The Liberty Boys and the miller, or, Routing the Tory bandits

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The Liberty Boys and the miller, or, Routing the Tory bandits

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The Liberty Boys and the miller, or, Routing the Tory bandits
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Liberty Boys of "76"
Moore, Harry
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Frank Tousey
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The two Tory bandits had .nearly .reached the top of the ladder Then Dick heaved the of meal the window. It knocked them down to the pier. The miller <:ame .running from his alarmed by their yells.


The Liberty Boys I11ued Wetkly-Snbscriptlon price, $3.50 per year ; Canada, $t.OO; iro r ei gu, $4.tiO. Frank Tousey, Publisher, 168 • West 23 d Street, New York, N . Y. Entered as S econd-Class Matter January 3 1, 1913, at the Post Office at New York, N. Y . • under tll<' Act or 3, 1879 . . N o . 1082 NEW YORK, SEPTEMBER 23, 1921. Price 7 Cents. The Liberty B oys a nd the Miller OR, ROUTIN G TH E TORY BAND I TS By HARRY MOORE CHAPI'Elt Strange Mystery. "There is something going on over there, boys. We had better investigate it." "Suppose we do, then." "Come on, all hands. It looks like a row of some sort, and we ought to know what it is." There were a number of boys in Continental uniform mounted on exceptionally good horses, riding alongside of a little river, in New York one pleasant summer afternoon. At a bend in the stream, some little distance off, the boys beheld a cloud of dust and heard confused sounds, as if there was some sort of disturbance taking place. The leader of the party of boys who, numbered about half a dozen, was a lively fellow by the na:ne of Ben Spurloek, his companions be ing-Sam Sanderson, Harry Judson, George Brewster, Harry Thurber, Jack Warren, and Will Freeman. They all belonged to a band of one hundred sterling young patriots ghting for American independence and known as the Liberty Boys. The captain was Dick Slater, a Westchester boy, and many of them came from the same region. At this time the British held New York, Staten Island, Long Island, and parts of New Jersey, and had forces in lo>ver Westchester, whence they made forays at odd times, g-reatly harassing the patriots. Westchester being a neutral ground, the Tories made trouble frequently, the Cowboys and their supposed opponents, the Skinners, causing a great deal of annoyance, especially among the more thinly settled districts. The Liberty Boys were in upper Westchester at this time, keeping a watch upon their enemies, but especially looking for a company of Tory bandits who were reported to be robbing the people right and left, and yet could never be found. To return to the six or seven boys on the river road, who had been attracted by the supposed disturbance ahead of them. They had been out scouting, so anything suspicious demanded their attention. 'Led by Ben Spurlock, they dashed on at_ good speed, rapidly approaching the point where they had seen the cloud of dust and had heard the confused sounds. Coming nearer, the boys saw a number of men strugglingtogether and heard cries and shouts. "Give it to the Tory robbers! Seize them; don't let them get away!" they heard some one yell. There \'Jas an old grist mill on the river, with a little pie:. nmning ol1t over the an_d a bridge c rossing the mill stieam which ran mto the river, there being an old farmhouse farther alonp and somewhat back from the river. The disturbance was taking place on the road between the house and the mill, \\"here the road was narrow, the turn in the road and the river enabling Ben and his boys to see more plainly what was taking place. The boys rode on with a rush and a i;hou t, and now some of the men struggling suddenly dashed away, across the bridge into the woods beside the mill stream, and S-O of sight. "Were these some of the Tory bandits?" asked Ben of a man he knew, as the boys up. "Yes; they were robbin g Squire Pettigrew's house, and in the daytime, too, when we got after them and caught them here. If we had had a few more we would have captured them." "After them, boys!" cried Ben. "We may get them yet." The boys sprang from their horses and hurried along the mill stream, hoping to come up with the men, who had but shortly disappeared in the woods beyond the mill. They saw the trail c learly enough till they reached a tur'1 in the stream, and then it suddenly disappeared. "They cannot have gone into the mill, can they?" asked Harry Judson, around. "One corner shuts off t1'e view oelow, and they :may have gone in and not into the woods, as i t seemed." The boys walked toward the mill, and the miller himself came out. "Diel those men go into the mill?" asked Ben. "No, and we would have handled them roughly if they had." • "Then where did they go?" "Into the woods, I should say, though I did not i>ee them." "Could they have gotten into the mill without your seeing them, Mr. Grist?" said Ben, knowing the miller well. "Possibly, from this side. Would you like to see if they are hidingthere now?" "It will be as well to make sure," Ben answered. "If, as you say, they might have entered on this side without your seeing them, I think )t will be as well to make an investigation." "Very good. I would Like to see you catch the rascals, if they have made a hiding place of my mill, which, as you all kn1>w, is a thoroughly iep utable place. " "Of course it is, Mr. Grist, apd I know that yo u will give u s all the h el p in yo u r p owe r . "


• 2 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE MILLER "To be sure I will." The miller then led the way into the mill through a side door, and took them all through it. The miller's men were at work, looking up for a moment as the boys passed, but paying little attention to them. There was no sign of the men they sought, however, and they looked in all sorts of out-of-the-way places. ' "They could have hidden in the cellar without my men seeing them," the miller said, "but nowhere else. I heard the disturbance on the road, but there was a lot of noi se here, and I did not know what it was at the start. Then I heard that they had run into the woods and came out, but :qot soon enough to see them." "We are much obliged to you," said Ben. "These bandits are getting bolder and bolder, attacking men in the where they used io do so only at night, and it is time that something was done to put a stop to their evil prac tices." "You are quite right, young sir, and I hope that you will catch the varlets shortly," the miller replied cordially. The boys then left the mill, and hunted along the race and in the woods, but saw no trace of the fugitives. "Unless they ran through the mill and out at the other side while the men were at work in front, I don't sec how they could have got away so quickly," declared B e n. "Well. they did get away, all right,'' replied Sam, "and very suddenly. It"s mysterious, too, for we seemed to see them enter the woods, and yet the trail stopped as short as if they had flown into the air, as witches are said to do." The boys now rode on past the mill, Ben and his party returning, as there was nothing to be done at the mill. They soon caught up with Dick and hi s party, and they all proceeded together. "vVe heard only this one rumor when we were out," Dick observed to the boys, "and it is not likely that the bandits will venture out again today. and this is the rst time that they have not conned their operations to a time of darkness. " "They are getting bold," muttered Bob, "and thihnk that they can go out at any time, but they will have to disabuse their minds of that notion, for we are bound to catch them, day or night." "That's right," returned Dick. "They have been growing bolder of late, and to-night we must patrol the neighborhood thoroug'l1ly , and, at the slig-htest sign of trouble, get after the scoundrels and rout them." The camp of the Liberty Boys was about a mile distant in a wood, and thither the boys now rode at a gallop, arriving there not long before sun set., being heartily received by those who had renrninecl b".'hincl. They shortly had their sup ne<"> Dick deciding that when it was ,quite dark he would send out several parties to scour the neighborhood in search of thP bandits, who were beginning to grow troublesome. "They seem to think that they can do any thing," sputtered Bob, who was of an impetuous nature, "and there are Tories enough in the neighborhood \Yho will help then't if thev g-et any worse. s o that there Is no safet'r for decent people until the.wretches are driven out." "Very true, Bob," answered Dick, "and we must make it our business to drive them out just as soon as we can find their hiding place, which no one seems to know at present." "Then we'll have to find it,'' declared Bob, with decision, "and if we make up our minds to do it, we will!" CHAPTER IL-Searching for the Bandits. When it was quite dark and growing late, Dick sent out a large number of the Liberty Boys, dividing them into two or three parties to search for the bandits. Dick set out in the direction of the mill with one party, consisting of Ben. Spurlock's party of the afternoon and several more, while Bob went in another with as many, all good sturdy boys ready for any adventure, and not afraid of meeting any number of the bandits. Reaching the miller's house, they saw lights, and as they were passing, the miller himself came out and said: "Well. young gentlemen, where are you going so fast?" "\Ve are in Search of the Tory bandits,'' replied Dick. "Then I wish you may find them,'' replied the miller heartilv, as he went inside, closing the door after him. The bys set off in the darkness. They passed a number of houses ''1 ' ere the people had retired, all being dark and still, as if every one was asleep. Then they reached a tavern where there were still some late patrons about, ma king merry with song and shouts. Dick halted, and said in a quiet tone: "These people mav h;ive heard something of the bandits. • I think T will make inquirie"S." He rode fonvaTd when. getting a

THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE MILLER 3 rear door, Dick gave the signal, and. dashed into the taproom with half a dozen boys, sending a few to the private parlor. "Surrender!" he cried, and the redcoats suddenly found themselves facing a number of muskets. They sprang to their feet, and some made a rush to the rear only to be met by more Liberty Boys. "Stop where you are!" commanded Ben. "If one of you attempts to use musket or pistol, he will have to take the consequences!" The privates had left their muskets stacked in a corner, and the officers -,\ere afraid to use their pistols in the face of Ben' s words. The officers in the private parlor had already been surprised and disarmed, and now Dick bade the boys march off the redcoat8 and officers in the bar and taproom. No one dared to make an attempt to get away for fear of the muskets of the plucky boys, and they were speedily disarmed, and all the redcoats in the tavern were marched out. The officers had horses and they were allowed to mount them, the men being obliged to go afoot. Dick questioned the officers as to whence they had come, but at rst they were unwilling to tell, nally saying that they had come over from the river, an expedition having been planned against the patriots, of which their detac,hment was the advance guard. "They are more likely a scouting or foraging party," thought Dick, "and we were very lucky to discover them." There was an encampment a mile or two to the north, and Dick determined to take the prisoners there instead of to his own camp. Jt was not so far, to begin with, and then he

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