The Liberty Boys and the "Old Sow," or, The signal gun on Bottle Hill

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The Liberty Boys and the "Old Sow," or, The signal gun on Bottle Hill

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The Liberty Boys and the "Old Sow," or, The signal gun on Bottle Hill
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Liberty Boys of "76"
Moore, Harry
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r I , 7 As the Tories began roll.inir the •Old Sow" toward the bluii. Dick -3b.c:I the boys appeared• dashing up the hill: 'The e n emy tried to keep them bac k . . Crash! went the gun into :tlie bushes. Send the To-ries overl" ahoutMI Dick.


. The Boys of '76 j4 Weekly-Subscription price, $3.00 per year; Canad a, $4.00; Foreign, $4.50. Harry E. Wollr, Pull l 166 West 23d Street. New York, N. Y. Entered a s Second-Class Matter J"anuary 31, 1913, at tli.e z Post-Omce at New York, N. Y., under the Act of March 3 . 1879. o. 1147 NEW YORK, DECEMBER 22, 1922 he Liberty B oys and the "Old OR, THE SIGNAL GU N ON B OTT L E HILL By HARRY CHAPTER !.-The Girl In the Green Dress. l'here was a girl wearing a green dress sitting a stile looking up and down the road with an expression on her face as if she were exing some qne to come along the road. This not far from Morristown, .in the Jerseys. The then held Brunswick, Amboy1 .Newark anu her towns , and Washington had rus headquar-rs at Morristown. The Americans held the dis let for a number of miles contiguous to it, being ell entrenched in the hills, from which they could /rvey the sunounding country, and discover IY hostile move of the enemy as soon as it was Bottle Hill, an eminence of considerable ght, was one of these hills, and on its summit s a big eighteen-pounder called the "Old Sow," ed every half hour to give alarm in case of the ming of the enemy, while at night a bonfire iazed for the same reason. The girl in the green dress, sitting on the stile, 1oked now at the top of Bottle Hill, as if expect lg to hear the big gun sound out an alarm and !ten down the road as if . expecting some one, ifesently tmmng her gaze up the road as she eard the clatter of hoofs and seeing several boys 11 Continental uniform and well mounted coming pward her. There were six or. ei ght of the boys, ed by a captain riding a magnificent coal lrabian and by a lieutenant mounted on a fine )ay, all' of the boys being good looking, bronzed !rom exposure to all weathers, and having a look >f determination. The girl sat on the stile as the aoys came up, but beckoned to the captain, who nalted, the others doing likewise, and said, in auiringly: "You wish to speak to me, miss?" noticing that he girl in the green dress was very pretty, with olden brown hair falling over her shoulders, and fresh, clear complexion and deep blue eyes. "Yes I am a&aid that there are redcoats on the road," the girl replied, looking down the road. "There is a watch on top of the hill yonder," plied the young captain, "and at the first sign . 0f the enemy the signal gun would sound forth a noisy alarm. You need have no fear, my girl. Our boys are there, and there are others as well, and the enemy would not advance far before the 'whole countryside would know of it." "Then they can see a 1-ong distance from the top of the hill? What do they" "Bottle Hill. It is the highest eminence he1eabout and c ommands a view for mile s . You must be a stranger here not to know this." "I have not been here long, to be sure. I did not know that there was a lookout on the hill top. I saw some redcoats coming along, and I was afraid that they might advance into the c _ountry and d o a lot of ha:rm." "It was very good of you to think of us, miss," answered the boy, who was Dick Slater, captain of the Liberty Boys, a band of one hundred stanch young patriots fighting for American independence, "but I think you may have been mistaken, as the lookouts on the hi11 would have seen the redcoats by this time and given the alarm." "Oh, no, I saw them," replied the girl in the green dress, in a positive tone, "and I was very anxious that some one should know of it, and for that reason I have been sitting on the stile look ing to see if any one were coming whom I could warn." "I still think you were mistaken, my girl," re plied Dick, smiling, "but, to make certain, we will go on and watch the road. They were coming in this direction?" "Yes, an' d I am sure they were redcoats. My sight i s very good, and I know that I was not mis taken," pettishly. "Well, perhaps not," smiling, "but we shall soon see . Come on, boys," and Dick Slater sa luted and rode on, all the boys with him tipping their hats as they passed the girl on the stile. When they were out of sight around a bend in the road, Bob Estabrook, the young lieutenant, said, with a laugh: "That was a very pretty girl, Dick. I think she knows it, though, and sat there so as to make a fine impression. She is quite a picture.'.' "Don't say that• to Mark, Bob," said one of the boys, "or he will be trying to tease you about the girl, saying that she has made an impression on you." "All right, Ben, I won't," chuckled Bob, "but my idea is that she sat there for the purpose of making an impression upon some one." "That green dress of hers would charm Patsy,'' declared Sam Sande'r son, Ben Spmlock's friend, ' -'and s o would that reddish hair of hers. She was pretty enough, there is no denying." "Look out, Sam," laughed Ben. "or you will have Mark teasing you about the girl as well as Bob. I think you must have looked pretty cl osely •


.. 2 THE LIBE.RTY BOYS AND 'rHE "OLD SOW" at her the short time we were halted . to observe. so much." Dick said nothing, but he had his ideas about the girl in the green dress, and he wanted t o know more about her before expressing an opin ion. The boys presently met two or three rough looking men on horseback, who nodded shortly and went on v.'1thout saying a word. "Do you know those men, George?" a sked Dick o f George Baxter. "You are a .Jersey boy and acqu ainted in this neighborhood." "It seem s to me as if I had been one of them, captain," the boy replied, "but I am not sure. If it is the man I think, he i s a rank Tory and a hard c}iaracter be si de s . His name is Mortimer Whitehead. He does not l ive about here, though. I am not qu ite certain, but it strikes me that he is the man." The boys went on some distance farther, and then, neither seein g nor hearing anything of the redcoats from the people they met, they turned and rode toward Bottle Hill, wher e they had their camp. "Go on, boys," said Dick presently. "Come with me, Bob. I shall go back another way. It may be possihle that the redcoats are trying to sneak through the hills and that the girl did see them. I can easily ascertain this by going a little different way." Ben, Sam, Harry and the rest went on over the road they had come, and Dick and Bob turned down a little lane and made their way into another road, one which wound about the hills and was longer than the first. They went on for some little distance, and then saw a ways ide tavern ahead of them, Dic k saying: "Come on, . Bob, we may learn something here. If we don't, I don't believe we will learn anything anywhere." The boys went on and were about to dismount, when Dick said in a sudde n whisper: "The girl in the green dress i s in there, Bob. Go right on. I >vill tell you .why shortly." The boys rode on, the landlord coming to the door and saying: " Yo u had better stop, young gentlemen. Din ner i s just served." "Not now," Dic k replied, and the boys went on around a bend in the road and were s oon out of sight. Then Dick halted and said to Bob: "I am going back there, Bob. I have been thinking about that girl in the green dress, and I am not at all satisfied. What makes me less so is knowing that this inn is kept by Tories. I s uspected this, but just now I saw a portrait o f the king hanging up in the bar through one of the wi ndows. I saw the girl in green at the same time." "And you are going back there, Dick?" asked Bob. "Yes, but without making any noi s e about it." Then Dick dismounted and went back to the inn through the woods and around to the side entrance, where he slippe

THE LIBE.RTY : BOYS AND THE "OLD SOW" 3 . "We want to take a shorter road and get over .to the other side of the hill. Our farms are there and we a1e in a hurry." . "You could not ride down the other side," re plied the boy, Will Freeman by name. "It would be something to get down on foot. If you kno. w this country at all you ought to know that." "Well, no, I don't know it very well. I have just come to these parts and I am quite a .etranger, but I don't see why I shouldn't ride over the hill if I want to. I am doing no harm here. Why, you look at me as if I were a redcoat." "What is your business on the other side of the hill?" asked Mark, ooming forward. "I want to reach my farm. These men are from a distance and want to see it. I have bee n showinl!' them about the country, and now we are on our way back. The farm is on the other side of this hill, and I don't see why we cannot go over. Vve are not enemies or spies." "No one has accused you of being either," said Mark, giving the men a sharp look. "The sentry was only obeying orders." "I don't see why there should be so much cere mony about getting to one's own place," growled the other, ungraciously. "One would think that. we were redcoats and that you were afraid that we might learn something about your little camp." "I am certain that you are enemies, even if you are not red&oats," thought Mark, but he said nothing, and the three men went on after looking sharply about them. A number of the boys had been about while the colloquy was going on, and Mark turned to then and said: "There are no Jersey boys here, tire there; any who would be likely to know these men?" "No; George went with the captain," answered Joel Walker, ''but if you want an opinion of them, lieutenant, I should say that if they are not spies they are Tories, and no friends of ours." "I did not like the looks of them myself," Mark returned. "The one who did the talking kept declaring that they were not enemie s, and no one had said they were. We were only obeying orders about not letting strangers pass, that is all." The boys thought no more of the matter, and at leHgth Ben, Sam, George and the others came in and told about meeting the girl in green, and afterward the three men on horseback, whose looks they did not like. "Was one of them dark, with a black beard and did he wear a broad-brimmed hat?" asked Mark. . "Yes; that is Mortimer Whitehead, a rank Tory," declared George," but how did you know about him, lieutenant?" "The three men came here and wanted to ride over the hill to a suppos ed farm on the other .sfde, but we would not let them, and they went off in a decided huff." . "There are no farms on the otlier side of the hil1," replied George. "That was all pretence. They wanted-to study the camp and the lay of the country, and going over the hill would give them a fine chance. I don't doubt now but that the girl we met was simply trying to find out all she could, and that her story of redcoats was told just to .us out/' .. Dick and Bob came in not long after noon, bringing with the m two very pretty girls, whom they had met on the road, the same being their sisters and their sweetheart_ s as well, the sister of each being the sweetheart of the other. The girls lived i:1 Westchester, but were on a visit to friends in Morristown, and were on their way to the camp when they unexpectedly met the boy s . "You have come in good time, sis," said Bob to his sister Alice, "for the .re i s a girl here who says s he can make Dick fall in love with her and twis t him around her finger, so I think you have come just in time to protect h im: " "Any girl that will say a thing like that i s very vain and very silly," replied Alice . "I am not interested in such a creature." "I suppose she meant me, too sis," laughed Bob, for she included allthe Liberty Boys, al though she did not mention them by name. That WQ,uld bring in Patsy, and his idea i s that all the girls are in love with him. I shall have to tell him that." "Never mi'nd, Bob," said Dick. "The girl is a spy. She did not know that I was listening. We suspected her when we first saw her, and now we know that she is a Tory and trying to do us a mischief. We shall watch her and the men who are with her." When Dick rode into the camp . Mark told him of the visit of the three Tories, and how he had suspected them from the. start, and was then sure of it, when Ben and George and the res t came in. "There is a plot to get to the top of Bottle Hill and get rid of or destroy the 'Old Sow,' and we must be on our guard," said Dick. "'Ve saw these men afterward and the girl also, or heard her, rather, for I was out of si,ght. I learned the plot, suspecting from the place where I saw her that she was an enemy of ours." The boys were greatly interes ted, for Ben and the boys with him had told them they suspected the girl, and now their s u sp icions were proven to be correct. Patsy sounded the bugle to call them all to dinner, thl:l girls sitting down with them greatly to the delight of all, for they knew and admired the young ladies greatly. The. girls remained an hour or so after ner, and then, as the days were short at this season, they se t out for the home of their friends, Dick and Bob escorting them. They remained a short time only with the girls, and then set out for the camp at a good gait, Dick meaning to stop at General Dickinson's quarters and tell him of the plot made up by the girl in green and the Tories. They would not have to go far out of their way to do this, and counted on reach ing their own camp at about dusk. They were going through the hills and were chatting gayly, having not the slightest suspicion of danger or of anything happening, when they suddenly heard a shrill scream and then a cry in a girl's voice: "Help, help! Keep away, you villains, help!" "That sounds like the girl in green,'' exclaimed Dick in an instant. "She is in trouble. Quick, Bob, we must help her, even if she is a Tory?" Dick Slater never refused to listen to the cry of a girl in distress, even if she were an enemy, and Bob and the greater part of the Liberty Boys like. him,, _ anil _ pe


4 THE LIBE.RTY BOYS AND THE "OLD SOW" das hed ahead without a thought, Bob following upon the spu r of the mome11t. Dashing around a sharp turn in the road, Dick saw the girl in ,green sitting on the rough rail fence, and at sight of him breaking into a ringing laugh. At the same moment Dick saw a man run across the road with a heavy rope in his, hand, the other end being made fast to the fence where the girl sat. Other m e n ran out simultaneously, and Dick, who reined in quickly to avoid an accident, was dragged from the saddle in a moment. "Wheel, Bob!" he shouted, but Bob was not quick enough and was surrounded at once. Major, however, at a signal from Dick, dashed ahead, leaped over the rope, and was out of ,sight in a moment, Bob's bay following . The Tories, there were a dozen of them, were very angry at the e s cape of the horses, w hich they had counted upon getting, and hurried away with the two young patriots, evidently fearing that othe r Liberty Boy s might come up. They took the boys down a narrow path, through a wood, along a bit of marshland, and finally stopped at a tumbledown house in the m idd le of the swamp. The girl in green followed and said, with a scornful laugh: "You were nicely fooled, y ou who think yourselve s so clever. You were quick to a n swer the cry of in distress, weren't y ou? Oh , I have many slaves at my feet, and you are the latest." Dick said nothing, but Bob replied, scornful-ly: .. " Beauty is not accompanied by truth and hone s ty in your case, I see. You mus t be verYi proud of what you have done. As for being at your feet, however, that is a s big a lie as the other." "I will brin,g you there yet," snarled the girl, :flushing crims on. "I have determined to get the bes t of you rebel s, and I shall do it and have y ou begging for mercy be si de s. You don't know what I can do.' . ' . "I know that you can do very little,'' carele ss ly. CHAPTER Ill.-The Escape of the Boys. "Take the rebels inside," muttered the girl in green to the men with her, "and tie them up tight so that they cannot get away. We will have an understanding with them presently. If they get away you will suffer for it." "You are beginnin,g to show fear n o w," laughed Bob. "Yo u are afraid that w e w ill get away and bring the Liberty Boy s to disperse your evil gang. Fine company for a y oung woman! Mortimer Whitehead, the Tory, and a lot of ruffians. Don't you fee l proud of your company?" Bob w ould not have used this language ordinarily, but he saw that the girl was afraid, for all her bravado, and he wanted to take down her pride. She colored deep e r than before and turned away, as the men took the two boys into the house and bound them to upright beams on opposite sides, knotting the ropes again .and a,gain and making them as secure a s po ssi ble, tying the boys ' ankle s and wrists, a s well a s s e curing them firmly to the beams, s o tliat there seemed to be no chance of getting away. Then the men went outside, and the girl en tered, saying to Dick: "I want to know how. to get to the top of Bottle Hill without going through your camp: I s there no secret way of doing this?" "If there. be I shall not tell you where it is,'. ' Dick replied, in a quiet tone, full of determina tion , but without a touch of bravado in it. "You do not know my power over these men,'' the girl mutter ed. "They will do anything for me, put you to death even, You had betteT tell me what you know. " "Xou are not sure that I know anything?" quietly. "You are a silly girl, who, because you possess a certain amount of good looks, fancy .that all men are in love with you. I know your plot. I o verheard it at the inn, and later some of thes e men went to our camp pretending to be farmers and wanting tp go over the hill to save time. Do you think that my boys would be de ceived by such a transparent device? It is you who think you are clever, and are not." "I will make y ou sue me for mercy yet! " hissed the girl in angry tones, chagrined at being h el d at defiance by1 one whom she thought she already had in her power. "You will do nothing of the sort," said Dick. "Look out for yourself! The wall is going to fall!" Dick had noticed that while he was bound firmly to the upright beam, the latter was by no means firm, the bottom b eing rotted away . by being in moist earth and water. As he spoke he moved suddenly forward, exerting all his strength and swelling out his mus cle s till they were like great ropes. The beam was broken in two a few inches beneath hi s feet, and, as ha stepped forward, i t bega n to quiver above him, the roof shaking perceptibly, du s t showering down upon the bo ys. Myrtie uttered a shriek o i ter ror and fled from the place, and Dick, exerting himself still further, loosened the beam, which broke four or five feet above where it had broken b efore, the roof above shaking violently, but not falling in as the girl feared. Dick fell to the ,ground and got free of the beam, although hia ankles and wrists were still bound, and then got upon his feet. The Tories stood at the door an d windows of the tumble-down place, gazing i n at the boys, and evidently fearing that the whole affair w oul d fall in upon them. • "Come in here and we w ill wreck the whole concern," laughed Bob. "I can pull this beam out easier than the captain drew out his, for it is a s rotten as touchwo6d,'' and Bob suddenly threw himself forward, the bea m breaking above his head and below his waist, causing him to fall. The hovel s ho ok violently, a n d the men ran away, while Dic k hi s sed : "This way, Bob. The wallsare like paper." The iilab wall was full o f holes where nick had pulled away the rotten beam, and now he

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