y down with them. I I guess they kin shoot!" one answered, "but we"ll git 'em out er there yit." ' How you get bout? Fort strong like box, no block 'ou.e, str ong fort." "Waal, we can starve 'em out an' we c'n stop ther other fellers from comin', can't we?" 'Oder feller come bimeby, hein?" a kcd Di ck, betraying no excitement. 'Yu s, ther ole Dutchman i ercomin' an' ome er the Johnso n Green an' er lot er Injun has gone ter meet 'em." "Den d ere be fight. By gar! I lak been dere, fight lak fun!" "Waal, they've went all ther same an' they'll gfre ther old Dutc hm a n fits?" " 'Oo dat ?" "Gin'ral Herkimer, er course. H e's ercoming' on an' ther Johnson Greens an' Injuns an' redcoats air ergoin' ter meet him." "By gar! dat too bad!" "Why it is too bad, Johnny Frog ?" asked one, susp i c i on ly. "Too bad me no der e for fight lak fun, too bad me lose de hance, me cut hout o' de fun; dat's wat." "Oh, well, er course, thet's bad, but yer may have some iun 'round here, just ther same." " 'Ow queeck ?" "Putty soon, I gue s." " ow many men you got, 'ow you get in fort, strong lak box?" "How do yer know ct's so strong, Johnny Frogs? Have yer be'n inter et?" "Me go hup, me see, me been dere sometime dat be Fort tanweex, me see den, more stronger now, by gar, no can get hin. You try, bang, bang, piff, piff ! You get ~hoot lak fun." This, accompanied with quick gestures and a rapid pla y of the feature , set the scouts ancl Greens to laughing vio l ently . "'Vaal, ye're pooty nearly right er bout ther fort, Johnny, but cf they can't git no help nor no grub nor ammemition, they gottcr giYe up bimeby, hain't they?" ":;,\[ ebbce so, we see. All same, me lak see fight, shoot someboclee, mak run lak fun." "Waal, I guess you will, with putty nigh onto two thous and men er seegin' of it. Ther's ir John an' Brant an' , t. Leger an' er lot more an' I guess e we can't git in, they can't git out an' then if we lick ther Dutchman an' ennybody else . what comes, where are they, my boy?" "Oui, dat's so, we're dey h'are?" answered D ick with a shrug, which brought out another laugh. Pre ently there were some a'rrirnl , one or two roya lists, a Tor y or two, an Indian and hrn redcoat privates. 'fhe place wa a sort of outpo t, the various camps being at some little di tance. Dick remained quiet, but listened and learned much. They were all talking of an expedition that had gone down the river to meet a force of Americans that was expected and to try and get them into an ambuscade. The sloop must have brought word of it," thought Dick. "This is important news and must be communicated at once to Colonel Gan evoort . " omc 0 the men presently strolled away and there were left only those whom Dick had seen at first. -Then he got up and wa walking away when one of the party said : • "What's yer hurry, John?" "No 'urry, me go to fort, mebbe me get shance to shoo t someting." "Waal, look out you don't get ~hot yurself," with a coarse laugh. "All right, m e look bout for myself."


18 THE LIBER'l'Y BOYS ' "\VI~KING YOLLEY. At that moment Dick old enemy, Pete, of the John~on Greens, with hi arm in a Jing, came into the glade. "Who's that?" he asked excitedly. "Oh, jest er French Kanuck, thet' ben tryin' ter find out something erbout ther fort an' got er bullet through . his cap." "That's no Frenchman, that's Dick Slater! After him, don't let him e cape!" The men sprang to their feet and started after Dick. He saw them coming, ran on, got behind a tree, raised bi musket and cried : "Look out! I neYer miss!" One of the men :fired, the bullet taking the bark from the tree. Then the Indian who had been in the glade came sud denly nmning up behind Dick, a tomahawk poised in his hand , ready to hurl at him. The :./oung captain of th~ Liberty Boys heard him, turned quickly and fired. The Indian fell in his track without a groan, Lhe toma hawk dropping to the ground. Quickly slinging the musket over his shoulder, Dick drew two pistols and .fired at the oncoming royalists. Two of them fell and then Dick dashed away. Keeping the trees behind him, he hurried on, bullets whistling about him, but none reaching hilll. Then he fired again, bringing down one of his prisoners and sped on, reaching the fort and being speedily ad-. mitted . Bob was on the lookout, recognized Dick and passed the word at once, so that there was no delay. Dick at once hurried to the coloners quarters without waiting to change his clothes and related what he had heard. '' This is indeed important," said Gansevoort, '' but if Herkimer is coming, it seems strange that I should not have heard something about it." "It does, indeed," was Dick's reply, "and per hap thi;; has been simply given out to J2ncourage the men." "Perhaps so, but I hardly think so. There is something in it, I am certain." hortly after this three men arrived from down the river, having made their way tl1rough a swamp. They had left Oriskany, eight miles below, on the pre vious evening and had expected to be at the fort early in the morning. They brought word from General Herkimer, who was advancing toward Fort chuyler with a force of upwardil of eight hundred men. He requested Colonel Gansevoort to fire three signal guns on the receipt of his message, upon hearing which he would emleavor to force his -way to the fort, depending upon the co-operation of the garrison . It was now between ten and eleven o'clock in the morn ing and no doubt the veteran general was impatiently awai ting the sound of the signal guns. Colonel Gansevoort determined to comply with the gen -erars request immediately and to make a diversion by attacking that paTt of i.he enemy' camp occupied by the Johnson Greens . He sent for Dick and said: '' Captain 'later, summon your Liberty Boys in tantly. We are going to attack the enemy . Colonel Willett, of the ~ew York Continentals, will take command. Report to him at once." "Very goou, ir," and Dick hurried away without aski ng any questions. The three signal gun ,rerc fired and then Willett and ' his Continentals made r eady to leave the fort, being joined Ly Dick and the Li.berly Boy~. ".1? o,r, boys," said Di<.:k, "\\c are going to attack the enemy . I need not tell you to uo your best, for I know that you \\ill.'' ''\Ye will," cried the one hundred boy as one . "Down with the redcoats, liberty forever!" Then they rode forth to meet the enemy. ClIAP'l'ETI XII. A Q_\.LLAXT FIGHT. s\,ray went the Liberty Doy-. wii.h Dick later at their head, ready to give battle to the enemy . Remaining idle in tbc fort wa' not at all to their liking and now there was a. c-hance to do something . An aoti,e lifr, ,rith plenty oi excitement, wa-, what uited them be t, a;ncl now they were having it. 'l'hey had their pocition in the attack and 111eant to keep it. Colonel Willett was to attack the Indians. while the Liberty Boys were to fall upon the Johnson Greens, the two camps being adjacent. On dashed the gallant lad. coming in a short time upon the pi kets and driving them in. Then on they rode ancl dashed right into the camp . ::\Iu kets rattled and pistol cracked and at once foere was a terrible clin. \Yillett \\'as attacking the Indians at i.he same tune and there was a great slaughter. He had some field piece' with him and fairly mowe d do,rn the redskins. They took to the "oock uttering terrified crie,, and Willett dashed into the camp of the Johnson Greens . Dick and the Liberty Doys in the meantime were giv ing a good account of themselYes. With Bob, Mark, Ben. am and a dozen more at hi side, Dick was in the thick of the fight. Up rushed some o.f his old enemies, recognizing him and eager for revenge . 1Iounted upon his splendid black Arabian, Dic k charged upon them and put them to instant fli!);ht.


THE LIBERTY BOY ' WDTNIXG VOLLEY. 19 Bullet' flew like !..tail, saber whistled and plucky boys ,cheereJ. as on they rushed, driYing all before them. _, T h e Green fled aero s the riYer, leaving their camp to be r ifletl bv the Continental . J ohnson himself was forced to fly in great haste, leav-i n g all hi, papers behind him. These were seized and pro,etl of great importance. everal wagon load, of camp equipage, clothing_ , blan k etand store a all kinds were carried oil:, the Ameri can retreating a news came that t. Leger was coming u p with a powerful reinforcement. "Cover our retreat, Captain later," said the colonel. "Yery good, sir," was Dick's reply. Then they fell back slowly, but in good order. _\t length they halted on the river bank, where there wa~ a fine natural breastwork a rocks and trees. The sloop that Dick had seen was on the river anrl a boat "-a~ being lowered ram it. ''11e: 1 ~tay here," said Dick. " end the horse-< ahead.'' The bo r s e-< were despatched to the fort under the char,ge a half a dozen a the Liberty Boys. "Ile h ind the bowlders, all of you," said Dick. "Don't firl' till I gi,e the word, then give them a winning ,alley." The Lank of the ri,er at this point sloped sharply from the water to the leYel ground beyond. There was an a cent, then a level space, then an ascent again and so on, the bank being a natural terrace. There ,ras a line a great bowlders and earth banks behind which tl;ie Liberty Boys could protect themselves, a-well a -behind regular brea twork-. Here they lay concealed till Dick was ready to give the word. Here and there were trees springing up between the rocke.. but aa general thing there was a clear view a the ri,cr and little to intercept a volley . The bra,e boy crouched behind the rocks, out a sight, awaiting the coming of the enemy. On came redcoats and royali ts, toilinoup the bank, expecting to carry everythinobefore them. On the ri,er, near the loop, wa a boat containing severa-1 high official coming to dictate terms to the garrison, no doubt . T he red0-0at were fairly marming up the steep bank. Victory was certain, in their e timation, ~nd nothing could tand before them. As yet Dick made no ign and the enemy, thinking the p atriot were in full flight, came rnshing on in tremendous force. From one level to another they advanced, seeing noth i ng of he patriots, and shouting to each other: "The rebels have run away. Now we'll get the fort." . " ' ".ait and see," muttered Dick to h i mself . O n came the redcoat and royal i sts in great numbers, e xpecting to weep ever-ything before th-em. D ick suddenly a rose behind a bowlde r , pisto l in hand. "Fire, L iber t y Boys! " he cried . At once a tremendous ,alley was poured upon the enemy. The rocks seemc

THE LIBERTY BOYS' WI:NNI~G VOLLEY. a m usket ball shattering his leg just below the knee and killin g his horse at the s ame time. H e made his men place him on his saddle at the foot of a large beech tree, against the trunk of which he leaned, c o ntinui;ng to give his orders. The loss on both sides was great, the Indians in their f erocity at seeing many of their favorite chiefs s hot clown, a ttacking all whit e s indiscriminately, many of the John son Greens being slain by their red allies. All this was of course not learned at F . ort Schuyler until some time later, but St. Leger, wishing to intimidate the g arrison, forced ' a number of his prisoners to write the m ost gloomy letters concerning tho battle and represent in g that Burgoyne was then in possession of Albany. These ' letters were sent to 1.he fort, it being hop e d that they would lead to its surrender. Gansevoort's resolution was not shaken, however, and he determined to hold out and stand a siege, St. Leger's artill ery being too light to ha,e any effect upon the wor ks. T he siege was likely to be a long one, however, and therefore Gansevoort determined to send to Gene/al Everything seemed quiet on the sloop, which was an chored on the farther side of the river, wit h her sails. furled. "I don ' t think it will do to go over there now," said Dick. "No, for there is probably somebody on lioar d, altho ugh it looks so des erted," was Bob' s c omment . "Bette r leave that till to-night," said Dick, mmin1;ly. "Ye s," assented bot'h boys. Then they k ept on cautiously, Dick in the stun, Bob rowing and :Mark in the bow. All three kept their eyes and ears open to gu a:-d aga inst s urprise. Sudd enly , as they glided under the bank, :Ma k be:d up his hand as a sign of caution and Bob ceased r o w ing . Then footsteps were heard coming along the bank above them. "Do you think you could carry her away , Wa;srnff?" asked a voice. Dick recognized it immediately as that of C aptain Chester. "Waal, I might, but she wouldn't have y e anyhow, a r te r Schu yler for aid and at once began to look about him for what happened t'other day." ' . t h e proper persons to send upon this perilous mi s sion. "She c ouldn ' t help herself, if I kept h ~ r a prisone r,"' ""1 growled the other. C HAP'I'ER XIII. Dick signalled to Bob to pull out into the o tream . He did so and instantly the c&ptain and h i s compa nion peered cautiously out from among the trees. WORKI~G ON THE WATER . , j Dick had his pistols in his hands and one on seat a l ongside. " B oys," said Dick to Bob and Mark a day or two after the battle, "there is that sloop on the river." . "And you think it is about time something was done a bout :it?" asked Bob. "Yes, anc1 then there are • the enemy all around us to be l o oked after." "And you think we can do it?" enquired Ma rk. "Well, we have done it before," w-ith a smile. "I don't mean a general attack such as we made a few days ago, of course." "A s ort of sally, I suppo s e," remark e d Bob, "pic kfng off men here and there, grabbing a wagon load of supplies or scattering a lot of pi c kets and m a king them keep their distance?" "That's just it." "Well, when do you want to begin operations." "Why, we have a boat, the river is placid, the au is mild--" "Change your clothes, Bob," laughed Mark. "He wants u s to go now." "All right," and Bob got up. "They say there is no t~me like the present." T he boys put on their ordinary clothes, left the camp cau tiousl y a n d made their way to the river. H ere they fou n d the boat, hi dden in the bushes, and push e d off, keep i n g close to the bank. "So you are scheming again, are you, c aptain ?" he asked. Then he saw the barrel of a pistol protrudin~ from the leaves. "Be careful," he cautioned. "I b_ave a good e igh t on you and will fire if I see anything suspicious." "What are you doing here, you rebel?" grow;ea C hes ter. " , Watching the enemy and doing my best fo thwart them. You are one/' }.Iark had hi s pistols ready to fire at a momem 119tice and Bob now h e ld the boat steaay, keeping the oar in the water. , "We'll smoke you out of that old mu~ fort pres ntly." mutte r e d the British captain. "You have not done it yet, and I doubt if you can . I dicl not come to talk about that, however." , "Nobody wants to talk to you, you rebel'.' ' with a growl. "I s uppose not, and I'd rather talk to a mor e a gr e eable petson myself." "That's s omeq1ing ior you to think about, : aptain," laughed Bob. "You are s c heming against :Miss Worthley," Di c k con tinued. ,,.. "How do you know that?" with a s;narl. o nly woman in the world?" "Is she the


THE LIBERTY B O YS' "\VINNING VOLLEY. "I know you are, and I warn you that you will come to 'ef if you do not desist . " "You d o not care anything for her,' petulantly. "What it to you?" "I resp ect her and will protect her from such a villain !JS you are, so I warn you that if you persist I will inform St. Leger hi m self as to your doings and giYe you a thrashing in the bargain." All of a sudden Mark :fired, not at Captain Chester, but at a point farther up the river. T hen a man came tumbling into the river from the bank, discharging his pistol as he fell. H e presently came to the surface and scrambled up the bank, not without some difficulty, however. H e had been hit in the leg just as he was about to fire upo n Dick. The watchful Mark had seen him and had firct1 at just th e r ight moment . "Some :folks never will learn except through hard ex p erience," he said drily, as the man limp~d away. "The man wasn't doing anything," growled the reucoat. "W hy did you fire upon him?" "Wa -n't he?" muttered Bob . never fires without reason, nor B oys." "Well, )lark :Horrison do any o.E the Lib e rty "You had better put up your own pistol, caplain," saiu Dick. "I see it in your hand. Uy boy are r e markabl y qui c k a t shooti n g, and I am somewhat of an expert mys e lf," quietly. "I'll get you yet, you confounded r ebel!" snarled Che t er, as he do,e into the bushes . "Pull out, B ob," said Dick . T he boat shot out into the stream as a bullet came whistling through the air . It fell well astern of the boat and no more were sent after them. "What a pestilent nuisance that is," muttered Bob drily. "He'll get into trouble one of these days." "And shortly, if he keeps up this line of cond uct," added Mark. . "Those shots will attract altention," obsened Dick. "Go down, Bob, and not too clo e." Dick wa right. A number of Indians presently appeared on bm,k, and began firing at the boys with thefr mu ket. Then some redcoats came up and continueu the :fusil l ade. Some of the bullets flew dang e rou sly close to the bo? ", but Bob rowed rapidly, and soon sent the boat around a thi ckly "vooded point of land, and they w ere sa:fe. "Things are never slow when one goe out with Dick," l aughed Mark . "Yes, there is no danger of one' ' falling asleep," adrlecl B ob . T hey pulled down the river some little di s tance, and t h e n , securing the boat fo a safe place, made their way ba ck to the fort by a somewhat circuitous route . When it grew dark Dick went to B6b and said: " I think we will attend to that matter of the sloop, and some others, perhaps . " "You don't want to grow rusty, do you, old man?" wit h a laugh. "Shall you take ~Iark?" "Yes. How many will the boat hold comfortably?" "She's light, but I think she'll take five all right." "Then get the two Harrys . They' re good c hums and smart boy . They'll help lts greatly." "Disguises? " asked Bob . '"It doe n't matter." "All right," and Bob ran off. In a few minutes the five boys set out stealt hily from the fort, and made their way toward the riv er. Dick had told the colonel that he intended to destro y the s loop, and had his permission. The Indians were roaming the woods, uttering the ir . discordant yells, but the boys pushed OTI. The very fact that the red s kins were yelling made it a .I the safer, for the boys could easily avoid them'. "I'd like to stop their yelling with a bullet or two,7-' muttered Bob, impulsfrely, "but I suppose it wouldn ' do." :i "No, let them alone," sai d Di ck . .a.-) They pressed on, now and then having to make a detour, aud having always to observe caution, and at last reached the boat and embarked . The two H arrys r owed, Dick sat in the stern, Mark rn the bow, and Bob just back of him . They were provided with inflammable mate ria l, an with sulphur matches, and w ere prepared to work rapidly . K eeping in the s hadows a much as possible, t hey were at last obliged to leaYe them, but there were no suspicious sounds, and as they glided on see med to have attra cted no attention . There were lights on board the sloop, and as they neared the other hore they heard the s ound of music and o ~ in ging. "There are women on board," mutte red Dick, as they drew nearer. "We will haYe to wait. P erha ps we can. go ashore and warn Miss Worthle y . " "Anything to pass the time," said Bob soft ly. In a few moments a girl's Yoice wa heard si nging sweet and clear, on the deck. "There she i , no,r," said Dick . CHAP'l'ER XIV. .!.XOTUER TILOW AT '.rIIE E~E:IIY. The boy lay in the shadow o.E the river bank, list~ming to the girl singing, unobserved by those on board the sloop. When she ceased Dick said : "They seem to be enjoying themselves. We can't dis-


THE LIBERTY BOYS' WINNI~G VOLLEY. curb them now. I don' t suppose it would be possible to ~-~e Miss Worthley . " '' O h, it would be possible enough," laug hed Bob, "but not very safe." • As the boys were moving slo,rly along in the shadows, . getting nearer and n earer to the sloop, they suddenly heard a scream , and then a splash . "Pull ahead !'' hissed Dick. "She has fallen over ,board." The boys obeyed without a moment's hesitation. Then there was a cry for help in :Hattie's voice. ''Pull ahead, boys," said Dick. "It's on this side.'' There was a great deal of confusion on board, and no one seemed to know just what to do. to know who Lieutenant 1ilo1Tison is, and &he will have to make up some sort of story to satisfy them." "D~ all girls let out seciets like that?" muttered Bob . "You know very well they don't," said Difk, dryly. They waited in the shadows till the merry make rs went ashore, and the light s went out on the sloop, all except one in the cabi n and another one forwa1d. "\Vho's on board?" asked Bob. "The captain and two or three men." "Can we manage them all?" "I think so. They've got their boats. I only want to destroy the sloop-not to take lif e . " "Certainly." They waited till all was quiet and the lights on shore had 0crone out. "Wait a minute," cried Dick. ",Ye'll pick her up . " H t d th b t tl t • t ld . 1 , 1 Then they rowed quietly to the sloop, keeping in the e s eere e oa so 1a 1 wou come ng It a ong -1 d ,5ide the strugg ling . girl, an d then 11:ark re ached over and 5 iaR ow_. 1 .d tl . kl bl d ,caug1t her un er t e arms. D. kt 1 -tl b t 'th h' l d h I owmg a ongs1 e 1ey qmc y scram e on board, 1c a ~mg ie oa s warp w1 1m. "Hold water, boys," he said quietly. ".Ahoy there ! "Hallo who's there?" cried a man on deck. end down a line." The t_;o Harrys seized him and told him to keep quiet . "Pull alongside," said someone on the sloop. "If e aro, Another man raised an alarm, when Bob promptly not very high above the water. Perhaps we can reach knocked him o,erboard. 1her." "Pull ahead, boys," said Dick quietly. The boat now ran alongside the sloop, and willing ,iantl s were reached out to take ::'.llattie aboard. I "Send down a sling," said Mark; "that will be easier . 1t's all very well for us, but the girl can t scramble up 1 the side of a vessel, as we can." "Why, I declare if it isn't Lieutenant nforris0n; said Hattie. "Sh!" said Mark in a low tone. ' 'Do you know these young gentlemen, ::'.1Iartha? 1 asked tvir. Worthley. "Won't you come on board, sir3? I am Jreatly indebted to you for w.hat--" "No, thank y ou," said Dick. "We must return at -once." "Swim to shore, you donkey," he said. "You can't come back here." The captain of the sloop now called out sharply: "Hallo, there! What's all that noise on deck?" Dick went into the cabin, a pistol in his hand. A man was coming out of a stateroom . "Dress and get away at once," Dick said. "We are going to fire the sloop. It is a menace to our safety." "Why, you impudent rebel, how dare you--" "Mark!" cried Dick. "Yes." "Everybody secured on deck?" "Yes." 'Then bring down the combustibles and have the boat lowered." A sling was sent down and :Mattie was hauled ou board ::'.lfark came down in a few moments with an armful of -::he sloop. c ombustibles . "I am grea tly obli ged to -you," she said. "That is an "Scatter them ab0ut and set fire to them, " said Dick. , ithe r obliga tion that--" ''Now, then, make haste." ' "Look out for Chester , l\Iiss :Mattie," interrupted Dick . "Let me get m y pape r s," sai d the captain. 'He has anothe r scheme. Do not go out alone. Good-"Very well," and . D ick followed him into the state room. ight." " Pap e rs, not pistols, mind." "Anot her obligation," said the royali st. "By George, I The man a ttempted to gra,pple with Dick , being well have heard t hat voice! That is--" built and muscular . 1 ' A very good friend of mine, dea r," said 1lattie. Di c k tripped him cleve rl y and then said, sternly : 'Yes, yes; but he i s--" "No more of that sor t of nonsense! Get your pape r s "Don't keep me s hi vering here w hile you are t alking a n d go at once. Set those things a bght, Mark." • non sense," s aid the girl petulan tly. "I will cat ch my "Very good," and there was the click of steel on flint . death." The captain now bustled about, got his st rong box, hur-• The boat ha d moved away now, and was quickly lost in ried into his b r eeches and coat, and ran on deck. the shadows. A boat had been lower ed, and the men , held by the "The old fellow came pretty nearly l etting the cat out two Harrys, were Tead y to get into it. -of the bag," muttered Bob . The man whom Bob had kno c k e d overboard was raising "So did s he," s aid Mark. "Now the y w ill b e wantin g . a great outcry, but no one seemed to pay a ttention to it,


THE LIBER'l'Y BOY ' WI~Nl:gG YOLLEY. 23' Flames were rushing from the hatchways fore and aft, the boys were not too much fat igued to give the enemy, and now began to ascend the rigging. battle. "I'll settle with you for this, you rebels!" growled the The royalists we:i;e not expe~ting anyone, and the comcaptain, hurrying to the rail. ing of the Liberty Boys was, therefore, a great surprise. "In with you!" cried Dick . "Scatter the stuff about, "Forwa.rd, Liberty Boy,!" sho uted Dick. "Down with Bob . " the refugees, down with the renegades." The captain was hurried into the boat, the men were "Down with 'em! Liberty forever!" shouted the brave sent after him, and then Harry Thurber shoved the boat boy s as they rode forward . off. The com-.nander of the diYision escaped only half dress-The flames. were spr eading " -ith alarming rapidity, and ed, and fled in terror, many of bis me n following. Dick hurried the boys into their boat, the decks being al Muskets rattled, and pistols cracked, brnve boys shouted ready hot u nder thei r feet . and cheered, horses, neighed, and sabers whi ~tled, and, T he me n pulled towa r d shore, having to go around the there was a terrific din. s loop :fil'st. Fighting in only a half-hearted fashion, the royalistl: T he c aptain made a great noise, and now the light of at last broke and fled, leaving their tents st an ding and the the burning vessel began to attract attention. greater part of their bago-age and stores behind . "There's gunpowder in the cabin," said Dick, "but there The Liberty Boys seized all that was of use to them, i s plenty of time to get away before it explodes . " marched on for an hour, and then formed camp, to ob--The captain had landed and the boys were "lell out tain a much-needed rest. upon the river when there came a loud explosion, and the "We did not expect to meet the Johnson G r eens," saidl air was filled with burning fragments which fell into th e Bob, "but we met them and scatte r e d them like chaff, for wate r with a hissing sound . all that we had been riding half the night. " Then the burning vessel slowly sank, and in a short "There will be a good deal of :fighting along the Mo-time all w-as dark again . . hawk," was Di ck's reply, "so it will be just as well to fa The Indians on shore had seen the light of the con . prepared for it." flagration, but could not account for it, and ran terrified ''Oh . 1 d t h d , we' re a ways ready for it, as far as that goes," eep m o t e woo s . 1 l d ,.1 . k The boys were not troubled in landing, therefore, and made their way into the fort without difficulty . The colonel congratulated Dick on what he had done. and then said : " I want someone fo go on and bring succor to the fort. We can endure a siege, but if we can get reinforcements , so much the better." Dick acquiesced . "Would you undertake the mission, Captain Slater?" "In a moment, alone or with the Liberty Boys. I will start as soon as you say." "Then if you leave to-morrow night--" "We could leave to-night, colonel. The Indians have been frightened away, and we can get by their camp without difficulty." "Can you lea,e as soon as that?." asked the colonel in surprise . "We can leave within the hour, and be well on our way by daybreak." "Very well. Do so." Before midnight the Liberty Boys were on their way along the ::\Iohawk. CHAPTER XV. RED A.ND WHITE E~E:lllES. S h ortl y after daybreak the next morning the Liberty Bo ys came upon the camp of a diYision of the Johnson Gre e ns. Althou g h they h a d be en riding ste adil y for some h ou rs, augie .11 ar . They halted until well on into the afternoon, when. being greatly refreshed, they set out down the river again_. and rode until dark. Then they encamped again, lighted the fires, bad their suppers, and proceeded to enjoy themselves in variom ways. The Etride,t discipline was always observed, and thE greatest Yigilance m.aintained, for they never knew a1 what time an enemy might appear, and it was necessan t o be prepared at all times. When the pickets were set, Dick went outside thE camp, which was near the river, and reconnoitered. He was soon convinced that there were hostile Indian1' in the neighborhood, and he returne d in a short time, anc warned the Liberty Boys. . "T ou must e:xercirn the greates t caution, boys," hEsaid, "for the e ,yily scoundrels may attack us, and w e must be prepared." A it grew later only the most experienced of the youth were put on picket duty, the newer recruits being ex cused . The number of sentries was increased so that the beat of each would be much horter than usual, thus lessening the chances of the ejlemy lipping through the lines. At the dead of the night experienced boys like Ben Spurlo ck, Sam Sanderson; Harry Thurber, Arthur M ackay, Ned Knowlton, Walter Jennings, and Harry Judso n were acting as pickets, with every sense on the alert. Ben Spurlock, who wa one of the li veliest and j ollies t


'l'HE LIBERTY BOYS' WIKXI~G VOLLEY. of the boys, but as brave as a lion withal, wa pacing his were n ot serious, and with a little attention would soon beat when his trained ear caught a su piciou;; sound . cease to cause any annoyance. The fires had died down to ju t the merest glimmer, The Indians did not return that night, but the boys did .and there was very little light where Ben -was. not relax their ,igilance. He put himself behind a tree, stood still, and listened In the morning they broke camp, and pu hed on for attentively. the better part of the day, and making fair p rogress. Someone was approaching, not one merely, but a num'fhey saw occasional signs of the Indians, but the red be r, and in the stealthiest fashion. . skins themselYes did not appear, being too wary, no doubt, "Who goes there!" he called sharply, cockini his musket alter their expe ri e nce of the previous night. 33 he spoke, so that the sound of his voice drowned the That ni gh t Di ck cautioned the boys e~pecially, how-,click of the hammer. ever, as he fea red the Indians would attack them in large r There was a whizzing sound followed by a quic~c thud. numbers. A tomahawk had struck the tree behind which he had :placed himself. The Indian had not counted upon this, but had throw n ihis weapon in the direction of the sound. Ben could tell direction, also, and in an instant he had aised his musket and fired. There was a horrible yell, echoed at once from point to :point, and then the sound of hurrying footsteps in many directio ns. The camp was not taken by surprise. :Ben's cha llenge had been heard by the nearest sentry to the right and to the left, and these signaled to the next boy by a code pr~cticed among them. The croaking of a frog, the cry of a bird, the chirp of .an insect all meant something to them when uttered in a tertain fashion, and they were never deceiYed. So rapidly did the signals travel around the camp that by the time Ben's musket rang out every sentry on the line knew that there were Indians about . Now, therefore, as the wily foes came dashing in, ex pecting to surprise a sleeping camp, they were themsel,es aurprised. From o n e tree and another streams of fire shot out, and bu ll ets went whistling st r aight to the m a r k. T hose who had bee n asleep wer e quickly aroused, a nd no orde r s were needed to bring them at once to their posts . On came the Indians, thinking to rush in and toma hawk the marksmen before they could reload. Others quickly took the places of the first, however, and foe surprised Indians found themselves running right upo n the swift flying b ullets . Then the fires blazed up, and the baffled redskins saw 3 bustling, busy camp. Pistols a n swered muskets, an d the redski n s were met by a hot volley, which made many gaps in their ranks. T his r eception was not at all what they had expect id. It a ' tonished as well as disheartened them, and they quickly fled, car r yi n g their dead and. wounded with them. They had not been as numerous as the L iberty Boys in the first p l ace, and no w , havi n g l ost ma n y of thei r b r aves, they wer e not in a position to con ti n ue s u ch a o nesided :fight. ome o f the boys had recei ved flesh w ounds, but they When it was quite dark he left the camp a n d went off into the '1'oods to reconnoiter, having an idea that the r e were Indians about, having seen many signs of them just before the boys went into camp. Proc eeding cautiously for some litue distance, he saw a glimmer of light ahead of him. It looked lilrn a star, but he knew that it was either a fire or a candle. Proc eeding with still more caution he saw that the light came from a little shack in the woods, scarcely more than a hovel, in fact . It wa a rude shelter built of branches, half rotten logs and stones, plastered togeth e r with mud and open in front, with a sloping roof to carry off the rain . Hearing voices, he crept forward with sca rcely a sound , and saw t hree men, two whites and _ one Indian, sitti n g in the hut, which was lighted by a single pine torch stuck i n a chink. "We'll ,vipe 'em out clean if . yer got es manny men as , yer say yer have," said one of the whites, an evil looki n g fellow with a full red beard, and dressed in shabby buck skin . "Got heap plenty braves," grunted the India n. "So m a n y." T hen he extended al l h i s finge rs, ope n i n g a nd shutting his hands . several times i n r apid successio n , coun ti n g to mor e than a hundred. "Good! With ther forty or fifty men I c' n get t h at'll be e n uff ter wipe out ther rebels an' fill yer wigw a m with scalps. I'll take ther hosses an' guns, a n ' sech . " "H'm! Injun want horse too," muttered the r eds kin. "W aal, we'll fix thet up all right, chief, so jes t fetc h up yer men an' we'll drop down on 'em by m idn ig h t , an' sweep off everything." "I you find anything to sweep," mutte r e d D ic k. C HAPTER XVI. ---, CHEA.TING THE RE D S K INS. Hearing footsteps, Di ck w aited an d saw four o r five white men come to the hut. These spoke of others they knew whom they could get


E LIBE R T Y BOYS ' WI NN I N G V O L L E Y. togethe r in a short time, and even while they were speak in g others arrived. Two or three more Indians came up also, and Dick slip p e d away, fearing to be discovered. "It will never do to wait for an attack by so many," h e mu ttered. "If we had a block-house or a shelter of any k in d we might do it, but not in the woods at night . " H e made his way back to the camp as rapidly as poss ible, got Bob, Mark, and a few others, and told them w hat he had learned. "It is likely that they will grow impatient and not wait till midnight," he said, "so the so~ner we get away the better . " "Yes," said Bob; "it will never do to risk an attack by such a large party as that. " "But do you think that there will be so many?" asked :Mark. • "There may be even more," was Dick's answer. "You think so ?" "Ye . The Indians wi h to ha Ye re,:enge for la t night's affair. These white" are refugees, outlaw,. Tories and outcasts, ready for plunder at any time, and probably among them they can get together even a larger force than they mentioned." "Yes, I suppose so. Of cour e, in.that cac it will be t h e height of folly to remain." "In the daytime it would be different, ,aid Dick. " T hen we could see what we were doing, anLl be in no danger of shooting each other. Now, the only thing to do is to retreat as quietly and as rapidly as possible." They had captured a number of tents from the .Johnson Greens the day before. These were now taken apart and ,et up again in rnch a manner as to give the idea of many more than there were. They were merely masks, held in place by polef', and n ot tents at all. I n the obscure light, however, they passed for t nts. All their own tents were taken down and securely pack, ed, the horses being sent ahead under the charge of a dozen of the boys. Later the Lib erty Boys them,ehe., with the 0xtPption of five or six, went forward. The fires were repleni bed, and a number of dummy fig ures were placed around among the trees and by the fires. Several rude shelter were rapidly thrown up al,o. and anyone not knowing would have supposed it to be a well-appointed camp, with plenty of men to guard it. It was still an hour to midnight when Dick, Bob, Den, Sam, and the two Harry , creeping cautiously fonraru, heard a perfect buzz of talk. Then Dick went on alone, and saw a large party of whites and reds gathered in an opening, ready to mo,e . There w ere many more e,en than he had calculated, a nd he sped back to the rest. " W e m ust go at once," he said. "They are ready to move. No time is to be lost . " They c r ept away, rapidly and noLeles ly, and at mounted their horses and rode after the Liberty Boys. "It will be le s than an hour before they attack the dserted camp," Dick said , "and it may be only ten or fifteen minutes. It will depend altogci.her upon the temper c:i the leaders . The fires hacl been replenished at the last moment, &na for some time the boys could see the glow through t '= trees. The main body of the Liberty Boys had had a good start and were safe, and now Dick and the rest pushed on a; rapidly as possible. At last they lost sight of the campfires, but, being nearthe river, which was a guide in itself, they hacl more or les light to help them on their way. Less than half an hour after they had left the camp they heard the ound of yells and o.f shots, faintly, to b-2-sure, but distinctly, nevertheless. Then the sounds grew louder, for an instant, thw~ being fewer shots ancl more yells. "They have discovered the chea t practiced upon them , and are Yenting their spite in yells," said Dick. ''Well, that will be good exercise for i.heir lungs, and won't hurt us," lau ghed Bob. They pushed on rapidly, and in a few minutes ceased to hear the yells of the disappointed Indians. "Do you suppose they will continue the pursuit?" asked Bob at length. "Hardly. They can't overtake us till daylight, and the prefer fighting at night. Besides, there are more settle ments now, and we could easily obtain assistance." Hurrying on more rapidly than be.fore, they overtoo.'i the main body by daybreak, and then pushed ahead ti'.l ' Unrise. Nothing was seen of the Indians or refugees at thai time, and by noon, being near a large settlement, there was no further fear of being annoyed b them . The next day they reached the western end of the German Flats, a rich alluvial plain extending for ten miles on both sides of the river, fairly well settled, and having foG forts, a church or two, and a goodly number of houses oc cupied by the thrifty settlers . At Fort Dayton Di c k learned that General A.mold wa'!' expected shortly with quite a large force, going to the relief of Fort chuyler. After a short rest he pushed on with half i.he Libert3 Boys, and met Arnold the next day. . Dick had fought under the bra,e but vain and impetuou general before this, a . nd had hi confidence. Arnold at this time had not pro,ed recreant to his trns , and his bravery was not questioned, althoug i 1 his va n i y and his impetuous manner had • already made him mani enemies . He received Dick courteou ly, heard hi news, and said : "Well, Captain later, we must push on and give battle to t. Leger and his motley crew. You say that Ganse;-oort is able to si.and a long siege?"


--,.-------THE LIBERTY BOY01• WIX~IXG YOLL ''Yes, and all that St. Le 6er can do is to re-ort to sapfaithful discharge of his mission; his coat was s hot full o f ping and mining, and build regular approaches, all of bullet holes; he was fired at a he left the camp, and the n which will require time." he hurried away to do all the mischief he could . "And Gansevoort would rather fight. How do the two When they were within a few miles of the fort Dick forces compare?" and the Liberty Boys pw;hed on rapidly to report the "St. Leger has more men, but a large part of t; em are news of Arnold's coming to the colonel. Indians and Canadians, ancl not to be relied upon. t. Leger had been pushing on with his parallels , and "Good! I think I see a 'Way to still further re uce provisions in the fort had grown scarce, but Arnold's pies the number of the enemy." had done their work, and already there had b en ~ many Reaching the German Flats Arnold sent messengers to desertions among the Indians. Colonel Gansevoort assuring him that he would relieve Johnson, Cla us, and Butler had endeavored to persuade ,hi m in the course of a few days . them to stay, but witlf no success. "Be under no kind of apprehension,'' he wrote. "I St. Leger offered to put himself at the head of the lnmow the strength of the enemy, and how to deal with dians with three hundred of his best troop~, and meet the t hem." advancing Americans, and they "ent forth to choo~e a Later, having received reinforcements, _.\mold wrote to fighting ground. General Gates from the German Flats, jus as he waabout to start: By this time Dick Slate r and the Liberty Boys had reached the fort, entering q uietly, so a not to alarm the "I leave this place this morning with twelve hundred Continental troops, and a handful of militia for Fort enemy. Dick disguised himself in backwoods fa hion, and wen t chuyler. Still besieged by a force equal to ours. You out as soon as p ossible to learn all he could . will hear of my being victorious-or no more. As soon as Reaching the enemy's camp, he found e,erything in the safety of this part of the country will permit I will confusion. fly to your assistance." The Indians had _heard rumors that the Yankees wer e The Liberty Boys were once more on the march, and in almost upon them, as many as the lea,es of the trees, and the best of spirits. • were de erting in great numbers, tho e who rema ined Once more they would be in action, and the pro'opect being utterly beyond control. ,pleased them greatly . St. Leger had decided to send off hi sick, wounded "I only hope that St. Leger will not ha,e decamped beand artillery by way of Wood Creek, but would not lea,e -fore we reach the fort," said Dick to Bob and )lark. until nightfall . "What mean you?" asked Bob. "That exaggerated account of our :force will be sent The Indians persi ted in leaving at once, and upon " ahead of us, which may cau-e hea,y desertion among the being refused, became ungovernable, seized upon the -enemy and even result in t. Leger s retreat.'' liquor of the officers about to be embarked, became in "Well, all is fair in war.'' laughed Bob, "but I would to.xicated, and beha,ed like --rery demom. rather fight." t . Leger, much against his will, decided to leave a t "So would all of us," said Dick. noon . CHAPTER XYII. THE CA.PTA!.-r_-B.ill CO)IPAXY. Dick wa;; right, and thi, wa, what Arnold had referre 1 •.o when writing to Gansernort. H~ had sent a number of ,pies ahead to •pread exag gerated report of the number of his troop•. o a.-to v:ork on the fears of the enemy's Indian aliie,, and induce them to desert. One of these 'Was a half-witted fellow who was a rank Tory and had been arrested as a "PY He was only saved from a hanging by promioing that he would go into St. Leger's camp and •prea alarm ing report among the Indian, by whom he was we 1 known. His brother was detained a, a hostage to in,ure the Learning this, Dick at once returned to the fort and re ported. Then a detaGhment, including the Liberty Boys, sallied from the fort to harass the retreating redcoats. Dick and his bra,e boys were in the advance , and dashed so impetuously upon the enemy that they were obliged to lea,e their tents standing and abandon the ;reater part of the artillery, baggage, ammunition and stores. "Charge, Liberty Boy , down with the redcoats!" shout ed Dick, in ringing tones, waving his sword and gallop ing forward. "Liberty fore,er! Down with the redcoat•!" choru"-ed the gallant lads as they sped on. }Iuskets rattled and pistoh cracked, and a tremendous ,olley was poured upon t!1e enemy. A swarm 0 Indians came da hing up. thinking t o ,laughter the bra,e bOY". "Charge!" cried Diel-. With a cheer the boys rushed forward, discharging the ir


THE LIBERTY BOY . WIX_~IXG YOLLEY. pistols rapidly and fairly trampling the redskins under foot. The charge w~s a most impetuou, o ne, and the Indians, terrified and discouraged, fled before the Yie:torious Lib erty Boys . Dick pursued the enemy for some little distance, harak ing them all he could, but at length he fell back, fearing to cro too far and be caught in a trap. The baggage, artillery and stores were taken to the fort. t. Leger, di heartened and disappointed, making all ha te to reach Oswego. X ot until he arrived at Onondaga Creek did he learn from a letter of Burgoyne's how he had been deceived. At the time that the enemy ,rere reported as being right upon them they were not within forty miles . Returning to the fort, Dick now awaited the coming o f Arnold, and i n the meantime c oncluded to keep a n eye upon bands of marauding Indians, ~ tragglers from the enemy, and parties of refugee~ and ou tla\Ts see king to plunder both sides . a\. day or so after the retreat of "'t. Leger Dick took a party oi a dozen or twenty of the Liberty Boys across the river in boats to investigate c ertain rumor that he bad heard regarding the doings of these troublesome fello\Ts . Landing near the point where Dick had first met ~Iattie Worthley, the boys went through the ,mods leisur e ly, and struck into the road. Proceeding at a leisurely gait, they were suddenly aroused by hearing the sound of shouts, yells, and a few shot . "Forward, boys!" cried Dick. "We have come in good time, after all, it seems . " Then they ran down the road and shortly came in sight of Mr . W orthley's house . They had not come any too soon, in very truth. On the lawn in front and marming over the ver anda. wa a crowd of ~ vil looking fellows, tr}inoto get into the hou e, yelling, shouting and firing gun and pistols. Some had gone to the stables at one side, and were try ing to get at the horses, ,Yhile other had attacked the offices at the rear in an at.tempt to force an entrance . There were fully fifty of the reprobates at one p oint, and only twenty of the Liberty Boys. There were the house senanL, who could be relied upon, ho"'eYer, and Dick counted upon t hese . "Forward, b oys!" he s houted . ' GiYe no quarter to t he scoundrel . TheY are nothinir lrnt outlaw an d thieves!" A thief in tho~e days -ras ~omiclerec1 one o f the lowest of men, ,:anked with a murderer, and was of ten puni~he d with e qual seve rity. -Cpon seeing t hem unexpected enemie~ . t he scoundrels fled. fairl~ tumbling over e ach other in thei r haste to get away . Dick then led the way to the -table, the door~ of whic h had already been forc ed, anc1 a n uml,er of ho rses led o ut. The Fervants now joined the Lberty Boy~. and g ave a tle to the outlaws. lllu ket , rifles, .hotguns, and pi tols rattled and cracked, many of the miscreants fell, and the rest now took tc t heir heels in terror. Some had sprung upon a number of horses they had ru n out, and were making off with them, and now, leading t hese, Dick recognized Captain Chester, dirty, un :::haven, and b e,otted with d rink. TRE EXD OF AX E TTL LIFE. "After them!" cried Dick. "Don't let them esca e . They mmt not get away wit h the horses . Down with them." The m iscreants were mounted, and Dick and the 5COTC' of Liberty Boys were o n foot. There -were some ve r y swift runners among them, however, notably Dick himself, Bob, Mark, Ben, and Sam After the miscreants they ran, going like the w ind, ana rapidly gaining upon them despite their bei:o.g on horse back. In the long run they would be distanced, of course, bui in a short dash they might succeed in overtaking th horses and even outrunning them. They ran on rapidly, therefore, Dick in the lead, Bob and :1Iark close behind, and the rest not for off. Presently two of the servants mounted on horses came after the boys . "Let ua have the horses and we will catch the rascals,' said Dick. The servants sprang off, and Dick and Bob got on hr hors s . These were some which the thieves had not taken They -rere very fleet, a Dick quickly saw. "Come on if you can get horses," he shouted to :Mark Then he dashed on, Bob close behind . The rascals had gained on them, but now Dick be gar: , to pull ahead . He gained at every step, and it would not be long before be overtook them at that rate. He -ras dra"ing nearer and nearer when Chester s ud denly d rew a p istol and fired . The horse ridden by Dick was struck and s tumbled, nearly throwing his ride r. Dick s aved himself, howewr. and fired two shot in rapid successio n, t aking off the captain's hat. "Take my h orse," cr ied Bob, q uickly drawing_ rem. He sprang off, and in another moment Dick was i n the s addle and going like the wind. Then Dick fired and hit Wagstaff, who tumbled off hi, Lo se and rolle d into t he bu:::hes. Dick ,aw him sitting up as :1-ie rode on. T e ho rse. relieved of h is rider, Plackened his <1per Dick qu ickly caught him y the bridle and called 01


THE LIBERTY BOY ' WIXXIXG YOLLEY. "Come o n, Bob; here's a horse." said . "Oh, I beg pardon, you are patriots, not rebe l s . 'l'hen he da~ hed on, leaving the animal tethered to a I am beginning to think that you may be right." tree. Mr . 1\orthley thanked Dick and the r~st for what t hey He presently aw hrn or tl1ree of the party dash into the had done, and then they went back across the rive r to woods, Cheste r keeping right on. the fort. Dick dashed after him, and began to o.-crhaul him rap The outlaws disappeared from that ~ection, and Mr. idly. The renegade officer urged hi horse to his Worthley was not again troub led with them. u tmost, but Dick gained on him, nevertheless . Dick took a large party of the Liberty Boys and wen t Finally Chester, unable to gain on his determined pur a long the one-mile carrying-place to Wood Creek in search ;;uer, turned in his saddle and cried : o f baggage and stores left by the fleeing redcoat . "I'll kill you if you come on." The Indian had committed many excesses, falling upon Dick shot ahead, and seized the horse bridle. small parties of whites, and killing and pillag ing right a nd Chester struck at him with his empty pi tol, but Dick left . par ried the blow, seized the man's arm, and by a sudden Not only were they untrustworthy allies, but they were rnst unseated him a the horses s lackened their speed . positiYe enemies i n ma ny cases. Dick then brought both horse to a halt, and said : " Burgoyne will some day learn t he futility of employ ing "I don't want you. You are of no use whateYer. "hy ihem," said Dick, "but I fear by that time it will be to o rlid you not go on with your reg iment?" late." "Because I am going to get 1\Iattie Worthley at any ri~k. His mirds proved pro phetic, for it was less than thre e I have made up my mind to posse s her, and I mean to months the reafter that Burgoyne, u tterly routed, was ri.o it." forced to surre nder, and in a s hort time set s ail for Eng-,.., The man had ari en, and wa~ now glaring angrily at land , neYer to return. ck in the middle of the road. In the woods, while sea rching for stores left by the " She is too good for you, and I would neYe r permit a e nemy, Dick came upon the body of the scoundrelly Cap-;co undrel like you to possess her. Be off with you or I tain Chester . ,ill not ans ,rnr for the consequence if )fr. Worthley' He had bee n s lain by the Indians, s o that h e did not live .; rvanra get hold of you." to fu lfill Dick' predictions . Th e officer gave Dick a look of intense hate, turned I Dick and the Liberty Boys did not remain much longer o w ard the "oods, and said: at Fort Schuyler, but returned to the H udson and took " You win now, but don't be too sure of holding out . 1'11 part again t Bu rgoyne, sha ring i n the victory against tha t _... ~ e t the best of you yet." commander. T hen the man dashed into the woods, and quickly disAfter the close of the war there were some of the Lib -_,ppeared. e rty Boys who were very anxious t o renew their acquaint -Bob s oon came up, and then Mary and Ben. ance with :Mattie Worthley. "Whe re is he?" asked Bob. She had changed her opinions most decidedly in the "I let him go. There ' is no use in taking a man like meantime, and was now as s trong a pat riot as she had that. I got the hore, but the othe rs got away. I shall not formerly been a royalist. p ur sue Cheste r. He can do no harm, and I think that if Her fathe r did not change his views, but offered no op b e keeps on in the way he is going he will kill himself position to his daughter's marr3ing a pa triot if she chose ith drink in a short time . " to. "But we might get the other horse ?" "Yes." They d ismounted and "ent into the wood, , lea-ing the orses w ith Sam, Dick, Bob, and Mark going on. After a time they came upon a trail and pushed on rapidly. At length they heard voices, and then aw four or fi,e o f the miscreants sitting on tlle ground, the horses teiher w t o trees close by. The boys had reloaded their p istoh a nd now, at a sig nal w m Dick, they suddenly arose and rushed upon the out aws. The latter fled in great haste, leaving their horse' behind and not even fi'ring a hot. The horses 11ere retur ned, and then Dick saw 1\Iatt i e Worthley. "I have been ch anging my o pinion o f you rebels," s lrn As a matter of fact, she did so eventually, and never regretted it. THE E XD. Read "THE LIBERTY BOY AND THE HES IAN GIAXT: or, THE BATTLE OF LAKE CHA1'1-PLAI~," which will be the next number (33 8) of "The Liberty -Boys of ',6." S P ECIAL NOTICE: All back nu mbers o f this weekly are always in p r i nt. If you cannot obt ai n them from any newsde ale r , s end t he p rice i n m o ne y or pos tage stamps by mail to FRANK TOUS E Y, PUBLISHER, 24 UNION SQUARE , NEW YORK, and you will receive the copies you order by return mail.


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WORK AND WIN. The Best -W-eekl y Published. READ ONE AND YOU WILL READ THEM ALL. LA'l'E T ISSUES: 365 Fred Fearnot and the Fiddlers' Convention; or, The Music that Puzzled the lllusicians. 407 Fred Fearnot and the Grafters; or, Trailing the East Side Crooks. 366 Fred Fearnot's Wall Street Game; or. Beating the Brokers. 367 Fred Fearnot and the Wild Mustang; or A. Chase of 'l'hirty Days. 408 Fred Fearnot and the Bell-Boy; or, The Great Hotel Robbery. 409 Fred Fearuot and the Council of Ten; or, Tile Plot Against His Life. 368 Fred Fearnot and the Boasting Cowboy; T h . B 410 Fred Fearnot's Football Boys; or, Winning on the Gridiron. or, eac mg a rag-411 l~red Fearnot and the Broker's Game; or, Downing a Wall Street gart a Lesson. 369 Fred Fearnot and the School Boy; or, The Brightest Lad in New York. 370 Fred Fearnot's Game Teamster; or, A Hot Time on the Plains. 371 l<'red l<'earnot and the Renegade; or, 'l'he l\lan \\'ho Defied Bullets. 372 Fred Fearnot and the l'oor Boy; or, The Dime that )lade a For-412 413 414 415 Gang. Fred Fearnot and Wild Will; or, Reforming a Bad Boy. Fred Fearnot and the Uange Robbers; or, Seeing Justice Done. Fred Fearnots Drop Kirck; or, Playing Great 1''ootball. Fred Fearnot and the 'l'emperauce Boy ; or, Driving Out the Home Wreckers. tune. 373 Fred Fearnot's Treasure Hunt! or, After the Aztefs Gold. 374 l?red l?earnot and the Cowboy King; or, Evelyu and the "Bad" 416 Fred Fearnot's Deal in Diamonds; or, The Strange Man from Africa. lllen. 375 Fred Fearnot and "Roaring Bi II" ; or, The Wickedest Boy in tht 417 Fred I•'earnot and Dead-Shot Dick; or, Beating the Western Champion. West. 376 Fred Fearnot and the Boy Prospector; or, The Secret Band of 418 Fred l•'earnot and the llllll Girl; or, The Factory Gang of Fairdale. Indian Gulch. 377 Fred l•'earnot and the lllarket. 419 the Banker's Boy; or, The Lad Who Cornered 420 Fred Fearnot's New Ice-Boat; or, Beating the Best of Them. l•'red Fearnot's Christmas Day; or, How Ile and Terry Had Some Fun. 378 Fred l?earnot and the Boy of Grit; or, l~orcing llis Way to the 421 Fred Fearnot and the Boy Who Tried; or, Bound to Rise in the Top. 379 Fred Fearnot and the Diamond Queen ; o,, Helping the Treasury 422 Department. • 380 Fred l•'e11.rnot and the White Masks; or, Chasing the Chicago 423 424 425 Strnnglers. 381 Fred l?earnot at Sandy-Licks; or, Taming a "Bad" l\Ian. 382 I?red Fearnot and the Drunkard's Son; or, A Hot Fight Rum. Against 426 383 Fred l~earnot and the Snake-Charmer; or, Out With the Circu~ 427 428 Fakirs. 384 Fred Fearnot's Pony Express; or, A Rough Ride in Texas. 385 Fred J ?earnot Heid Back; or, The Time Terry ),'ailed Him. 386 Fred Fearnot and the 'l'ogh Trio; or, Keeping the Peace at Bar. 429 Gold :g~ 387 Fred Fearnot and "Xobody's Boy"; or, llelping Along an Orphan. 432 388 Fred l•'earnots Promise; or, Helping a Drunkards Boy. 389 Fred Fearnot and the Bunted )Ian ; or, Solving a Queer )lystery. 433 390 Fred Fearnot and the Girl of Gold; or, The Female "Wizard'' of Wall Street. 434 391 Fred Fearnot and Uncle Josh; or, Saving the Old IJomestrad. 392 Fred l~earnot and "Long Luke" ; or, The 'l'oughest lllan in Texas. 435 393 Fred Fearnot on the Diamond; or, Playing l'ennaut Ball. 436 39,l Fred Fearnot and the Silver Syndicate; or, Beating the \,all Street Shark.s. 437 395 Fred Fearnot's Conquering Stroke; or, Winning the Silver Sculls. 396 Fred Fearnot' s Summer Camp; or, Hunting in the North Woods. 438 397 l~red l~earnots Baseball Boys; or, !'laying in the League. 398 l~red Fearnot and the "Wharf Rats"; or, Solving a :-;orth River 439 i\tystery. 399 l<'red Fearnot and His No Hit Game; or. Striking out the Champions. 400 Fred Feitrnot and the Boot-Bliiok; or, Giving a Poor Roy His Righ1s. 401 ];'red Fearnot's Puzzling Curves; or, Fooling the League Bats-440 441 442 men. 402 Fred Fearnots Triple Play; or, How Ile and Terry Won the 443 Game. 403 Fred l)'earnot and "Xed, The Newsy" ; or, The Sharpest Boy In 444 New York. 445 404 Fred I•'earnot and the Farmers Boy; or, A Greenhorn from the 446 Cwn~~ I 405 Fred Fearnot and the White Moose: or, Out on a Strange Hunt. 406 Fred Fearnot's Swim for Life; or, Bow He Fooled His Foes. World. Fred Fearnot s Temperance Talk: or. Pleading for a Good Cau~e. Fred Fearnot and Lawyer Lee; or, Helping a Poor Widows Ca e. l •'red Fearnots Snow-Shoe Trip : or, A Tough Time in the Hockies. Fred Fearnot and Old J\Iason; or, The Sharpest Fox in Wall Street. Fred Fearnot a.t Ranch :S:; or, Giving the Cowboys Points. Fred Fearnots Search for Evelyn : or, Bow She Got Lost. Fred Fearnot and the Village Boss; or, Dealing v.ith a Hard Man. Fred Fearnot's Streak of Luck; or. The Gold Gang of Gilt Edge Fred I•'earnots False Friend; or, Almost Brought to Ruin. Fred Fearnot and the Kentucky Girl ; or, Down in the Blue Grass Country. Fred Fearnot and "Lucky Lew•; or, The lllan who Could , or Lose. Fred Fearnot and "Nervy Ned .. ; or, The Pluckiest Boy In Wall Street. Fred Fearnot and the "Yellow Queen" ; or, The Mysterious Sign of the Seven. Fred l<'earnots !tnnge Riders; or, Hunting Down the Outlaws. Fred Fearnot and the Lumber-Jacks; or, A Wild Time in the Woods. Fred Fearnot and "Happy Harry" ; or, The Boy Who Always Won. Fred Fearnot in Fortune City; or, 'l'be Chance in the World. Fred Fearnot and "Pittsburgh Pete .. ; or, Lively Times In tile Oil Country. Fred Fearnot's Stern Chase; or, After the :11exican Raiders. Fred Fearnot's Opening Game; or, Out to Win the Pennant. Fred l)'earnot's Only Assist; or, Making Team Work Win. Fred Fearnot and the :!iwlrton Sports; or, Playing Ball for a Hlg Stake. 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These Everything! s COMPLETE.SET IS A REGULAR ENCYCLOPEDIA! Books Tell You E11.eb b-ook consists of sixty-four page, printed on good paper, in clear type and neatly bound in an attractive illustrated cover of the books are also profusely illustrated, and all ~f the subj~ts treated u~on are Hplained in such a simpl~ manner that any lfillld c11.n 'thoroughly undeL"Stand them. Look over the hst as classified and see 1f you want to know anything about the subjects tioned. -------------------THESE BOOKS ARE FOR SALE BY ALL NEWSDEALERS OR WILL BE SENT BY .IAU, TO ANY ADDTIESS li'ROM THIS OFFICE ON RECEI!>T OF PRICE, TEN CENTS EACH, OR ANY THREE ROOKS FOR T\\'E:\'TY-f'IYE (VENTS. POSTAGE STAMPS TAKEN THE SAME AS MONEY. Address FRA..."-K TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, X.Y. MESMERISM. o. 81. HOW •.ro l\JES:.\1ERIZE.-Containing the most aproved methods of mesmerism ; also how to cure all kinds of aeases by animal magnetism, or, magnetic healing. lly Prof. Leo fiuio Koch, A. C. S., author of "llow to llypnotize," etc. PALMISTRY. Nok, HYPNOTISM. as it will both amuse and instruet. o. 83. HOW TO HYJ':--OTlZl~.-Containing valuable and inNo. 22 HOW TO DO SECO"'D SIGHT.-Ileller's secon,1 i';~ht , ructive information re"'ardin.2' the science of hypnotism. Also explained b}'. his former assisLant, Fred llunt, Jr. Ex1,iam1i; bo w ,, , the secret dialogues were carried on between the magician u1A the xplaining the mo"t apprun•d methods whi ch are e111i,loyed by the boy on the stage; also giving all the codes and siguals. Tbt! only ••dini hypnotises of the wurld. By Leo llugo Koch, A.C.S. authentic explanation of second sight. SPORTING. No. 43. HOW TO BECO~lE A :'.I.\GICIAX.-Conta:n'n!.': the o. 21. HOW TO Hr:s;T A.'\O FI~H.-The most complete gran~est assortment of magical illusions en,r placed bdore the 1il11nting and fishing guide ""er published. It contains full inpub}ic. Also tricks with cardB. incaurations. c-tc. ll!tructions about gi;ns, hunting dogs, trap~, trapping and fishing, ::-;o. GS. IIO\V TO DO CIIE:'.IICAL '1'1HCKS.-Contain)ug-L'\'er~ •ether with desc-rii, ions of game ,rnd fish. one hundred highly amusing and instrudive tricks with ClltU11cals No. 26. HOW TO HOW. RAIL A , 'Tl Bl'ILD A RO.AT.-Fully By A. Anderson. Handsomely illnstrate,1. EYery uoy should know how to row and sail a boat. No. 6H. 110\V TO DO SLEIGHT OF IL\XD.-Containin~ over lJ'ull instructions are given in thi little book, together with in-fifty of the latest and best tricks usPd by mai;:icians. Abo eut,rniu• Gtructions on swimming Hnd riding, companion sports to boating. mg the seer-et of second sight. Fully illustrated. B, A . • \.ndcrson. o. 47. HOW '1'0 BREAK, RIDl'J A, n DRI\'E A -HORSE.-:No. 70. IIOW 'l'O :\JAKE :.\IAGIC TOYS.-Conrn1n111g fuil complete t.t'eatise on the horse. I>ei,crihing the most useful horses directions for;naking Magic Toys and devices of many kinds. Hy tor business, the best horses for the road: also valuable recipes for A. Anderson. Fully illustrnted. pecllliar to the horse. No. 73. IIOW TO DO THICK8 WITII Nl::.\IllETIS.-Sbowin~ No. 48. HO\\' TO Bl'ILD A -o S.\IL CA:'.'-.OES.-A handy many curious tricks with figures and the magic of numbers. By A . liook for boys, containin~ full directions for conRtructing canoes Ancrerson. Fully illustrated. 1111d the most popu!sr manner of sailing them. I,'ully illustrated. _No. 7_5 . • HOJY TO ~ECO:\IE A COXJCROR. -Contailiing li1 J. Stansfield Hicks. tricks with Dommos, Dice, Cups anJ Balls, Hats, etc. Emoracing thirty-six illustrations. By A. Anderson. F'ORTU1 E TELLING. No. 78. HOW TO DO TIIE BLACK ART.-Containin~ a com o. 1. NAPOLEON'S ORACULl':\1 AND DREAM BOOK.-plete description of the mysteries of ;\logic am! Sleight of Iland, Ciontaining the great oracle of human destiny; also the true mean-together with many wonderful expe1iments. By A. Ar;.derson fins of almost any kind , of dreams, together with charms, ceremonies, Illustrated. and curious games of cards. A complete book. MECHANIC L No. 23. HOW TO EXPLAT::-i DREA:\JS.-Evecybody dreams, A • ~m the little child to the aged man and woman. This little book No. 20. HOW TO BECO:'.IE AN IXYENTOR.-IJvery boy IJ!ves the explanation to all kinds of dreams, together with lucky should know how inventions originated. This book explains thPm pd unluck y Jays, and "'Xapoleons Oracnlum," tbe book of fate. all, giving examples in electricity, hydraulics, magi.etism, optics, No. 2S. HOW TO 'ELL FORTUXE8.-Everyone is desirnus of pneumatics, mechanics. etc. 'I'ht> most instruct he book 1,uhlish<',l. bowing what his future life will bring forth, whether happiness or No. 56. HOW TO BECO:\JE AN EXGIXEER-Conrniniug full misery, wealth or poverty. Yon can t<'ll by a glance at this little instructions how to proceed in order lo liecome a locomo, irn en-1,ook. Buy one and be convinced. •.rel! your own fortune. Tell gmeer; also directions for building a model locomotive: to;;ethe r lthe fortune of your friends. with a full description of ever,\'thin~ an engineer shouid No. 76. HOW TO TELL FORTC:\'nS BY THE HAND.-No. 57. IIOW TO .JAKE )ff8lCAL L '8TRD1E='-T8.-Full O,ntaining rules for telling fortunes by the aid of lines of the hand, directions how to make a Banjo, Yiolin, Zither, .Eolian Haq>. Xyloer the secret of palmistry. Also the r-:Pcret of telling future events phone and other musical instruments: together with a I l'ief d,,. n,1 aid of moles, marks, scars. etr. Illustrated. By A. Anderson. scription of nearly every musical instrument u.ed in ancient or modern times. Profusely illustrated. By Algernon ~ 1 ,tzgerald. ATHLETIC. for twenty years bandmaster of the Roval Bengal :\lariiws. No. 6. HOW TO BECO:.\1E AN ATHLETE.-Giving full inKo. 50. HOW TO :'.IAKE .-\ .\IAGIC LASl'EH:\'.-Containing 11truction for the use of dumb !Jells, Indian clul,s, parallel bars, a descripton of the lantern, together ~ith its history anrl imention Jiorizontal bars and various othPr methods of developing a good, Also full rections for its use and for painting slides. Handsomely healthy muscle; containing over sixty illustrations. Every boy can illustrated. By John Allen. become strong anJ healthy by following the instructions contained No. 71. HOW TO DO :\1ECIL\:\'ICAL TRICKS.-Containins: In this little book. complete instructions for performing orer sixty .:\Iechanical Tricks No. 10. HO\Y TO BOX.-The art of self-defense made easy. By A. Andel'SOn. Fully illustrated. Containing over thirty illustrations of guards, blow~, and the dirfer, LETTER WRITING. ent positions of a good boxer. Every hoy should obtain one of these useful and instructive books, as it will teach you how to box No. 11. ROW TO WRITE LO\'E-LgTTERS.-.\. most com• without an instructor. plete little book, containing full direetions for writing lon•-]Ptters, No. 25. HOW TO BECO:\fE A GYc\IN.\ST.-Containing full and when to use them. gi\'in,: ~P cim"n lettPrs f-.r youn~ an I old Instructions for all kinr. Illustrat...J. also rules for punctuation and compo:iition ,vjth ~pPcimPn JPtters, (Contmued on pa~e 3 of cover.)


THE STAGE. No: 31. HQW T9 _BECOlIE A SPEAKER.-Containing folW> l'llo. 41. THE ;BOYS OF Nlj:W YORK END MEN'S JOKE teen 1 llustrat1ons, gmng the different positions requisite to become BOOK.-Contammg a great variety of the latest jokes used by the a good speaker, reader and elocutionist. Also containing gems fl'Olll most famous eud rnen. No amateur minstrels is complete without all the popular authors of prose and poetry, arranged in the JDOlll this wouderfnl little book. simple and concise manne1 possible. No._4~. THE ~OYS OF NEW YORK STUMP SPEAKER.-,-No. 49. :i"fOW TO DEBA'.rE.-;-Giving rules for conducting_. Contai~mg a rnned asso1rt11:1ent of stump speeches, Negro, Dutch bates, outlmes for_ de~ates, qu_est10ns for discussion, and the J>ell and Irish. Also end mens Jokes. Just the thing for home amuse1sources for procurmg mformat1on on the questions given. ment and amateur shows. No. 45. THE BOYS OF NEW YORK MINSTREL GUIDE AND JOKl:l BOOK.-Something new and very instructive. Every boy . shoul9 obtain this ~ook, as it contains full instructions for orgamzmg an amateur mrnstrel troupe. . No. 6i'\. ~IULDOO~'S JOKE~,-;-Thjs is one of_ the most original Joke books ever published, and 1t 1s brimful of wit and humor It contains a large collection of songs, jokes, conundrums etc: of Terrence )Iuldoon, the great wit, humorist, and practicat' joke~ of the day. Every boy who can enjoy a good substantial joke should obtain a copy immediately. No. 79. HOW TO BECOlIE AN CTOR.-Containing com plete instructions how to make up for various characters on the s,tage_; tog~ther with the duties of the Stage Manager, Prompter, Sce;11c Art1st_and Property !\fan. }3Y a prominent Stage Manager. N!) . 80. G"CS WILLIAMS JOI'-E BOOK.-Contain\ng the latest Jokes, anecdotes and funny stories of this world-renowned and ever popular Ueri:n~n comedian. Sixty-four pages: handsome colored cover contammg a half-tone photo of the author. HOUSEKEEPING. No. 16. HOW TO KEEP A WINDOW GARDEN.-Containing f u ll instructions fol" constructing a window garden either in town o r country, and the most approved methods fol" raising beautiful f!owers at home. The most complete book of the kind ever pub: h s h ed. No. 30. HOW TO COOK.-One of the most instructive books o n 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, giFls, men ar:d women; it will teaC'h you how to ake almost anythmg around the house, such as parlor ornaments brackets, cements, Aeolian harps, and bird lime for catching birds.' ELECTRICAL. No. 46. HOW TO MAKE AN'D USE ELECTRICITY.-A de1cription of the woudPrful uses of electricity and electro magnetism together with full instructions for making Electric Toys, Batteries: etc. By George Trebel, A. M., l\1. D. Containing over fifty illustrations. No: 64. HOW TO l\IAKE ELECTRICAL MACHINES.-Conta\ning full directions for making electrical machines, induction cotls, dynamos. and many novel toys to be worked by electricity. By R. A. R. Bennett. Fully illustrated. No. 67. H_OW !' 9 DO ~LECTRI_CAu TRI<;JKS.-Co_ntaining a -large collection of mstruct1ve and highly amusmg electncal tricks together with illustrations. By A. Anderson. . ' SOCIETY. ,._ No. 3. HOW TO FLIR1'.-The al"ts and wiles of flirtation an fully explained by this little book. Besides the various methods of ba_tdkerchief,_ fan, glove. parasol, window and hat flirtation, it con ~ams a _full list of tbe language and sentiment of flowers, which ia m_terestmg to everybody, both old and young. You cannot be happ7 without one. . No. 4. H_OW _TO DANCE is the title of a new and handsom11 little book Just issued by Frank Tousey. It contains full instruetions in the art of danC'ing, etiquette in the ball-room and at partiq,, how to dress, and full directions for calling off in all popular squal'II dances. No. ~-HOW TQ MA1:{~ LOV1!).-A C!)mplete guide to love. court~h1p and marriage, g1vmg sensible advice, rules and etiquettti to be obsen~d, with many curious and intetesting things not gen erally known. N'O. 17. HOW TO DRESS.-Containing full instruction in th art of dressing and appearing well at home and abroaci giving the selections of colors, material, and how to have them made up No. 18. HOW TO BECOi\IE BEAUTIFUL.-One of tht b..;ightest and: most valuable J.ittle books ever given to the worlcl . Everybo~y wishes to. kn!)w h?w to1become beautiful, both male and! female. The secret 1s simple, and almost costless. Read this boo!g and be convinced how to become beautiful. BIRDS AND ANIMALS. No . . ~-HOW. 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HOW TO KEEP AND MANAGE PETS.-Giving complete information as to the manner and method of raising, keepi taming, breeding, and managing all kinds of pets; also giving jnstructi_ons for m!lkin~ cages, etc. Fully explained by twenty-eight illustrations, makmg 1t the most complete book of the ki.Pt good society and the easiest and most appl"Oved methods of apknow to be a Cadet. Compiled and Wl"itten by Lu Senarens, authOI' g,eadng to good advantage at parties, balls, the theatre, church, and of "How to Become a Naval Cadet." m the drawing-room. No. 63. HOW 1'0 BECOME A NAVAL CADET.-Complete I structions of how to gain admission to the Annapolis Nav Academy. Also containing the coul"se of instruction, descripti DECLAMATION. o. 27. 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THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 A Weekl y ] lagazine cont a ining Storie s of the .A1nerican R e volution. By HARRY MOORE. ,, These stories are based on actual facts and give a faithful account of the exciting adventures of a brave ban d of Amer-ican youths w h o were always ready and willing to imperil their lives for the sake of helping along the gallant cause of Independence. Every numbe r will consist of 32 large pages of reading matter, bound in a beautiful colored cove r . LATEST ISSUES: 281 'l'be Liberty Boys at New London; or, The Fort Griswold i\lassacre. 262 The Liberty Boys and Thom .. ; J efferson; or, How They Saved the Governor. 263 The Liberty Boys Banished; or, Sent Away by General Howe. 264 The Liberty Boys at the State Line; or, Desperate D oings on the Dan River. 265 The Liberty Boys' •rerrible Trip; or, On Time in Spite of Everything. 266 The Liberty Boys' Setback; o r , Beset by Redcoa,ts, R edskin s , and Tories. 297 The Liberty Boys "-itb Putnam; or, Good Wo r k in the Nutmeg State. I 298 The Liberty Boys' Revenge: or, Pnnishing the Torie s. 299 The Libert, y Hors nt Dunderberg; or, The Fall o f the Highland For~s. 300 '!.'he Liberty Boys with Wayne; or, Daring D eeds at Stony l:'c,mt. 30 l 'l'he Liberty Boys as Cavalry Scouts; or, 'l'he Charge of I I ashington's Brigade. 302 The L1be,ty Boys on Island 6: o r, The Patriot of the Delaware. 303 The Liberty Boys' Gallant Stand; or. ~ounding up the R edcoats 304 The Liberty Boys Outflanked; or, The Battle of Fort i\l iflli n . 305 The Libe rty Boys' Hot F ight; o r , Cutting The i r Way to Freed om. 306 The Liberty Boys' Kight Attack; or. Fighting the Johnson Greens. 267 'l'he Liberty Boys and the Swede; or, The Scandinavian Recruit. 307 268 'l'he Liberty Boys .. 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Busy Bees; or, Lively Work all Hound. 270 The l. 1be,-ty Boys and Emily Geiger; o r, After the Tory Scouts. 280 The Liberty Boys' 200~lil e Retreat; o r , Chased from Cata,vba to Virginia. 30 The Liberty Boys at "~etzell's lllill; or, C heated by the Rriti 309 The Libe rty Boys With D a niel Boone; or, The Battle of Bl Licks. 310 Tlie Liberty Boys' Girl Allies; or, The Patriot Sisters of '76 311 The Liberty Boys Hot Rally; or, Changing Defeat into \icto 312 The Liberty Boys Disappornted; or, Routed by the R e dcoats. 313 The Libel'ty Boys' Karrow Escape; or, Getting out of Xew Y o r . 314 The Liberty Boys at Sag Harbor; or, '.rhe Liveliest Day on R ec-ord 315 1116 317 The I,iberty Boys in Danger : or. Warned In the Kick of T ;me. ' l'he Liberty Boys' Failure; or, Trying to Catch a Traitor . The Liberty Boys at Fort Herkimer ; or, Out Against t h e R e d -__ skin s . _.,-,-318 '.rbe Liberty Boys' D ark Day; o r . In the Face of Defeat. 319 'l'he Liberty Boys at Quaker Hill; or , Liwly Times in Little 320 321 322 Rhode l s l and. Th Liberty Boys' The Liberty Boys The Liberty Boys Fierce Charge: or. Driving Out the '!ories. llidde n Foe: or. ,Yorking in the Dark. Run of Luck ; or, i\lakiug t h e Best of Every-2~1 The Liberty Boys Secret Orders: or, The 'l'reason of Lee. 323 282 The Liberty Boys and the Hidden Avenger ; or, T h e Masked Man thin!(. The Liberty era ls. Boys' Combination ; o r , Out With Three Great Gen-of Kipps Bay. 324 283 'l'he Liberty Boys at Sprin g Hill; or, After Cluny the Traitor. 325 The Liberty Roys at Sunbury: or, A Hard Blow to ~ar. 28~ The Liberty Boys and Rebecca i\lottes; or, Fighting "ith . F'ire Arrows. 285 The Liberty Boys' Gallant Chal'ge; or, 'l'he Bayonet F ight at 326 327 Old Tappan. 286 'l'he Liberty Boys' Daring Raid; or, Ilot Times at Verplanck's 328 The L iberty Boys in Manhattan; or, Keeping Their Eyp on Sir fJenry. . The Liberty Boys' Defence; or, The Light on Bottle Ilill. The Liberty Boys after Simon Girty: or, Chasing a R e negad e. The Li[)erty Doys With General Stark; or, H elping the Gr en ~Iountain Boys. , Point. 287 '1'b0e0 \~btilbi:oys and Simon Kenton; or, Fighting the British 329 The Liberty BoJ • s at King~ton; or, The ~Ian with the Silver-Dul let. The Liberty Boys' Be t Effort: or. Winning a Stubborn Fight. 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