The Liberty Boys settling old scores, or, The capture of General Prescott

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The Liberty Boys settling old scores, or, The capture of General Prescott
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I . tt . A Weekly Magazine containing Stories of t e Jimerican Revoluti-on. Issued Weekly-By SulJscription $2.50 per yem. Entered as Second-Class Matter at the New York Post Ojfice, Feb1-ua1-y 4, 1901. by .Frank Tousey No. 368. NEW YORK, JANUARY 17, 1908. Pric e 5 Cents. The negro put his shoulder against the door and burst it open. Dick and Bob dashed into the room. The general thought they were robbers and seized his watch. "Throw up your hands!" cried Dick. "Your are our prisoner!"


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 A Weekly Magazine Containing Stories of the American Revolution Issued Weekly-By S1tbscription $2.50 per 11ear. Ente1ed as Second Class Matle1 at the New Yo1k, N. Y., Post Office, February~. 1901. Entered according to Act of Congr e ss, in the year 1908, in the office ot,, the Librarian of Congress, FVashington, D, 0., by F'rank Tousey, Publisher, 24 Union Squa1•e, 1\ew Yo1k. No. 368. NEW YORK, JANUARY 17, 1908. PRICE 6 CENTS. CHAPTER I. "Have you picked out your general?'' "Yes, he is General Prescott, in command of the .British forces in Rhode Is'and." A DARING RESCUE. It was a hot day in July of the year 1777. Two boys in Continental uniform were sitting the trees in front of a wayside inn. '' And as petty and mean a tyrant as Tryon and other& 1 who have been placed in power by that puffy-faced despot across the water." under The boys were attired as a captain and first lieutenant, respectively. They belonged to a band of young patriots h.'Ilown as the Liberty Boys. They had already been a year in service, and had seeh some hard fighting in that time. "We've got some old scores to settle with the British, Bolr,2!. said Dick Slater, the captain, to Bob Estabrook, the first lieutenant of the Liberty Boys. "So we have, Dick." "There are Long Island and Fort Washin g ton and New York." "Yes, for we haven't puni s hed the red c oats sufficiently for the loss of those places." "And there's the loss of General Charles L e e last year." "His own delay was to blame for his captur e , Dick." "Very true, but it was a loss, neverth e l ess , and mu s t be repaired." "Well, I { uppose it was, althou g h I ne v er liked him, and man y think the same as myself." "Yes , .ob, but he was a general and h a d ability. We must settle with the enemy for his capture." "In what manner, Dick?" asked Bob, greatly i n ter ested. He knew that when Dick Slater und e rtook any task, he did not r es t until it was accompli s h ccJ. "By capturing one of their g e n e ral s , Ilob, and holding him for exchange," quietly. "Jove! Dick, that's a mag nifi cent schem e," cried Bob excitedly. "Do you think it can be done?" "If we go into it, Bob, it mu s t be done," with deter mination. "Yes, to be sure. Everything will have to be considered before we start." ''They should be, Bob. Illen fail from not having prop erly considered their undertakings beforehand. "So they do, Dick." "We must look at this matter on all sides and then, if we think we can carry it through, there must be no hesi~ tation, no halting until it is accomplished." "'rhat's right, Dick." "If we don't think we can do it, then we bave11o busi ness to attempt it." "Certainly not; but Dick?" eagerly. "Yes?" "Very true, Bob. He is equal in rank to General Lee, and his capture means Lee's release." "It is a daring thing to attempt, Dick," said Bob, grave ly. "All the more credit to us if we succeed, then." "There i s n ' t one of the hundred Liberty Boys who will not wish for its succes s , Di ck," earnestly. "Nor one who will not work heart and soul for its accomplishment," proudly. At that mom ent the boys heard a shrill scream in the voice of a young girl. They sprang to tll e ir ~eet in an instant and glanced quickly about the m to ascertain the cause. They were not long in di s covering it. On the other side of the road from the inn was a field e1?-closed by a stone wall. A young girl, crossing the field, had been pursued by an angry bull, of whose presence she had been unaware. She wore a bright red shawl which had angered the a nimal, never in the best of tempers. Seeing her danger, the girl had started for the wall, uttering a scream of terror. Dick and Bob were quickly at the wall. "Throw down your shawl," cried Dick in clear tones. The girl obeyed in an instant, runing all the faster. When near the wall she caught ber foot in a tuft of grass and fell heavily. The bull, reaching the shawl, one cause of his rage, tossed it in the air and then dashed on. Dick was over the wall almost as soon as the girl bad fallen. "Shoot him, Bob, if you have to," be cried. Then he ran rapidly to the girl and picked her up. ' The bull, • charging furiously, with his head down, was not ten feet distant. With the girl in his arms the plucky boy sprang nimbly aside. The bull had nearly reached the wall before be could stop. i I J l I '-I Bl()b picked up a stone from the top of t4e wall and hurled it at him. It took him directly between the eyes. With a tremendous bellow be charged at Bob. Dick meantime had been making his way toward the wall, farther along. "I can't use my foot, I have turned it," the girl said, as they reach_ed the wall.


:e THE LIBERTY BOYS SETTLING OLD SCORES. Dick lifted her and placed her in a sitting position on top of it. Bob hurled another stone at the bull as he came on to divert his attention from Dick. The animal charged at the wall and loosened several stones. Then Dick leaped over at a bound and lifted the girl to the ground. The bull, discovering that the wall was not the object of his wrath, tore alongside it toward the girl. Dick had just got the girl safely over when the bull -came rushing up. "Not to-day, thank you," said Dick. "Be off with you!" The bull tossed his head and bellowed, pawed the ground furiously and lashed his sides with his tail. • Dick carried the girl across the road and placed her in a chair at the table which he and Bob had so hurriedly vacated. Then Bob came over, and he and Dick resumed their seats. "Didn't you know that it was unsafe to cross the field with such a creature in it?" asked Dick. "Yes, but he has never been in it before to-day." "But didn't you see him?" "No, not until I, was more than halfway across. He <;ame out from under a tree." "Well, I am glad that we were so near. Is your foot badly hurt?" "I am afraid I cannot use it at present. It pains. I must have given it a severe wrench." "Do you live :far from here?" , "A bout a mile by the road, but not so far across the fields." The tavernkeeper now came forward and said: "I am sorry that you were hurt, Miss Patty. I put up a sign for folks to beware of the bull, but I suppose you did not see it." "Where did you put it?" Bob asked. "On this side of the field?" "Yes." 1 "And the young lady came in at the other side. I did not see it myself." "There is a signboard lying on the ground at some little distance," said Dick. "Very likely the bull himself knocked it down." "You will have to put up one at each side/' said Bob, "and put it up good and strong." "If you want the nse of my gig to take you home, Misi,. Patty," continued the landlord, "it is at your s ervice. I will charge you nothing for it." "Nor tax her with trespass, either, I suppose?" laughed Bob, who saw the humor of the' situation. "Why, no, I have always allowed the neighbors to cross the pasture," answered the other gravely. "Don't forget the notices, then," said Dick, "or your neighbors may have just cause for complaint." "I will see to them without delay, young sir. Is there anything else that you require?" No, I believe not. Were you going anywhere before re turning, miss? If so, we will take you there." "Yes, I had one or two errands before going home," the girl answered, "but it does -not matter . I can do them another time." At this moment a handsome boy on a big gray horse rode up and dismounted. "Any news, :Mark?" asked Dick. "Here is a note from the general," said Mark Morrison, who was the second lieutenant of the Liberty Boys. At this time the boys were_ on the mainland of the present State of Rhode Island, near the shores of Narra-' gansett Bay. Dick opened the letter, read it carefully and called Bob aside. "This touches upon the very matter we were talkin~ of, B ' ob," he said in a low tone. "There is a plan to capture General Prescott." CHAPTER IL PLOTTING .A.GA.INST PRESCOT'.r. Major-general Prescott, at that time military governor of Rhode Island under the British, was a petty tyrant and the meanest kind of a despot. He would have men _arrested and thrown into prison for not taking ofl' their hats to him in the street, and it was under his administTation that so many depredations were comrnitted in Newport .and elsewhere. The term Rhode Island was then applied to the island of that name and not to the whole state as at present. The region was known as the Providence and Rhode Island Plantations, Rhode Island containing Newport, Jamestown and a few small ;illages, and being about six teen miles in length and not more than four wide at its broadest part. General Prescott had his quarters about five miles from N e,vport, in the house of a Quaker named Overing, but often went to the city. , "So-so, there is a plot to capture the general, is there?" said Bob, in answer to Dick's remark. "Yes, out speak low. We may be overheard." The boys withdrew farther from the house, and Bob said: "And the Liberty Boys are to have a part in it?" "Yes. Lieutenant-colonel Barton, of Providence, is to head the expedition, but we are to go over to Rhode Island and look over the ground." "All of us?" eag e rly. 1 "Well, no, not all of us, but quite a number. It would be a dan g erous business to take a hundred Liberty Boys over." "I suppose it would," drily. , "We will take over enough boys to be effective without exciting suspicion. We must succeed, and therefore the greatest care must be taken." The Americans had :t'elt the loss of General Lee, captured at Basking Ridge, in New Jersey, the year before, and had long wished to retaliate upon the British. The capture of Prescott, who was equal in rank to Lee, woulcl enable them to negotiate Lee's exchange on equal terms.



THE LIBERTY BOYS SETTLING OLD SCORES. "Shure an' Oi have a whole nit full av dhim," cried Patsy, swinging the net behind him. Carl was doing hi,; best to save himself. The net took him in the stomach, and at once he sat down in the boat. This disturbed Patsy's balance, and he went overboard, net, :fish and all. "Oh my, oh my, phwativer is dhe matther?" he howled. Then he went over his head in the water, lost his net and fish, frightened all the other fish away and came up puffing. "For why did yez push me in, Dootchy?" he asked. "I d on'd was doed nodings, but you make me sitte

THE LIBE , RTY BOYS SETTLING OLD SCORES. 5 . 211! ' and Hiry ,Judson, great chums, and known as the t~o -Harrys. "What's the trouble, Dick?" asked one. "We heard :firing," said the other. "'l'wo or three shots," laughed Dick, "and no one hurt, but a dozen or twenty Tory bullies very badly fright ened." "Then you've been having an adventure?" asked Harry Thurber. "It's hardly that," said Dick. Then, seemg that the boys were interested, he told them what had happened, much to their amusement. They were out on the road and, hearing shots, sup posed that there was some sort of trouble and so rode on in haste. They now went back to the camp with Dick. It was not long before the story of Dick Slater's blood less :fight with the Tory bullies got around, the boys being all greatly amused by it. Dick rode off to the general's qua'.rters and received certain instructions concerning the intended expedition. .A number of the Liberty Boys were to cross over to Newport, look over 1the ground and report to Lieutenant colonel Barton upon his arrival. It was a difficult as well as a dangerous undertaking, and Dick would pick out the bravest and shrewdest of hi s boys to carry it through. Returning to the camp well on toward evening, Dick was met when not far from it by two or thrne heavily built, evil-looking men, one of whom said: "You b e Dick Slater, ther rebel, ben't yer?" "No," said Dick. "I am no rebel. If you want civil treatment, begin by being civil yourself. Who are you and what do you w a rit? I have no time for trifling.'> Dick's determined attitude took the man aback. . ''.Well, ye're Dick Slater, ain't yer ?" he growled, less defiantly than at :first. "Yes, I am Slater. What is your business? You are a Tory, of ~ourse. , You have come to make a com plaint. Your lying son has been telling tales out of school. Is your name Green?" "Yus, a.n' I want ter tell yer thet ef yer don't stop buliraggin' my boy, I'm ergoin' ter--" "Don't you dare to threaten me, you Tory sneak!" said Dick firmly. "Do you know that the majority of the people hereabouts are patriots? You could b e run out of here in an hour if I said the word." The Tory had supposed that he could browbeat Dick. He suddenly discovered that he was doing nothing of the sort. "I have heard these complaints before," continued Dick, "and I am sick of them." "W aal, I only wanted--" "To frighten me? Well, you didn't. Your boy is a liar and a coward. He insulted a young lady and I shook him." "He clidn't have nothin' ter do with et." ".And then he and twenty oth e rs tried to w a ylay me, and I :fired in the air and frightened them out of their senses." "Yer :fired at 'em and--" "Enough of this," impatiently. "You lrnow you're ,( lying, and you know1I know it. You've been listening to a pack of lies, and now you think you can browbeat me, but it isn't to be aone." Tbe Torjes were greatlJ surprised at Dick's :fir..m stand. "Now then," the plucky fellow continued, "go about your business or I'll give , you something to complain about." Then he dashed ahead at a gallop, and the astonished Tories were forced to take the side 9f the road and make room for him. Then Dick dashed on and soon reached the camp. CHAPTER IV. DICK IN NEWPORT. The Liberty Boys were to go over to Rhode Island that night or early the next morning. Dick could not take them all, as a small party could work more effectively than a large one . Bob and Marl? would go and also the two Harrys and B e n Spurlock, one of the liveliest of the Liberty Boys. Then there were Sam Sanderson, Arthur Mackay, Will Fre eman, Ned Knowlton and Phil Waters, all brave, re liable boys. They would have to go disguised, as the British were in great numbers in ancl about Newport. , Some of them, like Dick and Bob and a few others, would take their uniforms and secrete them until they were wanted. They were to go, some in whale boats and some in little sloo ps, the g reater part of them w e ll knowing h0w tei manage boats of all descriptions. They would not all go over at once, as that would extite comment and perhaps su s picion. Late that night something more than a score of the boys set out from Warwick Point and other places t~ cross to the island. Dick and Bob were in a little sailboat wfoch they managed adroitly. They crossed the bay between Prudence and Patience Islands and head eel for a cove not far from Newport. Concealing the boat in a little cre e k under a mass of bm:;hes on the bank, they took down the mast, rolled up the sail and made everything snug. Mark and seven or eight more of the boys had gone over in a whale boat a little time before. The two Harrys, Ben, Sam Sanderson and Will crossed ' nn hour or two later than Dick and another party went over still later. Dick and Bob remained in the boat till smfrise and then w ent into town. , They were disguised as ordinary farmer boys, and would nev e r have been recognized as the dashing captain and :firs t lieut enant of the Liberty Boys. T hei r coming to the i s l and had not been notjced, al though the y had heard the cries of the sentries as they neared shore. Nearing the town, they ,.separated, appointing a place of meeting during the day. •


'6 TH.E LIBERTY BOYS SETTLING OLD SCORES. Djck walked boldly into the town, with which he was well acquainted, meeting many redcoats, but passing them as if they were an everyday sight. Down near the state house he saw Green, the Tory, and his son Billy, but they did not recognize him. "They must have come over early this morning," was Dick's thought. Still, as neither the younger nor. the older Tory recog nized him, it mattered little if they were in town. , Going clown into Thames street, which was a business as well as a residence street, Dick stopped at a quaint little tavern facing a street leading to the wharves to have breakfast. There were truck farmers taking an early smack, a few redcoats drinking old ale, and some of the old resi dents who had come in for a chat. .There were many Tories in the city, and these just now were in high feather. There were many patriots also, but they kept to them selves and did not go abroad very much, as they were liable to persecution. . The talk in the tavern was entirely in favor of the British, but Dick took no part in it and for some time attracted no attention. He had nearly :finished his breakfast when Green and his son Billy entered. Then in another moment Ned Brainerd came in, evi dently not having seen the Tories. Billy Green turned upon the young patriot at once and snarled: "What yer doin' here, yer rebel? On'y loyal subjects er ther king comes in here." Billy evidently relied upon the protection of his father, for he was younger and smaller than 1jJ ed. The latter made no answer, but took a seat at a table close to Dick and lJeckoned to one of the waiters. , "Yer needn't 'spect ter git served here," snarled Billy. "Here, Jim, take our orders." He was about to sit at the table with Dick, when the latter put out his foot adroitly and tripped him. "What's thcr matter, Bill, can't yer keep yer feet?" snarled his father. "That there rebel tripped me," pointing to Ned. Ned laughed, for he was nowhere near Billy, and beck oned again to the waiter. Green sat at another table, and his son tpok a seat be side him. Dick arose and was paying his score when Green said: "Here's a toast, gentlemen. '110 ther king an' down with all rebels!" Then Dick suddenly tripped as he was going out, and Green's pewter was upset, the contents going over Billy. "Keep your feet under the table and I won't fall over them," said Dick. "One would think you owned the place." Ned Brainerd laughed outright, and Brny said: "Ther rebel over there told him ter do et. I seen him whisperin' to him." Dick shot a quick look of intelligence at Ned which only the latter saw. "If I can't be served, I won't stay here," h'e said, ris ing. "Yer didn't drink my toast," snarled Green. "Keep quiet," snarled one of the redcoats. "I!f you have a quarrel with him, rebel or no rebel, fight it out somewhere else." Green subsided at trus snub, and Ned passed out, catching up with Dick a little way down the street. "Did you wish to speak to me?" he asked. "Yes. Don't you know me?" "Why, it's Captain Slater," in a low tone. "Yes. Don't you know that it is dangerous for patriots to go abroad in Newport?" "Yes, but more so for you if you were recognized." "I shall not be. What brings you here?" "An affair of business; but you?" "I am on business also," with a smile-the country's business." "As a spy?" dropping his voice and glancing around cautiously. "Sh! be careful. One never knows who may be listen ing." They were at -the head of a wharf now, and there waa no one near them. "You are not here alone?" asked Ned. "No, there are some o:f the Liberty Boys here. If you want to do something :for-By the way, has your sister quite recovered from her injury?" "Quite," said Ned. "It was not as serious as it might have been." Then Ned saw some men approaching from behind and knew why Dick had changed the conversation. The men went on down the wharf, and Dick said: "Be near Coddington's Cove to-night and you will :find wort to do :for the country." "Good! I will be there." As Pick reached Thames street he saw some stir a little ahead of him. Then he saw that the governor was taking one of his little walks abroad, receiving and demanding homage from the people. Men were bowing and lifting their hats and paying the petty tyrant the greatest respect. Dic)t' suddenly came face to face with him and walked on as if he had met a perfect stranger. "Take off your hat, sir!" thundered the tyrant. Dick paid no more attention than if he had been dumb. An officer sprang up to him and said: "Take off your hat. That is the governor, General Prescott." Dick took off his hat and struck the redcoat in the face with it. "Pass that on to your dolt of a governor, you lackey!" ht) cried. There was an instant tumult, and then Billy Green was heard shouting: "Hi, that's er rebel, that's Dick Slater! Arrest him!" Dick made a dash, upset the officer and several citizens, leaped a low paling, put his hand on top of a stone wall just beyond and in an instant was over it like a cat. There was a pleasant garden beyond the wall, and Dick quickly darted down a shaded walk to a summer house at the end, the cries of the excited people sounding in his ears. I


THE LIBERTY BOYS SETTLING OLD SCOR.l!JS. 7 CHAPTER V. OUT loF ONE TROUBLE INTO ANOTIIER. The garden in which Dick had taken refuge was used in common by two houses, both of which had doors leading into it. Reaching the summer house, Dick made a rapid change in his appearance. , Turning his coat inside out, it was changed from brown to black. Rapidly pulling upon some concealed hooks and eyes at his lmees, he drew up a pair of flaps and altered his breeches in the same manner. Rolling his hose down inside the tops of his shoes, he revealed black hose under them. c A wig and a three-cornered hat produced from an inner pocket completed the tnl.nsformation. Scarcely a mlll;Ute had been required to make the ~hange. • There was a clamoring at the wall, and a number o-f men appeared on top of it. Then a number of excited men came running from one of the houses to which the garden belonged. They saw a serious-fa,!ed man in black coming out of the summer house. "Did you see a boy jump the wall just now?" they <:ried. "'l'hee may find him if thee goes out at the door in the wall yonder," said Dick. "He went that way." The door in the wall was locked, but one of the servante hurriedly produced a key. "He must be a cat to go over a wall like that," said -0ne. • The men surged through the doorway in the wall, leaving the gate open. Then Dick passed out into an alley, closing the door be hind him. "Someone might ask too many questions as to why I was in the garden," he said to himself. Then, while the crowd went one way, he went another. "It was very kind of them to open the door for me," lie chuckled. "Even my agile limbs would have been put to it to get over a wall like that." He had gone but a short distance when around a corner of the wall came Bob in great haste. A great outcry was heard behind him, and it was evi -dent that he was being pursued by an angry mob. "Go through that door, Bob," said Dick quickly. "Lock it on the inside." Bob darted past Dick and lrurried into the garden, closing the door behind him. He had hardly done so, when the crowd came surging into the alley. They paused when they saw Dick. "Did you see a boy in homespun just now?" they asked. "Yes, he passed me but a moment since, going that way." This was true, for Bob had passed him. Down the alley rushed the mob, thinking that Bob had gone on. When it had disappeared, Dick returned to the door in the high wall. "All right, Bob," he said. "You'd better com{l out: Bob at once appeared, closing the door behind him. "Someone might come into the garden," said Die . "I have only just escaped from it myself." They were now hurrying back over the road Bob had just come. ' "You have changed your disguise, Dick?" "Yes, it was necessary." "rhe crowd got after you, then?" "Yes; I wouldn't take off my hat to Prescott." "Of course you would not!" "And I knocked down a redcoat." "Good again; but it was dangerous business in New-port." .. "To be sure it was; but I took chances." Reaching the other street, they found everything quiet. "What was the trouble with you, Bob?" asked Dick. , "Refusing to drink to the king and this clreap despot~ Prescott." "Quite right." ".And hurling a pewter at a portrait of the tyrant of England. I made a dent in his big nose." "A decided insult to 4is majesty," laughed Dick. "Have you learned anything?l' asked Bob. "Not much. I have met Ned Brainerd and those Tories with whom I had trouble yesterday." "The Greens?" "The same. The y did not recognize me, although the boy claimed to have done so. It was merely a lucky guess." "He is getting himself ready for another thrashing," Bob said, with a chuckle. "Yes , but it is best to.avoid all trouble. If I had seen Prescott, I would have turned back, but I came upon him unawares." ""\Vhat are you going to do now, Dick?'" "Go out to where Prescott is quartered." "And pay the puppy a visit, eh? Compliments of Dick Slater. That isn't bad." "Sh!" whispered Dick. They were passing a house where the blinds were drawn to keep out the sun. Their heads were on a level with the windowsills, which were not three feet away. The blinds were drawn and yet just open enough for one inside the house to see and hear those who passed. "Be c.reful, Bob," said Dick, when they had passed. "There was someone at that window." "They may have been patriots." "Yes, and they may not have been. One cannot be too cautious." "Very true," agreed Bob. They parted at the next corner, Dick taking his way towlird the State House hill. He was quite right about its being dangerous to ex-' press his opinion in the street. Someone in the house with the closed blinds had seen as well as heard them talking. Turning the blinds carefully after they had passed, this person had caught a good look at both.


• 8 TE:E LIBERTY BOYS SErl'TLING OLD SCORES. "Rebels, eh?" he muttered. "Dick Slater, too? He is much sought after by the government." Dick was walking up the hill at an easy gait, seeing a number of redcoats ' coming toward him, when he heard a step behind him. He knew at once that trouble was brewing. i There was something in the footsteps that assured him of this in an instant. It was like the step of one in pursuit of another. Dick had heard the sound too often not to notice it. There was no chance of escape. There was no convenient alley, not even a doorway which he might enter. The man came on, suddenly clapped his hand on Dick's shoulder and cried : "Gentlemen, this is Dick Slater, the rebel! Arrest him!" "'rhee has very poor eyes, I am afraid, friend," said Dick. "The person thee mentions is but a youth." The redcoats were at his side now. "He is disguised," said Dick's accuser. "I know he-is . Dick Slater. I heard his companion call him so. They spoke very disrespectfully of the governor also." '' Are you Dick Slater?" asked one of the redcoats. "Do I look as if I bore such a worldly name? Thee has made a blunder, frierftl, and thee had )Jest not pursue it farther." The redcoats were more than half convinced that the man had made a mistake. He was persistent, however, and now suddenly snatched off Dick's wig. The brown hair of a boy without the :first trace of gray in it was revealed. "What do you say to that?" the man cried, exultantly. "There's your Dick Slater, there's your rebel, there's the sneak who--" Spat! Dick's fist shot out, took the man between the eyes and staggered him. He could not escape, however, for the redcoats were all around him. "There is something wrong here," said the officer. "We will have to investigate this aiJ'air at least." "Take him to the guardhouse and put him in jail," sputtered Dick's accuser. ''Hang the rebel. That's the best thing for him." . Dick was taken up the hill and put in a house, where some redcoats were quartered. Here he would be kept a prisoner till his case could be inveRtigated. * "I'll swear he is Dick Slater," said the citizen. "Just let me know when the case comes up." Dick was placed in an upper room of the house under close guard and left to himself. CHAPTER VI. LOOKING OVER THE Gll.OUND. Dick Slater's position was indeed a desperate one. For all that he did not despair. He had been in just as critical situations before and had escaped. . The first thing Dick did was to change his disguise to its original ;form by turning his coat, pulling up his hose and turning down the flaps on his breeches . He was now in a suit of brown homespun as before. Taking a round hat from his pocket, he stood in his original disguise. None of bis captors, entering now, would have recognized him. "Now to look over the situation," was Dick's thought. He wallrnd to the principal door of the room. It was locked, as he had supposed. There was another door in the room. This was either one connecting with the next room or led to a clothes press. Dick opened it. He at once looked into a clothes pre?s or closet. In these old New England houses, as Dick well knew, a clothes press was often used by two rooms, having doors in each. This one was no exception to the general rule . Dick passed,, through, pushing asiue dresses and suits of clothes, opened a door beyond and passed into another room. This was empty. The redcoats bad evidently overlooked a custom quite common in old New England houses. Dick went to the door leading to the hall. He found it unlocked . He opened it, passed into the hall and walked by the redcoat on guard . "'fake good care of your prisoner," he said. "He is a slippery fellow." "He won't escape from me, you may be sure;" said the sentry. ; ''If you only knew the truth," said Dick to himself, as he walked-down tbe broad stairway. R.ea• ching the landing below, he walked past two sen tries, opened the front door and made '.his way out. "About the easiest escape I ever made," he chuckled, as he walked down the path to the street. He passed a munber of British soldiers, and he met many citizens, but no o:de molested him or even spoke to him. He even met Green and his son at the Old Mill, but neither of them recognized him. "Billy did not kno_,W me before," was his thought. "He only pronounced my name on a venture." Passing out of thetown, he met Mark on the outsk.irts. "Any news, Mark?" he asked. "No, but I had to run for it an hour ago . " "J{ow was that?" with a smile. "A beggar asked me for alms, and because I refused he _ denouncea me as a rebel." "Then there was trouble, I suppose?" "Yes, there were redcoats about, and they wanted to have a :finger in the pie . " "As usual," laughing. "I knocked clown the stalwart beggar, tweaked the nose of a red-headed sergeant and took to my heels." • "Well, the boys seem to have been having lively times


THE LIDETITY JWYS SETTLING OLD SCORES. 9 tnis morning, and if all of them have as much to tell as you and Bob and myself, there will be plenty to listen to!' "It is nothing unusual for you to have adventur e s when you go out," laughed 1\fark. "And the rest of you seem to be emulatin g rp.y ex ample," smiling. "I have not been out to the general's he a dqu a r t ers as yet/' continued Mark. "Were ypu going the r e ?" "Yes, I think it will be as well to do s o." "Shall I go with you?" 1 "There will be no harm in it." On the way Dick told of his capture ancl e s cape, much to Mark's amusement. "Those redcoats will be inclined to a b e li e in witchcraft after this," said th!:) lively second lieutenant. "Yes, it will seem most mysterious to them. " '!'hey were walking at a brisk gait and at length arrived in sight of the house where General Prescott had his quarters. It was near a small stream which ran into Ooddington's Cove, and was well shaded and in a v e ry plea sant situa tion. There were sentries around the house, and a guard was kept, apparently, both day and night. Dick took note of everyth,ing without attracting atten tion himself and then went off with Uark. "We will know how to approach the place now," he 6aic1. "Hallo, there are Patsy and Carl , " s aid :Ilfark. "And in trouble, as usual," laugh e d Dick. Patsy and Carl were brave fellow s , if they did make blunders. Dick had brought them over, but had cautioned them about getting into trouble. Patsy had not oITered to come over, as he had a great dread of the water. He claimed that it always made him seasick, no matter how big or how little a boat he was in. When he knew that Carl was going, however, he de cided to go himself. . The two furu1y fellows wer! inseparable, and where one was, the other was sure to be. "Shure an' Oi cud niver let yez go over all alone be yersilf, Oookyspiller," he said, "For why dot was?" "Becos av Oi wor not dhere to luck afther yez, no wan knows phwat moight happen to yez." "Humbug!;' snorted Carl. "Efery dime you was mit me been I was into droubles got." "Maybe; but av Oi wor not dhere, dhey'd be worser, do ye moind ?" "Humbug," said Carl which he considered an unan swerable argument. The two comical Liberty Boys had come over and, as Dick did not consider Newport a safe place for them, they were out in the country amusing themselves. Walking along the road, disguised as farmel' boys, Patsy said suddenly : "Shure an' Oi nivel' t'ought av it." "What it was?" "Oi've had nothin' to ate all clay." "Yah, dot was me, too, I bet me." "Dhere's a house beyant. Suppose we go up ter it an' ax for something." "All righd, we was do dot." Nearing the house, Patsy said: "OJ:i my, oh my, dheTe's ridcoats in it." • "Well dot makes nodings. You could toldt elem yon was English been alretty." . "'De ed an' Oi'll not," indignantly, Hbut Oi moight tell dhim yez are a E;issian." "No, sor, you don ' d was toldt elem dot neider." "Well, Oi must tell dhim something, for it's most s htarv e d Oi am i.ntoirely." . Th e n P a tsy we1r:~ to the back door 0 the house, knocked loudl y and waited fol' e.omeone to come. A woman s oon made hel' appearance. "Good', ma'am," said Patsy. see ve z have ridcoats in dhe house, an' mes~lf, I t'ought yez moight--" "Shure an' Oi as Oi'm a soger The woman, who was as Irish as Patsy himself, cried jndignantly: "Re dcoats in me house, is it? Go on wid yez, ye robbeT! An' you're one o' thim. Get out, dhe both o' ye. The fat fellow's a Hessian, I'll go bail. Clear out with ye!" Then, to enforce her co:rrunands, the angry woman seized a broom standing handy and rushed out at . them. Firs t s he banged Patsy ovel' the head, and then she turned her attention to CaTL Both boys ran to get out of her way, the angry woman pursuing the m as far as the road and then calling to a dog to continue the chase. It was at this moment that Dick and Mark came up. "What's the trouble, ma'am?" asked Dick. "Have they been bothering you?-;' "Botherin' me, is it? No, but I'll bother thim, sayin' there's redcoats in me house, the TobbeTS!" Dick caught a glance of something through the window. It was a red petticoat hung up to ail'. "The boy's Irish, ma'am," laughed Dick, "and as good a patriot as yourself, but the petticoat yondel' deceived him." "An' do ye know him?" "Yes, and a better boy never lived." "An' he took me petticoat for a soger," with a laugh. "Aha, the blarneyin' vilyan." "Yes," la1ighed Dick. "He's Irish, and butter would melt in his mouth, he's socSoft-spoken." "SuTe an' I *ouldn't be surprised if ye had a drop or two of Irish blood yersilf," laughed the woman. "Call him back." CHAPTER VIL A PLOT TO ROB. The two comical Liberty Boys came back, and Dick explained about the red petticoat. "I knowed dot don'd was been ein redcoat," said Carl. "Ye~ did?" "For couTse I dicl." "Dhin phwy didn't yez tell me?"


10 TIIE LIBERTY BOYS SETTLING OLD SCORES. =======================-.===================== "I t'ought dot was ein goot shoke been on yon, clot was going to see a little fellow abused by half a dozen hulking for why." brutes." "Go'n wid yez, yez didn't know any more dhan mesilf "Of course not, but as soon as I could I drew our felai)out it. " lows out of it." The woman gave Patsy and Carl a good breakfast, and Dick and Mark went into the town, Ben going one way Dick said: and the two H arrys another . "Be careful not to get into any trouble, and be sure and Down in the city Dick saw Bob, but did not speak to keep out of the town." him. ".All roight, I won't. Don't yez go dhere aither, Oooky-Bob underst.ood and passed him as he would pass any spiller, or Oi'll bat dhe hid off yez." stranger. "llumbug! You don'd could doed nodings. You was Later he met Ned Brainerd again and said: runned away from ein woman's alretty." "You did not get into any difficulties with the sol-"Shure an' Oi didn't see yez walkin'. Yez wor runnin' diers?" as fasht as mesilf." "No, I just avoided them. They gave so much atten-"Dot was foT cause I was afraid been dot you was got tion to you that they let me alone." lo sed." "You have not met the Greens since?" "Go'n wid yez, it was anither fear intoirely dhat made "No, and I would j11st as lief not, as I know I would yez run." want to thrash both of them." Dick and Mark left the two boys. and set oiI for town "And then there would be a disturbance and you might again at a good pace. get in jail." Nearing the town, they suddenly saw some disturbance "Hallo, here comes the governor again," said Ned. a4ead of them and hurried forward. "We seem to meet him often to-day." A number of boys seemed to be fighting among them"Yes, we must avoid him," answered Dick, and the two selves, and there was a great deal of noise and confusion. turned down a convenient street and so did not meet the "Give it to the rebels," they heard someone cry, as they petty tyrant. hurried on. Thev turned down so suddenlv, in fact, that they nearly Then they saw the two Ilarrys, Ben Spurlock and a ran i~to ,two men who were j~st going into a tavern. couple of strange boys fighting a crowd of a dozen. "There'll be no one in the house now but the old man," "Come on, Mark," said Dick. "That's too big odds for said one. the boys." "Then we'll be sure to get the treasure." They dashed ahead, put thems~lves alongside Ben and Dick halted and drew his companion back, and the two began to pound the 'l'ory boys. men went on. Then other Liberty Boys came up and took si

THE LIBERTY BOYS SETTLING OLD SCORES. 11 ,IYes, now he is." "Will he let us in?" "We'll get in without his !etting." "How so?" "C>-ver the back wall in the alley. There's no one there ever." "Suppose he hollers?" "Then we'll hit him on the head and quiet him." "'l'hat's right, 'so we will." "'I'he scoundrels!" thought Dick. The potboy served him, but in a few minutes, having learned all that was necessary, he went out, signaling to young Brainerd. . Outside the tavern the young man said: "Those . scoundrels are _ going to rob an old man living near the Long Wharf." "You heard them, then?" "Yes, and I lmow the man. It is old Ebenezer Dexter, an eccentric old man who lives all alone in a queer old house. He keeps no housekeeper nor servants, and never has anyone come to see him." "Is he rich?" "So it is said." "Does anyone know for a certainty that he is?" "I don't know that they do, but he has always been reputed to be rich." ' "Does he go abroad?" "At times. His house is barred and bolted, and + don't see how these ruffians can get in at the rear any better than at 1the :front.'' "They may know that it is not as secure in the rear." "Possibly. I don't know." "If he locks himself up, how can we get to see him and warn him?" asked Dick. "I don't lmow, but I will show you the house and you can judge for yourself." "Very good. Suppose we go around there now?" "Very well. I will show you the place.:' On the way Dick saw Bob and signaled to him. "W!=J have overheard a plot to rob an old man living near the Long Whar, and. we are going to prevent it," said Dick. "Good! Do you want me with you?" "Yes, the more the better, I think." The three then went to the house where old Ebenezer Dexter lived. Bob remained in :front 0 the house while Dick and Ned Brainerd went around into the alley back 0 it. "Is it easy , to get over the wall?" asked Ned. "One person could help another orer. I could get to the top 0 it without assistance." "Then i they come during the day?" "We will drive them off." "Suppose they wait till night?" "Then the constables must ye warned. Come, let's watch." ..... Then the boys let the alley. CHAPTER VIII. HOW '!'HE PLOT ENDED. Dick and Ned waited at the upper end of the alley for half an hour. # Then Dick heard footsteps and peered cautiously into the alley. Two men were entering it, one 'with a sack on his shoulder. There was no one in the alley but the two men. There was no one in sight on the street into which the alley opened. The two men came on and halted opposite the queer old house Dick had seen. Then they helped each other quickly over the wall and dropped upon the other side. "Come on, Ned," said . Dick. The two went flying down the alley in an instant. Dick was on top of the wall and giving his hand to Ned in a short time. The two men were standing under a tree near the house. "Wha.t are yon doing there?" cried Dick. "Clear out, of here. You are thieves.• Go call a constable, Ned." The men were greatly surprised, and one crept toward the wall 0 the next house. "This is my house," growled the o'ther. "I left my key at home, and the housekeeper has gone out and locked up the :front." , "You are not Ebenezer Dexter; you are a thief. Hallo, the house!" A man thrust his head out 0 an upper window and snarled: "Go away, you ruffians! You can't get in here. There 1J,re bolts and bars and spring guns." "Hallo!" cried Dick, seeing someone in the alley. "Hallo, thieves in Dexter's house!" shouted Ned Brainerd. The man creeping toward , the wall made a dash and leaped over it. Then men came nmning down the alley, attmcted by the cries 0 the boys. "'fhere's one in tlie next yard!" , cried Dick. The second man made a dash for the opposite wall. The old man in the windo,v now seized a shotgun and fired at him. The noise alarmed the neighbors, and heads were put out of back windows on ooth sides of the alley. For a quiet street, the crowd collected rapidly. "There they are!" shouted Dick. "One on that side and one on this!" The man shot at went scrambling over the wall, only to be attacked by a big dog in the rear court 0 the next house. People came running out of their houses, and there was great excitement. , The man with the sack hurled it over the dog's head and scrambled up a tree and over a wall near it. ' The other, in endeavoring to get out, was caught by an angry householder ahd severely pummeled. The man shot at managed to get away, although closely, pursued. The other was taken in charge of by the constables. "Them two rebels was in the job with us," he said, pointing to Dick a:ad Ned. "Take them in charge, too." The spectators were not inclined to believe the thief, but one of the const~bles said to Dick:


"Aren't you the same fellow who would not take off his hat to the gove'rnor over on Thames street?" "Even if I am, that has nothing to do with this case," . was Dick's reply. -"If he did, he's an upright young man," said one, "and deserves credit for it." The greater part of the crowd favored Dick, but there were some who denounced him as a rebel and called upon the constables to arrest him. . Others took his part, and there was a most heated argument. while this was going on, the two boys slipped away quietly, leaving the debaters still wrangling. They found Bob in front of the house, and all three went away . . "Jim will miss his boat and not know where to look • for it," laughed Ned, "unless that ruffian takes it back to where he found it." • "If he takes it at all, he will get away as far as he can," declared Dick. The three boys walked down the wharf, and Bob pres ently eaid: "There goes a boat out now. Is that one of the fellows, Dick?" "I believe it is.". "I think so, too," observed Ned. "Then you were right," laughed Bob, "and he is mak ing himself scarce in a hurry." "It is likely that Jim is as big a rascal as the other two," said Ned. • Just then a coarse-looking man came hurrying down the wharf. "Hallo, Bill, where yer takin' my boat?" he roared. "Just 'round the p'int," came the answer faintly across the water. "Fetch her back; I want ter use it." "All right, I'll take it 'round." J~ for he it was, sent a profane protest across the water, but Bill kept on. "Let them fight it ouiiJ" said Dick. "We prevented a robbery, but we don't want to be mixed up too closely in the affair." "No, we have other business to attend to," replied Bob. The angry boatowner continued to shout and run ex citedly along the wharf, but the man in the boat stoocl out across the bay and before long disappeared aroun<.l one of the smaller islands. "The fellow may see his boat again," laughed Bob, "but, after all, it is nothing to us." Walking back to the queer old house, Ned Bainerd sud denly exclaimed: "The,:e's old Ebenezer now." Walking on, the boys saw a queer little old man in shabby leather breeches, blue woolen hose darned with variously-colored yarns, a faded blue coat with brass but tons and a three-cornered hat. He wore a rusty peruke, !illd carried a heavy stick with a crooked top. His ace was scared and wrinkled, and he wore an enor mous pair of spectacles which made him look like an owl. Seeing Dick and Ned, he stopped and said in growling tones: "Well, you young rascals, so you let one of the thieves go, did you?" "Not without a chase, l\Ir. Dexter," said Dick. "He ran away with a boat and went across the bay." "II'm! You should have caught him. He was the big gest rascal of t_he lot. I wish I c1.mld have put a load of buckshot in his legs, the villain!" It would have been a good thing for him if you had," said Ned, with a laugh. "W eJl, you expect some reward for scaring off the rob ber, I suppose?" "No, sir, not a penny," was Dick's reply. "Huh! I wasn't going to pay you in pence," with a snarl. "You need not pay us in anything," protested Ned. "We did not give the alarm with the expectation of get ting anything." "Ol~ar out of here," sputtered the queer old man, swinging his stick and taking several small boys in the shins. The old man was always an object of curiosity, and generally drew a crowd when he went abroad. The boys scattered in all directions, and Ebenezer Dexter continued: "People think I'm rich. I ain't. Still, I can ill afford to lose what I have. Here is a present for you." with that he thrust a purse into Dick's hands. "No, I cannot take--" "That's Slater, the rebel!" a shrill voice exclaimed. "Arrest him; he's a spy!" It was Billy Green who made the accusation. As he now ran up, Ur. Dexter suddenly thrust out his cane. It took Billy between the legs, and in an instant he went fl.oumlering in the gutter. By the time he had picked himself up Dick and Bob had gone one way anc1 Ned Brainerd another. . They met again at the foot of the hill leading to the State House. "Let's see the present the old gentleman made us," said Dick, opening the purse. It contained two unused Pie Tree shillings, coins much in u3e in New England at that time and coined for many years without a change of date. ' "Two silver shillings," laughed Dick. "Here's one or you, Ned. I will keep the other." "The old fellow can't be called a spendthrift," chuckled Bob. "Wait a moment," said Dick. "There is something else." He took out a folded piece of paper and read: "Whenever you need money for the cause of freedom, come to me. E. Dexter, Newport." "That's a reward worth having," said Did:. "The old fellow isn't so eccentric, after all," added ' Bob. .


THE LIBERTY BOYS SETTLING OLD SCORES. 13 CHAPTER IX. THE PLAN SUCCEEDS. It was well on in the afternoon by this time, and Dick concJuded to leave town and go up to the rendezvous. He came across three or four of the boys and told them to leave town as quietly as possible. Hearing of others from these, he knew that all the boys were safe. "Will you come with us?" he asked Ned. "We are going to capture Genernl •Prescott." "Yes, indeed. 'l'hat is a bold undertaking." "And we mean to succeed in it."' "All the more reason for going with you, then," with a smile. The three boys had an early supper at a tavern on the outskirts of the town. It was ' dusk wlym they reached the place where Dick had hidden his boat. The boys put on their uniforms and waited till it was quite dark_. • Then Dick set out along shore to reG,Onnoiter. In a short time he heard a signal and answered it. Then a dark form came out from among the bushe s . "Is that you, Dick?" "Yes, Mark." "All right. I have a number of the boys here with me." "' A little farther on Dick heard another signal. "All right. Who is it?" "Harry, with four or five of the boys." "Very good. Refllain where you are." Farther on he heard two sentries exchanging signals. "All'. s well!" they cried. "So it is for us," said Dick. Evading the sentries by creeping close to the water and behind bushes, he came upon one and another party of Liberty Boys. They were all accounted for at last. Then he returned to Bob and brought all the boys to fl. point at the mouth of the creek which ran past the Overing place. Bi8.ding the boys wait and to be silent, Dick stole toward the house. There , were lights to be seen in it, and now and then he could make out a guard pacing back and forth. No one had the least suspicion of their presence. The night was dark and still, and the sound of the sentinels hailing each other could be heard most dis tinctly. One after another the lights went out in the house. One or two remained on the lower floor, however. The Quaker was sitting up reading by candle light. Dick returned to shore and listened. At last his sharp ears heard a welcome sound. 'rhe boats were coming. The oan: were muffled, but Dick's hearing was most acute, and he could hear them. He shortly gave a signal, prearranged with Colonel Barton. ' It was answered, and Dick knew that everything had gone right so far. "All's well!" called . the sentries, and Dick smiled. Hurrying to the very water's edge at the mouth of the creek, he signaled the boats again. In a short time they came up the creek and the men were landed. Then Dick saw Barton, and a plan of action was ar ranged between them. Several o:f the Liberty Boys now wore their uniforms in addition to Dick, Bob and Mark. The greater part of the force on shore were to guard the house and its approaches, only a few entering. 1 Everything was to be done expeditiously and as quietly as possible. "There are old scores to be settled," declared Dick, "and there must be no mishaps." Every one of the Liberty Boys had his duty laid out for him, and all were prepared to do it. They all knew what places they were to take, and took them. .I It was the same with the men who had come inwhale boats with Barton. Their coming had been well managed, and not one of' the enemy knew that they were there. Everything was most carefully arranged, and' every one concerned in the plot would carry out his -part of it to. the letter. They all understood that there must be no :failure, and they were fully determined that there should not be. They move~silently toward the house, each division taking up its appointed position. Dick~ Bob, Mark, Lieuten~nt-colonel Barton arid a smaH party advanced rapidly toward the house. With Barton was a negro of great strength. The main body passed between a British guardhouse and the encampment of a company of light horse. Dick ' had noted these things and had informed Barton o:f them. The rest of the force made a circuitous ro;ute so as to approach the general's quarters :from the rear and secure the doors. ,. Dick Slater, with his three or four tried companions with Barton, the negro and a number of picked men, ap proached the gate. The sentinel hailed them twice and demanded the coun tersign. "We have no countersign to give," sajd Dick, pressing forward. All was dark about the place with the exception of :i single in the lower part of the house. "Have you seen any deserters here to-night?" asked Barton. The sentinel was misled by this question. He supposed the p.arty to be :friends and let them come on. He was not undeceived until he found himself suddenly seized and his musket fokeI). :from him. Then he was bound and threatened with instant death if he made any noise. By this time the doors haq J;een secured by the rear divis~on.


14 'l'HE LIBERTY BOYS SE'l"rLING OLD SCORES. Barton, Dick and the rest advanced boldly and entered the front door. They found Mr. Overing reading in a room on _the lower floor. The rest of the family had gone to bed. Everything was quiet in the house, and not the slight"So it .is," chuckled Bob to l\fark, in the boat with him. "Of course," with a laugh, "but not to these fellows, if they only knew." , "We have settled an old score," said Dick, shortly. "Yes, and there.arc more of them to settle yet," added Bob, bluntly. est alarm had. been given. Mr. Overing looked up as the party entered. Barton inquired for the general's room. Overing pointed directly overhead. Not one of the party had been left behind, and now the Liberty Boys and the rest made their way rapidly . and noiseleSBly across the bay. Bob took a candle in a stick from the. mantel and lighted it. Barton, Dick, Bob, the negro and one or, two others passed out and went directly upstairs. They tried the door of Prescott's room gently and found it locked. There was no time for parl!)ying. Barton made a sign to the negro and stepped back. Dick drew a pistol and made ready to enter. Bob held the lighted candle in one hand and a drawn sword in the other. Everything was now ready fo'r the place to be stormed. Barton gave a signal. The negro put his shoulder against the door and burst it open. , Dick and Bob dashed into the room. The gene!"al thought they were robbers and seized his watch. "Throw up your hands!" cried Dick. "You are our prisoner!" Prescott obeyed instantly: The rest of the party quickly entered the room. Barton placed his hand upon Prescott's shoulder and said: "You are my prisoner, general. Perfect silence is your only safety." , The determined look on the faces of all t~ e party proved the truth of these words. "Give me time to dress," pleaded Prescott. It was a hot night, and it would be no hardship for one to remain undressed. Besides, time was precious. "No," said Barton. The whole affair had been planned and carried out in the most systematic manner. Not a hitch had occurred, and they could all congratu late themselves upon its entire success. The whale boats ::md the rest made their way across the bay to Warwick Point and not a mishap occurred. Barton landed his prisoner at about midnight. "Sir," said General Prescott, for the first time breaking silence, "you have made a bold push to-night." ."We have been fortunate," replied Barton, coolly. There was a party ready to convey Prescott to Providence at once. They arrive"d at Providence at sunrise, Prescott being well treated by General Spencer and his officers while he was waiting to be sent to Washington's quarters on the Raritan. The Liberty Boys, having performed their par~ of the undertaking, returned to their camp. Those who had remained behind were eager to know all that had happened. ":~atsy," said Carl, as they ,vere sitting by the fire, built more for company than for comfort. "Phwat is it?" "You was had a fine day alretty, ain't it?" "Shure an' we did." "Und you was crossed dot bay mit der boats ofer, ain't it?" "Shure an' yez know we did. Yez culdn't walk, cud yez?" "Und you don'd was got seasick, iss it?" with a chuckle. "Go'n wid yez an' don't be remoindin' me av it or Oi'll get it worser," cried Patsy. "Oil' you was got seasick, you know what was goat for dot?" "Cookyspiller," said Patsy, getting up, "av yez dar' to ' minshin salt pork Oi'11 murdher yez." CHAPTER X.1 MORE WORK POR DICK. General Prescott was at once taken out of bed and a -cloak thrown about him. Then he was hurried to the shore. Hi.s aid, hearing a noise, jumped out of a window. He was made a prisoner, however, and he and the sentinel were placed in the center of the party. So far everything had gone all right. The retreat to the shore was made as successfully. Prescott was put in a boat with an escort, and before long the whole party had embarked. "All's well!" signaled the sl3ntries, as the boats went on noiselessly. "What I meanted was dot off you don'd was want to got seasick you was keeped off der water alretty." "Yez did not; yez wor gain' to tell me to take salt pork. Shure an' don't I know yez ?" "I dinks so." "Go to sleep, you funny fellows, or else go out on picket," said l\1ark, tJassing. "Shure an' Oi'm fasht ashlape intoirely," said Patsy. "What vou said? You was waked me up a couple off dimes," added Carl. l\Iark laughed and went on, and the camp was wrapped in silence. Ned Brainerd had gone off to his own home as soon as the party had landed at Warwick. Early the next morning, soon after sunset, he came to the camp in great excitement.


THE LIBERTY BOYS SETTLING OLD SCORES. 15 He sked to see Dick, and was shown to the young captain's tent at once. Dick was up and dressed by this time. "What's the matter?" he asked. "You seem greatly excited over something." "Patty has disappeared," saicl Ned. "She has been carried off." "When did this happen?" "I don't know." "When did you discover it?" "This morning. Last night, when I returned home, I let mysel in without any noise and went to bed." "Yes?" "This morn,ing, when mother went to call Patty, she found the room disordered and a ladder at the window." "Where was your sister's room?" asked Dick, inter-ested. "At the back of the house." "And you did not go then!?" "No." "Did no one hear any sound ~uring the night?" "'l'hey say they did not_ , and they are light sleepers." "When did they go to bed ?" "At the usual time." "You heard nothing unusual your sel ?" "No, nothing." "Do you sleep h ' eavy?" "No, I am a light sleep er." ' "This may have happ e ned b e fore you came home." "It may have done so." "There was no ladder at the window yesterday?" "No, there was not." "Was the ladder yours?" "No." "Do you know whose it was ?" "It looked like one b e l o n g ing to a n e ighbor." " ,\. friend o.f yours?" "No, he's a rank Tory." "Was there any quarrel?" "No, we had nothing to do with him one way or another." "Was your sister addicted to walking in her sleep . ?" "I never knew that she was. Besides, why should she go out of the window? We did not keep ladder there habitually." "No, of course not." "What do you think about it?" "I can't tell y&t. I shall have to think it over." Dick sent for Bob and Mark and tbld them briefly what had happened. "Get ready, boys," he added, "and we will go over to the house at once." Bob and Mark hurried away without a word. "You came on horseback?" Dick asked Ned. uYes.': "Whom do you know who would do a thing like this?" "The' Greens might, but they were away yesterday." "Would the owner of the ladder do it?" "I don't know. We were not enemies. We were simply not friends." • "Is there anyone else?" "Well, there are several with whom _ we are not on good terms, and some who have declared that ,they would do us an evil turn if the y could." "Well, we will go over to the house and look about us." Dick's hor s e was brought to him at that moment by Harry Thurber. Then Dick, Bob, l\Iark, the two Harrys and Ben Spur lock set out with Ned Brainerd for the latter's home. When they neared the house they met two men carry ing a ladder. "Ef yer want ter borrer er ladder, whyn't yer come an' ast me fur et?" snarled one of the men. "I did not want to borrow one," was Ned's answer. "We have one of our own." "Waal, I found et up ter yure house." "Row did it come there? How did you know it was there?" "Sim Black tol ' me he seen et goin' by." "You could not se e it from the road. It was at the back of the house." "W aal, he must er be'n 'round ter ther back then, 'cause he seen me an' tol' me erbout et." "Someone put that ladder up to the window and car ried my sister off last night. What do you know about it?" "Donno nothin' erbout et/' said the other. "I got ernuff gal s er my own, withot kerryin' off enny more." "Well, I don't know who took away your ladder. I wish I did. It might give me a clue." "I donno nothin' erbout et. I know I had ter go arter et, an' me busy with hayin', tew." They rode on and soon reached the house. , Di ck dismount e d and went to the rear with Ned. "I am sorry thes e men h ave b e en here," said Dick. ''They may have oblit e r a ted the trail left by the others." Ba c k of the h o u s e where the laader had been placed Dick found a red handkerchi e f in the bushes. "Whose is that?" he asked. "I don't ' know. There arc many such worn here abouts." Dick lllfolded it and held it out. "Here are the letters 'W. G.' stenciled in one corner," he said . "The man we just met is named Grier," said N'ed. "What's his christian name?" "Reuben." "Has he a William or a Walter or a Waldo in his family?" "No; they are all girls, Susan, Sarah, Cynthia, Phoebe and Ann." "What is Billy Green's father's name?" "William." ''Then we'll look there first." OHAPTE_ R XI. LOOKING FOR CLUES. "Yes, but, captain," said Ned, "Green was over to Rhode Island yesterday." "So were we, but we came back, didn't we?"


lG ' -,iv THE LIBERTY BOYS SETTLING OLD SCORES. ".Jove! I believe we've :found out something," said Bob, who had followed Dick. "Perhaps," said Ned. "'rhry may have come back, 01 course." "We did not see them very late," said Dick. "No, we did not." ".And we do not know any particular reason for their staying all night." "No, and Green wouldn't. It would cost him too much. He hates to spend money. I'll wager that he had the lightest sort of meal at the tavern." "Then Green might have come over earlier than we did." "To be sure." "Welnust find out how this handkerchief got here by the ladder." "Yes, we must." Dick walked past the bushes and said : "Here are footprints made by two persons. They lead toward the garden." "Whose are they, Dick?" asked Bob. "One is made by a heavily-built man of good size, the ol-frer by a smaller person." "Arc you going to follow them, Dick?" Dick walked on, Bob and Ned following. '"I'hey go into the garden," said Dick, "but they come out again." "You don't see them?" asked Ned. "Run down to where the fence is broken, Ned." "X eel did so, followed by Bob. "It's all right, Dick," the latter called. "They come out here arld run along the fence." "See if they don't turn into the road, Bob." Bob hurried on and said in a few moments: "Yes, they do, Dick." "We will lose them in the road," said Dick to X ed, as he came up, "but there are other ways of tracking them." "You want to find the Greens, don't you, Dick?" Bob asked. "Yes. We must know if they had anything to do with this, but suspicion points to th~m." Dick then returned to the road. .Jumping on his horse, he called all the boys together. Then they set ofl' toward the house where Green lived, Dick and Bob in the lead, the rest close behind. It was something of 11 ride to Green's house. He lived not far from the water, and when they came in sight of the house they saw him on the doorstep. Dick and Ned rode up, the rest hanging back, Bob the nearest. "Where is Billy?" asked Ned. "I donno; somewheres 'round, I guess. What yer want of him, you rebel?'? "When did you come over from Rhode Island ?" "This mornin', I guess." "Did Billy come, too?" "Course he did. What yer want ter know fur?" "What were you doing up at the Brainerd house last night or early this morning, Mr. Green?" asked Dick. The Tory look_ed puzzled but not guilty, and answered: "I wasn't to ther place ertall. I tol' ycr I didn't git hum till this morn in', didn't I?" "Yes, but I don't believe you. Is this your handker chief?" 'l1l1C' Tory looked at the handkerchief which Dick held/ out and snapped: "X o, ct ain't, et's Billy's; I donno who it b'longs ter; it ain't mine; mine's all white." Then he produced a big white handkerchief to show that lie told the truth. "Where's Billy?" asked Dick. 7'1 donno; somewheres erbout, I guess. Hi, mother, where's Bill?" "Why, yer know yerself he hain't be'n seen this morn in', William," said a woman's voice within. Then an untidy-looking woman came to the door, and Green said: . "What yer talkin' erbout? Bill was here ter breakfast." "Why, William Green, yer know very well that he--" "Do:q't mind her, she's er little teched," muttered Green. "I guess yer'll find Bill somewheres erbout." "I g11ess we will," said Dick, and, signaling to the rest of the boys, they all rode on. "What do you think, captain?" asked Ned, when thcv were out of sight of the house. "That Green lied part of the time and told the -trulh the rest." "They came home yesterday," said Bob, "and Bill di:;appeared some time this morning." "Very true," declared Dick, "and now we must find the young rascal." "Then that is his handkerchief," said Ned. "Yes. I thought Green might have been the big man whose tracks we saw." "But you don't think so now?" "No, and I don't know who it is." "The fellow -nas honest when he said . he was not at your house last night," obserYed Dob. "Y cs," added Dick, "but Bill was. They came home together, and Billy slipped out some time

TUE LIBERT BOYS SE'l"rLIXG OLD SCORES. 17' ".And was Bill Green in it?" "I think he was." ".Just let me got hold of him, the hound!" sputtered Ned. "What are you going to do, Dick?" asked Ned. "I don't think Green knows where Bm is," was Dick's reply, "but he may be watching us. Ride on, boys." They all we11t ahead except Dick, Bob and Ned. Dick stood beside Major for a few moments, looking out across the water . Presently he saw a sloop round a point and come toward them. "Whose sloop is that?" he asked . "Why, it's 'l'om Green's, and that's Tom Green in it." "Older than Dilly?'~ "Yes, two or three years." The sloop passed them and wa-s beached at a convenient point. Then Tom Green got out and, after tying up the vessel, walked up the beach to the road. "That isn't the fellow who was with Billy," said Dick. "He isn't big enough." "He's as big a rascal, though," said Ned. "I'm going over to Newport, boys," said Dick suddenly. CHAPTER XII. A LIVELY TLIE ON THE B.A.Y. "Wbat for, Dick?" asked Bob. "To look for Patty." "Do you think she is there?" "Yes, I do." "Why wouldn't she be on this side of the bay?" "She would be found too easily." t "But if Tom Green had the sloop, how did Bill get it, or vice versa?" "Billy didn't have it." "But we saw where one had been pushed out." "That may have been Green's. Billy did not go in that:'' "No, but we saw his tracks." "Exactly, and they pushed off there, but in another vessel," said Dick, ''and we must look for , them." "Ilow are you going to know where to look?" asked Bob. "There are many hiding-places among the rocks along shore around Ncwpoit." "So there are." "\Ye must get a boat," continued Dick, "and have a hunt in these places. I know many of them myself." "I know some of them," said Ned. "So do I," added Bob. "I know where we can get a boat," said Neel, and then they went on a little farther. There was a :fisherman who owned a sailboat, and as he was not using it at the time, he was quite willing to lend it to Dick. As it was not large enough to hold all the boys, a part of them returned to the camp, taking the horses. Dick, Bob, Mark and Ned got in, raised the sail and pushed off. "We'll settl e old scores with the young scamp if we catch him," said Bob. They had not time to change their uniforms, but Dick; B'ob and Mark removed their coats, as it was a warm day, and stowed them in the lockers. Dick steered, Bob handled the little sail, and Mark and Ned stood ready to do anything that was required of them. / 'l'here was a light wind, but as much as they wanted, and they skimmed over the bay li~e a bird. They passed b.etwcen Patience and Prudence Islands and then headed for the upper part of the island. They were spinning along, when Dick suddenly exclaimed: "There's a boat with some redcoats in it!" ".Are they corning our way?" asked Bob. "~ ot especially, although they may suspect us if we go too close." "What are you going to do?" asked Mark. "Settle old scores and capture them," shortly. "Jove! That's a good idea," chuckled Bob. Dick then headed his boat towards the other. There wore four redcoats in the boat, and they were not experts at handling it. Down went Dick's boat, and presently one of the redo-oats shouted: "Hi, there, you lubbers, look out where you're going or you'll run us down." "It would be a great joke to do it," laughed Bob. "I don't want to," said Dick. Re kept on, swung alongside the other boat and sud denly said: "Down with the sails, boys! Capture those fellows!" Down came the sail, and in a minute they all leaped on board the other boat, Dick taking the warp. The redcoats were overpowered before they knew what the boys were about. Then the boat's sail was lowered. "We're not going to hurt you fellows," said Dick, "but we want your coats." "By jove, I believe you're rebels!" cried one of the prisoners. "A pretty good guess, altl,ough we call ourselves pa triots," returned Dick. The soldiers were relieved of their coats, and then the boys went back to their own boat, ran up the sail and got away in lively style. '"l'hey won't be able to catch us," said Dick. "Not the way they were handling the boat," laughed Bob. "Nobody will believe them if th.ey make any fusti either," f.;aid Mark. "No, because they are not sailors, and soldiers don't go out in boats." • It would take the rec1coats some little time to get up their sail, not being used to it. Then, by the time they set their course to follow the boys, the latter would be well on their way. Dick Slater was an expert in handling a boat of any sort, and the others were all proficient.


18 THE LIBERTY BOYS SETTLING OLD SCORES. They went scurrying up the coast and at length disap peared around a point. They passed Coddington's Cove and made for a bluff .beyond it at some distance where there were many hiding-place13 in the rocks. As they neared it they saw a little sloop riding at anchor in a little cove. "I say, Ned, do you recognize that sloop?" Di ck asked. "Yes, it's Jim D~e's." "Bill ran off with it yesterday. I thought I h.'"Il.ew it." "That's the fellow who tried to rob old Dexter, isn't it?" Bob asked. "Y cs." "But if he ran off with the sloop, what has he got it so near home for?" "I've got it!" "Well?" "That's the roloop that Billy Green came over in. Bill helped him carry off Patty Brainerd. He's just the sort to ' make tracks like those we saw." Dick ran into the COYE; and lowered the sail. Looking about as they swung down near the sloop, they saw no one on board nor anywhere on shore. Dick ran alongside the sloop, ,but saw no sign of anyone on board. Then with a couple of oars they ran in close to shore and beached their boat. There were rocks all about and on]y a narrow stretch of good beach. Dick looked around, but the tide had been steadily ris ing for some time, and he saw no footprints. "L"B'ok around, boys , " he said. "The redcoats will hardly follow us here." There was a rough path leading among the rocks, and J\Imk -walked along it a short distance. Then it divided, one part being much rougher than the oth er . 'l'he1e wns no sign of anyone about, and :Mark took the easiest path. • Then Bob came up and took the other, Dick keeping a watch on the cove. , Ned walked along and discovered another path, which he folJowed. In a short time a boat appeared at the mouth of the cove. It was manned by Bo:itish sailors, with a midshipman in the sternsheets. "Boat ahoy!" cried Dick, as the boat came on. "On shore, ahoy!" "Looking for the nmaways ?" "Aye, aye!" "So are we. Thay l ef t a boat here, you see." "So they did. Seen anything of them?" "Not yet; we are looking. Better go farther along and watch." "Aye, aye!" and the boat pulled out of the cove and presently disappeared. , In a few moments the boys returned and reported find ing nothing. "Those fellows we boarded have spread the alarm," said Dick, "and a ship's long boat came by just now . " "'l'he scoundrels must be somewhere about," declared Bob, "with that boat so near." "Yes;" was Dick's reply, "and we must find them. Come on. V{e are safe from intrusion now." CITAPTER XIII. ON TTIE WRONG SCENT. The midshipman took Dick for a redcoat captain and suspected nothing. He had gone off up the coast ap.d would not trouble Dick again. ,,, The boys were safe to go on with their search, there fore. They set off up the path which :Mark had followed, find ing it led to the plains above. The one that Bob had iaken seemed to end in a short time against the face of a cliff. Dick was greatly puzzled. He was certain that the girl was hidden somewhere among the rocks. So far, however, there seemed to be no hiding-places big enough for a rahbit to crawl into. Following the path which Ned had taken, Dick presentl y saw one leading from it. The main path ended at a wall of rock. This one, which Dick had discovered by accident, for it was scarcely visible, might give better results. It was Yery rou gh at first, but then became smoother, so that it was not necessccfry to clamber over the rough stot\es as at first. Dick led the way, the rest following in single file. There was not room for two abreast, and at times scarcely room for one. At last in some fine sand Dick saw a well-defined footpri nt. He said nothing, but pushed on, keeping his eyes open. Then on a bit of turf in the path he saw another footprint. "iY e are going the right way at last," was his thought. The path l ed up, but in another direction :from that which Mark had followed. At last it led along a great cleft in the cliff, where the water surged and roarC'd. to the top. Not far distant was a little stone house, scarcely more than a story in height. From the chimney of this smoke was lazily curling. "Come on, boys," said Dick. "It is Pfsible that we may learn something here." The climb had been a tedious one, and the boys were glad of a rest. Ap1roaching the house, ])ick looked in at the open door and saw an ill-favored woman at work, while a man sat near smoking a short pipe. , The man was the one whom Dick had seen the day before on the long wharf . "So you got your boat, did you, Jim Doane?'? he asked, standing at the door. "Yus, I did," with a growl.


THE LIBERTY BOYS SETTLING OLD SGORES. 19 "Where's Bill?" "I donno," snarling. "Wisht I did. How'd you know. anything erbout et?" "Where did you find your boat? We're looking for Bill . H~ tried to rob old Mr. Dexter yesterday." "H'm! An' the redcoats are arter him, are they? Wull, so am I, ther skunk!" "Where did you find your boat?" "Over by ther hangin' rock. I fetched her hum. I didn't see Bill. Wisht I had." Dick had been looking at the man sharply without seeming to do so. He was satisfied that Jim was telling the truth, al though he would have lied soon enough if it would have profited him. "We saw the boat and recognized it and thought Bill might be around." "No, he ain't, an' if I see him fust, yer won't git no chanst ter 'rest him." "~erhaps not," with a laugh. "Good day." Dick then left the house, and the whole party started to return. Descending the path alon?side the split cliff, they saw the ship's long boat working along shore. "We were on a wrong seen t , " s aid Dick, "the same as we have sent that boat on one." • "It's a good way to the hanging rock, ' " said Ned. "Yes, but we can go ashore not far from it." "You don't mean •the Jl.1:id

20 • THE LIBERTY J30YS SETTLING OLD SCORES . Dick I1aid no attention to the summons. "\Yind and tide were favorable, and he stood on . Then there came a puff of white smokefrom the cut-ter's bow. Boom! A small shot went whistling through the air. It fell short of the sailboat, and Dick kept right on. In a few minutes another shot was fired. The cutter had kept up the chase, her commander evi dently hoping to overhaul Dick. The second shot fell nearer than the first, but did no damage. "Try again if you don't succeed," laughed Bob. "Oh, you can try," added Mark, "and keep on trying, but that's all the gqod it will do you . " The cutter fired a third time, but Dick tacked at the same moment and the shot flew wild. 'rhen Dick stoou on, and the cutter gave up tbe chase. "Good-by!" laughed Mark, waving his hat. "And a good riddance," sputtered Bob. "I could have told you that it was 0 no use in the first place." "Well, we have been on a wild goose chase," said Mark, as they neared the shore. "What are you going to do now, Dick?" "Look for this scamp. There are hiding-places on this side of the bay as well as on the other." "Very true," agreed Mark. "Do you suppo s e Green knows anything about it, captain?" asked Ned. "No, I think not." "He would know the risk of such a proceedin g , of course." "Yes, and would be afraid to undertake it." "Then Billy did not consult him in the matter?'' "No, and the old man -knows nothing of it, I am sure. , " "Then how are we going to set to work?" asked l\Iark. "Keep a watch -0n Billy and follow him," said Dick. Drawing up the boat and taking out the scarlet coat;; of the British soldiers, Dick said: "We had better go to the camp now and search for this scoundrel later." "If I catch him, I will settl~ with him in short order," !'aid Ned, angrily. "You had better come to the camp with us," said Dick. "We will send word that we are on the trail at last." Nearing the camp, Mark said with a laugh: "I see Patsy on guard. I am going to give him a scare . " Then he put on a red coat over his own and went f.Qr-ward . The others hung back out of sight. Patsy was diligently marching up , and down, when all at once he saw a supposed redcoat approaching. "Oh my, oh my, wud yez luck at dhat, Cookyspiller?" he cried . "Here comes a ridcoat." "What you doed?" asked Carl. "Shure an' Oi'll capther him, so Oi will." Mark kept straight on, and Patsy roared: "Shtand an' deliver, ye red-coated vilyan! Surround him, Cookyspiller!" Other Liberty Boys, hearing the noise, came running out. "Surrendher!" roarc

J I 'l'HE LIBERTY BOYS SETTLING OLD SCORES. ft When Billy went out, the word was passed to the boys None of the other boats had any oars, so he had to take by means of signals. one or nothing. ' Dick finally followed him along the shore to the boats. He was expert at sculling, however, and so was indiffer-Billy took a rowboat and went fishing, being in sight ent whether he . had one oar or two. for an hour or more. The moon was not more than half an hour from the He finally came in with a string of fish, tied up his line of its setting, and Dick knew that tinrn was precious.. boat and went home. . , He could see Tom rowing vigorously, but with his back Here he remained till just before sunset, when he went to the stern. out again. "He wants to see where he is going," thought Diek. This time he went to a neighbor's for some eggs, re-"That gives me one advantage, as he does not see me." turning at once. In rowing ordinarily one has his back to the bow an

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