The Liberty Boys' dandy spy, or, Deceiving the governor

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\ No. 1107 Price 7 Cents .. TttE LIBERTY BOYS' DANDY SPY; ECEIVINS THE GOVE \ governor sprang angrily at Dick as if to strike him. Then the dandy spy interposed. "Your excellency would never strike a helpless enemy!" he said. "He shall 1 eecape!" the governor ana_pp_ed. gave Dick a look. .


The Liberty Boys o f '76 ed Weekl.r-.Subscrlption price, $3.50 per year; Canada, $4.00; Foreign, Harry K Wolft', Pub .. Inc .. lGG W•t 23d S treet, New York, N. Y. llllltere d u 8 econd-Class Matter January 31. 1913. at tbe P o1t-Oftl ce a t New Y ork. N. Y .. under the Act or Marcb 3. 1879. NEW YORK, MARCH 17, 1922 Price 7 cents he Libert'y Boys' Dandy Spy OR, DECEIVING THE GOVERNOR BJ BARRY MOORE CHAPTER I.-A Puzzling F e ll o w. "It may be that we can learn something here, ob." "Ver y likely, if there are any redcoats about, ick. " 'I saw one of them just now, as he passed the i n dow." Then it is just as well that we are in dis uise." "We would not be safe otherwise, with so 1 a ny of the enemy about and the governor him lf quartered in one of these houses." It was at a time when the British held Long sland and made frequent incursions into Con ecticut and all along the coast of the Sound, ryon, the former governor of New York, be ng at that time quartered near Stamford, and ooking about to see what de truction he could eo. Encamped in a secluded spot, a mile or two from where the governor was quartered in a ,p!endid old mansion that had belonged to a pa :riot family, were one hundred sterling young ?atriots who called themselves the Liberty Boys, who were doing all they could for the cause 1f American independence. Dick Slater, a boy from Westchester, in New iork, was the captain of the troop, and Bob Es ; abrook, his neighbor and closest friend, was the irst lieutenant. These two, disguised as ordi-ary farmer boys and riding plough horses, were 1ut sc outing to see what they could learn of the :ntentions of the enemy. It was a pleasant sum 'ner day, and the taverns at the roadside, in tr ont o f which the b oys had stopped, were well atro nized by the people of the region, gathered . o discuss the news and take one or the other id e acc ording to their convictions. Dick Slater ad seen a redcoat in the tavern, or at any rate e had thought so, although he did not see the an n o w. " We may as well go in, Bob," he said, dis ounting . "Even if there be only one, we may rn something." The boys did not ride the h orses they usually w hile in service, as these were too well own t o the enemy and might betray them. "ck Sla ter's magnificent black Arabian, Major, Bob E stabrook's fine bay would have attract attentio n anywhere, and Dick thought best to :ve them in camp and take animals less likely lte no ticed . Tethering the horses to the hitch-ing bar outside, the boys entered the main room of the inn and looked around f o r a place to sit. Then Dick saw a y oung man o r b o y dressed in a long-skirted, full-bottomed c oat, with sky blue frogs and p ocket flaps, a long waistcoat of white satin, with the button holes worked with gold lace, a big white frill at his throat, and a round beaver hat. "That is your redcoat, I guess, Dick," whis pered Bob. "He is very gay, isn't he?" "Well, hardly that, perhaps, but he is consid erable of a dandy, at all events." The young dandy took a quizzing glass from his waistcoat pocket, wiped it with a lace-bor dered and scented handkerchief, put it in his eyes, and stared at the two boys for a moment or two. Then he turned his head as if no lon ger interested, and quaffed something from a polished pewter in front of him. "The fellow is simply a young Beau Brummell, a silly donkey who has plenty of money and very little brains," sputtered Bob, who was an im pulsive boy and generally spoke his mind freely. "! am not so sure, Bob," replied Dick, in a low tone. "I saw his eyes, and they indicated great intelligence. He may be only playing a part, Bob." "Jove! I never thought of that. A spy, Dick?" in a low, earnest tone. "Perhaps; but be careful. There are Tories about, and yonder I see a real redcoat approaching." Not only one but three redcoats came in, one, a pompous looking major, going over to the table where the dandy sat, and saying: "Ah, Captain, you are here, eh? what is--" The dandy turned slowly, stared at the officer with his quizzing glass in his eye, :hid said with a slow drawl: "Oh, I haven't the honah of yaw acquaint ance, sah. I shall want you presented to me befaw I cawn speak to you, sah." Some of those present laughed outright, while the major flushed and said angrily: "You have no business to wear a scarlet coat if you are not a soldier. I took you for--" "Yaw superiah'? Exactly. Do you Sl/-Y what colah one shall weah, sah? Do I weah a mili tary coat? A soldier should have good eyes. You wouldn't make even a gpod tailah ! " As tailors were not considered as ranking very high in the social scale at that time, the dandy's


2 THE LIBERTY BOYS' DANDY SPY reply was esp;:;c:aiiy cutting, and called forth roars of laughter. "Our dandy is no lackwit, Bob," said Dick, in a low tone. "No, I see that he is not." "You should have more respect for the major, young man," said a second redcoat, a' captain, approaching. "He has the honor to be the governor's aide." "Honahs a1e easily acquired, it seems," the dandy replied. "I see no reason why yaw pres ence should be forced upon me, sah. Perhaps a coat of blue would suit you bettah ?" At the word, he shot one swift glance at Dick, which the latter saw and wondered at, but did not return. "Blue, indeed!" the Captain. snorted. "The rebels' color. Wear what you hke, but be more respectful to those who enjoy the governor's con fidence." "There may be those who have it more than your patron, the majah," carelessly. "Landlord, see that the gentlemen are seated, will you? They keep off the air and the view, standing here." There was another roar of laughter, and the three angry redcoats, glaring fiercely at the quick-witted dandy, took seats at a table near where Dick and Bob sat. "The young fellow is not such a fool as you might think, Bob," whispered Dick. "No, but what is he, Dick-one of the governor's attendants?" "I don't know, Bob. I must confess that he puzzles me greatly." "Who is the fellow-the governor's lackey?" puffed the major to his two companions. "By George, I thought he was Captain in his scarlet coat, and not a mere dandy. "It seems to me that I have seen him in the governor's _mansion, my dear said Captam Hawkes, "and I thmk he is a person of some importance, but it is not necessary for him to use his wit upon the king's officers." "Wit, forsooth!" stormed the major. "It was nothing but abuse!" "That is the point of . view," thought Dick, "but if these fellows are simply going to talk over personal matters, I may as well go where I will hear something worth listening to." "If you will allow me," spoke. up the third member of the party, a lieutenant, "I think that the fellow is his excellency's secretary, and that he is here to see what the rebels are doing. They resent our coming here, and it is thought that they may make mischief. There are some of them not far from Stamford, they tell me-a lot of young rebels calling themselves Liberty Boys. The idea!" "What does the lieutenant know about us, I wonder?" was Dick's thought. "I did not know any one knew of our being here." "The Liberty Boys, "rtance, no doubt. I wonder if it C81\ei be the governor?" 10 He managed to get to a window, and saw 1 , pompous-locking personage coming up the ste . esc orted by the major and captain, and follow :<; by the dandy, more gorgeously arrayed than fore. "Make wav for his excellency!" shouted t major, and the party entered the inn and we to <.> private room on the main floor, the dan en1 ?ring: the taproom and sitting in a corner ,...I! ,.,;,.1:-1-11t not verv near him. '"1 to the piiYate room," thou


THE LIDERTY BOYS' DANDY SPY 3 Dick. "l\fatter5 of s om e importance will be di s cussed there, no doubt." He was making his way carelessly out, when the dandy caught his eye and beckoned to him a quick motion, which no one else saw. "What can he want?" thought Dick, as he came back as if to get something he had forgotten. There was no one in that part of the room, and the dandy said, without the drawl which had characterized him and in a low, earnest tone: "You will hear nothing in the private room, aptain. They >vill discuss strong drink rather han matters of importance." "Why does thee call me captain when thee nows that the Friends do not assume thes e ainglorious titles?" asked Dick, not knowing hether he could trust the other or not. "You are no more a Quaker than I am a fop,'' lie dandy . returned, in a still lower tone. "You Captain Dick Slater, of the Liberty Boys, and I am--" Then he stopped, and Dick darted a quick, in uiring look at him. ' "A good patriot, and a spy for the cause,'' in ' tone heard only by Dick and himself. "What are you doing in Tryon's company?" "Learning what I can. Meet me at the cross , roads by the graveyard on the hill above here , kt ten o'clock to-night. If I have information, : l ou shall share it." , Just then one of the redcoats noticed Dick, l tnd said with a loud laugh: l "Look at young Broadbrim trying to convert e macaroni to forsake the follies of the world! , hat a pretty pair they make!" l "It would be a harder task to teach thee sense, 'riend,'' rejoined Dick, as he went out, general ' ttention having been called to him. "I will be there,'' he formed with hi s lips, ut. ring no s ound a s he turned and looked a t the py, no one e lse seeing his face. , Then he went out, the noi s e and hilarity in t ; he taproom increasing twofold as he got upon is horse and rode off. • "He seemed in earnest,'' he said to himself. -I think I ca n trust him. At any rate, I will there, although it may not be amiss to have r me of the boy s within call." "If I am to meet the major at the tavern and dandy spy at the g:r:aveyard on the hill at same time of night, I shall be kept bus y," laughed, as he rode on, "but perhaps the ma pr will forget all about the appointment, and lb give me no chance to carry him off . " he was riding en at a fairly good sp e ed, he >.aw twoyoung ladies on horseback coming to-rard him rapidly, and as if in haste. "Hello! there are the girls,'' he said to him11e1ef. I did not know they were in the neig horhood." The girls were .his own sister Edith, Bob' s l and his own sweetheart, who was ob's sister Alice. They had friends near Stam ord and, knowing that the boys were in the eighborhood, had probably come to make both e visit. As he met the girls, Alice suddenly burst to a laugh and said: • "Well, I don't think you are in any danger of ing recognized by the iedcoats, Dick, but her Bob $aid you were out, and Edith and I ':w some of the enemy, and heard them say they '>':ere lookin g for you, and so we came on to give you war nin g . " "Where were t h e y , my girl?" asked Dick. "I have lately been with some redcoats, but I did not think there were any up this way." "They are hiding in the graveyard on the hill by the crossroad s ,'' replied Alice, "but scarlet coats and grave stones do not harmonize, and we s aw them and al s o heard what they said. Some one has told them that you are on the road, and they are waiting to capture you as you go by ." "I am greatly obliged to you two girls for telling me," said Dick, "but I wonder who could have told them that I was out? There is some one spying upon our camp, for some of the redcoats know that we are in the section, but not just where, and we thought no one except our friends knew it." They rode on as before and were close to the graveyard, when two or three redcoats came out, one on horse back, the other afoot. The mounted redcoat rode up to Alice, Dick recognizing him as the lieutenant he had seen in the tavern, and said: "Jove I but you are a pretty girl! I would like to kiss you." ' "So would many,'' returned Alice, riding on. Then the redcoat tried to put his arm about her, and got a blow in the face with plucky girl's open hand. "They say a nod is as good as a wink to a blind horse, but thee seems to need a kick, friend,'' said Dick. "By George! I believe you're a spy!" the redcoat exclaimed. "Seize him, men!" Dick gave the girls' horses each a slap on the flank, which sent them ahead, and then said: "Thee believe s many strange things, friend, but one need s not to believe as thee does." The two redcoats ran at Dick, and suddenly found themselve s sitting in the dusty road without well knowing how they came there. Then the lieutenant rus hed at him and was suddenly unseated, the supposed Quaker boy riding on at the s ame gait as before. The redcoat shouted, and half a dozen other redcoats jumped over the graveyard wall and ran after Dick, calling upon him to halt. He did not do that, but he suddenly wheeled and went dashing down upon the redcoats as if he meant to ride r ight over them. They at once scattered in great fright, and Dick !"heeled and rode the other way before they h a d recovered from their alarm. The girls had gone on, meanwhile, knowing that he was quite able to take care of himself and could do better if they were out of the way. Dick caught up to them and they all went on at a faster gait than before, fairly thundering dow n the hill, the redcoats quickly giving up the chase. "I don't kno w if that fellow merely guessed that I was Dick Slater or if s ome one told h i m,'' said Dick, "but he did not get me, whatever he knew." They all were turning into the lane leading to the camp, when Dick caught sight of some one's foot just sticking out under a bus h, at one si de. "Go on, girls,'' he sai d, and then suddenly lep.ped to the g r ound, s eized the foot and drew it out and with it the leg_ o f a struggling, k icking and yelling boy o f about his own age. "Wha t are you d o ing here?" he a s ked, seizing


4 THE LIBERTY BOYS' DANDY SPY the fellow by the collar and hauling him to his feet. . "Ain't doin' nothin'just sleepin' that's all" with a whine. "Can't '1 go to sleep a bu;h if I've a min'ter, without bein' pulled out by the heels? What you gotter do with it, Quaker?" "Thee is hiding to see when the farmer goes away so that thee can go to the house and steal chickens, thou thieving varlet!" said Dick. "Thee is a vagabond, and what I have to do with it is to have thee put in the Bridewell and flogged to make thee work." "No, I ain't!" whined the other. "I'm trying to find out something about the rebels so's to tell the redcoats an' have 'em drove out." "Then thee is a Tory, eh? Thee deserves a flogging for that, for turning against thine own country, and I am going to give it to thee." Dick released the boy to take off his coat, when the fellow took to his heels and went flying up the road as if the fiends themselves were after him. "He will take good care not to come around here again," laughed Dick, as he resumed his coat, sprang into the saddle and rode away. CHAPTER 111.-At the Crossroads Graveyard. The girls had already ieached the camp when Dick rode in, hurried to his tent and speedily changed his uniform, Bob, Mark and some of the Liberty Boys keeping the girls amused. "So you had an adventure yourself, did you, my girl?" laughed Bob. "No, I did not have it so much as Edith," replied Alice. "She left the print of her fingers on a redcoat's cheek. I simply looked on." "And what did Dick do?" "Upset half a dozen of them in the road." "And he supposed to be a Quaker!" laughing. "They will begin to think that the Friends have changed their mode of living.'' Dick now came out and said: "Some one has been spying upon our camp, but I do not think he will return to it. If you see a hulking-looking boy with weak eyes and a shock of whitish hair, give him a thrashing, for that is the fellow." The boys had both seen such a fellow as Dick described, and promised that if they found him hanging about the camp they would teach him to keep away. "The redcoats seemed to know something about our being about, and I was puzzled to know how they learned it," Dick resumed. "Now I know, and I have given the fellow one fright, and if the rest of you do the same, I think he won't trouble us any more.'' "Does any one know who ho is?" asked Bob. "He is probably some boy of the neighborhood who has seen us go into camp and has been spying upon us so as to tell the redcoats." None of the boys knew the prowler, but Dick gave a good description of him, and they would know him if they saw him. The boys were all interested in the story of the meeting with the dandy spy, and glad to k.r..ow that he was apparently on their side, Bob not having been certain of thii: when he had mentioned their fir t meet ir.c; wiC1 him "I think }_le is all right," resumed Dick, "an I shall meet him to-night, but it is possible tha1 he may be followed by the redcoats, and so i will be as well to have some of the boys on han at the time, in case the enemy tried to mak trouble." They talked upon other matters after tha and, at length, Dick and Bob set out to see th girls to the home of their friends. There wer no redcoats in the direction the boys went, bu Dick did see the white-headed, hulking fello whom he had seen skulking at the head of th lane and said to Bob: "There's the fellow I caught hiding in the Ian If I am not mistaken, he is up to some sort o mischief, but I do not know what it is." "Well, if we catch him at it, we will give hi a thrashing," laughed Bob. "He no doubt d serves it now, but I see that he is keeping out o the way." The bully, whoever he was, disappeared in th: bushes, and the boys went on, shortly arriving the house where the girls were staying. The remained here till dusk, taking tea with th family and spending an hour or so very plea antly, when they at length set out for the cam and arrived there without incident. There ha been no alarm so far, and Dick gave ordern have the picket line extended somewhat, and f the boys to report by signals if any signs the enemy were seen. This would be bett than challenging, for the redcoats would n know that they were discovered, until the bo were right upon them. The evening passed pleasantly, and at last Die sent a number of the boys by a back road to tak a position near the crossroads graveyard an watch for the redcoats. Putting on a long blac cloak over his uniform and mounting his blac horse, Dick rode off in time to be at the pla appointed at ten o'clock, keeping well in t shadows and making little or no noise as went on. As the church clock in the town bel o soundea the hour of ten, he stopped in front the graveyard. Then the moon came from hind a cloud and shone upon a dark figure, whi arose from alongside the wall and glided n o i lessly toward him. "Well, have y o u learned anything?" ask Dick, in a low tone. "There is to be an attack made, but I do n know when," the spy answered. "The governd is reticent." "Does any one suspect you?" "No; but they are jealous and put obstacles i my way.'' "Is the majoT coming to follow the count boy to our camp?" o, he suspects a trap. A Tory boy has bee spymg upon you." "Yes, so I thought. Does the major kna where the camp is?" "No; only that you are in the neighborhood. "Do you know it?" "Yes; but I will be careful not to go to it a am watched." "Were you not watched to-night?" "Yes, but I evaded them. Few persons to go near a graveyard at night.'' Just then a cock was heard crowing, and said simply:


THE LIBERTY BOYS' DANDY SPY 5 I "Some one is coming. You had best r etire. I will see you at the tavern to-morrow." The sound was repeated, and then the spy glided away into the d arkness while Dick rode away, keeping in the s hadow s at the s ide of the road and making litt le or no noi s e . Presently one of the Liberty Boy s jumped over the wall and said: "There is quite a party coming. They are not all redcoats, but they are dangerous." "Do they mean m ie chief, Ben?" "They are going to mark the houses of patriots, so that they will be known when the next raid is made." "Do you know the mark?" "Yes, a white cross on the corner of the hous e or barn." "Very good! Get some of the boys to help you, and s ee to it that all such marks are re moved," and then Dick rode off a s the sound of approaching hors emen was heard. "It would be serving them no more than right to put the marks on Tory hou s e s ," muttered Ben, "but he did not say anything about that and I don't suppose he would approve of it." Some more of the boys came up, s ome on horseback and some on foot, thei r hors e s being left at a little di stance. "You fellows who haven't your hors e s here had 1 f'tter hurry on," said Bob. "I'll stay here a hile." . Ben and s ome others waited with Bob, keep "ng in the shadow of the trees oppo site the gra ve-ard. Before long, some redcoats rode up, and hen all of a sudden a li ght, green and ghastly, rose behind one of the gravestones . Then anther shone, and the redcoats , their faces ing weird and unearthly a s the uncanny glare ell upon them, turned and rode away in has te. he lights went out, and Bob and the boys went n. "What was it, Bob?" a sked Ben. "Nothing but a fire with s ome salt and spirits of wine sprinkled over it. That will give the o s t gha'Stly light you e ver saw." "But who lighted the fires?" 1' Somebody w ho i s a friend of ours, no doubt. it was the dandy s py. He seem s equal o the occa s ion at all t i me s ." "Well, I don't wonder that it startled the redfor I felt a good deal like running my elf." Bob laughed, and they all rode on, at lengtl'l roming up with thos e who had gone ahea d and I /Nere now waiting for the m. n "See any one?" asked S a m Sande r s on. "Only some ghosts in the g raveyard," laughed ' Qb. "Non sense!" "Well, the redcoats did not think s o , for they an like jackrabbits before a gale of wind!" CHAPTER IV.-Punishing a Tory Bully. The Liberty Boys who had remained in camp ere greatly interested as well as amused by the ry told by Dick and the rest when they re-med, Will Freeman saying: "We must see more of the dandy spy, for he friend of ours beyond a doubt." "And a cleve r fellow, too, " said Paul Bens o n . "He mus t have been ready for those redcoats ." Later P a t s y and Carl were on duty at the end of the lane, seeing that no prowlers came along and that ther e were no redcoats . The moon was hidden jus t then, there being many dark cloud s scurrying across the s ky, and all was gloomy. Patsy, standing by a clump of bu s hes at the end of the lane, suddenly whi spered: "Whispher, Dootchy! What do ye see beyant?" "Nodings ," muttered Carl. "Sure ye're not lookin' me way at all. Yondher, ye gossoon, phwat is it ye see?" and Pats y took Carl by the ear and made him look in the right direction. "Dot was s omebody mit ein white hors e s , Bats y . " " Go on with ye; it's a ghost." "Humbug ! Dot was ein hors es, I toldt you . " "Well, sure can't a hors e have a ghos t a s w e ll as a man? That wor wan o' thim lords that always rode whin he wor aloive, an' he do be roidin' now, be the same token." "Gone ouid mit you, dot was ein man or ein boy dot hors e s on . You was talked fooli sh." "Sure thin, whe re's hi s head, Cooky spiller? Will ye tell me that? Didn't Oi tell ye it wor a g ho st?" Jus t then the moon came out and showed a white hors e coming along the road at a gallop, with a man or boy on his back. True enough, the midnight rider had no head, or s eemed to have none, at all events. "Oh, murther, look at that!" cried Patsy. "Hold ouid !" crie d Carl, suddenly dashing out and t);lrowing himself at the hors e, seized the ride r by the leg. There was a howl, the hors e went on at a gallop, and then the fat German and the headless rider were rolling over together in the dusty road. "You leggo me!" cried a muffled voice, and then the moon shone out brighter than ever, and Carl grabbed the rider and tore away the coat which nearly covered him. Patsy came to the rescue as Carl tore open the coat, and the n the head and face of a white-headed, homely-looking boy appeared, having been covered till that time. "Begorry ye' re a loiar an' a vilyan ! " r o a r e d Patsy. "Ye do be passin' yerself off for a ghost, an' ye're not! Troth, ye shud be ashamed o' yerself !" "Dot ghos t was dot Tory veller what d e r gabdain w a s toldt us abouid alrea dy," muttered Carl. "He was ein spy already. Py chinger, w e was made e i n ghos t mit him, I bet me." Ben Spurlock, Sam Sanderson and Harry Juds on came running up, and B e n said, with a laugh: "What are you fellow s making s o much noi s e about? Why, one would think that you wanted eve r ybody to know that w e were here, instead of keeping it quiet." "Bin, me bye, have a look at this felly," said Patsy. "He do be thryin' to make us think he wor a ghost, an' faix Oi think we'd betther accommodate him, do ye moind ?" . "Why, that's the Tory boy that Dick caught hiding under the bu shes at this very place yes-


6 THE LIBERTY BOYS' DANDY SPY terday," decl ared Ben. "He is a spy, and we want to give him a good thrashing." Will Freeman, Paul Benson and Phil Waters came along at that moment, and the now thoroughly frightened Tory boy was taken away, begging loudly to be released. Later on Dick recognized the Tory boy whom he had pulled from 'under the bushes, and had heard of his capture by Carl. "Why were you riding a white horse with your head covered along this road?" asked Dick. "That was just a joke, I wanted to frighten s ome of the fellers," the othe:i; answered. "They played a joke onto me t'other day, an' I just thought I'd play one onto them ter pay fur it." "Have you told the redcoats where our camp is?" asked Dick, who knew that the fellow was lying. "You to1d them that we were in the re gion, and you have been hanging about here trying to learn what you could about u s . Do you want us to give you a thrashing? With good stout hickory and birch switches, I mean? That is how we treat spies of the sort that you are. It isn't worth hanging fellows like you." "No, don't do that!" howled the other. "Don't do it, an' I'll tell ye all I know." "Is it very much?" asked Dick. "What is. your name? I want to be sure of you, if you get to cutting up anywhere else." "I'm Eli Dawes, that's who I am, an' my pap he's gardener up tew the hou s e where the gov'ner lives." "All right, Eli Dawes , w e'll remember you. What have you told the redcoats about us?" "Hain't told 'em nothin' !" w hined the other. "Tell some of the boys to bring some good stout switche s , Bob,'' said Dick. "You are going to get a switching anyhow, Eli, for being a s py, but you will get a wors e one, if you don't tell me what you have been doing." " I told 'em you was goin' to leac;l 'em to the c a mp an' then capter 'em, an' they didn't come." "What el s e did you tell them?" "I told 'em you was here in the deestrick." "Didn't you tell them where our camp was?" "Not fir s t off, 'cause I didn't know it. After I did, when they gimme a half crown." "And you offered to s how them the way?" "Yus ,'' and Eli Dawe s began to tremble and shake, well knowing what to expect. "And you are an American boy, are you?" s cornfully. "You ought to be a shamed of yourself! You de serve the worst thrashing we can give OU, but I'm not going to ask any of the boys to touch you. I'll keep you till I get hold of a boy a s mean as yours elf, and then you two will be set to work thrashing each other." el s ?" growled the boy, who was a s big as eithe of them, but who was a bully and a coward, i looks and actions counted for anything. "We have been looking for just s uch a fello as you, and you came by at just the right time, answered Ben. "There's another sneaking To1 in the camp and we want you to meet.him." "What's his name?" "Eli Dawes." "Huh! he's a sneak an' a traitor! He sai he'd gimme half what the l"edcoats give him fu tellin' on you rebels, 'cause I was with him whe we saw your camp, an' he didn't gimme nothin I'm goin' ter lick him fust time I catch hi1 alone." "\'Vell, now is your chance," with a laugh, a11 Ben signalled to Phil Waters and Paul to come down, and sent the prisoner up to tl camp with them. The boys told Dick what the prisoner had beE doing , and Eli was brought out. "Huh! what you doin' here, Hen Daggett: growled Eli. "Don't ye ught that bo J;iad got a pretty good punishment, he order, them rel e a s ed, and said: "You fellows are both sneaks and cowards have got just what you de s erved. Now if eith of you come around our camp again, or I he of your giving information to the enemv will catch a worse thrashing than you h this time. Now go!" The t w o bullies were taken to the end of t lane and set off in opposite directions a s fas t could run, while the Liberty Boy s laugh till the tears ran down their cheek s . The ho was taken care of and made as comfortable possible, although he was in a very misera condition, and later he was sent to the man w owned him, the latter being told to take bet care of him or he would hear from the Liber Boys. Soon after this Dick set out on Major to if the redcoats were making any new ing careful not to go too near the camp o; t governor's quarters, however, as it would dangerous to be seen in uniform too near to t enemy. He was passing a house near the ro when he heard a scream, and leaped from ho1se, running forward to see what was the m ter. In another moment some redcoats ca dashing around the side of the house and fr inside as well, and in an instant he was rounded. CHAPTER V.-The Spy to the Rescue. The Tory bully whined and trembled and begged to be set free because he had told what he had done, but Dick had him put in the guardhouse and a strong watch kept upon him. There was no alarm from the redcoats during the night, as they evidently feared to go so far un less in s t rong force . In the morning, Ben and Harry s a w a rough-looking boy going along the road, riding a h o r s e with a sore back arid a spavined leg and beating him with a club. They at once ran out and s topped him, taking him otf the horse, which they allowed to graze by the roadside. "Aha, my young rebel, we have got you, ha "What are you g-oin' ter do with me, you reb-'We?" asked the lieutenant, coming out of t


THE LIBERT Y BOYS' D ANDY S PY 7 house. "We thought that would make you stop. Alway s going to the aid of females in di stres s, aren't you?" " Y es, of course, but I am not a rebel. Haven't you in vading redcoats learned that yet?''. , " H ere, he1e ! You mus t not abuse us like tnat, you rebe l! " cried a red-faced sergeant. "H ave you a monopoly of the right to abuse, Sergeant?" asked Dick. "And do they teach you to speak thus to your superior officers in your servi c e?" "W e tricked y o u finally, anyhow," laughed the lieuten a n t. " Y es , but is that something to be proud of, Lieut e nant? There are a dozen of you. It would be a pity if y o u could not take one boy, the lot of you. " The redcoats flushed, and the lieutenant said hastily : "Away with the rebel to the governor. H is excell ency . will be glad t o see him." D ick's weapons were taken from him and he was p u t upon another h orse, the lieutenant trying t o mount Major. " I would n0t advise you to do that, Lieuten ant," said Dick, in a quiet tone. "H'm! I don't see why I should not. I am u sed to riding the best of horses and-whoa, you brute!" Major simply would not stand still for 'the offic e r t o mount him, and the lieutenant fo und it a more difllcu l t task than he thought. " I would not try it, I tell you," continued Dick. The lieutenant persisted, and was thrown the m oment he touched the ;;addle. Then he seized a whip and would have struck Major, but the in t elligent animal charged upon him, seized him by the collar with his teeth, carried him across the road and dropped him into a half-filled ditch. , The redcoats roared, but when the officer pulled himself out they were looking as sober as judges . "Who laughed?" demanded the lieutenant angril y. "I did," said Dick . "I really could not help i it, but if you will be so foolish as n o t to take adv i ce, you have only yourself to blame for your misfortunes. " , "I would not ride the vicious brute, anyhow!" ; s na,pped the other. "Sour grapes!" laughed Dick. "Besides, he is n ot vicio u s . He has a prejudice against red' coats, however, and he won't let strangers ride him in any event." The lie utenant rode his own horse, and Dick w a s allowed t o ride Major, as there was no extra T h e y r o de away rapidly, Dick being j w ell guarded, the redcoats not wishing him to escape after all their trouble in capturing him. ; When they neared the mansion where the governor had his quarters, Dick saw Eli Dawes look i n g very sheepish, turning his back when he saw Dic k a n d hwrying away. Major w a s p u t in the barn and Dick was taken into the m a nsion , his i;irms being tightly bound behind him, the redc oats seeming t o be afraid that he w oul d escape. He was left in a r o om rde d by two r e dc oats, with two m ore in the without, and by two others on the lawn out' it b ei n g the eY'dent determination of the 7 no t t o gi v e him foe s lightest chance of getting away. At length the door was opened, and one of the redcoats w ithout entered and said: "His excellency will see the rebel. Conduct him to the library. " "Come, Captain," said one of the guards in the room. "No attempting to escape now, or \\'e shall be obliged to sho o t you . " Dick was forced to laugh as he arose,e saying, '\.Vi th a dry chuckle: "Be careful n o w, or I may seize y o u b oth, kno ck your heads t ogether, toss t h e o t he r fellow s out o f the window, and fiy up t h r ough the roof. Be sure you keep a careful watch upo n me." "By George! I really believe the sau cy you n g rebel is making game o f u s ! " muttered one o f the outside guards, and Dick laughed outright. He \\'as marche d out of the room b etween two redcoats, and o n e before and a nother b ehi nd, down the passage to another r o o m , w here he entered, accompanied by t h e two guards. T hese stood, one on each side of him, i n front o f the door by which they had entered, a l a rge double windo w o pposite, and a high secretary at one side. Dick noticed the governo r sitting a t a long tabl e facing the major, the young dandy, who was elaborately dressed with ruffles, go l d lace and perfumed handkerchief, as usual, sittin g at the farther end, bending over s o me papers. The governor glared angril y at Dick, and then aro se and came forward, foll o wed by the major and the dandy spy. "Ha! It was a pity he did not break his rebel have you'!" the governor growled, glowering at Dick. "Yes, your excellency.'' "Have you questioned him?" "No, your excellency. We thought y o u would want to do that.'' "H'm! Where is your rebel general, that rascally old Putnam, you y oung villain?" demanded the governor. "I do not know where General Putnam is at present, and, if I did, I would not tell you," said Dick, in a quiet but defiant tone. "Ha! It was a pity he did not break his rebel neck when riding down the stone steps the other day. Is he alive? What is he doing-the grizzled old rebel!" "Yes, he is alive. I do not kno w what h e is doing. Getting together troops to drive y ou out of Connecticut, I trust. " The dandy spy seemed utterly impassive, and no one would have supposed that he t11ok the slightest interest in Dick. The governor sprang angrily at Dick as if to strike him. Then tha dandy spy interposed. "Your excellency would never. strike a he l pless enemy!" he said. "He shall never escape!" the governor snapped. The spy gave Dick a quick l o ok. N o o n e but the y oung captain himself observed it. It gave him encouragement, for h e knew fro m i t that the dandy spy woulc!_ come to his resc u e at the proper time. "Take him away," said the governor, with a scowl. "If he escapes I shall hold you all re. The two redcoats marched Dick awav between


8 THE LIBERTY BOYS' DANDY SPY them, the youn g dandy follow ing clo s e behind. Suddenly Diek felt the ropes about his arms loo s en, and held them with his hands to keep them from falling. The dandy went ahead and opened the door, pushing Dick in ahead and say ing: " Keep guard without. He cannot get a way." Then he locked the door and walked a w ay, leaving the two redcoats outside, pacing up and down . The moment Dick was alone he let go of the ropes, freed his hands by slipping them out of the cut ropes, and threw the letter on the floor. ""\Vell, that is so much,'' he said, in a tone of satisfaction, walking to the window. Then he saw the dandy say something to the r edcoat s outside, and in a few moments they w alked away. "The governor wi s hes you in attendance on him," the spy said. "One or two must watch the road as well to s ee that no help comes from that direction." "There's another help," murmured Dick. "The boy i s working for me beyond a doubt." There were large windows at one side, a door into the hall, and another connecting with a room beyond, a roomy fireplace, a clo set and a big wardrobe, the mansion being well furnished in all respects , and the rooms large and high. The windows were closed and fastened down, but if Dick could have opened them, he thought it was better to wait a short time and s ee what the young dandy would do. He presently heard s ome confusion in the room beyond, and in another moment the door opened, and Eli Dawes, the Tory boy, was thrust in by the dandy spy, who put his finger on his lip in sign of warning to Dick . The Tory boy was gagged and looked greatly frightened, trembling like a leaf. "Quick! Get off his clothes!" whispered the dandy. Between them, they quickly took off the Tory boy' s coat, waistcoat, breeche s , ho s e and shoes , the dandy then picking up t he ropes from the floor and tying his hands behind him. Dick rap i dly took off his uniform and p u t on the Tory b o y ' s clothes, rushing hi s hair o ver hi s fo1e head and quite altering his appeara nce. "'Ve shall have to leave your unifor m here,' ' the spy said, "but we will not d isgrace i t by ptJtting it on this fellow." He then t o ok s ome things out of the wardro be, s tuffed Dick's uniform with them, and set i t i n a ch air by the windo w , placing it in such a manner that from the outside one would think it was Di ck hims elf. " We'll put you in the wardtobe," said the spy, n:-id Eli was promptly pla ced insi de and the key turned upon him. There was plenty of roQ m i nside , and the fel low would not smother, there fore, but he migh t thi n k to kick and make a n o ise, and the spy therefore said to Dick in a low tone: " Come, we must leave at once. The fellow may make a noise. I have an errand into Stam f o r d, and, therefore, my going away will not b e comm e nted upon." They passed in to the other room, the d a n d y locking the door, and then t hey went out int o a rear hall , down s ome back stairs and t o the rea,. of t he h o use. " I saw this fellow hanging abou t , and knew could make use of him," he said to Dick. "I will ride your horse till we get away, and tli.en will let you have him." "The governor doe s not s u spect you?" DiJ a s ked. "No; but some of the officer s a r e jealous , arn that may lead to s u s picion. I shall not be much longer, as it will not be n ecess a r y, but will help you all I can." They went to the barn, where the spy brough out Major and another ho1 se, and said to Dic1' "Mount and ride a s fas t a s you c a n for yo camp." CHAPTER VI.-Dick and the Spy. Dick rode on and reached the camp withou further adventure. In a little while Harry Ju/_ son came in with the spy, who was very m e stly dressed now, looking like the son of so well-to-do merchant, and not at all dandifie The boys cheered him when they knew who was, and the young spy raised his hat and sai "I thank you, Liberty Boys. It is very plea• ant to know that one is appreciated when tries to do his best." "You certainly have done so," replied with a smile, taking the other's hand. "W o you come into my tent? I would like to talk you . " "Certainly, Captain," and the spy dismount' and accompanied Dick to his tent, Mark and following. "I do not know your name, m y friend,'' sa; Dick. "We speak of you as the dandy spy, bi it is my belief that you are less a dandy tha you are a spy, for I know that you are ti' latter." "I am called Peter Grimm, Captain,'' replif the other. "You are quite right; I am not' dandy except at times. I seemed to be mq succ essful in that guise than in any other, aJ s o I a ssume it more than others, but I am 1 apt to appear as a farmer boy, an old man, , an idiot boy, as a fop, all depending upon whe> I am." "Do the redcoats suspect you a i ded me to ' i cape?" d "They did not at first, but I think that t ; Tory boy must have told them that we were !;'! gether in the mansion and went away in cotu pany, for I later heard some of them declariJt that they would like to lay hands on me." ' ' "Then your usefulness as a spy is gone in th(t quarter?" asked Bob. "No, although I cannot go there as a dau" any more. The captain does not always use c; same disguise?" smiling. "I see what you mean," laughed Bob. m ight have known that you would take other disguise." ;i " Have y ou le arned anything of value, Peteit a s ked Dick. " I s the governor going to do qi thing in the neighborh9od ?" , "If he does, he will do it very soon, for he fears that Genera l Putnam may shortly be u h i s tiack w ith a con siderable force, and you that he has no desire to meet u s on even te and e s pe cially not when our force i s larger h is." ,


, THE LIBERTY BOYS' DA TDY SPY 9 "Yes, I haYe observed that he has been in aste to get away under such circumstances," ughed Dick. "Then you do not know of any definite move his part?" asked Bol. "No, I had not learned it when the captain as taken, and there has been very little oppornity to learn anything since." "We might go over to the inn and see what we learn, Peter," said Dick. "Will you wait 11 I can change my clothe s ? Do you wis h anher disgui s e? We can furnish you with sev1." "No; the enemy have not seen me in this , and think I shall pass unrecognized. I shall be ry glad to go with you, Captain." Dick changed his clothes, looking like a farm's boy when he was ready, and taking an orcti ry horse, Major being too well known. They t out from the camp by different routes, so as t to attract suspici on, meeting on the road not r from the tavern. Riding on at an easy gait, the two young paiot s came to the inn, tethered their horses at e hitching bar outside, and entered. There ere redcoats in the place, among them being e pompous major, smoking a long-stemmed pipe d drinking home-brewed from a tremendous wter. He did not either of them, al ough it was not so long s ince he had seen th. Hen Daggett came in a short time after e boys had seate d themselves, and went up to e major, saying: "Say, I know where the young rebels has thei r mp and I'll s how it to you for ten shillin's." "Get out, y ou varlet!" cried the major. "How re you addres s me without being presented in oper form?" "I'll do it for six," said the Tory boy. "I .ow where it i s , an' I'll take you right to it." "Go, I say!" roare d the angry major, and, i sing his big pewter, he th1ew its contents into e boy' s fac e, and then, r eaching out, gave him kick, which sent h i m sliding o ve r the sanded or on his fac e and c a u s ed him to howl. Hen Daggett went away uttering dreadful ings agains t the m ajor and all redcoats, but d not recognize Dick. "The a ssurance of the vagabond to address !" sputtered the major. "We know where the ung rebels are skulking, and we will have them t to-night." "Not so fast, major!" thought Dick. "We are skulking, and we may come out before you Ink." "You have the captain of the saucy young reba p:risoner, I hear, Major," said an officer r the major. "Yes, we have him and he will be promptly nged, but what we want is to clean out the ole nest of the young reptiles and we will do to-night, hang the leaders, flog the res t, and n send them all to jail! Serve them right, , the villains! They never show them-:ves by day, but skulk in darkness and-nds !" ick had arisen, walked over to the boastful lying major, and suddenly taken him by nose which he tweaked unmercifully. ou lying braggart!" said Dick, "you know well that we are not afraid to venture forth and give you marauding redcoats the punishment you deserve. I am Dick Slater, and yo u may keep this as a reminder of me." Then he boxed both ears of the major, slapped both his cheeks , banged his wig over his eye:>, and said: "There, that will do for now, but if ever I hear you insulting us or any other patriots, yo u will get it worse!" The redcoats were dumfounded, for they d id not suppose that any one w oul d dare to treat a Britis h officer i n that fashion. " B y George! that's Dick Slater, the rebel spy!" cried one. "Catch him, and earn the reward!" "Yes, do!" laughed Dick, suddenly flashing two big pistols in the faces of the redcoats who ran at him. "Get out, Peter, I will be with you. i n a moment." There was great confusion in the taproom. and men began swarming toward Dick, to cut off h i,, retreat. He picked up a chair, hurled it amon g the Tories and felled two or three of them, and then suddenly made a dash for a low window with a broad seat, jumped upon this, threw the window open and sprang outside. The dandy spy had the horses ready, and in a moment both boy s were in the saddle and riding away at a goo d speed, as the redcoats and Tories came swarming out of the inn. The two young patriots rode rapidly away, and in a sho1t time there wa, n ? s o u nd of pursuit. CHAPTER VII.-In the Brig. When the boys no longer heard the sound s o f the redcoats coming on after them, the spy said to Dick: "I will go and see what I can learn, Captain, and return to the c a mp of the Liberty Boys b y dark, or shortly after." "Very well," replied Dick . "Once more I thank you, for the aid you rendered me this morning . If ever I am in a po sition to give you si mila1 a ss i stance, you may be sure that you will re cei v e it." "Thank you, Captain. I am quite sure o f that." T he n the spy rode away, and Dick wen t on and pre sently stopped a t a house where he was known and got another suit of clothes and a differen t hors e, and set out again to see what he could learn of the enemy. He rode on at good spe. e d , took a short cut acros s to another road, and soo n came in plain sight of the Sound. where he s::iw a number of the enemy's ships at anchor. "Getting ready to put over to Huntingto n o r some other Long Island port, I suppose, " h!! s a id. " Those are favorite retreats for the ! men if there a1e any on shore. " Then he rode on to an inn on the shore, wl}l!re he saw a number of bluejackets and als o some! soldiers, eating and drinking and s moking an d indulging in a great deal of noise and hila: d t y . Tethering his horse toa post i n front of t he in>i. he entered and took a seat in a corner. Then h beheld Eli Dawes, the Tory boy, com i !'!).' m by another door. . "If they'd get u s bluejacket!' to l!'o ashore a nd


10 THE LIBERTY BOYS' DANDY SPY help you redcoats, " roared a half-intoxicated "we'd do the job up much sooner with the 1ebels . The governor better take us along." "Then there is going to be some sort of ex pedition after all," the young captain thought. "I must learn more about it." He thought that the Tory boy had not seen him, but just then Eli pointed to him and shouted: "There's a rebel! That's Dick Slater, the rebel spy, settin' in that corner. Don't let him get away! He's a spy!" Bluejackets and redcoats were on their feet in an instant, and Dick's situation s eemed perilous. "What's the matter with you, Towhead?" growled Dick, keeping his seat. "If you call me a rebel I'll smash your face in!" Dick' s coolne s s and hi s defi ant attitude gained favor with the men in the tavern, while they looked scornfully aL the boy who had accused him. "How do you know he i s a rebel?" asked one. "I know he i s ; I've s een him before, an' I know he's a rebel. You a s k him ef he ain't." "The idee!" roared one. "He ain't tellin' on his self, is he? You are a lunkhead!" "I'll s how you what I am!" said Dick, rising and making a threatening demon stration toward Eli, who quickly retreated, fell over the corner of a table and sprawled out upon the sanded floor. "I hope you aren't listening to a fellow like that!" said Dick contemptuously. "That Towhead ain't fit to wipe up the scullery floor with, he ain't, and you're fool is h to li sten to him. What will you take to drink, mates ?" The men all stated their preferences , and the potboy s and barmaids were kept bu s y supplying them, and in the meantime Dick s lipped out. "Somebody will have to pay his own s core," he laughed. "I did not say I would settle, but simpl y asked them what they were going to drink." He presently heard a great tumult in the inn and chuckled. "They are being asked to settle," he laughed, "and are looking for me. There is an expedi tion going out, and I mus t find out something con c e r nin g it, s o that I c a n warn the general." He w a s about to get h i s hors e, when s om e redco a t s came up, and Eli and a number of sailors c a me running out of the tavern. "There he i s !" yelled the Tory boy. "Stop him! That's Dick Slater, the rebel spy!" The redcoats heard t he al arm, and now one of them, who had se en Dick , said excitedly: "B y George! I believe the lout is right. That is D i ck Sl ater, sure enough!" The n the lieutenant whom Major h ad dropped in the ditch s udd e nl y . rode up and add ed: "Yes , it is Dick Slater, sure enough. He is a rebel and a spy. Arrest him!" "Tl ' e fellow belongs to us," growled a blue jacke'. "He asked u s to drink with him and then ran a way and made us pay." " I d idn't say I'd pay, Jackie," laughed Dick. "I just a s k e d you what you were going to take. That's a difference." Dick was surrounded, and now a naval officer came up and said: "Take him over to the s hip, men. 'Ve wi s oon settle with the rebel. Take him away." The redcoats claimed Dick a s their prisonei but there were more of the sailors , and th young patriot was taken away, put in a and rowed out to the nearest ship, where he wa examined by the officer of the watch and put i the ship's prison or brig. "I suppose this place is used to put drunke sailors in, mostly," he said to himself, "and whe at sea there is no great temptation to get ou but if I had a good strong file, or even a stot sledge, thes e bars would not hold me very Jon I wonder if I could pull out one or t w o? Th don't s eem strong." He looked out to see if there was any one the water who would be likely to notice him i work, and saw .a whaleboat with two persor in it approaching. It needed but a glance tell him that one of these was Bob, and in ai other moment he recognized the other as PetE Prim. Bob was dressed as a sailor, and Pet wore the ordinary clothes of a Sound fisherm Being in a whaleboat and thus arrayed, t boys would not excite the slightest sus picion a could approach the ships unchallenged. Dick waved his handkerchief to attract t boys' attention, Bob raising hi s glazed hat ca les s ly, a motion not likely to cause s uspicion, a yet one which Dick well understood. Peter ma no sign, but Dick knew that he must know whe he was , and presently he heard the h a r s h shri of a gull, which he knew had been uttered Bob as a signal. "Peter mu s t have s een me and then hurri off to get Bob," he s aid. "He may have been the neighborhood without my knowing it. We it i s always better to have some one to he although I would have done my best if I h been alone." Th,e boys in the whaleboat pulled eas ily, as looking for a good fishing place, and so attrac no especial attention. So long as he knew ti boy s were there and that they knew where . was , he did not have any apprehension and w willing to wait. Still, he might be able to . s om ething for hims elf, and so he took hold of ti weakes t of the bars a t one of the ports, af bracing one foot agains t the bulkhead, pull s teadil y on it. After a time he .,lt it f ginning to bend, and he wrapped hi s handk chief about it and took a fresh hold, brae both feet agains t the stern planks , and tuggh\ with all his might. The b a r bent more and JJ1' under the strain brought upon it, being of sf! iron in the beginning and b adly rusted besidi and at las t it bent s o badly, that it did nqt brett but tore away a b i t of the plank and at the upper end. Dick jus t manag ed t o save himself from a s and li ghted on his feet, letting go of the This he managed to wrench free of the 1 c fastening, and waved at the boys, to show t what he had done. They now rowed ahead, stir ping their fishing, and were shortly under U counter, out of sight of any one on deck. T Bob threw a file through the window to Dick took the file, which was a particularly h and coarse one, and set to work on the second The file bit into the soft iron, and as Bob provided a little bottle o:f oil, made no nois


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1 :2 THE LIBERTY BOYS' DANDY SPY "Ye $ , we h:ive ," replied Bob , and i n a m oment he had th1, , n h i m self upon the m : m and upset him on hi s back. Pet e r p u lled off the T ory's breec he s . and Bob relie ved him of his coat, both o f w h ich were given to Dick. "'All is f air in love and war,' and you have more need of the garments than he has," laughed Bob. "And it is not very far to where our hors e s P . re, e v en if the fellow doe s rais e an alarm," added Peter. Dick hurried into the man's clo thes and then the y ran on, the Tory shouting vi gorously for help, no cne being very near, ho wever. The boys reached the spot where the horses had been left, near an old boathouse, mounted, and rode a way at g o o d speed, the sounds of pursuit beginning to grow in v o lume. Then they grew fainter again as the boy s r ode faster, and at last they were he ard very fai n tly, and then not at all. "Patsy will be cor npl aining b e cau s e we are not on hand to supper ," laug hed Bob , "but we will get all the mo r e when we do g e t back; e very one will be s o glad to s e e us." "Yes , and I shall be glad to get b ack m y i;:elf," added Dick. "You had better go with us, Peter. The Liberty Boys will give you a royal recep tion." "I shall be very glad to do so, Captain," replied Peter. "There is nothing more that I can find cut iu s t now, and I shall be gl a d to s ee the Liberty Boys again." "Hallo! Who is that that wants to si:!e those rascally y01mg rebels, I'd like to know ? " cried some one out of the darkness , and then the door of a hou s e the bqys we1 e passing flew open and a flood of light streamed out. The boys saw a man standing in the doorway with a shotgun in his hand, and rode on rapidly, soon reing out of the range of the light. The man fired two shots which " ent echoing along shore and caused the people tn come running to the doors and windows, but did no damage. "What's the matter?" cried one. "Some Tory shooJjlng at rebels," replied Bob. "Well, he'd better be careful or he may get shot himself," with a growl. "Some men are too hamlv alt<>gether with their guns." "Well. he did not hit us, so it is all right, farmer," laughed Dick. "H'm! That you, Captain?" "Yes," said Dick, for the man was the one from whom he had borrowed the suit of clothes . "I have lost your suit, but I can give you an other." The boys then halted, and the farmer a sked them a !l in to supper, being glad to hear that Di ck h::id e s caped, even if he had 'had to leave the clothe s behind. Dick put on the suit he had left and p-?.ve the others to the farmer, but the boys c o n c luded to go on to camp without delay, as Mark and the Liberty Boys would be growing anxious about them. "vVell, you're welcome, you know, Captai n , " the farmer s aid. "I know the leftenant, but I donno as I know this other one." "He is not a Liberty Boy, but a very good friend of ours and a thorough patriot." "Then he is welcome, too, Captain, as i s any g o o d patriot. Reckon that Tryon i s going tc make any more m ischief hereabouts?" " Well, he w ill try to; but we are g;:iing to t11 and deceive him into the beli e f that it would nol be safe," with a laugh. "If P utnam does nol so on c o me, I shall make a mo ve against the gov ernor with the Liberty Boys , and a s many mon as I can get, to m ake him thi n k that the whole countr y side i s arising agains t h i m, a!1d I thin! he will become alarmed and take to the s h i p s ." "Very good idea, too, Captain," with a laugh "If I can help you, just let me know." "Yes, I will." Then the boys rode away in haste, Bob saJI ing: i "That's an idea you have jus t formed , is I not, Dick-that about getting a lot of boys i. help u s ?" l "Yes; but I knew that the farmer c ould hel1 u s , and so I mentioned it to him. It had jus poppe d into my head, for a fact." • "It is a very good one," spoke up Peter, "ano I can help you myself, as I know a lot of boy who will join in with you." > "As soon as a good opportunity arrives I wii: carry it out," said Dick. "We mus t d ec eive t})> go vernor thoroughly and drive him c t 1t of th region." I The boys rode on rapidly and at las t turnet into the lane, were recognized by pickets, whf gave a signal to those nearest, this being ca:i. ried on. • , "Your s y stem of signalling to each other is 1 good one," declared the s py. "The lie1.Itenant eJ11 plained it partly when we were in the boat, an I can s e e that it mus t be of great benefit t< you." b "It is," answered Dick. "The girls , Bob's anI my sisters, know many of our and ma\loit. None of the boys had had his supper, ft they could not eat while there was any uncee tainly about Dick, but now that he was bac again, and sound, they all sat down wit ' good appetites and ate to delight Patsv's hearn, for the faithful fellow was never happier tha.t when he could feed the boys well and when thi" ate heartily. ] Jt CHAPTER IX.-Getting Ready for a Surpri1" a: A sharp watch was kept upon .. the camp night, but no sign of the approach of the enen" could be seen, and there was no alarm duririi the night. The dandy spy remained with \i" Liberty Boys all night, but in the morning I " said he would go out and get some boys to heui Dick carry out his scheme of deceiving the gca1 ernor. " ' Ned Nas h and Ned Howland, two ConnectitY boys who were well acquainted in the neigh1D hood, promised to get forty or fifty apiece, iig Peter said he could g e t as many. While the r1 werer talking the scheme over, Alice and E m came into camp and heard about it.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' DANDY SPY 13 "Why don't you get girls, too?" laughed Alice. "The girls are as patriotic as the boys and as '!ling to do something." "I never doubted it, my girl," replied Dick, "and if you can get us a lot of girls to help well the crowd and make a fine showing, so uch the better. " "So we will. If they only carried broomsticks hey would look as well as muskets at a dis ce, and if they had blue dresses and wore ocked hats, the enemy would be deceived at a 'ttle distance." "A show of force is often as good as force it elf," chuckled Bob, "and Al ice's idea is all ight. What we want to make the enemy think s that a tremendous army is coming against im, and you will see the governor take to his hips like a whipped dog with his tail between is legs." The boys all laughed, and Alice continued: "Then you want us to get all the girls that e can, Dick, and bring them to the camp?" "Yes, I think it will be a good idea," smiling . "Our friends Sally and Molly know a number f girls, and they will help us. The girls may now other girls, and if each brings one or two ou can see how the number will soon swell." "Yes, I see, and your idea is all right, my girl. e will mix the girls up with the boys, and put lot behind, and the effect will be the same as we had nothing but boys. We will put the iberty Boys in front and in the rear, and there ou have what seems to be a fine army and one at will cause the governor to get away in aste." , The dandy spy, who did not look like a dandy w, shortly went his way, and soon afterward e two Neds went one way, and Ben and Harry nother to pick up all the extra boys they could as to anange for the great surprise of the overnor. "Batsy," said Carl presently, "what you was bbosed?" "Well, what was it?" returned Patsy. "Of all dose poys und all dose gals was come 1 eere, you was had to cooked subber for dem, it?" 'o "Sure Oi will not!" indignantly. "They'll be suppers at home whin the worruk 1 "No, sir, you was had to got dot yourselluf, d all dem gals was had deir dinners, too, I t me." t "Sure Oi don't moind the girruls, me bye," with laugh. "It's in love with the girruls Oi am, t the byes can take care of thimselves." "Off you was feeded der gals, den all der poys as stayed, too, und you was had to feeded dem, b. sides." "Well, Oi'll tell ye what Oi'll do thin," with a in. "What dot was, Batsy?" "Pit yerself in the pot an' make broth of ye!" , ughing. "Sure it do be a foine fat soup ye'll ake, Cookyspiller." "Humbug!" sputtered Carl, but he did not to tease Patsy after that. Dick and Bob did not go out at once, Mark set a g off to see how the different parties of boys re coming on getting iecruits for the great y that was to surprise the redcoats. Ned Nash and Ned Howland came ;n during the fc: e noon and said they had got a hunclreu boys oe tween them, who would rally as soon us the signal wa s g;vcn, and later Ben and ibny came in with the prnmise of another Jot, Mark having also scournd up a score by himsel f, having rid den a conside1 able distance, the boys p1om;si11g to come to the camp in the evening. .1.'he girls rode around with their friends and vis:teJ imrny of the people, the idea being well ieceived by all, and many promising to get other g.1-:s i;iver ested in the scheme. "I think we would bette1• make our plans to work the surprise in the morning, unl ess, of course, 'l'ryon should show signs of d;iing m is chief in advance of that time," suggested Alice, who was regarded as the leading sp;nt among the girls. The others agreed to do this, Alice agreeing to see Dick and get his opinion on the m&ttl!r. The greater part of the girls lived in the neighborhood and could be gotten together in a short • time, but those who lived farther away prom to come nearer and stop with their friends 0ver night, if the demonstration was not to be made till the next day. "I will see Dick at noon," said Alice, "and see just what he says about it. If he thinks it better to act at once, then you will be notified, but otherwise you had best come prepared to go on the march the first thing in the morning." An hour or so before noon Alice and Edith, havmg accomplished a good deal wit11 the aid of their two girl friends, set out along d1e Stam ford road to see some other girls of wnom Sally and Molly had spoken and to interest them in the matter. 'fhe dandy spy, leaving the oi tne Liberty Boys, rode ott' in the direction oi Stam ford, turning down a narrow lane when at some little distance and riding till he was quite out sight from the road. He presently came to a little cottage, and gave a peculiar whistle when an old woman came out and said: "Well, what do you want now? Have you been to the camp of the rebels, Peter?" ''Yes, and they know me, so I must get a new disguise." "Come in and I will fix you out," said the old woman, and Peter dismounted and went in. The old woman was a Tory and supposed the spy to be one also, although he had never said s_Q, obtaining considerable information and now and then a disguise. He shortly came out again looking much different than when he entered' and then he rode off up the lane up another road and to a little village, where he saw a number of boys who seemed to know him. "The Liberty Boys want all the boys they can get," he said, "to attack the redcoats and drive them back to their ships." "That is all right,'' said one. "The Liberty Boys are fine fellows, and Dick Slater is a hero. We will help him all we can." "How many does he want, Peter?" asked another. "As many as he can get. Can you get together forty or fifty, with or without guns, so as to make a good show, and then with what the others have and the Liberty Boys themselves, we can make the redcoats think there is an army of us?"


14 THE LIBERTY BOYS' DANDY SPY "Yes, I guess so," replied several of the boys at once. "Very 'well, then, get all you can and take them to the camp of the Liberty Boys. You know where it is?" "No; they have kept it pretty quiet." "Then I'll show you," and Peter took a stick and marked out a sort of plan in the sand. "Can you make that out?" he asked. "Here is where we are,'' pointing; "here is the British camp, this line is the Sound, and here is a lane leading to the camp. Can you make that out?" "Yes, that's all right,'' replied several. "That lane is on Wilbur's farm, isn't It?" asked Rnother. ""Yes, i is.'' "Then 1 know where it is." so do I," added a number. "Very well, then, get to work and bring together as man,y boys as you can and as soon as possible. Get them there by noon, if you can. The captain will take care of you." The boys were very enthusiastic and now scattered in several directions to carry out the plans of the Liberty Boys as given to them by the dandy spy. The latter then set off to find more boys and interest them in the scheme. He was some distance from the camp when he saw two rough-looking boys whom he judged to be Tories. "That feller is a rebel and a spy, Eli," muttered one of the boys. "Let's lick him." "Go on, lick him yerself, Hen,'' snarled the other. "You ain't gettin' me into no trouble with the rebels. Didn't I get a lickin' on account o' that?" "Well, so did I, and you give it to me,'' with a snarl. "\Vull, you gimme mine, didn't you? That makes us even an' we want ter get even on the rebels. Come on, let's lick this here one." "What are you two ruffians talking about?" Peter, as he approached the two bullies. "You are up to mischief, I know." "Come on, let's lick him, Hen!" cried Eli. "All right, come on!" They were each as big as Peter himself, and they thought that the two of them could easily manage the young spy. Peter got clown and made a rush at the two braggarts as they came on, giving each a stinging blow which made him howl. Peter saw some more boys and finally set out in the other direction, intending to see Dick or some of the Liberty Boys. He was on the Stamford road where Hen Dagget and Eli Dawes had gone ahead of him, when he saw the two bullies suddenly dart out and begin to abuse him. "Ya! you das sen't touch us again, rebel!" they yelled, beginning to pick up stones. Peter flew at them and suddenly found himself clashing into a lot of redcoats, wl10 quickly . made him a prisoner. CHAPTER X.-The Girls on the Watch. Alice and Edith were out riding on the Stam ford road, when they saw some commotion .ahead of them. Then they saw some redcoats dart out and surround some one on horseback and take him prisoner. "Alice!" F.dith. in terror. "Is that Dick?" "No; it is the boy they call the dandy spy, he is in as great danger as Dick would be, he has given the enemy a great deal of trou vVe must try and save him, my dear." The girls had halted as soon as they saw commotion, and now the redcoats went a without having noticed them. The girls rode slowly so . as not to arous. e any suspicion with redcoats, but keeping them well in sight. wonder where they are going to take him?" s Edith anxiously. The redcoats kept on, the young $PY in t midst, not noticing the girls who were foll ing them as near as they dared. After g : on for at least a half an hour, keeping the gl on the keen edge of expectation, they halted fore a large mansio n, that the girls recogni as being in use by the British as a sort of .heJ quarters. Here the spy was made to dismo11 and was led into the house . between two of redcoats, and the girls lost sight of him. "Now that we know where they have ta him, Alice, we might better ride back to the ca and notify some of the Liberty Boys of his di ger ,'' said Edith. "You can go if you wish, Edith," was Ali reply, "but first I'm going to see what I can We don't know how long they may keep ) here, and we were getting the boyS; ti might be sending him to the general or goverr or the dear knows where." "I am afraid we might be losing time to to rescue him ourselve s." 3 "We've done such things before," said A' briefly. "But that isn't saying that we can do it agah "Well, we can do both. You ride back to. boys' as fast as your horse can carry and in the meantime I'll see what I can do. I don't do any good, I'll not do any harm, at rate." "I think that would be best,'' replied Edi wh o had more faith in Dick and Bob than 1 had in herself or Alice in such matters. r As Edith turned her horse around, Alice c mounted from hers, and tied him to a tree of sight of any -0ne passing on the road, and; out for the house on foot. She had formula no plan as yet, waiting to see what might a up, that she could use to Peter's advant.IJ. What she had seen of the young spy had aroir her respect and inspired her with confid and she meant to do all she could to help II ' and in helping him, she was sure she was the patriot cause. ' There were several men in uniform about, r hou se being u sed as a residence by one of captains, and Edith saw she would advise ! means to enter. The first thing was to see w the prisoner was kept and how closely he guarded, then it would be time to see about. ) for she knew it would go hard with lk should he come to trial, as he no doubt wou rE hung as a spy. She walked boldly up to g front door, and when civilly asked her bu '" by a guard stationed at the door, replied: "Could I not see the captain?" "Is your business important?" "Very." "Tell it to me, then, and give me your and I will see what can be done."


THE LIBERTY BOYS' D AN D Y SPY 1 5 The captain \\ uld not kno w my name," said ith s l owly, trying to think what s he s hould ve a s her name. The guard mi s took her retince, thinking that she did not wish to tell her ame, and giving a sneering laugh, said: "Pe r h aps y our business i s o f a private nature?" "It is-very," replied Alice q u ickly. "If I could get y ou w ord from him, what w ould t be w orth?" he asked, thinking that he might me in for something , either the girl's favo r or he captain's, it didn't much matter t o him hi ch. "A young man's life, perhaps," she answered ruthfull y eno u gh. "Oh, y ou r sweeth eart has got into trouble?" "Who sa i d it was my sweetheart? C ou ld i t ot be m y b r other?" The m a n l a ughed again. "Som etimes a girl will do more for her sweet eart than she will f o r her brother." "That would depend o n the kind of a brother 1 e was. I'm sure y ou r si ster w ould do a lot for ou," she hazarded. " M y sister's dead," replied the man soberly. "I'm sorry, for n o doubt you were a good ro t her to her. " "Not a s good as I might have been." "Well, if not for her sake, for the sake o f rothers and sisters in general , let me see the ap tain." "T h e captain is engaged with a card party, nd i s always in an ill humor when his pleasure distu rbed. Let me see if I can't do something o r you . " "Perhaps you can," wondering if she could not ake u s e of the man, who was young, and peraps good at heart. "I have a brother who has en crazy to join the army. He's gone away, nd we need him very much. I saw some one r ought in this house who looked like him, and just wanted to s ee if it were he." " B ut, my dear girl, that young man who was st brought into this hous e i s a s py. I s your rother a s p y ?" " No, indeed , " answered Alice qu1ckly. "Though spy is not so bad, if he be on the right s id e . t m ake s all the difference between right and r o ng, the s ide he is on." "That's s o . But what side is your brother ,,, ,;Well, you see I can't tell. He was so anxus t o be a soldier--" "Well, what are you-a 1ebel or a loyal sub c t ?" " R ebel, no indeed!" and Alice tossed her head r ou dly. "There's no more loyal girl in the untry than I am, n o r no family either, for at matter. " T he redcoat thought that Alice meant loyal the king, when she knew that she meant loyal he1 country and princi ples. While they were lking, another o f the redcoats stro lled up, inrested t o kno w what so pretty a girl was sayg to one o f the company . " Coul d you get this y ou n g woman a glimps e the prisoner?" asked the first soldier. "She inks he may be her brother." " A nd tl•<>n help her get him away, if it should rn out that h e is," laughed the second redc oat. hat \\ould be a pretty ,;ituat i on." "O h, I dun't ''ant any help, thank you , " an-swered Aiice demurely. "I just wanted to see if it i s really my brother, y ou know." "No, thank you, it's not for me to be getting myself into trou b l e for even so pretty a young woman as y ou , miss . I've got to o g o od an idea o f my o wn neck." "Never mind , miss, just wait aro und, and as s o on as I am relieved, I'll see if I can't let y ou get a g li mpse o f the yo u n g man. " "Thank y ou ," said Al ice. "I'll keep ou t o f sight, and whe n y ou are ready, whistl e l ike a b lackbird. " A l ice walked away, bu t she did n o t wait for her s oldier friend to beco me at liberty before d oing anythin g. S he stro lled aroun d the grou n d s a n d saw that they were w ell guarded, but n o t b y a large force . " I think I was f ooli s h ab ou t n o t waitin g for the Liberty Bo ys," she said t o hersel f . " I be lieve that hal f of them c ould storm the place and get Peter and be off again, befo r e enough redcoats could be s u mm o ned to make a respectabl e defence." She kept hersel f out o f sight as m uc h as pos sib l e, for she did not want to attract attentio n, s o she co u ld n o t get very near to the h o use. She ventured t o repeat the cry o f a hawk, the signal she had given Peter that help was near, and then listened for an answer, b u t none came, making her think that he was n o t alone in the roo m where h e was confined, rather than that he had n o t heard it. She waited a moment or so, then repeated the cry, and this time she heard from an open window an answering cry. It would be something if she could locate him, for anything she might learn would be likely to be of service to the boys, even if she could ac complish nothing more. Presently she heard a loud talking and laughing, and from her place behind some bushes, which screened her from vj_ew of the house, she saw a large portly man in the uniform of a captain go out onto the porch, accompanied by several men, whose dres s declared them to be gentlemen of birth. Then she saw the party of four men mount their horses and ride away in the direction of Stamford. "I don't believe they will take him away before midnight, anyway," she thought to herself, "and that will give the boys plenty of time to get here." It was an hour before she heard the blackbird's whistle, and, looking out, she saw the redcoat wh o had promised t o let her see the prisoner, gazing about. She repeated the whi stle, and then showed herself from behind the bu s hes. "I thought you might have gone away," he said, "when I didn't see y o u . " "No; I was keeping out o f sight." He led her way around by the back o f the h ou se out of reach of prying eye s , and then up on a little porch, and then bending over so his hands rested on the floor of the porch, he said: "Jump on my back and look in." She o beyed him without demur, for the win dow was a high o ne, high overhead, t o o small fo r a man to escape from, and too high f o r her t o see into or him to look ou t of unless elevated in some way. She had taken off her bonnet, and then hastily tied a 'kerchief abo u t her head, so as to make any guard who might be in s ide •


• 16 THE LIBERTY BOYS' DANDY SPY think her some curious sening maid, should he ehance see her. As she stood on the man's back, her eyes barely came to a level of the sill, but by rising on her toes, she could make out the interior of the room. Peter was sitting facing the window, for it was the only one in the apartment, and as s he looked in, she gave a faint cry like a hawk, 80 faint that no one but Peter noticed it. He gave a quick look of recognition, and walked toward the window. She quickly dropped to the floor of the porch, saying distinctly but in a low tone to the friendly redcoat: "That's not my brother, but thank you just the same. If .he's a iebel, I should think y

THE LIBERTY BOYS' DANDY SPY 17 Dkk took the toys who had the horses, Edith r1>maining with the others at Dick's reuest. After traveling quite a distance, Edith :apfod a girl sitting down by the roadside, who, as caught s ight of the boys, rose to 11er feet and waved her hand. "l thought you'd soon be up!" she cried . But here's Dick? I thought you would bring him." •so I did, but he's gone a1ound s o a s to in tercept the redcoats," repli ed Edith. ''Oh, then it's all right," exclaimed Alice. "He will be sure to get him away from hi s captors," for Alice had unlimited faith in Dick"s ability to accomplish anything he set out to do. "Don ' t you think, Edith, we might better go after the girls, and get them rounded up?" "Yes; for Dick h a s planned to make the dem o nstration to-day, instead of waiting till morn ing," replied Edith. "Do you think the boys can get Peter and be back in time?" "Ch, yes, unless something unforeseen hap pens," replied Alice. 'But someth ing unfores een is always happen ing, Alice," said Edith, with a smile. The boys .kep t on according to Dick's instruc tion, leaving the girls to act as they thought best. Meanwhile Dick was hurrying the boys o ver a rough path toward a point where it would cross the road that the redcoats had probably taken, expecting to intercept them some distance a way from the town, so that they would receive no aid from that quarter. In a short time they saw the road ahead. Dick made a sign for the b oys to halt, and then listened. The steady tramp of men's feet could be plainly distin guished. "They're almost here," whispered Dick, "and the boys must be not far behind." Giving the signal, they galloped down the road .away from the oncoming redcoats, then sud denly wheeled and made a dash back, going at a terrific rate. Dick had planned that the meet ing should take place at a certain point where there was no chance of the men taking to the woods on either side, although he did not wish to take any prisoners just at that time. With an ear-splitting whoop Dick and his party rushed on toward the redcoats, while at the same time another hair-mising yell came from behind and the other party of Liberty Boys thundered onward toward the now thoroughly panic-stricken redcoats, who thought they y.rere attacked front and rear by the whole Continental army, it would have seemed. They appeared paralyzed with fear, and made no effort to escape, while the boys bore down on them, riding straight at them, they dodging the horses' hoofs best they might. In an instant Dick had leaned over, caugh.t Peter up, who, with Dick's aid, managed to climb up o n Major behind him, and on they all went back to camp, at full speed, leaving the redcoats, a completely demoralized lot, to make their way back and to offer what excuses for the escape of their prisoner they could devise. Back to camp, Peter Primm got a fresh horse and started out to complete what he had commenced when he had been taken by the redcoats, riding about till h e had the promise of a large number of boys be on hand in a field near the camp, with as y horses as they could muster, and whatever arms 01 substitutes for them t hey could procui-e . All this time Edith and Alice had been doing their pa1t, passing the word along for the girls to present themselves at the home of one of the patriot girls who lived in the neighborhood of the Liberty Boys' camp, as many to wear blue dres se s a& could, and all to carry broomst;cks, pitchforks, hay iakes, or anything else that m ight come handy. Not a few of the girls, howe ... er, declared that they would carry real muskets, and that they would shoot them too, if necessity dt! manded, for it was no unusual thing then for the girls to be accustomed to the use of 'firea1ms. The girls had had nothing to eat since early morning-, and it was now Jong after their dinner hour. • "I am as hungry as a wolf!" exclaimed Alice suddenly. "So am I," returned Edith. "I wonder if there isn't somebody about who would take compas s ion on two poor half-famished girls anrl fe ed them," sai d Alice . .Jus t then t hey werr • a large farmhou s e , where o ne of the d aughte1 s evidently was at the well, drawing water. "She look s amiable." said Erlith. "Suppose we ask for a g!as,: of buttermilk. That would be better than nothing, and would stay us till we get to the ramp, when will give us some-thing to e at." . "And thank us for the privilege," laughed Alice. They stopped thefr horse and called out to the I girl, who came toward the gate, asking them civillv what Nas wanted. "\Ve are very thirsty and tired," said Alice. "Could you give us a glass of buttermilk, if it would not be too much trouble?" "OJ I will. Get right down, and come in, and you s hall have some fresh molasses (.8ke .. I've just baked it myself," replied the girl ily. "That would be fine I" exclaimed Alice, antl she gave a little contented sigh in anticipation. The girl led the way to a vine-covered summer hou s e, where a board table stood, with benches on either side. "Rest here a while," she said. "I'll be back before you can count ten," and off she ran to the house. It was cool and pleasant in the summer house, and Alice, who was tired from her recent ex perience, leaned back and closed her eyes. In a moment they were open again, for she heard the heavy step of a large man, and then saw the portly form of the captain in whose quarters Peter Primm had been kept a prisoner for a short time. He was talking to one of the men who had been playing cards with him that morn ing, and Alice heard him say: "I think we made a very important capture this morning. I have long doubted that fellow who acts as secretary for the governor, and J am sure the young man we've got is one and the same." "What will be done with him?" "Oh, he'll be huPg, as soon as he's been pump ed dry. He was a sly one, and the trouble is we don't know what he may have divulged to the rebels." "It can soon be found out, for by this time


18 THE LIBERTY BOYS' DANDY SPY he m us t b e in S tamford, whither I am on my way now." "Is this on the way?" asked the other gentle man s l y ly. " Oh, we ll, it i s not much out, and we mus t have so me amusement, exiled as we are here in the land of savages ." Alice laughed in spite of herself. The captain s tarted and looked about. "There are l adie s around," he s aid. "That was no coun try maid's laugh. " Just then his glance fell o n the summer h ouse a n d he saw the two girl s sitting therein. Approaching, he inquired ca utiou sly: "Did either o f you ladies require anything?" "No , sir," repli ed Edith demurely. "I beg pardon; I thought I heard a call. " "It was I who laughed," said Alice, l ooking up at the captain , her eyes dancing and her lip s curling and dimpling. "What was it that so amus ed you, if I may ask?" "M y own thoughts , sir:'' "Would it be too inquisitive to inquire into their nature?" and the big red-faced captain plumed and strutted li ke a roo ster. "By n o means , sir. It amus ed me to think how s ometimes people fin d their mo s t carefully laid plans go awry. " The captain 1ook e d a little puzzled. "My friend and I \\"ere riding along not long since, and chanced o n a body of s oldier s with a pris oner, whom they were evidently e s cor ting to hea d quarters. " "Ah! you saw that, did you now?" "Yes , and w e als o saw a bod y o f y oun g men, scarce ly more than boy s , ride those s oldiers dow n and whis k off the p o o r y oung m an, who, according to you, has jus t e s caped hangi n g ." "Jov e! " e xclai med the c apta in. " Mo s t e x traor dinary--" But before he had a chance to say more there was heard the rus hing of m any fee t and the clatter of voic es, and a motl e y arra y of boy s , girls , men and w omen , mo stly on foot , but some on horsebac k, made their way down the road, follo wed by the c a p t ai n ' s a s toni s hed g a ze. "There they go no w !" exclai me d Ali ce, and she jumped to her feet, and look e d after the com pany of boy s and g irls who were on thei r way to keep their appointment with the Liberty Boys and girls. "What! Was it that crowd of peasants that stole the prisoner away from m y men?" exclaim ed the captain indignantly. "It shall be inquired into, and thos e men shall be made to suffer for it, to thus bring the service in di srepute, by being insulted by every ragtag and bobtail that come s along!" The captain grew apoplectic in hi s rage, while he stalked off to where his horse was awaiting him. Jus t t h e n the buttermilk and fres h molasses cake were b rought out to the girls, and after they had eaten and been refres h d and exchanged a little p leasant chat with their young h o s t ess, they mounted their hors e s and made their way to the camp whither the b oys had returned, and where t h e boy s and girls in the neighborhood were g athering in large numbers . " I couldn't resist taking do w n that big cap-tain's pride," said Ali ce, with a laugh, a s they rode along. "But it was a dangerous thing to d o , Alice," repro ved Edith, jus t a s they came within sight of the camp. CHAPTER XII.-What Dick's Army Did. It was along in the afternoon when all thf arrangements for the s urprise o f the governot being made, D i c k Slater determined to move hi: army so as not to lose any advantage o r let th1 b oy's enthus ia s m o oze out. The two Neds hac rallied their fo r ce s rapidly, and with the as si stance of the boy s in getting others, raised E full one hundred and fifty. Ben and Harry and Mark g o t seve n t y -five be tween them and Peter's boys, with the h elp o • others , raise d a s many more, s o that with th: girls and the Liberty Boys Dick led an army o more than fiy e hundred and made a good show c -fig. Fully fifty of the patriot boys had the i c own horses, many had rifles , m uskets or sho q guns , and with t hi s cavalry force to join 1 with the Liberty Boys, Dick' s advance guarq would b e partic ularly s t r ong. ] Many of the g i r l s had h o r s e s also, and the ' formed a r ear g u ard t o give the impress ion o a cavalry reserve. Everything being r eady, Di e ' gave the order t o march. With drums bugles playing and color s flying the little arrn'l advanced. A s they went on men came runnin out of hous e s and barns, across fie ld s an through the w oods, and, hastily snatching wh a t e ve r was the h andiest, joined in the mare! The enemy s u dd enly beheld on the rising groun on the o pen road what looked like a forc e of thousand com in g d o w n upon them. The blue an._. buff uniforms , the stars and stripes and t cheers of t h e advancing legion told them on too well that they were "rebels ," and the s oul le' the go vernor w a s filled with alarm. To the eye s o f the startled r edcoats . the col1' ing force c on s isted of a s t rong cavalry advan guard s u p ported by a muc h stronger infant!" divi s ion w ith a r e serve of cavalry and infantri The effe ct o f s u c h a n army marching againtll them u p on the people would be very great, many who were wavering in their all egiance the king woul d no w turn aai n s t them. Tl people woul d turn out in force, and already ti> little army was r eceiving reinforcements , a f l more could be expec t ed. The road was ing with t he patriots , the sound of the drt and the bugl e c ould be hear d to a long aistan and the r e d c o ats began rapidly to leave t l mans ion s whi c h they had s eized and to br b camp, sig nals being exchanged from Sound s hore, 'from s hi p and from camp, and men hi>o rying hither and thither carrying 01ders, wh everywhere there w a $ the greatest confusion. "The reb e l s are coming!" was the cry, at' taverns , man:::ion s , pothous es and camps we"::i quickly emptie d, the redcoats making all h a s to reach the shore so as t o embark '.Vitho u t d>i lay. With a roll of drum and a glare of bugles t e Liberty Bo y s and the mounted counh'y rus hed forward and attacked the rear of enemy.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' DANDY SPY 19 HDown with the marauders! Away with the redcoat:;! Scatter the governor's thieving al , lies!" shouted Dick. "'Liberty forever! Give it to the invaders!" roared the bra,e boys, and a mighty cheer went "up from the entire force as an impetuous charge was made. Gra:h-roar! Muskets, rifles, shotguns and pistols iattled and cracked and the echoes went 1ling out over sea and shore, cheer after cheer iollowin the roar of the vcllcys. To the alarmed it seemed as if a dozen regiments were coming "to attack them and they fled in great alarm. On pushed the brave boys, their allies 1ushing on v.ith them, eager to get a blow at the enemy. Tl1ey would have rushed past the Liberty Boys and struck out for themselves, but Dick knew that this would only result in confu i:ion and he kept them under the strictest disci pline. "Obev orders, boys," he said. "That is the first dutv of a soldier, remember. I will give you a chance to do something presently, so don't be im patient." Seeing the enemy preparing to rally at a point nearer the shore, Dick sent Bob with a dozen Liberty Boys and a hundred of the country boy s on foot to turn the redcoats' flank. Bob told the boy$ what was expected of them and then marched them by a lane as fast as they could go to fall upon the enemy before they could form. The boys understood what was expected of them anrl all who had firearms of any sort were massed in front, but told not to fire till the word was ghen. Bob and the Liberty Boys rushed them forward and all of a sudden they fell upon the a;;tonisl1ed enemy with a rush and a roar. "Fire! Charge!" yelled Bob, and a tremendous ollev followed. Bob and the Liberty Boys kept them well in ine and did not give them time to think, the charge being an impetuous one and one that iade the redcoats recoil. Then the reserves were coming up but Dick did not intend that the irls should make anything more than a demon tratiOI), not caring to put them under fire. The emonstration was very successful, however, and .he enemy, 'finding themselves opposed in front nd on the flank and likely to be attacked by anther force of cavalry, fell back with all haste o the boats where they at once began to em ark. They made a determined stand at the hore and Dick halted his little army, massing he Liberty Boys and the mounted country boys n the van so as to make as fine a showing as ossible. ''We only intended to drive the redcoats away," bserved Dick, "and we cannot be bothered with aking prisoners and waiting for Putnam to ome up till we can turn them over." "We have a pretty good number of boys to eed and take care of," added Bob, "and we sooner do that than have to feed a lot of apacious redcoats." ''We a?e glad enough to take care of the boys," )ick replied, "and I expected to do it; but it is iuite different with the redcoats, and I would be ery adverse to feeding them even for a day hen the boys will need all we can get." The redcoats, seeing the reserves advancing, oug11t that another attack was to be made, and \lent on more rapidly w:1 l 1 the men on board the ships . The aften10on was well advanced now and they hoped to get every one on board before dark, the guns on the ships being trained so as to fire upon the boys ii they advanced. The men of the countryside wanted to attack the redcoats, but Dick said to a fe\\ of their leaders: "We have driven Tryon away and that is all we attempted to do. If you attack them you will be exposed to the fire from the ships and may lose many men. We have all these brave boys to take care of, some of them having come miles on foot, and if you will help me feed and look after them you will be doing more good than by attacking the enemy and perhaps meeting with a repulse." "You've got the right of it, Captain," declared one, "and you are a better solcjier than I am or any of us." The boys on foot we1e marched back a short distance and encamped in a field, supplies being brought from the neighboring farmhOU$<"'S . The girls acted as cooks and waitresses, and by sunset the boys were all at their supper, giving a hearty cheer for the Liberty Boys and one or two e:i..-tra for the Liberty Girls, as they called them. Dick kept a watch upon the enemy, but the latter were too intent upon getting a-way to think of anything else, and at last, just before dark, all were on board, and the ships weighed anchor and stood off across the Sound. Then the Liberty Boys marched back to their camp, many of the boys from a distance going with them, Dick having promised to take care-of them. Some of the girls came . also, and the camp was a lively and merry place for the next hour or so. The boys living at a distance were to remain all night with the Liberty Boys, but the girls went to their homes, greatly tired but as happy and as proud as could be at having helped the Liberty to win a signal victory over the enemy. The neighbors brought provisions of all sorts during the evening, so that there was no danger of their not having enough for breakfast. Some little time after supper the dandy spy came in and, seeking out Dick, said: "I am going away, Captain, for I think it likely that the enemy may be thinking of making an attack elsewhere and I wish to learn all I can about their plans." "Very good, Peter," Dick replied. "You will let us know if we can do anything?" "Yes, of course. I want to thank you for having rescued me from the enemy, for the governor is greatly incensed at me for my having deceived him so thoroughly and I would most certainly have been hanged if I had not gotten away when I did." "We are glad to be able to help any one, Peter, and especially one who has done as much for us and for myself as you have." "I will let you know the moment that there is any danger to be apprehended from the enemy, Captain," continued the spy and then he went away, the camp gradually settling down, and before long everything was dark and still where recently all had been so lively.


20 THE LIB E RTY BOYS' DANDY SPY CHAPTER XIII.-Another Blo w at the Enemy. In the morning after breakfas t the boy s who had remained i n camp all night went back to their home s with plenty to tell and wi t h a hi g h appreciation of their brave young ho s t s . It was very likely that some of them would join the Liberty Boys for a number spoke of wanting to do so and of their intention to ask the con sent of their fathers and mothers as soon a s they reached home. In about an hour after the departure of the boys the dandy spy came riding into camp and at once sought out Dick and said earnestly: "The enemy have come over again with their ships and are about to attack the towns to the east of us, thinking that there will be no one to defend them. A force is already landed, but they have a considerable march before them." Dick at once ordered the boys to break camp and to go on the march against the enemy. The spy rode with the Liberty Boys, and no time was lost on the way. At length the enemy's ships were seen in the distance, and then they caught sight of the redcoats marching to the little town which they intended to plunder. The gallant fellows gave a cheer and dashed forward at full speed. The enemy saw them coming and made a stand to meet them, so as to make amends for the day before. Then, as the boys rode on, determined to do their best, they saw another body of patriots coming and gave a cheer. "Hurrah! There is General Putnam himself!" shouted Dick, being able with his sharp sight to make out the form of the veteran leading his brave troops. Putnam's men saw the Liberty Boys coming, recognized them and gave them a hearty cheer, having fought with the brave boy s before and well knowing what they could do. The redcoats gave up their idea of attacking the town and made all expedition toward the shore to take to the ships. Dick Slater was resolved not to let them go without getting in a blow, however, and Putnam seemed to be inspired with the same notion. On came the brave patriots and thr.n Dick took a short cut and galloped acros s the field s s o as to intercept the enemy. Muskets rattled and pi s tol s cracked and the plucky boys were giving a good account of thems elve s when Putnam came to their support and the redcoats were forced to fall back. They embarked under cover of the guns from their s hip s and got a way without losing many of their men but without having done any d a m age. "I never heard how you starte d the enemy on the run yesterday, Captain Slater,'' said the veteran genera l. " I was on the w a y t he r e to get rid of thes e :fellows whe n I heard how you h a d forestalled me . Egad, s i r ! you got ahead of me this time, too,'' with a laugh. "There was no t i me to communic a t e w '" h you, General, and I had good allie s . We d e ce ived the governor, for I have no doubt he thought that rou were coming when he saw our gallant party." The Liberty Boys encamped within sight of the ships to see that they went away without doing any damage, Pats y preparing dinner a s it was not likely that they would go a way very s oon. Then the d andy sp y r o d e up and sai with a laugh: "Your change of route cut off a number o British officer s who had remained in the rear send up more troops if they were wanted an now they are waiting for you to get out of t way s o that they may get to the ships , or any rate boats , and so e scape from this inho pitable country." "Where are they, Peter?" a s ked Dick. "In a tavern at a little d ista nce. I fortunate! discovered them without being seen mys elf. O of them in particular know s me and he woul well like to hang me, I know." Dick and Bob and a s core of the Liberty Bo were set off for the pur po s e of capturing the m jor and hi s companion s , Peter Primm goin along as guide. The boys rode cautiously t ward it, keeping behind trees and bushes much a s possible, and were not di s covered unt they were almo s t at the place. Then Dick an Bob dashed forward, Dick directing the bo with him to surround the hous e and prevent an of the redcoats from e scaping by the rear a they would attempt to do when they saw the selve s likely to be cornered. Dick and Bo sprang from their horses and ran in, collidi with the major and the captain in the front ha as they were about to hasten to the back doo The major sat down, his wig over his eyes an hi s hat on hi s no se, and said wrathfully: "What do you mean by running into a king' officer like that, a plague upon you? Have yo no manners?" "Not too many for redcoats, Major," laugh Bob . "We don't get any too many from y and so we have very few to give in return." "Zounds! It's the saucy rebel again!" spu tered the major, setting his wig straight. "Come inside, Major," said Dick. "I have . few words to say to you." All the redcoats , some six or eight in numbe were captured, and when Dick had ascertain that this was all that there were, he march them all off to the camp. The prisoners we turned over to Putnam, who laughed heart when told how they had been taken and of Dick former adventures with both. Tryon went aw and did not again annoy that part of the co try for some time, the Liberty Boys having many thrilling experiences and been in ma places before they again met him. When th was no chance of the redcoats coming back thos e parts the Liberty Boys went elsewhere, new recruits going with them and remaining gether for s ome time. The Liberty Boys never saw the dandy s again, for when next they returned to the No they heard that he had met his death in servi c e of hi s country, fortunately escaping disgrac e ful death of hangi ng, being shot w making a de spe r ate attempt at e scape after h in g been sentenced to death. Nex t week' s i ssue will contain "THE L ERTY BOYS' GUNPOWDER PLOT; or, F ING BY AN INCH." Be Sure to Read the Story on Page


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF "76" 21 A MAN FROM SIAM A DETECTIVE STORY By CHARLES FULTON OURSLER CHAPTER ONE BLACK MAGIC! ARVEL DOWNING backed into the living-room of the Stardale apartment, his face marked with anxiety. "Don't you dare to interrupt me again!" e a high-pitched voice within the study which Downing had just emerged. on't annoy me a g ain with y our p estifero us ice! I can take care of my own affairs, ung man . I w o n ' t stand y our impudence .'' In the very face of the clean-cut young man h the raven h air and thoughtful eyes. the dy doo r was bang e d shut insultingly. wning stood l oo k i n g at it blankl y , as if un-ble to compr e h e nd what had happe ned. "What i s wrong , Carvel?" asked a sweet and Jish voice. He turned, to see Grace Stardale in the rway a t the other end of the ro om. Beeen the parted curtains she sto o d, an adorle picture of ro s y and d e licious maidenhood with pink-and-white cheeks and starry eyes and a wealth of brown hair. "What on earth has happ ened?'' she per sisted when he did not respond. "Your fath e r t o ld m e to mind my own busi ness, " s aid the Di st r ict Attorney's d e tective. "And why d o n ' t you?" she a s ked pertly, smiling t o app e a s e h im. "I d on't blame father. I think y o u are making entirely t oo much of all thi s bu s in ess!" "I am n ot . It is m or e se ri o us than yo u seem to b e a b le to compre h e nd . By h e av e n, I am goin g t o m a k e b ot h y o u and h i m s ee it fore i t is too la te F' "Stupid old Carvel !' ' She went up t o him , patted him lig htly on e cheeks with ro sy fingers , and l oo k e d up him with that div i n e win so men e ss wh i c h es only t o untroubl e d e igh tee n . "Now you have put daddy in a bad humor again, and he ought not to be worried when he is right in the midst of that wonderful new book of his!'' Carvel Downing groaned with impatience , but the nearness of his sweetheart overpowered his annoyance, and he caught her in his arms and kissed her. But his face was still pale from the stormy interview he had just had with Professor Horace Stardale. "Grace, I am still going to talk to you about this matter," he said firmly , leading her to the settee by the cozy grate, where two small logs w e re crackling . "Don't try to hush me up. If you are g o ing to marry me, you have got to b e gin to hear what I have to say now, regardless of what you do afterward!'' "Oh! All ri ght!" she agreed resignedly . "But it won't do any good!" He saw that she was comfortably seated, then took a few rapid turns up and down this room. "There are some ugly rumors in my office about your friend, Dr. Oom Taum,'' he began at la s t. "That is what I tried to talk to your father about, but he wouldn't hear me!'' Grace made a pretty face at him. "Of course dadd y wouldn't lis ten. You know that papa i s writin g a book on s om e thing about Siam. And you know that Dr. Oom Taum is from S iam. He is helpin g daddy en o rm o u s l y i n h is w o rk. And b esides, h e is a r e al frie nd . I think h e i s a saint!" "I think h e i s a devil! " proclaimed D ow nin g savagely. H e took an ot h e r turn up an d d o wn t he room. " I m a y b e a yo u ng a n d im agi na t ive dete c t i ve," h e ad ded , "but it i s a fact, i s n't it t h a t I am getting a h e ad a s one o f t h e di s tri c t atto rn ey 's a ss istan ts ? It i s a fact, i s n ' t it, that we ought t o know wh a t we are doi ng ? I t ell yo u there a r e u g l y s to ri es about thi s Doct or O o m Taum. D ow n in th e office we d o n' t l;ke hi" ways . N obody k no w s where he


22 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF "76" came from. one knows where he's going to. Nobody knows what he's up to. He's nothing but a heathen Siamese Chinaman, than whom there is nothing worse. They're fiends!'' "Ooh-ooh!" cooed Grace mockingly. "Just to think that any one could talk about poor Doctor Oom like that! Why, he's divine! He's the only Siamese poet in the world. All the papers admit his genius. His seances down in \Vashington Square are the talk of New York. And he's such a gentleman!'' "The devil knows his Chesterfield," retorted Downing grimly. "I told your father I didn't think he should trust you at those in fernal seances. I won't have you going there alone. And instead of your father appreciat ing the danger, he practically orders me out of the house-nearly put me bodily out of his study-and told me to mind my own . business. \Vell, that's what I am doing. You, Grace, are my business, and I am going to protect you. I won't have--'' The maid entered the room and interrupted his remarks by presenting a silver salver, on which Jay a card, exceedingly long and nar Grace took it, and then smiled at Carvel Downing wickedly. "It's Doctor Oom Taum now!" she cried gl5efully. "Admit him, Sarah!'' Silence fell between them while they waited-a silence that was ominous. Downing stood with folded arms, grimly watching Grace as she perkingly rearranged her hair, to as presentable as possible for her mys terious visitor. She had just completed her labors when the celebrated Doctor Oom Taum entered the room. He was an extraordinary personage. Tall, and lean, and yellow, with a flat nose and black, cavernous nostrils, he had a truly Mongol aspect, especially his eyes. These were small and slanted in his cheeks, black and canden with an unchanging glow of curious enthusiasm. They were the eyes of a fanatic. Yet his walk was deliberate, almost languid; a drooping kind of certainty was in his move ments, concealing, Downing felt certain, extraordinary energy. It was the first time the young detective had ever looked at him, and all his feelings, as expressed to Grace, were reduubied now. \Vith almost uncontrollable revulsion he saw th girl he loved rush forward and seize the mys tic's long yellow hands in joyous This sleek and mysterious Oriental, garbed i Fifth avenue raiment, but with heathen eyes filled him with foreboding. "Good-evening, my child !" Doctor Ooni said benevolently, but still clasping Grace' hands between his own. "\Vho is this youn person?'' The "young person" referred to was l\fr Carvel Downing, and Mr. Carvel Downin felt like choking the man who asked the ti on. "Oh, let me present him," caroled Grace and accordingly the youngest member of rhel district attorney's detective force was formall presented. Doctor Oom Taum gravely ac knowledged the introduction and said sol emcly: t "Young Downing, did it -ever occur to yo that the earth is the only planet which has bass clef of suffering to complete its chord ?'ll The insufferable and belittling way in whicli Doctor Oom addressed him further riled Car vel Downing, and he did not trust himself reply to his pompous philosophy. But thi t did not annoy Doctor Oom. "The khamsin winds of the hot desert blm all day, but in the evening come the stars! said the doctor solemnly, the foreign accent o his tones adding a strange dignity to his word r Grace looked at Downing, as if to conve "Didn't I tell you his poetry was wonde ful ?" "And now, where is Professor Stardale . askf!d Doctor Oom. Before Grace could reply the study d was opened, and ' a gray-haired, bent old emerged, wearing an overcoat and a silk and carrying a cane. It was Grace's fath Professor Stardale. "Greetings, illustrious doctor!'' he s coming forward eagerly. "And to you, my friend, greeting and golden blessings of fortune," returned man from Siam softly. "How book?" " "Well!'' Stardale assured him. hoping for some help from you \ialk. Are you quite ready?'"


THE LIBERTY DOYS OF "76" 23 "Quite! Except that I want a word alone h your daughter. In fact, I '"as in a trance t evening, and have a communication for . Will you excuse us?" His commanding grin, exposing ro"s of yelw but perfect teeth, included the professor d Downing. \Vithout waiting for reply om either, he drew Grace over into the prating bay window, where the curtains conled them. Downing whirled fiercely on the old prosor, ready to renew his attack. But he got further. The old man held up a warning d. "Don't you dare to resume your conversa'on !'' he said. "I won't have it. I won't nave it. It's nonsense! It's just plain non sense, that's all it is. I'm going to sit down, so I'll save my strength for our walk. Doctor om has such tireless legs I find it J1ard to keep up with him." With the sigh of the feeble-aged, the old man sank into a chair and drew out his watch. e sat regarding its dial thoughtfully. For a w moments Downing stood watching him, ondering if there were any avenue of apoach that would get for him a sympathetic ring. But the old man sat there. a very age in the flesh of obduracy. He kept look at his watch, as if the slo,vly moving hands cinated his mind. The young detective grew impatient. Vvith imprecation muttered he turned and strode ward the curtains. He pulled them rudely ide. "How long arc you two goin11: to stay in ere talking?" he demanded, unable to keep alousy from his tone. "Carvel!" protested Grace, indignant. "Never mind!" intruded the silken voice of octor Oom. "In my dear country we have a axim, 'The sandal tree imparts its fragrance, even to the axe which hews it!' The axe of young Downing's jealousy has hewed into my enjoyment of your company. sweet Grace, but the fragrance of my nature shall overlook young Downing's rudeness!" "You--" Angry oaths were leaping to Carvel Downg's lips, but an impulsive hand was put up ainst his mouth just in time. Grace was quick; she had avoided a scene. Quickly putting her arm through Can-el's. secretly thrilled at the quality of love re,ealed in his jealousy, she drew him past the curtains and into the room. But there she screamed-a long, piercing cry. "Look!" she cried. "Oh, dear God! Look there!'' She pointed haggardly toward the chair in which the aged Professor Horace Stardale had just a moment before been s eated. Professor Stardale's silk hat, his black cutaway coat, his pin-stripe trousers. his gray gloves, his gnarled walking-stick, all were in exactly the same position as thev had been three minutes before. , But inside the clothes reposed not the flesh and blood of Professor Horace Stanlalc, but the trembling frame of a skeleton. holding the opened gold watch in its long palm! Had some unspeakable hlack magic slain Professor Stardale and stripped him of his blood and flesh in the lightning passage of three minutes? Or-if not that-what had happened to him? The appalling and incredible spectacle of the skeleton in the chair froze them with horror. After her first outcry Grace stood quivering and speechless, her hands clasped before her, her face ashen, her eyes fixed on the grisly thing. Carvel Downing was scarcely less affected. He found it impossible to believe the evidence of his own eyes . He was a hard-headed young detective, who dealt in facts and insisted that there was an explanat=on for everything. But what explanation would fit this miracle? Had he not seen Professor Stardale sitting in that chair not three minutes ago? Hadn' t he heard the old man rebuking him for at tempting to renew their argument? Hadn't he watched him sit down and pull out his watch? And now wasn't he looking at that very watch, its chain dangling unharnessed, the old-fashioned timepiece in the bony clutch of dead and wasted fingers? This skeleton was real, tangible, unquestionable. About his un fleshed shoulder-blades was draped the frock coat of Professor Stardal e, and through t he .t.


24. THE LIB:SRTY BOYS OF "76" sleeves of that coat protruded the wrists and hand bones of an anatomical sp e cimen! Upon its bare skull, at a horridly raki s h angle, re posed the silk hat of the professor. It wore the professor's shoes and socks, but the underwear, the vest, the collar and th e btue polkadot tie had disapp e ared, along with the pro fessor's skin and flesh and aristocratic blood. It is not surprising that the young attorney felt dazed: that his reason reeled. Vainly his mind darted this way and that in search of some logical explanation. Was it possible the old professor was playing an inhuman joke upon them? Instantly Downing rejected the theory. 'He kn e w the too well. He was utterly devoid of a sense of humor, and such clowning was inconceivable. \Vhat then remained? Downing's mind went blank when he got that far. There was nothing else he could imagine. All the s e thoughts had squirmed through bis consciousness in the first few instants of unmitigated bewilderment, before he had had time to think of the stricken girl be side him. Doctor Oom Taum's reaction to the extraordinary event was even more r e markable. He had it last. As he emerg ed from the cmtains that hung before the window he had heard Grac e scr e am. Then he had come forward s11clcle n l y . and a slight hi ss ing sound issued from his thick lips. And while Grace stood there, voiceless in the shock of beholding what sat in the chair, and Carvel Downing remained thunderstruck. his brain rock e ting in acrobatic efforts to understand what had happened, Doctor Oom sank to his knee s . Down he knelt, his palms fla t one against the other, while he began mutte rin g a sin g ular jargon of odd and harsh sound s-all mono syllables, and all in some foreign, outlandish tongue. His gibberish awakened Downing to the of the situation like the sting of a h . I w lp. "Cut that out!" he said shortly, and turned to Grace. "Come, dear!" he pleaded gently. -''Let me take you to your room!" She turned her stricken eyes toward the handsome, tender young man, and some of the horror in them softened at his solicitude. "It's so strange!" she murmured. "It's s o awful! What has happened? Who put that -that there? Where has daddy gone to?" Her questions stabbed the heart of Downing. Despite the grotesque atmosphere of the entire affair, Downing had felt certain from the first that Professor S tardale was dead . More than that, he felt he had been murdered. The theory that this was a substitute skeleton he had rejected because it necessarily implied the old man's connivance. And that, he knew, was impossible. But Grace did not believe that. Her ques tion showed that she had never even admitted the idea to herself. She was simply frightened at the skeleton, but her father, she felt sure, was safe somewhere else. "Wh2lt does it all mean?" she cried, break ing into tears as Downing drew her to him. He only patted her softly on the shoulder, while the monotone of Doctor Oom Taum, still on his knees, still croaking out fos endless prayers, sounded eerily in . the gathering gloom. "I said cut that out!" said Downing sharply. "Can't you see you are making it harder for Miss Stardale. Now cut it out!" \Vith lithe dignity the sleekly arrayed Doctor Oom Taum rose to his feet. "My prayer is ended!" he said solemnly. "Otherwise, young Downing, I should rro have heeded your vulgar words. I am from a . country death is a solemn thing." A silence fell upon those three-a silenc e of the strang est uncertainty. \Vhat were they going to do? The situation was unparalleled in the experience of Downing. The sudden and inexplicable transformation which had overtaken Professor Starclale, complicated with the hysterical nature of Grace, made the whole situation tangled and twisted. Yet sometning had to be done! Something had to be done immediately! The continuation and conclusion of thi s story will -i:ie found in "Mystery Magazine " No. 105, out to-day. If you cannot get a cop y from your newsdealer, mail us ten cents, an d we will send it to yon, postage free. HARRY E. WOLFF, Publisher, Inc., r66c \V. St. , N e'v Yori-.


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF "76" 25 Bellville Academy Boys -OR-VICTORIES OF TRACK AND FIELD B y RALP H M ORTON (A Serial Story) CHAPTER XVIII.-( Continued.) With a great straining of his muscles he mana ged to get a sitting position . The other was hiding. "Now-for my last chance!" Dan staggered to his feet, weakly supporting himself as he picked his way through the darkened, iough land, toward, he saw a light gleaming from a student s wmdo w. It was a thrilling adventtrre to take place within such a short distance fro m his companions and classmates. But that is the way with life-the most exciting times, and the greatest tragedies all happen right while others are enjoying themselves, and when help sometimes seems the nearest. Dan's throat ached from the awful pressure of the resolute hands. The black man had gagged him quite effectual-ly for the time being with his grip. He ran on, blindly n o w. But his luck had not yet changed for the better. "Oh, if I could only call for help I" thought the youth wretchedly. He fast getting away, at that, when Jeb awakened to the fact that his quarry was escaping him, and that no one was c o mi n g, as he had imagined. "Dat poh white trash!" he began, and finished with a fearful collection o f expletives. He charged upon Dan again. It was a battle of stick-to-it qualities-and worse than any which Dan had ever faced. Yet the battered, bruised and generally luck les s lad would not surrender. He heard the man coming him. A .nd he turned as the Westerners say, "to die with his fighting boots on!" The negro came for him and Dan gave him a bitter, blinding blow with all the strength of his right arm. . The youth's fist landed o'? the man's left and for an instant the swmg of contest was m favor of the unyielding student, as he swung once more. But the determined negro, with a grunt of pain, was not to be stopped. He caught the lad's left arm, by way of parrying, and twisted it sharply and unexpectedly. "Down!" he cried, bearing all his weight on the youth. The lad was forced to lower, because of the strain on his shoulder and elbow sinews. The negro bore harder, and Dan wrenched way and that to loosen himself. There was only one way of getting away from that bone-breaking position then. The y outh t o ok it---it was t o fall forward o:n his face, and to twist the arm under him a s he did s o . The negro was down upon him once more. The maneuvering and fighting had accom plished nothing after all, and Dan felt that the jig was indeed up. "Ah, there's no need trying!" he mutter ed, as he felt the man laughing-and choking away at him, like a fiend incarnate. Everything was black about the lad-not only in reality, but that inner blackness which comes into a person's mind when the very spark of life is being crushed out. "Oh, for a chance to get some help-anything!" Dan desperately caught hold of the great n e gro's leg once more, hoping against hope that h e could have strength enough to make a throw again. CHAPTER X I X. • Dan Barnett's Lucky Stroke. It seemed almost certain that the poor young student would succumb to the vicious attack of the iascally cook, who was him down harder and harder. "Dere's jest one way ter treat curs dat treats me mean, an' dat's ter kill 'em!" The ugly werds were hissed through the clenched teeth of the negro. It seemed all over with Dan, who could feel the strong fingers beginning to tighten about the muscles of his throat. Everything became black about him. He struggled vainly to free himself, in order t o use his hands. But his face was shoved into the ground the more, and only his feet were loose. With a valiant and yet despairing summons of all his strength Dan made a swing backwards with his right foot. It was a fortunate kick. For the heel of his heavy shoe landed crack! against the shin of the negro. Now, while some Africans have skulls so strong and thick that they will withstand a terrible punishment of blows, it is a scientific fact that the leg bones are very tender. It was thus with Jeb, the cook . The chance kick did better work than all the fist blows possible . The negro gave a cry of pain. As he did so, he instinctively loo s ened his grip for an instant on Dan's neck. The desperate youth availed himself of even this small opportunity for freedom. He ducked his head, getting free entirely, and then as swiftly rose up, using all the energy left to lift the black assailant from the ground. "Now, it's my turn!" thought Dan, as he swung another kick, and once more was s o fortunate as to have it land against the shin of the rascal's leg. (To be continued . )


26 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF "76" CURRENT NEWS SHCOTS BOY IN Hvll 'tA_.'iNGHOOT OWL A iatrncr near Angers, Fnrn.:e, has just killed a ne1g1100,'s chiid ur1der particularly tragic cir cumstances. A small boy playing with his brothers just after sunset climbed a tiee and imitated a hoot o;vl. The farmer came out of his house with a gun, fired in the direct10n whence he tho'1ght the bird's hoot came and shot the boy in the head. BREAKS A RECORD For forty-two years A . Miles, a business man of Atlanta, Tex., had an unbroken record of never being absent from the Sunday School of the First Baptist Church. Despite his age of eighty-four years he always could be counted on as being on hand when the Sunday School opened . It was 11ot until the Sunday before Christmas that. his i-ecord of unbroken attendance was disrupted by illness. Some years ago Miles was elected super inter.

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He wanted to feel safe so he placed a .32 calibre revolver under his It would have been all right but the pis tol was loaded. Kenneth awoke from a troubled sleep about 3 o'clock one morning. He was standing by the side of his bed with the revolver in his hand. He had a pain in his right and there were blood and s moke and everything, but no burglar. Examination of' the revolver, the bed and the '''ound by police has convinced them that the shooting was done by Wright while dreaming. The wound was not dangerous. A VALUED GIFT John W. King, Lincoln County Excise Inspec tor St. Catharines, Canada, has received a gift which he values very highly. It i s from Fred M. Sullivan of Buffalo, and is a gold ring set with mother-of-pearl. It is a very heavy ring. Accompanying the ring was a letter from Mr. Sullivan in which he says the gift is a remerr:brance o! the happy times .he and his brother Will, who is mayor of the City of Bogalusa, near the Gulf of Mexico, spent in St. Catharines last July, during "Old Home Week." He adds that the ring was found by William Sullivan in an old pirates' camp near the Gulf of Mexico. It was found in a box buried in the ground. The rinit is believed to be at least 200 years old. SEASON HARD UPON THE STATE PHEASANTS The thousands of pheasants turned loose during recent years by the State are having a pretty hard winter, according to reports ret:eived from farmers over the western part of New York. The deep snow and prolonged cold weather has made it impossible for them to secure food and large numbers of the birds have been fcmnd frozen t o death. Many farmers have hung corn on the cob in the bushes to help carry the birds over the hard .season, while in Niagara County the Rod and Gun Club has taken steps to protect the pheas ants from extinction. Outside of Lockport it is reported the birds are feeding in the barnyards with the chickens, ami throughout Niag2ra County are believed to be in good shape. The greatest losses have been re ported from the southern tier of counties. MEMORIAL TO DOGS WHO SERVED TN WORLD WAR This monument is being erected in the Harts dale Canine Cemetery, near White Plains, N. Y., to perpetuate tl'le memory of the war dogs who died while serving in the trenches and on the battlefields of France. It will cost $2,500. It is designed by Robert Caterson, sculptor, of Woodlawn. The base, weighing ten tons, has already been in s talled in a conspicuous part the cemetery facing an ave nue much frequented by motorists. The rustic boulder i s of Barre granite. 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28 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF "76" A FEW GOOD ITEMS SCREENINGS AS FODDER R. C . Harvey, a rancher at Fort William, On tario, is trying an experiment in wintering 7,000 sheep which, if s ucce ssful, may m ean that 200,000 sheep will be brought to the head of the lakes next Fall to be fat t ened for the Eastern markets . The 7,0 0 0 animals now are .few on screenings from elevators , auJ a r c reported as healthy and sturdy . It has be e n found iha t a sheep eats three pounds of screenings a day, a total of ten and a half tons daily being con sumed by the flock. Dur ing the four months' herding trey will con sume 1 ,200 tons. A flock of 200,000, on the same ba si s of figuring, would consume 3 6,000 tons in the four months. ONE-MAN RAILROAD A certain little suburban car line near Was h ingt on, D . C., is unique in having the owner of the road as President, motorman, conductor, g e n eral utility man and bureau of information. Ther e are thirty-two curves in the three miles cov e red, and when the motorman i s collecting fares the little car glides unassi sted around the shol'test curves with perfect eas e and safety-at least s o far. It is also a most accommodating car. Certain customers take the 7 :30 every morning. Every body knows ev erybody el s e, and n s ocial time i s enjoyed each day. The conductor-motorman also knows eac h passenger by name, and when the car is ready to start, if Mis s Jones happens to . be late which is often the case, the car i s de laye d whi l e Miss Jones sprints breathless ly down the hill and is helped on by two or more pol:te gentlemen. One day very recently, when the car was crowde d wi t h Gov ernment clerks hurrying to of fice, the President-motorman stopped the car while passing through an o ld field and politely liS k e d permis sion of the ladies aboard to shoot a very hawk which had killed many chickens in the neighbo r hood . After the shooting the only other wait was for M r s . Smith to send her little boy back home for her glasses, which she had forgotten. HOW THE DIVER GETS HIS SUPPLY OF AIR Hose for conducting air from the surface to the d iver under the water has always be e n con sidere d indispens able . An elaborate s y stem of pumps operated either on land or in boats has b een nec essary to forc e fresh air continuous ly through a great l ength of hose to the man b e low the sur face. Not long ago, however, it was announced that some inventive genius had conceived a de vice which it is thought will do away with the old apparatus for diving once the new system is perfected . B y the new method the -diver carried on his back t w o stee l bottle s c o n t ainin g highly compress e d oxygen. A nother c y l i nder contains che micals for absorbing the carbonic acid exhaled ;from the lungs. A system of piping carries all the impu r e air breathed o u t to a chamber containing the a b sorbing chemical. I n this compartment the car bonic acid gas is entirely eliminated. A small amount of oxygen, just enough to renew the a i r , is added to the changed and regenerated exhal ations and pas sed on to a compartment in the helmet, where it can be inhaled through the nose or the mouth. By this method the vitiated air i s continually being made ov e r into new. The inventor contends that his de v ic e will d o away with the accidents and loss of life which have occa sionall y occurred through defects in the div i n g hose or pumping apparatus . MAYBE SOLOMON'S MINES Rhodesia, or Britis h Zambesia, ranks among the chi e f gold-bearing c ountries of the world. T he mined carried away enormous quan t 1 t1es of the precious metal, but under the scien tific mining systems of the present day their ope rations will be greatly surpas sed . Perhaps Rhodesia was the ancient land of Op hir, the land of the mysterious "King Solomon 's mines,'. ' but. the theory is combated b y some mvest1gators. The ancient gold workings are the bas i s of modern wo1kings. For every ten square miles o f Rhodesia there was one ancient mine; that is, there are 75,000 o l d hole s , which means that stupendous wealth was dug out of the earth in thos e . remote days. Much of this wealth must have gone to the north and east. E xperts a ssure us that the ancient smelting are still easy to recognize . They are sunk mto the ground. The furnace b l owpipes are made of the finest granite powder cement and the nozzle s of the blowpipes are cov ered with' splashes of gold. When the first lining became w orn by the h eat a fres h lining of cement of an excelle nt quality which has outlasted time was smeared around on top of the old lining. One can t ake an old lining, split off the layers with a knife, and 'find gold splashes in abundance. Apparently the was ted gold lavishly. Gold has been found m large quantities in the form of pellets as large as buckshot near the fur naces , and also thrown away o n the debris heaps outs ide of the old buildings. The t o ols of the ancient workers which have s o far been di s covered include a small s oapstone hammer and burnishing stones of waterworn rock, to which gold still adheres. There are evi dence s that the ancients carried on an e.xte n sive industry in the manufacture of gold ornaments _and utensils. Thirty-five thousand dollars' w orth of gold ornaments were taken in five years from the r uins of Metabeleland alone. REA D THE STORY ON PAGE 21.


ALL T HIS' ll:::" JEWEL.2A'v 117 This "Lucky Tlgo" CHARM Cord, this Im. WRIST WAT leathor straD and buckle, t plerceless EAR RING RINGS and thts band some Rice Ro&d NECKLACE wl Drop, We stve A LL these 7 welling only 12 Jewelry Nov R"nrl todav. We trust you and L 'IEAD MFG. CO. You\ y( Capt. C1 I I Thousand) will rejoice who was bl with YOUR Under the table, into a Trunk, down Cellar or anywhere. Our in VJ:NTRILOOUl!SllI teaches you. '\\ Hh our VOICE Plj Merely eel Capt. W. A. I town, N. Y. mny be already cur VENTRILO .. (fits in the mouth and ' canno t soen) . ;:;i' . imitate Birds, Ani:-\ \ mall, etc. without moving your lips. \ This outfit and book of ' .JOKER by mail for lOc. ""''"""'"./.'..-"' AR DEE CO., Box 172 Stamford, Ct. $ OLD MONEY WANTED S $ 2 to i 500 EACH paid tor h undreda o! old olns dated before 1 895. Keep ALL odd or old money. Send 10 cents for New Illustrnted Coln Value Book, • x 6. Get Posted. You may have valuable coins. larke Coln Co., Avenue U , Le Boy, N. Y . THIS AIR.RIFLE . f 1. and we will send rlne,all ;>reoald. E:LIJINE MFG. CO., 761 Miii St., Concord Jct., Me11. I I , •


28 .. THE LIBERTY OUR TEN. C ENT HAND BOOKS . Valuable Info1mation on Almost Every S'ubject .l'\O • .;;s.o. llUt't' '.LU .J:'.Ldl'.. CV.iliy .. UJljj useruJ. ilttle ooo&, CQllUU.LUJJg tue J. anu .&-t,;e; or 1n1ila.rus, bagatelle, nacit-galllillOll, tlOIJ.Ud, uoll1mo<:.S.. SCREENINGS AS FODDER etc. FEwjUseful, Instructive, and Amusing. They Contain . . .No, 36, HOW '.1'0 SOLVE R. C . Harvey, a rancher at Fort \ilham, Onling ali the. leading conuuarums 01 tue ua;', tario is trying an experiment in wintering 7 000 i.ules, curious catclrna anu witty mg. , . . ' :No ... u • .liOW '..l.' O MAh.JJ: A.ND i>E' J: sheep which, if successful, may mean that 200,ing. lllilts on now to <.'llLcll mo1 es, """s.,,,;, u rn,,,, •afl>, 000 sheep will be brought to the head of the lakes l au..-Coutarninio a great 01 tile iaJ>lt elevators ancl arc reported as healthy and sturdy. , JoKe8 UReci uy 111., mo:;& iamou:;. "'"<1 iuu.J. -'o a,.uueur ' It h ' been found that a sheep eats three 1 wrnsueis 10 coiupiete w1t.11out tnu; tHltt: uooA.. as . i l\o, '.J.'J;l.,,; BOlo'.S OF NE\\ :l.O.K .... \ H'til' pounds of screenmgs a day, a total of ten and a : Sl' a varied assortilltlll[ or ,,rnmp half tons daily being consumed by the flock. DurI sve.ecue•, .l'.'I llume amusement auu ailluLt.!Ul' snow<>. mg e OUl mo s -l\o. 4G. '..l.'.IHi; BOlo'.S 01'' NEW :I.ORK All!>:S'..i.'.liEL 1 200 tons. A flock of 200,000, on the same baGlaJJE AND bOO.h..-:Som"tliillg uew at•d ,e1y sls of figuring would consume 36,000 tons in the instructive. .Wvery 1>oy should obtain booi,;., as it ' 1 .,;ou1,u,1.11:::; rull iustrucnons ior organizing au a.I.llateu.r four months. : llllUSLtCl troupe. l\o. 'lu, uvw '.l.'0 .MAKE A.ND USE .KL.l;;C:i 'tUCi'i'll. ONE-MAN RAILROAD -A oescripuun of the wonde1tu1 ut antl. elecu o Logt.:!1.her with fuil instrucuou::; ro,: waK111g 'J..'oys, tlatteries, etc. 11y Utorgie '..l'rt:oel. A certain little suburban car line near Wash-: A. M .. .>L l!. Contai111ng over JHty illustrauuu:;. ingt on, D. C., is unique in having the owner of, the road as President, motorman, conductor, genI 8LrucLiug cauoes au a:..-IM.ALS. shol'test curves with perfect ease and sa ety-a A valuable oooll:, giving iusti;uctions in colkctrng, preleast so far. paiing, mounting auCI preserving llird-s, auillials aud d t' C t rnsects It is also a most accommo a mg c3:r. er a_m, No. 6i. HOW '.l.'O DO TRICKS WITH c.UtDS.-Co.1> customers take the 7 :30 every mornmg. Eve1y-1 taiuing expianat1ons of tbe general principles of body knows everybody else, and a social time iSJ of-ii.1.11<1 appucable to card tricks; of card tricks ;itb enjoyed each day. The conductor-motorman als()f knows each passenger by name, and when the catj prevared cards. Illustrated. is ready to start if Miss Jones happens to be . No. 53. HOW '.l.'O WRI'rE LETTERS.-A wonderfw . . ,, ' h d 1 d h'l little l>ouk, telling you bow to wnte to your bWeetlleart which is 0.1.ten. the case, . t e car is e aye . W i e . your father. mot.her, •ister, brother, employer; auu iA Miss Jones sprmts breathlessly down the hill and\ tact, ernryb. ody and anybocl-y you wish to write to. is helped on by two or more pol:te gentlemen. ""' HOW .'.1'0 KE1".I.' AND .MANA.GE P.l>T;>.1 h th . G1 nng complete mforrnauon as to tile munner uu4 One day very recent y, w en e . car was metllou of raising, keeping, tammg, breedlng and rua acrowded with Government clerks hurrymg to of-1 aging all kinds of pets; also giving full instructious fo r fice the President-motorman stopped the cayjr makiilg . cages, etc. Fully explained lly tweucy-tli:ht ' . ld fi ld d rt 1 illustrations. while passmg through an 0 e an po l e J i No. 66. HOW TO AN ENGINEE.R.-Col(-askPd permission of the ladies aboard to shoot al taining full instructions how to become a locomoth11 . t ubl e ome hawk which had killed man)] also directions for bu)ldinga morl<•l lcco woro . h" . hb h d Aft th h t' d t1ve; together with a full of 18 chickens m t e neig or oo . er e s oo m,,, eugineer should know. the only other wait was for Mrs. Smith to i;s. HOW. TO BE A DETECTI O\t! Ktq h . l'ttl b back home for her glasses which Brnciy, the well-known detective. ln "hich he Jais doWIL er i e oy ' some valuable rules for beginners, and also relates some she had forgotten. I adventures ot well-known detectives. No. 60. HOW TO BECOME A. PllOTOGRA.PlfEB Con taiuing useful information regard! ng the Camera aiid HOW THE DIVER GETS HIS SUPPLY OF AIR Hose for conducting air from the surface to the\ diver under the water has always been considered1 indispensable. An elaborate system of pump operated either on land or in boats has been nee. essary to force fresh air continuously through a : great length of hose to the man below the face. Not long ago, however, it was announce that some inventive genius had conceived a device which it is thought will do away with th old apparatus for diving once the new syste is perfected. . . . B y the new method the 'diver carried on h1 back two ste el b ottles c ontaining highly c ompress, ed oxygen. Another cylinder contajns chemicals how to work it; also how to make Photographic Maira aud other Transparencies. HandsomelJ' No. 6'1. HOW TO !\IA.KE ELECTRICAL llIACHJN l:S -Containing full directions for making electrical ....= cbiues, Induction coils, dynamos and many nove l lo,. by electricity. By B. A. R. Bennett. lMfJ No. 65. l\IULDOON'S JOKES.-The most o rl joke book ever published, and it is brimful of wtt humor. It contains a large collection of s .ongs j o conundrums, etc., of Terre.nee Muldoon. the great humorist and practical joker of the day. No. 611. HOW TO DO PUZZLES.-ContaiaJng three hundred interesting puzzles and conundrums. key to same. A complete book. Fully lllusttii-t ed . For •ale by all newsdealers, or will be eeal te addre•• on rece.lpt ol price, toe. per cop;r, money ar stampa, b T HARRY E. WOLFF, Publisher, Inc., 166 23d New ti


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