The Liberty Boys' war flag, or, Standing by the colors

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The Liberty Boys' war flag, or, Standing by the colors
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Liberty Boys of "76"
Moore, Harry
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Issued Weekly-By Subscriptio11 $2.G0 per yea,. Entered as Second-Glass Matter at 1/w New York Post Office, Fabr11ary 4, 1901, by FNwk T ousey. The British suddenly swarmed about Harry, trying to seize the war flag, one fallen redcoat grasping him by the leg. Dick sprang in and caught the boy by the shoulders to draw him backward out of harm's way. '


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 A Weekly Magazine Containing Stories of the American Revolutiorn [Hued WeekT11-By Subscription. $2.50 per ~.,.r. Jiln.tered as Second Olasa Matter at the Neto York, N. Y., Post Offf,ce, February 4, 1901. J!Jn.tered aocordinu to Act of Oonoreas, ln. the year 1911, in the office of the Librarian of Oon.gress, Washington, D. a., by Frank Tousey, Publ-isher, 24 Union Square, New York. New ,tppUcation for Second Olass Entrt1 pending. No . 567. NEW YORK, NOVEMBER 10, 1911. Price 5 Cents. The Liberty Boys' War Flag OR, ST ANDINO BY THE COLORS By HARRY MOORE. CHAPTER I. PRESENTING T:J{E COLORS. There were a dozen or more boys in Continental uniform standing in front of a board nailed upon a post in the middle of a military camp. excitedly reading a notice which another boy had just tacked to the board. •Hallo! come and read this, boys! " cried one of the boys, Ben Spurlock by name. ''This concerns us all!" shouted Sam Sanderson, looking over Ben's shoulder. "Come on, everybody!" exclaimed Will Freeman, in great excitement. Boys came running up from all directions, until there were more than two-score of them. They were some of the Liberty Boys, a compan y of one hundred sterling young patriots fighting for American independence. and at that time stationed at F.ort Washington, at the northern end of New York Island. The Americans had just evacuated the city and were preparing to defend the fort against the incursions of the British, who were making ready to advance, having take n the city and Long and Staten islands, and being eager to drive the patriots from the island and State. Dick Slater, a Westchester boy, was the captain, and most of the boys came from that section, there being boys from a number of States, however, and all anxious to do something for the country and the cause of freedom. 'That's fine!• exclaimed a number of the boys, reading the notice on the board. "What is it?" asked a number in the rear who were not able to read the notice on account of so many Intervening heads. • Read it aloud, somebody, so that we can all hear it!" cried one. • Yes. that's a good idea, read it out and then we'll all know." "Hallo! here comes Mark Morrison, he'll read it." Mark was the second lieutenant of the Liberty Boys, a universal favorite and thoroughly trusted by the young captain. "Read the notice, fieutenant! • cried a score of the bo ys, the crowd having increased to nearly a hundred by this time. A paEsage was made for the young second lieutenant, and then Ben and Sam hel d him on their shoulders while he said, in a clear tone: "Attention, Liberty Boys! This is of importance to all o f us." There was an instant silence, while Mark proceeded in a loud voice to read what was on the notice-board: "Colors are to be presented to the Liberty Boys at twelv~, meridian, and the entire company is ordered to be present at that time, mounted and in full uniform, the presentation to be made by the commander-in-chief in person, h e having given our honored captain his commission." There was a tremendous' shout from all the boys, hats were thrown in the air, and there "as the wildest kind of excitement. Mark held up his hand and the tumult gradually ceased. "This shall be our war-flag,• continued Mark, .. given to us by the general himself, and we must always carry it and al ways defend it." "Stand by the colors, boys'.., cried Den, and there was another wild cheer from all the assembled bovs. "And Harry Judson shall carry them, as he has borne our colors before." added Sam. "So he shall! ., roarP d the boys. Harry Judson was a boy from the Mohawk Valley, well liked, courageous and thoroughly trustworthy. Just then Dick Slater, the :voung captain, rode up on a magnificent cral-black AralJian, :rnd the boys made way for him and for Bob Estabrook, the first lieutenant, who followrd on a fine bay. The boys gaYe a hearty cheer and then, when silence was re stored, Dick said: "You know what this notice is, boys. and r want you all to be present and looking your best to witness tne presentation of the flag to the company. so that you may do honor to the general who will thus honor us.• The boys cheered the general, Diel;: Slater, the war-flag, Harry Judson and themselves, being greatly excited lJy this time and full of boyish enthusiasm. Then they dispersed to prepare for the great event, I.he presentation of the colors to the company by the commander• inchief himself, an honor which not one of them failed to appreciate. Shortly before noon three or four young ladies rode into the camp, being the sisters of Dick and Bob and some of their friends . Then a number of citizens from the neighborhood arrive~, having heard that something interesting was about to tairn place in camp . After them came women and children to a large number, and a company of militia from the fort. Half an hour before noou the vicinity of the camp was crowded with men. women, children, citizens, soldiers. militia men and a sprinkling of officers of greater or Jess rank. Everybody seemed to 1rnow that something impcrtant was about to take place and all wanted to be present and get as good a position as possible from which to view t11e cere monies. "Do you had to feed all dose peobles, Balsy?" asked a fat German boy of a jolly looking Irish Jad, both belonging to ti1e Liberty Boys. The German boy was Carl Gookenspieler. his Irish companion being Patsy Brannigan, the company cook and one of the chief fun-makers of the camp, the two being fast friends. ''Sure we'd niver have enough food, Cookyspiller,• rcriEed Patsy. "There do be a thousand of thim."


2 THE LIBERTY BOYS' WAR FLAG, "Ei n t ' o usand, Batsy!" exclaime d Carl, in great surprise. " D~rn was c i n h unclert t'ousand, I b e t me. Where all dose peoblos was came from?" Fi om their homes I suppose , me bye, " r e to rted Patsy, with a gr i n . '"Y::t, I subbose dcy was," grave l y . "Well, that's all Oi can tell y e. Oi've no toime to go an' a x thirn . " Alice Estabrook a n d E dith Slate r , the s i sters and sweethearts o f Dick and Bob, were i n D ick's tent with two young ladies, their friends, all be ing greatly excite d . 'l'his is a great honor that is going to be paid to the LibNtY Boys," sai d Ali c e . " I w o n d e r tha t the y can kee p from shoutin g at t h e very thought of it. I know I would." "They haYe been do i n g a good dea l of it, sis," laughed Bob, "but now they are too busy t o thi n k of i t.., Just t h en the bugle s o unde d and the camp was cleared of all except a f ew privileged persons, these b e i n g the young ladies and t h e women and child r e n. Then the b>Jgle shortly sounde d a gain, and the Liberty Boys began t o fall in, making a m os t gallant showing. Dick Slater rode his blac k, and Bob his bay , Mark was mounted o n a b:g gray, Be n Spurlock on a roan, Sam on a c hestnut, and Harr y Judson on a sorre l, all the boys having g ood horses and making a very fin e app earance in their neat unifoi ms o f b l ue and buf.l', with muskets on their shoulders and the i r belts newly whitened. All vrnre cocke d hats w ith red, white a n d blue cockades in t hem, and the entire t r oo p l o oked ve r y smart a s it assembled i n the ope n space in t h e center o f the camp. It was just twehe o ' cloc k when the b oy s assemble d, the spectat ors looking on with great interest. T hen a distinguished-loo king part y was seen approaching f r o m the d i rectio n of Fort Washington, and a chee r went up f r om the as5em b led cro w d. "Hurrah! there's the ge n eral!" shoute d one. "Something must be goi n g on for him to come to the camp of the Liberty Boys," said on e man i n t h e crowd to another. "Of course there i s , a n d C a ptain S l a ter ranks high with the general." "A mere b oy," said the o t h e r. "Certainly. The general gave him his com m is sion and he has t1one g o o d servi ce in return. They s a y there isn' t a uecter spy i n the neighbo r hood. The y might say the country, I guess. well , he i s a very fin el o o king bo y I must s a y." The bugle so unded , and a way w a s clear e d for the general's party, the L iberty Bo ys, w i t h Di c k a t their head, going out to meet them. The two halted w i thin a s hort di stance of each other, and D ick and all 1.he boy s saluted. Then the com: ander-in-chief s ig n a l ed to an aide, who came up with a flag neatl y furled in his h and and h anded it to the general. Washington, m o u nted on his famous white charge r , ad . varced a pace o r two, Dick o n his b l ack Arabian, Major, g o ing forward t o mee~ h i m, B ob, Mark, the color-bearer and t h e corporal o f the guard bei n g jus t b ehin d the young captain. ' Cantain Slater• said the comma nd er-in-chie f, "in my own behalf and on behalf of the army and t h e Contine n t al Congress. I present yo u and the Liberty Boy s wi t h the s e colors in consideration of t he great serv i ce you h a v e rendered the cause of independence. " "Your exce llency," s a id . Di c k, in a clear voi c e, heard by e;-ery one present, "I a n d t h e Liberty B o ys a ppreciate the h on o r d one us t h i s day and a c c ept the c olors with the deepest gratitud~. This shall be the Liberty Bo ys ' war-fla g , and while it may not a lways l e a d u s to victory, it sha ll n eve r accom pany u s t o disgrace. " The n the flag was suddenly unfurle d and Dick Slater took it from the hands of the ge neral h imself and h ande d it to Harry J urlson, the young c o l or-bearer of the t r oop. A cheer burnt from t h e assembl e d multitu de, and the Liberty Boys sal uted, r ep r ess ing t heir d esire to shout as not being i n accordance with strict military rules . The general then reviewed the co mpany, e xpressing him• s elf as greatly pleased with their martia l appearan ce , after which h e was entertain ed in a large t ent arranged for the o ccasion , a number of l a di es be in g present. 'TlJe Li berty Boys broke r a n k s and scattered about the car.1p, man y of t h e sp ec t ators p ressin g forward to greet friends or relations among the m , the w hole scene being a. most animated one. Many of the bo y s lived in this region, and their parents or sisters were eager to see them and congratulate them on the honor paid to the company. There were strangers in the camp as well as those known to the boys, and WilJ Freeman, looking for his mother, who was a widow, living at White Plains, passed a group of these near one of the tents and heard a man say: "These boys have quite a military bearing. They cannot have had much experience, can they?"' "What they have had has done them good, at any rate," said another. "They have done some fine fighting in a number of places, and the captain has the full confidence of the! general." Will turned quickly and said, sharply: "Who dares to speak of rebels in this camp? We are not rebels, we are American patriots, soldiers in the Continental army. Apologize, or I will order you put under arrest!" "You are mistaken," said one, "no one spoke of rebels, my boy," and the men began to move away. Just then Will saw his mother with some friends and hurried to meet her, saying no more to the strangers. "I was not mistaken," he mutte r e d to himself. "These m e n are Tories, and for all I know they may b e spies. I shall see the captain and have the camp cleared of all whom we do not know to be our friends. " H e was busy with his mother and friends for some time, and whe n he took them to see Dick, the general having departe d, h e saw nothing of the men he had heard talking. He lme w that he would remember some of them, however, if he saw them again and determined to be on the watch for them. He told Dick of the circumstances, the young captain saying: "They were probably Tories, Will, and may not have meant anything particular by it, but, at the same time, it will be w e ll to watch them and prevent their doing any mischief, if such should be their intention." "I will, captain," the Liberty Boy replied. CHAPTER II. CHASING A SPY The camp was cleared of all except those whom the Liberty Boys knew to be their friends, the boys introducing their fathers and mothers and sisters to others, the camp being a very lively place. 'We are having a lively time now," laughed Marl, to Ben Spurlock, "but we may have it still livelier to-morrow. or before long, at any rate. There are the redcoats, Hessians and whatever, just on the other side of Harlem Plains, and dear only knows when they'll be corning out to dispute the t erritory with us." "We ll, then wen wave our war-flag, stand by our colors, and give them as lively a time as the y can stand," returned Ben. "They have b een making us go f,rom one place to another," sputtered Sam Sanderson, "and it will be no more than right if we can s e t the m to running." In front of Dick's tent were Dick and Bob, Alice and Edith, their friends, Stella Burges s and Minnie Robinson, Bob's father and mother, and several other ladies and gentlemen, al] talking in the liv eliest fashion, many predicting glorious days for the Liberty Boys when the war-flag should float above them in battle. Dick was sorry that his mother could not have been there to see the presentation of the colors, but she was an invalid and did not go about. "We will tell her all about it," said Alice to Dick, "and she will be just as much pleased as if she fiad been here to see it all." "I would lilce to have her here," said Dick, "but I lrnow that she will be as pleased to hear you tell her as if she had been here herself. It is a great day for the Liberty Boys." At that moment Will Freeman appeared at the edge of the group and gave Dick a quiet signal. The young captain slipped away quietly while all w,ere talking and joined Will at a little distance. "I have see n one of the m e n I h eard, captain, the very one who spolce of rebels. I knew his voice . He is not far from here at a tavern by the roadside, and I think the men with him are Tories." "Show me the place, Will," said Dick. The boy hurried away, Dick beckoning to a few of the b0l7a


THE LIBERTY BOYS' WAR FLAG. 3 to follow, which they did, although they had no ide a what they were wanted for. There were Phil Waters, Paul Benson and Ben Brand, an of them reliable boys and ready for any adventure. Outside the camp Dick stopped a moment and said: "Will suspects some of the men who were in the camp just now, and I am going to look after one of them whom he has discovered. " Then they all hurried on till they came in sight of the inn, which W!ll pointed out, Dick saying: "If they see us in uniform they will be careful how they talk, especially the man whom Will suspects." "He was in a curtained stall when I went in there, following another Tory," said Will, "and I heard his voice and recognize d it. I do not lrnow how the fellow looks." "Well, we will go in a few at a time," said Dick. "Come along, Will, and see if you hear the fellow again." Dick and Will entered the inn and went to the tap-room, Will leading the way to one side where there were some curtained stalls, the heavy red curtains of one of these being drawn close. "'rhere is where he was," said Will, in a low tone, "and he Is probably there stiil." The boys sat down near the stal! and presently Dick, whose hearing was very acute, heard some one say: "The young rebels have a very good position for their camp. Do you suppose you could manage to capture the captain?" "It is worth trying," replied one, and Will gave Dick a look of intelligence to indicate that this was the man he suspected. "Do so, Patton, and you will raise your reputation as a spy three-fol d. If you could capture this war-flag of the young rebels it woulc be better yet." "So it would," said the other, the man whose voice Will knew. "Go to the window and beckon to the boys to come in," said Dick in a low tone. "Your man Is a spy, and the two are making up a plan to capture me and our new flag." Will stepped to the window and beckoned to the boys outside to come in without delay. "These young rebels are making a good deal of trouble," the other man said, "and if you succeed in getting hold of their leader it will break up the company." "I am not so sure about that," thou~t Dick. "The boys would keep the company up for my sake." "Yes, so it would and, besides, we could make Slater tell us all about the fort and the strength of the rebels." "You would have a good deal of trouble to make me do that," was the young captain's thought. "Yes, and your own reputation would be greatly improved." At that moment the three Liberty Boys came into the room. At the same moment the landlord came forward and said: "Ah, captain, good-day! Are you receiving any attention. This was a great day for the Liberty Boys." "Yes," said Dick, shortly, and then, rising suddenly, he ma<1P a dash for the alcove, pistols in hand. "Forward, boys!" he hissed. "There are two British spies In here!" There was a hurried scrambling of feet behind the curtains and as Dick threw them aside two men were seen hurrying through a door at the fa ther side, the existence of which Dick had never suspected. He fire two quick shots, which struck the door as it was closed with a baug, and then ran after the men. The door was fastened on the other side, and Dick found his progress suddenly barred. "Quick, boys, the other way!" he hissed, as he tried to break down the door, which was very solid. The boys ran out one way and another, and Dick, finding that the door would not yield, said to the landlord: "Those men were British spies. Did you know this?" "Indeed I did not. captain," replied the host, frankly, and Dick knew that he was telling the truth, knowing him to be thoroughly trustworthy. "Where does this door lead to?" Dick asked. 1 "To the private hall. It is very seldom used, and I supposed it was locked." Dick now hurried outside by the front door, finding the four boys in pursuit of two men, who were riding down the road toward the British lines at fuli speed. He sprang into the saddle and rode after the boys, shortly overtaking them and then passing them at full speed. "Come on, boys;" he cried. "We may catch these fellows yet." If they had had farther to go Dick would have done it, but they were nearing the lines at a dangerous rate. and now a number of redcoats anpeared, and Dick reined in, the two men hurrying on at full speed, urging their horses fat• beyond their strength. "They have got away from us, boys, • said Dick , as the rest of his party came up. "Never mind, I shall know them again, as I got a good look at both." "Are they spies, captain?" asked Ben Brand. "One of them i s, at any rate, and the otheris in sympathy with the enemy, He may be an officer in disguise." "I saw them both in camp to-day," said Will. "I did not know then which one of them spoke of rebels, but both these men were in the group I saw when I was looldng for my mother. One of them said that they had made no mention of rebels, but I was sure they did. . Afterward I heard the man's voice in the tavern and !mew it to be the same I had heard." The two spies, as Dick judged both men to be, hacl now joined the redcoats and all rode away, the soldiers having the same objection to going ahead that Dick and the boys did. The boys watched the redcoats ti]] they were out of sight, and then Dick said, musiugly: "The spy's name is Patton, but I don't know him from the other one as I did not see him speak. I know his voice, but I don't know him." "Who is the other man?" asked Phil Waters. " I did not hear his name. Both are tall men, although one is taller and heavier than the other. I should judge that Patton is the smaller man, from the quality of his voice. A big man usually has a big voice, although that is not an invariable rule. However, I thluk that the smaller man i s Pattou. Both are florid, with large features." "We shall have to keep a lookout for them," said Will. "I don't know which is which, myself, but I would recognize either of them again." Seeing no sign of the redcoats, the boys rode on cautiously to see if they could catch sight of a camp, and thus judge how near the enj,!my had approached. "Be ready to run, boys," said Dick, in a tone of caution. "It may be that we shall see these fellows sooner than we expect." "You can't expect them to form an ambush," laughed Paul Benson. "The redcoats have not learned the ways of the Indians, although they employ the red rascals to fight us." "No, but they might spring out upou us suddenl y from some turn in the road, for all that," rejoined Dick. The boys rode on at an easy gait, keepir,g an eye on tp.e road and listening as well, so as not to be taken by surprise. At length they caught sight of a number of tents In the distance, and then Dick saw the glea,n of scarlet uniforn~s. and knew that there were redcoats in the little camp. "There are some of them, boys," he said, "but I cannot tel! how many there be. We !:tad better be cautious about going on." The little party kept along at an easy gait, when suddenly they heard a man say, in a hoarse whisper, behind some bushes: "Here they are! Make ready to grab them." "Charge in to those bushes, boys! " cried Dick. "Fire when I give the word." The boys dashed Into the bushes aud at once there was a wild scramble and a dozen men went flying down the road and across it, some into the bushes, some into the woods. Dick quickly halted the boys and they made their way into the road again, the young captain saying: "These fellows thought they would waylay t:s. but I heard their leader give the order. Our men were not with them, but these were evidently under their orders." At that moment a party of redcoats was -seen coming on from the direction ot the camp, and Dick turned and rode away. "We know now where they are," he remarked, shortly, "and we do not n eed to go any farther." " I am sorry we did not catch the spy," declared Will. "We may do so later," Dick returned, •and, at any rate, we know his Intentions and will be able to defeat them.• When the boys got back to the camp, Alice said, with a laugh: "You ran away from us, and I'll wager you have been getting into all sorts of trouble. You l:new that we would not let you go if you asked us, you sly f ellows." "Yes, and Bob wanted to go am! look for you," aJded Edith, "but we knew he would be as hard 1.o ilncl as you once h e got with you." "We have not been in any trouble that I know," said Dick, quietly, "but there i3 a certain British spy that came pretty


THE LIBERTY BOYS' WAR FL.AG. nearly getting into it, aud he may do so yet if he tries to sneak into our cam 11." "A spy, Dick?,. echoed all the girls. "Yes, two of them, you might say. Will Freeman detectea them and told m e about them. They had a narrow escape.• The boys were greatly interested in hearing of the affair, and Bob muttered indignantly: "It's a great pity that door was not locked. But for that you might h ave caught the fellows." "They must have known about it," observed Mark, "for they 111igJ1t have known that we would be on the Jookom for them .. , "Well, they got away, at all events," rejoined Dick. "We must keep a lookout for them. that is all." "And for the redcoats, too," added Harry. "I am not going to let them get hold of our war flag if I can help it." The girls went away with their friends in a short time, and later Dick said to Bob and Mark in his tent: "We missed tllat spy, but I think I might learn something about him if I went to the enemy's lines. 'fhe fellow wanted to catch me, and if I could catch him, therewould be a certain satisfaction about it." "There would, indeed," muttered Bob. "Do you want any one with you?" "You talk as if it were all settled, Bob," laughed Mark. "So it is,'' replied Di ck , "but I think I will go alone." "Soon?" asked both lieutenants. "As soon as possible." CHAPTER III. IN D[FFICULTY. yo_u s'?me~hing, my fine fellow; don't you be getting into any mischief if I let you through the lines for if you do you'll be hung high'n Haman." ' ' "Ha,. who's Haman? Oh, a rebel, I guess,• and Dick laughed uproariously at his own joke, and walked on. He made his way toward the fine mansion on the hill that he had seen, and where he knew General Howe was staying at the time, and hung around till he saw an opportunity of entering unobserved through the servants' quarters. There were a number of men hanging around, talking and laughing, chaffing the maids, and trying to cajole something to eat and drink from them, and Dick saw the two men whom he had heard talking in the tavern. He recognized them immediately, but he could not tell which was the one they had called Patton, and whom he heard speak ing. He kept out of their way, avoiding being seen, lest they recognize him, but managed to hang around, hoping that he would say something and thus reveal his identity. His patience was at length rewarded, for the smaller of the two men sauntered by him, Dick keeping we1l in the shadow, and called out to a private who was cleaning boots in the courtyard. "That's Patton!" was Dick's mental exclamation, and having found out that much, lie-slipped away, and began investigating the inside of the house. There was a constant passing to and fro between a certain room and the kitchen, maids bearing covered dishes, lackeys with bottles of wine, and others who did not enter the room. Dick naturally concluded that someone of importance was dining within the swinging doors, and made up his mind that he was going to get a glimpse inside. He had not been noticed, for if he had been, he would have Putting on a suit of ordinary clothes, making his face red been taken for one of the stable boys and roundly berated for and brushing his hair down upon his forehead, Dick shortly daring to enter the house. set out for the enemy's Jines on foot, Major, his black Arabian, He came near being discovered by one of the maids, but see-being too well known to the enemy. ing a pantry, he hastily slipped into it, and pulled the door He took a brace of pistols with him, concealed inside his to after him, expecting to wait till there was a clear field, coat, for he did not know when he might have to use them, when he would venture forth once more. and it was always well to b e provided. To his surprise he heard talking, and then saw a chink If he cou ld capture the man Patton, it would be a great ac-through which a ray of light could be seen, and found that he complishment, but he would be satisfied if he could learn some-was in a closet that opened into the room where General Howe thing of the intentions of Howe and the redcoats. himself and some officers were seated at a table, on which General Howe had offer . ed a reward of five hundred pound:, there was spread a sumptuous meal. for his capture, dead or alive, on account of the trouble he "I am in luck," he muttered, and then putting his ear to had made the enemy, and he was always ready to make tnem the chink proceeded to 1isten to the conversation within. more for that very reason. Meanwhile, he had determined to drop the role of a half-He walked along toward the lines lookino-about on all witted country lout, and smoothing clown his hair, he straightsides, gaping with his mouth half open at the fortifications ened his clothes, re:3-rranged his neckcloth, and in a twinkling of the enemy as if he had neve r seen a redoubt or even a , presented a very different appearance. cannon, and when challenged stood still and looked at the Sho~ld an_Y of the servants enter ~he closet in th_e pursuance sentry without speaking. of their duties, he would have to give some plausible account "Halt!" of himself, which he could not do in his former guise. He turned his head and looked back then again at the Their talk was of a trivial nature, retailing the gossip of soldier, and stolidly pursued his way. ' ~he time, with. many allusion~ to persons whom. Dick did ~ot This time a bayonet was pressed against his breast. mow, there bemg some ?oastm~ as to su_ccess wit~ the ladies, He pushed it away, saying; indignantly: cards, an~ of the supe'.1or ment of. their r_espect1ve mounts, "Say, don't do that, you hurt," rubbing his chest at the same a ll '?r which. was not m the least mterestmg to the young time. patriot captam. "Give the password, then. you clodhopper!" H e was about to leave the pantry, but tried to take observa-"Won't give nuthin'! Ain't no 'hopper. You've no call to tions of the anteroom first, to see if the way was clear, when sass me. Lemme alone!• he cried, edging off, yet trying to his foot struck some unseen object on the floor and he was pursue his way. "I don't know you!" thrown heavily against the door leading into the dining-room, "You'll know me fast enough, you donkey!" and the sentry causing him to make rather an unexpected and precipitate made a pass at him; Dick pretended to be pushed down , tried entrance. to scramble to his feet, got between the sentry's legs, tripped The men at the table stopped talking and stared at the inhim up, rolled over and over until h e was out of reach of the truder who had interrupted their meal in so sudden a fashion. bayonet, then took to his heels and ran right into the arms of "What are you doing here?" demanded the general. another redcoat, who had appeared on the scene to see what "Beg pawdon," and Dick bowed and scraped and pulled at the matter was. a lock of hair at the front of his head. "I really didn't mean Dick grabbed the newcomer tightly and held onto him as to, don't you know, but--" if he were his only salvation. "Give an account of yourself!" roared the general. "Don't let that feller get aholdt on me; he wan't to kill me "Well, your lordship, I-er-was told by the mistress to keep with his gun and I ain' t clone nuthin' to him!" a little watch on the silver!" stuttered Dick. "What is your business here, my friend?" asked the redcoat, "What's that?" yelled the general. "Does it seem neces-loosening Dick's grasp on his coat. sary to watch the possessions of the house when it is honored "Ain't got no business . Want to git home with th' folks." by his majesty's officers? James, put him out!" "Where do you live?" Dick made a show of resisting, but was summarily ejected "My marm works in that big house over yonder, and she from the room and from the house, and told never to let the sees the general ev'ry day, an' she toldt me to come and she'd general put his eyes on him again. let me get a peek at him, too. Say, haven't you got a fine Dick laughed in the bumptious footman's face, flipped his jacket. I'm goin' to git my marm to buy me a Sunday one of l fingers under his nose, and said: that color when she gits her money. Red becomes me, my "Perhaps he may see me sooner than he thinks. And let marm says." me tell you, my man, it is not only his majesty's officers that "Oh. the-fellow is half-witted, don't you see. Let me tell will bear watching but his majesty's officers' lackeys."


THE LIBERTY BOYS' WAR FLAG Dick turned on his heel without waiting for any reply, and went on, intending to investigate a little farther, somewhat disappointed that he had not been able to leam more of the enemy's intentions. He hung around the camp, trying to talk to the privates, who openly jeered at him for being a country bumpkin, which character Dick had resumed since he had been put out of the general's headquarters. He had his intention fixed on seeing Patton again, and to keep him under observation for a while, not expecting that the affair was going to turn out as it did. As he was sauntering around, trying apparently to peer into some of the redcoats' quarters, and being soundly berated for his prying curiosity, he saw Patton enter a barn that had been rendered habitable, followed by the other big blond man whom he had seen in company with Patton at the inn. As soon as they had both disappeared within the door, Dick stole quietly over to t~ building, and looked about for some spot where he could O\', -.hear what was being said within. There were bushes growing quite high and close to the barn around at the back, and hither Dick directed his steps, hoping that he would find a window or a chink that would enable him to hear what was going on inside. As he bad thought, there was a window, which, however, was placed too high for him to reach without having something to rest on. A vine grew over the back of the barn behind the bushes, and its stalk being of considerable size and of a tough character, be swung himself up by it till he had a good view of the interior of the barn, and the window being open, could hear everything that was going on within as we!l. The interior was fitted up with bunks, rude tables and benches, and at one of the tables were seated Patton and his companion, their backs being to the window, and almost sitting under it. The bigger man of the two was telling Patton something of a very interesting nature, judging by the attitude of the two men as well as the expression on their faces, and Dick leaned over closer toward the window so as not to miss a word of it, when his weight tore the vine from the back of the barn, and he came crashing down to the ground, making such a disturbance, that the two men came rushing out of the barn to see what had happened. , Dick had picked himse1f up, and was trying to hide behind the bushes, for he knew it would be useless for him to make a dash into the open on account of the number of men around, who would at once know there was something suspicious about his trying to get away. The two men, however, made straight for the place where Dick lay •crouching under the bushes, and he knew he could not prevent being seen. His first impulse was to leap to his feet, draw both his pistols to try to get away, and then he took second thought, and concluded it might be wiser for him to try to keep up his character of a prying, loutish youth, and trust to his wits to make a break away in case be was locked up. He was soon discovered and hauled out from under the bushes. "Here, what are you doing here?" demanded the larger man, with a threatening demeanor. "I bain't done nuthin', mister," whined Dick, putting up his arm over his bead as if to ward off a blow. "I'll do something, then," he shouted, and he took hold of Dick by the collar, and had drawn his foot back to give the boy a powerful kick, when Patton cried, q 'uickly: "Look out what you are doing!" The other man glared angrily at Patton for an instant and then as the other said something in a low tone, brought bis foot back to its natural position, but did not loosen his hold on Dick's coat collar. Patton bad caught a glimpse of Dick's face as the other man had jerked him up and had recognized him at once. There was soon a crowd about the little group, demanding to know what happened. "This is a rebel spy, Dick Slater," said Patton, "and I was fortunate enough to recognize him at once." "You didn't catch him, though," growled his companion. "Because Willington grabbed him before I got a chance. He thinks he's done the whole thing, and yet he didn't know who he was," cried Patton. The men crowded about Dick, for his reputation as one of the cleverest soles in the Continental army had spread far and wide. "There is no use of your hanging on to my throat, sir,,. said Dick, quietly, "You have taken me prisoner, and there are surely enough of you about to prevent my getting away without strangling me with your clutch on my collar." CHAPTER IV. A BA'l'TLE OF WITS, After all his planning, Dick was a prisoner, and taken by the very man whom he had wished to capture. Patton did not know all this, however, thinlting that he had come upon Dick soon after he had arrived at the camp. "By George! this is a lucky affair," he said to the men around him. "Where is the general? He will be ,ad to learn of this." "You are thinking of the reward, Patton," laughed Wlllington. "Remember, however, that I am entitled to half of it." The spy colored, and Dick lmew that his companion had rightly guessed his thoughts. "Take him into the house," muttered the spy, "and we wlll make enquiries for the general." "You won't find him, Patton," laughed Willington. "He has gone to his quarters down on the island. He will probably not be here till to-morrow." "It won't make any difference," muttered the other. "The fellow is safe here, and to-morrow we can deliver him to the general. It is a very fortunate capture." "So it is; I make two hundred and fifty pounds by it," with a laugh. "You won't forget that, Patton?" "You don't expect me to pay you before I am paid myself, do you," with a snarl. "Take this fellow into the house," to the men. Dick was taken in and put in a room on the ground floor of the house, a guard being stationed outside the window to watch him, and another in the hall that passed the door of his room. "The spy does not fancy dividing the reward," thought Dick, "and he will get out of it if he can." He sat in the middle of the room looking around him and occasionally out of the window, thinking of one thing and another and trying to form a plan of escape. Hearing a clatter of hoofs, he looked out and saw Willing-ton riding off toward the Hudson river. He thought little of it, but in a few minutes heard the spy say outside his room: "Fetch the rebel out. I am going to deliver him to the general without delay." "So as to get the whole of the reward," laughed Dick. "I suspected he would want to do that, but I did not think of it when Willington went away. He is not losing any time, evidently," The door was opened and a guard came in and said, sharply: "Come, you rebel; you are going away to be hanged. Stir your stumps now or I'll hurry you." "There is one thing you will never be hanged for, my man," said the young captain, dryly. "Huh! what's that?" snarled the man. "Courtesy," tersely, At that moment Patton appeared and said: "I am going to take you to the general's headquarters. He has sent for you to be brought there at once." Dick knew that this was not the truth, but he said nothing about it, replying, carelessly: "Yes, the general always did express a great desire to see me, being willing to spend money for the. privilege, even." "Yes , to see you hanged," snarled tLlfi other. "Come, the coach is waiting at the door." Dick went out between two guards, seeing a lumbering coach with a driver on the box standing in front of the door. Patton walked forward and entered, saying to the soldiers: "Put him in; be will be safe enough with me. If he attempts to escape, I will shoot him," tapping a pistol in his belt. Dick took a seat opposite the sPY, who called out to the man on the box in a loud tone: "Go to the general's quarters at Kip's Bay. Get up!" Then he reached out to shut the door as the horses started, Dick suddenly snatching his pistols from him and pushing him backward upon the seat as the coach went on. He shut the door himself and said, leveling a pistol at the spy: "I would like to take you back to our lines but there would be too many difficulties in the way. However, we are not going to the general's. Clever idea of yours, to cheat Wllllns-


6 THE LIBERTY BOYS' WAR FLAG. ton out of his share of the reward, wasn't it? Hardly honor-I selves in various pursuits, some c,f them being on guard, as able, though, as he had as much to do with it as you did. Give Dick was always vigilant and kept a sharp lookout for the me your handkerchief." enemy whether he expected any or not. The spy obeyed, and Dick said: It was not likely that any of the redcoats would approach 'Now your neckcloth. " the camp, this being not very far from the fort, but it was Having both o f these in his possession, Dick said, sharply: possible that spies might try to sneak up to learn something, "Put your hands behind your back." and therefore a strict watch was kept all around. iVhe:a the spy did so, Dick thrust the handkerchief into his It was quite late, and Patsy and Carl were on guard near mouth and then sprang forward, seized the man, threw him each other, meeting now and then and exchanging a few upon the scat and tied his uands behind him. . words before going on again, as others of the boys did. 'l'he coach was going on at a moderate pace, and Dick knew "Sure it do be a foine noight, me bye," said Patsy, "an' the he would have no trouble in getting out. moon do show foine in the heavens." Orening the door, he shouted to the driver: "Where you was looked for dot moon?" asked Carl. "'Go faster, yo u rascal. You'll never get there. Get up!" "There, to be sure," and Patsy pointed to the south where '-('ten ho jumped out as the driver began to whip up his a bright light was seen in the sky. horses, shutting the door behind him with a clatter and dart-"Dot don'd was where dot moon was rose," laughed Carl, ing across the road and around a turn so that the man OI). "und dot moon was went down a Jong dime already." the box might not see him. "Sure Oi tell ye that do be the moon," persisted Patsy. "'l'he .spy wont be able to stop him or do anything for some "No, sir; dot don'd was der moon, dot was gone ouid pe-timo if at all," laughed Dick, as he hurried back over the fore dis dime, I toldt you." he had come. "I do not imagine that he feels very pleas-"Thin what is it?" as the light grew brighter. ant tow::.rd me at this moment." "Dot was your red headt what makes dot lighd mit der The su:i wa3 well down toward the horizon by this time, sky," laughed Carl, as he went on. nnd Dick knew that he could wait until dark before ma.king Other boys presently noticed the light, which grew still his way thro1;gh the lines if he chose. brighter, and Dick's attention was presently called to it. Tur:iing coat inside out, it being brown on one side and "It is in the direction of the city," Dick said, "but I canblue on the other, and bending his hat so as to make 1c three not make out what it is unless it is a fire somewhere between con1c1 2d instead of round, and then brushing his hair back this and that." on his fore~rnad, Dick greatly altered his appearance. "It might be in the city itself" observed Bob Fe ,,:alkc:1 past the house where he had lately been a "If it is it must be a bi0 one',, Dick remarked. p; i,,o,rnr, t\1,. guards failing to recognize him, and went on to-When Patsy met Carl a;ain, he said, with a grin: ward tho plain. . "Do ye think it do be me head phwat makes the loight now, Ee ,.h?rtly heard a man con:mg along on horseback, and Cookspiller? Ye'll not deny it do be there, will ye?" sto::11;,o:1 rnto the bushes at the s1d0 of the road. "Nein dot was ein fire." . "lf that should b e Willington," he 1:mr1;1mred, "he might "Yis,' an' a big wan, me bye. Sure Oi wondher where 'it ts Jtnow 1.:e, ~nd I t1o not care to run the nsk Jus '. now." at all?" :i'.:ic,ine( out, he saw that the rider was indeed the British "Toldt me where dot was und I was let you knowed" officer, and he laughed as the man wet on. gravely. ' 'l'tere'U be a very angry officer when he gets to the house rmd learns that Patton has taken me away," he said. Thrn. he hurried across the fields and through a wood toward the plains, so as to avoid meeting any of the enemy. He h~d the spy's two pistols with him ana was therefore nt!P. to defend himself against an ordinary number of the ene:::n:r. but if too large a force was met with, he would have to resort to stratagem. Hti.-rying on, he at length reached a point where there was a party of four or five redcoats sitting on the ground playing cards and smoking pipes, being off duty, but in the way nevertheless. He walked forward boldly, however, and said, with. a laugh: "Enj'yin' yerselves, hey? Didn't know they was a lot o' rebels comin' this way, did ye?" • ?.Jo, whore are they?" cried the men, suddenly springing to thei; feet and looking around in alarm. '"Yo der," answered Diel,, pointing indefinitely. "Don't yew b:i scared. I'll tell 'em yew ain't here," and Dick walked on towG.rd the edge of the plain, which he shortly reached, and beheld a party of the Liberty Boys under Mark riding at a little distance. He did not see the redcoats following, but hurried on towa: r 1 the boys, waving his hat and giving a signal which they knew. TLe boys rode up quickly, the sun b eing nearly down by that time, and Dick got up behind Mark and rode away to the camp. 'l'he boys were greatly interested in the recital of his adventures, being disappointed that he had not succeeded in capturing; the spy, but glad that he had managed to make his escape . "Sure the supper do be ready an' we cud niver do without ye, Captain, dear," said Patsy. ''Blow yer bugle, Cookyspiller, an' bring the byes together to tell the captain they do be glad to see him back." "I was more glad to saw his face, I bet me," replies! Carl. "Dern don'd was nodings to his back." ' ' Sure Oi said nothing about his back, me bye," laughed Patsy . .. Yu, you was said you was glad to saw his back already." "Go on with ye, Oi did not, but niver moind that. The dinnel' will be gettin' .cowld he the toirne Oi cud explain it to ye." Humbug!" sputtered Carl, that being his usual answer when he was cornered, and then he went off and blew the bugle to call the boys to supper. After supper the fire was lighted and the boys occupied them-"Will ye now?" with a grin. "Sure it's a cute bye ye are." "Well, how I was !mowed where dot fire was already?" sputtered the fat German. "Was I ein fortune teller been?" "Sure ye're not but--whist! Sure Oi do near something." "Dot was somepody's feets; I heard it meinse!luff," in a whisper. "Who goes there'!'" called out Patsy. "Who dot was?" echoed Carl. "Shtop a liddle." There was no answer and the footsteps suddenly ceased. "Sure Oi hear no wan," muttered Patsy, moving toward one of the fires, which had already died out. He gave it a sudden stir with his foot and started it into a blaze, when all of a sudden there was a tremendous bray and a mule was seen in the road in the full light of the fire. "Get out of here, ye vilyan!" roared Patsy, leaping forward, and the animal beat a hasty retreat. "Dot was one off dose Pritish spies, Batsy," laughed Carl, "Why you don'd was caught him und hang him?" "Sure Oi think anny of thim spies wud b aonkeys to come around our camp, me bye, phwin Oi did be on jooty." "Ya, dot was all righd, but dot veller was kn owed you." "Sure an' how did ye know that? Oi niver saw the baste before in me loife." "He was ein relations mit yours, dot was der reason," laughed Carl. "Go on with ye, that'll do ye now; sure it's no relationship Oi do be claimin' with thim fellys." "Well, dot don'd was some fault off yours," laughed Carl. "You don'd could hellup it," and the jolly fellow went out laughing. CHAPTER V. THE WAR FLA.G IN A.CTION, The Liberty Boys had scouts out in the early morning, and some of these came in shortly before sunrise and reported that the redcoats were advancing through a pass at th" fartlier edge of the plains, hoping to get well on before they were discovered. The scouts at the fort were notified, and Dick arous.ed the Liberty Boys to go and meet the enemy and hold them in check until a larger detachment could come up. A way went the brave boys, their colors waving above them, and every boy there resolving to stand by them and show


THE LIBERTY BOYS' WAR FLAG. that they were worthy of the honor conferred upon them by "Well done, Harry!" said Dick, and that was more to the .the commander-in-chief. plucky fellow than the fact of having done what he had. Reaching the edge of the plain, they found that the enemy "Thank you, captain," he said, feelingly. were already there, although not in great force. Up came the regulars but the Liberty Boys had already cap" Charge!" cried Dick. "Down with the redcoats, my brave tured the breastworks and the enemy were flying in great boys!" haste. "Liberty forever! down with the redcoats!" shouted the They rallied, receiving reinforcements. but the patriots held plucky fellows, as they made a furious charge. them back until forced to retire by sheer force of numbers be-Nothing could withs1Jtnd the force of such a furious charge, ing brought against them. and the redcoats fell back in great disorder. The breastworks were leveled with the ground, and then the At the head of the pass there were more redcoats, and these patriots retreated to a more open space, where the fight was had put up some rude breastworks, behind which they began continued. to pour a hot fire upon the Liberty Boys. The Liberty Boys had not lost their colors and they now "Carry the place, down with them, fire!" fairly screamed waved over them, every boy there feeling stirre d by the ani-Dick. mating sight and giving Harry a hearty cheer as he stood Crash-roar! on a bit of rising ground near them. A terrific volley answered the command, and the ranks of More and more patriots came from the fort, and two' the intrepid youths fairly blazed. brigades made their way around to turn the enemy's flank. ! Down went redcoats on all sides, and now those who had The redcoats fell back in time to prevent this and the fight not reached the breastworks and those behind it began to was over. pour in a fire upon the determined boys. The boys cheered themselves hoarse, and H arry was picked "Give it to them!" shouted Dick. "Stand by the colors, up and carried from the field by half a dozen of them, stiil boys; down with the redcoats; drive out the invaders!" waving the war f!'.lg and saying: Harry, bearing the Liberty Boys' war flag, waved it proudly "Well! I didn't give it up, boys." and the resolute lads cheered lustily. At this the boys cheered louder than ever, and Bob Esta-" Liberty forever! stand by the colors boys down with brook declared, heartily: the redcoats and Tones," roared the boys, as 'they pressed I . "I~,deed he did not, and he would not if they had killed forward with indomitable nluck. hrm. Crack-crack-crack! -The boys returned to the camp, and the war flag was dis-There was a tremendous rattle of musketry and a continu-played proudly over Dick's tent, where all the boys could ous clatter of pistols as the gallant lads advanced. see it. The war flag waved proudly over them as they charged, "That is its first fight," observed Ben Spur lock, "and it will and there was not a boy there who would not follow where not be its last, I am sure." it led "The commander will not be sorry that he gave it to us this time, at any rate," added Phil. The boys were dangerously close to the breastworks and there seemed to be every chance that they would be carried "Nor any time, I hope," returne d George Brewster. by the daring lads. Several of the boys had receiv c J hurts in the fight, but The sight of the war flag fluttering over their heads filled none of them were serious, and the y would probably be out again in a short time fighting as valiantly as ever in the them with the war spirit, and they pressed on, determined to cause of independence. win. Harry Judson was a proud boy, for he had been true to his The enemy saw their determination and realized that the trust, and the boys had stood by him nobly in a most trying sight of the flag animated them. • 1 To canture the colors was their first aim, therefore. tune, when eYen men might have fa tered. Deprived of their war flag, the brave boys might lose "You stood well by me, boys," he said to a number, who were t elling him how proud they were of him. heart, and the redcoats determined to seize the beautiful ob-"We couldn't have done anything else,,, replie d Sam Sander-ject. son. "You told us to follow you and there was nothing else Harry pressed on, the boys close behind him, the gallant to do." fellow feeling proud and happy at leading them on to victory "Follyin' ye niver mint runnin' away, me bye. phwin ye and thinking nothing of the danger. wor headin' straight for the inimy, '' laughed Patsy, • an' WP-Few of the boys did think of that when they pressed forward had to go on." against the foe, and those who did were not unnerved by it. "Well, the war flag has begun its record," said Mark, 'and "Liberty foreve_r! follow me, boys!" shouted Harry, ~s ~e , if Harry always b ears it, it will always have a good one." P;essed on, grasprn? the staff of the flag firmly and wavmg rt I "We cannot always win, Mark," said Harry. vigorously above hrs head. "No, I suppose not. but defeat is not disgrace if we always "Hurrah!" roared all the boys. do our best, old chap, and defeats need not discourage us." "Stand by the colors, boys!" shouted Dick. "Charge and 'Thrue for ye, Liftinant," said Patsy, "an' sure they do carry the breastworks. One dash and they are ours! " only make ye do betthe r the next toime." Dick's voice, as well as the sight of the colors, cheered the "Batsy, tlon'd you was forgot somedings?" asked Carl, brave fellows, and they pressed on close to the breastworks. gravely. Crack-crack-crack! I "Sure Oi have not. Phwat wud it be, anny how?'' asked The enemy were pouring a bot fire upon them, but they Patsy. ;vere answering it in as hot a fashion. I we don'd was had br('akfast. I bet me. " Unless the redcoats did something quickly, the brave boys "Oh ,my, oh my! sure Oi forgot ivery worrud about it!" ex• would carry the place and they would be driven out. claimed the jolly Irish lad. • An' it's no wonc 1her, pbwat with This they resoJved to do, and there was a sudacn fierce rush the foightin' that wm: gain' on. 'l'hat wud make a felly forget as muskets and pistols blazed out more vigorously. iverything else, ave n ma kin' love to a purty girrul, me bye," The British suddenly swarmed about Harry, trying to seize I "Humbug!" sputtered Carl. "Dose pooty gals don'd would the war flag, one fallen redcoat grasping him by the leg. I had somedings to deed mit you already. Dey want dose goodDick sprang in and caught the boy by the shoulders to looking poys, ain't it?" draw him backward out of harm's way. "Well, an' phwat else am Oi, Cookspiller?" in mock sur-Two or three stalwart fellows had seized the staff and were prise. doing their utmost to tear it from the plucky boy's hands. "I was toldt yon dcr J)l'Cakfast after," laughed Carl, "und Then Ben, Sam, Will, Paul, Phil and a dozen more brave den dot don'd was took away dot appetite." lads rushed forward, discharging their pistols and beating I "Come on thin, an' we ' ll be ready immajite ly, if not before." down the enemy. The two funny fellows , with s everal assistants, proceede d Harry held on to the flag, and now there was a shout that to get the breakfast. and in a snort time they were all sitting the regulars were coming. I down, greatly enjoying themselves, the girls corning in when "Charge!" screamed Dick, and with the flag waving bravely they were well started. over their heads the gallant lads charged, carried the breast-I .. Is this an early dinner or a late breakfas t, Dick?" asked works and drove out the enemy. Alice. "Liberty forever!" shouted tho gallant color bearer, plant-"Both, my dear," laughe d Dick. "We were busy this morn-ing the flag on the breastworks. ing, and this is the first time we have to ourselves." A veritable roar from the Liberty Boys followed, as they "You have been in a fight," exclaimed Edith. •we heard ,sathered around the brave fellow who had led them on, the firing, but we did not think of it being so near to you."


8 THE LIBERTY BOYS' WAR FLAG. "We went after it," with a laugh. "We wanted to show our I By the time the animal was under control more horses were new flag and have a crack at the redcoats besides." I heard coming, and a British officer, attende d by two orderlies, "But some of the boys are hurt, Dick," anxiously. came thundering after them. 'Not badly, Miss Edith," spoke up Phil. who had his head I As the officer saw that the lady's horse was under control• bound up. ''That's just a little reminder of the occasion, the he slackened rein, rode up on the other side to that Dick was unfurling of our war flag, you know .. , I on and inquired, solicitously, if she had been badly fright"We don't mind things like that, considering the cause," ened. added B en Brand. "War is not a pleasure excursion, and we I 'Almost before I knew what was happening," the lady recame out very well to-day, I think." I plied, "this brave youth was riding by my side with his hand AYou had better sit down with us, girls," said Bob. "Patsy, on the bridle rein and talking to Speed in so kind a fashion bring some clean plates." that he recognized a friend at once and responded gracefully "Sure Oi do be bringin' thim, Liftinant," replied Patsy, who to his attentions .. , had anticipated Bob ' s invitation and was acting on his own ' The lady was young and very pretty, and Dick could see account. that the officer was very much in love with her. The girls accepted the invitation, having had an early break• "I thank you, young sir," the gentleman said, courteously. fast and taken a long rid e since that, but Patsy apologized "A friend in need is a friend indeed," responded Dick, play-for not having more for them, saying: ing on the name by which those belonging to the Society of "Sure if w0 had known yer wor com in', we'd have got the , Friends• called themselves. besht in the land for ye, an' it wud be none too goo d aither." , "A very pretty wit, in sooth," laughed the young lady, who "What the boys have is good eno ugh, Patsy,• said Alice, had not seemed to be badly frightened by her adventure. "and we don't want you ever to make any extra preparations "Whom have we to thank for so estimable a service?" asked for us. The boys' fare is plenty g ood enough for us." the officer. ''SnrP it do taste betther for seein' yer purty face at the i 'Call me Robert Saultus, or plain Friend Saultus, should it board," r<>plie d the jolly fellow, whereat the girls blushed and please thee better," was Dick's rejoinde r. the boys lau ghed. I "We both thank you heartily for your help, Friend Saultus, "Dot Batsy v eil er was said dot to all der gals," laughe d believing you a friend indeed," said the lady, looking sidcCarl. "He don ' d was rneaned clot.'' j ways into the handsome face of the supposed young Quaker. "Go on with ye. sure Oi do mane it, ivcry worrud, • pro-"Thy thanks are appreciated, young woman. and I would tested Patsy, indignantly. I i t were a service more deserving of thy gratitude that I had .. Well, maybe dot was so, but you was said cter same to all I rendered tllee." der gals already und so you don 'd could meant it maybe. " I They were riding s id e by side. and as they approached the "Sure Oi do not, but on'y to the besht of thim." Jines, Dick rode on with them as one having a perfect right "Humbug!" sputtered Carl, and the boys all laughed. I to enter and the officer giving the password and Dick being ''Never mind, Patsy," said Alice, "we know that you arc regarded as belonging to the party his right' to pass was not sincere, even if you do say the same things to all the girls, \ questioned. ' so never mind what Carl says about it." I They had not ridden much farther before the officer and the "Ther~! df ye hear that,. ~ookspillE;r?" cried Patsy, tri_~mphlady stopped before a plain but substantial-looking house, in antly. Ye 11 not be saym annythmg afther that, 0111 go I the midst of a large ~arden and the lady said courteously: bail." " I would deem it ; favo;, Friend Saultus, 'if you would The meal passed very pleasantly after the girls had joined , join the captain and myself in a cup of tea or a glass of wine the boys. the young ladies wanting to know all about the perchance." ' ' fight , and being much interested in the account of Harry's. "My thanks arc thine ., replied Dick bowinolow over the bearing the colors s o bravely, both of them giving him high I saddle, but without even.raising his hand to his "broad-brimmed praise. hat, but I have pressing business farther on, and must, per-Harry was greatly plea~ed , for a 11. the boys had the greatest force, decline thy gracious hospitality for to-day, but, perrespect for the young ladies, on their ov.:n account as well as chance , we meet again," and then, with another bow that inbecause they w ere. the swee~hearts o~ Diel~ ~nd Bob. I eluded both, Dick rode on, the lady and her gallant riding up They always enJoyed havmg the girls v1s1t the camp, and the broad driveway to the house. the girls for their par~ were always glad to be there, enjoying I "That was easily accomplished," laughe d Dick, as he canthe change and the gaiety that always went on there. I tered on. "I hope good fortune will continue to attend me this "There may b e more fighting, girl s," said Dick, after break-visit and not such a series of mishaps that happened during !ast, "and I think perhaps you had better cut your visit short. my last one." H?we is makin? a desperate effort to drive u~ out, and we I He continued going on at an easy pace, when he suddenly w:11 not go unt1_l we !Iav e to, t!Ie prospects bemg tha~ there saw Patton emerge from a house, jump on a horse that had will be lively times m the neighborhood for some time to been tied to the hitching-post in front of the gate and ride come." away without seeing Dick. "Oh, this war!" exclaimed Alice. Hr followed after him, taking care to keep far enough be-hind, not to excite his suspicion should b e turn around. After a mile or two the spy turned into a lane that led up to a house that stood a little distance from the road, nestling amid a clump of big trees. Dick rod e up to the gate, saw him enter the house, and then hitching his own mount to the fence by the bridle-rein, putting the hitching-strap into the pocket of his long coat, he Early in the afternoon. Dick set out in disguise for the , slipped around to the side of the house. enemy's lines to see if he could learn anything of their inten-A young girl was sitting reading in a little rustic house, CHAPTER VI. DICK J\IAKES A CAPTURE, tions and to get hold of the spy if possible. and soon some one came to the door of the house and called: He looked like an ordinary Quaker boy in his gray clothes "Yes, ma, I'm coming!., and the girl closed her book and and broad-brimmed bat, and no one would have taken him for ran toward the house, to reappear in a moment or two and, the dashing captain of the Liberty Boys as he rode along on running down toward the barn, brought out a horse hitched to a slow-going steed as sober loo king as himself. a carryall, which she led up to the door. He jogged along at a comfortable pace, expecting little difflTwo persons, evidently her mother and grandmoth~r, ap-culty in getting through the lines, for the Quakers were known peared, both of whom entered the carriage. assisted by Patton, as noncombatants, although it was suspected that their sym-and were profuse in their apologies for leaving him alone, patbies were with the Patriots, rather than with those who even for a short time, saying that nothing short of imperative !ought for royal pomp and power. duty wou ld make them do so. He heard a clatter of hoofs behind him, and looking back, "It's all right, Mrs. Smith," assured Patton. "I will await saw a horse cotning toward him at a tremendous gait, the your return and mind the bo11je in the meantime." slight form of a lady swaying to and fro in the saddle. "It is just as well to have some one here to protect my Dick pulled to one side of the road, and as the horse and property," spoke up the old lady, in a thin voice, "with all rider came on he rode forward, his eyes at the side, and as the those thieving soldiers about.., two horses came abreast, he reached out a hand, seized the "Well, good-by for not much more than an hour, Mr. Patton; bridle-rein of lhe runaway animal, going on beside it, and we will get back just as soon as we can," and the carryall gradually diminishing its speed by holding back on the rein drove off, and when they were out of sight the spy entered the and speaking to it In a soothing tone. house, proceeded to make himself comfortable and to partake


THE LIBERTY BOYS' WAR FLAG. 9 of a lunch that the ladies had left for him while they went Dick extracted a paper from an inner pocket, which he trans-forth on their errand of such particular importance, whatever ferred to his own without opening. , it might chance to be , and which Dick never learned. He glanced at the clock and saw that but fifteen minutes had Dick had been concealed in the shrubbery and peeped in I e lap sed since the departure of the people of the house, and at the open window to take observations of the interior of the I that he had at least half an hour longer, still he was anxious house and regarding his chances for taking the spy. to get away as quickly as possible in case they should return He could have easily shot him as he sat at the table, for sooner than they had expected . he was entirely uncon scious of the danger he was in, but it) He had done the easiest part so far and the difficulty of was not the custom of the Liberty Boys to take an unfair ad-getting him away now presented itself, but he was not going vantage, nor a man's life when it was not in their strict line to let his prisoner see any hesitation on his part. of duty. The spy was regarding him with a savage scowl on his face, He saw that Patton was sitting with his face toward the mortified at having been trapped in so neat a manner by a boy, door, and that if he wanted to take him unawares he must one so much smaller and younger than himself. enter some other way, so he went around by the kitchen door, He was trying to devise some means of escape, for, as Dick which he found fastened on the inside so that he could not had said, a dead spy was as good if not better than a live one, open it without forcing it, and then tried the window, which and while there was life h~ nad hopes of making his escape. h e easily raised, and in a moment he was into the kitchen He made no further demonstration, hoping, at least, to allay and at the door that led into the living-room where Patton Dick's suspicions, so as to make him less watchful. was sitting enjoying his luncheon. But Dick was not taking any chances; it was not his way, It was a swinging door which he could open with his foot, Still he was somewhat in a dilemma, for Patton was a big so with a pistol in each hand he noiselessly entered the room, man and was not going to aid in his own abduction, even if he walked up behind him, and by the time that Patton was did not make an active resistance. aware of the presence of any one else in the room he found To gain time and collect his thoughts he went toward the himself looking into the barrels of two pistols. table and took up a glass of water, and then remarking, casu-He grabbed a carving-knife that lay on the table and was ally, that he had missed his lunch, proceeded to help himself about to spring to his feet when Dick said, quietly: to a piece of bread and a slice of meat. "Sit down, Mr. Patton. .a dead spy is just as good, and "You're a cool one," grunted Patton. "I thought you were sometimes better, than a live one." ,in such a hurry. You were so solicitious about not distressing "Who are yo u and what do you want?" cried Patton, not my friends by Jetting them see me a prisoner," he sneered. recognizing Dick in his broad-brimmed hat, which was drawn "You are correct, and I thank you for reminding me of the low down over his forehead. • necessity for haste, still I think I will first dispose of this "Dick Slater," and Dick knocked his hat off to the floor excellent bit of bread and meat before disposing of you." with one arm, while still keeping both pistols pointed toward The spy made no objection, he was more than content to the spy, "and I want you. That is what I came for." wait, for the longer the evil hour of his taking away was de" Slater, the rebel spy!" ferred the better his chance for escape. "Slater, the patriot spy, would suit me better and sound better as well." "How did you know that I was here?" CHAPTER VII. "I followed you here and waited for your friends to disap-pear before transacting my little business with you." GETTING THE SPY TO CAMP "What is your business with me?" blustered the big spy. "We will proceed with it at once. First, I must trouble Dick had taken the spy, but the trouble now was how to get you to rise from the. table and walk over there to the corner him out of the house and back to the camp of the Liberty and stand with your face to the wall, the way they punish Boys. small, unruly boys at school," laughed Dick. "You think you have me a prisoner, do you, Slater?" asked "I'll be dashed if I do!" Patton, in a querulous tone. "You mean you'll be shot if you don't," suggested Dick, "There is no doubt of that," Dick answered, quietly. bringing one pistol an inch or two nearer his nose. "You had me once before, but you did not keep me," with a The spy rose to his feet, but seized the chair at the same sneer. time and aimed a blow at Dick's head, but he heard the "No, you had me, and I simply turned the tables and sent ominous click of one of the pistols and thought better of it you off to Howe's quarters," drily. just in time to save himself a painful wound at least. "What are you going to do with me now?" asked Patton. "None of that business, Patton, or you will force me to do "The people are bound to return, and then I shall turn the what I would prefer not to, but let me tel] you, I intend tables on you, and this time you will get to the general's quar-, taking you this time, alive if I can, dead if I must. Now, as ters without fail." you understand me thoroughly, the responsibility lies with "The p eo ple will not be back within an hour," said Dick. you. Will you do as I request, or must I make my threat "That is time enough for me to get you out and set out for good?" our camp with you." Dick spoke quietly and in a low tone, but the man read de-"Yes, but how will you get me away from the house? Do termination in every line of his face . you suppose I won't ca ll out as soon as I see any of our men?" He said no more, but walked toward the corner indicated by "No, I don't think you will," shortly. "I am going to gag Dick, and the latter, producing his hitching-strap, which he you and you cannot." had taken the precaution to slip into his coat-pocket, with one "You think you are a clever boy. don't you?" sneeringly, hand, while he held in the other a pistol on the level with "No, I never thought much about it," carelessly. Patton' s head, he proceeded by means of his teeth and one "Well, you are not. Wouldn't the men see that I was gagged hana to bind Patton's hands behind his back, and after he and think it strange? How far could you get with me?" had partly secured them he noiselessly deposited the pistol 'You would be giving me suggestions, Patton," said Dick, on a chair while he fastened the strap about the wrists of his with a quiet smile, "but I have already formed my plans while prisoner in a manner that he would find it difficult to loosen. you have been asking me these unnecessary questions. You "Now, you may sit down, he said, when he had secured his will see how I do it. Get into that pantry," pointing to one wrists to his satisfaction, pointing to a chair as the spy behind the spy. turned toward him. "What's that for? You are going to leave me here while you After he was seated, Dick proceeded to investigate the man's make your escape? I thought you would not be able to take pockets, but Patton kicked at him savagely. me away." " I could tie your feet also," mused Dick, but that would take "Never mind what you thought, Patton, but get into the up time. and I want to get you away before your friends' re-pantry," said Dick, drily. turn, as your present situation might distress them, so I will The man arose and obeyed, and Dick locked the door on just remark that another kick means a shot." him, saying to himself: •v.rell, I might just as we ll be shot now as later," snarled "It will be a ticklish affair, but it is worth trying.• the man. Leaving the house by the back door, he hurried out to the "Very true; still, as the doctors sa:(, while_ there's life there's barn and found r~ttling old chaise in one corn~r! al! dusty hope, so we will assume_ that you wish ~o llve as long as pos-I and dirty, _but still 111 so::ie sort of runnmg cond 1t:on. . sible and in that case !t would be advisable foi: you to keep "That will do, I guess, he muttered, as he ran 1t out rnto still 'and submit to my search." I the yard. "I thought they would have something besides their After that the man made no further demonstration and best carriage. I have my horse, and now for some harness."


10 THE LIBERTY BOYS' WAR FLAG. I Looking around, he found an old set of harness hanging on attempt at escape. If you get away from me it will be only a nail and brought it out and gave it a dusting. because you are not longer alive." He brushed off the old chaise somewhat, and then, getting The spy saw that Dick was thoroughly in earnest and said his horse, harnessed him into it. I nothing. "Patton has been keeping quiet. I guess," he said, "and When the redcoats caught sight of a sober-looking Quaker really it would not have made much difference if he had not, boy and a showily dressed old woman riding together in the as there is no one about. Now for 1he rest of my plan." same chaise they began to laugh heartily. Returning to the house, he looked through one or two of the "Oh, I say, her~ is a strange combination!,; roared Willing-rooms and at last found a parlor bed-chamber with a clotheston, who was of the party. "A staid Quaker youth and a lady press in it. of fashion." "I ought to find something here," he said, opening the door I The horse aud chaise are a match for the yo nth, at all o f the clothes-press. events," rejoined another. There were several dresses and other garments hanging up "Yes, and they match the lady in age," laughed a third. and he took down one of good size with bright flowers on it, "One would think this was a fancy-dress ball by the company a bright-colored shawl and a big bonnet, with a veil, taking each of these strange creatures is in." these into the room where he had left the spy. , There was a great laughing and joking over the affair, and "I shall make a fine old lady of him," he laughed, as he Dirk drove on at a steady jog, paying no attention to it. laid the things on a chair and opeued the door of the pantry. Willington had not recognized Dick, and there was little "You may come out, Patton," he said. chance of his knowing Patton, disguised as he was. 'fhe spy walked out, looking greatly chagrined at seeing Dick pressed his pistol against the spy's side, and the man Dick again, and saying, with a growl: shuddered, but said nothing. "Oh, you have given it up, have you? You can't get away The redcoats were soon passed and Dick, never relaxing his y o urself, much less take me along?" vigilance, said to the spy: "Oh, yes, I can," driiy. "I am going to untie you, because "I see that you took the wise course, Patton. It is always I want you to put on these clothes. Remember, I am armed best to do that. r would have had to take drastic measures and I shall not hesitate to kill you if you attempt either to if you had done anything different." run or to attack me." I "You are a determined youno-rebel Slater" muttered the Dick then went behind the man, released the bonds on his other. 0 ' ' w~fsts and said, firmly: . . . . "All except the rebel, Patton," shortly. "We are not rebels. Now go and put on that d1sgmse which I have furmshed, You saw our battle-flag this morning. Your fellows would and make haste about it." have liked to get hold of it, but we had a better use for it." . Patton turned_ quickly_ arrd sa:'I' a brace of pistols leveled at They were riding along, when Dick saw redcoats ahead, his head and Dick lookmg at him fixedly. being near the lines and in a dangerous location for him. "Do as I bid!" said Dick. "We are going away from here With the redcoats he saw a number of boys whom he knew before it gets dark; in a few minutes, in fact." to be rank Tories one of them living not far from him and The spy looked at the garments on the chair and said: ha vino-known hiu'.i all his life. "I can never wear those things." " 0 • ..,. • • ,, • "Ob, yes, you can!,, drily. "I picked out big ones on pur-If Bill purgess reco.,mzes_ me there will ~e troubl~, Dick pose. Come, make haste!,, thought. I must ~o so~net~mg to call off his attent10n. He "I won't wear them, then!,, snapped Patton. "I am not going may not k~~w ~e m this rig, but then he may and I cannot out of this house. If you want to get away you can, but you I take an:Y 11. !ts. . . . don't take me with you, an]. that's flat." Pressmg his pisto~ agamst the side of the _spy, he s1;1ddenly "Patton," said Dick, firmly, "I will give you just three secsl~pped the ~orse vigorously on the flank with the rems and onds to start putting those things on. I told you a little sa)_d, sharf!: while ago that a dead spy troubled us less than a live one, and I Get up,-if I don't take you with me it will be because you are unable Away :'ent ~he horsel_at a gallop, and then Dick began to to go, not because you won't. Now, then, one-two--" ca!.1 out m high ke~, ik~ an old w~ma,n: . 1 'Confouncl your impudence!,. snarled Patton, walking over Oh, dear. oh, ,dea~. cant _you stop i I II ~e killed to d~ath;, to the chair and takjng the things off. My goodness ~c. hes runmug away._ Cant you sto~ him? "Put on the flowered skirt first, Patton," said Dick. "I will It looked as if the horse were r_unnmg aw~y, and Bill B~r-lace your stays for you." gess and the Tory boys got out of the road m a hurry, while . . . . . two of the redcoats seemed about to try to stop him. Seemg that there was _no heli;i for it, Dick be_mg determined, "Thee need not worry," said Diclc ''The creature will not the spy be;ian to array ~n_mself_ m the cloth~s Dick had brou~bt run away, he is only anxious for his supper.• out, ~he Liberty Boy givmg him sorn~ assistance, but keepmg The horse went all the faster, Dick having mentioned supa strict watch upon the man to see tnat be played no tncks. per, and the redcoats were obliged to get out of the way in a When the man was at last arrayed and had on his bonnet great haste. and ,eil, Dick said: I "I was thinking of gagging you, Patton, but that would be Then they suddenlf go\ the idea th~t the Quaker boy and uncomfortable. If "O will give me your word not to cry out the old lady were gomg t rough the Imes, and they set up a . , _ u . . . shout and came after them. and give an alarm m the event of our seemg any redcoats, I At t • th d D" 1 t d 1ttl I d th will not do so, however.,, . a u:n m e r~a ic r wen own a 1 • e ane an . e "I should th1nk fois heavy veil was enough without gagging 1 edcoats I ode. on furiously as far as they da1 ed, shots bemg me, Slater," with a snarl. "I am not likely to make any pr;sently ~eai d. . ,, . . noise with all this stifling stuff about my head and face.,, Yo~r f11ends ha';,e met some of 1;1me, laughed Dick, _still "Then you promise not to cry out?" watchi!;g the spy, and they are hkely to come back 111 a "Yes!" shortly. ht)rry. . . . "Very good. Now come with me . The horse and chaise are fhen he_ we~t on rapidly, lmowmg his way well, and s1:1ortly at the door, re::.dy for us. I will help you to the chaise. These came out m sight of the fort and of the camp of the Liberty feminine togs arc a bit awkward, no doubt." B~ys. . . Holding a pistol in one hand while he took the spy's arm rhe situation was ~rowmg J:?Ore and more despe:ate for the with the other, Dick kept his eye on his prisoner, and the spy, _and :1nless he did somethmg soon there was little chance latter realized that the young captain of the Liberty Boys was of his belng able to escape. not to be caught napping. "They are coming after you, Slater,'" he laughed. "You will They were at the side of the chaise in a few moments, and not get away as easily as you expect." Dick put the spy in, following at once and catching up the '"That won't do, Patton,• Diclr replied. "The redcoats are reins, saying, sharply: not coming after us. You wanted me to turn, and then you "Remember now, Patton, no trying to get away. You may thought you would get the best of me." know that I am a r.;ood shot, but if you do not I will tell you "By George! I will, then!" hissed the spy, suddenly trying that I can hit anything, ::>nd that I arn as quick as a flash of to seize the young captain of the Liberty Boys. lightning with a pistol. Get up, old nag!• The forward wheel of the chaise struck a stone at the mo• Driving with cne hand and holding his pistol with the other, ment he did so and came off, both Dick and the spy being Dick drove out of the lane. thrown out. At the end of it he saw a number of redcoats. Dick clung to the reins and shouted to the horse, which "I have my pistol in mY pocket, Patton, • h:ssed Dick, "but I stopped before he had gone more than a pace or two . .Q&ll use it just as well, and I will if you cry out or make any Dick was on his feet in an. instant and soundin g a shril i


THE LIBERTY BOYS' W .AR FL.AG. 11 "'.histle. which was heard by some o! the boys on guard out-of getting behind our lines at King's Brtdge, as I presume you side the camp. know. We must learn more about this and if you can get to It was an easy matter for Dick to get up, but not for the spy, How e's headquarters, you may get the' informa,tion we want." e~cumbered as_ he_ wa~ by skirts, shawl and big bonnet, and I " I will endeavor to do so, your exce llency, " Dick replied, Dick was at hrs side m a moment. saluting. "'l'hat old chaise lasted longe r than I thought it would," "I will give you fuller instructions when I am ready to have laughed the young patriot, ''but it spilled us out in a good you undertake the mission, captain." place. Allow me to assist you, Mr. Patton." 'Very good, your exceilency, • and Dick withdrew. "I can't get up, I've broken my leg!" groaned the spy, The next day it was learned that there had been a great "Help me up." fire in New York, and that the patriots were accused of having "Your broken leg has been discovered very suddenly, Pat-started it, although this was clearly impossible. to~," muttered Dick. "One vsually cries out with pain with a I At the same time, word came that the spy had escaped. durthrng of that sort. I know what you wanted-to throw me off ing the night, the guards having fired upon him. my guard. I am up to those tricks." He was not found, however, and it was not known whether A number of the Liberty Boys were seen coming on anu he had been hit or not. Dick now gave them a signal, imitating the cry of a hawk. I "Well, be may be at large again," muttered Bob, ''and we They recognized him now and hurried forward, Dick saying, shall have to keep a lookout for him. He would te glad. to with a dry laugh: get hold of you, Dick, to pay you for having captured. him." "Help the lady to get up, boys." "Yes, I have no doubt he would, and I shall be on the watch "Confound. you for a lot of young rebels!" snarled. the supfor the f e llow. Our responsibility in the matter is ended. , but posed lady, whereat all the boys laughed. I shall take all pains to recapture him, nevertheless, if he hangs around our camp." "He won't do that," d eclared Mark. "It is altogethei' too dangerous, as all our boys know him now." CHAPTER VIII. "I don't think h e will do so, myself, " remarked Dick, "but wherever we see him we must catch him." BOB'S BRAVE DEED Dick heard nothing from the general during the day, and the Liberty Boys kept a lookout on the enemy, as usual, scout" The lady has a very deep voice, captain," laughed Ben ing parties being sent out at intervals to reconnoiter. Spurlock. Late in the afternoon a detachment of the enemy was dis-" And wears boots," echoed Sam Sanderson. covered advancing, and. Bob, who was in charge, sent back "I believe she has a beard!" roared Phil Waters. some of the boys to acquaint Dick with the news. "Why, it's a man!" cried Will Freeman, as if making a At the same time, Bob advanced, determined to make as great discovery, good. a stand as possible till the others came up. "Get up, P atton," said Diel{. "You are discovered. Boys, The redcoats came on, saw Bob and his little party and this is the spy who wanted. to get hold of our flag." raised a shout, charging vigorously. "Here, let me get off these ridiculous clothes," muttered the "Hold your ground as long as you can. boys," said. Bob . spy. "I can't go into camp looking like this. Do you want "These f ell ows are not going to frighten us with a little noise, to make a fool of me, you rebels?" I can tell them." "I told you we were not rebels," said Dick. "Yes, get the The boys ensconced themselves b ehind a stone wall and pre-things off, if you like. I have no further use for them." pared to meet the enemy, pluckily, each of them picking out a "The captain seems to have already made a fool of him man as a target as the redcoats came on. in one way,,, muttered Ben to Sam. All of a sudden a litle girl, leading a lamb, came ant of the The man took off his feminine attire, the boys standing bushes into the road, bet;veen the redcoats and the Liberty about him so as to prevent his escape, and then they all went Boys. to the camp. She seemed to have no fear, but laughed when she saw the The broken-down chaise was left at the side of the road, the red coats of the soldiers, and clapped her hands in glee . horse being unharnessed and taken on to the camp. "That child. will be trampled under foot," muttered Bob. The spy had not been hurt by his fall out of the chaise, "The redcoats have no regard. for her whatever." although he was a bit shaken up, Dick being slightly bruised, "Get out of the way! " yelle d one of the redcoats. "Get out of but not enough to talk about. the way,. you little rebel!" It was nearly supper-time when the boys reached the camp, . The child. only clapped her hands and laughed at the gay the spy being put under a close guard, as he was an impoxtant sr~ht, and _the _redc?ats came on.,, . prisoner and must not be allowed to escape. j They will ride ngh\ ov e r her, said Bob. . . Dick had not been obliged to use the man's papers, as he Then the plucky feLow suddenly leaped the wall with hrs thought he might be when he took them, but it was as well b~t ~nd bore down upon ~he redcoats. ,, . . to have them, as he saw when he looked them over. I Mmd where you are gomg, you brutes! he shouted, md1g-They were quite important, and. he resolved to turn them nautly. . . . . over to the general and deliver the prisoner at the same time. Reachmg the ch1ld, _he bent o _ver m hrs sa~dle, caught ~er After supper he -put on his uniform and called for three or under the arms and. hfted her mto the seat m front of him, four of the boys to take the spy to the fort. I wheeling in an instant and riding back at full speed. Patton was greatly excited when he learned that he was , The child dropped th_e lamb ' s tether and the little creature going to be taken to the fort, as he had imagined that he ran off in alarm, bleatmg loudly. • would be kept a prisoner in the camp. I The boys set up a tremendous s_hout as they s~w whac Bob "What do you consider a fair sum to let me escape?" he had doD:e, but the r~dcoats came right on, determmed to ca tch asked tile boys who had him in charge. the daring young lreutenant. "There is not money enough in England to make us forget "Fire, bo ys!" cried Bob. our duty," replied. Ben, promptly. The moment he was safe from their shots the boys began "But yo u boys do not get such good. pay that you can let peppering the r edcoats and with good effect. an offer like this go," the man persisted. One or two fell out of their saddles and several w e re seen "If you say another word I will gag you! " replied. Ben, to waver, the fire of the boys being very accurate. sternly. "If you think so little of us as to think we would take Then the gallant fel!ows emptied their pistols and the reda bribe I will not listen to you." coats baited., not knowing how many of the boys there might "If we were to report what you said. to the general it would. be behind, and being unable to get at the plucky fellows . go harder with you," added Sam. " I shall not even report it, The boys quickly r eloaded. and prepared to mEct the redto the captain unless you repeat the offense." 1 coats again, and now the rest of the company came up, the The spy looked black, but did not say anything, and then war-flag waving prouuly over their heads . Dick came up and they all rode off. I Dick charged, and Bob and his party joiDed in with them, Dick turned his prisoner over to the commandant, and then the child being put in a safe place behind the wall. saw the commander-in-chief and gave him the spy's papers, I "Fire!" shouted Dick. "Give it to the invaders." telling how the man had. troubled them before. Crash! roar! "This is a very important capture, captain," said. the gen-There was a terrific volley in answer to the command, and eral, when he had looked over the papers, "and I must com'then the brave boys raised. a hearty cheer. pliment you upon having made it. These papers speak of an "Liberty forever! Down with them! Give it to the in-expedition to be made into lower Westchester for the purpose, vaders! " they roared with one voice.


12 THE LIBERTY BOYS' WAR F LAG. The c o lors waved, the bugles blew and the gallant boys charged, driving the enemy back with considerable loss before a detachment of regulars came up to support them. The redcoats, seeing the newcomers, did not return and the field was left in possession of the patriots. "They thought that we were only a lot of boys and that they could do what they liked with us!" sputtered Bob. "They would have ridden down that innocent child to get at us." "What child was that, Bob?" asked Dick, knowing nothing of the affair of which Bob spoke. "There she is behind the wall," said Bob. "She came into the road with a Jamb and thought it was great fun to see the redcoats, not realizing her danger, and they came right on, merely calling her a young rebel and ordering her out of the way." "And did she get out of the way?" Dick asked. "She did when I picked her up and carried her off," muttered Bob. "The lamb had more sense, and that's odd, for you don't look for brains in a sheep." "You picked her up, with the enemy coming on, Bob?" "Certainly," in a matter-of-fact tone. "You would have done the same, Dick." "Well, I suppose I would," smiling, "but it was a dangerous thing to do, for all that." "Yes, but you would not let a poor little child be trampled to death by a lot of brutes of redcoats, would you?" "No, of course not. Did they stop?" "No, they came right on, and the boys peppered them well and served them right, too." At that moment the child came up to Bob and said: "I want my lamby. What did you do with him?" "He has gone home," laughed Bob, "and you had better do the same." "You don't look so pretty as the other sogers," said the child, gravely, "Maybe not," laughed Bob, "but we drove them out, just the same, and they would have ridden over you and your Jamb." "Yes, and they called me a little rebel, and I ain't a rebel at all, I am a true and loyal subject of his gracious majesty, King George the third, king of Great--" "Well, well, never mind the rest of that, my little parrot, but run home and see your lamb," laughed Bob. "The lamb still has the most sense," chuckled Ben, "although the little thing may have been taught this rigmarole." "You are rebels," the child said, "and you snatched me up s o that I couldn't see the pretty sogers and made my lamby run away. I don't think that was pretty of you at all." "Maybe it wasn't," chuckled Bob, "but you're a good deal prettier for it yourself. so run away and find your lamb." "I shall go and see the pretty sogers," said the child, pertly, and then she went off, Bob merely laughing. "Well, I am not sorry that I did it," he said, "even if she d id call me a rebel." "You can't blame the child, Bob," said Dick. "I don't. I blame those rascally Tories for filling her mind with such rubbish. She doesn't know what she is talking about any more than her lamb who ran away from the king's troops like a very wise sheep." The boys went back, there being no further sign of the enemy, a number being left to patrol the road, however, and give warning of the approach of the redcoats or any other enemies. There were Hessians, Rangers, Loyalists and others among t h e enemy, and one as well as another was likely to come out. It was not long to supper now, and the boys occupied themselves in various ways till then, those who had witnessed Bob's daring deed in saving the child telling those who had n o t seen it how it happened. Shortly after supper the general sent for Dick and told him t hat he wanted him to go down to Howe's quarters and learn what he could, but not to rnn too great a risk. "Very good, your excellency," Dick replied, and then he returned to the camp and set off upon his dangerous errand, after securing a good disguise. "Who knows but I may meet Howe again?" he said to Bob. " There is no telling," muttered the young lieutenant. CHAPTER IX. THE SPY AGAIN Dick had no trouble in getting through the lines this time, no more than when he last passed, for he had kept the pass he had found in the packet of papers he had taken from Pat ton, the British spy. "I wonder if I shall see him again," he thought, as he rode along, after presenting the pass and being told to go on. "It seems to be the meeting of Greek against Greek, and I suppose the tug-of-war will come later. " He was dressed like an ordinary artisan, as he thought an opportunity might present itself better in that guise to enter the house where General Howe was then stopping than in any other. He had formed no plans, but was keeping his eyes open and his wits on the alert in case anything happened of which he could avail himself to serve his purpose. He was mounted on an ordinary horse, one that had s ome speed in him, but which was not likely to attract attention. He jogged along toward the city and seeing several red coats about a little shop on the road, joined the group, hoping he might hear some bit of news. They seemed to be waiting around, and one of them said, impatiently: "I do wish that fellow would make his appearance. Sir William will be in a great temper at being kept so long. " Then he turned to some one within the shop and shouted: "Didn't you say that the locksmith would be back in a few minutes?" "Yes, I did, for he did not go far, and he ought to be home by now," was the reply in a woman's voice from inside the shop. "We've already been waiting half an hour," gro w l ed the redcoat. "Oh, draw it mild, Thompson!" said another of the redcoats. "We have not been here more than ten minutes." "Well, if you !mew Sir William as well as I you would insist that it was the whole of an hour," returned the first speaker. Here Dick saw his opportunity, and he resolved to take it. Going up toward the soldiers he said, respectfully: "Perhaps I may be of service. I am looking for work, and locksmithing is just in my line." "Can you pick a lock?" asked the other, looking at him rather doubtfully. "That I can, as neatly as a burglar," was Dick's truthful reply, for he was very adroit in the use of his fingers as well as of his wits. "You may belong to that guild of handy men," remarlrnd the redcoat who had challenged the first speaker's accuracy regarding the pa~sage of time. "What would that be to you so long as I do my work well?" was the quick reply. "That's so. It's none of our business what he does for a living . I was told to bring some one to pick a lock and t o be right quiclc about it. "See here, my fine fellow , if we take you into Sir William's rooms you mustn't make free with anything that d o es not belong to you." "You may keep your eye on me, that would be the safer way," Dick replied. "It is never well to trust any one too far. Still I am not anxious for the job, for if anything were missing any time within a year I would be charged with its theft," and he turned his horse's head to ride away. "Here, you needn't be in such a hurry or so touchy!" exclaimed the redcoat. "I didn't accuse you of being a thief, did I?" "It certainly sounded like it," responded Dick, assuming an offended demeanor. "Can't a fellow joke, but you must take offense when none is intended?" "Oh, if you were joking it's all right. I can joke with the best of them," and Dick waited till the others had joined him, when they all rode on together. They were not far from the mansion that was used as the temporary residence of the British general, and Dick, after being told to wait below. was soon led into an upper chamber and told to open a closet door that shut with a spring lock. It was not a difficult thing to do, for Dick had often seen such locks, in fact, had one of them in his own house, and by the use of his pocket-knife, that he used as a screw-driver, he managed to pry open the door, the general being in such haste that he made no observations concerning the manner of its being done, and the soldier to whom Dick had made his boast concerning his adroitness was not present. The general paid no attention to him whatever, and as soon as his job was completed called to an orderly to pay him and then went into an adjoining room, whither he soon summoned one of his aides.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' WAR FLAG. 18 Dick made an excuse of examining the lock on another door I knowing it was no use to follow and try to force his society so as to remain, and the footman in waiting, having seen the on them. general take it for granted that it was quite proper for the "I'd like to spring out and grab him now," thought Dick, as workman to be in the room, did not interfere. he peered out of the window and saw the spy leaning non-Dick worked his way around to the door that opened i-nto chalantly against the dobr-casing, "but it would be altogether the general's private room and worked busily away, although too risky, foolhardy, in fact, as I could not possible get oft noisel ess ly, and presently heard talking within. with him, even if I managed to drag him in here with me." At first he could not distinguish what was being said, but There was a constant passing to and fro, the spy sometimes soon be grew accustomed to their voices and then could make calling out to one or another, but he showed no inclination to out al! the conversation. move from the place. He appeared to be working industriously; instead, he was "I wonder if he is waiting for any one," was Dick's thouglJ.t . listening eagerly to the conversation within. "I may learn something more, after all." "We'll surprise the rebels by working around to the back of He settled himself in a more comfortable position, but one them, sending a body of Hessians by the Bronx," he heard that would command the grounds around the summer-house. some one say, whom he believed to be General Howe. He had patience when there was to be anything gained, but "Your idea is to send troops up through lower Westchester, it seemed to him that he was wasting time, and he was lookat the same time, before the enemy get any idea of our in-ing about for some way to get out without being seen by tentions?" Patton, who, he was sure, would recognize him once he set "Exactly. I propose to start the expedition some time dureyes ~n him in. spite of his disguise, as he ha~ good reason ing--• and then the outer door opened and there was such to rem~mber him, . and well knew that he did not always a clatter as a number of persons entered that Dick, much to appear m the same character. . his disappointment lost the last of the sentence. Presently two or three men could be seen approachmg, hav-"The very part that I wanted to hear I couldn't " muttered ing in leash hunting-dogs. Dick to himself. "We already knew from the p~pers taken As Dick saw them, his pulse quickened somewhat. from Patton, that the attack was co{itemplated and if those "If they come near enough to get a scent of me it will be persons had only waited a littl&-longer I would have known all up with the captain of the Liberty Boys!" he muttered. when the expedition was to be started. The general will be The men evidently were coming his way, although Patton disappointed when I tell him how near I was to finding out, sauntered over to meet them, and Die~, looked to see if he but an inch of a miss is as good as a mile, as the saying is," could get out b~fore the dogs scented him, but escape seemed and Dick picked up his few implements of work and took his cut off on all sid~s. . . departure, no one apparently heeding his exit from the room. He pulled out his ~istols and backe d mto one corner, where, He had been a considerable time in the house and had however, he could still see the men and dogs. learned very little that was unknown to him, although the in-As Patton came up with ~hem they _stopped and e:'changed structions in the papers taken from the British spy were cara few words, the dogs pullmg at then leashes, trymg their roborated, and he determined to hang around a little longer best to get away. in hopes of gaining more definite information concerning the ''The dogs have scented something," observed Patton, as contemplated movement of the British troops. Dick could hear. He went out into the garden, where there were a number "Probably a cat," sneere d one of the others. "That's the of officers talking together but could think of no excuse that only sort of game around here." would enable him to appro'ach near enough to hear what they "Except, perhaps, o~ the human species," replied Patton, were saying. who, however, had no idea how near he came to the truth. He saw a rustic summer-house n-vt far from where the offi-Presently one of the dogs got free . and he made for the cers were and went over to it. summer-house at a lively pace and began snuffing around ~t • . the bottom of the door. It was not the ordmary rustle afl'.air, but was substantially ff t 11 d hi bacl b t h was loth t gi the built, with glass windows, and a solid wooden door. is mas. er ~a e . . m '• t~ e . 0 ve up Dick went to the house made a pretense of examining the chase, until his traim!!-g. demonscr~ted itself and he went to ' . heel, but kept up a whmmg and smffi ng. lock on the door and the hmges on the windows, but as he .. It's only a cat, Duke, " said his master, soothingly, but the ap,proached t~e house the officers ~o~~,d away. animal probably did not share his opinion. I wonder 1f the~ suspec~ anythmg. he_ thought, but we!!-t Th ent on and Patton returned to the summer-house on apparently worlnng, hopmg that they might return to their ttey_ w t h. ' If ' f m position by the summer-house mu ermg O imse or er --There may be something more than a cat in there d espite Presently he tried the d~or a~d finding_it unfastened he en-the gentleman's sneers." ' tered and soon ~ad the satisf~~tion of_ seemg the officers saun-He went to the door, but it was fastened, and then he went ter back to their former position, evi_dently thinking that he around and examined the windows, but as it was dark inside, had gone away, as they did not see him a~out. . owing to the trees surrounding the house, he could not see He crouched down under the nearest wmdow and tned to inside nor could he open a window. catch something of the conversation, but what he heard was ' unintelligible to him, as he did not understand their allusions, and they seemed to be talking by inference rather than di-rectly. In a few moments he heard another voice, and at once recognized it as belonging to Patton. "So I am to meet that fellow again, am I?" thought Dick. "We seem fated to be running up against each other." He raised his head sufficiently to peer out of the window, and found his suspicion correct, as it was the spy who had just arrived and who was now talking. "Everything is about ready," he heard him say. "It only remains for the general to set the time." CHAPTER X. A VISITOR TO THE CAM P Dick knew that the spy suspected that there was some one in the summer-house, but was not quite certain of it, nor who, if any one, was there. "If he guessed that it was I he would raise a shout," was Dick's thought, "but he is not certain that there is any one here. He won't make a noise unless he is sure." "I wonder if there is any one there, after all?" he heard the man mutter to himself, not supposing he would be heard. "It might be simply a strange cat that has gone in there, and I am making all this fuss for nothing." "Do you think it will be soon?" one of the officers asked. "Such is my opinion, although, of course, I cannot speak with any certainty, for there are so many things that might interfere with the carrying out of the plan," was Patton's reply. Dick made the sound such as a prowling cat might make, "I do wish they would speak out more definitely," thought and Patton, having no idea that he had been overheard, said, Dick, impatiently. impatiently: "I'd like to get hold of that fellow again, but I don't see "H'm! that's all it is. Scat! get out of there!" and he ad-mucho good in taking too great risks, especially as he manages vanced a step or two inside. to get away even when I do catch him. I must look out or Dick gave a scream equal to that of any wildcat, and sud-he'll get me instead." denly dash~ out of the summer-house, upsetting the spy down The officers showed him very little consideration after they . the steps and running out of the grounds and into the road at thought they had learned all he knew of the general's inten-1 full speed. tions, for they were not admitted to the inner circle of Sir ];'atton uttered a startled cry and then, suddenly realizing William's confidants, and went off, leaving Patton alone, he that there had been some one in the summer-house, and jump-


14 THE LIBERTY BOYS' WAR FLAG. ing at a qu i c k con c l us ion that it might be Dick, shouted out: " H i ! hi' stop t h e r e b e l! S top the r eb el spy!" ''Catch the spy ! " c r ied Dick, h earing s ome guards coming. "There h e goes, out o f the summe r-house!" The guards hurri ed t h a t way and Patton was seized, it being too dark for the me n to recog nize h i m. By the time he had made himsel f know n the young patriot was on his h orse 'and riding aw:-.y a t g ood s p e ed. "There i s another cause 01 complaint t hat the man will ha ,'C against me," h e laughed, as h e we n t o n . " I wi s h I could h ave caught him, b u t there was no c h a n ce for tha t thi,; time. " He went on a t a live l y r::ite, being h alte d once or twic e, but showing the spy's pass and b ein g allow e d to go on without question. "Well , I have learn e d so mething, at any rate," he said to himself, "and if Howe does not change h i s plans we will be able t o h ol d him in c h eck . " H e p a ssed through the lines without trouble, the pickets taking him for Patton o n some secr e t miss ion, and at length reach e d t h e camp, where Patsy Brannigan •was on guard. Patsy had n o t see h i m g o ou t and did not know him, saying, s harpl y, a s he rod e up: "Halt! who goes t here? Phwat do ye want entolrely?" " 'i Vell, Oi'd loike t o see a r ascal go s soon b e the name o' Patsy Brannigan an' t e ll him phwat Oi think of um for rinnln' away from ow l d Oirlancl a n ' lavin' a wife a n ' s i x t ee n childher behoiud u m, the robber! " said Di c k , in a r i c h brogue. "Mc, i s it?" cr i ed Patsy, i n grea t astonishment. "Troth whoiver t o w ld Ye that a t all?" .. An' a re ye the man?" asked Di c k. "Troth they said he wor goo d -look in'. It's fo oling me y e are." 'Go o n , go o n ! Sure Oi ' m as good -l ookin' as y e rself, an', annyh ow, how ct:d O i have a w oi f e an' sixteen childher, bein' t h a t Oi'm on l y sixteen meself an' not marrie d, annyhow?" c ri ed Patsy. "I don't know , indee d, Patsy, " laughed Dick, riding on, and the n t h e jolly I,is h lad realiz e d how h e had b ee n humbugged. "Sure it's t h e c aptain himself," he laughed, "an' 01 niver lmowed i t. Sure anny wan c ud g e t the b etther o! meself." "Ya, you was ein foolis h v elle r , Batsy , " laughed Carl, who was at hand. " I lmowecl dot w a s d e r cabdain already all der dime." "Ye did n o t! " deci dedly. "H y e say ye did, 01'11 give ye a clout over t h e ear . Su r e if Oi nive r lmowe d him, no more d i d yerself, wh o d on't begin to be a s clever as meself. Don't t e ll me a nny suc h li es, me b ye . " Harry a nd Phil, who we r e not far away, laughed heartily at this , and Harry s ai d : " W e were foole d oursel ve s at first, Pats y, so it is not so strange t hat yo u dicl n o t know t h e captain." " A n ' t hat fa t Do o t c h m an w ud have us think that he's s hmarther nor the loi kes o f us! " sputtered Patsy. "Go on with ye!" " I was fool e d you a lready," chu ckle d Carl. "Of course I don'd was !mowed him . but I was make you t'ought I did." ''Rubbis h !• l a ughed Patsy. " Ye clo be a shmart bye, but not so sh mart as ye t h i n k . " Late as it was, D ick mad e h is w a y to the commander-in. chi ef's headquarters a n d stat e d what he had l earned to the gene ral's aide. "This i s i mp ortant, captain," the officer s aid. "His excel l e n cy left word to b e c all e d in c ase y ou h a d news, which he supposed you would have. W a i t a few minute s. " Dick waited and at length was admitte d to the presence of Washington, who treated him, as he did every one, with the greatest courtesy . 'You have returne d safe ly, L see, captain," said the general. "Yo u h ave n ews , they t e ll m e ? " 'Y es , you r exce llency, and o f the utmost importance." " Howe has mad e up his plans, then?" "He h a s. you r excelle n c y," and D ic k told the commander, b riefly, w hat h e had l earne d . "You have clon e ve r y we ll , captain, " said the general, "and I a m very m uch p l eased a t the s ucc e ss of your errand. You h a v e do n e eve n better than I baa any r e as o n to hope." Dick related his escape from the s py , the ge n eral saying: ' H e was not ce rtain tha t it was you, c aptain?" "No, y ou r exce ll e n cy . " "Then h e w o u ld n o t report yo u r b e in g around, which would excite Howe' s s uspi c ion s . I think it likely that the plans will b e carri e d out as alread y arranged." Dif'k said nothing, a n d the ge neral continued: " Be i n readi n ess to move at the slightes t notice, captain." " Y e s , you r e xc ellency, " and Dick saluted and withdrew. Returning to the camp, Dick sent for Bob and Mark and told them what the general had said. "That is good , " exclaimed Bob . "That means that we will be in active service in a short time and not be merely skirmi s hing. I'd like to get a good c rack at the Hessians and show them the Liberty Boys' war-flag. They would like to see it I am sure." "The redcoats wanted to get hold of it the other day, " muttered Mark, "but it would never do. I don't object to getting afte r the Hessians myself for, next to a Tory, there Is no one I hate worse." It shortly got around among the bo y s that they were likely to go elsewhere in a short time, and the y w ere greatly excited pver the news, some of them beginning to malce ready at once, as if they were likely to b e called on during the night. Patsy and Carl were on guard whe n the news got around, the Iris h lad saying to the fat German, when they met: "Sure Oi do be hearin' that w e 'll be on the march before mornin', Cookyspil!er, do ye moind ?" "Ya, was dot so, Batsy? Where we was went?" "Up to Throgg' s Neck, 01 belave." "What we was doed in a frog's neck, Batsy?" asked Carl, gravely. "Dot don' d was enough big already. Dot was humbug." "Sure Oi niver said annything about a frog' s neck, me bye. " "Ya. you was doed dot. You was n efer saw eln frog so big like dot, I bet me. Dot was foolish." "Sure Oi said Throgg's Neck, an' that do be a place, me b y e, a bit of land up on the Sound." "What sound was dot, what der frogs make, Batsy?" asked Carl, very soberly. "Dey was said, 'Chug o' rum, co-chunk!' dot way." "Sure it do be Long Oisland Sound, Cookyspiller. Did ye niver hear of it at all? Go on with ye an' don't be shtandln' here t.;llkin' foolishness, as i! ye knew no betther." "Humbug!" sputtered Carl, as he resumed his beat. Some minutes later when the two comical Liberty Boys met again, Patsy said, in a whisper: " Do ye hear annything, me bye?" "Nein, what dot was?" Carl replied. "Sure if Oi lrnowed Oi'd not be axin' ye, !or Oi cud tell meself. Do ye bear notbin' at all?" "At that moment the r e was heard the bleat o! a lamb not far distant, and Carl said: "Ya, d e r e wa s cin Jiddle sheeps. Why you don'd caught him und d e n we was had somedings to eated?" "Sure Oi think Oi moight, me bye, if-bait! Who goes there?" Patsy heard footsteps corning on and then the bleat of the lamb again, nearer than before. "I want to go home, my lamby and me," said a child's voice, "but everybody is lost." "Sure it do be a little girrul," said Patsy. "Come here, darlin t, an' Oi' !I foind somebody for ye." "I don' t see anybody," said the child. "It it all dark and I am tired and hungry and want to go to bed, lam by and' me." Patsy stirred up th~ fire and signaled to some of the boys, B e n and Harry commg forward. "Why, that's the litle girl with the lamb whom we met when the redcoats were charging us!" cried Harry. "And Bob saved her from being run down. She said our coats were not as pretty as those of the enemy." Just then Bob came up and-said: "Hallo, little one! This ls pretty late !or you to be out and for the lamb, too. How did it happen?" "My lamby got lost and then everybody got lost, and they can't find me," answered the child, wearily. Bob spread a blanket near the fire for the child to lie on, and she promptly stretche d herself out, with the lamb at her side and yawned in a v ery sleepy fashion. ' "That's qu eer," muttered Bob. "Keep a lookout, boys, and see that there is no one about. It ls very strange for the child to be out at this time of night." "You think she may have been sent as a decoy?" asked Ben. "Perhaps, although she seems innocent enough." The child was fast asleep by this time and, as the nights were now cool, Bob stirred up the fir e and said: "She will b e as safe h~re as anywhere, I think. Keep a lookout for her, boys." "I can put them both in my tent," suggested Ben. "It wlll be more comfortable there." "All right, in a little while," and Bob went away. He saw Dick and told him about the little girl, the young captain saying, with a smile: "That's the child that called you a rebel. If she were older


THE LIBERTY BOYS' WAR FLAG. 15 ===============================-: we might call her an ingrate, but now she simply does not "Let the rebels keep the Iamb for their trouble. I won't be know any better." bothered with it any longer." "A good many of the Tories act lilrn children," rejoined Bob, "Oh, you would not kill my poor Jamby?" screamed the drily: child, throwing her arms around the lamb's neck. "No, no, "They will probably be looking for her in the morning and you shall not kill him!" then we can return her." I "Nefer you mind, liddle kindt," said. Carl. "Dot was all ." And probably" be accused_ of trying to run off with her," righd, we don'd was killed him. Your fader was ein foolish with a sputter. It will be Just like them." mans und don'd got so many senses as dot liddle sheep, al-The night passed without further incident, and in the mornready. I was put dot liddle sheeps der wagon in behindt und ing Dick sent out one or two scouting parties to watch the you could tooked him ho me." enemy and also to make inquiries concerning the child. I "I thank you very much for taking such good care of my The latter was still asleep, the lamb being awake and very little girl, captain," said the woman, "and shall never forget frisky, however, Carl taking care of it, giving it something to it." eat and tethering it where its bleating would not awaken the j Then she took the child into the chaise and put her on her little girl. lap, Carl putting the lamb in at the back with his feet tied, Ben, Sam and Phil were riding along at an easy gait when the man driving out of the camp without a word. they met a man and a woman in a chaise, who seemed to be "Well, if that is not the most stubborn, pig-headed Tory I very anxious about something, the woman's eyes being red ever saw!" sputtered Bob, taking no pains to lower his tones. and swollen as if she had been weeping. I "No wonder we have trouble when such cattle are opposed to "Are you looking for any one, ma'am?" asked Ben. I us." "It's no business of you rebels what we are looking for," The boys laughed, Dick saying with a smile: snapped the man. "You rebels ought to be driven out of "Never mind, Bob, the mother had sense enough for both, here and then we would have no more trouble." ! and that i s all we care about. She thanked us , if he did not." Ben simply laughed at this rude reply and said to the I "He has no more sense than the lamb," muttered Bob, "and woman: never will get any more, while the dumb creature will grow • If you are looking for a little girl who wanders about with wiser wHh his years." a pet lamb, I can tell you where she is." j The boys laughed again and the n dispersed in various direc-'" Ob, have you found her?" cried the woman, joyfully. tions. "Where is she? I have been worrying half the night about I Shortly after this Dick went off on Major, with Mark, Will her. She is safe, you have found her?" and Paul to see If the enemy were making any show of leav'How much do you want?" demanded the man. "You have ing the neighborhood. stolen her and are now holding her for a ransom. That's like j The boys had r idden some little distance and had gone down you rebels!" a lane near where Bob had first seen the child, when Dick '"If I wanted to be as rude as yourself I would say that you caught sight of Patton a short distance abead of them. are a fool, Ben replied. "Go to the camp of the Liberty I "There is the spy, boys!" he hissed. "After him!" Boys and you will find her in good hands. If we were as fool-I Patton saw the boys and dashed down the lane and around ish as yourself we would keep her from you, but we have more a turning, not being quick enough, however, to prevent Dick sense, if we are mere 'rebels,' as you call us." 1 , from seeing him tun into a house in the lane. ''Drive on, William," said the woman. "I thank you very "There he is, Mark," said Dick. "In the house. Go to the much. Do not mind him, he is very much excited." rear at once and head him off." "So are you, ma'am,• Ben replied, "but it does not make you I Mark flew around to the rear of the house on his big gray lose your senses," and then the boys rode on. and saw the spy about to come out. The fellow dodged back in a moment, Dick sending Will to one side and Paul to the other. "Hallo, the house!" he shouted. "There is a British spy In there and I mean to have him out." CHAPTER XI. Just then the man who had been to the camp after the child came to the front door and said, sharply: TIIE spy's ESCAl'E "Keep away from here, you rebel. Come af~r your money, have you? How much do you want?" Dick was in camp when a man and a woman drove up in a ' See here, my man," said Dick, "you are altogether too con-chaise and asked if there was a little girl there. temptible for any d ecent person to have any dealings with, "Yes, there is," replied Will Freeman, sending one of the but let me tell you this: If you harbor that spy, Patton, you boys to fetch the child, while he went off to see Dick. are putting yourself on an equality with him and will suffer Dick and Bob reached the chaise at the same time that Phil the same. fate. Are you anxious to have a noose about your came up with the child, and Carl with the lamb. ne,?~'?" , . ,, The woman caught the rhild in her arms while she wept 1 don t know what you are tallung about, the other blus-tears of joy, the child saying: tered, alth~ugh h e began to turn pale. "There is no spy in "You will wet my frock and then I will get scolded. Where the house. have vou been? You were lost, weren't you?" I "I saw him go in," said pick. "We don'd was had dot liddle sheeps for dinner some more," !,ust then Mark gave a signal. . . , . ,, muttered Carl. "Dot liddle kindt was fery funny, I bet me." . And 01;1e of mi office~s saw him m tne house Just now, "I should think you rebels would have something better to Dick_ contmued. 1:Je .s m the house, and I d eman~ that he do than to kidnap children," snapped the man, whose Tory be g1ve1; up or I w11! hold you responsibl e . f'.aul, nde to the proclivities were very prominent. camp with all speed and get a score of the L1,?erty Boys. If Dick merely smiled but Bob fairly roared and said: you meet any one on the way send them here. "Well. if it wasn't t~o funny I would get mad at that. What Pa~! rode away at once at a gallop, the clattering of his did I tell you Dick?" horses hoofs bemg he~rd for some moments. ;Dick paid n~ attention to the man, but turned to the woman ":1'{ow dare you be~1ege my house?" demanded the Tory, and said, heartily: \ trymg to browbeat Dick. "I am glad you found her so soon, ma'am. If we had had "Because you are an enemy," Dick returned. "Because you any idea as to where you lived we would have brought her are a contemptible creature, with no more backbone than a back last night, but she was very tire

lG THE LIBER'rY BOYS' WAR FLAG. Dick waited a f u ll minute and then s ai d : " Well, you done as much as I ou ght t o e xpect from a man of you r caliber, and n ow we wiJJ l o o k for the fellow our se l ves. Come on, boys." Dick and Will entered the front d oor, p i s t o l s in hand, and Dick said to the man of the p l ace : "Go and open t h e back door for the l ieutenant so tha t he will not be force d to b reak it d o w n." The man was t horoughly subdued no w , a nd h e did as Dick ordered . At that m oment B en, Sam and Harr y came up , Paul having met them on the road and sent them a h ead. "Ben, yoi.: watch the fron t door a n d Harry the b ac k," said D ick . "Come in here, Sam, y ou c ome in and h elp u s loo k for this f ellow Patton. He i s somewhere in the h o us e and we must have him out. " Mark w e n t ups t a i r s with W ill a nd bega n a searc h in the upper r ooms, w h ile Di ck and Sam l ooked b e lo w, t h e b oys out s id e keep in g a wat c h e n t h e doors t o see that the spy did not co me out. D ick fou n d n o on e on t h e l ower floor a nd was going to look in t he ce llar w hen the r e was a sudde n shout from Mark. "Hi! there h e g o es! " h e cri e d . Then W ill ca m e tearing do w n stairs, three steps at a time , crying: " He has jumpe d ou t of the window , ca p tain!" T h en Harry J uds on , t h e y oung color-bear e r, who was watching t h e back do o r, suddenl y shouted: " Here h e i s , boys ! " Tilere w a s a crashing so und, a s of s omething tearing through the bran ches o f a tree, and the n two or three shots fired in rap id succession . D ick, Mark, W ill and Sam c ame rushing out of the r e a r doo r in time t o see P atto n g o c hasing along t h e edge of the orchard and the n ov e r a f e n ce a nd into the l a ne. He had jumpe d out of a window when disc ov ered by Mark hiding i n a small room on the upp e r floor, crashing through a tree near the w i n d ow and, r e a c hi n g the ground in safety, had opened fir e u pon Harry, w ho h a d promptly r eturned it. All the b o ys no w gave chase a nd se em e d to have a g o od chan ce o f cat c hin g the man, whe n a number of redcoats ap pear e d on t he r oad at t h e head of t h e l a n e , the spy giving a loud cry and attracting their attention, wh e n they came hurrying t oward him. , Di ck and his boys we r e forc e d to retreat , as the r e were many more o f the redc o a t s than there w ere of the m, and again the spy escaped . T he boys hurri e d back to the house in t h e lane to get thei r h orses, finding the place shut u p a n d no one in s i ght. ' The fe llo w has taken t h e alarm and go ne," laughe~ Di ck. "I supp o se h e will co m e back s ome time, but not as long a s h e t h i n ks there i s any ch a nc e of s eeing us. " "And t hat i s the f e llow who wante d t o thrash a little child for going away, " s aid . M a rk. " H e i s a fine sort of man!" con• temptuo us l y . " W e ll, we do n ' t want him," said D ic lc, "and the spy has e scaped us, so we might as wel l g o back. " On t h e road they met Paul and a party of the Libert Boy s , Dick sayi ng, w ith a laugh: " We ll, boys, I d o n't need y o u fo r what I expected, but you may r emain. There will be other work, no d oubt. " T he boys then rode on past the lane and at length saw a party of Hessians ahead of them. "Th ose are the fe ll ows we are fond o f , " muttere d Dick. The Hessians d i d not see t h e b oys at fir s t , and Di c k went on cauti01.:s l y, but at a rapid g ait, until within plain sight of them, w hen h e su ddenly uashed ou t upo n them with a shout. "Dow n with them, bo ys ! " h e c r ie d . The Hessian s uttered startled c r ies and r etre ated, thinking tha t a who l e r egimen t was d o w n u po n t hem . In fact, so near t o ca p t ure were a n u m b e r of the m that they thre w away their h eavy equip ment s in ord e r to be the b etter abl e to run. ' Away w e n t their clumsy guns, t h eir c u m b e r s ome belts and their hu ge h a t s, s om e of t h e m even losi n g their wigs as they ran . The w hol e affair was so r i d i c ulo us that the boys simpl y stoppe d a nd laugh e d , the Hessians t a king it muc h more seriou s l y than th ey did , ho weve r, and making all haste to get away . Watchin g t h e e nem y out o f sight the bo y s presently turned and r od e bac k, s eeing no more of H e s s ians, redcoats or any other en e m i es. Reaching the c amp, Dick found that orders had just been received for the boys to go on the marsh as soon as possible. CHAPTER XII. THE FIGHT AT TIIROOG' S NEO K The Liberty Boys were at Throgg's N eck in lower W estchester, keeping an eye on Howe , info r m a t ion having b ee n re ce ived that a detachment of the enemy was h eading that way. Dic k meant to get ahead of the party and giv e the m as rough a handling as possible to dissuade them from proceeding any farther on their way. The Liberty Boys were full of expectation and were anxious to m ee t the enemy and give them a thrashing, or, a t any rate, to hold them in check till others could arrive, a number of detachments having bee n dispatched to that r e gion. " W e must keep a watch for Patton," said Dick to Bob, the day after their arrival in the neighborhood. "It is lik ely that h e will be around, trying to pick up information." "And we must pick him up , " rejoined Bob, drily. Shortly. after this, Dick, Bob and a number of the boys were riding along in the vicinity of the ne c k, keeping a sharp lookout for enemies of all sorts whe n, coming out of a tavern n ear the shore, they saw a man in a long coat and a broadbrimmed hat. "There's that fellow now," whispered Dick. "Do not let him know that you know him." "Turned Quaker, has he?" said Bob. "That is the last thing I would expect of him." "The togs are more easily managed than petticoats," chuckle d Ben. "Still, he did not choose that disgui se." The spy, for it was he, saw the bo y s coming and got upon a horse , taking the .side of the road to l e t the boys pass. It happened that another party of Liberty Bo y s was out at this time and coming from a diff erent direction, among them b eing Patsy, Carl and a lot of fellows of the same sort, full of fun and reckless of consequenc e s. They came sweeping around a turn in the road at this mo m ent, and PatsY,, seeing the spy, recognized him and cried out, with a shout: "Hurroo, boys! there's that thafe o' the worruld, that Briti s h spy, mashqueradin' as a Quake r, do ye moind? Afther th e vllyan ! " Then Patsy and his boys charge d with a wild shout. "We've got to let him know that we know him now, boys," l aughe d Dick. "Forward!" Both parties of Liberty Boys now came dashing on, the spy being caught betwee n them. H e could not get into the tavern, and it would be folly to do so , and so he suddenly set off toward the wate r at a gallop. "Catch him, boys! " cried Dick. The boys set off after the man, determined to head him off b e fore he reached the water. There were boats there and they did not mean that he should g e t hold of one of them. He rode at a tremendous rate and s ee m e d d etermined to ride into the water soon e r than b e captured, but jus t as h e r e ached th e water's edge his hors e stu m b l e d and sent him flying . His b r oad skirts spread out in the w i nd, his hat sailing out o ve r the water, and then in anothe r moment h e took a h eade r a nd dis a p peared. D espite the gravity of the situation the boys were forc e d to laugh at s eeing the suppos e d Qua ker plunge headlong into the w a t ers of the Sound and sending the spray fly ing. "He will have a pretty good swim for it, bo ys," said Dick. " Ca tch him when he comes out." The boys dismounted and spread along shore, watching for the man to come up. "Sure Oi didn't know Ye wor there, captain dear," said Patsy. "An' wor ye afther the felly too?" " Yes, Patsy," laughed Dick, "and we would have caught him if you had not raised such a hullabaloo. He thought that w e did not know him." "Sure anny wan wud know him, for he looks no more like a Quaker nor meself." The spy had now come up, getting rid of his long coat, which only impeded his actions, and kicking off his shoes. He saw the boys along shore and swam farther out and to• ward the west, hoping to elude the boys. "He cannot swim very long, but he may be able to keep afloat," said Dick. "Get one of the boats, boys, and go after him . " Ben , Sam, Harry and Will hurried away and got out one of the boats, the rest of the boys going that way and keeping a watch on the spy.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' WAR FLAG. _Then from around a point appeared a number of boats filled with redcoats, while a moment later a ship appeared. The spy made for the boats and called out to the redcoats to pick him up, Dick saying to Bob: "Hurry to the camp, Bob, and get the Liberty Boys. If we cannot prevent these fellows from landing we will make things lively for them, at any rate." Away went Bob at full speed, Dick calling to the others not to take the boat. Then they saw the enemy themselves and returned to their horses. • The boats came on and landed on the Neck, but being there did not say that they would get any farther. Dick and his boys fell back over a bridge at one end of the neck, where they halted and watched the enemy. There were Hessians and _redcoats, the Hessians having been brought along to commit whatever marauds Howe might order. , these foreign mercenaries being generally chosen for that sort of work, being cruel and merciless, and having no respect for the rights of others. "We may have to destroy this bridge, boys," said Dick, "so keep an eye on those gentlemen yonder." The spy had been picked up and the boys did not see him, having more thought for the redcoats and Hessians just now than for him. The camp was not far away, and in a short time the clatter of hoofs was heard and the gallant lads came dashing up, the war-flag waving over them and the boys themselves giving a cheer. More redcoats were seen landing, and now Dick, as the boys came up, said, as they halted: "Get at the bridge, boys, and tear it down. These redcoats might take it into their heads to want to cross." Mark Morrison, who l ed the boys, had judged that something of the sort might be done when he heard the redcoats had come, and he therefore had supplied the boys with axes and levers for the work. The boys quickly dismounted and now a number of axemen set to work, while others began ripping up the planks of the bridge and carrying them off out of the way. The boys were well at work when a lot of redcoats and Hessians came along. "Get ready for them, boys," said Dick. "Pour in a cross fire when I give the word." The boys arranged themselves along the bank, ready to pour in a lively fire, the axemen plying their axes vigorously. The redcoats made a sudden dash, not all of the planks being torn up. "Fire!" cried Dick, waving his sword. "Liberty forever! Down with the redcoats!" Crash! :roar! The boys gave a tremendous cheer and then poured in a hot cross-fire upon the redcoats. Some of the latter got upon the bridge, but they did not cross. The boys kept up the fire, which was much too hot for any one to face, many gaps being seen in the ranks of the redcoats. The axes were being plied vigorously, and now the supports of the bridge were seen to waver perceptibly. The boys kept at it, the redcoats suddenly retreating in hot haste, taking their dead and wounded with them. Suddenly t]le bridge went down with a crash, the redcoats getting off none too soon. The boys set up a great cheer, for there was no chance for the enemy to get over now, and before long it would be dark. The boys left fires at the end of the bridge, which brightened up as the darkness came on and would reveal any attempt of the enemy to rebuild the bridge. Dick also left a force within easy distance to watch the enemy, taking the rest back to camp. The redcoats and Hessians were now left on the neck with the tide rising and very little chance of getting over that night. Howe, being unable to do anything at that time, withdrew bis forces before morning and landed farther along, the Liberty Boys having withdrawn in good time, however, and being reinforced in the morning. "They may make their way up the Bronx," said Dick, "and we must be on the lookout for them. At any rate, they did not make as favorable a landing as they expected, and I do not believe they will remain here long." He was right, for the troops were withdrawn during the day, the ships proceeding up the Sound. The next day the Liberty Boys and some of their allies were keeping a watch alQng the river, few miles above ita mouth, determined to give the enemy as warm a reception as they could. "There has been plenty for us to do so far, " remarked Bob, as he and Dick and a number of the boys were riding along the river road, "and there will probably be more, from all the indications." "Well, we are ready for all the work we can have, Bob," Dick returned. "These fellows may send out spies to learn where our camp is and we must look out for them." The camp of the Liberty Boys was hidden away in a secluded spot so that they could sally out upon the enemy at unexpected times and do all the damage they could. The enemy would want to find out where they were located, therefore, and the boys were equally determined that they should not. As the boys were riding on they suddenly heard a great noise ahead of them and rode on at a gallop. A number of H essians had halte d at a house by the roadside and were attacking it with the object of carrying off all the plunder they could lay their hands upon. They were greatly surprised by the sudden appearance of the Liberty Boys, who poured a hot volley upon them and drove them off. "They were not looking for us," laughed Bob. "No, and if we had more of the Liberty Boys with us we would pursue them and give them still more punishment," rejoined Dick. There might be more of the enemy not far away and prudence was necessary. In case they should return with a greater force, Dick dispatched a few of the boys to bring up the rest of the troop and in the meantime a detachment of Hand's riflemen arrived, having heard the firing and thinking there was need of them. The Hessians did return in greater force, thinking that they had only the Liberty Boys to deal with, and found themselves opposed by not only the gallant boys but by a strong force of regulars besides. Their reception was hotter than they had expected and they retired, leaving the Liberty Boys and their allies masters of the field. CHAPTER XIII. KEEPING UP THE FIGHT Later in the day the Liberty Boys had another brush with the Hessians, the full troop being out and ready for any work that was to be done. "Stand by the colors, boys." said Dick, and as the war-ftas was unfurled the brave boys gave a cheer and dashed at the enemy. The gallant lads were keeping up the fight and determined to check the advance of Howe all they could. Gaily fluttered the beautiful flag through the smoke of the battle, but the boys saw it and were encouraged to braver deeds by the sight. The Hessians tried to capture the flag, but the brave younir color-bearer was well defended and many a Hessian fell in the vain attempt to wrest the colors from the brave boy's hands. Then the boys charged vigorously and drove the heavily accountered Hessians off the field, being joined by a strong force from a number of different brigades when they had started the enemy on the run. Harry waved the war-flag all the more vigorously at thla and a tremendous cheer arose. Every one there knew that the colors had been presented to the Liberty Boys by the commander-in-chief himself and they were glad to see the boys following the flag so bravely. "There has no shame come to the flag yet, captain," said one of the officers. "No, and there never will if I can help it," said Dick, gravely. "You boys seem to have been fighting all the braver since you had it," declared another. "Perhaps the commander-in-chief knew we would when he presented the colors to us," said Dick, with a smile. "Well, he has not been disappointed, at llDY rate." The boys had won the fight with the Hessians and were greatly praised for their bravery, receiving these encomiums modestly, however, Dick saying: "We were only doing QUr duty, and if we had d9ne leu we


18 THE LIBERTY BOYS' WAR FLAG. would not have d eserved the trust which has been reposed Americans, Howe gaining no real advantage and falling back in us. We simply cannot help ourse l ves." a few miles the next day, finally retiring altogether and re-That night some of the boys on picket, well outside the camp, turning to his old position. heard some one prowling about as if trying to discover the He had not given up the notion of subduing Fort Washingcamp, remaining quiet till the men had departed satisfi e d ton , howev e r, and at last, in November, made a combined at-that it was nowhere in the neighborhood. tack upon it from four different points. Patton's voice had not been recognized and the man was The Liberty Boys fought gallantly throughout the day, not seen, Dick being satisfied, however, that he would try to j being now opposed to Hessians and now to British, as they locate them if he were anywhere about. were sent from one place to another during the course o! the "The fellow would like to find us," de clared Bob, "for we attack. have the best of him so far and he would like to get even." They carried their colors with them and stood by them "I have no doubt he will try it," Dick replied, "and we must nobly, doing earnest work in the cause of freedom and earning be on our guard against him." praise and admiration from friends and foes alike. The next day Dick and a number of the Liberty Boys were Washington, over at Fort Lee, across the river, watched out on a scouting expedition and had ridden some distance the fight with the greatest anxiety and at last, to his great without seeing anything of the e nemy, when they saw a onesorrow, saw the flag on the fort lowered and knew that it had horse chaise apptoaching, containing an old man in black, fallen. with a long, white beard and white hair, sitting bent nearly A number of prisoners were taken, but the Liberty Boys, double as he drove. being outside the fort, escaped by a sudden dash down a "Quite an old man to be driving along the road like this," hill and across the creek to the mainland when they saw the said Mark, who rode be si de Dick. colors lowered. "Yes, rather," said Dick. They were defeated but not discouraged, and there was no The horse began to grow restive as the boys came on and disgrace in the reverse, for they bad fought courageously and suddenly tried to run away. had only retreated when there was no other alternative. 'rhe old man suddenly straightened up and h e ld the horse in "We did not lose our colors, at any rate," muttered Bob, with a firm hand, saying, in quick tones: "and then we did not expect to be successful a1ways." "Whoa! what is the matter with you, you brute? Afraid ''There will be many times that we are not, Bob," observed of rebels, are you?" Dick, "but we must succeed in the end and defeats will only Not all the boys heard what the man said, but Dick's hearing spm us on to greater efforts . " was very acute and he not only heard this, but saw that the They did not see Patton again and they did not know actions of the suppos e d old man were those of a young one; whether be had gone elsewher e or if he were dead. that the man was not at all old, in fact, but a young man in "He may have been caught at last and hanged," declared disguise. Bob, "but certainly he keeps away from us." "Jove!. that is Patton himself!" cried Di ck, recognizing the 'He may have become convinced that it is u seless to fight man's voice. "Quick, Mark, we must catch him." against 'rebels,' and given up the whole business," laughed The spy, for it was he indeed, suddenly realized that he has! Mark. "Certainly we showed him that we were thoroughly betrayed hirus elf and endeavored to turn and ride away. I in earnest." The horse became unmanageable and the chaise was In dan-j "He is not that sort,,. muttered Bob . "He will remain in ger of being overturned. I the fight if he is ~ot dead, but he is too cautious to venture Then Patton suddenly jumped out and made a dash for tl!e , anywhere near us. river, leapiti~ the fence and hurrying on at a dead run . I Later in the campaign in the Jerseys, the Liberty Boys, The horse ran away, wrecking the chaise and dragging the! having followed Washington, Captain Willington was taken, remnants after him, the boys quickly reining to one side and the boys not having seen him for some time. letting him go by. 1 • Dick aslrnd him about Patton, the officer saying: "After him, boys! " cried Diek. "He must not escape us, he "I don't know what has become of him. I thought you ls too dangerous a man to be at large." I reb_e:s hanged -~i~. He wa:c; a_ good spy, bu~1 thought too much The spy made for the river, the boys in full pursuit, some of n1s own ab:hties and too httle of yours. on foot and some mounted. He r eached the hanlc just ahead "That is the general fault with you British," laughed Bob, of his determined young pursuers, however, and plunged in. "and some day you will see it." They saw him come up and swim for the opposite bank, Bob lived long enough Lo see the fulfillment of his prophecy Dick saying, shortly: and, in fact, it was verified in many cases before the war was "Let him go, boys. He may not trouble us again.,, anywhere near over, as in the case of Burgoyne . The spy reached the other side of the river, clambered out Wlllingt_on disap~eared after being exchanged, and the boys upon the bank, shook his fist at the boys and disappeared never agam met h11n. in the woods. I The war-flag was carried through many a fight and though They did not see him again while they were in th t . I stained and torn and rent with bullets, often seeing the boys a reg10n, 1 • • • and Bob d eclare d that the man had grown wise from experi-de_feated, 1t was never earned to d'.sgr~ce and often waved ence and would not venture near their camp again. 1 tnumphantly when _the boys _were v1ctonous . They returned to camp after hi3 escape and were busy for Through the war 1t went with the bray~ boys and saw vie-some time, keeping a watch upon the enemy and engaging in tory at last res_t upon the patriot arms, bemg one of the m?st occa sional skirmishes with them. valued possess10ns of the young heroes and defended with their very lives. Howe's advance was slow and cautious as he exaggerated the number of the patriots on account of their moving about rapidly from place to place, but at last he arrived in the neighborhood of White Plains with a considerabl e force. Next week's Issue will contain "THE LIBERTY BOYS TAK-Here there was a battle which was hotly fought by the ING A DARE; OR, CALLING THE ENEMY'S BLUFF.••


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. 19 CURRENT NEWS New York City ie to have an office building with a feet and a tower running to 1,250 feet above the base. Ing will have five stories below the sidewalk and a of 105 stories and 3,800 offices. base of 250 The buildgrand total The New York grand jury recently found an indictment for burglary against Charles Carrara, arrested through fing~r-prlnt iden tificatlon. This Is the third time a prisoner has been rnd!cted on this kind of evidence. The government of Peru has recently placed an order of seven submarine boats for her navy with an American ship building concern. In placing her order In the United States, Peru has followed the lead of Argentina, which now has two of the world's greatest battleships in course of construction ln American yards. A cantaloupe train believed to be the longest the world has ever seen passed through Tucson, Ariz., recently from the Imperial Valley. The train consisted of 130 cars, was a mile and a half In length and contained more than one million pounds of cantaloupes. Bulldog flies arc now killing big ga~e along the_ international boundary according to County Commissioner Helle Clementson of Minne~ota. Two moose were killed near a lumber camp on the east fork of Rapid River, and in his opinion large numbers of fine animals have lost their lives. Plunging overboard to the rescu e of a companion whom he believed to be in danger, John Blomquist, a dredgeman working in the Galveston channel, was pulled down recently by what Is believed to have been a monster shark and drowned in the sight of companions who had set out in a boat to his rescue. z T 1hg a Chinese student of Wooster University, Ohio, won the Engllsh' oratorical contest for delegates to the conference last month after a close and exciting contest. C. Chiu1 , of Georgia University, was second. Mr. Ing took for ~Is subject_ A Plea ?f qpina for Justice." Mr. Chin's oration was The Destmy of Chma. With a pair of crutches floating beside it, the body of an elderly man, who had a di.sabled left leg, was found ~oatlng in the slip at Pier 28, East River, New York, by Pa~nclc Bree, the pie r watchman the othe r day. The body had been m the water probably six hours.' It is believed that the man held on to the crutches when he was drowned and that they were released when the body came to the surface of the water. Hugh K. Robinson, the aviator, ha~ j~st been nominated by the Trans-Mississippi River Flight Assoc1at10n to make the Mmneapolis-to-New Orleans hydro-aeroplane flight of 1,917 mlles. Robinson started from the surface of Lake Calhoun, at Minneapolis, this month. He flew for _a purse of $20,000_ raise d b_y the river cities in which he is to give hydro-aeroplanmg exhlb1tlons. William N. Vanderweyde, a photographer of Manhattan, New York had a narrow escape from drownmg in Flushing Bay, last month He was engaged in trying to get views of yachts and had his head ;nder a cloth when tho swell from a passing motorboat struck his launch and threw him overboard. The focusing cloth entangled itself about his head, and his companions had great dlfll.cully in rescuing him. Under the will of Ernest Finis, just filed for probate in New Haven, Conn., Henry George Finis, I!-young son,_ must wait until he Is fifty years of age before receivmg any pc -t1on of the $14,000 left him by his father. The testament directs that the property be held in trust for him until he reaches this age. No reason for the unusual provision is given. It does not apply to similar bequests to four other children. M. Mamet, the aviator, formerly associate_d with M. Blerlot, intends touring the world in an aeroplane with a companion, Rene Million. The route so far planned runs southwa;d through France, Spain, Algeria, 'l'unis and Egypt, thence by stea?ler to India, across India through the air, by steamer to Australia, by steamer to ~outh America, a flight over that ~ountry, thence by steamer to Africa and then northward by the air line. The dreadnought Courbet was launched at Lorient, France, recently. She is the second of the six battleships projected in llilO to take the water, the Jean Bart having been launched already. The Courbet has a displacement of about 23,000 tons. Her armament will be similar to that of the Jean Dart, consisting of twelve 12-inch guns and twenty-four 6-inch guns. She will cost $12,400,000. Walter Scott, the "Death Valley Mystery," again is spending 111oney with a lavish hand at Barstow, the place of his first ex-pertence in that line. Scott came to Barstow to visit his brother, "Btll" Scott, and Is apparently well suprlied with bank bills and gold again, though where he got them is a s much a mystery as It was before. Since arriving at the little desert town he has managed to keep himself In the limelight much of the time, flashing his money whenever occasion permitted. A water-carrying motor car, probably the first of Its kind In tho world, has just been placed in commission in Philadelphia by the Women's Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, as a uispenser of water to thirsty horses. The car, its mission clearly placarded on its body, will move slowly through busy streets llll the parts of Philadelphia where troughs are not availabl e, and any driver can stop it and get a bucket of water free of charge. The outlook for football at the Carlisle Indian School this season Is very encouraging. The squad, which has worked now for a fortnight, comprises nearly forty young braves. with a few old men returning daily from outing work. Coach Warner, in commenting on the season's style of play, laconically indicated "shifts" as the probable trend of minor football strategy. Warner has somewhat modified his Ideas on the training tabl e for gridIron athletes and his fattening process may not be carried to the extreme ordinarily sought. -Pat Conway, president of the Irish-American A. C . , has granted permission to the Public Schools Athletic league to have boys in that organization hold their coming cross-country runs at C~tic park. They are scheduled to take place a week after the senior Meets. :Mr. Conway is deeply interested in schoolboys, and has often gone out of his way to make things easier for them. WJien some of the officials of the league asked him if they could "'have the I. A. A. C.'s grounds upon which their boys could hold the cross-country runs, he glady acquiesced. Talking about schoolboys, it Is appropriate at this time to mention young Harold Tannebaum, of P. S. 10, Manhattan, who le showing his strides in great form. In Syracuse, h e was practically the whole thing on the New York r elay team, which captured first prize in the half-mile inter-city race. To top off his great running in the r elay, he won the sixty-yard dash in 6 4-5 seconds, tieing the P. S. A. L. record. Tannebaum is the making of a future star. He Is an aggressive sort of a chap, always on the go, and is a sprinter of no mean ability. The Brown varsity football squad, at Providence, R. I., twentysix strong, had Its practice work under the direction of Superintendent Marvel and Coaches Pryor and Gammons. while a number of good men have lefl the line and backfield, Captain Sprackling, the brilliant quartt>rback, is assured of having a s ufficient nucleus of last year's aggressive combination to make a creditable showing against the best of the big teams. Sprackling expects to repeat the overwhelming victory scored over the sons of Eli on Yale field last year. Cows are not numerous in Japan, but tho Japanese are fond of milk, and to meet this demand in the face of a natural shortage they have recently put their wits to work and evolved a product' that the average person cannot distinguish from the regular dairy article. The artifloial milk is derived from the soja bean. The beans are first soalced, then boiled in water. Presently the liquid turns white, sugar and phosphate of potash in proper quantities are added and the boiling continued until a substance the thickness of molasses is obtained. This fluid corresponds very acurately with ordinary condensed milk and when water is added cannot be told from fresh. an;-of the latest and most notable Innovations In the mechanical world is a new apparatus which has rendered possible a new method of cookery for tbe great traveling circuses and other road shows. These tented exhibitions s erve three meals a day to their performers and othe r employees-in some instances aggregating 1,200 men and women-in special dining tents on the exhibition "lot." Under the conditions prevailing until this year all meats, soups and other food were cooked over camp fires in great open pots. The most important feature of the new equipment Is a steam cooker, which resembles a fire engine in appearance and is operated on somewhat the same principle. There is now a movement on foot to bring seals into fashion onc e more-those pretty baubles in onyx or other precious stones, on which an image or a device is engraved, and with ,vhich our parents and grandparents closed their letters. The promoters of this movement belong to the literar y world, and they are anxious to introduce into our prosaic, matter-of-fact existence some of the poetry of bygone ages. The aristocracy love their crests and their mottoes, an example followed by some members of the middle classes. Last montb a note carved on wood in the Finnish tongue and tied ,t o a hoisting cable in the Morning Star mine, prought information to the surface that three Finnish miners wero entombed 350 teet below by a cave-in.


2 0 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF ' 76 . WHAT? OR, FORTY = EI GHT HOURS OF MYSTERY B y J. T. BROUGHAM ( A SERIAL STORY) CHAPTER XI. (continu ed) I t s ,rirn1 o w s " ere bare h v i sible . T h er e w a s a darkness almos t appa llin g about th~ old s h e ll of a buildin g , a dark PC,., cnlcu l ate d to i nspire clre acl and s up e r s titious em o tion,,_ .\n i nde,cribable chaos o f t ho u ghts surge d throug h Allaircs 1r.incl. Illf1ced, rn d eep ly a b s orb e d did he become in them ih!.lt he q11i tc forg o t h i s app o intment wi t h Ballard. "What can be the mystery o f t h e old manor house?" he th oiwM . "Wha t cm i t mean ? I s it human being or in dc':'c"i1)r1c ,pirit o f a d epa r ted r epresentative of the Payns? P sha\\ ! I am a fool. " Tie chru gged his s h oulder s and drew bac k from the win do:.-. A sort o f i'trange drows i ness had c o me over him and h e with an effor t shoo k i t off. _\~t:ribing i t to t he effects of his blow on the head, he sought to dissipate it by taking a s t iff dose of brandy . This

THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. 2f "We have seen it, Ballard." "Yes." "What is it?" "I don't know. If a human being, then it is a miserable cripple. But we are making fools of ourselves here." "That is true." "We are sworn to solve the mystery of the old wing." "Yes." "Are you satisfied now that Payn and Haggard bad nothing to do with your experience there?" "I am," assented Allaire, feverishly. "But come. If we are to pursue the unknown we have no time to lose." "You are right." "There is but one way." "What?" "He bas entered the wing." "Yes." "Then you must take one direction while I take the other." Allaire stepped out upon the balcony and looked up over his head. The gutter was easily within reach, and he saw that it would not be a difficult matter to swing himself on to the roof. "You go through the window, Ballard," he said, "and I will make along the roof to the dormer window. We will catch him between us." "I am with you." "If you grapple with him first call loudly :for me." "I will." With this the intrepid Allaire reached up , grasped the gutter and swung himself upon the roof. The detective made his way along the gutter section to the window, and raising the sash, stood within the haunted wing. The Rubicon was crossed . The two men had entered upon a:ii undertaking which was far more perilous than either had dreamed of. Thrilling experiences were before them . Allaire found it no easy task to creep along the roof to the dormer window. There was quite a long section of the villa roPf to cross, and all in plain view of the windows of the manor. Gradu ally and cautiously and yet at imminent risk of falling at any moment, he made his way slowly over the sloping roof. He had traversed this some few feet when he received a start of surprise. He had seen Ballard just enter the window below and knew that he was in the haunted wing. Knowing this he had sought to accelerate his spee d, when he saw from one of the farther windows a glimmer of light. It was faint and star-like, and might have been an 1gnis fatuus bad the conditions of giound been favorable to warrant this assumption . Only a moment was it visible and then it disappeared as mysteriously and suddenly as it came. Allaire was puzzled. "Queer!" be muttered. "It is hardly likely that any of the inmates of the house are in that part of the wing to night. If it is the being who haunts the wing then he or she must have got to that part of the house very quickly. It is very queer." He continued to make bis way slowly along over the roof. He had just reached the roof of the manor , when he was again startled, and this time s o impres sed with horror that he nigh lost command of his nerves and fell from the roof. Such a fall must have resulted fatally . • The night air was broken by a st range, wild cry, eerie and hideous, seeming to come from no one knew where. It echoed and quavered upon the reeking air like the wail of a lost spirit dying away in dreadful cadence along the roof tree of the old manse. Allaire was trembling and profuse with perspiration. "My!" be gasped. "That was th~ awful cry of the evil one. Oh, what could it be? What terrible thing? What?" He was answered by a sullen blast of the night " 'in d -which set the old manor to creaking and groaning rnc2t dismally. CHAPTER XII. THE MURDER. ; f;d J lrl'Jrfi ii 1 r ., , • • l I 1 " H Oi I l While Allaire was thus pamfully makmg his way 01f r1 " 1 the roof, the detective Ballard was traversing in stocking feet, as silently as possible, that part of the haunted wing leading to the spot where the unknown had been seen. He had not seen the light from the lower part of the house as had Allaire. But he had heard a strange shuffling s ound upon the floor above him, and which continued for some time. This -was succeeded by plainly audible footsteps. Instead of adding to his terror this reassured the detec tive. "No spirit could make such a noise as that in walking about," he muttered, "and I am afraid of no mortal. I think we will find out to -night what is the mystery of the manor." With this he continued on toward that part of the house where was located the dormer window. Down a long corridor past empty rooms he went s ilently and swiftly. He had just r eached the foot of the staircase leading into the upper story, when he was nearly prostrated by the hideous cry which seemed to fill the air above him . Trembling in every limb in spite of himself , the detec tive shrank back against the wall, exclaiming with genuine horror: "My H eave n s ! what awful thing was that?" But only for a moment was he thus terrified. The n, with a scornful laugh, be shook himself like a mastiff and set his teeth. "What a fool I am to quake with the yell of a maniac!" he muttered. "Some madman is in tile building. I mu,t proceed cautiously, it is true, but, nevertheless, I must proceed. If I am to be frightened thus easily by a cry, where will be my courage when I am called upon to face lhe foe?" With a shrugging of the shoulde rs the detectire began to mount the stairs. 'rhe clormer window opened into an attic . This h e soon discovered when upon reaching the top stai r his heau e n countered the traverse beams.


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. The collision gave him something of a shock, and also I Ballard looked about him quickly, and then with the made_ a rack et , 'lhich was intensified by the stillness and I knife blade between his teeth started across the attic . e mptiness of the place . He flashed the rays into every corner, looking in vain This ihe detccii re had just time to realize when the for some sign of his mysterious assailant. s udden s tartling conviction dawned upon him that he was Kot a trace of him could be found. in the pre E c nce of something or somebody. One swift inAn exclamat . ion of keen disappointment escaped the de-stant he felt tbi8, and then--tective's lips . Som e thing breathed heavily, almost fiercely near him, "I have been made a fool of," be declared . "I don't and he was s e ized with a sudden inexplicable terror, uhich think I have acted wisely. I have certainly been out made him strangel y faint and sick. witted." In~eed, it had b e en a feat of daring which few of the He regretted the fact that he bad ventured into the attic, hardiest men would have willingly essayed, to venture up at least until he should have heard from Allaire. It had into that pitchy dark place, where a man had not room to' given the unknown a chance to escape by means of the fight, and whe r e he might face, for aught be knew, bis stairs. Satanic Majesty himself . I "The night's work is spoiled," he muttered . "I should But Ballar d was brave as a lion, and he made a desperate have known better . We shall see no more of the ghost . effort to mader his fears, crying hoarsely: 1 What in the name of Oliver is it?" "Man or clevil, which are you? Tell me that, and I'll The words had scarcely left his lips when he gave a start meet you in fair fig ht. I don't believe in the evil one, so I of surprise. Something w s moving at the lower end of take you for a man, and if you are such, give an account of the attic. yourself." He experienced a thrill. ll Ballard flung these utterances into the darkness at ranA thought flashed over him . dom, for he knew not in what direction the unknown foe Was it the unknown? He drew a deep, hard breath and might be. They had scarcely left bis lips when he felt a started in that direction. Ile was determined to face the current of air above his head, and saw for one brief instant I mystery though a legion of demons should confront him . a pair of gleaming, cat-like orbs in the darkness, like lurid But as he drew nearer he gave a quick, sharp cry and his b alls of fire. fears were instantly relieved . • He could not believe that human being would be en-"Allaire," he exclaimed . "Yo u have come at last, thank dowed with such terrible eyes. They must belong to a heaven ! " beast or, what was a dark suspicion in bis mind, the e, , il It was indeed Allaire . one himself. He had managed to make his way finally to the dormer 'l'hen coming so swiftly and unseen that he had not time window to fincl it open . He was not a little surprised to to evade it, he received a cra s hing blow upon the heacl, see a light in the attic, but had not hesitated to enter, and stars danced before his vision, ancl he fell like a log. thus the two men met . He was not long stunned, and upon gaining his feet the They gripped hands warmly. fir st fact which he could arrive at in his dazed way was that "Well?" said Allaire, simply with an interrogatory em the terrible eyes were gone and all was grave like stillness. phasis upon the word . Baffled again. "i\'e are beat!" declared Ballard, glumly . 'rhis was the swift thought which flashed instantly ,"How?" through his mind. "The unknown got the best of me." Then as he came out of the daze a desperate anger seized "Then you saw it?" asked Allaire, eagerly . "Was it a h im, ancl he drew the knife from his pocket and bared the human being?" blade . "No, I did not see it nor even feel it," declared the de"1'Ian or fiend," he gritted. "Though you got in the tective moodily. "I am a big fool, Allaire. I spoiled the first blow, I'll either lose my life in this place or I'll have ' game. It was "holly my fault. I was a fool." yours." j Then he detailed his experiences to Allaire. The latter It was the detective's reckless purpose to search the atlistened intently, and then made remark: t i c for his assailant. \ "You were not a bigger fool than . I was, Ballard. He He knew that to grope in the dark, however, might regot the best of me . \\-e are not sure yet that it is possible eult in a stab from a knife in the enemy's hands. This to get the better of the fiend in any event . " was too great a risk to assume, and he therefore did not "Those are words of cheer, Albert," said the detective, venture to take it. warmly. "But if snch a thing is possible we will do it Determined to know the nature of the unknown, he clrew yet." from an inner pocket a small pocket-lantern. Backing up "You are sure it is not in the attic?" against a wall, he drew the slide and struck a match. "I have been all oYer the place." The little wick instantly caught the flame, blazed up, "\Ye are then wasting time here." and shutting the bull's-eye, Ballard flashed the rays "That is true. We can clo one of two things . Either through the gloom. go down to .the lo";r p~rt of the house and search for the Not a person was near him, not a living being . All was fien

THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. 23 MACEO'S BOY 5 OR, YOUNG AM ERICA IN THE CUBAN WAR By KIT CLYDE (A SElRIAL STORY) CHAPTER XVI. THE LAST CHARGE OF THE SPANISII. Then the men seized him-their idol and dauntless leader, took him on their shoulders anu flashed their ma chete;; in the air about him . He smiled in a quiet sort of way and waved his hand for silence. A. hush fell upon them. "Comrades!" he sung out. "Weyler has won another great victory!" The wild cheering of the Cubans seemed to awaken all the echoes of the hills. They were mad with joy. They had not fired a shot at the enemy, but had been quiet wit nesses of a battle won by the terrible dynamite gun in the hands of the two young A.mericans-Maceo's boys. Two batteries had been destroyed and hundreds of dead and wounded men lay where they had fallen on the field . They saw in that demon of war the salvation of Cuba . No wonder they cheered . They stood there and watched the retreating Spaniards, grinding their teeth in rage because they were not allowed to get at them with their machetes. M:aceo stood still and silent gazing at th~ battlefield . From where he stood every dead Spaniard could have been counted . Gus learied against the dynamite gun. and watched the general. l\faceo was a study to him; whilst Bob, eager and impatient, u sed his field glass. "I'm afraid they will burn the Garcia place," Bob said to Gus . "I'll bet they have orders not to do so," Gus replied. "They won't do anything to imperil the lives of the two officers . " "But that column there may not have the orders. They left Havana after Velasquez was captured." "You can bet that no time was lost about it. Pelayo is a man whom the captain-general would save at any cost." M:aceo heard every word, but he was silent. His eagle eye was on the enemy, and his soul was grieved at their escape . Bob approached him, and said: "It is another one of Weyler's victories, general." "Yes, senor . It grieves me to see so many oi them get away." "But look at those they are leaving behind them-there are hundreds of them." "Yes, but thousands are going away," and he shook his head. "It grieves me-it grieves me. But you are right . It would not do to charge on so many . We have too few men," and then he went over and stood by the gun ,yhich had won such a signal victory. "With a dozen guns like this I could destroy the entire Spani~h army in Cuba," he said, turning to Gus. r o v "Easily, general. They can be had in the States, bu if is difficult to get them landed in Cuba." "But we must have them, Senor Remington; we have them." "Yes, general. It would soon . settle the question. Just now the most important thing is to keep the one we have. rrhis gun must be guarded as the most precious thing i n Cuba. The gun guard must never leave it without orclers." l\Iaceo bowed acquiescence. He knew that the utter lack of discipline had more than once imperiled the safety of the gun . But his thoughts were on the retreating Spaniards, for he gazed in their direction as if half regretting he had not turned his brave machetes loose after them. The enemy was now out of sight, however, and so he told one of his staff to see to the gathering of arms left on the field . In another moment there was a wild rush of the swarthy fel lows . They poured down the hills as though a dan; had suddenly given way to flood the fields below. They scat tered all over the field and out in the road, gathering rifles and cartridges. Every Cuban wanted a rifle. He wanted to pick off the enemy at long range, just as his own comrades had been picked off by his side so many times . Gus and Bob were leaning against the gun and watching the men down among the dead, when Maceo ran up to them, his field glass in hand, and said : "Senors, the cavalry is going to charge the field from behind those woods out there!" and he pointed to the only piece of woods in the front, which was nearly a mile away. "If they get in among our boys--" "They can't get to them, general," said Gus, interrupting him. "Put in a shell, Bob, and we'll giYe em a Ji ttlc surprise the moment they show themseh-es." The shell was quickly in position for me, ancl the three stood by to await the appearance of the enemy. Bob used his glasses to investigat e . He had looked there before, but had failed to see what the eagle eyed l\faceo had detected. He now saw something that broke him all up-unnerved him. He turned while as a sheet and gasped out: "Lord, Gus, but they have the girls with them !"


241 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. "Eh? What!" exclaimed Gus. "They have Isabel and Inez with them! A shell would de stroy them!" Gus seized the glasses and looked at the enemy in the edge of the woods. a You are right," he said . "General, you had better call the men in before the charge begins." Instantly the call was made. The men down among the dead seemed surprised at hearing it. Some instantly started to obey. But others delayed . They were searching the dead. The call was repeated in more emphatic tones. Then more of them obeyed. But still there were many who seemed to pay no attention to it. Bob was in an agony of suspense. "What will we do if they charge with those girls at their head?" he asked Gus. " "T; ,"Drop shells just behind them and cut off their sup -pprt," was the reply. "Can you do that?" "Yes. We are at least two hundred feet above the field down there." Again Maceo's stern command rang out for the Cubans to fall back. Then they obeyed, and came running up the hill. "Cubans!" called out the general. "The enemy may com e again! Stay where you are and obey orders!" Bob ran to him and said : "General, if they charge with Senoritas Garcia at their he ad, your men must understand it so as to spare them." "Yes, senor," and again he spoke to the swarthy war-riors . They soon understood it. "May r speak to them, general?" Bob asked. He was terribly excited. "Yes, senor." "Comrade s ! The cowardly soldiers of Spain have taken the ladies of Don Felix Garcia"s family and put them in the front of their line, thinking w e would not dare fire on them. Thev make shie lds of innocent women. We are fighting for " Cuba, but we would not free Cuba that way. When they charge we shall throw she lls where the ladies will not be harmed. If they get up near enough for you to i-ake a hand in the battle, see that your bullets do not en danger the ladies. We can free Cuba without killing women and children. Cuba Libre!" "Cuba Libre!" came like a roar from a thousand tigers in response to his ,Tords . Just then the bugle of the Spanish cavalry was heard, and in a few moments the head of the Spanish column was seen coming in a trot. The white dresses of three women were seen at different p1uces along the line, showing that the mother and her two daughters were pressed into service. A cry of indignation burst from the brave Maceo when he saw them, and Gus feared he would order his men into the fight too soon. But he stood there and watched the line advance . On, on, they came, and then another line appeared. "Ah! They are my meat!" exclaimed Gus. "Let those fellows in front come on up the hill if they want to. But those in the second line can neither get to us nor get away." They came on in admirable order. Then the third line appeared . "Now for it, Bob!" Gus sighted the Demon and sent the :first shell. Its demoniacal growl, or bark, awoke the echoes of the hills. So did the report of the she ll as it struck that second column and tore it to pieces. Boom! The second shell struc k the same column in another place, and a wide death spot was mapped on the field. Boom! The third column got the third one and confusion reigned. Still the first moved steadily on toward the foot o.f the hill. Boom! The third column broke and fled. The second followed . The gun demoralized them and they would not stand any more of it. Boom! But the first colum had not been touched. They pressed forward and got the order to fire, and his men sent a shower of bullets into them. Men and horses were hit. The uneven surface of the ground disordered their line. Suddenly the three horses bearing the mother and her two daughters were seen to plunge forward up the hill. In another minute Inez Garcia was in the midst, of the brave Cubans, crying out: "Cuba Libre! Down with Spain!" They answered her like tigers. CHAPTER XVII. SENOUITA INEZ AND TIIE i\fACIIETES. Bob was about to rush to the side of the senoritas, when Gus called out: "Now, Bob, hand in the shells li,ely ! Here comes the senora!" Senora and I sabe l dashed up, all three having gotten away from the enemy. Boom! , The she ll bust not over 150 yards away-at the foot of the hill. . "Cuba Libre!" cried mother and daughter, and the very hills responded. Boom! 'The first column now had but one object, and that was to get away from that place with all possible speed. Their ruse had failed miserably, and now almost certain death awaited at least , one-half of that first column . "Cuba Libre!" cried Bob, who saw the dilemma they were in.


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. 21' Cuba Libre!" roared the machetes. asm, for the Garcias were the most aristocratic of all the Boom! native Cubans. Maceo belonged to the nati'l'"e mulatto The destruction was awful. Trees, rocks, earth and men class, and he was their idol. They stood around her wavand horses were hurled in a thousand directions. Then a ing their bloody machetes above their heads and swearin g howl of terror burst from the cava lrymen, and every man to defend the Garcias with the last drop of their blood. at once tried to save himself. Thev broke and fled. But She was the heroine of the hour. Maceo stood unmoved, two companies believed they were safe r there at the foot ! but lie barcd his head and waited or the return of his of the hill than they would be in the open field, so they sword. tried to get away by going along the base of the hills to Bob was amazed at h er enthusiasm. Her mother and the right. sister were dumfounded as the~ gazed at her from near the Inez saw them and cried out: d y namite gun, where Gus stood by them . "Men of Cuba, there they are! Let none escape! Out Suddenly she turned to Maceo and gave him his sword, 'em to pieces!" saying : With a yell they bounded clown the hill, like a human "Pardon, general. I could not help it. They are all torrent, to Maceo's consternation . heroe s here to day. It is Cuba's day." Boom! Maceo bowed low as he recei,ed the sword, saying: Gus was destroying those who were trying to escape "Senorita Garcia has filled our hearts with a dauntless across the field, and every shell sent many a cavalryman to courage. We shall not forget her in the hour of triumph." his last account. "They put 11s in the front o[ the fig-ht thinking we woul d Bob ru shed to Maceo's side. The chief was unable to shield them. But I prayed that we might die with them . withstand the temptation, and he, too, machete in hand , I am willing to die for Cuba." d went bounding down the hill and into the thickest of 1.he Then the roar of the wild machetes broke loose agairi. fight . The slender little senorita was a patriot that touched their The cavalry were in a bad place for a fight. They could wild, liberty loving hearts. They were all ready to die f6 neither form nor charge, hence it was all individual fight her. She could have taken 1\Iaceo's command away from ing. Bob saw Inez standing on a ledge of rock that over-him then and there, for they would have followed her t,o looked the scene, and hastened to her side . the death. Viva Cuba!" She turned round to look for some way of escape from ."Dow n with Spain!" the circle of swarthy warriors around her. "Viva Maceo !" Bob darted to her s ide, took her hand, and led her away. "Cuba Libre!" They opened a path for her , and he led her to her mother. She was thus cheering on the s warthy warriors. She She was so weak she seemed ready to sink down at the did not see him, so h e stopped and gazed at her in rapt feet of her mother. But Gus sprang forward with a small admiration. Her eyes blazed with the light of battle. Her flask of brandy, saying: nostrils distended, her cheeks glowed, and her entire frame "Take a sip, senorita-it will do you good. Bob, get trembled under the terrible excitement that filled her soul. some water . " "Cuba Libre!" she cried. Bob brought water. She took a sip of the brandy and "Viva Maceo !" sat down by her mother. "Viva Americano !" Isabel and her mother then told the story of now the Bob went up to her , seized her hand and said : Spanish general forced them to ride at the head of J he "The day is won, senor ita, and I thank Heaven :for your charging column. safety, and that of your mother and s i ster!" "He said if the Cubans killed us our blood would be on "Oh, if I were a man, that I might strike a blow for their heads," said I s abel, "but he didn't believe yon would fire on us. He said the A mcricanos with Uaceo would not Cuba!" she cried, s till trembling under the tremendous excitem ent of the moment . "See! They fly-they fly, Senor let him do it, so they would charge and capture the gu n which had done so much mischief." Tremaine! Cuba-Cuba !l' ancl he had to hold her to pre-ven.t her from tumbling over the ledge in her excitement. "Senors, they have offered $10,000 to any one who will The machetes had made bloody work down at the foot of kill you," said Senora Garcia. the hill, and the Spaniards were flying for life. Their "What! Offered $10,000 for our death!" exclaime d victory was complete. The day had been a most disastrous Gus. -"Yes-$5,000 each." one for the enemy. They did not stop west of the Trocha, but kept on during the night till they were once more safe behind that famous line of works. When Maceo called his men around him again, which h e did ere the enemy was fully out of sight, Inez Garcia ran up to him , took his sword from his hand, kissed it, waved it above her head, and snng out , in clear, silvery CHAPTER XVIII. TIIE D.A. Y AFTER THE BATTLE. tones: 'l'h e astonishment of both Gus and Bob was unbounded "A Garcia ki sses and blesses the sword of ;1faceo ! Viva when they heard that the Spaniards had put a price upon Cuba! Cuba Libre!" their heads . . The swarthy warriors went mad in their wild enthusi-(To be continued) . .


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THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. 27i :MAD MATT. By D. W. Stevens "So Mad Matt is dead, you tell mer" "Yes." "Took his own brains out, eh?" "Yes." "I believe I could have prevented it." "Very likely." "They would not send him here, though; they would keep him at home, and this is the Tesult." "They said he'd been acting rationally." "Nonsense ! He couldn't do it if he tried. He might appear rntional, but ~hat was only his madness. He was always worse when he acted that way. That's how I always found him." "Well, he's dead now, poor fellow, and won't trouble them any more." "Yes, I'm sony for him." The above conversation took place between my uncle and a friend of his, and was in refeTence to a man who had just killed himself. I find, looking carefully over my uncle's papers, an account of this man's life and death, and thinking it would be of interest, I here lay it before my readeTs. Matthew Carrington was the son of a prominent lawyer, and much study had turned his brain, in addition to which he had inheTited insanity from his mother's side of the house. He had a strange halucination, and that was that he could restore his own mind to its normal condition by procuring the brains of the most sagacious animals, and that of some smaTt man, and putting them into his own head, having first gotten rid of his diseased brain, and thus making TOOm for the newer and better ones. He used to go hunting foxes, for, he said, they were very crafty animals, and he knew that if he could take the brain of one of these CTeatures and put it into his own head he would become shrewd. Shrewdness, added to ripe wisdom, he averred, was all he wanted, and as soon as he could obtain the proper com bination, he would be perfectly sane once more. He seemed to know that he was not right in his head, and used to ponder over the problem hours at a time. As long as his hunt OT bTains was confined to foxes no body seemed to mind it, foT the fewer foxes there were, the less depTedations there would be among the chicken coops, and people said : "Let him kill all the foxes he chooses, the moTe the better." But when his search foT fresh, virile brains began to take place among men, then a strong objection was raised. Nobody cared to paTt with their brains even for his bene fit, eveTy man whom he approached and talked to upon the subject being perfectly satisfied with what he had and de siring no exchange. Matt assured them that he would pay them well foT their tTouble, having plenty of money, and that they need not have any fear of getting good brains in exchange. "You can have a fox brain, or a bear bTain, or that of a wolf, and what more do you want ? You will be no worse off," he would say, "and you will be doing me a great favor. You have had your brain so long that you surely can part with it now, and I will pay you well besides." They all assured him mos t positively that having been in possession of their brains so long, and having taken great pains to cultivate them, that they could not be induced to part with them under any consideration, and that he must look elsewhere. Finu1ly, after having tried persuasion in vain, he deter mined to use force, and at all hazards possess himself of the coveted treasure. One night, quite late, , as Dr. Parsons, a well-known and very learned :Physician of the town, was sitting alone in his study, reading by the light of a large lamp placed upon the table, he heard a strange noise. Glancing up from his book he beheld that he had a visitor. , The visitor was Mad Matt. The man had a wild look in his eye:;, and seemed bent upon some mission which he was determined should be successful. "Good_-evening, Matt," said the doctor. "What can I do for you to-night?" Matt advanced, after locking the door behind him, and said in an earnest tone, and as if there was no doubt as to his request being complied with: "I want your brain!" "But, my dear sir," said the doctor, still seated, and thinking to humor the man out of his madness, "I want it myself; I have use for it." "You have had it long enough, and I must have it now. You are an older man than I, and your brain is large, well developed, and perfectly ripe and sound." "So I have always believed myself, and I am glad to see that your opinion coincides with mine. You have rare judgment, Matt. Your brain has nothing the matter with it." The doctor hoped to wheedle the maniac out of his no tion, but he had better have given up that idea at the start. When Matt once got a notion into his addled head there was no use in trying to get it out, for it was bound to stay there until something usurped its place. "If you think it so good, you can have it," said Matt, cunningly. "We will exchange." "No, I believe not." "You won't give me your brain?" said the madman, coming nearer. "No," said the doctor, rising. "Then I shall take it whether you like it or not," an swered Matt, rushing upon the physician, and flourishing a knife which he had drawn from its place of concealment in his breast pocket. Now, the doctor, although an old man, was still in the vigor of manhood, and was more than a match for many men much younger than he was. Suddenly rushing upon Matt, overturning his chair in the act, he seized the madman by the throat, and forced him to the floor despite his resistance. He tightened his grip upon Matt's throat, and the man began to beg for mercy.


28 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. "I am going to kill you;" said the doctor, having no in tention of doing so, of course, but merely desiring to show the madman that be had met his match. Matt tried in vain to throw his assailant off, but the latter helcl on to him with the tenacity of a bulldog. "Let me up," whined Matt at la st, worn out with his exertion s . "I don't want your old brain, after all. It's no good. Tt would make a nrnrderer of me, and I should be hanged!" The cloctor released the man, having already pushed his knife out of sight with bis foot, the weapon having fallen to the floor at the beginning of the struggle. A s soon as Matt was released he fled at once, having bee n 1.horougbly cowed, and the doctor, seeing that he was s..fc from further intrusion, went on with his reading. He reported the case to the lunacy commissioners, and Matt's friends were requested to have him confined in the asylum. 'l'he man appeared to be much more sane after that, and tucfi~1.friends declined to have him committed, saying that it "\)'0\1lcl only make him worse. smmi t was 1.he opinion of my uncle that the man could have a, .. , ultimatel y been cured, by proper treatment, or at least, made so comparatively sane that it would not have been at all dangerous to have him around. 'l1he friends would not consent to this, however, having a horror of insane asylums, and so Matt was not commit ted, although a stricter watch was kept upon him than before. It would have been better if my uncle's advice had been followed. In that case more than oneJife would have been saved, and 1\Iatt could have been made a comparatively useful member of society. Let us proceed to the sequel. For awhile Matt seemed to be perfectly sane and ra tional, but it was not long before he broke out again and became more insane than ever. One evening, just at dusk, a promising lawyer of the place was going home, and was passing along a lonely part of ihe road . Suddenly a man sprang out upon him, and before he could resist or cry out, he was bound and gagged. He was a prisoner in the hands of Mad Matt, and he c ould not for one instant doubt the purpose of the ma niac. He was to be murdered. 1\Iatt dragged him away to a lonely building upon his fath e r's estate, where he had been wont to tan the skins of foxes and other animals he had killed. Upon a shelf were numerous jars, in which he had presencd the brains o f the animals, and there they were, in a ghastly row, the place being illuminated by the light of one sickly, smoky lamp. To this place Matt carried the lawyer, and strapping him securely to a bench, produced some sharp knives. "Now, to proceed with my work!" hissed the madman. "It will be a beautiful experiment; his brain is a fine one!" The poor victim was unable to utter a sound, or to make the least resistance, and his heart sank within him as he realized what his fate would be. Matt tried the edge of the knife upon his thumb to see if it was sharp enough, and then with a smile of satisfac tion, advanced toward his victim. "I will have to scalp him first, so as to get at his brain," said Matt, making an incision in the scalp. "Aha! 'tis a delicate operation," he said, "but I am no novice. I have done the thing before, and know how to go to work." He drew his knife quickly around one side of the man's head, cutting merely beneath the skin, as he had no desire to kill him. The ope ration of scalping a man does not necessarily kill him, as men have been known to be scalped and live many years afterward; but I never heard of anybody who under went the operation from choice. Meanwhile, the lawyer had been making frantic efforts to remove the gag from his mouth, and succeeded in doing so just at this interesting stage of the proceedings. He at once gave vent to the most piercing, unearthly yell that ever was heard from a human throat, following it up by others as loud, as often as he could draw breath. Even Matt was astonished, and for a moment was ren dered perfectly incapable of action. Then he placed one hand over the man's mouth, and prepared to continue his work. The cries had been heard, however, and help was at hand. A farm laborer, happening to be passing not far off, heard the terrible cries for help and hastened to the spot. The cries, being repeated, showed him whence they pro ceeded, and he had no doubt that some one was being mur dered in the little isolated building. He burst in the door with one powerful shove from his broad shoulders, and the whole fearful scene burst upon hiin in an instant. He seized M3:tt in his strong arms and tried to drag him away, but the madman, turning upon him, plunged his knife to the haft in his heart, and then dashed from the place. Others had heard those agonized cries for help, and in a moment the place was surrounded by an excited crowd. Matt had escaped, and the farmer was dead, but the law yer was still conscious, and a physician being summoned, he was released from his confinement. His scalp, which had only been half severed, was re placed and the skin sewed up, after which he was removed to his home. The treatment. he had received did not prove fatal, neither the skull nor brain having been injured in the least, and in the course of a month or so his wound had healed, and he was none the worse for his strange experience with Mad Matt. The maniac was not discovered for a long time, although a thorough search was made for him. He was at last found in a little hut that he had built in the very heart of the woods, where he had occasionally staid over night while hunting. When those who discovered him entered the place a hor rible sight met their astounded gaze. In one corner of the hut, strapped to the wall, was the dead bodY. of a ;roung man-a stranger ill the place-the


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. 29 top of his head being open, and his brains carefully re moved. These were lying upon a slab of marble, placed upon a r ough bench built into the wall, ancl not .far away was the deal body of Macl Matt. He had removed the young man's brain, and had then undertaken to perform the same operation for himself so as to make room for the other. He had perished, of course, as any sane man might have known , and here the two corpses had remained for some time, until accidentally discovered. The body of the young man was afterward identified and given to his friends, and that of the maniac was inte rred in the family burying ground. And thus perished a martyr to science and his own in sane fancies, poor Mad 1\fatt. CLEVER THEFTS OF DIAMONDS. A former jeweller who is now a member of a jewellers' protective association and travels over the entire world in search of diamonds and gem thieves, told some of the intresting methods used by the expert thief to steal jewelry. The woman hesitated, and finaHr ask<'d whether they would hold the slone until that afternoon and she wonlcl make a deposit of $10 on it. "This appeared perfectly proper to the owner, but when she left two valuable stones ,rere missing . The woman was hailed, taken to Police Heac1quarters and Fearched . The gems were not found on her, ancl in her inclignation she threatened to bring suit against the proprietor. He was sure she had taken the stones, but in his 1nofosion of apology offered to gi , e her ihc one she had b0en l ook ing at and at the same time refnml h er $10. Tl~is was better than a suit and the loss of all of the rnppose d friends of the woman, thought the dealer. She ac-co111panied him back to the store, auc1 "hile there, watched by detectives, made her way up to the case where she had stood before, and slipping her hand along the under eclgr, recovered the two missing stones, stuck there in a little ball of chewing gum. "The detectives did not know positively at that time whether she had taken anything from the counte1-,1' 1bnt decided to keep further watch o,er her. At anothe~ itore several days later while she was inspecting gems a ston e was dropped on the floor "accicl entall_y" and this alsb1 ',,as lost. Gum on the front oE the :::hoe hacl got this one. The man was arrested and confessed that she had swindled nearly every dealer in New York with her gum trick. "One of the most ingenious thefts was made in Berlin, "0 course," he said, "we all know of the fellow who where a fellow walked into a general jc"elry store know travels a long with the diamond salesman for a month or ing the owner had a fine diamond. The thief ,rore an ex more ostensibly carrying anothe r line, but in reality only pensive diamond himself and went into the store apparawaiting a chance to make away with the salesman's trunk. ently to have an old German watch repaired. Ile started This fellow works a long time for a haul and is usually a to talk of diamonds and exhibited his own as a choice stone . topnotcher, as diamond salesmen are naturally suspicious He was shown the other stone by the dealer. They dis of any chance acquaintance . This crook, however, is a cussed diamonds in every phase until the ,rntch was re polished fellow, tells good stories, drinks good drinks, paired, when the stranger started to pay for the repairing. smokes good cigars, and is generally agreeable and well He exhibited a large roll of bill and purposely oyerpcicl. liked. During the slight confusion of counting his money and "He does not push his presence on the salesman, but paying for his watch he had substituted the genuine dia manages to nm into him numbei;less times, and by various mond for a paste stone, which was being carefully wrapped methods of his confederates usually has considerable imup and placed in its box by the dealer while !he 8trange r portant appearing mail meet him wherever he goes. Then was sauntering out with his watch. some clay the salesma n packs his trunk after finishing a "The dealer saw a slight carbon spot in the pnstc jc,rrl sale and starts it for the express office. On the way it dis-just as he was closing the box, ancl knowing his 01n1 jP,rel appears; it is either taken from the platform or picked up to be :flawless, hurriedly examined the stone and apprc sornewhere and the thief is gone. hendecl the thief before he was a half block away. fecme "Women make good diamond thieves, too, as dea.lers in the thought that he was safe: must not take a chance of offending a customer, lest she be "He was taken to the store ancl every particle of clothing a ri c h man's wife or daughter, whose trade if obtained regremoved, and he was searched thoroughh-, but the missing ularly would amount to thousands a year. Any woman I jewel could not be found. More through curiosit.Y at the well dressed and possessing a certain amount of refinement old-time watch than anything else, one of the police callc

30 THE LIBERTY BOYS O F '76 . SAVED BY A PANTHER. "You ask me to tell you a story. Well, as I know no better way in which to spend the long evening before us, I will do so. "We were weather-bound at a rude western inn, almost upon the verge of civilization. The day just passed had been a stormy one, and we had got through it _the best we could. Now, as the darkness came on early and the long evening loomed up before us, we gathered abo11t the roaring fire of huge logs which burned briskly upon the hearth. "The man who had been appealed to was a person of about fifty years of age, who had followed the occupation of a peddler. He had the best tnrn-out in the stable that part of the country had ever seen in his line, though he told us that he had carried a pack for Tears on his back, b t by his own exertions and industry he had risen above tl t now, ancl had a snug sum laid up against the time when he should give up i.hc business and take the remainii years of his life in an easier way. "It i s now nearly fifteen years ago that the adventure befell me which I am about to relate. It was before I gave up my pack for a horse and cart, though I had already made up my mind that I could afford it. I was traveling through a wild section of the country-wilder, if possible, than this around here. Between the settle ment s there were forests filled with wild beasts, and now and then you came upon a band of roving savages. Be side these, there was the usual class of villains, herse thieves and renegades, who would not hesitate to take a man's life if they thought it would be to their advantage to do so. "One night I stopped at a tavern which stoo d in i.he midst of a little settlement of not more than a dozen log house s . I had been the round of them and drove what bargains I could, and in the morning I was to go on at as early an hour as possible, for I learned that I had nearly a score of miles to go before I should reach the next settlement. "In the evening there were assembled in the bar-room all the male denizens of the place, and among them was one whom I at once set down as a villain. His looks plainly showed that there was little he would hesitate to clo if in the encl there was anything to gain . Again and again I caught him looking at my pack, which I had placed in on e corner of the room near the bar, ancl at once fell that he was lookin g at me to calculate whether or no I should be a dangerous antagonist in case he should rob me of it. The more I saw of him the less I liked his looks, and I felt relieved when at last he left the room for home . "I was up betimes next morning, and as soon as I had finished breakfa st I started. As I left the settlemen t be hind me, I could not help glancing behind me to mak e sure the man of whom I had formed so poor an opinion was not following me, but he was not to be seen . Hardly any one was stirring out of doors, and there was little life except about the tavern, or where the white smoke curled up above the roof of each cabin . "Once with the forest I hurried on, desiring to put as peat a. diitance as I could between me and the settlement in as little time as possible. A feeling of danger oppressed me, which I found it impossible to shake off. I am not naturally timid, or given to presentiments, as many are, but on this occasion there was a sort of .fea:i: upon me of which I could not ricl myself, try as hara as I might. "As I hacl learned from the landlord that I should not be able to reach any human habitation before nightfall, I had taken my dinner along with me, aud now, feeling the need of it, I sat down by the edge of a clear stream which crossed the road, and commenced my noon-tide meal. Only a man who had walked as I had done that morning can know the relish I had for the bread and meat which had been provided for me, and when the genero us supp l y had disappeared I almost wished there had been more . "The extra exertion I had made, and the hearty meal of which I had partaken made me sleepy, and placing my pack under my head, I closed my eyes, thinking I would take a few minutes' rest before continuing my journey. "I dicl not mean to go i.o sleep, yet in l ess than five minutes I hacl lost consciousness of all that was going on around me . How long I slept I know not. It might have been a few minutes or it might have been an hour, but I awoke at last with a start, and a sense o.f some great danger hanging over me . I did not start up nor move hand or foot . A certain something, I could not tell what, chained me down. " I opened my eyes and looked about me, but saw noth ing, and l was just on the point pi making a motion to get on my feet when I heard a slight crack.ling of brush above my head. Looking in the direction of the sound, I beheld a sight that almost froze the marrow in my bones, and seemed to turn my blood to ice. A huge panther was crouching there, ready to spring upon me. "All at once the fiery eyes of the panther were turned from me and fixed upon some object a little to the right. "A man was creeping toward me with a knife in his hand . He was not a dozen feet from where I lay, and at the first glance I recognized him. It was the man whom I had made up my mind was a villain, in the tavern the night before, and whom I feared all the forenoon might lie following me. The presentiment I had had was not ground less then. But I had not counted on a double danger. "Closer and closer the villain drew toward me. Only a moment more and he would be so near that he could reac h me with his outstretched hand . There was not an instant to lose, ancl I was just on the point o.E springing to my feet, when, quick as a flash of lightning, the panther cleft the air and landed on the shoulders of the villain . "A terrible cry of rage burst from his lips as he fell, his blood dyeing the earth. At the same instant I was on my feet, ancl drawing a pistol, I sent a bullet through the head of the beast. It did its work well, though even in death it clung to its victim, and when at last its strug gles were over, as I pulletl it from the bleeding man, I saw that it had done its work. The impress of death was on the villain's face, and in a few moments he was

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HOW TO DO SIXT"\' T RICKS WITH containing valuable information as to the beginners, and also relates some adventures of CARDS.-Embraolng all or the latest and most preparing and sub Ul,ng manuscript . . Also. well-known df'tecttves. deceptive ca-rd tricks. wtth fltrstrattons. neatness, legibility a general composition of No. 59 . HOW TO l\lARE A MAGIC LAN-No. 73. HOW TO DO TRICES WITH NUIII• manuscript. For sah b y a ll newsdealers, or will be sent to any address o n r eceipt o: p rice, 10 cents pe r c o py , i n m on ey o r postage stamps, by FRANK TOU,SEY, Publisher 24 UNION SQUARE, N. Y.


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