The Liberty Boys' girl friend, or, Doing good work


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BOYS, READ THE RADIO ARTICLEs IN THIS NUMBER As Dick took Uie papers from the drawer he heard a eound and Sally pointing to t.h' door, gaeped. ''There's old Hatfield! Look out!" Bob turned and eaw 'tbe old man coming in armed with a aword and a pistol.

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Radio News? Tur n to pages 24 and 25 The Liberty Boys of '76 lll1Md WeekJy-Subscrlptlon prlce, $3.50 per year; Canada, $4.00; Foreign, Harry E. Wolff, Publlsber, In•., 166 West 23d N<>w York. N . Y. Entered ns Second-Class Matter .Tununr.v 31, 1913, at the Post-OIDce at New York, N. Y., under the Act ot March 3. l879. No. 1181 NEW YORK, AUGUST 17, 1923 Price 7 Cents The biberty Boys' Girl Friend DOING G OOD WORK By HARRY MOORE CHAPTER !.-Sally Hunter. There were two boys in Continental uniform walking along the country road just outside E lizabethtown, in New Jersey, one pleasant morning in the month of F ebruar y, in the year 1779. It was quite late in the month, there was a pro mise of an early spring, and the air was pleasant and not too cold for comfort, the boys being without their greatcoats and walkinig at an easy gait. There were Tories in the neighborhood, and as these frequently gave information to the British, Dick Slater had decided to watch them as well as the redcoats, and he and Bob, who was his closest friend, were now on an expedition outside the town for the purpose of learning where the Tories lived, the names of the mo s t prominent ones and other matters of importance concerning them. As they were walking along, they saw a house, stained and weather beaten, but snug and comfortable looking, a little distance back from t _he road. "Let u s stop here and see if we can learn anything," proposed Dick. They went up to the hou se , knocked at the door, and then waiting a moment or two without hearing any indications of a response , knocked again, and louder. Then they heard a clicking sound, and presently the drawing of a bolt, and a few seconds later saw the rosy, wrinkled face of an old woman, who supported herself by a cane, which explained the clicking sound they had just heard. "What is it, young sirs ?" she asked, in a feeb le, though pleasant voice. "We are seeking some information, ma'am," replied Dick, taking off his hat, "and thought perhaps you could give it to u s." "And what mhght that be, young gentlemen?" "Can you tell us where Master Jonathan Tomp.:. kins lives?" "Never heard tell of him!" "He is a Loyalist, and--" "Tory traitor, you mean!" "Oh, you do know him, then?" "No, I don't know him, except if he is a Loyalist he is a traitor. I ain't got no patience with n o sich." "Do you live here alone, ma'am?" asked Dick. "With my granddaue:hter Sally, who's doin' chores , and that's why I came to the door. W on't you step in?" . "Thank you," and the two boy s entered the little entry, and followed the little old woman into the living room, w"f:ere a hot fire burned o n the hearth, and to which she at once advanced resuming her seat in one c orner where she could get its heat. "About this Tory, perhaps I have got his name wrong. Do you know of any in the neighbor hood, and could you tell me their names?" "Well, there's the Hatfields, a set o f rascals, every one of them, and the Luces, as bad, and the Joneses; that's all right about here that I could think of just for the moment." "Where do these live?" asked Dick. "Over yonder, half a mile back on that road; the Hatfields does, at least, and the others live farther along." "Thank you, ma'am; some day, I think, we will play them a visit." " Vi sit those varmints, and you wearing the uni form of your country? I'm a shamed of you!" "Oh, only to keep an eye on them t o see that they are giving information to the enemy," answered Dick, quickly, while Bob s miled at the old lady's v e h e mence . "Oh, I thought you meant visitin' 'em for comp'ny's sake," she replied, quite molifierl. The boys bade the old lady good morning, and walked away, hearing as they did so a sweet, high voice singing lustily from the barn. "That's the granddaughter, I suppose," said Bob, as they went on up the road. They walked briskly on, apparentlv looking neither to the right nor left, yet keeping a close watch and taking observation of everything around. After walking a little farther on the boys turned and began retracing their way to ward town, feeling that they had accomplished the object of their early morning walk. Half way between the Joneses and Hatfields there was a narrow place in the road with high rocks on either side. "That would be a good place f o r an ambush. Bob," said the young captain, his eyes always on the possibilities o f the military situation.

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2 THE LIBERTY BOYS' GIRL FRIEND "Yes. Dick. so it wot ld. and--" "Look out!" hi ssed Dick, and as he spoke, 1great pieces of rock came hurtling down on them from both sides of the road at once. The two boys sprang to on e side anrl sou_ght shelter under a piece of projecting boulder that jutted out into the roarl, and each drew a pistol. "Catch the fellers!" came from somewhere a'bove. in a big, blustering voice. Both boys look ed up to where the s ound came , and caught sight of a big r e d face, framed in black, bushy hair, and on which whiskers were beginning to grow, giving the face almost the appearance of some strange animal. Dick pointed his pistol directly at the face , and called out: "Come out of that or I'll shoot!" The face drew back immediately and did not show itself, while the bill!: voice continued in evidence. "Hi, s hoot , if you wanter, but you won't shoot any of us!" . Dick did not waste his bullet, not knowing how soon k e might have more urgent need of it. Then from across the road came a big stone that crashed on the rock immediately over their heads. ' "Come out into the open and fight!" shouted Bob. "Don't skulk in the woods like the sneaking animals that you are!" "Hi, come out and let you shoot us! We ain't such fools, when we got you just where we want you!" sneered back the voice. "If you dare t o move you'll be crushed with a dozen rocks !" . Then there came more big stones crashing down into the road, and as near to the two boys as their sheltered po sition would permit, evidently to emphasize the speaker's remarks. "They've got u s at a disadvantage, certainly," muttered Bob. "vVe can't fight foes whom we can't see." Just then a stone hit Bob in the back and he was thrown to the ground, where he lay only for a short while. "There is some one comiJlig to the rescue, Bob!" Dick shouted. The Tories heard the approach of the horse also, and turned to look down the road, and saw a cloud of dust. Dick shot off on e of his pistols as a signal that aid was needed in case it was one of the Liberty Boys. But in an instant he saw that the rider was not a boy, but a ,girl! CHAPTER IL-The Girl Friend. Dick sprang to the road, Bob managing to follow him, although his back was still paining him from the blow he had received a few moments befo;re. He also had a pistol in each hand, as he had reloaded while Dick was standing over him. Dick shouted at the top of his voice: "To the rescue!" "Help is coming!" cried the girl in high, clear tones, riding through the Tories to Dick's s ide. Then Dick gave a long, shrill whistle, a signal that all the Liberty Boy s understood to mean haste to the rescue, at the same time waving his pistol above his head, and then shouting: "Forward, Liberty Boys!" The girl rose in her seat on the horse's back, and waving her arms about her head, cried: "To the rescue!" The Tories looked back at the road, but saw nothing except the cloud of dust that the 1girl's horse had left in its wake. "Charge!" ordered Dick, at the same time rushing forward at the Tories with his pistols in his hands, Bob following suit, and the girl also dashing forward on her horse . As the Tories faced those gleaming muzzles and thoUight they heard the Liberty Boys coming on toward them, they shrank back a second, and then turned and scrambled up the rocks as fast as t1J.ey could, slipping and sliding and scratching themselves and tearing their clothes on the jagged edges in their haste to get away. After they had disappeared Dick waited for the Liberty Boys to appear. "Where are the boys?" he asked of the igirls. "Were they not near when you saw them?" " I didn't see any boys; were you expecting them?" she asked. "I thought you said helo was coming, and when I shouted you called, too!" "Well, I was comin_g. wasn't I? And when you shouted to s ome one to hurry, I suppose I did, too, but I hardly know what I did, I was so ex cited!" Then Dick and Bob l a ughed. "Well, you certainly were of great help, and we thank you heartily for your promptness," answered Dic k. "Are you the little old lady's grand daughter?" "Granny is little, and I'm her 1granddaughter," s he replied with a smile. "My name is Sally Hunt, and I live in that little house at the foot of the hill." "Where we stopped half and hour ago?" "Did you stop there? I didn't know, I must have been in the barn doing the chores. I was rubbing Billy down when I heard the shots, and that's why he was so handy." She was a pleasant looking girl, with the comeliness of good health, good sense and good temper, and the boys were attracted to her at onc e . Then she noticed that Bob limped. "You're hurt," she exclaimed. "You iget right up on Billy and ride to the 1house, where Granny will fix you up in no time. She's just the best nurse and doctor around here in spite of her being so lame." She was off the horse before she finished speaking, and Bob was glad enough to accept her offer to ride, for every step was agony. Dick walked along with the ,girl, and on reaching the house asked to borrow the horse, saying he would igo back to camp and return for Bob with his horse, bringing back Billy at the same time. "You'd better wait and see what granny says first," Sally advised, so Dick went into the house and waited while Grandma Hunte r examined the bruise on Bob's back. "Pretty bad bruis e, but you leave him with me till to-morrow, and he'll be as right as a trivet. Sally, get the bed in the settin'-room ready right away, and then you, captain, had better get him into bed, while I iget the poultice ready, and to morrow he won't know he's been hurt." At first Bob demurred at being so much trou ble, but Grandma Hunter simply wouldn't listen, go in g out of the room to make the poultice, while Sally whispered to Dick;

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THE LIBERTY BOYS' GIRL FRIEND s " T ell h i m to stay. It pleases granny so when s h e can be of use to any one." Bo b was very glad to remain, as he was suf f e ring acutely, and Dick rode off to camp on B illy , promising to send him back with one of the bo ys after dinner. As he neared the camp he saw two girls on horseback ahead, and he ex cl aimed, half aloud: "Hallo, that looks like Edith and Alice!" H e U1lg'ed his horse forward, which went fastE:l' t han a jog only under silent but strong protest, and soon overtook the two young horsewome n . " Hallo, girls!" he exclaimed as he rode along. side. "Where did you two come from?" "Hallo, Dick!" they both answered, while one, a very pretty girl, with sparkling eyes, a merry smile, and vivacious manners, asked: "How is it that you are alone? Where's Bob? I k now Edith i s dying to know, althou1gh she is too diffident to ask." "I did not ask Alice," replied the other girl, equally as good looking as the one called Alice, but in a diffeJ:ent way, being thoughtful and gen tle, while the other was lively and impulsive, "because I supposed he was either in camp or out on duty somewhere." Edith Slater and Alice Estabrook were also like sisters, as they would be in the law some day, for each was enga.ged to be married to the other's brother. "But you have not told me how you happen in this neighborhood;" said Dick. "We are visiting the Hurlburts, Dick," replied Edith. "Oh, yes, they have a fine place back of Eliza bethport, haven't they? I have bee n so busy that I never thought of it." "Neither have you answered my question about Bob," suggested Alice. "Oh, Bob's all right," replied Dick. "He won't be able to get back to dinner, thou,gh, so you girls may not see him this visit." Edith looked disappointed, but said nothing, while Alice exclaimed: . "That's too bad; still, we can come over another day." They rode into camp together, and were met by a rosy-cheeked, freckled-faced, jolly-looking Irish boy, by name Patsy Brannigan, by Tank, corporal and company cook of the troop composed of one hundred boys, and known all over the colonies as the Liberty Boys. He saluted the captain, and then cried out ill his cheery, hearty way: "Eves here are the young ]eddies; now be givinr them the rousing they The camp soon resounded with cheering boys, as they came forward to greet the of captain and the lieutenant, the two girls bemg known by most of the boys, who held them in high esteem, and were always delighted when they could pay them a visit. Alice and Edith blushe;d and bowed and then slipped down from their horses, and shook hands with a number of the boys having a smile and a pleasant word for the rest.' After the greetings were over., a handsome, dashing looking young fellow, .a httle younger than Dick, by name Mark Morrison, and the sec f;lnd lieutenant, asked; "Where did you leave Bob, Dick? Y o u went out together, didn't you?" "Oh, dear, oh, dear!" cried Dick with a half tried manner. "Here I have been trying to ignor e the fact that I have left Bob in the home of a very nice girl, to be n ursed by her ,grandmother for a bad bruise he g o t while we were out this morning. Now, you see Edith won't be satisfied till she knows all about it. " "Has Bob been hurt, Dick?" cried Edith, turn ing pale. "I knew it, Mark. I wish your tongue was a little less active at times!" exclaimed Dick. Even Alice's bright face clouded over. "Tell us, Dick," she urged, gently. "There is nothing to worry over, girls. We had a little tussle with some Tories this morning, and one of the rocks they hurled at us struck Bob in the back and made a bad bruise. A young girl came to our aid and made us quite unconsciously think that some of the boys were coming to our assistance, which sent the Tory boys off in a jiffy, and then when she found that Bob had been struck, insisted that he stop at her home and let her grandmother doctor him up so that he would feel no ill effects by morning. After dinner, if you wish, I will take you over to the house and you can see for yourselves. I wasn't going to say anything about it until after dinner for fear of spoiling your appetites." "If you assure us, Dick, that it is only a bruise, we can trus t you, for we all kno w that y o u would not seek to comfort us by any false as surances,'' said Edith, still looking into his face keenly and questioningly. "You may always trust me, little sister," re plied Dick, gravely. "If Bob were seriously hurt I know his first thought would be for you and Alice and his mother, and you should all know of it at once. As it is, the worst is that he will miss your visit here, but you can ride over to the house and see him there." A little later Carl blew a loud blast on the bug l e , calling them all to dinner, Patsy having exerted his skill to the utmost and stretched his larder to the limit to get up a fine dinner for their distinguished guests. The absence of Bob was felt, but was not allowed t o mar the pleasure of the occasion, which was like a holiday celebration, and perhaps all the more enjoyed because unex pected. Soon after dinner Dick proposed taking Billy home, and also taking the two girls to see Bob, inviting Ben Brand, Sam Sanders on and Jack Warren to go also, leaving Mark Morrison in charge. Bob was both surprised a11d delighted to see the two igirls, and althJ)ugh Sally would have kept herself in the backiground, the two girls insisted on seeing her and thanking her on their own account for the help she had given their brothers that morning. The girls made only a short visit, and then were escorted to the house where they were visiting by the boys who had gone with them to the Hunter house. As they were riding along, Edith said to Dick: "As we were riding through that bit of woods I saw a big, red face with black hair all around it peering out at us." "That must be the one they call Smith Hatfield , " .said Dick,'' and we must look out for him." .

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4 THE LIBERTY BOYS' GIRL FRIEND CHAPTER IIl.-One Girl Helps Two Others. The next morning early Alice Estabrook said to Edith Slater: "Edith, I am going to see how Bob is this morn i111g. You will want to go with me, won't you?" "Certainly, Alice, although Dick told u s to be careful on account of those Tory ruffians." "Oh, we'll be careful. We always have our pistols, and our horses are good, s o there can b e really no danger, even if there was any reason why any one should attack u s . I can understand why Dick and Bob should be disliked, for they are somebody to be reckoned with, but we are onlv two insignificant girls that no one would bother with." "That's so, Alice. I'll gladly go with you, for I would like to know how Bob is this morning." They had not said anything of the adventure their brothers had met with the day before to the friends thev were visiting, fearing that they would not be allowed to ride about as freely as was tlieir custom, either when visiting or at home. The Hurlburts knew that the camp of the Lib erty Bovs was in the neighborhood, and for that rea.gon had invited Alice and Edith for a visit so that they could see something of thefr brothers, and the two girls had gladly accepted the invitation. There were no young people in the house, the Hurlb urts being childless. and so the two girls rode off a lone. It was a bright, sharp morning, and their horses felt lively, so the girls gave them their heads and rode on for a mile or two at a quick canter, only drawing rein when they came to a long hill, which the two horses took leisurely. There were woods on both sides for a ways, and the two girls kept a sharp look out, more from habit than from s uspicion of any enemy being in the vicinity, when Alice said suddenly: "Edith, there's that same face I saw yesterday, and which Dick said was Smith Hatfield." "Where is he, Alice?" asked Edith, quietly. "Just a little way t o the right within the woods. Don't look or he will suspect that we have seen .him." The road curved around a bad piece of ground at the top of the hill, and was none too go od itself, s o that the two girls took it carefully in order that their horses should not stumble and throw them. When they had rounded the curve, Edith exclaimed, though in a low tone: "There's that same face you spoke of, Alice, and there's another, too. The second on e is thin and evil looking, and had red hair instead of black." "They must have cut through the woods and so intercepted u s, Edith. The road is good here. Let's ,get awav from them!" The two girls touched the whip to their horses, and off they bounded, and when Alice looked back she saw three boys standing in the looking after them. "They were there for no good purpose," said Edith. "I hope Dick will be there to ride back home with us." "I'd be glad of his company, too. We can't ride over to the camp because we promised Mrs. Hurlburt to be back before dinner, and she would be alarmed if we did not keep our w o r d." "Oh. they will probably be gone bv that time." said Edith. I s uspe,ct we are nervous. There is n othing for us to be afraid of in seeing two or three unpleasant looking bovs. " They found Bob very much better, but still un able to move without pain, and they joined Mrs. Hunter in advising him to remain in the old ladv's care another day. Dick had already been over that morning early, but had returned to camp before the arrival of the girls at the Hunter home. They did not remain very long, but told Sally of having see n Hatfield that moTning, and she insisted on going with Edith and Alice. The three girls rode off together, hardly afraid of the three boys, yet a little suspicious that something unpleasant might happen. They rode along at an easy gait as lo n,g as there were houses about, but when they came near the wood,; and were aoproaching the spot where they had last see n the boys. A lic e proposed going on at a gallop, s o that the boys would have no chance to hold them up if such had been their intention. They saw nothing of the boys, and rounded the curve at a ,gallop, when reaching the top of the hiJI the three girls reined in, but Edith's hors e refused to obey the rein, and kept on down the hill at the same pace. Suddenly he struck a stone that rolled from under his hoof and caused him almost to fall, throwing Edith over his head into the middle of the road. When the two girls saw the mishap that had come t o Edith, they hurried to her aid, but before they reached the prostrate and motionless figure, three boys darted from the side of the road and seized her horse, that had come to a stand, at the same time show ing that they meant to take the other two as well. "Git down!" Smith Hatfie ld said roughly. "We want them horses! " "You're not .going 'to have them!" exclaimed Alice, indignantly. "And please to get out of the way. for I want to get to my friend." "Give us your horses first! " and the three boys blocked the road. Alice raised her pistol, which she had been carryin11; in her left hand, and said decidedly: "I'll give you till I count ten to get out of my way!" "Huh, you can't shoot all three of tis with one shot!" exclaimed Tom Jones, contemptuously. "No, but it will be unlucky for the one who does get that one shot," replied Alice, qisietly, although she was in a fever of a nxiety to ,get to Edith,. who still showed no signs of consciousness. While Alice sat her horse, pistol in hand, con fronting the three boys, who paid no attention to Sally, that resourceful young lady suddenly dashed into them, lashing two of them with her whip and toppling over the other. Then turnin g to Alice, s he said, quickly: "Give me that pistol, and you attend to Edith. I'll keep these rascals off!" Alice handed her the weapon, and also the bridle of her horse, and then slipped down to the ground and bent over the prostrate girl. C on sciousness was already returning, and Edith s oon opened her eyes and looked up at Alice, who w bending over her. "What's the matter?" she asked. "Your horse stumbled and threw you. " "Oh, yes, I remember," and she tried t o

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THE LIBERTY BOYS' GIRL FRIEND 5 "Sit still a minute, Edith," said Alice, s ooth inlo( ly, "until you feel better," and at the same time she slip ped her hand into the jacket that Edith was wearing and secured her pistol. Then she stood up in front of Edith and looked for the boys, who were standing on the other side of the road, Sally bein _ g between them and her. Smith Hatfield still had Edith's horse by the bridle, and the other two boys shielded themselves behind the horse. "Drop the bridle of that hors e, and then walk up that hill as fast as you can!" commanded Alic e in determined tones, "and if you are not out of range of pistol shot in ten seconds, two of you are going to ,get hurt." "Fire when I count ten. Sally!" cried Alice loud enough for the boys to hear. "I will, Alice," responded Sally, quietly, but in a tone that the boys could see she meant what she said. Alice began to count. "One-two-three--four--" All three boys started from behind the horse, first giving him a c1ip that sent him dashing down the road, and then footed up the hill as fast as their legs could carry them and their breath would allow. Before Alice could reach ten, had she continued counting, the three boys were out of pistol range. Alice mounted Billy, and then rode by Edith to support her-if she would need her arm, but Edith had only been stunned for a moment, and though still dizzy, was able to ride on slowl y. Sally darted ahead, and soon cau.e;ht the other horse, which had stopped by the roadside to crop a bit of dried grass, and the three girls rode on.. toward the Hurlburts. They arrived at the hou s e without further adventure, and when Sally would have taken Billy and ridden off home, Alice would not consent, insisting that she com e in for dinner, which would be about ready. That evening Dick went again to see Bob, bring ing Ben and Sam with him, and they all spent a pleasant evening together. Dick missed his comrade very much, for they were seldom separated, and was glad to have Grandma Hunter tell him that Bob would be in a condition to return to camp the next day. It was after nine before they said good-night to the Hunters and Bob, and started to return to camp. They were all well mounted, and the night was fine, so Dick proposed a scouting expedition to see if anything was go. ing on before they went back to camp. The boys received the proposition with delight, as theJ were always ready for any sort of adventure, although. they did not anticipate meeting with any that night, for the enemy were supposed to be on Long Island. Still one never knew what might in the air, and Dick always liked to "Qe among the first to find out, and it was th.is quality that had maae him so conspicuous, and had ,gained him the approbation and commendation of many of the genernls under whom he had served. They rode toward the water, down toward what was called Crane's ferry, and Dick thought he heard the sounds of oars, although he could see nothing, as the night was dark, there being few stars visible. He could not be sure that there was any on e on the water, and if there were, was not certain that it was the enemy, but Dick meant to wait and find out. Presently Ben and Sam also heard the sound of oars, Dick's hearing be-ing so keen that he had heard the sound some time before. CHAPTER IV.-Thwarting the Redcoats. Dick turned and looked back toward the town and on a slight elevation saw a house that seemed brightly lighted for that time of night. He watched the house for a few moments and then said in low tones to the two boys: ' "Look at that hou se and watch. " The two boys did so, and presently Ben said: "There seems to be something going on in that house from the way the lights are movin,g about." "They are signaling," replied Dick, quietly. "Is that a fact, Dick?" asked Sam. "What makes you think s o?" "Watch, and you will see that there is a sort of regularity in the appearance and reappearance of the light at the windows in the upper story that faces the Kill." "That's so, and they are signaling to those fel low s on the water!" exclaimed Ben. "Yes, that is what I think it is. We will watch and see what happens." The night was calm, although dark and it was quite possible for the redcoats to their way over from Long Island through the Kills to Elizabethtown, and that was what Dick suspected them of now doing. He waited, however, until he could find out how large a force was on the but owing to the darkness could see very little, and could nDt determine.by the sound of the oars alone. ."Let's build fires on the shore, boys," exclaimed Dick. . "They may think it another signal, and then If there are many, one of you ride to camp for some of the boys, while the rest of u s keep watch." "Hadn't I better do it, anyway?" asked Sam Sanderson. "Yes, you may go at once, Sam, and we will prepare a surprise for them, instead of their sur prising u s." Sam rode away quickly, Dick calling after him: "Be guided by the fires!" "We will, captain!" Dick and Ben worked lustily and collected dead dried twigs and branches , and carried them m great armfuls farther up the Kill where the marshes lay, it being their intention to lure the enemy into the swamps, where they would flounder about till daylight without any one to guide them out. The light of the fires would ob scure that of the house on the little hill, where probably ,guides were waiting to conduct the redcoats to the town. "They did not think this part of the country would be guarded on account of the marshes" said Ben,_ the fires were lighted, and the'y were awa1tmg the appearance of the enemy. The boys kept of the cil'cle of light that gleamed bnghtly mid the surrounding darkness, and it was not lon.g before they heard the boats approach, and men talking in whispers. "They are trying to find a landing place " whispered Ben into Dick's ear. ' "There is a little firm ground down there where the light shines; thP. worst of the is farther back," replied Dick in low tones.

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6 THE LIBERTY B O YS' GIRL FRIEND There were quite a number of boats that approached along the edge of the marsh and discharged their loads, and soon the boys could hear footsteps, which, however, were smothered by the soft 1ground. The redcoats headed for the fires, which were on comparatively firm ground, and then looked for the lights of the house on the hill. Dick had taken good care that the lights of the shore should be so placed that a bad place in the marshes should intervene between them and the house. They could see that there were quite a number of redcoats, it taking them some time to land, but not enough for Dick to give the alarm to the force stationed in the barracks of the town. "We can manage them, Ben," he said, "fot they are only a scouting party, and it is no place for the regular troops in the swamp. Our boys and horses are u sed to the swamps, for we have lived in them so much!" It was some time before they all got ashore, and by then Dick knew that his boys would be on the way. Suddenly the lights in the house on the hill went out, and then there was a stir among the redcoats. "Evidently it was agreed upon that if the lights showed it was safe to proceed," whispered Dick, "and if they were not displayed, that the coast was not clear. " "I believe they have been watching for us boys , Dick, and have seen the Liberty Boys on the way!" exclaimed Ben. Then began a igreat floundering about in the marshes, for the tread of the men had s'oftened the ground, and as they tried to retrace their way they found themselves going deeper into the mud at every step. Then Dick heard the tramp of horses, and shouted: "Forward, Liberty Boys!" The boys closed in on them as near as they could, but their young captain did not care to risk their horses in the darkness, and was contented with driving the enemy back to their boats, which they reached after a trying experience in a very muddy and bedragiged state. "The regulars may say that I should have called on them," said Dick, "and" prevented the redcoats from getting away." "Then the regulars should have discovered the enemy for themselves," responded Bob. This was after they had seen the redcoats embark and pull away in the first gray streak of a winter's dawn, and were riding back to their own camp. Dick was looking for the house on the s l1ght riS'e to see to whom it belonged, for in the darkness it had not been quite po ssib le for him exactly to locate it. "That is the Hatfield house!" he exclaimed. "We have got to keep them under a strict watch." Bob had heard the passing of the Liberty Boys, and had jumped out of bed in spite of hi s lame back to s ee them. He knew by the manner of their going that something was occurring, and it was as much as he could do to restrain himsel f until he heard their return, when he poked his head out of the window and hailed them. Dick told the others to go back to camp, and stopped to relieve Bob's curio sity, sending Major on with the boys, as he would not trust him in the Hunter barn lest some harm come to him. Dick told of the n1ght's happenings, and of his suspicions of the Hatfields, and there was no sleep for him that night, for daylight had come before he had fin ished talking to Bob. The Hunters were yery much surprised to see Dick in the morning, for they had heard nothing of the passing of the Liberty Boys, and insisted that Dick remain to breakfast. At the._ table he told what had hap. pened the night before, and the Hunters agreed with him that the Hatfields had been in leagutt with the redcoats, and that they ought to be watched. Soon after breakfast Harry Thurber brought over Major and Bob's bay, and the two boys went back with him to camp, after giving hearty thanks to the Hunters for the care they had given Bob. When she had finished her chores Sally felt lon e ly, and concluded to ride over and tell the girls the news of the previous night, so she mounted Billy al}d rode off. She had igot only half way and was slowly jogging along, never thinking of danger, s o used was she to riding about, when suddenly Tom Jones sprang out from the side of the r-0ad and seized the bridle rein of Billy, while at the same moment Smith Hatfield darted out and pulled her off the saddle, puttinig his hand over her mouth so that she could not call for help, and together with Pete Luce dragged her off into the woods, sheJighting and struggling all the while. The two boys, however, were more than a match for one igirl, however plucky she might be, and she was carried oft down into the hollow round which the road curved, and b-Ound hand and foot, and then set up with her back against a rock. "We'll learn yer better than to go and spy on us!" cried Smith Hatfield, his red face still redder with anger. "Who spied on you?" demanded S ally. "Oh, you needn't be pertendin' innercence. We saw Dick Slater leave your house last night, and get the Liberty Boys and go down t o the Kill so as to spoil our plans, an' then afterwards go back to your house to tell you all about it!" "And how did I learn of all this?" asked Sally, scornfully. "Oh, you overheard us talkin' some time." "There's one hundred. boys under the command of Captain Dick Slater that will be after every one of you if you don't treat me decently, I can tell you that!" "Huh, what do they care for you?" asked Pete Luce. " You will soon see what they care for you, and that will be more to the purpose! I shouldn't wonder if they were comin;g now, for I hear horses." Sure enough, the thud of horses' .hoofs could be distinctly heard, and Sally, before the b-Oys could sj!op her, let out at the top of her lungs one of the Liberty Boys' signals. Then the next thing they knew a sho t came whizzing close to Smith Hatfield's ear, and an other made a hole through Tom Jones' hat, whil e Pete Luce threw himself fiat on the ground, face downward, and put both hands to his ears a nd trembled. Then came the sound as if some one were coming down to them in the ,gully, and tw more shots came in dangerous proximity to t boys, who then decided that discretion was m the better part at that moment, and scrambled the other side and into the woods as fast as th

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THE LIBERTY BOYS' GIRL FRIEND 7 . legs could carry them. Pete Luce did not stir, not even when he felt a heavy weight on his back, and his hands drawn away from his ears and tied behind hi s back, and his ankles also fastened close together, as he did not dare hardly to breathe Jest he be despatched then and there. After Pete Luce was securely bound with strips torn off two young ladies' petticoats, Sally's bond s were removed by the owners of said petticoa ts, and three young ladies joined in a hearty laugh at the putting to flight of two .husky young fello ws and capturing a third by two girls. In. stead of the Liberty Boys riding to the rescue, Ali ce and Edit h had chanced to be riding that way, despite their adventure of the precedim1: day, being doubly armed, and hearing the signal of the Liberty Boys in danger, had hastened to the rescue. CHAPTER V.-Tory Boys and Liberty Boys Meet. The girls remounted their horses and rode rapidly to the camp of the Liberty Boys, w 'here they told Dick and Bob of the attack on Sally Hunter and their fortunate arrival on the scene. The tV.:o boys were very indignant, and while Dick said little, Bob exclaimed, angrily: "We';ve got to settle those boys, Dick, and in short order, too!" "I'm with you there, Bob!" was Dick's quiet rejoinder. The two girls had not intended makin1g more than a c a ll to learn how Bob was, and finding that he had nearly recovered from his slight injury, said they would go back. The two boys promptly announced their intention of taking them back, Sam asking permission to go also, and to see that Sally anived home without further mi shap. As the Hunter home was in a different direction from the Hurlburt mansion, the three boys aigreed to meet at a certain point, and then ride into town together, where they had business . They took the girls home without meeting any of the Tories, met according to agreement, and were proceeding toward the town, when they saw the very boys whom they felt they owed a drubbing walking ahead and in the same direction. The three Liberty Boys soo n overtook the Tory Boys and gave them each a good thrashing after which they returned to camp. That same evening as Sally was doing the chores, . she heard voices coming along the road, and looking out of the barn, saw Smith Hatfield app:roachinig, accompanied by a stranger. They were talking very earnestly together, the stranger appearing to be giving direction s to which the other was paying strict attention. She could not hear what was said, but caught the words "Liights," "Guides," and "Ferry." After reading the c ontents of the paper, the stranger handed the same to Smith Hatfield, who took it and put it carefully away in an inner pocket, nodding his .head energetically several times, as if assuring the stranger that something would be done. They went on in the darkness, and Sally lost sig"ht of them. She went back to her work in the barn, wonderin.g what the business between Smith Hatfield and the stranger was all about. "I must see the captain!" she thought. Then she remembered the time of niJ(i1t, and that her grandmother would never consent to her going out alone in the darkness, and she \Vas not the kind of girl to deceive her good old ig-rand mother even if she deemed it in a worthy cause. Instead she tried to contrive some other way of notifying the Liberty B oys of her suspidons. "I wi11h I had arranged a system of signals with the camp," she thought. "But how ridiculous it would have seemed to propose s uch a thing, as if I would have any information to give the captain that would be of any particular importance. happen till morning now, for it is so late the redcoats could not get here tonight. I'll just go to bed and to sleep, antl not say a word about it to granny till mornin)\, for I don't want to keep her awake." Sally performed a part of her good resalutitms, that part of not worryin,g her grandmother and of going to bed, but not going to sleep, for she jumped at every sound; thinking that perhaps the redcoats were, after all, attacking the town that very night. She tried to reason her fear; away, but did not s ucceed, and s he ros e earl:\ in the morning after a sleepless ni1ght, perforrned her duties, and then as soon as possible after breakfast, mounted Billy and set out for the camp of the Liberty Boys. She told Dick of what she had overheard and seen, and also her s uspicirms, and he thanked her heartily for coming.to him so soon, asking her always to do the same whe11 it was possible, which she gladl y promi11ed to r.!o. She hastened back, but just b efore reaching her home she saw ahead the familiar form of Smith Hatfield. $omething prompted her to folhw him, so she slipped down from Eilly's back, opened the gate of his pasture, and let him go in, saddled as he was, and then proceeded by foot over the fields to the Hatfield house. It was still quite early in the morning, early enough to make her feel rather surprised at seeing Smith about, for it was a well known fact in the neighborhood that he and his father were not early risers. Smith entered the house by the back way, and Sally, waiting until door c_losed after him, followed, and peeped mto the wmdow of what proved to be the diningroom. It was a comfortably furnished apart ment, for the Hatfields had once possessed property, although now ther e was little left. for o1d man Hatfield and his good-for-nothing son, both having rather an unsavory reputation in the neiighborhood, the older man for his meanness, and the son for hi s shiftlessness and ir:res'flonsible ways. The old man was sitting at the breakfa!t table and look ed up with a scow l as Smith took seat, saying something that Sally could not hear. Smith made some rude reply, and then com menced helping himself to the food that was already on the table, and eating ravenously. Once in a while they would exchange a _ word or two, seeming not t o be on good terms with each other, when suddenly Smith jumped up from the table, went over to an escritoire, jerked open one of it1 drawers, drew forth a paper, which he put before his father with a triumphant look on his face. The old man looked at the paper in surprise, fumbled for his spectacles, which he found after some difficulty, slowly adjusted them with tremblinog fingers, and then began to read. What was .in paper? Sally made up her mind that she would find out I

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THE LIBERTY BOYS' GIRL FRIEND CHAPTER VI.-Dick and Bob Go Investigating. Soon after Sally left, Dick said to Bob: "I believe I'll go and have a look around to see what the redcoats are doing, whether there are any signs of active preparations. They may be contemplating another landiilJg." -"Take me with you, Dick?" "Yes, if you would l i ke to go." A little later two boys in greatcoats and big boot s got into a . rowboat and started out to get as near the enemy as they could without being discovered. They guided their little boat up the North river, keepiilJg a.way from the enemy's ships, not wishing to attract any attention , and thus to escape being challenge d and made to give some account of themselves and their business. They hugged the Jersey shore until they saw a spot where they thought they could land across the river, it being rather swampy ,ground, and therefore not so strictly l!llarded. They went down toward the busiest part of the city of New York, and as it was then near noon, concluded to stop at a little inn near the common that was kept by a patriot, and where they were well known. They had dinner there, and asked the landlord all the news of the day, but he . knew of nothing of any special interest, although he told them a good deal about the doings of the redcoats in the city. They went down toward the Battery and saw the ships of the enemy in the bay, but could observe no unusual activity on them, although they both commented on the number of small boats around the three islands , Long, Staten and Manhattan. They left the Battery and in a little while entered a tavern further uptown. The room was comfortably filled with men eating, drinking and smoking, but the two boys had no difficuty in finding . an empty table in a corner farthest away from the fire, which they did not mind, however, for the warmth of the room was sufficient for them after having been out in the cold for so long. They called each for a bowl of soup, which they consumed with considerable re lish, for the keen air had given them appetite, and they had pie and cheese , with a steaming cup of tea, the waiting maid being much surprised that the young fellows did not call for anything stronger, and in timated as much. The boys took no notice of her s ugigestions, but went on eating, so she to sse d up her head and flounced off with out paying any further attention to them. As they began to feel the warmth of the room pen etrate through their clothe s and the warmth of the food their bodies, both boys threw off their greatcoats as well as their hats, and sat in or dinary attire, never thinking that there would be any one around to recognize them. Then the door opened and Smith Hatfield entered and sat down at a table near the two boys, appearing to be waiting for some one, for he did not order any refreshment. Dick turned his back to him and motioned with his lips for Bob to resume his greatcoat, and while Bob was doing so the door opened again to admit a man this time, who gave a look around the room and then we:nt over to where young Hatfield had sitting, and took a chair opposite him. Although Dick's back was toward him, he could hear all that was said, but the man spoke rather ambiguously. Dick a11d Bob listened intently for some intimation of when the contemplated attack was to be made, but at this instant Smith turned his head in the direc tion of the boys, and on seeing Bob, started a little and then turning to his companion, said some thing in a hurried whisper. Dick rose to his feet immediately, standing in front of Bob so that Smith could not see his face. Dick walked toward the bar and pai d his score, managing to keep his back toward Smith, who, however, rose to his feet quickly and put himself in a position to seo his face. The moment he saw Dick's full face he gave a cry: "That's Dick Slater, the rebel spy, and he heard all we said!" Dick sprani:r over the bar, Bob at his heels, and made his way into the back room, which was the private sitting-room of the landlady, despite her voluble protests, and through that to a door at the back, which they flung open, expecting it to lead to the street. Instead it opened into an en closed back yard, surrounded by a high board fence, and they could hear irate pursuers close behind. It was quite.light, so i t was impossible to crouch out of sight, as there was nothing in the enclosure large enough to conceal them. There was a big ho.g shead in the yard, it is true, but that was close against the fence and was bottom side up, so it afforded no place for concealment, but it did offer a foothold to the two boys, of which they quickly availed themselves to clamber up over the fence. But as Dick was letting hi.,m self down on the other side and turned his head, he found himself looking into the barrel of a gun 'that the man who had been talking with Smith Hatfield was pointiilJg toward him. At the same time the landlord and Smith Hatfield, as well as sundry others, who had been spectators of Dick and Bob's hasty exit from the taern, were at Bob's heels, ready to pull him back into the yard. Bob was on top of the fence just as Dick's hands were leaving it, and saw at the same moment with Dick the musket that was leveled at the latter's head. He didn't wait to take sec ond thought nor a second sight of the m e n at his heels, but hurled himself down on the who held the gun and bore him to the ground, the gun going off as it struck the pavement. Dick was already speediilJg down the street 'With Bob a close sec ond, for the latter had recovered his footing before the surprised redcoat had re gained his. Dick and Bob made good use of their legs , but so also did their purs uers, who was shouting lustily all the time for the people ahead to block the way to the two fugitives. It seemed to the boys as if persons were springing up from the sidewalk, and Dic k hissed: "Into that house, Bob!" Dick had seen that the door of the house was ajar, and he dashed ins id e , through the narrow hall into a back room where an old lady was using a fiat-iron. As the two boys rushed into the room, she looked up in a rather bewildered ex pression, which soon changed t o one of wrath, when she exclaimed: "Drat these boys!" , The two boys did not stop to hear her remar or even pass the time of day, but dashed out t back door, vaulted over the low fence at t end of the yard, and were speeding away tow the parallel street, while the irate old woman

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THE LIBERTY BOYS' GIRL FRIEND 9 after them with indignation in her eye and a flat-i ron in her hand, mumbling all the while uncomplimentary epithets. Then she heard s ome one else coming through the passage, and she trotted to the door, the indignation in her eyes :flamin g still hotter, while the flat-iron in her hand was scarcely less warm, and presented both to the on-comers. She was not a litt1e woman, but of Amazonian proportions, and as the first of the pursuers to present himself tried to push her aside, he met the broad side of the flat-iron full in his face. He clapped his hand to his cheek, with a howl, to be pushed rudely aside by the next comer, who received her broadside on the other cheek. The third thought it be s t to try to explain , but the defender of her heart and home w6uld listen to nothing; in fact, she was as deaf as a door-post, and for that rPason had been the butt of many a rude boy. The two who had already felt the weight and heat of her single weapon backed out of the way, thereby gettirng directly in the path of the individual who had such strong reas on s for apprehending the two fugitives. "My good woman," he said in a superior and authoritive manner, "let u s through at once." "Trounce me, will ye?" she screa)lled. "Let me see you try!" and she held out her solitary object of defence and offence . H e made a quick movement to grab the iron out of her hand, and she let him have it, his hands being bare, for he had rushed out of the tavern oarehanded and bareheaded. He dropped it wjth an oath, and in such a hurry that he did not have ti. me to remove his toes from the spot where the hot flat-hon elected to fall. He seized his foot in his two hands and went hop ping around the passage, and while the volume of sound that i ssued from his mouth might have equalled that of a high-priced tenor when striving after the high C, his actions would hardly have been classed in the song and dance order. The big old woman took advantage of this diversion to go back to her fire, and drew forth another flat-iron, and all this time Dick and Bob were making good use of their legs and getting farther and farther away. CHAPTER VII.-On the River. "Well, we got out of that!" laughed Bob, when they saw that they were no longer followed. "Yes, and we want to get back to Elizabeth town as soon as possible to put the general on for I am sure that there is an intended invasion, and soon, too." They recovered their breath in a few moments, and then pushed on rapidly, for by this time the dusk was begining to come on, and they wanted to iget back to camp before dark, if possible. They had no difficulty in reaching their boat, and, stepping in, put out toward the Jersey shore. There were boats on the river, as they could see, but the boys hoped to evade them in the gather ing gloom, and steered their course so as to avoid getting near any of them. But as they went up the river, another one, and larger than most of the others, pulled directly toward them and blocked their way, callilljg on them to stop. "Go back!" was the order. "But we want to get home!" expostulated Dick. "Where do you want to go?" "Up yonder," and Dick pointed up the river, but presumably on the New York side. "Go back and go by land, then." There was no use of protesting or attempting to go on in face of the order and that big boat filled with men, s o Dick and Bob slowly turned their boat and headed for the shore they had just left. The boys were thoroughly nonplussed, for they knew that the whole water front would be patrolled, and every boat held up, so that there would be no possib le way for the news of the attempted invasion to reach the patriots. They pulled back to shore, hid their boat, and then squatted down to wait until niight and try again. The time passed slowly enough, especially as they were so eager to be back at their posts and to be able to apprise the general of the contem plate(! attack. Darkness seemed to them to fall very tardily, but it gradually became more and more dark, until they could only distinguish the boats when they passed d irectly in front of them, and then s ometimes only by the lanterns swung astern. "Shall we try it now, Bob?" whispered Dick, at length. "I am ready. Anything is better than waitinig here doing nothing!" c They took their oars and shoved the boat cautiously out into the stream, but had hardly done so when they were obliged to puH back, for a boat was passing athwart their bows. , "That was a narrow escape!" breathed Bob, as they watched the boat disappear in the darknesb' . They pulled out again, and the way seeming clear, they shot out into the darkness, not seeing a liight on the river within a quarter of a mile of them. They had got into midstream when they saw a large rowboat bearing down o n them. The two boys tried to back water, but saw another boat approaching from the other direction. "We have g .ot to run for it!" whispered Dick, and the two boys plied their oars lustily and shot across the other's bows in plain sight. There came a hail immediately, but the boys paid no attention to it. "Stop, or we shoot!" But two boys bent their backs closer over the oars and pulled on .. "Shoot away!" muttered Bob, "if you will only let us go!" Every stroke was takiIJJg the boys farther up stream, and away from the place where they wanted to land on the Jersey shore, but they took no account of that, being eager to get away from their pursuers in any event. The pursuit was soon abandoned, for iri the darkness it was impossible to see more than a few rods ahead, and as the boys carried no light and their boat was so low in the water, it scarcely showed on its surface. "There are more boats ahead, Bob," whispered Dick. But as soon as they turned toward the shore there came lights flashing in their direction, fol lowed by the command to stop. The boys paid no attention, as before, and again came the sing ing of bullets near enough to make them duck their heads lest they be struck. They in

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10 THE LIBERTY BOYS' GIRL FRIEND the boat to shore, and leaped out, striking the icy cold water, but managing to flounder out of it onto the soft, marshv ground. The boats came after them, but evidently Dick was better acquainted with the vicinity than their pursuers, for while they were trying to find a place to land, ..the two boys had leaped from their boats and were making their way across the half frozen marsh. Lanterns were swung from the boat and by men who succeeded in making a landinig, but :Served only to show the position of their enemies, for by that time the boys were out of its' radius. They paid no further attention to their pursuers, althoug-h several bullets followed them, but not near enough to cause them any alarm, and then the two boys started on their trip over the treacherous marshes. for they had landed som_e miles away from Elizabethtown. "It see m s as if fate were working for the ene m y, Dick!" exclaimed Bob, once when they came to a particularly difficult piece of swamp land, "to k een u s from getting back to Elizabethtown." "They won't succeed," responded Dick, grimly, "despite their combined efforts." "Do you expect to outwit fate itself, Dick?" "Fate depends largely on the person who profits -'?r ioses by it, and I'm not one of those to lose if I can help it." . "Then you believe in the 1 good winning out'?" "Yes, in the long run, but it sometimes takes good wind and staving qualities to be there at the fini sh," Dick answered. They got stuck in the mud on more than one occasion, their thick boots protecting feet from the water and cold, but, being heavy, seemed to drag their feet down jnto the ooze. The swamp was not frozen solid, but in places was sufficiently frozen to enable them to make fair progress , which would soon be counteracted by a bad piece that had to be crossed before they could reach their camp. It was now lon,g after dark, and the boys were cold, tired and hungry, and the prospect of the bright fires of the camp and the hot supper they knew Patsy would have awaiting their arrival gave them fresh courage to proceed. At J.ength the fires of their camp came into view, and the two boys gave one of their signals to let the boys know they were coming. Immediately came an answering cry from nigh a hundred throats, and in a few moments the young captain and his lieutenants were in the midst of a welcoming and eager crowd of boys. "Get us something to eat at once, Patsy," Dick said. "We are as hungry as bears and we have yet some work to do." "It's all by the fire awaitin' yez, captain dear. An' sure the pretty gal from down the road has been comin' after ye a.gain, askin' that we do let :her know as so on as ye come back to camp." "It is too late for her to come over to us, Bob. I suppose we might better go to her as so on as we have eaten something. In the meantime, I shall send Sam with half a dozen of the boys over to General Maxwell with a report of what we have seen and what we have reason to s uspect." While waiting for Patsy to put their supper on the table, Dick wrote a short despatch, which he sent off at once, and then he and Bob ate hurriedly, and mounting their horses set out for the Hunter hous e . They rode hastily, for Dick felt that he must be on hand with his boys in case there came any alarm, but he knew that Sally had something important to communicate or she would not have come s o soon to camp again and l eft an urgent messaige for him to see her as soon as possible after his return. Although it was late for the Hunters to be up, there was a light in the kitc h en, and as s oon as their horses came near the house they could see Sally at the window peering out into the darkn ess. Dick gave a signal that she knew, and the light disappeared from the window. a door was flup, g open, and Sally s tood in the light that shone through it out into the darkness. "h that vou, captain?" she called . "Yes, Sally. Do you need me?" "I am so glad you came, for I feared it being so lafe that you would not come to-night." "What is it, "\Vait a moment," she replied, "don't dismount," and she disappeared,foT a moment, but soon reappeared with a warm cloak thrown about her head and shoulders. "Can I ride with one of you?" she asked. "Yes, come up here with me," replied Dick . "Where is it that we are to go?" CHAPTER VIIl.-A Daring Venture. As they rode on in the darkness, Sally first directing their way, she explained to the two boys what she had seen that morning in the dining room of the Hatfie ld hous e. "There's s omething in that paper, I am sure, captain, that you OU!ght to see!" she exclaimed, after she had finished her account. "I am sure of it, too, Sally, and all the more sure since our trip to New York. I thought we would never get back. They are planning an attack, but we could not tell when, though we think it is for to-night. Perhaps that paper may tell." When they came near their house, they dis mounted, so that the horses should not reveal their presence, and proceeded on foot. The house was shrouded in complete darkness, and not a sound was heard from within nor without excep t those that the two boys and Sally made. She led them around to the back of the house to the very window from which she had made her observations that morning, and which was protected by wooden shutters . Dick tried to wrench the shutter open, but it was too sec urely fastened, so he drew out his jack-knife and tried to loo se n the screws that fastened the hinges. He could not budge them, for they were so rusty and deeply embedded in the hard wood. Then he and Bob, who had also his jack-knife in hand, cut the w ood around the hinges , and tried to pry them off. Fortunately the hou s e was an old one, and the wood had become softened by age, and this they were able to do, although it took quite a little time, during which interval Sally waited in a fever of impatience . Being obliged to work n o iselessly, they could not accomplish their task as expeditiously, but they had the shutter loose at length, and were then able to remove the bar and to throw open the other side. Being protected by the heavy wooden shutters, the old man had not considered it necessary to fasten the sash 111

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THE LIBERTY BOYS' GIRL FRIEND 11 well , and it was an easy matter to raise that, and then Dick climbed in, Bob boosting Sally so that she could enter, and then :following himself. T he room was in darkness, and the night without al s o being dark, at first they were afraid to move l est they strike something and overthrow it and thu s make a noise. Then Sally whispered, "I brought a dip, some sulphur matches, and tinder box. I brouight these along so as to be sure of a light." T hey soon had the tallow dip sputtering, and then saw on the table a wax candle in a candlesti ck, which produced a decidedly better light. S ally hastily threw aside her cloak, and went to the escritoire, to which she had seen Smith restore the paper they bad come in quest of. She knew it was in the bottom drawer, and went directly to that one and attempted to pull it ou t , but found the drawer to be lock e d. Again Dick had recourse to his jack-knife and soon pried the drawer o pen, and setting it down on the flol)r, they began to examine its contents by the light of the wax candle, which they had placed down on the floor. There were a number of papers in the drawer, and every one had to be opened and ex amiI,J.cd until they came to the right one. Dick was kneeling oI). the floor lookjng into the papers, while Bob stood over him, watching eagerly for a sight of the precious decument to appear, and apprehensive lest it should not be there after all their trouble. Every paper was taken out and opened u ,ntil the last one was reached, and they had not found the one they were seekmg. As they saw that there was not another paper in the drawer, they all looked at one another in dismay. Diel!: was putting the papers back into the b o x, thinking that Sally had made a mistake in the drawer. . "We will look into all of-them," he whispered. "I am sure this is the one," murmured Sally, and she began hastily t o examine those that still lay on the floor. As Dick saw Sally igoing over them again, he stopped replacing the papers and watched. her, but she could find nothing. "I will look ove1 these again," he said. There was a slight noise in the adjoining room, and Sally spranl!' to her feet. As Dick took the papers again from the drawer, he htard the sound repeated, and Sally, pointing to the door, gasped: "There's old Hatfield! Look out!" Bob turned and saw the old man coming in armed with a sword and a pistol. The old man was fully dressed, probably having fallen asleep in the adjoining room, where he had been waiting perhaps for the return of his son, or perhaps for the si1gnal for the contemplated attack. As he saw the two boys, he gave a growl, and advanced menacingly towaTd them. Quick as a flash Dick put out the light of the candle with his fingers, while in the sudden daTkness the old man tripped on the rug and fell headlong, his swoTd clattering away in one corner of the room, and his pistol exploding as it struck the floor. Sally grabbed up her cloak, which she had dropped on a chair near the window, and running toward it, got quickly out; letting herself down by her hands as fast as she could, and then dropping to the ground the rest of the way. Bob quickly fol l owed, Dick likewise, he having slipped the unopened package into the p ocket of his greatcoat. They ran for their horses, hastily mounted, and then rode back to Sally's home, where they opene d the packet that Dick had broU:ght away, not with the idea that it contained anvthing of interest to them, as Dick had thought he had examined everything the drawer had contained, but as a sort of a forlorn hope. A s he opened the packet another paper fell from it, which proved to be the letter of instructions of the redcoat officer t o Smith Hatfield. Dick quickly mastered its contents, reading the paper aloud to Bob . It showed that the attack was to be made that night, and Smith Hat field with a trusted aid was at midnight to lead the British troops to the town and on to the barracks , while the inhabit.ants were all presumably asleep. Dick looked at the old clock that hung on the wall, and saw that its hands pointed to half-past eleven. There was little time to arouse the town, but as the letter indicated that a large force would embark at Lon,g Island, Dick knew the only thing for him to do was to notify General Maxwell as quickly as possible. "I am going, too!" announced Sally, in a fever of excitement. "I will get Billy and ride to town with you." The old lady would have expostulated. but Dick assuTed the loving 1grandmother that they would k eep an eye on her granddaughter, and that it would be cruel to keep her at home, when she might be of great service to other women, who would be routed from their beds, and with little children to protect. The old grandmother made no furtheT protest, and in a few moments Billy's hoofbeats were heard outside, and the two boys , hastily bidding Mrs. Hunter good-ni1ght, rushed out of the door, jumped u p onto their horses and galloped away toward Elizabethtown. They left Sally at the door of the governor's house, while Dick and Bob went on. Dick to the barracks t o acquaint the general with the expected-invas ion, and Bob back "to camp to rally the Liberty Boys. A s s oon as Dick had aroused the soldiers at the barracks and delivered his startling bit of information, h e galloped off toward the Salt Meadows to see if he could intercept Smith Hat field and his ass istant. "No doubt it is Pete Luce whom he has got to help him," he th.ought. The n he remembered how they had seen them both in New York that very day. "They will come with the redcoats!" he ex claimed, checldng his horse, "so there is no use of my trying to capture them." He rode back to camp, and then despatched Mark Morrison, Sam Sanderson, and Ben Brand to patrol the Salt Meadows, and as soon as redcoats were sighted to race to town, while he and the res t of the Liberty Boys would take their station outside the town to give the militia full time to make oreparations to receive the enemy with a warmth of enthusiasm for which they would hardly be prepared. It was now midnight, and as dark as Erebus is supposed to be, and no one knew how near or how far the enemy might be. Dick left his boys under Bob's command and r o d e over to the Salt Meadows to see for himself if there were any indications of the enemy's ap proach, but could discover nothing except the three boys who were patrolling the vicinity according to his instructio ns. He spoke to them all, and finding they had n othing t o NP-Ort, a n d

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12 THE LIBERTY BOYS' GIRL FRIEND geeing nor hearing nothing on the Kills , he returned to town. Meanwhile Sally had knocked at the door of the governor's house, but all the household was in bed and asleep, secure in the knowledge that the soldiers were in the barracks to defend the town from assault. Not a light gleamed at any of the windows, only the dog s in their kennels gave evidence .of life by barking furiously. Again and again Sally iifted the heavy knocker on the big front door and brought it down with all her strength. Again and again she listened for some response, and when almost discouraged, a head was thrust out of a window of one of the upper chambers, and demanded who was making all that disturbance. It was the voice of a girl, and it seemed familiar to Sally, but she was too distracted at that moment to place it. "The enemy are coming!" she cried. "Prepare to defend the house!" "Wait! " cried the voice. "and I will be down!" In a few moments Sally could hear the clanking of the great chain that.secured the door, and the unbolting of a lock, and then in a moment more saw, with a candle held in her hand carried above her head, the face of Alice Estabrook! "Alice!" s he cried. "How did you come to be here to-night?" "The governor is absent, and Edith and I have come to spend the night with the governor's daughters to bear them company. But come in and tell us what you mean!" Then Sally told her story, and Alice then called Edith, and later Mistress Polly and Mistress Anne the governor's daughters, to hear the news that 'sally had brought. As soon as Mistress Polly understood the situation, she caused the alarm bell to be rung, and soon the whole household in various stages of dress and undress appeared in the big 'hall. "The town i s to be attacked." announced the young lady in a calm voice, "and we must be prepared to defend the house and ourse lve s . In my father's absence I shall. take command." . She hastily gave instructions for all to attire themselves, and for both men and women to arm, and to take positions at the doors and windows, but not to fire without orders from her. The four girls or rather five, for they insisted that Sally remain with them, were provided with firearms and after ordering that lights should be put they took up their various pos.itions and prepared to wait. It was about m1dmght when Sally had awakened the house, and it some little time for them to put themselves mto a state of defence, they expecting to hear every moment that the redcoats were on them, or at least the sound of firing. No intimation, however, came of the appearance of the redcoats, although now the town was the scene of considerable excitement and bustle, for the troops were preparing to give a warm reception to the redcoats when they should '.lP pear in the t()wn, General Maxwell not deemmg it wise to try to prevent their landing on the Salt Meadow, for fear of hampering his troops by the mud. The moments nassed in anxious suspense to watchers, not only in the governor's residence but in houses of less pretension, for at every 'sound they would start, expecting that the-enemy was upon them. " I believe they had been warned and are not coming, after all," said Sally, at length. "They ought to be here by now." Then came the sound o.f shots, and of the ,gal loping of a horse, and they all looked at one another with quickened breath and changing color. "They have come!" exclaimed Edith. The others assented with whitened cheeks and lips. Then again all was still. A few moments later another horse came galloping past, ana then they knew that the enemy were on them! CJIAPTEE. IX.-Descent on the Town. The galloping horse that the girls at the gov ernor's mansion had heard was ridden by Sam, whom Dick had placed on the edge of the Salt Marshes to give intimation of the first sign of the approach of the redcoats, and it was he who had given the shots as a signal to the young captan. Dick had sent him on to the barracks with his information, while he moved with his boys around to the rear of the town where s ome of the patriots were already assembling. By this time it was two o'clock, two hours after the time for which the had been l?lanned. In a short time Ben Brand came dashing up to the town, also 'firing a shot, with. the intelligence that the enemy were beginning to land, but, owing_ to the darkness, it could not be ascertained how lange a force they had. Ben was also sent on with the intelligence, the Liberty Boys thus .giving Gene al Maxwell time to get the artillery ready and to place his . troops, while the militia were collecting. Then came Mark himself with the information that a large force was Jandinig on the Salt Meadows, more than a mile to the left of Crane's Ferry, and were already on the march through a very difficult marsh to Woodruff's farm, the latter lying directly to the left of the town. The redcoats had not the slightest idea that their movements were being watched, for they had been yet to o far away to hear the shot fired by Sam and Ben as they entered the town to wa-rn the inhabitants . Dick placed his boys in. such a position as to be able to harass the enemy without being see n. "There's at leas t a thousand of them," said Dick to Bob, as they mar'ched past in the darkness , the boys keeping up a continued fire. "They have divided, a detachment is marching in the direction of the igovernor's house, while the man body is advancng toward the town, " said Bob. "We must save the m a n sion!" cried Dick, and he caused the retreat to be sounde d, drawing off his boys, and trying to get them around to the house where the governor resided. The way was blocked, however, and the small number of the boys could not force a passage through the British regulars. Dick was anxious for the safety of the mansion, and would have been doubly so had he known that Alice and Edith were spending the night with the two young ladies to keep them company during the absence of the father. "Sally has warned them in time, Dick, to to a place of safety," replied Bob . "I hope so, Bob. At any rate, we can't there now, and Ot!r duty lies here, I s uppose.• Meanwhile the redcoats were skirting

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THE LIBERT Y BOY S' GIRL F RIEND 13 town until they reached the Brun swick road o n the right, and there t hey were met by a decided res istance and brought to a hal t. There was a firinig from all sorts of unexpected places, t here being no enemy brought to dispute their advance on parade, and the British regulars had n o t yet gro wn used to the bushwacking methods of the c olonists, who had learned them from the India ns. Fire opened on them in every direction, th e patriots rushing out and delivering a volley1 an d then retreating before the redcoats coula return the fire. Reconnoitering parties were sent ou t against them, and one o f them, under com mand of Major Ogden, encountered the enemy s o on after landing, and just escaped being captured, receiving a bayonet wound in his thigh, which, however, did not prove serious. They succeeded in reaching the town and the barracks, where they had expected to g-ive battle, and capture the inmates, but there was no one there, while bullets came poppingon them from all sorts of unexpected places. They rushed on the place, expecting to take it by storm, and when they :found there was no one to oppose their advance on the town it was beig-inning to look as if they might oppose their passag-e back to the boats, for General Maxwell was continually harassing their rear, several partles having been detached from the main force to hang. on their flanks. Findingthe enemy in the rear rather than in front, and perceiving the danger that menaced from the sudden advance of the patriot troops and the assemblil'llg of the militia, the enemy turned about, and prepared as if for action. Just then the artillery boomed out, and a few well directed shots convinced the enemy that the quicker they got to their boats the more of their number they would take with them. , The light was spreadil'llg from the burning barracks, and enabled the artillery men to take aim, and then sm oke could be seen comingfrom another building, which proved to be the school house where the provisions were stored, to be followed shortly by a burst of flame. The troops, however were too busy driving the enemy toward the to stop to put out fires, and continued their pursuit of the redcoats toward the ferry. Lieutenant-Colonel Stirling, however, saw that their way was cut off to the ferry, and was com pelled to order their boats up Newark. Bay a mile or more. As the enemy turned their backs the patriots 1got busier then ever, for they now had the situation well in hand, the surprise having failed by which the enemy expected to capture the town. They were not prepared to fight in the dark against more or less unseen foes, and when they found that their scheme had not turned out as expected, they were in a hurry to get back to Long Island, whence thev had embarked a few hours before. The Liberty Boys now had their opportunity, and they used it to the greatest advantage, their horses at the enemy's flanks , driving them farther into the marshes, whose cold muddy ooze was not conducive to the comfort of the soldiers on that raw February night. Sudderuy the Liberty Boys came upon a small party of the enemy, as they supposed, crowded together in one of the fields belonging to the Woodruff farms, and they charged in on them, Dick shouting their rallying cry: "Charge, Liberty B oys! Down with the Redcoats. Liberty forever!" "Down with the redcoats . . Liberty fo r ever!" echoed the Liberty Boys, as if with one v oice. Several horses dashed away, and others tried t o .get through the Liberty Boys, but they cl o se d in, forcing them back, till they stood in a h u ddled heap, and did not try to protect themselves. "Surrender! " shouted Dick, "or we fire , " but by that time he got near enough to see that he and his b oys were cha:rginp; a larg-e number of frightened horses and horned cattle, that the enemy had herded i n the field, intendingt o run off, but which in their hurried retreat they were forced to abandon. The boys laughed heartily at the humor of the situation, although the joke was ag-ainst them selves . Then they dashed on after the enemy, preventing their embarking anywhere near Crane's ferry, but forcing them along the edge of the Salt Meadow s , that, owingto the number o f men passil'llg over, was despite the time o f years as soft and muddy as in the spring. Along the edge marched the redcoats in mud and mire sometimes sinking into the cold ooze above For over a mile they were hurried along, until they reached the place where their boats were awaiting them. The patriots were close ' behind, determined to harry them until the last . . Just then, however, several shots boomed over the water. A galley and two or three gunboats were covering the retreat of the redcoats at this place. Tlie .dawn was beginning to appear, and itJ. the ' light the vessels in the bay were distinctly v1s1ble, as was also the puff of s moke that issued from the side of the boats at the discharg-e of each ball. The boys did not return to town until the last of the redcoats, muddy, tired and dis appointed, had reimbarked, and were pdinting the noses of their boats toward Long I sland, whence they had embarked so hopefully but a few hours before. "Well, we did s ome good in this affair at least!" exclaimed Bob, as they were riding back to town. "Yes, with the help of our girl friend," replied Dick. "She is a regular trump!" returned Bob, en thusiastically. "There are not many girls that would have been the help that she has." . "I know of one at least, Bob," rep1ied Dick, with a smile . "Who is that, Dick?" "Her name i s Alice Estabrook, and she has a brother who--" "Oh, pshaw, Dick! I thoug-ht you were speakingin earnest, not in jest!" "So I was, Bob." "Well, there is another, and her na!JM! U:) Edith1 Slater, and she has a brother who---" Dick laughed. "We're quits, Bob!" he cried. By this time they were nearly bad; t6 the town, and then they observed the smoki?:it ruin• of the school hou se and barracks. "I fear we are too late to be of any use there, Bob!" "I'm afraid so, too, Dick. And to think of all ._.hDse orovisions burned that were stored in

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14 THE LIBERTY BOYS' GIRL FRIEND the school house . There will be suffering on account of its lo ss ." "That is true, Bob, but we could not help to save it, for we were need ed elsewhere." "I hope the governor's house has not been fired, Dick." "We might ride over and see, Bob." They sp oke to their horses and hastened in the direction of the governor's mansion, and on the way saw two of the enemy's dead being conveyed to the meeting house by patriots, they having been left behind by the redcoats in their precipitate retreat. Two others had been made prisoners, and later the boys learned that while they had been worrying the flank s of the redcoats, some of the patriots had gone down to the water and succeeded in capturing one of the enemy's boats, that one having la11:ged behind the rest when they sail ed up into Newark Bay. They learned also that one private had peen killed on the patriots' side, two officers and four privates wounded , and seven privates missing. How many of the redcoats had been wounded and h ad been carried off, the patriots never knew, although they believed there must have been quite a number, on account of the constant fire that was poured on them from all sides . The main body of the Liberty Boys rode back to their own camp, while Dick and Bob went to the Governor's mansion to see if any harm had befallen it or its occupants. The hous e was still standing unharme d, but the grounds showed that there had been a large number of men about the place. They rode into the yard and found no one about, although the dogs yelped and whined in their kennels. The doors were open, and no one came to inquire their bsness, so after dismounting, Dick and Bob entered the hallway and looked about. "Something has happened, Bob!" exclaimed Dick, his face white under the grime of dust, powder and sweat. Bob only nodded, not trusting himself to speak. They went into the drawing room and found the print of muddy feet, and into the library where the drawers of the escritoire were pulled out, papers were scattered over the floor, and there was every evidence that the enemy had invaded the house. There did not seem to be any signs of a struggle, .nor was there any blood about, but neither was there any sign of the two young ladies who had been left at home. They went up stairs unchallenged, and there saw the b ' eds that showed they had been occupied, the occupants probably having been rouse d from slumber by the announcement of the enemy's appearance. "Sally must have been here, Bob. Perhaps she has warned the young ladies in time, and they have gone to some place of safety." "What is this, Dick? Do you recognize it?" Bob was holding in his hand a brooch that contained the miniature of Dick's mother. "That is Edith's!" he excl'amed. "She always wears it." "I wonder how it could have got heTe!" will have to ride over to the Hurburts, and learn more about this, Bob!" ex claimed Dick. The two boy s turned and left the dressing 1oom that they had entered, the door 3ein,g wide open, and went down stairs, and out of the door to where they had left their horses. CHAPTER X.-Attack on the Governor's Mansion. There was no u se in trying to protect the grounds from the and the idea of abandoning the house never entered the. minds of the girls, so all the attendants were stationed in the mansion itself. Mistress Polly, in the absence of her father, assumed control, and the servants and attendants to her orders without hesitation, well understandinigher capable nature. The lights were all put out, and at every door and window was placed a man or woman with a gun, for all had accustomed themselves to the u se o f firearms in those troublous days, the weaker ones being 1given the task of reloading. After hearing the second horse galloping toward the barracks, they waited in the dark with a tense stillness. It seemed as if every moment were ten, and, in the confused sounds outside as if the enemy were approaching nearer with every breath. But still they waited. Then they heard shots, not scattering one s, _ this time, but a volley, that fired by the Liberty Boys to delay the enemy's arrival in town. Then they heard the tramping of soldiers, and in a f ew moments saw in the darkness the moving fo1ms of soldiers coming along the road. Every right hand closed on a trigger, but the redcoats did not come clo se to the house, instead they were halted at a little distance, while a small detachment approached. On seeing the house in utter darkness, there was a pause, during which the redcoats were within range of the firearms at doors and windows, but Mistress Polly did not give the order to fire, for she knew that it would precipitate the danger that threatened them. Then two or three were seen to advance from the small detachment and come to the great front door on which they gave a thunderou s 'rapping. ' "Who are you and what is your business?" came in a clear high voice from a window at one side of the door. "We are his Majesty's officers and demand admittance in the name of the King!" "We recognize no king in this hous e! We are free and loyal to our country!" "If the governor will surrender himsel f and certain pa.pers, the hous e and househ old will be spared. Otherwise, the con sequences will be on your own heads ! " "The governor i s not here!" "We are not prepared to accept that information without proof. Admit us peaceably, and we will guarantee the safety of all the occupants of the aod of their personal property I" There was a whispered conference between the five girls, as \\ell as with the and wiser attendants, and although the two young ladies were very indignant at the midnight intrusion of the redcoats. they well knew that they could not hol d the house against them, and feared from what Sally bad reported that the troops as well as the militia could not protect them on of the s uperior numbers of the enemy.

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THE LIBERTY BOYS' GIRL FRIEND 15 "If we admit you to the house and permit you to search it to prove our that the governor is not here, will you promise on your honor as officers and gentlemen not to harm in any way the occupants of the house, and to respect the personal property of all 7" came in a mascul ine voice. "Otherwise, we will refuse to admit you, and will shoot, selling our lives and property as dearly as we well may I" "We promise on our honor as officers alld gentlemen if pei:mjtted peaceably to search the house until we either find the governor or are con fident that he is not within, and also receive tain papers, not to molest .any occupant and to destroy no property needle ssly." The girls could see that the house was surrounded on all sides, and that it was absolutely impossible for them s uccessfully to resist the redcoats, and by yielding they would probably obtain better treatment than if they made a show of resistance, slight as it might be. Mistress Polly ordered that the candles be lighted in the great hall and also in the drawing-room and library, and then she and her sister stepped forth to receive their unwelcome visitors. They were both remarkably handsome and stately girls, and had taken pains to be attired befitting their station, and as the door was thrown open to admit the British officers, the latter paused at the threshold and bowed profoundly. There were several officers, the ranking officer being a major, and as he stepped forward, he bowed again, and begged pardon for their intrusion at that unseemly hour, but it being in the pursuance of their duty, no other course was open to them. Mistress Polly advanced a step or two and swept him a low and graceful courtesy. "The house is open for your inspection, gentlemen," she said with "and our people are at your service!" The officer s looked with admiration at the hand some self-possessed young woman, who received them as if they were her vassals rather than her masters. "We thank you for your courtesy, madam," returned the major with equal politeness, and will avail ourselves of your permission, putting you to as little inconvenience as is within our power." Mistress Polly acknowledged his speech with an inclination of her head, and waved her hand toward the broad staircase that led to the upper story. The major stepped outside for a moment to give orders that his men be so placed that no one would be able to leave the house, stationing them at every means of exit, and even bidding them watch the upper windows lest the governor try to . descend that way, and then returned, accompanied by two other officers, a captain and lieutenant. By this time the five girls had assembled in the large drawing-room. The two young ladies of the house in rich attire, Edith and Alice in ordinary dress, while Sally wore the same gown in which she had traveled to Hatfield's house and back to her own, and thence to town, her hair blown about her face, and some what disordered by the cloak she had thrown hastily over her head and shoulders when she had jumped up behind Dick and on Major and ridden off in quest of the desired paper. .The three officers made a thorough search of the upper floors, and then descended to the main floor, taking every room in turn, and, at length,. entered the big drawing-room, that was brightly lighted with candles in sconces and candelabra,, and where the five girls were seated, outwardly patient, but inwardly quivering with excitement. As the major appeared at the doorway, the ig-irls rose and awaited his entrance standing. Bow ing, he advanced a few steps, followed by hiit two officers, and then before he could spealt, Mistress Polly asked quietly, although her heart was going like a triphammer in her bosom: "Are you quite satisfied, gentlemen, that we told you the truth?" "Almost, madam. With your kind permission we will search this room, as a mere matter of formality, and because it falls in ou1 line of duty." Mistress Polly bowed with stately while Mistress Anne, younger and more volatile, gig gled a bit hysterically. Her old e r sister turned on her a glance of reproof, and she retired behind her handkerchief, Alice reassuring her with a s mile, while Edith and Sally looked a trifle anxious. They were as pretty a group of young girls as one would see in a long journey, but there was something in their attitudes, and per haps because of their unprotected position, that' appealed to the chi"alry of the British gentleman, that forebade any light compliments or foolish attentions. At length, the major professed self perfectly satisfied that the governor was not in the hous e, and was about to ask some question when there came s ounds of some sort of com•motion without. Interrupting himself, he sent his lieutenant to learn the cause of the dis turbance, who shortly returned and reported that the men outside were attempting to enter ths house, he thought, to try to plunder it. I;.1stantly the suave -demeanor of the major to one of imperiousness. "Issue orders at once that there be no plundering, no injury offered to any inmate of this mansion!" The lieutenant bowed, and went out, while thscaptain stood a little back and to one side, await ing his superior officer's commands. As Mistre11s 1 Polly heard this order, her icy stateliness thawed perceptibly, and she smiled slightly as she thank-: ed the major, while the other girls-teok heart. at once. A sigh .exhaled from every one of the girls, and they looked hopefully toward the door. but the major was oblivious of the hint. "Now, my dear young madam, there are some papers that it is very important that we shoult possess. If you will kindly deliver them at once. we will relieve ypu from our presence, and ses to it that your residence is not attacked nor its occupants molested in any way." "And what papers may you mean?" asked1 Mistress Polly, well knowing that he referrsd to , the official papers belonging to ths governor of! the colony of the Jerseys. "Let me know where your father keeps his documents, and I can make the selection for myself." "Certainly, sir," and with great deliberation.. she Jed the officers into the library, motioning her sister to follow, and going up to the escritoire. selected from a bunch of keys that were aus-' pended from her girdle, a small one, which lh9

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16 THE LIBERTY BOYS' GIRL FRIEND inserted in a drawer, that when opened proved full of papers. She carefully examined the contents, and then selecting a particular package, handed the same to the major, saying with a charming smile, having in a meas ure lost her distrust of him and his command: "Is not this what you are seeking? You may have them for your courtesy to two young women, who will ever remember your forbearance and courtes y this ev
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