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No. 358. J. s ued Weelcly-By Subscription , 2 . 5 0 p,r year. NEW YORK, NOVEMBER 8, 1907. Price 5 Cents. of flames . The Indians were carrying away Mercy and her brother as One of the-redskins brandished a tomahawk over the boy's head. At once Dick fired, sending the weapon flying.


THE LmERTY BOYS OF '76 A Weekly Magaz in e . Contain ing Storie s o f the Americ a n Rev o l u tion Issued Weekly-By ,f{ubscription $2.50 per 11ear. J!Jntered according to A ct of Congress. in the year I!JOZ, in the o(!ice of the Librarian of Cong1ess, Washington, D. C., by Frank Tousey, Publisher, 24 Union Square, ivew York. No. 358. NEW YORK, NOVEMBER 8, 1907. PRICE 5 CENTS. CHAPTER I. DICK SLATI-:R AND THE SETTLER'S CHILDREN. I It was the month of September of the year 1777. General Burgoyne, with a large army of British . , Hes -sians, Indians and Loyalists, was preparing to attack Gen eral Gates in the Saratoga district on the west bank of the Hudson. With Gates were Arnold, Kosciusko and many leaders noted in the regular and militia service. Hurrying toward the Saratoga district from the neigh borhood of Fort Edward, on the upper Hudson, was a band of one hundre ' d patriot youths, known as the Liberty Boys. They had been ghting in th.e cause of American inde pendence for upward of a year, and had displayed the greatest bravery . Dick Slater, their captain, was a noted scout and spy, who enjoyed the confidence of Washington himself. He had been employed on many a secret mission by the commander-in chief a:gd had always given satisfaction. Bob Estabrook, his first lieuteD1Lnt, was his closest friend, brave to boldness and universally liked by the Lib erty Boys. Mark Morrison, the second lieutenant, was one of the bravest of the boys, and was trusted by Dick next to Bob himself. Dick Slater was in love with Bob Estabrook's sister Alice, and Dick's sister was Bob's sweetheart~ so that the two were like brothers. 'l'he Liberty Boys were on the east bank of the Hudson, occupying a temporary camp. , Indians were reported to be about, and Dick was keep ing a sharp lookout for them. Large numbers of Canadian Indians had come to join Burgoyne, but many of the Six Nations had also gathered under the British banner. The Oneidas remained loyal to the patriots; but the Mohawks, Senecas, Onondagas and other tribes were warring against them. The Ottawas and Oneidas were bitter foes, and it was likely that there would be many bloody ghts when the two met. Mounted on a magnificent, coal-black .Arabian, and ac- • companied by Bob Estabrook and three or four Liberty Boys, also well mounted, Dick sett off one afternoon to reconnoitre. Riding l eisurely through the forest not far from the noble river, the boys presently came upon a log cabin in a little clearing. A boy and a girl were sitting on the doorstep. They arose as the Liberty Boys approached, and came forward. "Are you soldiers?" asked the boy, as he approached. "We are some of the Liberty Boys," was Dick's reply. "And you fight redcoats and Hessians and Tories, just like the men?" "Yes," with a smile. "You are the captain?" "Yes, and this is Bob Estabrook, my first lieutenant . These are Ben Spurlock, Harry Thurber, Sam Sanderson,.. Harry Judson and Will Freeman." "My name is Edmund Warner, though they generallY' call me Bud, and this is my sister, Mercy." "We are pleased to see you," and the boys tipped thei.r-' "And your soldiers are all boys?" asked Bud. "Yes; every one of us." "How many of you are there?" "There should be a hundred, but we have lately lost one or two." "Killed?" in an awed tone . "Yes," simply. "They gave their lives for their coun-try, as we are all ready to do, if necessary." "And you always have a hundred boys?" "Nearly always." . "Am I big enough? I'm fifteen." "Yes, quite. You are well built and you look strong_ Do you wish to join the Liberty Boys?" "Yes, if I can," eagerly. "What :p.ave I got to do?" "Get the consent of your parents, in the first place." "Yes, of course." "Take the oath of allegiance in the next place." "Oh, I'll do that. I'm a good patriot, and so is sister." ' "Then you must be of sound body and mind, good' moral character, and know how to shoot, ride a horse, , swim, run and all those things, and to do what you are told." "Well, I guess I can do all those things fairly w!:lll." "You will be taught to do them better, if you are willing to learn." "We can both shoot pretty well," said Mercy. "Father-taught us. Dud can swim and rm~ and ride, and do all' those things. I can swim myself." "Where is your father?" asked Dick. "Gone down the river to get some supplies. Mother has gone with him to see the neighbors and try and get some yarn to weave. " "We're taking care of the cabin while they're gone," added Bud. "Don't go far trom it, then. I have not seen any, but I am afraid that there are Indians about."


2 THE LIBERTY BOYS' WAR TRAIL. "Indians?" echoed Mercy, losing color. "Are you sure?" "No, I am not sure; but I am, raid that there are some in tne neighborhood. They are coming to join Burgoyne." "Aren't the British satisfied with fighting us them selves, without employing Indians?" "It seems not, and all the lawless fellows they can pick up, besides, renegades from the Mohawk Valley, refugees, adventurers, hireling Hessians. These make up the in vading army." "It is outrageous ! It is bad enough to hire Hessians to kill us, but to get the Indian s-that is dreadful!" "Burgoyne will one day feel the effect of it," said Dick. "He' really strengthens our cause by it, for many are turning patriots who were lukewarm before." "That's so," said Bud. "I h."!low it makes me mader'n -ever, .and I always was a good patriot." "Then you have seen no Indians?" "No." "Well, I hope you won't. I will sec you again, Bud, when your fathoc comes home. Meanwhile we must recon noitre farther. Goodbye!" The boys tipped their hats, and rode away. '"rhat was a very pretty girl," said B,e n Spurlock, who was one of the livelie s t and jolliest of the Liberty Boys. "Her brother is just the sort for us," added Harry Thurber. "So he is," observed Bob, "and, Dick, we' ll take him, if his father do0s not object." They had gone some little distance, when they sudden ly heard the sounds of guns and of shouts and yells behind them. "Jove! The redskins are at work!" cried Bob. "Back with us, there is no time to lose!" gasped Dick. At ohce the boys wheeled their horses and dashed back over the road they had jus t come. As they rode on in haste, they smelled smoke. "I bet the redskins are setting fire to -Mercy's home," -said Dick. On they dashed, dismounting as they reached a ledge of rocks on the edge of the clearing. . They rushed to the top of the rocks, and beheld a start ling sight. The cabin was a mass of flames. . The Indians were carrying away Mercy and her brother as Dick appeared. One of the redskins brandished a tomahawk over the boy's head. At once Dick fired, sending the weapon flying. CHAPTER TI. ON THE WAR TRAIL. Echoing Dick Slater's shot, the muskets of the half •dozen Liberty Boys now rang out. Crack-crack-crack ! Several of the Indians received serious wounds, the boys firing rapidly and using their pistols when their mus kets were discharged . There were more o.f the redskins than there were of the boys. The latter fired so rapidly that they seemed to-be twice ' as many as they were. "Down with the redskins!" shouted Dick, dashing down the ledge. Bob quickly followed and cut true cords that bound :Bud's arms. Harry ThltI'ber was right behind him, and picked up the fallen tomahawk. Ben and Will knocked down the redskins who were holding Mercy, and quickly released her. Crack-crack-crack! A new party of Liberty Boys, nine or ten in number, now eame up. They opened fire upon the astonished redskins with a will. The Indians were outnumbered, and beat a hasty Te-treat. Some of them carried long rifles. These returned the fire of the boys as they ran. Then such a heavy fire was sent after them that they lost no time in getting to cover. "We heard the firing, suspected you were in trouble and hurried on as fast as we could," said the leader of the newcomers. This was Mark Morrison, the second lieutenant. "I doubt if we can put out the fire/' said Dick; "but let us try, at any rate." The cabin was wrapped in flames within and without, however, and it was impossible to sa\re it. Nothing could be gotten out of it, either, as it would have been:-death to have entered that fumace of living fire. "It's too bad," said Bud. "We had just got the cabin comfortable and were beginning to enjoy it, when along came these miserable redskins." "The Liberty Boys will go on the war trail against them and drive them out," declared Dick. "They ought to be hunted down, the red scoundrels," sputtered Bob, "and the rnscally redcoats who employ them, also!" "And I'll help you do it," muttered Bud. "I am more anxious than ever to be a Liberty Boy now, so that I can punish these enemies of my country." The sound of firing was heard again. "Down the river!" said Dick. "The scoundrels hav . e come upon the settler and his wife! Quick, boys!" Some mounted and some on foot, the plucky fellows dashed off down the river. In a short time they came out upon the bank. A party of redskins were firing upon a boat contain ing two persons out in midstream . The latter were firing , at intervals, but keeping out of harm's wav. Several of the redskins now attempted to swim out to the boat. The Liberty Boys never neglected to keep their muskets and pistols loaded .


THE LIBERTY BOYS' WAR TRAIL. 3 They were ready for the redskins now, and opened fire upon them with vigor. Two or three of the swimmers suddenly sank. They did not come up again, and the others turned and swam down stxeam with swift strokes. Some of those on the bank suddenly plunged into the water and were carried unresistingly down stream. The redskins quickly realized that the Liberty Boys were on the war trail, and :fled in hot haste. A galling fire was sent after them, and many failed to escape. Then Dick stepped out oii the bank, and shouted: "Hello ! It :is safe :for you to come ashore now !" "That's :father and mother," said Bud. "It's too bad that they have no cabin to go to." "We'll have to look out :for them till your :father can begin building again," was Dick's reply. The settler now directed his boat :in to shore and pres ently recognized his two children, Mercy having come on with one o:f the horses. "Hello, Bud, what takes you away from the cabin?" the settler asked. "There 'isn't any cabin any more, :father." "Say you so? Have the Indians then--" <(There's nothing left of it. Mercy and I would have been carried away, too, but for Captain Slater a.nd some o:f the Liberty ' Boys." "I am deeply grateful to you, sir," said the settlerrnodding to Dick. "It is bad enough to lose my cabin, but to lose my children also would have been too much." "How did it happen, Bud?" asked the mother. "Captain Slater and some of the Liberty Boys had been talking to us and had not been gone lQIIlg w~en sjster saw , four or five Indians gliding among the trees. "We rushed in and shut the doors, and I got down the extra ri:fle and opened fire on the reds as they came dashing up. "They fired and threw tomahawks and tihen, there being so many, they broke in, fired the cabin, inside and out, and carried us off." "And then Captain Slater came back," said Mercy, "and opened fire on them and got us away." "And now we are on the war trail against the red scoundrels and against the redcoats who employ them," said Dick, earnestly. "And i:he cabin is destroyed?" the settler asked. "Completely." 1 "And I had no idea that there were Indians about." "They have only now appeared, although I have heard that they were coming." "What are we going to do, Martin?" asked the woman. "Do, for what?" "Why, for a hof.e." "Build again, wife," cheerfully. "We are fortunate to have our children." "Meantime," said Dick, "you must remain with the , Liberty Boys. We can make you very comfortable for the night, and for as long as you care to stay." "And, father,"' said Bob, "the Liberty Boys fight the Indians and the British, the Hessians and all the enemies of our country." "Yes, I have heard of them. 'l'hey are brave boys, and are doing a noble work." "I know it, and I want to join them. May I? I couldn't go into the army, I know; but these are all boys, and they are doing splendid work for independence." ' " And you want to join them?" "Yes, sir." "Suppose I should say I did not want you to?" "Then I wouldn't, that's all," said Bud, quietly. "It is a dangerous business." "So it is, exciting." "But you might be killed, my son." "I might have been killed this afternoon, but I wasrtt. Captain Slater looked out for that." "And you wo, uld leave your home to go and fight for your country, Bud? " "If you let me, father; but I would come back some time." "What do you say, Captain?" asked Warner: "Will you take him and make a soldier of him?" "With your permission, yer, sir, and gladly. I fhink he would be a credit to us." "But Mercy won't have any companion." "I wouldn't hold him back a minute,"' said the girl. "He wants to go, :w.d he ought to, if Captain Slater will take him. I shall be prouder. of him than ever if he does." "I guess it's settled, then Captain. What do you say, motlier?" . "If he wants to sene his country, I would not hold him back for anything. It's a noble cause and I am proud that a son of mine should be ready to engage in it." "Then it is settled," said Dick. "And now, if you will secure the boat somewhere, so that the Indians will not find it, we will go to camp." The boat being hidden, they all started for the camp, which they reached in half an hour. CHAPTER III. TRICKING THE REDSKINS. When Dick Slater and his party, with the settler and his family, arrived at the camp, they weire heartily re ceived by the rest of the Liberty Boys. "Shure an' Oi do be thinkin' you do be havin' some foine fun, be dhe sound av t'ings," said a jolly looking Irish boy. This was Patsy Brannigan. "We had a brush with some Indians," returned Dick. "Injuns, is it? Oi didn't know dhat dhere wor anny around, begbry-ah !" "I don'd was lige me dose Inchuns," said a fat German boy, weighing two hundred pounds. His name was Carl Gookenspieler, and he and Patsy were great friends and inseparable companions. "Shure an' yez don't like dhim anny betther dhan dherist av us, Cookyspiller," said Patsy. "No, sir, I bet me, I don'c1."


4 THE LIBERTY BOYS' WAR TRAIL. "Dhere wor ridcoats, an' Tories, an' Ressia;ns, an' dhey "Who goes there?" challenged Harry, throwing his do all be bad enuft; but dhe Injuns do be dhe worst av dhe piece to position. fot." At the same time he sprang behind a tree. "Dese Inchuns was fighted mit dem bow-arrows and "Me friend; me good man," came the answer in gut-tommyhooks and skulping knifes and all dose t'ings, und tural tones, I dorr'd lige me dot." "An Indian, as I suspected. Good man, eh? Hardly• "Shure and yez don't be dhe only wan." lik;ely, though some of them are good." "Veil, subbose I don'd was? What der madder mit you The footsteps came on. was, anyhow , ? Don'd I was go, ~ some right to not lige dot, Suddenly the fire blazed up, and showed an. Indian in .ain't it? Who you was, anyhow?" full war paint. "Oi'm Gineral Patsy Brannigan,'' "Who are you?" asked Harry. "What do you want?" "Ya, you was ein sheneral, I bet me-ein sheneral nuis-"Me good Injuns; me Oneida; me come to help white ce !" And then all the boys laughed. boy braves kill long lmife Engleesh." Patsy said nothing, but we.nt off to get supper, being "You're au Oneida, are you?" "Ugh'" t he company cook, and a good one, while Dick related his adventures to those who had remained in camp . "The!\ why do you wear the Ottawa paint and .After supper, which they all enjoyed, Bud Warner was plumes?" ~xamined as to his qualifications, and proved a satisfactory "So bad Injun not know. Me fool bad Injun." candidate. Harry had meanwhile signalled to the boys nearest him, Mercy was greatly interested in all that she saw in camp using natural sounds, and quickly made friends with all the boys, but with three T ' hese escaped the Indian's attention, but aroused the •or f&ur in particular. boys. The settler was pleased with the good order, strict disPresently foUT or five of the youths glided out of the ,cipline and extreme neatness of the camp, and complidarkness s~ently and stood before the Indian. mentei Dick upon them. Then Dick Slater ~ppeare~. . "And that cook of yours is as handy as can be," de-~e wa~ well acquamted with the ways of th~ van~us dared Mrs. warner. "He doesn't waste a thing, and is as Indian tribes, and could tell one from another m an m-nea.t as a new pin." stant. . . . . "Yes Patsy is a treasure" said Dick "And h is as I There were certam marked tribal differences, which brave a' fiahter as he is a g;od cook ,, e were as distinct as those between persons of different sec-"It '.' l'k h h •th 11 h 1 tions in his own country. is Just i e ome ere, wi a t e tents so wel H could therefore tell an Ottawa from an Oneida or .ar:~nged and every one of them neat and clean." a se:eca f;om a Mohawk as readily as he could distinYes, and they are always that way, and the boys take guish a Virginian from a New Yorker pride keeping them so. Any day migh~ ~,e inspection The ;edskin was not an Oneida, he knew in a moment. darc with us,, ~or we ar~ always ready_ for,,it. . "Red man's tongue crooked," he said. "Indian Ottawa, ~, You cant help bei~g goo~ soldiers, said ~a:ren, bad Inman; come to spy on paleface boys' camp." when you ~ay_ s~ch ,~lose attention to the first prmciples, "No, In jun talk straight; Tnjun tongue no crooked." '()rder and discipline. "I t ll ,, d D" k h tl "Y , 1 "W h 1 d ,, D" .1_, 1 "O , e you you are, sai 1c , o y. ou re a ymg e ave a ways one so, was 1c s rep y. ne s Otta t d f d 't t t f d t . t h" tr , uld h" wa, come o spy upon us, an 1 you on ge ou o ve~ evo 10n o 1s_ coun y s cause wo make im here-make ready present--" think of all these thinas." ' 11 l h 0 The Ottawa, for such he rea y was, das 1ed away m t e "I believe it would," said the settler, greatly impressed darkness. with the earnestness of the young patriot. All around, unseen by him, were bravE\ fellows, ready to The Liberty, Boys were all jolly, hearty, young fellows, fire if other redskins approached. regular boys in all that delights youth, but at the same The Ottawa was alone, however, no oth'etr fuotsteps time they were devoted, heart and soul, to their glorious being heard, and these soon dying out. ea.use, and were ready to give their lives to it, if need "I thought the fellow lied," observed Harry. "I knew be. the Ottawa fixings, but I couldn't have told what dialect Tlie fires wei:,e lighted, the sentries placed, and, little by he had." little, all became quiet. "I knew both," replied Dick. "An Oneida would not Although there was little sound and all was dark, the come to our camp in an Ottawa headdress. A friendly boys were vigilant, and no enemy could a . pproach the camp Indian would not come on so quietly, either." undetected . "Thes~ rascals know that we are about, and are spying It was late, and Ha;ry Thurber, pacing his beat monotupon us," muttered Bob. <>nou~ly, suddenly detected a suspicious sound. "Yes, and they mean to attack us," added Dick. "They ' There were Indians about, and extra caution was neehave located our camp; next they will try to surprise us." ~ssary. "You will wait for them?" These wily foes could slip in unnoticed, where a white "No, for I think they outnumber us. Stratagem is bet- •enemy would be discovered. " than force, sometimes." The boys were used to dealing with redskins, and exer-"Then you will change the camp?" with a chuckle . .,.,ised greater caution when they were about. "Yes."


THE LIBERTY BOYS' WAR TRAIL. 5 In ten minutes the boys were on the move, the tent hav ing been struck, and hastily packed. Long before daybreak they were two or three miles farther down the river, in a new location. . The fires were kept burning in the old camp, and every- • thing was apparently the same as when the Ottawa had visited it. Just before dawn there came faintly on the breeze sweeping down the 1-iver the sound of yells and war cries. "The Ottawas have attacked an empty camp," laughed Bob. "And found that there are others as wily as them selves," added Mark. The settler was greatly impressed with Dick's clever ness, and said : "That was well done, Captain. Very few would have thought of such an expedient, or would have been will ing to disturb their rest at the dead of night in order to accomplish it." "It was worth the trouble," said Dick, quietly, "tnd a long acquaintance with these red rascals has made us learn many tricks, some even better than theirs." "I believe you," laughed Warner. The redskins did not follow them at once, but Dick was prepared to meet them at any time. "To-day we will gp farther down the river," he said, "and cross to the other side. You can go with us, Mr. Warner, if you like." "No ; I think I will remain and begin rebuilding at once. "Very good," said Dick. CHAPTER IV. MRRCY A PRISONER. The Liberty Boys were to go down the river in an hour. Bud Warner now wore the Continental uniform, had a musket slung over his shoulder and three or four big pis tols stuck in his belt, and rode a horse. Mercy was very proud of him, and praised his :fine ap pearance. His father and mother were equally proud of him, but said very little. They thought that they might make him vain, although there was really very little danger of it, Bud being a very sensible boy. Mercy had strayed a short distance from the camp to pick wild flowers. Two or three of her new acquaintances mis~ed her. Knowing the danger of leaving the camp at such a ' time, they set out to look for the girl. They had just caught sight of , her when they heard a scream . Then they saw a stalwart Indian catch her up in his arms and run off. Two or three other redskins at once j oined the :f4'st. Crack--crack--crack ! Without hesitation, the plucky fellows raised their muskets and fired. One redskin lost the feather in his hair and received & bad flesh wound. .Another was shot in the back of the neck and fell with out a groan. Half a dozen Lioerty Boys came running to the spot. ' "The Indians have carried off Mercy Warner!" cried the boys. The redskin who had seized the girl had escaped . Other redskins now appeared, getting in the boys' way so as to cover their comrade's r.etreat. Crack-crack-bang! Muskets and pistols rattled and cracked in the liveliest fashion. . New arrivals were coming up at every moment. They had but to see the redskins to open fire upon them. The Liberty Boys were on the war trail, and they meant to hunt down the redskins till they left the region . The plucky lads attacked them with the greatest fory. More came swarming up, but more of the brave boys came to meet them . There was an incessant cracking of pistols, and banging of muskets, and many a redskin bit the dust. But their places were quickly filled by other redskins coming up. . The Liberty Boys came up in g .ood, and presented a solid front to the redskins. The Indians were forced to fall back, losing many of their number . The boys pressed on for a time, and then Dick halted . "The red rascals may be preparing an ambush," he said. "We must be cautious ." "They've got Mercy Warner," said Arthur Mackay." Some of the boys saw the red ruffians running away with her and killed one and badly wounded another." "Yes, I know, .Arthur, and we will get her back; but we must be cautious." Not all the Liberty Boys had left the camp. The redskins might attempt a flank movement, so as to get off with the horses. Next to scalps they valued horses, and would often Let an enemy escape so as to secure his horse. Enough boys had been left in the camp to guard it and give the alarm if the enemy put in an appearance. Dick, Bob and Mark went forward cautiously, creeping upon their hands and knees. They made little noise, knowing that any unusual sound would be heard by the wary redskins. The snapping of a twig, the flying back of a branch, the turning of a stone, all these would betray their pres~ ence to the listening Indians. Dick Slater was a good scout, and as a baclnvoodsman was the equal of the redskins themselves, adding his intel ligence to their instinct. Bob and Mark were not as clever as he, but could be depended upon, the three together being invincible'. Creeping on cautiously, Dick presently signalled to the others to stop. Then he crept forward alone. He had heard a suspicious sound . Hearing nothing and supposing that the boys were not


6 THE LIBERTY BOYS' WAR 'l'RAlL. advancing, the redskins forgot their caution and were telling each other what they would do when the young palefaces came up. Dick Slater would not have done this. The redskins, supposing that their enemies would come on with a great noise, failed to give them credit for even ordinary caution. Dick crept on, and in a short time detected the redskins in their hiding place. The path led through a thicket, with a marsh on one side and the dried-up bed of a little stream on the other. When the autumn rains came this would be a roaring torrent, but just now it was dry. The place was well calculated for an attack. Dick crept back to his companions, and said: "Hurry back, Mark, and bring up the rest. Make as little noise as you can, and come as rapidly as possible." :Mark was off like a shot in an instant. Dick meant to surprise the redskins, instead of being surprised by them. The Indians waited patiently, expecting the boys to come on in a short time. .,., Before long Mark signalled to Dick that the boys were coming. He had impressed upon them all the necessity of swift ness and silence. "I)ick is going to surprise these wily rascals," he said, "and teach them a lesson." The boys understood, and no more noise was made than was absolutely unavoidable. Of course, there was an occasional snapping and crack ing of dry twigs, but that was all. Creeping up stealthily, keeping hidden by bush and tree and lying flat on the ground, the daring young fellows followed Dick until he was ready to give the word. The redskins, never suspecting that their determined young foes were near, had lost more and more of their caution. Many of them showed themselves and nearly all talked, without the slightest idea that an enemy was near. And then, of a sudden, half a hundred brave boys seemed to rise right out of the earth. . Little ceremony was wasted upon their treacherous foes. The order to fire was given on the instant. Crash-roar! Fifty muskets blazed forth, with deadly effect. Half naked redskins leaped up in haste, only to be shot down by the fearless boys. They dashed right into the place of ambush, discharg ing their pistols right and left. The Indians were taken completely by surprise, and fled in the greatest terror. Tlie plucky fellows whom they had expected to take by surprise and slaughter unmercifully, had stolen a march upon them. Now they were fleeing before these very boys, and mak ing all haste to escape. "Down with the redskins!" cried Dick. "Drive out the red rascals!" The boys answered with a ringing shout, and sent shot upon shot after the fleeing Indians. The redskins were -in such haste to escape that they left their dead and wounded behind. The wounded expecting to be put to death, as they , would have served their enemies, hastened to crawl into the marsh and thickets, so as to escape. "You poor fools!" stormed Bob. "Do you suppose we, are as inhuman as yourselves? White men do not kill their wounded foes." The enemy having fled, Dick fell back in good order, not having lost one of his brave boys. Mercy was still a prisoner, however, and caution must be used in getting her away from the redskins. It was not likely that they would sacrifice her in re venge for the loss of so many of their braves, for no doubt one of them had taken a fancy to her and wished to make her his squaw. "We must rescue her at all hazards," said Dick, and there was not one of the boys who was not ready to follow him. CHAPTER V. ON TIIE TR.A.IL. Dick did not think it either necessary or wise to take too larg,e a party with him in foll~wing up the redskins. Four or five trusty fellows would be better than a score, traveling faster, making less noise, and keeping in com munication with each other much easier. He, therefore, selected Bob, Mark, Ben and the two Harrys to accompany him. The others were to return at once to the camp and await their return. But Warner would have greatly liked to go with the rescuing party. He knew that Dick would have selected him, however, if he had deemed it prudent. But, was brave, but lacked the experience in woodcraft of the others and in h;is very eagerness he might thwart Dick's plans. He took his disappointment very sensibly and went back to camp with the rest. He had behaved with great bravery, as well as with sur prising coolness, in the fight with the redskins, earning the regard of all his companions. "You can trust Dick Slater to do all that can be done, old man," said Arthur Mackay, "and if any one can get your sister away from the redskins he will." "That's right," added Will Freeman. "And h':''11 do as much for you as he would for any of us, now that you are one of the Liberty Boys." "We all stick up for each other when we get in trou' ble," declared Phil Waters, "and it makes no difference whether you've been with us a year or only a day. If you , need help, you'll get it." "That's all right," said Bud. "I would lik.e to have gone, but if Captain Slater didn't think it was wise, why, I can trust him."


THE LIBERTY BOYS' WAR TRAIL. 7 "I guess you can!" said all the boys, in one breath and extended in a single line along th,e edge of the camp, with with the greatest heartiness. a few on an inner line. Meanwhile Dick and the rest pushed on after the reHarry Thurber presently signalled to his chum, Harry .treating red:;:kins with the greatest zeal. Judson, that he had seen the girl. The boys did not wish to be troubled with their musThe other Harry speedily informed Mark, who passed kets, and so sent them back with the others, retaining only the word to Dick. , :their pistols, which were freshly loaded, and plenty of In a short time Dick and Mark were with Harry. ammunition. "She's in the big tepee on the inner line," said Harry. The trail was not difficult to follow, and the boys went "I saw her at the opening." on rapidly. "Is there anv one with her in the tent?" Although the redskins had fled in many dillerent direc"Yes, a you~g brave, scarcely more than a boy.?' tions at first; these various trails merged into one in the "No one else?" end. "Not that I could see." There had been no effort upon the part of the reds to "She was not bound?" cover their tracks, their main desire, evidently, being to "No." get away as rapidly as possible. Dick called up the others. The boys followed on rapidly for half an hour. Then he shifted his pos ition so that he could see into Then all the indications pointed to the near presence of the large tepee which Harry had pointed out. redskins. In a few moments he saw Mercy come to the front of Dick, therefore, halted and went ahead cautiously with the tent. Bob. She was followed b y a young Indian, who seemed to be In a short time the buzz of voices told him that they talking earnestly to her. were near the camp of the redskins. Dick could not make out what the redskin said, as h.e Pushing on with greater caution, the two boys presentspoke in low tones. ly came upon the camp. His manner was most earnest, not to say, ardent, and There were many Indians of "\"arious tribes, quite a the girl appeared to be greatly annoyed. scattering of Loyalists, Royal Greens, Yagers, Rangers "Making love to her," said Dick to himself, "and she and the like, and a small party, say, twenty, at the most, cfoes not like it. No wonder!" of British. I Presently Dick began to whistle, imitating the notes The camp presented a very gay appearance, with the of a songbird. varied uniforms of the different military organizations I At first the girt paid little or no attention. and the striking attire of the Indians. In a few moments Dick began to weave into the bird Dick had not e:xpected to find so many in camp. notes those of the song, "Yankee Doodle." Still he was not discouraged. This tune, first used by the British in derision of the He quickly saw that the different bodies had each its patriots, was afterward adopted by them till the enemy part of the camp. were forced to hear a good deal more of it than they de-The various Indian tribes had separate quarters, as had sired. the Greens, Yagers, Rangers and others. Had they but known iii, this very air was to be played. The Indians who had carried off ' Mercy Warner were at the subsequent surrender of General Burgoyne. Ottawas. The young Indian paid little attention to the sing11lal.' Dick had little difficulty in locating theni in the camp. bird,, but Mercy's face lighted up with pleasure. "That simplifies matters," he whispered to Bob. Dick soon ceased whistling the tune, for fear of attract-"Very true." ing notice. "If they had been scattered all over, we would have had Mercy had heard it, and that was sufficient. more trouble . " He whistled the bird notes a little longer, and then "Yes, indeed." suddenly ceased, as if the'bird had flown. "Now we must try and locate the tepee where the girl Signalling to the others, he got them all close together is kept." in the bushes and then began to imitate the notes of a "Quite right." partridge. Dick sent Bob back to bring up Mark and the rest. 'I'he young Indian was now all attention. When they came he scattered them along the edge of A songbird had no great charms for him. the Ottawa section. A partridge was another matter. Fortunately this _ was on the edge of the general camp. That meant something to eat. They did not have to pass _ _ through any other section Taking his bow and some arrows, he quickly left the to reach it. camp. The six boys quickly spread themselves along the outDick stole away, still imitating the game bird's notes. side of the camp, a few yards apart. The young brave followed till well outside the camp. They had a code, made up of natmal sounds, with And then, of a sudden, one boy sprang up and clapped a , which they could communicate with each other. hand over his mouth, while two more seized his legs and Being thoroughly familiar with this, they need lose no pulled him down, and another sat on him. time in signaling. He was quickly gagged and bound and carried to a safe rrhere was not a large body of Ottawas, and their tepees distance from the camp.


8 THE LIBERTY BOYS' WAR TRAIL. "What sort of an Indian do you think you will make, Bob?" asked Dick. "Jove ! Do you want me to go in there in that rig, Dick?" asked Bob. "Yes." "Send Ben. I'm too big. He is just the size of this boy." "Will you risk it, Ben?" asked Dick. "Yes," heartily. "AU right. Get out of your uniform and into this fel low's togs as quick as you can." Ben immediately commenced to undress so as to execute this order. It was a daring scheme, but Dick had every confidence in Ben Spurlock's ability to carry it out. CHAPTER VI. .A. DA.RING PL.AN WELL CARRIED OUT. 'l'he boys were far enough away from the camp not to attract attention. They were right in the thicket also, and some of the boys kept watch. Ben quickly stripped off his clothes till he was stark naked. Dick, who thought of everything, hustled about till he found a quanti.ty of walnut bark and some water. Bringing back some of this, he and Bob plastered Ben: with it from head to heels. ' Then they rubbed this over his face, in his ears and nostrils, under the roots of his hair and everywhere. When they had finished with him, he was of a coppery . brown from his forehead to his toes, the color being smooth and of uniform hue. Ben's hair was black and his eyes dark, so that he made a natural-looking Indian. The Indian boy was now stripped naked and then bound securely. Ben quickly donned the Indian boy's scanty attire, stuck a plume in his hair, slung the quiveir over his shoulder and took the bow in his hand. "Jove ! But you make a fine papoose, Ben," chuckled Bob. "A papoose is a baby, you funny fellow," laughed Mark. "So it is. Well, he's a fine-looking young brave, 'then." " Sh ! " said Dick There was instant silence. Footsteps passed at some distance, and then all was quiet. "Go on, Ben," said Dick. "Work rapidly. You will not need to be very long in the camp." "Not as long as it has taken me to get ready, I'll wa.ger," with a smile. "No, but it will be worth it." Ben then set out for the camp, the boys remaining hid den, close at hand. The disguised Liberty Boy entered the camp without question. A few saw him, but paid little attention to him. He went straight to the tepee and entered it, throwing , down his bow and quiver. "Oh, you've come back, have you?" asked Mercy. "I wish you had stayed away longer." "Paleface gal heap big fool to talk like dat to brave," grunted a withered; wrinkled, old woman in the tepee. "That's my affair. He can make love to an Indian girl, if he likes; but I don't like it." "There's somebody waiting without, and if you will come I will take you to him," said Ben, in a low tone, which the deaf, old crone, could not hear. Mercy would have screamed, but Ben said, quickly: "Careful I Don't arouse the old woman. You mow me? I am one of the Liberty Boys I'' "Yes; but how-.-" "Never mind now. I will explain later. Let me take you out." Mercy let Ben put his arms about her, crooned softly to her for a few moments, and then led her outside . The old squaw chuckled, for she thought the young brave's lovemaking had been successful at last. Ben kept liis arm about her, and said, softly : "Don't look back. Don't be surprised; don't be alarmed. Let them think we are lovers. I will soon take you away, but we must not be too hasty." , 'rhe brave 1girl understood and put an arm about Ben's waist, while her head dropped on his shoulder. Thus they went slowly out of the camp, Ben inclining his head and f'peaking in low, guttural tones. They passed within three feet of a feathered and painted brave, who grunted and smiled, and permitted them to pass. Ben's face could not be seen, and the redskin had no reason to suspect anything . -There was a deep shad& here, and Ben passed on without giving the redskin time to invlestigate, which he seemed to have no wish to do. They passed beyond the tepees into the woods, being presently lost to sight among the bushes. Th,e boys stole away noiselessly, and not till they were close to the thicket where the captive boy lay bound and gagged did they use their feet. "Jove! Old man, but that was well done!" muttered Bob. "It was indeed, B.en," said Dick. "I, knew that there was help near when I heard that bird whistle 'Yankee Doodle,' " said Mercy, "but I did not know Ben, and I came near to screaming when he spoke, and so nearly ruined the whole plan." "And that old crone thinks that her grandson has sue_. ceeded famously with his lovemaking," laughed Ben. "Come," said Dick, "we must return. Get on your clothes, Ben. Never mind washing yourself yet." Ben retired behind a clump of bushes and quickly dressed himself. As soon as they got the Indian boys' things, Dick and Bot allowed him to put them on, keeping him gagged, however, and guarding against any attempt at escape.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' WAR TRAIL. 9 Then he was bound again and hurried through the woods, away from the camp. ., When he saw Mercy with the boys, he seemed to com prehend. A frown overspread his face, and he tried to mutter ,something. "Never mind now,"' chuckled Bob. "Keep it for some other time, my boy." They hurried on, and at last, when sufficiently far from the Indian camp, they released the boy, taking the gag out of his mouth. He uttered a fierce yell and darted away at full speed, continuing to utter warwhoops for some time. "He may call the other redskins," observed Dick; "but he is too fai from his own camp to do us any mischief yet, and not near enough to ours for us to worry." ' They hurried on; and at last reached the camp, being heartily welcomed by all the Liberty Boys. "Shure an' phwat happ1ened to yez at all at all, Bin, me bhy?" asked Patsy. "Nothing. We brought the young lady back, of course." "Yis, Oi see yez did; but yez do luck loike an Injun, be goITah !" "Well, I was one for a fame," and then Ben let out a whoop and grabbed Patsy by his curly, red scalplock. "How do I do it, my boy?" "Shure an' yez do it too oine intoirely," cried Patsy, breaking loose. "Doed dot some more alretty, Pen," laughed Carl. "Dot was pooty goat fun, I bet me." "Go'n away wid yez, Cookyspiller. An' for why did yez paint yersilf up loike an Injun ?" "It's a long story, and I'll tell you. when I wash my face," laughed Ben, turning away. :Meanwhile Bud and his parents knew that Mercy had returned. They could not show their delight sufficiently. The story of the rescue soon went the rounds, and Ben Spurlock received no end of p:r:aise for the part he had taken in it. "You two fellows rubbed that pigment so thoroughly into my skin, though," he said to Dick and Bob, "that it is going to take me some time to get it off." "Shure an' yez shudn't moind," laughed Patsy, "for it'll tell us all phwat a foine, brave felly yer wor." "Humbug!" laughed Ben. "You'd spoil me if I Let you." "Shure, an' Oi cudn't." "Is that a compliment or the reverse?'' with a chuckle. "Yez do be too sinsible, dhat's phwat Oi do . mane." "Do you come from Blarney?" with a wink. "Oi do not; Oi'm from Dublin, on dhe Lifl'ey, me bhy." "Oh, I thought you might have come from the other place," and all the boys laughed. CHAPTER VIL DICK IN BAD HANDS. The Liberty Boys' departu,re had been delayed an hour er two by their adventure, but now they lost little time in getting away. Th.e W arners went , up the hver, taking Mercy with them, while the Liberty Boys went down . Bud took leave of his father and mother, promising to do his best to be . a good soldier, , and then, kissing Mercy, rode away. The Indians, :finding that tl1e girl had been rescued, might r.eturn, and so Dick concluded to go on. It was not long after the return of the rescuing party that they broke camp, mounted their horses and rode away. "The redskins will have another disappoinlnnent if they go to our old camp," observed Bob. "It is too bad not to let them return our visit," chuckled Ben. "You ha.d better not go in swimming unless some of us fellows are around, Ben," said Mark, quizzingly. "Why not?" innocently. "Becaus~ you might be taken for an Indian and g'et shot." "Oh, you're a tease," laughed Ben. "I couldn't think what you meant at first." "Never mind, Ben," chuckled Bob. "You were a good enough redskin to deceive those fellows and get Mercy out of their clutches." "Yes, and you and Dick made such a good on,e of me that it won't wear off for a month," with a laugh. "Well, Dick Slater can make a man of any one, if he's got anything in him/' chuckled Mark. "Certainly. You are greatly improved since I :first knew you, old man." "Humbug!" said Mark. "I stick to my :first statement, • however." "And there's no disputing it," answ . ered Bob. "Dick has made men of lot~ of fellows in his time." "I had good stuff to work with," observed Dick, quietly. They ..,were not troubled by Indians the rest of the day, and before they made their camp for th.e night they crossed the river, resting on the yVest shore. "Burgoyne is getting together quite a motley army;" declared Dick, as they' sat around th1,3 fires that night, the air being now quite cool. "Yes-refugees, Indian.'>, outlaws and Hessians," retorted Bob. "A pretty makeup, truly." "Well, we must take up the war trail and drive out the redskins." remarked Dick. "I hope that Mercy got home all ,right," said Bud to the two Harrys, and some others; at another fire. "So do I," echoed Harry Thurber, "but I bet she's thinking of Ben Spurlock yet." " "What does she want to think of him for?" asked one of the boys, upon whom Mercy: had made a decided im pression. "Why,' because he made love so well," chuckled Harry, who was something of a tease himself. "But that was only put on," the boy protested. "How do you know he did not mean it?" "Why, Ben's got a girl of his own," with an air of con viction. "Well, there's safety in numbers, as Patsy says, and the more the merrier, you know." "I don't believe she cares for Ben at all," was the reply.


THE LIBERTY B OYS' WAR T RA I L . ,, "Well, what if she does?" asked another of Mercy's adHaving satisfied himself that there were no redcoats mirers. "What is it to you who she cares about?" and having got a general idea as to their numbe rs, Dick "It's as much to ;me as it is to you, I guess." was gliding away when he heard a sharp rattle almost at, "Well, I don't think either of you has got anything to his side. do with it/' declared a third boy, with a good deal of He unwittingly stirred up a rattlesnake, which may emphasis. hav . e had its hole among the rocks or in the roots of the "Hello! Here's a regular, three-cornered duel," laughed gnarled and half-dead oak. Harry. "Dear, dear, I had no idea I was going to stir up Warned by the rattle, Dick sprang to his feet, when such a fuss." the tree suddenly broke in half, close to the ground . "Didn't you?" chuckled the other Harry. "You did it In a moment he was sent headlong down the1slope, two on purpose." of his pistols being discharged by his fall. "Why, no; Bud started it, talking about his sister." The noise aroused a score of redskins . "Never mind, fellows," laughed Hany. "You all know Before he could recover himself Dick was seized. Harry. As or your sister, Bud, I don't believe Dick Soma of the Indians set up a shout of triumph, and would have let her go if he had thought it was not safe." others came n1Shing forward. "But B.en did make a :fine-looking Indian," said Harry Among these was a young redskin, little more than a Thurber. boy, whom Dick at once recognized. "He's a good fellow, too," declared Bud, "and I'll be It was their prisoner of the day before. his friend as long as he li vcs." The young redskin recognized Dick at the same moThese were sentiments with which all the boys were in j ment, and scowled savag~y at flim. accord, and all appearances of a quarrel soon vanished. . "Paleface boy chief make prisoner of Injun boy bra~e, The next day Dick determined to push on down the now it Injun's turn!" he snarled. western bank of the river to join Yates. Then he spoke rapidly in his own tongue to those about The roads were not good, and there were many creeks him . to cross, some without bridges. , Dick was quickly disarmed and his coat and waistcoat The Liberty Boys were used to rough travelling, howremoved. ever, and their horses had bad roads to travel oftener than Then he was bound securely to a small but stout tree good. ' near the edge of th.e opening. Burgoyne was collecting his army, and built a bridge The redskins chattered volubly among themselves and of boats over the Hudson, but Dick was unaware whether seemed to be debating as to what his fate should be. he had crossed it or not. The whites paid little attention to him, for he was not Before proceeding farther, therefore, Dick determined their prisoner, ancl they did not care to meddle. to reconnoitre, so as to be able to report to General Gates One man, a Loyalist, came over to him, and• said: if anything more hacl been done. "Well, you rebel, it would have been better for you 'raking J\.Iajor, his black Arabian, Dick rode through the if you had fallen into our hands." woods for some little distance, Bob and Mark taking an-"I should have little to expect in any event," returned other direction. ' Dick. At length, hearing sounds ahead of him, Dick tethered "Much as you deserve, I ~ass, you r ebel!'' snarled the Major to a tree and went forward, cautiously. other. "Where's Gates?" The sounds increased in volume and in a short time "You'll :find out, soon enough?" Dick could hear voices. "How many men has he got?" 'rhey were those 0 Indians, he knew without seeing "Enough to thrash you, I fancy." the men, their voices having a peculiar quality which those The Loyalist snarled and went away . of the whites did not possess. Then !'Orne the Indians returned md began piling brush "I wonder if these a1e our old acquaintances, or a new about Dick's feet. lot?" was his thought. He pushed on, determined to ascertain. He came at length to an open space in the forest at the foot of a , little slope formed of ledge rock, covered with stunted tr.ees and bushes. Crouching behind a dwarf oak, gnarled and twisted and half dead, Dick peered down upon the men below. The greater part of them were redskins. Those who were not were scarcely better, being refugees, haHbreeds and Loyalists. "Not altogether the same lot,". was Dick's thought. Th.ere were many Ottawas, but there were some from other tribes, mostly from the State and to the southward. They had formed a rough camp only, and it looked as if they might go on the march at any time . There were no British or Hessians with them, and it oc curre d to D ick that t hey might be waiting for these . CHAPTER V III. .A. DASHING RESCUE . Bob and Mark, riding through the woods, suddenly heard two , pistol shots in quick succession, at a distance .' "Hello! What can that be?" cried Bob . Then the two Liberty Boys halted and listened to find, out i they could bear more shots . "I don't hea r any more," said :Mark, a fte r a fe w mo ments . "No; but w h y wer e those two shot s fir ed?"


'l'HE LIBERTY BOYS' WAR TRAIL. 11 "It's hard to tell. Perhaps we had better go over there . That's the way Dick went." "Perhaps we had. Come on!" 'l'ney set off in the direction taken by Dick and rode :for some little time without hearing any more shots . Then they sudden! y heard a number fired in quick sue • ce . .ion. '"l'here's more trouble," said Bob . "Hurry, Mark!'' Then four or five shots fired simullaneously were heard, and then half a dozen fired in succession. The shots were much nearer than the first tw~ they had heard . "It's getting nearer," said Mark. "I wonder if they have been coming toward us while we have been traveling?" "I don't know." Then shouts were heard, and one or two more shots, quite near. The boys hurried on, and suddenly came across Dick's horse, tethered to a tree. "Hello! Here's l\Iajor !" "Then Dick cannot be far off." Dismounting, the boys hurried :forward cautiously . They presently came to an opening in the woods, hav-ing before this heard shouts quite plainly. Bound to a tree, attired only in his shirt and beeches, was Dick Slater . The Indians had been firing at him, trying to make him <:ry for mercy . A few shots had passed through his clothing, and there were blood spots on his shirt, but he had not been serious ly injured. "The scoundrels are amusing themselves," muttered Bob . "Would it be possible to make a sudden dash and re lease him?" asked l\Iark. "There are not enough of us, and one of those villains might not have discharged his rifle. "Hello!" said Mark, sudd0nly . "There are some of the boys on the other side of the opening. They are watching the redskins!" "Yes, I see them; half a dozen of them at least." "And there come some more, sneaking through the woods . " • ly . A sudden sound behind Bob caused him to turn quick 'I'wo or three of the boys were creeping toward him . "Any more?" he whispered . "Yes, a dozen . We've left them where we found you r horses . " "Good ! We'll give the signal in a few moments . " The r edskins were loading their rifles, and now the Indian boy said to Dick: • "White boy brave die if no tell where 'J\ferican soger be!" "I do n ' t know where they are, any more than Y<\.U do. " "Where boy camp?" Dick made no answer . "You may find the Liberty Boys before 'you think,'~ m u ttered Bob. The

12 THE LIBERTY BOYS' WAR TRAIL. remained behind received them with every demonstration of joy. In an hour they pushed on again, pa.rt of the way cut ting a. through the woods to facilitate their march, but tumbling the trees in the path behind them to delay the enemy. Pushing on rapidly, with little rest, they reached the main body of the American Anny the next day. Under the direction of Kosciusko, General Gates had fortified Bemis Heights on the river and now presented a. strong front to the enemy. Dick reported to the general as soon as he arrived, and told what he knew of the enemy. "Very good, Dick," said Gates. "There will be plenty for yo,u and your Liberty Boys to do, and I suppose you are ready for it?" "The Liberty Boys , are always ready to serve their coun try, General/' was Dick's r.eply, "whether it is fighting the enemy, digging_ ditches or throwing up breastworks." "Your zeal is commendable, Dick," said the general, "and it is likely that you may have all these things to do which you have mentioned." The next day, after the boys had had a. good rest, the general sent to Dick and said: "There are a number of bridges between us and the enemy which have not been destroyed." "And you want them destroyed, sir?" "Yes. Go forward as far as you can and destroy them all. If you find the enemy putting up new ones, harass them as much as possible." "I ,vill do so, General," said Dick, greatly pleased at the commission. 1'i.en Dick went back to the Liberty Boys and told them what they were to do. The Liberty Boys receiv e d the news with a shout, and before long they were all in the saddle , riding on to meet the enemy. CHAPTER IX. ' BLOCKING THE ENEMY'S WAY. The Liberty Boys counted the redskins as their ene mies, just as much as the British, Hessians and inegular bodies of Loya.lists. They had taken the war trail against their red foes, and meant to do all they could to drive them out. Meantim,e they w~re working against the Hessians and British and trying to harass them in every way. They set out with little delay to meet the advancing enemy and hinder their progress all they could. They crossed some bridges, but these they would not destroy till they returned. After traveling several hours they ha.lted,1 and Dick went on to look over the ground. At length be heard the sound of men at work. P'uShing on, he saw a body of Hessians reipairing a bridge. They were cutting down and trimming trees, hauling them into place and doing other work. "I would like to put a stop to that work," was his thought. "If it continued the bridge wo1tld be in a condition to cross on in an hour or two." They were felling the trees across the creek, trimming 1 off the branches, lev~ling the tops and putting them close together and securing them. Fro]Jl his hiding place Dick watched the work and stud ied the situation. On the nearer bank there was ledge rock, upon which the logs rested, as upon a buttress. The rock had been leveled at the top, so that the logs rested firmly, with room to spare. Crawling through the bushes to the bank, something below where the men were working, Dick descended to the water's edge. , Then he crept along carefully, taking good care to keep out of sight till he neared the unfinished bridge. The ledge rock shelved, as he had an idea it did. Although strong enough now, it would be weakened. "That's what we must do," the young patriot said. Then he crept back rapidly and cautiously. When he could, he hurried away to his horse. The Liberty Boys k'Ilew that he had some scheme in view when he came dashing in on Major. "The Hessians are building a bridge over a creek not very far distant," he said. !' Say you so, Dick?" exclaimed Bob. "Yes; and we must break it down again. "Are there enough of us, Dick?'' "It won't take more than three or four of us, Bob." Boh looked greatly astonished. "'l'hree or four of us?" he echoed. "That's all. You and I might do it." "How many Hessians are there at work, Dick?" "Oh, a good-sized party-a hundred at least." "And you and I could smash the bridge?" incredulous ly. "Oh, we woulcl have to work secretly, of course," with a laugh. "Oh, I see!" "Yes, there would be too many for us to ~tack." "What is your plan, Dick?" "'ro blow it up. The bank on this side is ledge rock, but it shelves." "I see." "If we e:an get a small keg of gunpowder under it and light a fuse we could blow up the edge of the bank." "Good!" "And I am going to undertake it at once." "Of course, you are!" with a chuckle. "How many do you want?" "You and Mark and Ben. Get the powder, Bob." They got a small keg of gunpowder, a slim tamping iron, a fuse and a number of sulphur matches. Then they set off on horseback for th.e bridge. The Liberty Boys followed cautiously at some distance. Reaching the vicinity of the creek, they found that the Hessians had ceased work to eat their dinners and take a rest.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' W.AR TRAIL. 13 "Another hour would have finished it," said Dick. "They could come over now, as it is," said Bob. "Yes, on foot; but not with artillery and baggage." Mark and Ben kept watch near the end of the bridge. Dick and Bob, making a detour, got below the bridge. The Hessians were busy eating and drinking, and they , kept no watch on the bridge. Taking the keg of gunpowd:er with them, the boys r eached the ledge. 'l'here was a nook under the projecting rock s where they could set the keg nicely. 'They set it there, and piled stones about and in front of it. Being under the'bridge, the floor of which was sufficient ly laid to hide them, they could work safely. Dick made a hole in the keg with the small bar, and in serted a fuse, which would burn in a few minutes. The keg was then made secure witk stones, the use still have aiT enough to keep it alight. "Get away, Bob!" whispered Dick. Bob crept away carefully and rapidly, and Dick lighted a sulphur match. Setting fire to the fuse, he retreated in haste, but without making noise enough to attract the Hessians' atten tion. They were still enjoying themselves, with not the least thought of danger. Dick had just reached a place of safety when there w~s a thundering report. Boom! "It was layer rock," said Dick, "and when one section went the rest followed, having no support. If it had been ' bowlders it would have been harder to manage." "They'll be all day repairing the damage," said Bob> "and another hour would have :finished it." "And this will not be the only bridge which we will de s troy or them, either," laughed Mark; nor the only obsta cle we will put in their way." Tlhey shortly met the r.cst of the Liberty Boys, w:ho had come on at a good speed. "It may be as well to give them an idea that there is some one watching them," observed Dick. The whole troop, therefore, proceeded as far as the creek where the bridge would have to be gotten out of the way before another could be built. The Hessians were hard at work, having brought up more men, but even at that Dick had caused them a, loss of several hours. When they saw the Liberty Boys on the farther bank they were enraged, and the officers at once ordered a vo1-ley to be :fired at th.e daring boys. CHAPTER X. ON THE LOOKOUT FOR REDSKINS. It was as if a cannon had gone off. The Hes sians sent a scattering volley across the creek, All at once the end of the bridge arose in the aiT and which did no damage. then ell. Then the Liberty Boys poured in a solid fire, which Stones, earth, broken timbers and refuse of all sorts caused many a gap to be seen in the Hessian ranks. filled the air. Then Dick posted his boys along the banks, and a steady Dense clouds of smoke floated above the trees and a fire was directed at the men at work on the bridge. cloud of dust obscured the end of the bridge. As the Liberty Boys were excellent marksmen, it is to The Hessians had leaped to their feet in a moment. be supposed that deadly work would be done by them . TnEJy expected nothing but that they were being bom-From treetops, from behind rocks and bushes and from barded. other points shots came ringing out. Drums sounded the call to arms, and the officers hur-The Hessians never knew where the next shot was comried to form the men in line of battle. ing from. Then the smoke and dust cleared away, and one end of Every shot told, also, and the enemy was greatly ha-the nearll completed bridge was seen to be in the creek, rassed. being too short to reach across. Not until the Hessians actually brought up their canA large section of the rock buttress had fallen into the non and trained them upon their persistent young enemies cre,ek and the work would have to be done over. did Dick draw off his boys. Then, to the utter astonishment of the Hessians, four "Well, we made them do something, at any rate," de-boys in Continental uniforms suddenly rode up to the clared Bob. bank. "They will have more respect or us after this," laugh ed "Not just now, gentlemen," said one, on a splendid l\fark. black horse. "Better try again." "Well, I guess they know now that we are not playing,'> The IIessian officers ordered the men to fire, but the said Ben, with a twinkle. four boys were out of sight before the order was obeyed. "Well, we will go back now," said Dick, "and give them "They are mad enough," chuckled Bob, as they rode more work to do." away. "All that work gone for nothing." They went on the march and proceeded till they reache d "Well, then, let them stay away/' replied Mark. "We a bridge. don't want them here. We never asked the!m, and do Crossing this, they dismounted and set to work. very well without them." With axes and picks and crowbars they cut and pried ''But didn't things fly?" laughed Ben. Three feet of and dug till the bridge ell, a wreck, in the creek, and the bank for a matter of twenty or thirty feet seemed to floated away. slide right into the water. l "That will delay them some," observed Dick.


14 THE LIBERTY BOYS' WAR TRAIL. "Well, it won't hurt them," laughed Ben. "I noticed that a good many of those Hessian were altogether too fat for their own good." "Shure an' dhcy might have b e en Cookyspiller's broth ers, be dhe soize av dhim,'' roared Patsy. "Gone ouid mit you," sputtered Carl. "I was only choost a liddJe plump yet." "Go'n wid yez, shure yez do be as fat as a pig an' av yez had more worruk to do it wud be betther for yez." "Off you would talked to me lige dot I bitted you by der mout'," retorted Carl. "Go'n wicl yez, Cookyspiller. Yez squint so much dhat yez cucln't hit shtraight." "Dot was all righcl, but your mout' was so big dot I c1on'c1 could miss it." "No, Indians; Hessians woulu not cross that way." "II'm ! That's so." There was no gr~at danger yet from the redskins. It was just as well that their coming had been disco-vered, howeYer. Dick q1tickly passed the word to the boys whose beats lay nearest to the creek. Before long they were all at th.e bank at intervals. Thus the others were aroused and quickly took their places. The redskins, :finding that the bridge was down, had re solved to ford or swim the creek. Dick's vigilance had saved much time for the Liberty Boys. • Bud would have signalled, sooner or later, but there "Do yez mean to say dhat Oi have a mouth loike a pig?" would not have been the time to prepare for the wily foe sputtered Patsy. as there was now. "Nein. I $ayed dot you had ein pig mout'." "I'm glad you asked me," sa:id Bud. "I didn't want to "Shure an' phwat's dhe differ, will yez tell me?" rouse the camp for nothing, b.ecause I wasn't sure . " "Your mout' was pig, you don'd was had ein pick's "It was all right, Bud. No harm has been done. You mout' alretty. Dot was your own mout', dot don'd was were all right not to raise the alarm till you were sure." some oder veller's." The redskins were coming on in large numbers. The boys all laughed, and Patsy did not try to get any They ln1ew that the Liberty Boys' camp was on the iurther explanation. other side. Having destroyed the bridge, the Liberty Boys moved Th th b d f C t t 1 forward toward the next one. ere was no o er o Y. o on men a s as near as They had not seen any redskins for some time, bu, they that, and so they knew t~at they _must be the boys.

THE LIBERTY BOYS' WAR TRAIL. 15 Painted faces, gay headdresses and glistening weapons were revealed by the fires. On the bank, standing with their muskets in position, were the one hundr.ed brave boys, ready to re<::eive the enemy. CHAPTER XL THE FIGHT AT THE CREEK. At the sight o:f the Liberty Boys on the bank o:f the creek, many o:f the redskins dove beneath the water. "Fire !" shouted Dick. All had not sought sa:fety under water. Many o:f these disappeared. Here and there a rifle or a musket floated on the water, but many a redskin went to the bottom clasping his pjece firmly. Worse than that, they had been beaten back by a force greatly inferior to their own in numbers, and boys at that. "They may try to cross at some point farther up the creek," said Dick, "and we must watch them." "Perhaps we can beat them by strategy again," sug g~sted Bob , "Very likely." "Suppose we leave these fires burning and then stay aro1md them, as if we meant to encamp for the night?" "Yes." "And then go away, after replenishing them." "Very good. The redskins will attempt to steal upon us from up the creek, but they will be very cautious." "Yes. So very cautious that they won't find any one here," laughed Bob. The redskins had gone, and now the fires weire built u:g and shed a bright light over the stream and through the woods, The redskins were forced to come to the surface, swam on vigorously, hoping to reach the bank. Tliere were no redskins on the other side of the stream, apparently. and They might be hiding, however, waiting for the Liberty Boys to go to sleep. Crack-----:crack-crack I The pistols rang out sharply, and many a fierce echoed the reports. They might also have qrossed farther up the creek and yell be working down on the same side as the boys. Here and there a plume would be shot away; now a red shoulder would be struck, and again a sudden thud would be followed by a gurgle as an Indian sank under water. The water flowed rather rapidly at this spot and their bodies were soon swept away. When the fires died down, then would be a good time to make the attack. The boys built the fires up two or three times, but the last time they were replenished there were no boys near except those who fixed the fires. As far as these boys could see, after they stole away, the fires were still burning brightly. There wer . e many o:f the redskins, but they could not pass that dead line set by tl:ie Liberty Boys. Then the tr,ees and an intervening hill shut them from was sight. Just so far could tliey go, but beyond that there no passing. Not one seemed able to reach th6 bank in sa:fety. Some maangcd to clamber up, only to fall back into the water and disap:pear or float downstream. Those in the rear lines halted, undecided whether to go on or not. The fate of their comrades decide@l many, and they fell back. Some :few decided to pass the safety line, only to re gret it. Here and there the red current showed where an Indian had been wounded and was struggling to escape. Not aJl who were aimed at wer . e hit, but there was Mo much uncertainty about it to please the reds. The Liberty Boys seemed to be constantly firing and yet always ready to fire again. They did not all fire at the same time, and never fired all their shots without reloading. T'hus there seemed to be a continuous fire, and no one could tell whence the next volley would come. Some of the redskins answered the boys' fire, but their shots generally flew wild, struck trees or stirred up the res. Later they beard faintly the war cry of the redskins, who had burst upon the camp, expecting to murder the sleeping boys. At this time they were on the march, and had just reached another bridge. "Too late," chuckled Bob. "The surprise was on the other side." "And by the time they reach us, we will have this bridge down and be ready for them," added Dick. They waited till morning beforE) demolishing the bridge and' then waited for the Hessians or Indians, or both, to come up. The redskins came first. TM pickets of the Liberty Boys saw them gliding through the woods, running up and down the bank, look ing for a good place to cross. Then, supposing themselv,es to be unobserved, they began to enter the stream in great numbers. When they were about half way across the daring lads opened fire upon them. Muskets raftled and pistols cracked, answered by the death yell of many a dusky brave. Those in the rear made all speed to reach the farther shore. The aim of the gallant lads was too deadly for the Indians to risk talcing any chances, and at last they re treated to the farther bank. They had lost many of their braves, and dozens received more or less serious wounds. They had had one such experience with the Liberty had I Boys, and were well satisfied with it. Those nearest the bank who had escaped the fire of


16 TliE LIBERTY BOYS' WAR TRAIL. the Liberty Boys now swam rapidly up or down stream. Not all of these got away safely. The expert sharpshooters picked off more than one of them, and many received serious wounds. They were :finally out of range, and did not attempt to cross again. Then came the Hessians to rebuild the bridge. The boys treated them the same as they had treated the redskins. 'rhe minute that any one of them approa . ched the bank to do any wo,rk he became a target for the muskets of the Liberty Boys' crack shots. They fell back, and did the work for the new bridge out of range. . Then, when they returned, they brought a r , egiment with them and opened fire upon the gallant lads. The boys returned it, but were careful to keep under cover. Arnold, who was in the neighborhood with a large scout ing party, now come up to see what was going on. Then showers of bullets flew across the creek or fell into the water like rain. The Hessians, angry at being thus defied, brought up their cannon and turned them upon the Ametican men and youths. Not at once did the gallant lads desert their posts, how ever. l\Iany of the expert shots remained in trees and fired whenever a good opportunity offered. Patsy Brannigan, comical fellow that he was, was still .a most expert marksman with musket, rifle, pistol or stone. ' He had found a good nook in a tree near the bank and. was peppering the Hessians whenever he had a chance. Dick, Bob, Mark and onei or two others were the only ones besides Patsy who had not been driven out of their perches. "Shure an' Oi'll shtay till Oim ordhered down, anny how,'' he muttered. He had just wounded a Hessian officer, and revealed his hiding place, as there was no other shot :fired at the moment. Th,en one of the enemy's guns was turned upon him. Boom! The shot came hurtling across the creek and struck the tree in the crotch, a yard or two below where Patsy sat. There was a crash, branches were split off and went tumbling to the ground, and then Patsy went flying out of his p. erch; landing saiely on his feet. "I thought you weren't coming down till you were or dered?" laughed Mark. "Shure an' av dhim are not ordhers av dhe most pur rimptory koind, Oi'd loike to know phwat dhey are in toirely ?" roared Patsy, and all the boys laughed. CHAPTER XII. DICK AND MAJOR. The Hessians came on in such overwhelming numbers that the Liberty Boys, as well as Arnold, ~ere forced to fall back. ' • . . . ..w.-i.UJi:. .. The Hessians, with characteristic effrontery., speaking of Arnold, said that\hey "did him the honor" of sending a regiment or two against him when l~e annoyed their men at work. General Arnold, at that time, was just the man to look for ''honors" like that. He possessed indomitable bravery, but was vain and not overscrupulous when his ambition w-as concerned ' , just the man to ultimately turn traitor and earn the oblo quy of all mankind. The Liberty Boys now fell back, and did not seek to stay the progress of the enemy. General Gates thanked Dick heartily for all that the Liberty Boys had accomplished, and th~ brave, young patriot was well satisfied. The boys now rested, while Dick was to act as a spy and gain all the information he could concelrning the enemy. The enemy came up, and Burgoyne took a strong posi tion opposite Berin's Heights. Gates awaited an attack instead of tahng the offensive, thus forcing Burgoyne to begin the fight. Attired in a suit of butternut homespun and three cornered hat, and riding a shaggy, heavy-limbed horse, Dick rode out one afternoon over the neutral ground be tween the two camps toward the enemy's lines. He looked like a young farmer of only limited brain capacity, and no one seeing him would have taken him for the clever spy and captain of the Lib.erty Boys, Dick Slater . There was a tavern no , t very far from the British lines, where redcoat and Hessian officers were often to be found. Dick had se.en the place and knew its reputation. He resolved to pay it a visit, therefore, and see what he could learn. As the enemy were well acquainted with that black horse of his, Major was left behind. The horse he now rode was clumsy looking and heavy footed, but generally speedy. Riding along carelessly, Dick at length overtook a party of coarse looking men, who had turned 'into the road from another . "Where are yer ,goin' ?" asked one. "Oh, just up the road a piece," carelessly. "Where'd yer come from?" was the next question. "Down the road a piece," simply. "Livin' round herJ, be yer ?" "Well, I ain't dead yet," with a laugh. "Who mought yer be, anyhow?" shortly. "Most anybody, but I ain't." "Well, who be yer?" "Nobody in purticular." "Ye're a fool, I guess !" with a snap . "Maybe I am. I've been called one pretty often . " "Huh! They didn't make no mistake,; then." The men gave Dick up as hopeless, and rode on at a gallop, while he followed at a more leisurely pace. "Tories, by the look of them," was his thought. "They may have been simply curious. I hardly think they sus pected me." He rode on and entered the tavern . Most of the men he had met were already there .


'l'HE LIBERTY BOYS' WAR TRAIL: 12 A number of under officers, Hessians and British, were in the place, smoking and drinking. . , Dick had also seen a redcoat major in a private room, as he had passed, the door being ajar. "This fellow might tell me something," he said to him ielf. "I may have to see him." Taking a seat in a corner near some of the redcoats, he ordered some bread and cheese. The Hessians were talking volublYt in German, but Djck paid no attention to them. The Tories, for such he now knew them to be from their conversation, lrn.ew nothing that he did not. The redcoats as yet had very little to say which was not of a general nature. Dick determined to pay attention, however, and pos sibly he might h ea r something. Presently he noticed that he heard some one talking who was not one of the gro up near him. vVhen they were not speaking this voice continued. He quickly realized that the speaker was on the other side of the partition against which he sat. "That's th~ major I passed," he thought. "This would be just where his room is." The major was t~lking of certain plans which the enemy desired to carry out. Now and then Dick could heard a word or two from some one else, but the major seemed to be doing the greater part of the talking. At length the other person seemed to leave the room, and Dick heard no more. "If I could get in there I might induce the major to tell me more than I could hear through this partition," was his th ought. "" The room had been filling, and now Dick noticed a good many soldiers, besides more Tories. The party of Tories he ha.d met on the road regarded him with suspicion, and he heard one of them say: "I guess he ain't such a fool as he tried h:> make out." "Where is he?" asked a newcomer. "Do you know that sounds like a rebel spy what hangs around this part o' the country sometimes." "Who is it?" "He's called Dick Slater, an' he's at the head of a lot of young rebels--" "The Liberty Boys, you mean?" "Yes; that's them." "By ji,nks ! Why didn't I think o' him? That's so; but he rides a black hoss." "Sometimes he does." Then Dick saw the men pointing at him, but he paid no attention to them, and did not appear to have seen them. H.e had made a sudden resolution and now he proceeded to carry it out. . Rising, he left the room. The instant he was outside he heard the Tories say: "That's Dick Slater, th'e spy! Catch him!" "What do you mean--" The major obeyed. "Take off yom coat!" Dick sprang forward, seized some pa . pers :from the table and stuffed them in his pockets. "Go into that closet!" said Dick, opening a door. The major hesitating, Dick seized him by the shoulder, pulling off his wig at the same time, and shoved him into 4-he closet and shut the door, and locked it. At that moment he heard footsteps in the hall. "Where did he go?" "H.e couldn't have got away." Dick put on the major's coat and wig. Then he opened the door. "You are looking for some one?" he asked. "Yus, a reb el run this way, and we're--" "Yes, he came in here. He's in that Better get help before you unlock the door." The major was beginning to pound on the door, and call to be let out. "He's very violent," said Dick. "You'd better ~t help." The Tories ran off to get some Dne, and then Dick left the house, got his horse and rode away chucklino-"" • ' b himself over the scene that he knew would follow when the ma , jor was, let out of the closet. CHAPTER XIII. .A. HOT FIGHT. When Dick got well out of sight of the tavern he took off the major's wig, took some; papers out of an inner pocket, and then made the coat into a compact bundle and stuck it under his saddle. "I might meet some Continentals who would have no love for red," he muttered, "and perhaps want to make a target of it." ' He went on at a good speed, expecting a hue and cry from the tavern before a great. while. It waR not very long, in fact, before he heard a hu~bub behind him. Turning his head, he saw a party of redcoats, with a number of Tories, cqming after him at full spe.ed. "Hello, here is some excitement coming my way; I'll bet anything on it!". "There he is now; there's the rebel!" he heard one of the Tories shout. "That's the spy! Don't let him get away!" yelled an other. He put his clumsy looking horse to his paces, and, although the animal made a lot of noise and had a most ungraceful gait, he n-evertheless got over the grou.n.d very fast. He stepped quickly down th~ hall and entered the room where the major was. he The redcoats and Tories came tea.ring after him, yell-Shutting the door and • t'utting his back to it, whipped out his pistols, and said: "Take off your coat!" I ing and discharging musktts and pistols. Some of the shots came uncomfortably close, and one


18 THE LIBERTY BOYS' WAR TRAIL. struck the coat, which he stuck under the back of his saddle. He turned then and fued two or three shots at his pursuers. He hit one of the Tories in the leg, toppled him from his horse, and threw the whole line into confusion. He carried away one redcoat's hat, and made him lose control of his horse, in his fright, thus causing motre confusion. Then he dashed on at full speed, went thundering over a little plank bridge across a brook, past the marshes and around by the woods to the American lines. He gained ready admittance, being well known and having the password as well. Donning his uniform, he went at once to the general's quarters and was at once admitted. Delivering the papers he had secured, Dick related briefly how he had obtained them. General Gates looked them over carefully, and said: "These are mos t important, Dick. They give details which I could not have obtained in any other way." "I made up my mind that the major had papers of great value," said Dick, "and I was resolved to get them at any cost." "You have done very well, Dick, but what shall you do with the major's coat and wig?" with a laugh. "No doubt they will come in handy in the way of dis guise," said Dick. "Very true." Dick told the story of his adventure to Bob and a few of ihe boys, who were greatly interested as well as amused. There was likely to be a battle soon, as Burgoyne could gain nothing and might lose much by waiting. It was now past the middle of September, and the Indians could not long be kept from their homes as their hunting season was approaching. Burgoyne was encamped about two miles from Gates, his left on the river and his right at right angles to it, ex tending across the low ground to a range of hills, a ravine. being in front of the camp. Between the two armies the low ground was cultivated, the hills being covered with woods except for three or four openings. On the morning of September 19th, Dick Slater went out to reconnoiter, General Gates having an idea that Bur goyne meant to attack. Dick set out on Major, but in disguise, to see if the rumors were true. He had gone some little distance. before he heard or saw anything suspicious. Then all of a sudden he heard the sound of advancing horsemen and the tramp of a large body of men. They could be only the enemy, of course. No one else could be advancing from that direction. Still, Dick wished to he rnre before he retreated. Ile wait e d by the sil1e of the road till he should see the head of the column. All of a sudden he heard another body coming, a'nd sucldenly a large detachment shot into view from a wood. They were British cavalry, ani a large number of them. They caught sight of Dick, and came dashing toward him with a shout. Dick at once gave Major the rein and fairly flew. Crack-crack-crack! At once a shower of bullets flew after Dick, who lay along Major's neck. His hat ,ras carried away, two or three bullets passed through the skirts of his coat, and one cut off a lock of his hair. "Pretty close," muttered Dick. After him thundered the redcoats, knowing him to be a spy, and determined to catch him. Dick was certain that none of them could catch him, but he dashed on at full speed. There was no telling what accident niight happen, and time was precious. Bullets flew about him, and after him came the redcoats, urging their horses to the utmost. Dick gained steadily on them, however, and at last, from a bit of rising ground, saw the British right advancing. He reported what he hacl seen to General Gates. The British right advanced, covered by the grenadiers and light infantry under Fraser, they being in turn cov ered by Indians, royalists and Canadians. The left wing now advanced under Major-generals Phillips and Riedesel, along the meadows by the river. It was Burgoyne's plan that the Canadians and Indians should the central outposts, while he and Fraser. malting a circuit tlu:ough the woods, should join forces and fall upon the rear of the American camp. As the forests hid them from each other, signal guns were to regulate their movements. The American pickets sent repeated accounts to Gates of the advance of the enemy, but he remained quietly in carri.p, as if determined to await. an attack. The .American generals grew impatient, and Arnold urged that a detachment should be sent to check the enemy and drive the Indians out of the woods. At length, at about noon, :Morgan and his riflemen, Dearborn and his infantry, were sent out. Dick Slater and his Liberty Boys went out at the same time. They soon fell in with the Indians, whom they regarded as their especial enemies. At once Dick gave orders to charge and fire. They were on the war trail against the Indians, and meant to hunt them down. , At the word the brave boys poured a galling fire upon the redskins arnl charged them furiously. A score of them swarmed about Dick, hopin g to capture or kill him. Immediately the Liberty Boys flew to Dick's side. Muskets rattled and pistols cracked, and many a redskin fell. Bob, Mark, Ben, the two Harrys and a score more were close to Dick, and others kept pressing forward every mo ment. They fairly rode over the redskins, who, unable to resist such an impetuous charge, were forced to fall back. Morgan's riflemen also atta~ked the redskins with great vigor, but became scattered and, a strong force of loyal, ists coming up, were obliged to fall back. Arnold had in the meantime attacked Fraser, but found his position too strong fo be forced and sent for reinforce-m@~. . •


THE LIBERTY BOYS' WAR TRAIL. 19 Dick and the Liberty Boys, having disperse

20 THE LIBERTY BOYS' WAR TRAIL. Dick set out and worked his way cautiously toward the British lines. Passing through the woods, he s~w li ghts and heard the tramp of men close at hand behind him. He dropped at once to the ground, close to a fallen tree. On came the enemy, whom he quickly saw to be a party of Indians. ' Creeping closer to the fallen tree, he discovered it to be hollow for some distance. He at once crawled in as fa.r as he could conveniently, his feet being well up in the hollow and his head and shoulders far enough in to be hidden. The Indians were coming one way and the loyalists the other. He had just secreted himself when the two parties met by the fallen tree. Several of the redskins sat on the trunk, and now, to Dick's disgust, the combined forces began to make their camp _right on that spot. He was not especially interested in the movements of the Indians and Tories, but had wanted to reach the Briti sh camp. "Ef I ~iss him," he drawled, "yer better make tracks.'' "See him, do yer?" asked one of the Tories. "No, but I reckon he'll have ter come out putty quick." "I never s'posed they was er bear in there." "No, nor me nuther." "We'll have him Ol'it'n that an' cook him fur supper." "S'pose he'll come out?" "I reckon he's gotter, with ther fire all round him like that." "Le's have er shot at him when he comes out. Start up ther :fire, Joshuay." There were a number of men waiting for the bear to come out, all,e:;iger to get a shot at him. Dick's quick wit had suggested a way out of an em barrassing situation. Wbile the 'l'ories and redskins were watching for the bear he quietly stole away. . No one had suspected him, not having had a good look at him in that light. He did not mean to give them a chance either. Stealing away unobserved, he halted on the edge of the camp and listened. There was no getting away just then, would have to be patient. however, so he The greater part seemed interested only in the bear, or in getting supper, or making ready for the night. After all, he might learn something. "This ain't a bad place for a fire right agin this tree," said one of the loyalists . There was nothing to be learned here, and so Dick crept old • away and toward the British lines. The others agreed and they at once began collecting brush, leaves, dead branches and other material. They piled all this against the tree and then set fire to it with i.he torches. Then others brought food with which to prepare a meal, while some began putting up rude shacks in which to pasa the night. And all the time it was getting more and more uncom -fortable for Dick. CHAPTER XV. DICK CAPTURES A BRITISH SPY. It was cle:uly out of the question for Dick Slater to remain in the hollow tree for an indefinite period. Alread y his quarters were growing uncomfo:ttable, and there was no knowing whe n the hollow trunk would burn through. There were Indians and Tories all about him, and his appearance might give rise to suspicion . He was in disguise, to be sure, but mio-ht be suspected for all that. ' 0 As the heat began to increase rapidly Dick suddenly let out a tremendous growl which start l ed all within hear ing. Dick thought that he might possibly divert their atten tion for a moment. • There had been several redskins in sight from where Dick lay, and these sprang away in great alarm. Before they returned Dick was out of the tree . and kneeling before the opening, gun in hand. In making his way out of the hollow trunk in haste, Dick had left one of his pistols behind hiru. The tree was now burned through. All at once there came a sudden reportr A bullet came whizzing out of the fire, and there was a great scattering of whites and reds. "That will be a puzzle for them," laughed Dick, as he hurried away. He knew the reason for that mysterious shot which bad rn startled the redskins and Tories. While they were still discussing it, and were waiting for the bear to come out, be was making his way rapidly toward the British lines. Hearing footsteps, Dick dropped to the ground and crept under a clump of bushes. "I'll do the best I can," said one of two men who sud denly halted within a foot of Dick. "You have the word?" . "Yes; 'Sara toga is ours.' " "Good." Then one of the men hurried on, and the other, after waiting a few moments, turned and retraced his steps. "That fellow is a spy, no doubt," was Dick's thought. "I must go after him." He had intended i.o go to the enemy's camp, but i:f he could capture this spy, it would serve the same purpose. No doubt the man knew all that he desired to know him self. His capture would entail less risk and accomplish the same purpose. Creeping away cautiously, therefore, he followed the spy. The latter avoided the camp of the Tories and Indians, keeping it upon one side. Dick could not follow the trail in the dark, of course. He could hear the spy, however, which answered the same purpose.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' WAR TRAIL. 21 ~-The spy was making his way toward the American camp. "Who are you, anyway?" Dick resolved to capture him before he reached it. "You'll find that out, also." It would never do to let him see the camp, an/d then In a short time they met three or four men coming 'get away withou! being captured. along the road. He hurried on, making very little noise. "Good evening," said one. "Where might , you be go-He did not make enough to alarm the spy, he knew ing?" that. "Down the road a bit." Increa_sing his speed, he heard the spy much more dis-"There's rebels erbout' an' yer want ter look out fur tinctly than before. em." The fellow -was not making as good speed as Dick was. "I'm not afraid of that." He was evidently not as accustomed to traveling at rrNuther are we, but we tho11ght we'd tell ycr erbout night. it." The Liberty Boys did a lot of it. "That's all right; but I'm not afraid." Therefore, Dick got over the ground quickly. "Waal, I hope yer won't meet 'em just thcr same." , !:More long he paused on the edge of the wood, and then Dick kept close to the spy, with a pistol pressed against Dick went forward, boldly whistling as if to keep up his his side. courage. . The Tories went on without noticing anything in the The spy waited for him to come up and, looking at him • darkness, and the spy muttered: in the dim light, said: "Would you have shot me if those fellows had suspected "Hallo, boy; where are you going?" anything?" "H I k " ome, rec on. "Yes; but go on and don't ask questions." "Where is your home?" The spy suddenly turned and tried to throw Dick. "Beyond a piece." The youn

22 THE LIB~RTY BOYS' WAR TRAIL. "In many ways. That's a matter for study. I never "If we can hunt down the redskins and drive them out," have any trouble in proving who I am." he said to Bob, "it will be a great advantage.' "~.ow are ~?u going to deliver messages if you don't I ~'Then :"e must do it," was Bob's reply .. "A few skir-~!:.1J-papers? . -r m1Shes will show them that we are detenhlned, and will , "Enjoy the con~ence of the generals and know what . no doubt greatly weaken this part of Burgoyne's army." _your mes sages are. Learn them by rote. " I "We will do it," said Dick, and readily received per-"H'm! how many spies do that?" 1 mission from the general to harass the enemy all he could ' "All real spies do it. A mere messenger is not a spy, in this way. • although a spy may be a messenger." Therefore the Liberty Boys continued to fall upon "How did you get hold of our password?" small bodies of the enemy which were out of camp for "By being a spy," with a lau gh, "and there's another the purpose cf foraging stores and such like. thing. Don't tell secrets in public. You ne,er know who In every instance they made it their business to teach may hear them." t hem to respect their ability as marksmen, for the sharp-"There wasn't a soul in sight," muttered the spy . shooters of the gallant lads kept them in a state of ter"No, but there was one in hearing, which was worse." ror with their deadly fire. • "Oh, well, you rebels have got the best of me this time," Meantime news was received of the success of General t he man muttered, "but Burgoyne will smoke you out beLincoln on Lake George, the capture of three hundred :fore many days." prisoners, and the destruction of a number 0 vessels and "Have you actual information upon this point?" quietly. batteaux, and also the intended attack upon Forts Ticon "Wby, no, of course not," in confusion, "but it stands deroga and Independence. to reason that--" This put the Americans in good spirits, and gave them "Then you are simply boasting, which is very foofuh. encouragement to continue the fight against Burgoyne. Your generals are much given to that. Cornwallis, early thDe icrkednskio:'nsd. etermined to execute his plan of _driving out in the year, boasted that he would bag the fox'in the morning, meaning General Wa s hington.'' One night he took the Liberty Boys, left the camp on The spy colored . foot, and set out wii.h great caution for the camp of the "Instead of which he had to flee to prevent being bagged Indians and Canadians. himself." Every boy of the company was impressed with the idea The spy made no reply. that there was to be as little noise' as possible. "Colonel Baum went over to Bennington and declared They all understood this, and moved forward in silence. that he would take the stores, but he met John Stark and Of course, Pats y an"d Carl had to be taken along, as lost his life." much for the amount of fun they furnished the boys as "And you really think that you will succeed in beating the king?" asked the spy, more seriously. "Think?" echoed Dick. "I know it. It is a matter o f c onviction, not of thinking. Our success i s inevitable. It may take years to accompli sh , but it is just as certain as that day follows night." There was no boa s ting tone here, and the spy was great ly impressed by Dick's earnestness. The next day Burgoyne began to strengthen his position 1rith intrenchments and batteries, part of them across the meadows which bordered the river, and part on the height c <'ommandi![g them. The Americans also extended and strengthened their line of breastworks on the left of the cam p, the right being already unassai]able. The two camps were within gunshot, but there were woods and ravines between them. The effect produced upon the Indians and Canadians by Morgan's riflemen and Dick Slater's sharpshooters wa-i beginning to show itself. A great many were picked off by the latter, and it was :rarely that any of the enemy showed himself, but what .at least five or six bullets were sent at him, and generally -one of them took effect. The redskins were losing ' heart from having so many of their warriors picked off by these expert marksmen, and were beginning to leave in great numbers. Dick ascertained this by visiting the Indian and Canadian camp the day after the battle. for their :fighting propensities, which were of no mean ca]ibre. "llfoind now, Cookyspiller," said Patsy, before they start ed, "av yez do be makin' anny noise yez'll get a bat o,er dhe hid." "How yor f knowed I was make some more noises as you alretty?" asked Carl. "Becos yez do all dhe toime, dhat's phwy.'' "Gone ouid mid ' you. Off I was laff like you, to wake up dose deadt beoples, you might said somedings." "Shure an' it's only a foine, gintle ripplin' laugh Oi have . " "Yah, dot la:ff was a ripper, I bet me," laughed Carl. "Dot was ripped up everydings, I bet me.'' , "Go'n wid yez; me laugh is loike dhe bubbling av dhe brook, so it is; but yez do be lau ghin' loike a jackass.'' "More bedder you was saw dot you don'd was make some noises yourselluf und don'd bodder abouid meinselluf," sputtered Carl. "Shure an' Oi've got to, Dootchy, an' yez mustn't get mad. Don't yez know dhat Oi'm raysponsible for yez ?it "No, sir, nobody don'd was responsible for me. I don'd was responsible meinselluf.'' "Shure an' yez got it roight dhat toime," roared Patsy, • and his laugh bad nothing of the gentle ripple about it. "You two fellows are both as noisy as bulls," chuckled Ben Spurlock, "and we ought to leave you behind if we ' mean to have a silent march." "Yez do be shlanderin' me entoirely, me bhy," said 1


• THE LIBERTY BOYS' WAR TRAIL. 23 Patsy. "It wor dhe Dootchman yez wor thinkin' av an' not mesilf, at all at all." • However, when they :finally set out neither Patsy nor • Carl made any more noise than any of the boys, and all moved forward rapidly and silently. Their long experience in running down these red vil lains stood them in good stead, and the boys were as proficient in woodcraft as any Indians, in fact, they proved themselves their superior on many_ occasions. Swiftly and noiselessly they went on till they neared the camp of the redskins. Then they burst upon it like a cyclone. Muskets rattled and pistols cracked, shouts and yells rang out, and the boys swept down upon the redskins with the greatest fury. Tepees were overturned, horses were let loose, rifles were seized and, like a whirlwind, the dauntless boys rushed through the camp. T1ien they dashed off, only to appear at another part of the camp and create a second hubbub. By this time the redskins and loyalists were ready for them, but they did not again appear. CHAPTER XVII. Bl'D UNDER SUSPICION. The Liberty Boy had given the redskins a surprise, and now they returned to their own camp. "A few more surprises like this and they'll get tired and O'O away," said Bob. 0 "Well, they can't go any too soon for us," chuckled Ben. "For all their vaunted stoicism," said Mark, "these peo ple cannot endure loss and reverse as more enlightened people can." "Of course not" added Harry Thurber. "They are be ginning to desert' now, on account of the punishment given to them, and you will :find that it is so in all cases." "They are not brave," declared Harry Judson, "but only stubborn and cruel. Real bravery is only found among those who possess greater intelligence. Even the Hes sians are braver than the Indians." "Yes for an Indian can't stand the toothache," laughed ' Ben. The next day some of the Liberty Boys went about the neighborhood to spy upon the enemy. , The two Harrys chanced to go into a tavern in the course of their tour. As their eyes happened to take in the occupants of 'the room, a familiar figure greeted their vision. It was no less than Bud Warner, or his double. He was seated at a table, talking to a group of-men gathered around him, some standing up and others sitting down. "Hallo, there's Bud Warner;' said Harry Thurber. "Yes, I suppose he is trying to learn something." "Then there's no use of our staying here." "No, unless he signals to us to stay." The boy did not do so, however, and the others presently went out. . . . Upon their return Harry Thurber saw Bud m his um form cleaning his pistols. It struck Harry as strange that Bud had arrived in camp before they did. But, not suspecting any~hing wrong, he appro _ ached Bud, who now laid down the pistols, and greeted the youth. "Did you learn anything in the tavern, Bud?" asked Hany. "In the ta,ern ?" repeated Bud, with a puzzled look. "Certainly, the one between here and the British lines. You ought to know the. place." "Yes, certainly; but I have not been there." "You haven't?" exclaimed both boys in a breath. "No, I have been in camp all the morning." "But, Bud, we saw you." "You couldn't, my boy, for I was not there . " ,.,Both Harrvs were now very much surprised, and did not know wh;t to make of Bud's contradictory answers. TMy had been sure that it was Bud they ~ad seen, but now that he had arrived in camp before they did, which to them seemed a.n impossible thing to do, coupled with his readv answers to their question,., made them think that, pos.sibly, they might have been wrong in their recognizance of him. "It's very queer," said Harry Judson, "but both Harry and I saw you there-or, at any rate, we saw someone very much like you." "That might have been, but it certainly was not me," said Bud. "I never saw a stronger resemblance," obsen-ed Harry Thurber. "Nor I," added the other Harry. "That may be so, too," laughed Bud, "but I could not have been there because I was here." "Of course you could not be in two places at once." "Unless you were a bird, as Patsy," laughed Harry Thurber. ''Andl'm not a bird." That afternoon, when Mark was walking just outside the camp, he saw Bud, in his ordinary clothes, run away. "What's his hurry, I wonder?" he muttered. Later he saw Bud, and asked: "Did you learn anything when you were out, Bud?" "I haven't been out. Do you want me to go? I never tried scouting, and I don't know how I would make out alone." The two Harrys were present, and they exchanged glances. "But didn't I see you leave the camp this afternoon?" asked Mark. "No," frankly. "I was here all the afternoon." Mark said no more, but the two liarrys looked at each other. Early in the evening Harry Thurber, going on picket, saw a boy in coarse clothes suddenly glide away into the hushes. "Well, if that wasn't Bud Warner, I don't know who it was," he muttered.


I 24 THE LIBERTY BOYS' WAR TRAIL. An hour or two later, hearing suspicious sounds, Harry gave the alarm. A detachment of royalists had come to attack them. The Liberty Boys were ready for them in a moment, however. At once they opened fire upon the Torie~ and drove them back. "I don't understand it," was Harry's thought. "I see Bud stealing away from the camp, and then these Tories try to surprise us." The loyalists were driven away with some loss, and the camp was quiet again. "It's very queer," said Harry. to his chum, having been relieved. "What is?" ) "You know we saw Bud this forenoon outside the camp?" "Or thought we did." "And Mark saw him this afternoon?" "Or thought he did." "And Bud denied being away from camp both times." "Yes." "Well, I saw him leave it to-night, and later the Tories attacked us_.'' • "Yes, but, Harry--" , "I don't want to think he brought them here, but I saw him coming on just as they appeared." "Then the boy must be a traitor." "Yes, and I never suspected it, nor any of us." At that moment Bud himself joined them at the fire. "Bud Warner," said Hany 'l'hurber, "where have you been to-night?" "Part of the time in camp and part of the time on picket." "You haven't been away from it?" "No," simply. "Wby do you ask?" "Will you give me your word of honor that you have not left the camp to-night?" • "Of course; but what is the matter? All you fellows seem to doubt me to-day." "Have you a double that you know of?" "No." "Both Harry and I were ready to take an oath .that we saw you this morning in the tavern." "Yes." , ".And Mark that be saw yo11 this afternoon outside the camp." "Yes, I know it." '' And no:V to-night I saw you le_ave the camp, and then r saw you with these rascally Tones." Bud turned pale even under the Iio-ht of the fire. "H ' " arry." he gasped . <

THE LI:SER'rY BOYS' WAR TRAIL. 25 All the Liberty Boys had orders to arrest this double of Bud's if they saw him, and then it came out that several of the boys had seen Bud, as they supposed, out of his uniform, but had thought nothing of it. The mysterious person did not appear again that night, nor was the camp again alarmed. The next day Dick took the Liberty Boys and made a sudden descent upon the redskins. They came without warning, inflicted a severe punish ment 11pon their red foes, and then dashed away again at a speed that defied pursuit. The redskins could not stand up against the fierce clrnrge of the Liberty Boys or the terrible volleys poured upon them, and they retired in dismay. The daring lads did not wait for the Indians to rally, or for reinforcements to come from the other camps, but dashed away as rapidly as they had appeared, and were soon out of sight. "That's the way," laughed Bob. "They will remember us after this," said Ben. "And change their quarters," added Sam. "There were fewer of them than there were the other time," declared Mark. "Yes, they are thinning out," said Bob, "and by the time Burgoyne gets ready to fight again he won't have any of them." After their return to the camp Dick, setting out to reconnoiter, heard a hasty footstep. Then he caught sight of a boy hurrying away into the woods. As far as he could see, he judged it to be Bud, but he knew that it could not be the boy. "There's our mysterious double," he muttered. Then he began to follow the person, whoever it was, stealthily and rapidly. No Indian could have taken the trail better than did Dick. He kept the fugitive in sight without being seen him self. Now he glided along the ground almost on his face. Then he went forward on hands and knees, not always looking up, as the trail was plain before him. Now and then he glanced ahead, and saw the figure moving along at an easy pace, seemingly unsuspicious that he was followed. Occasionally he paused and looked about him, and at such times Dick crept nearer, silently and rapidly. The figure was that of a boy dressed in homespun and wearing a cocked hat, and bore such a striking resemblance to Bud that Dick was startled. semblance to one of the Liberty Boys as to cause him to fall under suspicion?" "Why, Ws Captain Slater," said the boy. "Exactly. And who are you, may I ask?" A peal of rippling laughter was the answer. Dick drew the boy into the light. "Now tell me," he said. "Don't you know?" "Well, I should say that you were Bud Warner, had I not left him in camp when I set out to f9llow you." "You followed me?" in astonishment. "Yes, all the way." "Is that so?" "Yes." "I did not see you." "I did not mean that you should." "But I did not know that you saw me even."-"I know that person seldom see me when I follow them." "Wl1y did you?" . "Because I wished to know who you were and what you wanted. If. you are not Bud Warner, who are you?" "Don't you know?" ;1ith a laugh and a blush. "Jovel , you don't mean-you are not Mercy?" "Yes." "But why this disguise, and why did you come near the camp and then run away again as if afraid of being discovered?" .., "Did you know that?" the girl asked, in surprise. "Of course. Don't you know that few persons can ap-proach our camp without being discovered?" "I. did not think I was seen every time," simply. "Yes, but why didn't you come up boldly?" "In boy's clothes?" blushing. "Then why did you put them on?" asked Dick, with a laugh. "Because I wanted to see Bud and-someone else." "Well, you have been making it troublesome for Bud, if not for someone else. Why could you not make yourself known?" "I was J s hamed. I hoped I would see Bud, but never seemed to do so. Someone else always seemed to see me." "But not the someone else you expected?" with a smile. "No," blushing. "If you had, you would not have run away, I suppose?" "Why, I should have died with shame and fright!" blushing crimson. "I don't wonder that the boys were puzzled," said Dick. "I am not :ready to say that it is not B'ud myself." " At length the boy reached a little shack in the woods and entered it. Dick crept up silently and suddenly darted in . • The boy saw him. There was a startled exclamation, and the boy tried to escape. Dick seized him and said: ''Don't be alarmed. I am not going to hurt you, but ! want to know how it is that you bear such a striking reCHAPTER XIX. THE END OF THE MISUNDERSTANDING. Mercy herself laughed, and Dick said: "In the first place you, put on boys' clothes to come and see Bud-and someone else?"


26 THE LIBERTY BOYS' WAR TRAIL. "Yes; it was dull at home, and lonesome." "You did not walk?" "No, I rode. My horse is not far away." "What were you doing in the tavern among Tories?" "Getting something to eat. I did not kn.ow that they were Tories." "You talked with them?" "Only generally, and not for long." "Did you see the two Harrys in the tavern?" "I saw two Liberty Boys, or at least I judged them io be such. They went out very soon." "Yes, but why did you lead the Tories to our camp?" "I did not. Can you belie,e that I would do such a thing?" indignantly. "I would not like to." "I hope so." "You were seen hanging about, and then they came. Some of the boys thought that Bud had turned traitor." "They may hav~ followed me, but I did not lead them. Why sho:1-ld anyone suspect ]3ud?" "It. looked suspicious. The boys were ready to swear that they had seen him leave the camp." "They did?" "Yes." "I did not suppose they saw me." "My dear girl, the Liberty Boys have been fighting the enemy for more than a year." "J .. nd nobly." "Do you suppose we have not learned a lot in this time? Why, many of my boys are famous spies. Do yoU:-suppose that anyone, friend or foe, could approach the camp without being seen? He would have to be an expert in

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These have been erected at the Prudential Insurance Company's offices, on the site of Old Furnival's Inn, where Dickens wrote the first part of "Pickwick Papers." The memorial is in the entrance arch• way facing the old chambers where "Boz" wr"te his story. \ The North Magnetic Pole was discovered by James Clark Ross, R.N., nephew of the famous Captain Sir John Ross, on June 1, 1831, in longitude 96 degrees, 46 minutes and 45 sec onds West; latitude 70 degrees, 51 minutes, 17 seconds North. The two polar regions differ greatly. 'fhe Arctic seas teem with animal life, and many birds, and mosses, lichens, scurvy grass, small shrubs and flowers are found in their appointed season and in varieties unknown in the Antarctic. In the latter region vegetation ceases at a comparatively early limit. There is plenty of animal life in the sea, but no quadrupeds on the land. Birds, however, exist in great numbers, and are much different from those in the Arctic. Its climate is also more severe than in the northern polar regions. ' ' As it is undoubtedly true that one man's meat may be an-other man's poison, so it happens sometimes that what seems like work to one person is regarded as recreation by another. "Had a good lecture on Alasky, didn't we, Eb?" asked one of Mr. Dodd's neighbors, meeting him the day after the lecture. "To sit there peaceful as pie for two hours, hearing him reel off the information and seeing those pictures cast on the screen was a grand rest for me, beat out with cranberrying as I be." "It was a good enough talk," admitted Mr. Dodd, in a grudging tone, "but it didn't rest me any to speak of. Between having to set stock-still without a chance to get in a word for two mortal hours and crane my neck looking at those views, I was pretty well wore when I got home. But I took the lantern out into the woodshed, and by the time I'd split up a week's kindlings I felt kind. o' rested an' calmed down." "Nearly everybody," said a Zoo keeper, "believes in joint snakes-believes in little snakes that can dismember them selves into four or five pieces and then come together again. Sometimes these reptiles are called glass snakes. Though there seems to be incontrovertible evidence to the contrary, it is nevertheless a fact that joint snakes, or glass snakes, don't exist. . There does exist, though, a lizard, called scien tifically Ophiosaurus ventralis, that is the same thing. This lizard, because it is long and slim and legless, looks like a snake. Its tail is very delicate. The vertebrre are so fragile that the slightest shock causes the tail to break off-to break at the same time, maybe, into three or four pieces. People I seeing the lizard go through this operation think they =e seen a joint snake. The tailpieces, of course, can't be taken on again, but the lizard is just as well off, for its tail grows . to its original length. The lizard is to be found in the South and West. We have none here." Recently a pretentious food-shop opened, on a cross-street uptown, with this bow: "New place; unique methods; excel • lence united with individuality. Our offerings are the finest that money can buy or skill produce." So far so good. The highly polished tables are clothless, and at either end of eac h festive board a foot-high stack of napkins was available. In stinctively, men and women at the noon-rush appropriated th1:: handy napery to do duty beneath the china service. When. checks were rendered, there arose, by degrees, a murmur o f protest from all over the dining-hall. Customers were balking at an additional charge of five cents. Every time a floor walker was appealed to he politely pointed to a footnote on the bill-of-fare, reading as follows: "Waiters are instructed to charge five cents more if patrons spread napkins on tables." On top of the menu-cards was this: "If pleased , tell your friends. If displeased, tell us." HAPi:)Y MOMENTS. "History states that the Romans worked like bees." "Um." "Yes, sir; worked like bees." "Very well . I'll bite. Doing what?" "Building the apian way! I say, old man, I sometimes think I ought to forsake the drug business for the sock and buskin." A young woman settlement worker who is well known in Boston's so cial circles has now learned, like the more experi•• enced district visitors, to take "black eyes" as a matter of course when visiting among the poor women. The other day she observed that one of her proteges had a "black eye" that far surpassed any that she had seen before, and, guessing its source, she wished to be sympathetic and said kindly, after spea,king of the woman's eye: "Never mind, Mrs. Mc---, everything will be all right. Your troubles might be worse." "Sure it might be worse," answered the woman philosophl cally, "I might be like yourself, Miss, with no husband at all." A man who runs a truck farm in Virginia tells of the sad predicament in which a colored man, named '8am Moore, who is in his employ, recently found himself. Sam had had con siderable difficulty in evading the onslaughts of a dog from a neighboring farm. Finally the dog got him as Sam kicked at him. Sam's wife, hearing a tremendous yell, rushed to the rescue of her husband. When she came up, the dog had fastened his teeth in the calf of Sam's leg and was holding on for dear life. Seizing a stone in the road, Sam's wife was about to hurl it when Sam, with wonderful presence of mind, shouted: "Mandy! Mandy! Don't frow dat stone at de dawg! F'row it at me, Mandy!" In a certain clergyman's family it was the custom that each of his children repeat a Bible verse at the beginning of every meal, in place of the more general formula of grace be!ore meat. One day one of his little girls had been found out in some small sin, and had been sentenced to a much curtailed dinner, to be eaten at a table quite by herself, that her contaminating presence should be set apart from the others. When the family was seated around the dining-room table the usual little ceremonial was p_erformed, and when her brothers and sisters had each repeated a text her father called upon her, sitting solitary at a wee table on the other side of the room. At first she demurred, on the ground that, being debarred from the family circle, she saw no reason for joining the family devotions. Her father insisted; she remained si lent a moment thinking, then spoke out clearly: "Thou pre-parest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies."


18 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. THE COLONEL'S DAUGHTER. By ALEXANDER ARMSTRONG. The year 1857 was a memorable one in India, and not likely to be forgotten. It was the year of the terrible mutiny which raged over half the country and threatened at one time to overthrow the English Rule. I was a young subaltern. in the 19th Hussars, which I had joined the year previous. I was longing for an opportunity to show of what metal I was made. Soldiers' blood ran in my veins , for my family had for generations furnished good and true men to the British army. I was also in love; a by no means uncommon failing in a young soldier. And, also, as frequently happens, there were great obstacles that seemed to be between me and the object of my affections, Edith Fitzpatrick, for that was her name, was a beautiful girl. Her face beamed with good nature, and her golden hair and lovely blue eyes made a conquest of me as soon as I knew her. It was on the P. & 0. steamer Indus that we had first met. I was journeying from England to join my regiment, and she having just finished her education was going out to India to join her father. A steamer is admirably fitted for a flirtation, and we were both young and happy, and took full advantage of our opportunity. In a word, before the voyage was over , we were both desperately in love with each other, we both pledged eternal constancy, and Edilh vowed that if she could not marry me she would never marry. Her father was the colonel of the r~giment I was about to join, and would hardly approve of the marriage of his only daughter to a young and penniless officer, who had only his sword to depend upon for a living. We therefore determined to keep our engagement secret, and trusted that somehow things would come right. \ . I joined my re~iment and attended to the usual routine of a subaltern's life. Endless drills and parades occupied my time, but no chance came for to distinguish myself. I saw Edith but seldom. When we met, however, her looks and words showed me plainly that she was still true to her troth. In the spring of 1857 matters began to get serious in Bengal. Native agitators were spreading over the land, and were busy in trying to corrupt the soldiers. These were composed of Hindoos and Mahommedans. The non-commissioned officers were natives, and the superior officers were Europeans. My business is not to tell how the mutiny originated. This is a long story. I have simply to deal with facts as they affect my fortunes. I had been sent to Chendaree, in Bengal, some distance 'from Cawnpore, on special work. I had to strengthen the Europeans who were in command of the Tenth Bengal Cavalry. This regiment was supposed to be inclined to rebel, and special precautious were taken. One of the native sergeant, or Havildar, as he was called, was Sewak Tewaree. He was a Hindoo. Tall and swarthy and villainous-looking naturally, he was rendered still more so by a frightful sword cut across the cheek, which had left a hideous scar. Sewak was looked upon as the ringleader of the discontented spirits in the regiment, and it was deter mined, if chance offered, to make an example of him. But he had more than the usual amount"of Oriental cunning. One day, however, he allowed himself to give way to his passion and committed a gross act of insubordination. He was court-martialed. I was the wincipal witness against him, and he was ordered to be flogged and dismissed from the regiment. The sentence was duly carried out, and no more was thought of it. I have dwelt on this incident, as its sequel was fraught with the most momentous consequences. Some two months after this e:went I was in charge of a small force of thirty men at an outpost about fifty miles from Chendaree. Col. Fitzpatrick had been to inspect our little garrison and had brought his daughter and her maid Mary with him. After staying three days he started for Chendaree with his aide, and it was arranged that Edith and her maid should travel home with three native attendants of proved fidelity. She aid not go with her father, as he was visiting various posts on the way, and would be somewhat delayed. About two hours, therefore, after the colonel started Edith~ bade me an affectionate farewell and departed. I had ~harged the colonel's old servant. Hussan Uskaree, to guard her faithfully, and he solemnly swore to do so. This somewhat re lieved me, because, although rebellion had not actually broken out yet, it was necessary to take precaution. I sat in the bungalow with Harry Talbot, a fellow officer o! my own age, smoking a cheroot and thinking of Edith. He was teasing me about her, and I bore all his jokes with the utmost good temper because I knew he was true to me. We had been sitting there for perhaps two hours, when I was startled by the appearance of Hussan Uskaree at the door of the bungalow. As he entered I rose from my chair and re garded him with anxiety. "Tell me," I shouted, "in the name of Heaven, what has happened?" His face looked agitated, and he was covered with dust, but was as solemn as ever. "Sahib," he said, in hoarse accents, "the young lady has been taken from me. Oh, I am lost-I am lost!" • It appeared that after the party had traveled about five miles Edith and her maid were riding ahead of the two soldiers, and Hussan was some little distance in the rear. When they. were on the edge of a thick jungle a body of men on horseback sprang out of the bush and seized the two girls. The two native soldiers dashed forward to help them, and were instantly shot. Hussan immediately stopped, as he knew he could render no help, and t\lrned his horse quickly round. He saw the girls and a number of their captors disappear in thel jungle, and he then put spurs to his horse and urged him along at the utmost speed, for three of the villians who were concerned in the crime came after him. He knew what to expect if he was captured, and after -a hard ride of two miles, he managed to outdistance ' his pursuers, and luckily escaped the shots they sent after him. The poor fellow's agitation was terrible. He dreaded to meet the colonel, and I really believe death would have been welcome to him. No sooner had he finished than a peon, or messenger, came running up breathlessly with dis patches from headquarters. The contents were alarming. The mutiny had already commenced, and the most horrible atrocities had been committed by the rebels, especially on women and children. This added to my agony, and I dreaded to think what fate was in store for the girl I loved. "Hussan," I salid, "have you no idea who the villians were who have taken Miss Fitzpatrick? Speak, man!" "Sahib," he replied, "I was some way off, and could therefore with difficulty distinguish the faces. One, however, I could almost swear to. It was that old Havildar of the regi ment, Sewak Tewaree." This filled me with horror. In Sewak's power! I dreaded to think of it. The ruffian would no doubt endeavor to avenge his punishment at the hands of the colonel. This was why he had captured the daughter. My mind was soon made up. I determined at all hazards to follow on the track of the ex-Havildar and his gang and rescue Edith or perish in the attempt. I told Harry of my resolve, and he begged to be allowed to go with me. This I could not permit, as it was necessary to leave someone in charge of the post. I decided to take Hussan, on whose fidelity I could rely, and whose knowledge of the country would be valuable. Besides, he was brave and de voted, and for different reasons was as firmly bent on rescuing Edith Fitzpatrick as I was. I also took ten of our native troops, on whose integrity and • courage I could rely, and mounting our horses, we started on our perilous journey. Hussan and I rode some distance apart from the party, , neither of us speaking. My heart was too full for words. At length night came, but we still rode on. Not for long, for the sharp eyes of Hussan detected, at a considerable distance away, a faint glimmer of light, which he pronounced to


THE LIBERTY BOYS QF '76. be a campfire. We immediately halted, and sent one of our party forward to reconnoiter. He returned in a few minutes, saying he had been near enough to see who the camp consisted of. He saw a female figure, which he was almost certain was the colonel's daughter, and by the light of the fire recog nized the old sergeant of the regiment. Our worst fears were realized, and we knew no mercy was to be expected. We resolved to join the camp immediately. I changed dresses with one of my men, and some color soon rendered my face and hands to an appearance of that of a young Hindoo. Hussan put on a long robe and assumed as nearly as possible the dress and manner of an Indian Fakir. I told the men what we intended doing, and I cautioned them to be on the alert and in constant readiness to fly if we managed to return with the two girls. I had no fear of their proving remiss. I had a pair of revolvers and a Jong knife concealed on my body, and Hussan was similarly attired. When we got near the camp the noise of our movements was heard by the sentry, who turned and saw us in a moment. Immediately he pointed his rifle at us. Hussan fell on his knees and clasped his hands and shouted a greeting in Hindostanee. This seemed to satisfy the man, who bade us approach. He, however, never ceased to cover us with his rifle. He made us march before him, and in this way we were ushered into the presence of the Havildar. The villaia was seated in front of a huge fire, surrounded by his gang. The two unfortunate girls were near him, reclining on some coarse clothes placed on the ground. Two small tents were pitched near. The party seemed merry. The Havildar had a huge pipe between his lips, and a bottle of some liquid stood in fron,t of him. When we were brought in front of him, he sternly demanded who we were and what was our errand. "Great lord,1' said Hussan, "thy servant is a poor Fakir, bound for the holy city of Meerut. This youth is a poor ballad singer whom I met with on the way. We crave, humbly, food and rest." This speech was so naturally delivered that the chief villain's face assumed a milder look. With an oath he commanded us to be seated, and told his men to give us food. "Afterwards," he added, "the youth shall ,sing us some love ditties." As he said this he cast a most affectionate look toward Edith, and I could have strangled him on the spot. After we had eaten some food, Sewak Tewaree motioned us to approach. I moved over to where the girls were seatea, and Hussan sat near me. 1 As commanded by the ex-sergeant, I sang as well as I could some simple ballads which I had learned, and I observed that Sewak's face took a pleasanter expression. He continued all the time to smoke, and drank copiously the bottle in front of him. I was glad of this, and also that the other members of the gang were drinking. I knew it wo\lld make their sleep heavier. Before starting for the camp I had written a note telling Edith to be on her guard, that friends were in the camp and would endeavor to rescue them that night. This I managed to give her, unperceived by anyone. Sewak began to get drowsy and gave the signal for retiring. The girls' sleeping place was pointed out to them, and the ruffian put his arms round the colonel's daughter and kissed her before she withdrew. I was mad with rage, but prudence compelled me to restrain myself. The poor girl and her maid ran )lurriedly into their tent, but not before she had bes~owed a look on me which showed I was recognized by her. Soon all the camp was in profound slumber except Hussan and myself and the two girls, who were in an agony of anticipation. The sentry was also wide awake. He was posted outside the entrance to the girls' tent.1 Not a sound could be heard except from the insect life with which the jungle swarmed, and at a distance the deep roar of a ferocious tiger. Hussan and I were lying at some distance from the Havildar's followers and near the girls' tent. Our object was to get an entrance to this tent in some way. We talked softly and soon decided that one plan only was feasible. ' r was to creep round to the back of the tent and cut a hole in it through which the girls could escape. Hussan meanwhile was to look after the sentry. The project was full of danger. If the sentry should see me moving his suspicions would be instantly aroused and he would alarm the camp and our doom was sealed. Still, it must be done. I ()rept along most carefully, scarcely rising from the ground and taking care to keep in the dark shadow. I looked at the sentry from time to time, but he seemed to be quite uncon scious of my proceedings. Hussan, meanwhile, had been getting nearer to him. At length I got behind the tent, and having this between me and the other sentry I was able to move with more freedom. Soon I reached the tent, and drawing my knife I softly and cautiously made a long cut in it, sufficient to enable the inmates to get through. The girls were both on the alert, and in a minute Edith was in my arms. But it was no time for love-making. Every minute was precious. I told the girls to follow me, and to move with the least possible noise. At this moment the sentry started as if he heard a noise, and moved toward the door of the tent. One look and the empty tent would have been seen, and all was lost. Hussan had seen this danger, and at the instant the sentry turned his back he sprang on him, knife in hand, and buried it deep between his shoulders. With scarcely a groan the sentry fell down dead. Hussan then passed through the tent, going out at the cut I made in the back. In a few mom.ents he joined me and the t:aptives, and we made for our men with all possible speed. Very soon we reached our rendezvous. The men were all ready. I placed Edith in the saddle in front of me, and Hussan did the same with the maid. The poor girls were almost dead with fear and fatigue. I determined to make for Chendaree. It was further than the post from which we had started in the morning, anH' I tho.ught it most probable that we should fall in wi~h some friendly troops on the way, as the place was a big military station. Besides, it was very likely that my small detachment had evacuated their quarters, owing to the serious news that had been received of the progress of the mutiny. We hurried along, as we knew the escape would soon be dis covered, and besides, it would soon be daylight, and we wanted to put as much distance as possible between ourselves and the pursuers under cover of darkness. In order to deceive Sewak as much as possible, I sent several of our party to ride back toward the post we had left in the morning, instructing them to make a long detour and join us later. We rode on until we came to a broad and rapid stream. This effectually barred our path, and must be crossed. To our dismay we saw Sewak's party at a considerable distance in our rear, riding as hard as they could to overtake us. We put our horses at the water. It was our only chance of life. The ladies never flinched. The horses battled bravely with the flood, but I thought it was all over with us. By superhuman efforts at length we reached the opposite bank in safety. Not too soon, for just at this moment Sewak and his band appeared at the opposite bank. We did not fear them now, for we knew they could not cross with our men standing ready to shoot them down on their way over. Leaving four men to keep the river, we urged our horses on. They were nearlydead beat. Judge then of our joy when we met a large party of our own regiment galloping toward us. Col. Fitzpatrick was with them. In a moment Edith was sobbing on his neck. The old colonel had heard of her capture, and was on his way to endeavor to come up with the miscreants who had taken her. He overwhelmed me with thanks, and could say nothi•g when I told him of my love and asked him for her hand. I fought all through the mutiny, and besides being promoted, I was presented by the general with the Victoria Cross for valor. So I won fame and the girl I Joved. Sewak fled to Cawnpore and was taken when that city fell into the hands of the English. They made short work of him, and the villain ended his life of crime by being blown. from a gun.


These E verything I .! COMPLETE SET IS A REGULAR ENCYCLOPEDIA! Books Tell You Each book consists of sixty-four pages, printed on good _ paper, in clear type and neatly bound in an attractive, illustrated cover. liloet of the books are also profusely illustrated, and' all of the s11bjects treated upon are explained in such a simple manner that an:r ehild can thoroughly understand them. Look over the list as classified and see if you want to know anything about the subject,; , llllentioned. THESEl BOOKS ARE FOR SALE BY ALL NEWSDEALERS OR WILL BE SENT BY MAIL TO ANY ADDRESS '/l'ROM THIS OFFICE ON RECEIPT OF PRICE, TEN CENTS EACH, OR ANY THREE BOOKS FOR TWENTY-FIVE (.CENTS. POSTAGE STAMPS TAKEN THE SMdE AS MONEY. Address FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, N.Y . • MESMERISM. No. 81. HOW TO MESMERIZE.-Containing the most api,roved methods of mesmerism ; also how to cure all kinds of iiaeases by animal magnetism, or, magnetic healing. By Prof. Leo S:ugoKoch, A. C. S., author of "How to Hypnotiz!i;" etc. PALMISTRY. No. 82. HOW TO DO PALMISTRY.-Oontaining the most ap~roved methods of reading the lines on the hand, together with & full explanation of their meaning. Also explaining phrenology, and the key for telling character by the bmnps on the head. B1 MO Hugo Koch, A. C. S. Fully illustrated. HYPNOTISM. No. 83. HOW TO HYPNOTIZE.-Containing valuable and inaructive information regarding the science of hypnot ism. Also Uplaining the most -approved methods which are employed by the -.ding hypnotists of the world. By Leo Hugo Koch, A.C.S. SPORTING. No. 21. HOW TO BUNT AND FISH.-The most complete llunting and fishing guide ever published. It contains full inmuctions abot gu.ns, hunting dogs, traps, trapping and fishing, tbogether ;with descriptions of game and fish. No. 26. HOW TO ROW, SAIL AND BUILD A BOAT.-Fully Illustrated. Every boy should know 'how. to. row and sail a boat. J'ull inst.ructions , are ' given in t.his little book, together with in11tructiops on swimming and riding, companion sports to boating. No. 47. HOW TO BREAK, RIDE AND DRIVE A HORSE.A complete treatise on the horse. Describing the most useful horses for business, 'the best horses for the road ; also valuable recipes for diseases peculiar to the horse. No. 48. HOW TO BUILD AND SAIL CANOES.-A handy book for boys, containing full directions for constructing ca.noes and the most popular manner of sailing them. Fully illustrated. :By C. Stansfield Hicks. • FORTUNE TELLING. No. i. NAPOLEON'S ORACULUM AND DREAM BOOK.Con.taining the great oracle of human destiny; also the true meanIng of almost any kind of dreams, together with charms, ceremonies, and curious games of cards. A complete book. No. 23. HOW 'l"O EXPLAIN DREAMS.-Everybody dreams, from the little child to the aged man and woman. This little book sives the explanatipn to all kinds of dreams, together with lucky and unlucky Jays, and '.'Napoleon's Oraculum," the book of fate. No . . 28. HOW TO TELL FOllTUNES.-Everyone is desirous of knowing_ wha~ his future life will bring forth, whether happiness or misery, wealth or, poverty. You can tell by a glance at this little book. Buy. one and be convinced. Tell your own fortune. Tell, the fortune of your friends. No. 76. HOW TO TELL FORTUNES BY T-HE HAND.Containing rules for telljng fortunes by the aid of lines of the hand, or the secret 'of palmistry. Also the 1?ecret of telling future events by aid of moles, marks, scars, etc. Illustrated. By A. Anderson, ATHLETIC. No. 6. HOW TO BECOME AN ATHLETE.-Giving full iniltruction for the use of dumb bells, Indian clubs, parallel bars, berizontal bars and various other methods of developing a good, lbealthy.muscle; containing over sixty illustrations. Every 6oy can become strong and healthy by following the instructions contained m this• little book. No. ' 10. HOW TO BOX.-The art of self-defense made easy. (P;ontaiping over thirty .illustrations of guards, blows, and the ditferant positions of a good boxer. Every boy ,should obfain one of tiiese useful a:i;td instructive books, as it will teach you how to box ill'itbout an instructor. No. 25. HOW TO BECOME A GYMNAST.-Containing full m11truct.ions for .all ki)lds of gymnastic sports and athletic exercises. Emb'acing . .thirty,five il _ Iu _ strations. By Professor W. Macdonald. A ha.b~,Y an. d Jltl~fuJ, book. 1'fg., p4. ~OW TO F~NCE.-Containin~ full ips!z:uction for f~nc1p:g :S.nd';the.luse 'Of the broadsword; also mstruct1on m archery. Descrrbed. with "twenty-one practical illustrations, giving the best ptions'in fencing. A complete book. • TRICKS WITH CARDS. No. 51. HOW TO DO -TRICKS WITH CARDS.-Containing &rplanations of the general principles of sleight-of-hand applicable I card fricks ;ot.card tricks with ordinary cards, antl not requiring r.ieight-of-hand; of tricks involving sleight-of-hand, or the use o f c,pecially prepared cards. By Prefessor Haffner. Illustrated. No. 72. HOW TO DO SIXTY TRICKS WITH CARDS.-Em:• bracing all of the latest and most deceptive card tricks with ile lustrations. By, A. Anderson. ' No. 77. J:!OW TO DO FORTY TRICKS WITH CARDS.Containi~ deceptive Card Trlcks as performed by leading conjurors and mag1c1ans. Arranged for home amusement. Fully illustrated. MAGIC. No. 2 . HOW !l'O DO TRICKS.-The great book of magic and card tricks, containing full instruction. on all the leading card tricks of the day, also the most popular magical illusions as performed by oui: lea~ing magicians ; every boy should obtain a copy of this book, as 1t Wlll both amuse and instruct. No. 22. HOW TO DO SECOND SIGHT.-Heller's second sight explained b:l'. his former assista1,1t, Fred Hunt, Jr. Explaining how the secret dialogues were carried on between the magician and the boy on the stage; also giving all the codes and signals. The only authentic explanation of second sight. No. 43. HOW TO BECOME A MAGICIAN . ._Containing the grandest assortment of magical illusions ever placed before the public. Also tricks with cards. incantations, etc. No. 68. HOW TO DO CHEl\TICAL TRICKS.-Containing over one hundred highly amusing and instructive tricks with chemicals. By A. Anderson. Handsomely illustrated. No. 69. HOW TO DO SLEIGHT OF HAND.-Containing over fifty of the latest and best tricks used by magicians. Also -containing the secret of second sight. Fully illustrated. By A . Anderson. . No .. 70. HOW ?-'0 1\1:~KE MAGIC ~OYS.-Containing full directions for makrng Magic 'l'oys and devices of many kinds. By A. Anderson. Fully illustrated. No. 73. HOW TO DO TRICKS WITHNUl\fBERS.-Showing many curious tricks with figures and the magic of numbers. By A. Anderson. Fully illustrated. _No. 7_5. HO\Y TO ~ECOME A CONJUROR. -Containing tricks Wlth Dommos, Dice, Cups anJ Balls, Hats, etc. Embracingthirty-six iJlustrations. By A. Anderson. No. 78. HOW TO DO THE BLACK ART.-Containing a com• plete de~iption of the mysteries of Magic and Sleight of Hand, together with many wonderful experiments. By A. .Anderson. Illustrated. M E CHANICAL. No. 29. HOW TO BECOME AN INVENTOR.Ev!lry boy should know. how inventions originated. This book explains them all, g!ving examples in electricity, hydraulics, magnetism, optics, pneumatics, mechanics, etc. 'l'he most -instructive book,published. No. 56. HOW TO BECOME AN ENGINEER.-Containing full instructions how to proceed in order to become a locomotive en• gineer; also directions for building a model locomotive ; together with a full description of e~rything an engineer should, know. No. 57. HOW TO MAKFJ MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS.-Full directions how to make a Banjo, Violin, Zither, Jillolian Harp, Xylo,phone and other musical instruments ; together with a brief description of nearly every musical instrument used in ancient or modern times. Profusely illustrated. By Algernon S . Fitzgerald, for, twenty years bandmaster of the Royal Bengal Marines. No. 59 . HOW TO l\IAKE A MAGIC LANTERN.-Containing a description of the Ian.tern, together with its history and invention. Also full directions for Its use and for painting slides. Handsomely illustrated. By John Allen. No. 71._ HOW _TO DO MECE;ANICAL. TRICKS.:::::Containinf complete ms~ructions Jor,performmg over-sixty Mechanical Tricks, By A. Anderson. Fully illustrated. LETTER WRITING. No. 11. BOW TO WRITID LOVE-LETTEJRS.-A most complete little book, containin~ full directions for writing love-lettel"!I, and when to use them, giving specimen letters for. young and olii No. 12. 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Also containinl . No. 20. HOW TO lllNTERTAIN AN EVENING PA"R'.l'Y..'-.A. valuable info1ma.tion as to tbe neatness, legibility and general com , very valuable little b'Ook just published. A compfete compendium P.Qsition of manuscript, essential to a successful author. By Prin'OO of games, sports, card diversions, comic recitations, etc., suitable .Hiland. for parlor or drawing-room entertainment. It contains more for the No,, 38. HOW TO BECOME YOUR OWN DOCTOR.-A WO'Ql>O money "than any book pblisbed. derfol, book, containing useful a.nd practical information in No. 35. HOW TO PLAY GAME$.-A complete and useful little treatment of ordinary d,isease;, and a'ilments common to everg book, containing the rules and regulations of billiards, bagatelle, family. .A.bounding in useful and effective recipes for general colll!l-backgammon, g_rqqne,t. dqininoes, etc. plaints. No. 36. HOW TO SOfiVID CONUNDRUMS.-Containing all _'1:jtJ• .p5. 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