## The Liberty Boys fighting Doxstader, or, The destruction of Currytown

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The Liberty Boys fighting Doxstader, or, The destruction of Currytown
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Liberty Boys of "76"
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No. 108 1 NEW YORK , SEPTEMBER 16, 1921. Price 7 Cents As Dick and Harry seized the Hessian, the woman and her daughter pointed accusing fingers at him. "There stands the murderer of my son!" shrieked Mrs. Gray. Several of the Liberty Boye now rushed into the cabin through the open doorway.

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The Liberty Boys of IHued Weekly-S)Jbscrlptlon price, $3.l!O per year; Canada,$4.00 ; Foreign, $4.:50. Frank Tousey, Publisher, ft& We11t 23d Street, New York, N. Y. Entered â€¢â€¢ Seco nd-Class Matter Jnnuar:v 31, 1913", at the Post-Office at New York, N. Y., under ti!<> Act of March 3, 1879." No. 1081 NEW YORK, SEPTEMBER 16, 1!'21. Price 7 Cents. The Liberty Boys Figh ti ng Doxstader OR, THE DF.STRUCTION OF CURRYTOWN By HARRY MOORE CHAPTER I.-A Plucky Country Boy. "Look out, Bob; I think there are Indians on that point. Row a little s lower." ..... " All iight, Dick . There have been no Indians about, have there?" "I have not heard of any, Bob, but there are signs of them at the point, and we can never be too careful in these troublous times." "No, that is right; we can't." . There were two boys in a little boat on the Mohawk river not far from the present town of Palatine, in New York. They wore the Continen tal uniform and were the captain and first lieutenant, respectively, of a band of sterling young patriots fighting for American independence, known as the Liberty Boys. The compan.y1 was just now in the Mohawk Valley, watching the Tories and Indians, who at frequent intervals harassed the people of that beautiful region, dev a stating homes, plunpering the people and carrying ruin and death to many a family. Dick Slater, the young captain, had not heard that there were any Indians in the immediate neighborhood, but he knew the &igns, and he was prepared to hear of these wily foes at any time, and he had therefore warned Bob Estabrook, his lieutenant, to be on the lookout. Tihe Liberty Boys had their camp near Canajoharie, a few miles distant, but Dick was on the river now reconnoitering as he frequently did, for the utmost vigilance was necessary in order to keep secure from the many wily enemies who threatened them at all times. Bob rowed more s lowly, and Dick , pistol in hand kept an eye on the wooded point where he Indians were lurking. There was no motion now and the suspected Indians had either â€¢ gone away 'or were keeping still in ?rder not to arouse the suspkions of the boys m the boat. '.As the boys went on slowly, a dugâ€¢ut came around a point below them, and the occupant, a J>oy of about fourteen, call ed out cautiously: "Look out Captain, there are Indians hiding there! I them from the shore a little while .ago." "Stop rowing, Bob," said Dick, turning and giving a good look at the boy, satisfymg himself in a moment that he was thoroughly honest, and then saying: "Yes so I suspected, although I have not seen any, only the signs of them." . The boy in the dugout, who was dressed. m coar se homespun, blue woolen hose and service-I able shoes, swung his paddle deftly and was soon alongside the boat. ' "How many did you see ?" Dick asked. "Three or four. I was up there looking for birds and rabbits, and I saw their topknots. They were so busy looking out on thEt river that they did not notice me, and I got away in a hurry and went back to my dugout. Then I saw you ana knew that it was you theyi were watching." "You live in the neighborhood?" "Yes, at Currytown, below Canajoharie. I have seen your camp. This dugout belongs to me and sometimes I keep it on the creek and sometimes here. I do a lot of hunting and fishing in it, for we do not get much from our little !arm and we must live somehow." Dick liked the appearance of the boy very much, and he now asked: "What is your name, my boy? You have the advantage of me." "George Gray. My mother and I and my Sis ter Mattie live in a little cabin on the edge of Currytown, but I go all over the neighborhood. "What is your name, my boy? You have the advantage of me." "George Gray. My mother and I and my Sis ter Mattie live in a little caâ€¢in on ihe edge of Currytown, but I go . all over the neighborhood. You are out scouting?" "Yes. Have you heard of any threatened' dis turbance by the Tories o r Indians ?" "No , Captain; but there are some Hessians and a few redcoats farther up the rivet, and no one knows when they may break out. The J ohn s ons generally keep them stirred up whel) they want to take revenge upon the patriots of the valley." Sir William Johnito n . and his son , Sir John, were rich Tories of the valley , who from time to time inc ited the Indians against the people, Sir John being the commander of a band of Loyalists and Refugees, themselves the Doyal Greens. "But the Hessians and redcoats have not made any trouble as yet?" "N<>; but one never knows when they will . The Hessians seem to regard everything belonging to 'rebels,' as they insultingly call us, free to take whenever they see fit." "Yes, I kno w they do, but we correct that impression whenever we se e them helping them selves." The boat and the dugout were slowly drifting downstream, and Dick had not so good a view of the point as before. PAGE 3 2 THE LIBERTY BOYS FIGHTING DOXSTADER "There were only three or four of the redskins, Harry Judson, who, being a boy of this very re George ?" he asked. "Wexe they in their war gion, knew that the Tories were as apt to mis-paint, or just in ordinary rig?" behave as the Indians. "They were not in war paint, but these Mo"I did not hear that they were up to any mishawks wiJ.l steal or kill out of t hei r war toggery chief, Harry, but they will bear watching at all as as in it. I would not trust them at any times." _,, time, Captain." "There is a Tory> called Doxstader, living back Bob laughed outright, and Dick said, with a here a bit," spoke up Lishe Greene, another Mo-smile: hawk valley boy, "who has a lot to do with the "No, and I wouldn;t do it myself. If there were Indians, and I've heard him say more'n once that only a few of them, however, it is likely tlalt he\! ,.tir 'em up agains. t us rebels, a s he called us, they will be cautious, especially if they think that onll o' days. I think he has something to t h e peopl e are on the lookout for them. They dO' witl\:the Johnsons, but I'm not sure. " r ely on strength of when making an is not an officer of the Royat attack-." Greens 7'" "Yes, and instead of being brave and fearless, "I don't.know, Captain. He's the rankest kind as some folks call 'em, they are nothing b u t a of Toty; . anj) yet he's of Dutch stock and you'd lot of cowardly wo l ves, in my opinion . " thiri k ' .Jw'd be a patriot. The Dutch have had Bob laughed heartil y, and Dick smiled and trob.b'le ell.Ough with Indians and British and such made reply: like "cattle not to go in with 'em afterward, I "You are not at all complimentary, my boy, should think." but I think tha )IOU have the proper estimate bf "Yes, so you would, but there are some very the majority of these Moh awks, for all that. The strange contradictions among these people. Look e hiefs are supposed to be brave, but I have seen at Schuyler and Gansevwrt and Herkimer, all of. very f ew examples of it. Generally they are Dutch stock, and all goo-cl. patriots. Then there cruel, bloodthirsty, vengeful, and full of wiles are Claus and the Cuylers and others, Dutch also, a n d stratagems, striking an enemy from behind but rank Tories." .;. and never attacking him openly unless with the George Gray had continued on his way up the odds largely in heir favor." creek some little distance and had then gone "Those on the point don't seem in at:bore and hurried on to the small but very neat clined tQ. malCe us any trouble, Dick," said Bob, cabin, where he lived with his mother and sister. "and may have gone away." He had picked up some game and some fish o n ."Wer . ? . u going up the river, George?" asked the way, that he did not return empty-handD1ck. . ..., ed. Hurrying into the .cabin, he threw down "No; f--ain going back to the creek. Have you what he h?-d<.l:>rought, kissed his mother and sisany vacancies in the Liberty Boy s, Captain? I ter, and excitedly: would like to join, if you have. Mother can get Mattie, yO'U can never guess! I o n without me now, as her,brother is coming to met the captain of the Liberty> Boys, and the live with her and he will-see after the place." lieutenant, and they're coming here this after"Yes, there are two vacancies, George. noon, and the captain says that maybe he will I will see your mother a'Plut it shortly." take me into the Liberty Boys , if I suit. I told The boys went on, ana' a.t length entered Can-him that Uncle Ceorge was con:iing and that you ajoharie creek, George Gray going on, while Dick not want me, he sa.1d he would oo_me and Bob went ashore in a little while and . and do you thmk their way to their camp. Here they were met by of i..tii Its all right, 1sn t 1t. a n\lmber of the Liberty Boys, who were anxious about girls being such great talkers!" to know if there was any news of their''e;ne11;1ies., mu gfi'ed Mattie Gray. of any and all sorts. There were Mark Morri$6n, yes, we have talked it over, George," the second lieutenant, Harry Judson, a boy: f,rorri the mother, "and if you still want to join, I the Mohawk valley; Jack Warren and Geor-ge don't see why you should not. If your father Brewster, Jersey boys; Ben Spurlock a.rid Sam had lived, he would have been in the army, and Sanderson,â€¢ Westchester boys; Ned Naish, from I know that you have always wanted to do some Connecticut; Harry Thurber, Gerald Flem_iiig, Sid thing for your country." C1.1rhart , Horace Walton and Rob from "And this is better thp.n being in the armY', the South, and boys ftom all over thec _quntry. mother, for they are all boys, who w01;ld under There were boys from out of the country, :i,p fa,ct, stand me better than men, and there are not the for over on one side, looking after the dinner, evils to be avoided that there are in the army. was a jolly-looking Irish bo)1, ,and not fa'!." from We can serve our country, to o, and do some good, him was a rosycheeked and very fat German. if we are only boys; and, oh, mother! I . saw "Any news?" asked Mark, almost certain that some Indians on the river, and warned the cap-there was some. tain and the lieutenant. The wily rascals were "Yes, . there are Indians about, although I don't waiting for them, I'll bet!" know how many, and we met a very fine young "Do set George to work, mother," laughed Matfellow who wants to join the Liberty Boys." tie, "or he'll talk us and himself tired and we'll "Were the Indians up to mischief?'' asked Jack never have any dinner. Go and get some water, Warren, Mark's particular chum. George, there's a good fellow." "I could not tell. They usually are, however, Mattie Gray was older than her brother, of unless they are watched, and these were. They whom she was very fond, and she sometimes took were waiting for a good chance to attack us, I an elder sister's tone with him, which he, how think, and w , e did not give it to them." ever, after a boy's fashion, seldom noticed, beinJJ! "How are the Tories behaving, Captain'?" asked too much E(_ngrossed with his own thoughts.

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I .. â€¢ 4 THE LIBERTY BOYS FIGHTING DOXSTADER "Wait a moment, pleas e," said Dick softly, at the door. "If I can get you anything, you will let me know Captain?" said the anguished mother. and I will let you know shortly how he is" They loosened the boy' s . collar and opened his shirt and then Dick listened for a heartbeat and felt for his pulse. There was a small mirror on the dresser and Dick nodded toward it. Jack understood and brought it, Dick placing it a little above the boy's mouth. At first it remained unclouded but at length a thin film of steam was seen upon it, which showed that the boy s ti .11 breathed. Dick went to the door and said quietly: "Your boy l i v es , ma'am, but I complete quiet for the present. your mother s omething to quiet every hope." mus t a s k for Mattie, give her. I have Then he went back to the bedchamber and worked rapidly and gently over the boy, who,se breath increase d little by little, till it was quite perceptible. The bullet of the Hessian had passed through one of the boy's lungs and out at his back but his youth and general good health were in favor, and unless inflammation set in, there was hope for him. . Dick dispatched Jack Warren on his speedy bay mare to the camp of Colonel Marinus Willett at Fort Plain to get a doctor with all speed. for he felt that .the boy's life might be saved, and meant to make every effort toward that end. George Gray was made comfortable, and the n Dic k saw Mrs. G ray and the sister, andâ€¢said: "There i s every hope, ma'am. I have qone what I could but the army surgeon will know more th.an I 'and he will do still better. There is every ho1pe, as I said, but the boy must have the best of care. " "He will get it, Captain," replied Mrs. Gray. "! believe you have saved my boy's life." "At least I have done all I could,' ' answered Dick modestly. Then the mother was allowed to sit at the boy's bedside, while Dick took Mattie aside. "The Hessian shot George?" h e a sked. "Yes. The fellow insulted me, and. George struck him with his fist s . Then the Hessian shot him with his pis tol. After that h e came in here, sai d it served him right, and d emanded all our valuables." "H.ad the boy died, I would h ave hanged the scoundrel!" said Dick hotly. "At all events, I shall hold him till I see ho w G eorg e g ets o n . If he d ies, it will b e nothing l ess than a col d -blooded murde r . " "But y ou think h e will recover? " " I h op e s o but I cannot be po sitive. All will be do n e tha t 'ca n b e don e, y o u may b e certain.". Dick q uestion e d the H e s s i a n , and a s k ed him if t here were a n y more in the neigh borh
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THE LIBERTY BOYS FIGHTING DOXSTADER 9 made his way along close to the bank, so as to hear what was said. To his great surprise, however, when he came to the place where he had seen the Indians, there was not one of them to be seen. . "Halloa ! Where have they gone?" asked Dox&tader, in surprise. "Here's where they were." "Well, they aren't here now," growled one of the others. "Never mind; I will find them when I want them. I'll meet you all to-night below, and if the boy tells me where the rebels have their camp we'll go and have a look at it." "All right," and then the men separated. CHAPTER V.-A Disappointment. Dick returned to the camp at length, having seen no more Indians or Tories, but satisB.ed that. the reds would not make an attack till their Tory leader had found the camp of the Liberty Boys. "If I show it to him, he will never leaveit ex cept as a prisoner, to Fort Plain," said Dick dryly. The Hessians had been sent off to the fort eaYly that morning, for Dick could not 'be troubled with them in the first place, and he did not wish Mattie and her mother to see them in the next, fearing it would excite them too much. His fi'l'St plan had been to show Doxstader the way
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10 THE LIBERTY BOYS FIGHTING DOXSTADER Nse with him, and pursued his way as before. If he could get to the creek ahead of the Tories he could easily elude them afterward, and he pull e d on at a good rate. He. saw the men sud denl y raise their muskets and aim at him, anrl., giving his oars a sudden swing, he sent the b0at ahead much more rapidly than before. Then he slid into the bottom of the boat, which "ent ahead rapidly under the impetus h e had given it, and also helped by the current. Crack! crack! crack! A number of bullets flew over the boat, and he knew that he had not yet gotten out of range, as he had hoped to do. is precaution saved him, however, and in a moment he was sitting up and rowing rapidly toward the creek. The Loyalists seemed to divine his intentions and ran along shore as if to intercept him. There were rocks and bushes and wet places and other obstacles, !however, and the men were obliged to go out of their way now and then, while Dick kept right on in a straight line and gained on them every instant. He shot into the creek before they could get to it, and the trees and bushes presently hid him from the men, whom he could hear hurryingâ€¢ on and calling to each other from time to time. "If Doxstader really means to attack Currytown, a s he declared, there is no time to lose, " he said to himse lf. "There are four miles to go after I leave the camp." He went on rapidly, but at length saw the topknots of a number of Indians on the bank ahead of him. The creek was not very wide, and if the redskins had bows with them, they could probably reach him even if he kept along the opposite bank. He sent the boat well out, and

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THE LIBERTY BOYS FIGHTING DOXSTADER 11 then gave it a good start with the oars before as quiet as possible. Away rode the boys, Dick, lying _down in the bottom. From the sounds he Bob and Mark in the lead, losing not a moment on heard he presently knew that the Indians had the road, but m ging their horses to the utmost. discovered the boat, and were wondering at its There was need of haste, indeed, as they realpresence there. Then he heard the voice of a ized when they had gone a little more than halfwhite man say," in surprised tones: way. They heard the sound of firing, and Dick "That there is the boat we had up above. I lrnew in a moment that it was at Currytown, and guess we didn't tie it up. Go out there and get dashed ahead, the boys following him as if by it." instinct. Dick heard a spfash in the water, and knew Shortly before noon, while the men of Cucrythat one of the Indians was coming out to him. town were at work in the fields, a force of five He lay still until he felt a hand on the gunwale, hundred Indians and some Loyalists, comâ€¢anded and then suddenly :arose and grasped the redskin by Doxstader, emerged stealthily from the fo1 by the throat in a tight dutch. The Indian gave est and attacked the little settlement. The hoo.e a single grunt, and as Dick's fingers closed tight-of Henry L ew i s , one of
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14 THE LIBERTY BOYS FIGHTING DOXSTADER they were so delayed that it was morning before they reached: it. The Indians seemed to know that they were coining and had taken up a better po sition and were ready to receive them. Colonel Willett determined to reconnoiter before making the attack, and therefore lte said to Dick: "Take a number of your Liberty Boys, Captain Slater, and see if you can see how the enemy have disposed themselves. Be cautious and don't let them know what you are about." "Very good, Colonel," replied Dick. "I will find out all I can." Dismounting a riumber of the boys, Dick went ahead cautiously to learn all he could about the Indians. "If we can draw them out of their position, Bob," said Dick, "that will give Colonel Willett a chance to attack them." "Yes Dick for they are now very advantageously situated, and we could do very little." "They know it, but we may be able to execut,e a stratagem ant draw them out. I will suggest it to Colonel Willewt, an
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THE LIBERTY BOYS FIGHTING DOXSTADER 17 place s , and at last Dick noticed the. gleam of a body of water ahead of them, and said; "Conceal your torches , boys . I am gomg ahead. Come along, Hany." . "Both of us?" a sked Harry Thur b er, with a laugh. ' . D. k f "Yes , both of you, and Jack,' replied 1c , or the two Harrys were seldom s eparated. The boys con cealed their torches s o that the light eould not b e seen a few yards distant, and Dick and the thre e boys he had p i cked out went ahead along the path, guided now and then by the liglit of t h e stars . At the end of three or four hundred f eet they came to a lake on the edge of a s wamp, and, peering ahead, Dick c ould see a log cabin off upon one side . "Be careful, boys," he said in a low tone. may be the cabin we are lo<.iking for. We will follow the shore, but be careful that you don't twnbl e in." . The stars aided the boys, and they made their w a y al ong the e

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