The Liberty Boys' drum beat, or, Calling out the Patriots

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• THE LIBERTY A Weekly Magazine containing Stories of the American Revolution. Issued Weekly-By Ssib.own the village street came the Liberty Boys beating their drums smartly. At one door an elderly man came out.with a musket. "What is this?" he asked. "We are rousing the patriots," said Dick . "May heaven prosper you," the old man


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 A Weekly Maga z ine Containing Storie s of the American Revolutio n Issued Weekly-By Subscription $2.50 per year. Entered a., Seoond Ol

THE LIBERTY BOYS' DRilli BEAT. The Liberty Boys had now come up, and Dick went on, tipping his hat to the young woman. Rub-a-dub, dub, rub-a-dub, dub! went the drums, while men cheered, boys shouted and women waved their hand kerchiefs. The Liberty Boys were calling out the patriots in fine form. Their drum beat was a stirring sound, and it had a good effect. ] t warm~d the hearts of the old, and it stirred the souls of the young. It brought men from the field and from the shop, it aroused the sluggard and it quickened the active. It awakened the echoes, and men from far and near came running into the village. As they marched through the town the ranks of the LiL erty Boys swelled until the original one hundred was nea rly twice doubled. The Liberty Boys' drum beat was calling out the pa triots indeed. Men came with muskets, rifles, shotguns and pistols, swords, pitchforks, scythes and even clubs. It would be dangerous for the redcoats to attempt to land a force before that array of patriots. They dropped back behind a wooded point of land, and now their destination was uncertain. Djck halted his force near the edge of the village. Leaving some to watch the shore, he sent others to arouse the militia and to tell General Silliman and Gen eral Wooster that Governor Tryon and the redcoats were coming. Then, with the drums still beating, the brave boys marched back through the village. At the house where Dick had stopped the young woman beckoned to him. He halted the boys and went forward. The old man came out, holding by the hand a sturdy youth something younger than Dick. "You have stirred my heart, captain, and I very nearly forgot my years. Ile is younger blood. My son, captain, my son Ned. Take him in my place." "Gladly, sir," was Dick's reply. "Will you fight beside the Liberty Boys and help drive out the redcoats?" "Yes, captain." "Then get together all the boys of your own age that you can and report to me at the camp. I will give _you plenty to do." "I'll do it, captain. I can count twenty on my fingers whom I can get within five minutes and that twenty will bring another." "Good! The more the better!" Then the Liberty Boys went on, the drums still beating merrily. CHAPTER IL .A. HEARTY RESPONSE. The Liberty Boys' drum beat bad called out the patriots, and now Dick Slater led the gallant fellows back to the camp to prepare for the enemy. They must know where Tryon was going to land his forces, and then they must await the coming of Generals Wooster and Silliman before moving forward. Messengers had been dispatched to them and to General Arnold, and scouts went along shore to watch the move ments of the enemy . The Liberty Boys were all mounted, and as soon as they were .ready to go on the march they would bring out their horses. Now they began cleaning and oiling muskets and pis tols, polishing sabers., whitening belts and making them selves ready in many ways. "Shure an' it's foine fun we'll be havin' intoirely, Cookyspiller," said Patsy to a fat, rosy-cheeked, fair haired German boy who stood near. He weighed nearly two hundreu pounds. and his name . was Carl Gookenspieler, but the jolly Irish boy could never get it straight. "Y ah, I bet me dot was fun fur us vellers been, but nicht for dose redcoats alretty." "Shure an' it's nor dhim we do be consultin' intoirely." "You was insult dem, yes? Maybe dey don'd was like dot." "Consult, Carl," said Ben Spurlock, one of the liveliest and jolliest of the boys. "We could not insult them." "For why dot was? Don'd dey tooked it?" "It's an honor to be noticed by the Liberty Boys, don't you know that?" laughed Harry Thurber, another of the boys. "And they do not fully appreciate," put in Sam San derson. "Maybe dey don'd was knowed more bedder as dot," said Carl, gravely, while all the boys laughed. "Shure an' don't yez know betther nor to make jokes wid 'um?" asked Patsy, with a laugh. "It's only wastin' yer toime yez are." "For why I don'd was saw ein shoke?" asked Carl. "Becos yez can't, Oi suppose," roared Patsy. "Dhat'a dhe oil.'y raison Oi know, but it's enufl', begorrah." "Humbug!" which was the fat German boy's invariable answer when he was vexed. He and Patsy were fast friends, although forever quar reling, and made plenty of fun for the others. They were as brave as lions withal, and there were few upon whom Diek Slater could rely more. Harry Thurber and Harry Judson were chums and most truthworthy fellows, Will Freeman, Ned Knowlton and Arthur Mackay were quiet boys, but full of pluck, and so it went through the list. While the people of Fairfield and Norwalk were pre paring to defend their towns in case of a landing by Tryon, and while messengers were hurrying this way and that to spread the alarm, Dick Slater mounted his black horse, Major, and set off along shore to see what he could learn of the enemy. Now he rode near the shore, and again he passed along shady roads somewhat back from it. He was riding leisurely along one of these roads when he suddenly heard a scream and a cry for help. It was in a young woman's voice, and at once Dick urged his horse forward. Turning a bend in the road, he espied a small, exceed -


THE LIBERTY BO Y S ' DRUM BEA T . 3 ingly neat ho use setting a littl e back from. the village titreet. 'l>here w e r e trees in front of it and at one side a well, with a n ol d-fashioned sweep to lower the bucket . In the d ooryard, struggling with two hulking, over gr own boys, was a girl of seventeen years, very pretty and exceeding l y graceful. Her soft, brown, wavy hair had become loosened and fell upon her shoulders, her neck was like marble, and her brown eyes flashed as she freed one hand and struck one of her tormentors a resounding blow on. the cheek. He had been trying to kiss her, but received a hearty slap instead. Quickly reining in his horse, Dick slid to the ground, ran forward and leaped the fence. l'iTJ1ether the girl were a Tory or a patriot mattered little to him. , She had been insulted, and it was his duty, he felt, to avenge her. Giving one of the miscreants a stunning blow on the side of the head, he seized the other by the shoulders and sent him whirling toward the well, The lout struck the curb with such force that he doubled over it and in another moment went down head first. The other quickly took to his heels, tripped over the chain a~ the gate and got out at last, dusty and rumpled, and quickly disappeared. "Small loss if that fellow should drown," sputtered Dick, "but we don't want the water polluted and I had better get him out." Then, taking hold of the chain, he lowered one end of the sweep, raising the other and sending the bucket down into the well. "Take hold, down there," he shouted, looking down, "and I'll pull you up." There was a great sputtering and blowing, and then he saw the fellow lay hold upon the bucket. Fortunately the well was wide enough to allow him to turn, and he came up head first and seized the bucket. "Don't trust all your weight to it, you clown," muttered Dick, impatiently, "or you'll have tl):e whoie thing down. I o ught to make you help yourself, I suppose.'' Putting his feet on the stones as Dick raised the bucket the fellow came np step by step and jumped out, shiver~ i ng and shaking and running water from head to foot. "What yer wanter push me inter ther well fur?" h e r.sked, with chattering teeth. "You deserve to ' oe d u cked for ins ulting this young l a d y," an_swered Dick. " Wasn't insultin' of her; I was just tryin' ter kiss her, thet's all . Most gals likes ter be kissed." " You're a fool!" sputtered Dick. "Don't you know tha t kisses have to be asked for, not snatched?" "Yer jest wait till I stop ershiverin', yer plaguey rebel, an' I'll give yer the wust lickin' yer ever had." "O h , you're a Tory, are you? Well, you get out as fast as you can or I'll shake you dry;'' and .Dick stepped for w ard . The fellow retreated so suddenly that he banged again s t the well curb . He quickly got away, however, left the yar d a n d hurried up the road . -"Do you know these two ruffians, miss ?'r Dick asked. "Yes; they belong in town and are Tories, as you say. I have never given either of them any encouragement, but, on the contrary, have repeatedly told them that I wanted nothing to do with them." "Some fellows will never take no for an answer, and these seem to be of that sort." "I never would have anything to do with them, a~d even if they were not Tories I would not. I don't like them and have told them so more than once." "I think they are likely to remember it now. That was a very hard slap you gave the first, and I gave him another!' The girl began to laugh heartily. "And Sim Phillips, how absurd he looked when he came up out of the well," she laughed. "I would have laughed then if I had not been so angry." "He won't come back in a hurry," laughed Dick .1 "He look~ like a drowned rat, but did not have the spunk of a mouse." "I thank you very much for interfering," the girl said. "I was all alone and could not help myself." "I am very glad that I was near. I was looking for the enemy, but did not know that I would find one so soon." "You are a soldier? You seer'n but a boy." "I am the captain of the Liberty Boys. We are all boys . None of us is of age." "You are the leader ot those brave boys who have been drumming up the patriots?" "Yes; and they have nobly responded. If all the towns in the neighborhood turn out as well as this, we will soon drive away the redcoats . " A man and two boys were now seen coming up the road. "There's the captain of the Liberty Boys now!" cried one of the boys. . "We're coming to your camp soon," said the other. "Ned Nash has told us all about it. " The girl then told the farmer, who was her father, what had happened. "Wait till I get hold of Sim Phillips ~cl Pete Cutter," cried one of the boys. "I've told them to keep away," exclaimed the other, "and there will be trouble if they don't. " "You're a brave boy," declared the farmer, "and I thank you very much." "I am always ready to help a girl in distress," replied Dick, "and so are a,.l my Liberty Boys." "Can we join?" asked the two boys . "Our ranks are full at present, but if you want to help the cause, join Ned Nash's company and I will give you plenty to do." Dick then mounted his horse and rode away . CHAPTER III. DICK RECEIVES REINFORCEMENTS. Proceeding along the shore for two or three miles, Die k saw nothing of the enemy's ships .


4! THE LIBERTY BOYS' DRUM BEAT. "They will probably wait until evening before landing their forces," was his thought. "I must learn, if possible, whither they are bound and then dispatch a force thither." He ro _ de on a little farther and then, seeing nothing of the ships, set out to return. When within a quarter of a mile of the house where he had vanquished the two Tory bullies he heard a sudden shout. Then he saw a party of a dozen or twenty big boys, armed with clubs, waiting in the road. One of the party wore wet clothes. Dick easily recognized him as the fellow who had fallen down the well. He soon picked out the other boy, his face being still red from the blows he had r~ceived. "There's {her rebel now! Give it to him, fellows!" yelled one of thEJ bullies. "Give him er lickin' an' then chuck him inter ther ' pond!" roared another. Dick halted. Then the Tory bullies came rushing toward him. He knew that he could not meet them all without get-ting a good many bruises. Boys of that stamp knew nothing whatever of fair play. He resolved to make a bold dash, therefore. There was no disgrace in refusing to :fight against such tremendous odds as these. All of a sudden, therefore, he urged his horse forward at his swiftest speed. 1 Some of the Tories were completely taken by surprise. Others had barely time to escape. Still others, who had held back, got away safely and in good season. Dick rushed forward, and in a moment half a dozen of the bullies were rolling over in the dust with bruised head s and ribs. .As many more barely escaped with whole skins. The others took to their heels at the first alarm. "Yah, yer had ter run, yer had ter run, we licked yer, ye r had ter run!" they yelled from ' a safe distance. "Why didn't yer stop him?" asked Sim, whose clothes were now in a worse state than ever from his having fallen in the road. "Why didn't yer stop him yer own self?" snarled Pete Cutter. "Yer was nearer'n me." "Why didn't yer tell me he was ercomin' ?" "Couldn't yer see as well as me? Yer ain't blind, be yer?" "I'll blind yew, yer ole Cf.10W." The bullies at once began quarreling among themselves, but no blows were _ struck." Dick looked back once, saw the bullies rolling over in the dust or taking to the woods and went on at a slower pace. He stopped at the farmhouse for a few minutes to talk with the girl and tell her of his adventure with the Tory bullies and then rode on. The boys had gone, she said, and were probably headed for the camp. In fact, Dick had hardly reached it before he heard the sound of a drum and a fife. "Here come the boys," said Bob. "The young fellow has kept his word, I guess," added. Mark. "Yes, here they are!" cried Ben. A boy with a . drum and two with fifes were now seen on the road, while not far behind was a squad of boys marching in regular order. Some had rifles and some had shotguns, but the greater part had clubs, a few having pitchforks. On they came till they reached the camp, the drum and fifes playing merrily. "Halt!" cried a boyish voice. Some of the boys halted at once, while others took a step or two before stopping. It was an awkward squad, for the most part, but no one, looking in those boys' faces, could doubt their sincerity. "Halt!" cried Ned Nash. "Stop drumming, Jim Wag-ner!" Dick now came forward and saluted. Ned did the same and said : "Captain, here are the Sons of'l!'reedom: We are ready to act under your orders at once." "How many have you in the Sons of Freedom, Captain Nash?" asked Dick, courteously. "One hundred, and there's more coming. I ~ouldn't get a sword, but I've got father's musket and some of the boys haven't got anything." "That doesn't matter, captain. You will be able to do good service for all that." "'l'hen we're ready, captain," said Ned. "Very 2:ood. We shall not march till we know in which directi~n~ the redcoats have gone." Ned nodded. "Meanwhile break ranks and make yourselves at home. You'll soon become acquainted." "Break ranks, fellows," said Ned. "Get acquainted. Wait a minute. Three cheers for Dick Slater and the Liberty Boys. Now then!" The woods fairly rang with the cheers of the country boys, who were thoroughly in earnest. "I thank you," said Dick. "Now then, Liberty Boys, three cheers for Captain Ned Nash and his gallant Sons of Freedom." , "Hurroo!" roared Patsy. "Give it to dhim hearty, bhys!" The cheers were returned with a will, and then the Liberty Boys made Ned Nash's recruits at home and the greatest good will prevailed. "Dose drums was called ouid dose batriots werry goot, I bet•me," sai d Carl. "We was two gompanies off dose Liperty Poys h ad now off we was wanted dem alretty . " "Shure an' yez moight do a favor to dhe bhy phwat brought dhe ither company, Cookyspiller." "Certainly I do so. How dot was?" "Go a1;1' get killed loike a hayro an' let him take yer place." "Humbug!" said Carl. "Dat would took two places to fille'd off I was died." "Well, dhere's enuff av dhim to fill it." "Gone ouid und died yourselluf off you was wanted some off dose poys." . "Shure an' yez know Oi'm too busy. Who wud get dhe


THE LIBER'l,Y BOYS' DRUM BEAT. 5 males av Oi wor taken? It's not so aisy to foind a cook, but yez can always foind Dootchmin a-plenty." "Humbug!" snorted Carl. T'he boys readily became acquainted, and there was a regular buzz of talk all over the camp. Patsy served dinner for them all, and it was greatly enjoyed, some of the boys having tramped a long distance and bringing good appetites with them. Dick, Bob, Mark, Ben, the two Harrys, Sam and Patsy were each the center of an admiring circle, whj_le Carl had found a boy as fat as himself, and the two became friends at once. Later more boys came in, some with guns and some without, but all eager to go out against the redcoats and drive them off. Towards evening an express came in, reporting that the e _ nemy had landed a large number of troops at the mouth of the Saugatuck river and were marching toward the interior. Then word came .that General Silliman ~as coming and that notice had been sent to Wooster and Arnold, who expected to meet him on the way. Dick took care of his young allies, and during the night it rained, and they would have fared badly had it not been for his thoughtfulness. In the morning Silliman arrived, and then the Liberty Boys went on the march, followed by Ned Nash and his company of prave youths. CHAPTER IV. ON THE llf.A.RCH. Mar c hing to the inspiring sounds of the drum and the fife . , the Liberty Boys and their young allies went on. The militia to the number of four or five hundred were pushing forward, and the sturdy yeomanry of the country side were joining them on all sides. It was in Connecticut where General Putnam had left his plow in the furrow and had answ e red the call to arms. That state had already furnished many nien to the cause and was ready to furnish mor e . No wonder then that the Liberty Boys' drum beat had called out the patriots and that still more were coming. As they went on more and more boys joined Ned Nash's br_ igade till it nearly doubl e d the Lib erty Boys in number. Dick Sl a ter's gallant l ads h a d plenty of hard experi ence, however, and had been under fire time out of mind. They could be depended upon to face the enemy's fire valiantly, while these boys were yet to be tried. Many might fail them at the first charge, and they would have to be watched and encouraged and kept up to the mark. Now and then Dick had to wait for other bodies -to come up or to receive fresh orders, and all this caused delay. Silliman reached Reading at noon and was soon joined by Wooster and Arnold, who had come from New Haven upon hearing of the invasion. The enemy were on their WflY to Danbury, wher,e there was a large amount of military stores. Piloted by two Tory boys, they reached the town in the afternoon: . So silent and expeditious was their march that the townspeople did _not know of their approach until they were within a few miles. Then many fled, fearing more than the capture or de struction of the stores. The expeditions of the British had been more than orice accompanied bJ cruelty, and the women and children became alarmed and fled. There was only a small force o . f militia left to guard the place, and this was insufficient. Colonel Dimon drew off his men at the approachof Tryon and, making a detour, went to B e thel, where the patriot forces arrived that night. ' Bethel was four miles distant, but it had ' been raining and the troops wer~ wet and fatigued. The attack was postponed till the following morning, therefore, and the wearied soldiers ma 'de themselves as comfortable as possible. The example of Dick Slater and his gallant Liberty Boys had greatly sustained , Ned Nash's company of un trained boys. Some of them had been obliged to drop out from fatigue or illnes s , but far the larger part remained. "You'll get used to it, boys," said N ed. "Think of what Dick Slater and the Liberty Boys have had to stand since they have been soldiers." "Some of us are younger than the youngest of you fel lows," added Bob, "and it was pretty hard at first; but you'll get used to it, as Ned says." . Some rema1ned from pride, but the best part stayed from principal and fired by the example of the Liberty Boys. , They were only boys, afte r all, and it would not have be e n strange if more had b e come di s couraged. The y w e re unus ued to su c h continu e d e xe rtion, and many lost their enthusiasm after m a rchin g a ll d a y over all sorts of ro ads and in bad weath e r a gr eat; part of the time. "I've s e t out on this thing, boys," r sa id N e d , " and I'm goin g to keep i t up. We'r e h e lpin g our c ountr y and e very little count s." "Don't you gi v e up, N e d," s aid many of the boys. "We will stick , to y ou and Dick Slat e r and do our best." "That's right," s aid Ned. "I'm go in g t o stic k it out, and m a ybe s ome d a y I can jo i n the L i b e r ty Boys." Fires w e re li g hted, and the boys were made a s comfort able as could be. Dick Slater shared his tent with Ned Nash, and there wasn't one Liberty Boy who did not have one and some times two and three of the boys with him. "Dhere's Cookyspiller an' his fat friend,"laughedPatsy, "takin' up dhe room av four bhys. Well, he'll make room for two phwin he goes out on picket, so he'll be doin' some good ann.yhow." "You should glad been dot you _ was not so fat like


6 THE LIBERTY BOYS' DRUM BEAT . me," said Carl. "You don'd was so goot ein mark for dose Pritishers." "Shure an' do yez know phwat Oi'd do av Oi wor dhe soize av yersilf ?" "Nein. What it was?" "Shure an' Oi'd enlist twoic!), so as to dhraw pay an' rashins for two, begorrah." "Humbug!" sputtered Carl, walking away. Later he was sitting under an overhanging . bough in front of one of the fires. ' Patsy came-along and gave the tree, which was a slim one, a hearty shake . Down came a shower of rain, some of which went down the German boy's neck. "Ach! I t'ought dot rain was been shtopped alretty!" he cried . He would never have known that Patsy was responsible for the shower if the jolly Irish boy had not let out .1 roar of laughter. "Dhat wor a spicial shower for yere bini:fit, CookJspiller," he said. . "Gone away ouid. Off I caughted you, I was t'row you mit der rifer in alretty." "Y ez are not man enu:ff, big as yez are," with a laugh. "Humbug!" and Carl kept an eye on Patsy after that. During the night Colonel Dimon and his militiamen joined the Americans and reported the presence of the enemy at Danbury. Tryon, upon entering the town, made his headquarters at the house of a loyalist at the south end of the village, near the public stores . All the other houses in the village were filled with Blritish troops at night, the redcoats abusing and insult ing the people. The Episcopal church was :filled with barrels of pork and fl.61ll' piled as high as the galleries, two other build . i?gs being :filled with provisions. The enemy took the provisions out of the church and destroyed them, and then, :finding a supply of liquors, the soldiers consumed them, spending the night in carousing. Then, early on Sunday morning, learning of the near ness of the Americans, and his force being greatly weak ened by the men being worn out or intoxicated, Tryon determined on flight. Every house in the village except those occupied by Tories was set on fire and the troops put in marching order. At dawn they set out toward Ridgeway, the country for miles around being illumined by the burning village. The destruction was wanton, and the loss involved was very great, amounting to tens of thousands of dollars. Thinking the patriots might try to cut off his retreat to Canepo, Tryon marched first to Ridgeway to deceive the Americans, then turning south to Ridgefield. The . Americans at Bethel made an early start that Sun day morning, hoping to catch Tryon on his way out of Danbury. The Liberty Boys and Ned Nash's company of the Sons of Freedom were greatly refreshed and set out with high spirits. These were with General Wooster, Arnold and Silliman taking a different direction. Spies brought in the news of Tryon's change of route? and the veteran Wooster, with the militia and Dick Slater's Liberty Boys with their allies, at once set off to attack liim. "Now then, Ned," said Dick to Ned Nash, "hold your boys well in hand and keep close to us. There will be hot :fighting, but you must keep cool heads." "All right, captain," was the boy's reply. "We're will ing enough, but we lack experience." "You'll get it now, old man," drily. "J'\fy boys are under your command, captain, ~nd they understand it." "Very good. I will give you my orders and you can pass them to the boys . All I can say is, keep cool and fight your best, and don't get captUl'ed." "You couldn't keep Dick in prison if they did capture him," said Mark. "Shure an' yez wudn't want him to sMay in dere, wud yez?" asked Patsy. "You know very well I don't," with a chuckle. "For why you asked dose foolishness kvestions ?" sput tered Carl, wno took everything seriously. "Don'd you was ]mowed who Mark was alretty ?" "Can't yez take a joke, Cookyspiller ?" "Dot don'd was ein choke been to got caughted by dose Pridishers." "Well, dhey'll niver take ye, annyhow." "For whydey don'd?" "Shure an' dhey've no room big enuff for yez in anny prison, dhat's p-hwy." "Humbug!" snorted Carl. CHAPTER V. NED's BOYS UNDER FIRE • The Liberty Boys, marching with Wooster's militia men, came upon the enemy within a :few miles of Ridge field. They attacked the rearguard at once with great ferocity. "Now then, Ned," said Dick, "throw yoill' boys for ward. We will support you." "Forward, Sons of Freedom!" shouted Ned, in clear, ringing tones. "This is our chance to show what we are made of. Charge!" Those provided with :firearms were in the van, the others forming a supporting corps. At the word, the boys, eager to do something, dashed forward. Ned raised his father's musket and shouted: "Sons of Freedom, now is our chance . Down with the destroyers of our homes! ]'ireP' A somewhat irregular but effective :fire followed. The boys were not used to volley-firing, and everyone went on his own responsibility. Nevertheless the fire checked the redcoats, and now Dick pushed forward the reserves of Ned's company. Numbers counted even if all the boys were not armed. As the raw boys pressed forward, Dick brought up his well-trained lads. "Now then, Liberty Boys; give them a lift. Forward !"


THE LIBERTY BOYS' DRUM BEAT. 7 On dashed the gallant fellows, putting courage into the h earts of their allies. Dick sent Mark forward as his aide to direct Ned Nash to open his ranks. This was quickly done . The Liberty Boys rode through the gap and hurled themselves upon the enemy. " Fire!" shouted Dick. Crash-roar! At once the difference in firing was noteti'l, At the word the one hundred boys :fired as one. It was a galling, withering fire, and its effect was im m ediate. There were many gaps in the ranks of the redcoats, and they began to fall back. "Forward, Ned!" cried Dick. "We will support you . C ut off as rriany of the redcoats as possible." Inspired by Dick's example and eager to show hi s m ettle, Ned Nash led forward his raw but und aunted boys and ell upon the enemy. Forty prisoners were taken, and when Ned came back with them, the Liberty Boys gave him a hearty cheer. "Well done, Ned," murmured Dick. "Your boys are p roving themselves heroes. Keep cool and you will come out all right." Sending the prisoners to the rear, Dick pushed on, lead in g the Liberty Boys and their .allies, but taking his or d ers from General Wooster. "Harass them, boys," he said. "Keep them running, Ned. We'll back you up, you may be sure. This is the finest experience you can have." If Ned Nash did not look like a captain, in his home spun garments and carrying a musket, he certainly acted like one. ' Dick's confidence in h1m inspired confidence in him s elf, and he kept his boys well in hand. He remained cool, rapidly grasping Dick's ideas and c arrying them out ably. He never let his boys think of themselves, but, only of the fact that the enemy was ' before them and must be attacked . "Tooth and nail, boys, give it to 'em!" he shouted . "These fellows destroy our homes, wreck our trade and ruin our prospects. Down with them!" As often as he could load, Ned fired his musket, but more often he waved it aloft like a sword, and his green but plucky boys, seeing it, followed with a shout and fir ed as often as they could. Dick supported the brave fellows well, as he said he would. T hey wer e now thoroughly imbued with patrioti sm, with the spirit of '76, as it has rightly been called and which lives to-day in the heart , of every true American, . and they fought like heroes indeed. , O ne forgot that they were in homespun and that their weapons were ill-assort(}d whe n they hurled themselves valiantly upon disciplined troops and caused them to fall b ack. "Keep it up, Ned, my brave fellow,'' said Dick, riding u p to the boy in a pause of the fight. "Your boys are m ade of the right stuff, and you are leading them well." They kept up a running :fight, dashing in upon the enemy's flank or rear whenever an opportunity occurred and often making them, and keeping the redcoats con stantly irritated. The Sons of Freedom had ' caught the infection, and they pressed on valiantly, doing noble work . Ned held them in hand, and they obeyed him, recog nizing him as a born leader and one deserving the re spect and confidence of Dick Slater himself, a boy born to command. Once the redcoats made a sudden dash, at a time when Ned's boys were something in advance of the Liberty Boys. Ned saw the danger in an instant . "Stand your greund, boys!" he shouted. "Don't be s cared. Hold your own! Down with the invading red coats! All together now, fire!" The boys' volleys were more regular now, for Ned quickly saw the difference between the firing of his boys_ and that of Dick's and aimed to correct it. The boys stood :firm, inspired by Ned's coolness. "Hold hard, boys . Don't you give an inch. We're only boys, but we've got men's hearts in our breasts.'' The boys raised a tremendqus cheer, which quite de ceived the redcoats. They thought that the boys were cheering because of the arrival of reserves and ell back. Dick Slater had seen tb,e peril of Ned and his corps and hurried forward. "Back with them, Sons of Freedom, back with them, Liberty Boys!" he screamed. "Now then; all together, charge!" Like a rushing tide the brave bo y s swept forward and hmled themselves upon the enemy. The veteran Wooster, a man well upon seventy years of age, managed his undisciplined troops well and got out of them all that was to be had. For two or three miles they kept up this running :fight, harassing the enemy at every turn and doing a lot of mischief. The gen eral had every confidence in Dick Slater, whom he knew to be an , experienced :fighter and a boy of . un doubted courage. "Got some new recruits, captain?" he asked Dick dur ing a momentary pause in the :fighting . "Something like it, general," with a smile. "These boys rallied at our drum beat and rushed to meet the enemy, and I am taking care of them." "They seem to be taking very good care of themselves, captain," laughingly, "and of the enemy, too." "They do in d eed, general, and a year at this sort of thing will make veterans of them." "You'll have another company of Liberty Boys, per ~aps . " "No, but they may form an auxiliary company to ouoo. There is no telling." Some of the boys would, no doubt, join the Liberty Boys when there was a vacancy, al}d some might go into the militia. The running :fight continued, Ned Nash's boys doing excellent work and proving themselves thorough _ patriots. Many of them would have altered under a less cool-


8 THE LIBERTY BOYS' DRUM BEAT. headed leader than Ned Nash or without the moral support of the Liberty Boys. Many there were, however, who were born fighters and leaders and would in time • become good soldiers, having aptitude for the life. when near the meeting-house another sharp skirmish took place. Wooster's whole force was engaged in it, and the fight ing was indeed sharp. The British brought up some of their artillery andi the militia began to waver. Wooster rallied them, however, and the example of Dick Slater and his Liberty Boys had a good effect. Cannon boomed and muskets rattled, but the brave Wooster cheered on his men and would not let them fall back. "Come on, my men," he said. "Never mind such ran dom shots." While thus urging his troops, the brave general was struck by a musketball which took him obliquely in the side and broke his backbone. He fell from his horse and was removed from the field. Seeing their leader fall, the militia became panic stricken. "Fight on, boys!" cried Dick. "We are not defeated yet if a brave man has fallen! Charg e !" CHAPTER VII. SPYING ON THE REDCOA TS. With the fall of General Wooster, the militiamen would have retreated, but now, encouraged by Dick Slater and his brave youths, they fought on and drove the enemy back in spite of their cannon. The Liberty Boys and Ned ' Nash's Sons of Freedom now fought side by side and gave the enemy a stunning blow. Then the rearguard of the redcoats hurried on, and Dick, drawing off his forces, took a short cut across country to join Arnold. He found the latter in Ridgefield village, where he had formed a barricade across the road with carts, logs, stones and earth. Behind this b a rricade he had formed his men in line of battle and w a s awaiting the coming of the enemy. Dick and the Liberty Boys were very welcom e , for Arnold knew what they could do. "Here are some more boys, general," said Dick, "who have already shown their mettle." "We are glad to get all we can, Dick," said the general. The boys then took their places behind the rudely-made bteastworks and waited for the enemy. The barricade was flanked on the left by a ledge of rocks and on the right by a house and barn. At length Tryon came up, discovered Arnold and sent General Agnew with the body in a solid column to attack him. Detachments were also sent to outflank him and fall upon his rear. There were nearly two thousand of the enemy, Arnold's force, including the boys, being much less. On came the enemy and delivered several volleys which were returned. Dick held his boys well in hand behind the barricade and kept them firing as often as possible. Ned Nash's boys were well used to being under fire now and fought with great pluck. They mixed in with the Liberty Boys and fought along side, being giteatly encouraged by the dash of their more experienced comrades. "Hold your ground, boys," said Dick. "Don't give way until you are forced to." Agnew at last succeeded in gaining the ledge of rocks and a whole platoon of British infantry fired at Arnold, who was not thirty yards distant. His horse was shot and fell dead under him. The troops, seeing Arnold fall and thinking he was dead. retreated. Dick Slater knew too well that he could not hold his own against the enemy with his boys, and he drew them off in good order. Arnold could not at once extricate his feet from the stirrups, seeing which a Tory rushed at him with fixed bayonet. "Surrender! You are my prisoner!" he shouted. "Not yet!" cried the general, and, drawing his pistol, he shot the man dead. Then he dashed toward a thick swamp where the Lib erty Boys had already taken refuge. . "This way, general!" cried Dick, and in a few moments Arnold was safe. Tryon now encamped upon high ground about a mile south of the Congregational church in Ridgefield. "We must learn what they intend to do, Dick," said Arnold. . "I will try and do so, general," said Dick. It was Sunday, and now that the :fighting was over, all was quiet. 1\founting upon ~fajor, Dick set off toward the camp of the enemy. He hoped to get near enough to it to learn something without being discovered. Riding on, he at length discovered an outpost, noticing a number of redcoats going in and out of a house. There was a barn on the other side of the road, and Dick kept this between him and the house. Leaving Major close to the barn, Dick stole across the road to the house. Creeping under an open window at the side of the house, hearing voices within, he listened. He wa'.s out of sight from the road and so was safe, unle s s someone came out at the rear. There were several officers in the house, having been quartered there to keep a watch upon the road and keep an eye upon the Americans. "These impudent rebels have given us a good deal of trouble," Dick heard one of the officers say. "And are likely to give you more," was Dick's thought. "Especially those rascally young fellows calling them selves the Liberty Bloys," declared another.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' DRUM BEAT. 9 "Thank you for your good opinion," muttered Dick. "We thought that you redcoats were the rascals." "We'll cut short their liberty i we catch them. They take too many liberties." "That's the point of view," thought Dick. "We'll have to set fire to the town to pay the rebels for the trouble they have given us." "You don't always make an excuse for your wanton acts," said Dick to himself. . "Yes, and then get to our ships and give the rebels an other lesson." "Look out that you don't get one yourself," said Dick, speaking louder than he thought. "What did you say, Wilson?" asked one. "You don't think that these rascally rebels are capable of teaching us a l e sson , do you?" "I? No indeed. I said nothing, captain." "It's most extraordinary. I was sure you did." "No indeed." Dick heard a chair pushed back and then a footstep. The c a ptain must h ave been sitting near the window. Di c k moved off toward the back of the house. Jus t then someone came out at the rear door. "Here, you rebel, what are you doing?" he cried in a loud voice. Then an officer put his head out of the window under which Dick had been standing. "Hallo!" he cried. "Stop the rebel!" The man rushed upon Dick to seize him. Dick quickly tripped him and sent him rolling over on his back. "Hallo! Stop the rebel!" yelled the officer, as Dick shot past the window. Then he fired at" the plucky fellow, narrowly missing him. . Dick returned the shot, carrying away the British officer's wig and sending the powder flying. Aroused by the shouts three or four redcoats came running out of the barn. Two or three others came out of the house also. Dick dashed across the road straight toward the red coats. They expected to catch him and did not fire. Just as he reached them, however, Dick shot off to one side, threw out his foot and tripped one of the soldiers. This one fell against the others and upset two or three of them. Then Dick dashed around the corner of the barn and jumped into the saddle. In a moment he was flying along the road, the redcoats shouting after him. "Stop, you rebel, or we'll fire!" Dick paid no attention but raced on. Then down a byroad came another party of redcoats on horseback. Dick could not reach the intersection ahead of the enemy and capture seemed certain. 'l'he enemy gave a loud shout, believing Dick to be caught between two fires. It took clever men to capture Dick Slater, however. There were enemies in front and behind him, but not on all sides. There was a rail fence at the side of the road, enclosing a field, with woods ' beyond. In an instant the brave fellow headed Major for the fence and in another he went flying ove! it. CHAPTER VII. AN E XCITIN G CHASE AND A STRAN G E ADVENTURE. There were some among the redcoat s who had been famous fox-hunters in the i r own country. Many of these r egarde d the pursuit of a patriot as only anoth e r form of fox hunt. Two or three of these , s e eing Dick take the f e nce , start ed after him. Imbu e d with the spirit of the cha se, the y urg e d their horses at the fence. Others, seeing them , followed their exa m p le. Straight at the fence went half a dozen of them. Seein g only the red coa t s of t he offic e r s a nd not seeing Dick, one might have fancied tha t there was a fox hunt on. The same thou ght occurr e d to Dick as h e shot a quick glance back over his should e r at his purs u e r s . "These fox-hunting redcoats think the y are at theit old sport," he murmured. "Well, they will find it a hard matter to run down the fox." On came the redcoats, some of the horses taking the fence, othen1 refusing it. "Oh, there goes one taking a crupper! His horse is no hunter. On, Major!" Some refused the leap entirely, and some attempted it and caught on the top rail. There was as much excitement as at a real fox hunt. Two or three got over the fence s~fely and came thun dering after Dick. He had no fear of the result. They could not overtake him crossing the field, and he could . easily lose them in the wood. On he went till he reached it. Then he shot off to one side and skirted it for a little distance. The redcoats dashed on several lengths be . fore they ob-served this move upon Dick's part. They had supposed he would halt upon reaching the trees. Their going on increased Dick's lead. Then, seeing what -he had done, they shot off at an angle so as to intercept him. His lead was too great, however. On he dashed down a slope, where he was presently hidden from sight. A good-sized brook crossed his path at the bottom of the slope. It was a good jump for some horses and impossible for many. There were ro:u,gh bowlders a'nd jagged stones at the bottom which made wading it difficult. Dick urged Major on only slightly and fairly flew across the brook.


10 THE LIBERTY BOYS' DRUM BEAT. Then, before his pursuers reached the top of the slope, where they could see him, he was in the woods. Re did not dismount at once, but went on at a walk for a hundred yards. The redcoats, reaching the top of the slope, went fl)ing down. They saw nothing of Dick. Rushing on, they all halted at the brook. They could see the imprint of Major's hoofs on the opposite bank, but they would not take the leap them selves. "Ega'1, the black must have wings!" declared one. ":My word! but it's a long odds more exciting than fox hunting.'' "Aye, and after a fox that we don't seem able to run down." A look at the stream was enough to dissuade the red coats from crossing it. They turned back, disappointed at losing their prey. Dick did not go to the edge of the brook to see what progress the enemy were making. He could tell by the sounds, or by the lack of them, that the redcoats had abandoned the chase. He knew the direction he should take and led Major through the woods to a road which ran in the direction he wished to go. Mounting, he was riding on at an easy gait when, from a tumble-down and apparently deserted house a little back from the road, a shrill laugh rang out. Re would have paid no attention to it, but in a moment he saw a puff of smoke and then heard the whip like crack of a rifle. A bullet whistled past him, a foot or so behind, and then there was another laugh. "Who are you and why do you fire from an ambush?" called out Dick. "If you are not a coward, come out!" Another bullet now whistled just over Dick's head. With an angry cry he leaped from his horse, dashed open the half-broken gate and ran up the weed-grown walk to the front door of the house. Giving the weather-beaten door a kick, Dick sent it crashing in. An army of spiders ran scurrying into the dark corners, rats and mice scampered across the dusty floor, and an owl hooted somewhere in the darkness. Dick tore away a couple of shutters and threw open a rear door, letting in a flood of light. Pushing aside a door in the main room, Dick heard footsteps. \ Passing into a long room behind the first, he opened another window. There was light enough now, but there was no one to be seen. There were footprints in the thick dust, and they stopped at the w~ll, at least two yards from a great :fireplace. Drawing a pistol, Dick struck sharply on the wainscot. A hollow sound was given out. "Sliding panels, eh?" muttered Dick. "Secret chambC'\rs. There are many such in these old houses." Re heard a sudden low chuckle behind him. .. Turning like a fl.ash, he saw a strange figure standing before him. How he got there it was difficult to tell. There had been no sound as of a sliding panel and yet there was t4e figure. It was that of a half-grown boy, tall and thin and sallow, dressed in dusty gray from head to foot. There was positively no expression in his pale face, arnl as he moved toward Dick no sound was heard. There was something most uncanny about the pale, sallow boy as he moved forward without a sound. Dick glanced down at the boy's feet and saw that he wore soft-soled shoes which gave out no sound as he walked. Dick Slater was as brave a youth as one could :find, but he felt a certain uneasy sensation as the other came toward hini. "What do you want?" he demanded. "Did you fire upon me just now'?" The boy chuckled and stood still, looking at Dick with a perfectly expressionless face. "Who are you and what do you want-?" asked Dick, stepping forward quickly. The other turned like a fl.ash and seemed to fairly fly toward the wall. There was a click and he was gone, but so quickly had the panel opened and closed that all that Dick could see was a sudden fl.ash and the boy disappeared. He struck on the panel with his pistol, and it gave a hollow sound as before. He could not see where the panel joined, and all the waU seemed hollow on that side. "There is no use trying to find him,." he said to himself, and, leaving the house, he hurried to the road, jumped upon Major and rode off. Night was coming on, and he felt that he must get back to the camp. When he reached it he told Bob and Mark of his strange adventure. "Was the fellow crazy, do you think?" asked Bob. "Half-witted, probably." "Did he fire on you, do you think?" asked Mark. "I suppose so. I saw no one else, but once I heard -footsteps and then I did not." "It's fery strange," said Bob. "Do you think you will ever solve the mystery?" "I can't tell," said Dick. CHAPTER VIII. WHAT THE BQYS FOUND IN THE OLD HOUSE. In the morning Tryon resumed his retreat. Dick set out from the camp of the Liberty Boys to see which road the redcoats would take. Re took Bob with him and both set out at a gallop. They shortly neared the dilapidated old house wher e Dick had had such a strange adventure the evening be fore .


THE LIBERTY BOYS' DRUM BEAT. 11 Dick noticed that the door was up and the shutters in place . "They evidently did not like the way I left things for them yesterday," he said to Bob. "No; they seem to have closed up shop since you were ' -there," Bob answered. "Look out for them, Bob," said Dick, as they were in front o-f the house. "So you think that they might fire upon--" There was a sudden puff of smoke from one of the shutters. Then there was a report, but Bob had wheeled his horse quickly. In an instant there came another shot which passed be tween the two boys. "After them, Bob!" cried Dick, springing -from his horse. Then he ran up the path, followed/by Bob. A couple of lusty kicks sent the door flying. "Go to the back and open the door and windows," said Dick. Bob obeyed, and Dick ran into the main room and threw -0pen the shutters. B'ob at the same moment had let in the light at th~ rear. "Did you see anyone, Bob?" "No; but I heard someone running." "Sound the panels." . Bob rapped on the panels with the butt of his pistol. "I wonder if we can break them in." 1 Bob tried kicking, standing with his back to the panel. At first this seemed to have little effect. All at once, however, th~re was a splitting sound. Bob had given the panel a tremendous backward kick. A repetition of this caused the panel to give. Bob -fell backward, and at once there was a sound of rats running away. Then an owl hooted in some dark nook back of them. There was a cloud of dust as Bob fell on his back in the recess on the other side of the panel. "Jove! this is a nice place!" he sputtered. He picked himself up, and Dick said: "We'll have to light a match, Bob, to see our way." They soon had a sulphur match burning. Then both entered the passage and passed behind the wall. The passage turned, but there was another, and this they followed, finding it presently led up a flight of steps. These ended in a square apartment where there was a chest, a rough deal table and a chair . "Jove!" said Bob, holding up his match, "look there!" Over in a coTner was a skeleton half covered with rags. Fat spiders went scurrying away in all directions, and rats and mice ran into holes in the wall and in the .floor. "This is a cheerful place," said Dick. Bob gave the chest a kick. It was wooden and apparently very rotten. The end of it fell away as Bob kicked it vigorously. "Jove! look theTe, Dick!"-A flood of gold coins poured out from the broken end and ran out upon the floor. "Here's a find!" cried Bob. Stooping, he filled 'his breeches pockets with the gold pieces. There were Spanish doubloons, English guineas and French Louis pieces, all of them quite old. "1-'he cause of independence needs this gold," muttered Bob. "Yes, and it is a shame to let it lay here unused."' Dick filled his pockets and then, as their matches were burning low and they did not have many, he said: "Come, Bob, we must be going." , "Yes, we don't know how soon the redcoats may be on the move." Descending the steps and following the passage to the break in the wainscot, they were hurrying out, when Dick said : "There are horsemen coming!" His quick ears had caught the sound in a moment. Running down the path, _ they jumped into their saddles as large party of redcoats came in sight. Leading them was a man in gray homespun, Tiding a white horse. "There are the rebels!" he shouted. "After them!" "It's a good thing I don't have to run far, with all this gold in my pockets," said B:ob. "Very true," said Dick. The redcoats came galloping on after the boys and now fired a volley. "Never mind them, Bob," said Dick. "They cannot overtake us." On dashed the boys, the redcoats firing another volley. In a ew minutes up came Mark with the Libert y Boys and Ned Nash's Sons of Freedom. They had heard the volleys and thought there was an engagement. The volleys were now returned as the brave boys cam e surging up. The redcoats, finding such a large party confronting them, quickly took to flight. Dick did not pursue them, as he had not had his orders in regard to the . direction he should take. Tryon, having burned a number 0 houses to keep his hand in, as Bob said, was now in retreat. ..,., Nearing N orwal~, he learned that Arnold was again in the saddle and rallying tlie scattered militia upon the road leading to Saugatuck Bridge. Dick Slater and his gallant boys were pushing or the bridge, while .Arnold was collecting the militia. Tryon filed off tb the eastward and forded the river above the bridge. Small detachments of militia gave him constant annoy ance, keeping upon the other side of the stream and galling the enernr with cannon shot and musket balls. Dick and Bob speedily got rid of the gold in their pockets, putting it in a box in one of the wagons. "It's a pity to have all that gold lying there utterly useless," declared Mark. "It would help our cause great ly if we could get it." "Very true," replied Dick; "but we can't go after it now, and it may not be there when we return." "Shure an' it wud be a foine ting to shpind dhe British gold in walloping dhim," laughed Patsy.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' DRU:~I BEAT. "Y ah, I bet me, und off we was tooked ein bag each vun off us und went dere afder der :fighd, we could was tooked it away alretty." "And do yez tink yez cud carry a whole sack av gold on yer shouldhers, Oookyspiller?" asked Patsy. "I didn't was said how big dot bag was been, is it?" sputtered Carl. "Oho, maybe yez mane dhat yez'll take a purse wid yez an' fill dhat." "Well, dot was make somedings, ain't it?" sputtered Carl. "Yis; bltt dhat do be loike thryin' to take_ up dhe say wid a tayspoon." "Who was wanted to took oob dot ocean oob anyway? What you was doed mit it off you was did dot?" "Shure an' Oi don't • want to take it up. It's betther phwere it is." "Den for why you was talked abouid it?" "Shure an' dhat wor on'y a way av shpakin'." "Dot was a Irisher way av spaking. For why you don'd was talked goot like me alretty?" "Loike yersilf, is it?" roared Patsy. "Shure an' yez don't talk at all at all, yez on'y sputther." "Humbug!" said Carl, which he considered an unan swerable argument. Approaching the bridge, the Liberty Boys saw the British trying to get by it before the main body of the Americans could come up. These were not far behind, and Dick at once ordered the boys to fire a volley to attract their attention. Tlae redcoats succeeded in passing by before the Ameri cans came up, however, and now there was a hot fight, in which the gallant boys took an active part. CHAPTER IX. DICK AND NED IN TROUBLE. Exposed to an enfilading fire, the enemy were now checked and for fifteen minutes there was a hot fight. Dick led his boys to the front, and with his allies poured a heavy fire upon the enemy. Finally the redcoats were forced to fly, the Americans pursuing them across the bridge. The British hurried on to Canepo, the patriots harass ing them all the way. "There'll be many a redcoat who won't go on another marauding expedition with 'l'ryon," sputtered Bob, as he rode on. "Tryon will find more, to say nothing pf Hessians," re plied Mark. "He's always got someone to do his dirty work." At Canepo the Americans gained an advantage by get ting upon the flank of the enemy and another hot skir mish ensued. Ned Nash's boys had had a good deal of experience since the Liberty Boys' drum beat had called out the p atri o ts. The y now f ought better a n d with more confid e nce. Dick and the rest of the Liberty Boys encouraged them constantly, and they showed themselves young heroes . Two or three of the brave youths had given up their lives fo1; their country, and it was likely that some of Ned's boys would take their places. The fight went on hotly, and the British would all have been captured but for a bold maneuver of Sir William Erskine. He landed a large nu~ber of marines from the ships, and these attacked the patriots furiously in front and forced them to fall back to some distance. While this fight was going on the main body of the enemy embarked, although exposed to a sharp fire from Lamb's artillery. If the militia had had the spirit of Arnold, the enemy would have been routed and many of them captmed. The general tried to encourage them, and urged them on un~indful of his own danger until his horse was wounded in the neck and fell disabled. Dick called to his Liberty Boys, and many of them sprang forward. !fore would have done so, but they suddenly became fleparated from him. Then Dick found himself surrounded and forced to fight his way out through a horde of the enemy. Arnold was safe and some of the Liberty Boys . Dick had ordered them to fall back, and they obeyed, supposing he could escape. Such a large force of marines came between him and the boys, however, that he could not force his way out. Ned Nash had r emained at his side, fighting heroically. Now both boys were surrounded. Dick was dragged from his saddle, but he gave Major a tremendous slap on the flank and started him off. The redcoats tried to catch him, but he threw up his heels, upsetting a number of them, and escaped. Dick and Ned were hurried o:ff, put into one of the boats and taken away. They were rowed to one of the ships and put in the brig or ship's prison. This was a cell with grated windows and door in the after part of the vessel on a level with the gun deck. They were not put in irons, but there seemed little hope of their escape. "I am sorry for you, Ned," said Dick. "I hoped you would be able to escape." "Perhaps I can help you to do so, captain," said Ned. "How so?" "Let me put on your uniform. Then they will think that you are merely a farmer boy who has bewi captured by mistake and let you go." "Yes; but you will then be a prisoner." "Well, they will discover that I am not Dick Slater and will have no use for me after that." "But they will keep you on account of having helped me to escape. No, Ned, we will escape together . " "Can't you force me to exchange clothes with you," with a smile. "If you were a Tory, Ne d . Yo u wouldn't declare your self to be a loya l s ubj ect of t h e ki n g, would you? " Ned flush ed.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' DRUM BEAT. 13 "I wouldn't like to," he said, hesitatingly, "but if it would save your life, I would do it." "No, I shall not let you make any such sacrifice." "And they would know that Dick Slater would never force a patriot to make the change." "Never fear, Ned," said Dick, cheerfully. "We will escape somehow. The redcoats have never been able to keep me yet." "Perhaps, when the guard comes, we can overpower him and so get away." "If he comes alone. We are on the gun deck. If you hear him, keep close to the door and make a feint of slip ping out. 'rhat .will cause him to lose sight of me, and then I will attack him." "Good! But then?" "We can escape through a port. You swim, of course?" "Yes." "Then it will be easy. It will be dark before very long." "But even if you escape and I don't, I will be satisfied. I will help you all I can." "We must both escape, Ned. I got you into this, and am going to get you out." . "No, I got myself in," said Ned. "Don't think of me at all. It is you who must escape." .. "I shall do nothing of the sort unless you go, too," with determination. In a short time the grated door was thrown open. "Come out, you rebels!" growled someone. He was a sergeant of marines, and he had a file of the latter with him. There was no chance of escaping at this time. "We are not rebels," said Ned, indignantly. "How did you happen to be taken prisoners then, and why is one of you in rebel uniform?" "I am not.," said Dick. "I am an American .. We know no rebels. We are patriots." "You are rebels!" with a snarl. "And you are invaders, hirelings of a tyrant kinf Gen eral Tryon is nothing but a wanton marauder, and his , men are incendiaries and thieves." "Here, here, you must not talk like that. That is rank treason, and you'll be hanged :for it." "Then don't call me . a rebel. I have as much right to use hard words as yourself." "Well, come out, captain. The commander wants to question you," more respectfully. The two boys walked out between two lines of marines and were taken before the captain in his cabin. "We don't want this one," he said, looking at Ned. "He is only a farmer's boy. Let him free." "He was fighting as hard as the other, sir," said a redcoat captain, standing near. "You are not a soldier?" said the commander. "I am an American boy, doing my best to drive out the redcoat invaders. I am not ashamed of it. I got up the Sons of Freedom to help the Liberty Boys." Ned spoke frankly and bravely and without the least show of fear. "Then you are a rebel," said the other, sternly. "I am not; I am a patriot. We are not rebels; we are men and boys battling :for the right." "Against your lawful king." . "He is not. He is a tyrant. You people in • England would never for a moment submit to the treatment he has given us." "You are the . captain of the Liberty Boys?" to Dick. "There is a price on your head." "That is a compliment which General Howe has paid me. I am the captain of the Liberty Boys and proud of it." "You have given us a great deal of trouble." "And you have committed many lawless acts. Your destmction of property in the last two days has been most unwarranted. I wish we could have captured the lot of you!" Such language was not at all to the commander's liking. "Take them away!" he growled. "They will be sent to New York and put in prison. Perhaps they will talk more mildly then." "Never!" said Dick. "I am speaking the truth, and you will never get me to , say otherwise." Then the two boys were taken back to the brig. CHAPTER X. TAKING FRENCH LEA VE. Once more in the ship's prison, with the door locked and barred upon them, the two boys walked over to the grated ports and looked out. "Is there any chance, Dick?" asked Ned. "Captain, I should say." "Say Dick. You are a captain as well as I," with a laugh. "Shake those bars." Ned seized the bars before the port, but could not move them. "I can't. They are too strong," he said. "Try these," stepping aside. Ned took them in both hands and exerted all his strength. "Why, Dick, they are eaten with rust; with a good file we might-" "Somebody has been putting in poor work here, Ned. We have no file, but perhaps the bolts below can be loosened, and then with a good tug--" "Can you loosen the bolts, Dick?" eagerly. "I will try," running his fingers below the beam into which the bars were set. Dick possessed great strength, and it had been of help to him more than once. "Some of them," he said. "It will not be necessary to loosen them all." "No, :for the bars are a good way apart." "Two or three at the most will suffice." Then Dick worked industriously :for several minutes in silence. It was growing dark, but he could feel and that was all that was necesE;ary. "I've got one off, Ned," he said quietly.


14 THE LIBERTY BOYS' DRUM BEAT. "Gbod! Let me shove the bar up while you get to an other." Dick changed his place while Ned worked at the bar. These were simply put through beams above and below the ports . . With the lower nut removed, Ned could push the bar up, which he did with the exertion of some strength. "Got it, Ned?" "Yes." "I've loosened another. Ned's bar was now flush with the lower surface of the beam. Both boys now seized it and drew it clear of the sill. Then they got to work on the next and treated that the same way. The space was still not wide enough. Another bar would have to be removed. This iook a longer time, the nut being rusted in places. The boys tried tugging at it, but it would not yield. Next they removed one of the bars entirely and . ham-wer. ed on the refractory one with it. There was, fortunately, a good deal of confusion on deck at the time. The ship was getting under way, and there was a great deal of running about and shouting overhead. Fully half an hour was spent upon the obstinate bar; but at last Dick, with a tremendous blow, so w~akened it that he and Ned were soon able to break it. They were not disturbed all this time, it not being the hour for supper and no one having the slightest suspicion that the boys could escape. . "Tak e off your coat, Ned," said Dick, removing his own. The n he took off his shoes, tying them about his neck by the ir laces. "They can put my coat in prison if they like," he said dril y , "for that is all of me that they will put there." Ned was now in his shirt, hose and breeches, with his s hoes about his neck. "Go ah e ad, Ned. I will give you a lift if you like." "I'd rather you would go first, Dick, in case of a n .alarm." "N onsensel There will be none. I will find you when I get in the water." The ship was now moving at a fair rate through the water, and Di c k knew that they must be at some little

THE LIBERTY BOYS' DRUM. BE,AT. 15 They sat down beside one of these, where the earth was dry and warm, and talked in low tones for several minutes. At length they lay down on the warm, dry sand close to the tall meadow grass and were soon asleep. CHAPTER Xl. AT THE OLD HOUSE .A.GAIN. In the early morning Dick arose and looked about him. There was a small town at some little distance and a road through the salt meadows leading to it. "Come along, Ned," said , Dick. "There's a pretty good walk before us." At a little distance there was what looked like a fisher man's hut. As the b~ys approached it three evil-looking men came out. " . Rebels, hey?" growled one. "You come with us. We are erlookin' fur rebels." The boys' pistols had been taken from them, and they were utterly without weapons of any sort. "What do you want . to call us rebels for?" asked Ned. "How do you know we are not British?" "Britishers don't wear buff bTeeches like t'other feller's got on." "They're glad to wear anything when they've been in the water." "vVheTe'd yer come from?" "From the ships," said Dick. "Wull, mebby ycr've got some money fur us?" "Maybe we haven't, then. How would we get it? This isn)t pay-day." "Did yer fall o:ff'n the ship?" "No; we jumped off. We were tired of it." "Deserters, ch? Mebby we'd better take yer bitek.'r "And walk five or ten miles? I don't think you will." ''Where'd yer get ther rebel breeches?" "Oh, we found a couple of them down on the beach," carelessly. "And yer took their breeches erway, did yer?" "Well, they made no objection." "Huh! ye're er couple er independent fellers." "Yes, we go in for that always." Dick kept his eyes on the three men, not knowing when they might attempt some act of treachery. The leader suddenly winked at the others. 'The three suddenly made a dash at the boys. "Run, Ned!" hissed Dick. Then he suddenly tripped up the leader. The other two fell over him. Dick then shot off after Ned and both ran as far as the road. The men had picked themselves up by this time and were coming after them. "Come on, Ned," taking the other's hand. Together they ran at a good gait, gaining on the men. Then a shot rang out, a bullet passing over the boys' heads. "I'd like to answer that," sputtered Ned. "It isn't necessary. They won't catch us." The three thieves, for such they were, and as ready to rob patriots as redcoats, fired two more shots which flew wide. The boys ran on and presently, from around. a clump of trees, a dozen youths on horseback appeared. They were coming on at a gallop, having evidently heard the pistol shots. "There aTe Bob and . some of the Liberty Boys!" cried Dick. . "Hurrah!" cried Ned, waving his hand. The three villains, seeing the boys on horseback, took to their heels. The boys dashed on and soon came up with Dick and Ned. There were Bob, Mark, Ben, the two Harrys, Sam, Will and others. "You two fellows mu~t have had a time of it," Bob said, as they halted. "We had two or three of them," with a smile. "Where are your coats and hats?" "On board a British ship," shortly. "Then you were prisqners, as we feared?" "For a tune, yes." "When did you get away?-" "Last night. We. slept on the sand." "You had to swim for it?" "Yes." "We've been looking for you. We hoped you had escaped. We got Major, but we thought you might have escaped before being taken aboard the ship." "No; we went aboard and ha.d , an interview with the commander and then, not liking our quarters, we took French leave and swam ashore." "It's a hard matter to keep Dick," laughed M.ark. "He always slips out of the enemy's fingers." Dick got up behind Bob on his horse, and Ned rode double with Mark on his big gray. It was a good ride back to the camp, and on the way they passed the old house where Dick and Bob had found the gold. They went this wa.y to save time, the roads being bet ter. The house was shut up, as before, but Dick said: "I wonder if the gold is there still. We have as much right to it as anybody, for I don't believe that half-witted boy owns it." "Suppose we see," said Bob. The boys dismounted and entered the old house. They found the broken panel, but the chest of gold had been removed. Upon leaving the house the sallow-faced boy in gray homespun came up the path. He ~ooked at Dick and said, with as little expression as ever: "The witches will take away your brains the same as they took mine if you go to this house too often." ".Are you the one who fired on me twice?" asked Dick. "Those are the witches. They .re on rebels. Are you a rebel?" , "Ha...-e the witches taken away the gold?" asked Dick.


16 THE LIBERTY BOYS' DRUM BEAT. "Yes; but," with a sly chuckle, "I know where it is. I will show it to you." There was something about the half-witted fellow, although his face was still expressionless, which told Dick that he was not to be trusted. Some trap was to be sprung upon him, he knew. "Wait till the full of the moon," he said. "lluh, that's the time they say I'm foolish," said the boy. "Well, that's the best time. Wait till then," and, pushing the boy aside, he went on. "Do you think he's . an idiot or is just pretending to be?" asked Bob. "He is foolish and these others make a tool of him. I would not trust him." "Do you think he knows where the gold is hidden?" "He may; but I would not go with him. He would lead me into a trap." The boys then rode on, joined the Liberty Boys, and after a rest returned to their former camp . The Sons of . Freedom now , disbanded, the parents of many of the boys being unwilling to have them continue in the company. Others wished to return now that the enemy no longer threatened their homes. "There are vacancies in the Liberty Boys now," said Ned to Dick. "Will you take me in?" "If your father consents, yes. I know you now and have every con:fidence in you." Ned disbanded his company, but he and his two lieutenants joined the Liberty Boys. The British ships were still in the Sound, and Dick determined to follow them and, when necessary, beat the drums and call out the patriots. With Ned Nash and his two chums now in uniform and mounted like the rest, Dick Slater shortly set out again at the head of the Liberty Boys to go in search of the enemy. It was early evening when they neared the house reputed to be haunted, where Dick had already had such stirring adventures. Suddenly flames and smoke were seen to pour from some of the upper windows. Then a :figure in white suddenly appeared at a window in the garret a11d began to call for help. "Forward!" cried Dick. CHAPTER XII. A STRANGE STORY. The boys rode up to the old house and dismounted. Dick, Bob, Mark and a score more ran up the walk to the front door. Dick broke it down, when a :fierce cloud of flame and smoke rushed out which drove him back. Then the 'ower shutters fell off and flame and smoke poured from the windows. Many of the neighbors came up, but no one offered any help. "That house is haunted," said one. "It's unlucky to go into it." " "Btut there is the young girl upstairs," said Dick. "She's crazy; et ain't no use ertryin' ter save her." "Find ladders, boys!" cried Dick. The smoke and flame were still pouring from the lower doors and windows, and no one could enter the house. The young girl at. the upper window was still calling for help. "Have courage!" cried Dick. "We will yet rescue you." S?me of the boys had gone for ladders from neighboring houses. ,There was none very near, but at length the boys were seen returning with two. Each of itself was not long enough to reach the attic window. They were quickly spliced together and put against the house. Then Dick ran lightly up. Reaching the window, from which smoke now poured, he said to the girl: "Tr1;-;;t yourself to me and all will be well." "I will," she said. "You are a brave boy." There was nothing either in the girl's looks or talk which indicated insanity. She looked something like the sallow-faced boy whom Dick had seen, but that was all. She had a healthy skin, although rather pale, and her eye was bright, and she had a rapid play of features like any other sane person. "She has been kept a prisoner," was Dick's thought, "and that accounts for her paleness." Reaching in, he took the girl in his arms and began carefully descending the ladder. The walls were hot, and here and there tongues of flame were shooting out. The attic room from which Dick had rescued the girl was now a mass of flames. The ladder was not near a window, but the flames were increasing in volume and burst out from one of the floors just as Dick passed it. As he reached the grou11d flames burst from the roof, and the sound of something falling was heard. He hurried away with the girl in his arms and then the roof fell in. It was growing dark now, and the light of the.:fire could be seen more distinctly. There was a great crowd about the house, but the Lib erty Boys cleared a lane through it for Dick. "Was that your home?" he asked the girl, putting her down. "It was my prison," she answered. "Then you are not sorry to see it go?" "No, I am glad. Did you see Sammy?". "Who is he?" "My brother. He ' is an idiot. He may have set the house on :fire." -"No, I have not seen him to-day. Have you no other home?" "No." I


1 THE LIBERTY BOYS' DRu11 BEAT. "Will you let me find you one and trust to me till then?" "Yes." Dick then gathered the Liberty Boys, since there was no hope of saving the house, and they all rode away. The girl in white rode at Dick's side. She managed her horse intelligently and spoke ration ally, giving no indication whatever of being insane. The Liberty Boys halted and made a camp at some little distance from the burning house. The girl was supplied with a tent, and D1ck said: "There are many things I would like to know, but I will not ask you to tell me them now unless you feel like talking." "I would rather tell them now. I am glad to be out of that house. I am glad it is burned." ((you were a prisoner there, you say?" "Yes, for more than a year." "Who were your jailers?" "My father was one. He is a rank Tory and wants to keep me from helping the patriots." "Whose is the money in the chest in the secret room in the old house?" "The chest of gold is mine, but I don't know where it was taken." "Then you don't know of the secret room?" "No." "Nor of the skeleton?" "A skeleton?" "Yes, in the secret room, reached by a hidden passage and some stairs." "The old chest is mine. It was given to me by my mother to aid the patriots and to take care of Sammy, who is not full-witted." "And your father locked you up?" "Yes, and told people I was crazy." "And he hates the patriots?" "Yes, and fires upon them. He has a double-barreled shotgun and can fire only two shots at a time." "That explains it," thought Dick. "I wondered why there were always two shots." "The house has been allowed to go to ruin," continued the girl, "and people say that it is haunted." "But your father lives in it?" "Yes; and I have been kept a prisoner there. Sammy used to come to the door and talk, but Sammy is foolish, and I could never make him understand." "How did the house take fire?" asked Dick. "I don't know, but I smelled the smoke and felt the heat and knew that it was on fire, and so I called for help." "It may have been set on fire purposely," was Dick's thought, "though I can hardly think anyone would be so inhuman." "You are patriot soldiers?" the girl asked. "Yes, we are the Liberty Boys." "And you have been in the old house before?" "Yes, and had many strange adventures there." "And discovered the secret passage and the chest and the skeleton in the hidden chamber?" "Yes." , "vV'hat is your name?" "Dick Slater." "I am Mary Hathaway. My mother's name was Nash." "Has she a brother at or near Norwalk?" "Yes, she had." "And he had a son Ned?" "Yes, Ned Nash is my cousin.'' • Dick sent for Ned, who presently came up. "Do you know this young lady, Ned?" asked Dick. "Yes, she is my Cousin Mary, or at least she looks like her, but I thought she was dead." "Did you know that her mother had a chest of gold? " "It was said that her husband's mother gave it to her, but we never saw it. My aunt died some time ago." "You saw ' your cousin before this evening?" "Yes, but could not be sure tbat it was she, as we have been told she was dead." "You know her father?" "Yes, he is a scoundrel." "And Sammy?" "Sammy is foolish. They say he fell out of his cradle on his head when he was a baby and that it affected !:ris reason." "Will you take Mary to your house?" "Yes, they will be glad to see her. Sister has very little company." "Then jump on your horse now and go with her. Come back as soon as you can." Ned and his cousin, so strangely found, set off together within the hour. CHAPTER XIII. LOOKING FOR THE CHEST. After Ned had gone off with Mary, Dick said to Bob: "If the chest of gold belongs to Mary we ought to get it." "Where is it?" asked Bob. "You know we didn't find it the last time we went there." "No, to be sure we did not, but I don't think it was very far away." "Do you mean that there was another hidden room in the house?" "No, but there must be a cellar." "Why wouldn't it have been put there first, Dick?" "Anyone would think of a cellar, but no one would think of a secret room-that is, no one who was going prying about the place to see what he could steal." "And those would be the sort to go prying about a de-serted house.;' "Very true." "What are you going to do, Dick?" "Look in the cellar." "Among the ruins, ?" ' "Yes, but not where it would be if it had fallen. into the cellar from the secret room." "I see; but this man, Mary's father, he will be looking for it also." "Then we'll go first, Bob." "Early the next morning Dick, Bob and a dozen of the


18 THE LIBERTY BOYS' DRUM BEAT. Liberty Boys rode to the scene of the fire, taking spades ""\Vhere is the chest of gold?" and picks with them. Sammy seemed to be trying hard to think, and there There was a pile of ashes and a few gaunt and black-was a look of greater intelligence in his face than Dick ened walls where it had stood. , had ever seen in it. "There's going to be some trouble to get to the cellar, At last he said in a tone of hopelessness : Dick," ' said Bpb. "I donno; maybe the ghosts and the hobgoblins have , "Perhaps not," said Dick, dismounting.. " _ This way, taken it away." boys." "Then we must try to find it, Sammy," said Dick. He led the way to the rear of the house where the cellar Meanwhile the boys had been industriously throwing steps had b(!en. out the rubbish and gradually but systematically clearing 'l'hen he set the boys to digging away the rubbish . at the cellar. the bottom of the steps . ' No strangers had appeared as yet, but presently a hard-"If it is in the cellar, as I think it is," he said, "we must featured man approached and said to Dick: find it." "Wbat are you rebels doing here? Who told you to The boys dug along the cellar walls, throwing the ashes dig? What business have you got here anyhow?" and rubbish out upon the ground above. Sammy had disappeared, but Dick, looking at his quesThere were a dozen of them at the work, and they tioner fixedly, had an idea. went at it systematically. "Who are you?" he asked. "What authority have you Half a dozen worked to the right and the rest to the to qu..estion me?" left. "I am the owner of these premises, and I-" While they were industriously throwing out the rub-"Ah, then you are the man who fires upon passersby, bish, the idiot boy came along and looked at them with are you, whai keeps an unoffending girl ,a prisoner in her his expressionless face. own house, and who sets fire to it and makes no ef "Hallo, Sammy," said Dick. "Where is your father?" fort--" "Huh?" said the boy. "W1iat you digging for? Going "I did not set fire to it; that was an accident. That to make a garden?" fool boy set it on fire by his carelessness and clumsi"Where is the chest, Sammy?" ness." "I donno. What sort of a chest was it?" ''You are _ an enemy to the country," said Dick. "You TlJ.e boys kept on digging, and Sammy watched them. are false to your trust besides. 'l'hat money is your "\Vhy don't you all go the same way?" he asked. "That daughter's. You have no right to it. We are looking for isn't the way fo hoe out weeds." it to give to her." Dick took hold of him, looked him full in the eyes and "You filled your pockets when you found it," snarleLl asked: the other. ""\Vhere is the chest of gold, Sammy? You were going "And have put aside what we took, to be given to the to show me where it was. " rightful owner, now that we know who that is . " The boy s e emed strangely affected by Dick's steady "I am the rightful owner," snarlingly . . gaze and at last said in a low tone: "You are not. Mary Hathaway lives . Sammy, when "What did you say?" he reqovers his reason, will tell us a true story, and yot1 "Where is the chest of gold?" will find that you cannot keep a girl a prisoner and fire "I donno . " , upon unoffending passers without being punished for it." "Think, Sammy," and Dick put both hands on the idiot "You impudent rebel, do you dare to threaten me?" boy's shoulder and looked him squarely in the face. growlingly. The touch and the look seemed io quicken the boy's "Yes, and to execute my threats. I am not so sure that sluggish mind, for he had an expression now, and he you did not set fire to the house. I am not so sure, eithe r, presently said: i:hat you have not committed other crimes. Whose skele "Dad put it in the cellar 'cause the ghosts found it in ton was that?" the house . " Hathaway's face turned livid, and he trembled like a "Where, Sammy?" man with the ague. "Where the ghosts wouldn't find it. He took the hob-"I don't know what you are talking about," he whi s goblin out, too." pered. "This is my property, and I forbid--n "Whose skeleton was that?" "It is not yours. Do you wish me to make known w h a t "Huh?" I believe, and what may yet be proven, that you are no t Dick realized that he was starting too many trains of only dishonest, but a murderer to boot?" thought in the boy's weak mind, and he asked: Hathaway trembled more violently than before, turned "Where is the chest, Sammy?" pale, then flushed, gave a growl and then hurried away . "In the cellar," was the boy's reply, after a pause. In about fiYe minutes he returned at the head of a p arty "Yes, but where?" of twenty or thirty evil-looking men, crying: "I donno," and the boy see med to be trying to think, "Drive out the rebels, scatter 'em, down with 'em! which he had n e ver done before, where Dick had s een We'll see if they can take possession of a man's property him . without his consent!" "Think, Sammy." The men made a dash, and Dick quickly got the boys "I'm tryin' to think. What did you say?" out of the cella r.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' DRUM BEAT. 19 With their picks and shovels they faced the angry Tories, for such they were, and Dick said: "Wait a moment before you attack us. This man is an impostor and a cheat. He has no right to any of this property, and if he says he has, he lies. You are enemies of the country and should be with Tryon, but you are too cowardly ~o join even such a marauder." "Down with the rebels!" shouted the men. Suddenly Sammy came rushing forward and joined the Liberty Boys. As the 'Tories sUTged forward the plucky boys met them determinedly. Then other Liberty Boys came up and joined the :first. A terrible melee ensued, and Sammy, rushing into it, was struck on the head with a club by one of the Tories. He fell, but immediately arose again, and Dick, who was close at hand, saw that the expressionless look had utterly vanished. Other Liberty Boys, led by Mark, came up and the Tories were driven back. 'l'hen Sammy ran up to Dick and said: "I know where it is!" CHAPTER XIV. W.AITI~G FOR THE ENJ!lMY. The Tories having been repulsed and driven off, Dick took Sammy aside. The change in the boy was easily accounted for. He had never been wholly insane, but had intervals of sanity. 'l'he injury he had received had caused a pressure on his brain, less at some tiIIJ-eS than at others, which had made him irresponsible. The blow on the head which he had just received had removed this pressure on the brain and had equalized matters. He was now perfectly sane, to all intents and purposes, and things were now remembered upon which his mind had formerly been clouded. • "Where is it, Sammy?" asked Dick. "Come with me, I'll show you," said the boy. Descending the steps, he hur1;ied across the cellar, over piles of plaster, blackened beams and other rubbish, to the front of the house. Here was a door, obstructed with rubbish and charred and burned. "In there," Iie said. "That's another cellar. They put me there sometimes." "And the chest is there?" "It's in sacks; . the chest was busted and couldn't be carried." "Good!" Dick then called half a dozen of the Liberty Boys with picks and shovels. ' 'l'he rubbish was quickly cleared away and then the door was broken down. Beyond it was a space about ten feet square and six high. In the far corner of this extra cellar were found a num ber of coarse sacks, all heavy. The place was damp and musty, and two or three mould ering skeletons of different sizes were found in a corner. It was a most uncanny spot, and the boys were glad to leave it. Sammy trembled violently, and Dick, taking him by the hand and strengthening him by his own healthier, stronger magnetism, led him out into the sunlight. "It's all right now, Sammy," he said. "Yes, it's all right," muttered the boy. "That's an awful place. They used to put me there." "Don't think of it, Sammy," said Dick, leading him away. The farther off he got, the more easy Sammy becp,me, till at last he was qwte at ease. The boys took out the sacks, closed the door, piled the rubbish up before it and left the cellar. Then they rode away, some to the camp and some to Ned Nash's. Dick took Sammy with liim, the boy being quite ra tional by this time . Mary was pleased to see the boys and astonished to :find Sammy so much improved. "What have you done to him?" she asked Dick. "He looks just like any boy in his senses ." Dick explained and added : "I think he had better stay with you now. You will have a better influence upon him." "Sammy seemed fond of me at times," Mary said, "and then he would be indifferent." "Do you think that your father may have tried to keep him in that half-witted state by blows or other treatment?" "I think he.might," answered Mary, after a pause. "He was cruel as well as shrewd." "You know nothing of the skeletons in the cellar or in the secret room?" "No," with a shudder, "I know nothing of them. It is too dreadful to think of." "Then we will not speak of it; but I believe there is some mystery here which perhaps may never be fathom ed." "Perhaps not." Sammy seemed to be h:appy with Mary and with his aunt and uncle and looked greatly improved. His clothes being scorched and soiled, Mrs. Nash gave him a suit of Ned's which greatly improved his appear ance. Leaving the the charge of Mr. Nash, Dick now rode rapidly away with the boys, hurried to the camp and then rode off up th~ coast in search of the enemy. In the e~rly afternoon he saw the ships in a cove at some distance. Rumors now came to him that the redcoats were about to land and commit more excesses. Stores were reported to be a.t a small village on the Sound, and it was thought that the enemy might march thither. Dick knew that ther~ were no stores at the place men tioned.


20 THE LIBERTY BOYS' DRUM BEAT. The enemy might land for all that and commit _ depreda-"They think that someone may be awake in the village tions. and hear them?" ' Dick determined to prevent this. "Yes." He set off at a quick march, therefore, and to the beat-The boys then rode back, and Dick aroused the boys ing of drums entered the nearest village. and their allies. The patriots rallied at the Liberty Boys' drum beat No noise was made as the boats were filled and made and wanted to know the reason. ready to go and meet the enemy. "There are the enemy's ships," said Dick. "We must A lantern was placed under a deck bucket in each boat prevent their landing any troops." ready to be exposed at the proper time. The villagers were greatly excited and turned out alA torch made of tarred rope wound• about the end of most to a man to help Dick. a short boathook was also provided for each boat. There was not very much more of daylight left, but These would give the boys and their citizen associates the troops might attempt to land at night and prepara, plenty of light when they should need it. tions must be made for them. The boats were all headed toward the ships, whose After it grew dark the Liberty Boys and the natives lights could be plainly seen. gathered on shore opposite the ships and patroled it so At the right moment they -would all cast off and row as to give the alarm in case the enemy attempted to land out on the Sound. a force. Dick listened intently and at last gave the signal to There were a few whale boats in the village, and Dick start. learned that there were several more at a point a mile All that the enemy heard was the cry of a night bird or two above. and it meant nothing to them. Taking a party of twenty boys, he rode off to the place To the boys it was the signal to start. where the boats were and saw the owners. Making as little noise as possible, the boys and. men "There are some of the enemy's ships below," he said, pulled sturdily upon the oars. "'and we want to give them a surprise." . Dick had heard the dip of oars from the boats of the A few men were mustered, and with two or three boys enemy and knew that it was to act. in each boat they set out for the other village. On went the boats in a line parallel with the shore. Dick rode back with a few boys and the horses and Suddenly another signal was given. then the other boats were manned. Then there was a sudden fl.ash of light, and in a few It was his idea to have the boats ready to go and meet moments more a blazing torch appeared at the bow of the boats from the ships in case they put out. each of the whleboats. Everything was to be kept quiet along shore so that The glare prevented the men in the enemy's boats from the enemy should not know that an alarm had been seeing the boys, while the latter could see them plainly. taken. On swept the whaleboats and of a sudden came the The Liberty Boys had arrived after dark, and so the order: redcoats would not know that they were there. "Back with them, boys! l?ire!" Dick had a dozen boats under his command, and as each A sheet of flame seemed to shoot out from each of could hold ten persons comfortably, he would be able to the whaleboats. send out a good force. "Forward, boys!" shouted Dick. Others arrived from the interior, but in such a quiet The enemy's boats were already in confusion, and in manner as not to cause alarm on the ships. a few moments the whaleboats were upon them. "There will be a surprise for somebody," chuckled Bob, Boathooks and oars were wielded energetically, and "and I think the :redcoats will find that the Liberty Boys many a sailor or soldier got an aching head or sore ribs. know how to call out the patriots." . Pistols cracked occasionally, and at length the enemy "An<;l the patriots know how to treat the redcoats," l1acked water, turned and rowed back with all haste. added Mark. "These marauders won't have it all their Many had been thrown into the water, but there was own way." . little time to pick them up, and they had to make their The night was dark and only a few lights were left way to the ships as best they might. burning in the village, just enough to be a guide for the Lights now fl.ashed along shore as the boats returned, redcoats, whom Dick wished to lure upon shore. and the redcoats knew that. there were plenty to oppose It was not yet midnight when Dick, riding along shore their landing i they attempted it. with Bob, whispered: The boats went back to the ships and the soldiers were "They are coming." taken on board. CHAPTER XV. THE WHALE BO.A.TS FIGHT. "Do yon hear them, Dick?" asked Bob . "Yes. They are lowering the boats with as little noise as possible. The blocks are all oiled, no doubt." The Liberty Boys' drum beat had called out the pa triots most effectively, as the Biritish realized. Lights were kept along shore for the rest of the night. ,;ilhile some of the patriots slept the rest remained on guard, taking turns at patroling the beach. The alarm had been given, however, and in the early morning the enemy departed without having accomplish ed what they had set out to do. The country people now returned to their homes, while


THE LIBERTY BOYS' DRUM BEAT. 1:ll the Liberty Boys concluded to r emain where they were for a time till they could learn the enemy's intentions. If the ships went on up the Sound to New York, there was no need to pursue them. Dick -wished to ascertain this before leaving. "Shure an' we bate dhim foine, . Cookyspiller," . said Patsy, "an' now we musht have something to ate entoirely." "You was eated dot somedings whole, mitout cutting it alretty oob?" "Ate phwat whole?" "What you was got?" , "Shure an' it moight be an ox or a pig or a sheep." "You was eated dot whole?" "Shure an' Oi niver said it." "Yab, dot was what you was said . " "Shure an' how could we ate an ox whole, entoirely." "You was ein putty big mout' got . May be you could doed dot." . "Go'n out wid yez an' shtop yer dhramin'. Come on an' we'll see phwat we can foind.'1 . "All right, I went mit you, but I don'd was eated some dings mitout it was cutted oob alretty." "Shure an' yez'll get nothin' to ate at all at all av yez don't come along." "All righd, I went mit you." Then the two comical Liberty Boys started off. They stopped at a little farmhouse, and Patsy said : "Plase, ma'am, wud yez be so koind as to give us something for dhe bhys beyant?" "Will a chicken do?" asked the woman. "Shure an' it won't go very far, ma'am, but dhin ivery thing do be welkim." "Well, you wait and I'll get you one . " In about ten minutes the woman returned, bearing a thin little hen. that did not look to be more than half grown. "Thank ye, ma'am," said P atsy, "but it don't seem to ha"l"e grown very much. Wor it hatched phwile yez wor gone?" "Hatched? No indeed." "Well, Oi thank yez koindly, ma'am,'1 and' Patsy put the little chicken under his arm. "Dootchy?" he presently said . "What it was?" "Shure an' Oi think yez'll not have anny throuble atin' dlie little hin whole." "More bedder you was letted dot crow before you killted i t alretty . " "Crow, is it? Shure it's a hin, an' hins niver crow." "Don'd dey was crowed any? Dot was what was make dot so shmall, iss it?" "Hins niver crow, I towld yez. Dhey l'ave dhat to dhe roosters." "I don'd was meand dot cockadoodle; I was meand crowing, getting more bigger alretty.'' "Oh, it's growing yez mane?" "Yah, dot was it what I sayed, crowing." "Yis, Oi know yez did, but Oi'm tellin' yez dhey niver . do." "Ach, humbug! Off you was talked so mooch dat hen was crowed bigger as a sheep pefore you was got to der gamp.'' "Come on wid yez an' ax at dhe house beyant.'' Carl went to the next house and said : "Oxcoose me, missis, was you got some dings for dose Liperty Poy s . We was fery hungry been alretty . " "Why, er course," said the woman. "Would a duck do?" "Yah, off dot was crowed." "Ducks don't crow~ they quack . 'Pears to me you don't know much about barnyard critters.'' "I don'd was cared if dot was spoke oil' it was pig alretty." "A pig? Oh, I couldn't give you a pig.'' "Well, gave me somedings; I don'd was cared what it was. " In a quarter of an hour the woman returned with a little duck. "Was you had to proke der eek to get him ouid, ma'am? More bedder you was took dot pack to he was more bigger got." "Take it, Cookyspille:r," roared Patsy. "It'll do to go wid dhe hin Oi have." "Dot was only make ein mouthful, der two off dem, I bet me." "s'hure an' Oi think yez'll not doi av overatin', me bhy.'' However, they fared, better after that and did not re turn empty-handed, by any means . . CHAPTER XVI. THE FIGHT ON THE BE.A.CI!. During the early forenoon the sound of cannon was he . ard in the distance. Dick at once set off at the head of the Liberty Boys. "The British are at their evil ,york again, " he said. On went the gallant lads at full speed. They fairly thundered along the road as they galloped on. At length they could hear the cannbnading more dis tinctly and even see the smoke. On they went like the wind, determined to arrive in time to put a stop to the mischief. The cannonading was not continuous as yet and the enemy may not • have landed. Dick's supposition was that troops would endeavor to Iand under cove;r of the firing. As the latter was only occasional as yet, there might be t . ime . They fairly flew and at. last saw the ships and a number of boats in the water pulling toward shore. On shore were gathered many of the country people and a small body of militia. These had evidently alarmed the enemy at first, but now, seeing the small number opposed to them~ they liad determined to land their boats. "Beat the drums, boy s!" cried Dick.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' DRUM BEAT. Drums beat, bugles played, flags waved, and the boys et up a cheer as they dashed on. The people saw them coming and ga-ve an answering hout. Then the ships sent tl:ree or four shots shrieking toward shore. "Let them fire their cannon," sputtered Bob. "A British gunner rarely hits anything." "Still he might," added Mark, " and it's the uncertainty that bothers us." "Forward!" shouted Dick. The boats were nearing the shore. The boys fairly raced to get there first. The farmers and militia made a great demon s tration now while the cannon roared incessantly and the boats came on. Right down to the water's edge rode the undaunted . boys. "Fire!" cried Dick. .A tremendons roar follow. ed. Many of the redcoats fell from the boats into the water, :and a number of sailors were injured. The enemy had received a check, and now the people of the neighborhood followed it up. Encouraged by the Liberty Boys, and aroused by the stirring sound of the drum, people now came flocking from all directions. They . were variously armed, but all were in thorough earnest, and it would not be theiT fault if the redcoats landed. Some came on foot and some on horseba ck, but they kept coming and soon the shore was black with them. 'rhe Liberty Boys meanwhile had kept up a rattling volley with their pistols which fairly raked the boats. It was much too hot for the redcoats, and t he boats made a dash while the guns on the ships roar ed. "Get ready for them, boys!" cried Dick. "Smash every boat that comes within reach , " shouted Bob. "Throw every redcoat that you can get hold of into the water," yelled Mark. "Forward!" cried Dick. The plucky boys fairly ro

THE LIBERTY BOYS' DRUM. BEAT. u "The boy Sammy wants to see you." "How does he appear?" Dick asked. "Sane, but troubled. He would not tell me what the matter was." "Bring him here, Harry."" In a few minutes Harry returned with Sammy. The boy looked much improved and much more like a rational being than Dick had ever seen him. There was a troubled look on his face, however, and Dick asked: "What is the matter, Sammy? You look troubled." The boy looked at Harry, and Dio you suspect anyone?" "Yes, Hathaway." "Has he been seen in the neighborhood?" "I don't know. Sammy has not seen him." "He is the one most likely to be concerned in it." "Yes, and we must try to l~atc him first of all." "Ready, Dick," said Harry 'rhurber outside. Bob looked out and laughed.' "There are the -two Harrys, all right," he said. "And Will and Phil. Well, we can depend on all of them." In a short time Dick, Bob, Ned and the others all set out, taking Sammy with them. He had come on a good horse and ea~ily kept up with the others. They went :first to the Nash house. Neither Ned's father nor his sister had seen Hathaway. The gold was still safe, and no suspicious person had been seen around the house. From the Nashes they went to the Willings house. Mary had come and left on foot and had not stayed late. , Susie Willings had seen her to the door with a light and had not seen anyone loitering about. While Dick was asking questions he had his eyes open. "Have you been in your front dqor yard this morning, Miss Willings?" he asked. "No." "Has anyone?" "Not that I know." "I see footprints under one of the windows and there are fingerprints on the sill." "So there are!" cried Bob. "Jove! you see everything~ Dick." . "One wants to see everything, Bob, when on a search of this sort," drily. "So he does." "And you think the footprints may have been made by a stranger?" asked the girl. "Yes." "I will ask if anyone has been out there this morn ing." In a few minutes she returned, reporting that none of the family had been in the door yard under the windows for several days. "These tracks were made last night," said Dick. He followed them to the door yard and then along the hedge which bordered the garden. At the end of the hedge there was a rough rail fence enclosing a freshly-plowed :field. The footprints continued along the edge of this, occa Pionally being found in the grass alongside the fresh furrow. Dick followed them for some little distance and at length came upon another set of tracks. "Aha! as I thought!" he muttered. "He waited beside the hedge till the girl came along and then seized her and carried her toward the woods." A little farther on he found a handkerchief on the ground. I This he picked up and then returned to the Willings house. "Well?" asked Ilob. "I have found footprints, two sets, and this," holding up the handkerchief. "That is Mary's," said Sammy at once. "How do you lmow that it is?" "I have seen her carry many like it. There is a letter marked on it in thread, and I know the sort of scent on it. You will :find others like it at our house."


24: THE LIBERTY BOYS' DRUM BEAT. "It is Mary's, I am sure," said Susie. "I think it is myself," said Dick, "and that we have found a clew." ,The others thought the same. "What will we do now?" asked Bob. "Come with me," said Dick. Then with Bob, Ned and Sammy be led the way along the plowed field. The others remained with the horses. "We may want you later, boys," he said, "so wait till you hear from us." The boys kept on alongside the plowed field, the foot prints being still quite plain. "Are those l\Iary's footprint s? " ask e d Dick of Sammy. '~Yes; she turns one fo o t over on the outside a little," the boy an s wered. . "Then we are on the r ight track," said Dick. "It looks so," said Bob. They followed the footp rin ts to the woods. Here they did not , continu e in a straight line, but ran alongside, now nearer and now fa rther away from the trees. At last, however , they turned into the woods and toward a regular tangle of swamp, briar, broken ledge and thicket. "It's a wild place," said Dick, "but we have followed difficult trails before and c a n do so again." The Liberty Boys wer e use d to this sort of work, and it came natural to them. CHAPTER XVIII. CLOSING IN ON A SCOUNDREL. The boys entered the wood and followed the trail, Sammy . being nearly as good at picking it up as Dick Slater himself. "The footprints were made last night," said Dick, "and it is likely that the man did not know just where he was going." "Unless he had made up his mind where to go," sug gested Ned. "Very likely; but you can see that the trail is not a straight one and never has been." ' The farther they went the more tortuous the trail be-came, sometimes fairly doubling on itself. "He got lost sometimes," said Sammy. "That is easy to be seen," answered Ned. , "It would take an owl or a cat to keep a straight trail in a place like this at night,'' declared Bob. They kept on, now scratched with briars, now getting into bog holes and now scrambling over rocks. At kmgth they came to a small, open space in the woods, and Sammy said: "They have stopped here to rest till morning." "Very true," agreed Dick. "Here is where Mary lay down. The man bolllld her ankles in withes." "How do you know?" asked Bob. "There they are," answered, Dick, pointing. "He took them off this morning and threw them aside." "I see." "Then the rest of the trail will be fresher," observed Ned. "And straighter," said Sammy. "He still has two or three hours the start of us," declared Dick. "That is so," said Bob. "Well, that will be easily enough made up." "I've got an idea," said Bob. "Well?" "The fellow can't go all day and all night without something to eat." "No, I suppose not." -"He will leave Mary somewhere while he goes to get it." "Very true." "Are there any hunters' cabins or places of that sort in these woods, Ned?" "'l'here are some, but the hunters about here generally come home at night." "And this man would not know where they are," sug gested Dick. "No, of coupe not, but he might come across one by accident." "I 'think he would make for a known road. What is there beyond here?" "By keeping straight on he could reach the road lead ing to his old house," Ned added. "Yes, but why didn't he take the regular one?" asked Bob. "He was afraid of meeting someone," answered Sammy. "That is probably the explanation," agreed Dick. They all thought the same. As they had said, the trail was fresher now, as well as straighter. It avoided the thickets . and, as Ned said, led toward the road. Finally they came to a place where the trail was con fused and where bits of food were scattered about. "The man has left Mary here and has gone for food," mid Dick. "Then they have gone on." "And all this has taken time," said Bob. "And the man does -not know that we a-re following him," added Ned. "No," said Dick. They pushed on, following the trail readily and in half an hour came to a road. "We have gained an hour on the fellow," observed Dick, "and that is a good deal." The road was not a very weU traveled one. Therefore it was very rough. Not far away they saw a house. Dick and Bob went over to this, the others wititing . near. "Did a man come here about an hour or so ago?" he asked. "The man who got something to eat?" the woman who came to the door answered. "Yes, a man with a black beard." "Yes, and I saw him go by afterward with a gal. He


THE LIBERTY BOYS' DRill1 BEAT. 25 said he wanted food for her, but I wondered why he did not fetch her first off." "He did not stop the second time?" "No, he went on in a hurry. Anything wrong?" "Yes, he is kidnapping her." "Well, I declare for it." "Well, he went that way," said the woman, pointing. "Yes," said Dick. Then all the boys hurried on in the direction Hatha way had taken. They did not doubt that it was he now, the description tallying with his. "I don't know that you call it kidnapping," said Dick. "She's his own daughter, of course," added Bob. "But he is taking her away against her will," declared Ned. ''He will threaten to kill her if he doesn't get the money," spoke up "Do you think he would do it?" asked Dick. "Yes," and trembled violently. "Never mind, my boy," said Dick quietly. "Don't think of it." was sane now, but he did not have the strength of mind of most boys and was more easily affected. They kept on at a good pace, seeing a , house now and then, but meeting no one for some time. They heard of Hathaway and Mary at the different houses they passed and knew that they were on the right trail. Then they met a man in a chaise who had passed the two about a quarter of an hour before. He had been driving at a good pace, and it would prob ably take the boys half an hour to reach the point where he had met the couple. "We are within half an hour of them," said Dick. "We must shorten this lead." The boys went on at a good round pace, encouraged by the knowledge that they were gaining on the fugitive. The road was still sparsely inhabited and not much frequented. "If he should manage to get a horse and carriage it would make our part harder," said Ned. "People around here do not trust their horseto and car riages to strangers," answered Bob. "Nor even go out of their way to accommodate them for money," put in Dick. "I thought h~ might get someone to drive him. home," rnggested Ned. "He would be afraid to," answered ,r~Iary would tell that he was carrying her off." "Very true," said Dick. "I thought of that as well as the suspicion with which the people generally in this neighborhood treat strangers." In half an hour they met a man driving an ox-cart. "Rave you seen a man with a black beard with a young girl on this road lately?" asked Dick. "Yus, I past 'em 'bout ten minutes ago, I reckon. I didn't like his looks very much." "Did they keep on?" "No, they went inter Jim. Bridger's tavern." "How far away is the tavern?" "Not far." "I've heard of this Jim. Bridger," whispered Ned to Dick. "Yas, what sort of man is he?" "One of the rankest Tories in the country, and he has a bad reputation besides." "Is that so?" "Yes." "Forward, boys/' said Dick, "and we' ll run this scoun drel to earth in a short time." CHAPTER XIX. RUN DOWN. I( It was less than ten minutes when the boys came in sight of Bridger's tavern. This was a low, rambling building not more than two stories high at the most and in most parts not more than one story, and a low story at that. It had great stone chimneys built on the outside, was heavily shaded with old trees and did not appear to be in the best repair. "Spread out, boys," said.Dick, "and watch the place. "Don't let anyone see you if you can help it." "A blue and buff uniform to a Tory is like a red cloak to a bull," chuckled Bob. The boys set off in different directions so as to surround the house. Sammy and Ned went together, to separate later, while Dick and Bob took different directions. Soon all were in their places. Dick entered the tavern by the front door. He was met by the landlord, a stoutly-built, beetle-browed man of evil aspect. Ile looked at Dick sharply. "What do you want?" he demanded sourly. "Entertainment," briefly. "I don't take rebels. You'll have to go elsewhere." "You don't?" "No." "This is a licensed tav e rn , " said Dick. "Your sign reads, "l'he Bull and Bush, b y B!ridger. Enter tainment for man and beast.' You can't refuse to serve me so long as I pay for what I want?" "I can't, eh?" "No," answered Dick. The man looked Dick over critically. He had before now thrown out cu s tomers to whom. he had objections. Evidently his scrutiny of Dick satisfied him. that it would not be safe to attempt this in his case. "No liquors served to boy s," he snarled. "I don't want them. Give me some bread and cheese." "The maids are all out. You will have to wait." "I am satisfied to do so," and Dick took a seat in the main room. Dick was very cool, and, in fact, was always so. Bridger snarled and went out. As he did so a man entered from a door opening upon a stairway. Dick saw the stairs as the man came out.


16 'l'HR LIBERTY BOYS' DRUM BEAT. The fellow glared at Dick, but seemed to recognize the uniform sooner than the wearer of it. "How are you, Mr. Hathaway?" said Dick. "I thought we would find you at last." Hathaway, for it was he, glared more fiercely at Dick and snarled : "My name ain't Hathaway, you infernal rebel. Who .are you, anyway?" Dick knew that the Tory kne:w him now. Nevertheless he answered quietly : "I am Dick Slater, captain of the Liberty Boys. Sit down." "Get out of here, Sammy," growled Hathaway. into the cellar this instant." "Go "I won't!" cried Sammy. "You can't make me. You will never beat me and lock me up again, and I mean to pay you for what you have--" He suddenly flew at the man and seized him by the throat. Hathaway fell out of his chair, Sammy on top of him, clutching him tightly by the throat. Then the door leading above flew open and Ned came out with _ Mary. He had broken down the door of the room above where "I won't!" snarlingly. "You will!" quietly, as "Sit down." . . she had been kept a prisoner. Dick suddenly drew a pistol.. Bridger suddenly sprang up and ran out. . The man gave Dick a black look and sat down. "Well, what do you want with me?" he savagely asked Dick. "Stop, Sammy," said Dick. "Release him." Sammy obeyed Dick, when he would not obey his father. It was well for the Tory that he did. "Where have you put Mary?" Dick asked. In another few moments the man would have been "What Mary? I don't lmow what you are talking breathless. ..r-about." . He was black in the face and gasping. _"Your daughter Mary, whom you ?~r~red away last -"Clear out," said Dick. "I will take no action against rnght from _a house where she w_as ;;siting. We have _you now, but if I ever catch you up to any of your evil been iollowmg you all the tricks, I will have you hanged." "I haven't any daughter. I don't know what you are Hathaway shot an evil glance at the boys and hurried talking about . Hallo, Jim!" • Bridger entered. "What do you want?" he snarled. "Sit do)Vn, Mr. Bridger," said Dick. "I want to ask you a few questions." Bridger looked at Dick and snarled out " his answer : "I won't!" Dick's other pistol enforced his command: "Sit down, I say!" "Hallo, _ Bob!" Dick called. In a moment Bob came in at the rear door. "Take care of this gentleman, Bob," said Dick. "Now then, Mr. Bridger, this gentleman is named Hathaway, is he not?" Bridger made no answer. "Answer!" said Bob, putting his pistol under the land lord 's no:;;e. "Yes." "And he came here this morning with a young girl, his -daughter?" "Yes," said Bridger, reluctantly. "Where is she?" "U pstai:rs." "Are you sure?" "Yes." "Through this door?" "Yes." "You have the key o:f the door in your pocket, Hatha-way," said Dick. '(Give it to me." "I won't!" "You will!" At that moment there was a crash heard upstairs. "Hallo, what's that?" Just then Sammy came running in. "Mary is upstairs," he said. "She threw out her sheets and Ned climbed up. Mary was afraid to come down." away. Ned hurried out with Mary and Dick, B 'ob and Sammy quickly following. Dick procUTed a horse and chaise in the neighborho od, and Ned and Sammy took Mary home. Then he and Bob returned across country to where they had left the boys. Hathaway did not trouble Mary after' that. Very shortly afterward he was killed in a brawl in a low groggery and so ended his evil career. Ned Nash remained with the Liberty Boys till after the close of the war and a year or so later married his cousin. Sammy gradually grew stronger mentally and later joined the Liberty Boys, whe:re he did valiant work in the cause of . independence. The Liberty Boys left Connecticut soon after the occurrence of the events here recorded, and in other fields did equally valorous work in their country's service. THE END. Read" THE LIBERTY BOYS IN A TIGHT PLACE; or, DICK SLATER'S LUCKY SHOT," which will be the n:ext number (367) of "The Liberty Boys of '76." SPECIAL NOTICE: All back numbers of this weekly are always in print. If you cannot obtain them from any newsdealer, seRd the price in meney or postags stamps by mail te FRANK TOUSEY, PUBLISJ!IER, 24 UNION SQUARE, NEW YORK, and you will receive the copies you order by return mail.


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28 .... , THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 . SAVED BY A BOY CHIEF. By KIT CLYDE. There wm never be another Indian outbreak serious enough to call for the action of a full regiment of soldiers in suppressing it. The extermination of the buffalo was the death-blow to the had sent his people away, and then cut across the country to the grove, planning that he would halt there. Single-handed and alone he was going to pick off the lieutenant, and then make his escape to boast o~ it. We had splendid horses and were all old campaigners, and the boy would not have had one chance in ten to get away. He must have realized it, and yet he was willing to run the risk. hostile Indian. He was greatly chagrined and cast down by his capture. Added to that, the building of the railroad lines flooded the We had finished our scout and were on our way back to Fort West with emigrants, miners, hunters, and tourists, and the Indian found himself hedged in by circumstances. The red man is no longer a warrior. He is down, and down pretty low, and it is the beginning of the end. He is doomed to follow the buffalo, and his total extinction will be regretted only by the few philanthropists who argued for him as a theory, and never came itl physical contact. No human being ever came nearer being a devil than an Apache Indian. The Pawnees, Blackfeet, and Cheyennes were wicked enough, but the Apache had traits of his own-a devilishness which other tribes might imitate but could not equal. He was born crafty and cruel. He never had the slightest feeling of pity from the cradle to the grave. He was never so much amused as when assisting to torture some living thing. He was never so satisfied as when planning to take life. A year previous to the time Gen. Custer was ordered West to begin a vigorous campaign against the Indians, the Apaches were in their glory, and they boasted that they could defeat any force of soldiers sent against them. I was scouting and mail-carrying in Texas for the Government, and after many close shaV!JS was finally captured by the red devils. It is of that incident I am going to write. A month before my capture I was out on a scout on the Rio Pecos River, our party numbering eighteen men. We were well mounted, and moving quickly from point to point. One day at noon we went into camp in a grove of cotton woods, and before I had unsaddled the lieutenant in com- • mand informed me that he had lost his revolver from its holster during the last mile of our ride, and asked me to ride back in search. Instead of riding I returned on foot, and had the luck to find the weapon about a quarter of a mile away. I then cut across an elbow to reach the grove, and when within stone's throw came suddenly upon an Indiat1 pony in a dry gulch, and at the same instant discovered his owner crouched behind a bowlder with his back to me and his face to the grove. • I h!l,d him under my rifle before he ould turn his )lead. Indeed, my finger was on the trigger when I saw that he was a boy. He had a rifle in his hands, but I called out to him to lay it down or I would fire, and after a moment'1;1 hesitation he obeyed. Then, as I kept him covered at a distance of only seven or eight feet, I called to the men in the grove, and several of them came hurrying down .in response. I had captured a son of Black Cloud, chief of one of the Apache bands, and the boy was named after his father. He was only fourteen years old, and his presence there ex emplified ,the ruling traits of the Apache character. Three hours before he had discovered our party while out hunting with a party of his own. They dared not make an open attack, but the young chief McKavett, and were determined to carry him in prisoner. When he was informed of this he earnestly begged me to kill him, saying that he \!OUld never hold up his head among his people again. Had he been wounded 'and rendered helpless it would not have been so bad; but to be taken as he was would foreTer disgrace him. We bound him fast to his pony, secured the animal against a break for liberty, and set out for the fort. The boy was sullen and defiant for a time, refusing to answer any questions, but after a while, when I had told him that he would not be harmed, and that his capture under the circumstances redounded to his credit, he thawed out a little Three hours after his capture we got sight of a single Indian a mile away to our right on a knoll, and as we halted young Black Cloud informed me that it was one of his tribe, who wanted to have a talk with us. Signals were exchanged between the two, and the stranger soon came galloping in. He was one of the hunting party, and had been dogging us for twenty miles to find out if the boy had been captured. He was a fine-looking fellow, and as he halted in our midst, and saw the ignoble situation of the boy, his first thought was to fight for him. I called his attention to the fact that any move of his would result in the death of both, and then explained how te youth was captured. Knowing the conceit of the tribe, I spread it on very thick, alleging that it required our whole force to make the capture, and it was not accomplished then without a very hard fight. This falsehood made the boy my friend for life, while it put the other in better humor. I stated that young Black Cloud would be taken to the fort and held prisoner until exchanged for some white captives, and gave my word that he would be well treated meanwhile. He sent a message to his father to the effect that he was not afraid, and hoped to be at liberty in a few days, and two hours later we had him safely lodged in the guard house at the fort. His capture was looked upon as a good thing, for we knew that his tribe would gladly exchange two or three white prisoners for him. Two weeks after the capture of young Black Cloud I was called into the colonel's office one evening, and asked if I thought it possible to get through to Fort Concho with dis patches. The country was then in possession of the hostiles. The Pecos warriors had come down out of New Mexico to make common cause against the whites, and the Kioways, Cheyennes, Chickasaws, Seminoles, and Shawnees were all out in the country to the north and east. The Apaches had us almost in a state of siege, being seen every day within five miles of the post, and the chances of making a sixty-mile ride across the plains lying between


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. 29 t he two forts without running against a party of hostiles was not one in fifty. At such perilous times a government rider is not command ed to go. He is asked certain questions, however, in a manner which decides him to make the attempt. I left the post at nine o'clock at night of an August evening perfectl'y satisfied that I should be dead or a prisoner before midnigh t. I had a broncho of tireless gait, a rifle and revolver, and I carried only five or six pounds extra weight. Before setting out I went in to see young Black Cloud and say good-by. I had spent much of my time in his company, and we had become pretty good friends. When I told him of my journey he took from his neck a buckskin string, to which was attached the tooth of a grizzly bear, and handed it to me with the remark: "You cannot get through. You will be captured or killed. If not shot down, show this to my people. They will know who it belongs to. They may trade you for me, and I shall thus get back to my tribe." A thunderstorm was coming up as I took my departure. Instead of holding due north, on the direct route, I rode to the east for five miles, and then held away for Concho direct. The storm now broke, and for a full hour I rode ahead at a steady gallop, one moment in darkness so black that I could not see the ears of my horse, and the next in a blaze of light so brilliant that it blinded me. By the time the storm had passed I was a good fifteen miles from the fort, and I had seen nothing to alarm me. I began to hope that I would get through all right. It was between ten and eleven o'clock, and I had pulled my broncho down to a walk for the first time, when he sud:. denly uttered a snort of alarm, and started off with w1ld jumps, Three or four rifles cracked, and as the reports reached me the horse fell in a heap and flung me far over his head. I was momentarily stunned by the fall, and before I had made a move to get up I was seized by at least three Indians, who were not a minute-in binding my hands and feet. When I got a clear head once more it was to realize that the Apaches had me a secure prisoner, and that there were six or seven warriors about me. The moon came up in a clear sky a little later, and then I made out that I had run directly into a temporary .A,pache camp. The shots fired after me had brought down my horse, and he lay groaning and floundering a few yards away. The Indians knew that I was a white man, but they didn't know who they had got hold of until morning came. During the interval I lay on the wet ground guarded by two of the warriors, and almost immediately after my capture two men were sent off in different directions with news of it. A party of twelve Apaches arrived just before daylight, and ten more at sunrise, and among the latter I recognized Black Cloud, father of the boy. One of the men had recognized me as "The-white-manwho-hurries," as the government riders were called, and as being in the party who captured the chief's son. No one ever saw such a mad lot of redskins before or since . They wanted to torture me, and yet they realized that through me the boy could obtain his liberty. The chief at first declared that he had disowned his son, and that he might rot-in confinement befor e he would exchange a white prisoner for him. When I called his attention to the charm young Black Cloud had given me the old man pretended to believe that it was a sign the boy was dead, and he ordered my immediate torture. I was jerked to a sitting position, my boots were cut off, and the devils were about to use their knives on my feet when the old man suddenly changed his mind and restrained them. The sight of me before them was the same as a pail of fresh blood placed before ravenous wolves, and I expected to be knifed or tomahawked every moment for the first half hour. When they had cooled down a little Black Cloud demanded the particulars of his boy's capture. I saw that he felt degraded over the event, and was ready to disown the youth, and I made out a strong defense for the little chap to save my own scalp. It was finally decided to spare my life for a few days, and I was conducted to a camp in the foothills between the two forts. While Black Cloud wanted his son back, some of his advisers contended that he should wait until securing some cheaper prisoner. They insisted on making me out a very important personage, and it was well known that I had killed and wounded several of the tribe in different scrimmages. Another thing that bothered them was how to make the ex change and not get beaten. Treacherous and deceitful to the last degree themselves, they would not credit the whites with having any honor. It was argued, too, that the commander of the fort would ex change the boy for a private soldier or, any sort of prisoner, and that I had done them too much damage to be set at liberty. There were three days in which my fate was undecided, and during the last day a stake was driven and fagots collected for a fire to torture me. I had no voice in the council, being bound and under guard, but it was at length decided to make the exchange. , So cautious and fearful were the Indians that it took a weeli to effect what might have been done in a day. I wrote a note , to the commandant explaining the situation. This was carried in by a squaw, who was permitted to see and converse with young Black Cloud. He replied that he would exchange. . The Apaches then wanted the boy turned loose before they released me, but this I would not hear to, knowing they would murde r me. It was finally arranged that he was to be escorted a mile outside the fort, and turned loose on his horse. I was to be taken within a mile of the fort, and turned loose on foot. The parties were to occupy eminences half a mile apart, and the hour was to be nine o'clock in the morning. This plan was carried out. Twenty soldiers came out with the boy, and about the same number of Apaches escorted me.. The treachery of the copper-faced devils was soon exempli fied. They had posted five warriors in a dry run to shoot me down as I made for the fort. The boy doubtless suspected some such move, for as soon as released he came galloping straight for me, and after a "how how" and a handshake he insisted that I walk beside his pony until we reached the gate of the fort. When I was safe he waved his hand and rode away, to be received with yells and cheers, and it was then we saw the treacherous rascals creeping out of the cover where they had been stationed. A year later, after a fight in which over forty of the bravest Apache warriors had gone to earth, I found young Black Cloud among the dead, having been hit four times. He had a Winchester and a revolver from which every cartridge had been fired. I ;_/J_,.]


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Every boy should know how to row and sail a boat. l'illl1 instructions are given in this little book, together with in atructions on swimming and riding, companion sports to boating. No. 47. HOW TO BREAK, RIDE AND DRIVE A HORSE.:.l complete treatise on the horse. Describing the most useful horses for business, the best horses for the road; also valuable recipes for diseases peculiar to the horse. No. 48. HOW ':{'0 BUILD AND SAIL CANOES.-A handy book for boys, containing full directions for constructing canoes and the most popular manner of sailing them. Fully illustrated. By 0. Stansfield Hicks. FORTUNE TELLING. No. i. NAPOLEON'S OR.A.CULUM AND DREAM BOOK.Containing the great oracle of human destiny ; also the true meanlnr '.ofa.lmost any kind of dreams, together with charms, ceremonies, and, curious games of cards. A complete book. . No. _ 23. HOW TO EXPLAIN DREAMS.-Everybody dreams, froin the little child to the aged man and woman. This little book lJives the explanation to all kinds of dreams, together with lucky and unlucky Jays, and "Napoleon's Oraculum," the book of fate. No:~-HOW TO TELL FORTUNES.-Everyone is desirous of knowing , wffat his future life will bring forth, whether happiness or mlsery;.wealth or poverty. You can tell by a glance at thi11 little book. Buy. one and be convinced. Tell your own fortune. Tell the fortune of your friends. No. 76. HOW TO TELL FORTUNES BY THE HAND.Containing, rules for telling fortunes by the aid of lines .of the hand, or the secret of palmistry. Also the secret of telling future events by aid of moles, marks, scars, etc. Illustrated. B7 A. Anderson. ATHLETIC. No. 6. HOW TO BECOME AN ATHLETE.-Giving full in11truction for the use of dumb bells, Indian clubs, parallel bars, Ji.rizontal bars and various other methods ' of developing a good, llealthy muscle; containing over sixty illustrations. Every boy can b e come strong and healthy by following the instructions contained bl this little book. ' No. 10. HOW TO BOX.-The art of self-defense made easy. !PJontaining over thirty illustrations of guards, blows, and the different positions of a good boxer. Every boy ,should obtain one of ehese useful ai;id 'instructive books, as it will teach you how to box :without an instructor. No. 25. HOW TO BECOME A GYMNAST.-Containing full lnetructions for aJl kinds of gymnastic sports and athletic exercises. lllmbi:acirig thirty-five illustrations. By Professor W. Macdonald. A handy and useful book. No. 34. HOW TO FENCE.-Containing full instruction for tencing and the use of the broadsword; also instruction in archery. Descrrbed. with twenty-one practical illustrations, giving the best !IIC)llitions in fencing. A complete book. • TRICKS WITH CARDS. No. 51. HOW '.fO DO TRICKS WITH CARDS.-Containlng Papla.nations of the general principles of sleight-of-hand applicable II ca.rd tricks; of card tricks with ordinary cards, and not requiring _ l!llight -of-hand; of tricks involving sleight-of-hand, or the use of IJl)tcially prepared cards. By Professor Haffner. Illustrated. No. 72. HOW TO DO SIXTY TRICKS WITH CARDS.-Em-bracing all of the latest and most deceptive card tricks with il• lustrations. By A. Anderson. ' No._ 7_7. HOW TO DO FORTY TRICKS WITH CARDS.Contam1~~ deceptive Card Tricks as performed by leading conjurors and mag1c1ans. Arrange d for home amusement. Fully illustrated. MAGIC. No. ?• HOW ll'O DO TRICKS,~The great book of magic an

:===.===;====:========~==== === = ~ --,. THE STAGE. NO; 3 1 . H Q W T9 _BECOME A SPEAKER.--Containing foall'> N o. 41. THE BOY S O F NEW YORK END M EN'S JOKE teen 1llustratio n s , gmng the different p os itions requisite to beCO!Dll BOOK.-Containing a great variety of the latest jokes used by the a good speake:\", reader and elocutionist. A l so containing gems frOlil most famous end men. No amateur minstrels is complete without a~l th~_popular !luthors'of prose and poetry, arranged in the m~ this wonderful little book. simple and concise manner possible. . :r-fo .. 4~. THE ~OYS OF NEW YORK STUMP SPEAKER.-No. 49. _HOW TO DEBATE.-:Giving rules for conducting di" Conta1;11ng a varied asso,rt~ent of !!tump speeches, Negro, Dutch bates, outlmes for. de~ates, qu_~stions for discussion, and the beri • and Irish. Also end mens Jokes. Just the thing for home amuse-sources for procurmg mformat1on on the questions given. ment and amateur shows. No. 45. THE BOYS OF NEW YORK MINSTREL GUIDE SOCiETY. ""1 AND JOKl!l B(?OK.-;--Somethin!fnew a!ld very instructive. Every No. 3. ~OW TO J!L~RT.-The arts ILnd wiles of flirtation are boy. s~ould obtam this ~ook, as it con tams full instructions for orfully expl~med by this little book. Besides the various methods of gamzmg an amateur mmstrel troupe. '1a.r.dkerch1ef,_ fan, glove, parasol, window and hat flirtation, it con . No. G~ MULD(?O~'S JOKE~---:-Th\13 is one of.the most original a _full hst of the language and sentiment of flowers, which ill Joke ~ooks ever pubhshe!1, aud it is brimful of wit and humor. It _m\erestmg to everybody, both old and young. You cannot be happy contams a large collection of songs, jokes, conundrums etc. of wuhout one. ' Terrence Muldoon, the'great wit, humorist, and practicai joke~ of . No. 4. H_OW _TO DANC,,E is the title 0 a new and handsomti the day. Every boy who can enjoy a good substantial joke should l~ttle _book Just issued py E ri:mk Tousey. It contains full instruc,. obtain a copy immediate ly. •hons m the art of dancmg, etiquette in the ball-room and at partiC!tlo No .. 79. HQW TO BECOl\:fE AN AC',I'OR.-Containing comhow to dress, and full directions for calling off in all popular squaro plete mstructions _how to make uf for various'characters on the dances. etage_; togE:ther with the duties o the Stage Maila'ger, ,Prompter, No. l? HOW T<;> MA~~ LOV]!J.-A C!Jmplete guide to love. Scemc Artist and Property l\fan. By a prominent Stage Manager. court~hip and ma~r1age ; g1vmg sensible advice, rules and etiquetu, N!J. 80. GUS "WILLIAMS' JOKE BOOK.~Containing the lat-to be observed, with many curious and interesting things not ge110 est Jokes, anecdotes and funny stories of' this world-renowned and erally k!:!own. . ever popular German comedian. Sixty-four pages handsome' No. 1 • • HOW TO DRESS.-Containing full instruction in tMJ colored cover containing a half-tone photo of the author. art o~ dressing and appearing well at home and abroad, giving th select10ns .of color;i,,material, and how to have them made up. HOUSEKEEPING. N(!, 16. H9W TO KEEP A_ WIND_()W GARDEN.-Containing ful_l mstruct!_ons for constructmg a wmdow ga,den either in town or country, and the most approved methods for raising beautiful flowers at home. The most complete book of the kind eve-r pub-lished. No. 30. HOW TO COOK.-One of the most instructive books on cooking ever published. It_ co~taiJls. recipes for cooking meats, fish, game, and oysters ; also pies, puddmgs, cakes and all kinds of pastry, and n grand collection of recipes by one of our most popular cooks. No. 37. HOW TO KEEP HOUSE.-It contains information for everybody, boys, girls, men and women;l it will teach you how to make almost anything around the house, such as parlor ornam~mts brackets, cements,' Aeolian harps, and bird lime 'for catching'birda. ' ',' ELECTRICA L . 1 No. 46. HOW TO MAKE AND USE-ELECTRICITY.-A de-1cription of the wonderful uses of electricity and electro magnetism together with full instructions for making Electric Toys, Batteries: etc. By George Trebel, A: M., M. D. Containingover fifty il-lustrations. . ~o. 11:\. HOW T9 BECOME BEAUTIFUL.-One of tM bnghtest and_ most valuable little books ever given to the , world. Ev~rybody w1_shes to. kn!JW how to become beautiful, both male anill female. The secret is simple, and almost costless. Read this boob and be convinced how to become beautiful. BIRDS AND ANIMALS. No. 7. HOW TO K:EEP1BIRDS.-Handsomely illustrated containing full' instructions for the management and training of tllie canary, mockingbird, bobolink, blackbird , paroquet, parrot, etc. No. 39.' J;IOW TO RAISE DOGS, POULTRY, PIGEONS ANli' RABBITS.-A useful and instructive book. Han'dsomely illu,, trated,' .BY Ira Drofraw. / No. 40. HOW TO MAKE AND SET TRAPS.~Including bin~ on; how to catch, mol es, weasels, otter,• rats, squirrels and birda. Also how to cure skins. Copiously illustrated: By J. Harringt:Gft Keene. ~o. 50. HOW -TO STUFF BIRDS . AND ANIMALS.-,,ti valuable book, giving instructions in collecting, preparing, mountiq -and preserving bir. ds, lrnimals ,and i_nsects. No. 54. HOW TO KEEP AND MANAGE PETS.-Giving col!IP p/et\l informa~ion as to the m_anner an_ d . ll!ethod of raising, keepin& tammg, breedmg, and managmg all kmds of pets ; also giving full jnsti-ucti_ons for m:tkin~ cages, etc. Full:}" explained by twenty-eight 1Ilustrat1ons, makmg it the most complete book Qf the kind eveli' published. No. 64. HOW TO MAKE ELECTRICAL MACHINES.-Conta!ning full tlirections for making electrical machines, induction coils, dynamos, and many novel toys to be worked , by electricity. By R. A. R. Bennett. Fully illustrated. No. 67. H_OW T9 DO ~LECTRI_CAL TRI<;JKS.-Oo_ntaining a MISCELLANEOUS. lar ge collecbo~ of ms~ruct1ve and highly ,amusmg .electrical tricks, NQ. 8. HOW TO BECOME A SCIENTIST.-A u!J1;ful and l a• together with illustrations. By A. Anderson. . structive book, giving a complete treatise on chemistry also experiments in acom ;tic s, m ec hanics, mli t hem'atics, chemistry, and di-E NTE RT A IN M E NT. rections for. making fireworks, colored . fires, and gas balloons. Thi&ffl No. 9. HOW TO BECOME A VENTRILOQUIST.-By Harrv book cannot be . equaled. Kennedy_. The secret given away. Every intelligent tioy reading No. 14. HOW TO MAKE CANDY.-A complete hand-book fGa' this book of instructions, by a -practical professo ' r ( delighting mlti: making all kinds of candy, ice-crean:!:1. syrup~essences. etc~ etc. tudes every night with his wonderful imitations), can master the No. 84. -HOW TO BECOME AN AUT1:1.OR.-Containingfulll art, and create any amount of fun for himself and friends. It is the information regarding choice of subjects, the use of words llJld th5 greatest book ever published. and there's millions (of fun) in it. manner of prep11ring and submitting manusc ript. Also containinlf No. 20. HOW TO ENTERTAIN AN EVENING PARTl'.-A valuable information as to the neatness, le gibility and general com ~ very valuable little book just published. A complete compendium position of manuscript, essential to a successful author. By Princs of games, sports, card diversions, comic recitations, etc., suitable -.Hiland. ' • . for parlor or drawing-room entertainment. It contains more for th@ No.,38. HOW TO BECOME YOUR OWN DOCTOR.-A WOii" money than ~ny book published. derf.ul book, i:ontaining useful and practical information in the No. 35. HOW TO PLAY GAMES.-A complete and useful little treatment of ordinary diseases and ailments common to ever? book, containing the rules and regulations of billiards, bagatelle, family. Abounding in useful and effective recip e s for general collll!-backgammon, croquet. dominoes, etc. plaints. No. 36. HOW TO SOLVlll CONUNDRUMS.-Containing all No. 55. HOW TO COLLECT STAMPS AND COI.NS.-Oo• the leading cohunnrums of the day, amusing riddles, curious catches taining valuable information regarding the collecting and arrangln5 and wil:ty sayings. of stamps and coins. Handsomely illtistrated. No. 52. HO.W 'l'O PLAY CARDS.-A.complete and liandl little No. 58. HOW TO BE A DETECTIVE.-By•Old:•King:BradJ'. book, iriving the rules ahd full' directions for playing Euchre, Crib-the world-known detective. In which he lays down sol!le v _ aluab1'1 bage, Casino, Forty-F,.ive, R.Qunce, P.edro Sancho, Draw Poker, and sensible rules for beginners, and also relates some adventune Auction Pitch, All Fours, and mant" other popular games of cards. and experiences of well-I.mown detectives. _ -No. 66'. HOW TO, DO PUZZLES.-Containing over three hun-No. 60. HOW TO BECOME A PHOTOGRAPHER.-Conta!a-dred interesting, -puzzles and conundrums, with key to same. A ing useful information regarding the Camera and how to work it; eomplete 1.iook. Fully illustrated. By A. Anderson. also how to make Photographic ,Magic . Lantern Slides and oth• ETIQUETTE. Xf!~;~arencies. Handsomely illustrated. By Captain w. De w. ?,lo . . 13 . . HOW TO DO IT; O;R, BOOK OF ETIQUETTE.-It No. 62. llOW TO BECOME A WEST POINT MILITARY Is a great life si!crEJt, and one that every young man desires to know CADET.-Containing full explanations how to gain a~mittance. a ll about. ;Dhere:s ,happiness•in it. course of S.tudy, Examinations, Duties, Staff of Officers, . Poat , No. 33. HOW '!;O •BEHAVE.-Containing the rules 11-nd etiquette Guard, Police Regulations, FiTe Department, and all a boy shoulcll of good socittY a;nd .the eltslest and most approved methods of apknow to be a Cadet. Oompile _ d--and written by Lu Senarens, authoa, pearing to , good , advantage at parties, • balls, the theatre, church, and of "How to Become a Naval Cadet." m the drawing-room. No. 63. HOW TO BECOME A NAVAL CADET.-Complete In• ., structions of how to gain admission to the Annapolis Nam DECLAMATION. Academy. Also containing the course o{ l instructicin, descr!ptio~ No. 27. HOW TO•REQITE 4.NI) BOOK OF RECITATIONS . . of grounds and buildings, historical sketch, and everything a ho~ -Containing the most :QOpuJar selections in use, comprising l)utch should know to become an officer in tl!e United States Navy . OOilll"' ~Ilalect, French• dialect, Ys;r;i.kee and Irish dialect pieces, together _piled and written _ by Lu Senarens, author of "How to Beca,m~ ~1 w l ~ many standard readings. West Point Military Cadet." PRICE 10 CENTS-EACH. OR 3 FOR 2E; CENTS., Address FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, New Yot'k,.,


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