The Liberty Boys and the refugees, or, The escape at Battle Pass

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A Weekly Magazine containing Stories of the American Revolution. . . r..siui,i TFeekly-By Subsc,-iption $2.50 per year. Entered as Second-Class :Matter at t h e New York Post Office . February 4, 1901, by Frank Tousey. No. 371. NEW YORK, FEBRUARY 7, 1908. . . Price 5 Cents. ~~rn~ffilLJ)1 [filillJY{ AND :-:-: .-., .. . ,. 0 The Bri&lab came dashing down the pa!'s toward the barricade. Dick behind the chains and dried: "Advance at your :oeril!" . Then rty Boys and farmers' sons leveled their pieees at the en.,, D .y. '.''lie leading ' suddenly rein e

THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '7 3 A W e ekly Ma1razine Containing Stor ies of the American Rev oluti , 9 d Issued JVeekly-By Subscription $2.50 per 11ear. Entered as Second Clas.s llfatter at the New York, N . r .. Post Offwe, 1 February 4. 1901. E11tered according to . , ct of Congnss, in the yea1 1908, in the otfice of the Librarian of Cong, ess, TVcishington, D. C., by Frank 1'ousey, Publishe,, 2,1 Union Squcire, 1Yew York. ,. No. 371. NEW YORK, FEBRUARY 7, 1908. PRIG E 5 CENTS. CHAP'rER I. They were thieves and outlaws of the worst type, and committed excesses of all sorts . "Hurry, Bob!" said Dick. "Get all the Liberty Boys IN TIIE RA1\IAPO VALLEY . 1 you can. We must try conclusions with these refugees, . . [ but we need a good force." Two boys were rnling alon~ the we~t ~ank of the Ram~Bob at once rode up the valley at full speed, while paugh Creek, or Ramapo River, as 1t 1s now known, m Dick stopped for a few moments to question the girl who ~ockland County, New York, one pleasant summer day had given the information. lil the year . 1781. The camp of the Liberty Boys was fully a mile distant, On both s1~es of the creek, as. far as the eye coul~ see, but parties of the boys were often out on the road, and were lofty hills, some green with verdure, others bare Bob hoped that he might encounter some of them shortly. and gray. Dick's informant was Bessie Wood, a girl living in the 'ro the left in the distance was Torn Rock, rising above neighborhood, and well acquainted with all the people. all others, while on the right ,Yere Green )fountain, an -:i\Iany of the Cowboys were known to her by reputation, other hill now known a Mount ,IcGregor, and at the and some by sight. lower entrance of the valley two round emmences, calleJ, She had been able to identify l;,Ome of the party, thererespectively, IIooge Kop and Noordje Kop, the High and fore. and she told Dick who thev w-ere. the ::'forth hills, to translate their original Dutch n_aroes. The Smiths were the sons of Claudius Smith, a noted One o.r the boys ,rns attired as a captain and rode a Cowboy, who had a long time been a terror to the region. magnificent black horse of pure Arabian blood. He had been a large, fine-looking man of strong mind, 'l'he other wa;, well mounted, ancl wore the uniform of but a thorough desperado . a first lieutenant . After a career of crime he was .finally caught and These boys were Dick Slater and Bob Estabrook, rehanged at Goshen, with two others. spectively, and belonged to the Liberty Boys, a bnnd of His three sons now led the gang he had led, and swore one hundrncl patriot youths, who had done good service for to haYe revenge for the death of their father. the cause of freedom in the American Revolution. "Dick Smith was with them," Bessie said, "and some At this time the war was mostly confined to the South, of the Van Voorsts, and some I didn't know." but as the British still held New York ancl Long and "And they were going down to Sloat's ?" Staten Islands, and Lhere were many evil-di~posed ~er-"Yes, so they said." sons on both sides o:f the Hudson, ready to make mischief, "It is some little distance to the place, and we may be the presence o.f the military was necessary. able to get enough o.f the boys together to stop them be-The Americans, now having the material assistance of fore thev reach it." the French, were preparing to scn

'l'HE LIBER'l'Y BOYS AND THE REFUGEES. o were handsome youths, and were known as the The latter were determined, however, and never showed arrys, their names being Harry Thurber and Harry any mercy to the marau ders . n. Seeing the boys coming, the people of the farmhouse e other two were a jolly looking Irish boy, named . and their servants now swanned out. y Brannigan, and a fat, German youth, who tipped The refugees abandoned their plunder and fled. scales at two hundred pounds and rejoiced in the After them rac ed Dick and his brave boys, re solved to na 1e of ~rl Gookenspi e ler. punish them. "Phwat's dhe matther at all at all, bhys . ?" asked Patsy. Some of the refugees turned in their saddles and fired . "Was dere some fighding been alretty ?" asked Carl. One or two o-f the boys r eceived slight hurts. "Shure an' Oi always do know phwin Oi do be hearin' The whole band new fi~d at the refugees.

THE LIBERTY BOYS Ar D '.I'HE REFUGEES. 3 Past Wrightman's Fields, land then under cultivation, butlong since allowed to run wild, and on toward the Torn Rock they rode, now seeing or hearing the ugitives and now losing them. At last the road branched off, one part going toward Sloatsburg and the other toward the Torn. "They have separated," said Dick, at the fresh track. "And we don't know which road either has taken," added 1\Iark. • "It is very likely that Smith will go to Sloatsburg," observed J aek. "Very likely," replied Dick. "And the other fellow may hide in any one of a hun dred holes in this wilderness," declared Marl;:, "Part of this road is good," Dick presently ubserved, "and part is bad; but it is as well to go this \fay as to turn back." "And, then. we might come upon Smith or the other fellow," added Jack. They, therefore, made their way along the road through the hills, now on the ,brink of a precipice and now close to upland swamps, where the sun scarcely ever penetrat ed, even at midday. They were riding on at as rapid a rate as they coulil go in safety, when, in an open space, they came upon a little cabin right on the edge of the woods. Smoke was coming from a hole in the roof, which was the only chimney the place afforded and through the un glazed window the boys saw a woman at work. She was a negress, but. her husband, who now came to the door, was half-Indian and half-negro. He was an evil-looking fellow, a were two of his sons, big, brawny fellows, who appeared just behind him. There were many of these queer people among the hills, Dick knew, and they bore an evil reputation. Most of them took the names of white families with whom they or their ancestors had lived. It was not uncommon, therefore, to find negroes or halfbreeds bearing the names of Suffern, De Groat, De Vries and other families. "Did you see Richard Smith pass by here not long .. since?" asked Dick. "No, sah; nobody pass by heah, sah," with a growl and a downward look. "Then whose tracks are these?" pointing to the soft earth. "Mars John Suffern, he go by yes'day; dem his tracks." "Going to Sloat's was he? Why didn't he take the riTer road?" "Donno; guess he enjoyed this here one more better." "Was that Richard Smith or some one else who passed just now?" asked Dick. "Donno; didn't see him. '.Might be him, might by nod er feller." "You didn't look up to see?" "No; busy!" with a growl. "Why did you come out to see us, then?" "N eber know two fellers go by one day before, t'ought it monst'ous queer; come out to see." From the woods behind the hovel came other evillooking men, half-Indian, half-negro, and all bad, regard, ing Dick and the boys with evil looks. Some of them had old rifles and one had a short scythe_. which he carried in a belt at his side, like a sword. "Wbat you rebel want?" this man growled, advancing. "Nothing," said Dick. "Come on, boys!" "Go oder way; no go dis way!" snarled the evil-look-' ing fellow. Then he and the others began to form in line aero s the path, a cliff on one side and a precipice on the other. "Stand aside!" said Dick, in a firm tone. "We are going this way!" The men advanced and completed the line. "Forward!" cried Dick. Then he dashed ahead, Mark ~nd Jack close behind. Two of the men went crashing into the tol)6 0 trees below them, and others were pressed flat against the ledge. The line was broken and on went the boys. Then bullets flew after them, and one passed through the crown of Dick's hat. "Forward, boys!'' he said, and on they sped out of the reach of any more bullets. CHAPTER III. VISITORS TO THE CAMP. "That was a lucky escape," muttered Jack, as the boys rode down a gentle slope. They could see the river winding through the valleJ below, the Torn R-0ck behind them, and Green Mountain to the left, across the river. "Yes, for they say these people won't stop at murder, if they take a notion," added Mark. "Some of them have an evil reputation," observed Dick~ "and some have been faithful friends to the cause." "Very likely," said Mark, "but I cant tell the good from the bad, and I haven't seen one yet whom I would trust." "It's the same with me," laughed Jack. "I'm like Mark; I can't tell them apart." Now and then they caught sight of the !r.ver: stretch ing like a silver thread upon its sinuous course. As the crow flew it was not more than two miles to Sloat's, but by the river it must have been four or five. The road over the mountain was more direct and led to a bridge which crossed the stream above where they had attacked the Cowboys. They lost the trail of the man they were following at length, and he had either gone into the woods or gonG down some bypath, of which there were many, leading in different directions. Crossing the river, they made their way to the camp. It was now middle afternoon, the fight, the chase and the subsequent journey having occupied about three hours. The other parties had come in, all having failed to catch any of the refugees or Cowboys. "We chased them down to Ramapo Pass," said Bob, "but as that is fairly infested with such evil cattle an


l 'l'llE LIBER'rY BOYS A~D THE REFUGEES. 1there are redcoats on the way to Suffern's, they say, we topped in good season." , "We had a chase of it," observed Mark, "but lost our man in the tangle on the road to Torn Rock and beyond." "At all eTents, we have given them a lesson," remarked Dick. "An' mesilf an appetoite, be dhe same token!" added Patsy. "So, aT yez will sit down, Oi'll give yez all something te take it away, begorrah !" While the boys were at their dinner two young ladies rode up to the camp. Ben Spurlock, one of the liveliest of the boys, was on guard at the time. "Go right in," he said. "Dick and Bob will be glad to see you, and you are just in time for dinner." "Aren't you rather late?" asked one of the girls, who looked something like Bob. "Well, you see, we have dinner when we're ready for it, not when it's ready for us," Fen replied, with a laugh, as he helped the girls to dismount. "That's a Tery good plan," laughed the other girl, who looked liko Dick Slater. "It's the only one we can go upon," said Ben. "This morning we had a brush with Cowboys, refugees and the other pests of the valley and have but returned." "These eTil men are worse than the redcoats." ' "And are the effect of the invasion by the redcoats. If they had not come, neither would the Cowboys, Skinners and all auch men of bad repute." "Very true," said both girls, as they went on. . "Hello t There are the girls!" cried Bob, suddenly jumping up. Then he and Dick ran forward, kissed bo~h girls in turn and led them to the rude tables where the Liberty Boys dined. All the boys arose and saluted. "Shure an' yez do be as welkim as dhe flowers av May, Miss Alice, an' dhe same to yersilf, Miss Edith," said Patsy, with a beaming smile. "Und you was choost in dime for dinner been alzo," said Carl. "H9wld yer whist, Cookyspiller, an' go an' bring some bot stew an' petaties an' some av dhe succotash. Shure ~m' Oi wor j1st goin' to ax yez mesilf, young leddies." "Oh, but we had our dinner before we came away, Patsy," said both girls. "Shure G.n' dhat doesn't matther. Dhe bhys will ate betther BT dhey do be seein' yer shmoilin' faces forninst dhim." "I think you a :flatterer, Patsy," said one. "I dinks he was ein humbug," chuckled Carl. "He was said dose tings to all der gals alretty." There wes a general laugh at this, in which the girls joined, but they sat down, nevertheless. The girls were Alice Estabrook, sister of Bob ann sweetheart of Dick, and Edith Slater, who reversed these two relations to the boys in question. "When did you come?" asked Dick. "This morning. We are at Turner's, and rode down to see you." "The Cowboys are abroad," said Dick, "rind you must be cautious. We had a brush with them this morning." , . "So Ben informed us." "Claudius Smith's sons and a lot more ruffians were in the party, but we fortunately discovered them in time to prevent their doing any mischief." "Now they will be going up the valley and into Orange County," added Bob. "You must be careful how you go out alone." Dick and Bob and, in fact, the greater part of the Liberty Boys, lived in Westchester County, on the other side of the Hudson. Alice and Edith had come over to visit some friends on the west shore and, knowing that the boys were not far away, had ridden down to see them. The girls were stopping some miles farther up the val~ ley, and Dick aud Bob decided to see them home after they had finished their visit to the camp. 'rhe Liberty Boys all knew the two girls, and greatly admired them, doing their best always to make the visits of the latter pleasant. Patsy got up an especially fine supper for them, and the boys sang, told stories and otherwise amused their guests. In the early dusk the boys set out with their sweet hearts and rode off at a gallop, followed by the cheers of the Liberty Boys. 'l'hey passed forges, where the men were busy at work, the fires sending a bright glow across their path and the hammers ringing a merry tune in answer to the tramp of their horses. Then they rode by happy homes, where lights shone upon merry groups of children, and the 1athers and mothers beaming upon them in calm content. On they rode at a good gait, sometimes meeting way farers on the road and receiving a hearty greeting, and now and then overtaking some one just going into his dooryard after a day of toil. They reached the girls' stopping place at last in the early evening and were gladly welcomed. After a stay of something more than an hour, Dick and Bob set out upon their horses to return to camp. Dick Slater's black horse, Major, whom he had captured from the. British some years previous, was much speedier than Bob's. 'rhere was no great need of haste, however, and s~ the boys kept together, riding on at an easy gait and chat ting as they rode. They were riding on in this way when Dick suddenly drew rein and said : "Sh! '!'here is some one coming." "Who is it, Dick?" Bob asked, in a low tone. "I think they are enemies. Get into the shade under the trees." Bob at once obeyed Dick, taking a position just ahead of him. Where they were standing the overhanging boughs of the trees threw a deep shadow, and it was next to impos sible to see them. Two or more men were coming along the road on horse back at an easy gait. Dick had heard them, and a word or two he had caught told him to be cautious. Otherwise he would have gone on and greeted the


TII.J!j LIBERTY BOYS AXD THE REFUGEES. 5 riders, as he had greeted others he had met that evening. On came the men and Dick heard one of them say distinctly: -"If we can find the camp of the young rebels we'll run off their horses." ".And kill Slater and a dozen more to pay for the run they gave us this morning," "I can find it!" growled a third. "I know some one who knows." 'rhen the men rode on, the boys having remained un discovered. "Cowboys and refugees," muttered Dick, when they had gone on. "And going to attack our camp and run off our horses," with a snort. "Fellows like these have tried to oppose us before, Bob," shortly. . ".And been surprised in their turn, and we have not always known of it, either." The boys said nothing more about it till they reached the camp. Then Dick said to Mark: "We may have visitors some time to-night. Tell the boys to keep a little sharper lookout than usual." "All right," said Mark, who understood. CHAPTER IV. I.. NIGHT VISIT TO THE CAlIP. No one would have thought, from the appearance of the camp that night, that the Liberty Boys expected anything out of the common run to happen. The fires were no brighter than usual; there did not seem to be any more sentries than at other times, and the camp was as quiet as though there were not an enemy within a hundred miles. For all that, the boys were on the lookout, and no one could have approached the camp without their knowing it. Paul Howes, one of the boys, pacing up and down"'fiear ::.. :mouldering fire, quite late that night heard some one coming. He listened intently, and w as soon satisfied that there was only one person approaching. Waiting till he could see the outlines of a man coming on at a slouching gait, he said, sharply: "Halt ! Who goes there?" The man, who wore a . fringed hunting shirt and a coon skin cap, came forward a few paces, and said, in drawling tones: "Is this ther camp er ther Liberty Boys?" "Well, suppose it is?" returned Paul, eying the man closely. "Run an' tell ther capting thet I wanter see him bad." The hoot of an owl was hea.rd. "H'm! Them squinch owls make me feel kind er skeery," the man said. "I reckon suthin's ergoin' ter happen. Run an' tell him, can't yer?" Then a whip-poor-will began to sound its quick notes. "H'm! 'Pears ter me all the birds in creation air er singin' ter-night !" muttered the man. "Whyn't yer go fur the capting, same as I axed yer ?" "What do you want of me?" asked a voice from the darkness. 'l'he man fairly jumped. He had heard no one, seen no one, except Paul, and the Yoice startled him. "Be you ther captaing er ther Liberty Boys? I want ter see ycr. Thcy's a gang er Cowboys down ther. road an 1.hey don't reckon they's any rebels within ten miles on 'cm." "Well?" "Ef yer was ter take some er ther boys down there, you'd s'prisc 'cm amazin'. I'll show yer where they be. I'm er rebel, just like you be, an' I'd like ter see yer thrash 'em." Dick was always distrustful of men who ralled th.em sel ves "rebels." The patriots did not use the word, and Dick had found from experience that those who did were either sneaks and spies or open enemies. "Oh, we'll thrash them soon enough," muttered Dick. He divined the man's intentions in an instant. These were to get a part of the company out of the way. Then the refugees would fall upon the camp and make off with the horses. "Ain't yer goin' arter 'em?" the stranger asked. "No," shortly. "But they've been killin' my cows an' takin' 'em ter ther king's sogers an' I want yer ter go arter 'em an' thrash 'em." Dick gave a sudden signal. The hooting of the owl and the cry of the nightbirds had all been signals. At once three or four boys sprang forward and the man was seized. The fire was brightened and Dick looked a.t the fellow. "You're a spy!" he said. "You came here to decoy some of us away that these Cowboys could come in!" "Donno what ye're takin' erbout," growled the man. They could see him turn pale and look u~easy, how ever. From this they h."D.ew that Dick had guessed aright. "We ought to hang you!" said Dick, sternly. "You are nothing but a spy, and I am not sure that you are not of the Smiths' gang." "No, I ain't; I'm er honest man an' er rebel, jest like you." "You fool! Don't you know that no patriot ever calls himself a 'rebel'?" sputtered Bob. "Go bring a TQpe," said Dick to some of the boys, who just now approached. "Don't hang me." cried the man, trembling violently. "Don't hang me, an' I'll tell yer all erbout et; honest u.n' truly I will!" From his very terror Dick h."D.ew that the fellow was telling the truth. His sending for a rope was only a ruse. He had no intention of hanging the Tory, as he knew the man to be.


6 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE REFUGEES. The suggestion had its effect, however. "Well?" he said. "They ain't no Cowboys down that way where I was goin' ter take yer." "0 course not,'' dryly. "Thet was jest ter split up yer party, so's ther fellers could run in." "Of course. Where are they?" "Down ther road er piece, hidin' in ther passes leadin' to'a.rd Green Mountain." "How were they going to know when we had sent a party off?" "I was goin' ter shoot off er pistol, like I done et by ca'lessness, an' then they was ter come up. The boys now returned with the rope. "Yer said yer wouldn't hang me ef I told yer," said the man, his teeth chattering. "Tie him to a tree out of the way," said Dick. "Gag him!" The prisoner was led away, bound securely to a tree and then gagged. Then Dick fired a single shot. The Liberty Boys waited to see what result this would have. They were not to fire or show themselves till Dick gave the word. They were all wide awake and ready, however. There had been intended surprises before, where the Liberty Boys were not the ones surprised. In a short time Dick Slater's sharp ears caught the sound of approaching riders. His senses were all most acute, and he could hear sound quicker than any of the others. "The_r are coming," he said, "and trying not to make too much noise as yet." In a few moments Rob muttered: "Yes; I hear them." "Keep quiet till I give the word,'' said Dick. "They will make a rush shortly." The llight or the fire shone upon the white tents and on the forms of two or three pickets, marching up and down. To all appearances, the camp was asleep. The so2rn1.d of oncoming horses grew louder. Then, all at once, there was a y~ll, and a body of men burst upon the camp, firing rifles, muskets and pistols. Then, suddenly, the fires blazed up, and the Liberty Boys sprang to their feet. They had drawn the fire of the refugees by a clever ruse. "~ ! " cried Dick. Crasla-roar ! .Out rang the muskets, with terrible. effect. Instead of carrying everything before them, as they had expected, the Cowboys and refugees were driven back. "Charge!" cried Dick. At once the dauntless boys dashed forward, firing a rattling pistol volley. The charge was too hot for the refugees. They fell back in great disorder and then scattered in all directions. 1 The boys pursued them for a short distance only. They dove into the woods, fled up and down the road, and quickly disappeared. Somehow, their intended surprise had been a failure and they did not know what to make of it. They had not counted upon the vigilance of the Liberty Boys, who were like veterans, with theii: long experi ence. After the Cowboys and refugees had fled Dick gave orders to have\ the prisoner unbound. "Tell those who sent you," he said, "that, although we are boys, we are always on the lookout. Now, go, but if you are found hanging about our camp again you will be hanged." The man was then released. CHAPTER V. TIIE BENEFIT OF '.rHE DOVBT. As soon as the boy let go of the spy he was off like a shot. "We don't want to keep him," said Dick. "For he is not worth hanging," added Bob. "And this thing will be a lesson to him,'' declared Mark. "Very true," observed Dick. "He won't act as a spy foT them any more, or n.ot around our camp, at any rate." "Shure an' he wint so fasht intoirely," laughed Pat y, "dhat he moight have been shot out av a goon." "Ya; he was went so gwick alTctty dot you don'd could sawn where he was gone," said Carl, soberly. ThJ) camp soon resumed its wonted stillness, and no one would have known that it had so lately been the scene of such activity. The Cowboys did not again visit it that night, and nothing occurred to disturb the plucky boys. That ID.l)rning Dick learned that a band of men had gone northward during the night, and it was thought they were the Cowboys. "If those fellows have gone north," said Dick, "they may take a notion to attack the people whom the girl~ are staying with." r "If they know that they are patriots they will be sure to do so," added Bob. "We told them to be careful, to be sure." "Yes, and they won't venture out alone so long as the scoundrels are known to be about." "No," said Dick. "But what I am afraid of is that they might attack the house where the girls are stay ing." "Then we had better take precautions, hadn't we, Dick?" "I think we had. We can be of as much use up there as in the Ramapo Valley." "Yes, and we can easily return. The girls can stop with Bessie Wood as well as where they are." "Very true, and I think we will take a run up there with some of the Liberty Boys and see how things are going."


THE LIBERTY BOYS Al~D THE REFUGEES. 7 "H the refugees are making trouble in Orange County, or elsewhere, we can easily send for more." "Yes, so we can." Dick quicldy called for twenty of the Liberty Boys to go with himself and Bob. Jack, Ben, Sam Sanderson, Paul Howes, the two Harrys and ' a dozen or so more quickly responded to the call. Paul Howes rode a white horse, which he had captured from the enemy, and, with Dick's black, Jack's bay mare -~nd other fine animals, the boys made a good showing as they dashed away. Mark was left in charge of the camp, being thoroughly efficient, besides being well liked by all the boys. They were well beyond Sloat's when they heard that the men they had routed the previous night had passed 'through at a gallop just before daybreak. "They must have waited somewhere before going on," said Dick. "Yes, and they may have divided," returned Bob . The boys rode on at a rattling speed, hearing less and less of the refugees as they proceeded. "They have either taken another road or have dispersed," observed Dick. "But you think we had better go on?" asked Bob. "By all means. I would not be satisfied if I dicl not.''' They had left the river well to the right and were passing through a well-wooded region, wliere the trees grew thick on each side of the road. Suddenly they heard a pistol shot and a cry of alarm in a girl's vpice, just ahead of them. "Forward!" cried Dick, dashing ahe ad, with Bob at his side. J:wk , Paul and Ben Spurlock: were close behind. In a moment they came upon two girls on horseback, opposed by four mounted men, all evil-looking fellowi> . . The men were endeavoring to drag the girls from their horses. One of them had evidently fired the shot they had liearo, One of the men had b1ood on his cheek, the bullet hav . ing apparently grazed it. 'rl1e girls were Alice :3-nd Edith. Dick recognized two of the men as being among those he had chased across the river . In a moment Dick and Bob were right among the men, Jack: following at the next instant. . 1:here was a scramble at once . Wlule--0!!:k and Bob saved the girls from injury, Jack and his companions and then half a dozen more, fell upon the refugees . There was a littie r')ad leading off to the left at this point, and two of the men at once dove uown it and escaped . . One flew straight ahead and got away, but the fourth was dragged from his horse and bound to a tree. "You're a pretty lot 0 orutes !" sputtered Bob, angrily. "Four of you against two girls ! What ought we to do with you?" 1 "I was tryin' ter help ther gals!" snarled the prisoner. "I ain't one er them fellers . I'm er Skinner an' down on ther Cowboys." "There's very little difference between you," sa . id Dick. "The most of you Skinners, while avowed Whigs, are as ' bad as the Tories and despoil both parties." "How did you happen to be out, rp.y girl?" asked Bob of Edith. "We tolcl you to be cautious . " "We heard that the refugees had gone on into Orange County and that it was safe." "Did this fellow attack you, Alice?" asked Dick. "He was not with the others at first, and he may have tried to help us," replied Alice . "You cannot say that he did not?" "No; it all happened so quickly." Three or four men now came along, having been at tracted by the sound of firearms. Dick recognized one, for he knew many of the people of the neighborhood. "Do you know this man, Van Tassel?" he asked. ''Yus, Cap'n; I know him," with a grunt, as if to say that he was not proud of the acquaintance. "Who is he?" "Jeems Saunders, that's his name." "Live around here?" " 'Bout haffer mile ter ther west'ard." "Is he a Tory?'' "No, he ain't; but he ain't none ther better fur that." "Then he isn't a Cowboy? He does not beleng to Claudius Smith's gang?" "No, he ain't as bad as that." "Is he a Skinner?" "I've heard tell he was, but I couldn't say m'self." "You never heard of his being with the Cowboys, any of them?" "No, I never did . Folks says all sorts o' things 'bout him, but et isn't always safe to take what folks sa~s as gospil." "Very true," said pick. Then, turning to the prisoner, he added : "Saunders, I am going to give you the benefit of the doubt . The young ladies say that p _ erhaps you may have helped them." Saunders said nothing, but looked fixedly at Dick, as if to read his thoughts . "You don't seem to bear a very enviable' r,eputation, but it is not always just to give a dog a bad name and then hang him . " • Saunders looked at Dick in silence, as before. "You say you are a Skinner. That, in :,p.ost cases, would be enough to condemn you . How . ever, wtl will give you a Scotch verdict." "Not proven," muttered Jack. "But we've got our opinion, just the same," added some of the neighbors. "Untie him!" said Dick . It was done and the man recovered his horse. "I'm erbleeged ter yer, Cap'n," he said. "Mebbe I have got a bad name, but I've told yer just what hap pened." "Make a good name for yourself, Saunders," said Dick, "and the other will be forgotten. If we catch you at any crooked work after this, you will not get off so easy . " "All right, Cap'n," and the man rode away.


8 THE LIBER'rY BOYS AND THE REFUGEES. CHAP'l'ER VI. THE REFUGEES .A.T B.A.Y. The neighbors generally did not blame Dick for letting Saunders go free. 'rhey had not seen the attack, and the girls were not positive that the man had not tried to help them, nor could they say that he had. There was no case proven against him, that was all, and so he was given his liberty, and made good use of it, with. out a word to any one but Dick. The boys now went on with the girls, as Dick wished to ascertain if there was any trouble with' the refugees, and, if necess&ry, he would send for the rest of his troops. When he reached the house of the girls' friends he found that rumors were coming in from many points of trouble which the refugees and Cowboys were making . He, therefore, despatched .Jack to bring up the rest of the Liberty Boys immediately . Jack's bay mar_e was very fleet, there being no other animal in the troop, outside of Dick's :Major who could distance her and very few who could go as fast. Paul, Ben and the two Harrys were sent as an escort for the two girls, Dick not thinking it wise for them to remain where they were. Dick wished to be near them and, as a general _thing, there would be more for him to do in the Ramapo Valley than farther north or west. Having s0nt off the boys, he took Bob and half the party he had brought up and set out. to reconnoitre . There were many wild spots in this region, and nooks which would form good hiding places for the refugees were numerous. The country was sparsely settled and, although there were usually a goodly number of houses in the vicinity of the forges, there would be stretches when not a house could be found. When news of a raid on any of these little settlements by the Cowboys was received, therefore, the pests would have got away before a force could be sent up . By that time they might be descending upon some other pQ;int. What was needed was a body like the Liberty Boys, who could move rapidly from place to place and fall upon the marauqers before their presence was suspected. Setting off in the direction of a little settlement which it was thought the refugees might attack, the boys rode at a good speed, although not at their best. Reaching a settlement, they found the people greatly excited. News liad come that a party of refugees,. numbering a hundred or more, was about to visit the place. "The number has probably been greatly exaggerated," said Bick. "They could not get as many as that together in so short a time," added Bob. "At any rttte, we'll go after them as soon as Jack re 'turns with the Liberty Boys . " In something more than an hour Jack returned. 0 The boys had ridden hard, but they were ready for a, fight for all that. After a short time one of the neigh hors came in and reported that the refugees had appeared a short distance farther up the road. "Forward!" cried Dick. Off went the brave beys at a gallop. In a short time they heard shots and shouts. "The scoundrels are at work," said Dick. "Forward!" The gallant lads dashed on, Dick in the lead. Before long they came upon a crowd of :i:efugees at, tacking a farmhouse . There were not as many of the marauding fellows as had been reported. There were enough of them to gi,e Dick and the Lib erty Boys some trouble, however. Dick Slater never thought of this. He had often fought with the odds against him, and he did not alter now. "Forward, Liberty Boys!" he crie,l, in dear, ringing tones. "Down with i.he refugees!" "Liberty forever! Down ;itli the Cowboys :mc1 refugees!" echoed the undaunted, young fellows. 'rhen they urged their horoes forward at full speed. "Fire!" cried Dick, as they neared the refugee~. Crash-roar ! The muskets rang out with a tremendous din. Many of the refugees sprang into thrir saddles a,:, the boys came on. These then dashed away and escaped the volley. :Many a gap was seen in the ranks of the refugee~, and now they all leaped into the rnddle and sped awar. "After them, boys!" cried Dick, in clear tone. "Scat• ter the marauders!" Aways dashed the boys in pursuit of the refugees. The latter soon sped down a side road leading to the hills. After them raced Dick and the Liberty Boys. . Before long the road became too rough and too hilly for the horses. Dick dismounted his boys, left a n umber in charge of the horses and sped on. , Presently Dick halted and said : "Be careful! The refugees are at bay . Look out for an ambush!" "Where are they?" asked Bob. . "Behind that mass of rocks, just ahead of us. I saw one or two, but I know that there must be more . " .• 'rhe path ended at a high ledge of rock, but-u-pbn one side there were gieat boulders, behind and on top of which a large party could be secrete\'!.. Dick k1new the place and knew that it could be made a strong fortress, if one had his wits about him . There were points where it could be approached, but i:f the defender knew them these points could be made un• assailable. Whether the refugees knew this was now to be ascertained. They were at bay, and evidently meant to defend their position . This was made evident by their firing a v.olley at t h e boys .


'J THE LIBERTY BOYS A~D 'rHE REFUGEES. 9 "To the right of that mass of rocks," he said, "there men of the little settlement were now gathered iru force, is a narrow path, which can be held easily by half a dozen ready to meet them. brave fellows." They would probably seek the many hiding places "And on the left?" asked Bob. which the woods afforded an come out al some time "It is wider. The refugees have a large force there, no when they thought the people were off their guard and doubt?" commit other depredations. "And in front?" Various parties of men set about beating up the woods "It is practically unassailable, unless we scale it." that day and drove out a number of the refugees. "What is your plan, Dick?" BQb asked. By night not one was k"Ilown to be within five miles "I will take a party and attack them in front; you will of the spot, and if they were they kept well hidden. take a still larger party and assail them on the left. Thell The next day Dick got orders to return to the Ramapo Mark must pass behind me and assail the narrow path." Pass and keep an eye on the British and other enemies in "Suppose it is guarded?" asked Mark. the neighborhood. "Then we will all attack the front and climb in on Dick and Bab were too glad to go, as it would bring top of them." them so much nearer to the two girls. "And if unguarded?" Then Dick preferred spying upon and fighting the "Signal to me by firing three shots in quick succession. British than engaging in skirmishes with irregular bands I will at once throw all my force in that direction." of refugees, Cowboys, Skinners and the like. "Very good." Shortly after receiving word from the commander-inDick then divided his forces into two divisions, as it chief, Dick et out with the Liberty Boys and rode at a seemed. gallop. 1 One, under Bob, attacked the left vigorously. Ileaching their old camp, the Liberty Boys settled There was a . great resistance on the part of the refuthemsch-es and took a rest. gees. In a f'hort time Dick put on a disguise, took a different Then Dick attacked the front and drove the refugees horse and Het off down the valley. from the rocks. The Hamapo rass, leading through the mountains The only way to get in on that side was to scale the southward, was very narrow and had been fortified at rocks , as Dick had said. i ts narrowest point by breastworks and also by huge chains While the boys were battering away at the front an 1 ,iretched across it. one side, l\Iark led his party to the other side. The iron .for the chains was mined at Sterlington, up He found the pass unguarded and was well •inide biiore 1 in the Ramapo Hills, and forged at the Augusta Works, he was discovered. near South Fields. Then it was too late to drive him out. 'rhe chain put across the Hucl. on Ili,er below West The signal shots had already been fired. Point to keep back the enemy wai; al!"o made of iron mined In a short time Dick came rushing through the pass in. ihe ~amapo :Mountains, anc1 some of the mines are in support of Mark. bcmg still worked. 'rhen Bob forced the left pa3, which was much wider 'rho chaimi and the breastworks kept back the British, than that on the right. but they managed to obtain a good deal of information, 'rhe refogees were caught between two fires. nevertheless. 'rhe only way of escape was over the ledge at the rear, Dick knew this, and he now determined to go clown through the tangled wood and down a steep slope. to ::luffern's, a short distance below tM P:1ss, to see what They were at bay, and now must either fly or fight. he conld learn. Some fought, but the greater part of them went tumThere were paths through the hills, which he knew, 1':u.i down the slope, horse and rider, at the risk of breakwithout going through the Pass. mg the.:::-necks. One of these led around Green Mountain to M:onnt Thus the Liberty Boys came together and forced them l\fcGr~or, and so into the main road, and this he took. to escape in that direction. Arrived at a tavern kept by John Suffern, which the "We won't take prisoners and we won't hang you," British frequented, he tethered his horse outside and ensaid Dick, "so get out the best way you can." tered. Then the remaining refugees were tumbled uncereThere were a number of British officers in the place, moniously over the ledge. and . they were for the most part talking to the pretty daughter of the innkeeper. CHAPTER VII. SAU'NDERS IK A TRUE LIGHT. The refugeis having been disposed of in a summary manner, Dick and the Liberty Boys returned to the road. It was not likely that the men would return, as the In fact, many of them went there for that very pur pose. "If one were to tell Miss Jennie a bit of news she would tell the officers," said Dick to himself. "I think we could rely upon her to put them on a false scent when the time comes." Little or no attention was paid to Dick, the redcoats being too busy laughing and talking with Jennie Suffern to notice any one else.


10 THE LIBERTY BOYS .A.ND THE REFUGEES. In his disguise Dick looked like any ordinary boy, and so escaped notice. While he was sitting there, eating bread and cheese, he saw Jim Saunders enter and look around. No one seemed to know the man, and Dick wondered if he were there as a spy or simply by accident. He looked at Dick carelessly, but did not appear to recognize the young captain. Then he walked over to one of the redcoats joking with Jennie Suffern, and said: "Pretty dry weather in the valley, isn't it?" The remark was a commonplace one, and did not seem to require an answer. The redcoat turned, scowled at being interrupted, and snarled: "What's that you say?" "I said that it was pretty dry weather in the valley," was the reply. _ "Well, suppose it is, you fool!" growlingly. "What do I care?" "Well, it's nothing to get mad about," muttered Saun ders. He t c,ok a s eat in a corner and watched those in the room and . also the n e wcomers. At length an offte;er entered, glanced around, saw Saun ders, came forward carelessly, spoke to one or two, joked with Jennie, spoke to the landlord and sat down near to Dick. "Pretty dry weather in _ the valiey, isn't it?" he said, addressing him. ''That's a password," was Dick's thought. "I wish I knew the answer to it." "Yes; it's bad for the cattle," said Saunders, leaning forward. "You're something of a farmer yourself; no doubt?" "Yes, I collect horses and cattle," with a laugh. Then he gave Saunders a quick look, with the shortest sort of a nod toward Dick. Many would not have seen the motion, it was made so suddenly. Nothing escaped Dick, however, and he knew in an in stant that there was some sort of understanding between the two men. "That's a very profitable business," returned Saunders, with a qu'1.:k shake of the head toward Dick. "Oh, yes; to be sure," said the officer, walking away. In a few moments Saunders followed him to a private room down the hall. Dick did not arise at once, but :finally, seeing which way Saunders went, left the main room. The hallway was empty, but he heard voices and, walk ing on softly, was passing a door when he heard the officer say: ' " You have information concerning the movements 0 the rebels?" "Not as yet," returned Saunders, "but I am certain that something will be done shortly." "You can obtain cattle? They are needed." "We have been trying to get them, but these saucy rebels, the Liberty Boys, have been greatly interfering with our works 0 late." Dick heard some one coming along the hall and slipped into a closet. Here he found that he could still hear Saunders and the officer, although not as distinctly as before, the room door having been ajar. "If you can capture the leader you will get the reward," the -officer said. "He captured me, and it was a close shave to escape a hanging. 'rhey gave me a Scotch verdict," with a laugh. The conversation was often interrupted by the clinking of pewters or glasses and the entrance of one person or another in the room. Dick learned enough, however, to know that ,_,aunders was an agent of the British, one of the Cowboys under the leadership of the Smiths and something of a spy. He lost one or Lwo points on account of the noise, anc1 at last Jennie Suffern suddenly opened the door of the closet where he was concealed. The girl ga-re a startled scream and flew down the pas sage. Dick at once left the place and closed the door, going in the other direction. Then he overturned a potboy and there was a great clat tering of glasses and pewters. One of the officers came running out and saw Dick. . '' After that boy 1'' he cried . "He is a rebel and a spy." Dick escaped by a back door, ran around to the front, jumped on his horse and was away in a moment. A swarm of redcoats came after him, several on horse~, 1mrl a shower or bullets flew about him. His horse was struck in the leg and threw hi m . Being spry, he landed on his feet and set off to1rard the woods on the run. Then more redcoats came after him, together with a number 0 ordinarily dressed men. Among them was Saunders. "That's Dick Slater, the rebel! Catch him F' he shouted. Then he fired a shot at Dick, which narrowly escaped ' him. Dick returned it. taking off the man's hat. "It will be something more than a Scotch verdict when next we got hold of you, :Mr. James Saunders!" cried Dick. ".After the rebel! Don't let him get away!" crioo f H! spy. "That's Dick Slater, with a price on his head!" Dick .red again, disabled the horse of the leading red coat, and threw the whole line into confusion. Then he leaped a fence, dove into the woods and set off for the path between the hills. The mounted redcoats could not follow him and quickly gave up the chase. From the sound of footsteps, however, Dick k.iew that he was being pursued by others. "They'll be clever fellows to catch me now," he mut tered, as he went on. CHAPTER VIII. THE FIGIIT .A.T TIIE PASS. Dick Slater knew these woods thoroughly. He knew the main passes, and he was thoroughly ac-


Tll.J!; Ll.l: H.H{'l''l tlUY::S .8..J: lJ 'ltl.J:i.i li.J:i.i.l!'UGKES. ---------------I quainted with all the bypaths, and could traverse these boys of the neighborhood and go to the pass. The red wilds by day or night. coats are coming." Unless his pursuer:3 had an equally good knowledge o.f Jack was on the ground in an instant and Dick took the region, therefore, Dick could easily escape. his place in the saddle. A shorter but more tedious path than the one he was "Going for the Liberty Boys, Dick?" Jack asked. h ' "Yes. Get up, Dolly ! " pursuing led right over Green :Mountain, brmging im out much nearer to his camp. Away went Dick on the beautiful mare, which was only He at once set of! in this direction, tearing through a little less speedy than his own black. thickets, climbing over rocks and following the rnugh"Come op., Paul," said Jack. "There's work to be done." est sort of path. b 1 "Take my horse, Jack." "Where is he gomg, anyhow?" he heard some one e ow him snarl. "Ko, but keep on down the road and rouse all you meet .. The air was clear and sounds traveled far. I'll go where the horse cannot." Dick flew up the road, met a number of the boys and "I donno. I reckon he's lost his way." sent them to help Jack, and then kept on . "Thi:n he'll be coming back, and we'll catch him." Reaching the camp, he arousea the Liberty Boys, fairly "There he goes; I can hear him!" leaped into his uniform and then, jumping upon Major, Dick struck a slope where it was hard climbing, but rQde away at the head of the gallant lads'. where it was more open than before. Jack and Paul and the rest had been at work. He made less noise now, and his pursuers were puz-By the time Dick reached the pass they had aroused zled. a goodly number of farmers' sons, who were ready to 'l'hey were somewhat acquainted with the region, he meet the redcoats. knew, but not as much so as himself. They were in buckskin and homespun; they wore round Up and up he went, now pulling himself up by catch and cocked hats, and some had on coonskin caps. in(}' hold of saplings or the rough edges of boulders a nd Some had rifles and some carried muskets, but all were no~v scrambling over the rocks with the agility of a squir-good shots, and ready to meet the enemy. rel. Di$mounting his boys, Dick posted them behind the Occasfonally he could hear his pursuers calling to each breastworks. other below, for he :vas now wel~ above them. The great iron chains stretched across the pass offerecl Straight up the side of the hill h~ went, and at last an insurmountable obstacle to the horses, but the men reached the top. . . might scramble over them, and this must be prevented. Here it was open enough for 1nm to get a view of the I The boys had not arri,ed at the pass any too soon. neighboring hills. 'rhey had scarcely taken their places behind the breastBelow him was the river, seeming near enough to jum1 works before Dick heard the tramp of horses. into, while opposite ,1 as 'l'orn Rock, gray and ragged, r,s"Ready, Liberty Boys!"' he whispered. "The enemy ing above the woods at its foot. is at hand!" Toward Suffern's he caught a glimpse of the road and The sound of approaching horsemen grew louder every the gleam of scarlet uniforms. moment. "A scouting party, I suppose," was his thought. "They At length they appeared, coming on at a gallop. do not appear to be in any great numbers, and probably They were redcoats, and in great numbers. nothing is to be feared from them." "Keep cool, boys," whispered Dick, "and we can hold As he looked again, howev~r, he saw more redcoats ap-the pass against a thousand!" pear, and they seemed to fauly fill the road. The Liberty Boys always remained cool, and now they It was not a long stretch of r~ad that h_e could sec, inspired their allies with equal courage . but the redcoats seemed to be movmg along it, and more The British came dashing down the pass toward the and more kept coming. barricade. "It was just as well that I came up here," he though t. Dick arose behind the chains and cried!' "The redcoats are going to try and force the p~ss." . "Advance at your peril!" He looked again and, seeing the redcoats still commg, Then Liberty Boys and farmers' sons leveled their began to descend. / pieces at the enemy. 1 It was a steep path and a dangerou~ one. The _leading redcoat s~ddenly re~ed i~ desperately. Dick was clear-headed and knew JUSt where to place The others were pressmg on behmd hrm. his foot and just when to make a leap which would save "Forward!" he shouted. him yards. Then the farmers' boys began firing. He must get down and arouse the Liberty Boys and the Dick's gallant lads did not fire till they got oraers. people of the region in time to get to the pass ahead of On came the redcoats, deten aned to carry the pass. the redcoats. "Fire!" cried Dick. Down he went, therefore, by the shortest but most peril-'rhen the boys sent a volley. ous route till he reached the road. The pass was filled with smoke. 'rhen, 'fortunately, he came upon Jack Warren and When it cleared many a British saddle was seen to be Paul Howes riding leisurely along. empty . . . "Give me your mare, Jack," he said. "Stir up the Then the boys fired a rattlmg pistoJ volley, the farmer


BOYS AND THE REFUGE~. boys sending in scattering shots) all of which were effective. The enemy found it more difficult to force the pass than they had imagined. . ~orne of them tried to climb over the chains and swarm upon 1.he breastworks. They found the fire too hot) and were obliged to de sist. The fire seemed to be well nigh incessant. Other boys came swarming into the pass, and then came men rca

r "Yis, so yez do." "Den I was dot work shared mit you also. Toogk dot bugket und I toogk dis one." Patsy laughed and took one of the buckets. "Shure an' Oi war wondherin' av yez wud iver foind out dhe joke," he laughed. "Humbug!" said Carl, jogging on wilh the bucket of water. After dinner .Dick and Bob went to call on the girls. They found Ressie \Vood nt home and glad to sec them. "Y.ou wanted something, I suppose, and let the young ladies go on to the camp?" she said. "What, aren't they at home?" asked Bob, in great s urprise. "X o; didn't you meet them?" ' ' "X o, indeed. How long ago did they leave?" "About half an hour ago. And you did not meet them?" in an anxious tone. "No, we did not," said Dick. "They set out for the camp?" "Yes." "We must look into this, Bob." "Indeed we must." The boys immediately retraced their steps, riding back toward the camp. On the way to the house they had not taken especial notice of anything which might indicate a struggle. Now they began to look for the si!!Ils of such an occur rence, either on the road or alongside. There were hoofprints in the road, but nothing un usual was noted. Tfie girls usually rode when they went to visit the boys, and if they had been stopp"d there ought to be some indications of it, as they would not submit without a struggle. They found nothing to indicate this, however, all the way back to the camp. "They could not have taken a back road through the hills, could they?" asked Bob. "I should hardly think they would," was Dick's reply, "although they could." The girls were not at the camp, however. Neither had anything been seen of them. "Is it possible that they were not coming directly to the camp, but were going somewhere else first?" asked Bob. "It might be so," said Dick. "They would not pass the camp without stopping-, so their errands, if they hacl any, would be in the other direction." ' Then we might meet them on their way to the camp now?J' "\Ye mip;ht, ?.Iark. You had better take a: party and scour the woods and hills en this side of the river, while w<; go on." "Then }'OU don't think we will meet them, Dick?" Bob asked. "I think it is doubtful. If they had been $oing else where fir~t I think they would have told Bessie of it, in ca~e we did come?" "Very true." ":My opinion is that they have been carried off." "But we saw no sign of a struggle, Di~k." "No, and there may not have been one." "But the girls would not allow themselves to be carried off without making a fuss." "No, but they could be lured off on a false scent, could they not?" "Jove! You're right, Dick!" "News of our being hurt and wishing to see them, for instance." "So they might." The two boys then set off up the road on the lookout fdr anything that might give them a clew. :Mark, with Jack, J:'aul, Ben, the two Harrys and hal.f a dozen more, began to scour the woods on the same er rand. They rode back as far as Bessie's, where the girl told them that Alice and Edith had left the h ou;;e with the intention of going straight to the camp. "Then they have been lured away on some false pre tence," said Dick. "And we are working in the dark," added Bob. "Exactly, but we may be able to throw some light upon the affair ourselves. '\\7 e must 10:?k in the woods to the south of us." "Anywhere you say, Dick," and then the boys began their search. ' . .. J CHAP'l'ER X. AN UNEXPECTED RESCUE. Mark and his party set out at once, close behind Dick and Bob. At the first path of any extent which led into the woods they turned aside. "If the girls have been decoyed, they might take this path," Mark suggeeted. "And if there is nu sign of thei;n upon it, then we will take another," declared Jack. ' "Very good." They struck along the path and followed it for a time, when it took a decided upward slope, grew narrower, and presently divided into half a dozen small trails. "Some of those are only deer tracks," observed Ben. "And I don't see any sign of horses ha Ying been along this way," added Sam. "Kor any fresh footprints," declared Harry Thurber. "Very true," said 1\Iark, "and I guess we have gone on a wrong scent." "Then I suppose we had ~est go back," remarked Harry Judson. "Yes," said Mark. Then they returned to the road and went on to the next trail leading toward the hills. They went in and had not gone far before Jack discovered fresh hoofprints. "Here's where some one has gone in, :Mark," he said. "Yes, three or four persons, I should say." "And it's a good path, and seems to lead somewhere," observed Ben. They pushed on farther than before, and at last the


1 THE path split off into four, each one of which showed .fresh hoofmarks. "\\"hat are you going to do?" asked Jack. "Shall we follow all these tracks?" "There isn't anything to show that the girls went on any of them," declared l\Iark, greatly puzzled. "Suppose we send two or three fellows over each?" "All right; we'll do it." Mark, Jack and Paul took one path, the two Harrys took a second, and the rest divided themselves over the others. :Meanwhile Patsy and Carl were left in the camp. Carl, after falling into the river, had been obliged to change his clothes. Having no 'other uniform big enough to fit him, he was forced to put on ordinary garments. Patsy usually wore other clothes when he was cooking, so as to save his uniform. The two comical Liberty Boys now looked more like young farmers than soldiers. "Oi say, Cookyspiller ?" said Patsy, as he sat down by the Pmbers of the fire,-using. "\\1iat it was, Batsy?" "It's too bad dhat dhe young leddies do be missin' intoirely." ''Ya, dot was pooty bad, I bet me, Batsy." "Av mesilf an' ye cud foind dhim, it wud be foine." "Well, you showed me where dey was und I went dere," soberly. "Whispher !" "What it was?" ''It's me opinion dhat dhcy met some wan phwin dhey wor comin' here." "I belief me.'' "An' dhat dhe vilyans towld dhim dhat Dick an' Bob wor hurted an' cudn't be mo,ed directly." "Ya; I belief me dot." "An dhat dhe girruls wint wid dhe fellys." '"Dot was a wild geere chases, ain't it?" "Yis." "What you doed ?" "Listen to me, Cookyspiller." "All righd." "Dhe min wud take dhe girruls as far away from dhe camp as dhey cud, wndn't dhey?" "Off gourse, so dot dey don't could found dot." "Dhin yez do be mistaken," decidedly. "How dot was?" "Becinrne dhe furdher away dhey took dhim dhe more chance dhere wud be av matin' some wan dhey knowed." "Ya, dot was so." "Dhin dhey wud lade dhim as close to dhe camp as dhey dared an' kape dhim dhere." "For why dot was?" "Bekase we wud niver luk dhere, do yer moind ?" "Ya, dot was so." "Dhin come on wid yez an' we'll luk in jest dhat soort av a place for dhim." "Dot was very goot, I bet me." The two boy;; left the camp, and Patsy led the way through the woods in a different direction than that taken -by Dick or Mark. THE REFUGEES. They presently climbed a hill and, reaching the top, gazed into a deep hollow on the other side. Suddenly Pat,;y crouched behind a tree. . Carl did the same without asking any questions. He saw some men come out of a little cabin in the hollow. They were halfbreed negro and Indian, such as Dick had seen over in the region of Torn Rock. They were not confined to one section, although Dick had seen none so near the camp. Neither had l'atsy, and yet he could not say that none lived there. He worked his way around the top of the basin without being seen until he got the hut between himself and the men. Carl followed him cautiously. "Whispher ?" said Patsy. "What it was?" "Dhim black fellys have a bad name entoirely." "Ya, I knowed dot." "Dhey clo be teaves an' robbers among dhim an dhey do mnnlher as well." "Ya; dey was worser as dose Cowpoys." "Dhin Oi'm goin' to watch dhe hut beyant." "Dot was all righd." 'cc Do yez shtay here an' watch me, Cookyspiller." "For why I doed clot?" "Av dhere do be anny soort av throub1c, foire yer pistil an' make a n'ise." "All righd; I doed dot." Carl then got behind a tree big enough to hide him and kept an eye on Patsy. The Irish boy now began making his way cautiously into the basin. Keeping the hut between himself and the men, he was in no danger of being seen. Although not nearly so good a woodsman as Dick, he nevertheless contrived to make very little noise. It took him longer to go a given distance than it would have taken Dick, and he made more or less noise. No alarm was given, however, and he drew nearer to the hut every minute. Slowly and steadily he made his way down the slope, till he was right at the back of the hut. He could hear voices within, but not those of the girls. There was an unglazed window there, but no door, and smoked curled up lazily through a hole in the roof. 'rhese people were too indolent to build chimneys, and a lot of rubbish had been thrown out of the window, in stead of being burned or buried. Patsy crept up to the window, but it was too high for him to look into, the rear of the hut being lower than the front. "Dey won't t'ink er lookin' yer' an' ter-night we can take 'em erway," somebody was saying. "Yas'r; it's too near de camp; dey would'n' t'ink er lookin' yer." "De hosses go hum, I reckon, an' don't tole 'em nuffin', neider." . "No, dat don't tole 'em nuffi.n' er co'se." Suddenly Patsy heard another voice, one which he knew well.


• 'THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE REFUGEES. 15 "If you men want money," it said, "my brother will pay you, for--'' "Don't yez give dhim wan cint, :Miss Edith!" yelled Patsy. "Come on, Cookyspiller ! Come on wid dhe resht av dhe bhys ! Hurry up!" Then Patsy rushed. around to the front of the house, while Carl -came bounding down the hill, yelling at the top of his voice. At the door Patsy saw a big halfbreed, glaring at him and holding an ugly looking knife. P~tsy leaped forward, struck the fellow on the point of the jaw and }mocked him flat. A 13econd man rushed at him and received the same treatment. Then down came Carl, firing his pistols and yelling. like a lot of wild Indians. The halfbreeds rushed, terrified, from the house, while Patsy and Carl continued to yell and discharge their pis tols. And then Mark and Jack appeared at the top of the basin and wanted to know what all the noise was about. CHAPTER XI. A SURPRISR FOR DICK .A.ND BOB. Patsy and Carl took the two girls up the slop<', and .Mark discharged two or three pistols, to let Dich know that the missing girls had been found. Patsy and Carl were highly praised for the rescue of the girls, but they bore it all very modestly, anrl Patsy said: "Ob, go on wid yez ! Shure Oi only did phwat anny av yez wucl. have done av yez had t'ought av it." "Off gourse," added Carl. "We was been dere, und so we got dose young ladies der drouble ouid, ain't it?" The halfbreeds scattered in all directions, but the boys were so delighted at finding the girls safe and sound that they never .thought of anything else. Mark and Jack and their party had about given up in despair, fellowing blind trails, when they heard shouts and shots. They had at once hurried off in the directiqn of the sounds . They arrived in time to learn that the two comical Liberty Boys had accomplished, almost by accident, what they had been studying over for a long time . Dick and Bob arrived in a short ti~e, and were over joyed to find the girls . Their had been found, but gave no clew as to their whereabouts. On the way back to the camp the girls told just what had happened. 'rhey had been met, a short distance from the camp, by a boy, who told them that Dick and Bob were wounded and wanted to see them. They had followed the boy into the woods a short dis tance, when James Saunders had suddenly appeared . With him were several halfbreed negroIndians. The girls were quickly taken from their horses, which were sent off in different directions. 'rhus Alice was taken along one path and Edith in an other, and leJ by a roundabout way to the hollow in the woods, not far from the camp. It was the very nearness of the place which made it so safe. Saunders had told the halfbreeds to keep the girls till night, when he would come for them. There was no chance of his going there now, however . The halfbreed.A had, no doubt, warned him by this time of the discovery of the hiding place. Dick and' Bob thanked Patsy anel. Carl most heartily for what they had done. "Shure an' it wor nothin' at all at all, captain dear," said Patsy. "Nein, dot 'was nodings," added Carl. "We shoost mage ein mistook, dot was all." "Shure an' we orily blundheretl intil it, be dhe same token!" laughed Patsy. Dick would not believe this, however, and the two comi cal Liberty Boys were given the praise which they de• served. It was well on towa:r,-d evening now, and after having supper at the camp the two girls were escorted home by Dick and Bob. The boys remained an hour or so at the house, spending a most enjoyable evening. 'rhen they set out for the camp at a not very late hour . lt was not a clark night, but here and there the trees alongside the road. cast a deep s hade, where it was well nigh impossible to see objects a short way ahead. The boys were approaching one of these places, when Dick suddenly henrd a horse whinny. "Who is that?" he cried, reining in his horse. At once a dozen dark farms shot out from under the shadow of the trees. "Away with you, Bob!" hissed Dick. He knew the strangers to be enemies. Bob would not leave Dick, and, as the men swarmed about him, he hurled onfl from his saddle to the ground. 'rhe two boys were quickly surrounded and dragged from their saddles. Then Dick struck '.M.ajor a slap on the flank. "Get up!" he cried. At once the intelligent animal speu off down the road. Bob's horse followed. "Whoa!" cried the refugees, for such Dick now knew them to be. The horses were accustomed to obe;ying only their mas ters or some of the Liberty Boys, however. They did not stop, therefore. "Plague take it! Why didn't you stop them?" snarled one. "Stop the wind! There was no stopping them." "I bet I could have done it, if I had been nearer." "You were near enough. Why didn't you?" "Stop quarreling!" muttered James Saunders, whom Dick now recognized by his voice, not having seen the man before. "All right, Jim. Where away?"


16 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE REFUGEES. "Across the river. They'll never think of . looking there. ''H'm! Heap lot o' trouble!" Then we'll get down to New York with them." "Never you mind; you'll be paid for it. We're going to camp in the woods. There's more room than in your wretched cahin." The two boys were hurried to the river, :where two or three fl.atbottomed boats were found hidden under the bank. Saunders and four or five men got into one boat, taking Dick with them. As many more got into another boat, taking Bob along . The rest got into the ,third boat, the horses swimming after them. "'rhere'll be a fine chase after you, my boy!" laughed Saunders, addressing Dick as they were rowing across. "When the Liberty Boys go on a chase," was Dick's ,, reply, "they usually get what they go after." , "This will be the exception, then," with an uneasy laugh. , . I "Perhaps not. We let you go once, James Saunders, All the men had not come up the mountain, and now Saunders and his party left their prisoners in the cabin and went away . '' It's a tight place, Bob," said Dick; "but I think we'll get out of it." "We must," said Bob. CHAPTER XII. J" ACK 'l'O THE RESCUE. because we did not know you . You will not escape the 'l'he Liberty Boys were sitting about the fires, expecting next time." that Dick and Bob would shorly come in. "!l'here will be no next time," boastingly. "You will Of a sudden, they heard the quick tramp of horses. nernr get hold of me again." "There they are!" said Ben. Dick said nothing, b1,1t kept his eye fixed on the farther '"I'here is no one on those horses," said Jack. "Can't bank. you tell the difference,?" . He thought he saw sorn!')thing moving near the place Presently the horses came running in, riderless. where the boats had startcn. "Jove! You were right, Jack!" exclaimed Ben. Then he h1med his }lead and imitated the cry of a "Something is wrong," cried Mark. "Take some of nightbird in such a manner that the sound seemed to -the boys, Jack, and see if you can le~rn anything." come from overhead. . Jack at once called up Harry Thurber, Iren Spurlock, "What's that?" exclaimed Jim Saunders, sharply. Paul Howes and one or two more to go with him. "Only a ni ght hawk. There's plenty o' them about." In a few mornenis they were in the saddle and dash" Oh!" and Saunders said no more. ing along the roacl. The cr y was pre s ently repeated from the other bank. Suddenly Jack paused. Then Dick knew that his signal had been heard ancl "Wait a moment ! " he sai'ci. understood. 'l'he. boys halted in the shadow of the trees. The boats shortly reached the eastern shore, and in a Then Jack dismounted. few moments Dic k and Bob were placed upon horses in Running ahead, with little noise, he stepped out from front of two of the refugees and taken through a pass the shadow . .among the hill s . 'rhere were boats on the river. Now and , then, as they reached an open space, they He had heard the sound of oars. ,could see Torn Rock rising, gray and bare, high above 'Now he saw the bo::tts. : their head, and then they would l~se it. Presentlv he heard a sound from the river. . Once, as they reached an elevation, Dick looked back It was the cry of a night hawk. • and saw a fire on the river bank. He knew it to be a signal, and not tne real cry. It went out at pnce, but Dick had no doubt that one In a moment he had answered it. 1 of the Liberty Boys ha d lighted it as a signal. 'rhen he signalled to the others to come up . At length they reached the cabin which Dick had seen They . were shortly at his side . , when he had gone in pursuit of Richard Smith. "Dick and Bob are in those boats out on the river," he Although it was late for these people, one of the men said. ,came out as the party rode up . "How do you know?" asked Harry. "Got um, hab yo'?" he asked, holding up a broken, "DicK signalled." rusty lantern. "How are we going to get to them?" "Yes," growled Saunders, "and we mean to keep 'em!" "There must be a way," in a tone of decision . The boys were then taken into the wretched hut, bound "Where are those fellows taking them?" asked Paul. hand and foot, and left in a corner, where they had just "Up to the hills, no doubt." • about room enough to sit upright. "Where there are many hiding places . " "We'll keep 'em here for to night," said Saunders, "We'll find them, or all that," with determination. "and to-morrow we'll take them to New York, where "But we can't go yet." they'll be hanged!" "No. Run back, Harry, and tell Mark." "Why you no hang 'em here, 'stead o' takin' all dat Harry was off like a shot and soon disappeared around trouble?" grunte d one of the halfbreeds . a bend in the road . "Because there's a reward for one of them, and we Before long Mark e:ame back with Harry, and Jack told •. don't propose to let it go." him what he had seen .


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE REFUGEES. 17 "Those refugees, or Cowboys, or Tories, whatever they are, have taken Dick and Bob up on the hills, and we must get them out," said Mark. "There are a lot of hiding places up there," added .Jack, "but we are all good at following trails, and we ought to unearth the scoundrels." "Take a dozen or twenty of the Liberty Boys, Jack, and go after them. I shall have to remain and take care of the camp." '' .All right. Have you any particular plan?" "No; but I don't think you ought to lose any time." "Nor I. But, unless we can get boats, we can't cross the river now, and we can't follow a trail at night." "Do you know of any boats, Jack?" Mark asked. "No; but if we wait till morning we can ford the rivet and then follow the trail." "I suppose that will do. These refugees will do noth ing till morning." "I suppose they will be going up among the hills, where Dick went after Smith?" "Yes, and we might let him h."'Ilow that we are at work." "How can w e ?" asked Jack. "Light a fire on .the bank. It can be seen from the hills.'1 ''Very true." Later a bonfire was lighted on the river bank and burned for some little time. This was the fire which Dick and Bob saw from the hill. The light brought some of the neighbors, who thought that the Cowboys and refugees might have been setting fire to sowething. :Mark told thEm that Dick and Bob had been abducted, presumably by refugees, and taken across the river. "Have any of you any boats?' . ' he asked. "Somebody ha s run ofl:' with two of my flatboats," said one. "I've lost one," said some one else. "Mine has been stolen, too," said. anoth~r. "Is there any one who has even one boat?" asked Mark. There was no one who had, and so nothing could be done in the matter. It was too unsafe to attempt the fording of the river by -lu; and there was nothing for it but to wait, there fore. 'rhe sun did not rise early in the valley on account of the hills all around, but they could get a start by day break, and they had to be satisfied with that. Before that time Jack picked out the boys who were to go with him. "Harry Thurber?" "Ready, Jack." "Paul Howes?" "Here I am." "Ben Spurlock?" ".All right, Jack." "Harrv Judson?" "Y-es." "Paul Benson?" "Here, Jack." "Arthur : Mackay?" "All right." "Phil Waters?" "Yes, ,Tack." "Sam Sanderson?" "I'm ready, Jack." "Patsy Brannigan?" "Thrue for yez, me bhy." "Carl Gooken--" "Ya, dot was me, all righd." "George Brewster?:, "Here, Jack and readily." "Very good. That will be enough." By daybreak they were crossing the river, wading the shallows. Mark remained with the rest of the Liberty Boys to guard the camp. The refugees were still in force near the pass, and the redcoats might take a notion at any time to try and force their way through. It was necessary, therefore_, to leave a good force to protect the neighborhood. Across the river went Jack Warren on his fine bay mare at the head of his troop. They were all trustworthy fellows and ready to do anything to rescue Dick. Reaching the other side of the river, they set off toward the pass through the hills. Jackknew the way, and had no fear of being lost. . There were the hiding places to be considered, however. Jack knew that there were many of these. The finding of the trail might lead to one -of these places. They must, therefore, learn which way the party went at once. "The fast p,lace they would strike for would be the hills;-" declared Jack. "But would they stay there?" asked Paul Howes. "They might make their way to New York or the nearest point where they would find redcoats," answered ,Jack. "But they would not do that in the night?" "No; they would not." "Then it is likely that they are still in the hills?" "Very likely." "And we must try and find them?" "Yes, and I am going to visit that hut where the half breeds live and make them tell me something." It was cool in the early morning on the hills. Below the mists were rising, and grass, rocks, trees and bushes were all heavily laden with dew. The tops of the mountains were in sunlight, but as yet there was a twilight _in the valley. The trail was plainly seen at times, and then they lost it. Jack had a definite idea, however, and he meant to carry it out. The boys all relied upon him, for they had seen his effectiveness more than once. Any one who was Mark Morrison's close chum and \rusted companion was thoroughly satisfactory to them. 'rhey n.11 liJ{ed and trusted Jack, and were ready to follow him wherever he ied.


... 18 'rHE LIBERTY BOYS .AND THE REFUGEES, Onward and upward they went, till at last they hearcl a crashing among the bushes ahead of them. It quite filled the wretched place with light, and everything was clear. "Halt!" said Jack. CH.APTER XIII. Dick saw a knife sticking in the belt of one of the sleepers. He moved OYer carefully to the man's side. Working cautiously and watching every move he made, he at last drew out the knife. Then he went back to Bob. BACK FROM THE HILLS. "I've got it!" tr "l.1-ood !" Dick and Bob, bound band ancl foot in a corner 0 a In a few moments Bob was free. wretched hovel on the mcuntain, were, truly, in a des How to get away was the next thing to consider. perate situation. One of. t11e halfbreeds lay asleep close to the door. '.rhe fire smouldered, and now and the]} gave off a puff This was not open wide enough for the boys to slip of smoke, which escaped through the roof. through. The inmates snored and talked in their sleep, one or rro moVe the man aside might awaken him. another ge~ting up now and then to replenish the fire. He might get up and change his position. It was cool on the mountain at night, even in the sUID-.After a time, as it grew colder, he did so. mer, and these people were fond of heat, and wanted He came and lay right alongside the fire. plenty of it. 'rhe door swung open with a creak, bti.t he diu not seem Saunders and the refugees, outside, kept up a noise to notice it. till a late hour. 'rhe fire outside died out, and all was still. 'rhey were drinking and carousing, singing ancl shout-.At length, when the men in the hut were all asleep ing, and evidently very happy over their success in havonce more, Dick arose. ing captured Dick and Bob. The fire was dying down, and he stirred it. Now and then the men in the hut growled at the noise . , 'rhere was now light enough for him to see his way. but for the most part did not seem to mind it. Stepping over a sleeping form, he glided toward tbe "Those fellows , outside have got to settle down before door. we can do anything,'.' was Dick's thought. 1 Bob followed. His wrists and ankles were tightly bound, and he fourn1 ' I At the door they saw some one get up and stir the that it would be a difficult task to free them. other fire. Later, when it grew colder, one of the men got up and They waited while he moved about, sat by the fire anc1 replenished the fire. bmoked, and finally settled hiinself to sleep. The refugees had ceased their carousing by this time., Then they moved quietly forward, closing tlie door and and were quiet. putting a heavy stone against it. Dick could see the light of their fire through the partly Day was breaking, but it was still dark on the lower open door. ranges. When the men were all fast asleep he moved toward "Do you suppose we could get a pistol or two?" asked the fire. Bob. 'rhere were live coals on the edge, and he put his feet on them. Moving them along, he brought the hot coals against the cords about his ankles. In a short time they were in a blaze. Before long they snapped and his feet ~ere free. Then he brought his arms in front of him and moved cautiously toward the fire. One of the sleepers stirred uneasily. Dick waited till he was still again. Then he put the cords about his wrists upon a coal, at the risk of burning himself. The cords took fire, and he soon snapped them. Then he mqved over toward Bob. "You are awake, Bob?" he asked, in a whisper. "Yes." "I have got the cords off of my wrists and ankles." '.'Yes; I have been watching you." "I will set you free next." "One of those fellows has a knife, Dick." "Yes; if I knew which one!" Another of the men moved, and the boys were silent. 'rbe fire suddenly flared up. brightly. "Perhaps, but it's a risk, and I don't know that it would be any use:" They made their way past the fire without arousing any one, and took the trail leading below. "The boys will be coming up here as soon as 'they can get over the river and find the trail," said Dick. -.,,; .,, "I don't doubt it. Some of them must have heard your , signal." Moving cautiously onward, they saw the upper levels grow lighter and lighter, and could at last see the sunlight on the Torn and on the hills opposite . Then they heard hurried sounds behind them. Their escape had been discovered'. The refugees were in pursuit. They quickened their own footsteps, and soon two or three men came in sight. "This way, Bob!'' hissed Dick, as he went crashing through the bushes on a short cut. They came out upon the path again, something lower. Then they suddenly saw Jack Warren, sitting on his bay mare, at the head of his little troop. "Hurrah! It's Dick and Bob!" cried _Jack. "Hooroo !" roared Patsy. "Long life to dhim !"


'l'lJ .I!.; Ll.l:S.l!.;H'l' :t HU 'I'. ::i Al\ lJ 'l'llh li'.J!j.J! U lJ-.i!_;.1!.;S. Then all the boys set up a ringing cheer. "Forward!" cried Di ck . "Drive out the re.fugees !'1 The plucky fellows rushed ahead, with a cheer. There "as a great crashing through the bu he-. The refugees were doing their best to escape. •rhey knew that the Liberty Boys were after them, and that their only safety lay in flight. After them raced the gallant fellows. Saunders got his horse, and fairly flew along the path. One or two followed him. 'rlie others dove right and left into the bnshc~. One was heard hunbling over the prccipie:e, harincr rcutured foo near it in bis haste. 'a1mders took the road to Sloalsburg1 and dashed on at full speed . The boys pur ued him for a short distance, and then let him go. The hut of the halfbreeds was found in flames, antl the men gone. 'l'hey feared to be treated the same as the refnl!ce~ if they were caught, and so sought safety in fliglii. rrhen the boys went down the hill again, Dick riding i n front of Jack on fhe bay mare, and Bob taking a eeat with Paul Howes on his white horse. Paul felt greatly honored, for he was one o. the new est of the Liberty Boy . Down to the riv e r they rode, and then across it to the camp. Their coming was known, for some of the boys were out scouting along the river bank, and saw them. When they reached the camp, therefore, they were most heartily received, and the woods fairly rang with their cheers . "I knew that old Jack would do it, i any one could!" said Mark, admiringly. "And, after all, they got away themselves," laughed Jack, "and all we had to do was to head off the pursuing refugees." _ "Niver moind, me bhy. Dhere's no w:m dhat can say yez worn't willin' to do annything," said Patsy. "Yon are back in good time," added :Mark, "for here are despatches from the general." CHAPTER XIV. ----A CLEVER RUSE if'he despatches to Dick concerned the movements of the American troops. Jt was deemed most important that the British should be kept in total ignorance of the de, tination of the force about to march to the south. It was even thought best to deceive the enemy as to the movernt>nt about to be made, and thus throw them off the scent. Dick wa instructed to aid in misinforming the enemy, and to keep.the general posted a to their movements. The American troops were about to move. Some of them were going through the Ramapo Pass, and this must be kept free. At this time there were many Tories, refugees, Cowboys and ernn rrucoats in the n eig hborhood. Dick's task ws to clear the pass of all these and leave it free to the patriots. He at once called Bob, J\Iark, Jack and one or two others into his tent to discuss the situation. Dick often consulted a number of the boys when about lo make a move. He did not e:osider himself infallible anil was willing to take advice. Jt oflen happened that on _ c of the boys could offer a valuable suggestion. It wns not so much a matte r of too many cooks as it was o.f a number of councillor s . ''The general wishes to send a force through Ramapo Pass," said Dick. "Then it must be kept clear," aid Bob. "That is to be done. A despatch bearer is to be captured by the British." '"I'ell Jennie Suffern," said Jack. "She will tell the B1 itish." " . A good idea," aid Dick. "I will tell her or see that he hears of it." A few more suggestions were made, and at last Dick put on a disguise and set out for Suffern's. Uc chd not fake )fajor, as the horse was too well known to the enemy. Bob went with hin1, on an ordinary-looking horse, the two looking like a couple of farmer boys out for a. holiday. Nearing Si.1ffern's they were met by a lot of roughlooking men. ''Where yer goin' ?" they asked. "Oh, jest down ther road." "How'll yer swap horses?" one asked. He rode a vicious horse, who was blind of an eye and lame. "I don't mind," said Dick. "That's er pooty good hoss ycr got." ''Er course et is. Yer orter gimme somethin' ter boot." "Who ever saw boots on er hoss ?" laughed Dick. "Thet's foolish!" "I mean yer orter gimme suthin' besides yer hoss for mine." "So I will; I'll give yer ther saddle an' bridle." "Somethin' else, I mean." "They ain't anything else goes with this hoss. He's er saddle hoss . They d0n't hitch him in er cart or nothin'." I 'rhe men laughed, and considered Dick little short of a :fool. 'rhe man who wanted to swap horses was afraid to do so, as Di . ck appeared so willing. "I guess I won't swap," he said. "There might "be suthin' ther matter with your'n." "So they might with your'n," said Dick; "but I guess I'll git ther best of et." The men all roared at this, and let the boys go on. '"I'hcy think we're a couple of lunatics," laughed Bob, wh"n tl1c mc, n were out of hearing. , wl'hat's what I wante . them to think," replied Dick, wilh a chuckle.


Going on, they saw a number of redcoats hanging about John Suffern's tavern. 1'hese paid no attention to them beyond a casual glance. '!.'hey left the horses outside and went within. The landlord's daughter was surrounded by redcoats, all talking and joking, and Dick wondered how he could get her attention. Finally, he beckonec1 to her, mysteriously. She came over to him, he led the way to a corner. "'l'here's a ~ung feller w1th despatches goin' through ther piliis ter Haverstraw this arternoon," he said. "Is that so?" carelessly. "Yus. Don't tell ther redcoats," with a wink. "Oh, no!" said the girl, laughing. "To Haverstraw, you say?" "Yus, by the upper pa s." "Yus, and it woulc1 not c1o fur ther redcoats ter know et." "Of course not!" with a smile. 'rhe boys talk'ec1 on ordinary topics for a time, and then Jennie went away. Later they saw her talking earnestly with a number of redcoats. "'rhe bait has Laken," said Dick, quietly. "Yes, the British are in full possession of important news," with a chuckle. The boys shortly afterward left the tavern. "The despatch bearer will be there," said Dick, "and so will the British." "And the despatches?" "Speak of a moveme~t t _ o be made against New York. The redcoats will hurry in that direction and leave Battle Pass open." "Good!" 'l'he boys hurried away to the pass spoken of, to see if the despatch bearer was captured. Secreting themselves, they awaited his appearance. At length a number of redcoats came up. These found hiding places, but did not discover the boys. Others came, and it was evident that they wished to make sure of the capture of the bearer of the despatches. At len~h the messenger came riding on at a good pace. All at once the redcoats sprang out upon him and he waS) seized. He at once protested that he was only an ordinary eitizen. He was searched by the reucoats. The despatches were found upon him after a thorough search. Then he was hurried away, all the redcoats going along. "There won't be a redcoat around Battle Pass in another hour," said Dick. "Very true," with a laugh. The British were elsewhere, on a wild goose chase, and the troops escaped. Others took the upper road above the Ramapo Valley. This division would proceed at once to Scranton and much time and distance would be saved. CHAPTER XV. JUST IN THIE. Dick and Bob had returned to camp and were out rec onnoitering, when Dick's sharp ears detected sounus of horses in the distance. Directly the boys disco,erecl that another party ,ras approaching in the opposite direction. Dick and Bob quickly dismounted. Leading their horses into the woods, they made them lie down. Lying alongside :olajor, Dick peered cautiously over the animal's back. Both he and Bob were well hidden, there being plenty of thick brush near them. The sounds of the approaching horsemen grew louder. Before long the two parties met. They came together directly in front of the place where the two Liberty Boys were hidden. Then they halted and exchanged greetings. Some were British refugees and some were Cowboys. James Saunders was in one party and Richard Smitb in the other. "Those two rascally, young rebels got away from you the other night, I hear, Jim?" said Smith. "Yes, an' we thought we had 'em safe, too!" with a snarl. "You sh-ould turn them over to me, Jim. Then they'd never get away." "H'm' ! You've been too busy keeping out of their way to think of making them prisoners, Dick," muttered Saunders. The Cowboy muttered some angry retort, and then said: "Will you join me in a raid?" "Certainly. Where will it be?" "Above here, a few miles. They're all so busy thinking of the attack on New York that they won't pay any atten tion to us." "Will there be such an attack?" laughed Saunders. "Of course. It's the general talk." Saunders laughed again. "You don't know as much as you think," he said. "Why don't I?" with a growl. "Because there will be no attack. That talk, the cap tured dci>patches, the whole thing, was a ruse, and a smart one at that." "A ruse?" The boys then hurried away at full speed. Dick took himself to the general's headquarters reported. "Yes. 'rhe redcoats were nicely tricked and the rebels and were well on their way before it was discovered." At once the troops were put in motion. As Washington had hoped, there wasn't a redcoat within five miles of Battle Pass when the troops marched through. "' "Then, if there are no rebel troops about, we ought to all the better make our raid." "I agree ,1,ith you there," with a laugh. "1'hen come on; we'll join our forces and sweep every thing before us."


TIIE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE REFUGEES. 21 "Very good." The whole troop then rode on at full speed. "Ride back and bring up the Liberty Boys, Bob," said Dick, as s:ion as the Cowboys and refugees were out of sight. Bob at once set off down the valley. Dick, mounted on }Iajor, followed the refogees at a little distance. Ile could keep them in sight, and~ if thr.y made an at tack before the r cturn of the Liberty Boys, rouse the neighbors ancl tell them that the boys were coming. Reaching an open space in the road, where the river took a bend, Dick saw a house ancl some of the refu gees gathered about it. They did not seem to ha,e any hostile intentions to ward it, howeYcr. There were a nUIDbcr inside, ancl several were sitting under trees, quaffing olcl ale and smoking long pipes in e.Jident enjoyment. ' The people are Tories, no doubt," was Dick's thought. "The place is not a public house." He wonlcl have liked to go closer and listen to the talk of the men. Being in uniform, howe,er, he could not risk the chance of being seen. On the_ other side of the house was a thick clump of trees. These were nearer to the place than where he now was . If he could get around to them unobserved, he could hear more. If he could learn whither the refugees were bound, it would assist him greatly. He therefore determined to get to the trees. Dismounting, he led :Major to a place of safety and then began skirting the house rapidly on foot. He passed it, crossed the road just above a bend, and then worked down. Reaching the trees without being seen, he crept to the edge of the group. Near them were several of the party, eating, drinking, and discussing their affairs. among them were Saunders, Smith and one or two whom Dick had seen before. "After we get through that place," said Smith, "we will 1):0 aml visit--" Eager to hear what was said, Dick leaned against the old stump behind which he was crouching. He ud,lcnly put his h." into a mud wasp's nest at w foot of the stump. In an instant out swarmed the angry insects, buzzing furiously. , He sprang up, started to run , caught his foot in a trail ing ,~c and was thrown heavil y to the ground . Before he could escape he was seized and dragged forward. "Oh, ho! It's ~ou, is it?" laughed Saunders. "It is no one else," shortly. "You confounded rebel," snarled Smith, "you have gi,en us a lot of trouble." "Not as much as we will give you," quietly. , 'mith was kno,vn to have committed a number of mur ders in revenge or his father's death. IIe glared savagely at Dick and snar led: "We will see if you will or not. Fetch a rope. We can hang thi rebel now as well as at any time." Some of the men hurried to get a rope, :pick being held :firmly by two of the party . , "There's a reward or him, Dick," said Saunders hast-ily. "I don't care ir there is . It's dead or ' alive, isn't it~'"' "Yes, I guess it is." "You can have him when I get through with him, then," with a snarl. "Be careful, Smith," said Dick. "You have committed other murders and gone unpunished, but this one will not be forgotten." "I'll take the risk," snarled the Cowboy. Dick's arms were liound behind him and his weapons taken away from him. Then a rope was brought, and one end of it was thYown. over the limb of a tree. While t:\ley were making a noose in the other end~ Saund ers said to Dick: "If you'll tell me where those girls are I'll get you off.'" "How dare you speak of them, you scoundrel?" cried. Dick. 'l'he refugee flushed and added : "Then tell us which way the rebel troops went, anal we'll spare you the shame of being hanged and shoot you instead." "Be careful that you don't get the rope you_rsel, James Saunders," said Dick. "As sure as I stand here, you will be hanged yet if you persist in your evil career." "Maybe I will," with an uneasy laugh, "but you won't be there to see." The men having made the noose, it was now adjusted about Dick's neck. "Haven't you got anything to say?" asked Smith. "Nothing that I have not already said," calmly. "Why don't you beg for your life?" "Because I am willing to give it if my country needs it." "Then you won't tell nothing?" "No." ' "Then say your prayers, for we're going to hang you." Dick suddenly heard a sound which sent a thrill to his heart. lt was the sound of approaching horsemen. The Liberty Boys were coming, with Bob at their head. H the refugees did not hear it, all might yet be well. "Take hold there," snarled Smith to three or four of the men. They obeyed, and the party gathered in a circle about the tree. ''I'll give you a last chance, Slater," said Saunders. "Shut up, Jim!" snar led Smith. "He's had all the chance~ be's going to have." Saunders slunk outside the circle, his face black witli ra ge . _ "Get ready there;' growled Smith. "Now then, when I giive the word--" Dick suddenly sounded a 8hrill, clear whistle whicli went echoing through the woods like a clarion.


22 TIIE LIBERTY BOYS AND 'l'HE RE.FUGEES. The Cowboys and refugees started, and thensomeone shouted: "Make haste, the rebels are coming!" "Forward, Liberty Boys!" shouted Dick in shrill tones. "Down with the refugees, death to the Cowboys!" "Swing!" roared Smith, as the Liberty Boys came dash ing toward the spot. "Fire!" cried Bob. A ringing volley followed, the rope was cut in a dozen places, and the men holding it fell, seriously wounded. Then there was a stampede as the Liberty Boys dashed forward, and Dick Slater was raised from the ground, saved in the very nick of time. CHAPTER XVI. A LONG OHASE. Had Bob and the Liberty Boys been delayed one minute longer, they would have been too late. Dick now called to Major, who came trotting to his side. Bob had cut his bonds and removed the noose . "After them!" cried Dick, leaping into the saddle. Away sped the Liberty Boys, , with Dick in the lead. The refugees would have to ride fast to escape them. "Forward!" shouted Dick. "Down with the refugees!" The boys answered with a cheer, and fairly fl~w over the road. The refugees turned a bend in the road and galloped on. Coming in sight of them in a few moments, the pluch.-y boys fired. Several saddles were emptied, but the marauders flew on. After them galloped the daring lads, firing at frequent intervals. The refugees did not return the fire. They had all they wanted to do to keep ahead of the Liberty Boys. They passed through a little settlement where there :was a forge and a number of shops. Out ran blacksmiths and ironworkers, while farmers, men at work in the fields, and even idlers, joined in the chase. :Muskets and rifles rang out, and many a wound was received by the refugees and Cowboys. When the Liberty Boys came dashing up, they were .cheered, and shouts followed them as they raced on. The fugitives reached a bridge over the river and went thundering across it. After them hastened the daring lads, firing as they rode. Some of the refugees plunged into the river in the hope of escaping from their persistent young foes. A man living near the bridge came running out with a double-barreled shotgun. Hurrying upon the bridge, he shot at two of the refugees in the water. One of them sank and did not again appear. The other sank, but came up again farther down st.ream, the water stained from a wound in his shoulder. On the farther side of the bridge the refugees divided. The main body, with Smith and Saunders leading, went up stream. The Liberty Boys pursued these hotly, sending a rat tling pistol volley after them. Another little settlement was reached. Out rushed men and boys, and even women, the To1-'ies receiving a warm reception. Bullets rattled about them, and some of the beys even hurled stones at the enemy. There was no stopping to argue the point with their resolute opponents. The Liberty Boys were too close upon them for that. Rattle-rattle-bang! Crack-crack-crack! Muskets and rifles and shotguns rattled and roared and banged. Pistols cracked and stones whistled, the refugees were sorely beset. The Liberty Boys loaded as they rode, and the firing was almost constant. Neither they nor the settlers gave the Tories any peace. A mile beyond the village the road divided. One went toward the Hudson, the other into the upper county. Again the enemy split up its forces . Dick and the boys kept on after the larger portion, led by the two chief villains. "I'll catch 'em or drive 'em out of the country," de c]arr-d Dick, vigorously. The refugees were urging their horses to the utmost. Some of them fell by the way, their riders being forced to dismount hurriedly and take to the woods. Some took refuge in barns or houses until the Liberty Boys had passed. The boys paid no attention to these stragglers. They were after the leaders. For two hours the chase was continued . Then the refugees scattered in every direction, and Dick called a halt. The horses of the re:fugees and Cowboys were thor oughly exhausted, and many had to be abandoned, some of them dying from the strain. It had been a hard ride for the Liberty Boys also. None of their horses had given out, although the greater part of them needed a rest. Pushing on at a less racking pace till they came to .river, Dick now bade the plucky fellows take a needed rest and look after their horses . "Do you think they will try to get over the river into Westch~ster, Dick?" asked Bob. "Some of them will, no doubt, while others will go up." "There are Cowboys in Westchester, and these fellows may join them." ."Yes, although they generally keep to one section." "Then Smith will probably remain on 't his side of the river, while Saunders may cross." "He won't if we can get hold of him," declared Mark, decisively. As soon as they had rested somewhat a number of the • l l


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE REFUGEES. , ~ . 111 ; , 23 boys began patroling the river-front on the lookout for Tories. It was thought that some of them would attempt to cross, and the men owning boats were warned to be on the lookout for them. "They won't always take the formality of hiring the boats," observed Jack. "No, they will take them without any formality what ever," laughed Ben Spurlock. Jack, Paul, Ben and the two Harrys were riding along the river, going up stream on the lookout for fugitives. Coming to a shaded cove, they saw a boat containing a number of men just pushing out. "There are some of the rascals now!" cried Jack. "There's Saunders," said B ' en. "After them!" cried Jack, dashing down the bank. A man came suddenly running out of a little house and shouted: "Stop those villains . , they are running off with my boats!" There were two boats still on shore. ,Tack and ihe boys raced to the shore and dismounted. "I will go after them if you will let me have these boats," said Jack. "We are some of the Liberty Boys." Dick Slater himself appeared at that moment. "You can have them," the man said. "I know I can trust anyone who wears that uniform." The two Harrys remained behind to take care of the horses. Dick, Jack, Ben and Paul got into one of the boats a n d shoved oil'. The boys pulled steadily, and Saunders and his com panions had to exert themselves. They had a lead on the boys, but were not as accus tomed to handling a boat as were the others. Bob and some of the boys now appeared, and Dick shouted to them to take the other boat. Bob, the two Harryg and Sam got in, and were soon rowing vigorously. The leading boat kept on, but Dick saw that it did not increase its lead. Bob soon cal1ght up with him, and then the two boats moved steadily on, gaining slowly on the other. The river was quite wide at this point, and flaws of w-,wd sQmetimes swept down from the hills and made it dangerous for small boats. The boys were well used to these, however, r,nd Dick could handle any sort of boat in all kinds of weather. "Keep right on, boys," he said. "'rhose scoundrels will not have much of a lead on us by the time they reach shore." The boys rowed steadily on. Dick steered one boat, and Bob managed the other, both making good progress. Dick saw a squall of wind coming, but steered his boat in such a manner as not to catch it. at a disadvantage when it should strike them. At length it swept down upon them. There were white caps all around, and the water fairly bubbled. Saunders and his companions were having a hard time. The boys, began to gain rapidly upon them. Some of them became confused, and one of them lost his oar. Saunders in a rage threw the man overboard. He supported himself on the oar and swam down stream. Dick paid no attention to him but kept on. Then the squall ceased as quickly as it came on. The leading boat, being lighter than before, went ahead more rapidly, even with one less oar. Saunders was heading for, a wooded point, with the evident intention of los ing himself in the woods. "Keep on, boys," said Dick. "We will have him yet . ', CHAPTER XVII. THE TRAIL LOST. The two boats kept steadily on, rapidly overcoming the lead of the other. Once Saunders turned and fired at Dick. The action only delayed him, for Dick kept right on and gained on the fu g itive. Saunders urged the three men with him to pull harder. They did, and then one of them cramped his oar and fell into the bottom of the boat. He was treated to a volume of profanity from Saunders, and resumed his rowing in an angry mood. The boat shot ahead and at last ran upon the bank. 'l'he men jumped out, two of them going down stream, while Saunders and another dove right into the woods. 'l'he other boats landed not long afterward, and the boys at o:rice set out after Saunders. Dick, Bob, Jack, Paul and the two Harrys took up the chase. The others remained behind to look after the boats. Dick had seen which way Saunders baa gone. He quickly caught up the trail and followed it rapidly. In a short time the trail divided, the men having separated. "You go that way with the two Harrys, Bob," said Dick. Tb en he and the other two boys follow d the other trail. Ile had noticed the sort of boots Saunders wore, and distinguished the two trails in a moment. "Are we after Saunders, Dick?" askep. Jack. "Yes, I know the villain's tracks." "I thought so," muttered Jack. There were enough of them after the man, and ii the other should happen to join him, there would still be enough. The two had separated so as to puzzle the boys, no doubt. ' Dick was a regular Indian at following a trail, and this did not bother him. The man had plunged into a veritable wilderness in his efforts to escape the boys. It was worse for hrm than it was for them, however, as they were used to traveling all so;rts of roads.


THE LIBERTY DOYS A~D THE RE.FUGEES. 'The trail was easy to follow on account of the very After him went the boys, gaining steadily upon him. difficulty of the path. He reached the woods first, and dove into their deep Trampled underbrush, broken twigs and deep footand somber recesses. 'prints on marshy spots were the best guides they could It was well on in the afternoon now, and would soon have. be quite dark in the woods. Now and then, too, they could hear the fugiLi,e crash-IT'he boys pushed on, finding the hail more by sound ing through the brush. thhn by sight. The other man had not joined him, or there woul<\ Saunders could not run as fast as they could, and they have been more noise. gained on him rapidly. Bob and the others would attend to him and keep him At last it ~rew too dark to see any sort of trail, anc1 from joining Saunders, if possible. then they failed to hear the man. He finally came out upon an unfrequented road, the They ha_d come to a great ledge of rock, towering high three boys close behind. above the1~ heads. . Bob quickly caught sight of him, and prevented his . There might be a path i!'p this, but they coulil :i;i.ot see running in tlie direction Dick had taken. it. "Clear out!" he cried, drawing his pistol. Ceasing to hear the man's steps, Dick concluded that The man rushed the. other way, and Bob followed him be had gone up the ledge. a short distance. It was alm9st like night in the woods, and it was only a "He can't join Saunders," he said, "and I don't care little lighter outside. where he goes after that." "The man is up there somewhere," said Dick. "How The man went hurrying along the road and shortly far back it stretches I don't know. I don't believe there disappeared. are houses in that direction, and so he will have to come Bob and the boys waited a few moments to be sure that down." the man did not try to join Saunders. The boys built a fire close to the ledge and just under "l'hen they set oil: in the other direction. a hanging shelf, so that the light did r.ot show above. Ip. a few mi1rntes they heard someone coming along the Then they sat down and rested. ,Toacl at a quick pace. There was no sound but the whisper .of the wind, the "Spread out, boys!" said Bob. noises of insects and the waving of lhe branches. 'The three spread out across the road, pistols in hand. At length Dick lighted a number of to~ches and looked I n a moment thr runner came in i:;ight. along the ledge. It ,ms Saunuers. There was a rough path leading tmrnrd the top. :N"ot far awav was a little house at the i:;icle of the road. This he followed, the others coming on behind. Saunders m;de a dash for it ancl ru hed inside. He saw footprints here and there and so knew that Then Dick, Jack and Paul came up. Saunders had gone up. "Run around to the back, boys," criecl Bob. The path wound about, and at length the boys reached • The boys shot away in an instant. the top. "''The fellow has gone into the house," said Bob. The woods were more open here and the trail harder '"Yes, I saw him. Run in after him," said Dick. to follow. 'Then he and Jack ran along the side. The light of the torches aided them, however, and they Paul followed Bob. found tracks enough to guide them. A shout from Harry Thurber showed that Saunders Pushing on, they came to an old hut, half in :ruins. had come out. There we1 e the remains of a fire on the hearth, and .Dick and Jack saw him in another moment. the few sparks in it showed that it had been lighted that He ,ran toward a barn in the rear and disappeared night. within. "The fellow has stopped here," said Dick, "and has~ =t.'-his way, Bob!" shouted Dick. taken alarm and gone on." ....,_. 'The others ran to the barn to surround it. From the hut the trail was quite plain, and the boys 'Then Bob and Paul came running out. followed it for several minutes without difficulty. • Thev were followed by the owner of the house. Then the ledge rock cropped up, extending for some "Who is that scoundrel?" he demanded angrily. distance. c~He is a refugee, a Cowboy and a spy of the British. There was no trail left on thif-, and the boys had to This way, boys!" cross it and look along the other side for footprints . They had almost surrounded the barn, when the spy By holding their torches dose to the ground, they dashed out at the door in the rear, m01mted on a big finally found tracks. brown horse. "The fellow has a lead on us," said Dick, "but he does "After him!" cried Dick. not know that we are following him, and that is an adSaunders put the animal at the barnyard fence and vantage." . uTged him forward. They went on slowly but steadiJ.v, and at last came out He went over it, but a moment later stumbled and upon a road where the trail was lost. threw the man. "What are you going to do now, Dick?" asked Bob . . Saunders leaped to his feet and ran toward some woods .. 'Look for some place to stay and fake up the trail at a little distance. in the morning."


THE LIBER'rY BOYS AND THE REFUGEES. "Then you are determined to catch him? " "Yes, or warn the people against him. Re is a spy, as well as a Cowboy, and so is dangerous." Then the boys. seeing a light not far away, walked to it, finding it in the "l\in!lo w of a house setting a little back :from the road. CH.AP'rER XVIII. ' TUE CHASE EKDS. \\. up to the door of the house Dick knocked . A rough-looking man answered the summons. "Can you accommoclate us for the night?" asked Dick. "Yus, l guess so, cf you pay for et. How many are there?" "Six; but we can sleep in the barn without tr0'-1ble." "Huh, can't have ye sleepin' there nohow. Ye might set et on fire." "Oh, we don't mind sleeping there at all," said Dick, giving Bob a look. "Wull, I can't have ye. Ye'll be sure ter set et on fire with yer pipes." "But we don't smoke pipes, and we _ are very careful. We can sleep there just as well as not." Bob, meanwhile, had slipped away unnoticed. The man was so particular about his barn that Dick knew that there must be some other reason for his not wanting them to sleep in it. "Yer kin sleep in ther house just ez well ez not," he continued. "But then all six of us." "'l'hat don't matter. Ef enny one sleeps in ther barn, I ' ll do et m'self." "I'm afraid we will crowd you out." "Not et all. I'll be proud ter have yer. I admire that rebel uniform er yours . I'ro er rebel m'self." If Dick had ucen suspicious before, he was all the more so now. No good pahiot called himself a "rebel," he was well aware . "I'll have ter charge er crown erpiece," the man went on. The Americans always spoke of dollars and not crowns or ounds . 'rhe charge was excessive, too, for the accommodations, 'lift~ yet the man expressed himself as glad to do any thing . All at once there was a shout from Bob. "He's here, Dick!" "I thought so! Come, boys!" In a moment they were all racing out to the barn. They found Bob holding a lantern. "I found this within," he said. "And the fellow was so afraid we would set the barn on fire," sputtered Jack. "An thing else?" asked Dick. "Ye ; this." Bob held Glut a hat. The boys all recognized it as having been worn by Saunders. "A.ncl something else," said Bob. "What is it?" "Come ins ide." On the barn floor were muddy footprints. There was mud on the rungs of the ladder leading to• the mow. Dick had been following those footprints too long not. to know them. They were made by Saunclers. Dick li ste ned. He heard someo;ne breathing as if he were trying to suppress it. "Come down, Saunders!" he said. "We know you are there." Just then the householder came into the barn. "What yer dewin' in here with a lantrun?" he snapped~ "You are a Tory," said Dick, "and harboring a Cowboy and spy." "I hain't seen Jeems Saunders fur er year." "Go outside, . boys, some of you. He is trying to es-cape." Dick had heard a suspicious sound overhead. There was a large door in the upper part of the barn. Above it was a rope running through a wheel fastene~ to the eaves . Saunders was trying to get down by the rope unob-served. Jack, Paul and Harry Thurber ran outside. There was a creaking sound overhead. Then a rope sudclenly dropped to the ground.. In another moment it suddenly shot up again. ' I Then the creaking sound was heard, followed by Ii sudden cry of alarm. Dick came out with the lantern. The others followed. Holding up the light, a _gruesome sight was seen. J n seeking to come down by the rope, the latter ha

THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE REFUGEES. Dick returned the boats, procured their horses and set out with the rest of the Libert_y Boys for the camp. Where Richard Smith had gone was no great matter, -so long as he remained away from the Ramapo valley. There were still refugees in the region, however, and they must be either driven out or kept quiet. Then they started off, a:nd presently met som6' boys on horseback driving cows. Then off they started down the road at a gallop toward the cows and the two or three boys on horseback who were driving them. "Hooroo, clear dhe road-get out av dhat, ye vilyans!" roared Patsy, charging them at full speed. Some of the cows ran toward the river, some turned the other way, and some just stood still and lowed. Carl came on with Patsy and made a great to do. One boy's horse ran away with him, another threw his :rider, and the last was only restrained with the greatest difficulty. "What's ther matter with yer ?" cried the boy. "What yer doin' on?" '"Shure an' aren't yez Cowboys, runnin' off wid dhe cattle?" asked Patsy, reining in. "No we ain't!" indignantly. "We're etdrivin' ther caows home, thet's all. Ye're er ole caow yerseH, 1 guess." CHAPTER XIX. Then the Smiths and a score or more of their followers suddenly dashed into the woods. Dick pursued the rest till he scattered them in all direc tions. Then Dick returned, after taking a short rest. Smith had escaped, and he had been the one whom Dick wished most to catch. On the way back they met a boy who said to Dick: "I know where Dick Smith and a lot of them refugees is." • "Do you?" "Yes, they're m a cave up here m the hills. I saw 'em go into it." "Is it near here?" "Yes." "Show me the place." The boy led the way about half a mile and turned into woods. It was where the Smiths and the others had turned off. The path was rough, and was not easily followed. There was an opening as high as a man's head into some mysterious cavern beyond. All was dark and weird, and one might well hesitate at entering a place like that. , There were evidences enough to show that a mounted party had recently entered the place. There was no sign to show that they had left it, the tracks all going one way. The boys settled themselves about the mouth of the A STRANGE ESCAPE. cave to wait for the Cowboys to come out. . . • At length Dick said: The next daJ Dick found somebody who was gomg to ' "If the rascals won't come out, let us drive them out." estchester, and who would be a good escort to the Torches were prepared and lighted, and Dick Slater, at girHls. d the head of :fifty of the Liberty Boys, entered the cave ou e an Bob saw them well on their way and then refoot turned to their camp. On they went several hundred feet, making one or two They expected to leave in a short time to J. oin the troops sharp turns. that had already gone. While they were getting ready to break up their camp At last they came out between two high banks which they received news that Richard Smith and ' his brothers, gradually lowered until they were in the woods. They saw nothing of the Cowboys, because the latter with their gang of lawless marauders, were again c'om-mitting all sorts of depredations in the Ramapo valley had passed through this place long before .and were now .and in Orange county. probably miles away. "We ought to do something to these fellows before we It was not altogether with disappointment that Dick leave," said Dick. returned through the hole in the hillside to the rest of A the Liberty Boys. t that very moment a hoy came riding into the camp, his horse all of a lather, and said excitedly: The Liberty Boys started for the South the next day. "Dick Smith and his gang are runnin' off horses, killin' There t-hey distinguished themselves in many :figp.ts with the enemy, and ' were at the siege of Yorktown a~,-,--eows an' settin' fire to hayricks an' things not more'n the surrender of Cornwallis. three miles up the valley. I come on as fast as I could." The Liberty Boys were all excitement in a moment. Ju an amazingly short time they were all in the saddle. Away they dashed up the valley, going like the wind. They came upon the marauders just leaving a place which they had despoiled. 'rHE END. Read "THE LIBERTY BOYS AFTER THE JAGERS; or, THE AMERICAN CAUSE IN PERIL," which will be the next number (372) of "The Liberty Bovs of '76." At once they opene _cl fire upon the refugees and Cow-J boys. Many a saddle was emptied as the bullets whistled about. Up the valley fled the Cowboys, spmring and lashing their horses in their efforts to escape. For an hour or more Dick kept upon their heels, giving them no rest. SPECIAL NOTICE: All back numbers of this weekly are always in print. If you cannot obtain them from any newsdealer, send the price in money or postage state-ps by mail to FRANK TOUSEY, PUBLISHER, 24 UNION SQUARE, NEW YORK, and you will receive the copie1 you order by return mail.


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Some bulbs, washed ashore from the wreck of a vessel from Japan and embedded in the sand, grew and flourished, till the. beauty of the flowers attracted the attention of the governor. Bulbs are now exported to England from June to August. But Guernsey folk-lore ascribes the origin of, the flower to the remorse of the beautiful Michell"! de Garis, who, following her elfin lover to fairyland, begged that some toke n by which she would be remembered migl t be left behind her. The fairy gave her a bulb to plant in the sand above the bay, and whispered to the weeping mother, who, searching for her lost child, found "the sttange, odorless, beautiful blossoms, decked with fairy gold and without a soul -for what is the scent but the soul of a f!ower--a fit emblem for a denizen of fairyland." A "bottle-fed" watermelon was recently how11 at a fair in one of the melon districts of Colorado, which cause d a good deal of interest and amusement. The grower, an amateur, explained how he had produced a melon that weighed twentyfour pounds, when the shipping melon of the variety only had to weigh fourteen pounds by requirement. He said he had 5elected a healthy vine, pinched off all the "runners'; but t:!:ie one with the selected melon, which at that time was abot the size of a small cucumber, and gav1 evidence of being a promising specimen. Then he had pinched off the other buds J!nd growing melons on that runner, so that the entire strength of the plant went into the melon left. Then through the stem of the melon he had made a slit. Through this slit a common lamp wick was gently forced and the other end of the wick submersed into a bottle filled with sweetened water. That was all. The melon grew apace and outstripped its brothers on the neighboring vines. The bottle nad t0 be renewed about once a week-it being a quart beer bottle. When the time came that the melon gave forth the right "punk~ sound, which the grower knows means a perfectly ripe speci men, it was picked and taken to the fair. And on the day when it was opened it was so sweet as to be almost sickening and had practically no rind. ing a knife to the dainty, it stuck just below the icing and refused to go any further. "It must be baked to a cinder," said Mrs. Warder. But her good man, suspecting that something worse than careless baking was respons ible for the cake's hardness, cut round the sides, and was rewarded .by finding a revolver and seven cartridges buried In the paste. When brought up before the authorities Schneider confessed that he had intended to shoot his guardians and escape from prison before his trial. "After all," said the warder, pensive ly, when he told his story, "honesty is not always the b est policy. If my wife had not cut into that cake I should have been a dead man by now, for I sleep hard." HAPPY MOMENTS. Coming to His Senses-"Js Willie still paying attention to TiTile?" "No." "Did he jilt her?" "No; he married her." "I suppose you realize the danger of firewater?" said the man who tries to benefit people. "I do" answered the Indian thoughtfully, "especially the kind the paleface puts In his automobile." "I does n' quite see, " said Mr. Erastus Pinkly, "why 01• Satan is 'lowed to be a boss an' have such an eas y time of it." "Dat ain' no easy time," said Mr. Collif!ower. "Look at some o' de people we knows dat he'll hafter 'sociate wif! " Belle (enthusiastically)-! know that rich old fellow who's courting Maud is a regular curmudgeon to live with, but she'll have all kinds of money. Nell (dryly)-She will , indeed , including alimony. Mrs. Gadd-I'm nearly tired to death; was at Mrs. Nabb's part; last night. Mrs. Gabb-I didn' t go; in fact, did not get an invitation. Were there many there? "Oh, no; it w a s very select." Eastern Man (out West)-This steak is fried. I orde red It broiled. Waiter-Boiled, sir? "Broiled on a gridiron." "On a griddle, sir?" "A gridiron. Don't you know what a grid• iron is?" "Never heard of one, sir; reckon the cook didn't, either. Ain't your steak fried enough, sir?" "Y-e-s, never mind. I forgot I was out in the West, where gridirons are unknown." Rural Minister-None of the brothers whose duty it is to pass the plate Is here to-day. Would you object to taking up the c.ollection? Modest Worshiper-I never passed the plate in church in my life, and I'm afraid I'd be rather awkward. "Oh, never mind about that. It won't be noticed. Most of my congregation become absorbed in their hymnbooks about the time the plate goes round." "You will marry a rich and beautiful blonde," said the fortune teller, "and become the father of a large family." "Then I'll have a long time to wait," said the, young man with a balf sigh. "I married a rich but homely brunette a couple of weeks ago, and she looks good for fifty years yet." ,,,,-~---------"Your nepheVI, that's studyin' to be a doctor--" "Well, Rather an original story comes from the criminal prison now, he ain't by any means as useless as you'd naturally at Warsaw. A bookkeeper named Schneider, was awaiting think," philosophically said honest Farmer Hornbeak. "When his trial, being charged with fraud. As his health was bad he comes home on a vacation I make him not only kill the his family sent him many little delicacies unknowJ?, in the chickens, as occasion arises, but dress 'em into the bargain; prison fare, delicacies which, no doubt, the head warder shared and what little knowledge he has already got of surgery en• with him. The other day, among other things, a huge iced ables him to do a more artistic job than any of the rest of us cake appeared. The warder's children were fond of cake, and can do, in spite of all the practice we have had in an unso was his wife. They therefore determined to keep half of it scientific way. A college education, Enoch, has its bright for themselves. Their surprise was g1 eat when, upon applyside, even 1f 1t does cost considerable."


28 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. ' I A FIGHT WITH PIRATES. vers were purchased for the crew, and on the very day we left q1e captain brought aboard two very heavy rifles which he had picked up somewhere at a bargain. ' ! By COL . RALPH FENTON . . .' t 1 I call them rifles, but they were young cannon, carrying a "I was once a foremast hand on the bark Huntress, and o_ne three-ounce ball, with powder enou'gh behind it to kick thll morning we left Singapore, bound to the south by way of the marksman halfway across the ship. Straits of Sunda. We left Singapore as well prepared as a merchant vessel We had sixteen hands on the bark, and for armament 0we could be, and it seems that the captain was advised to bear had a nine-pounder mounted on a carriage, and' a good supply well up toward Borneo, and gave the Red Islands a wide of muskets and pikes. berth. On cur way up, when off the Red Islands, on the northern We crossed the e{[Uator at least a hundred miles to the roast of Sumatra, we overhauled an Italian brig called the east of the islands, and then altered our course to the southCampello. east', calculating to pass to the east of Biliton Island before She was stripped of sails, cordage and most of her cargo, hauling away for Sunda Strait. and had been set fire to and scuttled. The bark made good weather of it, and we had crossed the For some reason the flames died out, and the water came in equator and run down on the new course until Biliton might l!6 slowly that she was floating six hours after the pirates have been sighted from the masthead, when there came a abandoned her. calm. Our mate was seRt off to board her, and he found a shock-The wind had died away about mid-forenoon, and the drift Ing state of affairs. of the bark was to the north. She had been laid aboard without resistance by two native We looked for a change at sunset, but nothing came, and the boats, armed only with ,muskets and pistols. night passed without wind enough to move a feather. The crew had at once been made prisoners, and set to work My watch was below when daylight came, and we got the to strip the ship and hoist out such cargo as the pirates word to run up lively. coveted. To the northeast, off the coast of Borneo, two or three She was run in behind one of the islands and anchored, and for three days, and nights the pirates were hard at work on her. Each man of the crew worked under a guard during the ila.y, and at night captain and all were secured in the fdrecastle. The crew numbered fourteen. Toward evening of the third day the pirates had secured all their plunder. Several native crafts had been loaded and sailed up the coast to some rendezvous, and only one remained to take on the last of the plunder. As no actual violence had been offered ca~tain or crew during the three days, there was hope that the pirates would go away and leave them in possession of the robbed and dismantled brig. Just what shift'they would have made in this case I cannot MY, for the craft was left without sail, rope, block or pro~isions. After four o'clock in the afternoon the crew were ordered 'forward, while the natives collected aft, and at a given signal lire was opened on the defenseless men. To their credit let it be recorded that they seized whatever -weapons they could lay hands on, and dashed at the pirates, l>ut It was simply to die 1ike brave men. In ten minutes the last one was shot down. J The pirates then raised the anchor and got into their boat, bored holes in the ship's bottom and started a fire in the bold amidships. The Information came from a little fellow on board who was making his first voyage as an apprentice. On the morning of the third day he managed to hide among the cargo, and the pirates completed their work and sent the , hulk drifting out to sea without having missed him. He was on deck to catch the painter of the mate's boat when 11he drew alongside, and to one of our crew who could speak Italian he gave the story. We re1>orted the affair at Singapore, and a gunboat was lent off to investigate. She returned before we had completed our loading, and reported that she had made no discoveries. It was a warning for -our captain, and he wisely determined C:o heed It. We took on shell and grape for our cannon, a dozen revol-green islands were in sight, and between us and the islands were two native craft bearing down upon us. They had been sighted when six or seven miles away, and as my watch came on deck the mate descended froi;n the perch aloft, where he had been using the glass, and reporte. d to the captain that the craft were a.f)proaching us by the use of sweeps. The calm still held, but it was clear enough to a sailor's eye that we should have a breeze as soon as the sun began to climb up. No man askeu himself the errand of these boats making for ::he Huntress. At that time and in that locality there could be but one answer. The captain called us aft and said: "Men, the craft which you see making for us are pirates. We shall have a breeze within an hour, buti they will be here first. If we cannot beat them off, we are dead men. They take no .prisoners. I look to see every man do his duty." We gave him a cheer and began our preparations. The cook was ordered to fill his coppers and start a rousing fire, and the arms were brought up and served out. There were three or four men who had served at a heavy gun, and these took charge of the cannon, and the piece wa~ loaded with a shell. When the captain called for some one to use the rifles the only man who answered was an American. He took them aft, loaded them with his own hands, and by the time the pirates were within a mile we were as ready as we could be. 'l'he bark was lying with her head to the east, and the fellows were approaching us from the north on our broadside. The mate kept his glass going, and announced that both crafts were crowded with men, but that he could see no cannon. '!'hey made slow progress, and we were impatient to open the fight. By and by, when they might have been three-quarters of a mile away, the captain passed word for the gunner to send them a shot. In a few seconds the big gun roared, and we all saw that the shell flew over the pirates and burst in the air. It was a good line shot and something to encourage, but be-


'l'HE LIBERTY B . OYS OF '76. 29 fore the cannon sent another shot the American had a try with one of the rifles. The mate was watchin:g his shot from the rigging, and the report had scarcely died away before he shouted: "Goqd for the Yankee! He hit'at least a couple of them." The second shell from the cannon burst over one of the boats and took effect on some of the men. The American then fired again, and again his bullet told . We were doing bravely and were full of enthusiasm, but the struggle was yet to come. The fellows bent their energies to creeping closer, and pretty soon they opened on us with musketry, and the ball s began to sing through the rigging in a lively manner. We had our muskets ready, but the captain ordered us to hold our fire, and keep sheltered behind the rail. One of the piratical craft was a quarter of a mile in advance of the other, and the third shell from the cannon burst aboard of her, and must have killed and wounded a dozen or more men. There was great confusion aboard, and she remained stationary until the other craft came up. During the interval the American got in two more shots which found victims. We now looked upon the victory as assured, and there was ch ,eering from one end of the ship to the other. We were a little ahead of time. The third shot from our big gun burst it, and although none of the men were hurt, we were thus deprived of a great advantage. As soon as the captain knew what had happened, he called upon all the crew to shelter themselves, and wait to fire at c lose quarters. One man was detailed to assist the cook with hot water, and powder and bullets were placed handy for reloading the muskets. I was stationed near the gun-carriage, and noticed several shells lying about under foot. The American kept firing away with the rifle knocking over a pirate at every shot, and pretty soon the two craft were near enough for us to open fire with the muskets. We wasted a good many shots, for we were green hands and greatly excited; but we also did great execution. By and by the shouts and yells of the pirate sounded close at hand, and their craft were laid alongside. We now flung down the muskets and used the revolvers and pikes. -' the revolvers were empty we used capstan-bars, clubbed muskets, or whatever would serve to strike a blow. On e dhow lay on our quarter and the other on the bow, and the fellows tried to carry us on boarding. We beat them off the rail again and again. By and by I heard some one sing out that the fellows had boarded us forward. I did not see how we could spare a man from the quarter, for two had gone down and the rest of us were hard pressed. AU of a sudden I thought of the shells lying at my feet. There were half a dozen burning wads on the decks from the jingals of the pirates, and with one of these I lighted the fuse to a three-second shell and gave the ball a toss for the

These Everything! .! COMPLETE SET IS A REGULAR ENCYCLOPEDIA! Books Tell You. Eacb book consists of sixty-four pages, printed on good paper, in clear type and neatly bound in an attractive, illustrated cover. M?5t of the books are also profusely illustrated, and all of the subjects treated upon are explained in such a simple manner that any child. can thoroughly understand them. Look over the list as classified and see if you want to know anything about the subjects ment10ned. THESE ~OOKS ARE FOR SALE BY ALL NEWSDEALERS OR WILL BE SENT BY MAIL TO ANY ADDRESS FROM THIS OFFICE ON RECEIPT OF PRICE, TE CEJ\'TS EACH, OH. ANY '1.'HREE BOOKS FOR TWENTY-FIVE CENTS. POSTAGE STAMPS TAKEN THE SAME AS MONEY. Addre;;s l!'RANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, N.Y. MESMERISM. No. 81. HOW TO l\1ESMERIZE.-Containing the most ap proved methods of mesmerism; also how to cure all kinds of diseases by animal magnetism, or, magnetic healing. By Prof. Leo Bugo Koch, A. C. 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Every boy can become strong anJ healthy by following the instructions contained in this little book. No. 10. HOW TO BOX.-The art of self-defense made easy. Containing over thirty illustrations of guards, blows, and the ditferent positions of a good boxer. Every boy should obtain one of these useful and instructive books, as it will teach you how to box without an instructor. No. 25. HOW TO BECOME A GYMNAST.-Containing full instructions for all kinds of gymnastic sports and athletic exercises. Embracing. thirty-five illustrations. By Professor W. Macdonald. A handy and useful book. No. 34. HOW TO FENCE.-Containing full instruction for fencing and the use of the broadsworJ: also instruction in archery. Described with twenty-one practical illustrations, giving the best positions in fencing~ A complete book. TRICKS WITH CARDS. No. 51. HOW TO DO TRICKS WITH CARDS.-Containing explanations of fue general principles of sleight-of-hand applicable to card tricks; of card tricks with ordinary cards, and not requiring sleight-of-hand; of tricks involving sleight-of-hand, or the use of specially 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 ii• lustrations. By A. Anderson. ' No. 77. HOW TO DO 1rORTY TRICKS WITH CARDS~ Containi~~ deceptive Card Tricks as performed by leading conjur~rs and mag1c1ans. Arranged for home amusement. Fully illustrated. MAGIC. No. 2. HOW TO DO TRICKS.-Tbe great book of magic and card tricks, containing full instruction on an the leading card tricks of the day, also most popular magical illusions as performed by our: lea~mg mag1c1ans ; every boy should obtain a copy of this book, as 1t will both amuse and instruct. No: 22. HO~ TO DO SECOND SIGHT.-Heller's seconJ sight exp lamed b:v: his former assistant, If red Hunt, Jr. Explaining how the secret dialogues were carried on between the magician and the boy on the stage; also giving all the codes and signals. The only authentic explanation of second sight. No. 43. HOW TO BECOMEJ A MAGICI.AN.-Containing the gran~est assort~ent ?f magicaL illusions ever placed before the public. Also tricks with cards. mcantations, etc. ' No. 68. HOW TO DO CHEMICAL TH.ICKS.-Containing over one hundred liighly amusing and instructive tricks with chemicals. By A. Anderson. Handsomely illustrateJ. No. 69. HOW TO DO SLEIGHT OF HAND.-Containing over ~fty of the latest and best tricks used by magicians. Also containmg the secret of second sight. Fully illustrated. By A. Anderson. . No._ 70. HOW '.l'O l\:fA;KEl MAGIC ~OYS.-Containing full directions for makmg l\Iag1c Toys and devices of many kinds. By A. Anderson. Fully illust.-ated. ' No. 73. HOW TO DO TRICKS WITil NUMBERS.-Showing many curious tric~s with figures and the magic of numbers. By A. Anderson. Pully illustrated. _No. 7_5. HO\y TO ~ECOME A CONJUROR. -Containing tricks with Dommos, Dice, Cups anJ Balls, liats, etc. Embracing thirty-six illustrntions. By A. Anderson. No. 78. ! -IOW '1.'0 DO THE _BLACK ART.-Containing a com, plete description of the mysteries of l\Iagic and Sleight of Hand, together with many wonderful experiments. By A. Anderson, Illustrated. MECHANICAL. No. 29. HOW TO BECO~IE AN INVENTOR.-Every boy should know how inventions originated. This book explains them all, givil!g examples in electricity, hydraulics, magnetism, optics, pneumatics, mechanics. etc. The most instructive book published. . No. 5~. HOW TO BECOM~ AN ENGINEER.-Containing full mstruct1ons how to proceed m order to become a locomotive en• gineer; also directions for building a model locomotive; together with a full description of everything an engineer should, know. No. 57. HOW TO l\IAKE MUSICAL I:NSTRU.MEN'l'S.-Full directions how to make a Banjo, Violin, Zither, ..Eolian Harp, Xylo phone and other musical instruments; together with a brief description of nearly every musical instrument used in ancient$ modern times. Profusely mustrated. By Algernon S. "Fit:;g-el:'ald, for twenty years bandmaster of the Royal Beng'a! Marines. No. 59. HOW TO MAKE .A MAGIC L.ANTERN.-Containing a description of the lantern, together with its history and invention. Also full directions for its use and for painting slides. Handsomely illustrated. By John Allen. . No. 71. How TO DO MECHANICAL TRICKS.-Containluc complete instructions for performing over sixty Mechanical Trlcta. By A. Anderson. Fully illustrated. LETTER WRITING. No. 11. HOW TO WRITE LOVE-LETTERS.-A most com plete little book, containing full directions for writing love-letters, and when to use them, giving specimen letters for young and old. No. 12. HOW TO WRITE LETTERS TO LADIES.-Giving complete instructions for writing letters to ladies on all subjects; also letters of introduction, notes and N"QUests. No. 24. HOW TO WRITE LET'rERS TO GENTLEMEN.Containing full directions for writing to gentlemen on all subjects; also giving sample letters for instruction. No. 53. HOW TO WRITE LE'I'TERS.-A wonderful little book, telling you how to write to your sweetheart, your father, mother, sister, brother, employer; and, in fact, everybody and any• body you wish to write to. Every young man and every young lady in the land should have this book. No. 74. HOW 'I'O WRITE LETTERS CORRECTLY.-Con• taining full instructions for writing letters on almost any subject; also rules for punctuation and composition, with specimen letters. --.,..._. ----,_


THE STAGE. o. 41. THE BOYS 01!' NEW YORK END MEN'S JOKE K.-Containing a great variety of the latest jokes used by the t fam ous end men . No amateur minstrels is complete without is wond erfu I littl e book . No. 42. THE BOYS OF NEW YORK STUMP SPEAKER Contai!)ing a varied asso,r!:IJ?ent of stump speeches, Negro, Dutch and Irish . Also end mens J okes. Just the thing for home amusement and amateur shows. No. 45 . THE BOYS OF NEW YORK MINSTREL GUIDE ~ND JOKJ!l BQOK,-;--Something new a?d very _instructive. Every boy_ s~oul d obtain this book. as 1t contams full mstructions for orsamzmg a n amateur mmstrel troupe. No. 6 5. MULDOON'S JOKES.-'-'l'his is one of the most original joke boo k s ever published, and it is brimful of wit and humor It eontaio s a l arge collection of songs, jokes, conundrums, etc:. of Terre nce :c\Iuldoon, the great wit, humorist, and practical joker of the da y . Bvery boy who can enjoy a good substantial joke should obtain a copy immediately. No. 7 9 . HOW TO BECO:c\IE AN ACTOR.-Containing complete in s t ructions how to make up for various characters on the 1tage ; t ogether with the duties of the Stage Manager, Prompter Scenic Arti st_and Prope1ty i\Ian. B.v a prominent Stage Manager'. No. S O . GuS WILLIAi\IS' JOKE BOOK.-Containing the lat• t j o k es, anecdotes and funny stories of this world-renowned and ever p opular Oerman comedian. Sixty-four pages; handsome colored cove r containing a half tone photo gf the author. HOUSEKEEPING. No. 16. HOW TO KEEP A Wl::-;'DOW GARDEN.-Containing full in structions for constructing a window garden either in town or country, and the most approved methods for raising beautiful flowers at home. The wost complete book of the kind ever pub lished. No. 30 . HOW 'l'O COOK.-One of the most instructive books on cook ing ever published . It. co ntains_ recipes for cooking meats, fish, game. and oysters; als o pies, puddmgs, cakes and all kinds of pastry, and a grand collection of recipes by one of our most popular cooks . No. 37. HOW TO KEEP HOUSE.-lt contains information for eve r ybody, b o ys, girls, men and women; it will teach you how to ma ke almost anything around the house, such as parlor ornaments, bra c k ets, cements, Aeolian harps, and bird lime for catching birds. ELECTRICAL. No. 46. HOW TO MAKE AND USE ELECTRICITY.A de scr iption of the wonderful uses of e l ectricity and electro magnetism; tog ether with fu ll instructions for making Electric Toys. Batteries, et c . I!.v George Trebel , A. M., l\f. D . Containing over fifty il lustrati ons. No. 64. HOW T O MAKE ELECTRICAL MACHINES.-Containi og full directions for making electrical machines, induction co ils, dynamos. and many novel toys to be worked by electricity. By R. A. R. Bennett. Fully illustrated. No . 67. HOW TO DO ELECTRICAL TRICKS.-Containing a la rge collection of instructive and highly am.using electrical tricks, together with illustrations. By A. Anderson. No: 31. HQW T9 _BECOME A SPEAKER.-Containing four teen 1llustrat10ns, g1vmg the different positions requisite to become a good speaker, reader and elocutionist. Also containi11g gems from a_ll the popular ~uthors of pros~ and poetry, arranged in the most simple and concise manner possible. No. 49. :1fOW TO DEBA'.rE.-Giving rules for conducting debates, outlmes for debates, questions for discussion and the best sources for procuring information on the questions given. SOCIETY. No. 3. HOW TO FLIR'r.-The arts and wiles of flirtation are fully explained by this litt:i! book. Bes ides the various -methods of ha_r.dkercbief,. fan, glove, parasol, window and hat flirtation , i t con ~ams a _full list of the languag e and sentiment of flow e rs, which Is m_terest1ng to everybody, both old and young. You cannot be happy w1tl10ut one. . ~o. 4. H _OW .'1'0 DANqE is the title of a new and handsoma htt,e book Just issued by JJ rank Tousey. It contains full instruc tions in the art of dancing, etiquette in the ball-room and at partie s how to dress, and full directions for calling off in all popular squar~ dances. No. l;i, HOW TO MAKE LOVEl.-A complete guide to lo v e courtEh1p and marriage, giving sensible advice, rules and etiquett; to be observecl, \~ith many curious and interesting things not gen e;rally known. No. 17 . HOW •.ro DRESS.-Coutaining full instruction in the art of dressing and appearing well at home and abroad giving the selections of colors, material. and how to have them made up f"o. 18 . HOW TO BECOME BEAUTIFUL.-One of the b~1ghtest and. most valuable little books ever given . to the world. Everybody wishes to know how to become beautiful both male and female . '.rhe secret is simple, and almost costless, 'Read this book and be convinced how to become beautiful. BIRDS A N D ANIMA LS. No .. '! HOW. TO K~EP BIRDS.-Handsomely illustrated and conta1mng full mstruct10ns for the managemen t and training of the canary, mockingbird, bobolink, blackbird, paroquet, parrot, etc. No. 39. HOW TO RAISE DOGS, POUL'.rRY, PIGEONS AND RABBITS.-A useful and instructive book. Handsomely illustrated. By Ira Drofraw. No. 40. HOW TO MAKEl AND SET TRAPS.-Including hints on how to catch moles, weasels, otte r, rats, squirrels and birds. Also how to cure skins. Copiously illustrated. By J. Harrington Keene. No. 50 . HOW TO STUFF BIRDS AND ANll\fALS.-A valuable book, giving instructions in collecting, preparing, mounting and preserving birds, arimals aud insects. No. 54. 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