The Liberty Boys and Captain Talbot, or, The fire brig of the Hudson

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THE LIBERTY ,1 A Weekly Magazine containing Stories of the American Revolution. Isaued Weelcly~By . ij;ubscription 82 .50 per year. No. 359. NEW . YORK , NOVEMBER 15, 190'i'. Price 5 Cents. T h e boat struck the other squarely, near the bow. "Stop!" cried Dick, leaning forward, pointing a pistol at the nearest rower's head. A redcoat struck at him with a musket. Then Ben fired and ruined the redcoat's aim.


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 A Weekly Magazine Containing Stories of the American Revolutio n I53'1Ud Weekly-By Subscription $2.50 per 11ear. Entered aecotdinu to Act of, in the year 19oz. in the otfi,ce of the Librarian of Congress, Washington, D. C., by Frank 1'ousey, Puhlisher, 24 Union Square, 1vew York. No. 359. NEW YORK, NOVEMBER 15, 1907. PRICE 5 CENTS. CHAPTER I. PLOT .AND COUNTERPLOT. It was the month of Sept e mber 1776. 'l'he British ships lay at Governor' s Island, within gun shot of the citv of New York. General H o,~,e's land forces were on Long Island at Bush wick, Newtown, Hell Gate and Flushing. 'rhe . American army was at Fort Washington, at the northern end of New York, or Manhattan Island. A r ear guard of four thousand men, under command of General Israel Putnam, the veteran Indian :fighter, wa;; !cft in the city, -with orders to follow if necessary. The situation of the .Americans was desperate. ' Beaten at the battle of Long Island, they saw the Brit ish rapidly encroaching until the occupany of New York and the island as well as that of Long and Staten Islands and the Jersey shore seemed inevitable. Besides the local militia who assisted the regulars in the figh~ for freedom, tliere were many independent "!:>odies which did good service. Among these was a company of one hundred patriot youths, organized within a few months and having al ready seen active service, known as the Liberty Boys. They came for the most part from Westchester County which remained a great neutral ground during the entir~ war of the Revolution. Their captain was a manly, self-reliant boy named Dick Slater_. his first lieutenant and closest friend being Bob Estabrook, while the second lieutenant was a dashy boy, brave to rashness, something younger than Dick and Bob, known as Mark Morrison. One day, a little before the middle of September, Dick Slater and his two lieutenants were walking down Broad ,rny, in the city of New York, 'D.ear the old or Trinity Church, the new or St. Paul's being at the upper end of Broadway at the edge of the Commons. It was a time of great uncertainty, and Dick Slater was looking over the ground with a view of determining what had best be done, having been detailed for this especial work by General W ashing't'on himself. Dick enjoyed the confidence of the general, and had already been employed by him upon a number of secret missions, in all of which he li.ac1 given complete satisfaction. . Reaching Trinity Church, at the head of Wall street ' ' the boys halted . . They were in -qniform, and were a striking-looking set of boys altogether, being handsome, well-formed anti sturdy and true soldiers every inch. As the patriots were still in possession of the city, it was an ordinary sight to see the Continental unifor;m . Not often_, however, were three such :finelooking boys seen together, and they attracted a great deal of attention . Dick did not mind this, nor was his head turned by it, and as a rule he scarcely noticed it. Just now, however, as the boys were standing in front of the church, Dick's sharp eye caught sight of a man in the arched entra!lce, who regarded them with more than ordinary curiosity . He was tall and spare, wearing a suit of rusty black and a shabby wig, and looking like a lawyer who lacked ( He darted such a look of hate, mixed with craft, at the three boys that Dick could not fail to see it, although he did not appear to be looking at the man at all. Dick could take in a great deal at a glance, and one look at the man was sufficient to be acquainted with hi& complete make-up. His range of vision being extensive, he could see much , more than he appeared to, and thus, while seeming to be looking down Broadway, he took in all the details of the man in the archway. The latter's appearance had excited his suspicion in an instant. There was something about him which he did not like,. and that one look clinched it. He decided instantly that the fellow was a person to bewatched. "If that is not a spy of the British , " was his thought, "J never made a bigger mistake in my life . " Extending his hand, he said: "Well, good-by, boys. I must go back. I'll meet you at Fraunces' at noon and we'll have something to eat." "Good-by, Dick," said Bob and Marki, shaking hands. They did not know what had caused Dick's sudden move, but they trusted him implicitly. Nothing had been said about his leaving before, and it had been the boys' intention to go down as far as the Whitehall wharf before turning back. The boys knew that Dick had some reason for this sudden change, however. _ He never made any move without a good reaso.n. They kept on down Broadway, therefore, past the churchyard and to the Bowling Green. Dick turned and walked up Broadway as far as Rector street, where he paused for an instant. Someone was following him . He turned down the little street, walked slowly aml l entered a small shop where they sold hosiery and other articles of apparel. As he stood at the counter selecting something, he saw the ma n in shabby black go by, shooting a quick glance within .


2 THE LIBEilTY BOYS AND CAPTAIN TALBOT. Dick himself seemed to ha,c eyes only for the good~ on the counter. The haberdasher would have shown Dick all his stock, but the young pntriot, quickly picking out a neck cloth, paid for it, slipped it in hi.s pocket and left the shop. The man in rusty black was just entering a queer little tavern down the street noted as much for its eatables as for its ales and spirits. Dick entered and took a seat in one of a number of cur tained stalls. The curtain of the stall next to his was drawn, and he heard the sound of shuffling feet. "Could it be done?" someone asked. "Why not? There are enough of us in the city to follow the y01mg rebel." "He was to meet them at the tavern kept by that West India fellow, black Sam Fraunces, you say?" "Yes, at noon." "Then we must be there and follow the impudent young rebel. His capture is greatly desired by Sir William." ".A.ncl at the same time we may be able to obtain valu able information from him . " "As I supposed, the fellow is a spy," was Dick's thouo-ht. "So he will follow me from Fraunces' tavern, will he? Perhaps not." He ,~as1about to leave, having learned all that he wished to know, as he supposed, when the man in black said: "We'll be going up the river soon and crossing from Long Island, and then let the rebels look out." "B3 George! we'll close both ja,Ys of the trap on them, won't we?" . "Yes, and lest this news gets out, we must capture this Dick Slater and get all the information we can out of him without allowing him to get any out of us." "Y cry good; we'll be at Sam Fraunces' place and follow him home." "Perhaps not," thought Dick, as he arose and left the place. .;Returning to Broadway, be made his wav down to the Bowling Green, and found Bob and J\fark" sittin(J' in the little park wheTe the lead statue of George III h:d been, but which the indignant patriots had torn down, carted ,off and melted into bullets. "The fellow is a spy," said Dick. "What fellow?" "'rhc one I saw watching us at the church." "Oh, I see," said B0b. "That's why you left so hastily." ' "Yes, and I am to be captured and made to tell ;,hat I know s.bout Genera l Washingtbn's plans." , "They cou l dn' t make you," said Bob. "I should say not," ag r eed Mark. "N " .d D" k "b t 1 o, sa1 1c , u as ong as someone is to be cap ---tured, suppose we turn about and do the captming?" "Good!" said Bob. CHAPTER II. A MYSTERlOUS MESSAGE. There were other Liberty Boys in the city besides Dick ,anc1 his two lieutenants. Tbe greater part of the force was in camp near White Plains, but there were nearly a dozen, including Dick, in the city . 'rhese could he got together at short notice. Inckoc1, two of them now appeared coming up from Whitehall wharf. One was a jolly-looking, rosy-cheeked, pug nosed, freckle-faced Irish boy, and the other was a fat German, weighing two hundred pounds. "Here are Patsy and Carl," said Bob. "Yes,. and just in time," observed Dick, signaling to the two comical Liberty Boys. "W11at it was, Tick?" asked Carl Gookenspieler, the German Liberty Boy, as the two approached. "I want you to get Ben, Sam and the two Harrys an

THE LIBERTY BOYS AND CAPTAIN TALBOT. He at once acquainted the officer with the plot against himself, ancl said: "We are going to capture this spy and make him tell us what he knows of the enemy's intended plans." "It is a very good idea, captain, and I trust that it will succeed." "It will be no fault of ours if it docs not, then, for we shall make every effort to catch the fellow," returned Dick. Leasing the tavern, there being a little time to spare, Dick walked slowly up Broad street. He presently saw a little boy about our years old leave its nurse, who had stopped to talk to a young man, ancl start to cross the street. .And then, coming suddenly out of a side street, appear ed a horse drawing a light rig _ , going at full speed. The driver either did not see the child, or was unabla to control his horne. On he went, the child right in his path. Dick saw the child's danger and dashed forward. Seizing the horse by the bridle, he brought it to a standstill not three feet from the child. Then the nurse suddenly saw the peril of her charge. With a scream she ran forward, seized the little boy, shook hi.rn and carried him back to the walk. "You're a naughty boy to run away like that!" she exclaimed angrily. "Don't you know that you should stay by your nurse?" The driver oi the gig meanwhile was berating Dick f01 having stopped him; people came running from all quar ters, and there was d deal of excjtement. Dick released the horse and walked back to the pave ment, where the nurse was still scolding the frio-hteneJ child. 0 "You don't pay 'tention to me," the latter protested. "You don't look :i.fter me, and I got to do somesing." Then, seeing Dick, he ran to the boy and said : "You very good sogerman, you won't let me get hurt, horse don't, nurse don't care, but you very good." "Come here, you naughty boy," scolded the nurse. "You must not talk to strangers. Someone might run away with you." She did not thank Dick for what he had done, but continued to scold the little boy. The young man she was with bad. nothing to say, either, although he had seen the whole affair. The reckless driver had gone on, and now the crowd rapidly dispen;ed, Dick continuing on his way without a word. It seemed useless to talk to a person as careless as the nurse, and, as the child was uninjured and the woman held him tiglitly by the hand, Dick went on . ('The city streets is no place for a child of such tender years," Dick remarked to himself as he walked on. "The boy might have been lost even if he were not run down." Reaching Wnll street, he looked around, and presently observed the spy coming to"ard him. Re took no notice of the m:rn, who passed him, turned clown Broarl street and looked back once. "Looki11! to 1'0<' it' I am corning." was his th;ught. "r see 110 one Plse, lrnt I su-ppoRc he will ha-v<' confederates." Turning ai length, Dick walked back. Pnssing the !?pot where the little boy had run into the street, he presently saw the nurse standing at the area railu1gs of a house near by_. beckoning to him. "What do you wish?" he asked, approaching. A young woman now came to the door above and said: "I thank you very much for saving my little boy. He is very careless and runs away sometimes. You are a soldier?" "I am one of the Liberty Boys, madam. I am glad to have been of service to you. 'l'he street is no place for your little boy." "I know it is not, but the naughty little fellow will run away, and often gets out before we are aware." It was evident that the nurse had told her own story, but Dick did not see any object in correcting it, and so he said: "I was very fortunate in being at hand, madam, so say no more about it." "Will you accept this purse?" "No, madam, I am sufficiently rewarded in 1..towing that the child iR safe." "Oh, I beg your pardon. There is no money in it. I should have thought of that. It is simply a little keep sake. Won't you take it?" There was 8omcthing in •the \Toman's look and tone which showed that she was especially desirous that he should take it, and he therefore accepted the purse from her hand. tipped his hat and went on. In front of Fraunces' tavern he opened the purse., which contained a slip of paper on which was written: "There is danger to all patriot soldiers in be city. Leaye at once." CH.APTER III. A CLEVER CAPTURE. Whv the woman should have given him such a note puz zled Dick exceedingly. "She mav have inside knowledge which I have not been able to obtain," was his thought, "and doubtless she is right. I may be able fo confirm it." Entering the tavern, he looked about and saw Bob and U ark in a corner of the main room. Scattered about in different parts were six or ei_ght of the Liberty Boys in ordinary clothes. Not far from the two lieutenants was the man in habby black. Whether be had accomplices with him or not Dick could not tell. The probability was that he did have. Dick walked over to the corner and sat down with Bob and Mark. They had something to eat, and they chatted pleasant ly, but said nothing about the position of affairs. At length, having finished their meal and paid their :;core, the thre8 boys arose. "I will see you this afternoon," said Dick , as they reaclied the street. The man in black was close behind.


4 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND CAPTAIN TALBOT. Dick turned east on Pearl street, the others going up Broad street. Walking along slowly, Dick entered a nameless alley rnnrung north. The man in black and a companion followed . At the mouth of tlie alley the two men were suo.denly -separated . Two or three boys got between • them, and one detained the companion to ask him a question. The spy followed Dick, who had suddenly quickened his pace. ' When at tlie farther end of the alley, Dick suddenly -turned and raised his hand. At once four or five boys closed in upon the spy and , seized him. "Headquarters," said Dick, and hurried on. "You are our prisoner," said Ben Spurlock. "Com•~

THE LIBERTY B OYS AND CAPTAIN TALB OT. 5 out of de house an' I didn't, but she didn't pay 'tention an' I runned away . '1 "You .naughty boy/' cried the nurse, coming forward, "if you go to strangers they will eat you up." "Why do you lie to the child?" asked Dick. "Yon ~hould not frighten him to insure obedience . " "My mozer says it's naughty to tell stories," said the hoy;still in Dick's arms. "Nurse tells stories. She says ;,he didn't talk to anybody an' she talked to a man what said ze r e bels was goin' to be dwov~ out of New 'Ork. Is you a rebel?" The nurse's face was like fire as she answered: "You're a naughty boy; I didn't talk to itnyone." 4s Dick had seen her conversing with a man at the time that the boy had strayed away, it was clear that her memory was very short. As he reached the home where he had seen the young woman, she came to the door and said: "Take Georgie upstairs and give him his bath, Louise." The nurse took the boy from Dick and went indoors. 'rhe woman looked behind her, and said -in a whisper: "The nurse is a royalist and a spy. I am watched on all sides . You must not stay in the city." "Then you know that General Howe i s going to attack to-morrow?" "Ye,;, I h.--now it. You must leave at once." ' "I will take your advice, madam_,, CHAPTER IV. RETALIATIO!s. "Don't dela y," continued the woman, "and advise your generals--" "Muvver, nnrne is tryin' to hear V[hat you're sayin' to ze aoger," piped up a childish voice. . There was the sound of scurrying feet as o-f someon e beating a hurried retreat up the stairs. "Don't tell tales, dear," said the woman, and then, with a warning look on her face, she disappeared within the house and closed tlie door. "She i s a patriot, but her p e ople are royalists" was Dick's thought. "Well, she has rendered me a s'ervice, and I am grateful." Going back to Wall street, Dick turned toward Broad way, intending to go to a quiet tavern on Murray street where he had left his horse. As he walke

6 "1;q THE LIBERTY BOYS AND CAPTAIN TALBOT. legs and under the seat, and by another around his body and the chairback. Working steadily at his wrists, he at last succeeded in pulling one hand out of the cords. With his :fingers he then released the other. The next thing was to loosen the cords about his elbows. This he did, \Vork:ing his arms, tugging and pulling and reaching up with his :fingers. "If these rascals will only keep away long enough I can work myse1 clear," he said. At last, having freed ooth arms, he was able to untie the cords about his body and legs. ''There!" he muttered, standing up, "that much is ac~ complished." Seizing one corner of the chest of drawe _ rs, he swung it around toward the door. "Pretty heavy/' he muttered, "but I guess I can do it.,, Dick Slater possessed remarkable strength, and a weight which an ordinary man could not have lifted was only slightly . troublesome to him. Moving :first one corner and then the other of the. heavy , chest of drawer,:, he at last got it against the door. As the latter swung in, the chest of drawers was a decided obstacle. The chairs were heavy, and he put them on top of the drawers. Then he swung the bed around so that the foot of it rested against the drawers. "Sorry to change the arrangement of the furniture," he muttered drily, "but I prefer it this way." Then he put the table under the window and stood upon it. The house was an old one, built by the Dutch, with dormers and a Rloping roof. The window overlooked Trinity churchyard, and was at the top 0 the house. "A pretty good jump among a lot of gravestones," mut tered Dick. The bedstcacl was one of the corded kind, the mat tresses resting on cords running through holes in the frame and siretched from side to side. Bedsteads of this variety were in vogue up to :fifty years ago, and it may be possible to :find one even now tucked away in some old garret. Getting the encl of the cord, Dick . began rapidly draw ing it out through one hole and another till he had yards and yards of it. It was good stout cord, and when doubled twice, or even once, was capable of supporting a good weight. If he had enough of it he would double it twice; if not, then once would have to suffice. Having drawn it all out, he measured it and calculated that he coulcl double it twice and still have enough. Measuring it off rapidly on the floor, he took the encl of the four parts and made it fast to one of the posts of the bed. Twisting the rest into a good strong rope, he knotted it once or twice and then returned to the window. Raising the lower sash, he sat on the sill and dropped the slack of his cord out of the window. ========= As he did so he heard a step in the hall outside. "They won't get' in as soon as they expect," he muttered. There was no one in the churchyard, nor anyone in sight. . Tben he began lowering himself as a key was huned m the Jock. CHAPTER V. EXCITIXG TI:.\IES. As Dick's head came on a level with the windowsill, he heard someone pushing against the door. "By George! I believe the rebel has barricaded himself," growled someone. "Hqw could he, bo1md hand and foot as he was?" snarleJ another. "I don't know, but he seems to have done it." "Here, push!" "Hallo, J oJin, William, come and give us a shoulder." Dick was now gliding down the cord, hand under hand. It stretched, but did not give way, and he made a rapid descent. Reaching the end, he found that he had a drop of a few feet. He let go, swung himself well out and landed on the soft earth between two gravestones. At that moment he heard a shout from the upper room. The spies, or Tories, or whoever they were, had forced an entrance and had discovered his escape . . He ran a few yards and crouched behind a tall headstone at the grave of some old resident. "Hallo! Where has he gone?" "Run down quick and catch him coming out." "And have him denounce us as a mob of rebels? That 1vould be wise, would it not?" "He's hiding somewhere. Watch for him. and shoot the rebel scoundrel." Someone was coming into the churchyard now to the g:r:ave of a relation, or perhaps study the quaint in scriptions. Dick looked up. The visitors were a man and a woman. Dick crept away, keeping the headstone between him self and the window. At last he arose and walked toward one of the paths. There was no one at the window now, and the cord l1ad been drawn in. Making his way toward the church, !)jck trentered it, passed through it and left it at the marn en a:q.ce. Walking up Broadway, he saw no one who looked sus picious, and after a brisk walk reached the new church and continued on his way, feeling that he was safe. Getting his horse, a magnificent coal-black Arabian whom he addressed as Major, Dick now set off toward the Llpper end of the island. He reached Fort Washington late in the afternoon, and went at once to the headquarters of the commander-in chief.


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND CAPTAIN TALBOT. 7 In a short time he was admitted to the general's pres ence. "Ah, Dick, I am glad to see you," was his greeting. "Do you bring any news from the city?" "Yes, your excellency. The enemy intend to attack it at several points to-morrow." "Say you so, Dick? This is indeed important i true." "It is true, your excellency. We had the good fortune to capture one 0 the spies oi the enemy." "Indeed?" in surprise. "Yes, your excellency, and turned hin1 over to General Putnam." "And you heard this news from him?" "Yes, and from others. I heard the spy tell of Howe',; intentions before we captured him." "Then you do not doubt its truth?" "No, your excellency." "Very good. Where arc the Liberty Boys?" "At White Plains, general." "There may be something for them to do, Dick." "They are always ready to do what you wish, general," said Dick. "I know it, Dick. You had better bring them down here as soon as you can." "Very good, your excellency." Dick then took his leave, and ater a short rest an

8 THE LIBER'l'Y BOYS AKD CAPTAIN TALBOT. It was a hot, sultry day, and Mrs. Murray entertained • them so pleasantly that they remained for two hours. In the meantime Putnam had escaped to Harlem Heights by the Bloomingdale road with the loss of only a few of his men. General Rol1ertson, with a strong force, marched to take possession of the city, while Howe made his headquarters at the Beekman, at Turtle Bay, between east Fortyfourth ' and Forty-sixth streets. Before sunset the British troops were encamped in a line extending from Tom's Hook across the island to Bloomingdale, Harlem Plains dividing the hostile camps. That night many of the patriots, wearied by their hur ried march from the city, slept in the open air on Harlem Heights, unmindful of the rain which came on suddenly. Early the next morning Dick Slater set out upon Major to watch the enemy. ' Near the southern extremity of Harlem Piains, in a rocky gorge extending from Fifth to Eighth avenues, Dick met a boy who said : "The sogers are comin', the redcoats, a lot of 'em." "This way, boy?" asked Dick. "Yes, they're comin' right along this way to catch the rebels. Are you a rebel? You better run if you be." "I am a patriot,'' said Dick, smiling at the boy's ignor ance. ''Well,. then, you ain't afraid, but I beard say that the rebels was going to catch it." Dick dashed away to give the alarm. He quickly aroused the Liberty Boys, and they, with the garrisons at Mount Morris and Harlem Cove, hurried to meet the enemy. They met a force o.f British under General Leslie at the month of the gorge. "Hold your gronnd, Liberty Boys," cried Dick. "Don't let these invaders advance." The brave boys cheered heartily, dismounted, advanced in a solid body and fired a volley when Dick gave the word. The troops made a brave stand as well and held the enemy in check. .Again and again the redcoats attempted to force their way forward. The gallant lads stood firm, however. Muskets rattled, pistols cracked and brave boys cheered. The enemy could not force its way, and at last Teinforcements arrived. Then help came to the enemy, and they changed front and rushed upon the Americans. Mounting his brave boys, Dick now charged upon the reclcoats and kept them in check. "Give it to them!" roared Bob. "Down with the red coats, scatter the Hessians!" "Liberty forever, down with the redcoats and hireling Hessians!" echoed the Liberty Boys, charging furious ly. A score or more of the enemy, led by a stalwart British officer, attempted to cut off Dick. The brave young patriot at once engaged the Briton in single combat. . "Defend yourself, you impudent Briton," cried Dick. 'CS:ow dare you hivade this island-how dare you set yourself up against the rightful owners of this land?" "That stops the redcoats from calling Dick a saucy rebel," , laughed Bob. "Come, boys, to the rescue." The British officer, priding himself on being an expert swordsman, found that he was fairly put to it to even holJ him own against Dick. Dick was an expert with the sword, and attacked the redcoat so vigorously that he was forced to fall back. The men with him charged and endeavored to surround Dick. Then Bob and a dozen brave youths dashed up on one side, while Mark, with a score _ , rushed forward upon the other. "Catch that big redcoat," shouted Mark. The Briton, his pride greatly wounded, was obliged to put his horse to his paces to escape capture. Those with him were also obliged to flee in great haste, the laughter of the daring young patriots fairly making their ears burn as they ran. The enemy were mighty efforts to gain an ad vantage, but the patriots felt that they were defending their very homes and would not fall back without a f"trnggle. Again and again the enemy surged forward. Again and again the hardy young patriots met them valiantly. 'J'hc troops fought bravely, and the Liberty Boys were not a whit behind them in valor. "Holc1 them back, boys," shouted Dick. "Down with them!" roared the undaunted boys in an swer. Pistols cracked nnrl muskets rattled, the heights echoing back the souncls. The air was thick with smoke, but the hardy soldiers and the daring boys fought on and held their ground. .At last a detachment of Marylanders, under Colonels Griffiths and Richardson, reinforced the .Americans, and the British were driven back across the plain. "Liberty foreYer!" shouted the gallant boys with a cheer. "Hooroo, we licked dhirn, begorrah!" roared Patsy . "Now will yez shtay at home, ye spalpeens ?" Washington did not pursue the enemy, fearing an am bush, but ordered a retreat. The British loss was eighteen killed and ninety wound ed, that of the patriots being smal1. The victory gave the patriots fresh courage and neTved them for the contests soon to take place. The British now strengthened McGowan's pass, placed strong pickets in advance of their lines, and guarded their flanks by armed vessels in the East and Hudson rivers. General Robertson bad taken possession of the city and commenced strengthening the intrenchments across the island there, putting up tents and preparing to go into winter quarters. The Americans were now strongly entrenched on Harlem Heights, and it would take an effort to dislodge them. The British ships in the river were a menace, and plans for get.ting rid of them were now considered. .Among the ships in the Hudson was the "Asia," of


THE LlBERTY BOYS AND CAPTAIN TALBOT. 9 sixty-four guns, which was especially detested by the patriots. This ship had brought Governor Tryon over, and had fired on the Sons of Liberty in the early part of the war. She was cordially hated and was settled upon to be de stroyed. With Washington at this time was a sturdy Rhode Islander, one Captain Talbot, a thorough sailor and a man devoted heart and soul to the cause He had a plan by which to get rid of the "Asia" and -other ships. This he now communicated to the commander-in-chief. a An excellent idea, Captain Talbot," said the general. "You will want some bra,e fellows with you to help in -carrying out this scheme." "Yes, for it's a dangerous mission, general." "I can recommend just the sort you want. You have heard of Dick Slater and his Liberty Boys?" "Yes, nnd a courageous lot of boys they are, too." '"Take them. I will introduce Dick Slater to you, and you can make yo1.u own arrangements." In a short time Dick Slater and. Captain Silas Talbot met. The captain explained his _plans for destroying the Britis)'i shipping in the river. Dick listened attentively. "And you want someone to work with you, captain, someone who is not afraid to risk even his life in the work?" "It's a dangerou~ affair, captain; it's bound to be. You ~ught to know that at the 8tart." "I do know it, Captain Talbot, and I am ready to under take it." CHAPTER VIL AD.A.RING FEAT. Captain Talbot's idea was to take a vessel down to the British ships, set fire to her and send her right among the enemy's vessels. . He had a brig which he meant to use for this purpose. It would need men to handle her so as to get her al most npon the enemy before setting :fire to her. They would have to work with expedition, for once the brig was on :fire there would be no time to lose. , The fire brig was at Fort Washington, and little time would be required to get her ready to send down the river. AU of the Liberty B'oys would not need to go on the fire brig as they would require too many boats. Dick picked out a score of the bravest and mos.t reliable of the boys to accompany him. There were Bob, Mark, the two Harrys, Ben S1JUrlock. Sam Sanderson, Arthur Mackay, Will Freeman and ,t dozen more, all brave, dashing fellows. They were to go down the river early in the morning, the earlier the better, so as not to attract too much attention from the fleet. Having picked out his boys, Dick took them on board. Combustibles were put in the hold and placed around the decks. The rigging was newly oiled and tarred so that it would take fire the more readily. There were boats enough to help them in escaping, and all the boys were thoroughly armed. It was a most dangerous mission that they were on. The boys all lmew this and were well prepared for it. There was some delay 1n getting started, but at last they ,;et out. Going down the river with a good wind anq tide, they at length came in sight of the A ia. The brig was then set on fire and headed straicrht for the British snips . b The flames spread with great rapidity, anu in a short time it was r.ot safe to remain on board the brig. The combustibles had caught fire sooner than was an ticipated, and less time was taken to put the brig in flames than bad been supposed . The brig was soon alongside the enemy, however, with everything ablaze. It was now daylight, bnt the burning brig presented a fine sight, .Q.evertheless. She was a pillar of fl_.ame, with great clouds of smoke rolling off to windward. _"To the boafa, boys," said the captain. Dick quickly passed the word to his boys and hurried them aboard. He was the last to get in himself. There was a terr~ble excitement among ~ the enemy. Drum~ :vere beatrng, boats were being lowered, and e~ch sl11p m the fleet was pulling up anchor and making vigorous efforts to get away. "Make haste, captain!" cried Dick. "Aye, aye," mid Captain 'ralbot, who wished to remain long enough to insure the success of his plan. . The fire w~s spreading with alarming rapidity now, and 1t was full time that he was away. In_ getting away he was badly burned, but managed to get mto a boat and headed it toward the Jersey shore. One of the enemy's ships had sent a boat to intercept him. • Dick saw this and ordered , his boys to row vicrorously so ae to cut out the British boat. b With Dick were Ben Spurlock and hal'f a dozen of the Liberty Bqys. Bob and Mark were in another boat not far away. "Pull ahead lively, boys," cried Dick eagerly. Then he hurried to the bow, pistol in hand. , The boys tugged manfully at the oars, and they fairly shot through the water. Their object , was to get between Captain Talbot's boat and that , of the enemy. "Pull hearty, boys," muttered Dick, pistol in hand, at the bow. Ben was right behind ready to come to his support . The boys made the oars fairly smoke in the rowlocks as they bent upon them. On they rushed, getting nearer every instant to the enemy. "Pull, boys!" shouted Dick.


10 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND CAPTAIN TALBOT . The boys obeyed with such heartiness that there was no longer any doubt of success . The boat struck the other squarely near the bow. "Stop!" cried Dick, leaning forward and pointing a pistol at the nearest rower's head. A redcoat struck savagely at him with a musket. Then Ben fired rmd ruined the redcoat's aim. Receiving a flesh wound in the arm, he let his musket fall into the water with a snlash. The boat's progress was arrested, and Captain Talbot was soon far enough away to be safe. His men pulled vigorously toward the Jersey shore, and before long were out of danger. Dick Slater was not yet safe, however. Quick action was necessary now or he would be cap tured. aPull away, boys," he shouted to Bob and the rest. "Pull away; I'm all right." The enemy had lowered other boats besides the one Dick had stopped. These were now coming on rapidly. "Take the boat, boys , " Dick suddenly cried. At once their own boat was swung around. Then the boys seized the r e dcoats and, hurriedly dis arming them, threw them into the river. Then they pulled away, towing the other boat after them. The pursuers would have to stop and pick up the men, thus losing time. The Asia meantime had managed to extricate hersel.f from her peril, but only by the most energetic measures upon the part of her captain and crew. One of the ships now fired a shot at the boats contain ing the Liberty Boys. It fell just ~hort of Bob's boat. "Pull ahead, Bob!" shouted Dick. "I'm all right." Bob now obeyed and directed his boat toward the Jersev shore. " The others had already done so, but Bob thought that he ought to go to Dick's aid. On came i.he boats, one or two stopping to pick up the men Dick had thrown overboard. The others came on rapidly, gaining on Dick. "Pull hearty, boys," he said. The boys obeyed and made good progress, but the enemy still gained on them. Then Dick relensed the captured boat right in the cur rent, where it would be carried down against the enemy . Getting out of its way lost them time, as Dick hoped it would. '11hen the enemy" s ships sent another shot or two after Dick. They both fell a litLle short, but the water splashed upon Dick, neverthele:s. "A little too near, boys," he muttered. "Pull steady and we'll miss the next one." The enemy's leading boat, having more oarsmen, was coming on steadily, gaining every minute. Dick picked up a musket and fired, hitting the bow oara man in the shoulder and giving him a painful flesh wound. He dropped his oar, slid into the bottom of the boat and threw the whole crew into confusion. "Good!" muttered Dick. "I shall have to try the same with another oarsman." It was a long shot with a pistol. Dick tried it, nevertheless. Crack! His trusty ~•eapon rang out sharply. The midship oarsman received a scalp wound, lost his oar and upset the man in front of him. All this had caused the enemy's long boat to lose ground. Dick was going ahead all the time, and soon gained a good lead on the other. The boys pulled rapidly and steadily, and now gained where before they had lost. By the t9ne matters were straightened out in the long hoat there was li.ttlp chance of her catching Dick. She had lost two o a rs, and would have to carry two useless men, which would be so muoh dead weight. • She could get men and oars from one of the other boats, and the midshipman in charge called for them. :Much time was lost in doing this, however, and by the time it had been done Dick was so far ahead that pursuit was useless. CHAPTER YIII. S0111E FA1CILIAR FACES. Captain Talbot's fire brig had not accompli hed the purpose for which it had been sent down the riYer, but it did some goocl for all that. The ships were obliged to weigh anchor and get out of its way, and on its way down the river it caused a great stir among the enemy's shipping. The warships were forced to change their anchorage, and were thus not so great a menace as they had been. When Dick saw that the enemy hacl abandoned pursuit, he headed across the river for the New York shore. He signaled to Bob to do the same. In time the boats were all together, pulling leisurely up the river 011 the New York side. Keeping well out until theY, had passed the enemy's Jines , they then rowed in to shore and continued. They wdre rowing along shore when a little boy came running clown a path toward the water. . He did not stop, however. when he reached the beach, hut ran right into the water. The beach shelYed suddenly at this point. In a moment the hoy was in deep water. "Pull ahead!" cried Dick. The boy was now strup;gling in water over his head. The bo.vs pulled. toward shore, and Dick, reaching over the side of the boat, caught the child as he came up. "It's the same little fellow we saw in the city," he said, as he drew the child into the boat. "I'se alJ wet," the l1oy said. "I didn't know 'at was wot. I wanted to wun out to you, soger . " "Where is your mother, my boy?" asked Dick.


THE LIBERTY BOYS ~\ND C~'..PTAL TALBOT. 11 "O,cr derc," pointing. "Dis is a gooder place dun cw 'Ork. Too manv houses dere." ~t that mom~nt the young woman, the boy's mother, came running toward them. The boat grounded upon the beach, and Dick said: "Here is your little boy, madam. I am glad that I wa.,; near enough. Ile seems to have no :fear and ran right into the water." "I thank you," said the young mother. "I missed him and came a-fter him at once. Why did you run into the water, dear?" ":Ue want see soger; didn't know 'at was wet." "I will take him for yon," said Dick. "You live close by?" . "Yes." "Then yon lrnve left the city?" "Yes, but if they had known it, they would have stopped me." "Your people?" aMy husband's. "And he also?" ''He was." rhey are all loyalists." "You are a widow?" "Yes. I could not stay there. I am afraid." "For yourself?" ":More for my boy. They wish him harm." "But he is scarcely more than a baby." "There is money concerned. I am not in the way, but he is. Re will inherit." "And you are afraid they will kill him to get his inheritance?" "Yes." "It is.dreadful. Are you with friends?" "Yes." "But how do you live?" "I can do certain kinds of work, and they must support the boy." , "Yes, but if they know he is here they will t.ry and get him away from you." "Yes, no doubt. I can trust no one. The nurse wa s in their pay." "How did you get here?" "I walked or got lifts from farmers on the road." "It is a wonder you were not lost. There are wood,; and swamps on the island." "I kept to the roads." _ Dick. carrying the boy, walked beside the mother, who led the way back to a little cottage hidden in the treeR. A middle-ap:ed, pleasant-faced woman came out, took the child and carried him into the house. "Tell soger to stay, muvver," he said as he went in. "T want to see him." "Your friends are patriots, are they?" Dick asked. "Then they cannot find you, as they would not be likely to come here." ""Gnlcss the y wer e to trace me here by making in '}Uiries." "It is .. not very far from the American lines, and I will d e tnil a numb e r of the Liberty Boys to watch the house." "Yon are .-ery good," gratefully. "You did me a s e rvic e , and I am grate ful .for it, " with a smile. "I was only repaying your kindness in looking after my child." "Well, there should be no reckoning b e tween friend~, and we must be, being both patriots." "I fear that I can do little for you, but I am grateful, nevertheless." "II ow manv are there in the house?" "The lady you saw, her husband and a grandchild, a fe" years older than my little boy." "Perhaps I can find a house for you where you can do more for yourself. Meantime your child's interests ought to he protected." "Y cs, but with the in pos se s s ion of the city, that is a difficult matter." "Very true." _"If he is spared to me, they can have the money. I did not marry for that_ , and I can do without it." "Very likely; but if ~ ou should be taken away, your child must be proviJed for." "Of course." "D_o not fear._ . I will see that the house is protected, and 1f any suspicious pers ons are seen, we will look after them." The child now came out, climbed up in Dick's lap where he sat on the porch and said: "You good soger; me like you. You stay with muvver an' gran'ma ?" "Well, I will see you often, my little man," laughed Dick, "but I can't stay here." "Other soger come?" asked the child. "Yes, other Roldiers will come. I will send for some now if you like." "Are cley good soger, like you?" "Yes, the_\ are very good. If you come with me, I will get them now." Dick then yalked to the shore with the child on his shoulder. "This little fellow i;; in danger," said Dick. "Enemies of his mother seek his life. I am going to put a guard at the house." "Very good," said Bob. "I will appoint Ben, Sam and the two Harrys for the present and send someone else later." The four boys, who were in Dick's boat, now stepped on shore. "Yes, and ,cry worthy people." "Who arc they who you think would "Here are four very good soldiers to take care of you, do your boy an my little man," continued Dick. "I am sure vou will like , them." • injury?" "1Iy h11shand's brother and his wife." ".And the nurse is in their employ?" "Yes." "But they do not :know of this place?" "N 0.11 "Will dey play wiz me?" ask e d the boy, gravely. "Of course," with a laugh, "and take good care of vou." . ' "Will you come, too, soger?" "Certainly," and Dick put the boy down.


'l'HE LIBERTY B Y AND CAPTAIN TALBOT. "Dat's all wight. Don't forget?" "No, I will not." Dick presented the four boys to the young mother, and then the rest went on up the river to the patriot camp. That afternoon Dick came back with four other Libhty Boys to iake the place of the first squad. "Seen anything suspicious?" he asked. "No," returned Harry Thurber. "Well, keep watch , boys , and if anyone comes whom you have rea!>or.. to su s pect, warn them off." Br.fore returning Dick thought he would look at the location of the house, see what roads were near it, and fix other details in his mind. Walking to the road, distant a few hundred feet, alon g a pl13asant lane, he heard the sound of someone on hors e back coming along the road . In a few moments a single rider appeared. It was a man in a rusty suit of black, wearing a shabby wig, much the worse for wear. It was, in fact, the very spy whom Dick and the Liberty Boys had so very cleverly captured in New York a few days before. CH~\..P'l'ER IX. ADVEXTURES ALOXG SHORE. "Well," said Dick, "so you got away, did you?" "Got away?" repeated the man on horseback. "Really _ , young sir, I fail to grasp your meaning." "I presume you escaped during the confusion consequent upon the enemy's attack and General Putn11m's retreat." "Escape? '.From where? You are really talking ill riddles. I am an attorney-at-law, and--" "A spy for the British. As you are upon neutral ground at present, I presume I must consider you neutral and not arrest you?" "Arrest me, :young sir? Upon what authority? I am learned in the law, and--" "What brings you up in this part of the island? Let me warn you that you are on dangerous i:rround. I know you to be a spy of the British, and--" "Really, m~r dear :voung sir, you are laboring under a great misapprehension," said the spy in oily tones. "I am a lawyer. engaged upon le~al business." "You may he," !:'aid Dick, "but you are a spy also, and I warn ~ ou that if yol1 are caught within our lines, you will he arrested and punished ns such." "You are under a misapprehension, young sir," in oily tones. "Not nt n 11, so be warned in time." "This is a case of n1istaken identity, young sir. I am deeply in s~ mpathy with your cause, and many of rny clients are the same . " "I shall waste no word::: on you, sir," was Dick's reply. "You arr an escaped spy, and may be at work for the Tiritish _government even now. That I do not know, how ever. If I were sure of it, I would arrest you. If yo11 don't turn back--" The man in rusty black wheeled his horse. "You're an impudent young rebel," he said, • but I'll get the best of you yet." Then he suddenly whipped out a pistol and fired. Die~ saw the mot.ion, leaped aside and fired in turn. He took off the spy's hat and wig, and then the man dashed out of sight behind a clump of trees at a turn in the road. Dick heard the hurried tramp of the horse's feet andr l1eing on :foot himself, conld not follow . "I m1S certain of it," was his thought. "What bring;-; the old rascal up in these parts? Spying, no doubt." Will Freeman, one of the Liberty Boys on guard at the house, came running up. "What's the matter, Dick?" he asked, pistol in hand. "That spy ,re caught in New York is up here." "You can't mean it!" "Yes, and as impudent as ever." "Did you arrest him?" "I thonght a warning would be sufficient. Ile actuallJ tried to' face it out that I was mistaken." "What? You? A boy who never forgets a face or ,\ voice?" "Ye$. Then, seeing that I was determined, he called me an impudent young rebel, defied me and fired a shot.'' "Which you returned, of course?" "Yes, and carried away his hat and wig . Rnn aheadr Will, and pick them up." "\Vil I ran to the turn of the road and picked up a three cornered hh1ek hat and a shabby wig. Th~ edges of this were singed where the bullet had struck it, ancl there was a hole in the hat brim. "Hallo, here's something," said Will, examining the wig as he came back with .it . "i\7hat is it?" asked Dick. Wm handed to the young captain a thin slip of paper which he had f01ma inside the wig. "'l'his is a diagram of our outer lines," Dick remarked :n a few moments. "The man is a spy, and he has been at work up here . " "That looks like it," agreed Will . "Ile may be a lawyer, but he does not deYote all his time to the law. Keep an eye on him, Will." Dick presently retmned to the house and took a boat up to the camp . Finding Bob and :Mark, be told them of weeting the spy. Mark, who was thoughtful for all his gay disposition, wns silent a few moment~. "That fellow may be a lawyer. Dick," he said. "and not an oYerscrupulous one. I think you will find that he is up here on another-erra11d besides spying." "Very likely," was Dick's nnswer . "You are quite right about his being unscrup11lou8 . He has a crafty, sneaking look about him ,rhich I have often noticed . " "What else can you expect in a British spy?" sputtered Bob in his impulsiYe, ontspoken way, which caused both Dick and :Mark to laugh. "That is a rather sweeping charge," said Dick. "I sup posr there are some very good men acting as spies for the DritiRh . "


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND CAPTAI~ 'l'ALBOT. 13, I '"rhen they ought to get out of it if they hope to keep I "Hallo! What's that?" cried the midshipman heading their eelf-respect," exploded Bob. I the boat which Dick had heard. "In regard to this 11frs. Wilmington and the boy Wally," j The stern was not more than a fathom's distance from said Dick, who had learne

"'rake him away and put him in the brig," he said. "We'll hang him at daybreak." "By what right?" m,ke

THE LIB~RTY BOYS .A:KD CAP'I'AIN.T.ALBOT. tered. "I met one lying middy and another who is all rigllt, only he is engaged in a bad cause." He came at length to the house, and greatly surprised the boys by relating his adventme. "We heard shots down the river," said Phil Waters, "but we could not tell whether they were fired at you or not." "Yes," said Dick, "they were, but I was nowhere near them." "That was not their fault, for they would like to have had you in range." en/ ery true. Nothing suspici.ous ?" "No." "'Vell, keep watch," and then Dick rode on and at length reached the camp. CHAPTER XL .\. SURPRISE PREVENTED. Bob, )fork and the Liberty Boys were greatly surprised to s ec Dick come into camp wet from head to foot. . "Shure, an' is it shwimmin' yez have been dhe noight?" a,,ked Patsy ... "Of course," laughed Dick. "It's a quare time yez do be pickin' out for it dhin, capi.ain dear." "Why isn't it as good now as at any time?" "Shure, it's dark, an' ycz haYe all ycr clothes on in toirely. Dherc's no comfort in dhat." "Well, there wasn't very much, but it was a choice s wimmin~ that way or being a prisoner on one of the British ships." "Oh, my, oh, my, yez don't mean to tell me dhat yez wor a prisoner?" "Is that so, Dick?" asked Bob. "For a short time; but I diJ not like my quarters." "Nor your company either, I fancy," with a laugh. "No, nor my company." Then Dick told what had happened, the boys taking a great interest. "There are some decent midshipmen in the British navy, it seems," said Mark. "There ought to be to make 1.1p for those who are not," oputtered Bob. "Very true. That other fellow was a lying scoundrel." "lle got licked for it, though," declared Ben. "Bnt do yon suppose yon will ever meet young Morgan again, Dick?" asked Harry Thurber. "It is not unlikely," simply. "-Such things frequently harpen." , Later that night, having put on dry clothes, Dick took a horse and rode oil' in the direction of the house where jfrs. Wilmington and her hoy were staying. The house was dark and quiet, but some of the boys were on the watch. They reported having Peen nothing suspicious, but Dick wished to make sure for himself. "That rascally spy might return," he said, "and we must keep a watch for him." Riding on leisurely, Dick presently heard sounds and halted. Dismounting, he stood by the side of the road in deep shadow. 'l\vo men were coming on, talking in earnest tones. Dick crept forward. "Do you think she might be there?" he heard someone ask. The voice seemed familiar, but he could not place it at the moment. "Yes, for I am sure there was a house in the wooda near where the impudent rebel encountered me." Dick recognized the Yoice of the spy, the lawyer who had lost his "ig. "And vou can :find it now?" "With~ut doubt." "But you are not certain that they arc the r e ?" "I am not certain, my_ dear sir, but I don't think there is much doubt of it." "But if they are, how are we going to get hold of them to-night?" "We might raise an alarm and get them out. Then it would be no difficult matter to secure the child. \f e don't want :Mistress Wilmington." "No, of course not. The child would go with Elizabeth." "He would have to go with her, that is all there is about it." The two men passed on, and Dick followed. "That must be the man with whom the nurse was talking," was's thought. "I remember his voice now." : Following on cautiously, he presently saw thait the man had pas scJ the lane leading to the house. There were Liberty Boys on guard there, but they would not show themselves unless the two spies made trouble. In a few moments Dick signaled, and Walter Jenning~ emp.e forward. "The spy is here looking for the boy," Dick said, "but he has missed the lane and has gone on." "We heard the two rascals, but, as they made no trouble we said nothing." ' "That is rigbt. If they return, capture them. They are on an evil errand, and must be prevented from carry ing out their plans." "V cry well," said Walter. Dick now secured :Major and set out in the opposite direction toward the British camp. The redcoats might be contemplating some move against the patriots. It was as well to keep a watch upon them, therefore. The road was good, and it was not so dark now and Dick made fair progress. He was accustomed to traveling at all times of the dav or night, and time, therefore, made little difference t~ him. Pushing on till it seemed as if he must be somewhere near the lines, Dick drew rein and listened. All was still C$cept for the chirping of the crickets, the sighing of the wind and the crowing of roosters in the distance. He sat in his saddle listening intently or several mo. ments.


16 THB LIBERTY BOYS AND CAPTAIN TALBOT. At last he heard somethi!jg. It was the steady tramp of horses. "It can't be the picket?" was Dick's thought. enemy, thinking that the patriots were thoroughly aroused, retreated, and the contemplated attack was not "There made. ~re too many of them for that." s He listened a few moments longer. "It is a large troop of cavalry and infantry," he muttered. "They must be thinking of surprising our camp." If such were the purpose of the enemy, their presence in such numbers and at such a time was easily explained. Once the American outposts were forced, it would be difficult to establish them again, perhaps even impossible. No one but the enemy could approach from this direc tion. It was, therefore, unnecessary for Dick to actually see this body oi men which was coming on. Wh . eeling his horse, he set off at a gallop. Coming in sight of the ruin, he saw that the British ships had shifted their position. They were going up the river either to land troops or to co-operate with those now on the march. "It was well that I was abroad to-night," was Dick's thought. "I shall be able to prevent a surprise, at all events." Reaching the house, he despatched the boys to the .nearest outpost to warn them of the coming_ of the enemy. Then he prepared a little surprise for the latter on his ' ,own account. Collecting dr:v wood, brush, leaves and other m terial -easily combustible, Dick made piles of them at intervah, .along the road and in the woods at open spaces. When he knew by the sounds that the enemy was close iupon him, he got a torch of fatty pine wood and lighted it with a sulphur match. He then set fire to this pile of light stuff nearest to the enemy and dashed off on Major to the next. In a few minutes there was a line of bonfires on the Toad and in the woods, as though the patriots were signalmg to each other. Dick heard the enemy coming, crept as near to them as he dared and listened. The fires could be seen, and their presence seemed

THE LIBER'rY BOYS AND CAPTAIN TALBOT. 17 Something suddenly decided him. As he came to the point when he would have to take one road or the other, he saw a little velvet cap lying in the right hand one at some distance. The boy had worn just such a cap. It had fallen from his head, no doubt, and the boy's captor had not had time to pick it up. Dick's sharp eyes caught sight of it in an instant, al though it lay at some little distance. The moment he saw it he l7lew what it was and whai: its presence there meant. He took the road to the right without losing a second. As he flew by he leaned far over in the saddle, snatched up the little cap and went on. "'l'hc scoundrel thought to puzzle me," was his thought, "but I am on his track all the same." Ile could hear the sound of the other horse's hoofs and kept on. The ro a d was not straight, and there were many tree;; and bushes, which at times prevented him from seeing very far ahead of him. Once he missed the sound o-f the other horse's hoof;;. In a short time he came to a stretch of sand where little noise would be made by a horse. This was why he had not heard the fugitive, no doubt. He flew on over this heavy tract, and now he heard the other horse again. On he went and saw him just disappearing some little distance ahead. He kept up the same high speed he had been main taining and shortly saw the horse again. He had gained, ancl. was still gaining. Now there came a long stretch of straight rpad, where the other horse would be in sight for several )IlOments. Then Dick gave a sudden gasp of surprise. The other horse was riderless. Whether the man had fallen off or dismounted he coul

18 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND CAPTAIN T.A.LBO'l' . He had lost the boy's tracks, however, before this. Wally Lhought it fine fun to ride on such a beautiful "The man has been carrying the boy," he muttered. hori:;e and one 'that went so fast, and kept urging Dick Looking at the tracks closely, he went back to where to make him go faster. ' they turned. At last they reached the little house in the wood. Then he noticed that they had gone into the swamp and The boy's mother was overjoyed to see him again . out again . Dick did not tell all his adventure for fear of exciting "'l'he man ran after coming out," muttered Dick. "He the mother. has left the bov here." He merely said that the child had been abandoned, but Dick then m~de his way into the swamp, making his had been found . own tracks . ' (<'l'he mother would not sleep if she knew that he had He found his way quickly, kno.ving where to step . been le.ft in that terrible swamp," he said to Bob. 'rhe boy's abcluctor evidently had not known where to Jl.lrs. Wilmington overwhelmed Dick with thanks . step at times. The child did not comprehend the danger he had been Here and there he had gone ankle deep in the mud, in, of course . and had changed his path two or three times. "You mu1ct not stny here, maclam," said Dick. "These :Making his way cautiously, he presently stopped and scoundrels ma_y make a110tber attempt to steal the child." listened. "But they do not knmv that :vou have found him." He thought he heard a child crying. "Ver:v true; but they ma? :find it out." Listening more attentiyely, he was sure of it. "Bad man leaYc Wally in drefful place, muYver," the "Hallo, Wally, where are you?" he called. b9y said. "All mud an' scratches ~n' horrid sings, snake;; The crying suddenly stopped. an' frogs an' lots o' nassy sings." "Hallo, Wally, where are you?" Dick repeated. "Wh), captain," cried the ,roman, her color leaving her, Then he tried to follow the man's tracks, but they were ''you l1id not tell me--" greatly tangled. "No, madnm, I did not wish to alarm you; but it was "Hallo!" shouted Dick, going on toward a tangled a dreadfol place." clump of bushes, briars, vines and dead trees. "A swamp?" "Rallo, Wally, come to the soldier man," he called. ayes." "Who is you?" asked a child's voice, which Dick recog-"l di.d not kuow that there were any." nized as Wally's. . "Yes, there arc some very wild spots on the island, "I am the soldier with 1;he black horse. Where are small as it is." you?" "But he might have :fallen into some bog hole and been In a few moments Dick saw the boy appear on the edge-smothered." of the clump of bushes . "This ~rns no douht the wish of these miscreants . The Between him and the child was a dangerous swamp poor child would have starved to death if he had not been hole. . drowned, for he col1ld never haye got out alone . " "Stay where you arc, my boy, and I will come for you," "Then you haYe rendered me a greater service than I he said. supposed." "Where bad man bring boy to zis place?" "'rhese scoundrels may want proof of the boy's death "He has gone." and return to Jind his body. Therefore, I think you had "Bad ma;, Wally get lost, get all mud and all scratch-better go elsewhere . " ed . " "But where, captain?" "Stay where you are and I will' get you out." "I will find you a place . You must go as soon as you Then, making bis way cautiously, Dick reached the am over this excitement and Wally has rested . " child nnd pnt him on his shoulder. It was Dick's purpose to take the boy and his mother "Bad man tell me stay here, den he run away and don't to his home, where his mother and his sister Edith would come back. Say he gimme 1noney, gimme nossing . " take the best of care of them. "The child would have staned to death if he had not He explained this to Urs. Wilmington, who consented fallen into some of these mud holet>," muttered Dick. to go to his mother's, provided she could do something 'rl1cn he began making his way out, paying little athelpfnl in the house . tention to the old tracks, which only confused him . "Jl,fy mother is a great inYalid at times," said Dick, "and At last he was on good ground, although still in a wil,l you may be of great assistance to my sister Edith." r egion . It was arranged, therefore, that Dick shou l d take them Travel was ensier, however, and he quickly made h is up to Tarrytown the next day, when both Wally and h i s wav back to the trail leading into the swamp . mothei "l'.'oulc1 be better able to stand the journey. From here it was no great trouble to reach the spot Jt was nearly noon when D i ck returned with the c hild. where he ' had left his horse. After a short rest he went to the camp. Major was waiting for hirn, and there was 1to sign of Cap t ain Talbot was debati n g another p lan by which to the enemy . e n dange r the Bri tis h shipp i ng . P utting the boy i n the saddle, Dick quick l y mounte d "The Libe r ty Boys a r e a t your serv i ce if you n ee d and r o d e off toward the hol1se. them, captai n , " sa id Di ck. H e p u t W a ll y's vel vet cap o n his hea d , the bo y bein:s "Tha n k y ou , my boy . I sha ll certa inl y get you to grea tl y pl eas ed. a nd ro de a t a g ood p ace . he lp."


------------------~--'l'HE LIBEHTY l3OYS A~D OAPTAIX TALBOT. li Towards evening Dick returned to the house with J. horse and chaise with which to take the young mother and her child np to W estchestei'. On the road near the lane he met the treacherous nur~c. CHAPTER XIY. A ROW WITII TORIES. "\Yhat are you doing here?" asked Dick. "You are on no good errand, I am certain." "Oh, captain," said the woman, amy poor mistress has lost her mind, ann I am afraid that something will happen to that poor, innocent baby, and I--" ;'You mean that you hope that something will happen to him," said Dick. "Oh, captain, if you knew how I love that baby boy, you would not say that," and the woman began to sniffle. "I tell you that you are here for no good purpose," said Dick. "The boy is safe. I got him out of the swamp where your accomplice left hin1." "In a swamp? Oh, the poor little angel. And his mothe,r, j;i her mind recovering its--" "The lady's mind is in a sound condition, no thank~ to you and your eYil companions. I know your plans, and I warn you to leave here at once." "Yon do me great injustice." "I don't do you justice enough. If I did I would have you locked up," tersely. "I have come to-" "~fake sure that the boy is dead or alive so as to report to your rascally employers." "Sir, I--" "It is useless to pTOtest, ma'am. I know the whole plot. Now go, or I will have you apprehended." The woman turned and said spitefully: "You haven't won yet, you rebel." .. -Then she hurried down the road and was soon out of sight. Dick lost no time. He took the mother and little boy as far as King's Bridge that night. They remained in a quiet tavern over night, and in the morning resumed their journey: Re reached his house before noon, his appearance causing great delight. Alice Estabrook, ~3ob's sister and Dick's sweetheart, was at the house, and was both surprised and pleased to ee him. Kissing his mother and the two girls, Dick speedily made known his erran

10 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND CAPTAIN TALBOT. This was now half full o.f dirty water, and the condition o.f young Scroggs was by no means improved. All the Tory bullies had fled by this time, and Dick had scarcely a scratch. Young Scroggs crawled out of the ditch on the farther side, blubbering and whining, and said: "I'll fix yer fur thet, yer blame rebel. Wait till I ketch yer." "Come over here now, you contemptible cur," growled Dick, "and I'll give you just such another thrashing." "Yer killed my pop and--" Dick leaped theditch. Young Scroggs took to his heels, and never stopped running till long out 0 sight. Dick crossed the ditch again, got into the chaise and drove on. "If I were going to be here I would hear complaints from the fathers of these sneaks," he muttered. Dick had had trouble before with these bullies and their fathers. While he never sought a quarrel, he never backed out of one, and not one of his Tory enemies could say that he was afraid of them. The news of the fracas had traveled faster than Dick imagined. He hacl gone half a mile only when he encountered two rough-looking men on horseback. One of these was Hank J onef:1, the former pal of Hank Scroggs, nfr. Slater's murderer. "Look ver, Slater," this man said, "yer've be'n ernag gin' er my boy ergen, an' I'm ergoin' ter lick yer fur et. Git out'n thet shay or I'll drag yer out." Dick sprang out, drew a pistol and said: "Hank Jones, yon are a liar and a scoundrel, and if yon dare to lay a finger on me, you will regret it." "Thet's pooty fiery tork," said the second man. "And I a.m prepared to back it up," hotly. Ile looked it. Jones looked uneasy, and the other man backed away. "Your son Hank and a dozen others attacked and :w.-sulted me, and I thrashed all I could reach," Dick con tinued. Re looked fu1ly capable of thrashing the lot of them at one time. "Do you sec that lamp? One of the young sneaks broke it." "Waal, whyn't yer lick ther feller what d . one et?" "Yer hadn't no call ter lick ther innercent ez ,vell ez ther guilty." "TJ;i.ey were all concerned in it, and they all attacked me, and I thrashed all of them, or nearly all." "'l'her boys W11z on'y foolin', an' yer hadn't no call ter be rn hois-trous," snarled Jones. "They weee not fooling, and you know it. You threatened me just now, Hank Jones. W1bat are you going to do?" Dick looked a formidable antagonist even without his pistol. 'l'be Tory, who was little better than an outlaw, recog nized thit>. "I'll inquire furder," he muttered, "an' ef I find thet yer'ye be'n erlyin', l 'll settle yer case without jedge or jury." The Tory then rode on, an

THE LIBEH'l'Y BOYS .A~D CAPTAIN" T.ALBOT. Dick sent for a score of the Liberty Boys without delay to help at this task. 'rhey began shortly after dark and by midnight had finished. The tide served at about sumise the next morning. Before that time they were going down the river, guided by the gallant boys. Captain Talbot was in a boat directing the operations. There were two boys on each raft keeping them in the stream. At the proper time they would leave them and take to the boats. In the cool gray of the early dawn the rafts proceeded steadily down the river. When the first rays of the rising sun gilded the western hills the tide began to turn strongly seawa,rd. Now the rafts glided on with greater rapidity. Already the ships of the enemy loomed up, dark and threatening. Signs of activity on board began to show themselves. There was no time to be lost. Two or three boys sprang upon each raft. These, with the help of those already there, began to set fire to the combustibles. The flames spread with great rapidity. The boys took to the boats in haste. Some of them were obliged to jump overboard to escape being burned. Then the rafts were cut adrift and went clown stream . One or two went past the ships at too great a distance to do any damage. Others drifted right down among the ships. They were like floating firebrands, great clouds of black smoke hanging above them. , The ships began to open fire upon the boats at once. Some of these were hidden by the smoke. Others were in plain sight. One of these contained Dick, Bob and half a dozen of tiie boys . They header! up stream against the current. 'l'he boys were all good oarsmen, however, and they mnde fair progress. 'rhc gunners on the British ships mav not have knoWJJ where Dick wa,-, bnt they shot well for all that. A solid shot suddenly foll right between two of the boys and struck the bottom of the boat. It crashed through the light timbers, making a tremen dous breach and plunging to the bottom . At once the boat began to sink. In a moment the boys were all overboard and making haste io get out of danger. They were nll irood swimmers, and it was likely that the other l.Joats would shortly pick them up. Meanwhile some of the enemy's ships were in great dang-er from the fire raftP.. These had drifted against them and were blazing furi ously. The heat ,ms intense, and the smoke was fairly stifling . Some of the sailors tried to dislodge them by means of long poles ,md so cast them adrift. . 'l'his was a difficult task, the smoke blinding and chok ing the men at work. Boats were lowered on the safe side and sent around to the raits. Solid shot were thrown from the

TIIB LIBERTY BOYS AXD CAPT_UN TALBOT. Di~k decided to go to the city on just such a mission. 1 among them, and many a sharp howl attested. to the Before setting out, howenr, h e and Bob went oYer to accuray of his aim. Westchester to see the girls and learn how ::\Irs. "\"Vilming-Bob caught young Jones by the collar of his coat an

THE LIBERTY BOYS .AND CAPTAIN TALBOT. "I don't think that even you care for such company,': "You mean a sallow-faced, crafty-looking man, dressed added Dick. in rusty black and wearing a very shabby wig?" "You are looking for the boy now so as to abduct him, "He's got a new on~, a little better than the old,H aren't you?" pursued Dick. laughed Bob. "That was shot away . " The rascally lawyer turned pale, and Jones and Burgess "Yes," said Dick, smiling. drew away from hun. "That is Lawyer Quibble . He is my brother-in-law'~ Just then some of the yolHlg bullies came up . solicitor and a spy of the British besides." "Why clon't yer 'rest 'en'.i', dad?" asked young Hank ".And an unprincipled man besides both of these?'' Jones. "Yes. " "Shut. up!" retorted Hank Jones the elder . ''He is here in town, lool;ing for Wally, no doubt. He The other boys said nothing, gaining . wisdom from has, no doubt, worked on the supposition that I took the young Hank's experience. boy and has found out where I live . " "Sir," said Diet, addressing the .spy, "you are on dan-"He is here in town, you say?;' anxiously . gerous ground here in We;;tchester . If it were known ''Yes; but do not let that cause you any alarm. I do that you had been condemned to death as a spy--" not think he will stay." "I wasn't; I escaped," said the man quickly . "But perhaps I ought to go away?" ".At all events, you are a spy of the British and--' ' "If so, there are plenty of places where you will be "You're a spy yourself, and General Howe has offered eafe. We have friends at Peekskill, Croton I and other a reward of :five hundred pounds for you, dead or alive." places, and I can take you there in a short time." "You have come to get the reward?" asked Dick, pre-"Then you think --" tending to draw his pistol. "That it might be safe to go somewhere for a short "I am not here for that purpose. You have -threatened time a nc1 then return. Meantime I will warn La,wyer the life of Mr . Henry Jones, and I am here as his lawQuibble that Westchester is not a safe place for him." yer . " "I don't think he will remain," observed .Alice. "He has received his warning, and I think he will regard it." "Nothing of the sort," said Dick. "So do I," added Bob; "but there will be no harm in "That is only a side issue," interrupted Bob. removing the lady to some other place for a time." "You have learned that I have taken care of this child, Dick took Mrs. Wibuington and Wally to the home of Walter Wilmington, and you have come up here to locate a worthy Quaker named Miller; living at Croton, that him." very aftern0on. "So that you can steal him from his mother and make He ancl Bob then set out on their horses for New away with him," declared Bob . :York. ,., 'l'he ~pying lawyer's face turned a sickly yellow, and he The girls were going after Mrs. Wilmington in a week, lost his oily manner. and so the affair was settled. "You are compounding a felony," added Dick, "and if Dick and B -ob saw Lawyer Quibble leaving a roadside you dare to appear before any judge in Westchester as ::i inn o:ri their way down and gave him a chance to get complainant, I will have you and your case thrown out a head of them. of court . " He took a different road than the one they meant to Jones and Burgess had ridden away in different c1irec-take, and they saw him no more at that time. tions, and now the lawyer, seeing his clients departing, _"Things will be ~11 right now," said Dick. "The lady muttered: 1 IVlll be pleasantly situated at the Millers', a~d this rascally "You're a couple of saucy rebels; but just wait till dd pettifogger won't trouble her. " ' Fort Washington is--" "He lmows better," laughed Bob . . "Seize him, Bob!" cried Dick. Early the next morning Dick set out from camp for the Both boys flew at him, but, taking a sudden alarm, he city. clashed away at full speed and escaped . What the spy had said concerning Fort Washington had OH.APTER XVII. IN THE CITY AGAIN. The four young people rode on to Dick's house . Here they found :Mrs. Wilmington taking care of Mrs . Slater and the boy playing in the garden. Wally was overjoyed at seeing Dick, and demanded to be given a ride on the black horse at once. "In a little while, old man," said Dick, picking the boy up and entering the ho use. " ~Vho i s t h e rasca ll y l awyer who is tryin g to ge t pos sess ion of t h i s child , mad am?" lrn ask e d ; given him an idea. The enemy might be contemplating some move against that fortress . This he must find out, and hence his visit to the city. The enemy had their lines drawn across the island from river to river . Some caution would be n()cessary in getting thr<:>ng h the lines, but Dick was full , of resources. Dick took :Hajor as far as the house where Mrs. Wilmington had stopped. Here he left him and set out on foot. Knowing the swamp in the interior of the island he made his way through it and came out som ethin(J' abov e the u ppe r lines . 0 H e w a s i~ disguise and looked l ike a f a rmer's boy and not a t a ll like the ga llant ,iol die r he w as.


.24 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND C~\PTAIN TALBOT . He was disguised as a farmer's boy. Pushing on, he oyertook a farmer with a big covered wagon. The farmer was half asleep, haying made an early .start. Raising the flap of the cowring at the back of the wagon, Dick crawled in and lay down on some hay. The farmer knew nothing of Dick's presence and drove -on leisurely. ,Reaching the lines, he was challenged, but had no trou ble in getting through. At the lower lines he got through easily, and Dick now knew that he was safe. "Riding is better than walking," he thought, "and l may as well go as far as I can." At the lower end of the Commons the armer turne(l toward the East river and Dick sli1weJ out. "I'm much obliged," he said with a laugh, but the farmer did not hear him and drove on. I Taking his way down Broadway, Dick shortly met :. party of midshipmen on shore lea,e. He recognized two of them in a moment. One was the lying young fellow who claimed to have -cantured him. The other was Watkyn Morgan, the young Welshman whose life he had saved. The latter looked at him sharply, but made no sign of ,hav ing recognized him. The other diJ not seem to know him, but said rudely: "Now then, you clodhopper, get out of the way and let ,gentlemen pass." "I crave your pardon, your majesty," said Dick. "J ,did not know you were in this country." This created a laugh, and young Morgan said: ' "Well, Witless, you met your match that time.'' 'The middy colored, and muttered angrily: "Get out of the way, you cub. or--" "'You'll get out or rnine," Dick finished, lifting the fellow off his feet and setting him in the gutter, not over clean at the moment. Then he went on, while the other middies laughed more heartily than before at the young martinet's discom fiture. "I think the other recognized me," Dick said to him self, "but this one did not." The middy did not try another contest of wits or of strength with him, and he proceeded. At Wall street he met the man who had left Wally in the swamp. The fellow did not know him in his disguise, but looked sharply at him and watched him as he went on down the street. On a corner, a little way down, was a shop with a door ~n each street. Dick entered by the Broadway door. While he was talking with the shopkeeper, the spy went past the door and shot a quick glance within. , Then he crossed over toward Bowling Greene, where the war office was situated. ".As I supposed," muttered Dick. 'fhen he left the shop by the door on the side street. Ile walked rapidly toward the east, got into Broall street and turned down. "N ?t so easily done, my friend," he muttered . In a short time he reached Fraunces' tavern. This was now the headquarters for the British. Everything in the city had been changed since Dick';, last visit. British colors, British uniforms were seen everywhere, and the talk was all of Sir William and Lord Cornwallis and o.f what would be done to the rebels next. Entering the tavern, Dick took a •seat and called for a pewter pot of ale, which he had no intention of drinking, however. There were many British and Hessi an soldiers and officers in the place, and there was too much noise for him to hear anything. Before long some of the midshipmen he had seen be.fore came in. Young Wattyn ?lforgan was with them, but not the other. They sat down at a table not far away and began to smoke long clay pipes and to drink ale from pewters. "} .. ha, there's our rustic friend who got the best of young Witless," cried Morgan. "I must speak with him.'' Then he got up, went over to Dick's table and sat down. Leaning OYer, he said in a tone which only Dick could hear: "Y . d ' on are m anger anct must leave this place at once." CHAP'l1ER XVIII. SQ)[E :N"AilROW ESCAPES. "How_ do you know I am in danger, asked Dick, in a tone wlnch the young midshipman heard. "You are a spy of the Americans. Don't fear me. I will not betray you." "I know you will not. You recognize me, then?" "Yes. You are Dick Slater, the boy who saved me from drowning." "And you are grateful. I knew you would be. Yes, I am Dick Slater." "Others have recognized you, and are looking for you." "Yes, I outwitted one, not ten minutes ago. "On Broadway, where there is a little shop, with two doors?" "Tfie same." '"The fellow brought a :file of redcoats to the place. Some of us were returning, and heard the spy, raving against you. I know the man." "You did not expect to find me here?" "No." "Then why should any one else?" "You remember Witless?" "The fellow suspects," was Dick's thought. He finishecl his purchases and, glancing out, spy returning with a file of redcoats . . "Yes. I have seen him before. He is an enemy of saw the mine." "He suspected you. He said as much, but we laughed


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND CAPTAIN TALBOT. 25 him out. of it. He will be here shortly and will be sure to denounce you . " "When I see him come in I will leave by another door. I know this place well." "You must not risk it. There are British officers everywhere. Your retreat would be cut off. " "You mean right, and I thank you." At that moment Dick cast a glance out of the wmdow. Witless and the spy were coming down Broad street. "Good-by," said Dick, taking the midshipman's hand. uif I do not see you again, I shall always hold you in kind remembrance." Thus he left the room by one door as Witless and the spy came in at another. "An inch of a miss is as good as a mile," he muttered as he reached the street. Walking toward the east on Pearl street, he turned into the queer little alley and made his way up BriJge r-treet, then known by another name, into Broad and went up. Twice in a short time he had eluded the enemy. Crossing the street, he was passing the spot where he had rescued Wally, when he came face to face with Eliz abeth, the boy's nurse. She shot a quick glance at him and then another to ward Wall street. A file of redcoats was coming down the street. 'The woman got in Dick's way; to prevent his pass ing. He looked fixedly at her and said, in a low tone: "If you say a word, I will denounce you to the police. There is a constable just over the way." "You are a spy!" hissed the woman . "And you have been plotting to take a human life!" whispered Dick. The nurse turned white and staggered towbxd the palings. Dick went on, stepped aside for the redcoats and turned into a narrow side street, leading toward Broadway. Again his quick " ' its had saved him from capture. "There are enemies on every hand," he said to himself. "The utmost caution is necessai-y." As long as he was in the city, looking for information, he did not wish to leave it until he had learned some thing. There was da-nger of his running across the spy or Wit less at any time, and he must, therefore, change his dis guise. Entering a quiet tavern near Bowling Green, which was less frequented than Fraunces', be took a corner seat. There were some officers sitting in a stall near him, the curtains being pushed back. "The rebels seem to be holding their own at the upper end of the island," said one. "Yes, so they do, the impudent rascals," replied an other . \ "If we can't get at them in front we must attack them behind," a third said. "How so?" asked the others. "Send a detachment up into W estchestcr, by way of East River and the Sound." ' "Very good. Ras it been thought of, Major?" "Yes. A party can be landed at Throgg's Neck, and push the enemy into the small space at the northern end of New York island." "Ho ! Then, with the king's troops on three sides, what will they do?" • 'Surrender, of course." "Until the patriots think of a better one," thought Dick. He heard enough to convince him that General Rowe intended to get in the heart of the Americans, if possible, and either force them to surrender or to escape to. Westchester, and across the river to the Jerseys. These officers were of high rank, and he could, there~ fore regard their talk as authoritative. "This is important," he said to himself. "But I mus1l learn more of the details if it is possible." When Dick left the tavern it was well along in the afternoon. He had not leamecl eno u gh to warrant his leaving the city, ancl be determined to remain over night. He found quiet lodgings in a little tavern near the common . and, once in his room, he made many changes in his appearance. His clothrs were of a different color; his hat was round instead of three-e:ornerecl ; his hair was brushed forward ancl tied with a bow at the back, and his skin was much darker than before. "Now if Witless or' the others meet me they will be puzzled to recognize me," he said to himself. He remained in the upper part of the city for the rest of the day, ancl went to bed early. Early the next morning a tremendo_us conflagration. broke out. It broke out in a low groggery on the wharf near Wmte,_ hall Slip, destroyed all the houses between Whitehall and Broad streets up to Beaver street, and then, the wind changing, went toward Broadway. Everything on B eaver street to the Bowling Green was consumed, and then, crossing Broadway, it swept the buildings on both sides as far as Exchange street. On the west side it burned the greater part of the buildings from Morris to Partition streets, including Trinity Church and all the buildings toward the Korth River. The British charged the Americans with having start-: eel it, and many who were known to be patriots were shot ddwn. The fire was a.fterward proven to be accidental, but ior a long time the patriots bore the blame of it. . Dick heard the alarm bells, and, looking from his window, saw the glow in the sky, and could even see the flames as the conflagration swept northward. He dicl not go out until morning, knowing how excit ed ilie people would be at such a time. After breakfast he went down as far as Bowling Green, many of the buildings still smouldering. Turning back, be bad gone as far as Partition street, _


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND CAPTAIN TALBOT. when he suddenly met Lawyer Quibble, in the company of the spy whom he had eluded the day before. The latter did not know him, but the lawyer, who was a much shrewder and craftier man, darted a piercing glance at him, and said : ''I think I have met you before, my friend?" "Perhaps," said Dick, in a gru.ff voice. "I have met many a hard character in my time. I'm a deputy sheriff." Then he turned ea tward on Partition street, and saw Midshipman :Morgan coming toward him. CHAPTER XIX. COXCLUSIO~'. Advancing rapidly toward the young midshipman, Dick took his hand, and said in a low! tone: "I am Peter Smith. You have known me for months." "Why, how do you do, Smith?" said the middy, heartily. "Glad to see you ! " Just then Lawyer Quibble and the ;::py came up. The middy knew at once why Dick Slater had come to him. "Hello, you old landshark !" he said the Quibble. "Seeking whom you may devour, eh?" "Do you know this person?" the lawyer asked, inclicating Dick. ''Why, to be sure. He's an old chum of mine. ::'IIr. Peter mith, Law:yer Quibble. He's saved many a rogue from getting into your hancls, Smith. He's one him~elf, and one rogue always employs another to clear him.'' Quibble did not seem to enjo_y the joke. "Come," said the middy, with a quick look at Dick. "We're just a merry party of us. Suppose we pass a pleasant hour in the nearest groggery, till my leave expires? Come, I sha'n't take no for an answer." "I'm agreeable, I'm sure," growled Dick, "and to show I'm friendly I'll buy the punch for the four of us." The landlord presently brought a big jug of steaming pllilch, for which Dick paid. It was strong, indeed, and Dick quickly divined the young midshipman's intention. The middy hoped to get the two spies so befuddled that Dick could easily make his escape. . The middy siJtped his mug of punch, and Dick gave him a warning look. Quibble and his companion drank deeply of the insidiom; liquid. Dick pretended to drink his, but did not even touch could not tell on.e of the party from another, and insi~t ed that he had six companions, instead of three. 'fhe spy was asleep and Quibble fast lapsing into drowsi ness when the middy arose and glided noiselessly out of the room. Dick was at his side in a moment. "They won't bother you any more," the middy said; "but, my word, that was powerfol stuff!" "Yes," said Dick, as they reached the street. "I never drink it, and I-would advise you not to." Then they shook hands and parted, Dick making his way toward the upper part of the city. There was too much excitement for him to learn anything more now, and he had pickecl up a good deral ~f information as it was. He succeeded in slipping through the lines. by the execution of a little dexterity, and went rapidly. upon his way. Finding Major where he had been left, Dick sprang upon his back and reached Fort Washington earlr in the afternoon. He at once reported to the commander-in-chief what he had learned. ~ot long afterward Howe attempted to land a party on Throgg's eek ancl found himself cut off. Later came the struggle for Fort Washington, and its final fall, in which the Liberty Boys took an active part. The patriots were shut off o.f N cw York and driven into Westchester and the Jerseys, but they nevertheless con tinued to :fight for the cause, despite all obstacles. TIIrs. Wilmington remained with the Slaters or with other friends whom Dick found for her, and supportea herself very comfortably. Her son's claim was finally declared to be a just one, and she was appointed his guardian. Her husband's brother died in a year, and the several accomplices who had sought the child's life disappeared in many directions. Quibble went to England, the nurse disappeared and her lover was caught trying to enter the American lines and was hanged. Dick never met his friend Midshipman 111organ again, but always remembered him gratefully. Captain Talbot distinguished himself many times dur ing the war, and the Liberty Boys fought at his side. T.HE END. his lips to it. At a convenient time he emptied his mug into of sawdust at his side. Read "THE LIBER'rY BOYS IN WINTER QUAR a box TERS; or, SQUIRilIISHNG IN THE SNOW," which The middy took Dick's advice and drank sparingly, while seeming to take plenty, at the same time urging the others to leat-e nothing in their cups. Quibble soon grew garrulous, while his friend and accomplice became stupid. The middy plied them both with liquor, and ere long the spy's head fell on his breast, while his feet slid more and more under the table. Qi:ibble became noisy and thick of speech, and at laiit will be the next nmnher (360) of "The Liberty Boy:; of '76." SPECIAL NOTICE: All back numbers of this weekly are always in print. If you cannot obtain them from any newsdealer, send the price in money or postage stamps by mail to FRANK TOFSEY, PUBLISHER, 24 U:N"IO~ SQUARE, NEW YORK, and you will receive the copies you order by return mail.


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28 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. THE SPY'S RIDE. Or, IN TliE NICK OF TIME. By KIT CLYDE. Vainly had the rash Braddock been warned of the d~adly 1)ril which menaced him upon that foolhardy march into the great American wilderness. _ Readers of history are all familiar with the dread circum stances of that tragedy . which blots the pages of American history, so we will not rehearse it here-. But in the British force which advanced so recklessly upon the attack on Fort Du Quesne vlere many brave men. The great Washington himself was in charge of a company, and he had strenuous]y urged Braddock to refrain from his foolish attack. l But the British general's confidence was not to be shaken. Therefore the gallant young Virginian colonel, who was destined to be the greatest man of the age, watched the outcome of affairs with no little anxiety. In Washington's command there was a young lieutenant named Ray Fox, a brave and capable fellow. Hoping to yet avert the catastrophe which threatened, Washington called Fox to his side. It was at a point upon the march, some while before enter-ing the ambuscade which proved so deadly. Fox rode alongside his superior officer and doffed his hat. "At your service , Col. Washington," he said. The young colonel returned the salute and said: "Fox, I fear we are going to have trouble." The young lieutenant looked up eagerly. " [ don't believe Braddock knows what he is doing." "'He is over-confident." "Yes ." "The force in front of us is larger than he dreams of." -~r believe you, sir." "We shall meet defeat." Fox set his lips firmly. ~•we are all read1 to fight to the death," he said. "But it ls hardly fair to lead us into a trap." "Just so." "Oh, Col. Washington, can you not reason with Gen. Brad-dock?" "I have done all in my power." "And he will not listen?" "No." "Too bad!" "There is one thing," said Washington, quietly, "which I beli eve is a dernier resort. He will not believe that the enemy are in such force before us. If we can prove it he may listen to reason . " "How may we do that?" "Fox, you are a good woodsman? " "I was brought up in the woods." "Then I will deputize you to make a spying trip into the wilderness ahead of us. Discover all you can, and return to me as quickly as possible." Lieut. Fox saluted gravely. He touched spurs to his horse and dashed ~way. A few moments later he was deep in the heart of the woods, ,penetrating t'lle thick tangles, and fording deep streams. He had taken much of a detour to avoid falling in with any of the foe. It was necessary to proceed with the greatest of caution, for at any moment he might fall in with them, and death would be the certain result. Mile after mile in the long detour through the woods he made. At length he shifted his course a trifle. He reckoned accurately that the Indians were all deployed in front of the advancing column of the British. Indeed, in the distance he could hear the rattle of fire-arms indicating the progress of a skirmish. Ray pushed on now with more of care. And it was well that he did this. For suddenly skirting a deep ravine he was electrified at a sight below him. It was nothing more than a score of painted Indians marching single file through the gully. The young spy had taken the precaution to turn his coat, it being a reversible one, red upon one side, and blue upon the other. Thus he would pass for a French officer in the blue uniform. This was to avoid being shot by any prowling Indian. Every moment the sounds of the firing drew nearer. He was rapidly approaching the French lines. Suddenly emerging into a clear space upon the summit of an eminence, the whole scene lay before him. He saw the French army deployed in long lines, extending far into the wilds. Indians were in the foreground. Near his position was a battery, and just beyond a number of mounted officers. They seemed to be engaged in an earnest discussion. The young spy's position was fully revealed, and he must have been seen by many of the foe. But not one appeared to regard him with suspicion. Indeed, , his appearance was that of a young officer of the regulars. A few gave him a passing, but not suspicious, glance. Ray himself was surprised. He wondered how he had been able to penetrate to this spot through the enemy's picket lines. Second thought convinced him that the line had been drawn in upon that side, for what reason he hardly knew. In an instant a startling thought flashed across the young spy's mind. What a palpable act of carelessness this was upon the part of the French. What more admirable opportunity to execute a flank surprise could be offered! A small force of the British soldiers thrown in here with an attack in front, would change the fortunes of the day, Trusting to his disguise, he rode leisurely around the emi nence and tied his horse in a thicket. Then he boldly emerged and carelessly sauntered among the group of French officers on the hill. He was luckily familiar with French, and therefore com prehended every word spoken. One of the officers, evidently the commanding general, was explaining a move by which Braddock's army would be enticed into a trap and destroyed. The forces of the French and Indians was vastly superior. That they would succeed seemed a certainty. At the first opportunity he carelessly detached himself from the group. It was necessary now to regain his horse and ride back with all haste to the British camp and report to Col. Washington. He was successful in gaining the thicket without being noticed. But in his absence a fil~ of French soldiers had taken pos session of the plateau just beyond and were drilling. To attempt to pass them might create suspicion. Now fol lowed a long period of waiting and suspense. Of course the young lieutenant chafed beneath the delay, but finally the soldiers marched away, and the coast was apparently clear. Fox allowed bis horse to go forward on an amble, and soon had reached the wood beyond.


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. Here there was a path into which he struck. Ray once more put spurs to the horse. But he had not gone ten rods before an Indian rose up In He had not time to ascertain the extent of the brave ani-his path. 1 mal's injuries. From afar he could hear the boom of artillery. The savage held up both arms in token of amity. The young There was no time to lose. spy was obliged to rein in his horse. The battle was actually on, and if Braddock's army should He knew his peril well, but not a nerve faltered. be led in!o the trap prepared for it, it would be engulfed. "Me wantee know who you be?" asked the Indian in broken R a y realized this, and that all •depended upon him. French. He rode as he never rode before. On and on! Nearer drew '"I am one of the general's staff!" replied Ray, in the ~ame the sound of the firing. He knew that he was qn the verge of language. "You must not detain me." the British lines. The savage looked keenly and suspiciously at the young Now armed soldiers were before him. It was a picket post, spy. It might have been intuition that told him Lhe truth. and the soldiers were a relief guard, and wore s carlet uni"Come with me to white chief!" he said obdurately. "Mebforms. be he know you, mebbe he don't! Injun no know!" Ray dashed up to the spot and pulled rein, with a dozen For a m ?ment Ray was confused. He hardly knew what muskets aimed at him. to do. He whippe d out his sword, but the savage let out a wild warwhoop and pulled his tomahawlc. It came flying at Ray's head. He dodged it, luckily. The young spy gave the horse spurs and made a sweeping blow at the savage. The blade caught the wretch just across the shoulder. The Indian clutched the blade and in the passage it was wrested from Ray's hand. Then on like a rocket went the daring young spy into the forest. But it seemed as if a legion of foes were upon either hand. Indians swarmed out of the underbrush, firing at the young sp1. It was a terrific gantlet of death. Yet on rode the plucky young spy. Bullets and missiles were sent after him. But not "Halt! Who goes there?" Ray shouted: "A friend!" "Advance, friend, and give the countersign!" Ray knew well what the password was, for it had been given him before leaving camp. So he replied: "Health to his majesty." The muskets were lowered, the guard presented arms, and the young spy dashed by them. Straight to headquarters he rode. He espied Col. Washington's tent and made for it. But in the last hundred yards the faithful horse began to stagger. The loss of blood and the long strain had begun to te!l upon it. Suddenly it pitched forward and fell. one struck him. In this respect he was lucky. On and on through the dense underbrush plunged the brave Ray was thrown, but he picked himself up and rushed into Washingtqn's tent. The young colonel was seated at a table. depend-, Two other officers were with him. horse. Soon the yelling foe were left behind. Ray Fox knew that the safety of Braddock's army Hurriedly Fox gave his story. It had an electrical effect. Washington rushed at once to Gen. Braddock with it. That ed upon him. Faster and faster galloped the horse. That was a mad afternoon's ride. Through brake and brush, over logs and narrow streamlets, went the noble horse. And the young spy kept a steady pull on the rein, supporting the brave steed where it was necessary, and urging him on when his speed slackened. The Indians had been left behind. Ray now hoped for a clear course. But suddenly a thrilling incident occurred. Passing through deep swale at the base of a mighty oak, suddenly from the grass there leaped up a famished and hunger-crazed wolf of giant size. The animal, actuated by some mad purpose, sprang straight for the horse' s neck. Its fangs sank deep in the tender flesh, and there it hung savagely. Of course the affrighted steed plunged and leaped frantically in his efforts to dislodge his assailant. But the wolf clung. For a moment Ray was too astonished to act. Then he recovere d himself. Out came his keen hunting-knife and he made a slashing blow at the monster. Again and again he struggled with the brute. Meanwhil e the agonized horse nigh had him unseated by its wild plunging. Still fiercer the hungry wolf clung. Had there been others of his species present, both horse and rider must have fallen a victim to a ravenous appetite. But this, fortunately, was not the case. Again and again Ray slashed at the monster wolf. And this time the blows began to tell. A slashing blow cut into the brute's neck, and the blood spurted forth in a mighty stream. This caused the wolf to relax his hold. It slipped and fell finally to the ground, wallowing in its death gore. sanguine officer listened carelessly to it. 'Is it as bad as that?" he said, mildly. "Very well , recall the first division, and change the plan of attac k to the right flank. However, I cannot spare men to make the flank sur-prise your spy seems to be so confident of!" "But," pleaded Washington, "it will Win the battle!" "We are sure of winning it anyway.'' The young colonial officer groane. d in his despair. "Pardon me, Gen. Braddock!" he said, "but I do not believe that you have a proper realization of the danger which threatens us on every hand." "I have sufficient realization, Col. Washington, " said Braddock, testily. "I cannot consent to b eing dictated to.' Seeing that he could not reason with his superior, Washington left the tent. He, however, c alled the regiment bac k that was going into the ambush and changed the attacking center. But the one bold and stra tegic move suggeste d by the young spy and which would have won the battle was never made. History records the unwise cour s e of Bra ddock, his valor and his sad death. The battle of Fort Du Quesne was a bitter blow to the colonists. The informatiofr brought by the spy Ray Fox, however, just in the nick of time saved the army from earlier destruction. The plucky ride of the young spy was not forgotten by Washington. When years later Washington was called upon to take command of the Continental armies Fox was found foremost in the ranks. Washington took great interest in him,_ and step by step he was raised, until at length he became a brigadier general. Thus valor found its'•reward. But few ever knew the truth that Braddock's defeat might have been a victory had he heeded the information gained by the spy's ride.


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