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THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 A Weekly Magazine Containing Stories of the American Revolution. Issue d Weekly-Subs cription price, $3 . 50 per Yf!ar; Canada, $4. 00; F o r eign, $4.50. Frank Tousey, Publisher, 168 West 23d Street, New York, N. Y. Entere d as S e cond-Class Matte r January 31, 1913, at the Post-Office at New York, N. Y., under the Act of MMch 3, 1879 . No. 996. NEW YORK, JANUARY 30, 1920. Price 7 CentS The Liberty. Boys Flanking the Enemy --ORBy HARRY MOORE CHAPTER I. THE HUNCHBACK. Half a dozen boys were walking down Broadway in the City of New York one day n ear the middle of Septe mb e r . They wore the blue and buff of the Continent a l a r my, and were young soldiers, in fact. The well-built boy with brown hair and blue-gray e y es was Dick Slater, the captain of the Liberty Boys. The finely-made boy at his s i de was Bob Estabrook, the first lieutenant. Just alongside of him was a dashy-looking boy, a little his junior. This was Mark Morrison, the second lieutenant. The Liberty Boys were one hundred young patriots who had already made a record for themselves in the cause of independence • At this time the patriots still held New York, although they had suffered defeat on Long Island, and the British were pressing them on all sides. Behind the young captai n and his two lieutenants walke d three fine lqoking boys who were soldiers, every inch. The jolly-looking boy in the middle was Ben Spurlock, while on his right and left, respectively, were Harrv Thurber and Harry Judson, known as the two Harrys, great chums and irtseparable companions. It was a pleasant day, and many were out. Soldiers, citizens, men in various walks of life, wom e n, boys and girls were on . the street, and the sc ene was a hustling one. The six boys attracted no little attention on account of their distinguished appearance as they walked along. A man of sixty years, of stout frame and genial face, approlj.ched. He wore a general' s uniform, but without it he would have been recognized as a person of importance. "Attention!" said Dick. "Here comes the general. Open ranks. " The boys wheeled right and left, standingat attenti on and saluting as the general pass ed. He smiled, returned the salute, and said: "No news of any importance. Dick?" "No, General, only a general feelingof uneasiness." "Keep your ey e s and ears open, Dick." "I will, General." The general, who was a veteran Indian figohter and a staunch patriot, I srael Putnam, passed on, and the boys closed their ranks and• continued their walk. General Putnam was in command of some four thousand troops l eft in New York. The Liberty Boys were now acting under his orders, and Dick him self h a d bee n instruct e d to l earn all he could conc erning the e nemy. D j ck w a s aiready a famous spy , and had been employed by G e n eral Wa s hington h i m self on more than one secret mis• ,iSiOn. I' H e h a d wo n the c on fide n ce of the command e r-in-chi ef, and o f e very o ffice r under wh o m he h a d s erve d , and he and gallant L i berty ' Boys were we ll liked w herever the y went. N earing Trin: t y Churc h, which was s ho r tl y afterward burned in a great fire , the bo y s suddenly saw some com motion ahead of the m. " Hello, there' s s o m e disturbance going on," cried Bob. "It seem s l i k e a fight of s om e sore," added Mark. "A m e re stree t brawl d oes not interest us," said Dick, qu i etly. , "Wait." A crowd, c o m pcsed a l mos t w holly of overgrown boys, was coming on. They were yelling an

r 2 THE LIBERTY BOYS FLANKING THE ENEMY. "How do you know that?" asked Dick. "A man told u s , we heard him call the humpy a spy. We aren't going to have no sp;es around. "I may be a spy," said the hunchback, "but I am a f)atriot. The man who called me a spy was an enemy." "Who was he?" asked Dick'.. . "A spy of the British. I would have caused . his arrest but he suddenly denounced,me and then these boys set upon me." Because of your infirmity. For shame!" turning upon the boys. "You would not have attacked me, I'll warrant!" "I'll wager they would not! " sputtered Bob, who was of an impuls i ve, impetuous nature . of the attendants of the church now came forward and said: "What means this unseemly conduct? Do you not know that this is a house of worship?" "Come, clear out, yo u ruffians," said the sergeant. He and the other soldiers quickly dispersed the crowd .oi boys. The gates were opened, and some of the people entered and went into the church in an orderly manner. The hunchback had retired a few paces. Dick stepped to his side. "Are you a patriot spy?" he asked in a low tone. "Yes, I can safely say so to you." Bob and the other Liberty Boys stood between the crowd ef mere curiosity seekers and Dick, hid ;ng the hunchback. "Do you know the man who denounced you?" Dick asked. "Yes, his name is Unkles, he is tall and spare, with keen, black eyes, and a hatchet face. He is here in the interests of Lord Howe. I know him well." ' "Ah, I know a man of that d escrip tion, but his name is Fitz Hugh." "I know him to be a spy," the 1other said. "Are you . in the commander-in-chief's employ?" "No, I am with General Israel Putnam." "He P . assed here not long since. Where d i d the trouble be'O;"in ?" "At the Bowling Green." "The crowd has dispersed. It will be safe for you to go on now." "I thank you sincerely for what you have done for me, Captain Slater," said the hunchback. His face was not an unpleasant one, now that fear no longer distorted it. "You know me?" "Yes, you are a spy yourself?" "On occasions." "Perhaps we may work together." "I shall be glad to do so." CHAPTER II. A HOT CHASE, The boys now left the church and walked up Broadway to gether. "How can you manage to act as a spy?" asked Dick, "since it is so difficult to disgui se yourself?" "I have done so often," said the spy, whose name he announced was Wiliiam Short. "But it must require a great deal of skill." "Perhaps so," modestly. "At any rate, I have done a great deal of work for General Putnam." "And this man Unkles, as you rcall him, alth<)Ugh I think he is the man I know as Fitz Hugh, where did you meet him?" "I last saw him on Long Island, although I have met him in various places." At Maid e n Lane Dick glanced across the street and said: "There is the man you mean now, just turning into Broad"Yes, that is Unkles." "Or Fitz Hugh, it matters not which. This way, boys. There is the spy.'' . The bo ys darted across the street, leavinJ? William Short standing on the walk. A tall, spare man, with black eyes and a long, thin face, was just turning into Broadway. At sight of Dick and the boys, who would have surrounded him in another moment, he shot down the street. . . "After him, boys!'-' said DicJr . The six immediate l y gave chase. -The spy leap ed a low sto ne wall enclosing a garden and a s pacious double house. Dick was after him in a moment. A dog came dashing out of a kennel, but Dick paid no attention to him. Both he and the spy dod.g-ed the dog, who prevented Bob and the others from getting over. The spy darted down a path, unqer an arbor, through a rustic summer house, and to a wall in the rear. This was of br: ck and was higher than the wall at thE! front. There was a wooden door in it, and through this the spy now dashed, locking it on the farther side. Locks and bolts did not stand in Dick Slater's way when he made his WBY to get in or out of anyth: ng. With a quick leap and a scramble he was on top of the brick wall in, a moment. ' Then he saw that tall, spare figure hurrying in the" direc tion of the East River, and drop-ped to the ground. There was no one else in s ight in the alley, and there was no use to call. -. Dick was fleet of foot and in a few moments he had greatly gained on the spy. After him ran Dick, determined to catch him. Through a hall and up a rickety flight of stairs, D : ck in hot chase, the man made his way. . "Hello, there, what are you doing here?" cried a man, coming out of a door on the first floor. "There's a British spy in the house," said D i ck. .Then he went on. keeping the fellow in sight. Up another flight and to a ladder leading to the roof ran the fugitive. It was anywhere to get away with him. He hoped to get far enough away to elude Dick. As yet he had not been able to do it. Up the ladder to the roof he went, but wa.s unable to close the scuttle. Dick was right after him, running across the roof, which sloped a little. The house next door was separated by an alley six feet wide, but it was something lower. Across the alley flew the spy and around a chimney. Dick was after him at once. Reaching the chimney, he saw the man just stepping over the edge. . He had caught one of the copper leads and was descending by it. I Dick instantly lowered himself by the same lead and slid down rapidly after the fugitive. He struck the man's shoulders with his heels and caused him to go down in haste, landing on the ground in a heap. Dick was on top of him in a hurry, and quickly se i zed him. "You me a pretty good chase, Mr. Fitz Hugh," said 1 Dick, "and I must say that you set a sharp pace." "What are you going to do with me, now you have iot me?" asked the other. "Deliver you up to the authorities," returned Dick. "You cannot prove anything.'' ' "Perhaps I can. I kn

THE LIBERTY BOYS FLANKING THE ENEMY. 3 The spy flew up an alley between two buildings. "I i.for some time. W1ll1am Short all laughed. On e 0 1 t w o t ne n ancrorer l " 1 K1p's Bay . whil e the others CHAPTER III. prnt>ef'derl. n ro babl v t'l Turtl" Rav. a n d ne rhaps . bevond "rt i s Irk:elv that t hev w ill s0ncl vesse l s u p the Huds.on as w e ll.'' D'ck s aid to him self. "Then the next thing will be landin!!' of troops at ''ario us noints ." There d id not see m t o bP ::>TJv dis o osition to land troops at the moment. how ev0i; . ::mcl Di ck too k hi s wav toward the DICK AND THE REPCOATS. Bowcrv i n .t e nrlm g to. r,hor tlv return to the camp. D ' ck told hi ' in , . T ethe nn!!' a t a h t chinJt pos t in front of a nearby he had purs ued the spy and los,; him, and he ente r ed. • added: T k' "ICeep an eye o n l111n, W1'll1'an1 SI t . . . a mP.: :J seat in a c orner, h e o r dered h is s upp e r, as he had . 1or , and 1 f v o u se e him. / no t . ea t e n for h ours. . a nd hi m . ' The _re were s e v e r a l perso n s •in the r f:om, bu.t. very little ) will do it? I attention was oaid hini. "The f ell_ow / S to cor;ie into thP. city ilO b?l;, boys who were annoymg you came to a man entered and look ed abo u t him. his r e scue afterward.. It was the tall spa1e man the s p h h d D' ,_ "Th . b bl h 1 hi ,, Y , w o a given IC.Iii ey PIO a Y are e pmg m, SUR'g-ested Mark. such a chase earlier in the dav. . I


4 THE LIBERTY BOYS FLANKING THE ENEMY. He r e cognized Dick in an instant and stepped back. "That man i s a Britis h s py, " cried Dick. "Se iz e him!" "May be not!" laughe d the man. " H e llo!" running to the oute r door, " here is Dick Slater, the r e bel, for whom a reward is offer e d." Dick dashe d into the passage and to the oute r door. By the light of the moon he saw a number of British soldiers and an offic e r or two, approaching. The m e n w e r e on foot, but the offi ce r s were mounted. Dick hurrie d d o wn the s';e p s and to the hitching po s t. The spy was about to loo sen Ma.ior. In a s e cond D i ck had knocked him down. The n he slippe d the t ether and leap e d into the saddle. "Catch him, h e's Dick Slate r, the spy!" Fitz Hugh half arose and fired a shot at Dick as the latter rod e away. The n sprang up, s e ized a hors e tethered to. a post, jumpe d upon h i s back, and ro de after Dick. "Catch him, catch the reb el!" he 'ihouted. The r e dcoats came after h i m a t a gallop. Dick knew tha t not one of them could catch him if he wished to let Ma.ior out. He k ept on a t a good spe e d , but not his best, and the redcoats gaine d very s lip.:htly on him. The s py was i n the lead and r i d ing furiously. The redcoat s we r e too close b e hind for Dick to capture 'iim, and he dash e d on a t a fas ter gait. His i d e a was to t empt the spy to follow him. The m a n did so, increasing his sp ee d. So did the r edcoa ts. "They will k eep too near him," thought Dick, ,;and I cannot catc h him. " He h i s o w n sp ee d, allowing the spy and the'.redcoats to gam upon him. "If it were not quite s o far, I. might lead them right to the camp, a nd we c ould capture the lot of them," he laughed. At Bull' s H ead t avern they h a d g ained upon him, and the spy fir e d another s hot. It d i d no damage and Dick shot off down a roa:d l eading to the camp. P e opl e b egan t o com e out, and. it was likely that the redcoats w ou ld g e t in to difficulti es . Th e spy stood a b etter ch a n ce , not being in uni form, unless Di ck made hi s i dentity known. . The ofl'ic ers halted and presently gave up the chase, fear m_go capture . Dick l o ok e d b a ck in a f e w mom ents and saw tha:t the SPV had also halte d, h is hors e breathing heavil y. Then the y oungcaptai n w ent on at an ev e n gait not again looking b ehind him. ' R e a c h :ng the camp, he was met by a number of the Lib-erty Bo y s. "You hav e b ee n r i ding fast, Dick , " obs erve d 1Ben Spurlock. "Ye s , but not a s fast as I could . They could not catch me, at any r a t e ." "They?" in su rprise. "Ye s , redcoats." "Jove! things are getting liv e ly, then?" "Yes, and will be more so." CHAPTER IV. A PERSIS TENT FOE. "I m et your spy this afternoon, and also one for t_he British. The latte r e s caped me, and thi s evening I met him with a small party of redcoats at Kip' s Bay. " "They did not land in any nuII).be r, Dick?" " No, not more than a doz e n, that I saw. The people over the r e a r e aroused now, and it is not likely that any more will land now." " I trus t not, but it will be as well to keep watch upon them." "We will do so, Gen eral." . L e a ving the g eneral's quarters , Dick met William Short, sitting on a horse outside. "I saw your spy this e v ening," sai d Dick. "He must have come up with the ships. They gave me A chase this "He wante d his revenge, I suppose, for the chase you gave him." "Yes , but it wasn't such a close one," with a laugh. " No, I don ' t b e lieve there is," proudly, for Major was in deed a noble animal. "Are y ou going over to your camp?" a sked the hunchback. "Yes." "May I go along ? " "Certainly ." They se t off together. riding at an easy gait, and now and the n exchanging a word or two. . The y were r i djng under the tre es , where it was quite dark and scarc e l y a sound to be heard, when the hunchback sud ilenly shot ahead. The n there was the sound of a pistol report and hurried hoofbeats. Dick dartect ahead from under the trees and saw a man hurrying across an open stretch where the moon shone bright. . 1 H e quickly disappeared around a bend in the road, the hunchback firing a shot at h ; m. "That is Fitz Hugh," said Dick. "Yes, and I saw the glint of the moonlight on his pistol throup.:h the tree s and darted ahead." ' "I did not s e e him." "You could not from where you w e re. I was to the right, and a l ittle ahead, where it was more open." "Did you know it was he whe n you shot ahead?" "No, but I sus pected it was an enemy." "The fellow was waiting for me, no doubt, and had no thought of se eing you." "No." "I am greatly indebted to your watchfulne ss. The fellow might have surpris ed me otherwise ." "I am merely repaying your kindness of thi s morning," ters ely. They Si).W no more suspicious characters and heard nothjng to alarm them. Reaching the camp, they dismounted, William Short being cordially welcomed by all the boys. • , "I think your good luck must have.extended to me as well, Patsy ," l aughed Dick. "Sure Oi'll give yez all Oi can., Captain, dear," said Patsy, "but phwat was it?" Dick told the story, the boys listening eairerlv. . "That war looky for yez, indeed, an' Oi'd loike to get howld av the vilyan. It wudn't be looky for him, though, Oi'll go bail." The fires were lighted, and the boys sat around them laugh ing and talking for s ome time . Will iam Short sat with Dick , Bob and Mark for some time. A numbe r of the Lib erty Bo ys cam e forward, hearing Dick At length he arose, took his horse and rode off in the dark-speak. ness. The y now wante d to know all a b out h i s a dv enture with the ' The fires had gone down, the talk and laughter had ceased, redcoat s . and many of the boys had retired to their tents. Sitting in front of his t ent, h e told the story all being Only the monotonou s pacing of the sentri es could be heard. greatly inte r e sted. ' Now and then on e of them could be s een as the fire flared "If they s end s hip s up both rivers and land troops from up, but, as a rule, all was dark. Longo Island, " sputte r e d Bob , " w e 'll have to out and I Ben Spurlock, pacing his beat, quite late, heard a suspicious think that's what it looks like." ' sound. "It c ertainly does , " rejoi n e d Ma r k , " and we'r e likely to Someone was approaching the camp with stealthy tread. have things liv e l y e nough . in a s ho r t time ." "Halt!" In a short time Dick mounie d his hors e and set off for the The footsteps s tole away. general's quarters. "Who goes there?" demanded B e n, sharl y . He r eporte d having seen the ships go up the river and The footsteps continued, but shortly died out. learne d that some had gone up the Hud s on al s o but not "I'd like to know who that was," muttered Ben. "Some 10 far. . ' Tonr spy, I'll wager, or he would have answered." "I am glad to s ee y ou so watchful, Dick," sai d the genD i ck Slater had been arous ed b:v Ben's first challenge: eraJ He was a light sleeper, and awoke in a moment.


THE LIBERTY BOYS FLANKING THE ENEMY. 5 I Hurrying into his clothes, he hasteued forward. "Of course. You can see the fires and you -can see where When Ben spoke again he followed the sound of the foot-the tents have been." steps, but made no noise himself. "Very true." Ben listened till he could hear nothing, but stood at atten"They must have been thinking of leaving, and would have tion as before. gone if I had not found thei r camp." D :ck followed the nocturnal prowler to the road and saw • "H'm! No one moves a camp at night like this unless him walk away at a leisurely pace. there is reason for it." 'l'he moonlight shone full. upon h : s face, and Dick recogBut I don't see how they could have known who it was nized him in an instant. or that we were coming.'' It was the spy, Fitz Hugh or Unkles. "You have been followed, you may be sure." ' He' s one of the most ubiquitous fellows I ever saw," was "How could I be? I would hear them." D:ck's thought. "He seems to be everywhere." 1 "They say some of these reb e ls are like Indians, for Dick followed him for a time, keeping in the shade of the stealthiness." trees and escaping observation. . "They could not have followed me," protested the spy. Then the spy stepped to the side of the road, b!rought out "They were going to leave anyhow." a horse, sprang into the saddle and rode away. The redcoat evidently did not believe this, a1though he said "I never thought of that," was Dick's thought. "I would nothing. have run in on him if I had. " . The soldiers marched away again, and Dick chuckled as he The hoofbeats soon died out and Dick i:eturned to the rode off toward the new camp. camp. "That fellow brought the redcoats to an empty camp, They want to know where we are when they land troops," greatly to their disgu st," said Dick to Bob and Mark, when he said to himse lf. he reached the camp. "I would have liked to catch him, but, after all it does not "I would have l iked to see n him," laughed Bob. "He must natter much, now that I know his intentions." have look e d cli.eap.'' Return;ng to the camp : Dick said to Ben: "He said that we would have gone anyhow." "That was our spy of to-day. He is an active chap, you "Humbug, as Carl says,'' laughed Mark. must admit." "We got the best of him and he hated to admit it," added "You followed him?" Bob. "Yes." "Of course.'' "But did not catch him?" "The officer said that Fitz Hugh must have been followed, "No, he had a horse." but the f e llow would not admit it." "That was too bad." "Of course not. these Britons hate to give in beaten." "And then I could not tell at first who he was." There was no further alarm from the enemy that night, as "I suppose not." Dick was sure they would not be. . "It was only when he got out into the light that I recog-In the Jll.Orning he rode to Kip's Bay and found that the nized the f e llow.'' ships had gone up the bay. "To be sure." "They will doubtl ess find a b etter place to land farther "And then he got on his horse very shortly and rode up," said Dick, "as they can send men over from Newtown away.'' and Astoria and cover their landing by the guns of the war "The redcoats want to know whe1e our camp is so as to vessels . " swoop down upon us when they land their troops." "There will be lively times on the island before long, I don't "That is what I think, but they will not find us here." doubt," declared Bob.' It might be that the enemy would land a small force of a Shortly after his return Dick went into the city. hundred or tw-0 men and, by a rapid night march, surprise He was accom13anied by Bob and Mark, Ben Spurlock.. .and and capture the young patriots. a ' boy by the name of Sam Sanderson. The move could be executed ra_pidly without arousing the Others came into the city, being cautioned to return to the peopl e of this part of the island. camp at the first alarm. "You are going to move the camp, Dick?'" sa:d Ben. Leaving thei r horses at the tavern, Dick and Bob set off "Yes, and if it is the intention of the redcoats to surprise down Broadway. us they will be disappointed." Mark and the rest followed, but not closely. Calculating the t :me it would take the enemy to reach the -At John street they m et William short. camp, if they were already landed, Dick waited half an hou r, "The enemy paid us a visit last n ight. " said Dick. s o as to give the boys an extra nap, and then aroused them. "But we were not at home," added Bob, with a chuckle. In a very short time, considering all that was to be done, "Do you mean the British?" the;v were on the move. . . "Yes, led by your fri end Unkles" 'Ihe fires were left burnmg, to deceive the enemy, the boys "He is a most persistent fellow, it would seem," observed making a new camp nearer the city. the spy. Bob took charge of the L'berty Boys, marching to a place "Yes indeed. The ships have gone farther up the river." which Dick indicated, the latter remaining behind. "They have?" The boys were well on the road when Dick heard the dis"Yes:" tant tramp of a band of men approaching. "That is news." Gradually it sounded louder, and still loud er, and at last, "I thought it would be." peer'ng through the trees down the road, Dick saw the The boys then left the hunchback and continued their walk glitter of arms in the moonlight. t down Broadway. He remained hidden, and soon, with a sudden rush the Near Church they heard a sudden cry of alarm. coats made a dash upon the supposed ca)llp, on1:1 to find it "There's a runaway!" cr'e<;l Bob. deserted. A horse, drawing a light carriage, came dashing up the CHAPTER V. AN ADVENTURE IN THE CITY. The redcoats were greatly chagrined to find that their expected victims had departed. Dick, from h is hiding place saw Fitz Hugh, mounted on his horse, talking to one of the redcoats. • "They did not see me," the spy said, "and I don't see how they could have taken the alarm." "You were challenged ? " "Yes, and stole away again, and that was all there was." "The young r ebe ls must have suspected you." "But no one saw me, and one boy only heard ma" "You are sure thll.t this is the place?" street. The gig rocked from side to side and seemed in dang e r of overturning at any moment. . Something seemed to have broke and the horse was greatly frightened. In the gig was a young lady cl inging to the seat and tryingto k ee p from b ei nit thrown out. The reins were trailing the groun d at the risk of tripping and laming the horse at anv instant. 1 The peopl e in the street hurri ed ::.way , right and left, in tent only on saving themse l ves . Those on the walk simply stood and look ed on without doing anything, or shouted, thus adding to the terror of the animal. • Dick and Bob sprang fo1ward as soo n as they understood what the trouble was. One on each they caught the frightened horse by the bridle and brought him to a stand.


6 THE LIBERTY BOYS FLANKING THE ENEMY. Both were strolljl,', active boys, and both knew just , hen day. I don't even know her name, and we may see her to act. 1 ag-ain." "Steady, old chap, steady!" said Dick in a firm but sooth"All the same, he is as jealous as he can be, and notwithing voice. standing what you did for him yesterday." "Whoa, old man, whoa, easy now," said Bob . "Nonsense," with a l augh. "He was simply nervous and Then, speaking soothingly and stroking the animal. they' excited." presently qu ieted him. . "You saved his girl from a serious accident, Dick, and he Bob held him wh il e Dick proceeded to look after the damwill never forgive y ou for it." age to the gig and harness. "Why, you absurd fellow, yo u did as much as I did," with A crowd quickly collected, as was natural. a smile. Pushing his way through it was the hunchback. ' " Yes, but I am not Captain Dick Slater, and that makes all Reaching the side of the carriage he held out his hand. the d i ffere nce in the world." "Come with me, Fanny," he said. "Captain Slater will look "Humbug, as Carl says," laughed D ; ck. "We may n ev e r after the horse." see her again. We exchanged very flaw words, I scarcely "Oh, W.illjam , it was terrible!" the girl half so bb ed. "I know her name, I don't know where she Jives, and the thought I should be killed." chances are that we shall be out of the city to-morrow and The hunchback lifted the half-fainting girl from the gig I will never see her again." to the walk. "It isn't humbug, Dick. The fellow is as jealous as he can "The repairs can be easily made,'' said Dick. hold." "There is a farrier's not far away," added Bob. "Then it is very foolish in him." "If you will see to this. I will take the young lady home,'' "That may be, but he is, just the same." said Short. "We are very well acquainted." "Why should he not be jealous of yo u, Bob? You did as "Cel'tainly," said Dick. much as I did." "But you have not thanked the captain, William,'' said the "I am not the captain of the Liberty Boys ." girl. "Nor have I." with a half laugh. !'No n sense. She did not know that I was till he told he'." "Then it was an oversight, for I am certainly mo s t grate"And she was the first to thank you. He never thought of ful to both him and the lieutenant for what they d ; d." . it, but asked you to look after the horse, told you to do it, "I am glad that I was ori hand to do anything,'' was Dick's in fact. " r ep ly. "We were already doing it, Bob. It was the first thing to Short then went away with the young lady and the crowd be d one ." gradually dispersed. . "Yes, bu t he hurried the girl away so that y ou should not Dick picked up the reins and got into the gig. ;::et a sec ond look at hel'." " I think we c a n manaire by driving slowly,'' he said. "You "She was a very good looking girl, Bob." know the farrier's place?" "Of course, a nd you are a very handsome boy, while he is "Yes, it is down a street or two. west of Broadway." misshapen and not over -ood looking ." "Very good. Jump in, Bob, and we will go the1e." ;;But, B?b, surely she would not consider his infirm:ty." The horse was still somewhat nervous, but gained confiShe might not, but he does, and hel would be suspicious d e n ce under Dick' s steady hand. of any one b etter looking tha n himself who did her a favoi." "The hunchback is jealous of you, Dick,'' said Bob, as they "I don't believe anything of the sort. The man is not so dro ve slowly on. ]!-favored. He has a very pleasant face, I think." "Nonsense, Bob. I never met the young lady before." "Well, maybe)le will not, Jove! there's that spy, "But you s,aved her from a serious accident, and all he did Dic k! " with a sudden sta1-t. Wl'. s to lift her out of the e:ig." The spy saw Bob almost as soon as the latter saw him . . "You did as much as I did, Bob. Why should he not b e and darted down a s i de stree t . .iealous of you, also?" The boys followed, just in time to see hini enter a grog-"He is, but not as much as of you. I am simply a lieugery a little way down the street. tenant, and girls think a lot more of captains." "After him, Blb," hissed Dick. "I will watch the other "B ut, you absurd fellow, I never met the girl till to-day, door." and they are well acquai nted, it seems." "Yes, and if looks count for anything, fondly in love. He There were two doors, one leading to the public bar and never took his eyes off her, and she had no thought for any another to one in the rear,' which was more private. one but him." The spy had entered the former, but Dick had an ide a that "You are a very observant fellow, Bob,'' with a sm ile. he would come out by the latter. "I'll wager you saw all that I did, the man's jealousy as He did not, however, and at length Bob returned with a well as the rest." look of d:sappvintment on his face. ' "That's absurd, Bob. I don't know the girl, and may never "He got away, Dick." see her again. Why should he be jealous?" "Yes?" "Because of the perversity of human nature, I suppose,'' "Through an alley at the rear. I don't know which way with a laugh, "but here we are at the farrier's." he went." The boys got out an<;! Dick gave the horse and gig into the "He seeins to be familiar with all the byways and alleys farrier's charge. and crookes:I turnings in the city, Bob ." "That's old Osw a ld's horse ,'' the man said. "If he'd pay "So it would seem." for decent harness this thing w o uld not have happened." :;H e escaped me the other day in the same manner." "Then you will make the need ed .;.repairs and return the Y es , s o he did." horse and gig. " "Well, let him go. We know that he is in the city, and "Do you order them? I can't do it without authority. I we will keel:> a lookput for him." -want to be ljUre of my money." They now continued do\Vl} to Whwitehall wharf, whence "No, I have no authority in the matter. I was simply 1 could see the enemy's ships at Staten Island, mllfh asked to bring the gig here. I do not pay the bills of nearer. / strangers." It won't be long now, Bob,' ' said Dick, "with the ships all At that moment the hunchback came up. around us. " "It's all right, farrier," he said. "Make the needed repairs. "I am afraid not, Dick. I will see that you are paid ." "We shall have to keep a close watch on them from now T he man scarcely noticed Dick and Bob, and they went off, on, and be ready to leave at the shortest notice ." leaving him with the farrier. "So we will. After we leave the city where shall we go CHAPTER VI. GATHERING CLOUDS. As the boys turned into Bob said: next?" "To Harlem Heights and Fo1-t Washington, I suppose." ;;And after that?" dolefully. Wait and see, Bob,'' hopefully. "We have not left the city yet." "What did I tell you ? The man is as jealous "No, but it's only a question of time at that when we ''fill as can be. leave it." . He would not have word to say to us." " B u t, B o b, that is absurd. We never saw the gfrl till to-Proceeding up Broadway again the boys met William Short in front of the new church near the Commo n .


THE LIBERTY BOYS FLANKING THE ENEMY. 7 \ . . "I did not thank you enough, Captain," the man said, "but J Pats y lifted the things off of Carl, and then both the com-! was greatly at the time. " I i ca l L i berty Bo ys load e d the m into the cart. "1 can eas ily understand that," r e plied Dick, w ith a sig-Th;s time P atsy sec u red the tailboard and he and Ca.rt n:t icant glance at Bob . walk ed b e sid e the h orse. "Mi s s Oswald i s tne o n e person in all the world w ho I f e el "Th ey w ou l d have sav e d all tha t trouble if they had done i s dear to m e ," Short c onti nued. \ that fir s t, " laughe d Dick. ''Th e n, of cour se , you would--" " Yes , but t he n t here would h a ve b ee n no fun, and Patsy "And if I s hould lose her, it would kill me." wou l d put h imself out fo r the fun of having it, I do believe," " You would fee l it keenly, no doubt." chu c kl e d Bop. "Her father is opposed to my suit, not on . account of. my deformity, but b ecause of my 'lack of means. I have l ittle more than m y pay in the army to depend upon." CHAPTER VII. ''Your fortune may turn." "Yes, but Mr. Oswald is anxious to,marry Fanny now to a THE STORM BREAKS. man he has s elected, a rich Tory." "But they are patriots?" It was Sunday morning i n t h e camp of the Liberty Boys. "Fanny is, but her father is anything or everything that Ord: narily t he b oy s did o n ly what was n e c e s sary on Sunsuits best. " d a y, "That usually means nothing. Well, I trus t that he will The day promi s ed to b e w a r m , and the bo y s were sitting change h i s mind." , at thei r breakfast , m os t o f t he m in t hei r shirt sleeves. "1 trust so, too. We are likely to have stirring times beSud denly a booming o f c a nnon was h e a r d from the direcfore long, don't you think?" tion o f Kip's B ay. "Yes, perhaps by tp-morrow." D : ck at onc e called for his horse. They presently parted, the boys going for their horses. " Com e with me, Mar k and a f e w othe rs," he said. "What do you think now, Bob?" asked Dick, as they rode In an in s t ant all was bu s t le in the camp. on. ' " Th e e n emy mus t b e l a n di n g ," said Dick. ' ' Well, if the rich Tory were not in the way, Short would In a short time h e was in the saddle. treat you very different." Mark, B e n, Sam, and the t w o H arrys w ent w ith him. "I don't think s o , " qu ietly. The y rode r a p i dly, and a t last r e ac h ed the high "Yes, indeed . He now thinks that you have no better ov e rlooking Kip's Bay. chance than himself, but if this Tory were out of the The shi p s tllat had gone up the rive r had come down or way--" more had com e up. " Non se nse. Bob. I don't believe he regards me in that There were t e n s hips of war n o w in the bay. light at all." These were k eeping up a s t e a dy fire on the i sl and. They were riding on at a fair pace when they came to a Unde r cover of this, a large force was b e in g l anded from steep hill. Newtown. Beyond thi s was the camp of the Liberty Bo. . The re w ere patriot sold iers in the n e ighborhood. but these "Th ere are those two comical fellows, Patsy and Carl," now fled as the advance guar d of the enemy landed. said Bob . Then a striking figure s ud de nl y appeared, ridin.1< furiously The two boys mentioned had a rough .ca1t drawn by a forward. single horse. It was G eneral Wash ingto n ridin g on his white horse. The y Jiad ,,halted at the foot of the hill. He had h eard the cann onad' n g at Har l e m, and had come "Don't you think it onraisonable, Captain dear?" aske d down posthaste to s e e what it meant. Patsy, as Dick and Bob came UP. He tried in vain to rally the fugit ives. "What is, Patsy?" Unheeding him they fled all the faster. " -For Cookysp il\er to want to roide up the hill on the Dick and hi s companion s hurr:e d forward. cart?" Washington w a s furious at the cow ardice of the s old iers, "Why so?" the r e b eing onl y fif t y of them landed . "Goodness knows, Oi have had enough, to-morrow be in' D ash in g h is hat to the g roun d , he drew his sword, and Sunda' an' the nebbors havin' J

THE LIBERTY BOYS FLANK.ING THE ENEMY. They kne w of no other way among the woods and swamps I in a line from Hom's Hook the island to of the i s l a nd , and gav e themse lves up for lost. Bloommgdale.. . . . . . Dick Slate r kne w the i sland well h'Jwev e r. Harlem Plams d1v1ded the hostile camps, and mght came H e at once off e r e d to guid e the t;oops to a place of safety. on firrd;ngo them both w eary after the day's excitement, and They l eft their quarters in has t e and reached a road lead-ready for rest. ing from Gree nwich vill age to Blooming-dale. They mar ch e d rap' dl y pas t the camp on the Incleberg, I wh e n the y were discovered by a patrol. Instantly the alarm was gi ve n . 1 A de t achment o f light infantr y was sent in pursuit. Th e e n emy c ame up with them near McGowan' s pass. at about the intersecti on of One Hundredth street and Eighth avenue. The e n em y beg-an firingsharply and at once a spirited skirmi s h b e gan. The n Dick h eard a familiar ch e er. "Liberty foreve r, down with the redcoats!" suddenly rang out. B o b , Mark and the L iberty Boys were coming. "Forward, Liberty Bo ys!" cried Dick. "Forward, and drive back the redco a t s ." The n h e put h imself at the h e ad of the gallant lads and charg ed the r edcoats . Mu s k e t s rattled and pistols crack e d, sabers whistled and bull e t s s ang, w h il e the daring b.ovs ch e ered . Dick's voic e w a s heard above all the d ' n as he urged on the indomitabl e fellows . The Iiirht infantry expect e d no such attack as this. for the bovs m ad e a mo s t furiou s charge. They had s ee n th e raw tro0ps of the patriot army flee before a few, and tha t these boy s s hould stand up against them passe d their und e r standi ng. When tho se same boys actually fprced them back. and then made them break and retreat, their chagrin knew no bo-unds. Ha'CiJlg di s p ersed the infantry , Dick and his resolute young o atrio t s no w hur r ie d on and join e d Putnam's force. M e anwh i le, withou t knowing how near Putnam was, Gen !!ral Howe, w ith Sir H enry Clinton, Governor William Lyons and a f e w others, w ent to the house of Robert Murray, on Murray Hill, for refreshments and rest: Mrs. Murray smilingly invited them to enter and had re freshments placed before them. It was a warm day and a Sunday to boot, the day's conversation was witty and the cake and wine very toothsome, and t i me fled rapidl y under all these conditions. For n early two hours 'the good patriot lady detained the warlike Britons whil e Putnam and his army passed in safety along the Bloomingdal e road to Harlem Heights. Here they r es ted, m any of them sleeping at nigoht in the open air with nothingbut the sky a.hove them. Dick receiv e d great praise not only for guiding the patriot army to a place of safety , but for bringingup the Liberty Boys and a ss a : lin g the en emy s o res olutely. "Sure it's foin e worruk fo r a Sunda' entoirely," said Patsy. "Oi wor alway s taught that y ez s hud kape quiet on the Sabbath." , ' "The b etter the day, the b etter the deed.'' laughed Ben Spurlock. • "Thrue for ye z , Bin. an' s o long as it wor batin' the ridcoats we wor, sure it's no s ' n at all." "Ofer PY Ch e .rmany wh e r e I was life," said Carl, "we was doed eferydings on Sunday ch oost lige der oder days, afder we was to church w ent." "No wondher the H essians are such haythins.'' laughed P atsy . "Sure they do come from G ermany, just loike yer silf." " Off you was s aid I wa s lige ein Hessi an, I was hit you by der mout. alretty ," said Carl in pretended anger. "That's b e cause y e're wid u s and have learned more sinse." "Und I was n e fer w ent b ac k d ere neider s ome more." "Th at's nothing. There's a mamiy av thim phwat'll niver goo back." "Was dot so?" "It's thruth Oi'm t e llin' y ez." "How yer w a s kno w dot?" "It's the .dead wans Oi mane .'' laughed Patsy. "Humbug-! " said C a rl. General R o b erts on, w ith a strong force, marched to take possess i on of the city, whil e G enera l Howe made his headquarters in the el e g ant mans ion of Jam es Beekman, at Turtle Bay. Before sunset the British troops were encamped in a line CHAPTER VIII. DICK AND THE SPY AGAIN. The next morning Dick rode off on Major toward the man house. . He was attired as an ordinary boy of the relriton. and very few would have taken him for what he was. I Taking the Harlem lane to the Bloomingdale road. he crossed over to Turtle Bay unmolested. Turtle Bay was between East Forty-fourth and Fortysixth streets, and boasted many fine residences. Secreting Major' in the woods, Dick went' forward on foot. Nearing the Beekman mansion, he saw the spy, Fitz Hugh, in the road on horseback, talking to a man of the neia-hborhood. Dick passed without recognition . "As you say, Mr. Gordon," the man was saying. "there are many rebels hereabouts who--" "Yes, and they goave information to Putnam or he would have been captured." Dick pressed on and entered a piece of woods beyond the house, where he was out of sight. "He does not suspect me.'' muttered Dick, "and I may be able to learn much." Passing through the woods, he came out in the rear of the house. The occupants as well as their servants had left, and only General Howe and his staff were in it. In the reari. as well as in the front, there were soldiers marchingup and down. As Dick advanced a sentry presented his musket. "That's very pooty.'' said Dick, "but I don't want it." "You can't pass here," said the sentry. "What for? I've always come here before. Have the Beekmans moved?" "Yes.'' sharply. "I want to know! Who lives here now?" ;;General Sfr William Howe, of His Majesty's royal army. " Great snakes! What a lot of names. Do you call him all that when you want to speak to him?" "What do you want here?" "Why, I was going to see the cook, like I always done. You got the same cook, haven't you?", "No, everybody is new." "H'm, they won't be half so good. Them new servants don't understand things like the old one s ." "Come, you can't stand here.'' with a snarl. "Are you a rebel?" "Me? Of course not. Rebels is terrible critters. with horns and tails and fire coming out of their mouth. " "Who told you that?" with a laugh. "The old woman down the lane. She knows all about it. " "Well, go on, now. I can't stand talking to vou all day." "Waal, how'm I goin' to get my jackknife what I lent to the cook? ' It was 'most new and I want it back." "I don't know. He is not here any more." Dick passed around the side of the house to the garden where there was a sun dial. No one said anythjngo to him, and he presentlv strolled to the end of the spacious veranda and walked up the steps. There was a side door. which was unlocked, and this he entered, findinghimself in a passage leading to the great main hall. I As he passed a partly open door he heard some one sav: "You must be more watchful, Gordon. The rebels should not have escaped us yesterday." ' "I could not be all over the island, your excellency," returned the spy, whom Dick knew variously as Unkles and Fitz Hugh. "It was your business to be all over it or over as much of it as was likely to be covered by the rebels." "Yes, your excellency," mildly. "Have you any instructions?" At that moment Dick saw a familiar figure approaching. It was the hunchback. Dick signalled and went forward.


THE LIBERTY BOYS FLANKING THE ENEMY. 9 "Where are you going ? " "In there. I have obtained papers which will admit me, and--" "Your man Unkles is there. He is also called Gordon." "Unkles in there?" with a look of alarm. "Yes . " "And he knows me." "Give me your papers." The hunchback gave Dick a packet. Dick glanced over them rapidly and said: "Meet me in the woods on the river side?" "Very good." Dick then advanced to the door and pushed it open. The spy glared at h im and General Howe looked up. "I have credentials from Governor Tryon," said Dick. "This "is his excellency General Sir William Howe?" "Yes. You may go, Gordon." He dragged the spy into the saddle, took away his pistols. and said: "Vve' ll go together, you slippery fellow. You're harder to catch than many of your betters.'' "Confound you, Slater, you were only pretending, after all." "Yes, and you might have known it, but come, you1 friends are getting too near." Then Dick dashed forward, when presently from the othe1 direct: on there appeared a dozen redcoats, all well mounted and comparatively fresh. CHAPTER IX. FANNY CQMES TO CAMP. The.-spy looked sharply .at Dick, and then left by another door. "Hello!" yelled the spy, "here is Dick Slater, the rebel "You have credentials from Governor?" Catch him, catch--" "Yes, your Dick suddenly unseat ed the spy b y a Quick move, an6 "Let me see them." the n sent his horse flying ahead with a resounding slap nr Dick handed over the papers. the flank. "They seem proper enough . I shall want some one to The redcoats had to open their ranks. to let him pass. av:J carry despatches. Have you a horse ?" there was some confusion. "Yes, your excellency.'' Then Dick shot down a path which he knew led to Bloom "Very good. Wait a few moments. Pray be seated." ingdale road. Dick was about to take a s eat when Unkles came suddenly '"Cat ch him, catch the rebel!" yelled the spy, getting up. dashing into the room. "That's Dick Slater, the rebel spy!". "That boy is a spy!' he cried. "He is Slater. He A shower ?f bullets flew after Dick. . and that hunchback, Short, work together, and I have---" . The trees mterfe1ed, how ever, and n o n e of the sh ots hit A number of redcoats came running in, some with pistols , him. . , and some with drawn swords . tle se:r:it a back m re.turn, and then flew along the Dick was out by the door by which he entered ln a mo-path, quickly bemg . out of sight. . . t The redcoats he sitated about following him after those closed and locked it, and then flew down the passage few shots which fie"!'

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