The Liberty Boys secret enemy, or, Exposing the gun powder plot

previous item | next item

The Liberty Boys secret enemy, or, Exposing the gun powder plot

Material Information

The Liberty Boys secret enemy, or, Exposing the gun powder plot
Series Title:
Liberty Boys of "76"
Moore, Harry
Place of Publication:
New York
Frank Tousey
Publication Date:
Physical Description:
1 online resource (28 p.) 28 cm.: ;


Subjects / Keywords:
Dime novels. ( lcsh )
History -- United States -- Revolution, 1775-1783 ( lcsh )
serial ( sobekcm )

Record Information

Source Institution:
University of South Florida
Holding Location:
University of South Florida
Rights Management:
The University of South Florida Libraries believes that the Item is in the Public Domain under the laws of the United States, but a determination was not made as to its copyright status under the copyright laws of other countries. The Item may not be in the Public Domain under the laws of other countries.
Resource Identifier:
025745119 ( ALEPH )
72801842 ( OCLC )
L20-00152 ( USFLDC DOI )
l20.152 ( USFLDC Handle )

Postcard Information



This item has the following downloads:

Full Text


THE LI.BERTY [F A Weekly Magazine containing Stories of the American Revolution. [&sUl!d W eekly-By Subacription i 2.50 per year . E11tered as Seco,id0/ass M atter at tl,e New York Post Office, February 4, 1901, by Prank T ousey , No. 34:1. NEW Y ORK, J U LY 12 , . 1907. Pl'ice 5 Cents. As the Liberty Boys rushed in, , t_he old man sprang for the candle to blow them all up together. Dashing forward, :upsetting on,e of-the .plotters, Dick quickly drew his pistol and :fired . Insla.Jitly the candle was snuffed out.


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76, A Weekly Magazine Containing Stories of the American Revolution Issued Weekly-By Subsm-iption $2.50 per year. Bnterea as Suond Class Matter at the 1'{,ew_York. N. Y., Post Offe,ce, Februa'f'1/ 4, 1901. Entered according to Act of.Congr', in the ttear J907bin the ojfice of the Librarian of Congress, Washington, D. C . , Q'/J Frank Touse y , PublUiher, 24 nion Square, New Yerk. No. 341. ~EW YORK, JULY 12, 1907. PRICE 5 CENTS . . CHAPTER I. .A COW .ARDLY .ATTACK. During the I.ate summer of the year 1777 the British, under General Howe and his brother, the admiral, were making aavances upon Philadelphia, then in possession of the Americans and the seat of government. Lord Howe had sent a fhiet up Chesapeake Bay and bad landed troops, Wa hington watching their advance with much apprehension. The people of Philadelphia were equally apprehensive, and everywhere there was unrest and disquiet. Two boys were walking along Chestnut street in the capitol city one pleasant afternoon about this time. They wore the Continental uniform and had a distin guished air, as though above the common run of boys, even in those times, when everything strong and manly in a boy was brought out . They were indeed boys of more than ordinary ability. One was Dick Slater and the other Bob Estabrook, captain ana :first lieutenant, respectively, of a band of one hundred young patriots known as the Liberty Boys. They had been :fighting for American independence E>omething over a year at this time and had done noble work in that glorious caUBe. The company was now some twenty-five or thirty miles below Philadelphia, but Dick, Bob, and a 1dozen others were at this time in the city on business connected . with the army. Dick Slater was a famous spy and had successfully undertaken secret missions for the commander -in-chief himself, enjoying the latter's full confidence. "I don't think we had better let the girls stay much longer, Bob," said Dick. "No, I think it i rather dangerous myself, Dick," Bob answered. "There will be :fighting in the neighborhood before long, and no one can tell what will be the outcome of it." "Very true, Dick," agreed Bob. A tall, spare man, with keen black eyes, approached the boys at that moment. Suddenly Dick caught the man's eyes :fixed steadily upon him as if they would pierce his very heart. He returned the gaze unflinchingly and passed on. "Jove! did you see bow that man looked at us?" mutt ered Bob. "Yes," briefly. Bob turned his bead. "He's looking after us, Dick." "We ll, let him. A cat may look at a kjng." "But I don't like it, Dick." ''It wa not a pleasant look, Bob, I must admit." "Ha,e you ever seen him before?" "No." "You would remember him if you bad, of course?" "Yes, I never forget a face." "I didn't like the way he looked at us. It didn't mean_ any good to either of us. Do you suppose he is g; spy?" "I really could not tell. As you say, his look gave you an unpleasant feeling. Who be is, however, I have not the faintest idea." Further discussion of the subject was stopped by a sud den commotion on the square below. A chaise, drawn by a single horse, and containing two pretty young girls, had just reached a cross street. Out of this there suddenly surged a mob of half-grown boys, who surrounded the chaise and began to hoot at th& girls . Some were not content to do merely this. They attempted to cut the harness, to release the horseand to do other mischief. ome began throwing mud and even stones d the girls while they hooted: "Yah ! rebels, down with the rebels, down with them!" "It's the girls themselves!" cried Dick. "And at the mercy of a mob of howling Tories!" added Bob. Th-ere were Tories in Philadelphia and sometimes they gave trouble, as in the present instance. The two boys at once dashed forward. The two girls were the boys' sisters, and the sister of each was the sweetheart of the other. It was of them that the boys bad been speaking when, they encountered the man with the piercing eyes. Now they sprang forward. "Get out, you vagabonds!" cried Dick. "Here, be off, you scoundrels!" sputtered Bob. Dick brought the heads of two of the young ruffians to gether with a crack. Bob's fists shot out right and left and down went two or three of the miscreants. Then Dick caught two by the collars and threw them into the street. There were still nearly a dozen to be reckoned with . At that moment three boys in Continental uniform came running up. They were some of the Liberty Boys. "Hooroo !" cried one, a jolly Iri-h boy. "Av it's foight in' yez want, Oi'U give yez a bellyful." "Yah, I bet me we was sooted you dot way alretty,'" added a stout German youth.


2 THE LIBERTY BOY ' SECRET EXE1IY. "Give it to them, boys," cried t h e third, a handsome, -dashing l>oy a little younger than Dick and Bob. 'The fiYe boys combined now made such a d e cided set at the girL' tormentors that they quickly put them to fligh t . •Tori es, eh?" said the third of the three boys who had co me to Dick's and Bob s assistance. "Ye_ , :\lark, Tories." "I thought so. Xo one else would attack girls . " T h e boy was Mark }Iorrison, the sec ond lieutenant of the Liberty Boys, one of the bravest o.f them all and truste d inexplicitly by Dick. "lfs a shame!" cried .:.\.lice Estabrook, Bob"s si ter. "I thought that Philadelphia was a patriot city." " o it is, my dear," said Edith Slater, "but you'll find dis ag reeable persons everywhere." 'The Tories are beginning to feel their oats," said Bob. "'It looks to me as i;f they thought that--" D ick sudd e nly gave Bob a nudge. T he man who had gazed at them so fixedly before was approaching. T h is time Diel! looked at .him as if to read his verY thoug hts. • T h e man scowled and passed on hurriedly, turning down the fir s t cross street. '' That man is an enemy," said Dick. "How do vou know?" asked Bob. ''I don't know, but I feel it," was Dicks answer. "Co me, boys," said )lark. "We can't do any more good here and we might find out something somewhere el e." "Annyphwer-0 at all at all, me bhy," said Patsy Branni gan. "an' av dhere do be foightin' goin' oh, so much dhe betther." ''Yah, I bet me we was doed dot," put in Carl Gookehpie l e r, tl1e German Liberty Boy. "Come ahcadt al retty."' Ma r k went away with the two comical Liberty Boys and Dick and Bob went on with the girls, walking beside the chai se. 'fhe boys lived in Westchester County, Xew York, but the girls were now visiting a friend of theirs .in the city and saw them often. Leaving the girls at the house of Stella Burge s, their friend, the two boys niturned to the bu ier part of the city. T hey were pa ing the State House when they uddenly ob e r , e d an old man looking at it a.nd muttering half under his breath. As h e caught sight oi the boys he ceased muttering and stepped quickly aside, gathering the skirts of his long coat about him as if afraid of touching the youths. " tupid old Tory!" puttered Bob, as they went on. "I heard him muttering .something about 'rebels' as we came up. Afraid to touch us, is he?" " ome persons carry their prejudice to extremes," re marked Dick, drily. "The old humbug may ham a 'rebel' touch him in a way he wont like ome day," stormed Bob, who was an impetu ous fellow, "to put. a rope about hi neck. for in tance." "I noticed one thing, Bob," said Dick. "\\hat was it?" "The old man bears a striking resemblance to the one wh o looked at us o fixedly a while ago." "He did? I did not observe it. However, you ee every thing." "One has to, in these times, Bob," tersely. They walked on, but it wa some time before Dick 'later could get the two men and an unplea ant feeling connected with them out of his mind. CH.\PTETI II. J..X EXE}LY .iT WORK. The Liberly Boy were quartered in different house in the city, not very far apart, so that Dick could get them all together in a bort time. c. After supper that evening, Dick and Bob went to call upon their sweethearts. They stopped on the way to get ;ilark and a lively boy named Ben , purlock, who were at a house on .'lrch street. "Have you come across anyone whom you su"pected of being a spy?" askecl Dick, a they left 1Iark's lodgings. "I found a man following me thi afternoon," was Ben S.purlock's reply, "a tall, spare man with dcepset black eyes . " "Yon did? Did he look at you sharply?" ''Yes. and I asked him as sharply what he wanted . " "Did'he an wer you?" ":'.\o, but forned away. It was afterward that I found him following me and I a ' -eel him again what he wanted." "And got no answer?" "Xo, but he did not follow me again," said Ben; "or, if he did, I dic1 not know it." a\.s they were walking on they met two of the Liberty Boys, Harry Thurber and Harry Judson by name, great cronies and constant companions. "There's a man in thi town," said Harry Thurber, "1Yho thinks it necessary to tare at every boy who wears onr uniform." "He is tall and spare, with deepset, ,cry black eyes," added Dick. "Why, yes, but l10w did you know that?" asked Harry, greatly astonished. "He stared at you two?" "Yes, and at Patsy and Carl, and followed am anderE>on." "The man is an enemy," muttered Dick. "I am certain of it." "Then ,ou have met him?" "Twice~ If he follows you again, follow him, but do not let him know it." "All right." The two Harrys then wont on and Dick and his party continued on their way. Reaching the house, they found the girl and Stella Burgess at home, and a friend of the latter's with them. They were all enjoying themselves greatly when Dick, chancing to pass a window in going from one part of the room to another, glanced out.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' The blinds were not clrmm all the way down, and he.saw a man stainding under a street lamp, looking at the house. In an instant he recognized the stranger he had seen that afternon. There was the same tall, spare fignre and the light from the lamp shone upon his face, showing his stern features and deepset eyes. , The mnn was not ten :feet distant and Dick coula not be mistaken. "There is that fellow again!" he exclaimed. "This time I am going to find out what he means by spying upon us in this fashion." He dashed ont of the room, seized his hait from the hall stand, threw open the door and sprang down the three or ;four stone steps at a bounce. Brief as had been the time occupied, he found that the ma-n had disappeared. It was some distance to a street c0-rner in either direc tion, so that the man must have almost run to get' out of sight so soon. The street was deserted as far as he could ~e in either direction. He walked past the house and looked at a number oi d.oors, but eould see M one. "The spy must have seen me leave the room," was hi.E thought, "and decamped at once." Bob, Mark an.d Ben now came out. "Who was it, Dick?" . "The stranger with the sharp eyes." "Where is he?" "I don't know." "Disappeared?" "Like a flash." "It is very strange." ... "Yes, be must have fairly raced to the next street cor-ner." "And you saw nothing of him?" "No." "What can be want?" "I don't know, unless to learn why we are in town and report to the British." The boys returned to the house and pulled down the blinds, later retiring to a room in the rear, where they had some light refreshments. They left the house before it was late, :nark and Ben stopping at their house and Dick and Bob going on, Dick Slater was always a light sleeper, seeming to sleep with one eye open, as the saying is. As it was summer, he left his windows open in order to have plenty of fresh air. Toward morning he was suddenly awakened by hearing something fall on the floor. His room was on the second story, and not far above the pavement, the main floor being raised only a little abo-ve it. It was not difficult, therdore, for a person to throw an object through the open window into the room. Bob was sleeping soundly, but Dick was awake in an instant. It was only a muffled sound that he heaTd, but it was enough. H; wa~ out of bed ancl on hi feet in a second . ECRET E ... EThIY. 3 Then he saw something burning on the floor in themiddle of the room. It was a bundle of oil-soaked tow and other inflammable material, all in flames. He snatched it up in a moment and threw it out of the window'. As it stru

4 THE LIBERTY BOYS' SECRET ENEMY. "Not a soul." Patsy and Carl and two or three other parties, all from different houses, gave similar reports. In one case the fire had been quite serious, but, fortu nately, no one was hurt. Dick made inquiries to see if there had been oth~r fires in the city that night. There had been none that he could learn, except in houses where the Liberty Boys ,,ere quartered. " ome secret enemy is working against us," aid Dick gravely. "\re mu t do our be t to disco,er and punish him." CHAPTER III. DECOYED BY EKE1IIE . Having determined that some secret enemy was at work, the next thing to do was to catch him. It could not be mere coincidence that all the fires had been in places where the Liberty Boys were '1.odged. It was clearly a ,ery deliberate attempt to do them injury. All of the Liberty Boys in the city at once undertook ihe task of discovering their secret enemy. How to set about it, however, was the difficulty. Ko one had seen the person who had tried to set fire to the houses and they could only conjecture. "It' the man with the black eye ," declared Bob. "It might be," was Dick' reply, "but we don't know." • "He was watching you la t night." "}Iy belief is that several per on" were concerned in the affair. The fires were all set at about the same time and on e man could not have set them all." "Very true." One man directed operations, no doubt, and it is this man whom we want to find." "We must find him," said Bob. "Let us go on the as umption that it is the man we saw yesterday, and follow him up," aid Dick. "Very true." Dick and Bob set out separately, the others going in group of two or three. Dick's idea was to walk along the street and keep a lookout for the man he had seen the day before. It was a venture, of course, but it ~ight succeed, and then all the Liberty Boys were in searc11 of the man. everal of them had seen him and all of them had his -description. They would certainly do all they could to find him and to determine whether or not he was the Liberty Boys secret enemy. Dick was in the neighborhood of the place where the mob of Tory boys had attacked the two girl the day before when he heard a sudden commotion. The same boys came rushing past him and attacked a lboy not ar from him. The boy turned and ran into an alley close at hand. The young ruffians pursued him, houting : "Give it to the rebel, thrash him, down with him!" "Help!" cried the boy. Dick at once dashed forward. . He seized two or three of the young reprobateand banged them about the heads . All at once, however, three or four men, with masks on their aces, sprang out of doorway and seized him. And then the boy to whose assistance he had gone put his thumb to his nose and laughed: "Yah ! you fell inter ther trap easy. Thought I wa a rebel, did yer? Well, I reckon I ain't!" "You little sneak!" cried Dick. "I'd like to --" One man clapped his hand over Dick' mouth and then they all hurried him up a low stoop into a house and closed the door. They took him to a room with a barred window at the rear of the house, down a long hall, and put him in a chair, binding him hand and foot. There wa not much light in the room, but Dick ~aw one or two kegs, which looked like gunpowder kegs, standing in one corner. The masked men said nothino-, but in a moment one of them approached and looked at him. What lio-ht there was shone upon hi mask and through the holes 00 the black cloth Dick saw a pair of piercing black eyes. " o it is the man with the black eyes," was Dick's thought. "That is something to know." Just then the old man whom Dick had een muttering angrily in front of the tate House the day before came rushing into the room. "Kill the rebel!" he narled. " errn him the way you're "Oino-to-" "Sil:nce !" hissed the man with the black eyes. "There will be time enough--" "The thing ailed last night, but now it wont. Tie him to a--" "Silence!" again said the man with the piercing eyes, who seemed to be the leader . . 'rhen three of the mask hurried the old man, still snarlinoand threatening, out of the room. "Yo1 ~ will know your fate soon," his ed the leader. awe failed last night, but this time you shall not escape and you will have company." . Dick made no reply, and the mysterious mask left the room lockino-the door behind him. 'b d .,, ttd "I have een your face and hear your mice, mu ere Dick. "I shall know you again, never fear. So you, the~, are the secret enemy of the Liberty Boys? I know this much at least." He now began to take in the details of the room. There was a tough deal table, two or three rush-bot tomed chairs and the kegs, and that was all. The floor was uncarpeted and the wall we:e bare, the pla ter being broken here and there where nails had been driven to hang hats or coat . "Those look like gunpowder keg ," was Dick'_s thought. "What can they want with them? I may be m1Staken, 0 course, but they look like that." . However, the question of what t~e kegs contamed was not the one which most interested him.


THE LIBERTY BOY . S EC RET ENEMY. 5 Wha t h e wanted t o kno w was how he was going to -escape. H e never doubted that he would, but the que tion was how it was goi n g to be accompli hed. H i w rist were too tightly bound for him to move h i s h a n d , but his feet wer e n ot bound so tight b u t that he <:oul d get up if he chose. Falking over to the table, he found that it had a single

6 THE LIBERTY BOY ' ECRET EKE~IY. Dick told of the attempt to kidnap the girls and Bob was indignant . "Would you know the boy again?" he asked . "I would," was Dick's reply, "although I had bu,t a glimpse of him." "That is good. If you see him you can allow him and perhaps locate the man with the blaok eyes." Dick once more gave Bob that peculiar look. Leaving the girls at the house, the boys excused themselves on the plea of having business to look after. 'What i it, Dick?" asked Bob, when they were alone. ''I have been with our Tory friend this morning." "You have?" in the greatest asto;nishment. "Yes, but I am uncertain if I ca.n locate the house." Dick then related his ad,enture of the morning. Bob was deeply interested . "Jove! but if you could locate it, Dick! Are you sure you can't?" "I am going to try, Bob. Let us change our clothes. The Continental uniform is not looked upon with favor in that quarter." "Very good, we will do so." The boys then went to their lodging and put on ordinary clothes. Dick"s suit was gray and Bob's was brown, both wearing three-cornered hats and looking like the sons of well-to-do citizens . Then they betook themselves to the quarter where Dick had been seized. He found the alley easily enol!gh, but the next thing was to locate the paJ.'ticular house to which he had been taken by the masked men. There were several evil-looking, roughly-dressed boys lounging about, and in one of them Dick recognized the one who had accompanied the two girls. 'rhe boy did not recognize him on account of his not being in uniform . The sight of two well-dressed strangers was e nough to excite the boys, however. They began pushing against the newcomers, and one of them attemptecl to pick Bob's pocket. The young lieutenant caught his wrist, howernr, and gave it a twist, causing him to howl. "~ot so easy, is it?" laughed Bob. "I am up to your tricks, you you1J1g rascal." The boy howled ancl call~d upon his cronies to help him . There were only a dozen of them, however, and this did not seem to be big enough odds . At that moment the old man Dick had seen came out of a house in front of them with a Jounge r man. "See that you get it," said the old man hoarsely, "even if you have to pay more rent. It is the very place." "I'll get it," remarked the other, turning up the alley. The boys were beginning to run at Di ck and Bob again. Dick tripped up three of them, brouo-ht the heads of two more together with a bump and then went on. "Follow that man, Bob," said Dick. "It's important." Bob had not heard the words the old man had said. He at once followed the man Dick had pointed out, how ever, without asking any qnestious. Dick fo1lowed him at a distance, thinking it just as well for them to be separated for the time." Bob followed the man to a house on a quiet street just in the rear of the tate House. The house appeared to be unoccupied and there wa a bill upon it. The man Bob was following walk ed up the teps~ how ever, and pounded on the door with the knocker. A woman answered the summons and a com-ersatio n e nsued, Bob listening from a convenient doorway. • Neither the man nor the woman seemed to think of the need of speaking in low tones . "But I have told the parfas that I would gi-Ye them till to-morrow . " "I'll give you a pound more e,ery week. I mu t have the house." "But do you think that is quite right?' ".And I will keep it in good repair." "But 1 toJd them I would give them till to morrow." "And maybe lose the chance of rentin g the house. If.I can't hn.,e i.he keys to day, I won't take it at all." "Oh, well, I suppose it is all right. Yes, you can have • it." The man had slipped ome golcl into the womJn's hand. "We will mo,e in at once. You ha,e nothing here, I suppose?" "Only a table and chairs. I did not stay at ni0ht." 'rhe man then took the keys and. he and the woman w ent off together, presumably to arrange a lease with the owner. Bob found Dick and told him what he had learned. "The hou e must be watched," said Dick. .. Come and show it to me." Dick looked at the houSB and said : "T.his is not a Tory neighborhood . The old man wi hes to rent iF for some e pecial reason, and I am sure he mean no good . " '"I)he tate House is just behind it and not far off." "The fellows are spies and must be spied 1 1pon," Dick answered. CH_ \.P,TER V . WA.TCIIIXG .AND W.A.ITIXG. :Mark, Ben, the two Harrys, Patsy and Carl w~re set to watch the ,aca;nt house, one relie,ing anothe1 at regular intervals throughout the day. The old man was in league with the man with the black eyes, and that was reaon enough to suspect him. They were both enemies of the Liberty Boys and of the patriots and needed to be watched, therefore. What their real object in hiring the hou "e might be, Dick did not know, but he was satisfied that it was not an honest one. At nightfall the boys reported that the caretaker's goods had been remo,ed and the bill taken from the hou e-, but that no one had mo,ed in. "They will go in to-night, perhaps," mid Dick. "I will watch the place myself." Late that night a cart drove up to the hou e.


'IHB LIBER:rY BO:Y ' ECRET E~E}IY. D ick was watching aud now he e,iuced a good daal of i n te r est. Someone opened the house and ligh.ted .a candle, while two or three others . began to take different articles into the house. Some of the2e seemed to be quite heavy a.nd did not seem like pieceof furnitu re . There were a good many bundles, but very few oh.airs, tables o r other articles of furniture. As one of the men was going into the house he dropped a bundle, which fell with . a clatter . "What are you about, you fool?" snarled another of the men. "The man with the bl.ack eyes," muttered Dick. "I wa right. He is at the bottom of this . " The men !noved the things into the house as as possible after that, and the ca.rt drove away, four men entering the dark and silent house, which remained da:rk and silent for the rest of the night. "What do they want with spades and shovels and crow hars?" was Dic k' th.ought. "There is omething very strange here.'' Some of t he bnnclles, pre umably containing clothes, were very heavy and required two men to carry them. "If those were not kegs of gunpowder, . then I am greatly mistaken," muttered Dick. '"l'here is some un.derhand work going 011, and I am determi.ned to know -what it is.'' He remained for an hour or more watching the house, from which neither light nor sound proceeded, no one going in or coming out. At last :ifob joined him and took up his watch, the young captain relating what he had seen . At d.a,break Mark .ca:m.e to relieve Bob. "Thr~e or four men a:re in there, Mark," said Bob, "hut I don t know if they are asleep or up to some mischief." That morning Dick hired a front room in a house oppo site and all that day some one of th~ Liberty Boys was watching the my hirious dwe.Uiog, which remail;Led appar ently empty and closed, as b efore. During the day me or another of the Liherty Boys went to the house in various disguises and kn-0eked .on the do01r. They were dressed as beggars, peddleTs, dioctors ,a,nd t r adesmen, but to all n o response was made . r o one left the house and no 0E.e .entered it, ,evenything being as mysterious as eve:r. T he Liberty Boys were not the o n ly one who lifted the heavy brass , knocker . • Cha r women, tradesmen a n d intending tenant cal.led !ant all received the same t r eabment, silence arui negleet . That night the house oppo ite seemed as dark ,as the empty holli'c, but Diak watching from behind the blinds of the window. At midnight a man left the house and stole away in the darkness, returning an hour later with a. heavy . basket on his ann and stealing in as LLoisele sly as he had stolen o ut. There wa::: no lio-ht .in the house anywhere, as Dick ascertained by getting to the rear, and yet there were . men in it. The man w.ho had gone out had bro1.\ght food, no , doubt, for the men in the hou,se would .have to eat. "What are they doing?" thought Dick. "Counterfeit i n g, making arms or what?" It was all a puzzle, hut one which he meant to read. These men were the secret enemies of the Liberty Boys, end therefo1,c the countr.).)S enamies, an.d must be 'Pun ished. He went to bed at length and Murk and Bob wntched till morning, seeing nothing. After breakfast Dick set out far his old quaTters. He passed .the house in the alley wh

8 THE LIBERTY BOYS' SECRET ENEMY. then in @ession, when he saw the passionate old man whom he had met in the company of their secret enemy . "I wonder how he got out without being seen?" he mut tered. The old man did not see him and seemed to be muttering to himself. He was in front of the State House still muttering, when Dick came up behind him. Shaking his fist angrily at the building, the old rascal said with a snarl: "Before long you and all the pestilent rebels you hold will be blown to atoms, and the sooner the better 1" Dick refrained from springing f-0rward and seizing the old Tory by the -throat only by the greatest effort. The old man went on without having seen Dick and quickly disappeared. "So that is the plot, is it, to blow up the State House?" muttered Dick. "Well, I have learned it none too soon." CHAPTER VI. HOW DICK GOT INTO THE ROUSE. Everything was clear to Dick Slater now. The gunpowder, the spades, the bars were all ex plained. The men were digging a tunnel from the empty dwell ing to the State House. The distance was not so great and all of them working together and spelling each other could accomplish much. The bars were to break through the cellar wall and the spades and shovels were to dig away the earth. The loose earth could be thrown into the cellar of the deserted dwelling, as the tunnel would probably not be wide nor high. The barrels of gunpowder were to be put in the cellar of the State House and a fuse or train laid from them to the cellar of the dwelling. Then at the proper time the fuse could be lighted and the men would have time to e cape through the dwell ing. Congress held sessions at night very often, and this would be a convenient time to carry out their plans. It was an infamous plot, one worthy of Guy Fawkes, of London, who had providentially been prevented from car rying out just such a scheme one hundred and seventy years before. Dick hurried at once to the house opposite the des~rted dwe lling and told Bob and Mark what he had learned. "It was well that I did not betray myself," he said, "for now the old villain does not suspect that we know anything." "I could not have done it," said Bob. "I would have throttled the infamous old scoundrel in a moment." "I would have done the same myself," added :Mark. "It is better otherwise," said Dick, "for now we will catch the plotters at work and they will all be hanged." ' _ 'We must get into the house," declared Bob. "They may be ready to lay the fuse at any time." "I don't think so," returned D ick. "They would not have tunneled aJl the way yet." "No, perhaps not." "And Congress is n ot in session at this hou:rj." . Very true." "We must enter the house without giving the alarm tothe plotters." "Of course." "To-night will be early enough. We must not be seen at work. If it were simply a case of breaking in without regard to noise we could do so now." "We might wait till one of them goes for food and then seize him and make him admit us," suggested Mark. "We don't know when this may happen. Did eithe r of you see the old man leave to-day?" "No, we saw no one." "And yet I saw him out of the house. They may have dug a secret way out at the back, so as to be prepared for emergencies." "So they might." "We will therefore wait till such a time when they are all likely to be there and then force an entrance and sur prise them." "Shoot them down like dogs, the fiends!" muttered Bob, impetuously. "I'd like to blow them all up with their own powder!" added Mark, with equal fervor. "There must be no violence," said Dick. "We are not the judges and executioners. The men mu t be arrested, of course, but unless they attack us there must be no violence." . , "They ought to be taken out and hanged!" sputtered Bob. "We must try and seize them before they get any ink ling of our approach," added Dick. "We will take all the Liberty Boys in town and descend upon the plotters in a body." "Is there a session of Oongres!l to-night?" a ked Mark. "No, but I hardly think they can have tunneled through by that time." "Had we not better inform the authorities of what we have discovered?" "I think we will be able to apprehend the scoundrels by working quietly. Otherwise they might be alarmed and escape." "Very true," agreed both of the boys. During the rest of the day the empty house opposite was watched closely. No one was seen to enter or leave it, and it was as deserted-looking as ever. • The question of how to force an entrance was care fully debated by Dick and the Liberty Boys. The windows were closed with the heaviest wooden shut ters, bolted ::ind barred within. The front door was of oak, almost impossible to batter down and furnished with heavy locks and bars. The door in the rear, opening upon a small paved court, surrounde d by a high brick wall , was of solid material and was further protected by a barred iron gate. During the day Diek procured a set of lock mith's tools, with the use of which he was familiar. He also obtained some heavy bits and stocks, as well as some sharp chisels.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' SECRET ENEMY. 9 T hat night when all was dark and still the boys set to wor k . While some acted as sentries up and down the square, ,other s wor ked. B y the aid of skeleton keys, the great heavy lock was forced. T here were bolts within and these must be reached. Locating them from the outside, the augers were put in -op e r ation. The sharp steel blades bit through the tough oak with little or no sound, being well oiled, and one bolt after another was cut away or reached so that they could be shot back. Mean time no sound was heard within the house. Once or twice a belated wayfarer passed. Signals were given and the boys at work ceased opera tions. Keeping well within the shade of the doorway, they were unobserved. Once a watchman, with his lantern and horn, passed on the opposite side and saw nothing, heard nothing. No alarm was taken either within or without. The plotters were doubtless hard at work in the cellar, while the boys were just as industrious outside. Not a sound could be heard from the house, and it was doubtful if the little noise the boys made while at work <:ould be heard by those within. Ko professional housebreaker ever worked more swiftly, more noiselessly or more energetically. Locks, bolts and bar s all yielded at last and the deter mined boys were at length in the house. There was not a creak as the heavy oaken door swung open and the boys entered. Those posted outside were signalled and speedily joined those within. There were dark lanterns convenient and the boys ad vanced swiftly and cautio u sly, guided by their light. Not a loose board creaked and not a sound was heard as the brave boys pushed on, led by Dick. T hey all had heavy wool stockings drawn over their boots or shoes and n ot a footfall was heard. Passing to the rear, they found a flight of winding steps leading to the basement below. . Down these they hastened without causing the slightest alarm. Below there was a kitchen and a cellar. Passing through the kitchen noiselessly, the boys reach ed the door leading to the cellar. It was locked . Looking through the keyhole, Dick saw a f aint light. Then he saw three o r four men in a scantily-furnished room. There was a table, two or three rush bottomed chairs and a great number of kegs of gunpowder. A barred window at the rear let in only a little light, the candle shedding only a faint glow. Dick saw the old man and two others, but the secret enemy, the man with the piercing eyes, was not visible. "Now!" hissed D ick. Mark and Harry T hurber clubbed their muskets and burst open the door. As the Liberty Boys rushed in the old man sprang for the candle to blow them all up together. Dashin g forward, upsetting one of the plotters, D ick q u ickly drew his pistol and fired . Instantly the candle was snuffed out. In a moment the place was plunged in darkness. CHAPTER VII. IN THE DEN OF THE PLOTTERS. There was a sound of retreating footsteps in the dark ness. The man whom , Dick had upset attempted to seize his legs and throw him. Dick struck out blindly in the dark with his pistol. There was a thud and a groan and then a very heavy fall. "Quick with the lights!" hissed Dick. "After the scoun drels. Shoot all who resist or attempt to escape!" 'l'he dark lanterns flashed out and revealed two or three men hurrying into a passage in the rear. The boys fired and hurried after them. They soon came upon a tunnel deep into the ground. At one side there was a pile of earth which had been thrown out. Into the tunnel hastened Dick, Bob, Mark and Ben. They finally came to a shaft leading up from the main one, which went on for some distance. A current of air came down from this shaft. "The scoundrels have escaped!" cried Dick. "After them, some of you!" The two Harrys, Patsy, Carl and some others obeyed. Dick and his party went on. At the end of the tunnel they found two shovels, an , overturned lantern and a man's coat. The men had stopped work hurriedly and had left their shovels while in the very act of digging. The muffled sound of shots was heard at this moment. "They have escaped," said Dick, "but a.t any rate, they have not reached the State H ouse cellar, and they never will." The tunnel was dug the greater part of the distance, however, and p r obably would have been finished that night had not the plotters been interrupted. Taking the shovels, the coat and the lanterns, Dick re turned to the cellar. The man he had struck with the butt of his pistol still lay in a. heap on the floor. He was unconscio us, but breathing heavily. "Look out for that fellow," said Dick. "Secure him so that he shall not escape." In the pocket of the coat Dick had found a rough dia gram, giving the position of the cellar, the State House and the tunnel as so far completed . "We were none too soon," he said. "The tunnel would have been completed to-night." Just then. the boys who had gone up the shaft re turned. "One man fell dead on the other side of the wall," said Harry Judson, "and was car r ied off by his comrades."


10 T1IB LIBBRTY BOYS' SEG:FIET ENEMY. "Three others were wo11nded," added Harry Thurber, "but all got away." "Did you see foe , o'ld man who tried to blow us 111>• ?" asked Dick. "No, there were four or five of them altogether, but we did not see him." "Did you see the man with the black eyes?" They had aimed a blow at the very life of the country and must be discove r e d and brought to justice. Dick and the Li berty Boys determined to de-vote• tli~mselves to this task . They at , once • set about foying , to run the••con piratoJTs to. earth. The old m&n arrd the man with< ihte black1 eyes were • the 011l y ones whom they ccntl< beforE!. M'r' -"' -'-very good." It was not likely that the conspirators would raturn to "An' look out for thrs man er comin'. Don't turn yer it, but it was watched for fear that they m>ight. head . Waal," with a sudden change of tone, "I didn't ask The man ,vho had short himself was btui>ed in a name . . , . yer ter save ther brat _an' I don't thank ye nutheT, so get less grave and no menti~n ~as made of_ hun. . on about yer bizness er quick ez }'er kin!" . The owner of the premises wa,s no~1fied that crnninals1 At that moment a man . passed and D ick gave him a good had rented the_ h_ouse and had bee'Il dispossessed and that look, so that he might not forget him . he could relet it if he chose. _ . . _ "Very well, ma'am, I will bear it in mind," he said, Somehow Ul'e house h~d got an e'V'.Ll rl:!put,atwn, however, and then he went on his way. and no one wbuJcl rent 1t. • ::\Ieantime Dick ancl tl'J'e Liberty Bo~s were doing their' ~ best to expose the gunpowder plot and bring the conspi ra tors to justice . T11e plot h'ad failed' of its object and th'e public at large ' knew n othirnr of it. The in of it mu. t b'e dieeoterec1 and punished, however, even i the afl':1ir were not generally known . CHAPTER VIII. OXE OF TH'.E PLOTTERS TA.KEN . The man whom Dick had looked at was of marked characteristics and not likely to be forgotten .


TUE LIBERTY BOY ' SECRET EKE"iHY. 11 He was of medium height, thick-set and red-hea.decl, The man was taken to the city prison, where Dick baJly pock-marked. and with his left shoulder a goo

12 THE LIBERTY B OYS' EORET ENE}IY . "The balance of my company is at the front and we are hurrying on to join them. " "You will want something for yourselves and beasts before you proceed?" "Yes, we have ridden some di tance and need rest and refreshment, so if you will serve us dinner we will gi,e it our foll attention." "You have sharp appetites, no doubt, after your rid e . W ell, they shall not go unsatisfied, I assure you. I will call you in ten minutes, so occupy yourselves in the mean time as you see fit." "H his dinner is as ample as his conver_ation, we shall not sta rve," laughed Bob. "I don't like these garrulous landlords," added }lark. "This fellow will talk as glibly to a lot of Tories as he did to us." "But he expressed no opinion either way," observed Ben. ":Maybe he is on both sides," added Sam, "and treat everyone alike." "I su.pect the fellow myself," remarked Dick quietly, "not so much on account of his glib tongue as for a certain look in his face." "'rhen we'll watch him," declared :Mark. "I must say that I did not like his looks even before he had spoken." The boys put up their horses and went into the general sitting-room of the inn. Something more than the time stated by the landlord had elapsed when he called them to dinner. Dick was the first to enter the dining room, and as he did so he saw a man bending over the great soup tureen. He instantly hurried out before Dick could see his face. "Who is that man?" he a s ked quickly of the other waiters. "An extra waiter, sir," was the reply of one of them. Dick at once left the room. He saw the extra waiter hurrying through the hall. He had discarded his j acket and apron and appeared to be in a great hurry. " Stop ! " cried Dick. Instead of stopping, the man hurried out at a back door and went straight to the barn. Dick flew after him, drawing a pistol as he ran. The fugitive ran into the stable, a bullet from Dick 's pistol striking the door as it swung shut behind him. On went Dick, but as he entered the barn at one door he saw the man leave it by another, mounted on a fleet horse. He had stolen the horse of one of the Lib erty Boys. Dick raced after him and fired a second shot , carrying away the fugitive's hat. The follow dashed on, reac hed the road and quickly di appeared around a bend behind a clump of trees. Then Dick went back to the inn. "Our secret enemy is about," he said, "and has stolen one of our horses. I shall not stay to dinner. It might cost us our lives." CHAPTER IX. S.AM RECOVERS HIS HORSE. All t h e boys were g reatly excited at Dick's announce men t . • They at once began asking questions. "I saw the chief conspirator in the gunpowde r plot bending over the table as I entered," said Dick. "The man with the sharp black eyes?" the boys all a_ked . "Yes. He put something into the tureen. I do not doubt that it is poisoned . " Looks of horror appeared on the face of the boys. "I at once followed him," continued Di ck . "He was posing as a waiter, but he threw away hi jacket and apron as he ran and seized a hat." "Did you see l1im face?" asked }lark excitedly. "No, but I know his figure . It was the man, beyond a doubt. Otherwise, why should he ha,e run away?" "Very true," said all the boys in a breath . At this moment the host himself entered . "I am very sorry that you have lost a horse, young gen tlemen," he said. "This man came on one, however, and he h;:ts left it. You will take that, of course. Fair ex cha nge is no robbery." "Fair exchange, of course, pro,ided both parties agree to the exchange," said Dick, "but I doubt if this i ." " I am exceedingly sorry that this has happened," con tinued the host . "I did not know that the man was a thief." " _He is worse," said Dick . "He is a poisoner. Come, boys. " "But you will stay to dinner?" said the landlord in surprise. "No, we are going at once." "But the dinner has been ordered and must be :paid for." "Eat it yourself, you and your servants," said Dick. 'IThere is more than we require . " "Eat the soup, then," said Dick . "Seize him, boys . " The landlord trembled violently, cold drops of perspira tion standing upon his forehead . "Then you know!" said Dick . "You are a party to this plot." . ",Ye will throw away the soup," stammered the man, "if you believe it is poisoned. Take it away . " "Did you not see the man you called an extra w aiter put something in the tureen?" Dick asked the other men. "He said he was sea oning the soup," one of them said. . "Believe me, sirs," stammered the landlord, "I knew nothing of this. I heard }'OU say it was poi oned . The man had no right to eason the dishes. That is done in the kitchen." "Was this man an extra waiter?" Dick asked the others . "Yes, and worked about the house and stable. There were so many of }'OU that Meadows got him to wait on the table . " "It is perhaps true that you did not know of this," said Dick, "but, nevertheless, we will not take any risks. If this man seasoned anything e l se, I would advise you not to eat it." Then the boys went away . T h ey foun d anothe r horse i n the barn, but h e w a s n o t t h e equa l of t h e a n imal whic h h a d bee n sto l e n. H e w as slo w a n d vicious a n d could be r id d e n o n l y with the gr eatest c are .


, THE LIBERTY BOY ' SECRET E:N"EMY. 13 Sam Sanderson's horse had been taken, so Sam took this one a nd handled him with a firm hand. The boys had dinner elsewhere, stopping only a short time, however, and then pus h ing on. " I believe this scoundrel is a spy," said Di ck , "and we must be on the watch for him." It was well on in the afternoon when, as they were pass ing a house set back from the road some distance, am drew rein quickly, leaped from the vicious brute he was riding and cried : "Jove! there is my horse now!" There was a horse tethered to a tree near the house . Etery one of the boys at once recognized it as Sam's. There were the letters "C. A." on the saddle, but with out that the bovs would have known the animal. Di'ck knew every horse in the troop and could not be deceived. It was not likel:y, either, that Sam would not know his own animal. The horse neio-hed as he came up and untethered it. " urround the hou e," cried Dick. ''The man mu t be within. Do not let him escape. Secure that brute of a horse also." The boy quickly surround ~ d the house, keeping a watch on doors and windows. A rough-looking :inan came out at this moment and asked: " What ye want, boys? What's ther matter? What yer surroundin' ther place fur? Anythin' wrong?" Then a woman and two girls and a boy came out. "Where is the owner of that horse?" asked Dick, indi cating the strange animal. "I donno. I n e v er seen him afore." "True, I had forgotten. Where is the man who came on this horfe ?" pointing to Sam's. "I donno. I see him tie him to a tree. He said he was goin' inter ther woods ter get some yarbs. Doctor, is he?" "What sort of man was he?" "Tall an' thin like, with er black coat an' a pa l e face. I reckoned h e might be a doctor, seein' he want ed yarbs." "And he did not go into the house?" " bucks, no; he went off tliat a-way . " "Look for the trai], Bob," aid Di ck quietly . Bob went off to the tree under which am's horse had b een tethered. Pretty soon he called out : "Yes, there's a trail here, DickY "Go with Bob," said Dick to Mark and Ben. The three boy. followed the trail into the woods. After a time there came the sound of distant shots . All the boys set off in that direction, taking the horses . At length they came upon the three returning. "We got a sight of him," said :Sob. "It i the secret cn_emy all right." "He had cut some plants and dug ome root~," added )Mark . " Th ey're poisoners, eYcry one . Belladonna, tra monium and others." "And then you saw him?" "Yes, we came upon ]um by surprise," an wered Bob. "He fired at us and ran. He was without a hat." "YVe fired in r eturn," observed B en, "and winged him, but he dove right into a thicket, c ros ed a brook twice and finally we lost him." "The settler is as honest as he seems, then," said Dick, "and knows nothing of thi coundrel. He has escaped us for the present, so we may as well go on . " They then r eturned to the house, warned the settler of the stranger and proceeded, taking the captured horse with them. "He is no good except as a draught horse," muttered am, "and is vicious besides . I wouldn't take him as a gift." "Begorrah, Oi'd not take him av Oi wor paid for it," said Patsy. "He's a vilyan, o he is, just loike dhe felly phwat rode him." "Dot was Sam what was rided dot horse ," put in Carl. "Go'n wid yez, Cookyspiller. hure an' yez know Oi niver meant Sam at all at all." "Ob, you was meanted dot oder veller alretty, ain't it?" "Av coarse Oi did, an' yez knowed it all dhe toime." ''For why you was called Sam ein willin? He was a pooty goot veller, I bet me . " "Shure an Oi niver did, an' yez know it. Do yez want me to give yez a bat on dhe hid?" "~o, sir, und I taught it was more bedder for you dot you don'c1 done dot also." "Shure an' phwat wud yez do?" asked Pat y with a loud laugh. "Choost try it alretty und saw what I done," returned Carl. Patsy did not try it and the boys went on. They stopped that night at a little tavern a few miles from the front, intending to go on the next morning. They pa ed a ,ery pleasant e,ening and had just retired to their rooms when the landlord came hurrying into Dick's room and said: "There is a party of redcoats below who have just ar rived, and they say that more are comi ng . They have come quite unexpectedl y." "Saddle our horses quietly and quickly," said Dick, "and we will be down at once." "By the back s tairs," ~ ai d the host. "They will be afer." "Very good," said Dick . CHAPTER X. BETRAYED BY THE SECRET ENDIY. The boys were quickly aroused, none of them having gone to bed, although some of them w ere partly undressed. They got into their clothes in a hurry and went down by the back stairs. They pa~sed within a yard or so of the door of the gen eral sitting room and could hear the redcoats laughing and talking. Their horses were at the door and in a m~ment they were in the saddle. They were riding away when a sudden alarm was given and a party of redcoats came tearing af t e r them. A volley was fired, whi c h the boy returned and then went dashing away towar d the road.


14 THE LIBERTY BOY " SECRET EKE)IY. On came the redcoats in force, but the boys reached the He determined to escape through this . .road first and galloped aw.ay, sending a volley flying after It 1ras after nightfall now, and there we:r:e candles in the enemy. the room. "Things must be getting lively 1rl1en the redcoats a:r:e so Rising carele~ ly, Dick was about starting for the door, near," said Dick. when the Britiah officer sprang up and shouted: "I think we can thank our secret enemy for that," an-"Stop that boy, he is Dick S!ater, the rebel spy!" swered Bob. "He probably sent them a:fter us." Dick was near the chimney cornei , over which were two They rode on till they reached the main body of the lighted candles. American , now encamped below the Brandywine Creek. Springing towards them, he seized them ancl hurled -The Liberty Boys received them joyfully, for they had them swiftly in two different directions. mis eel Dick and the rest. They were extinguished and each struck and e~tin-,. There will be fighting before long," said Will Freeguished a)1other. man, "and it is a good thing that you got back when you There were two more candles left in the room anq they -did." were right in a lir;l.e with him. "iYe have not been idle, by any meaps," was Dkk' Whippi:t;1g o;ut 4is pistol, Dick fired and extingui hed reply. both candles at one ~hot. "iYell, you never are/' said Ned Knowlto:o., "b1).t was The room wa now in darknes, although some light there anything particular going on?" ' entered through the door he had noticed. "I should rather think there was," chu,ckled ~~ark. Dick at once made a dash for this. "'Wait till you hear about it, old chap." Just as he was flying out a bl;l;l'maid entered with a tray Dick saw the general and reported having seen some o~ of pewter rougs . the enemy. The;re was a colli ion, and Dick, the girl and t~1e pewters The next day the Americans cro ed the B;uandywiille fell to the floor with a clatter. and took up a position on the high grod near's " eize the spy!" cried the officer . .Ford. Servants came running in with lig;hts, the landlord In this position they could prevent the eneuiy from get came along the va~ge and the redcoats all came dashing iing between them and Philadelphia and th-as cutting ofE toward the door. their retreat. Dick got on hi.s feet, but there were enemies on all side The British were now encamped at Kennet Square, now and be waa soon seiz~d and dis:;t;rmed. -se-ven mile from the American position. "Hang the rebel!" he hc:iard someone say. Di c k Slater, being an expert spy, was se:i;i.t off to recon -It was the secret enemy, the man with the piercing noit c • ihe position of the enemy. eyes. H e llisguised himself as an ordinary country boy, end, Dick did not see him, and the man evidently wa not jump i ng upon a horse, rode away. desirous of being seen. A~ Major, his black Arabian, was well known to the "We'll take care of you, you young rebel," said the • enemy. Dick did not take him. officer, "and it's mpre than hkely that you will be hanged Pt1s_ ing the Quaker meeting hon e and camping ground, eventuallv." Dick reached a tavern frequented by the e.nrmy. "The l;emp is not even pla;nted," said Dick, "that will Thinking he might learn something here, he dis hang Dick Slater." mounted. "Then you confess that you are tl;i,e in:f~ous reb Leaving his horse tethered to a fence, he entered the el?" taYern and called for something to eat. "Neither infamous nor a rebel, if you please . I am a There were several British officers in the place when he patriot, fighting for freedom, and I shall yet live to see . at down. the invaders forever driven from Auierican soil." By listening to their conversation he was sure to learn "You won't live four-and-twenty hour -, you boa ter." ;:;ome{hing. ' "And I'm ready to wager tlwt I shall live more than He appeared to be indifferent to what was going on, four and-twentv unless I am killed in battle." howernr, and no one paid him any attention . "Take the r~bel away and secure him stro,ngly. I be At length, however, he saw a pot-boy come in and hand escapes, I will hold you all re ponsiblc." a note to one of the officers. "Tell that sneaking Tory w,ith the sharp (;)yes," said The officer read it and glanced sharply in Dick's direc Dick, "that ~he foberty Boys are after him an,d that betion. fore maw dQ.ys he w~ll receive the pu:rtisp:qi.ent due his "It looks as if I had been betrayed," was Dick's though t. m&ny crimes, and one in particular which he knows of." He shot a glance at the door through which the pot -bol:_ "Take him awav !" hissed the redcoat . had entered . Dick was taken to a room on the floor a,bove :;i.nd left to Then he caught sight of a tall, spare man with stern himself. features. about to move away from the door. There were two doors and a window to the roo,m. His left.arm was in a sling and he walked with a staff. The doors were both strongly locked and ba:rred, while "The ecret enemy," muttered Dick. "He shows the the 'findow looked out upon a balcony, u.pon which an effects of our last meeting, the scoundrel t It is he who armed sentry paced to &nd fro. bas betrayed me." It seemed impossible that he could escape, a n . d yet D ick Looking, around, Dick saw that there ,was a door not ar :;tt once began contemplating such a movii. from him, behind whioh he sat. There were two candles o n a table ~ n t he .i;oom, and


THE LIBE R 'r'Y BOYS' ECRET ENEilI Y. 15 D ick n o w ,:et c]own and Jpa,(le hirnseH cornfo rtab

16 THE LIBERTY BOYS' SECRET ENEMY. ,sawed dot suddenly, und he don'd was said nodings," he ~puttered. "Shure an' ifs a good guesser yez are," laughed Patsy. ~'Oi wor froightened worse nor yez, begorrah, for Oi cudn't .rin to save me." "Dat was enough, I bet me," sputtered Carl. Then Dick went off, cleaned himself and changed his -clothes, meantime telling Bob, Mark and a few others what had happened. 1 "The secret enemy of the Liberty Boys is still at large," he added, "ready to make trouble for us at every turn." "He won't make us any more if I get a sight on him with a musket or pistol," muttered Bob. "I'll end his evil -career in short order, if I get him in range." "Capture him if you can, Bob," replied Dick. "He must be given up to justice." "He'll get it if I see him," said the impulsive first lieu tenant. Having resumed his uniform, Dick reported what he bad learned to the general-in-chief. There was every probability that there would be a battle the next day, and the Americans prepared themselves. They had a good position, and it was necessary that they should hold it so as to prevent the enemy from reaching Philadelphia. With General Howe were Cornwallis, Knyphausen and other eminent commanders. On the American sid e w e e the :\1arquis de Lafayette, Generals Wayne, Green and Sullivan and others equally well known. The principal attack being expected at Chad's Ford, Washington made it the center of his position and sta tioned there the main body of hi army. The Brandywine Creek ran in front of the whole line and was the only obstacle between the two armies. Early on the iiext morning, which was September 11th, a great column of troops was descried advancing on the road leading to Chad's Ford. A skirt of woods concealed its force, but it was supposed to be the main body of the British Army, and a general conflict was expected. The Americans were immediately drawn out in order of battle. Washington rode up and down the line and was every where received with the greatest enthusiasm. The gallant Liberty Boys cheered him to the echo and were proud to be under his patronage. A sharp firing now told that the fight had begun, and soon afterward heavy cannonading took place on both sides . . The enemy presently attempted to cross the ford, but were prevented. Dick and the Libert y Boys crossed the creek and at once engaged a large detachment of the enemy who had at tempted to force a passage of the ford. "Down with the redcoats and Hessians!" shouted Dick, waving his sword. "Liberty forever!" echoed the boys, following close behind. There were more of the enemy than there were of the Liberty Boys, but the plucky lads pres ed on so impetu ously that they forced the redcoats back. Then a much larger detachment came to the aid of the first and Dick retreated, the boys firing volley after volley as they fell back. Then word came ~rom General ullivan that Howe, with a large body of troops and several pieces of artillery, was pushing up the Lancaster road to cross the upper ford s and turn the American flank. At once there was the greatest alarm. CHAPTER XII. A MYSTERIOUS ESCAPE. 'l'he Liberty Boys were sent posthaste to join General Sullivan. 'iVashington himself resolved to crosthe ford, attack the division in front of him and rout it before the other could arrive. Away dashed the Liberty Boys, one hundred strong, at full speed. They were anxious to do something and in the best of spirits. They r eached General Sullivan as he was preparing to cross the forks. Then 1'.fajor Spicer, of the militia, rode up a n d assu r ed him that there was no enemy in that quarter. ullivan at once sent an express to Washington with this intelligence. Operations were suspended, therefore, until positive information could be obtained. Later the enemy was seen coming down at a rapid rate in the rear of Sullivan's right. The de,monstration by Knyphausen at Chad's Ford had been made to draw attention from Cornwallis. The latter, led by experienced guides, had made a cir cuit of seventeen miles, crossed the two forks of the Brand ywine and were now at Birmingham meeting house, two miles to the right of Sullivan. . Washington now sent word to Sullivan to oppose Corn wallis with the whole right wing, each division attacking as soon as it ar riv ed on the ground. General Wayne, in the meantime, was to keep the Hes sians at bay at Chad's Ford, while Greene was to hold him self ready with the reserve to girn aid wherever it was needed. Lafayette had accompanied the commander -inchief up to this . He now received permission to join Sullivan, and at once rode off to the scene of action. When he came up the brave boys cheered him lu stily, having been with him in other battles and being exceed ingly. fond o-f him. He was a young man him elf, not being very much older than the Liberty Boys, and they were fond of him on that account. Much time had been lost and now Cornwallis advanced in plendid order and opened fire with mu kets and artillery. • The Americans resi sted obstinately, and soon Di c k


THE LIBERTY BOYS' SECRET ENEMY. 17 Slater a nd his Liberty Boys were i n the very thick of the fight. Cannon boomed, m uske ts rattled and pistols cracked, sabers whistled, bullets sang, brave boys cheered and men shouted a nd the d in was frightful. The Liberty Boys were exposed to the whole fire of the e nemy a nd fell back. On came the e nemy and got tangled in the wood. Lafayette, springing from his horse, endeavored to rally the patriots . Then a bullet struck him in the leg and he fell. Dick and an aide quickly lifted him and got him into t he saddle. On came the enemy and the brave boys "ere obliged to retire with the rest. On a height to the north of the town of Dilworth the patriots made a stand . Dick dismounted the Liberty Boys and put them behind a stone wall. "Fire as often' as you can, boys," he said, "and don't wait for orders." The gallant lads waited for the enemy to come on. When they were within short range, there was a rattling volley. The wall fairly seemed to belch fire. Many a redcoat fell from his saddle and there were frequent gaps in the ranks. Then, u sing their pistols, the brave boys sent in volley after volley . All along the height the Americans were making a most determined re sistance . Clouds of smoke hung over the scene and tongues of fire shot out from t hem at short intervals. The e nemy came on, determined to carry the day. The Liberty Boys, having used up their shots and hav ing no time to reload , used the ammunition nearest to hand . "Come on, boys; let dhim have dhe shtones," cried Patsy . Then he let fly a shower of stones, big and little, at the adva ncing e nemy. In a moment all the boys were following his example. It fairly rained sto nes of a size convenient to throw. Larger ones were sent rolling down the hill. The wall was fairly leveled to the ground before the boys ceased. This strange sort of bombardment was most effective, a nd the boys had time to mount their steeds and get a.way. They dashed on, made a halt long enough to reload, and t hen made anothe r stand. Meantime Knyp hau sen was making determined efforts to get across Chad's Ford in earnest, his former movement having been only a feint . He was vigorously opposed by Wayne, with Proctor's artill ery and by Maxwell and his infantry. For a long time Wayne held the post, but at last on the a rrival of reinforcements for the enemy, he was obliged to fall back, retreating by the Chester road . Greene held back the enemy for some time, making a brave stand a mile beyond Dilworth and covering the retreat of the fugitives . Here als o Dick Slater and his brave boys held the enemy at bay until the close of day, when the enemy gave up fur ther pu r suit. The whole army took its post behind the town of Ches ter for the night, quietly retreating through Derby the next day, while Howe was sending out detachments to Chester and Wilmington. "Had the enemy marched directly to Derby," says Lafayette in his memoirs, "the American army would have been cut up and destroyed; they lost a precious night, and it is perhaps the greatest fault in a war in which they have committed many." Washington crossed the Schuylkill to Germantown to give his troops a day's rest, and from here Dick and a dozen of the Liberty Boys went to Philadelphia. The girls were still in the city and must be taken to a place of safety . In case Cornwallis succeeded in capturing the city they would be in great danger . Dick, with Bob and a small party, were therefore hurry ing on to find a shelter for them. It was a short distance only to Philad e lphia and the boys soon reached it. News of the battle had already reached the city. Whole families had left, abandoning everything and taking refuge in the mountain s . Congress had already quitted the town and gone to Lancaster, whence they subsequently went to Yorktown . Before leaving they had summoned the militia of Penn oylvania and the adjoining States to join the main army and had also ordered down fifteen hundred Continental troops from Putnam's command. The Liberty Boys saw the change in the attitude of the people as soon as they entered the city . Tories who had guarded their utterances before the battle were now outspoken. The British colors were openly shown and Tor y ladies played the British anthem on their harpsichords. A.11 this made Bob furiou s . "I'd like to turn the lot of them out, bag and baggage," he growled. "I wish we had a few thousand troops," added Mark. "We would soon show these Briti sh sympathizers who were the masters." They were passing a tavern where the British colors were exposed in the window, when Dick suddenly ex claimed: "There's that old villain, the father of the man with the black eyes. We must capture him at all hazard ." At once Dick dashed up the two or three steps leading to the front door. Bob followed, while Mark and one or two others ran down a passage between the tavern and the next build ing . They wanted to get to the rear in case the old fellow attempted to escape that way . The rest of the boys iremained in front of the tavern. Dick l,an seen the old man at one of the front window s of the tavern . He and Bob were in the main room in a few moments . ~othin_!! wa~ seen of the old man. Dick tore down the British colors from the window, threw them on the floor and trampled on them.


18 THE LIBERTY BOYS ' S EC R E T ENEMY. "The B ritish are not here yet!" he said. "Come, eithe r could he pro,e that he had not g ne out. B ob." Then the two boys passed through the room d oors, followed by the black looks of the Tories . It was barely possible that the old rascal had gotte n and outaway before ~fork had time to reach t~e court in t4e rear . CHAP'fER XIII. LEAVING THE CITY. .At the rear of the tavern Dick met Mark, Ben a n d Sam. "Have you seen him?" Dick asked . "No, not a soul has come out." Dick passed through the alley to the fr<,mt of t h e house . "Has anyone come out?" he asked . "One or two," said Ned, "but not the old man . " "They have not put up the flag again," said Arthur Mackav. "It ;vou.ld be ricldled with bullets if they did," mutter e d Will. "Come with me," said Dick to the two Harrys. They entered the tavern and w e re met by the land lord. "Putting up the colors was no act of mine," he s~id, apologetically. "I trust that there ,rill be no disturbance . It would ruin my trade." "There is a man in this house who had committed high treason," said Dick. "He must be given up. After that we will let you alone, unless you are known to have ba r -bored him . " "I don't know any of my patrons who have committed any such crime, and I am sure that I would not harbor any such." "I saw 1 1im at the front window, but when I entered he was gone . " "There were one or two stranger@ here a short time a~o. He may have been one of them . " "We must search the house," said Dick . "I will give you every assistance. Was it the old man who sat by the window? He went out just before you entered ancl tore clown the colors." "Which way clid he go?" "By the back cloor." "I had someone there . " "But perhaps he escaped before they reached the place." "We must search the house nevertheless . " "Very well, sirs, if you think best," deprecating ly. Dick called in Ned and Will and t hey went rapidly over the house room by room. Knowing that many old houses contained secret pas sage and chambers, Dick sounded the walls and wains cotting . He found no hollow places anywhere. He looked up the chimneys, opened all the closets, pan~ tries and cupboards and went into the cellar. Not a sign of the old man was to be seen. He was not satisfied that the plotter had left the house, liut he could not find him. He had pr9b~bly seen Dick, realized h i danger and fle d at once . A t a ll events, if he were sti ll in the house, he was i n sore secret nook which Dick ,~as 11llable to find. H e had had 'experience with sl{ch1 p l aces himself aI/-Q. k n e w ho w , to locate them, as a r u le . If ther e , rnre any such i n the t avern t hey were so c::p:e fully hidde n as to escape eve n his sharp eye ' and ears . .A hollow sound, a discoloration on the wain,coting , a loose pla n k or the slightes t break in the wall w oul d haYe betra eel the hiding place to him. There were no such marks that he could see, and he felt himself baffled . Afte r making a thorough search of the hou -e, ransack ing it fr01;n cellar to roof, and finding no trace of the plotter, D ick said : "Well, we have not found him, at any rate. " "If he had been here you c9uld not ha,e mi~~e him, sir," said the landlord . "Your searc h has been mQst thorough . " ' C h est ~l!ld been opened, gar m ent~ taken out of clothes presses, floors sounded and walls r11pped, but without av,aq. , It certain]~looked as if the plotter hacl escaped by the rear door, as the land~or~ hacl in~im~~ed . For all thi , Dick ,rns not eatisfied and meant to watch the house do ely. He now left it, but sbtioned one or bro. of .the Liberty Boys where they could keep their eyes on it and n o t attract attention to thenrel.-r:s. Then he and Bob set of!' to see the girl and make arrangements for i.heir leaving the city at once . On their way to tella hpu~ t} met the ke per of the city jail. "I am pleas!id to see you, Captain later," he said, "and I ha,e ne'll's for }'OU." "Yes?" inquiringly. "The red-headed man, Dan, as we knew him, for he 1roulcl give no other name, attempted to, escape last. night." "And succeeded?" a.,:ked Dick . " W ell, he did in a wav. He was shot. The Q"narcls did not know that it was he and he was killed." ' "Then we will ne,er learn anything from him?'' "~o, nor ,roulc1 he say any more than at first . He seemed to be afraid that the other plotters would take vengeance upon him for it." "But his people, his wife, is she still in the c ity? be may know something." "She disappeared immediately after his arre t and we have been unable to find her anywhere." "There w re others, but unfortunately tho,;.e we kne w are either dead or -we are unable to put our hands upon them." "Yes, if we knew them, we might arrest them . " "The hrn leading spirits arc known to us, and to day w e saw one of them, but he e~capec1 us most my;: e ri o usly." "I believe that the landlord hid him," ,:aid Bob.


THE LIBERTY BOY ' SECRET ENE1IY. 19 ' And I am not satisfied that he did not," added untler a cold and pelting rain for the greater part of the Dick. night. ''But these two are the only ones you know of, for cerKearly a thousand of them were actually barefooted tain; and nearly all of them ,Tere without comfort. "Yes, I saw the rest ~nasked and did not hear them At Warwick Furnace they r ested and muskets and am speak. They have probably left the city." munition were distributed to those who needed them. ' Yery likely, as it would not be safe for them if they Wayne was detached with his division to get in the rear were known, and they don't know that they are not." of the e:q.emy and form a junction with Smallwood and his "X o, and sometimes men betray their accomplices, and Marylanders, and in the meantime Washington crossed thev mav fear this." the Schuylkill at Parker's Ford and took up a position to Dick ~nd Bob then went on and shortiy afterward re\l,~hdefend that pa~s. • ed Stella's house. The enemy under Howe was thought to be not very far The girls were glad to see them, and Alice said: off, and late one afternoon Dick took a horse and set off "A great many people are leaving the city, fearing that to locate them. the British may enter it at any moment." He was in disguise and looked like any ordinary country "I qm afraid they -will myseU," said Dick. "l'hey will boy. certainly make an effort to do so." After riding for some distance he saw the gleam of "Some friends of Stella~s a;i;e leaving by coach to-mar , ,-yhite tents some way o;ff. row," Alice continued, "and we have made ;u-;rangements He rode on, and at length heard the tramp of horse to go with them." wen. ''I am very glad, my girl. I w::is go~ng to get you 01;tt of He kept on at an easy gait and at last came upon a here just as soon as I could . " scouting party qf the enemy. "Ke shall go all the way to We tqhester with them, so He had no ~Teat fear of them, however. we shall be perfectly safe." They would not recognize him, and after a few sharp "I am Yery glad to hear it, for, although it IJJ,lg~1t be questions and some flippant remarks, would doubtless let &afe enough, it would not be very pleasant for ypu here, him go. , and it might be disagreeable." .As he rode on carelessly, however, he saw a well-remem The boys remained a part of the evening and at la st bered figure among the redcoats. took their leave. It was a tall, spare man, with small features and glitter The girls P.xpected to go a,way the next morning, and as ing eyes. -Washington would probably l eave GermaJ, at about Jn a word, jt was the secret enemy of the Lib erty the same time, the boys would haTe to leave also. Boys. Stopp ing at the tavern where they had S()en the old The leading spirit of the gunpowder plot might not m~m, thev found Mark and some of the boys o,n the recognize him in this disguise \l,nd on an ordinary horse. lookout. • • Dick could not retreat now. The place seemed to be the same as ever, the trade being Such a move wou,~d pronounce him a spy at once. fairly good, despite the feeling of unrest in the city. He rode on ca11elessly, therefore, taking the side of the "11e have seen nothing of a suspicious nature," said road to let the redcoats pass. Mark, "and our man has not appeared." And then the plotter, instead of waitir+g till the red",Yell, he has escaped us for the present at any liate,'1 cqats , were well VP with Dick, S'1,dd1mly shouted: answered Dick, "but I shall not give up the search, even "That's Dick Slater, the rebel spy! Don't let him if the British do enter the city." escape!" "I hope I may yet hear of his being banged, the white-In an instant Dick wheeled his horse and fl,ed. headed old villain," sputtered Bob. A shower of bullets flew after him. Thev secured their horses and rode on to Germantown, He lay along horse's nec,k and so esca,ped hurt. being ~ost cordially received by the rest of the Liberty The hone himself was hit ud dashed wildly on. Boys, who wanted to know all that had happened. Dick aFose i,n the saddle , turned and fired two shots. Lea,ing some of the Pennsylvania militia to guard the One of them carried away the plotter's hat and the city and posting others at the various pa ses of the Schuylother hit him in the an; n, causing him to lose control of kill to throw up works and the floating bridge on the lower bis horse. road to be remo,md, the commander-in chief now rec;rossed • Then Dick flew on, the enemy after him. the Schuylkill and advanced along the L:;mcaster road. Another shower of bullets flew about him and his horse How e tried to outflank mm, and at length the two stumbled and fell. armies came in sight of each twenty-three miles Dick fortunately leaped from his back in time to avoid from the city, and at once made preparation for a light. CHAPTER XIV. THE SECRET EXE::'IIY AGAl:::-f. The two armie were on the very point of engaging when a violent storm of rain came on, l asting for twenty being thrown. Then ~e plunged into the woods. .As the redcoats flew past him he saw the plotter s trug gling to get his horse under control. He fired and shot the horse, which fell, throwing its r ider into the bushes. four hours. T he Amer i cans marched over Then he plunged on and was soon lost to sight in the deep imq. miry r oads deep .wbod.


20 THE LIBERTY BOYS' SECRET ENE:MY. "That fellow will not guide them, at any rate," he mut tered. Keeping on, he at length came out upon the road, lis tened and heard voices. Advancing cautiously, he aw the same party which bad pursued him halted at the roadside. The secret enemy was not with them. The greater part of them had dismounted. Their horses were nibbling the grass at the side of the road. If he could only get near enoug h without being observed, he would make away with one of the horses. Making a little detour through the woods, moving with all the caution of an Indian, he reached a point ahead of the redcoats. There was one :fine animal not far from him which quite took bis fancy. This horse was walking along slowly, nibbling the grass as he went on. In a short time, unless reca11ed, he \YOuld be opposite Dick. The boy determined not to wait too long. Creeping along the ground, he reached the road. Then he ga,e a sudden rush, leaped into the saddle and da bed a\Yay. Some of the horses began to follow him at once. There was instant confusion and excitement. The redcoats came running after him in hot haste. Some of them secured their horses and mounted. They did not dare to :fire upon him, however. The horses were close behind him and might be struck. T-wo or three of them ,,ere halted, but one or two kept right on. They were evidently mates of the horse Dick rode and would not leave him. Their owners whistled and called in vain. Dick himself was forced to laugh at the1 situation. "That's one way to get horses," he chuckled. "I wanted but one and I have three." Then, as one of the runaways neared him, he slackened his speed for a moment and reached out and caught the animal 's bridle. "Come on, boy," he said. "I'll be sure of you, at any rate." The n putting the captured horse to his paces, he sped on and soon left the discomfited enemy far behind. He kept both of the riderless horses and took them in triumph to the camp. "Hello!" laughed Bob. "Have you been trading hor e~, Dick? Three for one, eh? That's pretty good." "Yes, so I thought," with a smile. "These two ca~e on. I did not want them." "But you \Yould not refuse them, of course?" "No," and then Dick told what had happened. "Did you kill that persistent scoundrel, Dick?" asked Bob. "I think not. I did not wish to. I stopped him from guiding the redcoats, and that was a11 that was neces sary." "I don't think I would have stopped at that," declared Bob impetuously. "If they had caught you, they would h ave hanged you offhand." "But they didn't catch me, Bob," quietly . "That wasn't the first time the fellow had set the red coats upon :you, Dick. It would have sened him right to have shot him . " "I want to turn him over to the authoritie~ to be hanged as a dangerous enemy, Bob . " "Do you suppose he is a spy, Dick? That's two or three times he has been seen with the oldiers . " "Perhaps, Bob. I shall keep a lookout for him after this." "We must all do that. You did not ee the old fellow, his father, did you?" "No, and he is probably in Phil'adelphia." "Well, we have exposed the gunpowder plot, but we have not taken the ringleader yet, and I won't be ~atisfied till we do." "Three of the conspirators at least are dead, Bob, and perhaps more . " "Very true, but the principal villains are at large and making trouble for us at every turn." "They will be punished at last, I feel sure, Bob." The next day General Hmm made a rapid march high up the Schuylkill on the road to Reading . His apparent intention was to capture the military stores deposited there or perhaps turn the right of the American army. Washington kept pace with him on the opposite side of the river up to Pott's GroYe, thirty miles froll}-Phila delphia . Howe's move was a mere feint . Having drawn Washington away, he countermarched r~pidly at night, got to the ford below by morning, threw his troops across and pushed on toward Philadelphia . By the time Washington was aware of this move, Howe was too far away to be overtaken by harasseq, barefooted troops, worn out by constant marching. He determined to remain at Pott's Grove, therefore, rest the troops and await the arriYal of r einforcement,. Howe halted at Germantown, made it his headquarters and sent Cornwallis on to take possession of Philadel phia. "I think we will have business there ourselves," said Dick. CHAPTER XV. DICK I~ A NEW CHARACTER. Taking Bob, 1Iark, and four or five more of the Liberty Boys, Dick set out for Philadelphia. He wi~ hed to learn the enemy's movements, and at the same time run down the leaders of the infamous gunpowder plot. They would no doubt feel perfectly safe in Philadel phia now that the British were in po ses ion. There would be no further necessity for secrecy, and they wo_uld go abroad unque tioned . They rode as fast as po ible. The going was bad. There had been no rain for many day , therefo r e the roads were dusty.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' SECRET ENEMY. ll1 The boys, ne,ertheless, were happy and jocular, Patsy and Carl furnishing a great dea l of fun on the way by thei r trite sayings. They kept a sharp lookout for redcoats, but saw none. 1Vhen within a few miles of Philadelphia, Dick re solved to divide his party. He, Bob, l\fark, and Ben went together, Sam, the bro Harrys , and Patsy making up the second party~ Dick pushed on through Germantown, the others avoiding the place . In Germantown Dick came upon a troupe of acrobats and jugglers who were going to the city. The British troops eyerywhere were bound to ha,e their amusement. Theaters were opened, and shows of every sort were w ell patronized. These strolling tumblers knew that there was money to be made in the city, and were rushing to it like bears to ,honey. An idea suddenly came to Dick. "It's fortunate that we came upon these people," said Dick. "How so?" asked Bob. "They are tumblers, we are riders. Why not pose as circus folk f r a time and join them?" "Jovel That's a good idea. trolling players and trav-eling acrobats are not held in very good repute, how ever . " "We do not need to remain with them," was Dick's re ply. "If we are with them we can enter the city unquestioned." "Very true," agreed Bob. Dick went to the leader of the troupe of acrobats and said: "You are going to the city to show your talents, but you ha,e no horses. Now, we have horses and can ride. "\\'hy can ,rn not form a partnership? We will bring in more than double the money which either party will dra,, alone." "But we have no pavilion in which to show." "The fields, the market place, a public square will suf fice . Once they know we are th!!re the public will flock to us in droves . " "How do I know that you are riders?" a,ked the tum bler, cautiously. "How do I know that you are a tumbler?'; returned Dick. "You say so, that is all." "I will show you." In the tavern yard the acrobats spread a mattress and rugs, and went through several of their various acqlJirements. Then Dick, Bob, and :Hark performed various feats in horseinanehip, picking up handkerchiefs from the ground, while at full speed, leaping in and out of the saddle while at a gallop, and many other things. The showmen looked on. "You are certainly riders," said the chief of the show men. "And these are only the simplest things we do," returned Dick. "I tell you that we will actually coin money wh e n we r each the city." "Do you think so?" "I do . " "What shall you want of the receipts? It is b He:J 10 kpow these things in advance . Then there can be no mspu te." "A quarter share will suffice. There are more o:f JNJ_, and you will find the pavilions. We will care fo:t oo:J: horses." Dick would have been satisfied to go for no thi:rrg, "fi -thought it best to make a bargain, as it looked more pr&fessional. The tumbler was delighted, for he si1pposed Dick woulil want a half share as his part of the entertainment was so superior to the other. In fact, Ben Spurlock could turn somersaults wHfi more grace and rapidity than any one of the tumblers, ana :Mark quite surprised them by his handspring& and It ,ms just as well that the boys did these things, for now they were looked upon as professional circus folk, and the tumblers certainly had no suspicions of their :real character. They gave an entertainment in the market pJac • 2:l.. Germanto wn bef9'1e they et out, as a sort of public J:'J:""hearsal. Dick arranged the programme, and acted a TIU!f"}D,llii-ter. They had a larger crowd than they see . They ,rere also very enthusiastic. had exp _ ,eJ t.rJ ...Ji On e of the tumblers went around 'YitI1 a hat during the performance. He came back with a hatful of coppers, in whit:h a i'. silver and one gold piece had found their way. The leader, who called himself Tony, was w>Il 31rf-'fied. • "1Iany a time have we received more kicks t1:mn baJJ. pence, more cuffs than crusts," he remarked. "Yours is a sorry life at times, then?" saia Did:, "Aye, that it is, and I'll wager that you ifon'i: i't'w .... have it your 4()Wn way." "Ko," replied D ick, "for more than once have l baa )u run to escape a prison." "Is that so?" "Yes." "We shall do well in the city," said Tony, "bm 1 we .:ifct advise you to get a red coat. It will give yon a 1m,rre:r appearance . " t "I have worn one before no;"," returned Dick, 1'andl always '\\ith good effect." Dick looked at Tony to see if he suspici omcl anJthing. He evidently did not, however. They set out .that day after the performanc e fo:r :P:hifodelphia, and at once began to look for a field wfo!!rton t set up their tent. "The military are fond of amusement," said Tudli:, "Get one of the officers io lend you a marquee , anil z-1unounce that your entertainment is given under the patmnage of the milita.ry." "Not a bad idea, that, but will they lend me o ne?7-" " Of a verity they will. Offer a prize to tl1e oos-t n~1'7 one who can exce l any of us, and give a free perf rmm:x: first."


22 THE LIBERTY BOY " SECRET ENE.MY. "Good! You will cert ainl y . cau-e the coin to flow into -.JUr empty coffe rs as it has seldom flowed." "I so." Tony went to one oi the camps and made an arrange ment to give a gratuitous performance, provided they -could borrow a tent. The colonel was a lover of sport and readily consent .ad. A marquee was set up, and the men from two or three regiment s filled it, with the addition o f .a scattering of townspeople. Di~k borrowed a r e d coat, and put on a tie wig, and was introduced by Tony as follow s : "Gentlemen of the arm y ! I have the grand felicity of introducing Signor Ricardo , the wonderful horseman, :and will offer one hundre d guineas to the officer or soldie r :who can excel him in riding." A sergeant came forward, borrowed a horse, and rode : around the r ing , throwing an apple in the air and shooting it before it fell. T hen Dick got upon Major, da she d around , threw two apples up, and hit them both before they fell. A shower of coins follow!!d this feat. The soldiers were astounded. ~'Has anyone else a task to set the signor?" asked Tony. An officer threw his hat in the Ting, dash ed around on hors eback; and picke d it up . Dick put a coin on the ground, and picked that up at :l'ull speed. Another showe r of silver fell into the ring, the audi ence being greatly pleased at Di ck's skill. One or two more tasks ware set him, but he excelled his teachers, and it fairly raine d gold upon the tanbark. The audience were vt,ry generous. -Then the tumblel's performed their various feats, and Bob, Mark , and Ben did fanny riding and acrobatic ,t ricks. Tony was allowed to . use the ten.t, and to charge an ad mission fee, provided the officers could come for noth ing. The redcoats never paid for anything the y could get uossibly for nothing . L They gave two more shows that day, packing the tent at both, and at night, .having procmred lights, announced another. As Tony had s.aid, nione y was fairly flowing in upon l1im. He went to a printer's ; and had .a of handbill s struck off, announcing that u;nder the patronage of the officers of the royal dragoons and of the nobilit y and . gen " try o.f Philadelphia a high-class exhibition of ho:rseman:;hip and of ground and lofty tumbling would be giv;en at -such a place. The hand-bills were scatter e d broad cast befoTe dusk, an.d as soon as the lights gleamed in the ten.t . the town s folk bega n to arrive to get , such seats as the officers d id m>t w.a.nt. D ick suggeste d to Tony that he shou14 ~ot app~ar more -than OD.Ce a day, so as not to cheape n himself, and the tumble r ~

THE LIBERTY BOYS' SECRET ENEMY, 28-"l\Iorning perfol'mances for ladies ai!d childTen are The fugiti,e r.eachec1 the top story, and darted :into a popula-r, " said the acrobat. room, closing and locking the door. "But there will be no gold and silre r showers.-If there "This way, Dick, Ive got him ca~c1t" h-e s uddenl y are coppers tlrrowrr you will be fortunate.'' cried. Dick and the boynvent o:fl' to find lodgings. Dick came flying along ilre hall, pns,t~l1in..han.d. They met the others in a quiet tavern: near by. "Hes in her," said.Bob. "To think oi your being trick riders and tumolen," Then both boys tbr.ew them:se1v-es against the door with lau.ghed am. a crash. rt was only to get into the ciiy;" said Dick, "but this . It fell from its hinges-, letting the bpys an the 1 floor. " aero bat sees our value to him, and will not want to let us: The bird bad flown. go." An open window showed th directi on . which. be< bad "It is certainly dangerous," observed Sam . "Patsy, taken. came within an inch of letting the cat out of the bag to Then they saw something else. ..,,_ night." A stout rope fastemid to a si!aple in the sill led down--"He certainly did." ward. "Yes, I was afraid be was goin-g to gin! the " hole thing The alley was narrow, and bclo.w this wmdow was the; away." roof of the hou-se across the alley. "That i s n't so bad as being recognized by the enemy," By means of the rope one could swing over to the other added l\fark. "Patsy could be silenced, but these other honse, go do-wn' the scuttle arrd disappear. fellows could not be." The boys quickly ran to the window and looked out. "Oi felt jus t loike kickin' mesi1," said the Irish. boy. The rope was taht, and to it hung something. " hure, an' Oi'd niver forgive mesilf . av Oi had bethray - • The old man had not swung over as he had expect-ed Dick. Oi do be talkin' too much. intoirely . " ed. ' The boys found separate quarters, not more than three He had dropped lower than the other roof. staying in one place, so as to avoid suspicion. Then the loop in the rope to which he had clung had Dick did not intend to see Ton y until noon, and . if he slipped o.-er his arms, and caught about his n-eck. could get out of a further engagement with the man he Bob's prediction had been veri:fi'ed. would do so. The old scoundrel had been hanged, and in: his haste ru In the m ornin g, after breakfast, the boys met at a had visited the penalty upon himself. tavern in the city and at some-clistanc,e from the ci:rcus "That is the end of him," said Dick. te:nt. "Lea,e him there," said Bob. "I wouldn't touch"him T ony was not likely to rise early, for all that he had for a thousand pounds." spoke n of a forenoon perfo11ma:nee. The reason of the man's mysterious disappearance wa0 He "118 never an early riser, and -was fond of taking now explained. his comfort. He had not been in the 4ouse at all when the boys hac; The tavern where the boys met was the very one where searched it so thoroughly. the old rnan had s o mysteriously disappeared, before thei r The rope had been thrown over to the other house, anc v;:q: eye.$, as it were. no one suspected that it had been there. hey had just met in front of it, all of them being Dick micl Bob went down and found Sam. promp t, when Dick said : "The old rascal took hold of the rope to swinrr bimseli OYer," he said, "and slipped as he was swincing0 off. He "There is that old rascal again! Down the alley, }lark ., and Ben! To the other side if there is one, Sam. Stay wmt below the roof, the noose slipped, and--" here, Harry . Come with me, Bob." "And he got bis deserts, a broken neck!" muttered :Bob. In an instant the boys all flew to their posts. am found another alley, and raced down it. It was a narrow one, and had not been notiGd be ore . :Niai:k went down the one he knew, and took up a posi ion in the rear with . Ben. The two Harrys and Patsy guarded the front of the Di c k and Bob dashed up the low steps and into the ,ern. This time they sa.w the old man up the back tairs. "After him, Bob!" hissed Dick. Bob flew up the back stairs, while Dick went up the ront in ca e the old. rascal made a double . Bob was close behind the old fellow, "'ho da,hed up a c ond flight of stairs . "Watch the others, Dick!" he shouted. "But we don't know bis name nor that of any of hh confederates," said Dick. He asked for the landlord, but saw quite a (lj:fferen! man to the one he bad seen there before. "How long ha.-e you been here?" he asked. "Two days, E-ir." "Where is the other proprietor? I want to sechim." "I should hope you1 couldn't, sir. He's dead these three days." "You'll :find an old . man hanging-from a window on the upper story. Do you know him?" "Xo. I dorr't, except that he had a room. hero." Yisiting the house on the alley Dick found it de0erted. "There's no use," he muttered . "We shall learn nothing." The alley down whi . ch Sam had run extended onl -


THE LIBERTY BOYS' SECRET ENEMY. two-thirds the distance of the' other, being a cul-de-sac, in fact. That was why they had not noticed it before. The boys now left the tavern, caring little what be~rrm tJf the body of the old conspirator. "He has met his fate, but has cheated us," said Dick. ""'i

THE LIBERTY BOY ' SECRET ENEMY. ment, either to make complaints, put in bills, or ask for in formation . Dick meant to get into Cornwallis' office i:f he could, and set off down the corridor as if in search of some particular pl ace. He was nearing a room in front of which a number of officers stood talking when a man came out whom he had ~ood cause to remember. It was the secret enemy of the Liberty Boys, the man with the glittering eyes. He walked with a stick, and evidently had not recov e r ed from his hurts. "That is Dick Slater, the rebel spy!" he cried. "Arrest him!" Dick immediately turned, seized a man behind him, whirled him about, and crie . d : "Here he is, here's the spy!" Several officers sprang forward, and seized the man, who was a rank Tory, and very well known all over the city. Dick slipped away adroitly, and made his way out of the building while the Tory was vainly trying to explain things. He met Bob shortly afterward, and they both hurried away from a place where danger lmked at nearly every turn. "That fellow was in there," muttered Dick. "Seems to me I see him everywhere." "If we could only get hold of him and get him out of the city it would be a great thing or us, all right," replied Bob . "Yes, but that will be a task. First we must get hold of him, and then we must take him out of the city. It may be a job to leave alone." "Very true," said Bob; "but I believe we can do it if we get hold of him." "He knows me, no matter what disguise I am in. Some o ne whom he does not know must try it." They met the other boys at the State House, and Dick told them what Bob had proposed . "How shall we get hold of him?" asked Mark. "Watch headquarters, follow him when he comes out, and find where he lives. Then we can easily kidnap him . " "Good! He doesn't know all of us. I think I could deceive him. I want the two Harrys!" "Here we are," said the boys. The three set out at once or headquarters. They all knew the man, and it was not likely that he knew all of them. :Meanwhile Dick got another disguise, went to a stable a n d engaged a coach and driver to take a sick man out of the city. "I'll let you know when I want it," he said. "I've got t o get a pass first." , "I have one," . said the liveryman. "You wish to take him somewhere near, I suppose?" "Yes, to Germant o wn." "Why, that will be all right. My pass will cover everything." "Well, just as soon as he is able to go I'll l~t you kno w." H aving settled a way to get the secret enemy out of the city when onc e they got hold of him, Dick now went to his quarters to see Bob. Early in the evening Mark came in. "W !l. tracked him to his quarters," he said excitedly~ "He lives in an old fashioned house with no one "blrl a housekeeper and a boy. The old woman is deaf, ama the: boy is simple. It will be the easiest thing in the wo1ld to get him out." "Then we'll do it." .., CHAPTER XVIII. THE LAST OF THE CONSPIRATORS. The boys at once prepared to carry out the d'aring: move which they had planned. Dick went off with one Harry and got the coach ; Bob went with Mark and the other Harry to the house where the spy lived, the others lingering near,. :r~acly to come when called. :Mark pointed out the house, and said: "Now we must wait or Dick, or everything m ust b~ done in a moment." The boys wat c hed the house to see that no one left it. It stood by itself in a little plot of ground, and the boys surrounded it. At last the coach arrived with Dick inside, and Har7I , Thurber on the box with the driver. Mark halted it a short distance off, and said: "All right. We'll bring him down in a few m~ men ts." It was now dusk, and there was a light in the little o] 1 house. Uark and Bob went to the front door and ra ise d the knocker. The boy came to the door. Uark clapped a pistol to his head and said: "Show us to your master's room or we'll blow you? head off." "Th-this way!" stammered the frightened boy, going in. Harry Judson, Sam, and Ben quickly followed. The boy led the way upstairs, trembling violently. "This way," he stammered. Reaching the floor above, he knocked at a d o or, anif said: "Somebody to see you, sir; very important." Bob had prompted him. There was a footstep in the room, the turning o f a :key in the lock, the shooting of a bolt, and then t he tloo:r opened. In an instant the boys burst into the room. Mark thrust a gag into the man's mouth, Bob and ' Ha1'7J seized his arms; and Sam secured his feet. Ben kept the boys quiet while the others worked :r,pidly. Wrapping him in a blanket, the boys carried thei::r prisoner downstairs.


TRE LIBERTY BOYS' SEO.B.ET E.N,E}{Y. The caach,at the door. "Wha:fr's w!Ilong, sirs?" he. asked, a.s. Dick and Bob go t The instant the boys app eared Hm:ry Thurber was off out. -the box and opening the • door. "Come do:wn, Harry," said. Diak. 'The pTisoner was put on a seat, utterly l1elpless . Bob Harry at OJlCe obeyed . got inside with Dick, Harry 'TI.hurber got on the bro:, and "The man inside was a," said Dick . "HE>. was -th1:m they drove . away. .not a sick man. W a kidna}lped hini. N o;w he is dead by :Ma:rk and the r.est quickly got their hor~es, and fol. his own hand. T ake him . back to Philadelphia, and lowed. Cornwallis that his spy is dead." "My mysterious fellow," said Di ck, "I am Dick Slater, "W.hat! Dead?" and this is Bob Estabrook. We belong to the Liberty "Yes, d ead! He killed himself." Boys, as you may know." "Yes, but how . will they know that I didn't kill him?" The conspirator glared at Dick. the driver gasped. "You have been our enemy for some time, and hav e "You oould not . have done it, but I will make it all _ .given us a lot of trouble. Now it .is our turn.'' right. Cornwallis knows who I am." The man only glared. T earing a laf from hi s tablet, Diek wrote a fol " h " lows : You know w y we want you," continued D ick. You wer e the leade r in a gunpowder plot." Not a word came from the prisoner. "Several of your accomplices are dead, one has gone crazy, a.nd that fierce old man, your father, accidentally . \ "The man in the coach killed himseli, fearing punish ment for his crimes. The driver .is guiltless. "Dick Slater, Captain Liberty Boys." ha n ged himself." "There, give that to .my lord," he said. ".And now, get . Still no answer. away as fast as you can . " "'You s ee, therefore, that things have narrowed down, ']he sight of three or four , pistols made the. driver most 20 that y o u are about the only one left." ex peditio . us. He paused a moment, and then continued: He wheeled his horses and drove off at full speed to-"When the Liberty Boys undertoo k to ex.pose the gunward the city. p o wder plot, they determined to do so in the most th,orl\Iark and the others came up at length, ,and D i ck, Bob, ough manner. Now, we have got you, and you arn sure and Hrury mu.nnted tilieir horses and node• speedil:y t o r eceive th~ punihment you s.o richly deserve for one of . the most dasta raly crimes ever conceived." They stopped . for a moment, and then drove . rapidly away. They avoided Germantown, taking the York r oad to one side otit. • o n . The chief plotter wias dead, and they knew no mo r e of "We are otlt of . Philadelphia , " said Dick. '4W e are him than at first . goring to Germantown. From.there 1w-e will take you to the They had '.Il.ev;er kIJJown his name, an.d , they .nev e r American camp." would. One o f t he coach lights shone on the• pris i mer?s face 1 T.hey never le.aTned who w.ene the others concerned in , and D ick saw it turn suddenly pale and ghastly. the gunpowder plcilt, and it was . more .than likely t hat the The man see mea to choke, and Dick removed the: gag J tall, spare man . with ti.he , glittering eyes was the last while Bob cut the cord s that bound his a11ms an~ Dne. legs . 1 The acwbats 1miss-ed' 'l])ick and• his c oUU'ades, and, , k no w -The :man grew • pale and then :red,. g~ed for breath ing that tlie:re , would •be no • moTe.gola.awslwwers. fur .them, tore off . his necker-chi

' THE LIBERTY BOY 27 THE LIBERTY BOYS OP '76 Terms to Subscribers. Single Cop;es ............................ . ............... .. One Copy Three nonths ................................. . One Copy Six nonths .... ................................ . One Co-py One Year ................................... .. Postage Free-. .05 Cents .65 " $1.25 2.50 trees grow very rapidly and in the two months have growr several inches. Hundreds of trees will now be planted. The big lumber companies have decided to plant thousand of trees on the vast areas from which the lumber has been cut. The planting of trees to protect ships is decidedly novel and is an experiment that will be watched with considerable interest everywher e. When natural gas wa:s first brought into use in America there seemed to be a general idea that the supply was inex haustible. It was sold at low rates and usua:l1y without meas urement. This method encouraged waste in the consumptio1, of gas, and was shortly abandoned by the larger companies To-day nearly all consumption is sold by measurement. It b How To Sll.'ND MONEY. At our risk send P. 0. Money Ord~. Check, o r Registered Letter~re• mittances in any other way at your risk. We a.coopt Postage Stamps the same !l8 caah.. \Vben sending silver wrap the coin in a saps.rate piece of paper to avoid cutting the envelope. JV,'ite your nanu: and aadreSIJ Addres;; lette1'S to I believed that the time has now come when it is possible tc procure statistics of the quantity of gas consumed, and next year this will be undertaken. The method will give suet Frank Tousey, Publisher, 24 Uoio Sq., New Yo11k . I figures in the future that a more direct knowledge will be ob• tained of the capacity • of gas areas to maintain a c ommercial .._ _________________________ ___, SUIJply of gas for a certain number of years. FROM EVERYWHERE. Sacco, the Hungarian fasting man, completed a fast of forty six days and four hours at the Olympia, London. He wanted to continue the fas t till he had completed fi!ty days, bnt his medicai attendant ordered the test stopped owing to Sacco's weakness. Sacc o asserts that he has beaten the world's record i n this test. News comes from Hamilton, Ohio, that William Duke, affectionately known as "Uncle Billy," has just been married to :.Urs. ::\Iarkham, who was a Lee, of Virginia, and a cousin of General Robert E. Lee. "Uncle Billy" is seventy-five years old and his wife is forty-eight. How did Uncle Billy, who war:a bachelor, secure a wife? We are told that he did it by advertising, and that he had persevered in this course for fiftytwo years. It is said that he spent thousands of dollars in advertising and in paying the expenses of women who came to see him, but all former applicants were unsuitable or re-Recently there was exhibited in Liverpool an enormous egg, fused to marry him. Dld Uncle Billy get discouraged? Not that of a tall, flightless b ird, the Aepyornis maximus, whi'ch a bit of it. He knew the successful advertiser is he who stays,. formerly made its home o n the island of Madagascar. Only and his staying power was equal to the demand. He is at last twenty of these mammoth eggs a re k nown to be in existence, rewarded by seeing his aim accomp.lished. Let other advera nd t hey brmg prices rangmg from $175 to $30'0. Each egg trsers profit by his example. i s about a foot long and nearly a yard in circumference, and I the s hells will h old abou t two gallons of water. The story of Canada's timber wealth is a wonderful tale. Tw o t housand miles long is its field of uncut timber to-day comprising 1,500,000,000 acre s div ided into t hree great belts . To put i t briefly-according t o Dominion authorities-Canada's t imber area is four times greater than t he timber area of the U nited States, three times greater than the timber area. of Russia, t wice as a s t he timber area of all Europe. ~.\.nd t his source o f national wealth i s practically u ntapped. HAPPY MOMENTS. "Three minutes for dinner!" cried the railroad porrer. "Thank heaven!" exclaimed a passenger . "The last time I waf here it was three dollars." Waiter-H-0w would you like your oyster stew, sir? Krust) -Serve it without. Waiter-Beg pardon, sir. Without what? Chinatown was the s cene of a funeral in "high life," that Krnsty-Without your thumb in it. o f Chin .Him Yee, a we ll-to-do g roceryman, with business at No. 2 5 Pell street, New Y ork. The services were held at the undertaking establishment at No. 37 !\Iott street. Lee was taken with hemorrhages, a nd died abou t midnight a few days ago. His body was embalmed, and had been lying in state at the undertaking establishment. Headed by an Italian band, the hearse, fo llowed by fifty carriages, made a circuit of Chinatown and then headed fo r Evergreens Cemetery. '.!'he body will remain. there fo r .about two months, when it will be taken to Canton, China. Within the limits o f particular groups large ears may be taken, as a rule, to i ndicate either great powers of hearing or the necessity of catching every wa-ve of sound. Thus, forest dwelling animals generally have much larger, and especially broader, ears than their relatives inhabiting open country. An e xcellent instance of this is afforded by the okapi of the Sem liki forest, as contrasted with the giraffe of the more open districts of Africa-the ears in the one case being excessively broad and leaflike, . while i n the other they are comparatively narrow a nd pointed. Similarly, Grevy's zebra, which Inhabits scruo jungles i n Somaliland and northest Africa generally, has mu c h larger and willer ears than the ordinary zebra of the open veldt. State Forester G. B. Lull has bee n experimenting with the planting of e ucalyptus trees around the hills back of the harbor of Fort Bragg, in. Mendocino c ounty, Cal., so as to af ford a windbreak fo r the ships that enter the harbor. The "Ah, Reginald, dearest," she sighed, "but how can I be sure that you will not ~ow weary of me after we have been married a little while?" "I don't know," he answered, "unless we get married and see." Mamma-Ethel, wouldn't you like to be a little angel like those in that picture? Ethel (decidedly)-No, mamma, 1 "ouldn't. l\famma (surprised)-You wouldn't? Why? Ethel -Why just think how ashamed I'd be. Katie-Mis' Lummins, ma wants to know if you can Jet her have a cup o' sugar, two eggs, 'n' a little butter. :M:-s. L.ummins -Well, I never! Katie Potter, you go home and tell your mother I said if she'd wait till I had time to make it, she could come over and take the cake. A member of a Sunday school was one day asking some children questions on Bible knowledge. So far as he had gone the children did very well; but when .asked, "Where does the word 'holy' first occur in the Bible?" the children coulrl not answer for a minute or so, till a sharp urchin stood u11 and said: "Please, sir, on the cover." They chit-chatted over the tea table, those two girls. One was from Pittsburg and the other from New York. The game was to get acquainted. "Don't you Pittsburg girls just love repartee?" asked the one from New York. "Yes, it is good," returned the one from the city of wealth, "but, don't you know, I prefer oolong."


\ THE LIB,ERT Y BOY OF '7G. DYNAMITE DAN, THE FIRE l!'IEND OF KNOXVILLE. By HORACE APPLETON. The rain had been falling in torrents for so me hours, whe n / wit nightfall three boys crept into a n old deserted house i the suburbs of Knoxville. The lads were c ompelled to see k shelter from the fury of e storm, for their homes were at the other side of the c ity. Frank Hazle wood and his brother Dick were the boo n co m D.ions o f the third member o f t he youthful trio, Billy Wayne. Silly !;\'as about e ighteen, and larger and stronger than his two c omrades. He was a daring and generous lad, a nd ~lie Hazlew ood brothers liked him fo; those admirable personal harely audible to the two comrades beside him. "There it is again " answered Frank, and as he thus spoke t he three lads all h~ard faintly the tones of a human voice. ' I tell you what, boys, there must be s omeone in the house bes ides ourselves," whispered Billy. As i f t o fully corroborate this co nclusion the v oice was im mediately heard a gain, and this time it was more distinct than before. The boys determined, too, that the voice emanated from behind a close d door at the end o f t he hall, which they had entered through the unfastened street door. ' Yes , for Dynamite Dau," was the remark uttered from be yond the closed door. For Dynamite Dan! How the three Unio n b oys started as t hey heard that, and instantly, upon the mind o f e ach, flashed t he thought that they might find themselves in a situation or peril if they were discovered in the deserted house. The boys all knew that "Dynamite Dan" was the singularly appropriate cognome n of a rebel spy and incendiary, who was believed to have caused many destructive fires-by means of dynamite-in KnoxviJJe. The mysterious rebel incendiary always fired the property of Union men, or the buildings occ upied as store-houses a nd quarters by the Federal troops, and he was often appropriately designated as "the fire -fiend of Knoxville." The cowardly rascal seemed to bear a charmed life, and how he came and went through the Unio n li ne, t o aid the rebel forces, was an enigma that had baffled the Union soldiers ever since Longstreet began the s iege of Knoxville. In breathless s ilen c e, while as if moved by one s ingle im pulse to seek to learn more, the three boys crept forward near the closed door. " All right. I'll take i t. It's risky work, but as it will enable Dynamite Dan to deal the death-blow to Union pow e r in Knoxville , I'll undertake it," presently said a second voice. "Then be off at o nce. Remember, if all g oes well with Dan this night, befo re the sun r ises Knoxville will be in the hands of the Southern troops, and vengeance upon the Union men who have triumphed o ver us so long will surely be ours,• answered the person whose first utterance had bee n heard by the boys. "Dan will not fail to keep the tryst." "Positively, no. In half a n hour a t least, if he is not there now, he will be at the old barn on Keneval's plantation beside t he creek." • Then I'm off." "Good luck to you. Go out the back way. I'll follow you." T he three boys heard t he sound of receding footsteps, and Billy Wayne said in a thrilling whisper: "Boys, we have stumbled upon the knowledge of a great plot of some kind to betray the city into t he hands of the rebels this very night." "That's so! What shall we do? I propose we go to General Burnside's headquarters at once and make known what we have overheard to the Union commander," rejoined Frank Hazlewood. " No, no. It would take an hour or more to reach the headquarters o f the Union general. By that t ime the man who has gone to meet Dynamite Dan wou ld ha,e accomplished what he has to do. 'l'hen, likely eno ugh, it would be too late to save the city." "Right. We must follow the man who is going to meet the fire-fiend of Knoxville," replied Frank. " Yes, come along, boys . We shall be shot down like dogs if we are discovered by the conspirators, but hundreds of brave Union men will be sacrificed if Dynamite Dan s ucceeds, and I mean to try to baffle him," said Billy Wayne heroically. He led the way from the hous e, foll owed by his two com rades, who in whispers assured their gallant young leade r of their resolve to stand by him through t he perils of the night , however great they might prove. As they emerged from the h ouse a flash of lightning revealed to them momentarily the forms of two men stealing away from the house in opposite directions . One went toward t he old Keneval plantation, and the three lads followed him, for the directions he took served to assure them that he was the one who was going to meet Dynamite Dan.


THE LIBERTY BOY OF '76. 29 The man from the deserted old house walked swiftly, and the boys followed him by the sound of the footsteps. T he black, roomy old barn on the creek, at the edge of the Keneval plantation, soon loomed up before the boys. "Here you are. Four dynamite torpedoes, Dan," the boys heard the man they had tracked say a moment later, as they stood at the crack between the boards on the rear side of the barn and peered inside. They saw a rather small man, with a cleanly-shaven face and resolute expression, clad in the uniform of a Union artilleryman, and a tall, heavily-bearded fellow who carried a heavy bundle wrapped in waterproof cloth. The light of a lantern standing on a beam in the barn dis closed the scene. And, as the remark last recorded was spoken by the tall man, he passed the bundle he carried to the other, and so the boys knew that he in the Union uniform was the mysterious, dreaded fire-fiend of Knoxville. 'Good. Before midnight I'll explode the torpedoes under north fort, the strongest fortification about the city. There is dynamite enough in the package to blow up half a dozen uch Yankee fortifications. You may be sure I'll make a good job," said the fire-fiend in confident tones. "And the destruction of the fort will open the way into the city for our brave boys in gray. The explosion will be the signal for a charge of the army, which is massed under cover of the darkness, opposite north fort," added Dynamite Dan. "Heavens! This is terrible! Oh, boys; if we fail now the city is surely doomed," uttered Billy, in a whisper scarcely above a breath, and the hearts of the three Union boys began to beat like trip hammers, as the excitement of the moment became supreme. They saw the bearded man bend near Dynamite Dan, and whisper in the ear of the latter for a moment. Then he said aloud: " Jow I'll be going. Look sharp to yourself, Dan, that none of the Yankee sentinels do not pick you up before you explode your mine." "Don't fear for me. I never fail," was the boasting reply of the rebel fire-fiend, and the bearded man passed out of the barn and disappeared in the gloom. The boys continued to watch Dynamite Dan. Five minutes elapsed, during which time the fire-fiend opened and examined the contents of the bundle he had received. "Thud! Thud!" The sound of two heavy blows, dealt with lightning-like rapidity, rang in the ears of Billy Wayne all at once, and two deep groans and the sound of heavy falls came to him as he wheeled like a flash from the opening through which he was watching the fire-fiend. At the same time a powerful hand clutched the Union boy by the throat, and he was dragged into the barn, but not before he saw his two young comrades stretched upon the earth, silent and motionless as though dead. By the light of the lantern in the barn, Billy saw, while awful terror took possession of his soul, that his captor was the man who had brought the rebel fire-fiend the dynamite. ''You see I was right when I told you in a whisper that I saw the face of a spy at the break in the wall. I've got this one and there are two more young whelps like him outside knocked senseless by a couple of good blows from the butt of my revolver,• said the rebel exultantly. "Kill the three young spies. But stay, they may be the sons of good Southern men. Do you know them?" "Yes, and they are rank Yankees, in sympathy, as are their parents," responded Billy's captor, and then, at last, the lad recognized the fellow as a neighbor of his who was a rebel at heart and the deadly enemy of his father for no just cause. Billy saw that the heavy beard the man wore was a disguise. "But I don't propose to kill them, all the same. I'm not taking any chances of stretching a Yankee rope, for the best laid plans of men and mice do miscarry, you know. What we'll do with the Yanks is merely this: In the other end of the barn is a granary-a strong room without windows, and prov ided with a heavy oaken door. We'll lock the young spies up there for the night," continued Billy's captor. "All right. If they did overhear something of my plan, they can do nothing to baffle me if they are prisoners," assented Dynamite Dan. "I'll help you shut the three youngsters up in the granary and then take a nap here in the hay until it's time to go to the Yankee fort. Nobody can hear them once they are secured in the granaiy, let them yell ever so lustily," he added. A few moments later the three boys were in the granary o! the old barn, and the door was secured upon them. Frank and Dick were still insensible. But Billy soon revived them and told them all he had heard Dynamite Dan and bis father's foe say. In conclusion Billy added: "Now, fellows, we have got to get out of this and capture Dynamite Dan, or the rebels will be masters of the town in the morning. It's a question of life or death for those we love. We must get free." "But how?" asked Dick despondently. How? That was indeed the question of paramount importance now. Billy had already tried the door, ancl fully convinced himself of the futility of attempting to force it open. But now he struck a match and began examining the floor. At one side o! the granary he found a plank of the floor which did not seem to be spiked very securely to the timber below. Billy knew that the foundation wall of the old barn was about two and a half feet high, with several breaks in it where the masonry had fallen away, for he had often played hide and seek with the Keneval boys in the old building before the war. In a few words Billy explained an idea that immediately occurred to him, and he and the Hazlewood brothers set to work as noiselessly as possible to pull up the plank mentioned. A broken neck yoke, of seasoned hickory, which they found under a heap of chaff, served as a lever, and without much noise, in a short time the brave lads had the plank out of place. Then first Billy descended through the floor. The other two followed, and creeping along under the barn the trio finally crawled out through one of the openings in the foundation wall. They were free at last. But the most dangerous part of the undertaking upon which they were bent was before them. They had yet to capture the desperate fire-fiend of Knoxville. The moon was now shining, and the southern storm had !:'ubsided as soon as it had come up. The boys all carried stout jack-knives, and by the advice of Billy they each drew one of those knives and opened it. Then they crept into the barn to surprise the fire-fiend. Just inside the door Billy picked up a pitchfork. Then tho trio stealthily advanced toward a heap of hay. The next instant up from the hay leaped the rebel fire-fiend and confronted the three boys so suddenly Dick dropped his knife. "Surrender, you rebel spy! The barn is surrounded, and you cannot escape. Come on with your men, Captain Blake! " shouted Billy, menacing Dynamite Dan with the pitchfork. The next instant Billy caught sight of Dynamite Dan's rifle standing against a beam. With a bound, discarding the pitchfork, he reached the rifle and leveled it at the head of the surprised rebel. "Throw up your hands or I fire!" ordered Billy. Dynamite Dan saw that he was trapped at last, and so he surrendered. While Billy kept him covered the other two boys bound his hands behind his back with his belt, and then they marched him in triumph to General Burnside, to whom they related the particulars regarding the plot to destroy north fort and deliver tho city to the rebels. Dynamite Dan was shot as a spy a few days later, and under 1,orth fort was found a narrow excavation which the fire-fiend had secretly dug, and in which he meant to explode the torpedoes. Billy and the Hazlewood brothers found themselvee the heroes of the hour when their exploits became known, and General Burnside declared that the three brave lads had really saved Knoxville. It is a matter of history that later on the advance o! the Union army, under General Sherman, compelled the rebels to raise the siege of Knoxville, so the Confederates never found themselves in power there after all.


These Everything I .! COMPLETE SET IS A REGULAR :B:M'CYCLOPEDU ! Books Tell You llladi 11<,ok oonsl9tlt tJf sixty-four pllgeEI\ printed on g~ paper, in clear type and neatly bound in an attractive, illustrated cover,. lliollt of tbe books are also profusely illustrated, and all of the subjects treated upon are explained in such a simple manner that any d can thoroughly understand them. l,ook over the list as classified and see if you want to know anything about the subjectit !llmltloned. THESE BOOKS ARE FOR SALE BY ALL NEWSDEALERS OR WILL BE SENT BY MAIL TO ANY ADDRESS lJiROM TEIIS OFFICE O.N RECEJP1' OF PRICE, TEN CENTS EACH, OR ANY THREE BOOKS FOR T\YE~TY-FIVE <.IJ!INTS. POSTAGE STAMPS TAKEN THE SAME AS MONEY. Addt'ess FRANK TO'USEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square,.,_ .Y. MESMERISM. :No, 81. HOW TO MESMEJRIZE.-Confaining the most ap-Eed methods of mesmerism ; also how to cure all kinds of ses hy animal magnetism, or, magnetic healing. By P'rof. Leo o Koch, A. C. S., author of "How to Hypnotize," etc. PALl'JI l$1'RY. o . 82. HOW TO DO ~ALllIISTRY.-Containi'ng the most ap-ved methods of reading the lines on lhe hand. together with ig tull e:.plitnation of their meawiug. Also explaining phrenology, lllitd the key for telling character by the bumps on the liead. By 1t,eo Hugo Koch, A • . 0. S. Fully illustrated. • HPNO'rlSM. o. 83. HOW TO HYP:\'OTIZE.-Containing valuable and in litructive information regarding the science of hypnotism. Also ftJ)faining the most ap'pr dved 11:iethoUs whieh are em-ployed by the ~n& hypnotii.t:s of ~he "'orld. b"y Leo Hugo Koch, A.C.S. . SPOR'tlNG. o . 21. HOW TO HCNT .&,'iD FISH.-The most complete ting and fishing guide ever pnl:Jlished. It contaius full in llltructions 'about guns, hunting dogs, traps, trapping and fishing, l!Dnther with descrip t ions of game and fish. No. 26. l'IOW 'I'O ROW, SAIL AN'D BUILD A BOAT.-FuUy trated. Everj' boy should k'mnv how to row-and sail a boat. Wull instructions a~e given in this little book, together with in~tions on swimming !IJ,\d riding.I--companion sports to boati'rt'g. No. 47. HOW TO ~REAK, RluE AND DRIVE A HORSE.fl. t,otliplete treatise on the horse. Desctibing the most useful horses buslnes5i the best horses fo r the road ; also valuable recipes for dlbeases pefoliar to the horse. No. 48. HOW TO BliILD AND SAIL CANOES.-A hahdy ~k for boys, containing full directions for constructing Cllnoes the most popula r ma -nner O'f sailing them. Fully illustoo.ted. l9J' ta. Stansfield Hicks. FORTUNE TELLING. b. 1. NAPODIDON'S ORACULUl\f AND DREAM BOOK.~taining the great oracle of human destiny ; also the true mean~i of almost any kind of dreams, together with charms, ceremonies, .. curious gttmes of cards. A complete book. o. 23. H01V TO EXPLA!IN DREA~!S.1Every-body dreams, from the little child to the o,g d man and woman . This little book l'!ves the exf)lanation to all km

THE STAGE. No: 31. HQW T9.BECOME A SPEAKER.-Conta!ning fOCDo No.T41. TH~ ~OYS 9F N}llW YORK END MEN'S JOKE teen 11Justrat1ons, g1vmg the different positions requisite to bectllllll BOOK.-Contammg a great v anety of the latest joke~ used l)y fue a good speaker, reader and elocutionist. Also containing gems fNlal ID(!St famous en~ men. No amateur minstrels is complete without a]I the popular !luthors of prose and poetry, arranged in the moel this wonderful little book. simple and concise manner possible. No,'. 42. THE ~OYS OF NEW YORK STUMP SPEAKER.-No. 49. !!OW TO DEBA'fE.~iving rules for conductmg 1!.-Contai:1mg a vaned asso,rt~ent of stump speeches, Negro, Dutch bates, outlines, for_ de~ates, qu_est10ns for discussion, and the and Irish. Also end mens jo&es. Just the thing for home amose,sources for p'rocurrng mformat1on on the questions given. ment and amateur shows. , • . No. 45. THE BOYS OF NEW YORK MINSTREL GUIDE SOCIETY. . ' AND JOKl!l BqCTK.:--Sometbing new and very instructive. Every No. 3. H;OW TO ~L~RT.-The arts and wiles of flirtatlor, am boy. s!Jould ob tam this ~ook, as it contains full instructions for orfully expl~u~ed by this httle !>oak •. Besides the various meth~da of gamzmg_ an amateur mmstrel troupe. ha.r.okerch1ef,. fan, glove, parasol, wmdow and bat flirtation, it con• No. 60. i\l ULDOO~'S JOKE~--:-Th!s is one of the most original ~ms a full hst of the language and sentiment of flowers, whieh ,ia Joke ~ooks ever puhhsbed, and 1t 1s brimful of wit and humor. It 1 n~erestlng to everybody, both old and young. You cannot be banw contams a large colleetion of _songs1 jokes, conundrums, etc:-, of without one. . Terrence )Iuldoon, the great wit, humorist, and practical joker of . ~o. 4. H,OW .TO DANCE Is the title of a new and hands~ the day. Every boy who -can enjoy a good substantial joke should l~tt,e bgok Just JSsued by l!'rank Tousey. It contains full instrueobtain copy immediately. . tions in the art of danci _ ng, ('.tiqnette in the ball-room and at part:t.._ No .. 19. HQW TO BEd()ME AN AdTOR.-Containing comhow to dress, and full d1rect1ons for calling off in all popular squlU'f plete mstruct1ons how to make up for various characters 00 the dances. s,tage_; tog~ther with th11 duties of the Stage : i\Ianager, P 'rompter, No. ~-HOW T(_) MA~~ LOVlp.-A C!)mplcte guide to lov-. Sce!11c Arb~t.and Prope11:y )',Ian. By a J>rominent Stage Manager. court!?htp and ma~nage, g1vmg_ sensible !ldv1ce, rules and etiquette No. 80. GUS WILLIAMS' J<:>KE BOOK.-Containing the lat• to be observed, with many curious and mteresting things not eeii est jokes, anecdotes and funny stories of this world-renowned and erally known. ever popular UerJ?~D comedian. Sixty-four "pages; handsome N'O. Ii. ~OW TO DRE;SS.-Containing full instruction in tbs colored cover contammg a half-tone photo of the author. art o~ dressmg and appea~mg well at home and abroad, giving the HOUSEKEEPING. select1ons of colors, material, and how to have them made up. No. 18. HOW TO BECOME BEAUTIFUL.-One of th~ brightes t and_ most valuable . 1ittle books ever given to the world. Everybody wishes to know how to become beautiful both male ani female. The secret is simple, and almost costless. 'Read this boo1 and be convinced how to become beautiful. N~. Hi. H9W TO KEEP A._ WIND.OW GARDEN.-Containing full mstruct10ns for constructmg a wmdow garden either in town or country, and thll most approved methods for raising beautiful flowers at home. The most complete book of the kind ever published. BIRDS AND ANfMALS. No. 30. HOW TO COOK.-One of the most instructive books No. 7. HOW TO KEEP BIRDS.-Handsomely i!lustra:ted an41. 6n cooking ever published. It. contains, r eci pes for cooking meats, containing full instructions for the managem eot and tra"ning of th~ fish, game, and oysters ; also pies, puddmgs, cakes and all kinds of ' '"' pastry, and a grand collection of recipes by one of our most popular canary, mockingbird, bobolink, blackbird, paroqnet, parrot, etc. cooks. No. 39. HOW TO RAISE DOGS, POULTRY, PIGEONS AND No. 37. HOW TO KEEP HOUSE.-It contains information for RABBITS.-A useful and instructive book. Handsomely ilhia-b d b I ., trated. By Ira Drofraw. every o y, oys, g1r s, men aI! , women; it will teach you how to No. 40. HOW TO l\IAKEl AND SETTRAPS.-Includi--g h"~ 'inake almost anythmg around the hoose, such as parlor ornaments "' '-'"''"' brackets, cements, Aeolian harps, and bird lime for catching birds.• on how to catch moles, weasels, otter, rats, squirrels and birdL Aliio how to cure skins. Copiously illustrated. By J. Harringta EtECTRICAL. Keene. • No. 46. HOW TO MAKE AND USE ELEC'I'RtCITY.-A de• No. 50. HOW TO STUFF BIRDS AND ANIMALS.-A: 111cription of the wonderful uses of electricity and electro magnetism. valuable book, giving instructions in collecting, preparing, mountina together with full instructions for l!'.laking Electric Toys, Batteries' and preserving birds, animals aud insects. etc. By George Trebel, A. M., M. D. Containing over fifty ii~ No. 54. HOW TO KEEJP AND l\!A:1 AGE PETS.-Givlng com,, tustrations. plet~ informa~ion as to the m_a.nner an_d method of rai, sing, keepi~ No. 64. HOW TO MAKE ELECTRICAL MACHINES.-Con tammg, breeding, and managmg all kmds of pets; also giving fui! tajning full Jirections for making electrical mliOrts, card diversions, comic recitations, etc., Sl!itlable .Hjlands.1~ . . . . _ t , fo r parlor or drawing-room entertainmen. t. It contains mote for the No. ~-HOW 'rO Bl:C01\{E YOUR QWN Dvd'l'oR.-A' wbam oney than anv b9ok publishw, derful book, containing useful and pra!!tical infortl\ation in U. No. ~i'i. HO\V TO PLAY GA fES.-A complete and useful little treatment of ordinary diseases add alinients common w eve17 bo ok, containing the rules and regulations of billiards, bagatelle, fami'ly. Abounding in useful and etrective recipes for general coot-backgammon. croquet. dominoes, etc. plaints. No. 36. HOW TO SOLVE CONUNDRUMS.-Containing all No. 55, HOW TO COLLEQT STAMPS AND COINS.-Co_. the leading conundrums of bile day, amusibg riddles, curioue catches tainfog valuaj)le information regarding the collecting and arrangilltj and wittv $aYiI\gS. o f stamps a nd coins. H~ndsomely illustrated. . No. 52. HOW' 'l'O PLA'Y CARDS.-1..A complete axtd haindy llttll! No. 58i R(l)W 'J.10 B-E• A DWI\EOTirVE.---By Old King'• BrallY. bo ok, giving the rules and full directions for playing' E.ucbre, Crib-tb e'wotll!Lknown dete1ati've. In which he lays dowri' gol:ne v1th1a!Mli bage, Casino, Forty•Five, Rounce, Pedro Sancho, Draw Poker, apd sell'Siple rules • for beginners, a11d also relates some adventttrta Auction Pitch. All Fours, and many other popular games of cards. and experiences, of well-known detectives. No. 66. HOW TO DO PUZZLES.-Containlng ovl!r tHree bun-No. 60. HOW TO BECOME A PHOT06RA:PHER.-'-Oorltllht-dred interesting puzzles and conundrums. with key to same. A ing useful information regarding the' Camera.and how to wordr ,,it; complete book . Fully illnlit'rat:etl. By A. Anderson. '.' also how to make . Ph'otogrnphic' Magic Lantern Slides arld "'o't&!i> • ETIQUTTE. ih~!;~arencies. Handsomely illustrated. By Captain w. De w. No. 13. HOW TO DO IT; OR, BOOK OF ETIQUETTE.-It :r:>ro. 62. :HOW T0 BEOOME A WEST, POINT Mlli..ITARY l!ll a great life secret, and one that every young man desires to know CADET.-Containing full 1e:x;planations • how . t9 gain admittance, an abot1t. There's happine!:IS in it. course of S'tud .v, Examinations, Duties, Staff of Officers, Post No. 33. HOW TO BEHAVE.-Containing the rules and etiquette Guard, Police Regulations. Fire Department, and all a boy should @f good society ana the easiest an'd most approved methods of ap know to b'e a Cadet. Compiled and written by Lu Senarens, autlicar tMring to good advantage at parties, balls, the theatre, church, and of "How t9..Becom'e a N(I.V:1\1 Cadet." llo. t h e drawing-room. No. 63. HOW TO BECOMID A N'AVA:L CADET.-Complete mo . ••,. A , structions of how to gain• admission to the Annapolis Naftll DECLAmATlvN. Academy. • Also containing the course of instruction, descriptiaa o. 'If. HOW TO RECITE AND BOOK OF RElOITATIONS. of ,grounds and buildings, historical sket'ch, and everything a 1:ic!1J, --0,opta !Jll ng''the most popular selections in use, comprising Dutch should know fo become an officer in the United ~ta'tes Navy. G.-,

----Latest Issues -.. "WORK AND WIN" COLORED COVERS. CONTAINING THE GnEA T FRED FEARN OT STORIES. 32 PAGES. PRICE 5 CENTS. 439 Fred Fearnot and "Pittsburgh Pete"; or, Lively Times in the Oil Country. 440 Fred Fearnot's Stern Chase; or, After the Mexican Raiders. 441 Fred Fearnot's Opening Game; or, Out to Win the Pennant. 443 Fred Fearnot and the ,Swifton Sports; or, Playing Ball for a Big Stake. 444 Fred Fearnot at Second Base; or, Winning Out i_n the Ninth. ' ' SECRET 445 Fred Fearnot's Great Challenge; or, Calling Down t he Boasters. 44'6 Fred Fearnot's Loyal Rooters; or, Following up the Game. 447 Fred Fearnot and the Boy Wonders; or, The Youngest Nine in the League. 448 Fred Fearnot's Double Header; or, Playing It Out to Win . 449 Fred Fearnot and the "Rube" Pitcher; or, The Pride of the Wayback League. SERVICE ' ' COLORED COVERS. OLD .A.ND YOUNG KING BRA.DY, DETECTIVES 32 PAGES. PRICE 5 CENTS. 433 The Bradys and the Opium King; or, Bravi,ng the Perils of Pell Street. 434 The Bradys' Bleecker Street Mystery; or, The House with a Hundred Doors. 435 The Bradys Among the Frisco Gold Thieves; or, The Black Band of Old Dupont Street. -436 The Bradys and the Doctor's Death League; or, The Mystery of the Boy in Red. 437 The Bradys and the Man Trappers; or, Hot Times on Whirlwind Lake. 438 The Bradys and the House of Skulls; or, The Strange Man of Five Points. 439 The Bradys' Daring Deal; or, The Bargain with Dr. Death. 440 The Bradys and the Coffin Man; or, Held in the House o f the Missing. 441 The Bradys and the Chinese Dwarf; or, The Queue Hunter of the Barbary Coast. 442 The Bradys Among the Handshakers; or, Trapping the Confidence Men. ' ' p L UC K AND LUCK " COLORED COVERS. CONTAINING STORIES OF ALL KINDS. 32 PAGES. PRICE 5 CENTS. 467 The Boy Prospectors; or, The Trail of the Club-Foot Beat. By An Old Scout. 468 The Wreck of the "Columbus"; or, Abandoned in the Ice. By Howard Austin. 469 Among the Gauchos; or, A Yankee Boy in South America. By Richard R. Montgomery. 470 The Quaker Boy Spy; or, General Washington's Best Aide. A Story of the American Revolution. By Gen '). Jas. A. Gordon. 471 Cal Carter, the Boy Lawyer; or, A Fee of One Milli o n Dollars. By Allan Arnold. 472 The Board of Trade Boys; or, The Young Grain Specula-tors of Chicago. By A Retired Broker. r 474 A Sawdust Prince; or, The Boy Bareback Rider-:--By Berton Betrew. 475 Fred Farrel, the Barkeeper's Son. (A True Temperance Story.) By Jno. B. Dowd. For sale by all newsdealers, or will be sent to any address on receipt of price, 5 cents per copy, in money or postage stamps, b y FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, N. Y. IF YOU WANT ANY BACK NUMBERS of our Weeklies and cannot procure them from newsdealers, they can be obtained from this office direct. Cut out and fill in the following Order Blank and send it to us with the price of the weeklies you want and we will send them to you by return mail. POSTAGE STAMPS TAKEN THE SAME AS MONEY . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, New York. . ......................... 190 DEAR Srn-Enclosed find ...... cents for which please send me: .... copies of WORK AND WIN, Nos ..................................................................• " " WIDE A vV AI{E WEEKLY, Nos ..........................................................• u " VVILD VVEST \VEEKLY, Nos ............... . .................... ; ... •• " " THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76, Nos ......................................................• " " PLUCI{ AND LUCK, Nos ............................................................... . '' '' SECRET SERVICE, Noe ... ............................................................. ... " " FAME AND FORTUNE WEEKLY, Nos ..............................................•.•.•. " " Ten-Cent Hand Books, Nos ...........................................................•••• . Name .......................... .. Street and No .................. Town .......... State ..............•• .


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 A W eeldy Magazine containing Stories of the American Rev9lution. By HARRY MOORE. These stories a r e based on actual facts and give a faithful account of the exciting adventures of a brave ban d of American youths w h o were always ready and willing to imperil their lives for the sake of helping along the gallant cause of Independen ce. Every n umber will consist of 32 large pages of reading matter, bound Jn a beautiful colored cover. 277 278 279 280 281 282 283 284 LATEST ISSUES: The Liberty Boys at Blackstock's; or, The Battle of Tyge r River. The Liberty Boys and the "Bnsy Bee s"; or, Lively Work all Round. The Liberty Boys and Emily Geiger; or, After the Tory Scouts. '.rhe Liberty Boys' 200-Mile R etreat; or, Chased from Catawba to Virginia. The Liberty Boys' Secret Orders : or. The •.rreason of Lee. The Liberty Boys and the Hidden Avenger ; or, The Masked M a n of K!pps Bay. The Liberty Boys at Spring Hill: or, After Cluny the Traitor. The Liberty Boys and Rebecca l\Iottes; or, Fighting With Fire 315 316 317 The Liberty Bors in Dapger; or, Warne d in the Nick of T:me. The Liberty Boys' Failu'te; or, Trying to Catch a Traitor. The Liberty Boys at ~'ort H erkimer; or, Out Against the Redskins. 318 The Liberty Boys' Dark Day; or, In the Face of Defeat. 319 The Liberty Boys at Quaker Hill; or, Livel y Times iu Little 320 321 322 Rhode I sland. The Liberty B oys• The Liberty Boys' The Liberty Boys thing. li'ierce Charge; or, Driving O u t the Tories. Hidde n Foe: or, Working in tile Dar k. Run of Luc k ; or, Making the Best of Every -323 The Liberty Boys• Combination; or, Out With Three Great Generals. 324 The Liberty Boys at Sunbury; or, A Hard Illow to Bear. 285 286 287 Arrows . The Liberty Boys' Old Tappan. Gallant Charge, or, The Bayonet Fiocht at 325 The Liberty Boys in Manhattan; or, Keeping Their Eyes on Sir H enry. The Liberty Boys' Daring Raid; or, Hot Time s at Verplanck's 3 3~~, Point. -The Liberty Boys' Defence; or, The Light ou Bottle l:Iill The Liberty Boys after Simon Girty; or, Chasing a Heuegade. 'l' h e Libe rty Boys With General Stark; or, Helping the Green The Liberty Boys and Simon Kenton; or, Fighting the British 328 Mountain Boys. 288 28!) 290 291 on t h e Ohio. The Liberty Boys Beaten; or, Fighting at "Cock Hill"' Fort. The L iberty Boys and Major Kelly: or, The Brave Bridge-Cutter. The Liberty Boys' Deadshot Band; or, General Wayne aud the Mutineers. The Liberty Boys at Fort S chuyler; or, The I d iot of German Flats. 292 The Liberty Boys Out With H erkimer; or, Fighting the Battle of Oriskany. 293 The Liberty Boys and Moll Pitcher; or, The Brave Woman Gun-ner. 294 The Liberty Boys' Bold Dash ; or, '1.'he Skirmish at Peekskill Bay. 295 The Liberty Boys and 11ochambeau: or, Fighting with French Allies. 296 The Liberty Boys at Staten Island ; or, Spying Upon the British. 297 The Liberty Boys With Putnam; o r , Good Work in the Nutme g State. 298 The Liberty Boys' Revenge; or, Puni s h ing the Tories. 2 9 9 The Liberr. y llo)s at Dnnderberg; or, 'J'he Fall of the Highland Forts. 300 The Liberty Boys with Wayne; or, Daring Deeds at Stony Point. 3 0 l The Liberty Boys as Cavalry Scouts; or, The Clrn ,rge of \\'ashington's B rigade. 302 '1.'he 1..-berty Boys on Island 6: o r , The P atriot of the Delaware. 303 The Liberty Boys' Gallant Stand: or. Rounding up the R e dcoats. 304 'be Liberty Boys Outflanked; or. The Battle of Fort :\Iiffiln . 305 The Liberty Boys' Hot Fight: or. Cutting Their Way to Freedom. 306 The Liberty Boys' Night Attack; or. Fighting the Johnson Greens. 307 ,.,.he Liberty Boys and B r a v e Jane 111'Crea; or, After the Spy of Hubbardton. 308 The Libertv Boys at ,Yetzell's Mill: o r. C heet0d by the British. 309 The Liberty Boys With Daniel Boone; or, The Battle of Blue Li c ks. 310 The L iberty Boys' Girl Allies; or, The Patriot Sisters of '76. 311 '1.'he Liberty Boys' Hot Rally: or, Changing Defeat into Victory. 312 The Liberty Boys Disappointe d : or. Routed by the R e dcoats. 313 The Liberty Boys' Narrow Escape; or, Getting out of Kew York. 314 The Liberty Boys at Sag Harbor; or, The Liveliest Day on Rec-or~ ' 329 The Liberty Boys at Kingston; or, 'Che i\Ian with the Silver Bullet. 330 The Liberty Boys' Best Effort: or, Winning a Stubborn Figh t. 331 The Liberty Boys at Fort Clinton; or, Fighting on Land ancl Water. 332 The Liberty Boys on the Ohio; or, After the Redskins. 333 'l'he Liberty Boys' Double Hes cue: or. Afte r the Tory Kidnappers_ 334 The Liberty Boys' Silent l\Iarc h ; or. The 11etreat from Ticonderoga. 335 The Liberty Boys Fighting Ferguson; or, League d With Strange Allies. 336 Th~ki~:,~~_i~ty Boys and the Seven S couts: or, Driving Out the 337 Th~ Liberty Boys Winning ,olley; or, Fighting Along the J\Iohawk. 338 The Liberty Boys and the Hessian G iant: or, The Battle of. Luke Champlain. 339 The Liberty Boys' l\Iidnight Sortie; or, Within an Inch of Captul'e. 340 The Liberty Boys on Long Island; or, R epulsing t h e Whaleboat Raiders. 341 The Liberty Boys' Secret Eoem'y; or, Exposing the Gunpowde1 Plot. 342 The Liberty Boys o n the Firing Line; or, Chasing the Royal Greeus. For sale by a ll newsdealers, or will be sent to any address on receipt of price, 5 cent s p e r copy, in money or postage stamps, by FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, New York. IF YOU WANT AN" Y BACK NUMBERS ?f our Weeklies and cannot procure them from newsdealers, they can be obtained from thi s office direct. Cut out and fill m the fo llowing Order Blank and send it to us with the price of the weeklies you want and we will send them to you by return mail. PO STAGE STAMPS TAKEN THE SAME AS MONEY. FRANK TOUSEY, Publi s her, 24 Union Square, Kew York. . ........ .... . . . . . ........ 1 90 DEAR Sm-Enclosed :find ...... cents for whi c h please send me : .... copies of WORK A:ND WIN, Nos .... .................. ......... . . . ........... . ................... . " " VVIDE A ,,r r\.KE \\ T EEI~L Y, Nos .. . . ...... ................ : ................. . . ............ . " " \ ~ TILD \ \ T EST \ VEEI~LY, Nos . . ........................... ............... ........ . .. . . " " THE LIBERT Y BOYS OF '7G, Nos .................. . ................ . . ........ . . . . ..... . " '' PLUCI( AND LUCK, Nos ........................... ................................. . . " " SECRET SERVICE, NOS . . ........................... . . . . . ...... . . ....•.... ...... ....... . " " FAJV[ E AND . FORTUNE ,\T EEKLl~, Xos ........... . ......... . . . . . ...... .................. . " " Ten Cent Ha\1d Books, Nos .............................................. . .............. . . Name .... . . . . .... . . .... . ......... Street and No ................. . T own ...... .' . . . State . . . ... ...... _ . . . ......


Download Options


  • info Info

    There are both PDF(s) and Images(s) associated with this resource.

  • link PDF(s)

  • link Image(s)

    <- This image

    Choose Size
    Choose file type

Cite this item close


Cras ut cursus ante, a fringilla nunc. Mauris lorem nunc, cursus sit amet enim ac, vehicula vestibulum mi. Mauris viverra nisl vel enim faucibus porta. Praesent sit amet ornare diam, non finibus nulla.


Cras efficitur magna et sapien varius, luctus ullamcorper dolor convallis. Orci varius natoque penatibus et magnis dis parturient montes, nascetur ridiculus mus. Fusce sit amet justo ut erat laoreet congue sed a ante.


Phasellus ornare in augue eu imperdiet. Donec malesuada sapien ante, at vehicula orci tempor molestie. Proin vitae urna elit. Pellentesque vitae nisi et diam euismod malesuada aliquet non erat.


Nunc fringilla dolor ut dictum placerat. Proin ac neque rutrum, consectetur ligula id, laoreet ligula. Nulla lorem massa, consectetur vitae consequat in, lobortis at dolor. Nunc sed leo odio.