The Liberty Boys' flank move, or, Coming up behind the British

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Beblnd the stone wall stood the British outposts firing at the American b.attalion. The Liberty '1'i :Soys, on the 1lank, now broke from cover. Taking oft' his bat and raising his sword, Dick cried in ringing tones: "Fire and charge on them!"


The Liberty Boys c>f llsued Weekly-Subscriptlou price, $3. 50 per year; Canada, $4.00; Foreign, SUIO. Frank Tousey, Publisher, 16&' Weat 23d Street, New York, N. Y . Entered • • S eco n d C lass llatter January 31, 1913, at the P o1tO ffice at New Yo r k, N. Y., u nder the Act of March 3. 187 9. No. 1074 NEW YORK, JULY 29, 1921. Pric e 7 C ents. The. Liberty Boys' Flank Move O r , COMING UP BEHIND THE BRITISH By HARR Y MOORE CHAPTER I.-A Plucky Jersey Boy. "Get out of there, you redcoats, or you'll find yourselves in a lot of trouble!" "How dare you talk to u s like that, you young rebel!" "I am not a young rebel, or an old one, either. I am a Jersey boy and a patriot. We don't know any rebels; but sou are a lot of meddling redcoats, and if you don't get out of here, there'll be trouble for y ou." "I suppose you will make it?" asked one of the redcoats, in a to:-ie of deriSion . There were three or four of the redcoats and one sturdy good-looking boy of betwee n fifteen and years , who had just defied them, greatly to their amusement. It was a summer tol barrels, or what looked like them, were thrust out for an instant and then with drawn." " You had better keep away, I tell yo u," said the boy. "I am not t o be trifled with, and you will find it out if you are too officiou s ." • The redcoats withdrew a few paces, and the sergeant said: "Where did the young rebel get the weapons, do you suppose? He did not have them at first, and they don't k eep such things in barns , as a general thing." "Suppose we sneak along against the barn on each side till we reach the door and then force it," suggested the third man. "Then we won't be directlv in front of him all the time and he won't see us." "Jove! That's a good idea, Bragg. Suppose we do. Get close to the barn and he won't you." Two of the men got on one side of the door, and one on the other, and all three approached it cautiously . Then, at a signal from the sergeant,. having r eached the door, they suddenly threw themse lve s against it and forced it open. It flew in rather more quickly than they had expected, however, and the three of them measured their lengths on the barn floor in a moment. Then, before the,, , could pick themselves up, a lot o f hay came fumblingdown from aloft, fairly bury ing them.


2 THE LIBERTY BOYS' FLANK MOVE "Jove! -Stop that, you young rebel, or you'll us!" yelled the sagacious Bragg, crawling out from one load only to be floored by another. "Stop it, I say, you saucy young rebel!" cried romlinson. "Hello! Sergeant, come in here and dig us out!" The sergeant ran in, but was instantly deluged b,, a shower of water that came from somewhere overhead and quite took away his breath. Then ha ran out again, followed by the three redcoats, covered with dust, their wigs full of hay, and sneezing and coughing at a great rate. And then from an upper window they 'heard the boy calling lustily: "Hello! Liberty Boys! This way, redcoats, catch 'em, this way!" "Liberty Boys!" gasped the sergeant, shivering, although it was a hot June day. "Those are the young rebels that we have met before and that made. so much mischief for us." "Yes; and, by George, there they come now!" cried Wilkins. "Jovel The young rebel was right; we are getting into a lot of trouble!" Along the road leading to AiJlentown the redcoats now saw a group of boy s in the blue and buff of the Continental Army, all well mounted, and led by a boy on a magnificent coal black horse of pure Arabian blood. Just behind the young captain was a boy on a big gray, another on a speedy bay mare, and one on a roan, while behind these three were a dozen more bo.y • s, all well mounted and presenting a most striking appearance. They had sighted the sergeant and the three redcoats and were coming on at a gallop. The redcoats lost no time, but sprang upon their horses and rode away in the opposite direction, toward the camp of the British under Sir Henry Clinton. The British had evacuated Philadelphia, and were now on their way to New York, watched by the patriot forces under General Washington, who was eager to have an engagement with Clinton. Clinton was wary, however, and tried to avoid a meeting with the Americans, wishing to get nearer New York before risking a battle. The four redcoats made all haste to escape, and the party of Liberty Boys, as theJersey boy had called them, pushed them hard for a short time and then rode back to the barn. "You had so me trouble with thes e fellows, I take it?" said the boy captain, whose name was Dick Slater, and who lived in Westchester Coun ty, New York, a s did most of the troop. "Yes; but they had most of the trouble, as I told them they would," with a laugh.. "I am all alone and they wanted to get into the barn, and " I knew that if they did they'd want our horses, and I made up my mind that they should not have them. I had to resort to strateg, y until I saw you Liberty Boys coming, however. " "What did you do?" asked the boy on the big gray, who was Mark Morris on, second lieutenant of the Liberty Boys, one of the bravest in the company, universally liked and thoroughly trusted. "Well, I threw them aside fir s t and got in and then s ho ved the tines of a fork out at them and pulled them back again, and told them it was loaded." "They thought you had a brace of pistols?" with a hearty laugh. "Yes. Then they kept close to the barn so that I would not see them, and made a sudden clash at the door." "Well ,, and what then?" interestedly. "1 was up in the mow and the door was not barred. When they threw themselves against it, in it went, and they all spra:wled on the floor, and I threw hay on them till they were nearLY' smothered." The boys all laughed heartily, and Ben Spur lock, the boy on the roan, said: "But the sergeant was soaking wet. How did that happen?" "Oh, there's water in the barn and I carried a bucketful up in the mow and let him have it. The rest got hay, but he was a little better than they, being a sergeant, and I gave him water." "You are a plucky boy," said Dick. with a smile, "and a resourceful one as well . It is scarcely necessary to ask you if you are a pa triot?" "I am one, all right. No decent Jersey boy would be anything else." "Hear! Hear!" said t he boy on the bay mare, who was a dashy-looking fellow and a universal favorite, being Ma1 k Morrison's fast friend. "You are a 'Jersey boy yourself; your name is Jack Warren. and you live the other side of Al lentown," said the other. "So am I a Jersey boy," spoke up another, "and what you say i s true; and I agree with you, the same as Jack." "And your name is Neel Sawyer and yo u live on this side of Allentown," said Jack. "My s i ster and yours are great cronies, but I have not seen so much of you . " "No, I have been in Philadelphia a good deal, even after the redcoats took it. I couldn't g-et away," with a laugh. " I went there to a Quaker schoql, but came home for the summer. " "You are no Quaker, Ned," said Mark. "The Quakers don't fight, but I guess you would." "I should say I would!" emphatically. "If father was home, Captain, I'd ask you to ask him;.,,_ if I could join the Liberty Boys." _. "Ask him y •ourself, Neel," said Dick Slate.r, with a laugh, "and then come and tell me at the camp." "There is likely to be lively times before long, and I'd Hke to be in them." "You had some lively ones just now, by all accounts, N e d," said Jack. "So I did. The redcoats are in strong force beyond, and these four were foraging or scout, ing, I don't know which." "You might find out more about them, Ned, before you come over to the camp," said Dick. "Any information of the sort that you can get will be appreciated." "All right, Captain; I will learn all I can. Father a n d mother have gone to Allentown, and you may meet them on your way back. If you do, ask them about my joining the Liberty Boys, so as to save time." The and went on toward the ... Ned remammg at the house to wait for his father and mother and the rest. Nearing Allell-


.. THE LIBERTY BOYS' FLANK MOVE 3 town, they saw a two-horse wagon approaching, and Jack said to Mark: "There are Mr. and Mrs. Sawyer and Patience and the younger girl coming now." Mark told Dick, and when the wagon came up, the -yQung captain halted and said: "This is Mr. Sawyer?" "Yes, Captain. You are some of the L iberty Boys, I believe?" "We are. Your son Ned wants t o join our troop. Are you willing for him to do so?" "Why, ye s , if you are ready to take him. He has spoken of it. I see that you have John Warren's son with you." "Yes, and we are very well sat isfied with him." "If you have boys like Jack Warren in your company, they would be very good associates for Ned." "We have plenty of them, sir," smi ling. "Then I have no hesitation in letting him join . " "You might tell him s o, then, and send him in. Tell him to get all the information that he can. He will know what 1 mean. Can you spare a horse for him?" "He has one cJf his own." "Then the matter is settled, I guess." "• CHAPTER IL-The Jersey Bo,, , and Some Others. Ned Sawyer threw back the hay which he had thrown down, swept up -the water and put away the bucket, and made things as tidy as they had been before the appearance of the r edco a ts. Then he did a number of chores, bringing wooo and water lighting a fire in the kitchen, and setting . the as neatly as his sister could have done it. Ned Sawyer was not a high-toned sort of boy, by any means, but he had been taught to do many things in order to his mother and sister trouble, and he was not ashamed of it. He could and saw wood, harness , milk, plow, hoe, dig, and do all sorts of farm work better than mos t boys of his age; and was a thorough boy even if he could do things that most b&,ys leave for the girls to do. The family came shortly before noon, and Mrs. Sawyer set about getting dinner, the boy's mother being greatly pleased at what he had done in the wayi of saving work for her. "Did you meet Captain Sla:ter and some of the. Liberty Boy s , father?" Ned asked, coming to the point at once. "Yes, Ned, and the captain says you will do if I can spare you." "And can you, sir?" the boy ask. ed, looking up frankly. "I guess s o, Ned. I know that_ you h a ve lon g wanted to do something for your country, and this will give you a chance and will be better than going into the army, for which you are too y oung. I have heard many fine things said of Captain Slater, and I like his appearance very much. He strikes me as a thoroughly upright, manL:11 boy, and I think that you will be greatly benefited by being with him and the rest. They look thoroughly like soldiers, and I think they are desperately in earnest, every one of them." "Then I may join?" eagerly. "Yes. The captain spoke about getting some information for him." f After dinner Ned set off on hi s horse toward the British lines with two important objects in view . One wasto fin d out all he could about the redcoats , and the other was to divert the march of the enemy so that it would not pass his father's house. Nearing the camp, Ned hid his horse among the bushe s at the side of the road, tethering him so that he would not stray away, and then went on. There were other boy s in the camp, and .Presently three of these came up to the boy, and one of them said, in a bullying tone: "What you doing here, Ned Sawyer? You're a rebel! You get out!" " I have -as much right here as you have, Bill Dodd, and I am not a rebel. Even if I am, that i s better than a sneaking Tpry\" " I'll lick you for twopence!" snarled the other, and his companions began to back him up. None of them would have attacked Ned singly, but the three thought that they might be able to manage him. "And I'd lick y ou for nothing if it was worth while," laughed Ned; "but there's no glory in thrashing a fellow like y-0u." "You rebels will have out as soon as we redcoats begin to go ahead," blustered Bill Dodd. Ned saw s ome redcoats approaching, and said quietly and with no air of bluster: "Maybe we won' t , then. General Washington is at Allentown and G eneral Wayne and a lot o! troops and more are coming. Pe1haps we won't be the ones to get out, after all." "Is the rebel, Mr. Washing ton, at Allentown, bo y ? " asked one of the soldiers. . "Yes, but he is not Mr. Washington, any more than Clinton is Mr. Henry Clinton. We have genera l s as well as you, and good ones." Ned now saw the sergeant and the three men whom he had met in the morning coming up, and stepped back a little s o as to be out of sight. Bill Dodd and the other Tory boys thought to take him at a disadvantage while he was talking to the redcoat, and suddenly closed in on him and struck at him. Ned seemed to have eyes in the back of his head, and turned quickly, parrying Bill ' s blow and landing one on the Tory's nose. He treated them all impartialL) ' , however, for he nex t deli vered two more blows, and each of the boys got one. "Maybe you ' ll meddl e with me again when I am talking to your betters, you clowns!" he said. "Are there many of you r ebels in the town, bo y ? " the redcoat a s ked, smiling at the summary way in which Ned had di s po s ed of the bullies. "Yes , but you don't need to call names. We are not rebels; we are American patriots. You have no busines s h ere, you are invaders, and you hire a lot of foreigners who don ' t know the first thing about our trouble to come over here and fight us. Why don ' t yo u do it yourselves? Are y ou afra i d you can' t conquer us? Well, you are about right." There was no tone of boasting or bluster in the boy's talk, and the redcoat s were impressed h y • it. "By Jove! you are the boy that made trouble for u s this morning," said the sergeant. "1 think I ought to arrest "You came to our hou s e, where. you had no business, and were . going to steal our horses."


THE LIBERTY BOYS' FLANK MOVE answered Ned. "I had everv right to treat you a short time he had blackened both of Bill Dodd's as I did, and if I were 'to report you to the coleyes, had made Sim Simpkin's nose to bleed, and •'P.el he would say that I did the only thing I had loosened two of Jim Budd's front teeth. The c.J.uld." three bullies had got quite enough by that time The boy's bold attitude rather staggered the and they beat a hasty retreat. Ned was making rsergeant, and he had nothing to say, for Ned was his way out of the camp, taking care to avoid perfectly right. the sergeant and the others, when he saw the "I was not going to steal your horses," he said, three boys who had a sked such foolis h questions. coloring. "I was only going for a drink o f wa "Very good, N e d , " said one, and the boy recter." ognized Dick Slater by his voice, but in no other "Well, you got it!" laughed the boy, and the way. p.ergeant colored still more deeply. "My sakes!" he exclaimed. Ned then noticed three or four more boys whom "We may as well go,'' said Dick. " We have he did not know, although he knew most of the learned all we can at this time, I think." : Allentown bO,.)"S. Then they left the camp, and Dick said: "And there are a good many rebels at Allen"This i s Lieutenant Bob Estabrook and this is town under Washington, are there?" the first Will Freeman, who expects to be Jack Warren's redcoat resumed. brother some day." "There are American troops there, yes; but we "He'll be a lucky fellow, then,'' said Ned, "for are not rebels. We are fighting for our rights, Dorothy Warren is a fine girl." for our independence. That is not being rebels. Dick and the rest had hidden their horses not You British did the same thing, but you did not far from where Ned had left his, and Dick said call yourselves as they mounted and rode off at an easy pace: "But tell me, boy, does your general really ex"You were wise to hide your horse, Ned; but pect to hold us back?" you must teach him to stand without being teth"He does" seriously, "and if you advance ered. Some time you might wanl to get away in through you will find the 'rebels,' as a hurry and , you would lo s e time in slipping the you call them, quite ready for you." tether." The Tory boys had dropped back, but the oth"I shall have to do it,'' said Ned. "I would not ers had advanced and were quietly listening to have known you if you had not spoken in your the talk between Ned and the redcoats. natural tones. I know nearly all the bo ys around "Why did you come to the camp?" asked the here, and I was wondering who you were." Briton. "We set out quite unexpectedly to see the "To look around and see what a camp was like camp. I thought you would be there. You did and to see if 1you had as many men as we have,'' very well, Ned. I suppose you told what you did frankly. in order that the troops would not pass your "By George! You don't make any secret of it, house?" my. boy,'' laughed the ilergeant. "Yes, I did. It was no harm!" "Why should I? You asked me a plain ques"No, and it was as well that you did. Others tfon and I gave you a plain answer." would suffer as well as your father, if they went "Then you are a spy, by your own confession." that way. There are not so many places on the "Well, I didn't say that I came to get a drink other road, and the enemy will be in a greater of water," dryly. hurry now." The sergeant flushed, and the others laughed, "I wanted to save our place, and others, and and Ned walked away in a eareless manner. Then did"'not suppose it would do any harm to tell of the other boys got in front of the redcoats and our forces, when they are bound to know of them began to ask them all sorts of foolish questions later." about the camp, whether they thought there "It was no harm at all, and it showed great would be a fight, if people would have to pay to thoughtfulness on your part. You see it, as at a circus, and why didn't they arres t those redcoats by your quiet manner when the boy ' if he was a rebel. would not have done s o had you boasted and "Get out of the way, you donkeys!" sputtered swaggered." the sergeant. "Well, I shall be glad if I have accomplishe d The boys sca"' ,i:ed, but Ned Sawyer was no-what I undertook," the boy replied, greatly where to be seen, although he saw the redcoats pleased. from a corner of a tent. "I think that you have, " said Dick, and then "Those were some of the Liberty Boys, I'll bet they all rode on at a brisk pace toward the camp. anything!" he said to hims elf, "and they came up They passed Ned's house on the way, and Dick and asked thos e foolish questions so as to give stopped for a moment to see them all and to me a chance to get away." • say to Ned's father: In a few minutes he saw Bill Dodd and the "It is all ri ght, Mr. Sawyer. Ned is just the other Tory boys again, and Bill said sneeringly: sort of boy we want. You won't be troubled by "Huh! You run away so's I wouldn't lick the rndcoats, for they will go by another road." you!" "All right, then do it now," said Ned, coming forward. Bill Dodd would not set upon Ned alone, and CHAPTER III.-A Very Clever Affair. he quickly said: "Come on, fellers, let's lick him!" Ned's father and mother and two sisters were Ned did not wait for the three bullies to at-very glad that Dick was pleased with them, as tack him, but flew at the trio without delay. In well as to know that he had preverited the


THE LIBERTY BOYS' FLANK MOVE 5 eoats froin taking the Allentown road. After a stop of a few minutes only, the boys all went on and at leugth reached the camp a little the other side of Allentown. Here Ned saw the boys he had met before and many more, all of whom extended him a most c .ordial greeting, Jack Warren introducing them. Besides those he had met there were Sam Sanderson, Harry Judson, Phil Waters, Paul Benson , Gerald Fleming, Harry Thurber, and m any others, all sturdy, healthy boys and good fellows. Dick asked Ned a few questions, being already well satis fied with him, and then the boy took the oath and was sworn in as one of the troop, the !1oys shaking hands with him and makiag him feel at home at once. He was proyided with a uniform und a musket ah}! pi s tols, and looked very smart as he rode out of the camp an hour or so afterward with Dick and two or three others. Dick i=:;ater always made a practice 0f tak ing new recruits with him when he went out to re<"onnc1iter, in order to give them experience, and this was why Ned went along, Dick having to have a look at the enemy and what they were about." Besides Dick and the new recruit the1e were Jack Warren and the two Harrys, as the,yi were generally called, being great chums and generally founq together. The boys went around by other road which did not pass Ned's hou se, for Dick thought that perhaps the British and Hes sians were already on the march and wished to ascertain if this were so. The boys were riding along at a good gait, Dick in advance, and had passed Allentown when a sudden surorised exclamation was heard. Then a dozen redcoats were seen to spring out from behind some bushes and surround Dick. "To the rescue, boys!" shouted Jack, a s he dashed forward. "Keep back, boys!" cried Dick. "There are more of the redcoats behind! Make your es cape!" The boys saw the other redcoats and dashed away a s Dick had told them to do, making their escape in good time. Dick was dragged from his."'.Saddle, and in a moment he sent Major run after the boys, Jack quickly calling the beau iful animal alongside. "What did you do that for?" snarled a second lieutenant, who led the party of redcoats. "I thought he was in bad company," sai . d Dick dryly. you think they will let me remain in your company any longer than they can help?" "Well, they attempt to rescue you , of course, but as soon as. we see any of the rascally young rebels, we will shoot them down like dogs!" angrily. '.'Whf7, I not think you W!;!re a Hessian!" smd Dick, with keen satire. "You seem like an Englishman." T . he started, a_nd some of the men grinned his back. Dick was hurried away to a little outpost not far away, Jack Warren getting a sight of it from a treetop up the road where the boys had halted when they found that they were not pursued. "We have got to get Dick away from those fellows," he s aid, when he came down and reported what he had seen. "Fortunately there are s o :'ery many of them, and they are at so me little distance from the main body of the en emy." "Hadn't you better go after a lot of the Lib ert;y Boys, Jack?" asked Harry Thurber. "Your mare can go like the wind." "Get out of the way, boys,'' said Ned sud a whisper. "Here are Bill Dodd and 41s cromes . We mus t catch them." The boys quickly hid themselves and their the bu shes at the side of the road. .. What 1s your plan, Ned?" whispered Jack. . To capture those fellows, put on their clothes and go after the captain," Ned promptly swered. "Good! We will do it, or one us, anyhow." The two Harrys heard what was said and were ready to fly out at a signal from Jack and capture the Tory bullies. Ned' s proposal showed Jack that the boy was quick-witted, but he had al:vays heard well of boy and so was not sur The three bullie s came on , entirely un of danger, and had no idea that any enemies were about until the four boys suddenly rushed out upon and captured them. The bullies were taken into the bushes, well out of sight from the road, and then Jack said: "Which is the nearest your size Ned?" ' "Bill Dodd , I think." ' . "\Cer,y well, then, Bill Dodd, take off your clothes." "Won' t do it!" snarled the bully. "But I wanted him myself." "No more than I; and he knows me now and i.s quite used to me." "You will never ride him again, so ,y()u mi ght just as well have let me ride him." "Why will I n ever ride him again?" . Before he knew it, Jack Warren had him on his back and had him stripped to his shirt. The t':"'o Harrys covered the other bullies with their pistols, and Jack and Ned quickly had the rest of his outer clothing off. "Do n1t you say 'I won't' to one of the Liberty said J a ck. "We don't allow it. You wo.n t catch a chill to-day, I guess. Take off your umform, Ned. One will b e enough, I think, unless you want company." "I'd like to have you go with me Jac k This "Why, you are a prisoner, aren't you?" in surprise. " Yes, for the present," shortly. "For the present? Yes, I fancy you are, and for a good deal longer time than that! You v.Pll be sent clown the river and put on board a pris on ship, and you'll never see this country again." "1 think I shall see it many times," said Dick quietly. "You are altogether too sanguine. You . don't know the temper of the Liberty Boys. Do is new business for me, you know." ' "Why, you got along fir s t rate in the redcoat camp, Ned." "Yes, but not rescuing any one then." "All right, -r'II go with you. Here, my boy" to one of the bullies, "get out of your clothes fast as y()U can. I want them." The fellow did not refuse, as Bill Dodd had done,. but began taking off his clothes . Ned, m the meantime, had taken off his uniform


6 THE LIBERTY BOYS' FLANK MOVE and was putting on the coarse breeches, hose and jacket worn by Bill Dodd, retaining his own shirt and shoes. • "You had better tie those fellows up , Harry," said Jack, as he got out of his uniform quickly. "If they shout, shove a pistol barrel into their mouths and fire away!" Jack had no intention of doing anything of the kind, of course, but the Tory bullies were great !Y frightened and shook as if they had the ague. They were tied up, and the two Harrys kept guard over them, having no occasion to more than point their pistols at the fellows to insure complete silence. "Soil your face and muss your hair, Ned," suggested Jack. "You do not want to look too slick. You have been walking along the dusty road and it' s a hot day." Jack Warren looked like anything but his dashy self when he was ready to set out, and the two Harrys were forced to laugh as the, ) ' noticed him. "Take a couple of pistols, Ned, " he said. "You may need them. " "All right, Jack," and the boy s put two pistols in s ide his jacket, as he saw h i s companion ao. "If we s ee Dick," said Jack, "get into some sort of a row with the redcoats and attract their attention, and I'll do m y best to get him away. W e 'll have our hors e s and his clos e at h and s o that we can make a dash and leave the se fel low s behind in a twinkling." "Very good!" answered Ned. "I'll rely on you, Jack, to carrr. the affair through." "I guess he will carry out his part of it all right, Jack, from what Will said o f the affair this morning," remarked Harry Thurber. "Yes, Will told me about it, and it was all right." The two boys now set out on their hors es and rode till they were within a short distance of the enem y , which Jack had determined by his observation from the treetop. Then they dismounted, walked on cautious ly till they could see the tents and t h en hid the three horses, having brnught Major w ith them, in the bu s hes where no c hance traveler c ould s ee them. ' "Your shoe s are not du s t y e nough , " said Jack, "and you have horsehairs in 1yiour coat. You have not be e n riding, or you are not supposed to hav e been, at any rate." Then the clever f e llow brushed off the horsehairs from Ned 's coat and threw du s t over his shoes and a l i t t le way up on hi s coarse hose. He fixed his own s hoes in the s a m e manner, and then he and N e d went on at a walk which seemed to indicate that they had been s ome time on the road and were hot and tired. They found the redcoats sitting or standing about in the shade of the trees or at the entrance of the tents, for it was hot and sultry, and any shelter was welcome . Jack saw Dick i n one of the tents and gave a short cough, a s he halted and wiped his face on his coat sleeve. "Got a drink o' water?" he a s ked, with a drawl. "We're just tuckered out. Gosh, but it's bot!" "I wouldn't mind a mug o' cider mys elf," rout-. tered Ned, drawing a long breath and sitting ander a tree, "but I don't suppose you got it. If I was you I'd have lots o' things, but I just believe you're afraid o' the rebels, an' dassent take anything from 'em." "If you want a drink, there is a spring by the wayside about half a mile from here," said one of the men in a surly tone. "You 're too blame lazy to bring any here!" snarled Ned. "I don't want water, anyhow, I want cider, an' if 1 y<0u redcoats had any spunk, you'd have a bar'l of it, but you're just too blame skeered o' the rebels to take it an' they' ll drive you out'n here 'fore you know where you be!" "You don't want to talk like that to us, you clod!" angrily. "Go on about your business!". "If y ou do not, you will get more than cider, I can tell you that!" " Yes , and it won't taste so good, either; so clear out, you impudent bumpkin, or you'll be kicked out!" said Ned, getting up. "There isn't one o' you what's man enough to do it, and that's what I think of you." With that, the plucky' fellow slapped the face 1 of one redcoat and gave the nose of another a savage tweak, kicking a third in the shins and causing him to utter a yell of rage and pain. The three redcoats and others made a dash at the boy, who cleverly tripped up one of them, causing others to fall over him, and then made for the road, but 11,Wll

THE LIBERTY BOYS ' FLANK MOVE 7 random shots. A turn in the road quick l y hid -.! the boys from sight, and then t h e redcoats halted, thoi:o u g h l y d isgusted, and made their way back to the camp, indulging in a lot of bad lang uage. "Well done, boys," said Dick. "That was a very clever plan, cleverly carried out. It was not all yours, was it, Jack?" "No, not all. Ned proposed jt, and I gave him some suggestions." "Well, you both deserve credit for the way ' in which you carried it out. I knew you both and thought you had some plan, and when Ned began to pick a quarrel with the redcoats I knew that it had something to do with it and waited for a signal from you." "it was J ac k that suggested that," laughed Ned. "I proposed catching the Tories and using their clothes for disguises. " "Yes, I wonde r ed where you had procured them, for you lost very little time, and I knew there was no place nea1 where.yo u could get them, and that you could not have gone back to the camp." "The Tory boys came along in the nick of time" added Jack, "and Ned suggested that we them and take their clothes, which we did." Dick laughed heartily when he saw the Tozy. bullies, but they looked very shamefaced as well as frightened, for they imagined that the boys would do all sorts of things to them. Jack and Ned speedily got off their disguises and put on their uniforms, and Dick said: "You boys can put on 1your clothes and go, but if we catch you telling the redcoats anything we!ll give you something to make you remember us for a long time." The two bullies put on their clothes, and then all three hurried off as fast as they could go. "I'll bet anything that if they meet those redcoats they will be taken for us," laughed Jack, "and get a licking. I'd give something to see what happens." "You can go ahead if you like, Jack," said Dick, laughing. "You may learn something more of the redcoats; but be careful." Jac k waited a reasonable time, so a s to give the bullies time eno_ u g h to reach the redcoats, and t2'ap set off on his speedy mare. He halted when he saw the three boys ahead of him, stopping in time to escape observation and then going on again. At length he dismounted, made a detour, and came out jus t behind the boys. Keeping in the woods, he went on cautiously, and then halted in sight of the camp and waited. The redcoats were getting ready to leave, evidently expecting that the Liberty Boys. would soon be along. Then to their g1eat amazement along came the very bays who had insulted them and helped Dick Slater to escape. "So you're back again, are you?" cried one angri ly, rushing out and seizing Bill Dodd. Then he proceeded to give that worthy a thoro ugh shaking, at the same time c u ffing and k ick i n g him right and left. All three boys were seized and subjected .to the same treatment, although there had been only two e ngaged in the resc u e. " Yo u lemme go!" bawled Bill Dodd, trying to get away. " I h a i n ' t do n e nothin g t o yo u , jus t you leggo o' me! " "Done nothing, eh, when yo u slapped my face and tweaked Jones' nose? Well, I'll do nothin g to yo u , then!" '-"It wasn't u s at all!" yelled the other. "It was them rebels . They caught us, took off our clot hes and put 'e m on and then went away so1pewheres, and when they come back they had the other rebel , Dick Slater, with 'em, a n d that's all about it." Jack Warren -felt so much like laughi n g that he had to get away, and even then he broke into a heart31 peal of laughter before he was out of hearing, that startled the redcoats and caused them to look around. Then they saw a boy in Continental uniform hurrying through the woods, laughing to split his s ides . They put after him , but Jack was too quick for them, and reac hed his beautiful mare while they were still a t some distance. The n he jumped into the saddle and rode away, still laughing and waving hi s hat. "Gosh! That's one o' the rebels now!" sputtered one of the Tory boys. "That's the fellow what had on my clothes!" Jack was soon out of sight, and the three Tory boys made their escape while the redcoats were saying hard things about him. Jack rode u p, still laughing, and fairly convulsed the boys when he told of the reception that the Tory boys had received. ''I'll wager that they will keep away from both redcoats and patriots a:fter this,'' he added, "for they have been pretty badl. P treated by both. lt was as good as a show to see them, though, a n d I would not have missed it for a good deal." "Did you learn anything new, Jack?" asked Dick. "The redcoats have received a thorough scare and are gettiug ready to leave . I doubt if they are there in half an hour." "That i s something, and doubtless the reports that Neel spread will send all of them off by another road sooner than we expected." The boys the n rode on at a gait that would not fatigue either themselves or the horses and at length reached the camp well on in the afternoon, with plenty of news to tell, Jack having a story that would amus e them all. The boy s were greatly pleased to hear ho w well the new recruit had behaved, for they had been attracted to him from the first and were glad to know that they had formed a proper estimate of him. Pats y and Carl went off to get supper, assisted by others, while the rest occupied themselves in various ways, the camp presenting a very busy scene. The days were at their lon g est just now and it was after nine o'clock before i t grew quite dark. At that time, the boy'.5 being well rested and the night being cooler than the day had been, Dick set out on horseback with seven or eight of the Liberty Boys, incluJing Jack, Ben, the two Harrys, Will Freeman and the new recruit, to see what the enemy were doing. . ''!f they have gone on the march and changed their route, we want to k n ow it," he said, "so that the general can get after t hem." Besides being the captain of t h e Liberty Boys pick Slater was a famous scout a n d spy, mg bee n em plo ye d by Genera l Washington him.


8 THE LIBERTY BOYS' FLANK MOVE self on more than one secret mission of great importance and always proving n:iost satisfactory. Dick proposed to do some scoutmg now, and he took Ned with him in order to give the boy some experience. They rode at a good speed and had passed the point where the British outpost had been v.;thout seeing any sign!" of the enemy. Then Dick suddePly halted and listened, the others reining in their horses. "Do you anything, boys?" a;;ked Dic'k, whose hearing was of the keenest. "I don't hear anything, Captain," said Jack, who was on higher ground than the rest, "but I see something over yonder," pointing. "What do you see, Jack?" "The glitter of arms and the flash of scarlet unifvrms." "Yes, yeti are right, and I hear the enemy marching. " "Yes, and now I hear the clatter of hoofs myself but not very distinctly. The enemy are on the' march and going in the direction of Mon moutL" "That i,;, right, Jack. Come on and we may get a better view of them." The bovs rode on at a lively rate and at length could both see and hear the enmny very plainly, there being a large force of them. "I thought it was likely that they would change their line of march," said Dick, "but now we are sure of it and can report to the commander-inchief. Thinking so-and-so is one thing, but knowing it is quite another." The boys watched the enemyi tile past in the distance taking a greatly different route from what had intended, till at last Dick said: "Well, 'Ned, they won't bother your place, the wav they are going." "No, they won't, and I am very glad of -"I think we might as well return," contmued Dick. "They will not change their course now and we may have to go on the march ourselves in a short time." They wheeled and were riding at a gallop, when Dick suddenly halted and said: "Conceal yours elves, boys!" The bo y s obeyed on the instant and ques tion, drawing in close to the o_n either side of the road where they were quite hidden b y the deep shadows. In a few moments the y kne w whv Dick had halted, for a number of men came riding along, taking the middle of the road and not seeing the boys. "The redcoats are on their way and the rebels will be going after 'em and there won't be. any Liberty Boys nor any one els e to protect the place and we'll go there, take all the ?orses and everything el s e we want an? run off with the gal beside s ," one of the men said. . "Yes, and serve Sawyer right!" growled another. Then the men rode past and Dick heard noth ing more di stinctly. "Do you kno w those men, Ned?" asked Dick, when it was s afe to speak. "One was . Dodd and the other was Budd. There were other Tories in the party." "Can they reach your hou s e from here con veniently?" "Yes, 0by the cro ssroad yonder," pointing. "Then we shall have to follow them and prevent their doing any mischief." CHAPTER V.-Giving the Tories a Lesson. Ned Sawyer's home was threatened, but his new associates in the Liberty Boys, although he had not ,yet been twelve hours e with them, were ready to help him and to save his home from destruction and his sister from being carried off. The Liberty Boys always stuck by one another, and as kmg as Ned bad taken the oath, he need not have !been with them an hour for them to feel that they owed a duty to him. They w.ould now help him as quickly as they would fly to the aid Qf Dick Slater himself, and Dick would as readily assist Patsy or Carl or the newest recruit as he would Bob or Mark or Ben or any of the boys who had been in the company from the start. The boys rode on fast enough to keep reasonably close behind the Tories and yet not let the latter know that they were there. The boyrs all knew that they could very quickly catch up with the ruffians when they began to get into mis and so Ned had no fear that his people would suffer. At length they heard the Tories shouting and firing, and rode ahead at full speed. The wretches had begun to attack the house, and had started pulling down the fences to make bonfire s of, some of them starting to set fire to a field of grain not far from the house. The boys at once divided into two or three parties as they reached the place, each having a certain tas k to perform. One set dashed to the grain field and open e d fire upon the men there, while another attacked the men pu!Hng down the fences . The othe r s went straight to the house, this being the largest, a s the men there were greater in number than el sewhere .. D?ck this party, and Jack and Ned wer e m 1t. Pistols began to crack anrd muskets to rattle and bang, and the enemy were greatly surpris ed , hav;ng no idea that any one knew of their com ing or were anywhere n ea1. The party at the house was try inoto forc e the doors and ."nd ows, s o as t-0 get Sawyer and the, rest firing upon thim. Then the boys rushed up and di smounted , hurling themselves upon the Tories and beginning to throw them about wit'1 }it: l e care for con sequence s . There was light enough for them to see the Tories and make no mistakes, and they began pummelling the ruffians most vigorous l y , hurling them asi de, knocking the m down and pounding them most unmercifully a s fast a s they ' caught one of the villains . The boys at the fence and at the field quickly Touted the Tories at those places and F .ent them running up the road at full f)p ee hous e, and Ned, Jack and others ran aTound there. Two or three of the Tories had forced the rear door and were about j.o run off with Patience Sawyer, Ned' s sister. "Here, clear out!" shouted Jack, giving one of the abductors a stunning blow on the head with the butt of his pjstol. The man staggered, let go


THE LIBERTY BOYS' FLANK MOVE 9 of the girl, and made off in great haste. Then Ned gave a11other a blow in the face with his fist, and Ben seized another by his shoulders and fairly hurled him into the road. Then other boys came running up, and the Tories were very roughly handled, being very glad to make their escape. The boys then rode away, after Ned's father and mother and the whole family, in fact, had thanked them for what they had done. "If you boys want anything while yo u are in camp," said the farmer, "don't be to come and a s k for it, for we'll be glad to give whatever you need. You boys are not under pay like soldiers, and you've got to live, and I'll keep you supplied all I can." "We are much obliged, sir," said Dick, and we may call upon you. It may be that we shall leave hel'e shortly, but if we do not and we need anything, you will hear from us." "The boys did not do this for the sake of getting anything out of it, father," said Ned. " I know that they did not, my boy, but they must be supported, just the same! defenders of their country, and I am w1llmg to do my share of it." "There are many who feel the same as i)"OU do, sir," said Dick, "and I can assure you that we do not suffer." "It would be wrong if you did," the farmer replied, "and I will see that you do not, as far as I am able." The boys then away, being heartily received by thos e who had remained and who very anxious to bear what had happened, having heard the sound of iiring. They were greatly interested and laughed merrily at the account of the thrashing given to the Tories by the farme1s. There was nothing heard from the commanderin-chief that night, and Dick knew that he must know of the sudden departure of the enemy. "They will probably send for us :when want us," said Dick, "and then we will go m a hurry. It will be all right, I don ' t doubt." In the morning Dick set out with some of the boys to reconnoiter and see if there were any of the enem.yi about. They saw no signs of them, however, and Dick was satisfied that they had gone on. On the return they stopped at the Sawyer house and heard that nothing had been seen of the Tories and it was not likely that anything would be. the return to the camp Dick found that a messenger from Genera1 Washington had just come in with a dispatch ,from the general. Dick read it carefully, and then sent for Bob and Mark. "The general has sent for us to join him and the rest o f the trqops," he said, "and we will go forward in a short time. It is likely that the British have made a stand somewhere and there will be a battle soon." "The Liberty Boys will be glad to hear that," said Bob. "And glad to be doing something," added Mark, "although they have not been idle of late." There was no haste about the boy s getting away, for Washington wished them to keep a watch on the road and see if any more troops came up, it being thought that perhaps all of Clinton's forces had not come up, and that an ' attar.k might be made in the absence of the pa-triots. Dick gave i11structions to Bob to get Liberty Boys under way, and then he and Marl! and a score of the boys set out as an guard to watch the road. There was no sign of the enemy, however, and Dick learned from of the neighbors that the last of the redcoats and Hessians had passed in the early morning, Messengers soon afterward arrived from Phila delphia confirming the news. Dick and his party went on at an eas,y pace, and at length Bob and the main body of the Liberty Boys came up, and they all went on to gether. The weather was hot again and s o the march was not rapid, as there seemed no need for haste at the tinte. "There will be plenty to do before long, no doubt," said Ben to Sam, as they rode along. "Yes, and plenty to do it,'' added Sam. "And our new recruit will not have been with us long before he will have experience that some of us did not have till we had been weeks in the troop," remarked Harry Thurber. "That's his luck!" laughed Harry Judson. '\ , CHAPTER VI.-The Battle Begins . The Liberty Boys were in camp near Monmouth Court House, the British and Hessians being some mi'es but just in what position was not know1, a1,u Dick had just receive

10 THE LIBERTY BOYS' FLANK MOVE hood in another hour you will be lihot down like mad dogs!" In a mom ent almost there was not one of the wretches in sight. "I am greatly obliged to you for your assistance against these highwaymen," said the officer, "but I suppose I must consider myself your pris oner?" "Not at all," said Dick. T he other looked surprised, and Dick resumed: "You were taken unawares by a gang of ruffians who will attack any one who chances to be alone. We have nothing' to do with such miscreants, and I am certain that you have not, although these men attacked me this morning-, calling me a rebel." "And got the worst of it," laughed Jack. "You needed our assistance, and we gave it to you. For the moment we were friends, as you were in danger of losing your life at the hands, of thieves and murderers. ' We certainly shall not spoil a kindness by making you a prisoner. You' would have done the same for us. However, it will be as well for . YOU to go no farther," smil ing. "I understand, Captain. We are on opposite "1'..des, but I must say that I did not expect such from a foe." "There was no reason to expect anything else, if ;you knew u s," replied Dick. "Under the circumstances we could not make you a prisoner without outraging all our sense of decency." "I am obliged to you , Captai n, and will go away at once. I trust that I may be able to return you r kindness at some time." Dick and the redcoat then shook hands, and the latter at once rode off at full speed. The presence of one redcoat was an indication that there might be more of them about, and the boys went on with considerable caution, so as to guard agains t a surpris e . They saw the tents of the redcoats at length, and in fact got so near them that a lot of the British and Hessians came rushing out to capture them. "Away with yo u, boys!" cried Dick. "We are nearer than I thought. Be off!" Dick sent the boys ahead of him, although he could have l ed them all in a few moments, had he desired. "Come on, Ned," said Jack. "That's a good horse of yours, but the redcoats might get in a shot at you, just the same." In fact, the Hessians did fire a number of shots, but none of them did any harm, and the boys rode away at full speed and soon left them far behind. When they reached the camp, Dick went at once to Washington and told him of the changed position of the enemy. The commander in-chief saw the advantage the British would have if they reached the heights of Middletown beyond Monmouth Court House, and a council of war was held. It was determined to attack the enemy in the rear the moment they attempted to move and the troops were put in readiness to march at a moment's notice. Dick was ordered to bring up the Liberty Boys and be prepared to make a flank move at short notice, the boy s being eager to do this and get behind the British. Clinton saw that a fight was inevitable, a nd made preparations accordingly, Knyp-hausen and the Hessian invarc at daybreak, his own division follo\•:i n g later. Earlier than this, on Sunday morning, Lee had sent General Dickinson with a force of several hundred men as near the enemy's lines as possible to make observations. Colonel Morgan was also directed to approach near enough to attack them at the first move, and by daylight several divi sions were on the march, moving slowly in the direction of Monmouth Court House. Gen.era! Dickinson noticed the first move of the enemy and sent word to Lee the moment Knyphausen began his march. Washington immediately ordered the army put in motion, and sent orders to Lee to attack unless there should be powerful reasons to do otherwise, this discretionary clause causing trouble subsequently. At length the attack began, but there had been delays owing to mistakes in orders. Hearing and seeing smoke, Dick at once prepared to make his flank move and come up behind the British. There had been some confusjon which Dick did not know of, and the Americans had halted jnstead of advancing, and the were coming on in strong force. The Liberty Boys were put in motion, however, Dick them on with words of encouragement. The sounds of battle increased, and the gallant lads pushed forward, till they could see the gleam o f scarlet unjforms, and thus knew that they were clo s e upon the enemy. There was a rough country to be covered now, and Dick dismounted the boys and hurried them on. Grayson's battalion was attacking the enemyJ who, Dick could see, were protected by a stone wall. He quickly moved forward in such a direction as to come up behind the enemy and execute a flank move. . Keeping in the cover of the woods, the boys advanc ed rapidly and were within easy reach of the enemy in a few minutes . Dick then gave quick orders to move forward still more rapidly. There was a tremendous din, muskets rattling and cracking, cannon booming, and brave men shouting. On hastened the brave boys, ready to make the attack. "Now, boys!" hissed Dick. Behind the stone wall stood the Britis h outposts, firing at the American battalion. The Boys, on the flank, now broke from cover. Taking off his hat and raising hi s sword, Dick cried in ringing tones: "Fire and charge on them!" CHAPTER VIL-The Battle. The attack by. the Liberty Boys was most unexpected, their flank move having been thoroughly successful. The enemy were thrown confusion, and Grayson, realizing in an instant what had been done, advanced to attack them with the gr:eatest vigo1. Then a sudden order to retire was received, the men being unable to understand it. Wayne, one of the most daring fighters among the Americans, received a similar order at the same time, when he had been preparin&" to attack with greater force than ever. The discretionary clause was making trouble, Lee being deceived and thinking the enemy were stronger than was the fact, and that he was being surrounded.


/ THE LIBERTY BOYS' FLANK MOVE 11 With the withdrawal of the patriots in front of him, Dick los t the support he had expected, and he was obliged to retreat or be capture d with his whole company. He could not unde r stand it, but there was nothing els e to do, and he speedily withdrew his entire force, mounted the.m and rode away like the wind. Washington, making a disposition of his forces to follow L e e so as to support him, and sending Greene forward with the right wing, was astounded by the appearance of a countryman who told him that the Continental troops were retreating with the enemy in clo s e pursuit. The general could not c redit this report, and spurred forward, and when halfway between Fairfie ld meeting hous e and the swa,mp, came upon the first of the retreating columns. Giv,ing hasty orders to halt the column upon the first eminence, he pushed forward, across the causeway, and met Lee at the head of the s econd division. R iding up to Lee, he said in tones of the most withering rebuke: "Sire I desire to know what is the reason and wh'ence arises this disorder and confusion." A few angry words passed, but there was no time for w ords no w , the enemy being close a t ihand. Wheeling his horse, the commander rode rapidLyi back arid gave orders to R amsey and Stewart to rally their regiments, and then dered Oswald, with his artillery, to take a posi tion on the nearest eminence and open fire upon the enemy at the first appearance. Then Dick Slater and his gallant Liberty Boys came up alfd were at once put to work. "Thos e are the o rders we like best, your ex cellency," said Dick, saluting. "Somebody has mad e a terrible mistake," muttered Bob, "but I hope it will not be too late to remedy it." "We must do our best, Bob , " said Dick. Then thoe bo y s che e r e d, and showed plainly that they would do all that Dick expected o f the m. B y a well-directed fire from his battery, Oswald che c k e d the enemy, and Ramsey and Stewart, with the Liberty Boy s fo-r allies, formed un der cover in a w ood and helped O swald to k e e p the enemy at bay. The prese nce of the com.m.anderin-chief inspired the t r oops with courage, the men rapidlyi rallied, and within ten minutes all was order, and the patriots were ready to giv e battle to the enemy and force them back. Riding fear lesslf' along the line, the general inspired the men with fresh courage, and the battle was r enewed with extra vig or. Even Lee, who had re when ordered to command a ce rtain post, obeyed with the greates t alacrity, and said: "Your command shall be obeyed, sir, and I will not be the first&<> retire from the field . " The battle now raged fiercely, the patriots falling back at certain points , but. not giving way , occasional changes of position being necessary . There was a fierce fight going on at the oyen field that stretched in front of the causeway, 'tbe artillery in the rear playing havoc with the enemy. Here Dick Slater noticed Moll Pitcher going back and forth from a spring near by, bringing water to her husband. A shot from the enemy killed the gunner at his post, and Moll, upon her return with water, found him dead beneath his gun. An officer, having no one to till the gunner'.s place, ordered the piece to be with-drawn. Moll heard the order and, seizing the ram mer, cried: "Don't withdraw it, sir; I'll take my husband's place myself!" "Bravo, Captain Molly!" cried Dick, and, hastening forward, said: "The woman is as good a gunner as her husband, sir, so let her take his place." ".As you wi sh, Captain," the other replie::!, and Moll Pitcher served the gun all through the fight; and did brave w-0rk in a noble caus e. The enemy's cavalr,yi and a large force of infantry, skilled in the use of the bayonet, finally forced the patriots from this position. A.t ihe same time Lee ordered Varnum and Livlngston to retreat across the morass, Colonel Ogde!I covering their retreat. Lee was the last to leave the field and brought off Ogden's corps in g-0od order. Washing ton sent the brave fellows to the rear arid brought up fresh troops, engaging t>n emy himself with the main b-Ody. L-Ord Stirling, Greene, Wayne and others, now renewed the fight, and everyeffort of the enemy to break the line or flank the patriots was futile. Dick and the Liberty Boys found themselves presently opposed to a force of Hessians superior in numbers to themselves. The H essians came on in gallant array, <>x pecting to sweep the boys aside like chaff. The boys retreated to a wood and then dismounte.i, placing themselves behind trees, bushes, fallen tree trunks, and a few rods of stone wall which ran along one side. The horses were taken to the rear out of danger, and then the plucky lads began to u s e backwood s tactics on the Hessians. As the latter came on they suddenly found themselves atta cked by a foe whom they could not s ee , and who appeared lo be constant!Y' changing his position. Now the greater part of the fire s eemed to proc eed from the stone wall and then from a mass of uprooted trees s ome distance to the right, and a gain from some clumps of bu shes on the left. When they advanced to attack t h es e points they found no one there, the firing being at another place. T hen, when they left the wall or the trees and went el sewhere, they found the bo y s at those places again and pouring in a livel y volley . 'Dhen they heard a shout at a point wher e they d i d not suppos e there was any one, and t h e y saw the Liberty Boys charging upon them on ho r s e b ac k. In another moment they saw another party of the boys coming on afoot. Not all b oys were o n ho rseback, but it l o oked as if they were, a n d the Hessians were greatly alarmed, for now there was a g r eater fo r ce tha n their own coming against them, apparently. ooyis rushed on wi t h a shout and a cheer, firing arattling volley with musket and pistols , the din being treme dou s. "Forward, Liberty Bo ys ! Rout the foreign hirelings !" shouted Dick. "Liberty forever!" shouted the bra ve boys. "Let them have it, boy s !" The Hessians, fearing to be cau ght in a trap, fell back in -some disorder, and the boy s could have captured a number if they had cared to be bothered with pri oners. They very rare ly took any, however, and they allo we d the Hessians to escape, but with the loss of many muskets and


. 12 THE LIBERTY BOYS' FLANK MOVE side arms. Then Dick mounted all his boys and hurried off to join Wayne, who at that time, having an advantageous position, was being attacked furiously in order to drive him from it. Colonel Monckton, the commapder of the British at the orchard where Wayne was posted, harangued his men, and then fo-rming them into solid column, marched them forward with as much precision as if they were on parade. Wayne's troops were partially concealed by a barn, and the geneTal ordered them to reserve their fire until the enemy should approach very near and then, with sure aim pick out the officers. The barn concealed the advance of the Liberty Boys, who were to observe the same rule. Silently the British advanced until within a few rods of the Americans, when Monckton, waving his sword, with a shout, ordered his grenadiers to charge. Then Wayne gave the signal. Crashtoar! The:i'e was a tremendous volley from the patriots. Nearly every British officer fell, Monckton among them. The redcoats fought over their leader's body, but the Liberty Boys secured it, and carried it to the rear. All along the line now the battle raged fiercely, but Wayne with the help he had received sooo repulsed the grenadiers, and in a short time the whole British army gave wa)' and fell back to the heights occupied by Lee's force in the morning. It was a strong position, flanked by thick woods and morasses, and with only a narrow way of approach in front, and here the enemy was safe, as it was now nearly sunset. Washing-ton reso,ved to follow up his advantage, however, and attack the enemy in their new position, and ordered General Poor to move around to theh' right and General Woodford to gain their left while the artillery bothered them in front. The Liberty Boy s went with Poor, eager to have more work to do, but the nature of the ground to be covered prevented any proper arra1-

THE LIBERTY BOYW FLANK MOVE 13 "There are two girls. on horseback with them!" cried Bob. "They have been carrying out their threats, the ruffians!" "Forward!" said Dick. On went the boys at full speed, Dick hufriedly: "Go back, Sam, and bring up more of the Liberty Boys. We may need all our company to thrash these villains!" Sam instantly turned and Ben went with him. If anything. happened to Sam, Ben could keep on and deliver Dick's message, the boys seldom traveling alone. On went the rest of the boys, and at length came to the house. "Fenton and his Pine Robbers have run off with Patience and with Dolly Warren," said the farmer. "She was visiting here." "Was anything else taken?" asked Dick. "Yes, a bag of money; but that is of little importance." "We will get everything back, sir," said Dick. "Forward, boys!" Jack Warren was greatly surprised to hear that his sister had been carried off, and he was as eager as was Ned to go in pursuit of the Pine Robbers. "The wretches went toward the south," said Bob, "down in the piney regions and the swamps of Monmouth County. They. won't from the Liberty Bo y s, I can promise them. The men were out of sight by this time, but the trail was plain, and l)ick knew the region toward which they were going, and was bound to continue the chase till he had run the scoundrels down. The boys rode on at a lively rate till sunset, but saw nothing of the robbers, although their trail was plain enough, and some of the neighbors spoke of seeing them go by in great haste. Then they met a man who said he had seen them take a ce1tain road just at sunset, it being now about dusk. "\Ve may not come up with the wretches t?night," said Dick, "but we may find some of their haunts." They took the road indicated, and were satisfied that it was the correct one some time later, it being then quite dark and the road rough ahd wild when they came upon a log cabin by the There was a light in the cabin, and as they halted a man came out and said inquir ingly: "I shouldn't wonder if you was chasin' them pesky Pine Robbers?': "Yes, we are," said Dick. "They came this way didn't they?" "Shouldn't wonder if did. A spell ago they was some fellers rid by in a hurry and one of 'em said something about cheating the rebels, and I sort o' suspicioned then that they might be Fenton or Fagan or some o' that gang. They're hard characters, and if the people get arte'r them, some oj 'em are goin' to stretch a rope if they ain't shot down first." "Yes, we are after them now. They have run off with Sawyer's girl and we are going to the rescue." "Sawyer's daughter, eh? Sawyer is a good, honest man, and every one thinks well of him. I hope you'll catch the rascals." "We are going to try, anyhow," Dick replied. When the boys had gone on, Dick said to Ned: "Do you know that man, Ned?" "Yes, Captain," was the reply. "His name is Reuben Riggs, and he is an honest fellow. Father has had dealings with him and has always found him. thoroughly honest." Some time later they came to a cabin 'Qy• the roadside, and as they drew rein, a man came out and asked: . "They ain't going to be another fight with the redcoats, are they?" "Not immediately," said Dick. "Have you seen a party of men on horseback go by here re cently?" "No; there hain't any one been sence yes'day, when there was quite a few redcoats come by. "We mean this evening?" said Dick. "No, there hain't." They had not passed any crossroad and Dick was satisfied that the man was lying. He rode on and, when out of hearing, said to Ned: "Do you know that fellow, Ned?" "Yes, Captain, he is Eli Hayes, one of the biggest rascals in the neighborhood. He's a chicken thief and sheep stealer, and they sa,y1 he will steal anything." -"I thought he must be lying, for I could not see how the Pine Robbe1s could have gone anywhere else, with their horses." "We have not passed any other road." "He will try to mislead the other boys when they come along," observed Bob "but I don't think they will pay any attention 1to him having seen Mr. Riggs first." ' "No," said Dick. "If I thought they would I would send one of the boys back to tell the others." "It might be as well, anyhow, Dick, just to let know that we are on the track." '.'Well, perhaps .it would, although I do not thmk that they Will be deceived by this fellow. Harry, suppose you and--" "The other Harry!" laughed Bob, for the two were seldom separated. "Yes, the other Harry," laughed Dick, for he had not mentioned either of the boys by his surname. The two Harrys turned and rode back, the rest of the party continuing for some little time longer. They heard once or twice of a party of men on horseback who had gone by in a great hurry, but at last the road grew so wild and rough and the night was so dark that Dick con cluded to halt for the night and push on by daylight. The boys halted and made a camp in the woods near the road, lighting the fires, tethering their hors es, and making themselves quite comfortable. In an hour or so after they had halted, more of the Liberty Boys arrived, brought in by Ben and Sam and the two H'arrys, more being on the way. The newcomers had brought their own supplies with them as well as tents, and in a sho1 ' t time the camp looked more like one than it had, and was the scene of great activity. Hayes had tried to tell them that there had been no one by the house, but the two Harrys were there, and the boys knew better because there was no other road, and Riggs had told them of the boys having passed in pursuit of the Pine


14 THE LIBE.RTY BOYS' ELANK MOVE Robbers. Mark and the rest of the Liberty Boys would come on in the morning, and then Dick intended to make a thorough search for the ruf fians, this being the region, or near it, where they had their hiding places. When the boys had all settled down at last, Dick mounted hig horse and set out alone to see if he could find any trace of the Pine Robbers. He could see little, but he heard every sound near and far, and at length he distinguished voices ahead of him. He dismounted, left Major by the roadside, and went ahead cautiously, listening for a repetition of the sound of the voices. "The young rebels have got tired and gave up tJ;i.e chase,'' he presently heard a coarse voice say. "I reckon they have, but it don't make any difference, 'cause they will never find us, and we can break out whenever we like and kill and burn all we choose." Dick went on, expecting to come upon the men talking by the i:oadside, but he saw no one, and then the sound of voices grew fainter as if he had passed the place where the men were talking. "That's strange," he said, and then he went back, and in a short time heard the voices plain-ly, as before. "There is some mystery here," he said to himself, "and I must find out what it is." CHAPI'ER IX.-Some Slippery Scoundrels. Dick halted by the roadside and listened at (antivel,y • to the sound of the voices, more than to what was said, for that was mere boasting, which did not greatly interest him. It was the direction the voices came from that he wished to ascertain, for this had puzzled him. The men were not far away, he. knew, and they were evidently sitting about in fancied security talking over their evil deeds. They were not in the woods, for then he would have seen a fire, for the men would have one at night in the woods, even if it were summer. They could not be so . far away that he could not see some sign of a fire, for in that case he would not have heard them, and he was greatly puzzled. . . ,. "These men have secret places m the sand hills," he presently said to himself, "and cover them with branches. Yes, I remember now to lhave heard something about it to-night. This must be one of the places, but where is it?" The voices ceased, but Dick presently smelled tobacco smoke and the odor of bacon frying, and knew that he must be somewhere near the hiding place of the robbers. He advanced cautiously, and at length smelled the smoke more perceptibly, at last finding that it came from a clump of bushes and a mass of brush a little in front o f him. "Haven't you got that bacon cooked yet?" he heard some one ask, almost at his feet, it seemed. He was afraid to go farther for fear of falling into some pit, and so he listened, hoping to hear one of the girls, or both, say something. He did not, however, and at length the men stopped talking and all was still. "I think I can find the place in the morning," he said, and then he went back to the camp and told Bob what he had discovered. "We shall probably be able to locate these wretches in the morning, Dick,'' remarked Bob, "and by that time we shall have more of the boys and shall be able to rout them out of their holes." IliY' daybreak the boys were up, getting their breakfasts, looking after the horses, and doing any other things. By sunrise more of the Liberty Boys had arrived, and the camp presented a very busy scene. There were still more to come, but these would be along in an hour or two, and in the meantime there were enough of the boys to get after the Pine Robbers and make things especially warm for them. Dick advised rescuing the girls first and then punishing the robbers, knowing that if the villains were aroused they might take some revenge upon the girls and that it was. therefore advisable to look afte; their safety ahead of anything else. Taking a party of the boys, Dick set out cautiously to find the den he had partly discovered during night. . They along the road for distance, thmgs much different by daylight, and greatly puzzlmg Dick. They at length ieached a thicket on a slope back from the road, and Dick soon di s covered a thin wreath of smoke curling upward in the middle of a clump of bushes halfway up the slope, being indistinguishable to many of the boys. There were bushes there filled with fluffy, smoke-colored blossoms, and these deceived most of the bo;ys. Finally Dick pointed out the smoke, and said: , . "That smoke comes from some hole underground, and that is very likely the chimney. What we want to find i s the door, and that may be near here or it may be around the turn of the road somewhere, perhaps at a little distance." "Ned and I will go up the slope and have a look in at the " chimney, Captain," said Jack "while the r est of you search for the door. " ' "Very good, Jack," answered Dick "but be careful that you don't tumble down 'the chim ney." "We'll look out fo r that," with a laugh, and Dick went on, sending the two Han-ys into the WQods at a point a little farther on, with instructions to signal to Jack -and Ned in case they di s covered anything of importance. The two boys whose sisters had been run awa,Y' with, and who would naturally be most interested in their recovery, made their way cautiously up the slope toward the bushes, from which the smoke wreaths could now be plainly seen curling upward, watching every step and taking the greatest precautions against accident. At times the slope was quite steep and the way difficult, but they toiled on till they rea ched the bushes whence the smoke proceeded. "There's a hole here somewhere, Ned," whispered Jack, "and we must be careful not to fall into it." Advancing still more carefully, to the very edge of the clump of bushes, the boys observed a hole in the middle of them, from which the smoke issued, and then heard some one say: "We'll give the gals back if they pay us money enough, but it ought to be worth fifty pounds." "Sawyer is worth more'n that," growled another, "and so is Warren." "We ought to get a hundred apiece out'n 'em."


THE LIBERTY BOYS' FLANK MOVE 15 "Well, you won't get it!" muttered Ned, and Jack turned quickly and made a gesture of cau-tion. _ "How do yQu know we won't?" growled some one. "We'll get it if we ask for it, I guess. They can't refuse it." "I didn't say we wouldn't,'' protested several voices. , "Well, who was it? Somebody said it." "Oh, y-0u guessed it; there hain't nobody said it. Come on, it's time we went out and had a look for them young rebels. We want to get after them for chasin' of u s , and give 'em a good warming." "I don't think they will get as much of a warming as you fellows," was Jack's thought, but he was careful not to voice it. He crept closer in order t . get a look into the hole if possible, but a suspiciou s rattling of sand and a sudden swaying of branches made him cautious, and he drew back in haste. Then he and Ned retreated, not knowing at what moment some of the Pine Robbers might come out upon them. Partly sliding and partly running, they got to the bottom of the slope and hid some trees, but no one appeared above, and in a little while the smoke ceased to curl upward, as it had done. "If they come out, they may run against the Liberty Boys,'' said Jack. "They are around on the other si

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