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Moore, Harry
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' A Weekly Magazine containing Stories of the American Revolution. ls•ue d W••kly-By Svb• criptiffl . 2 .50 p•r yea.r. Enur•tl .,.. S oanul,.Ola.u MaJt, r at th , .N,u, Y ork Pod Offiu , F•brvar y 4', 19 0 1 , by F r a n k Tou"!f • No. 501. NEW YORK, AUGUST 5 , 1910. Pric e 5 Cents. ?--c/ ~ ~ -~~~~~"''."__:•:~ __ _>.,.,•_•_•_.•,.a The Hessians rushed :fiercely at Will, who stood looking at them with his hands in his pockets and began to whistle. Dick peered cautiously out from the branches. The Hessians were struck dumb with amazement. Then they lowered their weapons . •


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 W eekly Magazine Containing Stories of the American Revolutio n baued W eekly -By S-ooscriptum $2.50 per year. I!)ntered as Second Class Matter at the New York, N . Y., Post fJjfice, F ebruary 4, 1901. Entered according to A c t of Ccmgress, in the year J9LO, in the offi,ce of tM Librarian of O o1&Q1-ess. Washinoton, D. C., by F'ra n"k Tousey, Publisher, 24 Unum Square, New York. No. 501. NEW YORK, AUGUST 5, 1910. Price 5 C en ts. The Liberty Boys and HWhistling Will" The Mad Spy of Paulus Hook " By HARRY MOORE . CHAPTER I. .A STR.A~GE CH.AR.ACTER. "Who is that whistling, Bob?" "I don't hear any one, Dick." "Don't you hear the whistling?" "Yes, I hear a bird . " • ';That is not a bird whistling, Bob, it's a man, or a boy, perhaps." "Well, then, it's the finest whistling I ever heard. I would have sworn it was a bird singing . " Two boys in Continental uniform were walking through a wood a little back of Hoboken, in the Jerseys, one pleasant morning about the middle of August, in the year 1779. The British were then in possesi ion of New York, Long Island and Staten Island, and also held Paulus Hook, or what is now Jersey City. There was a patriot camp back of Hoboken, and the two boys had come out to see what they could learn of the enemy without going too close to the British works. They were the captain and first lieutenant, respectively, of a band of about one hundred sterling young patriots known as the Liberty Boys, and they had their camp near that of the regulars, commanded by Major Henry Lee, often known as Light Horse Harry. As Dick Slater, the young captain, and Bob Estabrook, the first lieutenant of the Liberty Boys, were walking leisurely through the wood, they heard what Bob took to be the singing of a bird, but which Dick, with his keener hear ing, knew was the whistling of a young man or boy. "Wait a minute, Bob," said Dick. "I want to hear this whistler and see him as well." Dick sat on a stump, Bob sitting alongside him, and waited, the singing, as it is usually called, of the supposed bird sounding nearer and nearer. Then a tall, rather singular looking young man of pos sibly twenty-two years came out of a thicket close at hand, whi stling like a robin . The boys could see from the motion of his lips that he was the whistler, and could hear the sounds, or Bob would have been ready to say yet that it was a bird that was making them. The young man had a strange look in his eyes as if not altogether in full possession of his wits, and walked in a loose-jointed, slipshod way, common to idiots or half-witted persons. He was dressed in coarse homespun, rough woolen hose, serviceable shoes, and a cocked hat, as was the c u stom in those days. He stopped whistling as he caught sight of the tw o boys, and said, in a soft, drawling, but not unmusical voice: "Hallo! Guess you' re what some folks call rebels, aren't you?" "Yes, but we don ' t call ourselves so. We are patriots. You were whistling just now," and Dick imitated the call of a blackbird. "Yes. I can whistle as well as that fellow. Listen!" The stranger then whistled the various notes of the blackbird so well that it would have deceived the creature itself . "That's whistling, isn't it, Dick?" whispered Bob. "Yes, indeed, but I would know that it was not a bird." "I'll bet the bird would not, then," with a laugh. "Very likely. It is easier to deceive them than it is to fool a human, though I confess that his whistling is marvelous." "Will can whistle like any of the birds, and he calls them and talks to them," the young man said. "There are red coats at the Hook. Did you know that?" "Yes, Will, we knew it," and Dick began imitating the notes of a catbird. Will, as he called himself, did it much better, as Dick supposed he would, and was answered from the bushes by another bird of the same kind. "Yes, Will knows there are redcoats at the Hook, and Will can get in there, into the fort, mysteriously. Would you like to go there with Will some time?" 1


THE LIBERTY BOYS AXD "WHISTLING WILL." Yes, but it would be dangerous in thi.;; uniform," Dick replied. "Are you a patriot, Will?" "Yes, Will is a rebel, or a Tory, or a HesKian, or a red •wat, or anything," with a soft, rippling laugh. "Will fools the birds, squirrels, redcoats, any one, but Will is a good a-ebel, patriot, you say . Sh! don't tell the redcoats ! Some

THE LIBER'l'Y BOYS L\.XD "\rHISTLING WILL!' when threatened by a larger and :fiercer bird, and he said to Bob: "That is 'Whistling Will,' and this is meant as a ,-arn ing. Come, it is time to go." He beckoned to the girl, quickly paid his score, and arose to go. Then the landlord came forward and said to the girl : "Have the young gentlemen paid eYerything?" "Yes, sir/' the girl answered. "I must look over the account and see that it is right Sometimes young gentlemen smile and say complimentary things to confuse a maid and make her forget all the ha'pence. What diJ they have, Eunice?" The bird notes were heard again, this time more in sistent, and Dick also heard the clatter of hoofs, although Bob did not. Dick tossed a sixpenny piece on the t_able and saiJ: "You are purposely delaying us. The score has been settled, but this will make it sure . I know that the red coats are coming, for I can hear them, but you think you can delay us by this pretence of having the score settled . Come, Bob." The landlord fidgeted, and now, as fhe boys started for the door, only a few steps away, the Tories pressed for ward and tried to detain them. Dick knocked down two of them, and-now :M:r. Beattie suddenly arose, stepped forward, seized two of _ the trouble some fellows, and threw them aside as if they had b een chips. "Now, then, captain, your way is clear!" he said. "No, it ain't!" cried Peleg Hensced, suddenly rushing in at the door. "Oh, yes, it is!" returned Dick, and in a moment Peleg went flying down the steps, and the two boys hurried out side. CHAPTER II. now THE GIRLS IIELPED. "Whistling Will" was just outside, and he beckoned to Dick and pointed down the road. "All right, Will!" said Dick. Then as the two boys started up the road, a number of redcoats on horseback appeared coming on at a gallop. "We'll have to run for it, Dick!" exclaimed Bob. "That Tory landlord delayed us." "We can go through the woods, Bob, where they '1"'on't follow us." At that moment, however, two young girls mounted on speedy steeds suddenly appeared in the opposite direction. "Quick, Dick, get up with us l" cried one, urging her horse forward as Dick ran toward her. "All right, my girl, you are just in time. Make haste, Bob!" Then the two boys leaped up behind the two girls, who quickly wheeled their horses and rode away at full speed despite the fact that they carried double burdens. "They won't follow far," said Dick. "They do not care to get too near to Light Horse Harry's men." Away they went, the patriot they had seen in ~he tavern coming on behind, but not passing them for all that hi hors~ had less to carry. -' "They won't follow, captain," he said, "and the• Tories ha,e had their journey to the fort for nothing." .As they reached the next turn, Dick looked back but saw nothing of the redcoats as he should ha.-e done had the:,. been coming on. "Go a little farther, Alice," he said. "We may as wen make sure. You do not need to go as fast, however." "Take it easy, Edith, my girl," laughed Bob. "Wt• don'.t need to keep up any breakneck speed now. The reda coats know too much to venture too close to our camp." The girls were Alice Estabrook, Bob's sister and Die~~ s~eetheart, and Edith Slater, who was Bob's sweetheart. They shortly drew rein when Dick no longer heard thiredcoats following, and the boys jmnped down. "That is not the first time that the women have taken the men to safety," laughed Bob. "This might be anothersiege of Canterbury." "But we used our horses, brother Bob," laughed AlicE>,. "and then those women took their husbands, not sweet hearts." "Oh, you are too critical, Sis," said Bob. "Well, if Bob does get his historical facts mixed, yot? certainly did render us gallant assistance, my girl," laughed Dick, "and we are greatly obliged to you." ""\Vell, we would have carried you on our back to get you away," rejoined Alice, "so brother Bob is not so far wrong after all." "Never mind, Sis," said Bob. "There's somebody wh() appreciates brother Bob, even if his sister does not." "Oh, I appreciate you well enough," with a laugh, "b t I don't let you. get too high an idea of yourself." "Why, Alice, I don't think Bob is a bit conceited," said Edith, who was of a gentler nature than Alice, to whom she was greatly de,oted. "You would not think so, of course, my dear," Alice re-turned, laughing, "but he is, just the same." "Were you girls out for a ride, or did you lmow that 1Ye had gone out and were in dangerous quarters?" asked Dick, as he and Bob walked alongside the horses. "Oh, we were out for a spin, that is all," returned Alice. "Mark said that you had gone off somewhere, but we had no idea of seeing you." "Jt was very fortunate you did," muttered: Bob, "for we should have had to take to our heels in another moment if ~ you had not come in sight." "We were out trying to learn something aboi..--t th~ enemy," Dick added, "and did. Then some Tories went for the redcoats, and the landlord did his best to stop us. "And some of them have sore heads!" laughed Bo!). "Peleg took a beautiful back somersault down the ta"l'ern steps." They went on at an easy pace, and at lastrnached the camp, the girls going in with Dick and Bob. The boys' home was in Westchester, but the girls were vieiting some friends in Jersey at the time, and spent Illllch of their time at the camp where they were very popnlar, the Liberty Boys all having a great fondness and the high est respect for them. Mark Morrison, the second lieutenant of the troop, came forward as the boys and girls entered the camp, and said : •


• 4 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND "WHISTLING WILL." "The young ladies asked where you had gone, captain, but I could not tell them." "Oh, they found u s , Mark," laughed Bob, "and all in good time, too." "That sounds as if you had had an advantage, Bob," said Mark in a tone of interest. "Well, so we did have, two or three of them, in fact." "There is nothing strange in that," with a smile, "but tell us all about it." It was a common saying that Dick Slater never left the camp without meeting with some adventure, and hence Mark's anxiety to heaT what had happened. The boys were all greatly interested, especially in that paTt of the story which Telated to "Whistling Will," as th boys all called him, not knowing his other name. "Is he really mad, do you think?" asked Beu Spurlock, one 0 the liveliest of the Liberty Boys. "He seems so," rnplied Bob. "He talks strangely and ads in a peculiar manner." "But he kno .. s enough to distinguish between the red coats and our boys, evidently," added Jack Warren, a New Jersey Liberty Boy, and a veat chum of Mark Morri son's. "Yes, he knows that difference, and he is on our side," added Dick. "He is simple in many things, but shrewd." "I'd very much like to see him," declared Sam Sander son, Ben's particular cl:tum. "We probably shall, if he is a spy and trying to find out something about the enemy," returned Harry Judson, a \ M-0hawk Valley boy. "I'd like to hear him whistle," remarked Harry Thurber-, the especial chum of the other Harry. "We have some birds in the South that I think he would have some trouble in imitating." "I don't believe he would if he heard them once, Harry," declared Dick. "I never heard such whistling from a human mouth." "You would think it was a bird," spoke up Bob . . "I was fooled myself." "Then he must have been good," remarked Will Free man, another of the boys, "and I'd like to hear him." At that moment the sweet notes of a robin were heard at a short distance, the boys paying little attention, until Di c k said, quietly: "There he is now, boys. Go and bring him in, Phil. He is a young man, something over twenty, coarsely dressed." "Jove! I thought that was a bird," ejaculated Phil Waters, a Rhode Island Liberty Boy, as he left the group. The Liberty Boys came from all parts of the country, ~lthough the troop had been organized in Westchester, where the greater part of them lived. "Well, if he can whistle like that, he will deceive the birds themselves," exclaimed Paul Benson. "We have seen him do it, Paul," laughed Dick. Phil followed the sound of the robin's song, and pres ~mtly came upon a strange looking young man sitting on a stump whistling and looking about him vacantly. "The captain wishes to see you, Will," he said quietly. ~'Have you swallowed a bird, that you whistle so well?" "Will talks to the birds and knows what they are say iing," the other replied. "Will talks with squirrels and frogs and owls and bees and all pretty things." Phil suddenly heard the warning sound of a rattlesnake and jumped back in alarm, whipping out his pistol, and crying sharply : "Look out, Will, there's a rattler!" The strange creature laughed softly and said: "That was Will. . Will is not afraid of rattlesnakes. Will can call them." "Well, please don't, or not just now," returned Phil, half laughing, half impatiently. "The captain would like to see Will in the camp. He than~s Will for giving him warning of the redcoats at the tavern." The whistler arose and entered the camp by a short cut, s howing that he knew his way thoroughly and needed no guide. "Will has seen no more redcoat s , captain," he said, as he came forward at a slouching gait. "There is no danger. The redcoats will not come here." "No, I suppose not. It is too far, and they would likely meet with opposition on the way. Have you been to Paulus Hook?" "Whistling Will" made no answer immediately, sitting on the ground and whistling "Yankee Doodle," a very popular air at the time, although the British no longer whistled it in derision since Burgoyne had been obliged to hear the patriot bands play it at the time of his surrender. The boys listened entranced, "Whistling Will" entwining all sorts of bird notes ;,ith the air, and finally stopping, and saying with a vacant look: "The water is too high and the bridge is open. Canal too deep. Some day Will may go to the Hook and take the captain. Listen for the song of the whip-poor-will," and then with a laugh, the strange fellow suddenly leaped to his feet without the aid of his hands, and dove into the thicket, disappearing in a moment. "Well! he's a strange character, fast enough!" cried Lishe Green. "There's no getting over that," mutte red Joel Walker. "As crazy as a loon!" ejaculated Ezra Barbour. "He do be natheral, but he'd charrum a birrud off a three," muttered Pats y Brannigan, the company cook, "but the dinner do be ready, so blow the bugle, Cooky spiller." "He was ein bird eated und he was mit his mout ' sing ing already," soberly remarked Carl Gookenspieler, the fat German Liberty Boy. "I was nefer such vhistling heard, I bet me!" "Haw-haw, nor nobody else!" roared Bob Oddy, who laughed at everything. Dinner being ready, the boys all sat down, the two girls remaining, Patsy having provided an especial treat for them. "He is indeed a strange creature," said Alice, "but don't you know his name, Dick?" "Only that it is Will, so we have christened him 'Whist ling Will,' which is as convenient a name as any, and quite fits him." "Yes, I suppose it is." "It is -too bad that he has not his full mind," observed Edith, syrnpathetic~lly. "He seems very clever in some things." "He might not be able to whistle so well if he had," j,


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND "WHISTLING WILL." 5 returned Bob. "It is a natural gift, but he might lose it if 11e knew more." "But you will not run into any danger, going to the British camp, will you, brother?" asked Edith, anxiously. "I will go into no danger that I cannot get out of, sis ter," replied Dick, smiling. "You had better caution Bob, my dear," said Alice, laughing. "He is careless, while Dick is cautious." ""51hy, I don't think he is so carel e s E , Alice. I have to caution brother more than I do Bob." "And neither pays the least attention," with a laugh. "I'm glad you have a pleasant work for both of us, Sis," chuckled Bob. "I thought I was going to get them all." The girls remained a short time after dinner, and then went to the home of their friends, while Dick and Bob shortly afte rward set out for Paulus Hook, going in dis gui e and taking ordinary horses, which were not likely to attract {lttention as their own horses would. Now they looked like two country boys out on an errand, and were not likely to be noticed any more than a score , of others. As they were riding along the road bordered by woods, they heard a bird singing in a tree not far away. "I can't h ear a bird whistling these days that I don't think of the queer fellow we met this morning," declared Bob. "And that happens to be 'Whistling Will' himself," laughed Dick. "He may think that we may need him." "Perhaps we will, shortly." CHAPTER III. .A. SAUCY BIT OF WORK. The boys were riding along at an eas y pace, and had not yet reached the tavern where they had had their adventure of the morning, when, at a turn of the road, they heard a sharp call for help in a girl's voice. "Hallo!" exclaimed Bob. "Some one is in trouble." "Let's see who it is, Bob," added Dick, darting ahead. Rounding the turn in the road, the boys saw two roughlooking men endeavoring to drag a young girl from a chaise, while another held the horse's head. Dick recognized this man as one of the Tories he had seen in the tavern that morning, and judged that the others were the same sort. "Let go of that girl, you ruffian!" he shouted as he dashed ahead, firing a shot, which went through the coat of one of them. Both men released the girl and ran hurriedly down the road, the others joining them. The boys dismounted, and while Bob prevented the horse from running away, Dick put the girl in the chaise, for she had swooned and was in great danger of falling out. "Get some water, Bob," said Dick, taking the reins. "I think she will shortly recover." Bob ran off to a little spring at one side of the road and presently returned with his hat full of water, with some of -which Dick bathed the girl's forehead. She soon revived and said, in a tone of deep gratitude: "I am very much obliged. Those men are terrible crea tures. They are Tories and hate my father, but I do not see why they should molest me." "Who is your father, miss?" asked Dick. "His name is John Beattie. Perhaps you know him. I do not remember to have seen you before. Do you live in the neighborhood?" "We do not live here, but we are stopping not very far away, for a time. I met your father this morning. He is a good patriot. So are we. We are some of the Libel'ty Boys." "Oh, are you?" in a pleased tone. "Then you know Captain Di c k Slater and Lieutenant Bob Estabrook? Of course you do. Their sisters are visiting a friend of mine, and I think they are charming girls. Do you know them?" "Yes, we have seen them," said Bob, with a wink at Dick, "and they are very fine girls, as you say." Just then they heard some one whistling a lively tune, and in another moment "Whistling Will" came around the turn, stopped and said : "Redcoats in the tavern, captain." "Many of them, Will?" asked Dick. "No; two officers. Little bird tell Will they are there. No one else, just two redcoat officers." "Jove! we ought to catch them, Dick!" exclaimed Bob, excitedly. "Yes, Bob, I think we ought. Are you afraid to go home alone, Miss Beattie?" "No, not at all, but, bless my heart, you are the captain and first lieutenant of the Liberty Boys, and1you said you were only some of them." "Well, we are some of them/' laughed Dick. "We ca~ not always wear our uniforms, you know. It would not be safe. Will you let Will take you home?" "Oh, I can go alone, thank you. I am going a little further this way first. I don't believe those men will trouble me again." "Well, if they do we will trouble them. Come on, Bob." The two boys sprang into the saddle and rode away in haste toward the tavern, where they had already had quite an adventure, and where they were quite ready for another. Coming in sight of the tavern, they went on less rapidly and drew rein in front of it, seeing the two British officers sitting at a front window drinking home-brewed ale from great pewters, and smoking long-stemmed clay pipes. "Taking their comfort with very few around, Dick," chuckled Bob. "Yes, and evidently never suspecting the least danger. And no one to warn them of their peril, Bob." , "No, not a soul." The boys dismounted carelessly, tethered their horses to the hitching posts in front, and made their way within. The two officers never looked up when the boys entered, but the few Tories who were in the place did, and the land-' lord came forward, looked sharply at them, and was about to say something, when Dick, beckoning to Bob, hurried toward the officers and said quickly: "You are our prisoners! Get out of here without delay if you -expect to get out alive I" "Why, you saucy--" but then the officer stopped short as he found himself looking into the barrel of a big pistol.


6 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND "WHISTLING WILL." "Get up ! " commanded Dick. "Cover the Tories and the landlord, Bob." "Why, I never heard such imperti--" "Get up ! " said Dick. The Tories were starting forward when they found themselves facing Bob's pistols. The officers obeyed, and Bob quickly snatched away their pistols. "Fonvard-march !" said Dick. "Lead the way, lieu tenant." The two officers followed Bob, Dick hastening their mo.-ements by a pressure of a pistol on the neck of each. The Tories ran out at the back door and down the road at a swift pace, while Dick said sharply: "Up with you in a hurry or we'll carry two dead red coats back with us. Now then, make haste!" The two redcoats m0unted their horses, and then riding between the boys, they set off up the road at a gallop. They tried to get ahead of the plucky young patriots, but Dick and Bob kept pace with them and did not care how fast they went. _ "The Tories will be. bringing some mounted redcoats after us," was Dick's thought, " •so the faster we go the better." It seemed to clawn upon the two officers' minds at length that they were going much too fast, and they tried to slacken their speed. "Faster ! " cried Dick. "You are not going half fast enough!" "You'll kill these horses," snarled one of the officers. "Ob, no, they have had a good rest and can stand a lot yet," with a laugh. "Don't you worry over that." "Get along with you!" cried Bob. "I thought you red coats prided yourselves on being able to ride fast." The redcoats would not have minded doing so if they had been going the other way, but the faster they went now the farther they got away from their friends. "Keep it up!" said Dick. "You are not at all tired yet." Then he heard a suspicious sound, and turned his head to see if the redcoats were yet in pursuit. He did not see them, but he could hear the clatter of hoofs and knew that they were coming. . Bob could not hear the sound, his ears not being as sharp as the young captain's. Presently Dick looked back again and saw the redcoats coming on at a tremendous pace. They were urging their horses beyond endurance, so as to gain upon the boys and their prisoners. "The Tories must have picked them up without having to go all the way to the fort," thought Dick. "They could not have gained upon us so much if they had not." The redcoats saw Dick look back, and now one of them did the same. He saw the other redcoats coming on, and gave a shout. "Keep still!" commanded Dick. "If you shout again you will get a bullet in you ! " The redcoats said no more, but they tried to lag behind so as to delay the boys. Dick and Bob gave their horses each a cut on the flank and made them dart forward at a gallop. "They can't go much farther," said Dick to himself, "0r they will get too close to our lines." Tab."lllg the road leading back of Hoboken, the boys sped on, forcing their prisoners to go with them whether they would or not. At last they came in sight of the camp, and then Dick allowed the prisoners to slacken their speed somewhat. One of the officers tried to get off his horse, but Dick said in a firm tone, clapping a pistol -to the redcoat's head : "You stay where you are till I tell you to dismount. You are as much trouble as an Irishman's pig.!' Some of the Liberty Boys, seeing two redcoats coming' on, thought at first that there were more and raised an alarm. The boys came flocking out ready to resist the advanr.e of the enemy, as they supposed, but Dick gave a .shout, and they recognized him and came forward less excitedly. "Here are a couple of British officers, boys," shid Dick. "They are very bashful and did not want to come with us a bit." "I should say not!" laughed Mark. "I'll "ager you had a fine adventure getting them here." The officers had recognized the 'two young patriots long before they reached the camp, and knew that they had not been made prisoners by a couple of mere country boys, as they had at first supposed them to be. They were greatly chagrined, however, at being taken away by boys, and had nothing to say when some of the boys took them over to Lee's camp and delive1:ed them to the major. Dick and Bob followed as soon as they could put on their uniforms, and then the young pp.triot captain explained to Major Lee how the capture had been effected. "V cry good, captain," laughed Light Horse Harry. "The enemy will be keeping to the fort after this and :not go wandering all over the district, carousing at this tavern and that." "You may be able to learn something of the number and disposition of the enemy from the prisoners, major," Dick replied. "There is a half-witted fellow living around here who has promised to find this out for me, but perhaps you can learn it from them." "Perhaps, captain. Who is this fellow you speak of?" "We call him 'Whistling Will,' major, but I do not know what his name is. He is a spy, and has already given me some assistance, and I think I can depend upon him for more." "Get all you can, captain, for then we will be able to verify what these officers say, although they may not say anything." "I think it quite likely that they wiU not, sir, and I will endeavor to learn all I can of the fort." "This was a clever capture, captain, and I congratulate you and the lieutenant upon your pluck." "We knew that we were taking desperate chances, major, but we determined to go as far as we could and trust to good fortune to pull us out of it." "Say rather to your bravery and daring, captain," with a smile. The boys saluted, and then left the camp and went over to their own, where the rest of the Liberty Boys were j


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND "WHISTLING WILL." 7 eagerly waiting to hear the story of the capture of the close by the roadside, and Dick quickly climbed into this, Briti sh officers. being hidden in a moment. They were amused as well as interested, and frequently There were farm-houses near, but no one seemed to have interrupted Dick by shouts of laughter. seen Dick, and then he could jump on his horse and get "Those fellows must have felt pretty small at being away in a hurry if any one gave the alarm. march ed off by a couple of boys," laughed Jack Warren. He had scarcely hidd en himself in the hollow tree before "But ii you had had your own horses, the redcoats would the Hessians appeared, coming around the bend in the not have gotten within sight of you," added Ben. . road; and marching stolidly along. "No, there is not a horse anywhere about that can beat Will stood in the road staring at the Hessians, and evi-Dick' s black Major," declared Mark, "and Bob's bay is a dently greatly admiring them. good one also." There were an officer and a number of men, all heavily "But not as swift as Jack's bay mare," added Bob. "Shy accoutered, and looking hot and tired, as well they might can beat anything except Major." after a march in the hot sun of a mid-summer day. Jack Warren was proud of his mare, and flushed as Bob They halted at sight of the young man, and the officer spoke, always being pleased when the beautiful creature said something to him, whereupon he shook his head. was praised. "You repel?" growled the officer in a guttural tone. "Yes, DolJy is a speedy animal," added Dick, "and if I Will shook his head and stared at the men blankly. did not have :Major, I should want her." "You goot subject, ya?" the Hessian officer continued, "You may take her any time you like, captain," said looking :fixedly at the half-witted fellow. Jack, greatly pleased. "Will again shook his head, and continued to stare in Dick had taken Jack's mare often when it was not conthe same vacant manner. venien t to take his own, and Dolly knew him as well as "You say 'Long lif' der King, und deat' to der repels, she knew Jack. ya?" the officer asked, with a savage glare at Will. Later, Major Lee sent for Dick, and said: The other merely shook his head and kept on staring. "Your prisone rs are very close mouthed, captain, and "Ha, you are repel, I see you at der Hook, vatching to will say nothing about the works or the dispos.ition of the see what you shall see. You iss mein brisoner, nein? Surtroops at Paulus Hook." renter!" "Then I shall l1ave to see what I can find out about them The half-witted fellow shook his head and continued to myself , major, " Dick returned. stare, seeming not to understand what was said. "Do s?, captain , but remember that it is a dangerous • Dick peered cautiously out, taking very good care not undert akmg." .. I to be seen. "That will not deter me, major," with a smile. He knew that a single gia:nce at his Continental uniform "No, I know that it will not." would cause the furious fellows to fire upon him without hesitation. CHAPTER IV. WILL SROWS HIS PLUCK. A short time after this,-.Dick set out upon Majnr, intend ing to get as near to the works of Paulus Hook as possible and learn all he could, so that the next time he went he would know something about the place and have les s trouble in approaching. As he was riding along at a good gait, having passed the tavern, where there were no redcoats at the momr ;nt, "Whistling Will" suddenly appeared and said, with his vacant stare and slouching manner: "Will knows something about the Hessians . "What does Will know about them?" asked Dick, reining in and looking at the mad spy :fixedly. "They are coming, Will saw them; they are very mad because the captain ran away with the redcoats this after noon, and they will keep a good watch 11.t the tavern." Dick listened attentively and heJtrd the steady tramp of men coming along the road. 1 He quickly dismounted and sent Major into the bushes at a little distance where he would not be seen. "Stay here, Will," he said, "and see what you can hear. The Hessians are coming. I must hide." There was a big, hollow, thickly leaved tree standing The Hessians seemed to think that the lives of the pa triots were to be sacri:ficedwithout question and their prop erty seized at will, the redcoats taking no pains to disabuse them of these notions. Dick did not know what the Hes~ans might do to Will, , m d he drew a pistol so as to be ready to help the half\,itted fellow in case he needed it. The Hessian officer said . again, . more angrily than before: "You will say 'Long lif' der King, und deat' to der repels, ya ?" "Whistling Will" shook his head , and sa!id nothing. The officer swore roundly in German and said something to the men in the same language. It was evidently an order, Dick being unable to under stand it, not knowing German. In a moment, however, he knew what the order had been. The Hessians rushed fiercely at Will, who stood l0oking at them with ' his hands in his pockets, and began to whistle. Dick peered _ cautiously out from the branches. The Hessians were struck dumb with am:azement. Then they lowered their weapons. "Himmel!" muttered the officer, lowering his sword and giving some quick order to his men. Will continued to whistle, paying no attention, appar ently, to the Hessians, who s~ood staring at him in utter amazement.


8 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND "WHISTLING WILL." . They heard supposed. birds singing, birds who whistled German national airs, German songs such as they had sung at their schools and at their merrymakings, all these being intermingled with the bird notes in the most remarkable They looked up at the tree and they looked at the half witted fellow, seeing that he was doing the whistling and that there were no birds anywhere to be seen . . Then birds began to fly to the tree from dili'erent direc tions, and to sing in answer to the sounds they heard. "Whistling Will called to them in their own tones and had them all whistling with him, while tJ1e Hessians looked on in wonder. Dick quickly realized that the spy's own pluck and cool headedness would make it unnecessary for him to inter fere. In a f e w moments the mad spy began to whistle a lively dance tune. At once the Hessians began to grin and then to smile broadly, and :finally to laugh as the measure increased in vivacity, till at length they could not help themselves, and before they knew it were keeping time, despite their heavy weapons and accouterments. The officer laughed outright, and then the men dropped their muskets. Dick could scarcely refrain from laughing as he saw the bewigged and stolid looking Hessians wild with pleasure. Will walked carelessly along the road still whistling the German dance tune to which the Hessians had footed it merrily many a time in their old homes. The Hessians followed him down the road, while he kept up his whistling, scarcely seeming to see them, and certainly paying them no attention. "That is one of the funniest things I ever saw," said Dick, "but it has its serious side as well. The spy has saved his life and perhaps mi;e by his pluck. I wonder what he will do with them?" The Hessians had left their guns in the road, but they were of little use to Dick, being very clumsy and heavy, and not worth bothering over; The only thing to do with them was to get rid of them as quickly as possible or to make them useless. The Hessians were still walking down the road, and Dick came out of the tree, and, picking up as many of the guns as he could carry, took them to a little brook which ran alongside the road at a short distance, and dropped them in. 'rhen he went back for more of them, and took all that he could manage, carrying them to the brook and drop ping them in as he had done with the others. A third trip :finished the guns, and soon all were reposing calmly at the bottom of the brook, where they could do no harm. "I'd like to run off with the Hessians themselves," he laughed, "but I am afraid there are too many of them, and they have thair pistols if the:r have lost their guns." Looking down the road, he saw that the mad spy had disappeared, having suddenly darted off into the woods. • The Hessians stopped, and then, suddenly catching sight of Dick, came running toward him. He whistled to Major, the intelligent animal being at his i;ide in a moment. Dick was in the saddle in another, and went dashing up the road with a laugh, the Hessians running to where they had left their guns. By the time they found them, safe at the bottom of the little brook, Dick was too far away for them to hit with their pistols, and all their swearing had no effect. "They won't go to the tavern now," he laughed, and, true enough, the Hessians, when they had recovered their temporarily useless guns, marched back toward the Hook. "That was a very clever trick of Will's," laughed Dick. "He got rid of the Hessians, even if I did not have time to learn very much about the works, but maybe another time I will have." Then he had to laugh again at the memory of the ridicu lous :figures cut by the Hessians as they went down the road while Will whistled for them, leading them away from Dick all the time. "The young fellow may be half witted," he chuckled, "but be bas some very good ideas, and he has certainly plenty of pluck." He rod<:! back to the camp, seeing nothing of "Whistling Will," and knowing that it would be rio use trying to get to the Hook now with Hessians and redcoats on the road. The Liberty Boys were greatly amused at the story of "Whistling Will" and the interested Hessians, and laughed till the tears ran down their cheeks. . " Sure he must be a fairy himself to make a Hessian soldier laugh," chuckled Piatsy, "for they do be as slow as Cookyspiller himself, an' dear knows it's as hard to make him laugh as a stone image." "Humbug! I was laughed choost like some oder veller off you was somedings funny said," sputtered Carl, "but you don'd was said it already." "Sure if we waited for yerself to tell us what was funny," roared the jolly Irish lad, "we'd never laugh at all, faix." "Dot was foolishness," muttered Carl, soberly, and all the boys broke into a fit of laughing. They had all quieted down and were thinking of other matters, when Carl suddenly began to laugh immoderately. "Whativer is the matter with ye, Cookyspiller?" asked Patsy, in great surprise. "I was laughed at dose Hessians what dot vhistling veller was make to laugh already," laughed Carl. "Dot was more funnier like eferydings I bet me." "Yis, to be sure it wor, but it's taken ye a long time tosee it." "Humbug!" sputtered Carl. "You was laugh at nodings,. but when I was laugh I was got somedings to laugh mit, I bet me." "Yis, Oi know, but it takes ye a long toime to see it. Howiver, niver moind that, but get yer wheelbarry an' come along with meself an' get something for the byes toate. There's a grand house beyant the woods where they'll be givin' us all we want." "All righd, I was went mit you," said Carl, and he ran off to get a big wheelbarrow, and presently joined Patsyat the edge of the camp. There was a little brook running through the ,voods, and over this was a wide plank, which made a very good bridge. For some reason, however, when Carl was going over, having reached the middle, it suddenly tipped, or the fat


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND "WHISTLING WILL." 9 German boy slipped, and away he went into the brook, wheelbarrow and all. Patsy laughed uproariously, and a number 0 the Liherty Bcry-s, who were pas sing through the woods, came running up to see what was the matter. They got Carl and the barrow out with little trouble, and the fat German boy went on, muttering: "Well, dot was all righd. Dot day was been hot und dot bath py der prook was made me more cooler, ain't it?" "Sure it did," laughed Patsy, "an' Oi'll wheel the barry back for ye, me bye." "Dot was all righd, too," said Carl, who knew that the barrow would be heavier going back: They got it full 0 things, and on the way back, true to his promise, Patsy took it and went on merrily, humming a rollicking tune to him11el. "Now ye'll see how aisy Oi'll go over the bridge, Cookyspiller," he said, as he wheeled the barrow onto the plank. He went over all right, and had the barrow on the opposite bank when the plank suddenly tippPd yVith him and over he went into the brook, the barrow with its load of supplies being sae on land. Carl let out a roar 0 laughter, and said: "Dot was fery unny been, I bet me, und it don'd took me long to saw dot, ain't it?" Then Carl laughed harder than ever, and came across the bridge while Patsy was getting out. "Sure Oi donno howiver Oi ell into the brook," he growled as he got out. "Dot was :for why you was so clumsy," laughed Carl. "You was choost so easy like ein cow, I bet me," and the funny fellow laughed again. "Do you want to know what made you go into the water?" asked Ben, who was on the other side. "Sure Oi do, Bin, me bye." ''Well, it was because Carl raised the other end of the plank." "Sure it's no wondher thin that he knew whin t~ laugh," and then the jolly fellow laughed himself. CHAPTER V. IN AND OUT OF THE FORT. Dick did not go out again that day, it being well on to ward supper time when he returned from his trip to the Hook after his ad,entures with the Hessians. "If 'Whistling Will' finds out anything about the redC(?ats and Hessian~," said Bob, "it's quite likely that Light Horse Harry will take a trip down there one 0 these dark nights and make some trouble for them, and give the Lll5-erty Boys a chance to do som e thing." "I he goes he will take us, you ma,y be sure," replied Dick, "especially if I find out all I can about the situa tion there." Mark, Jack, Ben, Sam, the two,Harrys, and a number of the boys were quite certain that "Whistling Will" would . either go to the Hook himsel very soon, or tell Dick that he would show him the way, and they were not surprised the next morning, therefore, when Will came whistling into the camp and said : "The little birds tell me that the water is low, and that it will be a good time to get inside the fort at the Hook. The captain would like to go, I guess," and Will broke off into a laugh and then began to whistle, imitating a number 0 birds, many of which were not known in that part 0 th1: country. "That's a reed-bird he is imitating now," said Horace Walton. "How did he ever hear it?" "Vte don't know where he may have been, Horace," laughed Dick, "and besides, the reed-bird of the South ia the bobolink of the North. Didn't you know that?" "Well, he's a wonder, anyhow," r e turned Horace. "Whistling Will" was walking about, paying no particular attention to anyone, but looking about with a vacant stare . , when Dick said: "If you will wait a few minutes, Will, I will go with you, and we can see about getting into the fort." "Will must go now, Will can tell the captain when he comes along," replied the strange creature, and then he s uddenly do,e into the thicket, and the boys heard the singing of a bird, none but Dick being able to tell that it was not a bird, but Will whistling. Dick disguised himsel in the ordinary attire of the dis trict, looking very much like "Whistling Will" when he let the camp on an ordinary horse, and set out or the Hook. He i;lid not see the queer fellow till he was pretty near the creek which crossed the peninsula, 0 which the Hook was the end, and hc,-e he suddenly appeared out 0 a clump of bushes, in which the birds seemed to be singing blithely. . "Put your horse in the bushes, captain," said Will, with a strange little laugh. "The water is low; Will can talk to the frogs and find a good way across." There appeared to be no one about, and Dick tethered his horse in the bushes out of sight from the road, and walked forward carelessly. Paulus Hook, sometimes called Powle's Hook, was a sandy peninsula conliected with the main by a narrow, marshy neck. Upon this peninsula the British had erected quite strong military works _ , and used it as an outpost while they were in possession of the city 0 New York. The main works were upon rising ground, one redoubt being circular, and mounting six guns, the other being oblong, and having four lighter guns. A deep ditch was dug across the isthmus with a barred gate, the ditch making the peninsula an island except at low tid e , and then the marshes around it were dan gerous . "Wouldn't it have been better to have a boat, Will?" asked Dick. "They will be on the lookout for us." "M:en think nob.ody comes," said Will, looking up into the air. "Leave gate open. If gate is. closed, then get across creek, go into fort." "All right," replied Dick, walking carelessly on till he reached the gate and the drawbridge over the ditch. The troops, thinking themselves in an unassailable posi tion, had grown careless, and the gate was open, Dick


I 10 THE LIBERTY BOYS AXD "WHlSTLI:N'G WILL . " and the half-witted spy making their way through it and across the bridge unquestioned, there being few persons about at that time. They looked like two ordinary boys, who had strolled into the place out of curiosity, and very few noticed them, this giving Dick a chance to take in the surroundings and make himself ac'1uainted with the arrangements of the re doubts, the aliatis, the uitches, and numerous other things, while seeming to be simply staring at nothing of any im portance. Some Hessians came out, but they were not the same whom Dick and the spy had met the day before, and they did not recognize the boys. PreEently , however, the officer of the day before came out, but Will seemed to have known in some strange mannn that he was coming, for he suddenly disappeared. 'rhe Hessian officer did not know Dick, but glanced at him carelessly and went on . Having seen about all he could, Dick was thinking of leaving tl;e place, when he saw Peleg Hensted come through lhe gate . The man saw Dick before he could get behind some thing, and at that moment a British officer and a number of men entered the gate . "Hi! stop that feller; he's a rebel, he's Dick Slater, the rebel spy, the capting o' the Liberty Boys," be shouted . Attention was attracted to Dick in a moment, and he moveu rapidly toward the ditch, thinking to get over it and out of the enclosure . Then others came out of the blockhouses, and, hear ing the alarm, for Peleg Hensted wa.s still shouting and running about, they cut off the young captain's retreat . Dick could sec nothing of "Whistling Will," and sup posed that he had made his escape at the first alarm. "He will hang about, I am sure," was Dick's thought, "and I shall see him when I least expect it." Some of the Heesians, hearing the cry of "rebel," ran at Dick with fixed bayonets, when he promptly whipped out a brace of pistols and inflicted painful flesh wounds upon two of the ferocious fellows. ']'his made the others pause, and in a moment the red coats surrounded Dick and kept off the Hessians. These .fellows were as much disliked by the regulars as by the patriots, and there was little love lost between them. • The British soldiers regarded them as hirelings, the same as the patriots did, and had little respect for them, so that they w ' ere Yery ready to prolect Dick when the fierce fellows ran at him. "Stand back !" cried one of the British officers. "Are you solciers, that you do this thing? The boy is a pris oner." "He is vun rebel spy !" hissed the officer of the day be fore . "He is Tick Slater, der repel." "And a very clever fellow he is, then," laughed the other. "I ha,e heard how you got away with two of our officers from the tarern, anu how you dropped the guns of the Hessians into the brook, for I suppose you did that also. You are too clever to he run through with a bayonet, as these Hessians would have clone. " "They would not ha,e done it, sir, if I had had pisto l s enough," w ith a smil e . " I am obli ged to you , however . It is someth ing to meet an honest foeman . " "And you are D i ck Slater, the rebel?" "Not a rebel. W e kn o w n o r ebels. I am an American and a patri ot . " "He. aint; he's Dick Slater, the rebel!"' sno1ted Pele g . "I seen him run off with them British officers, an' I seen him fool the IIessin.ns. Re had a crazy feller with h im. 'Where is be?" "So you are Captain Slater, are you?" asked the othe r , who was Captain Haverhill. "I am sorry you were not in uniform, captain . You are aware what it means to b e found within our works in disguise?" "Yes," said Dick, bra,ely, and neve r changing color . "We w ill haYe t o report the capture to Mujor Suthe r land," the captain continued . " earch him." Dick's pistols w ere taken from him, but no papers wer e found upon him, as he n ever carried them . "Yo u a r e Capta i n Sla t e r?" t h e cap t a in a sked. ''Yes, he is, I t ell you! " sh o uted P eleg . Juet the n a s u pposed bird was heard singing somewh ere outside the gate, and Dick knew that the mad spy was some whPre a h o u t, and would do all that he could for him. "Keep still, sir ! " said the captain . "You have no busi ne~s here, anyhow. Leave the place at cnce . " The gates were opened lo let Peleg out, and at that moment the bird was heard singing again, louder than before. Eve r ybody looked up to see where it was, and D ick took n

THE LIBERT Y BOYS AND "WllISTLING WILL." 11 Thr EeLOncl man could not work the crank alone, and Dick went on1 urged his horse to the leap, and made it .safelY. P;leg Rrnsted tried to make his horse take the leap, but the animal balked, stopped suddenly, and sent Peleg over his head into the creek. "'J here's a ducking for Peleg!" laughed Dick, turning hi~ head and seei'l ' g the Tory floundering in the water, making a great outZry and doing nothing to help himself in tlie excitement. Dick JiJ not wait to see whether Peleg got out or not, as Le was &till in a hostile country, and the alar;n was spread ing rapidly. He had :::-number of miles to go to get to a safe region, ~nd there were other bridges to cross and enemies to meet, unless he could throw them off the scent. I're;;;ently he heard a bird singing somwhere, and knew at c.-nce tbat the spy was about, being able to tell Will's whi,tling in an instant by this time. 'l'hen he saw the queer ellow come out of a little lane and point to it, and he !mew immediately that tliis was a 5afe road. "Get up behind, Will," he said, reining in. The • trange character laughed in his peculiar fashion, anJ sprung up behind Dick in a moment, the young patriot then going on at fair speed. "'l'he bullfrogs told me this was a good road," Will said, wilh an odd laugh. "It is wet sometimes, but now it is midsummer, and it is dry and safe." Dick found it so, and he also observed that after a time the sounds of pursuit died out and that all was quiet. He did not know this road, and at times it was almost hidden by o,erb.anging branches and the tall grass that grew between the ruts in other places, making it look like anything but a road. It came out upon a road that he knew, at length, how ever, and then Will jumped down and quickly disappeared, Dick hearing his whistling for some moments, however. "He i a strange creature," he murmured. CHAPTER VI. :MORE TROUBLE FOR DICK. Dick had e,:caped the redcoats and Hessian!\, but he was not yet out of danger, as he presently learned. 'The alarm had not spread after he had entered the lane, and he was sure that the Tories were not following him, they having kept up the chase after the redcoats had given it O\'Cr. lie slackened rein, thinking that there was no particular reason just then for haste, and gave his horse an oppor tunity to breathe. "I got awaT luckily that time," he said to himself, "and mauageJ to learn something of the enemy's posi t ion, but I would have liked to remain a little l onger . " He heard some thing ahead, and drew r e in to li ste n . "There are persons ab o u t h e r e," h e murmured. " I wonder if they are friends or foes. Both are around here, it being so 11ear the line~." As he was thinking whether to proceed he suddenly found ltimseli surrou11ctr'1. men coming out from both sides of the road from the woods, and ranging aTound him and his horse . "You are our 1-,ris011eT," said one of them. They were all mask<:!d, and dressed shabbily, but the man who had addre.,sed him spoke like a well born p~rson, the others not uUering a word, merely crowding about him and Lis horse. Dick now found that every man held a pistol in Iris han d, and that every pistol was pointed in his direction . "Fonrard '." ordered U1c man who had spoken to Dic k , and the men obeyed witho-ut a word, one of them taking Dick's horse hy i.he Lritlle :rnd leading him. Dick made no pl'otest, knowing there wou l d be no uge in doing so, lmt kept his 1arF and eyes open to see if h e could not recognize one cf his captors . They marched on in silence, only the tram p o f their f e et being heard. 'l'here was a crossroads just ahead, and Dick wondered if they would take it, but they kept straight aMad. He heard the sounds of carriage wheels, and a hope rose in his breast that some frienl might see his peril and report to the Liberty Boys, but the sound of the wheels gradually Jied away, and Dick could catch no glimpse of the occupants of the wagon, on account of the thick foli age that intervened. He wished some of 1.hem would speak, but preferred not to ad.dress any of them first. In a few moments, however, he said courteously to the man wl10 walked be s ide him: "Would you please tell me why you are taking me off in this way?" "That's our business," was the surly reply. "What have I done? I don't know any of you .. , "But we know you, and that's enough." Dick wondered if they did really know him in his country boy's dress. They probably did, for there would be no reason to ab duct an ordinary boy in this mysterious fashion. Dick did not attempt any further conversation, but waited till he found out what they were going to do with him . It was no case of highway robbery, for unless they had made a very great mistake in his identity, they would know there,, was nothing to be gained by robbing him. No doubt it was for the sake of the reward that the Brit ish commander would pay for his capture, or the hope of a ransom from the Liberty Boys. They rode on a short distance farther along the road, and then struck into the woods, going on a short way, then ordering Dick to dismount. 'l'he horse was taken in charge by one of the men at the leader's orders, and then the rest proceeded on foot, Dick in the center, unable to help himself by any sudden device, for every man held in his hand a cocked pistol. The woods were dense in this place, and the way diffi c ult, and the farther they pe n etra t ed the thicker the f orest.


12 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND "WHISTLING WILL." Suddenly they came to a halt, and one of the men drew aside some overhanging vines, disclosing a hole in a ledge of rocks. Two or three entered, and presently the smell of burning pine torches was plainly perceptible, and then a light flared up a little distance back from the entrance. 'J'he lead e r then entered, taking Dick by the arm, while the two men who had first entered the cave preceded them with the flaring torches. The passage was winding for some way, then opened into a circular space, in the middle of which were the charred embers of a fire, directly under a hole in the roof that served as a chimney. The height of the cave was considerable, too high for a man to reach the roof without aid, while the hole itself went upward through the earth for several feet. Dick had supposed that this was to be his prison, in the midst of his captors, but he was mistaken, for he was led across the chamber through another passage, a short one, into a smaller chamber, that also having a hole in the roof. At once Dick obSBned that the roof of this room was not nearly so high as that of the larger apartment, and that the hole was large enough to permit the passage of a slender figure such as his own, though it would be a diffikmlt thing to find a way to rfach it. He was left alone in the room without a word, without being searched_. nor having his pistol taken from him. Perhaps the fact of his being armed was not suspected, for it was not usual for country boys to go about the country armed, yet Dick could not divest himself of the idea that the man had spoken truly when he said that they knew who he was well enough. He could hear the men moving about in the other room, and in a few moments he crept softly out of his own cham ber to the entrance of the other, crouching down out of sight, in hopes of hearing something that might give him some clew to the si~uation. "We got him quick," he heard one of the men say, with a satisfied chuckle. "Yes, I had no ide11 it would be such an easy joh. I thought we'd be some little time about it, but he walked right into us." "All we got to do now is to deliver him up into their hands to get the money. It'll be ready for us, won't it?" he asked, rather anxiously, of someone whom Dick could not see. "The money's all right," replied a voice, which Dick recognized nt once as belonging to the leader of the band. They had taken off their masks, and Dick could see some of the men's faces, but he did not recognize one of them . They were rather a common looking lot, some 0 the men looking as if they might have once seen better days, but Dick knew them at once as being of the kind known as camp followers, who hang on to the outskirts of an army in hopes of loot. "We ought to get an e},.tra bonus for getting him so soon, ' for now they can go ahead with their plans, without any fear of the spying meddling of that young rebel captain," remarked another. Dick was doubly alert. So there was something on hand that they did not want him to find out. He crawled back to his room, and began looking about for some means to reach the hole in the roof. In one corner was a pile of firewood, evidently thesupply for both fires, from the quantity. He began poking it over, and presently came upon a bough as thick as his leg, that had not been sawed up. Carefully pulling it out, making no sound as he did so, to his delight he found it wouln reach the ~ roof. . His next care was to examine it to find if it were green, or dried and brittle, but though he tried to break it, bear ing his whole weight on it in his attempt, it merely bent. Just then he heard the birds calling overhead. He listened inte ntly, and then murmured: "That's whistling Will, sure enough . I wonder how he found out where I am so quickly." He answered the call, and presently an answer came to him. He dared not repeat it lest the attention of the inmates of the adjoining cave hear him. "Whistling Will" knew where he was, and would no doubt find a way to help him if he could not succeed in helping himself. He put the end of the pole into the hole, but as it struck the soft earth, the dust came tumbling clown in a chok ing cloud. Dick coughed in spite of himself, and presently he heard stealthy footsteps outside in the passage. He hastily put his pole in a corner out 0 sight of anyone who did not enter the chamber, and in a moment he heard the footsteps retreat. Then he tried another spot, but it took some time to find a place that would hold the pole sufficiently secure to enable him to trust his weight to it. He listened for "Whistling Will" again, but could hear no s01md above in the open. He was anxious to get away as soon as possible so as to report to his commander, lest the enemy get to work be fore he had given warning. He wished he knew just what they were going to do, but probably even his abductors did not know that, their instructions being to get him out of the way as speedily as possible. He would listen again before attenipting to leave the cave, so he put his pole aside again, and crept to the en trance or the other chamber, to find that there was not a soul in it. It could not be possible that they had left him un guarded, but he stole noiselessly through the chamber into the passage, and on to the outer entrance, to find that they were sitting outside the cave, eating their noonday meal. He went back to his own ' place again, taking careful note of direction. He wondered if the vent-hole could be seen from where the men were grouped, and came to the conclusion that it could not, for now he remembered that a ledge of rocks rose above the outer entrance, and that accounted for the height of the other cave, and no doubt his chamber lay on the other side of that rock, so that once he could get through the hole his way would be comparatively clear. He listened for "Whistling Will" again, but could hear nothing that indicated his presence in the neighborhood.


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND "WHIS'l'LING WILL." 13 Then he made his preparations for his ascent, care fuily placing his pole in as firm a place as he could :find, and when it was secure, he began pulling himself up by his hands and legs. He had nearly reached the hole, one more effort being needed to put him within reach of the rocks that jutted out on one side. He gave one more tight grip, pulled himself up some inches, stretched up one hand to grasp the rock, when he heard a sound. Glancing upward quickly, he saw three faces bending over the hole, and three hands stuck down into it, each hand holding a pistol, pointing toward him. Dick quickly slid down the pole to the floor of the cave, thoroughly s urpris ed, for he had heard nothing that gave any hint of anyone being on wat ch above. His movements must have bee heard, as he climbed up the pole, for he was s ure that no face was there when he had begun the ascent. He heard the loud laugh of the three men at his dis comfiture, but at that moment thl)re was a slight noise at the entrance to his chamber, and turning he saw a young man entering with something on a platter, evidently his dinner. "Here's something for you to eat,'' said the young man, . setting the tin platter down on the floor, "but this is bet ter. I saved some for you, because I don't think so badly of rebels as some do ever since Mrs. Beattie nursed me through a fever. She saved my life, she did, and now her daughter is just as good. Some say she's sweet on me, and I'd just as soon she was, for I'd marry her, rebel or no rebel, if she'd let me. She brought me this drink, that's prime, and she brought enough to give all the boys, too, and I brought you some." "'l'hank you," said Dick. "You were very thought ful." Not :finding Dick inclined to talk, the young man set down the platter and pail, saying, as he turned to leave the chamber: "Better try it. It' ll make you feel real good, like the rest of us." Dick, however, was in no mood either to eat or drink, i.hough he felt somewhat thirsty. He raised the pail to his nose, but smelt liquor of some sort in it, and set it down again, for none of the Liberty Boys touched spirituous drinks. He was more disappointed than he would admit to himself, for every moment counted now, he was sure, and though '(Whistling Will" might come to his aid sooner or later, he f ea red it would be too late to thwart the sinister designs of the enemy. He threw himself down on the floor of the cave and tried to summon his patience to wait. The minutes passed, though they seemed like hours to Dick, and there appeared to be no sign of life anywhere around. His dinner remained untouched beside him on the :floor, as he felt too disspirited to eat. Then in the stillness he heard the call of a robin. "Whistling Will must be at hand!" he muttered. CHAPTER VII. WHAT A CLEVER GIRL DID. The wagon wheels that Dick had heard at the time of his capture were those of the chaise in which .Alice and Edith were taking a ride . on that particular morning. "Why, I do believe that's Dick,'' cried Alice, as she saw the boy riding in the midst of his captors. "How could that be?" exclaimed Edith. "This is the patriot side." "Anything might happen that we don't expect nowa days," replied Alice. "I am sure that is Dick, and I am going to follow to see where they are taking him." "Hadn't we better go back for Bob ?" asked Edith. aAnd pray what could we tell Bob, except that someone has run off with his captain? If we follow we can tell where he has been taken, and that will make his rescue all the easier." "Very well, we will do whatever you say, Alice," replied Edith, though Alice had not waited for her consent, having whipped up her horse, and sped on after the men who were going off with her boy lover. Once she bad come within sight of the man she brought the horse down to a walk, and kept far enough behind so that the sound of their carriage wheels should not' be heard. They followed the party easily so long as they kept to the road, but when they entered the woods the girls feared to leave their horse alone, so Alice said to Edith: "You remain here with the horse, and I'll see in what direction they are going." "But you may get lost, Alice," expostuated Edith. "No, I won't, Alice. Don't you worry about me, but wait till I come back, even if it is half an hour or more." "Very well; but do take care of yourself. You are not like Dick, to be able to get out of all sorts of scrapes," said Edith, with a half laugh, in spite of her anxiety. Alice made her way through the thick tangle of under brush, tearing her skirts, scratching face and hands with the brambles, losing her hat, and slipping once or twice on stones half hidden under the decaying leaves. The men made a sort of path for her, and she kept on in spite of difficulties, till she found where they stopped before the bole in the ledge of rocks. "I wonder if that is the entrance to a cave, or simp l y an underground passage leading to the other side," she said to herself, not daring to go too near, lest Dick 's captors see her , suspect her designs, and take her also . She lingered about in the shelter of a friendly tree, and then gave a robin's call, hoping Dick would hea . r and an swer. Sure enc;mgh, there came the answer, but it seemed to come from overhead, instead of from under the ground. All the men disappeared within the hole, and not a sign of human habitation was around. Again .she gave the robin call, and again it was re peated. "That can't be Dick," munnured Alice, and she looked into the trees overhead, and there saw a face peering down at her. ,


1.4 THE LIBERTY BOYS• AND "WHISTLING WILL." It was not Dick's face . , and she gave a little start, in :i;pite of her naturally fem:less disposition. "Who are you?" she asked in a whisper. A long form came sliding down the tree trunk, and a tall, ungainly figure stood , before her, with his finger on ili3 mouth. Re 'turned, and beckoned for her to follow, which she

THE LIBERTY BOY _lXD "WHISTLING WILL." 15 plan, ani Alice, impatient as she felt, did not intenupt her. "I've got it!'' exclaimed Hattie at length . "Just wait here a minute till I come back." Hattie's minute was a long one, but at length she re turne-d bearing a good-sized pail in her hand. "I'll tell you about it as we go on," she said. Alice followed without a word, for something m Hattie's manner gave her confidence. "You said there were about a dozen men, and I"ve got enol1gh punch here for the whole lot, and there's a strong sleeping potion m it, that wont hurt them, but giYe them a good long sleep," and Hattie laughed mischievously. "How are you going to get it to them?" asked Alice. "Mother, as I told you once, saved the life of Pete Thomas, and has clone him a lot of little kindnesses, and I don't really believe she would mind if he made up to me, for . she says he reminds her of a brother who died when he was about his age. Pete thin1rn a good deal of himself, and has tried to pay his court to me, and now he will surely think that he is going to be succoss.ful," and Hattie gave a roguish laugh. "And you don't mind raising false hopes in his b1isom ?"' asked Alice, with a smile. "I'd do a good deal more than that to help the captain," replied Hattie, ~imply. "He did me a kindness, it is true, but it is his work for the cause that I respect him most for." 'l'he two girls crossed the woods, and presently Hattie gave a peculiar call. J n a few seconds the head of Pete Thomas was seen peer-ing out at them from behind some bushes. "Here, Pete, mother has been making some punch, and she sent a big pailful to you . Don't lose your wits by drinking it all :yourself . You'd better share it with your comrades . "• the first one the body of Pete Thomas lying prone on the grolmd, where sleep had overtaken him directly on leaving Dick. Dick was surprised enough to me Alice and her two com paniom, but did not stop to ask questions, getting out of" the cave as quic1dy as possible, all being afraid that someof the Tor;es might awaken and giYe the alarm. They made their way quickly to the road, Dick saying that if an:v of the men chanced to waken they might go to the Beattie farm the .first thing, suEpecting that a trick had been played on them. Both Dick and Alice gave Hattie their hearty thanks: for her quick wit, that had not only perhaps saved Dick's. life, but also aided the patriot cause by gi ring him t ime' to warn the commander of the danger that was threatening from some unknown source. Hattie bade them good-by, and ran off home, while Dick and Alice proceeiled along the road, "'\Yhi s tling Will" hav ing again disappeared. "If Edith has driven to the camp, the•boys will be her.?.' as quickly as their horses can carry them," said Dick, as they walked along, "and I don't want Hattie's folks to com-to any grief because of her help to me." , In a short time they heard the tramp of horses, ancl Dick and Alice drew within the woods to wait and see who the riders might be. "Hun-ah, it's the boys!" exclaimed Dick in a momeni or two, and he and A.lice ran forward to meet them . CHAPTER VIII. A PUZZLING CASE. "Gosh, Hattie, do you think I'm a barrel, to drink all After Dick got back to the camp he r _oclc over to :Majo .. that?" he exclaimed, looking into the pail as he took it Lee s quarters, and report ed what he had learned concern from her. "Your ma was always good to me, and now ing the enemy . you're gettin' to be just as good." "That is ,cry important, captain," replied the major,. "Go drink your punch, before it spoils," said Hattie, and Dick knew that he was meditating an attack, but did with a laugh. not wi~h to say anything about it in advance for fear h "It'll take about half an hour to get its effects," she might get out. said . "X ow i.he question is, how to get at the captain?" He did not distrust iDick, but it was as well not to say-At that moment came a robin's call from overhead. anything of hi's plans, and Dick understood. ''I do believe that it is that funny young man again," Returning to the camp of the Lib erty Boys, he found exclaimed Alice, peering upward into the trees overhead. Bob and Mark engaged in conversation with a pleasant "Will will speak to the captain," said "Whistling Will," faced boy, who smiled as the young captain came up. dropping to the ground from the branches of a nearby "This is James Beattie, captain," said Bob. "He would: tree. like to join the Liberty Boys." "That will be good, but wait a few minutes," replied "Are you a son of John Beattie?" asked Dick. "I have Alice. met him and he is a thorough patriot. You must . be ff! In a few moments Hattie said: brother of Hattie's in that event." "I am going on to see if the powder has taken effect. I "Yes, Hattie i s my sister, and my father's name M -will call if it ha;;." John. He told me about meeting you, and Hattie told me--It, was not long before they heard Hattie's summons, how you saved her from the Tories." and the two hastened onward, "Whistling Will" leading "How old are y ou, James?" the way. "Nearly sixteen, captain . " 'l'he men lay around the entrance to the camp in vari-"You can ride, shoot, and swim, I suppose? The Lih-ous attitudes, but all fast asleep: erty Boys have to lead pretty acti re li Yes, and I expec t 'Whistli11g \\'ill" led the way into the cave, finding in. them to do very nearly everything."


16 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND "WHISTLING WILL." "Yes, I can do all those things fairly well, captain. have no horse, however." I so that there can be no petty jealousies nor wranglings ;;uch as boys too often indulge in. I don't believe you have them here." "We can provide you with one if you join. We captured two the other day from the redcoats." "With the redcoats on them," laughed Bob. " Your parents are willing for you to join the Liberty Eoys, James?" "Father is willing," said the boy, and Dick did not press the matter . . "Very well, James. I shall have to see him so as to make sure. I do not distrust you, but we always see the parents the mselves in these matters, so that there can be no misun derstanding ." " I understand, captain, and it is quite right. I will send father over, or you can go and see him, just as you please." At that moment Harry Thurb e r came forward, saluted, and said: "Mr. John Beattie is outside, captain, and wants to know if his boy James has been here." "Y cs, he i ~ h ere now, Harry. L e t him come in. J obn Beattie is a good patriot, and we are always glad to see iouch. " • "Father has told me of the trouble you had at the tavern with the redcoats and Tories," laughed the boy. "You must have had an exciting time of it. It was the girl there who warned you . I know Eunice, and she is a very clever girl." At this moment Mr. Beattie came up, shook hands with Dick and Bob, nodded to Mark, and said to his son: ''We ll, what does the captain say, James?" "He says that he will take me if you are willing for me to join the Liberty Boys." "I am quite willing, captain, for I respect you and your com pany and think that you are doing a noble work. James wants to do something for his country, a.i:id he cannot very well go into the army, but your company of boys will be just the place for him, and he has my consent. I know that you will take good care of him and make a man of him, although I must say that he has been pretty well started on the road already, as I have always tried to have him do what was right ." "I can eas ily understand that, sir, from what I have seen of yourself and your daughter," w:ith a smile, "and 1 was well impressed with James from the moment I saw him." "Then it is all right?" "Yes. The boy is in good health, has no deformities, ia obedient, truthful and to be trusted?" "Yes, he is all that, and as well-made a boy as most of them. He has no physical troubles, and I have always found him truthful and obedient." "That is sufficient. If he cannot ride or run or shoot as well as some of the boys, those are matters that will come with practice, and we need not worry over them." "He is a good boy to learn, captain, and I don't think you will have any trouble on that score." "No, I think not," smiling. "Some of our best boys have been very awkward, ungainly fellows at the start." "I am not at all astonished, captain, for I can see that you r discipline is the best, while you are all boys together, "No, sir, we do not." "Well, I must drive on. Will you stay with the boys, James. or will you go home first?" "I think I might as well stay, father," said the boy, simply . "Very good. I leave him to you, then, captain, with no fear but that he will come out all right." "'l'hank you, sir, we will do our best," and Dick and the boys arose and took leave of the patriot, James Beattie going off with Ben, Sam, Jack, the two Harrys and some others. The boys went to a creek not far from the camp to have a swim and enjoy themselves in other ways. They rode, ran, shot at marks, wrestled, swam, dove, and did other things, J arnes taking part in all these things and showing himself fairly proficient, being good in some, and not so good in others. He was a very good average boy, in fact, ;md the Lib erty Boys were pleased with him, his disposition being good, his temper faiTly even, and his willingness to learn being very apparent. rrhe trip to the creek was for the purpo se of t~sting him, and he stood the trial very well, the general opinion being that he was all right, and would make a desirable addition to the company. Some of the boys reported this to Dick, who was greatly pleased, although he had been fa,orably impressed with the boy from the start. James was then provided with a uniform, a horse, a musket and pistols, and was sworn in as one of the Liberty Boys, taking an oath to defend his country, come what might, and to s upport the Liberty Boys in all that was right, giving the!I\ help whenever they needed it, and to be obedient and diligent in all things. He seemed very proud to be a member of the company, and the boys were all pleased with him; finding him a pleasant companion, full of good nature, ready to learn and eager to take his part in all that went on. At dusk Dick sent him with an errand to the ho11se wh e re the girls were st-'1ying, some of the others going off on an other errand. Lord Stirling, who was one of the patriot generals, was stationed at some little distance, and Dick sent Jack War ren, Ben and the two Harrys to his camp with a message which Major Lee had entrusted to him, knowing that they would deliver it safely. They did their errand, and were returning after dark along a shady road, being obliged to proceed cautiously, when the y came to a house by the roadside where there were lights, the windows being open and some m en sitting by one of them talking. Ordinarily the boys would have gone on without paying any attention, but Jack suddenly rein ed in when oppo site the house, and gave utterance to a low signal, the boys having many of these. "Keep in the shade, boys, don't let them see you. Come with me, Ben." "What is it, Jack?" asked Ben, as he dismounted. '


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND "WHISTLING WILL." 17 "I heard something I don't like," answered Jack as he stole forward, keeping out of the light from the window and stopping just under it. "Well, at any rate, it is fortunate that we discovered his treachery so ;:.oon," replied Ben, "for now be will have very little chance to do mischief." "I can :find out more about the rebels and capture Dick Slater," someone said, and Ben could scarcely repress a star t of surprise. "He won't have any if we catch him," muttered Jack. At that moment a horse was heard going in the other direction at full spEed. The voice was that of the new recruit if he had ever heard it. "That's what we want to do, boy," replied a man. "He g ot away from us, but maybe you could manage it better." "Yes, my sister and those ' two girls helped him, but I guess I could do better, because I have been to the camp and know some of the fellows." "That's all right. We'd like to drive the rebels out, but if we cap get hold of Slater I guess "e can, for the young rebels can't do anything without him." The men and the boy went away from the winqow, their ,oices being les s distinctly heard, and Jack said to Ben in a whisper : "You know w lio that is, Ben?" "Yes, and I neYer would have suspected it." "Get up on my shoulder, Ben, and see if you can see him. We want to make sure." Ben climbed up and looked in at the open window, seeing two men and a boy at the farther end of the room. The boy wore the uniform of the Liberty Boys, and, as he turned his profile, Ben had all he could do to repress an exclamation of astonishment and rage. Jack quickly let him down and said, eagerly: "Well, are you i:mre ?" "Yes; be is still in uniform, and talks of betraying us as glibly as he would talk of going on a bunting expedi tion." "It is very strange bow we could have been so easily deceived, Ben. Dick, Bob, Mark-the whole company, in fact, have all been taken in . " The boys stole away and joined the two Harrys. "But, Jack," said Ben, "John Beattie is a patriot, and Dick has every confidence in him. Could he have been deceived in his own son, or did be purpoaely send the ooy there to betray us?'' "I don't undertitand it. Either Beattie is the blackest kind of a deceiYer., or he bas been fooled by his son." "But Beattie has a good name, Jack, and Dick trusts him . We haYe seen Hattie, and she, with the girls, helped Dick out of a scrape to-day. They are friends, and we have seen Beattie himself, and know him to be a patriot." "Then the boy is a mis~rable young sneak, and has decei Yed bis own father, BE!n, and that is all we can make out of it. Let us wait in the shade and catch him when he comes along. He will be returning to the camp before long." The boys went on in the shade of the trees, taking good care not to be seen from the house, and then waited in the dark by the side of the house s o aa to -surprise the traitor as be came along. "I don't under stand how we could all have been deceirncl," muttered Jack. "I you and I and some of the boys had been fooled and gotten a wrong impression of J1im it would not seem so strange, but for Dick and Bob and eve.rybody to be caught seems remarkable." CHAPTER IX. A PUZZLING AFl!'AIR EXPLAINED. "Hallo !" said ,Tack, "he bas gotten ahead of us ! He must be going somewhere else before going back to the camp." "Unless that was someone else," observed Ben. "Yes, that is so. We will wait and see if be comes this way." They waited in silence, two on each side of the road, and presently heard someone coming along the road at a gal lop. "He'll go back there all right," said one. "Yes, and fool the rebels proper." The boys suddenly dashed out into the road, and Jack cried sharply: "Halt, you thundering Tories! Catch them, boys!" The horses of the strangers reared, and one of them waa thrown, the otbeT dashing right into the woods and plung ing through a brook, as the boys could tell by the sound . The man who was thrown scrambled to his feet and hur ried away, and Jack paid impati ently: "We were a little too quick, I am afraid. Well, we will go back to the camp and expose this fellow. He won't be able to do much mischief in this time, for 'Dick never en trusts our secrets to new recruits, and be will not learn verv much." The boys rode on and at l e ngth reached the camp, where they found that Jame s bad uot yet•returned. Jack and Ben went at once to Dick's tent, wb~re Ben said gravely: "Jack has something to tell you of the utmo st import ance, captain. He discovered it, and so he ought to tell you, but if I can help him out I will do so." "What is it, Jack," asked Dick. "You seem to be greatly troubled." ' "So I am, captain, and puzzled as well." Then Jack told Dick what he had seen andheard, Ben corroborating him in all important particulars. Dick questioned them closely, not that he disbelieved them, but because he wished to get a full understanding of the matter. "I am as much puzzled as you are, boys," he said. "I believe that Mr. Beattie is a true patriot, and cannot understand how his son could have deceived him so thoroughly. It is a bad thing for us in many ways, and it looks ag if anyone could deceive us, and that we cannot read character. I hope that some mistake has been made, although I do not see how it could be." "It is an unfortunate business, captain," resumed Jack. "The only thing about it that is at all in our favor is the fact that we discovered the cheat so soon."


THE LIBERTY BOYS XKD "WIIISTLI:N"G WILL." Tbe boys were told to report the return of James Beat tie as won as he came in, but nothing was said about his treachery to the Liberty Boys. An hour later, the new recruit not having returned, al though he should lmve been back before Jack and his party, sorneoo.e was heard whistling outside the camp, and i.hen "Whistling Will" came in care]essly, looked around, and went to Dicks knt. "Somebody is fqoling the captain," he said, absently. "Will knows. Captain come with \Vil!. He show some thing. Bad men want to fool captain. Come with me.' ""What is it all about, Will?" asked Dic1'-. "Bad men, Tories, steal Liberty Boy, want to do hurt to captain. Boy lie, boy bad. Will show captain. Come." Dick did not understand all this, but he seemed to con nect it with the case in hand in some manner, and so he said: "All right, Will, I will go with you at once. Is it far?" "No, not far, take horEe some way, walk some WJly." Dick at once saddled Major and called Jack and Ben. "You had better go with me, boys," he said. "This mad fellow has gotten hold of something which I think will clear up the mystery of to-night, and I think you had better go with me." The boys were quic)dy ready, and set off with "vVhistling Will" as a guide, going on rapidly. To Ben's grent surprise they halted at the very house where he had seen the traitor, although it was now all dark and apparently deserted. "'l'his way, captain," said Will. "Leave horse." 'rhe boys left their horses in the thicket where no one would see them, and set off with i.he mad spy through a dense wood. where all was as dark as pitch. The mad fellow seemed to find his way without trouble, and Dick had Yery little, but Jack and Ben would have been lost if the others had not guided them. 'rhey at length came out into a. little opening, and here they dimly saw a little house, there being many trees behind it. "A strange looking place," muttered Dick. As they advanced toward the house, where everything was dark, they hea:rd a sudden crash at one side, and then something tearing through the bushes. "Hallo ! come back here !" shouted a voice which Ben and ,Tack declared to he that of James Beattie. "There he is now!" hissed Ben. "Sh ! careful. That is not the boy." "Who is it then, captain?" "I don't know, but it is very like him." "Confound it, the fellow has escaped, Jim, and now all . the fat will Le in the fire unless we can intercept him." "I don't see how you're goin' ter, boy, 'cause he knows the way as well as you." "But he is on foot, and if we take horses--" The call of a whip-poor-will was heard at that moment, and Jhen a sudden crash, as of a door being open. Dlck and the boys darted forward, and found that the door of the little house had been broken down. "Quick, Jim, someone has found us out!" and Jack and Ben were ready to declare that the new recruit had uttered the word~. Thry heard a crash, as if of rnmeonc going out of a win dow, and then the mad spy lighte

THE LIBERTY BOYS AND "WHISTLING WILL." , 19 should father;but we never do, and we did not suppose he was.about." "Spak of what, James?" "Of my brother John. We are twins, b"ut he is a Tory. So is mother, but she says nothing. John has made trouble, and has not been at home for some time. We never speak of him, and did not think that he was in the neigh borhood." "Go on, James," said Bob. "You have been in trouble, you are worn out, and you are in rags. vVhere is your uniform?" "They took it away from rue. You have not seen me here till now! That is, someone whom you took for me? I feared he would come, and I flew as fast as I could." "Your brother looks like you?" asked Bob. "Then, Ben must have seen him. Did he l1ave on your uniform?" "Yes, we look alike, talk alike, and only a few persons can tell the difference." "That was what deceived the boys," said Harry Thurber. "I thought it was the same voice myself." "So did I," declared the other Harry, "but we did not see him." "You have seen him, then?" asked James eagerly. "Yes, at a house on the road, a mile or more from here. There were men with him, one called Jim and others." "Yes; they are Tories, and bad men. They ,rnulu turn against anyone if they could make money by it. There is a plot against the captain and these men are in it. I heard some of it, but not much . They locked me in a closet, but I heard ,Jolm and the rest talking." "In the house that we saw?" asked Harry Judson. "No, in another deep in the woods: I never could have gotten out of them alone, but a strange creature told me to follow the birds, and I beard them whistling and hurried on till I got to the road." "H'm! that was 'Whistling Will,' and he is a strange creature, indeed," spoke out Bob. "Who is be?" " . .:-\. half-witted fellow, who has given the captain a great deal of assistance. He is a spy and a good one. He whis tles so that you cannot tell that it is not the pirds. At least, I cannot, but the captain can." James . now arose, feeling somewhat rested, although the boys could see that he was worn out, and they brought him another uni.form and spoke kindly to him, showing that they trusted him. "Xever mind talking now, James," said Bob. "When the captain gets back, you can tell him all about it. We were very much puzzled, for we feared that we had been decei,ed, although we could not see bow it was possible for the whole of us to have been fooled. Then the strange mad fellow, 'Wl1istling Will,' came in and told the captain something, and he went off with him, taking Jack and Ben." "It was Ben who thought he saw me with the Tories?" "Yes., and it nearly broke his heart. He could not un derstand it. Neither could Jack, for they both trusted you and thought yon were all right." "Did they say it was I whom they saw?" "They thought it was, and they had to report the matter to the captain. That was their duty." "But they felt sOTry I.or me?" "Yes, they did, and so did all the boys who knew of it." At this moment a clatter of hoofs was heard, and pres ently Dick and the two Liberty Boys came in and dis mounted. "He has come back, Dick, and he is not a traitor," said Bob. "We have found out all about it." "So have we, Bob," rejoined Dick. "'Where is he?" "Here I am, captain," said James, coming forward. "Did you think I was a traitor?'' . "I hoped you would be able to explain it, James, and now I know you can. The boys shall know all about it, and you are still one of us." CHAPTER X. CHA.SING THE TORY BOY. James was Ycry glad that the matter had been explained, as things looked very black for him at one time, and but for "Whistling Will," they might have continued to look so much long er. Dick questioned him abput his brother, and easily saw why neither he nor his father wished to talk about him. "You knew us to be patriot.~, captain_," J anres saiu, "and I did not think anything about John, not having seen him in some time, and I suppose father did not want to say anything, if h e did think of him." "No, I suppose not, and it o'hly happ ened that your brother chanced to be in the neighborhood. I presume that if you bad known that you would haYe mentioned the fact of the great resemblance between you. " "Yes, we undoubtedl y woul

20 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND "WHISTLING WILL." whistling. They say that he can charm the very birds with his whistling." ., "Yes, I have seen him do it . Ile. may not be as mad as he seems. We have christened him 'Whistling Will,' and the name seems to fit him very well. He certainly is a wonderful whistler." At that moment Will was heard whistling outside the camp, although only Dick knew that it was he, and the young captain arose and followed the sound. He found the strange fellow in the woods outside the , camp, \Yalter Jennings, who was on guard near the spot, being unable to tell whether it was a bird among the branches or the spy . "We shall have to get used to that queer fellow," he laughed. "It is fortunate that he is on our side, for he might creep right up on us, and learn a lot about us if he wasn't." ''Yes, so he might," dryly, "but fortunately I can dis tinguish his whistling, and then I know that he is with us." "Bad boy has been to camp, knows where it is," said Will. "Wants to take captain prisoner," and he broke off in a iaugh, ending in a lot of bird notes, which greatly puz zled Walter. "He will not come again, Will," returned Dick. "We are too near the major, and then his brother is here now, and we would know him if he came." "Will find out about redcoats," the other went on, as if not noticing what Dick had said, "tell capt ain, put him on his guard," and then the strange creature suddenly dove into the woods, and th~, could hear him whistling for some little time. "Sure, if Oi cud phwistle loike that Oi'd charrum all the bins off the roost, an' the byes 'wud ni ver lack fot a good dinner," said Patsy, who was standing near. "Dose shickens don'd was birds, Batsy," said Carl soberly. "An' what else are they?" asked the Irish boy, with a grin. "Dey was shickens, off course. It wis easy been to got dose shickens der roost off. All you was doed was to waited till dey was to sleep went, und den you took dem off uno. dot was all." "Sure, Oi' ll watch me hin roosts whin Oi do be settlin' down for a quoiet life, me bye," laughed Patsy. "Humbug! You don'd was got quiet till you was dead, I bet me." "Sure, an' Oi won't be thin~ for 0'11 have to be a ghost an' fly all over, frikenin' bad fellys like yerself." "Foolishness ! Dere don'd was some ghosts, I bet me. Dot was old womans talking, dot was." "No, sor. Sure ivery owld family in Oirland do be havin' its ancesthral ghost, an' they do get to foightin' tre menjous among thimselves over the question of who is the owldest an' most respictable, just loike live folks, begorry." "Gone ouid mit you, dose dead peoples don'd could fought." "Sure they can, an ' it's manny the scrimmage Oi've seen bechune thim of a moonlight noight, phwin Oi wor goin ' past the graveyard." "Gone ouid mit you! You was went so fast when you was by dot graveyard went, dot you couldn't saw nodings." "Go on, ye robber, sure Oi'd go by aisy as if Oi were walkin' down the Broadway on a foine afthernoon with all the purty girruls shmilin' at me, do ye moind." "Ya, dey was smiled at you," with a laugh, "but dose , smiles was so loud dot you could heard dem vrom der Com mons to der Powling Green." Later that night the two comical Liberty Boys were on guard near each other, so that they 111et every now and then, exchanged greetings, and went on their way. Presently when they met, Patsy said, in an -awed whisper: "Whisht, Cookyspiller, do ye see that? Sure, -it do be wan o' thim hobgobblers we wor talkin' about!" "Where it was?" asked Carl. "I don'd saw somedings." "Roight there, forninst ye, me bye," pointing a trem bling finger at something white a little distance away. It was the moon shining on a little spring, and making a gleam of white amid the darkness. "Do you see it now?" whispered Patsy. "Ya, I saw it. Dot was noddings. Dot was dcr moon, already. What you was scared a.bouid ?" and the fat Ger man boy let out a roar that set an owl in a tree to hoot ing, and brought a number of the boys to the spot in haste. "What's the matter?" asked Harry Thurber. "Dot was Batsy's ghost, but I t'out dot was all moon shine." "Patsy's ghost?" with a laugh. "Why, boy, Patsy im't dead yet, and how can he ha,e a ghost when he is still alive?" "He was got ein ghost by his family, und dere it was, all moonshine," and Carl laughed again. "You two fellows better look out for redcoats and Tories and let all ghosts alone," laughecl Ben, who had come up with Harry and some others. "Sure, Oi niver do be disturbin' thim at all," said Patsy, ''but if they do be comin' around how can Oi help it, Oi donno?" The boys all laughed, and then the two comical Liberty Boys resumed their beats and all was dark and still again, and there were no more alarms that night. In the morning Dick and a number of the Liberty Boy;: set out on their horses toward Paulus Hook to see if any thing was going on of a suspicious character, and to watch the Tories, whom they suspected would be trying to make trouble. There were with Dick, besides Bob, Ben, Sam, the two Harrys, Jack Warren, on his speedy bay mare; Will Free man, Ned Nash, and a dozen more, for Dick thought it well to have a pretty good party in case the Tories becamE' troublesome. Dick did not take the new recruit with him on thia occa sion, although he often did take the new boys along, in order to give them experience. ~ames was the last one they saw when they left camp, as he happened to be on guard at the time, and this was presently brought to the minds of all of them. _They were about a mile from the camp, when, coming around a turn in the road, mounted on a fine looking horse, the boys saw a boy who was the very image of James Beattie. "Jove! there's Jim!" cried Lishe Green. "How did he get here?" "If I hadn't seen him at the camp the last thing when


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND "WHISTLING WILL. " we let, I should iay it was James, sure enough," declared Jack. "That's 'the boy I saw last night," whispered B en. "Forward!" hissed Dick. "That is John Beattie, the boy who wonJ.d have betrayed us." As the boys dashed on, the strange boy evidently took fright, for he quickly wheeled his horse and went off like a shot. "Come on, Bob, Jack, Ben, and as many as can!" crid. Dick. The young Tory had a speedy horse, but not as fa~t as Dick' s :Uajor, Jack's or Bob's, and he needed to ride harcl to get away from Ben on his roan and the two Hanys on their sorrels. "Forward!" shouted Dick. "We must catch the young scoundrel. He knows too much." Down the road racec1 the boy, follo"'eu closely by Dick. Jack, Bob, Ben, and the hYo Hurrys, in the order named, the others stringing out after them, but going on at goo:1 speed. ''Keep on with Dick, Jack/' cried Bob. "Never mind me. Your mare is faster than my bay, and you want to catch the fellow, so never mind precedence." John Beattie quickly realized that the boys were bound to catch him, and that they would do so unless he could greatly increase his speed or avoid them in some manner. "Come mi, you rebels!" he shouted defiantly. "I'll lead you a chase., I promise you!" It was but an idle boast, for the twO' leaders rapidly dismounted, Bob, Ben, and the two Harrys sho1tly com ing in sight on the other side. ''He bas probably gone down stream, and we must t . and catch him if we can," said Dick. "Come on, Jack."" 'l'he two boys followed the bank, leaving their horses the bridge, and in a few moments Bob came upon e bridge. Dick pointed down stream, and at the next momen :h~ saw a head appear on the surface some little distance be1o-w. "Send some of the boys on the other side, Bob!" he shouted , as he and Jack pushed on shortly followed by Bo'. and Ben. The two Harrys waited to direct the other boys, as t:bey came ~' and shortly joined Bob, leaving someone belml.c. to direct the stragglers. Dick lost the swi'r:nmer for a few moments, but saw hlw again trying to make for the opposite bank. Then Sam saw him and set up a shout, which hurried the boys with him, and warned John that it would be dangerous to land where he had expected to. Then, he turned toward the other shore, Dick, Jack ~

T:HE LIBERTY BOYS AND "WHISTLING WILL." " Yes, and he must know by this time that the Liberty Boys are a determined lot of fellows," added Dick. PJ;le will keep out of our way, now," observed Jack, ~,,r_ i: he knows that we will captme him on sight if we can." ''It does not so much matter," continued Dick, "if peo . ple rmder~tand that there are two brothers and so do not attr.ibHte John's misdeeds to James . If he attempts to ,thmw discredit upon his brother, then we must capture • and put him out of the way of doing any mischief." The boys . all joined at the bridge and then rode on a fe~ir .miles when, s . eeing a large detachment of Hessians eoming toward them, they quickly wheeled and rode away. ' 1Those foreigners . are too lively," sputtered Bob. "But for: them, we might have gone on and learned something." "Well, you ought, at least, . to give them a chanc~ to earn their money, lieutenant," laughed Jack. "As long as they are paid they ought to be made to do something." "I, suppose they ought, but I would put them to digging • and cleaning out stables," with a snort, "instead of ehasing patriot boys, and preventing their :finding out things." 1 ~ The boys all laughed and rode on, crossing the bridge, and th e n taking the way to the camp. Th e boys did not say anything to James about having c ha s ed his brother, but Mark and a number of the boys h0,1rd o f it and were greatly interested. "The fellow will try to do Jim a mischief by doing th and laying the blame on his brother," declared Lish e . "I think he's just that sort o' critter." • (I, I would not be surprised," replied Mark, "and I am s or ry that the boys did not get him. I guess they tried p re tty hard, though." : , 1 guess we did," laughed Jack, who was the particular chu.m of the young second lieutenant. "He is clever, I will admit, and took every advantage that offered." Later that forenoon, John Beattie, Sr., came to the camp wtth Hattie and the 'gids, and Dick told him of his other son ' s misdeeds, and how for a time James had been under ,mspicion. ,r.The hoy has always had Tory tendencies," said the patii,1 t , "and we have done everything we c.ould to change 1ti111. We might have endured that, however, if he had remained hone,;;t, but he associated with the worst sort of ch:.n.aeters, and was .a. great trial to his mother, .:finally leav ing home to escape arrest for certain misdeeds. You can rf:Jdily understand why neither James nor myself menh,)ued him." ,1.Yes, easily." " Still, had either of us known what was likely to happen, w e would have done so, but neither of us suspected that h was in the neighborhood, or we would have warned you ." " Yes, I know that, sir," replied Dick. "Fortunately, we d i s c overed the cheat in good time, and then James came t 0 the camp at once upon his escape, and we were able to ~orrobora1,e what he said." 'I would not say anything to him about your adventure of t o-day, for he is fond of his brother, for all his misdeeds, and this would unnerve him." ' ' No, we decided that it was best to say nothing," shortly. The girls and Hattie Beattie remained to dinner with 1 the Libe rty Boys, while Mr. Beattie drove away, promising to return later for his da.ughter. "How does he know that some of the boys would not want to see her home?" laughed Jack. "He ought to know that he was a boy himself once." "You were thinking of asking to see . her home yourself, weren't you, Jack?" asked Mark, who was a bit of a tease . "Oh, was .I?" carelessly. "Well, you were, were you not, Jack?" persuasively. "You said I was, Mark," with provoking indifference . "Yes, but were you? You ha,e no girl, you know." "Oh, haven't I?" with a quiet smile, which set Mark off again. 1 "Have you, Jack?" he asked eagerly. "Who is she? Have I ever met her? What is she like, where does she live, what is her--" "Oh, but I didn't say I had, old man," with a chuckle. "I just asked you if I hadn't." "You're a humbug," laughed U-ark, who saw that he could not get the best of his chum. "But I can tell you who would like to go home with Hattie," Jack continued, in a serious tone. "Who is it, Jack?" eagerly, for Mark wanted to tease someone . "Patsy Brannigan!" laughed Jack, for Patsy was known to be in love with all the girls. "Humbug!" retorted Mark, laughing in spite of himsel.f at having fallen so readily into the trap which his chum had set for him. Dick and Bob we:re going home with .Alice and Edith shortly, and the two H_arrys were quickly impressed into going along with Hattie, who had concluded not to wait for her father. Dick and Bob rode with Alice and Edith, while the two Harrys rode one on each side o.f Hattie, all chatting gaily. Harry Jud,;;on had a sweetheart in the Mohawk valley, and Hany Thurber had one in South Carolin.a, so that neither could be said to be trying to cut the otber out, and they all got along :famouEly. They had gone some little distance when Dick sudde1;.ly caught sight of John Beattie, the younger, coming along at good speed. "Corue on Bob!" hj:saed Dick. "Look out for the girls, Harry." Then, away dash,ed the two young patriots, young .John wheeling his horse in a moment and going at full speed down the road. "What is the matter, Harry?" asked .Alice, as the two boys and Hattie came on. "That fellow was a spy," replied Hany Thurber, "ana they wanted to catch him." "Oh, I can understand that," said Edith, "but the way they flew off without the slightest warning would give one the impression that they had suddenly lost their heads." Hattie had not seen her brother, and the boys were very careful not to mention his name. 'Being a little behind the rest she had not serm young J chn, nor any one in fact, and so it was easy for the two Harrys to keep her in ignorance of the whole affair. The Tory boy, ]mowing the determined nature of the two young patriots, did not waste any time in trying tq fool them, but dashed off as fast as he could go and hur ried down tlie nearest lane, 1getting off his horse as quick


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND "WHISTLIKG WILL.'' 23 as he could, and taking to the woods, where it would be II Major Sutherland, the_ commander at the Hook , had difficult to follow. sent away a number of his men that very afte rnoon , Lee The horae went on down the lane, and the boys took up had learn ed, leaving a Iot of Hessians in their place, which the trail of the Tory boy. would make the works more easy of access, as the Hessian& They speedily saw that it would not be an easy matter were not overwatchful, thinking more of eating and drinkto track him, however, as there ;vere swampy tracts and a ing than of their duty. . . brook and some very thick woods to be encountered, the The place waa to be surpnsed, and as many prisoners and fugitive first going through the swamp and i.hen to the guns taken away as could ,be taken, it not being coDsid-brook, where they los t the trail. ered wise to attempt to hold the fort so near to New York . "He probably knows the region thoroughly," declared In the event of an alarm and pursuit, the party was not Dick, "and it would be u seless for u s to try to follow him . a.11 to return as they had come, but to divide, some taking He knows his danger, and will seek to throw us off the trail boats on the Hackensack river at Dow's Ferry. as soon as possible." The Liberty Boys were eager to join the exped.jtion, The boys returned, therefore, and shortly came up with which they knew was the one referred to by "Whistling the girls and their escorts, Dick saying: Will" when he came into "the camp, and they were aU-"He got away from us, being a slippery fellow, but he ready by the time that Lee came along with three hun_ will run into us once too often one of these days." dred men of Lo:.d Stirling's division and a troop of dis-"I knew that you had something important on hand by mounted dragoons under Captain Malone, and joirrncl in the way you two dashed off," laughed Alice, "for only the with the rest, riding in a solid body, and making a fine sight of a redcoat or a spy would make you leave us." showing. "This fellow knows of a plot against us," replied Dick, The patriots took the road that lay along t4e belt Oll "ancl it was most necessary to catch him if we could." rocky and wooded heights bordering the Hudson, aud. The girls did not ask any questions, and Dick was glad forming a rugged neck between that river and the Haclr that they did not, as it might have be.en awkward, Hat-tie ensack. being with them. Little was said during the march, for rapidity and silence The two Ha~rys presently went off on one road with were to be observed, on account of the. number of the enemy Hattie, while Dick and Rob went another with the twu encamped along the Hudson, and also the presence of many girls . Tories in the region. "If that fellow goes home there will be a lot of trouble," The Liberty Boys were proud of having been given a J;lO-said Harry Judson, when they had left Hattie, and were sition in the line, and determined to do their best, D.ick on their way back to the camp . having no need to speak to them on that point. "His mother may look out for him, being a Tory," reThey had made ready during the time elapsing from the plied Harry , Thurber. "A mother will overlook many coming of the messenger to the arr ival of Major Lee , arul things." there was not a strap or a buckle out of order, not a musJrnt "Yes, but they say she is just, even if she is a Tory, and that was not cleaned and loaded and in aood condition anJ she would not overlook his trying to get James into trouble. not a pistol that was not \O be dependea'upon. ' I do not. thi?k he will go horn~. M~. Beattie de-Lord Stirling followed with five hundred men and en~ nounce 1nm m a moment, even if he 18 a son of his. camped at the New Bridae on the Hacken"ack to be on :'Yes, I believe he_ w~uld," shortl~. hand to render aid if req~ired. "' ' rhe boys were withm half a mile of the camp when Lee reached the creek some time bet t , d th ''Wh. ti TITll" dd 1 . d d .d . l . t ween "o an ree 1s mg ti 1 su en Y appeaie an sai m ns s range o'clock in the morning, and were mistaken upon their a1way: . . rival for Van Buskirk's party returning owin a to the "Liberty Boys have somethmg to do soon. Didn't catch darkness ' 0 bad boy. He hide in swamp wit~ muskrat a nd _ beaver: with The s~ntinels admitted them, and they passed the cre~k bullfrog and w~odchuck, but Will ,;an find him. Liberty and ditch, and were within the works before t4e mistake Boys do something else, very busy. . was discovered. Then the strange fellow ran off, and they heard him Then MaJ or Sutherland and a d t h t f H " ' 1 ti f ittl t , e ac men o esSJan.s w us mg or some 1 e ime. thr-ew themselves into a small block ho t tl 1 ft f th "H l ,, 1 h d H J d "I . use o 1c e o e d he 1 \ a iu~r c 1;~! . au,, e arry. u son. won-fort, and opened an irregular fire upon them. c~( Nowb d1e k1n s oub t 11 rngs t t 11 th ,, "See what you can do to dislodge those fellows, captain," J. 0 0 Y nows, u 1e seems 0 , a , e same. . said Major Lee to Dick. "No time must be lost, but if vou At dark a messenger came from Lees camp to tell Dick can do it quickly, very well." that an attack was to be made upon the works at Paulus "We will do what we can maior,, oad ff k tl Hoo~ that tn_igl~t, and that the Liberty Boys were wanted and he at once hurled his ~alla;t '1ad; 1 agai:st ~~:m?io~ to ta,;:e par m 1t. house. ---No time could be ,vasted on the attempt, for alarn1 guns CHAPTER XII. from the ships in the river and from the forts at New y o:rk TIIE ATTACK ON TIIE WORKS. }fajor Lee was to start with a iarge force for Paulus Hook in an hour or two, and the Liberty Boys were to join them as they came on. would soon summon reinforcements, and whatever was dor;~ must be done without loss 0 time. The gallant young patriots fau:ly hurled themselvc~ • against the block-house, pouring in volley after volley, de spite the fire from the house itself.


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND "WHI~T:!".,ING WILL." 'The alarm was given, however, and it was time to retreat. 'The attack had been a singularly audacious one, and very successful, Lee capturing one hundred and fiftyrune prisoners, including three officers. He did not attempt to destroy either the artillery or harracks, but made his retreat without delay, having lost only two men killed and having three wounded. The Liberty Boys were s till more successful, none of the daring fellows being even wounded, although they had !ought with the greatest bravery. Reaching the river they found that through some mistake there were no boats, and at once Lee ordered the troops to regain the Berg en road, and move on to the New Bridge. Beaching the point of intersection, opposite Weehawken, the troops were divided, one party taking the Bergen road, another the road along the Hudson, while Lee himself, with the Liberty Boys and another division, took the center . roote and hurried on with all speed. l~earing the Fort Lee road, the major met a party under 6lle ~mmand of Colonel Ball, which Lord Stirling had -sent forward to support the r~treat. 'Shortly after this Dick was surprised to hear the whist'lillg of a bird, which he knew at once to be a signal from "'Whis'tling Will," being able to tell the strange fellow's whistling in a moment. 1.fhen, Will himself appeared, and said excitedly: '""Hedooats come, captain, look out for them, redcoats!" 'Then he darted away, and was gone in a moment. It was light now, and in a short time the e:q.emy appeared •Q;'.tl. their right, and began to attack them. Dick received orders from the major to advance and at~k the redcoats, and he did so without hesitation. 4'F-orward, Liberty Boys!" he shouted. "Back with the ~ts, down with them!" .wLiberty -forever, scatter the redcoats!" cried tlre plucky 1ellows, charging with the utmost determination. "Fire!" shouted Dick, waving his sword and dashing ioa:ward. Crash-roar l be stirrin' yerselves we'll have it ready in a few minyutes. Don't be too long, now, or ye'll be havin' breakfasht an' dinner at the same toime, begorry !" "You was wanted to gife dose poys porridge und den dey was doed somedings, I bet me," laughed Carl. "Sure Oi will, as soon as it's made, me boy, but Oi can't do annythin' onless ye shtir about." "Ya, dot was what I was meaned," with a laugh. "Gave dem some off dot und dey was doed somedings." "An' is it thryin' to make a joke ye are, Cookspiller ?" roared Patsy "Sure, ye can no more do that nor a donkey can sing." The boys burst into a roar of laughter at this, and a11 hands set to work, and breakfast was soon ready, and every one sat down with keen appetites and in the best of spirits. "The attack that the enemy was to make must have been that made by Van Buskirk," said Dick, "but I do not think it was as successful as he expected." "Because the Tories and the young spy could not get all the informiition they wanted," laughed Bob, "nor get hold of you for more than a short time." "No, thanks to the girls and to the mad spy they could not," replied Dick. "We must get hold of young John. Beattie, Dick, or be will be up to more mischief," rejoined Bob. "Yes, we must, but don't speak of it before Jame;,. I had rather he would not know anything about it at present." "Yes, I will be careful, Dick, and I have told the boys to do the same. I think he will try to come around the camp, expecting that we will take him .fo r his brother." "But he has no uniform, Bob, and the boys will know him in a moment. Besides, I intend to keep James in camp for a time, which will prevent any such a move on John's part." "Yes, that's so, it will, but I think that he will not be far away, for I am certain that he wants to do us injury in revenge for our having gotten the best of him." "It is quite likely, Bob, and we must keep a watch for him and capture him as soon as he appears." "l'bere was a tremendous volley in answer to the com-The strange spy came into camp during the morning, m1llld, and many gaps were seen in the ranks of the enemy, looked about for a time in his usual aimless fashion, and the daring lads charging furiously. then said, as if addressing no one in particular: The e nemy fell back, but were preparing to advance, "Tory boy in cave in woods, want to run off with good when Dick charged with his brave boys,i and took possession girl." of a stone house on the road and opened fire upon the "What girl is that, Will?" asked Ben, who happened to ;r-edcoats. be nearest to the strange f ellow. Then other divisioins of Lee's force came up, and the "Girl come here, girl give drink to Tory, make sleep." enemy, seeing that they were likely to be surrounded and "Yes, but that is his sister, Will. Why should he want eaptured, fell back and Lee went on, the effort of the r edto run off with her?" coats to cut off his rear being a failure. "Get money," and then •'Whistling Will" began to whis-The various divisions were as successful as was that of tle and suddenly left the camp. Lee, and all succeeded in getting away in safety, taking Ben told Dick about it, the young captain saying to Bob their prisoners with them and reaching the camp at about and Mark: t.en in the morning. "I don't see any special reason for his doing a thing of As a reward for the b1"

THE LIBERTY BOYS AND "WHISTLING WILL." 25 pany. I think that if he were away from Hensted, Hi Brown and the rest he would be a much better boy." "No doubt," dryly. "The company of such fellows hao a poor influence on character." "'The fellow is up to mi s chief," continued Dick, "and it may be as well to go to the neighborhood of the cave and see i we can catch him. Young Thomas will not lend himself to any such scheme as the abduction of Hattie Beattie, but Hensted and Brown and the others might, to get money. Young John bas a bitter feeling against the rest of the family, and even bis mother's influence seems to be lost upon him. Perhaps if he saw more of her it would hold him, but he keeps away, and I suppose she can hardly follow him . " "The father is severe, no doubt," sugge s ted Mark. "Very likely, but James is fond o. him, and he and his mother would have some influence upon the father and in duce him to be kind. No, I think that his tendencies are bad and that they can do little with him." "Well, we must not let Hattie run any risk," declared Bob. "She is a good girl, and has helped you, and all of us feel grateful to her." "No, we must not, and I think it would be well to take a strong party of the Liberty Boys out there and break up the robber gang, and at the same time prevent Hattie from falling into their hands. We might capture young John as well, and make him leave the country." "He deserves banging l" sputtered Bob. "Very likely, Bob, but how would James feel afterward, knowing that his brother had been hanged? His father is ou. r friend, and we all like Hattie. The boy would never be happy with the Liberty Boys if such a thing happened." "No, of course not, Dick and I did not advise it, but he deserves it, nevertheless." "Very likely he does, Bob, eut it is better to forego a just vengeance under some circumstances." "Very true," agreed Bob. In a short time Dick, Bob, Jack, Ben and a score more of the Liberty Boys were ready and set off toward the cave in the hills in search of the robber band and to drive away young John if they saw him. They took a somewhat roundabout way, in order to avoid the Beattie house, as the former and his family would want to know where they were going, and it would be awkward to tell them. They were getting into a wild country, when Dick sud. denly heard the song of a blackbird, and in a moment "Whistling Will" dropped out of a tree alongside the path. "Captain, go to cave?" he asked, staring vacantly at Dick. "Yes, Will. Have you seen the Tory boy?" "Will see him in cave, bad men, plenty, go out to catch girl, pretty soon. Will won't let them." "Very good, Will. We are going there also." CHAPTER XIII. A STRANGE RECOVERY. , The boys continued on their way, the country growing wilder and wilder, so that at length they could not keep the path more than two abreast, and at last were forced to go ?1 single file. Then they pushed on, Dick in the lead, Bob next~ ani2 Ben and the rest stringing out behind. At length Dick thought it better to dismount, an~ sig-•nalled to the boys to that effect, slipping from :Maj,w's back and sending the black into the bushes, and going Qlm cautiously. Bob and the others dismounted, leaving their hol'Se3 ! one siue, and followed Dick. Presently they heard the call of a robin, and Dick b:.fw that the spy had gone ahead of them all, and had c ome: t the entrance of the cave. They went on nrpidly and cautiou s l y , a nd ' s hortl y arro1eG at the mouth of the outer cave, wher e th e y found "Wlri. tling Will" jus t entering. Dick followed in a moment, Bob and the r est elooo behind. Then they heard a thunderous report, which echoed from the walls again and again, sounding like a peal o f thunder in the hills. Dick hurried on, and shortly came to the s py l ying llJIOD the ground seemingly dead. All a.t once, however, he arose and s aid in a p erfectly rational manner and without the vacant stare whi ch n ae. always characterized him since the y had known h i m : "What is the matter? I seem to have gotten rid of terrible • bmden. What place is this? Who are you? " "Don't you know me, Will?" asked Di ck. "That is my name, Will Wolverham, and you a r e a captain of the Continentals, but I do not know you. How di d I come into this strange place, and where is it?" "But don't you remember that you are 'Whistling Win/ and that you were going to guide u s her e ?" Dick asked. "I am not 'Whistling Will.' What strange name is tha:t?I am William Wolverham, my cousin is a lieutenant in the Royal Fusileers, but I am on the side of the patriots, be cause I believe their cause to be a jus t one. "11:io are yon~. captain, and how did r get to this strang e place? Wher-e: is it?" "You don ' t remember that I am Dick Sla.ter, capta i n of the Liberty Boys, and that you wer e to guide us to this place?" asked Dick, in the greatest astonishment. "No, I do not remember anything of th e sort, c ap tain. I am very glad ' to meet you, but I don ' t know how I cam.ehere." "You were to guide us here and drive out a lot of ras cally Tories. Don't you remember that, Will?" "No, I do not, but I shall be very happy to aid you in doing it. 'l'he robber Tories have their d e n here ? See:tMto me I do remember something of the s ort." "Yes, they are here, and we want to catch their leader and drive out the rest of them." Some of the boys had already procur e d torches, and now they went forward as far as the inner cave, where Dick had been a prisoner a day or so before. They found no one here, but saw a pole reaching f rom the ground to the chimney hole above,. and kniw t h a t the robber Tories had escaped that way. They found a number of black masks on the floor , :anB~ pushing on, came to a circular chamber, where there wer e number of boxes, bales and barrels, all evidently conta in:ci~ goods of some sort, probably stolen from the ho,1ses i n th __ neighborhood.


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND "WHISTLING WILL.", Some of the boxes and barrels being hastily ' opened, a cursory examination showed several suits of clothing, costly furs, silverware and money, so that the whole, if carefully examined, would pTObably show goods of considerable v-alue. came out of it William W olverham, and in your right mind." Have you noticed the wonderful change in 'vfoistling Will,' Dick?" asked Bob, in a low tone. "Yes, and it is a strange recovery. He has got back his mind, Bob." They hurried to the inner cave, and here Dick sent a nllfilber of the boys to make their way up the rocks outside, while he and Bob and some others climbed up the pole .aria made their way out of the chimney hole to the top. Here Dick found a number of footprints and called to the boys below, who were beginning to make their way up, the former mad spy be"ing with Dick and Bob. "Tell me, captain," he said, "about this 'Whistling Will' y u just now spoke of. Who was he ?J' ''You are not hurt?" asked Dick. "No, although it seems to me that I heard a tremendous report and that I fell, but how did I get into the strange place below? 'rhe last I remember I was making my way out of New York. I am a patriot, but my friends and many of my relations are on the BTitish side. I could not :remain with them, and I determined to leave N ~w York. How long ago was that? Have I been ill? Where am I no~? Anywhere near the city?" ' "It is across the river. We are in Jersey, some miles from Paulus Hook. I can tell you more later; but just now we are in pursuit of the robbers." Some of the boys had reached Dick and Bob, and others were climbing up the rocks, the chase being now continued. William W olverham, for they could no longer call him "Whistling Will," kept on with Dick and the boys, and the tiail of the robbers was followed Tapidly. 'l'he men had evidently not expected so rapid a chase, -and in ten minutes the boys came upon a party of them in the woods, sitting about a fire, eating their breakfast. They sprang to their feet and opened fire upon the boys, who. returned their fire with interest. Several of the robbers fell, and the rest at once fled, ranning in various directions. Three or four of tnem were captured, but the greater part of them succeeded in making their escape. ' The leader was not captured, but Dick recognized the prisimers as having been among those who were affected by the drugged punch which they had drunk in the cave a day or so before. The prisoners were marched back to the camp o:f the Libert}T Boys, and shortly afterward turned over to Major Lee. William W olverham went to the camp with Dick, who told him of "Whistling Will," and how he had helped the Liberty Boys, the young man being deeply interested. ''But where is the singular fellow, now?" he asked. i1,r am afraid he is no more," Dick answered. 1' Not dead?" in surprise. "Then I was with you just before I saw you to know you?" "Yes, and in these clothes. If you will wear a uniform, I will supply you with one, or I can give you a suit of or dinary clothes which will be better than these." "I cannot wear the uniform yet, captain," smiling, ''but I shall do so before long." He Temained with the Liberty Boys that day, and then went over to the camp of Major Lee, and later was given a commission, and joined the patriot ranks, doing good service in the case of Independence. He fought on the patriot side all the rest of the time the war lasted, and at the close of it married Hattie Beattie, her Tory lover picking out a giTl in h1s own Btation. In another attack upon the redcoats, while 'nick and the Liberty Boys were still at Paulus Hook, Lieutenant Wol verham was captured, and Dick asked him about his cousin, whom . they had known as "Whistling Will." "He wished to leave the city," said the lieutenant, "and was in the very act of doing so, when a guard struck him down, giving him a blow on the head which seemed to depriv(;l him of reason. No great watch was put upon him, and he escaped, going no one knew where. Have you seen .him?" "Yes, ancl he has recovered his reason," ancl then Dick related the remarkable experiences of the mad spy of Paulus Hook, so far as they had known him. "And so he is a rebel, now?" asked the lieutenant. "No, not a rebel, but a patriot. We know no rebels, you kp.ow, lieutenant." -"No, that is a fact, you do not, but we have got into the habit of calling you such and--" ' "And a very bad habit it is, lieuten ' ant," with a smile. "H'm! I never looked at it that way, captain," thought-..--. fully. When he came to do so, however, he saw differ ently, and the result was that when he was finally exchanged he sold out his commission and returned t0 Eng land, taking no further part against the patriots. John Beattie disappeared and was never seen again, his fate always remaining a mystery. James went south with the Liberty Boys in a few month•, . and was killed at the battle of Oamden, so that of all the children of the Beatties there was only Hattie left. ., THE END. Read "THE LIBERTY BOYS' UNDERGROUND OAMP; OR, IN STRANGE QUARTERS," which will be the next number (502) of "The Liberty Boys of '76 . " "No, but I do not think he longer exists. Instead, he hal!• recovered his reason, and is William Wolverham." SPECIAL NOTICE :-All back numbers of this weekly, except the following, are in print: 1 to 30, 32 to 35, 45, 49, 76, 83, 86, 107, 223. If you cannot obtain th e ones you want from any newsdealer send the prke in money or postage stamps by mail to FRANK TOUSEY , Publisher, 24 Union Square, New York City, and you will receive the copies you order by return mail. ' "What, I? Marvelous!" "I believe you have had a strange recovery, sir," Dick !'e$Umed. "I can assure you, however, that you were 'WtLLstling Will' when you entered thecave, and that you


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THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. S T A RTLING EXAMPLES OF HIBERNATION. By Paul Braddon. '"Twenty or thirty frogs were found twenty feet deep in the aar t h near Manchester, Vt., where they must have been buried som e hundreds of years in a torpid state, for the ground had rece n tly been cleared to build on, and the stumps were from two to two and a half feet through. When exposed to the sun the a nimals revived." Dark suspicion would lurk around the reputation for ver ~c ity of any newspaper that might print such a paragraph as the above, but as it is the grave and honest statement of one of the most learned and conscientious professors that ever lil ted a college chair in this country the reader had better pause before he expresses his opinion too freely about it It .i;ras found recently in an old pamphlet in the Pennsylvania State Library: The pamphlet was written more than forty yeara ago. It is entitled "Animal Torpidity." It is a rather E!ep inquiry into the causes of the mysterious phenomenon of hll>ernation among certain animals, reptiles and insects, and was WTitten by Peter A. Browne, LL.D., then Profess~r of ~ ology in Lafayette College. As a scientific treatise the pamp,hiet is undoubtedly valuable, but to the ordinary reader the many eurious and remarkable examples of hibernation or torpidity cited, and the singular lay facts that Prof. Browne gives n. th-e subject from his own investigations, are of especial interest. is again lined with a slky membrane. The snail then retires a little further into the shell and forms a second membraneous partition, retiring again and again until there are six of those partitions between the snail and the lime-coated door at the entrance of the shell. In the recess behind all these partitions the snail lies torpid until May. "All this time," says Pro!. Browne, "th~ snail lives without motion, without heat, without food, without ah; and without circulation; without the exercise of any of the animal, organic or generative functions." If the snail is prevented from hibernating for several seasons, by keeping it in a warm room, it will gradually waste away and die. The l>lood of snails is white. M. Gough shut several garden snails in a perforated box, without food or water, but not from air. They retired into their shells and closed them with a thin membrane. They re mained there three years. They revived when put in tepid water. They hibernated because of drought. Prof. Browne's pamphlet says there is no food an alligator is so fond of -as dog, but when the time for the alligator to begin to think of hibernating approaches he will not touch the choicest dog that may be placed before him. "The alligator from September , to October does not eat much. At the end of October he gets a pine knot and stops up his mouth with it, the end of the knot being in his throat. He crawls in a hole under the water. When he comes out in the spring the knot is worn round and smooth and he ejects it." Prof. Browne does not make that statement from personal observation. Many years ago, in Vermont, a piece of clay the size or a goose egg was found at some depth beneath the surface. The lump of clay was broken, and in the center of it wa,; found a It is the popular understanding of hibernation that animals mouse. "The mouse was removed," says Prof. Browne, "and that hibernate are driven to it by cold, but Prof. Browne's taken to a warm room, when it recovered and escaped." -i,anrp~!et says that heat and lack of water bring ahout the The marmot family produces the soundest wtnter sleepers. t oTpr.1 eondition in some creatures the same as cold does in When a marmot is in his peculiar state of hibernation the others. The animal or reptile that hibernates in cold climates electric spark will not rouse him. The most noxious gases do arranges its body so that it will conduce to the greatest not affect him in the slightest. If his temperature is raised wa,T.l:M)h, while on the contrary the heat hibernators place above that at which he breathed in his natural state, however, :::hemere1ves in positions that show that they want all the cool-he will die almost immediately. The hamster, a rodent comnemi the climate will permit. For instance, the bear and the mon in the north of Germany, is aRother animal that has its ~und hog on entering their winter quarters "draw thempeculiarities as a hibef'nator. Prof. Browne mentions a hams.e l ves Into a small compass, with their nostrils in close con-ster that was put in a box which was closed with earth anr' t.a.ct 'With their chest and buried in the hair or fur." Woods-straw and placed where the cold was very strong, but the rne11 call this "rolling themselves in a ball." Snakes in cold hamster would not show any sign of becoming torpid. 'l'he climat e s seek their dens and twist and entwine themselves to-box was then buried in the ground and the rodent soon passed gethe!" 1n great numbers, frequently forming bunches of large into a state of the most profound lethargy. The box was dug .;ne m. which condition they lie dormant until warm weather up and the hamster resumed his normal state in a !ew minreturns. Th~ tenrec, a tropical animal, carnivorous and inutes, only to pop into torpidity when the box was put under ~ectiv o rous, becomes torpid during the greatest heat, and lies ground again. Another hamster was kept in a room where an its back with its body drawn to its greatest length and its there was a fire. The animal rolled itself up in one corner, but amos spread widely apart. Snakes hibernate in the south, all presently woke up and came out. It was in the best of health, kinds together, but instead of rolling themselves in balls, as but it died in a few days. 'the same kinds of snakes do during the cold northern winters, "It was suffocated," says Prof. Browne, "because it did not the:r lie singly and stretched to their full length on the ground,' have confined air." The hamster, while torpid, cannot be seen The phenomenon of hibernation is curiously shown in an to breathe for hours at a time. Then it Will breathe five or animal called the lolr, a native of Senegal, according to Prof. si,i: _times in rapid succQllsion, which will suffice it for hours Browne. This animal never hibernates in its native clime, but agam. every specimen that was ever brought to Europe became tor-Bats are queer and decided hibernators also. They cluster p,id as soon as it was exposed to cold. In France, says the together in caves, "hanging by their thumbs." So completely ;;iampblet, lizards hibernate, but never in St. Croix. is animation suspended in the bat during the cold months that Want of water will ea.use the garden snail to go into a state no test yet applied has induced it to show the least sign o! o-i the most complete and curious hibernation. This is the life. Torpid bats have been inclosed by the hour i:g glass jars, snail of the genus limax and not the larger one of the genus and when taken out not a particle of the oxygen in the jars helix. In the latter the hibernating phenomenon is especially had been exhausted, showing that the bats did not breathe. remarh--able. In November the snail forms just a soft, silky "Once where there had been a landslide thirty years before, membrane across the external opening of its shell. On the closing up a cavern in some rocks, the land was excavated and ! surface of that it deposits a coating of carbonat~ of a number of bats found in the cavern in a bunch. They were ,i:ime, which immediately hardens like gypsum. This partition, . placed in a warm room and many revived and flew about."


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. 29 One day in November, "on the Ward farm, near Gloucester, I encamped, and had ~ucceeded in killing two, an old bull and a N. J., a snapping turtle eleven inches long was found. Its cow. At my request he -sent for the leader of the hunting party, head was cut off and the turtle was buried eighteen inches bea young and very intelligent Indian, and I questioned him low the surface. The next spring, when the grass was getting closely about his adventure among a race of animals that the green, the headless turtle was exhumed. It was still alive and scientific people claim are extinct. He told a very straight-crawled away in the grass." forward story, and I have no reason to doubt its truth. Mr. White, of Sethbourne, had a land tortoise which he kept "He and his band were searching along a dry water-course for forty years. It was most voracious and wide awake until for ivory and had found a considerable quantity. One of the November, when it refused food and went .to sleep, never bucks, who was in advance, rushed in upon the main body one waking up until the following May for meat or drink. The morning with the startling intelligence that at a spring or hedgehog goes to sleep about the same time, wherever it may water about a mile above where they then were he had dis be, and sleeps six months. Bears and groundhogs, although covered the 'sign' of several of the 'big~teeth.' They had come profound hibernators, produce their young while in their windown to the springs to drink from a lofty , plateaJ.1 further inter retreats, which Prof. Browne considers one of the most land and had evidently fed in the vicinity of the water ror mysterious of all the phenomena of lethargy in animals. Food some time. The chief immediately called about him his war introduced into the stomachs of animals or reptiles about to riors, and the party, unde r the leadership of the scout, aphibernate will be found undigested at all stages. Dormant proached the stream. animals absorb fat, but it does not enter into the digestive "They had nearly reached it when their ears were suddenly apparatus. The same fat absorption occurs if the animal is saluted by a chorus of loud, shrill, trumpet-like calls, and an dead. "If you kill a fat rabbit and leave the entrails in it, the enormous creature came crashing toward them through the fat will disappear in a short time. Bile in all other animals thicket, the ground fairly trembling beneath its ponderous is the bitterest of substances, but the bile of hibernating ani-footfalls. With wild cries of terror and dismay the Indians mals is sweet." fled, all but the chief and the scout who had first discovered ALASKAN MAMMOTHS. "Alaska is a country of paradoxes." L That is what Cola F. Fowler, late of the Alaska Fur and Commerc;:ial Company, said' in answer to the question of a reporter respecting his late field of oparat!ons. Mr. Fowler is en route to his home near Boston, which he left twelve years ago to enter the employ of the Alaska Fur and Commercial Com pany. "During all that time, up to two months ago, when I re signed and started for home," said Mr. Fowler, "I have had my headquarters at Kodiac, which is the most northern station occupied by the agents of our company. "Alaska is certainly a country of paradoxes. You who live here in the States look upon it as a land of perpetual ice and snow, and yet you would be astonished if I tell you that I grew last year in my g;i.rden at Kodiac abundant crops of radishes, lettuce, carrots, onions, cauliflowers, cabbage, peas, turnips, potatoes, beets, parsnips and celery, Within five miles of this garden was one of the largest glaciers in Alaska, and between the fertile coast slip and the Interior is reared along the entire sea boundary a continuous mountain of perpetual ice and snow." "Two years ago last summer I left Kodiac for a trip to the the trail of the monsters. They were armed with large caliber muskets and stood their ground, opening fire on the mammoth. A bullet must have penetrated the creature's brain, for it staggered forward and fell dead, and subsequently on their way back to their camp ground they overhauled and killed a cow 'big-teeth,' which was evidently the mate of the first one killed. "I asked the hunter to describe the monster, and taking a sharp stick be drew me a picture of the male animal in the soft clay. Accoraing to his description it was at least twenty feet in height and thirty feet in length. In general shape it was not unlike an elephant, but its ears were smaller, its eyes bigger and its trunk longer and more slender. Its tusks were yellowish-white in color and six in number. Four of these tusks were placed like those of a board, one on -either side in each jaw; they were about four feet long and came to a sharp point. The other two tusks he brought away. "I measured them and they were over fifteen feet in length and weighed upward of 250 pounds each. They gradually tapered to a sharp point and curved inward. The monster's body was covered with long, coarse hair of a reddish dun color. "By the way, our late governor, Hon. Alfred P. Swineford, has pretty carefully investigated the matter and he is certain from a thoroi,\gh sifting of native testimony that large herds of these monsters are to be found on the high plateaus in interior Alaska about the headwate rs of the Snake River." head waters o! the Snake River, where our traveling agents borderland or A quiet, grassy slope among the hills on the had established a trading station at an -rnnuit village. The England and Scotland was the scene of an open air wedding chief of this family of Innuits was named To-lee-ti-ma, and to one night receri.tly. The bride's home was on the Cumberland him I was well recommended. He received me hospitably, and I at once began negotiations for the purchase or a big lot' of side about fifty yards up the hillside from the stream which divides the two countries. The bridegroom is a shepherd be fossil ivory which his tribe had cached near the village. The longing to the Teviothead district of the Scottish border lot weighed se;veral thousand pounds and was composed of the county of Roxburgh. It was desired that the ceremony should principal and inferior tusks of the mammoth, the remains of be performed at the bride's home, but as the English marriage thousands of which gigantic animals are to be round in the laws do not allow weddings at private houses a Scottish minisbeds of interior Alaskan water-courses. I subjected the Ivory ter was obtained and the marriage was performed on the hillto a rigid inspection, and upon two or the largest tusks I disside on the Scottish side of the border. The bridegroom's party covered fresh blood traces and the remnants of partly decomtraveled five miles over the hills from the railway station and posed fle;;h. was joined by the bride's party, which walked down from the , "I questioned To-lee-ti-ma, and he assured me that less than I house. The customary young men's race was run after the three months before a party of his young men had encountered 1 ceremony, and then the two parties crossed the stream Into a drove or monsters about fifty miles above where he was then . England and climbed the hill to the bride's house, •


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