The Liberty Boys and "Mad Mary," or, Fighting among the hills

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The Liberty Boys and "Mad Mary," or, Fighting among the hills
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J,,,ml Jrn/.:1// J)y Sub,aiplion ~-~.:,o 1,er y.-ar . L'1tie1ctl ,,.~ Sccond Cl!us J[altcr 1tl /1,c Kc,c l'urk P ost O.ffece, l'cbruary 4, 1001, by i,r,m1.: Tauscg. YORK, DECEMBER 1908. Price 5 Cents. •'You impudent rebel!" hissed the British officer, rushing at Dick, witli his cane uplifted. "Mad Mary" quickly threw herself in the way. "Shame! to strike a defenceless boy!" she cried. Dick defiantly regarded the furious redcoat.


THE LmERTY BOYS OF '76 A W eekly Magazine Containing Stories of the American Revolutio n Issued Weekly-By Subscription $2. 50 per year. J!)ntered as Second Class Matter at the New York, N. Y., Post O.jfic,, February 4, 1901. Entered according to .-1 ct of Oonll"ess, in the yec,r 1908, in the otrwe of tlie Librarian of Oono 1ess, Washin{Jton, D . 0., by Frank 1'ousey, Publisher, :M Union Square, New York. No. 415 . NEW YORK;, DECEMBER 11, 1908. Price 5 Cents. CHAPTER I. SURl'RISING .A. LOT OJ!' BULLIES. "Come on, boys, let's have some ftm with the crazy gal." "All right, colne ahead, it'll be great sport." "Let's see her dance around and hear her holler." "Yes, that'll be lots o' fun." ' A dozen rough looking boys, some of them nearly men, >1ere walking along a road in the hills, in the region be tween the Schuylkill and the Delaware rivers in Pennsyl vania. It was the month of May, and everything was fresh and green, , the air being balmy and the sky clear. Coming along the road toward . the boys was a young woman, who at first sight was seen to attract attention. Her dress was of bright colors, but ragged, her hair hung loose about her shoulders, and she wore nothing on her head. At times she would run swiftly, then turn suddenly and run the other way, or stop and stand noiseless. Now she would talk to herself or sing snatches of songs, sometimes to herself, and then in a loud, clear tone. She was a prepossessing looking girl, but there was a wild look in her eyes and a strangeness of manner which indicated that she was not in her right mind. She was known through the region as "Mad Mary," but no one knew how or where she lived, whether she had relatives or friends, or anything about her in fact, except her name. The boys were a rough looking, vicious lot of young ruffians, and were thoroughly delighted at the prospect of annoying and tormenting the crazy girl. As she came on, singing to herself, and occasionally dancing a few steps and laughing, the bullying boys surrounded her. Some imitated her, and some shouted derisive epithets, but others were not satisfied with this, and began to push her about, pull her hair and step on her feet. This treatment at last grew so rough that the girl tried to get away from her tormentors. This caused them to laugh boisterously, and they be-came more rude. One hulking brute of a boy tried to kiss, but re ceived a stinging blow on the cheek, which left four white lines on his pu:ff-y red face and made him yell. He pulled the girl's hair, while others jostled her this way and that, and one struck her on the shoulder. The girl tried to esc11pe, but her pitiless tormentors only laughed the louder and increased their persecutions. Then the rapid tramp of horses was heard, and there or four boys, finely mounted, came dashing along the road in the hills. One rode a beautiful black, another a fine bay, the third a big gray, and the fourth a sleek, speedy bay mare . . All four wore the uniform of the Continental army, the boy on the black being a captain, he on the bay a first lieu.tenant, and the boy on the gray a second lieuten ant. The handsome boy on the bay mare was a private, with a musket slung over his shoulder, but all seemed to be close friends and thinking little of the difference in rank. "Forward, boys!" said the one on the black. The black and the mare shot ahead of the rest and in a few ~oments charged the howling mob of bullies. Three or four of these were upset in the dusty road> and the two boys quickly halted and dismounted. The other two boys soon came up, when all four began handling the bullies without gloves. T .wo were thrown over the rough rail fence, two more were hurled into the bushes, and others measured their length in the road. The remainder fled in haste, hav4i,g no liking for such unceremonious treatment. The 1)ig fellow, who still showed the marks of the de mented girl's fingers on her cheeks, stood in the road at a safe distance and growled: "What be you rebels doin' of, consarn you? We was only havin' a little bit of fun. You're right sassy, you are." "Fun!" repeated the boy who rode the black . "Do you call it fun for a dozen of you to torment one poor girl? "What are you growling about?" laughed the young lieutenant. That was only our fun. Can't you take a joke?" "O9me on, let's have some more fun," said the boy on the big gray. , "We'd like to amuse you fellows a lot more." "You don't know how funny we can be when we really get into the spirit of the thing" said the fourth, with a rollicking laugh. "Come on." "Yah, you're nothin' but sassy rebels," retorted the bully, falling back. "J~st yer wait till ther sogers sees yer!" cr1ed an other. "I don't guess yer'll be so sassy then." "Oatch ~that fellow, Jack; he knows something," whis pered the young captain to the only private in the group. The crazy girl meanwhile sat on the mossy bank, softly crooning to herself . Jack Warren was on the back of his bay mare in a moment and speeding down the road. These boys were some of the Liberty Boys, of whom


2 THE LIBERTY BOYS A:ND ")IAD J\IARY." Dick Slater was the captain, and Bob Estabrook and "Very good, and now take yourself off and if I hear Mark )Iorrison, the first and second lieutenants, respectof you annoying this girl or anyone else, you'll--" i,;,ely. Jack gave the switch a sudden snap which made the Jack's dash on his speedy bay mare was so sudden that bully jump. before the boasting bully was aware the boy was upon "Get out!" he said, and the bul1y, needing no second him. invitation, fairly flew down the road, quickly disappear-He let out a yell and ran, but Jack reached out and ing. had him by the collar in a moment. "The fellow told the truth, didn't he, Dick?" asked The bully fell, hoping to escape by slipping out of his Bob. jacket. He and Dick were the closest of friends, like brothers, In a moment not only that, but the fellow's coarse cot-in fact, and some day would be such, the sister of each ton shirt as well, were stripped from his back. being the sweetheart of the other. Then Jack quickly wheeled, cut off the bully's retreat, "Yes," replied Dick. "I don't think he knew very and said, laughingly: much, but he told all he knew." "Here, go back there or 1'11 have all your clothes "Then there is not much need of going on, is there, next!" since we h."TIOW that the redcoats are about?" The astonished bully, bare to the waist, got on his "Only to learn their number-and intentions It may feet and began to blubber. be simply a marauding party, or it may be a force sent "There you, gimme my duds," he whined. "I'll ketch against Lafayette." my death." , The young French general was at that time encamped All the other bullies had disappeared, and the prisoner ' .in the hills1 some miles distant. began to shake, not from the cold, for the day was warm, Washington had sent him out from Valley Forge to but from the most abject fear. put a stop to the depredations of the British. ~lark Morrison took hold of him, led him back to General Howe had returned to England, and Sir Henry Dick, and said: Clinton was then in command at Philadelphia. "Here he is. You'll excuse his unconventional ap-It was rumored that the enemy 'llere soon to evacuate pearance under the circumstances, of course?" the latter place, an1 Washington was preparing to harass "J nck would obey orders," laughed Bob Estabrook, "if them on their march to New York. he had taken the fellow's hide off." "That is a good idea," said Mark. "We set out to get "What do you know of the soldiers, you bully?" asked some information of the enemy." Dick Slater of the trembling captive. "Mad :Mary goes to see the soldiers often," said the "Nothin'!" blubbered the latter. "I was only foolin'." girl. "Mad :Mary will find out." "Cut a switch, Jack," said Dick, quietly. ~'It is most "Do you visit the enemy's camp?" asked Dick, looking convenient to giYe this fellow a flogging just now." fixedly at the girl. "I dunno nothin', I tell yer," yelled the boy, as Jack "Mad Mary go everywhere. Mary likes to see soldiers. began cutting a switch. 'rhey don't hurt Mary. Mary can find out things," and When the latter was trimmed, however, and Jack came the girl arose, laughed and began to move swiftly about forward with it, the bully yelled: in ever widening circles. "Hold on an' I'll tell ycr. They're down yonder on "Are you a patriot, Mary?" asked Dick. the Philadelphy road, about er couple o' miles off." "Mary find out for Liberty Boys, come antl tell," "Give him his shirt and coat, Jack," said Dick, quietly. laughed the girl, and then,

THE LIBERTY B-OYS A.ND ".:\IA.D MARY." 3 of either the bullying yo1rng Tories or of the demented girl. If the latter had gone to the camp of the redcoats, she must have taken a short cut through the hills, for Dick saw nothing of her. He rode on for about two miles, seeing nothing of any thing like a camp. Then as the road wound through the hills, and there was not much of it to be seen ahead, Dick went on less rapidly. At length, hearing voices, he dismounted, left Major at the side of the road among some high bushes, as aended the bank, and crept cautiously along. On the opposite side of the road there was a rude post and rail fence, enclosing a bit of rough pasture land, mostly rocks and coarse grn ss. 'rhere was a larg e tree near the road, a little way ahead, and near this were a British officer and four or five men. The officer was talking to the crazy girl, seeming to be Yery much amused at her strange remarks. He was evidently a sufferer from rheumatism or gout, for he leaned upon a heavy gold-headed cane with a silk cord twisted about the head. Crouching in the bushes, Dick leaned forward to hear what the officer was 8aying. . "You are a good Loyalist, no doubt?" the B , riton said. "Yes, Mary is a good girl, goes to church ev~ry Sab bath, and always says 'Amen' in the right place," the girl answered . "I mean that you are loyal to the king, and don't train with these miserable rebels." "How do you catch 'em, with a snare or a box?" asked the ghl. "Ha, ha! we'll snare them quick enough and catch that presumptuous young Frenchman in a box, too," laughed the other, "as soon as--" Dick leaned forward to c atch every word. Then the bank, already undermined, suddenly gave way, antl he was thro,yn down. ' He was on his feet in a moment when he reached the bottom, and drew his sword as the redcoats leaped toward him. "Seize the saucy young rebel," thund.eroo the angry Briton. "How does he dare come so near our lines?" The redcoats rushed at Dick with their muskets levele el He boat them. aside with his sword and snatched at a pistol in his belt. The officer dashed at him with his sword, and a fierce encounter took place. Dick's sword was broken, and the redcoats rushed in quickly and seized him. "Search the young rebel, he is a spy!" snarled the officer. Dick's coat and waistcoat were stripped off and search ed, two redcoats holding him firmly by the arms. There was nothing in bis pockets but some letters and a private paper or two, having nothing to do with military affairs. "This is Dick Slater, captain of the Liberty Boys, sir," said one of the redcoats. "Ha! a spy, just as I said. Hold him firmly," to the men who held Dick. "Mad Mary" was standing near the great tree, showing no sign of having rerognized Dick. The officer, leaning on his cane, advanced and said: "You are Dick Slater, the rebel?" "No," said Dick. "Why, confonnd you, the letters are addressed to you. How dare you lie to me, sh?" "I am Dick Slater, but I am no rebel. I am an American patTiot, fighting for the cause 0 independ ence." "You are the leader of a band of rascally young rebels, known as the Liberty Boys?" "The Liberty Boys are sterling young patriots, not rascals, and I am proud to be their leader." "You are a spy and deserve banging. I have a mind to hang you now." "You dare not!" said Dick. "You impudent rebel!" hissed the Briti.:,h '.)fficer, rushing at Dick with his cane upli.fted. "Mad Mary" quickly th:rew b.crsel in the way. "Shame! to strike a defenseless boy!" she cried. Dick defiantly regarded the furious redcoat. "Mad Mary" seized the uplifted arm and the blow was stayed. "I will settle with you directly!" snarled the officer, glaring at Dick. "I think not," the plucky boy replied. "1 think that I shall be able to dictate terms to you." "What do you mean by that, you impudent upstart?" thundered the officer, turning purple. Dick listened attentively for a ew moments without replying. Then he sounded a most ear-piercing whistle, which ca11sed the redcoat to fairly jump. In another moment the tramp of horsEll}, coming on at a gallop, was heard. ---, CHAPTER III. TURNING THE TABLES. Bob, Mark 11,nd Jack had ridden along at a good, steady jog, which while not as rapid as Major's pace, was bound to get them over the ground. Then they kept steadily on, without making any stops. "We must have gone two miles," said Bob at length, "but I don't see any signs of a camp yet." "Perhaps the boy did not know just how ar it was," 8Uggested Mark. "Or he might have lied," laughed Jack. "I don't think that would trouble him any." "Well, Dick promised to let us lrnow, if he wanted us," observed Bob, as they rode on, "and we haven't--" A.t that moment there came the sound of a shrill whistle.


4 TUE LIBERTY BOYS A~D "nf.A.D ~I.A.RY." "Jove! he does want us'." exclaimed }lark. "Forward!" cried Bob, and the three ' boys shot ahead, fairly racing along the road. 'Go ahead, Jack," said Bob. "Don't hold her in to keep with us. Go ahead!" Dick Slater's :Major was the only horse in the troop that could outrun Jack Warren's bay mare. "Get up, girl!" he said, u ing neither whip nor spur. The beautiful creature seemed to fairly fly, at the word. In a few moments Bob and nfark were left behind. In a few moments Jack dashed around a bend in the road and saw Dick in his shirt and breeche , struggling with four redcoats, who were trying to drag him away. "Forward, Liberty Boys!" fairly screamed Jack. "To the rescue; down with the redcoats!" Never doubting that there were a hundred gallant boys just behind, the redcoats let go of Dick and made off at full speed. The gouty ofiicer already had a lead, and he kept it up. Jack whipped out a brace of pistols and fired two shots in quick succession. One redcoat lost his hat and wig, which went flying up in the air, while the other was made to greatly in crease his speed by a bullet whi tling close to his ear. '!.'hen Bob and Mark came racing and the redcoats made off in hot haste. "Are you going to the redcoat camp?" laughed the erazy girl. "It is only five hundred yards away." "Come back, boys!" houted Dick, and in a moment the three da hing fellows wheeled and: came riding back. "You haven't lost Major, have you, Dick?" asked Bob. "No," and Dick sounded a peculiar call, which soon brought the intelligent animal up at a trot. Quickly resuming his coat, hat and waistcoat, Dick leaped into the saddle. "1 met with an accident, or rather my sword did," he said, "s9 I shall have to get .another." "The enemy are coming," said the girl. "There are fifty of them, mounted." Then she darted into the thicket, and the boys now hearing the tramp of horses, rode away. "Ride ahead, Jack, as fast as you can," said Dick, "and bring up the Liberty Boys." Jack was off like an arrow from a bow, and in a short time di appeared. Dick and the rest could have escaped from the red eoats by driving down some bylane and hiding among the hills. 'l'hc young captain's desire was to engage the redcoats in a :fight, however. Ii he could lead the enemy on until Jack had time to get back with the Liberty Boys, this could be accomplisJ1ed. _. "Dcn't go too fast, boys/' he said. "We want to lead these fellows on." It was not long before the enemy caught sight of Dick and his companions. 'l'hey set up a shout and rode after the pluch.--y fellows. The boys let the redcoat gain, although not enough to endanger their own position. On they went, the redcoats con tantly expecting to catch up on them and always being a little behind. They covered the two miles they had gone, and kept on, Dick listening for sounds of the approach of the Liberty Boy . Jack had traveled much faster than they had, and o would gain time. The Liberty Boys, knowing that they were needed, would make all haste to get in the saddle. Being once on the road, they would come on like the wind. At lenrrth Dick heard them and ju t at a time when the redcoats were beginning to de pair of catching him and were about to give up the cha e. "The boys are coming, Bob," he said. "Good! Then the cha e will tum the other way." ".\nd we will be saucier rebel' than ever," laughed }fark. Louder ounded the tramp of horses, and at length Jack Warren, on his :fine bay mare, was seen leading one hundred gallant fellows. All at once they swept around a bend in the road, and the redcoats realized that they had been most clev erly trapped. "]forward, Liberty Boys!" shouted Dick, wheeling sud denly. "Back with them." "Libo.rty forever, clown wilh the redcoats!" chcer0d the hravc fellows as they charged. The enemy quickly wheeled and dashed a.way, seeing that the daring boys greatly outnumbered them. The boy pursued them so hotly that a number in the rear were captured, and several more had to take to the wood , leaving their horses behind. The men were allowed to go, a Dick could not be troubled with pri oners, but their horses were kept. Extra horses were always of use, for sometimes horses were killed in a fight and had to be replaced. The dashing fellow pur ued the enemy for half a mile, cattcring them in many directions. Dick then halted and gave the brave boys a rest, there being little use in pursuing the redcoats farther. "It will be some time before many of those fellows get back to camp," laughed Bob. "Very true," returned 1fark. " ome of them were forced to go a long di tancc out oi their way." ".And some of them had to walk, ' with a chuckle. "I think that my pompou captain will have much more respect for what he calls 'impertinent rebels,' after thi ," laughed Dick. "And con iderable more di like," added Bob. The boys rode back at much less speed than they had come, and at length reached the camp, hidden among the hills, and difficult to find. " ure it wor just a nice little afternoon's jaunt we had, do ye moind?" said a rosy cheeked, jolly looking Irish boy, as they dismounted. "Ya, dot was ein fine ride been, I bet me," replied a fat German boy, riding alongside, "but we don'd had fery much fun alretty."


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND "MAD 1IARY." 5 "Sure we beat thim off an' made thim run loike sheep. Don't ye call that fun?" 1 "Dot don'd was fighting. Dot was choost like driving home dose cows und dot don'd was fun." "Well, the redcoats will agree wid yez that it wasn"t much fun for thim," with a roar. The sun was well on its downward way now, and after looking after their horses the gallant lads began to pre pare for SUJ?per and night. CHAPTER IV. SPIES .A.T WORK. There were a dozen boys sitting around a cheerful fire while Patsy Brannigan, the Irish Liberty Boy, was pre paring supper, assisted by Carl Gookenspieler, the Ger man boy, and some others. "This was a lively afternoon for you, Jack," said Ben Spurlock, one of the liveliest and jolliest of the boys. "Jack does not mind that," was the retort of Sam San derson, Ben's chum. "But we haven't heard how the thing started," said Harry Thurber. "There was a crazy girl and a lot of Tory Jmllies in the beginning, I heard," added Harry Judson, the first Harry's fast friend and constant companion. "It began with the Tory cubs and the mad girl," said . Jack, "and was lively enough at that, without any more," "Tell us the whole thing from the start, Jack," urged Will Freeman, another of the group. ' "Yes, do," said Ned Nash, George Brewster, and others. Jack told the part of the afternoon's adventures in which he had taken a hand, Mark later telling that part where Dick had been alone. "Those Tory bullies may make trouble for us," de clared Phil Waters. "They would betray the location of our camp to the British in a moment." "Ii they knew it,'> answered Ben, "but it is not easy to find." Just then, Lishe Green, a western New York boy, one of Patsy's helpers, blow the bugle for supper, and the boys arose. Dick, Bob and the most of the Liberty Boys were from Westchester, in New York, but nearly every part of the country was represented, Jack coming from the Jerseys, others from New England, and many from the south and west. After supper the boys gathered about the fires, which were lighted for comfort as well as for cheer, it being cool in the woods at night. The pickets were set, and little by little the fires died down and all was quiet. At last Ben Spurlock, on guard, heard suspicious sounds. Someone was approaching the camp cautiously. There were at least two, Ben could tell by the sound, and there might be more. Someone might have lost his way or be ioing home, and Ben determined to wait. "Are you sure they went this way, Andy?" Ben heard someone say. "Yus, I watched 'em, and I follered the trail o' their hosses, an' •I'm putty certain." "W aal, I don't see no sign o' their fires nor hear nu th in', either." "Neither do I, Sim, but I'm sure this here is ther place." "We gotter know, Andy, if we're gain' ter fetch ther redcoats to drive 'em out." "These must be some of our Tory friends,'' thought Ben. Then he imitated the hoot of an owl. "Jerushy! what's that, Sim?" in a startled tone. "Nuthin' but a owl. You ain't skeered o' that, be you, Andy?" falteringly. "No, o' course not, but it kinder--" The cry was repeated and the two Tory boys took to their heels. "So, they are trying to find us, are they?" thought Ben. "They were pretty near to it, too, and if the fires had happened to flicker, they would have known." "What was it, Ben?" asked Sam, coming up. "Tories, looking for our camp. I think they must have been some of those that Jack told about." "They did not find it?" "No, and I don't believe they will come again." "Very likely not,'' and ,Sam went away to report to Dick . A lookout was kept for the Tory boys, but they did not return that night. 1 In the morning some of the boys saw a number of lurking fellows loitering about. They were talking to each other in low tones, pointing and making animated gestures. One of the boys hurried off, and got Jack Warren. The moment the latter saw the strangers he said: "Those are some of the bullying young ruffians who were tormenting 'Mad Mary' yesterday afternoon." "And some of them were here last night, no doubt, trying to find our camp," added Ben. "And they came again this morning so as to make cer tain. Don't pay any attention to them." Sam reported to Dick that some of the Tory b11llies were outside taking in the location of the camp. "Let them alone, Sam," said Dick, "and don't give them any idea that we suspect them." "That's what Jack Warren said, Captain,'' answered Sam, with a smile. "Jack is a very sensible boy," replied Dick. They all liked Jack, and he and Mark Morrison, the i;econd lieutenant, were the closest of friends. The bullies shortly went away, and Dick said to Bob and Mark: "'l.'hose fellows will tell the enemy where we are. I don't know whether they will come out here or rot, but we had better be prepared for them." "They haven't a force equal to ours, Dick,'' said Bob. •


6 THE LIBERTY BOYS Al~D ":~iAD MARY." "They di~ not have yesterday, but we don't know what they have to-day." "Very true. They may have h a d reinforcements." While the boys were discussing the matt~r, Sam came up, saluted and said: "The crazy girl is outside, Captain, and although she did not say so, I think she wants td see you." "Very good. No doubt she has information of the enemy." "That girl is a very clever spy, crazy or not," remarked Bob. "I suppose she is less so at times than at others," observed Mark. D i ck went to the edge of the camp and saw the girl who called herself "Mad Mary" sitting on a stump. She was talking to herself, and Dick heaTd her say: "Re dcoats get a lot of men, more than the Liberty Boys. Redcoats were driven away, now they come and dTive out Liberty Biys." . Then she began to laugh and sing, and presently sprang up and began to swing around in a circle, grad ually increasing its width till suddenly, when at its farthest point from Dick, she gave a laugh and darted off into the woods. "The redcoats have received an addition to their forces and are going to attack us," said Dick. _ "And this strange girl came to warn you of it," re . plied Bob, who had followf)d. "Yes. It was better to let her tell it in her own way than to question her. 'rhat would only confuse her." '"Very likely," agreed Bob. "Are you going to wait to be attacked, Dick?" "No, but I am Rot going to move my camp either, just now." Bob looked inquiringly at Dick, and the latter said: "Get a dozen or so of the Liberty Boys. Take axes, spades and crowbars. There is some work I 'want done." In a short time Dick and Bob set out with .J i},ck; Ben, Sam, the two Harrys, Will, Phil, George and some more, riding in the direction of the, British camp. After riding about a mile, they halted at a na:rrow pass in the hills where the road turned sharply. The bank on either side was almost precipitous, there being a ledge two or three yards wide ~t the h.eight of a few feet from the road. Dick now set some of the boys to cutting some long, Etraight pines, aD:d trimming the branches. Others carried stones up to the ledge and: piled them up roughly, leaving openings here and there, and filling . in the chinks with earth. The pines were cut into lengths of five or six feet, the lo gs being put in the openings b~tween the stones. When everything was complete, there was apparently, at the bend of the road, as formidable a battery as one would wis h, to defend the pass. CHAPTER V. i ) AN EASY VIGTORY. I "That'::c as pretty a little battery as one would wish to see," laughed Bob, standing in the road at a little dis tance and looking up. • "Anyone coming along this way would naturally hesi tate, upon seeing it," observed Dick. "Hesitate? I should say so. Why, the way those guns point, the redcoats would simply be swept away if they tried to force the pass." "And there is no going around at this point." "No, the banks are too steep, 1 even," laughed Bob. "The place is simply impregnable, or looks so, at any rate," with a laugh. The boys who had built it all greatly admired Dick's battery, and particularly the -clever mind of the boy who had planned it. "The redcoats will think twice about going on when they see that," laughed Ben. "You see, there isn't room for more than four ~breast as they swing around this bend, and the guns fairly rake ' em," chuckled Sam. "If we only had some real guns hereJ" said Harry Thurber. "These will keep the enemy back," said Harry .Jud s on. "A show of resistanc;e is often as good as the real thing," said Ned Nash, who had once led a company of farmer boys before he went with Dick. In a few moments Dick and Bob came forward. "Three or four of y;ou go up there with your muskets," said Dicle, "and as many on the other sid~." The boys quickly clambered up and took positions be hind the pretended battery on one side, and among the rocks and bushes on the other. They knew that Dick had some plan in his mind, and they obeyed implicitly, as they always did. "13ring up the horses and mass them at this point," added Dick,' "three or four abreast." The foremost horses were mounted, the others looking as if they were at the angle from which they were ob served. No one would know that there was not a strong cavalry force to defend the pass, as well as the battery on the bank. "Imagination will do a lot of things," laughed Bob. "There are little more than half a dozen of us to be seen, but imagination will quickly raise that to ten times as many." "That's what we want," said Dick. .Jack Warren was the c~ptain of the battery, and Ben Spurlock his lieutenant, the two Harrys commanding the sharpshooters on the other s ide. There was no danger of the boys being hit by their own crossfire, as Dick had well calculated t h e angles. When everything was ready, the boys heard the heavy tramp of a party of cavalry coming on at a g a llop. Dick had heard it before, his hearing being particularly acute. At length the enemy came in sight, and the sharp roll of a drum from the pass was heard. "Halt!" cried Dick, in clear tones. The redcoats halted so suddenly that the second three or four ranlrn were thrown into confusion. There was evident consternation among the redcoats, and they quickly fell back.


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND "1IAD MARY." 7 The sight of the battery on the slope and the cavalry in the pass was something totally unexpected . The gleaming musket barrels and the frowning muz zles of the guns caused them to come to a most sudden and nnclignified halt. "Advance at your peril!" cried Dick. "We are here to defend the pass, and we mean to do it." The enemy fell back, and a hasty consultation took place between the leaders. "Where are those blundering louts who led us into this trap?" thundered the pompous and gouty captain . "A horsewhipping is what they deserve." "The young ruffians are only spies of the rebels," said another. "They told us nothing of this." "They led us purposely into this trap," with a grunt. "Of course they told us nothing of it. \V11ere are they?" Three or four greatly frightened bullies, who had come with the soldiers, were dragged forth. "Why shouldn't we hang you young dogs without cere mony?" thundered the iraile officer. "You know what you have done, don't you?" "Hain't done nothin' but show yer ther way to ther rebel camp," whined the boy whom Jack Warren had handled so unceremoniously the day before . "You haven't, eh, you lying young scoundrel? Show him what he has done . Let the saucy young rebels train their guns on him first of all." The bully was dragged forward till he came in sight af the formidable looking but perfectly inoffensive bat tery on the ledge. "Great snakes!" he gasped, all of a tremble, and un able to stand, "that wasn't there when we come by this mornin'. They've put it up sence . " "Retire at once," said Dick, "or I shall give orders to fire . " , Then Jack arose and said sharply: "Get ready a match there . To your posts, gunners." "Ouch! take me out'n here!" screamed the terrified bully . "Them cannons is p'intin' d'rectly at me. Get out. Honest Injun, I never h.--nowed a thing about 'em . They've been put up since." "You lying young villain, those guns could not have been mounted in hours" thundered the angi-y officer. "Take him away ancl thrash him soundly." ' The frantic yells that presently arose gave sufficient evidence that the captain's orders were being well car ried o-ut. Everyone of the bullies received a most vigorous and summary punishment, their yells echoing through the hills. There was clearly no use in trying to force the pass against such formidable resistance . It would be simply madness to undertake it. The enemy fell back still farther as the roll of the drum was again heard, and in a short time the hurried tramp of horses answered the sound. Dick and Bob rode ahead and saw the redcoats in full flight. Bob laughed heartily and said: "I wouldn't be that puff7 redcoat when he learns how he has been fooled, if he ever does, not for ten guineas." "It is scarcely likely that he will learn it, or not for some time, at all events," said Dick. "You are going to leave the battery where it is?" "Yes. If the enemy come along they will shy at it, and it will be easy enough to teH General Lafayette and the patriots how harmless it is." The boys then rode back to the battery, where the de:fenders of the same were having a good laugh over the repulse of the redcoats. "Those sneaking young bullies will be cautious how they carry tales to the redcoats again," laughed Ben. "That fellow will want two shirts when he does," chuckled Jack. "One won't be thick enough." The boys remained at the pass until they no longer heard the tramp of the enemy. Then, as they were about to leave, "Mad Mary" was seen :n:i..aking her way rapidly down the hill on the side opposite the battery, this being less steep, although quite precipitous. She reached the road and cast a look at the supposed cannon. "Boom!" she said, , and then laughed and went singing and dancing down the road. "I believe she knows," laughed Bob. "No doubt she does," said Dick, "but there is no harm in her knowing as she is our friend." CHAPTER VI. NEW FRIENDS AND OLD AOQUAINT.A.NCES. Retruning to the camp, the dozen Liberty Boys greatly amused the rest of the troop by telling of the gallant de fense of the battery in the pass through the hills. After dinner Dick set off alone on Major to visit the camp of Lafayette. The young French general had his quarters in the house of a Tory Quaker on Barren Hill. Here there were an old church and burying ground, and a number of houses, most of them substantial The place was difficult of approach, and commanded a good view of the surrounding country, and for that reason Lafayette had chosen it. Upon his arrival . Dick soon saw Lafayette, who kne~ him well, the young captain having fought under him on many occasions. "Well, Captain?" the general said. "The enemy are in the neighborhood, General." "In any numbers, Captain?" "Not as yet, but I think it will be as well to keep a watch upon them . " "You have met them?" "And routed them," with a smile. "But I heard no firing," with a puzzled look. "No, for there was none." Tbe general seeming to be still puzzled, Dick explained, greatly to his amusement. "That was very well done, Captain," he said.


8 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND "MAD MARY." "I shall keep a watch upon them, and let you know just as soon as I hear of their being here in any force," Dick continued. "Do so, Captain." Dick then took his leave, and went away by a different road from the one he had come, in order to see if there were other detachments of redcoats than the one he knew of. At length he came to a neat looking house at the road side where a young girl was sitting on the doorstep, sew ing. "Good-day," she said, pleasantly. "Good-day to you, miss," returned Dick, tipping his hat , as he drew rein. "It is a pleasure to see that uniform," the girl said, "but aren't you a young soldier?" "I am the captain of a company of boys, :fighting in the cause of American independence. We are the Liberty Boys." "And you are all boys?" "Yes. Not one of us is of age." "It is a dangerous life you have chosen." "But a glorious one. We do not consider the danger in :fighting for our country." "Have you been a soldier long?" "For nearly two years." "You have seen a good deal of :fighting?" "Yes, a great deal, and we expect to see .a great deal more." "But you might be killed," anxiously. "Some of us have been," gravely. "We have lost some noble boys, but they died :fighting for their coun try, and that was a glorious death." "They say that some of the enemy have been seen in the neighborhood." "Yes, we have met them. 1 It was only this morning that we had a fight with them, or rather drove them away before they had a chance to fight." "Won't you come in and tell us about it? You can put your horse in the barn. My mother will be glad to hear about it." "Thank you," said Dick, and, leaving Major in the barn behind the house, he ente red at the rear door, where the girl and her mother were waiting to receive him. The girl's name was Phebe :Maywood, and the family were all staunch patriots, the fath e r and two sons being in the Continental army. There was another son, younger than the girl, but he was away visiting a neighbor. Mrs. Maywood set some light refreshment before Dick, who proceeded to tell his story. Phebe and her mother were greatly interested, as well as amused, frequently interrupting the recital with peals of laughter. He had just :finished when "Mad Mary" suddenly came in and said: "Redcoats, coming up the road, one, two and three," and then with a la-ugh she ran out of the house. "I see them!" cried Phebe, looking out of a side window. "They are here. Quick, conceal yourself." There was a tall clock in one corner of the room which had been ticking solemnly all this time. "The clock!" said Dick, snatching up his hat, lest it betray his presence. Then he opened the door and stepped inside the case, which was a good fit for him. "Be careful," said Phebe. "It is rather shak--y, as the floor is uneven." Dick closed the door, and Phebe put a heavy chair agaimt it . .She had barely done so, when there was a clatter of hoofs right at the outer door. In another moment three British officers dismountd and entered the house. Cc:ming into the living room, one of them, Dick's pompous, gouty captain, said: "Let us have some refreshment, woman. You ar a good and faithful subject of the king, I presume?" "You presume a good deal 'too much, then," re turned the lady, "for we ar~ nothing of the sort!" "H'm! you surely , have not the effrontery to say you are rebels?'' sitting down near the table. "We are not rebels, we are patriots." -"You have been receiving company, I see." "My daughter and . myself were having a cup of tea." "With three plates? There was someone else," signifi cantly. "I have a husband and three sons, and there are neigh bors not so far away." "H'm! serve us of your best and be quiet about it, woman!" petulantly. "How dare you speak to my mother like that?" said Phebe, indignantly. "Gentlemen ask for favors, they do not demand them." . "How dare you say that I am _ no gentleman?" violently, his face turning purple. "I did not, but it would have been true enough." "You saucy minx, I am not accustomed to being ad dressed like that." "If you had been, you would not be so presumptuous. My mother is a gentlewoman, and is accustomed to being treated with respect." The gouty captain, instead of taking this reproof as a gentleman should, banged his :fist on the table and roared : "You are a lot of rebels, and if you don't give me what I want, and that right soon, I'll pull your house down about your ears." "Then here's something you dicl not ask for,~' said Phebe, giving him a stinging box on the ear. He let out a howl of rage, sprang to his feet, and ran after the spirited girl. Passing the clock, she pushed the chair aside and ran behind the table. . The dock suddenly toppled, fell upon the gouty cap tain, and pinned him to the floor. He yelled vociferously, his wig being knocked awry, his sword between his legs, and his spurs piercing his calves. The two other redcoats lifted the clock from off the captain and set it• up. Then the door flew open ancl Dick Slater sprang out, a pistol in each hand.


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND "MAD :NIARY." 9 "Be off!" he said. "Your company is most unwel come." "By jove, if it isn't that saucy young rebel again!" snorted the captain. "Surrender, sir!" There was a laugh from the window, and the three redcoats turned. On the sill of each of the two windows were two musket barrels or what looked very much like them at any rate. CHAPTER VII. SOME DISCO11IFITED REDCOATS. "I think it would be as well to take a hint before it is too late," said Dick to the astonished redcoats. At that moment the same ringing laugh they had al ready heard sounded again. Then there was the sudden clatter of hoofs outside, and another laugh. The three redcoats ran out of the room and to the door in great haste. Then they beheld "Mad Mary," mounted astride of one o.f the horses and leading the others. "Come back here, you mad creature!" thundered the captain. "Bring back those horses." "Mad Mary'' only laughed the merrier, and went gal loping down the road, quickly disappearing from sight. "Now is your chance to escape, Captain," sai,d Phehe "And leave you and your mother to be -insulted by that cur and his associates?" asked Dick, at the window. "I beg your pardon, but I was thinking only of your danger. "And I was thinking of yours. That singular creature did us a good turn." "They call her 'Mad Mary,' but no one knows who she is or where she lives." "She did me a good turn yesterday. Ah, these fellows are returning. I want you to help me." The three redcoats presently came back, and as they entered the room, Dick said sharply: "Up with your hands!" "Why, confound you for an impertinent rebel, what do you mean by--" Two of the redcoats had thrown up their hands at sight of Dick's pistols. The gouty alone was obdurate. "Up hands, I say!" cried Dick, sternly, "or I'll shoot off your wig, and maybe take a part of your thick skull with it." "How dare y~m--" "Up hands!" and Dick clapped his pistol under the obstinate Briton's nose. His hands were up as high as he could get them in a moment. "Now, Miss Phebe," said Dick, "oblige me by reliev ing these persons of their pistols and side arms. They might prove dangerous, if retained." Phebe and her mother took away the officers' pistols and hangers and put them on the table. "Now then, the sooner you take yourselves away the better," said Dick. The under officers looked sheepish, but the captain was purple with rage. "You impertinent rebel," he thundered, "I shall--" "Spare your compliments," said Dick. "I would ad vise expedition, for if you do not encounter any Liberty Boys you might meet others who would take what I have spared you, your lives." "Why, confound you for a miserable young--" "Go!" said Dick, clapping his pistols to the angry captain's head. 'rhe others had gone and now he took his departure through an open window, upsetting two broom sticks which "Mad Mary" had left on the sill. The three men then went hurrying to the road and down it, Dick shooting off the captain's wig, as he had threatened, but doing no damage to his head. "I suspected that those musket barrels were only brooms," laughed Dick, "when I heard ')fad :Mary' laugh. She is a strange creature, but a good friend to the patriots." "There are many st6ries told of her," said 1\frs. May wood, "but I never heard any of them verified." "Senne say that she was disappointed in love," said Phebe, "and some that her lover died the very day they were to be married." "And some say that the man she was to marry went away and married a rich girl, leaving Mary waiting at the church." "She seems scarcely old enough to think of being mar ried," observed Dick. "As to that," laughed Phebe, "her age has been given at any figure between :fifteen and thirty-:five, so I think there is as much variance in the stories told of her, and no one knows just what is the truth." "You had better keep two pairs of these pistols and the cartridges," saitl Dick, reloading his own, "to use in case you are annoyed by these fellows or by any others." "We have a rifle, and Phebe knows how to use it," said Maywood, "but these redcoats took us by surprise." "Myself included," laughed Dick. "I am seldom taken off my guard, but I was this time, I must confess." "Yon acquitted yourself afterward, however, Captain," mid the girl, "so you have nothing to blame yourself for." Dick now went for Major, and then took his leave, promising to look in upon the mother and daughter at some future time, and bring some of the Liberty Boys with him. He rode on toward the camp, keeping a lookout for redcoats. The three officers had probably come from a party somewhat nearer the :Maywood house than the camp, and he might have to pass them. He saw nothing suspicious for some time, and then came suddenly upon them at a turn of the road. They saw him and set up a shout, leaping into the saddle and dashing toward him.


10 THE LIBERTY BOYS .AXD ")IAD UARY." , Putting :Uajor at the fence at the side of the, road, be leaped it and dashed through an open wood toward a deep but narrow creek a hundred yards distant. Some of the redcoats took the fence, but others balked and some were thrown in going over. Dick wavecl bis hat and sped on toward the brook. :Major leaped this safely, but again some of the red coats balked at it and not more than two got over. Striking for a thicker wood, Dick entered it, dis mounted and led his horse rapidly, making good time, wJ1ile the two redcoats were looking for him. Then h e came out, dashed across an open place, and struck into the road again, going on at a good pace . l~inally reaching the camp, he greatly entertained Bob, 1Iark and a number of the boys by the recital of his ad ventures. It was nearly sunset when Patsy said to Carl: "Come on, Cookyspiller, till Oi get a few little odds and inds for supper. There do be toime enough, Oi'm thinking." "All righd, I went mit you," said Carl, and off they set on foot. They had not gone very far when they met half a dozen rough looking boys. "Surrender, yer rebels!" they shouted, rushing for ward and surrounding the two comical Liberty Boys. _"Sure ye wouldn't hurt us, would ye?" asked Patsy, with a grin. "Yes, we would. Give us ycr musket an' pistols an' everything yer got." "Come an' take thim," said Patsy, holding out his musket. One of the boys seized it, when the Irish boy gave it a sudden twist and sent the Tory flat on his back. Another tried it, and was served the same way. Then Carl suddenly fell against two of the boys, knocked them down and sat on them. "Ouch, lemme up," gasped one. Patsy caught two others by their collars and brought their heads together with a crack. 'l'hen he let them go; they made off in great haste, being speedily joined by the two Carl had sat on. "Do ye want anny more?" roared Patsy. "Come on, av ye do." By the way the bullies hurried off, however, it was evident that the bullies had had enough. Then the two funny fellows did their errands and went back to camp. CHAPTER VIII. A CLEVER RETREAT. That night while the Liberty Boys were in camp, Ben Spurlock, on guard at a certain point, heard someone approaching . He was about to challenge the intruder when he heard a rippling laugh and then some snatches of song . " '1fad )fary' has come to see the bra-e boy-in camp before the redcoats -:!ome," the strange creature said. "Are the British coming?" asked Ben. "Yes, they are not afraid of the guns in the dark, for they have seen them." . "They have passed the false battery?" asked Ben, signalling. "Yes, but Mary is faster than they and comes to warn ihe Liberty Boys." Just then Jack stepped up. "What is it, Ben?" "Tell the captain that ~Iary says the redcoats are coming." Jack was off like a shot, and in a short time came back with Dick . "How far away are the redcoats?" Dick {lSked. "The brave boys will have time to move their camp if they begin now," the girl answered. Dick at once gave orders to move the camp, having the utmost faith in what the mad girl said. Everything was done quietly and expeditiously, and in a short time the boys were on the march to a snug hiding place farther in the hills. The fires were left burning, and replenished the last thing before the boys got away. Dick and one or i wo others returned after the boys were well on the way. The tramp o.f horses could be distinctly heard when they reached the abandoned camp. The boys concealed themselves in the woods near by and waited. "If those Tory bullies have led the redcoats, they will get another thrashing," chuckled Jack to Ben, in a low tone. All at once three or four boys came running into the deserted camp, shouting: "Hi, hi, get out o' here, the redcoats are coming." "That's some of those same bullies we thrashed," said Jack. "Hello, wake up," called one of the number. "The redcoats is comin', I tell yer." rrhen the redcoats themselves came surging up, dash ing into the camp with a wild shout. The •rory bullies scattered in all directions, and then the redcoats saw how they had been tricked. There was nothing for them , to do but to march away again, but if the Tory boys had been caught, they would have been handled pretty roughly. The next morning early Dick and some of the boys rode past the fort which had so cleverly fooled the enemy. They found the place dismantled, the stones tumbled down and the~logs scattered about. "They probably know by this time that we are not so easily caught," said Ben to Jack. ".And then we can humbug them at any time we "ish," retorted the other. They had not gone far before ")fad Mary" suddenly a ppr.a red. "Redcoats, here, here, here," she said, pointing rapidly in different directions. "Lafayette here. Hurry."


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND "1IAD i\IARY." 11 Then she dashed off into the woods and was out of Dick and his plucky boys were now in full retreat, but sight in a moment. in good order. "Ride back at all haste, Private Warren," said Dick, Reaching the ford, they found Lafayette crossing, hav-"and bring up the Liberty Boys. Take the road to the ing already posted many of his troops in a good position right through the hills, to Barren Hill." opposite ' . "Good!" said Jack, and in a moment he was off. The art~llery was going over when the British forces "Forward," said Dick. "Follow as fast as you can." arrived. Then he dashed off at a gallop to Lafayette's camp. 'rhe Liberty Boys were immediately formed as a rearOn the way he saw parties of redcoats in the distance, guard to cover the retreat. drawing near to Barren Hill. "Now then, Liberty Boys, show these boasting redGeneral Grant had come out from Philadelphia in the coats what we can do," said Dick. night, and had already despatched several strong parties "Liberty forever, down with the redcoats!" shouted to surround Lafayette. the gallant lads. The young French general was alarmed, but d1d not A lively skirmish thereupon began, the daring fellows lose his coolness. pouring in a hot volley. He at once began to form his men for a retreat to WatThe enemy halted and the brave fellows sent in anson's Ford, over the Schuylkill. other volley. Sending Dick back, he told the young captain to bring Give it to 'ei., boys!" shouted Bob. "Let 'em have it up the Liberty Boys as rapidly as possible. hot!" "Show yourself at various points in the woods, CapBob was an impulsive fellow, but there were many tain," he said, "some on foot, some mounted." like him in the troop, and they respond e d with a shout. "Very good," said Dick, who understood the maneuver. The artillery got over and then the Liberty Boys fell General Grant was to be made to believe that there back slowly, keeping the enemy in check. were many bodies of troops in the hills waiting for\ At last the y crossed, the British making a d~sh at him. , them, but receiving a stinging volley which made them This would delay his own approach and give Lafayette waver. time to reach the fprd. The b?ys got over in good order, the enemy hesitating Away went • Dick, coming up with the boys he had left to follow on account of the strong position held by. behind. Lafayette. These he sent off in one direction, bidding them show The "stripling Frenchman," as Clinton slightingly themselves for a moment and then retire. ca.Heel him, had outwitted the enemy, and the latter Hurrying on he met the Liberty Boys coming on at a were greatly chagrined, the greater part of them returngallop. ing to Philadelphia. "The enemy saw us as we came out into the open, "The r e 'll be mor e fighting among the hills," sai d Dick. Captain," said Jack. "Good. Lieutenant Estabrook, dismount a party a~d send them in this direction. Show yourselves and then push on." "Very good, Captain," said Bob, and in a moment he was . hurrying through the woods with a score of the Liberty Boys. Mark and Jack were sent in other directions with similar orders. Then Dick took the remaining Liberty Boys and went off in a still different direction. As he came out of the woods he saw a party of redcoats below. "Cheer, boys!" he said, and at once a hearty cheer arose. In other directions he heard quick volleys, and knew that the boys were following out Lafayette's plan. Then they all pushed on, joining at the church yard on Barren Hill. Clinton was coming on in strong numbers, but Dick posted his brave boys in suoh a manner as to give the idea of a much stronger force. The redcoats halted and Dick quickly withdrew his boys from sight. The enemy could not tell if they were not lying in ambush, however, and advanced with great caution. Not till they reached the church yard, however, did they discover how they had been tricked. CH ~ \.PTER IX. SURPRISING THE HESSIANS. Lafayette returned to Valley Forg e , where he was re ceived with great acclamation. Dick Slater was instructed to remain in the neighbor hood and keep an eye on any marauding parties sent out from Philadelphia. • Early in the afternoon the boys crossed the river at another ford down the river a bit. Then they made for the hills again in order to have a place to hide and t.o keep watch upon the enemy as well. They l\ad not seen "Mad Mary" since she had given them the warning early in the morning. It was likely that she had remained in the nei g hbor hood, probably having her hoine somewhere there. Dick and Bob were talking about her, as they rode on, having crossed the river. "She is a singular girl," said Dick. "Yes, so she is," replied Bob, "and sometimes I think that she is not as mad as she seems."


12 THE LIBERTY BOYS AJ\'TI "1IAD MARY." "She has lucid moments, no doubt," shortly. "But you think she is crazy?" asked Bob. "I am not prepared to say," simply. "Everybody says she is." "Yes." "And nobody knows where she lives." "They do not seem to." "At any rate she has done us several good turns, crazy or not." "So she has," agreed Dick. "It would be strange if she is not mad and has simply been making folks , think so." "She may have a reason for it," answered Dick. At that moment they heard the tramp of a horse, coming toward them. "There is only one person," said Bob. "That is ~11." Just then the 1ider came in sight, and proved to be the demented girl herself. "I wonder if she hasn't had a horse before?" mut tered Bob. "She has certainly gotten about lively enough to give rise to that opinion," said Dick. The girl came forward, halted and said: "All the redcoats have not gone back. Mary has seen them." "Are they near here?" asked Dick. "If you take the road to the right, you won't meet them," said the girl, laughing and beginning to sing. "But why should we not meet them, Mary?" asked Dick. Riding on a little farther, he saw more lights, and rtalized that he was looking at a camp just below him in a valley. "Those can't be patriots," he said to himself. "This must be another detachment of redcoats, a foraging party, no doubt, having nothing to do with Grant." Leaving Major at the side of the road, he hurried down the hill and before long was near enough to distinguish the scarlet uniforms and singular looking hats of a party of Hessians. There were sentries posted along the edge of the camp, while within the Hessians were feasting, laughing, talking and singing, with evidently no idea that an enemy was within iniles. "Those fellows have been foraging," said Dick. "They are feasting now upon cattle they have killed. We must rout them out." Hurrying back, without being observed, he remounted Major and rode posthaste back to the camp. He speedily informed Bob and Mark of his discovery and said: "We must rout out those Hessians before they do any more inischief, and send them back to Philadelphia." "The very thing!" declared Bob, emphatically. No time was lost in getting under way, the boys mount ing their horses and riding on in high spirits. In sight of the camp, they suddenly went dashing down the hill with a cheer. "They are too many," and wheeled her horse, which she bridle, and dashed away. The Hessians were suddenly aroused from their dream of fancied security to find the enemy right upon then the girl suddenly them; rode without saddle or Hurried orders in harsh guttural German were shout ed out, and the Hessians ran hither and thither, the officers trying to rally them. "I think we had better take her "She has never yet deceived us." "Very true," said Bob. advice," said Dick. Before long they came to two roads, one leading to the right sharply, and the other at less of an angle to the left. The two boys took the right hand road, and were soon among the hills. Coming out upon a bit of high ground, where it was open for some distance, Dick went on alone, cautiously. Re presently observed a considerable detachment of the enemy in the valley below, at some little distance. "'l'he girl was right," he said to Bob, when he went back. "There are redcoats on the other road." Making a detour through the woods till they had passed the open elevation, the boys took to the road again. Here they were free from observation, and went on at a moderate pace till well on into the afternoon. Then, reaching a secluded nook among the hills, some what off from the beaten road, they made a camp. At night the fires were lighted, and the boys had their suppers and occupied themselves in various ways. Mounted upon Major, Dick struck into the main road and rode on, looking for a habitation, to learn if the redcoats had been seen. At length he saw a light and heard the sound of voices. • Hurried shots were fired, but the daring boys rushed right into the camp and delivered a terrific volley. At once the terrified Hessians beat a hasty retreat, and the camp and many supplies seized that day from the neighboring patriots, were in the possession of the gallant Liberty Boys. There were many stands of arms and ammunition, , tents, blankets, horses and quite a supply of provisions. The boys at once took possession of the camp, and made themselves comfortable. Dick sent a party of Liberty Boys over to his own camp with a goodly supply of the plunder taken by the Hessians, together with a large amount of property be longing to them. Half an hour later "Mad Mary" rode into camp, with out either saddle or bridle. "The Hessians are returning with the British," she said. "They want their camp again." Then she hurried off and in a few moments was out of sight. "Well, they can have it," said Dick, with a laugh. "Leave everythig apparently as we found it, boys." Befo1e long the tramp of men was heard, but the Liberty Boys were now at the top of the hill, looking down upon the deserted camp, with its fires still burn ing.


THE LIBERTY BOYS A.ND "MA.D MA.RY." 13 CHAPTER X. DICK IN A TIGHT PLACE. The redcoats rushed into the camp, expecting to drive out the Liberty Boys, but found no one there. The tents were standing and the :fires were burning, the same as before. The boys had gone, however, and there were no horses, arms, ammunition or supplies. The Hessian s had recovered their camp, but not their plunder or their arms, and . they felt deeply chagrined. They did not know, either, at what moment the Lib erty Boys might come swooping down upon them, bring in g reinforcements. They did not know that Lafayette had returned to Valley Forge, but imagined that the country was swarm ing with patriots ready to descend upon them at any time. After some delay the British set out after the Liberty B o ys, but the latter w e re w e ll on their way by that time. Dick remained in the rear to watch the enemy, and sa w them coming. Then he hurried after the boys, who enter~d their camp, smothered the :fires and kept still while the redcoats were passing by the main road. There was nothing to show where the boys were, and the enemy, after searching in vain for some time, returned to their own camp. "There will be some more :fighting in the hiHs if those fe llows remain," observed Bob. "We have surprised them more than once," replied ~lark, "and we can do it again." "They may not stay," said Dick, and he was right. Early the next morning the British and He:1sians v.eut away, and when Dick set out to look for them, he found that they had departed. The Liberty Boys then went on, and took -cp foeir old camp. Shortly after they were settled in their former quar ters, Dick took Major and set out to look about him. "You might take a small party with you and see if there is anything worth our attenti. on, B0b,"' he caid, as he left camp. "A.11 right," said Bob, with a laugh. "You might need our help." "I often do," rejoined Dick. Then he rode off through the hills at a good pace. At length he c a me to a long, low, rambling building which was a dwelling house in front and a grist mill in the re'ar. Leaving his horse at the fence, he advanced, and as he reached the door it opened. Then, to liis surprise, Phebe Maywood came out. "How do you do, Captain ?" she said. "Very well, thank you," replied Dick, "but how do I happen to meet you here?" "Because I am not at home, I presume," with a laugh. "Very true," smiling. "You are on a visit, or per haps you have brought a grist to the mill?" "The miller's daughter is my cousin. I saw you com ing, and recognized you." "Then the people here are good patriots, of course?" "Yes. You have been very busy since I saw you last?" "Yes, and likely to be again, perhaps. You have not seen any redcoats?" "No, nor that strange creature who warned you of them." "I have sein her two or three times, and she has warned me." "You were coming in?" with a smile. "Yee, to learn what you have told ' me." "But you won ' t go away on that account?" laughing~ "No." "My cousin is a very charming girl." "She could say the s a me w ith all truth,)' with a smile. Then Dick went in and was introduced to the miller' s daughter who, as Phe be had said, was a very lovel y girl. He also saw the mill et's wife, the miller him s elf being busy in the mill at that moment. "We are looking for stray parties of the enemy," said Dick. "I expect that w e shall have more fighting among the hills before the British leave Philadelphia, and it is well to be prepared." "They took you by surprise at our house," laughe d Phebe. "Yes, and I took a redcoat by surprise when I ~eU over inside the clock." "That was the gouty fellow who had such a poor opin ion of the patriots." "I think he changed it," with a smile. "We met. him after that." "You were likely to give him a better opinion of you~ if he was at all open to conviction." "He was obstinate enough, I mullt say, but I believe h e changed his belief afterward." They were conversing pleasantly when Dick suddenly looked out of the window and said: ",Tove! there are some of the very fellows we weretalking about. I must get off." "You are looking out of the wrong window, Captain,''" said Phebe. "Why, no, there are redcoats coming from above," and then he turned, "and from below. Jove! They are com ing from both directions." "Conceal yourself," cried Phebe. "Where? There is no clock." "Here," said _her cousin, opening a clothes press door. "Here is someth_ing better," said Dick, taking down a miller's long frock, a pair of white breeches and a hat. He quickly put them on, and threw his hat and sword under a big sofa. In another moment the two parties of redcoats met in front of the house and halted. The two leaders and one of •the party dismounted and came forward. Entering the house, one of the redcoats was imme diately recognized by Dick and Phebe as the pompous .


14 THE LIBERTY BOYS AN"D "llIAD }!ARY." captain, who had made himself so disagreeable on a Huh! I can be a captain myself. There's plenty of former occasion. them . " "Aha, by George, this is a pleasant surprise, my dear," Again the women laughed, and the redcoats smiled. he said, ogling Phebe. "We meet again, it seems. You "Why, ef ye didn't have the gout an' a lot o' other stole my pistols and now I am going to steal a kiss." things, what kind o' make me pity ye," Dick continued, He advanced toward Phebe, when Dick suddenly thrust "I'd pick ye up an' throw ye outer the winder for bein' out his arm and stepped on the gouty captain's toes. so sassy. That fur yer." "Yer better wait till yer axed, I reckon, mister," he Dick snapped his fingers urrder the redcoat's nose, and said. made him jump . "Oh, take off your foot, you clumsy lout!" howled the "Ther trouble with you is that you've got inter ther redcoat. "Get out of the way, confound you!" habit o' thin.kin' ye're a great man, an' kin do as you "I reckon you better set down an' cool off a bit," please," Dick went on, to the amusement of all except drawled Dick, "or yer might get a millstun outer yer the gouty captain. 'stead o' my foot." "The facts o' the case is just contrary, an' you ain't no "Confound you for a clumsy fool, I've a mind to run better than a lot o' folks an' not half so good as a lot you through," snapped the irate captain, starting to more." draw his sword. "You impudent young rebel, I'll have you hanged for T _ h e n Di

THE LIBERTY BOYS AND "JUAD MARY." 15 plied. "Fortunately he had warning that the redcoats were here and so he came on in a hurry." CHAPTER XII. "Well, I'm glad he did, but if you're going to be in the neighborhood I'll ring the bell if the redcoats appear." AT THE SOUND OF TIIE BELL. "Very good," said Dick. Then the bo y s rode on ancl at length reached the Patsy put the enemy to rout, and now Carl appeared. camp. The Tory boys -had expected to drag him out of the While th~y were out, Patsy said to Mark : smokehouse . . "Sure av ye think it's no harrum, Liftinant, meself an' As the first one entered, Carl clapped the bag over his Cookyspiller think we'd betthcr go out an' luck for--" head and drew it down to his waist. ' "'I'he enemy, Patsy?" asked Mark, with a laugh. Here he made the draw string tight, pinning the boy's "No, sor, although we could do that. well enough, but arms to his side. it wor something to ate Oi wor thinkin' av. " Then he caught him by the legs, picked him up and "But we captured a lot of stuff from the Hessians." threw him over his shoulders without difficulty . "Yis, Oi know, but it's some frish eggs Oi'd be loikin', Suddenly forcing his way out qf the smokehouse, he for the captain's supper. " began swinging the bag about his head. "Well, go ahead," said Mark, "but don't get into As the Tory boys came on, Patsy having given them trouble. " , all they wanted, Carl began bowling them down with his "Sure Oi won't, or, av Oi do, Oi'll be gettin' out av it strange weapon . again so quick that yez would niver know Oi wor in it.''. One after another went down with sore heads -or ach-Then away went Patsy to get Carl, and in a few mining sides, and meanwhile P~tsy continued to bombard utes those two colAical Liberty Boys were on their them till all his stale eggs were used up. way. The boys finally beat a ha sty retreat, and Carl opened Patsy carried a basket, and Carl had a sack with which his sack and then emptied its disgusted contents on the i:o take hqme whatever he might get. ground. They reach e d a \farmhouse and Patsy, finding the "Come on Cookyspiller," said Patsy, "we've got all that woman of the place in the rear near a chicken house we can expect here." and a small smokehouse, said: As the boys went away, the farmer's wife came run-"Good evenin', ma'm, have yez anny noice frish eggs ning out of the chicken house crying out: ye could be givin' me for the captain's supper?" "Herc, yew pesky reb e ls, I told yew tew take the "Yew're rebels, aren't yew?" the woman asked _with a aigs out'n ther box." snap. "So Oi did, ma'm," laughed Patsy, "an' Oi used thim to "That's what some do be callin' us, but it's foine foine advantage." Americans we are, ma'm. " "1Vaal, yew took some out'n ther basket tew, yew "W aal, yew'll find some eggs in there in a box . Take dratted rebel!" all yew want." "So Oi did, ma'm, but ye niver said that Oi shouldn't," Patsy suspected that the eggs the woman offered him and Patsy went on with a laugh. were not fres h, but he went in nevertheless. At another nouse Carl filled his sack and with it on his He saw a dozen or more eggs in a box, and some others shoulder returned to camp. in a basket. When Dick came inhe heard of the adventure with the Of the latter he took a dozen, and then put the others Tory boys and said. to Bob: on top of them. "Those fellows will try to bring the redcoats to our As he was coming out, three or four evil looking boys camp, as they did before." ' came toward him, yelling: "The redcoats will nott trust him . " "Corne on, fellers, let's lick ther rebel. I don't guess "There may be others who do not know the sneaks, as no rebel is goin' ter take my shirt off for nothin', no the first did." sir!" "To be sure," Bob, "and it will be as well to keep Carl had run into the smokehouse, and several of the a watch on them." boys ran after him. It was well on toward sunset when the rapid clanging Patsy recognized the boys as the ones they had had of a bell was heard. trouble with before. The air was clear and sounds could be heard for a "Come on, me byes, Oi'm glad to see yez," he cried. great distance. Then he took two or three of the eggs from the top of It was not far to the mill, and it stood on a hill where the basket and hurled them at the oncoming Tories. the woods were open. Everyone of them reached its mark, and from the odor Many of the boys did not know what the sound of the that arose as tthey broke, Patsy knew that he had guessed bell meant. correctly as to their condition. Dick did, however, and he at once ordered Patsy to "Come on, me byes," he cried as the hoys haltEd, some blow the bugle . of them wiping 'their faces on their sleeves, with looks of Soon the call to arms rang out loud and clear, and disgust, "it's plinty more ammynition .Qi have." Carl beat the drum tremendously . . Then he began throwing more stal e eggs, and everyone "The redcoats are at the mill," said Diak. "We must of them did good execution. hasten to the rescue."


16 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND "MAD MARY . " The boys lost little time in getting into the saddle, and away they dashed like the wind. Dick was at the head of the troop, the rest following close behind and in good order. The bell continued to sound a clamorous alarm, and presently the boys heard rapid• shots being fired. On they went, and at length they came in sight of the mill. There was a large party of redcoats about it, and they were trying to force an entrance by the house door, and into the mill as well. It was soon evident that the miller and his men were making a brave resistance. He must have called upon some of his men, too, for the number of shots heard from the house and mill. "Forward, Liberty Boys!" shouted Dick. "Down with the marauders." "Liberty forever, down with the redcoats," roared the brave fellows, as they rode on. The . bell continued to ring a defiant peal as the boys pressed forward. The men in the mill must have known that the boys were coming, by this time, but the bell rang on, never theless. The redcoats, seeing the boys coming, formea in the road to meet them. On dashed the gallant boys, and presently a deaJ'ening volley rang out . Crash-roar! The line of the redcoats wavered, and many a gap was seen in it. The sun was down in the valley, but on the hilltop it still shone. Before long it would disappear, however, and Dick meant to take advantage of the daylight as long as he <:ould. The plucky youths threw themselves upon the redcoal/;s, firing a rapid pistol volley. Then the people came out of the mill and house, and up a byroad came a squad of farmers, ai.1 honest patriots, determined to help their neighbors. The bell had aroused these as well ~s the Liberty Boys, and they now joined in the fight . The redcoats, fearing that more enemies would come up, and being already outnumbered, now beat a retreat, as the sun was sinking behind the hills. The farmers pursued them until dark, but the Liberty Boys ceased firing as soon as the enemy sounded the retreat. The bell had ceased ringing, and Phebe and her cousin came out as ,;oon as the enemy were out of sight. "It was '111:ad Mary' who warned us of the approach of the enemy," said Phebe. "And then father told me and Phebe to ring the bell as fast as we could," added her cousin. "Then it began to ring before the enemy appeared?" asked Dick. "Yes, and they tried to make us stop, shooting at the belfry and trying to cut the rope." "Yes, I saw that it had been pretty well peppered," with a smile. "Then they tried to orce the house before you came up, but the place is well built, and we had our hands and some neighbors here, and they all fought well." ' "So they did," said Dick. "And 'Mad Mary' disap peared, I suppose, as soon as she had given the warning?" "Yes, we did ~t see her after that." The miller and his men shortly returned, but for some time the report of musketry could be heard echo ing through the hills. "It was well I thought of the bell," said the miller to Dick, "or when that mad creature came up and told us that the redcoats were coming, I was stumped for a minute." "We knew that you must have been attacked when we heard the bell, sir," replied Dick, "and we lost no time in setting out to your aid." "We knew you would and we thought we might rouse up some of the neighbors, just as we did." The brave boys set out upon their return in the twi light, and reached camp just before dark. "We have had a lively day of it," said Dick, as he dismounted. CHAPTER xnr. A ONE-SIDED PUNISIDIENT. The fires were lighted, the boys had thei.J: suppers, the pickets were placed, and Dick sat with Bob and :Mark in front of his tent. They no longer heard the sound of firing among the hills, and it was likely that the fighting had ceased. "We have had some lively fighting among the hills," said Dick. "Yes, just as I expected," replied Bob, "and the Lib erty Boys have shown people that they are not asleep." "If anyone thinks so, let hmi. try to catch us napping," laughed :Mark. "We must give dne credit to '11ad l\Iary,' though," added Dick, "for she has given us w a rning more than once." "So she has," said both the lieutenants in a breath. "She is a singular being," said Dick. "I wonder if we will ever learn her strange story?" "Perhaps," returned Bob. Everything was dark and still at length, and one would have thought the camp was asleep. The boys were wide awake, however, and Ben Spurlock, on guard at a corner of the camp, heard footsteps ap proaching . "If we could find it, we'd let the redcoats know," he heard someone say. "Yus, an' it m ' ust be somewhere about here, I reckon." " 'Pears to me it is, too, but I don't see nothin' of it." The two speakers were men, not boys, but they were Tories no doubt. "Mebby we hain't gone fur enough?" "That's so., mebby we hain't. We'd orter see the fires, I reckon."


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND "nL\.D ~IA.RY." 17 Just then an owl hooted. Ben was signalling to the nearest Liberty Boys. 'Ihe sound was quickly repeated from two or three points. "'['hem owls makes a lot o' noise, Jim." "Yes, so they does. I'd like ter git er shot at 'em." "What's the use? Yer can't eat 'em?" "Waal, they eats our chickens, I reckon." "Waal, we'd rather find the young rebels an' fetch ther redcoats to 'em than kill owls, I reckon." "Thet's so, an' as soon as we find 'em-hey, what yer doin'?" ' ".Ain't doin' nothin'-what yer catchin' hold o' me fur?" Then the fire suddenly flared up and the two men found themselves each seized by two Liberty Boys. There were other Liberty Boys in front of them, and they saw tents. "Here's the camp," said Harry Thurber. "What do you want of it?" "Huh! is this here ther camp er ther Liberty Boys?" "That's what it is." "Waal, we was jest itchin' ter see a real" "Yus, so we was. Yer needn'ter hold us so tight. We won't faJl." Just then Bob came up, having been told of the capture of the two spies. "You you were going to tell the redcoats about our camp, eh?" he said. "I don't believe there's any of them very near after the routing we gave them tonight." "1Ve hain't never said nothin' erbout any redcoats, an' we hain't seen none." "You were trying to find our camp to tell them about it." "'l'hat wasn't us. Yer must ha' hea:ud some other fellers talkin', I reckon." ' "Yus, we never said a word erbout it. We was gain' hum an' got outer ther bath by mistake." "You're a couple of sneaks," said Bob. "You were trying to find our camp, so as to inform the enemy." "I guess yer must be thinkin' erbout some other fel ler. We wasn't thinkin' erbout yer camp." "You Raid just now that you wanted to pay it a visit," said Harry. "Oh, YllS, ter be sure, but not tcr-night. We was ergoin' hum now." "You are a couple of sneaks. You were heard talking about us and of a plan to let the redcoats know where we were. You are spies. Do you know what we do with spies?" Bob asked. "We ain't nothin' o' ther sort." "We generally hang 'em." The two Tories had to be held up, they became sud denly so weak on their feet. "But hanging is too good for you fellows, so we are going to do something else." "Yew ain't goin' ter shoot us?" gasped both men. "No, that's a waste of good powder and shot. Cut a couple of good stout switches, Harry." Harry cut and trimmed the switches and h a nded them to Bob, who said: "Strip one of these fellows to the waist and tie him to a tree. A good beating is all he understands." One of the Tories was stripped to the waist and tied to a tree. Then a switch was put into the hands of the second, and he was told to flog the other. "Give it to him good and hard," said Bob, "or you'll catch it worse yourself." The Tory took the switch and gave the other four or five good lashes. The man yelled and kicked and promised all sorts of things to the other when he got loose. "Don't mind that," said Bob. "Give it to hi:tn lively. Thrash him, Harry, if he doesn't." The fellow obeyed, the other howling and jumping and promising to pay him well as soon as he had a chance. "Oh, you'll get it," laughed Bob, "but you haven't had enough yourself yet." Finally Bob considered that the spy had been punished sufficiently, and said: "Now tie the other fellow up and let this one loose." The Tory who had been the efecutioner suddenly dropped the frayed and broken switch and made a dash for the road. The other man was bigger and stronger than he, and he knew what he might expect. "Well, he won't come back in a hurry," laughed Bob. "I didn't expect that." "That's jest like the pesky skunk," growled the other Tory, "to run erway without taking his sheer." The boys laughed, and the Tory was released and allowed to put on his clothes. "How'm I gain' ter git even?" he growled. "Couldn't tell you," laughed Bob. "I reckoned I was gain' ter give Jim Burns er good thrashin' ter pay fm: what he give me." "It was very shabby of him to nm away," chuckled Bob. "What be I gain' ter do now?" with a snort. "I gotter git even with somebody." "You might run after him and see if you can catch him. You're a pretty good runner, aren't you?" "But, blame it all, I got a lickin' an' he didn't," with a " ' hinc. "How be I gain' ter git even?" "By behaving yourself after this, I suppose, and not trying to get the best of a lot of wide awake fellows like the Liberty Boys." The feliow snarled and presently went away while all the boys chuckled. "That fellow will think he has been cheated, as long as he lives," laughed Harry Thurber. "It was funny, though," said Sam. "We generally make these fellows exchange courte s ies, but the other got away." ".Anil this one will have to hunt him up to give him his thrashing," said Ben, with a grin. "That's funny." "But not to him," laughed Will. "He can't see a bit of fun in it." The boys laughed over the unexpected outcome of the


THB LIBERTY BOYS A~D ":MAD MARY." affair for some time, and at last the camp quieted down once more. There were no more prowlers ahout the camp that night, either Tories or redcoats, and at last day dawned and the boys were wide awake and stirring. "Those fellows did not know that the redcoats had gone," said Bob to . Dick. "No, they knew we were here, and thought they would betray us and get paid for it." "Well, one of them did get paid," chuckled Bob, "but the other would not wait for his share." "Listen!'1 saicl Diel.~. The tramp of a h01 e was heard, and in a few moments "Mad :Mary" came c. :ihing into the camp, riding bare back. • ClU.PTER XIV. ".ll.AD )l.ARY" A PRISO"NEU. ' "'iVhat is the matter?" asked Dick, as the demented gill suddenly halted. "Redcoats," said "~Iad I1Iary," pointing behind her, "coming on quickly." "Many of them?" asked Dick. "Get the boys ready, Boll." "As many as the Li1erty Boys, but they do not kno"'" "Then those Tories could not have told them," thought Dick. The Liberty Boys made ready to meet the enemy rap idly, but with as little noise as possible. At length Dick heard the sound of the approaching redcoats, by which time the boys were nearly all in the saddle. "Shall we go to meet them, Dick?" asked Bob, "or lPt them come on?" "We'll meet them, Bob. It will be more of a surprise. Forward, boys!" As Dick set out at the head of his brave boys, the mad girl. rode at his side. Those who were ready quickly joined him, being more than hal.f the troop. The others quickly followed, so that by the time they came in sight of the astonished redcoats, they were all on hand. "M:ad Mary" went flying ahead, discharged a pistol, laughed shrilly and then shot off into the woods. The redcoats halted abruptly and :fired a scattering volley. The Liberty Boys answered with a solid, well-directed . fire that made many a gap in the ranks of the red coats. Then the enemy made a charge, the captain urging his horse straight at Dick. The latter had his sword drawn, and as the redcoat aimed a slashing blow at him, the boy parried it. Sparks flew, and the redcoat aimed another blow at Dick, both horses being reined in. .Again the sparks flew as the blades clashed together, and the redcoat scowled. All along the line front the gallant lads 'l>ere beating back their opponents. Then Dick disarmed the redcoat, sending his sword flying thro:ugh the air. The .furious Briton suddenly drew a pistol and le,eled it at Dick. In another moment he would have fired. Then a report rang out from the woods at the side of the road. In an instant a bnllet struck the red-coats pidol and &ent it out of his hand. "Surrender!" cried Dick. The redcoats came swarming up to surround him, but a score of clashing boys, led by Jack, Ben and Sam, sprang to his aid. Then Bob, l eading a flanking party through the woods, gave the enemy a fright and they fell back. The plucky boys pursued them, firing a rattling pistol volley. Down this road and that or into the woods they fled till they were pretty 'l>ell scattered. Then Dick halted his bra,e boys and rode leisurely back. They saw nothing of the demented girl, but Dick was sure that she had fired the shot that had disarmed the redcoat. None of the boys had done it, :M&rk questioning a number of them at the time. "Her warnjng came in good time," said Dick. "Yes!' added Bob. "'ire would have been taken by surprise, otherwise." "I should have heard them, of course, but we would not have had the time to get ready as we dicl in the other case." "And now she's gone away as suddenly and as mysteri ously as ever." "Yes, once her work is done she disappears.'' The boys returned to their camp, but moved it still farther from the road, and kept sentries posted in case straggling redcoats should come that way. Nothing was he,lrd of anyone for an hour. Then Dick set out upon 1fajor to reconnoiter and look for rumors of the enemy. He was riding on some little distance from the camp when suddenly, coming out of a crossroad, he saw the strange girl who had so often warned him of danger. Ile was riding forward to speak to her when a red coat came dashing along on a powerful horse and rode right beside the girl. He lifted her from her horse, put her on the saddle in front of him and turned swi.rtly into the road again. "Mad Mary" uttered a cry for help as the redcoat dashed away with her, and Dick followed in an instant. He was afraid to fire upon the redcoat for fear he might fall l\nd injure the girl . He urged Major forward, therefore, hoping to soon overtake the man. The redcoat's horse was big and powerful, but not as speedy as Major. Dick hoped to overtake the man, therefore, in a short


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND "1\1.AD l\I.ARY." 19 time, and put Major to his paces, using ne~ther whip nor Seeing Dick, and being alone, he began to show signs spur. of great trepidation. Tl1e redcoat plied both, and even with his double bur-Then he turned and made off, evidently thinking that den, the big horse made splendid time. one to one was altogether too great odds for him to Dick was confident of overtaking him in the long run, face. however, and went on. . Dick dashed after him, reached over, grabbed him by "If only no other redcoats app~ar, I am sure to catch the collar and brought him to a sudden halt. up with him,'' he thought. Then he jumped ofl' and pulled the boy into the woods, The big horse fairly thundered over the road, throwing calling to Major to follow. up a cloud 0 dust. "I am not going to hurt you," he said, "but if you On went Djclc, gaining steadily upon him till he began try to run I will shoot you in the leg." to calcu]ate just how long it would require to overtake , "Wlrnt yer goin' ter do?" asked the Tory boy, tremthe Driton. bling violently. The latter s steed was doing all that could be expected of horseflesh, and Dick knew that he must give out if urged too far. "Take off your clothes," said Dick. "Jerushy! I can't go naked! The dogs '11 get after me." "You need not go naked. Take them off and be quick about it." The sight of one of Dick's big pistols enforced prompt At once a number of redcoats came out, and Dick halted. obedience. . On he went, still gaining, till last the redsoat drew rein before a ~ouse by the roadside. "I was afraid of that," he said to himself. "Now I will have to think of some other way." One or two of the redcoats hastily mounted their horses and came dashing after him. He had no fear of being ' caught, even if the redcoats had fresh ' horses. He waited in the road till the two redcoats were well withing range, and then whipped out two big pistols. He shot off the hat of one and brought him to a sud den halt. He parted the bridle rein of the other with a clever shot, and his horse unmanageable. 'I'he two redcoats, fearing to get too close to such an expert marksman as that, speedily turned and rode back to the house. In a few moments the Tory boy had stripped down to his shoes. Dick fastened his hands behind his back with the reins, and said: "You need not try to get away. That horse of mine is as good as a watch dog." "What yer goin' ter do," as Dick began hurriedly taking off his clothes. "I'm going to put on your clothes." "Shucks! i-f I wear them rebel things o' your'n, ther boys '11 lick me," dolefully. "Well, no doubt you deserve it, but I'm not going to let you go wandering about with my1 uniform on, so don't be alarmed." Dick quickly had off his outer clothing, and began to put on the things belongi;ng to the Tory boy. "They won't come after me," said Dick to himself, He threw his coat over the latter and let him put on "but I must go after them." his breeches to prevent his being troubled with flies, for First, however, he wheeled and rode on out of sight, !'lie air was not cold. as if giving up the chase. "What is your name?" he asked. "'I'hey have probably made the girl a prisoner, because "Pete Druggin~; but look o' here, you ain't goin' ter they fear that she may warn us again," he said. take my name as well as my clothes, be yer?" > I11t any event the girl mupt be rescued. "Why, yes, if it happens to be necessary," with a How ~o return to the house was a que tion. smile . "Now you want to stay right where you are, and He would have to a disguise, but to go back to not try to get away, and to be sure that you keep still the camp and get it would take time. l'm going to gag you." • Before he got back the redcoats might have left, and it "I won't say anything, hones t InJun, I won't." would be a difficult matter to trace them. "There are very few honest In• ians," said Dick, "and As he was meditating what course to take he saw a I don't you could stand t9lling the truth long, rough looking boy coming along the road. being so unaccustomed to it." "The very fellow!" he said. He led l\fajor behind a thick clump of bushes, the Tory CH \..PTEil XV. A STARTLI~G DISCOVERY. The boy was the one whom Jack Warren had handled so unceremoniously a few days bwore. boy being obliged to follow, and looking very miserable. Then he gagged the poy and hurried away, looking very much unlike his twin self as he went on. Soiling his face and hands and tumbling up his hair, pulling his hat down on his forehead, and letting one of his coarse hose hang lose upon his leg, he went on toward the houf'e where he had seen the redcoats. Coming in sight of it, he saw one or two outside, and so was satisfied that the girl was still a prisoner., "They have probably not taken her anywhere yet," he thought. "This is a sort of outpost, I presume."


20 THE-LIBERTY BOYS AND ":MAD MARY." Wh en he was in plain sight 0 the redcoats he assumed a slouching gait and a simple look and went on. "Hello," he said as he came up. "That there rebel what you was a chasin' was Dick Slater, do you know it?" "Yes, we thought as much." "Well, I kin take yer ter his camp easy. I know just where it is." "Aren't you one of the young ruffians thait offered to show us before and got us into trouble?" asked one of the redcoats?" "Wull, how did we know they was goin' ter put up that fort so pesky quick?" "What's your n~me?" "Pete Druggins, an' I'd just like ter do somethin' fur yer." "You led us to a deserted camp, you young villain," said another redcoat. "Wull, et wasn't so when we come erway, was it? You fellers was too slow." "Didn't we promise you a good thrashing i ever you came around again?" "Wull, I gotter go home, hain't I? An', anyhow, yer don't allus keep yer promise, do yer?" "Do you know that crazy girl that has warned the young rebels of our coming so often?" "Yer mean 'Mad Mary,' don't yer? Yus, I've saw her.'' "What is her real name?" "Blamed ef I know," with a simple look. "Ras she no other?" "Not that I ever heard tell on." "Where does she live ?" "I dunno, nor anyone else either, I don't guess." "Is she really crazy or only pretending?" "Huh! I dunno. Everybody says she is, an' I s'pose they orter know." "Could you tell if she was or not or are you too big a fool yourself to know the difference?" "Huh! You want ter know whether she is foolin' or not?" "Yes. We su s pect that she i s , but we do not know for certain." "An' yer wanter find out?" "Yes. If she's crazy, w e can't do anything, except keep her a prisoner, but if she is really sane and is only pretending, then--" "Wull, what then?" "She'll be hanged as a spy . " "Huh! how'm I goin' ter find out? I hain't seed her fur quite some time. How'm I goin' ter find her? She goes everywheres." "She's in there;" pointing to the house. "I want to know!" said Dick in well affected sur , prise. "Yes. We'll make a prisoner of you and put you in the same place. Then you can watch her and let us know." "Huh! that's ust rate!" This was better than Dick could have hoped for, but he did not betray himself by seeming over-joyous. "Sl1ppose she is crazy?" he asked. "She might throttle me or hit me on the head with a chair or some such crazy thing, an' yer couldn't do nuthin' to her." "Oh, we'll look out for that. We'll keep watch on her." "That is a good thing to know," thought Dick. "You keep your eyes open and you may learn some thing. You ought to be able to tell if she is crazy or not." "All right," said Dick, "but you gotter be ready to let me out if I holler." "Very well, we will do that," with a laugh. Dick then went into the house with the redcoats. Then a door was opened and Dick was pushed into a room, the redcoats saying: "There, you rebel, you stay there and cool off for a time. You'll have company." "Mad Mary" was sitting on a bench under a barred window in a corner. There were three doors and two windows in the room, which was scantily furnished, having been used as a bed chamber. Dick took in these details quickly, and then advanced slow ly toward "Mad Mary," who looked up as he ap proached. A sudden look of intelligence shot into the girl's eyes and filled her whole face, and Dick had a sudden revel ation. 'rhe girl was no more mad than he was himself. CHAPTER XVI. A DARDW ESC.A.PJ:. "Be cautious, we are observed," said Dick, in a low tone, not heard beyond where he stood. "You are a prisoner here?" asked the girl, anxiously. "No, they do not iecognize me. I have tricked them. We must keep it up." The girl began suddenly to laugh and sing, and then springing up, went dancing about the room, passing the different doors. She opened one of these at length, revealing a deep closet, and suddenly caught Dick, and pushed him into it. The place was full of garments 0 different sorts, and Dick passed to the farther side, :finding another door. This was not locked, and Dick looked through the keyhole. The door opened into a kitchen, where two men were sitting at a table, playing cards, smoking long pipes and drinking from pewter mugs. 'rhey were redcoats, and no doubt a part 0 the contin gent quartered in the house. In fact, Dick had seen no one but British soldiers Eince coming to the place. The two soldiers were evidently killing time, and making the best of a tedious task. Dick crossed to the other door and beckoned.


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND "MAD MARY." 21 "Ain't yer goi:n' ter lemme out o' here?" be asked in a loud tone. "No, you've got to stay there as long as 'Mad 1\Iary' wishes," and the girl laughed and went dancing about the room. She presently came close to the door, which was left open, and Dick said : • "There is a room on the other side, but there are two men in it." "They are armed?" "They are redcoats. Their muskets are in a corner. I have my pistols. Arc you armed?" "No, they took my pistols away." "Laugh some more. They are watching from some peephole." Mary began to laugh and sing and dance about the room, Dick nearly closing the door. There was light enough for him to see what he was about, however, and he began taking down some of the garments hanging on the pegs about the walls. He took down a long, ml-bottomed coat, and a pair of big breeches, and a cocked hat, and put them on over his own coarse clothes. Then be took down a flounce skirt, a pelisse and a big bonnet with a veil on it. Opening the door a little be said loudly and with a long whine: "You just lemrbe out o' this cupboard." "No, 'Mad Mary' wants you to stay there," said the girl, laughing. Then she came closer, and Dick said: "If you will put on these clothes, we can get into'the kitchen and out of the house without being suspected." "Very well, I will do it. I think they are listening, but they have only the keyhole to look through, and I have put my kerchief over that." "Good!" Mary quickly put on the clothes Dick had given her, laughing and singing the while to keep up the decep tion. "Are you ready?" asked Dick. "Yes." "They have locked the other door?" "Yes, but I have put a heavy chair under the latch and they cannot open it readily." "Very good. That was well thought of." The appearance of both was completely changed by the clothes they had put on, and Dick had every hope of getting away. The third door of the room opened upon a hall, but was securely locked, so that the one they had used was really the only one available. "Come," said Dick, and they entered the clothes press, closing the door behind them. Opening the other door, they entered the kitchen, greatly to the astonishment of the two redcoats at the table. "Hello, old people," cried one. "Where did you come from?" "We're going out to take the air," said Dick. "I reckon you'd get tired stayin' indoors all the time. Come o_n, Sam:mtby, let :em play, an' drink, an' smoke ef they like." Then, taking Mary's arm, Dick led the way to tbe1 rear door and went out. "This way," be said. "We will get rid of these things shortly." Keeping the house between him a:o.d the road, they macfe tbl!ir way quickly to the woods. Here they threw off their quaint garments, and made them up in a bundle, leaving them under a tree. Then they suddenly beard an outcry from the house. "They have discovered our escape," said Dick. "Make haste. We must puzzle -them." The girl was fleet of foot, and did not hinder Dick in the least. He took her arm and hurried into the thick woods, making a detour toward the road beyond the turn near the house. They could bear the redcoats shouting to each other and hear horses galloping along the road, this way and that. "Look in the woods, they may have gone that way," they beard someone shout. Presently they heard men coming crashing through the underbrush, and hurried on. They reached a brook with an overhanging bank, and crawling under this, they were secure from observation. "They have come this way. Here are the clothes they wore," said one. Soon they heard men running al9ng the bank of the creek and calling to one another. Then they heard a great splash and a volley of very emphatic language. "Look out for the bank," yelled one. _ "It is full of pitfalls. Don't go too near it." One of the redcoats bad evidently been precipitated into the brook, from a weak place in the bank having ghen way under him. .J;;[e was now warning the rest to keep away from it, and the sound of voices , soon grew less distinct. In a few minutes, however, they heard voices just above them and crept closer 4n, under the bank. "That clumsy fool bas hoodwinked us again," mut tered one. "I'm inclined to think it was not the same fellow after all." "No? Who could it have been?" "That very Dick Slater that got away from us. Didn't he go ther way the fellow came?" "Yes, to be sure." "Then he met Druggins and made him change clothes vith rum." "Yes, but where is the horses, and why didn't Drug gins came back?" "Dick Slder wouldn't let a fellow like that get loose, would l},e?" "No, I suppose not." Dick threw some earth and pebbles into the stream, frrm his biding place. "Look oi1t!" cried one of the redcoats in alarm. "The confrunded rank is giving way!"


THE LIBERTY BOYS A....~D ":'IL\.D ~1ARY." CHAPTER XVII. suspec ted that they were not some old couple who lived in the house." "Yes, that was clever." BAFFLING PURSUIT. The redcoats went on, and at last neither the sound of their footsteps nor of their voices could be heard. Dick's ruse succeeded admirably, and now he threw There was no more tr.amping upon the highway, also, in more earth and pebbles. and Dick and the girl left their hiding place and struck The redcoats hurried back from the bank and wen1 on into the road. , along the stream. Once they heard the tramp of a horse and hid in the They did not seem to think of looking under the bank woods till a redcoat had gone dashing by toward the utself, but were afraid to go too close, lest it might cave house. in with them. "That is probably the last," said Dick, and they went Then another redcoat fell into -the brook not four yards on. a,way from them, and there was a great splattering and Reaching the place where he had concealed Pete Druo--spluttering. gins, Dick asked Mary to wait at the roadside and gi;e The man got out, wallrnd along the bank just above warning in case of danger. ,Dick and wer+t on, expending a great deal of energy in He found Pete where he had left him, and quickly re, violent language. leased him and took the gag from his mouth. No more redcoats came their way, and at length the • "Here are your clothes, Pe,te," he said. "You were sound of their voices grew fainter and fainter, till at last very kind to let me have them." they ceased to be heard. "Yew go tew grass!" snarled the Tory boy. "I didn't "It will be safe to leave here now, I think," said Dick, let yer have 'em at all. Yefv stole 'em." ~'but we must be careful about getting to the road.'' "How could I steal them, when I brought them back?" " ome of these Dien will be returning, no doubt. '1 with a laugh. "Yes, and must be a~oided. Then I must get my "Waal, you did just ther same, an' yew're er blame hor s e, and set that Tory boy free." rebel, an' I'm goin' ter git even with yew one o' these "H they have not already disco,ered him." days." "They would hardly do that. He was well hidden "Let me know when that happens," with a laugh, :fin-and gagged as well, so that he could not give the alarm." ishing putting on his clothes. "Yiou seem to think of everything, Captain," with a Pete Druggins went away in a rage, abusing Dick smil e . . roundly and threatening all sorts of dire things. "Well, of a good many things, perhaps, but I am obliged "Hard words break no bones, Pete," Dick laughed. to d o that, with enemies on all sides." Then he led Major to the road and helped Mary to "Yes, to be sure." get into the saddle, taking his place in front. They crossed the brook, which was not deep, Dick "You have lost your horse," he saiq, "and we shall , carrying the girl over in his arms. have to provide you another." Then they found more open woods and made their' "I did not always ride one," the girl answered. , way toward the road. "No, but it is1 very convenient, and we have plenty At length they heard the tramp of horse5, and conand to spare. You shall have one to suit you, as soon as cealed themselves in the bushes. we get to the camp." Dick peered out cautiously and caught sight of a bit Then they rode on at a good rate, m(!eting neither of the road . redcoats nor Tories on the way . . Presently two or three redcoats passed, going toward The Liberty Boys were greatly astonished to see Dick the h.ou_se. come in with Mary on the saddle behind him, and were '~I don't know if that is all," he said cautiously. "I quite sure that he had met with some thrilling advenmust be careful." hue. Then he heard voices again, and two redcoats on foot "The"irl certainly looks sane enough now," said ~lark passed within three feet of the bushes, growling and to Jack, the two being great chums. grumbling at their lack of success. Instead of replying Jack began to whistle. "That young rebel is on~ of the cleverest spies they "What are you whistling for?" laughed Mark. "You hav e," said one. a.hrnys do that when you have something on your mi!ld." "Yes, and I don't believe the girl is far behind him." "Then you are sure I have a mind?" laughed Jack. "No, and I don't believe she is any more mad than "Well, I ,rnn't be if you keep on whistling like that," I am." with pretended impatience. "Well, so far as you are concerned, I have my doubts," "She's crazy, isn't she, Mark?" with a chuckle. with a laugh, "but the girl certainly isn't." "She may have been, but I don't think she is now. "We all thought she was." What are you whistling about-?" "Yes, at first, but not later. I believe she has been "..:'ire you ure she ever was, 1\furk?" with a comical • fooling us all along." look. "Exactly." "Why, he was called '::'l!acl Mary,' and we all took it And those two walked right past us and we never I for granted that-what are you whistling at?"


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND "MAD MARY." 23' "Did we all take it for granted, }lark?" quizzically. name than '':~Iary," which she acknowledged was a part "Are you sure that Dick did?" of it. "Well, I lmow I did, and I guess Bob did and a lot "The girl has had some great sorrow," he said to Bob, . more. Didn't you?" "and while it has not affected her mind, has made her "No," eaid Jack. "She struck me as havi~g too choose this wil

24 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND "MAD MARY." \ "How you was got me ouid ?" "I allus had him," said the boy, but Dick saw that "Here, catch this," and Patsy took off his belt and he was lying, b ' y a certain change of color. threw it to Carl. "Why don't you tell me the truth?" he asked. He neglected to retain a hold on one end, however, and "That's what I am doin', yer blame rebel," blusteralthough Carl caught the belt it did him no good. ingly. , "For why you don'd was keeped holdt von der belt "Didn't you get it from the redcoats at the farmhouse yourselluf?" asked Carl. near where we met yesterday?" "Sure an' Oi niver t'ought av it . . T'row it to me." "Waal, they give it to me," said Pete. "We tried ter Then Patsy w ent as clo s e to the bank as he dared and find yer camp." held out his hand s , kneeling on the bank. "Yes, you tried it before, but could not. That horse "Now, thin, let me have it," he called out. belongs to 'Mad Mary,' and I've a mind to make you Carl held to one end of the b elt and tossed that havgive it up." ing the buckle on it to Patsy. The other boys knew Dick and, although they outnum-It went through his hands and struck him on the eye, bered him six _ to one, they drew aside. causing him to set up a howl. "Yer can't do it!" Pete snorted. "Come on, fellers, "Howlcl on, Cookyspiller, phwat are yei about? Sure let's thrash ther rebel." the foist toime yez cot me eq.r an' now yez have me eye." "Thrash him yerself," snorted one. "We hain't got "For why you don'd caughted it?" asked Carl. "Was no fight with him." you had grease mit your fingers?" "0' course we hain't," said the others, quickly. "No, Oi've not, but yez didn't t'row it shtraight." "Yes yer have. Didn't ther rebels pitch inter us, an' Carl now threw the b elt once . more and this time Patsy lick us for nu thin' a week or so ago?" caught it. "He didn't have nothin' ter do with that,'' growled one, Then he pulled and gradually drew Carl out o-f the ridm.g on. mud. "'Course he didn't," said others, joining the first. He came slowly at fir s t and then came out in such a Pete was shortly left alone and bega: to show fright. hurry that Patsy tumbled over backward. "Yew lemme alone," he whined, riding clear to the "Howld on, howld on, phwat are yez doin' at all at all?" side of the road and ha . rely escaping the ditch. As Carl still held on to the belt, Patsy's tumbling "I am not going to, hurt you, Pete," laughed Dick, caused him to fall also and he stretched himslef out on "but if you try to bring any more redcoats to our camp top of his comrade. you will catch it hot, I can tell you." "Ouch, get off me. Sure yez do have the breath all Then Dick darted ahead, while the Tory boy, gaining dh : uv out av me!" courage, shouted out abuse as long as he could be heard. Not only that, but Patsy was pla s tered with mud from Reaching the Maywood house, Dick found Phebe at head to foot. home, and greatly pleased to see him. "Dot wa s all righd," said Carl, getting up. "Did you know that 'Mad Mary' is as sane as any of "Al roi g ht, was it? Luck at m e , wud yez? Sure an' us?" he asked. Oi'll have to go inter the wather an' get the mud off me." "Persons have said that she was not as . crazy as she "All roighd, I was went mit you," said Carl. seemed," Phebe replied. "'Deed an' yez' ll not," said Patsy, decidedly. "It's "She is not crazy in the least, afd never has been," thro uble enufl' Oi've h a d wid yez the day, an' Oi want no said Dick. , , more av it." Then he told Phebe his adventure of the day before, Then Patsy went off by him self , Carl following more the girl being greatly interested. leisurely, and so they reached the camp. , As Dick was finishing Mrs. Maywood, sitting at the "Well," ]augh e d Mark, looking at Patsy, "you g ot into window, suddenly cried out. trouble, I see?" "Well, I declare, if there aren't some redcoats coming "Whis hper, Mark," laughed Patsy . "Yez want to see up the hill." . Cookyspiller be f ore yez say ann y thing." "Many of them?" asked Dick, not changing his posiThe Liberty Boys were not annoyed by the redcoats tion. that day or night, and when Dick went to the house uThree or four, yes, that's all there are; they're all on where he had rescued Mary the day before, he found horseback, and 'pears to me," and the good woman began them gone. to }augh. . . ,, . f "They probably feared that the Liberty Boys would What 1s it? asked Dick. des cend upon them," he thought. "I do believe ther e's that same pompous fellow that Leaving the farmhouse, now occupied by the owners, we took the pistols from that other time." Dick set off across country to see Phe be Maywood and "Get them out, Phebe," said Dick. "They are loaded?" ask her if s he had seen any of the enemy. "Yes," and Phebe arose and got the pistols. When he was within a short distance of the/house, he Dick looked cautiously out of the window and saw the came upon Pete Druggins and half a dozen of his four redcoats coming on, easily recognizing the pompous cronies on horseback. and gouty captain whom he had met upon several ocHe recognized Pete's horse as the one formerly ridden casions. by the pretended crazy girl. The redcoats halted in front of the house and dis"Where did you get that horse, Pete?" he asked. mounted.


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND "MAD MARY." 25 "Keep quiet," said Dick, "and see what they will do." were going to evacuate Philadelphia, and tairn their way The redcoats came forward and without taking the through the Jerseys to New York. trouble to knock, or in any other way announce their Washington was preparing to meet them, and giv~ coming, walked into the room. them battle, but as yet there was no report of their hav-Then they suddenly beheld Dick with a couple of big ing left. pistols . pointed at them. The Liberty Boys were to remain in the neighborhood "Can't you be polite enough to knock?" Dick for a time,and then proceed into the Jerseys as soon as asked. "I will thank you to retire as unceremoniously as there was any authentic news. you came in." It was the middle of June before the British left "My, you confounded young rebel!" sputtered the Philadelphia, crossing the river and proceeding with great captain, "how dare--" secrecy and dispatch. "No compliments, please," said Dick. "Phebe, will As soon as the commander-in-chief received intelligence you and your mother--" of their move, he detached Maxwll's brigade to coT)le astonished captain beat a most hasty and undignioperate with General Dickinson, and the New Jersey fied retreat, pushing his comrades before him and militia to assist -in harassing the enemy on their march. down the steps in his haste to get away. Then, sending General Arnold to take command of They mounted their horses, and then "l\fad Mary," Philadelphia, he left Valley Forge and pushed forward as s~e was still considered, came dashing along at the with his main force in pursuit of the enemy. head of a party of farmer boys. After some delay on account of heavy rains and sultry They were armed with pitchforks, spades, picks and weather, he crossed the river, the enemy being then at clubs, one or two having shotguns or old rifles. Moorestown and Mount H.olly. "Charge the redcoats!" cried the girl, and the boys There they had the choice of two roads, one to Brunscame on with a rush.. wick, Staten Island and New York, and the other through They were only boys, but they made a formidable array, Monmouth by the heights of Middletown to Sandy nevertheless, and there was no knowing how many there Hook. ' might be behind them. . Clinton's march was slow, his army being encumbered The redcoats mounted their horses and rode off the with baggage, provisions and all the superfluous articles way they had come in hot haste. in which B ritish officers were want to indulge. The boys went racing clown the hill after them, and He at first advanced as far as Allentown on the way to those who had firearms discharged them. Rrunswick, with the intention of embarking on the This added to the alarm of the redcoats, who Raritan, but fearing the passage of the river likely to be seemed to think that there was an army of "rebels" I disputed, he changed his plans and returned to the right coming on behind them. 1 by a road leading to Sandy Hook. "That was an easy victory," laughed Dick, "but it Dick Slater and the Liberty Boys, keeping watch on shows the spirit of the people, and that is everything." the enemy, discovered this move through ''Mad Mary," as they still called her. CHAPTER XIX. MARY'S STORY. They were in" camp when Mary came dashing in on horseback, and rode at once to Dick's tent. No one ever stopped her when she came into the camp, the greater part of the boys still thinking her demented. She dismounted right in front of Dick's tent, and the young captain came out immediately. "What news, Mary?" asked he. "The enemy advancing toward Sandy Hook," the The farmer boys, having dispersed the redcoats, came girl said, and then leaping upon her horse she rode off back in a very jubilant mood: again as rapidly as she had ' come in. "I had no idea but that you could manage these felDick and the Liberty Boys were as soon as possible on lows," said Mary to Dick, "but I wanted to give these the march toward Washington's quarters. boys an idea of patriotism." From other sources it was now known beyond a doubt "They certainly scattered the enemy," laughed Dick, whither the enemy were going, and Washington at once "and if Pete Druggins or any of his crowd shout for hastened forward to intercept him and give him battle. them after this, these boys will rout them." The battle of Monmouth Court House followed, in "Pete Druggins won't have so much to say, anyhow, which the Americans, at first apparently beaten by the after this," laughed Phebe. neglect of orders of General Charles Lee, snatched vic-"He is not such a big fellow among his cronies as he tory from defeat and routed the enemy tremendously. was since they saw Jack Warren handle him so 'lmcere-The Liberty Boy took an active part in the fight, and moniously," said Dick. won new laurels. Mary now rode off and Dick presently returned to the It was after the battle, when Dick was in his tent, camp. that Ben Spurl~ck came to him and said: The next day there were no redcoats to be seen in the "There is a countryman outside, Captain, with a mesneighborhood. i:;age for you. It concerns 'Mad Mary,' as we buve called It had been rUD+ored for some time that the enemy her."


THE LIBERTY BOYS .A~D "::.\IAD MARY." "'-she is not dead, Ben?" Dick asked, eagerly. "A young man, a Tory, wished to marry me, but my "No, but she is hurt. She was on the :field during the parents would not consent, and neither could I wed with .figh.t." one who was at war with my country. ""I will see him," and Dick arose and hurriedly followed "At the battle of Germanton this man directed a force Ben. of the enemy right to .our house, which was wrecked, He met the countryman outside the camp, who said: and my parents both killed. There's a gal at our house who has been hurt, and "Then the people said I went mad, and called me 'Mad wants to see you. It ain't likely she.'11 die, but she wants Mary,' but I was not mad, I was seeking retribution. to see you and some of the boys, she says." "I followed the army, I became a spy, I traveled here "Very good. Have Major saddled, Ben, and get Lieuand there, hoping that one day I should meet the man tenant Estabrook, and Privates Warren, Thurber, Jud-who had caused the death of my parents through jealous son a.nd Sanderson. You can come along yourself, if hate and spite. ,yon like." "He was with the redcoats, and I followed them from In a few minutes the boys were riding on with. the place to place, having no home and puzzling the good folk r.farmer as a guide. by my queer ways. After Dick and the boys left Patsy went to the brook to "This gouty captain, whom we know, was his superior, freshen himself by plunging his head in the water. and I followed him to get near the wretch, puzzling the He was kneeling down on the bank just ready to take a enemy and learning their secrets. dip when it suddenly gave way with him. "He steadily avoided me, but I followed him, now He went in head first, and floundered about a bit behere, now there, helping the Liberty Boys, helping all _ fore he got his feet. patriots. Then Carl appeared and asked: "At last I saw him on the battlefield of Monmouth, "What you was doed, Batsy, swimming mit your clothes dead, shot in the back as he was running away, while all •on alretty? Dot was foolishness." around him lay men with wounds in their breasts, dying "Come here an' give me yer hand till Oi get out, like brave men. •Cookyspiller. The bank do be steep." "He had died as he had lived, like a cow.ard, and retri-"All righd, I was doed dot," and Carl advanced and bution had overtaken him. theld out his hand. "Now that I know that justice has been done, I shall Patsy pulled and Carl yelled: give up this wild life and help the cause of freedom in "Hold out, you was pulled me de water in." other ways. "Sure an' that's what Oi want," laughed P.atsy. "MisThis, then, is my story, and I am 'Ma'd Mary' no , ery loves company, do ye moind?" longEr, but just Mary Maitland, the patriot. Carl pulled back and suddenly sat down, his feet flying She recovered from her wound, and aided the cause from under him. in many ways while the war lasted. They struck Patsy in the chest and sent him rolling She never married, but her house was always open to , over into deeper water. • • any of the Liberty Boys, and many of them enjoyed her Carl d1,ew himself back into a safe pl!tce and laughed. hospitality at one time or another, after the war was "How you like dot? You was fooled mit me, ain't it? over. Some oder dime maybe you don'd was tried dot foolishAmong the Liberty Boys who went there a year or so ness." after the end of the war was one whom Phebe May-"Niver moind, me bye," laughed Patsy. "Oi washed wood, as she had been 1.-nown, introduced as her husme clothes widout the throuble av takin' thim. off, annyband. how," and they went back to camp. Her pretty cousin was with her as a bridesmaid, but Arrived at the farmer's house, Dick dismounted and Rhe, taking pattern by Phebe, soon afterward married went in :first. another of the Liberty Boys, and the two ran the old He found Mary sitting in a chair by the window, mill.for many years. propped up with pillows. "Good-day, Captain," she said, pleasantly. "I've got a bit of a scratch, but nothing that will keep me permanently out of the :field." "I am glad of that," said Dick. "Still, I am going to give up this mad life and work . along other lines. Jl~onmouth has decided it." "On account of your wound?" c,N o, something else. The man •vho caused me to lead this wild life is dead, and I am no longer 'Mad Mary,' but myself. You can call in the boys, Captain." , Dick went to the window and beckoned the boys to come in. . .,. When they were all seated, the girl said: "My name is Mary Maitland, and I lived near German1:own in as happy a home ~s o:::ie could wish. THE END. Read "THE LIBERTY BOYS' INDIAN. RUNNER; or, THRASHING THE RED RAIDERS," which will be the next number ( 416) of "The Liberty Boys of '76." SPEp!AL NOTICE :-All back of this weekly, except the following, are in print: 1 to 20, 25, 27 to 29, 32, 34, 45, 76, 83, 86. If you cann6t obtain the ones you want from any newsdealer, send the price in money or postage stamps by mail, to FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 U union Square, New Y otk City, and you will receive the copies yo!l order, by return mail. •


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF .76. 27 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 NEW YORK, DECEMBER 11, 1908. Terms to Subscribers. 51nale Cople& ............................................. . Copy Three nonth.s ................................. . One Copy .Six nonths .................................... . !One Cop:, One Year ..................................... . Postage Free. How To SEND MONEY. ,o s Cenu ...65 .. 11.25 :,.50 At our risk send P. 0. Money Order, Check, or Relllstered Letur; remittancea in any other way are at your risk. We accept Postage Stampe the same as cash. When sending silver wrap the coin In a ! '!eparate piece ot paper to avoid cutting the envelope. W,'iu vour l fiame and ad,dress plainlv. Address lette,s to [Frank Tousey, Publisher, 2-4 Union Sq., New York. FROM EVERYWHERE. ''The dian10nd mines of India fail to pay mainly on account f a queer belief on the part of the native miners," said a jeweler. "The miners believe that diamonds grow, sometimes slowly, sometimes quickly. Hence, if they dug over a piece of promising clay last year, as like as not this year they give it another digging over, lest they miss some stones that have sprouted in the meantime. Thus half the labor is waste labor, and hence the diamond miners of India don't get on at all" . full grown, and returned to their mother stream to spawnAnd the writer knows of oniy one instance where fish with, hatchery marks have returned to any other stream except the -one in whose tributaries they were hatched, says Daniel L. Pratt in Outing. In this instance, marked fish from the Puget Sound hatcheries on the Skagit River, were taken in the nets• of fishermen on the Fraser River. This scarcely disproves the mother stream theory, however, becaMe the great bulk of sockeyes which enter the Puget Sound waters turn north, and enter the waters of the Fra.ser, in the headwatei:s of which they spawn. The Skagit is not a natural spawning stream for sockeye salmon, and the fish, in this instance, coming in with millions of other sockeyes, undoubtedly fo11owed the course of the run and entered the Fraser with the rest. It is not probable that the "Mother Stream" instinct is so strong that a few fish would leave millions of their brothers and sisters and go to another stream, merely because it was the place where they were hatched. But it is likely when the mother stream is a natural spawning ground for their species, and thousands of other fish are returning with them, that the "Mother Stream Theory" will invariably hold good. tIAPPY MOMENTS .. Maude-And so they are married? Madge-Yes; he fell m i love with her llgure. Maude,-How much was it? In Albany, Australia, is to be seen a stone forest-in other "Have you given the goldfish any fresh water this morn!nz, words, petrified trees. The trees are of gray stone. It is/ Mary?" "No, mum; they ain't drunk all I give 'em yesterday suggested as an explanation of . the strange phenomenon that yet." in the depths of past ages the forest was in full vegetation, and then, through some upheaval of the earth it was buried in sana. Little by little, water, acting on the sand, penetrated the branches and solidified. The wood gradually disappeared under the layer of stone, and in took its form. Then in succeeding years the winds again carried away the san.d, and the forest appeared anew, but of stone. In Judge Eberhard's court in Chicago, the other day, a jury, two lawyers and half a dozen witnesses, spent three hours on a case involving the sum of 22 cents. Court adj_oumed before the charge of the judge was given to the jury. William Hind ley went to a department store to make a purchase for his wife. The article wanted was not in stock, but the clerk gave him something "just as good" for 22 cents, with the agreement, he says, that it could be returned if not satisfactory. He returned with the goods and demanded his money, which in his complaint he says was refused, but that i~ a disputed point. Be rore the trial was commenced the manager of the store offered 25 cents in settlement, but Mr. Hindley is a lawyer, nd three cents premium is no inducement for him to give up the chances for a bill of costs. It is almo"st invariably the rule that salmon hatched in the headwaters of a stream will return to that stream to spawn four years afterward. This is what is known as the "Mother Stream Theory." It is called a theory, and indeed there has been much argument against it, but actual experience has proved it to be almost axiomatic. At various hatcheries, young salmon fry, upon being hatched, have been liberated into the waters of the stream with distinctive notches eut in their tails or fins. Four years later, fishermen or trapmen, having been placed on the alert by intelligence from the hatchery opera tors, have actually taken dozens of these disfigured fish, now .. "Your wife likes the last word, doesn't she?" "I don't think so," answered Mr. Meekton. "Anyway, she's mightly. reluc tant about reaching it." City Child-Do country towns where you go have theatres! Actress-No. Country towns never have theatres. They have only opera houses, academies of music and temples of Thespis. Flighte-Do you think Jack Borroughe ls clever? Plane-Yes. If he'd spent the energy working he does bluffing, he'd be rich. Ethel (sentimen.tally)-How like life are the waves of the sea! Percy-Yes. They come to the shore in great style a.11d go away broke! Young Wife-When we took this you prom1sed to enlarge it for us. Landlord-Well, madam, I did. Didn't I scrape the wall-paper off and put on paint instead? Mrs. Spriggins-Where's your daughter, Mrs. Wiggins? Mrs. Wiggins-She's -gone to the cooking school. And that remind me, I must go into the kitchen an.d get sUl)per, for she'll be as hungry as a bear when she gets home. Mr. Wiggs (admiringly)-Mrs. Hansom looks as pretty a11 a picture this afternoon. Mrs. Wiggs-That costume is -very becoming. She has a husband who likes to see a woman de-ce:ntly dressed, and isn't too mean to picy for it. Tactful and delicate, even for a Frenchman, was the reply mll,de by a Parisian who had not found "a life on the ocean wave" all that otte could wish. He was sinking, pale and haggard, into his steamer chair, when his neighbor cheerily asked: "Have you breakfasted, monsieur?" "No, m'sieur," answered the Frenchman, with a wan smile, "I have not break-fasted. On the contrary! "


28 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. , THE NIHILIST'S DO01'1. By KIT CLYDE. Siy years ago I was living at Darnowsky, in the Province of Rublin, in the southern part of the greatest of European empires, a young man, happy as circumstances would allow, and at the time of which I write, doubly happy and contented in my little school; for I was a teacher, and I had just made the sweetest and the prettiest girl in the village my wife. Marie Carloff was mine, wozi: from a score of suitors by love . alone, for I had little mone y and I . was content. Chief among the dis c onsolate ones was the son of an exarmy officer, Louis Lodiski by name, a handsome but unprincipled fellow, who for years had been infatuated with Marie. However, when our coming wedding was announced, Louis le!t the village, and I was spared his scowl and muttered threats, and soon forgot him in the joy of home life. For three years I was at rest. Then came the great cloud that to-day overhangs my native land, and its dark shadow f e ll across even my humble threshold . I had be e n a St. Petersburg student, and when the strange monomania of co=unism, silent and deadly, crept through the nation, it found me an easy prey, and I became a Nihilist, swore the t errible o aths, and linked myself body and soul to their unknown and horrible purposes. ' There was a circle formed in our town, and two months after I had joined it, there appeared one night amongst us, commissioned from the Grand Circle at Moscow, as our chief, Louis Lodiski. I bowed b e fore him, but when I saw the fierce light of oaffled passion and eager revenge gleam in his hated eyes, brightly as when I had met him, then the rejected suitor of my wife, I knew and felt for the first time into what a horrible pit I had fallen; for, free as I was before the world, in secret I was bound by my vows, the serf and slave of my bitter enemy. For a time there was little work for our society, but it so happened that towards the spring a new quartering of soldiers was made in our town, under the charge of Colonel Jelikoff, a tried and true officer of the government, and one who had several times incurred the displeasure of the Nihilists. f • ' Hardly had the troops become settled when a sealed dispatch was received by Lodiski from the Grand Circle of Mos cow, containing the death warrant of the colonel; and in drawing lots for the one to act as executioner, the same devil's luck which had first dragged me into this conspiracy, or some treachery on my chief, cast the dread duty upon me. The ukase of the Grand Circle, with a perfection of cruelty, granted the slave doomed to execute their diabolical commands thre e days' mercy. At the end of that time the condemned must have ceased to live, or the slave would become the victim instead. For the first twenty-four hours I was crazy. The second day found me cool and helpless . I made my plans. For five hours I debated where to do the deed; then, still uncertain, walked in the verge of the town, and as I walked someone joined me-Lodiski. We stood a space in silence; then the man came closer and placed his hand upon my shoulder. "Listen! It is hard, it is dangerous. Capture means death. Here is money. You must flee instantly the work is done." In a single breath my brain cleared, the dread cloud that for two days had shadowed it passed, and I knew the hand that had worked my ruin. I was to become an outlaw in order that my wife might be the spoil of this monster. "The deed must be to-morrow," continued Lodski, "and the only place where you can find Jelikoff alone is in the bell tower. Thither he goes each evening before the curfew rings, to watch the change of guards upon the opposite river bank. You can conceal yourself there and strike him down. It will be hours before he is missed, and you will have time for flight." I bowed my head . I dared not trust my tongue. It might be that I should strike too soon. Deep within my heart the determination to kill was well fixed; but, unknown to my chief, the victim had been changed. "I will join you at the foot of the tower after curfew. See to it that it is after-the end!" Lodiski concluded. My blood leaped. "It is well," I replied, and he left me. That night I told my wife all, and her love stood the test. Ere morning dawned, under the escort of a faithful ser-vant, she was at the Volga Dernstam-a landing ten miles away; and when the early sun kissed the reaches of !eve land about our town, it fouud her upon the deck of a steamer, bound for Asthachan. All day long I gathered my little store of goods, and late in the afternoon sold them for gold to a friend-a Nihilist like myself-who secretly conveyed them to his home. Then as the light waned and it drew towards night, thoroughly disguised, and armed with a pair of pistols and my dagger, I skirted the town, and came at last to the lonely watch tower where hung the great bell that rang the curfew. Ere the ringer had entered the tower from his supper, I was secreted in the loft near the window. It was not my intent to kill Jelikoff. If he came I could confess all, then descend and wreak my vengeance upon Lodiski below, and flee the country; or if he came not, the end would be the same. Still bound by my oath, and environed by a thousand spies, I dared not flee until night. And Lodiski must die! Alone in the grim tower I waited, and the bats about me _squeaked, and the damp wind of the steppes swept mournfully in and 'kissed my hot cheek. The moments passed! Suddenly a nameless dread fell upon me. Instinctively I felt the presence of some new and near danger, and a sense of doom overcame me, as if I listened to the words of the judge who recited the condemning proofs of my falseness to our order. If I did not kill Jeli~off, and failed to find Lodiski, I must die. Quiveri g with this new terror, I glanced suspiciously about me-into the deep shadow of the corners, behind the great beams, aloft among the bats nests, and at last beneath the mighty bell hanging at my side. And there, lying prone upon a crossbeam directly under the great iron dome, so close that the ponderous metal would crush him, lay Lodiski, his evil eyes fastened upon me. Even as I saw him, I heard the step of the colonel on the stair, and his word to the waiting bellman below. "Carl, I will detain you but a moment. When I descend you may ring." Jelikoff ascended the stairs, lantern in hand. his back. "One, two, three, four, five, six, seven!" It was the village clock. I stood at


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '7G. 29 Jelikoff turned to descend. I shrank into the shadow behind him. Jelikoff went down the stair. "Fool! c6ward!" hissed my chief, half rising upon his hands and knees. "You die!" "He gave me directions as to what was best to be done; said he would watch thE: English, and upon their advance would bring the news at once to New Orleans, with their force in men and ships, and also throw the weight of himself and crew into the American ranks. There a creaking sound, the great wooden wheel "Well; true to his promise, he came up and reported the above turned upon its axis, the bats flew snarling about, and advance of the British, and with ninety as bold villains as then the mighty bell, swinging slowly, gained in momentum, ever scuttled a ship, volunteered for the battle, and was asand swept in a long arc upwards. signed to the command of a battery on the river bank, and I, Lodiski uttered a single cry as the tremendous mass poised with a score of men from my gunboat, held position on his above him, and would have dragged himself out of its reach, left, and within a shi1>'s length of him. but with a sudden fury I stretched my arm like a liar of "Lafitte fought like a demon, and did noble service. steel, caught his hair, and forced him back upon the beam, "The President pardoned him 'for his services, and also his and then the great bell fell as falls the knife of the guillotine, men. crushing into a hideous mass the body of the spy, while its "But there is one scene in the affray that is not down in hr--.avy knell rang with a gurgling shiver far out across the history, and which I personally witnessed. banen land, and a little stream of blood, warm and red, ran "That was the landing of a French officer in a small boat, sl9wly down the beam and dyed the lips and tongue of the and advancing suddenly upon Lafitte, attacking him with a iron monster as he swung. determined skill and rage that showed he had some motive The curfew was sounding, and I was saved! in it, for he had no right to join in the battle, being a Three hours later, in the silence of the night, I escaped the Frenchman, and his vessel was anchored far above the city. tower and fled. "Whether Lafitte recognized him or not, I do not know, but For twenty-four hours Lodiskis death was undiscovered, he fought only on the defensive, and was run through by ihe and before the truth was known I was with my wife upon the I Frenchman, who at once returned to his boat and rowed Caspian Sea, far out of the reach of the Nihilists. away. I have never seen Russia since. "I too was wounded, and, by the strange coincidence, the • - • cots of the pirate and myself were placed side by side in 'I'HE PIRATE'S PROJVIISE. "I know nothing of course about Kidd, Morgan, Black Beard, and the other famous pirates of long ago, gentlemen, but I can tell you from personal remembrance of Lafitte," and the old white-haired American commodore, on the retired list for thirty years, sipped his sherry, and shoved the de ca.nter nearer to his guests. The conversation having turned upon piracy upon the high seas, several had referred to the utter annihilation of the black flag. "Then you know Lafitte, commodore?" asked several, with interest. "I knew him well, gentlemen, and though a very fiend in action, he was a man of refinement and education, and did many noble things. "He had an island retreat on the southern coast of Louisiana, in Barrataria bay, and he was admiral of a fleet of as rakish and fleet cruisers as could be found the seas over. "When the ,British moved on New Orleans, they thought it would be a grand thing to have Lafitte as an ally, and went so far as to offer him a captaincy in -the royal navy and fifty thousnd po unds, with pardon for his officers and men. "He asked time to consider and get the soundings of his men, and that night went in a small boat, through the bayous, to New Orleans, where he boldly visited General Jackson and Governor Claiborne in their headquarters, told them of the British proposals made him, and also volunteered to serve on the American side, which offer was accepted. "He then returned to his retreat to find that Commodore Pattison had swooped down upon the place and sank or captured his fleet, and burned his quarters. "But though angered at this act of the Americans,. he still remained true to his promise, and when the British brig-ofwar returned for his answer, he wrote it on the envelope, and it was short, for it read: "'No terms with tyrants. Lafitte.' the Ursuline convent,, whither we were borne, and the same nun cared for us both. "Some month or more after the battle, the nun handed Lafitte a sealed package one day, and stood as though awaiting an answer, while half asleep, half awake, I glanced at the two. "He broke the seal, and a proud light came into his eyes, while the nun said, softly: "'It is your pardon from the President?' " 'Yes, for myself and men,' he answered. "'You have deserved it for your gallantry; but ah! my poor crime-stained Acnille, will you not now lead a life of honor?' and the nun's hands were clasped, and her eyes bent upon him. "'Holy Virgin! you are Celeste?' gasped the " '.Yes, I am your cousin Celeste, Achille.' "'And I almost fear to ask of-of--' " 'Of your brother Henri?' I "'Yes.' pirate . . " 'After you drove your knife, as you believed to his heart, believing I loved ' him better than you, he laid for long months on the verge of death; then he recovered and went to France, where your uncle, Jean Armignac, made him his heir, and got him a co=ission in the French navy.' " 'He gave me this wound.' " '! can he "have been so revengeful? It was not his nature, Achille.' " 'True, but he knew me not as his brother, only as Lafitte, and he held me responsible for the death of his bride, who was killed in action with my vessel; he seemed maddened by her fate, and swore to take my life,-and .he nearly did it; but why married you not my brother, Celeste?' " 'Because I never loved him,' was the low response. " 'Ha! then ~Y mad jealousy caused me to attempt to take his life without cause; and you love me, Celeste?• and he grasped her hand; but drawing away, she said with dignity: " 'I did love you, Achille; put now I am the bride of the "I was a youngster then, but was sent to Lafitte with disChurch.' patches, and I found him upon his nearly deserted island, "She had gone, and he caught my eye, and then told me his schooner, which had escaped capture, lying at anchor in a of his past, and how, believing himself accursed as Gain, he cove near by. had turned to piracy."


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