The Liberty Boys and Crazy Jane, or, The girl spy of the James River

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THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 A Weekly Magazine Containing Stories of the American R.evolution . IsS'Ued Weekly-By SulJscription $2.50 per year. Entered as Second Olass Matter at the New York, N. Y., Post OJJl,ce, February 4. 1901. Entered according to A ct of Congress, in the year 1909, in the otfi,ce of the Librarian of Cong,ess, Washingt,,n, D. C., by F'rank Tousey, P'Ublisher, 2i Unum Sq=re, New York. No. 438. NEW YORK, MAY 21, 1909. Price 5 Cent.a. sharp and speedy, attempted to cut off the retreat of the CHAPTER I. boys. Sid and Rob, who were from the South and strong,. .A. SURPRISE AND A w.ARL--.ING. manly fellows, fairly made the oars smoke as they pulled. The long boat seemed likely to cut them off when Jack ';By George, boys, I'm afraid we've gone too far!'' Warren, dropping his steering oar for a moment, caught "There are the redcoats, sure enough." up his musket and fired. "We'd better turn back, I reckon, before we get into He hit the stroke oarsman in the shoulder, causing him any more trouble." to drop his oars and fall back l1pon the next man forward~ "Yes, but there's some the other way now. They're • He was forced to cramp his oars and there was instant on both sides of us." I confusion. "Then we'd better cross the river . " Then another boat, containing four boys in Continental "By Jinks! there's a boatload of tl1em, ready to cut us uniform, appeared, coming down the river. off!" I Two of the boys in it opened fire upon the redcoats There were six boys in a stout, :flat-bottomed boat out I with muskets and pistols. on the river. . There was a great r attling . and c rackin g, two of theThey wore the Continental uniform and were a very enemy were disabled and the others quickly pulled for good lot of boys all around. I shore. They had suddenly discovered a party of British on a 'l'he redcoats on land began firing, but the Liberty Boys . point of land downstream. 1 were too far out to make the shots effective . Then they saw another party upstream, and when they Then, too, they were afraid of hitting their friends,. sought to cross the river, saw a party of the enemy in a and the firing shortly ceased. boat ready 'to cut off their retreat. 'l'he boat with the six boys now went upstream and The river was the James, in Virginia, and the region, met the other. below Richmond, had of late been the scene of many a "Thank you, captain," said Jack Warren to a handsomemaraud on the part of the British. boy older than himself, who wore a captain's uniform. Benedict Arnold, a traitor to the fause and to his coun'rhis was Dick Slater, the captain of the Liberty Boys. try, was at the head of an expedition sent against Virginia With him were Bob Estabrook, the first lieutenant, and and seemed to be trying to do all the mischief he could. two of the boys, Sam Sanderson and Harry Judson, ~ho He had entered Richmond in January, but had re-was a great chum of the other Harry. mained there only a short time, when, alarmed by the "All right, Jack," said Dick. "Is this the first you attempts to capture him, he had retreated to Portsmouth have seen of the redcoats?" on the Elizabeth River. "Yes, and we saw them all at once." It was now the latter part of April and he was oper-"Then Arnold must be coming , up the river or across. ating along the James, Appomattox and others rivers, decountry, to commit more depredations." troyingeverything he could lay hands on and causing "If we could catch the traitor, there would be an end great alarm . to them," sputtered Bob. To return to the six patriot boys in the boat. "Yes, but he is wily and it would be a difficult matter They were at a poi'nt on the James below Richmond, to do that." and had been out on a scoutingtrip. "He knows that he would be hanged," declared Ben, They were some of the Liberty Boys, a band of one "and he will take precious good care of himself." hundred young patriots fighting for im1cpendence. The Liberty Boys had fought under General Arnold 'l'he1r camp was a mile or so further up the river and at Saratoga and elsewhere and had admired his bravery, they had not expected to come upon the enemy so soon. but they now despised him as a traitor and an ingrate. "~fake a dash, boys," l'aid one. "You and Sid row; "Did you see more than these in the boats and on Rob, and the rest will use our muskets." shore, Jack?" asked Dick, as the boats rowed slowly upSid Carhart and Rob Haviland caught up two oars Rtream. apiece and began to row lustily. "No, captain, and they appeared all of a sudden and Jack Warren was steering, but had a musket across his quite surprised us . Sidney Carhart saw them first." knees, ready to catch up at a moment's notice. The Southern boy was whistling as he rowed and he Paul Howes, Harry Thurber and Ben Spurlock had new looked up and said, dryly: their muskets ready, bnt did not use them yet. "Well, I reckon there isn't much credit in that. I hapThe redcoats in the boat, which was a ship's long boat, pened to be looking the right way."


2 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND CRAZY JANE. "As you usually are," chuckled Jack. "I heard distant shots a while ago," said a handsome "How many do you think there w_ere, Jack," asked boy, a little younger than Dick. "Did you have any Dick, smiling. , trouble?" "A couple of dozen, I guess." The boy was Mark nforrison, second lieutenant of the Jack came from Jersey and had been with the Liberty Liberty Boys, universally liked and thoroughly trusted. Boys for about three years. "A little," answered Dick. "'l'here are redcoats in the Ben and Sam had been with the troop longer than neighborhood." that, while Rob, Sid and Paul had been a much shorter "Some of the traitor, Arnold's, command?" asked time with them. Mark. "There should be more of them, unless this is an ad-"Most likely, although I do not know for certain." vance party , " observed Dick. "Then we shall have to keep a watch upon them." "Very likely, although this is all we saw." "Yes, and it was just as well that we were patrolling "We mu s t keep a watch on the river and along shore the river at the time." and warn the people," continued Dick. "I am afraid "Patsy, Carl, Lishe, Jim and some others are out in a that the presence of the enemy here means more trouble." boat, getting supplies. Did you meet them?" "So it does,~' answered Bob, "but we can make trouble "No. Did they go on down?" as well as the redcoats, and we will." "I don't know. I did not see them after they left the . They were rowing along leisurely, having s een no more c!eek." redcoats, wh e n a young woman of twenty years came "They are just the sort of fellows to get into trouble," suddenly out from among some tre e s on the bank, where said Bob, with a laugh. there was a little bluff, and beckoned to them. "Yes, but they generally get out of it," observed Dick, Dick s teered his boat in toward the bluff and the girl smiling, "and can be trusted." said: The boats had been hauled on shore and the boys went "Be careful, there are redcoat s around the point." this way and that, Dick going to his tent, followed by Bob 1 Then she suctclenly shot away and disappeared among ancl Mark. the trees: "Tell us about it, Jack," said Will Freeman. one of the "Who is she?" asked Bob. boys. "I don't know, but we wi11 take her advice," said Dick. "Yes, clo, Jack," added George Brewster, who was a Both boats went well out before rounding the point. Jersey boy, like Jack. Then, true enough, they saw a num~er of redc?ats, in J ''Well, we were going downstream, and Sicl Carhart boats and on shore, just where the girl had said they was whistling--" were. "He generally docs," chuckled Horace Walton, another "Well, s1ie told the truth," s aid Bob, "but who is she?" Southern boy. "They call her Crazy Jane," answered Paul Howes, "Even when he is asleep " laughed Gerald Fleming. the Virginia boy. . "Wben we saw redcoats all around us," continued J ~ck, "Is she really crazy, Paul?" asked Dick. "we expected to have t lot of trouble, and did have some, "I don't know, captain," the boy answered, "but that and then Dick came a!ong and we got away." is what they call her." • "You had things lively, eh?" "Well, crazy or not, she is on our side," observ e d Bob. "Yes, and we would have had it lively again , only for "Yes, and her warning was well timed," added Dick. Crazy Jane." "In a few minutes we would have run right into the red"Crazy Jane?" echoed a dozen of the boys. "Who is coats." she, ,Tack?" "And there were none there when we came down the "I don't know. Ask Paul Howes." river," said Bob. "They seem to spring up like mushThere were two Pauls in the troop, and :::o each was rooms." usually given his full name. "Tl1en = e 'll ha~e to 1oot tl1em out," replied Dick. " ' "Who is she, Paul?" asked one of the bop. CHAPTER II. A VISITOR TO TlIE CA111P. "I don't know. All I do know is that she is a wild sort of creature, who comes and goes at 0clcl times, liYe" no one knows where, ancl is called Crazy Jane." "Is she really crazy, Paul?" "That I don't know. I have not seen enough of her to judge, but everybody calls her Crazy Jane, and so I took it for granted that she was." The redcoats did not attempt to pursue latter being _too far out. It was well along in the artei:noon b)' this time and, the boys, the shortly afterward, another boat came up the creek and landed. T-he boats kept on up the river and at length, when out of sight of the redcoats, turned into a little creek running into the James, and proceeded about an eighth of a mile. Here was the camp of the Liberty Boys, a number of whom came forward as the boats grounded. In it were a comical-lookingIri,;h boy, a fat German, and three or four rough, bl1t honest-looking fellows. "Well, did you boys get into any trouble with tlie red coats?" asked Jack. "Sure we did not. }fa:::ther Jack," replied the Irish boy,. I I '


'rHE LIBERTY BOYS AND CRAZY JANE. 3 whose name was Patsy Brannigan, "but help us out with the things an' Oi'll tell yez all about it." There were bacon, bags of meal, potatoes, onions, and other supplies in the boat. Patsy was the company cook and bad been out with his assistants, getting things for the boys to eat. "Dere was a young womans what toldt us to keeped out off der way off dose redgoats," said the fat German. "Sure, ye're shpoilin' the shtory entirely, Cookyspillcr," Patsy said, " an' now ye'll have to tell it yerself." The German boy's name was Carl Gookenspieler, but Patsy could never get it straight. "Oh, we know," said Jack. "You were warned by Crazy Jane to keep out of the way of the redcoats." "Sure an' ye weren't there, so how do you know, }Iasther Jack?" asked Patsy. "She was a young woman ancl her hair was all mussed up about her head?" "Yis, so it were." "And she told you to be careful, because there were redcoats about?" "Very good. It was quite right to come and tell me at once, Jack." Jack then went back to the rest, and Dick said: "The redcoats are evidently approaching and we must do all we can to check them." "But how does this crazy girl manage to get around so quick?" asked Bob. "She may have a boat or she may ride a horse. The time was not as short as it would seem, either." "No, I suppose not. We took our time after leaving the redcoats." It began to grow dark shortly after this and the fires were lighted, Patsy getting supper. It was cool in the woods after dark and the fires were needed for comfort as well as for cheerfulness. The Liberty Boys _looked after their horses, repaired saddles and harm,ss, cleaned muskets and pistols, mended rlothes and performed other necessary tasks, the scene in the camp being a busy one . The boys were never idle and one could visit the camp at any time and find it neat and orderly. "Sure, she did, but are ye a fortune teller, Masther Presently Carl blew the bugle to call the boys to sup per, and before long they were all enjoying their evening all dot," meal, chattering like magpies. Jack, to know all about it?" "I bet me dot Shack was looking und saw said Carl. "The girl warned us, just the same, when down the river," answered Jack. Later the pickets were placed, for the boys always kept we were strict watch upon their camp, while those not on duty "But we were up the river, and not down at all." '' Above the creek?" -"Yes," said Lishe Green. "Toward Richmond?" "That's right," answered Jim Bennett. "Didn't you go below here at all, Patsy?" "Sure we didn't, we wint up the river, so we would have it aisier comin' back, with a full boat an' the sthrame in our favor, begorry." "H'm!" muttered Jack. "Did you see the redcoats?" "Sure we did." "Many of them?" "There were more nor there was av us, an' we kep' out av their way. as the girn1l towld us, do ye mind." "Were they in boats?" "They were not; they were on fut, barrin' thim that were on horseback." "H'm!" muttered Jack, and then he ran off to Dick's tent. He found Dick, Bob and Mark sitting in front of it, chatting pleasantly. He saluted hastily and said: "Captain, Patsy and his party have just come in and suy that they saw redcoats upstream, abo"'e here, and were warned by the same strange girl who warned us." "Above here, you say, Jack?" "Yes, captain, I was particular to ask him that. T"hey were mounted and on foot , not in boats." "Jove!" cried Bob. "They seem to be all around us." "Were there many, Jack?" Dick asked. "There were more than Patsy's party, about a dozen, I should say, enough to make trouble at any rate." "It was just now that they saw them?" "Yes, just before they came in." gathered about the fires, occupying themselves in vai-i.ous ways. Ben Spurlock was on guard just outside the camp. He suddenly heard someone coming and threw his musket into position. Then a girl came hurriedly into the circle of light cast by the fire. She was coarsely dressed and her hair hung loosely about her head and shoulders. "Beware of the redcoats!" she cried. "Wait a moment," said Ben, rushing toward her as she turned to depart. CHAPTER III. THE ATTACK. "Hello, Harry, Jack!" called Ben. The boys were nearby and they came running up, with Sid, Rob and Paul. ''What is it?" asked Jack. "The girl says for us to look out for the redcoats. Go and tell the captain." Jack and Harry Thurber ran off to Dick's tent, the others remaining. <, Are the redcoats coining?" asked Ben, looking at the girl. "Yes, this way, many of thelD," and the girl waved her arms wildly. "As many as are the Liberty Boys?" Ben asked, the others regarding the girl closely. She was rather pretty, well formed, lithe and active and very graceful.


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND CRAZY .JANE. Her eyes glanced furtively about and there was an expowdered, rode forward a little and shot1ted in a strident pression in them which evinced ear rather than a lack 0 voice: intelligence. "Surrender, you saucy young rebels, and no harm will "No, come quick, want to surprise boys," she said, come to you! Refuse, and you will be cut to pieces!" speaking in a quick, disjointed fashion, and glancing "Whose commands are these?" asked Mark, riding forabout her in a nervous manner, as if looking for an enemy. ward on a big gray. "Have they horses?" asked Ben. "His Majesty's," replied the sergeant, pompously. "Yes, some horses, some not, come quick, make little "Is the gentleman here in person?" asked Mark, with :noise, come like wind, :fire, right this way." a trace 0 satire in his tone. Dick now came up and asked: "His representatives are, and that is sufficient for "Are the enemy coming this way?" rebels," haughtily. "Yes, Jane see them, come to tell patriot boy." "Is the black traitor, Benedict Arnold, one 0 your "Who leads them?" august company? I so, it will give us great _rieasure to "Captain, sword, pistol, black horse, red coat, fierce, meet him and give him his just deserts." bad." "We are not here to parley, but to dictate," loftily. "Not General Arnold?" "We?" laughed Mark. "How long is it since you be-"No, captain, some with horses, some walk, come came more than one, and a very small one at that?" ,quick." • "I have delivered the commander's message," angrily. "How far away do you think they are now, Jane?" "I you resist, you will be cut to pieces. What is your Dick asked, listening. answer?" The girl put her hand to her ear and bent her head "Captain Slater's answer is that if you advance another to listen. ten yards, with hostile intent, you will be fired upon, so "Come now," slrn answered. "Jane hears them. Boy, take warning." get ready, quick.'-' ' Mark then rode quickly back and took his place among Dick could as yet hear nothing, although he had a very the Liberty Boys. keen sense 0 hearing. He had delayed the conference purposely, so as to give It might be that the girl's hearing was quicker than Dick an opportunity to get an idea 0 the enemy's his, or she might simply imagine that she heard them, strength and posilion. k nowing that they were coming. Not all 0 the Liberty Boys could be seen by the ''.Jane hear, captain say he attack boy's camp, take enemy. Slater, hang, burn camp, take horse," the girl added. A score or more 0 them, all expert shots, were conDick listened again and now he heard distinctly the ceale . d among the trees at one side, ready to pick off the tramp of men and the clatter 0 hoofs. enemy as they advanced. "Do you hear anything, boys?" he asked. Two-score more were dismounted and hidden in the "No, captain," answ,ired Ben. bushes near the creek, ready to Il_lake a sudden flanking "I think so," said .Jack in a moment. "Yes, I bear movement at an opportune moment. f.crses, and a bugle." The enemy, thinking themselves superior to the Lib-"Yes, that is right, Jack. Now the bugle has ceased." erty Boys, made a sudden dash. "No, I don't hear it now, but I do hear horses." They were more in number than the boys, but were "Sound the call to arms," said Dick. "We must show over-confident and not accustomed to :fighting in the these fellows that we are ready or them." woods, as were their hardy young foes. Patsy beat the drum, Carl blew the bugle and soon the .As they came on, the s11arpshooters suddenly opened boys were all ready, mounted on their horses, eager to fire upon them. meet the foe. Then the boys on foot; led by Mark, dashed out upon "Kill redcoat, drive away," said Jane, waving her arms them when least expected. wildly and fl~shing fierce looks from her dark eyes. The center, where Dick was posted, paused in a hot fire Then she suddenly darted away into the woods and disand then suddenly advanced. , appeared. Mark's boys, using the bayonet, rushed in on one side, 'rhe woods were quite open here and horsemen could while Bob, with the rifle corps, dashed up on the other. advance with lit.tle trouble. With many 0 their number disabled and now with the The moon shone brightly overhead, the fires cast a glow danger of being caught in a trap and outflanked staring upon the trees and:-. the white tents of the camp were disthem in the ace, the enemy began to lose their bravado. tinctly seen. . . On pressed the boys, with bullet and steel, and at once The tramp 0 men and of horses was d1stmcfiy heard a panic seized the enemy . . and then the gleam 0 sc~rlet uniforms and 0 polished j Instead of sweeping everything before them, they sudaccouterments could be plamly seen. I denly found themselves fleeing before the gallant lads, The drums rattled an~ the bugles sounded and the scattering in all directions. . enem! must know tlie plucky boys were not to be j Some ell into the creek and had great difficulty in exsurpnsed and were qmte ready or them. ! tricating themselves. On they came, halting when within fifty yards 0 the Others got into the _thicket and had equal trouble in , camp. getting out. Then a sergeant, gay in scarlet and gold, bewigged and .All was confusion and panic in their ranks ancl soon i


THE Ll'BERTY BOYS AND CRAZY JANE. 5 they were hurrying to get away, each for himself and '\\ith all order and discipline thrown to the winds. Three or four of the boys caught the pompous sergeant who had delivered the message of his captain, and took him to Dick. He was greatly crestfallen and trembled like a leaf. "Is this a part of Arnold's force?" Dick asked. "Yes." "What other troops has he?" "Colonel Simcoe's Queen's Rangers and some Yagers.'' "Where is Arnold himself?" "Below Petersburg." "He heads this shameless expedition, then?" "Yes, he is in command." "We do not take prisoners and we have little use for you," said Dick, "but I wi h you to take a message to General Arnold." The prisoner looked greatly astonished, but made no reply. "Tell the traitor," Dick continued, "that if he has for gotten the Liberty Boys, they have not forgotten him, and will do their utmost to capture him and deliver him to the justice he so ricl1ly deserves." The sergeant made no answer, but seemed relieved to find that he was not to be killed, as he had expected. "That is all," added Dick. "Now take yourself off, for if you are caught again , you will not escape so easily." 'rhe sergeant was then led out of the camp and lost no time in putting it as far behind him as possible. CHAPTER IV. ON THE RIVER. A strict watch was kept about the camp, but nothing was heard of the enemy, and it was not likely that they would return that night. "Do you think we had better stay here, Dick?" asked Bob, when all was quiet again and the boys had settled down to their accustomed occupations. "I see no reason to move our quarters for the present, Bob," Dick replied. "The enemy may come 'in greater numbers than be fore, Dick." "We must keep a lookout for them and, if we see them coming too strong, move away." "The girl's warning "\las well timed." "Yes, it was, and gave us an advantage which we other wise could not have gained." "The red c oats expected to make a clean sweep of every thing, apparently." "One great trouble with them is that they are over c0nfident and underestimate the strength of their ene mies." "But, Dick, we come of British stock, so why don't we do the same?" "Because we have the benefit of generations of school ing, of hard experience with a better climate and struggles with wild enemies, human and beast, and all this has taught us to be self-reliant, cautious, aJJ..d to expect the worst and to be prepared for it." "Yes, there is much in that, Dick," said Bob. "There is everything in it, Bob, and the British have yet to learn what we know." "Will they ever l e arn it?" smiling. "I don't know. Perhaps not. At any rate, they have learned in these years of the war that we are not to be put down without a vast expenditure of money and life, and they will some day realize that the cost is too great and give up the task." ''I believe they will , " earne s tly, "and the sooner the better." While Dick and Bob were conversin g in front of the farmer's tent, Mark sat before his with Jack Warren, who was his particular chum; Bs:n, Sam, the two Harrys and some others. ~ Patsy and Carl sat close togeth e r on a log in front of the fire, as they often did of an e vening, part of the time saying nothing. "Oi've been thinkin', Cookys piller," said Patsy at length, "that it would--" "Did it hurted you, Bats y ?" Carl interrupted, soberly. "Did what hurt me? What are ye talkin' about, sure?" "Aboud dot thinking. You don'd was u sed to dotJ ain't it? For why you doed dot?" "Go'n with ye, sure it don't hurt me to think half as much as it would yerself." "I was t'ought mitout some droubles already. You knowed what I was t'ought now?" "Sure Oi don't. Do ye think Oi'm a fortune teller?" "Well, I was t'ought dot I was w ent to sleep." "Hoo!" said an owl, overhead. "Meinselluf, off course. Who you subbose dot was?" "Sure Oi didn't say a worrud," answer e d Patsy. "Hoo!'' said the owl. "Me, Oi towl ye. Off you say that again, Oi'll give ye a crack on the head." "Hoo!" "X ou !" But Carl, anticip a tin g troubl e . and guessing who the questioner was, suddenly shifted l1is position. The result was that Patsy rolle c l off of the log _ , while Carl got up and went to his tent. There was no sign of the enemy that night, but in the early morning Crazy Jane came to the camp. Jack Warren was on :eost when s he ap roached. "Good morning, Jane," the boy said, p asantly. "Does the captain sleep?" the girl asked. "Yes. Have you any news for him?" "I go to redcoat camp in the ni g h t . , "Yes?" one comes with papers for captain." "Well?" "They tell what reacoat must do, the y come from gen eral." "You did not see them?" excitedl y . "No, Jane will get them. They make much hurry in camp, they tell much. Jane mt1. s t get papers. Tell cap tain." Then the girl suddenly darted away.


6 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND CRAZY JANE. I "She's a spy, all right, and a good one," muttered Jack. "Hello, Will ! " "All right," and Will Freeman came forward, having !:>een passing at a little distru:ice. "See if Dick is awake. If he is, tell him that Crazy Jane is going to try to get some dispatches which came to the redcoat camp last night." "Very good, Jack," and Will ran off. Reaching Dick's tent, he found the young captain stir ring within. "Captain," he said, "there is a message for you." "What is it, Will?" Dick asked, putting his head out of his tent. The boy delivered Jack's message. "Dispatches?" repeated Dick. "T1rny are instructions, no doubt . We shall soon know what the enemy are going to do." "That is why the girl wants to get the papers. She must have some intelligence. She can't be as crazy as some people think." "She may be erra.tic at times and then have lucid intervals, when she is as clever as anyone," Dick replied. He was quickly dressed and then found Bob ancl Mark and told them what he had learned. "We 011ght to get these dispatches, or at least learn their contents, Dick," said Bob. "We will, if the girl succeeds in her project," Dick re plied. "I shall go down the river pretty soon and see if I can find her." "Arid the enemy's camp?" "Yes . If I find one, I am sure to find the other." "No doubt." , Shortly after breakfast, Dick set off down the river in a boat. With him were Jack Warren, Sid Carhart and Paul Ilowes. Sid and Paul rowed, Jack steering, as Dick was up in the bow. • , As they rowed on they at length got a glimpse of some tents among the trees. This was near .the bluff on which Crazy Janestood when she had warned the boys. ''There t'hey are," said Jack, "but I don't see any red eoats." They lost sigqt of the tents, presently, the trees and the bluff cutting them off. "We may get a better view of the camp when we round the bluff,'; said i)ick. "Yes, pull ahead easy, boys," said Jack. Dick sat in the bow, looking forward; Jack in the stern; having his eyes on the river and on the . bluff. Paul rowed while Sid laid aside his oars for a time. "There's the girl now!" cried Jack, suddenly. "She is running and has something in her hands." Then they lost sight of I the girl on iiccount of the trees. "Pull ahead, boys," said Dick. As the boat neared the point, Crazy J a11-e suddenly ap peared on the bluff, with the papers 'in_ her hand. She was closely pursued by a party of redcoats. At that moment the girl leaped from the bluff into the r-:ver. Sid quickly raised his musket and fired, taking off the hat of the foremost redcoat. Dick sprang up in the bow, drew a pistol and :fired at another. Then the girl disappeared beneath the water. 'rhe redcoats fell back as the boys opened fire upon them. "Pull ahead easy, boys," said Dick, kneeling in the bow. "Watch my hand, Jack, and steer as I direct." "All right," said Jack. The girl was presently seen rising to the surface just ahead of the boat. Dick signalled to Jack, who sent the boat to one side of the girl. "Hold water, boys," said Dick. Up came the girl right alongside the boat and, as 1the clutched the rail with one hand, she held up the papers in the other. "Good!" said Dick. "I see you have succeeded. , Quick, boys, we must get her in and be away from here at once." CHAPTER V. THE PA.PERS. The boys soon got Crazy Jane into the boat, when she gave the papers to Dick, saying: •"Jane got papers . Read. They tell much. . Jane go on shore, get dry, go home, find out more." "W11ere do you live?" asked Dick. "Over there," answered the girl, making a sweeping gesture, which took in both sides of the river. "Where do you wish to go ashore?" "There," the girl said, pointing to a clump of bushes a little further downstream. The boys roved alongside the low bank where the bushes grew, and the girl quickly leaped out. "Some other time J" ane help Liberty Boys," she said, and then she suddenly darted into the bushes' and disap-peared. •"She won't suffer from having been in the water, will she?" asked J "The river is not cold here," replied Paul, "and the sun is quite warm now . " "She will sustain no injury," said Dick, spreading the wet papers out on the boat seat. "Are they ruined?" asked Jack. "No, although the ink has run somewhat. I think I shall be able to make out something from them." They went down the river slowly, Dick spreading the sheets ' out on the thwart and holding the edges down with his pistols. . The wind and sun began to dry them very quickly and the ink did not :tun any more after Dick had spread them out. The papers were written on one side only and Dick's taEk was easier than if t11ey had been written on both sides.


'l'RE LIBERTY BOYS AN;I) CRAZY JANE. "I Dick pored o-ver them, arranging them in their proper rope tied a.bout it, a little out from shore, tliey had tried order. their luck at fishing. Jack kept his eye on the shorP., and the two boys rowing This was not -very good, and so Patsy said: kept watch also from time to time. "Pull up the river; me boy, and we'll thry another Sid was whistling, a habit of his, when he s-uddenly place. Sure there's no fish here at all." stopped and sa:id: "Pull der rifer oo b, Patsy?" asked Carl. "How you "There are some redcoats, getting out a couple of boats was doed clot? Don't dot rifer was tied down?" hidden under the bank. I reckon they're going to try "Yis, an' sometoimes the tide goes up." and head us off." -"Den it was tied oob, ain't it?" replied Carl, not unJ ack turned and saw the redcoats at work. derstanding. "H'm! they were not there when we passed," he said. "Yis, but take up yer oars an' row to another place." Dick looked up and said: "Why you don\! tolcl me dot first?" with a grunt. "Go upstream, Jack. Pu11 steady, boys, but not too "Sure, Oi did." fast. I don't think they will head us off. The river is "No, sir, you was told me to pull der rifer oob und I wide here." don't could do dot." Jack turned the boat upstream, Sid and Paul rowing a "Row up the river, Cookyspiller, an' don't talk so much. good, steady stroke, which sent them ahead rapidly. Sure ye'll make all the fishes crazy." They paid no attention to the redcoats who had gotten "All righd," and Carl took up the oars and began to their boats out into the stream. row. They were not sailors ana.' were evidently unused to He did not seem to get anywhere, however, although handling boats, for they made very clumsy work of it. he perspired and grunted at a great rate. "They are either intoxicated or know nothing about "Sure ye're not rowin' at all," said Patsy, presently, boats," said Jack. "'l'he farther one does better than looking up. "We're in the same place we were when we the one this side." started." ~'Isn't that near where we landed the girl?" asked Sid, "Ya, dot was so. Maybe dot rifer was runned too fast turning his head. mit me und I don'd could got somewheres, ain't it?" "Yes. , not far from it." "Sure, bui there's the captain and Jack an' the two "The fellows are not drunk," observed Paul. "There other fellys an' they do be comin' on foine entirely." is something the matter with the boats." "Ya, dot was so, I bet me, but dey was got two vellers "Jove! I'-ve got it!" cried Jack. "The girl must have mit dose rowers.'1 seen them approach and pulled out the plugs or staved in "Yis, an' theTe's two not rowin' . ~' ye're not aven e . plank." gain' half as fast. Ye're not goiu' at all." "They are trying to get to shore now," observed Dick, Oa:rl then tried again, and with renewed effort, but with looking up. "The boats are leaking badly and they have no more success than before. just discovered the fact." The other boat now came along, and Jack said: The boys passed the boats, which were now making for "What are you two funny fellows doin~ out here?'1 the bank as fast as they could go. "Sure we're tryin' to row up the river, but Cookyspiller One filled and l'ank when three or four lengths from do aither have no strength at all, or else he's lazy an' shore and the men were obliged to swim. won't worruk." , The other fared better, hut sank as the men were in Jack looked at the boat and then began to laugh. shallow wa.ter. "Au' what are ye laughin' at, at all?" asked Patsy. "That's a clever girl," said J ac1d, with a laugh "I "Why don't you pull up your anchor before you try to don't believe she is so crazy ~fter all." row?" Jack asked. "You're fast on the bottom to a big "She saw the boats," said Paul, "knew that the redstone." coats would use them against us and disabled them." "Well, now, would ye look at that?" laughed Patsy. "That doesn't look like a crazy girl's doings, I reckon," "Pull up the shtone, ye clumsy felly, or ye'll niver git added Sid, who had been whistling, as usual. aunywhere at all." ''Cunning some times passes for intelligence," replied They drew it up between them and then had no trouble Dick. '.'The giTl has shown more cleverness ' than in dis-in rowing upstream. abling the boats." Here they succeeded in getting a fine mess of fish, but The boat passed the bluff and went on around a bend in the story of the anchor had gotten about and the boys all the river and the boys saw no more of the redcoats. chaffed them about it on their return. Coming in sight of the creek, Jack saw Patsy and Carl The papers which Crazy J aue bad taken from the redout in a boat not far from shore, :fishing. coats were dry when Dick went ashore. "We are going to ha-ve fish for dinner, I guess," he They were " not in very good condition, however, and said, with a laugh. some of the writing could not be deciphered. "Pull slo,dy, boys," said Dick, "so as not to disturb Dick took them to his tent and spread them out, send-tbem." ing for Bob and Mark. The two comical Liberty Boys had set out, with Bob's "As far as I can make out," said Dick, "these dispermission, to catch some fresh fish for dinner. patches speak of an expedition against Petersburg on the Anchoring their boat with a good-sized stone with a I Appomattox River." • '


8 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND CRAZY JANE. "There are troops there to prevent the advance of the enemy," observed Bob. "Very true, but not a large force, and Steuben will need help." The boys pored over the papers, and at last Bob said : "The date of the expedition and other matters are obliterated." "Yes, I have tried to decipher that part but could not. All we know is that Petersburg 1s threatened and we must go thither at once." CHAPTER VI. .A. HOT SKIRMISH. Preparations were at once made to meet them. • 'rhe Liberty Boys had not arrived much too soon. Shortly before noon Simcoe and Phillips appeared and began reconnoitering. The British force was a considerable one, but Steuben determined to dispute the ground with them. The arrival of the Liberty Boys was timely, but even with their aid Steuben had a much smaller force than the enemy. The British, perceiving that Steuben had only a small force, resolved to attack him without delay. "They are coming, boys," said Dick. "Now do your best and punish these Yagers and Tories all you can." The Liberty Boys were posted a little to one side of Steuben's troops and were ready to act as a reserve or as a flanking party, as they were needed. The ground was quite broken in the neighborhood, there being gullies and orchards, and here and there a bit of rising ground. It was some little distance from the James River to Dick did not wait for the enemy to come on, but had Petersburg, and the boys did not delay long in starting. scouts out in front to keep a watch upon them. 'l'here had not many boats come up the river as yet, Simcoe was advancing, but flank moves might be atnor had any considerable body of troops appeared . tempted, and the scouts were on the watch for them. The expedition against Petersburg was not yet ready, . Mark, with Jack, Ben and half a dozen more brave no 'doubt. j boys, were posted near an orch'ard, near which there was Dick determined to lose no time, however, but to go I a gully. ahead and warn the people of the place that it was threat"Go down by the gully, Jack," said Mark, "and take a ened. look at the place.'' It was reported that there were stores there, consisting Firing was already going on and under cover of the mostly of tobacco. noise and smoke an enemy might advance without being Baron Steuben was there with a small force and Dick discovered. knew that he would need help. Jack rode a speedy bay mare, second onl y to Dick Other places were threatened, but Petersburg was the Slater's black Major, and he was off like a shot. first to be attacked. He was none too soon. Simcoe 's Rang ers and the Yagers were generally emComing out of the gully and along the rear of the ployed when there was any marauding expedition on foot, orchards, was a strong detac'hment of Yagers. and the Liberty Boys had met them more than once. "Ha-ha, my fine fellows, I have caught you, have I?" The Queen's Rangers were American Loyalists, under laughed Jack. "I wa:s in good time." the command of Lieutenant-Colonel Simcoe, of the Brit-The Yagers saw Jack and some of them gave chase . • ish regulars. • Jack discharged the pistols in his holsters as the enemy They were cordially hated by all good patriots, being opened fire on him and brought down one of the Y agers. Tories, and the Liberty Boys shared this feeling, losing Then he sped away and there was not one of the enemy no opportunity of punishing them as severely as possible. who could catch him. 'rhe Yagers were the worst of all the foreign hirelings, "Fire away, my boys," laughed Jack, "and come on as and the boys despised them heartily. • fast as you like, but you'll never catch me." Such a forc e, therefore, commanded by a traitor to the 'rhen he turned in his saddle and discharged his musket cause of :freedom, could arouse nothing but the bitterest as he rode. feelings. , A Yager fell out of the saddle and Jack dashed on, It was no wonder that the Liberty Boys were resolved firing no more shots. to defeat the purpose of the expedition, and to captme Reaching Mark, he said: the traitor if it were possible. "There are a lot of Yagers coming out of a gully behind They were on. the march at length, proceeding in good the orchard . They saw me, but they are coming on just order and at a fair pace. the same." The roads were not as go•od as they might be and the Mark and his little party :fell back to the main body and boys had to g o out of their way at times. waited . "It will be as bad for the enemy as it is for us,'1 said The Yagers came on steadily, pouring in a fire upon ])ick, "so there is no real reason to complain." the patrol and driving them back. The boys went as rapidly as possible across the country Dick now quickly posted his gallant boys on an emilying between the J arnes and the Appomattox and nence and prepared to oppose the advance of the Yagers . reached Petersburg before noon. . "Don't let them have the hills, boys," said Di ck. "Hold Dick at once communicated with Steuben and told him your ground and show the;m that we can fight like men, that Arnold and Simcoe "\>ere expected . if we are only boys."


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND CRAZY JANE. 9 The brave fellows cheered and prepared to meet the Yagers resolutely . Muskets rattled and pistols cracked, the air was filled with smoke and there was a terrific din. The fierce Y agers came rushing on, trying to force back the Liberty Boys. The brave fellows were determined not to yield, and they did not, standing 'their ground manfully and bringing down many of the enemy. Every now and then their battle-cry rang out shrilly and they would pour in a volley that fairly shook the solid ranks of the Y agers. All along the. line the fight went on stubbornly, the brave Virginians being thoroughly determined. Their homes, as well as their lives, were at stake, and they were not easily to be driven out. At last, seeing that something decisive must be done, , Phillips brought up his artillery secretly. When it opened upon the Virginians, Abercrombie ad vanced in front, while Simcoe and his Rangers and Boyd's light infantry passed through the wood in order to turn the left flank. All of a sudden, while the Liberty Boys were fighting bravely, opposing the center with Steuben, a strange figme dashed up. It was Crazy Jane, riding a stocky r little Virginia pony bareback. "There's that plucky girl again," said Bob. No one had expected to see Jane, supposing her to be on the James River . She rode up to Dick and said: "Enemy going tbrbugh wood, want to get behind pa tridts, get around them . " Dick immediately dispatched Jack to Steuben to tell him of the enemy's move . The girl spy rode away when Jack set out and was quickly out of sight. The enemy's move was speedily dis~overed and Steuben ordered his troops tp fall back. It was an orderly retreat and not a rout, for the Vir ginians and their brave young allies, the Liberty Boys, were determined not to give up an inch of ground until they were forced to do so. "Do your best, boys," said Dick, when the order to fall back was received," and make these Tories and foreigners feel that American boys can fight.'' . A cheer answered him and the boys fell back, delivering a telling volley. The British ancl Yagers and Tories saw that the fight was not to be won without an effort. They pressed forward, but it was only inch by . inch that they gained ground, the patriots disputing it man_fully. CHAPTER VII. AFTER THE FIGHT. Steuben fell back toward Blandford Church, disputing rus way with the greatest obstinacy. The enemy were two hours advancing one mile,' so stub bornly was the road contested . When the British reached the heights near Blandford Church, the Amer,icans opened fire upon them with their cannon on Archer'[, Hill on the north side of the Ap pomattox. Steuben now retreated across the bridge, finding him self outmatched, botli by numbers and skill. When across the bridge, Dick went to him and said: "Baron, the enemy must not cross. With your pennis sion, my Liberty Boys wjll destroy . the bridge to prevent their getting over." "Do so, by all means, captain," replied Steuben. Dick at once called for a dozen boys with axes and as many with poles and levers to help destroy the . bridge . Then he posted his sharpshooters at the bridge to dispute its passage with the enemy. Along shore; up and down stream, he posted more boys to open fire upon the enemy. Meanwhile, Steuben was proceeding toward Baker's Hill, with his arms, baggage and stores. The boys plied their axes vigorously, while others pried up planks and loosened supports with crowbars and poles. . Before long the cry was rais~d that the enemy was com ing on at good speed. 'rhe boys worked on at a lively-rate, keeping their heads, although they could hear the tramp of the advancing red coats, 'l'ories and Y agers. 'I'hey were accustomed to working under fire and they remained cool, although bullets soon began to whistle around them. The deadshots of the troop now opened fire upon the enemy with telling effect. . The boys posted along the bank also sent in many an effective shot, and the enemy advanced with greater cau tion. The 1foys had been at work on both sides until the enemy were sighted. Then those on the south side crossed over and all worked together industriously. The bridge was weakened on both sides, and now while the boys at the bridge and along shore kept the enemy at bay, those with axes and lever s worked on in lively fash ion. It was but courting death to face the :fierce fire of the sharpshooters, and the enemy opened fire upon them from a safe distance . No one attempted to cross the bridge now and it soon fell with a great crash, sending the spray dashing high in the air. The Liberty Boys raised a hearty cheer and then drew back, knowing that they were safe for some time. "Well done, boys," said Dick to the brave young bridge cutters . "That was good work, and even if the enemy put up a new bridge they can't do it at once.'' It was now getting on toward evening and the boys re tired some little distance to a secure place among the hills, where they formed a camp and would rest for the night. Fires were built . Patsy and his helpers got supper and the rest busied themselves in many ways. Harness had to be repaired, muskets and pistols cleaned and oiled and uniforms to be repaired, while some of the


10 'l'HE LIBER'rY BOYS AND CRAZY JANE. boys had received slight wounds which demanded atten-1 known as Bollingbrook, in the south part of the town, tion. • • the owner being allowed only one rear room. They were all busy, therefore, and the camp was all The traitor now prepared for offensive operations in bustle and activity. the vicinity, which Dick feared he would do, once ' having "They routed us," said Bob to Dick, "but not without been successful. a hard fight." Dick mounted Major and set off during the early fore-"Yes , and a well-contested one," an s wered Dick. "The noon , to reconnoiter. Liberty Boys fought well, and so did everybody." He soon learned that the bridge had been repaired "And now I suppose these marauders will destroy and that the enemy had crossed the river. everything in sight," Bob sputtered, "and then go on and He could see them on Baker's Hill, in fact, and knew look for something else." that'he must be cautious. "No doubt, but we must keep a watch npon them and Dismounting at a house by the roadside and leaving offer them all the opposition we can." Major at the gate, he went forward. "Sure it's a pity we didn't bate thim worser nor we A young girl came out to meet him and said: did," said Patsy, at the same timl:l to Carl, as they were "I fear that you are .in danger here, but you are very getting supper. welcome." ''Ya, dot was more bedder off we did, but maybe we was "The enemy have not yet approached your house?" doed dot some oder dime yet already," replied Carl. Dick asked. "Yi , but whisper, Cookyspiller, will ye hand me a big "No, but I hear that they are scattering over the neighspoon till Oi taste the soup, and sure thin ye blow the borhood, destroying and stealing, and I do not know at bugle to call the boys to supper." what moment they may come here." "Ya, I was had it righd here where I was got hold "I wish we could protect you, miss," said Dick, "but off it when I was wanted it." there are only one hundred of the Liberty B9ys and there "Yis, but where is the spoon? Niver moind, Oi have are many more of the enemy almost within call." wan . " "They may not trouble us, as we are a little out of It was not a spoon, however, which Patsy quickly disthe way," the girl answered. covered. "I trust that they may not, and we will do what we It was Carl's bugle which he had picked up. can." • He dipped the horn end in the pot. "Won't you come in?" the girl asked, pleasantly. 'rhen he shook it, laid it down with a chuckle and got "Mother will be glad to see you." a big iron spoon. "Thank you," said Dick. "I hear ' nothing of the "All roight, Cookyspiller, blow yer horn," he said, in a enemy and I !hink it will be saie." few moments. He then entered the house, whoce he was welcomed by Carl took up the bugle, put it to his lips and started a pleasant-faced lady of middle age and by a girl younger to blow. than the ope he had met. "Ach, mein chiminies, what dot was?,-, he cried. "Dot They had been conversing agreeably for a few minutes pugle don'd was blowed und it .was hot already." when Dick suddenly heard suspicious sounds. "Dhraw in on it an' thin blow an ' see how it worruks." He arose and was going to the door when Crazy Jane d came suddenly running up and said : Carl did and got a mouthful of soup, which Patsy ha "Make 1rnste, captain, the redcoats!" , shaken in, instead of. out of the horn. "Ach ! What you doed ?" he cried. "You was putted mein pugle full off soup." "Niver moind, me boy, it will give a more appetoizin' flavor to the notes that ye do be playin' on it intirely," laughed Patsy. "Humbug!" sputtered Carl, giving the horn a shake. Then be blew a tremendous blast, which cleared the horn and quite startled the boys. CHAPTER. VIII. TWO SURPRISES. A.Her dark the pickets were posted, but there was no The girl's warning • came too late. sign of the enemy and it was not likely that they had In another moment a party of redcoats came in sight, crossed the river.

THE LIBER"rY , BOYS AND CRAZY JANE. 11 There was ample room within withou,t disturbing the "H'm! He must keep rather irregular hours?" weights or pendulums, and the clock ticked on as before. "He does. Sometimes I do not see him all day.'' The redcoats, twenty of them, at least, halted at the "Is he a rebel?" gate and a number dismounted. "No, we are none of us rebels; we know no rebels in A captain and two lieutenants went forward and enthis house." tered the house. "Quite right, ma'am," said the other. "I should know that black horse outside," said the capThe lady told the truth, but the redcoat had been detain, as he entered. "There is a rebel in the house, ceived, nevertheless. ma'am." She had a son, but he was in the Continental Army, "There are no rebels in the house," said the lady, who and she often did not see him for weeks. did not admit, any more than Dick did, that patriots were "Those are two very pretty girls you have, ma'am. I rebels. am very fond of pretty girls. Come here and let me kiss . "Then he may be in the barn," said the captain. you, my dear," to tl~e eld ' st. "Quick, have the place surrounded!" "Kis sing goes by favor," r e plied the girl , blushing. One of the lieutenants ran out and said: ('Jove! you are as witty as you are pretty!" cried the "Surround the house a:nd search the barn. There is a officer, springing up. "I mu s t have a ki s s for that smart rebel somewhere about the, place." speech." A number of the redcoats made for the rear of the He advanced toward the girl, who retreated to a corner. house in both directions, seven . or eight remaining in He caught her in his arms, but at that moment the door front. of the clock flew open and out sprang Dick. The barn and outbuildings were searched, but no one Seizing the officer b y the s hould e r s , he hurled the man but an old _.negro was found. half across the room. "Where are the rebels, yeu old ebony rascal?" asked The redcoat fell against the table and then s l i d to the one of the enemy. floor in a most ungraceful attitude. "Hain't seen none, sir," said tl1e negro. "I reckon The other two redcoats s udd e nly found themselves this ain't the season for 'em. What do they look like?" loolring into the muzzles of two big pistols. "Why, a rebel is a man, you old fool! Haven't you 'rhe captain arose, turned white and gasped: seen any?" 'Seize the rebel, he i s Slater himself!" "I hain't seen any men, except myself. Was you lookThe two lieutenants were transfi x ed and unable to make in • g for anyone in particulaT ?" a move. , "Who rides that black .horse out at the gate? That's I The captain was about to go to the window to give the Dick Slater's horse, if ever I sa.w him." alarm, when Dick said sternly: "A black horse? Why, yes, that's Master Sam's. I "Sit down 1 If you make a move or sound, there will done hitched him up only a little while ago to go to be a vacancy in your company." town." The captain sat down, glaring savagely at Dick. "Where is he now?" "Young ladies," said the latter, "will you kindly re-"I couldn't tell you, sir. I hain't seen him this mornmove the offensive weapons of these three gentlemen?" ing, but ~ always hitch up the black at just such a time The elder girl laughed and said: and leaves him at the gate." "You take the captain, Dorothy. If he tries to kiss . "H'm! is your master a rebel?" you, box his ears." "No, sir, he goes to the reg'lar church. There's some "I'd like to see him try, Madge," said the other, pertly. Quakers, and there's some Methodists and Baptists." 'rhen she quickly unbuckled the captain's sword and "Is he a soldier, I mean, you old fool?" snapped the pistol belt's and put them c ; m the table. redcoat, angrily. The two lieutenants were quickly served the same way, "I don't guess he ain't, s _ ir. I never saw him doing the girls laughing the while. that. I clo all the tinkering that's done here." "What are you going to do with them, captain?" asked •'Tinkering, you old black idiot? Who said a . word Madge. "There are a lot more of them outside.'' about tinkering?" "It is a puzzle, to say the least," returned Dick. "I • "'l'hat's soldiering, isn't it?" asked the old man, with suppose I might make our captain here order his men an innocent look. back to town, but-" The redcoat went away disgusted and reported that no At that moment Dick cau ght the sound of the rapid trace of any rebel had been seen. tramp of horses. "There's an old fool of a bla . cky around there, who says "Look out of the window," he said. "I must not be he saddled the black for Master Sam, but if that is not , seen." the horse ridden by Dick--" Dorothy quickly ran to the side window and said: ''That will do. You have not seen him?" shortly. "A lot of boys in blue and buff are coming down the "No, captain." road. Are they the 1

12 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND CRAZY JANE. The latter did not wait for orders, but sprang into the j "Then let us see you making preparations," said Dick. saddle and dashed away. This was speedily done, the old servant hitching up an "You can join your troop," said Dick to the three I old family coach in which to take the two girls and their officers. "We have no use for you. Open the door, girls., moth'er. please." "Did Crazy Jane• warn you of my danger, Bob?'~ asked Madge oprned the door as the Liberty Boys halted in Dick. front of the house. "Yes, and I have not seen her since. Have you?" "Do you think I am going out there to be murdered "No, but she may be off getting news of the enemy." by your rebel crew?" growled the captain . "She seems to be very good at that, Dick." "You must have been with Tarleton," said Dick. "Such "Yes, indeed, she is a very clever spy, and has done us are not our methods. Go!" many a good turn." The redcoats left the house and Dick, throwing open When the girls and their mother were ready, the house the window, said: being locked, they got into the coach and the negro drove "Let these fellows take their horses and go, lieutenant. away, the boys riding ahead. Tak e the pistols from the holsters first." Nothing was seen of the redcoats all this time and Dick The boys cheered as they saw Dick, and then three redbegan to think that perhaps the younger girl was right coats, greatly crestfallen, got upon their horses and rode and that they would not return. off like the wind . The coach . did not take the road which the boys took, all the way, but presently turned aside. Dick and Bob saluted, and the boys raised their hats as the coach drove away. The boys watched them out of sight around a bend in CHAPTER IX. the road, and then went on rapidly, and before long took a hidden path to the camp. THE GIRL SPY IN CL'dP. "I wonder how the girl spy found us," said Bob. "She had not been there before, had she?'' The three redcoats were soon out of sight and then "I don't know that she had," Dick replied, "but she Dick turned and said : seems to know a good many things that there is no ac"These fellows may return and wreak their spite upon counting for." you for what we have done. We will wait and see." "She must have known it, for she would not have time "But you will be in danger," said the lady. "They to look for it at such short notice." will bring a larger force." I "She would not, for I was not in the house very long "But we cannot go away and leave you at their mercy, before you came." madam," replied Dick. "I can send for the rest of the "But why didn't they take you away with him, instead Liberty Boys." of waiting even that time?" "We will close the house and go away, captain," said "Oh, I was in the clock!" with a smile. Madge. "We cannot permit you to take so great a risk. "In the clock, Dick?" in a tone of surprise. , 'rhe::;e men may return with a force big enough to cut "Yes," and Dick told what had occurred, much to Bob's you to pieces." amusement. "They won't come back, ' Madge," lau ghed Dorothy. Arrived at the camp, which was not easy to find, hidden "The captain will be as hamed. How would I look as an away as it was, the boys were heartily welcomed by those officer?" who had remained behind. She buckled on the captain's sword and pistols and Then they setijed themselves quietly to waiting for strutted about, tossing her head and imit ating the airs news of the enemy. of the discomfited redcoat to the life. As the redcoats were so comparatively near to them, "By jove, I must kiss you, my dear!" she cried, and Dick decided to disguise himself the next time he went then, catching her sister in her arms, kissed her on both out, as a measure of precaution. cheeks. "I must learn Arnold's intention," he said to Bob, "and "Dorothy Middleton, you mad creature, do sit down!" then thwart them, if possible." cried Madge, laughing. "The captain will think you have "Yes, and I have no doubt that the crazy girl will try lost your wits." to learn something." Bob now ~ame in and was introduced to the family, "I am sure she will, but they may be suspicious of her when Dick said: and not allow her to enter their camp as freely as she "What do you think, Bob, shall we wait or these el-seems to have done." lows to return?" "Very likely not, but I think she will manage it some-"W e can't leave them exposed to the ' malice of these how." redcoats, Dick," Bob answered. "Well, she will work in her own way, of course, and "'rhey won't return," said Dorothy. "They will be we must work in ours." ashamed to. They won't say a word about it." "And let us hope that both of us will be able to thwart "I can't let you run the risk," declared Madge. "We the traitor," said Bob. will close the hoUBe and go to the home of a friend back "Yes, indeed," replied Dick. among the hills." The story of the adventure in the Middleton house had


'rHE LIBERTY BOYS AND CRAZY JANE. gone through tb.e camp, and Patsy, as he was getting dinner, said to Carl: "Sure av it was yerself that wor caught in the house loike that, Cookyspiller, ye'd have to find another' place fOTbye the clock." "For why dot was?" "Because there's no clock in the counthry big enough to hold ye, to be sure." "I was saw some pretty pig glocks already, Batsy." "Yis, in church steeples, an' thim's the only ones what'd hold ye, Oi'm thinkin'." "Well, maybe some off dose redgoats was shased me oop dere und I was got into dot glock, ain't it?" answered Carl, literally. "Oh, sure!" returned Patsy, "annything at all. Be g orry, ye have no more sinse av a joke nor a hin has av heaven." "Humbug!" sputtered Carl. "Off you was make chokes, I was saw dem und laff, but you don'd." / As the boys were at dinner, Crazy Jane rode into camp on her stocky pony. Springing to the gl'ound, she said: "'rhe redcoats have not come back to the house. There are some expeditions. Jane does not know what they are. The redcoats and Rangers and Y agers are doing as they like." "They probably have the greatest license and use it," said Dick. "Very likely there is no restraint put upon them now, and before long they will go beyonq all bounds." '' Arnold won't restrain them," said Bob, angrily. "He seems to wish to do all the evil he can." "We must prevent as much as possible, although it will be dangerous for us to show ourselves very much while there are no other patriots near." "Jane find out what the redcoats do, tell boys," the girl said. "Very good." "Then Liberty Boys come and fight redcoats, drive them away." "Yes, we will do that." Then the girl sprang upon her pony and rode away, as suddenly as she had come in. Some little time after dinner Dick disguised himself in the ordinary garb of the section and took a horse which was not likely to attract attention to himself, as Major would. As he set out from the camp he looked like an ordinary farmer boy. He did not care to pass for anything else just then, as it was safer for him not to be recognized. He passed the house where he had hidden in the clock, no one having disturbed it, and then went on toward the camp of the redcoats and Rangers on the heights. "It is dangerous," he said to himself, "but there is very little accomplished without taking risks, so here goes." CHAPTER X. DICK IN A TIGHT PLACE. Riding on till he was in sight of the enemy's camp, without meeting anyone who suspected him, Dick tied his horse behind a clump of thick bushes and went forward_ There were several men and boys walking about the camp, and Dick entered without question. He starf'd about him with a curious air, as a country boy would, and asked foolish questions of some that he met. Some of the redcoats turned him off sharply, while others gave him ridiculous answers, regarding him as more than half a fool. "I want to know," was Dick's answer, showing no sur prise, but seeming to believe everything that was told him. At length he saw some of the very redcoats he had: met at the Middleton house a few hours before. They did not recognize him, but this was not stran g e, as they had seen very little of him. Presently, however, he came upon one of the lieutenants whdm he had had di s armed by Dorothy. The officer looked at him doubtfully and said: "What are you doing in this camp?" "Oh, just lookin' around ! So you own it?" "You're a rebel, aren't you?" the officer asked sharply,.. thinking to take Dick by surprise. He was suspiciou s , but his suspicions did not amoun t to enough to _ be proof, as yet. "No, not now," simply. "I've been vaccinated an it ain't so ketchin' now." "II'm ! I didn't ask you if you had smallpox." "W aal, I didn't know but it was some other sort o f misery what might be ketchin', that's all." "H'm! I believe you're a fool!" with a snort. "Shouldn't wonder if I was," simply. "Anyhow, folh tell me I am, often enough." Then Dick walked on, making his way gradually toward the edge of the camp. If he were suspected, he must be ready to make a das h and not be too far from shelter. He thought perhaps he might meet Crazy Jane in the camp, but he saw nothing of her. He made an estimate of the number of men there, so many Queen's Rangers, so many Yagers and so many reg ulars. This was not all of Arnold ' s force, he knew, but there were enough to ca1ise apprehension. He was nearly at the edge of the camp when he came upon the captain. The officer recognized him instantly, despite his dis guise. "Why, you impudent young rebel!" he cried, snatching at him. He caught Dick by the collar of bis coat and called for help. Dick slipped out of his coat and one of his pistols fell,. striking the officer on the foot. He snarled, hopped about for a few moments and the n snatched up the pistol. Crack! A bullet carried off Dick's hat, but did him no damage. "Stop the young rebel, stop him!" yelled the captain. "That's Dick Slater, the rebel spy, stop him!" A number of the re~coats raced after Dick, who made a dash for the bushes. (


14 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND CRAZY JANE. After him ran the redcoats and Rangers, :firing several rapid shots. "Catch him or shoot him; it doesn't matter which!" shouted the irate captain. "He's worth just as much dead as alive!" The bullets clipped the leaves and cut the twigs, and some of them passed dangerously near to Dick's head. Then the pursuers, who expected to take the boy in a few moments, heard the clatter of hoofs. In a moment Dick dashed out upon the rough road well below them, on horseback, and shot away. Down the hill he went at break-neck speed, but the redcoats did not have their lior ses at hand and by the time they got them, the boy was out of sight. They could hear him go clattering down the hill, and onc e or twice they caught sight of him. He was out of range now, however, and safe from harm of any sort. "'rhat was a pretty close shave," he said to himself, "but if I don't take any risks, I will never learn any thing." Passing the house again he saw a number of redcoats examining it. "Do rebels live in this house, boy?" one asked. "No, they don't,'' carelessly, "but they think sogers -is villains an' they've got spring guns an' traps an' every thing, to catch 'em." "Why don't you wear a hat and a coat?" "Same reason that the feller didn't eat his supper, 'cause I hain't got none." 'rhe redcoats laughed and went on an:d Dick proceeded on his way. The boys were surprised to see Dick come in without hat or coat and with bullet holes through his shirt sleeves. "Hello, I guess you've been having things lively?" said Mark. "Yes, rather, for a short time," Dick answered, "but they did not catch me, if they did know who I . was." "Then you were in the camp?" "Yes, and met our friend, the captain, who recognized me and gave the alarm." boys wondered if she had gone back to the James River, with which she seemed to be more familiar. Early the next morning, however, she appeared and said: . "General A.mold is going to Osborne's to destroy. Gen eral Phillips goes another way. Jane has heard this." Dick was immediately noti:6.ed and questioned the girl closely. "The enemy were bound on an expedition to Osborne's, on the James River, not' a great distance away and would soon be on the way," she said. "Then we will get there ahead of them," said Dick. "We must go on the march at once." CHAPTER XI. THE FIGHT AT OSBORNE'S. No time was lost in getting un_der way, all the boys be ing anxious to thwart the enemy as much as possible. Osborne's was a small place on the James River, above where the Liberty Boys had had their camp. There was a quantity of tobacco stored there and a number of vessels were anchored in the river to prevent the enemy's ships from going up to Richmond. Dick knew the way from Petersburg and, being on the north side of the river, was in no danger of being seen by the enemy. The boys ate a hurried breakfast and then set off at a quick march, so as to gain all the time they could. It was not likely that the people at Osborne's had any intimation of the coming of Arnold and his marauders, and it was therefore important to give them as early a warning as they could. The boys were all in high spirits at the thought of meeting the enemy again and were ready to do their best. They rode rapidly and at length, in the early forenoon, reached Osborne's. The boys were greatly interested and very glad that Dick had escaped. Their coming was a welcome surprise. The news they brought was not, however. They kept a strict watch on the camp during the afterThis was the :first intimation of approaching danger noon, but no redcoats came near it and they evidently had which thev had. no idea where it was. • The commander was resolved to make a stubborn re After dark, Dick and a few of the boys went out in dissistance, however, and to do all he could to prevent the guise to spy upon the enemy. •rhey learned nothing of importance and returned stores from falling into the hands of the enemy. early. , ,,. There was a detachmen~ of militia on the opposite side of the river and these were at once ordered to make ready There was not as much stir in camp that night as usual, for the invaders. for the boys felt that they were in the enemy's country and must be cautious. The Liberty Boys were prepared to make a vigorous defense and were only waiting for the appearance of the There wa~ no sign of the enemy during the night an9-enemy. in the morning a number of the boys went out t0 see if It was not long before they appeared, by land and by the redcoats were making any new mov~. water. The Middleton house had not been disturbed and the Arnold had two regiments and Simcoe's Ran~ers with redcoats seemed to be generally in another direction. him and made a brilliant showing . . Nothing alarming was heard during the d .ay and at The traitor, immediately upon his arrival, sent a flag night it was quiet in camp as before. with a demand for instant surrender, to the commander Nothing was seen of Crazy Jane all this time and the I of the fleet.


THE LIBERTY BOYS A~D CRAZY JANE. 15 The latter promptly refused the demand, and added: "I am determined and ready to defend the fleet and will sink in the vessels rather than surrender them." The drums then beat, and the Liberty Boys on one side of the river and the militia on the other, drew up in line of battle. "Do your best, boys," said Dick. "The enemy are stronger than we are, but we must not fall back till we are forced to do so by greater numbers." "We'll do our best to hold them back," said Bob. The boys cheered, and Patsy said to Carl : "Sure av we do our ' best, it's all that can be expected av us, me boy." "Yab, dot was righd." Arnold now sent his boats forward and advanced with his artillery. 'l'he Lib~rty Boys would not sta_nd up against the artil lery and fell back to a place of safety, whence they poured in as effective a :fire as they could. 'l'he seamen were speedily driven to their vessels and proceeded to scuttle or burn them, in order to prevent their being captured. Leaving Bob in charge of the Liberty Boys, Dick went on board one of the vessels which had begun to open :fire upon the enemy. Dick was an expert gunner himself and now asked leave to serve one of the guns. Permission was at once given him and he set to work with a will. The gun being loaded, he aimed it and touched it off. Boom! There was a tremendous report and a shot went flying among the advancing boats. Other shots were fired, the enemy's attack being briskly answered. ' Flame and smoke :filled the air, muskets rattled and pistols cracked, cannons roared and brave boys cheered, and the din was terrific. A force was landed from the boats and the militia was dispersed with little trouble. It was not so easy to scatter the Liberty Boys, however. They fought with foe utmost determination and only yielded when forced to do so by sheer force of numbers. At times they could see Dick at his gun, through the smoke, and at every boom they gave a hearty cheer. Now senc1i_ ng a shot among the boats and now at the artillerists, Dick worked manfully and quite encouraged those with him. In his shirt sleeves, grimed with powder and smoke, he would not be recognized, except for the courage he diij-played. , Then one of the guns burst and another was overturned by a shot from the enemy. 'rhe vessel itself was disabled also, and now the enemy came pouring over the side from their boats. The Liberty Boys had fallen back by this tim~ and the militia dispersed. Two ships and ten smaller craft were captured, and four ships, five brigantines and a number of small ves sels were either burned or sunk, the amount of tobacco taken or destroyed amounting to more than two thousand hogsheads. Upon the vessel swarmed the enemy, and Dick sought to escape. A number of redcoats came rushing , up, demanding his surrender. Swinging a sponge staff about his head, he mowed down half a dozen of the redcoats. Other rushed in, however, and he was taken. He was not recognized, being taken for a gunner. Then his coat was found, and one of the redcoats said: "Why, you are not an ordinary gunner?" "No, of course not. I am an extraordinary one," replied Dick, dryly. "H'm! I don't believe you are a gunner at all." "You don't?" "No, you" "Stand at the other end of the vessel then, and let me train my gun on you and you will see whether I am or not." Other redcoats came on board and now Dick saw the captain he had met at the 'Middletons." The officer saw Dick, looked at him sharply and said: "That is no gnnner." "So I said, captain; but he says he is." "H'm! So he is, as far as handling a gun goes, but that is not his rank. That is Dick Slater, the rebel spy and captain of the Liberty Boys." , "I knew he was someone. Take go'Od care of him. His capture is a most important one." Arnold himself came on board to watch the destruction of property. ' He saw Dick, recognized him and frowned. "Why do you not salute me, Captain Slater?" he asked. , "Because I will never salute a traitor," firmly. "I was proud to do, so once, General Arnold, but not now." The traitor changed color and then, and with his • . old haughty manner and an assumed air of carelessness, said: "Ah, tell me, sir, what would the Americans do with me if they caught me?" "Bury the leg wounded at Saratoga," replied Dick, promptly, "and hang the rest of you." "Take him away," Eaid Arnold, "and keep him a close prisoner." CHAPTER XII. THE GIRL SPY TO THE RESCUE. When Dick ' did not return from the vessel, the Liberty Boys were very apprehensive. Mark went with Jack, Ben and a few others and ad vanced as far as they dared. They saw the enemy upon the vessel to which thl'ly knew Dick had gone, and so knew it had been captured. "If Dick has been training and firing a gun for any time, he will be begrimed with smoke and no one will recognize him," declared Mark. "Very true, but he ought to have escaped by this time,'' answered Jack.


.. _ 16 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND CRAZY JANE. "They may keep him for a while," said Ben, "espeHis heart at once gave a bound, as he recognized the cially if they discover that he was acting as a gunner." person in the boat as Crazy Jane. The boys presently discovered a boat going out to the He at once put out his arm and waved his hand. ,captured vessel. Then he saw the boat coming toward him. "Jove! Do you know who that is?" exclaimed Mark, There was still a good deal of smoke on the river and i n great excitement. at some points the bank could not be seen. ''Yes, it is General Arnold himself," answerecl Ben. The smoke was rising slowly, and so Dick could see the "If he sees Dick , he will know him in a minute." boat and the river very distinctly. "Yes, and do ever y thing to prevent his escape." In a few moments he saw it gliding toward him. "We can ' t do an y thing here," said Mark. "We will be The girl was standing up and sculling with one oar s een and recognized." very dexterously. "If we can get a boat and di s guise, we may be Dick now drew himself up and began to get through , d o something," replied Ben. the port. " W e mu s t. So come on and see what can be done." On deck there ~as no suspicion that he was making his T he n they hurried back to tell Bob what they had seen escape and he could now and then hear a heavy tramp a n d what they feared. overhead. In the meantime Dick was put in the brig, or ship's There was no more than room for him to get through p ri s on , a small space under the aiter cabin. the port and as Crazy Jane came up, he said: This was like a cell, with a grated door and two ports "I shall have to drop into the water. I might upset the i n the after bulkhead, b oth g rated. boat otherwise." "There seems to be little hope of getting out of this "I can help vou" she said comincr ricrht alono-side and J ' ' b o 0 plac e," he muttered, when left to himself. I holding on to the rudder chains. To b e gin with, there was no guard outside the brig. Dick let himself out and the girl spy did help him, as P r obably the redcoats thou ght there was no chance of she said she would. , t he boy escaping. ' I She drew him into the boat, in fact, pulling him out Di c k tried the door, but found that it was locked and when he was too far out to use his hands. b arred and very secure. As Dick got on his feet there was a hoarse cry from He next turned his attention to the ports. the brig. These were glazed, but the sash could easily be reSomeone had gone to the place and had discovered his moved. escape. Dick took out one and tested the bars. \ Dick at once pushed off, caucrht up the oar and becran to They were old and rusty and the woodwork into which skull rapidly . "' 0 t hey were set was worm-eaten.' I Jane sat down, picked up the other oar and began to use "A good tug-would pull them out," he said to himself. 'it dexterously, increasing their speed. His pistols had been taken away, but he had a stout A redcoat looked out of the port saw Dick in the boat ' , ' cla s p knife in his pocket, like most boys of that time. gave a saout and then fired a shot. Probably his captors had not thought to search for It went over Dick's head. this. Dick now drew it out, opened it and began to cut at the b e am into which the bars were set. It cut like chee s e and he soon cut through to the bar at the bottom. "That much is eas y," he said, "and now to see about the bar." He took hold of this with both hands and tugged at it, gradually brin g ing it forward. He brou ght it beyond the b e am and then bent it sharp l y to one side. Then he attack e d the bar next to the one already loos ened and, by cutting the beam, pulled the bar forward and bent it upward with some little effort. From time to time he looked out at the grating in the door and listened. Attacking the third bar, he found it weaker than any of the rest, for it bent like a hoop and great flakes of rusty iron fell from it. . There was now space enough for him to pass through the port, which was none too big for him to get through. It was not too high from the brig's deck for him to look out, and he now took a glance about. Not far away he saw a bnat with a single occupant. The redcoat then ran on deck and now there was a great to-clo on account of Dick's escape. A cannon was loaded and trained on the boat, but be fore it could be fired, Dick steered the boat into the densest of the smoke and then went upstream. He presently heard a r o ar and, a little later, a great splash astern. "Too late," he laughed. Further upstream he came out into the clearer air again and looked around him. He could see boats being lowered from the vessel and could hear harsh cries of men giving orders . The shore was in sight here, but there were no redcoats near, and Dick went on rapidly. Further on, he saw some half dozen Queen's Rangers • running to prevent his landing. At the next moment he saw a boat containing Mark, Jack, Ben and three other Liberty Boys just coming around a wooded point. CHAPTER XIII. WAT CHING TIIE REDCOATS. The six Liberty Boys were not in uniform and so were not suspected.


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND CRAZY JANE. 17 'fhe Rang(lrs knew that Dick had escaped and they knew him. The boat with the six boys pulled quickly in to shore. "Hi, stop that .fellow in the boat; he is Dick Slater, the rebel!" cried the Rangers. "On shore, boys," said 1\Iark. The six of them got out of the boat. They seized three of the Tories and threw them in the river before the men were aware 0 their intention. "Keep on, Dick," said l\Iark. "Now then, boys, give it to the others." • Two of the Rangers ran away, shouting: "Rebels, rebels, help, here are the rebels!" The boys seized the other before he could run and threw him into the river. Then they piled into the boat and rowed away as the other three Rangers were coming up. Dick was already going upstream, knowing that the boys could take care of themselves. One of the Rangers got his hands on the gunwale of the boat. Ben Spurlock put a pistol to his ear, while Jack rapped him smartly on the knuckles. He dropped back into the river, and by the time he came up again the boat was too far away for him to reach. The Rangers swam ashore and raised tlre alarm, but the boys rowed on, abandoned their boat at a rocky point of land and went ashore with Dick. "This way, captain," said l\Iark, "the boys are not far away and we will get a new hiding place or cut and nm." They all hurried away, Crazy Jane suddenly darting off into the woods and disappearing. . In a few minutes some of the Liberty Boys came tor ward with 1\Iajor and the other horses, and all mounted and rode away. The redcoats or Rangers did not pursue the boys and they rode on and bid in a swamp, half a mile farther on. The way into the place was hard to find and, once in, they were not seen, the trees being numero~s. Satisfied that they wer~ safe for a time, at all events, the boys now settled themselves down to rest after their ar

18 THE LIBElITY BOYS AXD CRAZY J,\..&E. "No, I never heard tell of it." "Arnn ' t you trying to lie out of it, so as to save the place? You're a rebel, aren't you?" "No, I ain't, an' yer don't want ter call me out'n my name, 'cause--" "And you don't know of such a place?" "No, I don't." "It's there, just the same," said Hobbs, "for I heard some rebels talking about it and saying they must get the tobacco out before the redcoats got it." "Then we must get a party and go there and take it out for them and save them the trouble." There was a general roar at this, and the redcoats pounded their pewters and called for more of the home brewed ale upon which they had been regaling the]Ilselves. The boys slipped away, stole into the brush and re traced their steps. Above the path leading to the swamp they came upon Mark and Jack. "Have you seen a big tobacco barn up the road, boys?" Dick asked. "Yes, but the tobacco is all out of it. We saw the o,vner . " "Then there's a good chance to play a joke on some reJcoats," laughed Dick. CH.\P1'ER xn-. FOOLING 'l'HE E~E:!.IY. Dick told of meeting with the redcoats and of their intention to destroy the tobacco barn. "The owner was afraid he would lose it and took it away and hid it near the swamp," said Mark. "ilurry back and get a score of the Liberty Boys, Jac:k," said Dick. "Show me this place, Mark." 'I'hey went off together, and at length reached the ' barn . Dick saw the owner and said: "Is there a cellar to your barn?" "Yes, or there's a place at the back where you can get under about half of it. I drive wagons under there some times." "Is it open now?'i "Yes." "Do you mind our tearing up a part of the floor? We are expecting some redcoats." "What do you want to do with' em?" "Drive them here and then dump them into the cellar." "Why, of course. You can do what you like. It"s pretty mussy under there just now, 'cause I've had a lot of critters standin' there for some time." "So much the better," laughed Mark. "I'll help you," said the planter, "and get the boys to do it. They don't like the redcoats, for making them do the extra work, taking the tobacco off." "You mean your negroes ?" asked Dick . "Yes, I"ve got a dozen of 'em. I'll fetch 'em up." The planter then took a horn from the barn door and blew a blast on it. In a short time a dozen negroes came up from the fields below the barn. "Take and tear up the floor of the barn over the back as fast as you can," the planter said. The negroes set to work removing the flooring. 'I'hen up came Jack and a score of Liberty Boys on their horses. , "The redcoats are coming," said Jack. "We saw them in the distance." "Make haste then," said Dick, "and get the trap ready for them." Dick explained to the boys what he meant to do, and they all set to work. 11hey were to defend the barn against the redcoats for a time. It would be dark in there at first and they "ould rush right ahead and tumble into the pit. 'I'he boys workeJ rapidly and soon enough of the floor ing was removed, together with the beams, to accomplish what Dick wished. The redcoats came on, quite a party of them, but, reaching the barn, saw musket barrels protruding here and there. "Surrender!" said the redcoat leader. "No," returned Dick. "If you want this place, you must take it by force." The redcoats made a bold dash and were fired upon by the boys . They returned the :fire and then, dismounting, made a furious charge . The great doors of the barn were thrown open and then the enemy rushed in . All of a sudden they began tumbling down eight or ten feet into the mud anJ filth below. Then the boys came out, took the redcoats' horses and rode away. "'rhe enemy will get out all right," laughed Jack, to Ben, "but they'll need a thorough washing before they can enter decent society." "The river is not far off," chuckled Ben. Not only were the redcoats outwitted, but they lost their ' horses, and all through the very "reools" "horn they professed to despise. The boys now rode off to camp without waiting to see how the redcoats got out . Dick had no doubt that they \\'"ould do so and, as the eYening was now fast approaching, he thought it best to return. The boys chuckled o,er the affair greatly and it was not iikely that the enemy \\'"Oulcl soon forget it, either. Riding swiftly back to the swamp camp, the boys pre pilred to settle down for the night. Shortly after their return, Patsy said to Carl: "Come on, there do be some game in the S\\'"amp, Oi'm thinkin', an' we ought to ha,e some av it." "I clon'd was play dose games, clot was gambling al ready," Carl answered . "Sure it's not a game at cflrcls or dice Oi wor thinkin' av, but something to ate . "


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND CRAZY JAXE. 1 9 er Ach, you was meanted dose rabbits und pigeons und In the morning Crazy Jane rode in on her pony, seempartridges und bears or dose dings, was it?" ing to have had no difficulty in finding them. "Sure Oi do, so get yer musket an' a bag an' we'll get "How that girl knows where we are is a mystery," said something foine for the boys' supper." Boh. "All righd, I was went mit you." "Yes, we did not tell her where we were going, and Off started the two funny fellows through th.e swamp, yet here she is," replied Mark. their muskets over their shoulders . Going up to Dick, the girl said, briefly: They presently came out into a small opening on the "Arnold has gone on to join Phillips. They are going further side of which was a stump. • to Richmond . " There was a long splinter on one side of this, rising a "Then we must follow them," replied Dick. foot higher than the rest. "They have been destroying property at Chesterfield. Agaimt this was a big gray squirrel with his tail curled Jane has seen it." up oYcr his back. "Y cs, wherever Arnold goes, he destroys." . "Whisrt, kape shtill !" whispered Patsy. "There's a •'If we could only capture him him, we would soon stop foin e felly for ye.'' this wholesale destruction!" cried Bob, angrily. ' Dot was ein rat," said Carl. "Dot don t was some goot already." "He has been in Richmond once, but I suppose he was not satisfied," declared Mark. '' Go on with ye, that's a squirrel, an' as good to ate as a rabuit. Sure all he do ate is nuts an' cabbages an' such "No, a nd now he muSt • be st0 PPed or checked, at any d rate," said Dick. "\Ye must go on the march at once." foine things, an' the flavor is as goo as chicken." "All righd, I was hi.tted him," and Carl raised his mus-In the bustle of preparation, the girl was lost sight of, ket and :fired. and, when they set out, she "as not to be seen. The creatury seemed to move, and yet, when the smoke "She has probably gone on, to learn more of the cleared, there he was, sitting on the stump as before. enemy," suggested Dick. "Sure ye didn't hit him, Cookyspiller. Thry again." "Very likely," returned Bob, "and we will see her when Curl drew a pistol and, taking good aim, fired. we least expect it." Chips flew and the squirrel seemed to have been hit, "You have heard of the girl before?" said Jack Warren and Yet he was, as before, looking as saucy as ever. to Paul Howes, as they roue on. "Did you ever hear her "Sure it's no koind of a shot ye are . Ye ought to hit story?" that felly from here with yer eyes shut . " "I have heard sewral," replied Paul, smiling, "but I "For why he don'd went away?" asked Carl. don't know which to belieYe, if any." "Sure he knows he's safe and that ye can't hit him," I "What is one?" laughed Patsy . "That the girl was about to be married and was waiting "Gone ouid mit you, I hit him c1is time for sure." in all her bridal finery, when word came that her lover Carl fired again and they saw the fur fly, but still the had been killed in battle." e:quirrel sat there on the stump as before. "And then she went crazy?" "I know, dose bullets was pinned him fasht by dot "Yes, but another story says that he ran off and mar shtick on the oder side, choost like a nail, und he c1on'd ried a rich girl, with the same result." could mofe," said Carl. "But there are other stories?" He went up and found a dead squirrel nailed to the "Yes, and without a lover in them . One is that her splinter. negro nurse dropped her and injured her head and that Patsy had shot him before and had fastened him there she has acted strangely ever since." in order to fool Carl. The German boy tried to pick him up, but couldn't. "But she does not seem to have always been that way. " "Some say that sleeping in the moo,nlight made her Then he saw that the squirrel was cold and also saw crazy." the nails. "That's an old notion." "Humbug!" he sputtered, "you was putted dot dere to "And some that her father and mother were both inmake ein fools mit me . " sane and that she inherits it." "Yis, an' it wor aisy," roared Patsy . "Sure annywa n else wud have knowed that he wor dead, afther the forst shot." "Maybe you was got shooted yourselluf, only for one ting." grunted Carl. "An' w 11at was that?" "You was too tough to eat," laughed Carl. Then the two funny fellows went on, returning with full game bags . CHAPTER XV. TIIE GIRL SPY BRINGS NEWS. The Liberty Boys were not troubled in their camp dur ing the night and l1eard nothing of the e n emy. "But no one knows her parents, nor where she lives?" "No." "And most of this is mere guesswork?" "Yes, for I could never pin anyone down to prove any of these stories." "Then the gist of it is that no one really knows any thing about the girl?" "That's just it," with a laugh. "Not even that she is really crazy, or just pretending?" "What do you think yourself?" "I don't know. Some times she seems perfectly ra tional and then she does not." "She may have lucid intervals."


20 THE LIBERTY BOYS A~D CRAZY JANE. "Maybe, but I simply . don't know, and I don't believe j "Now will you tell us what you know of the rebels?" that anyone else does, or at least no one whom we have stormed the captain. met so far." "No!" in a tone of determination. "Jane might know herself," with a laugh. "Then go ahead," to the redcoat holding the whip . "And she might not. Lots of people think they are He raised his hand to strike, but the blow did not fall. sane, when they are as mad as March hares." Crack! "Well, whatever else we can say, the girl has been of Dick raised his pistol and fired, striking the man's hand. gleat service to us," concluded Paul. 'rhen he sounded a shrill whistle twice and das'l1ed for" No one can deny that, and she will probably help us ward. still more before we see the last of her." With a slash or two of his knife he release d Crazy Jane The Liberty Boys proceeded up the river and at last and then sprang in front of her with a brace of pistols in saw evidences of the enemy's presence. his hands. They pushed on till evening and then halted, hearing "Coward~!" he hissed. "Do you dare to call vourselves that the enemy were across the river. men, and do a thing like this?" " In the morning Dick proceeded toward Richmond. "Seize the rebel!" cried the captain . "It is Slater himHalting during the forenoon, Dick went ahead with a self!" number of the boys to get news of Arnold. "Forward, Liberty Boys!" cried Dick, and then the Proceeding some little distance, he came to a. planter's, sudden clatter of hoofs was heard and the boys came dash where they told him that a party of the enemy had crossed ing up. a short distance above and were reconnoitering. The redcoats never doubted that the whole troop was at "Was there a large party?" Dick asked. hand and at once flew to their saddles. "N , not more than twenty, and they were proceeding "After them!" crieli Dick. "Drive the red c oated mawith caution." rauders into the river!" Dick did not have as large a party ii:'> that with him; but he resolved to go ahead. The comm.and was literally obeyed in three or four instances. Riding on, Dick at length saw the gleam of scarlet uni-forms in the road ahead, and halted. "Wait," he said. "There are some of the enemy ahead of us." Th_e boys drew up at the. side of the road where they were not likely to be observed. Then Dick dismounted and went ahead, keeping among the trees and behind bushes till he was within a few yards of the enemy. Then he saw that something , was about to happen. Two redcoats held a young girl between them, and an officer on horseback was about to question her. Dick recognized the girl at once as Crazy Jane and the officer as the captain he had already met. "Where are the rebels?" the latter asked the girl. "They are all over," she replied. "Here, there, every where. You cannot escape them." "Answer me," angrily. "Where are the Liberty Boys?" "They will come down upon you before you know it; they will drive you into the river." "No nonsense, now!" sharply. "Have you seen them?" "No." "You are generally with the young rebels. Where are they?" "I do not know." "Are there\ other rebels in the neighb-0rhood ?" "I will not tell you . " "Ah, then you 1.-now?" in a tone of triumph. "I will tell you nothing," firmly. "By jove! You shall, then!" in a fierce tone. "Tie the rebel to a tree!" The redcoats quickly dragged the girl to the nearest tree and bound her with her f~ce to it. "Now get a whip and see if she will continue to be obstinate." One of them bared the girl's shoulders while the other seized a whip. Some of the redcoats, in their eagerness to escape, rode right into the river, which was nearer than they sup posed. Others dashed up the road at all speed, while some took to the woods. Jn a few minutes there was not one of them in sight, and Dick recalled the boys. "Let them go," he said. "Tl1ey could not tell me any more than I know of them, doubtless." Crazy Jane had by this time arranged her dress and tossed her hair back from her face. She now came forward and said, gratefully: ''Jane is thankful, but if the redcoats had cut her to pieces, she would have told nothing . " , "I don't believe you would," said Dick, heartily. "Are these the only redcoats on this side of the river?" "Yes. Arnold is on the other side, going to :Manchester." "And then to Richmond?" "Not if he knows what J~ne knows," with an odd laugh. "4nd what is that?" "Lafayette comes this evening." CHAPTER XVI. AFTER THE ENEMY. "Lafayette is coming?" echoed Dick, in great astonish ment. "Yes, and brings many brave men. has seen." "You have been with Lafavette ?" Jane knows, she "Jane knows," the girl answered, ev6.sively, with a


,. THE LIBERrry BOYS .AND CR.AZY J.ANE. 21 strange look in her eyes. "Lafayette comes, with many you not help us in some other way? Many women and, soldiers." even girls, do." "If .Arnold learns th1s he will not attempt a second "Oh, but I am only Crazy Jane!" and with a ringing marauding expedition into Richmond," Dick observed. laugh, the girl spy darted ahead, dashed around a bend in When the boys came up, Dick told them what he had the road and was not seen again for hours . heard and added: ''I am inclined to think that she is less wild at times "If .Arnold knows of the coming of Lafayette, it is than at others," said Dick to Bob. more than likely that he will not only give up his inten "Do you think she is crazy at all, Dick?" thoughtfully. tions of entering Richmond but will retrace his steps as "Her mind is certainly affected, although ' she shows inrapidly as possible . " telligence, a keen wit and a thorough devotion to the "Then we will have a chance to pursue him instead of cause." getting out of his way," declared Jack. 1 ' ".An accident, or sickness might ha,ve caused it?" "Yes, and that will please all the .Liberty Boys . " "Yes, both, perhaps . She is a puzzle, at any rate, and "Jane .l~arn more, tell the captain," said the girl. I don't know if we will ever solve it. " 1 "Do so," replied Dick, but he had hardly spoken before "Did she dash away because she did not want to answer the girl was off, up the road like a fl.ash. your questions?" The boys then rode back to their co111pany, and in a "I confess that I don't know, Bob," frankly . "She has short time they took up their march again and kept on done the same when I have not questioned her." until within a short distance of Richmond. ' "Very true, and she is a puzzle, indeed, as you say." Here they made a camp and await~d the coming of The boys halted late in the afternoon and rest ed, havLafayette. _ ing accomplished much . .Arnold destroyed more than a thousand hogsheads of They were settled in their camp, when Crazy Jane rode tobacco at Richmond and began to think seriously of in, sprang from her pony and, going up to Dick, said: crossing over to Richmond and continuing the work of "The enemy are not up to any mischief yet, but I destruction. would not trust them long." That evening, however, Lafayette arrived at Richmond "We won't," said Dick. with a strong body oi Continental troops, having marched Then Jane mixed in with the Liberty Boys and at two hundred miles . length sat down near the fire, where Patsy was getting Arnold, upon learning of Lafayette's arrival, imme-1 supper. diately wheeled his columns apd set off down the river. No one knew just when she went away, for she was not The Liberty Boys were quickly informed of .Arnold's mi~sed until Carl blew his bugle for supper. • latest move by t'he girl spy, who came into camp in the The next morning they pushed on and cros s ed the forenoon and told them . river, being about an hour on the way, when Jane sudWhile Lafayette was preparing to follow, he gave Diok denly appeared again and said: orders to proceed and make as much trouble as possible . "The enemy are not far away. You can attack their The boys, therefore, set off at a smart pace, keeping on rear guard and get away before the army can fall back to at a gallop till they reached Osborne's, where they crossed capture you." the river. "We will do so,'' s aid Dick, who knew that the girl's When they set out Crazy Jane was with them and rode information could always be depended upon. alongside Dick. . The boys hurried forward and b e fore long saw the rear Wishing to learn something of the girl's history, the guard of the enemy, consisting of a division of Rangers, young captain said: about to attack a little settlement on the river. "This must bB a ' wild life for you, Miss Jane?" "Forward, Liberty Boys!" cried Dick, leading the "People never call Jane 'Miss," the girl answered. "She charge. is only Crazy Jane. " ' On dashed tlie plucky fellows and qefore the enemy "But don't you want to be at home, sometimes, Jane?" were aware , of it they found themselves flying before the he pursued. • boys, instead of attacking the patriots. "Home?" the girl answered . . "Jane has no home, J ane The surprise was so great that they were flying before lives anywhere, everywhere, nowhere; Jane has no home." they knew why. "But you have friends?" Dick said . Dick did not make the mistake of pursuing them too "Yes, Liberty Boys, patriots, horses, those are my far . .friends . " He halted when they were well under way, thoroughly "But are there no girl friends, no women who are kind panic-stricken . • to you ?" 'rhen he drew , up the boys in gooa. order and waited. "They call me Crazy Jane, tell me to go and sew and The Rangers went hurrying on and for a time the panic churn and make cheese, milk and spin and weave, like began to spread to the main body. other women." They thought that Lafayette's whole army was upon "But this is a wild life for a young girl." them and there was great excitement. '' And I love it,". the girl said, showing more feeling 'l'hen it was se. en that the Rangers were flying before an than usual. "I am free, I do as I please, and I help on imaginary enemy, as there were no patriots in sight. our cause . " After a time Dick advanced cautiously, the enemy be-"That is a noble work and I honor you for it, but could ing _ now on the march, but in better order .


•rHE LIBERTY BOYS AND CRAZY JANE. Then, with a sudden swoop, he dashed' down upon the !Xear guard again and threw them into confusion. As the regulars joined the Rang.ers and turned upon 'the Liberty Boys, Dick suddenly wheeled his wihole fo:rce ,and darted away in a different direction than that from which he had co~e. The enemy were perplexed and did not pursue the daring boys, fearing to fall . into a trap. They pushed on and, passing through a prospero11s little settlement, ruthl~ssly destroyed a great amount of property. The people made some re.sistance and the Liberty Boys attacked the marauders, but could not do as much as they would have liked to. They were obliged to dash in sudd@ly at unexpected ,moments, do all the mischief they could and -fly out again, ?epeating these maneuvers at different .points and where ihey were the least expected. They had one or two naITow escapes, but they got away .safely and were r eady to repeat these tactics at the first favorable opportunity. Arriving at the mouth of the Appomattox, the British , fleet sailed down the James with the land forces. The Liberty Boys, pursuing the enemy as Tapidly as possible, witnessed theiT embarkation. "Does that mean that they are going away, not to reiurn, Dick?" asked Bob, as the two young patriots stoo-:1 watching the ships getting under way. "I don't know, Bob, but if it does, there will still be plenty for us to do somewhere else." , "Yes, and we arc always ready to .do it." The Liberty Boys then went back to their old camp to wait for further instructions. CHAPTER XVII. A DARING PIJOT. The Liberty Boys Temained quietly in camp foT a day or so, resting and putting everything in order. One afternoon, Patsy said to Ca:rl : There were . no springs to the cart and it seemed a.s if Patsy picked out all the rough places to go over. "Sure, Oi don't . foind thim, they're there," laughed Patsy. "I belief you was went ouid off your way to found dose bumps." "But Oi'd niver take all that throuble for ye, me boy." "Humbug! You don'd was tone-ht dot was any drou bles, to made me chump." Presently they struck a soft place in the road and the wheels stuck. "Get out, Dootchy, till Oi go over the soft spot," said Patsy. "All righd, I was doed dot. Where dot soft spots was, in your headt?" "Sure, 0'11 make wan in yer own with me fist, if ye talk to me loike that." \ Carl got up and walked to the tail oi the cart, and then the horse took a sudden start forwal'd, perhaps with Patsy's help, and perhaps not . Carl lost his balance, went out of the cart and sat in the m~ . "Ach, gollies, hold ouid or I was went droo !" shouted Carl. Patsy went on at a good jog, over the bad spot. "Sure, that's foine goin', now,'! . he said. "How do ye loike that, me boy?" "Hold ouid, I toldt you, or I was went righd droo to der oder side!" shouted Carl. Patsy stopped and Jooked around. " _ An' what are ye doin' at all, sittin' th1ere in the road?" he asked. "Hurry ooh, I was hurted meinselluf I was all pleed," sputtered Carl. " .Hurry up yerself. Sure ye're big enough to pick yer self up." Carl got up, walked .to , the cart, sputtering all the way and said: "You don'd was cared off I was dieded deadt already~ Pick me oob pefore I was all pleeded to death." "Turn arnunotto:m of the "Wbere ?" asked Dick. , .cart. "Jane dees not know. The ships are returning, and "Ach, don'd found so many stones already!" cried Carl, ' the troops will land." as he received an unusually hard bump. I "T'hen we must try and learn," said . Dick. "We had


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND CRAZY JANE. II better move our camp in the morning and go on the! "No, there are only redcoats there, not even the old march." \ negro coachman." They went off in the morning, halting near the mouth "If the two girls or their mother have been there, they of the Appomattox, where they waited until they couldjl would have helped us," said Bob, significantly. hear from the enemy. "Perhaps we• can do without them, Bob," answered That forenoon Jane came in again and said the Dick. enemy were going up the river towards Petersburg. "When do you think we had better try it?" The boys went on the march, but proceeded cautiously. "Not till after dark. Did you see many redcoats, Arnold was hurrying on rapidly along the upper bank.1 Jack?" In the afternoon the boys halted, and a little later Dick j c( About a dozen, sir," answered Jack, "but there. may went out with some Qf the boys to get news of the I have been more, close at hand." enemy. Jack and all the boys knew what Dick and Bob were Coming in sight of the Middleton house, where he had talking of. had his adventure with the redcoats, Dick saw that it They meant to capture Arnold. and hurry him off to oeemed to be occupied. Richmond. with all haste. "I wonder if the family has returned?" he said. The capture of the traitor would mean the failure of "It looks like it, at any rate," replied Bob, who was the expedition, and a great victory for the . cause of with him. freedom. "Wait a minute Captain" said Jack who was one of "It's got to be done quickly, Dick," said Bob, "and ' ' ' 'tl t . " the party. "The redcoats may have taken possession in wi,,i?u any n01se. . . . the absence of the familv." 1' es, there must be no alarm until the traitor 1s. safe-J • h d " •'Very true, Jack," answered Dick. "Run ahead and m ,~ur _an s. . . . see but be cautious." It will be the best thmg we ever did if we can jack got off h:is speedy bay mare, left hi,; musket be-~,~Dick.". . . , hind, and adnnced rapidly, but with caution. 1 e~, but i~ will be a dangero~~ piece oi work, and one, He kept among the trees and behind bushes till he th~; will r~qu,rre all ou_r courage. was within a short distance of the house. There 1sn t a boy m all the troop who would not be-Then he got behind a wall and looked outcautiously. ready to take a hand in it, Dick," heartily. Presently he saw two redcoari:s go from the house to 1 "Yes, but we can't have too many, as that woull the barn. . cause confusion . Come, let us return." "Just as I was afraid," he said to himself. "We might have run right into these fellows if we had not thought 1 . to investigate.') j He saw other redcoats come out, and at length saw a figure at the window whkh he recognized immediately. I "Hello! Arnold's here, eh?" he said. "Jove! this may be the very chance we want." j CHAPTER XVIII. THE UNBKPECTED HAPPEN~ Jack could not be mistaken in the appearance of the 1 traitor, having seen him often. "He is making his quarters here before advancing upon I Dick knew the Middleton house and its locatio:n. too Petersburg," Jack thought. "The army cannot be far j well to have to go back and look it over. distant." He knew the position of every room on the lower He presently saw Arnold come to the door and give an floor, and just how every outbuilding stood with • refer .. order to one of the redcoats out ide. ence to the house. What it was he could not hear, but he was more t~an As the boys rode on, he said to Bob: ever sure that the man was Arnold. "After dark will be the best time, Bob. We can get "J thought perhaps some of the family were here," he j nearer without being observed.'' said, "but they are not.'' "Very true." Then he hurried back to where Dick and the rest were I "We will send a party to the barn and put another at waiting. the wall where Jack saw Arnold.'' They were drawn up at the side of the road, out of 1 "Exactly.'' . . sight. "Then another party will advance upon the house, "Arnold is in the house, Captain," Jack said, when he enter rapidly, and seize the traitor.'' returned. I "Good! The boys at the barn will close in .at the same "You are sure, ,Jack?" time?" "I have not the slightest doubt of it. I saw him very 1 "Yes, and hold back any redcoats who may be there." near." "And the boys at the wall will be ready to give the-"Well, you have seen him often enough not to be mis-, alarm?" taken." "Yes, and to act as a reargtrard to those who have en-"I saw hin1 first through the window, and then at the tered the house.'' . door.'' I "It ought to succeed, Dick," said Bob, confidently. "Have the family returned, Jack?" Dick asked. "I don't see why it should not, Bob.''


, 24! THE LIBERTY BOYS AND CRAZY JANE. ~ Dick picked out a dozen of the bravest of the boys to wear their swords for fear that the rattle might give the do the most dangerous part of the work, while as many alarm. brave fellows were to assist. All the boys had their pistols, however, and these were They could not have too large a force, and not more all in trim. than six would enter the house, and not all of these into As Dick sighted the house he saw lights, and could see the room where Arnold was. the shadows of persons moving behind the drawn blinds. The man was brave and would fight, but everything Someone with a lantern was going toward the barn, was to be ' done as rapidly as possible. but it was too dark to see who it was. If he were not taken instantly, the traitor would shoot Then Dick heard the crowing of a cock, and knew it , one or all who attempted to seize him, and the boys all was a signal from Jack. knew it." At the same moment the cry of a night hawk was heard Dick had seen him shoot a nrnn dead who had tried to from Sid. make him a prisoner when a hor s e had fallen under him, These signals meant that there was some change at and he knew the general's quickness and determination. the house since they had been there. Many of the boys had witnessed feats of courage he had "What can it be?" said Dick, quickly dismounting as displayed on various occasions, and they never doubted he came in front of the place. his bravery. "Oan there be more guards, Dick?" whispered Bob. It was then a dangerous unde rtaking to attempt to cap-"I don't know. Signal to Jack." ture a m an who h."D.ew that his being taken meant an Bob imitated the sound of the distant barking of a igno minious d e ath. dog. H e w o uld fight as he nev e r had fou g ht, and the In a few moments Sid signalled that there were no eneboy s must act quickly, with decision and with every move mies to be feared. thought out in advance. "That's aingular," murmured Dick. A rnold kept late hours, a s Dick knew, but the affair Then he advanced to the door, followed closely by Bob mus t not be delayed too long, as no one could tell what and Ben. move the enemy migh t make in the meantime. I He raised the heavy brass knocker and knocked twice The boys returne d t o their camp, which was in a secJudon the door. e d place, and a strict watch was maintained to see that I Footsteps were heard within, and then the door opened the y were not discoYered. , 1 and Dorothy :Middleton appeared with a lighted candle in No one left the camp, and everything was unusually her hand. quiet, so that no one passing near the place would know 1 "\Vhy, how do you do, Captain?" she said, cordially. that the 1oys were there. "Come in. Mother will be glad to see you." As soon as it was quite dark the boys selected by Dick Then a signal came from Jack which meant that there set out upon their perilous mis s ion. were no redcoats in the place. Dick, Bob and Ben were to entel' Arnold's room and "Where are your guests?" asked Dick. seize him. "Guests? Intruders, you mean. They left the house l\fark and the two Harrys would be in the hall, while in a pretty condition." the others were making the arrest. "And there are no redcoats here?" Jack, Will, Sam and four or five more would be in "No, indeed. They had a great assurance to come here the rear, while Sid, Rob, Paul and others would be at the at all." wall. "You saw them?" In the road there would be others, ready with horses, "No, but we h.--r1ew when we came back, just at dusk, as Dick came out, and to cover his retreat. that they had been here. Did you bow it? I wonder The whole affair was most carefully planned, and there you did not dTive them out." s e e med to be no reason why it should fail. "We're too late, Dick," Bob said, with a laugh. The different parties con c erned in the matteT went by "And after all these careful preparations," mutteTed diff erent routes, and not at the same time. Ben. Everything was so arrang ed, however, that they would "\Vhat do you mean?" asked the girl, greatly puzzled. all arrive at the hou s e at the same time. Then her sister came along. Everything was to be done by signals, the boys having "Old Jerry says there are a lot of soldier boys out at a code made up of natural sounds which they all thor-the barn, and-why, Captain, how do you do?" she said. oughly understood. "I owe you an explanation," said Dick, with a smile. Not a word need be spoken, and no one who did not "We expected to capture .Arnold here, and had all our know what these sounds meant would be any the wiser. arrangements made." The bark of a dog, the croak of a frog, the hoot of an "What, has Arnold been here?" disgustedly. "Then it owl, or the cry of a night bird all meant something, and will need a cleaning out, for a fact." the boys knew: every signal. Dick and the others went in and, later, Mark, Jack, Everything having been arranged, and all the boys and some of the others. being on the ground r..t the same moment, it did not seem Dick told his story, all being deeply interested. possible that the plan could fail. "Well, it's too bad you did not catch the traitor," said The boys did not bring their muskets, except those Dorothy. "We found the house in great disorder, but who were to be the rearguard, and Dick and Bob did not did not see any redcoats."


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND CRAZY JANE. "You came at dusk?" . I 'l'hey had lost sight of tne girl spy for a day or two, "Yes." but thought little of it, as she came and went as she "Then we must have just left, and there were we, only I chose. waiting for a convenient time to capture the traitor." One day a young man came into their camp and said: "Luck seems to be against us, Dick," said Bob. "This I "I wish to do something. Can you tal!:e me into your is not the first time we have failed to . secure the fellow." company? I can ride well, ana, am an expert marks"No, it is not, and fortune seems to favor him." man." The girls and their mother werij very glad to see the "We are boys," said Dick. "You are of age. We take boys, and pressed them to call in the whole party and only boys in our company." spend the evening. "I wish to do something, and as you are so active I "I don't see what else we can do now," laughed Bob. wanted to join your company. I have a reason." "It may be better to push on and see what the enemy "Go with Lafay~tte, he is as active as we are. You are doing," said Dick. "They have stolen a march on have been a soldier, have you not?" us, and I am afraid it will be too late to warn the people Dick was sure he had, at the first glance. in Petersburg." "Yes, I have been. I was captured a year or two ago, Dick decided to press forward at once, and was leaving and made my escape, but got on a ship bound to Engthe house when Crazy J"ane dashed up on her pony and land by mistake." said: "That was unfortunate." "Arnold has entered Petersburg." "Yes, and being with,011t means it was difficult for~ me "Then we are too late," said Dick. to make my way back. I had a sister here who I knew would be in despair, and I determined to return, at any cost." CHAPTER XIX. RESTORED TO REASON. The entrance of Arnold into Petersburg was a great surprise to everyone. A number of American officers who were there, pre paring boats for Lafayette, were captured, and there was much confusion. Lafayette had been coming forward to enter the town ahead of Arnold, but was too late. The next day, however, he bombarded the British quarters, and esp~cially Bollingbrook, from Archer's Hill opposite. The Liberty Boys joined him at once, and many of the militia flocked to his standard, inspired with hopes of success. Upon the death of General Phillips, four days after entering Petersburg, Arnold took the chief command, and shortly afterward Cornwallis arrived. Lafayette's army was not large enough to compete with that of Cornwallis, and the yol\!lg Frenchm~n avoid e:l a direct meeting, while harassing the enemy all he could. The Liberty Boys excelled at this kind of work, being able to move rapidly from place to place. They had :fought under Lafayette before, and he had a high admiration :for Dick Slater and his brave boys. Cornwallis marched down the J a.mes river a :few days a:f~er his arrival, and then pushed on toward Richmond. Wayne was coming down :from Maryland with a large :force, to join La:fayette, and Cornwallis wished to prevent his union. Lafayette retreated, but :from time to time would annoy the Biritish, making sudden dashes, and falling back be fore the enemy could catch him. "Yes?" "After deliberating upon the matter, . and seeing no other means, I entered the British service." "Was there no other way?" asked Dick. "No. I was not a sailor, and I had no money to pay my way. I enlisted, was sent south, and then, as soon as I could, I deserted." "And then?" "I wished to reach Virginia, where I had lived. I traveled far, and reached my home, but my sister was not there." "That was a sad disappointment," feelingly. "Yes, but there was something sadder than that. The poor girl was not dead, but had lost her mind, and wandered from place to place looking for me." "And now?" "I must do the same, and yet I have little hope. No one knows where she was lost, nor where she went, and it seems well nigh hopeless. "She would follow the army?" asked Dick, a light breaking in upon him. "So I think." "What is your sister's name?" "We called her Jenny, but now in her mad wanderings she is known as--" "Crazy Jane," said Dick. "Yes, but how do you know, have you seen her?" excitedly. "Yes. Was your home on the James river. "Yes." "Then we have seen your sister. She is a spy for the patriots, and has done us many a service." "Where is she now?" -"I don't know. We have not seen her :for some days. She does not often leave the J a.mes, although we have known her to do so." "Tell me about her, Captain. I am almost certain that this is my poor sister." Dick described the girl, and told of many things she nad done.


:fl TRE LIBERTY BOYS Al~D CRAZY JANE. "Yes, you describe her perfectly. She was always a ' brave girl and a thorough patriot. And you do not know where she is?" "No, but if you will remain with us, you may meet her." . "Then I will do so, and will fight with you, even if I may not be a member of your company." '" We shall be glad to have you," heartily. "Have you a uniform? I should like to wear it once more and forget that I have ever worn another." , "I think we can fit you out." . There were some of the Liberty Boys quite as big as the young man, and he was at length provided with a ~form, and seemed proud to wear it. He fought in one or two skirmishes with the boys, and quite distinguished himself. "Come on, Cookyspiller, an' get something for the boys' supper," said Patsy, one afternoon while they were in camp. "All righd." Carl hitched a horse to a little cart and off started the two funny fellows. They sat together on the seat , which made rather {ll'Owded qua .rters far Patsy. "Suppose Oi wor as big as yerself an' the two of us wor -On the sate together?" "Den one off us in deT bottom off der wagon had to be sitted, I bet me." "Well, thin, let us pretind that we are." "All righd, den you was had to sitted by qer bottom off der wagon in." "No, sor, it's ye:.rself that does it." They soon arrived at a farmhouse and got down. To a woman at the back of the house, Patsy said: t'Good day, ma'am, sure ye do be lookin' as :foine as a -zpring mornin', no less." "I believe you are Irish," the woman laughed. "Nein, we was American,a, both off us, mein good womans," answered Carl. "Yes, you look it," with a laugh. "Ofl' course we doed. Was you . got somedings for dose boys already?" "Yes, if you'll milk the red cow you can have the milk." "Dot was all righd," and C.arl got a pail and looked for the red cow. He got a good pail of milk and set it down to help Patsy. Then along came a calf and at once stuck its head in the pail: As the milk went down, so did the calf's head. A.t length it got to be a tight fit, for the calf did not want to lose a drop. Then along came Patsy. "Where's the milk, Dootchy ?" he asked. "In der pail already." , "The red wan?" "Yah." "Sure thin it's little milk ye'll get out of it," with a 1augh. had a roight to watch the milk an' not let it be dhrunk up be anny fool av a calf that comes along." "Dot was all righd. What you was said, womans? Dot we could took away dot millik ?" "Certainly." 'l'11ey took the calf and Oarl did not see where the joke was, taking the whole affair as merely the carrying ont of a bargain. One day, quite unexpectedly, Crazy Jane came riding into the camp. "Cornwallis says that he will catch the boy," she said. "He means Lafayett~," with a laugh. "Perhaps he will not." "I think it is more than likely that 'the boy,' as he calls him, will make trouble foT the earl." "Yes,, but Jane must be o.ff again," said the girl, and she would have dasb.ed aw;ly, had not Dick suddenly in terposed. "Wait a moment," he said. He quickly dispatohed some of t~e boys to find the young Virginian. "There is someone here who wants to see you," he said . "To see Jane? No one cares for Jane. Is it the gen eral? It cannot be Cornwallis or the captain? They would like to see Jane, and keep her a prisoner." "No, it is someone else," Dick r!;lplied. At that moment the young man came up with Ben and Jack. Jane suddenly caught si.ght of him, and her whole ex pr:ession changed. "Harold Dunstan, where have you been so long?" she cried. "I have ldoked everywhere for you." "You sha~'t Eearch any more, Jenny," the young man • said . "I was a prisoner, lilut have escaped." Then he folded the gfrl to his heart, and she seemed thoroughly happy to be with .him. ReT mind had been restored at sight of him, for she had thotfght him dead, and now she no longer wandered aloout the wild creature she had been. Shel no longer acted as a spy, but returned to her old home and waited for the war to end . . Her brother joined Lafayette, and fought valiantly through the rest of the war, never telling Jane that he had been a redcoat even foT a short time. The Liberty Boys continued w .ith Lafayette for a time, and later took part in the siege of Yorktown, and wit nessed the surrender of Cornwallis. THE END. Read "THE Lil3ERTY BOYS THRASHING TARLETON; or, GETTING EVEN WITH A CRUEL FOE," which will be the next number (439) of "The Liberty Boys of '76." SPECIAL NOTICE :-A.11 back numbers of this weekly, except the following, are in print: 1 to 25, 27 to 30, 32 to 35, 45, 49, 76, 83, 86, 107, 223. If you cannot ob-, tain the ones you want from any newsdealer, send the price in money or postage stamps by mail to FRANK "Mein gollies, look off dot calluf ! " cried Carl. "Yis, sure it has a belly on him as big as a banel. TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, New York City, Ye , and you will receive the copies you order by return mail.


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They are ashamed to make a scene. Women are a shameless lot, when it comes to saving money. That one rebel gave me a dime to pay :for papers that would have cost four cents outside. When I charged her six cents, according to custom, she got mad. 'This is an outrage!' she said. 'I won't take your old papers!' Then s he bounced out, without her dime. She never did comeback for it, so we didn't lose anything, even on her." tIAPPY MOMENTSe I==================-"You're a good judge of horseflesh, aren't you, sir?" "I ought to be. I ate in Paris re staurants all summer. " Mother-Didn' t I tell you not to go on the ice, sir? You haYe been on it. Son (who was soaking wet)-No, I ha1n"t! I've been under it. fact that during the past year more than $40,000,000 worth of I Pat-What be yer charge for a funeral notice in yer paper? merchandise originating in the United States crossed the Isth-1 Editor-'Half a crown an inch. Pat-Good heavens! An' me mus by the Tehuantepec Railway. This is three times the i poor brother was six feet high! amount carried across in any previous year. The railway was I opened ear!y in 1897, and its length, from Coatzacac~alcos, on Teacher (desperately)-Mary Jones! When her ladyship, the Atlantic, to Santa Cruz, on the Pacific, is 190 miles. The I speaks to you, do try and look a little more agreeable. Mary Panama route increased its business, also carrying between I Jones-Please, teacher, there's nettles where I'm a-settin'! $12,000,000 and $15,000,000 worth of goods. . Eva-I hear that your sister Edna has a young dentist call-At Lyons, France, a girl 14 years old threw a brickbat at ing on her. Katherine--Yes; and when we hetl.r her screanr, a rat, and hit a dog and broke its leg. In jumping around, w,e don't know whether he is stealing a kiss or pulling . a tooth. in its pain, the dog upset an old woman who was carrying home a basket of crockery, and broke 50 cents' worth. The : "'By the wa'/f, sir,., asked the waiter, "how would you llket girl's father refused to pay any damages, and he has been, to have youi: steak?" "Very," replied the mild. sued by both the owner of the dog and the old woman. He man, who had been patiently waiting for twenty minutes. is going to try to show to the satisfaction of the court that J a girl that throws brickbats has a right to throw at a rat, and I Mr. Sharp-If there were no women, the men would haT& that if old women and dogs get in the way they must _take I nothing to laugh at. Mrs. Sharp-If there were no wome:n; the consequences. The others will probably try to show that j the men wouldn't want anything to laugh at. They wouldn't, no girl ought to be permitted to do any throwing at all, as feel like laughing. they are as apt to break a window as to hit the doorstep. I . "Win father be an angel?" asked the little boy. "He's got "The banana furnishes us with ink with handkerchiefs whiskers and angels don't have any." "Well," replied the with wax, with blacking, with excelsior'. with oil, with flour'. grandmother,•"your father may get there, but it will be ey a with window cord, with brushes." The speaker, a banana close shave." planter, from Jamaica, paused an . d smiled. "You don't believe "But," said the rich widow, "I'm almost old enough to beme, do you?" he said. "Yet, truly, the banana tree is a wonyour mother." "Oh, neYer mind that," replied the young man. derful thing. Every part of it serves some good use. Thus "My mode of life after we are married will probably cause ms • the long leaves make a fine excelsior; the juice, being rich in to age very fast." tannin, furnishes a good indelible ink and a good shoe polish; the stems yield a fine quality of hemp, and from this hemp there are made lace handkerchiefs, cords and ropes of all kinds, mats, and brushes. The oil is used in gilding. Of banana flour, the flour ground from the dried fruit, there is no use speaking. You are too famil!ar with it." Of all the places in New York where they rob you with a zest and affability that is simply admirable, the one that de. serves to stand at the head of the list is a stationery store that has been fitted up In an alcove of a big Broadway restaurant. In there they charge twp prices for most newspapers and some magazines. The funny part of it is that not twenty feet away are two more news-stands, where literature, whether of the daily, weekly, or monthly variety, Is obtainable at the usual rates. "Doesn't anybody ever kick against such 1mpo-I Judge-Have you been arrested before? Prisoner-No, sir. Judge-Have you been in this court before? Prisoner-No, sir. Judge-Are you certain? Prisoner-I am, sir. JudgeYour face looks decidedly familiar. Where have I seen it before? Prisoner-I'm the bartender in the saloon across the way, sir. Resident-Looking for board, eh? Well, I know an excel• lent place, kept by a regular old•fashioned New England housewife. Stranger-Waal, the fact is, I jist came from Yankeeland, and, jist for the novelty of the thing, I'd rather get board with folks that ain't Yankees. Resident-There aNt plenty of that sort. Stranger-Yes, I saw 'em advertised. I knew they wasn't Yankees 'cause they always ended up wlth"No questiops asked."


28 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF ' '76. A PURS UIT TO THE B y KIT CL YDEJ. ' DEATH. hunted you down at last. I knew I should find you f)omewhere in the midst of the Catskills hiding from your crimes. Scoundrel and wretch that you are, you shall yet be brought to justice. r swear I will never stop until your hands, which One afternoon, among the highest peaks and deep est breaks have been imbrued in the blood of my only brother, have been of the Ca tskills, a man and a boy could have been seen walk-1 1 encircled by the handcuffs. This pursu~t shall nev'.3r e~d until ing along one of the many dangerous paths on a l edge of rock you have fallen beneath my hand, or paid the forfeit with your that was reared high into the air. life upon. the gibbet." The man was tall, strongly built, and with a short, dark beard on his face. His companion was a lad of about fourtee n, and from the nimble way in which he moved along that towering shelf of rock, it was evident that he was accustome d to the mountains. "I feared you was lost, Mr . Baker," said the bo y , his bright face gleaming with health. "Our boarders frequently get lost 11.lilong these woods an' mountains. Where in the world did ye intend to go?" . "I was after a fo x," said t h e man. "He was a very cunning, very sly fox,Jand I followed him a long way, but he managed to escape me." Mr. Baker was a detectivve from New York City. The person whose arrest he desired was a notorious burglar and murderer from the city. Mr. Baker had had a brother named George, who was also in the secret service department, and who in a personal encounter with Klingman was killed. With a double incentive to act in the matter, John S. Baker set to work to trace down the villain and murderer. He had followed him to the Catskills, and on the evening in question had got sight of him with two or three villainouslooking fellows, prowling about in the woods . For two or three weeks he had been a guest at the house of Mrs. Bridges, but this was the first glimpse he had got of the "A fox, Mr. Balrnr?" crie d the boy in astonishment. "Why, murderer. did you expect to catch a fox is these mountains without a gun It was with considerable feeling that John Baker, the detec-or dog?" tive, walked about on the plateau. Mr. Baker smiled as he contemplated the curious look on the He did not wallr very far, but pacing back and forth across face of,his youthful companion. j the little plateau in front of a clump of bushes, the movements Aft .1 of three men concealed in the clump of bushes did not attract er a moment's si ence , during vyhich the two hurried his attention. along the mountain path, he said: Three dark forms started from the bushes and crept close up "You do not understand all, Harry. Foxes can be sometimes behind the detective. caught without guns or dogs." "How?" asked Harry. They were unseen by him, and were soon near enough to lay. "Be a good boy, and some Baker. time I may tell you," said Mr. Lost in reverie and bitter thought, the keen ears of the de-I their hands upon him. tective failed to drink in the almost inaudible tread of the "I'll be very glad to know, 'cause if there is any easy way' three men who were creeping upon him. to catch these foxes I would be very glad to find it out," said His ear heard the slight rustle just as three men sprang Harry. "But here we are, at home again. Mother will be upon him. very glad to see us, 'cause she was very much afraid you'd get Taken by surprise as he was, and although he had received lost and have to stay all night in the woods." two stunning blows upon the head, the detective was no easy They came out upon a b eautiful little valley of upland, on prey. which was a very neat cottage boarding-house, which, dur-Wheeling around, he struck one in the face with his fist, and ing the summer, and even winter months of the year, snatched his pistol from his pocket. had become a favorite boarding-house for persons' tired of the Crack! went the weapon. -city. "Oh, I am shot!" cried one of the ruffians, clasping his hands Mrs. Bridges, the mother of Harry, and a portly widow lady to his throat. of about forty years, m e t them at the 'porch with a pleasant Crack! crack! went two shots, fired by fhe remaining ruf-smile of welcome. • flans. Sh' e always had a smile of _ welcome for her guests. One bullet wounded the detective in the wrist, knocking his "I am real glad to see you, Mr. Baker," said Mr s . Bridges. "l revolver from his hand. was really afraid that you would get lost in the mountains The other grazed his head, stunning and for a time confus-and forests and have to stay out all night. You must not go ing him. away any more unless you have Harry for your guide . He Before he could sufficiently recover to make a successful reknows every path in the mountains, and he can take you any-sistance the burly ruffians sprang upon him, and by their su-where." perior weight bore him to the earth. "You need entertain no fears on my account," said Mr. Two or three blows upon his head tended to more completely Baker. "I can a ssure y ou I should have found m y way back confuse him. all right." He was seized, firmly held, and dragged to the edge of the Then, without any fu rthe r e xplanation h e entere d the house precipice. and went up to his room. "John Baker," said a harsh, rough v9ice in his ear, "don't ye At supper, which in Mrs . Bridges' country house was always know me?" early, he appeared among the other guests. There appeared to be a singular anxiety about him. As soon as the evening meal was over, Mr. Baker arose and strolled up the grand plateau which reared its head a hundred reet at least above the cabin. Strolling amoI).g the trees which made a small forest on the plateau, he said: "Aye, Gus Klingman, wretch, scoundrel that you are, I have "Yes, I recognize you as the murderer of my brother-as a thief and a villain whom justice will shortly overtake," said Baker. "Ha, ha, ha! ye do know me," laughed Gus Klingman. "Yes, ye are right; I did kill yer brother. I shot him down because he had followed too close in my tracks. You hev been doing the same thing, and now you too shall die." A hollow groan from the wounded outlaw on the ground


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. 29 seemed to revive in the mind of Klingman the struggle, and he added: "You have done for one o us, but you shall yet die for it, if nothin' else---blame you!" Shouting could be heard from the d1rection of Mrs. Bridges' boarding-house. "Hurry up," cried Klingman. "A whole army is coming up the mountain side from the north." "Then give a hand, quick; we'll toss him over the precipice on the south side here." The fall was fully one hundred feet, but, dragging the detective to the verge, they hurled him over the precipice . They heard the crashing as the body plunged down among the branches, shrubs and vines into the chasm below. "They are comin', now let's git, Tom, an' go as fast as we kin." The outlawi, seized their dying companion and hurried away. "What cheer, how goes it, lad?" shouted the constable. "All right," answered Harry, his voice summoning the bel low of a hundred echoes in the hollow vault, "but he's dead. Can't you send me down another length of rope, so I can make a slip knot and tie it under his arms? Tht:n you can haul• him up." "Better come up yourself, my boy," replied the constable. "Leave it to us." "Won't leave him," said Harry. "Do throw down another rope." This was done, and Harry tied it under the armpits of th e luckless detective. "Now, haul away," shouted the boy, "but mind what you are doing." The men above pulled with a will, and in a few moments the body was swung off and dragged to the top of the plateau. Harry then climbed up the rope, and was received with a shout of applause. -"Come on-come on!" cried Harry Bridges, leaping upon the Everyone who first saw Mr. Baker thought him dead, but i n plateau, closely followed by Mr. George Brownfield, the cona few moments he began to revive. stable, and a dozen other men. "I heard 'em here. Right here A kind Providence seemed to have cared for him, and the is where the shootin' was done." trees, shrubs and vines had so broken the fall that not a sin-The lad carried a lantern with which he thoroughly in~pectgle bone was fractured. ed the ground. He was bruised and scratched fearfully, and had a flesh pistol There were signs of a struggle. shot in his right arm. A pistol lay on the grass. In an hour after he was drawn to the top of the plateau "Look here, Mr. Brownfield," he cried to the constable, who he declared himself able to resume tlie pursuit of Gus Kling-had now reached his side . "Someone has been hurt.• "I see, I see," cried the constable, "here they have been dragging someone." There were evident signs of a struggle to the very verge of the precipice, and even where the detective had been thrown. over. "It's Mr. Baker," said Harry. "He has been murdered and thrown over the precipice. Wait; I will bring a rope and go man. He revealed his true character to the constable, and asked his assistance in making the arrest. The services of Harry Bridges again came in requisition. The three set off through the woods l3-nd mountain paths for a lonely deserted hut called the Witches' Cabin, where the outlaws would doubtless pause with their wounded com rade. down into the Witches' Chasm after him." It was reached at midnight, and candles were seen burning The brave boy, nimble as a mountain roe, dashed down the within. side of the mountain, and in ten minutes was back wilh all the rope he and a man were enabled to procure. It was two hundred feet at least. "Who will go down?" asked Mr. Brownfield . "I will," ;;aid Harry, seizing one end of the rope and step -ping to the edge of the precipice. Two or three seized the rope and Harry swung over the dark abyss. The lantern was fastened to the other end of the rope, and he swung by the side of it. Those on the plateau above shuddered as they contemplated the gallant boy's critical position. Creeping up to the door, the detective heard the voices o f two men engaged in conversation. One of them was Gus Klingman, and the other was his com panion . "He will die soon," said Gus. "Yes, he can't live until morning," replied his companion. A hollow groan now convinced the detective that they allu

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