The Liberty Boys at Basking Ridge, or, The loss of General Lee

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IHI lg lL~ 11 I I II 1 z1ne containin e American evo u ion. I /•sued Weelc1y-B y Su b scriptio1' $2.50 per year .. No. 350 . NEW YORK, SEPTEMBER 13, 1907. Price 5 Cents. . -; :iosS11ltlF1tE AL .,&;i'?#; Dick and Bob looked up cautiously as they heard the tramp of horses. in the road. Tben they saw G-e~ral Lee riding between two British officers. while behind came & tile of redcoats. "They have taken the General," whispered Mark.


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 A Weekly Magazine Conta ining S t o ries of the Americ an_ Revolution lsBttUI, W e ekly & Subscriptwn $2.50 per year. . Entered acco,dinf, to Act of Congress, tn tlu 11ear 1901, i• w o~ of the Lflirar,an of Vonqress, Washington, D . C., b'/1 Ji'rank TO'USey, Publisher, 24 Unwm Square, New York. No. 351. NEW YORK, SEPTEMBER 13, l907. PRICE 5 CENTS. CHAPTER I. A MESSAGE FRU'.M THE GENER.AL, "Who goes there?" "A friend." "Advance friend, and give the countersign . " A boy in Continental uniform was passing up and down the snowy road before a camp. _ A man in greatcoat and boots had ridden up. !'Independence," he said, as he dismount,ed. "'Very good. What is your business?" "This is the camp o.f the Liberty Boys?" "It iB." "I have a message for Captain Dick Slater." • "Pass on, and the corporal of the guard will conduct you to his tent." It was early in the month of December in the year 1776. The Americans had met with many reverses and the British seemed to be gaining victories all along the line. Fort Washington, in New York, had fallen; Fort Lee, opposite, had been evacuated, and Hackensack, Brunswick and one place after another in the Jerseys had been taken. Washington was pushing on toward the Delaware, Corn wallis in close pursuit. It was hard to get men, and harder to provide for them; the militia was lukewarm; the regulars were reluctant to reenlist when their terms were up; provisions were hard to get; money was scarce, and difficulties seemed to hedge the patriots on all sides. A band of one hundred patriot youths, known as the Liberty Boys, had their eamp some miles to tpe east of Tren ton. Dick Slater was the captain and Bob Estabrook the first lieutenant. They had retreated from New York with Washington, whose confidence Dick Slater enjoyed. They were somewhat in the rear of the army, how ever, being detailed as a sort of rearguard. The man who had come to the camp walked forward and was met by a rosy-cheeked Irish boy, who asked: "O'm corporal av ther guard. Phwat moight be yer business, sor.?" "I wish to Bee Captain Slater." "Yez'll foind him beyant, in dhe tint phwere dhe flag do be floyin', sor," answered the Irish boy, whose name was Patsy Brannigan. "Thank you," and the man went on with him. A few paces further he met a fat German boy, weigh ing all of two hundred pounds . Thi1> was Carl Gookenspielcr., Patsy's constant com panion and close friend. "Who was you loogking for?" he asked. "For Captain Slater." "Dere he was mit de tendt by der flag ofer." The messenger went on with Patsy, and Dick Slater and Bob came out of the tent. "Captain Slater?" "The same." "A message from the commander-in-chief." "Thank you. Will you step in? Get Mark, Bob." Dick and the messenger stepped inside, and seated themselves. Bob presently returned with a handsome, dashing boy,. something younger than himself. This was Mark Morrison, the second lieutenant of the Liberty Boys. He was one of the bravest, and was trusted by Dick next to Bob himself. When Dick and his two lieutenants and the messen-• ger were seated, Dick broke the seal of the package given to bim. "Lieutenants Estabrook and Morrison share my confi dence," he said. "We have no secrets from one another.'1 "From what I have heard, they fully merit the truth: you put in them, Captain." "Thank you," and Dick looked carerully over the note. "You are acquainted with the contents of this note?" he asked the messenger. "For the most part." "Then I can speak freely. The note is from General Washington." Bob and Mark nodded. "He wishes us to go back and hasten General Lee." "Seems strange that he should delay so, when there 'is such need of him," said Bob. "I cannot know his reasons, of course," said Dick; "but I will obey the General's instructions. Please tell him so. We will break camp at once." "Very good ! " The messenger then left, being escorted to the edge of the camp by the three Liberty Boys. -He jumped upon his horse and galloped away, soon being lost to sight. . "Any news, Dick?" asked Ben Spurlock, the boy at the edge of the camp. "Yes; we are going to ha,sten General Lee." "Then we will break up camp here?" asked Sam Sanderson, another of the boys. "Yes; very sh'ortly." Dir,k then walked back to his tent with his two lieuten ants. "It strikes me that General Lee is acting in a verv discourteous manner to the general-in-chief." ob,ierved Mark.


2 THE LIBERTY BOYS AT BASKING RIDGE. "It is more than that!" declared Bob, hotly. '' He has been delaying in the most slovenly fashion." "It has been nothing but delay. Looks to me as if he did not wish to help the general," said Mark. ''He has had time enough to get to Philadelphia and back," muttered Bob. "He aelayed in starting. He stopped more than was necessary in I"eekskill, and, since crossing the Hudson, he has come on like a snail." CHAPTER II. E~E:IIIES ON ALL SIDES The redcoats, never doubting that Dick was one of them, took off to the right. "I can't question his reason, of course," said Dick; "but his conduct has certainly b~n open to objection." The Liberty Boys were on the road to the left. A ml:!eting had been providentially avoided by Dick' s keen hearing and quick wit. "I should say so," sputtered Bob, who was. very out spoken. "He wants the command for himself. He is nothing but a soldier of fortune, anyhow, going from Paris to Portugal, from London to Constantinople, now in the British army and now in ours." "Ile is said to be able, Bob," observed Dick. "Very likely he is, but I don't like him, and I bclie,e he has some ulterior design in this delay. There is no good reason for it." "Well, at all events we are sent to hurry him up, and we can jurlge better at a later time the cause of his delay." "Yes, and Cornwallis is between us and him, and we have got to look out for ourselves." ,rw c usually do-don't we?" asked Mark, with a smile. "We have to," with a chuckle. "Tell the boys that we will break camp immediately after supper, M:ark," said Dick. "Very good," and Mark left the tent. "It looks to me as if General Charles Lee was jealous ,of the fame of General Washington and wished to take his place/' said Bob, "or, if not that, that he wishes to hurt our cause." "He bas clone good work for it, Bob, at Charle~tou :and elsewhere." "That is all the more reason why he should be more -active now. J know he is called able and scientific, and all that, but I think his present conduct is decidedly open to -comment, and don't like it." Bob only reflected the general opinion of the time, for there were many who objected to Lee and he was by no means a popular commander. The Liberty Boys had a sort of roving commission, being sent from place to place as occasion demanded. They thought nothing of their present change of quarters, therefore, and were glad to be on the move, in fact. By dark the Liberty Boys were on the march, all mount d on serviceable horses, Dick Slater riding a magnificent coal-black Arabian, which he had captured from the enemy and whom he called Major. They were riding on at a good speed when suddenly Dick halted and sa_id to Bob, who was alongside: "There's some one coming-a large troop ! Come :ahead!" The two boys dashed on and presently came to a fork of tne road. . There was light enough for them to make out a large tloily of troops coming toward them. At the fork one of the advance guard asked: ~'Which wav to the rebel camp?" "That way!" said Dick, pointing to the other road. After the redcoats had gone on, Dick sent Bob back to bring up the Liberty Boys. "That was a close shave," said Bob. "It was luch.--y that you !"U . pected them to be enemies." "'1.1hey told me by asking about the 'rebels:' Patriots ,rould not have used the word." "And now they'll be looking for something that isn't there/' said Mark, with a laugh. ''Well, it's there if they go far enough." chuckled Bob. "Dick told just enough of the truth to keep on the right side." '1.1he Libertv Bovs marched on for an hour or two longer, and th.en h;ltecl in the woods to rest. Dick wished to know just where he was, and if there were any redcoats about before halting for the night. He therefore rode ahead with Bob to look over the ground. They had gone about a quarter of a mile, when they saw lights gleaming ahead of them. "There -they are, now," said Bob. "It i$ a camp of some sort," said Dick. "But n e nrn~t be certain of the oce1;pants before we make oursel,e known." Dismounting, Dick went on with great caution. At length he saw a picket marching up and down be fore one of the fires. He was a Hessian, and not very wide awake. Then Dick saw other Hessians and some British-quite a number of them, in fact. "It's just as well we stopped, Bob," he said when he went back. "The enemy?" "Yes, and a fairly good number of them." "What are you going to do?" "Go on. There are too many of the enemy about to remain here." "Are yon going to dash through, Dick?" "No; it is too risl-y a thing. I could do it by day well enough." Dick then sent Bob back to bring up the Liberty Boys. Making a detour, they passed to the right of the sleep ing camp without arousing it. They made a:s little noi e as po sible, and no one spoke. They could hear the sentries calling to each other, and even sec the gleams of their mu kets in the :firelight. So noiselessly did they proceed, however, that the enemy had not the slightest '3nspicion of their presence. When well beyond the camp of the enemy, who would, no doubt have been greater surprised to discover them, the boys rested till morning, had their breakfast and pro ceeded cautiously. With enemies all about them, it was necessary to e.xer-


THE LIBER'rY BOYS A'l' BASKING HlDGE. 3 ci5e . ome, and Dick, Bob and four or five of the boys and how they were going to catch our generals and a lot rode some distance in advance to keep a lookout on the more rubbish," added the girl. road. "Oblige me by removing the dangerous weapons car-In an hour they came to a comfortable-looking house ried by these felows," Dick said to the woman. by the roadside, when Dick suddenly drew rein. She quickly obeyed, assisted by the girl, who seemed to "There are redcoats within," he said, "and yet these relish the task. people may be good patriots . " The redcoats could not help themselves, for each of the "Do you see them, Dick?" asked Bob, who was now five boys had two big pistols pointed at them. under the tree at the roadside. They were quickly disarmed, but, just as this had been "Yes-through the window. I am not sure if there accomplished, Dick, happening to glance out of the winare more than two, however." dow, saw more redcoats approaching. "What are you going to do?" He rapidly signalled to the two Harrys to go out and ' "Snrpri~e them, if there are not too many." bring up the Liberty Boys. "Good!" with a chuckle. They hurried away by the rear door without being seen, . "You and I will go to the front and watch, the two and ran off to do their errand. Harrys and Ben will take the rear, and Sam and Arthur The redcoats came on, a score of them, and halted in remain to warn the boys." front of the house. Harry Thurber and Harry Judson, who were great croThe three officers saw them, and one said: nies, now advanced cautiously toward the back of the "Now, you impudent rebels, we' ll turn the tables on. hou~e, followed by Ben. you!" Thus Dick and Bob, keeping out of sight from the win-"I think not," was Dick's quiet answer. "Sit still, gen-dows, made their wav to the front. tlemen. We are not going yet." It being cold we~ther, the doors and windows were Some of the redcoats dismounted and walked toward closed. the house. The redcoats seemed to be making merry within, howDick kept out of sight till they entered . C'Yer, as Dick could hear the sound of laughter quite plain"Come right in, gentlemen," he said. "Here are some ly. of your friends." tealing up cautiously. he stood on the front porch "Surrender, you. young rebels, or--" looked around a mass of dead yines and 80 into the house'. I "Throw up your hands!" cried Dick. . There were three redcoat at a table, eating and drinkThe sight of half a dozen pistols pointed at them mg and appearing to be enjoying themselves. caused the redcoats to obey at once. Dick noticed a pretty girl at the fireplace, who seemed Just then there was a loud shout from without. r eluctant to go too near to the redcoats. _ The Liberty Boys had come up in full force. A man sat moking a pipe in the chimney corner, and, "Come, boys," said Dick; "we may as well be going~ from the look on his face, he did not appear to relish the Get out, you redcoats!" company he was in. The British officers ran out in a hurry. An elderly woman was waiting on the redcoats, who The boys' horses had been brought up, and they quickly were all of them officers. sprang into the saddle. Dick signalled to Bob to tell Ben and the two Harrys T~e redcoats had dashed away, fearing capture. to Pnter at the rear ancl then to join him. Dick pursued them, but not for far. In a minute or tlrn Bob joined him, and he opened the He suspected that the redcoats were only the advance door and entered. guard of a larger party. Passing along the hall, the two boys stepped into the _Chasing them beyond a byroad which he could take,. r~om, just as one of the redcoats had cornered the young Dick sudden_ly halted._ gul, and was about to kiss her. He was nght, for m a moment he saw a much larger "Sit down. lieutenant!" said Dick detachment of British soldiers, horse and foot, coming The redcoat s sprang to their feet and attempted to rapidly along the road. draw their pistols. "Away with you, boys!" he cried, and down the side Seeing only two boys, they thought they had things road they dashed. all their own way. They had all safely passecl before the redcoats came Then the others came in from the rear. up, and then, with a shout and waving their hats, they gal-"I said sit down I" said Dick. loped on and were soon out of sight_ "J,nd I told :vou I didn't want to be kissed," added the girl, suddenly .lapping the redcoat's face. He sprang back, fell owr the old man's feet. and sat dO\Yn more :mc1denlv than he . had expected. "Ii, it not e nough to compel these good people to enter tain vou. withont insultinir them?" asked Dick '" Tlrnfiwhat T ,;av.'' m~1ttercd the man. "Wife an' I waR willin' to !live 'em sometl,in' to eat an' drillk. hut thev -wa~-n't qafo,fi,,rJ at that." "Xn. 'I'hev called UR rebelR, ancl tal1

4 THE LIBERTY BOYS AT BASKING lUDGK "You were so busy looking at her that -you very nearly "You must hide at once! Here are redcoats! They got caught, didn't you?" laughed Mark, who was a bit must have come out of a side road!" of a tease. Dick turned quickly, saw half a dozen Hessian soldiers "You would have looked at her yourself, if you had been and a mounted officer, and stepped back. there," said Harry. "Perhaps I can get out by the rear," he said, quickly. "Don't let him tease you," said Harry Judson. "We "No; they are here now! Make haste-the bedchamwere all of us looking11t her-Dick, Bob and all." her yonder!" "No wonder the poor girl was flustered, with such a Dick stepped into the chamber off the sitting room, battery of eyes turned upon her!" chuckled Mark. taking his hat with him. "She wasn't flustered, and she boxed that redcoat's In a moment a heavy step was heard on the door stone -ears fine. They were as red as his coat . " and then a knock on the door. The boys rode on for an hour and then, approaching Mercy went to the door and opened it. a town • which the British were said to occupy, bick haltA big Hessian stood on the step. -ed. • "Dere was repels in der haus-yes?" he asked, attemptLeaving the boys in a wood, where they would not be ing to push his way forward. -observed, Dick rode on, keeping his eyes and ears open "vyon't you wait for an invitation to enter?" asked and all his senses on the alert . for anything suspicious . Mercy, closing the door. Reaching a house on the edge of the town, he tethered The Hessian had his fingers in the crack and he gave Major under a tree and went up to the house. a howl. A pretty girl saw him coming and came to the door. "Ach ! mein finger!" he yelled. "Mage der a.'oor open." "I would not advise you to go into town in that uni-"What do you want?" asked Mercy, as the Hessian form," she said, as Dick approached. pushed the door open with his foot. "The English are in possession, then?" inquiringly. "Who dat horse pelong yet," he asked; "der plack "Yes, and their scouts frequently scour the country in one by der drees beyond?" search of patriot troops." "That? Oh, tha.t belongs to a friend of the family!" "I shall have to make my way around it, then, for I "He was ein repel-yes? Den we gome to arrested must go on." him." "You are not alone?" in surprise. "No, there are no rebels here." "No; 1 have a number of friends in the woods not far "I was see for meinself," and the Hessian pushed Mercy distant." aside and entered the hall. "Won't you come in? We are all good parriots here, 'rhe door of the bedchamber, as well as that of the sit-and when I saw you I knew that you must be warned in ting room, opened upon the passage. season." The first suddenly opened and Dick Slater sprang out "Thank you, but I was coming to the house to inake and clapped a pistol to the Hessian's head. inquiries." "Shut the door!" Dick said to Mercy. The girl led the way into the sitting room, where a It was done in a moment. pleasant-faced woman sat knitting. "Keep quiet!" said Dick to the , Hessian. "Take his "This is my mother, Mrs. Comfort; I am Mercy Com-p1st0Is, my girl." fort, Captain--" In a moment the Hessian was disarmed. "I am Dick Slater, at your service, ladies." "Tell your men to go on!" said Dick, sternly. "Mind, if "Then, if I mistake not, you are the captain of a fam-you play me false, it "will be the worse for you!" ous band of young patriots known as the Liberty Boys." He pursued the Hessian to the door and opened it a "Yes, miss." little. "We have heard of you boys and of what you have "Now!" he said, standing behind th~ man. already done fo. r our glorious cause," said the mother. "Go aheadt-vorwaerts I" said the Hessian, pointing to "We are proud to have done even a little," said Dick,. the town. modestly, "and trust that we may do still more." The Hessians obeyed, and Dick said: "You will, I am certain," said Mercy. "Then your "Get in there-hurry up!" friends that you just spoke of are the Liberty Boys?" He forced the Hessian to enter the chamber at the "Yes." point of a pistol and then to go into a closet. "Are you not afraid to go through a region so infested Then he turned the key in the lock, and said to Mercy: with enemies?" "You may let him out in half an hour, unless he is "It is necessary that we join General Lee, now approachsmothered before that!" with a laugh. ing, to deliver dispatches." "Very well. It's a tight fit for a big fellow like that." "But you will be cautious?" "If won't be the first time that we have put the Hes-"N ecessarily," with a smile. "I suspected that there sians in a tight place," with a dry laugh; "nor the last, I might be redcoats in the town, and wished to make sure hope." before I advanced." Then he hurried out of the house, slipped the tether, Dick was looking out of the window commanding the jumped on Major's back and rode off, not forgetting to road leading into the town. take the Hessian's horse along. At that instant Mercy shot a glance out of the side He soon reached the Liberty Boys, Bob saying: window, and said, excitedly: "Hello! You've brought back a horse, have you?"


THE LIBERTY BOYS AT BASKING RIDGE. 5 "Yes, and a bit of news. We must give the town yonder a wide berth. The enemy are in possession." '' But , how did you get the horse? That's a foreign saddle." "And the rider was a foreigner, but, come on, and I'll tell you all about it." The y left the town upon one side and rode on at a good pace till an hour past noon, when they halted. They saw a party of redcoats at some little distance and Dick considered it just as well to avoid them, even though they were not in any great numbers. They made a temporary camp in the woods, therefore, and rested. Dick determined to see if there were any more red roat' in the immediate vicinity He et out alone and on foot, therefore, to recon noi ter. Being in uniform, it was necessary to observe caution. He kept on through the woods alongside the road for some distance. ' Then he climbed the highest tree he could find and scanned the horizon. Not far away, in the very direction they would take, he saw a large camp of British or Hessians-he could not tell which. He could distinguish the scarlet uniforms and the red flag of England, but that was all. '"They're in the wrong place," he muttered, "and we'll have fo get out of their way." Then he saw a small party of British not far away, which seemed to be resting. Having seen all that was necessary, he began to de scend. Reaching the ground, he set off toward the road, but just as he came in sight of it he heard a shout bel)ind him. Turning his head quickly, he saw a party of Hessians running toward him. Then there was another shout, and a party of British appeared in the road. He was caught between two fires. "Surrender, you rebel!" cried the redcoats. The two parties rapidly closed in upon him, and escape was impossible, He was quickly surounded, disarmed and marched to the road. "Where are the rest of your infernal young rebels?" demanded one of the British party, a sergeant. Then one of the Hessians began to sputter, and Dick recognized him as the man he had locked up in the closet. "I don't know any such persons," Dick said. "We are not rebels." "Well, we've got you, anyhow," the sergeant said, "and we're going to keep you!" "Perhaps not," thought Dick. CHAPTER IV. 'rURNING THE TABLES. The redcoats marched Dick off to a farmhouse about a quarter of a Inile distant. Then another small party came up and halted. This was the one Dick had seen from the treetop. The other had been hidden by the trees, and he had failed to disrover them. I he had remained up the tree five minutes longer, the party would have passed. They saw him descending the tree, and instantly re solved to capture him. The farmhouse was the outpost to the camp Dick had seen. "\Y e've been looking or you rebels," said the sergeant, '' and we'll get the rest of you, whether you tell me where they are or not!" Dick made no reply. "You are Dick Slater, the rebel, aren't you?" continued the sergeant. "I told you that I was not a rebel," quietly. "But you are Dick Slater, at any , ,rate?" "That is what you say." "But, aren't you? Isn't there a reward of five hun-dred pounds for you, dead or alive?" "You will have to answer your own questions." "We 1, I know you are," in a decided tone. "Why did you ask me, then, if you knew all about it " "But aren't you?" "I am not proving your case. You'll have to find out or yourself." "Well, we'll say you're Dick Slater and hang you, so if you are not, you'd better say so." "I don't see that it makes any difference who I am, so long as I am a prisoner." "You-are a rebel, at any rate, and we can hang you or that!" "Do you hang prisoners of war in your army?" pointedly. "But you are a spy!" convincingly. "How do you know that?" "You were caught near our lines, trying to obtain information." '' Row do you know that I was not near our own lines?" asked Dick, significantly . The sergeant looked uneasy. "Are your rebels near by?" he asked. "You may meet them sooner you expect, but you must not call us rebels, or I shall have to cail you invaders and the tools of a tyrant!" "You are a saucy rebel, and I shall not listen to you, nor have anything to say to you!" petulantly. "Well, I can stand that," with a laugh. Dick was placed in a spare bedchamber of the farm house, on the ground floor. There were two windows to it, and two of the red coats paced constantly up and down before them. Then• was another in the hall outside, and Dick could hear his steady tramp as. he walked back and forth. There were three doors to the chamber. One led into the front hall, while another opened upon a clothes press. The third led directly into the kitchen. Not one of them was locked. , Dick opened the clothes press door and stepped in side.


6 THE LIBERTY BOYS AT BASKING RIDGE. There were frocks of all sorts hanging up, besides cloaks, hoods and bonnets. Dick quickly took down a gown, a cloak and a big bon net. The redcoats were marching up and down, but never thought to look in. In a surprisingly short time Dick had put on the things be had taken down. Then be closed the door and walked over to the other. He listened a moment, hearing no sound, and opened the door. The redcoats were in the living rooms, enjoying them selves. The kitchen was empty at the moment. Dick passed through it, making bis way toward the rear door. The door of the living room was open and one of the redcoats saw him. "Hello, there, granny! Bring us something to eat and drink!" be shouted. "All i~ good time, sir," answered Dick, in a piping voice. Then he passed through the outer .door and out into the rear dooryard. He made his way to the front of the house, and one of the redcoats called out: "Good day to you, ' Mistress ! You look charming ! " "Sorry I can't say the same for you!" piped Dick. Then he went off down the road at a good pace. The instant he was out of sight of the house, he took off his disguise and made a compact bundle of it. "It never does to be too confident," he said, with a smile. Then he left the bundle under a tree and hurried off toward the camp . "It might be well to capture those fellows," he muttered; "but I don't know what we would do with them if we took them." Making his way at full speed, he shortly reached the Liberty Boys. "There are some redcoats at a farmhouse not far distant/' he said, "and a large camp further on. They asked me to stay, but I couldn't." "J ovfl ! I believe you have been a prisoner, Dick," laughed Bob. "So I was, for a short time. We must avoid the e two place!' . It will take us somewhat out of our way, but l don_.t believe we will see any more redcoats after that.f' "Why couldn't we capture the smaller party?" asked Bob. "It would not be much satisfaction, except to take a few horses, and the redcoats would know that we were about." "Well, they suspect it now, don't they? They know that you would not be alone." "Very true," agreed Dick. "Let us do it. Dick," said Mark. "It will be the jol lie~t kind of a lark." "Yes, and we'll turn the tables on the redcoats," added Ben. "Well, then, let us get about it at once," said Dick. Tlie boys were all in the saddle in a few moments. The redcoats had not even discovered Dick's escape when the Liberty Boys burst upon them. Some who got away had to do so on foot. The Liberty Boys secured the horses, first of all. The boasting sergeant was fairly thunderstruck when he saw Dick. "I, tliat your double that we have in the bedchamber?" he asked, in astonishment. "You have no one in there," with a laugh; "your sen tries have been guarding an empty room for the last twenty minutes." Tlie sergeant would not believe it till the door was opened. Then Dick showed him the bundle of clothes, which Harry Judson had brought back. "It never pays to be too sure," laughed Dick. "Well, you rebels got the be tofus this time, but--" "And you miserable hirelings of a despotic old tyrant will see more of the same sort!" muttered Bob. "We are not rebels," added :Mark, hotly; "and you people will learn it' to your cost, some day." ' Really, ~ergeant," said Dick "you mu t mend your speech . I haYe had to correct you on that very point a number of times." The sergeant looked vny glum, and made no answer. Tne boys marched their prisoners half a mile from the farmnouse, and then left them in a wood, while they gal loped across country to an intersecting road. The~' thus avoided passing the redcoat camp and also puzzled the redcoats as to their destination. Tlicy had captured a dozen horses, a number of mus kets and pistols, two or three woras and a quantity of ammunition. "But the best of it all is that we took these redc oat down several pegs," chuckled Bob. "Tney need to be taken down," declared Mark. "One gets tired of being called a rebel by men like they, who could never get to be more than sergeants, if they lived to be a thousand." "Hard words break no hones, :Mark," said Dick. "Of course not; but a little civility never comes amis~, and these redcoats don t Reem to have lea'rned the first rudiments of it." . "You're quite right, )lark," said Bob. "These fellows never lose a chance to insult us, but some day they will learn to respect us in a manner they little dream of." "And the sooner the better," spoke up of the boys. Reaching the road, they kept on till dark without see ing any sign of a redcoat, and then made their camp in a wood and took their comfort. CHAPTER V. WILLY WILKINS The boys set their pickets that night, and kept a sharp lookout for the enemy, as they always did. Dick Slater always insi ted on their being vigilant, and they never neglected to take full precaution .


'I'HE LlBEHTY BOYS AT BASKING RIDGE. 7 Tiie discipline of the camp was as strict as if the boys had been veterans, and as long as tliey were in ~xistence they maintained it. Ben Spurlock was on guard that night, when he heard a footstep approaching. "Who goes there?" he demanded. The steps ceased. ""Tho's there?" a boyish voice asked. '.'ls this a house? I d on't see nothin' . Where are you?" ''Who are you, and where are you going?" ' I'm Willy Wilkins, and I'm runnin' away. I'm tired and s leepy and lost. \Yhat place is this?" Ben stirred up the fire, and said : "Come up and warm yourself, Willy Wilkins. What are you running away for?" The boy, who did not seem to be more fhan ten years old_. stepped up to the fire and sat on a stone. He wore wool hose, knee breeches, a full-boftomed and a cocked hat, looking like a miniature man, rather than a boy. "I am runnin' away 'cause they don't treat me right an' 'cause they want to make a king's man of me." "Your parents, Willy Wilkins?" "Who's them?" wonderingly. "Your father and mother." "~ever had any father an' mother. I'm just a poorhouse boy. Such can't afford to have fathers and moth ers. It's only rich boys who have them." called me names and banged me about. She took my supper away, and she was mean as dirt." "And you made up your mind to run away?" "Yes, I did, and I ain't goin' back. They're meaner than sin and they're Tories to ooot, and I wouldn't live with 'em, not if they paid me." "What are you going to do, now that you've away?" Just then Sam ancl Harry came oack with a hot supper. "Get something to eat, I guess," replied the queer little oTiject sitting by the fire. Ben laughccl, and the boys placed the supper in front of the waif. He ate and drank with avidity, and seemed to be thor oughly hungry. "That's good!" he muttered, with great satisfaction. "It's better than anything I ever had at the poorhouse. Do you always have good things to eat, like this?" "Well-not always," with a laugh. -"Do they liclc you, too, and send you to bed without your supper?" wonde . ringly. "No; but we can't always gel as good as this." "But you always have something?" "Oh, yes," laughing; "we have something always.'' ':Che boy yawned, finished his supper, yawned again, and said: "l guess I'm sleepy. Got a barn or a haystack, or something where I can go to sleep?" "Are you warm enough now?" asRea Ben. "Ofi, no!" laughed Ben. "I'm not rich, but I have them." I "Yes, I'm as warm as can be. I can sleep anywhere. don't reallv care where." '' Come with me, my little man, and I'll find you a place to sleep," said Rarry. "My! but you're lucky, then! I never had any. Say, you're a soldier, aren't you?" "Yes, but tell me, who are these people you are runHe took the boy fo his tent and made him comfort able. ning away from?" "Old Jed Monks and his ola woman, who keep the "Is that the captain of tne soldiers, by the fire?" Willy askea. poorhouse. Are you going to fight anybody?" "Yes, we expect to. Are young hungry?" "Yes. You aren't British soldiers, are you?" "No; we are Americans-patriots! You're sleepy, too, aren't you?" . "I guess I am," yawning. "You're the sort . the old woman calls rebels, aren't you?" "Yes, but we call ourselves patriots . " "You fight for General Washington, do you?" "Yes, and against King George," and Ben signalled to some of the boys. "Hurrah! That's what I am, too. If you was red coats I wouldn't stay with you." Sam Sanderson and Harry Thurber came up at that moment. "Go and get this boy something to eat," said Ben. "Get something warm to drink, ';too. He's been tramping through the woods, and he is cold and hungry." 'rhe boys hurried away to obtain something for the strange little waif who had drifted into tlieir camp. "And so Jed Monks didn't treat you right, eh?" asked Ben. "No, he didn't; he licked me fur nu thin', an' he didn't give me enough to eat." "Wasn't the old woman good to you, either?" "~ o, sh8 wasn't; she was worse than the old man . She "No, that's Ben Spurlock . " "Well, he's a good fellow, if he ain't the captain." "Yes, so he is." "Are you the captain?" "No, I'm Harry Thurber." "Did I see the captain?" '"'No, not yet." "Is he as g-ood as vou other fellows?'' "He's a good de;l better," laughed Harry. "Dick Slater is the captain. We are the Liberty Boys." Willy yawned, rnuggled himself up in the thick blan!{ets, and was soon asleep. "He's a queer little chap!" muttered Harry, as he lay down. "He doesn't look a bit like th~ ordinary _run of poorhouse boys. I wonder how he got there?" In the morning Dick saw the boy, Ben having told him all about the waif. "What arc you going to do now, Willy Wilkins, now that you have left the poorhouse?" he asked. "You won't sen"d me back ?'l anxiously. "No; not if you don't want to go," kindly. "And you won't let Jed Monks nor the old woman get hold of me?" "We will see that they don't." "Well, I guess I'll be a soldier, like the rest of you. I ain't a Tory or a king's man, and I'd like to fight 'em."


8 THE LIBERTY BOYS AT BASKING RIDGE. "You are not big enough nor old enough. There's a lot of hard work in being a soldier. Didn't you know that?1 ' "Oh, I've done hard work-plenty of it! I've milked cows and hitched horses and cleaned tiie stable, and mowed and weeded and a lot of things." "Would you like to live with a farmer, if you were treated right?" asked Dick, with a smile. "Yes; if he wasn't a Tory. J couldn't live with a Tory." "How long have you been a patriot?" smiling. "01i, a long time ! " "What made you one in the beginning?" "I dunno. Hearing about things, I guess. Jed Monks was a Tory, and maybe that's why I didn't want to be one." u And you don't know your father nor mother?" "No. Did I ever have any? I thought poorhouse boys didn't." "Oh, ves ! How 'did you come to be called Willy Wilkins?;, "I dunno. They alfus called me that. I've got two letters o'n my shoulder, and Pete Perkins said they stood for it. They're W's, two of 'em.'~ "Who was Pete Pe. rkins?" "A old feller in the poorhouse. He's dead now. Say," and the boy lowered his voice, "I do believe old man Jed Monks killed him!'' "You do?" "Yes. I heard Jed tell him once he knowed too much, and that if he didn't keep still-well, he didn't say what he'd do, but Pete shook awful and then one day they found him dead in his bed and they just hurried him out and buried him, and didn't say no prayers nor nothin'_. but just put him out of the way." "Well, Willy ' Wilkins, I'll find you a good home, and you can stay with us until I do." "'rliat's all right, and if you want me to clean the horses or anything, I'll do it, 'cause I wouldn't let you do things for me and not do something for you. That wouldn't be right, would it?" "No, it would not," with a smile. Tlie Liberty Boys proceeded on their way that morn ing, Ben taking the waif up behind him on his horse. "He's a funny little chap," he said to Bob; "and I don't believe he had any business to be in the poor house, any more than you or I have." "No, he doesn't look like that sort. He is not a char ity child, in looks, at any rate." "No, and I shouldn't wonder if there were some mys-tery here which we ought to solve." ' "Very likely, Ben." Pushing on, they caught sight of redcoats in about an hour and halted while Dick disguised himself and went ahead to reconnoiter. CHAPTER VI. AN UNSATISFIED CLAIM. Riding along on a spare horse and in the disguise of a farmer boy, Dick at lengtfi came to a tavern where a number of redcoats were resting. Putting his horse in the barn, he entered the tavern. There were redcoats and others taking their comfort there. He had hardly seated himself when two strangers en tered. One was big, red-faced and cruel looking. He wore rough clothes, a wool tippet and heavy boots and carried a whip. The other was dressed all in black, was shaved close and had a smug, crafty look, which did not impress Dick at all favorably. "The one i$ a crafty lawyer," thought Dick, "and the other an over-thrifty farmer, one who counts the farth ings and likens all things to a question of money." The two sat close to Dick, but seemed hardly to notice him. "Have you got any trace of the scoundrel?" asked the man in black. . "Yes, but then I lost it. I thought he might be with the soldiers." "We must find out., Monks. It will be money out oi your pocket if we don't." "Yes, and out of yours, too, I fancy, Master Sneek !" growled the other . "Well, at any rate, it will cut short your income i:f ' he is not found." "Oh, we'll find the littie villain, never you fear, and 1 he'll get a good thrashing, too, when I do find him." "If you are too severe with him.he may run away 1 again, and then you'll have more trouble, Monks." 1 "Then I'll thrash him again," growled Monks, who, Dick now knew, was the very man from whom Willy Wilkins had run away. t "A little gentleness will serve your turn better than severity, friend Monks," said the lawyer, in an oily tone " "It will save trouble and bring in more money." 1 "I'll learn the young vagabond not to run away again," with a growl. "He's a little rebel, too, and has no reI spect for the king." b "You !iaven't much yourself, or you'a be in the army, fighting for him." , At that moment a British officer entered and an I nounced: "The rebel general has got across the Delaware and a put Lord Cornwallis at defiance." "What is there to hinder the Earl from crossing also? asked one: t, "Truly, a lack of boats. The wily rebel has taken . them all with him, and we shall have to build others or t wait for the river to freeze." h "So-so, the fox has taken all his boats with him, eh?': "Yes, and not a boat or a skiff, raft, batteau or any• '" thing that will float is to be founcf on this side frorr f , Philadelphia to far beyond Trenton.1 ' "And the Earl is on this side?" "Yes--at Trenton." e "Waiting for the river to freeze?" "Yes or to get boa ts." ' " "Then let us hope the weather will be propitious . " . "Yes, indeed . You have seen nothing of the renegade 81 Lee, who is coming on . to join his chief?" "No. We have not." 11'


THE LIBERTY BOYS AT BASKING RIDGE. • "He will be a prize, if we can catch him, for he is the able,t general the rebels have." "Bob and Mark would hardly agree to that," was Dick's thought. He had Jost the talk of Jed Monks and Lawyer Sneek, for they had arisen and gone out . The report of the redcoat greatly interested him, how ever, and h e wished to learn all he could. If Cornwallis had been unable to follow Washington, General Lee's arrival at this time might complicate mate ters, for the Earl. The river might freeze, as the British officers hoped, and delays were dangerous, therefore. With Lee threatening Trenton, the commancler inchief might recross the Delaware, form a union with him and smite the British severely. Dick resolved to lose no time, therefore, but to hasten 1 on and deliver his despatches. "Tlie tardy general may not hasten his steps even then," thought Dick. "But at all events I shall have done my part." fhere was little more of importance said by the red c oats, who soon got to talking on personal affairs only, and Dick took his leave. Getting his horse, he rode back to where he had left the Liberty Boys. "Washington has eluded Cornwallis, who 1s on this side of the Delaware, waiting to get boats or for the r iver to freeze over," he said. "Tben let us pray for mild weather," laugned :Mark. "And I have seen Mr. J eel Monks," added Dick. "Don't tell the boy. It will only worry him." They were getting ready to go forward when Willy, who had been strolling at a little distance, came sudden ly flying in, greaBy excited. "I've seen him!" he cried. "I've seen Jed Monks. l He's got a lawyer feller with him. You won't let them have me, will you ?n "No," said Diclr, "but keep out of the way for a time." Willy then ran away, but had hardly clone so before Harrv Thurber .announced: "There are two strangers to see you, Dick-a lawyer and a farmer, if looks count for anything." "Let tliem come in." In a few moments the two men Dick had seen at the ta-em came riding up. Dick had on his uniform, but ~1e men had paid so lit tle atfention to him before that they did not recognize him now. "I understand that you have a runaway boy of mine with you," said Monks. "Fact is, I've tracked him so far, an' now I want him . " "Your son, Mr. Monks?" asked Dick. "Well, a 'doptec;l. son, I may sa-y," answered Monks, evidently surprised at being known. "But I want him." "To take back to the poorhouse, to beat and abuse?" "Has the little liar been tellin' tales?" snarled Monks. "I never abused him-I allus heated him kind and con siderate; but he's got no more gratitude Than a wolf." "If the boy is here," said Sneek, "you must give him up." "On whose authority?" asked Dick, quietly. The lawyer was greatly surprised at Dick's cool de meanor. "Why, on the authority of his adopted parent, of course. You have no right to keep him away from his lawful protector." "No, of course not; but is this person such? I have great reason to doubt it." "You should tot listen to a mere boy, who is preju diced and--" "I have not taken his evidence alone," said Dick. "l have heard things from Jed Monks himself which make me think that he is not at all the person to have the care of a boy like this." "F.rom me?" muttered Monks, in great surprise . ''Why, I never saw you before in all my life!" "Perhaps not; but I have seen you and heard you and Master Sneek discussing a certain plan, which--" "Me?" muttered Sneek, his sallow face actually turning green . "You must be mistaken." "No, I am never mistaken in my judgment of men like you t~o. The boy is safer out of your hands, and I do not intend to let you have him . " "We will see what the law will have to say about it," returned Sneelc, in ms i'ormer oily manner. "I am quite willing to hear what the law lias to say," returned Dick, "and to abide by its decision." "You have no right to hold this minor child without the consent of his legal guardian, and I shall seek the aid of--" "J eel Monks is not his legal guardian. He is simply the keeper of the poorhouse. You and he have some ul terior object in keeping this boy, Willy Wilkins, at the farm. Just what it is, I do not Know, but I intend to learn shortly." , "You are greatly in error, sir," with a bland smile . "1\fr. Monks is the boy's guardian, and his object in keep ing h1m is the boy's own good. I give you notice now that I mean to obtain possession of the boy and to punish--" "I would not talk about that," laughed Dick. "I am afraid it will prove a two-edge sword. Once for all, neither you nor Jed Monks is-a proper person to have charge of the boy, and neither of you can have h1m." "We'll see ! " snarled Monks, while Sn eek onI y smiled, and then both rode away in the direction of the red coats. CHAPTER VII. ALMOST CAUGHT. The Liberty Boys hurried on, making their way across fields and through woods, where they could, till they reached a road. They expected to meet General Lee somewhere near Morristown, and this roatl would lead them in that direc tion. "Willy rode behind Ben, as before, and said, as they went on: "The captain wourcln't give me up, would he?" "Not to any two scoundrels like that, my boy, you may be sure:" .--


10 'l'H.l!l LIBERTY BOYS AT BASKI~G RIDGE. "He's a good fellow, isn't he?" "The best there ever was," said Ben, heartily. "I'd like to go with you and :fight the redcoats," said Willy, presently. "You're too young and too little, my boy," laughed Ben. "Well, I'll hurry up and grow, tlien/' said Willy, soberly. '' Those two rascals will send the redcoats after us, if they can," said Bob to Dick as they rode on. "I have no doubt of it, and we must avoid them." "They may be looking for General Lee, as they seem to know that he is on his way." "Yes, and we must warn him as soon as possible." Tliey reached the roaa at length, and then Dick

THE LIBERTY BOY ome one was approaching with a lantern, and this was the l ight he saw. "D o you sec anything of it:'' he now heard some one sar. • .. N o , an 'pears to me w e re gone far enough." '' Thi s W M the clircction they took?" "Ye•. finally, but not at first. They cheated the red-co at, tine, but they can't cheat us." Ben now knew who the speakers were, and he began to bi_t.mal to the rest, using uatural ~oumh, such a~ ,rere to b e heard in the woods at this time. A ll the~e sounds, repeated in certain way~, meant something . " Yes, but how much farther' are they, do you sup p ose:• asked the lawyer. "Blamed if I know. I dont see any light of a fire, and they ought to have one." ' ' The woods are pretty thick, and we ,rnuldn't see it a s iar as if they were more open." "Yes, but I can't go stumbling on all night." ' fBut we've got to get the boy, )Ionks, or you'll lose your income." ' Can't you tell them he's still at the poor farm and keep on getting the money?" "Tell whom?" with a growl. ''The people who pay you for keeping the boy's where abouts a secret. You're not doing it for yourself, and you're getting more out" of it than I am. I want more, or I'll--" A puff of niglit air suddenly caused the fire to send up a bright flame. Itievealed half a dozen Liberty Boys stealing forward, 1eady to spring upon the two conspirators. They both uttered startled exclamations and, as the fire blazed up brighter, dashed off into the woods. "That's too bad," muttered Bob, in a tone vf disap pointment. "We would have had them in a moment." "At all events, we know that there is a plot against the boy," observed Dick. "Yes," said Dick; "just as I supposed, and we will learn more all in good time." They were not again disturbed, but in the early morn ing they broke camp and hurried on their way. CHAPTER VIII. .A. :MEETING WITII GENERAL LEE. During the forenoon the Liberty Boys reachea a place called Basking Ridge. Here there was a tavern, kept by a Mrs. White, and a few ordinary dwellings. Seeing guards is front of the tavern, Dicli halted the boys and rode forward. "Whose quarters are these, may I ask?" he said. "General Lee's," was the reply. "Where is his command?" "At Vealiown-three miles distant." "I have despatclies for the general. Will you send some one to inform him that I am here, or shall I go AT B.\.SKING RIDGE . 11 "You won't find him up, I guess," said the guard, care lessly. "Yon can go to the house, if you like." Dick dismounted and tethered Major to a hitching post. Then he walked up to the front door, where there was another guard. "I hare despatches for General Lee. I am Dick Slater, captain of the Liberty Boys,'' he said . At thi~ moment an officer came to the door. Dick salut e d and said: "I have despatches from the commander-in-chief. I am Dick Slater, of the Liberty Boy-." "Come in, Captain. I am glad to ee you. I am ~Iajor Wilkinson. The general has cro sed the Dela ware, I under stand?" '' ~o I ha re heard_;, "I went myself to find him, but did not succeed." "Our own c ourse has been a winding one," said Dick, "on account of the presence of the enemy." They entered, )Jajor Wilkinson leading the way to a comfortable room on the ground floor. "I doubt if the general i s up," he said; "but he may ,-,ee you, nc, crtheless. Will you wait a few minutes?" "Certainly, "Major," answer e d Dick. Wilkinson left the room, returning in a few minutes, ?aying: "'l'he general will see you, Captain. Step this way, if you please." Dick found General Lee sifting up in bed in a pleas ant, sunny room, with a log fire blazing on the hearth, Cih the floor above. He found a man who, as his chroniclers at the time said, was "plain in his person to a degree of ugliness, ca1~le?ss even to unpo:Piteness, his garb ordinary, his voice rough, his manners rather morose." He sat up in bed, wearing a blanket coat, his collar open and his linen of several days' wear. Dick saluted and the general, whom the boy knew, having met him on former occasions, glared at him as if nof recognizing him, and asked in a gruff tone what he wanted. "I have despatches from the commander-in-chief_, gen eral,'' said Dick Lee apparently did . not like to be reminaed that he was not the commander himself, for he used some very violent language, and said: "Well, let me have them, sir, and don't stand there like a fool. What does he want now?" "The despatches will inform you, General," said Dick, simply, delivering the packet. The general growled and grumbled, tore open the packet roughly, looked at the papers, and said at length: "I will attend to this matter. Have "you come alone?" "No, the Liberty Boys are with me, general." "When do you return?" "I was instructed to return with you, sir." "Find quarters--somewhere, then," with a snarl. "Wil kinson, it's cold here. Can't we have a fire? Very well, sir-find quarters. I will attend to this." His manner was gruff and uncouth, and he showed plainly that the matter was distasteful fo him and that he did not wish to discuss it.


12 rrHE LIBERTY BOYS AT BASKING RIDGE. Dick, having performed his part, saluted and withdrew. Major Wilkinsol'l. saw him below and said: "You were to return with the general?" "Yes, major." "Then yon will have to wait, of course?" "Yes, sir." "You will find quarters for yourself and the Liberty Boys?" "Yes, in the woods. I will remain witn my command. I want no better quarters than my boys." "We have had snow and are likely to have more." "We shall make ourselves comfortable, thank you, major." The business being over, Dick saluted and left the house, jumped upon Major's back and rode off. "We will have to find quarters at Basking Ridge for the present, Bob," he said. "There will be a delay, I think." "Delay? When he has W ashii{gton's orders to come on at once?" violently. "This would be rank insubordi nation in you or me, Dick." "A general is a privileged person, Bob," with a smile. "He ought to obey orders, as well as any one else," sputtered Bob. "Charles Lee is not supreme, if he is a general. I don't life this sort of t1ring, Dick." Dick said nothing, for Fe rarely criticised his superior officers. Bob was always outspoken, however, and Dick had now and then to check his impetuosity. They found a rnitable place for a camp, and at once proceeded to make themselves as comfortable as pos sible. "How long shall we have to wait, Dick?" asked Bob, as several of the boys sat before a fire in front 0 Diclt's tent. "I don't know, Bob." He was profane, as well as ruae, and seemed to have no consideration for any one. Much time was wasted in mere altercations with th militia, the general heating them very irreverently. "Your wants are nurtterous," be said, after hearing sev eral complaints, "but you have not mentioned the last You want to go home, and you shall be indulged, for, con found you! you do no good here." General Sullivan's adjutant called or orders concerning the march. "Have you a map?" snapped the general. One was brought and spread on the table. Dick's ~ eyesight being exceptionally good, he coula see just where the general traced his finger on the map. "Tell General Sullivan," he said, "to move down to ward Pluckamin; that I will soon be with him." The route traced had been from Pluckamin to Somer set Court House, 6y Rocky Hill to Princeton. This was an entirely different route from the one he was supposed to fake, having been ordered to cross the Delaware at Alexandria. "Perhaps he intends to attack the British at Prince ton," was Dick's thought. ''He seems to have no idea of effecting a union with the commander-in-chief." Hearing nothing from Lee or any one else as to his own affairs, Di~k finally left the house. The guards seemed as careless as Lee himself, and were sunning themselves at the side of the house. "If there were enemies about," mentioned Dil'k, "they could surround the house without trouble, and these men would never know it until they were prisoners." Returning to the camp, Dick said: "All we can do is wait, Bob." "Lee may wait too long," retorted Bob, never once dreaming how propiietic hi words were to prove. "Days, perhaps?" CHAPTER IX. "Yes." 'I'"' And Washington waiting," muttered Mark. "This mcx's DEFIANCE. neglect is inexcusable." "We none of us know General Lee's reasons, Mark," Having nothing to do but to await the general's pleas said Dick, quietly. ure, Dick concluded to look over the land and to see i f "Perhaps not; but we do know what common decency there were any enemies about. is. We know that the situa.tion is critical; we know that "They are very careless at tlie general's quarters, Bob," Lee is wanted, and we know that he has been going at a he said, "and an enemy might swoop down upon them snail's pace since before he crossed the Hudson." without an instant's warning." "Of course, we do," added Bob; "and everybody knows "They are as slovenly as the general himself, no it, and it has a bacl look. We can't help ourselves, of doubt," muttered Bob. "His habits are as bad as hi s couse, and so we ought to keep still, but--" manners, I have heard." "But you never could and never will, eh, Boo?" "They could both be improved, I have no doubt, " chuckled Ben. quietly. "I guess not, Ben," laughed the impulsive young lieuDick had no reason to believe that there were enemie s tenant, and no more was sai

THE LIBERTY BOYS AT BASKING RIDGE. 1 3 . . Giving hi s horse to a groom, he entered. Shakin g t h e snow from his hat and greatcoat, he sat down by the c h eerf u l fire, which snapped and cracked on the g r eat hea r th, sen ding tlie sparks now into the room and a gain up the capacious chimney. Round pau nched men sat drinking punch and smoking long clay cliurch wardens in front of the fire, while others regale d themselves on boil ed beef and dumplings . Not far away Dick saw Jed Monks and Sneek, eating and drin king, and evidently taking a great deal of comfort. Witho ut' recognizfog the boy, Monks address e d hi-m, e saying : "Yo u come from the eastward, young sir, I believe?" "At the moment, yes," said Dick. "The storm drove me with in." "D o you know if there are any troops about?" "I couldn't tell you," said Dick, evasively. e "Not the king's troops, I don't mean; but these . saucy e r e b e ls, particularly that band of impudent young upstarts called the Liberty Boys . Have you s een them?" "Aye, I have seen them, but I cannot t e ll you where a they may be at the present motnent." " The young miscreants have stolen from me, and I s am a n xious to find them." " I wish you luck in finding them, my good sir," said l Dic-k, his remark meaning anything or nothing, according as one took it. Y " I must detain these two worthies, if possible," was 1 bis thought . "If the re should be redcoat s about the s e men would inform them of Lee's whereabouts at once." The storm seemed to show no signs of abating , and Dick knew that the men were s afe as long a s it las ted. In case of a lull, however, the y mig h take it into t heir heads to proceed at once . This was just what Dick wished to prevent. "I see that your punch is running low, g entlemen," he said. "Have another at my e xpense. I like to s ee gentlemen enjoy themselves . I will give the order m y self." Stepping into the bar beyond, Dick said to the host, a j olly faced, rotund fellow: "You brew extra strong punch on occas ion, landlord 1l" "Aye, that I do. " "Punch that will make men forget their cares and everything els e for a time, send them into a s ound sleep , in fact?" "It does have that effect, though I would rather they woul d stay awake, so that they might take the more and s w e ll the till." "Of a veri t y," laughed Dick, "but there be time s when, if a man prove ' troublesome, it werr better that he slept." " Y ou are a wise la d," l a ughed. the host. " Brew me a jug of such punch, hot and strong, and br ing it tc my place yonder . Here i!' t l1e wherewitha l to pny for it. I is unwise to make a show of one's money b efo r e stra n gers." Di c k w e n t back to t h e table, and in a short time the pun c h was fort hcomin g . • He filled the earthe n mn/!is of the two plotters, p r e tending to d o the sam e to b is o wn . .. Jed Monk s and Sn eek found the punch much more to their taste than their own, and drank deeply of it. Dick raised his mug to his lips at intervals, but drank nothing, and at a favorable moment found a chance to... empty it in a box of s awdu s t under the table . What with the heat, the t obacco smoke, what they had already ellten and drunk and the closeness of the room> the punch soon had its effect on the two worthiei. They yawned, slipped down in their cliairs, bowed their heads and were presently fast asleep and snoring. And then tlie storm showed signs of abating . Dick aros e , put on his hat and greatcoat and walked out, winking to the landlord and at the two sleepers. "They shall not be disturbed," chuckled the host. "They are good for the rest of the day, and perhaps till morning," was Diclr's thought, "and by tnat time it i s to be hoped that we will be on our way. " Wlien he set out upon his return, the storm had ceased. "There'll be no trouble from that pair of worthies for to-day at least,'; laughed Dick. ''They might liave found us, and they might not; but I prefer to take no asks wifh such as they." Returning to the camp, h e found the boys greatly en joyfog themselves, and s uffering no discomfort 'from the storm. T hey w e re amused at the quaint remarks of Willy Wilkins, who had become a prime favorite with all. Taking Bob and 1\fark a s ide, Dick s aid: "I have seen tho s e two pre cious scoundrel s and have taken good care that the y s hall not both e r us for s ome hours at least." "Good!" laughed Bob. "But how was it accom pli shea?" Dick related the circumstances and both Bob and Mark laughed heaytily at the recital. "They are looking for the boy," said Bob. "Yes, and for u s," ado.eel Mark. "It will b e as well that they don ' t pas s this way till after w e h a v e aepart ed." "It i s jus t a s well not to tell Willy that you have seen these two rascals," s aid Bob. "I shall not tell him," said Dick. "He is happy with us, and I shall not give him up. As s oon as opportunity offers, however, I shall end e avor lo fina out all about him from Lawyer Sneek." "He mus t know," s aid Mark. "He does, and he shall tell me a s soon as our pre sent business is over . " The Liberty Boys were still at Ba s king Ridge in the morning. and seemed likely to r e main the re, from all indica, ! , j JS. Ha > g gone over to Mrs. White's and h e aring nothing, Dick wns turning away, having mounted his horse, when Jed Monks and Sn eek rode up . They looked haggard and worn, in s tead of refreshed, after a long sleep. "Ha! you rebel!" grownel Monks. "You are here, hey? I've come after that boy of mine!" ''Re is not your s , and you shall not have lihn. Wha t evil game are you two playing? , Why do you wish to keep the knowledge of his parents from the boy, Sneek?"


14 'l'HE LIBERTY BOYS A'r BASKING RIDGE. "I do not. The child ha s no parents." "You lie!" said Dick. "He has, and some one is pay fog you to keep the boy from seeing tliem or the m from seeing him. There is s ome wicked sclieme on hand, and JOU have a part in it, and some clay I shall uncover it, I promise you!" Sneek turned pale and livid by turns, and muttered, at last, in his oily fashion: "This is very ingenious, but there is nothing in itnothing in it whatever, a s you will find." "You'll have to give up that boy, an d I tell you tliat!" growled ' Monks. "I know you've got him, and I've found you, and it won't be long before you ' re served with the papers!" The two conspirators rode awa,y and Dick noticed that they eyecl the tavern in a way which gave him a feeling of uneasiness. "I begin to feel like Bob, that Lee may dela y too long," he muttered. " I wish that we had left b e fore." CHAPTER X. A GRE-cl.1' SuRPRISE. Still feeling uneasy, bick tnrne d away and rode to ward the camp. "rhe guards had s tacked their arms, and had gone to sun tliem s elves on Hie south side of a hous e opposite. Lee had come clo wn late to breakfast and was writing a letter to General Gate s . Dick had just rea c hed the camp and had sent f o r Bob and Mark whe n Willy Wilkins came flying in o n horseback. H e had been out for a ride, Dick allowing him to do pretty much as he chose. "Captain! Captain! The redcoats nave come, and the y've gotten the general!" he cried, leaping to the gro und. " Gen e ral Lee?" cri e d Dick, rem embe ring the uneasy feeling he had had. "Yes. Th~ y came clown a lane, das hed up to the house, chased away the guards, and surrounded the place l" "Come/' cried Dick to Bob and Mark. "We must learn the truth at once." The three boys were in the saddle in a mom e nt, and flying up the road. Just before reaching a point where there were high banks, covered with bushes on either side of the road, Dick heard a suspicious noise. "Quick. We must hide l" he said. "The redcoats are coming!" Quickly dismounting, the three boys led their horses into fhe bushes and secreted them. Then they rapidly climbed the bank and lay down among the bushes. Some one was coming along tne road. Dick ann. Bob looked up, cautiously, as they lieard the tramp of hor ses in The road. Then they saw General Lee riding between two British officers, while . behind came a file of reacoats. "They have taken the general!" whispered Mark. The entire cavalcade rode on and,ras soon o u of sight. The boys hurried down from the rocks and followec cautiouslv. From bit of rising ground Dick caught sight of th, party once. "They are going to New York," he said. "This is ! terrible los s . I wish I could have prevented it." "How could you?" asked Bob . "I don't know. I sus pected those two scoundrels, and perliaps I should havi :niested them." "But did they tell the dragoons?" asked :Mark. "I don't know-perhaps not. At any rate, the los, of General Lee is one that will . be felt severely. Th( man was able, despite his manners and his apparent jeal ousy of the commander-in-chief, and this is a great loss.' Bob and l\fark said nothing, and all three made thei1 way to White's tavern. J eel 1\fonk

= THE LIBERTY BOYS AT BASKIXG RIDGE. 15 t a. e Dick determined to remain at Basking Ridge for a time, therefore, before going on, harrassing the enemy as much as possible and obtaining all the information he could. They shifted their camp and did not intend to stay a Jong in any one place, so as to puzzle the enemy and make it more difficult or them to be followed. ; -It was afternoon, and Dick, Bob and a aozen of the e Liberty Boys were riding along the road ieading out of the village when they came to a stone house standing back from the road. ; s The air of neglecf about the place struck the boys at e once. l-The shutters were off or lianging by their kinges, the " l windows were broken, the stone steps were out of p ace l r or broken and ruin and neglect marked the place for their own. e The walks were overgrown with weeds, vines climbed quite to the roof, and everything showed the lack of care. 11 "That's a dreary looking place," muttered Bob. t. r 1 L C "Looks like a haunted house," declared Ben. Willy was with the boys, and now he asked: "What's a haunted house-one wliere nobody lives?" "There isn't such a thing, really," said Ben; ''but silly people tell lots of foolish stories about lignts and noises Y and si:range craatures walkin~ about at night in deserted n houses. I suppose the owner is deac1, and the place is is neglected, that's all." : o "Do ghosts walk around there at night?" asked Willy, in an awed tone. n "It's nothing but nonsense," said Ben, "and I ouglit ], not to have said anything about it." 1-"I ain't afraid of ghosts," said Willy; "but I'd like to ee one." n "How can you see something that is not?" laughed 11 Sam. '' But there is such things; the old woman said there was, and that they'd catch me if I wasn't good.n "Din the ghosts ever catch her'?" asked Harry. "Xo; I guess not." "And she was a bad, old woman, for sure. There can't be any ghosts, then, or they would have taken her, ac-11 cordin g to her own account." y " I guess you're right," said Willy, and, as they hacl passed the deserted and neglected house, the subject was dropped. They returned to the camp by another road, and so no more was said about the haunted house. Dnring the clay, however, Bob said to Dick: , . ''Ifs a funny thing, but tliat house we passed to-day ' is h:rnnted; that is, it has tha L reputation." is ''Xearly cvrrv desrrted house has,') answered Dick. Le "Let a h~use st~nd for a few years, and it !fas all sorts of stories tolcl about it." Le ''Very true; but there have been cases where the most manelous things have happened in deserted houses." tg 10 "All due to hnman agency, Bob--somdimes by accident and sometimes by c1rsign, but never through spirits." " W ell, I'd like to see whether there's a nything like that in this house , and I believe I'll go there." CRAP'l'ER XI. IN THE HAUNTED M.A.NSIGN. Dick di l l not trv to dissuade Bob from visiting the . haunted house at Basking Ridge, as they now called it Bob was a sensible fellow, and well able to take care of himself, and if he cared to go to a ruined house in the dead of night it was no one's concern. Dick merely laughed, therefore, and no more was said about it. Bob held to his determination. however, and that nfght, quite late, lie left the camp to go to the neglected house. Re went on foot. Re might be some time in the house, and he would not want to leave a horse out in the cold for that length of time. Approaching the house, he heard footsteps and the sound of lou-:1 voices. He hid in the bushes, where he could view the road and the house at once. . Two or three men were coming along the road. As they came in sight of the house a white light appeared in one of the upper windows. Then screams were heard, followed by pistol shots and the rattling of chains. The men in the road uttered exclamations and flea. At once everything was dark and quiet about the old house. "That was an exhibition gotten up for: those men's benefit,'' muttered Bob. Then he began making his way toward the house,. taking good care not to be seen. The men had been talking in Ioud voices as they came along the road. T11ey had attracted attention, therefore, from those, within. Then the exhibition, as Bob called it, had been given. He did not doubt now that there was some one in the house. Re must approach it without being seen, therefore, and there would be no further demonstration. Creeping through the tangled bushes alongside the path, he drew nearer. The bushes grew so thick that he crept out into the main path itself, crouching almost to the ground. Re suddenly felt his foot catch in a vine, as he thought. Instantly bells began ringing in the house, and then a light appeared. Bob reached out to see what it was that had caught his foot. It was a stout wire, stretched across the path. Re pulled upon it, and at once there was a clatter of bells, as before. "Oh! this is a part of the scheme," was Bob's thought. 'This wire runs to Ilie house, and when it is interfered with rings bells-a wry ingenious scheme, I must say." Bob remained perfectly still for several minutes. The light went out, the bells stopped ringing, and all was dark and still, as before. 'l'hen, creeping along the path and keeping a watch for signal wire,:, Bob gradually neared the old house.


16 THE LIBERTY BOYS AT BASKING RIDGE. There was not a light to be seen in it, nor a sound to Her eyes were open, but there was no speculation be heard. in them. "I wonder where they keep themselves?" Bob rout-The woman was a sleep-walker, in act! tered. She did not see Bob, although she came straight to-At length he reached the great front stone stoop, and ward him and took his hand. paused. Her hand was as warm as his own, and Bob had no Some of the stones had been thrown out of position more fear now than at first. by the frost. He had thought that the woman's appearance was a Some had been cracked by roots of trees growing unde; part of the plans fo frighten people away from the them. house. There was a heavy curtain of vines at the great front Now he knew that it was not. door, which stood open, as Bob could tell as he ad-It was simply accidental. vanced. "Where is my baby?" the woman asked Bob, looking He had no lantern with him, and he feared to go at his without expression . .ahead, lest there might be holes in the floor. "I don't know, madam," he answered. "Have you lost Instead of doing so, he worked his way along the front it?" to the corner and then down one side. "They haYe taken my baby from me-my little Willy. In this manner he walked to the rear of the house Where is he?" .and, crouching down to the ground, presently saw a light "I wish I knew, madam; but I haven't any idea. Where .at one of the grated windows of the cellar. did you see him last?" Approaching nearer, he looked in, and saw a licrht at "He was lying on a bed o-f' roses in the arbor. Won't some little distance. 0 you help me find him? Come, let us look for him . .,., It was a candle on a table, around which were seated "Gladly, madam," said Bob, greatly impressed, but at .our or :five unmistakably human forms, eating, drinking the same time resolved not to fall into any trap . .and smoking pipes. The woman went liurrying through the conservatory One wore the scarlet coat of the British soldier, but toward the darkness, and Bob let his hand slip out of the others were dressed in the ordinary clothes of the hers a~d drew his pistol. region, with one exception. The woman might not be a decoy, but there were This man was d,ressed all in black, and, as he turned enemies in the house, and Bob meant fo be prepared_, in 11'.i.s head, Bob had no difficulty in recognizing him. case ~e met them. It was Lawyer Sneek. I _ T_!:ien, too, ther_e might be pitfalls which the woman, Another of the party was Jed Monks, his three-corm her sleep-walkmg state, would have no fear of, but nered hat on his head and his whip in his hand. into which he might step without a mom(;nt's notice. The window was glazed and Bob could not hear what The slN•p -walker glided away into t11e darkness, her was said. white gown bein~ visible for a time, and men fading He could see that the men were all talking animatedaway to a mere shadow. . . ly, however, and could even hear the hum of voices at Bob went on _ carefully, feelmg ra~her tha~ lookmg for times, without distinguishing words. a waf below, when suddenly he saw it grow lighter ahead "If I could find an entrance, I might learn what these of him. L • • fellows were saying," was Bob's thought. . _Then he heard footsLeps and voices, and the light grew Two pronounced Tories and a redcoat could only be bnghter: . talking over some plot against the country. Steppmg mto a recess where a statue had once stood, The others were probably just as bad, but Bob did not but. where_ now there_ was only a pedestal, . Bob crouched recognize them. ...._ behind this, and waited. "How can I get in?" he asked himself. He w~lked along tne rear of the house, having to go out of his way on account of the back windows and tumbled-down conservatory. :here was a flight of broken wooden steps leading into this, the glass door at the top being ajar. Bob conclneded to enter and get into the house through the conservatorv. Then he cou.ld enter the cellar and surprise the con spirators. As he started up the steps, however, he saw a :firure all in white come gliding toward him from behi;d a great shrub. "That's one of the ghosts," he muttered; "but I am not being frightened!" The moon now shone in through the conservatory win dows and upon the figure in white. CHAPTER XII. MORE MYSTERY After Bob had been gone some time it occurred to Dick to go to the deserted mansion. "There may be some one there, and there may not be," was his thought; "but if there is, Bob ought to have some one with him, for he is sure to get into trouble." He set off on Mafor, therefore, and rode as far as the old stone house. Tethering his horse at the old, ruined gateway, he advanced along fhe path, picking his way carefully among the weeds. The moon gave him all the light he wanted, and he went on till he reached the great main entrance.


THE LIBERTY BOYS AT BASKING RIDGE. l'l' t y f e l . , t r The moon was at the back of the house, but its light came through open doorways, ana Dick could see fairly ell. Pushing aside the vines over the dqor, he entered, md had advanced a few steps only when he saw a figlre all in white gliding noiselessly toward him. He was about to speak, taking the figure for a human 1 ing, when he heard voices, and then saw a light somehere beyond. The figure in white glided past him without speaking, nd went up the broad stairway leading to the floor bo,e. The light showed Dick a large room upon one side the spacious hall, and he glided into it. "Th ere's nothing more to be done, now that Gena! Lee is lost to the rebels, that I can see," said one. "Why isn't there?" asked a voice, which Dick at once ecognized a~ that of Sneek, the lawyer. ~ "Of course, there is!" growled Jed Monks. "There are fiose Liberty Boys to be captured. They are at Basking icJge yet, keeping a lookout for the king's troops." The three men passed into a smaller room leading from e one where Dick stood. H e. walked noiselessly to the door and stood alongde, l istening. "Can these young rebels do any harm?" asked one, 10m Dick now saw to be a British officer. The three men sat at a table, on which they had aced a lighted candle in a heavy brnss sconce. "They've done a lot of it already, and they're likely to more!" growled Monks . "Wliere are they?" "Somewhere near Baslfing Ridge." "How many?" "A: hundred. H D' " "An easy task, then. A dozen or twenty of our dra r ,ons will capture them in short order." i "It may be no easy matter for an equal number to rscl,cs to capture us," was Dick's thought. l, d "You had best not underestimate the valor of these ys, Sir Roderick," said Sneek. "Nonsense! What are these rebels? They always n like sheep before half their number of king's solrs," boastingly. "I am as loyal as yourself, Sir Roderick",,; in an oily me; "but I have seen the~e rebels fight, and I tell you at you had best not underrate them. . These boys, in 1rticular, are exceptionally brave.n -"So, you can tell the truth on occasion?" muttered ck. "Well, at any rate," said the redcoat, "we must find H where these impudent rebels are and rout them out," "We wanfto capture the captain!" growled Jed. "He's e one we really w-e.nt. He's been botherin' us a good al lately. He 's got that boy of mine, and rm going h~,e him, no mat1er what it costs!" "We'll get him, never fear," muttered Sneek. "He is ever, but we ran arrange the law so that he will have to ve in to us." "Well," sai.d the redcoat, "while you're fixing the law 1 uit yo1m:elves, give i.t a twist to meet bis case." "It will be done, Sir Roderick," said Sneek. "And in the meantime, let us drive out these impudent rebels and capture the captain." "I know where they are-about," said Jed; "and if you can g -et your men fo-nigfit we'll pounce down upon them." "Good! W e'1I ao it!" "Come," said Sneek. "Be careful how you step in going out, or you may--" At that moment bells began to ring violently all over tlie house. Then Dick, looking out, saw that straight lights were shining from the upper windows. "Some one is approaching," was his thought, "and this is the means the people within have of frightening them." Then he heard a scream and saw a white figure • pass rapidly out and then down the walk. There was a terrified cry, and Then he heard Willy Wilkins call cut: "H'm! You can't catch me, Mrs. Ghost!" Other cries were heard, and hur11ied foqtsteps de scended the stairs . "She's got away, catch her!" cri e d some one. The three men in the other room came rushing out, and Dick sprang into a dark corner. . They passed him and then Dick heard another footstep, and Bob's familiar voice: "The ruffians have made a prisoner of her, but--" "Bob," said Dick, "where are you?" "Here," whispered Bob. "Are you in this strange place, too?" "Yes, but it seems alive. We must get out while;e can." The two hoys hurried out at the main entrance, lights flashing from the upper windows, and men hurrying here and there through the grounds. "Come," said Dick. "I have left Major at the gate. 'l'hese villains must not fin'd him!" The boys dashed down to one side of the path and ran toward the entrance. Suddenly the lights went out, attd the noises ceased. It seemed darker than ever now, and the silence was painful. Then the moon arose above the old house and gave them light. They liurried to the gate and Dick found Major where he had been left. The men had strangely di ~ appeared, the white figure was nowhere to be seen and everything was darK and :still in the old mansion. "That boy Willy" paid the place a visit," laughed Dick, "and I guess got a good fright." "'rlie little scamp will stay home after this," chuckled Bob. "But I have something strangeto tell." Dick and Bob now rode away, Major carrying double. They had gone about lialf a mile when Dick heard some one coming along at a run. "Hallo, Willy Wilkins-where are you?" he called. ' 1 Is that you, captain?" "Yes.'' "Ha! I thought that was the ghost. She didn't catch me, but what a noi s e they did make!"


18 THE LIBERTY BOYS A'r BASKIXG RIDGE. "I can explain about the bells," said Bob. "'rhere are a great many queer things about the old place." "Why did you go to the house, Willy?" asked Dick 0 the boy, who was waiting for them to come up. "Oh, I wanted to see what a haunted house wa like." "Are you satisfied?" with a laugh. "Yes. But she didn't catch me. She called, 'Willy, Willy,' but I wasn't going to wait for any old ghost." "Well, jump up here with Bob and well go back to the camp. There's likely to be some excitement there." '"l'he redcoats will be the ones surprised, I think," with a laugh from Bob. "Did you hear their plots, then, Bob ?n asked Dick. "Yes, and more besides. I"ll tell you when we are alone." Dick now put Willy in the saddle, while he walked beside Major. Bob would have given 11p his place, but lJick said: "No; you have both been on foot to-night, while I have ridden. There is not much fartht!r to go." Reaching the camp, Dick sent the boy off to bed, while he and Bob went into the tent. Bob related his adventures in the old house, and asked: "Do you think our Willy has anytl1ing to do with this strange sleep-walker?" "It is hard to tell. He might have. 'l'here is some myi::tery about him. Just now, how_gver, there is this projected attack." "Yes," said Bob; "that must be attended to." "It will be!" decidedly. CHAPTER XIII. TWO FRUITLESS ATTACKS. i -The distant barking 0 dogs, the faraway cro,vini roosters, and other like sounds were heard, but that all. Not one of the redcoats thought to attribute any ci'al meaning to any of them . And yet every one 0 those natural and familiar so1 meant something. The Liberty Boys were signalling, one to another ! around the camp. 'I'hesc sounds formed part of a secret code, well kn to all of the boys. Besides these, Dick and Bob had signals of iheir c which they alone used. ~n came the redcoats till they saw the fires and tents of the sleeping carrip. Not a picket was to be seen. Every one appeared to be fast asleep. It was going to be the easiest surprise the redcoats ever made. The leaders actually laughed at the simplicity o "Forward! Charge! Fire!" came the order!!, q and clear. Then the redcoats dashed forward, expecting to sv everything before them, carry off Dick Slater and sell the Liberty Boys. In an instant every fire blazed up brightly, ma: things behind them darker by contrast. 'fhen came a roar 0 musketry and a withering was poured upon the too confident redcoats. Following the musket volley came a rattling, scatte1 &puttering fire from the boys' pistols. "Charge!" cried Dick. The redcoats ' ell back, panictricken, as the dasT1ed upon them . . They fled in all directions, but many were captt Several had been wounded, and these were taken of. Everything was quiet in the camp of the Liberty Boys. Tli:e attack was not renewed. The fires burned dimly and the boys were ltpparently The enemy had had more than they had barga all asleep. • for, ancl were satisfied to get away the best they coul They were as vigilant as ever, however, notwithstandDick lined up the prisoners, a dozen or twent : ing the quiet. wem, and looked tliem o,er. Not a picket could be seen, but they were all posted, He picked out a captain and sent him, under guar 1 just the same. his tent. The boys were ready or the expected attack, and i "The rest 0 you can go," he said. "I have no none was made, no harm "'.ould be done. to make prisoners . I hope you have a better opinio Time passed, and it was the darkest hour 0 the night. us than before, and that you will rememfier tliat, i Then one of the boys on guard heard a suspicious' are only boy , we are always prepared." sound. The wounded were attended to and sent away witli They were making no unnecessary noise, but there rest. could be no mistaking that steady tramp. 'rhen Dick called Bob and the two went to Dick's The very regularity of it showed that they were re<1-Here they found the pri~oner making himsel coats. fortable. They marched as steadily while advancing to make a "You made a mistake, Sir Roderick, did you n night attack as if they had been on dress parade. said Dick. There were no orders given, but everything was as The redcoat started, and said: regular as if a general-in-chief had been watching their "I hum not the pleasure of ~-our acquaintance, sir. evolutions. "I am Dick Slater. captain of the Liberty Boys. Steadily on came the redcoats, and the tramp could be is Lieutenant Bob Estabrook. You will believe La heard more and more di'stinctly. Sneek after this, wonrt you?" As yet not a suspicious sound was heard from the camp Th-e captain looked puzzled, and Dick said: of the Liberty Boys. "We knew that you were coming to-night; but 1


THE LIBEHTY BOYS AT BASKIRG. RIDGE. 19 had not known it you could not have surprised us, for we alwars exerciRe the greatest vigilance." ''How did you know if; Did that sneaking lawyer tell YOU:'' 'ire overheard your conYer~ation in the haunted house, and t hat brings me to my reason for detaining you . " "Ilo\r could you get in? The place i.; most carefully iuanled." 1 "'fhere are very few places which are closed to us, if 11 e reallv wish to enter," shortly. "1Yho is the strange 0 woman ;110 walks in her sleep?" "I don't know." 17 • "\lhy did you go to the place?" '' To see Sneek." ''Whv ?" "On p rivate business.'J "C onnected with thaf woman?" ''Xo." d ' ' .\.nd you don't know her?'' ' I do not. " •Yhat is thi~ m~stery about her child?" t . ,t "I don't know." •ho was Willy?" ''I know nothing: whatever about the woman's affairs, , captain. I heard of, but did not see, her. " "Sh e is kept a prisoner?" "I don't know. She may be insane, for all I know." "Wh y did you go there?" "To see Sncek." "On what business?" "I cannot answer. It concerns me alone." 0 • It is not honest, if Snee'k lias anything to clo with it. Does it concern the hiding of a boy's identity from y his parents?" "Xo , it does not . " d 'You \ranted the law twisted to suit your case. What nis the case?" "It's nothing that concerns you, captain," said Sir oderick, coloring. e "But it is a questionable transaction, nevertheless. " "Well. one must have money to live on, even in this o retchecl country.'' hesitatingly. "I can say no more." • An d vou would swindle to get it?" pointedly. t " i r, that is an insult, and I will not brook--" ' It is not an insult-it is the truth!" sharply. "And n ,ou pr etend to belong to the aristocracy! You h a ve a o itle a nd consider that your 'Sir' entitles you to more w cnsiderati on than if it were simply 'Mister,' don't you?" ' Our family is one of the oldest in England, I'd have h ou ln1ow." '"That' s nothing," laughed Bob. "The first murderer, at.Cain. belonged to the oldest family known." m -'I don't seek to know unpleasant secrets;' said Dick . "If ~-ou have nothing to do with this woman or with ?' 'illy Wilkins , whom Sneek is cheating out of a for tune, vou need tell me nothing." '}I~-affair has nothing to do with either of them," ~aiLl ir Roderick, and Dick ~aw that he was telling the hi truth . re w ''Then I have nothing more to say, and your rascally bargain " are no concern of mine. You are at liberty to return to your camp as soon as you like-the sooner the better, in fad!" "You do not mince your words, apparently," growled the redcoat. '"Ko, I do not. It's light enough for you to see your way now, so there is no excuse for your remainin g ." ''I ha,e been deprived of my weapons,' and--" "For safety's sake, you can have them when you leave . " At the edge of the camp, the captain's sword and pis -tol--were returned to him. He suddenly rai ed a pistol, aimed it at Dick's head and pulled the trigger. Snap! "We always take precautions with those whom we can not trust," laugh ed Dick. The irate officer drew his sword and rushed furiously at Dick. The boy jumped nimbly aside, and the angry redcoat rushed full tilt against a tree. "I wouldn't try that," laughed Bob. "You ought to be sat i sfied at being set free . " "You will hear from me again, you impudent rebels!" hissed the officer. "Any time that it suits your convenience," said Bob, with the greatest good humor. The British captain dashed off into the woods and quickly disappeared. Half an hour later, if he had returned to the spot, he would have found the camp gone . CHAPTER XIV. TWO SURPRISES . Before they left Basking Ridge Dick determined to know more about Willy Wilkins. Sneek hacl guilty knowledge of the boy's affairs, and Sneek must be made to tell it. Dick marlc up his mind to visit the house again, there fore, and capture every one in it. Sneek would proBably be there, or, if not, some one could tell where he lived, and Dick would then make a tocarch for him. Night would be the best time to visit the place, he thought. They would go that very night and raid the place with a large force of Liberty Boys. That nftemoon, as Dick and Bob were out scouri ng the country with a dozen of the boys, they were nearing the house when Willy came suddenly flying around a bend in the road on horseback. He halted when he reached th_ e boys, and cried out, breathlessly: "The ghosts have set the house on fire and it'll all be burned down soon . " "I see smoke :qow, over the trees," declared Bob. "Yes, and I smelled it some time ago," added Sam. They all roile on, and before long came in sight of the old house. A crowd had already collected when they reached the place. •


20 THE LIBER'rY BOYS AT BASKING RIDGE. Smoke and flames were pouring _ from doors and win-"Tried to, you mean," laughed Phil. dows, and from the roof and chimney as well. "Well, tum about is fair play," muttered Will. Already the old house was a roaring furnace, and even "That's Bo," said Gerald, "and we will bother tl at the road the heat was great. and no mistake." The trees near the house were on fire, and the weeds When the boys came in they had heard about on the walk had already been eaten up by the flames. fire if thev had not seen it. The snow in the woods protected the trees beyond Dick ai{d Bob came in shortly afterward, the otl the house, but those in the old path were doomed. dropping in by twos and threes, something later. It was impossible to save anythiYg in the house, nor Arthur told Dick about having discovered the ci was it posRible to approach within fifty feet of it and of the redcoats. not be scorched. "Some of the fellows think we ought to get even The flames grew :fiercer and spread rapidly. the redcoats," he said. Doors, windows, chimneys and roof vomited flame. "So we ought," declared Bob, positively. "If we At last the roof fell with a crash, and then the chimdrive them out it will be a good thing." ney toppled anu went down with the rest, one entire wall "Yes, I agree with you," said Dick. "These men falling with a roar. invaders, and should be driven out." Men and women stood gazing at the fire, unable to do "Then, let's do it to-night," said Bob, eagerly . anything. Arthur and the rest were as anxious as Bob. Smoke and flames shot up from the ruins, and now "We'll swoop down upon them to-night," said D scarcely the original form of the house could be distin"We do not care to kill or even wound them, but we guished. drive them out, seize their camp equipage and stores : Some walli, fell and some remained standing, but were capture all the arms and ammunition that we can so twisted and warped that they lost their first shape enhold of." tirely. "And ho:tjses," :added :Bob. Dick and the boys waited till they saw that there was "Yes-and horses," with a smile. no danger of the fire spreading to other property and "Horses always come bandy to us," said Arthur; ": then went awav. the more we can get, the better." "Do you suppose tlie house was set on fire?" asked When the Liberty Boys heard that the redcoats w Bob. to be attacked in their camp, they were greatly excited "It may have been an accident. At all events, it is They were always anxious to be doing something , not likely that we would have found any one there bad this promised them plenty of adventure. it not burned." , "They cal1ed on us in the dead of the night,"" laugl "No; they would have taken fright." Mark, "and now we'll return the compliment." "You don't suppose any one perished in it?" asked '' And they won't be expecting us, and will be grea Dick. "I should be very sorry to think that they had." embarrassed," added Sam. "Probably not-especially if they set it on fire." "They'll be surpised if they are not delighted," "Well, we shall have to look elsewhere for these scounmarked Ben. drels now." Early the next morning the boys set out to visit 1 "Yes, but we've made1 up our minds to unearth their enemy's camp. villainy, and we'll do it." They halted within a quarter of a mile and left th Some of the boys who were not with Dick and Bob at horses in charge of a number of the boys. the time of the fire came suddenly upon a party of red-"Then they advanced, not with the steady tramp coats. drilled soldiers, but with the stealthy tread of India Fortuna . tely they saw the enemy before they were Not a sound could be heard to betray their coming. discovered. They advanced from different points, every ol'l.e kno Thy quickly dove into the woods, being on foot, and ing where he was going and using the grea.test care . secreted themselves. Pickets were set and fires were lighted, every eviden Then the redcoats rode by at an easy gait. of caution being noticed. "Do you suppose they are going to their camp, or are And yet a dozen pickets were captured by the plutj just riding about?" asked Arthur Mackay. fel1ows before the alarm was given. "We can't tell, but we might follow them," suggested Then they rushed into the camp in a body, firing a Phil Waters. ley and uttering loud cheers . "I think they are going to their camp," declared Will Tents were overturned, horses were seized, wea Freeman. were run off with, arms and ammunition were seized , "Suppose we follow them, then?" said Gerald Flemthe whole camp thrown into confusion. ing. "Down with the redcoats!" shouted Dick. 'rhe boys began cautiously following the redcoats. "Liberty -forever! Down with the redcoats!" answ Wil~ proved to be correct, the redcoats going straight the gallant lads, with a ringing cheer. to their camp, a little beyond Basking Ridge, on th e They fired more to create confusion than to kill west. wound the redcoats. "I'll bet those are the same fellows that bothered us,", One would have supposed that there were doubl e ventured Arthur. l number, from the noise they made . •


'THE LIBERTY BOYS AT BASKING RIDGE. 21 They seemed to be in a dozen different places at once, and whenever the redcoats tried to rally, they hurled thenulves upon them with great vigor. The enemy were actually driven out 0 their camp by the daring boys. Then they dashed away as rapidly as they had come, hurrying pell mell to their horses, leaping into the saddle and rushing off into the darkness. • am When the chagrined redcoats returned to the camp the gallant fellows had gone, their retreating• footsteps 1 0 d3ing rapidly away. "Well," laughed Bob, "that was a surprise that was c something like a surprise." "And yet I don't believe the redcoats are satisfied," a said Mark, dryly. )ic ca a g 'a CHAPTER XV. ON THE MOVE AGAIN. The Liberty Boys changed their camp again that morning, so that if th e redcoats tried to retaliate they would not know whare to find them. Willy Wilkins had gone with the boys, not being forbidden to go, although if Dick had thought he would have told the boy to remain in ~mp. "That was great fun," he said, when they returned. : d. "lluch better than the 'other time. We knew they were a coming." g h " hure, an' we knQwed we wor comin' dhis toime, too," said Patsy. -"Off gourse we was knowed we was goming," saicl Carl, with a snort. r "Dhat's phwat Oi said," returned Patsy. "Did you was subbose we was doed somedings und tJ don'd knowed it?" "Well, Oi do be thinkin' yez don't, sometoimes, Cooky :he spiller," with a laugh. ~When I was doed someding and don'd was knowed p it alrettv? [a "Pnwin yez are ashlape." "Gone ouid mit you. I always was knowed what I was no doed." "Phwin yez are ashlape ?" en " hure I doed. I was sleeped mit one eye open." "No wondher yez squint, dhin," roared Patsy. "Shure uc Oi niver knowed phwat made yez have wan eye on Philadelphia an' dhe ither on New York." V "Dot don'd was. Mein eyes was loogked der same way alretty." "Yis, yez are roight, dhey look dhe same now dhat a dhey always tlic1, an' dhat's crueked, be dhe same oken !" ''I shud oub your eYeR oub altogeder off you was talketl lige dot mit me," muttered Carl. "An' phwat wnd Oi be doin' all dhe toime ?" asked Patsv. " budding dem ou b, I bet me ! " laughed Carl. "Do you two fellows ever fight, or do you always have he it out in talk?" laughed Willy. "I guess you've hit it, Willy Wilkins," chuckled Ben. ) "It has been mos tly talk since I've known tliose two :fellows." "Don't yez belave him, willy," said Patsy. "Shure dhe Doot c hman an' mesilf do foight fierce, sometoimes." "I aon't believe it." "Yis, we do; but it's dhe inimy we foight, my bhy," Patsy lau,ghed. "Tliat's only foolin', Patsy," said Willy. "And Patsy does a lot of that," remarked Ben. "Ya, he was ein foolish veller, Batsy was," declared'. Carl. "And I know another just like him," laughed Sam . . "Who he was? I don'd dinks dere could been two-such foolish vellers lige dot unless dey was dwins." "Yes. I'm looking at one now." "Where you was loogked ?" "At you." "Humbug!" answered Carl, walking away. • l The redcoats moved their camp that day, and Dick determined to go after them. The loss of General Lee was greatly felt by the army, but Washington was, nevertheless, doing all he could to strengthen it. Colonel Rahl, with a large body of Hessians and British, was at Trenton, Washington being on the other side of the river. Different bodies of Continentals were scattered through Pennsylvania and the Jerseys and the com mander-in-chief was endeavoring to bring them together. Cornwallis returned to New York, intending to short ly se sail for England. General Howe was enjoying himself in winter quar ters in the city, not supposing the patriots strong enough to do allything. Lee, the Americans' ablest general, as they considered, was a prisoner, and therefore the British had nothing to ear. Washington was by no means inactive, howeevr, and he was shortly to accomplish something which would astonish not only the self-satisfied enemy, but the country at large. Dick Slater possessed all the enthu iasm of the patriot and was never better satisfied than when he was aoing something for his country. He could never remain long inactive. The Liberty Boys shared this feeling. When Dick announced, there.fore, that tii.ey ;ould leave Basking Ridge and go after the enemy, the boys were simply delighted. Camp was broken, therefore, and the boys went on the march. Caution must be exercised not to get too close to the enemy unawares, and so an advance guard always went ahead to look over the ground and to give warning of danger. Dick had not given up the idea of learning the story of Willy Wilkins, but just now it would have to. wait. Willy remained with the Liberty Boys and was thoroughly happy and contented. The gallant youths were all fond oI him, and lie was glad to be with them. \


22 THE LIBERTY BOYS AT BASKING RIDGE. Although but a little fellow, he could make himself CHAPTER XVI. useful in many ways, and did. He helped Patsy get water and wood for the :fires, the jolly Irish boy being the company cook. The enemy had expected to capture Dick. -He worked around the camp, helped with the horses, They were now in a fair way to be captured them WILLY A PRISONER. ran errands for Dick and Bob and others, and was genselves. , erally useful, in fact. Instead of a dozen boys, they found themsclY0 ~ facin One never knew just where to :find him, as he was as a hundred. • .likely to be in one place as another. They turned and fled, the Liberty Boys pursuing them .1For all that, he seemed to be just where he was wanted Whether Willy ' s horse ran away with him or whefoe -:at all times, and his willingness to be of use made the the boy's excitement made him forget himself ; could no boys fonder of him every day. be known at the moment . 1'There isn't a lazy bone in the little rascal," declared At any rate, he went flying after the redcoats, and i Bob, ''and if he worked for Jed Monks as he does for us, a moment he was right among them. I don't wonder that the old scoundrel missed the bov." Then one of them seized his horse's bridle, and Will "He is an exceptional boy," said Dick, "and not ;n orwent on with-them. • dinary poorhouse child, as I have always said." "After them, and get the boy!" cried Dick. "But there ' s no t e lling when we may run across those The Libert:v Boys raced after the British, so as t two schemers again, Dick." rescue Willy Wilkins. "We may meet them sooner than we expect, Bob. " Then a much la.rger party of the enemy came n Dick and a dozen of the Liberty Boys were riding along sight. in the afternoon, when Willy, who was at Dick's side, sud-The fleeing redcoats raised a shout, and the other

THE LIBERTY BOYS AT BA KING RIDGE. 23 "\rhere do the Liberty Boys have their camp?" "Som etimes one place, and sometimes another." • "Where is it now?" "Xowh ere; they haven't made one-they're chasing redroa t s ! " "If youll find it and lead us to it we won't hurt you." 1 "Well, I won't do it!" said Willy, in a decided tone. 1 "Fir s t place, if Dick Slater didn't want you to find it, ) you c ouldn't; and, second place, 1 wouldn't take you to t if I knew where it was!" "We'll hang you, if you don't!" threatened the officer . "Go ahead and hang!" defiantly. "That won't do you ny good-you can't get nothin' out of me when I'm ead.'' "Show us the way and I'll take you to your father and other," persuasively. Willy was wise beyond his ten years. i "You don't know who they are, nor where they live," e d eclared. "You can't take me to them." 'I can ask those who do know, and they will do it for 3r e ?" Willy had learned more about himself than even Dick te pposed. "N o , they won't!" he eaid. "There's money to be ,e lnade out of me by keeping me away, and Jed Monks rnd S neek ain't giving me up!" d. "You don't know what I can do with these people. I ill see that you find your parents if you :find the camp b. f the Liberty Boys and then come and tell us where -IS. "You don't know who my folks are," declared Willy, ' and, if you did, you couldn't hire me to sell out the . iberty B oys." "You little rebel, I'll make you find the camp!" hissed e ot h er, seizing Willy by the throat. Th e boy struck savagely at him, bringing the blood d. squirming out of his grasp, darted away. ome of the redcoats caught and held him . "Don't be afraid," said one. "We won't let him hurt u." ''l ain't afraid, and he's nothin' but a big coward to ia it a l ittle feller like me . I won't sell out the Liberty ys, n o matter what he does." 7 "Pu t him in a tent," said Sir Roderick. "If lie tempts to escape, shoot him!" Willy had forgotten it himself until this moment, but e captain's remark caused him to thinK of a big pistol his coat pocket. At tb e time of the attack on the British camp he ad h e l ped himself fo a pistol and a quantity of amt unition . Since then he had always carried the weapon, although y. e did not always remember it. de H e was now reminded of it, and said to himself: "Th e r e's that pistol of mine-maybe I can use it." crb No one thought to search the boy, and he was put in a ent on the edge of the camp and placed under guard . u' The sentry rather laughed at the idea of keeping guard , ,er a small boy, and did not attend strictly to his uty. "Wait till it gets a l ittle darker and I'll slip away as nice as you like," thought willy. "I hope Dick Slater and tbe boys won't worry." It was growing dark now, the fires were replenishe

THE LIBERTY BOYS AT ~ASKING RIDq,E. Dick signalled to Mark and Ben and the boys with-l They all came together at a safe distance from the camp. "It's my opinion that the boy has been taken away," said Dick. "I couldn't see any signs of him," declared Mark, "and p_erliaps he didn't go there at all." ''I think he did," was Dick 's reply, "but he has been taken away in a chaise. You know Sneek had one when he visited our camp?" "Then all we've got to do is to follow up those two scoundrels and get the boy away from them," declared Ben. There was nothing to do at the moment but return to the camp, however, ifs nothing could be done at the time. Dick determined to ma~e an early start, strike the trail of the two men and follow it up, letting the , redcoats go for the time. "It is not likely that the men will travel all night," said Dick, "and we mu st get upon their track before long." "They will go back the way they have come in, follow ing us, of course," said Bob. "Most likely. 'l'here are not so many traveled roads here that we Cin lose track of them for long," added Dick. In the morning they broke camp, took a detour to avoid the redcoats and pushed on. In a short time they came to a tavern, and here Dick learned that two men and a boy in a chaise had stopped over night and had gone ahead early that morning. Something later he found that the same persons had been seen passing another tavern. Leaving Bob in charge of the Liberty Boys, Dick took Mark and a dozen of the youths and set off in pur suit of Jed and Sneek . They went at a good pace and made rapid progress . At length, from a hilltop, Dick caught sight of a chaise going at a rapid pace, some distance ahead. Taking Mark and bidding the rest to follow at an easy gait, Dick dashed ahead. They lost sight of the chaise at times, and then saw it again. Keeping on at a rapid pace, they finally saw it going up a long, steep hill. "Come on, Mark," said Dick. "We are sure to catch lhem now." Then the boys dashed on at full speed. They reached the bottom of the hill while the chaise was still toiling up. Their horses could make better time, and they raced on, hoping to overtake the fugitives before they reached the top. The chaise got there first, however . When Dick and Mark got to the top, they saw the chaise rattling on at a breakneck pace. "Tliey'll smash something if the y are not careful," muttered Mark. Hardly had the speaker uttered the words when the horse stumbled, fell, rolled over, broke the shafts and npset the chaise . Two men jumped out, one on each side. One of them dove into the woods on the right. 'l'he other set off down the hill at full speed. "Let Monks go, but look out for Willy!" cried Dick . , "I'm after Sneek !" 1 Then he raced Major down the hill after the runaway. Passing the overturned chaise, he saw Willy picking himself out of the wreck. "It's all right, boy-Mark is coming!" he shouted . "Hooray!" shouted Willy. Then Dick dashed on. Sneek reached a bridge, crossed it and dove into the bushes. Reacliing the spot, Dick leaped from Major's back, lef t him stan . ding by the road, and follow . ed the lawyer. The trail was plain and Dick had no frouble in fol lowing it. . . It presently became a regular path and it struck Die that Sneek must have been familiar with the localit and had chosen this spot for leaving the road. He pushed on, caught' sight of the man hurrying along The path, lost him again and then came to an ope s pace, where there was a big patch of ledge rock jus cropping to the surface . It had been swept bare of snow by the wind, and ther was not a single footprint lo be seen. On the further side of the ledge area there were three or four paths, any one of which the fugitive might hav taken. ' Dick examined one after another, but found no foot prints . "It's very singular," he muttered. "The man conk not have taken wings ana flown away." He did find tracks at last, in the bush; but they wen the wrong way. "Some one has been this way lately," he muttere "It must have been before I came along or I would ha , met him." He followed the tracks till they led into one of t h other paths. 'l'hen they suddenly turned, the toe pointing from, i stead of toward, him. "The fellow has been walking Iiackward until h reachrc1 this place," Dick muttered. "Why didn't I thi of it before?" Hurrying on, although he had lost some time, Di came out upon another bare spot, of m uch greater exte than the first . "It's no use.," he muttered. "He's a clever scoundre and has known of this place . It might take me ten min utes to pick up the trail and all tliat time he will going ahead." Iie crossed the bare spot, followed a broad path for hundred yards or more, and in the distance saw a ro and a number of houses . He also saw the royal standard floating above one the houses . "Reclrcats !" he muttered. "That red flag ger sig nal in this case. The fellow is safe."


THE LlBER'rY BOYS AT BASKING RIDGE. 21' .nd ck. Then he retraced his steps rapidly, and at length came ont upon the road, and saw Mark and Willy wafting for him. "H e's gone," said Dick. "I did want to catch him to make •him tell me something about Willy." ''Well, better luck next time, perhaps," said Mark. CHAPTER XVIII WR.AT SNEEK TOLD. The rest of the party now came up, and then the balce of the Liberty Boys, and all pushed on. "There are some redcoats yonder," said Dick, "but I dont know how many there are and whether it will be fe to attack them." They determined to push on, therefore, and reconnoiter as they went ahead. Their road might lead into the other, and it was as well to take things as they found them. n ~fark had l~t J eel Monks go, as lie was not the chief g scoundrel and could probably tell little or nothing about e Willy. 18 The horse had been so badly injured that it was neces-sary to shoot him. iro T hen some man had come along and removed both him and the broken chaise. ee W illy told of how he had contemplated an escape, and ve had been prevented by the inopportune arrival of the two E<:hemers. )t"The redcoats wanted me to find your camp and lead them to it," Willy added. ild "Which you would' not do, of comse," said Dick. "Well, I guess I wouldn't!" testily. n! " W ell, never mind, Willy, we will nnd out who you are yet if we have failed this time.'' id, " I'm Willy Wilkins, ain't 11" v! ' 'No, I think not. Those two W's on your shoulder fit t he name, but it may be something much better lie tlian Willy Wilkins." "Well, I don't mind being called Willy Wilkins, long n • as J ed Monks don't get hold of me and I can be with the Liberty Boys," was Willy's answer. ie W illy did not say any more, but he seemed greatly dis-ik appoi n ted. The boys kept on. . ~k Dick rode ahead and discovered that there was not a n.l my lar ge force of the enemy in town, although tliey made a great deal of show. il, R eturning, he reported what he had learned. 0 • The Liberty Boys now went ahead cautiously until Je they were within a short distance of British headquar--3 They saw a numbe r of redcoats, J;Tiounted and on foot, id in fr ont of the place, and a few more beyond it. Dick gave t:bie word, and the daring boys went flying J f along the road, uttering a ringing cheer. The redcoats fled in hot haste, seeing them corning. a -They gave anothe r cheer as they swept around a turn in the road and then kept on for two or three miles before halting. Tlien, as it was quite noon, and they had been on tlie go since early morning, they concluded to make their camp and take a rest. They made themselves comfortable and, shortly after dinner, Dick disguised himself, took one of the spare horses and set out to look over the land and reconnoiter for enemies. He had ridden some little distance when he saw a quaint old tavern standing among the trees, well back from the road. Riding up to tbe door, he dismounted, gave his horse to a groom and entered. As he entered a man eating his dinner in a corner arose hastily and started to leave. It was Sneek, the lawyer. Dick quickly intercepted the man and said, quietly: "Who is Willy Wilkins?" "I am only an agent," he said. "I have kept the boy hidden for others." "He is the son of some rich man, then?" "Yes.'' "And is supposed to be dead ?1 ' "Yes." "And as long as he is kept out of sight, some one draws an income which would be his 71' "Yes." "What is bis name?" Sneek kept silence. "Are his parents alive r'' "One is." "His father?" "Yes." "Who is he?" "I won't tell you , !" ~narled Sneek. "You can put me in jail, if you like. It won't do you any good. Promise to let me go free and I will tell you." "I will make no com promise," said Dick. "Who is this sleep-walking woman?" "Just a half-crazy woman, the wife of a Tory, who lived in the haunted nouse." "And why did Sir Roderick wfah the law twisted to meet his case?" "He is not Sir Roderick. He is the second son, but is trying to get bold of the estates by fraud." "And so he employs you?" dryly. "He evidently knew your reputation.'' At that moment there came a startling inferruption. Sir Roderick himself and a dozen redcoats entered Uie inn. "Here is Dick Slater, the rebel!" shouted Sneek, springing to his feet. "Arrest him!" Dick drew his pistols and fired a.s the redcoats dashed forward. Then, under cover of the smoke, he daslied out of the nearest window and escaped. There was no time to get his horse, for the redcoa{s were coming out and there were others in the road. Return_ing to the camp, he told Bob and Marl{ what had happened.


26 THE LIBERTY BOYS .AT BASKING RIDGE. That night the boys pushed on, and the next day crossed ~he Delaware, boats for that purpose having been hidden at a place known to Dick. The Liberty Boys joined Washington, opposite Trenton the followin"' dav, and remainea wilh him awaiting ' 0 • orders. On Christmas night the commander-in-chief crossed the Delaware and on the next day surprised and captured Trenton, taking more than one thousand prisoners Colonel Rahl, who was in command, was killed, and the city fell into the hands of the patriots The' Lib'erty Boys made their quarters there, and were well received, there being many patriots in the town Soon after the capture Dick was riding through the town with Bob, Mark, Ben and several others, Willy being with Dick, as he was most of the time. .All at once a handsome, middle-aged gentleman on horseback stopped in front of Dick, looked fix:edly at Willy, and said : "You will pardon my curiosUy, I know, but I would like to ask you who that boy is?" pointing to Willy Dick looked at the gentleman, and started. His resemblance to Willy was most marked. "I will tell you, sir," siid Dick; "but it is a long story." Dick, Bob and Marls: went with the gentleman, Willy going along. They entered a tavern near by, being asked by the gentleman. When they were once seated Dick told what he knew bout Willy. ''The boy has 'W. W.' tattooed on his shoulder?" the gentleman asked. ''Yes." "And the lawyer's name is Sneek?" Dick having pur posely omitted mentioning it. "It is." "Do you see any resemblance between the boy and myself?" "I do--a very strong one." "He is my son. They told me he was dead, but I "\Yill he be good to me?" asked Willy. "Yes." "And he won't lick me?" "No." "Will he let me join the Liberty Boys?" "When you old enough, if the war is not over that-time." "Well, then, I'll go with him, for I think he's i right." They all smiled, and Willy remained with .his fathE J cd :Monks was found and forced to tell what l knew of the case _ . _ Then Sneek was sought for, but he liad commitb suicide. He had left papers, however, which proved Will~ identity completely. The stepbrother of the boy fled and sailed for En land, where he died in misery . Willy remained with his fafhcr and was contented, b Dick kept his promise and took him into the :Giber .Boys

er h e y THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. 2'1 H E LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 NEW YOHK, SEP'l'EMBER 13, 1907. Terms to Subscribers. Slnrte Coples ............................................. . O ne Copy Three nonths . ................. _ . . . ........... . O ne Cop y .Sh: nonths .................................... . One CopJ' One Year ..................................... . Postage Free. H ow To SEND MONEY. .05 Cents .65 $1.2 5 2.50 At our risk send P.O . M oney Order, Check, or Registered Letter; remit tance s in any other way are at your risk. We accept Postage Sta mps the same as cash. When sending silver wrap the coin in a aeparate p iece of paper to a T o i d cutting the envel ope. W,-itc 11our na me and address plainl11. .d.cldress lette,s to Frank Tousey, Publisher, 2-4 Union Sq., New York. FROM EVERYWHERE. On the nintn day of the ninth month, according to the nese calendar, all the Celestials, old and young alike, bek e themselves to the hills behind their towns and amuse emselves by flying kites. But amusement is not the sole son for this ceremony. It comes from an old Chinese legd , and if a Chinaman did not fly his kite on the given day would rest uneasily for the remainder of his life, in fear at misfortune would overtake his family. The legend runs at, many years ago, a certain Chinaman was warned in a rea m that a misfortune would come to his home on a cer n day. Accordingly, on that day, he repaired to an adjant hill and amused himself and his family by flying a kite bile he was waiting f o r the disaster. In the evening, upon turning to the valley in which his house was situated, he und that it had fallen in and buried his pigs beneath it. He d hl:s neighbors joined in thanksgiving for his narrow es pe, and, in memory of the event, every year sees the flight m illi ons of kites in China. A number of years ago a somewhat sensational journalist as making a flying trip around the world for her newspaper. e stopped in San -Francisco. Among other assignments for r brief stay there was a visit to Robert Louis Stevenson, ho was then living in that city. Calling at his home, she told that he was too ill to see anyone that day. She wrote m an appealing little note on the back of her card, explalng that her schedule would not permit her to remain over to h im later, and that as .an interview with him was one of e c h ief objects of breaking her journey in California, she gged for at least two minutes' conversation. Permission granted for her to ascend to his room, and when she saw propped up in bed with pillows, looking pitifully white d frail she was much shocked and regretted her per-ence. For once her usual assurance deserted her and she ood silent and shy before the writer. Stevenson, too, seemed a loss, and after a moment or two of embarrassed silence, ring which his hands were furn bling beneath the countern e he drew forth an unfinished woollen stocking, and bening feverishly to push the steel needles in and out, he ed: "Do you knit?" "No," answered the reporter, and ancing a.t the mantel clock, she realized with chagrin that e i nterview was ended. A cur ious feature of the great tournament of arms which k place the other day at the Tuilleries, in Paris, was the tol-dueling . Formerly a sham duel could be fought only th the sword, in which case it differed little in appearance m th e r eal contest. With firearms it seemed impossible to ve a t any exact simulatio n, and all that could be done was plac e the combatants opposite silhouettes representing the my. Under these conditions the combatant did not see the ol aime d at him and could not be struck by the hostile let. Now, the b ullets have been rendered harmless-llke the swords. This is accomplished by means of a fake car-tridge, .. the invention of Dr. Devillers. It is surmounted by a wax bullet and feebly charged with an expl o sive composition. the force of this charge and the weight of the bullet being s o regulated that the latter cannot pass beyond a circle twenty centimetres in diameter. The bullet is a s oft mixture of wax,. tal1ow and sulphate of baryta, and weighs three-quarters of a. gram. At twenty metres Its shock is Insignificant, but clearly perceptible. It is entirely harmless unless it strikes the faceor the nak~d hand, and the combatant having taken care to, protect his face and hand can enter the pistol-duel with perfect safety. Yet the combat looks as real as that of the sword. Perhaps nowhere in the world is family affection stronger than among the Chinese, yet their method of dealing with th& sick is pitiable to the more enlightened world. When a favorite son falls ill, his life depends largely upon a package of little brown joss-sticks. The grieving father seeks a joss-house .. procures a handful of these sticks and, taking them home .. lights them. He shakes them gently. Soon one falls. Is it lighted? Eagerly the father watches it. Will it burn to the end, or go out? If it is entirely consumed, the son will survive; if it goes out, he will die. It goes out! The Chinaman reasons thus: His son was chased by a devil, and when the devil touched him he became ill. The devil demonstrated, by means of the joss-stick!:!, that his son must die! Had the joss-sticks burned to the end, it would have signified the future rec.overy of the patient. Joss-men would have been called in, a most fearful din would have followed, and the devil and all his lower imps would have been driven away. A dead body is left in the streets until it becomes putrefied. Around it play little naked babies and dogs. At the end of five or six days the body is placed in a heavy coffin and carried away by four coolies. H APt'Y MOMENTS. "What's become of your umbrella?" "I loaned it to Tompkins. " "Why doesn ' t he return it?" "The owner caught him with it and demanded it." "Are Mrs. West's entertainments very exclusive?" "Well, I should say so; she intends to make appllcation to have the conversation of her guests copyrighted." Mr. Gillis-Surely, Miss Gray, you have not forgotten me already? Why, I proposed to you at the seashore last summer. Miss Gray (much puzzled)-Can't you recall some other incident? Cassidy-Shtop kickin' about yer hard luck, man! Some mornin' ye'll wake up an' find yersel' famous. Casey-Faith, Oi'll bet ye whin that mornin' comes 'twill be me luck to overslape mesel'. "You didn't print my hailstone story?" "Nix." "And why not?" "Hailstone stories must be accompanied by a reasonable number of hens' eggs-not necessarily for publication, but merely as a guarantee of good faith. " "You must have been dreaming of some one proposing to you last night, Laura." "How ls that?" "Why, I heard yoa for a whole quarter of an hour crying out, 'Yes!'" A postmaster, not many miles from Billville, posted the following notice on his shutter recently: "All parties expectln• mail are hereby notified to git all that' s comin' to 'em in advance-any time before next Thursday, that bein' the day we have app'inted to go huntin'-not havin' had a holiday from the Government since July 4, and the said Government seemin' to forget that bein' only human, we need rest and recreation occasionally. There' s some little mail here for the Joneses and the Tompkinses-but it don't amount to much, as it's all got one-cent stamps on it. There ain't nothin' much in the business, nohow!"


ti THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. UNDER FALSE COLORS; on, A PLUCKY NEW YORK BOY IN MEXICO. By COL. RALPH FENTON. The September sun was declining in the west of Matamoras and shed an effulgent glow of rich, golden glory upon the hacienda of Don Ramon Durango, the richest and jolliest Mexican in the province of •ramaullpas. He sat within the portico of his rural dwelling, that stood a mile back from the city, clad in a suit of white duck, puffing a fragrant cigarette, and thoughtfully stroking his long, gray beard. In front of him there stood a well-dressed man, with a dark mustache, black eyes and hair, and a most eager manner of speaking, one of his arms in a sling and his hand tightly bandaged. "It is nearly a week ago since my horse ran away in front of your house, flung me to the ground, and left me senseless with a sprained arm, to become a burden upon your hospitality," he was saying, "and now that I am so much better, thanks to your kind care, I must resume my journey to Matamoras to-morrow." "Carramba, senor, you need not hurry," replied the kind old hidalgo. "My home is welcome to any one who meets with so distressing an accident as that which befell you, Mr. Rackstraw." "But the business which calls me to Matamoras is important," said the man, with some hesitancy. "You see I am in love with a girl--" "Ha, ha, ha! Just as I suspected!" laughed Don Ramon, with a very knowing wink at the other, for he was a great admirer of ladies himself, when he was a young man, and, indeed, was very partial to the fair sex yet. "The trouble is, though," said Mr. Rackstraw, in embarassed tones, "the parents of the young lady object to our union, for they wish to see her married to a person of greater wealth, better family and higher social position than mine." "El demonio, I can scarcely blame them," said Durango, becoming serious for a moment, "for I have just such high aspirations for my own daughter Juanita. Yet I cannot blame you for loving a girl of your choice." "Then you can understand my position, sir," said Rackstraw. "You look like a man of courage!" remarked the old Mexican, as a mischievous twinkle began to gleam in his eyes, "and I should think you would take the law into your own hands if you love the senorita very much." "How do you mean?" queried Mr. Rackstraw, with a puzzled look. "Why, compadre! Elope with her, of course!" laughed Don Ramon. "Just the plan!" cried Rackstraw, brightening up. "I like tlte suggestion." . 1 "I had to do it to win my own wife," chuckled the Mexican. "Hush! Here comes your daughter, sir," interposed Rackstraw, warningly. A beautiful girl of seventeen approached them, with ravishIng black eyes, her dark hair covered with a lace mantilla and a smile upon her dusky features, and she said in a softly modulated voice: "Pardon me for interrupting your conversation, senors, ]mt I wish to know where my brother Pedro is, with his friend from New York?" .,, "They have, as usual, gone hunting in the woods, daughter,,, replied Don Ramon, in tender tones, as he glanced with great pride at his lovely child and noted the petulant look of disappointment that crossed her face. 114_r. Rackstraw bent a flashing glance upon the girl that was very singular for a person who pretended to love somebody else, and UPQ.n seeing her evident disappointment, he 11cowled for a moment, and then assuming a sweet, insinuating look, he hastily said: I "Do not look so sad, senorita. If you so desire and I have your father's consent, I will gladly escort you to meet them, as they will soon be returning. What say you, Don Ramon?'' The old gentleman smiled, nodded and said politely: "It is kind of you to offer, I am sure. Juanita, you may go." A flush suffused the girl's face as she accepted Rackstraw's uninjured arm, and they walked away towards the woods together. The moment they were beyond earshot of Don Ramon a change came over Mr. Rackstraw's face, and he exclaimed in low tones: "It is useless for me to attempt to plead with your father, Juanita. He would -never consent to our marriage. He intends to marry you to some person who wt>Uld bring you riches, exalted position and grandeur." "Then you have broached the subject to him?" faltered the girl, for during the stranger's brief sojourn they had become fascinated with each other, and the girl whom Rackstraw mentioned to the Don was really burango's own daughter. "I have," said the man, with a frown, "and he says he wishes to marry you off to some man for whom you may not care, whom you detest, and--" "Never!" passionately cried the Mexican girl, her eyes flashing fire. "l shall never link my life with one to whom my affection cannot turn." "Then there is but one remedy," softly said Mr. Rackstraw, with a meaning smile of triumph at the indignation he aroused in the girl. "To our union he would never consent, depend upon it, for he wants you to wed one of your own race. He knows I am in love, but who the lady is he is not aware, and he himself just advised me to elope with her, as her parents would object--" "Yes, while in the court-yard I heard him tell you so," said Juanita. "It now remains for you, then, to follow your father's suggestion by going away with me to-night at the hour of twelvP , when I shall meet you in the garden. Choose-go with m e or remain and marry one you may hate." "I shall fly with you!" she whispered, after a moment's 1 thought. The sardonic look upon his sallow face intensified, and h e nodded and rapidly arranged a plan of action when they reached the woods. But hardly had they entered the dense shadows of the trees " when two rough, uncouth-looking men, in dirty, patched clothing, sprang in front of them from the bushes, cans! the girl to cry out with alarm and recoil. "Well?" demanded the foremost of the ruffianly-loo ki fellows. "How much longer are yer a -goin ter keep us a-hang. in' aroun' here a-waitin' fer yer ter make up yer mind t e make action, anyway?" "Fool!" hissed Mr. Rackstraw, with a scowl. "Silence! I was about to seek you! Meet me at eleven to-night at this " f.pot, when all will be ready." "No foolln' neither," snarled the other rascal. "We're tired o' waitin'." "Begone, you hounds, and be prepared Rackstraw, and in his rage he shook the posed to be Injured at them. The fact was, however, his arm was never hurt, but he h resorted to that trick to gain admittance to Don Ramon' household. Both men slunk away and disappeared in the bushes grow ingly, and the frightened girl turned to her lover a nd askei tremblingly: "Who are those men? They were very familiar with you. "I have employed them in anticipation of our escape to aid us," the man replied, as he recalled to mind the part was playing with his supposedly injured arm, and hastily turned it to the sling. Before the girl could question him any further tw o boYI came through the woods toward them, attired in outing tumes and hats, carrying the carcass of a fine deer betweea them on a litter made of their rifles.


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF "76. 29 One was a slender, dark-complexioned boy, the brother of ! ta, and the other his schoolmate, Tom Harland, a bright York boy of eighteen, who had come to Mexico to spend month with his school chum. { Young Harland was a well-built fellow with blue eyes, light air, a nd muscles of iron-of a frank, honest nature, and as old a s a lion. He d id not like Mr. Rackstraw, and mereiy gave him a cold, tant bow when they met, but he bent his happiest smile ll()n Juanita. They entered the house, and delighted Don Ramon with the ult of their day's sport, and when they were alone toether, Tom exclaimed: • r dpn't like that Rackstraw somehow, Pedro, for he is a reacherous-looking fellow, and seems to have fascinated your s tet wonderfully." " Nor do I fancy him," replied the Mexican boy, frowningly. ru be glad when he takes his departure." By ten o'clock all the inmates of the house were in bed save wmita and Mr. Rackstraw. The latter indivi dual left his apartment an hour afterwards, d , stealing out to the woods, he met the two rough-looking dlviduals, and held a low-toned conversation with them, at e conclusion of which he handed them the keys of Don mon's stable. A n hour afterwards the trembling girl met him in the court rd, and they hastened out together and joined the two men ong the bushes. o Juanita's amazement she saw that the rascals had taken ry one of the dozen horses belonging to her father. Why have they done this?" she asked. "We do not need I these animals. " No," softly said the man, "but if we take them all away re wm be none left for your father or his people to mount d pursue us." 'Hark!" exclaimed Mr. Rackstraw, holding up his hand. rho's coming?" It's one of my father's negroes. Our flight is discovered!" ped the girl. Wait! I'll fix him!" muttered Rackstraw. e sprang through the bushes with a revolver in his hand, a moment later confronted a, negro with it. ;;pare me!" implored the black in terrified tones. l'lJnder one condition--obey me." I will." Take this note and carry it to your master." e handed a sheet of. paper to the negro, who fled toward • house, and rushing back to tb-e horses, Rackstraw got his ty mounted, and they sped away through the moonlight. ard the woods. When the negro got back to the house his cries aroused ?.ry one, and when Don Ramon came out he handed him 1ckstraw's note. rh.e old gentleman opened it out and read aloud to the rest: 'Don Ramon-I have taken your advice and eloped with • lady of my choice. Pardon my deceit, for she was your n daughter, Juanita. It is useless to pursue us, for I have your horses too. RACKSTRA W." cry of anger escaped Don Ramon. 'After the scoundrel!" he cried, frantically. "He is a horseef-a rascal. My daughter-1--oh, hep.vens!" e was so overcome that he fainted. My sister! " hoarsely cried Pedro, whose face was deathly e. 'It remains for us to rescue her!" exclaimed Tom, angrily. rm yourself, Pedro, and we will pursue that scoundrel. r distrust of him was well founded. He had an evil eye." rhe two boys rushed from the house and soon found the 1 il of the horses, which they pursued into the gloomy woods. ll:ile after mile was passed over, until at last they came to • lace where there must have been a stampede of animals, their tracks suddenly scattered and went off in all direc ns. t was evident that something serious had occurred here, the boys were wondering what it was, when they heard a terrible roar on the other side of a pool near which they stood. Parting the shrubbery the boys glanced across the water, and on the other side beheld a huge leopard standing under a tree, glaring at them and uttering the cries that startled them. "Look over there! It's a leopard!" suddenly sai.d'"Tom, grasping his friend's arm in great excitement. "The moon-•' light is falling straight down on him." The spotted beast had just emerged from some thick u11derwood and was evidently aware of the presence of the two boys, as it was glaring full at them with dilated eyeballs, and slowly waving its tail defiantly from side to side, while growl ing In a subdued monotone. "What a fine shot!" muttered Pedro. "And It probably caused the stampede of the horses," re plied Tom, and promptly dropping down on one knee, he aimed and fired at the beast. True to its mark sped the ball, penetrating the leopard's body, when a terrible cry escaped it, and it sped swiftly away into the bushes. "Follow me!" cried Tom, and ran around the pool after it. They had scarcely reached the other side, when he heard a fearful shriek in the tones of Juanita, and with his blood running cold he plunged into the thicket and burst through. into a large clearing. There stood the girl tied to a tree, and Mr. Rackstraw, with a dagger In his hand, creeping toward her, while he yelled: "If I'm to die from the treachery of my men, you must perish too! I truly loved you, and no one can have you if 1 can't, by heavens!" These words had scarcely escaped his lips, when the leopard sprang upon him. He uttered a yell of horror and fell over, madly fighting the brute to save his life. Tom came to a pause, and aiming at the beast, he fired again, and the leopard bounded up into the air and fell to tTie ground lifeless. The boy hastened to Rack!::traw's side, but when he arrived there the man was a corpse. He cut the pale and trembling girl free, and asked her In amazed tones: "In Heaven's name, what does all this mean, Juanitar "Forgive me!" she sobbed, in broken tones. "I thought I loved this man, apd consented to elope and get married at Matamoras. We fled. I then discovered that the wretch was a noted horse-thief, and had robbed my father's stable. ff turned me against him, and I protested to go home, but he refused. When near here he quarreled with his men, and -one of them shot him in a flt of rage. Just then that leopard attacked us, frightened the horses, and some of them ran away. Tl}e two villains fled with the remaining horses, and I tried to go too, when Rackstraw bound me to that tree, and in his frenzy and delirium was going to kill me when you appeared," , Pedro now joined them and heard his foolish sister's story, but he was so glad to find her uninjured he could not reproach her, and they returned home. , Don Ramon gladly forgave his daughter, for she was an innocent, impetuous girl, and therefore an easy victim of the cu;:~!;ald~;if:! i~1!:c~:~:: ~ame back of their own accord, but Bill and Jim got safely away with the rest, and never were hea.rd from again. Tom Harland secured the skin of the leopard, and found that it was one of the largest of its kind ever shot in Mexico, and having concluded his visit, he returned to New York with Pedro to finish his education. Since then the two boys embarked successfully in busi ness, and Tom married Juanita, as they discovered a bond or true affection between themselves, and two happier people than they can scarcely be found. As for Pedro and the Don, they still remain at the hacienda, but are more careful of whom they take into their homes, as they can never forget how Rackstraw deceived them in the past.


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I,lberty Boys Out With Herkimer; or, Fighting t h e Dattle of Orlllkan . 293 The Liberty oys and 1\1011 Pitcher; o r , The Brave Woman Gun-ner. 294 'l.'h e Liberty Boys' Bold Dash; or, The Skirmish at Peekskill Bay. 2U5 The Liberty Boys and Ro chambeau; or. Fhd•t ing with l'rench All ies. 2U6 The Liberty Boys at Staten I s land; or, Spying Upon the British. 297 The Libe rty Boys With l'utnam• ; or, Good Work in the Nutmeg State. 2!J8 The Liberty Boys' Revenge; or, Punishin~ the TodPs. 299 The Libert , y Boy s at DnnderbPrg; or, The Fall of t h e l-lighlanrl Forts. 300 The Liberty Boys with Wayne; or, Daring Deeds at Stony Point. 30 1 The Liberty Boys as Cavalry Scouts; or, The C harge uf II ashington's Brigade . 302 The , .. rty Boys o n Island 6: or. The Patriot of the Delaware. 303 The Liberty Boys Gallant Stand; or. R o unding up the lle dcoats. :JO.Jc The I,iberty Roy s Outflanked: o r , The Rattl e of Fort '.\'limln . 305 The Liberty Boys' Hot Fight; or. Cutting Their "ay to J.'re e rlom. 306 The Liberty Boys' Kight Attack; or, Fighting the Johnson Greens . 307 ""he Liberty Boys and Brave Jane :M'C rea; or, After the Spy of Hubbardton. ROS The Lihe1t) Bo;s at Wetzel l's Mill : or, C h ea tPd by the Rritish. 309 The Liberty Boys With Danie l Boone; or, The Battle of Blue Licks. 310 The Liberty Boys' Girl Allies; or. The Patriot Sisters of '76. 311 The Liberty Boys Hot Rally; or. Changing Defeat into Victory. il12 The Liberty Roys Disappointed; o r , Houte d by tile R e dcoats. 313 'l.'h e Liberty Boys Narrow Escape; or, Getting out of :S.ew York. 314 The Liberty Boys at Sag Harbor; or, The Liveliest Day un Record 325 'l'he Libe rty Boys i n lllanhattan; o r , Keeping Their Eyes on ~ir Henry. 326 The Liberty Boys' Defence: or. The Light on Bottle Iliil. 327 The Liberty Boys after Simon Girty: o r , Chasing a Renegade. :.!28 The Liberty Doys Wit h General Stark; or, llelping the Green Mountain Boys. 329 The Libc .rty Boys' at Kingston; or, The l\lan with the Sil,er Bullet. 330 The Lib rty Boys Best Effort: or, Winning a Stubborn Fight. 331 Tile Liberty Boys at Fort Clinton; or, Fighting on Land and \\"ate,. 332 The Liberty Boys o n the Ohio; or, After the Redskins. 333 The Libe rty Boys Double Hescue: o r. After the Tory Kidnappers. 33-1 The Liberty Boys Silent March ; or, Tile Retreat from ' J'i coudet-oga. 335 The Liberty Boys Fighting Ferguson; o r , L eague d With Stran;:e Allies. 336 The Liberty Boys and the Seven S couts; o r , Driving Ont the Skinners. 337 The Liberty Boys Winning Yolley; or, Fighting Along the :l.iohawk. 338 The Liberty Boys and the Hessian Giant; or, The Battle of Lake C hamplain. 339 The Liberty Boys lliidnight Sorti e ; or, Within an Inch of Capture. 340 The Liberty Boys on L ong Island; o r , R epulsing the Whaleboat Raiders. 341 The Liberty Boys Secret Enemy: or, Exposing t h e Gunpowder Plot. 342 The Liberty Boys on the Firing Line; or, Chasing the H oyal Greens. 343 The Liberty Boys and Sergeant Jasper; or, The Engagement at Charleston Harbor. 3-14 The Libe rty Roys With )Ie r ce r ' s Riflemen; or, Holding the Red coats at Bay. 345 The Liberty Bors After Logan; or, The Haid of the Mingo Indians. 346 T h e Liberty Boys o n Special Duty; or, Out \Yith Marion's Swamp Foxes. 347 The Liberty Roys and the French Spy; or, The Battle of H obkirk's IIIII. 348 The Liberty Boys at Reedy l•'ork; or, Keeping the British Puzzled. 1115 The Liberty 1116 'l.' h e Liberty 317 The Liberty Boys in Danger; or. W arned in the Ki c k of T : me. Roys Failure: or. T rying to Catch a Traitot. Boys at Fort H erkimer: or, Out Against the Red-349 The Liberty Boys and ''Captain Jac k'' : or, Learning the E ~my's l'lans. skins. 318 The Liberty Boys' Dark Day: or, In the Face of Defeat. 3U) The liberty Roys at Quaker Hill: or, Live ly Times in Little Rho d e I s land . 350 The Liberty Boys at Rasking Ridge : or. The Loss o~ Genera ee. 320 321 322 323 324 The Liberty The Liberty The Liberty thin g. The Liberty erals. The Liberty Boys Fierce Charge: or, Driving Out the Tories. Roys' H idde n Foe: or. "'orking in the Dark. Boys Run of Luck; or, Makin g the Rest of Every-Boys' Combination; or, Out "'ith Three Great Ge nBoys at Snnbury ; or, A Hard Illow to Bear. For sale by all n ewsdealers, or will be sent to any address on receipt of price, 5 cents per copy, in money or postage stamps, by FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, !l. Y. 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