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FRANK TOUSEY, PUBLISHER, 168 WEST 230 STREET, NEW YORK NEW YORK, JUNE 9, 1916. Price 6 Cents. 'l'he Liberty Boys were enjoying the supper ' immensely ; hot thinking that danger t reatened, but the door opened and a beautiful girl of seventeen or eighteen years entered. "Quickr YoJi r hidel" a'ho cried. ''A of British troopers are coming."


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 A Weekly Magazine Containing Stories of the American Revolution Issued lVeekly-By Subscription $!.50 per uear. }littered at the New Yorlc, N. Y., Post Office as Second-Class Matter bV Fran/, Tousey, Publishet, 168 West 23d Street, New York. No. 806. NEW YORK, JUNE 9, 1916. Price 5 Cen t s. THE LIBERTY BOYS' WARNIN6 -ORA TIP THAT CAME IN TIME By HARRY MOORE CHAPTER I . NOT A TRAITOR. "Ah, Dick; I am glad to see you . Sit down." It was the 14th of December, of the year 1780. The commander-in-chief of the patriot army was seated in his private room in the Beverly Robinson mansion, just acr oss the ri>er from West Point." Before him stood a handsome young man of perhaps twenty of age. This youug man was Dick Slater, the captain of a company of youths of about his own age. These youths were known as the Liberty Boys of '76, and they had done :>plcndid worl;: for the great cause of liberty. Dick himself 'tas the most and famous spy in the patriot army, and on more than one occasion he bad rendered inestimable aid to the cause by information of tbe intentions of tile British. and thus making it possible for the patriots to make a move that would counteract those of the enemy. 'l'be young man now took the seat indicated by General n-ashington. and sat there quietly awaiting the further pleas urC' of the great man. The commander-in-chief hesitated, and seemed just a bit ill nt ease. He looked at the floor for a while, his brows knitted, and then he looked keenly and searchingl y at bis young companion. "Dick." be said at last, "I have decided to take you into my confidence, to tell you something which, I am sure, will make you feel very happy." Dick looked eagerly and inquiringl y at the great man, but did not say anything. There was a brief silence, and then the commander-inchief went on: "Dick, a few Tl'eeks ago your heart was torn with grief over the desertion from the ranks of your company of a young man -n dear friend and chum of yours-by the name of Bob Esta brook. The commander-in-chief paused, and he noted that tears Jeapec1 into the eyes of the youth. "YeR, your excellency," said Dick, his >oice trembling in !e1 I did!" ' ' General "'ashington l'O"e and laid his hand on Dick's head. almost careRsinglr. .. Dick, .. he said, traces of emotion in e>en his own voice, "I ha>e good news for you. Your friend and comra d e is no t a traitor." A cry-of excitement, or wild joy-escaped the lips of D ick Slater, and be leaped to bis feet and stood gazing eagerly into the eyes of the commander-in-chief. "Oh, sir," he crjed. "is that indeed true! Is Bob a true patriot after all? Can it be possible?" "Yes, Dick," gently. "It is not on l y possible, but i t is an absolute fact. There is no truer-hearted patriot in the e ntir e army than your comrade, Bob Estabrook." "Bu t, sir-he deserted-he-why, what do you mean? How can it be that be is true to the patriot cause, when he-when --" The youth broke down and gazed inquiringly at the commauder-in-chief. "I will tell you how it was, Dick," kindly. "You know it bas been my chief wish since the escape of the arch-traitor, Arnold, to captme him and get him up here, so that we might hang him, as a traitor deserves. 'Yell, in the further ance of a plan for his capture. it was decided that some wellknown patriot shoul d desert and go down to the Britisll i n :New York, where he was to get in with Arnold, and if pos sible, arrange a plan whereby it would be possilJle to cap tu re the traitor and bring him here. " The commander-in-chief paused and Dick's eyes shone. He began to understand the matter now, and his heart was beating with delight;. He was thr illed with happi ness. "And Bob Estabrook was selected for this work, sir?" he cried. The co mmander-in-chief bowed. "Yes, my boy. .A.nd as it was work in which absolute secrecy was of prime importance, it was deemed best not to let even you, bis best friend and lifelong comrade, know the truth. We wished to make everybody believe that the youthwas in reality a bonafide deserter. Only one other person in the army knew the truth, and he is Major Henry Lee." Dick's.face was radiant now. His eyes shone. He grasped the commander-in-chief's hand and shook it, while his body trembled w ith de light . . "Oh, sir, you have made me so happy!" he cried. "And not only me, but his parents and sister, sir, and his-his sweet--" The youth paused. blushing. He felt that he ought not to be speaking of sweethearts in the presence of oue whose mind was on matters of great importance. But he did not know the commander-in-chief yet. The great man had a soft spot in his heart for lovers, Jlnd he patted Dick on tbe shouldN' . an cl said, smilingly: "Go on, Dick: so Bob bad a RWeetheart?" "Yes. your excellency; nnd-she i;; my f'ister." The g!"eat man took Diek by the hand and pressed it Tl'arml>. ' Dici, my boy, I have made you an cl yours suffer, b u t i t


2 was necessary in the interest>\ of the great en.use. But as you now that you know the truth, you can let his parents 11ncl siHter ancl sweetheart know the truth, also, and then they will be as happy as you are now." "Yes, your excellency, and I shall let them know at the earlieRt possible moment." "Quite right. Dick; and as I am about to send you to New York, you can pass your home on the way and tell them the news." "YeH, yes! Thank you. your excellency." "The erranu upon which I am going to send you. Dick, is this: 1\'e ba\e heen in communication with Bob Estabrook up to some ten days ago. :i.ncl a plan had been arranged for the capture of Arnold. All the arrangements had been made, nll details settled, ancl it was thought that the plan would be snccel'lsful; but when our men, under :\Iajor Lee, , went to the point where Arnold was to be, be did not put in an appearance. no1 did Bob Estabrook. Something occurred to spoil the youth's plans, and although we have done our best, "e !Jaye been unable to learn what it was. 1\'e have been unable to communicate with Bob from that day to this, and . I deciclecl to let you into the secret and send you down into tlle city, in the hope that you might lear11 the truth." "I will go. sir! I shall be delighted to go; and I will find out what the trouble was if such a thing is possible." "I am . ure of that, Dick; and I am afraid that you will find that your comrade bas been found out, and that be is being held a prisoner." "I hope that such is not the case, your excellency: but still. that would be far preferable to bis being hung as a spy." "Yes, indeed. I hope ancl trust that this bas not happened." "I hope so, sir." "You will start soon, my boy?" ".Just as soon as I can get my horse bricllecl and saf!dled, exrellenry, and I will get to York as quickly as pos.:ible, only pan. ing an hour or so at my borne and at Bob's llome, to let the folks know the glad truth, that Bob is not only n true patriot still. but a brave nnd noble-hearted one as ;well; one who was ready to risk anything for the good of the great cause." "Good. Dick! Auel plea. e extend to the young man's par sister and sweethenrt my compliments, and tell them that I most heartily congratulate them on ha>ing such a brave, generous and noble-hearted son, brother and sweetheart." CHAPTER II . • GLAD NEWS. Diek hastened through the orchard which lay between the h1 houses and was soon at the door of the Estabrook home. It was the rear door. he hnYing found it handier to go to that door than the front one. He was so much at home at the ERtabrook house thnt be did not knock, but lifted the latch anrl entered the kitchen. There was only one person in the room. a girl of perhaps eighteen years, and she turned on bearing the youth's footsteps. l!'or an instant she stared at him, and then, with the ex clamation. "It's Dick!,. she leaped into bis arms. "Alke--little sweetheart!'' Dick murmured, and he ga\e her kiss after kiss. Jm;t then another girl. about the same age as A.lice Estabrook. enterecl the kitchen from the sitting-room. and when she saw Dick she ga\e utterance to a cry of joy, ancl leaped forward, crying: "Oh, Dick, Dick!" The youth released A.lice and caught bis sister Edith in his arms and gave her a hug and kiss. "Dear little sis!" he Raid. "Com'e on into the sitting-room," :-;aid Alice, ancl she and Edith caught Dick the arms and led him through the doonva\ and into the next room. where two women and a man were seated in front of the fireplace. talking. 'l'hey leaped up. howeYer, on the entrance of the three, and one or the womC'n exclaimed: ":\Iy son! :\Iy darling boy!" It was :\Irs. Slater. and she seized Dick in her arms and lrng.e:ecl and kiRsecl him, after which Rhe released hin1, and he shook handR with :\Ir. ancl :urs. Estabrook. Dick noted the Rad look on the fares of the two Intier, and also on the face of his si. ter. ancl he Raid to himself: "I must tell them the glad truth at once. so that they will not grieve any longer oYer the supposed trnitorous condu t of Bob." Alond be said, eagerly, excitedly: "I have the l1est news in the world for you, folks!" "'iVhat is it. Dick?" cried Edith. her fare lighting up in-stantly. "Oh, brothPr, is it-is it about-about Bob?" All crowded foi:11arcl, gazing eagerly at Dirk. ancl be nodded ancl Raid, rapidly. but gently and in a tone of delight: "Yes, Edie, it's :i.bout Bob. He iR not a traitor :i.l all. hut the same brave. generoui;;. nohlp-hearted patriot that we ha\e helieved him to he. He--" But Dick pa11sed. for Edith. with a cry of joy, fell in a swoon, and would have Rtrurk the floor and heen injurNl had not thP youth caught her in bis arms and supported her. "Poor. dear Edith!" cried Alite. her e;es Rhining with dP light nt the new>< of her hrolher'R pnfriotiRm. and with sorrow beeause of Em here, Dirk. ancl plare hPr on the bed. weu soon bring her to. "I am almost there!" She hai:; svrnonecl from happiness, and thnt will not. eannot Dick Slater was riding al9ng the road leading southward hurt hf'r." from Peekskill to Tarrytown. on the IIudson RiYer. • 'o one bC'lieved that Edith's condition was seriou .. and His home was at a point only a little over a mile north of ev<'n while working over her to Jiring her to thPy talked rlcTarr.rtown, and so waR the home of Bob Estabrook, the farms lightNlly abo11l Bob. nnd Dick explained the matter, a1-; the heing adjoining ancl the hotrnes within two hundred yards of commamler-in-cbief had explained it to him. each other. a few minute:< C'lnpsecl before Erlith opened her DiC'k was riding swiftly. ancl hacl been ever Rince leaving and as soon as she did so i:;he cxclaimell. happily, though headquarters in the BeverlJ Robinson hou:e. opposite 'TI'est feebly. Point. He had made record time, and was no>v within half "Bob iR a true pntriot! Ob. I nm Ro gla\ later he rode up to the gate in front of bis heart. by doing what Ile has don<'. In pretC'rnling to de;. "Yon are sweaty ancl will chill if left standing out honored by all." here . ., "Oh. I am so glad. for your i;;akC', Edie!" :;::ii<.! A.lief'. kissing Ile !eel the animal through a gateway, ancl to and into the her friend. which stood fifty yanlR Dark from the house. Then, "And you f!on't lmo,y bow you ht1\e made us, Dkk." unbriclling and unsaddling the horse, and giving him some said :\Jr. Estabrook. no cltling toward bi,; wife. hay and onts, Dick went to the house ancl entered by way of "I ('an u111lerstancl il pretty well, sir . ., waH the rE'ply. "and the rear door. . you don't know bow happy I was when the comnrnnder-inTo bis f'urprise, no one was in the house. Ile understood chief tolcl me the trntb ahout Bob. I 'YaH wild to get here mattl'ls at once. t0 tell ynu folks. and I tell you I made :\Iajor scratch ;:rnnel ":\[other and sis are over to :\Ir. Estabrook's, I'll wager." lively after I got starlecl.., l:e >'.aid to himsC'lL "Good! I'll go over there aml will make Edith \Ya,; JIOIY able to get up. and so they repaired to the t'.lclll all happy by telling thew tlle trnth about l!ob." ::;ittiug -roo m antl


THE I1IBERTY BOYS' W 3 "Xow te;l all about it, Diek, said Ec1ith. color bad 1 ":\fake him come. Dick,., said plearling'ly. "He bas come back. ber eyes were glO'\YiDg. and it was plnin tbat she lJeeu do"l>u there lon.e: euougll arnl has doue enough already, was happier tltan she bad been for some time. aud the longer he stays, llle more dnngel' there is thM he will "All right. sis, smiled Dick. .!:\'et into trouble." '.rlien Ile tolf! the "bole story. :int as the COJI\mander-in-"Think of bow I would feel if it were you that down niief hac1 tolcl it to him. When lie bad finishecl, there "as a there. insteacl of Bob." said Alice. solJer look on the faces of his bearers. "You'd be glad. I woulcln', Alice?"' with a smile. "Do-you-think-that anything bas happened to Bol.J, 'l'he girl gave Dick a ,.;lap and i:;aitl: I>iek ? asked Eclith, anxiously. "You know better than that, Dick." Tbl' others a waitetl bis rnply with anxiety, and Dick A few more words and tbeu he rode aucl the folks hasteued to shake his head and say: went into the house, feeling happier than when Dick had ":'\o. I dont tiJillk so, Edie. Bob is all right, and I'll wager e:ome . :111ything on it. But soml'thing came up to make it impossivn Dick rode at a gallop: it "a.s a clear. moonlight ni{;ht, ble for tbe plan to be c:anied out. He is simply biding his antl he coulcl see the road as well. almost, as in the d:1,l'time. I am and waiting for another chance to capture '.rhis macle it nice for traveling. but it WOlild make it a Arnold." Llifficult matter for him to enter the city without being seen :\Ir. EstalJrook shook llis head. "H is an exceedingly clangel'(JUS thing to try to do," he said. '' I don't think it possible that any plan for the capture of Aruold cnn be successful. He i:s in tbe city of );'ew York, aml baltecl. ''Oh, well, I'll have to bring into play all my skill in such work a ud get pa;;t the sentinels in some way," the youth thought. sut'l'Oll!lded by hundreds, yes, thousands of British solc1iers, Dick rotle through Tarrytown and tO\Yard the south. ancl it will he an impossibility to :-iecure him.,. About a mile farther on he wa,.; startl0c1, snddenly, when "T urn rtfraiLl so, sir. Bnt don't worry about Bop. If he a man rode ont from among-the trees b;r the roadsij.le an<1 finds that he cannot make a sn<:<.:ess of his plans, lle will slip took up a position beside Dick. a wa) and t'l'turu to the patriot army." "Howdy, stranger." tbe man said. "1 hope so. I aw not worried about him. He will get "Good-evening, sir." replied Di<:k. '.rhe yonth wa. eyeing throup;h all rip;ht, doul.Jtless." J.iis ne\Y companion closely. He noted that the fellow was a "I am proucl of my brother!" said Alice, her eyes shining. lar;.;e n;an. dresserl somewhat roughly, and with a slouch bat "You have good cause to be proud of him, Alice," saicl pulled well clown over bis eyes, thus sbacling llis face. Dick. "\''here are you 'bound for, young man, if I rna:v asl;:?" 'Ihey talkerl a while longer nnd then the women went into Dick clid not like this at all. 'Vben a Rtranger began ask-tbe ki re-hen to get 'fhe two girls went also, for they ing personal questions. in those times, it was time to become were> rleterminecl to get up a meal that would celebrate Dick"s cautious, and suspidous as well. coming and the news of Bob's patriotism, brarnry, and nol:)le-''Down the read a was the quiet reply; "where are heartedness at one and the scu11e time. It sllould be a you going'!" Dick and Estal1rook conven1ed till supper was ready, Tbe man langllecl shortly. Doubtless he realized that the and DiC'k told the man many things about Bob, his bravery youth resented bis asking the question anc1 was somewhat ou liattlefielcls, etc., that made the father's heart beat with angry because of it. pride. "I'm going clown tbe rolld a ways. too," he said, "so if yon Pres('ntly Alice came dancing into, the room, and, throwing c lon't ob,iect. we'll go right along together. her nrmf'l arouml Dick's nec:k, him and saicl: Dick made JJO rqJly. He .was thinking fac;t. He did not '"Tlint's to your coffee, Dick. 'Ye haye no sugar, object to haYing the man go 'IYith bim a little (!istance, bnt ' ill' certaiuly did not want to be lJothe1etl nitb him a o-reat '' . 'o snga r for me!" laughed Dick. "Xot 'IYhen I can get while. "' " nncl he retnrnecl the kiss. "I suppose that you think "::\ice night, the man remarked. after a llrief f4ilenc:e. you ha Ye a Ye1y silly girl for a danghter, l\Ir. Estabrook?" "Yes." replied Dick; lie wm: tleterminet1 not to get ou too P.Pt ::>.Ir. Esthool;: bis head and laughed, say-The Liberty was on hii> guard. He did nol know but ing fOOcl-1;1aturedly: . . . J what this. stranger might attac:k In those dayR the ':\o. Dick: I haYen t forgotten that I was young myself, 1 country lymg betv;een '.rarrytown ana the Harlem RiYer wa2 cn<'e upon a time-antl it don't seem such a very long time OYernm with Cowboys and Skinners, ns they were called; ago. either." these men were in reality robber!'. anc1 this fellO'IY might be Ob. I baYe the very best old daddy in tbe world, Dick!" a member of one of the bands in question. said Alice . . and she gave her father a hug and a kiss. 'J:'bey rode along togethe r a couple of miles, and then f;ud-Tbeu they went into the uining-room and took seats at ueuly Dick's companion gave utterauce to a whistle. and out the table. fl'om among the trees ste{Jpetl six men, armed wltb rifles. CHAPTER III. AN EXCITI:s'G ADVENTURE. >.'aturnlly the foll's were somewhat uneasy regarding Bqb. The fact that he hacl not been heard from for ten clays was snffiC"ient to them so. Dic k did his best to allay the feeling of uneasiness, however. He tolLl them that Bob was bright, wicleawake and shre\\ d. ,md the cllanceR were ;:;ood that lie was simply biding his time and waiting till lle could evcve another plan for t11e c:a]ltlU'e of Arnold. \ . ' J i1011e that ;you are right, Dick." said Mrs. Estabrook, bnt there waR an anxiou lool;: on ber face. E1lith looked uneasy ancl m1xious al>io, but she was far from feC'iiu: as nnlrnpvy as she hacl felt before Dick cam.e and told tiH'lll that Buh WllR as true ti patriot us or yore. After ,;u11per was o,er Dick remained an(I tnllwd till dark, ancl tllen he mounted bis horse aucl rocle away. Ue promised to 011 bis "'HY back and let them know the truth regard-in!:!: Bol1. . "H he is i n uanger, we want to know it, lib mother said. •Certainly, :\1r:s. Estabrook." said Dick. "I'll stop on my \Tay !Jack, nnd it is possible that Bob will be with me . " "I hope so," from Estabrook. Dick brought his horse to a f;top instnntly. He realized that he hacl to deal with a band of Cowboys or Skinuers. His companion was the leader of tbe gang. The man chucklec1 -he Imel brought his hqrse to a stop also ancl saiu: "'\\'ell, young fellow, I guess we have got you!" "It looks that way." was the quiet "Yes. there is no doubt about it; just dismount, please." But Dick did not intend to do anything of the kinc1. He had heeu thinking fast ancl hard, and bacl made up his mind that he would escape, or know the reason wily. True, he rlirl not think the rnernber8 of thf' band int0nclecl to do hiru nny injury, but he rlid not feel like giviug up what money Ile had in his pockets. Another thing. he feared they woulcl take his horse, and be could not spare :\[ajor, a thoroughbred charger that had carried him safely in more than. one battle and out of clanger frequently when chased b;v redcoats. So now, instearl of tlismouutiug. Dick suddenly struck out with his right fist, straight and true: the blow took effect on tbe ja\\ of the mafr, and Ile was lrnocke'Ol'cl to bis hor,.;e, tlw youth ' clrew a pistol and firecl. drorniing one of the men iu front of him. :\fajor llllrlerstood wbat was required of him. anrl bounclefl fotwarc1 with tbe Bpeefl of nn nrro'\Y fl'om a bow. He knol"ketl down a couple of the men who happened to be in his wny, and then went galloping on down tlle road. The members of the band, taken by surprise in rhis man-


4 'l'HE LIBERTY BOYS" w.ere so dazed that they were incapable of any action immediately: only a few moments passed before they had recovered sufficiently to act, ho,Yever. and then they whirled and firecl after tlie horseman. They fired in such haste that their bullets mis,.;ed the mark aimed nt. however, and Dick. 1end in the road and disappeared from their Yiew. "Phew! that was !1. close call!" said Dick to himself. Then he chuckled. a" he thought of the manner in which he bad knocked the l eacler of the gang off his horse. "I gut!ss he was somewhat surprised,., the youth said to himself. And in thinking thus, Dick was right. The leader of the band of outlaws was not only surprised, but was exceedingly angr): . He hacl not been seriously injured by the blow and the fall from the saddle to the ground. and he at once leaped . to his feet and yelled to the men to fire. It was in obeyance to his command that they hacl fired, as already stated. "I'll catch the young scoumlrel, or know the reason why!" the leader cried. fiercely, and then he leaped into the saddle and dashed <1own the road in pursuit of Dick. He urged his horse onward at its best speed and kept a sharp lookout ahead. but failed to catch sight 01' the fugitive. The fac. t was that Dick, suspecting that the fellow J.!light give chase to him. had mgecl :\lajor to his best speed. ann was going RO fast that it would ban taken a much better horse than the one ridden by the outlaw to bring its rider near eno ugh so that he could catch sight of the Liberty Boy. Dick listened occasionally, but the thunder of )Iajor's hoofs on the ground made it impossible for him to hear sounds of pursuit, even had the pursuing horseman been dose, which he wns not. \Tben h e bad .gone perhaps three miles he brought Uajor down to a walk and listene d intent!L Not a sound eame from back up the road. "If he started in pursuit at all, he has given up and gone back." thought Dick. Then he rode onward, none the worse for his ndYenture. Two hours later he was tyii:ig his horse in a clump of trees and bushes perhaps half a mile north of the Common at the north edge of the city of New York. This done, walked out to the Bowery Lane. and made his way toward the city. "Now comes the tug of war." he told himself; "it is going to b e a diffi cult matter getting into the city without being . discovered. but I'll do it, or my name isn't Dick Slater!" CHAPTER IV. DICK I" NEW YORK. Dick did not go straight to the Commo n. He turned to the left and made his tow a rel the East RiYer. "I believe that I can slip in better along the wharves than at any othe r point.'' he told himself. He arriYed at the river and paused there to take a survey of surroundings. At the point ''here he stood thel'e was no wharf, but he moved on down the stream and pre ently came to the north 'encl of the pierR. Farther down be could f'ee men moving about, and he eyed them for he feared some of them might be sentinels. He presently sat clown on the edge of the wharf and hung his legs over the stringpiece; he a:cted as nearly as he could like one who was used to frequenting the wharves . and who had nothing in particular to do. He would do this way till h e got the lay of the land. so to 1

THE LTBERTY BOYS' 1''AR::'.-lING. 5 He remained on the street a while long e r. but did not learn anything. so he went to a tavern on a side street and engaged a room and went to bed. . H e was up early next morning and spent the day in the dty pl'o>:ecuting inquiries in as eareful a manner as possible. He did not learn anything of a certainty regarding Bob's fate. but he became well satisfied that his <:omrade bad been carried away with Arnold. '"l'lle question now is, as to whether or not Bob hai:; been found out and w:u; taken a prisoner?" said Dick to himself. Of he couid not settle this question, and so he de C'ided to leave the city as soon as night came and return to headquarters and make his report. When night came he macle hi. way out of the city. It was eloud) and he succeeded in slipping past the sentinel without much trouble. It die! not take him long to reach the clump of tree>: where he hat! left llis horse. and to his great joy he found ;\fajor ti : ere. "roor olcl ?IIajor!" he said, patting ti.le horse on the neck; "you are half-starved and nearly dying of thirst, I know." The 1101 se neighed and rubbed his nose against Dick. 'l'he youth led the animal out to the road, leaped into the sa slowly forward till almost upon the sentinel. Tbr douds had disappeared and the moon was shining now, and he toultl see the soldier quite plainly. Dick had taught :'-Iajor seYeral tritks that often proved to lle useful. and now he used one of them to good advantage. HP toti'hoc, and :'-Iajor began leaping and bueking. and whirl ing nrntitlll and around. llick pretendell that Ile co uld not control his horse. • "'ho:1 ! " he tried . skilfully guiding :'llajor so that he very ne:.trl) ' ran over the sentinel and him to skurry back out of the way. "\Yhoa, I f>ay!" the matter with the brute?" the sentinel cried. the horse had very nearl.v leaped upon the sentinel, and in bis haste to get out of the way this time be dropped his musket. 'l'hiH 1vns Dick's opportunity. H e gave the intelligent animal the that meant for him to eease c:avorting and run away. and ::\Iajor obeyed, and went t 'll the road toward the' bridge on the run, with Dick pretending to hold him back. autl yelling "Whoa! Whoa!" at the top of his voice. But while yelling thus. Dick was i:;ecretly giving the signal with the toe of his f.\hoe for the animal to keep on run nud ?llajor obeyed and went across the bridge with sueh a clattering of hoofs as could have been beard half a mile. Hold on!" yelled the sentinel. excitedly. "Stop, I say!" But he might as well have saved his breath. Dick did not s top. "I'll be back pre. ently," called back Dick. "Wait \or me." Tllen he brougllt ?IIajor to an ordinary gallop. and rode on, well pleased with the result of his ruse. He patted the horse on the neck. ":'-Iajor, you're a trump.'' he said. and the horse whinnied as if h e understood and appreciated his master's praise. Dick rode steadily omYard, and when be neared the point where he I.lad encounterell lite oullaws he kept a wary eye\ o ut. His itlea \Yas tlrnt tbe outlaws had a rendezvou near atj haud, and might be on the watch, if not for him, why, for' other travelers. Ile drew a pistol and held it in readiness for instant use. Ile was wise in doing this, for suddenly half a dozen men leaped out into the road, and one yelled: "Halt!" Instantly Dick le>eled his pistol and fired, and the man who hacl given the command threw up his anns and fell to the ground with a cry of ;,igony. A shar\l word to :llajor, autl the animal dashed forward on the run. The comrades of the fallen men were so dazed by! the downfall of their leader that they stood there motion ' less. until ti.le youth was thirty yards "away. Then 'they leveled their rifl es and fired. They did not stop to take aim, however, and all the bullets sa , .e oue w ent wild ; this one cut through Dick's coat sleeve! and just g raz ed his arm. "A miss b as good as u mile, however," said Dick to himself. He rode omvard at a gallop and met with no more ad Yentmes. An hour later he arrived at bis home, and disI mounted and l ed llis hor e around to the stable and into it. He gave :\Iaj or some oats, after having unbridled and unsaddled him. and then went to the house and knocked on the kitchen door. I'resently some one said. "Who is there?" Dic:k r ecogn iz ed his mother's voice and noted that it trem bled. She was frightened, naturally, for the hour was late, and there were many rougll characters in that part of the country in those days. "It is I Dick. mother; open the door," was the reply. 'l'here was an exclamation of joy . and then Dick heard the bar c:ome down witll a rattle, after whic h the door swung ope n. "Oh, Dick, I am so glad to see you!" cried ::\1rs. Slater, as she took the youth in her arms and kissed him. There wasj a candle burning on a tnble uear at hand, so tlley coul d see each other very plainly. ''Where is Bob?" his mother asked, in a whispe r. Before he. co uld answer Edith came running into the room, and. throwmg her arms around her brother's neck, cried/ in a trembling voice: "Uh, Dick, where is Bob'! Surely-nothing-has happened to him?" "Wait till I close the tloor. and I will tell you all about it'" said Dic:k. Then, as be was c losing the door and putting u'p tlle bar, he went on: "Don't be worried about Bob. I am sure he is nil right." 'l'bis did not allay the feeling of fear that had taken bold upon the glrl on seeing that Dick was alone. She feared that/ something bad had happened to her sweetheart. • "Xow come into the sitting-room and I will tell you aJ11 about it, .. said Dick. , They entered the other room and took seats, and then Dick told Edith and his mother what he had learned. ' "Oh, I am afraid that something terrible has happened to ! Bob!" said Edith, tears in her eyes. "Ob, Dick, I fear that I shall never see him again!" Dick threw his arms around bis sister's neck and kissed/ her. "Don't let that feeling get bold of you, little sister," be said reassuringly. ''I have known Bob a long time, and I am sure that be is all right. He has been carried off on oneJ of the sll ip s of Arnold's fleet, there is no doubt about that,i but he will come out all ri ght in the end." "I am afraid not, Dick. what can he do. way down in Yirginia. all alone? If he should try to desert he would. doubtless be captured and shot." "I don't think so, Edie; Bob i s shrewd, and if he makes an attempt to escape be will do so." "But I.le would he all alone way down there, Dick Anc he could never get back up here again.'' Dick laughed. "You don't knO\V Bob as well as I do, sis," he said. "He

6 THE LIBERTY BOYS' I that many could not do. He is quite capable of making his J "Did the commander-in-chief sa.r we could go?" El'cussecl the matter for some time, and one anrl all expressed concern on Bob's account. "Jc'l\"C, I wish we could be clown there to render Bob as Ristance, Raid :Mark Morrison. "YPR. th:lt would be fine," said Sam Sanderson. "A rnl tl1at is just what we are going to do," said Dick, q The Yontlls stared a few moments in silence, and then exclamn tlons escaped their lips. "\Ye :ire to g;o dD'IYn there?" "\Ylrnt's that, Dick?" "Ray. tliat is just the thing!" "Wheu will '\Ye go?" "Oh, I hope so, Dick; I hope so!" The youths were going to ride during at least half the night, for they wished to get across the river before morn ing. Once they were on the west side they would feel safer. They bade the Slaters and Estabrooks good-by and rode away. They made their way southward several miles, ancl then bore away toward the river. "Where are we going to cross the riYer, Dick?" asked i\Iark ':\Iorrison. "At Weldon's Ferry, Mark;:" "I thought that was where you were heading for. Dick." "Yes." An hour' later they arriYed at the rlYer, at a point where a man by the name of Weldon had a flatboat which he uRecl in ferrying people across the Rtream. He was a patriot. :Jq Dick Irnew. fol' the youths bad crosilcc1 at that point before. All was quiet when they got there. and Dick clismount.ecl and knocked on the door of the little cabin. I A fe'T lllinutes passed, and then footsteps were llearcl Ana the door was opened. It was a clear night, and Dick coulcl see tile man quite plainly.


• THF. LIBERTY BOYS' WARNING. 7 "How are you, i\Ir . Weldon?'' he greeted. the farmer staring after them with a puzzled l ook on bis "How-d're-do?'' was the reply. "\'\'ho air ye , an' wbut kin face. I do fur re?" The youths (rossed the State of Xew JerRey, crossed the "I am Dit-k Slater. You remember me, don't you? I have Delaware at Philadelphia, and as it was nearing evening, been here b efore. and--" they decided to remain in the city overnight. "Of course I rememper ye, D ick!" in a pleased voice. "An' They put up at three which happened to be within air them yer Liberty Boys yender?" a. few blocks of each other. "Yes, 'i\Ir , "'eldon; and I want to get acro3s the river as After supper they left the respecti'rn taverns and went out soon as possible. " upon the streets, to see what was going on. "Ilow menny air there uv ye?" They divided into small parties, as it would have been awk-" One hundred." ward to have kept together;, and thus thC'y were enabled to "Et's goiu' ler be er big job ter git one hundred men an' move along at ease. bosses ercrost ther ril'er, but et kin be done." Dick, Sam Sanderson, i\Iark Morrison and Beu Spurlock "All right; let's get to work. " were together, and they walkrd slowly down the main street "''\Yait till I put iuy overcoat on; et's kinder sharp out terof the city. looking in the handsome shop-windows and ennight." joying themselves as only lively youths can. "So it is." "Jove, but we have bad some lively adventures in this The work of getting the Liberty Boys and their horses city," rmarked Dick. arross the river was begun, and it went steadily on till three "Yes, when we were at Valley Forge we often came to o'clock in the morning. Then, all the party being across, Philadelphia,,. said Mark Morrison. DiC'k and the youth bade the ferryman good-by and rode "\Ye had a live l y time the day General Ilowe sailed for away. Dick had offered l\fr. Weldon pay, but he had reEngland," saicl Sam Sanderson, with a smile. fused to accept it. "So we did," agreed Dick. "Et's all right, Dick," he said. "I kin qo this much fur Another quartet of Liberty Boys was made up of George tber good uv ther cause." Gunn, Fred Hardy. Patsy Brannigan and Carl Gookenspieler. The Liberty Boy. rode onward till they came to a house The two latter were inseparable, and were the best of friends,/ where there was a large barn, and here they stopped, !eel though they often quarreled to such an extent that a stranger their horses into the barnyard, unbridled and unsaddled them, would have imagined that they were on the point of flying , and then the entire party of youths entered the barn and at each other's, throats. climbed into the hayloft, which, as they hacl hoped and ex-This little p:lrty mo-red slowly along. al)(] Patsy and Carl pected, was half filled with hay. furnished the amusement for the party. George and Fred Spreading their blant;ets on the hay, they lay down and kept quiet and listened to their two companions. were soon sound a leep. rrei;ently they paused in front of a large shop-window, and It was hroacl clnylight when they awoke, and a man, pitchstood looking in at the display within. Fred Hardy, being fork in h::rncl, W:lR sta.nding llC'Ride the opening in the floor, mischievous. reached around and pinched Cnrl gazing at them in open-mouthetl amazement. Go o kenspi<'ler on his right arm. Carl whirled, giYing Yent "Who in tarnel nation air ye fellers?" he asked, as Dick to an angry exclamation. It happened that a man was Rtandsat up and nodded to him. ing there, and tbe Dutchman, supposinl? the strangC'r hnd given his arm the pinch, shook bis finger in t!Je smprif>ecl citizen' s far e and said: "Yat mean py bin ching mine arm. Dell me dot. CHAPTER VII. A Ll\'ELY TIME 17' QUAKERTOWN. viii :vou?" "Vl' e are travele1 s," said Diek. The str:rng<'1' wns surprised, and r eplied quickly: " ' I'ntYelers. hey i\'aal, ye don' seem ter be travelin' vety "I didn't pinch your arm." fas' je8t now,• with a grin. "You dit!" "You are right, :incl we are not goi .ng lo trayeJ. either, un"I angrily. til after we ha1e had something lo eat and feed for our "I l!Uef>s I •YO!'> know vat is mt. You binched mine arm. horties... und uf yon vos mage any more such foolishness rnit me, I The man hlinked. Yi!l knock der nose clear off 3our face!" "Say, s'po,.;e tlrnr i>< enough grub on thC'r place fur all "Vl'hat's that? You threaten me. you hoohy?" cried_ the yPr !Ji;r crowcl '!.. he a,.;ked. man. '"l'here nrn;;;t be: " e are h1mp;ry and must have foofl.'' Thi;;; mad(' ('nrl marlder than evPr. If there was .onr thing-"I kin !?iv .1 e J1lenty UY cornmenl nn' Ride meat," the man hr rlif;JikNl to he called. more than another. it "as "hoohv." sairl. a Hobel' look toming ol'er hi:; faC'I?. . ancl he ;;hook hi;;; fat fist under the other's nose anrl nied, "We don t like ;;ide meat." ;;airl Ben Rpurlock. "\Ye nre es,.;putteringly: J!<'f'iall.1 fond of ham. Surely yon have some hams? "I Yill clo more as threaten, tlot is n1 t I vill rlo: You ThC' man hesitnted. nncl then noclcled a::;sent. hf!YP hinl'he1l me. nnd now baf galled me cin pooh:;-, un:pel't. in the Then thP foon tl1erc e.1es of the farmer. but he realized. clouhtles;; , that it woulcl " as a ver.1 pr<'tty fiirerl and fed their hor,;es. and then they _\. great C'rowcl quickly colleC'ted, :ind many were the ex-liuilt campfires and cooked the meat ancl corncakes. when all clamations anrl C'rieR of encouragement givrn llttcrnncc t n . "as ready they ate their brealdast, and enjoyecl it very much, "Go for him , fatty!" for the y were hungry. "Knock him do"-11. young fellow'." The owner of the farm hovered near, watching the youth;; "1'11 het on the citizen!" C'uriously. ":liy money is on the foreigner!" It was evident thaL he was l!l'eatly interested in them, and Such were a few of the remarks. 'l'be combatants paiu 110 he asked Dick questions that were calculated to draw forth attention to what was said; their minds were on their worl;-. some information, but which failed of their purpose, for Dick anrl they were working with a will. wns not to be pumped. He dicl tell the man some things, Perhap. th(i most clisRamfied person in all the crowd "as but they were of a character to leave the questioner ns Patsy He movecl about, listening to the remark:; . greatly in the clark afterward as before. and wntching "or ;;ome one to offer to intcrfrre. whe n there Dick's idea ,ya;;; that the man was n 'I'onr . nncl that lil3 would ha>e imoth<'r fight in a jilI;v . wiHhecl to :;;ecure some information. so thnt he might carry it "Oh. phwat Im :, ; thot Dootchy do ha1 '!" lIP said, 1lisccto the British. Holntel.1. an' here he h:JViu' fnn. :rn 11hwat \\"hen tlw Lihert.Y Boy;l wNe througlJ eating. hricllecl 1 lon•,.; a foight lwtthf>1 clban me il1'iC'kf:1>:t whin Oi'm :;;thnnin, antl saddlecl their horses. mounted aml rode away, leaYiug ;1m a ttlwr >'l1lltcli11' aro urnl , v ;ilJ uotlJiu.; to do :\' . a11::


, 8 THE LIBERTY BOYS' WARNING. "Knock fatty down and sit on him, friend," called out a man in the crowd, and in an instant Patsy was in front of the speaker. brandishing his fi:;t in the fellow's face. "Take it back!'. h e cried. "Take it back! Dhe fat bye is me c-omrade, so he is. an' it's not mesilf wull be afther sthandi11g here an hearin' him abhusecl by worrud av mouth, so I won't! Take it bac k , or Oi'll bate dhe two eyes av ye into " an!" "I-I ditln't mean anything," the man Raid. "Don't get mad, sir. Your comrade is all right." "Shure, an that's phwat he is! He's all roight. all av dhe toime, an it's me:;ilf wull prove thot to dhe satisfaction av iuny men in dhe crowd phwat wants to disphute it.,. " . Xobody wants to cfo;pute it. Irish," a man said, and in a moment Patsy was making for him. "Oirish, is it?" he cried, angrily. "Shure, an' Oi'll phrove that av Oi ' m Oirish, Oi'm as good as inny mon phwat iver walked dhe strates av dhis town! Jlrnst lit me at dhe spal paue, min, an' see me tache ' i.Jn a les son!" But the fellow did not stay to be taught. The Irish youth was too eYidently desirous of getting into a fight with some one to suit him. and be sneaked away in a hurry. "Go it, yez coward. yez!" cried Patsy, in superb scorn. "Go it! Av Oi was such a coward as that, Oi'd niver show me face on dhe strates, so Oi wouldn't." .Tust then there was a cry tba t the officers were coming, and at once the crowd scattered. George, Fred and Patsy, not wishing Carl to be arrested and taken away to jail, took hold of him and jerked him away from the other combatant, :rncl hurried him around the corner ancl clown the street, man aging to escape. '.rhey never knew whether or not the fel lo'Y Carl had been fighting with was as fortunate. '.rhey bad a great story to tell tneir comrades when they got back to the ta>ern, a couple of hours later. CHAPTER VIII. Governor Jefferson seized Dick's hand and shook it "1Varml-y. "_Captain Slater,'' he said, "I am proud to kno'v. you." "A.nd I am more than proud to know the man who wrote the Dec: la ration of Independence, sir!'" replied Dick , earnest!;?: "Thank you,., smiled the governor. "Pray be seated, Cap tain Slater." They rnt down. and then Jefferson said: "::"fow tell me why you ate way down here in Virginia, Captain Slater." "I had a double purpose in coming, sir. One was to inform you that Arnold the traitor, with a fleet of forty vessels and a force of about eight hundred men, is coming clown here to llarr-y the patriots of this vicinity, and--" Go'l'ernor ,J elferson leaped up in .some exciternen t. "A.rnolcl is coming clown here with a force of British soldiers , you say, Captain Slater?" he exclaimed. "Yes, sir." "When did he sail from New •:On the 16th." "Then he will soon be here!" "Doubtless. sir; unless be encountered strong bead winds of rough weather, when he might be delayed some time. " "There has been no bad weather to speak of, I am sure, for we usually know by the weather we have here when there are storm's on the ocean." "So I would suppose. " "Yes, ancl the fleet will be in the .James Ri>er before very long-that is, if the vessels are not too large to enter the river." "No; the vessels are all small ones. Scarcely one but what might come far up the river, I am sure." "That is bad. Btit what was your other purpose in coming clown here, Captain Slater?" Dick told him, explaining about Bob Estabrook having been carried off, and how they wished to be on hand when the British landed in Virginia, to make an attempt to rescue the Liberty Boy, or to render him assistance in making his escape I N RICHMOND. in case he should desert. "Hurrah! Yonder is Richmond!" "Well, well! This young man Estabrook must be a brave "Yes, that must be Richmond, sure enough." and noble-hearted fellow to do what he bas clone, Captain "Our destination is right at hand." Slater!" "'\Ye are almost there at last." "A braver, more noble-hearted fellow never lived, sir," was Such were a few of the exclamations gi'l'en utterance to Dick's earnest reply. by the Liberty Boys one afternoon. They had ridden steadily "I hope that nothing has happened to him." southward. day after day, and now at last they were within "So clo I, sir." 8ight of Richrnond, their intended destination. Then 'they returned to the discussion about the coming of Onward they rode, with looks of eagerness and pleasure on the fleet under Arnold. their faces. They were tired of riding, and hailed with joy "You. say you have your Liberty Boys with you, Captain the prospect of _getting a few clay's rest. Slater? said Governor Jefferson, thoughtfully. Half nu hpm later they rode into the town. They paused "Yes, goYernor." near the center of the place and dismounted. Quite a crowd "That is good. It will enable trn to get tog-ether a goodcollected. for the coming of the force of horsemen aroused sized force, with which to offer resistance to the advance of the curiosity of the citizens. the British." 'l'homa;; Jefferson was Governor of Virginia at that time, "So it will." with headquarters in Rich mond, and Dick asked a byRtander "I will send out messengers in all directions at once, Capif he knew where the go>ernor had his headquarters. tain Slater, calling on the patriot citizens to arm themsclYes "Yes, sir," the man replied. "He stays in that house yonand hasten to Richmond." der," and he pointed out the building in question. "That is a good itlea, sir." "Thank you. sir." "And you. Captain Slater, will keep watch for the coming Then to the Liberty Boys Dick added: of the enemy. I shall depend upon you to let us kuo'Y iu "You stay here. I'll see the' goyernor and then come right plenty o-f time, so that we can either show fight or retreat, back." whichever seems best." The youths nodded. "Very well, Governor Jefferson. I will attend to this." Dick walked to the house and knocked on the door. It They talked a few minutes longer, and then the governor was opened presently by a servant, and Dick said: snid: "I wish to see Governor Jefferson." "You will want quarters for your men. Captain Slater. Let "Come in, sir." me see-1 judge that the best way will be to di>ide your Dick was conducted into a waitingroom, and there sat force up among a number of patriot families; th<'ll you will down, the senaut going to inform the governor of the youth's be taken care of." presence. I "Just as say. sir; though if you had a Yacant hall we Presently steps sounded in the hall. and then a fine-looking cou ld take up our quarters there." man entered ancl bowed to Dick. "That will not be netessary, and it will be better for you "You are a taptain in the pa lriot army?" he exclaimed, on and. your men to be where the eooking will be done for you." noting Diek's uniform. "True, sir; that will be a great deal more satisfadory, I am "Yes. GoYernor Jefferson; my name is Slater-Dick Slater." sure." The go'l'ernor started. "I will sentl a man with you who will conduct you to the "Are you the Captain Dick Slater of whom., have heard homes oC patriots ancl explain matters, Captain Slater. The so much as having performed so many daring ats of spying fact that your men are to be a protection to us against Arnold's and scouting?" he asked. ? force will make the people glad to do all that they can for "I ha YE• done considerable scouting and SJJ1 mg, sir," was you." the modest reply. The goYernor :sent for a meu11Jer of his council. and tolcl "And a re you the captain of a company of youths known as bim whnt was wanted. the Liberty Boy;; of '76?" "Come ''"ith me. Cavtain Slater." thi:; man said. "I will "Yes, sir." quickly ha Ye you and your men quartered comfortably."


THE LIBERTY BOYS' 9 They set out. and the man kept bi word. '.Vithin two hours' time the Liberty Boys were quartered in the homes of abOut a clozen of the leading patriot families. R outhern ho . pitalitr is pro>erbial. ancl the Liberty Boys found tbemselYe: being treated like princes. '!'hey " ere well satisfied, for they detested cooking, and \Yere glad to get out of having to do this. 'Yhen the .rouths hacl all b e en given quarters, and the horses had been taken care of. u k went back to the house by the go>ernor and reported that everything was satisfactory. "I am glad of lb at,• said the go>ernor. '"l' he people are very courteous, obliging and hospitable," said Dick. "Ob. yes ; you will like the Southern people, Captain Slater." "I am sure of tba t." They talked a " hile longer, and then the go>ernor said: •I suppose you will take measures to learn of the arrival of the British fleet, Captain Slater?" "Yes, sir. I will attend to this at once . " "How will rou do it'I" "I ba>en't decicled as yet. But I will guarantee to let kno\v of the coming of the British under Amold in plentv of time so that we 111<1Y make a fight or retreat, as thought best." "Yery well. Captain Slater. " A little later Di c k " took his departure from the gubernatorial mansion and went to the house where be and five more of the youths had their quarters. CHAPTEl{ IX. DICK MAKES SOi'.IE FRIENDS. The youths remained quietly in Richmond that nigLt, and next mornini; Dick had a talk with :\!ark "I am going to Jamestown. about fifty miles down the riYer." he said, "anti I am going to leave the boys here. I will leave them in your charge, You will be in com mand \vhile I am away. " "How long will you be. away, Dick?" "That is what I do not know. " "I suppose you will stay till you sight the fleet under Arnold. " "Yes." • "Very well ; I will look after the boys and keep them straight till you get back." Dick bridled and saddled his horse and rode a way . He rode steadily onward till noon and stopped at a farml.ionse and ate ern aud engaged a room and board. "How loug will you be here. ,,;ir?" the landlord asked. "I don't know," was the rep!) . '"I am thinking of settling down in some town in this part of the country, and like the looks of this place pretty well." "It's as good a place as any, I reckon," the landlord said. Di c k walked out and down to the wharf a little later, and he remained there an hour or more. He gazed down the river, but nowhere were any sails in sight, other than the Rmall fishing boat belonging to people who lived in James town. "I guess the fleet won't be here for a few days," thought Diel;:. "We came fa ter on hor. eback than it has been able to come . " Dick went back to the tavern and sat in the barroom and office combined till supper was ready. Then be went in and ate a hearty meal. He went to becl and slept soundly that night. for be did not think the fleet would show up during the night, and there was nothing to wqrry him or keep him awake. I\ ext morning he ate his breakfast and again visited the wharf. Still no signs of the British fleet. It was now the 28th of December, but the weather was not ver) c-old. '!'hey were having true Virginia weather. '\"bile Dic-k was standing there, look ing down the ri>er, • he was approacheu by a boy of about sixteen years, and a girl of perhaps eighteen. The boy was bright-looldng, and the girl was quite pretty and very pleasing to look upon . "Are you the roung man who is staying at the Golden Rule Tavern'!" the boy asked. "Yes," repli ed Dick. "1Ye li, c just up the str et a little way from there, and saw you coming and going. 'Vould you like to go out fi:.1bing with us?" "Why, yes, I don't mind," replied Dick. Here was some thing that would divert his mind and help while the time away. He liked to fish, better than almost any other sport. "What is your name?" the boy asked. "Dick Slate r. And yours?" "Dave Dunham; and this is my sister Lucy." Dick shook hands with the boy, and then bowed to the girl and doffed his hat politely. "I am glad to make your acquaintance, Dave, and ::.\fiss Lucy." b e said. . '".rhis is my boat," said Dave, leaping in to a neat boat near at band. Dick \YOnld have assisted Lucy into the boat. but she leaped in with as great ease and a great deal more grace tbau shown by her brother. Di k followed, and then Da>e took the oars and rowed out into the river. Dick was seated in the stern, while the girl occupied a seat near the bow. "Dave knows where the best fishing places are," said Lucy. "we will have some great sport." When they were about a mile hown the i::tream. and a thire played checkers, Dan! being >ery fond of the game. Dick enjoyed it, too, and he \YaR quite a skilful player, and mote than held his own \Vith his opponent. As soon as be sat clown to the table it was eYiclent to Dick that the hostess and her daughter had done their best to get up a splendid meal. Xot only was there a-plenty of the fish, cooked to perfec tion. but there were many other dishes that were well calculated to tempt the appetite of any one. Dick enjoyed the meal hugely, and praised the cooking so unstintedly that l\Ir s. Dunham was delighted. "It reminds me of my own mother's cooking," said Dick. "Is she alive?" the woman asked. "Yes; she lives way up in ::\ew York State." "I 'vas sure you were a Xortherner," said ?.Ir. Dunbarn. "Yes, I'm a .. said Dick .


10 THE LI8ERTY BOYS' WARNING. :When the meal was encled, the man and the two youths re turned to the sitting-room, while the woman and the girl remained to clear up the table and wash the dishes. they joined the three in the sitting-room, and then Dick speut nnothet very pleasant hour. After a while he said he must be going. 'rhe Dunhams wanted him to remain the rest of the day, and till after supper, but he laughed and said: "No; I must not wear out my welcome right at the very But the young man was not in a condition to listen to reason. He was jealous and hot-headed, and decided that 'the young Northerner had told him this to keep from having to fight, because he was afraid, in fact. "You are just trying to crawl out of a difficulty without having to fight," the young man cried. "You are mistafi:en," said Dick, "and you will make a mistake if \you do not let me alone and go about your business.'' "Oho, you threaten me, do you? All right; just look out for yourself, young fellow!" first. I will go now, but will be pleased to come again." "Come any time," said Dave, eagerly. "Yes, yes," from Lucy. "We shall be very glad to welcome you at llny time," Mrs. Dunham, and her husband said the same. He leaped forward and struck at Dick, but the youth warded off the blow, and then dealt one in return. Dick's fist landed said fair on the other's jaw, and down he went, with a thump, and he Jay still, dazed temporarily. "Come over this evening, and I'll beat you playing (:heckers," said Dave. 'Perhaps I may drop in for a. little while," said Dick. Then he took his departure. As he walked down the steps to the street, he saw a young fellow of perhaps twenty years' standing looking, or rather glaring at him. The young fellow in question was not bad looking, but there was a fierce look on his face, and it was evident that he was angry about something. From the way he looked at Dick that youth felt that the young fellow was mad at him, though he could not think why this should be the case. As Dick reached the sidewalk the young man stepped in front of him, and hissed out: "So you're the fellow, are you!" CHAPTER X. A JEALOUS YOUTII. "I didn't want to hurt him," said Dick to himself, "but he would have it." Just then a man came along and stopped, and looked inquiringly at Dick. "What's the trouble?" he asked, nodding toward the youth on the sidewalk. "The young man picked a quarrel with me," said Dick, quietly, "and as nothing else would do him, I had to knock him "That's queer," with a somewhat suspicious look and air. "Jim Thorp is a pretty good sort of young fellow, and I never knew him to. pick quarrels without a cause." "You know him, then?'' "Oh, yes; I live in the same street with him." "He's a pretty good sort of fellow, you say?" "Yes, he is." "Well, I'm glad to hear that; but he has a temper, and is of a jealous temperament, and it was this last characteristic that got him into his present trouble." "What do you mean?" asked Dick, surprised. "How was that?" I "You know what I mean well enough." "Well, it seems, so far as I could gather, that he is in love "I assure you that I do not." with a girl around here," nodding toward the next street. "You do, but won't acknowledge it. You are the fellow who "You're right about that; the girl is the daughter of the was out fishing with Dave and Lucy Dunham. You don't deny Dunhams. A mighty nice girl, too." that, do you?" "So she is; well, I made the acquaintance of the girl and "No; but what about it? I don't understand--" her brother-went out fishing with them, and then to their "You will understand before I get through with you!" sav-house. I stayed to dinner, and a while after, and he must agely. have got hold of i.t somewhere, for he was standing in front "I hope so; but go ahead and explain why you have stopped of the house when I came out, a.. little while ago, and he at me here. I have a right to know." once accosted me, and used rather harsh language. " "All right; I'll do it. I'd have you to know that Lucy Dun"Ah!" ham is my girl, and that I don't allow any one to come in be"He accused me of trying to get in and cut him out tween me and her." with Lucy Dunham." Dick started, and a smile appeared on his face. 'So that was the trouble, eh?" "My friend, you are exciting yourself unnecessarily," he "Yes." said, quietly. "I have no intention of trying to cut you out." Young Thorp still lay there, silent and for the time being "Then why did you go home with Dave and Lucy, after beinsensible, and the man look ed from the young man to Dick, ing out fishing with them, and stay to dinner? Answer me and said: that." "There is no truth in the matter? His suspicions are un" I did it, simply because they wished me to do so. I had founded?" nothing else to do, and enjoyed being in their company, that "Wholly, sir. r am simply a casual acquaintance of the is all." girl, and I have a sweetheart of my own up North." "And I suppose that you will go back there again?" "All right; you go your way, and leave me to deal with Jim." "I certainly shall do so if I feel like it," was the calm reply. "Very well, sir; I shall be glad to get out of being forced to This made the young man very angry, and he struck at Dick knock him down again." quickly and fiercely. "Your name, sir?" Dick was on his guard, however, and he warded the blow off, "Dick Slater." and then caught the young fellow by the arms and held him in "You live in the town?" spite of his struggles to free himself. "No, I am stopping at the Golden Rule Tavern a while." "You fool!" said the Liberty Boy. "You don't want to fight "I thought that I knew everybody in the town. Well, go here in front of her door. It will make her take a dislike to along, and I will undertake to quiet Jim down and make him you, for being so impolite and reckless." listen to reason when he is himself again." "Let go of me!" snarled the young man. "Thank you." "If you will promise to come around the corner, where Mr. Dick walked away, and was soon at the tavern. He paused Dunham's folks won't see you." here only a few minutes, and then he emerged and went down "All right; I promise." to the wharf and looked down the river. Dick freed the young fellow's arms, and walked around the The British fleet was not in sight. corner in his company. As he was going back to the tavern he met Dave Dunham. The fellow whirled and made as if to attack him, but Dick "Say, Dick," the boy asked, "did you have a fight with a made a restraining gesture. young fellow after you left our house?" "Wait," e said. "Before you go any farther with this af"With Jim Thorp? Yes, Dave-that is to say, I had to fair, be sure that you know why you are doing it." knock him down. There was no fight." "You are trying lo get Lucy away from me, and I won't "I'm glad you didn't have much trouble. Say, Dick, Jim has stand lhat!" been coming to see s ister more or less for three or four Dick shook his head. months, but he hasn't any right to get mad at any one for "l am doing nothing of the kiud," he declared. "I think being at our housP . hasn't promised to him. I don ' t Miss Lucy a very nice girl, but I have no intention of trying to think he ought to take so much upon himself, under the cirwin h e r a way from you or any one else. To tell the truth, if it cumstances." will make you feel any better and save us tqe trouble of fight"I guess he thinks as yo u do by this time," smiled Dick. ino: for no reason, I will say that I have a sweetheart of my f "Sis will be angry when she hears about this." own, way up 'North." "T wouldn' t tell her if I were you, Dave."


THE LIBERTY BOYS' WARXIXG. 11 "You wouldn't?" "No; I understand that Jim Thorp ls a pretty good fellow, and it may be that your sister really likes him; so don't prejudice her against him by telling her about this affair." thing, however. He preferred to wait and let the people learn the truth for themselves. "All right, I won't; but you'll come and see us the same as you intended?" "Oh, yes." "All right." Then they parted, to his home. Dick to go to the tavern, Dave to return Somehow the story of Dick's encounter with Jim Thorp had got out, and the inmates of the barroom of the tavern eyed him with considerable interest. An hour later the fleet, which consisted of forty vessels, dropped anchor just opposite Jamestown, and when the citizens of the town saw the flag of England 'at the mastheads they knew this was a British flee t. Presently a .boat was lowered from the flagship, and a man wearing a brilliant British uniform got into the boat; the men at the oars pulled toward the landing, and Dick, feeling sure that the man in uniform was no other than Benedict Arnold, the traitor, and knowing that he was known to Arnold and would be recognized if seen, he hastened away, going to his room in the tavern. •I wouldn't hev thort thet he c'u'd lick Jim," Dick heard one He could not see the vessels from his room, so he made his way up into the attic, and from the window he was enabled youngster, when ye to get a splendid view. man say. "I dunno; he's er purty hefty-lookin' come ter size ' im up," was the reply. CHAPTER XI. He looked from one to another of the vessels eagerly, and wondered if his comrade Bob was on one of them, and, if so , which one. There was no way of finding out about the matter, so all ARNOU>'s ARRIVAL. he could do was to watch and wonder. "Look yonder, Dick!" Presently Dick saw the British officer and a party of citizens Dick Slater, Dave Dunham, and his sister Lucy were out in approaching the tavern, and Dick noted that the officer limped. the James River, fishing. This settled the question of identity. It was Arnold without It was the 3d of January, 1781. doubt, for he walked lame as a result of the wound in the leg Dick, just at that moment, had a splendid bite, and was very that had been received at the battle of Saratoga. busy pulling the fish in, but as soon as he could do so he "Perhaps I may be able to learn what his intentions arc," turned to see what it was that Dave wished him to see. thought Dick. "I must do so, if possible, and then I will carry Far down the river, just coming into view, and looktng no the news to Governor Jefferson." bigger, and not unlike, a flock of gulls, were at least thirty Dick made his way down to his room, and then on down sails. into the hall downstairs. He took up his position at the door Instantly Dick knew what it meant: Arnold's fleet was com-leading into the barroom. He felt that he would be able to ing up the river at last! hear what was said by placing his ear to the keyhole. Dick did not let the two into his confidence, however; he Presently there was a trampling of feet in the barroom, and pretended ignorance, and asked: Dick listened intently. ''What is it, Dave? A fishing fleet?" He heard a voice which sounded familiar, and had no diffiDave shook his head. culty in recognizing it as belonging to Arnold the traitor. "I don't think so. There is no fishing fleet down that way Dick's hands clenched, and a grim lobk appeared on his face. that would be coming up this way." "I'd like to have you by the neck for a few minutes, you "Then what can it be?" traitor!" he said to himself. "I would make you wish you had "You can't prov.e it by me." not played the trick that you did!" Dick lost interest in fishing pretty quickly, and presently But he did not have the traitor by the neck, so could not in-suggested that they go back to Jamestown. flict any punishment. "Oh. but we are having such sport!" objected Lucy, "and we Dick heard Arnold ask if there were many loyal men in the haven't caught enough fish yet." town. ' ' No, let us stay on, and fish and watch the fleet yonder,., "Yes, quite a good many, sir," replied the landlord. said Dave. "I am interested and want to find out what vessels "Very good," was the reply. "I am going to give them the they al'e." opportunity to join my force and help fight the rebels." Dick was doing some fast thinking. If Bob was on one of "I don't think many will want to join," said the landlord. the vessels of that fleet, as he believed was the case, the Lib"They are not much on the fight, though they sympathize with erty Boys would make an attempt to escape.ii now that the ves! the king, and favor his cause." . sels were in a river, and mainland was scr near at hand. It "Well, some of them will want to join, undoubtedly." might be, Dick reasoned, that Dave could render him assist"Perhaps so." . ance in helping Bob, or even in rescuing him, and so he de-Arnold called for paper and quills and ink, and sat dowu cided to take Dave and Lucy into his confidence. and wrote out a call for volunteers, and tacked it up on the He did so, and when they learned that the fleet of vessels side of the tavern. coming was that of Arnold, the traitor, with a force of British Within the hour every man in the town had read it, and spldiers, and that his business in the South was to burn the about a dozen signified their intention of joining Arnold's homes and cause the patriots all the trouble possible, they force. were alarmed as well as indignant. And when they learned "My fleet will remain here till to-morrow," Arnold said, that Dick was a patriot soldier, the captain of a company of ''and then it will sail on up the river toward Richmond. You youths known as The Liberty Boys of '76, they were amazed. men who wish to join will report on board my flagship to"W3'll go back to town right away," said Dave. "Whatever morrow morning." you say for us to do we will do." Then he asked how far up the river was navigable, and was "Very well; don't tell anybody about me, for I want to stay told that his vessels could ascend to the head of tidewater, here in Jamestown to-night, and if the British fleet anchors which was perhaps twenf),-five miles farther. near here I am going to try to rescue my comrade, Bob Esta"You can go just about half-way to Richmond," the land-brook, who was carried off from New York on one of the ves-lord said. sels." "You won't be able to go beyond Westover," said another. Then he told them all about Bob, and they were eager to "That's twenty-three miles fro:n here." help rescue the Liberty Boy. Dick listened with interest. He was glad that he knew what "You can count on me, Dick!" said Dave. "I'll help you in Arnold purposed doing. He would have slipped out and gone anything you want to undertake." to Richmond at once had it not been that he wanted to try to "All right, Dave." rescue Bob, or to find out something about him. They headed back toward the town, and soon made a land-When Arnold went back to his vessel Dick again appeared on ing. Disembarking, they went to the Dunham home. It was the street, and one or two asked him where he had been. He thought best to let Mr. and Mrs. Dunham into the secret, and answered evasively, and began inquiring of different ones rethis was done. They said that anything they could do would garding Arnold's plans. be gladly done. He learned a few additional things that might be of use to Dick made his way to the tavern, and then down to the him. wharf, where he found a great crowd, all engaged in watching Dick wasglad when evening came . He ate his supper, and the approaching fleet, and speculating with regard to its char-then walked over to the :QJ!nham home. acter. They were glad to see l!fm, and Dave inquired eagerly as Many thought that it was a fishing fleet, because of the small to Dick's intentions in thEif:--Jllatter of the attempted rescue of size of the vessels, but Dick knew better. He did not say any-Bob Estabrook.


12 THE LIBERTY BOYS' "If you will help me, Dave," said Dick, "we will go, as soon as it is dark enough to shield our movements from vieiw, and see what can be done." "I shall be only too glad to go with you, Dick." "And I wish that I could go!" said Lucy. "You must not think of such a thing, Lucy," said her mother. "It will be dangerous for Dave and Mr. Slater. " "I didn't say I thouglit of going," said Lucy. "I just said that I wished that I could go." "I don't see what you can accomplish, Dick," said Dave. "You won't dare go aboard any of the vessels, and so how are you going to know which one your comrade is on, or, in-1deed, whether he is aboard any one of them?" Dick smiled. "We Liberty Boys have campaigned together for years, and we have signals of various kinds, and we understand them as well as if we were talking to one another. If Bob is .on one 1of those ships, and is not a prisoner, but is where he can hear me, we will have no great difficulty in learning which vessel he is on. The instant he hears the signal that I shall give he will know that his old comrade, Dick Slater, is near at hand. He would recognize the signal if he were to hear it on the other side of the earth." "That is good!• said Dave. "I never thought of anything like that." Two hours later Dick and Dave left the Dunham home and went down to the wharf and got into Dave's boat, and rowed slowly and cautiously into the stream. CHAPTER XII. was not mistaken. That is one of the signals we always used, and it was uttered by Dick, I'll wager anything. But how did he get way down here, and why is he here? Can it be that he has ccme down to try to find me?" Bob's heart thrilled at the thought, and then, remembering himself, he answered the signal, as he had done hundreds of times, while working with Dick in the North. There was a brief period of silence, and then again sounded the call of the night-bird, ending with a peculiar thrilling note that told Bob beyond the shadow of doubt that the call was uttered by Dick Slater. "It's Dick, sure enough!" Bob said to himself in excitement and delight. "Glorious! I will get away from here in a hurry!" Bob walked to the rail and peered down. He could not see any signs of a boat, but knew one must be near at hand. Presently the call came up, in softened tones, and the faint shadow of a boat was seen gliding slowly under the stern, near where Bob stood. Bob answered the call softly, and then hastened to get a rope-ladder r .nd fasten it to the rail at a point right above the boat. This done, he gave a glance around him, and then climbed over the rail and started down the ladder. He had got about half-way down when he heard a sharp voice on the deck he had just left call out: "What's the matter there, sentinel? Pace your beat!" Bob knew that the fact that be was not at his station would at once be discovered, and that an effort would be made to capture him, and so he hastened down the ladder as rapidly as possible, consistent with safety. THE ESCAPE OF BOB ESTABROOK. As he drew near the water the outlines of the boat became At the time when Dick and Dave embarked in the boat, a more plainly visible, and he stepped into the boat, and seated young man of perhaps twenty years was pacing the deck of himself, just as a dark form appeared faintly visible at the one of the vessels at anchor out in the stream. This young rail where he had been a few moments before. man was dressed in a British uniform, and was looked upon "Stop!" a stern voice cried. "What are you doing-desert-as a Joyal king's soldie,r; but he was indeed no other than ing? Stop, or I will fire!" Bob. the brave youth who had pretended to desert But the inmates of the boat were not the kind to stop at the from. t?e patnot a'.1:1-Y and who gone down to New. York 1 command of any one, especially under such circumstances as and the all f01 the purpose of to\ these. They were determined to get away. captu:e Arnold, t e arch t:aitor. As we have seen, Bo? Dave had the oars, and he was an expert in their use; he of domg so, and :was earned off aboard one of Arnolds ships rowed with all his might, and Dick guided the boat in such a when the flee_t sailed .from New York. . . manner as to keep it well in the shadow of the vessel, so as to .Bob was domg d_uty now'. but his mmd was far from make it difficult for the man on the deck to see to take aim. his work. He was of his old comrades, whom he There was the sudden, sharp crack of a musket, but the Rupposed to be waJ'. up m New York State, and he wondered bullet did not come near the boat. what they were domg. Th f 11 d b I d 11 f th th d k "W" t I h t th 11 th t th t th b is was o owe y a ou ye rom e man on e ec ..ia a e worse an a e res is a e oys--even of the vessel to dear old Dick-think I am really and truly a deserter and "A .. he cried. "One of our men has deserted!., traitor," mused Bob. ''And Edith! "-his mind reverting to his sweetheart, with a great throb-"! wonder if she really Soon there was g);eat noise and confusion on the deck of the ship, but the yout'.iis felt comparatively safe, for they were believes me to be a traitor?" Somehow Bob did not believe Edith would believe this of moving through the water at good speed, and would undoubtedly be able to reach the shore before any pursuing boat could him. catch up with them. "She, at any rate, will know better," he told himself. "She will know that I would not, could not be a traitor to my coun try." "And the boys," he went on to himself. "I wonder if they really believe that I am a traitor in truth? But I don't see why they should not believe it. I deserted-, and not a soul, save General Washington and Major Lee, knew the truth; facts are facts, and it is a fact that I deserted and went down to New York to the British. Unless the commander-in-chief told the boys different, they cannot but believe me a traitor.• This made Bob feel blue, and he walked fiercely up and down the declc "I'm getting mighty tired of this," he said to himself, presently. "I am tempted to desert. True, I am way down here in Virginia, hundreds of miles away from the boys and home, but no matter; I could get back in time, I am sure." He paced the deck slowly and thoughtfully as he turned this matter over in his mind. An hour passed, and then Bob suddenly stopped, as though shot at, and his heart stopped still, and then went to beating furiously. He leaned forward in a listening attitude. "Can it be possible?" he asked himself, "or did my ears de ceive me! I thought I heard one ofi:he old signals that. I have heard so often way in the North when we were fighting the redcoats or scouting and spying. I must have been mistaken, for Dick and the boys are hundreds of miles away, camp in old New York State.'' But at this moment what sounded exactly like the call of a night-bird was heard. Bob caught his breath. "There it is!" he said to himself, in great excitement. "I Dave rowed hard, and soon the wharf was reached. As Bob had been seated in the bow, while Dick was in the stern, they had not tried to talk to each other; they would wait till it niore favorable opportunity came. As soon as they arrived at the wharf they leaped ashore and tied the painter. Looking toward the ships, they saw that there was considerable excitement on the decks; men were moving about quickly, and the murmur of voices came across the water. "Come along," said Dick. "WP. must get out of the town, Bob, before the redcoats get ashore .. , "But I haven't any horse, Dick, .. said Bob. "We have a horse that you can use," said Dave. "Just what I was going to ask you, Dave," said Dick. "Much obliged. We wiil return the horse in due time." "That is all right, Dick." "You go with Dave, Bob, and he will bridle and saddle the horse, and I will go to the stable where Major is, and get him and join you as quickl_y as possible. Wait for me." "All right, Dick." They parted, Dave and Bob running toward the farmer's home, while Dick ran toward the tavern. Dick did not enter the tavern, but ran around to the stable at the rear, and ordered the hostler to bridle and saddle Major and bring him out. "I am going to take a little trip into the country," the youth said. "I am in something of a hurry, so get the horse ready as quickly as possible. " "All right, sah," said the stableman, a good-natured negro. He Jed Major forth a few minutes later, and Dick gave the


THE LIBERTY BOYS' WARNING. 13 colored fellow a silver piece , and, leaping into the saddle, rode to the home of the Dunhams. Dave had the horse ready, and Bob leaped into the saddle. "Good-by, Dave, .. said Dick. "I am much obliged for the help you have given me. Are you ready, Bob?" "Yes, Dick." "You're welcome to what little I lhave done, Dick," said Dave, "and I will do .. more if I get the chance." "I am sure of that, Dave. Well, we will see you again one of these days.• "Good-by, Dave," from Bob. "Good-by, Dick and Bob," said Dave. Then the two Liberty Boys, reunited in such a peculiar manner, rode away toward the west. CHAPTER XIII. house where Governor Jeff erson had his quarters. Dick sent in his name, and was soon in the private room occupied by the governor. "Ah, Captain Slate r , I am glad to see you," the governor greeted, shaking Dick's hand cordially. "What is the news?" They had seated themselves after the greeting, and now Dick said: "Arnold's fleet has put in an appearance, sir." "Is that zo, my boy? Where is it now?" "It was anchored opposite Jamestown last night. Likely it wili sail on up the river to-day." "How large is the fleet, Dick?"' "There are about forty vessels, but they are all small ones; the force consists of perhaps eight or nine hundred men." ( "You are sure it is not larger?" "Yes. You see, my comrade Bob Estabrook escaped from one of the vessels last night, and is here with me, and he \'l"ITH HIS COllfRADES AGAIN. knows all about the force." It was a dark night, but the road could be discerned faintly, "Ah, then your comrade is safe, after all?" and the youths had no trouble in making their way along at a "Yes, sir. He came to Richmond with me last night." good pace. "I am glad that he succeeded in getting away and rejoining "Bob, dear old Bob! " said Dick. "It seems good to have you your company, my boy." back with me again!" "So am I; and, indeed, so are all the boys. I guess he is "And I'm glad to be with you again, old fellow! " not the least pleased one of the lot." "The boys will be tickled when they see you." "r suppose not." "Are all the boys down here?" Then they talked of what should be done to make ready "Yes." for the con1ing of the enemy . "Hurrah. I'm glad of that. But why did you come?" "I will send out messengers. at once in all directions, said "To look for you, Bob." the governor, "and will call in all the militia and recruits pos"T<> look for me?" sible. I think that we will be able to give the traitor and his "Yes. General Washington told me the truth about you, Bob, force a hard fight." and I went down into the city and found out that Arnold had "I think so, sir. Well, you attend to that, and r will ride sailed for Virginia. I was sure you were with him, and so I back down the river and keep watch of the British, and will asked the commander-in-chief to let me take the Liberty Boys let you know when they get close here." and come down here into Virginia to try to rescue you or help "Very well; do so, Dick." you to escape." Soon all was excitement in Richmond. "Well, I'm mighty glad that you did come, Dick. Do you The people were alarmed, and many families began to pack know I was just figuring on deserting and trying to make my their most valued possessions, with the intention of fleeing escape at the very moment when I first heard your signal." the town should it seem likely that the British would cap" Then we got there just in time." tu re it. "Yes. Just at the right time to make it easy for me to Messengers were soon galloping in various directions, to get. away." Then Dick told Bob that the Liberty Boys were at Rich-summon the militia and such patriot citizens as were willing to come to the town and help fight the enemy. far is that from here, Dick?,, Dick and Bob, mounting fresh horses, rode away toward the east. "About forty-five miles. " A two-hours' ride brought them to Petersburg, where they "Are we going to kee p going till we get there?" alarmed the citizens, telling them that the British fleet was "Yes; I want to let Governor Jefferson know that the fleet coming up the James River and might soon appear and has appeared in the James River, so that he may call out the threaten the town. The people began making arrangements militia and get ready to offer battle when Arnold put in an apto fight, or flee, as the exigencies of the occasion might depearance." mand. "VV'e can reach there easily enough before morning, Dick." Then Dick and Bob rode onward, and presently reached the "Yes; and then we will hasten back to keep watch on the river, at Westover, a small village of a few houses. British." The British fleet had not yet put in an appearance. They rode at a rapid pace, hour after hour, and arrived at The two youths dismounted, had their horses taken care of Richmond about two hours before daylight. in a stable ba c k of an old inn, and they themselves sought They went to the Old City Tavern, and after some pounding shelter in the inn, for it happened to be pretty cold on this ?n the door of the stable, _got the hostler up. He led the day and• they had become thoroughly chilled by long mto the stable and unbndled and unsaddled them, and Dick and Bob went to the tavern and woke the clerk and were given . 1 They had been there perhaps two hours when the fleet came a room. They slept four hours, and then got up and ate breakfast. As they left the tavern, and stepped out upon the street. Ben Spurlock happened to come along, and when he saw Bob he gave utterance to a shout of delight. "Bob!" he cried. "Say, but I'm glad to see you, old fellow! How are you, anyway?" and he ran forward and seized Bob's hand and shook it with all his might. "I'm all right. How are you, Ben?" laughed Bob. "I'm happy as a clam, old fellow-now that you are with us once more." The n ne turned and ran down the street, calling back, "I'm going to tell the boys!" He stopped at each house where, Liberty Boys were quartered, and told them the news, and soon the youths were swarming in the street and running toward Dick and Bob at the top of their speed. Bob was soon the center of an excited crowd of youths, all trying to shake hands with him at once, and all uttering exclamaticm s of delight. . It ''as a glorious reunion, and Bob was perhaps the happiest one of the lot. It made his heart glad to know that his comrades knew he was a true-hearted patriot, and not a traitor, as he had feared they were considering him. Dick left the youths talking and laughing, and went to the into sight down the river. Closer and closer it drew, and the people of the little village became very much excited. Dick and Bob were watching the coming of the fleet with considerable interest. They waited till it was almost opposite the little settlement, and then they mounted their horses and rode to the top of a hill half a mile away. There was timber on the hill, and so they could stop here without being seen. They did so, and then they kept a close watch on the fleet. Presently the ships came to a stop, and dropped anchor, and then boats were lowered and the sold'iers began coming ashore. "They are going to land the force and then march to Richmond, Dick," said Bob. "Yes, that is what they are going to do." The youths remained there an hour or more, and then they mounted their horses and rode away in the direction of Richmond. They galloped onward three hours, and arrived at their destination, cold, stiff, and weary. Dick went at once to the governor's mansion and told him the news. Governor Jefferson looked blue, Dick noted at once, and when the youth had told the news, he in turn was told that


THE UBETITY BOYS' WARXIXG. the militia and recruits did not seem inclined to respond to the call for them. "Less than a hundred men have come, Captain Slater," he said, with a shake of the head. "Unless they do better than that it will be folly to try to hold Richmond against Arnold's force . " 'rhis was bad news indeed. CHAPTER XIV. When they were as close to the sentinel as they could get without his becoming aware of their presence, they dashed forward. The sentinel heard them coming and gave utterance to a shout of alarm and fired off his musket, but the Liberty Boys were upon him the next instant, and rushing n.1-ward towarcl the encampment at full speed, leaving the redcoat lying broken-headed upon the ground. The redccats, alarmed by the shout and the musket-shot, were leaping to their feet and grabbing wildly at their weapons. This was the Liberty Boys' opportunity, and they improved CAPTl'RES IUCIU!OXD. It. Dick had quite a long talk with Governor Jefferson, and be-They fired a volley and a score of redcoats fell, some dead fore taking his departure he asked permission to go with his and others wounded. Libnty Boys and meet the enemy. The youths ftr'2d two pistol volleys in quick succession, and "I think it. possible that wo can do them some damage," he then turned and fled at the top of their speed. When they said. "We can at least worry them, and make their progress had gone perhaps thirty yards they suddenly dropped. to the l ess rapid. ground, and the redcoats, firing a volley, fired over the youths "Go ahead and do this by all means, Dick," said the gov-and did not damage them. ernor. "The more you delay them the better it will be for us. The LibNty Boys were up again right away, and running It will give me more time in which to get a force together." at their speed. "I don't think the redcoats will get here much before noon The British fired another volley, but the bullets fell short. to-morrow," said Dick. "They will have to go into camp Some of the redcoats started In pursuit, but they soon g:rve somewhere between here and Westover, and that will give us this up as a bad job. It was too dark, and they bumped against a chance to them a blow.'' trees and stumbled and fell. and decided that. it would be "You will have to be careful, however, Dick; one hundred worse than useless to try to catch the fleet-footed rebels. men cannot do much against nearly a thousand.'' The Liberty Boys made their way back to where they had "True, sir; but we will strike in the dark, and quite unex-left their horses, and pausing only long enough to reload their pectedly, and that will enable us to do some damage, and then muskets and pistols, mounted and rode back in the direction get away in safety afterward.• of Richmond. "So it will." They arrived there about half-past three, and were soon in About four o'clock the Liberty Boys mounted their horses bed and asleep. and rode away rd the southeast. They were up early, and when they had breakfasted Dick They halted soon after dark, and Dick said he would do went to the governor's house and made his report. some re,.onnoitPring. Governor Jefferson was delighted when he heard how the "The enemy must be in the vicinity, somewhere," he mid, Liberty Boys bad struck the enemy a blow, but he was pretty '"and it will not be safe to advance farther as a body until we blue regarding the outlook at Richmond. Not more than one know where the redcoats are." hundred militiamen and patriot ci1.izens had appeared in an" That's so," agreed Bob. swer to his summons, and it would be folly to try to fight Dick set out, and made his way along nearly a mile. Then Arnold, whose force numbered nearly a thousand men. h e came to a stop, for he saw the light of camp-fires shining "I think the best thing for us to do is to save the public through between the trees. stores, and all portable property of value, .. he said. "The Brit" That's the camp, " he said to himself. "They are encamped ish will undoubtedly capture Richmond." on the bank of Four Mile Creek." 1 "Well, you may see to that, sir. said Dick, "and I will take He stole carr=ful\y forward. I my Liberty Boys and go out and hold the eemy all I It was his business to sec the location of the camp, arid to I can, and delay the progress of the force as much as possible.'' note the best manner of approaching without being detected. "Do this, Dick," eagerly and earnestly. "and I will set the Closer and closer he ventured until at last he stood behind others to work at once. I don't think it will be worth while a good-sized tree, net more than fifty paces from the edges to try to show fight. It would almost be a farce. of the encampment, and not ten yards from the beat of one of "Yes, for the militia would probably run at the fir:;t firP the sentinels. from the enemy, said Dick; "and the only result would be From this vantage-point Dick was enabled to get a good that a number of them would lose their lives, without any view of the encampment. good coming as a result." He sized it up carefully, and made mental note of the point He took his departure from the mansion, and returned to at which the attack should be made. where the Boys were awaiting him. "I guess we'll be able. to give them a little surprise," thought He told them what thPy were to do, and tl1<>y said they the youth. would do foe best thar they could. He remained there half an hour. observing everything very 'l hey mounteu their horses presentlv, and set out in the rti closely, and then he stole away, and made his way back to rcction from which the British were expected to co111n. where he had left his comrades. • The youths, by the exercise of care and shrewdness, man"Well ?" was the eager inquiry from several of the youths. aged to strike the enemy two or three blows, and impeded thP''I found the enemy's camp,., said Dick. advance of the British 8omewhat; but they could not rxpect "Where is it?'" aske d Bob. to do a great deal against a force eight or nin<> times as great "About a mi!e from here, on the bank of Four Mile Creek." as their own. "Any chance to touch them up a bit without running any They !etired to Richmond. where they stood their ,:;rounrt great risk, Dick?" asked Mark !\iorrison. and firer! from behind buildings till the. British were almost ' Yes, l think so... upon them. and then they mounted and dashed away so swiftly Dick told them just how the enemy's camp was arranged, that the bullets fired by the enemy were wasted, the youths and where he expected to make the attack, and gave them managing to get out of range. instructions what was expected of them. 1 The British then marched on into the town, and took pos-They were eager to get at the redcoats, and said they would 1 sf'ssion of it in the name of the king. do their duty. . The soldiers took up their quarters in private houses It was decided, ho,vever, that the attack should not be mad.e \throughout the place. and General Arnold and Colonel Sincoe, until about e l even o'clock. his chief officer, took up their quarters in the Old City Tavern. They settled down to wait, and it was tiresome work, and I uncomfortable work, too, for it was quite cold. They moved CHAPTER XV. about, and kept their blood circulating, and did not really suf-fer from the cold. I THE UilERTY BOYS' WAR:\l:'\{ .. Abou.t half-past ten o'clock they set out. 1 , The Liberty Boys retreated across the James Riv'r, an"! took Dick led the way, and when they were a quarter of a mile of up their position at Manchester. where they spent the night. the enemy's camp moved very slowly and cautiously. '"Well, the redcoats are ln possession cf Richmond, Di('k.' They followed Dick, and were at last where they could see said Bob, ;:omewhat disconsolately, as the ' discl'sEi:lg the the encamDment. There was a sentinel right in front-of them, 'I situation, after supper. they did not mind this, as it was their intention to make a "Yes. but ,,.e did the best we could, so have feel iil'ddcn, fierce attack :1rd retreat, r,n.O th.'1 sentinel could sorry for." net make hem m:y br g!Y!n3 tl.te a1a l'fo . ' "N'o, 1 suppose not; but it d oes seem pretty hard that a fc;-ce


THE LIBERTY BOYS' 15 of less than one thousand can come into a district where there "Where is the place?" asked Dick. are thousands of militia and settlers and do as they please, as "It is about six miles due west from here, .. was the reply. has been the case to-day... 'Say,. Dick, let's go out there and tell General Nelson about "Well, the militia and citizens stopped to look after their Arnolds fleet being here and get him to bring his force here, own interests, Bob, and that left none to protect the interests so as to offer fight to the redcoats in the morning," said Bob. of the general public... "All right. I think that a good plan," agreed Dick. 'But they ought to know that in protecting the interests Then he selected Sam Sanderson and Ben Spurlock, in of the general public they would be protecting their own in-dition to Bob, and after giving Mark Morrison and the other, terests as well." youths some instructions, he and his three comrades mounted "Yes, s o they ought." their horses and set out toward the west. ''What are we going to do now, Dick?" The man who had told Dick and Bob about the presence of • I don' t know, unless we go and join Baron Steuben's General Nelson and his men, said that the general had his army. " headquarters at the home of a patriot by the name of John, ... Where is it?" Bo yd, so, while they were strangers in that region, the youths 'Four or five miles south from here. He is gathering re-felt confident that they could easily find the place. cruits for General Greene's army, and has quite a force, so I They had gone only a mile or so when it began snowing. understand. " The boys were tough, however, and did not mind being out "Perhaps he will b e willing to go after Arnold's force." in a storm. "Perhaps so. W e will go to his encampment in the morn-They passed three houses, and when they came to the fourth ing, and see what he intends doing." they stopped. This was the home of John Boyd, unless they Next morning they rode to the encampment of Steuben's had been misinformed. force, and were given a cordial reception, for the )3aron knew They dismounted, and Dick went to the door and knocked. the youths well. 'l'hey had spent the winter at Valley Forge, It was opened by a tall, good-looking man, who stood plainly when he. was there drilling the troops, and l;md met him many revealed in the light from the open fire in the fire-place, and times. from a couple of candles. burning on a table. When Dick told him of the capture of Richmond by Arnold, 'Good-evening, sir," said Dick. ' Are you Mr. John Boyd?" the baron looked thoughtfuly at the ground, and said: "I am," was the reply. "And you?" "l have a good mind to go and attack Arnold." "I am Captain Slater, of the patriot army." "I wish that you would!" said Dick. "I am glad to know you, Captain Slater," extending his "Yes, yes!" from Bob. hand. "Won't you come in?" 'Vhile yet they were talking Governor Jefferson rode into "I have three comrades out here, and we will all come in, the encampment. He at once had an interview with Baron guess. But, first, is General Nelson here?" Steuben, and asked for aid to drive Arnold away. The man shook his head. The baron doubted his right, under military rules, to leave "No, he isn't here; he went away yesterday." the work tbat he was engaged upon under the orders of Gen-Dick was disappointed. era! Greene, and go and do something else, but at last decided 'Jove, I'm sorry to hear that," he said. "Of course, he took that the general himself would approve of his responding and his army with him." going after Arnold, so he said that he would do so. "Yes." There was a lot of work to do, and so the force under the "Which way did he go?" ba1on wa$ slow in getting ready to march; and then a storm south." came up, and it snowed and blowed to such an extent that it "You don't know the intended destination of General Nel -was decided to po tpone the start until the followingf morn1 son?" ing. "No. But come in, you and your friends. It is a stormy The next day was clear, and so the army marched away. night out. Come in and have some supper; it is just ready." Arnold must have had scouts out, however, for when the Dick hesitated, but Bob called out: patriot force reached the river the British were several miles ''Let's stop and have something to eat, Dick. I'm hungry, away, and marching toward Westover, where their ships lay at and there is no hurry about getting back to Jamestown ... anchor. ' 'That's so, Bob; but I hate to leave our horses standing in Baron Steuben started down the stream on the south side, the cold and storm." the enemy being on the north side . •I'll send my hired man, and have him take the horses to It was the baron's hope that his force might succeed in I the stable," said Mr. Boyd. reaching Westover before the British force got there, in which "Very well, and thank you, sir," said Dick. event it might b e possible to capture the fleet. The man called out, loudly, "Eph!" and a big negro ap-They did not succeed, however, for tile redcoats had a good peared. start, and succeeded in reaching Westover first, and were "'l'ake those horses to the stable and feed them, Eph, '' sai d aboard the vessels and sailing down the river by the time the the man. patriots came in sight of the place. •All right, Massa Boyd," was the reply, and the negro went "Are yon going to pursue the British any farther?" Dick out and took charge of the horses. asked Baron Steuben. The youths entered the house, and were introduced to Mrs. "Yes,'' was the reply. "The chances are that he will stop Boyd and Laura, their daughter. at different points along the river, to pillage and burn, and They talked a few miputes, and then went in and took seats we may get a chance at him, after all." . at the table. That is to say, Mr. Boyd and the four youths took "I am sure he will stop at Jamestown," said Dick. seats; Mrs. Boyd and Laura helped the old colored woman •Likely." wait on the table. "And if you do not object I will take my Liberty Boys and The five talked as they ate, and so were at the table quite go on ahead and k eep watch on the fleet. I can keep you a good while . Dick made inquiries regarding Genei.:al Nelson posted by sending back messengers to tell you what the enemy and his force, and Mr. Boyd gave him all the information pos-is doing." sible. . 'Very well. Go along, my boy." The Liberty Boys were enjoying their supper immensely, not Dick and the Liberty Boys rode on ahead, and they sue-thinking that danger threatened, but suddenly the door opened ceeded in reaching Jamestown before the British fleet got and a beautiful girl of seventeen or eighteen years entered. there. It had encountered head winds, and had haM work "Quick! You must leave here, or hide!" she cried. "A party beatiug its way down the river. I of British troopers are coming!" The youths took up their quarters in various houses about __ town, and waited for the coming of the fleet. I It did not put in an appearance until nearly nightfall, and CHAPTER XVI. then it cast anchor opposite the town. STlUKIXG THE TROOPERS A BLOW. The Liberty Boys watched the actions of the British closely . Dick recognized the girl instantly. She was no other than Dick and Bob, from the attic of the tavern, had a good view Lucy Dunham. of the vessels, and they noted that no move was made to come Bob ran to the door :;.nd looked out, and Dick asked Lucy ashore. So they decid e d that the British intended to remain the troopers were. aboard the vessels till morning, before landing the troops. "They are not more than half a mile away," she replied, When the two youths went downstairs, they got to talking "and there are at least twenty of them. " with a man who said that he knew where General Nelson and "Where did they come from?" a strong .force of patriots were stationed. "Off the ships. A large force landed just a short time after


16 THE LIBERTY BOYS' WAR JING. you left Jamestown, and your Liberty Boys mounted their horses and rode away. I heard one say that they were going back to join Baron Steuben's army." "I am glad they escaped," said Dick. "But do these troopers know that we are here?" "Yes; Jim Thorp heard yo u talking to the man that told you about General Nelson, and he told the British about you, and where yo u were, and twenty of them started to come here to capture you. Jim told me what he had done, and said that you would soon be a prisoner in the hands of the British. I made up my mind that I would save you, and so I bridled and saddled my horse and mounted and rode here. I got around the troopers, by a path that I knew of, and rode faster and got here ahead of them." "Yo u are a brave girl, and you have done us a great favor,,. said Dick. "We thank you sincerely, Miss Lucy." "You are more than welcome; but you had better get away from here in a hurry. The troopers will be here soon." "What will you do?" "She will stay here all night with me,'' said Laura Boyd, seizing Lucy in her arms and kissing her. "We are the best friends in the world, and visit back and forth quite fre quently." "Send Eph to attend to Lucy's horse, John," said Mrs. Boyd. "All right, wife. Eph ! " "Heah, Massa Boyd." "Go and put Lucy's horse in the stable." "And we will go right along with you, Eph, and get our horses and get away from here before the redcoats come," sah:l Dick. Then he and his three comrades bade the members of the Boyd family and Lucy Dunham good-by, and went out with Eph. They went to the stable and led their horses forth. "Say, Dick, let's don't go away yet," said Bob. "The troopers may act ugly toward Mr .. Boyd's folks, and if they should do that we could go for them and make things lively enougll for them so that they would not bother the folks." "That's a good plan, Bob. We'll lead thj:l horses back in among the trees, and tie them, and then we'll stay here and see what the troopers do." "That's the talk, old fellow!" They did this, and then took up their positions behind the "Be careful, Eph, and don't let the redcoats know that we are here," cautioned Dick. "Ah won' say a word erbout hit, sah." Then he went to the house, and entered by way of the rear door. The old negress who did the cooking and the bulk of the houseword was Eph's wife. A few minutes later the sound of hoofbeats was heard. It was snowing yet, but the ground was not covered so thickly as to deaden the sound of horses' hoofs. The youths left their position behind the stable, and stole toward the house. They wanted to be close enough to hear what was said, if possible, and to be ready to interfere in case the troopers offered any violence to Mr. Boyd, or were insolent to ihe woman and girls. The youths reached the house and took, up their positions just around the corner from the front. They saw shadowy forms approach the front door, and then the rat-tat-tat! of knuckles on the door. There was only a brief wait, and then a shaft of light shot out into the night, revealing the troopers standing in a group in front of the door. " You have some visitors, I believe, sir." said the leader of the party, in a confident voice. "I wish to see them." Mr. Boyd was a cool-headed, shrewd man, and he answered quietly: "You are mistaken. I have no visitors." "There are some rebels here; we have positive information to that effect." "You are mistaken, sir; that is to say, you have been mis informed. There are no rebels here." "We will see; enter, men, and look around. The rebels have probably hidden." The troopers entered the house and searched through all the rooms, but of course did not find the rebels. "They were here," said the leader of the party. "Now, where have they gone?" "There have been no rebels here," was the calm reply. Mr. Boyd meant that there had been no rebels there; he did not mean that there had been nobody there. He did not consider patriots to be rebels. "I don't believe you," snarled the British officer. "You had better tell me where they have gone." "If I could give you any infq,rmation I would do so," was the reply. . Dick had been doing some swift thinking, and he made up his mind that he would try to strike the troopers a blow; but he did not want to do this near the Boyd home, for then the redcoats would be certain that Mr. Boyd had harbored the rebels. "We will go down the road, pretty nearly to that house we passed, a mile from here," he told his three comrades, "and we will lie in wait and fire upon the troopers as they come along. We will be able to kill and wound some of them." "Say, that's a good scheme!" said Bob, excitedly. "Let's do it, fellows." ' "Come along," said Dick. "I don't think they are going to cause Mr. Boyd's folks any trouble." They stole away, and then hastened to the road and down it, until almost to the house in question. Here they took up positions behind trees, and held their muskets in readiness for instant use. They did not have long to wait. Perhaps ten minutes had elapsed since their arrival when they heard the sound of hoof beatsand of voices. "They're coming! " said Bob. "Yes. Get ready, boys." "We're ready," from Ben Spurlock. Closer and closer sounded the hoofbeats and voices, and then a moving mass came in sight. It was dark enough so that it would be impossible to make out the forms of the troopers, individually, but this would not be necessary, as by firing into the bunch of horsemen as much damage could be done as by singling out any one and taking aim. When the troopers were almost opposite the four youths, Dick gave the signal, and the four fired as one man. It came as a wholly unexpected happening to the troopers. They had not thought of such a thing as that they might be ambushed. Three of their number fell to the ground, two dead and one seriously wounded, while two more were slightly wounded. Cries of anger and surprise, and groans of pain escaped the lips of the troopers, and the horses, frightened by the unexpected noise, reared and plunged and snorted with fright. Then the youths fired a pistol volley, doing some more damage, and then still another, and this cau sed the troopers to go tearing down the road, eager to get away from such a dangerous lo cality. Having accomplished their purpose of striking the redcoats a blow, the Liberty Boys hastened away from the spot. They knew that the troopers would soon return, and that then, being outnumbered; it would be better for the four to be away from there. They made their way back to Mr. Boyd's and knocked on the door. When the patriot opened the door and saw who his visitors were, he gave utterance ot an exclamation of delight. "Come in, come in! he cried. "The troopers have gone away." "Yes, we know it," smiled Dick. CHAPTER XVII. JOHN" Wll

THE LIBERTY BOYS' W 1'1 Lucy Dunham, quite a while, and presently Mrs. Boyd asked Dick if he thought there was any danger that the troopers w-0uld return. "I don't think so," said Dick. "They probably took the wounded men into the house near where we made the attack, and they will not think of coming back here." An hour later all went to bed, Dick and his three comrades spreading their blankets on the floor of the sitting-room, where they would be comfortable, the fire in the big fire-place being good for all night. They were up bright and early next morning. The patriot and his family and Lucy Dunham were up early also, and breakfast was on the table soon after sunrise. "Now, what is the plan of campaign, Dick?" asked Bob. "Well, we will ride back to Jamestown, and see what is going on there, Bob." "Oh, I have a good mind to go with you," said Lucy, eagerly. Dick noticed that Sam Sanderson seemed to have taken a liking to Lucy, and that she seemed to fancy him, and he was glad of it, for Sam was a fine fellow. "I don't think it will be best for you to go with us, Miss Lucy," said Dick. "The redcoats may still be there, and we might even encounter some troopers and have to fight or run, or both, and it would not do for you to be with us." "Very well. I will stay till I know that the British have gone away." The youths bade their friends good-by, and mounted and rode away. After they were on the road, riding along, Dick accused Sam of having taken a liking to Lucy Dunham. "No, you are mistaken, Dick," said Sam. "It isn't me, but John Willis who is in love with Lucy. He was one of the six who were quartered at her father's house, you know, and he took a liking to her right away, and she to him. She wanted to come with us, simply because we are comrades of John." "Well, I was fooled, after all," smiled Dick. "Yes, I like Lucy very well, but I have a sweetheart of my own already, and so there is no danger that I will take a liking to any other girl-that is, a serious liking . ., They were soon at the house near where they bad fired upon the redcoats the night before, and they kept a sharp lookout, but saw no signs of any of the troopers. They rode onward till within half a mile of Jamestown, and then they paused and led their horses into the timber and tied them. "You stay here, boys, till I go and reconnoiter," said Dick. "All right; go along." Dick made his way toward the town. When he came in sight of it he saw that the patriot troops were there, and that the British fleet was sailing down the stream. "I am glad that Baron Steuben is in Jamestown, but sorry that Arnold has succeeded in getting away," thought Dick. He hastened back to where he had left the youths and told them the hews. They mounted their horses and rode into the town a few minutes later. The Liberty Boys were there, and were glad to see Dick and his three comrades. Dick went to the tavern, where Baron Steuben bad taken up quarters, and reported to him. The youth told about General Nelson, and how that officer, with a strong force, bad marched eastward. "Now if I could join him we might be able to capture Arnold's force, or at least drive it out of the country," said the baron. "Perhaps you may be able to do so, sir," said Dick. The baron shook his head slowly, and looked thoughtful. "I am not sure that I ought to follow this thing up," he said. "I was sent up here by General Greene to get together a force and take it down to him. I fear that I am not doing just right in not obeying orders more strictly." ":But these are exceptional circumstances," said Dick. "I am sure that General Greene would approve of your going after Arnold, but of course you cannot wait to ask his views. If you did, Arnold would get away." "True; well, I will let the men rest here till noon, and then decide upon my course. " Dick took his departure, and went back to where a portion of the company had taken up quarters under an old shed. He singled out John Willis, and said: "John, I have some work for you to do." "What is it, Dick?" "I want you to get on your horse and ride to the home of Mr. John Boyd, who lives six miles west of town. It ls the fourth house, on the left-hand side of the road." "Yes. What then?" "Why, there is a girl there, who wants to come to her home, and you will escort her to town. John's face lighted up, and he said: "Who is the girl?" "Her name is Lucy Dunham," with a smile. "All right; I'll go at once, Dick," was the eager reply, and John hastened to bridle and saddle his horse and set out. Then Dick went to the Dunham home and was given a warm welcome by Mr. and Mrs. Dunham and Dave-who was in bed, threatened with 1ung fever, the result of a severe cold. Dick told them that Lucy was at the Boyd home, safe, and that she bad saved himself and three comrades from capture at the bands of the British troopers the night before. "We are greatly indebted to her," the Liberty Boy said, ,'.'and you may be sure that we appreciate what she did for us. "Of course, Dave couldn't go, and so we let her attempt the trip. She has gone to the home of the Boyds so often that we knew she would have no trouble in getting there, save for the storm, and she is used to being out in all kinds of weather. Dick remained there talking to Mr. and Mrs. Dunham and to Dave for at least two hours. Dave was eager to hear about the adventure of the four youths with the troopers, and Dick told him the story in detail. . Just as Dick was about to take his departure Lucy arrived in company with John Willis. She was given a cordial welcome by her parents and brother, and she greeted Dick pleasantly; there was, Dick noticed, a happy light in her eyes, and he judged that it was brought there by her love for John Willis. Dick and John went to their quarters together, and on the way they met Jim Thorp, who glared at both angrily. "Say, you had better look out for that fellow, John," said Dick. "Why?" "Because he is in love with Lucy Dunham, and is jealoushearted. He will do you harm if he learns that you are trying to win Lucy." John laughed in a grim manner. "He had better keep out of my way if he wants to keep a whole skin," he said. "He thought that I was after Lucy, and I had to }mock him silly bet1ire he would be satisfied." "I'll do worse than that if he bothers me." CHAPTER XVIII. .A. JOINING OF FORCES. Immediately after dinner Baron Steuben ordered the troops to get ready to march. He had decided to continue an down the river in chase of Arnold's fleet. The Liberty Boys were delighted, and they decided to go on ahead and look for General Nelson and his force, and to at the same time keep a sharp lookout for Arnold's troops. Dick and John Willis went to the Dunham home to bid the folks good-by. Dick did not stay very long, but John had had something special to say to Lucy, and so he did not come away when Dick did. The youth told him to come soon, how ever. Dick hastened back to the quarters occupied by the Liberty Boys, and found the youths ready to start.. The infantry under Baron Steuben were already marching away. Half an hour later the youths were ready for the start, and were only waiting for the coming of John Willis in order to mount and take their departure. "There he comes," suddenly said one of the youths. '"He will be here in a--Hello, I wonder what that means?" His exclamation drew a number of the youths to his side, among them being Dick. They saw that a young fellow of perhaps twenty years bad stopped John, and was talking in a loud voice and brandishing his fists. Dick recognized the fellow instantly. It was Jim Thorp. Then as they looked they saw the fellow strike at John. The Liberty. Boy ducked and the blow went over his head; then like a flash out shot his fist, and down went Jim Thorp. The Liberty Boys were delighted, and they gave utterance to a cheer. Then the youths ran to t,he spot and gathered around the two . Thorp, wild with rage, scrambled to his feet just as the youths got there, and made another attack on the Liberty Boy. It did no good, however; John Willis was a strong, athletic youth, and, moreover, was a pupil of Dick Slater in the art gf self-defense, and the result was that in just about two


18 THE LIBEHTY BOYS. minutes Thorp was a badly whipped fellow, and was only too Dick Slater and Bob Estabrook had been out on a glad to sneak off. and reconnoitering expedition, and they had caught of The Liberty Boys, delighted by the affair, patted Willis on the British fleet from a hilltop, the above conversation enthe back, called him a good fellow, and then all went and suing. mounted their horses and galloped out of Jamestown'. 'l'hey now set out for the patriot encampment. 'l'he Liberty Boys rode onward at a gallop, and they soon It was only about a mile, and they were soon there. passed the marching infantry, and went on in advance, to act Dick went at once to the old cabin in which the b'.Lron and as an advance guard, and to do scout work, and keep watch the general had taken up their quarters, and made his ior the British; also, Dick was determined to find General 'I am glad that the fleet is so near," said the baron. PerNelson, and let him know that Baron Steuben was coming haps now we may succeed in capturing Arnold. down the river in pursuit of Arnold, and get him to work in "I hope so, .. said the general. conjunction with the baron. .. Don't you think it will be a good plan to send '.1They conversed as they rode along, and from talking oC to tell the French warship commanders to remam and keep John's fight with Thorp they got to of his sweetheart, the British fleet bottled up?" . Lucy Dunham. "Possibly; you see, they do not know th'.1t our is "I tell you, Bob, Sam, Ben and I owe a great deal to Lucy, and may make up their minds that they will be dom., no .,ood John, .. said Dick. "The warning she gave us last night saved by remaining." . us from death or capture." "That's so. Well, we will send a messenger. Captam "Yes, she gave us warning just in time, said Sam. Slater, will you go?" "It might be said to have been a tip that came in time," "Yes, sir. I shall be glad to go." said Ben Spurlock. The letter was soon ready, and then Dick took his departure "That's it, exactly," from Dick. and went to the quarters occupied by lhe Liberty Boys. They rode steadily onward a couple of hours, and then came "Come Bob" he said. "We are going as messengers to to the top of a hill. The James River was visible from here, beard warships. Mark, you will be in command but nowhere could any sails be seen. The British fleet was while J am gone." . out of sight. Dick and Bob were soon ready, and, mounting their horses, The youths ro!le onward, and two hours later they came to rode away. the top of another hill. From here they got a good view of They rode in a northeasterly direction, and reached the river, and there, not more than a mile distant, was the the bay at a point about eight miles from the patr10t encampBritish fleet. It Wb.s at anchor, and a large force of redcoats ment, and quite as many miles from the British fleet. was on shore, pillaging a little settlement and setting fire to The youths stopped at the cabin of a fisherman, and began the houses after they had been thoroughly plundered. bargaining for the use of a boat. While they were thus en"Oh, the dastards!" said Bob Estabrook, fiercely. ..Why do gaged, a sudden cry escaped Bob's lips. they have to be so contemptibly mean as to burn the homes of .. Look, Dick!" he exclaimed. "Look! The French ships the people?" are sailing away! "They don't have to, Bob," said Ben Spurlock. "They do it Bob drew a white handkerchief from his pocket, and waved because they want to." it but if the men on the ships saw it they did not it was "Well, I wish we had five hundred men instead of only one in'tended for them, for the ships sailed on away, and Dick soon hundred. We would make them wish that they were back in gave it up and turned back. . . England where they belong." They did not meet with any adventure m returmng, and they may delay here long enough so tQ;at Baron an ived at the encampment in due time, safe and sound, not Steuben's force will get here and make an attack," said Sam having seen a redcoat while away. . Sanderson. Dick went at once to headquarters and made his report. "I am afraid not," said Dick. "But you boys stay here. I'm "So the ships got away!" exclaimed Baron Steuben. "That going to go and see if I can find General Nelson." is bad, very bad!" "Better let a dozen of us go, in as many different directions, "So it is,"' agreed the general. "That will enable Arnold to Dick," sllggested Bob. sail out of the bay and make his escape." . "That's so. Well, a dozen of you go ahead; but you must ''Yes but perhups we can make an attack nght away, and all be back here at the end of two hours. Don't go farther thus him by surprise.,. than will make you be away two hours." •Possibly. We will try it, at any rate .. , The youths set out, and as good luck would have it Dick ran This was done, but Arnold must have that some-upon the patriot force under General Nelson at a point five thing of the kind would be attempted, for he sailed out of the miles west of the river. bay with his fleet, and thus escaped. The soldiers were in camp, and Dick was challenged by a They made one or two more attempts to get at Arnold, but sentinel. He replied that he was a patriot and a friend, and fai!Gd and decided that they must go back down into the that he wanted to see General Nelson right away on important Carolinas and join General Greene. business. Then Dick and his Liberty Boys bade the two officers and The sentinel summoned the officer of the guard, and the I the soldiers good-by, and rode away toward the north. officer conducted Dick to an old log cabin where the general \ They hunted around a week or more, and then found La had taken up temporary quarters. fayttte. He was glad to see the Liberty Boys, and when he The officer of the guard asked Dick his name, and was told heard of the work of pillage that Arnold was doing he made it, after which he told the orderly who opened the door who all haste to get down into the James River country to try to Dick was, and what he wanted, and the youth was ushered hold th_, traitor in check. into the general's presence. The Liberty Boys were with Lafayette quite a while, and did After saluting the general, Dick told him of the of good work. . . . the British :fleet, and General Nelson concluded to deal it a They came very near capturing Arnold 111mself on two dif blow. But when his army had marched to where the Liberty ferent occasions, and they did the British force considerable Boys were it was found that the fleet had sailed on down the damage, but when Cornwallis came up .to Petersburg from river. After joining forces with Baron Steuben, they started North Carolina, and got after Lafayette with a vastly superior in pursuit of the fleet. force, making him retreat rapidly northward, the Liberty Beys "Say, Dick, force now." CHAPTER XIX. ARNOLD'S NARROW ESCAPE. perhaps it will be possible to capture Arnold's "Perhaps so, Bob." "With those three French warships standing across the head of the bay, Arnold will not dare try to sail out." The combined patriot forces under Baron Steuben and General Nelson, and the Liberty Boys, had followed Arnold's fleet down the James River, and now the fleet had taken refuge in the bay lying between Portsmouth and Norfolk, to keep out of the way of three French warships that had suddenly appeared .in Hampton Roads. went along. The youths returned to the North in due time, but when the war ended John Willis went back down to Jamestown and married pretty Lucy Dunham, and they lived happily together for many years. Jim Thorp had joined the British army under Cornwallis, and was killed at Yorktown. Next week's issue will contain "THE LIBERTY BOYS WITH WASHINGTON; OR, HARD TIMES AT VALLEY FORGE." SEND POSTAL FOR OUR FREE GATALOGUf


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. 19 CURRENT NEWS Capt. Fritz Joubert Duquesne, of New Yori<, explorer and soldier fortune, in command of an expedition into Bolivian has been found by troops at Rio Polco mayo badly woundd after CleEeating a band of Indians on the frontier. Aid was sent and he is expected to re cover. A receDt dispatch from Buenos Aires reported that Duquesne had been killed in battle with Inr1ians on the Bolivian frontier. Attention h::i.s been called before in tlie columns of the Daily Mail to the wide employment of electric pocket lamps by tbe fighting men of Europe. According to a recent statement in the Daily Mail, it is learned that two Lo11<'lon firms have produced between them no less than 2,000,000 batteries during the past year. Prior to tbe war only about .50,000 such batteries were made in the entire United Kingdom. Attention has heen calleCl Lefore in the columns of this "'eek ly to the wide employment of electric pocket lamps b;y tbe fighting men of Europe. According to a rece11t statement' in the Daily l\'Iail, it is learned that two Lon don firms have produced between them 1io less than 2,000,000 batteries during the past year. Prior to tlie war only about 50,000 such batteries were made in the entire United Kingdom . The storv is told of a certain official OlJ a Canadian \\ estern that a message had been sent him by wire from the local stating that a poliLician who had been veTy to the company had re quested a pass, and requesting m.1thority to issue it. The official wired back, "Don't, let him walk." Wben the superintendent received the meseage it read, "Don't let him walk.'' The politician got his pass. The Society lslandE, for away in the South Seas, now h:He wireless rommuuication with the outer world, a ra dio having been opened by the French Govern ment on lhe island of Tahiti during the past wil1ter. Comnrnniration witl . 1 the United States will he via Samoa and New Zealancl, and tbence by cable to San F'rancisco. It is expeclec1 Orn.t the cof't of messages to the United States will exceed per word. Later on it is hoped to reclure this mpre than half by sending the messages over an all-wireless route . is now livi11g in town . His farm buildings are again in clanger of going. These losses represent thousands of dol lars. In connection with the rapidly increasing use of motor it is intern:;ting to note that Denmark is still taking tl1e lead in developing these craft. It was recently arn1ounccd by a director of one of Copenliagen's large shipbuilding firms that the company is now constructing motor vc;;sels of 12,000 tons. These sh ips are 500 feet m length, according to Popular Mechanics, and carry gincs that develop 6,000 horse-power . In contrast to tb1s, the .first motor ship, built only a few years ago at Copen hagen, wns of 7,000 tons ancl had a length of 375 feet. Orders for rnme fifty hig motor vessels have been placed with the aforementioned firm. Europe\; war is drivi11g American artists hack to their own country. Artists wbo formerly pai11ted the beauties of X ormandy's la11dscape are now preparing to see thcii ow11 great West. Walter Griffin, an American landscape painter, who arrived from raris recently, for a trip to the roast. His art journey will include a glimpse of the Grand Canyon of Arizona) Southern California, Santa Barbara, an

20 TIIE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. LUCKY LOU -OR-THE BOY WHO W AS B ORN O N F RIDAY By RALPH M OR TO N (A SERIAL STORY ) CHAPTEH XIII (continued) vYhen the train had passed four or fivr stations a man entered at the fonrard encl whom Lou at once recognized as the one with whom Bond hail made an appointment which he clid noi keep . The other man r behind, huning up his coatcollar to shield himself from the wind as well as to hide his face . Duke had not obsenecl him, and may have forgotten him. but the bo> was taking no chances. Reaching the street, the two men hurried along for a block or Ro and then entered a roadhouse, where it wa likely they would spend considerab l e time, as the wind was \ cen and the snow flew in. blinding gustR. Lou stepped just within the vestibule :ind watched the two men enter and take seats at a table over at one side of the room near a great open fireplace, where a cheery fire was snapping and cracking and sending out a grate ful heat. "I'd like to know " 'bat I'm going io do, now?" he mused. "J could go in and sit down and order a meal, I suppose, but I couldn't bear what was said, and I couldn't go following them about without arousing suspicion. Per haps I've been foolish, after all, in chasing them up this way." At that moment a tramp up to him, and at sight of the fallow Lou formed a sudden decision. CHAPTER X I V . A. STROKE OF LUCK. "Say, young feller," said the tramp in a husky voice, "couldn't you stake an old bum fur a drink? It'd warm me up amazin . I'm just clyin' fur somethin' ter cut troo cle fortle soup I had for dinner.'' Lem looked the tramp oYer and noticed that he "-as just about his qwn build.


rHE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 . 21 "You'd rather liave something to eat than drink, my I entered the roadhouse and approached the two men sitting man," he said. '"l'hat was only a bluff, wasn't it, now?" at the table near the fire. "That's what it was, young feller. 8 "pose I was ter ast "Say, gents,'' he began in a husky roice, "couldn't yer yer fur somethin' ter eat, you'd ay I was lyin', that I was find a job for a feller out o' 1York ?'' tryin' te'r get up ag'in the booze 'ter get ter any place "Herc, rou, go chase yerself ! " cried the bartender, hurout o' here, wouldn't yer, now'?" rying out from behind the bar. "This ain't no tramps' "Some persons might, but I'm different," laughed Lou. loJging-home." "Here, skip around to the sheds. I want those clothes of "Ali, go on, I got de price, all right,'' . aid I.JOu, show yours, or some of them, anyho\\". I"ll give you good ones in ing a silver quarter. "I ain't bracin' cle gents fur booze. exchange for them." What I wants is somethin' to do, employment, work, if ''\Vb-at?'' gasped the tramp. yer come down to plain languHge . '' "Yes, that's all right, that"s straight. I've got to get "That's all right, Pete,'' said Duke. "I've got a job for a disguise quickly, and your togs are just the things. him. He"s a.11 right. Sit down, Weary Willie, I want to Corne on; get a move on you." talk to you . " They slipped around to the horse shedl', which were The bartender returned to his place and Lou sat down des erted at that time, as might well be supposed. close to the fire, being glad to do so, as the tramp 's clothes "Piping off somebody, are you?" asked the tramp, as were none too warm. they reached shelter. "He could pipe off the place and report to couldn't "Yes." he, Prince, just as well as our doing it?" asked Duke. "DetectiYe, eh?" "It'll he a swing , an.i. then no one can my they seen us "Yes, but top asking questions and get to business,'' around here aftenrards, if there's a squeal." saicl Lou, impatiently, remo1' ing his heavy overcoat and "That's right." hat. "Then we'd better take Willie in. Tell to get the "Say, are yer goin' ter gimme that?" asked the tramp la y of the land for us." in amazement. "Certainly." "Surely . " "See here, Weary,'! said Duke, "'Ye're proce s servers "But, I say, I"ll be pinched if I don't have the other and we've had trouble in serving papers on a fellow in a things to go wid it. The cops'll get onto me de fust high-to1 ed house over by the drive, and we want you to thing. " go OYer ancl take a look at the house, see what cloors there "N 0 , they won't. Come, get out of your coat, trousers, are to it, front and back, gate$, walls and if there's a do

22 THE LIBERTY BOYS • OF '76. ARTICLES OF ALL KINDS CHILD KILLS MOTHER. George Jordan, a child of 8 years, who told officials that his father, Roy Jordan, killed his mother with a shotgun, following a quarrel because he did not get up early enough to get l;>reakfast, has confessed that he shot his mother. officials say. Tl1e officials had brought George and another son, Fred, hefore . the Probate Judge of Ports mouth, Ohio, and were preparing to ask them some ques tions, when Fred, a baby brother, in innocence and with a pointing hand, said, "George, what did you kill mother for?" George failed to answer. The officials were quick to follow the lead and asked Freel how George killed his mother ancl t.he little chap said, "George killed her with a gun." The 8-year-old child, when asked if accusations maclc by his baby brother were true, admitted them. Ile said that he was playing with the shotgun and did not know it was loaded. hoaLs, 5, 8, 9, 10 and 11, is soon lo be organized. Work on these boats is being rushed day and night by orcler of the Xavy Department. L-9, L-10 and L-11 are about 95 per cent. completed, while 3 and 8 are more than 80 per cenl. finished. L-6 and L-7, both of which arc under construction on i.he Parific Coast, an' about 80 per cent. completed. The hoals, of which there are seven, are also well along, whilP work on the sixteen 0 now under construction, is being pushed with all possible speed . CIRCUS GIANT DIES. Hugo, the "tallest man in the world" anc1 the giant of Barnum & Bailey's Circus, died recently from pneumonia in tl1e \\'illard Parker Hospital, one week after he had bern man ancl the center of attraction at the wedding of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Francis Short, the diminutive FAMOUS LANDMARK TO BE REPLACED BY clown and snakecharmer of the circus. PRIV A'rE DWELLINGS. Tl1c "tallest man,'' only name, even to the circus The great demand for waterfront property within the people, was Hugo, was 8 feet 4 inches high, and normally limits of New York City has resulted in the owners of weighed about 536 pounds. This was his first season with Manhattan :aeach ordering the Oriental Hotel totu down Barnum & Bailey's, for whom he was acquired by their so that the ground on which it has stood for many years agents in Italy, his home. Ile was 47 years old and t had not been in goocl health for some time. It is said may be used for residen ial purposes. ., This hotel, built by the late Austin Corbin, former that he was homesick for sunny Italy, and his "pal" among lhe show people was Couni Paucci, the smallest president of the Long Island railroad, was made famous t , b h ti t t f tl t living man, alrn hn Italian, with whom he spent hours m i s Ctay y avmg ie grea e men o 1e coun ry aP ff 1 . . . . . t t t tl 0 t 1 th t H F d cl when o c uh) talkmg m theu native tongue and playmg 1 s gucs s. _was a ie nen .a a or an Thomas A. Edison first met durmg a convention of clec. . t l l ld t "f 1 tt B l 1896 II rnrn was taken 111 the other week and went to lns 0 f th t t t f tl b fit .t hote , w 1 e re 1e was atten e by Dr. Joseph 1\f. Manley, f!Ca engmeers 1e a jJ an la an eac l in . I . l c l l d cl ne o e mos recen unpro.-emen s or 1e ene Ot . . f . . t h b th b "ld' f 11 1 the physician o the cucus. Several clays later, when it 'I . t' f t t M h tt B h b t was seen t at us con ihon was senous, he was sent to prpper y owners as een e m mg o a seawa a ong I h 1 . d. c ie en ue ocean ron a an a an eac , nsmg a ou tl 1 . t 1 eight feet above high water mark. On the top of this le 10Spl a . . . .. 11 t 1 d h b Constr Cted Tlle Prop Ile was n . ot the ongmal giant Hugo. The origmal wa a concre e esp ana e as een u -II . h t tl hl t t d tl eater part of 1 t ])eing ugo "as 111s brother, both of t cm more than eight feet er y is 10roug v res nc e , rn gr . 1 . . l 1 1 , t d 1 "1 t b d f d , 1 ta 1. thcJI' parents bemg short and lg it y below the aYer-neYO e exc us1ve y o m mgs or rcs1 en.,ia purpo es. . . d. "'l t t h ld cl ,..t l l935 a tl at the p s age height. \\hen his brother rcturne home last vear _, 1ese res nc 10ns o goo u.u i , n , re . t t th 114 fi a s on the prope t oc the late giant was engaged to come over here and repreen ime ere are ne res1 ence r v . db h • sent the fnm1h, whose only two sons were the tallest men cupie y ome owners. in the world .• RUSH NEW SUBMARINES. The Navy Department has issued orders for the imme diate organization of . a new division of submarines for the Atlantic fleet, to be niade up of vessels just completed or nearing completion. It will be known as the Fifth DiviBion and will comprise the M-1, which is the largest submarine ever built for the navy, ancl four of the new boats of the L class. The L boats in the division will be tbe L-1, the L-2, and the L-3 and L-4, which are ready to be turned over to the Government. 'l'he ne\1 clivision giYes to Admiral Fletcher twenty-one submarines. Of this number sixteen are attached to the active fleet, the other .five being on duty in Panama Canal. ' A sixth. division , to be made up entirely of L In addition to height, Hugo was large in proportion. A half-dollaT could be easily slipped through his fingerring and the ball of bis thumb would more than cover a silver dollar. If his shoes had been a regular stock-size they would have been size twenty-two, said to be larger than any ever worn. He was forced to sleep crosswise in three beds in order to have room enough, and when in good heruth his meals would have been sufficient for four or five ordinary persons. For breakfast Hugo would usually take cups of coffee, fourteen to sixteen slices of toast, a dozen or more eggs and six oranges. His dinners usually consistecl of three or four steak , or a whole roast, with "side dishes" in like profusion. Hugo was buried in Greenwood Cem e tery, Brook lyn, N . Y.


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 . 23 HUSKY HARRY, THE BOY OF MUSCLE -ORWILLING TO WORK HIS WAY By CAPTAIN GEO . W. GRANVILJ..E . (A SER IAL STOR Y ) CHAPTER XXII (continued) "Row, it will be easy to give young Phillips back water. I'd like to see him get it. If I was to send a deposition by O'Hare, or by some one else, a good case could be made out against him, and to your advantage." Harry's eyes flashed. He saw the captain's point at on re . "Captain Bradley," he cried, "I must assure you that my respect for you has greatly increased. I believe you arc a fair man." "I'm a sailor," said Bradley, laconically. "I believe in fair play." "I thank you fur your kindness." "Not yet! Wait till I have rendered it. Have ye any money?" "Yes," replied Harry. "A matter of twenty-five dol lal' ." "Oh; well, that will take ye back to Beechwood. Tell your story to Jim Ilarwood. He will :find me here. Tell him to see tl1e underwriters, .for the N octume is not worth sahage. Do this for me. You can find me here on the da:v your trial comes off. Do you understand?" A light of great joy had sprung into Husk:v Harry's eyes. The possibilities thus mentioned by Bradley were all plain to him. It looked as if triumph and vindication were at last within his grasp . So the deal with Bradley was made . Harry arranged to return to Beechwood by the first train. It was a matter oI :five homs' travel by rail. "Come, Jack," he aid, "we'll be off." 'ro his surprise i.hP waif stepped back. "Sorry, Hal," he Raid, decidedly, "I guess you and I will part here!" Husky Harry was dumfounded. , ",Yhat new freak is this, Jack?" he asked. "\Yell, T cant give up my iclea of going to sea," said the orphan. "I '.!m going to try and get a place on some small vessel sailing out of this place-perhaps a fisherman. Don't think T'm foolish, Hal." II arry stared at the midget for some moments. At :first he felt impatient. But there was something so resoh1te and manly about the littl e iellow that he could not help a mca , ure of admiration and respect. "\\ny, Jack, you are foolish ! If you must find a place ahoar

24 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. "It ie a lie," he cried, passionately . "Mrs. Spooner, I hnve been made a 1ictim of a plot . I was decoyed aboard the X octurne, and to ea. I might not hare got back here for n year to refute this miserable .story but that the sl1ip was wre t hin g clo you think I would have come back here to face you? "No! I would never have showed my foce in Beech wood again. This check is a forgery, but T am not the .forger. I shall very soon, however, prove the forger's identity. I have been deeply wronged, and you shall soon find that out. You wonder why I disappeared . Perhaps this will explain . Here is a nole purporting to be from you which I received the night of my disappearance. I came clown here in the darkness to keep the appointment. "I was stru ck a heavy blow 011 the head by some one in tlie dark. Here is the wound I received. "I knew no more 'flntil hours later I came ont of a pow erful chug given me to find my elf in the hold of the Xoc turne, and far out to sea. I hacl been shanghaied. and I now know that it was the money of Ben Phillips that paid for the deed." Mr. Harwood turned in his chair. "Listen to the remainder of my story, Mr. Harwood . I was forced to take a menial position with the crew of that vessel--" "What! Bradley countenanced that?" gasped the merchant. "Allow me to finish," continued Harry. "I took my place among the sailors, and might ha1e been slaving be fore the mast on my way to the ' Vest Indies still. But yesterday moming a storm drove the Nocturne upon her beam ends and made a. wreck of her. We drifted into shallow water off Yarmouth. We sunivors got ashore safely, and I started at once to return. All this I can prove by Bra. dley, for he has promised to appear against Phillips and convict him of the deed." ('110 be continued)


. THE LIBERTY BOYS OF "76. 25 FROM ALL POINTS There has recently been placed on the market a . type writer of standard design w ' hich is equipped with special so that form letters may be written auto matically from a perforated paper record or master sheet. The paper records arc perforated on another machine pro1ided with a standard keyboanl . The automatic type writer is operated by a 1 20th horse-power electric motor, and if desired the auxiliary mechanism can be disen gaged and the typewriter used in the usual way. Thus it is to fill in the name and address of the person for "horn the letter is intended and then start the paper record mcc1rnnism running for the balance of the letter. : Further, 'the mechanism can be shut off at any point and a special sentence or paragraph inserted. Obviously, the work produced by this machine is identical with that produced on the conventional typewriter, hence is ac corded the same attention by the recipient as would a per sonal letter. The new machine is said to write at the rate of 130 words per minute . PRUNES EATEN IN THE UNITED STATES. In the United States 01er 100,000,000 pound of prunes are eaten yearly . Prior to 1886 the supply came almost wholly from France and the Danubian proYinces, and sold under the designation of "French" or "Turkish" prunes . In the year refenecl to prunes of American growth ap peared on the market, and with each succeeding year the supply has increased, until the importation of foreign fr11it has been reduced to extremely small proportions. Much ot the larger portion of the prune supply is from the southern part o E California, where climatic peculiari ties are extremely favorable for its production . In Santa Clara County alone there are 3, 700,000 trees growing on 37,000 acres, 100 to the acre . 'l'he quantity of prunes somewhat exceeds 110 , 000,000 pounds-more' than enough for the requirements of the whole country-l{ut the ex cess, with that raised in other localities, is needed to sup ply the export demand from Great Britain, Germany and France. 'l'he first plum trees planted forty years ago in California were shoots from the "Petite" and "Epineuse" varietie s from France . The original varieties have been greatly improved i1pon. After the planting, which is clone in the rainy reason . the shoots are cut down to a uniform height of about two feet. In the second year the trees are pruned, from tbrer to five braiiches being left, and again pruned in the third and fourth years. Twice during the spring and .summeT the s oil is cultivated. 1n September the fruit ripens , :rnd is gathered by spreading sheets under the trees aud f'haking the branches. The green fruit is taken to the warehouse, where it is graded in size and through a boilin()" hot liquid, in which process it is cleared and the outer skin oftened . It is then spread out on tray;; eight feet by three feet in size and exposed to the heat of the sun for from three to eight clays, rle pending upon the weather condition . Ten thousand trays of fruit spread out in one unbroken tract may be seen in Santa Clara in the drying season . When sufficiently cured .t he prunes are stored in separate bins anc1 there allowed to "sweat," this process taking from ten to twenty days, : when they are ready for market ing. SPIES STEALING OUR SECRETS. The secret signal code of the United States Navy was stolen from the torpedo 1 destroyer Hull at Mare Island, San Francisco . Plans containing new deck and turret arrangement and other new devices of the warship Pennsylvania were stolen from the Navy Department Building, Washington, very recently. A more detailed set of the same plans was stolen three weeks later from the same building. ' ,, Nicholas Card, a Newport boatman, was arrested for rowing a strange woman, believed to be a foreign secret service agent, to Rose Island, an important strategic point at the naval station. The plans of the Panama Canal defenses were stolen by a United States non-commissioned officer of fo1-eign birth , who returned with them to his own countTy at the out break of the present war. 'rhis fact was revealed by New comb Carlton, president of the Western Union Telegraph Company. Gustav Kopsch, a young German employed at the Car negie Institution, Washington, was arrested , charged with making p1ans of the fortifications of Fortress Monroe and Fort Henry. A spy was arrested at Fort WaLlsworth, New York, with maps of the location of guns in his possession. A Japanese was arrested near Del Rio, Texas, as he tried to steal into this country dres sed as a Chinaman . He carried plans of Pacific coast defenses, as. well as At lantic ports . Several suspected spies were-. arrested in the '\\'as hing ton Navy Yard. They were gathering information about guns. Two foreigners were found near the west battery of Fort Stevens, Oregon . This spot cannot be reached with out special permission, and the intruders had no permis sion. Jack an interpreter, formerly in the lJnited States Army, says the Japanese GoYernment offered him $150 a month to act as a spy in diSCOYering the location of mines and description of fortifications in San Diego and San Francisco harbor , and also in Pnget Sound . Code books were lost from the battle s hips West Vir ginia, Pennsylvania and Maryland while they were at San Francisco. All the Japanese employed on them w ere dis charged . In 1913 spies took photographs of Forts El Fraile and Corregidor in the Philippines. They were arrested and the pictures found in their possession .


26 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 NEW YORK, JUNE 2, 1916. TERMS TO SUBSCRIBER.S Slnirle Coples ................................. : .......... . One Copy Three Months ................. , ............. . One Copy Six Months .................................. . One Copy One Year ..................................... . Postage Free .05 Cents .65 Cents 1.25 2.50 HOW TO SEND MONEY-At our risk sena P.O. Money Order, Check wrap the Ooln tn & separate piece of paper t.<> avoid cuttiiD&' enyelope. Write _.. ,...,,.. and addru1 plalnlw. .olddro88 UtUrs to H.AaaT B.. WOLY'P, Preeldent } M. H.Aftl)IH 'W'oLn, CHA&Lx• Jr.. NTLAMDt:a, Secretar1 Frank Tousey, Publisher 168 West 23d St., N. Y. G06D CURRENT NEWS AllTICLES Michael Salonisky, a quarryman of Altoona, Pa., caught a carp in a stream near his home and found a diamond ring in it while he was cleaning the for his supper. He took the ring to-a jeweler, who told him that it was worth $100. It is believed that the ring dropped from the finger of a :fisherman or bather and was out of the mud by the fish. George Morgan, twenty-five, was burned to death in his home on Canal street, Port :Morris, N. J., early the other mormng because he went to bed with a lighted cigarette in his mouth. Jos eph Whelan, passing the house, saw smoke coming from a window and gaYC 1.he alarm. Firemen who arous e d the r est of the family found Morgan's bed burning s lowly. Morgan, partly dressed, lay on the bed uncons c ious. He die.d before medical help reached him. The shortage m the s upply of wooc1 pulp for paper from his brother Dan, part owner of one of the mines, who is now in San Antonio, Texas, but is going to Nome to investigate reports that his mine is yielding $5,000 n week in ray dirt. Mr . Galvin had not heard from his brother in a long time, and the letter received informs him that he has had a sister-in-law for the past two years, "one of the finest girls in San Antonio. " Dan Galvin yearns to see Binghamton once more and supposes he would not recognize the place, but promises to come East, probably next year, after his return from ome, where he is taking his wife to view their pay dirt as it is hoisted to the .top of a 50-foot hole. He went to , \lf1Eka rn 1908 and with two partners staked a claim . Things. went along fairly good for a time, and he had an opportunity to purcha e a good paying business in San Antonio and took it, leaving his partners to look after the mining business. Afte r he left laska the partners, with his consent, leased the property to a syndicate and the lessees worked it until they "struck it rich," as the saying is in Alaska. The aYerage for six weeks has been $30,000. Til e lease expires in 0 1.ober and by that time the pros pccrn hould be treble what is yielded now, Dan says. The owners recciYe 25 per cent. of the yidd as a rental, but will take it all wh e n they regain possession in Octo ber. GlUNS ANH CHUCKLES Father ( O\'Cl' the railing)-Say, Helen, is that :):oung mau going to stay all night? Ilelen (after slight pause) -Ile h e "ill, dad, i.f there ' plenty of room. \Yhere "ll I puL him? Burroughs-I know a man who looks so much like you that one could hardly tell you apart. L enders-You ha,' en"t paid him that fil'er I lent you three months ago, Jiaye you?., manufacture in Spain anrl the hi g h prjces no'v d e n1and e d ------for tlm product is caurn1g some anxiety among pap er' Boy-I want to bu:y some paper. Dealer-What kind of anc1 publishers. The daily pres s will probpaper? Boy-You' d better giYc me fly-paper. I want to ably be obliged lo reduce its consumption of paper . Atmake a kitl. tention has been given t o the adris ability of lhe Government's undertaking to . timulate the cultiY a tion of the poplnr tree, the wood of which is preferred for wooJ pulp in Spain. Spain imports almo s t all the wood pulp r equire d for its paper incluslries and exports to England much of the pi,ne grown in Galicia, which is highly resinous and not so well suited for paper manufacture as the less re s inous pine of Sweden and Norway. Experiments, however, are to be made to ascertain if, by extracting the resin, native Spanish pine can be used, at least as a .temporary substi tute. Most of the local paper mills, it is stated, cannot employ rag and jute wastes, their plants being adapted to wood and chemica l pulps. Nearly all the waste material such as fiber waste, rags and bagging are e:xported, the United States having become, since the war, the leading custom<:?r. Tales of striking it rich in Alaskan gold mines are told to Jerry M. Galvin, of Binghamton, X. Y., in a letter ""' here are you off 1.o in such a lrnrry ?" "Don't stop me, for goodness sake! 1 am going to my boss' funeral, and there is nothing he hates so much as unpunctualit:v." Tearher-Willie, haYe you whispered to-day without permission? \Yillie-Ycs; ma'am, wunst. TeacherJ ohnnie', shonlrl Willie ha Ye said "wunst"? Johnnie ( tri umphant1y )o, ma'am, he should ha Ye said "twicet." Farmer's Wife-I hear your on is making money. out of his voire at the opera. Byles-That's right, mum. Farmer's Wife-Where did he learn singing? Byles Oh, 'e don't sing , mum. 'E calls the carriages . Paying Teller-I can't cash this check, madam, until you arc irlentified . Mrs. Bright-You mean I have to iclentif.r I'ayin!' Teller-Yes, madam. Urs. Bright-How simple! Ila Ye you a looking-glass?


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. 27 A M:UTU AL MIST AKE. By Kit Clyde "It makes no difference to me, Mabell<.!," said Mr . Henry Al1en, with considerable spirit in his torre-more, in fact. \ than a ) 'Otmg husband hould indulge-"what your previous ideas and habits have been. You are my wife now, and I positively forbid it." l\Ir . Allen was a ..New York merchant, and a young man whose prospects seemed to grow more and more bright every clay. A a busines man, he was a succe s, and wealth seemed to be rolling in upon hint. He had been married but a few months to :M:abelle Larkworthy, a beautiful girl from the rural districts of the State of New York. Mabelle was the danghter of a wealthy farmer, and hap pened by chance to meet Mr. Allen, the young merchant, during the preceding in the city, where she was creating quite a sensation as the reigning belle of the season . IT c lDYed Mabelle at iirst sight. and she, being of a good family. well educated and refined, though from the coun try, he early proposed marriage. He was accepted, of course, aud the marriage ceremony celebrated at her father's house the following June. It was winter again, and they were in the cozy little city home. The merchant's brow wa cloudecl, . and he dashed the newopaper he had been reading somewhat rudely aside, as he gave utterance to the sentence with which we opened this sketch. Little l\fahclle opened her large brown eyes with a look of surprise and wonder. Never before had she heard her husband address her iu a tone so heartless as on this occasion. Could it be that, after all, she had been mistaken? Could it ,he that this man, who she loved with all her heart and soul, was in reality a selfish, cruel monster, unworthy the affections of a true woman? "II enry AJlen, the request from your wife is certainly worthy of sonw consideration," Mabelle at length said, suppressing the sob which arose in her breast. "A reasonable one would lJe," he replied. She resumed her seat and fixed her eyes on the grate. There was a perplexed look of anxiety on her face. After a moment she 3aid: "Hut I haYe written to my father to come." "What, without consulting me?" he demanded, almost fiercely. "Y she saicl, trembling. "'!'hen you can write to him not to come," he replied. "That 'vould offend him . " • "I cannot help ii," he cried. "You do not seem to appreciate tlw circunudances in which I am placed." "I l1icl not know you were in other than the very best circumstances." she replird, "and I had 110 idea that the would be so great." "\Yith the p1an you have laid out there," he said, turning to a table anrl taking up a memorandum, "it cannot be le>'f' than three thousand dollars. Public dinners of tl1at character cost; and as you seem so determined in these matters, your ambitious wings had better be clipped at once.'' Poor little Mabelle bowed her head in her hands and began to weep softly. "Father and mother will be so disappointed. I have written to them, and they expect that father's birthday will be celebrated here; we always gave a dinner at home--" "Yes. and w11at does i farm dinner consist of?" interrupted Allen with a sneer. "Baked pQtatoes and a roasted joint makes a good country dinner. Yo do not know what a dinner in the city is." "But we can have a cheap one, dear," she began . "Cheap, indeed ! I've got a cheap wife, and that is enough for me," he said, rising to his feet. Her face flushed a little under the heartless insinuation of her husband. He, not noticing it, turned a:;;ain to the paper, noting with savage satisfaction the many failures !:"ince the last issue. "rrhen you intend that I shall break my promise to my father?" she . aid. "I certainly clo intend to be master in my own house . I say notli , ing of the kind shall be done!" "I thought I was to be treated as a wife, not as a slave, when I married you," she replied . "I thought I was marrying a sensible woman when I married you." he retorted. "I you would like to go free, to associate with your old comrades again. If such is the case, you can." "That is just as you please," he said, coldly . ''You can stay in my house, but I am to rule it. " , he arose with all the bitterness experienced by the con flict of Joye ancl resentinent. A word, a moment's yielding on the part of either at that time would have saved untold agony. But both were proud. He sat sullen and indifferent, a frown on his brow, and the paper in his hand. She paused once at the door and looked back at him, but the frown droYe her on. She retired to her room, plicked her ward robe. and sent a servant for a cab. The cabman came, and she had the trunk conveyed to it. She pau , eel when outside the house to glance back once more at J1er husband. She would yet relent; but peeping through the lattice she still saw the frown on his brow and the paper in his hand. He was still cold and cruel. She climbed in the cab ancl was taken with her trunk to lhe depot. Within two hours after her sharp words with her she was on the night train speeding -away to the railroad station nearest her father's. When Henry Allen found that his wife had deserted him, and returned to her father, his astonishment knew no bounds, grief and remorse shook his soul, and for days he was like one in a dream. 'l'bough outwardly calm, an internal fire was consuming him. He seemed to possess extraordinary business facul ties, however, and in a few weeks had steered his bark through tlie breakers, and once more anchored . ill a part of safei.y. Business was better than ever for Henry Allen, and during the summer following he amassed untold wealth. * * * * * * * * Winter again has come. The snow l ies t h i c k ly on the


28 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. ground, H enry Allen, in the midst of all his pros perity, is pining for the society of one who should share it with him. Not one word has he heard from his wife snce she left his home on that night. He had forbidden her to be mentioned by the servants. Henry was the ownerof an elegant country residence up the Hudson, :rnd only a few miles from the residence of his wife's father. Some strange fancy possessed him to pass the Christmas holidays at this country residence. He had the house aired ancl repaired, and the lawn, •hich was a pa;-k in itself, a.rranged in advance for his reception. "I d1J hope you'll bring the pretty little Llissus back wi' you,'' said the old housekeeper, as he was on the point of lea\ing. Mr. Allen gave the woman a look she never forgot, and climbing into his carriage was driven away to the depot. A week had passed. The snow lay on the ground, and the new moon shone from a cloudless sky. The wind whistled keenly among the bare branches of the trees. It was Ilot, l1owever, a colcl stormy night, yet one in which a fire is not unpleasant. Mr. Allen was in the sitting-room and had a paper in hi;; hand. His brow was clouded, though not witn anger. He was eudeavoring to st.ill the gnawing at his heart. A carriage drove up to the park gate and stopped. A womr.n, its solitary occupant, descended from it, and open ing the gate, entered . 'L'he snow on the broad, well pavea walk lay like a feathery coating, and her footsteps gave forth no sound . "Oh, if he is only there," sobbed the woman; "if the frown is only gone from his brow, aud he will ;forgive me for what I have done, earth will not yet be void. How shall I approach him-a a humble penitent asking his pardon? Willingly would I do it if he would only accept me again into his fa'l'or." "Oh. if he would only look this way that I might see whether that withering frown has gone or not, I would giYe worlds," groaned the woman. "If it should be re plared with a smile, then he loves me; if the frown is still there, then am I doomed to despair!" She caught a sight of his clouded brow, and without groan m: cry staggered back. No noise was made, and Remy Allen still resumed his reading. I "Ii is there, it is there," the wretched woman whispered; "he hates me still.'.' She clasped her hand to her heart. Her cloak and hood 1Yere thrown a ide, and she tried to move away . "Lost! lost! Oh, my last hope of life is gone." Tottering a few steps, she fe ll insensible up0n the !

THE LIBERTY BOYS OF "7G. 29 GOOD READING ,1 R. A . Case, o f Galena, N. Y ., was trimming his app l e 1 then new of the Great Northern rail way . S o me trees and 'rhil!" up a tree. His feet caught in a I years lat. er a branch l ine was b uilt no rth, tapping the c'.ooked limb and he hung, head downward ; for fortyrich bench land along the North Dakota border . The eight hours. He was tl10ught to be dead when discov Congrega t iona l ists had men arail able and they manned ered, but regained consciousness and may recover, t h e the field . Soon after the l\fethodist passed over t h ese phys i c i ans say . prom1srng tow n s and located in the "regions beyond," At t h e metropolitan sanctioned typewriting contests, held under the auspices of i.he Isaac P itman Shorthand ' Yriters' A:>sociation at the :Miller School, Tweniy-third street and Lexington avenue, X e w York, May 6, l\fiss Rose L . Fri tz, wl10 for four s u ccessive years he l d t h e world's-championship trophy for fast and accurate work, made a new record .for abso l ute accuracy, writing 118 words ver minute on an Underwood .for fifteen consecu where there were but a few post -offices and a country store or two. Three years ago two lines of rai l wa? were run through this fine farming land along the Canad i a n border . The l\fethodil'ts are now rej oicing i n a numbe r of growing churches that are keeping pace with the rap idl y g rowin g towns . The Congregationalists in the meanti me r eache d ou t t o the DfJW towns along the new lines near to their olde r chmche&, whi l e the Presbyterians pushed their outposts far i n to the Indian :reservation that occu pied the sou t h half of the county. l ow that the reservation has bee n opened up for settlement another opport u nity ope n s u p befo;e the allieR of the Kingdom. '11hey a r e t h r owin g their forces acms the border fro m every side, each fro m orer against their own ho u se, as with j_ ehem i a h , Ger m a n Ernngelical and Danish Baptist churches have entered the fiel d. Thus with t h e utmost cordiality t h e waste places have been parceled out. Highways are being leveled and rough places made smooth, for the automobile is abroa d in the l an d. tiYe minutes without a single error. The best previous r ecord k nown was sixty-nine words per minute. '.l\:Iiss Fritz will rerei1e the silver i.rophy presented by the Isaac Pitman Shorthand Writers' Association. R a l ph Mulfo r d, driving a Hudson super-six, broke arl records for tweniy.four hours -at the Sheepshead Bay Speedway when he finished his long whirl at G o'clock p . m. ::\fay IIe covered 1,819 miles, which is 288 miles better i.han the former record, made at the famous Brooklands track in England. The o l d record w as 1 , 58 1 miles , and was made by S. F . Edge nearl y n ine years ago i n a NaEieT. Mul ford started after the record at 6 :04 the other Monday evening in the same Hudson car whic h made the tock chassis reco r d for the m i le, 35.11 seconds, at Ormon d Beach some weeks ago . During the' first hour M ul:ford coYered 77 mi l es, and he attained an average 1 of 110arly 76 miles an hour for the . 2--l:-hour journey.. SeYera l cars sta tioned near the track turned the i r searchlights on Mulford as he sped around the track all night. He stopped about eYery 150 miles for gasoline and oil. During some of stops l\folford ate a few sandwiches and drank several cups of coffee . Au example o.f what can be done to the mutual advantage of each church is shown in the history of the clnuc-hes in X ortheastern Mon tana. in whai. is no\\ Sheridan "a.\" 'l'he Chri tian Herald . 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30 TJIE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 . ---======-:==:---FACTS WOR'fH READING ' \\'ORTH KXOWI XG . the rent of o u tside quarters has been made a The Gerrnr.n army in peae;e 1.irnes is a ya l schoo l and it was in Ohio . liitk The profe.sional organization each year re C"eiws for i raining a great number of hi enty-year-old rccrn il8. E. arnl cluring tlte 1 i11w when Ueroni As we hwe said more titan oue:e, no other rnuntry JlO'-\-\p:1• lw 1-\:icl 1Yere running 1rille. In comparatire hitter-day In training of otfo:ers. . I theRr> two rank with Sitting HHll and Chief , I X l ' Z • I "'\\'lien it tomes to E<'Oul duty in the wild c STXI'E CAPlTOI,S TOO One-thi r d of the of the Un i on fi IJll their C'apit0ls inallcq untc to arcommollate the incrcasccl State ae;fo that harn !l"rown up i n ret"cm )":u-,;, tat<•,; the rnu:::t tr011lile in bygone' arn ],1,;f-named 1rntio11 thut Ocronimo belonged . 'l'lw . \ pache:' of _\.rizuun iuhahitcd a zone liut lv desprt. 'l'lwir Hsual tangt• wa,, not honler line, and tl1ey were 11ont to wander, i for lo the South. For they kne\ bou 1 1tlary lineo, exCC'lJt nature hnd ereate f rom 100 to 201) mi le:; i.o the south , m d l!

:&<>"Y'S <>F , .. j -LATEST UES787 The Liberty Boys and Major Andre: or. Trapping Messenger. 765 The Libe r t y 766 'l'he Liberty coats . Boys' Grit ; or, T h e Bravest o f t h e B rave. 788 Boys at West Point: o r , Ifelplng to Watch the R e d -789 The Llberty Boys In District 96: or, Surro unded by Red1 The Liberty Boys and the Sentinel; or. 'l'he Saptur c Washington. 767 The Liberty Boys' Terrible Tussle: or, Fighting to a F inish . 768 The Liberty Boys and "Light Horse H arry:" or. Chasing the British Dragoons. 790 The Liberty Boys on the Hudson; or, Working on thE 791 The Liberty Boys at Germantown ; or, Good Work in 769 The Liberty Roys In Camp; or, Working for Washington. 770 The Liberty Boys and Mute Mart; or, The Deaf and Dumb Spy. 771 Liberty Boys at Trenton: or. The Greatest Christmas Ever Known. 792 793 794 772 The Liberty Boys den. and General Gates: or. The Disaster at Cam-795 Cause. The Liberty Boys' Indian Decoy; o r , The Fight on Qua The Liberty Boys Afloat; or, Sa!llng with Paul .Tones. The Liberty Boys In Mohawk Valley; or, Fighting E Tories and Indians. The Liberty Boys Left Behind; or, Alone in the 773 The Liberty Freedom. 774 The Liberty Country. Boys at Brandywine: or, Fighting Fiercely for 796 The Liberty Boys at Augusta: or, "Way Down In Ge01 Record. Boys' Hot Campaign , or, The Warmest Work on 797 The Llberty Boys' Swamp Camp; or, Fighting and HldiJ 798 The Liberty Boys ln Gotham ; or, Daring Work In the Gi 799 The Liberty Boys and Kosciusko; or, The Fight at Gre. 775 The Liberty Boys' Awkward Squad; or, Breaking In New Recruits. 776 The Liberty Boys' Fierce Finlsb ; or, Holding Out to the End. 777 The Liberty Boys at Forty l•'ort ; or, The Battle of Pocono 800 'l'he Liberty Boys' Girl Scout: or, Fighting Butler's Ran 801 The Liberty Boys at Budd's Crossing: o r , Hot Work Mountain. 778 The Liberty Worried. 779 The Liberty 780 The Liberty 781 The Liberty 782 The Liberty 783 The Liberty Point. Boys as Swamp Rats: or, Keeping thv RPdcoats Boys' Death Marcb : or, Girl of the Regiment. Boys' Only Surrender and Why rt Was Done. Boys and Flora McDonald: or, After the Hessians. Roys Drum Corps; or, Fighting for the Starry Flag Boys and the Gnn Maker: or, The Battle of Stony 784 The Liberty Boys as Night Owls: or. Great Work After Dark 785 The Liberty Roys and the Girl Spy; or. Fighting Tryoo's Raiders. 786 The Liberty Boys' Masked Battery ; or. The Burning of Kingston. 802 803 R04 805 806 807 Weather. The Liberty The Liberty The Liberty The Liberty The Liberty The Liberty Forge. 808 The Liberty Boys' Raft: or, Floating and Fighting. Boys at Albany; or, SaYlng General Schuy Roys' Good Fortune: or, Sent on Secret SE Boys at Johnson's Mill: or, A Hard Grist Boys' Warning: or, A Tip that Came in Tir Boys with Washington: or, Hard Times 1 Boys After Brant ; or, Chasing the Indian For sale by all newsdealers, or will be sent to any address on receipt of price, 5 cents per copy, In money ol' postage stf FRANK TOUSE Y , Pu bli s her, 168 West 23d S t. IF YOU WANT ANY 'BACK NUJ,f'BERS ot our weeklies and cannot procure them from newsdealers. they can be obtained from thiR office direct. Write out aD your O rder nnd send it to us with the price of the weeklies you want and we will send them to you by return mail .AGE ST.AMPS TAKEN THE SAME AS MONEY. FRANK TOUSEY, P u b lis h er, 168 West 23d St. N o. 46. HOW TO . .MAKE AND USE TRIOITY.-A description of the wonderful uses of electricity and electro magnetJsrn; to gether wtth full Instructions for making Elec tric Toye, Batteries, etc. By George Trebel, A. M.. M. D. Containing over fifty Illustrations. No. 47. HOW TO BREAK. RIDE AND . D RIVE A HORSE.-A complete treatise on the horse. Describing the most useful horses for business, the best horses for the road; also valuable recipes tor diseases peculiar to the horse. No. 48. HOW TO BITTLD AND SAIL CANOES.-A bandy book !or boys. containing full directions tor constructing canoes and the most poJ>ular manner of sailing them. Fully tllustrated. No. 49. 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