The Liberty Boys in winter quarters, or, Skirmishing in the snow

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The Liberty Boys in winter quarters, or, Skirmishing in the snow
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Moore, Harry
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[,sued W!ekly-By Subscnpt,01& 82.50 per year. No. 360. NEW YORK, NOVEMBER 22 , 1907. Price 5 Cents. ,o.J\IJ'" / ,._ ---.::=--,.(1 ,!'~~-"<. ~~'"""!":'--:--:~~~-~=-:--:--:-----:""":":"----:----:----:~---:::-:--.J As the kidnapper came up the path with the girl in his arms, Dick leaped the hedge. Then Bob halted the driver and Mark appeared on the other side of the hedge. "P.roceed at your peril!" said Dick.


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2 THE LIBERTY BOYS I~ WINTER QUARTERS. "_I am not one of that sort. Kisses go by favor, and .are not to be snatched by everybody who passes." "You do me wrong; I am no bully, but beauty appeals to me and--" "So says the thief who takes whatever strikes his fancy. Your excuse is a flimsy one." "Jove! you look prettier than ever now, and I must have ..a kiss," cried the captain. Then Dick leaped the fence, whipped out a brace of heavy pistols and cried: -"Kiss these then, you insulting fool! Did you not hear what the girl said? Her kisses are not for such as you." "A rebel, upon my word!" muttered the captain. "Seize the saucy knave, my men, and--" "Remain where you are," said Dick. "Hallo, boys!" "Hallo!" and Bob and Mark came clattering down the il"oad. The six redcoats at the gate beat a hasty retreat. They evidently thought that a whole• troop of patriots ,ms coming. The two lieutenants came rushing out of the house at seeing Dick, and now saw that he was not alone. "Take this reucoat's sword and pistols, my girl," said Dick. "Bob, keep these others quiet." The girl quickly disarmed the captain, who began to bluster, but became quiet when Dick's pistol was put under his nose. The two lieutenants were well held at bay by Bob and Mark and then disarmed by the patriot girl. "Keep the pistols for your own defense," said Dick. ~'There are men in the house?" "They are not at home. There are only my mother, my sister and myself." "Go!" gaid Dick. "You won't want your horses, for :y-ou are going to run so fast that you will be quite warm in a few moments. Now then, boys, fire when I count six. -One-two-three--" The three redcoats went flying down the road the in -stant Dick began to count. Their horses were tethered at the roadside. "Take the horses, boys," said Dick. "Some of these fellows will return." Bob and Mark speedily appropriated the horses. "If these fellows return," said Dick, "fire upon them. "They will not molest you after that." "']'hey would not if my father and brothers were at home," said the girJ. "No. I warrant they would not. There are only the three of us, but we can get help, and then let these bullies beware." "You are very good." "They are coming," said Bob. A dozen redcoats appeared and, seeing the three boys, gave chase, the girl entering the house and barring the door. APTER II. RE'I'URNTNG THE REDCOATS' VISIT. The redcoats did not stop at the farmhouse. Instead, they came dashing after the three boys, evi dently hoping to capture them. Then they opened :fite upon the boys. Bullets went singing through the air, cutting leaves, breaking twigs and striking trees. The three boys were in no danger whatever, as all the ,;hots flew wild. "Stir 'em up, boys," said Dick. "Give 'em a few shots." The three Liberty Boys turned in their saddles and began firing . crack-crack-crack! Bullets began to fly in the most lively fashion. One redcoat lost his hat, another had his epaulettes cut off, and a third lost his wig. Bullets sang in dangerous proximity to others, and they slackened their pace. The three Liberty Boys rode on, taking the horses with them. In a short time they came upon half a dozen other Liberty Boys out on a foraging expedition. The British were still pursuing, but at a less rapid pace. • Diel;: immediately wheeled and said: "Come on, boys, there's a party of redcoats here that need a lesson." "Hooroo, dhin we're dhe bhys to give it ter dl1im!" roared Patsy Brannigan, the Irish Liberty Boy. "Yah, I bet me we was learned dem somedings alretty," muttered Carl Gookenspieler, a German Liberty Boy, who tipped the scales at two hundred pounds. "Come on,-we're ready for fun," said Ben Spurlock, one of the liveliest and jolliest of the Liberty Boys. The others were Harry Thurber, Harry Judson and. Sam Sanderson, all jolly fellows and every one of them as brave as a lion. 'l'hey all went dashing towartl the redcoats, Dick in the lead. In a short time they met the redcoats. The tables were turned in an instant. The redcoats outnumbered the Liberty Boys, but they feared to be caught in a . trap. They wheeled their horses and retreated. "Give it to 'em, boys!" cried Dick. "Stir 'em up a bit!" Crack-crack-bang! Muskets and pistols blazed forth, and bullets flew like hail. The redcoats thought that a whole company was after them. They spurred on their horses to their utmost and urged them forward with their voices. Past the farmhouse they thundered at breakneck speed, never stopping to look back. The Liberty Boys gave them a lively chase for half a mile, firing a shot now and then just to keep them going, as Bob said. Then they returned to the farmhouse at a more leisurely gait. . As they rode up the farmer and his two sons came out to greet them. They had returned while the boys were chasing the redcoats. "W clcome, boys," said the farmer. "I reckon you're some of the Liberty Boys over to Valley Forge?"


THE LIBERTY BOYS IN WINTER QUARTERS .. : 3-"We are," said Dirk. "I don't think these fellows will troubl e you again ater the fright we gave them." "I hope they won't. We ju t heard 0 'em to-dav. ~he}'.'ve got a camp about two miles olI, and they're b~gmlllllg to pester the people o.f the neighborhood." "They are? Then we'll be obliged to pester them I think." ' . "Quite so;,b11t jui:np ~own and come in. Put your nags m ,the barn and give e m all they want to eat. Come in and sit by the fire. There's room e nouo-h for all hands." . 0 • The boys put up their horses, not so much to eed them as to haye them under cover. Then they entered the house, the great dinino--room being large enough to hold them all, and more. 0 'rhe table was soon laid and spread with an abundance of plain, wholesome food, 0 which the boys were invited to partake. The armer's name was Bradford, his son s being nine teen ~nd twenty and the girls sevente e n ancl eighteen. Lydia, the ~ldest, whom Dick had already s e en, was a rery pretty girl, although her sister Jane was crood-look-, l o mg a so. The two sons, _Hira~ and Elisha, were sturdy young fellows, almost giants m stature and a s strono-as oxen. "I the boys had been at home them redcoat~ wouldn't have been so free," said Bradford. "I think not,'~ laughed Dick. "They look perfectly capable of handlmg half a dozen of such fellows apiece." "Begorra, Oi'd not want to luck crucked at dhim unless Oi had plinty av room to run," roared Patsy. "Y ah, I bet me dose poys was choost like men alretty ain't it?" laughed Carl. ' 'Well, they're right good at tackling work," said the farmer, "an' they ain't afraid o' wildcats or wolves or any other varmints we hase around here." "Including Hessians," put in Ben Spurlock with a grin. "Yes, including Hessians," laughed the farmer, "and r edcoats, too. Those boys'll tackle any kind of var mints." The Liberty Boys enjoyed a hearty supper, and the horses were also well feel. Then, as the short clay was drawing to a close and the boys had some distance to go, Dick said that they must l eave. "Well, come again whenever you eel like it," said the farmer heartily. "You'll always find a welcome." "We'll have to locate these redcoats," observed Dick, "ancl drirn them out." The boys set oil: at a gallop, taking the captured horses with them. They could always use extra horses, and whenever they had a chance to capture any from the enemy, they did so. It grew colder as the night advanced, and so the boys rode on at a good speed. "Shure, an' it's dhe foine supper Oi've had mesilf, an' Oi niver t'ought av dhe bh:rn in camp, at all at all," iaughed Patsy. When they reached the camp, the boys being in huts which were made as comforta hle aR possible, they found th e fires blazing merrily and the boys glad to see them. Patsy was the company cook, and, with a few assistants,. he soon prepared a fine supper for them all. . "There are some redcoats a few miles away, boys," Dick announced, "and as soon as I locate them we will try conclusions with tl\em." The Liberty r Boys were all delighted at the prospect of having a brush with the enemy . The next morning, therefore, Dick set out with about twenty of the boys to try and find the redcoats. When they reached the Bradford house Dick questioned the farmer as to the location of the camp . The farmer gave him full directions how to reach it,. and Dick set out. They had ridden about a mile when Dick halted the boys and said : "There is a large detachment coming on, and I think it must be the enemy." The boys ,lrew up across the road, ready to advance or to retreat. a s Dick ordered. They presently beard the tramp 0 horses distinctly. All around the ground was covered with snow, and many of the trees were heavy with it, there having been a fresh fall during the night. The air was clear, and sounds could be heard or a long distance. Nearer and nearer came the horses, and at last a scouting or foraging party of redcoats came in sight. There were about as many of them as there were of tho Lib erty Boys. , The instant Dick beheld the scarlet uniforms he orderelr the boys to charge. It was better to take the offensive, he considered. "Down with the redcoats, boys!" he shouted. "Charge!''" Then the gallant boys swept forward like a whirlwind. CHAPTER III. A'l.' TUE ENEMY'S C.A:MP. The redcoats had scarcely discover'ed the presence of the Liberty Boys before the latter were upon them. With a rush the daring boys came sweeping on. Crash-roar! Their muskets rang out sharply upon the crisp air, awl the echoes went chasing each other among the hills. The onslaught was so fierce and so unexpected that the redcoats fell back utterly dismayed. After them rode the dauntless youths, firing and shout-ing. The enemy, utterly routed, fled without firing a shot. Dick did not pursue them too far, fearing to fall int:> a trap. He did not know as yet how large a party the enemy had, and he did not care to run too great a risk. It was hardly a skirmish, since the enemy had run without defending themselves, but it greatly pleased the gallant fellows. Dick halted them when the enemy were in full flight, and the boys gave a h earty cheer, which must greatly have chagrinecl the redcoats. "Shure, an' dhere wor not much fun in clhat intoirely," said Patsy. "For wlay don'd dere was fun mit it?" asked Carl. "Don'd we was shased dose redcoats?"


THJ~ LlBEH'l'Y BOYS lN WlKTER QUARTERS. l ' "So we did, Cookyspiller, but dhey niver foired a shot, an' dhere do be no fun in dhat." "You don'd was t'ought dat was fun been off you was t:hooted got, ain't it?" "Shure, an' 0i niver think av it. Oi have enuff to worry me widout dhat." "What you was had to worried you alretty? Was you got some droubles ?" "Yis, 0i have a big wan." "What it was?" asked Carl in a sympathetic tone. "Yersilf!" roared Patsy. "Yez are dhe biggest throuble Oi have." "Humbug!" sputtered Carl. Dick now rode forward with Bob and the two Harrys to try and locate the enemy's camp. They had not done so as yet, although they had routetl them. If there was not too large a detachment, then Dick would bring up the entire force of Liberty Boys and break up the camp. If there were too many, then the boys could harass them by sudden attacks. Theee could be made at different points, and several could be made at once. In this manner they could do a good deal of mischief .and perhaps ultimately cause the enemy to leave. Riding on for some little distance, Dick heard sounds which told him tbat he was not far from the camp of the redcoats. "I think we are near them, boys," he said, dismount ing. "Suppose we all go forward, but in different directions," suggested Bob. "Very well. Leave the horses where they will be safe .as well as warm." Then the four boys went on cautiously. In a short time Dick saw a picket walking up aml

THE LIB~RTY BOYS IN WINTER QUARTERS. 5 There was a tremendous excitement in the camp. They thought that they were being attacked and began to rally at once. Meanwhile the four boys were riding away at full speed, laughing over the fright of the enemy. "I did not care to l~ave those fellows tied too long," said Dick. "Now they will be discovered." "Hear them," laughed Bob. "They must think that a whole brigade is attacking them, by the noise they make." "If they knew there were only four of us, they would be mad for a fact," chuckled Harry Thurber. "They will know it," said the other Harry, "or two of them at least." "And that's all," said B-0b. "Those two fellows will say that they were attacked by at least fifty and con quered by overwhelming force of numbers." "They are not likely to tell how it happened," laughed Dick. "Hawkins had no business to put down his musket, and he certainly will not tell about it." 'rhey rode on at a good speed, stopping a few minutes at the farmhouse to talk to the girls. Then they resumed their joumey, and at last arrived at the camp. After a half hour's rest, Dick started out at the head of his full company. There were not too many of the enemy if a sudden at tack were made. Dick was, tb' erefore," very hopeful, and the Liberty Boys were all in high spirits. On they went at a good gait so as not to tire their horses. When within a short distance of the enemy's lines, the pickets having been increased, they dismounted. Dick thought it would be better to make the attack on foot. Advancing cautiously, therefore, they suddenly burst upon the astonished guards and drove them in. Then with a ringing cheer they dashed after them, right into the enemy's camp. CHAPTER IV. DRIYTNG OUT THE REDCOATS. The British and He s sians were quite taken by sur prise. They attempted to rally, but the boys gave them little time to do it. Muskets rattled and pistols cracked. With a ringing cheer the daring lads pushed forward. Tents were overturned, baggage was seized and arms and ammunition confiscated. The muskefs rang out steadily, the boys advancing in a solid body with a firm front. The Hessians made a good deal of noise, but were forced back by the Liberty Boys and finally put to flight. Without their aid the British were at a disadvantage. The attack of the Liberty Boys was so impetuous that, even thougn the enemy were greater in numbers, they lost courage. Seizing a number of horses and overturning the tents, the boys fell back as Dick g~ve the word. The British and Hessians might rally, in which case they would be too many for the Liberty Boys. Dick bad thrown the camp into confusion, seized a score or more of horses and captured a quantity of arms and ammunition. He was quite satisfied for the time, therefore. Away dashed the boys as quickly as they had come, and by the time the enemy had rallied they were a mile awa y . "That was good," said Bob. "Now we want to bother them again in a short time to let them know that we don't want them here." "Unless more join them, we will soon make them tire d of the place," declared Dick. "There are many good patriots hereabouts," added :Mark, "who will be glad to help us, and one more assault may dispose of these intruders." "I think likely," was Dick's reply, "and the suggestion is a good one, Mark." On the way back Dick stopped at the farmhouse ancl saw Bradford. "How many of your neighbors could you get together at short notice to help the Liberty Boys drive out these redcoats?" Dick asked. "Quite some, I reckon. There's Todd and Coddington and Thompson within a mile, an' then there's half a dozen more in a bunch not far from Thompson." "Could you get fifty in a short time, do you think?" "Reckon I could, and if I had till to-morrow I could get a hundred." "Do so and we will scatter these redcoats." "All right, captain. I'll have a hundred good, hone~t farmers at this place this time to-morrow for certain." "Then the Liberty Boys will be here to join you," said Dick. The Liberty Boys now rode on, taking 0the captured horses with them. "Bradford will be as good as his word," said Dick, "and unless the enemy should have reinforcements, we will break up their encampment." "Even if there are more of them," added B-0b, "we can give them trouble." "Of course; but I want to drive them out." "Then we'll do it," said Mark. During the afternoon Dick and a number of the Liberty Boys visited all the farmers within a radius of two or three miles. Some of them had already been seen, while many had not. They were all willing to help the Liberty Boys. Some of them had been annoyed by foraging parties of British or Hessians, and were anxious to stop their depre dations. They regarded the enemy as "varmints," the same as Farmer Bradford, and wished to be rid of them. "When these invaders see that the people as well as the soldiers are leagued against them," said Dick, "they will leave this part of the country in haste." "The worst of it is," declared Bob, •~there are many Tories in the ,:ection, and they encourage the redcoats.'' "There are bands of them who go around committin~ all eorts of ,Jepredations," observed Mark.


6 TI;IE LIBER'l'Y BOYS IN WINTER QU.i:-illTERS. "When we get through with the redcoats we will turn our attention to them," was Dick's answer. "These various skirmishes will show the enemy that we are determined to get rid of them," remarked Harry Thurber. ".And that our patriotism has not been frozen up like our rivers and brooks," chuckled Ben. "Yez can't freeze it up, Bin," said Patsy, "nor yez can't put it out. It's a foire dhat'll kape on burnin' till dh~ ind av toime, an' dhe Foorth av July will niver be forgot, plase dhe pigs." "Hear, hear!" cried Mark. "You're a true American, my boy." "'Deed an' Oi am, an' it's proud av it Oi am." "You was a Irisher," said Carl. "Go'n wid yez, Cookyspiller. Oi'm as much ;n-Ameri kin as ynsilf, an' av yez say Oi'm not, Oi'll give yez a bat on dhe hid." "Yah, I belief you," answered Carl, and there was a general laugh. The next day the Liberty Boys rode to the farmhouse. Already upwards of one hundred patriot farmers had assembled. More were expected shortly. Some were on horseback and some on foot. They were variously armed, some with rifles, some with flintlocks. and some with shotguns and pistols. Many had nothing but pitchforks, axes or spades, but they presented a formidable array, nevertheless. Dick waited half an hour, by which time from fifteen to twenty more had come in. He decided to wait no longer, and therefore pushed on at once in a solid body and at a rapid gait. The enemy ,liad their pickets out and were on the watch against surprise. .The guards were speedily driven in, however, and then the Liberty Boys and the mounted patriots began the at tack. Those on foot followed close behind to support the others. The gallant boys and their farmer allies swept down upoH the camp like a tornado. The forest aisles fairly rang with the thunder of the muskets. The ranks of the patriots actually blazed as they sent in volley after volley upon the enemy. The British and Hessians made an attempt at rallying, but soon found themselves beset on all sides. Those on foot scattered all through the camp and at tacked the enemy with great vigor. They paid little attention to orders, but rushed on with such fury that the enemy, beset on all hands, beat a hasty retreat. Many pursued them at the risk of falling into a trap. 'I'he Liberty Boys followed, therefore, and never -halted till they reached the river. By this time the enemy were so dispersed that further pursuit was unnecessary. A large number of horses were taken, all the tents and a Roodly q1rnntity of arms and ammunition. The camp was dismantled and the spoils divided among the patriot allies, the Liberty Boys retaining only a cer tain number of horses. Many a Pennslyvania farmer now had a fine musket and a lil)eral supply of powder and ball. The tents would also be o.f use in making their houses and barns more comfortable, and were therefore seized upon. Returning to Bradiord's, the farmers dispersed to their homes, many riding who had come on foot and all in the best of spirits. "I reckon the redcoats'll remember this day and not venture into this part o' the country in a hurry," observed Bradford. "Right you are, neighbor," said one gray-haired veteran who had come all the way from Valley Forge, "an' Gin'ral Washington'll be right glad to know we've done so well." By night they had all dispersed to their homes, and the Liberty Boys were once more in camp. Notwithstanding that they had repulsed the enemy ancl driven them from the neighborhood, the Liberty Boys were as vigilant as they always were. Their pickets were set as though they feared an enemy might come at any moment, anc1 everyone was on the watch. Ben Spurlock, pacing his beat, well on toward midnight, heard suspicious sounds ancl at once gave a challenge. CIIAPTER V. A~ ATTACK BY TORJES. "Who goes there?" demanded Ben sharply. Shuffling footsteps came on, and Ben called out: "Halt!" "'What say?" drawled someone out of the darkness. "I didn't s'pect there was any house hereabouts." "iVhat do you want?" "Who be yer? What yer want ter talk so grumpy fur? I hain't be'n doin' nothin'." "Don't you know where you're going?" "Sartin I do; I'm goin' hum. What yer doin' here in ther woods, ennyhow? Yer lost yer way?" Several of the Liberty Boys had approached during this conversation. Suddenly a fire blazed up and cast a glow over the snow. It revealed a man of good proportions, wearing a coon skin coat ~nd cap and carrying a rifle. He had a full. dn.rk beard, small, dark eyes and a ruddy face, his nose heing disfigured by smallpox. "Reckon thia here is a camp," he muttered. "Yes," said Ben. mo be yer, sogers ?" "Yes; who you?" "I'm Eph Knowles, an' I live 'bout er mile or er mile an' er bal.f east er here. I reckon I got off the road in ther dark." "And didn't ?OU lmow it till now?" asked Bob Esta brook, coming forward. "You must haYe known before now that you were off the road," added :Mark. "Waal, I've clean lost my wn.y, anyhow, an' I reckon I better go back an' try an' find it." "I guess you had,'' said the boys.


THE LIBERTY BOYS IX \TINTER QUARTERS. 7 Dick had signaled to them to allow the man to go. A.11 he had heard was the chirping of crickets, the hooting of owls and such like natural sounds. E,cry one of these was a signal and meant something. "'aal, good night, young sir , an' don't be so suspiciou crhaltin' of honest, belated travelers." Thus mutteri11g, the man turned on his heel and left the camp. He had not taken two steps before the fire suddenly went out with a hi s. 'l'he boys had thrown snow upon it. "Gosh! 'pears ter me ye're in er awiul hurry," snarled the stranger, hurrying on. The snow was deep outsid e the camp, but there were paths anil. the stranger took one. Dick Slater took another. He was suspicious of the fellow and meant to follow him. He could make his way through the wooi'l in the dark ith litlle difficulty, although the snow was a hindrance. He ,-oon got upon the path take n by the man in the coon. :kin coat and followed it rapidly and with no noise. The follow :oon reached a rou g h road, which he followPd at a ~ood speed. At length he whistled. Then a light appeared, and Dick :-:aw that it came from a little log cabin ju, t back from the road in the woods. "\Yell, Eph, did ycr find 'cm?'' askcll a man standing in thP, doorway, holding a tallow dip in hi~ hand. "Yus, I found 'cm, Pete, an' I reckon theres quite a few of 'em." "Waal, come in; iL's right colu bmdin' out here." ''Yus, I reckon it is." The two men entered the log calJin, where there was a log fire roaring on the hard earth hearth. Dick crept close to the door, which fitted none too tight, ar1d listened. "Think it wuth while to 'tack 'em, Eph?" asked the man of the cabin. "Shouldn't wonder, Pete. There's quite some of 'em, though, an' they're on ther lookout, got sentries posted an' all that." "Many of 'cm?" "I co11 ldn't tell just how many, but I gues" there's fifty, anyhow, hy the looks o' things." "Wen get the gang together au' swoop down onto 'em, We can raise fifty, I reckon, putty quick." "Yu", an' clean out ther young rebel ." "They':re fur 'nuff away from ther rebel army not ter expect enny help from 'em." " o they are. W aal, we'll git thcr band together an' 'tack 'em tcr-morrer night." "That'll be good. I 'pect they'll be there?" "Yus, they're in winter quarter:::, an'--" " 'Cau:::e I s'pose we could 'tack 'cm ter-night." "Yus, so we could." "Better do it and lose no tim ovel' it." growled a third member of the party, who had not before spoken. "All right, Josh, cf yer say so." Dick had heard enough to show him that the men were Tories, and that they contemplated an attack upon hii. camp. "Open the door," said the last speaker. "It's too hot in here altogether." Dick crept away, and was just out of range of the light that shone from the cabin when the door was opened. The man who opened the door was better dressed than the others, and looked like one who was bound to haYe hi own way in all things. "Cruel, crafty and unprincipled," muttered Dick. "I wonder who he is?" Then he tole away in the darkness. Quickly finding the path, he made his way back to the camp. IIarry Thurber challenged him and was quickly an swcrecl Bob had been waiting for him to come back. T~c hro boys went at once to Dick's hut, where they were spe e dily joined by ::\fork. "That fellow was a Tory and belong to a gang oi marauding scoundrels," said Di ck. "I thought as much," declared Rob, emphatically. "Ile had a regular hangdog-look." "To tell the truth, l dicl not like him myself," added 1Iark, "and when you said you wern going to follow him, I was quite satisfied.'' "They are talking of attacking our camp either in the early morning or to-morrow night," continued Dick. "They are?" in surprise from both boys. "Yes, and I am rather inclined to believe that it will be in the morning." "IJow many are there of the scoundrels?" asked :Mark. "They count on getting fifty and clearing us out. They don't think we have any more than that many." "H'm! Somebody is going to be very much surprised," declared Bob. "They may bring more, of course," Dick went on, "and we must be prepared for them." "Oh, we'll give 'em a hearty welcome beyond a doubt," laughed Mark. "We'll be waiting up for them." "And you think they will come in the early morning?" asked Bob. "Yes." "In three or four hours, then?" "About that; before daybreak, at any rate." "Then we've got time for a good nap yet," carelessly. Dick told the Liberty Boys what he had learned, &nd they were eager to meet the Tories. "Shure, an' it's very koind av dhim to come an' see us," said Patsy. "Will Oi have a pot av tay ready for dbim, captain dear?" "Yuh, we giies elem someding bot, I bet me," said Carl. "DPy wa~ like dot, I was dinks." _\s Bob had Faid, ihe boys were sure to get their naps before> the appearance of the enemy. The pickets were posted as u s ual, and would give due warning ,of danger. Hours pasF.e

8 THE LIBERTY BOYS IN WINTER QUARTERS . brave boys sprang to their feet and opened fire upon the 'rories. The pickets had given warning 0 the approach 0 the enemy, and although all the camp had seemed to be asleep, it was very wide awake. Waiting until the Tories came on, the boys suddenly arose. The enemy received a volley which positively staggered them. Instead 0 surprising the young patriots, they fou~d themselves surprised, and thoroughly surprised at that. There were many more boys than they supposed, and they were ready to meet the foe. Muskets and pistols rattled and cracked all along the line, many of the enemy ell, and . the rest, utterly dis heartened at this unexpected rally, took to their heels at once. CHAPTER. VI. EXE:\HES IN COUNCIL. The Tories fired only that first volley, which they had hoped would utterly t e rrify the Liberty Boys. They had expected that the boys would be stampeded and desert their camp, leaving it to be rifled. Instead 0 this, it was the Tories who had been stampeded. -The fierce volley they had received had taken all the bravado out of them . They fled in such haste that many 0 them left their weapons behind them. The Liberty Boys did not pursue them. A rattling pistol volley followed them as they retreated and th.en ceased. When the last of them bad got beyond range of the fires there were no more shots fired. The intended, surprise had been a most dismal fail ure . Instead 0 routing the boys, they had themselves been routed, and most disastrously. In the early dawn a number of them met at the log cabin to which Dick bad followed the spy. The place was not big enough to hold them all. A big fire was lighted outside, and the men gathered around this and held a council. Dick Slater was present, unknown to the Tories. He had followed the men after a little interval. It was his impression that they would meet here, and he was not wrong. They came by threes and ours till quite a number had gathered. "Seems to me someone made a big mistake," muttered the man called Josh. "Reckon they did," growled Pete. "Eph said they was only fifty on 'em . " "Reckon they was five hundred," snarled one. "Couldn't yer tell better'n thet, Eph?" asked another. "What sort of er spy be yer, ennyhow ?" "There didn't look ter be rnore'n thet many," growled Eph . "Yer must 'member thet it was dark an' there wasn't many fires lighted, and it's putty hard ter calcu late . " "Then yer'd orter went crgin in the daytime an' made sartin just how many they was . " "'Course he orter," snarled another. "I reckon they was three hundred on 'em." "Not so many as that," said Josh, "but enough t<> put you men to rout . Why, you scattered like a :fl.ock of sheep." "Waal, yer run yerBelf, didn't yer?" demanded Eph. He seemed to resent having the whole blame of the defeat laid at his door. "You would not expect me to stay and alone face a hundred determined boys, each with a half dozen pistol& in his belt, would you?" retorted Josh. "Wull, you'd orter knowed how many they was, same as me," with a snarl. "You Faid positively that there were not more than fifty of them, and all boys at that." "Wull, they was only boys . 'Pears ter me et ain't n<> fault o' mine e fifty or sixty grown men 'lows theirselves ter be druv away by boys, even et they is er hundred on 'em . " "The attack was too sudden," said Josh . "You did not wait to see how the land lay, but just rushed in without seeing whether they were ready . " "Whyn't yer tell us then, Josh?" snarled Pete. "Wasn't yer ther gen'ral? Whyn't yer giye orders then?" "Orders?" repeated the other, his brow clouding. "To a pack of undisciplined louts like you? You would have obeyed them, wouldn't you?" "They ain't no use ter call names," muttered Eph. "Them boys licked us, an' they licked us good, an' yer cain't get away from et, an' et was as much your fault as it was anybody's." ' "E yer had called on us ter rally, like any gen 'ral orter," addea Pete, "we'd've rallied, but yer didn't; yer run ez hard ez anybody." "Rally a lot of demoralized men, running in all dire c tions," sneered the 'l'ory. "You're a fool, Pete." "Waa], yer needn'ter blame me fur the hull on et," muttered Eph, as Pete started to make an angry retort. "You $houlcl have known how many there were," said Josh. "Besides, you didn't wait for orders. You began to fire as soon as you got to the camp . " "Waal, everything was dark. How'd we know thev was ready or us?" asked another. , "You did not stop to find out, but just rushed in, every body on his own account, without waiting for orders . " "Eph orter told us how many they was," another man sa1d, "an' we orter had fifty more men. E we're goin' ter drive them boys out'n ther deestrick, we gotter do et proper." "There were enough of 11s to have routed the boys if you had not acted like a lot of frightened sheep," mut tered Josh. "You've got to do it, and that's all there is to it." "Then yer gotter git more men," declared Eph. "The.m's ther boys what dro,e out ther redcoats, them an' ther rebel farmers." "Yus," said Pete, "an' ef you try ter drive ther boys out, ther rebel farme r s'll he-lp 'em . " "Then act at once," said Josh, firmly. "Go around


THE LIBERTY BOYS IN WINTER QUARTERS . D and get together all the band, and as many more loyal subjects living hereabouts as you can, and we'll attack these young pests and drive them from the region." "Th et's all right," muttered a man who had not before spoken, "and I'll ride over and get the Royal Buffs, a loyal band that hates the rebels worse than poison." "How many are there of the Royal Buffs?" asked Josh. "Nigh on to two hundred or them, and they're well disciplined and have a general and officers." "How far are they from here?" "About ten miles to the south." "Ride over and get them at once and we'll rout these boys and the farmeTS, too." "All right; thet's a good scheme. The Royal Buffs will rid the district of these pests, you may be sure." Dick crept away, feeling certain that there was nothing more of interest to him in the council. He returned to the camp and, calling Bob, Mark and a few others, told them what he had learned. "Who are these Royal Buffs?" asked Bob. "I don't ]mow," was Dick's reply, "but I pr~sume they are loyalists, Americans, maybe, who have enlisted under the royal standard." "The more shame to them," said M:ark, imp _ etuously. "Just so/' quietly :from Dick. "They are well dis ciplined, no doubt, and are probably officered by the British, as many of these independent bodies are." "We are an independent corps ourselves," said Harry Thurber. "Yes, but with a righteous cause behind us," said Bob. "Hear, hear!" cried all the boys. "~fy iGlea," said Dick, "is not to wait for the arrival of these Royal Buffs, but to attack the Tories in their camp and rout them." "Good!" cried Bob. "They tried to _ surprise us and were surprised, and now we will surprise them and do it." "Indeed we will!" added Mark. "Dhe assurance av dhim wearin' dhe buff," growleJ. Patsy. "Dhim spalpeens up in dhe Mohawk valley :insults dhe grane be wearin' av it, an' now dhese vilyuns does dhe same be dhe buff." "Dot green don'd was de batriots' color," said Carl. "Go'n wid yez, Cookyspiller; slrnre,, dhere's more pa triots dhan dhero do be in dhis counthry, an' dhe grane is a:-foine color intoirely, an' not to be worn by dhe British ers or anny wan dhat upholds clhim." "Yah, dot was so, I bet me." "Av coarse it is, an' it's dhe same wid dhe, an' we'll bate dhe hicls off anny wan who wears it, forbye he's a thrue patriot, begorrah.'' "Yah, dot was so, I bet me." "Let us attack the Tories at once," said Dick, "before , they can rally these renegades. Then we'll attack them as well." "Good!" cried all the boys . "When will we do it?" asked Bob. "Well, they are all collected now, and there's no ' time like the present,_ they say." "As long as you were present at their council fire," chuckled Ben Spurlock, "there's no good reason why you should not carry out their plans and have a brush with them." "Troth, we;ll give dhim such a brushin' dhat dhere'll be nothin' lift av dhim intoirely," roared Patsy, and then there was a universal laugh. CHAPTER VII. A BUSY MORNING. No time was lost in going against the Tories. It was now early morning, and there was light enough for the Liberty Boys to see their way. They set off at once in full force, Dick in the lead. The greater part of the Tories were at the cabin, some having gone to bring up the Royal Buffs. As soon as they came in sight of the house, Dick or dered the boys to charge. 'l'he Tories were taken completely by surprise. They had not heard the boys coming, and did not know 'of their presence till the brave fellows suddenly dashed right upon them. "Charge!" c:ried Dick. With a rush the daring boys fell upon the Tories and scattered them. Some got away on their horses, and others had to take to their heels. A dozen rushed into the log cabin and barred the door. Thence they opened :fire upon the Liberty Boys. A number of them received painful wounds. "Down with the place!" cried Dick. :'Drive out tho 'rory rascals!" The cabin was soon attacked on all sides. Some of the boys got heavy logs and began to pound upon the door . Others attacked the logs with knives. Some piled brush against the cabin and set it on fire. Those within fired, but the boys were wary and no more were hurt. With knivE:Js and axes, battering-rams and fire, the as sault upon the cabin went on vigorously. At last the door opened, and at the same time a breach was made near the chimney. In rushed the daring boys with a shout. 'I'he Tories were seized, disarmed and thrown @ut into the snow. "They won't use this cabin for a meeting-place again," said Dick. "Set :fire to it." The fireplace was filled high with logs and brush and set on fire. Flame was applied to the cabin on all sides at the same time. 'l'he Tories were driven off with a warning not to come near the place again on pain of death. "You are enemies," said Dick, "ancl must be treated the same as redcoats or Hessians, so remember that." The Tories got out of the region in haste, and many of them kept away. Others remained in the neighborhood, but did not go near the -ruins of the log cabin. "When the Royal Bufl's come, they won't flnd so many


10 THE LIBERTY BOYS IN WI)TTER QUARTERS. to fight with them," observ~d Bob, with a grin. "There'a nothing like striking while the iron is hot." "What is the good of waiting for these Royal Buffs to come?" asked Mark. "There isn't any," was Dick's reply. "We'll go and meet them." "That's what I meant," said Mark, with a smile. "You know the way they are coming?" asked Bob. "Yes." " -Then let's go to them." "That's what I mean to do." The Liberty Boys were delighted at the prospect of meeting the Tories. It had been a busy day for them so far, but they were ready for more work. Off they set, therefore, after a brief rest to meet the Royal Buffs. These men were under better discipline than the Tories the Liberty Boys had met. , There was a larger party of them also. It would be something worth while to beat such a party, therefore. On went Hie boys at a gallop, and in little more than half an hour heard the sound of an advancing troop. Dick halted his brave boys in the middle of the snowy road. Then he dismounted and went ahead to reconnoiter. .At length he saw the oncoming troop. They were enemies indeed. They wore very showy uniforms, rode fairly good horses and were under good discipline. "We have yet to see if they are good :fighters," mut tered Dick. Then he hurried back to the Liberty Boys. -"The enemy are coming," he said. "Theyi,make a fine showing, but it's :fighting that counts." The uniforms of the Liberty Boys had seen much ser vice, and the young patriots did not present as smart an appearance as the enemy. Their coats were patched and darned and stained, their breeches were a good deal the worse for wear, and their boots were, many of them, sadly in need of repair. They did not count upon a smart appearance to win battles, however. So long as their uniforms would hold together the boys meant to make them do. Money was scarce, and their old uniforms m\lst serve until times were better. The tramp of horses sounded louder, and just before the newcomers came in sight Dick gave tlie word to charge. .All of a sudden the Tories saw a hundred brave fellows in blue and buff coming down upon them with a rush. They had expected to be j oin.ed by the other Tories before meeting the Liberty Boys. The sudden appearance of the latter at this time was a great surprise, therefore. "Charge!" cried Dick. "Down with the Tories!" "Liberty forever, down with the refugees!" _yelled the gallant boys. Then they swept down upon the Tories like a tornado. The enemy tried to form a solid front and repel the hoys, but the charge was too impetuous. The boys dove down upon their foes, not a shot hav ing been :fired as yet. Then the 'l'ories began to :fire, hoping to check theadvance of the intrepid youths. "Fire!" cried Dick. Crash-roar! .A solid sheet of flame seemed to shoot out from the ranks of the Liberty Tioys . .A crashing, roaring volley followed the word, and not a scattered :fire like that of the Tories. Many a saddle was emptied, and many a Tory sat unsteadily as the smoke of that deadly volley floated away. "Charge!" cried Dick. "Back with the Tory renegades!" On swept the daring boys. The Tories could not stand up against such a furious. assault. J'ifany were unhorsed, and many dashed off to the right. or to the left in the woods. The remainder wheeleq their horses and dashed off the way they had come. One such enc_ounter was all they desired. They were no match for their young foes, boys that they were, and made all haste to get away. The boys fired a rattling pistol volley after them and' made them go all the faster . Then they returned and scattered the rest of the Royal Buffs wherever they saw them. The Tories had come on, expecting to do great execu tion. Now the larger part of them were in full flight, and the remainder scattered in all directions. They made all haste to get away from such an inhos-'pitable region, and it was doubtful if they could ever be tempted into it again. . The patriots of the region fired upon them whenever they saw them; and they met with anything but a kind reception. "Dhey'll know betther nor to come here again, dhe spalpeens," said Patsy. "Yah, I bet me dey was keeped away von here anoder dime," added Carl. "They won't thank the fellow that got them to comeover here,'' laughed Mark. "No, I'm sure they won't," agreed Bob, "and they'll have a better opinion of patriots in general, and of the Liberty Boys in particular, after this." ' By the time the boys had reached their huts, not only had the Buffs disapJ)eared, but the greater part of the Tories of the section as well. They had heard of the defeat of their expected allies, and had a most wholesome respect for the Liberty Boys after this. 'rhe brave youths had driven away the redcoats and had.scattered the '.rories, and they could now enjoy a well earned rest. "'rhere will be enough to do," declared Dick, "for the redcoats will be encroaching on us again, and the Toriea are always up to mischief.'' •


THE LIBERTY BOYS IN WINTER QUARTERS. 11 "Some of them live hereabouts," said Bob, "and they need to be watched." "I can trust to the Liberty Boys to do that," quietly. CHAPTER VIII. TilE MAN WITH TWO LIVES. The day after the routing of the Tories, Dick, Bob and a few of the Liberty Boys rode over to Farme r Brad ford's. The girls were pleased to see them, and the whole family made them welcome. They were standing by the gate when a man rode by -0n a fine horse. He was expensively dressed, and seemed to be a person

12 THE LIBERTY BOYS L \\ iRTER QUARTERS. and drive out the band. When did they trouble you last?" "Early this morning." "Well, we'll see that they don't do it again. Make your self comfortable for a while, and we will set out in pur suit of these villains." In haU an hour the boys set out, with Simcox as a guide. Reaching the settlement, they found everything quiet. "Tell your neighbors to get ready," said Dick to the guide, "but to make no noise and to keep everything dark as it is now." Dick's instructions were obeyed. The settlement seemed to be sound asleep when, an hour later, Dick heard suspicious sounds. He crept forward and listened attentively. Someone was coming. "We'll rout 'em out," Dick heard a voice say. It was . that of Josh at the log cabin and of Joshua Winterbottom, the rich squire. Dick was sure that there could be no mistake. "Yus, an' take whatever they've got," added Eph. Dick stole rapidly back to the settlement. On came the Tories, confident of success. Suddenly :fires blazed forth, and the settlers came run ning out. "Do,m with the rebels," growled the leader, who wore a full black beard and rode a big, strong horse. The settlers were not as many in number as the Tory marauders. The latter felt certain oE winning the fight, however. They dashed forward, :firing and yelling and sure of terrifying the patriots. Then the Liberty Boys suddenly appeared, and the :fires blazed up still brighter. Dick made a dash at the Tory leader. With a stroke of his sword he whisked off the man's full black beard. It was false, as Dick had guessed as soon as he saw it. "So then you are Joshua Winterbottom, as I sup posed?" cried Die k. The Tory raised his pistol to fire, when Dick sent it flying from his hand. "Down with the two-faced Tory-away with the marauders!" he cried. Then the farmers and the Liberty Boys made such a bold dash that the Tories were forced to fall back. Dick tried to seize their leader, but he escaped. The others fled in many directions, and their intended raid was a fai1ure. Dick and the Liberty Boys received the thanks of the patriots and tlien set out for their camp. "The scoundrel lives two lives," said Dick, "the ric11 squire who takes no part in the fight and the Tory marauder who enriches himself by despoiling others." CHAPTER IX. .AN ABDUCTION PREVENTED. Returning to the camp, the boys made themselves com fortable for the night. Pickets were set as usual, but there were no Yisitors, friendly or otherwise. "Men like this Wihterbottom are dangerous," said Dick. "Then we'll have to get rid 01 the two-faced :;coun drel," answered Bob. "We will, Bob, but it may take time." "Ile will probably deny that he was oYer at the settle-ment last night," observed Mark. "Yes; we shall have to get evidence." "We ought to have caught him," declared Bob. "Well, we certainly tried to do so," quietly. "So we did, and we'll have to succeed before we can prove the fellow to be the scoundrel we know him to be." A good deal of light snow had fallen during the night after the return of the Liberty Boys. Dick set out npon :Major to pay a visit to the Tory. He meant to beard the fellow in his own house and warn him to leave the country nuder pain of arrest. As he rode on he discovered fresh tracks in the snow. They were going toward the Tory's house. Riding on, he came in sig-ht of the place, and saw that the tracks led from it as well as toward it. "'l'he scoundrel has had vii-itors this morning," was Dick's thought. Ile saw a number of men at i.he outbuildings, and put 1\Iajor behind some bushes out of sight. Then he advanced cautiously, faking care not to be seen. 'l'hcre were thick hedges ahout the grounds, the path from the gate to the house being lined with them. It had been Dick's intention to go to the house and ucmand to see the master. It now occurred to him that he would be denied admis srnn. 'l'here were a good many men about the place, and even if he entered the house he might fall into a trap. He determined to investigate first, therefore. rrhc house looked strong, and the Tory might use it a s a fort in case he were warned to leave the neighbor hood. Dick determined to make an examination 01 it, therefore. Keeping behind hedges and trees, he advanced rapidly, a nd was behind a hedge at one side of the grounds when lw heard footsteps. The Tory came out of the house and hurried down the ,rnlk to the gate. Tie wore a greatcoat and boots, a round hat and a bag 11ig, and looked eminently respectable and prosperous. As he reached the gate and swung it open, a coach drove up. He was well protected from the cold, and was evident ly g-oing on a long journey. Coach, driver and horses all indicated prosperity, as did .the well-kept house, grounds and outbuildings. "Drive to Bradford's," said Winterbottom. "We'll se cure the proud beauty, and if she will not be my wife, the rebels shall pay well for her release." "The villain!" muttered Dick. "The coast will be clear, sir?" the driver asked.


THE LIBER'rY BOYS I N WINTER QUARTERS. 13 "Yes. The men have all been sent on a wild-goos':! chase, a n d the mothe r will be h u rrying off to visit a sick neighbor." "It was well p l anned, sir," chuckled the driver. "Yes, but everything I do is well planned . Now to secure the girl. Off with you!" Th e rascally Tory entered the coach, closed the door and was driven away rapidly. Dick craw l ed under the hedge and remained there till the coach was out of sight . Then he arose and made all haste to secure his horse. "'l'h is, t h en, is the meaning of the look the scoundrel gave the girl yesterday," be muttered. No t ime was l ost in getting in the saddle . "It was fortunate I came this way . Otherwise much time would have been lost." Dick r ode off at full speed toward the camp. It was i n a different direction from that taken by th0 coach. T hat, he knew, l ed to the Bradford place . T he Libe rty Boys were surprised to see Dick come Lack in such haste . T hey knew at once that something important must haYe happened . Several of the boys came forward a s Dick dismounted. Among them were Bob, Uark, B e n, Sam, the two Harrys a n d Will. "That rascally Tory is going to abclnct Lydia Bradford and force her to become his wife," Dick said . There was a great excitement in au in s tant. A number of the boys had been attrac ted by th e girl' s beauty and charming manners. They were highly indignant at the actio _ n of the Tory , therefore. "We must get back there before he returns," said Dick . "There must not be too many of u s or an alarm will be taken." H e picked ont Bob and :Mark, the two Harrys and B e n fo accompany him . 'l'hey might not all approach the hou se, qut they would. be near in case they were needed. The boys rode at full speed till within sight of the house . . Then they tethered their horses and advanced cau tiousJy. Ben and the two Ilarrys remained in the woods oppo site the house. Dick, Bob and Mark hid behind hedges near the house itself . They h ad not Jong been secreted when the sound of carriage whee l s was heard . Dick raised his head cautionsJy and peered over the hedge. The coach was coming . The horses were in a l ather, and had evidently been driven h a r d . The coac h ma n drew r ein at the gate . Tlie n Win te rb ot tom got ou t. He carried L ydia Bra dford, gagged and w r apped in n heavy cl oak, in hi s arms. H e pus h e d ope n the swin g in g gate a nd hurried toward the h o u se. Now was the time for actio n. There came a s u dden low whistle . As the kidnapper came u p the path with the girl in his arms, Dick leaped the hedge . Then Bob haJted the driver, and J\fark appeared on. the other side of the hedge . "Proceed at your peril!" said Dick . The Tory gave Dick a black look and seemed about to shout for help. "Utter a sound and you are a dead man!" hissed :M:ark, his pistol leveled at the kidnapper's head. "Keep quiet, as you value your l ife," said Bob to the. driver. Dick uttered a shrill w-histle. The three Liberty Boys came running across the r oad~ "Seize this scoundrel!" cried Dick . Winterbottom was at once seized and prevented from . shouting or escaping. Some of the people were approaching, however. "Quick," said Dick. "Get on the box, Bob, and drive. Follow after me, 1\Iark , with Major and Bob's horse." The gag was quickl y removed from Lydia's mouth. She was then put in the coach, with Dick at her sidl' . Bob was already on the box, the driver being thrown ignominiously into a snowdrift . Then the coach was driven off rapidly as Winterbotto m snddenJy escaped from his captors , and shouted to hi,; men . The y c a me hurry ing forward, a dozen o.f them. The Lib ert:v Boys qui ckly retreated, and in a few mo ments w-ere galloping down the road afte r Dick. The Tory had escaped, he was now known for thrrasca 1 he was , and the next thing to be done was to dr i v e liim fro m the nei g hborhood. CHAPTER X. IN THE TORY'S IIOUSE. Bob drove, while Dick Rat in the coa c h with Lydia, an d Mark follow e d , leading the two horses. "I am so glad that you were there, Captain Slater,' i said the girl. "Yes, it was very fortunate . " "How did you happ e n to be on hand?" "I fortunately overheard the rascal telling where he was going." . "It was fortunate indeed," thankfully . "I could do nothing then, but I made all haste .to get Bob and :Mark and some others, and we arrived just in good time to prevent the scoundrel from carrying out hi::; pJans." "He is indeed a scoundrel." "When he looked at you yesterday, he was plannin g this affair." "No doubt, and I can see now that it was well planned." " How were your father and brothers got out of the house?" "The boys were told that a friend of theirs wan ted them to go hunting . " "And vou r fathe r ?" "One ~f our cows straved a" ay, a n d a ma n ca m e to te ll , him whe r e to find her. "


14 'l'HE LIBEll'rY BOYS IN WIX'l'ER QUARTERS. "I see; and your mother and sister went to nurse a sick neighbor, leaving you alone in the house." "Exactly; and then this man drove up and said that you had been badly hurt, and that he had brought you here at your request." "The miserable schemer!" "I went out, of course, and Joshua Winterbottom seizecl ,and dragged me into the coach, bindi~g and gagging me." "The villainP' "He pretended to love me, and said that if I would be his wife it would be all right." "Yes, I overheard him say that, the trickster!" "I am so glad that you were on hand, No one would have known where to look for me." ''I would have suspected," answered Dick, "from seeing the look which the man gave you yesterday.", 1 "Yes, I thought it meant harm to father, but never i thought of myself." Reaching the farmhouse, they folm.d that the family had returned and were greatly exerciseq_ about Lydia's disappearance. The horses were turned and sent back toward home, and then Dick explained how Lydia had been rescued from the clutches of the Tory. "If he dares to look at or speak to me again," stormed the farmer, "I'll throttle him." "And I'll horsewhip him the :first time I see him,,, de clared Hiram. "I'll shoot him on sight, the scoundrel," sputtered Elisha . "The jdea of a patriot girl marrying a Tory, and a rascally one at that!" ejaculated Jane. "It's an insult or a man like that to touch or even speak to a decent girl," said the farmer's wife, indig nantly. "We'll drive him out of the neighborhood," declared the boys. "The man will be warned," observed Dick, "and if he does not heed it, then he will be driven out." "And a good thing fqr the neighborhood, too," an swered the farmer. "The Liberty Boys have stirred up these Tories pretty lively already," said Bob, "and now we'll give then another shaking up." "And we'll help you," said the sons. aEverything counts," laughed Mark. "You two fel lows a:i;e hardly boys, but we'll be glad to have you" just the same." "So we would," added Dick, with a smile. _ ay ou'll let us know, then, when you're going to drive the Tory out?" "To be sure we will." After remaining for half an hour, by which time Lydia wa::: well over the excitement of her adventure, the boys mounted their horses and rode off to the camp. The others had returned by the time they reached it. The1 Liberty Boys were all greatly excited over thr. matter. They wanted to go at once and drive the Tory out. "I shall him fair warning at :first," said Dick, "and then, if he fails to heed the warning, it will be time to act." "We ought to go now," declared Bob. "He will def y us and fortiyhis house, but if we go now, he won't have time to do it." "I believe the place is as strong now as it can be made, '' was Dick's reply. "N 6, I shall give him ample warning, and after that, if he persists in staying on, we can take more decided measures . " 'rhe boys made no more objections, for they always re spected his wi~hes and never questioned his opinions. The morning was well spent by this time, but after dinner Dick set off on Major to go to Winterbottom'[!. He was riding along at an easy gait over the crisp snow, when suddenly half a dozen men leaped out of the bushes. Dick quickly whipped out his pistols and fired, 1.'D.owing that the men's intentions were evil. One of the fellows had his hat shot away, and another received a wound in the shoulder . Dick tried to dash ahead, but other men rushed out in :l:ront and behind . They tried to seize the horse, and two of them were thrown down . Tlien Dick was dragged out of the saddle, and Majo was captured: Dick's arms were bound behind him, and he was hurried away . . Then one of the men bound a thick handkerchief over his eyes. This wa<1 flO that he would not know where he was being taken. He suspected, however, having seen Winterbottom'~ house just before and knew the direction in which it lay. The men said nothing, hurrying him on at a rapi pace . At length they halted for an instant, anti. Dick hei::,rd a gate swing open. Then he was carried up a :flight of stone steps and into a house. When they took the bandage off his eyes, he was in , small, barely furnished room having one barred, and two doors . He was placed in a chair and his hat and greatcoat re moved, when he was again bound hand and foot. "There, you slippery rebel, we've got you now, I guess,' snarled one. "Tell your master, Josh Winterbottom, that I wan to sec hi.m," said Dick. "How c1o you know that he is our master?" growler another. "Because this is his house . Do you think I did no know where you were taking me?" At this moment the Tory himself entered. "Get out!" he said, and was instantly obeyed. CHAPTER XI. A TIMELY TNTERRUPTIO:N'. "W rll, you mi;;erable dog of a rebel," blustered th Tory, when he was alone with Dick, "what have you go to say for yomself?"


THE LIBERTY BOYS IN WINTER QUARTERS. 15 "This, you contemptible hound of a Tory, since you like compliments. The Liberty Boys know where I was going this afternoon." "They don't know where you are now, though." "They will lmow when I do not return and will come directly here." "They won't know where to find you. You are not in my house." "You contemptible liar, do you think I am to be de ceived so easily?" retorted Dick: angrily. The Tory's brow grew black. "Can't I see?" continued Dick. "Don't I recognize your outhouses? Do you think I am an id'iot, not to take notice?" "You will be taken somewhere else," muttered the Tory. "That wo:a't matter. The Liberty Boys are as good as Indians at following a trail." "You are very confident," with a sneer. "Because I know them." ''Let them follow the trail if they lik e , let them follow it to Philadelphia and be made prisoners of." "So you are going to Philadelphia, are you?" "Yes, I am to collect the reward. General Howe will give me five hundred pounds for your dead body." "H you deliver it." quietly. "Others have tried to do so and have ailed." "By George, then I won't fail!" thundered Winterbot tom, striking the little table such a violent blow that the top was split right across. "There is no occasion for such violence, Josh," said Dick quietly. "The man who talks loudest always has the weakest part of the arrangement." "You'll find I've got the best o.f it," snarlingly. "I'm goi.11g to kill you first and then take you to Philadelphia and get the reward." "So you said, but I don't believe it," coolly. "In the first place, you daren't kill me." "I daren't?" mutteringly. "No." "Why not?" "Because you are afraid of the consequences. You know very well that retribution will follow that act as sure as the night follows the day." "Do you think I am afraid of a handful of young rebels?" sneeringly. "Y cs. I came to warn you, Jos h Winterbottom, that if you don't get out o E this neighborhood within twenty four hours, you will be arre s ted as a dangerous person." aH'm! You are in a pretty position to warn any one." "There are others who will not warn you, but will shoot you on ~ight. The Bradford boys are looking for you. In fact, I think I see them now." Dick was right. He had seen the Bradford boys outside, and they were in search o-f Josh Winterbottom. Dick had a purpose in telling the Tory that the two young patriots were outside. Re wished to get the man out of the room. Dick Slater was a most opservant boy. When the Tory had split the table, Dick saw into a little drawer it contained. In this drawer were sulphur matches. The Tory sprang to his feet, shot a hasty glance out the window and left the room. He did not neglect to close and lock the door behincl him when he ran out. 'l'he in stant that the k e y was turned in the lock, Dick Legan to work. He was not bound to Lhc chair in which he sat. He could therefore get up. He did so, and sat on the floor. Then, being supple, he passed his arms over his legs and brought his hands in front of him. Then he walked over to the table and pulled out the drawer . . Some of tlie nails in the tabletop were now exposed. With the matches was a piece of flint. Putting a numb e r of the matches in the drawer under an expo s ed nail , Dick struck the against this. Sparks fell on the matches, and a few gentle puffs of his breath lighted them. Dick could use his fingers even if his wrists wereseared. He picked up the burning matches and laid them on top of the table. Holding the cords about his wrists to the flame, he soon snapped them. But a few moments were needed to sever the cords. about his ankles. Extinguishing the matches, Dick closed the drawer-. The Tories ' had made one great mistake when they bound Dick. So sure were they that he could not escape that they neglected to search him for pistols. He had discharged two, but these were not all he had. He now reloaded these two and put on his greatcoat and hat. The room was none too warm, and then Dick wished to . be ready to leave at an instant's notice. Walking over to the window, he looked out. He could not see the Bradford boys now, the front of the house not being in range of this window. Ile heard a noise in the house, and presently footsteps , came along the passage outside. There was the sound of a key turning in the lock. 'l'hen the door opened. As Winterbottom entered, he suddenly found a pisto l put under his nose. Then, big and heavy as he was, he was seized, thrown. around and put into the chair where Dick had been seated. "\Vhy, you con.founded rebel, how did you--" "Keep quiet!" said Dick. "Hallo, J oshl" cried someone outside. acome in," said Dick in a gruff voice. One of the Tories entered. ''Tie that pertinent Tory to that chair," said Dick. His back was to the door, and he had two pistolB , leveled now instead of one. The Tory hesitated, and Josh attempted to rise.


16 THE UBERTY BOYS IN WINTER QU AR'I'ERS. "Sit still, Josh. Do as I tell you. You'll find cords on the floor. Get behihd him." Winterbottom. scowled and snarled and threatened, but the Tory was forced to obey. The master of the house was bound securely in the chair and gagged. There were two doors in the room. 'rhe second opened upon a closet. Dick opened this and forced the second Tory to enter it. In a moment the door was closed upon him. "You see, I told you that it was not at all certain about my going to Philadelphia," said Dick to Winterbottom. The 'l'ory glared at him, but of course could say nothing. "I am going to leave you where you will be perfectly safe," said Dick. "The Bradford boys would be glad to get in l9.ere, but I told you I would give you twenty-four hours to leave the neighborhood." Dick then went out, closed and locked the door and put the key in his pocket. -Hurrying down the passage, he suddenly met three or four Tories. "Here, what are you doing out here, you rebel?" they cried. "Getting ready to go out," said Dick, quietly, at the same time leveling his pistols at the Tories. CHAPTER XII. BACK TO CA)iP. The ' Tories fell back in great alarm as they found themselves looking into the muzzles of two heavy , pistols. 'l'wo of them escaped, but Dick seized one of the others and said: "Wait a moment. I am not acquainted with this house, and I want vou to show me out." "There's ; lot of rebels out there, and we dassen't open the big front door," said the man. "Any will do, front or rear, but I must get out." "Where is the master-how did yQu get away?" "Oh, Mr. Winterbottom did not make the slightest objection to my leaving." The two men led the way along a corridor and down a short flight of stairs. Then the two who had escaped came back with others. "There's the rebel!" they cried. "Don't let him get out." "Begone with you!:' said Dick, "or I'll let the daylight through you!" 'l'hen, making a rush and pushing the men ahead of him, Dick upset i;he lot of them down another short flight. There was a cross pas,;age at this point, and Dick saw a grated door with a light above it at the end. Down this he darted, quickly unbolted the door ann got out. Someone closed the door behind him in an instant. He made his way to the barn and found Major. Untethering the noble animal, he led him outside and jmnped on his back. In front of the house he found the Bradford boys and half a dozen others. "Hallo, captain, where did you come from?" asked Hiram. "Arc you going to storm the hou::,e ~" "Not now," said Dick. "I gave Josh till to-morrow to get out." "He won't get out at all if we get hold of him. We've sent for more, and we're going to burn him out." "The house is strong and well fitted to withstand a siege," said Dick. "I shall bring the Liberty Boys here to-morrow i1' the rascal has not left." "Why don't you do it to-day? Why do you give him till. to-morrow?" "Because that is what I told him. If he leaves he will give us no more trouble." 1

THE LIBERTY BOYS IN WINTER QU AI1-TERS. 17 It was well on toward night now, the days being still short. It began to snow again soon after Dick ' s return, and Patsy said to Carl: "Oi say, Cookyspiller, will yez go wid me an' get something to ate or uhe bhys ?" "For why • you don'd was went pefore alretty ?" asked Carl. "Dot snow was falling." "Shure, an' can't yez let it fall? It's betther down here nor up in dhe sky." "For why it was bedder?" "Becos av it comes down now it'll shtay down an' not be hotherin' us anny more." "Dot hoddcrs us now, don'd it, ven it gomes down alretty? For why you don'd was went sooner?" "Come on an' don'd be axin' so manny questions. Shure, an' we wud have been dhere be dhis toime. Get a sack an' come along wid yez." In their greatcoats and boots, their hats well over their eyes, and,a couple of big sacks over their shoulders, the two comical Liberty Boys set out. "Shure, an' av it's only pitaties we do be gittin, it' ll be something," said Patsy. "Y ah, dose was hard times , I bet me. Off we was caughted ein pig, dot was bedder." "Yis, or a woild turkey, but shure, dhe pigs an' all dhe other birruds do be frozen up." "Dose pigs don'd was birds." "Shure, an' Oi don't care av dhey do be fishes, so long as clhey're good to ate." As th e y were going through the woods they heard the grunting of pigs. "Dere was some off close wildt picks feeding close acorns on,'' i-aic1 Carl. "I toldt you what you doed." "Phwat is it?" "I was hold mein bag open und you shooed one off dos e wildt picks in mit it." "All roight, Oi'll thry, but don't yez let him get away." "No_ , sir, o:ff he got by mein bag in he was shtayed derc, I bet me." "All roight dhin, see dhat he shtays dhere." Patsy then went off to beat up the bushes and start the pigs. Carl opened his sack and spread out his hands so as to make a good wide space or the pig to enter. With a shout and a great beating of bushes and stamp ing of feet, Patsy went into the thicket. Out rushed the pigs with a great snorting and squeal ing. Patsy was upset by one of them and fired his musket in a hurry. One of the wild hogs made a dash right or Carl, and , more by good luck than anything else, dashed into tlw mouth of the sack. C,ul cou1d not ho1d on, and down he sat on top of th e pig as the latter dashed on. There were grunts from both the German boy and the pig as Carl sat down. Then Carl made a grab for the sack and held on with hands and feet as the pig :ran on, blindfolded, but des perate. "Hold ouid, shtop off dot, hurry oob, Batsy, come und caught me!" yelled Carl. The pig, unable to see where he was going, but bound to escape, dashed into a thicket. Carl received ecratches and bruises galore, but held on desperately, till at last he brought up against a tree with a thump which took all the breath out of his bodytemporarily, at any rate. The pig wa,; as much used up as he was and made no effort to escape. "Mein gollies, I was fixed you or dot," sputtered Carl, a nd, whipping out his pistol s , he fired two or three shots and put an end to the pig. "Hallo, Cookyspiller, phwer e are y e z?" shouted Patsy. "Here I was, all mit pieces, but I got me dot pick c hoost der same." "Well, av yez hacl dhe pick av dhim, dhat's all roight," l a ughed Patsy, as he came up, and then the two jolly fellows returned to camp and the Liberty Boys had roast pig or supper. CHAPTER XIII. DRIVI"N'G OUT THE TORIES. The boy s , after an uns ucce s sful attempt to get into the T y stronghold, gave up the task shortly afte r dark. Th c_v, with some of the farmers, kept watch about the place during the night. They were afraid that Winterbottom would escape and wis hed to prevent it. In the morning they saw smoke coming out of the chilnneys. There was :;;omeone in the house still, therefore. They did not trouble the outbuildings, but as soon as the sun was up appeared in front of the house and de manded the surrender of the master. No attention was paid to them, and they presently be gan an attack on the front door. Then a shot or two was fired at them, and one of the men was hurt. Shortly afterward the men of the place sallied out and drove them away. During the forenoon a number o.f reinforcements arrived, but no one seemed willing to begin the attack. At neon the Liberty Boys came up in full force and were :received with cheers. A large number of farmers had come with or preceded the Liberty Boys , and there were fully two hundred persons before the house. • "There must be no wanton destruction," said Dick. "There has been too much of that. If this fellow refuses to go, he mnst be driven out, but there must be no nredle sR destruction of property and no wanton sacrifice of life." Then, riding np to the gate, Dick demanded to see Winterbottom. The man appeared at an upper window. "What do you want, you rebels?" he demanded. "You have not taken my warning." "What right have you to give it?" "Authority from the cotnmander-in-chie to rid tlie


18 THE LIBERTY BOYS IN WINTER QUARTERS. region of all enemi<'s of the country . . You are one and must go." "Suppose I won't?" with a defiant look. "'rhen you will be made to go. You have been given fair warning. , I ha\'e foll authority to get rid of you, and you cannot complain of having been persecuted or anything of the sort." "Well, I'm not going, you impudent young rebel," de clared the man, "and if any of my property is destroyed, I shall hold you personally responsible." "Your property wm not be destroyed, but you must ]eave this neighborhood. You are a dangerous man and a menace to the place, and have got to go." "Oh, I've got to, have I?" with a defiant snort. "Yes," with cletermination. "Well, I won't, so make the most of that!" and the window was closed. Dick then withdrew to hold a consultation. To the farmers he said : "We must enter the house, but there must be no more harm done to it than is absolutely necessary. The contents must not be rifled, and no one must be injured un less your lives are in danger." "They don't desene no consideration," growled one. "They must be driven out. We are not British, Hes sians, Tories or Indians, and must not ue, the methods of any of these. I positively forbid it." "What are you going to do?" "Get into the house and drive these scoundrels out. Surround it. There are several doors. Be cautious, for there are many loopholes through which these men can :fire." The Liberty Boys then dismounted, leaving their horses in the woods. Then, selecting a number to attack each door, Dick sent them suddenly forward. They were provided with axes, crowbars and sledges. At the word they made a sudden dash. The Tories fired upon them, but the firing was too scattered to be effective. Almost as soon as the boys started they were at the house. Such loopholes as could be found were quickly closed with plugs of wood. The bqys were close to the house, and could not be attacked from the windows. • Some of those within attempted to open the windows to pour hot water upon the boys. The moment the windows were opened the farm e rs fired upon the Tories. Only one attempt of this sort was made. Dick and a dozen of the brave boys attacke d the front door. Bob and another party went to the door whence Dick had got out the day before. Mark stationed himself at another, and the two Harrys and Ben took :.mother. Axes, sledges and crowbars were plied vigorously. The front door and that attacked by Bob were forced simultaneously. Then the door at which Mark was stationed flew open and a lot of Tories rushed out. The boys fell back for a moment and then quickly"' rallied. Many of the Tories escaped, but they were not pursued. Mark led . his party into the house ~ where Dick and Bo!> had already entered. They were followed by the Bradford boys and others who were an..-.,:ious to get hold of Winterbottom. Ben's party so~n forced their door, and now all hands. began . to swarm over the house. The Tories that were found were thrown out, but them were not as many as Dick supposed. Search was made for Winterbottom from cellar to root without success. Every room was entered, but not a sign of the man could be seen. Then someone shouted that a coach with two horses had just left the farm. A party of farmers rushed to the place. The coach dashed down the road at full speed and quickly disappeared. "How could the man have got to the barn?" aske

TH:E LIBERTY BOYS IN WINTER QUARTERS. 19 It was a rough road and snow had newly fallen, which made travel all the more difficult. The gallant boys were not discouraged or deterred by bad roads and weather, however. They set out, fully determined to meet the marauding Tories and rout them, and there was not one among them who would hold back. On they went, therefore, and at the end of two or three hours' hard riding learned that the Tories were only a little ahead of them, continuing their evil work. CHAPTER XIV. NELLIE. "Forward, Liberty Boys!" cried Dick. "We must rout these scoundrels." On swept the Liberty Boys. They came upon the Tories attacking a house. Josh Winterbottom was at their head. "No warning this time, Josh," said Dick. "You'll be hanged as quick as we get hold of you." When the Tories saw the Liberty Boys, they fled in great haste. Winter'bottom fired a shot at Dick which narrowly missed the young patriot. Then Dick sent a shot at the Tory which carried away his hat and wig ancl gave him a bad scalp wound. The Tories hurried him away to a place of safety and scattered in many directions. The people of the house and their neighbors rallied and pursued the Tories, killing several of them. After the escape of the leader, Dick did not go after them. "Yes, it is, but I am afraid I have gone astray. should have reached a settlement before this." "Where are you going?" I "To Valley Forge, or a few miles this side of it. Is this a camp?" "Yes." Three or four of the boys had come up by this time. "But you look young for soldiers. Why, you are only boys. " "That's all we are," laughed Harry. "We are the Liberty Boys. Won't you dismount? It is late and the people are all abed." "We can make you comfortable," added Mark, who had come up. "We will give you a hut and build a fire right in front of it." "And you boys are fighting for freedom?" "Yes, miss, as every true patriot will, no matter what his age, if he can fight at all." "You are brave boys, and I only wish I was one of yon to join in the good work." "That's the way to talk," said Harry. "Here is a hut close at hand. Will you have it?" The girl aismounted, sat on a log before the fire arnl said: "I don't see but that I must. Is it far to a settlement?" "Some miles, and it is late. Hallo, Patsy." "Hallo yersilf?" and the jolly Irish lad came forward. "Get up a hot supper for the young lady." "Shure, an' Oi will. Ye'rc as welcome as flowers in May, ma'am, an' av yez'll wait just a minute Oi'll have a supper for yez fit for anny wan." . "Dot was. a womans," laughed Carl. "Off it was .:t. The day was far spent, and the marauders had become so scattered that it seemed useless to go after them. mans he don'd was in such a hurry got, I bet me." "It will be some time before Winterbottom will be able "Humbug!" laughed Patsy, as he came forward. to do anythmg," said Dick. Dick ~later now appeared and said: "And these fellows won't do anything without him," "You mupt not think of going farther to-night, miss. a,:ded Bob. We will make yon comfortable and see you on your way "No, for he seemed to be the leading spirit among in the morning, as we are going in that direction." them." "You are very kind, I am sure, and I don't feel a bit "That fellow will venture forth once too often," ob-afraid to remain among so many patriot boys." sen-eel Mark, "and meet with an accident." Patsy soon came with some hot food, and a shelter was mnde for the girl where she sat. "Ile is an utter scoundrel," said Dick, "and is posi-tiYely reckless. I believe mysplf that he will come to a ' Dick introduced himself, Bob, Mark and a number of bad end and meet a sudden death." the boys, and the girl felt herself at home at once. The Liberty Boys made a temporary camp, it being too "My name is Nellie Walling," she said . "I am a pa-far to return to their own that night. triot, but I am compelled to seek shelter of a rank Tory." Rude shelters were built anc1 fires lighted, the boys "That is unfortunate." making themselves as comfortable as they could. ''My motlier is ill and poor, my father was killed last Sentries were posted as usual , for the boys never reautumn, and we are on the verge of destitution. :My uncle, 1axed their vigilance whether tfo.ey expected an enemy or my mother'q brother, is wealthy, and I'am going to him." not. "If he is a man he will not refuse to aid you, even if It was quite late when Harry Thurber, on post, heard you are a patriot. Who is he. may I ask?" someone approaching on horseback. "His name is Joshua Winterbottom," was ~ellie's an-"Who goes there?" he demanded. swer. "Can you tell me how far it is to the nearest village?" Dick quickly made a sign to the others to say nothing camr out of the cla'rlmess in a woman's voice. and answered: Harry started the fire to blazing merrily and looked "He is away from home at present, and likely to be out upon the rough road alongside which lay their camp. for some time, but the house is furnished and in good He saw a rather pretty girl on horseback. condition, and there is no reason why you and you mother "It is late to be out in such weather as this, miss?" shouJil. not make it your home as long as you like." he said. I "Then my ' uncle is not there at present?"


20 THE LIBERTY BOYS IN WINTER QUARTERS. "No, but the servants are at hand, and it is better that someone should be in the house, especially a relation." "But Uncle Joshua might not approve--" He will not make the slightest objection," said Dick. "I am sure of it," declared Bob. "He always does as we want him to in the end," ob served Mark. "Then he must have changed a great deal, for he would have no dealings with 'rebels,' as he calls patriots." "Oh, he has changed all that," said Ben. "We have had a number of dealings with him of late, and, although he difiered with us at :first, we convinced him in the end that we were right." . "Where has he gone?" asked Nellie. uRe is traveling just at present," said Harry, with a wink at the boys. "He does not consider this part of the country good for his health." The girl never suspected that the boys were keeping anything back, and she anticipated enjoying herself at her uncle's house. In the early morning Dick sent a party of the Liberty Boys ahead to open the house, make things comfortable and secure servants." "The old rascal might as well do something for them," said Dick, "and it's a good deal better that a good patriot family should take their comfort in the house than to have it idle." When Nellie arrived, therefore, she found the house open and servants ready to receive her and minister to her everv comfort. Dick s~nt the Bradford girls over to keep Nellie com pany and then, having learned where her mother was, sent one of the boys with a carriage from the Tory's stable to bring her back. "It's a iine thing for good patriots to be sheltered in a Tory's house," laughed Bob. "And it's all right," said Dick. "His money is doing the cause good." The storerooms were well provided with provisions, the woodshed was piled high with fuel, and there was nothing lucking for the comfort of Nellie and her mother. Nellie askea no questions, and the boys remained silent, quite satisiied with the way things had turned out. Then Dick learned that a party of redcoats were en camped not many miles away and that a large party of marauding Tories had joined them. "Here's a chance for more skirmishing in the snow," said Dick, and in a short time the Liberty Boys werll on the march. CHAPTER XV. According to his reckoning, Dick thought that the enemy could not be far away. After a short rest, therefore, he set out alone and on foot to look for the redcoats. Tramping through the snow, for there was very little road here, Dick presently smelled smoke. A little later he saw it rising above the trees. "Somebody has a camp here," he said to himself. "It is probably the one of which I am in search." Proceeding further, he saw the campfires and then the huts of an encampment of some size. He saw scarlet uniforms and advanced with more cau tion. Then he saw a number of Tories mixing in with the British and Hessians, there being both in the camp. "This is probably the camp I am looking for," was Dick's thought. "At any rate, there are enemies here, and that is sufficient." He pressed on so as to determine, if possible, just how many there were in the camp. There were pickets out, but they hung about the fires and sought their comfort rather than the safety of the camp. Dick was therefore able to get behind a large tree on the edge of the camp without being seen. There was a shack built of boughs and logs close to the tree. This shielded him from view also, and, exercising cau tion, he stole up behind it and looked in at the cracks. There were two redcoats inside, and they were talking earnestly. "Do you know that there are any rebels within reach of us?" cine asked. "The leader of these loyalists tells me that 1here is a band of yo1mg rebels who have been giving our troops a good deal of trouble within a :few hours' ride." "Arc there other besides these?" "Not very near, but the position is an important one.'' "In what manner?" "They arc near a horn;c which they haYc taken and which would make good quarters for our troops." "Very good." "It is also not many miles from the main body of the rebel army." "Then it is an important position indeed." "Yes, and if we drive out these Liberty Boy1s, as we can without doubt, having a force of--" Unconsciously Dick leaned forward to hear just what the enemy's force was. He, leaned too heaviiy and lost his balance-:-The shack was none too strongly built to begin with. In a moment Dick went crashing through it. SOME SURPRISES. He measur~d his length on the ground, and before he The Liberty Boys had a long march before them. could pick himself up was seized. Their horses were in good condition, however, and they The alarm was given, and other redcoats came up. themselves were in high spirits. "Aha, the rebels are nearer than we thought," cried Their muslrets and pistols were clean and bright, and one. they had plenty of ammunition with them. "Dr at least one 0 them is," ejaculated another. They carried a good supply 0 foG>d also in case they Dick was surrounded and held firmly by two or three met with no game on the road. soldiers. . They kept going all the morning, halting at noon to , "Where did you come from?" asked one 0 those who rest and look about them. had been in the shack. )


THE LIBER'l'Y BOYS IN WINTER QUARTERS. 21 "From the other side of your shack," quietly. "You don't make things as strong as we do." "And where did you come from before that?" ' "From the American camp." "Say you so? Then it is not so far away, after all." "It is near enough for us to reach you when we want to make an attack," coolly. "Why, you saucy rebel, if you attacked us, you would be swept out of existence." "Not so fast_, my boasting Briton, since you are so fond of compliments. You have not seen how many we are." ""What are your numbers?" "Enough to put you on the move when we choose to come," lightly. "You are a fool to think so." "No more a fool than yourself, my boasting fellow." "Where are your men?" "That you will know all in good time." At that moment some Tories came up. "That is Dick Slater, captain of the Liberty B-0ys, whom you have there," said one. It was Josh Winterbottom, the double -fa ced Tory. "So you need another warning, do you, J9sh?" asked Dick. "Hang the young villain!" snarled the Tory. "There is a reward for him, dead or alive." • "Which you were not able to claim," said Dick. "You won't get away now, I'll warrant," snarlingly. "I don't consider your opinion as having any weight," wjth a smile. ' "Hang the young rebel now," growled Josh, "and th.en claim the reward." " L\re you accustomed to giving orders to your superiors, l\fr. Winterl)ottom?" asked the officer, sneeringly. "Captain Winterbottom, if you please, sir," wjth an . ir 0f importance. "EYen ~o, you are only captain of irregulars. Please remember that you are only an auxiliary body." "You are glad of our help, for all that," with a snort. "Address me in that insulting manner again, sir, and I will order you under arrest!" cried the redcoat hotly. The soldiers were greatly interested in the quarrel be tween the two. They forgot that they had a prisoner in their charge. Dick did not forget it, however. lie suddenly pulled himself away, tripped up two o-f he redcoats and knocked down two others. The four of them fell in the snow together and got greatly mixed up. Dick made a rush for the road, the redcoats firing at llll. He returned the shots, wounding Josh and the officer :who had snubbed him. He fired one or two more shots and then set out at full speed for the place where he had left the Liberty Boys. They would hear the shots, he knew. Some of the redcoats started after him, but were speedy recalled. The enemy were afraid of being entrapped. Dick might not have been boasting, and they did not t1,re to take any risks. I Dick hurried on, and be.fore long met some of the Liberty Boys corning to look for him. They had heard the shots and suspected that he was in trouble. . uGo back and bring up the Liberty Boys, Sam," Dick said. "Be quick about it, old man." Sam was off like a flash. "What was it, Dick?" asked Bob, who led the party. "I got into their camp and was discovered, but got out again. There are not too many if we attack them with , a rush." "Redcoats?" "And E'essfans. Tories, too. Josh Winterbottom is , there." '"rrying to get into trouble again, is he?" with a laugh., "He did. Dictating to a major of regulars." "H'm! That's like his impudence." The tramp of horses was now heard. In a short time the Liberty Boys came up. Dick was quickly in the saddle. "Forward, Liberty Boys!" he cried. "Down with tlie redcoats and Hessians!" "Liberty forever, down with the redcoats!" shouted the gallant boys as they dashed on over the snowy ground.:.. Their shouts, echo ' ing through the woods, made it seem as if there were three times their number. The redcoats heard them and rallied quickly, expecting to see a tremendous force appear. ' On came the gallant lads, and the instant they saw the scarlet uniform fired a crushing volley. 'l'he redcoats fell back panicstricken before a force . not half the size of their own. CHAPTER XVI. AN ATTACK ON THE CA.MP • "Charge!" roared Dick. "Down with 'em! Drive ot:it t he redcoat invaders!" The boys went thundering on, firing a rattling pistol volley as they rode. The noise they made, increased by the echoes and their own impetuosity, made the redcoats imagine that too1 • came in great numbers. Dick had spoken lightly, answering their own boasts;, but now they believed that he had but stated facts. On dashed tbe fearless youths, overturning shacks, re" leasing horses, yelling, firing and mak~ng a terrific din. The Tories fled without firing a shot, while the Hessians retreated, firing now and then, but evidently waiting for someone to rally them. Stampeding horses, burning huts and shouting boyw ,tll made a confusi.on which quite terrified the redcoats. It was some little time be.fore the leacleis could get their men together in anything like order. The Tories hacl fled, for all of their leader's boast and the Hessians were waiting for orders from their own lead"ers. At last the redcoats formed in good order and awaited the coming of the Liberty Boys. Dick Slater, having thrown the camp into confusion, captured a number of horses and stampeding as-many was quite satisfied to fall back.


22 THE LIBERTY BOYS IN WINTER QUARTERS. The enemy outnumbered him_, and he did not care to ,,risk his boy::; unnecessarily. •He determined to let the enemy advance and then to ,attack them in badrwoods fashion from behind trees anu , ifocks. The enemy, taking courage from the retreat of the , Liberty Boys, now advanced. When they had gone a certain distance they received a ,galling fire from an enemy they could not see, shots coming from behind trees, rocks, bushes, and even snow 1IDounds. 'Il'he boys changed their positions frequently, keeping up a steady fire all the time. The enemy fired where they supposed the sturdy fellows to be and found that they were elsewhere. This was very puzzling as well as disheartening. They continued to advance, the Liberty Boys falling back, but keeping up a steady fire, gliding from tree to tree and from rock to rock. The overturned shacks in the camp had caught fire, UiI

THE LIBERTY BOYS IN WINTER QUARTERS. 23 , and a solid line of brave boys appeared ready to meet them. The Tories came with the redcoats, and the stalwart form of Josh Winterbottom was quickly recognized. "Yes; but the redcoats are often slow to act." "The effect of the cold weather," laughed Mark. The Liberty Boys set off about an hour afterward. They left their fires burning brightly and everything in good order. "Now then, boys, back with the Tories!" cried Dick. On came tlie enemy, expecting to drive the boys from their camp. The shacks were undisturbed, the quarters for the horses were just as before, and the camp was the same,. made except that there was no one in it. They were met by a tremendous volley which many a break in their ranks. "Scatter the plaguey young rebels," roared "Drive out the rascals." It would be easy enough to make another, as there Josh. were no tents and nothing was left behind which they needed. "Hold your ground, Liberty Boys," said Dick quietly. "We are not to be frightened by any sputtering Tories." Then the boys sent in another volley, and the Tory leader fell from his horse and rolled over in the snow. "Let them have it," chuckled Bob. "It's _a good deal more comfortable than their own, I'll warrant." "But there are no tennis courts, no bowling alleys and no skittle greens, no theater for private theatricals and no drill rooms," laughed l\1ark. CHAPTER XVII. , "How the poor fellows will suffer for amusement " add-. , A BAD MAN'S END. Josh Winterbottom was not killed, but his fall had lost him his importance, his own men jeering him when he got up and remounted his big horse. Then the Liberty Boys made a dash, taking the ofl'en-ilive. For all that the Tories had jeered Winterbottom, they missed him as a leader. He had baen able to keep them in line, but now they scattered like sheep. The man was forced to run for fear of being captured, and the Tories made but poor allies for the redcoats. The Liberty Boys now ensconced themselves in trees and behind rocks, picking off the enemy in sharpshooter style. The redcoats could not answer in the same fashion, anu fled into the depths of the wood. They did not return, but Dick was not sure that they would not do so later and in greater force. -When all was quiet he stole away to the British camp. He had no difficulty in keeping to the road, which,was now hard and :firm. Eluding the pickets, who remained in the shacks to keep warm, he reached a hut where the chief officers were gatherc'd. "That will be the best plan, after all," he heard one say. "" es, by all means." "Our force is large enough to drive these young rebels out, and we must do it." "There's no sense .in making two bites at a cherry, and we'll make a gooq. job of it this time." "In the morning then we'll take our entire force and crur-h them." "Very good; and that will be the last of them." Dick crept away after hearing a little more and returned to camp. "The redcoats are going to drive us out, Bob," he said, when he had found the young lieutenant. ' u Are you going to let them, Dick?" ''Yes; or, at least, we'll leave. We could not stand an attack in daylight by the whole f9rce, and so w~'ll leave." "It has taken them a long time to make up their minds to do what we would have done at the start, hasn't it. Bick?" ed Ben. "What is war to them without the means of amusing themselves?" New York and Philadelphia were full of gaiety, the boys knew, and it was a standing reproof to the British that they were bound to have their amusements while war was going on all around them. The Liberty Boys left their camp and rode two or three miles before coming to a halt. Then they found a sheltered spot, where they madethemselv~ comfortable and waited for the dawn. Just before daybreak they heard the sound of distant firing. "A glorious victory for the enemy," laughed Bob. • "Yes, they have captured an American camp," added Mark. , "It will be entered on the orders of the day," chuckled Ben, "and another triumph will be set down to their credit." "Shure, an' dhey're welkim to it," laughed Patsy, "but> begorra, Oi belave Oi left me gridiron behoind me. Phwa.t... iver will Oi do widout it?" "That will be put down as camp equipage captured," said Harry. "You've done the enemy a good ta:r. Patsy." 1 "Begorra, dhin, Oi'd loike to put dhim on dhe gridiron. an' do dhim to a turrun, dhat's phwat Oi'd loike." "They are not likely to follow, are they?" asked Mark. "Not immediately, but it might be as well to recon noiter." Dick took Bobi, Mark and hal a dozen more 0 the, Liberty Boys and set out in the direction of their aba11,>,doned camp. They had gone about half a mile when they heard the sound of angry voices. Dismounting, Dick, Bog and Mark went forward cautiously. In a.n open space alongside the road a party of Toriesbad halted. Winterbottom and two of the officers were engaged i.m 'ln alterc _ ation. "You're not :fit to lead anyone," said one. "You've done nothing but get us in trouble," dec)m-eu another. "You're a lot of cowards," snarled Josh_ "A g~ horsewhipping is what you need."


THE LIBERTY BOYS IN WINTER QUARTERS. "You couldn't whip a calf, you purse-proud upstart." ~we'll see!" cried Josh, striking the other in the face with his open hand. The man wp.ipped out a pistol, and fired point-blank at /the leader. The bullet struck him in the breast, and he fell forward in the snow. "You've killed him!" gasped the man's companion. "Serves him right if I have, the upstart. Come, let .ias go on and rout these young rebels." "Are you going to leave him here?" -",Yes; why not?" "You might at least give him a decent burial." "Do it, yourself if you think it's necessary," with a growl. "I don't." The other kneeled beside the body of the fallen Tory ill.nd turned it over. ' There was a dark red spot on the snow where the man had fallen. His eyes were closed, and his face was deathly white. ''He's dead," the man muttered. The other had mounted his horse and now started on, some of the Tories following. Dick and t~e boys hurried back to the others. "'The Tories are coming," said Dick. "There was a -qna:rrel anu Josh Winterbottom was shot dead." "Are there many of them?" asked Ben. "Yes. We must hasten back to the camp and then coome out and meet these fellows." The party now hurried back at full speed to ' the main ~y. • Then they all set out to meet the Tories and give them a surprise. They met them coming on in full force and at once ~ttacked them. "Fire!" cried Dick, as soon as they caught sight of the Tories. Crash-roar!. There was a terrible outburst of sound as the one hundred muskets rang out. The Tories were taken by surprise and fell back. Then the Liberty Boys rushed upon them and captured the leaders and a number of the men. The rest :fled in all directions, utterly panic-stricken. The boys fired a rattling volley after them, and for some moments they could be heard crashing through the wood and galloping down the road. "Is Winterbottom dead?" asked Dick of the officer he had seen by the dead body of the Tory. "Yes." "'What did you do with him?" "'Buried him in the woods." "You will swear that he is dead and buried?" "Yes." '''He had no wife nor children?" "No; he was never married." '"But he had relatives?" "''One sister." •'Tben sbe would be his heir?" "I suppose she i\'Oltld." •'I shall want _you to make a deposition. I saw the tmrn fa11, but could not swenr if he were dead or not." 'Ihen the Liberty Boys set out at full speed for their old camp, taking' their prisoners with them. CHAPTER XVIII. AN OBSTINATE TORY. Reaching the settlement, Dick took the Tory to a magistrate and had his deposition made. This being sworn to, and with the added testimony of Dick and the boys as to having seen Winterbottom fall, settled the question of the Tory's death . There would be little difficulty in establishing 1Irs. Walling's title to the estate after this. They were already very comfortably settled, and it was a satisfaction to know that the property was in gootl hands. Dick told Nellie that her uncle was dead and that her mother had every right to remain where she was, con tinuing her stewardship until affairs were settled. Neither Miss Walling nor her mother could be expect ed to greatly mourn for a man like Josh Winterbottom. They did not make any garrulous protestations of grief, therefore, but went quietly about their affairs as before, earning the respect and esteem of everyone. Lydia Bradford remained as Nellie's guest, and certain of the Liberty Boys paid frequent visits to the house when not on duty. • There were many Tories in the neighborl)-ood, and not all of those wbo were not were ardent patriots. Many of them were lukewarm, and would do little or nothing to aid the cause unless compelled to. Food was scarce and forage for the horses hard to get, and Washington therefore issued an order that all the farmers within seventy miles of Valley Forge should thresh out one-half of their grain by the first of Febru ary and the other half by }\farch, under penalty of h;;:,•ing it seized as straw. A fair price was to be paid for everything, but the majority of the farmers were disaffected toward the cause of independence, and many of them refused to obey the order. "The army must have food, and the horses must have grain and hay." said Dick to the Liberty Boys. "Then we must take it, if the farmers will not sell,'' said Bob. "Exactly," said Dick. Having received instructions from the commander-in chicJ' to see that this order was obeyed, Dick now mar shalled the Liberty Boys and Ret opt for the farm of a wealthy •rory living some twenty miles distant. This man had openly dec1ared that he would not obey the order, and that he would burn his grain sooner than let the "rebels" have it even at a good price. Dick was ordered to take a certain quantity of supplies and give the farmer a receipt for the same, which would be paid for at the regular rates wh'en de livered. Provider! with wagons in which to put the supplies, tho Lib0rty Boys started on their journey. The weather was severe, as all that dreary winter had been, but the brave boys were ready and quite used to it. They set out in the early morning for the farmer's, and :urived at their destination at about noon.


'l'HE LIBER'l'Y BOYS IN WINTER QUARTERS. 25 Dick and a dozen of the Liberty Boys rode up, leaving the rest a little way behind, out of sight . ' Dick dismounted, went up the front steps and knocked . " What do you young rebels want?" demanded the farmer gruffly, as he came to the door. "I have an order :from General Washington for supplir;;, to be paid for at current rates." "You tell General Washington and all his rebel crew that I will see them in perdition before I'll give him u. penny's worth." "I don't want you to give, and I will deliver no such message. I have come for the supplies, and I am going to take them." ''You are, eh?" with a snort. ""\Yell, I guess you won't! I'll burn up every blessed pound of hay before I'll sell to a rebel." "You are making a great deal of noise to no purpose, my good man," said Dick quietly, "for I'm going to take the stuff, and I want you to sign a receipt for it. Then you'll get your money." ""1:ou shan1t have it," with a great volume of profanity, "~o get out of this house or--" The man attempted to draw a pistol, when Bob and Uark, who had followed Dick, seized him. "Keep th1s noisy fellow quiet," said Dick. "Now then, to {ret one load." The Tory was led outside so that he should see what the boYs took. He ;houted and made a lot of noise until Bob threat ened to gag him if he did not cease. His shouts had attracted the men about the place and a number of Tory neighbors. These threatened violence to the boys. Dick thereupon signaled to the main body of the Lib erty Boys, who now came up with the wagons. They went at once to the barns and loaded on a certain amount of ha-y, which was taken account of . Then grain and other supplies were loaded, everything being set down. The Tories tried to interfere, but a guard of thirty Liberty Boys stationed themselves between the wagons and the malcontents. The work of loading the carts went on rapidly. Everything was properly set down, and the Tory farmer knew it, but he declared that he was being cheated. "If you say another word," said Bob, losing patience, "I'll ram my pistol butt down your throat." After this the man kept quiet, with the exception of muttering now and then. When the wagons were filled, he refused to sign the list which Dick had made out. "Very well, then," said Dick. "l will sign it myself and swear to it. I shall keep a duplicate copy and give it to the general." Dick then signed the list, swearing to its correctness, and gave it to Small . The man was then released and allowed to go in. • The Tories had assembled in some numbers, and now attempted to dispute the road with the Liberty Boys. Dick at once ordered the boys to make ready to fire . /'I am going on," he said firmly. "You are enemies, and shall be rega rded as s uch. If you don't clea r the road within ten seconds, I shall order my boys to fire. l!'orward!" 'l'he gallant lads dashed on ; ready to fire at the word. 'l'he Tories., convinced of Dick's determination, scattered to the right and left and gave the boys a clear road. On they went, part of them guarding the wagons to see that the Tories did not attack them in the rear. 'l'he latter quite understood the temper of the boys,. however, and did nothing worse than to jeer and shout abuse at them as "they rode on at a gallop. "Hard words break no bones," said Dick. CH . AP'l'ER XIX. DEFEXDING THE STOHES . 'I'he Liberty Boys halted at the end of an hour to ea~ their dinners and take a rest. They set out again at length and rode till dark. 'l'here was still seyeral miles to go, and Dick thought it best to wait till morning. The roads were not very good, it was cold and bluster ing, and the boys had traveled far. There were no enemies near them, as they lrnew, and there could be no danger in halting, therefore. The Liberty Boys would have gone on in a moment if Dick had said so. He was all the more considerate on that very account. The boys made a temporary camp, therefore, finding a sheltered place in the woods and looking out for the horses first of all. An hour or two later Dick made the rounds and sud:. denly paused to listen. "The enemy is coming," he said. "We must get away at once." "Do you hear them, Dick?" asked Ilob. "Yes; send the wagons on first, with two score of the boys to guard them." The order was given at once and promptly executed. Horses were quickly harnessed to the wagons, and away they went with their escort. The :fi.Tes were replenished and a number of dummy figures placed around them and under the trees to represent sentries. Then Dick and the rest of the Liberty Boys rode ahead. The tramp of horsemen could now be plainly heard. "The Tories are coming after us or have sent a detach-ment of the enemy," said Dick. "There is a la.rge force," declared Mark. "I can tell by the sound." "Yes, and that is why I think the enemy are comin~ They would be greater in number than the Tories." On came the enemy, whether Tories or redcoats, anit on went the Liberty Boys, the wagons and escorts be ing well ahead . At. length they heard yells and the sound of firing. "They have round our camp," said Dick. "And have captured it," laughed Bob. The boys pushed on, knowing that the e nemy would come up in a short time .


THE LIBERTY BOYS IN WINTER QUARTERS . At length they saw them. They had torches and were riding on at a urious gait. -c'Ha:ltl" shouted Dick. He knew that the force coming on were redcoats, for 'he could Se their scarlet uniforms . 'l'he enemy came rushing on, firing a volley. Dick gave the word to return the fire . 'The muskets of the brave boys rang out, and the adv.anoo of the enemy was checked. They urged their horses forward, however, determined to rout the boys and capture the stores. These they supposed to be with the slain party. The gallant lads sent in a pistol volley and then fel] back. The enemy followed at a rapid pace, fully determined to capture the wagons and thrash the rash fellows who had sought to set them at defiance. The boys flew on, being more used to the road, and gained on the enemy. They at l ength thundered over a rou gh bridge made of planks thrown across a creek. "Down with the bridge, boys!" cried Dick. "Take your knives, hands, or anything." The axes and crowbars were in the wagons in advance. The ready fellows, full of resources, built fires on the edge of the bridge nearest the enemy. This might serve to thaw the ground so that the timbers could be raised. There was little time to do this, howCYer. Fires were made right across the road and then brush piled shoulder high on the bridge itself and set fire to. Dick and a dozen of the Liberty Boys, having once crossed, dismounted and went back to start the fires. Remaining till they were well alight, and with enough material on them to last for some time, they crossed on the ice. Then the fires on the bridge itself were replenished . On came the enemy, halting as they saw the fiery bar rier. Dick sent on all but a dozen of the boys, while he waited at the bridge. As fast as the fires showed signs of failing they were replenished. The wind being toward the enemy, they could not ap proach as near as the Liberty Boys could, and the latter were therefore able to keep the flames fed. The redcoats fired at the daring fellows, but could not take good aim on account of the flame and smoke. The whole roadbed of the bridge was before long a mass of glowing coals. The enemy tried throwin~ snow on the fire to extin guish it and at last succeeded. By this time, however, the boys were far away on their way to Valley Forge. They reached the camp in safety, and Dick turned over the supplies to the general. Then to his surprise and satisfaction Dick was given another commission. The Liberty Boys were to go down into the Jerseys to join General Wayne, who was picking up horses and supplies for the army. .After a rest of a day the whole company set off in high spirits, feeling that fresh adventures awaited them.. On the way down to meet General Wayne Dick stopped at Farmer Small's house and paid him for the produce they had taken from him. The Tory fumed and fussed about it, but nevertheless took the money and put it in his pocket . The boys then went on, the old Tory heaping maledictions on them. The Liberty Boys were forced to rebuild the bridge which had been set on fire by them, as the British had completely destroyed it. The Liberty Boys then went on, expecting to join Gen eral "\Y a.yne in a day or so. But instead of this happening, the next day they ran across the same party of British they had the trouble with at the bridge. They fired upon the redcoats, and then were about to retreat on account of being greatly outnumbered, when they saw a body of men on horses corning up in their rear. . There was a goodly troop, and at their head rode a dashing, gallant figure, eyery inch a soldier. • "Hurrah for General Wayne!" cried Dick. "Ilunah, hurrah for Mad .Anthony!" fairly yelled the delighted Liberty Boys. Now they' charged and drove back the redcoats, from whom they had been ready to retreat. Thrn Wayne and his force came up, and the redcoats were put to utter flight . ''You were having hot times, Dick," said Wayne, recog nizing the young captain . "Yes, general. Your arrival was very fortunate for ns. We haYe come to join you . We are just from Valley Forge." "I shall be plea 0d to have you with us, Dick. ! know the 11ualit,v of the Liberty Boys and could not wish for braver allies . " The Liberty Boys continued w _ith Gene r a l Wayne for some time ancl met with many stirring adve n tures, dis tinguishing themselves by their bravery. . N elJie Walling eventually became the owner of all he r uncle's estate upon the death of her mother. Previous to that time, at the close of the war, she an d the Bradford girls were married to three of the Libe r t y Boys, ancl the old town was the scene of gaieties it had : never dreamed of during that trying winte r of 1778. THE END. 1 t Read "THE LIBERTY BOYS .AND THE 'TERROR ' i or, THE ~I.ASKED SPY OF HARLEM HEIGHTS, l.J which will be the next number ( 361) of "The Liber t J Boys of '76 . " sc SPECIAL NOTICE: All back numbers of this week!: are always in print. If you cannot obtain them from a n I t newsdealer, send the price in money or postags stamps h q i;;p, mail to FRANK 'l'OUSEY, PUBLISHER, 24 UNI0 P e SQUARE, NEW YORK, and you will recei ve the copi c hi d ' o:r you or er by return ma1 . s m it .


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THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. / OLD SEVENTY-FOUR OB, .-IN THE CHASE OF A PRIVATEER. By PAUL l3RADD0N, ' War had been declared with Great Britain. There was a crisis in the. affairs of the plucky little American Republic, which for gravity and seriousness has hardly been approached .aince. To be sure, the Ship of State has at times been called upon to weather many a hard storm. But the country was in its Jlnfancy, and hardly as well able to withstand the buffets of international warfare in those early and trying days. Among the line of battleships then owned by Uncle Sam was the Dirigo, a huge seventy-four gun frigate. She had been at one time the flagship of the Southern Squadron, and was commanded by Admiral Danton. While the strife was at its height, Danton one day received orders from the Secretary of the Navy to this effect: "It is reported that an immense amount of damage is being ,done American sailing craft in the Gulf by a fast-sailing privateer called the Eclipse, carrying twenty-four guns, and commanded by a Spaniard-Captain Manuel Ferrara. His crew are mostly Cubans, and he holds a British privateering com mission. He is really a pirate, and his crew are said to be tearful cut-throats and murderers. A score of vessels have been sunk in mid-ocean by the fiend. "Now you are commissioned to take Old Seventy-Four and go in pursuit of the Eclipse. Chase her down at the earliest possible day. Sink her on sight, and hang every member of her piratical crew. Draw upon the Government for all arms and necessary supplies and men, and execute this commission .:11.t once. Given by order of the "Secretary of Navy, U. S. A." i The receipt of this commission was the signal for cheers on

THE LIBER'l'Y BOYS OF '76. 29 gaining with Ferrara, eh? Well, this is a surprise, indeed! It is lucky that I shall be able to nip this in the bud. Wallace, I beg your pardon for my unkind words. Allow me to keep this letter." "I am at your service, sir," said Wallace, with a low bow. Then he retired. The admiral paced his cabin for some while. He finally decided upon a definite plan of action. "It is of little use to call him to account just now," he muttered. "Better wait and entrap him. Ah, the fickleness or human nature! How little we know whom to trust!" But just at that moment his ruminations were disturbed by a startling sound. It was the distant boom of a gun. There was some excitement on deck and a loud outcry. Admiral Danton lost no time in gaining the deck. As he did so one of his officers came up and touched his cap. "Well," exclaimed Danton, tersely, "what is it?" "The enemy, sir," replied the fellow. "Our disguise seems to work well, for. he is giving pursuit, and has just fired a gun across our bow." Danton needed but a brief scrutiny through his glass to recognize the privateer. As it happened, Carleton stood near him. He saw that the lieutenant's face .was pallid. Yet his manner seemed resolute. The admiral's face hardened. "Carleton," he said aloud and sharply, "what do you think? Shall we sink that pirate craft, or take it in tow as a prize and hang the crew?" "I should say the latter, sir! " he said. "Let the ship be saved. There may be some prisonere aboard, and we should respect their lives." "All right," said the admiral. "Keep up the disguise and pretend to lay to. Wait until the villain gets within easy range and then run out the port broadside and give it to him. Every gunner at his post." The privateer, fancying the disguised frigate a rich prize, came nearer rapidly. Upon her decks could be seen the Spanish crew with their cutlasses gleaming in the sunlight ready to board the prize. But suddenly the situation changed as if by magic. The whole portside of the supposed merchantman in a twinkling bristled with guns. Before one of the privateers could reach their guns there was an earthquake roar, and the whole broadside crashed into the privateer. It was a swift and terrible victory. The privateer in less than three minutes had struck her colors. Down from the deck of Old Seventy-Four went the boarding crew in boats. The first under way carried Admiral Denton, Lieut. Carleton, and two middies beside an armed crew. Straight for the prize the boat--went. But at that moment smoke was seen to peal from the side of the privateer. It was the starboard battery, discharged by a few irresponsible wretches. The shot passed to seaward, hSJwever, doing no harm, but suddenly a shot succeeded the discharge from another quarter, and Carleton, who with his chapeau in hand was pointing out the puff of smoke to Admiral Danton, had just time to cry: "Who fires from our ship?" When down in crescendo from the upper air came a shell, striking in the water not three feet from the boat, where it ex ploded with terrific force. Fortunately, the party was uninjured, though the boat was nearly pitched upon its bow and all were drenched. The anger of Danton was powerful. . "What fool fired that shot?" he shouted. "Don't they know "better than to attempt to kill their own people? By heavens, that was no accidental shot, and it shall be investigated when we return." Indeed, the admiral's declaration seemed well warranted. The boat was not at all in line with the privateer. It certainly looked suspicious. Butin a few moments more the privateer was reaclD.ed. Admiral Danton was the first on deck and received the sword of Manuel de Ferrara. But this ceremony had hardly been completed when a strange thing. happened. Suddenly from the cabin door there glided a young girl, beautiful as a dream, and of Spanish mold. A hoarse cry escaped the lips of Sidney Carleton. The next moment she was clasped in his arms . . Adm1ral Danton stood aghast. For a moment he seemed rooted to the spot. Then he raised his vciice and shouted: "Lieut. Carleton! . On duty, sir!" Inst:mtly the young lieutenant stepped back and touched his hat. His face was crimson yet happy, "At your service, admiral." ''What does this mean? Are you in collusion witll these wretches? Are you ' a traitor to your country or not?" Sidney Carleton towered aloft like a young apostle of Mars. He made a striking picture at that moment. "Never!" he cried, with flashing eyes. "Who dares to say so?" "This," replied Admiral Danton. "Perhaps you can explain." And he tendered Carleton the letter given him by Wallace. The young midshipman glanced at it and smiled. "I think I can explain this to you!" he said; "in a few words, if you will listen. Perhaps I can tell you who gave you that letter. It was Wallace! " "Yes," replied the admiral tersely. Sidney Carleton turned, and taking the hand of the beautiful young'Spanish girl he led her forward. "Admiral Danton, permit me to introduce to you Senor~a Isabel Ferrara, and my betrothed wife!" The admiral was too gallant not to doff his-chapeau and greet the blushing maiden warmly. But he shot a penetrating glance at the lieutenant. "The daughter of Manuel Ferrara?" he asked. "Yes," replied Sidney. "Then that is only further proof that you have bee• in collusion with these privateersmen, and therefore, are a traitor to your country." "Take care, sir!" said Carleton, with flushing face. "Do not assail my honor. Let me first tell you all. I met Senorita Ferrara first at a Legation ball in Washington. We were there engaged, but upon her return to Havana the war lilroke out, and her father, Captain Ferrara, yonder, sold 11.1mself to the British cause. He is not the senorita's father by blooi ties, but simply by adoption. Senorita Isabel is an orphan of one of the best families in Spain. Naturally, .I sought to bring my bride to .America, but her foster father took her away upon his ship, and refused to allow us to marry until I had. promised to join his crew, which I refused--" Before Carleton could finish Admiral Danton threw himself upon his protege's shoulders, embracing him warmly, a.11.d crying: "Enough! You are no traitor, Sidney, and I could. have staked my life on it. Forgive me if you can!" Happy indeed were the united lovers when they set foot upon the deck of Old Seventy-Four later. The privateer went to the bottom, and the captain and surviving members ef the crew were held as prisoners of war. Lieut. Carleton grew rich and honored in his country's service, and sweet Senorita Isabella was his happy •ride. He never forgot that cruise on Old Seventy-Four. It leaked out ,that Wallace purposely fired the shell which nigh wrecked the admiral's boat, and ,he was-properly punished. Thus we end our story of Old Seventy-Four, and \l:fe succe~sful chase of the privateer.


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