The Liberty Boys' dangerous game, or, The plan to steal a prince

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lrlKI Ibo rmn u OYSOF A Weekly /t\agazine containing Stories of the American Revolution. HA H. E . \VOLFI'. l'liULlSllt:lt. l:\T, 166 WEST STRt;ET, NEW YORh No. 1137 Price 7 Cents Dick threw one a.rm a.round the prince. urging the horses forward at full speed. The Bi'itiahJ officer dashed alongside a.nd aimed a. blow at his head. Bob, tn the tail of the ca.rt. parried the blow a.tmed by another redcoat.


• The Liberty Boys of hned Weet17-SubacrJptton price', $3.llO per 7ear;_Canada, $4.00; Foreign, $4.50. Harry E . Wolrt, Publisher, ]nc., 166 West 23d Street, New York, N. Y. as Second-Class Matter January 31, 1913, at the Post-Ofllce at New York, N . Y., under the Act o1 March 3, N o . 1137 NEW Y ORK, OCT . OBER 13, 1922 P rice 7 cents The Liberty Boys' Dangerous Game OR, THE PLAN TO S TEAL A PRINCE By HARRY MOORE . CHAPTER !.-Planning N Daring Move. "I believe it is trying, Bob,'' said Dick Slater the captain of the Liberty Boys, to Bob Estab;ook, his first lieutenant, as the two young heroes sat in Dick's tent, the troop then being in camp near Morristo wn, New Jersey, one pleasant day in March, very near the end of the month. "It would give us plenty of fame, Dick,'' re turned Bob, "and it is a most dangerous game, but, then, that part of it only to us the more, for we never shy at danger. "No and if I wanted to take all the Liberty Boys to the city they would not hesitate." "Well I think too many would tend to interfere with the smooth working of the plan. All the boys will want to go, however." "Well as all cannot go we will have to choose them by l ot, which will be fair to all. You will g o , of course, and I think that perhaps Mark had better be of the party also ." "Yes, I think so, too. Mark is thoroughly liked, and is as worthy of trust as any boy m the tro op. You can't leave him out, Dick. Does he know.about it?" "No, not as yet. It is only a short time that I gave the matter any thought." "There he is now," said Bob, looking out. A handsome boy, younger than Dick or Bob, was passing at the moment at a little distance, and Dick called : "Hallo, Mark I Come in here a moment." Mark Morrison, who was the second lieutenant of the Liberty Boys, and one of the bravest, came forward and saluted, entering and taking a seat on a camp-stool. "We were talking over an important matter, Mark" said Dick. "There is in the city of New York' at this time a boy, between sixteen and seventeen years old, who is attracting consider able attention, being a midshipman of the royal navy and attached to Admiral Digby's flagship." The two lieutenants listened attentively, but said nothing, and Dick resumed: "There is a plan on hand to capture this boy and bring him off and deliver him to the Con gress, and the Liberty Boys are about to undertake the affair. This boy, this midshipman, is no less than Prince William Henry, son of the King of Great Britain, George Ill." Mark gave a gasp, and said, in low, tense tones, his .iace flushing with execitement: "How many of the boys w ill be engaged in it Dick?" . ' "We three to begin with, and a number of the bravest and pluckiest of the boys to help us. We sho uld leave in whale-boats fro m the Jerse y shore some inclement night, when we are not likely to be observed, land at a wharf near the of the prince .and admiral, and proceed directly to the place and surprise them. Then, preceded and followed by a number of the Libert y Boys, fully armed, we will return to the boats and make our way with all de spatch back to camp." "It is a dangerous game, Dick, but I don't s ee why it should not be playe d to a s uccessful i ss ue . We know the risk we run, but expedition and determination will carry through niany a plan. There must be no delaying, and everything mu s t be done with the greatest celerity and also with cool heads and thorough pluck." 1 "That is just it, Mar. k, and bearing all thos e things in mind I do not see why our plan to steal a prince should n o t succeed . " "It wi] be the biggest kind of a feather in our caps, Dick,'' declared B o b, with animatio;n. B oth Bab and Mark were heartily in accord With the plan and were eager to get to work at it. "We will be there at about half-past nine" said Dick, "and as all is going to be done with such despatch, we do not need any disguises We will have greatcoats to protect us from th; weather, which will conceal our uniforms and attract no attention, our coats and those of the enemy being much the same in appearance. "The night and the storm will help us," added Bob. "I don't see why we not succeed if we work rapidly and in concert. There is danger, of course, but we have all faced dangers a hundred times." "Then it is decided that we make this daring move," echoed Dick. "All that remains is to tell the boys and pick out those who are to be with us in playing this dangerous game." Dick and the two young lieutenants stepped outside, and the young captain said to a boy standing near: " Assemble all the Liberty Boys, Ben. I have a mo s t important matter to lay before them." "I knew that something grave was being considered when I saw the three of them with their heads together in the captain's tent,'' said Ben Spurlock to himself, as he hurried away to


2 THE LIBERTY BOYS' DANGEROUS GAME the bugler to sound the call for a general turnout. "Blow your bugle, Carl, beat the drum, cried Ben, as he came upon Carl Gookenspieler, the fat German, and Patsy Brannigan, the jolly Irish Liberty Boy at the kitchen tent. The bugle s ounded and the drum beat and all the boys came hurrying forward to fall in and learn what was wanted of them. In a short time they were all arranged in trim ranks in front ol the tent, every boy lQoking neat and orderly, the belts white, the muskets shining and everything in proper shape. Then Dick came forward and there was an anxious silence, all the boys knowing that what he was about to say was of the greatest importance. Dick told them briefly of the hazardous undertaking he had on hand and asked: "Now who will volunteer to go upon this ex pedition, s o full of peril to all who are engaged in it?" !'I will!" answered every boy there in an . stant, and with great heartiness, there being , ,t one di ssenting voice. Dick smiled, and Bob said , with a laugh: "I told you that they would all want to go, Dick." "There can only thirty go," continued Dick. "How shall we manage it?" "Sure "there do be n o other way nor dhrawin' lots captain, dear,'' sp oke up Patsy. ('That's fair for' wan as for another, though Oi wor niver lucky in lottheries. It's a blank that Oi'll get, sure." , So lots were drawn and the thirty boys taken. CHAPTER II.-The Start and a Halt. In a short time the boys who had been chosen to go on the expedition were on the march, ac companied by a number who were to take charge of the ho.rses in their absence and return late at night with them. The boys set off at good s peed, expecting to reach a point somewhat above Paulus Hook very shortly after dark, and here the boats w ould be waiting for them. Hurrying on, they unexpectedly came upon a party of Tories and redcoats shortly before dark, tlie men having evidently come from the block-house at Bull's Ferry. The redcoats set up a cry and began to charge them but Dick realizing the danger of having the charged the redcoats with the intention of driving them back to the works above. . . The boys sent the redcoats flying toward their works and then Dick said to Bob, as the enemy were on the run. "There are barns jus t below where we will be safe. I am going to send .our escort back with the horses , and we will take post in the barns. The redcoats will suppose we have all gone back and there will be no one going to Paulus Hook with any report of the appearance of the 'rebe_ls,' and s o raise an alarm and have them lookmg for us." "A very good idea, Dkk," laughed Bob. In a short time the boy s were all apparently off at a gallop bound for Bergen or Newark, and the were greatly relieved. A dozen of the Liberty Boys with horses in charge gal-loped off the way they had come, while Dick and hi s party of brave lads, under cover of the gathering night, sought shelter in the barns which the young captain had noticed and were soon safe from ob servation. The boys kept watch to see that no one approached the barns, which were at some little distance from any hou s es, and at last there being no one in sight or within hearing, they stole along shore without seen, found their boats, quickly embarked and were s oon out upon the river. With their oars muffled and with not a word uttered, the plucky fellows made their way across the river, past Governor's I sland and the Battery, without giving the least hipt of their presence, and then into the East River, past the Whitehall ferry and so to the wharf, the few lights on shore at the last stage of their .iourney greatly assisting them. The boys pas sed the king's ships without attracting any attention, and at las t reached t)le wharf nearest the admiral's quarters and tied up, a certain numbet" in each boat, already selected, going ashore. Dick had been told how to find the house, and hi s thorough knowledge of the city was of great value to him. There were lights in the house and muffled to the eye!> in his greatcoat, accompanied by Bob and followed by half a dozen of the boys , including Ben. Sam and Jack, Dick went to the door and raised the heavy brass knocker, letting it fall once. In a short time the sound of bolts and bars being withdrawn was heard, and a -footman appeared in t}J.e doorway, a woman with a lighted candle in her hand standing at one side. It was an anxious moment, but Dick and Bob were perfectly cool and did not show the slightest sign of being perturbed. "Despatches for the admiral," said Dick. "But the admiral is out of the city, sir,'' replied the footman. "Will you see his secretary?" "Perhaps his highness. " began Dick. "The prince is with the admiral. They have gone up the river to the nouse of a Harlem . gentleman. They will not return for a day or two. Will you see the secretary?" Here was a disappointment and an unexpected contingency, for Dick could see that the footman was telling the truth. A middle-aged man step ped out of a room on one side and said: "Something if importance, Geoffrey?" "Despatches, sir." "Must they be delivered to-night?" asked the other,_ coming forward. "They must," replied Dick . "They concern the prince as well as Admiral "Digby and the business must be done to-night." "You w ill find his excellency at the house of one, Mr. Murray, near Kip's Bay. You know the . . "Yes, very well. The prince is there also?" "Yes, you will find them both there. They are being entertained by some military gentlemen, just who I do not know. His highnes s receives a great deal of attention from the military and from the loyal people of the city. It is a round of receptions, fetes, balls, suppers and what not. They are here to-day and somewhere el s e to-mor row." Dick went away and the door wai;; closed, the boy s hurrying off in the <;l.arkness. Dick signaled to the rest, and they rapi'dly made their


THE LIBERTY . BOYS' DANGEROUS GAME. 3 way to the wharf where the rest were anxiously awaiting -their "What is it, Dick?" whispered Mark, as he stole to Dick's side. "Our birds have flown, temporarily only, but they have flown, nevertheless. We are going up to Turtle Bay, which is more secluded than Kip's and will operate from there." "Then you are not going to give up the undertaking?" ' . "No, but simply shift the ground of operations. The midshipman prince is spending the night at the Murray house." ' . The news quickly spread among the boys and while they were disappointed, they were not discouraged, for they knew that Dick would not give up the undertaking s o long as there was any prospect of its being carried out. "I think you had better return, Mark," he said to the young second lieutenant. "We will not need so many, and it will be dangerous to have too large a force up the river." "Very well, captain," Mark replied, sorry to lose an adventure, but obeying orders without a murmur. Mark and his boys, therefore, set out upon the return, while Dick and the rest went up the river, fortunately having the tide with them. CHAPTER II.-Some More Slips. At Kip's Bay there was a fort and an army post, some very fine houses and a number of ordinary ones, with a tavern or two, several shops, and in all quite a settlement. Dick thought it better to go to Turtle Bay, half a mile farther up the river where there were fewer houses and not so much going on before making a landing, as they would be less likely to attract attention. As they passed Kip's Bay they saw a number of the houses lighted up and heard the sound of music, there being evidently plenty of gaiety going on. At Turtle Bay tliey saw the old Beekman House, for many years the headquarters of one and another British general, and at that time occupied by Sir Henry Clinton. "I believe the secretary made a mistake," said Dick. "He was an old man and did not seem to know very much except that the admiral was not at home. That is the Beekman House, Sir Henry Clinton's quarters. The prince would be more likely to be there than at the Murray house." "That is so," said Bob, 1'and there is something going on there. We might find out, Dick." "All right, that is what I intend to do," and the boats were headed toward shore, the rain still falling, although not heavily. Leaving a number of the boys to watch the boats, Dick took Bob and half a dozen of the most trusty of the party and advanced cautiously till within a short distance of the house. Here Dick and Bob, muffled to the chins in their greatcoats, went on, the boys being ready to come forward as soon as they were signaled. Reaching the house, the boys saw guards standing about, and Dick said, quietly: "There is more, danger here than at the other place, Bob, but we might try ii." "I am ready for anything you say, Dick," mut-tered Bob. • Dick signaled for the boys nearest him to come up, and then advanced until stopped by a guard, who said: "You must have a card to enter." At tnat moment there was the sound of wheels, and a voice called out: "Make way for his highness's carriage!" Then the front door was opened and a blaze of light appeared, in the midst of which was seen the figure of a boy in the uniform of a royal midshipman, attended by a number of gentlemen. Then a carriage drove to the foot of the steps and the prince, as Dick knew he was, descended and entered the' carriage. One of the gentleman in attendance gave an address to the coachman, and then the postilions shouted and the carriage came rattling down the drive, Dick and the boys falling back out of the way. They quickly made off in the darkness, and then Bob muttered: "Back to the city, Dick?" "No, but to a house flt Kip's Bay, not Murray's, but another. The boy is making rounds, to-night, evidently." _ . "So it would seem. Do you think he will re turn to the city?" ''.I don't know They said not." The boys avoided the guard they had seen and went biick where it was dark, under the trees. They heard some one coming and stood close to the trees so as not to be seen1 "The boy is in great favor to-night," said one of three men who were coming ' along the road, the middle one carrying a lantern. . "Yes, here, there and everywhere, but he'll be back to Sir Henry's for the night, I believe." "Yes, he surely will. It was on that account that I let all my spare rooms so that the peopk may see the prince when he goes away in thP morning." "The Royal Arms well patronized, is it?" "I should say so. I only wish that the prince and the admiral might remain here a month. Sir Henry is an attraction, but with a prince and an admiral so near, the house does a royal trade, fll at all times." "That is bad for our finding quarters for the night,'' said Dick, when the man had passed. "Shall you wait, Dick?" "Yes, there is a chance yet. When the carriage returns we will get close to it, push the guards aside, seize the prince as he alights and be away in a moment. In the dark we will be out of sight so quickly that it will be as if w e had vanished." "Jove! the idea is a dating one, Dick. It must succeed." "It ought . to, Bob, but we must take every precaution." The boys then returned to the boats where the boys had sheltered themselves as much as possible so as to avoid getting wet, the drizzle being as bad as a steady downpour. Dick and Bab sheltered themselves under the trees and waited, not knowing just when the price would return, but satisfied that he would do so some time during the night. The boys who had been with Dick and Bob told the others of the affair at the Beekman mansion and greatly interested them. Later Dick sent Jack and Will to watch and to


4 THE LIBERTY BOYS' DANGEROUS GAME give warning of the approach of the prince so " the waiter, who secured an extra fee for the tha' all might be on hand. service. Dick paid the score, his wearing his "We ought to get him i;f we make a sudden greatcoat being thought nothing of, as the minR dash, Dick," declared Bob, who was ready for ing was cool. The two boys left the Royal Arms anything. _ and walked toward the water, passing the B'eek"l think we ought, Bob," Dick returned, "but man House on their way. On the street they you can't tell. There's many a slip, you know." saw a cart drawn by two horses standing before "Yes, I know that, but we will be on the watch a tavern the teamster having evidently gone in and they won't, and a sudden dash will take them to get his morning dram. At the same moment quite off their guard." Dick caught sight of a figure 'Which at once at"To be sure, Bob, and that is what we will tracted his attention. It was that of a boy about make, but we were. disappointed before and there in the uniform of a royal middy. . is no telling what may happen. We will do all . "Bob!" hissed Dick. " .There he is now!" we can, at any rate." Bob turned his head, saw the midshipman and It was an hour or more before the boys on muttered: . watch signaled to Dick that the carriage was "The prince, Dick, Prince William Henry him-coming, the rain n ow coming down with conself!" siderable violence. The boys all went forward, "Yes, and now is ou r time!" determined to do their best to capture the prince, There were three or four mounted redcoats, even if they did not get the admiral, who was all officers, at a little distance, but the prince only a secondary personage in their eyes, after was on foot and seemed to be enjoying an early all. The darkness and the rain favored them and morning stroll by himself, although no doubt the they got close along the walk, Dick and Bob being redcoats were part of his escort. The•rain had at the foot of the steps, and all being ready ceased, sun s.hone brightly; and the air, alwhen the carriage drove up. It drove up to the though a little crisp, was fresh and invigorating. steps and then the house doors flew open, and The_ royal midshipman was near the boys and from either side of the broad veranda came commg toward them, the cart being close to them. footmen with flaming torches, while down the ."The cart, Bob!" hissed Dick. "Into it with steps hurried two men, bearing open umbrellas, him and then to the shore. The boys will be great rarities in those days. The prince was ready and we'll go up the river and deliver him not left alone for a second, and there were men to the authorities in Westchester." on both sides of the coach, as well as in the rear. Along came the prince, and both boys stood Into the house -went the prince, away drove the aside and saluted. The boy smiled, and then both coach, and lackeys and guards disappeared. The boys closed in upon him, seized him, picked him boys slipped away in the darkness and Bob, when up and put him into the cart. They followed at they were well away from the. house, stmttered: catchin_g up the reins and Bob re"Hang this ceremony! We would have had mammg m the tall of the cart. Off came the him but for their link-boys and umbrella-bearers. gr_eatcoats, as being in the way, and now That's the first timeI have seen one of those their umforms were seen. "'1tlandish inventions used to shield a man. It "No harm will come to you, sir, but you are is generally my lady who is thus taken care of. ourprisoner!" said Dick, starting the horses ofl' What is the use of an umbrella to an able-bodied at a gallop. boy, anyhow?" There was an outcry at once from the British "Mr. Jonas Hanway, who took the first umofficers and they put spurs to their horses and brella to. London some thirty years ago, created dashed after the two daring boys. as much opposition to the thing as you have "We can't make the boats yet, Bob," said Dick, _ shown, Bob," laughed Dick. "They hooted him "but I know a turn a little farther on which I and pelted him with stones." can take and get to them." "I don't wonder" muttered Bob. "A man who "All right, Dick, but here they come!" can't stand a little wetting must be pretty weak." "Let them, Bob. I don't need much time." The festivities continued in the general's quar-Then away they went, like the wind. ters, but Dick knew that there was no hope of being able to carry out their plan that night, and he said to the boys: "Make yourselves as comfortable as you can, boys. I doubt if you could get accommodations at the one or two inns about, even if it were safe for you to venture thither in your uniforms. The rain may cease by morning, an(! I shall make another attempt." _ The boats were drawn up at a point on shore where there were plenty of trees to shelter them, some of the boys found nearby barns where they could get shelter, and all were comfortable. Dick and Bob went to the Royal Arms, where the landlord had not been able to fill all his rooms as he had hoped, and had two or three to dispose of. The boys were up early and had their break fast sent up to them, this being a common practice in some taverns and being thought nothing of by the landlord, .and rather encouraged by CHAPTER IV.-A Bold . Attempt and A Failure. On went the cart containing the two Liberty Boys and Prince William Henry, but after it, racing at their utmost speed, followed the redcoats. One of the officers had a faster horse than the others, and he gained rapidly upon his fellows and upon the boys in the cart. The prince steadied himself as the cart rattled on, Dick standing and driving at full speed . On came the redcoats, and soon the leading officer was alongside the cart, while one or two were close to the tail, where Bob, sword in hand, prepared for the expected attack. Dick threw one arm around the prince, urging the horses forward at full speed. The British officer dashed alongside and aimed a blow at his head. Bob, in the tail--


THE LIBERTY BOYS' DANGEROUS GAME 5 of the cart, parried the blow aimed by another redcoat. "Stop, you infernal rebels!" thundered the of fice r. "This is high treason I" The prince seemed much less disturbed than the redcoats and steadied himself as best he could while he watched the chase between his abductors and the men. Bob sent one redcoat's sword fly ing from his hand by a clever stroke and took his the hat and wig of another, getting ready for others, who were coming on at a gallop. Then they flew on faster than before, leaving the redcoats behind. They could not keep on along that road, however, for they were sure to encounter other redcoats, the alarm having been sounded, and Dick watched for the turn he had spoken of to Bob. He saw it and turned the horses' heads into it. One of the forward wheels came off a s Dick was making the turn, but not before he saw it. He turned sharper than he would have done and shouted, releasing his hold on the prince: . "Jump, sir, jump, forward and to one side. Follow me." He jumped himself, lighting safely on his feet, and was followed, a moment later, by Price Willian Henry, who suffered no injury. "Quick, Bob, to the boats!" hissed Dick. The redcoats came dashing up, but not soon enough to catch the dar-ing young patriots, who went flying down the turn and then through a lane which Dick knew, being out of sight before the arrival of the enemy. "Which way did the rebels go your highness?" asked the . officer. "We will soon have them, and I can promise them that they will both be hanged in short order." "I can't tell you , captain," said the prince. "The American captain kept me from a serious injury and I cannot fo'1get it. They were both of them brave boys. " "Captain? Why, the rebels have no officers!" " I always thought they did and rather good ones at that," drily. "This way," said the officer, pointing. "You will find the rebels down there. They cannot escape." The redcoat pointed in the wrong direction, although with no desire to save Dick and Bob, but simply because he knew no better. Meantime, Dick and Bob reached the shore, hurried into the boats and were rowed away, Dick saying: "Up the river, boy s, it is the safest now. There will be places where we can hide. We cannot go down safely now, and I have not yet given up our plan to steal a prince." "We had him," said Bob, "and the wheel of the cart had to come off." The boys rowed steadily, but there was no alarm, and they kept on up the river, keeping near the shore where the trees shaded them, and listening for any suspicious sounds. They kept on up the river, past Blackwell's Island and on toward the Harlem, watching to see that no enemy appeared. Dick sent Jack, Ben and Sam ashore with Patsy to see if they could find s ome patriots, there being a number of them on the island. At the first house they saw they met a sharp-featured woman, who looked at them suspiciou sly and said: "You boys are rebels, aren't you? I see your blue coats. Our soldiers wear red. No, I hain't got nothing for you, and if you don't get out I'll set the dogs on you." . "All roight, ma'am, do it, an' we'll ate thim," said Patsy. "Sure we do be hungry enough." "Go to Miss Thompson's, down the road, if you want anything," the woman continued . . "They're rebels. You want to look out for yourselves, though, 'cause there's soldiers around, and if they see you they'll take you up and put you in the guard-house." "Sure, Oi knowed ye wor a koind-hearted body," said Patsy. "There's a look in yere beautiful blue eyes that towld me ye'd not be hard on poor bye an' now Oi know it. It wor only funnin' ye wor, makin' out ye'd set the dogs on us. Ye'd niver do it, ye're that koind-hearted. Sre no wan as purty as yerself cud do it." The w:oman was no longer young and she had never been pretty, nor even good-looking, her eyes being a washed-out blue and her hair a faded yellow, but she was s usceptible to flattery, and now said, with a laugh: "You're just a blarneying Irishman, but I've never turned a body from my door yet, rebel or no rebel, so come in and sit down and eat all y_ou want and take away something with you. My husband has gone away, so there will be no one to say a word. There's a dandified fellow that comes to see my daughter Jenny, sometimes, and he's a Whig, too, but he won't say a word if I tell him I won't let him come again if he does." While the boys were at Mrs. Pridgeon's, Dick and Bob went ashore, taking another road and looking for a house where they might possibly obtain help. They were not far from a considerable settlement, and Dick did not care venture too far in his uniform for fear of trouble. As he and Bob were along, they saw two young men approaching, one being very well dressed, wearing a fine coat of brown broadcloth, a figured waistcoat, a beaver hat, ruffles at his throat and wrists, and fine boots, the other being modestly dressed. "Hallo!. this person thinks he is of s ome importance," said Dick. "He is only a boy like us, Bob, but see how he is dress ed." A s the two strangers came along; the dandified one said to Dick: "You should take off your hat to me, sir. Don't you know who I am? I am Ruthve n Carruthers, son of the richest man in Morrisania, the richest loyal subject, I may say, but then we don't count the rebels. By Jove! I believe you're a rebel yourself! Take off your hat, you rebel, or--" "And are you a Tory also?" asked Dick, addressing the companion of Mr. Ruthven Carruthers. "To be sure, I am the gentleman's gentleman." "Oh, his lackey!" laughed Dick. "I think we might make a change of attire, Bob." "Yes, it would be more convenient," with a laugh. "Step aside into these bushes, Mr. Caruthers," said Dick, suddenly drawing a pistol. "We are going to change clothes with you." Bob also drew his pistol, ar. . d the dandy and man had no but to obey, although it was done in fear and tremblin1;: . Dick quickly got rid o! i1:is : : 1.'.form "''.=; :o.:;i;Ul!o'f!d the attire of the I ;


__ .,. 6 THE LIBERTY BOYS' DANGEROUS GAME dandy, who was assisted to take off his finery: by his young man, never thinking of doing such things himself. The dandy and his valet took off their outer clothing only, and then Dick and Bob gave them their greatcoats,. which were long and warm, and Dick said: "I won't ask you to wear a 'rebel' uniform, and I have use for mine as it is, but the greatcoats will keep you warm, and that is all you need for the present." "But, dear me, I was going to Jenny Pridgeon's house to ask her to go with me this evening to see the-prince," whined Carr-uthers, "and how can I do it in this attire?" "Prince William Henry?" asked Dick." , "Yes, his royal highness. He is going to meet some of the gentry at the assembly ball at the Van Buren house this evening, and I have a card and shall take Jenny, and ask the prince to dance with her." "Where does Jenny live?" asked Dick of the valet. "Down this road, the other way large unpainted house on the right," the valet answered. "VerJ' well, I will deliver 'your message. Now get away as fast as you can, and if you return I will--" Dick raised his pistol, and master and man both went up the road on the run, quickly dis appearing. The boys made neat bundles of their uniforms, intending to stow them away in the boats, but first Dick thought he would go t-0 the Pridgeon house and see what he could learn. The boys were nearly through their breakfas t when Jenny, suddenly looking out of the window said, excitedly: "Dear me! there's Ruthven Caruthers now, and his man with him. I've a good mind not to let them in." "If I am not very much mistaken," laughed Jack, "that is Dick Slater and Bob Estabrook, his lieutenant, and I should say to let them in by all means." CHAPTER V.-Dick Meets the Prince. Dick and Bob entered, seeing the boys there, and Jack introduced them to Jenny and her mother. "Well, I know, of course, that you are not Ruthven Carruthers, nor 'is th. e lieutenant his man, but as I saw you coming along I was ready to declare that you were." "Perhaps I can explain," said Dick, with a smile. "We met Mr. Carruthers and his man not very far from here, and he said he was coming to invite you to ' go and meet Prince William Henry this evening." . "I shan't go!" cried Jenny, with spirit. '"qr not with Ruthven Carruthers, at any rate. I d like to see a real live prince, but I wouldn't go with that dandy if I never went." "Would you go with me?" asked Dick, smiling. Jenny blushed, laughed and then said: "Why, yes, of course, but how did you happen to get his clothes? Or are yours the same as his?" "I asked him for them," smiling, the boys laughing outright. ; . . "At the p'int of a pistol, wor it, captain, dear?" asked Patsy. "Sure, Oi know ye have a takin' way with ye." "Yes, but we must get away from here or the fellow may send others, even 'if he does not come himself," said Dick. "We must find a hidingplace till evening." "But you are not going to the assembly, sure ly?" askep Jenny, in great surprise, opening her eyes wide. "I certainly am," replied Dick, "and I shall be glad to call for you if you care to go." "Why, but you are a rebel and they will know you and-isn't it very dangerous?" "Yes, and that is just why I am going. However, you will be in no danger, and if you want to go I shall be delighted to come for you." "Oh, I would admire to go, but I'd never go with that dandy. You are not afraid of being seen?" "I may be, but I am not afraid of it; but come,' boys, we must go. We will see you again, Jenny." "I've got some suits of my husband's that are too small for him that you can wear," said Jenny's mother. "You can't go about in these uniforms." would be very glad to get them, ma'am," said Dick, "for I want to send some of the boys out for this and that, and it would not do for them to be seen in Continental uniforms." Jenny got the suits, and the boys took them and al s o something to eat for the others, Mrs. Pridgeon telling Dick about the Thomp son and some other patriot families in. the neighborhood who, she had no doubt, would gladly help them. The boys then went to the boats, and Dick sent out those who put on the clothes Jenny had given them to get something to eat and wear for the res t, while he and Bob went el sewhere to see what they could learn. They heard of the assembly to be given that evening, and Dick said: "There will be a chance to do something Bob, and we must take it. The prince is making the rounds and is in great demand, and there will be people about him most of the time, but there ought to be a few minutes during the evening when we could ceatch him aione, and I am going to watch for it and have the boys ready so that they can act at a moment's warning. We must carry out our plan to-night, Bob." "It seems as if we ought, Dick. We have had so many slips that it seems as if now we ought to be doing something." "We will try it, at any rate," in a determined tone . " We set out to do it and I don't like to fail." "No, although we a;re not discouraged by failures. If anything, it only makes us more determined to succeed the next time." Dick and Bob were free from suspicion as long as they did not go where there were too many people and -where they might meet the dandy, and at length they went back to the boats, where most of the boys had been able to get other clothes s o that they .were able to go about without being sus pected. "Suppos e Carruthers goes to the assembly, Dick, and sees you?" suggested Jack. "Won't it be awkward?" . "I have his card," laughed Dick, "and even if


THE LIBERTY BOYS' DANGEROUS GAME7 he goes there will be many there and I will keep a lockout for him." Along in the the boys went into the town and saw at once that there was s ome excitement, something unusual going on. "I'll wager that the prince is here, Dick," declared Bob. "I would not be surprised, Bob. Let us in quire." They presently came to a handsome mansion, and here they saw a crowd of men and boys standing looking at the hou se, into which now and then some one entered. There were guards at the door, and Dick could see the gleam of scarlet uniforms through the window s , and presently caught sight of the figure of Prince William Henry hims elf. "He i s there, Bob," he whispered. "Yes, I se e him." "I a m going in presently, Bob, when others do." "Loo k out for Carruthers, Dick." "Yes, I will keep a watch for him." Presently a big family carriage drove up. A pompous-looking man, a fat woman, two scrawnyl coking girls and a couple of weak-looking young men alighted. The crowd parted for them and they went up the walk, Dick and Bob following close behind and seeming to be of their party. The crowd laughed at the idea of s o many getting out of one family coach, but did not suspect that the boy s were what they were. There was a stir at the door, and then Dick heard a footman call out: "Jonathan Splurges, Esq., and Mrs. Splurges, Mis s Cynthia Splurges and the Honorable Miss Henrietta Jones-Splurges , Mr. Jonathan, Jr., and Mr. Peleg Splurges." Then Dick went forward and presented his card, tlie footman called out: "The Honorable Reuben Crowthers and gentle man'" was glad that the footman did not give the. correct name, as there might be some one there who knew the dandy and would detect the deceit. "Say nothing, Bob," he whispered, "but keep your eyes and ears open. I only hope that the prince will not recognize me. I don't know how keen he is at such things." D ick presently walked up and was presented to the prince at a time when no one else was being presented, and received a gracious s mile. Dick's manners were free and he did not exhibit the slightes t sign of trepidation, saying, quietly: "We should be pleased to s ee more of your highness. I think, too, you would be taken with u s . Some of our young men have very taking ways." 'Yes, I met two of that sort this morning," with a smile, "but I was not taken with them. The cart broke down." "Really?" and Dick did not seem to understand. "Yes," but the prince did not explain, and just then somebody came to bepresented and D ick stepped aside. " I am safe, Bob," he whispered to Bob in a moment or two. "He does not remember me, although he made a joke about the affair of this morning. He has very gracious manners and is a very pleasant boy, I should judge. I would like to be better acquainted." "Well, it looked as if we might get quite close to him at one time," chuckled Bob. .There were people coming and going all the time, and Dick watched to see if the young dandy was there, but did not s ee him or hear his name called. The prince was presently alone again, and Dick approached with easy manners and spoke to him. Just then s ome British officers approached, and Dick recognized one as the officer who had been alongsi de the cart in the morning. "Mr. Carruthers, Captain Clayton," said the royal midshipman. "You s hould really know each other." The officer looked sharply at Dick and then said: "I am under the impression that we have met before." "Very likely," returned Dick, carelessly. "I meet a great many persons, sometimes hundreds in a day." "But I do not remember the name Carruthers," the officer said. . "It i s not an uncommon one," carelessly. "And you bear a considerable resemblance to a certain rebel officer whom I have seen. Does your highness remember--" "Mr. Ruthven Carruthers!" shouted the footman, and at that moment the Splurges family and some others pres sed forward. Dick stepped aside and in a moment there we1e several persons between him and the captain, the young patriot stooping and picking something from the floor. • "The fellow knows me," he said to himself. "I must be c-autious." ' At the entrance to the dining-room, where there were a number of men drinking punch and partaking of light refreshments, Dick saw Bob and said to him in a low tone: "The captain who gave chase to us this morning is here." "Yes, I saw him and was going to tell you." "He knows me, I think. And then Carruthers is here." "I heard him announced. We shall have to look sharp, Dick." "Yes; follow me. Clayton, the redcoat I spoke of, is coming." The boys went into the dining-room and thence to the conservatory, from which there was a door into the garden. The redcoat lost sight of them, but Dick kept him in sight and said to Bob: "Into the garden, Bob. It will not be safe to remain longer, since that dandy has come." "No, but how will you arrange it to-night, Dick?" "I will see, Bob," quietly, and the boys passed into the garden as the redcoat entered the conservatory, looking for them. He had not seen them, but he evidently thought that they might be in the place, for he came in looking all about him. Dick took out the key of the door and locked it on the outside as the redcoat caught sight of him. It was not the officer's de sire to create a scene at such a time, apparently, and he beckoned to some one ae he hurried forward. Dick saw three or four red coats enter the conservatory, and then he hurried, with Bob, down a shaded path where he


8 THE LIBERTY BOYS' DANGEROUS GAME. was out of sight in a moment. Then the boys went back to where the others were waiting. CHAPTER VI.-,-Making Their Plans. The boys wm-e greatly interested in what Dick told them, and Jack Warren said, with some aaxiety: "But won't that interfere with your arrangements to-night? Won't they put such a lot of guards around that it will be impossible to enter the assembly-room unless one is thoroughly well known'?" "I have the card of Jonathan Splurges, Esq., and may get in on it," laughed Dick. "I picked it from the floor. Mr. Ruthven Carruthers has probably told how badly he was and thus explained how I happened to get his name and clothes, so it will not do to u s e him again." The boys had hidden their boats where there was no danger of their being found, having d i s covered an old and unused wharf under which they put them and as there were few of them now in uniform, they could g o about more freely. Dick, Bob and Jack went to supper a . t the Pridgeon house, the others going to different places, Ben, Sam and Harry Juds on going to a tavern, where they were safe from observation, although the landlord was a Tory and there were redcoats in the tap-room. The three boy s sat in a corner away from the redcoats and. ordered a frugal supper, keeping eyes and ears open for, anything of importance to the Liberty Boys. They were eating their supper when a gaily dressed young man, not much more than a boy, in fact, came in, looked around and said to the redcoats near Ben and the rest: "Ah! did you know that there were rebels about?" "Who is this fellow?" aske d Ben, quietly, of the others. . "I should imagine it was Ruthven Carruthers, by the look of him," replied Harry. "Wait and see," added Sam. "He answers to the description of the dandy, but there may be others." The redcoats did not pay any attention to the foppish fellow, and he went closer to them and said: "Ahl you don't seem to have heard what. I said. There are rebels in the neighborhood, I remarked. Perhaps you don't know me? I am Ruthven Carruthers, son of the richest man--" "Well, donkey, have you found them?" asked one of the redcoats, an officer . "We know that they had been here, but whll!re are they now?" "And I am going to the assembly hall to-night. I shall have to be protected. I was robbed by two rebels to-day, and I must have protection, do you hear?" "I thought the prince was better-looking," said one of the redcoats. "Ah, but I am not the prince, I am Ruthven Carruthers. Yes, I was robbed not only of my clothes, but of my name. The saucy rebel actually had the effrontery to have himself introduced to the prince under my name. What do you think of that?" "Well, he must have been put to it for one, I suppose," laughed the captain. "The fellow was Dick' Slater, wasn't it?" "Yes, I believe he was. He robbed me and my man and--" "Yes, we know all that. We are on the lookout for him, and if he attempts to come to the ball to-night he will be arrested. There will be guards placed at all points, and no one will be allowed to enter who is not known to some one in authority." "We shall have to tell Dick that," said Ben. "Ah, that is very good. I am well known, of course, but I must be assured of full protection before I present myself." . "Oh, you will have it,'' returned the captain, with a sly laugh. "We will send send a file of s oldiers to conduct you hither, a:rrd I will myself give you a pass which will be as good as if the prince himself had signed it." "The fellow does not know that he 'is being made game of,'' murmured Sam. "He must be half-witted, indeed, as Jenny said." "Oh, no, but he thinks more of himself than anything else," replied Ben, with a chuckle. "Ah, that will be quite satisfactory," declared Ruthven Carruthers, in a satis fied . tone. "Would you kindly write me out the pass now, captain? Then I shall be sure of proper protection in presenting myself for the admiration of the prince." The three Liberty Boys had all they could do to keep from laughing outright at the conceited fellow, and the captain grinned boardly as he said, taking out a despatch book: "Certainly, with the greatest of pleasure. It would be really too bad if his highness were deprived of the pleasure of paying you his respects, Mr. Cruthven." "Ah, Ruthven, Ruthven Carruthers. Be sure and spell it conectly." "Never mind the spelling. The document will . secure you admissi on and full protection,'' and the captain began to write, grinning as he did so. When he had finished he said, holding up the leaf torn from his book: "Here you are, sir. 'This is to certify that the bearer mus t be given full freedom and all the protection possible, as he is a person of the utmost importance. J. G. Geoffrey Austen, captain.' There, is that satisfactory?" "Perfectly, sir," and the dandy took the paper and put it in the outer pocket of his wine-colored coat, in order not to disturb the set of the same by unbuttoning it. Then he went out, while the redcoats laughed, and the captain said: "That is the silly fellow whom the clever young rebel got the best of. The rebel is clever, I will admit. He and his companion slipped away from us in the neatest manner imaginable. And the fellow actually talked with his highness and bore himself like a gentleman." "Well, I suppose one may be a rebel and yet a gentleman," observed one of the party. "Not often, but it was so in his case. That attempt to run way with the prince was_ one of the most things I ever witnessed.'' "But there will be an extra guar.d placed about the house?" "Yes, and I am one of the officers of the guard. n "Then that paper which he thought so amusing is really a very important document," said Harry to Sam, in a low tone.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' DANGEROUS GAME 9 "Yes, and Ben has it and Dick will have it. The captain provided the very best means of passing the guard." .Lights were now brought and the room was well lighted, looking very cosy and cheerful, the landlord having a fire lighted on the hearth, thus increasing the comfort as well as the cheerful look. Sam and Harry heard the sound of a cricket in a corner, knew it to be oa signal from Ben, and presently arose and went out, having already settled the score. Outside they saw Ben, who said, with much satisfaction: "I've got it, boys I That is just the thing that Dick wants. Come, let us go to the house and give it to him." The boys hurried over to the house where Dick, Bob and Jack were, and quite surprised the young captain by giving him the pass which Captain Austen had made out for the dandy. "The redcoat thought the whole thing was a great joke,'' laughed Ben, "but when you turn the joke the other way he will not think it so funny." "That is very good," declared Dick. "It is very fortunate 1that you were there. I think I can use thisy-11.nd once I am at the ball I will try to carry out our plan. The thing will require a little thought, but if all you boys work with me I don't see why we should not carry it out." "You can depend upon u s,'' declared Jack Warren, and all the boys present echoed what he said. "There is just this about it, Jenny,'' added Dick. "You folks are Tories , and while you :nave been kind to us we do not want to get you into any trouble and have you do anything against your principles." "My! what are you going to do, captain?" asked Jenny's mother. "We are going to try to carry off the prince and deliver him to our Government. We do not intend to hurt him or to offer him any insult, but we do want to make him a prisoner and that. is why we are going to the assembly ball to-night. We have co me many miles to carry out this plan, but we do not want your help if you do not approve of it, or if it will make any trouble for you." "You boys are pretty plucky, I think," the girl answered. "Why, if you were caught you would all be sent to prison and maybe hanged for it." "That's what would happen." replied Dick, gravely, "but we don't mean to be caught if we can help it." The boys went off to the boats, while Jenny got ready for the assembly. CHAPTER VIL-A Very Close Miss. Dick decided not to go back to Jenny's house but to make all their arrangements elsewhere and then carry them out on their own account and with no assistance from any one, so that no one would get into trouble through them. Dick went ahead of time s omewhat so as to locate -the place where the assembly was to be held and get the plan of it so as to let the others know where they should post themselves. He found the place, which was a public building used for meetings of the people, fairs , elections and various things, finding a man in charge, although none of the guests had as yet arrived and there were few persons about. Dick entered upon saying that he was a member of a committee sent to investigate the arrangements for the prince's comfort, and soon knew just how the rooms were situated and where to place the boys to the best advantage. He was looking about and was on the point of leaving, when, as he entered the main room! from the ante-rom he saw Captain Austen and three or four redcoats come out of a smaller room. They saw him at the same moment and Austen recognized him, Dick not having yet changed his clothes. "By George! there is the rebel, Slater; now!" cl'lied the captain. "Do not let him <0scape, but don't make any noise." Dick ran into the ante-room, but the windows were fastened and before he could open one or break the glass he was surrounded. . "Take the fellow to the little card-room," muttered Austen. "It will not be used, and we can keep him there till after the assembly. Nothing 1 must interfere with the success of this affair, and if it should be !known that there was a plot against the prince, no one would come and the rebels would talk." "The loyal citizens must be thought of, of course," !!laid another, whom Dick recognized, "and they must not be prevented from showing their devotion to his hlghness, ais it is quite proper they should. Some one must see that no one enters the room where the rebe"l is prisoner." Dick was taken to a small room with on& window and one door and left alone untill thG redcoats could station a sentry outside. His pistols had bee'Il taken from him, but he was not bound and as soon as the footsteps of the redcoats became faint he picked up one of. the chairs and broke out all the lower pane' s of the window. It was not far to the ground and he leaped out and was. out of sight by the time the redcoats came running back to s ee what the noise meant. "That did not take long," he said to himse'lf, "but it was unfortunate, for now the captain will be on the lookout and perhaps the sentries will be doubled. Something mu s t be done and quoickly." He hurried back to the Thompson house, where he told Bob and the rest to meet him, and told them what had happened. • "We are known, Bob," he said. "We will give the pas s and the card to Jack and Ben and let them fin d their way to the ante-room and admit u s by the window. We can get in easily enough when they are once open. If there are guards outside, we can take care of them in short time." Jack Warren and Ben had very handsome suits now and would look w ell . at any gathering, and Dick had, therefore, selected them to go into the hall and make the arrangements for carrying out the plans of Dick. When the guests began to assemble , J a ck Warren and Ben Spurlock went to the place where the assembly was to be held and went in with a number of others, managing to get in without trouble, there being some confusion and their p a sse s being given only a curso r y glance. There were guards all around the building,


10 THE LIBERTY BOYS' DANGEROUS GAME but Dick, Bob and seven or eight of the Liberty Boys made their way to the rear of the building by a back road and at a convenient time, sud denly sprang upon the two guards under the ante-room windows and took off their coats, bountl them in short order. "That much is done ,'' muttered Dick, "Stow these fel.low s in a corner somewhere so that they will not be noticed, and then we will wait for the boys' signal." Harry and Will put on the guards' coats over their own, took up their muskets and marched up and down, the officer of the guard, who shortly came that way, being totally deceived by them. "Thafs right, keep strict watch," he said. "Thes e rebels are clever enough to try and get in here, and we must show them that we are too smart for them." Dick, Bob and the others were hidden not ten feet away when the officer made this statement,, and had all they could dq to keep from laughing outright. In a few minutes a window above them was open and Jack put out his head and whistled. "All right," said Dick, in a cautious tone. "The prince is everybody i s crowding around to be presented, the girls especially," said .Jack. "There are cupboards here where yo u can hide. The ball will soon be in progress." Jenny was there, looking very pretty, and both the boys danced with her, the girl telling her pa1 ;tner that the boys were friends of hers and that he would like them if he were better acquainted. Ruthven Carruthers was there, but could not get any more eligible partners than the Splurges girls, or the Honorable Miss Splurges-Jones, who was old enough to be his mother. He saw Jenny dancing and asked her to be his partner, but the lively girl told him that she was engaged for all the evening and then suggested that he dance with Miss Splurges or some equally unprepossessing maiden. The dandy knew Donald Boyd and did not recognize Jack or Ben, nor was he suspicious of them. The boys danced with Donald's sisters and with other pretty girls and quite enjoyed themselves, having a chance now and then to get quite close to the prince, and at length being in the same set of a cotillon with him. When it was finished and the royal middy led his partner to a seat, Jack managed to slip up and say,.in a low, con fidential tone: "There is some one to speak with your highness in the ante-room, concerning the affair of this morning." "Hal they were plucky fellows, if they do call them rebels," laughed the prince. "I think I shall let the matter drop." "You had better tell the messenger yourself, sir," added Jack. "This is the pass he brought." Jack showed the pass signed by Captain Austen and ,l('iven to the dandy. "Very well," said the prince, and followed Jack rapidly into the ante-room, Ben following and quickly shutting the door. Then Jack whistled softly and out came Dick and Bob and the others, Sid throwing open the Rindow and whistling to those beli>w. Dick, Bob, Jack, Ben and Rob were around the prince ln an instant. Then the door ""ddenly thrown open, and Captain Au sten a n d a number of redcoats rushed in. "Ha! f . eize the rebels! Treason ! Seize them! Fire upo n them!" the ang1 y redcoats shouted. Out of the window went the boys in a moment. "Hallo! an abduction!" shouted the prince, the s ound of heavy footsteps being heard at that moment. Then a number of redcoats with lanterns and torches came suddenly into view around the corner of the building. "Hallo, guards! Rebel s ! Shoot them down ! They have off his highness, arrest them!" shouted Au sten from t he window. "Not so loud , captain," said the royal middy. "You mu s t not break up the assembly." The redco ats charged upon the Liberty Boys , the prince having suddenly releas ed hirn se'lf and Dick gave a quick signal which all understood. The redcoats heard only the cry of a nighthawk, but the boys knew it was a signal of danger and that they must make their escape at on ce. Bob sent one of the redcoats flying and Jack upset another, Dick cau sing one with a torch to fall against his companions and create a lot of confu ion. "Good night, sir," he said. "Better luck next time, I hope." "Jove! but the fellow is a daring as well as a clever boy," said the prince. The boys scattered in many directions and, knowing where they were going, were soon out of sight and defied pursuit. The prince was pu t into the window and the assembly was resumed, only a few there knowin1-; what had happened and nothing being said about it. The boys went to the wharf and got out their boats in has te, entering them and pulling away without delay. They were all there, and Dick said: "Well, we made a good attempt and failed by the merest slip. We cannot remain in this neighborhood, .for there will be a thorough made and any one who is not known will be sure to be arre.11ted." "Where will you go, Dick?'! asked Bob. "To King's Bridge. We can get there during the night and we will be safe as the redcoats are on the New York island side, but we must be careful, for all that." "We could go through the creek, cross the Hudson and be back at our old quarters by morning, Dick." -"Yes, I know, but I have not yet given up the lJlan to steal Prince Henry, Bob," was Dick's reply. "All right, Dick, we are all with you," shortly. "Keep as quiet as you can, boys," said" Dick. in a low tone. "I think that they are making a search along the river." The boys pulled

THE LIBERTY BOYS' DANGEROUS GAME 11 "It will be .some time I fancy before that happens," thought Dick. The men went away, but farther on Dick saw lights on shore and heard voices. "Pull ahead, boys," he saidhquietly, "and keep in midstream. We will fool t ese fellows. " On went the boys, and at length some one shouted from the bank: "Hallo, the boat! What are you doing?" "Looking for rebels," returned Dick. "Did they go that way?" "'I have every reason to believe that they did," gruffly. "Well, I hope you'll find 'em. We haven't seen 'em ourselves." "Shouldn't wonder if we did, " replied Dick, and the boats went on, the redcoats going another way. "That was well done," muttered Bob. "The redcoats had no idea that we were the very ones thev were looking for." They heard voices now and then, but they grew fainter and fainter, a.nd at last the boys knew that they were safe from pursuit, and that if they were cautious they would avoid the guards farther up the river and reach a place of safety. Once over in Westchester, in the neighborhood of King's Bridge, they would be safe, and they went on, making no noise and watching and listening for any suspicious sounds, knowing that when they reached King's Bridge they would have nothing to fear. "Keep steadily on, boys," said Dick at length. "We are in the creek now and there is not much farther to go." CHAPTER VIII.-Anothe1 Chance. The boys went on steadily and at length neared the settlement at King's Bridge. Dick knowing it, although everything was dark and still. "We had better wait, he said. "It is too dark to land now, and we could not see to put up our boats which we will want later . " "To get across the river with, I suppose?" replied Bob. "Yes, for we may not be able to get others." The boys waited till dawn, keeping on the Wes t chester side, and ai; last, when it was light enough to, see, secreted th.e boats where no one was likely to. find them and went ashore, keeping on till they came to a tavern where they were knovm. The people were just stirring when the boys reached the place, and Dick managed to arouse a sleepy groom, who knew him and said: "Why, bless my eyes! is that you, captain? I thought you were over the river. Have you come to drive out the Hessians and Tories and redcoats that keep coming up from below, yes and from over the river, too?" "There are none here now, are there?" asked Dick. "No, but they are just across, on the island, and they do say that they are coming over here again, as they have been before." "But they are not here now? The place is safe enough for us ? There is something of a party of us and we .are tired, sleepy and hungry and in need of rest." "The inn is as safe as anywhere, captain, and I'll rouse some one and let your wants be known." The landlady appeared at this moment and was as surprised as the groom to see Dick and the Liberty Boys. "You haven't the whole troop with you surely, captain?" asked the worthy woman. "No, Mrs. Jennings, not more than a score of us. We have been on a great adventure and escaped the enemy last night." "Scouting and spying, I suppose, seeing that you are not in uniform, captain? Well, well, that is dangerous work:" "Yes, ma'am, so it is,'' replied Dick, who did not care to tell -0f the errand he had been on, lest some Tory might hear of it and get word to the enemy that Dick Slater and some of the Liberty Boys were about. There was room for Dick, Bob, Ben, Jack and a few more of the boys_, the rest finding accommodation farther up tne road. Dick and his party had an early breakfast or a late supper, whichever it might be called, and then, the sun n-0t being yet up, they went to bed, Dick and Bob, and Harry and Jack1in one room, and Ben, Sam, Will and Rob in another. "We are going to sleep when most folk are waking up," laughed Bob, "but we were up all night and that makes a difference." The boys were soon sound asleep, and woukl have slept for hours but for an unexpected disturbance. Dick had been asleep not two hours when he was awakened by a clatter of hoofs and a rattle of arms under his windows, hearing loud voices and a general stir in the house as well. The noise continuing, he arose and looked cautiously out of the window, having a suspicion, from the sound of the voices, that the persons who were making all the noise below were not friendly. He was cautious, therefore, and it was well he was, for the first thing he saw was a lot of Hessians in the inn yard below and then some redcoats and a number of Delancey's Loyalists. "What's the matter, Dick?" asked Bob, wak ing up and looking about him in rather a bewildered fashion. "Hessians, Bob, and Tories. There are some redcoats, too. The yard below is full of them." "Hallo! wake up, Harry," said Jack, sitting up in bed. "The redcoats are after us!" "I want to know!" c1ied Harry, sitting bolt upright in a moment. "I s hould call that taking a mean advantage of a fellow." "I don't know that they are after us," said Dick, with a laugh, "but I think 'we had better get up, as there is no knowing what may hap pen." Dick then began to dress rapidly, the others doing the same, and now and then looking out cautiously to see what was going on below. Ben presently came to the door and said that from the front of the house they could see a number of redcoats going up the road, and then! was evidently a raid in progress. "Get ready and go out quietly, Ben . " said Dick "It will be safer for us nearer ho rne than this. It is fortunate that we are not in uniform just now." The boys were soon .ready and went below a


12 THE LIBERTY BOYS' DANGEROUS GAMEat a time, making their way out without arousing any suspicion and all getting away in safety. The boys at the other house had heard the alarm and were out of doors betimes, those who had not been able to change their. uniforms getting away with the greates t despatch. All the region around King's Bridge was full of Hessians, Tories, redcoats and camp followers, and the patriot citizens were in great con sterna tion. Westchester had always been a great neutral ground, being occupied by Tories and Wigs in turn and both striving for the mastery. There were plenty of patriots in this part, how ever, and there were Continental troops not far distant, s o that it might not be long before the Hessians and other invadors would find the ground di sputed and might be forced to cross the river again and remain on the island. "We h a d better keep away for a time,'' said Dick, "until we can get help, at any rate. There will be so me one here shortly, you may be sure, to call these raiders to account, and then we will have a chance to do something and s how these fellows that the Liberty Boys are on hand." The boy s were gathered near a house by the roadside at some little distance from the creek when they saw a number of Hessians approaching. "Keep quiet till we see what these fellows are going to do, boys," said Dick, motioning to the boys to get behind trees or fences. "We may have to do something now." The pe ople of the house were patriots , Dick kne w , but Hessians often failed to inquire to which side one belonged, but helped themselves. They came up now, a score of them, and began to pull . down the fences to make fire of them, and to . go to the barn to kill the cattle. "Come, boys , it i s time we interfered," said Dick, and, with a rus h, the gallant fellows began to attack the Hessians, using their pistols, having left their muskets behind them and shouting vigorously: "Liberty forever! Down with the. Hessians! Give it to the villains, boys! Drive out the . foreign hirelings !" Crack! crack! crack! Pistols began to rattle and crack and the Hessians found that they were not going to have things all their own way by any means. Then some neighborhood boy s came up, one of them shouting: "Hallo! there's Dick Slater, boys! Let's join in and . help him." "Come on, boys!" cried Dick. "Get sticks, stones, anything you can lay hands on, and drive these fellows back:" The boys needed no urging, for they knew Dick's reputation and we're sure that if they joined him they would be succes s ful. The Hessians speedily found that they were outnumbered and that the boys were no mean foes, some of them being expert shots and doing most effective work with their pistols. Men joined the boys, and. .now there was a heavy tramp as of a number of armed men approaching, and Bob shouted: "Hurrah! Here come some of our men! Now these fellows will have to take to their heels!" As the troops came on, Dick ran forward and said to the captain, who was known to him: "There are some of the Liberty Boys here, and we will join you. . We have no muskets, but we have our pistols and we will do all we can." "Fall in, boys," said the other. "There are more coming and we will send these fellows flying. They stole a march on us by pretending to be on . some expedition up the river and we neglected this part of the county. Come on boys." There were other Hessians coming and redcoats as well, but now the boys and their allies charged, and there was a tremendous din, a great rattle and clatter, plenty of smoke and dust, and then a cheer as the enemy fell back before the advancing patriots . The enemy made a stand at King's Bridge, however, and as there were too many of them for the patriots to drive back, they retired, sati sfied with having prevented the invaders from getting any further and keeping a sharp watch upon them. The boy51 remained with the Continentals, but in the early afternoon Dick got a suit of clothes, such as were generally worn by the Qu akers and set out for Kings' Bridge, intending to spy upon the enemy, learn their numbers and intentions and anything e!s:e of importance, and report to the general. Dick Slater was a famous scout and spy, and he had little fear of being recognized by the Hessians, or even by the redcoats, as there were only a few who knew him in disguise and he hoped to avoid them. There were some Westchester Tories who knew him well, having been neighbors of hi s for years but these lived twenty miles away, and he did not count on their being in the region whe're he was a t that time. Bob would have liked to go with him, but Dick thought it would be better to go a lo ne. "In cas e I happened to meet any redcoat officer s or Tory boys who knew me," he said, "it would be harder for both of us. to get away t.fian if I were alone, although I don't know that such thing will happen. Still, I think I will not take the risk now, Bob. Some of those redcoats, Austen or his might be at the bridge, and I want to be prepared." "You don't think that you will meet Prince William Henry, do you?" a sked Bob, eagerly. "No, I have not the slightest idea that I shall. He has doubtless returned to the city by this time." Walking along quietly, Dick attracted no great attention, as the sight of the Qu.aker boys in the street was a common one ana excited very little comment, and he at length reached King's Bridge and saw redcoats, Hessians, Loyalists, Rangers and Refuge es and everywhere. At an inn near the bridge, which was almost exclusively patronized by Tories, he saw a boy from near his own home coming out with his father. "There's Bill Burges s and his father," he mut tered. "That's what Bob would call just my lu" ck. I had no ide a that Burgess and Bill would be down here. Going to the city, perhap.s." Having seen the Tory boy first, Dick was able to keep out of sight and watched the old man and his son get into their chaise and drive off toward the city. "Bill wants to see the prince," he heard a groom say as he came up: "Well, I don't be lieve the prince will be very glad to see Bill. No one is that knows the feller."


THE LIBERTY BOYS' DANGEROUS GAME 13 "Old man will be saying how he was introduced to his highness and all that," he laughed another. "Gosh! he'd foreclose a l'll:ort gage on him, if he could. That old man 1s a regular skinflint." "Bill's and his father's reputations are not the best, even among the Tories," laughed Dick. "So the prince is in the neighborhood, is he? Probably _on the island. I will have to find out where." He had not intended crossing over to the island but what he had just heard changed his and he went on, determined to learn all that he could concerning the royal midshipman. "If he is in the vicinity there may be an opportunity to ca1Ty out our plan," he thought, "and I must find out all I ean. I did not expect this, but they say that it is only the unexpected that happens." . . Dick kept on over the bridge, no one mter fering with him or even speaking to him, and at length he saw a crowd ahead of him in front of a fine house whel'e the royal standard was floating, showing it to be the quarters of some important officer. The crowd seemed to be tingin that direction, and Dick followed saymg to himself: "I would not be surprised if the prince were there and the people are flocking to see him. I must find out. " In a short time he heard some one just in front C>f him say: "I don't see why evel'y one wants to run after him for. A prince is a man just the same as any one elFe. They wouldn't run after me, I guess." "Well, you aren't the king's son, that's the reason ." . "I don't belive he's any smarter'n anybody else, if he is." "Maybe he ain't, but he's the prince. Wouldn't you go to see the kingif he came here?" "I dunno as I would. If I had to go out of my way I wouldn't. A king ain't no more'n any one el se . He couldn't help it, he was born a king. If he got there by his smartness, same as a general, it would be different." "Well I'll bet you'll go there, same as everybody, go in and see him and shake hands wi t h him, too, if they'll let you." "Well, I might, but I'm going that way, anyhow, so it's no trouble." "He is here, all right," thought Dick. "I get a look at him mygelf and find out how long he is going to be here and what guards there are about the place and everything else. If we can carry out our plan we must do s o, and the the better. • • CHAPTER IX.-The Tory Boy's Revenge. Dick followed the crowd and at las t reached the mansion over which the flag was flying, find ing a steady stream of men, women and boys going in, the front door being open, with redcoats on each side and alongthe walk leading to it. The people went in by one door and left by another, after paying their respects to the prince, who was holding a reception for an hour or so in order to ple ase the people . Di c k heard enough to convince him that such 'Was the case, and he determined to go in, have a look at the house, learn what he could and then go away. There were all sorts of persons in the crowd moving along to see the rQyal midshipman, some welldress ed, others in homespun or smocks, and Dick's appearance was no stranger than that of many others, and no one seemed to .think any thingof it. To be sure, a few laughed at the idea of a Quaker boy going to see a prince, but Dick saw some real Quakers behind him, and said to himself: "Well, I am not the only one, so there is . nothing to be said, and I suppose the prince is as used to seeing Quakers in his own country as in any one el s e." He presently saw Bill Burgess and the old man come out at the side door, but they did not see him and probably would be gone by the time he left, so he did not worry over the fact of their being there. When near the door he saw Captain Au.sten in the hall, but there were guards on each side of him and the crowd was pressing behind him, there being no chance now to leave the line. "It is not very in there and he may not see me," thought Dick. "Even if he does, he is not certai?} to know me in this garb. I shall . have to take the chances, anyhow." He werit in with with others, and as he neared the British captain the -attention of the latter was called away and .he falled to notice Dick. The prince was in the main room on the ground floor, standing in the midst of a group of of ficers, the visitors filing past and beingpresented in turn. Some who considered themselves important enough had their names called out, while others simply passed, bowed and went on. DiCk noticed the position of the room and its location with references to others and passed on; merely l;>owing as he went by, the prince paying little attention to him and not recognizing him. Dick had a chance to see something of the house as he went out, and heard some one in a rear room say: "The front room on the floor above will be reserved for his highness to-night. See that every thing in it is comfortable." "It is comfortable enough for u s , and I guess it will do for him," was the answer, in rather a petulant tone. "But we don't have a prince in the house every day." "And a good thing, too. We don't have a rabble in every day, either,, soiling the carpets, scratching the floor s and running (}fl'.' wrth things, orwould if I did not keep an eye on them. We neve T had the rag-tagand bob-tail in here befo r e, and I hope we'll never have it again. The prince does not like it any better than I do, poor boy, but he's royal prince and has got to put up with it." "So he's going to remain to-night, is he'?" thought Dick. "That will give us a chance to do something. With fleet horses we should be away in a short time, and once over in Westchester we can defy pursuit." Out of the house nick looked about him, saw


• 14 . THE LIBERTY BOYS' DANGEROUS GAMEno sign of Bill Burgess or his father, and went out of the door-yard and down the street to get an idea of the house and surroundings. As he walked -on he suddenly saw Jenny Pridgeon, and knew from her expression that she recognized ihim and would probably speak to him. Donald Boyd was with her, but there were people all around, and if she called him by name some of them might know him and give the alarm. He stepped up quickly, therefore, and said: ''Good day, Friend Jane, and thee too, Friend Donald. Thee is well? I am pleased to hear it. Is thee going to see the prince? Princes are vain things, and there is great waste of time in following them. Does thee go my way, Friend Jane?" Jenny. laughed, winked at the boy with her, and replied: "Yes, to be sure, and we are glad to see you." Dick led the way down a side street were few persons, and 11aid: "I was afraid you might call my name without thinking and would be dangerous in this neighborhood where so many know me. You were not going to call on the prince ? " "No, we just walking about. There was great excitement last night, but they kept every thing quiet and no one knew what had hap pened, no one suspecting that there had been an attempt to carry off the prince." "There will be another one some time," faughed Dick. "I won't say when, and then you will know nothing about it." "You don't mean to say that you are going to try to steal the prince again, captain?" asked Jenny, excitedly. . "Ssshl be careful!" whisperea Dick. "We don't know who may be about. There is no one that I can see but we must be careful." "I would not betray you for anything," murmured Jenny, looking about her. "I did not think when I spoke." ' "That is just it, but we must think. We have to do it all the time, never knowing when there may be enemies listening. One has to be cautious in our work." Dick did not know just how true his words were, and had spoken from his usual habit of caution, for though there were few persons on the side street through which Dick had led Jenny Pridgeon and Donard Boyd, there were two houses and out of one of these a boy was just about to emerge when he caught sight of the three talking together. Being of a naturally curious nature, he paused a moment before leaving the doorway to see who the party was and to hear what they were talking about, when his sly,, freckled face suddenly brightened and he drew in his breath with a suppressed whistle and muttered: "Dic k Slater, as I live!" He waited in the she-lter of the doorway to see which way the two boys and girl were taking, or rather that which Dick was going to take, and a moment after the three had passed the house where he was hiding in thedoor way, he darted out, ran in the opposite direction, darted around a corner and was on his way to the house where the prince had just been holding the reception. The boy was Bill Burgess , who had lived in the same nei.2'hborhood as Dick since they were small boys, and had penetrated his disguise at once, for Dick had taken no pains to alter his face. "My! but won't they be glad to know that Dick Slater is in town!" he exclaime-d. "I guess they'll think I'm somebody now, if I can deliver into their hands the captain of the Liberty Boys. Perhaps his royal highness, the prince, will take me in his suite for this, and won't that be grand, and won't I be wearing fine clothes, and be a great lord, and perhaps 1fO to England to court and see the king and--' , By this time he was breathle-ss from running and talking to himself at the same time, and had reached the house wherethe prince was staying with his guardian, the admiral. He asked to see Captain Austen first, for when he entered the house some of his assurance had left him, and he felt shy about asking for an audience with the prince or even with the admiral. On his request to see Captain Austen, he was asked his business, and said that he had important news for the captain. "I'll take it to him," was the reply, for Bill had chanced to speak to his secretary. "I want to see the captain myself," was Bill's reply. "Well, you can't, for the captain is too great a man for every clod-hoppe'r in the country to see who takes a notion that he wants to," was the contemptuous reply. "Huh! I guess you wouldn't be so high and mighty if you knew what I had to tell the cap tain," Bill persisted. "If you have anything of importance I wilt convey theinformation to him," answered the secretary. "If you can'\ tell me what it i s it can't be of much value, and in the meantime you are taking up my time," and the secretary motioned to Bill to stand aside. "Yes, exclaime-d Bill, angrily, "and givin' Dick Slater a chance to escape." "What's that you are saying? Dick Slater!" was the sudden reply, for the secretary was beginning to take notice as soon as he heard the name of the famous boy captain. "Yes." "Where is he?" Bill was greatly impressed with the effect of his announcement, and to show what a person of imrortance he was, he answered, quickly: 'Just across the way here and around the c .orner. I saw him myself not five minutes ago, and if you'd taken me to the captain first off we wouldn't have lost all this time. Now let me see him at once so that I can inform him that heis in the dress of a Quaker and was talking to a boy and a girl, and--" ''Tell me where it was. " Bill told the name of the street, and then the secretary said, hastily: "Stay here while I tell the captain." "But I want to see the captain and have him take me to the prince," began Bill, running after the secretary, who by this time, however, had disappeared down a corridor, whither Bill felt timid about following him, concluding to do as he was bidden and await his return wher"e he was. In a few moments the secretary reappeared, and hastily telling Bill to follow, gave instrnc tions. to an orderly, and in a moment a lieutenant


THE LIBERTY BOYS' DAN GEROUS GAME. 15 appeared with about a dozen redcoats , and Bill " v a s o r dered to take them to the place where Dick had last been seen. The lieutenant gave orders for his men to divide, one-half to go one way and the rest the other, so as to intercept Dick and prevent him from getting away, taking no notice of Bill Burgess, whose beautiful air castles were rapidly crumbling to ruins, though he comforted himself that once Dick was caught then he would have a chance to declare the important part hj'l had played a.rd be able to claim his reward. In the meantime Dick had parted company with Jenny and Donald, entfrely unaware of the close proximity of his enemy, Bill Burgess, though he knew he was in the city, from having seen him at the reception not Jong before. They had talked a few moments before separating, and those few moments were wrought with peril to Dick, for .it gave the re

16 THE LIBERTY BOYS' DANGEROUS GAME try to break away, at least for the present," he added, with a smile. "I don't know that I have any particular rea son fo trust you," replied the lieutenant, "but I believe your advice is good, for we are attracting too much notice to be agreeable, and, besides, it would be for you to attempt to escape right here. A whistle from me would bring up the g-uard, at least, at any instant." "If you know anything of Captain Dick Slater," said Dick, quietly, "you would know that he never breaks his word. I give you my word that I will not attempt to escape while we are in the street. Later, I cannot promise, for I shall cer tainly take advantage of every opportunity of fered or unoffered." "By my word! you're a cool one,'' remarked the lieutenant. "Well, I'll take you to the captain, and he can do as he thinl.5s best. Thank you for the warning." The captain by that time might have returned to his quarters at the tavern, farther down j;he street, and consequently the lieutenant took Dick down there, hoping to be reliev ed of his re sponsibility in the matter. However, on making inquiry concerning the captain, he was informed that the gentleman had not yet returned. The lieutenant was nonplussed for a moment, and then asked: "Landlord, I have a very important prisoner whom I wish to keep here until the captain's return, but I want the matter kept quiet for the present. Have you any room where. he would be safe until I can return from seeing the captain?" "I have, sir. There is an old store-room, that has been recently cleaned and is empty. It has strong wooden shutters to the window, a stout oaken door and heavy lock. Your prisoner would be as secure there as in the stronges t jail in the country." "The very thing, landlord. Show me the place that I may put him there at once." The landlord was surprised enough to see an apparent Quake rfor a prisoner, but forebore to a s k questions, a s the redcoats were very profitable customers just then. He led the way to an upper floor, put a huge key into a padlock, unlocked the same .and threw open the door to a room that was as dark as Erebus within. "I should think this would do, sir," he said, with some complacency. "Indeed it will, but first I should like to examine the place with a light to make sure, " said the lieutenant, determined to take every precaution. The landlor(l. .brought a l antern a few moments later, with which the li eutenant carefully in every corner of the room, the window, the shutters and the door, and having satisfied himself that they were very secure, expressed himself-as quite s atisfied , and turned to leave the room. "Might you not leave me the lantern, sir?" asked Dick. "It might serve at least to keep the rats away, of which there are evidences, if I an:i to believe my eyes aright," and he pointed to a good-sized rat-hole in the surbase. "A pretty soldier you must make and a stout one to fear a rat," was the contemptuous rejoinder. "Rats are not the only contemptible foes . I have to fear," responded Dick, quietly. The lieutenant made no reply, but put the lantern on the floor, really seeing no objection to leaving a light in the_ room, so long as the door was heavily padlocked, the window strong, high and nailed down. Left to himself. Dick began inspecting his quarters, which he did not mean should contain him long if there. was any possibly way to escape. Fortunately, the li eutenant had not taken the trouble to search him, taking it for granted that he was not armed, for even if he were his pistols would be of little harm to anybody but himself, for he could not keep any one at bay within the room, even if he wished to, on account of having to stop to reload, and it would be impossible to fight his way out of the house, even if he had the thought of tryin to do so. Dick soon found the nails were in too firmly to permit him to withdraw them with no other tool than his knife, but he did discover that he could loosen the panes of glass and remove them so as to allow hi s putting his hand through. and unfastening the .shutters so as to. get a v iew of the street below The panes were . .small ones, and leaded, but they could be gotten out, and the window was sufficiently large to enable him to squeeze through, but the trouble was. that it was too far above the giound for him to jump without .serious danger for his legs, and there was nothing, not even a water pipe, by which lie might climb down, neither• was there anything in the room that would serve as a rnpe. He thought seriously of. tying his clothes together, but was deterred from the attempt for .fear .of the commotion the sight of a man in his under clothes dangling from a window to the street below might occasion. . He op ened the shutter slightly to take liis bearings , when he .sl!,w some one planted on th.e walk below, gazing upward at the house. 'In an in stant he recognized Donald Boyd . "Jenny has seen my arrest," he thought to himself, "and has sent Donald to m y aid. Bless the girl!' ' He gave a low whistle, at the same time p1:1t ting his head through the opening he had made in the sash and out at the shutter. Donald up at once, an

THE LIBERTY BOYS' DANGEROUS GAME. 17 was done the more likely to succeed. Donald carefully measured the height of the window and then threw the end of the cord, tied to a weight, upward. It fell just short of the window; Again he tried, and again, until he had correctly gauged the distance and Dick was able to catch the weight. It was but the matter of a moment to bring up the heavier rope attached to the cord, and s oon Dick had a length of goo d stout rope s ufficient to reach from the room to the street below. He fastened one end to the wooden shutter, which seemed likely to be able to sus tl;!.in the weight, removed the iemaining part of the sash, and then looked out. Just then there was a commotion in the street, and Dic1c drew back. "It's nothing, captain," whispered Donald, but Jenny, who has raised the cry of fire so's to get the people all away from the neighborhood." .Again Dick's gratitude attested to Jenny's pluck in serving a friend, though he felt that he had really done nothing to deserve such serv ice from her. He could hear the rushing and tramping of feet in the other street, and the voices of men and children shouting, "Fire! fire!" and waited just a moment to be sure that there were none coming his way and prepared to crawl through the window-sash. But half through he stuck and for a moment he thought he c ould get neither forward nor backward, and then he thought he heard some one at the padlock of the door behind him. He. made another desperate effort, something gave, and he went through rather more s uddenly than he expected, but he had the ro pe clutched in his hands and soon he was letting himself down, hand over hand, to the ground. He ha'd not been mistaken about hearing some one at the door,, but by the time the rusty key had turned in the grating lock, Dick was on the ground and hurwith the rest toward the direction of the sup posed fire. Jenny was on the watch for him, and on seeing him, motioned for him to follow her and led him to a friend's house, which was not far away. An alarm was raised as soon as Dick's flight was discovered, and men sent out to catch him, but the crowd interfered, and he was soo n lost in the midst of it, whi le the lieute nant had to explain his escape the best he could to his irate captain. CHAPTER XI.-A Clever Triek of the Captain's. Dick got back to the Liberty Boys at a time when they were beginning to feel anitious about him and to wonder where they were going to find him. They did not know where to look for him, whether among the redcoats at King's l3ridge, or on the New York Island side of the creek, -for they had no idea where he had gone. Bob knew that he had set off to spy upon the enemy, but Bob did not know that the royal mid shipman was on the island and therefore could not know that Dick had gone there. Dick came in just as Bob -was about to send out parties to look for him, and relieved their anxiety at once. Then he gave them a great surprise by saying-: "His royal highness, Prince William Henry, will spend the night at a house on the Island of Manhattan, 'not far from the creek." "And we will let him rest quietly, of course . and do nothing to disturb his slumbers," laughed Bob. . "I know the house where he is staying,'' added Dick, "the room where he is to sleep and how to get at it,, and I think we may make another attempt, with every chance of success." The boys were all eager to hear Dick's plan and to help him carry it ;out, being made more determined by their past failures. "There are many places where we can conceal ourselves," Dick continued. "There is the garden of the house itself, and there are other gardens. We will , go there a few at a time, conceal our selves, watch the house, and at the right time, force an entrance and carry off the prince. It is no more dangerous now than before if we act in coneert and with determination." "Give us full instructions, let everything b e understood and there isn't a boy here that will not do everything he can to make the affairs a success," declared Bob, and all the boys echoed what he . said. . Dick described the house and grounds to the boys in such a manner that they could not fail to understand everything, and at last they set out, three or four at a thne, for the place, all being dressed in dark clothes and wearing cloaks s o as to escape notice. They all reached the house at length and saw that there was a small but selec t reception going on, the drawing-rooms being brilliantly lighted and music heard at intervals. Now and then the figure of the royal host could be .seen through the windows. sometimes talking to a group of gorgeously dressed officers, and then dancing with some hands omely gowned lady, or promenading with some fair partner. The boys, hidden in various secure nooks, watched the house and weTe satisfied that the prince was theTe, Dick and all o f them knowing his face well by thi.s time and see ing it plainly. The affair did not keep up very late, and at length one and another of the guests left the mansion, their carriages driving in from the street, stopping at the door, and then driving out the other way so as to avoid all confusion. At last all the guest were gone, and Dick saw the prince standing in the drawingroom talking with four or five officers, his bodyguard, no doubt. His back was turned to the window, but Dick had seE!n tJ:i,at figure too many times that evening to mistake it, and he signaled to the boys that everything was well. The lights in the front of the mansion were extinguis hed , but Dick could see through to the Tear, where it was still lighted, and here he saw the prince sitting with the officers, who were laughing heartily at something. The lights in the rear were at length put out, and the lower p11rt of the house was in darkness, except for a single candle in the hall. Then lights appeared in the front room, on the first floor up, ,and Dick saw the prince enter, accompanied by two officers. The blinds were presently drawn, but light could . b e seen at the bottom and at the sides for some little time. The light in the hall, but there was very little i.n the ro.of where the prince was. and


18 THE LIBERTY BOYS' DANGEROUS GAME this might remain being shaded so a s to prevent it from keeping him a w a y. All was quiet in the mansion and in the street, all the houses in the neighborhood were dark, the only one showing any light being that were Prince William Henry was a guest. At length, when all was dark and still, Dick signaled to the boys to come out. Some stationed themselves at the corners and some at the bottom of the steps, D ic k and Bob approaching the door, Dick with a small, strong iron bar in his hand. With this he forced the lock and the door was <>pened. Then Dick, Bob, Jack and Ben flew up the broad stairs to the floor above; Harry, Will and Sid remaining at the foot of -the flight . Patsy and Carl guarded the doors at the rear of the hall, and others those at the si de. Dick and his boys were at the top of the flight in a moment,, as yet no sounds to cause alarm having been heatd. Dick knew just which door to enter and saw a light under it, as he approached it. All the 'boys and without were on guard, and there was no signal that any' danger threatened. Dick advanced to the door of the prince's s leeping-apartment and listened, hearing no s ound. Behind him stood Bob. and the others ready to follow and give him any needed assistance. Dick tried the door and found that it was not fastened on the other side, and in a moment it :flew open. In ian .nick and the b oys . finding a dim light in the room, this being shaded by a s creen. Jack and Ben removed this and lighted more candles. Still there was no sound of any one stirring in the hou se, and Dick and the boys knew that the alarm had not yet been given. Everything had worked so rapidly and with so little noise that it did not seem possible that any one could have been awakened. Dick and Bob approached the canopied bed and drew a side the heavy hangings, the light falling on the face of the sleeper. "By jove ! what i s this?" cried Bob. "This is not the prince!" . It was not, indeed, although Dick could have swoPn that he had seen the former retire in this very room. The sleeper, who now awoke as Bob Estabrook, gave him a decided shaking, was not Prince William Henry at all, but quite another p erson. He was no other, in fact, than that dandified young gentleman, Ruthven Carruthers, Esq., son of the richest man in Westchester, according to his own statements. "Here, w .ake up! What are you doing here, y ou idiot?" cried Bob . • "Where is the prince?" "Ah, you did come, after all," said Carruthers, s leepily. "I was in hopes you wouldn't, you know, but you did." "Where is the prince?'' asked Bob, giving the fellow another shake. "Gone back to the city by the King's Bridge road, two h()urs ago. He went away before any one dj,d, don't you know." On chairs, or neatly hung up were various parts of the royal midshipman's uniform which Dick had seen the prince wear the evening, and in a wardrobe at one side were the foppish clothes which Ruthven Carruthers had worn whe n the young captain had last s een him. "Bob,'' $aid Dick. "we have been fooled, and by ;this doneky." "But I'll wager he never thought of it,'' re plied Bob. "That was a very clever trick, wasn't it, y ou rebels?" laughed the dandy. "I have been walk ing around as the prince half the night and lots of the people didn't know the difference. That was Austen's idea. Very clever Austen, though I would ha;ve made some_different arrangements. He wouldn't let m e talk , and he made me keep my back to the windows for fear--" "Come alon g, Bob," said Dick. "We have been tricked, and very cleve r l y , but not by this fellow. He has been only the instrument, 'and a very dull .., on e at that." There was a sudden signal from below, and Bob sprang toward th. e bed, turned Ruthven Car ruthers on his face, covered him with pillow s and blankets and said: "If you make an outcry, you donkey, r n blo w out what few brains you have!" Then the boy s extinguished the lights , closed the door and hurried down to the hall below . "Some one is c oming, captain," said Harry. "We mus t get away at once , if at all." "They're laughing in the rnom beyant, captain," muttered Pats y. "I wondher phwat it's for?" Then shouts were heard outside and from the room abo ve and in other directions. "Quick, boy s, out with you, to the boats !" cried Dick. "We have been fooled . The prince left for New York long ago, leaving a fool in his place." The boys hurried ou t of the house a s an alarm was sounded and made their way to the creek with all has te. The boats had been brought o ver to that side s o as to be in readiness to carry off the prin ce, and now the boys lost no time in getting into them and rowing away. They made .their way toward the Huds on , Dick having de cided to go that way in the event of capturing the prince and having all the more reason for doing s o now. The boys were all there and rowed swiftly. and rapidly toward the Hudson, no t knowing a t what moment an alarm might be s ounded. "And to think of ou r taking. that dandy for the prince!" muttered Bob, under his breath. "It was only at the end, Bob," said Dick. "He was in the rear room when the lights in front were put out, and he went up to the r oom and went to bed. Do you remember the officers laugh ing?" "Ye s, and A,usten laughed the loudest of any.n "They were laughing at this plot of his, no doubt, prepared in case we did attempt to steal the prince." _ . "It is my belief that they were afraid we would, Dick, and s o they got up this plan. Austen kno ws our determination and ho w near we came to carrying out our plan last night, and he was afraid of us." "I believe he was, Bob." The b\)ys pulled ahead rapidly, D ick know ing the way perfectly and leading, both boats being close together, however. There were sudden cries of alarm, flashing torches , 'hurried foot steps and then, cries: ' "Get out the watch! Stop the rebels! Look


" I .. THE LIBERTY • BO. YS' . DANGEROUS GAME. 19 along the creek! Sto:p any boats that attempt to pass!" The boys heard these cries, but kept on along the winding creek, being before long in the shadow of steep hills on the island side and out of 1sight. The hill descended almost sheer to the -water, and there was no path below it, so the boys were in no danger there. What Dick feared was that word might be sent to Fort Knyphausen, formerly Fort Washington, and that boats would be put out to stop them. They kept on in the deep shadow of the hill, rowing steadily and at good speed, and at length came out the river. Then Dick heard the sound of oars and kept along the bank in the shadows, looking this way and that to see if he could distinguish the other boats. Out on the river it was lighter, and he did not want to be seen yet until he knew how many there were. The boats kept up the river, but the tide had turned and was setting . against them. Then Dick left the bank and in a few minutes heard some one call out in a loud voice: , "Hallo, the boats I What are you doing?" "Looking for the rascals!" replied Dick. "Have. you seen them yet?" "No. Keep near the creek, where they are bound to come out." "They must have come out, for I have been there myself. Look down the river, the tide is setting that way." "Very well," and Dick went on. CHAPTER XII.-On the River Again. Dick and his boys now went out into the stream pulling rapidly and making good progress. Sud denly there was a shout from below and then lights began to fl.ash along shore and there were more shouts. "Hallo! What are those boats out on the river'?" _ "The rebels have escaped. Look out for them!" "Put after those fellows on the river, they are the ones we want!" Dick and his boys went right on, and there -were more lights off shore, more shouts and a lot of noise and confusion. There were boats coming after Dick and the boys now, but they rowed steadily and with a good, strong stroke, and it would be good oarsmen who could overtake them now. Crack! crack! crack! Shots rang out and the fl.ash of muskets could be seen, bullets whistling well to one side of the boys, but not disturbing them. "Arid the redcoats never were good marksmen," muttered Bob. Crack! bang! crack! There were more shots, some from shore and some from the river, the bullets coming nearer than before, but not near enough to cause either damage or alarm. "Pull ahead, boys!" muttered Dick. The boys gained, and shortly took a diagonal course down-stream, which enabled them to make better time and took them farther and farther from the enemy. At. length there were no more shots fired, and the enemy's boats put back to shore, the boys rowing less rapidly, but just as steadily. "Well, I suppose w e shall have to give up our plan of stealing the prince," said Bob, at length. "We have raised such a hue and cry that it will not be safe to get anywhere near him after this." "Yes, we may as well give it up," rejoined Dick, "but we have had exciting times and we came very near .to success more than once." "That's what makes it so provoking,'' growled Bob. "If we had not come within miles of our object, it would not be so bad, but to come so close and then slip up is the hardest kind of luck." "We had him twice," laughed Jack, "and then we got that dandy who was not worth carrying off." "No, and Carruthers will tell everybody how well he fooled the Liberty Boys," added Ben. "It was a very clever move on Austen's part to get the middy out of the way and substitute the dandy for him,'' laughed Dick. "Yes, but it showed that they_ were afraid," declared Bob. "They had no reason to think that we would make another attempt to carry off the prince to-night, but they were afraid to take any risks." ' "Yes, that is clear enough and, as it happened, we were tricked, and very neatly." The boys rowed more slowly now, for it was getting darker, and Dick did not wish to go too far down-stream before landing. "We might put in at the ferry and block house," said Dick, "and I would rather land nearer Fort Lee where there are fewer enemies." They went ahead and at last saw the shore before them, but could not tell just ,where they were on account of the darkness. There was not a light to be seen anywhere, and they rowed on slowly for fear of running upon a rock or shoal, Dick keeping a sharp lookout ahead of him. At length the boats grated on the ' sand, and some of the boys jumped out and pulled them ashore. They could not tell where they were, there being :n,o guiding lights frqm houses or forts to give them an idea, and Dick thought they had better wait till dawn before going ahead. "We might run right into danger the first thing,'' he said, "so I believe it will be better to wait" They sat in the boats or wrapped themselves in their greatcoats and waited, some going to sleep and some talking in low tones. They were all in uniform now, and it was therefore better to know where they were before advancing, so as not to fall into a •trap. At last it was light e:qough to see, and Dick, looking about him and advancing a few hundred yards, said to Bob: "We are between Bull's Ferry and Fort Lee. You will see the block-house when you get be yong those trees. We had better get away as soon as iwe can before. any of the redcoats or Tories come out." They hid the boats and set out for their camp at a lively walk, but had just reached the road when they heard a clatter of hoofs behind them and, turning their heads, saw a number of mount ed redcoats coming from the direction of the fort. The redcoats saw them at the same moment and set up a shout, coming on at a gallop. The boys ran up the road at good speed, the redcoats following and shouting to them to halt. "Keep right on, boys!" cried Dick. "Stay with me, Bob, we may give them a check, presently." On went the boys at a run, Dick presentJy stop -


20 THE LIBERTY BOYS' DANGEROUS GAME ping a t a turn of the road where there were thick bushes and a stone wall. He and Bob jumped over the wall and crouched behind it, waiting for the redcoats to come up. This was not long, and then Dick fired a shot, which passed dangerously near the head of the leader and caused him to rein in suddenly. They th1ew the line into confusion, which was increased by Bob firing a -shot which carried away the hat of another redcoat and made him jump so that he lost hi s seat. The redcoats halted, one of them saying: "There are the rebels, behind the wall. Get around behind them." "N:o, di smount and charge on them right here," muttered another. "Yes, and be shot down!" growled another, no one seeming to be in command, and all giving orders at once. While they were debating what to do until s ome one s hould come from the fort to command them, Dick and Bob slipped away and hurried after the boy s, the bend in the road and the bu s hes hiding them from the redcoats. The latter finally made a dash for the stone wall on boih sides, but found no boy s there as they had ex peeted. They mounted again and raced after the boys, whom they presently saw a good distance ahead. The boys halted in a little grove of trees at the roadsi de and opened fire upon the redcoats as they s:arrie up, making a lot of noise s o as to give the ,impression that there was a large detachment of them. This cause d the redcoats to halt, and the boys hurried on , s hielded by the trees. They hurried on, and before long the redcoats, finding that they had b een fooled and that the plucky young patriots had gone ahead, came flying after them. The boys kept on till they reached an angle of the road where there was another wall and quickly got behind it, opening fire upon the redcoats with a vim. "Liberty forever! Let the redcoats have it!" roared the boys, and bullets beyan to fly in the liveliest fashion Then, as the redcoats were about to charge upon them with the bayonets , there was heard a tremendous cheeT and then a clatter of hoofs as Mark Morris on and forty of the Liberty Boys came dashing up. The redcoats fled, thinki_ng . that there was a. regiment after them, and Dick said to Mark: "You came in the nick of time, Mark, but we had better retu1n as fast a s we can and not pursue them, as there are too many of them clo s e at hand." "We have you'!" horses,"_ said Mark, "but did you get the.prince?" " We got him and lost him," laughed Bob, "and then we captured a fool and let him go. I'll t-?11 you all about it, but just now we had better get away as fast as we can.'' They did so, as there were signs of the return '>"= the enemy with a la1ger force. CHAPTER XIII.-The Plan Given Up. There were horses for all the boys, as Mark had thought that they would hardly stay an other day, and that he would meet them some where on the shqre. The redcoats came after • them, but the boys let them a chase and .JJ._t last it became dangerous for the enemy to folm\v, as they were getting into a hostile country and might be caught "instead of catching the wily young patriots. The enemy gave up the chase, and t he boys kept qn fo r s ome time at a less rapid pace, knowing that they were safe. They at length reached the camp where all the boys gave them the hearties t kind of w elcome, the woods fairly ringing with tpeir shouts . They were greatly interested i n the story of how Dick and the rest endeavored to carry out the plan to steal the prince, laughing heartily at the doings of, Ruthve n Carruthers, but admitting that the s ubstitution of the dandy for the prince was a very clever stroke. A day or so after this a spy came into the camp and brought a paper which he had gotten hold of in New York. " Som ebody has been frightening the redcoats, I guess," he laughed, as he handed the paper to Dick. Dick took the paper, look ed at it, and called Bob, ' Mark and s ome of the boys. "Hear this, boy s," he said , beginning to read. "It will interest you. 'A number of flat-boats were discovered las t night by a sentry on the Huds on, which are thought to have been designed by the rebels to fire the suburbs, and in the heights of the conflagration to make a descent u p on the lower part of the city and wrest from our embraces his excellency, Sir H. Clinton, Prince William H enry, and several other illustrious personages.' " "Then it has got about, after all," laughed Bob . "I don't 'know where they picked up the flat-boats, though. Their eyes must have seen double." "They are in a great fright, anyhow," declared Dick, "for this account say s that great precautions have been taken for the security of the distinguished persons n a med, the guards having been greatly increased.' ' "In order to render the p&sons of these dis-tingushed individu a l s a s little exposed as pos sible, to quote from this paper," added Dick. "It would be impossible to carry out our plan now and we may as well give it u p.'' "They left out the n a me of one distinguished personage, however," observed Ben, gravely. "Who was that?" asked Mark. "The Honorable Ruthven Carruthers, E sq. , to be sure," laughed Ben. "I s hould not be surprised if he w ouldgo to Rivington or Gaines, or whoever p ubli shed this and protest against this omi ssi on.'' The plan to steal a prince was given up, therefore, and very few person s ever knew that there had be en one, the Liberty Boys saying nothing about it and the redcoats naturally keeping quiet about it. The boys did not remain much longer in the neighborhood, for there was considerable to be done in the South, and it was not long before they were as active in other fields as they had been when p laying their dangerous game in the city, by which they had hop ed to capture a prince. Next week's issue will contain "THE LIBERTY BOYS AT FORT No. 8; or, WARM WORK ON THE HUDSON."


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF "76" 21 , CURRENT NEWS MAKES LIVING TREE COLOR ITS OWN WOOD A scheme for feeding silk-worms a diet of coloring matter so as to have them spin threads o f a certain shad\! has its counterpart in . method of coloring wood in the growing tree, devised by a German e ngineer. Various aniline dyes are used, the Industrial D igest explains, which do not poison the tree or affect its growth. The dye is injected into the roots and the sap carries the coloring matter throughout the structure in forty-eight hours . \ Dutch and American interests are giving the process attention . . BEE TREE HUNTING The quest of wild honey has enticed hundreds of unemployed into the Snoqualmie National for est, Washington, and men are reported to be able to locate two to three bee trees every day. The bees prefer to hive up in a tall hollo w cedar, but are also found in other kinds where lightning or natural deformities have caused cracks or crevices. The bees are not wild in reality, but are derelict swlirms break ing away from domesticated ,olonies. The amount of honey found in som"! trees is prodigious. A big cedar opened up near Baring one day revealed a column of beeswax ten feet lon g and from ten inches to two feet thick. Nearly five tubs of comb-honey was removed and strained. MISS WALKER WALKS ACROSS THE COUNTRY With bobbed hair, cowb o y hat, khl!ki breeches, and all her marching kit in a bag over her s houlders, Mis s Nell Walke!' of Bo ston, Mass., has reached Edmonton, Alberta, after fourteen months of walking in a round-the-world tour that i s expectea to last five years in all. Mis s Walker was ordered to take to the open road by her physician, as a c ure for broken health. She l iked the experience so well that she i s going on right around the world, making her way by her own earnings, lecturing, selling picture cards, etc. She has already crossed America, and has si nce walked over the Canadian Rockies from Vancouver to Calgary, whence she journeyed north to Edmonton. She i s now nearing Regina, capital city of Saskatchewan, on the prairie, and hopes to get into the wooded count:r:y of the Eas t before the winter col d takes the prairie lands into its icy grip. . Miss Walker has had some strange and exciting experiences. In Loui siana s h e was caught in a-cloudburst while miles away from any habitation and in California a rattler shared her camp bed for the whole of a night, but she says "It's a great life, all the same. " Take Not i ce MAGAZINE," No. 119, out Od. 1 Sth and dated Nov. 1st, has a handsome new cover. It contains a splendid feature story entitled "Trailed by a Private Detective," a serial called "The Rin g That Chattered"; four short stories, "The Wind Burner," "Shuffled Identities," "The Trail of a Thie.f" and "The Third Course." It also contains some fine short articles such as "French Female Convicts," "The Tricks of Counter feiters," "Fingerprinting Prevents Frauds," "A Detective's Skill," "Millions in Blackmail," "Hair in Crime Detection" and other interesting items. GET A COPY! PRICE TEN CENTS HARRY E. WOLFF, Publisher, Inc., 166 West 23d Street New York City


\ 22 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF "76" HARD TO BEAT -ORA BOY OF THE RIGHT KIND By RALPH MORTON (A SERIAL STORY) CHAPTER XI (Continued). Tom and Jack were astounded. For a moment they were speechless. They saw their plans for joining the circus tumbling about their ears. They looked at the circus owner a moment and then at each other. "Sir," said Tom, "you are wholly mistaken, as we can prove. The dog came to us and we cared for him. If we had known who his owner was we would have at once returned him. You can offer us no reward we would accept." "Iguess not!" sneered Sterling. "Your reward will be a few mopths in the county jail.1 I will have the county sc oured for you." With that he gave the starting crank of his car a twist and the engine began to hum. Then he pulled the dog into the car and started away. He once glanced back savagely and then disappeared in a cloud of dust. Jack looked at his mate in sheer amazement. "What do you think of that, kid?" "I will tell you what I think of it," said Tom, angrily. "'l'hat is about the meanest man I ever met. I would not work for him or his show for any amount of money. I am going down there to Russett Mills and see if he will dare to have .us arrested. He will have to prove that we sto le his dog." Jack, however, looked at him with long-drawn face. "You might be able to do that, kid," he said, lugubriously, ''but I can't." "Why not?" "I guess if I made any bluff they would look me up, and you know what I would have to face. They would learn that the New York police are looking for me and I would get sent back. That would look bad for you, too. I guess there is no earthly show for a fellow who does wrong once." In his heart Tom felt bad for his pal. He saw that this was true. The fact that Jack was sought by the police would go far to make out a case against both as being thieves. He was much disappointed. Jack sat down on the bank by the roadside and bowed his head in his hands. He was plainly overcome with despair. Tom looked at him a moment. "Oh, say, Jack, we will cut out the trip to the show. If it is risky we will steer clear of Russett Mills. There are other things we can do." "Kid," said Jack, in a hollow voice, "it looks as if it was no u s e fer me to try to be good. They won't give a feller a chance.. I ain't going to drag you down any more. Now you leave me. Go your way and heaven • bless you! I will make good myself, and some time I will seE! you again. You kin make good with that show. I will go my way." Tom was deeply touched, but his eyes flashed. "None of that, Jack," he said, warmly; "what do you think I am? I have no idea of leaving you. We have made up a partnership and if it means anything it means sticking to each other , through thick and thin. We will go on to some other It required some argument to make Jack accept this plan. ' At last, though, his face brightened, and he said: "Kid, I like you better than anybody I ever met in my life. I never met any one before who was so much on the square. I am going to stick and you will see that I willl.Je a man by and by." "That is the talk, Jack," said Tom, with relief. "Now let us forget all about that chap with the dog. I am sorry that we could not have kept the dog, as he was such a splendid animal. However, his owner has got him now and we have no right to find fault. Gome on! We will jog along." So they arose and took a branch road that led to another town. They made their way along for miles through a new country. They came to a signboard that said: "Chipsford, 1 Mile." "I wonder what kind of a place that is?" mused Jack, as he studied the signboard. "I suppose it is one of those jay towns. I guess we kin get something to eat there, anyway." They went on for a few hundred yards, and then came to an interesting scene . There were a score of men working at the rebuilding of a bridge . It spanned a small stream. There were masons at work on the abutments and carpenters laying the boards on the walk. The boys approached the structure, which was only about half completed. The men had stopped to eat their dinner from pails, and as the boys came up they hailed them. "Say, kid," whispered Jack, "let us stop and have a talkfest with these chaps. I will bet they will give u s a job." "All right," said Tom, and the boys joined the men. They talked with them and lounged on the greensward with them. They were rough chaps, though many of them were good-hearted. But the boss of the gang was a lively sort of chap and exchanged many quips and jokes with the men. After they had finished their dinner they began to indulge in horse play, tripping each other and having rough fun. Jack and Tom watched them a while until suddenly one of the men made a grab at Jack's leg and pulled him from the bank where he was sitting. In a moment Jack accepted the challenge and indulged in a rough-and-tumble with him. The man was powerful and heavy, but the pug was skilled in the art of wrestling, and in a few moments he had laid his antagonist on his back. At once there was applause and the 111en all gathered about and began to praise Jack. They were delighted that he had thrown his antagonist, and joked the laborer liberally. It made the fellow mad, for he could not see how a lad of Jack's make-up could throw him so easily. (To be continued.)


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF "76" 23 ITEMS OF INTEREST SENTENCED TO SLEEP IN ST ALL A sentence to spend two nights in his horse's stall, meanwhile turning the animal out to pas• ture, was impo s ed upon Raymond W. Putnam of Wakefield in the District Court, Malden, Mass., the other day. Putnam was charged with having failed to provide proper rood and shelter for his horse. Judge Riley said that if the horse showed improvement at the end of two week s he would not set any further penalty. OPOSSOM ATTACKS CHILD -Attacked b y a pet opossom while s he slept in her crib one night, Mary Jane Coker, four-months old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R. N. Coker of Birmingham, Ala., s uffered wh!ch sitated treatment at a hospital, accordmg to m formation at the Health Department. The brain of the opossom, which was killed following the attack, was examined at the city laboratory the other day, but showed no evidence of rabies. The child was somewhat improved, according to the information. According to the information at the Health Department, the opossom is said have grabbed the baby by one of her feet, dragging her from the and almost severing ?ne of her toes before au reached her. She was 1m-. mediately taken to a hospital, where the toe was sewed up and scratches on her leg were treated. The opossom, which had been a pet for four years, escaped from its cage at the hom e of a neighbor and was said at the Health Office to have been owned by Lee Wright of No. 825 South 26th street. CATTLE GORE WINGS OF AEROPLANE An airplane belonging to a Manchester, England, flying company, which has been used for passenger flights from the aerodome at Dinarth Hall,.near Penrhyn Bay, between Llandudno and Colwyn Bay, alighted recently in a field near the gasworks at Llandudno in consequence of some slight engine trouble. The machine was anchore' d down in the field for the night. Next morning when a mechanic arrived to adjust the engine, he fom:id that some young cattle which had been left in the field had been giving considerable attention to the airplane during the night. They had gored a number of holes in the wings and had licked off the castor oil which had been splashed by the rotary engine upon the wings. Before the machine could be moved the torn portions of the planes had to be patched with linen and doped. Whether it was the effect of the castor oil or of the exhilaration of their exciting night with the strange monster, the heifers showed a considerable amount of liveliness on the arrival of the mechanic, whom they chase d around the plane and out of the field. The owner of the animals was sent for to take charge of them while the damage they had done was made good. Next day the plane was frequently aloft, notwithstanding the bi: isk northwest wind. 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24 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF "76" The Doct or's F i r s t P atient By D . W . STEVENS , About thirty years ago a young man who had passed through all the preparatory steps took a suite of r?oms in London, had a large brass plate fixed to his door, on which his name and calling were set forth in large latters , and for the bene fit of night comers caused the same to be in sc. ribed on three sides of a large green glass lan tern which hung before his house. Late one evening in December the young doc tor sat alone in his little study, and large, heav y

"' • THE LIBERTY BOYS OF "76" 25 "That no part may rest on me, give me your address and the hour at which I shall call," said the physicia n. "If you will come, come at nine," answered the stranger. "One question before you go. Is the sick person under your care?" said the physician. "No," answered the stranger. "And if I g iv e you directions how to treat the patient till I come, can you make use of them?" "No," sa id the stranger, and tears burst out afresh. Early the next .morning the young doctor according to the directions received, took his way to Wal worth. Thirty years ago this place was only inhabited by people of a doubtful character. The hou ses were far apa"rt, old, ruinous, .and miserable in every respect. After many contradictory answers and unintelligible directions-ankle deep in black, boggy mud -the young doctor stood at length b efore the house where his fir s t patient was. No living thing was to be seen. "I s tood several minutes before the house," said the doct or, when he afterwards told the story, "and went entirely around it before I could muster courage enough to knock. I am not a very timid man, and yet I am forced in truth to confess that my heart beat quicker than usual when I heard w hi spering within. After so me time steps approached the door, the bolts and chains were withdrawn, and the door opened. A man stood before me whose demeanor was not greatly calculated to give me new courag.e. He was a tall man with a pale, haggard face, over which his thick, black hair hung like a vail." "Walk in!" said the man, in a deep, sullen tone. I walked in and he replaced the bars and chains of the door. "Have I come early enough?" said I. "Too early," answered the man. "But you will have to wait only five minutes." He opened the door and went out. I heard him fasten it on the outside. Soon after wheels came toward the house-they stopped-the chains of the door were unfastened -voices spoke low-footsteps went up the stairs, and I felt certain something heavy was carried up between two men. The hearers returned again down the stairs, the door was again bolted and chai;ned, and the wheels rolled away. I arose and searched around the room to find some place by which I might escape to the open air, when the door suddenly op ened and my vi sitor .of the evening before entered the room, in the same dress , with the thick vail over her fa.ce. She made a sign for me to follow her. She led me upstairs to the door of a chamber and made me a sign to enter. The chamber contained a large chest, two chairs and a bed, without curtains. The yellow curtain I had seen from without made the chamber so da1k that I stood still; but the stranger, with a cry of anguish, rushed by me and threw herself on her knees beside the bed, on which I could now se e a tall form was stretched. The head and face were evidently those of a man. A black bar.dage pass ed over the face and under the chin. The eyes were closed, and one hand lay on the covering of the bed. I approached. and to. ok it in mine. Imagine my surprise when I touched the hand of a corpse. "There is no hope," I said. "The man is dead." The stranger . sprang to her feet, clasped her hands wildly together, and cried in a piercing voice: "Not sol Say not so! I cannot bear it. It cannot be so! Men have been brought to life when they were supposed to be dead. I beseech you, dp not delay! At this very moment, perhaps, the soul is departing from the body! For heaven's sake, do something for him!" I stooped down to examine the body more closely. "Draw away the curtain," said I. The woman did not move. "The curtain must be moved," said I, peremptorily. Still she made no motion, and I rose for the purpose of doing it myself. Then she threw herself upon the bed, clasped my knees and cried out: "Have mercy on me I Let the curtain be! If there is no hope-if he is indeed dead-if nothing can be done for him, why expose the body?" "I must see the corpse," said I, and before the woman could prevent me I tore away the curtain. The daylight streamed into the chamber. I returned to the bed and examined the dead body. "Here has been violence," said I, and looked sharply at the woman, who stood before me for the first time without her vail. It had fallen to the floor, but she appeared unconscious of it. She appeared to be about fifty years old. Her face, now deadly pale, might have once been very handsome. Her white lips trembled, an unnatural fire burned in lier eyes, and her whole person seemed oppressed by a weight of woe. "Here has been violence," I repeated. "There has!" exclaimed the woman. "There has!" exclaimed I, sternly. "I mean the man has been murdered." "Yes, heaven knows he has! Merciless men have murdered him," shrieked the w oman. "And who are they'!" said I. "Who are they? Look at the mark of the slaughterers and then ask!" sai d she. I stooped down and took off the thick bandage. The neck was swo llen, and a blue ma1k might b e plainly see n around it. I could doubt no l on ger, and turning away, I said: "Is he on e of the men who were hung this mon1ing?" "Yes," answered she. "And who is he?" "My own-son!" groaned out the woman, and sank on the floor." This man was the only child of his widowed mother-the light of her eyes and the idol o f her hert. Indulgence had made him selfish and heartless. He had robbed her of all her po ss es sions, one after another; and when she could no longer furnish him with the means of gratification he committed murder and died 'l'n the gal lows. His mother finished her in a mad• house.


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THE LIBERTY BOYS OF "76" 27 GOOD READING NEW GEYSER STARTS UP Yellowstone's newest and biggest geyser devel oped recently when, without preliminary manifes tations,, a quiet mud pool near the head of Obsi dian Creek sent a column of steaming hot mud and rocks 300 feet into the air. The eruption lasted several minutes and is repeated at irreg ular intervals, each time sending up a 300-foot column of mud and water, which is higher than any of the other geysers in the park. The eruption inundated the automobile road between Mammoth Hot Springs and Norris Gey ser basin, and covered several acres of ground. Automobiles parked near by while their passen gers waited for the new geyser to perform again were struck with stones thrown up by the stream. The geyser will be named the "Semi-Centennial" in honor of the fiftieth anniversary this year of the establishment of the park. In 1915 the smne pool threw water 15 or 20 feet into the air, but it never before has been regularly active. ESCAPED APE CAPTURED A little black ring-tailed monkey from Cen tral America escaped from the animal store of J. W. Simmons at 256 West Twenty-third street, New York City,, the other day. He was finally captured in a room of the Hotel Chelsea two days later by Patrolman Ernest Freeburg of the West Thirtieth street station, but not before he had during his two days of freedom caused consid erable commotion in the Chelsea district. The monkey seemed to be partial to the Hotel Chelsea. He was first seen on a fire escape on the sixth floor. Several times he was cornered in rooms there, but always escaped. Tuesday he gotinto the room of Arther Wolte, resident man ager of the house, and ate a couple of thrushes which used to sing sweetly. Soon after this the monkey went into the room of a gentleman who had drinking home brew, and the gentleman called the hotel clerk to wit ness that he had sworn off from that moment, it being his belief that the little monk was equipped with green wings and yellow hands. Simmons and the police tried to poison the monkey after that, sprinkling a deadly liquid on a bunch of ba nanas, but the monkey ate the good fruit and let the poisoned bananas alone. He was finally cor nered in a room on the third floor of the Hotel Chelsea and while two boys closed the window on the fire escape the policeman went in and cap tured him. Then he was locked up. MOTOR BOATS NOW HUNT WHALES If the o0ld whalers could revisit Cook Strait, they would surely watch . with amazement the hunting of whales by their .g:eatgrandsons. !'century ago the strait that divides the two roam islands of New Zealand was a great of British American and French whalmg ships. It was no thing, according log books still in existence, to see seventy or b<;>ats "put out from the ships and the sliore stations when whales were sighted. A strange chapter of New Zealand history was written• by the whalers in the wild, rough days prior to the com ing of the law in 1840. The right whales used to come ir1 their thous ands to the New Zealand bays. They were regular in their habits before men had thinned theiI numbers and driven theni from accustomed haunts. They arrived off the New Zealand from the north in the beginning of May, skirted the western coastline of the North Island passed between Papiti Island and the mainland 'crossed Cook Strait and entered Cloudy Bay, num erous deep sounds and inlets gave them a wide choice of secluded waters. Their progress was leisurely. Some of them passed right through Cook Strait and appeared at the Chatham Is lands in June. Others went around South I s land by way of Preservation Inlet and Foveaux Strait, says the Wellington, New Zealand correspondent of the Christian Science . The whales were all away from New Zealand by the end of The fishing therefore was done during the winter months and as 'cook Strait even then was .notorious for fierce and tricky weather, the whalers had need to be skill ful, resourceful and brave. In 1839, when the in dustry was l!-t its height there were at least thir ty-seven American whaling ships in New Zealand waters, twelve of them hailing from New Bedford and others from Fairhaven, Warren, New Lon don, Newburyport and Salem. The harpoon and the lance were the weapons of the old whalers. The heavy boats were rowed }jy their crews in pursuit of the whales. Following a long fight of -the kind made fa?niliar to most people by the writings of F. T. Bullen and other tellers of sea stories the whale often would sink and be or bad weather would compel its abandonment. Both these things figure frequent ly in the records of the Cook Strait whalers. Some lineal descendants of the, whalers of eighty to a hundred years ago are catching whales in Cook Strait to-day, but the methods are changed, indeed. Swift motor launches, capable of a speed of 30 knots, have taken the place of the row boats; breech-loading swivel guns, electric ally controlled bombs and air pumps have sup planted the harpoon and the lance. One of the traditions of the old days was that the whale was exceedingly acute of hearing and must be approached without noise lest it should take alarm and dive. But experience has shown be yond all question that the racing motor bbat, clattering like a machine gun, has a very much better chance of getting within reach of the whale than has the row.boat with muffled oars. A Cook Strait whaling motor boat of 1922 has a crew of two, said to be the smallest whale hunting complement in the world. The hunt, which sometimes can be viewed from one of the high headlands, is a thrilling spectacle. A puff of spray tells of the blowing whale, l!-nd the boat. which has been roc"\Cing i<\lY in the or tering watchfully, Jumps suddenly mto its racmg gait and rushes toward the big, rolling creature,


28 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF "76" BRIEF BUT POI N T ED REVIVES CORAL FISHING . The Italian coral industry, which was prac tically paralyzed by the war, has been revived. In the near future a flee t of motor boats will be launched to fis h in the waters o f Algiers, Tunis , Dalmatia and Greece. Arrangements are under way to obtain fishing rights from these countries and al s o to send coral to the United States by parcels post. During the war Japan monopolized the coral fishing industry and is now Italy's mo s t formidable rival, especially for the American trade. KILLING, MOSQUITOES WITH ASPHALT Finding the u s e of ordinary water drains inad eq':1ate in a fight to control the breeding of mo s quito es , the Health Department of Trinidad, Britis h West Indies, is spraying the drains with liquid a sphalt, according to a report in Popular Mechanics. It was found that clearing the drains of grass was not only expensive, but ineffective, for the heavy tropical rains often washctl c'.ow::i the banks, leaving little pool s of water, in whicn mo sq uitoes bred freely, scattered along the sides . Asphalt is spread along the drains and burned, while a combinatiqn of oil i s thrown on to provide the heat necessary to volatilize its iighte>: c onstituents . RED AND GREEN FOR SUNSTROKE The detrimental effects of continued expo sure t o the glare of the sun can be be s t offset by wearing fabrics that combine green and red colorings , according to J . N. Thomson . Mr. Thomson's father designed s o me of the uniforms worn by 7,000 British soldiers at the front in Mesopotamia. A weave of red and green was sewn into the soldier's spine pad, and the same combination was used as a sun curtain hung from the helmet, protecting the back of the neck. Thomso n claims that n o t a s ingle case of sunstroke was reported where the prote ctive material was worn. MANHATTAN BOASTS 18 LARGEST HOTELS There are 22,760 hotels in the United States and 284 in New York city, according to a survey by the Hotel Association of New York made p u blic recently in connection with its appeal for inclu s ion of the industry in the .United States censu s reports. The in d u stry has bee n rated by experts from fourth to fifth in capital invested, number of em ployees and value of business "turnover. " The association's statement puts the hotels in three general cla ss e s--commercia l, residential and apartment. The survey of the a ssociation shows 18 ; 129 hotel s having up to 50 rooms; 4,128 having 50 to 200; 410, from 200 to 450 room s ;and 93, more than 450 room s . New York city has almost twice as many ho tels as its closest rival, San Francisco. New Y ork h as, in a total of 284, 1 8 hotels with more than 450 rooms. S::in Francisco has 149 hotels, b u t only four of the first capacity. Chicago has eleven big hotels in a total o f 112, while Philadelphia has one in 149. Los Angeles has fiv e with more than 450 rooms; Bo s ton, Cleveland, Detrnit, Minneapoli s , New Orleans and Pittsburgh each have three. Cincinnati, St. Louis and Washington have two. WHERE NOBODY NEEDS TO WORK Nature is lavis h to the natives of the Orinoco lliver Valley. The forests contain wild honey in abundance, as well as many excellent fruits and nuts; the rivers and lagoons teem with fish, which support the vast bird life of the country as well as supply excellent food for the natives . Turtles and alligators are both prolific; the former are especially valuable for food and for their fats, which are u sed both for cooking and illuminating purposes. The latter are valuable for their skins as well a s their oil, which is used fo r a lubricant Game of all kinds abom.ds in the forests and about the lagoon s . Cotton grows wild. An excellent tobacco, formerly in considerable demand for export to Germany, i s produced in the Upper Orinoco and Apuro Valleys, but cultivation might be ' mueh more widespread, writes Unite d States Consul H. L . Baker, from Trinidad. Small wild pigs run at large over considerable sections, and furnish excellent food . Coffee is produced on only a few estates and there is a large use of sugar, but, like coffee, this is brought down from the northern sections of Vene zuela. The natives cultivate but a very insignificant p ortion of available l a nd, and that in a most primitive way, chiefly for Indian corn and cassava. EXTENSIVE DRIVES AGAINST JACK RABBITS A total of 683,800 jack rabbits killed is re ported by the Biological Survey of the Unite d States Department of Agriculture, as a result o f jack-rabbit campaigns this spring in Utah Ore gon and Washington. The figures are on very close counts by farmers and other interested persons and are considered conservative. Probably a great many more rabbits were killed than were actually reported. In the Goose Lake Val ley, Oreg., while the actual kill s of rabbits were not large , the saving of future crops was very important. This i s an irrigated district that is coming into heavy production, and the rabbits do a great deal of damage. More than 278,300 rab have been destroyed during the Oregon com pa1gn s. In Boxelder County ,Utah, extensiv e operations were carried on in five communities, and practically every community that undertook the work in a systematic way obtained very satisfactory results. More than 250,000 rabbits were killed in this county alone . In checking up the central Washington district a total of '55,500 rabbits were reported in six counties as having been killed between November and February. This is the m ost successful campaign ever conducted in the State.


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THE LIBERTI BOYS OF '76 LATU'1' ISBUEll -1092 Tbe Liberty Boys After Sir John; or, Dick Slater's Clever Ruse. 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