The Liberty Boys at East Rock, or, The burning of New Haven

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The Liberty Boys at East Rock, or, The burning of New Haven

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The Liberty Boys at East Rock, or, The burning of New Haven
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Liberty Boys of "76"
Moore, Harry
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New York
Frank Tousey
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History -- United States -- Revolution, 1775-1783 ( lcsh )
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L20-00282 ( USFLDC DOI )
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THE LIB E 'RTY. '' OYSOF A Weekly Magazine containing Stories of the American Revolution;\ FRANK TOUSEY, PUBLISHER, 168 WEST 2 3 0 STREET NEW YORK O.t:.e of the British S\)ldiers was pulling the American officer along with a rope. Another was prodding him with the butt of his musket. The burning town cast a glow over the scene. Dick and the Liberty Boys got ready to rush at th


T h e .Liberty Boys of laaed WeeklyS ubscription price, "'3.50 per year; Canad a , $4.00; Foreign , $4 .l!O. Frank Tou s e y , Publlsher, 1811 West 23d Stree t. New York, N. Y. Entered •• Second-Class Matter January 31 , 1913 , at the Poat-Offi c e at New York, N. Y .• under the A c t o! March 3 , 1 8 79 . No. 1 088 NEW YORK, NOVEMBER 4, 1 921. Pric e 7 cents T h e Liberty B o ys at East Rock OR, THE B U RNING OF NEW HA VEN By HARRY MO ORE CHAPTER I.-A Threatened Storm. A farmhand was hoeing corn near the roads ide cne summer afternoon, and a gentleman with only , a stump of his left leg had stoppe d to t alk, for a few minutes. Silas Peckham had bee n a s oldier, but with only one good le g left, his u sefulness was over a s regarded bearing arms , although he could help his country in o ther ways, and did. He was drivi n g a o n e -horse chais e, his crutches l'e sting on the s e a t besi d e him. "Vi' ell, I guess maybe it is going to storm," said Will ia m Ba ldwin, a farmhand he was speak ing to, "and maybe it ain't all imagination, neith er. Hallo! here come s ome o' the Liberty Boy s. " The pla ce "Was not far from the entrance of New Haven Bay in Connecticut, and the time e arly in July of the y ear '779, the Britis h at that time holding N e w Y 6rk, Long I sland, Staten Is land, a aiart of New J e r s ey, and endeavoring to extend their hol dings. Coming along the roa d b ehin d the hors e and chaise, from the direction of East Rock, were two boys in Continental um form, and i n a short time they rode up. One, i n the uniform of a captain, rode a magnificent coal-black Arabian, while the other, who was at tired a s a lieutenant, was mounted on a fine b a y . "How d o you do, Captain Slater?" said the man i n t h e chaise, a s the boys halted one on each s ide . " Look ing around a bit?" •'Ye s , Mr. Peckham," replied Dick Slater, the yow1g c a p tain. "I am not altogether satisfied with the calm that seems to p ervade everything, for to me it seem s only the c alm before a storm." "\Vaal, he was j ust sayin' 'he k n owed they was a storfn comin' !" laughed the hired man. "The capt ain doe s not mean a mere thunder storm," laughed Bob Estabrook, the firs t lieu tenant of the Liberty Boy s , Dick's fast friend, and a fine, manly boy in every way. "He means trouble with the enemy." "You have not heard anything from your camp on East Rock, have you, captain?" asked Mr. Peckham. "No, but it strikes me that something is about t o happen, and we are on the l ookout. I fear the breaking of one kind of storm, as you fear o ther, a lthough there i s no sign o f either." "Vie l!, I w ou ld rather see a thunderstorm than one o f bullets," replied Mr. Peckham. "You have seen n othing from Eas t Rock?" " No, but this state of quiet alarms me, and l I fear that a storm threaten s. Are your fam il y well at your house?" "Yes, but my daughters are expecting visitors. Oh, but I s hould not have told yo u that. They wanted to surpris e you . " "To s u rpris e u s ? " with a smile. "Yes , fo r the visitors are your own si s ter&, Edith Slat e r and Alice Estabrook." "So, w, t h e girl s a r e coming, are they?" Dick murmure d. "I am a little sorry on one acc o um., for I fea r that we shall have trouble. " "That's jus t like the girls,'' laughed Bob. " They always turn up jus t before a fight. Mayb e that was wha t you felt, Dick." "Well, l e t us h ope that the signs may fail thi:, time," Dic_k replied. "Come on, Bob, let us g(J ahead." The two boys r o de on at goo d s peed , passed E ast Haven, Dick having no partieular d estination in vi e w, but merely wi shing to learn all h(; could, and determine whether his fanc i es had any ground. On n earing a tav e r n, a mile bey onu .t:ast Have n, Di c k n 0tic ed sudde n change s in the sky and air, and said to Bob; "We are going to have a storm, and very s oon, Bob . I think we h"-d betLer stop a t the tavern until it pass<: s o v e r , a s it m a y not b e of long duration. E ven a s they reache d the tavern of rain began to fall, and the boys turned their horses ov e r t o a groom and hastily entered the tavern. a s the sky gre w dark. As the y reached the tapr o o m d oor the y could se e no one within, but heard s omeon e say: "Wait t ill the r edco ats get here , and those im pudent rebe l s up to N ew Have n won't have so much to say, I c a n tell you." Jus t them there was a vivid flash of lightning, and a tremendous peal of thunder, t4e lightning revealing the boy s standing at the door. "We have mo r e to say t han yo u think,' ' repl ied Dick, when the thunder had ceas ed. "I don't know who spoke, but I wou l d advi s e him not to say too much about 'rebels' in this secti o n , fo:r there are many more of them than there are Tories . " Someone brought candles , it being still q u i t e dark i n side, and then Dick and Bo b sat down i n a c orner near a windo w and ordered s ome t h ing to eat and drink o f the tidy-l o oki n g maid who shortly came up. " That was Rufus Whee ler who s p oke," the girl


2 THE LIBERTY BOYS AT EAST ROCK said quietly, "but they are neal'ly all here, so be on your guard." "I shall not say any more," Dick replied. "l don't mean that. These fellows will resort to anything to get revenge." "Very good; we will look out for them." It was quite dark outside now, and raining violently, but the blinds were not drawn, as the storm would probably not last long. Nothing c ould be seen outs ide except when it lightninged, and presently there came a blinding flash an

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