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L -I THE LIBERTY A Weekly .Magazine containing Stories of the American Revolution. I8&Ued Weekly-By S u bscription $ 2.50 per ysar, -;Entered

. THE LmERTY BOYS . OF '76 A Weekly Magazine Containing Stories of the , American R.evolution Isll'UUl Wukly-By StJbscriptwn $2.50 per year. Emtere,d, as Second Cl&ss Matter at the New York, N, Y., Post Ojfice, February 4, 1901. Entere,d, according to Act of Oong1ess~ in the year 1009 , in the offi,ce of the Librarian of Cong,ess, Washington, D. C., by F'rank Tousey, rubli~her, :U Union Square, New York. No. 462 . NEW YORK, NOVEMBER 5, 1909. Price 5 Cents. 1933 CHAPTER I. , tioned and proved satisfactory, setting off on the right road, the redcoats following. .AFTER THE REDCOATS. "I say, m:v boy, where does this road go to?" "Doesn't go anywhere, it just stays right here. I never saw it go away, and I've been living around here a long time." "Well, where docs it lead to , you numb s kull?" "I don't see it leading nothing. How can it? It's nothing but dirt and stones, and that can' t lead nothing, can it? I guess you're foolish, aren't you?" A simple-looking country boy had been stopp e d on the road by a party of British soldiers who wished to enquire their way. The road led ~p from Long Island Sound n ear the Naugatuck River, through the hills to Danbury in Con necticut, and it was evident that the redcoat s were on some marauding expedition, as a number of ships were ~cen lying off the nearest point of .land. "IR this the road to Danbury, boy?" demanded another of the party, sharply . "Answer me, and no nonsense, or I'll lay this whip over your stupid shoulders!" "It's my opinion that the boy is not as stupid as he would like to make out, sir," said another officer. "His eyes are bright, and his face shows intelligence. I think he is humbugging us." "I don't see how you can call the fellow intelligent, captain," said another. "Look at him." As a matter of fact, the boy did look stupid, his mouth half open, his eyes staring blankly and his chin drawn in. Then he shifted his feet aimlessly, twiddled his :fingers, and looked this way and that in the manner of a person not entirely possessed of his senses. The captain, thus appealed to, could not deny that the boy certainly showed little or no intelligence. "We'll find another guidn," said the leader of the red coats, angrily. "I don't believe thi donkey has ever been half a mile from home. We'll get to Danbury, never fear." "You may have trouble in getting away from it, though," said the boy, now at a little distance. No one heard him, and he walked quickly away, struck into a bit of woods, and was not missed until he was out of sight. Hidden in the woods, he watched the redcoats, and heard them debating among themselves as to the road to Danbury. Other redcoats were coming up, on foot and mounted, and the march was being delayed, owing to the doubt as to the proper road to take . Then two rough-looking boys came up and were que s -'' W e can't stop them from reaching Danbury and seizing or destroying the stores there," the boy said, "but we can harass them on their way back, and that's what we must do." The redcoat who had pronounced the boy intelligent had formed a proper eatimate o.f him, but had understated the facts. The boy had been humbugging the redcoats, and, far from being stupid, was unusually intelligent. He was Dick Slater, the captain of a company of one hundred sterling young patriots known as the Liberty Boys, :fighting in the cause of independence, and at that time located in Connecticut, keeping an eye on the enemy. Dick had been reconnoitering, being in disguiee, as he suspected there were redcoats about, and had come upon the detachment from the ships. When he saw the two Tory boys, for such they were, leading the enemy, he gave a sudden peculiar call, and in a moment a coal-black horse of pure Arabian blood came out of the bushes an , d halted alongside. "Well, Major," he said, "we mu s t make haste and let the boys know that the enemy are about." "He sprang into the saddle, took a side road and galloped away, the beautiful black going like the wind . His road led into a wild part of the hills of the region, and in a short time he seemed to be lost, so rugged was the road and so wild the view. He was not lost, however, the boys having chosen the place purposely in which to hide from General Tryon, former governor of New York, who at that time was harassing the neighborhood, making frequent inroads into the country and carrying terror to the inhabitants. Tories from Long Island often came over in whal e boa ts also, malting :raids and getting away in haste before they could be captured, and the Liberty Boys were on the lookout for these harpies as well as for Tryon and his marauders. Safe in the hills the Liberty Boys had a secret cave, known only to themselves and discovered accidentally by Dick, from which they sallied out upon their enemies, and to which they returned when hard pressed or when the marauders had been driven out. Here they had their camp, keeping their horses and living in security from their foes, and especially from the cruel and unrelenting Tryon. Leaving Major in a secluded nook among boulders ant1 bushes, Dick hurried forward, went down a pass among the ro cks which apparently l ed nowhere, and all at once dove into a hole in the ground and was in the outer chamber of the secret cave .


2 'l'HE LIBERTY BOYS' SECRET CA VE. Giving a peculiar whistle, he was joined in a moment by I There was no hope of the Liberty Boys being able to a boy with a pine torch, who said : check the advance of so large a number, but they might• "W1rnt is it, Dick? You are back in a hurry, aren't annoy them, and this Dick deterp:iined to do. you?" Having ascertained the number of the redcoats aml 'l'he newcomer was in uniform and was Bob Estabrook, their destination, Dick and his little party now went back the first lieutenant of the Liberty Boys. to the camp, where Bob had gotten the boys together, "Tryon and a large force are on the way to Danbury ready to march against the enemy. to destroy the stores there, Bob," Dick answered, "and By this time it was ,:unset of an April day, with rain we must go after them and at the same time get word to threatening, and Dick decided to proceed with caution General Silliman, or General Arnold, or anyone, to go until he should meet with reinforcements. after the marauders." The boys rode on till after dark, and then made a tem -"But you will go yourse l f, with the Liberty Boys, porary camp for the night, setting to work at once to Dick?" making themselves comfortable . "Yes, and send word to the nearest camp of patriots . Among the boys were a jolly-looking Irish lad and a That is Silliman's, I think, although General Wooster may fat German, who weighed nearly two hundred pounds. be a s near . " The Irish boy was Patsy Brannigan, the company cook, "The more we have the better, Dick," with a laugh . and one of the chief funmakers; his companion, Carl "Very true, Bob, i;o get the boys together, send Ben Gookenspieler, being another, as well as Patsy's assistant. and a party one way, and Sam another, and give Mark "Come on with ye, Cookyspiller, till we be afther get charge of the rear guard to follow us as soon as word is tin' supper for the byes," said Patsy, bustling about as given to Arnold and the rest." soon as the camp was in any sort of shape . "Sure it's "Very good, Dick," and Bob hu r ried away to execute shtarved they musht be, phwat with the marchin' an' Dick's orders, the young captain hastily putting on h i s havin' nothin' to ate since the last toime, do ye moind ?" uniform. "Ya, I dinks so meinselluf," replied Carl, getting to . Mark Morrison -was the second lieutenant of the Libwork to help Patsy, whose fast friend ,.and contant comerty Boys, Ben Spurlock and Sam Sanderson being prip:mion he was . vates, an

THE LIBERTY BOYS' SECRET CAVE. 3 • "How many redcoats are there at your house, Festus?" he asked. "Twenty, captain. They hung back when Tryon passed throug-h, in order to look out for rebels, as they call our troops." "Then we shall have to send them about their business. How did you come over, on horee or afoot?" "I had a horse, he is just outside." "Good! I would have provided you with one i you had come afoot. You can guide the Liberty Boys. We will be ready shortly." In a few minutes two score of the Liberty Boys were ready, and set off under the guidance of the strange boy, with Dick at their head. CHAPTER II. COM.ING UP WITH THE ENEMY. 'J'here was a half drizzle as the boys rode on, but they were used to all sorts of weather and paid no heed to it. "If Tryon continues to drop off men at this rate, as he goes on, he will not have so many when he reaches Dan bury," observed Dick. "No, but all these different parties will make trouble," replied Bob, "and cause alarm among the people." "Very true, Bob, but if• tho people arouse themselves and strike at these parties, as we arc going to strike at this one, they will soon put Tryon to flight." The boys rode on at a good pace through the drizzle and in the dark, but at length they saw the light of a big bonfire, and the boy who was their guide said: "There's our house. The redcoat s have built a fire and it may catch to the house, but they don't care for that." There were lights in the house, and through the win dows Dick could see a number of r~dcoats eating and drinking, the men taking their refreshment by the fire outside. "Now then, boys," said Dick, "charge on these fel lows. We don't want any prisoners, but get all the horses you can and scatter these fellows right and left. Forward!" With a shout and a cheer the brave boys dashed clown upon the redcoats without warning. "Liberty forever, down with the redcoats, away with the marauders!" they shouted, as they rushed oo, firing a rapid volley. While Bob and the greater part of the boys made a rush for the redcoats around the :fire, Dick and the re mainder made for the house, where the officers were re galing themselves upon the food and drink of the pa triots, wasting more than they consumed. There \HS great confusion in the little camp as the boys came suddenly dashing down upon it, the men springing hurriedly to their feet, getting in each other's way, falling over each other or upon the fire and ,showing the gTeatest fright. . Those nearest the outside of the ring made a dash for freedom at once, but had to go afoot, as the boys quickly seized every horse in sight. while Bob and his party were routing the men, Dick and his boys entered the house, much to the consterna tion of the officers, who arose in great alarm. "Down with the rebels!" cried one, the very man wh0 had questioned Dick and called him stupid. "I'll trouble you for your sword, captain," said Dick. "I don't think you will have any use for it, and you might get into mischi~:f with it i I let you keep it." "Why, you confounded, impudent young rebel, how dare you--" One of the boys relieved the captain o:fl his s;_vord, while 0tbers took away the pistols and hangers of the rest. The majority were in such a befuddled state that they were unable to defend themselves, and one bellicose Btiton, on attempting to rise and strike Arthur Mackay, fell under the table and lay there. The captain shouted to the men outside to scatter the rebels, but they had been scattered themselves by this time, and could render no assistance to speak of. The officers were disarmed and sent off on foot in different directions, Dick then sending Arthur Mackay and Ben Brand to bring up the rest of the Liberty Boys, hav ing decided to make his camp at the Starkweather house. The two boys set out for the other camp and had gone about half the distance, when three or four British sol diers rushed out upon them from the woods and tried to drag them from their horses. They were some of those who had escaped at the :first appearance of tl1e Liberty Boys, and they were , armed. .Arthur quickly :fired at one of the redcoats, the bullet grazing his cheek and causing him to give a yell and strike savagely at the boy. Ben Brand struck at another with his pistol and caused him to let go hi.,, hold on the bridle rein in haste. Then the two boys da bed on, one of the redcoats being dragged two rods and having at last to let go, much, bruised and covered with the mud of the road. . Several bullets flew aft_er the boys, but aside from Ben's hat being shot off, the bullets flew wide. The boys rode on and at length reached the camp and delivered Dick's message. "Sure one camp is as good as another," laughed Patsy, "but if the captain wants us, an' there do be anny chance of matin' an' batin' the inimy, troth it's glad Oi'll be to make the change, me byes." "You was runned away vrom one places choost so gwick like anoc1er, I bet me, Batsy," laughed. Carl, "so what der difference was?" "G'on oui with ye, sure ye niver saw me run away yet from anny of me innimies, Cookyspiller," declared Patsy. "Ya, I was saw dot, und you runned like eferydings." "\ was it an' who were they?" demanded Pa.tsy. "Der day behindt yesterday, when you was got mit dot nest off yeller-shackets in already. Dose was enemies, ain't it? I bet me dey don' d was vriends." "Thrue for ye, Dootcby, Oi did run, but thim were not min, an' it's thim Oi mane." "Nein, dey don'd was mens, und dot was a goot ding already, for cause if dey was sting so much more already for deir sizes, you don'd could stood dem, I bet me." "Thrue for ye, me bye, an' Oi'm glad they're not." The boys did not encounter any redcoats on their w11-y


4 THE LIBERTY BOYS' SECRET C_\. YE. .. to the new camp, and it was likely that the latter would try and make their way to the main body of Tryon's ma rauding army as soon as possible. Dick saw the father and mother and younger brothers and sisters of Festus, being greatly pleased with the entire family. "MJ boy wants to join your company, captain," said the farmer, after the enemy were routed and everything was quiet about the camp, Dick being in the house at the time . "Yes, he told one of our boys that he did, but we put that aside for the time, having matters that demanded our immediate attention to look after . Are you willing that he should join us?" "Yes, for I think you are doing a noble work, and I want my boy to do something for his country. He is too young for the army, and some of our soldiers are not the best companions for him, I must admit, but, with boys of his own age and of good habits as his mates, neither his mother nor I would have the least complaint to make . " "'l'he Liberty Boys are all_ of good character, sir, for I will not admit any who are not truthful or who are ad dicted to evil habits. I shall be very glad to admit your son, if you ai-e willing, for I know he is just the sort of boy we want in the company . There are two or three vacancies, and if you agree to it, I will take him imme diately." "You still want to join, Festus?" the farmer asked . "Yes, father." "You'll have to fight, as you can very well see, I sup pose . These boys are not playing at being soldiers." "I know they're not, and I don't want to play at it. " "Then you wish to join?" Dick asked. "Yes, captain." "You can ride, I ln1ow, and I saw you bring down a redcoat at long range when we attacked them just now. You seem to be generally sound, and you are strong and big for your age . I see no reason why I should not take you in, my boy." "Thank you, captain," the candidate replied, blushing with pride and pleasure. "We will swear you in to night, for we will be on the march in the. morning, or even before then, perhaps.'' The boys were all pleased with the new recruit, as he very quickly became, and also with one of his sisters, something older than he, who visited the camp when the boy put on his uniform and shouldered his musket to stand guarcl. Lois Starkweather was a very pretty, v_ivacious girl, a thorough patriot, and devoted to her father and mother, and all the boys were well pleased with her. "I would like to be a boy myself," she said to Bob . "Then I could do something for my country." "Dick's sister and mine do things for their country," said Boo, in reply, "and they are girls. I think girls can do a lot, even if they do not shoulder a musket and fight." ''Yes, I suppose they can," Lois answered. "Of course they can, and I shouldn't wonder if you would be doing something before you know it." "Well, I would like to," smiling. "What do you sup pose it will be?" "Oh, I haven't any i

THE LIBERTY BOYS' SECRET CA YE. 5 were retreating, Tryon evidently fearing that more of the pat.riots wouln. come up and surround him. General Woo tcr was taken to Danbury, where he short-1? died, and the Liberty Boys and many of the men kept on after Tryon. Arnold, meanwhile, had posted himself on the road taken by the redcoats, who were seen coming on at about noon. ~\. hot engagement soon ensued, during which Arnold had a hor , e shot under him and would bave been bay onetted by a soldier had he not recovered himself and Rhot the man dead. Tryon pushed on, however, and the wearied patriots were forced to let him get away, the day being now well spent. "Never mind, boys," said Dick. "The redcoats have not embarked yet, and we may still have a chance to pun i h them for their depredations. This has been a good unday's work, and to-morrow we must do as well." The boys cheered, and A.mold himself thanked Dick for the service that the brave fellows had rendered the cause. CHAPTER III. THE DEPARTURE OF TRYON. The new Liberty Boy had behaved gallantly during the skirmishes and fights of that wet Sunday, and the boys were all proud of him, although very little was said. Dick spoke to him after the boys were resting in camp and said, encouragingly: "You behaved very well to-day, Festus, and I do not feel any regrPt at having taken you into the company. I think in time you will make as good a Liberty Boy as any I havP . " . "Thank you, captain," answered the new recruit. "I shall certai 1ly try to do my best always and not make you ashamed o1 me." • The boy : were talking among themselves around the fire, and B •n said laughingly: "Well, I knew that our new boy would be all right, be cause he lu s such a pretty sister." "Hello!" laughed Mark, who was a good deal of a tease. "I'll wager you thought more of her than you did of her brother, old chap. Stand any chance there, do you think? I'll speak a good word for you, if you like." "Why don't you speak one for yourself, Mark?" :Mark laughed and blushed, and then answered: "Oh, but I have a girl of my own, you know, and that's enough." . "Oh, I don't know! Patsy thinks that the more you have the better. It's safer, he thinks." "Yes, but you haven't any, so I thought you might make up to the new boy's sister. You have, haven't you?" coaxingly. "How do you know I haven't a girl of my own, the same as yourself?" asked Ben, with provoking coolness. "Have you, Ben?" eagerly. "Who is she? Tell a fel low what she's like, that's a good chap." "Oh, I didn't say I had, you know," and Ben arose, with a laugh, and walked away. "There isn't any nse trying to tea-e Ben," laughed Sam. "He knows you too well." "Perhaps you would like to make up to Festus, so as to get the good araces of his sister, Sam," said Mark. "Is that so?'' "Perhaps," laughed Sam, but 1\Iark was not to be drawn into any trap, and said with a chuckle: "You fellows know what Carl says, don't you, when Patsy tries to fool him?" "Sure they do be talkin' about ye, Cookyspiller," said the Irish boy. "Humbug!" sputtered the fat German. "That's it," laughed the lively young second lieutenant. "Come on, me bye, till Oi foind some dhry shtraw for me pots and pans, so tlrny won't get rusthed with the wet," said Patsy. "Oi were wondherin' where ye wor all the toime." "Dot was Sunday, und you don'd doed some work on Sunday, ain't it?" "A.n' what have ye been doin' all day, if not workin', me bye?" "Fighting dose redg-oats don'd was worrik, dot was play already," retorted Carl with a grin. "You was like to doed dot all der dimes." "Sure Oi wud, but come on with me an' see what we can foind for the mornin'. It's not Sunday afther sup per, an' so ye can worruk with a good conscience, al though Oi know ye do be doin' little enough of it." "Humbug! I was worrik choost so much like you, I bet me." "Well, annyhow, come on an' we'll see what we can foind." The two comical fellows set out in the dark and the half rain, and shortly came to a house by the side of the road, with woods back of it and a neglected garden in front. "Here's a house," said Patsy. "Maybe we can get what we want here." "Dere don'cl was somebody dot house in," muttered Carl. "Where you saw any light already? Dose peoples don'd was clere, I bet me." "Sure it's only early avenin' yet, an' they're savin' of the light, me bye. Candles cost money, those days. Sure Oi'll foind some wan. niver fear," and Patsy walked up to the door and raised the heavy brass knocker. When he attempted to knock with it, however, it came off the door, taking some of the wood with it. "Sure that's a funny thing!" he exclaimed. "Phwat'll Oi do with the knocker intirely?" "Knock der door mit it, off gourse," said Carl, gravely. "Troth, Oi will thin," and Patsy struck the door a tremendous blow with the brass knocker in his hand. It was so tremendous, in fact, that the door fell in and a cloud of dust arose. "Hoo!" cried an owl, who made its home within. "Sure it's mesel, Corporal Patsy Brannigan," answered the astonished Irish lad. "Who are ye?" "Hoo!" the owl returned. "Dot was ein owl, tfon'd you knowed dot?" laughed


6 THE LIBERTY BOYS' SECl\ET CA VE. Carl. "I was told you dot dere don'd was some peoples mit der house already." "Well, annyhow Oi have this," laughed Patsy. "Hoo!" said the owl again. '' Meself, of coorse," laughed Patsy. "Oi towld ye me name." "Dcre was spooks der house mit, Batsy,'' muttered Carl. "Gone away vrom dot, or dey caught you und took you to close bad places." • "Sure it's not afflard of anny ghosts Oi am," said Patsy. "Howiver, there's nothin' to be got out of owls, not aven something to ate, so come on with ye, an' we'll go som~where else." Patsy found what he wanted elsewhere, but greatly amused the boys by bringing home a heavy brass knocker in the shape of a lion's head. "What clo you want of that, Patsy?" asked Ben. ''Troth, Oi'll be livin' in me own house wan of those days, Bin, an' the thing will come bandy, faix." "Ye

THE LIBERTY BOYS' SECRET CAVE. 7 T ryon whC'n we took up our quarters here, and we may have to do so again." 1 "But don't people know of this place? Aren't you afraid of being smoked out of it?" "No one knows of it but ourselves, and we are always careful in going•out or coming in, so that our secret will not get out.'' "It is a :fine hiding place, and I would never have sus pected its existence." "No one does, and we do not mean that they shall," shortly . Although the redcoats had set _ sail for Huntington, Dick was not sure that they would. not soon return, and he thereforn determined to remain where he was for a time so as to prev.ent the enemy from doing any more damage . If he remained on guard near this place he could pa trol the shore up and down the Sound and, if the enemy appeared in any numbers, dispatch some of the boys for assistance and drive them o:fl'. Tryon was held in the greatest contempt by the pa triots, who denounced him as thievish and as having plun dered the State when he was governor to such an extent that he was eager to continue his depredations, and em ployed men of as W1etched a character as himself to assist him in his stealings. Knowing the former governor's reputation, and having already seen what he could do, Dick feared another visit from him, and therefore decided to keep a watch upon the coast. The boys were glad to be back in the secret cave again after the stirring events of the past two or three days, but they did not relax their vigilance for all that, pickets being placed as usual and a sharp lookout kept for ene mies, both from Long Island and along shore. Nothing was seen of the ships during the night and it was quite likely that they would remain on the other side of the Sound for some days, until Tryon could prepare for an~er expedition. The boys patrolled the shore on the watch for whaleboat parties from one or anothe't part of Long Island, the Tories of the island often sending over detachments to plunder the patriots, while many lawless men, pretending to belong to one party or the other, pillaged from both and belonged to neither. Nothing suspicious was seen during the night, and dur ing the next morning Dick went out with a dozen or so of the Liberty Boys to reconnoiter, Bob taking a party in the other direction, Mark being left to watch the camp. The new Liberty Boy went with Dick, who always took new recruits wi-th him to give them experience, and Festus was greatly pleased. With Dick alrn were Ben, Sam, Harry, Arthur, Will Freeman, George Brewster, Phil Waters, and others, all lively, trusty boys, all on the alert and just the 1;ort to take on a scouting tour. The ne,v boy rode with Beu, Sam and Harry, just behind Dick, the rest bringing up the rear. They were riding along a rough road in sight of the Sound when they encountered a roughly-dressed man, who tipped his hat and said: "Looking for redcoats, I reckon, are you? Well, you gave 'em such a drubbing yesterday that I guess they won't come over a.gain for quite some time. I hain't seen a sign of one on' em this I)lornin', and that's the truth." "That man is a rank Tory, and I would not believe him under oath," whispered the new boy to Ben. "I be lieve he is plotting mischief now." "Leave him to Dick," said Ben, quietly. -CHAPTER IV. DICK A.ND HIS PRISONER. • "So you have seen none of the enemy this morning, eh?" said Dick, in a careless tone, which savored of in difference, as' if he did nor care very much whether there were enemies about or not. "No, I hain't, really and truly. Got a camp around here somewhere, so's to watch the redcoats? If I should see any of the redcoats sudden, I could come and tell you about them, so's you could jump out _ onto 'em." "Yes, so you could," carelessly, and Dick rode on, the man being obliged to jump aside. He saw Festus, but did not recognize him at once in his uniform, and stared at him for some moments. , "Hello, you one of the young rebels?" he asked . "I reckon I can help ye a heap. Where's your camp?" "Where you won't find it, Levi Robinson," answered ' the boy. "We don't tru;;t men who call themselves rebels. We are not rebels, we ar2 patriots, we know no rebels among us." "Well, that's what everybody calls us, though of course w:e ain't really rebels, but--" "Don't you dare to rank yourself with us, you lying scoundrel!" stormed Ben. "vVhat do you mean by 'us,' confound you? You are not one of us, and never will be." "Wull, I dunno as I want ter be!" snarled the man. "But you better look out for yournelves that the redcoats don't ketch ye, that's an I got ter say," and the fellow dashed away into the bu_shes and fu-ed a sudden shot. In a few minutes Dick saw a number of redcoats hurrving forward out of a little wood not far distant. " There were twenty or more of them, and in a moment others were seen hurrying forward fo join them. "Here are the rebels!" they heard the Tory shout . "Hurry up and you'll catch 'em! Here they are!" "The redcoats must have landed this morning or re mained here all night," said Dick. "Back with you, boys, there are too many of them for us to manage con veniently." "Shall I go back for the Liberty Boys, captain?" asked the new recruit, eagerly. "I can bring them up in a short time.'' At that moment still more redcoats were seen, the number now being greater than that of all the Liberty Boys . "No, not now," said Dick, "but you and Ben might run ahead and_ warn Lieutenant Estabrook that there are redcoats about." The two boys shot off in a moment, and Dick and the


8 THE LIBERTY BOYS' SECRET CA VE. rest, after firing a few shots at the redcoats, hurried away A :number of the men went in different directions, leavin different directions, so as to puzzle the enemy. ing the major with a mere handful. If they had all gone the same way the redcoats might These were suddenly surprised to see a boy in Con-haTe been able to track them, but they took different tinental uniform, and wearing a sword, break through paths, some of them blind, :rnd not in any settled directhe tall grass as if in terror of capture. tion, apparently. "Jove! There's the young _ rebel captain now!" gasped To the pursuing redcoats it seemed as if each of the the major. boys took a different route and that their object was simBen Spurlock, with Bob's uniform on, suddenly tln'D.ed ply to get away. and darted into the tall grass again. , There was nothing to show that they had a c11mp any-The major, eager to capture him, taking him for Dick where about, the enemy supposing that the boys were in bis haste, gave hot chase in an instant. just running in all directions to get away as quick as This was the very thing that Bob had reckoBed upon .. possible. Ben fell, or seemecl to, at any rate, and the major Instead of that, however, the boys all made their way sprang forward to ~eize him and suddenly found himself to the same place, and as rapidly and in as orderly manin the grasp of three or four sturdy . boys, Ben quickly ner as possibla, and in a few moments not one was to be joining them. seen, so well did they cover their tracks. In a moment he was hurried away, one of the boys Where a hoofprint showed it was only for a short time, stuffing a neck-cloth in his mouth and another holding a and in spots they were so mixed up that they offered no pistol to bis head with a warning to keep silent. clue to the pursuers. Swiftly and silently the boys hunied their prisoner 'rhere was a large force of the enemy, and they had away, and he was some distance from the halting place expected to surprise the boys, but the Tory had been before his men suspected what had happened. forced to give the signal too soon and Dick's cleverness Bob and the boys hurried the captured major into the was too much for his foes. hills and by-paths, which the enemy could not follow, to The redcoats rode within a hundred feet of one of the the secret cave of the Liberty Boys, where Dick had al entrances of the secret cave without knowing it and then ready arrived. went on, getting farther and farther away from it every A handkerchief doubled twice was placed over the redmoment. coat's eyes when he was being led into the cave, so that They saw nothing of any of the boys and did not wish there would be no possible way of his finding his way to to go into the interior so soon after their late maraud, it at another time if he made bis escape or tried to cpme for fear of falling into a trap. to it again. 'rhey were anxious to catch Dick Slater and some of He stormed and fumed and used much bad language, the Liberty Boys and had promised the Tory a reward calling the boys rebels and many other things, and threat he would lead them to the boys' camp. ening them with all sorts of punishment if they did not After going some little distance and seeing nothing of instantly release him, to all of which they paid not the the boys they ~tarted to return, but in different direcslightest attention. tions, hoping thus to come across some of the saucy young rebels, as they called them. When they got inside the cave the muffler was removed Ben and the new recruit had found Bob and warned from bis eyes, arrd Bob said: • him of the presence of the redcoats, but none had come "Take him to Dick, boys. He will want to see the his way, and aiter reconnoitering carefully, they saw a redcoat major." party on a little by-path leading nowhere. Ben and Sam took th~ prisoner, one on each side, and "Those fellows are looking for us," laughed Bob, "but marched him into the cave, passing a number of the boys if they keep on that road they will be no nearer anywhere standing or sitting about. in an hour than they are now." Dick had a room to himself in the cave, fitted up as an The boys dismounted and while some looked after the office, where he made out his reports, wrote dispatches, hor es, Bob and two or three more crept forward cauand attended to other business. tio11~Jy. He had a rough pine table where he did his writing, a "If we could capture some of those fellows it would bed, one or two chairs, and such other simple furniture as teach the rest a lesson," Bob said. he needed, and was very comfortable. "There's a major with that party," whispered Ben. The redcoat had no idea that the boys had any such re-"We ought to catch him and turn him over to General treat as this, and was amazed at its extent and at horses Silliman," replied Bob. "Will you take the risk, Ben?" being kept here. "Will a duck swim?" laughed.Ben. .All the horses were not, but the presence of even a few The boys stole nearer and saw that the redcoats had surprised the major. halted, evidently in doubt of having struck upon a good This did not prevent him denouncing the boys and road. threatening them with all sorts of things as the boys were "Jove ! This path leads to nothing but rabbit holes,'' leading him on. the officer muttered. "We've gone astray, or at any rate, "Take him to Dick, boys," said Bob. "I think he will there's nothing here. Look about, some of -you, and pick settle the airish fellow." up a better road than this, for I'll be smothered if I'm The knowledge that he had been tricked by the boys going to keep on this!" did not sweeten the redcoat's temper by any means.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' SECRET CAVE . 9 And neither Ben nor Sam took any pains to placate him while they were hurrying him on. "You'll have a chance to see Dick Slater now," laughed Ben, "so that you won't make a mistake the next time you try to capture him." "It was very funny for you to think that a captain would wear a lieutenilnt's uniform," added Sam. "That may be the custom in your army, though. Perhaps you're onl_v a sergeant, or maybe nothing but a corporal.'' "Then we would be fooled, wouldn't we, Sam?" laughed Ben. 'l'he major's temper was never one of the best, and this sort of talk did not improve it. The boys were not at all impressed by the pompousness and false dignity of the arrogant major, and took a boyish delight in mah.-ing sport of him, they would not have done had he not abused them and put on airs as he did. . Dick was sitting at the rude table in the cave when Ben and Sam brought the British officer before him. The redcoat tried suddenly to spring at Dick, and was with some difficulty restrained by the boys. "You impudent young rebels, how dare you bring an officer of his majesty into such a place?" he stormed. "Perhaps the place is too clean," said Bob. "You are no doubt thinking of the filthy dens in New York which you call prisons. Would you prefer such a place 2" The major struggled and heaped abuse upon Dick, who at last said : "I will have you bound and gagged, sir, if you can't be have yourself. Such conduct more befits a taproom brawler than an officer in the king's ' service." 'rhe major was less demonstrative after this, although he had to be held to prevent his flying at Dick. "If you are not quiet, if you have to be held, I will have you gagged, blindfolded and bound," said Dick. "You ought to be ashamed of yourself, you, an officer." "I'll have every one. of you young rebels hanged if you do not instantly release me!'' sputtered the major. "How many men has Tryon landed this morning?" asked Dick. "Enough to hang every one of you and all the people. You shall pay dearly for your treatment of us." "For defending our homes?" answered Dick. "We are to be punished or that?" "You are rebels, you have no homes, the whole country belongs to us, and you have no right here at all, as long as you are rebels." "You talk like a Hessian," said Dick. "How many men has Tryon put on shore? Is he in command or has he sent some of his hirelings to do his dirty work?" The major flushed and made reply: "I will give no information to rebels!" "It doei not matter,'' carelessly. "We can obtain the information eh:ewhere. Bind him, Bob, and put him in some place in the cave where he will be safe till I can send him to General Silliman." "You have no right to bind me, you impudent young rebel!" stormad the major . "I tell you I will have you all hanged if I am not instantly set free." Dick merely nodded to Bob, and the enraged redcoat was taken away, bound hand and foot, and put in a hole in the cave whore thare wasn't the fhst particle of light. "Maybe you'll come to your senses," said Bob. "You act like a spoiled child i~stead of a man. I think you must have been reading Gaine's 'Mercury' lately, and it has jaundiced you." Tha Mercury, published at that time, was so given over to prejudice, falsehood and slander that it became the laughing stock of the patriots. , Its editor could say nothing good of the patriots, re ferred to the generals as "Mr." instead of giving them their titlas, and maliciously misrepresented all the facts it reported . "Bob's remark about the "Mercury" was pointed, there fore, and the irate redcoat felt the rebuke and said noth ing. Dick made no idle threat when he spoke of delivering his prisoner to General Silliman, or he meant to do so, and to do the same with all the prisoners he took. He was hiding from Tryon, but at the same time he meant to bother the marauder all he could, and show him and his redcoats that the Liberty Boys were not afraid of him. "If he will not talk, he need not," said Dick, "but I will show him that we are not to be frightened by bom bast and abuse, and that we mean to carry out our pur pose of ridding the country of these invaders just as soon as we can." "It will be a great taking down, though," laughed Bob. "He has evidently been used to having pretty much his own way and when he can't have it, he sulks like a willful child." "Then he can stay there till he gets over it," returned , Dick, dryly. The redcoats would try to find out where their officer had been taken and would undoubtedly scour the whole neighborhood in search of him, but Dick had no fear of thair being discovered. The cave was so well hidden in the first place and so strongly guarded in the next that the boys had no fear of being surprised and even expected to taka more pris oners if the redcoats got to prying about too much. "We'll send off the major to-night, Bob,'' said Dick, "and in the meantime we must watch the rest of them and see what they are up to and prevent it if we can." CHAPTER V. DICK IN TROUBLE . Ben, Sam, the new recruit and three or four others were out on their horses looking for the enemy. The latter had been searching for the major without finding the least trace of him and bad returned to the shore, where the half dozen Liberty Boys had cautiously followed them . Riding along, keeping behind trees and fences, and taking good care not to be seen, the boys presently caught sight of a vessel in a little cove and the redcoats embark ing on it.


10 THE LIBERTY BOYS' SECRET CA VE. "They are going elsewhere," declared Ben, "and Dick ought to know about it." "They may be back to the island," suggested Sam, "and we will not want to follow them there." "I think it is more likely that they will go up the coast somewhere and make a sudden descent upon the people when they are least expected_," returned Ben. "They are not satisfied with having Leen driven off yesterday, even if they did do a lot of mischief at Danbury, and will want to take revenge upon us for the damage we did." "I shouldn't wonder." 'l'he ship did put up the Sound, as Ben had suggested, and Sam and the new Liberty Boy hurried back to tell Dick the news while Ben and the others went on to watch the enemy. When Dick was told what the boys had discovered he got together the greater part of the Liberty Boys and set off along shore to follow up the vessel and see where' the redcoats made a landing. A small number of the boys were left to guard the cave and deliver the prisoner to General Silliman in case Dick did not return by evening. 'l'he major was left to himself in darkness and silence, but was well guarded and would have found it impossible to 'escape if he had tried. While the boys did not go near him they kept a watch upon him, nevertheless, and at the same time kept a look out for the enemy outside. Dick, Bob, Mark and the greater part of the Liberty Boys rode on at good speed, and at length saw the enemy's ship in the distance making for a sheltered cove, beyond which, at the distance of half a mile, lay a little settle ment, where now and then there were stores, and where at all times the people were thrifty and had plentiful supplies of grain and provisions of all kinds. It was the very place, therefore, toward which a band of marauding redcoats and 'J.'ories would be likely to direct its steps, and Dick wondered why they had not gone there before. "That's where they are going," he said, "and I think we can get to the place ahead of them and prevent their doing very much damage, and perhaps stop their doing any." . Dick knew of a shorter road than that along shore and this he determined to take, although it was rough and hilly, feeling slll'e that he could intercept the enemy by so doing. '11he boys were never afraid of hard roads, and off they set, therefore, over the hi,lls and through the woods, going at good speed, notwithstanding the roughness of the road. 'rhey were hidden all of the way from the redcoats, which gave them an atl.vantage, as the enemy would have no notion of their coming and would be taken completely by surprise. Dick had timed his arrival at the little village very well, and rode in at one !ide as the redcoats came dashing up from another. The people, seeing the redcoats coming, were on the point of retreating when they saw the Liberty Boys. Then they rallied, and as the brave boys came on with a shout, an answering one, and attacked the enemy vigorously, firing a volley from old muskets, rifles, shotguns and pistols, some of the boys of the village, having nothing better, sending in a discharge of stones, big a.nd little. The enemy were surprised to see the Liberty Boys, sup posing them to be miles away, hiding among the hills . The ga'llant lads charged furiously, sending in one hot volley after another, and then charging with their sabers and slhing right and left, sweeping down upon the red coats lib a tornado. There were more of the enemy than there ~rem of the Liberty Boys, but the brave fellows made a gallant charge and took the redcoats quite by surprise. "Liberty forever, down with the redcoats!" they shout ed, as they bore down upon the marauders, determined to give them a thorough punishment for the depredations they had committed, so that they would beware in future how they attacked the patriots. Muskets rattled and banged, pistols snapped and cracked, brave boys cheered, and there was a terrific din, the distant hills echoing the sound. Dick watched the enemy, knowing that he would soon have to retreat, there being so ]arge a force of the red coats. At last he gave the signal, but at the moment, the enemy made a sudden dash, and Dick found himself all at once cut off and in danger of being made a prisoner. Some of the boys saw his peril and gave a shout, but in another moment Dick was surrounded. "Never mind, boys!" he shouted. "Get away the best you can!" The boys could only obey, and indeed there was danger if they remained 01 their all being captured. They sent in a parting volley, however, and dashed away. The redcoats did not pursue them, but fell back in stead, the people of the countryside attacking them furiouRly. 'rhey made for their ship, therefore, and were obliged to leave without having plundered the town as they had expected. Dick was forced to go with them, being unable to make his escape, and the redcoats did not halt till they reached the shore . Here Dick wae ordered to dismount, but as soon as he did so, he gave :Major a slap on the flank and said: "Get up! Back to .camp with you!" Some of the re

THE LIBER'l'Y BOYS' SECRET CA VE. 11 attempting to strike me. You may b~g my pardon in stead . " The Briton did not see the wit and satire in Dick's re m.ark and was furious, but just then a captain cama up and said to Dick: "You are the rebel whose company of young ruffians carried off--" "I am the captain of the Liberty Boys, who are neither rebels nor ruffians, but soldiers,': interru]i)tecl Dick, "and we did carry off your ungentlemanly major, who is now om prisoner. Were you thinking of asking for an ex change?" quietly. "You don't mean to say you're the equal of the major , do you?" the captain asked, with a smile. "I have not fallen to his level yet," with a smile, "and I hope I never will. I know I am worth more, _ but I will c0nsent to an even exchange." "You may think yourself very lucky if you get away so easilv, my boy. Do you think the rebels will give up a maj, for a captain?" " , e is the prisoner of the Liberty Boys, and they wo1 d rather have me than him, I am certain." ' Hum! You are a clever young rascal." I am no rascal, captain, however clever I may be." ' Well, at all events, I suppose we shall have to consider f matter, as the major was in comm.and of the expe-i. tion and--" "Then the rascally Tryon was not in charge of the naraud? Afraid to meet Arnold, I suppose?" with a dry Laugh. "Here, here, you must not talk like that of your su perior.'t "He is not my superior, except in rascality, and I make no claim to that. Do you suppose I can show any respect to a man who has done nothing to deserve it? I have only contempt for such a man." The redcoats seemed uncertain whether to go on board or to remain on shore and negotiate for the return of the major. He was the leader of the expedition, and they therefore ought not to return without him, but there were difficulties in the way of remaining on shore in .a hostile country. Some of the people of the region had already attacked them and these might bring others, and the Liberty Boys return with a larger force and do more dam.age than before. The redcoats had not accomplished what they set out to do, and they thought that they might yet do it in some olher part of the section. After some little deliberation, therefore, they conclud ed to go on up the Sound, the ship keeping out somewhat and lying to while they committed their depreda.tions. 'J'hey did not want to take Diclf along, and so it was decided to put him on board the ves s el and arrange for hiti exchange afterward. He was placed in a boat and half a dozen soldier.s sent with him to see that he did not escape. Upon reaching the ship he was put in the brig, or ship's prison, under a strong guard, as it was feared he might get away in spite of them. The brig was a small cell-like room in the after part of the vessel on one of the lower decks, with a grated door and two ports, also grated, the chances of escape seeming very small. The door was locked and barred a.nd two marines pa raded up and down outside constantly, there being scarce ly a moment when one or the other was not in front of the door. "Aren't you afraid that I'll run away with the ship?" asked Dick, in a bantering tone, when he had been in the place a few minutes. "No fear, sir," returned one, in a grave tone. "We're here to see that you don't, and we mean to do our duty." "'l.'hat's right, my man, but I mig.11t run away with you two fellows as well, so that you couldn't give the alarm." "Oh, now you ' re jolting, sir," and the ghost of a smile :flitted across the fellow's face. ' "No, indeed, I am serious," answered Dick. "I am going to do my best to get away, and if necessary, that no alarm is given, you may be forced to go with me." " ,I'd like to see how you are going to do it, sir," returned the man, open mouth"d. uw ell, you keep watch and you'll see." The ship had not left her anchorage as yet, and Dick kad hopes that some of the boys would come to bis aid before she got away. "Bob or some of the boys are sure to do something," he said to himself, "even if it is broad daylight." * * * * * * * • Bob Estabrook was resolved to do something, as Dick had supposed, and he was not long in getting to work. He and a number of the Liberty Boys followed the red coats at a distance and saw them halt at the shore. Then Bob and his companions, who were Ben, Sam and Harry, made their way through bushes and behind stone walls some-what to the eastward of the enemy and saw Dick taken on board the ship. "She may put out soon," muttered Bob, "and we must get to work as quick as we can. We ought to have a boat." "There are a number along shore," answered Ben, "and we ought to find one. Let us have a look." The boys set off along shore, and presentiy saw • a boat with four boys in it, coming in from the direction of Long Island. "Hello, rebels, what are you doing here?" the boya shouted. "Come ashore and see," returned Bob. The boys were as big as Bob and the rest, and thought themselves the others' superiors. ' 0 'l'hey quickly came ashore in a little cove where the sand dunes were quite high and hid them from the red coats farther along shore. In a moment they found that they were not even the equals of the four Liberty Boys. The latter fell upon them and had them on their backs and were taking off their outer clothes in a trice. "We are not going to hurt you," laughed Bob, "but we want your duds, and we are going to have them." ''Right you are!'" chuckled Ben.


12 THE LIBERTY BOYS' SECRET CA VE. CHAPTER VI. BOB TO THE RESCUE. It was no use for the boys to kick and yell, for Bob and his mates turned them over on their faces and filled their mouths with sand, while they took off thair coats and breeches. "You fellows may as well keep still," said Bob. "We are not going to hurt you, but we want your clothes and your boat and when we get done with them, you can have them again. If you keep still, it will be all right, but if you don't, we will gttg you." While Ben stood over the Tory boys with two big pis tols in his hands to keep them quiet, the others rapidly took off their uniforms and put on the coarse garments they had taken from the boys. "You had bettar stay here and watch these fellows, Ben," said Bob. "Someone should, and we don't need so many in the boat to go out to the ship." "All right, Bob," cheerfully, "I'll do anything you say. Sit with your backs to each other, two and two, you fel lows." The boys quickly obeyed, being afraid to do anything else, and Sam got the warp of the boat and tied it around them, making a tight knot where they could not get at it. "'l'here are files in the boat," he said. " ' What were they there for?" "There's a blacksmith's up the road," answer e d one of the boys. "We were going to have them sharpened." "Maybe they will do as it is," said Bob. "Come along, boys. Don't be afraid to shoot if those fellows try to get away, Ben," with a savage look, which Ben understood, but which greatly frightened the boys. 'rhen Bob, Sam and Harry put out in the boat and made their way toward the ship lying at anchor. They were not observed and when they drew near the ship, they appeared to be fishing, ana no one on board paid any attention to them. They got in the shadow of her stern as quickly as pos sible, so as to be out of the line of vi s ion of those on deck, and then drew rapidly nearer, Bob uttering a sound like the scream of a gull. There were plenty o.f these birds flying about, so that it was not strange to hear one scream. Dick Slater in t11e brig, where Bob supposed he would be, heard the signal, for such it was, and looked out. He had stopped chaffing the two marines, who bad grown tired of their monotonous talk and were now sitting on a chest outside, chatting amicably. "He can't get out, Jinks, and there's no use in our keepibg hup thi.s :ere blessed march." "No, there ain't, Binks, and I'm goin' to chuck it." Dick, upon examining the bars before the ports, found that they were none too strong and were less useful than they were an ornament to the place. "A good tug will loosen them," he thought, "and I can give it to them when these fo-o fellows take their minds off me." "Very many of the British ships at that time were in a most wretched condition, and their names, "Invincible," "Terrible," and the like, were the strongest things about them. The ship on which Dick was now confined was old and should have been long since put out of commission, and would have been but for the cupidity of the Admiralty board, which kept it on that some fledgling of nobility might have a berth for which he paid royally. Hearing the scream of the gull, Dick look e d out and saw three boys in a boat. He knew tham in a mom ent and waved his hand to them. The boys came up close under the tern wh e re they were entirely hidden from anyone on the de c k or on th

TIIE LIBERTY BOYS' SECRET CA YE. 13 A cry was at once raised that two marines bad deserted d taken the pnsoner with them. After a great deal of lost time, a boat was lowered and t after the runaways, but by that time the boys were n shore . "You may go no", Jink , and you, too, Bink s," laughed Dick. "These boys will row you out , to the sh.ip. They will be glad to, I don't doubt, and I think you will be able to explain things satisfactorily." The marines had already been disarmed, and now they :mcl the Tory boys were quickly bundled into the boat and hoved off, when Dick, Bob and the others made their way quickly to the hor s es, and rode away, Bol) having brought ::\Iajor with him, feeling sure that he would re s cue Dick. .As soon as they joined the Liberty Boys, Dick decided to go after the redcoats and attack them again and force them to go back to the ship. If they could get the ass i s tance of the people of the region he felt sure that he could drive out the enemy, alLhough he could not do it unaided. The boys set out at once at good speed and, although the redcoats had a good start, it was not long b e fore they were seen not so far ahead, making for a little settle ment, the v e ssel putting in to\lard shore , s o a to gi,e them additional help. The boys hurried on, but the people had alr e ady taken the alarm and were beginning to rally to the defense of their homes. They soon saw the Liberty Boys and, recognizing the blue and buff of the Continental Army, gave a hearty cheer, knowing that help was at hand. The redcoats saw the boy coming also, and knew that they would be unable to do anything, with the people aroused and the brave boys at hand, and they therefore ~et out for the ship posthaste. They ucceeded in getting off safely, but with no time to spare, the brave fellows pursuing them closely. Once safely on board their vessel the enemy did not seek to molest the patriots further, but set sail at once for Long Island, the boys watching them for some time, till well satisfied that they would not return. "Well, they did not make much out of to-day's maraud," muttered Bob. "They did not get anything worth talking about." "I rather think they did," laughed Mark, "but they did not keep him . They did get Dick, you know." "Yes, but take it right through, they accomplished nothing by the expedition of to-day . " •'~ o, and we got the leaclcr of it, and we've got him ~afe. He'll be in a nasty temper when we get back, I'll warrant." "Well, we're not accountable for his temper," laughing, "and he ou~ht to have more control of himself." • \.fter a short rest the Liberty Boys set out for their camp and reached it during the afte rnoon, riding at a fair speed. They found eyerything in order at the cave, the pris oner being in a more contrite state after his solitary con finement for so long. He was very respectful to Dick when he saw the young captain, and said in a Yery mild tone: "TheTC must be some of your men prisoners with our . troops. Do you suppose you could effect an exchange of some officer of equal rank for myself?" "I think likely, major," Dick replied . "The matkr will be attended to, no doubt. We will haYe nothing to do with that, however, as you are to be delivered to the general, as I• told you. We k<'lBp no prisoners, and rarely take any, but in your case the opportunity was not to be neglected." "Is-it necessary for me to be longer bound?" the major asked. "No, I think not," a:nd Dick called one of the boys ancl askad him to release the prisoner. "Your men have gone back to Long Island," Dick con tinued, "the expedition having failed . You will leav e here to-night and go posthaste to the quarters of General Silliman." The major was very moderate now, both in speech and manner, and neither abused Dick nor made any attempt to attack him. "The fellow ha s come to his s enses," laughed Bob . "He seemed to imagine that ha could do as he pleal' ed with us 'rebels,' as he called us, but I think that he has altered his opinion materially since this morning . " "'l'hey say that solitary confinement reduces the kmpers of the most obdurate prisoners to the mildest cond i tion," observed Mark, dryly. "It seems to have worked in this case, at any rate," re marked Ben. Shortly before evening Dick sent the prisoner away with Ben, Sam, the new Liberty Boy and one or two mor e , sending a larger party than absolutely nece sary so that they might be company for one another on their return. 11here were some Tories in the region also, and the boys would thus be protection for each other in case they were attacked by any evil-disposed persons . The major felt very sore at having been outwitted by the boys, and had little or nothing to say during the jour ney, which was purposely a rapid one. He was safely delivered to the general, who compli mented the boys, and especially Dick on their genera l behavior and especially on the dash they had exh.ioitccl in the capture of the major. The latter was treated courteously and not with th e disdain ancl contumely which many patriot prisoner s 1m-t when they fell into the hands of the enemy, and the red coat himself could not but note the dillerence. Having finished their errand the boys set out upon th e return, intending to pass the Starkweath er house going back, it being in their way, so that Festus could see hi.~ people and the boys could see Lois. They were within a quarter of a mile of the house, it being early in the evening, when Ben heard someone coming on, talking and laughing hilariously. "Some of those boys are Tories," said the new recruit . "I know the voices of two or three of them." "We may have to be cautious," observed Ben. "If thev attack us_. we will defend ourselves, of course, but I don:t want to get into a fight unnecessarily. Dick never ap proves of that.'' 'l'he boys drew to one side jn the shadow and the others came on, not noticing them, one aying with a coarse laugh:


14 THE LIBERTY BOYS' SECRET CA VE. "Well, we got the Starkweather gal, anyhow, and I reckon we'll make her brother and the pesky young rebels pay well for her before we give her back . " Festus let out a cry of rage and flew at the speaker before Ben could prevent him. CHAPTER VII. LOIS RESCUED. Ben Spurlock, who was in charg~ of the little party, would have kept quiet, allowed the Tory boys to go on, and would then have followed them stealthily and what they had done, but Festus could not restrain him self on hearing that Lois had been abducted, and hacl at once flown at the Tory boy and upset him. The others scattered in all directions, uttering cries of ala.rm, and in a few moments not one was to be seen. Even the boy that the new recruit had upset made his -escape, and the boys simply had a piece of distressing in formation without a single clue to work on in effecting the girl's rescue. "I'm sorry you did that, Festus," said Ben, "but I don't suppose you thought. If you had let those fellows go on talking we might have learned something . Still, I can't blame you." "I couldn't hea . r that Tory skunk go on that way with out doing something, Ben," the boy answered. "No, I suppose not, but when you have been a little L:,nger with the Liberty Boys you will learn to restrain 0yourself at such times. However, if you know some of he fellows, that is something to go on, and we may be able to run the rascals down after all. We'll get Dick to help us, but :firsL let us go to your house and see what {hev know of the matter." ' the house they were glad to see the boy, but did not , :mow that anything had happened to Lois, who had gone fo visit a neighbor for the evening. They went to the neighbor's house and found that the girl had not been there, nor had she been expected. "Those fellows have waylaid her on the way from our house to the other," said the boy, "and now we've got to find out where ' they have taken her . How are we going to do it? I know some of those Tory rascals, and we'll _go right to their houses and make them tell all about it." "Do you think they will?" asked Ben. "Don't you suppose they will try to lie out of it, and say that they are not the fellows and don't know anything about it?'' "But they do, Ben, for we heard them talking about it everv one of us . They can't lie out of it." '"I n~ver knew a 'ro;y bully that wouldn't," laughed Sam, "and you may be sure that they will." "You charged upon them, my boy," Ben went on, "and they know that you heard what they said and will be on their guard. We must go to work a little cautiously, and I don't doubt that we will find out something, but we must be careful about it." ''I guess you're right, Ben," the new boy answered, "ap.d I was too headstrong; but now I'll do anything that say to get Loia away from those ruffians." "I know you will, Festus; so now let's see what would be the best p lace to look for your sister." "She won't be in the hame of any of those fellows," Sam suggested _ ; "but we might go there, just tho same, and see what we can learn by listening a bit and picking up this and that piece of information .'' "'l'hat is all right," replied Ben, "and we'll do it. vVhich is the nea1est place where any of them lives?" "Tony Swartwout's is the nearest, and he is the fellow that we heard boasting about carrying Lois ofl'. It is not far from here, and I can take you there in a short time." "All right, we'll go there," said Ben, and the boys at once set off, with the new recruit as a guide. Nearing the boy's house, they dismounted and went forward cautiously, keeping their eyes and ears open. 'rhere were lights in the hotlSe, which was a log cabin that had been built a long time, there being no others of the sort anywhere near, nnd was in bad repair, the people in it being too indolent to keep it up. "That's the place," whispered the boy, "but I don ' t see anything of Tony . " 'rhere were no blmds to the cabin, and the boys could look in wi Lh_out any difficulty, seeing the family sitting at supper, but not seeing the boy, as the new recruit had said. "Someone is coming," whispered Ben, presently. "Maybe this is the 'l'ory bully now." There was someone coming, and the boys secreted themselves and waited in silence . A hulking, shock-headed boy presently came up and went into the ca.bin, being received with a snarl by the woman of the house and by a growl from the man. "Where you been so long, when you knowcd that sup per was ready and the chores to be done, Tony Swart wout?" the woman asked . "You'd just be served right if you was made to go without your supper, that's what!" The woman spoke in a high key and the boys had no trouble in hearing all she said, as well as Tony's answer, for he, too, spoke loud and high . "Don't you to go to scolding, ma'am," he said, "till you hear what I done . You know them Starkweathers, what lives over to the north on us, don't you? 'riiey're rebels and--'' "Don't you let me ketch you having anything to do with rebels, Tony Swartwout, or I'll lambaste you good and hard ! " snaTled the fatlier, half rising . ,.,, "Now you shut up, pap, till you bear what I done, me and Tom Wagsta::, anc1 some o' the fellers, and then yo11 won't have much to say, and you won't be mad, nuther, 'ca~se it just serves the rebels right, and them Liberty Boys'll have to pay a pretty penny to~" "My fathers, Tony Swartwout, you're wuss'n a woman fm talkin', I vow ef you ain't!" screamed the woman . "What have you did? Tell us about it, and don't take up so much time, or I'll take a strap--" "You're as bad as him, C:rnthy p, snarled Swartwout. "Why don't you let him tell it, 'stead o' blaatin' like you are and ketipin' everybody wnitin' to hear what the boy's gotter say, like a old cow? Boats all how women will gc on . " "Well, there, I let you have your say, and what does


THE LIBERTY BOYS' SECRET CA VE. it mount to?" the woman retorted. "How much more) He yelled and protested, but Sam pulled him off the do you know?" horse, turned him on his face in the road, and went 'l'ony had to ken advantage of the quarrel to attack his through his pocket-s, bringjng out an old iron key among supper, and was doing full jus tice to it, not knowing other things. when these amenities ioight cea s e and he be brought tq This key was found to fit the front door of the house, book. which was locked. "What d'ye do, Tony?" asked his father. Lois was found bound in one of the rooms o.f the "Hunncd away with the Starkw e ather gal and put her house, and as soon as they had released her and were in a olc house, and now them rebels are gotter pay us for outside, Festus carried out his threat, and turned and giving on her up, and we won't let her go for nothing, thra s hed Tony Swartwout till he begged for mercy. neither." "There, you Tory!" he said, "if I catch you at any "You thunderin2: little :fool, don't you know that's more such work, I'll give it to you worse, so lookout .for kidnabbing and yo1~'ll get into jail or it, and mebby be yourself!" hung fur it besides?" asked Swartwout, uneasily. 'l'ony made his way back to bis own home in ha s te, and "Shuck;;! They're r e bels, and it ain't again the law the boys went on, taking Lois home, where she was most to do anything to rebels , don't you know that?" joyfuly received. "No, I don't, and the first thing you know, you'll be "We had better go on now, boys," said Ben, "for we getting into trouble and getting--" should have been back before this , and Dick may be Ben had made a signal to the boys, and now they all worr y ing about us and sending out a search party to see ~prang forward and entered the cabin, with their muske1s what has become of llS." ready. rrhey went on at good speed, therefore, and arrived at "'l'onv Swartwout, where have you put that young the secret cave in good time, Ben explaining what• bad lady?'' ;sked Ben. "Come and show us, or I'll blow the detained them. top of your head off!" "So thera arc Tories about, eh?" said Dick. "They "Donno nothing about it!" gasped Tony, turning pale may give us trouble if we do not watch them. H they and trembling viole:ntly. "It was Tom Wagstaff done it, knew of our cave the y ,rould tell Tryon." and not me at all, he only told me about it and be "But they do not know it, Dick," answered Bob, "and wouldn't say wh'3re he put her, 'cause he was a-scared that I do not think :it likely that they would. ever :find it out I'd t.ry t~ git some o' the :n_oncy what the!, was going to without our help." get out o the rebels for givmg on her up. "Which of course the y won't o-et. We must ,ratch "Y th 'l' " "d B "Y ' 1 . ' ' i:--ou come wi us, . ony, sai en. ou re ymg, them, however, so that they ,rill not follow anv of us." and you do know where the girl is. If you don't come I "The cave is too secr et for th e m to find 0Dick" de with us in t~vo seco1:ds, you',11 get so filled wit~, bullets clared Mark; "but I have no objection to ;atchi~g the that wat~r will run right through you. One--. rascals and giving the m all the thrashing s they need." Ben did not _have to count any more, for Tony fairly "Thrue for ye, liftinint," said ratsy. l c ,tpcd out o.f his se~t, and howled: . . "Off we :found dos e Y"llcrs trying to get cler caYe in, "Don't shoot! _ I l~ show you, but i:f you do anytlung den we was shooted elem," added Carl, "uncl den dey to me, you got to do it to Torn Wag ,taff, ~d Pete Dulks, don'd was tried dot some more, I bet me." ~nd Ezry Tt:oxd, an~1 t~: re~t ;nd ,;m, cause they had "Not i ye shoot thim dead, me bye. That wud be a Jnst as muc O O wi 1 i as . a . great discouragemint to thim." Ben gave Sam and Harry a signal and they seized Tony , . while h e was still talking and dragged him out of the Later, Patsy ana Oar! _were on duty outside the cave, 'h tl s no-tllenl lJlacllooks when Carl heard a suspicious sound among the bushes. non se, , e o 1er grn O • "D b Outside the bovs quicklv put Tony on a horse in front . ere some ody was trymg to got cler ca e rn, ., he . . ~aid of one of themselves, a_ncl Ben said: "No" then, Tony, take us to the place, or you'll get "Yis , so there is. Kape yere eye open, me bye." h d B tt "Ya, I bet me, und I was keepccl mein musket oben the worst thrashing you ever a . e er cut some switches in advance, boys, so that we won't lose any already besides." time." ' Presently Carl heard the sound again, as if someone "I'll show ye!" howled the prisoner. "Festus, he knows were sneaking through tbe bushes, trying to find a way the place. It's the ole Daggct house what's most gone into the cave. to pieces and what folks says is ha'nted." "Who dot was?" cried Carl. "Stop where you was al'Yes, I know the place," said the new boy. "Come on ready!" and I'll show you where it is, but I'm going to lick Tony There was a snort and a rush through the bushes toSwartwout, just the same, for having had anything to do ward the entrance of the cave. with it." Carl raised his musket and fired on the instant in the "J didn't!" yelled the frightened bully, who was bigger direction of the sound. than the Liberty Boy, "and you ain't got no call to touch 'l'here was a squeal and a grunt, and then something me!" rushed past Patsy, neaTly upsetting him, and then banged "I'm going to, all the same," said Festus: into a rock and lay still. 'Then he led the way to the old house, and Ben suddenPatsy kicked the :fir\l into a flame, and went forward ly ordered the boys to search Tony. to investigate.


16 THE LIBERTY BOYS' . SECRET CAVE. "Sure ye've killed yer brother, Cookyspiller," he said with a roar. "Gone ouid mit you, I don'd was ha . d ein broder, dot was ein pig." "So it is, an' that's the felly that were thryin' to foind his way intil the cave. Sure if he hadn't been a pig, he'd have been satisfied to stay outside." "Ya, I bet me dot was so; he was one of dose Tory pigs already." "He'll be roast pig to-morry, thin, be the same token, unless we cut him up for bacon." "What was the shot for?" asked Ben, coming up. "Sure, Cookyspiller shot a, spy what were tryin' to get . " m. '' A spy, eh? Why, it's a pig!" "Yis, Oi know, he wor a pig because he was not satis fied to stay where he belonged, begorry !" Ben laughed and the pig was taken in to be cut up for the boys to eat on the morrow. CHAPTER VIII. • A CLEVER CAPTURE. In the morning DiLk went out with some of the boys to r0connoiter, and see if there were any signs of the enemy. 'l'hey had gone some little distance when they met a coarsely dressed boy who said: "You're some of the Liberty Boys, aren't you? I've been looking-for you to ask if I could join. I'd like to, 'first rate, and my folks say I can, so as to help drive out -the redcoats and Hessians and all the rest of 'cm that are trying to get hold of the country . Will yo take me in now, or do you want to see my folks first? I'll take you to 'em, if you want to see them, they don't live very far." The boy seemed rather too eager to be honest and Dick's suspicions were aroused. . "So you want to join the Liberty Boys, do you?" he' asked . "What is your name?" "William Johnson, but folks generally call me Bill. I'll go with you now if you say so. Where is . your camp? Not very far, is it?" The new recruit was not with the party, but J)ick was satisfied that the over-zealous candidate was a Tory boy, who was trying to find out where the boys had their camp, but was not clever enough to conceal his anxiety . "You are not a Tory, are you?" Dick suddenly asked. "Me?" flushing. "No, I'm a rel:r-no, I ain't a T ory, I'm ready to fight the redcoats, I'm just the same as you are. I'll join now, if you say so. " Dick had not the slightest doubt now tha,t the boy was an impostor, and a very clumsy one at that, not to see that the boys would detect him to be a cheat at once . "Who sent you to us?" he asked sharply. "Nobody," awkwar~ly . "I saw you boys t'other day, and I said then that I'd like to be one of you and help fight the redcoats and drive 'em out of the country . " "We do not want anyone at present," Dick replied . "Have you seen any redcoats this morning?" "No, I haven't;'' coloring and looking around, "but I thought I'd like , to be one of the L i berty Boys before they come, so's to be r eady for them when they did come . " Dick Slater possessed very keen hearing, and at this moment he heard the sound of men coming along the road at a rapid pace, and suspected that they were either Tories or a party of British who ha\1, recently landed either from Long !&land or from somewhere up the Sound. "l'll take you to my folks now, if you like," the strange boy said. "Very well, go ahead," said Dick, and in a moment the boy darted ahead, never looking behind to see if the others were following. "There is someone coming, boys," said Dick, "and I am not sure that they are not enemies. Fall back a bit." 'l'he boys all l~new tha.t Dick's Judgment was to be trusted, and they obeyed without question in an instant. Dick heard the boy running and then heard him stop, while in a moment the pace of those coming on increased . "Fall back a little more, boys," he said. "I don't know who these are who are coming, but I have an idea that tqey are redcoafa, and this boy thought he could lead us into a trap." The boys fell back still farther till they were at a po•int where several paths led toward the cave, all of which were known to them. Here they halte~ and waited for the newcomers to ap pear, the sound of their coming being very plain. In a short time they came in sight, led by the boy, and were seen to be redcoats, as Dick had supposed thay would be. There were many more of them than there were of the boys, but they were on foot, and therefore at a disad vantage. "Surrender, you saucy young rebels!" cried the leader. "We know where your hiding place is, and we will hunt you into your hole and smoke you out, so you had better sunender at once." "Come and take us if you think you can," replied Dick, and then he gave a quick signal to the boys, which they alone understood. In a twinkling they all shot away, each in a different direction, and, scarcely before one could think, they had all disappeared . 'I'hat the redcoat's declaration that he knew the boys' hiding place was a boast was quickly proved, for the enemy was hopelessly a.stray and could not find one of the young patriots whom they had so scornfully called "rebels . " Not only was not one of the boys to be found in ten seconds from the time they had suddenly dashed away, but there was no trace of where they had gone, and they might have sunk into the ground for all that the redcoats had any trace of them. And yet, at first, some of them were near enough to hear all that their pursuers said, and to hear their ex pressions of blank surprise. "They can't be far away, they couldn't possibly get out .of sight so soon .'' "Yes, but where are they?" That was a question which puzzled them all, and to which there was no satisfactory answer . The boys quick l y hurried away, down this path and


THE LIBERTY BOYS' SECRET CA VE. 17 that, and in a short time there was none near, and the task of the redcoats became more and more difficult. Di(;k sent l\Iajor on ahead and hid in a nook among the rocks where no one not knowing the place could have found him, and from which he presently emerged, going to another, and still another, as the redcoats looked here and there for him, getting more and more perplexed every minute. "You young villain!" said the leader to the boy who had called himself Bill Johnson, "I thought you said you knew where these young rebels had their hiding place. I don' t believe you ]mow anything. Show it to us, or I will give you the worst whipping you ever had!" -"I didnt ay I knew it," whined the boy, greatly / frightened. "I said I thought I could find it, I never said I lrn.ew it." "Well, then, find it, you little liar!" and the redcoat raised his fist. Bill Johnson suddenly rushed away, tripped, and went tumbling down a steep bank at one side, scratching his hands and face on briars, tearing his clothes and getting himself covered with mud and dust. He made his escape, but the redcoats did not find any of the Liberty Boys, nor the first clue by which they might reach the secret cave. . Dick did not watch them for long, but went on to the cave, and rapidly changed his clothes , coming out at l~ngth at a different point from ,rhere he had entered, looking like a poor boy of the region and not more than half witted. The redcoats managed to make their way back to where they had fir t seen the Liberty Boys, when they heard someone coming along the rough path, whistling. Bill Johnson had disappeared, and they krrew that this could not be he. When Dick appeared, they looked at him sharply, but dicl not recognize him in the least. "Hello!" he said. "Where you going? Where's the fair? Be you l\fr. Merryman, or the feller what snaps the whip? This is a troupe o:f barn-stormers, ain't it?" "Why, you fool, we are soldiers! Don't you h."Ilow the difference between trnveling mountebanks and the king's troops?" "Oh, then you are a troupe, hey? Where you going to show? Do you stand on your head and walk on your hands? I can do them things. Want to see me? I'll do it fur ye in the show if ye let me an' my folks come in free." "Oh, so you are a circus actor, are you?" asked the red coat, greatly , amused. "Let me see you do a few tricks, and if you are good, maybe we will take you along." The man regarded Dick as a half fool and thought to have sport with him, never dreaming that he was the dashing captain of the Liberty Boys, who had so recently defied him. "All right, I'll show ye," said Dick, with a simple smile. "Oh, I can do a lot o' things, I'm great, I am!" "Very well, let us see you do them." Dick could really do all that he said he could and more, but the way that he tried to do them now, or rather, seemed to try them, caused the redcoats to scream with laughter. He fell on his face, hu11ed a somersault one way when he had said that he would turn it the other, and did all sorts of awkward things while seeming to be trying to show off. The redcoats fairly roared, said he was a wonderful acrobat and urged him to do more, or, at all evants, thought they were doing it. "You :ue a wonderful boy," said the leader at length, when they were all tired out with excessive laughing. "Yus, I told ye I was. You hadn' t seen any better'n me, have ye, if ye've seen as good? Kin I join the show an' go in fur noth'in' ?" "vVell, we'll see about it," with a laugh. "Do you live about here? Are you acquainted with the region?" "Am I? W aa], I guess I am. I know lots . o' things. Why, I kin tell you ther names o' all the folks livin' around here." "Do you h."IlOW where the Liberty Boys have their camp?" "Huh? I don't 'pear to :r;eckolleck them boys. There's the Larkins twins, an' the Johnson boys, and the Liggitts--oh, maybe you mean them, up to the parsonage?" "No, I mean the Liberty Boys. They are soldiers and carry muskets and pistols and swords and bayonets." "Oh, you mean them rebels what chased away the red coats t'other day, made 'em run like Jehu, an'-Crickey ! Never lafl'ed so much since I was born ! Say, that was funny ! Did you see that? Them rebels made the red coats run like a whitehead was after' em. I laffed till I busted my braces. Say, that was real funny, that was." The redcoat did not seem to think it was as amusing as the supposed half-witted boy did, and he said sharply: "Yes, those are the fellows. Do you know where they have their camp? I would like to see the captain." "Scamp? No, I guess they ain't scamps, but it was right funny to see them make the redcoats run. What was it all about, anyhow? Couldn't the redcoats maka the rebels run? They was bigger." "Where do they stay around here, I mean? They have a camp, don't they, a place where they -eat and sleep and see folks?" "Oh, you mean where they live? Why didn't you say so? I b'lieve you're foolish," with a silly laugh. "Why, 'cause I know :where they lives, everybody knows that." "Bill Johnson did not." "H'm! Bill Johnson is a sneak. He thinks ha knows a lot, but he don't know nothing . He don't know where the rebels is, but I do." "Will you show me where they live? I want to see them?" "Why, any fool knows that, but I'll show you if you like." The redcoat thought that now he would find out the hiding place of the Liberty Boys, but he did not want to seem too anxious about it, or this foolish boy, as he con sidered Dick, m1ght not show him. u-well, some time," he said, carelessly. "Huh! That means no time!" snorted Dick. "I don't b'lieve you want to go there at all. You're foolish. I ain't got no time to waste on foolish fellers like you." The redcoat laughed and said:


18 nm LIBERTY BOYS' SECRET CA VE. "Oh, very well, show it to me now, then, if you know not clever enough . I wonder that you trusted him at all. it; but I believe yeu lmow as li ttlo as Bill Johnson." The boy has not ordinary intelligence. " "Huh! That's all you know!" scornfully . ".You come "You did not seem to possess as much as Bill, even, with me an' I'll show vou what I know." when we first saw you, captain," returned the other, 0 Dick then set off along the path in a direction that coloring . would lead him . to a corner of the cave which the boys "No, I suppose not," with a smile. "That is a trick I did not use very much. have at times. It does not do to trust to appearances al-He could bring a number o.f the boys to th@ spot in a ways, however . " short time, however; and, as he struck into a wilder, "No, I see that it does not. So this is your hiding rougher path, hurrying on and keeping ahead of all but place? Do you imagine you can keep it secret for any the officer, hi; suddenly uttered the cry of a hawk. length of time?" ' 'l,he other redcoats were left behind, Dick hurrying on "We have kept you and plenty more redcoats puzzled with the leader, who suddenly grew suspicious and said : to find it for some time, and then, you do not suppose it is _ "What was that? Where are you going?" -not guarded, do you? If an enemy should happen to get "To the cave!" said Dick, and then he gave the redcoat inLo it by accident, which is possible, he would not get a sudden push ana sent him sliding down a steep incline, ont again till we were ready to release him. You redcoats which presently entered a hole in the ground where all have troubled us considerably and we have made up our was dark . minds to capture as many of you as possible . Do you Dick himself slid aiter the man am1 sent him farther know the major, who headed a small e~edition in this into the hole, where he at last brought up against a pile region not long ago?" of earth. "Yes, and he is missing in a very mysterious fashion. "Here you are, in the secret cave of the Liberty Boys!" No one knows what became of him. " said Dick . "I can tell you what became of him . We captured. CHAPTER IK. KEEPING A~ ];;YE 0-~ THE ENmff. "What does this mean, what place is this?" demanded the redcoat, trying fo pierce the darkness . "Who are you? Jove! You have betrayed me ! I believe you are one of the young rebels yourself!" "Not rebels, lieutenant, patriots," said Dick, laughing. "We will have a light in a few moments," and Dick whis t l ed . 'rhe sound was answered, and in a moment a gleam of light was seen in the distance, growing brighter every moment. Then two or three boys in Continenta l uni form, and bearing torches, came up, and Dick said: . "Here is a visitor, boys . He said he wanted to find the camp of the Libert-y Boys, and I told him I would show it to him. Have I kept my word?" _ "Indeed you have, captain," laughed Ben. "Are there any more expected?" "No, I think not, and you might close the entrance . Someone might fall in by mistake, and we don't want any more at present." One of the boys disappeared in the dar1.'Uess, ana the others took the redcoat away, first relieving him of bis weapons. He was greatly chagrined when he fom1d himself in a chamber of the. secret cave, and recognized several o-f t h e b oys whom he had seen in the path without. Dick quick l y resumed his uniform, and the r edcoat r eadi l y r ecog n ized him as t h e supposed halfwit t e d boy wh o h ad s o cleverly trick3d h i m . "Is Bill J ohnson one of your spies, cap t ain?'' the officer a s k e d . ''No, h e i s not. H e w ould h ave betra ye d u s , but was him, brought him here and took him to General Silliman. We are going to do the same with you, as soon as convenient." "But do you fancy that you can escape General Tryon? H0 is keeping up a sharp search for you . " "I am glad to hear it," with a light laugh, "for it will give us something to do. We would like to catch Tryon himself, but can hardly hope to do so, as he is a sly fox . " "You do not speak very respectfully of the general." "No, because I have no respect for him, only contempt. Governor Tryon is a petty tyrant, a thief and a marauder, and I cannot respect a man of such a character." "You speak strongly, captain . " "No more strongly than the facts warrant. Look at his record. He plundered the State and city ri1rht and left when he was governor, and he has been plundering ever since. Look at the greater part of his troops, a drunken, dissipated, riotons lot. You should be ashamed to serve with such a man. " "An officer cannot always choose his general, captain." "You can always be transferred to another corm11and. When you are exchanged, try and get with some more_ reputable man, or you may suffer from being found in bad company .'' "Then you do not seem to think that I may escape?" dryly. "I hnve not the slightest idea of it," with .a laugh, "and to make sure of it, I am going to send you away, under eecort, in ten minutes . " "But there are British soldiers on all sides . General Tryon has given strict orders that all this part be beaten up, and you cannot escape . " "I think we can," simply . "You will see how well we get away from •rryon and h i s redcoats M.d T01 ies . I shou l d like t o enterlain you l onge r in these comfortab l e quarte rs, but we may try to capture the genera l hi m self, an d so I think i t best to send you away w i t h out del ay, as you might be in the w ay." Di c k w ent away , and the officer did not se e him again


THE LIBERTY BOYS' SECRET CA VE. 19 until just as he was setting out with half a dozen of the Liberty Boy , on a horse provided by Dick . "Good-by, lieutenant,N said the captain. "If you see gie again shortly, you will know that we have not been able to get you out of the tight lines that the general has drawn around us.'' • The officer had nothing to say, for he had more respect for Dick and his "young rebels" than he had had at first, and he was not s1ue that he would not do ju s t as he said he would. Ben Spurlock was in charge of the party that was going to take the pri s on e r away, and Ben could be truste d to get away if anyone could. Then, too, Dick had a plan for bothering the redcoats which would help Ben and give him a better chance to break through the lines that were supposed to be so close ly drawn about the Liberty Boys. Dick did not believa that they were so closely drawn, and meant to test them very shortly. Den and his boys set out, with the prisoner behreen them, making their way by one of the main entrancas of the cave . ;,I shall have to remind you, lieutenant," said Ben, "that if you give any signal to your men you do it at your own risk. I don't want to have to ga g you, as that is an indignity to which we do not like to submit anyone." Tha redcoat did not reply, but he under tood, never theless. The_y were going on at a good speed when Ben saw the flash of scarlet uniforms in the bushes ahead of him . He suddenly gave the hoarsa cry of a hawk, and dashed ahead . 'l'here were redcoats in front of them, but at the sudden appearance of the boys, whose presence they had not suspected, they scattered right and left. 'rhen to one side there was heard the sudden sound of firing, and in a moment, another volley, as if there were Liberty Boys on all sides. Bon dashed through, firing a few shots to impress the redcoats. All around there was firing now, and the redcoats, al though not present in the numbers that the officer had mentioned, were greatly alarmed. Dick had sent parties in this direction and that, and had ordered them to clasp out upon the redcoats wherever they saw them and to lire and make as much noise as possible, so as to give the impression of thel'e being a large force of the boys in the pas s es. The redcoats were never yery near the cave, but wher ever the boys found them they made a great outcry, and shortly had driven the enemy a,rny from even a consider able distance of the cave. They :1ad not drawn the lines ti ght. but the re were too many about, according to Dick's noti on, and he therefore meant to get ricl of them in short orclcr. Ben went on, hearing the tiring from time to time, while occasionally the l i attle cry of the Liberty Bovs rang out shrill ancl clear, and the boys lmew that their com rades were makiijg i.hin!!s lively for the redcoats. "Well. lieutenant, we have passed your lines, I think," Ben said nt length. "nnd ~ron mny tnlk as much as you please. You did not really think we could do it, did you?" . 'l'he officer colored, and Ben laughed and said : "Oh, you will find that we are not boasters, and that if we say we will do this or that, we will do it. Captai n Slater won't let us boast, and we never say we can d o a thing unless we know that we can . " "That is a very good habit to form, and I am sorry t o say that too many of our men don't fall into it," the other added . Ben and his boy pushed on ra1Jidly, and at last ceased to hear the sound of firing and knew that they wera safe from pursuit. They delivered their prisoner to the general, and then set out upon their return, not knowing what the y might meet with . M e anwhile Dick and the Liberty Boys continued to keep an eye upon the enemy, and while hiding from Tryon, made things pnrticularly unpleasant for their foes. Every time a party of them made a sortie npon the enemy, they fell back to a different point from where ihey had come out, and thus the redcoats were kept puz zled ancl had no idea from where the plucky fello,vs really had come. The enemy fell back to the coast and the boasted tight lines drawn about the Liberty Boys were badly stretched, if not broken. The redcoats were still in the neighborhood and must be watched, for Dick had no idea that they would discover the cave. The bo:rs had a gc.od laugh over the discomfiture of the redcoat officer, and rnau.e up their minds that they would catch all they could, so as to keep up the joke, as nfark said. Along in the afternoon Dick went out in disguise with three or four of the boys, including the new recruit, an d Patsy and Carl, to see what the enemy were doing . Patsy and Carl went off by themselves, thongh not far from the rest, and at length came upon a party of red coats on the road within sight of the water and near a bit of salt marsh . "Hello!'' Raid a red-beaded corporal. "This must be my brother .'' "'Deed an' Oi' m not, thin," said Patsy. "Troth, if Oi had a reel head like yer own, Oi'd use it for a torch t o light me home at noight." "It strikes me yov.'re Irish," returned the corporal. "Go on, somebody must have to,dd ye, for Oi don' t look it. Annywan wud think Oi wor the twin of the Dootchman forni~st." "And it strikes me, too, that you are a rebel, and o n a of these same Liberty Boys that we are trying to run down." "Faix, an' soipethingelse will sthrike ye presently, me bueko, if ye call me a rebel, an' the s ame will be me fisht. " "But aren't you a rebel, haYen't I Reen yon with the Lib erty Boys?" "Sure ye may haYe s een rne .,,-ith him if ~ er eyes are good, for it's manny's the toim c Oi've been with them . " "Oho, then you arc on e of them, and a rebel, just as I said?" 'Oi'm not a rebel, Oi'm tcllin' ye, an' Oi'll lambaste ye in the ear if ye say Oi am. As far as bein' wan of the


20 THE LIBERTY BOYS' SECRET CA VE. Lib e r ty B:Oys goes, Oi'm wan o' thi:m, an' glad of it, an' Oi dar' am1y of ye to thread on the tail o' me coat!" " Catch the r ebe l , boys!" cried the corporal. Then he a rush at the jolly Irish boy and was pro mptly knocked down for his trouble, while Carl swung his arms about and sent two more flying . "Hurroo ! Cume on, the whole of ye!" yelled Patsy. "Sure Oi'd loike n othin' betther nor to scatther the lot!" T hen, all at o n ce, up came Dick and the rest, and there wa s a scattering. Although the boys were not in uniform they were rec ogni zed at once by their prowess, and the redcoats fled ~oward the marsh, only to get mired in a moment . " Come out o' that, an' go take a dip in the wather be yant an' clane yerselves off!" r red Patsy. "Sure it's soights ye are, no less!" "Ya, you was looked like eferydings und smelled like d e r diggens," l aughed Carl. "Maybe you like dot I should shook o:fli, dot mud off von you already." There wei-e more redcoats coming to the rescue of the fust now, but the boys quickly their escape, laughing, and in a few moments not one of them was to be s e en, and the enemy were greatly puzzled . Then Ben and his party 0f boys, returning from delivering their prisoner, suddenly rode down u pon them, and tb'. ere was another sca.ttering. B e n and the boys got away before they coul d be surrounded, and the redcoats were more than ever puzzled, thinking that the boys must come from all directions . "Instead of our keeping an eye. upon the enemy,'> lau ghed B en, " they will have to keep an eye upon us to see t hat we don't run away with a ll thei r officers, com ' m iss i oned a .nd non-commissioned . " "Yes, and privates, too," chuck l ed Mark . "No wonder they call us saucy young r ebe l s," added Sam. 1; . 1 • "We ll , we might as well be that as long as we a1e called s o," s ai d B e n. CHAPTER X . TRYING TO FIND THE CAVE . That night it was soon seen that the enemy were keep ing a watch upon the Liberty Boys and trying to discover thei r hiding place. F ires were built along the shore, and at the entrance of t he pass leading into the hills, where it was generally con ceded the boys were, and sentries were seen at fre quent intervals . "We can hide from 'l'ryon," observed Dick, "and we could get away from him if we chose, but perhaps it would be a s well to remain here, and while he is looking for us, mak e a dash out upon him now and then, to show him that we are hern, and that we don't intend to l eave.!' "I sho ul d hate to have to say that he drove us away," sputtered B 0b, who was of an impulsive nature, "and I s ay tha t we stay here an d give him all the tro u ble we can . Of c ourse, if you say to go a way, D ick, I h ave n othi n g to say." " I think we might stay for a while, at any rate," Dick returned. All the Liberty Boys were delighted to hear the young captain say this, and they would have chee r ed, but that the sound might have brought the enemy suddenly dow'tl upon them. The boys had their suppers and it was quite dark be fore Dick determined to make a sudden sortie upon the enemy and then get back to the caive. Some of the boys were to go on foot and some on horses, attacking the enemy from different points . The fires burned brightly, the pickets marched up and clown, hailing each other at intervals, and in the redcoat camp all was noise and light. At the appointed time the gallant boys out of the cave at different points without a sound and stole uown the pass toward the outer line of pickets . At length the hoot of an mrl was heard, attracting no attention from the redcoats . It was the signal for the attack by the Liberty Boys, and in a moment there was a rush and . a roar, and the enemy suddenly found the daring fellows coming down upon them. Shouting their battle cry, the brave boys bore down upon the redcoats, firing a volley and cheering. The enemy quickly rallied, but the plucky lads fired a pistol volley and then got a"" ay, overturning tents, scat tering the fires, anu running off with arms, ammunition and baggage . 'rl1e scattering of the fires made everything dark for a time, and when they were relighted the boys were no where to be seen. "When it grows later and everything fa quiet, we'll another cllsh," said Dick, "and take them by surprise again.'( It was very . late.befo~the--attack -,;,as made, however, the redcoats having evidently no notion that the bovs would again attack them, after so long a pa.use . T he boys had learned some tricks from the Inclian,i, however, and the redcoats were not to get off so ea.sil> It was nearly morning and the camp of the redcoats was dark and still when the intrepid boys fell upon it with a shout, upset tents, ran off with more baggage, took a munber of horses, and captured two officers, taking them to the cave and throwing the pmsucrs entirely off the scent. The officers were astonished to find that the boys hacl their cave so near to their own camp, having no idea that they came down from some,rherc up country, and then went back. BG' dawn the officers were sent away under an escort and the boys remained quiet for some hours, keeping ,rntch at the passes, but not venturing any distance from the cave . 'l'he redcoats remainerl on watch, hoping to surprise the Liberty Bovs, but the latt~r remained hidden and dill not come out, resting after the exciting events of the night. The boys could haye gone away wit1'out the r edcoat, knowing of it, but Dick wanted to punish them still fnrther, and so he h i d fro m T ryon, waiting for a fitting


THE LIBERTY BOYS' SECRET CA VE. 2 1 portunity to sally out and strike a blow that would be It. When the boys returned from taking the prisonars, arry Judson said to Dick: "The genera l says that if the redcoats make any trouble h e ''"ill send some troops over and rout them." , : I don't believe they would stay when they got wind o f the soldiers coming," Dick returned. "They want to s moke us out and think tnat as we are only boys they can d o i t." "Well, he says that if we want him, all you have to do is to send word and he will have a -detachment over in a short time . " "I don't think it will be necessary . Tryon will not remain long when we make one or two more sallies, for ~s men, are getting tired of it and will want to com.m1t . ~ , depredations, which they cannot, so long as we keep wat?h h ere." . "r o, that is so, they cannot." The boys kept watch at variou points and at length the new recruit saw some of the Tory boys approaching, he being well hidden himself. There were Levi, Bill Johnson, the Wagstaff boy and another, and they were talking about the Liberty B . oys. "I ]mow there's a cave somewhere here in the hills," declared the Wagstaff boy, "and I'll bet .the rebels are in it. " "'I'hen we've got to find it,'' answered Levi . "If I catch that Festus, I'll lick him. He got me a licking and I owe him one." "You can't lick him!" snorted the others. "Well, I just can!" boastingly, "and i_f he was here now I'd just show you that I can." Will Freeman was with the new boy and now gave him a nudge, to go out and surprise the boaster. ' I'he boy crept away, so as to come out at another point and not betray their hiding place. "H'm! You say that 'cause he ain't here an' you know he won't come," with a sneer. "It's easy to say what you'd do, but you know blame well you can't do it. " The bully did not like being thus bearded, but he had to say something, and so muttered: "I say I kin lick him, and if you don't believe it, you go get :Festus Starkweather, and I'll do it. " Then the boy himself stepped out and said: ~ ':Well, here I am, Levi. What do you want of me?" ' 1'he bully was as much astonished as if a bolt of lightning had come out _of a clear sky. "Don't want nothin' of ye," he said, backing away . "What you suppose I wanted?" "You aid you would lick me if I were here. Well, here I am." . "Never said nothing o' the kind!" blustered the bully . "Me an' you was ahrnys good friends, wasn't we?" "No, we were not!" decidedly . "You said just now that you would lick me if I were here. Why don't you do it?" "Ah go on, I was only funnin' all the time," with a f ' ' silly laugh. The other boys were afraid of Festus, but they wanted to see Levi come up with, and so the Wagstaff boy said : "Ye wa'n t nnther, you was in earnest, and you wm1ted us to go an' get him, so's you could prove it. Go on, l ick him, if you're going to. I'll hold your hat.'" Levi would have liked to back out of the affair, but did not see a way of doing it, and still maintain the hold he had over his companions. Both the Wagstaff boys and Bill Johnson were a little afraid of him, he being larger than they, and ii he backed out of :fighting the Liberty Boy they would both probably turn upon him. He therefore tried to see if he could frighten Festus by means which he had often used successfully with smaUer boys. He threw his hat violently to the ground and took off his coat. "If I take off my neckercher I am goin' to give you a lickin'," he said, putting up his hand . "H you ask mv pardon I'll let you go. " "Ab, go on ! You said you were going to lick him, so why don't you do it?" snarled Bill Johnson. "Of course you did," snorted the wagstaff boy, "&o why don't you do it and not put on all that bluff?" "Go ahead, take off your neck cloth, Leyi," said the new recruit. "It needs washing, anyhow." 'I'he other boys laughed, and then Levi, forced into the affair against his will, flew at the Liberty Boy, expecting" to take him by surprise. He did not, however, and recei,ed a stunnincr blow on the jaw which nearly upset him. 0 "Now I am going to give you a lesson," sa' id Festus, "and I haven't been bragging about it ahead, either." 'rhen he caught Levi by the collar and proceeded to give him a good shaking to begin with . rrhe other boys, that they might come in for a drubbing, made off in hot haste. _ Levi at once set up such a howling, begging to be re leased, that the Liberty Boy _did not haYe it in him to punish the coward further. Throwing the boy from him, he said, in great disgust: "You are n~t worth thrashing, Levi Robimon, but get out of here qmck or I may forget and give you one!" The bully took i.he other at his word and made baste to escape. All at once, Y\'ill came out of the bushes, and said ex citedly: "I hear someone coming, those bullies haye brouo-ht the redcoats. Quick!, Get back to the cave as fa , t as Iou can!" The bo~s hurried away and none too soon, for they had scarcely d1Sappeared when the two Tory boys came burn-ing forward with a number of redcoats. "Where are the young rebels?" asked one of the red coats. "You said we would :find them here." "~ don't Jmow where they are now, but they was her~ a mmute ago," answered the 1Yagsta:ff boy. "Anyhow. there's a cave around here some,rhe re, and I guess if yo~ look for it you could find it. " "A cave!" cried the redcoat. "Yes, a cave! And that's 11here the rebels hides and run~ out whe1:ever the?' want to lick you fellers. Why don t you find 1t and dnve them out of the country?" "If you knew there was a cave here, why didn't yon tell us • before?" answered the redcoat, angrily.


2 2 ' ., THE LIBERTY ROYS' SECRET CA VE. Then another of tb.e party seized the boy, gave him a shaking, and said : "Show us where this cave is, and don't waste any more " -e. The Wagstaff boy lost his bravado as quickly as his oompanion had done, and set up a howl. "I don't know where it is. I only know there 'is one 8'lmewhere," he said . "I guess you can :find it as well as m-e." The sudden appearance of a dozen Liberty Boys from &n unexpected quarter caused the redcoats to beat a hasty retreat for fear of being captured, as so many of their mates had been. The boys did not pursue them very far, but blocked up the path with stones and earth, so that it was no longer passable, the point being too near the cave for them to care to have the redcoats' loitering about. "They know that there is a cave somewhere about here now," declared Dick, "and they will try to find it, so I think it will be just as well to put as many obstacles in their way as possible." Wheu the boys got through there was no longer a path at that point, and the redcoats would have considerable oifficulty in looking for the cave from there. • "We must guard the other approaches," Dick contin ued when this work was done, "so as not to let them get so close again." "I suppose we should have captured the Tory boys, captain," said Will, "but they seemed scarcely worth it, and I never thought 0 their b , ringing up the redct:>ats." "They won't do it again after the shaking they got," smiling, "and your neglect is hardly worth talking about, Will." Later in the afternoon the boys made another sudden dash upon the redcoats, it being then close on to evenin~. They appeared from two points where they had. not been seen before, and so were totally unexpected. 'Down upon the redcoats they dashed in iull force at a time when they were least expected, and in a moment everything was in confusion, the enemy not at first recog nizing them as the Liberty Boys, but thinking they were some other body of Continentals, and being, therefore, taken more by surprise. The boys took advantage of the mistake and attacked the enemy with the greatest vigor, but did not make the error of remaining too long, and letting the redcoats dis cover it also. CHAPTER XL THE LAST OF THE CA V'E. The redcoats presently rallied, finding that the Liberty Boys we-re their assailants, and prepared to deal them a crushing blow. The blow fell on the air only, however, for the boys, without the slightest warning that the enemy could see, suddenly dashed away and in a direction which no one supposed they would take, and in a short time were gone. Dick had given them a signal and they had obeyed it upon the instant, and were off almost before the redcoats knew it. 'l'hey clid not return to the cave, but to a wood at some little distance from it, the way to which was hid.den by the turns in the road. It will be as well not to return to the cave at once,'' remarked Dick. "They know we have one now and will devote every energy to _ looking for it and may find it." "Well, at any rate, we've made good use of it against 'l'ryon," replied Bob, "and even if we give it up, they can't say that they drove us out of it.", "We will keep watch upon it," Dick resumed, "and if they do get in it we ruay surprise them them there and give them another tluashing." "So we can," with a chuckle, "and it will be a good joke upon them, too, and one they don't expect." Night came on and the boys were not disturbed in their new camp, over which they kept a careful watch, as though they expected it to be visited at any time. Whether the enemy expected they had gone away or not they could not tell, but, at any rate, the camp was not molested i.hat night, and in the morning the boys were ready to meet the enem:}' again. Taking some of the boys with him, Dick went cautious ly to the cave and found a number of redcoats in the vicinity, evidently waiting for the boys to come out. There were more of the enemy now and the lines were drawn tighter, but Dick could have slipped through them if he had wanted to. "They are keeping upa sharper watch," he said, "and it may be as well to give up the cave, as we d.o not actually need it." They could attack the enemy better from the outside than from the cave now, and. Dick did not regret baing out of it, as they had expected to leave it at some time, in any event. "'I'hey could not find it, as it is," he said to himself, "and we can come back to it at some time, if we choose. Just now we will let them hang about it, or it may be an advantage to us to have them there." Returning to the camp be told Bob of the condition 0 affairs at the cave, and added: "I think we will attack them, Bob, and even if we do not drive them away, we will at least puzzle them and parhaps make them stay closer to the cave and neglect other points of more importance." ...---"Very true," agreed Bob. "They will be watching a hole for the rat to come out, and the rat comes up behind and gives them a nip." "That is just it," smiling. The boys set out in two equal parties, one led by Dick and the other by Bob, both being mounted and thoroughly armed and ready to meet the enemy. They approached the enemy in two directions and cmna upon them so sutldenly that they were not cliscoyerecl until just as they were ready to make the attack. The radcoats were greatly puzzled to know where the boys had come from, as they had been watching the cavt', or what they supposed was it, ancl had not expected the boys from any other direction. The boys a vigorou~ attack, and the enemy were


THE LIBERTY BOYS' SECRET CA VE. 23 -ced back and into the cave, which they discovered by ident. Dick

THE LIBERTY BOYS' SECRET C.-\. YE. there in any event, as we suspected them of just such a--" Boom! At that moment there was a tremendous explosion, and the very earth seemed to shake under them. Boom! Boom-boom-boom! There was a series of lessel.' explosions, in different di rections, and soon bits of rock and earth began to rain down upon them. . There were more reverberations, some heavy and some light, and the shower of stones and rubbish increased, the boys perceiving that it was probably heavier nearer to the cave. Then a glow was seen on the sky, and at one point, where there was a considerable elevation, Dick and his party could see flames from the direction of the cave. "Was there anything in there to burn?" asked Ben. "Yes, fables, desks, chairs, straw beds, and the like," replied Dick, "and then the woods around might get on fire." "Very true, after the explosion. There was a good deal of dry stuff which would burn, all around there." "\Vell, they did not catch us in there, as they evidently expected,'' said Will., "and they might have lmown we would su pect something of the kind." "If they had wanted to destroy the thing for spite," added Harry, "they could ha, " e set fire to it on tha way out, but to plant fuses to burn ,an hour or more shows a deliberate i1\tention to blow us all up." "Well, they didn't," said Ben, with a dry laugh, "and they didn't clo s<,weral things that they set out to do, and all because they regarded us as boys who did not know how to take care of themselves, as mere saucy young rebels, in fact." "That's where the enemy constantly make a mistake, in underrating the .strength of their opponents," added Harry, "and you will find that they will lose in the end through this very fault." 'rhe flames lighted up the surrounding country for some time, and 13ob and the rest of the Liberty Boys felt some apprehension regarding Dick, until a party sent back to investigate, returned with the news that the boys were all right. 'rhe .fire did not spread much beyond the cave, but the latter could never be again used as it had been used, and became the abode of rabbits, wild foxes and small animals. "Well, it was of use to us for a time, at any rate," da clared Bob, on visiting the place the next day, "and the redcoats have not done us any injury in destroying it." "Not a bit," answered Dick, "and now we must look for these missing redcoats and see what has become of them." The boys were all ready to go in pursuit of the enemy and set out upon the search for them without delay. CHAPTER XII. DRIVING OUT THE TORlES. The Liberty Boys set out early in tha forenoon of the day after the destruction of the secret cave, on the look out for the redcoats, who, Diek was of the opinion, woulli go up the coast and eek a hiding placa until they could obtain boats to take them oYer to Long Island, or until they were picked up by those who had left them in th2 lurch. The boys set off along the coast at a gallop, keaping a lookout for the enemy and making inquiries of the people they met if they had seen anything o.f them. At first they heard nothing, but at length they heard that a party o.f redcoats had passed through the place late the night before without doing any damage, but that it was not known where they had gone, or if they had done any mischief. The boys kept on and at last met a boy, riding post haste, who said excitedly to Dick: "There's some Torie come over from Long Island in whaleboats and they've got some redcoats to help 'em, and they'ra going up into the country a piece, to burn and get all they can. We haven't got men enough to fight 'em, and I ,vas goin' for help to drive 'em out." "Go right on and get it, my boy," said Dick, "and in the meantime we will go ahead and do what we can to drive out the Torie s and redcoats ourselves." The boys rode on at full speed, and the messenger went on his way at a gallop, being soon out of sight. Before long, from a bit of rising ground, the Liberty Boys saw a party of redcoat making their way along an intersecting road, and hurried on so as to come up behind them before they could take the alarm and get back to the shore. On went the gallant lads ancl at length they saw that the redcoats had taken the alarm and were hurrying back so as to get the boats, which could now be seen on the beach in plain sight, guarded by a munber of men, a part of those who had come. over from the island, no doubt. "Down with the Torie8, scatter Tryon's marauders!" shouted Dick. l'he daring lads echoed his shout with a cheer, and rode on after him, detarmined to drive out the Tories and their allies, the redcoats, at all hazards. Some of the Tories had evidently taken fright, ' for a number of men were presently hurrying toward the shora, and Dick took them for a part of the marauders, as they were soon pursued by a lot of men and boys .firing mus kets, rifles and shotguns, and shouting. ,c Now, also, more redcoats were seen making their way to the boats, and Dick shouted: "Get after them, boys, don't let them reach the boats!" "No, lat them swim, if they want to get awa.y !" laughed Bob. "It'll be just good for the scoundrels!" "Into the water with them!" cried Mark. "They need a good ducking, the villains!" Away went the dashing lads and at length reached the l:ioats at about the same tima as the Tories. When the latter tried to cret into the boats, however, there was trouble. Leaping from their horses, the resolute boys dashed down to the boats, and as fast as the Tories got in and tried to push off, they '1'ould 8eize them and throw them illto the water or on the sand. Then the people of the region came along, and the


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.--------------------~----------26 TIIE LIBERTY BOYS' SECRET CA. YE. redcoats down on the cave were among them, and others but others were coming and were anxiously awaited ey were recognized as having been at the shore. the redcoats. The boys were captured and ~ent away with a warning, Kot all of them got in the boats, but not all were cap the others being taken in charge as suspicious persons and tured ,vho did not. sent off to jail. Some of these, fearing capture, plunged into the water "Wen soon get rid of the 'rories if we keep on like and swam toward the ship, taking the chance of being this,'' observed Mark, "and they will keep out of our way picked up on the way by one of the boats. as long as we are in this region, and on the lookout for The plucky Liberty Boys secured a considerable num-them." ber, however, and rode off with them in triumph. "The redcoats will be as much alarmed as the Tories, "These other fellows will remember us," said Bob, I guess," said Bob, "for they know us now as well as tha "and I have an idea that Tryon himself will not forget Tories do." us in a hurry." The boys went on, and at length, when Dick was thinkThe boys rode away and delivered their pT oners being of halting and giving the boys a chance to rest, he fore night, the general praising them higl , for what saw a vessel heading in toward shore which looked very they had done while in the neighborhood. much like the one they had seen before, and which had There was no present indication that Tryon would disbrought the redcoats over to the mainland. turb that part of the country for a time, and just then ''There is the ship that ran away from the redcoats, Dick had orders to go elsewhere and the Liberty Boys boys," he said. '"rhey may be coming back to pick them were shortly on the march. up now . " Lois Starkweather came to say good-by to her brother "Then we ought to pick up some of them ourselves," before he went away, but Mark teased three or four of laughed Bob. "We will take first-rate care of them." the boys by saying that the brother was not the only one "Come on, boys!" said Dick. "I do not see the red to whom she wished to say a last word, and set them to coats yet, but no doubt th~y are not far away and have blushing furiously, for all the Liberty Boys were not proof signalled to the ship." I against Mark's teasing as were Ben and some others. The boys needed no urging, but went on at a gallop. They went away and were ere long engaged in active The ship came on, and before very long the boys saw service, doing valiant deeds for their country. her drop anchor in a sheltered cove and begin lowering The new Liberty Boy proved himself worthy of the boats. trust reposed in him by Dick, and did valiant work, but They had still some little distance to go, but they did at length, at the battle of Camden, in South Carolina, not doubt that they would be in time to pick up some of gave up his young life for the country he loYed so well, th.e redcoats before the ship's boats could. and in the cause for which he had fought so bravely . At length they came in sigl1t of the cove, "ith boats 'l'he boys were too far from home to take his body back going out to the ship and others coming to take off the to the . North, an

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The cords of Roman catapults were made of th,e hair of slaves, and it •ecorded that _the free women of Carthage offered their 1riant tresses for the same use when their city was be-by the Romans. gold chain and locket which were lost in Buckingham, ! and, a few days ago were recovered in a singular man A gentleman and his wife to whom the articles belonged them during a walk. Several days after what seemed ,e the chain and locket were seen hanging upon a telephone _,,,. A ladder was obtained, and as there was nothing to 31. it agitinst, some men held it in a perpendicular position, tile the lady's husband ascended ano. unwound the chain im the wire. The find proved to be the lost treasure. The eory is that the articles were picked up by a jackdaw which tghted on the telephone wire and that the wind caused the ain to swing until it became wound around the wire. The hope of ever capturing Crazy Snake, leader of the'-run )od Creek Indians, has been abandoned by the state author es of Oklahoma. Following the campaign made by the Okla tna National Guard last spring to capture him, it was re rted by close friends of Crazy Horse that he desired to sur1 der, come to Guthrie and hold a pow-wow with. Governor him to Guthrie, the invitation being written and signed by Haskell, speaking as the head of one government to another, guaranteeing the State's fullest protection and paying Crazy Snake the homage due his station. The document, carried by Tilghman, was highly emblazoned, bedeqi:ed with goose quills, with figured margins ~trung with varied-colored ribbons, lavishly stamped with the great seal of the State and with many gilded stickers. Tilghman several weeks ago deliver8'1 this document to Crazy Snake's personal followers. But the wily leader has nqt deigned an ackn o wledi:ment, and, weary from waiting, Tilghman has returned to Guthrie. Evidently the old Indian intends to take no chances. ----- • • ------HAPPY MOMENTS. "'Do you know, Sam, that a man does not have to do as much work now as he did ten years ago?" "Yes, sah, I know it, sah. Why, I'se been married nearly eight years, sah!" Fond Mother-Listen, Mildred, and I'll read to you about heaven and its beautiful golden streets. Small Mildred-I don't want to hear about it, mamma. I'd rather wait till I get there and be surprised. "Let me illustrate the difference between capital and labor," said the rich uncle to the impecunious riephew. "Suppose I give you $500--" "That's capital," replied the nephew, extending his hand for the money. -Terrible Child-Will you please play something for me on the violin, Mr. Jones? Jones-But I don't know how, Bobby. T. C.-Oh, yes, you do, Mr. Jones. I heard mamma say you played second fiddle to Mrs. Jones. "Tommy," said the hostess, "you appear to be in deep thought." "Yes'm," replied Tommy. "Ma told me somethin' to say if you should ask me to have some cake or anythin', an' I bin here so long now I forgit what it was." "The newspapers," said the orator, solemnly, "do not tell the truth." "Perhaps not," answered the editor, regretfully. "We llo our best. But you know there is nothing more difficult than to tell the truth in a way that won't put it up to some one to challenge your veracity." Mrs. Blunder had just received a telegram from India. "What an admirable invention the telegram is!" she exclaimed, "when you come to consider that this message hafl come a distance of thousands of miles, and the gum on the envelope isn't dry yet." A young woman in Philadelphia, recently married, was enjoying the delightful novelty of marketing one morning shortly after the termination of the honeymoon. "I wish to get some butter, please," said she to the dealer. "Roll butter, mum?" asked the man. "No," promptly replied his customer. "We wish to eat it on toast. My hushand doesn't care for rolls." skell. To this the Governor and National Guard officers "Doctor," said the stranger, as he entered the consultation eed, offering him military pTotection, but weeks of waitroom, "I don't know what the trouble is, but I can't sleep at • brought no Crazy Snake. Later Tilghman, a pioneer dep-night." "Um-yes," rejoined the M.D. "What is your occnmarshal, Indian fighter and scout, was commissioned by I pation?" "I'm an ice dealer," replied the other. "Pardon me," •kell to hold a pow-wow with Crazy Horse, if possible, de-t replied the pill compiler, "but you should consult a minister. r t o h i m a greeting from the State government and guide I I can't undertake to relieve your conscie n ce."


18 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. THE FE}IALE BURGLAR. By JOHN SHERMAN. Mr. Andrew KJ;iner, a wealthy merchant, sat in his private room in his business house in Brooklyn. Mr. Kriner's face was expressive of deep concern and confusion. He was puzzled, and his face was not at all expressive of good humor. There came a tap at the office door. "Come in!" he said, rather sulkily. The door opened, and an office boy said: "If ye please, Mr. Kriner, there is a gentleman here as wants to see you." "Who is he?" "He didn't give his name, but said as how he was the man you had sent for." ''Oh, yes. Well, you may tell him to come in if he is." The head of the boy was withdrawn, and a few minutes later ll. tall gentleman, about thirty-two or thirty-three years of age, was ushered in the office. He had light-gray eyes, auburn hair, a light-colored mustache, was dressed neatly, wearing a broad-brimmed felt hat upon his head. The boy who ushered him in closed the door, and the tall, stately stranger, removing his hat, bowed to the merchant, saying: "This is Mr. Andrew Kriner, I believe?" "It is, sir; be seated, please." The stranger drew a chair near the merchant, and in . a low tone of voice, after casting a careful glance at the door, said: "You sent to the office for one of the force, I believe?" "Yes, sir; I sent for the best detective there was in New York City," said the merchant. , "I beg your pardon," .said the tall stranger, interrupting the merchant, "but they sent me." "Is that so?" said the merchant. "What is your name, and have you a badge to show you are in the secret service business?; "I am to be known here for the present as Tom Elliott," said the detective, at the same time drawing from a vest pocket a silver star, on which was engraven the words, "Detective, N, Y." "Well, Mr. Elliott, I am very glad indeed to see the force so prompt to answer my appeal for help, for this affair has, in reality, and in fact, caused me no little annoyance. If something is not recovered it is almost enough to ruin me." \ "How much was taken?" asked the detective. "About one hundred thousand dollars' worth in money and jewels." "How came you to have so much money and jewels accessible to burglars?" "It is the old story," said the merchant. "I had taken these jewels on deposit for friends, the money was my own, and the safe was blown open, and money and jewels taken from it." "Did you have a watchman in the store at the time?" asked the detective. "No," the merchant replied. "If I had had one the explosion would probably not have been heard, as the safe was in the extreme rear of the building, and everything was nicely managed." The detective bowed, his head a moment, and then, taking out his note-book and pencil, requested the merchant to give him all the particulars he knew about the affair. The next day Tom Eiliott applied for and secured a position in the store of Andrew Kriner, as a salesman in the retail drygoods department. He was a lively young man, and regarded by some as being fast, flirting with nearly every young lady who entered the store. A young married woman of respectability, and a mother, came frequently to the store, and soon formed the acqu'ai ance of the new clerk. His soft gray eyes seemed to infatu Clara Brokeman. For an hour at a time would they be fou one on each side of the counter, engaged in low conversQti The foreman complained to the proprietor of the carelessne and many bad habits of the new clerk. But Mr. Kriner pa no attention to it, and told him to go on and never notice t fellow, they would get rid of him after awhile. Before a month was passed one of the clerks reported to t proprietor that the new clerk had been throwing out hints himself and some of the others about robbing the till. "Do not breathe it to a living soul, Bob," said ' Mr. Krin "Just go about your business. I am watching him. The sa will not be robbed again." From this time, however, the oth employees began to shun the new clerk. Clara Brokeman made almost daily visits to the store, a was nearly always seen to be in conversation with the ne salesman. "If Mrs. Brokeman bas any character she wil! certainly Io it," said the foreman, as he saw Tom Elliott and that lady e gaged in a low conversation. Chancifig to pass near, he heard her ask, in a low tone: ' Will you be there?" "I will," the new clerk replied. "Ta, ta!" Waving her gloved band gracefully, the lady wa gone. "Yes, my dear madam," said the disguised detective to him self, "I shall, without a doubt, meet you at the place you bav designated, and if you and your precious crew are not bagge before ~orning, then I hll,ve missed my calculations." I The foreman did not hear these remarks, for they were nq1 audibly uttered. That evening Tom Elliott, the new clerk, askt ed for a leave of absence, and obtained it, to the astonishme of many others who had been refused. . "I shall be with you, my fine lady," said the detective to him self, as he sat in his room that evening tea. "Yes, I shal be with you, and there shall be others present to witness ou . interview. You will not have yow light-footed, light-fingered friends there to meet me alone. You have been holding a higll head in society, when you should have been serving a term at Sing Sing." ' He went to a polic~ station, disguised as an old man, and after an interview of a few minutes, returned to his room again. Then, removing his disguise, he lit a cigar, and took a leisurely stroll down the street. To have observed Tom Elliott, one would have regarded him as a fast young man of society. He had that careless, reckless air about him; did not seem very bad, and not at all good. These were only outside appearances; inwardly ~ was deeply revolving a plan by which he intended to capture tne entire gang of burglars who bad made the grand haul from Mr. Kriner, the merchant. He walked briskly along the lighted street, going in a southeastern direction. All the better part of the city was left behind, and he was ill a tumble-down portion. The houses were chiefly tenement-houses, and he walked briskly on until he came to an open lot. He crossed this, and came to a solitary house which stood in the center. Walking up to the door, he rapped three light but distinct knocks. He waited for a few moments, and then hea.rd the light tread of footsteps advancing toward the door. There came two more raps at the door from the inside, and be gave one more. , "This is the signal I was told to give," be said to himself. The door was cautiously opened, and the head of a beautiful woman came to view. She looked for a moment in the face of the detective, and then said: .. "All right. Are you alone?"


THE LIB.ER'rY BOYS OF '76. 29 g woman was the beautiful Mrs. Brokeman, who was one nost fashionable ladies of the city. n," he answered. 1e in, then," she said. ntered, and found himself -in a rough, rudely furnished There was a large bench in the room, and the furniture I rude. There was a large basket in the room, a spade broom. e was but one chair in the cheerless apartment. No >r candle was visible, yet the moon shone through the )Id-fashioned windows, lighting up the room. offered the chair to the detective, but he shook his head, '"But as shrewd and as deep as you are, you are not too shrewd to escape the detective force o . f New York City." As he spoke he leaned forward, his right leg resting on one corner of the table, his elbow on his knee, and his left hand resting i)n his hip. His keen gray eye rested on her continually. She began to grow uneasy under his steady gaze. What did it all mean? Her cheelc grew paler. "What do you mean by this talk, sir?" For answer the detective pulled aside the lapel of his coat, revealing in the dim light a detective ' s star. The woman uttered a wild shriek and started towa:d the door. Putting out one hand coolly , he seized her by the wrist, saying: -J no, madam, J will not take the only chair while a lady "Be quiet, madam, or I may forget that you are a woman." . dicg. You must talce the chair yourself," and be seated She now understood his true character, and knew only too f on a corner of the large table. Removing the cigar, well the reason he had played the part he had. Falling upon w a cloud of smoke from his mouth. her knees, with hands clasped and tear-streaming eyes, she u have concluded at last to aid us, have you?" she asked cried: ' sweet, winning way. s," he answered, speaking and winking knowingly. are sure, now, you can keep my neck out of the halter?" s, of course I am sure. I hope you are not going to prove m arrant coward as to back out from fear of the prison !lows?" ell, well, but you see, Clara, I was always opposed to ropes rison bars. Seems as how I have a great prejudice against things." , woman lauehed a delightful little laugh. Such a laugh -rd only in the rippling music of a mossy brook or beauti,\'Oman. rou great, overgrown mortal, you afraid of anyone; you are big to be a coward." ell, are you sure you can make a successful hanl on the e of old Kriner?" )f course we can, with your aid. You are just to give us an 1ression of the locks." But the vault-you cannot enter that." here was a look, half of triumph and half of scorn and con-1Pt, on her face, as she replied: ' _ We did it once, and we can do so again." Hr many are there of us altogether?" asked the detective. e, all told," she replied, quickly. "My brother, George Bil! Darnes, Ned Davis, and you and myself." ,oes your husband belong?" So; he does not 'dream of the existence of such a thing as iurglar nest in the city, of which a woman is chief." Do you not sometimes feel that you are acting very wrong being engaged in a felonious business, without even letting ..:; husband know it?" Her eyes fell as she said: " I do not allow myself to think of such things. It is best t to think of them. My husband is an honest, upright man, 10 would shrink from anything wrong." ..:'Where did you conceal your booty?" asked the detective. 3he pointed to one or two loose planks in the floor, and the 1de which rested against the table . 'Why have you not got rid of it?" 'How?" 'Given tt to some banker or other person to dispose of." 'We never could risk it." 'Send it out of the country?" 'We dare not risk that, as every vessel going out was closely • itched by the detectives. The reward offered by Kriner is so ge that we have been forced to be very careful." "You are a very bold woman," said the detective, somewhat • anglng the tone of bis voice. "Thank you," she replied, supposing what he said to be a mpliment. "For my husband's sake, for my child's sake, for my dead mother's sake, have mercy!" "You should have considered all this, Mrs. Brokeman, before engaging in an unlawful business of this character. My duty is very plain; you must consider yourself a priso~r. If you will aid me in cap uring and convicting the others and recovering the stolen goods, I will aid you all I can officially." Before she could answer the door was burst open and three strong men sprang in. The detective started up, pistol in hand. "Crack!" went a shot, the bullet whizzing within an inch of the detective's head. The detective shot the man wllo had firecl the shot in thl! arm. "On him, Bill Darnes and Ned Davis; he's a cop! Down with him, quick! " Before either could move, a loose board in the loft of the old house was moved aside, and two blue-coated policemen dropped down and clapped a pair of handcuffs on eacl). Tom Elliott seized the wounded man who had shot at him and had a pair of handcuffs on him. The struggle was brief but severe. As ~oon as the three burglars were secured, Tom EUiott, the detective, turned around to seize the woman, but she was gone. Taking advantage of the struggle between the officers and the burglars, she had e s caped . A search was made for her, but she could nowhere be found. With the spade found in the room, the detective dug into the place indicated by Mrs. Brokeman, and there found the vast amount of jewels an,d money taken from the vaults of Mr. Kriner. The jewels were all there, and but little of the money was missing. "Where is the woman? I heard her here," said one of the policemen. "You catch sister Clara if you can. Ha, ha, ha!" laughed the wounded burglar, who was a fine-looking young man, and favored Mrs. Brakeman. "You have bagged us fellows, but Clara, our chief, is gone, and you will not get her, try you ever so hard." The speaker was George King, a brother of Mrs. Brokeman, and his words proved true, for the lady burglar, whose businei;;s it was to lay out the plans for the three, had left the city, and was never heard of again. Her husband was almost brokenhearted, and with his little child departed from Brooklyn so ciety, hoping that in after year sthe little girl might never hear of her mother's disgrace. The clerks and salesmen in Mr. Kriner's retail establishment could understand why so much leniency had been granted to Tom Elliott, the new salesman, when they found that he was a detective. They were astounded, however, to learn that one of th&ir most fashionable customers was a Female Burglar.


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This little book ;/•••J till-explanation to all kinds of dreams, together with lucky .r"'d unlu,•ky Jays, and "Napoleon's Oraculum," the book of fate. 'o. 28. HOW TO TELL FORTUNES.-Everyone is desirous of ,~.?wing what his future life will bring forth, whether happiness or -~~l~<'ry, wealth or poverty. You can tell by a glance at this little [..:.ok . B,ty one and be convinced. Tell your own fortune. Tell fortu:;e of your friends. 'I:>. ill. HOW TO TELL FORTUNES BY THEl HAND.ol, aining rules for telling fortunes by the aid of Jins of the hand, :]ft' the secret of palmistry. Also the secret of telling future events f~J aid of moles, marks, scars, etc. Illustrated. By A . Anderson. ATHLETIC. o. 6. HOW TO BECOi\lE AN ATHLETE.-Giving full in ,:tiruction for the use of dumb bells, Indian clubs, parallel bars, r.,,.rizontal bars and various other methods of developing a good, J)salthy musclr.,; containing over sixty illustrations. Every boy can f~come strong anJ healthy by following the instructions contained i!ll this Ii ttle book. No. 10. HOW TO BOX.-The art of self-oefense made easy . ntaining over thirty illustrations of guards, blows, and the dirferJ,t positions of a good boxer. Every boy should obtain one of Me useful and instructive books, as it will teach you how to box ,,:vlthout an instructor. o. 25. HOW TO BECOl\IEJ A GYM.N'AST.-Containing full -tructions for all kinds of gymnastic sports and athletic exercises. [imbracing thirty-five illustrations. By Professor W. Macdonald. handy and useful book. ~o. 34. HOW TO FENCE.-Containing full instruction for ' ;W.cing and the use of the broadsword; a1S"o instruction in archery. ~ribed with twenty-one practical illustrations, giving th,e-best ~itions in fencing. A complete book. T RICKS WITH CARDS. o. 51. HOW TO DO TRICKS WITH CARDS.-Containing D&planationi;, of t'he general principles of sleight-of-hand applicable OI card tr-icks ; of card tricks with ordinary cards, and not requiring {jeight-of-hand; of tricks involving sleight-of-hand, or the use of /JIIOl('iall:v p r e11ared c a rds. By Professor -Haffner. Tllustrated. No. 72. HOW TO DO SIXTY TRICKS WITH CARDS.-Em bracing all of the latest aud most decepLive card tricks with il l ustrations. By A. Andet-son . ' No. 77. HOW TO DO FORTY TIUCKS WITH CARDSContainin~ deceptive Card Tricks as performed by leading conju r~rs and mag1c1ans. Arranged for home amusement. E'ully illustra ted, MAGIC. No. 2. HOW TO DO TRICKS.-The great book of mag i c and card tricks, containing full instruction on all the leading card trick!! of the d~y, also most popular magica l i llusions as performed by out: lea~mg magicians ; every boy should obtain a copy of this book., as it will both amuse and instruct. ( • No: 22. IIOW 'l'O DO SECOND SIGHT.-Heller's second sight explamed b.l'. his former_ assist~nt, Fred Hunt, Jr. Explaining how the secret dialogues were carl'led on between the magician and the boy on the stage; also giving all the codes and signals. The only authentic explanation of second sight. No. 43. HOW TO BECO~\IE A i\1AGICIAN.-Containing thel gran!1est assortment ?f magica! illusions ever placed before the publ!c. Also tricks with cards. mcantations, etc. No. 68. HOW TO DO CHEi\lICAL 'l'ltICKS.-Containing over one hundred highly amusing and instructive tricks with chemicals By A. Anderson. Handsomely illustrated. No. 69. HOW TO DO SLEIGH'l' OF HAND.-Oontaining over ~fty of the latest and best tricks used by magicians. Also containmg the secret of second sight. Fully illustrated. By A. Anderson . No .. 70. now '.1'0 l\L\K~ MAGIC ~'OYS .-Containing full d1rect1ons for makmg l\Iag1c 'lays and devices of many kinds . BJ A. Anderson. Fully illustrnted. t No. 73. now TO DO TRICKS WITH NUMBERS.-Showing many curious tric~s with figures and the magic of numbers. By A, Anderson. l!'ully illustrated. _No. 7_5. HO\Y TO ~ECOME A CONJUROR. -Containinc tricks with Dommos, Dice, Cups and Balls, Hats etc. Embracin&' thirty-six illustrations. By A. Ander&on. ' No. 78 . ~QW TO DO THE _BLACK ART.-Containing a com • plete description of the _mysteries of .Magic and Sleight of Han d, together with many wonderful experiments. By A. Anderson. Illustrated. I\ ECHANICA L . No. 29 . HOW '.1'0 J .ECOl\l_E_ AN INVENTOR.-Every boy shoul~ ~now how mv~D 10ns ~r,_gmated. This book e'l>'.plains them all, g1v11~g examples_ 1n electricity, hydraulics, magnetism, optics, pneumatics, mechanics, etc. The most inst.ructiYe book published. No. 56. HOW TO BECOME AN ENGINEER.-Containin"' full instructions how to proceed in order to become a locomotiv~ en • gineer; also directions for building a model locomotive together with a full description of everything an engineer should know . No. 57. HOW TO MAKE J\IUSICAL INS'l'RUJ\lEXTS.-Full directions how to mak~ a B:1njo, Violin, Zither, 1Eolian Ilar:P, Xylophone and other musical mstruments; together with a brief description of nearly every musical instrument used in ancient or modern times. Profusely illustrated. By Algernon S. Fitzger41~ for twenty years bandmaster of the Royal Bengal Marines. No. ~!). _ HOW TO MAKE A :UAG~C i;,AN'.l'ERN.-Containing a descript10n of the lantern, together with ,ts history and invention, Als9 full directions for Its use and for painting slides. Handsomel y illustrated. By John Allen. No. 71. HOW TO DO l\IECIIANICAL TRICKS.-Containini complete instructions for _Pl'rforming over sixty Mechanical Tricki! . By A . Anderson . Fully illustrated. LETTER WRITING . No. 11. HOW TO WRITE LOVE-LETTERS.-A most com, plcte little book, containing full directions f1>r writing love-letters, and when to trne them, giving specimen letters for young and old. No. 12. HOW TO WRITE LETTERS TO LADIES.-Givinf complete instructions for writing letters to ladies on all subjects; also letters of introduction. notes and requests. No. 24. HOW TO WRI'l'E LET'rERS TO GENTLEJMEN.Containing full directions for wri'tiog to gentlemen on all subjects also giving sample letters for instruction. ' No. 53 . HOW TO WRITE LETTERS.-A wonderful little oook, telling you how to write to your sweetheart, your father mother, siste.r, brother1 employer; and, in fact, everybody and any' body you w1sb to write to. Every young man and every young lady in the land should have this hook. • No. 74 . HOW '1.10 WRITE LE'l'TERS CORRECTLY.-Con• taining full instructions for writing letters on al most any subject a l s o rul es for punctuation and c o mposition, with specime n l etter..'.


g e THE STAGE . THE BOYS OF NEW YORK E~D MEN'S JOKE -Containing a great variety of the latest jokes used by the ,ou~ en~ men. No amateur minstrels is complete without \errnl httle book. TH:jil ~!)YS OF NEW YORK STUMP SPEAKER.,g a val'led asso,rtn:ient of 8tump spe~ches, Negrn, Dutch . Also end mens Jokes. Just the thmg for home amuse-amateur shows. . TUE BOYS OF NEW YORK MINSTREL GUIDE K]j] B(?OK.:--Somethini; new a?d very _instructive. Every I d obtam this book, as 1t contams full mstructious for orau amateur minstrel troupe. . l\IULDOO~'S JOKES.-'.l'his is one of the most original is ever pnbhshed, and it is brimful of wit and humor. It a large collection of1 songs, jokes, conundrums etc. of \ Muldoon, the great wit, humorist, and practical' joke~ of Every boy who can enjoy a good substantial joke should copy immediately. 9. HOW TO BECOME AN ACTOR-Containing com1tructions how to make up for various characters on the og~ther with the duties of the Stage Manager, Prompter, lrt1st and Property Man. By a prominent Stage Manager. ). GUS WILLIAMS' JOKE BOOK.-Containing the lat-.-., anecdotes and funny stories of this world-renowned and pular German comedian. Sixty-four pages; handsome :over containing a half-tone photo of the author. ---.. HOUSEKEEPING. "6. HOW TO KEEP A WINE>OW GAilDEN.-Containing :ructions for constructing a window garden either in town try, and the most approved methods for raising beautiful at home. The most complete book of the kind ever pub-:o. HOW TO COOK.-One of the most instructive books ing ever published. It contains recipes for cooking meats ne, and oysters; also pies, puddings, cakes and all kinds of and a grand collection of recipes by one of our most popular :7. HOW TO KEEP HOUSE.-It contains information for dy, boys, girls, men and women; it will teach you how to hnost anything around the house, such as par-lor ornaments 3, cements, Aeolian harps, and bird lime for catching birds.' ELECTRICAL. 46. HOW TO MAKE AND USE ELECTRICITY.-A deIon of the wonderful uses of electricity and electro magnetism ,er with full instructions for making Electric Toys, Batteries' By George Trebel, A. M., M. D. Containing over fifty n'. tions. 64. HOW TO MAKE ELECTRICAL MACIIINES.-Conag full uirections for making electrical machines, induction dynamos. and many no~el toys to be worked by electricity. t. A. R. Bennett. Fully illustrated. i. 67. HOW '.l.'0 :0.0 ELECTRICAL TRICKS.-Containing a 1 collection of instructive and highly amusing electrical tricks, ,her with illustrations. By A. Anderson. ENTERTAINMENT. o. 9. HOW TO BECOME A VE:-1TRILOQUIST.-By Harrv nedy. The secret given away. Every intelligent boy reading book of instructions. by a practical professor ( delighting multi-is every night with his wonderful imitations), can master the and create any amount of fun for himself and friends. rt is the \test book !'Ver published. and there's millions ( of fun) in it. o. 20. HOW TO ENTERTAIN AN EVENING PARTY.-A valuabl!' lit.tie book just published. A C'omplete compendium ames, sports, card diversions, comic recitations, etc., suitable Jarlor or drawing-room entertainment. It contains more for the ey than nny book published. o. 3ti HOW TO PLAY GAl\IES.-A complete and useful little {, cc,ntainiug the rules and Mgulations of billiards, bagatelle, ~gammon. croquet. dominoes, etc. /9 • . 36. HOW TO SOLVE CO~UNDRU~IS.-Containing all P leading conundrums of the day, amusing riddles, curious catches I witty sayings. 'fo. 52. HOW TO PLAY CARDS.-A complete and handy little ,k , iiving the rule8 and full directions for playing Euchre, Crib ;e, Casino, Forty-Five, Rounce, Pedro SanC'ho, Draw Poker, ction Pitch. All Fours, and many other popular games of cards. ~o. 66. HOW TO DO PUZZLES.-Containing over three hun-~d intcreHting puzzles and conundrums. with key to same. A aplete book. Fully illustrated. By A. Anderson. ETIQUETTE. S-o. 13. HOW TO DO IT; OR, BOOK OF ETIQUETTE.-It 11. great !if,, secret. and one that every young man desires to know about. There's happiness in it. 'W T9 _BECO~llll A SPfilAKER.-Containing fow,,: teeu 1llustrallons, g1v1ng the ditfernnt positions requisite to becomJ a good speaker, reader and elocutionist. Also containing gems frGl!? all the popular ?,Uthors of pros~ and poetry, arranged in the ma,.:j simple and concise manner possible. No. 49. :HOW TO DEBA'.rE.-Giving rules for conducting cl!Gc bates, outlines for. dc~ates, qu_estions fo1 discussion, and the bli!f sources for procurrng rnformat1on on the questions given. SOCIETY . No. 3. H;OW TO FLIRT.-The arts and wiles of flirtation fully Pxpl~med by this litt:J book. Besides the various methods , ba_Ldkerch1ef,_ fan, glovE:, parasol, window and hat flirtation, it COil)< tams a _full IIst of the language and sentiment of flowers, which ilim_teresting to everybody, both old and young. You cannot be happ11 w1thuut one. _ ~o. 4. Il_OW _TO DANCE is the title of a new and handsome l~tt,e _book Just issued by Frank Tousey. It contains fuH instru~ tJOns ID the art of dancing, etiquette in the ball-room and at partier, how to drrss, and full directions for calling off in all popular squa&r dances. No. 5. HOW TO MAKE LOVE.-A compl-,te guide to Iowocourl~hip and marriage, giving_ sensible advice, _rules !1ud etiquelt: to be observed, with many curious and mterest1Dg thmgs not gewc trally known . No. 17. HOW TO DRESS.-Containing full instruction In t art of dressing and appearing well at home and abroad giving selections of colors, material. and how to have them made up _No. 18. IIOW TO BECOME BEAUTIFUI:,.-One 0f l~1ghtest and_ most valuable little books ever given to the woriit Everybod,~ wishes to_ kn~w how to become beautiful, both male all!.~ female. Ihe secret 1s simple, and almost costless. Read this boo'", and be convinced how to become beautiful. BIRDS AND ANIMALS. No .. \• HOW_ TO K~EP BIRDS.-Handsomely hlustl'ated lllilU contammg full m~truct1on~. for the management and training of tl!Jc canary, mockmgb1rd, bobolmk, blackbird, paroq_uet, parrot, etc. No. 39. HOW TO RAISE DOGS, POULTRY, PIGEONS ANT!' RABBITS.-A useful and instruct_ive book. Handsomely illw.= trated. By Ira Drofraw. No. O. HOW TO l\LAKllJ "AND SET TRAPS.-Including.bliml{'_ on how to catch moles, weasels, otter, rats, squirrels and binlb Also how to cure skins. Co11iously illustrated. By J. Hll.rringt~..., Keene. No. 50. HOW 'rO STUFF BIRDS AND ANl1\IALS.-.i valuable book, giving instructions in collecting, preparing i:oountllll(] and preserving birds, arimals and insects. ' • No._ 5~. HO~ TO KEEP AND MANAGE PETS.-Giviug CO!w' plet~ mforma~1on as to the manner and method of raising, keepilllfj, tammg, breedmg, and managing all kinds of pets; nlso giving tv.lDJ \nstructi_ons for m!)-krni: cages, etc. Fully explained by twenty-eigll!C 1llustrat1ons, mak1Dg 1t the most complete book of the kind ~w~-r. published. MISCELLANEOUS. No. 8. HOW TO BECO::\fE A SCIENTIST.-A useful 1100 stn_1ctive b_ook, givi:1g a comp1_.rte treatise on chemistry; also

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THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 A W eeldy Magazine containi ng Stor ies of the A n ierican Revolution By HARRY MOORE. These stories are based on actual fac t s and gi v e a faithful a ccount o f t h e ex citing adventures of a brave band of Ameri can youths who were always ready and willing to imperil their liv es for the sake of helping along the gallant cause of Independence. Every number will consist of 3 2 large pages (?f reading matter, bound in a beautiful col ored cover. 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