The Liberty Boys trapping a traitor, or, The plot to capture a general


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The Liberty Boys trapping a traitor, or, The plot to capture a general

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The Liberty Boys trapping a traitor, or, The plot to capture a general
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\ E11tered a& Se cond-Class Matter at the New York Post Office, February 4 , 1901. by Frank Tou,ey No. 519. NEW YORK, DECEMBER 9, 1910. Price 5 Cents. I Ai .. the, generafrocie_ .. ,up;•'"tiie traitor . . . . 8ll Ei Oi>rtel\ " Jiorse: -"Yo u .... are~ ,.. __ betrayed!" he cried. Then his accomplices sprang forward. In an instant Dick . and the'Liberty Boys appeared on the bank, ''Not vet!" shouted Dick.

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HE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 Weekly Magazine Containing Stories of the American Revolution .1,ned W.klu-B11 S-.AJscription $2.50 per 11ear. l!)nt~ed as &cond. Class Matt~ at the New York, N. Y., Post OJ!ke, Felwuarv4., 1901. Entered accordinq t o Act of Oongressi...in the 11ear IglD, in the olftce of the Librarian of Oo1U1ras, Washinaton, D. 0 . , b11 Fran"k Tou:se11, rublis her, 24 Union Square, New York. Xo. 519. :NEW YORK, DECEMBER 9, 1910. PRJOE 5 CEN'I'A. he Liberty Boys Trapping a Traitor THE PLOT TO CAPTURE A OENERAL By HARRY MOORE. CHAPTER I. i had not his stick suddenly broken in half and proYe l u~e-1 less. SOME LIVELY BOYS AND TWO BRAVE GIRLS. The bullies, seeing their advantage, would have thrown "Y 't k •t d I 't d \ themselves upon him, and it would have gone hard with ou can ma e me say 1 an won , an you can h" b t t th t t th l tt f h f d lk t th h d •t 't d d ,, 1m u a a momen ere was a c a er o oo s. an a 1 e cows ,iome ome, an l won O any goo . t 1 di h b k "d" d , d "If d 't t 'll th d d h d wo young a es on orse ac came n mg up an su you on say 1 we ump you goo. an ar , you d nl halt d bstinate little rebel, so you better give in." e"Iyt' eh 1,, • d "Th b" b tt k" "G h d d th h I t d th . d s a s ame. cne one. ose 1g oys a a c mg a. o a ea an ump, t en. can s an umpmg, an l"ttl ,, b h b . 1 e one. aay e I can t ump ack." "Are you going to pay it?" "Yes, and I am going to stop it!" said the oth er. "No, I told you I wouldn't, and I won't!" Then, riding whip in hand, she ran at the big boys and "Come on then, fellers, and give him a good pounding, began to slash them over the necks, backs, shoulder s and nd we'll see if he'll say it or not!" legs, putting in no weak blows, by the way. There was a slight built boy of thirteen stanaing with Her companion, imitating her example, began to do the tis back to a tree at a crossroads, and four or five heavily same, and it was not long before the Tory boys found that ,uilt boys, three or four years older, standing in front of they were threatened by an enemy they had not expected, iim, with their sleeves rolled up and looking as if they and one who was capable of doing good work. rere going to attack him. Smarting with pain from the unexpected punishment , It was in Westchester, about midway between White and yelling with surprise and rage, they suddenl y brokelains and East Chester, not far from Mile Square, a re-away, retreating to the farther side of the road. ion over-run by Tories and Whigs in turn, and claimed by They then saw that their assailants were two young laoth, a part of the great neutral ground of the Revolution, dies, and they were chagrined and indignant. fact, on a pleasant afternoon in summer. "Huh! it's only two rebel gals!" exclaimed one of them, The larger boys were Tories, and they had caught the the biggest. "Let's give it to 'em, fellers! I ain't afraid o' no gals, I ain't ! " maller one alone, he being a patriot, and were trying to ake him shout for the King and cry confusion to the "Nor me nuther!" sputtered another. "Come on. let"& 'rebels." take their hosses from 'em an' make 'em walk." Small as he was and :fighting against odds, he refused to "Say, Bill, one on 'em's Dick Slater's sister an' fother o as they commanded, and they were now about to carry his gal, his sweetheart." ut their threat, thus showing themselves to be nothing but "Well, I don't care! I know it. So much the better. b ullies and cowards, as every one in the district knew them It' ll make the blame rebel more careful what be does after o be. this." As the big boys came running toward the little one, the Dick Slater was the captain of the Liberty Boys, a band latter picked up a stick with which to defend himself. of young patriots :fighting in the cause of American indeThe big boys rushed at him, and he hit one or two of pendence, the Tory boys having a particular dislike to him. them some sturdy blows, and would have given them more The boy whom the two girls had defended now picked U!)

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2 THE LIBERTY BOYS TRAPPI~G L\. TRAITOR. a stouter stick, and put himself in front of them to take I "H'm! Hank Jones is nothing but a rascallJ' Tory, their part against the bullies. he has no farm," muttered Harry. "Why, the whole thi "You keep off, Bill Burgess!" he saic1.f "You ought to is a swindle. You would not have gotten any money, a be ashamed of yours.el, attacking hrn girls." he would have treated you badly besides." . "Wull, they hit us an' I ain't goin' to let no one hit me "How did the Lays fincl out that you were not a To for nothin', girl or no girl!" John?" asked Edith Slater. 1 "Bill Burgess, Jim Mills, Tom Arrowsmith, all of you "They saw I was a stranger, and they asked me if I "' boys," said the more decided of the two girls, "if you attack a Tory or a rebel, and I told them I wasnt a rebel, bu1i us, you will get what you deserTe. You ought to be patriot, and then they wanted to lick me." 1 ashamed of yourselves, five of you, attacking a boy smalle:r "And they didn't. The young ladies had something~ than any one of you. If you attack us, you will get worse say about it." than whips this time." "But if he does not live here and cannot work for Ha Then Alice Estabrook, the sis ter of Bob Estabrook, 1,he Jones, what is he going to do?" asked L\.lice. "Do Yn first lieutenant of the Libetty BoYs, suddenly drew a pistol want to go home, J olm ?" r and aimed it at the head of Bill Burgess, the leader of the "If I cannot get a place to work I'd stay here," the b:l Tory bullies. replied. The latter hesitated at sight of the pi s tol, for they knew "}~ere is_ the captain," said one of the boys. "1\Ia)'n that the two girls were expert shots, and that with due he wrll fix it _up so;111ehow." n provocation they would not hesitate to u s e their weapons. Two boys m umform, one on a fine black Arabian al]_ "Huh! we was only jokin', just ter frighten yer !" mutt~e other on a bay, now came up and greeted the girls cG_1 tered Bill. dially. "0' course, that's all we was doing', we wasn't gain' ter The boy on the black was Captain Dick Slater, the ou hurt yer none," snarled another. on the bay being Lieutenant Bob Estabrook. [ Just then ha]( a dozen smart looking bo:rs in Continental "Come down to visit us, have ~ on, girls?" sai.J Di i uniform came riding tip and halted as they caught sight smiling. "The redcoats are getting liYcly again, and t} f' of the girls. is the reason, I guess." They were some of the Liberty Boy~, and were well ac-'This boy was attacked by Bill Burgess and some other'\i quainted with Edith Slater and Alice Estabrook_. whom said Alice. "He came to work or IIank Jones, thinkin1 they held in tlie highest esteem. it was a good place. Ile l~Yes at Morrisania and is a gouJ "What is the trouble, l\fiss Alice?" asked one of the patriot. His name is John Biggs, and he is looking f<' boys, Ben Spurlock by name, one of the liveliest of the work on a farm." troop. "We can get a better place than with Hank Jones," snl' The Tory boys rapidly made off as they saw the new-Dick. uwhat are Ilill Buro-ess and those Tory sneaks doin' comers, and Alice replied merrily: so far from home? They liYe miles from here. They ar "I don't think there is any now, Ben, but there wa5v a up to some sort of mischief, you may be sure." E little while ago. Bill Burgess and the rest were attacking "They generally are," sputtered Bob. "The only ti this boy, who had no one to help him till we came up." the~r are not iB when they aTe asleep." i "And then you and Miss Edith sailed into them with "Come to the camp with us, John," said Dick to th your riding whips and made them smart, something they boy, "aJ:ld I will :find you work with an honest farmer 01 need," laughing. the district. You could never live with Hnnk Jones, an,1 "What were the Tory bullies doing to you, my boy?" if your people had known anything about him, they woul~ asked another 0 the boys, Sanderson by name. neve-r have sent you to him." "Trying to ma.ke me shout for the Kiug, and say that "We did not know," John Biggs answered. "A neig General Washington and all the rebels, as they called them, bor said he wanted a boy and sent me to him. I am ver -ought to be hung. I wouldn't do it, and then they said glad that I met you, for I would have gone there and har -they'd make me, and all of them came at me at the same all my trouble for nothing." time, and all I had was a stick and it broke, and I'd have "I am ,ery glad you d-ic1. Harry, take the boy on yam had a bad time of it if the young women hadn't cmne up horse. I will see Mr. Chilton this afternoon, and I do no and laid about them with their whips." doubt that he will take you at once, because I know h "You had good protectors, my boy. One of the young wants some one. If not, I will find you a good place." ladies is the sister of Dick Slater, the captain of the Lib-John Biggs got up behind Harry Judson on his s.orre erty Boys, and the other is the sister of the first lieutenand they all set out for the camp of the Liberty Boys, ant. You are a patriot, are you?" mile or so distant. "Yes, and they couldn't make me say what they wanted The British. Queen's Rangers, Delance:v's Loyalists, som to if there'd been fifty of them instead of five." Hessians and Yagers, and a number of irregulars, were a "No, you look determined, if there isn't very much oi that time harassiug Westchester, and General Charl you," observed Harry Judson, another of the boys. "What Scott, of Virginia, with a considerable force, was keevin is your name and where do you live, my boy?" a watch upon them, being posted in the Greenburg hill "My name is John Biggs, and I lhe at, Morrisania . I with his right sc,metimes extending as far as New R -was coming up to '-Ork on a farm with Mr. Jones-Hank chelle . .Jones." Dick Slnte,, although holding his commission from Ge

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THE LIBERTY BOYS TRAPPING A TRAITOR. 3 Washington himself, and usually acting under the inf, ctions of the commander-in chief, was now acting unGeneral Scott's orders, keeping a lookotit upon the To y and reporting any move they made to him. fattern were very quiet just now, but there was nv I wing when the enemy might make a move, and Dick bad bu 1ting parties out all the time so that nothing should pe him. ternal vigilance was the price of liberty at that time, Dick Slater and the Liberty Boys practiced it, letting 13:a hing pass them, no matter how important it might he boys rode on, and at length entered the camp, where b k was met by a dashy looking boy, who said : _ 'There is a boy here to see you, captain. He wishes to .ay the Liberty Boys, and, as I knew you would be in ~rtly, I asked him to remain. He is yonder, talking with a~u Freeman, Lishe Green and George Brewster, the fairCO[red chap you see." 'Very good, Jack. Send him to my tent in a few min-o s ." ick and Bob went to the tent with the two girls, John )ic iggs going with Ben, Sam and the others. th 'You have heard nothing, captain?" asked a handsome '. something younO'er than Dick and Bob, dressed in the , rc:Jiform of a second lieutenant, his name being Mark Mor dr\!on, and his home in Westchester. "There are no signs of ;oqy move on the part of the enemy?" fd"Not as yet, Mark," with a smile. "Bill Burgess and ;me o:f his cronies were trying to make trouble a short ;a 1e ago, but we do not rcgarcl. them as important." ,in "No, although they may be regarded as straws, showing a ich way the wind blows . If there were no enemy about, ey would not be here, and so there may be some expected. :m generally find that when Bill Burgess is about th.ere is jischief of some sort brewing." th. "So there is," muttered Bob, "but not of a very imporo!nt character . Bill Burgess and his set are nothing but a m/t of bullies and eowards, and you cannot expect any-11 ing big from them." "Still, Mark's suggestion is a good one," rejoined Dick, d it will be as well to watch the Tallies." i r "I will tell Jack Warren and some of the boys to look out a.fr them. They would like nothing better than to give rem a good thrashing, and they w:ill do it if Bill shows '11 y signs of being up to mischief." 1 a In a few minutes Jack Warren came forward with the y who wished to join the Liberty Boys. CHAPTER II. THE NEW LIBERTY BOY. 12 Dick looked at the boy with Jack, being well impressed 9py his appearance, and asked : 0 "So y"ou wish to join the Liberty Boys?" I "Yes, captain." 1 • "What is your name?" "Rupert Randall. We have only lately come into the neighborhood, but I have long heard 0 the Liberty Boya and have wanted to join them. You are doing a noble work, and I believe I could serve my country better with you than if I went into the army. Father has always ob-jected to that, but is willing or me to join the Liberty Boys." "I will go and see him. You can ride, shoot and all that?" "Yes, and I have a horse of my own, a very good one . I am a air shot with rifle or pistol, and can run very fas . t. You would want to see what I could do, o:f course . " "We would very soon find out,,,. simply. "We would teach you what you did not know. Some very awkward boys have joined us, and you would never know now that they had been so." "I am willing to learn all I can, captain," modestly. "That is the proper spirit. Where do you live?" "About a mile from here, on the New Rochelle road. It is an old house , one story high and quite rambling. There are vines over one end that hide th-e windows nearly." "You may remain here if you like. Some one will begoing over that way after a time, and you can have com~ pany oYer." "Well, I would like to stay so as to get acquainted with the , boys in case I should join. When they go I will go with them." Jack Warren had walked away after the strange boy had told where he lfred, at a signa l from Dick. In a few minutes he left the camp quietly, mounted on a fine bay mare, and accompanied by Ben Spurlock on a roan. "What do you think of him, Jack?" asked Ben, as they went on at a good pace. "You had a good chance to see him, didn't you?" "Yes. He seems to be a very bright :fellow, strong and sturdy, and willing to do his share of the work. Re ought to be a good member of the Liberty Boys." "They must have come into the neighborhood recently, or I know all the W eatchester boys hereabouts, and I never heard of him." "He said they had lately come here, but that he knew about the Liberty Boys. I guess he thought we would want to know something about him. He is not a Jersey boy. I would know it if he was . He may be a Yankee. He is bright, though, and that is what we want." The boys rode on, and at length came to the house Rupert had described, seeing a man sitting in front of it sm oking a long pipe. "Good-morning, young gentleman," he said, as the boyBhalted and dismounted. "I am glad to see that uniform. When I first heard the tramp of horses I feared that there might be redcoats coming, and I have no love for them. Can I do anything :for you?" "You are Mr. Randall?" asked Jack. "Yes. Oh, I see ! My son has been over to your camp. You are some of the Liberty Boys? Yes, he told me he should go over this morning. You have come to enquire about him?" "Yes, sir. Are you willing that he should join the Lib erty Boys, and will you write a note to that effect that we-

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4 THE LIBERTY BOYS TRAPPING A TRAITOR. can give to the captain? It is necessary to obtain the pa rents' consent always." "And a very good rule, too. Yes, I am perfectly willing that Rupert should join the company, or I think he could be in no better. I will write you the note to your
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THE LIBERTY BOYS TRAPPING A TRAITOR. 5 gs to the farmer, whom he had in his mind as a good ployer for the boy, giving Jack a note to deliver to him. hey found the farmer at home and glad to get a good like John Biggs to work for him. e took John on Dick's recommendation, and because he e d the boy himself, and thanked the boys for having ught him over, saying: Bur "I want a good boy to work in the first place, and I like rea0 looks, and then he's a good patriot, and that is better to . I wouldn't have one of them Tory sneaks, for if they sn't idling their time away, they'd be stealing off me, ~hin asing the cows and riding the horses to death and needL the watching every minute." i th "Well, John, it was a lucky day for you that we boys e along and caught those Tory fellows pestering you," all t ' d Jack, "for we saw what you were made of, l)nd it gave a t B ck Slater a chance to help you, and he is always ready to t es something for good boys like you." on f "I think I was pretty lucky myself, boys," returned the er, "and I'm obliged to . you, and if there is anything d B an do for the Liberty Boys, I'll do it gladly." so "That's all right, John/' said the boys. ~t is They then left John Biggs with the farmer and set out the camp, intending to look out for the enemy on the be y back. ?rt They were passing a house not far from the road, the otinj'ndows of which were open, when Jack, who was a little we ead of the rest, suddenly stopped and waited for them to me up. an "Come with me, Ben," he said. "Go on with the horses, 'sk' ys, and wait beyond the turn of the road where there wa e a lot of trees." "What is it, Jack?" whispered Ben, as he followed his i ral mpanion to the house, both creeping along cautiously till tnirfey reached a thick bush full of blossoms under one of )p. tie windows. aing They got behind this, out of sight from the road, and refd hardl y ensconced themselves when they heard some one IS li1Y gruffiy: "You fellers made a mess of it by setting on the boy. I . d trould have used him to get word of the rebels, but Bill l hic urgess and you other chaps just kicked over the whole ~ -d U!
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6 THE LIBERTY BOYS TRAPPING A TRAITOR. i Will on the other, the redcoat not having detected them, I ute, but I say, Ben, he said that we would lose a gen and coming on slowly as before, evidently absorbed in shortly instead of a lieutenant, if we did not look out." arl thought. "What did he mean by that, Jack?" _tu "Indulging in day dreams in the enemy's country is dan-"I'm sure I don't know. I'll have to tell Dick about,n~ ger ous busines s," muttered Jack, "and this fellow will find The fellow was mad and had to say something, I guP 1 it so if he is not very careful." Jove! but he did come down heavy! I yanked him riiC ~ j The redcoat was coming on and was not more than thirty out of the saddle." r e 8 feet distant, the boys getting ready to fly out upon him, The boys laughed heartily at Jack's earnestness, and Bn. when some one came clattering along behind them, passing said, with a grin: . l' them at a gallop, and then yelled suddenly: "Well, you have a tight grip, Jack, and when you "Hallo! get out o' here, quick, there's four or five rebels hold of anything you don't let go in a hurry." L e hidiu' in the bushes ready to catch ye!" "I would not have Jet go of the redeoat, only I didf;; It was Bill Buro-ess who had given the warning having. want to hurt him too much," laughing, "and he got11, cauo-ht sight of the boys as he came on althou'o-h they pretty good thump as it was." J o , ' o e could not be seen by the redcoat. 1 The redcoats presently gave up the chase, evidently fe5< 81 "Quick, boys, we may catch him yet!" shouted Ben. ing to encounter a greater force of patriots, and the bo ,1 Jack was the first in the saddle, flying like the wind.after went on at a less rapid pace, finally turning in at the ror:1 the astonished redcoat. leading to the camp, which they reached without in{c Bill dashed away into the woods, afraid of being caught dent. 1yi by Jack, who paid no attention to him, but kept on after They told Dick what had happened, and what the redco:,v' the hurrying redcoat, going like the wind. lieutenant had said, some of the boys being near wht:te-Bcn, Sam and Will followed quickly, but they could not they did so. ;,'] go anywhere ne a rly as fast as Jack could, his mare being "What do you suppose he meant by that, Dick?" askt t second only in speed to Dick Slater's black Major. Bob. The British lieutenant saw that he was likely to be over-"I don't know. It may have been an idle threat or thek,1 taken, and urged his horse to his utmost, using spur, whip may be something in it. If some of us are at the house ~e and voice in his frantic efforts to get away. ten o'clock to-night, it is likely that we may learn soml,q Jack gained steadily upon him, being determined that thing about it." lil he should not escape, and at last drew alongside him. "Yes, that is so, and catch the lot of them," sputtere"I The redcoat turned, drew his pistol and attempted to Bob. Jy : fire, but Jack struck the weapon from his hand, reached out "You wi11 not catch Bill," chuckled Mark. "He w and caught him by the collar. run too fast." .m Then he shot ahead, settling himself well in his saddle "Sure thim fellys have no nac1e of horses at all," laugheJ.l and holding on firmly. Patsy. "Whin they get to goin', they can bate all thor On went the speedy bay mare like a fl.ash, and in another horses that do be about, an' it's only nississary to tell ~l moment the redcoat left the saddle and fell heavily in the ye do be goin' to t'rash thim, an' they fairly :fl.oy." road, Jack letting go so as not to drag him over the "Dose vellers don'd had vings und how dey could flied? nc ground. muttered Carl. "Dot was foolishness." ie: Then he halted, waiting for the boys to-come up, but at "Sure it's not, but niver moind, Cookyspiller, there' ' that moment he heard a shout and a dozen redcoats were other things to talk about. Come on along with meself . a:r,i] seen flying toward him. get a bag o' male." Pl Jack knew that he would not be able to pick up the red-"All righd, I was went mit you, Batsy. Did you wanteot coat and put him on his saddle before the redcoats came up, der horse und cart, or was you tooked der wheelbarrow aJra and he quickly wheeled, shouting a warning to the otb.ers ready?" The unfortunate redcoat raised himself on his elbow, "Sure ye don't nade aither, ye can bring it on yer back.lra fired a shot at Jack and shouted: "You was brought dot horses und carj;s your back on "Look out that you don't Jose a general, you confounded Bat..c,y ?" cried Carl in astonishment. ;n rebel, and not just a lieutenant." "No, but the bag of male, ye foolish felly." .n The redcoats came flying after him, and, seeing Ben and "Ya, und den you was wanted some hams und som1 the rest, Jack called out: shickens und some sheeps und some abbles und bodado "Redcoats, boys! Go the other way. There's a dozen of und some oder dings, ain't it?" , them!" "Yis, Oi think we moigbt, me bye. Sure it's a foinol The boys had already wheeled, hearing his first signal, head ye have for remimberin' iverything." u and were in the middle of the road waiting for him. "Ya, und you was wanted me to brought all dose di,ngi They all shot ahead now and, being better mounted than mein shoulders on, ain't it? Did you t'ought I was ei.n:,: the redcoats, soon distanced the latter. horses?" "Were there any more than the dozen, Jack?" asked "No, me bye, it's another koind of baste ye are, but com Ben: on an' get the barry. That'll do entirely." "Not that I saw, but that was enough. Plague take The two comical Liberty Boys set out with the wheel~ them ! I would have had that lieutenant in another minbarrow, and Rupert said that he would go home and get hiE

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THE LIBERTY BOYS TRAPPING A TRAITOR. 7 ==~c if there was no objection, and Dick said there was e. arl and Patsy were trudging along with a full ba:rrow .tuff they had got, when they sav, the-new Liberty Boy ug on his horse in the road with a number of the Tory s in front of him. 'Come on, me boy," cried the jolly Irish lad. "Sure e's thim vilyans of Tories an' the bye all alone to face 1. Come on, Cookyspiller, an if w-e don't do anny more pelt thim with pitaties, it'll be something, do ye . d ?" you m The two boys dashed ahead, and Bill Burgess and his d.1 o,vs, seeing them coming, beat a hasty retreat. e got "'.!.'hank you, Patsy and Carl," said Rupert. "I did not Uy want to fire on those fellows, and I was tryrng to 1 f ke them behave themselves by quiet means." i{e ;0 " Sure there's no u~e at all in that, me bye, an' ye moight h well save yer breath to cool yer po:rridgc. The only way te ~o raison with thim fellys is to bat thim on the heads and 1 m ock sinse into thim that way. They don't appreciate vthing else." redco • . wh "Well, they had not attacked me, and I thought it was ter to see what they would do fiTSt." 1 k "They don't know ye, me lad, nn' they wor wondherin' as ether it wor safe to thTy it. They kno\\'ed it wor not llin they saw the Dootchman an' meself." r thel/"Ya, I bet me I was sitted on dem und dey was so flat )Use e pancakes felt in ein minute, I bet me," laughed Oarl. som "Well, I will know what to do the next time then," iling, "but I am not so heavy as you, Carl." . ttere "Sure ye're not, nor the two of us, me bye, but the )yans have rin away an' there's no four of their coming e WI{ck, so go on with ye, an' meself an' the fat felly will me on be ouTselves, bein' as we can't go so fast." ghe Rupert rode on and was soon out of Bight, and then the U t? o ry bullies came back and began to annoy the two comi-1 th 1 Liberty Boys. . d atsy did not waste any-potatoes or apples on them, but, ,ie ? n d i ng a handy pile of stones, loaded up one arm with '3-em and then let 'fly, soon scattering the bull~es. here "Sure there's no use m was.tin' good material on the If a ikes o' thim !" he said. aPowdher an' ball an' pitllties an' ppils is too good foT thi:rn intoirely, but the shtones do be rtedonvanient an' hurt as bad as bullets, besides bein' .no al a ste." " Ya, I bet me dose dings was pooty goot, but dose vellers as had wooden heads und .maybe dey don'd was hurted . " "SUTe they do, an' we'll see no more o' thim, me bye," d the two funny fellows went on, seeing no more of Bill n d his crowq of ruffians. When they went in they told Dick of having met them d o f the rout . " They are hanging about so as to be at the appointed lace to-night," Dick obseTved. "We must be there too, nd catch all of them that we can lay hands on." Th e rest of the day passed quietly, neither Dick nor any e f the Liberty Boys seeing anything of the redcoats or He ssians, or any of the enemy nor of the Tory bullies, and om heari ng no alarm o.f any kind. After dark t h e fires wer e lighted, the pickets were set '.eel and th e boys occupied themselves in varfous ways, the new hi recruit sitting in front of the fire with some of the boys listening to their talk. In good time Dick and half a dozen of the boys, includ ing those who had overheard Eill and the others plotting in the afternoon, made their way quietly to the house where the conference had ta.ken place and waited for the plotters to arrive. There was a light within and a man and a woman could be seen moving about doing one thing and another, but thore was no sign of the Tory boys nor of the men that had been with them. Nine o'clock passed, and at last at about ten the man closed the house, put out the lights and went to bed. "They may come later," thought Dick, and the boys kept up their vigil for another hour, s e eing nothing and hearing nothing all that time. Midnight came, and there was no sign of any one coming to the place, and at last Dick came to the conclusion that the place of meeting had either been changed or that it had been held at an earlier hour. "You are sure it was ten o'clock and at this house, Jack ?" he asked . "Yes, captain, quite sure." "Well, there is something wrong. Could they haYe seen you boys hiding behind the bushes?" "I don't -see how they could. They may have met earlier than they said they would, but I don't see how they could have known that we overheard them or been warned by any one that we were coming." "Well, at all events we did not catch them, and we shall have to try again. Come, boys, there is no use in waiting any longer." Then the boys set out for the camp, disappointed but podiscouraged. CHAPTER IV . B'OLUING BACK TTIE E 'E).[Y. The next morning Dick took a number of the Liberty Boys, including the new recruit, on a reconnoitermg ex pedition to see if there were any signs of the enemy. The captain of the Liberty Boys made it a practice to take new recruits with him on such occasions in order to give them experience and show them the different kinds of work done by the troop. Scouting, spying, trailing and skirmishing W'ere all ex cellent things to get a boy in practice for the harder work of war, and Dick believed in giving a new boy all the training he could . The more experienced boys were always ready to help the raw ones and to stand by him in case of danger, Dick being always ready to do as much for the newest recruit, if he needed it, as for the most experienced boy in the company. It was a part of the oath which all took, in fact, that he would sfand by the Liberty Boys in all that was right, and defend them as well against slander and calumny as against the assault of the common foe. If one of the boys should prove recreant to his oath, the others were as severe against him as if he had not been one

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8 THE LIBERTY BOYS TRAPPING A TRAITOR. ========================;======================: of them, but if he were unjustly accused they would do everything possible to clear his name. All this kept the Liberty Boys united, and Dick, al thought the captain, did not regard himself as any better than the humblest member of his troop, and would go to his assistance as quickly as to Bob's or Mark's, or that of any of the older boys. The boys were riding on at fair speed, when they saw John Biggs driving an ox cart." "Don't turn out, John," called Dick. "We will go each side of you. Those slow-going steeds of yours are not as easy to manage as our horses, and you are entitled to your share of the road." "Who is that?" Rupert asked Jack Warren. "Does the captain know him, a mere farmer boy?" "Yes, and John Biggs is as trusty a boy as you will :find. He is a good patriot and an honest fellow." "Thank you, captain," said John, smiling. "I want to see you a moment. It has something to do with all the Liberty Boys, I guess. I heard some boys talking back of our barn last night when I was fixing the bedding for the horses. They were Tories, and I think some were the same that set upon me." Dick gave Jack Warren a peculiar look and asked : "Bill Burgess and his crowd, John?" "Yes, there was a boy calle9-Bill. You know I never saw them but once. I knew the voices of some of them, and one was Bill. There was a Hank, too, and a man called Hand and another." "What were they talking about, John?" asked Dick, all the boys being very attentive. "About getting the best of the 'rebels,' as they called them. They said something about a general, but I did not catch it. Anyhow, there is some sort of mischief going on, and they said they had fooled you by not going to the place where you had expected them." "That is why we did not see them last night, Jack," re marked Dick. "Yes, captain, but who could have told them? None of us would do it. They must have seen Ben and me, arid we thought they didn't." "I shouldn't wonder," observed Ben, "although we made no noise and hid ourselves well, as we thought." "There is the general again, captain," declared Jack. "The redcoat I lost had something to say about one, you remember." "Yes, but I don't know what general they can mean, unless it is Scott. The commander-in-chief is not anywhere near here. They may be going to attack General Scott, and that is what the redcoat lieutenant meant. By the way, John, your being sent to Jones had something to do with some plot. They thought that 'you would :find out things about us ana. tell them, not knowing that they were our enemies." "Ha! then Bill Burgess and those fellows upset it, be cause when I met your boys they said that Jones was a Tory, and that I couldn't work for him," said John. "Exactly, and then the man berated them for having meddled," put in Jack. "I heard the whole business." "Keep your eyes open, John," said Dick, "and your ears as well, and if you see or hear anything that will interest us, tell Mr. Chilton and he will let us know all a~ and it, as he is a good patriot. I wonder that Bill Burgess; will the rest went anywhere near hi1, place. Perhaps theJYes, not know him. Bill does not live here." 'he r, "I'll keep a lookout for them, captain," and thens pu.z: boys went on, going at a gallop to make up for the t Ride they had lost talking with John Biggs. ut," "If John were older and bigger he would make a • then Liberty Boy," declared Ben. "Think of that little fel~way standing up against those five big bullies yesterday, iund, then offering to defend the girls when Bill and his creaed a were going to attack them." Dick "He's got the right spirit and plenty of it," added S~ion, "If he'd been older we'd have had two new Liberty Bihe S] instead of one," to the new recruit. He v "I had no idea he had so much spunk," Rupert return,rk u "he looked so little driving those bix oxen." ck a1 "Yes, he's little, but his heart is big." :'I'vi "You all seem to like him," said Rupert, carelessly. w I "So we do," replied Jack, looking sharply at the oth but "He is a good patriot and a brave little fellow, and od f course we like him." J ad Rupert said nothing, and the boys ro .de on. is ti They were going at a gallop, when iruddenly they ran imkin a party of redcoats whom they had not seen nor heard t.d tl that moment, the men having halted at the side of tie bi ro~ b "Forward, Liberty Boys!" shouted Dick, not showinzen that he was surprised. "Down with the redcoats, my bra," G lads. Charge!" "E In a moment the gallant fellows dashed ahead as thou~ll. there had been a hundred of them instead of a scant doze "G The redcoats had evidently been waiting for the bo:Get with the intention of surprising them, but now they seem, T1 to think that they were the ones surprised, and to be rea~c01 to fall back. ouIJ "Forward!" Dick shouted, and the plucky fellov Fi charged with the greatest impetuosity upon the redcoafure slashing at them right and left and scattering them. he A big sergeant rushed at Dick with his saber uplifte1 T and it seemed as if the young captain would be cut doWin, Then the new recruit fued and took the big sergeant oi.hei of his saddle wih a bad flesh wound in the head. J Then the rest charged so furiously that the redcoats Mac back in great haste, the boys hotly pursuing them, howeveao "Be cautious, boys," said Dick. "There may be more c ' these fellows farther on. I charged them so that they wou1'ic1 think that we were stronger in numbers than they werei;vh "They did," laughed Ben, "and they will probably sa: that a whole regiment attacked them instead of less thawlJ a dozen of us." on The sergeant shot by the new recruit had hurried awa)ru into the bushes, and the boys did not go after him, belie, ing that he could take care of himself. ca Dick now heard the sound of more redcoats coming, an1 presently saw the gleam of their scarlet uniforms, and saiia quickly: n, "Fall back in good order, boys. Not too fast. Let thens think that there are more of us than there are. You die me a service, Rupert, but it was not necessary to give tb1 0 sergeant so serious a wound. We never wound unless neces, r

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'11HE LIBER'11Y BOYS TRAPPING A TRAITOR. 9 all a . , and never take life unless there is no help for it. rgess u will learn all this in time." 3 they " Yes, captain," replied the boy, and no more was said. T he redcoats came on cautiously, the attitude of the then _ys puzzling them and making them more careful. the t 'Ride on, Jack, and see if there are any of Scott's nien out," said Dick, "and rout up the Liberty Boys if you rn a them . These redcoats must be kept back." le fellAway went Jack on his bay mare, the boys holding their ~ay, und, and the redcoats pausing as they saw the deter-is cro t ned attitude of the young patriots. • D ick had sent Mark out with a party to reconnoiter the ed S ion, and Jack saw him over on another road from a hill rty B he sped on. He waved his hat and pointed back as he flew on, and turn rk understood and hurried in the direction indicated by Jck as the latter hastened away. "I've done part of the work," said Jack to himself, "and ily. o w I must do the rest. I don't know how far away Scott oth but I may meet some of his command, and that will be and 1>od for the time." Jack Warren h _ ad not been long with the Liberty Boys at tis time, but he was thoroughly reliable, and had all the an i akings of a good soldier in him, being universally liked trd t d the especial chum of Mark Morrison, who was one of of t e bravest and thoroughly trusted by Dick. Away flew Jack, and shortly saw Bill Burgess and a t0wi zen like him coming along the road. bra "Get out of the way!" yelled the Jersey boy. "Hi! there's that Warren feller, from Jersey," shouted hou ill. "I'm going to lick him, like I done before!" doze "Get out of the way or I'll run you down!" cried Jack. : ho Get along, Dolly!" ~em~ The speedy mare fairly flew, and the Tory boys took a rea cond thought upon the matter of trying to thrash the unky Liberty Boy. Hlo Four or five of them hastened to get out of the way, but coat ree or four thought they could stop the flying mare as e came on. ifte They went rolling into the ditch as the bay mare kept loWIJn, sending some of their companions ahead of them in t ou'heir gyrations. Jack flew on, laughing at their discomfiture, looking ; fe ack once to see them rolling over and then paying them eve o further attention. re O "If I had not been in a hurry, I would have stopped to oul ck Bill Burgess," he said to himself. "I'll have to do it !re. hen I see him again, I guess." sa At the top of a hill he saw some American soldiers, , ha hom he took to be some of Scott's command, and he rode n at full speed, waving his hat as he went ahead with a wa ush. . iev , The men saw him, thought that he wanted them, and ame on at good speed, meeting him in a few minutes. a~ "Captain Dick Slater of the Liberty Boys , has sighted iai a number of redcoats," said Jack, as he halted. "He does not ln1ow how many there may be, but thinks that General te~ cott ought to know about it." di "The general is back in the hills a mile or so," said the ~h officer in command. "We will go on with you and hold the :esredcoats at bay if they are too many for us . " Then despatching a messenger to General Scott, the officer went on with Jack at a good speed. "Follow on this road," said the Liberty Boy. "I will tell the captain that you are coming. My mare can beat you fellows all to bits!" "Shouldn't wonder if she could !'' laughed the other as he saw the Liberty Boy go flying ahead, being soon out of sight. Jack went on at a gallop, Mark and his party of twenty having meanwhile joined Dick, while Bob with another party; hearing firing, came from near the camp, sending back a messenger for more of the boys. "I found a party of Scott's men, captain, and they are coming on as fast as they can," said Jack, as he came flying up, saluting as he halted. "Very good, Jack. Are there many of them?" "More than we have here, and word has been sent for the general in the hills a mile back, and I think he will shortly come up." Jack noticed a smile on the new recruit's face and looked enquiringly at him. "I am thinking that I am getting a good deal of expe rience for one who has been with you such a short time," said Rupert. "I have not been a day with the Liberty Boys yet, and here I am in a fight, or will be in a little while." "Yes, it sometimes happens that way," rejoined Jack. "You are not sorry?" "No, and I shall be glad to see the general. I have heard that he was very brave." "Yes, so he is, and the redcoats, Simcoe, Emmerick, De lancey and the rest, would be glad to have him somewhere else." The redcoats, thinking that there were not very many of the Liberty Boys, and having been reinforced by some Hessians, now advanced, but then the clatter of hoofs was heard, and up came the men whom Jack had seen, and the enemy thought better of advancing, and again halted. "You may not have the fight that you expected, Rupert," said Mark with a laugh, "and the genera.I may not come either, if the redcoats do not come on." "I shall be sorry not to see him," returned the other, and then Jack gave Mark a look, seen by him alone, which greatly puzzled him. l CHAPTER V. JACK HAS AN L\IPRESSION. ; The redcoats and Hessians after a short per;iod of inde cision came on with a great flourish of trumpets, as if ex pecting to drive back the Liberty Boys and their allies, and take a position nearer to the American lines than they had held for some time. The delay had given time for more of the Liberty Boys to come up, and nearly the entire company was now gath ered. Dick was ordered to skirmish in front of the enemy's line and to lead them on so that the regulars could attack them, the officer trusting that the general would come up and administer a heavier punishment to the interlopers.

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10 THE LIBERTY BOYS TR1\.PPIXG A TRAITOR. = ===========================================Hi-hi! Dick threw all the boys he had with him upon the en-I John Biggs? IIow clid he meet those Tory boys and n men. emy's rear and did some Yery effectual work, then falling attacked by them? How did it happen that they cha Good back so as to draw on the IIessians, who were in the adthe place of meeting when it was impossible that!d the vance. should have seen us at the house? Why do I. get suJne 0 ~ On they came, but now the regulars attacked them and impression that something is wrong, i there is not ?'1 boy 1 the skirmish grew hotter, muskets rattling, pistols cracking, He asked himself these questions seYeral times, and corne bullets whistling and sabers singing, the boys raising a tre-put them aside and waited to see if there were other ,es. mendous cheer as they forced back the proud IIessians. ters which would arouse his suspicions or create an imfhis? 'l'he regulars gave the Liberty J3oys ga1lant support, and sion that something was wrong. !k sa1 1 then the blare oi a bugle was heard and a messenger came .After diIJ.Uer Dick sent out two or three parties of 'Hun riding up, shouting: erty Boys to look about and report if the enemy see old '1 The general is close behind an.d wishes you to fall baek so to be advancing, Jack Warren being at the head opture as to lead the enemy on." of these detachments, with Ben Spurlock, Harry Jufen 1 The onder was obeyed, and the redcoats and Hessians, Will FTeeman, IIarry Thurber and San Sanderson in ile J with a number of the Queen's Rangers, came rushing ur, company. The expecting to cause a rout. "Do you know, Ben," Jack said when they were o •tChed The patriot column pres,ently divided, however, and road, "that I think those people at the house-where you~ere Scott and a consider.able force appeared, charging vigorI hid behind the bushes could tell us something if we pg c ously, and being followed as they passed by the regulars to press them?" "Thi a ncl Liberty Boys. "I don't doubt it," with a la11gh, but how are we o-oin/ng,' The enemy were routed, instead of routing the Liberty press them, Jack? They would probably say that they ,Tmhe 1 Boys, and fell back in great haste, Scott then taking posi-not know anything." e' tion on the nearby hills. "V :>sed The Liberty Boys returned to their camp, and, while ery true, but suppose we go around there?" "W "I am willing enough, and you are at the head of waiting for dinner, l\fark beckoned to Jack and walked party, Jack." oma 1 carelessly into the woods close at hand. 11 B "It won't do any harm, at any rate," added Harry Tb ,, Jack followed, no one noticing the signal or its answer, b " d . ht fi d t th :ar. d l\,r k t d "d tl er, an we m1g n OU some mg." an 1.ar , s oppmg un er a tree, sai qme Y: The boys rode on till within sight of the house, w~ As "You gave me an odd look a little while ago, Jack. Jack said: as a What was it for?" "You can trust me, can't you, :Mark?" Jack returned. "Wait here a moment, boys. If you h(.'ar a crow ci1~,~ "Perfectly." come up cautiously. I want to see if I can find out so\ 1 "Do you mind if I don't say anything just now?" thing when they don't know I am about." ,: Mark lookecl at Jack for a moment, and then said: Jack dismounted and made his way through the bus! er to the rear of the house, where he heard voices. Tl "You have not been with us very long, Jack Warren, but I would trust you as I would. trust Dick or Bob. There is Creeping up under the window, he heard a man say ire ,;1 something on jour mind. Do you think that there is anysatisfied tone: . ts ti thing wrong?" "That was all nght. Tt fetched the general down he "I don't know whether there is or not yet, Mark. I must a nd now it wont be so hard to work." T "No, it won't," Jack heard the man Jones sav. "Vavj think it over. Something looks odd to me. Will you mind . if I keep quiet for a time? I may be mistaken. If I am I must find out where be goes and at what times, and thane will make amends. I would rather not say any more now. be ready to catch him. When will that feller be here?" '] I could not help giving you that look, but no one else saw "I wonder what fellow he means?" thought Jack. "T]ma it." is important, so far, but I must know more.". bac "All right, Jack. Take your time. I will not say any-"I donno. We goiter be careful. The general is hei,igl thing. You will not let the thing go too far if there is but them young rebels might suspect some--" ' anything out of the way?" Jack heard a sudden step and tried to hide behindani "No, I will not. I can tell soon enough." water butt under the next window, but was not qui1 1 The bugle blew the signal for dinner just then, and the enough. boys went back to the camp, no one having noticed their Bill Burgess suddenly appeared, and, seeing him, rai511l: absence. a shout. :Mark said nothing, as he had promised, and Jack began ''Hallo! there's one o' the blame rebels now, tryin' to fuJ to watch the new recruit, still not quite certain that he wus out sometbing about--" right, and yet having a strange feeling that he was, which Jack flew at the Tory boy, lifted him by his collar ar pl he could not explain. waistband, and dropped him into the water butt. 1 He said nothing to any one and went about the same as "If I don't find out anything this time, I've at least g, ever, apparently, noting this and that, and putting them the satisfaction of giving you a ducking, Bill Burgess, together little by little, weighing everything and taking sputtered Jack, as he hurried away. nothing without considering its relation to other things. Then two men and a woman came rushing out of tl ' "Why was he anxious to have the general come here?" house, hearing a great splashing, and saw Jack, lmowin Jack asked himself. "Why did he speak so slightingly of by his uniform that he was one of the Liberty Boys.

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THE LIBERTY BOYS TRAPPING A TRAITOR. 11 ;'Hi-hi! stop, you rebel, come back here!" yelled one of e men. "Good grief! there's that water for washing all dirty!" ea the woman. "You get out'n there, Bill Burgess!" One of the men fired a shot at Jack, which missed him, e boy imitating the call of a crow as he dashed arouncl e c o rner of the house, and then repeating it three or four es. imp T his brought up Ben, the two Harrys and the others, and ack said quickly: of "Hurry, boys, there's only Jones and another man and old woman in the house. They know about the plot to apture the general. Quick, we must capture them!" Ben and the two Harrys dashed up to the front door, hile Jack, Will and Sam flew around to the rear. The front door was slamnwd in Ben's face, and as Jack eacbed the rear, he saw Bill and the two men running in -trerent direction s as fast as they could go, the back door ing closed with a bang. "The old woman is in there yet and she lmows some. bing," cried Jack. "We can make her tell she must tell. img ome on, boys. " ey The back door was shut tight, and now the'lvindows were osed ancl barred. )f "We must get in, boys," muttered Jack. "The old oman can tell us about this plot and she must. Go and rh ll Ben to break in the front door, and we'll attack the ear." whf As Will was about to deliver the message, however, there [as a shout, and a lot of mounted men came dashing along Jne road. 1041~' ~~:!0~: 1~h;1~d Je~n.aw::,h;;;~s, s;:i~~:t :~tt~.::u~a~~ 1Jbere are too many of them for us to manage." Then Ben ga,e the cry of a hawk, and Jack understood, ini1e and the rest coming in sight in a moment. "Get away, boys," he said. "The enemy has the best of b.e:zf S this time, I am afraid." The boys mounted quickly and were off in a moment, "Waving much better horses than the cowboys, and soon dis thJancing them. j The cowboys did not purrne them very far, for Mark nd a party of the Liberty Boys came up, and they rode ack ancl down a side lane where they were soon out of ight. "Come on, boys," cried Jack. "The cowboys have gone, d nd now we can make that old woman tell all she knows." "About what, Jack?" asked Mark. "The plot to capture General Scott. There is one, ts l\Iark, so that redcoat was not talking idly after all." "And there is an old woman who knows all about it, in Jack?" as they hurried back toward the house. "Yes, in the house where we heard the Tory sneaks m plotting yesterday . The men got away, but the old woman locked herself in." g The boys reached the house only to find the doors and s ! windows open, and the old 'lloman gone. "Well, she thought better of staying." laughed Jack, th "and now we don't know where to find her." ' n "But if they live here, they are bound to come back some time, Jack," declared Ben, "and if we watch the place, we will see them and make them prisoners." "What did you find out, Jack?" asked Mark, and Jack told him. "Well, I don't see that we need to take them, Jack," he said. "We know that there is a plot ag a in st the gen eral, and that they are g oing to l earn about his goings and comings and then waylay him. All right We will watch them at the camp and apprehend any suspicious charac ters that we see hanging about." "Yes, but we might fincl out who are in the plot, if we caught these people, Jlfark." "We know some of them, Bill Burgess and the Tory boys, in fact, and Jones and theEe people." "There was anothe r one spoken of, Mark, and I think he i s the most important of all. We want to find out who he i s." "Then you don't know, Jack?" with a peculiar look . "No, I don't, but I am going to find out." "You had better speak to Dick, Jack," quietly. "I am going to just as so.on as I am sure of anything, but I don't see the use of doing it until I am sure." "No, I guess not," and then the boys rod e away. The boys told Dick what they had heard and what had happened, the young captain replying: "There is a plot to capture the general then, and we must be on the lookout and tell the general to be careful. How they are going to work it I don't know, unless they learn the general's habits, or suddenly attack him with a large party and carry him off. His camp is well guarded, and unless there are traitors in it, it will be a difficult mat ter to get at him." Dick and some of the boys went to Scott's camp in the bills during the afternoon, Jack and the new recruit being along. Jack saw Rupert looking about when he thought he was not noticed, taking note of everything coming and going , but saying little. "If it is not mere idle curiosity, it is worse," the boy said to himself. "I did not like his looking about, but could not tell just what it meant, and I am not satisfied that it is not all right now. I shall have to wait." That night Jack was on guard when Rupert left the camp, going past his post. Jack challenged him and demanded the password. The new recruit gave it, and added: "My mother is sick and the captain has given me pennis sion to leave. Why are you so suspicious?" "I am not doing more than my duty," Jack replied . "If the captain himself went out, I would get the pass word from him . " "Yes, I suppose you would. Excuse me, Jack. I am nervous, I guess, and extra sensitive," and the boy rode away. "I don't like it, " thought Jack. "I said nothing about suspecting him. That sounds like the voice of a guilty conscience. I wish I knew more so that I could warn him . " At that moment Mark came along oh his rounds. "May I leave the camp on important business, lieutenant?" asked Jack.

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12 THE LIBERTY BOYS TRAPPING A TRAITOR. ====-=========~~=========== "Yes, Private Warren," Mark replied. Jack saluted, and in five minutes Jack, mounted on his bay mare, was flying over the road at the speed of the wind. CHAPTER VI. WHAT J A.CK DISCOVERED. "I shall have to be cautious. Dick Slater don't 81 on~ c ~nything, but I think that Jersey fellow, Warren, doe?t~tioI 1s sharper than I thought. I took him to be just a lg ": a ing, rattle-headed sort, but he's got more sense in his nud1 head than I gave him credit for." er, _tr "Thank you," said Jack to himself. "That may o?n is not be a compliment, so I will take it for what it is wo' and "Don't undervalue the young rebels Rupert" saicbroui other. "Slater is regarded as very cle;er and 'there :e my , be others in the troop. You saw Burgess ;nd the restr. s_ow "Yes, and knew better than to go to the house lding John Biggs is working. We have fixed it up all ril' ar "You have?" '1. to 1 Jack listened intently as he dashed on, trying to hear the sound of another horse on the road. Rupert had the start of him, but Dolly should catch up with the new recruit's horse long before he reached home . Jack knew the way and lost no time, but when more than half the distance had been covered, he had heard nothing and did not as he went on. "He ought to know the way home," thought Jack, "and this is the nearest way. I should have reached him by this time." Jack rode on, but heard nothing, and at length came in sight of the house where Rupert lived, seeing lights at one or two windows and persons moving about. Going on at aI). easy pace, Jack at length halted, put Dolly in the bushes at the side of the road, and went nearer, making no noise. He saw the boy's father and mother moving about, and then saw them sit at a table in the living room with the hired girl, all talking and laughing merrily. "There is no one ill in the house that I can see," he mur mured, "and that• is bad to begin with." The window was open, and Jack, averse as he was to playing the eavesdropper on ordinary occasions, felt it to be his duty to do so now. "He ought to be here soon," said Mr. Randall. "I don't suppose he had any trouble in getting away." "Yes, but suppose some one comes with him?" replied the woman. "I am not ill and don't look so." "Oh, Rupe'll let us know," laughed the girl. "He'll give us a signal of some sort." "We've got the general here anyhow, captain," said Mrs. Randall, "and now if Rupe carries out the plans properly, we'll be able to run off with him to-morrow." "Oh, he'll do it all right," with a laugh. "We have all fooled the young rebels, and we'll fool the older ones. I imly wish it was the leading general that we were fishing for. That would be something worth while. However, with Scott out of the way, we shall be able to do a great deal more in this section and ultimately put it under the King's rule." Jack was deeply grieved, not at the plotters, but that a boy whom they had all trusted should prove a traitor. "He has gone into it deliberately," thought Jack. "He has not been drawn into it, but has gone to work to betray us with his eyes open and knowing the risk." The three persons in the room continued to talk, some times on the matter in question, and sometimes on other affairs, for some minutes, and at last the sound of hoofs was heard and then the new recruit rode up and dis mounted, tethering his horse, and running in with a laugh. "I had to go to see the others first, captain," he said. "Yes. The general takes a ride every morning. ,;he , ~uch we ha~e :earned. In the pass I am to suddenly \kl : hi_m that ~e 1s m danger, and he will stop. Then the of y will rush up and seize him." Co~ "Yes, that is the plan I outlined," laughing. "Yoire th1 : not going to take the credit to yourself, are you, Rup ;es Jones and the rest will make the pretended attack onl s t , Liberty Boys' camp to draw off attention will they?" t wa " . ' d Yes, captam. I shall stay here all night, of course, ,oa a good rest without any standing guard, and then set of a I the morning to meet the rest and carry out our plot." cerr "My plot, you mean," with a laugh. "Here am I a {Ru : tain in the King's army, posing as a virtuous rebel re'Ye 1 to send my son to the war, and you won't let me h;ve 1e i credit of it. Be cautious, Rupert. Those Tory boys Jng not the best fellows that you could have picked up. T, h i are sneaks and bullies. Look out for John Biggs, too. maI is a shrewd boy and will ruin the affair yet if you are l is careful." 'Ai "He won't have time," muttered the boy "but n.e!k? mind that. I want to get out of these rebel r;gs and en_'I : myself. Fetch a jog of homebrew or something, M1pe< Jane, and come and sit on my lap." ' Sl "Sit on your own lap!" laughed the supposed hired g:8ir whom Jack now knew to be simply a Tory woman hired :Ma the occasion., as was the supposed mother, to carry out 1 Di deception.. "J "The family is a fraud, the home taken for ' the momea and everything gotten up just for such time as is neededDi carry out the plot," thought Jack. "To-morrow there ~d be no Mr. and Mrs. Randall, no humble, rural home, and "I hon.est young patriot, who always does what father sa;)Ul Bah! I am disgusted with the whole business." 'rc E Jack had to go away for fear of betraying himself a"] at a distance saw the plotters eating and drinking and h(rr ; ing a good time. 1in "We could arrest the whole company," he thought. tu, He went away quietly, got Dolly without attracting ruho attention., and rode away with the sound of the merry-mane_ ing at the cottage ringing in his ears. ai He rode back to camp at full speed, scarcely knowi1 where he was going, he was so overcome by the terrible n1e ture of his discovery, leaving it to the mare to take hi ' back. "Go to the camp, Dot," he said, and the trusty mare cal ried him on at a gallop, knowing the way thoroughly. h "Here is a boy that we all liked and trusted, going liberately to work to violate one of the most sacred oaOI'

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THE LIBERTY BOYS TRAPPING A TRAITOR. 13 one could take," he m u ttered, "not drawn into it by pta tion, b ut plotting in advance and arranging every g i n advance in a cold-blooded fashion. He is a cadet a midshipman , I s u ppose, the captain poses as his er , the c a ptain's wife or some Tory woman of the on i s th e m o ther, the house is taken foe a short time , and then Jones and a lot of Tory sneaks and bullies b r ough t i n as helpers. Oh, the whole thing w o uld e my faith in humanity if I did not know that there e s o m e decent boys left in the world!" se w i d in g in at full speed, answering Ben Spurlock's chal-1 ri ge, and dismounting, the excited boy asked Will Free-. a n t o look after his mare and hurried at once to Mark's ,tt , gj The young second lieutenant was awake and said rr y ckly: ie ot 'Come in, Jack. You are excited. You have learned You ething? You will tell me now?" Rup " Yes," muttered Jack. . "Come with me to the cap : on n 's tent. I have discovered one of the blackest crimes ?" a t was ever plotted against us, Mark. There is treason ~e oad. We have been deliberately used as tools to carry it '0 t a plot against General Scott, and the new recruit is ,t.,, cerned in it." , a "Rupert Randall, Jack?" in surprise. , r e "Yes, but his name is not Rupert Randall any more than ave ne is. It is Rupert, but I don't know what else. His ing father is a captain in the British army and a clever , his mother is the captain's wife or some shrewd Tory o. an. The whole thing has been plotted out in advance, tr e is to be completed to-morrow." 'And you suspected him but did not want to say so, n e k ?" en.JI ' I had an uneasy feeling about it, but I did not act u ally M pect him till to-night. Then a remark he made a ro used s u spicions and I resolved to get at the b9ttom of the 1 g a i r." e d ~Mark was dressed by this time, and together they went 1t Dick Slater's tent, where Mark said: "Jack Warren has madf;) an important discovery, captain. me will tell it in his own way. " led Dick partly dressed himself and sat on the edge of his ! w d while Jack told his story from beginning to end. id "I would not even say that I suspected any one at first, sa uld not even think it, captain," said Jack, "until I was reed to it, and even then I wished to give him a chance . " a "I can understand it, Jack," replied Dick . "I am less harry for the boy than if he had been g]'.adually led into this ing through temptation or poverty or from some other use. I cannot feel so sorry for him now, because the a 10le affair shows a d e liberate plot. I am sorry that any a e should be so base, but I have no sympathy for the a r aitor." . Bob was called in and hea r d the story briefly, asking at 71 e close: "What are you going to do, Dick?" " P revent the plot from being carr ied out and arrest the ) a r ait o r . We will say nothing to the general, but will let hings g o on as planned. There will b e e n ough of the ibert y Boys o n hand to prevent a capture and take the raitor. " "And when he is trapped?" tersely. "He must suffer a traitor's doom!" No one but Dick Slater and his two lieutenants and Jack Warren knew that there was a traitor in the camp till morning, when the Liberty Boys were informed of what had been learned during the night. They were all intensely saddened that such a thing had occurred in their ranks, but were justly indignant a(J'ainst the traitor. 0 "It is not so bad as if he had been with us a long time, and that we all had become attached to him," declared Ben Spurlock. "Then it would have been harder to bear. " "We all liked him, though," answered Sam Sanderson , "and were well impressed with him. It arouses all a fellow' s indignation to find that hf;) has s imply been made a tool of . " "Jack had his sus pi c ions aroused," said Mark , " but h e would not listen to them ti:tl he could not help him s elf , bein g unwilling to regard one of the Liberty Boys a s a traitor . " The boy s were getting r e ady to go out, when Joh n Bi g g s came in, hurri e d to Dick's tent and said, excitedly: " Capt a in, there i s a plot to c apture G e neral S cott a n d carr y him off to the redcoat camp. The new Lib e r ty Boy is in it. They ar'e l y ing in wait in the pass in the hill s where the general goes e v ery morning, and the y are going to jump out upon him." "How many are there, John?" asked Dick. "Twenty of them , some Tories and some cowboys. The redcoats are going to meet them on the way." "When did they say the general would be there ?" "In half an hour. That is the time he always goes out." "We knew something about thi s , John," answered Dick, "but not the place nor the time. Come with us and show us just where it is." "All right, captain. I was out in the woods look ing for Mr. Chilton's turkey s that had strayed away, and I heard them talking about it. Then I hurried back and he told me to come and tell you." ''We are very glad you did, John, " replied Dick, smiling, and then he got more of the Liberty Boys and went out with John as a guide to the place where the plot to c apt ure a general was to be carried out. "And that's the boy tha t the traitor des pis ed!" mutt e r d Jack. "He is just _ the boy to have, and if he w e r e o ld ~ r , the Liberty Boys would have him , you may be certain." "He' d be another Jac k , s ure enough, ~ lau g h e d Ben Spur lock. "Well , if all the John s are like tha t, I'm glad I ' m one,'' retorted Jack, with a g rin . "All of ours are at l e a st," added B e n , and th e boys wen t rapidly on. CHAPTER VII. THE FAILURE OF THE PLO T . Nearing the pass where the general was to be waylaid and carried off, the Liberty Boys dismounted, hid their horses, leaving two or three of their number to look a fter

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H THE LIBERTY BOYS TRAPPING A T RAITOR them, and then went cautiously forward, secreting them There was a rattle' of -~usketry, and bullets went-selves in the bushes on either side of the pass. ling and singing through the bushes anu trees, ehc There was not much time to spare now, and Dick crept leaves, cutting twigs and burying themsehes in bro:t along one side of the path, hidden by thick bushes till he Neither Jones nor the captain bad been aimed aor heard voices, these being low and guarded. they quickly fled down the pass shouting a loud al~el Advancing with the greatest caution, he presently saw some one . • fa1 the traitor, Hank Jones, the pretended Mr. Randall, and Footsteps were heard in the bushes, and it was like e 1 our or five others in a little glade talking earnestly tothe traitor had escaped. gether. "Quick, boys, look for him, but don't go too far !11 tr "When he comes," said the British captain, "run out, Dick. e seize his bridle rein, and warn him not to go on. That Then, as a dozen of the boys hurried into the rod will stop him, and then the rest of us will be on hand. The Dick stepped up to the general and rapidly explainedy a-ebels have no idea that we are about?" te:r;s." ill "No, they haven't," muttered Jones. "I was around "The traitor was one of our number, a new recruit,I there early and they don't know a thing about it.1 ' eral," Dick added, "and we wished to trap him and L "Hank Jones is lying, as usual," thought Di ck. ''The the plot go on, feeling sure that we could protect yo1tl, habit has gwwn on him, and he'll never los e it." ' "That was the wisest thing to do, captain," the gi>i< Dick crept back as cautiously as he had advanced, and replied. "It was better to catch the scoundrel red-haie j no one suspected how near he bad been to them. I am afraid that I allowed him to get away, unwitte-r The boys took up their places in the bushes, thorougl1ly knowing nothing of the matter . " !l) concealed from any one in the path, and waited for the Just then the boys returned, aud Ben said in a to5o general to appear. disappointment and disgust : ts~ They presently heard the clatter of hoofs, and while some "He has escaped, captain. He must have fallen o'V watched the open pass, others looked behind them . ace just before we fired, and then .leaped up and tak ' l Suddenly the traitor appeared in the pass with Jones his heels as fast as he could go." ', and Randall. "The rest oi the plotters are making ofl' at full sp' "There he comes!" hissed the latter . "Now remember added Jaek. nt :your part, Rupert, and don't fail us." "Come, boys," said Dick, "we must capture the t{'" "Don't you be afraid," said the traitor, boastfully . " I if we can . We owe it to ourselves not to let him escr;e went into this thing to win, and I'm going to do it. " "I am glad that it is only a new recruit and not onen: Any one of a dozen Liberty Boys could have shot the has been with you a long time, captain," said the gel!'. traitor, but jt was not the time for that yet . "He never intended to be one of u , general," DiC:" The clatter of hoofs was heard more plainly, and the plied. "He joined us with Lhe direct intention of bed eommanding form of the general could be seen through ing us and then making his escape." .o the t_recs at that moment . "Then I hope that you will catch him and pm1i,h hi!" The two accomplices hid tbemsel ves and Rupert looked deter others from making a similar attempt . " e, around anxiously, as if fearing that something might pre Dick and the boys rode rapidly down the pass and i o v ent the carrying out of the plot even now. the main road, catching sight of the fugitives going o" Then the g e neral was seen more plainly riding toward full speed, but seeing nothing of the traitor. ,ol the opening in the pass through the hills. They followed at a gallop, the pursued scattering in , Dick and his boys saw him, but remained concealed, ferent directions when they saw the hoys gaining on tlu • keeping the strictest silence and never moving a muscle. The captain went one way, Jones another, antl th/\ As the general rode up, the traitor came forward and scattered to the right and left, down lanes, across :field. t stopped his horse. into the woods, some on foot and some mounted . 1 Dick saw that he could not catch them without divi~< h i s forces, and there was no sign of tlie one he want i0 catch roost of all, a n d s o he gave up the chase, fearing J appeare d on if he went to o f a r he would run into the a rms of the 10 "You are betrayed!" he cried . Then his acco llltllices sp r ang forward . In an instant Dick and the Liberty Boys the bank. "Not yet!" hissed D ick. The traitor suddenly saw t he m usket s o f the Liber ty Boys leveled at him, turned p ale, droppe d h i s pistol, and r eleased t he general's bridle re i n . The genera l, knowing noth i ng of the plot, whippe d out his pistols and backed his h orse . For a moment he was in the line of the Liberty Boys' muskets. Short as it was, that moment sufficed for the traitor to make his escape . In an instant he realized his peril and made a wild dash for the bushes, fairly diving into them, face down. "Fire!" cried Dick. "Do not let the traitor escape!" coats . "We will t rap the traitor yet," he said, with de ter m tion, "so even if he has escaped now, he will n qt do rn the e n d . Come back, boys. T he enemy may be lyi n ~ wait for u s a t thi s ver y moment." , The boys wer e d i sappointed at not catching the tra' bu t they took i t ph i losophically, believing with Dick they were bound to trap him at last and punish him for treachery . R eturning to the camp, the traitor's name was str i n from the roll, and the boys went on with their custo duties, and for all that was said of him he might n have existed.

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THE LIBERTY TIOYS TRAPPING A '11RAITOR. 15 went&=========================================== e general sent for Dick and thanked him for what the muttered Carl, gra , ely . "Redcoai:s don'd was hung on e rty Boys had done, expressing the hope that the drees." itor would soon be trapped, and adding: "Sure thim koind of redcoats do, me bye, an' we must B elieve me,captain, this regretful affair has not dimmed take thim in." fame o.f the Liberty Boys, for they will be held in as Seeing a woman in the dooryard, Patsy got out of the s like] h estimat ion as ever, and will do a,s good work in the fu-cart and saic1: r e as they have done in the past. I know that uo one "Plase, ma'am, wud ye moind lettin' us have a few ap-lfar !" ,1 think any the less of you because you unwittingly adples? Sure there c1o be more nor ye can ate in six months." ttted a sheep into the fold, for any one is liable to be de-"You can have what you find on the ground," snapped he b vcd at times. Don't let this worry you, captain, for the woman. "Any kind of an apple is good enough for ained ery one knows the high standing of your company, and rebels!'' w ill not be lowered by this unfortunate affair." "Thank ye, ma'am," said Patsy, tipping his hat. "It's cruit, " I thank you, general, in my own name, and in that of very koind ye are. Come on, me bye, an' help me pick thim and Liberty Boys, for your good opinion of us," Dick re-up." it you.ied, "and it shall be our aim to deserve it always." The two funny fellows took a bag apiece and went into he ge Dick then returned to foe camp, telling the boys what the orchard, the woman never noticing them. eel-ha neral Scott had said, the gallant fellows cheering the "Sure Oi'll aven up things with ye, ma'am,:' laughed ll.witti n eral, but seeming to have forgotten the traitor abso-Patsy. "There's naught on the ground that's goo. d foi: t cly . .. annything, but there'll soon be." a to Some little time later as the boys were all busy iIJ. camp, Then he reached for a low hanging brancl1 :filled with de-, tsy said to Carl, who was mending his uniform: lieious apples and gave it a lusty shake, sending a bushel len o "Whativer are you doin', me bye?" or more down on the ground. [ tak "Mending mein preeches already," Carl replied. He ancl ' Carl began filling the bags, a:o,d when all the "Well, throw thim down an' come with me, Oi want ye." good apples were picked up, Carl gave another branch a, ,11 sp "Throwed down mein preeches ?" in surprise. "Und shake and down came more . ent bear legged already? Humbug!" "Here, here, what are you about?" shrieked the woman. b.e tr "The wans ye do be mindin', Oi mane, not the wans ye "I told Y011 to take onl y those that were on the ground." t esc ve on, ye foolish e1ly," said Patsy, with a laugh . "Sure "Sure that's what we do be doin', ma'am," replied: one moight have ]mown Oi niver mint that at all." Patsy. . . i gen "All righd . What you was doed ?" Along came ~111 Bu1?es s and the crowd of Tory bullies Die "Go out an' get something for the byes to ate, of coorse. he "usually assoc1~ted with, and. the woman called o~t: if be c1 ye fancy Oi wor o-oin' to lade a parthy agin th' inimy, Hey, you, Bill, g? a nd dnve thcm rebel s out n my l .11 ?" 0 orchard. They're takrn' all my apples." OCT~l B h hi " ' , . . . "Come on, let's lick the rebels!" cried Bill. Ya, you coula doed s.omedmgs foohsh hke . dot, I bet "Here come th 1 r n Toiy omadhauns" c k ,,. " "th • l d 1 h "N d k d h t ' oo y spi er, e, WI a ou aug opo Y was -nowe w a you la110-}10d Paisv "Let's feed thim with p 1 b t b and l t d d ff d 'd 1 1 d aft ,, o • • a p es, u e care ~ '1 0 1~ 1 oe ? you on . was oo.ce . e~-. ful of the kind ye take." g Go on with ye, sure 01 wud not. 01 mver do annytlung "Ya I bet me I was" huckled th f t G d h 1 h ,, , , c e a erman, an e-0 18 began picking 1,1p the softest ones he could find and bom"Dot was what you said, Batsy, but der oder vellers was barding the Tories with them. ic1 different, I bet me." Patsy did the same, aml, as both of the funny fellows "Sure they do not, but niver moind that. Come along were good shots, it was not long before Bill and his cronie11 ith me, an' we do be hitchin' up the horse au' cart imwere spattered with rotten apples, getting most of them in ivi ajitely an' gone 'Out an' foind something for the byes to their faces and abQut their heads, and were forced to beat mte t e . " a retreat . g In a short time the two comical fellows were jogging Then Patsy and Carl, having :filled their bags, went to he long the road in the cart, Dick having given them a ready the cart and put them in, Patsy touching his hat and say-~ermission to leave the camp, adding, however: ing with mock courtesy: ermi "Be carefol that you boys don't get into any trouble, f.lThank ye koindly, ma'am, sure ye have a face loike wm lo 8 nc1 if you see anything of the enemy, let me know." of thim apples, just." in "All roight, captain c1ear," returned Patsy. "Oi'Il take Then the poys drove on, Carl saying with a laugh: ood care of the Dootchman." "You was toldt dot womans dot she had a red faces, und hai "Gone ouic1 mit you," sputtered Carl; "more bedder I I bet me she was madt already." ck as took care off you, I bet me." "S,ue Oi nivcr mint it that way, me bye. It wor smoil-in' an' rosy that Oi mint." The two funny fellows had picked up a pretty good load, "Humbug!'' said Carl. hen they came to a farm-house where there was an rchard, many of the trees being loaded with early summer pples, red and rosy. "Wnd ye luck at the redcoats, Cookyspiller ?" cried CHAPTER VIII. THE GIRLS ON THE LOOKOUT. atEy. "Sure we oi1ght to make thim prisoners." The next morning John Biggs came into the camp and "Dose don'd was redcoats, dose was abbles been, Batsy," said to Sam Sanderso:p., whom he met as he entered :

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1G THE LIBERTY BOYS TRAPPIXG ~\. TRAITOR. ''I saw some redcoats down the road this morning when I went with a load of garden truck for Mr. Chilton. He told me to tell the captain if I saw anything, and so I came over. Is he in the camp?" "Yes, and here he comes now," Sam answered, and at that moment Dick came up, and the boy told him what he had told to Sam. "Were there many of them, John?" Dick asked. "There was quite a few, and they had tents and horses and looked as if they meant to stay some time. There were Hessians with them and some Rangers and some foreigners not like the Hessians." "Yagers, perhafs," muttered Dick. "It generally means trouble when they are around. They seem to be the profes sional marauders for the enemy and are to be feared, as they are thoroughly merciless." "Well, I guess you'd better keep a watch on them and tell the general besides," remarked John. "That's all I've got to tell you, and now I think I'd. better be going." "We are very much obliged to you, John," said Dick, and the boy rode away greatly pleased." "That boy is worth while," observed Bob, who had come up. "If he will only hurry and grow, we will take him into the company without a question." "Yes, he is a good boy," rejoined Dick, "and one might be glad to have him. I think I will go down the road and take a look at these redcoats and others. Send some of the boys to Scott's camp, Bob, and tell him that the enemy seem to be gathering again. I should not wonder if Simcoe were recruiting, as the Tories seem to be asserting them selves more than usual." Bob sent Ben, Sam and Jack to the camp, while Dick, mounting Major, took his way down the road to have a look at the redcoats and others. His road led past the house where the traitor had lived, and he saw at a glance as he approached it that there was something strange about it. Coming nearer he saw that it was empty, all the furni ture having been taken out, the doo~ and windows stand ing wide open and revealing the bare, unfurnished rooms. "They took it for the time only," he said to himself, as he rode by. "It was a very clever plot, but did not succeed, thanks to the quick wits and sharp eyes of the Liberty Boys, and yet we were deceived at the start." Riding on for some distance, he suddenly came upon the traitor coming toward him on horseback. Dick at once dashed forward, the other uttering a cry of surprise and wheeling his horse rapidly. ' ' The horse was no match for Major, however, and Dick rapidly gained on the fugitive, drawing his pistol and shouting: "Surrender or I will fire ! " Rupert urged his horse to the utmost and shot around a turn in the road, Dick following at full speed, and suddenly finding himself in the middle of a lot of redcoats, who had opened their ranks to let Rupert pass through. They quickly closed in upon Dick, who found himself a prisoner in the most unexpected fashion, having had no idea that the red.coats were anywhere about. They closed in upon him rapidly and he drew rein, knowing that he could not escape. Among the redcoats he saw a man whom he at on1 E ognized as the supposed father of the traitor, the latt, ing now in the rear. ----:: " So, Captain Randall, if that is your name," said . "your plan did not succeed, and you have put your tc~ danger of his life with his false swearing." T . "Rubbish! What is an oath given to you rebels?" temptuously. "No one expects to keep it. If the :fg1e co had been as clever as some of your boys the plot woul~ g~; have failed, but the trouble was that he overestimate,e CoP3 own ability and underestimated theirs. I'll give you Ctow 1 for having some very clever boys in your company of yf!~~: rebels." ap the e. H'' "I am aware of it," quietly, "and those same boys 10L,..,.-r to trap the traitor and punish him !IS he deserves. .~":.T;f. have sought to sully the fair name of the Liberty BoJsending a traitor among us, and he will suffer for it, i:f do not." "You'll never catch me!" growled Rupert. "I pl you a fine trick just now, and I will fool you again. will never catch me, you rebel!" 'he 1 "The trick was an accident," laughed the captain. "~: had no idea of meeting the rebel captain, and we had (].ine just come up, and you did not know we were here. Dling lie, Lem Rup~rt. You are not good at it." deai The traitor snarled and fell back, the captain saying,sior "We've got the young rebel if we did not get the gene rap That is something, as his band of young rebels will 1eir break up and we shall not be troubled by them." 3pes "You are wrong, captain," Dick answered quietly. "~no, Liberty Boys will continue in existence even if I am:: longer with them, and they will continue to make all trouble they can for the enemies of our country." Mar "Take the young rebel away," said the captain. "lmb: him in the house down the road for the present, while spi reconnoiter." ,rs, fd • dozen of the redcoats went down the road abou_'rt quarter of a mile with Dick to a house by the roadsiu=~ the others going on in the direction of the camp. id Dick did not see the traitor, the latter keeping out of ~e t way and evidently not caring to meet the young patri~ys scornful gaze. tch1 The house was occupied by Tories, and at sight of Dif t they chuckled and laughed and made offensive remarks, rifl.E none of which the young patriot paid the slightest attlee, t .ad 10n. i b The redcoats put him in a room on the ground floor wit! two guards in the dooryard outside and another in the h~tri in front of his door. he "They seem determined that I shall not get away," Its said to himself as he saw two of the redcoats lead Maj1t : to a hitching post to tether him, the captain taking a grefir fancy to the beautiful black. ea Tbe window was not bpen, although it was a warm da:n~ but Dick knew that Major would hear him, and he sue 1 denly sounded a loud call, which the intelligent creatmth . knew well. , is In a moment Major tossed his head, freeing himsel\n and then kicked up his heels in the most alarming fashiorev causing the two redcoats to retreat in great alarm. ofl ( Continued on page 20.) re

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'THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. 17 tone latt E LIBERTY BOYS OF ~1, said j::::::::::::=N=J=E=W=Y=O=R=K='=D=E:::C::E::~f=B=E=R=9=,=1=9=10=.==~ TERMS TO SUBSCRIBERS n gle Copies ............................................... . would e Copy Three Months .................................. . e Copy Six Months ..................................... . ,05 Cents ,65 Cents $1.25 mate e Copy One Year ....................................... . Postage Free. $2.50 HOW TO SEND MONBY-At our risk send P. 0. Money Order, Check, :ftegistered Letter; remittances in any other way are at your risk. e accept Postage Stamps the same as cash. '-'Vhen sending silver ap the Coin in a separate piece of paper to avoid cutting the envele. fVrite 11oui name and address plainly. .Address letters to oys OLUll TouuY, Pruldenl I Frank Tousey' Publisher es. :t.T~~~~N~~e:;~::.tan) 2-4 Union Sq., New York Boy ....... __________________ ..... it, if FROM EVERYWtIERE. ,.r plat===============4 = m. he report has reached George W. Miles, State Fish and " me Commissioner, that the fish in Tippecanoe Lake are a. i ng by the thousands. Dead fresh water herring are said had o, line the anks. It was thought first that the garfish were D ling them, but an investigation disclosed they are starving death. Six years ago the State Fish and Game Comtying issioner stopped netting and the herring have multiplied gene rapidly that the lake is now literally alive with them. vill iJteir food supply is exhausted. They always remain in the epest places and do not seek food along the shores or in " allow places. They cannot be caught with hooks and Mr. 1es may be compelled to permit netting under strict regulans in order to preserve a limited number of the fish. Many have thought that snakes accomplish the feat of " mbing by wrapping themselves about the tree and following !hile spiral course upward. Several years ago two woodchopflrs, having felled a large oak tree several feet in diameter bout~d very tall, found in its top two common black snakes. ds. ter pondering for some time, the men arrived at the con a 1 usion that one snake had taken hold of the other's tail, d thus by co-operation they had been enabled to clasp of t e trunk, and by circling about it had ascended to the top, !I.trio ys Harper's Weekly. Whatever probability may have at ched to this conclusion was dispelled by the observation two naturalists. A black snake, measuring perhaps a rks, lfle over six feet, was found clinging to the side of a small atte ee, around which it coul _ d have wrapped itself nearly twice ad it wished to do so. Instead of this the snake passed • •lght and left at short distances, catching the folds along r Whl s under parts over and behind slightly projecting rough e /\trips of bark. As the snake rested only five or six feet of! he ground one of the naturalists grasped its tail to test y," ts climbing qualities, but so great was the force with which Maj4t pulled upward that it proved a difficult taS!k to hold it. grefinally, becoming annoyed at this ill treatment, the snake eached down threateningly at the offending hand and, lost da ng its hold, fell to the ground. ~u In England it is possible to send al~ost anything by mail; a ur hat is, anything which weighs less than eleven pounds. It is said to be 'quite possible to sena a baby through the mail hsel in that country, but it is not frequently done, but not, how ihio ever, because of any serious objection on the part of the postoffice authorities. It is quite a common thing for a family residing outside of London to receive all their domestic supplies in that manner, and one of the recommendations forthis mode of shipment is that the goods are delivered the same day as shipped, and therefore are to be relied upon for freshness. The shipment of eggs is so extensively done that a special branch of the service has been organized for this business. Persons making such shipment are furnished w\th elaborate directions regarding packing and other things to b& observed. T'he department is not responsible for lost or dam aged eggs, but It is rare that there is any cause for complaint, for the officials will not receive eggs for shipment unless the shipper has complied with all the rules and regulations, and if this is done there is not much chance for damage. The rate charged in England is far less than that demanded by the express companies of this country for similar service. HAPPY MOMENTS. She-And was she surprised when you kissed her? He--1 think so. She was surprised because I didn't ask her if I was the first man she'd ever kissed. Little Willie-Say, pa, when poverty comes in at the door, what window does love fly out of? Pa-It probably flies out or the dining-room window, my son. Envious Young Rival (speaking of favored rival)-Yes, George is clever and handsome but he is abominably conceited. Sharp Young Lady-But, Mr. Dumley, if you were handsome and clever, would not you be conceited? Beginner (wrathfully)-Look here, I'm tired of your laughing at my game. If I hear any more impudence from you I'll crack you over the head. Caddie-AI! right; but I'll bet yer don't know ~hat's the right club to do it with. "Darling," cried the Product of the Effete East, "I love your wild, free life. You are the star of my existence; you--" "Say," said Texas Tessie, as she carelessly covered him, "I don't like your looks. So kindly canter, or you'll see a shooting star." "So you quit smoking because she asked you to?" said the youth with the clamshell cap. "Yes," answered the lad with the turned-up trousers. "And then?" "Then she went walking with a man who smoked a pipe, because she said It kept away mosquitoes." "Doubtless," said the interviewer to the great speculative financier, "you attribute your success to your early formation of -frugal habits?" "No," was the bland reply. "I do not. I attribute my success to the fact that early in life I mastered. the art of skinning suckers." Pa-Thomas, I'm disgusted at this repo1t of your teacher's. Why don't you ever know your lessons? Tommy-They're too hard. Pa-Nonsense! They're not too hard for Johnny Jones, are they? Tommy-Aw, that's different. Johnny haa got a smart father, an' he inherits his brains. A certain childless woman moved to the suburbs and d~ voted herself to the raising of poultry. A witty friend went out to spend the day, and was shown a fine lot of young chickens. "These," , said the mistress of the place (a la Cornelia)-"These are my jewels." "And I suppose some day you'll have them set," responded the visitor quickly.

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18 THE LIBERTY BOYS 01'' '76. THE BOY HEROES. By John Sherman. Two lads, aged respectively ten and twelve, the sons of a farmer living in the backwoods of Michig<1n, started out one holiday to hunt for the smaller game, with which the forest abounded. Each lad had a light donble,bar.r:eled gun, which could be loaded with either shot or ball, though they did not carry a bullet very accurately any considerable distance, and both were loaded before they started, one barrel of each with shot for small game, and one barrel of each with a bullet, in case they should come upon a bea~ or deer, or any of the larger animals. "Now, be prudent, boys," said their father, who had early taught them how to use their weapons, "and don't go far; be careful you don't get lost, and mind you come back be fore dark." They pr' omise ' d to obey all hts directions, and started in high glee. "I say, Hen," ob1,erved the younger, whose name was George, when they had got fairly into the edge of a great forest which, in the direction they were going, stretched away for miles, "I reckon when I grow up I'll be a hunter." "Well, when you grow up, George, you won't want to be a hunter. It's fun for us now, but if we had to make our liv;ng by it and find game for our meals and go hungry if we didn't, it would take all the starch right out of the fun." "Why I'd kill enough to last me when I did find it, just like the Indians do," persisted the other. "Say just like the Indians don't, then," contradicted the elder brother; "for didn't I hear father say that a good many of the Indians starve, and what would they starve for if they had plenty of meat?" "I say, Hen, how would you like to shoot Indians?" "I'd rather shoot rabbits, squirrels and pigeons." "If an Indian was to come fierce for us now, what would you do?" "If I thought he was going to kill me, I'd try to kill him first, of course." "And if you killed him first he couldn't kill you after, wards, could he?" laughed George. "And if you keep rattling on in this way we won't find no game," returned Henry. For a minute or two they walked on in silence, keeping a sharp look,out. . , "Oh, Hen!" suddenly exclaimed the younger, "suppose we'd kill a bear and take the skin home." "And suppose we'd kill an elephant and take him home on our backs." "Stop, Hen-I see a squirrel." "Where, George?" "I'll show you." And raising his gun as he spoke, he sighted it towards the top of a tree and fired. The animal came quivering do~n, and fell dead on the earth. The report of the piece started up a covey of partridges, which the elder boy fired at on the wing and missed. "Let me give you some lessons, Hen," said his brother, with tantalizing gravity. "You'd better give me less impudence, if you know what's good for yourself!" returned the other, angrily. George went and picked up his squirrel, which he examined with an air of pride. Then the two boys reloaded their guns, and went on again. They next started a rabbit which the younger fired at anu I missc;d, but which the elder killed, and this serve• to resto!ll his good humor. Thus with varying success they went on and on, little heed• ing their steps or their course, and by noon they were prett deep in the forest, and had Ehot betwefm them two rabbits, twe pigeons, and eight squirrels. Ji "Well, this is jolly," said George, as they came to a run• ning stream, "and so let's stop and eat our lunch here." They sat down on a broad flat stone and made a hearty u.eaJ, washing down their food with water from the brook. I "Now, then, which way?" queried George. "We'd better be going back," replied Henry. "It's too early to turn back yet," was the rejo:inder. "Look! there's a bear!" cried Henry, suddenly springing up and pointing to the beast on the other side of the brook. Both boys were a good deal scared at first, and threw their guns forward to defend themselves, while they lo.o]rnd anxiously round for some safe place to which they could retreat. But the bear evidently was quite as anxious to secure his own safety as they were theirs, for after looking at them fo r a few moments he wheele'd ar,ound and began to scamper u p the hill. As the beast ran the courage of the two lads rose, and the younger 'exclaimed: "Hen, he's afraid of us, andlet's follow and shoot him." "I've a notion t(} try for a sh~t." "Come, on, then," said George. The two lads crossed the brook and stared up the hill In pursuit of the beast, but went ratheE slowly at first and used a great deal of caution, eXcM11ining every ,eaf an.d bush lest they should come upoll the animal unawaJes. After getting half way up the hill, Hen.vy suggest:ed that they should fire off the barrels that were loaded with shot, and load again with balls-wMch they dtcl. When they finally rea,ched the top of th.e hill the bear was not in sigh.t, but after looking for some time, and feeling not a little disappointed, they again espied him ascending another hill some quarter of a mile away. More courageous and determined now that they saw the bear was really afraid of them, and making good his esoa:pe, they at once set forward on a run. The bear led them a long chase. In their eagerness time was not noted by them, distance was not considered, and their course, w ,hether leading away from or towar&s home, was not regarded. In this manner hours slipped by, the afternoon rapidly wore away, and when at last the sun was not more than two hours above the horizon, they had the mortification of finding that the beast had given them the slip altogetJ+er, that they were probably a great many miles from home, and w~re so tired that the journey back seemed like a great undertaking. The journey back. Well, when they came to the determination to set out for home, they began to grow alarmed for fear they might lose their way, or that darkness would overtake them before their journey could be accomplished, in which case they might have to spend a night in the great lonely forest. "r tell you, George, it was a bad go, following that bear," sighed Henry. "And not getting his hide neither," returned the other, with an air of disgust. The lads set out to return home, taking the course which they believed to be right. But they were destined not to reach home that night. After hurrying on till the sun went down, they found themselves in a part of the forest they had never seen before, and could not tell where they were, nor whether for the last two hours they had been going towards home or from it.

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'rlIE LIBETITY BOYS OF' '76. 19 I There was no joking now, but both were anxlous, worried, I "We'll be saved yet, Georgie," he said. "Drop down quick and alarmed. 1 and back into 1t heels first, and I'll follow you, keeping my They did not, as some boys would have done, sit down and gun forward, and if the beast comes nosing round I'll be sure cry, but their faces were very pale, and tears came irrto their to get two balls into it." eyes when they looked at each other. In a minute both lads had worked themselves well back "There's no help for it, Georgie," said the elder; "we shan't with their heads forward, and thought the hole too small for see home to-night, if we ever do, and we'd better hunt out a panther to crawl into and reach them. some cave or place among the rocks about here, whP.re we They had not gained their place of safety a moment too can stay till morning." soon, for while they wer0 congratulating each other on the Just as he said this a wild, prolonged, horrible scream, not providential result, they were thrilled to the very marrow of unlike some human being in mortal distress, made both boys their bones by another terrific screech from the disappointed jump with terror and instinctively clasp each other in his beast, which at the same time leaped upon the log and began arms. to scratch, snuff, whine, and frisk angrily about. "Oh! what's that?" gasped the younger. Presently it was at the end of the log glaring in at the "It's a panther," shuddered Henry; "and if we don't find two boys, whining out its angry disappointment, its two eyes some safe place to hide in quick, we'll be torn to pieces." looking like two balls of fire. "Let's climb a tree," suggested the terrified George. "Why don't you shoot, Hen?" asked George. "It wouldn't do no good," replied Henry, "for panthers can "Because I want to make sure," replied Henry, being satis-climb better than we can." fled now that both were safe from the reach of the beast. "Then let's hunt for some hole amongst these rocks," said George, trembling with fright. At that moment there came another awful screech, which sounded nearer than the last, and was followed by two or throe others in a minor key, which seemed to indicate that a she panther was approaching, accompanied by her young. The two terrified lads now started and ran in a direction "There'll be time enough before morning, and I want to shoot the creature right through its daylights." The animal disappeared for a minute or two, and when it reappeared again there was a good deal of whining as of young ones, which she had really been to seek and bring back with her. Just as it had become so dark outside that the boys could opposite to that from which the sound had come. see nothing, those two awful fire-balls of eyes appeared at the They were on the side of a rocky and wooded hill, and as end of the log, and an effort was made by the ferocious anithe wild beasts appeared to be above them, they fled down mal to crawl in, although the space was too small to admit toward the valley, every moment or two glancing back to see it beyond the shoulders. if they had been discovered and followed by a monster that The head was fairly in, however, and this was the opporwould fipeedily kill and devour them. tunity Henry had waited for. It had already become quite duskish in the wood, the Cocking both barrels, he fired them together. shadows of night were deepening every moment, and owing I A sort of yelp, a disappearance of the fiery eyes, a terrible to t~is fact, and their heedlessness of their steps, both struck I floundering about out_si~e of the log, then a ~eculiar stillness, agamst a fallen tree that was hidden among some bushes, I followed by some whmmg of the younger ammals, seemed to and pitched headlong over it, one of their guns being dis-proclaim the fact that the shot of the brave boy had done Its charged by the concussion, the report ringing sharply out, and work well. reverberating through the great forest. The lads remained all night in their cramped but secure "Oh, we're lost! " screamed the younger lad, as he gath-retreat, and slept more or less, for they were greatly fatigued. ered himself upon his feet and glanced up the hill, where the In the morning, Henry crept forward and saw the panther fiery eyeballs of the ferocious beast were seen glaring down lying dead a few feet from the log, and its three young ones at him at the distance of not more than twenty or thirty gathered around it, being too young to do harm, or to know yards. fear, while alongside of their mother. He would have been lost, both would have been lost, only Reloading their guns, the lads shot these; and, cutting of! for their providential fall and discharge of the gun, whose the ears of all, as so many trophies of their heroism and flash, report, smoke, ana smell of powder, in turn startled prowess the skins being too heavy for them to carry, they set the panther and brought her to a halt as she was stealthily off for home, which they finally reached about noon, to the but swiftly gliding forward with cat-like sinuosity to pounce great relief of their frightened parents. upon them. Subsequently the father went back with the lads and It was George's gun which had been discharged by the fall; brought home the skins of the beasts, which proved their and Henry, as he rose and saw the panther at the same time thrilling and wonderful story to be no exaggeration, and as his brother, brought his piece to bear upon the beast, which henceforth the little heroes became famous throughout all suddenly gave another appalling screech and disappeared, as that region. if she thought there was danger in facing the weapon. "Load quick, with balls, Georgie, and keep your eyes about you," said Henry, "for the awful creature may come at us from another direction. There's no use running any more, and so we'll live or die here together." At this moment George placed the breech of his gun on the log, and fancied it sounded hollow. Being a bright, quick-witted lad, it occurred to him that there might be a hole in it big enough to contain his body, and darting to the end he hurriedly examined it and called out-A fourteen room, two story and a half house, built entirely of the lumber from a single fir tree, was recently finished at Elma, Wash. The tree was a giant Douglas: fir and was felled west of the town. It was marvelously straight and when scaled was found to contain 40,000 feet of serviceable lumber. The tree was cut into six logs, the first or butt being 28 feet in length. Inside the bark the stump measured 7 feet and 9 inches in diameter. The distance to the first limb of this tree was 100 feet and the total height of the tree was over 300 feet. At the standard price of $25 a thou'Quick, Henry, here's a hole we can get in to." Henry was at his side in a moment and uttered a cry joy. . sand the lumber in this tree was worth more than $1,000. of I Elma is in the midst of the great fir timber belt on the west slope of the Cascade Mountains, Wash.

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20 THE LIBERTY BOYS TRAPPING A TRAITOR. (Continued from page 16.) Then the noble black flew out 0 the dooryard and up the road at a gallop, being speedily out 0 sight. "He will overtake the other redcoats," said Dick, "but they will not be able to hold him, and they won't shoot him. He will let the boys know that I am in trouble and they will come after me." There were two who saw Major ahead 0 the Liberty Boys, however, and who were greatly excited at seeing him coming along the road. Alice and Edith, on a visit to the boys, stopped at the camp and found both Dick and Bob absent, Bob having gone out shortly after Dick, and in another direction. "You wait here, Miss Alice, or the captain will not be long a way; or you might go on. Y: ou will be certain to meet him.'' The girls concluded to go on, and at the end 0 a mile suddenly heard the clatt e r 0 hoofs coming toward them. "There is broth e r now," exclaimed Edith. "I know Major's tramp." "But it sounds peculiaf," replied Alice. "It seems to me that--" Just the n Major came in sight and riderless , "'l'here ! I knew that something was the matter!" ex .claimed Alice. "Oh, Alice, do you think Dick has been thrown?" gasped .Edith. "No, but he has been taken and has managed to send Major away to let the boys know that he is in trouble." Major stopped at sight 0 the girls, and Alice said: "We had better let him go on. Mark and the boys will then come, and in the meantime we can go ahead and see where they have taken Dick." "We cannot do anything, Alice," declared Edith. •'Hadn't we better get back and get the Liberty Boys?" "No, Major will make better time than we will, and I am not so certain about our not being able to do something . Go on, Major, quick!" The horse whinnied and went on at a gallop, Edith saying: "But, Alice, what can we do, just two girls?" "I will tell you later, Pus s," with a laugh. "Don' t the boys all call us the Liberty Girls, my dear?" "Yes, but that is only their nonsen s e." "I dori't know that it is nonsense. I we have the name, we must keep up with it, so come on. We cannot do as much as Dick and the rest, but we ought to do something, and I am going to do it." Alice was impetuous, like Bob , while Edith was gentle a.nd sweet without Dick' s force, being a very lovable girl, however. She relied upon Alice as Bob relied upon Dick, and now took on some 0 her companion's daring as they rode on. Going ahead at good speed, the girls at length caught eight of a small detachment 0 redcoats in the road ahead of them. "There! it is just as I thought," cried Alice. "Dick has fallen into the hands 0 the redcoats, but has sent Major ahead to let the boys know about it and bring them to is aid." The redcoats, overtaken by Major and unable to detain him, had hesitated about going on, knowing that :Major would probably bring the Liberty Boys back with him . "Confound those clumsy fellows, why did they not keep the horse?" sputtered the captain. "Now the young rebels will know that he is a prisoner and come after him. " "Why can't we catch the lot 0 them then, sir?" sug gested a lieutenant. "They will not send all their number on, it isn't likely, and we can capture the rescuers as wel! as the horse." "Not a bad idea," rejoined the captain. "We will go on at an easy pace till we hear them and then surprise . them." , "What are we going to do, Alice?" asked Edith, as she saw the redcoats. "They will know us." "I don't see why they should," Alice replied. "They have never seen us, that I am aware." Alice rode on and Edith kept at her side, depending upon her stronger nature to carry them through any adventure. The redcoats looked at the girls as they came on, but made way for them and let them pass without a word. I the captain had had any idea that the girls were the sisters 0 the captain and the first lieutenant 0 th,e Liberty Boys, they would have detained them, but they simply looked upon them as a couple 0 neighborhood girls and paid them but little attention. "There! that was not so terrible," said Alice, when they had passed the redcoats and were well beyond. "They scarcely noticed us. They did not even say we were very pretty' and offer to kiss us, after the manner 0 most red coats. They must have been very busy." "Why, Alice, I should have " died 0 right i they had!" "I would not, then," with a laugh and a toss 0 her head. "I would have slapped the ace 0 the first redcoat who attempted it, and taken a pistol to the next." Going on, they presently caught sight 0 a house, and Alice reined in her horse, saying excitedly: "There are redcoats at the house. I can see two tramp ing up and down before a window on the side. They are on guard. That is where Dick is a prisoner!" in a tone of conviction. "Why, Alice, you don't see him, -do you?" "No, but I know he is there. Come along, Sis. We must get a closer view of the place. I am satisfied that Dick is there, and we must get him out before the boys come." "But, Alice, how can we do that? Why not wait and let the boys do it, when they can do so much better than we can?" "Because when those other redcoats see them thev will ride back -in haste, get Dick away, and then make it im possible or any 0 us to rescue him. Come on, we mu s t do something!" Alice's impetuous manner had its effect, and Edith rode on with her companion more than hal convinced that they would be able to do something in advance of the Liberty Boys. Coming nearer to the house, Alice saw Dick at the side window and waved her hand, saying determinedly : "There ! I knew he was there, and now to get him out and steal a march on the redcoats. "

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THE LIBERTY BOYS TRAPPING A TRAITOR. CHAPTER IX. the back of th e barn jus t a s some of the redcoats e~i sight of them. DICK RES C UED. 'l'here was a hue and cry, but the redcoat s could no:i J;i:' ' their horses at once, and Dick a nd the two gir ls M.sbreil away at good speed and were soon o u t o f s i g ht. "Hallo! there are the girls," said Dick to hims e lf. "What wild adventure are the y on now? Jove! I beli eve they are going to try to get me out of here. It is just like Alice but Edith would never attempt it of herself." As' the girls pas;ed out of sight of the side window and • were in front of the house, there was a t e rrific thunder of hoofs and a crowd of men, some in uniform, some in home spun and some in buck s kin, came in s ight, riding furiously. "Dismount, Edith," cried Alice. "Thes e are cowboys." The girls quickly dismounted and hurried around to the , side of the house, where the two guards were marching up and down , "Hallo!" said one of the redcoats. "vVhat has alarmed you, y oung ladies?" . . "Those terrible cow boys," r e pli e d Alice. "Oh they won ' t hurt y ou," with a laugh . "They are only aft e r the rebel s . That mu s t be Captain Littlecuff's compan y." The cowboys had halted in front of the hou s e now, and Di c k went away from the window as some of the men call1:e a round to the side. ' ' Hallo _ , young women, eh?" roared one . "Come, my beauty give me a kiss," appro a ching Alice. "H~re, you mustn't do that," interposed one of the redc oats stepping in front of the girls. The cowboy laughed, discomfited by ~ the determined at titude of the redcoat, and walked away . Then othe r cowboys came along, and the girls went to the rear of the house where they found a door open. They led their hor~es and left them standing out of sight as they went into the house. At the end of the hall they saw a sentry, and Alice gave Edith a swift glance and went forward. The man heard her and turned. In a moment he found himself facing a pistol and heard a determined voit.. say: ' "Don' t you dare to make a noi s e! Quick, Edith, unlock the door!" While the redcoat was too stupefied to utter a sound, Edith glided forward, turned the key in the lock and threw open the door. Dick stepped out in a moment, seized and disarmed the redcoat and forced him into the room. _ ,I'hen he bound the fellow's arms with his belt and gagg e d him with his own neck cloth. "I'll have to see that you do not show yourself," he said, and then he tied the redcoat to the bed-post out of sight of an y one outside unless they came close to the window. "Quick, girls , " he said. "Some of the~e cowboys may take a notion to come in. " Dick locked the door and took away the key, and then all three hurried outside where no cowboys or redcoats had yet come. "Make haste," he said to Alice, helping her to mount. Then he got up with E~ith and hurried down a lane at Dick led the way through an open wood, and so :rn~o 'fri!zl road l e ading past the hou se. "There are red c oats on th is road, Di c k," s aid ~"2e. "We met the ' m." ' "Yes, I know it, and we shall have to avoid them." "Yes, but how will you if you keep on thi s roa d, Didi F "We have not seen them y e t, " w ith a laugh . Dick listened but could hear n o sound of t h e em.mJ, keeping on at a rapid rate as b efore. At length he heard the clat ter of hoofs in t he dis-cff1.reJI' and at the same time caught s i ght of the a b a n doned no"l:?.,~ where the tra itor 's pretended fa the r had li ved. "The ver y pl!l{!e !" he exclai med . "Corn e o n, Alice." They reached the hou s e , and D ick ismou n ted and tool; the girl s in s ide , hiding th e horses unde r a shed 88 .1.,l!: caught sight of the redcoat s . "They see m to be corning o n at a liv e l y gaH.,." w laughed. "I should not wond er i f t hey wer e being p:t.J"-sued." On came the redcoats, and i n a m oment D ick S!W11 2 goodly sized detachment of Lib e r ty Boys, l e d by Boo amc\ Mark, corning on at a gallop behind. "We are all right, girls," h e said , going in . wI'"'ite reiJ... coats are corning, but Bob and M a r k ar e cha s in g t hem rib a lot of boys, and I don' t think they will s top to ma1 e 'iffiJ: investigations here . " They all kept out of sight till the r e dcoats passei:i.,. 211:nd then Dick stepped out into the road and waved h is h'8.1.iJU ~'l Bob and the Liberty Boys. Up came the boys, greatly surprised at seein g D icl: 1m the two girls, never expecting to find them there. "Hallo!" exclaimed Bob. "You did not expect to see us he r e , did y o u , Bw?"7 laughed Dick. "No, we did not. The redcoa ts t h o ught they w ere going to surprise us, but the boot was o n the oth e r leg. Then vie chased them as hot as we could , fear in g tha t they m igM g,E\1 away with you. We had no id ea wha t had become o:i ilif> girls." "Oh, they w e r e busy re s cuin g me from the r e d coats.':, "We thou ght you had been caught whe n Majo r mm~ bac k alone, but how did the girl s kn o w where you we:r-.e?~' "We sent Major back , " laughe d Alice. "And we ha v e b rought him w i th us, but I am :till m the dark a s to how you two gi rl s fou n d D i ck." "We had b ette r go bac k," said D ick. "The r e are cowboys on the road as well as redcoat s . Sim e on Little cuif $El his gang ar e not far down the r oad, and they m ay ia,t:f.> .11 notion to come this way." Dick th e n m ounte d Major an d they all s e t off towaro 1!,!: camp, leaving the deserted house as the y had foun d ::!. It was not long before Dick heard the s ound of u ~msiderable body of horsemen coming on behind, an d he SD.Zl to Bob: "Littlecu:ff has come on, met the red c oats, and now 1iiooy are all corning after us . They have no such horses as Yl?

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THE LIBERTY BOYS TRAPPING A T.RAITOR. have, but if I had a few more boys I would go back and meet them, sending the girls ahead." "We might wait for them farther on, Dick," said Bob. "There is a pass at the foot of the hills where we could surprise them and give the thieving rascals more than they bargain for." "Y cs, we might do that. There are enough of us to manage them nicely at that pa.int." The boys rode on at a good speed'., Dick intending to send the girls ahead in a short time. Before they reached the place that Bob had mentioned, howeYer, they suddenly saw the traitor coming toward them on horseback. He had cYidently supposed them to be redcoats and had come on without fear. When he saw that they were Liberty Boys, however, his face turned deathly white and he seemed ready to fall from ,his saddle. "Trap ihe traitor, boys!" shouted Di:ck. "After him, do not let him escape us." The traitor, seeing his danger and realizing what his fate would be if he were caught, wheeled swiftly and dashed up the road at full speed. "Come on, Bob, send the girls ahead," cried Dick as the traitor took to a little lane at one side which led to the Bronx river. "Come on, a dozen of you." Bob flew after Dick, and Jack, Ben, the two Harrys and balf a dozen more, all well mounted, followed Bob. The boys presently lost sight of the traitor, but in a short time Dick caught an instant's sight of his horse go ing on without him. A quick glance showed Dick where the fugitive had leaped into the bushes from the sadale, the place being quite plain . . He quickly drew rein, and as the boys came up at a gallop, shouted: "He has taken to the woods. Spread out and stop him from doubling on his tracks:'' Jack, Ben and the two Harrys went on a short distance a"ld dismounted, entering the woods and hurrying on, while Bob and some more went back and entered at another point. Two or thfee of the boys were left to look after the hor.ses, while Dick and two others entered the wood where Dick saw the broken bushes. '' Here is the trail, boys," he said. "Follow this. He ay try to double, so keep straight on. The others will hep a watch on him." On went the boys, presently seeing the trail turn sharply to the right where Jack's party were hurrying along. "Keep this way, boys," said,Dick. "He may turn again sl-cortly." They did strike the trail again in a few minutes, the fugit ive having evidently decided that his course was an unsafe one. They did not see him, and it was likely that he was tak i!lg pains to keep out of sight fur fear that he would be t if seen. They kept on till they reached a brook, and here the trail 'Was lost. They crossed it, however, knowing that the boys up or own the little stream would keep a lookout when they saw water, and in a short time they heard a shout from Bob's = party. 'I The latter had caught sight of the fugitive and were Die hurrying on to run him down. " 1 They kept on at a swift pace, and the traitor ran ahead tau and down the steep side of a ravine, at the bottom of which Qu, they saw him for a moment only, although they could hear ' his rapid footsteps. "Go down, boys," cried Bob, and when Dick reached the an ravine he gave the same order. Jack and his party guarded the entrance to the ra-l"in it and waited, thinking that Rupert might try to double and come out at that point. ho Dick and Bob and their parties pursued the fugifoe, ch catching sight of him leaving the ravine and making for the river, which was now in plain sight. af It was not far distant, and he reached it" in advance of ar the pursuers, throwing off his coat and boots and plunging is a Reaching the bank they saw nothing of him, Dick send-t ing the boys up and down and bidding them keep a sharp watch for him. At a bend of the river Bob saw him swimming down stream, quite a distance out from shore. He signaled to Dick and sent one of the boys also to tell the young capin what he had seen. "He will cross over, no doubt, and we have lost him :for this time," Dick said, sending out boys to gather the forces. "Another time we may be more fortunate." They all went back to the head of the ravine where Jack and his boys were waiting, and then they set out for the 1 place where they had left the horses. Nearing it, they heard the sound of firing, and Dick said: "The boys are holding the pass against the cowboys and redcoats, and we may help them if we come up on one side." They followed the lane and then branched off again, coming out behind the defenders of the pass. Then all moved forward and charged the enemy, forcing them to retire. The cowboys seemed to think that all of the Liberty Boys were now engaged in the attack, and they fell back, the redcoats following them, as they did not care to keep up the fight alone. The boys sent a volley after them, and then went on to the camp. All the boys were greatly excited when they heard of the pursuit of the traitor, but they said very little about it. "If he remains in this region he will be trapped,", de clared Mark. "If he is wise he will leave it at once." "\Vhereever he goes, if the Liberty Boys come across him, they will not let him escape without a struggle," re plied Jack. "The fellow has insulted us by making us mere tools for the carrying out of a plot, and they will never forgive him." "There is no doubt that he deserves punishment, Jack, " replied Mark, "and I should think he would know hi1 danger and leave the district." "Some fellows don't know when they are well off," returned Jack, with a dry laugh.

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THE LIBERTY BOYS TRAPPING A TRAITOR. 23 The next day John Biggs ca~e to the camp, and, ~eeing I With a rush and a roar the gallant boys bore down upon ick, said: the nearest recruiting booth and literally tore it to pieces, "They have got recruiting stations on 1\iile Square, capscattering the fragmen.ts broadcast. , ain. Colonel Simcoe is recruiting the Tories for his Registration books, files, placards and handbills were een's Rangers." scattered far and wide, the air being full of them for a "Is that so, John?" asked Dick, interested. time. "Yes. I was through there this morning with the cart, Intending recruits fled terror-stricken in all directions, and I got this handbilt" while the agents made haste to get-to the other booths and Dick took the handbill . which John gave him and looked spread the alarm. it over. "Forward, Liberty Boys!" cried Dick. "Scatter these "H'm! it offers every inducement, doean't it, John? A rascals, destroy the booths, and driYe out the officers." horse, a fine uniform, the society of gentlemen, and a "Liberty forever! down with the Tories!" roared the chance to show one's ingratitude to his country." boys as they charged upon the next booth. "As all Tories do,'.' sputtered Bob. "We ou~~t to get Here the officers made an attempt to rally the intending afte_r these fellows,_ Dick, and br~ak ~p the recr~tmg. It's recruits and drive back the "rebels," as they slightingly an insult to Americans. Here is this fellow S1mcoe, who called the brave young patriots. is a major of British regulaxs, turning to and commanding The boys were not to be driven back however. a lot of irregu.lars, Tories, refugees, turncoats! We ought First they turned out the recruitin; officers then they to ,fu~ a stop t~ it, Dick." ,, . . drove away the TorieS" that were gathe;ed at th~ place, and "ell, we will try, at any rate, said Dtck. then they fired the booth, piling on all the papers and watching them go up in smoke. Then they rode on to the next place, but here the alarm CHAPTER X. 1 had been given, and a number of Queen's Rangers were gathered when the Liberty Boys came up. THE TROUBLE AT TEE RECRUITING BOOTHS. }file -Square was an open plain of considerable extent to the eastward of the camp 0 the Liberty Boys, and was roamed in turns by Tories and patriots. Just now Lieutenant-Colonel Simcoe, who commanded a battalion of Tories ]mown as the Queen's Rangers, was m,ing the plain to establish a series of recruiting stations to fill his ranks. The Rangers wore green uniforms with white facings and while cockades in their hats, which gave them quite a striking appearance, while, being under striot discipline, they were better than many of the irregulars against whom the patriots had to fight, but they were American Loyalists, and so won the contempt of every good patriot. The Liberty Boys were as bitter against them as against the Hessians and other foreign mercenaries, and never neg lected an opportunity of punishing them. The news brought by John Biggs that Simcoe was re eruiting at Mile Square was received with indignation by the Liberty Boys, and they readily responded when Dick _called them out and annoUI1ced that he was going to put a stop to Simcoe's work of swelling his ranks. In a short time they were all ready and started out from the camp toward Mile Square in a body with the greatest enthusiasm, Dick Slater leading on his black Arabian. They went on at a gallop, and at length came in sight of the plain and saw a number of booths where the work of recruiting was going on. "Wud ye luck at the owdacity of thim, wearin' green?" cried Patsy, with the greatest indignation. "Sure it's a disgrace they do be puttin' on the color entoirely, bad saran to thim ! Bate the heads off thim, me bowld hayroes!" The boys all laughed at Patsy's spirit, but were ready to obey his injunction nevertheless. The Ra-ngers opened fire upon the plucky fellows, aml some of them were hmt, but none seriously. Exasperated by the attack, the daring boys rushed forward with a yell, firing a volley as they rode forward, and . making a gap in the ranks of the Rangers. "Charge, Liberty Boys!" shouted Dick, waving hie., sword. "Away with the Tories, scatter them!" The charge was most tumultuous and was not to.be withstood, the Rangers falling back and then scattering in the greatest disorder. Dick presently halted the troop, and said: "Be cautious, boys. Don't let succes a make you rash nor cause you to lose yom heads. Forward, but be ready to retreat in good order if necessary." The sturdy lads gave a hearty cheer and rode on to thenext recruiting station. Here there had gathered the Rangers driven from the last place and others, all ready to meet the Liberty Boys and repulse them. The boys advanced steadily and in good order, attacking the enemy with vigor, but remaining in close column. The Rangers fell back, but more were seen coming on, and some one announced that Simcoe himself was leading them. The Liberty Boys had met the Queen's Range-rs before and were not at all terrified by their gay appearance nor by their shouts. "Stand firm, boys," said Dick. "There are not many more of the enemy than there are of us, and they are no better disciplined." The Rangers threw themselves forward, expecting to drive back the plucky boys, but found them ready to meet the assault and to return it with greater vigor. A number of the Rangers attacked Dick and tried fo. cut him out from the boys, but at once a score of the re110-lute fellows rushed to his aid and the enemy were forced t.• fly to escape capture.

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THE LIBERTY BOYS TRAPPING A TRAITOR. . ,. ure they' ll look blue inshtud of green be the toime we replied firmly. "You boys were plotting against the safety _'I tr.oo with thim, me byes," roared Patsy, and all the of one of our generals, and--" ic ~s Ltughe d and pressed forward. The boys looked uneasy and began to back away as, ~: Dick saw other enemies coming, redcoats and Hessians they feared that Dick was going to sei~e them. ':J L>ya li s ts, and concluded that it was time to fall back. Suddenly, however, there was a clatter of hoofs, and tben He went on to the next recruiting place and set it on leader of the boys, looking behind him, raised a yell and 1 fire, and then, under cover of the smoke , and while the enran away. ~my were making ready to attack him, drew off his gallant "Hi, hi, there's Cap'n Littlecuff and the cowboys!" he hds in good order and was safely awa y before the move was shouted. "Hallo! here's Dick Slater, the rebel; hurry upfe ~vered. and you'll catch him!" ,! c ""E"1en if we do fall back," muttered Bob, "this business The other boys ran toward the cowboys yelling and . . will. disco urage recruiting for some time, I fancy, and there shouting, and Dick saw the cowboys coming on. with a 1 211.'t be so many eager to take the King 's shillings as there rush, determined to catch him. h bee n." There was no road just here that he could take, and he . boys withdrew in good order, and there was no condid not want to go back. e: C:'11'.!Sion nor panic such as had taken place among the Tories. He determined to astonish the cowboys, therefore, and 0 'l.l'he Rangers did not pursue the boys beyond the plain, continue on the road he had taken. ~tly fearing to fall into an ambush if they did, and Between him and the cowboys there was a stretch of d.ie k.ave fellows made their way back to camp unmolested. field over which he could make his way with ease, but there IUfPb t heir return Dick went to the general's camp and was a high fence at the side of the road and no time to let U!Jim. of the attack upon the recruiting stations, the down the bars. ~a1 ia.ugh ing heartily at the recital. He charged straight at the oncoming cowboys, who sud-~'l'hat is right, captain," he said. "Put a stop to all denily halted, fearing that the Tory boys had deceived P tm (snsiness and loosen the hold of the Tories in W estchesthem, and that Dick had his full troop of Liberty Boys be-.1 o;,m. !.t is a piece of rank impudence for Simcoe to come hind him. 1 1 1 \fee" recr uits, and you must stop it every chance you This delay allowed Dick to make the point he was aim-.. ~"" ing at, and he suddenly put Major at the fence, where the .u.we i ntend to do so, general,'; Di c k r eplied . "A patriot ground was at its best on the other side. •f,,,'4!T! ' brought us the information, or we might not have He seemed fairly to lift his horse as he went over, and ia.."7.ln-wm. it until considerable mischief had been done." the fence was cleared with room to spare, and then away ' 1T'nen you ought to feel very grateful to him." went Dick on the other side, the cowboys uttering exclama--,.,.W.e -do, sir. He was the boy who told us where the tions of surprise. nor ; and his accomplices were hidden at the time of the Dick skirted the fence till he came to a lower section, ~pt fa capture you." and i.hen leaped it and took the road again, the cowboys1 ~hen ! must feel obliged to him myself," with a smile. being now in the rear. ~Why ow't you have him in the Liberty Boys?" There was no horse that they rode that could come u_p -"Jile iis 'lll.'Ot old enough; he is only thirteen." with Major, and they saw the futility of pursuing the gal-y~u h.11,v(l not caught the traitor yet?" gravely. lant young patriot, and let him go. N@, ~neral, but we are on the lookout for him. We "I was not going to turn back for those fellows," he ~'U'Nlued him as far as the Bronx yesterday, but he escaped laughed as he went on. "It was a concession to turn out I l1&B." for them, but that was all I would do." al trust that . you will secure-him, if only to deter others; When he reached the camp, Mark said to him: ~a have suffered n&i;hing because of him." "You have been riding hard, captain. Were you pur-..IDiek &.en set out for the camp, me~ting some of the sued? Been having an adventure, as usual, I suppose?" 'Jl.fo~-vll.<>oys on the way. "I took a fence twice," laughed Dick. "I turned ou.t ~rri. ~gess was not with them, and he had probably for a lot of cowboys led by Simeon Littlecu:ff. I would not gwn.e ;r:.,;:JiWae to White Plains upon the failure of the plot to go back, so I compromised by turning out and then going ..-:tptnre ~neral Scott. ahead." '['he T0ry boys glared at Dick and looked as if they "Jove! I knew that there had been an adventure of some w-"6'lld be glad to attack him~ but did not dare attempt s ort the moment you • came in," laughing. u with o nly seven . or eight to one. "There generally is when Dick goes out," added Bob, "You need not look black at me," said Dick. "Some of dryly. u :11oys belong in the neighborhood, but you will be orRecruiting for the Queen's R_angers was discouraged for c&a..~ ,out of it if you don't behave yourselves, and you who the time, as Bob had said, and the next day there was not m.::>t live here had better go home before you get into a station to be seen, and the Liberty Boys felt very jubilant ~1e. "91 over it . .uyffa ean't order us about like you choose, you blame Scott moved his quarters to Valentine's Hill, whence he ~!" Puttered one. "You're puttin' on too many airs, could overlook the surrounding country for miles, and the yu want to be downed, that's what." Liberty Boys took up a position near him. u .. !utv,e a right to order away any one who is a public They saw John Biggs now and then, but he had no news u.n:~ a nd a menace to the peace of the district," Dick of importance to give them for several days.

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THE LIBERTY BOYS TRAPPING A TRAITOR. The enemy kept quiet, but seemed to be gathering, and 'ck and the boys watched them, scouting parties fre~ntly going out in one direction or another. 'rhe girls had gone home, as there was too much going where the boys were to make it safe for them. d Littlecu:ff and his cowboys had gone into the interior omewhere, and nothing was hea.rd of them for a time. e "I suppose the rascals will show themselves just when e are chasing some one," muttered Bob, "and give them chance to get away." d Nothing had been seen of the traitor, and many of the aiberty Boys were of the opinion that he had left Westhester as being too dangerous a region for him. Dick expressed no opinion, but was prepared to see the .ellow at any time, making up his mind to do all he could o capture him when he was seen. One day Dick, Bob and a dozen of the boys, the best iders of the troop, were setting out to reconnoiter, Dick 1aving seen some suspicious movement to the west from the rilltop, when John Biggs came riding in. "What is it, John?" asked Dick. "You appear excited." "There is a big part of the enemy over yonder, captain," pointing to the westward. "They are keeping themseives hidden as much as they can. I saw the traitor there. He is with the Rangers." "Then we must take him," said Dick. CHAPTER XL T:S:E TRAITOR CAUGHT. Getting a dozen or twenty more of the boys, Dick set out with them towaid the point indicated by John Biggs. There was a knoll, some thick trees, many bu s hes and a little stream at the , point, about a mile di s tant, and Dick rode on as if he had no suspicion that there was any one there. The knoll and the trees hid ti:e enemy, while Dick and h is party were generally in plain sight as they rode on, being occasionally hidden by bushes along the road. It was Dick's intention to attack the enemy and make them come out of their hiding place when, if they were too numerous, Scott would come up and rout them. On they went at a gallop, and at last can:.e within such close distance of the knoll as to discern the white facings on the green uniforms of the Rangers. . The latter, seeing that they were discovered, made a sortie, which was just what Dick wanted, al:! he would now be able to tell their numbers and decide whether he had better fight or fall back. Following the Rangers came a number of Emmerick's Light Horse, men of better training and more experience than the Tories, and Dick drew up bis boys and considered the situation. "There are no more of the regulars than there are of us," he observed to Bob, "but the Rangers swell the number and will do better under the guidance of the redcoats. I think it will be well to engage them, draw out all their force, and then, if they are too many for us, fall back in good order and let Scott come up. He will see the whole affair from the hill and will know if he is ne e d e d." "That is all right," muttered Bob, shortly. There were less than half of t h e Liberty Boys engag,,ad, and Dick was cautious, therefore, and watched the enemy with the greatest care. On came the Rangers, and Dick charged them, eansing them to fall back, the regulars coming up to suppor t t hem. Then Dick recognized the traitor in the uniform of SD officer of the Rangers, and at once gave the call to retreat. At the same time he gave a priv a te signal to Bob aIW1 general one to the boys nearest him, which they rapidly 'fflpeated. The signal to Bob was that Rupert was with the Ra~ that'to the boys to prepare for a sudd e n charge and to :fo]. .. low and watch him. 'l'he boys fell back, evid e ntl y in di s order, and th e R!ln:gem came on with a rush and a shout. 'Bhe boys led them well away from Emmerick, a n d them, Dick gave the word to charge. He had located the traitor, and now he and Bob-fill~ dozen of the boys flew straight at the fellow. In a moment all the boys were following Dick, k:rwwmg by that time what was his object. Suddenly, to the traitor's terror , he found himsft! thteobject of the Liberty Boys' attack , and the only one. With a rush the brave boys swept down upon him u.~ separated him from his men. Dick, Jack a-nd Ben on one side, and Bob and the twoHarrys on the other, forced him to go their way, suddtmlJ" wheeling and dashing off at a gallop, all the boys foll owing_. The traitor turned pale and tried to throw hims elf o m his saddle, but Jack Warren sei zed him by the coll ar,. p,-lrl pistol to his head and hissed : "I'll make sure of it myself if you dare!" "Shoot me, Jack; I'd rather you would I" er1ed other. • "Don't you dare to call me Jac k! " s puttered the ~t fellow. "That name is for the us e of my friend s . ] am., Warren to you ! " Away went the boys, and now Di c k s i gn aled to Jall!kr Ben, and the two Harrys to take charg e of the pr i soner~ wn 1!!. he halted the rest of the boys an d awaited the coming o the Rangers. The latter hesitated, seeing the determined attitooe o1 the young patriots, and the Light Horse came up tli> gi e them their support. Then more of the enemy were s e e n coming out from knoll, and Dick, looking toward the hill saw a thin col~ of white smoke arising from the summit. "Scott is going to s.end a detachment," he said to E'oc.. "He has seen something which we have not. We will hoJ: these fellows off as long as we can, Bob." "We have trapped the traitor, at any rate, Dick. /" m-mtered Bob. "Yes," said Dick, shortly. Meanwhile Jack and the others were keeping on wi1h im;, prisoner in the middle, watching him closely and suing that he made no attempt at escape or tried to kill h~They were hurrying on, when suddenly out of a cml!D]) cd

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'26 THE LIBERTY BOYS TRAPPING A TRAITOR. trees rode a party of cowboys, led by Simeon Littlecuff I They did not pursue them to any distance as there was himself, no knowing what force there might be coming up, but as re1 "There's that renegade Canadian," muttered Ben. "He things seemed quiet, it was thought just as well not .to is an intr~der here and a refugee from his own country. make them any worse, p He is a French Canadian who has changed his name to The enemy had been routed and that was enough for the Ii escape punishment, and now comes here and joins men time, the patriots drawing back slowly and in good ordex, f;'I ,as bad as himself." keeping on the watch for the return of the foe, but noth.e~ "Isn't his name Littlecu:ff?" asked Jack. drawing him on. "No, it is Simone :Manchette, which has been changed Dick and the LibeTty Boys -returned to the camp, where to Littlecuff. He worked in upper Westchester, murdered they found Ben and the others on guard over the prisoner . 'l .a fanmer, stole right and left, and finally went back to Other bo-ys were put on guard, and later in the day the ] Canada and was driven out, and now he is one of Delan-traitor was brought out to be tried. ea cey's men, supplying cattle for the British army, and supCharges were brought against him, and he was asked e plying himself and his mfill. with whatever he can steal." what he had to say for himself. e] "Look out for him," said Sam. "Kothing," he said. "I plotted against you and failed." ' There were seven or eight of the Cowboys, and they "You were more than a spy, Rupert," said Dick. "You la thought they could rescue the prisoner and secure the were like one of us, took our oath, swore to stand by the t horses of the Liberty Boys. country and us, and was given our confidence. Even re-J "If you try to get away you will be shot," said Jaci.to garding you as a spy, you know the punishment for being l -the traitor, "so look out." taken in our lines." ve The boys daslied on and opened fire upon the cowboys, "You rebels got the best of me," muttered the traitor. "I -first with their muskets and then with their pistols, firing thought I was smarter than you, but I learned my mistake h rapidly and with good aim, all being crack shots. too late." ' Littlecuff had bis hat shot off and received a flesh wound in the neck, and three or four more were painfully wounded. Then there was a shout behind them, and a number of Scott's men were seen coming on at a gallop. The cowboys had found the fire 0 the plucky boys too )ot for them, and now they were in danger of being cut off by the newcomers. They shot off across the fields, therefore, and the boys kept on with their prisoner, soon meeting the patriots. "There is something going on over there, captain," 'laughed Jack, "and I should not wonder if you were wanted." "It look~ that way to me," laughed the other, as he sped •on with his men, the boys hurrying on toward their camp. The traitor said nothing, his face being pale and drawn, and now and then twitching with nervous excitement. Meanwhile Dick and the boys with him were making a stand against the enemy, holding them in check till rein forcements should come. Redcoats, Rangers and then ' Hessians and Yagers began to swarm up, however, and Dick knew that he would have -to fall back. This he did in good order, making a plucky running fight of it, and inflicting considerable punishment upon the en-emy. Then the first detachment from Scott's camp came up, and the boys stood their ground, making many gaps in the nmks of the Rangers, and even causing Emmerick to feel that he had no mean foe to deal with. Then still more of the patriots came up, and the skirmish became almost a battle, muskets rattling, pistols cracking, bullets whistling, sabers singing, men and boys shouting, horses neighing, and men and horses keeping up a thun derous sound as they charged. The rest of the Liberty Boys in camp joined those on the .field, and then all the patriots charged and drove back -the E!nemy. "And you have nothing to say why sentence should not~ be pronounced upon you?" i "No," doggedly. "I have failed and must suffer the consequences, I suppose." "As a spy you would be hanged, as a soldier you will be ~c shot. You have till sunset to live." ct The traitor grew deathly pale and trembled, but made no reply. Then he was taken baok to his tent _ and placed under a s strong guard. The boys said nothing, feeling the seriousness of the oc-I casion, and not caring to talk about it. When the time of execution should arrive, a squad of l boys would be called up and muskets would be given to them, some 'of which would contain bullets and some blanks, none of the boys knowing one from the other, however, the muskets being loaded by 'boys other than those who gave them to the squad selected. By this device no one would know who had fired the fatal shots, and no one would feel that he was responsible for the death of a fellow creature, even though the punishment were a. just one. Not even Dick would know which muskets contained bullets, and which did not, the entire matter being a -secret to all. The boys ate their suppers in quiet, little or nothing be ing said, for all felt the solemnity of the occasion. There was little less than a hour after supper before sunset, and during that time the prisoner would be left to himself, the tent flap being closed and no sign of life being heard within. The two Harrys paced monotonously up and d<1Wil before the tent, Ben and Sam being in the bushes in the rear, keeping a strict watch . There were other boys near, and it seemed impossible that the prisoner could escape, all the boys being armed and ready to fire at a moment's notice. Less than a quarter of an hour remained till sunset, and

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L THE LIBERTY BOYS TRAPPING .A TRAITOR. 27 ;va a ready the sun was behind the trees, shadows having beThe tent being a complete wreck, the boys could not' ,to to gather, and the signs of an approaching storm being tell if the prisoner had escaped by the front or had crawled parent. under, no one having seen him, and Sam alone having ; he Indeed, in another minute these became so apparent that heard him as all the boys now believed. e.r, rre was little doubt that the storm was almost upon The peal which followed the lightning and the crashing wt1em. of the tree had made noise enouglt to prevent footsteps from It had been quite hot during the day, and there had been being heard, and the intense darkness had kept any one remsiderable firing, all of which would account for atmosfrom seeing the escape of the prisoner. ?r. eric disturbances. The boys had sallied forth to resist the attack of the lie In a moment as it seemed the sky grew black, lightning cowboys, and these, alarmed as much by the storm as by egan to flash and thunder to roll, while all at once .~e the boys, had fled in the greatest haste. ! d ea,ens seemed to open and the rain came pouring down in erfect torrents. The storm lasted an hour or more, the rain washing" Then the rattle of hoofs was heard between thunder away all trail which the escaping prisoner might have left u laps, and a sudden alarm was given that the cowboys were behind him, and the boys regarded him as lost. e ttacking them. "Well, we have been saved an unpleasant duty," ob!-There came a louder clap than before, a tree near Ben served Mark, "and if the fellow is wise he will keep away: g nd Sam was struck by lightning, and the boys felt their from om camp no matter where we may be." -ery finger tips tingle. "If we catch him within a month or a year, or even ten I Thoo there was a cry of alarm from the two Ha.rrys, and years, we will have to execute sentence upon him," replied :! he tree was seen falling right across the tent. Jack. "He is a traitor and deserves death. Shall it be "Run, boys, run!" shouted Bob, who had come to sumsaid that any one can come into our company, betray UI!,. t non the prisoner and to tell him that he must prepare violate bis oath and then go unpunished?" 1imself. "No, it shall not, Jack," replied Dick, who was passing : Crash l "You are right, he is a traitor and deserves death, but The tree fell across the tent, but instant darkness folwhether he will ever be seen again by us I do not ! .owed, so black that it was painful to t~e eyei.:, and no one know." ~ould say what had happened. "If lie is wise he will keep the Liberty Boys a s far from "G t t h " . ,d Bob "I one hurt?" e ore es, erk s any him as possible" muttered Bob. "I would shoot hlill on ,. _"No, but I feel as if I had been struck by lightning," sight now." ' ;;aid Ben. I "N t I r . d B b" a D' k "Is that vou Ben?" asked Sam. "I thought ,ou ran ''J .1.t? u~ esstyour d 1 e were in dang~r, t 0 ;, sai ic . • J ' J u s ice 1s no mur er nor mur er JUI'-1ee. past me Just now." '. . • "11.T I th ht t b tt t t d t t kn The storm passed durmg the mght, and t h ere was no 1\ o, oug 1 was e er o s an s 1 , no owmg . . b t th t I • ht • t d ,, alarm from the enemy nor any sign of the escaped prisoner. u a m1g run m o a worse anger. . . . "W 11 b t 11• d ?" In the mornrng the sun shone bright and everythrng was "I de ''tuk w O piasds~d met. I t d t"ll,, fresh and green, but all signs oJ' a trail had been washed on now. 1 no , s oo s 1 t d D' k d tl b kn tl t t 1d b 1 T h b ht a h u . th 11 th ld OU ' an IC an le oys ew la 1 wou e use ess ore es we:e ro1;1g an ' s e errng . em a ey cou searchin for an r now. from the peltrng rarn, the bo,,s made their way to the tent, . g 3 . which was now a wreck unde"r the fallen tree. During the forenoon he set out with a considerable force Armed with axes, the boys cut away the branches and to look for the enemy. . . :finally o-ot to the tent itself, cuttincr away the canvas and They had not seen any signs of them from the hilltop, gettingat the inside. 0 but Dick had an idea that there might be some lurking-Here they found no one, however. about, and he wished to make certain. More torch.es were brought, the tree was taken off the They passed the knoll whence the enemy had issued the tent, and the latter examined thoroughly. • day before, but saw nothing to aTouse their suspicions, and Nothing was seen of the prisoner. went on. "My impression is that he escaped just before the tent Some distance farther on they suddenly came upon a lit-was s~ruck by t~e tree or at the moment," s~id Sam! "and He tavern, half hidden among the trees, and here they I believe that 1t was he _who ran past me m the mtense heard the sonnds of merrymaking, the clinking of pot_s and' darkness and whom I mIStook for 1,len." glasses, and the shouts of laughter, Dick suddenly seeing "Jove! I believe you are right, Sam," said Ben. a number of redcoats at the windows. When they came to think it over, _the others were all of "Surround the place, boys," he said quickly. "We mu1t the same opinion. capture these redcoats, for they may tell us of others." CH.APTER XII. The redcoats had discovered the boys and attempted to, escape, but were too late. The place was surrounded and the redcoats were taken,: some hiding in the bar and some trying to get down cellar, Certainly the prisoner had not been crushed by the fall but being ignominiously dragged out of their hiding: of the tree upon the tent, for a thorough search was made places. and nothing was found, not so much as a button even. i .Among thGse captured Dick recognized Captain Randall,-.A. STRANGE ESQA.PE. j

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THE LIBERTY BOYS TRAPPING A TRAITOR. IUl iie wa s known t o the boys, and al s o as the supposed of the trait or Rup e rt. M Are you that fell o w 's f a ther, captain?" asked Dick . "I Rupert. Tha t is the only name I h.'llow." '"No, I am not Jim R u p ert' s father , and my name is not R.a:n1!a1l. The f e llow m a de a mess of the whole thing, or ,wmuld have h ad your rebel general hard and fast be-~ M w . " . '"We ar-e not r e b els, capta in, we are patriots . What was He was n ot old e nough to be in the arm y." -''He wa s older than he looked and was a second lieuten..Qit, The troubl e with him was that he thought every one foferior to hims elf." -''It strikes me that that is a cr ying fault of the redmrls,'' la u g h e d Di ck . " You call us r e bels, say that we Ufi.V'~ oo general s , an d boast that you will dri v e us into the but we have o utwitte d some of your ablest generals, fa,ve beaten y ou more tha n once, and despite the inexperiei~ o f ou r troop s , seem t o be making some progress. Re~mber, we are defending our homes, our liberties and our m3St sacred rights, while y ou are invaders, the tools of a cyHnt and the aggres s ors in every way." The redcoats were all marched off to the camp, there ~ng no others in sight , and were turned over to General S oott, who questioned them regarding the whereabouts of ~rick, Simcoe and other leaders of the enemy. They W(}uld say very little, but John Biggs came in dur,::mg the afternoon and said that the redcoats, Hessians and ~rs had gone off in the direction of King's Bridge ~et" in the day, and that there were none of them in the a~ffll -of Mile Square. '4N.tat is satisfactor y as far as it goes," remarked Dick, 4.riimt I ' d rather hear that they had left the main entirely .:ra8. !g6ne back to New York." "'~ema p s they will," d e clared Bob. "They have been faenfilad pretty roug'b.ly s ince they have been in the neigh~a, a nd the y may be growing tired of it." CHAPTER XIII. THE T RAI TOR PUNISHED. 'h..~~ next da y there wer e no signs of the enemy in the ~on around Mile S quare, but rumors were received that ff.1-e y wer e making t r oubl e in the lower di s tricts and that .he &w'boys were with t hem. As these rumors incr e a s ed and were verified, the Liberty Boys 'Jii'lere ordered to tak e up a position below their former (l1 m l' and await the coming of some of Scott's forces. T-be >boys went on the march late in the afternoon and took up a. position in a wood near the Bronx on one side n, ne:ar the main road on the other, getting their camp -o-rdeT before dark. "There will be lively times before long, I fancy," said Boo, l!!B he and Mark sat with Dick in front of the latter's tent ad'te:r the fires were lighted. .-.:Y-es, I don't suppose they know that we are about," reMark, "and when they go to riding roughshod over tf:he pe0pl-e about her e the y will receive a great surprise." "They certainly keep us busy," remarked Dick, "but the On boys do not seem to mind that." rnua "No, they think it is fine fun, as Patsy says," rejoined Th~ M~ Later, when it w a s dark and still in the camp, the fo.es'dei being nearly out, Harry Thurber on guard near the road Thi h e ard some one coming along on horseback at a pretty goo dame gait. e re It was rather late for any one to be out, and as the ride Th came on, Harry stepped out in the road and said sharply: 1em "Halt ! Who goes there ?" There was a sudden surpri s ed e x clamation , and Harryince . thought he recognized the voice. Ar "Halt!" he cried, giving the fire a stir with his foot and 'nem causing it to flare up brightly. 0 tc The light fell on the rider's face, and Harry recognized Tl it in an instant. nd "So! it is you, traitor ! " he hissed. "Stand or I fire I" tea< Rupert, for it was he, gave a surprised exclamation and T dashed on. Boy: Harry sprang aside and fired, as he had promised. ute He could hear the horse go galloping on up the road, but T the fire had gone down again and he could not see if the ar~ traitor was on his back. f Up came a number of the Liberty Boys and there was . 'I considerable excitement. g "Who was it, Harry?" asked Ben Spurlock. "That traitor. I heard him come riding along and chal lenged him, thinking it strange that any one should be out at this hour. Then he gave a start,and I thought I knew his voice and stirred up the fire. He rode on and I shot e:i at him." "Was he in unifo'rm, Harry?" asked Dick, who had come an "I did not see, captain. He had on a ltlng cloak." "Now he knows that the camp is here and I suppose he th, will inform the redcoats," said Dick. "Well, they would do have learned it before long, so it does not matter much. Better keep a sharp lookout, boys." tii The pickets were doubled, but there was no alarm during nc the night, and the redcoats, even if the traitor had told ar them of the presence of the Liberty Boys, did not appear. In the morning, soon after sunrise, Dick went out with s a a score of the boys and saw a considerable detachment ot'I redcoats approaching, and at once sent back two of the l 01 boy s to bring up the rett of the troop. Meanwhile he pos ted his boys advantageously on the road so as to meet the enemy, and awaited their coming. I c1 They saw him at length and came on with a flourish, expecting to rout him. The boys held their ground and waited for the enemy, o Dick never doubting that the rest of the troop would come i up in tirrle to support him and help him hold the enemy in check. On came the redcoats, until, seeing the sta.n.d the boys ' made, they began to suspect that there was some trap and halted, sending detachments to the right and to the left to endeavor to get behind the young patriots . Dick's position on the road was such, however, that this was a more difficult undertaking than the enemy had real ized. .I

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THE LIBERTY BOYS TRAPPING A TRA!TOR. 29 he0n one side was the river and on the other a wood, • rough which it was impossible to take the horses. e The main body approached along the road while one de-chment advanced along the river bank, Dick extending left wing to meet them. ad The right deploying party was brought in, while the left 0 me on rapidly, hoping to cut through and take Dick in j.e rear. e There was a lively lot of boys on the river bank to meet =1em, however, and they found themsehes in trouble at nee. ry And then Dick advanced along the main road and the d nemy's van found that they would have considerable to o to hold them back. d The boy oln t~e river began to advance at the same time, .nd now it looked as if the boys would flank the enemy in " tead of being flanked by them. d Then the bugle sounded and the reserves of the Liberty 3oys came up, led by Bob, the whole troop advancing reso utely. t Then, to the consternation of the redcoats, the advance e ?arty sent ahead by Scott came up, having heard the sound Jf firing and judging that there was something to be done. ;. The result was that the enemy withdrew both its flank-mg parties and formed in a solid column on the road, hop ing to hold their own. Dick's precaution in sending out his scouting party early proved to be the right thing, for now the enemy, finding , themselves opposed by a strong force, fell back in haste beyond the position they had occupied the night before. Having forced them to retire, the patriots took up a new 3 .3.nd better position and then rested, Scott's main force being expected during the morning. The Liberty Boys now settled themselves in camp, had their breakfasts and prepared for active times, having no doubt that the enemy would attempt to dislodge them later. In the early afternoon, Scott having arrived in the mean time, Dick and a half dozen of the boys set out to recon noiter, riding on cautiously with their eyes and ears open and all their senses on the alert. Going on, they saw a tavern on a crossroad, and suddenly saw Rupert coming out of the door on their road. At the same moment they heard a clatter of hoofs on the other road. "Forward!" cried Dick. The boys charged, and in a moment saw a number of cowboys on the other road. They saw them and came on at a gallop. Rupert dashed into the tavern and then out of it on the other road, intending to bring up the cowboys, not know ing that Dick had already seen them. "Rebels!" he shouted, as he ran o t. Crack-crack-crack! There was a sudden sputtering volley and the traitor fell dead in the road. Littlecuff and his cowboys had taken him for one of the •Liberty Boys trying to escape, and had fired without looking twice. Then the boys dashed around the side of the house and opened fire on the cowboys. The latter, having wasted a volley on the traitor, were forced to fall back. "There is some one lying in the road, captain," said J3en. "Yes, I see him. The traitor has met with his punish ment and at the hands of our enemies." The cowboys presently came on again, di vi ding their force so as to attack Dick's little party on two sides, but knowing nothing of the detachment of regulars, whom they could not see. As they rushed forward, expecting to cut Dick's pai,ty to pieces, the regulars suddenly dashed upon them, and Lit tlecuff and seven or eight of his men w-e're shot dead at the first volley. The others fled in alarm, and one band of cowboys was broken up, the men scattering when their leader fell and joining other bands. Rupert was found dead in the road, and was taken away and given a decent burial, but without honors. "The traitor has met his deserved fate," said Ben, "and has received his punishment." The traitor was never mentioned by the Liberty Boys after that, and boys who joined the troop at a later date knew nothing of him. His supposed father was later exchanged for a patriot captain taken prisoner by the British, and the boys never saw him again. Later the boys went south, where they went through an extensive campaign, fighting under different leaders and sh9wing their bra.very in many a battle, gaining new laurels and adding to their already brilliant reputation. They did not see John Biggs again for some time, the boy remaining at work on the farm, giving satisfaction to his employer, and all the time adding to his height and strength by hard. work and plenty of out-of-door exercise. The boys did not forget him, however, ancl when they returned to Westchester, a year or so later, they found John a much bigger boy, nearly fifteen years old, and as eager to join the Liberty Boys as he was when they last saw him. "Well, John, you have been growing, I see," said Dick, when John came into the camp. "Yes, captain. Do you think I am big enough to join the Liberty Boys now?" "I should not wonder if you were, John. Do you want to, and are your folks willing?" "Yes, captain, but you had better see them." Dick did see them, and John Biggs joined the Liberty Boys a few days later and remained with them till the close of the war. Next week's issue will contain "THE LIBERTY BOYS AT OLD TAPPAN; OR, THE RED RAIDERS OF THE HIGHLANDS." SPECIAL NOTICE :-All back numbers of this weekly, except the following, are in print: 1 to 35, 45, 49, 76, 83, 86, 107, 223. If you cannot obtain the ones you want from any newsdealer send the price inmoney or postage stamps by mail to FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, New York City, and yo• will receive the copies you order by return mail.

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30 'l'HE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. A DROP OF INK Perhap ate bef< There! OR, HIDDEN BENEA~I'H A BLOT, "Arthl 1 be se By HORACE APPLETON "I WI ~st as ball 1l CHAPTER I. THE TWENTY-NINTH DAY OF JANUARY. Upon the twenty-ninth day of January, in the year of our Lord nine hundred and eight, at a trifle past four o'clock in the afternoon, a young man opened the door of the warehouse of Crumley & Co., Coenties Slip near Wate r street, and, closing it carefully behind him, in obedience to a sign which threatened instant decapitation to any one possessed of sufficient boldness to leave it ajar, tapped lightly, and in a peculiar way, upon the glass partition which divided the office of the firm from that portion of the warehouse in which goods were stored. At the sound of the tapJ}ing from within the office there immediately appeared a second youth, who, laying down his pen and closing a large account-book with which he was at the moment engaged, o:pened the door in the glass partition and joined the tapper in the store beyond. "Hello, Elmer! Is that you, old fellow?" he exclaimed, shaking the visitor heartily by the hand. "Why didn't you come right into the office at once instead of bringing me out here in the cold?" The question was well put. I Wiihin the office of Crumley & Co., which was neatly car peted and furnished wi{h partitions of shining mahogany and glittering brass, a fire glowed in a comfortable stove, while out in the storage-room there was nothing but bare floors, hatcbY ay and rope, with pork and beef barrels, piled one above the other, tier upon tier, from fl.oar to ceiling, and the lack of artificial heat rendered the apartment cheerless and co ld. "Because I wanted to say a word to you in private, Arthur," replied the visitor, with some slight show of embarrassment. "I saw the old man was not around, and didn't care to talk to you with Dick Shortliff, the bookkeeper, taking in all I had to say. I guess it won't hurt either of us to stand out here for a moment, cold and all as it is." To look at the pair one would surely have voted this last observation correct. At their age young men are not over-sensitive to heat or cold. This was twenty and twenty-one respectively. The former being the age of Elmer Romayne, the latter that of Arthur Lyman, nephew of Mr. John Crumley, the sole 11urviving partner of Crumley & Co., and his most intimate friend. Both were perfect types of yothful impetuosity, of manly strength and perfection of form. That Arthur Lyman was tall and dark and Elmer Romayne short, with a leaning toward corpulence, with light hair and merry gray eye, formed the points of difference most marked. They had been playmates as children, chums at school, and 'he r e now, as manhood approached, their friendship 'Instead of b ee dimini-shing, as is often the case, seemed only tt, l'!crease as Unk time advanced. "Ne, And yet their social positions differed to a marked degree. ,ruml Elmer Romayne left without father or mother at a tender • ou sl age, was a clerk at a small salary in a shipping office on "I i lower Broadway, Arthur Lyman, on the contrary, although likewise an orphan, was an inmate of the household of his uncle, the rich Mr. Crumley, and was now, it was rumored, to inherit under his dead father's will a large estate. "0 But this diffel'ence in their social standing had not changed y their feelings toward one another at all. Not that there exists any good reason why it should, but from similar differences, unfortunately, early friendships are apt to be forgotten, for such is the way of the world. "Well, old fellow, speak it out," said Arthur, pleasantly, regarding his friend's embarrassment with a slightly amused, smile. "You think you can't come to our little entertain• ment to-night? That's what's the matter with you, is it not?" "That's just it, Arthur, and I thought I'd skip round and tell you before you closed up for the night. I hated to say' so and didn't know just how to begin, but you are a veritable Yankee for guessing, it seems." "Why can't you come? I don't believe your reason amounts to anything at all." "Perhaps it wouldn't to you, but it amounts to a good deal with me. To be frank, I have no clothes good enough to wear. It will be a swell affair. and I can't make a show of myself before your fine friends. If I had a dress suit it would be another thing. " "Humph! Don't you suppose I thought of that when I invited you, eh? If you'd have just kept quiet for another half hour, I should have been around to your place and have arranged the whole thing." "Upon my word I don't see how you could." "Don't you? Well, it is very simple. I have provided two full -dress suits for the occasion. One for you, the other for me. You are to come up to the house with me, rig yourself in my room, and join our little gathering this evening. ff you won't do this for me, Elmer Romayne, you are not the friend I think you-that's all." The face of the young shipping-clerk blushed scarlet. "Arthur-you are v&\'y kind," he stammered, "but I can't accept any favors like that." "What's the reason you can't? I'd accept as much from you, almighty quick, if our positions were reversed." "Yes, but--" "But what?" "You are rich, and all sorts of nobs will be at the party, ' while r--" "Elmer Romayne, don't be a fool. I'm as poor a man as you to-drry."

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I I TIIE LIBERTY BOYS OF ',G. 31 "Perhaps you are, but you will come in for your father's "Very well, I'll attend to it," was the short reply, and te before the year is out, and then--" Richard Shortliff passed out into the street. "There! that shows just how much you know!" exclaimed "Do you suppose he heard you?"' asked Elmer, in a whise ,young man, a shadow passing over his face. "I don't per. e to talk about my private affairs to any one, but I'm so "I don't know and I dont care. I meant what I said, so 11 of them to-night that I feel as though I must speak or it don't matter whether he did or not." r~t. and I'm going to tell you exactly how I stand. "You ought not to say such things, they might be miscon-"Elmer, the money which my father left to Mr. Crumley, strued." y uncle, in charge for me, ought by rights to have been j "I tell you my uncle is a scoundrel. The world would be id over nine months ago. He hasn't done it. Do you want I better if he were dead." know why?'' I Upon the countenance of Arthur Lyman was depicted both "Arthur, be careful. Don't tell me anything you are going , rage and hate. be sorry for by and by." I Knowing him as he did, it pained his friend beyond ex" I won't be sorry for it. I've borne this state of affairs pression to see him thus give way to feelings so utterly unst as long as I intend to. If something ain't done soon, I worthy of the noble nature of which he believed him posall bring the whole matter before the surrogate's court. sessed. he reason Joh:i Crumley hasn't paid me the money, Elmer, because he hasn't got it. I begin to believe that he has nk my whole estate in foolish speculations on Wall street. "Never! Arthur Lyman, you must be mistalrnn. John rumley is rated at a million. You ought to be careful what ou say." "I don't care. I spoke my mind to him this morning, and 'm going to speak it to you now. Elmer, my uncle is a ruined an, and I know it. More than that. he drinks so much that e keeps himself in .a state totally unfit for business all the while. "Only this morning I had a talk with him, and demanded ruy money. He admitted that he couldn't pay it, that he had speculated with my very funds. "I wouldn't care for that if he was disposed to do what's right now, but he ain't. Even while we were talking his lawyer called and paid him fifty thousand dollars in bills. It was his award by the courts from an old law suit of my father's which has just been Eettled. I demanded that he give the money to me, as the suit related to my property, but instead Of oomplyi:ng with my very reasonable request he laughed in my face. . "Elmer, I feel sometimes as though I could kill John Crum-ley, although he is tny uncle, for the wrong he has done me." "Hush-hush, Arthur! Control yourself! Some one might hear you make that threat." But the warning came too late. The words spoken in rashness had already been heard. Even as they were uttered, the office door opened, and a young man of prim, starched appearance stepped out upon the stone floor. It was Mr. Richard Shortliff, an employee of Crumley & Co., in the capacit)J of head bookkeeper and confid,mtial clerk. • Between Arthur Lyman and this man there had 4')een a standi ':lg enmity for years. Not that Richard Shortliff was other than a virtuous member of society. He was all of that. A church-member, a Sunday-school leader, a strong temperance advocate, a man most expert at his business, most devoted to the interests of the firm by which he was employed. Though Richard Shortliff was deep in the confidence of his uncle, Arthur could not endure him, and he made no effort to conceal his dislike. That this individual should have overheard his foolish threat was unfortunate. Yet in his present excited state the
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32 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 . . One was Rich_ard Shortliff, the bookkeeper, another a po-I but upon a night like this he felt that it could in no way harm hceman, the third a grave-looking individual in citizen ' s him to try medicinally the warming effects of a whisky slin"'. clothes "' 1 He had reached the corner of Broad and Pearl streets upon They appeared _to be ex c ited, and no wonder, for before arriving at this conclusion, and upon the side of the wa:,; opthem _ lay that which was calculated to excite the most unim-' poEite to where he stood he perceived a saloon of the ordinary pressible man on earth. type, which seemed to offer promise of affording him precisely It was the head of the firm of Crumley & Co., with a wound what he sought. upon his forehead, streached dead upon the office floor. One door fronted Broad street, and was closed, while ~the CHAPTER II. T , H E D ETEC TIVE. Elmer Romayne had not left his friend more than one-half bour when a man, whose age might be fixed at forty , might have been ob s erved leaving the office of a well-known firm of stock brokers on Broad street just below Wall. He was of medium height, with sharp, inquisitive features; which bore upon them an air of gravity withal, brown hair, keen, penetrating eyes, protruding chin, and short upper lip covered by a spreading mustache. His dress was plain and in accordance with the season, 'While as an extra protection-for the day was bitterly coldhe wore a handsome silk muffler closely wrapped about his throat. Turning his footsteps toward the East river, this man moved hurriedly toward the • Brooklyn ferries located at the end of the Battery Park. Many stared at him as he passed . He did not heed them. To be stared at when in this his usual dress was something to which this man had long ago become accustomed, for he was quite a public character in his way, especially among those doing business in the neighborhood of the Stock Ex ehange. His name was Mr. Timothy Chase. He was one of the best known and most successful of all the detectives on the New York force. Chance alone had caused him to drop into the office of a '.firm of brokers with whom he had an intimate acquaint• ance, previous to seeking his Brooklyn home. Do chance and fate differ? Or are they synonymous terms? Business had been dull-very dull-with Timothy Chase for some time past. For weeks he had been longing for some excitement, for -6ome case worthy of his professional skill upon which to exercise his idle brain. He was destined to have it. Before he should sleep that night chance or fate had written it that his desire should be fulfilled . The greatest case with which he had been called upon to .:ope during his entire career wa& by chance about to be thrust into his hands. The wind which blew straight from the river front cut the face of our pedestrian like a knife. It reminded him that he had for two hours past been seated tn a warm room-it reminded him also of the unpleasant possibility of taking a violent cold, with suggestions of pneumonia and weeks of confinement in bed. "See here, my friend, this will never do," he muttered. •rve got to get something to warm me up inside to counter.act this beastly air without." other-that upon the Pearl street sid-stood open, affordi J:$ an inviting view of the interior, with its glowing stove, sim mering water urn and tempting display of bottles a11d decan-ters to the passer-by. , Just outside this door stood the bartender, bareheaded an d in his snow-white apron, in the act of having a word with a young woman, with whom he seemed to be a c quainted, wh o had stopped to chat as she passed the door. • , "Cold comfort talking to the girls bare-headed on a da y like this," muttered the detective as he entered the place. "For my part I should much prefer the situation of that in dividual there by the stove to a chat with the prettiest girl that ever lived." The comparison was an extreme one. The man who stood hugging the bar-room &tove was clothed in filthy rags from head to foot; was, in fact, as dirty a speci men of the genus "bum" as the city would produce. At the same instant the white-aproned bartender, who, seeing a customer enter, had closed up his conversation short meter, now followed Mr. Timothy Chase into the saloon. Hurrying to his sation behind the bar without looking about him, he politely requested the detective to name his drink. "Hot Scotch, if you please. Don't make it very strong." The bartender reached for the bottle required. As he moved toward the hot water urn his eyes fell on the tramp. "Now plame me if dot fellow ain't got de cheek of th ~ deuce!" he exclaimed, in the accent of the German-Americans of New York. "I puts him owit mit de side door und here comes back mit de front. Schust vait, young feller , until I get through mit dis gustomer, and I'll let you kno ; vat sort of leather my boot is made of. Gosh blame me! so I vill." But the wretched tramp who hugged the stove seemed utterly oblivious to those remarks. In fact he appeared to be suffering, unless indeed it was in toxication under which he labored, for he was swaying from side to side, and making the most horrible faces tha t c an b e imagined. "Now, by schimminy! I'll bet you ' ve been drinking mit dot pottle and glass!" cried the German in. a rage, glancing at the,same time at a black bottle and an empty tumbler which rested upon the bar not a great way from where th e detective stood. "Schust you get owit, young feller, und if I catch you here again mit de free lunch gounter I'll preak every pone in your • plame pody, by schimminy, I vill!" Disregarding the wants of the customer, who intended paying for the administration of what was perhaps well merited ' discipline upon the one who did not, the bartender sat down the half-mixed hot Scotch by the side of the water-urn and sprang toward the tramp at the stove. At that same instant from that wretched specimen of humanity there went up a loud yell of despair; "I'm poisoned! I'm poisoned! " Bending himself almost double, with sharp cries of pain he fell a mass of rags and filth into convulsions upon the bar-Now, unlike many of his fellows, Timothy Chase rarely in --dulged in intoxicating drink. room floor. That is, in anything stronger than a glass of beer or so, ( This story to b e continued in our next iss ue.)

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THE LIBERTY BOYS CF A Weekly 1'1agazine containing Stories of the A1nerica~ Rei By HARRY MOORE These stories are based on actual facts and give a faithfu 1 account of the exciting adventures of a brave lean youths who were always ready and willing to imperil th" ir lives for the sake of helping along the gr Independence. Every number will consist of 32 large pages o f reading matter, bound in a beautiful colored c LATEST ISSUES ; 488 The Liberty Boys After Sir John; or, Dick Sta Tbrnit~;;.rty Boys Doing Guard Duty; or, The L, 456 'l'he Liberty Boys' False Guide; or, A Narrow Escape from De-489 feat. 457 The Liberty Boys Up North; or, With Arnold on Lake Cham-490 The Liberty Boys Chasing a Renegade; or, Tl <-plain. 491 458 Tbe Liberty Boys Fooling Howe; or, The Twin Boy Spies ot the Bronx. 492 the llhio The Liberty Boys and the Fortune T eller; 01 of Harlem The Liberty Boys Gnarding Washington; or, D PJnt. 4.:i9 Tbe Liberty Boys in K entucky; or, After the Redskins and Rene-493 gades. . The L iberty.Boys and l\Iajor Davie; or, Warm 460 The Liberty Boys' Dashing Charge; or, The Little Patriot of White l\larsh. 4Gt The Liberty Roys and Old Jlioll; or, The Witch of Red Hook Point. 462 .The Liberty Boys' Secret Cave; or, Hiding From Tryon. 494 ,11)5 496 497 498 499 lenburg Distl"ict. 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