The Liberty Boys on the march, or, After a slippery foe

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The Liberty Boys on the march, or, After a slippery foe
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Moore, Harry
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.. I ssued Weekly-By Subseriplion $2 .5 0 per year. Entered ,u SeC1J11d-Clas1 XaU1r aJ tlo, Ne"' York Po,t OjJiee, February 4 , 1901, by Frank Tou,.y. No. 496. Price 5 Cents. Along the shore and up the bank toward the end of the bridge raced the Liberty Boys, Dick in the lead. The Tory was hurrying on desperately, firing as he ran, the plucky boys returning his fire vigorously.


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 A Weekly Magazine Containing Stories of the American Revolutioim Isll'Ued Wula11-B-v Subscription $2.50 per 11ror. BJntered as Seeond Olass Matier at the New York, N. Y., Post Office, FdJruar-v 4, 1901. JJ;ntered ace-0rrLing to A ct of Congress~in the -vror .1p10, in the otfice of the Librarian of eonu,ess, Washington, D. C., by Frank Touse-v , rublisher, 2! Unio>• Square, New York. No. 496. NEW YORK, JULY 1, 1910. P rice 5 Cents. THE LIBERTY BOYS ON THE MARCH OR, After a Slippery Foe .... By HARRY MOO U E . CHAPTER I. "They call themselves soldiers, but the most of 'em are but louts," the young woman answered. "You don't take THE TROUBLE AT TIIE INN. home-brewed or punch?" "No, those things are not for boys," simply. There were seven or eight redcoats drinking and smok-''Nor for men to abuse," declared the trooper, with a ing in loud and boastful talk in an inn on a road a little laugh . distance from the Sawmill or N eperan river, in lower "Kaw then, Trooper, are y,ou ever coming?" roared the Westchester. redcoat. It was a pleasant October afternoon, a haze was over "All in good time," returned the young woman, who everything, and all seemed calm and still except at the served the boy before she went back to the noisy redcoats. inn, where the redcoats and a few Hessians were making "You treat us as if ,re were a lot of rebels that no one merry, as they would have termed it, but making an up had any respect for," said the redcoat. "Don't you know roar in the opinion of the landlord and the comfort-loving that you should pay more respect to the men who wear the .folk, who lived near the inn. King's uniform?" A boy, ridincr a fine black horse and dressed in home, "The 1miform often deserves more respect than the spun, came alo~g the road, left his horse at the hitching man in it," replied the trooper with a l augh . "What do post w i thout tethering him, and carelessly e11tered the inn. you wish, major?'" Going into the general bar room, where the redcoats I "An other mug of punch, and let it be hotter and were assembled, he took a seat at a table in the corner and stronger than the last, my lass." looked around him with an air of indifl'erence, and then j "I'm not your l ass, and you'll get no more punch. beckoned to a barmaid to come and serve him. You're iike a punchbowl now, you are so full of it." He was not as indifferent as he appeared, for he took in "Call the landlord, and put it to him whether I shall every detail of the place, and in a few moments had imhave more or not, my girl," coaxed the major. pressed the features of every one present, as well as their "I'm not your girl, and I settle who's to have and who's voices, on his memory . not to have punch." "Well, boy, what do you wish?" asked the smart young "Why, you're as saucy as those rebels whom we expect to w o man, whom the boy had summoned, as she came up, thrash in a short time, Trooper . When we get up the river wiped the table with the end of her apron, and stood lookand behind them at King's Bridge, they'll not ' have a leg ing at him with the backs of her hands on her hips and to stand upon . " , her feet set wide apart like a trooper. "You can't stand upon your own now, major," with a In fact, the redcoats had noticed this habit of the I laugh, "so go to your camp and to bed and get sober before young woman, and had christened her accordingly. yon tal k of setting rebels or any one else off their legs. " "Hallo! come here, Trooper," cried one. "Never mind "So, that i s their destination, is it?" thought the boy the b u mpkin, b u t come and wait on gentlemen . " eating bread and cheese . "If I can get to their camp I " I h ave n't seen any," retorted the tro oper . " W ha t is may learn mor e . " it, b oy? Y o u called me first." The boy, for all that he seemed ordinary enough in his "Give me some brea d and cheese an d a t u mble r o f mi l k , " h o m espun and his woolen hose and rough shoes, was mor e s a i d t h e boy. A re those men sogers or circus r i d e r s?" t h a n that , b eing t he captain of a troop of da r ing young


2 'l'IIE LIBERTY BOYS ON TIIE :MARCIL patriots known as ihe Liberty Boys, now engaged in the war for independence. Dick Slater was a shre,,d spy, and he had put aside his uni.form for the purpose of learning all he could about the redcoats, who were encamped somewhere in the neighbor hood, just where he Jid not know. At that woment a mnn in the dress of a well-to-do farmer came into ihe room and looked about him. "There is Dick Slater, the rebel," he said. '.' Arrest the saucy young rebel. He is here as a spy ,and trying to learn all he can. Arre8t him, I say!" ".'1.rrest him yourself," sputtered the major. "Who are you to give orders to your better? Some swinehead, no douht, by your looks. I am no dolt to be ordered about by you, fellow!" Dick Slater, meanwhile, had sat quietly _in his corner, evidently unmoYed by the accusation of the man, whom he now recognized to be a Tory spy, whom he had seen once or twice, and ,rhom he knew by the name of Roderick Pelham. The camp of the Liberty Boys was situated not more than a mile away, and he was reasonably certain that Bob Estabrook, the first lieutenant and his closest friend, "as somewhere about with some of the boys looking for the enemy. He kept hi,, eye on the win4ow and listened attentively for the tramp of horses, feeling certain that Bob would come along this way before a great while. "Then if you drunken redcoats won't arrest yon rebel, I'll arre t him myself," stormed the spy, ,d10 was an over bearing sort of fellow, toward the table where Dick sat, and drawing his pistol. "What are ?OU talking about, you conceited donkey?" sputtered Dick, pretending to be very indignant. "Who are you calling a rebel, anyhow ? You've got a lot of assurance." The redcoats laughed, and the Tory, somewhat taken aback, said, in a tone of astonishment : "I am calling you a rebel, and so you are. You are Dick Slater, captain of the Liberty Boys, and the biggest rebel in the region. That's your black horse standing outside, and I know you, for all your disguise and your stupid manner. Surrender, or I'll--" He leveled his pistol at Dick's head, but at the same moment Dick picked up his goblet and let fly the contents right at the spy's breast, some of the milk filling the pistol barrel and the rest spattering into the man's face. The spy pulled the trigger, but there was only a fl.ash in the pan, the powder having become soaked, and in a moment Dick was on his feet, and with one blow had knocked the spy down. Then he glanced quickly out of the window, for he had heard the tramp of horses, even with the window closed and all the confusion of the place. pushed him aside, as Dick dre" a brace of pistols from his rough coat. "Look out, all oE you.1 ' the woman cried. "Here comes a troop of the young rebels down the road, and it you're not careful, you'll be wanting a reward offered to get you out of a rebel pritoon.'' The redcoats haJ been advancing, but now they looked out of the window and saw that it was as the trooper had said, and that Lhere were a score of boys in blue and buff corning do1rn the road at a gallop. The redcoats thought that they might get Dick, any how, and be away with him before the Liberty Boys could come up, and they made a dash at him. Crack-crack-crack-crack!" 'rhe brace of pistols in Dick's hanc1, and two more that he quickly drew, cracked loudly, and the room began to fill with smoke . One bullet went through a redcoat's gold laced hat and made a hole in the window, another took off the major's wig and flew up to the ceiling, and two of the redcoats re ceived flesh wounds, which put them out of commis, ion for the time. '11hen Dick dasbec1 out by the nearest door, ran arouncl to the front of the inn, and shouted : "Hurry, Bob, make haste, boys, there are <;even or eight teJcoats in the house, and we want to catch them!" The yonng lieutenant and the detachment of Liberty Boys came dashing up on horseback, eager to catch the redcoats, the Hessians having already fled at the first sign of trouble. The boys rode this way and tlrnt, so as to surround the house and let no one escape, but as some of them reached the rear, they saw the redcoats coming out in a swarm and rushing for the barn. , One man not in uniform had already mounted and was riding away in haste. "That fellow is a spy!" cried Dick. "Do not let him get away!" Ile was on horseback now and chased after the fellow, followed by five or six of the boys, among whom were Ben Spurlock, one of the jolliest of them all, Sam Sanderson, , Harry Judson and Will Freemarl. "After him, Liberty Boys!" shouted Dick. "He is a spy and of more importance than the redcoats. Catch him!" Down the road went the spy, across the inn yard, be tween two out-buildings, and into the road before the boys at the front 0 the house realized that he was there, anJ so away . 'l'he redcoats went this way and that, anywhere to es , cape, but the boys did not trouble them, setting out after the spy instead, and eager to catch him. They lost sight of him for a few minutes on account of the thickness of the trees and the bends in the road which "Jove! I believe the fellow was right!" exclaimed one redcoat, "and the boy is Dick Slater. Brown hair, grayhere wound about like a snake, coming at length to an blue eyes, sturdy build, firm chin, goo

"""-'rH E LIBERTY BOYS ON THE MA.ROH. 3 "Is he a spy, Dick? Do you know him?" asked _Bob '' A.n' will ye go before supper, liftinant dear?" asked a E s tab\.ook, who r ode a fine bay. rosy faced, freckled, pug-n9sed, red-haired, jolly-looking "Yes, Bob> but he knows me bet.ter than I know h i m . " Irish boy, who now approached, accompanied by a fat Ger"Who is he, Dick?" man boy. "His name is Roderick Pelham; he is a rank To r y and a "Well, probably not, Patsy," laughed Bob. ' .. py, and, as I now remember, a very slippery fellow. I "Dot Batsy vellc-r was always t'ollght o:ff somedings to V have not seen him very much, and I had nearly forgotten eat, I bet me," observed the fat German boy, whose name him, till a certain loo_k in his ace recalled him to my was Carl Gookenspieler, and who weighed all 0 two hun mind . He knows me well, apparently, for he penetrated dred pounds. my disguise at once." _ "A.n' why wudn't Oi, Cookyspiller ?" retorted Pafay "Well, there are the tents 0 the enemy, and we know Brannigan. "Sure 1f Oi did not think of things to ate, that much, at any rate. We wanted to know where they ye'd go hungry manny's the toime, Oi'll go bail, me lad." had their camp, and now we have found out. What was , Patsy was the company cook and one 0 the chief pro, he looking for, do you suppose?" viders of fun for the Liberty Boys, Carl being his fast "Nothing, perhaps, but simply happened into the inn. friend and constant companion . I had not been there long myself and had just learned that The two boys had many quarrels, but they were bloodless the redcoats are bound up the river to try and get in the ones and a:fforded a great deal of amusement to the Lib rear of Fort Washington. We knew that Howe had this erty Boys, who, being like all natrual, healthy boys, liked in view, and now we can go on the march and prevent them fun as well as any one. from advancing too rapidly." "I don't think we will go on the march before supper, "A.nd this spy, Dick?" Patsy," continued Bob, "but you can ask the captain about "Will seek to give Howe, Cornwallis and the rest all the it. He will be out in a :!:ew minutes!' information he can, and we must prevent him. The sooner "Because if we aTe goin' soon, Oi can have supper imwe catch him the better it will be for us, for I believe he majitely, if not sooner, 1itinant. Shtir yere pegs, ye fat will do us all the mischief he can." gossoon, an' pit on the kittles, so there'll be no delay." "Then we certainly want to get hold 0 Mr. Roderick "Humbug!" sputtered Carl, "dose keddles was already Pelham as soon as we can and put him out 0 the way of der :fire on." doing mischief to us or any other patriots." "Sure thin it's all roight, an' things will be goin' on Not having a very large force witl:i him, and there being loively in a few minyutes, all except yerself,..for ye niver danger that the spy might bring a strong detachment 0 do be runnin' unless the inimy are around . " redcoats against him, Dick now determined to return to ''Ya, und den I was runned afder dem," laughed Cari. the camp, reporting the presence of the enemy to Colonel "Yis, ye do," with a chuckle, "and so fasht that ye be's • Hand, who was the nearest of any of the patriot officers. in front o' thim before ye know it." "A.nd then to go on the march," said Bob. "There will Dick shortiy came out, and said to Patsy: be plenty for the Liberi-y Beys to do." "It is not likely that we shall go on the march before "Yes, and they are all ready and eager to do it," added morning, Patsy, so you may have supper at the usual Ben, and all the boys echoeq his words . time." CHAPTER II. THE OH.A.SE ALONG THE RIVER 'rhe camp 0 the Liberty Boys was on a little branch of the Sawmill river about a mile and a half rem the inn where Dick pad seen the spy, and more than 'that from where foey had caught sight 0 the enemy's tents. The boys rode back at good speed, being all well mountea and thoroughly accustomed to riding, most 0 their time being spent in the saddle, in act. Riding into camp, they were welcomed by a number of the Liberty Boys, and while Dick was putting on his uni , form, Bob told them what hac1 happened at the ' inn, and afterward, every one being greatly interested. 'Then we are going on the march, are we?" asked Mark , Morrison, the dashy young second lieutenant of the Liberty Boys, who was trusted by Dick next to Bob himself, and who was a universal favorite . "Yes, Mark, we are going on the march, and we are going to try to get hold of this slippery spy and put a n e nd t o h is usefulness to the enemy." "Troth then Oi'm glad o' that, captain dear," said Patsy, w:ith a broad grin, "for a ma.le niver sets well whin a bye has to ride roight away on top of it, though that do be betther nor roidin' on an imp'y stomach." "Nobody was rode on deir stomachs, Batsy," said Carl. "Dot was foolishness. Dey was on der horses' backs rode, ain't it?" 'rhere was the sound of a sudden shot at that instant on the edge of the camp, and then Ben Spurlock came running in, and said excitedly : "That spy is around, captain. He tried to sneak into the camp and hide, and I :fired at him." "After him, boys!" hissed Dick, and in a moment he and B6b and Ben and a score of the boys went racing out 0 the camp. They saw the man hurrying along the other side oi the little creek, having crossed on stepping stones in great haste, and now making his way toward the main river and the bridge which crossed it and led toward the camp 0 the redcoats. ' "After the slippery fellow !" cried Dick, and the boys followed in hot chase. ' " Come on, boys!" shouted Bob, and the boys answered in chorus a n d hastened o n . The bridge c rossed both creek and r i ver at a goo d height ,


4 THE LIBERTY BOYS ON THE MARCH. there being a considerable bank up which the boys would "Come on, boys!" shouted Dick. "Never mind if you do have to climb to reach it. bring him down, but don't kill him." Into the open raced the spy, the boys hurrying along on "No, the fellow ought to be hanged, not shot!" sput-the opposite bank, keeping him in sight, but not firing tered Bob, who was of a very impulsive nature. upon him as yet. I The Tory had lost his hat, and his coat was badly torn They wanted to catch, rather than kill him, and they I and soiled by his roll down the bank, one of his pistols hav raced on in a bunch, which gradually spun out, some of ' ing been dropp~d on the way, and his belt loosened. the boys being fleeter of foot than others. "This way, boys, spread out!" cried the gallant captain Now and then the fugitive disappeared behind trees or of the Liberty Boys, as he began makipg his way down the bushes, but not for long, the boys hurrying on as fast as bank. "Spread out, boys, and head him off!" ever. Along the river raced the boys in hot chase, the Tory The Tory reached the bridge, and the Liberty Boys hur-leading, but rapidly losing his lead, as Dick, Bob and some ried on in order to catch him before he left it. of the rest were very fleet of foot. Along the shore and up the bank toward the end of the Along the river ran the boys, determined to catch the bridge raced the Liberty Boys, Dick in the lead. fellow, slippery as he was, till he, seeing capture staring The Tory was hurrying in desperately, firing as he ran, him in the face, suddenly threw aside his coat and waist-the plucky boys returning his fire vigorously. coat, and kicking off his boots, plunged into the river. Crack-crack-crack-crack! Fearing that he might be fired upon even there, he swam Bang-bang! Crack-crack! under water as far as he could and dove as soon as he came Muskets and pistols cracked and banged and rattled, and up again aud got his breath. the boys hastened on, Dick scrambling up the bank, one "Go back to the bridge, boy s," said Dick. "He will have after another following him, those below firing as they ran, to come over again to reach the redcoats. Watch the bank and sending the bullets fairly showering about the Tory, to sec that he does not cross before he reaches the bridge." Bob, Ben, Sam, Harry and Will followed Dick closely, Some of the boys went directly to the bridge, and some the rest being not far behind. walked al ong the bank, Dick watching the I river from The Tory had a number of pistols, and these he diswhere the Tory had entered it. . charged at the gallant boys till all his weapons were empty, He finally saw the 'I'ory reach the other side and hurry when having no tin1e to stop and reload he ran on with all away in the direction of the bridge. 1 haste' toward the end of the brido-e. ' I "'l'here are other bridges," he murmured, "and it will There was an opening in the p~rapet at _the top of ~he be dusk befo_re l?ng,. when it will be difficult to tra:k t_he bank where the boys could get upon the bndge, and Dick fellow. He is slippery, and I am afraid we have lo:;t hun was the first to reach it. this time." The Tory had already passed this spot, but it was easy The Tory did not_ appear again _on the ~ivet, and those running now, and Dick gained u~on him rapidly. . wl;o went t_o the. bnd~e. saw nothmg of him. . Bob and the rest, nearly a score mall, reached the bridge I Th e y waited till Dick came along, and then Dick reand hurried on after Dick. called all the boys and the whole company returned to There was a man just riding upon the brido-e on a camp, it being quite dark by the time they reached it. stocky but not especially speedy horse as the Tor/reached "Supper do be ready, captain," de_clared _Pa~sy, "an' 0~ th end make no doubt that ye have an appetite for rt, 1very wan o e ye. The vilyan got away afther all, did he?" Presenting his pistols, which the stranger did not know "Yes, Patf,y, but we know him now, and if he appears had been discharged, the Tory forced him to dismount, again, we will see that he does not escape so easily." and in a moment he was in the saddle and wheeling the "Troth Oi do be thinkin' that he didn't have so aisy a horse toward the road. "Stop him!" cried Dick; "his pistols are not loaded!" Hearing this, the stranger raced after the Tory, shoutmg to the horse to stop, while the Tory slapped him vigorously with the end of the reins to make him go faster. "Whoa, Dobbin!" yelled the map., leaping ahead and trying to catch the animal by the tail. "Get up!" cried the spy, fairly lashing the horse. Off the bridge he went with a snort and a kick of his heels, and then stumbled, throwing his rider over his head. Roderick Pelham rolled over and over, reaching the edge of the bank, rolled off, crashed through the bushes and disappeared. "I wish I'd known before!" muttered the owner of the horse. "Whoa!" ' The horse halted, and Dick and the boys now came up and saw the fugitive hurrying down the bank toward the river. toime of'. it, what with his running over bridges and jump-in' in the river an' all that," with a laugh. "Oi shud call it a purty hard toime, meself." "What the captain means is that he will have even more trouble in getting away the next time," said Bob. "Troth Oi hope he will thin, the spalpeen, dhrawin' his pistols on the captain an' the byes as he did. Bad cess to um, if Oi catch soight of him Oi'll hang him on a three an' t'row rotten apples at him." The fires were lighted in the center of the camp and along the edge, the boys had their suppers, and then the pickets were set, and the boys occupied themselves in va rious ways, a sharp lookout being kept for the enemy, as it was thought that perhaps the spy would bring the redcoats, having discovered the camp. It was quite late and no sign of the enemy had been seen, Dick being of the opinion that they would not come, unless very late, as they must know that the boys would be on the watch for them.


THE LIBERTY BOYS ON THE MARCH. 5 "The later it grows the sharper a lookout you had better .keep, boys," he said, "as the enemy, if they do come, may imagine that we will be so worn out that we won't keep watch." It was some time after midnight, and Patsy was on guard half way between the road and the wood, when he heard steps approaching. "Whisht !" he said to Carl, who was near by. "There do ' be some wan comin'. Don't let me hear a worrud out o' ye, Cookyspiller." "Nein," said Carl. "Sure there do be more nor that, me bye. Whisht !" A puff of night air suddenly fanned the fire into a bright blaze, and by its # blaze Patsy saw, or thought he did, the redcoats approaching on the run. Up went his musket to his shoulder in a moment, and bang! it went in another. Then there was a rush and a roar and a much-frightened red bull calf went dashing right through the fire and one of the nearest tents, uttering an alarmed bellow all the wa_v. The boys came hurrying forth, thinking that the camp was attack ed, when Carl, laughing and shaking his fat sides, burst into a roar with: "Dot Batsy veller was shooted ein calf und t'ought dot was !'ome redgoats already, but it don't was." The boys all laughed, for there was no sign 0 the enemy, and the frightened calf, who had not been hit, was soon out of both sight and sound, and the camp soon settled d,own into its accustomed quiet and all was dark and still. "Well , annyhow, Oi wor ready for thim," laughed Patsy, ~, if it wor on'y Cookyspiller's brother Oi foired at." "HumbulJ !" sputtered Carl. There was n,o sign of the enemy during the night, and Dick came to the conclusion that the redcoats feared that the boy would be on the lookout and so had decided not to attack them. Word had already been sent to Colonel Hand of the nearness of the enemy and of their intentions, and in the morning Dick went out with a . scouting party and discov ered that the :i:edcoats had left their camp of the day pre vious and had gone on the march, up the riYer on the other side. In another hour the Liberty Boys themselves were on the march. CHAPTER III. .A.T THE OLD GRIST )llLL Dick led the way on Major, his magnificent black Ara bian, with Bob on his bay, and Mark on a gray at his side, ' Ben on a roan, Sam on a chestnut, Harry on a sorrel, and the others, all well mounted, coming on after them. The young captain and his two lieutenants were riding somewhat in advance 0 the main body, Sam, Ben and Harry being a little behind, when they caught sight 0 an old ruined grist mill on the river, a little ahead of them. "There is the old mill," said Bob. "They say the Torie s ruined the miller's business, and the mill went to pieces from neglect." "I have heard some such story," answered Dick, "but I have heard also that the miller spent more time in the ale house than he did in his mill, and that bad debts and not attending to business were the real cause of the mill going to pieces." 'l'he road leading past the mill was an unfrequented one and grass grew in the ruts, while many dry leaves strewed the middle, so that the boys made little or no noise as they went on. Dick presently halted and signaled to Ben to run back and halt the others. "Wbat is it, Dick?" a ked Boh in a low tone, knowing that Dick had some excuse for halting so abruptly. "There is some one in the mill," replied Dick. "Wait." 'rhen he leaped to the ground and went rapidly and noiseles~ly forward, keeping in the shelter of the bushes alongside the road and hidden from any one who might chance to look out of the side window or the door. He reached tbe mill, and standing against the wall at the corner, heard some one say: "That's all very well, but you've got to get into the camp first before you learn anything. You tried it your self yesterday, and what did you get? You were as close to being caught as you ever were, and had to take to the water to get awHy. I it had not been coming on to dark ness they would have followed you." "They don't know you, Gil, and you will have a good chance to learn soljllething," replied a voice which Dick knew at once to be that of the spy whom the Liberty Boys had given such a lively chase the day before. The other speaker was a boy, evidently, from the quality of hi8 voice, which Dick did not remember to have heard before. "That's all very well, dad, but they don't know me and they will ask for references, the consent of my parents, and all that." "Suppose they do? You will be there long enough to pick up some information, won't you? Then you can tell them that you will go and get "it, and that will give you an excuse for another visit. The young rebels are in the way, and I must know where they are bound, and what particular object they have in view." "Well, I'll try it, for you cannot disguise either your face or your voice, and Dick Slater knows both now and will come down on you as heavy as a hammer." "Yes, I know that, but come, they will be along here soon and you must meet them on the road and ask them to join tbe troop." Dick steppeft back quickly, but the spy came out 0 the mill sooner than the boy had thought, and he was seen. He uttered a startled exclamation at seeing Dick, and the latter sprang at him, giving a quick signal for Bob and Mark to come up. The spy ran into the mill, hurried across to a door in the rear, ran out and, closing the door behind him, sped away. His companion had already disappeared and nothing was to be seen of him.


6 THE LIBERTY BOYS ON THE MARCH. Dick threw open the door which Pelham had closed, but saw nothing of the man anywhere outside. Bob and Mark came up, and Dick said: "The spy was here with some one else, his son, I think. Now they have both disappeared most mysteriously." "Did they run out at this door, Dick?" asked Bob. "The man did, but I don't know where the son went. Call up the boys." The boys were signaled to, and a number of them shortly came up, and a thor.ough search of the old mill and the grounds was made, but without finding any one. There was no hiding-place that they could find in the mill itself, and they searched the woods and yard back of it, went along the millrace as far as the river and searched both sides, without finding any one or coming across any hiding place. "Well, the fellow has slipped away from us again," re marked Dick, "but I have learned of his plan and it will not work. In. fact, I don't think it would have done so, even had I not heard of it." "What was it, Dick?'' asked Bob, as they went back to the road, and Dick told what he had heard. "Wanted to get into the Liberty Boys, eb, to tell our plans to the spy?" muttered Bob. "Well, we want to ln1ow something about the boys who join us. We don't take e,ery one that comes along." 'l'he boys rode on, and at length met a mes,:enger from Colonel Hand, who gave Dick a letter. The young captain read it, and said to Bob: The colonel wishes us to halt on our march for a time and keep an eye on the enemy. He suspects that there are Hessians coming, and wants us to halt them and prevent their depredations." "'l'he boys will be glad enough to do that," with a grin. "We are not over fond of Hessians." The boys went on a short distance till they found a suit able location for a camp, and then halted. It was then not long before noon, and Patsy at once began preparations for dinner, while the boys occupied themselves in various ways. Dick went to his tent and called Bob and Mark, and said: "It is not likely that the boy will come to the camp now and try to learn our plans, but I am not satisfied that there is no hiding-place in the old mill, and I think that the spy and the boy will return to it when they think we are out of the way, and I believe that if some of us went there we could catch the slippery fellow." "You may be right, Dick, but where could the, fellow hide?" asked Bob. ":Not in the mill itself? You said he ran out and closed the door." "Y cs, but there are hiding places there, somewhere. I am convinced of it, and we must find them: These spies will return to the place and we must get hold of them." "Whrn ahall we go there, Dick?" "This afternoon or perhaps to-night. I have not seen. Gilbert, but I would know his voice if I heard it again." "But he won't come here again, you think, Dick?" "Not to the camp. He will know that we will suspect him. He will ha....-e other plans, and the two will talk them over and we must try and be there when they do." "But you don't know that they will talk them over at the old mill?" "No, I do not, but it is likely that they will, and we shall have to take chances as to their being there when we go. They may not and then they may." After dinner Dick and Bob disguised themselves and set out at separate times for the old mill, going in somewhat di1Terent directions as well in order to circumvent any possible watchers of their moves. Bob had a fish line and rude pole and some worms for bait, and made his way to the river side of the old :r'nill, Dick having a rifle and a game bag, as if being on a hunting trip. Bob got there first and sat on the river bank, throwing in his line and waiting patiently for a bite. He caught one fish and put him on a crotched stick, throwing over his line, after carefully spitting on the bait, and waited for another bite, which he presently got. He hauled the fish out, and was baiting his hook again, when a boy of about his own age and build came along the river bank. "Fi hing, eh?" the newcomer said, inquirin'ly. "Yes, what did you think I was doing?" spitting on his bait. "Why do you spit on the worm?" "Good luck. You can't catch fish if you don't do that." "Non sense! That's only foolishness." "You ever fish?" throwing, in hls line. "Lots of times." "Catch anything'-'' "Sometimes." "Well, you'd do it all the tim ~ e if you spit on your bait." "Weil, you did it once, to be sure, but how do you know you'll do it again?" He is watching me, just as I thought," said Bob to himself, and then he got a bite, and hauled out another fish. "There he is," he said, taking the fish from the hook. "I can do it every time if there's any fish to be caught. 0' course, if they aren't any, I can't catch 'em." ''Live around here?" asked the boy, as Bob repeated the operation of baiting and casting in his line. "Yes, do you? 'Pears to me I never saw you before." "What are you, a rebel?" "No, I ain't!" indignantly. "Rebels don't catch fish!" "H'm ! I guess you're right," with a laugh. Neither Dick, Bob, nor any of the Liberty Boys called themselves rebels, considering that they were patriots. "Did you see a company of young rebels go up the road some time this morning? They are hanging about here somewhere. You'd better look out or your fish, for they'll steal them." "Yes, I saw a lot of what you call rebels going up the road. They've got a camp up here, not so far away. Like gypsies, are they, steal anything they can get their hands onto?" "Yes, of course. Up the road, eh? How far?" "About a mile, I guess." "H'm! that's about where I live. I'll have to look out for my hens and chickens. You'd better tell your folks, too." "Guess I will. Hallo I That one of 'em?"


,.,. THB LIBERTY BOYS ON THE }IA.RUH. 7 The boy turned and saw a boy with a rifle over his considerable depth ancl quite high enough for a mau to shoulder and a game bag with it. walk. "I don't know. He doesn't look like one. Have you It turned inward before reaching the corner of the seen any rebels, boy?" to Dick. . building, and, at this point inside, Dick found a cupboard "I see what you might call some up the road. They've of considerabie size, which no doubt opened into the sr,ace got a camp, but they ain't doin' anything." between the walls, but this could not be determined at "That's what the other boy said. Friend of yours?" this time, as the cupboard was locked. "I donno as he is. Catch any fish?" "That is how the man got away from us so easily yestcr-"Yes, got one now!" and Bob hauled out a fat fellow. day," remarked Dick. "'l'he boy got in here, and the man "H'm! that's better luck than I've had hunting." got between the walls." "Did you spit on your bullet?" "Well, there is nothing like knowing these things, even "Yes, o' course." if it is a bit late," replied .Bob. "The rascals won't get "H'm! then ifs funny you didn't shoot nothin'. Maybe away from us this way the next time.'' there ain't any. game in the woods." "No, but the spy has proved as slippery as ever, and we At that EJ.oment the spy came out of the old mill, looked ha,e not yet learned what we wanted to learn concerning sharply at Dick, but without recognizing him, and said: him. Better luck the next time, perhaps." ".Friends of yours, Gilbert?n They left the old grist mill and set out toward the camp, ".1:J o, I never saw them before. They say there are .Bob taking his fish, of which he had caught half a dozen rebels about, and I told them that we'd have to look out for fine fat fello~vs, alvng, and Dick carrying his game bag our chickens." ) over his shoulder and his rifle in his hand. "Yes, so we will. How far away are they, boy?" to 'fhe boys had not gone more than a quarter of a mile Dick. before they met a party of Hessians on foot, led by a giant Dick gave a sudden cry like that of a bird, whipped out sergeant. a pistol, seized the spy by the collar, and said: "Rebels, surrender," said the big sergeant, advancing "There are two of them right here, Mr. Pelham! Come to put his hand on Bob. with me or I'll put a bullet in you." The young lieutenant suddenly swung around and the ".Jove! Dick Slater himself!" gasped the spy, trying f3tring of fish took the big Hessian in the face, causing him to get away. -Lo give a grunt and to use some very bad language, albeit "Yes, and Bob Estabrook to back him up!" cried Bob, in German. now upon his feet and hurrying forward. Then Bob shot into the bushes on one side of , the road, The boy tried to keep Bob back, when the young lieutenwhile Dick took the other, both turning sharply as they ant tripped him and sent him headlong into the river into ran. water much over his head. "Now, :M:r. Roderick Pelham, you will come with us!" cried Bob. "You won't get away this time ! " On the instant, however, the spy slipped out of his coat, and like a flash ran along on all fours, do,e into the water and got out of sight. The boy came up, shook his fist at Dick and Bob, and swam down stream, but the spy did not again appear. "Well!" exclaimed Bob in great disgust. "We had him and then we did not. He's a regular eel for slipping away. Where has he gone, Dick?" "l don't know, Bob, but I don't think we shall see him again in a hurry. It was certainly a great surprise, ror I made sure that we had him." "So did I, after getting rid of the other one, so that he could not interfere. It's positively disgusting!" "So it is, Bob, but I don't see how we are going to help it now. We might as well return to the camp." Dick walked toward the old ruin and pushed open the door, observing that as he did so he covered an aperture in the wall wide enough for a man to enter. Closing the door revealed this space between the outer and inner walls, while opening it hid the hole. "I've found the hiding-place, Bob!" he cried excitedly. CHAP'fER IV. THE SHADOW ON . THE WALL. Both boys examined the space between the outer and inner wall of the old grist mill and found it to be of Bang-bang-bang! The big sergeant gave a rapid order, and the muskets began to rattle and ~ang in lively style. Then there ,ms a report from quite a different direction than was expected, and the big sergeant's hat flew off. 'rhe Hessians fired in the direction of this shot, but l)ick had not remained in that position, and the shots flew harmlessly by him at some distance. The two boys came out into the road some distance on, ancl Bob said: "Well, we have found the Hessians, Dick." "Yes, and perhaps the spy or his son may have sent them to cut off our retreat." "Very likely, but it"takce more than a slow-going Hes sian to do that, Dick," with a laugh. "I wonder how the big fellow liknd the smell of the fish I gave him?" "Don't tell Patsy about it," with a laugh, "or he'll want to give them fill extra wash fo take the smell of Hessians out of them." "We must find out more about the Hessians, Dick," said Bob, as the boys walked on. "Yes, Bob, we must, and wjthout delay, for--" At that moment the boys heard the cry of a girl evident ly in distress, and a shrill call for help. "Jove! I'll bet ther(\S more of them!" hissed Bob. Then both _clashed forward and around a bend in the road. Here they saw a young and very pretty girl struggling in the grasp of two big Hessians, while a third was trying to kiss her.


8 THE LIBERTY BOYS ON THE :MARCH. Crack-crack-crack! "No, I suppose not," smiling. Dick fu-ed a shot with his rifle and carried away the "But we might bring over some more of the Liberty stupendous hat and big powdered wig of one of the HesBoys," chuckled Bob, mischievously, and the girl blushed. sians, while Bob fired two pistol shots and wounded the They saw her home, and her father and mother thanked other two, one in the leg and the other in the arm, causthem both most heartily for rescuing her from the Hes- • i:ng both to utter yells of pain. sia:ns, when they heard of it, the mother adding: Dick's man promptly fled, and the other two released the "You must make your quarters at our house, captain, girl and took to their heels, although one of them had while you are in the neighborhood. It will be a great deal some trouble in doing so. more comfortable than sleeping in a tent. You and the "Come on, my girl," said Dick, "there may be more of lieutenant mmt surely come over and make your quarters these fellows about," and then he and Bob, one on each he r e." side, took the girl's arms and hurried away. "You are ,ery kind, maam," replied Dick, "although There was no pursuit, however, and in a short time the we are used to sleeping in tents, and even on the bare boys pa.used and went on more slowly. ground, at times. Perhaps it will be as well, for we will "I am much obliged to you," said the girl, panting from be nearer the road than our camp is, and in case of the ad her exertions. I can go on alone now, I guess. You boys vance of the enemy, we would hear them sooner." don't live in this neighborhood, do you?" The boys then went on to the camp where all the boys "Not very far away," replied Dick. "We live near were greatly astonished to hear that Hessians had been White Plains. We are some of the Liberty Boys." seen. "Why, do you? Two of my greatest girl friends have "V; e may have trouble with the rascals before we exbrothers in the Liberty Boys. Perhaps you may know pected," d~clared Mark Morrison. "There are many pa them. They are Alice Estabrook and Edith Slater. Edith's triots in the :neighborhood, and their houses would make brother is the captain. You must know him." tempting bait for the marauding villains." "Oh, very well," laughed Bob. "I know Alice's brother "Yes, and we must keep a watch upon them and warn Bob, too. He is a wild sort of a scamp." the peopie to do the same and let us know if they give them "Is he?" in surprise. "Why, Edith seems to think a any trouble," replied Dick. lot of him." The news that the spy had been seen again wa of inter-"There's a recommendation for you, Bob," laughed est to the boys, and they all hoped that they would be able Dick. "This is Bob Estabrook himself, my girl." to catch hin1 before long. "Why, you don't say? The girls will be very much The girl whom Dick and Bob had rescued from the Hesastonished when I tell them that. By 'the way, they are sia:ns, and whose name was :Madge Weston, came to the coming to visit me to-morrow, and your camp is not very I camp with her brother at supper time and invited Dick and far from our house." Bob to make their quarters at her house and to take tea "The girls coming to-morrow?" cried Bob. "And we with them, bringing a number of the boys along to make may be on the march by that time, Dick." things lively. "Yes, so we may. It's too bad." Dick could not very well refuse the invitation, and so "Why, then, )'OU must be Dick Slater," cried the girl he and Bob went, taking Ben, Sam, Henry, Will and Phil in great astonishment. "But you are not in uniform. I Waters with them, Mark being left in charge of the camp. thought the Liberty Boys were soldiers." 'rhe home of Mr. Weston was not very far from the "So they are," laughed Dick, "but we do not. always camp of the Liberty Boys, and in case of an alarm the wear our uniforms. Just now the lieutenant and I are out boys could be quickly summoned, and in case Dick were spying upon the enemy and it is better that we are not in wanted he could be called in a short time. uni:form." The boys enjoyed themselves and remained in the eve"Well, I am very glad that you were about, for I was ning, returning to the camp some time after dark very terribly frightened at thqse Hessians. They are horrid well pleased with their reception, Dick remaining, having creatures. The idea of the man trying to kiss me! Why, a room at his disposal on the main floor. he smelled all beer and cheese and tobacco!" Ile retired at length, c omposing himself to sleep in a "Would you have wanted him to kiss you if he had not great bed with a canopy to it, but not drawing the curtains, smelled of all those things?" laughed Bob. as he wished to get all the air he could, being used to plenty "No, indeed I would not. He is a Hessian, an enemy of of it. our coimtry. I am very glad that you boys came along, There was a window at the side which he left open, the but I had no idea that you were the captain and lieutenant bed being so situated that the air did not blow directly of the Liberty Boys." upon him, the window on the other side being closed. "Others have been surprised to learn that, this very From where Dick lay in bed he could not see the open afternoon," with a laugh. "So we have our camp near window, but could see the wall opposite and the door in • your house?" it leading to the main hall. "Yes, and you must come over to tea with us. !fy He was soon asleep and had been for some time, just how • father and mother will be very glad to see you. And then, long he did not know, when he awoke, hearing no sound, perhaps, t.he girls will come to-night instead of to-morrow." but seeming to know that he must awaken. "'l'hen we shall have to come," laughed Dick, "but in The moon had risen sin'ce he had been in bed, and now that event you cannot expect us to pay much attention to he saw that its light shone on the wall opposite the open you." window.


THE LIBERTY BOYS ON THE MARCH. 9 Suddenly, titill hearing nothing, he saw a shadow on the wall, the shadow of a man whose profile was marked dis tinctly on the white surface opposite. He knew in an instant to whom that profile belonged, • as well as if he had seen the man's face. The snadow was that of Roderick Pelham, and now he saw that the man was getting in at the window. Dick's clothes were on a chair alongside the b'ed, and it required but to stretch out his arm to reach his pistol belt, which was alwavs near him. Without a so~d he reached out his hand and secured the belt, taking one of the pistols without making the slightest noise. • The shadow grew larger, and in a moment Dick heard a soft footfall on the rag carpet which covered the floor. "What do you want, Pelham?" Dick asked quietly. There was a startled exclamation, and the shadow dis appeared from the wall, Dick hearing a cat-like tread coming toward him. "Look out for yourself, Pelham," he said. "I have a pistol in my hand and there are others within reach. What do you want?" The man made a sudden dash for the window and Dick saw the shadow distinctly once more. He 11prang out of bed and leaped into the middle 0 the room, firing a shot as the spy went flying out. Then he ran to the window and saw the man running, hatless, toward the road as fast as he could go. He fired another shot, and by this time the boys were alarmed and a number of them came running toward the house, Wes ton and his son being aroused as well. Dick ha~tily put on his breeches, and opened the door, as the girl's brother asked: "Any trouble there, captain?" "A Briti sh spy tried to enter my room by the window, did so, in fact, but I was aroused in time and frightened him off." "Anything wrong, Dick?" asked Bob, outside. "We saw a fellow hurrying down the road, but did not recognize him." "Roderick Pelham, the Tory spy, has been here, Bob, but he did not make a long stay." "Pelham? How do you know, Dick?" "By the shadow on the wall. Come up to the window, and you will see." Bob came up and saw his own shadow distinctly on the wall opposite. "I never thought of having a guard about the house," Dick went on, "but I !!,Woke and saw the shadow and knew that the fellow was up to some mischief." "What do you suppose he wanted, Dick?" "I don't know. Possibly he thought I had papers which he knew were of value to him, or he may have thought that he could make me a prisoner without arousing the house." "And he never took thought of the fact that Dick Slater always sleeps with one eye open," laughed Bob. CHAPTER V. FIGHTING THE HESSIA.KS. A guard was placed about the house for the rest 0 the night and the window in Dick's room was left open, but the only shadows on the wall were those of the Liberty Boys as they now and then passed the window in their vigil. '"I'he fellow found out somehow that Dick was in the house," declared Bob, "and sneaked up to do him a mis chief, but I could have told him that Dick is a light sleeper and that he might as well give up trying to get the best of a boy like that." They found a hat in the garden, which they recognized as belonging to the spy, but Dick wanted no better evidence than the shadow on the wall, which was as good as a sight of the man's face would have been. Dick had not thought of having a guard at the house, and no one else had suggested it, and it was only the young captain's sense of danger that had brought him safely through what might have been a great peril. 'I'here was no alarm until just before daybreak, when a sudden shot from the direction of the camp aroused Dick and the people in the farm-house, and soon lights were men fl.ashing, and the sentries pegan answering each other in clear, sharp tones. Dick was into his clothes and out of doors in a very few minutes, and then the word went around that a number of Hessians had tried to steal upon the camp from the woods near the river, and had been :fired upon by Ben Spurlock. Then when the lights flared up, the enemy was seen re treating, and no more shots were fired. Dick quickly reached the camp and the boys were made ready to meet the Hessians i they came on, but the day dawned and the first rays of the morning sun were seen :rnd still there was no sign of the enemy. Then he determined to go after the Hessians instead 0 waiting for them, and the Liberty Boys went on the march, having had their breakfasts and being thoroughly fresh and in good condition. The wisdom of Dick's move was soon seen, for the boys had not been on the march more than ten minutes before the sound of firing and the presence of smoke in the air told them that something was going on not far distant. "The Hessians are taking advantage of our absence to hegin their depredations," declared Dick. "Forward, Lib erty Boys, and punish the marauders, scatter the lawless hirelings ! , "Liberty foreYer, down with the Hessians!" roared the boys, as they dashed on after Dick. In a few minutes they came in sight of a considerable party of Hessians attacking a little settlement 0 a dozen or more houses on the little river near a bridge. "Forward, Liberty Boys, charge!" shouted Dick, in a clear, ringing voice, waving bis sword in one hand and his hat in the other. "Hurrah! liberty forever, scatter the Hessians!" yelled the bdys, eager to meet the foe. "Charge ! " cried Dick. Along the river and down upon the enemy dashed the brave boys, undaunted by the fact that the enemy outnum bered them. "Fire!" cried Dick, and in a moment the muskets rang out, with a terrible crash and a fierce blaze. "Down with them, boys!" , Like rolling thunder echoed the sound of that terrible


10 'fHE LIBERTY BOYS ON TIIE l>IARCH. ,olley among the hills, and many gaps were seen in the ranks of the Hessians. They ceased their burning and pillaging for the time antl rushed at the plucky boys, thinking to annihilate them, but were met with great determination by the daring young patriots. "Stand :firm, Liberty Boys!" crfed Dick. ":Meet the hirelings solidly, :fire steadily and then charge at the word and scatter them broadca!lt ! " Encouraged by Dick's brave words, the undaunted boys halted, settled themselves in the saddle and met the charge with spirit. Then the Hessians began to resort to the bayonet, and Dick ordered the boys to charge in open ranks and to :fire as rapidly as possible, using pistols as well as muskets. A rattling, scathing volley followed, the boys dashing ahead on either side of the Hessians and firing as they rode with great rapidity. Dropping their heavy guns and throwing away their cum bersome hats and swords in their haste to escape, the llessians fled in dozens, making for the river, the byroads and the woods. Such a stupendous charge was something they had not dreamed of, for their assailants being boys, they had an idea that they could rout them in short order. Quickly realizing their mistake, they became discouraged and many of them panic stricken, their fright rapidly comnrnnicating itself to others. Then, most unexpectedly, when the daring lads had the enemy on the run with little hope of their rallying, Colonel Hand and a detachment of his brave riflemen came up a~d completed the panic of the Hessians. 'l'he Liberty Boys had fought in company with Hand's riflemen before now and knew their mettle. 'fhey gave a ringing cheer as they beheld their brave allies, and the Hessians were completely routed, a number of them being made prisoners, Hand taking charge o-J these, as the Liberty Boys rarely troubled themselves with prisoners, moving too rapidly from place to place to make it feasible. "You managed to catch the fellows at their work, then. captain?" said the colonel to Dick, when the fight was over. "Yes, there was an alarm at our camp before daybreak, and we drove the enemy off, but then, thinking that they woulu be optlrating elsewhere, I put the boys on the march and fortunately came up with them before they had done very much damage." "It was a gallant charge, captain. I saw it from a little rise and came on at foll speed, thinking to take a hand even if I were not needed. You had them running, but I was glad to be able to complete the work, at least." "And we were glad to have you, colonel," with a smile. "We had no notion that you were anywhere about, but determined to take the marauders by surprise and do as much damage as we could, even if we had to fall back." "Which was never necessary," laughing. "We may well be proud of the assistance of such brave fellows as the Liberty Boys, Captain Slater, for they are a valuable ad dition to the troops at the command of our noble gen eral." ;''l'hrce cheers for Colonel Hanel, Liberty Boys!" cried Dic:k, and the cheers were giycn with a will, all the boys admiring the plucky colonel and his gallant riflemen. Such a crushing blow as had been giYen to the Hessians 1 would teach them caution in the foture and would also I make Howe caution~ as well, the British leader having had • the notion that hia march to flank the general at King's , Bridge would meet with but little opposition. '' A few more rnch enc0unters and Howe and Cormrnllis "' and Knyphausen with his Hessians and Delancey with his • 'fories will learn that they cannot ride roughshod o,er us," ~puttered Bob Estabrook, who was of an irnpulsi,c, imp e tuous di2position and always spoke his mind free y. "'l'hese IIcssians have found it out, at any rate,'' laughed }lark, who was a handsome, dashing boy, a;; bra,e as a lion withal. "Thrue for ye, liftinant," roared Patsy. "Sure it's roightly named Mike ye are, for Oi know there do be Oirish blood in ye." \ "But it's not Mike, it's 11Iark," laughed the dashy young second lieutenant, "and my ancestors were Scotch." "Well, annyhow, the best of the Scotch came from Oir land, liftinant dear, an' yc'll not gainsay that, Odl go bail." "I think you're a humbug," laughed l>Iark, "and that you think that if it were not for Ireland the world would not go round properly." "Begorry now Oi know ye have Oirish blood in ye," ro:ued Patsy, "for ye niver cud make a spache loilw that if ye hadn't." "Humbug!" sputtered Carl. "Dcre was more peoples as Irish em." "Yis, there's Hissians, but they did be nmnin' from us, me bye," and all the boys laughed, except Carl, who had to take a little time to discern the' fo:rce of the Irish boy's remark. The boys rode back to the camp in great spirits, having captured a number of horses and a large supply of ammu nition from the enemy, leaving their swords and muskets for the riflemen on account of their weight. "I don't wonder that the Hessians are nearly all big fellows," laughed Ben Spurlock, "for no one else-could carry such heavy accouterments. It was not strange to see them throw the things away when they took to their heels, for they could never have gotten anywhere, carrying those tremendous things." "They have them to match their wits," laughed Sam. Reaching the camp, Dick and Bob presently set out for Madge's house, which was not far away, hoping that the girls had arrived, as was quite likely. 'l'hey were not disappointed, for the girls had come while the Liberty Boys were out chasing the Hessians, and were quite astonished to :find the camp so near. "We expected yo_u would come," declared Bob, "and so we drove away the HeEsians so that you need not be • • troubied by them." "We heard firing," returned Alice, "and thought at once that we were having our usual luck, getting to the camp just as troublous times were coming on." This had happened so many times that the girls got to almost expecting it whenever they went anywhere near the camp of the Liberty Boys.


THE LIBERTY BOYS ON THE MARCH. 11 "I suppose you will want to make your quarters here now more than ever, captain?" said Madge, mischievously. "H I am not constantly called away to the camp," laughed Dick, "but it seemed as if I had no more than gotten settled before something had to happen to call me back.' "Yes, and Pelham did not want you to stay at all," echoed Bob. The girls were greatly interested in hearing about all that had hv.ppened since the boys had arrived, and :Madge was as much interested as they, much of the talk being new to her. "I think that Pelham sent the Hessians to our camp," said Dick, "and they thought there was a larger force of us than there was and fell back, afterward attacking the little settlement because there was so little opposition. Now we must find this spy." "He will come around as soon as we move our quarters," replied Bob, "and bring the enemy against us. He would tike to capture you, I know, and he will try and do it." "Yes, and we must capture him, slippery as he is." "Just let the boys catch sight of him, Dick, and they will be after him like a terrier after a rat." The boys remained at the house for an hour and then went back to camp, Dick shortly setting out with a dozen of the Liberty Boys to reconnoiter and look for the spy as well. They were riding along at a moderate gait when they came in sight of a wayside inn and saw the spy just coming out to get his horse. CHAPTER YI. A HOT CHASE. "There he is, boys!" cried Dick. "After the slippery fellow, he m11st not esc.ipe us this time!" 'l'he spy saw his danger and leaped into the saddle, put ting spurs to his horse, and lashing him energetically with the ends of the reins as well, urging him forward at the top of hi~ speed. After him in hot chase flew Dick and the dozen Liberty Boys , fuily determined 110t to let him escape. If the spy remained in the saddle there was little doubt that the boys would overtake him, as they were a'll better mounted than he was, and evidently more used to riding, as well. Pelham knew this, and, urging his horse far beyond its power s, darted down a narrow lane with the evident intention of throwing the boys off the track. He wa acutely conscious of his disadvantage evidently, and had no idea of trusting his escape to his horse, which he was pushing beyond his powers of endurance. "The man• has some objective point in view," thought Dic:k, "and we must get him before he reaches it." There was a turn in the lane, so the boys lost sight 0 Pelham for a ew moments, and when they had rounded it, they saw him quite a distance ahead, still urging his horse on without thought of anything but to get what speed out of him he could. The lane kd up a hill, winding a little, with thick bushes and tall trees on either side, ~-o that, although Dick and Ben Spurlock were comparatively close behind, they would lose sight of him for an instant, to see him again just beyond. Up the hill they tore, regardless of the fact that the lane was evidently a private road, for it led up to the entrance of an old mansion, s o embowered amid overhanging trees that the house was not visible until they were almost on it. 'rhe mari ,ms apparently riding directly for the house, but the lane took an abru1Jt turn at that point, the shrub bery being too dense to see across, and when the two fore most Liberty Boys da s heu up to the steps, it was to see the spy's horse prostrate on the grounu, panting and chok ing for breafo, but not a sign of the man himsel was evi dent. Waiting an instant for the other boys to arrive, DiGk gave orders for them to surround the house, to keep watch of all the outbuildings, while he and Ben went within t(I search for the spy. A negro appeared in answer to the knocker's summons, and inquired Dick's business. "I must search the house," said Dick, "for a British spy is known to have entered." "I don't see how he could, fo' I\e been here all the time," said the colored man, dubiou sly. "Would it not have been possibl e for him to enter some back ,vay ?" asked Dick. "P'raps, though I don' see how." "Will you permit me to search the premises?" • 1 "I'll have to ask little missy," replied the darkcy . . When little missy appeared in the old colored man's wake, she proved to be a mild looking lady of past middle age, but who would be "little missy'' to the old survitor so long as her mother, the "ole madam," was alive. "What is it you wish?" she asked rather abruptly, as she came down the broad stairs . "I beg your pardon for disturbing you," said Dick, "but a British spy is known to have entered this hotre, and I must find him." "British spy," he repeated. "How did you come to let him in, Nero?" she asked disapprovingly. "I didn't let him in, missy, he jes' came, if he come at all," of which fact the old darkey was evidently much in doubt. "Are you sure he came in?" asked the lady of Dick. "Yes, madam.'' , "Did you see him enter?" she again questioned. "No, ma'am, I did not," Dick was obliged to admit, "but there was no other place for him to go." "If you didn't see him come in, I don't see how you can be sure he did," she answered, her brows wrinkling in an noyance. "It is very unpleasant to be aroused from one's nap by strangers who insist on coming in to find some other stranger who is supposed to be hiding in the house." "I am very sorry to incommode you, ma'am, but a soidier has to do his duty, however disagreeable it may be to himself or others," replied Dick, deprecatingly. "But what must you do now?" she asked petulantly. "


12 THE LIBERTY BOYS ON THE )!ARCH . "I tell you he is not here, and that is all there is to say or do about it," and she turned to ascend the stairs. "But, madam," expostulated Dick, advancing a step into the hallway, "could it not be possible for some one to enter the house without you being aware of his presence?" "Not without Nero's knowledge," she replied. "He is in charge of the door. Nero, are you sure you did not ad mit anyone?" "Suah, missy. Xo one have been here that I knows of." "But, ifs your duty to know.', "Have I your permission to search the house. I hope you will mak e no objection, ma'am, we will be as quick as we can." "I don't suppose there"s any use of my making any objection, if you'ye set your mind on it," she answered. "Nero, you go with them, and see--" But she did not finish her sentence, again turning to go upstairs, when she paused long enough to say, "Don't disturb my mother, Nero. It is lhe time for her nap." "No, little missy," and then Kero signified that he was at the sen-ice of the two Liberty Boys. .All this long talk had been yery, annoying to Dick, for he knew it would give the man time to conceal himself, and he made up his mind that he ,rould not lea,e the house till he had given a thorough search . "I am glad I posted the boys around the house before he had time to get away," he said to Ben in a low tone. They went down into the cellar first, Nero leading the way with a light, and opening every door, without eve? waitmg .for Dick's orders, showing very plainly by lus tolerant manner that he was sure that there was no one in hiding, and that Dick would find it out. All through the great kitchen, dining-i'oom and parlor he led the way, and stood patiently by while Dick con ducted the search, giving hii:: aid when needed, but otherwise standing a little aside. When the lower floors had been thoroughly examined, Dick asked to be taken upstairs, but as Nero was leading the way, Dick paused a moment and said to Ben: "Station a boy at the foot of each stairway, and tell the others to keep watch of all doors and windows." "Yet:, captain," and Ben went out to give Dick's instruc tions, tJie latter awaiting his return with Nero on the stairs leading up from the main hall. Ben returned ,Pry quickly, and the search "I-las con tinued . Through all the upper chambers, those on the first floor above, then on the second, where some of the servants slept. • The garret was also made an object of special search, for it was here that Dick thought the spy had probably sought refuge, hoping among the old furniture, boxes, trunks and general stowaways of a long period "1-1ere stored to find him snugly ensconced . Not a corner was left unexamined, while chests and boxes were opened, furnihue removed, but not a sign of the spy could be seen. "There is one more room we have not searched," said Dick, after he had been through every other place in the house. "What's that'?" asked the negro. "There is a .pace in the .outhwest corner of the house on the scconu floor in which we have not been . " "That's the ole madam s room, and little mi:;sy said she must not he didurbcd, as ~he;; taking her nap,'' replie d Xero. ''I am sorry. but that may be the very place where he • has concealed bim,clf "hile the old lady wa taking a naiJ," replied Dick. "\Ye will not disturb the old lady . Sh e will not know that ,ve are there or have been there if she is asleep," urged Dick. "Little missy done uaid I mustn't," said X ero. "but if you think anybody could have got in, ole madam be 'most • scared to death." "Jn that case, you might better let us uee, '' said Dick, quickly following up his adrnntage. "Yo' be suah to make no noise. Yo' two pretty big boys not to make noise," still objected the faithful ser vant. "\Ye are used to still hunt~," said Dick with a ~mile. "\re're used to tracking r e dskins." "That so?" asked Nero. "\Yell, if yo' suah yo' won't wake ole madam if she's takm' her nap, I 11 let you in." "We promi e," said Dick with a rea:;suring ~mile . Xero led the way through a number of room;; to the position of the house denoted by Dick into a lar 6 e corner chamber, that had no door opening directly on a hall, com munication being through a suite of rooms. "Ole madam so 'fraid of burglars that she sleep here," whispered Nero. "Don' see how no man could fin' his way here." K either did Dick, unless the man knew the house thor oughly . He had not been sure by the manner of the lady whom he had already met that she had not given refuge to the spy, for he did not know whether her sympathies were royal or patriotic. So far he had absolutely seen no reason to doubt her, ex cept for the impression that she had given that she was trying to get time . 1 They had not seen her during the search until they came to the old lady's room, where they found her sitting by the window . When she saw the two boys behind Nero, she. aro e from her se:tt, and with a decided look of disapprobation, mo tioned them to leave the room, but in that brief instant that he had stood on the threshold Dick had taken a rapid survey 0 the room and its contents . On the bed lay a slight form, covered with a silken bed spread, above which emerged a head covered with a lace cap, below which could be seen silve ry white hair, and the shrunken features of a very old lady, evidently asleep. Dick withdrew at once, but when Nero had followed, and was about softly to close the door behind him, Dick mo tioned him to leave it open. Sinking to his knees he tried to peer under the great canopied bed, but could not see under the vallence. Seeing his object, Nero, with the assumed privilege of an old servant, tiptoed into the room, and raised the rnl lence so that Dick could see that no one was hiding behind it. As the other articles o_f furniture did not seem large enough to hold a man, and he could see no closets any -


THE LIBERTY BOYS 0 ~ THE M A RCH . 13 where, Dick was r e luct a n tly compell ed t o relinq u is h the search. The woma n whom Nero addressed as "little missy" ha d been s tand ing durin g this last proceeding wit h the m o s t disappr oving expressio n of countena nce, and did not re -spond to the p arti n g salutation of Dick and Bob as they took their depar tu r e . As D ick leit the house, he slipped a gold piece into the old colored man's h and, saying,: "Th ank you, Uncle Nero. "We know you are a good pa tri o t , and we ,rill remember it." "Thank you. gentlemen. I hope I done my duty, even i f l ittle missy didn't like it. Yo' see," and he drew near Dick, and spoke confidentially into his ear, "young folks don ' always know just as much as we old people, and that i s why I has to do things that little missy don' always l i ke . " CH.APTER VII. DICK }LAKES A DISCOVERY ' Thinking a moment, Dick walked up the broad piazza of the house and was about to raise the heavy brass knocke1 ,rhen the lloor opened and an old lady came out. "How do you do, young gentlemen?" she said, cordia1ly. "It doe" my old eyes good to see that uniform,but not everybody in this house cares to see it." "Did you enjoy your nap, madam?" asked Dick. "X ap r" in great surprise . "Bless your heart, I am not a child to take naps in the middle of the day. I have been in the store-room looking after things." Dick signaled to Ben, who was standing alongside the dead horse, the signal being quickly sent all around the house. "'l'hat's so," replied Dick, smiling, ,rhile when once out -"You have not been asleep, madam?" side, Ben ga.-e a chuckle and said: "No, indeed . I wouldn ' t think of such a thing." "If that ancient servitor thinks that lady there of an age "They are not all patriots in the house, I am given to not yet reaching discretion, he must think us mere infants understand?" in armf::. " " T l 11I d l l h b No, t my are not. -~ y aug 1ter is not, nor 1er us and B ut Dick was too preoccupied to notice Bens fun. "That spy is in the house, and I know it, for all we could not find him. and I am sure that the old uncle did n ot deceive us in any way. That woman knew more than s h e l et on. " B e n was surprised. "But where could he have possibly hidden, Dick ? We , sear ched every hol d and corner, cranny and nook. How do you h.'llow but that he got out while we were inside?" " W e'll coon find out from the boys,'' was Dick's reply. The boy~, however, had seen nothing. nor sons, but I am. " "Who was that whom I saw asleep in the corner room upi;tair. ?" asked Dick . "Is that your room?" "X o, indeed. hly room is on the ground floor . " '"l'hen the old negro is a bigger rasral than I thought he was," murmured Dick. "Did you see any one enter the house, ma'am, a hart time ago? A man rode up here on that horse yonder." "N" o, I . did not, but I 11as in the store -room. I can't trust things to the se'rrnnts, and Nero is an old thie." Dick had ;:;ignaled to Ben to tell the boys to keep a watch ou the hou~e and let him know if any one came out. He now beckoned to Ben and said quietly : A ll averred that not a soul hau been seen outside the house since Ben had last entered . "The spy is in the house . We saw no old lady asleep, "Not even one of the house servants or farm hands?" but the spy in disguise, I am certain . Come, I am going a sked D ick. " Not a o ul , ma n , woman or child," was the answer of all of the boys. . " I t's very strange," said Dick. "He must have gone into the h ouse, and if he went in and has not come out, he's still there . " up to that room . Call Sam . " Sam oon came, nnd then DiC:k and the two boys entered the great house and started upstairs again, being met by Tero, who said: "Wha' yo' wan' no\\, yo' rebel? Yo' done wen' froo de ho'se once, an ' yo' cain't do it agin." "Are you sure he did enter. raptain ?" asked Ben. " cize that olu rascal!" cried Dick, and in a moment the ''Where could he ha-re gone if he did not? There is bis old clarkey was a pri ,011'. hare. I see the poor animal is dead; he killed it by over -"X ow te11 me," said Dic:k, "did you not hide the ,py driYing, evitlently, poor creature. in the room up on the next floor and di,;guise him like an "Yes, the r e is no doubt 0 it.'' old lady?" "lia,e you searched the outbuildings while I was in-''Xo, sah, I nebah did; it was ue little missy dat done it." side?" Dick asked, looking around . "And you took money from me. you old rascal after I "No, captain, we have all kept our eyes on every door ' thought you told me the truth. Call one of the boy:,, and wiuclow in the house and in the buildingR, but now that Ben, and let him take care of the black rascal." you a r e here, if you say so. we will look." Harry quickly undertook this job, and Dick and the "Ben, you take half a dozen boy and giYe a thorough boys hurried to. the room whete they had seen the old search, while we keep watch . " lady asleep . But the search of the outbuildings proved as unsuccess -As they reacl1ec1 it the lady came out and said, sharply: fol as that of the house. and Dic-k was compelled to own "Well, what do you "\Vant now? I told you that no one that t h e c h a nces were slim that the mnn had entered the had entered the house, and-" hou se, and yet h e could hardly belie,-e he c011 ld have made "Which was not the truth!" shortly. "Watc h t h e otherhis e s cape in any o t h e r way without their discoveri n g h im . door, Ben . I am going in here."


H THE LIBERTY :goys ON THE MARCH. Then, without unnecessary rudeness, Dick put the lady aside and threw open the door. As he ran in he saw a form go flying out of the window and recognized it as that of the spy. The old lady was no longer asleep, but there were a cap, a wig and a ,;ilken gown on the bed and the impression made by some one who had been lying there. Dick ran to the window and saw the spy glidin_g rapidly down the stout stem of a thickly leaved vine which grew against the honse. , He kept in the shelter of the leaves and so was not seen by the boys on guard outside and reached the ground before Dick could shout: "Look out for the spy, boys! Herc he is, on this side!" Instead of leaving the house as soon as he reached the ground, the spy ran along the wall till he reached the coYered way where carriages entered, and then suddenly dis appeared. The boys searched for him, and when Dick came down they found a little door, carefully concealed under the vines, through which the spy had entered. Dick sent for Nero and asked : "Where does that door lead to, you old rnscal ?'' "Down to de undergroun' passage out to de road, sah. It wasn"t open befo', an' we didn't have time, or Marse Pelham would ha' been dere a long time ago. Yo' young gentlemen done come too quick." "Come, boys, we will try this passage," said Dick, and he and Ben and one or two of the boys went in, found the passage, hurried through to the road below, and saw Rod erick Pelham just climbing a hill five hundred yards dis tant. Dick signaled to the boys at the house and they all came down, the horses with them. "The lady we saw is a Tory, the old negro is another and a liar to boot, and we have lost a lot of time and have been finely fooled," said Dick. "Pelham is a slippery fellow, but if he had nol;I had help this time, he would not have escaped. It all came of my being brought up to trust a woman always," with a smile. "Now I know that some are not to be believed for a moment." 'rhe boys rode after the spy, but were unable to find him, for he took to the woods and then to the river, and the trail was shortly lost and Dick did not think it worth while trying to pick it up. They returned to the camp where Bob, Mark and the rest of the Liberty Boys were greatly interested as well as amused at the story of the escape of the spy. "You were certainly very cleverly fooled, Dick," laughed Bob, "but the lady took a contemptible advantage of you, because we haYe always been taught to respect women and to believe them and treat them with courtesy, and of course you had no notion tliat the woman was lying to you all the time.'' "The spy could not get a,rny, the boys being on the watch, and they were only waiting for us to get out of the way for him to get another horse and resume hi's jour nev." ''Well, we will have to keep an eye on the slippery fellow, for he will try to do us a mischief ,and brrng the redcoats or Hessian$ down upon us." "Not the Hessians," laughed Mark. "They have had enough of us for one while and you will find that they will keep away." "We may have to follow them up," declared Dick. "They mean mischief as well as the redcoats, and we must watch them. "TT' e may have to go on the march again to watch the redcoats as well. As long as Pelham is about I • think that the reqcoats are not far away. He spies upon , our camp to get information for them." "Ile is a slippery foe," muttered Bob, "but we will get a good grip on him one of these clays, and he will find himself in a trap and no getting out of it." "We have heard nothing oE Gilbert," observed Mark. "Do you suppose he has given up his plan of getting infor mation from m, ?" "He will not try to join the Liberty Boys, that is cer tain,'' said Bob, "for he must know that Dick heard all about that plot at the old grist mill." "He will probably attempt some other plan,'' declared Dic-k, "and we must watch for him. I do not know him by sight, but I know his voice." Some time after dinner Dick, Bob and several of the Liberty Boys set out to look over the ground where they had met the Ilessians to see if there were any signs of the enemy, either Hessians or redcoats. Besides Dick and Bob there were several who had been with Dick when he chased the spy that morning and a munLer ,, ho had not. '11hey were going on at an easy gait when they heard some one coming toward them on horeback, and Dick signaled to the boys to go less rapidly, when all of a sud den the newcomer appeared. "After him, boys!" cried Dick. "It is that slippery spy again!" Such was indeed the fact, the man being in a different dress than the one he had worn in the morning, but Dick had recognized him for all that. He realized his danger and wheeled his horse rapidly and rode away, the boys pursuing him hotly, determined to catch him this time. Dick, Bob, Ben Spurlock and Paul Benson were in the lead, Sam, Harry and Arthur ~Iackay coming on close be .hind, and the rest in a bunch still close'cl: behind. The spy flew around a turn in the road at full speed, and for a few moments the boys lost sight of him . rrhen they flew around the bend, close together, and at once came upon a startling sighL Only a little way ahead of them were a score of redcoats, one or two mounted, but the rest on foot, their bayonets fixed ready to meet them. "Halt!" shouted Dick, in ringing tones . "Wheel!"' He rode ahead a short distance and then wheeled and rode away in the rear of Bob and the rest. Then a startled cry was heard from those in front of him. 'rhey had turned from one band of redcoats only to mee t another. They had been led into a trap and there were now red • coats in front as well as behind them. Dick shot a swift glance behind him and saw that the redcoats were coming on at a quick march. Then he shot a glance ahead of him and saw that t hes e redcoats were mounted, l ike his own party .


THE LIBER'rY BOYS ON THE MARCH. 15 "Charge, Liberty Boys!" he shouted. "Cut your way through the redcoats. It is our only chance. Fire!" At once muskets and pistols began to rattle and crack, and there was a regular thunder of hoofs. The redcoats in front had supposed that the boys would halt and that then they could dash up and trap them, but they reckoned without the gallant fellows themselves, and, most of all, without Dick Slater. "}'onrnrd !" shouted Dick, in a voice heard above all the din. 'rhere was room-in the middle of the road for Dick to dash ahead and he did so, taking the lead and then riding on at full speed . Down UJJOn the enemey rode his black charger like an equine founder cloud, neighing shrilly as if he enjoyed the excitement and the dash, and was ready to bear his brave young rider to victory. _ 'fhe boys uttered a ringing -cheer as they rode on, empty ing their pistols and emptying more than one saddle in that forioui; charge. No one could withstand that impetuous charge, and the redcoats, surpril3ed and panic stricken, turned and fled, some over the fence and into the woods or fields, and some straight ahead. On rushed the boys, trampling upon the fallen, but ha,ing no time for anything else at that moment, while the redcoats scattered and soon were left behind. It had been a terrific dash, but it was the only thing that could have saved the boys, and they showed their vim t6 the highest degree. "It was just as well that we did not expect to make you boys a visit, for we have seen very little of you to-day." ''Well, you had better join the Liberty Boys, sis; said Bob, "and then you will see more of us." "Not unless we follow you around, for you are not in camp very long at a time, Mr. Bob." "rhat would not be a bad idea, for then you might get Dick out of the trouble he is getting in so constantly." "You are just as bad as Dick," declared Edith. "You take just as many risks as he does, and we would haYe to get you both out of difficulties, if you come to that." ""\Vell, we would if we could, my dear," said Alice, smiling. "I know you would, my girl," answered Dick, and it was not so very long that the truth of his words was made apparent . The boys remained to tea, and for a while in the eve ning, returning to camp at length, as the girls now occu pied the roo:rt which Dick had used the night before. There was a guard placed about the house that night a,s well as at the camp, but there was no alarm, and the night passed without incident. CHAPTER VIII. ALICE TO THE HESCUE . Seeing no one in front of them, Dick speedily halted his boys and said: fn the morning Dick received instructions to remain in "Wheel, boys. Reload. These fellows may come on. his then location for some time long er before going again If not "e will go after them and send them the other way on the march, and to keep a kokout for redcoats, Hesin a hurry.:' sians, Loyalists, Tories or any other foes, as Howe wa, said In a short time the boys were ready and rode on to meet to be gathering forces for a march toward White Plains, the redcoats, who were at length seen coming on at a quick and it was thought best to harass them in every ,ray pos march, evidently hoping to be yet in time to help their sible. fellows. Dick set out alone on 1.'Iajor soon after receiring his "Charge, fire!" shouted Dick, and down upon the star instructions to reconnoiter and see if the enemy had ad tled redcoats rode the plucky young fellows, cheering and vanced any since the previous day, leaving Bob in charge firing a rattling volley. of the camp. ' The enemy became terrified, although they had their Alice and Edith had already gone out for a ride with bayonefa, and many of them gave way, throwing the rest Madge, ancl Dick did not see them before he set out. into confusion. After riding some little distance he saw the girls on top Before the daring boys reached them they were in full of a hill not far away, and set out to meet them and ask flight, and Dick did not pmsue them to any distance, being them if they had seen the enemy, although they bad not quite satisfied with having routed them. gone out for that purpose. Nothing had been seen of the spy since the boys' dis-He had lost sight of the girls on account of the trees, covery that they were running into a trap, and now, as but expected to see them again shortly and give them a they rode back toward the camp, Bob said with a . laugh: surprise, when all of a sudden he rode right into a party "Well, our slippery fellow played a very pretty trick of redcoats halted in the road, of whose presence he had upon us, but he took good care to keep out of danger himnot the slightest suspicion. self." They were halted and were making no noise, and then the "We'li hold him the way boys hold eels," laughed Ben, trees at this point were so thick that he could see but a "by covering our hands with grit." short distance ahead. "Well, the Liberty Boys have plenty of it," retorted He attempted to wheel, but was g~ing so rapidly that Bob, "and they frequently show it." I he could not do this at once, and before he could accom-"They showed plenty of it just now," added Dick, smilplish it the enemy were upon him. ing. I Dick was. surrounde~ an~ k_new that to attempt_ to _es-Dick and Bob went to the Weston house for tea, the I ca:pe now might cost him his life, the redcoats cons1dermg girls being still there, Alice saying, with a twinkle: him as good dead as alive.


16 'l'HE LIBERTY BOYS ON THE 1\IARCH. General Howe had offered a large reward for his cap ture, and the redcoats, Hessians and Tories had been trying to earn this for some time. Dick was taken from his horse and led to a little camp in the woods situated at a short distance, this having been located siuce the night previous. He was taken to a tent near by, Major being tethered close at hand, and then the British officer rnid: "You are our prisoner, and you will find it to your in terest to answer all my questions _ truthfully." "If I answer at all, it will be truthfully, major," Dick returned, "but I am not sure that I shall answer any of your questions. 'l'hat will depend entirely upon their nature." "Where is the nearest camp of your forces situated, and how many men are there in it? I don't mean the Liberty Boys." . "I don't know. Our troops move about with great rapid ity, and for all I know there may be a force coming to at tack you now. I was surprised, but then, I was all alone, and there will be many of the troops." "What are the intentions of your general in reg.ard to the King's troops? What move is he thinking of making next?" "I am not of importance enough to possess the com mander-in-chief's foll confidence, but I know that our or ders are to cause you invaders all the annoyance we can, and I should not be astonished if there wert a force march ing against you at this moment_,-, Dick saw that this had made the Briton feel uneasy, and was just ' mischievous enough to keep it up. ' "Do you know that such is the case and how large a force is approaching?" "I know that if the Liberty Boys have any idea where I am they will come on in all haste, and you have not men enough to stand up against them. You have only fifty, whereas we have a hundred." "Put the rebel under guard," the major snapped, "and see to it that he does not escape. If he does I shall hold every man here responsible." Dick wa$ placed in a tent guarded by two soldiers who constantly paraded up and down before it. "I should have seen something of the girls by this time," he thcught, "and they probably saw the camp in season and went off in another direction. Whether they saw me or not is another matter." The girls had seen the camp and they had also seen Dick and had made their way from it as rapidly and as noiselessly as possible, so that none of the sentries posted about had any idea of their presence. 'Dick said that we might be of help to him," declared Alice, "and this is our chance. I am going on as fast as I can. Do you follow at once. I can go faster alone, and it is perfectly safe." 'rhen the brave girl dashed ahead at full-speed, her horse fairly flying and taking her rapidly toward the camp of the Liberty Boys. She was a good horsewoman to begin with, and now she had something to urge her on, and she did not lose an instant. Over the road she flew, and at length rode breathlessly into the camp and said excitedly: • "Bob, Mark, Ben, everybody! Dick has been captured and is now a prisoner in a little redcoat encampment hold ing about fifty men. There may be others near them, so you had best iose no time." "Where is it, Alice?" asked Bob, "Get the boys in the saddle at once, 1\Iark. There is no time to be lost . " "About three miles from here. I had to take a round about road, but 1 can tell you just where it is, so that you can go more direct." The boys loet no time in saddling their horses and look ing after their muskets and pistols, for all were . eager to go to Dick's relief and not one would be left behind. While the boys ,vere making ready Alice told how she had discovered Dick's plight and gave Bob full directions as to how to reach the little camp. "You had better not go with us, Sis," said Bob. "I can find the way from your directions. Ready, lieutenant?" "All ready, sir." "Fall in, Liberty Boys. Forward, march!" Away went the gallant boys, saluting Alice as they passed and giving her a hearty cheer which she answered by a military salute. On they rode at full speed, and at length reached two roads, Alice ha,ing said nothing of these, but only giving the general direction . Just then a boy rode up and said eagerly: "You are the Liberty Boys, looking for the captain? I will show you the way. This is the road. I have just come from the camp; I was going to tell you of the captain's capture." Bob had an idea tbat the other road was the right one, but in the face of this evidence it would seem as if he were mistaken. He was about tci order the boys to follow the guide, when Ben Spurlock whispered in his ear: "That boy is the very image of Pelham, and his voice is like the other's. This is a plot to send us in the wrong direction . " "J ow! I believe you are right, Ben. This way, boys! Forward, at full speed!" 'rhen the boys dashed off upon the road which Bob thought was the right one, and quickly disappeared in a cloud of dust. They did not slacken their speed in the least till Bob caught sight of a thick grove of trees ahead of him at a little distance, when he halted the boys and said: "I think that is the place, boys. If the redcoats hear us coming on at this rate they will get away and take Dick with them. Take a party of the boys on foot, Mark, and get around to the other side of the grove. I will go forward with half the boys and leave the rest as a reserve to be brought up in case we need them." ' Mark picked out twenty boys rapidly and set out without delay, while Bob took fifty and advanced cautiously and less rapidly, Ben being left in charge of the remainder with orders to come on slowly with the horses and listen for a signal. Bob went on at fair speed, giving Mark time to get around and suddenly came in sight of the redcoats. Then he rushed ahead with a yell and fired a shot to attract Ben and bring him on with the reserves. The redcoats fell back in great confusion, but now ,.


'I'HE LIBERTY BOYS ON 'l'HE :MARCH. 17 another shout was heard and ::'llarkls boys ran up to cut off\ ment of the riflemen, who had come to take charge of the the retreat of the enemy. prisoners. 'he gallant second lieutenant kept them in check, al-"You thought we might g e t away, I suppose, and so though his force was not as great as theirs, and now Bob sent for these men?" said the major, who was bound to t;hout ed : vent his spleen on some one. • "If you redcoats do not surrender you will be cut to "Not at all," careles s ly, "but we cannot be troubled pieces. I have twice your force, and we will have no parwith prisoners, and so we sent to the colonel to take you ~1eying." off our hands. We could have adopted your methods and • Up came part of Ben's command, the others having gone shot the lot of yo. u, in cas e you had tried to escape." to rein.force Mark, and now the British l e ader saw that he The major said no more, and ind e ed he had little chance • was surrounded and that there was no hope of escaping. to do so, as the riflem e n hurried him and his men off in "I told you that the Liberty Boys would come, major," short order and gave them little time to say anything. laug hed Dick. "I can always rely upon my gallant boys in J.'lfany stands of arms and a large quantity of ammuni-an emergency like this." tion 1ve re taken, besid e s food , clothing and all kinds of Being surrounded and outnumbered two to one, the supplies, all 0 which would b e of great value to the boys7 major had no alternative but to surrender, and the entire s o the capture was really a v e ry important one aside or force was made prisoners, the camp equipage being taken the victory. as well, as there was ll}Uch that would be of use to the "The more affairs of this kind there are," s aid Dick to boys. Bob, as they were storin g away the c aptured s upplies, "the "You must have known we were here and allowed yourmore cautiou s Howe will be about ad v ancing and the more self to be captured purposely," mutte red the redcoat. time we will have to pre pare for him." "No, but there were three good patriot girls who saw "That's right, Dick, but " hat I look at i s that these fel-my extremity, and one of them rode off post has te and lows should have bee n forestalled by our boys. From all I warned the Liberty Boys," laughed Dick, Bob having alcan learn P e llrnm had told the m where we were, and they r eady told him -how Alice had ridden in and told the boys were going to attack u s with their small force, thinking it of his plight. quite adequate to do the work, and here they are prisoners and all their supplies in our hands." Everything being packed up to be carried away, Dick now gave the word and the Liberty Boys set out for their "Yes, Bob, and that shows that it is never safe to be too camp with their prisoners in the highest of spirits. sure of a thing, but to look before you leap." CHAPTER IS:. AGA.I:N' ON THE ~fARCII. Dick had already d e spatched three or four of the Liberty Boys to the camp of Colonel Hand to apprise him of the capture of the redcoats, so that he might meet them and relieve them of their prisoners, Dick having no use for them nor either room or the means to feed so many. The major was greatly chagrined at his capture, espe cially as there was quite a large force of British and Hes sian troops within a mile of hi s camp, which might have been notified if he had had any notion that the boys were coming. Dick had said that they might, to be sure, but he looked upon this as a mere boa . t , and took no trouble to ascertain ,whether it were true or not, with the result that the boys made their attack and went away with his entire force and the camp equipa ge. This capture put the boys in high glee, especially as Dick had told them that the British major was very boastful and regarded all "rebels," as he called them, as so many cattle, merely to be slaughtered, and not as humans ' at all. The boys whom Dick had despatched to Colonel Hand's camp rode with all haste, and before the Liberty Boys reached their own camp they were met by a strong detach-In.the afternoon Dick took a strong party of the Liberty Boys and rode off to where the redcoats had had their camp and beyond, finding that the larger force had gone on _ , evidently fearing that the patriots would attack them and that they would share the fate of the rest. "We may have to follow them up," observed Dick, "for it is likely that they have joined some larger force and are moving our defences at White Plains. The more mis chief we can do, the better." As the boys wei:e r e, Dick saw a young woman riding astride a horse coming along an intersecting road, and said to Bob : "There's the trooper, Bob. Don't you recognize her?" "To be sure, Dick, but she belongs some distance below. What can she be doing up in this section?" "I don't know, Boh, I'll ask her," and Dick rode for ward and said: "Glad to see you, trooper. Aren't you out of your boundaries? Have you set up an inn on your own account up this way?" l "No, captain, I ha,e not, but I have been looking after my husband, who has run away with all my savings and another woman, and if I catch them I'll give both of them a thrashing." . "Your husband, eh?" laughed Bob . "Why, I did not know that you were married, trooper." "Who was he?" asked Dick. "Have I ever seen him?" "Verily you have, and you would like to see him again, for he is no other than the scurvy spy, Roderick Pelham, who has slipped away from you so many times." "But who is bound to fall in our clutches at last, trooper," said Dick, "but, tell me, did you see aught of any redcoats on your way?"i


18 THE LIBERTY BOYS ON 'l'HE MARCH. "That I did, and I asked them about the slippery fel low, but they have not seen him to-day, and some of them would like to, for he owes a good many of them a pretty penny, and they have need of it." "But you dont mean to tell me that Gilbert is your son, trooper," exclaimed Dick, in surprise. "Thaii-he's not, for he is nearly as big a rascal as his father. No, he is no son of mine. Would you be looking for the redcoat, captain? I heard that you ran away with a whole troop of them this morning, and isn't that enough?" "No, trooper, with a laugh, "for we'd like to bottle them all up and send them out of the country." "Well, there's a force of them two or three miles away, and they are looking to. be joined by some Hessians and 5"t>me pestilent Tory Loyali~ts somewhexe on the road. General Howe is getting impatient at the thrashings that his men have been getting, and he is more cautious, and at the same time very "roth at the rebels." "11\V ell, we would like to arouse his ire still more, trooper," with a laugh. "If we catch that husband of yours, we are likely i.o hang him. Will you mind?" "Not a ba'pen'orth, captain, but be sure you take what money he has, for it's mine. I must be bidding you good day, captain, for I've a long journey before me." They parted company, and the boys went on to camp, Dick sending word to IIand of the departure of the red coats and their probable location. At sunset Dick received instructions to go on the march again and follow up the redcoats, capturing them, if pos7 sible, but attacking them in any event. After supper the Libe'tty Boys were again on the march, Dick and Bob haviug taken lca,e of the girls just before they set out. Dick knew about where the rede;oats would be from what the trooper bad told him, and he took a parallel road which intercepted the other farther up the river, and, if neces sary, he would go on and cut off their advance. "They cannot have reached the intersection yet, Bob," he said, "and if we ride at a good rate we will reach the crossroad ahead of them and hold the position." "And then there may be a fight, Dick," retmned Bob. "Which I do not think you will try to avoid, Bob," smiling. "You never knew me to do it yet, Dick," with a laugh. "::N" o, I never did." lt was some time after dark when Dick reached the cross road and here. he made his camp, having learned from some good patriots living near the intersection that no redcoats had passed dming the day or evening . "\Ve are a.head of them, Bob," he said, "and the first occupant usually has tlie be,::t position. \Ye must keep a sharp lookout and prevent their going on when they reach this point." 'rhe camp .fires were lighted, the pickets were set and the Liberty Boys procce

THE LIBERTY BOYS ON THE MARCH. 19 puts u p a stiff t;ight, which he probably will, it may take the three of us to subdue him, and capture h i m alive, as 1 want to do." The four boys took their station according to Dick's in stru ctions, while the three other boys entered the house on the side they had last seen Pelham . 'rhe boys were well armed, though Dick cautioned the oth ers not to shoot under any circumstances unless he gave tlrn word. On account of the broken .flooring it was not an easy place to explore quickly, besides giving the man many • places in which to lride successfully. "He may escape us for a time, boys, but we'll get him in the end, foT ,re know he is in the building, and the • boys won't let him get away . " They varied their method of proceeding this time, from the day when they examined the old mansion undeT the g u i dance of Nero, by going upstairs first, the steps being in a fairly good condition, owing to the seasoned timber w ith which they had been constructed . Into the garret they went, but it was as dark as a t o mb, heavy wooden shutters keeping out all light of day. Dick groped his way about till he found a window, and t hen wrenching open a shutter, let a broad stream of sun li ght into the room . Immediately there was a whirring sound, something d arted about their heads, making the boys duck them q uickly, while dust showered down on them, making them s neeze and cough and choke . "Gracious!" exclaimed Harry1 when he got his mouth ' free enough of dust to speak. "That's worse than the 'l enen1y. \Vhat ,~,as it?" • "Bats_," answered Dick, laughing, and wiping his face at the same time . "Evidently our gentleman has not visi ted this place . We seem to be the first visitors for years., judging by the occupants who have taken possession of this garret." They did no-t waste any ti:qie there, for if Pelham had got up so far and entered the room, his would have been t he r eception reserved for the three Liberty Boys . Downstairs to the .floor below they hastened. Here they found old furniture that lumbered up the rooms, and behind which would have been many a com paratrvely secure hidi~g-place, and which required pa tience to search . Not a trace, however, of any recent visitor could be found in any of the rooms, and they were just abOllt to descend to the main floor when D ick heard a slight sound . "Hist!" he exclaimed . The boys stood as if tmned to stone. There was a faint sound of sometlring moving, but no o ne could at fi.Tst tell from what direction it came . It was as of stealthy footfalls some distance away, and yet they seemed to be on the same floor . "We have missed him, boys," whispered Dick. "We must go back." T hey retraced their steps back into one of the cham b ers that faced the back of the house. T here was p l enty of light in the room, for both windows wer e open to the e l eme n ts, and nothing c ould b'1 seen, n o r even h e a rd. lJic.:k motioned for the boys to remain quiet , and the y waited for the sounds to be resumed. Presently there was a noise as if of something falling, and in a .flash the three boys were over in the corner from whence the solmd ha .cl proceeded. "It's behind that olcl escritoire in the corner," exclaime d Harry_, excitedly, and at the same time leaping toward the piece of old furniture mentioned, and scrawbling up ovBr it, so as to peer down behind. 1n an instant a dark form sprang up into the escritoire , past Harry's shoulder, out of the window, and into the limbs of a lru:ge tree that stood within reach outside. "Did you let him escape?" cried Harry, excitedly. "Why didn't you catch him?" ' The other two boys were laughing heartily. "What did we want to captme an old black cat for, Harry?" asked Dick. "A cat!" exclaimed Harry, in disgust. "Why, it looked as big as a bear when he jumped past me!" 'rhey resumed their interrupted trip do,vn the stairs, and eame to the big drawing room, which was absolutely empty of all occupation, either human or material, with the ex ception of themsel ve~, so they did not long remain there. It was the same in the hall, although broken flooring would have given entrance to the cellar below, and here Dick stationed Ben, with instructions to fire should the spy show lrimself at the hole, but to take care not to hit him unless it were absolutely in self defence. Then he took Harry and proceeded to the kitchen, where there were bar;rels, boxes, closets and cupboards to explore. They opened every door that they saw, one leading to the milk room, another to the pantry, still another to the cellar; the laundry was disclosed, a sumruer kitchen la y beyond . "We ought to have all the boys inside, to give the place anything like a thorough search in any decent length o f time," remarked Dick, in a slightly dissatisfied tone . "Oh, well, we can take om time to it," said Harry, "fo r we know he can't get away from us now. It will only be a matter of time." As he was speaking there was a slight click. Dick looked around lilrn a flash. The door of the old Dutch oven was open. "He's been hiding in the ov~n," exclaimed D ick. "Quick!" But quick as he had been; the man had gone out of the oven and into some other hiding place before the boys h a d seen him . "He's the slipperiest fellow I ever came across!" ex claimed Dick. "Whicl1 way could he have gone?" Dick da ~ ted one way and Harry another. "He's gone down into the cellar, captain," cried Harry, dashing down the stairs in the dark. "Look out, Harry!" shouted Dick, b _ut his warning had come too late, for theie was a quick flash and a resoun d ing report. "Are you struck:" cried Dick. . "No, I'm all right, captain, but it came pretty c lose," and Harry showed a bullet hole in his sleeve . "Back , quick!" and Di ck p u ll e d the boy b ackw a r d just a s a second r e port came. T h e s ound of t he firin g b r o ug h t B(l.Il ! o the spot.


20 'I'HE LIBERTY BOYS ON THE MARCH. "What is it? Anbody hurt?" he cried. "We're all right so far," replied Dick quietly. "I thought you might need me, captain." At that moment was heard the cracking of boards, and they looked behind just in time to see Pelham's head emerge from the hole in the hall flooring that Dick had told Ben to watch. Before the body had a chance to follow the head, Ben was back to the spot, but on sight of the boy the head was withdrawn, and they knew that Pelham was still below. Ben, with his usual impetuosity, would have ruehed down a:fter the spy, but Dick held him back. "Wait, Ben," he said. "I'd like to gf)t at the fellow!" exclaimed Ben. "And make yourself a target for his shots, Ben," said Dick, quietly. "So long as his pistols are loaded we must look out, for we just present ourselves as a target to him, :for he can see us, while we do not know where he is." "What are we going to do, then? He won't discharge his pistols at nothing." ''No, we must chase him out, but first we must know where he is in hiding. I must think a minute." In a moment Dick had made up his mind. He would try him~elf what he would not permit one of his boys to do. ''You remain on watch here, one in the hall and the other in the kitchen, and be ready for him when he comes up," and Dick was about to walk away, when Ben called out: "But Dick, what are you going to do? You must not take all the risk!" "I will be very prudent, Ben. Don't worry about me, but keep on the watch for Pelham, and don't let him get away from you . " Dick went around to the back of the house, where he had seen a hole in the wall just below the cellar ceiling . He put his eyes to it, and in a few moments becoming accustomed to the dim light of the cellar, he could see a lorm crouching down at the foot of th<; etairs leading down from the kitchen . He had a pistol in each hand, and his eyes were fastened on the doorway above the stairs, while Dick could see that -every nerve was at full tension . Dick made a slight sound, and then threw down his handkerchief into the cellar. Quick as thought came the sound of a Ehot. '"If I can only made him fire often enough and fast enough I will rnon have him where I want him," mur mured Dick. "I must act quickly.n "Ben," he said, "when I whistle, you juror down the hole in the hall ancl rush iorwarcl to the foot of the cellar stairs, yom pistol ready to shoot if necessary. Harry, you stay at the head of the stairs till either the spy comes up or until you hear a second whistle from me." "A.11 right, captain," responded both boys. Dick had spoken in so low a tone that he knew the spy coulc1 hear nothing of what he said, and then going around to tbe rear, he made his way to a door he had seen in the yard, and that he knew lead into the cellar . When he was well inside he gave a low whistle and wait ed ju st a second . As he had anticipated, another shot came. Then Dick rushed forward, just as Ben came down through the hole in the flooring, and both boys rushed on the spy, who was still crouching at the foot of the stain,. When he saw the boys approaching from different direc tions, he made no attempt to fire again, but turned to dash up the stairs. Then Dick whistled again, and Harry came leaping down the steps with such celerity that neither saw the .. other, and the r\sult was that they collided with such force that both came tumbling down . Dick and Ben were on him at once, but so big and pow, erful a man was he that he threw the two boys o:ff, one with each hand, fired his pistol point blank at Harry a second later, and before the boys had recovered themselves, was up the stairs. J "After him, boys!" shouted Dick, picking himsel up and taking the steps two at a time, Ben at his heels, while Harry made a good third. 'rhey heard a shout outside, however, and knew that the spy had gone that way. Into the open air the boys dashed, and caught sight of the spy as he dodged around a corner of the house, the boys in close pursuit. Dick and the two boys with him dashed around the othe r way to head him off, and came on him just aE he was trying to reach a clump of bushes near the road. As Pelham saw the boys front and rear, he hesitated a second, then leveling a' pistol in each hand at both sides at the same time, he fired. When the smoke cleared away he was on the other sic1e of the house, trying to make for a ravine, the bottom of which was thickly covered with underbrush . By this time the strain was telling heavily on him. "After him, boys!" shouted Dick again, this time in the lead. Down the broken, rocky descent sped the man, the boys following. Dick could have brol1ght him down by firing if he had s o minded, and the man seemed to realize this and did not at tempt to conceal himself, trus1ting, instead, to outrunning him. Dick did not slacken his speed. In a minute more he would be on him, but feared to tackle him alone lest he with his superior strength again get the better of him. He waited an instant for Ben and Harry to come up to him, and then the three sprang down the remaining dis tance, reaching the bottom befo~e Pelham had a chance to regain his feet . In an indant all three had hurled themselves on him and kept him from rising. He was too far spent to struggle violently, and after a few ineffectual attempts to free himself from the boys ' clutches, he remained quiet . In a moment the other boys came down to where they • were awaiting them, and the spy was secured, the boys using tht'ir belts for the purpose. "Why didn't you bring your whole company to capture one man ?" he sneered. "We would have done so if we had thought it necessary," replied Dick quietly, ignoring his sarcasm . "But we


'[HE LIBERTY BOYS ON THE MARCH. brought sufficient to get you, and that is all we c.are. You have given us many a chase, but as we have got you in the end, we are repaid for all onr trouble . " CHAPTER XL A. PUZZLING ESCAPE. Th e boys took the captured spy out to the road and put him on one of the horses, then setting out for camp. "You rebels would never ha,e gotten me if I had known a moment sooner that you were around," snarled Pelham . "Never is a big word, Pelham," quietly. "Let me tell you that when the Liberty Boys make up their minds to do a thing, they do it, and there is no such thing as never about it." The spy did not reply, and Dick went on: "You ran away from your wife and stole her money. Do you think that was an honorable thi:qg to do?" "How did you know anything about that?" snarled the other. "Anyhow, has not a man a right to his wife's prop erty? There was no running away with it at all. It was mine." "You are no better than a thief," said Dick, "and I have only contempt for such a man. You are a disgrace to your profession." "You are a spy yoursel'.f,'' muttered the other. "To be sure I am, but I make it an honorable calling, as any one may." The tent in which the spy was confined was nearly in the middle of the camp, and was guarded at the front and rear, the boys being determined that the slippery foe should not escape them now that they had at length got their hand s upon h~. . Th6re were two of the Liberty Boys in front of the tent and two at the back, and it did not seem possible that the spy could escapi:l, although the boys lmew that he was a very slippery fellow. The boys not on guard occupied themselves in many ways, sometimes being near the tent, although they paid no attention to the prisoner, and at other times being near the dry brook. A detachment came from Hands camp to see Di ck on business, and he determined to send the prisoner with them. and sent two of the boys to summon him. When they turned back the flap of the tent they found it 'empty . . ' . rrhe alarm was given at once, the boys on guard berng thunderstruck at the escape of the slippery fellow, for that be had escaped was very clear . "He bas cra\\led under the tent, made his wa,y through the bushes and so along the bed of the old brook," declared Ben. There were no tent pegs loosened, howernr, and there were no signs of any one having crawled through the bu shes . None of the boys had heard any one leave the tent, and none had observed anything 1::uspicious luring the fu.~ they were on guard . The matter was immediately reported to Dick, who ~li:;5 as much puzzled as any one else. The bed of the old brook was exami ned, but while~~ were plenty of places where the man could have h:idiel'.lp there were no signs of bis 'having done so. The grass was not trampled, there were no twigE< brokE'R and no stones or pebbles had been disturbed, apparently~ Dick could not blame the boys, for they seemed to nave kept a strict guard, aside from actually remaining wi+..n the prisoner, but he was as greatly puzzled as were the rest. 'I'he bed of the stream was examined for a conside:rahl distance, but no sign of any one having been there could be seen, and the boys came to the conclusion that e:itlre:.7 the man had not been there or he had covered 11is t:raci:s with all the skill of an Indian. "It's a puzzling case, I must admit,"' sai d Dick. "Th.?. fellow has loosened one or two pegs, crawled out, put tJ:v.e pegs back and then crept along the bushes to the old beil" and so to the end, but with the utmost caution . I knew her was a slippery fellow, but this is the slipperiest thing h has done yet." , "WeJl, I can't blame him," added Bob, dryly, .-. fr~ h,e, _ knew that he was sure to be hanged if he remained with Ul!!,.,. and he was willing to take the risk of being shot..' ' ''There is no doubt as to his having escapec1,'r cont'fu1D~~ Dick, "and we have simply got to watch for h:im an.l retake him the moment he l;lppears. We cannot let bim f'O after bnce having had him in our grip." "Do you suppose Gilbert would know anything aoo"Ili him or could have helped him?" asked Bob. ''I don't think so. Gilbert would look after h:i:rns .t: first and last, and I do not think would bother his n?...d over the man, caring little what became of him, so ]oo,g as he made his own escape . " "Yes, I guess you're right," shortly. That the man had escaped was plain enougn, md Jmw he had done so was a puzzle, and although the bo~ tti'lulit make guesses as to how this had been accomplished.., t1:e.r,~ was nothing certain. "Well, he's gone, " said Dick, "and no one is to~;, so all we can do is to keep a sharp lookout for him mni.1 him if we can." 'l'be Liberty Boys went on the march again aniJ a watch upon the enemy as well as a lookout for Peilu.rm, -'. whose escape they felt considerable chagrin, although~ had blamed no one for it. The next day, notbing having happened during tll-.e night to cause any alarm, Dick set out with _ a detachmf:rt.t of the Liberty Boys to look over the ground and see ii there were any signs of the redcoats or Hessians. Coming in eight of an inn-by the roadside, Dick saw foe gleam of scarlet uniforms through the windows, and said: "Spread out, boys, and surroun d the place. I don't think there are more of the redcoats in the place than we ean manage." The boys quickly rode this way and that so as to snrround the tavern, and just then Gilbert Pelham came to the door, saw them and gave a loud outcry as be dasheii across the road.


22 THE LIBERTY BOYS ON THE MARCH. Ben Spurlock headed him off with his roan, antl Harry J"uds on leaped fro.m his horse, ran up, put a pistol to the boy' s head, and said in a determined tone: ''Surrender, you young rascal, or I'll put daylight through you!" T h e alarm had been given, however, and redcoats and H essia n s came running out of the tavern, front and rear, a ll int ent on escape. Two Hessians went down the well, thinking that the boys di d not s ee them, and two more climbed a tree, while three o r four redcoats ran into the spring house where 'there was suddenly h e ard a great clattering of pans, and the men ra n out hurriedly, co,e red with milk from head to foot. Then Sam and Lishe upset a bucket of water down the -well and there was a g r eat outcry from the depths as the col d wat er fell on the Hessians below. Then the limb of the tree broke and let down the Hes sians that had climbed into it right on top of some beehives , up setting them. Ou.t s warmed the b ees and at once began to make it hotter to " r the Hessians than the boys had done, setting to • sh utin g and swearing at a lively rate. The boys quickly got out of the way, so that their horses s hould n • 1 t be stung, and some of the redcoats and Hessian.s esc ap e d, although a number were taken prisoners. Gilbert was detained and taken to Dick, who questioned him. "Wh ere i s your fathe r, Gilbert?" he asked. d o u't know and I don ' t care. He cheated me out 0 a l ot of mo n e y , and I don't care where he is, unless I can get it." "Wh e re did these redcoats and Hessians come from?'' "Ov e r toward the Bronx. Howe is advancing slowly and ca:.i.tiou sly toward White Plains." .... ver y good. Have you seen your father to-day?" .rNo , I have not. So he got away, did he?" "Yes , but you may tell him that we are determined to . ca tc h h i m , and that when we do we will hang him, as he s houl d haYe been, long ago." "That's u fine mes s age fo take to ones father, isn't it?" wiih a l a ugh. It i the only one he will get," dryly, "and i you do not cho•;,~e t o take it to him we ,rill send it by some one else. A-,, far a.s you are concerned, yol:I'. are not dangerous, and w e l'h,111 release you, ata convenient time, and if you come • ar:mnd h e re again it will be the worse for you, so just re memb e r that." G ilbert and the other prisoners were sent to Hand's cam p, and then the Liberty Boys went on, so as to interce p t t h e redcoats. Halting at a good point from which to send out recon n oitering parties, Dick prepared to meet the enemy as they ca me on. b e ing in a fine position and one easy to defend. The y had not been long in the place before Bob, who : ha:c! be e n out on a scouting expedition, came in and repo r ted that a considerable detachment of redcoats was rom ing. Dic k at once made the boys ready to fall upon the enemy, , keeping hidden until a fitting opportunity to rui>h forth should arrive. At length as the redcoats were at the foot 0 one of the paths leading to the hiding-place above, down sallied a considerable body of the gallant . boys to attack them. "Let the m h a v e it, boys!" shouted Dick. CH),PTER XII. T H E T ROOP E R0S ::\IOXEY RECOVERED. The r e dcoat s , surpris e d b y the sudden onslaught of the Liberty Boys, dashed ahead to escap e them and form for a rally. Then, all of a sudd e n, the y ran into another lot of the boys , who appeared without the slightest warning, and threw themselves upon them with ' tremendous force. 'fhe enemy were greatly puzzled, as the Liberty Boys seem e d to c o me from all sides, and they thought the young patriots had a much gre ater force than was actually the case. Dick sent in another d.r tacbment from still anothu path, and sent one of the fir s t parties around by a different pass, giving the redco a ts the idea that ewry pass in the neigh borhood was full of "re bel s,'' and' they hastily drew back, fearing to b e ove rwh e lmed. They hurried away in the direction they had come, and the daring lads went back to their position, and Dick sent B e n to the t o p of a tall tre e to see if there were more of the redcoats coming. All that B e n could see was the enemy hurrying as fast as they c ould to reach anoth e r road, and the n go on toward White Plains. He reported this to Dick, who at once put the boys on the road and across country to intercept the redcoat.;;;, a short-cut which the young captain knew enabling him to do this . By rapid traveling they were able to reach the intersect ing point just ahead of the enemy, and at once a dashing charge was made. The redcoats were forced to fall back, and, not recogniz ing the Liberty Boys, thought that another similar organi zation had attacked them, and that the country was swarm ing with the enemy. Then they hurried back and sent messengers with the report that the enemy were on eYery hand, and Howe ad vanced with still more caution than before, waiting until he could gather more hoops before advancing. Later tbe boys went on the march again, and encamped at night much nearer to White Plains than they had. yet been, and consequently much nearer to the homes of Dick , and Bob . There was no time for the boys . to go home just then, , howev~, but Dick and Bob did go out after dark to recon - • noiter, look for detachments of the enemy, and, above all , to look for the spy who they knew would try to learn a ll he could about the disposition of Washington ' s forces a nd., his intentions regarding the moves to be made. The two boys took the road leading south, but not the one by which they had come, and jogged on at an easy ga it,


THE LIBERTY BOYS ON THE MARCH . listening for any suspicious sounds, keeping an eye on the road ahea d of them . They had gone about a mile when they beard someone coming toward them, and shortly Dick saw a single rider coming on by the light of a young moon, and said to Bob: alf I am not mistaken that is the trooper, Bob. I won-der what she i s doing in this neighborhood?" " That is hard to tell, unless she is looking for her hus ' ban d," with a laugh . As they neared the lone rider Dick called out : "Hallo, Trooper, what are you doing on this road, so far from home ?" ''I am on the same quest as before, captain," said the young woman. "I have heard rumors of his being about, a nd I'd like to get my hands on him for a few minutes." "Perhaps you will find him as slippery a fellow as we have done," with a smile. "Very likely, but I don't care s0 much for him as I do for the hundred pounds he filched from me. I I get that ' h e can go away and stay away fotever." "Where did you hear of him, Trooper?" "At the tavern below, the White Horse Inn, kept by Dugald .Magillicuddy, as canny a Scot and as rank a Tory a s you'll find in a clay's march. The man was looking for redcoats, and Dugald had no information to give him, nor li quor either when he saw that the man want e d to run up a score, and so he came this way." "But he cannot have spent all his money yet, Trooper." "No, he is too clever for that, and it is hidden some., w here, you may be sure, to be used at a later time when he can no longer get the redcoats or the innkeepers to pay his footing for him . " "But we have seen nothing of him, and if he had come t h i s way we would have done so, Trooper. I am afraid you have been misdirected." "Very likely I have, captain, but I will go on. He may have passed here before you came out," answered the woman, and she went on, the boys continuing along the road at the same easy pace they had been going. A t a sudden turn of the road, when they no longer heard t he tramp of the woman's horse, :Oick suddenly drew rein an d whi spered : "What is that light doing at such a place and at this time?" , At a little distance the boys saw a light moving among the t rees, and they stopped, and Dick said : "That i s a fami l y burying ground. Men do not dig graves at n ight, nor do they wander in such places at that tim e , unless they are on an evil errand. We must lea r n m o r e of this affai r, Bob. Come o n , but be cautious." B o t h boys d ismounted, and went rapidly and caut ious l y on, keep in g as much i n the shade as possible, and m a k in g , their way towa r d t he little burying ground where they coul d see the l igh t an d the n the form of a man at work w ith a spad e . The little burying ground was some little way back of the r oad on a knoll, and at times the light, which was that of a lantern, could not be seen o n account of the bushes or the positio n of the man who stood in front of it. The boys a d vanced cau tiou sly, being obliged to crawl al o ng t he gro u n d as they d r e w neare r , and at length they could see the man plainly, and recogn.ized him as the spy. "I'll put it where no one will think of looking for it,'} Dick heard him say, with a dry laugh. "Who would look for money in a grave? Ha, that is a fine idea . " The boys crept still nearer, but with the utmost cauti~ so as not to alarm the man who, they could see, was digging at the foot of a low mound which marked a grave. Near him was a canvas bag which Dick had no doubt contained money, the very money stolen from the woman;. they had met that night, not so very long before. The man continued to dig, • 1aughing softly to himself; and Dick ga,e a sudden leap a~cl seized the bag, swinging it swiftly around and felling the spy to the ground. Then Bob dashed forward to seize the man before he. could rise, and bind him . Pelham suddenly rolled over, however, upset the lantern, throwing the place into profound darkness, and then went rolling down the knoll to the bottom. . '11he moon had disappeared behind the trees, and n o w all . was dark in the little burying ground. "Down, Bob!" hissed Dick. Both boys were flat on the ground in an instant. Then there happened just what Dick supposed then would. Crack-crack l There came two sharp reports from below, Pelham having discharged his pistols. The bullets passed harmlessly over the boys' head s , and then Dick fired two quick shots, and heArd the man ru nning toward the woods beyond, but could not see him . "You are not hurt, Bob?" ' "No, nor even touched." "Good! Light the lantern . We must see if this is what we want." The light was soon shining again, and Dick untied thecord about the neck of the bag . As he supposed, it contained gold coins, quite a mimber of them, and he tied it up again and picked it up. "Put out the light, Bob," he said. "We can make our WIJ.Y all right." Leaving the spade and the lantern on the ground alongside the grave, the two boys made their way back to the road, mounted their horses and went back at an easy pace-. "We could not get both, Bob," declared Dick, "and W have the money . Later on we will get the spy. Jusi Iltnr this is more important . " Riding on the boys at length heard someone coming toward them as before . "There's the Trooper," said Dick. He was right, for presently he gave a hail and w-aa an-swered . "Back again , captain?" "Yes, Trooper, and with good news." "You haven't hanged the scoundrel?" "No, but I 've found yoiir bag of money." "And the varle t himself?" "Got away . " "Then let him stay away, and I'll forgive him," dryly. Dick lighted a sulphur match , it being dark an aroon

THE LIBERTY BOYS ON THE MARCH. "That is mine," she said, "and I am glad to get it. did you happen to come across the villain?" How I force of British regulars and Hei3Sians with the intention of ;ttacking the .:lmerican works at \Yhite Plains, and Dick set out one morning with a party of Liberty Boys to see if anything definite could be l~arned. 'He was going to bury the bag in the graveyard, back here a mile or so. You must have passed him not long before you, but be was hiding and had no light at that time." Dick then told how they had come upon the man, the woman beig deeply interested. "Well, I am glad I have it again," she said, "and now if h.e keeps away I shall have naught to complain of. He will not get it again, I can promise him. Well, good-night to you., captain, and to you, lieutenant, and thank you both ,for-what you have done." '"Good-night, Trooper," said both boys, and then they, the boys riding on to the camp. "'l'he slippery fellow got away from us," muttered Bob, "but i.t was not so important this time, as you say, and next time we will do better and the rascal will get his With Dick were Bob, Ben Spurlock, Harry Judson, Sam Sanderson, and a dozen more of the boys, all strong, active ' fellows, ready for a brush with the enemy if need be .. and • all watchful boys who would be sure to pick up any infor matio n to be had. They made their . " ay along the road which followed, and croNsed the Bronx river farther on, and for a time neither saw nor heard an3:thing to arouse their suspicions. They were at a point in the road where it was very close to the rive r and there were few houses, ,rhen they saw a man coming toward them, wearing a long coat, which was almost like a gown, a broad-brimmed hat, and coarse wool len breeches and heavy shoes. He had long white hair and walked with a staff, seeming to be a professional mendicant both from his manner and .:,-Perhaps," laughed Dick, "but he is so slippery that dres~. e.""e is no telling what may happen the next time." He stood at one side of the road as the boys came on and R,?aebing the camp the boys greatly surprised and interheld out his hand, saying with a whine and in a high key: :E:aTk and the rest by telling them what had happened "Charity, young gentlemen, for a poor old man." :i way. There wa something in the man's voice that told Dick in .;(Weil, it was another escape for the fellow, I suppose," a. moment that he was neither old nor a beggar, and that oh. Mark, "but, as you say, it was more important to bis whine and high key were as much a part of a disguise as c-~w"' the Trooper's savings just now than to catch the his long coat, his white hair and his hat. .. a.nd that mmit be reserved for another time." , In an instant the man's identity dawned upon him . may never catch him, Mark," shortly. The supposed beggar was no other than Roderick Pelham, -N•:,,, perhaps not, but if he keeps away it will be the the Tory spy. lliing for him." ~ boys kept a strict watch upon the road , and if the ;:e,5.oo..ats had appeared the young patriots would have known iii: m. good time, but the night passed, and no alarm was ~~ In the morning the country was scoured for signs of the [ EJlem.Y, but none were seen, and Dick knew that the Trooper wa right and that Howe was exercising more than usual a .uti.on and advancing with the greatest circumspection. 'I'he boys went on and halted much nearer White Plaine, and here they were to make a final stand until the enemy :i.rproached in such force that they would be compelled to retire. Fm: the time, however, they formed the advance guard of the patriot forces, and received instructions to that effect from the commander-in-chief himself. T'ooy made themselves comfortable and strengthened heir position as much as possible, Dick sending out scouting r,..uties from time to time so as to keep himself posted tn. i:~,ard to the enemy. ~'or :il day or so all was qui et, but at length there began w 'be mm.ors afloat that Howe was coming on with a strong CHAPTER XIII. A LAST ESOAPE. Without uttering a word Dick gave one of the signals known to all the Liberty Boys and leaped from his horse . The signal meant that the fellow was to be seized, and in a mon;ient the boys all smpected him to be the spy . In a moment half of them were off their horses, the rest closing in upon the beggar. The latter became alarmed at once, and revealed him self . "No, you don't, you confounded rebels ! " he hissed, and dashed down the road. In a trice he had stripped off his long coat, thrown away hat, staff, and wig, and was leaping the fence . I Dick, Bob, and Ben were after him without an instant's delay, fairly flying over the fence. I I


THE LIBERTY BOYS ON THE MARCH. 25 Pelham fired a shot at Dick, which was returned, the bullet narrowly missing the fellow. Aft er him ran the boys, spreading out so as to prevent his doubling. The spy ran straigh t for the river where at this point t there were high banks, as Dick knew. "Sprea

"26 'l'HE LIBERTY BOYS ON THE MARCH. here," said Bob, with a laugh, "though the knowledge had' like to have cost us our liberty but for Dick's quic.kness." ,, And they know that the Libertz Boys are about, also," chuckled Mark, "and that we are ready for work." .,, Then the boys rode back and those who had remained in -camp quite envied the others their little brush with the enemy. "Never mind, b oys," said Dick. "It is quite likely that we sh:i.11 all soon have a chance to meet the enemy, and have all the fighting we want." "An' faix ye niver h'ard .anny complaint on that score, captain dear," retorted Patsy, with a broad grin. "No, I never did," smiling. "Off dot Batsy veller don'd could fought somebody else he was fightcd himselluf," added Carl. another hill bravely, and did not give it up till in danger of being surrounded. All the hills in the neighborhood smoked as from a con flagration, while the earth seemed to tremble with the bel lowing of the cannonading, the air being filled with smoke and flame, and t11e shriek and roar and din of the battle being constant. The battle lasted the great~ part of the day, the enemy ' gaining, no decided advantage at any time, although the drove the patriots from certain positions, and at last at dusk the fighting ceased and the enemy retired. During the night the patriots strengthened their posi tion, while Washington fell back to North Castle, which was regarded as impregnable, and waited for the advance of lli~ "Go on with ye; sure Oi'm on the very best of terrums The British commander f.ancied that the outworks were with meseif, Cookyspiller," laughed the jolly Irish lad, "so stronger than was the case, however, and_ fell back after a it's there ye do be mistaken entirely." few slight skirmishes, in which Dick Slater and his gallant "No, sir, you was foughted one fist mit der oder, I bet Liberty Boys took an active part. illle, off you don'd could found some oder veller to ought Howe remained in the neighborhood another day or two .mit." without doing anything, and then retired to his old posiThi was a novel idea, and all the boys laughed, while tion on the other side of the Harlem, where he began prep and the fat German boy went off together to get dinarations for a general aSBault on Fort Washington . . ner, the very best of friends, as they usually were. The Liberty Boys were actively engaged in the figilt Dick was right about their having plenty of fighting to which followed, and behand }vith their accustomed bruv-tlo in a short time, for on the next morning the enemy adery. " , vanced in considerable force to try and dislodge the AmeriLater Dick and some of the boys saw tne Trooper, findcans and get in the rear of Fort Washington. ing her at her old place, happy and contented, and working The Liberty Boys went out as an advance party, ~ec-as hard as ever, but said nothing about the spy till she her onded b _ y detachments 11:om a number of regiments under self made inquiries. the general comma~d of General Spencer, to skirmish with "Well, he'll never bother any of us again_." she said, the tm. emy and harass them all they could on their march. "and he should be thankful that the hangman was cheated The Liberty Boys and their allies ma:rched to a hill about out of a bit of work. He was always cheating someone, so .a mile and a half from the American lines, taking two his end was natural enough." field pieces with which to annoy the redcoats, and posted "I suppose it was," said Dick shortly. themselves behind walls and ences so as to make all the trouble they could. At half -pa st nine the enemy came on, and there began a lively skirmish, the plucky boys firing from behind walls , &nd fences, and keeping up a lively fusillade, falling back slowly as the redcoats advanced in greater force, and being supported by other light parties. Gathering in orce behind walls and barns, the patriots scattered the advance guard of the enemy, sending in a constant and galling fire upon them, the redcoats and Hes sians being ur.used to this kind of warfare. Th.e continued advance of the enemy, however, forced the brave boys and their allies to fall back to some advantageous position, whence they fired upon the enemy as before, retreating when compelled to do so by the sheer orce of numbers. Smallwood and his Delawares were defending , =: ~~;: '!i THE END. .,,.,,,,.. .... ,. \ Rea,d "THE LIBERTY BOYS' WIN'rER CAMP; OR, LIVELY TIMES IN THE NORTH," which will be the next number (497) of "The Liberty Boys of '76." SPECIAL NOTICE :-All back numbers of this week-• ly, except the following, are in print: 1 to 30, 32 to 35: 45, 49, 76, 83, 86, 107, 223. If you cannot obtain the, ones you want from any newsdealer send the price in money or postage stamps by mail to FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union. Square, New York City, and you w ill rec'eive the copies you order by return mail.


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THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. A DETECTIVE'S TALK. By Horace Appleton. !n a pleasant half hour's talk the other day with the head cf a great detective agency of national reputation I learned ou.-re about detectives than I have ever read or imagined in t.!J,;, whole course of my existence. 1-.s all who have ever had any dealings with them well knc>'W, d e tectives in real life are very different from those in • =ls and plays. The stage detective is a neatly dressed, elitm.a:fre individual, with mutton-chop whiskers/-With the aid of wigs and false beards he assumes all sorts of disguises, h.e suddenly throws off to disclose his real identity at .e m ost unexpected moments. Dion Boucicault, in one of uis plays, represents a detective, who is qui t e a young man, as making himself up for an elderly gentleman of sixty years, a n d going about holding conversations with p e op l e . who know rn:rn w~ H without being recognized. In many other plays and novel s . detectives are represented as doing similar impossible things. The cunningest hair-worker cannot make a wig or beard which will defy the detection o f a keen observer in a right light, and every actor well knows that it is impossible w pai n t upon the face the lines which simulate old age withGilt making it perfectly plain to spectators near Nie stage that they are painted and not natural. There is nothing peculiar or distinctive in the dress or appearanc e of real detectives, and the famous one to whom I have alluded looks more like a r espectable farmer than anything else. When I asked him ow men become detectives he replied that they dont "beoo m e," but must have a natural gift for the profession. "'Detectives n;rnst be born and not made," he continued. ... Many of them first find out their aptitude for the work by aom e event occurring in their own private experience which ca.uses them for the nonce to turn amateur detectives. That as the case with the late Allen Pinkerton. He was farming in the West, and was much annoyed by the ~_proo.ations of a gang of horse thieves. By the cleverest kind ,of detective work he at length succeeded in bringing them to " ostire and recovering his nags. His services were then ;ongltt b y his neighbors in similar cases, and the final result was that he established the Pinkerton Detective Agency." she was acquitted for the lack of direct evidence. This shows how Important self-control is to a detective. "Beside the qualities I have named, strong perceptive facul ties are of great importance to a detective as is also a power of generalization which will enable him to jump at once to correct conclusions from slight and seemingly trifling prem ises. A good, reliable memory he must have, that having once seen a face, he may be able to instantly recognize and 'place' it, no matter when, where or under what circumstances he sees it again. He must not only remember faces, but names, numbers and dates as well. There is no business or profession in which intelligence-both natural and acquired-counts for more. Knowledge of any kind may at some time prove userul. and especially such a power of quiet observation as wlll en abie him to make a mental note of everything that goes on 1 around him without seeming to do so. He must always bear in mind that app earances are often very deceptive. An inno cent man wrongly a(!cused will almost al ways appear like a guilty one, while a hardened criminal, under the most criminating circumstances, will readily assume the bearing of injured innocence. "I can r e cal! some striking illustrations of this, and of the utter unreliability of circumstantial evidence. One occurred recently in England. A farmer was tried at the Yorkshire Assizes for the murder of a peddler. The only evidence against him was purely circumstantial and consisted of his having been the last person with whom the peddler had been alive, and in the fact that at the time of his arrest he was wearing a wig which was identified as having belonged to the murdered man. The accused accounted for the possession of the wig by saying that he had found it lying in the road on returning past the spot where he had parted from the peddler. His statement was not believed. The jury found him guilty of murder in the first degree, and the judge was about to pro nounce sentence of death when one of the spectators arose and, declaring the innocence of the farmer, proclaimed himself the real murderer. He ful!y corroborated the farmer's statement about the wig, saying that in the mortal struggle with the peddler, whom he had attacked within a few moments after the farmer had left him, the wig had fallen from his victim's head, but that in his haste to rob the dead man and conceal his body in the hedge he had entirely overlooked the circumstance. The real murderer was subsequently .. What qualities are most essential in a detective?" I asked. hanged for his crime. "" , coolness, courage, good judgment and self-control. "I was one night privately summoned to a fashionable club The l.ack of any of these will debar a man from attaining the in New York, where a reputedly wealthy swell was believed fiighest rank in the profession, though it may not prevent him to be cheating at poker. fra,m being fairly clever in some branches of i t . I once knew "Though he indignantly denied the accusation of having and e mployed a very bright you?-g f e llow who possessed every cards concealed about his person, he absolutely refused to perrequisite of a great general detective, save self-control, and mit himself to be searched or to display the contents of his tile lack or that quality caused him to spoil some of his best pockets. When we came to search him by force we found no -ork. I resolved to subject him to one of the severest of all cards, but several ham sandwiches in his clothes. Losses in tests o r a detective's skill. I set him to try to extort a con-Wall Street and at the gaming table had so reduced him in fessfou from a young woman charged with infanticide. In circumstances that he had been obliged to give up taking his the c ourse of many interviews with this girl he fell in love meals regularly at a restaurant or boarding house and to buy 'Willi h er, as he afterward confessed to me, and blinded by his cheap food, which he carried in his pockets and devoured surpassion he came to believe firmly in her innocence. He also reptitiously when opportunity offered, prefer,ing to deny himformed a theory that she was not the mother of the murdered self in this way rather than to sacrifice his passion for fine chil d, but had assumed to be to protect the reputation of her dress and play. yo unger sister. Nevertheless, determined to do his duty, he "A prominent English detective who recently visited this persisted in his attempt to extort a conf e ssion, believing that country to work up a case in the interest of the Bank of the result would be the confirmation of his theory. He played England, told me he was called to the South Kensington ms part so well that the girl broke down and was about to Museum, in London, a few years ago, to arrest a gentleman oonfess herself a murderess, when he, realizing the true state on suspicion of having stolen a very valuable old Roman coin, the case, was so angry at finding himself thus deceived in believed to be the only one of its kind extant. Upon presenttb.e character of the woman he loved, that he broke out with ing an official order he had been permitted to take the coin b. a volley of reproaches as forever sealed the unnatural from the case, to which he had seemingly returned it after mother's lips on the subject of her crime. As a consequence examining it for some time. But when the attendant was


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 . 29 about to lock the case the coin was missing. The gentleman indignantly denied having it and refused to be searched. The detective I have mentioned, by a forcible search, found the coin upon him, and was about to take him to prison, when, as • the attendant was about to replace the coin in the case, he , discovered the one belonging to the museum just where it had slipped out of sight when the gentleman restored it. "It seems that there was another of the coins, and that the gentleman had purchased it, and had been anxious to compare it with the one in the museum to establish its genuineness. Thus you see how black circumstances may sometimes appear against the most innocent person." "What is the pay of a private detective?" "It varies greatly. The usual charge of reputable agencies , is $8 per day, of which the detective himself gets about onehalf. Many men, after a little experience on the police force, or in connection with some agency, set themselves up as private detectives, and then they charge whatever they think they can get. I have known wealthy patrons to pay them the absurd rate of $25 per day." TRAPPER JOHAN.SON 'S GREAT FIGHT. This is but one of his many conflicts with animals. Of late years, owing to his advanced age, he has not exposed himself to peril, not having the old-time confidence in himself. His last fight is the talk of the State, and has been voted by him the hardest of his life. One day recently he was meandering through a clump ot woods, about a mile from his hut, gathering blackberries and inhaling the bracing mountain air, when suddenly he came upon two huge black bears, each weighing ab_out 500 pounds, which were engaged in a desperate conflict. Johanson did not molest them, preferring to be a spectator of the ~cene, and, taking a seat on a fallen log with his gun beside him, looked on. Meanwhile the bears, paying no attention to him, continued to fight, grunting, groaning, snarling, biting, now up, now down. Finally one, which appeared to be the largest, broke away, and, following a narrow trail, disappeared in the underbrush, while the other remained in the arena. Johanson wante d to see more of. the fight, so grasping his gun, he took after the one which had apparently got enough, with a determination to make it come forth and do battle to a finish . A short distance up the hillside the trail seemed to end with a large charred log on ~me side, a deep marshy gulch on the other and thick brush in front. Parting the undergrowth with his gun, the hunter was astonished when he felt the hot, thick, panting breath of the bear on his cheek. James J , Johans on is the name of an aged trapper who lives Immediately the infuriated bear began fight. Johanson was like a hermit in a moss-covered hut situated in a neck of the seized by the cheek and. shoulder, the shock rolling him down woods a few miles from Marshfield, Coos County, Oregon. He the gulch the bear following. Recovering his feet, the hunter was born near Genesee, N. Y., and in 1849, at the time of the renewed the battle, his adversary having by this time fallen gold excitement in California, he was attracted across the upon his hind legs. continent. Two years later there were reports of rich discov-'fhe gulch was a narrow one, just wide enough to admit the eries in Oregon, and he started for that State on horseback. bodies of the bear and his human foe, so that the back of each When he reached Roseburg he was overtaken by a squad of pressed against the earth, and they fought face to face as hostile Indians, who started with him toward Coos Bay. He closely as they could be brought together. Bruin succeeded in • became a favorite with them, and lived with them for many getting the hunter's left arm in his ponderous jaws, and years, becoming an expert hunter and trapper. closed down on it, crushing the bones and leaving scars which Notwithstanding his advanced age, Johanson is hale and Johanson will carry to his grave. Johanson clutched the under hearty, which he ascribes to the non-use of meat, which he jaw of the bi'ute with his right hand and tried to wrench it says he has not tasted for twenty years, feeding on vegetables from its place, and bruin countered by trying to force Johanand herbs entirely, and has a firm, steady step. He is as son away from him so as to strike deadly blows with his active as a boy of nineteen. As a hunter he has a reputation claws. The hunter resisted the animal, which showed signs unsurpassed by any man in Oregon, and is frequently hired by of fear, and began to climb out of the place. Johanson held sportsmen whose knowledge of the mountainous hunting firmly to the jaw until 'he was fairly lifted from his feet, and grounds, where elk, wild cattle, deer, etc., abound in great then looking down saw his gun on the ground, partly under numbers, is limited. one of the logs; he also saw that there was room to crawl Johanson has had numerous during the1 thirty-under the log, if he could only get away from his antagonist. seven years that he has been a dweller in the woods, and has He let go his hold, and quick as his exhausted condition would had more narrow escapes from death than one can count on permit he crawled under, and none too soon. Then Johanson his fingers and toes. During the Indian war of 1855 the camp regained his gun and made short work of the bear. of the tribe to which he belonged was attacked by a hostile It was now nearly dark, and the hunte r was too weak to go tribe, with which it refused to join in an attack on the white to his home. He wound a handkerch ief around his wounded settlement of Ro.,eburg. A furious battle ensued, resulting in arm and passed the night at the bottom .of the gulch, with a the death of several Indians on both sides. Joha,nson killed coat for a blanket and the bear for his bed. Next morning he Big Elk, chief of the attacking party, and uncle of Capt. Jack skinned the carcass, and the hide occupies the chief place in of Modoc fame. his collection. Once he struggled in the water for an hour with a large elk which he had wounded. The animal was feeding on the shore of a pond, and receiving a bullet in the neck, fell. ' Johanson, thinking the animal was dead, rushed up, knife in hand, when the ellr regained his feet and took to the water, the hunter following. When in about two feet of water the elk turned and showed fight. In the struggle for supremacy which followed Johanson lost his knife in the water and was gored several times, but not dangerously. Finally he exhausted his four-footed adversary, and, recovering his knife, made short work of him. For this victory the Indians named Johanson Hyas Tyee, which is Chinook for big chief. "'Hit's my buthday," said Brother Williams, "an' all my white folks is takin' notice er it." "You old sinner, you!" said the intended victim. "To my certain knowledge you've had six birthdays in as many months. Now, how do you account for 'em?" "De easies' in de worl', suh," the old man replied. "De fust is the buthday when I wuz bo'n inter de worl'; de secon' is de day w'en I was bo'n ter freedom; de third time is fer w'en I got religion an' wuz bo'n again, an' de yuther times is celebratin' de fact dat it's a mighty long an' dull time twixt Chris'mus an' July de 4! (Thanky, bossthanky!)"


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