The Liberty Boys and the night watch, or, When the British held New York

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THE LIBERTY 'I A Weekly /t\agazine containing Stories of the A erican Revolution. l 'llASK TOUSEY, l'UULl& H ER, 168 WEST ?3 D STREET, NEW YORK. l>ick was just helping Bob to get down when the gate 11.ew open and the nigh( watch came dash ing ill. "Thieves, robbers. rebels! " be cried, loudly. Footsteps rang througb the Quiet streets, and the redcoats came running to the spot. • I /


H E LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 A W eekly Magazine Containi n g Stories of the American Revolution. ued Weekly-Subscription price, $3.50 per year; C anada, $4.0 0 ; Foreign, $4 . 50. Fr<11nk T ousey, P ublisher, 16 8 We s t 23d Street, New York,. N. Y. Entered as Second-Class Matter January 31, 1913, at the PostOffice at New York, N. Y., under the Act of March 3, 1879. ! No. 997. NEW YORK, FEBRUARY 6, 1920. Price 7 Cents By HARRY CHAPTER I. its success in routing the enemy was secured by this very watchfulness. 1 A MESSAGE FROM THE GFNERAL. Ben and Sam Sanderson met two other boys on the way to Dick's tent. 'Halt!" These we1:e Bob Estabrook and Mark Mol-rison, first and I\. man on horseback approached a camp. second lieutenants respectively. I\. boy in Continental uniform was on guard. "A me ssenger for Dick," said Ben. [twas he who had given the command. "Vel' Y good," and the two boys followed. rhe camp was in the woods between Tanytown and Whi t e Dick Slater came out of his tent as the party advanced. in Westchester County, New York. The messenger handed him a packet addressed in the t was occupied by a band of one hundred young patriots, general's own handwriting, which Dick was well acquainted wn as the Liberty Boys . with. . or two years and over they had been fighting in the cause "Will you wait?" Dick said. American independ e nce. "Yes." tain, Dick Slater, enjoyed the confidence of General Was h -The three boys entered the tent. , on himself. The messenger and Ben and Sam sat on logs at a little had already made a name for themselves, and their "Come in, Bob and Mark." e was not only a brave fighter and a daring leader, but distance and waited. amous spy as well. Dick broke the seat and read the dispatches. ore than once he had been sent on secret missions by They were brief but evidently of much importance. commander-in-chie f . "There is work for us, boys," said Dick. all of these he had proved satisfactory. "We are ready for it," was Bob's reply. he British now held New York, and Long and Staten "Wher e is it?" asked 'lVIark. nds, and had lat ely sent expeditions into Westche ster. "We have just h e lped to drive the British, Hessians and hese had not been successful, the patriots having routed Tories from Kingsbridge back to New York. " driven out the marauders. "Yes, and it was good work," said Bob spiritedly. ther expeditions were planned, it was thought, and the "Now there are rumors of marauQ.ers in the neighborhood mmander was anxious to learn about them. . . I of Throck's Neck, at the mouth of the Bronx, and else The man on horseback dismounted, saluted and said: where. " • "I come from the general with di spatches for Captain ;'And we a1e to get rid of them?" asked Bob. ater." "Yes, and to go to New York and learn all we can of the "You are not in uniform. " enemy's plans." 'I have come through a region infested by T o ries, and it "That pro;mises adventures enough," observed Mark. "Ar e s not thought wise to wear one." ali of us gaing?" "Very good," and the boy on guard uttered a whistle. "Not to New York, although we will all look after thes!'! Two of the Liberty Boys came f6rward. marauders . " "What it is, Jack?" asked one, known as Ben Sfmrlock. "'Good!" "Take the messenger to Dick's tent," answered Jack War-Dick then left the tent. , the boy on guard. "Tell the general," he said to the messenger, "that The man went off with the two boys toward Dick Slater's busine s s will be attended t o at once." t. / "Very good, Captain," riing. Two other boys came toward Jack. "By the way, you may need refreshments, you and. yo u r "Who is it, Jack?" horse?" "A messenger from the general, Harry. I did not know "It would not go amiss. " and had to be cautious." I "Call Patsy, Ben . " "Very true," said Harry Thurber. "Hello, Patsy!" cried Ben in a loud voice . H e and his companion, Harry Judson, were close friends. "Yis, Oi'm coming," and a jolly-looking, pug-nosed, freckle"O n e has to be suspicious of strangers in Westchester faced Iris h boy came out of a tent hard by. wadays," said the other Harry, "when there are so many He was Patsy Brannigan, the company cook, and cne of the ries about." chief fun-makers of the camp, but as bold as a lion withal. "Yes , " agreed Jack, "the man may be all right, but I didn't "Get some dinner for the general's messenger and look ow." after his horse also, Patsy," said Dick. All the Liberty Boys were cautious at all times, and this "Surre Oi will, sor. This way. Hello, cookyspiller!" nstant vigilance had its effect . "Ya, what you want?" asked a stout German boy o f near-The company was made up of brave, dashing fellows, a n d ly two hundred pounds. cominl!' forward. . \


2 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE NIGHT WATCH He was Carl Gookenspieler, the German Liberty Boy, J "You are' one," laughed Mark, "and I mus t say I am not Patsy's fast friend and in'ieparable companions. over-cautious myself, while Jack and some others are regular "Shtir up the foire, an' put on the Kettle. Oi must get pepper-pots when they hear Britons talking." something to a:e for the gineral's mi ssinger diiectly." "They must be more than ever cautious," said Dick, "al-"All righd, I was dood dot." though I know how difficult it is to hold in when one hears As the mes senger went off with Patsy and Carl J. number thesi:i invaders abusing us, calling us 'rebels,' and all that, o f the boys came forward. ' saying what they are going to do to us." "There is some thing to b e D i ck?" asked two or three. "No, and one can't blame us for sputtering and for now . "Yes, and what it is y o u will all learn in good time. . It and _then pitching into these boasters when t!iey get too ls as well not to talk about it, as we do not know who may abusive," added Bob. be listening." It was early afternroon when the messenger had arrived. Even as Dick spoke a disturbance was heard at one side At sunset they set off down the river, travelmg at a g o od of the camp . rate. In a moments the two Harrys came up, bringing Their depa1-ture caused no suspicion among the Tory neighWith 1:hetn a hulking, evil-looking boy, who -was struggling bors. I to get free. . They often left their camp for a day or two and some"You leggo me," h e c r ied, kickmg and striking. "I hain't times longer. done nQ.thin', leggo m e , I t e ll yer, yer bl a me rebels!" Now and then something happened, and occasionally noth-"What is the mat ter, boys? " asked Dick. ing did. "We found young Hank Jones loitering around the camp, 1t was not great affair for the Liberty Boys to leave their and brought him in," said Harry Judson. camp, therefore, and it did not necessa:i;.ily mean anything. "Jack had ordered him away before that, and then Will a n d It was not more than a dozen or fifteen miles to their Walter did the same," added Harry Thurber. destination, and it was something after dark when they "I guess I got a right to go through ther woods," snarled reachecj, it. the prisoner, who was a rank T0ry, and a bully to b oot. At Throck's Neck they saw nothing of the suspicious "You don't own 'em." schooner, and they worked their way toward the Bronx along "What were you loitering about our camp for, Jones?" shore. asked Dick: I They had gone some little distance when Dick saw a light "Wafsn't I goin' home? Guess I got a right to go home, flash from the wate1 . hain't I?" He saw it for a moment, and then saw an answering light "He w 'as loitering," said another boy. "He was trying to from the shore. hear what some of the boys were saying, and he was or"They are signaling," he said to Bob. dered off two or three times'." "Yes, s o it would seem." .... "Hank Jones,?' said Dick, "you are a Tory and a sneak. The boys were not riding in a body, but in parties of from You have always been an enemy to the Liberty Boys, and six to a dozen . . you would do us harm now if you could." Dick and Bob, Jack, Ben, the two Ha-rrys and Sam were "Wasn't doin' nothin', I was just goin' home, that's all." riding ahead. "You can go now, and see that you do, but if we catch They kept on a little farther in the dark, when they saw you hanging around our camp again, we will give you a the light of a house by the roadside. thrashing. So just remember it." .... "Wait a mome nt," said Dick as he rode ahead. "I don't think one would hurt now,'' said Bob, cutting a The blinds were not drawn, and Dick, looking in, saw an birch twig and trimmjng it. American tlag draped over the chimney place. "Lemme go, an' I vron't come 'round agin," whined the He knew at once that the people of ihe house were patriots. )oy, trembling and struggling to get free. Riding up, he dismounted and knocked at the door . "Let him go, boys,'' said Dick. A young gir! answered the sum:i:nons. The two Harrys released young Jones. "Good evening," she said. "Any one wearing that uni-In an instant he was out of the camp, and in a short time form is welcome in this hous . e." he had disappeared. "I thought 150," with a smile . "I saw our flag over the "He won't do any mischief now," said Dick, "but he must chimney." be watched." "Won't you come in?" "Yes, thank you. I would like to see your father." He entered the living room and found a man and a wom-CHAPTER IL an, a boy of fourteen and a younger girl. "I am Dick Slater, captain of the Liberty Boys," he said, MISCHIEF ON FOOT. removing his hat. "Good Captain. I am George Evans; this is After the messenger had taken his departure, Dick said my wife, and these are my children, young George, Mary to Bob and Mark: ) and Esther, your escort." "Ther.e.. is a schooner lying sdmewhere between Throck's "Have you been troubled by the cre>v of a mysterious Neck and the Bronx, which has excited the suspicion of the schoonei which haunts the waters hereabouts?" asked Dick. people in that vicinity." "No, we have not, but I have heard of her from some of "They think s he is an enemy, do they?" asked Bob. my neighbors." "Yes, as depredations have been committed in the neigh"She lies somewhere off here now. I saw a light disappear which can be traced to no on e but her crew." from her deck not long since . " ''They are not redcoirts?-'' asked Mark. "You did?" ' '"None have been seen and the crew are not known." "Yes, a:Rd an answering light from shore." "Then we must inve stigate." "Just now , you say?" "Exactly. I will take the Lib erty Boys down there and "A few minutes since. Have you neighbors near at hand?" scour the neighborhood." "I have one about two hundred yards to the west. " "Very good." "What are your nearest neighbors?" "Tl:ien if we find that the crew of this schooner have been "Tories." • the marauder.;;, we• will s e ize l}er and deliver them up." "Ah, then I may have to investigate in that direction." "That's right,'' said both boys. "You have come to stop dep,redations , you and the "After that we will take the schooner and go down to the Liberty Boys?" city in her." "Yes." "That will save the trouble of having to break through "I trust that you will be successful." the lines," laughed Bob. "We mean to be," quietly. "I have a letter to deliver to a gentleman in the city, and "How many have you in the Liberty Boys?" there will be other errands," continued Dick . "One hundred; we are mounted and can go from place t o "You will not take all the boys to the city?" place very rapidly." "No, the British hold New York, and too many of us t here! "That's a great advantage." might excite suspicion." At that moment Bob entered and said: "And then, some of our boys are so outspoken that they "They have been signallin g again, Dick" would be sure to get into trouble," observed Bob. "They have?• • I.


I THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE NIGHT WATCH 3 'Shots rang out from the hou se and from one side, :md then "Yes, the schooner has come in close1 to s hore." "I think I had better have a close1 look at her. Come, the Liberty Boys dashed out. Bob. Good evening for the present, Mr. Evans." The two boys then left the house and rode on till they reached a clump of trees. This was quite near to the house which Evans en of. "There is someone coming," whispered Dick. cautiously / had spok-Jt was answered, antl a man came up through some bu s hes from the water. "That you, Filkins?" asked the mfn from the house. "Yes, everything quiet, Ranks?" Then a fresh party of the boys suddenly arrived. The raiders found them sel v es outnumbered. lt was the same at the othe1 houses. The raiders discovered, to o late, that their com;nir had be e11 known. , Parties of the Liberty Boys were de;;patched to meet them as they retreated. When the first sounds of firing were heard, Bob and his party seized the boats and went out to the schoo n er. Only a small party had been left to guard it. These were speedily ov erpowered and bound. Some of those on shore succeeded in eludin):\' Dick's parties and came rushing down to the water. "No one's got any suspicion that you're anywhere about?" "How about them rebels next door, what you mentioned?" "Them Evanses? 'I'hey don't suspect nothing." "Pretty well fixed, are they? Got money an' stock, an' Bob had left enough on shore to protect the boats and drive off the raiders. ' such?" "Pretty fairly." "Any other rebels near?" "Yes, three or four; and all close together. " "That's good," and the man whistled once or twice. In a few moments three or four men came out of the bushes. . "Are all the men ashore?" asked Filkins. "No, but we can get up in a little while." "You're in the cove?" The latter suddenly found themselves not only beaten on shore, but prevente.d from i:ctuming to "their vessel. Not only the people of the hollscs marked for attack, but othe1s as well as the Liberty Boys fell upon them .. They were scattered in all directions. Filkins, thinking that I'.anks had betrayed him, led a party to attack the 'rory's h ouse. They were driven off by Dick, and then the young patriot called the Tory out. "Yes, and hid from the road by the bushes and trees ." "Better wait till the lights f!:O out, but you can get "We have saved your home, Ranks," he said, "simply bethe caus e we wish to give you a warning." men ashore." "All right." "You'd b0tter make a show of attacking my house, Fil kins," said Ranks. "Certainly," with a laugh. "Then we'll be took for pirates." "That's the talk. You can pretend to set it on fire, and I'll fire some shots in the air." "That'll do. Any women folks we can carry away and hold for ransom?" "Evans has gat a lik ely gal, and the Browns have got "I don't know what you are talking about," blu stered the rory. "I think you do. Thes e men of the schooner are Tories, like vourse\f." "They're pirates. They att ack the rebels and Tories both." "They .do Hot. The attack on your house was to have been a feint, but F ilk : ns thought you. had b'etray ed him and wanted revenge." "How do you know his name. I guess--'" another." "Good. It'll be late e nough 'fore long. birds, a ren't they'!" "Because I heard you call ii earlier this evening, and heard. your conference with him." They're ' all early Some of fhe Liberty Boys had torches. "Yes." "Then we won't have long to wait. Get the men ashore, Dave." Then Dick and Doh quietly s tole away. . CIIAPTER JTI . . A CLEVER CAPTU RE. Th e Tory's face could be seen to change color rapidly. "I don't know what--" "You do. You signalled th e schooner twice. Then you met Filk'ns here and told him where Mr. Evans and other patriots lived." The man's face was the color of ashes. He realized that his ev il deeds we re known. "He proposed it, and now he's sold me out," he blustere d . "I'll be a l'eb e l after thi s." "Yo u . will be nothing of th e kind,"•firm ly. "The patriots do not a::;sociate with your sort. You will k ee p quiet or the D'ck and Bob rode back to th e Evans hou se. sec-ond warning may be more d cidecl than the first." Most of the b oys had come up by this time. T he rniders had been di spersed, scattered in all directions. Dick sent twenty or thirty of them up the road to warn Uick now took possession of UH• schooner. the threatened patriots. H e put about a swre of the Liberty Boys on board and Half a dozen or more were to remain at each house. sent the rest back with the The same number were. stationed at the Evans hou se. They would rema.'n in the nehJ1 horhood till daylight and Then Dick sent a party on foot under Bob's leadership to 1 return. . .. work down to the shore and watch the boats. I '!hey were to disperse al! susc1ous characters whom The rest remain ed with Dick to form a rei>:erve, and fell they met, ancl1 were to ass.ure patriots oli the region that back t\\o or three hundred yard s from the Evans house. the marauders would be punis hed. Bob, reaching the sh ore, saw four or five boats come up Dick did not intend to leave until daylight, as there was to the heach. the dangerous Hellgate channel to be pas s ed, and he dared The schoone1 showe d no lights, but he could just make her not risk in the dark. . , out in the gloom. . The Bob takP;n would _be Fet free at. dayShe was not very large, but seemed to be speedv. break, and m the meantime Dick and his two dozen Liberty She '.Vas two-masted with topsail s on both masts, and car-Boys made the,mselv es comfo1tabl e on board the sc hooner. ried two jibs. ' "We will want you for .our cook, Patsy," fa;d Dick. She lo,vered a number of boats had a roomy forecastle, "Sure thin I'll want Cooky spille1' for me helper." and seemed capable of canying a number of men. '.7hat will be all right." . . "There iii not room for all the Liberty Boys on board," He was wanted me to doed hu1 work when he was seasick thought Bob, "but she will carry a fair number, all that Dick got." laughed Carl. wants, I guess." . "But we shall not be on the Sound." Having made all his arrangements for repulsing the raid"Dot don'd was some difference mage. He was seasic k got ern, Dick waited. choost der same. " At length, when all the lights in the houses were out, the "Absurd!" laughed Dick. raiders advanced. "Ya, dot was foolish been, but I was !mowed some dings They were to attack two or three of the houses simul-what was cured him." . taneously. "Howld yer whist, Cookyspiller," roared Patsy. The pre tended attack upon Ranks and. the real one on the "Off you was took ein pieces off dot salt pork, goot and Evans house occurred at the same time. fat, and tied ein string mit der middle arounrl-.,,-" To the surprise of the raiders at the Evans house, they A sudden cuff on the ear brought Cad's to an suddenly found themselves attacked. abrupt terminati on . •


4 THE LIBERTY' BOYS AND THE NIGHT WATCH "Shtop off dot, you was broked mein ear off,'' he howled. "Sure an' it'll be yez neck next,'' laughed Patsy . . The boys all found places to sleep, a Jl:Uard was kept on deck, and everything was quiet until morning. 'l'he prisoners were set free with a warnin to home and cease their evil practices. They left the n eighborhood at once. Whether they would carry ' on their evil careers elsewhere Dick, of course, could not tell. At any rate, they were out of the neighborhood, and that was enough for the time. Having disposed of the piisoners, Dick now looked after the schooner . The boys had their breakfast, and then the anchor was weighed, sail put on the schooner, and the journey t the city begun. Besides Dick, there were Bob, Mark, Ben Spurlock, Sam Sanderson, and a score of others. Jack Warren was ready to give up his place in favor of some boy who knew more about bats. • "I'll only be in the way,'' he said . "I come from the in-terior of the Jersey s and know little about boats." "You don't get sick?" asked Mark, who was Jack's chum. "No, of .course not."1 "And you can do as you are told." "I think I have been with the Liberty Boys long enough to do that," with a laugh. . Jack was one of the newest of the boys in time of service. "That's all r ight. then." "Yes, Jack, we want you,'' said Dick, who had heard the conversation. Jack was a great favorite and none of the boys wanted him to be sent ashore.The boys on shore cheered . as the little schooner set sail, and the boys on board answered them. ."Sure Oi'd rather be there than here,'' said Patsy, "but av Dick says Oi'm to shtay, that's all there is to say about it." "Choost took mein advice, Batsy," said Carl, "und off you was felt sick yet, ein piece off--" I 1 "Av yez say salt pork, Oi'll murther yez,'' said Patsy. CHAPTER IV. THE LIBERTY BOYS IN NEW YOR:ic. schooner so that if they were seen they would not be known tor patr. ots. Laie m tne afternoon a number went ashore below the outer J..ine of guards and made their way toward tne city. In the ea1ly evening Dick dropped clown to Turtle !:lay, at Forty-sixth street, and went ashore . Patsy and Cari and one or two otners were left on board for the time. Dick, Bob and Mark set off together in the early evening for the city. The rest of the boys were in parties from three to six. 'l'he r e were meeting places in the city where they were to see each other the next day. They had been to the city before, and had one or two reJl,11lar stopping places, where they were known, and the inmates could be trusted. Getting into the city, the three boys presently car.1e to the theater where people were still going in. "These must have their amusements,'' said Bob. "Yes, they haye a theater, bowling alleys, t ennis courts, balls, dog fights and everything, the same as in London." replied Mark. "Let us go in,'' said Mark. "They are playing the 'sorrowful tragedy of the jealous Moor,' by Master William Shake speare, and a screaming1 farce once played by the famous David Garrick himse lf." "I have read the story of Othello,'' sa:d Mark, "and s o I will know something about it." The boys paid a shilling each and found seats in the rear of the pit, not caring to go too far dow n. "His majesty's servants,'' as the playbill announced. were then l*!rforming the "Sorrowful Tragedy of the Jealous Moor . " and the boys were at once interested. "Othello" was as black as an Ethiopian, and wore the uni form of a British captain, the noble V enetians being arrayed in costumes of the time and place: The scenery was crude, and would have suited almost any time or locality, there being very little of, it. In the p'.t the spectators were allowed to smoke pipes. and at intervals potboys pas sed about with foamingpewters, which they distributed to the thirsty for a consideration. Not far f,rom the three boys was a partv of six or seven redcoats who were noisy at times, and at other times seemed deeply interested in their own conversation. When "Iago," in a full-bottomed black velvet coat with gold frays, black silk hose arid a cocked hat, came on with "Cassio,'' arrayed as a captain of infantry, Dick moved along on the bench so as to be close to the When they reached the tumultuous channel of Hellgate, "That black fellow looks like a rebel parson on a holiday,'' then at its worst, Dick took the helm. said one. Bob went forward, and the most experienced of the boys "Or like a night watch without a lantern,'' chuckled an: where they would be wanted at a moment's like him, and if I did not know him for Bully Mark was at the foremast with an able crew, while Ben Connor, a friend of mine, I'd kill him." Spurlock with Sam, the two Harrys and Will Freeman, were "And only please him the more. He is the-villain in the at the main. play.'' ' "Oh , my, oh my, phwat a place,'' said Patsy. "Sure av "I am more interested in knowing when Captain Ferguson Oi didn't know that Dick Slather wor sailin' the ship Oi'd be is going against the rebels in the Jerseys,' ' said the first. sure av be in' dhrownded entoirely.'' "There are no orders yet, then? I'd like to know that my"Do t was nodings,'' said Carl, stolidly. "Dot was look self.'' choost lige ein soup keddle what was boiled ofer.'' D 'ck was now interested. "Av yez got inti! that same soup kettle,'' said Patsy, "yez "No, not yet, but they are expected soon. We must chase wud aither shpin around loi\_ce a cork on top av it or go to up their privateers and get even with them for having driven the bottom loike a shtone. begorrah." our Rangers from Kingsbridge.'' "I was too fat to sink in dot water, alret:ty, und I don'd "And the Hessians as well.'' was porn to been drowned anyhow." "Ha! Who cares for the Hessian swine? The rebels can "Sure thin yez'll be hanged, be the samP. token,'' laughed stick them all they please.'' the jolly Irish boy. "And yet the enemy em-pioys these same 'swine' to fight "Humbug-I" said Carl, going off in a pretended sulk. us,'' was Dick's thought. Dick had been through the dangerous "hannel before and "But we must drive out the rebels at any rate, and I am was thoroughly familiar with it. sure that Captain Ferguson will want u s before long." It took courage, nevertheless , to manage a vessel in those The officer mentioned had the reputation of being little boisterous waters, but, Dick possessed this, and he had able better than a marauder, and many unpleasant stories were assistants. told of him. Th e passage was made safely, and thr boys breathed freer Dick had heard these stories and knew of the man. but when the danger was over . never met him. "ft will be as well not to go down t.o the citv too soon,'' "If FerJl,11son goes on another of his forays, the general said Dick. ' ought to know of it,'' he thought. "Yes, for we might meet some who would know the schoonThe redcoats presently became more interested in the Play er, and they would ask questions,'' was Bob's reply. than in their own talk, and paid close attention to the plav. They dtopped down 1 below Blackwell's Island and lay i , n a ers. sheltered cove till evening. . Dick enjoyed hearing the great tragedy, but at thf' same They all had worn disguise s since on boird the time he wanted to get all the information he could.


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE NIGHT WATCH 5 As the redcoats seemed to have no more to say of importance to him, however, he moved away. "Run up to the old place, Mark, and tell them we are com ing," he said, rejoining his companions. "We will not stay late.'' "Very good," sa:d Mark. "Don't stay too late unless you want to meet the night watch," with a laugh. . Mark then hurried away so as to go to the boys' former quarters and tell the landlord they were coming. Half an hour or less afterward Dick and Bob left the theater, Dick telling Bob what he had learned from the redcoats, Bob being ,much interested. • They went up Broadway as far as Partition, now Fulton street, wh e n they suddenly saw a glimmer of light and heard the tramp of feet. The n ight watch was comng and they must hide themselves. The watch carried poles with lanterns swung from the top, and with these they c ould pry into dark corners where night prowlers might be lurking. The boys wo uld have to give a strict account of themse lve s or be sent to jail. Thf'v had no passes, and many awkward questions might be asked . "Ths way!" hissed Dick, turning into Partiti on stree t and goingtowa1d the river. "W.t> ran go around the block and get to the inn that way," said Bob. "The watch are out earlv." said Dick. Thev turned down toward the church whe n they suddenly saw :>11ot.her niP-bt watch comingup the street. "This way, Bob,'' sairl Dick. and in a mom ent he was over thP. fence i:n the churcryard. They h'cl b e hind gravestones, but in a few moments t w o of t"P night w:>tch met. comine: from different directions. "All is well, MacTaggart?" said one. 1 "No , there are prowlers about. They ran down this way." "I met no one, MacTaggart.!' "Ha! then they have leaped the fence and are in the churchyard." "Then we'll have them out. MacTa..,.gart.'' "Aye." anrl in a few moments the two night came i n at the gate. CHAPTER V. A FRIEND IN NEED. There was a house opposite with the wall right on the inner street line, the steps running inside it to the entrance door. The place was dark, but the watch might throw the fa:ht of their lanterns into it and so deter the boys. "It's a chance only," said Dick, running up the stone steps to the door at the top. Then he wrapped sharply on the door twice with his knuckles. "I know them here, Bob," he whispered, "and if they have not gone---" . . The door was suddenly opened, all being dark beyond, how ever. "A fr: end to the cause?" asked a voice, although no one was seen. "Yes, Dick Slater, of the Liberty Boys, and his lieutenant." Steps were heard coming down the street. "Good, I am glad to see thee, Captain. Thee is welcome at all times. Enter, quickly.'' ThJ.d brought a cold supper, whic h "Hi. MacTag-gart. here are footprints in the soft grounrl.'' they ate with a great relish. "I see them,,, Grant, aye, and they tm:.ri; the varlets have Later he showed them to a room on the floor above, and on us. ,, . . before long they were snug in bed and fast asleep. Aye, that mus t be, :;ind the man a shrill In the morning they saw the family at breakfast, and were The boys were now _gomg up the street at not too rapid a made welcome by Mrs. Wilbur and her daughter, a pretty pa,?e to but ratlier sedate girl of seventee n years. Hark. said Dick. " f h "l , h k h h h hil "Do you hear anyone?" asked Bob. I . t _ ee P t ee can ma e. fi:1Y ou s e t y. ome w e "Yes, more of the n "ght watch." thee 1s m _city, although my visitors are subJect to more "Then we are cornered." 01: on account of my known republican pro-"Perhaps not,'' shortly. "This way.'' chVIbes. Dick hurried across the street as he saw the gleam of "That wou ld make no difference, s : r," said Dick, "but 1 lanterns at Broadway. shall probably be somewhat irregular in my coming and go-


6 THE LIDEJRTY BOYS AND THE NIGHT WATCH -----------------ing and would not want to make a mere convenience of your' "You've made a mistake,'' added Bob, pushing another house." aside. "Tne. e will no doubt, have to k eep a strict watch on the Dick' quickly understood the action of the cnemy to avoid detection." '111.ey meant to persuade or force the boys aboard one of .. 'i es, i will come again to take a . 1 . v ieply which you may the ships in the harbor. • want to send." Then, if they did not join voluntarily, they. would be made ''Thee i s very kind, Captain. It i s lik e ly that I shall want to do so, and taken to sea. to send s ome." lt was at times a hard matter to get good seamen for the The boys left the hou s e s oon afte r breakfast, and went to navy. the inn, wh e re the y had expected to stop. Every method was usecl in order to obtain them, and some-They m e t Mark on the way thithe r and greatly relieved times these methods were not above suspicion. his mind. ' "Well, we know you belong to our ship or another, and "What became of y ou fellows las t night?" he asked. "We you 're goi n g with us,'' said the leader, laying his hand on were wonied about you." Dick's arm. "\Ve had to dodge the niJ1:ht watch," answered Bob. "Take your hand off!" "Oh, an adventme, eh?" "Come on, bullies, take 'em to the ship." "Two or three of them,'' was Bob's reply, with a laugh. The sailors hurried the boys forwaJd 'Mark was greatly relieved to lmow that they had. escaped '111.ey soon reached the edge of tlie wharf. a,rrest, and had found a friend, having imagined all sorts of There were bo ats lying alongside. things about them. O n e of the men stepped into one of them. Be n Spurlock, Sam Sanders on, and the two Harrys were It was expected that the boys would be quickl y passed quartered not far away, and the bo y s soon met them. down into the boat. Will Freeman, George Brewst e r and Phil Waters had lodg-The instant the circle opened, however, Dick struck the ings in a quiet street a little farther down, and the rest of man nearest to him a blow on the jaw. the boys were scattered about and could b e found at any In a moment he reeled and fell into the boat, nearly cap-time. sizing it. Dick, Bob and Mark shortly set out together in search of B o b and Mark followed Dick's example instantly. information. Mark floored a man bigger than himself, and sent him They walked carelessly down Broadway, seeming to be in reeling against another. no hurry and looking like three co untiy boys out to sec the The circle was broken, and at onc e the tnree plucky boys sights. walked rapidly up the street. They listened to the conversation of those around them, T h e 'sailors were thoroughly amazed at what had hap-halting now and then as if to look in at a shop window, the pened. better to listen. They had expected to impress the three boys without diffi-They passed soldiers and citi zens, and 'boys like themselves cultv. out for a stroll and greatly enjoyed the life and bustle of the "Not too fast, bo ys," said Dick. "Cross the street." city. . . . . 1 On the other side of the street they met a tall. spare man After strolling about for an hour and hearing little of with an austere countenance. importance, they dropped in at a tavern. the He looked at them fixedl;v and said: Green to rest as well as to learn .some .thmg, if possible. "What was the trouble between you lads and the sailors?" The place was not crowded when the boys entered. and "Merely a difference of opinion, Mr. MacTaggart." said they found seats not far from the door. Dick They had been in there a short time when three or four had recoP.'llized the night watch in a moment. m e n who had partly the look of sailors came in. "Ye know lad?" "How you do, Captain Filk,ins?" said .the landlord. "You "Right well I• do. You are one of the niirht watch and a have not visited us lately." vigilant one as well. Evil doers and n ight prow1ers irive "No," growled a man, whom the boys looked at fixedly, you a wide berth." I had an once never "Aye, so they do,'' said MacTaggart. evidently well pleased. }fow was that Not tirea of us . Some of the sailors, seeing the boys talking with one of but a lot of pesky young rebels the the watch, hesitated to attack them. I 1I ;old out by a uown m Westches. ter. "Well, good-day to you , Mr. M:acTaggart." said Pick. "and "Hub. was hard luck. , . , may your vigilance be spee dily rewarded." .Y es , bi:,t Im after the r e b e l s , Ill run .em down , be-The boys went on and the sailors did not follC\w . e lo_ng, and then he look e d at Dick and _failed to recog-"Of a ll the pieces of brazen impudence I ever heard of!" mze him. laughed Bob. CHAPTER VJ. OLD ACQUAINTANCES. Filkins and the men with him, who were some of the crew of the captured schooner, took seats. in another part of the room. Dick did n,ot remain long in the place after that. There was nothing to learn, for F i lkins had not found the schooner, and had no idea of where to look for her. Dick had no fear of being recognized , but as there was nothing to be learned, he shortly left the place with the bpys. "Filkins has found his way t o New York then," said Bob. "Yes, but he has :11.ot found the schooner," added Mark. W alki11g down to Whitehall wharf, they encountered a group of sailors' just com ing out of a tavern. "Hello, my bully," said one of them to Dick, "why aren't you on the ship? Deserted, eh?" "The three of them are deserters," said' another, as the sailors gathered around the boys. ' "So they are. I remember the younge r one well." "Come along with us, boys. We'll take you back and see "How did you know his name. Dick?" a sked Mark. "Why, we heard it las t night," said Bob. "and saw the fel low's som face as w e ll." "And I remembered both." added Dick. "What is the use of gathering information if you do not make use of it?" "'.I'rue enough," laughed Mark. "But I 1 think with Bob that it was a very saucy piece of business." "It saved the day for us. nevertheless." drvlv. "To be sure it did." "We must caution the boys," said Bob. "The navy wants men, and does not care how it irets them." "It never did," muttered Mark. "Press irangos, abductions. and all sorts of evil practices have been resorted to." Just below the ruins of Trinity Church. which had bee n nearly destroyed two years beJore by a goreat fire, they met Harry Thurber, Jack Wauen and some others. "Don't goo too near the wharves. boys." said Dick. "You don't want to be sailors, I suppose?" Mark. "They would have some trouble in makingone out of me," laughed Jack. "But you don't want them to try'l" "No, .indeed/' . "You have learned nothing-?" asked Diel!. "Very little," answered the boys. The boys then separated. that you don't get any punishment." "I don't belong in your ship, or in any .other,'' off the hand of one of the Kroup. said Dick, Dick and Bob went tog-ether, Jack .ioined Mark. the two Harrys kept company as usual, and Ben and Sam Paired off.


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE NIGHT W ATCII 7 "We will m ee t this cvcninL!' near the Comm o n s ." said Dick to the city with it," suit! I.lob, "so if he i s lookinl?' for her he as they separated. had bette1 make haste." At a tavern near the theater Dick saw some of the red-Vick and Bob were to rnmain another n.c:ht in the citv. coats he had met the night before. therefore. ::io we 11 be starting out soon. eh?" asked one. The rest were to leave shol'Llv and remain o n the schooner lt was as if they were continuinll.' the conversatio n which over night. Dick had heard the night before. ' It was well after dark when Dick anPts, and so on , throwinll.' their pursuers off the scent. low: "If we meet many 'more persons we know." laughed Bob, "We must search the house. The rebels are known to be "wP shall have to chanire our d'sl?liis e s dr leave the citv." here, for they have not left." "Tt neve r rains hut it poul's." added D ' ck. The redcoats had come in by the lower door. Thcv snon saw that they had thrown off pmsnit and so At that instant there was a peremptory knock .at the upper nn. i'l leo s o:f :i. hurrv. door. "We must leave to-morrow." said Dick. "Captain FerThe nell.'ro beckoned to Dick and Bob. g'l.1sri is rcoinir ""' :mother of his maraudinll.' expeditions and They followed him to a room in the rear. mpot he ;;tmmecl." He quickly op e n e d :::. window and said: "'"'" h"'"" th"rlsrs l1'U"l' livf'li"" th"" "'e have had them "Dat am de only way of escape, sah. De ll.'ate am not locked whil 0 in city at any rate" laughed Bob. an' dere am no one in de allev at dis time." ' "Very good," said Dick, getting out. CHAPTER VII. FROM ONE PERIL TO ANOTHER. The boys met nt the-ta,ern near the Commons in the c:::rlv e ve ninll.' . Dick announced his inte nt.ion of leaving the citv thenext dav and advised them to iro to the schboner and wait. "I wi:::h to i::ee Mr. Wilbur this evening," he added. "or I would go up there now." "E,el'ythnit is all right tlrnre, isn't it?" asked Bob. "Yes." said Ben. "Sain and I were there this afternoon ar,t1 T'O one susp ects us.'' "As longa s Mr. Filkins does not run across her it will be all riv:ht." laug-hed B@b. "I will 'tract deir 'tention till yo 'am safe. sah." The man then hul' away. Dick got out of the window, with Bob's assistance. and stood in the alley. A ll was dark and still. The gTeat wooden ll.'ate of the alley was not far away. Thei::e was no sound behi;nd it. nor any in the house. "Hast en , Bob!" whispere d Dick. Then Bob b eiran to climb ocit. Dick was ".iust helping Bob to iret down when the gate flew open aI)rl the night watch came dashing in. "Thieves, robbers, rebels!" he cried. loudly. Footsteps ranll.' through the qui e t street and redcoats came running to the spot. I Tire noisy n iirh t wakh was Ma_ cTairll.'ait. the boys' trouble some acquaintance of the nill.'ht before. Both boys recog-nizecl him in an instant. Droppingto the ground. Bob rushed at the turbulent fellow and knocked the lantern from his hands. It fell upon the stonf''l and was exting-uis he

I 8 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE NIGHT WATCH Then he and Bob hurried outside. "There's a fellow in there for you to attend to." said Dick to the redcoats. . Then he suddenly saw Filkins. "Ha! There is the rebel now!" shouted Filkins. "Th!s is--" Bob promptly kng_cked him down, and then both boys took to their heels. A few yards down some one suddenly ran up and said: "This way, young sirs! I will lead you to safety. I am a good patriot myself and realize your Peril. Quick! There is no time to lose." Hurrying alongside the two boys, he led the way around a corner and darted dqwn a narrow street and into a dark door way. "No one will trace you here," their guide said, as he closed the door softly, There were no sounds of pursuit and the boys' strange guide now led them to a rear room, where he lighted a candle. "I heard the hue and cry," he said ; "heard the spy call 'rebels,' and .knew you were in danger. Fortunately I was in time to rescue you." "For which we are deeply grateful." said Dick. "To whom are we indebted for this sel'Vice ?" "My name is Haskins. I keep an humble tavern for the accommodation of stanch patriots and my personal friends. No one who comes .here goes away dissatisfied . " "It is late," said D ic k, "and the night watch is abroad. If you keep a tavern, then we are not intruding." "No, and I can give you a room of which you will never complain." "We would not do so in any case, considering your service to us." "The last person who occupied that room slept as he has never s lept,'' with a smile. "We seldom have trouble in doing that." "Will you have a flask of wine before you go to l;Jed ?" "No; we never drink it." "Then a pewter of home-brewed ale. perhaps?" "No; we never drink that, either." "Perhaps vou s leep soundly without such aids?" "Yes. we do." smiling, "As it waxes late and the few servants I have are all in bed, I will attend to your wants myself." "Then we will not keep you Ul>." said Dick. Haskins led the way to a room on the floor above. in the rear. There was a short candle in a sconce beside the dresser and this he l ighted from his own. "Good night,. and a long sleep to you, young gentlemen!" he said, as he went out. They heard his steps along the hall, presently dying out. Bob went to the door to lock it, but fou,nd the lock brokep. and the key gone. "Oh. I suppose it's all right," he said. "That candle • Won't last till we g e t into bed unless we hasten." "No; there is very little of it, and it is sputtering already. I must look and see if the 'sheets are well aired." He turned back the sheets and felt of the feather bed. "It seems damp, and I do not like the smell of it." he said. "Help me turn it, Bob." The boys raised the mattress to air it, when Bob suddenly let his end drop, while h e uttered a low cry of terror. "D i d you see that, Dick?" "Yes." Under the m attress 'and between it and another beneath it lay the body of a dead man. CHAPTER vrn. BACK TO '.fHE SCHOONER. ' "What does it mean, Dick?" gasPEid' Bob. Dick brought tlie sputtering candle over to the bed. "The man has been smothered!" he said. . "Ha! Haskins said that lie slept as he had never slept." "And that no one ever compfa.ined of the bed." "The place is a den of murderers, Dick. The defective lock, the short candle-look at the windows . Dick." The sashes were fastened so that they could not be opened. I "It's a rear room, too, " said Bob. "We must get to the front." Dick returned the candle to its socket. the mattress and sheets being now in place again. The boys would never sleep in that bed after the discovery they had made. They mus t get out of the house as soon as possible, for they felt they were not safe there a moment. Suddenly the candle burned out. "What are we going to do?" asked Bob. "Get out by the front windows or go _ down." "The fellow will not permit us to leave." "I would li ke to see him prevent us!" irrimly, tapping a pistol under hi s coat. "Are you going to try it?" "Yes." , Pistols in hand, the boys made their way to the door and into the hall. Dick had a keen sense of direction and knew the way he had come . A s he made his way along the hall, at his side. a loose board creaked . 'Then he advanced straight to the head of the stairs. These turned twice in the descent to the floor below. Half way to the first landing.they creaked. Then a stealthy step was heard below. The bovs went on to the second landing. Here the steps creaked again. The footsteps came toward the . lower landing-. "Is that you, Haskins ?" a.sked Dick. "Yes. What is the matter?" "We are going out." "Why'?" shortly. "I will not stay in this house another moment." Then the boys began to descend the last flight. "Wlw won't you stay?" in a hard tone. "You know, but I will tell' you. Because the house is a den of munlerers." Bob had sulphur matches and he now whispered to Dick: "Shall I a match?" . "N; I can find the way. Keep close to me. Stand aside. Haskins!" "You have been dreaming. There is no quieter, more respectable house in the neighborhood. These are mere fancies you speak of." "Could I fancy a dead man between the mattresses of the bed? No; that was real. Stand aside! We are both armed. " "You shall never leave th's house alive!" hissed the man. "Hello, Bill, Jim, Hank!" ' The boys made a rush down the steps. Dick seized Haskins and struggled with him. He caught the man's wrist, twisted it, and caused some thing to fall to the floor with a clatter. It was a knife, undoubtedlv. "Qui ck. Bob; to the door!" said Dick. "Straight ahead. You can see the fanlight." Bob ran ahead and began to fumble at the lock. Dick held Haskins and prevented him from struggling. "Make a noise and I will strarilde vou!" he hissed. If there were others in the house they were either asleep or afraid to venture forth. Bob lighted a match and then unlocked the door. "All right, Dick," he cri ed. Dick threw the man from him into the farthe&t corner of the hall and ran out with Bob. He closed the door behind him and looked around to get his bearings. "This way, Bob," he said, "and keep your eyes open for the night watch." They set off up the street, away from the river, walk!nl?' rapidly. Suddenly a shot rang out and a bullet whizzed by them. "Help! Thieves! Watch!" sounded shrilly from the house. "The scoundrel wants to have us apprehended and will then charge us with the murder," said Dick. "Quick!" They turned a corner, as they heard hurried footsteps and saw gleaming lights in the street they had left. ' "They will alarm the neighborhood. We must 2'et. awav " They hurried into another narrow street and then towa,i'.d the river again. Reaching it, they saw lights and heard the tramp of feet. "All's well!" sounded out in a drawling tone. and the boys crouched in a deep doorway. The night watch passed them and welit on.


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE NIGHT WATCH 9 They heard no more cries, and when the lights disappeared and the steps were no longer heard they came out. a street they had not traversed, they walked up toward Broadway. "Do you suppos the place will be closed?" asked Bob. "Very 1lke1y. It is quite late." "But we said we would be there." "Yes; and we said so last night." Nearing: Broadway, a party of roisterers came out of a tavern which was just closing and went sing-ing and shout ing up the street. "They will bring out the watch, as sure as anything,'' said Bob. "Yes. Keep a lookout for them." As the noisy turned into Broadway, the tramp of the night watch was heard. Dick quickly perceived that thev we1e coming: from below. and so he turned up, crossing the street and passing the noisy g-roup. By the light of a street lamp he noticed the gleam of scarlet uniforms. "They w ill be warned to make les s no:se and advised to go back to their barracks," said Dick. "Where are vou going. ?" asked Bob. "If we can g-et safely out of the city, I think I will strike through the fields into Chatham street, and so , on into the Bowery Lane. " "And on to the schooner ? " "Yes.'' "It is a pleasant night, and before many hours it w:Il be growing lig:ht." "Very true, and a walk at this time will not harm us. It is better than during the heat of the day, in fact." "All we will have to look out for now are the g:uards at the lines.'' said Bob. "That will be no trouble at this hour." Near the Commons they saw the n 'ght watch again, this time coming toward them. The other watch had quieted the noisy redcoats, and now all was still except the steady tramp of the night wateh comingon . There was a nanow alley close at hand, and that was the onlv available hiding: place. unless tliey went back. They turned into this, finding themse l ves in the rear of gardens e nclo se d b y br'ck wall s , some of them having wooden doors se t in them. "Will it be safe here? " whispered Bob. "I think so. We can but wait and see." They saw the gleam of the lanterns as the guard went past the mouth of the alley, heaTd the cry of "All's well!" and g:radually heard the so und of footsteps die away .. They had s t ood against a doo r and cast no shadows and so were not seen. They now s tol e out noiselessly, t urned up tbe street and went on rapidl y, the moon beingnow up, a :oilv e t cresce nt. anrl the stars a l so givinl!' them l'ght. Thev left the city behind the m. having no mo1'e iMl' of the niJ.('ht watch and easily eluding the sentries at the g-uard house. 'l'lwn they walked more l eisurely, quite enjo ying the balmv night air. At last the stars beg"an to fade, the eastern s k y grew br. g-hter. and at daybreak they hailed the watch on deck on the captured schooner and were shortly afterward on board, much to the boys' surprise. • CHAPTER I X. A LIVELY CHASE . " J ove ! I believe you have been having a regular night of adventures. " -"We h ave,'' dryly. "You can't call it anything else." "Te ll us all about it," eagerly. "Wait till they have their breakfasht,'' sai d Patsy. "! don't b e lieve they've had a win k av shlape the whole noight." "We haven't,'' said Bob. They washed and refreshed themselves, had a light breakfas t and then went into the cabin to have a few hours of sleep. Mark was left in charge of the schooner. The anchor was raised and sail made, and then the vessel pro ceeded l eisure l y up the r iver. J ack Warren, sitting on the quarterdeck, looking carelessly about him, presently said: "Hello, Mark!" "Hello! What is it. Jack?" "I am no sailor, but if I know one rig from another, that's a British war vessel coming up the river." "Jove! So it i s, Jack. Get up more sail. boys!" The boys set to work in lively fashion and soon the schqoner was making muc h bette1 ' speed . 'Fhe enemy, for such she was, come on at a good rate and before long Mark saw her men making ready to fire a shot. Mark Jl:ot up more sail, took the wheel himself and made good progress. Then a shell went screaming through the air, falling a little short and sending up a shower of spray. "Call Dick. Jack!" said Mark. Jack hurried below and found Dick dressing-. " The1 e's a B1itish man-of-war after us, Dick," said Jack, "and we are approachingthe islands." D'ck hurried o n deck. "! waited till the last minute to call you, Dick," said Mark. "I think you cap. get more s peed out of the sch ooner than I can." . "You are doing very well, Mark. The wind is light. They can't catch us unl ess we have a gal e ." , They w ent on, Dick taking the wheel and makingsomewhat better speed. The en emv fired ag-ain, but did no damag-e. "Look and see if there is an A:merican flag in the locker.'' said Dick. ' Jack ran below and at lenJ!:th returned with the flag. Bob was now on deck, n'1d h e ran the flag to the peak. the gallant lads cheering as it caught the breeze. Under Dick' s !!,'uidance they made g-ood speed and at last reac h e d H e llgate. • The e n e m y seme d to think that thev wou ld g:o up the river and came o n rapidly. Instead Dick took the dan gero u s passai\"e and carried the s chooner throug:h i n safety. The wars hip was afraid to fo ll ow and the sc hooner went o n . Bob now at the helm . . The en emy fil'ed anothel' shot, wliich merelv made lhe s pray ftv. and ca u ed the brave bo ys to cheer heartily. 'Do you suppose Filkin s found us at last?" aske d Mark. "'l can't t e ll," answered Dick. "At any rate, thev know us for oatriots. howi>ver thev g:ot the information." Thev now went on a long the Sound, Dick dec 'ding: to take the schoone1 to Pell' s Point, near New Rochelle, turn he1 o er to the authoritie:; there and then make hi s way to camp. 'Was vo u felt seasick , Batsy ?" asked Carl. with a broad g:rin. "How l d ver \\'hi s t! Sure Oi niver thoug:ht av it, Oi wor that bu sv." '"Well, vou kno w what vo u doed ?" "Kape sh till 01 011 make vez a t e it vers ilf!" On the SounJ the r e was more -Stir than in the river. but even Patsy was nol sic k, and the b oys all g 'l'eatl y eniovi>d the sail. Dick re l a ted th e adventures of1 B o b and him self during that "Where did you feliows come from?" asked Mark, as Dick eventful ni g ht, the boys being deep! v interested. and Bob stepped on board, having: been rowed over by the "That fellow Haskins mus t make murde r a regular protwo Harrys. I fession,'' sa:d Mark. "We walked up from the city." "He is a wary scoundrel,'' said Jack, "calling himself a "You must have made an early start, or a late one, ac-patriot, a-etting the boy s out of danger and then plotting: to cording as you view it." kill them." "Well. it was rather late, viewed by the nig-ht watch," "Yes, and it shows that there are g:reater dangers than chuckled Bob . falling into the hands of the night wateh.'' "You have not been dodging those fellows again?" in g:reat They took the schoner to her intended desti nation, and at aston: shment. New Rochelle Dick turi:ied her over to the commander of the "Two or three times, and we saw our friend Filkins a.irain.'' forces in that n 8 ighborhood.


1'() THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE NIGHT WATCH "There will be p1ize rnonev torning to vou and vou1 Lrave I Tf any of these boys ,traveling' alone, had encoun tered Dick boys, Captain, nu doubt," said the colonel. "We have heal'vildly, took voung "and as long as the wal' lasts they will be found in the field, Jones alongside the jaw with the stock and poked the barrel fighting for freedom." in Bill Burgess's stomach. The boys marched to their camp early the next morning, "Hi, stop o' that, yew cow!" snorted Jones. and then Dick rode to the commander-in-chief's quarters, de• Bill Burgess let fly his big hands and took Scroggs in the livered the old Quaker's letter and reported what he had eye. learned. "Hey, what yer doin' ?" "It is likely that a force will be sent to stop the depreda"I donno; but you stop pokin' me with that thing or I'll hit tion s of this Captain FergUQ n very shortly, Dick," said 'the yer!" general. "Yer did hit me, Bill BurR"ess." Dick bowed., 1 "An' you hit me, too!" snarled Jones. • "If you wish it, we will send the Liberty Boys to help do Scrog-g-s continu e d to flourish his shotgun and otHer boy.,; it, Dick." 1 g-ot hit. "We are ready to g-o wherever duty us, Your ExcelOne retorted by giving the young bully a resounding slap lency," Dick answered. in the mouth. "Count Pulaski will probably lead the party." "Keep out o' the way with that gun, you clum sy clown," he "He is a brave man, and we shall be dad to serve under snarled, "or I'll give ye wuss." him, Your Exce llency." Youn:r Scroggs drew off to one . side, where his companions "You will hold yourselves i n readiness to start whenever would be safe. you are wanted, then?" He was not, however, for he presently slipped and rolled "Yes, General," and, as there were no more instructions, into the ditch. . Dick saluted and withdrew. it was onlv a qua1ter full of muddy water, but Scroggs On his return to the camp Dick took Bob and set out to go was a sorry-looJ

THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE NIGHT WATCH 11 The seeing their leaders vanquished and 1rettinir After reporting to the Count and getting settled i:a camp, several hard blows themselves, quickly took to flight. Dick set out to reconnoiter. The boys then mounted and rode away, having received but He went in disguise, but rode Ma.ior. as there was no i,f!w blows, and these not serious. horse l ike him in case of a J>Ursuit by the enemy. "Now they'll go off and teil their fathers that we have been He had ridden s ome little distance when he saw a house by abusin:r. tnem most shamefully," said Bob. the roadside, overlooking the water. "Yes, and Jones and the rest will try and make trouble. It was a tavern, and p r obably just the place where he That is the usual result of these meetings." would get information of the enemy. "Well, if they don't make any more than these boys did," Riding up, he tethered his horse at the side of the house laug-h ed Bob, "it won't amount to much. " and entered. "Very true." There were several men in the mace, smoking long pipes They saw nothing more of the Tory bullies, and at length and drinking ale from pewter mugs. reached Dick' s house. They paid little attention to Dick and went on with their Here they fqund Alice, as Dick had expected. t alk. He kissed his mother and then the two girls and said: They were all patTiots, as Dick speedily learned. "We are likely to be sent into the Jerseys soon, and so He did not make himself !mown, however. but listened. thought we would come over and see you before we went Nothing was known of Captain FerITTJson and it was eviaway." ' dent also that they did not know of Pulaski's presence in "You went to New York in a great hurry a few days ago," the neig hborhood. said Alice. "Some of the bovs told us." Dick did not consider it necessary to say anything, not "Yes, and we left it in as big a hurry," laughed Bob. knowing if there might be a traitor in the company. "The night watch seemed anxious for us to stay," added At length, as Dick was thinking' of going, there being Dick; "but we were equally anxious to get away." nothing tha t he could learn, a newcomer arrived. The boys then told their adventures, omitting the terrible It was Filkins, whom he had last seen in New York. ciis covery at, and the escape from, the houS(! of Haskins. "If he is here, then there is mischief going on." was h i s however. thouirht. This would have excited their hearers too much, and they He sat where he was partly in shadow and could see Fil-said nothing of it. kins plainly without being seen himself. "You must have had some exciting times in the city," obThe man might not ' recol?llize himr but he determined to served Alice. . take no risks. "We did," shortly; "but part of them were due to Hank Jones Filkins sat down and ordered a mug of home-brewed ale. and his son. who declared our identi ty." . "Good weather, friends," he said. "Here's my very good "Yes. and .iust now we thrashed Jones and a lot more." health!" laughed Bob. "Same to you," growled one, "though it's not often I swap_ "Then there will be more trouble. " said Edith. compliment s with a stranger." "Perhaps not," said Dick; "but, at any rate, we shall not "Not such a stranger, either," laughed Filkins. "Isn't your avoid it. We don't make it ourselves, and if these men name Newman?" annoy us the trouble will be theirs." "It surel y is." "They won't make any if we face them resolutely." added "And you don't remember me?" Bob. "and thev will back down as qu'ck as the bo ys." "Can't say that I do," hes'tatinglv. "Rut vou w4Jl avoid it if you can, my son?" asked Mrs. "Don't you remember Jim Waterbury, of Morristown?" Slater. "Can't say I do." "Yes, mother dear, but I think, with Bob, that a bold front "Why, yes, you do. You and I were great cronies." will have more effect uoon these men than if we try to get "Can't say that I can place you. Don't know as I recollect out of a meeting with them." . the name at all ." "Very lil<:ely, and I know that your judgment is good in Filkins laugh e d and said: such cases." "Wa'al. I 11ad another, but I got in trouble and it wasn't The boys remained at the house until dark, knowing that safe to use it. Don't you re.member a scrape I had over Mark would send for them if they were wanted. in--" They had tea with Dick's mother and the girls and in the "You ain't Jim Branch . are you?" asked the man. eadv evening set out foT the camp. ' "Why, certainly," sad Filki ns. At the same place where they had encountered the Tory Dick could see that he had waited 'for the other to menbullie s they saw a party of men waiting for them. tion a name and had then accepted i t . Sorrie were mounted. but the m:!jority were on foot. "Well, I wouldn't have known ver, Jim." "There are Hank Jones and his cronie s waiting for us" "Well, mebby you wouldn't. How's everything? In the sa:d Bob. "Those boys have been telling lies. as u sual." ' army?" "Maybe not." said Dick. "Hank Jones is perfectly willing "No, I ain't. I'd like to have went, ' but my rheumaticks t o make trouble on his own account. if he can." wouldn't let me." . "Quite right." " fo neither, You're true to the cause. thoue:h, I s'oect?" "Come on, Bob." "Yes, sir, and I'd like to see every blame redcoa t, Hessian, '.J'he boys rode forward till they met the men. when Dick Yae:er and the rest dumped into the ocean!" said: "You haven't had no trouble with them lately?" "You ari; waiting here to make trouble for us. Hank Jones: "No, they've given us a prettywide be r th." but vou !!"et all you want. and more, too, if vou do not "You've go? troops in the neighborhood, I suppose ?" let us pass. Get out of our way!" "No. we haven't: but as long as the enemy keeps away it's Both boys drew their pistols and aimed them at Jones a ll rie:ht. I g-uess." "V-'.a'n't doin1 nothin' o' ther sort!" growled Jone>:. Dick could see that Filkins was look 'nir for information. the SJde of the road. "We was iust ertorkin' thet's all" As long as the men knew nothing, Dick did not see any The others drew aside and the boys on bein.g soo I hann in letting the talk go on . . ' out of sight. ' n If he brought Ferguson there on account of there being "What did I tell you?" laughed Bob. "We iust bowled no troops in the neighborhood, it would be an easy matter those fellows over by putting on a bold front." . to" fall upon them. . , . "Very true. Bob . I made up my mind not to have any . Well, I the:e a:,n t any redcoats m these parts trouble, and there wasn't any.'' _so you re alt When they reached the camp Mark informed them that I reckon we aFe. they were to leave for the.Jerseys the next day. F1lkms s_at there . a . little long_e r and then arose, saying that he was !!"Omg to VIs1t some fr1encls. CHAPTER XI. DICK MAKES A CAPTURE. "What has made you say your name was Newman, Josh?" asked one of the party , when Filkins had left. The. Libe1-ty Boys had .ioined Count Pulaski and were now in Jersey about to proceed against Captain FerITTJ son and hi,. nrArl.atmv h::i.ncL "Cause I knew he d idn't know me no more'n a s ide of sole leather." "Do tell!" "And I don't believe his name is Jim Branch, any more'n mine is." '


12 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE NIGHT WATCH "I want to know." is nothing more than a pirate and is a very coward when in "Fact is, I never knowed lau.s;h. anybody by that name," with a dan.s;er." • "Wa'al, I declare!" "My opinion is that he's a spy and is tryingto find out som e thing-, thou.s;h what it is I don't know." "Of all thin.s;s ! " Dick now slipped out Quietly and saw Filkin s .s;oin.s; down the road, the same way he had come. "He thinks there is no use in .s;oin.s; ny farther," said Dick. Then he rode on after the man and shortl y overtook him. Fillns looked at him sharply as he rode along-side . "How are you, Filkins?" he said. "That isn't my name," said the man, coloring. "It's Jim -Jim Root." "Branch. you mean," lau.s;he d Dick. "You have a poor memory, Mr. Filkins." "I tell yo u my name is not Filkins." "And I know that you have been .lmown b y it. e r n if it is not yours. We turned the schooner over to Colo:1e l Butler." Filkins turned red and pale by turns and "What schooner? I don't know what you r.n talking ,about. I don't know you and I don't want---" , He was about to gallop away, when Dick seized his br:dle rein with one hand and put a pistol to hi s head with the other. "Oh, yes, you do. Filkins," he said. "You know me n ow , , althoul!,'h you may not have done so at first." "What do you want?" the man gasped, his face turning the color of ashes. "I w;:mt yqu . Where is Captain Ferg-uson ? " "I don't know." _ "You do, and you came here to s p y upon u s and see what chances there were for a raid." Filkins changed color. Dick thus knew that he had g-uess ed right. "You are going with me, Filkins," he said, Quickly w h ee l ing the man's horse. At the same time he deftly abstracted Filkins's pistols from his belt under his coat. "Here! Where are you--" "Keep quiet, Filkins," as the fellow attempted to seize Dick' s arms. "This pistol might be discharged." "Confound you, Slater! You are the cleverest. young ras-cal I have met in--" "All except the rascal, Filkins." said Dick. "That applies to yourself more than to me. Get up!" Ma ior started ahead and the prisoner's horse was obliged to follow. Filkins tried to slip out of the saddle, but Dick caul?'ht him by the collar. "I wouldn't do that, Filkins," he said, dryly. l'Pla.s;ue take you for a young rebel! How do you manage always to get the best of me?" snarled Filkins. "By keeping my eyes open,' " with a laugh. "Get up, Ma jor!" He went on at as rapid a pace as Filkins'1horse could keep up. • He kept a grip on the man, and there was no escape for him. At last he rode into his own camp. Bob came up to meet him. "Hello! That's Filkins you've got!" he cried. "Yes. He was looking. for informat! on, and I thought I would cive him s ome ." "Show him where our camp was. eh?" "Exactly." Ben and Sam now came up, and as Filkins dismounted took him by the arms. "Keep him under iruard. boys," said Dick. "Those lying J erseymen told me there were no troops a1:1.Ywhere about!" snarled F i lkins. "They did not know," said Dick. "We have not made our presence known yet." ' The man was take n away and put in a tent under stroll' iruard. "What are you going to do with him, Dick?" asked Bob. "Make him tell where Captain Ferguson is and turn him over to Pulaski." "Will he tell, do y ou think?" "It he thinks he will be hanged: otherwise he won't. He "I g-uess yo u are right, Dick," with a l augh. CHAPTER XII. A STARTLING SURPRISE. The Liberty Boys all were eager to know how Dick had captured Filkins. ' "That f e llo w will stee r clear of us if he ever gets away," said Ben with a laugh. "All our dealings with him have certainly been unfortunate from his point of view." added Sam. "Thrue for yez, Sam," said Patsy. "Oi knowed the man wor a v 'lyan as soon as Oi shtepp ed on board hi s ship." "Why so?" "B<>cos he had a dirty kitchen , or galley, or phwativer yez call it. No dece:: 1 t mon will kape a dirthy kitchen, whether it do b e in a ship or a hou se or ohwativer." " hel:e ve you're right," chuckled Sam. and all the boys lau ghed. ' . D'ck presently w e:it to sec Filkins and said: "I think vou are l ooking over t'.1e ground to give informa-tion to Capbin Fergu son as to where to make his next raid." Filkins colored. but said n ever a word. "Where is he?" No answer. " _ A m I right?" a s k ed D'ck. "You be or you may not be. It is only a guess on your part. " . "it : s not a gue:;:s. You hact a schooner with which . you u ser! to make pred:.:.tory excursicn s . . You have it no longer." ':Vl c:ll." "You wo l1ld naturall y go with a man of Captain Fer1ruson's stamp .'' , "Perhaps I might. I am not a rebel. anyhow.'' "No, pat riots are not made o f the stuff which you are made of.'' "That is merely a matter of op ' nion, " "No, it is a fact. I heard your conversation in the tavern, saw vou feelingvour way to find if they were Tories or not.'' "We ll, one needs to be cautious," carelessly. "You had a purpose in all th'.s.'' "Maybe I had.'' "You thought you deceived them, but you did not. " " They told me there were no tl"OOPS about. They don't regarc! the Liberty Boys as s old iers," with a sneer. "They do n o t know vet that the Liberty Boy s are here. You are working for Captain Ferl!;uson, and it is useless to deny it." "Well.maybe I am." "Where is he?" " I don't know. I am not i n Captain Fer'USOn's command." Dick saw the man change color s liirhtly, and knew that he was lying. "You do know where he is. I want to know. Tell "me." "I won't!" "Do vou want to be hanged?" "No." trembling. "but if I don't know a thing how am I to tell it?" impatiently. "Yes. you do." "I told you I did not." "I know y ou did, but I don't believ e vou." "You don't have to insult your prisoners, do you?" with a narl. "No, but I can tell when one is lying. You do know where the captain is, and I am goinl?' to know." , "I tell you I don't know, and if you hunl?' me twice over I could not tell what I don't know, could I?" "Of course not, but you do know. Now, where is Captain Ferguson?" "I won't tell' you!" nick stepped out of the tent. "Prepare a noose and throw it over a branch. Harry," he said. "Very good." The t.ent flap was left open and Filkins saw the preparations for a hancing goingon rapidly. A rope with a noose on the end of it was thrown over a limb and tested. Then a file of Liberty Boys came toward the tent.


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE NIGHT W ATCII 13 Filkins trembled violently, the cold sweat standing in great beads on his forehead. His face grew ashen and he could scarcely sit erect. "Get up, Filkins/' said Dick. The man arose but sat dow n again, he was so weal:. "Don't hang me!" he gasped. "I'll tell you whe1 he is. He is at the mouth of the r:ver waiting for a chance t o fall upon any rebels who may oppose him." . "Very good. I will investigate. If Ferguson is not there, or has not been there, the n you will be hanged." "He was there to-day," gasped Filkins in a scarcely audible tone. • "Take down the rope, but keep it in read:ness. Break ranks," said Dick. The boys dispersed, and the noose was taken down. Then Dick left the tent. "Do you think he told the truth, Dick?" asked Bob. "Yes." "Then Ferguson is where he says?" .As Haskins and his companion rushed toward the boys, snuffed both lights with two rapid shots. . he hurried t o the outer door, reachingit and dash mg it open as another blaze of light illuminated the woods. XIII. THE ENEMY DISAPPEARS. Both boys ran out. as a torrent of rain beat upon them, but they would rather face the wildest storm than remain in that house of crime. Ne'ther had any doubt that murders had been committed there, and they were gfad to be out of it. Two shots rang out, but the crash of thunder which fol low ed that vivid flash made them scarcely perceptible. 1 Tt. was dark again in a moment. "Or he has been. \Ve must find out." Evening was aoproaching, and after s u pper Dick s : t to find Ferg-uson. I Dick knew where the horses were, and hurried to the spot out Bob at his side. . Dick sli pped Ma.ior's tether and leaped into the saddle. mounted almost at the same moment. P.ob '"ent w'th him. both riding at an easv g-ait . The sky looked threatening when the y started Qllt, and rapicllv grew more so. At lE!ngth it grew so dark, the boys riding along a road bordered on both sides by trees, that thev had to slacken their speed. . The thunder rumbled and every now and then they could see , t he flash of the lightning through the trees. Then the wind began to blow violently, and the thunder and lightning to be more frequent and nearer. "\'\ e are i;o ngto have a violent storm, Dick," said Bob. "Yes. and it may be necessary to seek shelter somewhere/' "I don't see a house anywhere, Dick." "Nor L'.o I, but there must be one somewhere about." The tlrnnder grew louder and the lightning more vivid. and at last they felt the raindrops. Then they saw a light from a house, and rode rapidly to ward it. The rain was coming down faster and heavier now, al though as yet the trees s h eltered them somewhat. They reached the house, the l:ght shining from one of the windows. It stood right amongthe t rees, and one or two larger ones grew quite close to it. They rode under one cf these, and D ick dismounted. Goingto the door, he rapped loudlv upon i t. In a few moments a ma!) came to the door with a candle in his hand. "I shall have to ask for shelter, sir," said D:ck. "I am afraid the storm will be too violel\t to venture out in." "Yes, it promises to grow worse, instead of better. Come in, by all means. No one is ever turned from our door, anc : : no one ever leaves it with a compla 'nt." It was raining violently now, beating against the window panes, and fairly rattling on the roof. The boys t ethered their horses close to the house. whexe they did not get the drip from the eaves, and entered . . There was another man i n the main room of the house and as the bovs entered. he arose to g-reet them. The instant Dick saw his face he started. "Haskins!" he said. "Jove! so it is," echoed Bob. "It is not often that one has the fortune to be my guest twi<'e." the man said. with an evil smile . "So you have left the city, as being too dangerous, perhaps and have brought your evil calling to these wilds, have you?" "For one r eason or another, I have the pleasure of seeing you again, Captain," smiling. "You will at l east stay till the storm is over?" "Not a moment. I would sooner brave the worst tempest that ever blew than t6 remain half an hou r. or even ten minutes i n this murderer's den!" "Perhans. now that you are here, it may not be so easy to get out." with an evil look. A perfect tornado of rain struck the windows at that moment. and the lightning was fairlv blindimr. "l'd like to see you stop us, Mr. Haskins," said Dick, quickly drawing his pistols, Bob doing the same. Then they moved toward the door. "Stop them!" hissed Haskins. "They must not escape, stop them!" There were two candles in the room, . 'I hen another flash came and showed Haskins and the other at the door. Both men fired, the shots whizzing dang-erouslv near to the boys' heads. ':J'hen came a crash which s eemed to shake the vel'V earth unaer them. Jn a moment all was black darkness. T.he boys rode back the way they had come, not caring to i;:9 n such a storm. Soon there came a fla s h more vivid than anv they had vet s een. . smultaneously with it was an ear-splitting reverberation. Then came the crashing of branches somewhere behind them. "A tree has been struck bv lightning," said Bob. "It so unds as if it had fallen on the house," said Dick. "It would b e a g-ood thing if it crushed the place and those men with it," impetuously. .The. rain beat furiously and the boys were soo:ri drenched with it. . . They thoug-ht nothing of this, however. having safelv escaped from that terrible house. They had fought for years, and showed no fear when facing Br:tish and Hessians, or eve n the Indians. Cold-blooded murder was another thing, however, and they felt that they had made a lucky escape. Tl).e Indians were wily, and eve n . treacherous, but there was some excuse for them, as all their traditions favored' that sort. of warfare. • When m e n made a professio n of murder, however. and ki1led in cold blood, the boys felt a horror which was worse I than any physical fear could have b een. '1'hough they were out of the hous e, and in dang-er of be :ngo crushed bv falling trees, they felt that these were onlv natural perils, 'and they did not have the awful fear which had impressed them when in the house. They were both brave to rashness, and had not been unnerved when in the house , but they felt a fear nevertheless, and were g-lad to be away. "I can face odds in OPE;?n fight and never flinch," said Bob, "or even stand up against a lot of prowlingInd.ans without fear. but mur<;!er is something I could ever iret used to." "All ou,r experience has been against it," said Dick. "We are soldiers, and have no fear of known dangers, but our every sense revolts against murde r , and particularly coldblooded, calculatini murder like this." t "Vengeance will overtake that scoundrel some day, if it has not alreadv done so," r e plied Bob. "I feel that way myself." said Dick. , The storm continued with considerable vio lence. but the boys preseutly found a grove of thick trees, where they were well protected from the rain, and h ere they wated till the worst of the rain was over. By degrees the thunder and lightning abated, and at length ceased. It rained for some time after that, but it was a soft, gentle rain, and they did not. mind it. , It was still rainingwhen they set out. ag-ain, but thev did not feel it in the woods, and were not discomfited bv it ,0


14 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE NIGHT WATCH ------------------They r e a c h ed the c amp at l e ngth and changed their saturated clothes . sittingb y the fir es , which burned cheerfully, and wer e a great comfort. "Not much patriotism here," laughed Bob, when they had gone on. . got c a u ght in the worst part of the storin.," said • Mark. "Wa s there no shelter to be had?" "None that w e would take," ans w ered Bob. "The n there was one?" "If y o u can call a place a shelter where you a r e sure to be mm: d e r e d in your beds, or even out of them," sa: d Bob, grimly. "Jove! did you find a place like that?" "Ye s , and the same man from whom we escaped in New York." "The same?" "Yes, and it was our fortune , o r misfortune. to meet him out here." "Th e n y ou saw nothing of the enemy or of Captain Fer g"Uson ?" " No, we did not Jl:O far enough." The storm cease d at length, and in the morning it was clear a.,.ain and somewhat coo le r . Three, o r four of the boys took F ilkins over to Pulaski's c amp, while l;)ick, Bob and on e o r two of the boys set out to look for the enemy, On the way they came to the hQus e in the woods where they had b e en the previous night. On e end of it was a total wre ck, a giant tree havi nir fallen acros s it. ' The heavy tree had t orn rig-h t t hrough the roof. carried away the floor b eneath, wrec k e d the chimney , and crashed into the cellar. "It l ooks as if it had been bombarded," said Ben . " W hoever was under that s tood no chance whatever " adde d Sam. ' "Dick said he thought i t h a d struck the horse." observed B ob . "and s o i t d i d , and heavily ." There was no one in sight in the g ood part, and it looked a s if it had b ee n abandoned. T h e boys di smounted , and went forward. Bob looked in at the windows, but saw no one. Dick push e d open the door, but h eard no s ound. . Be n a n d Sam entered at the b r oken part. while Bob went fn at the rear. There was no one to be seen, and not a sound to be heard. They l o ok ed in the rooms a b ove, i n the clo sets and in the cellar, b u t found no one. E verything of any value had been taken out, and not even a s inirle article of food. "Fear of the storm or of d etectives has driven them out " said D ick. ' "Well , i f that had not, we would," said decidedly. "And if w e find them carrying on thei r evil practices anywhe r e e l se, we w ill drive them out, " a d d e d Ben. "Wh a t oug-ht to be done th the house ? " asked Sam. " Leav e i t , " r e plied Dick.. "Some honest person may make it h is h ome ye t and remove the curs e which rests upon it." T h e b oys then rode on. R eachin g t h e mouth of the river they found where there h a d been a c amp, but from which the occupants had gone. . "Fil k i n s was right, " said Dick, "and the enemy have probablv onlv recently left here." "The n what a r e we going to do?" asked Bob. "Fi n d them!" said Dick, shortL v . CHAPTER :XIV. A NEW USE FOR AN EVIL HOUSE. The boys made their way alonir the coast for a mil e or two, but saw nothi nir of the enemy. / ' Som e o f the neighbors said that they had gone the ni_ght before, an hour or two ahead of the storm. No on e seemed to know just where they had l?'One. how _,t-Ver. They were so g-lad to be rid of them that thev did not seem to care wh e r e thev had gone . "No, and they're a selfish lot altogether." replied Ben, "thinking onlv of themselves." "It w o uld :riot make any difference to the m who was vic toriou s," d eclared Sam. "Not a particle," said Bob, in di sgust, " and' they deserve being stirred up, as that old fellow put it. " They w ent on for a mile farther, and s till seeing nothing of the ene my, turned back. The y had ridd e n s ome distance when the y came upon a man driving an ox cart loaded with furniture. A woman, a girl and a bay often sat on the cart, the man having pause d to rest the oxen. "M ov ing?" aske d Di c k, halting. "Yes, but I dunno where to go. Times have been hard, the redcoats have robbed me, work is hard to get. and manv of the neighbors won't let me have a house because they say I'm a reb e l." . "Tori es?" . "They are nothing. They won't fight on e'ther sid e . AU they w ant is easv times and plentv of money .'' "And you are a rebel?" "No, I a in't. I'm a patriot, and so are you. W e don't kno w afty rebels." "Very good. And so you want to find a house?" . "Yes, I can't live in the woods and fields like gypsies." "I'll, show you a house which t think you can take, but it's' in bad repair." "It can be fixed up, can't it?" "Cert ai nly. C ome with us and I will show it to you." "Nobo dy livingin it?" "No.'' "A n ything the. m atter vvith it, 'si d es b ein' out o' repair?" "A tree fell on on e end of it last n ight and wrecked that 'par t. The people who were in it before had a bad reputation." ' 1 "Any one killed?" "B y the tree? No, I think not." t Th e y rode on, and at las t came to the house where Haskins and his evil crew had lived. The settle r looked at it ca1efully. "It looks like a likely enough house," he said. "an' it's a lot b etter'n nothing." The woman and girl went in to look around, and Dick took the man aside. Th e n he told about Has kins. . I d o not know, of cours e," he adde d, "if any murders have be e n comm itte d here or not, but it is likely that there have." "But the folks have gone?" "Y es , and are not likely to return . . " "Did the folks around here know about it?" "I don't lmow. Perhaps not." Just then the woman came to the door and said: "It's a proper fine place, Jake. Things smells kind o' musty, but I , r e ckon they can be aired.'' "We won't be squatters, will w e?" asked the cir!. "No, I think not," laughed Dick. "I would move in if I mre in your place." "Guess we better," the man said. "I can pay rent for it . Some of the trees 'll have to be cut. " "I don't think that will matter. You can make a garden the n. and improve the place greatly." Tlr e boys h elpe d the settler move in some of his things, and then went back to the camp. CHAPTER XV. PAYING OFF THE MARAUDERS. Upon his return to camp, Dick rode over to Pulaski's camp, at some little distance, and to].d what he had learned. "The spy was right," he added; "but the enemy had moved without his knowledge.'' . . "Then you did not find the enemy, Captain?" "l'fo, but I do not think they aW{!Y on our account. No one knew of our presence here. "Then we will 1!:o after them and drive them out." "We are readv to march at any time." "Very good . we will start an .hour after dinner." "Ef thev'll o nl v k ee p away I'll be satis fied." said one. " W h a t w i t h reb e l s an' T orie s an' redcoats an' Hessians an' 'mos t everyt hi n g but lnjuns we're all ther time stirred up, " g r o w l e d another. "I'll b e plu mb glad when the war is over. and a body can make some sort of a fair living," another remarked. Dick returned to the Liberty Boys and• announced the Count's decision.


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE NIGHT WATCH 15 _ ____,, ___ _ The boys were glad to 6e on the march again, and shortly H was a long shot, but he hit the stroke oarsman in one 011 after the tents were struck and everytning mad e the las t !.>oats and causetl liirn t.u fall Lackwar

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