The Liberty Boys' running fight, or, After the Redcoat Rangers


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' . l -\-' ''. ; ' ' . '' :;, ,'' " '' "' •! ,, ' ., '.i:' \ '. ''.•' : t,, i(,C( Magazine containing Stories of the American F RANK T O USEY, l'UllI.I SJIER, 1 68 WEST 23 D STREF.T, J.;E W Y ORK N o. 1080 NEW YORK , SEPTEMBER 9 , 1921. Pric e 7 Cents En BDYS'RU ING flliHT; . ,,,,,, R,AfTER THE REDCOAT RANGERS.. , , I , rJ-'Yl/?R#Y //bO'RE. N/J b T'llNf Over the bluff sprang the Liberty Boys. in their bot pursuit of the running r edcoats. was far i n advanc e o f his friends, and brandishe d h i s sword. The captain of the Redcoat Rangeris shook bis fist at the brave Yankee lads.

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The L i berty Boys of Issued price, $3.50 per year; Canada, $l.OO; Foreign, $4.llO. Frank '.rousey, Publisher. 161 West 23d Street, Nt.>w York, N. Y. Entered as Second-Class Matter .January 31, t P tOffice at New York, N. Y .. unc.Jer Act of March 3, 1 879. 7'1i I., ,rJ-; I yr, No. 1080 NEW YORK, SEPTEMBER 9, 1921. :1'ric 7 Cents. The Liberty Boys' Running Fight OR, AFTER THE REDCOAT RANGERS B y HARRY M OORE CHAPTER I.-Two Plotting Redcoats. "I tell you what, corporal, if we do get after the young rebels and our plans carry, yov won't b e a sergeant, as you hope to be, b u t a captain, and I will iise from a sergeant "Well, to what?" asked the red-nos ed corporal of the red-nose d sergeant, who had been speaking. "Well, we'll sail a colonel, Colonel Jones, at first, at any rate. "They'll never let you stop short of a .briga dier, Sergeant Robinson," replied the corporal, looking furtively into his pewter, in which not a drop of the punch remained. . "Well, maybe they might-that is, if they don't piireon-hole the appointment, as too often hap pens. Hello, the1e. potboy ! Come hither. We would have more punch.11 A rosy-faced and well-rounded boy , wearing a white apron, one end of which was caught up and tucked into his belt, approached and said: "Pardon me, gentlemen, but master says you can have no more till yo u have paid for the last two mugs you have had.11 "Why, you saucy fool," said the sergeant, his face getting redder than before, "I gave you a shilling when you served the last punch, and told you to keep what was over. How dare you accuse two of his majesty's officers of cheating, you over-fed young villain?" The two officers in his majesty King George's servi ce were seated in a tavern in middle West chester, New York, the British forces, with a number of Hessians and several regiments of Delancey's Loyalists and Simcoe's Queen's Rang ers, being then at Kingsbridge. The Americans were keeping a watch upon the invaders , and the'.:'e was a body of sterling young patriots known as the Liberty Boys encamped not many miles away, ready to pounce upon the marauders a;; the first opportunity. Sergeant Robinson looked at the boy, who returned his glance, and then, looking about him cautiously, said in a lower tone: ''Truly, you paid me nothing, sergeant, but I might pay the score and another mug, if--11 "If what?" asked the sergeant. "What is the scheme you have on hand, worthy sir? 1 k now of a band of young rebels, and if it concerns them, I might tell you something about them. " "You mean Dick Slater and Liberty BoYs ?" the sergeant asked. "Yes . Have you designs on them?" "ls the red-faced boy to be trusted, corporal?" asked the sergeant, looking at the empty pewters and thrusting his hands deep in both pock ets. "If he pays the score -aml sets out another mug, I think perhaps he is," the corporal answered . "Well, then,'' said the sergeant, "our scheme does concern the same saucy rebels you men tioned. If we can capture the whole of the rebel band it means captaincies for both of u s, in creased pay, my boy, more punch, more pipes, and more pleasure." "What is your scheme, gentlemen? I know something of these young rebels IDY'Self. Perhaps I can aid you." "It is to go in disguise to the camp, get Dick Slater away on some pretext, and then have him waylaid and taken prisoner. We shall have a s core of men secreted at a c o nve nient pa1t of the road who will spring out at a given signal." "How will y ou get him away from the camp?" "By telling him that his father is ill, and wishes to see him at once, before he dies." "A very good scheme, and one that will surely carry. When is it to be carried out?" "To-night, at nine o'clock." "Where will your men be located?" "At the side of the road at the little bridge beyond the tavern." "Well, sergeant, your plan is all right, with one or two exceptions. First, you will be going in the wrong direction to reach Dick Slater's house; an
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2 THE LIBERTY BOYS' RUNNING FIGHT "A loud sneeze, and a 'Bless my soul!' that is the signal." . "Very good," and the potboy went away and disappeared through .the door leading to the bar. Several men came in; and among them some redcoats, and the landlord and barme n were kept busy for some little tim!!. The rosy-faced potboy returned, served the sergeant and corporal, and went away. did not return, for instead of going to the bar or to the kitchen, a s he might have been suppose d to do, he went out by a rear door and hurried across to the barn. Here he found a stout boy i n his shirt and breeches lying asleep on a pile of hay in a corner. "Sleep on, my boy," he laughed. "I have done nothing to injure your character, and y ou have been of great service to me." . Then the supposed potboy took off his jacket and apron and threw them alongs ide the sleeping boy, took off another coat, and appeared much less rotund than he had done. Moreover, he now wore the blue and buff of the Continental Army, and the uniform of a captain. Then the young patriot got a horse from one of the stalls, led him outs ide, mounted and rode r a pidl y away, as more redcoats appeared at the tavern door. They saw him, set up a shout, a n d g a ve chase, urging their horses at full speed. The young captain rode a splendid black Arabian, and in a few moments the redcoats saw that there was no chance of catching him, and gave up the chase. "That is Dick Slater himself," said one. "I know that black horse. There isn't an animal in all our troop that can overtake him. " "That i-s '\v}ly the young rebel has him, s o that he can run away," declared another. Meantime, Dick Slater, the boy captain of the band of brave young patriots, rode on at a gallop till at the end of half a mile he came upon a dozen of the Liberty Boys, l e d by the fas t lieutenant, Bob Estabrook, who was his closest friend. "Any news, Dick?" Bob asked. "Yes; there is a plot to capture me and take me to the redcoat camp." "Jove! there will be somethihng exciting in that,' Dick. How did you learn it?" "At the tavern, the Lion, belo w here, I saw some redcoats. Using caution, I entered' the barn and there saw a potboy a s leep from having "eaten and drunk too much." " Yes, but he could tell you nothing." "I borrowed some of his clothes , reddened m y face with the juice of berries, made myself look stout like himself, and took his place. " "Jove! but that 11as a good scheme." "In the taproom I came upon a sergeant and a corporal, who. were not in funds, but were ready to run up a l:iig score, and I overheard some of their talk." "And these bibulous gentlemen were plotting against you?" "Yes; and upon promise of filling their pewters and paying their bill, I persuaded to confide in me, and then gave them some advice as how bes t to catch me." Bob and the Liberty Boy s laughed heartily when Dick told his story. Bob adding: "It will be great s p ort to catch these fellows. Are they regulars?" " No , they are Rangers .• I have a better opinion of"the Britis h regulars than to think that t.wo s uch sots as the corporal a n d the sergeant would belong to them." CHAPTER IL-Scattering the ltedcoats. Dick Slater and his party came across Lieutenant Mark Morris on and a dozen of the Liberty Bo ys at the of the lower road. Mark himself was one of the bravest of all the boys a universal favorite in the troop, and trusted by Dick as much as Bob Estabrook himself. Mark rode a big gray, one of his party rode a fine bay mare, one a roan, and two others a pair of wel\matched sorrels. The boy on the bay mare was Jack Warren, Mark's particular chum; he on the roan was Ben Spurlock, one of the jolliest bovs in the company; while the boys r iding the -sorrels were the two Harrys-Harry Thurber and Harry Judson, fast friends and constant companion s. With were Will Freeman, Sam San derson, Phil Waters, f\aul Benson and othersall liv e l y boy s and ready for any sort of ad:ven ture. The two parties therefore compi-ised many of the very pick of the Liberty Boys, and it would be astonishing if they did not find something to do before they got b!J.ck. The two patriots now rode Qn at a rapid rate, and in time came in
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THE LIBER TY BOYS' R UN NI N G FIGHT 3 count. On went the redcoat Range:11s, fleeing for their very lives. And the boasting catpain w ho had said t11at " rebels" were n o t worth co nsidering, ran as fast as any of them. The boys kept after them i n hot haste, h o p foP' to capture them if they co u ld , but satisfied if they could drive t hem awa')-. Through the woods the Rangers ran, and at length came out upon a low b l uii' . Below this was an open space, the n lower slopes, and then the river. 1.'here was no way of getting around the bluff except by losing time, and the Rangers could not spare this. Over they went, some tumbling, ' some roll ing, and some maniging to jump without hurting themselves. Once at the bottom, they raced toward the r iver, not daring to think that the boys would follow. Such a matter as a bank twenty feet high would not stand in the way of Dick Slater and the Liberty Boys for an instant. Down the slope, along the bank, into the woods, over a ford, wherever they could find a place of refuge, ran the Rangers. Some went upstream, some went dovvll, some ran straight ahead, some took to the woods, and some escaped by the road, but they all ran, and not one remained behind to fight, The river was shallow at this point, and a n Pmbe r of the Rangers went clashing right across, fo:i:.tunately going over where there was a ford instead of getting into the deeper water. The cautain took the ford and escaped, though a num.ber of the boys went in after him, the river being no obstacie. The redcoats were scattered. in all directions, as Dick had wished, a n d it would be some time before they would all come together .again. Dick did not pursue them across the lit-1le rive1', but call.ed in his boys, the r e d coats getting away, although they were very much demoralized. "\Ve had bette r go back, boys," h e said. "There may be mo1e redcoats at. the Lion by this time, and the boys with the horses will have to get out of the way." The boys went around the bluff instead of climbing up ij;, and for the road. in !!early a s traight line, Dick knowmg the d1rect10n. very well. They went on in haste, not knowing what might have happened in their absence. They lialtecl at the Lion, and Dick and his two lieutenants dismounted a n d went into the general room, taking seats at a table near wind.ows. Dick looked into the taproom, but saw n o sign of Ser geant an:1 Corporal J ones1 those two \'.'Orthies havmg evidently taken their clepartme previous to the first rout of the The faf red-cheeked boy, who had no susp1c10n of Dick had impersonated him, evidentl y, came forward at a snail's pace, as jf reluctant to wait upon them. . They drank milk, \Yhi ch tJ:e barmaid them and quite enjoyed their lunch, keepmg a looko'ut on the road -at the same time, as they did not know \Yhen the enemy might return. The boys outside would keep a watch also, but Dick n e.ver depended entirely on other s, although he trusted them. At last, having finished their repast and settled the score., and seeing no sign s cf the enemy, the boys left the tavern. At last they reached the camp, i n a secluded part of the woods , and were well received by the boys who bad remained behind. CHAPTER III.-How the Plotters Fa1ed . It was quite dark, t h e fires were lighted, the boys were occupying themselves in var ious ways, and t h e pickets marched monotonously back and forth before the camp. Ben Spurlock, o n guard at the r oad, heard some one coming a n d called out "Halt! Who goes there?" "Two friends," said some one in the darkness beyond. "Advan ce, friends, and give the countersign," said Ben. At the same time a bird chirped in a tree near by. T hen Ben stirred up the fire and saw two men dressed in nondescript fashion approaching. They were red-f_aced and dissipated-looking, and dressed partly hke farmers and partly lik-e sailors, thei r clothes taking on a little of each. "Is this the camp of the Liberty Boys ? " askerl one . "vVell, what do you want?" "I have a message for Capt&in Slater." "From whom?" • "The doctor," answered the second man. "His mother is verv ill." '"fhe doctor's mother is ill? How does that concern the captain?" Two or three of the Liberty Boys stepped out of the darkness at that moment. The chirp of the bird was a signal for the boys . not the doctor's mother, but the captam s. If he wants to see her, he make haste." "Very welT, I will tell him," said o ne of th' boys, going into the camp. The two men waited, and Ben said: "What are you waiting for'! You have deliv ered your message." "Oh, we were going with the captain." "But he knows the way, a..ncl, beside s, he ha<' his horse, and can go faster than you can." "Yes, that is so. Well, we'll go on and tell them that he i s coming. Geod night to you. He will come at once?" "Yes, and will get there ahead of you." Then the two men hurried away, and Ben chuckled. " They don't want him to get ahead of them," he laughed. ''That will spoil their plan entirely. " After a time Dick came out on Major, his black .Arabian, accompanied by Bob Estabrook and one or two of the Liberty Boys. They \1ent on at a gallop, and presently Dick s aid, with a laui:;-h: "We' ll get there ahead of the two can hear them running as fast a s th2y can go." "It would be a pity if the sergeant could not get there in time to gi\ e his s n eeze," laughed Bob. O n went the boy s, and at length reached the little bridge, where they foi.md the two messengers. . -"Keep right on, Captain," said one . "It's hard work for us, on foot. Dear me! I am going to sneeze. I have a cold. " T h e n the sergeant sneezed very l o u d, waking the echoes far and wide . "B!ess m y soul!" he exc l a i med, i n a loud voice. "Liberty foreve1!" B ob. Ail at o n ce a number of redcoacs sprani; out o1

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• r 4 THE LIBERTY B O Y S' RUNNING FIGHT the bushes on either !>ide of the road and from under the bridge. At the same moment there was a clatter of hoofs up and down the road, and then a good-sized party of Liberty B . oy s appeared coming from each direction. "SulTender, you blundering redcoats!" laughed Dick. Then torches flared and the surp. ri se d redcoats f3und themselves surrounded by boys ii'I Conti nental uniform. "What does this mean, sergeant?'.' cried one. "The tipsv fool has betrayed us!" snarled another. "Forward, my men," said Dick. "You came out to witness a captu1e, and so yo u should not be disappointed." was important • n :!ws, and Dick was very glad he had captured the party sent out to take hin\. ' There was no further alarm from the enemy that night, and quite early the ne:xt morning, Dick sent a detachment of the Libertr Boys off t9. the camp of the general with the ptisoners, and also to report the plans of the enemy. The were to go as rapidly as p . ossible, and return withQ:ut delay, as Dick wanted to make his attack upon the enemy as soon -as possible. M.ark was sent in charge of the prisoners, who were fur nished with the horses already taken and some others, in oi'der to save time. The redcoats were greatly chagrined, but they CHAPTER IV.-From One Danger to Another. could do nothing, and were marched off between • a double line of Liberty Boy s, y.rith other boys in • While awaiting the return of Mark from front and behind. era! Scott's camp, Dick determined to do some . "We'll let you stay in our camp to-night," said spying upon the enemy to see if he could learn Dick, "and in the morning will march -you off to any more of their plans than what the sergeant the main camp. General Scott will be glad to see had told him. He therefore put on a suit of you all, and as many more." ordinary clothe s , which made him look like a The redcoats wi!'re marched away, therefore, farmer's boy, took a horse and set out. His own and many were the uncomplimentary remarks horse, Major, was too well known to the enemy, made about the two officer s on the way to the and therefore he left the intelligent animal becamp of the Liberty Boys. hind. A short distance beyond the Lion tavern "I am afraid you won't get to be a general was a house in which lived a rank Tory name.ii as soon a s yo u expected, sergeant," laughed HarWilliamson, whom Dick had often suspected of ry Thurber. giving information to the enemy. . -.. "Nor even a captain," said Sam Sanderson. Coming in sight of Williamson's house, Dick When the boys reached camp with the prison-saw a chaise drive up from the opposite direction ers, they received a hearty welcome and were and two persons get out. One of these was an loudly cheered. old man, and the other a boy of about his own "Did you find our camp, sergeant?" asked Dick. age, both of whom he knew well. The bo y was "We thought we had it very well hidden." Bill Burgess, who had told the sergeant how tp " Oh , I am smarter than you think, Captain," find the camp of the Liberty Boys. The other returned the bibulous officer, with a sly wink. "I was his father, one of the rankest Tories in the found it myself." county, and a regular old rascal in addition. He "Yo u infernal fabricator, y ou did nothingof was a money-lender, and had been acc,used of the sort!" s a id the corporal explosively. "A Tory rather more than sharp practice on several occaboy came and told us where it was." s ion s. "What are old man Burgess and Bill doing so The sergeant looked sheepish, and Pick said, near to the camp of the enemy? 11 Diclt asked that I would have believed himse l f. "They are up to mischief, I'll wager." A dump of trees presently hid Dick from the him, Corporal Jones, for I know very well that he house, and here he dismounted, tethered his horse never discovered it." r and made his way toward the rear of the dwelI "A Tory boy named Bill Burgess told us, and ing. If there were any plots against the patriots we gave him a shilling for his info1mation." being talked over, 'he must hear them. A bit of "That was cheap enough," laughed Bob. low ground and some trees behind the hou se gave "I think they find it pretty dear," added Mark. him a chance to steal quite close to it unob "Yes; for that shilling cost them their liberty," served. Then seeing that no ohe about. he remarked Ben. hurried forward, but when at the woodshed he "There's another thrashing we owe Bill Bur-heard some one inside say in a cautiou stone: gress," declared Jack. "He had better look out "They are all in the front of the house, and that he doesn't get it pretty s oon, too. " now i s our time. There is old family silver in Bill Burgess was a Tory boy, living in the the place, and we might as well have it as to let neighborhood, who tried to do the Liberty Boy s it lie idle here." a mischief every time he g6t a chance. Some"You are right, Jim Strapp, but is it safe to go times he succeeded, but not for long, and one of there now? Hadn't we better wait till dark?" the boys generally gave him a thrashing after"No, Robin Goode , it won't do at all. If we ward. Dick questioned the two officer s and some go a t night we run into guns. encounter of the men, and learned that their camp was not dogs, and upset buckets of coal, which make a -very far below the Lion tavern, and that they din and arouse the house. No one expects us now, had expected to do great things besides captur-and this is the time of all for our work." ing'the captain of the Liberty Bo y s. They ex"Very good, Jim, Strapp; then we will go." to march ffeUddenly t _he patriots, "If we encounter an one, we are mendicants, them, and advance t he1r Imes beyond or poor fellows -out of work and and we w'fre they had been a considerable distance. This will be fed and sent on our way." ./ l r 1 l '

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THE LIBE-RTY BOYS' RUNNING FIGHT 5 ,, "But v. e don't want work, friend Strapp," said tbe other thief, whom Dick now caught a glimpse through ' a chink in the side of the woodshed, againi:;t which he crouched. • we, e both heavily built men, whom it would lie dangerous to interrupt in their evil woTk , and Dick loosened one of hi s pistol s under his homespun coat. He must get into the house, and he must irlso prevent the thieves from carrying out their plans of robbing 1t . The two men left the woodshed and tan swiftly to the rear door, which they entered unobserved. Dick fol lowed in a moment, and saw them dart through the kitchen and toward the butler's pantry, where much of the family silver was generally kept. The men seemed to know the lay of the house, and had probably looked it over at some former ocgasion with this very visit in view. Dick fol lowed .and heard low voices at the door of the pantry, which was slightly ajar. "Haye you got a sack, Robin?" asked Jim Strapp. . "Take a linen bag. The1:e must be one in the bottom of the cupboard. Make haste!" Dick whipped out a pistol and threw open the. door, springing inside and saying: ''Surrender, you thieving rascals!" There was a small window i11 the rear, and one of the men made a dash for it, carrying away the s ash as he g-ot out. "Stop, thief!" cried Jim Strapp, who seemed to be the cleverest of the two thieves. Then he tried to seize Dick, who fired a shot and carried away the scamp's tattered cocked hat. Some one was coming, and Dick ran into the passage, only to come upon the man of the house and two. "There is a thief in the pantry!" Dick cr'ied. pushing the Tory aside and tripping up one of the !:ervants, causing him to topple agains t the other and make him fall. "Stop , thief!" bawled Jim Strapp, coming out. "There were two of the rascals, and this i s one. J saw them enter by the kitchen and heard them planning to rob the hou se . Stop. the bov! The other has ,escaped by the pantry window.'; ran toward the front of the house, but bl!'tore the thief could follow, tlie Tory and the servan'ts had seize d him. Passing into the hall leading to the front, Dick ran swiftly upstairs, and had reached the main hall, when he heard !'ome one coming out of one of the main rooms on that floor. /There w a s a closet under the great f'taircase leading to the floor above, and Dick entered this and drew the dooi shut. "Have you got him, Williamson?" he heard old man Burgess ask. "Lock him up and I'll send Bill fo1 the constables." "Yes, we've got him," said some one below. "He' s a desperate villain; come and give us help." "Pap dassen't!" said' Bill Burgess. "Let him go after the watch." Then Dick heard the captain of the redcoat Rangers say: "We' ll see if the fellow will get away from us." Then some one came Dick heard the 'ory householder say: "Put him in here till we can get the constables. lt is too bad the other escaped, but he is known, and we will take him before long.'' Then, to Dick's astonishment, as well as to hi s utter di!leomfiture , the door of the closet un der the stairs was thrown open, him to all. "That's Dick Slater, the rebel!" bawled Bill. "That's the other thief!" said Jim Strapp. "So you've caught him, haYe you? Did the othl!r one get away?" "Well, well, so you have taken to thieving, have ('OU, my yo:iing rebel?" said the Ranger captain, m a asneermg tone. . Dick made no answer, and Bill Burgess said with a chuckle: "That's nothing new for him ; he•s been a thie f all his--" Smash! Bill suddenly received a blow in the face, w hich sent him to the floor with a crash. ''Don't you dare utter s uch a lie about me, Bill Burgess!" said Dick fiercely; "and y ou, sir," to the captain, "if you meant your remark as a jest it was very ill timed and in bad taste." ' "That's one of the thieves I saw in the pantry.,, said Jim Strapp. "I don't want any reward exposing him, for that was my duty ; but I am nearly famished, and if you will give me a crusj; of bread and a few scraps of meat--" "You're the thief yourself!" declared Williamso n. " I know Slater, and, even if he is a rebel, I can swear that he bears a good reputation and is no thief. You' will have to prove that you are not one before we can let you go." "We will take care of the rebel spy," said the captain. "As for tl)is vag abond, hi s appearance i s a'!ainst him, and he had better he detained.'' Jim Strapp was put into the closet under the stairs and the door locked upon him. "What were you doing ' O near mv house when you espied the thieves?" asl
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6 BOYS' ...... y., ' .._:. • 't ? ;r t una;e1y, and swam the' O.p, but a . s h e was t t e ctoin-, . , whic h 9utwai;!i. TJt9 \ . clamberin&:. out he was , set upon l>y the thi eves may l}o t have fastened it, he UU.ef P.. had escaped from; Williamson's and if he .coul d hufl h ims el f agaiti, tt, }le: w oulti force 1n the floor with lus wrists and one call. a nkles bound, the 'two .thieves be.tween him There was a lot of smoke in the pwce, and Dick "' and the.door. Sar;i Slipp picturesque was doubtful if th.e redcoat could see him. The bond with :a flamm g red a scar opening of the door had created a current of air eye, and two or of his ten fingers missmg. which the toward him, and now they He was Tagged, dfrty and unkempt, and ':' a s a s eemed to fairly race after him. Re gave two dangerous man to meet, but he laughed and Je sted or three long leaps reaching the outside and '" and seemed utterly careles s of con s equences. th dd 1 t. ' 11 d th . b 1. 1 • t R 'b. d' t h ' ompanion bu't affected en su en Y Wf!!.!': ro own . e an"'. a mo s o m ".'as as . . Ir Y a s 1 s c. . ' . to the water's edge. Brmgmg hands m .. front a certam fopp1shness of attire! havmg shoe 0f him he found that the)>elt had parted an.d tha t buckles and a red about his the had pulled away as well '.Dhe two thieves d.rev;-pipe s and tobacco from his hands. He now dragged .al.on tile. and Rohm igmted s ulphm: Wlth bank farther and farther from the mill, a fl.mt and steel, and then hgh'ted l1!s pipe, puff-which flam e s wsre now beginning -to pour at ing away contentedly. man oints Dick did not notice where the vag-abonds threw Y P . , their matches when they had fini shed with them, "Come away, Jarv1s," he Il.eard tll as he was busy looking out of the window of the shout. "The young rebel has escaped sawmill and listening. Dick had s melled burning as t1?1)se .two . wood and shavings a moment before, and now . Bits of wood ftymg thr<>ugh the l ooked around to see the cause. At first he had all' , fallrng all a.bout Dick, and he crept away thougiht that the two thieves might have lighted to avmd them. He heard the redcoats go away, a fir e , al.though it was summer, but a s they spoke a_nd knew that he was safe them or for. a h e glanced around h i m s well a s he couk\ from time at all events, and made his way a.J.orrg tnehis cramp ed position , a:rld " suddenly saw the rea-bank. so as to get farther from the shower of .._son of the sm e ll of b u rning' shavings. The burnmg wood and sparks, .Then he sat upon the m a t c hes, srn! s moldering, had been thrown into sc:eened from the m1.ll by the b.ushes , and pile o f rubbi s h at a little di stance and had set ankles, then gettmg upon his feet and i t on fire. Smoke w a s coming u p, and now flames his way toward t)le road .. He crossed the were s een, and in a moment the w lwle pile was mill rai:e on a .rotten bndge-, which barely mana blaze, and the flames rapidly spreading. aged to hold him, and went on toward the There were shavings , chip s , dry s t icks and other . road at a gooQ.. JlaCe. His clothes were wet, rubbish all about and before long the entire the air was warm, and J1e had no fear of takmg aee would be ablaze. The two
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THE LIBERT Y BOYS' RUNNING FIGHT lw.l<>w tay e r n , a nd w e n t o n toward the c a m p , Which expected soon -to reac h. In front of the howeve11, Bill Burgess came out pm:st and seit upa -shou t . ' "Hello!" s houted B ill. " H e r e ' s the r e b ei n ow! H i, helio!" "Kee p still , B ill! " cried D i ck, making a feint of runnin g a t the T o r y bully . Bill ran away, but kept up a shout. Ou t came the land l o r d and t hree or four stable hand s , the fart: p otboy and a couple o f barm e n . T hen al on g the road in one d irection came a coupl e o f Tori e s , who were w ell acquainted with Dic k, and i n the othe T the two thieves. Thes e latter we r e fri ghte n ed at s e eing Dick, and sto o d still in the middle o f the road. Dick was q uic kl y surrounded and made a pri soner, havin g no w eapons to d e f end hi m s elf with. " R e ' s a reb el and there's a b i g f ewa-rd-l_or him, and I w ant it!" cried B ill Burges s. "Don' t letnirrr g e t away. " Bill mad e a lot of noise , bu t d i d not do anything toward catching Di c k , having a w holesome fear o f the y oun g patriot. B u r g ess now came out and said: " D on't let the y o u n g r ebel get a w a y . T here is a reward fo r him, and I will tak e him t o N e w York in my c haise and g e t i t . " "Well , I g uess y ou won't, you old sponge!" said --fJill. "If y ou do, I'll go a long with you , I'll tell yqu that. You don't get all that money and y ou don ' t r e alty d eser v e any of it, 'cause I capture d him.'1 "Like fun you di d , Bill Burgess!" snorted the fat pot bo y . " You di dn't put a hand on h im, y ou was a-.scared to.'' "1'11 lick you if you say I w a s a-scare d , Reuben Winan s ," '!}lustered BilI, doubling up hi s fist s : '"W e ll, you was , anu don ' t know very much, I kno "with a s n ort, "but yo u do know something, and y got to tell u s. Got the switches, bo ys?" " He's i n the Lion , " howl e d Bill, "an d Rube Wi nans , the fat sneak, has gone for the redcoats." "Forward, boys! Let the snea k g o this time," s aid Bob. The n they rode o n t o t he Lion 'tavern. At that t i me they saw a part y of Rangers e6mingover the hill. "Jack, try t o get to the place a h ead of them.'' J ac k Warren neede d n o second urging, .a nd'"Went a head l i k e the w i nd. The Rangel'S, seei n g a party of Li'berty B oys , h e s itated , not k nowing b u t tha t ther e might be a regiment b ehind t h e m , and well knowing the temper o f t h e gallant fell ows b e s ide s . Jack wen t ahead like a sho t and, near i n g the L io n tavern, s h outed i n a hig h, r inging voice: "Hello, Captain, here 'we a r e !". D ick sudd e nly appeared at a little window o n second floor. It was too s m a ll for hi m to get out of, anrl there was a sheer des cent to' the ground bes i des . " H ere he is, Bohl " fairl y yelled Jack, waving hi s hat, and then leaping from t h e saddle wh i le his mare was sti11 at good s p eed. Then h e clas hed into t h e h ouse and ran up stairs , fright ening a ho usemaid o n t h e floor above into a fit . "Where a r e y ou, Captain?" h e called. "Here, Jack! " answered D i cy. "M a ke hast e , the red.:oats are coming. " "All right," said J ac k , h avi n g locate a the d o o r , kicking out first o ne and t h en a nothe r pane l with his stout boots. Bob _ ,, ,, -c t v:'re n o w com i n g on with a l'll S h , sLc n•iin!" :o. r d r a i . s ing a grea t hullabaloo to frig hten t'c Tl D i c k qui ckly got •threu g h the broken l'.oor, i>J1u he and J a cll; ran dawnstaitii •

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THE LIBERTY BOYS' RUNNING FIGHT three step s at a time. A s they dasl'ed outsi de they saw the Rangers coming into the inn y a r d CHAPTER VII.-A Lively Fight. wi t h a rush. Jack called to his mare, who quickly ran up. Half an hour before din ner Dic k put on a dis"Get up, Cap t ain," cried Jack. " She will cany too k one of the horses, and rode off rapidly u s b oth. a nd w i ll be proud to d o i t . " towar d the camp of the redcoat R angers to Dirk lean e d into the saddl e and J a ck was behind reconnoite r . He passed the Lion tavern, and was him in a n instant and away w ent the mare. Bob not s u s p ected, the stout potboy seeing him g o b y, and fre rest o f t h e boys were c oming on, but but taking no notice of him. Then he passed there we r e f ewer o f the m t han the1e were of the Williamson's hous e, but, although he saw a numand the l atter h o ped to catch D ic k ye t . b e r of.the v ery p ersons who had s een him earlic1 T hen Jack turned in t h e saddl e, whipp e d out a i n the d ay, no one knew him, and h e wen t on un p isbl and fired . Crack! He hit t h e foremo s t s uspected . rrdccat i n the shou l de 1, caus i n g h i m to roll o u t "It co uld hardl y be expected t hat I wo u'.d have cf the saddle i nto the road. The hors e reared t w o s uch series o f adventures in on e day," h e said ;rnrl went back, cau Eing confu sion among the o ther to himself, "and this morning everything seemed redroats. Bob a nd h i s bo ys now fir ed to one side to happen." and the other of Di".k, and set u p a shout. The Comin g in sight of the camp, h e dis m ounted, r edc oats we r e undecided h ow man y mor e o f his horse behind some bushes at t h e side boys might b e hin d and, havi n g l os t ti ile, of the ro a d, and went ahead. Major . w o u l d have no w ha1te d, undec ided _wha t to. d o he s tood without b eing tethere d, but t h i s was jt}>=t beauLful mare on the wmd, pass1 g Bob one of the ordi nary draft horses, and had noL and t h e rest, and Dick said: b een so well trained as the ones w hich t h e b r,y" _ "Better turn and go back to the mp, Bo1'. u sually rode. The Rangers seemed to have no l'o u .Jon't !mo w how many of thes ellow s there intention of leaving for some and Dick sn1 may be c omi n g on." that the y had con struct ed bowling a Heys, t enni:-In fact B ob s a w more o courts, and even a miniature theater, fo< th<' hill at t hat moment, gave the order to faJI enemy always belie ve d in amt to ,.e rself. " look and walked in with some others. He was not he change w a s made in a few moments, Jack challenged,. and. J:a d a good opp m : tunity to o b : 1iclin g b e h i nd Ben Spurlock on his roan. Having serve the chs pos1t10n (Jf ca. mp, the numbe r 6r J os t Dick Slater, the redcoat Rangers were a little men ai:id many other thmgs m the course o f a afra i d to come on, even with greater number s . few nbnutes. He saw a n_umbe r of Tory bo_:, <.; And then a troop of hors e appeared co ming to:-vhoi:n h_e ki:ew, but they not reco g m z e him ward the boys and this decid e d them. They rode m hr s . disguise, ai:d he avoided them as much as aw a v in and D i ck report ed to the catpain he co_wld, not to too man y c h ance:-:. of the tro op that he had meant to attack the He d i d not see either Bill Burg es s or . t he old in the i r camp, but had been delayed by _ and supposed that were at on e ' thi n g and another. this time, qr on the way, at a ll _ e ve n , s. He " th Jl tt k them saw t h e captam, but kept out of hi s way, n o t . I f the y r e m f ;ily "That fel ',ow w ould never get. his. corned all the boys being glad to s ee D1cK agam. Plh y c ouldn t they hav e put brams moo him, with and t o ' know that " h e was' safe. that fine form?" •

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THE LIBERTY BOYS' RUNNING FIGHT 9 . "Becaus e nature never gives all h e r gifts to one pers on, I suppose," with a laugh. Dick had a quiet laugh t ingthe discipline of regulars , lo s t their head$, antl presently broke and fle d in a body towards Kingsbridge . "Afte r the redcoat Rangers!" shouted Dick, waving his sword, and the gallant boys gaye a cheer and followed their daring leader. M u s k e t s i ;attled and banged, pif ;tols cracked, sa b e r s whistled, bullets sang, brave boys cheered, hors e s n eighed, and the din was terrific. Do>w'll t h e road went the redcoats, t h e boys keeping up a r unning fight, cheering and f.ghting and pu1the enemy. Now and then the Rangers wcmld h alt and attempt to rnlly s o as to h ol . d the ground, if not to drive back t h e plu cky boys . The n t h e brave fellows would charge more impetuously than ever, fairly hurlin g themselv e s upon the enemy and driving_ them back. "After them!" shouted Dick , and the boys cheered and swept down on the redcoat Rangers with a rus h and a roar. It was a runr.ing fight and a gallant one, for the resolute lads were not to be held back, but pressed forward indomitably. Presently Dick came face to face with the captai n , whom he had already met on two or thr ee occasi on s. The captain glared at him , se e med almo s t to d oubt his se n s es, a n d then snarled: "So y o u were not b urned u p in the fire at the mill?" "No, I w a s not," said Dick. "Smrender!" "I Will not, you miserable rebel!" hiss ed the iedcoat, aiming a savage bl o w a t Dick with his The you n g patlio t parri e d t h e blo w a n d aime d another a t th!? captai n. The redcoat caught i t o n his sword blade,_.)ut los t his weapon. Fin.ding himself at a the redocat quick l y w h eeled and rode awa hotly p ursued by Dick on Major. I n a short time e capt!'lin, having _ ob tained a sword, tried to 1 his m e n agamst Dick. Many hadfled , but he 1 had a goodly nuwber, and now h e tried to t u the tide of battl e in his favor. D ick bore straight down u pon him, and s w eeping blow sent the sword fly ing out of his hand. The redcoat glared angrily at Dick and whipped out a p istol, aiming it full at the young patriot's head. W ith another sweeping b l ow, Dick sent the p istol flyi n g just as the redcoat p u lled the trigger. It was dis charged, but the bullet went high in the air, and d i d n o damage. Then Dick cut o ff the captain's epaulettes With two swift b l ows, and cut off his hat and wig with another . • He could have killed the man, but his own life was no.t in danger, and he never s acrific e d a life unne cessarily. The man turned a s h e n in an in s t ant and suddenly wheel e d and r ode away at a gallop. He avoided Dick after that, but the run ning fight went on, the redcoat Rangers gradually e scaping in this and that direction, and thinning their ranks materially. Some dove down narrow lanes, some dashed for the little .river and crossed wherever there was a chance to do s o, and s ome took to the wood s , abandoning their hors e s , and made their e scape as be s t they could. The captain di sappeare d, and Dick had no ide a where h e had g one, but car e d little s o long a s he scattered the e nemy . The R angers 111Slde fewer rallies as they went on, and at las t fle d in all directions , and it was u,seles s to att e mpt to fo l low. A number o f p;isoners were t a ken, but Di c k did n o t see U.e c;:i.ptain, and he said to B o b : " I think Qtll" boasting captain has a much great respect. for rebel s in g eneral, aud the Liberty Boys in particular, than he did anii the fight of to-day has great l y opene d his ,eyes. " "There are none so blind as those who won't see, " mutterer\ B ob. "The fel low was eaten up wi t h vanity. He is not a regular red c oat, a n y how. They are bad e no ugh, bu t they have some excuse, as they h ave been good fighters, accor d -

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10 TH E LIBERTY BOYS' RUNNING FIGHT ing to'"'their notions, but these Loyalists are sim-again unless with a stronger force of redcoats to ply trying to ape the airs of their betters." fall back upon, as their rout had been complete. think you have hit it, Bob,'' with a smile. There .was no further alarm from any ctf the The boys gave up the pur.suit and set out upon redcoats or Tories for the rest of the day, but the return with their prisoners. Dick 'and Bob. in the morning Dick, Bob and some of the boys were riding ahead, when they suddenly heard a set out to reconnoiter. It was not thought that groan in the bushes alongside the road, and then the enemy would be satisfied with the defeat that a voice say: the Liberty Boys and their allies had given them, "Have you no shame, to rnb the dying?" but would want to advance to retrieve their for"Hello!" said Dick, and in a moment he was off tunes , and for this reason Dick went out to see his horse and following the sound of the voice . if there was any move on their part. D ick and In a moment he came upon a wounded soldier, Bob lived not many miles from where they had lying on the grass, and bending over him the their camp at that time, and had been thinking thief, Robin Goode. of taking a run home and seeing their families as "Stop!" cried Dick, whipping out his pistol. soon as there was a lull in the fighting. They had The thief leaped to his feet and dashed away a particular desire to see their two sisters, each into the woods. of whom was the sweetheart of the brother of "He has stolen my ring," gasped the wounded the other. k B b'" "d D" k " ft . th • d JI Now it chanced that this very morning Alice . mc , . o IC , a e scoun re Estabrook and Edith Slater, having a desiTe to I will be with you m a moment. --.....__..... s-Cet;1ie two boys, and not knowing anythingof • the late skirmish, had set out for that purpose. ,1 They took their horses and set out at an early "'" / hour, s o as to have plenty of time with the boys. CHAPTER VIIL-A)ice and Edith. They were well on their way when they saw a . Dick stopped to place e wounded man in a little group of boys in the road ahead of them. m ore comfortable po ion, and to bathe his head "There are some of those Tory bullies , I do be-with water from spring close by, and also to lieve," said Alice. moisten his , and then hurried after Bob. He "Yes, one of them looks like the Burgess boy," found th rail easily, and at length came upon declared Edith. "Can't we go around some way, h d . k Alice?" t .. g lieutenant stan mg by a broo . ...,..,.....-.tie has taken to the water, Dick," he said, "but Bill Burgess and some of the other Tory boys whether he went up or down, I Q.on't know. I lost of the region lost no opportunity to annoy the sight of him for a few moments, and that was girls, notwithstanding that the young patriots when he escaped me." generally gave them a thrashing afteTward. "Well, we shall have to let him go, I suppose, Alice was not afraid of the bullies, and had used for the wounded man may need our attention." her riding whip on them with considerable vigor -The boys now went back and found that the on more than one occasion. Edith was of a wounded man was not is .badly hurt as they had gentler natUl"e, however, and dreaded these enfeared, but that he needed care. Dick called up counters. Alice was quite willing to consider this, some of the boy, s, who made a litter of branches, and so she said: and carried the wol.fnded man to the nearest farm-"Yes, dear, I think we can. There is a lane house, which, fortunately, was not far off. Here along here which we can .take and get past the the man told Dick that the ring the thief had bullies, besides
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• THE LIBE.RTY BOYS' RUNNING FIGHT 11 away tlwough the woods in the direction of the Hudson. "Do you think he spoke the truth, Alic.e ?" asked Esition." "But 1 shoul d have thought they would have beeri >.een at '\'olfrrt's Roost," said Edith .. "They proba'bly landed below the Roost, and so the old Dutchman did not "ee them. If he had, yon 1"1aY be sure that his guns would have thun dered out a warning to the people, and would have rJ.one !'ome damage as well, for old Ja.cob Van is a good shot, and knows how to fire his gcosc guns to advantage. " "They are coming on at a gallop, Alice!" said Edith excitedly. "'30 they aTe, dear, and we must hurry." The girls then turned quickly and rode off at a pace than they had come. They were both good horsewomen, and enjoyed greatly being in the and especially when they were on an errand such as the present. They fairly flew back over the road they had come, into the other, and then toward the ca'.mp of the Liberty Boys. They we-re near it, when suddenly two ragged, dirty, disreputable-looking men sprang out of the thicket and seized their horses' bridles. "Not so fast, young ladies," said on e, who was no less a person than our old acquaintance, Rubin Goode. "You should not ride when gentlemen walk. You will also hand over your purses to Ouch !" Alice had no fear of the two vagabonds, although she was greatly startled when the two sto.pped her so suddenly. She s.t once began to slash at Robin witn he1 riding whip, and it. was a sharp cut from this that had caused him to cry out a s he had. Edith was in no vay backward about following her friend's example., and she now gave the other vagabond s ome stinging cuts which caused him to howl and to l e t go of the reins . It was likely that the two i:ogues would have gotten the better of the tnvo young in a short time, however, if at that moment Dick Slater and the boy s had not come dashing around the turn of the road. ; , "Hello! There are the girls!" cried Bob. "And that rascal Robin Goode is trying to get their horses," added Dick. "There is another, just like him, with him." The boys shot forward, and the two thieves, hearing them coming, beat a hasty retreat and escaped into the wood s . The boys did not pursue them , however, as Dick wished to see if his sister were alarmed, and so halted. "There are redcoats coming, Dick," said Alice. "We saw them. Bill Burgess is .going to lead them to the camp." "Ride back, Harry, and bring up the Liberty Boys," said Dick in a breath. Both Harrys wheeled -0n the instant and rode awav like the wind. "What. we1e thes e two scoundrels doing?" asked Dick. ''They wanted our horses anrl our money, but we gave therp our whips first," laughed Alice. "I never saw two such evii!-looking pe1sons." "I have met one of them and some of hi s evil companions , but not this one. T)1.ere is a gang of them operating in the iegion, and w e two of them io the lockup yesterday:'.! "There's where they all ought to be," sputtered Bob, "and if they don't come to they'll be lucky." "How many of the redcoats did you see, Alice?" asked Dick, more internsted in them than in:t-l*e.... two thieves for the momenl. "Quite a force," Alice4i!nswered. "We that they were coming from Bill. Burgess, but 1 wanted to be more sure of it, and so we tu1ned off on the Sleepy Hollow road and saw them com ing." "How long ago was this?" "Just the time that it has taken us to come here." "They were coming on rapidly?" "Fairly so." "And Bill Burgess was going to fetch them to our camp?" "Yes. We did not see Bill again, but he may !'ave been y;ith them, for a11 that." "Then if they turn this l'>ay, things wiil be very lively in a litt le while. You had better find some shelter where it will not be so lively, my dear girl." "We could go to the camp, or to one of the houses in the neighborhood . ., "Yes, that will . Jae best. V.ie cam'l.ot expose you to the fire of the redcoats.'' "We have been under fire before," laughed Alice. This was true, and beth ?;ills had behaved very bravely under the circumstances. 1 know, but v:e never you to it willingly," returned Dick, "so I think you had better go, for we don't know how soon the enemy may be upon us.'' The girls rode away toward the nearest farm and then Dick and the l'l'!'t :w•;• :t•:d t} coming o.f the enemy. CHAPTER TX.-Surprising :;1e En.::iy. Harry Judson and his chum, Hany Thurber, rode lilrn the wind toward the camp on their sor-

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12 THE LIBERTY BOYS' 'RUNNING FIGHT rels , which seemed to know that much was expected of them, and fairly raced. "We've got to get there so as to bring the boys ahead of the enemy," said Harry Judson. "Yes, and Dick knew we'd do our bes t or he would never have sent us." Away they flew, and at last dashe d into the camp at full speed. "Redcoats! Turn out the Liberty Boy s !" shouted Harry Juds on. "Get them all in the saddle a s fas t a s you can and s end the m up the road!" added Harry Thurber. Mark Morrison, who had b een left in charge of the 'camp, gave his orders quickly, and then, while 'saddling his own big gray, a s ked the two messengers a f ew questions . "The young ladies brought the news," said Juds on . "Thos e ras c a l ly thieves are out again, and had stopped the two girls to rob them when we fortunately came up. The n they told u s a-bout seeing the iedcoat s , and the captain sent u s off to get y ou and the boy s a s fas t a s we could." " W e ll, we won't lo s e any time, you may be sure." They did not or within a few minutes after the two Har ha\:! come in, they were out again, and Pd' g like 'fhe wind. Before they got in sight and the rest they heard the sound of rapid ;....._._....--firing, and Ma1!k sai
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THE LIBERTY BOYS' RUNNING FIGHT 13 ,..He may guess it,"' faughed Dick, "for Pats y seems to know by intuition when he is going to have ladies' company at dinner, and excells himself in the way of getting up extra dainties. " "Wyll, the girls nearly got into a fight," laughed Bob, ' and so it would be no more than right that thev should have an extra dinner." They were riding along at a good rate, when neln-ing a farm house on the road they suddenly heard a cry for help. Both boys sprang from the sa.ddle and dashed toward the house, pistol in hand. As they neared the door a young girl came running out, crying: "Thieves! There are thieves in 'the -house! They will kill my mothe if yo u do not help her!" Both boys ran up the steps aml in.t(> the house, when they heard hurried and got a glimpse of the thief running out at the back. Dick fired a shot at him, which struck the door as he suddenly swung in behind him. "Go out to the front, Bob!" cried Dick. Bob turned and ran out the front door, when l1e ,:aw Robin coming around the $ide of the house, evidently thinking he would capture one of the girls' horses. Bob fired a shot at the i;ils cal, who quickly dodged around the side of the house and then ran off to one side and toward the woo ds. Dick came ou t just in time to see him run, and sent a shot after him. Then Bob ca me up and a s ked: "You did not catch him, Dick?" "No; he got away, but did you see more tha1 _ one?" ; "How many were there. mi ss?" / but o e ran away when I' r:m out ancl called to yo u . They did not get anyth)ilg. They said they " anted money, but we have very little. It is ot eas)1 to get money thes e times." "The scoundrels would take it if you hadn't more than .a fe\\ farthings." replied Dick. "We caught one of them taking a ring from the finger of a wounded soldier." "\Veil, I am Yery g:lad you cazne up when you
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14 THE LIBE.RTY BOYS' RUNNING FIGHT they came out into a little opening, but saw noth ing of the two ruffians. It did not seem PQSS!blc that the leader could have disappeared so s oon, and Dick peered about him in wonder. There were no footsteps heard and no trail, and yet the men had suddenly faded out of sight as though they had been swallowed up in the ground. Indeed, Bob uttered this very thought. "Has the ground opened and swallowed them?" gasped. Dick went forward a couple of steps, and said: "Yes, or at any rate they have gone into it. I don.'t know when it opened, but here is the place." "What do yo u mean, Dick?" asked Bob, com ing forward. Then he saw for himself. There was a hole in the g-round beside an old hoilow stump, and, from the appearance of the earth alongside it, some one had recently slid into it to some place below. • "Jove!" cried Bob. "That must be the fel low' s hiding place, or one of them. Don't you know how quickly they away before?" "Yes; but they have done tha.t at other places, and they can't have holes like this all over the "}ol"6; but we have not always followed thenl" 'so o sely as we did this time, you know, and that is why we found it. They have other hiding places, no doubt, if they are not a ll like this." "Of course, and now we have found this one, we must rout them out of it, and make them stay out." "You are not going down, Dick?" in some surpris e. "No; but we can close up this end of it. There is probably another one, somewhere. Look for big stones, Bob." Together the boys rolled some good-sized stones to the hole, and then into it, some dropping some distance, as they could tell by the sound. The larger ones stuck part of the way down, how ever, and held back the rest, and befo1e long the opening was closed. "Maybe the stump is hollow, and they can get down that way, Dick," suggested Bob. "Climb up and see, Bob." The young lieutenant climbed up by Dick's aid and looked into the old stump, which was about eight feet high. Then he dropped a P.ebble down and heard it strike the ground some di stance below. "It goes through, Dick," he said , "altbough I can't see down there, it is so dark." "They have some sort of a cave there, and this is one of the openings. You don't see a n y sign of a rope ladder, Bob?" "No, I don't." "Well, we must try and close it up, in case there i s something of that sort. Wait a moment, Bob." Dick then went back to the road, where he found the girl standing by the two horses. "That is all right," he said. "I was going to ask you to let me put them in the barn. We have found one of the hiding places. of these thieves, and are going t o find the other if we can." Then Dick ran back to Bob, who s till on top of the stump. D ic k lifted a s large a stone as he could handle up to Bob , and the latter dropped it into the hoilow stump. The firs t went through but the next stuck part of the way down, and the others wedged it more firmly in place. The bo) s filled the hollow with stones, and then B-0b got dQwn, saying with some satiEfaction: "There, I don" t think any one can get in.or ou t of that! Where do you suppose the other end is?" "That's for u s . to find out, Bob. There is noth ing to tell the probable clirection of the hole from hem , and it may turn, also. We can go on and see if there is a way out in this direction." The way Dick took led down hill, which seem ed to him the most likely one in which to look for the other end of the hole. This might all b e naturnl, or it might have been partly excavated by the thieves, who realized its value as a hid ing place. There was ledge rock here and there and Dick followed the line of the ledges, thinking that the cave might follow the same direction, a s the m e n would not have dug tlu:ough but along this line. At the bottom of the slope they came upon a swampy spot. "There i s a stream here," said Dick, "which at times is much higher than at others. have CRU'Sed some of the holes We found, men have dug some of it. The weather would wash away the earth from the rock, and that would account for a part of the cave." "Hello! Here is a footprint!" ned Bob. "Only one, Bob?" a sked Dick, roiling at Bob's excitement. . . . "Yes; there are more, but there i!'> some Just here, and-yes, here are sofue more, andJ ove ! Here is the other hole, Dick! " Dick hurried forward, Bob hayjng gone•to one side in his quest, and, reaching the other's side, saw the footprints of two men and a hole in the ground along'side a bit of cropping ledge rock about three feet in height. Dick stooped down and looked into the hole, but could not see to any distance. "This i s probably it, Bob," he sai d. "The cave follows the Sqme geneial direction that w-e came no .doubt, and is not a cave, really, but just hole in the grnund." "And }ust the sort of place for such rats to hide in!' declared Rob emphaticalh-. "'What shall we do, Dick-close it up?" "If there i s no one in there, y e s." "But here are the tracks of two men, and was all that we saw." "Yes, and so there is probably no one in there now. Light a match, Bob, and we will get some torches." "Are you going in, Dick?" "No; but if there is any one in there " e will smoke him out." Bob cut some pine t orches, and then, lighting a sulphur match, set fire to one of the torches an-cl threw it into the opening as far as it would go. Di<;k knelt on the edge of the openll1g and looked in, the torch burning brightly. He listene d attentively, but could hear nothing, and then, li ghting another torch, he threw it in still farther than Bob had thrown his, so that he could not r.ee it. although he could see the light it gave. "If there is anything i n thet-e, it will come out or make snme !'ign," said Dick "Go u p yonder

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THE LIBE.RTY BOYS' RUNNING FIGHT 1 5 ' to the stump, Bob, and see if you can see any . e r s ? I s hould h a : tlly think tha t a n y of t h e thing." latter wo u ld want to venture around here so Bob retur n e d to the s tump, and could s ee smok e s oon after. the routing we gave the m . Still, o n e coming out throug h tlie cre vices of the stones ca-n n ever tell. 1 t hink I will v e n ture in, to see and at the top of tlie hollo w stump. H e h eard if I <:a.n learn anything. T h e fat p otboy and the nothing, h-0wever, and calle d to .Dick: _ host llla y not know-me." "There is smoke coming out, Dick, bu t I don 't H e l e f t his hors e at the fenc e anti w ent in care-see any on e , and I cannot hear any on e ." lessl y, sittin g in t h e taproom, where he s a w a "No foxes nor rabbits nor anything of that number of Britis h officers as well a s a few of so r t , B ob?" the Rang e r s . The redcoats were smoking lon g "No; nothing. I guess the ras cal s went a way ilay pipes and drinking p unch and homeb r ewed wh e n w e were l o ok ing for their hiding place up al e , a n d paid little attention to the pla in-looking h e r e . " b o y in hom espun, who entere d and t o ok a seat "All right; com e down. " in a corne r . The stout potboy was asl ee p in B o b then went b a c k to D ic k , a nd t h ey found a nother corner, and the landlord was too busy to ston e s and bra n c h es and r ubbish t o fill up t h e notice Di c k. A girl c ame up and took his Qrde r , opening to the h o l e in the ground, v vhich was a ll and h e picked up a b e lated copy of a New York it w a s . Whe n thus a t w o r k D i c k saw somethi n g newspaper and lo o k ed it o v e r . Nea r him were 1 d i t ter almost u n de r h i s feet. a n d pick ed i t u p . fou r o r fi, e B ritish office r s, and one of thes e pres -It w a > a ring set w i t h a diamond . ently said: " H ere t h is t h i n g h a bee n ," h e s ai d , " a n d we "It i s all very w ell to have spi es , if y ou can n ever saw i t . W e may have steppe d on i t a n d w e trust the m, b u t many of them a r e no t to b e have probably passed i t a doz e n times. " trusted, and w ill sell information to the enemy. "I wonde r if that i s t h e ring that thie f stol e When an offic e r goes out on this bu sines s, y o u from the soldi er?" ' escape. " ter, a n d m a n y d eclared t h a t i t must be long to '' That may be the ow n e r o f t h e r i ng," said D ic k Briti s h officer. There were no mprks npon to h imself. "He has described R obin G o ode, b u t it by w h ic h i t might be identified, and D iC'k felt h i s ring may n o t be the one we foun d . " t h a t he w-0uld b e at a l -0ss to know to who m i t ' 'Was t h e ring a valuable one?" a sked one of belo n g ed , even if h e found a claimant. t h e party. "\Veil , I w ill k e ep it for a time," he said , "and "Yes; i t was a di a m ond, a la1ge, si ngle ston e , then if I find no owne r , I can sell i t and g ive the o n e that has b ee n i n our family for generation s . m o nev to the cau s e." The sco undrel mus t have k11own its value." D ick d id not go out again til l after da<, whe n "You d id not charge h im w ith it'?" h e took another h o r s e put on a d'sgui0e . and "I have n o t see n him sinc e . hav e no t r eceive d set off toward Kingsbridge. He ou lrl h,we the information 1 sent h i m for, a1ld the saucy p a sser! the L i on tavern, n o t s upno$in:r that he ym1ng r ebe]s made a descent the wou ld b e able to lea1n a nything' t here. but as he a n d scattered them w hile l wa-11 w itiJlg t o hear carn. e to i t h e saw the g l eam o f scarl e : uniforms o f the m . " within. " But i s t lier. e.,n o OT)e veu "Redcoats ," h e said, "or some of these Rang-something . o ...:.:.... ...

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THE LIBERTY BOYS' RUNNI1';"G FIGHT "Yes, I have a man, and if any one can learn anythine:, h e wil l." "We must find out where the young rebels are and rout them." "Yes, for as long as they remain hereabouts they keep a watch on aH the roads and prevent our making an advance that we are contemplat ing." "That is what we are here for," was Dick's thought. "There is some scheme on hand now, and I must learn what it is." "But there did not seem to be any rebels in the neighborhood when we came along. " "No, and that i s the worst of these fellows; you never know that they are about till they are rir;ht upon you." "There is more truth than p.oetry in that," thought Dick. CHAPTER XL-The King Returned. knew that there was a scheme on foot in which the redcoats were concerned, and perhaps the R:rngers as well, and he wanted to g-et the detail s of it, if pos sible, or if not those, then the simple faots in the case, and he could get the details later. Just then the Rangers began nois ily ordering .this and that, and the stout potboy awoke with a start. He did not see Dick, alt hough he came over to the next rtable where the Rangers sat, as the young captain was behind ihP newspaper. The British officer said something, but Dick did not hear what it was in the noise and confus ion. The potboy went away, and then the officers arose and went to another room where they could be more to themselves than in the taproom. Dick presently arose and went out, bu1. re-entered by another door and made his way to the private room where the office1s had gone. Here he found that they were only talking over personal Jl'latters, however, and he feared that he would learn nothing of the expedition they had talked of. "If they remain here any time, I can get back with some of the Liberty Boys," he said, "and capture the whole party, landlord and all. I will do it, anrl the n if the potboy or any one else knows anythinpof the plan, they will not be able to tell the rest of the redcoats." Then he lrnnied out, got his horse, and rode away as fast as he could go to the camp. "It is not late, as the redcoats count time, and I can get back before they leave, I think," he muttered, as he went on. Reachincr the camp. he greatly excited the boys in telling them of the plan he had in view, and bidding a score or more of them make ready at once to go back to the Lion tavern. Bob went along, of course. and with him were Ben, Sam, Jack, the two Harrys, and a goodly narty of he boys , :Mark remaining to take care of the camp. When they came in sight of the Lion tavern they saw lights still burning in the place, and heard the sound of laughter and of merrymaking. The redcoats and the Rangers had no idea that any enemy was. about, and the surprise would be com plete. "Sunound the place," said Dick. "Bob, you take charge of that, while I enter and take these people out. Guard every door and see that no one escapes." Bob took the greater part of the boys with them and surrounded the tavern, looking in at the barn and outhouses as well, so as to get hold of everybody. Then Dick took seven or eight of the boys and went in at the front door and into the taproom, where most of the redcoats wl'.re gathered. He sent some of the boys to the private roo1'.1 where the officers were gathered at the same time. He was now i n uniform and some of those within might not bim for the quiet boy who had been there not long before. As he and the boys ente;:ed the taproom, i:edcoats and Rangers leaped t o their feet. Sit down, gentlemen," said Dick, and the redcoats suddenly found themselves facing a row of muskets. "Please put your weapons on the table yonder. " Dick indicated a table at or.e s ide of the room with a motion of his hand. "Why, you saucy rebel, how dare-" '.'Do . as I bid you, . or there will be trouble." said Dick firmly. "It will do you no good to call n'.lmes. Harry, help the gentleman to dispose of his sword." "Harry Judson took the redcoat's sword and the rest quickly laid aside their pistols and hang and them on the table. The officers m. the private room were greatly taken by sur prise would have re"isted, but the sight of the. boy.s muskets quickly made them change then When they found that the entire house was m the possession of the Liberty Boys we!e thunderstruck. Some of them mzed Dick when they saw him, and then they understood. "You are a very clever young rebel," said the leader of. the. group in the private room. "You were takmg in ;JI our talk behind that paper I suppose?" ' Captain, a:1d I have s ome of your property m my pb ssess10n . I am sorry that you were deceived by that rascall y Robin Goode, but vou s hould have known better. It takes not only a clever man to b{! a spy, but an honest one as well Is this your ring?" As Dick held out the ring, the officer's eyes lighted, and he replied in a pleased tone: "Yes; but how did you find it? Did yo u capture the villain? If you have, I trust that vou will hang him." "He wil l probably come to that some day sir" Dick replied. "No, we have not captured Jii:U yet. I found the ring near one of his hiding places, and knew that it cou ld never belong to such a ruffian. I am happy to have restored it to you, for I was afraid that I would have some troub le in finding the owner." "I am very glad that you found me so quickly. So you are a s py, are you? I would not have guessed it." "I c l id not want you to do so ," smiling. "What wou Id be the use of being a spy if every one were to guess it? I am the captain of the Liberty Boys, as well. You were looking for our camp? I shall be happy to have yo u for our guest overnight." " Mor e s o than I am, I fancy," with a laugh. 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THE LIBE.RTY BOYS' RUNNING FIGHT 17 am afraid that we cannot accommodate you in that matter. We were placed here to look out for the enemy, and we must keep our part of the bargain." The prisoners were all marched away, and also the landlord and servants of t11e tavern, so that no one might give any information to the enemy. The landlord was very angry, and so were some of the Tories who had been spending the evening at the Lion, and would now have to stay out all night in order that the enemy might not be informed of what had occurred. A guard was left at the Lion, while Dick $ent word to General Scott of what had taken place. Dick made the British officers comfortable, but the Rangers were served no better than any one else, ''"hereat there were many complaints. "Aren't we officers as well as the B ritish?" asked one of them of Ben Spurlock. "No; you are nothing but Tories, traitors to your native land, and you are gettmg all the consideration you deserve," Ben replied. "You are born Americans .. and yet go back on vour countrv. Why should you have any better treatment? You ought to be in jail, that's where you ou!!ht to be." was no s11tisfaction in talking to a boy like that and the 'i'ories presently gave it up . In the General Scott and a party arrived, and the prisoners were left under guard while all advanced toward the enemy, who were unaware of what was taking place. The people of the Lion tavern were allowed to go back, now that they could do no harm, and the Liberty Boys and the regulars ano militia went on at good speed. The not kn.o:-ving their plans had miscarried, :vere awaitmg the .time to advance unon the patriots. Then, to their utter surprise, the patriots were suddenly seen to be advancing upon them, and in great force. There was nothing to be done but fall back in a hurry, and many were not q;iick enough to avoid being captured, together with some of the ramp e<1uipage and a number of horses. T he projected expedition was a failure, and all through the exertion.s of a clever boy sp:':', wh. o nothh1g escape him, no .matter how slight it ;seemed at first glance. Havmg routed the enemy and not wishing to go too far, the boys and thell' allies returned, the Liberty Boys going to their camp, while Scott's men remained in the neighborhood as a menace to the reckoats. The enemy at Kingsbridge might not advance from that point, but other expeditions might be sent up the river, and a watch mus.t be kept upon them and the boys would probably go up the river some such mission short ly. The prisoners were to the mi;i'.1 body farther up the riYcr, Dick seemg the Britis h captain before he went. "You are a determined young fellow, Captain," the officer said, "and you have a lot of sturdy boys under your command. We have seen how you can fight, and you can understand why we wanted to get you out of the way." "We are determined, Captain," Dick replieJ, "because we kn,)W we are in the right, and that our cause must prevail. I think it no disgrace to act as a spy and learn the enemy's secrets, and there is not a boy in my command who wovld not take his life in his hand and go into the enemy' s camp to learn thefr plans, if I bac'.e r:im. I do it m) self. Your spies are not al way:; !>.n est, and your cause is not a just one. Thernfore it will not prevail." "You are certainly in earnest, Ca:itain," t' other repi1ed, "and you have evidenti y given the matter much thought . I will not say t;iat you a.ts or Ranger,; the rest of the clav, however, and at ni['."ht even thing \Yas tranriui l and no one would have S'li) posed that the beautiful region was sn soon t-0 he the sce"e of s o much strife and bloodshed. On the following' morning Dick ;vent down t11p 'ivei in boats wit h a nurnber of the boys, Bob. Sam, Will Freeman, an
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18 THE LIBE.RTY BOYS' RUNNIKG FIGHT , Jack and Ha i'i : Th.1rbn harse just ahead of them, a nd Robin ?limbing ov e r the tailboard. ''Stop that fellow; he is .a murderer!" shoute:l Jack, das hin g on at his full speed. The driver may not have heard for he went on ;it the same steady gait, and then Jack saw Robin put a pistol to his head a s he climbed over the seat beside the mai1. Then the boy whippe d • a pistol and fir e d, the bullet whistling-just abov e the thief's h l'ad. Harry, Phil and Frank Belden came hurrying after Jack, all being good runners, althouirh he was the best. "If I only had Dollv now!" rriuttererl Jack. "I warrant the fellow would not get away from. me then!" , Then the cart sur ldenly dashed around a turn in the road, and the boys lost sight of it. "Hurry, boys!" gasped Jack. "The cart may break down or something mav happen and we must take all our chances . " As they turned the bend they sav: that the cart was overturned, one of the .wheels having come off . Running up, Jack saw the carter just getting up from the road, rubbing his head and ruefully at his disabled cart and his scattered tproduce. "Where is the fellow you with you?" asked Jack. "I wish he' d broken his neck_ before he got in wit];:hJ:De!" the carter grumbled. "It was he that all til.e trouble. My nag never could stand going at ; el) a gait, nor the wagon, either." "But 1ft:re..,is he?" asked Harry, while Jack began looking along the road for footprints. "I don't know, h e was thrown out Uhe sam e as l was when the wheel came oil'. It'll be a o-ood thing if he'!:' broken his neck!" "This way, boys!" cried Jack, who had suddenly discovered footprints leading to the side of the ioad, then over a stone wall and toward the woods. Over the wall went Jack, the others after him, pistols in hand, f9r they knew that the thief would be desperate now, and also that he was armed. As ,the boys wen t scrn"11bling over the wall and toward the Dick came in si-ght with Ben, Sam and the other• Hax.i . y at ltis. elbow> 'There they g('l!" ,;houted the carter, seeing ihem. 'and I hope youn catch the robber pretty quick.., J_1ick the boy s as they disappeared the w < _ rnds, and he and the rest quickly followed, k.o_o'1>"np; that Jark was cle ve r at following a trail and \1ould not giYe it up while there was .J;he least trace . 'Co m e on, bo1 s, " said Dick. "Jack is, on the trail." . . ' O;-e1 the wall thev \ Yent and across the field towm"1 tl e woorls, bearing a sudden shot as they the trees. . • , ''.Sp1ear! hovs." said Dick. 'The fellow ma\"' try to rlol'ble on hi s tracks to 'Then Dick saw s0rnething in foe sun light on the grass ::ind hast'ly sto.JpHI and pickefl it up. It was a plnin rirH;, l'Yluch worn. Djck put it in hi s pocke t and hurried into t• e WOQ{ls, followingthe trail of the othe r ho:cs with('n t diffi cvlty. Then he caught sight of Harry T11nrbe r and called out: "\Vho fired that shot?" "The thief: hut no one was hurt. I don't be lieve he has another." D'ck Harry hurried on . and so on caught sivl1 t of Jack, who called out s h rilly: "There he goes, down a ravine leading to the creek." There was a little creek not far off which ran -into the river, and the fugitive was ,making his wav toward it. Just then they heard Ben Spurshout: . ''There he goes, down the bank and under it!" They hurried on a"nd shortly reached the edge of quite a steep ravine, at the bottom of which ran the little creek. " Do you see him now, Ben?" Dick called. "No; he is hiding under the bank somewhere. It harigs over some di stance, and I guess he is makin/!; his way under it s o as to keep out of sight and try and make his way up again without being seen." "Spread along, Berv so as to intercept .him. We must catch him." • "All right, Captain." '.' . "It is pretty steep just here, Jack, "but we can go down there after if you say so." .,. "Wait a few minutes , Jack," said Dick. "The1e may be an easier place farther along, and he may come up himself." Presently 'Dick saw a rnstling o f leaves at the bottom of the ravine, and judg ed that the man was making his way in the other direction, s o as to pass the boys and get up at some othe r pomt. Farther along the bank on the opposite side was not as steep as on the side where tiie fugitive had gone down, and Dick thought he might try to esc-ape that way. ';Make your way along the bank, boys, " he said. "He i s going the other way now, and may try to get up ibe other side." The boys walked along, looking clown into the ravine, and presently they saw foe man for an instant. They signaled so that Dick would understand, and the himself think that he had heard only the cry of a woodb ird. He disappear ed in a moment, but Dick saw the leaves rustEng farther on and knew that he was making his way-air carefully as possible toward pomt

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.THE LIBE.RTY BOYS' RUNNING FIGHT li;I where the bank was not s o steep. He signalled to the boys to watch the fellow, and then made his way along, signalling to Ben and the rest that the thief had changed hi s direction. The boys soon saw the man suddenly dasl1 out of the bushes at the top of the opposite bank, rush into the woods, and quickly disappear. "I was afraid he would get away," declared Dick, "but we have given him a good chase and he will probably keep away from our camp or wherever we are after this." "But he did kill some one down by the river, Captain?" asked Jack. "Yes; he went there to rob, and stabbed the girl's father as the latter resisted him." "Then she ran o ut to give the ala1m ?" "Yes, and to get aw.ay from him. She was afraid he would kill her to get the little money there was in the h?iuse ." would not he sitate to do that, a s we know." "No, he would not. The man is a thorough scoundrel and I wonder at any one employing him as a spy. One look at his face would convince any one of that." "The Brit ish have' not always been particular as to the sort of men they employed, either as spies or in other capacities," said Ben, with a short laugh. "Very true, they have not, but his officer should have known better, as he seemed to be a man of some discretion." "I suppose h e made a mistake, as men will." "Yes, and he acknowledged it. The man stole from him1 as he stole from any The boys made their way back to the river. where it was found that the girl's father had no t been injured as seriously a s had been supposed at first, and that there was some chance of hi s recovery. Both had remained behind and dressed his wounds, having a considerable knowledge of surgery, and he was greatly improved. Di c k saw what Bob had done, and said: "That is all right. Keep your father quiet and let him have plenty of sleep and he will be much better in the morning. If you like, I will le t some of the bo ;;s stay with you during the night so as to help you. Some one may have to sit up, and they are used to being up at all hours." "If they wouldn't mind, I would like it very much," the girl answered. "Mother i s not verr well, and the shock of this affair has made her o f no u se as a nurse.'' "You will find the boy s of great assistance," answered Dick , and he left the two Harrys and two others, the rest returning to camp. CHAPTER XIII.-The Last of Robin. The Liberty Boys kept a watch on the river for the rest of that day, but saw nothing suspi ciou s , and Dick conclud ed that there were no expeditions coming up as yet and that they must continue their watch. "They may come up during the night," he said to Bob. "Yes, for they may be afraid that we will be on the lookout for them during the day and so take pains to conceal their coming. They have learned that they cannot do thing-s in s u ch an off-hand way as they used o and that \\"e are looking for them." After dark Dick, Mark Monison and a numbe1 of the Liberty B.oys went out on the riYer in boats to see if the enemy made their appearance. taking pains to keep in the shadow of t he bank and to make little or no noi se with then oar,,, so a s n o t to alarm the enemv in case the latter came . Not all of the bo}s tf1at were out in the afternocn were out now, for Dick b elieved in giving all the boys a chance, and he cou l d ai ways get all t h e boys he wanted. There were Lishe Joel Walke r. Gerald Fleming, Ned Nash and Ben Bi:a!id in hi,.; own boa t , a nd Tom Hunter, Jim Bennett, and Carl in Mark's, bes ides another boat \ Valter Jennings, Ben Spurlock, Harry Jud>oon. and so me others . They were going do'xn the river, when they suddenly saw a light sh oot into the s k y from the direction of the Croton ri\'cr. which was above the camp, some little distance. "I wond e r what that can said Di.:k. " A i'C t here any enemies up there?" "There are Tories on the other side of the Cro ton," replied Mark, "and Dela ncey his quarters there." • The light grew brighter, as if there might b e a fire in that neighborho od, and Dick \\'a:; about to turn and go up the river to investigate tfie meaning of the light, \\'hen Ben Brand. in his boat, said excitedly: "There i s a light down the r iver, Captain; a light on a ship, I think. See, it come:; nearer. " "You are right, it i s a l ig;1t. There is a vesse l coming up the river, out she not nec essarily be an ene my." "No, of course not, but a friendly boat would show more lights. Can that be a signal for son:e one on shore?" Before Dick could reply, there came the sudden sound of firing from below, and then a light >.im ilar to the one near the Croton was se en. Then there was more firing, and the light on the water moved in toward shore. " They are enemies! " exclaimed Dick. "They have come flP under cover of the and have signalled by so me traitor on s hore. We must spread the alarm.'' Di c k then ordered the bovs to row do,:rnstream rapidly and to fire on any boats . een leaving the ship i n the river. Going on rapi d l y, 1.!1ey soon saw a boat come out from under the shadow .:Jf the shlp . "Who ioes there?" called Dick. "Are yo u from Delan!!ey?'l asked some one out of the darkness. "They are enemies-'fire!" cried Dick. As the boats shot forward, a volley was fired from all three, and at once confused sounds arose from the other boats. "Rebels! We are betrayed!" some one cried. Then the boat was seen to row rapidly towanl the ship, the sound of firing increasin g on sho r e. "Pull on, boys," ordered Dick. "\,Ve may b e able to do something here. We can sound the alarm, at any rate, and keep the enemy's ship from se ndin g any one a shore.'' The three_ boats quickl y pull e d to s hor e a n d t h e boys landed. There was more e xcitement now, an<;l s o rne men came running down as the bovs came ashore. " We are some of the Liberty Boys," d ecl a ie(

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20 THE LIBERTY BOYS' RUNNT:\ T G FIGHT. Dick. "There is a B ritish ship on the xher. Kee p lie r from landing any men." Some one now came running forward with a toreh, a n d .the boys' unifo1 m s were s een. "Get 1110 e lights,'" ordered Dick, "and make fire s a < .. gshore s o a s to keep a watch upon these fellow s . 0 orne traitor has helped them or they .would n ever hav e g ot.ten s o far." ' " A Jot o f C ow boys s t arted the firing,'' declared some one, "and then some Tories joined them. The y set fire to s om e t arns below." "And the enemy w a s about to land men when w.e intercepted the m . 1 t hink Delancey has some-thing to do with it, for he was mentioned." C olonel Oliver D e l a n c e y was a noted Loyalist o f Westchester, who s e m en , from their habit of seizi n g c attle for the use of the Britis h a rmy, came to be called Cowboys. There were more patriots coming, ligl'its flashed along shore, and soon the ship was seen dropping downstream, the plan of landing the men having signally failed, owing to Dick Slater's cleverness. , The Tories and,Cowboys were driven away and no more damage w;i s done, although it was not po ssible to save the barns with their contents that had already been set on fire. A number of lives had been lost, too, among the m being two or three old men w ho had taken no part in the af fair, but h a d been sitting at the windows when the firing began. Dick went upstream a s s oon a s the trouble was over, in order to investi g a t e the fire at Croton. He learne'd that a party of Delancey' s Loyalists had crossed the river, attacked a house where Colonel Greene, t h e hero of Fort Mercer at Red Bank, was liv : n g , and so badly wounded the latter that his I ife wa s despaired of. It was nothing than a cold-blooded ass a s sination, an
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THE LIBERTY B O YS O F ' 7 6 21 CURRENT NEWS NEW FERTILIZER. Senator W. A. Paulhamus, who is declared to be the second agricultural wizard of the West, recently. disCO\'ered a new fertilize r in the form of some sort of mos s and he tried it on a hill of rhubarb. The r esult i s amazing and accotding to Sena tor Paulhamus one leaf of the pieplant seems inclined to emulate a date palm, standing five feet high with a spread of l eaf seven feet across . He d eclar e s that another week's growth will enable him to park hi,; automobile beneath it. Some of the fertilize r spaded in around a calla lily has produced a plant four feet tall with great yellow blo ss oms. The f ertilizer i s a product of the Wes t and is s a i d to be obtained in large quantities simply for hauling it from the wood s and swamps . SUSPENSION BRIDGE ACROSS GRAND CANON. There i s a new thrill in store for touris t s of the Grand Canon of Colorado, says the Popular Magazi. n e . In spite. of al!Ilost insuperable . di ff cult1e . a sus p ension bridge has been con structe d across the Colorado River, at Granite Gorge, permitting direct access from the south s ide t o the north side--or north rim, a s it is called-of tl1e canon, where i s located the grandes t scenery in the park, hitherto inacces sible. to toU1 i s t s . Henceforth the rim-to-rim travel i s de stined to be the mo s t exciting incident in a vis'it to the Grand Canon. The site of the bridge i s above the mouth of 'Bright Angel Creek, about 10 miles by trail from Grand Canon station. It is a narrow gorge with precipitous r ocky walls towering to a height on the southern rim of 4,500 feet, and on the north rim to 1,500 feet higher. It i s the only bridge over the Colorado River for a di stance of 500 miles between The Needles, Cal., and the point in Utah where the Colorado is by the junction of the Grand and Green Rivers. SPARKLING TAIL OF MOUSE. A tale that will interest Curator Ditmars of the Bronx Zoo, New York, was narrated by Miss Geneieve Allen, head of the Abandonment Bureau at the District Attorney's office. She told of having battled in h.er offi:ce with. a mous e that had "a diamond on its tail." Miss Allen was alone when the "m9ftster" was seen, but she did not faint; instead, She hurled a telephone book at the intruder. Great was her relief when the mouse fled but greater her joy at finding that the impish little thing had "discarded" a diamond it must have she said. The o-em was a diamond earring in a gold set ting. The stone, it was e stimated, weighed half a carat. T o verify her tale, Miss Allen turned over the gem to Acting District Attorney Benton. He put it into a safe to await a claimant. Miss AJ1en said a woman client reported such a l oss several days How the mouse co ul d have picked up the circlet of gold is a new kind of mystery the pers onnel of the District Atto-r ney's office i s trying. to unravel. : FINED FOR POSTAGE S 'I'AMP FRAUD. Frenc h postal authorities expected a subl;tan tial reduction in the n umber of letters when they raised the stamp rates to 25 centimes for interior mails, but they failed to count on the inc genuity which has been exercis ed by one Pari!': mail order merchant. It is common for mail order salesmen to scan hotel lists and directories for the names of possible clients to whom they then address circulars , with stamped envelope s for reply. Naturally this confidence in the pros pective client's interes t has a psycholo gic al effect in a large number of cases. But with the increas ed po stage rates thi.;; prac tice seemed doomed, until a cl ever Pai1sian di s covered that it was possible to cover a stamp with a thin layer of mucilage, which with the canc<>J - •lation stamp mark could be sponged off when the reply arrived. The po stal detectives, however. happened to open a package of envelopes, which gave off a peculiar sticky perfume, and disco v ered the trick which resulted in the arrest of thr merchant. His good previous reco r d made i t pos sible for him to get off with a fine of only 2.000 francs, which he paid promptly. The merchant confess ed to friends that he had de spatche
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•, I 22 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF ' 76 Bellville Academy Boys --OR-. VICTORIES O F TRACK AND FIELD B y R ALPH MORTON (A Serial S t ory) CHAPTER I.-(Continued) It took many minutes to bring the l a d a r ound to ron':>ci o u sness . The crowd gathere d aiound the half-drowned o;tudents and w aited with bate d breath. "I'm afraid the p oor chap i s a goner!" cried one o f the townspeople. "Tha t hig fellow killed him!" ;;hout"ed another. "Let's fix him!" y e ll e d a third, s t anding nearb y t h e gtou p. The crowd swung about, and one man sing l e d out N ewthwaite with a scornful 'fing e r . "Catch him!" "The r e stands the big Senior bully!" c r ied h e . " H e ' s murde r e d h i s o w n academy mate!" Just at this instant the D a n B a r nett was brought b ack to a knowle.lg
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J THE LIB E RTY BOYS OF '76 23 THE NEWS IN GOO D LEATHER FROM FISH. A high grade of leather i s obtained from stingarees, or huge rays, which are caught in Southern waters off the United States coast. The skin, or "hide," of these fish can bP cured and produces a tough, durable materi:ll of good appear ance. Som e o f the largest fis h yield from two t o thre e square yards of lellth e r . Needless to say, it i s waterproof. USE A HEADLIGHT AT THE PIANO. Here i s a headlight that i s literally a head light. It i s a light tha t you wear on your head. The wries are concealed in a bandeau worn around the forehead, ana the li ght itself stands in front. This lamp was p robably invented from the id e a of the mine r's lamps, and has been adopted by physician s, :;urgcons and dl!nti sts, its especial value to them b eing that beth hands are free . Thus you are provided with a fla s hlight that not have to be held in the hand.-Popular Scie nce Monthly. PL.A.NS MONUMENT FOR HIS DOGS. At the summer h ome of Gevernor Baxter of Maine on Mackworth I sland, Casco Bay, are buried' all the d ogs which died w h i l e owned by him since 1887. The Governor now is having m :ide a bronze table t giving the names and records of thes e animals. This will b e placed upon the face of a granite bowlder, around which the dog:; have bee n interred. These dogs are a ll of the same family of Irish setters . The first, and great-grandmother of the family, was Glencore. She was given the Gov ernor in 1867 by his father, the late James P. Baxter, of Portland, Me. The living representative of the line now i s a young dog name d Gany. . I n all t h e Governor has raised about seventytfive of thes e dogs. Most of those which d i ed he did not keep were g iven to friends. TO. DESTROY 100 HORSES . . Horse lovers throughout the country h:i.ve • Leen -shocked by Colonial Secretary Winston Ch m ch ill's announcement i n the House of Commons that 30 000 army horses in Me s opotamia are to be kiiled because it i s too expens ive t o brin g them home . It was explained that they are mainly heavy draft horses for which there is no local u se and that they had to b e fed on imported fodder. The • nearest possible market s are India or Egypt, but the d iff culties and cost of transportation thence are said to be prohibitive. Shipping m e n say it costs $ 1 5 0 to $175 to bring a horse from the Eas t to England, not counting horsem en's wages. The War Office view is that it is better fo1 the horses to be killed humanely and s cientifically than to be left in the hand,; of natives w h o w ould not care for them prop erly, and no one would turning them adrift in the desert. S HORT ARTICLES SERMON IN PRISON. Several thousand men, silent and attentive, listened to a strange sermon recently in San Quentin Prison. The theme was "A Man May Be Down, but He's Never Out. " The expounde r of this gospel was 'Varde n James Johnston, and not one word of the sermon was lo s t on men who each in himself struggled with this same problem of whether or not a m a n may be both down and out. • Warden J obnston took his text from the doctrine of the S alvation Army and it was this organization and its appeal for fun ds that inspired ihe meeting. The responsiveness of the prisoners was indicated in that they s u b scribed $ 150 to the campaign at the clo se of the talk and this amount was immediately duplicate d by the pr'is on guards and attaches. San Quentin Prison has the honor of b eing the onl y pris on in the United States to have a working corps of S alvatinnists within the prison, all of the members of which are prisoners. This band of Salvationists render services to its fellow prisoners in much the same manner a s othe r Salvationists on the outsi de do to sociey at l arge. " Myst ery M a gazine" SEMI-MONTHLY 10 CENTS A COPY LATEST ISSUES 73 THE PSYCHIC E!\EMY, b y Arthur Wm. An_dreen . 74 'l'HE WONDER GIHL, by Halph .. .., 7 5 ON THE WRONG TRAIL, by Rosemo 76 '.!.'HE SPIRIT W I'rNF.SS, by Cbns. F . Ouurs 77 THE LITTLE WIIITE ROOM. by !\fore ErlJlij:ii(I J'ones. --:.,'.,t.,':.".,, 78 THITI STOLEN Y.EAR. by Erlmuud 18llot. -...., ,, 7n HOLLYWOOD H f:SE, b,V Wll 8 0 A KEYLESS MYSTERY, hy ffnmilto n Crnigle. 8 1 PROFESSOR SA'l'AN. hv Chns. F. O ursler. 1 WHO K!T,LJ;;D MrNALLY? hy Ilenlah Poynter . THFJ CLTJE OF 1'HF. WHORL. by Kntberine Stnirn. 8-l THE "('ZAR" AND THE RING. by Edmunrl E lliot . R5 A ' CLl'R OF FLAMF.. Iw . Tnrk Bechdolt. Rt\ "THE FACE IN '!'HF. CROWD." h)' l\fnrc E .. fones. R7 'l'IIE JlfAN IN TIOOM l'\o . 7 . hv f'has. F. Onrsler. 88 FOl'R 'l'F.N-DOLLAR TlTLT$. lir H Pnry G . Ho,,-Jnntective Story Out Today Jn No. 92 Ts -FRIDAY AT 1 2 By KATHERINE STAGG l 'RANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 168 W. 23d St., New York "Moving Picture S t o ries " , . A Wc<'kl:v 1\JagR7.lne U<'votecl t o P b o topln.ys and l'laTier• PRICE SEVEN CENT S PER C OPY EnclJ n11mb0r contains Four Stories of the Best Films on the Half-tone Scenes trom t h e Article s About Prominent People In tlJe Film•-Doing' r.f Artor' nn
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24 TIIE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 Ned, The Naval Cadet . By JOHN SHERMAN. The U . S. c ruiser Tex a s was a fine armored vessel of 4,000 tons burc'en, arm e d with heavy cali ber guns , and m :rn n e d w ith 30 0 men under command of Commande r J ohn W co ds. An e xtensive s lave t < a d e, and t b') mo s t atrociou s pirac ie s had been committeJ a long the Afri can gold coast of Guine::i, causing our government t o the frigate to those shores, on a cruise in search of the marauders who were scourging those seas . Among a half dozen n aval cadets who h a d been commissio n ed to go with the Texas was a boy named Ned Fox, a fin e , sturdy d::irk-eyed fellow of eighteen, who s e pluck , good nature and generosity had made him the pride of the naval school. One afternoon, while the m an-of-war was going along under reduce d c a n vas, in the vicinage of the bay of Boafra, the . b o y stood at the weather bulwarl;s with a glas s to his eye, intently scanning the dim, di stant ou'tlines of Princes Isl: :md, when Joe Ranger, another of the cadets, approached him. "You seem to be very much interested in that island, Ned," he laughed. "\Vhat is there abou t it to hold your attention so?" Ned lowered the glass , turned to his friend and replied: "It is not idle curiosity, Joe. Far fro m it. Ther e is much about that island to interest m e, for my only inheritance lies buried in it." "Your words mystify me. What do you mean?" queried Joe, in perplexity. "Well, you know my father was a sailor-a captain-a shipowner. " ''So you have hinted to me before. " "He was engaged in trading along this coast with his vessel, the Storm King, when his ship was caught in a storm and was smashed to pieces on the Focks on that island. My father was the only survivor. He took his cargo of gold dust from the wreck procured in trade from the Africans and buried it. Long afterwards a passing ship picked him up and brought him home . My unfortunate father bareJy had time to write a description of where the gold was buried and gave it to my mother when he died. I was then a child. It has always bee n my mother's desire to have me reclaim that treasure !'?em Prince s Island." "I hope you may, Ned." At this junctu:i;e the lookout interrupted tl1em, shouting: .' "Sai i ho! Sail ho!" ""\'/h ere away?" queried the commander, eme1ging from below . "Two points to starboard, tacking south by west, sir." "\Vhat do you make her out to b e?" " A large. black, fore-and-:-dt s c hoon e r , sir." The c :ommander gainer! a. loo\ at the stranger with his g lass, and uttering a cry o f surprise, he exclaimed: "By thunder! It' s the Black nird-the worst slaver on the coast!" This announcement caused a ripple of excitem ent among the crew, and the commander expressed it a s his intention to capture the rascal 0 1 blow him out of the sea; so orders were rapidly given, sails fluttered up, and everyone became busy. The Texas glided majestically through the water, and the gunners manned their stations, ready for action. A gunshot was fired athwart her course as a sjgnal to h e r t-i h a ul to, but instead of obeying this stern mandate she -defiantly s ent a gunshot fro m a masked battery at the frigate, the ball striking one of the frigate's barbette to wers. Commander Woods became enrage d at this insult, and at once ordered a gun trained and fired at her hull. This was done and the shot struck the mark. A hole was stove in the schooner's s i d e above the water line, and she rapidly ran up in the wind, laid to, and a flag of truce was shown. "She surrenders. Clear away the after.-port quarter boat, and as it is in your cornmancl, Mr. Fox, be kind enough to board yon der rascal and demand her unconditional surrender." "Ay ay, sir," answered Ned, saluting the o f ficer . Down went the boat, manned by five marines and Joe Range1, then Ned boarded it, the davit hooks we1e cast off and it was rowed over to the motionless slaver. Just as the cadet boarded the schooner, with Joe at his side, a gun was fired from the slaver's deck and the ball struck the rudder of the Texas) shivering it to pie ces. "This is a d irty piece of business!" cried Ned, indignantly. "You hang out a flag of truce to lure u s into this trap." "Shut up!" r oared Captain Dirk, b1utally. He rais ed his hand to deal tl1e boy a blow, when Ned struck him between the eyes with his fist, knocking him down. The struggle that ensued did not last long, however, as the slavers outnumbered them, and the two boys were overwhelmed and bound hand and foot. They were taken down in the hole and confined among scores of negroes, with whom the schooner was.laden. By skillful management the 8 lave1 kept out of gunshot of the crippled frigate, and thus e scaped t o the coast, along which she ran northw:u d. All night long t r e y lay in their crampe d quar ters, wondering w h :it their fate was to b e , and struggling to free themse lve s of th e b o nds that helct their arms b ehind their barks . By dint of using hi s teeth Joe m a na:ged to ioo s en Neel's thongs so that a little e : ;e r tion would e rve to release t hem, but further work of this kind was stopped by the appearance of the keep er. Soon after dawn of the next day a bearded s :iilc l ' w earing a skull cap came down, t oo k the lashings from thei r ank les and dragged the twl) boys u p on deck with bandages on their eyes. A plank had be e n rigg ed through ?. :1 open o::rn g w:iy. nea r which Captain Dirk and hi s men were congregated. "I'll pay you off now," the slaver y elled at

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TH E LIB E RTY BOYS OF '16 25 the m. "You wo n't li f t your l 1ands t o me a gain , blast you! The1 c':;; ii p l ank ahead of y o u, a n d you've got to wal k it!" "Murder u s and you will pay dearly for it, " cried Ned, b itterly. "Prepare fol' d J.'l.th." The sailors seized Ned b" the col lar of the coat and draggc<1 him u:i 0n "the pk,nk, while an other ruffian pnshed Jo,, afte1 him. It was to rPsis', the two boys wal!\ erl the plank blindfo'cleJ, ::-,n:l off, both fell if'to the sea. At that juncture a yell of .... :Fnng came fr')m -one of the slavers, t".> Cect 1 hat the rudder of the Texas had rc,,aired and that the man-of-war was b..-;arin:; rlc.vn upon them. As soon as Ned clro:11wd into the water, he sank belciV:• ;:;urface. tore h;s arms of his l oosene'cl b0rds, dppcd the bandage from his eyes and arose to the surface. Upon reaching the suface Ned .saw his friend come np,• aP.d seio:ed him. .Toe!" he ga:::ned. "Tread water, ol d fellr,-..,,, and 1'11 free you!" ' Ean9"er did as he v:as toh1 , when Ned, vvhi lc f1oatin;, pulled the blindfold fr0m his face, and out his jackknife, cut Joe's bonus. He was t h e n enabled to swim. To Ned's surprise he saw Princes I s land about tw,.., miles away. "There' s the s lavers' ren dezvo us!" he ex claimed. "Swim for it." It was a long, tiresome swim, but the plucky boys did it, and finally rec1chcd shoal water and waned ashore. Both frigate and sc hooner had vanished i n t h e dense fog bank that r olled over the sea. "This i s a m ost providential escape," remarked Ned. "Who would have th,.,ught t hat I woul d b e ast away u po n the very island I was most an xio•is to visit?" "Dn you k now w here you r fathe r buried his gold? " "Of co urse I do," replied Neel. "Let' s see i f we can locate it. T h e paper said it was i n a water c:ivern on the east side of the isle, under a m
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