The Liberty Boys guarding Washington, or, Defeating a British plot

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The Liberty Boys guarding Washington, or, Defeating a British plot
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As ihe boat containing the general neared the bank, the eulans sprang from cover and se i zed . it. Then Dick and tbe Liberty Boys arose aD.d charged upon them. The Re s i ns e a ed a i n their


The Liberty Boys Weet11-8obacrlption price, '3. 50 per year; Canada, $4.00; Foreign, $USO. Frank Tousey, P llsh 16' OIDce at New York, N. Y .. under the Act ot March 3, 1 879. W'8t tad Street, New York, N. '!'. Entered aa Second-Class Matter January 31, 1913 . at the t l • 1096 NEW YORK, DECEMBER 30, 1921. -:t < 1) The Boys cuardina Washington1 OR, DEFEATING A BRITISH PLOT 3 CHAPTER !.-Along the River. as mid-autumn, and the trees were glorious a nd gold and purple and brown, the deep of the 'firs showing off the livelier colors e maples and elms and oaks to full advanthe river reflecting all of these tints, and the blue of the sky above, then without a cloud, ull of a warm haze that gave an added charm e scene. Making his way the Hudson, 1 more beautiful by the glories along its , was a boy in a boat, rowing gently and g his eye now on shore and now up the where there was a sharp turn between lofty hich se emed to reach the clouds. boy was dressed in ordinary fashion, in 1 mespun, with stout woolen hose, service;noes, and a cocked hat, and looked like the c a farmer. He was on the west side of the a little above where the Highland fo rts, m and Mont i;omery, had lately frowned upon iiver, but where now were only ruins. The sh had lately sent an expedition against the I under Sir Henry Clinton and General _g-han, which had succumbed after a brave de e by their garrisons, who had literally fought r way out and had made their escape amid the ,.test dangers. 'i fierce had been the fight that the fresh water between the river and the lower fort was :hoked with British dead that to this day it the name of "Bloody Pond," its original e being well-nigh forgotten. The British had doned the forts, but were still in the neigh ood, and the boy in the boat was even now png for them, watching for men along shore . for ships up the river. . was no ordinary boy, as he seemed, but was y in the American service, and the captain of nd of one hundred brave young patriots known he Liberty Boys, at that time encamped on eastern shore of the river, and doing what !y could in these troubulous and discouraging nes to promote the cause of independence. Dick ter suspected that the British ships were in neighoorhood1 and that the redcoats were comting acts of aepredation along the shore, and d gone over in a boat, di sguised as a country , to see if he could learn anything. 1;1 he was rowing carelessly along, seeming to re no particular object in view , and only yiel dto the lazy in the air, he heard voices, 0 and turned the boat in nearer to the shore, m• G ing no more noise than before, however, a pausing under a great arch of boughs cove r ed with gorgeous foliage, which quite c"ncealed both him and the boat. The sound of the voices grew louder, and, peering through the leaves, Dick saw twd British officers coming along through the woods at a very leisurely walk, one of them pres-ently sitting on a stump and taking snuff from an engraved silver snuffbox, which he took from the pocket of his waistcoat. "Yes, captain, as I was saying," he said, with a lazy drawl, and an air of great indolence, "I learn from very reliable sources that their Mr. W asli ington is on the other si de of the river at this moment, and I think it might relieve the tedilim of the life in this wilderness by-kerchew!" and the major, as Dick c ou ld see that he was, by his uniform, let out a tremendous sne eze, which frightened a bright-eyed chipmunk on a. branch near to Dick, and sent him scurrying into a hole in the great, gnarled trunk close by. "Mr. Washington, indeed!" thought Dick. . "I like the fellow's impudence! How would he like to be called Squire So-and-so!" "As you were saying, major?" said the captain who stood by, while his superior sat and put lace-bordered and perfumed handkerchief to his rather large nose . "Ah, to be sure, as I was saying, it has com e to me from. very reliable and trustworthy sources that the chief rebel, the man who has cau sed this evil war and strife to be waged, is in hiding ,;orne where on the farther side of the river, and I think it would be a very excellent plan, and please note and bear in mind that it is my own captain to--" ' ' Whatever the plan might be, the mention of it was cut sho1t by a trumpet blas t !tom the major's nose, and if he said anything Dick did not hear it. "Confound the man and his troublesome nose!" muttered Dick, under his breath. "I shall never hear a word if he keeps that up." The major wiped :his nose and put his hand -kerchief back in his pocket, then saying with an indolent air: "Ah, captain, what was I saying: "Something relating to the rebel Gener al Wash-ington, at present o:r:i the other side of the river , major." "General, forsooth!" scornfully. "He is simpl y Mr. Washington. The rebels have no generals" • i


... t 2 THE LIBERTY BOYS GUARDING WASHINGTON l'ray do not allude to that person as general again, captain. Well, as I was saying--" "Tiresome old drone!" muttered Die. "Shall I never get at this affail"? The fel!ow is as longwinded as a tavern story-teller." "Yes, it was some plan in reference to the per-son we mentioned." , "Don't interrupt, captain," pompously. "Having been informed that the person in question is on the other side of the river, which is really not a bad sort of stream to be flowing through rebel tountry, I think it would be a very excellent idea ta--" "Now we are going to get it at last!" thought Pick, in his place of concealment under the arch. ing branches. He was fated not to .learn the plan at that mo Jnent, however, for just then there was the clat ter of heofs on the road hard by, and a dozen red f:eats came riding up, and halted in sight of the little opening in the woods, "There are rebels said to be about, major," said the lieutenant at the head of tho party, "and the general does not think it wise to go too far from camp." • "Rebels!" exclaimed the major, springing up in haste, and showing more energy than he had yet displayed. "How impertinent of them. Order them to disperse at once!" 'l'he idea was so absurd to Dick that he let out a lau{lh before he could help himself, being, after all, only a boy, even if he was a captain with a commission from General Washington himself, and one of the cleverest spies in the service. "Who had the audacity to find amusement in my order, to laugh?" sputtered the major. As there was really nothing to be learned at the time, Dick pushed out upon the river and rowed slowly up-stream, the lieutenant answer ing: "It was none of my party, major, I can assure you. It must have been someone else." "By George, sir, there i s the fellow now!" ex claimed the captain. "There is a boy on the river fn a boat. It must have been he who had the impudence to laugh." "Stop the impudent fellow and make him tell where he is going," muttered the major, but the redcoats had no boats, and stopping the boy was not so easy a matter under the circumstances. "Hallo, old big wig!" cried Dick, impudently. "How did ihey happen to let you out without a dog to watch you?" "Stop the infernal young ruffian, I tell you!" thundered the major. "Fire on the young rascal. He is a rebel, !'Ii be bound!" Dick had been pulling steadily all this time, and, while not seeming to do so, had made considerable progress . He kept on, and presently saw around the bend of the river that there were two or three Rhips anchored above. He kept a little away from the ships, and passed them all without being challenged, and went beyond them out of sight behind a wooded point, when he put in toward shore again. "There may be other redcoats on shore, and perhaps they know something of this plot of the stuffy old major's," he thought. "He does not look to me to be a man of great invention. The plan is more likely to be the and the major is taking the credit for it." Pulling in to shore, he fastened his boat to a little tree close to the bank, and looked around for some sign of a camp. He saw none, but in a few moments he heard someone coming along the path through the woods, and hid himself in a clump of bushes. Presently three or four redcoats came up and paused, one of them saying. with a half laugh: "The idea is a good one, but Major Ford no more originated it than he did the mariner's compass. I s it known for certain that the rebel general is on the opposite shore?" "Captain Whittle told me that he had it from good authority. One Josh Porter, a Tory and a spy, was over there and saw the general." "Then if we can capture him, as the .major proposes, we will strike a fatal blow at this wicked rebellion. Without theil' leader the rebels will be powerless." . the plan is excellent, and I think that the general and Sir Henry think the same, or we would be de spatched elsewhere instead of remain ing here apparently inactive." "So the plot threatens the safety of our general, does it?" was Dick's thought. "I must learn the way in which it is to be carried out. This is indeed important, and was worth taking risks to learn. I must know more before I leave." At that moment Dick heard someone coming with a light step along the path, and peered out cautiously to see who it was. A young girl peared, stopping suddenly, and uttering a slight cry as she saw the redcoats. "Aha , my beauty!" cried the lieutenant. "Why so fast? Truly, you are a most charming addition to this lovely scene, and I must have a kiss to show you how I appreciate the pleasure of seeii1g you." "Go away!" cried the girl, staring back. "I do not know you, sir, and I don't allow strangers to kiss me, nor others, unless there i s good reason." "Ah, but I am an exception, being a king's officer. and therefore a pr.ivileged person." He was about to spring forward to seize the girl, when Dick stepped out and said quietly: "The lady says no, mister, and so do I!" CHAPTER IL-The Boy From Over the River. The young girl, who was very pretty, nd with a modest gentle demeanor, stepped quickly behind Dick, and, with rare self-possession, said: "I'm glad you came, Jim. I was looking for you. Mother i sn't very well, and I was going for the doctor. Will you go? You know, just beyond the turn, the little white house." "Why, o' course, sis. Don't you worry. Run right back and tell your ma I'm coming." The girl hurried away, and Dick would have gone on, but the lieutenant said pertinently: "Wait a minute, boy. I think I have seen you before. Weren't you in a boat, down the river, a little while ago, and didn't--" "I guess I was, and I can go back to it," re plied D ick, making a feint as if to go in a _certain direction, and then, as the redcoats closed m upou


THE LIB ERTY BOYS GUARDING WASHINGTON 8 him, changing his course and shooting off quite in another. The redcoats seized each other and fell, and there was some confusion, during which Dick reached the river, cast off the boat, shoved it out, jumped in, and rowed rapidly away. The camp of the Liberty Boys was o n the other side of the river, a little below where Dick had seen the major, and now, being well out upon t h e river, he went down, getting gradually nearer to t h e farther shore. "The boys will be sure that I have had some sort of an adventure," he laughed, "and this time they will be right, for I have." He landed at length about opposite the point whe1e he had !'een the garru.lous major, and tieing up his boat, proceeded through the w-00<\s and along a quiet road to the camp of the Liberty B o ys. When he came in he was received with a shout, many of the boys going forward to meet him. "Diel you learn anything, Dick?" asked a boy <>f his own age, wearing a lieutenant's un iform. "Yes. Bob, I saw some ships up the river and met a number of redcoats on shore. There is some plot to capture General Washington, but I don't kn-0w just what it is . It will take another visit to learn that, I am afraid. " "A plot against the general, Dick?" repeated Bob Estabrook, the daring first lieutenant of the Liberty Boys. " Then we must guard him closer than ever, Dick." "We must be on the watch for all strangers at tl\is time," Dick continued, "for we do not know what spies may be over here trying to learn about our camp and ab-Out General vVa:.h;ngton . I must get the details of this plot\and as soon as i t is safe I will go over to the othe1 of the river again and find out all about it." The were just sitting down to dinner when there came a clatter of hoofs, and two young ladies came riding into camp. All the boys got up, and Dick and Bob "ent forward to help the girls dismount. "You're just in time for dinner, girls!" said Dick. "This is an unexpected pleasure." The girls were fo.lice Estabroo k . Dob 's sister and Dick's sweetheart, and Edith Slater, who was the s weetheart of Bob. The boys lived not many miles from the camp in Westchester, and ihe girls had come over to see them and get the news; being as thoroughly in sympathy with the cause of independence as were the boys themselves. All the Liberty Boys knew the girls, and were always glad to see th.em on Dick's and Bob's account. as well as their own, for they were charming. girls without the least bit of nonsense or affectation about them. and liked to be with the boys. "Everything is all very fine, Patsy," said Alice, . "a'!ld good enough for us. We don't want any beth! r than what you get for the boys, SO we are very well satisfied." "Dick has been over to the other side of the river calling on another girl, Sis," said Bob, presently, "and just think, he doesn't know her name, even!'' "Why, Bob," said Edith, who was a gentle, practical sort of girl, if Dick wants to call on other girls, it is all right. No doubt he had busiJJess over there." "The redcoats seemed to think he had n o busi-ness there, " laughed B o b, "and they drove him away. " "D-0n' t you kno w, dear, " l a u g h e d Alice , "that bro t h e r Bob want s to make me jeal o u s , and that i s why h e spoke o f the young lady. " "Yes, but w h y shou ld yo u be, when--" "There is no reason, of course. Ther e never is for jealousy, b u t s-0me people are foolish." "Wh y, I shou ldn't call Bob that," s urprised. "Neither sho uld I," laughing, "only mischievo u s . But, Dick, what did take yo u over the river ? Isn't it dangerous?" "That is just why he went," chuckled Bob, "and to find out about the enemy. They are hanging about still." "Dear me! And we thought they had gone when the forts were Jost . " "Dick did not, Sis. The redcoats are up to som e sort of mischief, and we have got to find out what it is. The girl over there will help us, for she is a good patriot. " "'l.'hen I am sure I shall not be jealous," with a merry laugh, "so you can tell me all you want about her, Bob.'' "Yes, but I don't know any more than Dick! " with a funny little grin. Dick told the story of his adventure on the other side of the river, both girls being greatly interested. They had finished dinner when Harry Judson, o n e of the Liberty Boys, came t o Dick and said: , "There is a boy here who says h e wants to J'oi n the L iberty Boys . He seems quite bright an he is well built and strong, and says he can ride, run, shoot, swim, and do a lot of things, and he looks as if he might. " "Bring him here, Hany, and we will talk t o him," said Dick , and Harry went away, presently returning with a good-looking b o y o f about fif teen, who saluted Dick as he saw him. "Sit down," said Dick, there being a stump close by. "So you want to join the Libe11ty Boys? Are your parents willing? Tb at is always necessary. What is your name and where do you live'!" "My name is Willis Dean. They call me Will, generally. I live on the other side of the river. Yes, father said I could join the troop. Mothe r is willing, too. There are other boys at home, s o I can be spared." "How old are ybu, Willis?" "Fifteen last June. I look older because of my • size." "How did you manage to get across, wft:h the redcoats watching the river so closely?" "Oh, I came over above where. the ships are, and then cnme down. I did not know just where the camp was, and had to look for it. I left the boat up the river a ways. " "Vie have to see your father and learn what he has to f'ay . \\'e have to be particular in these regards, not that we doubt vour word but simply to make sure for ourselves. The are still where they were this morning?" "Yes, captain. Everithing is quiet about there, though, and I guess we can make our way over all right. If you will send some of the young gentlemen with me they can see t h e governor-my father, I mean-and he will t ell them all about it. If y o u should like to g o over y o urself, he would bo


4 THE LIBERTY BOYS GUARDING WASHING TON very glad to see y-0u, for he admires you very much. He says you have a fine character." "But I do not know him, Willis," smiling. "No, but he has heard of you, captain. Every body along the river knows Dick Slater, the famous spy." "I will go with you shortly. Have you had your dinner? We have finished, but Patsy will get you up something. " "No, thank you, I don't feel peckish-hungry, I mean. I had a bite before I left. I will wait till you are ready," and the boy arose and strolled carelessly toward the edge of the camp. "Very well, I will .!et y-0u know.I' Alice arose carelessly and walked in the opposite direction, quickly beckoning to Dick. He fol lowed slowly, and when he reached her, Alice said in a low t-0ne: "Don't take him, Dick, don't go with him. I believe he is a spy!" CHAPTER III.-A P:rovidential Escape. Dick beckoned to Bob to join himself and Alice, and walked on carelessly for a few steps. "What do you think of him, Bob?" Dick asked. "He seems mighty self-possessed for a country boy of fifteen, and he speaks -very well, too. He may have had a better education than most boys in his station." "He does not belong about here at all," clared Alice. "He is English. He calls his father 'the governor,' and s;i.ys he is 'peckish,' when he means hungry. Why did he salute you? Ordi nary boys don't do that. Then he was looking about every minute. He is a spy, Dick, and you must not trust yourself with him." "Jove! I believe you are right, sis," said Bob. "I noticed something queer about him myself, but I didn't know ,just what it was, except his selfpossession. That did seem a bit odd." "I noticed all these things myself,'' observed Dick, "but they may be explained away. I am glad you did not show that you suspected him. It may be as you say, Alice, and it may not. I believe in giving everyone a char. ce, as you know." Just then Edith came up, and Alice said: "I think we had better go, dear. We have something of a ride, and Dick and Bob have business, and won't want a couple of girls about." "Yop won't take any extra risks, will you, brother?" asked Edith, anxi-0usly. "No. I will not, sister so do not be worried. Bob and I will take goocl care of ourselves, you n1ay be su r e." The girls shortly left the camp, and then Dick said to the strange boy, who was talking to Ben, Sam, Harry and some others: "I will go over with you in a few minutes, as soon as the lieutenant has changed his clothes. Our uniforms are not in good repute on the other aide -0f the river just now,'' smiling, "No, I suppos e not, captain," replied Willis Dean. Dick told Ben and Harry to get ready to go over, and they went off to change their uniforms for ordinary clothes. In a few minutes they were• ready, and set off .in a body for the place where Dick had left his boat, which was below where Willis Dean had put his. Ben and Harry went with the stranger to get the boat, while Dick and Bob launched theirs and rowed slowly out upon the river, keeping a lookout for the others. When the other boat came up with them the other boy said: "We don't need to go so far. I borrowed the boat from a man up tile river, but I live below where the ships are. We will go there, and father can return the boat." "Very well,'' replied Dick. "It will save us a walk, and then we will not be seen by the ships. That will be all right." Nothing had been said about Dick's having been over to the -0ther side that morning, for Dick never talked about his affairs before strangers, and the Liberty Boys observed the same caution. They set out acros s the river, watching the hills for any sign of a sudden flaw of wind such as might be expected at almost any time, the boats keeping not very far apart, so that in case of accident they could help each other. They went over without accident, although they saw clouds gathering on the hills, and the air had lost its lazy feeling of the morning, and there was a leaden tinge to the sky in the north, toward where the ships lay, though the boys could not see them. Nearing the shore, the boats kept close1 togethe1, the strange boy going a little aJiead to point out the way. The leading boat was almost at the shore, when young Dean whistled shrilly, saying: "That's to let the lieu-the I mean, know that I'm coming, captain." At the moment a young girl came out of a bit of woods, saw the boats, hurried forward, and cried excitedly: "Captain, don't land here; there are a dozen sailors waiting behind that barn to-Who is that boy? He belongs to one of the ships. I have seen him in uniform; he tried to kiss--" Willis Dean suddenly leaped up and sprang ashore, Harry trying to seize him. "This way, bullies!" he shouted. "Quick and you will catch the rebels yet!" Then seven or eight British,sailors came dash ing -0ut from behind a barn near at hand, and rushed at the boat. Ben pushed out and Harry rowed at a lively rate, while Bob backed water, and Dick whipped out his pistols. . "Pun ahead, Bob,'' he cried, seizing the tiller with one hand, and rapidly turning the boat. Then he fired, giving one of the sailors a flesh wound in the right shoulder and causing him to fall against two others. Ben fired two shots, while Harry pulled vigorously, and the boat shot out upon the river. Ben's shots were like Dick's, simply to cause confusion and give the boys a chance to get away. "You had better get into this boat, boys,'' said Dick, as they got a little farther out. "We can manage better with four of us, and 1 think we are going to catch a squall of some sort." Ben and Harry quickly got into the other boat, towing the one they had been in after them. "If we have to let it go, it will be all right," declared "but it may act as a drag and keep tile wina from getting too strong a hold on us." Hai-ry b1ought the oilier oars with him, and


THE LIBERTY BOYS GUARDJNG WASHINGTON 5 was thus enabled to help Bob, the waves presently beginning to roughen and the wind to grow fresher and colder. The middy and the sailors evidently hoped that Dick would be forced to come back, and they lined along the shore to be ready to catch them when they landed. They were close in to shore, and presently heard voices and foot-. steps coming along the little road. . "Whoever it is, they will scarcely see us," said Dick in a low tone, "and it may not be the middy and sailors. Even if it is there is little to fe:;;:,." "Sounds like young Dean's voice," whispered Bob. In a few moments the voices were heard distinctly, that of young Dean saying: "If it wasn't for this darkness we might see. them. I don't believe they'll ever get across the river in th4s squall, and they'll be drowned without our having a chance to hang them, the rebels!" "Yes, it was unfortunate, sir," said a .gru1:: voice. "Who was the lass that gave warnmg? "She's a rebel that lives about here, but I did now know that she knew Slater. But for her they would have been prisoners in a moment." They hurried on, and the boys were still safe, the rain that fell on them bothering them but little. The squall was of but short duration, and a few minutes after young Dean, as the boys called him, and his party had pass ed, the sky began to lighten materially, and the wind to fall very perceptibly. Then they saw the sun on the water at a little distance, gradually spreading as the cloud s disperse. "We had better start on our way across," said Dick. "If the middy should happen to return he would see u s now." They set out, therefore, and had gone several lengths when young Dean and the sailors reap pea1ed. "Hallo! there are the rascally young rebels now," cried the J"liddy. "Give the alarm! They must not escape. " The boys d1

6 THE LIBERTY BOYS GUARDING vVASHINGTON Then, .... with a grip of steel, his fingers closed upon the Tory's throat and tightened. The man. grew black in the face and, loosening his g\asp about Dick's waist, struck and clawed and fought, struggling vainly to tear off that awful grip, which was slowly strang'l'ing him . And still Major fairly flew over the road, trees and rocks and posts gliding by like things in a dream, seeming unreal and ghastly as they went whirling past. Then, with a prodigious effort, he seized the man around the body, turned to his former position, lifted the man from the horse, and Iaid him limp and unconscious the saddle in front of him. Then, picking up the reins, he spoke tC> Major, and in a moment the intelligent creature was slacken ing his speed materially, and in a few moments more was going at an ordinarily rapid gait, and not at the fierce speed he had kt!pt up for the past mile. 'Steady, boy!" said Dick, gently, and soon the noble animal was going at moderate Rpeed, and .then, as the spy lying across the saddle began to show signs of recovery, had settled down into a gentle trot. Josh Porter began to breathe deeply, and his . !ace to take on its natural hue, although he was still as weak as a dishrag and unable to stand upon his feet. Dick kept on at a steady trot for another half mile, and then Porter began to make an effort to rise and straighten himself out. "Stay where you are, Josh Po1ter!" said Dick, sternly. "You are going with me to General Washington, and if you try to get away I will choke you worse tha n before!" "Let me go, Slater," gasped the spy, "and I will pay you a lotr--" "Don't you dare propose such a thing to me, you Tory scoundrel, or I will hang you myself l" 'said Dick. "It has been a duel between us, spy against spy, honest boy against rogue, patriot against Tory, and I have won!" Then Dick fairly dashed on, the Tory clutching the horse's mane to keep from falling oft', and at length there came a sharp hail: "Halt! Who goes there?" Dick stopped Major almost within the instant, and answered in a firm voice: "Dick Slater, captain of the Liberty Boys, with a prisoner and news for the general." Three or four men ran up, took the spy from Dick , disarmed him and led him away, while the sentry said: "That's -all ri ght, cap'n, I know you, of course, but I gotter go by rule. S o you've got news for the general." "Yes, and of the utmos t importance. Will you kindly send word Captain Slater seeks an audi ence?" "Certainlyt. Captain," said the corporal of the guard. "Wi!J.i.tts, take Captain Slater's message." I guess I will," laughed an awkward looking, long-legged, fair-haired soldier. "Gosh! I've knowed Dick Slater sence he was knee high to a .grass hopper, and before ever he was a cap tain, or there wasn't no war nor nothin' and I know he's all right," and away ran the honest fellow to do his errand. Dick dismounted, took an apple from a tree near at hand and gave it to Major, at the same time stroking his glossy skin, which was .as black as night, without a 'single white hair to be seen anywhere on it, saying with a smile: "I am pretty well known about here, Eph. I know Sim Willitts, and have known him as long as I can remember. The same with vou and a l-0t of the men about." "Reckon you have, cap'n, and we know yo u , too, and know that you never done a mean or a dishone s t act in all your life, and it just makes me laugh to hear the Tory sneaks around here call you a rebel, and say you have a lot o' im pudence to go agin the King and all that, when I know mighty well that if it was right to :;:tick u p fur the King you'd do it, 'cause you never done nothin' wtong yet. Burgess and Jones and them 'ere fellers sayin' you're wrong? Why, they dunno what they're torkin' about!" "0' cour' se they don't!" declared several men standing near. • "There's that Jos h Porter," said another. "I know him for a snea k and , a Tory, and I wa n't surprised when I s een the captain fetch him in , for I ]mowed he "as bound to catch it one o ' these days." "I had not known the man before three or fout days ago," said Dick, "and then I suspected him • although I knew nothing about him. No.w I know that my suspi cion s were correct, and that the man is the rankest kind of a Tory and a spy to boot." ''The gen'ral will see you right away, c aptain, " said Wi!li t t s . CHAPTER V .-In Con sultation With t he Gener al. Dick went at once to the general's quarter s . which were in an old farmhous e, Washington re ceiving him cordially, saying: "You have important news for me, I hear, captain. You Liberty Boys are guarding m e mo st; carefully, and I suppose the news concerns our enemies, the redcoats?" "Yes , your excellency," replied. "Ther e i s a British plot to capture you, but I do not k now the details as yet." To capture me, Dick?" repeated the gen e ral, i n amazement. "Yes, yaur excellency . I overheard som e of t h e British officers talking it over, and then I captured a spy of theirs, a Tory, by the way, who I t hin k know s -0f the plot. He is in your c amp now." "But it wold be exceedingly dangerous fo r them to cross to this side of the river, Dick. Putnam and others are on this side, and Gove r no r Clinto:i and his brother James are on t he oth er, watchmg them. They would be between two fires Dick." ' "Yes, I h."Ilow they would, your exce ll ency, but their plan may be a deep one. I have not learned it as yet, b u t I think that this man Josh Porter knows it. W ould it not b e well t-0 question him? " "Yes, I think it would , " and the commander-ir.chief call e d to o ne the guards on the w ide ve r anda outs ide: "Have the prisoner brought here at once . " In a short time the spy was brought in by two solc;jiers, his arms bound to his side. "This is Josh Porter, general," said Dick. "He


THE LIBERTY BOYS GUARDING WASHINGTON 7 • came into our camp to obtain informati on which_ he furnished to the enemy. Captai n Whittle, Major Ford and others are in the plot, which Sir Henry Clinton and General Vaughan no doubt approve. They are on the other side of the river, keeping very quiet." The spy looked very uneasy, and glanced first at the general and then at Dick, evidently trying to read his fate in their faces. "What were you doing on this side of the river, Porter?" asked the general. "I was going home," in a surly tone. ''I live ovel' heJ e . ,. "Then what were }ou doin g on the other side, among the enemy ? " The man said nothing. fearing to convict himself if he said too much, evidently. "What i s this plan \\ h ich I overheard Major Ford and Captain 'Whittle talking about?" asked Dick. ' "I donno; all I was to clo was to come over here and find out if the general h e1e," doggedly. "I donno what ideas they had after that. They a,ked me to find out and I did." "\Vhat do you know of the plot to capture General Washington?" asked Dick, fixing hi s eye firmly upon the spy. "Nothing," in a low tone. "I didn't know there was any. All I did was to find out if the general was here. I didn't know why they wanted to know." "What do you know of it?" Dick repeated, fix ing his gray-blue eyes more firmly on the man. Josh Porter lowered his face, to avoid the penetrating glance Dick gave him, and muttered uneasily: "I donno nothing. There is such a plot. The big ones are in it, and the major and some others are appointed to manage it." "Look me in the face!" said Dick sternly, and the two Continental soldiers made the sny rai e his head. "Do you really know nothing of the particulars of this plot? Are you positivel y telling the truth?" Dick asked. The sny lr>oked at Dick and said in a low tone, and with great stress of emotion: "Yes, captain, I am telling the truth. I don't know the arrangements. Only Sir Henry knows them, but they are to be told to the Major, who has charge of the expedition." Dick saw that the man was telling the truth, and gave the commander-in-chief a significant look which Porter did not see. "Take the man away and keep him under the strongest guard," said the general, anci the men went out, leaving Dick alone with hi s "He was telling the trutli., Dick," said ington, who took a fatherly interest in Jlick and did not treat him in the formal manner that he used toward his other officers. -'Yes, your excellency, I believe he was ." "And we are still in ig-norance of the details of plot against my Hbe rty. It is of the utmos t i mportance that we should know them at once." "It is, indeed, your excellency." "Can I depend upon you to obtain these particulars, Dick?" "If it is a possible thing, I will obtain the de-tails, general," in a firm tone. "If they can ho gotten, I will do it." " Good! D o your best, Dick." "I will, general. I s that all?" "Yes, Dick." "Then, with your permission, your excellency, I w i ll leave at once, " and, saluting, Dick left the farmhouse, got his horse, and within a few minutes was galloping along the road in the dire() tion of the camp. It was growing darker now, but there was still time for him to get home by the time 1.10 set, and he did not hasten. Patsy was blowmg bugle to call the boys to supper, w:hen he i:ode 111, and the whole troop welcomed him hea.rtily, t . oo. They were greatly surprised as well as delighted to learn that he had captured Josh Porter and given him up, and had given another Tory a thi;ashing, which, in his case. was as good as hanging. "And so Josh Porter tried to waylay you and fell into 1.he toils himself?" said Bob. "That's a great idea! But you d id not learn anything from him about the plot against the general?" "No, and I do not believe that he knows the details. I $hall have to learn those myself and J shall go across the river again immediately after supper and see what I can do about it." "Alone, Dick?" asked Bob. "Yes, that will be safer, on the whol e al-though it seems a risky undertaking." ' "You could have the w hole of the Liberty Boys \ \ith you if you wanted them, Dick." "Yes, I know; but, come, supper is ready and we will dispose of that first, and then talk of othe r matters afterward." "Well, it is a risky business, Dick," laughed Bob, "but if you cannot carry it through I don't know who can." " I nwst, and that is all there is about it," d(l terminedly. CHAPTER VI.-The Plans of the Enemy. It was quite dark when Dick set out for the otl1er side of the riYer, but there wonlc! be a moon later, s o that he would have light on the way back, and it was just as well ,to g:) o"er in the dark. 'l'he boat was nearer than it Ind been, so that Dick did not have much of a walk to get to it. Disg-uising himself as an old m1.'1, Dick put a number of vegetables and some fish into the boat, a11

8 THE LIBERTY BOYS GUARDING WASHINGTON savory," said the major, Dick recognizing his voice and tone in a moment. "I should advise and recommend that we get the old fellow to take some of the fish to the cottage, and let the dame cook them for us. Jove! there is no tavern worthy the name in the region, and I am starving for something to eat." "They are good fish, sirs," said Dick, tying up his boat and stepping out, "and have been caught within the hour. They are even flapping their tails, so that you may see they are fresh." "Yes, yes, but don't talk so much, you old fool, and take them to the house yonder and bid the housewife serve them at once, without delay, and have them properly grilled." "Yes, your honor, but we can't cook fish without silver, don't you know that?" with a shrill laugh. "The old fellow is wise for his years/' laughed Captain Whittle. "Here, gaffer, here is a silver crown for you. Will that cook the fish and keep out the poison?" "Very nicely, sir; thank you kindly," and Dick took his basket on his arm and hobbled up to the house, not far distant. He went to the back door and knocked, and presently a pretty girl came, whom he knew at once to be the one he had seen in the morning. "Here are fish which the gentlemen want cook ed for their supper," he said, in a shrill tone. "And why should we cook for redcoats and get no thanks for it?" the girl asked. "It is some thing new for them to furnish their food, but we are not going to cook for any redcoats, and if they want them they can cook them them .elves." "Let me do it," said Dick, in a low tone. "It will be better to keep them in the house, for ther. I mav learn some of their plans." "Riess my heart. who--" "Sh! I am the boy whom you helped this morning. I have come over to learn all I can of their plans." "Very good. They have taken possession of the house, but since I cuffed t,he captain's ears and scalded the lieutenant, none has offered to kiss me; none has tried it." "Grace, child, I think we might get the fish cooked if theyreally want them," said a pleas ant-voiced old lady from the kitchen. "The old fellow says he will ao it, aunty," said the girl. "Come in, daddy, and set to work." Dick quickly cleaned the fish, while Grace made a hot fire on which to broil them, the redcoats having come into the house, as the night air was damp and chill, especially so near to the river. Then the aunt set the table in the dining room, laying out dainty-ochina, polished glass, and the whitest linen, the shining pewter and the old silver further furnishing the table in the best fashion. The girl's name was Grace Hawthorne, she told Dick, but the aunt was not told his se cret, although she was a good patriot, the girl not deeming it wise to entrust it to too many. "Give them some home-brewed, and the strongest you have,'' whispered Dick. "It will loosen their tongues, and that is what I want." "Very good," said Grace, with a laugh.. "yve have kept it out of the way, but now I will g1Ve "them all tl1ey want." " The aunt called the redcoats to supper, and Dick took in the fish, hot and steaming and broiled to a turn, while Grace brought in a foaming pitcher of home-brewed ale and some mugs. There was bread and butter, cheese, fresh corn and potatoes, and a big dish of sweet cakes, but the redcoats devoted themselves particularly to the fish and to the home-brewed. Dick remained in the room, passing the plates, filling the mugs, and performing other duties, his presence not seeming to attract any especial attention. "About this plan of yours, major,'' said the captain, winking at the rest. "When do you think we should be allowed to carry it out?" "Very shortly, captain," the major replied. "Sir Henry notifies and informs me that it will be a good time to-morrow. Information is to be taken to the rebel general that we have left this part of the country, and he is asked and requested to come over here to meet the rebel governor with a view to ascertaining our intentions and to form a plan of action against us, and then, when the rebel leader comes over, he is to be seized and made a prisoner." "Then you think he will come over?" "To be sure. He will want to consult with the governor, of course. They will think that they will catch us, but instead of that we will get the rebel himself. Success to the plan, gentlemen!" They had emptied two pitchers of home-brewed and were well along on the next and their hands were not very steady. As they raised their mugs to drink the toast, Dick was removing the plates and had a pile of them in his hands. Then he collided with the lieutenant, who spilled his ale down the captain's neck, he in turn shoving against the major in his effort to get away from the lieutenant. The major upset his mug and slid under the table, and the toast was not drunk. Dick picked upthe major and at the same time tock some papers from his coat pocket and slip ped them int.o his OWI1 without being observed. Then he supplied the revelers with pipes and tobacco and them in front of the fire, the eve ning having turned cold, and left them to their enjoyment. "I have found out thei"r plans,'' said Dick, "and I must cross over. They will not trouble you again to-night, as they will all be asleep before long, and in the morning you must keep to yourselves. Keep a watch on any one who crosses to our side of the river, and if you can, send us word. Is there any one you can trust?" "Only a half-witted boy who works for us, but he will do as he is told and will carry a note to you." "Very good; but be careful how you word it." "I will write it so that you will understand it, but no one else." "Very well; I will be on the lookout for the boy. Tell him to cross directly. I will have some one on the watch for him." "I will send him over just as soon as I know that the enemy have sent their over." Dick then left the house and took his way to the shore, where he fou)1d the boat where he had left it. There were half a dozen redcoats about, but they allowed him to go unmolested, consider ing him merely a harmless old man and a half idiot. Dick set out across the river in the full moonlight, the water being smooth and not a sign of a squall in sight, all being calm and still. He


THE LIBERTY BOYS GUARDING WASHINGTON 9 saw the lights o n the ships, and onc e he noticed a boat going from one t o another, but he was n o t hailed, and went on his way in perfect safety, reaching the shore at length, and being welcomed by a number of the Liberty Boys, Bob among them. "Did you learn what you went for, Dick?" ask ed the young lieutenant, as Dick landed and Ben tied up the boat. "Yes, and I think I had better see the general again to tell him. He will be expecting some word from me, as he was particular that I should go over to-night." "And shall you go there to-night?" " Ye s , it will not take so long, and it is really important." Then Dick walked up to the camp to put on his uniform, telling Bob what he had learned on the way. "The girl on the other side of the river, whose name is Grace Hawthorne, will send a boy over as soon as she sees the enemy send a messenger to General Washington, and you must be on the lookout for him," Dick continued. "He is only half witted, but he will bear a note which you w ill probably understand if it comes during my absence." ' "All right," was the reply. "I suppose it is better for you to go at once, out it will make a pretty busy day and night for you." "Yes, but after that we may have nothing to do for some time, and it does not seem to hurt us to be busy." Reaching the camp Dick lost no time in putting on his uniform, one of the boys having saddled Major in the meanwhile, so that no time was !Ost, and he was shortly galloping along the country road in the clear moonlight. "You will be back by morning, I suppose?" Bob lrnd said to him, a t the last minute. "Yes, mo s t likely, so you need not worry. I hall be on the lookout, but I hardly apprehend meeting ffily enemies at this hour, and I am al ,.,-ays well provided for them." The fires had well-nigh died out by this time, :l!' dismount, lift her onto Major's back, and then jump up himself. He went on quite rapidly after that to m ake up for lost time. the old Ko man cling:ng tightly to him. He had not pi-o ceeded half the distance to General Washington's headquarters when he again brought up short. He saw the bushes moving on both "What is it?" asked the old woman, in her quavering tones. "Sh-sh!" cautioned Dick. "I don't know yet.." But he was soon t o .find out. "Halt!" came the command. Dick measured the chances. Should he try to dash on and trust to Major speed? He wheeled the fleet animal around, and dashed back the way he had come, but he found his way blocked there also, his enemies having well laid their plans. Evidently they had been awaiting him. "Surrender!" cried a voice. Dick did not recognize any of the band, al-


-10 THE LIBERTY BOYS GUARDING W ASIDNGTON though he knew most of the people living in the neighborhood. 'You have the better of me," he said quietly. "You do know when you're beaten, eh?" sneered one of the Cowboys. Dick made no reply, but sat his horse, waiting to see what would be their next move. "Where were you going, and what was your business?" was asked him. "That's for you to find out, if you want to know," answered Dick, a little contemptuously, at so idle a question, as if they did not know him well enough by reputation to understand that he would not tell his business at the first question. "Search him for papers!" was the next order. "Better kill him first," suggested some one. "We'll get 'em easier and quicker that way." Dick had no fear of a search, for he had ab solutely nothing of a compromising nature with him, the only paper being the pass he had taken from his prisoner, Josh Porter. There was some grumbling among the men, but no one made any further suggestion at the time. "We will get away from here as quickly as possible, men," said the leader. "Bind the prisoner's hands and feet, and lead his horse." The orders were obeyed, and Dick soon f

THE LIBERTY BOYS GUARDING WASHINGTON 11 leap had disappeared among the trees. In the darkness they could not at once find the place where he had disappeared, and before they hadtime to recover from their surprise, Dick had whistled to Major, who had instantly responded to his call. With a taunting "Good-by till we meet again," Dick was in the saddle, and the cowboy s could hear the galloping hoofs of Major as he joyously bore his young master away. Thus it was that a little act of kindness toward an old woman had saved his life, for the old woman be longed to the neighborhood of the cowboy camp, and on seeing Dick captured, had followed seen, kept on the edge of the camp, watched her opportunity, and had appeared just at the right moment. CHAPTER VIII.-A Game of Hide and Seek. Glad enough was Dick to be once more on Major's back, and on his way to Washington's camp. "I'm well out of that,'' he said to himself, "thanks to a grateful old soul, who evidently is not much used to kindness." It was past midnight now, .for the cowboys' camp had lain quite a distance from the place where he had been captured. "That cowboy who got away must have gone t o the camp and discovered my intention, and let others know, to have trapped me so neatly," he continued to himself. He hurried on, keeping a keen lookout for any further interruptions, for he was anxious to give his information and save his beloved command er from the threatened danger, realizing not only wouid it be the doom of General Washington to fall into British hands, but the defeat of the patriot cause as well, for the time at leas t. The sky was beginning to lighten, and still Dick was some miles away from headquarters. He urged Major into a still faster gait, and the ground was quickly covered. The delay had been most unfortunate, although it was by no means probable that Grace h a d had time to send a message by the half-witted boy to say that the messenger purporting to have a note from Governor Clinton had been despatched. Still he was anxious to get the ne1\,s to the general of the plot against him, and the proposed means to make it successful. The first faint streaks of dawn were tinging the horizon and still Dick was on the way, being obliged to ease Major over the rough ground that lay be tween the cowboys' camp and that of General Washington's. Dick had an excellent idea of direction, and he was sure he had not wandered from the right road, yet he began to doubt himself as the sky brightened, and still no signs of the camp. "Ah, I know that stream," he sighed in relief; "that is where the first outpost is." He put his horse to a canter and was soon challenged by a sentry. As before, Dick did not have the countersign, but the guard knew him, and signalled to some one to lead the young captain to the general's quarters. "Give my horse a rubdown and something to eat, please,'' said Dick. "He has been on the road most of the night." "Very well, captain," was the reply. "He shall have the best we have." Dick was taken to the house where the general lodged, and was met by one of his staff, who told the young captain that the general had left two hours previous on a sudden call from Governor Clinton to confer with him across the river. "Too late!" muttered Dick, his head reeling for a moment at the thought of what those two hours' detention in the cowboys' camp meant to the general and the patroits. "Which way did he go?" he asked. ' But no one could answer him. All that was known was that when the messenger appeared with the letter from Governor Clinton, General washington had called in one of his aids, told him of the request of the governor, and in answer to his question as to who was to accompany him, had replied, "No one. The governor wished the conference to be as private as pos sible, so &s not to attract-the attention of the British." Dick felt almost hopeless. If he only knew the way the general had gone, he would have followed. But no one could tell anything, except that the messenger said that a boat awaited the general at the nearest point on the river, and thathe had gone as quickly as he could after receiving the message. Dick would not give up immediately, but following the trail on toward the rive1 , he discovered where they had taken the boat, but nothing more. As he turned to retrace his steps, he heard tlhe muffled sound of voic es, and following the directio'1 whence they came, he saw two cowboys in a little skiff just about to land. "They have come to spy, now that the general has gone,'' Dick murmured to himself. "I'll keep an eye on them." He kept himself concealed in the bush0s, but to his surprise saw thvt the cowboyR, instead of turning toward the camp, headed the other way. They followed the river bank, which at that place was comnaratively level, till they came to a steep embankme'1t. w hen they left the shore and struck a zigzag around the cliff. Jlick decided not to follow farther, but to get Major, who by this time had probably been fed and had a short rest, and to go to the cmPp of the Liberty Boys, and with thf>ir aid see what could be done in the general's behalf. He hastened back to headquarters, got Major, and started back for his own camp, in no very pleasant frame of mind, for in some way he felt himself responsible for the failmc to warn the commander in time of the plan that was to deprive him of his liberty, thowgh he well knew that he had done all in his power to save his commander-in-chief. Ma.ior was greatly refreshed by tho food and drink he had receive d, as well as by the few moments' rest, and responded quickly. to Dick's word to ha>iten hom eward. By this time it was after sunrise, find the way was bright, no unseen dangel'S lurking in the bushes, though of course he did not know when he might meet some of the cowboys who •


12 THE ' LIBERTY BOYS GUARDING WASHINGTON had captured him the preceding night. The!e were prin1ls in the road that told him horsemen had passed tlmt way recently, but how recently and who they were he could not tell. He went on cautiously, eager to reach the boys and to start out to track the general and his abductor. The cowboy s had taken hi s pi s tols, but he had procured two at the camp of the patriots, so was not unarmed, shou ld he need them. Suddenly he saw s ome horsemen ahead. He did not stop to find out if they were friend'! or foes, but took to the woods, hoping to reach a cross-roads ahead of them, for as Major was the speediest animal in the region, he knew that he could outstrip them if once he could get the lead. He carefully made hi s way into the woods, and crossing over an open space, s oon saw the open road ahead. But he was destined not to reach it as soon as he had expected, for Major stepped on a stone that rolled under hi s fore hoof, and for a short time went lame. His rider would not urge him onward, well knowing that the faithful and intelligent animal would do his best without urging, but he chafed under the delay, it seeming that all things were conspiring to defeat his purpose with regard to the general. When he finally reached the crossroads, he saw no sign of the horsemen, neither could he tell by the road whether they had passed or not, for the road was stony, and bore no marks of man or beast. He rode onward, however, although now that Major was going lame, he could no longer depend on his fleetness in order to e scape pursuers should he fall in with the enemy. He made steady progress, however, and had reached the place where he had been attacked the night before without further misadventure, and was beginning to think he was going to get back to camp without further detention, when he heard shouts, mingled with the thunder of swiftly oncoming horsemen. Dick hesitated an instant. Should he trus t to Major's speediness or try to evade his enemies, who he was now convinced the oncomers were? He glanced over his shoulder and could see a cloud of dust behind . He patted Major's glossy neck and whispered in his ear: "Go on, my beauty, just a little, till we drop them out of sight." Major forgot all about his lame foot, but pricking up his ears, stretched low, and fairly skimmed over the ground. Dick pulled him in shortly, however, not wishing to strain his good comrade, and after a little entered the woods again, hiding himself and Major in its thick recesses until the cowboys passed with clatter and shout. After they_ were well out of sight he re-entered the road and continued well in their rear, at the delay, yet considering that he was taking the safer course. The trouble was that the cowboy s were between him and the camp of the Liberty Boys, and his problem to work out was how to reach the camp. He had no fear but that the Liberty Boys , under Lieutenant Estabrook, would give a good account of themselves in any encounter with the cowboys, but on account of the shortness of time, he did not want any such encounter to take place. It wn.s very probable that the Liberty Boys would • be on the hunt for him, and if he could join them without the knowledge of the c owboy s, it would be a great point in his favor. Suddenly, however, he saw a cloud of dus t in front, and knew that the cowboys were heading toward him instead of away from him. Probably they were after himi having waited till daylight to begin the pursuit. He knew should he fall into their hands now he would absolutely stand no chance, for they w ould probably hang him to the first tree, taking nc further risks of his getting away. Again he took to the woods, and on came the cowboys, . at a sl?wer for they were trying to p1ck up his trail. When they reached the place where Dick had left the road they s topped, and evidently held a consultation'. ''.hen they separated, some going back, others takmg the woods on either side, while a few went forward, and several remained at the spot where they were. There semed no way for escape to Dick, unless he could cut across country and get to the river. This he tried to do get ting off of Major's back, as the way too rough to g? on. horseb'.lck, leading the horse instead. MaJor picked his way with the daintiness and stillness of a cat, while Dick made no sound, and the two went on down the slope to the river bank beyond, and then into the river itself s o as to le::ive no trace behind. ' Once in s!tall ows along shore, D!ck sprang up on to MaJor s back, and the two picked their way over stones, across muddy bottoms even swimming at times, when the rocks too far out into the water, until they came to place where Dick aid not dare proceed farther by water , for the shope dipped suddenly and high cliff s rose perpendicularly for some distance. Again he took to the woods, keeping in the direction of the Liberty Boys' camp. Commg up and onto a bluff, he haltecL and lis tened. He could hear nothing save the occasional call of a bird, and the wind rustling through the trees . . He went forward sl owly, listening at every step. The road had wound away from the river by this time, but he did not know that some of 'the cowboys had not followed him thus far. At length he reached the road and peered downward, up and down, fearing to de scend lest he be caught in another ambush. Feeling reasonably sure that the road \vas free and clear at point, he carefully. led Maj?r down the steep mclme, and then vaultmg on his back, gave him the word, and on they sped toward home. It seemed as if Major shared in Dick's relief, for he went forward like the wind, v

THE LIBERTY BOYS GUARDING WASHINGTON 13 CHAPTER IX.-A Great Service. The boys welcomed Dick most heartily, Bob saying with considerable feeling: "We were afraid something had happened to you, old man. Did you remain at the general's camp all night?" "No, I did not," said Dick. "I only got there within the hour, and have come away from there but a short time." "What detained you, Dick?" "Cowboys," shortly. "I escaped from them only to find that the general had gone, with the intention of crossing the river to meet Governor Clinton to confer with him on important matters." "But that was just what you wanted to prevent, Dick," exclaimed Bob excitedly. "Those fellows must have sent their messenger over earlier than you expected." "Yes, but come, we must make the iiver and get across at once. Perhaps we can get over in time to prevent any mischief being done . " They quickly found a road leading to the river, and Phil Waters said eagerly: "I know where there are boatR, captain, so that we won't have to get out our own. It is at the end of this road, or near it. I saw the place only yesterday. " "That is all right, then. We will get them and go over at once." "You don't know where the general was to cross?" asked Bob. "No; he bad gone with the messenger when I got there, and I was not able to follow, and so I thoug}f t it be s t to return to the camp at once and get our boat." The boys rode rapidly and were soon at the rive1-. They could see n o boats on it, and they did not know if thf general had crossed or not. Phil found the man who had the boats without trou ble, and Dick asked him for permission t o use them. There were two, each o f good size, and the owner was very willing to lend them t o Dick, being a stanch patriot and ready to aid the cause whenever he could. He agreed to look after the boys' horses while they were gone, and they all entered the boats and set out across the river. "If he had gone over, I should think we would have seen him," muttered Bob. "ls it long since he left the camp?" "No, but I don't know where he intended to cross. It may have been well up the river. when we get over we mus t search the shore well, up and down, for some signs of him. We must be cautious ourse lves not to be see n by the redcoats." They crossed well above where the ships were at anchor and did not see them, owin g to a bend in river. They crossed without seeing any other boat, and then, hiding their own under the bank, proceeded to search the shore carefully for signs of the enemy. They were going through an open wood, when suddenly Dick said: "Conceal yourselves , boys! There is some one coming." The boys -quickly . concealed themselves behind rocks and bu shes and a few under an old stone wall close by, all being in sight of the river. In a few moments a number of Hessians appear0ed, having in charge a man in ordinary dress, probably one of the farmers of .the neighborhood. The Hessians were talking volubly, and now and then looking out upon the river, as if expecting some one. did not wish to attack them yet, until he knew more about their errand at this part of the river, and he ther& fore signalled to the boys to remain concealed. Then Dick suddenly noticed a ripple on the water where there was a little wooded point pr<> jecting for some distance. The Hessians saw it at the same moment, and there was a deal of excitement among them. Then they hid in the bushes at a little d;stance, and in another moment Dick saw a boat glide around the point and coma toward him, there being a good landing place at that point. There were two persons in the boat, one a man in rough clothes who was rowing, the other being the general himself. The latter was in the bow of the boat, and stood up as they neared the little beach. Dick and h is brave boys remained concealed, ready t o act upon an instant's notice, but not wishing to appear too soon le s t the Hessians might give the alarm and bring more of their number to the spot. As the boat containing the general neared the bank. the Hessians sprang from cover and seize d it. Then Dick and the Liherty Boys arose and charged upon them. The Hessians escaped, rR-rrying their prisoner with them. The Liberty B'lys pursued them. and they released Washing-< ton, and all returned to the boat. Dick recog nized the boatman as a man he had seen with the redcoats, and said sharply: "Seize that fellow; he is a spy!" Hal f a dozen boys were in the water in an instant, pulling the boat up on shore and seizin g the boatman. "Quick, out with our own boats, boys!" hissed Dick. Ben, Sam and Harry sprang into the boat containing the general, Dick following, while the res t of the party raw

14 THE LIBERTY BOYS GUARDING WASHINGTON point safely and kept on rapidly for the other shore. "I learned that the enemy were to send a messenger over with a letter from the said Dick, !'and I was on my way to tell you of it when I was captured by cowboys." "But the letter was written by the governor, Dick," said the general. "I am well acquainted with his hand-writing, and could not be deceived by any forgery." "You are sure, your excellency?" asked Dick seriou s ly. "The letter was actually from Governor Clinton, in his own , hand?" "Yes, Dick:, it was." Dick turned to the prisoner, and asked: "Where did you get the letter which you gave to the general?" "One of the big redcoats gave it to me," the man muttered. "Was it Major Ford?" "No, it wasn't him." . "Was it Captain Whittle, then?" "No, it was a bigger man than either of them; it was some one close to the general himself. The governor wrote the letter hims elf," with a snarl. "Do you mean to tell me that General Clinton would enter into a plot to betray the commander in-chief?" demanded Dick angrily. "No; but the letter was stolen. Josh Porter had it, and was to deliver it, but Josh didn't turn up, for some reason , ahd so they gave it tt. .. me." "Yes, and I can tell you the reason why Porter did not return. He is a prisoner in Washington's camp, whither you are going." "But how did you know rr.e?" muttered the spy, turning pale. "I never saw you over there." "You saw me, but you did not know me. I was the little old man who cooked the fish for the redcoats." "Yes, and while they were lying under the table I was off to the rebel camp with the letter." "Don't you dare say 'rebels' in the general's presence!" said Dick sternly. "We &re not rebels; we are patriots. Did Porter steal the letter from the governor?" "Yes, he did, and killed the man that was bringing it. Then he gave it to Sir Henry." "The matter is explained, general," said Dick. "It was a shrewd plot and might have succeeded. I did not know that they had an actual letter of the governor' s , but thought they would send a supposed messenger from him, and we were to be on the watch." "I se e," with a smile. "! have been guarded, Dick." ' "A patriot girl on the other side was te let me know when the messenger departed, but he mu s t have gone before either of us knew it." "If you had come before, I would not have trusted the letter, but I took it that no news was good news, and, as I knew the governor's hand, had no doubt as to its genuineness." "As I said, your excellency, it was a very clever plot, and had I been detained another hour it might have succeeded. I am very glad it did not." The general had embarked farther up the river than where Dick and the boys had taken their boats, and then the turns of the river and the many hills had shielded them from observa tion, besides which the false guide had purposely taken a roundabout way in order to avoid being seen by any one, telling the general that the redcoats we r e watching the river, and that the utmost care was necessary. Reaching the shore, Dick gave the general Major to ride, while he used Ben Spurlock's roan, which was a very good animal. The commander-in-chief was very grateful to Dick and the boys for the service they had rendered him, but said very little, Dick understanding it, however. The boys escorted him to the headquarters and delivered the prisoner to the guard, several of the men recognizing him. "Captain Slater," said the general, "you have rendered me and the cause the greatest service, and I cannot find words adequate to thank you." "It is enough to know that you do thank me and the Liberty Boys, your excellency," said Dick, his cheeks flushing with honest pride.> "Boys, salute the general." The whole party saluted and gave a rousing cheer besides. "The red coats may have so me other plans your excellency," continued Dick, "and we had best return to our camp and watch the river." Porter was brought out before Dick and the boys left, and was closely questioned , admitting at length that he had murdered the messenger of the governor and stolen the letter. As the boys left the camp they heard the orders given fo1 the speedy execution of both spies. CHAPTER X.-Di ck's Novel Idea. The boys returned to camp partly on horseback and partly by boat, half a dozen of them going in the boat in which e spy had crossed, in order to keep a watch u pon the river. Vvhen the Liberty Boys saw Bob return with Dick, they cheered both heartily, for they had passed an anxiom:; time during the young lieutenant's absence. "There are Cowboys about, boys," said Dick, "and as soon as we have finished with the enemy on the river we must give our attention to the ruffians who disgrace the name of soldiers." An hour after their return the boys watching the river saw a boy coming over in a boat, and watched him narrowly without revealing themselves, not being sure that it was the girl patriot's messenger or a spy of the enemy. At last the boy landed, tied up his boat, and looked about him, and the boss saw that he did not ap pear to be very bright. Ben Spurlock stepped out and asked him: "Well, my boy, who are you looking for? Can I be of any help?" "Are you Dick Slater?" the boy asked, by way of reply, looking at Ben. "No, I am not; but I can show you where he is." "H'm! I knowed you wasn't, 'cause you haven't ::-.ny sword, and Dick Slater has, an' he has gold on his shoulders." "Did Grace send you over with a letter to the captain?" "Won't tell you," said the boy, with a sillJ


THE LIBERTY BOY S GUARDING WASHIN G TON 15 laugh. "You l emme see the captain," a n d the bo y kept on e h and in hi s p ocket, and B e n was sure that ther e was a letter there. "All Nght you c ome with us," and B e n i m i tated the cry of a gull, some of w h ic h birds were a t that moment flying over the river. In a moment the sound was repeated, and the b oys set out, but had not gone far before. they w e r e met by D i c k and a number of Liberty Boys . "That's D i c k Slater now, " said the bo y. "Hal l o cap tain! Was yo u expectin' a letter?" '"Yes , fro m a girl across the river; from Grace. " " Y es that' s s o s o yo u was," with a laugh. "Grace' thinks a o ' y o u , c aptain, and s o d o I. I t hink she's t h e bes t g i r l i n the world, and I want her to marry me, b u t she says I gotter wait." . " I should think s o," laughed Ben, under his breath. "You donno what's in the letter, do you, cap tain ?" the boy continue d, with anothe r laugh. "No, I d o not. " "That's right. Well, then, I'll l e t you have i t . If you knew ther e wouldn't be no u s e o ' givin' it to you, would t h e re?" Then he took hi s hand out of hi s pocket and handed a fold e d note, which read: " The birds h ave spread thei r wings and flown up the river fearing to be shot if they stayed." " H a ! the have gone! " said nick. "Their ships have sailed up the rive r . Ride off to the general's camp, Ben, and tell him. A;;k him i f we shall follow." "All right, captain," and Ben was off i n a moment t o get his horse. "Grace said you would give me a penny if I gave you the letter, captain," laughed the boy . "H'm! tha t was a pretty small l ette r for a p enny, wasn't i,t?" " I will giv e you more than a p enny ! my bo y ," laughed D ic k. "Have you had your dinner ? " "No, but I guess I d on't w ant any. 'Wha t you got?" "Oh, lo t s of good things." "Well, maybe I'll sta y if you ask m e , but ma says I mus t never a s k myself, " laughing . "Then I will ask y o u. Will you come to din ner?" " H'm! Don't care if I do, captain," laughing again and loo king fooli s h. "I didn't invite my self, di d I ?" "No, yo u did not, and you're a good boy," s mil. W h ile the messengers were gone Dick told the boys to get ready in the e vent of their being ordered o n the march, so tha t . no time might be lost, and the boys began d o m g many things to save tim e. There was little dotibi t hat t hey wcul d leave their camp and go up the rive r , a n d s o i t was as well to take d own the tents and begi n pack i n g u p , a l t h o u g h they did not yet know w hether t h e y w oul d kee p o n t h e eas t b ank or cross over. The h alf-witted boy was greatl y interested in a ll t hat was bei n g done, but i t fin ally dawned u pon his w e a k intellect tha t all this bustle meant a change of qua1ters , and he said to Will Freeman: "Gosh! you ain't goin' awa y, be you?" "I shouldn't wonder if we were," laughed Will. "And leave all thes e good things to eat and drink?" in great surpris e. "Go sh! that's fool i sh." " Oh, we' ll take them with us," laughing, ''.and then w e don't alwa y s have as much a s we want t o eat and drink." "You do n 't?" in a tone of disappointment. " No , we don't." "H'm! t hen I d o n ' t b e l ieve I care t o be a soger a fter a ll , " i n a positive tone , which m ade a ll the boys s mil e and s o m e to break out into a hearty laugh. Ben returned at length, all the boys being anxiou s to know what the general said. " "Ve are to keep on in pursuit o f the enemr, captain ," Ben reported. '"We a r e to fo ll ow th19 s hore, but Pf we get a goo d ch a n ce to cro s s, w e are to do it. G o v ernor Clin t on i s collecting all the troops he c a n on the other sid e , and Put nam and others a r e getting together a force on this , and they mean to attack the enemy as s oon a s they can. " "Very good . Get ready to leave a s soo n as you can, Bob. We will go along this si de of the rive r . " "Until we g e t a good chance to get a cross, suppos e . " "Yes , the opportunity may come sooner than >ve expect." They were still guarding Was h ington , in a way, for they were wat ching the enemy !' O a s to p revent their ching m ischief, and tha t they felt was guarding the comm ander, for it was d'ling their duty t o their copntr y . They halted at d a r k and made a temporary camp som ething back fro m the river, from whi c h they were s eparated by a range of l ow hi ll s . 'They had se en nothin g of the Cowb o ys during the afternoon, and d i d not gi\e them m uc h thought, their attention be in g t a k e n up b y t h e redcoats and Hessians and blue jackets jus t now. "The Cowboys have g one on , I <:;pnp"SP. in order t o k eep up w i t h the e nemv." ::;•10'r:c:'' ""' I nob, as they wer e sitt in g aro u n d the flic 'lfter sup p e r. "The redcoats will want be e f and t!1e Co\\' boys will supply them. " "Very l i kely," sni d D ick . "But I ' . "'lPl d li ke to know jus t what the enemy a r e fh;ng. \Vou l d y o u m ind taking a run o ver the h iJ1"' as far as the river with m e , Bob, to s e e if v:e eci:1 get 1 look at them? " "No, inde ed , D ick," heartily. " I w o ul d lik e nothing bett e r . " "Co me a lon g. then." The two young pat.riot s set out for th!' r iver, le a vin g Mark i n charge of t h e C'a mp, f>iC'k placing as much confid e n ce in the y oung l ieu tenant as he d id in Bob h i m self, '.'hrk thoroughly tru"tworthy. It \1as s o rr?.c1i::g o f a t ramp o ver the h i ll s , buc the boy s d: d l!Gc t o that, being used to all sorts of t1cvel , and then they had a purpos e in view whi61 made all the difference in the world. The mo o n came un as they reached the t o p of the last hill, whence they had a vie w o f the river, and Dick s ud r le11!y said: "Loo k there, B ob !" "Jove! there t hey are, Dick ! They're resting for the n ight." "Yes, and in the morning they will probably


16 THE LIBERTY BOYS GUARDING WASHINGTON go o!l up the river and commit all sorts of dep redations." "There's a lot of flatboats with them, Dick." "Yes, for landing the troops. We ought to have some of them, Bob." "So we ought, but how are we going to get them? They are on the other side of the river, and the walking is bad." "And we have no boats to go over in and get them." "We may be able to find some up the river, Dick." "Yes, but if we don't, I have an idea, Bob." The young lieutenant knew that the captain's ideas were always good ones, and he asked, with considerable interest: "What is it, Dick? I11 go bail it's a fine one, as Patsy says." • "Farther on, beyond these hills, the river is not so wide nor so deep. If we can't walk across, we can swim, and if we take boys enough, I don't see why we should not be able to cut out some of these flatboats, especially if the men in charge of them are a bit careless." "Jove! that is a good idea, Dick. The boats are towed and I don't suppose there are very many men in charge of them. If we could get over there without being seen the rest would not be so difficult, but I say, Dick?" in a puzzled tone. "Well, Bob?" with a smile . "How about taking over pistols and muskets? It isn't likely that the redcoats would give up the boats without a fight." "I thought of that," Dick replied. "We can build a raft large enough to accommodate all the weapons we want to take over. There is ti;ID ber in abundance, and the boys are handy with axes." "That is a fine scheme, Dick. . Jovel every one of the boys will want to go over. That is a n_ew idea, attacking the enemy by a company of swim mers, Dick." "The Indians do it, Bob," shortly. "Yes, so they do. We could not do it here?" "No; it will be easier farther along, and I want to give the boys a good rest. We will start quite early in the morning, however." Dick and Bob then returned to the the boys being greatly excited when they heard the plan of the young captain. Shortly before daybreak the boys were up and eating their breakfast, all being delighted with the prospect of having a brush with the enemy, and of getting the best of them by the novel plan suggested by Dick. The boys were on the march by daybreak, going as rapidly as possible, and startling the early risers by their sudden appearance among them. "There ain't any redcoats, are there, on this side of the river, boys?" asked one. "No, they are on the other side, but we are going to get at them all the same," laughed Bob. "Well, that's fine, and I only wish you might," and the man's tone showed that he had a doubt of it. By sunrise the boys again came in sight of the river, and kept on at good speed till they reached the po int that Dick had spoken of. Here they made a halt in the woods, out of sight, when Dick set his axemen to work cutting small trees for the raft. CHAPTER XI.-The Capture of the Boats. While the Liberty Boys were at work on the raft which was to carry their muskets, pistols and ammunition across the river, the British ships appeared,..sailing slowly up the river. Dick and Mark were watching for them, and the latter was considerably excited when he saw them appear. "They are not making very great progress, Dick," he muttered. "That is good, but won't the wind increase?" "I don't think so, Mark; in fact, I think it is likely. to go down, from the appearance of things." The ships passed and went on up the river, but at an slow rate, till they finally lay idle about a mile up the river. "That is all right." said Dick. "They may not anchor, but they will not do anything for som e little time, and in the meanwhile we can be at work." The boys had begun bringing the trees they had cut to the shore by this time, and in a short time the construction of the raft was begun. It was not to be a very large affair, as Dick did not think he would take more than twenty of the boys across and all they wanted was something big enough to hold the muskets and clothes of the party. When the raft was finished Dick and three or. four of the boys got on board, and with long poles started it up the river, the Liberty Boys following along shore, but out of sight from the other side. Reaching a point opposite _ where the ships lay, Dick took an observation, finding that there was no apparent movement on the part of the enemy, who seemed to be waiting for the wind to rise so that they might continue their journey. The flatboats, many in number, were in the rear of the flotilla, and seemed to be in charge of no one in particular. Dick quickly picked out the boys who were to go with him. The boys' uniforms and weapons were covered with the wagon canvas, and so would not be visible, the raft having nothing on it, apparently, but a load of garden truck going across the river to be sold to the enemy. Dick took his place on board, the boys slip ping into the water by twos and threes till all were ready, when the raft began to move slowly out upon the river. Dick used his pole diligently, but the boys along the sides and in the rear kept the craft moving without being noticed from the other side, where there was very little motion to be seen . As the boys went on they could see one or two men on the rear flatboat, toward which they were steering, but could not see that their coming caused any great excitement. On some of the boats there were houses on deck, and from these a man would now and then appear, look around carelessly, and then return to the shelter of the house. On the ships which formed the head of the flotilla there was very little more motion than on the flatboats, there were no small boats down, and there were not many persons on deck, the whole flotilla being half asleep, in other words. The morning was warm, with a haze over the river and on land, there being few clouds to be seen and the river like glass.


THE LIBERTY BOYS GUARDING WASHINGTON 17 "We could not have had a better time for our expedition," said Dick, as they went, he using his pole and the boys doing the pushing. "No, and it is just as if it were picked out for us," replied Bob. On and on went the raft, and presently a man on the last of the flatboats called out: "Hallo boy, what have you got on the raft?" "Something for the sogers," replied Dick. "I'll be there and show you in a minute." Then the man walked forward toward the house on deck, while the boys pushed the raft ahead, keeping hidden behind it. As the raft touched the bateau, Dick seized a boat' hook and made fast. In another moment boys were swarming up, while others got on the raft, threw off the cloth, and began seizi n g muskets and pistol belts, buckling 011. the latter hurriedly. Then they began to swarm over the boat, and from it to the next, and to those alongside. The man on the boat, seeing the boys and the pile of uniforms on the raft; suddenly shouted: "Hallo, sir! Mr. Will is ! Rebel s!" . Then young Dean, as the boy s knew him, came suddenly i unning out of the house , pistol in hand. "I'll take that middy!" cried Ben, and in a middy was disarmed. and the boys were cutting adrift one and another of the boats. Redcoats, midshipmen. blue_iackt>ts, and marines came hurrying forward, only to be knocked down and disarmed by the plucky boys, who were now swarming like rats over the rear batch of boa.ts. They cut adrift half a dozen of them, and with two or three boys to each, began propelling them .out into the stream. Seizing the long sweeps, they managed the boats very well, and cut adrift three or four more, the alarm bemg general now, however, and men ln:rrying from all directions to save the boats. They had secured eight or nine of the boats, and half a dozen had gone adrift clown the river, some of them with redcoats on them, who had no knowledge of how to manage the, to them, unwieldly craft. Crack-crack-crack! The boys all had their muskets and pistols now, and returned the fire of the enemy with great spirit. No more cannon were fired, as that was but a waste of gunpowder, but from the decks of the ships and from the flatboats muskets and pistols' were di10charged in rapid order, but without much effect, the Liberty Boys being much more accurate in their aim, few of their shots missing. The boats were kept pretty well together with boathooks, and then the stronges t boys at the oars, they were headed across the river, the boys raisinga hearty cheer. Hoarse orders were shouted, and there was a deal of confusion, but nothing was accomplished, and the boys went farther and farther out upon the .river, and were halfway over before a number of the boats were manned and sent in pursuit of them. "What are you going to do, Dick?" asked Bob. "They are coming after us with seven or eight boats loaded with redcoats." "And only a few fnen who really understand them to man the lot," replied Dick. "Reload, boys, and put on your coats . We will get ready for these fellows; but I don't believe they will COJlle over." The Libe1ty Boy s on the boat and those on shore set up a shout which ech oed along the river and from the hills, and was then taken up and repeated by the boys themselves , and by a score of country boys, who had come down to the river, having heard that the redcoats were coming. "What do you purpose doing with me, cap tain?" asked Willis, the middy, addressing Dick, as they went ashore. ""Well, what do yo u think ought to be done with you?" asked Dick, in a thoughtful tone. "You came into our camp as a spy. You may know the usual cours e taken when a spy i.s cap tured , or you may not." "But I was not caught as a > in case any of om liovs are bken. WE:. can then exchange y o 11 • Y o u are of no l1:tiiicular nse to us in anv other w1v, and we shall have to feed you, and y o u midshipmen are perfect cormo rants." The middy breathed easier, but said, with rather a sickly smile: "Do you think it was right to give a fellow a fright like that? How did I know that you were joking?" -... "I was not, altogether," shortly. "I would be perfectly justified in hanging you, midshipman. You came to our camp in disguise, with a plot to capture me in view. It did not succeed. That was not your fault." "But you are rebels, and it is perfectly right to do all we can to put you down and crush out the rebellion." "You are mistaken," seriously. "Vve are no t rebels; we are patriots. We are not in rebellion. We are engaged in a righteous struggle against tyranny and oppression, and we will succeed. You have been told untruths about us, and if you were an American boy you wo1dd do the same as we have done. If you, across the water, were treated as we have been treated, yon would rise up against your oppressors as we have risen." "But you are trying to overthr ow the govern ment." "We are not, but we want the right to govern ourse lves. Once that is secured, your government can go on as it chooses. It will be secured, never fear, and you won't have to Jive a great many years to see it."


18 THE LIBERTY BOYS GUARDING \YASHIYGTON "Well , you seem to be in earnest, at any rate, but I thought--" "No you did not think. If you had thought, you have seen the matter in its true light. You let others tell you what to think, but you did not really think, at that." The prisoners were marched to camp and put under a strong guard, with the exception of the middy, who was permitted to have the freedom of the place. "All I wish you to is that you will not attempt to escape," said Dick. "You not such a bad chap, only you have been That wa;; a clever pl::in of yours , bnt not earner \ out as well as it might have bean. You were not American enough, and you ;irousecl suspicion the start. You did not think of that, I suppose? "The bigges t mi8take I made. was in thinkin:; that you w<>re lot uf ignorant clowns whom I could humbug int0 believing anyt:iing," said the other "but I s oon learne d that you were quite as cleve; as I was, and a bit bettPr, in fact." "There is hope for an enemy when he is willing to admit that his enemies are his equals," laughed . CHAPTER XII.-The Silver Bullet. The Liberty Boys now had the means of cross ing the river if they chose, mid they would probably do so as soon as they could lParn more of the governor's moveme11' ,s. Young Dean. as the boys still called him, was greatly impressed with all that he saw, and Ilob and others noticed him more than once evidently absorbed in thought. "He has had a chaPre to do so m e thinking on his own account," said Mark, "and he is begin ning to sec that he has been takin!'.1,' an altogether erroneous view of our side of the case. I have an idea that he will be very much ashamed of himself before very long." "I woulcl not be surprised if he wns, Mark," said Bob. "He is not a bad sort of chap, as Dick says, but he has been taught wrong.'! An hour later the wind sprang up and the ships were seen moving up the river uncler a constantly freshen1ng breeze. Then a farmer of the neighborhood came hurrying into camp and said in great excitement: "Captain, there's a lot o' cowboys up the river cuttin' up to beat the Dutch, runnin' off with horses an' cows an' sheep, an' stealin' and burnin' right an' left.'' "All right, we will see to them," said Dick, and at once the orders went forth for a large force of the Liberty Boys to get ready to go in pursuit of the marauders, while at the same time Mark was .,to proceed up the river with the boats and keep the enemy in sight. "These fellows mean mischief," declared Dick, "and we want to keep a lookout upon them. We will join you up the river, Mark, just as soon as we get through with the cowboys.'' Bob and considerably more than half of the Liberty Boys went with Dick, and no time was lost in getting away. Mark put his boys and their horses on board the boats and set out up the rtver a t very nearly the same time, the pris-oners going with them. Dick and the Liberty Boys went on at a gallop, the farmer going with them to s how the way. They left the river soo and rode into the interior about half a mile, when they heard shouts ancl shots ahead of them and dashed forward. Before a farmhouse they saw a numbe1 of rough-looking men, some of whom Dick recognized as having been in the party of cowboys who had captured him a night or so before. 'Forward, Liberty Boys!" he cried; "down with the cowboy:;-; scatter the ruffian,;:!" "Liberty forever, away with the Tory rascals!" shouted the gallant boy s as they charged furiously upon the men in front of the ho:.i:;e who were firing at the people within and were about to put torches to t he porche::, and under the doors anr] windows . "Fire!" commandecl Jlick, the boys charged. Crash-roar! There wa,; a tremendous "ound, the muskets of the brave boys belching fire and and many of the cowboys falling. Then the people of the house fired, and in a moment there was a loud shout and a party o f militia came cbshing up from another direction and opened fire upon the maJaude1s, bringing down more of Caught between two files. the cowboys abandoned their horsrs and Pven their weapons, many of them, and took to the wood:::. The militiamen pursued them and caught a number, promptly hanging them with only the bares formality of a trial. They had been raught red-handed, ancl many of them known to he desperate characters, and very l1ltle sympathy was wasted upon them. The Liberty Boys took no part in th.s, but rode away toward the river to join Mark and the rest of the troop. Reaching the river, they found that the boats WC're above them, and rode on till they came to a convenient place for going aboard, it being something of a task to get all the horses on the boats without accident. The enemy's. ships had disappe:ired ;nonnd a bend in the river, but Dick knew that he could t:ome up with them, and so he did not mind their being out of sight. In fact, it might be to his advantage rwt to have the redcoats be aware of his different m oves , as they would then be kept in doubt and be unable to •thwart him. The horses were all on board at last, and then the Liberty Boys disposed them-selves upon the various boats and the flotilla proceeded. The boys went on up the river, crossing to the farther shore, where they learned that the Brit i<>h had landed a large force some miles up and were then marching toward Kingston, or Esopus as it was then called. The boys could make bet: ter time by lancling ancl taking their horses and this they did, leavfog the boats in charge of 'some of the patriots of the region. Midshipman Willis was taken along, the other prisoners being left on the boats, as Dick did not want them. In the case of the middy, Dick had a purpose, and the boy was more a companion of the Libe ty Boys than their prisoner on the ride toward Esopus. As Dick and a few of the Liberty Boys were riding ahead of the troop, they encountered two men coming from the direction of Fort Montgomery, one of whom was seen to put something in


THE LIBERTY BOYS GUARDING WASHING TON 19 his mouth hastily. The movement was suspicious and Dick said at once: "Arrest those two men, they are spies!" The boys sprang forward, leaped from their horses and seized the two strangers. Then they were taken to a cottage by the roadsi de and Dick ordered an emetic to be given to the man who had been seen to swallow something. This was done and the man quickly vomited some small object which he immediately seized and swallowed again. Dick ordered another emetic mixed and commanded the man to drink it. This he refused to do, when Diel' said sternly: "Either you will drink it or we will have you cut open and get at the object in that fashion. The man thereupon swallowed the emetic, and when he again vomited the object was seized before he could get hold of jt. It proved to be a silver bullet with a screw top, which, upon oeing removed, disclo sed a piece of thin pape r folded very small and bearing a message from Sir Henry Clinton to Ge11eral Burgoyne. "This is most important," declared Dick. "Put him under the strickest guard and do not let him escape on any account." The B1>itis h middy had witnessed this affair and was greatly imp1essed with the young patriot captain's dignity. "You rebels must pass through many trying times," he said to Ben, at who se s ide h o rode. "'Ve do," replied the Liberty Boy, "but we are not rebels." •:1 beg your pardon," ean1estly. "That i s what I have always heard you called, and I I cannot get over the habit at once." "Well, it i s a bad habit, and you will real ize it the more you see of us." "Yes, I have no doubt l will. You are a fine lot of boys , and I see it more the more I am with you." "We are only doing what you would do if your country were oppressed, and as your people have done in ages past," Ben continued. "Yes, I suppose so, " thoughtfully. "Your Johns and your Richards and othe r rulers were tyrants and you threw off the yoke and that is all that we are d,oing. The Romans, the Danes and the Norman s oppresse d your people and you rose against them. Vie are of the same blood and we are doing the same thing." "Yes, I sup[Jose you are, but I never looked at it in that light before, Ben." "Of course you did not, and there are many just like you. There are none so blind as those who will not see, my boy." "Very true," and the young middy remained in a thoughtful mood for some time. The Liberty Boys pushed on rapidly and at length came upon tke enemy attacking Esopus. There was a small number of militia only at the town, and e\cn with the addition of the Liberty Boys, the town's defenders were insufficient to protect it. LeaY ing the middy with some of the people, Dic k threw his entire force against the enemy and made a gallant fight, firing volley after volley and charging repeatedly upon the marauders. They could not make a permanent stand against so many, however, and were forced to fall back t o a safe place in the hills. The town was de-stroyed, and then the enemy t ook to their ship.; and continued up the 1 iver, intent on further de struction. "That was a most wanton piece of destruction,'' said young vean, emphatically. "There was n o need of it at all, and I do not wonder that you boys and all the people are so indignant. lt i::o a righteous iudignation, and although these arc my own people who have done this , I do not d efend them in the least, but rather condemn them!' "The boy's eyes are getting opened," muttered Ben Spurlock to Bob E stabrook. "Yes, and Dick took him along for that Yerr purpose . He is a clever boy, but he has bee n misinformed. Now he is beginning for himsel f and to see things with hi s own eyes, and it wilt do him good." Governor Clinton was on the trail of the Brit ish, but arrived an hour too late to save Kingston. Upon his arrival Dick delivered the s ilve r bullet whlch had been taken from the spy, and told him the circumstances. The man was tried and condemned to geath, and was shortly hanged on an apple tree in sight of the still smoking ruins of the pretty little town. "And I must say that it served him right," declared the young middy, "and it i s a great pity that the fellows who fired the town could not be se1ved the same way." Dick's other prisoners would be turned ove1 to the governor, but to the middy he said: "I am willing to set yol) free if you will give me your parole. We do not k eep pri:;oners, and in many cases do not even take them, as it is a good deal of trouble to care for them ...-,-hile we are flying about the country as you have seen u s do. I am authorized to release you, however, if you will give me your word that you will not take part against u s again." _ _ "I will do that, captain," earnestly, "and I am not certain that I will not some day take sides with you." "There is your oath," said Dick, gravely. "\'\1hich may be renounced. I was put into th•' navy when a mere child, you might say, and sim ply did and believed and saw and thoup:ht as I was told. Now I am beginning to see things dif ferently." "I thought you would," with a smi l e. "My family and the government regarded IDE' simply as a tool and with no thoughts of my own. My brother went into the army, I was put in the navy, and the younger sons will be clergy men and artists, the same as has been done with younger sons for generations." "Your father wa8 in the army, I suppose?" "Yes, and so would I have been if I had come first. I simply followed the fashion and was given no choice in the matter. That is the way things have been done before and as they will continue to be done." "By rote," laughed Dick,. "and the sons will have no choice in the matter." "Unless they revolt, as I shall do, and-by ram a rebel myself!" Then the middy laughed heartily and Dick and the Liberty Boys standing near laughed with him. "That young fellow will be as strong a patriot


20 TI-IE LIBERTY BOYS GUARDING WASHINGTON as any of us if you give him time enough," chuckl e d Ben to Sam. "Yes, and it will improve him," laughed Sam. "You w ill see that he will have much better manners if he joins u s." "He will never be one of the Liberty Boys," declared Bob, "but he will never be a Britis h middy again, either. He will be o n our si de, all right, and I guess Dick knew it." CHAPTER XIII.-A Transformation. The Liberty Boys pursued the enemy nex t day, and with a strong force on either side. of the river, matters began to look very threatenm_g for the redcoa t s. Sir Henry had given up his part of the expedition, and Vaughan was growing di;:coun1.gcd at of and the difficulty he was havmg m rcacnmg Bu rgoy11e, which had be en one of the objects of the expedition. It was not long, therefore, before the ships were heade d the other way and went down the river under full sail. The boys rested for a day and then went down the river to get their supplies and camp equipage from the boats, having been ordered farther up the river to do. battle against Burgoyn e. "What are you going to do, midshipman?" asked Dick, as they were getting ieady to go on the march again. "If you don't mind, captain, I think I will stay with you for a time," was the reply. "I shall not go back to the navy. I am a prisoner, you know," smiling. "Not unless you choose," returned Dick. The middy went with the boys and rode a hoTSe discarding his uniform and wearing ordinary 'clothes. They r-eached the point where they had left the boats, the middy laughing when he saw them, and saying: "That was a clev e r move of you boys . Much more so than mine. You got me, but I did not get you." The boys were preparing to leave when Dick, young Dean and a number of the boys took a ride toward the point on the river where the y had first ,;een the s hips, in order to satisfy themselves that there were no more of the enemy in the region. Suddenly the half-witted boy they had seen bPfore came dashing toward them, calling excitedly: "Captain, captain, the cowboys I Th_ey'rn going to burn our hou se and run away with Grace and everything!" "Forward!" cried Dick, and the little party das h e d ahead like the wind. In a moment the y heard shots and shouts and went on all the faster, corrt;ng shortly in sight of a hou se by the roadside. Here they saw a number of evil-looking men who were firing upon the house and beginning to break into the barn and se t fire to it. 'Fire!" shouted Dick, and at once there was a 1attle of musketry, and the cowboys, for such they were, suddenly found the m se lves opposed by a lot of determined boys. Leaping from their ho r ses the boys attacked the marauders vigorously, the middy taking part with the rest. There was a sudden_ scream, and then Grace Hawthorne was see n struggling in the arms of man powerful build who was drag&_ing m the di rection of the wood s . More of the Liberty Boys now came up, and the cowboys were put to flight. Then Dick, Bob and Willis flew after the brawny man who was entering the woods with Grace over his shoulder. The poor girl had swooned and lay limp and unconscious the ruffian's sho:ul?er. The boys did not dare to fire for fear of mJuring her but gave chase in a moment. "Aftdr the scoundrels!" cried Dick. Into the woods they dashed, rapidly gammg on the ruffian. He ran up a steep slope with the girl in his arms, and paused at the top, saying hoarsely: "If you come up here, you rebels, I'll throw the girl over the other s id e and break her neck!" There was a narrow spur running along the base of the hills beyond, and it was the top of this which the iuffian had gained. He set the the gir l on the ground and said: "TJ1ere's the gal, but if you dare to come up till I get to the end o' the spur, I'll shoot her a s I would a rabbit." Then he started rapidly along the spur, shield ed Jrnre and there by overhanging branches. Crack! There was a sudden sharp report, and the fellow went reeling from the narrow path down on the farther s ide. Then 1;.he middy went tearing up the slope , a smoking pistol in one hand. It was h e who had fired the shot, taking the cowboy in the head. Dick and Bob raced after him and soon caught up with him. The middy raised the girl from the ground, and Dick and Bob looked over the s ide of the narrow way. The cowboy lay at the bottom with a broken neck and a bullet hole in his forehead. Dick told Grace about the transformation that had taken place in the former middy, and she seemed greatly pleased with him. In fact, the boy was improving in many ways , Bob laughingly attributing it to his having turned patriot. When the boys were ready to leave, he asked Dick's permission to remain at the house. '.!'he boys went away, and were busy for some time farther up the river. Then one day, after the battle of Monmouth, Dick met \Villi s , who wore the uniform of an American midshipman. "How are y!)u, captain," \Villis said. "I have re119:

THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 21 CURRE NT WARSAW POPULATION 93 1,000 Warsaw now has a population of 931,000 and 85,000 more women than men, according to a cen sus, the figures of which have just been made public. SAVED BY BULLDOG Mrs. George Julian, who lives near Swayzee, Ind., owes her life to a bulldog which r escued her recently when she was attacked by hogs. Mrs. Julian was with Mrs. Ora Highley, a neighbor, when the animals charged her. She was thrown to the ground and Mrs . Highley tried vainly to rescue her. \ A bulldog in a nearby field hea1 d the woman's screams and ran to the place. He attacked the hogs one at a time and succeeded in driving a ll away except one . The dog then sank its teeth in the remaining animal's ear and almost severed it before the animal released its h old on Mrs. Julian. The woman was not badly hurt. MADE WEAPON IN HIS CELL There i s much speculation in Mount Holly, N. J., as to what Louis Lively, a negro, in jail awaiting trail for the murder of Matilda Russo, 7 years old, whose body was found in his cellar at Mo orestown last June, intended to do with the piece of metal 'five inches long , which he had taken from the water tank in his cell and had NE W S _ sharpened to a good edge on the iron bars of his cage. He will make no statement and the of ficia l s do not know whether he intended to kill" himsel f, attack the wardens or fellow prisoners, o r use it in an attack upo n court officia l s when the trial takes place. The discovery of the piece of sharpened m etal in the possession of Lively was made by Warden Horner, who was attracted to the cell by a constant shuffling noi se. The warden found one o f Lively's feet in a con stant motion patting the floor. The shuffling noise was made by Lively to drown the sounds of the rubbing of the metal against the bars of the cell. CAUGHT A BIG EAGLE A large eagle was captured at Three Lake s, Wash. , by F. W. Rounds whi le it was fighting hard to carry off a wild goose. Tl1e goo s e was attacked while swimming on the water. The eagle's talon entered the goose ' s side, which promptly drew itf; wing down tightly, preventing the sharp claws being withdrawn. The eagl e could not release its hold on the heavy bird, and as the life of the goo se s l owly waned the larger bird was in danger of drowning. R ounds waded out into the edge of the lake and e:Jsily captured both. The eagle was large enough to have carried off the goose had not the water ,weighted its pinions. LOOK! LOOK LOOK! "Myster y M agazine" No . 99 Is Out Today Did You Get A Co py ? Are You Reading It? If N ot, Why Not ? D on't you know that this p11blication is the biggest Ten C ents' worth on the newsstands? 64 P ages of Snappy Detective Stories . Handsome illustrations. There aie wonderful Detective Stories, Ghost Stories, Mystery Stories and all sorts of odd, queer and weird happenings that grip your interest from start to finish. EVERYTHING WRITTEN BY THE GREATEST WRITERS BUY A COPY NOW! BUY A COPY NOWI


THE LIBER TY BOYS OF '76 Bellville Academy Boys -OR-VICTORIES OF TRACK AND FIELD By RALPH MORTON (A Serial Story) CHAPTER XII. Dan Helps the Afflicted. It was the talk of both schools and many towns. I n fact the papers in the cities received reports of .the rema tkable run made by the injured youth , and the reader can imagine how Dan was lio n ized. But Dan was not fond of such things. He had to be taken back to the Academy domitory on a stretcher and put into his bed for a CHA:fTER XI.-(Continued.) • good twenty-four hours, for he had almost fatally overtaxed nature. Up to this time the others had in mind the fact that they were racmg with an injured youth. But they changed their minds now. Dan realized, with a sudden return of observation, that he was far in the lead, and he swung around, just as they raced past the grandstand, calling to his competitors: "Say, boys , this is a race! Come on and beat me if you can!" It was so odd-this youth, who seemed to have miraculous ,powers, sprinting along despite all the bad luck he had had. Around the last lap they went. Sammy Bell was second, and clo se behind was Watson of Exover Academy. The fourth man was many yards behind this twain. Dan increased his speed, his eyes flashed despite the drawn muscles of his face, which made him look like one possessed. It was his supreme effort. "Coming down the stretch!" "Go it!" "Keep on, Barnett!" The lad heard it not; his eyes were now becom ing glazed, as he pressed on in some sort of a dream. "He's the winner!" cried Arabella. "Here he comes!" yelled the doctor, enthusiastic as any one in the crowd. But the crowd was destined for another sur-prise. Groping, as it might be called, with outstretched hands, as he neared tape held across the finish, Dan m a de a ternble error. The lad tumbled forward, he missed his footing, through s01;ne little obstacle on the road, a11d the crowd gave a groam Several ran forward to pick him up. But the game fellow called to them, weakly: "Go awa.y; let my win it myself!" The others were crowding close behind him, and it seemed that -!all must be over. But Dan pulled togetger for one last. effort, and staggered to his knees, and then to his feet, as does a prizefighter who climbs back from a knockou t blow. The tape was only a few yards away. Dan Tan forward, and gave a final jump! He tottered across the line-mark, although falling under the tape instead of pressing his chest agains t it. He had won after all!• "It is a wonder that you did not bring about the bursting of a blood-ves s el with all that strain, young man. I will never let a meet of athletes go me without my attendance again," said the "You were very foolhardy to do that." Dan recuperated within a few days, however, and glad was he that he had won the championship for his school after all. "It's worth a fight, Sammy," said he, as they went across the campus to the dining-hall for the midday meal. "I see that you can't do anything without trying, and when a fellow does make up his mind to win he gets there." "Well, I made up my mind to beat you, despite your bad shoulder," laughed Sam. "When a fel lo\-y: gets into a race he forgets everything but winning fair and square. But, Danny, it didn't do me good to make up my mind, for you walked away from us after all." "Oh, you came seco nd, and probably dropped a little back in sympathy; now I really believe that," answered Dan. "But, say, what's that going on over at the rear of the dining-hall?" Dan looked up quickly, and saw a group of waiters standing around laughing uptoariously, in the manner which can be imitated by no other race than the darkies themselves. "It's some sort of trouble; I heard some one cry out," said Dan. "Let's go see." The two ran across the greensward toward the scene of c ommotio n with cur ious eyes. There they beheld far from a comical sight. A great, big black man, ''lith a cook's hat, was beating a hunchback, who had always been considered half-witted around the neighborhood, and who had been give n a li ttle job as dishwasher by Dr. Macdonald to keep him from starving to death. "Look, those blacks enjoy seeing the poor little white fellow beaten up. They would com plain if the tables were turned," said Dan's roommate, in great indignation. "They \\'ill be turned," sung out Dan Barnett, and he rushed for the crowd. "Let go that little fellow, or I'llteach you better," said Dan, excitedly. The big bully glared at him, but looks did not di smay a fellow with Dan Barnett's courage. (To be. continued.)


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24 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 The Mexi can Outlaw -she, who loves dancing as she loves he lifeand look on all the while and not dance." "Rather hard on her, I should say." "It is terrible; but she will not feel so badly By ALEXANDER ARMSTRONG if someone talks to her." "Hold on," I says. "Is she young?" "Seventeen." In the year '5G, I nm into Matamoras in a "Pretty?" coaster from Galveston. "The senor shall judge for himself. " The Mexican men are pizen, now mind, I tell He pointe d out the prettiest girl in the room, ye, an' the wimmin, Lord bless 'em, are jest the a neat little article as ever I see, dressed out to neatest little sparklers that every wore a shoe. kwill, with the neatest little foot and ankle, and There was a good deal of talk, when I was in the prettiest hand in the world; but black eyes, Matamoras before, about the Guerrilla Bonos. a sweet mouth, and the whitest teeth possible, If you was to believe the Mexicans, he was a but looking mournful enough for a funeral. so1t of compo of a man and devil, mixed up per"Go ahead," I says. "I can't pass my time any miscuous like, but a bad lot altogether. better." I used to laugh when they told how he rode into So he introduced her as the senora Isa Valdez, the villages at the head of thirty or forty men, his cou in, and I planted myself by her s ide, and took what he wanted, carried awa)'.. half a dozen began to patter like a padre. _ gals or so , and went on his way to the chaparral She brightened up in a moment, and let her without anyone striking a blow. tongue loose, and ho w she did talk. But that needn't surprise anyone, when I know I never was so pleased in my life, as she told that the Navajos and Comanches ride through the me of the tenible penance put upon her by the Northern States of l\'Iexico just as they like, and, because she had eaten meat on Friday. no one says anything against it. The old heathen! I was stopping at a tavern close to the wharves He knew he couldn't..hurt her worse, and yet it and Ben Goddard was with me. was a good thing for me, for I didn't know how He's a chicl,en, is Ben, six foot two in his to dance the fandango, and should have been lost moccasins, deadly with the rifle, sure every time without her. with the revolver, aid jus t the man to use a Towards the end of the dance there was a stir bowie right lively. near the door, and a man came towards us-a "See he"re, Bill," he says, "did you ever go to tall, handsome fellow, with a wicked looking eye. a fandango?" The senora started and turned pale as she saw I 'lowed I never had, and he said I'd got to go him. to just the liveliest kind of a shindig, and have "Take me away," she gasped. "I cannot meet some fun. that man." I was all a live for it, especially when he told But he was too quick for u s , and got between me that there was heaps and slashin's of pooty us and the door. gals, and that they hankered most awfully after "Ha, Isa cara mia," he said. showing his teeth the "Americanos. " like a tiger. "I have come to dance with you unSo we put on our best lugs and started out less some of your friends object." about eight o'clock, with a young greaser, a "I am put to panance," she said, in a low Yoice. mighty good sort of chap, who stopped at the ')I cannot dance and you must go away, or you hotel. will be known." He took u s to a sort of hall in the outskirts "They dare not put a 'finge,on me," he said. of the town, and 've could hear the guitars tink"I received a pardon yester

THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 25 "Not a dance," I said. "If he knows what is good for his health, he'll clear out." He rrade a jump at me, throwing his arms wildly about, fora g-reaser don't know any more how to fight than a cat, and all I had to do was to put in one-two--and he was on his back. He leaped up like a panther, but I had the drop on him with my pistol when he got out his knife; and Ben Goddard was coming up, so he caved. "I'll see you again, cursed Tejano!" h e hissed; "remember that, and when the time comes, you may repent this hour." He b1ushed the greasers aside like flies and was gone. I took the gal home, with my revolver ready, and Ben walking half a square behind. But we didn't see anything of him, d soon found tha t h e had left Matamoras. From that time I was with Isa whenever I got a chance , and on e day, with Ben and the little gal in the scarlet robosa, we rode out to a ranch five or six miles from Matamoras, where young Val dez lived. The way led through a patch of chaparral, or brush through which a road had been cut, and as we it, Isa, who was riding by my s ide, suddenly uttered a cry and urged her horse before me. A pistol cracked, and I saw the poor girl reel and fall from the saddle, while a second shot grazed my ear. "Take care of her, B en," I cried. "I'll hunt this dog to death." As I pushed my horse into the thick chaparral I saw a black horse clear a growth of mesquite bushes on the right, and on his back .sat Bonos, the guerrilla the pistol still smoking in llis hand. I was well' mounted, and knew how to ride, and I das hed after him. Four times I fired at him, but the motion of the horse made my aim bad, and I m issed. There was only one more charge in my revolver, for I had fir e d at a rabbit while on my way, and had not thought to fill the cha:inber again. I rode hard, desperately, holding that last charge, for I had not time to slip out the chamber and load it. The black horse broke through the chaparral and made the way easier for me; but when we came out upon the open plain he began to draw away from me, and I saw that the animal I rode was no match for him. Bonos laughed in fiendish glee, and spurred on over the plain, and in my desperation I was about to give him my last shot, when he turned and rode off at an angle. What was the reason? Ben Goddard had emerged from the chaparral directly in his cours e, and a savage oath broke from his lips. I changed my course so as to drive him more to the right, towards Ben, but to my honor, the black horse showed such a burs t of speed that I feared I could not cross him. We came near, but he was sure to cross me, and I gave him my last charge. The sombrero flew from his head, but he rode on unharmed. "He will escape!" I yelled with rage. "Oh, far a rifle now!" He had reached tile lllQUth of the pass, which we knew would lead him to safety, and turned to makes a last decisive gesture, when the crack of a rifle came to my ears, and I saw Bonos drop his bridle, press his hand upon his side, and. fall headlong to the earth. "Hurrah for Texas!" cried Ben, as he rode up. "The skunk forgot that an old Texan Ranger never rides without his rifle." We found Bonos lying on his back, the blood flowing from a wound b e low the arm-pit on the left side. He had not five minutes to live . As we came near his eyes flared open, a look of wild rage came into his face, and with a hi ssing execration he lay dead at our feet. We rode b ac k and found the poor girl badly hurt, but not likely to die, and I carried her to the ranch, a:r:id sent a peon off for a doctor. I s:pose to carry this out in the true yarning style I ought to have married the gal-but I didn't. She found one of her own kind she liked better than me, but the last time I wns in Matamoras, I went up to the ranch, and I thought they'd eat me, tpugh old sailor as I am. .. -.. GIANT CACTUS FOUND Photographs of what is regarded as the lal'gest true cactus in the world with a limb spread of forty feet, have been received at Columbia University from Dr. Henry H. Rushy, 64-yearold Dean of the School of Pharmacy at Columbia-, who is leading a party of explorers into the depths of the Bolivian jungles. The last mes'sage from Dean Rusby was written from Huachi on the Bopi River in Bolivia . He reported that trips in this vicinity had yielded many things of great scientific and economic interest.. Among the interesting botanical collections which will be brought back to this country are specimens of the "tree of life." This name is a literal translation of the Spanis h name bol de la vida," which is given to the "Boldo" plant, so-called because of its u s e by the natives for medicinal purposes. In telling of the loss of equipment, Dean Rusby reported that the swiftness of the Andean mountain streams and of the Bopi River may be indicated by the fact that very few species of fish have been encountered. The waters of these streams,. he reports, are also charged with dis solved mineral matter and suspended pa1-ti cles washed down from the mountains, the water be ing practically unfit for drinking purposes. At one place he reported purchasing a whole mule load of oranges to provide the party with juice for drinking purposes and to avoid the danger of drinking from the polluted streams. The members of the party, he wrote, were all in good health and enjoying their experiences. Ac cording to plans outlined in Dr. Rusby's message, the expedition was heading for Rurrenabaque, Bolivia, and by this time should be well into the, Bolivian wilds. -l


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THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 27 A FEW GOO D ITEMS HEN FASTS MANY DAYS Himan Thieler, farmel' near Danville Centre Ki;.n., filled his barn mow with hay Sept. 21, enng over a barrel containing hog powders. The other day when he dug down to the barrel to get some of the powders he found a hen sitting on some eggs in the barrel. She was nearly gone from her long fast and confinement. A little food and water soo n brought her back to normal strength and life. SHOOTS BIG WILD DUCK What is reported to be the biggest wild duck ever shot by a Calgary sportsman fell to the gun of Capt. Alex Martin, several times a representative at the Eisley rifle matches in Great BritJlin. He shot it near Morrin, Ala., and it measured 317'2 inches from the tip of the bill to the tip of the webbed feet, and 41 inch es from wing tip to wing tip-, eight inches around the head and 17 inches across the chest. Capt. Ma1tin is having it mounted. PARACHUTE DROP OF 22, 000 FEET Sergt. Encil Chambers, Air Service, U. S. A., on duty at Post Field, Fort Sill, made what is claimed to be the record for an altitude parachute vhose auspices the meet was held, sent the seakd barograph of Sergeant Chambers's sl.iip to the War Depart ment fo1 calibration and verification. Sergeant Chambers was accompanied by Private Wendell Brookley as pilot. The ascent took one hour and a half and the descent eighteen minutes. Intense c-old was encountered. Oxygen was u se d at 22,000 feet. The Sergeant dropped 500 feet before his parachute opened. HUNTER SAW LARGE HETID OF ANTELOPE A good-sized herd of wild antelope is the amazing discovery by hunters returning from the high plateau region of Asotin County, Wash ington. This is one of the few small bands of antelope scattered over the West, a big herd abounding in Southern Oregon. The herd seen recently in habit the rough sage brush country and frequent Crane Lake, one of the eastern water holes near the southeastern corner of Washington. It is reported there are from one to two hundred of these fleet-footed animals banded together there. A single buck appears to be the leader of the herd. The least gust of wind and this old leader stops stone dead, head up, sniffing alertly while the here behind him stops in their tracks. One sniff is enough for the wary old leader, who turns and gallops swiftl; away with the whole herd following close ly. It is declared by the hunters who saw them in the plateau country that no hunter has ever in vated their domain before. As they are too swift for coyotes and other carnivorous beasts, man is their deadly enemy. That protection may be afforded the remnant of the once thousands of antelope, the coming Legislature will be asked to pass a law providing for a closed season. The land where they live will never be required for any purpose because of its formation and arid nature. WHY HANDKERCEIEFS ARE SQUARE Handkerchiefs, whether tiny and costly bits of lace fit only to dr.y a tear from beauty's eye o< bright bandannas knotted loosely about throats, have one characteristic in common-they are invariably square, and this because of a dis tinction tha t can be claimed for no other article of use or apparel. This shape of a handkerchief was fixed by royal decree, and usage has perpetuated the form designated. Handkerchiefs we1e of course in use from the earliest days of ('ivilization, but they were of any shape that. indiyidual fancy dictated-oblong, round or triangular or square-until one clav at Trianon Marie Antoinette chanced to remari, to Louis XVI that it would be more convenient and neater if the square form only were u sed. On January 2, 1785, the King of France therefore issued an edict decreeing that "the length of handkerchiefs shall equal their width throughout the kingdom," thereby standardizing the shape of handkerchiefs apparently for all time. In sixteenth and seventeenth centuries handkerchiefs were usually Yery costly, being edged with rarest lace and covered with embroidered initials, armorial bearings and love mottoes. The Duchess of Chevreuse was particularly noted for the elegance of her handkerchiefs, whereon were embroidered Cupids chasing one another among garlands of roses, while the Countess of Castiglion's handkerchiefs changed in color with her passing moods and pass ions. Thus, when she fancied herself in love her handkerchiefs were of a delicate blue, to be ex changed for others of a yellow hue when the ob ject of her affections proved untrue . in good health and spirits green was the color she affected, but mauve was brought into requisition when she felt herself depressed or in bad health. It is mentioned, incidentally, that the color of the Countess' garters always corresponded to that of her handkerchiefs. Handkerchiefs were popular as gifts and were exchanged by even monarchs. Among other cost ly handkerchiefs possessed by Marie Antoinette was one embroidered with pearls valued at $5,000, and the luxurious Madame du Barry owned one whereon her name was worked in precious stones of much greater value.


28 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 THE NEWS IN SHORT ARTICLES POISONED BY MATCHES Cases of poisoning from safety matches seems to be common in Denmark. Dr. C. Rasch re ports to the U geskrift for Laeger (Copenhagen) on thirteen recent cas es in his own practice. The trouble took the form of a severe inflammation of the skin on fingers, neck and face, with badly swollen eyelids. In men it appears below the pocket in which the matches are carried; in women on -the fingers with which they light their cigarettes. Dr. Rasc h ascribes it to the use of phosphorus sesquisulphide when amorphous phosphorus was not to be had. NEW BEACON AT' STATEN ISLAND The high intensity vertical beacon at To1!1pkins ville, Staten I s land, N. Y., about 100 feet m from the shore and 1,000 fee t eastwardly from the municipal ferry dock s is now ready. The will be vertical over this pot, gradually wavmg between ten and fifteen degrees each side of the vertical, making four beats a minute. The hou se Commi ssion is issuing a circular requestmg ob servation on his beacon. Pilots of the United States Air Se1vice are requested to make observation at the first opportunity and report to the Chief of Air Service as to the observation pos s ible under the various weather conditions existing over Staten I sland. . CHIPMUNK KILLS SN AKE A mortal combat between a chipmunk and a large striped snake, about two feet lo_ng, proved the most exciting experience of Dr. Kuke L . Alexander and Mark A. Jackson, a local druggist, d uring a hunting expedition in the wood s near Orange, Ma s s. . T he chipmunk jumped from a low bough upon the reptil e, forcing its teeth into its back just be l ow the head. The snake coiled abou t the animal and the two rolled abo u t the ground for some time in close proximity to the h unters. Both combatants seemed more con cerned with their conflict tlrnn with fear for in jury which might befall them at the hands of the gunners. After a battle of several minutes the snake loosened its coils and fell a victim to the teeth of the chipmunk. After making sure that the snake was dead, the rodent went back up the tree chattering gleefully. FOES OF ENGLISH SPARROWS The Pacific Coast seagull conducts an eternal warfare against the Englis h sparrow, and because of it keeps wharves and docks free of the noi se and litter so predominant around sparrows' households . Observers declare some older gulls act as sentinels, and when a sparrow alights on a wharf roof several immediatelychase it away. On one occasion recently a lone sparrow flew seaward followed by half a dozen gulls, who kept the tiny bird so hotly pursued it fell into the water exhausted. Wharf operators in Seattle are grateful to the gulls for ibis bit of police work, as English s 'par rows once inhabiting the l'afters and overhead work ins ide the docks would produce an amazing amount of litter to fall into freight and express shipments. A amount of grain is wasted every day on dock s , which would attrnct and feed myriai;is of sparrows but for the watchful eye of the seagulls. It is believed the gulls show the antagonistic spirit towards the smaller birds becaus e they fear competition i n the salvaging from the sea of their daily food. AVIATO:WS ASHES BURIED The a s he s of Lieutenant Ulrich L . Bouquet of the United States A rmy Aviation Service, who was killed on Oct. 26, in a flight at Honolulu, were buried with full military services from his home in New Bridge, near Hackensack, N. J. During the war Li eutenant Bouquet saw active service in France, and on his return to this country was stationed in Texas , where a year ago he was married. Soon after the birth of a child, three months ago, he was transferred to Luke Fiel d, in Honolulu, where he met his death, falling a distance of 2,000 feet. Lieutenant Bouquet's body was cremated in Honolulu, this having been hi s request, and the ashes were brought here in a bronze urn by the widow. Yesterday the urn was placed in a c offin , and, following services at his home in New Bridge, was taken to the Episcopal Church in Hackensack cemetery o n a caisson under a military escort of members of the American Legion, and a squad from Governor's Island fired a volley over the grave. G REAT JAPANESE BATTLESHIP IS SUCCESSFULL Y LAUNCHED The Japanese battleship Kaga, a vessel unoffi ciall y reported to be of 40,000 tons normal dis p lacement, and one of the most powerful in the world, was launched at Kobe, Nov. 18, in the prese nce of some 30,000 spectators. Vice Admiral Murakami, just before the launching, read an address sent by Admiral Baron Kato, at present in Washington as a member of the Japanes e delegation on the limitation of armaments. The Kaga is unofficially reported to have a length of 700 feet, and will have a main battery of eight 01 ten 16-inch . . It is estimated that her turbme engmes will drive her at 4 knots. The United States battleship Maryland, which has been undergoing trial, carries eight 16-inch guns 'in her main battery, has a length of 624 feet and a full load displacement of 35,590 tons . Her best speed on trial was 22.49 knots . The kee l of the Kaga was laid July 29, 1820. A dispatch from Tokio of Nov. 18, 18 2 1, gives her cii"'nlacP.mP.nt a>: t.nn>:.


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