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"Hariy I" cried the girl, reaching out her arm toward the newcomer. "MabelJ" shouted the young man ; then he bounded across the room and threw his arm around the girl' s waist, at the same time turning his face toward the captain.


THE :ILIBERTY BOYS OF '76 A Weekl y Magazine Containing Stor i es of the American Revolutior; 11vtd w,,e1<111-B11 Bubacrtption $!.60 per y e a r . Entered as Berond-Olaas Matter, January SI. 1918, at lhe Post Olflce at New York, N. Y., under th• of Mar ch s, 1879. l!/ntered occ o rd-ing t o ..tot o f Oongreas0 m the I/OM 1914, In lhe o"{ftce of the Librarian o f O ongre,a, W aah ington, D. O ., by Jl'rllflk Tomey, Pu~list>er, 168 West Ud Str-eet, New York. No. 706. NEW Y O RK, JULY 10, 1914. Price 5 Cents. r he Liberty Boys' Ligh tning Work OB, TOO FAST FOR THE BRITISH By HARRY MOORE CHAPTER I . LOSr IN THE TIMBER, "Well. I helieve I am lost." A youth of perhaps nineteen years stood almost knee-deep Jn snow in the midst of a heavy forest. The youth was a !handsome fellow, but just now there was a worried look on his face. He was dressed in rough clothing such as was worn b y the peasantR of PPnnsylvanla in thoRe days-for the region In which this forest lay was eastern Pennsylvania, and the time of which "le write was January of tbe year 1778. The BritiRh army occupied Philadelphia, under General William Howe, and the patriot army was at Valley Forge. The former army was revellng In plenty, "in luxury almost, and was warm and comfortable, while the latter was sutrering from hunger and cold. 'The patriot soldiers were only half clothed. and many of them were actually barefooted, and their suITerings dnring the col d winter weather may be better irnaii:ined than described. The youth of whom we write was Dick Slater, a famous patriot scout and spy, and he was, also, the captain of a company of brave youths of his own age known as the Liberty Boys of '76. . Dick had left Valley Forge that morning. and had ridden eastward till he was across the Schuylkill, and onward to Germantown. At that town he bad paused to get a bite to eat, and let his horse rest and have some feed, but In the tavern where be bad stopped were a score of British soldiers. They were having a bigh time, drinking and carousing, but they were not so drunk but what they took note of Dick's appearance and began bothering him at once. He bad borne it as long as he could, but at last their Insults became unbearable, and Dick knocked one of his insulters down. This was all the excuse the redcoats wanted. They bad really been trying to get the youtll to resent their language and actions so as to give them an opening to attack him, but they had not expected that he would go so far as to knock one of their number down. This made them wild with anger, and tlley at once rushed upon the youth, intending to pound him half to death. Indeed, had they been able to do what they expected to do, doubtless they would have pounded Dick until life was ex tinct. But the brave Liberty Boy did not Intend to be a victim j ust to please the redcoats. He knew a trick worth two of that, and he fought the Britsh soldiers oil', knocking six or seven down, and got out of the room and tavern wltllout having been so much as hit a single time. The redcoats rushed after him, however, wild to get re venge. and Ile had no time to i.ret his horse; the result was that he was forced to rurr for his life. There was heavy timber half a mile distant, and Dick made straight for it. The redcoats came after him, whooping and yelling like Indians, and they ,fired a number of shots a.t the fugitive, but the pistols did not carry the distance, and Dick was not injured. The Liberty Boy reached the edge of the timber several hundred yards in advance of his pursuers, and plunging In, ran onward at a swift pace. A heavy cloud-bank bad hung In the western sky all day, and now as if by magic the snow began falling. Faster and faster the flakes fell, thicker and thicker grew the sheet of falling snow, and soon such a snowstorm as Dick had seldom seen was in progress. "The redcoats can never overtake me now," thought Dick, "so I'll just take it easy." He continued to advance, but at a moderate gait, and pres-ently he paused. He listPned intently for a few minutes. He could not hear a sound. The stillness was like that of midnight. "I believe they have given up the chase and gone back to the tavern," thought Dick. "Well, I might as well begin working my way hark there, for I must have my horse." He turned and started back. He trudged steadily onward for several minutes. He leaned far forward, and held his head low, his hat pulled over his forehead for be was facing the storm. "Phew! ,vhat a imowstorm!" he exclaimed. "It beats anything we have had this winter, and is as bad as anything I have ever seen." Then he thought of what the heavy snowfall meant to the patriot soldiers at Yalley Forge, and shuddered. . "Poor fellows!" he murmured. "This means more suffering for them. .Tust to think that one-third of the men are barefooted. It Is t errible!" Onward the youth trudged, and presently he paused and looked around him us well as he could, the falling snow be Ing so thick a s to make it impossible to see more than a short dbtrwre. Everywhere as far as be could see in every direction was the heavy forest, however. "I should have been back to the edge of the timber by this time," he murmured. "I don't understand it at all." He struck out again, and walked two or three minutes. Then he paused once more, and gazed all around him. As before there was nothin~ to be Reen but the snow and the bea vv trees of the forest. The youth hardly knew wh::it to think. He knew that he bad penetrated into the forest less than half a mile, when pursued by the rellroats, and he was sure Urnt be hacl walked more than a mile . ince turning back. Why, then, bad Ile not ~eached the edge of the forest?


I 2 THE LTBER'rY BOYS' LIGIITXIXG .: WORK. This was a puzzling question, and without trying to answe r it hP again set out, and walked onward for ten minutes at least. The n he stopped and again looked around him. All that could be seen in any dire ction was the falling snow and the trees of the forest. The Liberty Boy began to suspect that he had got turned around in some manner, and had not been walking straight back in thP rtirection from which h e had come when pursued by the redcoats. "That must b e it," he decided. "Well, I will keep on trying, till I do find my way out of the woods." HP struc k out onc e m01:e, and walkerl onward for ten or fifte<'n minutes. Then he paused and loolrnd alf arouna. Still only the snow and the trees of tl.Je forest could be seen. Not a sound broke the stillness. For a f e w minutes Dick stood there, looking around him, ancl ponde ring, anrl then he uttered the words with which we op Pned thP story: "1Vell, I believ e I am lost!" Thero coulcl be little doubt regarding the matter. The Liberty Boy was lost. "I think I understand how it happened," be murmured. "DoubtlfJSS the wind shifted, and as I was facing the snow, and kep't on going against it. I turned aside from a direct line, ancl went in the wrong direction." The :routh sto oc1 there and pondered. What ~hould he clo? E~idently the only thing to do was to continue walking, to kee11 o n tr:ring to get out of the timber. Bnt which way should he go? "That is the question," he murmurecl, "and it is a bard one, too." He Rtoocl the re, irresolute, for a few moments longer, a.nd then, tnrnlng almost at right angles to the course he had been pursnlng. he struek out. "I'll k<•C'p on going. anyway," he thought. "In fact, I have got to keep on going. I must get out of here before night, or I will he in danger of perishing in the snowstorm." Onward he strode. 'The snow wa.s halfway to his boot -tops already, and was still falling as thickly as e-ver. ".Tove , if it keeps this up for a few hours, the snow will be thrPc feet deep," the J'OUth thought. Onward he trudged. It wa growing to be hard work ,miking. The snow was light, and this made it harder, for be sank almost to the Parth beneath 1hc snow wiih each step. "I'd like to get out of the woods," thought the youth. "I am not so likely to find the home of a settler deep in the timber. If it w ere near the eclge of the forest I might run across a settler's house, hut I believe I must be in the depths or the for est, with miles of it all around me." 'l'his thought was disquieting, indeed. Still the youtb trudged onwarrl. He w:rn a gritty and d e t ermined young fellow, and was barely and strong, and used to exposure , so if any one could go through with an experience of this kind be could. Half an hour the youth walked along, and now the snow was to his boot-tops. Hf' did not like this at all. "i.\Iy boots will fill with snow, anrl soon my feet will be wPt. he pondered; "and~that means that I may be made sick by expo~ur e . I mnRt do something." Ht• looked all around, but could see no break in the solid line of the surrounding forest. 'l'he snow, too, was falling jus t as briskly as ever. 'LookR as if it has set in for all the rest of the day, and all night." tlic youth thought. "Like ly that is the case, too , anrl I might as well hunt 11p a sh eltered spot and camp, and try to make myself c_omfortable." Ht< moved slowly forward, watc hing on every side for some place that would offer him s h elter. "There doesn't s eem to be anything for it but to just keep on walking," thought the youth. So he kept on going. he-walking was very laborious now, however; Dick was growing very tired. • .Tove, l can hardly drag 011e foot after the other," he murmnl'::-d presently, Still be trudged onward. and Rtill the snow came down in what looked at a little distance like a thick, white sheet. "There Is no use talking, I ha , e got to find a stopping place, and rest a while," thought Dick. 'This is tiresome work, and I am not gainingai1ything by it, eifher. The chances arc that I arr1 getting deeper and deeper into the forPst. instead of getting out of it." He looked all around h!ln, and r;;eein;:i; notlling that ofrered decent shelter, he walked slowly onwatd. He harl gone perhaps a Jm'ndred yaTtls further when of a sucMen -an exclamation escnpecl his lips: 1 ''The -very' •thing ! I think that will J:ie as comfortab)e a place as I could find in a day's search." 1 ,vhat had attracted Dick's attention was a huge hollow tree, which st-0od amid some higl.J, dens'e bushes. 'l'he opening in tllf' side was-large enow~h to permit the pas age of Dick's body, and he lost no time in crawling through the opening. Here he was at least safe from the fury of the raging snowstorm. CHAPTER II. A PAIR OF VILLAINS. 'rbe Liberty Boy made bimself as comfortable as was po:; sible under tbe circumstances. Hp was not ver)' cold, as he was well sheltered, and the wind dirt not blow into th hollow tree at all. HP watched the falling snow eagerly. in the l:\dpe that it would cN1sP, but there was no let-up as the hours dragged awa~ . and at last night came, and darkness settled over all. "'\VPII, I gue ss I -am in for making a night of it, here in this hollow tree, " said Dick. "I would not dare venture out, for I have no idea where I arn. I hope 'tbnt it will stop snowing soon, however, for I don't want to have to wade in snow to my waist 1.o-morrow, in getting out of the wilderness." An hour pa~sccl. and then Dick was suddenly electrified by bearing voices. It was, more properly speaking, the murmur of voices, for Di c k could not make out the worcls, but he knew two people were near at band, talking. This was. indeed intereating. who could the persons be? And where were they? This was an unanswerable question, at least inst at pre-s ent. The youth in tl1e hollow tree made up bis mind that he would find out who the talkers were and where they were, however, 'l'o this end he stuck bis head out through the opening, and listened. To his surprise he could / not bear the murmur of the voices at all. "That is strange," he told himself. "Where can the mtn be?" The youth could feel the snmv striking him in the face, ancl dla,ving his head hack into the tree, he listened. He could hear the murmur of th~ voices again. "'Vell, that is strange." thought Dick. ''I don't understand why I can. bear the voices plainer when I am inside the tree than when I had my head outside." He began experimenting by placing his ear against the in side of the trunk of tile tree, and listening at first one place, . then another. Presently be found a spot where be could words. "I begin to understand,,. thought Dick. "The side of the tree at this point is very thin, and tile sound comes through it almost ::is plaiuly as If it were paper." He felt of the inside of the tree, and found that there was but little more than the bark rPmaining, and this was porous. "That accounts for it."' he 1,ald to himself. 'But the ne:x;t question is. '11here are the talkers, and who are they?" He made up his mind that he would be able to find this out by listening again. Placing his ear tightly agnlnst the side of the tree, he llstened intently. * j * * • * * * On the same evening when we introduced Dick Slater to the readl)r's notice, in a cabin standing deep In the timber, at a point four miles from Germantown, two men wel'e seated at 11 table in front of a huge fireplace, iu whieh was a blazing fire of logs. One of the men was a hunter nud trapper, judging by h!.s looks anrl dress, and the other was a British oflker, a <'Uptain. so his uniform indica tPd. ,.ls it snowing still, Shepp?" asked tho British officer, after


THE LIBERTY BOYS' LIGHTXI:N"G WORK. 9 ti having t:ike,n a drinfr from a flaf!k, which be returned to its place in tbe pocket of his sc:trl(!t coat without giving the other man n c~rnnce to sample the contents. "Ye kin bet et's snowJ.n" yit. Cap'n Hardy," was the reply. "I tole ye this lwer he ,set in fur all night." "I wish it woul,1 stop.,. , "Ets all ther lwtter fur us, Cap'n Haruy," was the reply, with (l Clllllling leer. ' "\Yby so~" "Becos u{('r snow im kiver up our tracks, don' ye see?" "I belie,e I <10, Sl1epp. Th;tt's right, and I hope it will conti_nue-snowing." "\Yaal. ,-en git yer hope, all right. er I miss my gnes ." "How fnr is it from h<>re to the home of Mabel Morgan, Shepp?" the <"aptain asked. • Er mill' an' er half.• "Quite a long trudge-three miles, through deep snow, ugh!" renrn riced the officer with a shiver. "Bnh. t!Jet don' ermount ter nothin'," was the reply, with a look of sc-orn. --Tiler snow won' hurt ye." "I don't know about that; I am not used to exposure, Sbepp, and you are. You. of course, could tramp all night through the Rnow. and it would not hurt you, but I could not do it." "Xo. I ,;'po,: will have to do it. for. ns you say. the girl could not \Ynlk her(', tlno.ngh the ,mow, and Y,e could not carry her." r ruther guess not. She's e r i-ight smart chunk uv er gal, is :\Iabel :\forg-an." "She iR a !Jl'autiful girl.'' said Captain Hardy, a baleful Jio-ht in hter be beat by er boy. an' ezz I had be'n drinkin er llit morP'u wnz good fur me, I. wuz ki'nder quarrc>lsom e, rnmYay. an w'en young Miller kep' a-beatin' me, I got so rill'tl thct I slapped his face." "Exactly,'' purrc<.l the captain. "\Ya

4 THE ' LIBERTY ) BOYS' LIGHTRING WORK. pl:Jn s re:rnrding the kidnaping of Mabel i\Iorgnn and tl.e mur-The fire had\ as we lrnve said, ~lied down prl'tty low, and der of Harry i\Iiller, be of course knew nothing regarding did not giYe much light. Then. too, the cor,uer in which was said plans. the bnnk w::u; 119t ligbte\1 up much oYen ,Yhen there wa~ a As Shepp and Captain Hardy did not discuRs the matter good fire, and so the .n_ewcomers hacl not dis. covered tl.)e i'nct while catiug supper, Dick dirl not learn what the two in-tl)at there was an o~cupant to .the builk. tendecl to tlo. enn \Yhen th"Y left the cabin to Rtnrt on their The men, supposing tl\fiIDSel ,es alom', save for the presvillainous expedltion. All llC' lmew ,yas that tbey bad gone, ence of the girl, spoke wit;hot1t 11eRC'rve. and Dic k was soon and as be now Ruspeetec l there 11as a cabin beyond the enabled to get a _ good tmcl erstancling Qf the situation. buslles. with a roarin;: fire i!l the fireplace-for bf' coul(I llen r _ "Arc yqu coll). i\Iis~ )lnbeLi" asked thr l'ltptalu. it roariug-lle decided to SC'P if tl:erP was a cabin. enter it "Yes, I aru chilled through and tllrougll." was the girl'.s aud make llimself comfortable. r e p)y. 'l'b e reason Ile bad not made hi:1rn lf Ruown was because '"l'ake a seat near the fire. then; and, Shepp. put on some he bad learned that one of the two ruen was a British cap-fresp fuel, will you? I'm cold, too." tain, and he knew that he would get himself into trouble if "Yas, I'll hev er roarin' ole fire in er few minnets, cap'n," he, showed h1irn~elf to the officer. . was tlJe bunter's reply, and he hastened to bring in some wood The yontl1 :s idea was that the hunter had gone to gmde from a shed at one end of the cabin. tile captain to Germantown, and would return alone, and "Tllar r think ye'll soon be able ter git warm." he said, Dick int enc l e d to await llis return and then ask to be alloweu when h; bad finished. ' to remain OY~l'llight. Of conrse be had no tl!ougllt of being I _ The fire began blazing up right away, antl Dick. fenrin_g refuse d pernussion to stay. . . . he might be noticed, drew the corner of the, blanket oYer bis So be entered the cabm, and s1t~111g clown m front of the face, leaving a small peep-bole to look through. cheerful fire. proceeded to warm himself. : He looked at the tl11ee with interest. "This is all ri~bt.". be rnu_rrnnre~l. "I ~ill be enabled to He sized up the bunter -pretty qnick. "An unscrupulous get through the mgbt m comfort, afte r all. fellow wbo wil1 do almost anything for money," '\,as the youth's verdict. CHAPTER III. Then he weighed the British officer ln. the balance, and felt confident that in sizing him up as au unscrupulous villain he was making no mistake. ' Then be turned his attention to the glrl. "A'"beautiful. sweet, and innocent girl." was bis juclgrnent of her. "and I wiH spoil the scheme of that red-coated scounAfter he bacl got thoroughly warrne~l Dick noticed the cup-drel or know the reason why." board in one cotuer, and as be was hungry he made his way "Why have you made n prisoner of me. and brought mi> DICK MAKES HD1SELF AT Hffil1E, to the cupboard and, opening the door, looked in. hither, Captaiu Hardy?" asked the g-irl, presently. "Cornbread and venison. eh?" he exclaimed in a tone of "CaptaLn Hardy, eh?" thought Dick. "I'll remember the satisfaction. ""\Veil, I am in luck, for sure. I will soon sat-name, and perhaps before we get through with this affair r \:,fy the demands which my stomach is ~akiug for food." shall give Captain Hardy cause to remember a fellow about He placed til e breacl ancl meat on the rude table, sat down, mv size,, • and proceeded to eat heartily. ~'I sh~uld think you would !mow why I bnYe made n pris-l'i'hen he had finished he gave utterance to a sigh of relief oner of you and brought you here, Mabel," was the officer's and satisfaction. reply . . "There, I feel better," be said. "I feel like a new man. "I can see no reason for such action on your part. save "\Vbat If it is snowing out? I am in comfortable quarters. tllnt you are a villain." In tile morning I will have tile hunter guid~ me to Gerrn:iu-The officer winced, and bis face flushed. towu .. n~d I will mount my horse ancl contmue on to Pb1la-"You sbould not use sucll barcl words, l\liss l\label .. he delpbia. said. "Still bard words break no bones and I suvpose I can . Tl w youtll sat down before the fire, and proceeded to take 'stand it vely well." ' his I ,, "I wonc1er how Jong it will be before the owner of tne "But why have you brought me here? cabin gets llome?'" be asked himself. -"To teach you somet!1in~;, ?IIabel." Of C'ourse lte bad no me.c1.ns of knowing, and b e looked long-"To teach me something -ingly at the bunk in one cornet of th~ room and hesitated. "Yes." "I am getting dre ndfull~ • sleepy," Ile said to himself. "Jove, "What?" • I baYe half a mind to lie down. It will be all right. r am '"I'o teach YOU to love me." sme, for tlwse hunters and trapper!'\ nre usually hospitable, The captain's voice trembled, nnd Ile e,illrntly trl~rl to put gpuerous-hearted fello"'\\s, and he will be glad to make me a great deal of feeling into it, but the girl's lips curled 'with w e l come.• scorn. He could not impress Iler . Ile wnJtecl a while longe r, boweYer. and then, as he had "If that is why you have brought me here you might just almost gone to sleep in the chair, be decided to lie down. as well take me right back borne, sir," she said coldly. H e made 11,is way over to tile corner, and lying in the "vVhy so, Mabel?'; bunk. pulled the lllanket up over him. "Because I would never learn to love you; 110, not even if In tw0 minutes be was sounc l asleep. -not if--" now long he had slept he had no means of knowing, but "Not even if you did not already love Harry i\IiJIPr. eh?" Dick was finally awakened by hearini:, voices. "That is none of your busiuC'RS, Cnptniu Hardy ... was the IlC' ghu1<<•cl tuwarn yenrs. ancl after her came a British offic\:)r. Both the captain n tolcl ,1hat it rneaut by the> men themselves. The cap-"Oh, yes, I C'nn. • tain ,yns in love with thC' girl, had made adYauces. had been "No, )'OU cannot. ?\o minister will perform tile ceremony repuh•ed . nncl now, determined not to be ballced, be bncl got if I am not willing." thP lrnntcr to help hiP-1 and llad kiduaprcl the girl. . "The cbnplnin of my rE'gil11Fnt will do ~o, ,. witll a fiencl-"Oh. )-on ~counclrel," thong-ht Dick. ,;It is such men as ish smile; ''he is indcbtccl to me in seY('l'al vrnys. and \Yill yo11 who briu't tile entire British army into disrepute. I tlo whatever I tell him tr, do. I shall bri11:,1 him hel't', null tllink I shall ha Ye to take a hnnd in this affair!" Ile " -ill rny the ceremony that will make us ruau aml wife."


THE LiBERTY BOYS' LIGHTNING WORK. 5 "I will refuse to an~ver his questions, aucl then he cannot perform any ceremony." "Oh. yes. be can-. It v;,m make no difference w -ith him. He will peTl'onn 'tlie ce\:ernony just the same." The girl stnred afi tlle man for' a few moments in _liorrifiecl Rilencc. and then 'she excla•i-rned: "Oh, you h!lnin!' Yotl monster!" "Tnt, tut," su id tt1e t:apfain. A. 1 sald a . while. a'go. hard words hrl!ak no hones,' so yon might as well spare yourself the exertion of uttetiug them." "You w.ill not be permitted to make a success of your ueifarious scheme, Captain J-lardy, '' the girl cried. • , "I suppose you think your sweetheart will come to your rescue, eh?" with a sardonic smile. "He or some one else certainly wlll do so. I do not believe that you will be permitted to make a success of your plan." "You will see that I will make a complete success of my plans.,. coolly: 'and you might as well give In, and yield grneefull~ to the inevitable." "Xeyer!" the girl cried. , • "Say. cnp'n. there's be'n sumbuddy beer whHe we wuz gone." suddenly exclaimed Shepp, the hunter. He had been looking around, and bad discovered that a lot of the bread and meat had been eaten. . As the ,bunter snid this his eyes seemed to lns,tinctlvely Re0k the lrnnk in the corner, and as be.looked in that direction. a clear. ringing voice cried out:, "The somebody ls here yet!" The next instant Dick had thrown the blanket asirle, and leaped out and confronted the two astonished villains, a cocke_ d and leveled pistol in either hand. CHAPTii1R IV. HARRY 1IILLER ON HAND, It is ,louhtful if there !;)Ver ~ere two men more surprised than were Shepp and Captain Hardy. They stnrP.d in open-mouthed amnzement and horror. The rirl. too. was surprised. and delighted as well. At Dick's i;;mlclen appearance a little cry of delight had Pscaped the mniclep's lips, and now she cried: 'Oh. Rir, snve me. Rave me from this villain!" "I will snve')'OU, mis8," repljed Dick. "I will save you, if in cloin!! so I am forced to kill .both these scoundrels." "\Yho rire ~ou?" Ruclr1enly cried the captain . . hoarsely. It doeR not mntter. my f1iend . .-ave to tell you that I ::m on<' who if\ nlways r eady to 1ift a hand in defrnse of wrmrn. ancl the wenk ancl h elpless. whetever found.'' ' It m:1tt0rR not who ~-on are, of a truth," was the snarliP~ rP_ply. "Bnt one t1Ji11g I cnn tell :yon, sir. and that is, th"t ~on 1):1,1 better mal,e your will before you cross the pnih of Cn11tnin IIoraPP Hntt>, hnll !w e n edging-around. with the evident intention of trying to get elosP enough to Dick to lea.p upon him, but the Lil'~rty Boy wns wntd1ing the fellow, and now spoke to him. .. :\[Y Jnnky friPnd. the youth saict, coldly but calmly, "if •yon ,:nlup your life, yon will not try that on me. I know what yon are thinking of trying to clo as well as if you bad shouted the tnonght out loud. Back. nncl take up a position beside the caph1in. tl1C'l'P . or I will put a bullet through you." TlH' youth'is loo!;: nnd tones were so stern that the hunter conc-luciec1 to 01J0y orders, and be promptly took up bis position besirle tlw ,-apfain. "Tllat is better,,. said Dick, quietly .. "I have no desire to ricl the earth of your presence, but would not hesitate to do so if you made it necessary for me to shoot." "Ba,h! you could not hurt 11im if you were to shoot," sneered the captain. "You would ruiss." "Oh. do you think so, captain?"remarked Dick. "Yes." '"rhen why don't you do something? why don't you make a sndden attnr•k on me?'' "That is just 11hat I was thinking of doing.'' "You nre frank: but 1 give you warning tb'at if you attempt anything of the kind it wlll be the last thing you will do on earth. for I shall spoot. and shoot to kill, and-I am a dead shot under all circgmstances." "Ob, Indeed?" "Yes, indeed." "You have a great deal of confidence in your abilities as a 1r.arksman." "I have reason to have." "HaYe you, indeed?" "Yes." , "I suppose you have fired a few shots at a harmloor. and managed to bit it once or twice in twenty times," with a SI!C'er. "!\o, I have fired lnmrlreds of shots at redcoats. ancl have hit the objectR shot nt three times out of every three shots." This was said with such calmness ancl coolness that the captain ancl the bunter both stared. Tb<'~' began to think this youth was about the coolest young fellow .they had ever seen. "Vi'ho are you?'' asked the captain, his face dark with rag-e caused by the youth's words. "'.rhat is none of your business. It is enough to say that I nm one whom ,-vords will not scare, that I am one who does not 'fear the scarlet uniform of the British. whether worn bv one man or a half dozen." "Oh. I snpposc you mean by that that you are a match for half a dozen 01' the king's soldiers, eh?" sneered the Brit. ish officer. "Yes, that is exactly what I mean." "Bah! You nre n boaster." "Xo. I am simply telling the truth.'' "Bosh! I do not believe that you are the equal of six British soldiers. Indeed, I do not think you are the equal of one. nnr l to prove It 1 here and now challen~e yon to fight ,,_ me. man to man. If you defeat me the girl shall be permitted to depart with you. and return to her home. If I de-feat :von she 11ill stnv with me." The Liberty Boy Rhook his head. "I could not think of accepting your kin cl f'aptain," be saicl. "As I happen to ha Ye the control of the situation. and the girl ran leave he>re a.t imy time she cl,ooses . I would be verv 0foollsh to accrpt any such proposition.'' "Anrl besltleR, sir," Faicl the girl, "he wot1ld not act fairly in the matter. The otbC>r man would nttaek you from behino while :rou were eng:ap:ecl ,Yith the raptnln. • The Li!Jrrty Boy norlded and smiled. "I iudge tlrnt yon have penetrntecl the designs of the noble captain. miss." snid Dick. "Yes. that is just about what wonlcl happen.,. The captain glared from Dick to the girl, and then baclr again. . "Yon think no one Is honest and honorable save yourself, I s11pnos,,?'' he sneered. " 'Y!'ll. I am smart enough to know better than to trn8t two men who were cowarol~ enough and scoundrels enong-h to steal a helpless girl a way from her home," was the coo l reply. At this instant the door of the cabin was thrown violently open, and into the room rnsbeo a young man of about Dick's age. He "as ll bnnd~ome fellow, but was eYidentl.v greatly excited. He paused the instant he saw the ta!Jlenn, and gnzecl from Dirk to the two men. and back again with a look of uuderstnmling nml clelight on his fnce. "Harry 1 ,. cried thP girl, reaching out her arms toward the newcomer. "Mabel!" shouted the young man. then be bounded ncross the room and threw bls arm around the girl's waiRt. at the same time turning his face toward the captain, and ryeing him sternly, even fiercely. A roar escaped the captain's lips. and he took a Rtep forward ancl made as If to draw his sword. bnt Dick Rhook bis pistol and sa !cl. sternly: "Stand where you are, captain. Don't ad vnnce another step, unless you wish to die." "Oh, let me at him," h e crl_ed, hoarse ly. " . r,.et m e at lJim!


6 THE LIBERTY BOYS' LIGHTNING WORK. I hate him'. We are deadly enemies, and I have a score to settle with him. Let us have it out, now and here!" "I am agreeable," cried the young man. qulckly. "I have a score to settle with you. you cowardly British hound. You havi> stolen this girl awa~• frOm her home, and for that you shall pay the forfeit with your life. I will meet you, Captain Hardy, and I tell you beforehand that I am going to kill you." "You cannot do it," was the reply, In a boastful tone. "I will make an end of you, you young rebel!" It was evident to Dick. however, that the officer did not speak with a great dPal of contidence. , "Oh, H!l.rry, you must not, you shall not fight this scoundrel!" cried the girl. clinging to the young man. "He Is a coward, and is beneath your notice. Don't meet him. I am free to go, now. thanks to the presence of tllis gentleman," lnd!C':1ting Dlck. "and to your opportune arrival. Let that suffice, and please cld not fight him." "But, :\Iabel, If I leave him here, alive and well, he will begin plotting to get you Into his power again," protested the young man. "The best way is for me to kill him, now and here, and thus make an end to all danger from him." "Oh, I suppose you think there Is no doubt regarding the result of a meeting between us?" sneered the captain. "Xot the least doubt. captain. It would be the same thing over again as what lrnppened when we met before-with the exception that this time I shall kill you, instead of disarm-I " I will constitute myself master oi ceremonies," said Dick, "and when I say the word, you wlll go to work." Both nodded. "oiiss :\label. step here to my side, out of the way," continued Dick, and the girl obeyed. • The youth plac_ed a stool against the wall, and the girl took the seat. Indeed, she was trembling so violently that she could hardly stand. ":'\Tow. you remain standing right where you are, my hunter friend." said Dick, addressing Shepp. "If you make a move to aid your companion in crlrnc, I will put a bullet through you, clo you understand?" , ''Yas, I reclion I do," was the growling reply. "I haln't ergoin' ter do nothln' on'y watch tiler fight." "All right; see to It that that is all that you do. Any move that looks suspicious wm • cause me to put a bullet through you." Then Dick turned to the two men In the center of the room, who, sword in hand, stood watching each other like hawks. "Are you ,ready, gentlemen?" the youth asked. "Ready," came In unison. "On guard, then!" The two men stood on guard. "Engage!" The next Instant the swords clashed together. ing you and ~tting you go free." CHAPTER V . A dark look came over the British officer's face. A. DESPERATE CO:MBAT. "Perhaps you would kill me, and perhaps not," he hissed. "If you think you can do so, get ready for the encounter." Eagerly, fiercely, viciously-especially on the part1 of the •',Yith pleasure," the yoUJ1g man cried, and he started to captain-the combatants went at it. free himself from the girl's embrace. But slle h~ld to him, )Iabel ~!organ pressed her hands against her side, as if to and would not let go. still the wild fluttering of her heart, and her face was deathly pale. She watched every move of the two, however; it seemed "Oh, Harry, please, please do not fight him." she pleaded. as If she could not take her eyes of!' the terrible spectacle, , "He is a scoundrel, and there is no need of your fighting as if she was fascinated. ti'lm." The Liberty Boy watched the combat with eager interest, "You are afraid your sweetheart will get the worst of the also. He was anxious to see how the young patriot handled enconnter," sneered Captain Hardy. I ti f hi th t th '' I'll tell vou how we can settle it." said Dick. addressing himself, and it did not take ong to sa s Y ru a e young man was amply able to take care of himself. the young man. "Let me take your place, and fight the cap-"He is tbe better swordsman of the two, sure enough." tain. • thought Dick. "I am glad of it. for be is evidently n fine But the young man shook his head, as did the British fellow and is the sweetheart of this beautiful girl, and It 01IJ;~0r_ .~lssaoid the young man. ,,1 have a score to settle with woulrl be terrible if he were to be killed right here before • her eyes." you. Harry ;\Iiller," said the captain, fiercely. "And 1 will This made the Liberty Boy think of the girl. and be bent not let any one eJ.l;e take your place and thus cheat me of over, and placing his lips close to her ear, whispered: my reveng~" "Have no fear miss your sweetheart i.s the better swords-''Free my arm, please, Mabel," said Harry Miller. "You 'man and will ~ndoubtedly be the victor. Calm yourself, need have no fears regarding the outcome of this a_fl'air, for and 'rest easy; the combat will end satisfactorily to you." we have met before. and I defeated him easily, disarming "Ob, do you really think so?" the maiden whispered, but him without any trouble. I can do it again." without taking her eyes of!' the fighters . . "We'll see about that," cried the captain. _"I underrated "I am sure of It, Miss :Mabel. Be not afraid for the safety you. the other time, and was careless. This time I will not of your sweetheart. He will defeat the captain." make any such mistake." "Oh, I hope so-I pray so!" The girl did not wtsh to let go of her sweetheart, b~t l Shepp, the hunter, was watching the clue! with interested finally did so. She was very pale, however, and It was ev1-eyes, also. He hacl never before witnessed a sword fight, dent that she was under a great nervous strain. and It was something new and interesting. "I think It will be best to have the matter settled for good Even to his unsk1lled eyes. however, it looked as if the and all, right here and now. miss," said Dick, reassuringly. captain was "etting tbe worst of the encounter, and he sllook "and I do not think you need have any fears regarding the his head. " safety _of this young man. He has defeated t_he,.captaln once, "I ruther think ther cap'n Is goin' ter git licked. this time, and will undoubtedly be able to do so agam. ther same ez he did ther other." the hunter said to himself. "Oh. ~-ou think so. do you?" sueerl'd the officer. "I don' see w'y he wuz foolish enuff ter try et erg'in with "I certainly do," was the promptly reply. "I think you swords, when he got licked thet way, onct. He bed orter will soon find that such is the case, too." hev tried pistols this time." "Tile wish is father to the thought. no doubt." The combat ~as fierce. '.!.'he two were desperately in "I don't think so. When the sword ls the weapon sklll Is earnest, and It was evident that the affair could only end what eounts. nnd if the young man defeated you once, he with the death or serious wounding of one or both of tile will nudoubteclly be able to do so ngain." durlists. "I have already said that I underrated his skill, and was Clash, dash, clash! went the swords. tlie sound ringing out care!Pss." clenrly on the stillness of the night. ;,That rloes not matter. I-I!' disarmed you, which ls proof "Ila! I almost had you, then." suddenly exl'lnirued the that he is grcntly your superior "ith thP f-Word." captain, after a lunge wllich he bud made at his skillecl and "Bah! I will soon proye to ~our satisfaction. and to his, agile opponent. "I'll get yon next time." that snch is not the case." and the cnptain drew his sworn. • Almost don't eount, captain,• was the young man's cool '"-'ill you lend me -your sword, sir?• asl;:ed Hany ::\Iiller, reply. ''And. beisidL'S, ~-ou were not anywhere near scoring." adclrrssing-Dick. "Yes, I wus; and I'll do it nrxt timt>, too!" grnterl the "Cntaiuly. \Yith the /!TPntest vleasure, and you will find offi<:C'r. tht> wenpon a splendid onP. • It was eYident that , ;\Iabcl :lforgun was fearfnl that the "I nm sure of th:>.t." captain might be spenkin,!!; truly. for her hand!'\ workPd . The Lil,ertr Bo~ handC'd Harry , ::\liller the> sword. but still nenons\r, nnc1 her brrath came> in gnsps. kept the hunter covered with hi!s piRtol, and the youn~ man "Have no fear. ::\Iiss ::\Inbel. said Dick. ''The euptain w~s steuucd to the center of the room. and faced Captain Hartly. not ,rnywilere n;iar scoring, altllough he thinl;:s he was. TL.1t ..


THE LIBERTY BOYS' LIGIITXTXG WORK. 7 was a nis<' of tbr young mnn's. to throw the captain off his :\fabel." snid Dick. "As eYent~ turned ont, however, yoli rnn hnlanre, mC'ntnlly . and make bim enger and oYer-confident, see thn.t even if I hnd not heen on band, Hnrry here would You will Hee that I am right. 1ire,;ently, and the Briton will ha,e reseued you." dl:n1 m~• pnreuts will dii<-nn,1 rigitl. nnd thp point of his sword penPtratecl the right co,;-er that I am mi:-ming ancl be friglltenf'd almost to dratll." si 11nd stny over night." The next momrnt shP 11-as in Harry's :urns. and w!ls hug-, '"l'hnnks," saicl Dirk. "I wlll acPep1. your invitation." ging and kissing him, and wPeping tears of joy at tbp snmc ThE>n Harry turned to thr hunter, anrl :-iaicl: tin~<'. "We arP going now. 'l.'nke as goorl care of the captain as "Yon mar rPnrlc-r ~-our romrndf' assistnnre, • salrl Dick to you ran. nnd to-morrow I wi!l sep that a surgeon is sent from thP hnntc>r, anrl 1hP mnn hnR!Pnecl to tum thE' woundert man Germnntown. Consirlpr yoursl'lf h1clr on hi:-i hnck. :rnrl mak<' an examination of tbe wound. for airlin:z thP rnptnin to abduct ?.label. As I sa,e, d her I'll Th<' BritiRh offirer wns unronf1rious now. and Dick marlp let •you off this time.• nn <>xaminntilln of the wound; hP was expPrt in such mnttcrs, "All right," was the growling reply. and sJ1ook his h0nd. "And if yon sneered In pulling the captain through.• ,snid .. '\Y!rnt rl'yc-think? "ill he git over c-t?" asked the hunter. Harr:,. Rtrrn!y. "tpJI him to kPPP out of my waY, and fo not • It i;, C'Xtrcmrlr douhtfnl." thr yon th replieet. • tbrongh. hut it will bC' a tight R(]nrPzf. • "I don't think ther rap'n 'II want ter hev anythin' ter do "Yrnal. I'll ,10 ther hes' I kin fur tt1c-r poor fool. He'p me with ye enn~ more." said Rhepp. lift 'im intrr thrr bunk yonder, w!ll ye?" 'l.'hrn thP t!Jrce took their departure. the girl riding the .. Of C'O\ll'R<'." captain's hor:-ie, v;bich was impressecl into serYice, as 11 s The t11 liftrrl thP wmmdNl man irnd plar<1rl him in the rlgbt under the circumstances. bnn!{, nncl 1hrn Diel< prorPPr now," thP officer ;;aid, w<'akly. "I-was -wounded." "Yrs. But you mu:rl to Hnrr., :.rmer, nnd held out bis hirnd. "I rong-rntulnte ~ ou.• hf' ;mid, enru stly. "You triumphed, a:-; T 11as Rnt'P YOU would." "Thnnk ;on.:, wns the rPpl_,. •:,ry name ls Harry Miller, nnrl "-ho. if T mn~-nsk. nre you?" .. :,r_,. namp? DaYi. •r am glad to kno11 you, :\Ir. Raunrlrn,. • :ar and mis.iri,ing:a;, and sup• po~ed that I Imel not :1 fl'ienrl within milc-s, and when you lf'n1wcl up anrl confronted thP t11 H(•omidrrls I was ovprfowrl. I slrnll ne.Pr forg-rt it.• :.\Yell, you are rnore than welcome for what I did_ :\fiss CIIArTER VI. ~!ABEL HOME AGAIX. It bad stoppeo snowlng, and thPy could see to make their wny along very well. 'l'hr i,now wns kneP-dPep. howeYer, nncl this made it hard wnlk!ng. indrc-rl, for Dirk and Harry. It had grown slightly colder. too, but not enough so to mnkP it SPVC'r<' on the three. Indeed, tbf' two young men rould hnYP kept plenty wann hnd the mercur~-been mnny degreps lllwer, for the Pxertion of walking through the snow kelit th0m 11-armed np. ThP girl, howevf'r. sented on the hark of thl' hor,;c-. rlo!n.e: nothing to keep her blood circulating, wns more liltting rhillerl." ''Ilow far iR it to your home, 1\11:-is l\lahel?" asked Dick. "I don't know. ,vbat do you think, Harry?" "I should say it is somPtbing more than a mtle and a half." "Oh, thnt won't bP much of n trip." "Br the way. Harry," said i.\Iabel, "how did you learn that I was mis:-;ing from home?" "I'll tell you, ;)label. I harl be-en to Germantown, and wns on my way home. "'hE'n I came to yonr father's houRe I ~aw ligbtR. :ind wondering what was the matter, I stopprd and went In. Your father and mother wPre hurrying hitller and thithrr, looking for you. anrl we1•p almost wild." "Poor father. poor mother!" the girl murmured. '"I nsked them what the matter was," went on Harry, "and they told me )'OU were missing. They said they bad hearrl a noise. and thought they heard a voice cry out 'Help!' but were not sure." The girl nodded. • I clid cry out. onre," she said. '' I took a candle and went to your room in company with yom parentR, )Iabel. and we looked around for somPth!ng wllich would give us a rlew to wbnt had occurred. and I found a burkskin tobaccopouch which I knew belonged to .Tark Shevp, thP bunter nnd trnpper." "Ah!., brc-a thc-d the girl. "I n::acle up my mind nt once that Shepp had carried you •


8 THE LIBERTY. BOYS' LIGHTNING . WORK. 'away, Mabel, and telling your parents not to worry, I ll.t once set out for Shepp's cabin In the woods." "I see." "I knew the way well, for I have hunled in company with the hunter many times, and .have even spent a night or two In his cabin." . "But I thought you and he were enemies, Harry. You know you thrashed him once." "Yes; that was last Christmas, at the shooting-matcb at Germantown. I beat.him shooting, and It made him angry. As he had been drinking more than was good for him he pickerl a quarrel with me. and I gave him a thrashing. It was before that happened that I used to go hunting with him." "I understand." "As you know, I reached the cabin, and was on hand to punish Captain Hardy for kldnaplng you, Mabel," went on Harry. "And now, bow did the two scoundrels manage to capture you?" "It was very easy for them, seemingly, Harry. When I went to my rqom to-night I bad not much more than entered before they leaped out from a closet at one side of the room and seized me. They had stolen unseen into the house. I managed to cry 'Help!' once, and that was the cry father and mother heard, of course; then they gagged and bound me, and carried me out through the window." "I suppose they had entered by way of the window, In the first place," said Dick. "Undoubtedly." • "Well, thanks to Mr. Slater's presence ln the cabin, and to Sbepp's tobacco-pouch, which was the clew that led me to his cabin, we were enabled to rescue you from the hands of the villains," said Harry. "And you got even with the captain, Harry," said Dick. "So I did. I hope, if he gets well, he will have sense enough to keep away from me and Mabel here, for I reall:i: do not wish to have the blood of the scoundrel on my hands." ~I don't blame you for that," said Dick. "No, indeed!" said Mabel. "I hope that Captain Hardy will get well. but If' he does, I hope further that he wnt not bother me any more." "His experience of to-night, and a long spell on a sickbed may teach him some sense," said Dick. ,, "I hope so!" / "And as for that scoundrel Shepp," said Harry, "the next • time I meet him I am going to give him a talking to that he will remember for a while." "I suppose the captain paid him well to help him tn his work,• said Dick. "No doubt about that. But I'll give him to understand that if he lends his assistance to any more such ,work, I will fix him so that all the money he gets will do him no good." "And you would be doing right," agreed Dick. Onward tbey moved, for an hour, and then they came to ' l\Ia bPl's home. :Ulr. antl l\frs. l\Iorgau were up, and when their daughter rushPd into the house, alive and well, they were wild with delight, and bugged and kissed her in a delirium of joy. for they werP p e ople with impulsive, affectionate natures, and :Mabel was the apple of their eyes. "Oh, my darling daughter," cried Mrs. Morgan, the happy tears strooming down her cheeks. "I am so glad that you are back again, safe and well. Where have you been? What happened? who carried you away? Tell us all about It." "Yps, yes. \\'hat was the trouble? Who carried you off?" cried :\Ir. Morgan. "I will tf'l! :vou, father and mother," said Mabel. half laughing. half crying; and then she went ahead aud did so, the two listening with intense interest, and each gfring vent to occasional exclamations of amazement and anger as the i;tory progre,:sed, and they heard what a scoundrel Captain Hardy was. "Oh. what a contemptible scoundrel Captain Hardy Is." cried :\Ir. Morgan, when :\label bad finished. "Harry, I congratulate you." giving the youth his hand. "I am glad you gave the villain such a severe wound, and if he should die be would be getting no more than he deserves. I am proud of you, my boy." "Thank you, sir," said Harry, modestly. "I ask no greater priYileg-e than the right to tight for Mabel," with a glance at the girl which sent the red ,blood surging up to her temples. "I understand. Harry," said Mr. Morgan. "I understand. You love my daughter, and have been paying court to her under difficulties. You being a patriot, while we were loyal ists, I was prejudiced against you, and made it as bard for you to see Mabel as ,I: could, for I wished her to take a likingto a loyallst, if like some one she must. Now; however, all is changed. Captain Hardy has shown what a British officer is capable of, and has _disgusted me with .the uniform of King George's soldiers. Henceforth I am a patriot. I have been thinking n bout. this matte-n .. for some time, and had about made up my mind that the people of America ought to be free and lndep-endei:tt. a'nd . now that I ha've bad it bought home to me what the British soldiers are capable of doing, 1 , have come to a decision: Henceforth I am a 'Patriot." "Good! I am glad to hear you say that, sir," said Harry, his face beaming. He was happy. The father of the girl -: he loved, and who bad heretofore been opposecl to him because be was a patriot, was now a patriot himself, and from now on the young man would be permitted to come and see his sweetheart as often as be wished to. Why, then, should he not be happy? "Oh, father, I am so glad!" cried Mabel. and throwing her arms around her father's neck, she hugged and kissed him. "That will do, that will do, Mabel," laughed Mr. Morgan. "Don't use up your entire stock of kisses on your old father, my girl. Sa:ve them for Harry." Harry blushed like a girl; and Mabel slapped her father playfully, and hid her confusion by burying her face against his shoulder. ' As for Mrs. Morgan, she looked on, silent. but evidently well satisfied with the turn affairs had taken. The truth of the matter was that she was inclined to be patriotic, and knowing her daughter loved Harry Uiller, had done her best to persuade her husband to look upon the young man with favor, but p to this time had failed. Tow, ho'Yever, things were turning out just as she wished them to. She turned to Dick, who now told Mrs. Morgan who he was; and she said: • "And you are Mr. Dick Slater, the famous patriot scout and spy, and captain of the Liberty Boys of '76? I am proud to know you, sir," and she extended her hand. This attracted the attention of the .rest, and Harry and Mabel remembered that they bad been remlss in not sooner Introducing Dick to Mr. and M1:s. Morgan, and hastened to make up for their remissness by telling what Dick had done, In detail. Mr. Morgan shook Dick's hand heartily. "I am proud to know you, Mr. Slater," he said. "I haye heard many stories of your daring work as a scout and spy, nnd of the wonderful work of your Liberty Boys, and I am glad to makEil your acquaintance." "The pleasure Is mutual, sir, I assure you." said Dick. "I am glad to know you, doubly glad, since hearing you make the statement you made a few minutes ag-o. to the effect that henceforth you are a patriot. A.h, I wi~h that all Americans who, are now blindly espousing the cause of a tyrant king who cares nothing-for them other than for the money be gets out of them could see the matter in its true light. and, as you have just done, turn over to the side of right and justice, and become patriots, ready to fight and if need be dle for the good of our country." "And so do I wish it. Mr. Slater," was the sincere reply. "I see now that the people of America who are espousing the cause of the king are very foolish." "They are virtually cutting their own throats." "You are right. That is it, exactly, and here is one man who will no longer work to Injure himself." "And you are sensible In coming to such a decision." "I am sure of It." "I think It would be, a good idea for you to pretend to be a loyalist, Mr. Morgan," said Dick. "Why so?" "Well, for one tl\, it may save you trouble from the redcoats." ''True." "And for another thing. you may be able to secure informa•tion which will be of value t.o General washington and the patriot cause if you pretend to be a loyalist .. " "I see. You are right. And if at any time I should be-come possessed of important information--" 1 "Send Jt to the commander-In-chief at Valley Forge; or, If I should happen along here, you could tell me, and I could carry the information to General WasWngton." "You pass this. way occasionally, then?" "I pass through Germantown. going to and coming from Philadelphia. quite frequently, and as your horn,e is not far off the main road, I can make it a rule to stop here when passing." "Good. I hope you will do so. We shall al.ways be glad


..... THE LIBERTY BOYS' LIGHTNING WORK. 9 to see you, nnd if at any time I have any news of value, rest assured I will tell you." "Thanks, sir." After some further conversati:on Harry said he must be going. "The folks will be uneasy a bout me," he said. "They will think something has happened to, me:" -. , '"l'rue," said M-rs. Morgan. "Your mother will be worried, I know, Harry." "So she will; but it isn't far t6 my home, and I will soon be there. . you are coming home with me to spend the night, I believe?" "I shall be glad to avail myself of your kind invitation, Harry." ''Then come; good-night, Mr. and Mrs. Morgan and 1\fabel." He shook hands with the three, as did Dick also, and then the two took their departure. CHAPTER VII. DICK A.T THE MILLER HOME. Harry's parents and his sister Edna. were up yet when the two got to the house, and Harry's coming was evidently a great relief to them. "We have been very uneasy, Harry," said his mother, a good-looking. but rather nervous-appearing woman of perhaps forty-five years: "I was unavoidably detained,' mother," said Harry, and then be indicated Dick, and said: "This ls Mr. Slater, the captain of the Liberty Boys of '76, of whom we have heard so much." The three greeted Dick pleasantly, and he mentally de cided that the Millers were nice people . Edna, indeed, was one of the most beautiful girls Dick had ever seen. After greetings had been exchanged, Harry told the story of the evening's adventures, and when they had heard all; the three uttered exclamations of amazement, anger and horror combined. They were amazed that Captain Hardy should have done such a bold thing as to kidnap Mabel Morgan, were angry on account of It, and were worried to think that Harry had been forced to almost kill the fellow. "Oh, Harry, I'm so glad you did not k111 him.'' said Mrs. Miller. "I should !;late to think that my boy had caused the death of even such a villain as he bas proven himself to be." . "Such things are unpleasant to think of, Mrs. Miller," said Dick; "but to tny way of thinking Harry would n9t have hncl any reason for feeling bad bad be killed the scoundrelly rerlcoat outright. The fellow deserved death.,. ''Doubtless you are right, Mr. Slater, but," with a shudder, "it is so horrible to-to-think of-of such things." "A soldier soon learns to look at such matters In a matterof-fact manner," was Dick's reply. "He Is forced to do so. for if he permitted such things to take hold upon his nerves, he would soon have no nerves. or, rather, they would be un. strung and he would be worthless as a soldier." "I suppose you are right." "Yes, indeed, mother," said Harry. Then the woung man told how Mr. Morgan had turned over and come out for the patriot cause, and the three gave expressiMS to their pleasure at hearing this unexpected news. "So he has turned over to the patriot side!" exclaimed Mr . Mlller. "I am glad of It," said Mrs. Miller, with an Involuntary glace at Harry. She well knew that the fact that Mabel's parents were 1.'orles had been a bar between Harry and Mabel, and she was glad, for her son's sake, that the bar had been removed. Edna, too, understood, and gave Harry a meaning glance, ln which was a. mixture of roguishness, that caused the youth to blush like a good fellow. The girl saw this, and laughed merrily, and gave Dick a quick, flashing glance that was so full of mischief that he could not help smiling, and saying to himself: "What a charl1l,lng llttle girl she ls." "Oh, I have a good mind to box your ears, sis." said Harry. "\Vhat for?" demurely. "What have I done?" "Oh, nothing." It was growing late, so the group dispersed, and retired for the night. The Liberty Boy was given a room adjoining Harry's, and was asleep almost by the time his head touched. the p11low. All were up bright and early next morning, and after breakfast was over Harry got ready to go to Germantown. "I w!ll send a doctor to Shepp's cabin," be said. "It might be that Captain Hardy would die if 1eft without medical aid,, so I will do that much for him. at any rate." "And look around a bit while i!! Germantown, Harry," said Dick. "and see if there are any redcoats there." "I will do so. Let me see. your horse is there, Dick?" "Yes, in the stable of the Round Oak Tavern." "Why not have me bring him here, and th~n you will ntit have to go to Germantown in the evenln~?" "I am afraid it might get you into trouble, Harry." "How is that?" "Well, you see, the tavern-keeper knows that the horse is the property of a patriot, and he would tell the redcoats, and they would come here and cause you folks trouble, likely." "1.'hat's so; I never thought of that." "I would not be the means of getting you folks into trouble for anything in the world," went on Dick; "so I will leave my horse at the tavern in Germantown till evening, and will go and get him my!lelf." "But you are liable to get into trouble if you go 'there. aren't you?" "With the redcoats, you mean?" /'Yes. "Perhaps so; still, I may be able to get my horse and get away without the tavern-keeper or any redcoats who may be there knowing it." "Ah! You mean that you wlll go to the stable, and bribe the stableman to let you have your horse?" "Yes, either bribe or persuade him," and Dick tapped the butt of a pistol at hi.s belt significantly. ".Ah, I understand; well, I will accompany you to Germantown this evening, and if you get into trouble, you may be sure I will be on hand to render you assistance." "Thank you, Harry. I appreciate your kindness." "That Is all right~ Didn't you stand up against those scoundrels last night, and virtually rescue Mabel from their hands?" "Well. I would have rescued her. or died in the attempt, if you had not come and made it unnecessary for me to do so." "That Is just what you would, and I am your friend for life, Dick.I' "And so are we all," cried Edna, and then she ,blushed as she encountered the admiring glance of Dick's eyes. "Thank you, Miss Edna," he said. "Your friendship ls appreciated, I am sure." "I am glad of that." Harry mounted a horse, and rode away to Germantown. The snow, was two feet deep on the level, and it was hard work for a horse to make Its way along. Occasionally huge drifts five or six feet deep were encountered, anil these were :floundered through. Harry reached Germantown after an hour of this kind of work, and went to the ottice of a doctor whom he knew to be a patriot. He told the doctor the story of the affair of the night before, and asked him if he would go to the cabin In the woods and render such aid to the wounded British captain as he could, and keep the entire affair a secret, if pos sible. "Of course, when the captain gets well, if he does, the story will become known." Harry said; "but I prefer that it shall be kept secret as long as possible." "Very well, Harry," said the doctor. "I will go to Shepp's cabin this morning, and do wha"t I can for the wounded man, even though, as a true-hearted patriot, I have no use for red coats, and am always glad to hear that their numbers have diminished. to a considerable degree when there ls a battle." "Thanks, doctor." Then Harry went to the tavern where Dick had encountered the redcoats the day before-Dick having told him the story of the affair--and entering the barroom, he made some care less Inquiries calculated to disarm suspicion, and at the same time made good use of his eyes. He noted that there were at least a dozen edcoats in the barroom, and also a number of Tories of the neighborhood. The Tories, some of whom knew he was a patriot, gave him looks which were far from friendly, but the youth paid no attention to this, pretending not to notice them. He had gained the information he wished to gain. how ever, and soon made his way out of the tavern, and mounting his horse rode away. "Did ye see thet young feller wuz In beer er little while ergo?" asked cine of the Tories. "Yes;" replied one of the redcoats. "What about him?" "He is er rebel."


• 10 THE LIBERTY BOYS' LIGHTNING WORK. "He is?" "Yes.n "l'i'hy didn't you tell us while be was in the house. ,ve wonld ha"\"'e bad some fun with him." The-Tory made a grimace. ")[ebbe ye'd bev bed some fun, an' mebbe ye wouldn't," he said. "'Yhy. what do you mean?" "I mean thet he's er bad wun, even if he is on'y er young feller." The redcoat laughed scornfully. "Vi'hat. that youngster?" be cried, in derision. "Why, I could thrash half a dozen such all by myself." "Ye think so?" "I know it." The Tory shook bis head. "No, ye don't know et," be said. "Ye jest think ye know et." Ag;iin the redcoat laughed derisively. He could not think that the young fellow who had just been in the barroom could possibly be anywhere near a match for him. • "Vi'hy, you are crazy, if you think he would stand any chance against me," be said. '"l'het's what Cap'n Hardy thort." "Captain Hardy?" "Yas. D've know 'Im?" "Yes; but what do you mean? Did be have any ttouble with this young fellow?" "I reckon be did, and ther young feller licked 'im outer his boots." "You don't mean it?" "Yas, I do." • I hea'td something about that," said another of the redcoats. "It was on account of a girl, wasn't it?" "Yas; ther cap'n wuz ki_nder sweet OllJ ther gal what liked this feller, an' ther cap'n foun' et out, an' when he discovered theer wuzn't no chance fur 'Im, et made 'im mad, an' he picked er fuss with ther, young chap." "And g-ot thrashed?" "Ye bet he did." ''Wbaf Is the young fellow's name?" "Harry ~Ii1Jer." "Harrv M!ller eh?" "Yns: 'an' ther 0cap'n wuzn't satisfied with thet. an' be chal-lengPd Harry ter fight him er dooel with swords." "And did they fight?" "Ye bet they did." "Auel young Miller lives to tell of it?" "Yns; lit> wuz too much fur tber cap'n, an' disarmed 'im." "He did?" "Yas." The redcoats stared at one another in wonder. They had not noticf:!d the young man particularly, but they were surprised to hear that be bad thrashed Captain Hardy, and then defeated him in a sword duel. l.\Icautime, Harry rode onward toward his home. CHAP'rER VIII. -DICK GETS llIS llORSE. , -,then he got home be told Dick what he bad seen. "There are a dozen redcoats ju the Round Oak Tavern," he said. , ... a,nd there were a nm;nber of Tories there, also." • Ah. likely they are waltiilg for me to come after my horse." i,a!cl Dick. ' Likely, Dick." "Vi'ell, 1'11 be there this evening; but I don't think I shall l!nh'l' tlle tavern and bother tlle landlord about the matter. I'll go strnip:ht to the stnble. :rnd see what can be clone." -::t1~;.~\t00,;i~to:iuth~t~~rry," was the reply. "You might get into trouble. where therE> was no use of it. I beUt:Ye it will he better for me to go alone." HatT~" demurred. but at'lnst gave in to let the Liberty Boy go nlone. '"l don't feel right nhout it. though." he said. "Yo11 protected my s,rnetheart 11bt'n she was In the hands of Hardy. and I feel that I m1ght ,to be with you when you go where YO\i are likely to get 1nto frouble. and be there to help you fight. lf :nm are forced to do so.• "I don't think I will have to fight, Harry. I will go to th' e stntile antl try to bribe the stableman to let me have my hor;:;~, nncl if he refuses then I wHl overpower !rim and take th~ JwrM. anvwnY.I' ":Cut will likely raise the alarm while you are over-powering him, and the result will be that the redcoats and Tories will be buzzing around your ears like so many hornets." "I think not, Harry. I will be too fast for the British, and will be out and a wav before thev can reach the scene." "You will have to ~-ork like lightniug, tf1en, Dick." "I know it. That is one of the strongest points of the. Liberty Boys-quickness. Lightning work is the rule with us, and we nsually win. We are too fast for the redc:oats. and are enabled to go and come about as we please, as a re-wit" "I can understand that. The rE>dcoats move more like ma• cnluery, but take their time in doiug it, us a rule." "Yes." Dick remained at the Miller home throughout the day, and as Harry went over to the ~!organ home after the rnid-duy meal, to see Mabel, this left Edna to entertain Dick. She was quite equal to the task, for she was a bright, lively, and jolly girl, and as she had _taken a liking to the handsome Liberty Boy, she exerted herself to make it pleasant for him. Harry was back from the Morgan home in time for supper, and then, when the meal bad been eaten. nnd Dick began making arrangements to start to Germantown. the youth insisted tbnt he should accompany the Liberty Boy, and that they should go on horseback. "I will stop when we are within a quarter of a mile of the town," he salcl, "ancl will turn back: You will thus have to walk only a short distance." • "Very well. I will consent to that,'' said I}ick, "for the snow is deep and the walking would be difficult." The horses were bridle-d and sacld,led, and as soon as it was dark, Dick bade Mr. _and Mrs. Miller aucl Edna good-by, and promising to stop whenever pnssing that way. he mounted the horse intended for him, while Harry mounted bis horse, and they rode away. Three-quarters of an hour later they came to a stop withln a quarter of a mlle of the edge of Germantown. '"his ls close enough, Harry.• said Dick. "I wlll walk the rest of the way. I am much obliged to you for bringing me this far." "That is all right. Dick. I ivas only too glad to do it." "I know that, Harry. well, good-1:fy." "Good-by." . They shook bands and parted, Dic)r continuing onward, on foot, and Harry turning and riding back over the road that bad just been traversed. As be entered the town Dick became very much on the alert. He did not know at what mom~nt he might run upon ~ome redcoats. Still, as it was a cold winter's night. he thought it likely the British and Tories would be in the barroom of the tavern, where it was warm and pleasant. and where they coulcl secure such liquid refreshments as they wished. Of course. with so much snow on the ground. it was not very dark. even though there was no moon. and tlw Liberty Bo:v left the main street. when he got near where the Round Oak Tavern was. and made bis way up an alley, so as to approach the stable from the rear. He reached the rear of the stable, and after reconnoiterinoa hit, and finding everything quiet. he stole around to th; side. and climbing through a window. made bis way to the front of the stable. He looked all around, but could see nothing of the stable-man. "I wonder where he ls?" the youth thongli t. One thing was certain. he was not at the stable: and 1<0. not being willing to lose any timr. Dic:k made hiR wn, to the stall ,vhcre bis horse stood, aucl briLlled and s,u](lled the animnl. "Xow to get out and away from herp before thr stnblemnn comes back," thought Dick. "That 11ill be the simplest aud ' ])e;,t way to do." -He untied the halter-;;trap ancl ;;tarted to lend thP hon,e ont of the stall, Yl'hen the door was darkenecl, and there stood thf' ;;tableman. 'he mnn had bePn to the ta,•ern to get a flriuk. and hacl just rrtumed. He hnd not cli;:;coYered Dick's JJTf>sence aR yPt, :i;:; the youth was back in the stable,•re it was quite clark. ''Too b::id!" thought Dick. "I wish he lrnrl ;:;tn,e

THE LIBERTY BOYS' LIGHTNING J WORK. 11 I had been drinking, and had gotten to the stage where his by Dick, more than two years before, and the youth hao thirst was very great, and needed frequent assuaging. He, hung to the animal. Major had car:rled the Liberty Boy wns debating the matter of returning to the barroom for an-, safely out of many a tight place, and when he was seated other drink. ' I on the back of the magnificent black horse he felt thnt he Qf course DI-ck did i;wt know this, and so did not know what could bid defiance to the foe, unless hemmed In on all sides. to <'Xpcc:;t from the fellow. , ) Onward down the road the horse dashed, and Dick kept a He was ready for any move th~ man might make, how-sharp lookout both in front and rear, for he did not know ever. j but he might meet an enemy while trying to run away from "Well, I wish he would. dp something," tbe, yciuth said to one. ' him self. when the st<'lbleman had been standing there nearly i "I don't think they will ever get near enough to enable a minute. "This is tiresome." I them to see me," said Dick, after onE> of his backward look.~. As if in responRe to Dick's wish. the stableman turned and 1 "And_ now th~ question ls. wlll they follow me ~lenr to Phila-walkecl back tow a r(l the barroom. , delphm, or will they turn back and return to Germantown?" "He is going to 'the tavern," thought Dick. "Good! 1'111 This was a hard question to answer, but after some thought, try and get away before he gets back." I Dick. decider! that the pursuing rerlcoats would go back, 'l'he youth led his horse to the stable door, and then, as the, "T}1ey ,vill not care to ride clear to Philadelphia to-night," stableman disappeared around the corner of the tavern, Dick he thought. "They have just come out of a warm room, led the horse through the doorway. where there is warmt-h and red liquor, and they will soon be The Liberty Boy. congratulating himself on the easy way chilled and wlll wish to get back to the comfortable barin which he had Eecured his horse, leaped Into the saddle,; roOID. I will slow up pres~ntly and let Major take it easy, and started to ride away. 1 for I (eel sure the redcoats w .lll not PUJ.'.SUe me far." As he did so the stableman came back around the corner j The Liberty Boy rode onward at a fast gait for ten or fifteen of the tavern, he having for some unaccountable reason, minutes longer, and then brought Major down to a walk, cbangerl his mind about entering the barroom, and as his ; which was kept up for an hour. The youth kept a sharp look. eyes fell upon the horseman he gave utterance to a wlld out behind him, but saw nothing of .the rnemy, and made up yell. , his mind the redcoats had given up the pursuit. "Tber rebel!• be ~-ened; "tber rebel is gittln' erway! Come I "I thought that would be the case," he murmured. "Now I quick, somebuddy!" i can take It easy. I am !n no hurry to reach Philadelphia,. any-The Liberty Boy urged bis horse to a gallop, but it was not way, as it will be easier to sl!p into the city late in the eve a swiJ't one. the horse slipping and floundering in the deep ning." snow, and not making ,ery good headway. i Onward the youth rode for another hour, and then he was At the Ram<' moment the door of the tavern was opened at the edge of the city. and out poured the Tories and redcoats, all more or less un-"Now to get past the sentinel, and into Philadelphia," said der the Influence of the liquor they had drank, and conse-Dick to himself. "I will have to exercise great care, _but I quently more or less ex.cited. think I can do the work successfully. I have done so in "What is It?" former instances, why not again?" "What's the matter?" "The rebel is here, you say?" "Where is he?" CI:IAPTER IX. "There be ls!" IN PHILADELPHIA. Sucb were a few of the exclamations rom the redcoats The Liberty Boy succeeded !n getting past the sentinel by and TorieR. waiting till he was at the farther end of his beat, ancl then Corninir suddenly out of a lighted room. they could not see making a sudden dash. ,en well at first. and had not noticed the horseman right The sentinel yelled at the daring youth to stop, but of course away. Dick did nothing of the kind. , "Tluir he goeR!" the hostler cried. ;'Thar he Is, on er boss, He simply urged Major on the faster. 1.rnin' ez fn~ ez b e kin! Arter 'im. an' mebbe ye kin ketch Crack! Whir-r-r! 'im. Er hoia;ia; kain't make much speed In ther snow." The sentinel had fired, and the bullet went whirring past This seemed to be good ad,ice, and the redcoats and Tories the Liberty Boy's ear. set ont after Dick on the nm, yelling at the top of their "A close shave," thought the youth. "But a miss is as good voices: as a mile, and I think I am all right now." "Stop! Stop!" Of course the report of the musket caused some excitC'ment But of course their cries were not heeded. In the vicinity, but there were very few peoI,>le on the streets Dick Sinter was not the youth to stop when there was a In the suburbs, and Dick was not interfered with. goon chance ,to e c:ipe. and he kept right on going. , J Some of the citizens in the neighborhood c;une to their doors The redconti-and Tories drew their plstols as they ran, and and gazed upon the flying horseman with wondering eyes, but fired a number of shots. but the bullets went wild, and I that was all they did. It was no .affair of theirs, they told neither Dick nor his horse were hit. themselves. "On. my boy!'' said Dick, encouragingly, and he•patted the Onward down the street the Liberty Boy rode, and after he horsf' on the neck. had gone a dozen blocks he brought Major down to a walk, The animal made renewed exertions. and increased his for he did not wish to attract too much attention. speecl. difficult as it was to do so, anrl on l9oking back Dick He would soon be down in the main part of the city, where was pleased to note that be was drawing away from his pur-the redcoats would be thick. suers. Turning aside from the main street, at length, Dick drew The redcoats and Tories noted this fact, and came to a up in front of a livery stable, and, dismounting, Ied the l ; 10rse stop. I in and told the stableman that )le wished to leave the anll]l ,al "Back to the Rtable!" cried the leader. "We mus.t mount there the rest of the night. : and puria;ue th~ r ebel on horseback. Back to the stable." The stableman led Major to a stall, and Dick !~st no time in . The mPn whirled and dashed back to the stable, and Into, making his way out and down the street. . _, it. . , . . I The Liberty Boy had been sent to Philadelphia, on a spyl:pg The y were not long m . br1d!mg-and saddhng their horses expedition by the commander-In-chief of the patriot army. au~l leading t!1em ont, and mounting, they rode away in pur-J General Washington wished to keep himself _informiid re, smt of tile Liberty Boy. , garding what was going on in Philadelphia, and he wished to T.he fu,.g!the was now out _of sight_. and the redcoats doubted I be informed in ease the Brlt!sh should decide to make an at tbennb11Ity to overtake him. Still, they would make the I tack on his force at Valley Forge. As Dicll; had, 9i)De splendid attempt. work in the spying line many times, he was selected for the Dick had kept on at the fastest pace possible, when he saw i task, and the cdmmander-in-chief had told 'Dick further to keep the redcoats turn back, for he suspected what they Intended his eyes open for anything else of Interest. doinp;. j "If you could learn of a ch&nce for capturing some British • They will be after me on horseback right away," he said' gold, or of getting hold of some provisloll.6 and am.munition, to himself. ',Ve ll. if they catch me they will have to ha,e or clothing, it would be a great thing, Dick," he said, so the better horRes thnn I think the~ haYe, for l\fajor here Is one youth was .always on the alert. of the heRt I ha ,e e,er seen.• He was disguised, and so did not attract any attention, And, indeed, :\!ajor, the horse on which Dick was mounted, though he met and passed scores of redcoats on the streets. was n. noble animal. He had been captured from the Britisfi Occasionally he paused and listened to the conyersation of


12 THE LIBERTY BOYS' LIGHTI\T'ING WORK. little groups of British soldiers, in the hope that he might then•he suddenly exerted all his wonderful strength ahd to•re hear something of interest or value, and on one of these occa• loose from the redcoat's grasp. sions he was noticed by one of the redcoats, a big, burly fellow, A roar escaped the soldier's lips, and he struck a vicious who turned toward him, and giving the Liberty Bo ' y a shove, blow at the Liberty Boy's -head. " snarled out: • lt did not Jarid, iloweve'l', irs •Dick wa'a oa the alert, and ''What are you standing there listening for? Are you a ducked just in time to avoid the blow. ' ' "' rebel spy?'' Then out shot his right arm, and the iron-like knuckles on "No, I )lain't no rebel spy," replied Dick, playing the part the youth's hand struck the redcoat on the jaw. of a country youth of the period. "I wuz jest standing heer, The fellow, big as he was, went down Hke a " log.' ' s' ' an' didn' mean nothin'. I wuzn't listen in' ter ye." This had taken but a few moments, but 'it had beeri long "You lie, you young whelp!" and the redcoat gave Dick enough to enable the rect 'coaes comrades to see what was going another push. "Get along away from here, or I will take you on, and they at once leaped forwaro. and attacked Dick. 3 to headquarters to report to General Howe that I have cap-The next instant a terrific combat wa'.s i n progress' .'" . tured a spy." There were at least six redcoats against Dicli:;, but he was Dick was tempted to knock the big redcoat down, but• de such a wonderful fighter that he was enabled to hold his-own cided it would be wiser to not get into a difficulty just then, against them for a short time. as that would attract too much attention to him ;1 so he turned • The reason )le was able to do so was on accounet of his won away. . derful quickness. He was here, there and everywhere among The big redcoat was in an ugly humor, however, and doubt the redcoats, with such speed and agility that the soldiers less he had been drinking. At al).y rate, he suddenly made could not locate him for a sufficient period to enable them to up his mind not to let the supposed country youth off so easy. hit him. When they struck at him they more often than He leaped forward and caught Dick by the arm. otherwise hit some one of their own comrades. "Hold on!" he cried. "Don't be in such a hurry." The Liberty Boy knew he could not triumph over six or "But ye tol' me ter go," said Dick. seven in the long run, however, if he remained, as he would "I know I did; but I've changed my mind, .and now I want be overpowered by numbers, and so he was on the alert for a you to stay." chance to get away. "What fur?" A crowd was gathering, too, and he would Eoon be encom-" I want to .ask you a few questions." pai:!sed on all sides, and then it would be impossible fdr him to "Waal, go ahead with ther questions, mister." escape. "1 want you to tell me who you are?" Suddenly Dick saw his chance, and knocking an intervening "I am Dave Saunders." redcoat down, darted away. "That is your name, eh?" He selected a thin spot in the crowd, and burst through it, "Yaas. " hurling men to either side, as if'they were bags of straw. The other redcoats, of whom there were half a dozen, had The redcoat who had caused the trouble in the first place gathered around the two, eager to see the sport which they had just scrambled to his feet, and now, wild with rage, he felt sure would come sol'ln. dashed after Dick. • "Where do you live?" "After him, men!'' he cried. "I know that he is a rebe'l spy. "Out in the country, mister." We must capture him." "I must say you look it," sneered the redcoat. The others followed at the top of their speed, and the greatelj "Hey?" number of spectators followed the soldiers, eage1 to see the "Nothing," with a laugh, which was echoed by his comrades. outcome of the afl'air. . "How far out in the country do you live?" It was a lively chase, but the redcoats were -after one of the "Bout three milEils." smartest youths in the patriot army, and had a task on their "Why are 'you in Philadelphia at this time of the night?" hands that was a great deal more difficult than they had any "I come in fur er dockter, mister." idea of. "For a doctor, eh?" The Liberty Bo} was a splendid runner, and he had no diffi-"Yaas." culty in drawing away from his pursuers. "Who "is sick?" They soon saw this, and wild yells of rage escaped their lips. "Brother Bill." "He shall not escape us," cried the leader. •out with your "Well, I must say that either he isn' t very sick or you don't pistols, men, and shoot him down!" care whether he lives or dies." As he spoke, the leader drew a pistol and fired; but he did "Why so, mister?" not, in fad could not, take aim while running, and the bullet "Because you were standing here, listening to us, and wast• did not hit the mark. ing your time, instead of going for the doctor." Then the other redcoats fired, and so bad was the shooting "I wuz waitin' ter ax ye ef ye knowed whar theer wuz er of one of their number that he put a bullet into the calf of the dockter's shop." leader's leg, bringing him down in the snow with a wild yell of ''Oh, that was it, eh?" pain and rage. . "Yaas: " And while the six were standing there listening to the rav-"Young fellow, I believe you are lying," the redcoat ex-ing of their wounded comrade, Dick dashed onward, and was claimed, in a fierce tone. soon out of sight. "Whut makes ye think thet, mister?" asked Dick. He had taken note of what occurred, and could not help 1 ' I hardly know, but I feel sure you are lying, and that you laughing as he thought of what had happened to the redcoat are a rebel spy, as I said before." who had caused him the trouble. "Ye're mistook, mister. I hain't no rebel spy." "Shot by one of his own comrades, eh?" the youth said to "Yo11 are not?" ' 1 himself. "Well, It serves him right. He ought to have let me ;'No, mister." alone.'' "Bah! You cannot deceive me.' I am confident that you are The Liberty Boy decided that it would be best for him to get a rebe.J spy, and I am going to take you to headquarters, and out of sight for that night, so he went to a tavern, and was let General Howe see what he thinks of you." ' soon in bed and asleep. "But I kain't go, mister," said Dick. "I wuz told to go an' git the dockter fer Brother Bill. Ef I don't, he may die." "I can' t help that. I don't believe that you have a brother Bill." "But I hev, an' h e's sick, an' I mus' git er dockter fur 'im. Please let me go, mister." The Liberty Boy feared that he was in for &trouble, but he determined j,o put off the trouble as long as possible. This was not to be, however., for the redcoat had made up his mind to take Dick into custody, and instead of letting him go, gave the youth a fierce shake and started to drag him up the street. 'Come along," he ordered. "It won't do you any good to hold back. Com e right along quietly, for come you must." But Dick' had ethe r idea,s regarding the affair. He waited ti:l they were out from the midst of tho irrouo of redcoats.' and CHAPTER X. A DARING SCHEME. Dick spent a week in Philadelphia. He was such an expert at spying that he was enabled to find out many things that a lees skilful man in his place would not have discovered. At the encl of the time, he had become possessed of a bit of information which he thought was of great importance, and he made up his mind to return to Valley Forge with the information at once. He walted till nightfall, and then went to the llvery-stable and got bis horse. Paying the score and mounting, he rode away. • He met with no obstructions till he was almost 011 the edge


THE LIBETITY BOYS' LIGHTXIXG WORK. Ul of the city, and then he began figuring on how he should get past the sen tine!. ;Finally he decided on , a bold course. . He rode steadily onward until ,challenged, by tne. sentinel at that point, and tl:).en advanced as, clo:Se . to the man as he would permit, and said: , , "I am a special messenger -from General, Howe. Let me pass." .. ,, . "Where are you going? " f "'I]o the home of a Tory, a few milesot in the country." "Yxrn sho-u!d have the password,-my.friend." "The general forgot-to give it to me." , "Tbat isn't my fault." "I know that i but .I am in a great.-hurry, and the general is anxious that I reach my destination quickly. It was because of hi,s hurry to get me started that he forgot to give me the countersign, .I judge." The sentinel hesitated. "Every second of time I lose here means something," ;;aid Dick, "~nd if I am too late in reaching• the Tory' s house, I shall, of course, tE>ll General Howe of my detention here." The sentinel stepped aside and lowered his musket. "Go on," he said gruffly. "I wish that our superiors would attend to their duties as well as we privates are expected to attend to ours.'' ''Thanks,'' said Dick, and then he rode onward at a gallop. There was snow on the ground, but the roads had beer, trave led sufficiently to pack the snow down, and the goin,g was not bad. On w~rd the Liberty Boys rode. . . . One hour, two hours, and then be .came to a stop in front of the house where the Millers lived., He dismounted, tied his horse, and entered the yard. He knocked on the door, and it was opened by Barry, who gave utterance to a joyous exclamation, and seizing Dick1s hand, pulled the youth into the room and closed the door. • "H<:re is Mr. Slater!" he cried, and the other members of the family hastened to greet Dick. Edna blushed like a peony when Dick took her hand, and it was evident that she was delighted to. see him. • Have you been in Philadelphia all the time since you left here?" asked Harry, when all had become seated."Yes, Harry," was the reply. "Well, well! You are bold, Dick." "I should think it would be very, very dangerous work for you to xemarn in-the city, right in. the heart of the British army for a week or more, Mr. Slater," said Edna. "Oh, there isn't so very much danger in that, Miss Edna," the youth replied; "but, of course, when I start out in search of information, then I have to encounter consid_Jlrable danger." "I shbuld think so," said Mrs. Miller. "How are the Morgans getting along, Harry?'' asked Dick. "Oh, alJ right, Dick," replied Harry. "Mr.-Morgan is getting to be one of t~e strongest patriots in these. parts." "I'm glad of that." . "Harry knows all about it, Mr. Slater," said Edna, with a mischievous smile. "He is over there two or three times every day." This occasio,ned a laugh at Harry's expense, and the youth shook his finger at the girl, and said warningly: l'You had better be careful, sis, or I may take it into my head to say something that will make me more than even with you." The girl blushed, and gave a quick glance in Dick' s direction, whereat Harry laughed. "The shot struck home, eh, sis?" he chuckled. "All right, if you'll be good, I won't say anything." Harry knew Edna had taken a liking to Dick, .and she knew he knew it, and this was what made her blush and look at the Liberty Boy when Harry said what Ile did. Dick understood pretty well what was meant, but he did not let on. In truth, he did not vdsh to have the beautiful girl take a deep enough liking for him to cause her pain in the future, for he had a sweetheart up in New York State, a beautiful girl hy the name of Alice Estabrook, the sister of one of the members of the company of Liberty Boys, and of course, being a true-hearted youth, he had no wish to gain the affections of any other girl. The Liberty Boy remained there an hour, talking, and then, saying he must be going, he bade all good-by, went out, mounted his horse, and rode onward. He reached Valley Forge without adventure, arriving there about midnight. He went to the quarters occupied by the Liberty Boys, and went to bed. Next morning he was up bright and early, and when the other Liberty Boys saw their young commander was there they greeted him joyously. They had a lot of questions to ask, and he answered as many as he could while eating breakfast, and then as soon as breakfast was over he went to the house occupied by General washington's headquarters. The commander-in-chief was glad to see Dick, and greeted him very cordial!. "You have been gone quite a while, Dick," he said, when the youth had become seated. "Yes, your excellency. I have been away a week.". "Have you been •in 'Philadelphia alJ that time?" "Yes, sir.'' "Have you learned anything bf importance, Dick?" "I made a discovery yesterday, your excellency, and it is one which I thought might be turned to our advantage." "What was it, Dick?" "I will tell you, sir. I heard four British soldiers talking in the barroom of a tavern.1• "Yes." "They were at one table, drinking, I was at another, sitting with my head dropped forward on my arms, which were on the table; doubtles~ the soldiers, if they noticed me, thought I was intoxicated and asleep.• "Likely; go on." "I heard them talking about a rich Tory who lives in the outskirts of Philadelphia.• "Ah!" ' "They said he was supposed to have boxes of gold and Banlcof-England notes in his house to the amount of thousands of _pounds." "Ah!" eagerly. "Go on, Dick.'' "Th.e redcoats talked in low tones, and I was unable to understand everything the y said, but I gathered from what I did hear that they were pianning to rob the Tory, some night, and secure the boxe~ of gold and bank notes." ''Rather a daring iicheme." said General Washington. . "Yes, sir; and they said that the robbery would undoubtedly be laid at the door of the patriots, and they would not be suspected." 'Quite likely they are right, Dick; if they should succeed in robbing the Tory, tl).e crime would, of course, be laid at the door of patriots." "Just so, your excellency," said Dick. "And now, since the chances are that we will have to bear the blame for the affair, when it is ended, why should we not do it, in reality, and get the benefits as well?" General Washington-started and 'looked at Dick e:i.gerly . "Do you think it could be done, my boy?" he asked. "I think so, sir." But you say the Tory lives in the edge of the city." "Yes.'' ('We\l, he will be where he is under the protection of British sentinels, will h e not?" "Yes; but the deed is to be done on a night when one of the four men is on guard in the vicinity of the house, and, of course, he will not interfere with them, and to insure that he will not interfere with us, we will simply have to slip up and make a prisoner of him." "You think you can do this successfully, Dick?" "I think so, sir. I am more than willing to try, at any rate." "Do you know where the Tory's house is located?" "Yes, I learned that from the conversation of the redcoats.". "Good!" • '! And I made it my business to take a trip to the vicinity of the house in question, and I ,took a dose look at the surround-ings." , , "Ah! That is excellent." "I think we will be able to succeed in getting the boxes of gold and bank notes, your excellency, provided we get there ahead of the redcoats in question." "You wish to make the attempt, Dick?" "Indeed J do, sir.' ' "Well, I am willing you should do so, for the money you will get, if you are successful, is sorely needed to purchase clothing and provisions for our men.'' "So it is, your excellency, and we will succeed, if such a thing is possible." "Ycu will take some of your Lil:)erty Boys to assist you, Dick?" "Yes, ::lir; I will take the entire company, but will l eave the majority of the~ out a ways, -where they will not be likely to


14 THE LIRETITY BOYS' LIGITTXI:N"G ,,ORK. be seen, but where they will be within summoning distance In case we have trouble with the redcoats." "That Is a good plan." "I think so, sir." "When will you make the attempt?" "To-night." "Very well. Of course, the quicker you make it the more chance that you will get ahead of the redcoats." "True." "Well, you have my permission to make the attempt, Dick, and I pray that you may be successful, for we need the money, and need It badly. If we can secure this British money, and purchase clothing and provisions for our suffering soldiers, it wlll be doing only what Is just and right to do.• "That Is the way I look at it, sir." "Right. Well, go ahead, and do the work in your own way. I will not handicap you with Instructions, for you know more about the matter than I do, and wlll know better what to do, and how to do It. I have faith in your judgment." "Thank you, sir," said Dick earnestly. "I do not think you w!ll regret having had faith in me." "I am sure of that, Dick." Then the Liberty Boy saluted and withdrew, hastening back to the Liberty Boys' quarters to tell them what was to be done. • CHAPTER XI. A SUDDEN DASH. •Boys," he said, as soon as he was again among them, "I have some news for you." "Nows for us?" "Good!" "What ls It?" "Tell us, quick." Such were a few of the exclamations. "I have some work for the Liberty Boys to do ... "Good!" ' "Hurrah!" "We're glad to hear !t!" "What If the four redcoats should be there at the same time as ourselves?" said Sam Sanderson. "Why, we w!ll make them wish they had stayed away," grinned Bob. "That's what we will do," declared Mark Morrison. The youths spent the forenoon in talking of tlie matter, and making their plans, as well as getting their arms ready for USC', In case they should bE> forced to have a running fight with the redsoats. They ate dinner, packed a lot of cold bread In their saddlebags, and then mounting, rode away, followed by the good wishes and prayers of hundreds of 1,uffering patriot soldiers, the n e ws of the work thP youths were going to try to accomplish having spread throughout the encampment. "I hope they'll succeed!" said one soldier, as the youths disappeared down the road. "They will, if such a thing is possible," said another. "I tell .you, whE>n the Liberty Boys go about a thing they never fail to give a good account of themselves." J "That's right," from another. "And as a general thing they succeed in their undertakings." "So they do." The Liberty Boys rode onward at a good pace. The snow still lay on the ground, but was packed, and the travt>ling was not so bad as It might have been. The weather was quite cold, but the youths were pretty well clothed, and were, moreover, hardy and seasoned to exposure. and did not mind the cold. 'l'hey anived at thE> home of the Millers at sundown, which was just what Dick had reckoned on doing. Harry came running out to the road when he saw the Liberty Boys." "I thought It was you, Dick," he cried. "And I am glad you have come." "Why so, Harry?" "I'll tell you. There ls a party of redcoats at Mr. Morgan's house, and they have been there all day. They have taken up their quarters, and I know it will be very unpleasant for Mr. Morgan's folks. Now that you are here, we can go down and make prisoners o! the British." "'Ve are ready for the work, Dick!" "How many of them are there?" "What is the work?" "About a dozen." Such were the questions fired at Dick's head. "W)lat do they want up here in these parts?" "I have some very lmportant work, boys; and if we can "They haven't told their business yet, so Mabel said when make a success of It It will be a big feather In our caps, as she was over a while ago, but she says that her father suswell as a splendid thing for the patriot soldiers and the great pects they have come for the purpose of spying out the rebels, cause of liberty." as they call them, with a view to causin::; them trouble." "Then tt>ll us what the work Is. Dick," cried Bob Estabrook. "Likely that Is it." We are ready to go !nto it and make a success of it if such a "1 think so.• thing Is possible." . "Well, we will capture them, and that will end that art of 'Very well, I will tell you what the work is," and the Lib-the business." erty Boy did so. "So It w!ll. Jove, I'm glad you came!" The youths were greatly excited when they had heard Dick "So am I. Harry. By the way, 1 think It will be best for through. This was just the kind of work they delighted In attempting us to wait till after dark to go there, as we willbe more likely to do. to take the redcoats by surprise and make a sure thing of capturing all of them." To steal into the edge of Ph!ladelphia, almost into the heart "You arc right. Dick: and we will bt> glad to have you stay of the British force, and capture a lot of British gold, and get here and take supper with us, and then we can attend to the away In safety was what they would enjoy better than almost matter as soon as it becomes dark." anything else. This was decided upon, and the Liberty Boys dismounted "We will do the work, Dick!" cried Mark Morrison. "We and looked after thPir horses. and then all entE>red the house, will capture the British gold and bring it here to Valley Forge, which was quite a large building, two rooms easily accommoand use it to purchase clothing and provisions for our freezing dating the one hundred Liberty Boys. and starving comradts." ''Right you are, Mark!" cried Sam Sanderson. "That is just Mrs. Miller and Edna greeted Dick pleasantly, and hastened what. we will do." to the kitchen to begin the work of prt>paring the evening "All the youths said the same. meal. They were greatly excited by the prospects which they saw, They worked swiftly and to good effect, and at the end of for Jlvely work. an hour had cooked enough for the youths, who ate heartll?'. Thc•y were almost wild with del!ght, for they had been When they were rrady to leave, Harry got ready and said coop e d up a great deal throughout the winter, and had not he would go along. been able to get out and do as much work against the British "I want to help make the capture. Dick," he said, and the as they wished to do. Liberty Boy, knowing that the fO)Ith was the sweetheart of "Do you think it will be a very difficult thing to capture the Mabel Morgan, was perfectly w1ll!ng he should go along. gold from the Tory, Dick?" asked Bob Estabrook. It was not very dark, but the_ British soldiers at the home "It will be rather dangerous, Bob, owing to the fact that the of the Morgans were not expecting nny trouble, and were not entire British army ls within arm's length, almost, of the on their _guard. Th~ result was that they wE>re taken wholly place where we wlll have to do the work." by surpnse, and seemg they were outnumbered nearly ten to ''We will have to work swiftly," said Sam Sanderson. one, they surrendered. "Yes, we will have to make lightning work of it," said Mark "Who are you fellows?" askPd the commander of the party, Morrison. a captain. "We can do It," said Bob, confidt>ntly. "We are too fast for 'Don't you know who we are?" asked Dick. the British." "No." ' T think we will be able to do the work successfully," said "You ought to know." D;c,::. "'Why so?"


THE LIBERTY BOYS' LIGHT rnrn WORK. ::::::::========================='==~===.::=====================~= 15 "We have made things lively enough for your men this winter." The captain started, and looked the youth over with eager interest. "The rebels are after us! Don't stop us, sentinel! The rebels are after us! Be ready to stop them!" The sentinel was deceiv ed. "SureJy you are not-you don't mean to say that-surely He thought Dick and his comrades were loyal citizens of you are not the-" Philadelphia, and that they were being chased by rebels. "The Liberty Boys of '76 ?-yes, tllat is who we are." "Well, well! I might have known it, though." This was just what Dick intended that he should think. The sentinel lowered his musket. "What are you doing up here in this part of the country?" asked Dick. He peered into the darkness in the rear of the four advancing men. 'bh," wit.I:\ a smile, "we ,got tired of the city, and thought w e would come up in the country for a while, where it is qui et.~ "Where are the rebels?" he called out, ,as Dick reached the point where he stood. "And found that it isn't as quiet as you thought, eh?" "Iiere!" exclaimed Dick, and with the word, he dealt the sentinel a terrible blow full upon the jaw, knocking him dazed to ' the earth. "vVell, it begins to look that way." "Come on, boys, quickly," said Dick. "We mustn't stop. Dick decided to leave four of the Liberty Boys on guard If we do the other sentinel will be-upon us." over the disarmed prisoners, and when he had picked out the Onward the four dashed, and as they disappeared from view four. he gave the order for the main body to mount. the sentinel arose to a sitting posture, and rubbing his jaw, "We will ride at a moderate pace," he told the youths, "and looked around him wonderingly. by so doing we will reach Philadelphia at a good time for "Where am I?" he murm\jred. "What happeneti, anyway?" doing the work we have come to do." The n all of a sudden it came back to him, and he leaped to The youths dismounted, and the party rode away. his feet, and seized his musket, which had fallen to the ground. At last they were within half a mile of the edge of the He looked all around him eagerly. city, and Dick decided that the main force had come far He coul<;l see no one. enough. Just the n, however, his fellow sentinel came in sight, pacing He called a halt, and they dismounted and entered some slowly along his }feat, and the dazed and amazed sentinel timber which bordered the road at this point. called to him: "I shall take Bob, Mark and Sam,• said Dick, "and we will "Come here, quick." try to aGcomplish what we have come here to do, by stealth, The other sentinel hastened forward. for if we should arouse the British and get them buzzing about "What is It?" he asked, as he drew near. our ears, then we might have to flee for our lives, and leave "Thunder to pay, Carlson." our work unfinished." , "What's the trouble?" He gave the Liberty Boys instructions, and ended by say-"Rebels." ing: "Where?" .. Be r eady, and when we come back, if need be, fight the ' I don't know where they are now, but they were right here redcoats back, if we are pursued. If we do not stop, however, a few moments ago." you will understand that I intend to run for it, and will fall ''Where did they go, then?'' in behind us and cover our flight." . "That's what I don't know." The youths said they understood, and would do as told, and "Why don't you? Couldn't you see which way they went?" then Dick and his three comrades mounted and rode forward. "No." Just before reaching the point where the sentinels would "Why not?" be stationed, Dick called a halt. "Because one of the scoundrels hit me a clip on the jaw Near at hand was a lot, with an old tumble-down shed in and knocked me senseless for the time being, and while In the middle of it. that condition I could not see which. way they went." To this shed the four made their way. "Great guns! You don't say one of 1.hem struck you down?" Leading their horses into the old shed, the youths tied the "Yes." animals. "How many were there of them?" "Now, the next thing is to slip past the sen.tries," said Dick. "I think there were four." "Do you know where they are stationed, Dick?" asked Bob. "Why did~'t you halt the m and give the alarm? .. "Yes; I made careful observations, for I knew it would be "! called to them to halt. They were dashing right toward of great value to us." me, and, of course, I didn't intend to let them pass without "Then we ought to be able to get past the nearest sentinel, I giving an account of themselves." should think." "Of course not." "Oh, we will be able to do so, I am confident." "I called out to them to halt, and one answered and said Then Dick stole out of the shed, followed by the other three that they were being chased by rebels." youths, and they made their way across the lot, toward a "I see." house on the farther corner. "That threw m e off my guard." Reaching the house, Djck paused, as did his comrades, and "As it was intended to do." the youth made a careful survey of the situation. "Yes; I lowered my musket, and as the leader of the four "When I give the word," Dick whispered to his companions, came up, I asked where the rebels were." "be ready to follow me at the top of your speed. We will have "Yes?" to run, and fast at that, to get past the sentinel without being "He said 'Here ! ' an. d dealt me a blow on the jaw." seen.,. "Exactly; and that proves that they must be desperate and "All right, Dick," the youths replied. dangerous r ebels." Several minutes passed, Then suddenly Dick whispered the words, "Come on, boys!" and darted around the corner of the house. The other three Liberty Boys followed, and the four dashed down the street with the speed of the wind. "Halt!" cried a sharp voice. A redcoat, musket In hand, leaped out In their path. CHAPTER XII. IN THF. TORY'S HO'l\lE. There was an extra sentinel to what there had been when Dick was on that spot before. This, of course, he had not foreseen, and the result was that he had been taken by surprise. But Dick Slater was a youth not easlly to be stopped. He had made up his mind to secure the gold and bank notes of the Tory, and he was not to be balked by one soldier and one musket. A thought came to him like a flash. Without slowing up a bit, he called out: "I should say so." "But where are they now?" "I don' t know; but it would not surprise me if they go right on into the city." "Likely that is what they have done; and I have no doubt they are spies." "That is what they are." "Then we must send a warning in to headquarters, telling of the presence of the spies." "You are right." "Which of us shall go?" "I wlll. The scoundrel d ealt me a blow on the jaw, ana I feel like getting something done to lessen the pain. My jaw feels as if it were broken." "All right. Go along, You had better hurry, as the quicker the commander-in-chief learns of the presence of the spies the better it will be." "Ycu are right. soon as possible." Well, I will go now, and will be baek as He walked rapidly away, and made his way to headquarters, and was shown in o the prese nce of General Howe. •


16 THE LIBERTY BOYS' LIGHTNING WORK. "Well, what do you want, my man?" the general asked. "I have come to tell you that there are rebel spies in the city . si r, " was the reply. "Rebel spies in the city, eh?'" "Yes." "How many?" "Four, sir." "How do you know this?" The soldier then told the story of his encounter with the four men, and how he had been knocked senseless by a blow from the fist of one of the quartet. "I'll wager that those fellows are Dick Slater and some of his Liberty Boys!" said General Howe, when he had heard all. "Likely you are right, general," agreed one of the officers present. "I am sure I am right. Well, we must make an attempt to run the fellows to earth and capture them." "That is the thing to do, general. Now that we know they are in the city, we ought to be able to locate them, and capture the ra.,;;cals." "It will not be easy," with a shake of the head. "I suppose not." "No; I know this young fellow Dick Slater, and know him well. He is one of the shrewdest, coolest, most daring young chaps imaginable, and it is almost an impossibility to get him cornered." "Well, we can make the attempt, at any rate." "Yes, I will at once send out word throughout the city, and order that a close watch be kept for the four rebels, and that search be made for them. Perhaps we may be able to catch them after all." The catch had given way. Pushing the window up, Dick listened a few moments. Not a sound was to be heard. The noise made by the breaking of the catch had not been heard. The youth climbed through the window, and the other three followed suit. They were in darkness, but Dick had brought a candle along, and he proceeded to light it. By the light of the candle they saw they were in the kitchen. "Do you know where the Tory keeps his boxes of gold and bank notes, Dick?" asked Bob, in a cautious whisper. "Yes; the redcoats I heard talking of robbing him iiaid he kept the boxes in his bedchamber, and that the bedcha~b_er was on the second floor, at the front of the house." "Then we ought to find what we came for without much difficulty." • I think so. Well, follow me, boys, and move very care fully, for we must not awaken the Tory until it is too late for him to give the alarm." . "That's right; we'll be careful. Go ahead, and we will follow, Dick." • Dick led the way across the kitchen, out into the hall, and up the stairs. Here they found themselves in a long hall reaching to the front of the house, and they moved along it as noiselessly as so many spirits. Then they came to a stop in front of a door which they felt confident opened into the room of the Tory whom they in tended to relieve of his gold and Bank-of-England notes. "I hope so, general," said the officer. CHAPTER XIII. General Howe then told the soldier that he might go. THE LIBERTY BOYS SECURE 'fHE GOLD. The fellow asked permission to go to his quarters and doctor Dick tried the door. his sore jaw, and was told that he might do so. It was fastened. Anothe r soldier was f?ent to take his place as sentinel. In trying the door, the knob was turned, of course, and in Soon the word was flying all through the city that Dick turning it back, Dick rattled it slightly. Slater and three of his Liberty Boys were in the city on a spy-Instantly there was a stir within the room. ing expedition. "Who is there?" called out a voice. The soldiers were ordered to search for the rebels. There was alarm in the tone. They proceeded to do so, but put in their time in the main Dick made up his mind that they must act promptly. part of the city thinking that there was where the four would If they did not do so the Tory would give the alarm, redbe found, when the fact was, the youths in question were out coats would come rushing to the house, and the four would on the edge of the city working to secure the rich Tory's gold have to flee without having made a success of their under-and bank notes. . taking. "When the Liberty Boys were out of sight of the sentinel The Liberty Boy could not endure the thought of failure. Dick had knocked down, they slowed down to a walk, and He was ready to take desperate chances, if by so doing sue-made their way along cautiously. cess might be achieved. Soon they were near the house of the Tory whom they in• He turned to his companions, and said: tended visiting. "We will break down the door. All together, now!" Dick led the way around to the rear of the place, The four youths hurled themselves against the door with all They paused behind the stable, and took a survey of the their might. situation. The door was a fairly strong one, as inner doors go, but it All seemed quiet. had not been constructed with a view to withstanding such There was no one to be seen in the vicinity, and it seemed force as was now brought against it, and it went in with a as if it would be safe to go ahead with tlteir work. crash. "Come, boys," said Dick, in a cautious voice. "We will get. Mark and Sam were burled to the floor by the force of their to work. I think the inmates of the house are in bed, and as impetus, but Dick and Bob kept their feet, and whipping out we aroused the sentinels when we entered, it will not do for a pistol, Dick covered the Tory, and cried out: us to lose any time." "Don't cry out, or you are a dead man. Do you hear? We "You are right," said Bob. "They will send word to General are desperate, and would as soon kill you as look at yon." Howe, and soon the entire. British force will be on the lookout The Tory was sitting up in bed. for us. " He was pale as death, and it was plain that he was terribly "Yes; they will be searching for us." frightened. "But likely they will look for us down in the main part of "W-who are y-you?" he gasped, his teeth chattering. the city," said Mark Morrison. "It does not matter who we are," was the stern reply. "Suf• "I judge you are right, Mark," said .Dick; "but when they flee it to say we are desperate men, who have come here for a have searched pretty thoroughly there, they w!ll spread out, purpose." and look in tbe suburbs. We must have our work done, and "W-what is t-the p-purpose?" be out of the city before that happens." "Your name is Donald Dunston, is it not?" Then he led the way toward the house. "Y-yes." The four stole cautiously along like so many shadows, and "We have no time to waste," interrupted Dick. "We know soon were at the rear of the house. you are a Tory, and that you have gold and bank notes con• They tried the door, and found it fastened. cealed in this room in boxes. Now, where are those boxes?" There were two windows, and they tried these. A quavering, despairing cry escaped the lips of the Tory, but They also were fastened. it died away into a gasping sound as Dick shook the pistol and But Dick had come prepared for this, and he drew from the said warningly: scabbard the half of a sword that had the hilt attached. The "Where are the boxes?" blad e had been broken off, and at the broken place the end had "J-I--have no gold, I assure y-you, sir," the Tory said. b een ground down till it was beveled in such a manner as to "That is a-a-mistake. Y-you h-have been m-mis!nformed." convert the blade into an excellent crowbar. "I do not believe your statement, sir," said Dick sternly. Pushing the beveled end of the blade under the window, "Tell me where the boxes are or take the consequences." Dick pried upward, and after a few moments of steady and "I-I-have no boxes of g,gold," the Tory stammered, holdconstantly increasing pressure there was a snapping sound, ing up his hands as If to ward off the bullet which he feared and the window moved upward. n:iight be fired at him . •


( THE LIBERTY BOYS' LIGHT~ING WORK. 1'7 "Look around, boys," said Dick. "I have an idea the boxes are concealed in thus room, and we will likely be able to find them without much trouble." The three youths hastened to obey, and began making a search of the room. In one corner was a closet, and Dick noticed that the Tory's glance wandered in that direction, and that there was a terrified look in the man's eyes. "In the closet, boys," said Dick. "I think you will find the boxes in the closet." A gasping cry escaped the Tory's lips. "N-no-not there," he said huskily'. "They are not there!" "Ah, you acknowledge that you have the boxes, then?" ex-claimed Dick. "N-no, no! I have no boxes. I mean that there are no boxes in the closet, or anywhere." But at this moment Bob reached into the closet and drew forth a tin box perhaps ten inches wide, six inches deep, and a foot long. "Here is one of them, Dick!" he cried, "and it has something heavy in it." A cry like that given utterance to by a wounded wild animal escaped the lips of the Tory, and he glared at Bob and the box fiercely, and his fingers worked convulsively, but he had sense enough to realize that he was in danger of being shot if he made a move, and so he remained where he was. "That's it," said Dick. "I guess we have found the hiding-place of the boxes, all right." Mark now drew forth another box, which was just like the one Bob had found, in size, shape and weight. "Here's another box, Dick," Mark said. "Good! Bring forth all of the boxes, boys," said Dick. They searched the closet thoroughly, but could find no more boxes. " There are only the two, Dick," said Bob. The Liberty Boy turned his eyes upon the Tory, and eyeing him threateningly, said: "Where are the rest of the boxes?" "There are no more," was the reply, in a husky voice. "Are you telllng the truth?" "Yes, yes! Oh, I am ruined-ruined." The Tory caught hold of his hair, and pulled at it like a madman. '' Are you sure you are not lying?" asked Dick. "Yes, yes! Oh, I am ruined. The savings of a lifetime gone In an Instant." "Serves you right for standing up for a tyrant king," said Bob. "You deserve to lose your money." "Ruined-ruined!" was all the Tory would say in reply. Dick stood hesitating for a few moments. Then he turned to his companions, and said: "Put down the boxes, tie this man, hand and foot, and gag him. We must not permit him to raise an alarm." The youths did as they were told, and five minutes after the Tory lay flat on the bed, bound and gagged. He could neither move nor cry out. All he could do was to look at the youths, and he watched them with a despairing light in his eyes as they took up the boxes and turned to leave the room. "Some one will soon release you," said Dick. "Do t worry for your personal safety. Good-night, and-thanks for this donation to the great cause of liberty." A mu\ffled groan was the only reply, but there was a wild, despairing light in the Tory's eyes. "Come, boys," said Dick, and he led the way from the room. Bob and Mark took up the boxes, as they were not so heavy but what one person could carry one without much exertion, and followed Dick and Sam out of the room and along the hall. They looked up and down the hallway searchingly, for they thought it possible that some one had heard the bursting down of the door when they entered the Tory's bedchamber, and might be in hiding somewhere and shoot them as they came along. The truth of the matter was that there was only the housekeeper in the house that night besides the Tory himself, and sh<' was quite deaf, and had not been disturbed by the noise, had not heard it at all. So the youths were not interfered with at all, and made their way downstairs, into the kitchen, and one after another climbed through the windcw. All was quiet. They heard no sound from the house they had just left; nor was there any sound to indicate the presence of any one .ave themselves in the vicinity. "Well, I think we are all right now," said Dick. "We have secured the boxes. The next thing is to get through the British line of sentinels, and back to where our comrades are awaiting: our coming." "Yes, that's the next thing to do," said Bob. "Well, come along, boys." said Dick, and he and Sam led the way, Bob and Mark following, carrying the boxes. They beaded toward the stable, it being their intention to retrace their steps, and leave the city by the same route, prac tical!y, as they had traversed in entering. They had gone perhaps halfway to the stable, when of a sudden Dick glanced over his shoulder and saw a sight that gave him a start. Four redcoats were coming around the corner of the house, and that they had seen himsel! and comrades Dick knew, for the leader gave utterance to a cry of amazement and anger, and started toward them on the run, his three comrades fol lowing. "Run boys " cried Dick. "The redcoats are upon us! I will hold th~m in' check while you get away with the boxes." As the Liberty Boy spoke he whipped out his pistols, and at the same Instant the other youths turned their heads and saw the redcoats. Bob and Mark dashed away with the boxes, while Dick dropped one redcoat in the snow with a bullet, and then fol lowed his comrades. Sam had drawn his pistol, and, whirling, he a shot, dropping one of the redcoats. This left only two to pursue the four, and the two in queatlon dedded that it would not be policy for them to give close pursuit; the strangers were too expert with the pistol. The redcoats fired a couple of pistol shots in their turn, however, and one of the bullets slightly wounded Sam in the arm. The next instant the four disappeared around the corner of the stable, and for the time being were safe. CHAPTER XIV. THE RESCUE. The four Liberty Boys ran onward as fast as was possible under the circumstances. Of course, Bob and Mark could not run so fast and carry the boxes as they could have run without them, and Dick and Sam would not go any faster than their comrades could go. When they had gone perhaps two hundred yards, Dick and: Sam took the boxes, ana carried them, while the race was kept up. Presently they slackened their speed, however, down to a walk. They would soon be nearing the line of sentinels, and would have to go slowly and cautiously. Then, too, there was no sign of pursuit. "We dropped two of the redcoats," said Sam; "and I don't think the otMr two will care to follow us." "No; but the sound of the pistol shots will bring others to the spot, Sam, and a crowd will soon be coming this way," "That is true, too; but we will be able to get out of the city and a way before they can catch up with us." "I judge so, and I hope so." They continued onward, till they were close up to the line of sentinels. Dick selected a point where he thought they would be able to slip past the sentinels, and the four stole cautiously forward. The youths waited till the two nearest sentinels were at the farthest ends of their beats, and then hastened forward, and tried to cross the line without being seen. The night waa a clear one, however, and the snow made It lighter still, and one of the sentinels caught sight of them, and at them with his musket. • Make a dash for it, boys! " cried Di c k, and the four, making no further effort at concealment, dashed away at the top of their speed. The other sentinel fired his musket, and the bullet whistled past Dick's head, but the Liberty Boys were determined to escape, and they kept on. The shots alarmed all the redcoats in the nelgliborhood, however, and they came running to the spot to see what was the matter. "The rebel spies are escaping!" was the cry. "After them, everybody!" The four Liberty Boys were in sight, and the entire crowd started in pursuit. The four boys reached the shed in the middle of the vacant .lot, untied their horses, mounted, and dashed a.way, aD4 whc


18' THE LIBER'rY ROYS' LIGHTXIXG WORK. they were , ess than fifty yardr, distant thP redcoats came rush-Harry looked somewnat sober and serious. ing around the shed, yelling and firing their pistols. "I am sorry to hear you say that,• he said presently. "Yet The shots were wild, however, and the only bullet that did I do not feel that I am to blame. If he had behaved himself, any damage was one that hit one of the horses and ciused th(' and act11d as a true man should, he would be all right now, animal to dash forward at increased speed, giving vent to instead of lying there on his back a mortally wounded man. " snorts of pain. ;'You are right, Harry, He deserved what he got, and you The youths were soon at the point where they had left theii: are not at all to blame. He brought it on himself." comrades, and the main force was out waiting and watching "Yes, and he would have killed me had he been able to do eagerly, for the members had heard the firing, and were sure so ... their comrades were in trouble The Liberty Boys now made their way bark to the Morgan AJJ mounted now, and the eO:tire force set out up the road home, and reported their success in practically exterminating in ~he direction of Germantown. They kept a sharp lookout the party of redcoats. b!:)hind them, for they did not know but the redcoats would Then they mounted, and bidding good-by to the members secure horses and follow them. of the Morgan family, rode away in the direction of Valley When the y arrived at the Morgan home, they met with a Forge. disappointment. They arrived at the patriot encampment about two o'clock The prisoners that had been left there under the guard of in the morning, and went to bed. the four Lib erty Boys had made their escape. Next morning, after an early breakfast, Dick, accompanied Tom Davis, one of the youths who had been left on guard by Bob and Mark-the last two named carrying the two boxes told Dick how it happened. ' -made his way to the house occupied by General Washington. He said that Fred Wilton had been on guard, and that all The commander-in-chief had just finished his breakfast, and of a sudde':1 there came the sound of a rifle shot, and Fred ordered the orderly to show the callers into his private room. threw up his arms and fell. He had stepped out on the porch When the three Liberty Boys entered, bearing the two boxes, at the time to take a look around, and the shot had come the great man's eyes sparkled. unexpecte dly. "You are back in safety, and you have succeeded in captur-Whlle one of their number was making an examination, to ing the gold and bank notes," he cried. see how badly wounded the Liberty Boy was, the other two "Yes, yc,ur excellency," said Dick, with a modest air. dashed out to the spot from whence the shot seemed to have "Have you look e d in the boxes to see what they contain?" come. Nothing was seen of anybody, but when they went "No, sir; we did not care to do that. We preferred that you back to the house, and had carried Fred into the front room, should open them." and placed him on a cot, it was discovered that the prisoners The boxes were locked, and so the commander-In-chief had disappea red. called his orderly in and told him to cut the boxes open. "And I think I can name the man who fired the shot and The man obeyed, and exclamations of delight scaped the •rPed the prisoners," said Dick. iips of General Washington and the other officers, of whom "Who?" there were two in the room, and from the lips of Dick and his "A Tory hunter by the name of Shepp. Don't you think he two comrades as well. is the man who did the work, Harry?" this question being ad-The boxes were well filled with gold and bank notes, and dresse d to Harry Miller. , it was evident that there were several thousand pounds 'there. "I would be willing to wager that he did it, Dick," was the ''We will count it at once," said General Washington, and reply. this was done. "And in that case we know where to look for the redcoats, It was found that there were seven thousand pounds in the don't we?" two boxes-nearly thirty-five thousand dollars of American "Yes-at Shepp's cabin." money. "Exactly; and I think it will be a good plan to go there and When it became known that tke Liberty Boys had returned see if w e can capture them again." from Philadelphia, bringing with them seven thousand pounds Then Dick selected twenty of the L-wierty Boys, and set out in gold and bank notes, the patriot soldiers nearly went wild for the cabin of Shepp, the Tory hunter. with joy. 'If they are there, and we can surprise them, " said Dick They c h ee r e d the Liberty Boys to the echo, and declared to Bob, "we may be able to bag the entire gang once more." there never were such heroes in the world as those same ,; So we may." youths. But they were not destined to surprise and capture the enA few days late r Dick went to the Morgan home, to see how tire gang or r edcoats. Fr<'d wilton, th'.l wounded Libtrty Boy , was getting along. The British soldiers were at the cabin, but they had a sen-He found that Fred was improving, and that the youth was tine! out, and he gave the alarm. The redcoats came rushing as happy as a lark, eve n though quite seriously wounded. Nor out or the cabin, and a lively fight took place. I was Dick long in learning the r eason for this happiness on the 'l'he Liberty Boys, by taking refuge behind trees, managed , part of tht• wounded youth. Edna Miller, Harry's sister, had to k ee p from being damaged much, however, and soon all the 11 fallen in love with him, and was at the Morgan home almost redcoats were down, either dead or wounded. • constantly, nursing the Liberty Boy, who had fallen in love It was found that eight of the British soldiers were dead, with her on sight. and four were wounded. "I g~s it will be some time before you will be able to get She;pp had taken no part in the fight, and after the eight dead away from here, and mount a horse again, eh, Fred?" remen had been buried, and the rour wounded soldiers had been I marked Dick. carrild into the cabin, Dick told Shepp he might remain there .. Yes, and the longer it is the better I will like it, Dick," unmolested, in order that he might be able to attend to the with a smile, and a sly glance at the blushing face of Edna. needs of ,th e wounded men. . "Well, don't be in any hurry to get out, my boy," said Dick, .. Were it not for that, I would string you up to a tree, you glad to find such a state of a~alrs existing. "Stay here and treachercus dog!" said Dick. "I would have done it, anyway, let Edn_a take care of you, until you are s~ron~ again." If you had killed my comrade, whom you shot to-night over As Dick had predicted, Captain Hardy died m the cabin of nt the Morgan home. He wili not die however and so I will the hunter, Shepp, and was not out of the place until he was Jet you liv e . But I warn yo u that if you do an'other such act carried out to be buried. as that, I will kill you as I would a mad dog." Two of the other wounded redcoats died, also, but two re-Shepp made no reply, but the lowering look on his face covered and went back to Philadelphia. showed that he was very an~ry. When the war !mded, Harry Miller and Mabel Morgan and The n Dick went to the bunk in the corner and took a look Fred Wilton, and Edna Miller were married, and they lived at Captain Hardy, the officer whom Harry Miiler had wounded happily in that vicinity for many, many years, and reared In the dael. more than a wt>ek before. good sized families. the children of which were wont to listen The Liberty Doy talked with the British officer for a few with eager ears to the stories of the lightning work of The minutes. and found him very mild and moderate in his talk. Liberty Boys of '76. Indeed, the redcoat did not seem much like the bold and arrogant office r he was before h e was wounded. "What do you think about him?'' asked Harry Miller, when Dick came forth from the cabin, after hi~ interview with the captain. The Liberty Boy shoo k his head. "I don't think he will get well, Harry," he said. Next week's issue will contain "THE LIBERTY BOYS' LUCKY BLUNDER; OR, THE MISTAKE THAT HELPED THEM." SEND POSTAL FOR RUR FREE CATALOGUE.


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. \ 19 CURRENT NEWS I Automobiles clo not ahn1)i-stop when ordered b)' consta-J The postmaster of Washington, D. C.~Otto Praeger, is bles or other Jn,y officns, ancl Consiant T,e Due of Chatsdoing some practical work in the way of illustrating to "ortb, X. J., in patrnt Xo. 1,0!l 1,22G proYicles nn implecity dweller the possibilities of the parcel post. He has mrnt which can be extcncled ~o as to bring it into the put into local operation a plan first suggested by Postmaspath of a Yehicle. The ~purs ou the implement ,Yill puncter General Rnrlcson for eliminating the middleman in tmc the-pneumatic tires, thus bringing the Ycliicle to a the hamlling of vegetables and other products of the farm. stop. Iluuclrecls o.f Washington hopsekeepers have learned to 1\'ith the first cargo eYer put through the Panama Canal, the Oregonian, of the AmPrican-Hawaiian Line, docbd at the Reed street wharf, Philadelphia, June 1:-3. The cargo coni-isted of ::;oo tons 01 sug-ar, consignecl from IT::nrnii to the Franklin Refining Company, of this city. The Oregonian clid not pai

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